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tion. For the past year, I have been the virtual asshole of the year. Running through the world wide web, I am the email recipient with no manners. After pouring over 10,000 plus emails (many of them spam), I wondered if past emails I had sent had not reached their intended recipient? Cursing the computer and technology seemed the easiest thing to do, but, maybe, I have relied entirely too much on these inanimate objects that have become such a part of our everyday routine. For the time being, I will be corresponding by letters... Who am I kidding, nobody’s perfect...and writing letters cramps my wrist anyway. Email it is.

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used to love marijuana. I mean – for real. I was in love with it. From around 1995 to 2001 I truly considered it to be my best friend in a lot of ways. One summer my buddies and I sat around making pipes out of old pieces of wood that my parents bought us for Christmas to use as building blocks. It made sense to me. What was once used for recreation as kids was being mutated to again, use as recreation for, well, kids. Now, I am not endorsing the use of pot as children. One of my biggest regrets is starting to smoke the reefer so young because it became boring to me as an adult. But, it’s worth noting something before I go any further. My grades in school got progressively better as I became more and more of a pothead. In freshman year, when I didn’t smoke pot at all, I pretty much got B’s and C’s. By the time I was rippin’ bingers at lunch my junior year, I was a straight A student. My counselor and dean were so proud of me. They told me, “It’s so nice to watch a fine young man grow into a responsible young adult like you. I wish more of my kids had your maturity and intelligence.” I always wanted to say, “Hey, my buddy on campus just introduced me to “kind nugs”. I’ve never felt this intelligent in my life!” Now, this isn’t the case for all individuals. Some people let the pot get the best of them and end up working at a liquor store. Wait, I work at a liquor store. But you get my drift. So, this isn’t going to be the legalize pot column. Nope. We all know it should be legalized anyway. That’s a dead issue. No, this one comes in defense of recent NFL retiree Ricky Williams. Ricky Williams likes to smoke pot. Whoopdee-freakin-doo. Here’s a guy who broke the rushing record in college football, was a highly touted rookie in the Pro’s, and made big waves in Miami the last two years, racking up over 3,500 yards on the ground. If he was to stay healthy and in the league, he probably would have gone on to break Emmit Smith’s NFL rushing record as well. Obviously, for a guy with this much talent, being allowed to smoke a doob or not was not the presiding factor in his decision to retire early.

But Holy Shit – if the media hasn’t twisted this story into something that it shouldn’t be. The man was going to fail another drug test. That’s true. But you don’t just quit football to be a pothead. You just don’t. Ricky Williams is an intelligent guy – at least enough so that he wants to spend some time traveling the East and getting to know himself a little more. Shocking as it may seem – a lifelong career in football is not for everyone. I mean, I know plenty of kids who went to high school and college, dead set on a career and after getting out into the world, decided that they wanted to do something entirely different. Is that such a crime? Does wanting to be more than one thing instantly make you out to be a failure? According to the majority of the stories I’ve read on this it does. I call bullshit. Seems to me that Williams just lost his passion for the game and didn’t feel like taking hits from huge men for up to 20 weeks in a row this fall. Instead, he wants to take hits from a bong and go study Asian culture. I commend him on his choice. People have been saying he lost his passion for the game because he smokes too much pot. And they might be right. But seriously, if a man wants to change direction and he’s not hurting anybody by doing so, do what his coach did: express disappointment, wish him well and leave him alone. I read an article in the intensely intellectual USA Today that claimed that Ricky Williams was going to go the way of Mike Tyson. Well, when Ricky Williams decides to rape a women, tattoo his face and make a comeback by biting off a part of someone’s ear, I’ll stand corrected. But that type of behavior seems a little off for a pothead. Shit – I’m not sure if a pothead could ever even imagine doing something like that. What a buzzkill.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY (AUGUST 5 - 11) ARIES (March 21-April 19): To be an authentic Aries, to be the person you were born to be, you've got to pretty much always be mobilized by someone or something that thrills your heart. Who and what are those beacons for you right now? A person who fascinates you? An adventure you're planning or an idea you're exploring? A devoted animal who always sees the best in you? A place in nature where you remember who you really are? Whatever you love, Aries, pay homage to them this week. Build shrines in their honor. Take action to demonstrate the depth of your excitement. If your beacons are human beings, write them thank-you notes, sing them songs, or tell them the truth about their life-giving sustenance. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A few years back, the commissioners of Kleberg County, Texas retired the salutation "hello" because they said it contained the offensive term "hell." In its place, they made "heaven-o" the official county greeting. That's borderline lunatic, if you ask me, and yet I understand the principle. In fact, I recommend that you initiate some adjustments in your own language, Taurus. As much as possible, you should stop using words that make you feel bad, confused, or weak. Replace them with fresh terms that make you feel optimistic and empowered. Of course, this is good advice for everyone all the time, but it's especially apt for you right now. The astrological omens suggest you have a special capacity for changing deep-seated habits that sap your energy, especially those involving the way you speak. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In Half Magic, a children's book by Edward Eager, four kids discover an enchanted coin with an odd quirk: It grants just half of any wish. Naturally they try to compensate, imagining how to double the scope of each wish so that when only 50 percent of it comes true, it's exactly what they wanted. Your immediate future has certain resemblances to their story, Gemini.Though you will be in possession of a kind of magic, it may tend to work incomplete wonders. Consider imitating the kids' strategy: Make your wish larger than what you actually need. CANCER (June 21-July 22): From the day we're born till the day we die, we need teachers. In a perfect world, each of us would have at least one mentor who looked after our learning needs, constantly adding new lessons to our ever-evolving curriculum. Since you probably haven't been living in a perfect world, however, you may have only rarely been blessed with the luxury of a personal educator. You've mostly had to be your own guide, with an occasional assist from me. Here's one of those assists now: In the next six weeks, you should put a high priority on developing a long-term lesson plan.What things do you need to learn most between now and August, 2009? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): There is an Egyptian myth that the sun was in Leo and the moon in Cancer when the universe was created.That very configuration is happening this week, which is an interesting coincidence. The astrological factors indicate it's an excellent time for you to recreate your own world. So don't be shy, Leo. Shed any doubts you might have about your authorial power. Imagine you're a god or goddess with the potency to dream a new dream of how life could be.Then get out there and start conjuring it up. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In his book, Legacy of the Heart: The Spiritual Advantages of a Painful Childhood, Wayne Muller traces many of our psychological ills to the bad habit known as "repetition compulsion." After growing up, we unconsciously recreate the situations that damaged or addled us as children. In this way we hope to find the healing we couldn't find when we were young. We choose friends and lovers and employers who inadvertently play the roles of our original family members as we continually restage our old imprints in search of some feeling of resolution that will set us free. That's the bad news, Virgo. The good news is that the next six weeks will bring the best opportunity ever to escape from repetition compulsion. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The first theme you should weave into your life in the near future is over-the-top, cathartic laugh-

ter. We could almost say, in fact, that you've entered the Season of the Belly Laugh.The second theme you need to find a prominent place for is ecstasy. I'm not talking about the drug, but rather the natural experience of over-the-top, cathartic pleasure. It wouldn't be a lie to suggest that you've slipped into the Season of Wild Fun.The third element you should invoke is overthe-top catharsis. I'm not exaggerating when I say you're in the Season of Peak Emotion. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The news media love bad news because they think it's more interesting and worthy of our attention than good news. The nineteenth-century poet John Keats said, "If something is not beautiful, it is probably not true," but many of today's journalists imply that if something isn't ugly, it's not true. The wide acceptance of this bizarre perspective colors our personal rhythms. We're prone to the delusion that a well-lived life is mostly a struggle; that it's normal to feel we're in a constant battle against the natural tendency of everything to fall apart. But right now is a perfect time for you to divest yourself of this nonsense, Scorpio. I urge you to devote your intelligence and passion to changing your beliefs about the nature of reality. Focus on what's beautiful and successful. Create opportunities for high-integrity pleasure. Have a fierce intention to find joy. Be a tough-minded optimist. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): To the ancient Chinese, pigs were sacred because they could eat anything, and turn it into energy. The creatures were regarded as masters of transmutation. Nothing, not even garbage, was unusable to them. The Chinese aspired to be like pigs in the sense of being able to learn from and derive benefit from every experience, not just the tidy, tasteful ones. I mention this, Sagittarius, because it's an excellent time for you to imitate that paragon of holiness, the omnivorous pig. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The old days are threatening to dominate the headlines this week. In fact, unless you're proactive to the point of being pushy, a worn-out history will insinuate itself into your future. And unless you err on the side of generosity as you settle accounts with two people who used to be an important part of your life, they will continue to demand your precious energy long after they have any right to. To acquire the ballast necessary to keep the past in its proper place, make a pilgrimage to a place where you triumphed over the old days once before. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): "I need more Grace than I thought." That's a line from a Rumi poem in which the poet confesses he's sometimes helpless in the face of life's unpredictable twists and turns. It's a mournful statement; he's sad at having to acknowledge he's not always the master of his own destiny. Yet I sense he also means he feels relief in surrendering to the need for grace. It's liberating to accept the fact that he can't possibly be a wise, effective genius who controls every detail and aces every test. I hope you'll arrive at Rumi's state soon, Aquarius. I trust you'll derive power from saying, "I need more Grace than I thought."

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Sometimes the demons that are like mosquitoes are more dangerous than the demons resembling dragons. You go on full alert in the face of the dragons' threats, calling in all your favors and hauling out your biggest guns. But you may underestimate the power of the mosquitoes to mess with you, and not be aggressive enough in shielding yourself from their subtly demoralizing effects. Don't let this be the case in the coming week, Pisces. Don the persona of a heroic warrior as you take extreme measures to exorcise the mosquito demons.

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eople love going to the Grand Canyon. Families get out of their station wagons and stand along the edge of it, their breath taken away. They are almost giddy and awestruck by it's beauty. I bet that shit wasn't true about 150 years ago. When families got out of their covered wagons and stood along the edge of this wonder, I'm guessing it only resulted in a stream of expletives from the father. “Sonofabitch...rat shit...piss. I cannot believe we have to cross this freaking ditch to get to the west coast. Everybody go to the bathroom now because the next year of our life is gonna consist of getting around this fucking hole.“ My point, I suppose, moving is a bitch, no matter how beautiful the destination. I know this because I moved last week. To make my move more interesting, I decided to hurt my shoulder a few days before by diving for a softball. In my mind, I looked like Willie Mays, outstretched as the ball came into my glove. In reality, I'm sure I looked more like Don Zimmer just rolling around on the grass. The ball popped out, we lost the game, and I had nothing but a banged up wing and a long ass move to look forward to. I'd done some prep work already and boxed up quite a few things beforehand. Even this was a perfect example of my tawdry life, everything I owned wrapped up inside beer and whiskey boxes. The first few boxes I packed were labeled extensively. “Kitchenplates, silverware, plastic cups.“ The boxes I packed towards the end were labeled more along the lines of “Crap“ and “Shit you don't need“ or simply “Stuff.“ As packing became more of a pain in the ass, I began instead to just throw things away. Honestly, no man needs 10 Hawaiian shirts, particularly when he hasn't even worn one of them in the past 10 years. I realized I had spent far more time trying on and purchasing corduroy pants than actually wearing them, so those weren't going to be making the trip either. I must have been pretty tanked up when I bought this 9 and 1/2 Souvenirs t-shirt. Yeah, the singer was hot, but geez, the damned shirt just looks stupid. I almost felt like I should apologize to Goodwill for dumping this tasteless wear on them. Fortunately, my mother came up to help me for a few days. Apparently moving and cleaning are a preferable option to spending more

time in the camper with my father. She asked me the same question several times, “When was the last time you cleaned this?“ My answer was the same each time. “Um, I don't think I've ever actually cleaned it. “ Eventually, it was down to nothing but the big items. Now some folks will tell you different, but I've always felt if you're going to be moving heavy couches and cabinets you really only need two people. One of them should be a sleep deprived rock star who weighs about a buck 35 and the other one should own a truck and be hungover like a bastard. Fine, maybe it's not ideal, but it's all I had. Looking back, I should have also hired someone to follow us around with a bucket and pick up our testicles after they'd been shot from our body. Seriously, there was quite a lot of straining. During all of this, the dog just sat calmly in the floor. I believe he truly enjoys watching other people work. When it was time to go to the new place, he jumped in the car and looked happily out the window. It was only about six blocks away, but he seemed to have no idea. He's not like those courageous dogs in The Incredible Journey by any stretch of the imagination. Geez, we just moved across West Side Park and he has no idea where the hell he is. On the nightly walks, we enter the park from the opposite direction, and I honestly don't think the dumb bastard even knows he's been there before. I suppose when a large amount of your life revolves simply around peeing on things it doesn't take all that much to keep you happy. Maybe he has the right idea, just suck it up and enjoy the changes. So, I'm all moved in. I'll be at this place for awhile either way. That's sort of the beauty of moving, by the end of it my spirit is so broken it takes several years before I could even consider it again. Besides, everything seems fresh and new and it changes my outlook. The view out the window is different. It takes a few minutes in the middle of the night to remember where the bathroom is. There's something very Zen about cutting shelf paper. Something besides your address changes when it's all said and done. Looking back, it almost seems like a pleasure.

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News of the weird Lead story Autobiography of the Least Interesting Man in America: According to a 1996 Seattle Times feature, Robert Shields, 77, of Dayton, Wash., is the author of perhaps the longest personal diary in history, nearly 38 million words on paper stored in 81 cardboard boxes covering the previous 24 years, in five-minute segments. Example: July 25, 1993, 7 a.m.: “I cleaned out the tub and scraped my feet with my fingernails to remove layers of dead skin. “ 7:05 a.m.: “Passed a large, firm stool, and a pint of urine. Used 5 sheets of paper. “

Great Art! From time to time News of the Weird has reported on the fluctuating value of the late Italian artist Piero Manzoni's personal feces, which he canned in 1961, 30 grams at a time in 90 tins, as art objects (though, over the years, 45 have reportedly exploded). Their price to collectors has varied from about $28,000 for a tin in 1998 to $75,000 in 1993. In June 2002, the Tate Gallery in London excitedly announced it had pur-

chased tin number 004 for about $38,000. (The price of 30 grams of gold at that time was a little over $300.)

Surprise! Diane Parker accompanied husband, Richard W. Parker (who had been accused of drug trafficking), to federal court in Los Angeles for a hearing in 1998. According to friends, Diane was such a believer in her husband's innocence that she had come prepared to put up her investment property and her mother's townhouse to make Richard's bail. However, when the prosecutor recited to the judge facts about Richard's double life that included a mistress and a safe house, Diane's expression changed dramatically within the space of a few minutes. According to a Los Angeles Times account, she removed her wedding ring with a flourish, walked out of court, quickly drove to an Orange County office where the mistress worked, and punched her several times before being restrained.

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from out of town. Hopefully they’re going to stop at the gas station and buy gas, and maybe stop down the road at Bytes CafĂŠ and have dinner,â€? she said. “Hopefully, my business will bring into the other businesses and visa versa.â€? ome might remember the Sunday comics The house layout creates a friendly feeling they used to read when they were a kid. An which includes a front sitting room, male and old rocking chair might bring back memories female bedrooms, an office, a kitchen, a bathroom of visits to grandma’s house. Even an old and even a closet stocked with games and dolls. glass vase might take you back to the flowers The first room is a sitting room lit with sunshine your mom always put on the kitchen table. and filled with comfy chairs; on the tabletops are What if there was a place that had everything old Jim Bean bottles and newspapers dating from to bring back the memories? Terri Lee Wegeng of Camargo, Ill., has made the early 20th century. Completing the room is an such a place called Thyme ‘n Time Again old fashion radio from the late 1920s. The only thing out of place in the sitting located at 102 N. Main, Villa Grove, Ill. This vintage resale and consignment shop contains room is the owner’s laptop which she uses for items from the turn of the 20th century up to playing her MP3s and to help her clients price the late 1960s. Wegeng, a baby boomer in her items by searching for information about them early 40s, created the store especially for baby on the Internet. Wegeng’s business works where anyone can boomer nostalgia. Weathered wooden chairs, black iron planters, bring in items to sell. Wegeng takes 15 percent and other antiques line the outside of Thyme ’n of the sales. However, Wegeng said she is picky Time Again; located on the corner of Main Street in what she will take. Items must be vintage, and Adams Street in the quiet town of Villa from about the late 60s and earlier. She will not Grove. The curious objects outside along with take certain appliances like microwaves. In addition to the Villa Grove store, she also has the glass store front filled with vintage bottles, globes and vases invite passersby to come in and an Internet store at www.tntonlinesales.com. She plans to continue selling over the Internet once the explore the rest of the store. store goes into full swing. “ ( B a b y But the best part of runboomers) want ning the store is learning to see things that where the pieces came remind us of our from whether it is old past, and we’re Valentine’s Day cards or getting old. We the military boots that want to remem– Terri Wegeng were worn in Vietnam. ber our younger The selection of items days,â€? she said. varies from furniture, to “So that’s the Lightning Adding types of things Machines an early from of calculators to books we want to have from our history.â€? Her clients, mainly from the neighboring such as Gulliver’s Travels. Wegeng said that she is not an appraiser; communities, look to sell furniture or other items obtained from their family members that she usually leaves the pricing up to the custhey no longer have use or room for. tomer. If she prices, she may get ideas for Everything that comes into the store has a pricing from online sales and mark a “go betweenâ€? price for the item. story behind it she says. Champaign’s vintage store, Furniture Lounge at Once inside people are reminded of their grandmother’s home with black and white 9 E. University Ave. has been open for over two family portraits lining the hallway walls, years. Owners, Amanda McWilliams and Scott and fresh cookies waiting to be devoured in Schaub, are garage sale/vintage fans like Wegeng. Their store mainly sells furniture, but they also sell the kitchen. The business began in January when clothes, records and a number of random things Wegeng began selling things that her friends from mainly the 1940-70s. Unlike Thyme ‘n Time Again, Furniture did not want anymore. At first, it was simple online sales and auctions like E-bay. Lounge either gets the items from garage sales, Other people heard what she was doing and estates sales or buying items from people who started bringing her more things to sell, are looking to get rid of things. Instead of conWegeng said. She had three storage units signment, McWilliams and Schaub buy the full of items when finally she decided to items on the spot. McWilliams supports anyone open up a store in a town with less than willing to open a vintage store. “Any store that gives more education on 3,000 residences, Villa Grove. She thinks a small town setting will be good for the busi- what we’re trying to do is a plus,â€? she said. “People are educated on the construction of ness and the town in general. “In a situation where you have what I have, the furniture and the art form of it.â€? She also thinks that opening the store in a you’re bringing in people coming to my business

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coworkers unload a pile of work on him at the last minute. His roommate Kumar (Kal Penn of Van Wilder fame) isn’t about to let Harold skip out on a chance to party and the two stoners partake in a hilarious night of smoking, partying, running for their lives, going to White Castle to satisfy a case of the munchies and many other shenanigans. These twenty-somethings are far from ready to throw in the towel. The casting of two minority actors generates new storylines not possible with other actors. Harold’s struggle with being categorized as an Asian “workaholic� and Kumar’s disregard for his father’s plans to have him attend medical school give the characters added depth that is lacking from many comedies. An appearance by Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser, M.D.) as himself adds to the plot rather than just having a face to recognize. The writing is witty but raunchy; endearing but out there. There are parts that any pothead would love but come across in a way that an ordinary moviegoer will also understand. Potty humor is used sparingly and there are only a few scenes that attempt to gross out the audience. The social references break down barriers without being preachy and, overall, the film lets you leave the theater feeling good. The scenes flow together nicely and the jokes are plot driven rather than just there for a quick laugh. Harold’s love interest Maria (Paula Garces)

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BEFORE SUNSET ★★★★ HAROLD & KUMAR | JOSH CHO & KAL PENN and Kumar’s love interest Weed (Marijuana) play limited but important roles in the character’s growth. The villains in the movie range from a group of annoyingly “extreme� hooligans to a police force reminiscent of LA’s. Not to worry though, like the wise man says to Harold, everything works out as it should. The quest for White Castle, which in the title seems absurd, is perfectly believable and even admirable as the movie starts. So admirable in fact that you should put down the paper right now and go see this movie. Afterwards, I defy you to pass a White Castle and not stop. Just make sure that you stay out of trouble before you get there.

surely will do the same. (Andrew Vecelas) DE-LOVELY ★★★ KEVIN KLINE & ASHLEY JUDD To the cut and dry, De-Lovely is entertaining. To spice up the musical numbers, just in case they didn’t translate well to modern day theater, the film makes a few additions. Pop stars Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, Robbie Williams, Elvis Costello and more grace the screen with performances. The movie jumps around to Porter’s successes, but still hits on all cylinders with accounts of his famous “Kiss Me Kate� and “Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love), his first commercial hit. The actors are good and the screenplay is disappointingly tasteful, but still quite good and well thought out. Kline could act the pants off any role, De-Lovely’s only problem is that they wouldn’t let him. (Andrew Crewell)

OPENING THIS WEEKEND COLLATERAL JAIME FOXX & TOM CRUISE Jaime Foxx was having an ordinary day as a cab driver, until he picked up the wrong fair in Tom Cruise, resident hitman. Cruise basically takes Foxx hostage as he makes his killing rounds. Foxx, obviously, isn’t too fond of this and tries to devise a plan to save himself and Cruise’s last victim. Can he do it? We can’t be sure, but this Michael Mann (Heat) movie (yay alliteration!) looks damn good. (Paul Wagner) LITTLE BLACK BOOK RON LIVINGSTON & BRITTANY MURPHY Murphy plays insecure girlfriend and uptight TV producer who is a bit unsure of her new boyfriend. How does she deal with this problem? She looks up all of Livingston’s ex-girlfriends and interviews them. Sounds like a great idea. Not. (Paul Wagner) OPEN WATER BLANCHARD RYAN & DANIEL TRAVIS This movie has a pretty basic setting: The Ocean. The problem with this picture is that the main characters are two divers in this ocean. Two divers who were left alone in the water by their cruise ship. This film evokes horrible fears, I mean, good lord, who wants to be left alone in an ocean? Shudder. Oh yeah, and it’s based on true events. (Paul Wagner)

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ichard Linklater’s Before Sunrise portrayed what is undoubtedly one of cinema’s most believable and heart-warming romances, during which Jesse (Ethan Hawke), an American with a Eurail pass, convinces French grad student Celine (Julie Delpy) to get off her train and wander around Vienna with him in the 14 hours he has before he must catch a flight home. The couple’s conversing leads to their falling for one another, and the film closes with their promise to reconvene at the same train station in six months time. Nine years later, Jesse is in Paris on the last leg of a book tour to promote a novel depicting the first film’s events when he spots Celine. It becomes clear that the reunion never took place, but now they have a little over an hour before his flight in which to reacquaint, so they once more embark on a promenade. Awkward hesitations and tentative flirtations arise as they reestablish their dynamic in an altogether different context: having once idealized what might have been a temporary infatuation, as mature adults will they fall in love all over again? Linklater chooses real-time and long takes that occasionally last over six minutes, which imbues the movie with a neo-realist feel, the only obstacle being the recognizable stars who are so at ease in their roles that the issue is of no significance. In fact, Celine diegetically performs a waltz about their initial meeting that Delpy wrote prior to a sequel being on the cards, further evidence that these actors completely embodied their roles. Neither has ever given a better performance. The unobtrusive mode of filmmaking facilitates total immersion in the narrative, and the picturesque Parisian setting is granted an increased authenticity through its unassuming and passive depiction, and minute details such as the brief French discourses not being afforded subtitles for the linguistically uninitiated. Screenwriting credits are shared between the director and the two stars, who collaborate to produce definitively realistic dialogue with equal measures of philosophizing and ranting, that prompt the viewer to evaluate their own stance on certain issues, question decisions that parallel those in the movie, but ultimately induce a strong nostalgic reminiscence. The ending makes full use of Celine’s earlier claim that a memory is never finished as long as you’re still alive, and though it might infuriate some, it’s ultimately the perfect conclusion to a film that comes close to reaching the transcendental euphoria of its predecessor, making it the sequel to see this summer.


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he twist. M. Night Shymalan just can’t seem to make a movie without one. It’s his calling card, his signature and, if his future films become more like The Village, it’ll also become his burden. After the great success of The Sixth Sense, it seems Shymalan can’t resist the temptation to top himself. Each of his subsequent movies have been modeled after The Sixth Sense with their slow-growing plots, their encroaching darkness, and that big twist at the end that the audience patiently waits for. However, what made the twist at the end of The Sixth Sense so effective was the fact it wasn’t actually needed to end the film. It was essentially a bold yet remarkably simple punctuation mark that accented a well-written, compelling sentence. With The Village, Shymalan depends so heavily on his twist that his film has nary a strong leg to stand on without it. The Village tells the story of a utopian-like settlement of the 1890s that sits in the middle of a foreboding, gnarled forest whose citizens, led by an egalitarian council of contraction-hating eld-

Now – over a decade later – Shaw (Liev Schreiber) is running for Vice-President, and something about it all just doesn’t sit well with Marco. If asked what he thinks about Shaw, Marco will answer without hesitation that, “he is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful person I’ve ever known in my whole life,” but is that what Marco really thinks? Is there a conspiracy behind Shaw running for VicePresident and that night in Kuwait? What does Shaw’s overbearing mother (Meryl Streep, in Angela Lansbury’s old role) have to do with it all? And, finally, will there be a scene with Denzel shirtless? The answer to at least one of these questions is, “Yes, and it’s hot.” For those who have seen the original Manchurian Candidate, the story will seem largely familiar. And that’s because it is. The plot follows the 1962 version pretty closely, with only a few changes scattered throughout. The biggest of these changes is the setting. Whereas the original takes place during the Cold War, the remake takes place in the present. Appropriate changes have been made to update the story to modern day. For instance, Major Marco and Shaw now served in the Gulf War, as opposed to the Korean War. And the ongoing political debate regards national security versus civil liberties, as opposed to whether or not there are card-carrying communists hiding in the government. Director Jonathan Demme hits the “creepy paranoid” feel for this film right on the head. As Marco gets closer and closer to the truth, the toll on his mind becomes more and more

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COLLATERAL (R) Fri. & Sat. 11:20 12:30 1:50 4:30 5:00 7:00 7:30 9:40 10:00 12:15 Sun. - Thu. 11:20 12:30 1:50 4:30 5:00 7:00 7:30 9:40 10:00 ◆ LITTLE BLACK BOOK (PG–13) Fri. & Sat. 11:00 1:20 4:30 7:10 9:30 12:00 Sun. - Thu. 11:00 1:20 4:30 7:10 9:30 THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (R) Fri. & Sat. 11:00 1:00 2:00 4:20 5:00 7:00 7:40 9:50 11:20 Sun. - Thu. 11:00 1:00 2:00 4:20 5:00 7:00 7:40 9:50 THE VILLAGE (PG–13) Fri. & Sat. 11:10 11:40 1:30 2:00 4:00 5:00 7:00 7:30 9:30 10:00 12:00 Sun. - Thu. 11:10 11:40 1:30 2:00 4:00 5:00 7:00 7:30 9:30 10:00 BEFORE SUNSET (R) Fri. & Sat. 7:40 9:40 11:40 Sun. - Thu. 7:40 9:40 BOURNE SUPREMACY (PG–13) Fri. & Sat. 11:00 11:30 1:20 2:00 4:00 5:00 7:00 7:30 9:30 10:00 12:00 Sun. - Tue. 11:00 11:30 1:20 2:00 4:00 5:00 7:00 7:30 9:30 10:00 Wed. & Thu. 11:00 1:20 4:00 7:00 9:30 CATWOMAN (PG–13) Fri. & Sat. 11:00 1:20 4:00 7:10 9:30 12:00 Sun. - Thu. 11:00 1:20 4:00 7:10 9:30 (2 SCREENS)

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE | DENZEL WASHINGTON taxing. This is shown well by Denzel, who has never looked quite so sad and dejected before. The supporting cast also does a very commendable job. Use of digital effects, creepy music and strange camera angles makes this Manchurian Candidate even more scary and paranoid than the 1962 version. What this remake lacks, however, is the impact and purpose of the original. Whereas the original was satirical of McCarthyism and the red scare, today’s version has no such agenda. It never takes a stance one way or the other on that issue it brought up of national security vs. civil liberties. Ultimately, the question is not “Is 2004’s The Manchurian Candidate an entertaining film worth seeing?” because the answer is, unequivocally, yes. The question, rather, is, “Should The Manchurian Candidate have been remade?” Well, if the bucket of original ideas is really as empty as it seems to be, than sure, why not?

ers (William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver among them), live at once in both complete tranquility and constant fear. The woods are home to unseen monsters and the town is said to have struck an implied truce with them: they do not enter the woods and the monsters do not enter the village. All is symbiotic until a young townsman, Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix), begins to wish to travel outside of the town after discovering that the town’s mentally challenged resident, Noah THE VILLAGE | BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD (Adrien Brody), moved back and forth between the boundaries unharmed. After makes for a bad film. Some, of course, will Lucius himself takes a few brave steps into the argue that the ending of The Village is brilliant. woods one evening, disturbing things begin to And, in a conceptual way, it is. But ironically, happen in the village. Whatever is on the out- whether the ending is good or not is irrelevant here. What keeps The Village from working is side begins to travel into the town, unseen. The most surprising part of the film might the how the film, from the very beginning, be that Phoenix is not actually the main char- seems to be preoccupied with its ending and acter. A blind girl named Ivy (Bryce Dallas infatuated with its own existence. It’s like havHoward), Lucius’s love interest, slowly ing a conversation with someone who can’t becomes the film’s heroine and almost single- stop looking in a mirror. Shymalan never looks handedly keeps the film from spinning apart his audience in the eye; he’s too busy checking as it reaches its far-reaching, complicated and out his own reflection and marveling at a trick everyone might not be able guess, but everyclunky conclusion. Howard is a new face, but her screen presence one knows he’ll pull. The film should be about innocence in the is as deep and rich as any veteran actor working today. Her scenes with Hurt and Phoenix face of the unknown; the vitality and spirit of become, as the film slinks along, exponentially a girl in love and her triumph over deeply more compelling and satisfying than trying to ingrained fears. But the heavy anticipation of the twist and obviousness that one is coming figure out what is really in the woods. It’s not a rule that a bad ending always buries even the brightest colors of The Village.

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DE-LOVELY (PG–13) Fri. - Thu. 11:00 1:35 4:10 7:10 9:50 HAROLD & KUMAR (R) Fri. & Sat. 11:20 1:20 3:20 5:20 7:20 9:30 11:50 Sun. - Thu. 11:20 1:20 3:20 5:20 7:20 9:30 I, ROBOT (PG–13) Fri. & Sat. 11:00 1:30 4:10 7:00 9:25 11:50 Sun. - Thu. 11:00 1:30 4:10 7:00 9:25 THUNDERBIRDS (PG) Fri. - Thu. 11:00 1:10 3:20 5:30 ANCHORMAN (PG–13) Fri. & Sat. 12:50 5:20 9:50 12:00 Sun. - Tue. 12:50 5:20 9:50 CINDERELLA STORY (PG) Fri. & Sat. 11:20 1:20 3:20 5:20 7:20 9:20 11:20 Sun. - Thu. 11:20 1:20 3:20 5:20 7:20 9:20 SPIDER-MAN 2 (PG–13) Fri. - Thu. 1:00 4:00 7:20 10:00 THE NOTEBOOK (PG–13) Fri. - Tue. 2:50 7:20

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★★★ Steve Kilar Park Ridge, Ill. “It lacked closure and was different from what I thought it would be.”

★★ Ronson Yong Urbana, Ill. “A sad attempt at a chick flick disguised as a horror movie.”

★★★ Eva Titlow Grand Rapids, MI “It touched on a lot of topics and the cinematography was impressive.”

Owner of Café Hookah, Vartan Seferian, got the idea to start the chain of hookah bars when his friends saw him smoking a hookah in his backyard. There were some Middle Eastern restaurants that served hookah, but no place that had hookahs as their specialty. Seferian, a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology in engineering, started Café Hookah in Evanston, Ill.,. The hookah bar took off and Seferian began to open bars in other locations. Café Hookah, at the corner of Fourth and Green Streets opened recently with the same style and specialties Seferian put into the Evanston location. The bar has over 50 different flavors which are imported from various countries like Egypt and countries in the Middle East. The hookahs contain zero tar and 0.5 percent nicotine. “It’s mostly fresh fruit and molasses,” he said. “It’s like smoking a starburst.” Seferian plans to open more locations on other college campuses. The bar is for every nationality and religion, he said. The bar also serves Mediterranean style food taken from his mother and father’s recipes. Seferian’s father even trains the cooks so the servings will be just right. The bar includes free wireless internet and even a VIP room for members only. The VIP contains two 12 foot beds, flat screen television

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and a personal bouncer at the door. Seferian said that after all the other bars are closed people can come to Café Hookah to hang out till 5 a.m. and maybe smoke a watermelon hookah right from the melon.

a couple of months before school let out, we purchased a school bus to use for tailgating and for bussing students to and from barn dances, etc. Due to the fact that you’re in a college town, do you guys currently have any deals for students? Yeah! Right now we have a group rate for students to go anywhere on campus for $2 per person, at least three people make up a group. We also have a flat rate of $6 for one person from the Illinois terminal to anywhere on campus.

Persimmon After long day of work, wouldn’t it be nice to have a quality dinner ready to eat right away? Owner and head chef at Bacaro, Thad Morrow, has recently opened a new specialty grocery store right next door called Persimmon at 111 N. Walnut St. “The idea is if you want to come in and you want to pick up some pasta and some pasta sauce and a bottle of wine and maybe some vegetables and then you’re out the door and you’re home and you already have dinner,” Morrow said. The store is like a small neighborhood shop with specialty items. Customers will find a variety of spices, sauces, pastas, and wines on wooden shelves. There are also a selection of cheeses, meats and organically grown produce like tomatoes and peppers. “I have a lot of people asking me where they can buy this wine or that vegetable so I figured, why don’t I just open up a store so I can say ‘next door,’” he said. Morrow said he buys his specialty ingredients based on quality. If things seem expensive in his store, it is because Morrow said he is bringing the best quality he can bring to Champaign.

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What is the best part of your job? Honestly, just being able to get in my taxi and do my job. What is the most challenging part of your job? Having to deal with the public in general. You try and do the absolute best you can, but you can’t make everyone happy.

For the past two years Dwayne Edwards has owned and operated C-U Taxi, a local taxi cab company that services the Champaign-Urbana area. So what is the history of C-U taxi, when did you guys start up? We began about two years ago with one taxi cab. After about five months we had about five taxi cabs. Now we have twelve taxi cabs, we just purchased Illini Limo this past March, and

What time of year is the busiest for you? Pretty much all year round. We have a contract with Willard airport to provide shuttle service and we also provide shuttle service for Illinois terminal. What do you like most about working in the Champaign-Urbana area? Definitely being at home and being able to be near my family. What do you do in your spare time? Rest! This business will keep you rolling!


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ART AND PRESERVATION AT CINEMA GALLERY is a residential rental, and jointly operate Baxley Media Group, a video production and distribution company. Yet, Carolyn has always been interested in running a gallery. “I started thinking about a gallery about 10 hen Carolyn Baxley came to ChampaignUrbana in 1973 to get her master’s degree years ago for one of our historic buildings, in English from the University of Illinois, and the opportunity to open one finally preshe had trouble adjusting to the flat prairie. sented itself in 2001,” Carolyn says. They decided to turn the movie theater into Having grown up in a small town in rural Mississippi, she thought to herself, “I’ll give it an art gallery and café combination and named it Cinema Art Café. ”I've always two years max and then I’m outta here!” “But as time went by, the black earth of the wanted to do a gallery,” she says. “I couldn't corn and soybean fields must have gotten think of a better venue for it.” Carolyn, an into my blood and my roots grew deep,” she avid art collector, called some of the artists whose work she already owned to ask if they says, her Southern accent still lingering. Now, Carolyn is not surrounded by the red would like their art displayed in the gallery. “We’re not art experts,” she says. “We’re art clay hills of Mississippi, but by the artwork of almost 30 central Illinois artists — the artists lovers. We know what we would buy if we she represents as the owner and manager of walked into a gallery. That’s really how we got started. We just started with the work Cinema Gallery, 120 W. Main St. in Urbana. “I like being able to show both residents we loved.” By showing the work she loves, she is comand visitors of Champaign-Urbana the wide array of work that's being done in the area,” fortable explaining the piece to others. “It's says the 56-year-old Urbana resident. “Our like any retailer,” she says, “if you believe in goal was to showcase work of professional you're product, it's easier to sell.” A year after artists in central Illinois. We've stayed true to opening, Carolyn decided to close the café portion of the building to make room for that with a couple of exceptions.” more artwork and Carolyn and her husrenamed the venue band Norman Baxley Cinema Gallery. bought the Urbana “We had more Cinema building in 1995 interest and success after the former movie with art sales,” she theater closed, but they says. “We had more were having trouble space and the artists keeping the space occuCarolyn Baxley were very pleased.” pied. Because it is a large Yet, the space filled part of the downtown’s retail strip, they wanted the building to quickly, and Carolyn has more artwork than reopen as soon as possible. “It's so central to space to display. “The most difficult thing is not being able the health of Main Street,” she says. The Baxleys own three buildings, each on to display the work of all artists,” she says. Main Street in Urbana, and had previously There are many talented artists living in the owned the Lindley House Bed & Breakfast community who she has to turn down until 2003. In addition, they own another because she has limited room for the artwork. Urbana landmark, 108 N. Webber St., which A gallery is important to the community

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Four bedroom house for rent. 205 S. Lynn, Urbana. New kitchen, dishwasher. 2 full bath, fenced-in yard, laundry facilities. Small pets ok. $900 plus security deposit, water and trash included. (630) 235-8106, 344-8903. GOT KIDS? Family Room 3 and 4 BR Townhouses Campus Bus, Schools, $850-$875. 398-1998 www.LincolnshireProp.com

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This 6 bedroom house is newly renovated. Includes sewer fees, sanitary hauling, lawn care and driveway parking for six. call 328-1226 for a showing today. 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 MUST BE SEEN Townhouse for rent. 1700 sq.ft. 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath. Fireplace, backyard, 2 car garage. Quiet neighborhood. $950/mo. Start August 1. 217-417-1840.

Furnished 7BR, 3 bath. Big house with lots of room includes hardwood floors, newly remodeled kitchen and basement, and a bar and kegerator. 2+ parking spots included. To set up a showing call Roland Realty at 3281226.

Off campus, 3 bedroom Champaign house, near Kirby and Mattis. 1.5 bath, near two buslines. Central A/C, W/D, dishwasher, hardwood floors, garage parking. $1100/mo. sjcheng@uiuc.edu

3 - 4 BR Victorian house. 2.5 baths. Basement. 2 car garage. Champaign location. Reasonable rent. 398-5946 or 390-9536.

QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD 3 bedroom, 2 bath, FR, fireplace, 2 car garage, fenced yard, busline, near schools. 217-239-7404, 217390-3996.

3 bedroom duplex, newly remodeled in quiet neighborhood near campus. 344-6312 or 344-1552. 3 Bedroom House 212 W. Washington, Champaign. 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath, 1.5 Kitchen, Large Backyard, 2 Blocks from Downtown Champaign, Parking. $800. 21-2393028. 3 Br House for rent. Includes parking, W/D, $975/month 369-4459 3 BR, A/C, fenced yard. Garage. $725, 1904 Meadow, C. Excellent credit/references required. 367-1406 300 YARDS TO UNION, U. Newly renovated, hot tub, spa, fireplace, deck, garage, all new houses starting at $1280/mo. Call Linda 217841-4549, or email info@culiving.com 4 bedroom home overlooking quiet Urbana park. W/D, stove, refrigerator, could be partially furnished. $950/mo. No smoking, no pets. 367-8793. 5 bedroom, 2 bath home near Lincoln Square. $1375/mo. 351-0971.

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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 608 S. Glover 2 bedroom, quiet neighborhood, garage, basement. $695/mo. Reference, deposit required. 840-6622.

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SAVE! 6 BR, 3 BATHS, W/D, FREE OFF-STREET PARKING. AUGUST ‘04. 898-3449. 801 W. Iowa Large 8 bedroom 3 Bath House, Furnished, Washer/Dryer, Lots of Parking Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com Furnished 4 bedroom houses on campus near Ohio and Lincoln for Fall ‘04. Call 356-1407.

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Quality rooming house. Near Jimmy John’s on Lincoln Ave. Rooms available for Aug 2004. Rents from $260/mo to $330/mo. Laundry facilities, Common kitchen. Showing 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com Semester lease available-Fall and/or Spring. Furnished room in lovely home close to campus on bus line. Includes semi-private bathroom, utilities, cable, local telephone, and laundry. Experienced with visiting scholars. Female preferred. $425/mo. 355-2326 anytime.

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Kitchen and laundry facilities. Nice, clean, good location on bus-line. Now leasing Summer and Fall 2004. Call 367-4824.

ROOMMATES 1 BR in 4 BR Urbana House. W/D. Near Campus. Pets. $300/mo/neg. 369-5491. Share apartment with 2 females, 1 male. 502 W. Green, Urbana. Furnished, 4 bedroom, 2 bath, patio, fireplace, w/d, central a/c, $300/mo, first month free. Lonzo, 217-6215226 or Landon, 217-344-8809. leterry@hotmail.com Rural Fisher home. 2 rooms available on 2 acres. Laundry and all utilities included. 2 baths, 2 kitchens. Pet friendly. No lease. $300. 217-8971797. Presidential Tower. 20th floor. Fully furnished. All utilities included. Derek 217-417-0415.

2 roommates needed. $325/mo per person. Must rent out. Call Sarah. 217-202-9735. 2 Roommates Needed. Preferably Female Grads. Share 3 Bedroom Townhouse Off Campus. $485/mo. All Utilities/Cable Included, W/D. Quiet Residential Area Near Prospect and Windsor. No Pets/Smokers. 312-493-0889. 209 E. Kerr, U. Aug. Share a bedroom in 3 BR/1Ba duplex. Large shade trees, carpeted floors, offstreet parking, coin W/D. $215 + util. 687-2654. Female Grad student (preferred) wanted to share house. $375/mo. + utilities. Must like dogs. Leave message (217) 365-9189. Female Grads Quiet, clean, affordable rooms. Pool/patio, busline. 217-637-6378 or pareigis@uiuc.edu Female. Pet friendly. Parking included. $250/mo. 356-4952. Grad Students needed to share deluxe furnished 4 BR home at 608 S Elm, C. $325/mo plus utilities. Ted 766-5108. Male or Female, $250-$400. 217766-4746. Non-smoking male to share house with owner. Clean, furnished, W/D, privacy, share utilities. $450. 217369-3634. Roommates Wanted Female, for 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Condo, $200-285, plus utilities. Heat, A/C, W/D, dishwasher, parking, busline. Pets possible. Available 8/5 uiuc_roommate@yahoo.com

PARKING | STORAGE Great Campus Parking Located on the corner of Third and Green. This uncovered parking is available August 04. Call Roland Realty at 328-1226. Parking available. Some great campus locations. 2004-2005 school year. Campus Property Management. 328-3030. Special prices on 5 x 5, 5 x 10, 10 x 10 units available for Summer. Call Johnson Rentals at 351-1767.

RealEstateforSale 600 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY Great location! Approximately 700 sq.ft. Corner of Springfield & Cottage Court, Champaign. $800/mo. Lease required. 369-7205.

CONDOS | DUPLEXES 1140 sq/ft. 2 bedroom, 2 car garage, w/d, dishwasher, A/C. 814 Sunset Drive, Urbana. $770/mo. 344-9318. 1303 E. Mumford, Urbana. Busline. Upscale large 2 bedroom bi-level. Wood floors, w/d, dishwasher, garage, 1.5 bath. Credit check. $725/mo. 355-8512. CLEAN, QUIET: Luxurious 2 BR, 1.5 bath, bi-level. Wood floors, W/D, dishwasher, garage. Excellent neighborhood, large garden, Urbana. $745/mo. Credit check/references. 355-8512. CLEAN, QUIET: Luxurious 2 BR, 1.5 bath, bi-level. Wood floors, W/D, dishwasher, garage. Excellent neighborhood, large garden, Urbana. $725/mo. Credit check/references. 355-8512.

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Male or female. Utilities, parking, ethernet, cable included. $405/mo. Call 618-292-0366.

We have several houses within 1.5 miles of campus priced $89,900$129,900. Call Bantz Appraisals and R.E. 328-1419.

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NAPOLEON DYNAMITE ★★★ BY MATT PAIS | LEAD REVIEWER

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o you thought high school was hard? Try surviving it as a tall, awkwardly skinny malcontent with messy hair, huge glasses, and a wardrobe of sky-blue t-shirts, tight jeans, and snow boots. Oh yeah, and you’re also saddled with the abnormal name of Napoleon Dynamite. Anyone who’s spent a night on the fringes of a school dance can tell that the title teenager of co-writer/director Jared Hess’s tender yet contrived first film doesn’t have it easy at Preston High in middle-of-nowhere Idaho. Napoleon (Jon Heder) gets pushed into lockers, snickered at during class presentations, and eyed with general disapproval as he walks the halls. He has such a distinctive look that he can’t help but stand out, and maybe that’s why he doesn’t even try to fit in. He speaks in a blunt, deep grumble that sounds like he’s mad at you even when he’s excited. As brief phrases escape his big, mouth-breathing lips, he achieves an uncomfortable finality as he verges on running out of breath in all interpersonal communication. Every sentence is a mini-conversation, and Napoleon doesn’t have the energy or enthusiasm to smile. This isn’t a happy-go-lucky dork in the “Screech” family; when Napoleon relinquishes a dispute in frustration by mumbling, “Fine,” you know that things, of course, aren’t. He seems primed for a triumphantly clichéd rise to Homecoming King or even underdog sex god, but Napoleon is far from the typical popularity-seeking movie geek you’re used to in teen trash like Drive Me Crazy. He is who he is, and Heder gives a dynamic performance as he prevents his protagonist, who doesn’t undergo much significant change or do anything out of character to earn our affection, from grating too much on nerd-sensitive viewers. Napoleon is a purposefully annoying anti-hero, but Heder succeeds at least in preventing us from wanting to steal his lunch money. Napoleon Dynamite does an admirable job using an off-beat, organic plot to resist the Prom-focused, sexcrazed conventions of the past ten years’ high school movies. Most of the attempts at comedy are naggingly condescending, sporadically funny diversions that link the characters’ varying degrees of lust for selfimprovement. Napoleon’s 32-year-old brother Kip (Aaron Ruell), a puny, muttering dweeb who resembles David Hyde Pierce’s character in Wet Hot American Summer, pursues an online relationship with a woman named LaFawnduh whom he’s convinced is his soulmate. Their Uncle Rico (Jon Gries) dreams of reliving his high school football career and tries to earn a quick buck by selling plastic-ware and, less successfully, breast augmentation pills. And Pedro (Efren Ramirez), the new kid at school and Napoleon’s only friend, campaigns for class president despite the predictable opposition of the bubbly blonde popular girl. Despite breaking the big-budget, Freddie Prinze, Jr.

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formula, Napoleon Dynamite is never believable and only occasionally endearing. It’s filled with deliberately weird, rarely amusing digressions that strive for wacky poignancy but instead achieve an exasperating implausibility. Napoleon isn’t as memorable or sympathetic of a hero as Hess hopes, and Pedro, the film’s sweetest and most appealing character, doesn’t get nearly enough screen time as Napoleon’s sidekick. His brave attempt at inviting the prettiest girl in school to a dance is one of the most painfully romantic moments of the year. The film’s tone falls somewhere between Welcome to the Dollhouse and Rushmore, with the emotional torment brought on by Napoleon’s physical inadequacies contrasted with the sad, self-conscious humor of people at odds with their self-image. Like the latter’s Max Fischer, Napoleon lies compulsively to make his life seem better than it is, but Heder makes it heartbreakingly obvious that not only does Napoleon not buy into his own version of the truth, he doesn’t even believe that type of happiness will ever be available to him. He squeezes his eyes tight when he lies as if people won’t be able to see through his blatant falsehoods, including an attempt to pass off a model’s professional head shot as proof of having a girlfriend. But he keeps eyes wide open at all other times, staring at people in a way that almost challenges them to look back with the same nonjudgmental focus. This is a movie about figuring out who you are, learning how to accept that, and finding out that more people can relate to the gangly outcast than the head cheerleader. It says that you can’t sell anything to anyone until you’ve bought it yourself, and there’s an uplifting refusal to force characters into any skin but their own. Napoleon Dynamite might not remind you of your own adolescence, but it should blow up a Napoleon complex or two.

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“I really give her a lot of credit,” Naragon says. “I don't think a lot of people are doing what she's doing to support the arts.” Getting people to appreciate art is difficult, he says. “She's beginning to make a dent. Things are picking up. There's more sales.” Yet, Carolyn understands the risks involved with the gallery. Owning the building has helped her to cut her overhead costs. In addition, Cinema’s visible downtown location has made marketing easier. “If we were tucked off in a back alley somewhere,” she says, “we definitely wouldn’t be able to make it.” But one of the challenges of owning a gallery is trying to build a customer base in a community that is conservative about spending money on luxury items, particularly in a bad economy, she says. “When the economy is booming, we make more sales,” she says. Like any retail business, Cinema’s

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errence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune is an odd love story which occurs in one night as an extended post-coitus chat between two forty-something New York lonely hearts. This Chicago production of McNally’s play is the final presentation of the Steppenwolf Theatre’s 2003-04 season and feels like a strange mix of a now dated late 1980s “realistic” sexual drama and the even more stale comedic pop cultural references of a Neil Simon social comedy. Director Austin Pendleton’s two person cast of Steppenwolf regulars Yasen Peyankov and Laurie Metcalf are more than above the task of breathing needed life into these otherwise mildly interesting characters. The play’s rather plot-less narrative is brutally frank and bittersweet in the way McNally rather voyeuristically peeks into the private hours of intimate and vulnerably sensitive sides of these two conventionally drawn loners. Frankie is a wait-

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busiest time is during the holidays. She makes a large portion of their sales from October to December, which is their best sales month. She hopes to get people to come into the gallery year-round. It has been hard getting people to think of Cinema as a gallery and not a museum, she says. “We actually had someone ask if we charged an admission fee.” Yet, the gallery does have its regulars. John Morrison, an Urbana resident, visits the gallery every Saturday to see if new work is hanging in the gallery. “I definitely enjoy the gallery being there,” he says. “Both Cinema and Verde Gallery are assets to the community.” Morrison, who collects drawings by local artist Glen Davies, was particularly pleased to see Davies' work hanging in the gallery. As much as he respects artists, he also holds gallery owners in high regard. “To a certain extent, I’ve always admired gallery owners just as I have admired artists because they have to put themselves out there,” he says.

Bernadine Stake, who has known Carolyn for at least 30 years, says that the quality of life in Urbana has increased because of Carolyn's efforts to revitalize the town through the arts, historical preservation and business. Both Stake and Carolyn hope the gallery will be able to sustain for many years to come. “Never a day goes by that I don't look around my gallery at each and every piece and find something new to admire,” Carolyn says. She works about 40 hours at the gallery and devotes her spare time to the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, where she has been the executive director since 1999. Carolyn helped found the museum in 1992. “I am involved with the community because I love living here and because I believe in its future,” she says. “I can see the difference my investment of time, money and energy have made here and would like to do more in the coming years.” buzz

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ress who’s had a history of heartbreaks and one night stands; McNally seems more interested in her and her insecurities ashe sets the play in her cluttered tworoom New York apartment. Johnny is a short order cook and former convict, who works in the same Greek restaurant with Frankie. He too has had a bad love history, with an ex-wife and kids who now live in Maine. If this all sounds a little familiar, some may remember the movie adaptation of this play. Back in 1991 Garry Marshall directed Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer in the little seen dramatic comedy called Frankie and Johnny—which like many of Marshall’s films was bittersweet, but mostly sweet and not nearly so frank. As the play opens, the dark stage’s silence is broken by the human sounds of noisy love- Steppenwolf ensemble members Laurie Metcalf (Frankie) and Yasen Peyankov (Johnny) in Frankie and Johnny in the making and ruffling bed sheets. Clair de Lune by Terrence McNally, opening at Steppenwolf Threatre Co., 1650 N. Halsted St. Pendleton spares no discreteness as both of his lead actors soon slip out of else to do, with someone you’ve been so Metcalf and Peyankov, as Frankie and the sheets in full nudity—Metcalf a bit intimate with just moments before. Johnny respectively. Looking a lot like more covered than Peyankov. McNally’s Not all of this is too profound ,as Holly Hunter, Metcalf seems a bit overdidialogue is also realistically raw with sex- McNally sprinkles his play with pop ‘70s rected at times in a sitcom fashion to ual slang and referencing colloquial and ‘80s references, reminiscent of Neil heighten laughs. Peyankov, with his phrases for sexual acts that some elderly Simon. Johnny talks his favorite Jack Eastern European accent, is at times a volaudiences may take offense. Nicholson movie Prizzi’s Honor, how it cano of passionate exclamations like, “I Unlike the softened Hollywood film was filmed in his neighborhood and how wanna drown in this woman. I wanna die adaptation, McNally’s script emphasizes important it is selecting his perfect date here!” He sounds like a serious, less more of the bitter emotions of the play’s movie and dinner to get his desired effect. manic, Robin Williams. Together Metcalf two characters and leaves little out of Later Frankie finds the night’s actions not and Peyankov make a believable pair. their reaching out for a moment’s physical going the way she expected and comAnd it’s these strong performances that passions, showing them with all their ments, “this is worse than Looking for Mr. make this production of this rather awkwarts, pimples and awkward body parts. Goodbar (a popular ‘70s bestseller and ward love story worthwhile. Many of the play’s most touching scenes Diana Keaton film). reveal the pain of vulnerable confessions Pendleton achieves effectively strong This Steppenwolf production, at 1650 N. and silly uneasiness of not knowing what and comical performances from both Halsted in Chicago, runs until August 29.

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onald Fodness is an art history student at the U of I, lives in Champaign and also makes visual art. He has had shows in Denver, Golden, and Loveland, Colorado; in Dayton, Ohio, and Champaign, Illinois, at Boneyard Pottery, he has been in several juried exhibitions. Including the North American Sculpture Exhibition Bienale, which was juried by Donald Lipski. Before going back to school he worked for five years intwo different Bronze art foundries in Colorado, and for individual artists. In Champaign, he also enjoy volunteering at the Preservation and Conservation Association when he has time.

What inspires you? The interconnectedness of everything is central to my spirituality, so I guess I am inspired by a lot of things; sometimes in a positive way, sometimes in a negative way, and sometimes the influence goes unnoticed. My “crypsis

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mearing blood upon his face from thornslashed forearms, he wiped the sweat from his brow. Marion’s hair stood on end, hearing a wicked laugh soar through the wind. It was Orko’s wail of victory, a sound many often heard echoing throughout the mountains, resulting from one of his hideous acts of wanton violence. As the laughter died in a faint whisper, Marion was seized with a glimmer of hope, seeing the splashing tide of river water ahead. The stream led to his cottage, which rested next to the water, two miles down the miniature rapid. Putting on a burst of speed, Marion wounded himself further as he leapt over branches and burst through shrubs, fleeing the Vahzgul, who was drawing ever closer. Seeing that his prey was escaping, the creature reciprocated the

pieces” were inspired by the way insects camouflage into their environment, and the possibility that I could achieve that degree of mimicry. I was also interested in the way those same insects become vulnerable in alternative environments. Often times the simple task of transformation, as a problem solving activity, provides me inspiration. The potential to remove everyday objects from their conventional intentions excite and motivates me. For instance, I created a coffee table by tipping a five-unit row of salvaged university lecture-hall seats on their side and constructed a cabinet to lay along the length. I really get excited by seeing others do this in ways that could possibly make significant social and environmental changes such as the use of soybeans as fuel, or the concept of Earthships, which utilize used tires and pop cans as construction materials. Who are some of your influences? As an art history major interested in modern and contemporary art, I find a lot of artists influential and/or interesting. The writings of Hakim Bey have influenced some of my thinking’ as well as Stephen Kaltenback’s early and recent works; most of all I like the way he made an art form out of “influence” by anonymously placing poetic phrases in the advertising section of Artforum during 1969. David Mesple’ who introduced me to Kaltenback has been a monumental direct influence in my life, as well as Denver video artist Matt Hunzeker, and sculptor Mark Upson who constructs meticulously intricate clocks that tell time relative to the viewer. Other artists who I find interesting are

speed, and demolished all within its path, acquiring small, but unnoticeable, cuts and bruises beneath its fur. As they came to the riverbank, drool swung from the Vahzgul’s mouth, as it snarled in anger, seeing the man leap off the edge. Beneath the water, Marion relaxed his muscles, knowing the river would give him a rough but safe trip. However, the escape Marion thought he achieved proved to be all too presumptuous, as he was seized with horror upon reaching the surface. . .the Vahzgul had dove in after him! Arms and legs flailing with the treacherous current, Marion attempted to swim out of harm’s way. It was a pointless gesture, as the beast’s claws pierced his stomach, dragging him close, as to rip him limb from limb. Seeing thick puddles of his precious blood spray onto the Vahzgul’s fur, Marion’s eyes rolled backwards, as he instinctively tried to block out the pain. Eyes shut, screaming in agony, he hadn’t noticed smoke rising from the creature’s blackening fur. Being too enthralled with the completion of its task, the Vahzgul had not been wary of its curse. No being of its race could be touched by water, as its purity clashed with their inherent evil. It tore as many pieces of Marion’s flesh away as possible until it’s body was set ablaze, making the pain unendurable.

Gerhard Richter, Roxy Paine, William Pope L., “situationists,” Eva Hesse, Allan Kaprow, Robert Rauschenberg, Armann, Nikki De saint Phale, Gabriel Orozco, Ed Kienholz. Piero Manzoni, Robert Morris, the hippies and Trenton Doyle Hancock. What environment do you like to work in? I usually keep my studio-space in a state of perceived chaos, yet somehow I have a sense of where everything is and belongs. I try to think of myself as always working on art; so I guess the space where I work is relative. Whether I am on the bus, buying groceries, or on the job; and I think about a piece, that’s really an integral part of the process so I guess my studio is everywhere. Plus I try to make small projects that could be done everywhere I go; ones that usually aren’t immediately perceived as art. Sometimes I smile at innocent bystanders, as if I know them, in hopes to close the gap, other times I reveal the synthetic or awkward aspect of smiles; it all depends on my spontaneous suspicion of what the viewer needs. I guess I started doing “out of gallery work” back on the Colorado front range when Matt Hunazier and I were art missionaries poetically shrining-out peoples doorsteps in the middle of the night. We would often assemble meticulously handcrafted art props among household items and ambiguous information in hopes of initiating streams of thought and associations. When and why did you start creating your art form? Due to shyness and difficulty with oral articulation, I have been making visual art probably since about kindergarten as an alternative form of communication. When I drew

The beast crawled ashore, howling, and Marion’s limp body floated downstream, dressed in a deep crimson blanket of water. Orko, infuriated with the beast’s incompetence, was fuming as he approached with his four counterparts. His anger was quelled, however, as he saw several strips of bloody flesh resting on the dirt ground of the forest. Disregarding the beast’s pleads for the flames to be extinguished, Orko took up the flesh and pulled a golden cup from his purse. He squeezed every single drop of blood he could into the cup, threw his head back, and swallowed it all. Feeling a burst of strength enter his body, Orko shivered with satisfaction, and became erect from his ecstatic lust for human blood. As the front of his unicorn hide, leather knickers bulged outward, his fantasy was interrupted by another howl from the Vahzgul. Angered that he was not allowed to enjoy the moment longer, Orko sighed and snapped his fingers, using restored powers that he had been far too weak to conjure only moments before. The flames disappeared, and the wolf-like creature crawled forward, licking the bunion-covered skin of Orko’s gnarled, clawlike toes. It was ever so grateful for his master’s mercy, as the Vahzgul’s were not only terrified of magic, but also reluctant to befriend anyone who

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as a kid people actually seemed to pay attention to my ideas, and people didn’t bug me about the proper way to do something. I still like that creative allowance, maybe that’s why I don’t want to impose any stylistic restrictions on myself. I don’t really have a specific art form. I do many different things (don’t we all) and it really depends on circumstance. When I worked at the foundry I casted a lot of bronzework. When it’s freezing outside and I just want to stay indoors I might paint. If I see an interesting object I imagine its possibilities until I am compelled to either use or discard it. If I see someone who needs a goofy smile, I give it to them.

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knew it. Orko only succeeded, because he lied, promising the beast power and control over his own colony of Vahzguls. He knelt and petted his foolish servant. “Hungry then?” Orko said, feeding the beast one piece of flesh at a time. The Vahzgul accepted, swallowing each piece whole, without chewing, then licking the remaining fragments and sticky blood from his master’s fingers. Orko was proud of his success the second time around, as the man had escaped him several days previous, being under the protection of magical charm he wore at the neck. In his foolishness, Orko had not anticipated such a thing, and resolved to solicit the aid of a nonmagical, but evil creature, which was now licking his palms. Orko stood suddenly, a chill running down his spine. Assuming Marion dead, Orko knew that if he didn’t scour the stream, he would lose the body! . . .alerting the magical senses of a certain person that he had no wish to deal with. “Come lads!” Marion left a trail of blood on the rocks and dirt over which he had clawed his way to his cottage door. Using all his strength left, he undid the latch and pushed the door open, immediately collapsing in the entrance. “Father!!!” To be continued. . . .

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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

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Aug 2004 rentals. One block west of First Street, close to campus in quiet neighborhood. Window A/C, Gas heat, carpet, covered parking available, laundry facilities. 1 bedrooms $395/mo and 2 bedrooms $610/mo. Shown 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

807 W. Oregon Large 3 Bedrooms, Dishwasher, Balcony, $985. Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com 810 W. Iowa 2 Bedroom Washer/dryer, dishwasher, some utilities included $700 Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com 901 W. MAIN 1 Bedroom basement, $450. All utilities included. Doyle Properties 398-3695 906 S OAK, C Remodeled 2 BR furished apartment. Laundry in apartment. $660. Steve Frerichs 369-1182

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707 W. Elm, U. August. Excellent campus location. Well maintained 2 and 3 BR apartments from $560/mo. Details at www.robsapartments.com. Call 8405134.

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VELVET REVOLVER Contraband RCA

★★★★ BY SAL NUDO

Contrary to popular belief, the Stone Temple Pilots’ finest hour took place on Shangri-La-Dee-Da, their fifth and perhaps final album from 2001. Shangri-La was a deft and diverse mix of hard-edged guitar, unique pop, great singing, genuine lyrics and topnotch songwriting that bests the band’s earlier work, which was itself excellent. Velvet Revolver’s Contraband has elements of Shangri-La, especially on some of the softer songs. Ex-STP front man Scott Weiland is one of those dynamic lead singers who truly has the ability to enhance any rock band he joins; combine him with ex-Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, plus Dave Kushner from Wasted Youth and Dave Navarro’s former band, and the results are formidable. The big-rock sound and grit on this record is no act; these guys have paid their dues, risen to the top, fallen and have come back to conquer the world. Weiland really carries this album in many ways. His versatile voice is like an instrument unto itself. Practically every song on Contraband has a raging chorus that adds razor-sharp melody to the surrounding guitars and drums, and the lyrics are every bit as soiled as past Axl Rose-penned G N’ R songs, if not more so. One thing’s for sure; Scott Weiland is miles away from his abstract early-’90s sensitive artist persona. Contraband is a myriad of expletivefilled exploits of drugs and sex gone sour. Scott Weiland, with his pumped-up and somewhat overproduced voice, holds nothing back. Underneath the music, strange and different-sounding voices are everywhere; there’s so much going on during the course of this busy record, in fact, that one listen is not enough to decide even half its merit. Elsewhere, Slash is scorching on lead guitar, like a windup toy aching to show off his stuff, while Dave Kushner on rhythm guitar adds solid texture throughout. Though G N’ R and STP were aggressive-sounding groups, I’m not sure either band ever made albums this loud and excitable, especially STP. Just as G N’ R and STP broke ground during the course of their storied careers, this huge-sounding record sets a new course for rock music in 2004. Fans of in-your-face rock and roll should embrace Contraband, since the history of these band members doesn’t exactly translate to stability and contentment within their surroundings. It’s a crapshoot as to how long this band will last. In the meantime, believe the hype, and check out Contraband.

COMETS ON FIRE Blue Cathedral Sub Pop

★★★★ BY LOGAN MOORE

I carefully place Blue Cathedral, the latest disc by Comets on Fire, into my stereo system and press play. As the surging amphetamine-fuelled biker riffage of “The Bee and the Cracking Egg” fills the entire room, the walls begin to shift and breath, buckling in on themselves, changing from a sickly green hue to a regal, sensuous magenta. Mirroring the

mind-altering wall of noise, the organ drone, the psychotic levels of distortion, the inhuman, screaming echoplex, Viking warriors kick down the sliding glass door, brandishing great iron axes, laying waste to my bedroom, splintering furniture, shattering light bulbs, cleaving the television in two. As they dance a war orgy of destruction to the pounding tribal drums a massive, black centipede drops from the ceiling and lands on my bed. Five feet in length, it rears back, towering above me, and produces a candy red Fender Stratocaster seemingly from nowhere. Holding the instrument with it’s upper mandibles, the centipede throws it’s head back and begins an apocalyptic solo, which while possibly the most beautiful thing heard by human ears, causes temporary deafness in all who hear it and shatters all glass for a radius of twelve blocks. In a recent interview for Arthur magazine, Devendra Banhart described Comets on Fire as “bar pyschedelia,” and hardly a more apt description fits their singular brand of gloriously noisy psych-rock. The guitars of Ethan Miller and Ben Chasny wail and screech echo out over galaxies before pummeling with white hot, bonecrushing hooks.These rise out of a miasma of vox organ, analog electronic noise, and the unparalleled abilities of one Noel Harmonson on Echoplex (a 60’s analog recording device which uses loops and adjustable tape heads to create ridiculous howls and screams). It’s all grounded by the gargantuan, lumbering bass of Ben Flashman and the frenzied, Keith Moon-esque skin pounding of Utrillo Belcher. Their latest, Blue Cathedral, manages to balance their more aggressive tendencies with a new-found sense for dynamics and a spice of straightforward instrumental jamming. The towering vox organ and ghostly, skyscraper riffs of “Brotherhood of the Harvest” lend it an eerie, cosmic majesty. “Blue Tomb” winds its way through four mind-expanding minutes of wild, titanic Zepplin-esque soloing and hulking, elephant bass before Noel Harmon son’s acid-drenched, reverberated, preacher vocals take center stage.Which isn’t to say that the band doesn’t tear it up like they did on their other two uniformly excellent CD’s. “Whiskey River” builds to bowel shaking climax as guitar, echoplex and free jazzstyle sax skronk all compete to blow your speakers, hurtling across the room directly through your skull.The brief moments of relative calm only serve to accentuate exactly how amazingly fucking noisy this band can is. Acoustic strumming is suddenly pierced by wildly, oscillating echoplex. Pianos tinkle plaintively against an aural wasteland of analog, space junk noise and molten guitar work. Blue Cathedral is a lot of things. It’s psychedelia robbed of its airy whimsicality, grounded in blood and sweat. It’s noise rock without the high-minded academics. And as my bedroom bursts into flames, the fires sway in time to the inter-stellar distortion, the flames reach up to lick the edges of the guitar as the centipede’s wildly flagellating insect digits continue to hammer out cerebellum-melting fretwork. I clutch my bleeding ears and pass out, safe in the knowledge that there’s no band like Comets on Fire.

THE ROOTS The Tipping Point Geffen

★★★ BY IMRAN SIDDIQUEE

hop to the next level. Three years later they dropped Phrenology, which was a step forward, and another classic album. It may have lacked the live feeling of its predecessors, as more production was added, but it signaled that The Roots were continuing towards taking authentic hip-hop back to the masses. Or so I thought. The Tipping Point is not the progressive record I’ve been praying for. It is a couple steps backward actually, and that may not sound so bad at first, considering the first couple Roots albums really captured the awesome feeling of their live performances, but this album doesn’t do that fully either. It is somewhere in the middle, undefined, and though there are some stellar tracks, it is wholly unfulfilling. With only 10 tracks, the main problem may be the short length of the album. There does not seem to be a clear connecting force, and perhaps it is not aloud to grow, as it does on almost all The Roots albums, because of the length. The socially conscious rap is still there, but it does flow smoothly throughout. Yet, don’t get me wrong, I love this album. It’s better than any other hip-hop release this year (with the exception of maybe Cee-Lo Green’s opus), and the fact that Black Thought actually says something important in his rhymes is more than admirable. The Roots still strive to bring true hip-hop to the commercial market, and perhaps they will accomplish that with this record. The title of the record refers to a Malcolm Gladwell book of the same name, which spells out a theory that ideas can spread through society just like viruses. With these lofty goals in my mind, The Roots set out to infect us with hip-hop fever. It opens with huge promise; “Star” is one of the finer tracks the Philly-five have ever released. It’s a mixture of Sly and the Family Stone sampling and an addictive beat. The first single off the album,“Don’t Say Nuthin,” is obviously intended to be the most commercial of the songs, but Black Thought is on full-blast during the entire song so it doesn’t disappoint at all. He is the most underrated lyricist in all of hip-hop, and on “Web” and “Boom” he shines like never before, storming through rhymes like the best rappers of the old-school (Big Daddy Kane might come to mind). But on “I Don’t Care”and “Duck Down”The Roots completely miss the target. These songs also seem to be commercially driven, but whereas “Don’t Say Nuthin” has stellar production as well as Black Thought, ?uestlove and crew giving it their all, these songs are lackluster at best.The band seems to limp through them, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they become the next two singles, as they seem radio ready. Yet the redeeming qualities of “Why”and the hilarious cameo of Dave Chappelle on “The Mic” save the record from falling too far below Roots standards. There is also the concerted effort to regain the hip-hop band feel of the earlier records, and that is a respectable move by the group. Though they do not capitalize on the promise built-up by the progression of their last two records, they still provide a nice, albeit short, collection of songs. And since The Roots off their game are still better than everyone else on their game, this is an album worth checking out. But if you are looking for something more, go get Things Fall Apart-now that is a life-changing experience.

THE GAMITS Antidote

produced a quality album in a genre that usually does not produce them. The album starts out with the upbeat “Dotted Lines” which at its heart is a love song, but with a raw sound and creative lyrics jumps out as a standout song on the album.The album fades in and out between more speed driven tracks and slower ones but the band manages to make both styles work. Tracks like “Curious Vanessa Black” and “Like White Noise” are heavy guitar driven songs that take a page out of Green Day’s repertoire to create a punk sound that the mainstream can latch on to. The Gamits are able to separate themselves from other bands in their genre because their album is not as stale and formulaic. Antidote succeeds in making an album that is raw enough to be respected but pop enough to make it accessible. Although, The Gamits have sold rather well in Italy and Japan they have not yet hit the mainstream stateside. With their newest release, The Gamits have begun to fuse together their new lineup and create a more mature sound. Whether or not The Gamits will find the mainstream success of their peers remains to be seen, but the fact that made a respectable pop punk album puts them miles in front of the competition.

CHARTS PARASOL RECORDS TOP 10 SELLERS 1. Kevin Tihista’s Red Terror - Wake Up Captain (Parasol) 2. Velvet Crush - Stereo Blues (Action Musik) 3. The Heavy Blinkers - The Night And I Are Still Young (Endearing) 4. Angie Heaton - Let It Ride (Parasol) 5. Kings Of Convenience - Riot on an Empty Street (Astralwerks) 6. Low - A Lifetime of Temporary Relief: B-Sides & Rarities (Chair Kickers) 7. Sukilove - You Kill Me (A Hidden Agenda Record) 8. The Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat (Rough Trade) 9. Comets On Fire - Blue Cathedral (Sub Pop) 10. Galaxie 500 Uncollected Galaxie 500 (Rykodisc)

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A couple years back I stumbled across Things Fall Apart, The Roots’ fourth studio album. At the time I was a casual hip-hop/rap fan, sometimes I caught something on the radio or listened to some Tupac. But mainly I stuck to my Blonde on Blonde or the latest brit-pop Oasis clone I could get my hands on. But combined with Talib Kweli and Mos Def a few years later, The Roots changed my whole perception of the genre. Suddenly I couldn’t get enough hip-hop, from the latest Jay-Z and Nas to all the old school stuff I could find. Then I went and saw “the legendary Roots crew” (as lead vocalist Black Thought often refers to the band) live, and was completely blown away again, I was now thoroughly obsessed. The thing about Things Fall Apart is that I never found another record like it. Black Star is a great album, but The Roots made a monumental statement with their 1999 masterpiece, they were the best band in hip-hop, and they cared about their art. They were ready to take hip-

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Punk pop is a term that has been around for a while and many bands have used it to describe their sound. Bands such have New Found Glory, Blink 182, and Good Charlotte have emerged from this genre to find success in the mainstream. Another band trying to follow in their footsteps are The Gamits. While their sound is not quite as pop as their predecessors, they do refer to their songs as power pop with catchy melodies.The beauty of The Gamits is to write power pop songs in an unconventional way, relying more on power than the in your face pop that other bands of this genre use. Out of Colorado, The Gamits have been at it since 1995 and on their newest release Antidote founding member Chris Fogal has completely overhauled the band’s lineup to include a new bassist and drummer. The latest incarnation of The Gamits has

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wenty-four musicians clad in pillowy white robes cram onto a small stage with musicians ranging from a ten-member choir to a harpist and theremin player. Their neo-psychedelic chamber-pop is so energetic that the intimate venues they frequent are barely able to contain it. This is The Polyphonic Spree. “We’re like a choral symphonic pop band, but seeing us live is like rock theater. It’s two different things,” says James Reimer, the trombonist of The Polyphonic Spree. Considering their extreme idiosyncrasies, it’s hardly surprising that a lot of literature about this Dallas ‘happening’ is dedicated to the fabrication of rumors, such as them being Heaven’s Gate-type cult or that they are constantly tripped out on psychedelics. “I don’t even drink caffeine,” says Reimer, “I am sure that there are a couple of people that probably use very minor drugs recreationally, but it’s not an issue. They make up things about every band. People will let their imaginations run wild. I think we’re past the point of being tired of it, and we just get a kick out of reading it.” In fact not only is the band’s behavior neither erratic nor extreme, but the truth is that they have generally neither embraced celebrity status nor attempted to attain it.

“We’re very, very normal,” says Reimer, “A lot of us can’t wait to get back to the bus to play video games, or read, or do whatever. [The band] is kind of our life, but at home we take the robes off and we can still buy our groceries in peace.” The majority of bands find extensive touring to be stressful, with the claustrophobic conditions under which they travel straining relationships between bandmates. For The Polyphonic Spree, who have required up to a dozen full-sized vans to accommodate all of their members, such extravagance hasn’t been so much of an added stress, as an extra degree of freedom. “It’s an expensive endeavor but it’s like one continuous class trip,” says Reimer, “You think it would be a nightmare but it’s a lot of fun. It actually eases a lot of tensions a lot of bands normally have, because if you feel some animosity towards someone you can just go talk to a bunch of other people.” Upon its emergence a few years ago, the band was labeled as a novelty act, but since escaping that title their rise to fame has been exponential. Their single “Light and Day” has featured in both a Volkswagen and an iPod advertising campaign. Meanwhile they had a couple of songs on the soundtrack to The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as well as composing original music for the forthcoming indie flick Thumbsucker which stars Vince Vaughn, Keanu Reeves and Vincent D’Onofrio. They have played at and headlined several notable festivals in Europe and the States, including Coachella and the world renowned Glastonbury Festival in England.

“The short story is that when Tim was putEven David Bowie asked them to accompa- ting together the band for the very first show, it only had a few people in it”, says Reimer, ny him in support of his recent tour. The Polyphonic Spree is adjusting to “Word kind of got out from there. I noticed their newfound success, but four of its mem- that they didn’t have a trombone player, so I ebers, have been in the limelight for quite some mailed the manager out of the blue and ended time. Vocalist-guitarist Tim DeLaughter, up getting a response telling me to go to pracbassist Mark Pirro and drummer Mitch tice. A lot of people knew someone or knew Marine were three of a quartet that comprised someone who knew someone.” Whilst synchronizing the creative processes Tripping Daisy. The year after the alternative grunge outfit released the lauded 1998 album of two dozen individuals might seem another difficult task, The Jesus Hits Like The Polyphonic Spree Atom Bomb, they hasn’t encountered were dropped from much of a problem. Island Records, caus“Tim’s the instigaing them to form tor of the band,” says their own label, Reimer, “We have our Good Records, – James Reimer, own sphere of influthrough which to trombonist of The Polyphonic Spree ence to put on the release an eponyfinal product. He mous CD. Shortly comes in with a piano before its release guior guitar written song tarist, Wes Berggren, died of an overdose of cocaine, propoxyphene and brings it to us and it’s our job to color it in and benzodiazepine. The band broke up, and with our own musical crayons.” The first song DeLaughter wrote after the after taking some time off, frontman DeLaughter attempted to form a new band. death of his Tripping Daisy band-mate was He saw this as both an extension of and a reac- “Section 2 – It’s The Sun”. Its lyrics include tion to Tripping Daisy that embraced the same lines like “Suicide is a shame” and “Hope has joie de vivre found in bands such as The come / You are safe”. “It’s very obvious lyrically that that’s spawned Flaming Lips. “It came out of Tripping Daisy, it’s a natu- right out of those feelings,” says Reimer, “There’s ral process,” says Reimer, “when you listen a hint of sadness but it’s a lot more hopeful about to the last two records it seems obvious. I getting through the situation.” The band’s music is enriched by the fact that think Tim was just going for a specific sound at that point and had been thinking about it though the musicians have diverse backfor a while, but wasn’t getting it from just grounds, their influences are at the least within the same realm. five guys.” “The sound Tim’s going for is influenced by To form his huge ensemble, DeLaughter didn’t really pursue musicians, but assumed ELO and a lot of late 60s and 70s rock and pop,” says Reimer, “but everyone brings to the they would find him.

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(217) 328-3030 2 BR apt. Clean, quiet, well maintained. Responsible owner. $520. Includes parking and water. 808 W. Springfield, U. 684-2226. 2 BR. with loft near First and Green. Skylights, deck. Own W/D. Parking. Have to see! Aug-Aug. $365 each. 356-1991.

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ThursdayAugust05 LIVE MUSIC Young Kim Trio – Iron Post, 7-9pm Acoustic Music Series: Paul Kotheimer – Aroma, 8pm, free Terminus Victor, V9R9D, AD/HD – Mike ’n Molly’s, 9pm, cover Country Connection – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Jeff Helgesen Quintet – jazz – Zorba's, 9:30pm, $3 Green Floyd, Los Tios Buenos – Canopy Club, 10pm, $3 Midnight Special: Darrin Drda’s Theory of Everything, Skeletons – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free Bill Passalaqua and The Ginn Sisters – Iron Post, 10pm

DJ DJ J-Phlip – house – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Stifler – ’80s hair bands – Tommy G’s, 9pm, free Salsa DJ – Nargile, 10pm DJ Bozak – Boltini, 10:30pm, free DJ – Diamonds in Rantoul, 9pm-1am, free

KARAOKE Live Band Karaoke: The Cheezy Trio – The Highdive, 10pm, $3 "G" Force Karaoke – Pia's in Rantoul, 9pm-1am

FridayAugust06 LIVE MUSIC Desafinado – Cowboy Monkey, 5-7pm, free The Prairie Dogs – Iron Post, 5-7pm The Bryan Holloway Somethin’ – Mike ’n Molly's, 5-7pm, cover Cougars, Missing the Point – The Highdive, 7:3010pm, $5 Maxlider, Brother Embassy, The Locked Sound – Canopy Club, 9pm, $5 Dank 454 – Diamonds in Rantoul, 9pm-1am, $3 Al Ierardi – blues – Tommy G’s, 5-7pm, free X-Krush – Tommy G’s, 10pm, cover Country Connection – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free jigGsaw, 12 Ways from Sunday – Iron Post, 10pm, $3 Horshack – Nargile, 10pm, cover elsinore – White Horse Inn, 10pm, free The Boat Drunks – Fat City Saloon, 8pm, $5 Buick All-Stars – Hubers, 8pm, free

DJ DJ Bozak – hip-hop – Barfly, 9pm, free Onda Tropicale – reggae, island, Brasilian house – Cowboy Monkey, 9pm, free DJ Missus (part of Paradiso’s Midnight Garage Sale) – Caffe Paradiso, 9pm-Sat morning, free DJ Mighty Dog – Jackson’s Ribs-n-Tips, 9pm-2am, free DJ J-Phlip – Boltini, 10pm, free DJ Tim Williams, DJ Vamp – The Highdive, 10pm, $5

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MondayAugust09

SaturdayAugust07

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LIVE MUSIC The Humans, Remember Arlington, Equivalent Sin, Sherlock, Epilogue, The Center, Voice of Silence, Fallen Hours – outdoor show – Wake the Dead Cafe, 2pm, free Music Among the Vines: Kathy Harden and the King Bees – Alto Vineyards, 8pm, $3 The Impalas – Hubers, 8pm, free Blues Deacons – blues – Tommy G’s, 10pm, cover Kate Hathaway, Larry Gates, Erin Fein – Iron Post, 9pm, $3 Solips, Bear Claw, Gristle – Mike ’n Molly's, 9pm Country Connection – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Desolate Sky, Chainsaw Homicide – Canopy Club, 10pm, $5 Jakehead – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $4

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Jazz Jam with ParaDocs – Iron Post, 8pm Jazz Night – Nargile, 10pm Open Mic Night hosted by Adam Wolfe – White Horse Inn, 9:30, free Open Mic with host Mike Ingram – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free

DJ DJ Carlos – hip-hop – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Betty Rocker – Mike ’n Molly's, 10pm, $1 DJ Bozak – Boltini, 10:30pm, free DJ – Jackson’s Ribs-n-Tips, 8-11pm, free

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

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

DJ Resonate – hip-hop – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Lamont – Diamonds in Rantoul, 9pm-1am, $4 DJ Limbs – Boltini, 10pm, free DJ Mighty Dog – Jackson’s Ribs-n-Tips, 9pm-2am, free DJ Impact – house – Nargile, 10pm, free DJ Tim Williams – dance – The Highdive, 10pm, $5

DANCING Salsa dancing – Lava, 11pm-2am

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

TuesdayAugust10 LIVE MUSIC Crystal River – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Open Mic/Open Jam hosted by Brandon T. Washington – Canopy club, 10pm, free Eldest Son – Nargile, 10pm, $3 Adam Wolfe's Acoustic Night with Jess Greenlee – Tommy G's, 10pm, free

DJ Irish DJ – Mike ’n Molly’s, 5-10pm, free DJ Sophisto – Barfly, 9pm, free 2ON2OUT – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free DJ Jim "Boo" Creason – Mike ’n Molly's, 10pm, $1 NOX: DJ ZoZo – goth & industrial – The Highdive, $2 DJ J-Phlip – Boltini, 10:30pm, free

SundayAugust08 LIVE MUSIC Mary Mulliken – Iron Post, 8pm Crystal River – Rose Bowl Tavern, 8:30pm, free Cameron McGill, Portrait Perfume, Sick Day – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $4 Apollo Project, Imaginary Smear Machine – Nargile, 10pm, $3 Sick Day, Cameron McGill, Portrait Perfume – rock – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $4

DJ DJ Delayney – hip-hop, funk, downbeat – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Bozak – Boltini, 10:30pm, free

KARAOKE “G” Force Karaoke/DJ – Diamonds in Rantoul, 9pm1am, free

WednesdayAugust11 LIVE MUSIC

KARAOKE

Green Mountain Grass – Iron Post, 9pm Hard Poor Korn – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Kilborn Alley – Tommy G's, 9pm, free Open Mic Night: Doxy – Nargile, 10pm

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

DJ Chef Ra – reggae – Barfly, 9pm, free Salsateca! DJ Bris – Cowboy Monkey, 9pm, free DJ Mo – Diamonds in Rantoul, 9pm-1am, free DJ Boardwalk (Joel Spencer) – Mike ’n Molly's,

Thursday & Friday, August 5 & 6 9am – 5pm Saturday, August 7 10am – 4:30pm

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Dancing – Lava, 9pm-2am, cover

The Beta Band announced on their website that the band will be calling it quits by the end of the year, citing a lack of sales and resulting tension. The band will tour the U.K. this fall. Members Steve Mason and Richard Greentree are at work on solo projects while John Maclean will split his time between film and music.

KARAOKE “Liquid Courage Karaoke” – Geovanti’s on campus, 10pm-2am

C-UVENUES

CHICAGOSHOWS 8/5 Liz Phair, Cardigans, Katy Rose, Charlotte Martin @ Skyline Stage 8/5 American Idols Live @ United Center 8/5 David Cassidy @ House of Blues 8/5 Harry Connick Jr. @ Rosemont Theatre 8/6 Cibelle @ HotHouse 8/6 Marah @ Schubas 8/6 Los Strait Jackets @ Abbey Pub 8/6 Raoul Belmans @ Smart Bar 8/6 A.C. Newman @ Bottom Lounge 8/6 Mr. Cheeks @ House of Blues, 18+

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Alto Vineyards 4210 N Duncan Rd, Champaign, 356-4784 Assembly Hall First & Florida, Champaign, 333-5000 American Legion Post 71 107 N Broadway, Urbana, 367-3121 Barfly 120 N Neil, Champaign,352-9756 Barnes and Noble 51 E Marketview, Champaign, 355-2045 Boardman’s Art Theater 126 W Church, Champaign, 351-0068 Boltini Lounge 211 N Neil, Champaign, 378-8001 Borders Books & Music 802 W Town Ctr, Champaign, 351-9011 The Brass Rail 15 E University, Champaign, 352-7512 Canopy Club (Garden Grill) 708 S Goodwin, Urbana, 367-3140 Channing-Murray Foundation 1209 W Oregon, Urbana, 3441176 C.O. Daniels 608 E Daniel, Champaign, 337-7411 Cosmopolitan Club 307 E John, Champaign, 367-3079 Courtyard Cafe Illini Union, 1401 W Green, Urbana, 333-4666 Cowboy Monkey 6 Taylor St, Champaign, 398-2688 Clybourne 706 S Sixth, Champaign, 383-1008 Curtis Orchard 3902 S Duncan Rd, Champaign, 359-5565 Diamonds Steak House & Lounge 424 S Century Blvd, Rantoul, 893-8449 D.R. Diggers 604 S Country Fair Dr, Champaign, 356-0888 Elmer’s Club 45 3525 N Cunningham, Urbana, 344-3101 Embassy Tavern & Grill 114 S Race, Urbana, 384-9526 Esquire Lounge 106 N Walnut, Champaign, 398-5858 Fallon’s Ice House 703 N Prospect, Champaign, 398-5760 Fat City Saloon 505 S Chestnut, Champaign, 356-7100 The Great Impasta 114 W Church, Champaign, 359-7377 G.T.’s Western Bowl Francis Dr, Champaign, 359-1678 Highdive 51 Main, Champaign, 359-4444 Huber’s 1312 W Church, Champaign, 352-0606 Illinois Disciples Foundation 610 E Springfield, Champaign, 352-8721 Independent Media Center 218 W Main St, Urbana, 344-8820 The Iron Post 120 S Race, Urbana, 337-7678 Joe’s Brewery 706 S Fifth, Champaign, 384-1790 Kam’s 618 E Daniel, Champaign, 328-1605 Krannert Art Museum 500 E Peabody, Champaign, 333-1861 Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 500 S Goodwin, Urbana,Tickets: 333-6280, 800-KCPATIX La Casa Cultural Latina 1203 W Nevada, Urbana, 333-4950 Lava 1906 W Bradley, Champaign, 352-8714 Legends Bar & Grill 522 E Green, Champaign, 355-7674 Lincoln Castle 209 S Broadway, Urbana, 344-7720 Lowe’s Big Barrel & Summer Club 14 N Hazel, Danville, 442-8090 Malibu Bay Lounge North Route 45, Urbana, 328-7415 Mike n’ Molly’s 105 N Market, Champaign, 355-1236 Mulligan’s 604 N Cunningham, Urbana, 367-5888 Murphy’s 604 E Green, Champaign, 352-7275 Nargile 207 W Clark St, Champaign Neil Street Pub 1505 N Neil, Champaign, 359-1601 The Office 214 W Main, Urbana, 344-7608 Parkland College 2400 W Bradley, Champaign, 351-2528 Phoenix 215 S Neil, Champaign, 355-7866 Pia’s of Rantoul Route 136 E, Rantoul, 893-8244 Pink House Routes 49 & 150, Ogden, 582-9997 The Rainbow Coffeehouse 1203 W Green, Urbana, 766-9500 Red Herring/Channing-Murray Foundation 1209 W Oregon, Urbana, 344-1176 Rose Bowl Tavern 106 N Race, Urbana, 367-7031 Springer Cultural Center 301 N Randolph, Champaign, 355-1406 Spurlock Museum 600 S Gregory, Urbana, 333-2360 The Station Theatre 223 N Broadway, Urbana, 384-4000 Strawberry Fields Cafe 306 W Springfield, Urbana, 328-1655 Sweet Betsy’s 805 S Philo Rd, Urbana, 344-0414 Ten Thousand Villages 105 N Walnut, Champaign, 352-8938 TK Wendl’s 1901 S Highcross Rd, Urbana, 255-5328 Tommy G’s 123 S Mattis Ave, Country Fair Shopping Center, 359-2177 Tonic 619 S Wright, Champaign, 356-6768 Two Main 2 Main, Champaign, 359-3148 University YMCA 1001 S Wright, Champaign, 344-0721 Verde/Verdant 17 E Taylor St, Champaign, 366-3204 Virginia Theatre 203 W Park Ave, Champaign, 356-9053 White Horse Inn 112 1/2 E Green, Champaign, 352-5945 Zorba’s 627 E Green, Champaign, 344-0710

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Neko Case will release two albums via the Anti- label due out in the coming months. A live album entitled The Tigers Have Spoken is due out November 9 Tim DeLaughter is the lead singer, founder and “vision” for The Polyphonic Spree.

table what influenced them and that’s the general era where everyone’s at.” The band’s current high profile serves as a counterpoint to the circumstances of their first album, The Beginning Stages Of…, which was distributed by the Dallas-based Good Records. “The first CD was recorded as a demo about 90 days into the band’s existence,” says Reimer, “It was never really meant to be a record, but it just kept getting released and rereleased. It was bad and we had to live with that for four years.” Last month Hollywood Records released the band’s new album, Together We’re Heavy, which was considerably more confident and mature than its predecessor. Some of its best moments come from minimalist sound blends that contrast the more ostentatious crescendos that the band has become known for. The record is also noticeably more polished. “The new album has been recorded for a year and a half,” says Reimer. “Instead of being recorded in three days it was three months, not including mixing and matching. The songs are a lot more elaborate and flowy than the first album, and it’s a little more angsty.” Optimism has always featured in The Polyphonic Spree’s music, but Reimer says that there is definitely more to it.

“Going back and listening to our new record, I read a lot of things saying how happy our records are. Our music is about hope but I hear a lot of darker moments.” Ultimately The Polyphonic Spree is one of the most unique and spectacular live shows currently touring, and the band is always ready to live up to their reputation. “What we really want to do is to put on a good show,” says Reimer. “To earn the good money people pay to see us perform, and to play as close to perfectly as possible every time. If you really feel the moment, the crowd will give you what they have and you need to give it back to them in the form of music.” buzz The Polyphonic Spree will be at Chicago’s Park West on August 13 and 14. Tickets are $15 for one night or $25 for both. Their latest album Together We’re Heavy was just released on Hollywood Records. The Buzz’s Shadie Elnashai at last year’s Polyphonic Spree concert in Chicago at the Metro. Concert footage was used for the music video of “Light and Day” which featured snippets of Shadie in a gleeful sing-a-long. See the video for yourself on The Polyphonic Spree’s website.

Skeletons: bare bones and beautiful M

att Mehlan is the brains and main performer behind Skeletons. He blends an electro-synth sound with traditional instruments such as violin creating distortion and noise in a layered sound. Skeletons’ second CD Life and the Afterbirth was released last year on super-indie label Shinkoyo and has garnered several postive reviews. Mehlan has a low-key style that never plays up his weird but accesible music. With lyrics like “If you give me the chance I’d like to / Fuck away your memory / Fuck away mistakes I’ve made” the singer has no problems expressing himself and connecting with the listener. His vocals fall lightly on the ears with a soft-spoken delivery that infects the listener’s brain. Shocking at times, but at others he achieves a comforting and beautiful sound. It walks the line of too dark and depressing only to emerge bright and full of vitality. Avant-garde on the surface, but the music breaks traditional pop molds with memorable hooks and lyrics. –J.D. Check out Skeletons tonight at the Cowboy Monkey. There is no cover and with Theory of Everything also performing. The show starts at 11 p.m.

comprised of a series of shows recorded earlier this year in Chicago and Toronto. An as yet untitled studio album is due for the spring of 2005.

Built to Spill will be touring this August and September all up and down the West Coast including a date at the Bumbershoot Festival and a date with former Dinosaur Jr. frontman Jay Mascis. Additionally the band announced plans for a new album to be released some time this fall. What the hell? Moment of the week

In a recent interview with The Irish Examiner former Motley Crue bassist and acid washed deity to millions of trailer park denizens, Nicki Sixx made a startling revelation. He expressed remorse over the grief his mildly pornographic 80’s stage antics must have caused parents after taking his daughter to see a Backstreet Boys concert. Apparently he was forced to cover his daughter’s eyes when A.J. Maclean, you know “the bad one”, vigorously felt up his nether regions during the show. To be fair though, if it were Mr. Sixx up there, he would have most likely produced the goods and asked your daughter back stage.

GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE IT IN RADIO? WPGU-FM is looking for highly motivated and creative students to work in radio production and as advertising copywriters.

Interested applicants should contact Scott Downs [244.3011] or scott@illinimedia.com for more information.


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Rockin rockabilly

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ICK DAY is another local band with plenty of spirit. They make light, energetic rock music that is both catchy and upbeat.

Adam Wolfe, a regular on the C-U music scene, leads the group and sways the band’s sound through his distinct vocals toward a largely straight rock sound. They are a great band to check out if you feel like having a few drinks with friends set to some local rock music. Many of the songs will have you bobbing your head along to and many will have you out of your seat shakin’ your whole body to. Whatever your participation style is, Sick Day pro-

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Monkey along with CAMERON MCGILL and PORTRAIT PERFUME. Music starts at 10 p.m. Cover is $4.

ocal band JAKEHEAD performs rockabilly music with ease and energy

from their high energy instrumentals. The members do not merely play their

– a great band to check out for anyone who is into this genre of music.

instruments, they pound them, spin them, dance with them. They have fun

The band captures the twangy rock and roll sound of rockabilly, a sound

on stage and they clearly love the music they are creating each night on

that blends rock and blues using a steady bassline as the bridge between

stage. So if you love rockabilly, chances are you’ll love Jakehead. Check out

the different influences. It is this sound that is the band’s strong point. The

the band at Cowboy Monkey this Saturday. Music starts at 10 p.m. with a

vocals are great but the real juice of Jakehead’s high energy sound comes

$4 cover.

THE CELEBRATION COMPANY AT THE STATION THEATRE

“The Medium, The Telephone” By Menotté

Directed by Jim Dobbs July 29 - 31 and August 1, 4 - 7

Ten Thousand Villages 105 North Walnut, Downtown Champaign Mon–Sat 10–5:30, Fri 10–8:30 217-352-8200 FAIRLY TRADED HANDICRAFTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

tenthousandvillages.com

Discover beautiful gifts and home decor, all handcrafted by artisans in 32 countries around the world.

All shows at 8 p.m. Ticket prices: $10 Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday $12 Friday and Saturday Wednesday 2 for 1

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ocal blues band THE IMPALAS have been on the Champaign-Urbana

n the mood for some scavenging that doesn’t involve dumpster diving? Check out Caffe Paradiso’s Midnight Garage

Sale. Every year, the coffee shop’s parking lot morphs into a

scene since late 1997 and are still going strong. Made up of Dawna

giant yard sale filled with 20 or so people’s discarded treasures

Nelson on vocals, Peter Roubal on saxophone, John Tubbs on bass, and

that are just waiting for you to claim them and take them. The

Bruce “Bruiser” Rummenie on vocals and guitar, these four musicians fit

sale lasts from this Friday, from 9 p.m. through the night and

perfectly together, timing every song just right and bringing out the style

into Saturday morning – basically till the last person gives in

of blues music on every track. The group gives an electric live show, getting you out of your seat in no time to dance along to their heavy blues beats and instrumental jam sessions. They play original music and they play it with style – don’t miss the show. Check out The Impalas Friday at Tommy G’s. Music starts at 10 p.m.

Partially funded by Illinois Arts Council

sick day at sicklyy

vide a fun soundtrack. Check out the band Sunday at Cowboy

Treasure hunt

and falls asleep. DJ Missus will be spinning, so you can browse to all the right tunes. And to top it all off, you score a free cup of coffee if you show up in pajamas or, better yet, a pirate get-up. Count me in for the pirate get-up, for sure.


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Rockin rockabilly

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ICK DAY is another local band with plenty of spirit. They make light, energetic rock music that is both catchy and upbeat.

Adam Wolfe, a regular on the C-U music scene, leads the group and sways the band’s sound through his distinct vocals toward a largely straight rock sound. They are a great band to check out if you feel like having a few drinks with friends set to some local rock music. Many of the songs will have you bobbing your head along to and many will have you out of your seat shakin’ your whole body to. Whatever your participation style is, Sick Day pro-

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rockabilly

Monkey along with CAMERON MCGILL and PORTRAIT PERFUME. Music starts at 10 p.m. Cover is $4.

ocal band JAKEHEAD performs rockabilly music with ease and energy

from their high energy instrumentals. The members do not merely play their

– a great band to check out for anyone who is into this genre of music.

instruments, they pound them, spin them, dance with them. They have fun

The band captures the twangy rock and roll sound of rockabilly, a sound

on stage and they clearly love the music they are creating each night on

that blends rock and blues using a steady bassline as the bridge between

stage. So if you love rockabilly, chances are you’ll love Jakehead. Check out

the different influences. It is this sound that is the band’s strong point. The

the band at Cowboy Monkey this Saturday. Music starts at 10 p.m. with a

vocals are great but the real juice of Jakehead’s high energy sound comes

$4 cover.

THE CELEBRATION COMPANY AT THE STATION THEATRE

“The Medium, The Telephone” By Menotté

Directed by Jim Dobbs July 29 - 31 and August 1, 4 - 7

Ten Thousand Villages 105 North Walnut, Downtown Champaign Mon–Sat 10–5:30, Fri 10–8:30 217-352-8200 FAIRLY TRADED HANDICRAFTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

tenthousandvillages.com

Discover beautiful gifts and home decor, all handcrafted by artisans in 32 countries around the world.

All shows at 8 p.m. Ticket prices: $10 Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday $12 Friday and Saturday Wednesday 2 for 1

The Impalas get swingin’ L

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ocal blues band THE IMPALAS have been on the Champaign-Urbana

n the mood for some scavenging that doesn’t involve dumpster diving? Check out Caffe Paradiso’s Midnight Garage

Sale. Every year, the coffee shop’s parking lot morphs into a

scene since late 1997 and are still going strong. Made up of Dawna

giant yard sale filled with 20 or so people’s discarded treasures

Nelson on vocals, Peter Roubal on saxophone, John Tubbs on bass, and

that are just waiting for you to claim them and take them. The

Bruce “Bruiser” Rummenie on vocals and guitar, these four musicians fit

sale lasts from this Friday, from 9 p.m. through the night and

perfectly together, timing every song just right and bringing out the style

into Saturday morning – basically till the last person gives in

of blues music on every track. The group gives an electric live show, getting you out of your seat in no time to dance along to their heavy blues beats and instrumental jam sessions. They play original music and they play it with style – don’t miss the show. Check out The Impalas Friday at Tommy G’s. Music starts at 10 p.m.

Partially funded by Illinois Arts Council

sick day at sicklyy

vide a fun soundtrack. Check out the band Sunday at Cowboy

Treasure hunt

and falls asleep. DJ Missus will be spinning, so you can browse to all the right tunes. And to top it all off, you score a free cup of coffee if you show up in pajamas or, better yet, a pirate get-up. Count me in for the pirate get-up, for sure.


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ThursdayAugust05 LIVE MUSIC Young Kim Trio – Iron Post, 7-9pm Acoustic Music Series: Paul Kotheimer – Aroma, 8pm, free Terminus Victor, V9R9D, AD/HD – Mike ’n Molly’s, 9pm, cover Country Connection – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Jeff Helgesen Quintet – jazz – Zorba's, 9:30pm, $3 Green Floyd, Los Tios Buenos – Canopy Club, 10pm, $3 Midnight Special: Darrin Drda’s Theory of Everything, Skeletons – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free Bill Passalaqua and The Ginn Sisters – Iron Post, 10pm

DJ DJ J-Phlip – house – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Stifler – ’80s hair bands – Tommy G’s, 9pm, free Salsa DJ – Nargile, 10pm DJ Bozak – Boltini, 10:30pm, free DJ – Diamonds in Rantoul, 9pm-1am, free

KARAOKE Live Band Karaoke: The Cheezy Trio – The Highdive, 10pm, $3 "G" Force Karaoke – Pia's in Rantoul, 9pm-1am

FridayAugust06 LIVE MUSIC Desafinado – Cowboy Monkey, 5-7pm, free The Prairie Dogs – Iron Post, 5-7pm The Bryan Holloway Somethin’ – Mike ’n Molly's, 5-7pm, cover Cougars, Missing the Point – The Highdive, 7:3010pm, $5 Maxlider, Brother Embassy, The Locked Sound – Canopy Club, 9pm, $5 Dank 454 – Diamonds in Rantoul, 9pm-1am, $3 Al Ierardi – blues – Tommy G’s, 5-7pm, free X-Krush – Tommy G’s, 10pm, cover Country Connection – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free jigGsaw, 12 Ways from Sunday – Iron Post, 10pm, $3 Horshack – Nargile, 10pm, cover elsinore – White Horse Inn, 10pm, free The Boat Drunks – Fat City Saloon, 8pm, $5 Buick All-Stars – Hubers, 8pm, free

DJ DJ Bozak – hip-hop – Barfly, 9pm, free Onda Tropicale – reggae, island, Brasilian house – Cowboy Monkey, 9pm, free DJ Missus (part of Paradiso’s Midnight Garage Sale) – Caffe Paradiso, 9pm-Sat morning, free DJ Mighty Dog – Jackson’s Ribs-n-Tips, 9pm-2am, free DJ J-Phlip – Boltini, 10pm, free DJ Tim Williams, DJ Vamp – The Highdive, 10pm, $5

WANT TO GET YOUR EVENT LISTED ON OUR CALENDAR? Send your listings to calendar@readbuzz.com | AUGUST 5 - 11, 2004

MondayAugust09

SaturdayAugust07

LIVE MUSIC

LIVE MUSIC The Humans, Remember Arlington, Equivalent Sin, Sherlock, Epilogue, The Center, Voice of Silence, Fallen Hours – outdoor show – Wake the Dead Cafe, 2pm, free Music Among the Vines: Kathy Harden and the King Bees – Alto Vineyards, 8pm, $3 The Impalas – Hubers, 8pm, free Blues Deacons – blues – Tommy G’s, 10pm, cover Kate Hathaway, Larry Gates, Erin Fein – Iron Post, 9pm, $3 Solips, Bear Claw, Gristle – Mike ’n Molly's, 9pm Country Connection – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Desolate Sky, Chainsaw Homicide – Canopy Club, 10pm, $5 Jakehead – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $4

DJ

Jazz Jam with ParaDocs – Iron Post, 8pm Jazz Night – Nargile, 10pm Open Mic Night hosted by Adam Wolfe – White Horse Inn, 9:30, free Open Mic with host Mike Ingram – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free

DJ DJ Carlos – hip-hop – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Betty Rocker – Mike ’n Molly's, 10pm, $1 DJ Bozak – Boltini, 10:30pm, free DJ – Jackson’s Ribs-n-Tips, 8-11pm, free

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

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

DJ Resonate – hip-hop – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Lamont – Diamonds in Rantoul, 9pm-1am, $4 DJ Limbs – Boltini, 10pm, free DJ Mighty Dog – Jackson’s Ribs-n-Tips, 9pm-2am, free DJ Impact – house – Nargile, 10pm, free DJ Tim Williams – dance – The Highdive, 10pm, $5

DANCING Salsa dancing – Lava, 11pm-2am

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

TuesdayAugust10 LIVE MUSIC Crystal River – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Open Mic/Open Jam hosted by Brandon T. Washington – Canopy club, 10pm, free Eldest Son – Nargile, 10pm, $3 Adam Wolfe's Acoustic Night with Jess Greenlee – Tommy G's, 10pm, free

DJ Irish DJ – Mike ’n Molly’s, 5-10pm, free DJ Sophisto – Barfly, 9pm, free 2ON2OUT – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free DJ Jim "Boo" Creason – Mike ’n Molly's, 10pm, $1 NOX: DJ ZoZo – goth & industrial – The Highdive, $2 DJ J-Phlip – Boltini, 10:30pm, free

SundayAugust08 LIVE MUSIC Mary Mulliken – Iron Post, 8pm Crystal River – Rose Bowl Tavern, 8:30pm, free Cameron McGill, Portrait Perfume, Sick Day – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $4 Apollo Project, Imaginary Smear Machine – Nargile, 10pm, $3 Sick Day, Cameron McGill, Portrait Perfume – rock – Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $4

DJ DJ Delayney – hip-hop, funk, downbeat – Barfly, 9pm, free DJ Bozak – Boltini, 10:30pm, free

KARAOKE “G” Force Karaoke/DJ – Diamonds in Rantoul, 9pm1am, free

WednesdayAugust11 LIVE MUSIC

KARAOKE

Green Mountain Grass – Iron Post, 9pm Hard Poor Korn – Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Kilborn Alley – Tommy G's, 9pm, free Open Mic Night: Doxy – Nargile, 10pm

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

DJ Chef Ra – reggae – Barfly, 9pm, free Salsateca! DJ Bris – Cowboy Monkey, 9pm, free DJ Mo – Diamonds in Rantoul, 9pm-1am, free DJ Boardwalk (Joel Spencer) – Mike ’n Molly's,

Thursday & Friday, August 5 & 6 9am – 5pm Saturday, August 7 10am – 4:30pm

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Dancing – Lava, 9pm-2am, cover

The Beta Band announced on their website that the band will be calling it quits by the end of the year, citing a lack of sales and resulting tension. The band will tour the U.K. this fall. Members Steve Mason and Richard Greentree are at work on solo projects while John Maclean will split his time between film and music.

KARAOKE “Liquid Courage Karaoke” – Geovanti’s on campus, 10pm-2am

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CHICAGOSHOWS 8/5 Liz Phair, Cardigans, Katy Rose, Charlotte Martin @ Skyline Stage 8/5 American Idols Live @ United Center 8/5 David Cassidy @ House of Blues 8/5 Harry Connick Jr. @ Rosemont Theatre 8/6 Cibelle @ HotHouse 8/6 Marah @ Schubas 8/6 Los Strait Jackets @ Abbey Pub 8/6 Raoul Belmans @ Smart Bar 8/6 A.C. Newman @ Bottom Lounge 8/6 Mr. Cheeks @ House of Blues, 18+

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Alto Vineyards 4210 N Duncan Rd, Champaign, 356-4784 Assembly Hall First & Florida, Champaign, 333-5000 American Legion Post 71 107 N Broadway, Urbana, 367-3121 Barfly 120 N Neil, Champaign,352-9756 Barnes and Noble 51 E Marketview, Champaign, 355-2045 Boardman’s Art Theater 126 W Church, Champaign, 351-0068 Boltini Lounge 211 N Neil, Champaign, 378-8001 Borders Books & Music 802 W Town Ctr, Champaign, 351-9011 The Brass Rail 15 E University, Champaign, 352-7512 Canopy Club (Garden Grill) 708 S Goodwin, Urbana, 367-3140 Channing-Murray Foundation 1209 W Oregon, Urbana, 3441176 C.O. Daniels 608 E Daniel, Champaign, 337-7411 Cosmopolitan Club 307 E John, Champaign, 367-3079 Courtyard Cafe Illini Union, 1401 W Green, Urbana, 333-4666 Cowboy Monkey 6 Taylor St, Champaign, 398-2688 Clybourne 706 S Sixth, Champaign, 383-1008 Curtis Orchard 3902 S Duncan Rd, Champaign, 359-5565 Diamonds Steak House & Lounge 424 S Century Blvd, Rantoul, 893-8449 D.R. Diggers 604 S Country Fair Dr, Champaign, 356-0888 Elmer’s Club 45 3525 N Cunningham, Urbana, 344-3101 Embassy Tavern & Grill 114 S Race, Urbana, 384-9526 Esquire Lounge 106 N Walnut, Champaign, 398-5858 Fallon’s Ice House 703 N Prospect, Champaign, 398-5760 Fat City Saloon 505 S Chestnut, Champaign, 356-7100 The Great Impasta 114 W Church, Champaign, 359-7377 G.T.’s Western Bowl Francis Dr, Champaign, 359-1678 Highdive 51 Main, Champaign, 359-4444 Huber’s 1312 W Church, Champaign, 352-0606 Illinois Disciples Foundation 610 E Springfield, Champaign, 352-8721 Independent Media Center 218 W Main St, Urbana, 344-8820 The Iron Post 120 S Race, Urbana, 337-7678 Joe’s Brewery 706 S Fifth, Champaign, 384-1790 Kam’s 618 E Daniel, Champaign, 328-1605 Krannert Art Museum 500 E Peabody, Champaign, 333-1861 Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 500 S Goodwin, Urbana,Tickets: 333-6280, 800-KCPATIX La Casa Cultural Latina 1203 W Nevada, Urbana, 333-4950 Lava 1906 W Bradley, Champaign, 352-8714 Legends Bar & Grill 522 E Green, Champaign, 355-7674 Lincoln Castle 209 S Broadway, Urbana, 344-7720 Lowe’s Big Barrel & Summer Club 14 N Hazel, Danville, 442-8090 Malibu Bay Lounge North Route 45, Urbana, 328-7415 Mike n’ Molly’s 105 N Market, Champaign, 355-1236 Mulligan’s 604 N Cunningham, Urbana, 367-5888 Murphy’s 604 E Green, Champaign, 352-7275 Nargile 207 W Clark St, Champaign Neil Street Pub 1505 N Neil, Champaign, 359-1601 The Office 214 W Main, Urbana, 344-7608 Parkland College 2400 W Bradley, Champaign, 351-2528 Phoenix 215 S Neil, Champaign, 355-7866 Pia’s of Rantoul Route 136 E, Rantoul, 893-8244 Pink House Routes 49 & 150, Ogden, 582-9997 The Rainbow Coffeehouse 1203 W Green, Urbana, 766-9500 Red Herring/Channing-Murray Foundation 1209 W Oregon, Urbana, 344-1176 Rose Bowl Tavern 106 N Race, Urbana, 367-7031 Springer Cultural Center 301 N Randolph, Champaign, 355-1406 Spurlock Museum 600 S Gregory, Urbana, 333-2360 The Station Theatre 223 N Broadway, Urbana, 384-4000 Strawberry Fields Cafe 306 W Springfield, Urbana, 328-1655 Sweet Betsy’s 805 S Philo Rd, Urbana, 344-0414 Ten Thousand Villages 105 N Walnut, Champaign, 352-8938 TK Wendl’s 1901 S Highcross Rd, Urbana, 255-5328 Tommy G’s 123 S Mattis Ave, Country Fair Shopping Center, 359-2177 Tonic 619 S Wright, Champaign, 356-6768 Two Main 2 Main, Champaign, 359-3148 University YMCA 1001 S Wright, Champaign, 344-0721 Verde/Verdant 17 E Taylor St, Champaign, 366-3204 Virginia Theatre 203 W Park Ave, Champaign, 356-9053 White Horse Inn 112 1/2 E Green, Champaign, 352-5945 Zorba’s 627 E Green, Champaign, 344-0710

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Neko Case will release two albums via the Anti- label due out in the coming months. A live album entitled The Tigers Have Spoken is due out November 9 Tim DeLaughter is the lead singer, founder and “vision” for The Polyphonic Spree.

table what influenced them and that’s the general era where everyone’s at.” The band’s current high profile serves as a counterpoint to the circumstances of their first album, The Beginning Stages Of…, which was distributed by the Dallas-based Good Records. “The first CD was recorded as a demo about 90 days into the band’s existence,” says Reimer, “It was never really meant to be a record, but it just kept getting released and rereleased. It was bad and we had to live with that for four years.” Last month Hollywood Records released the band’s new album, Together We’re Heavy, which was considerably more confident and mature than its predecessor. Some of its best moments come from minimalist sound blends that contrast the more ostentatious crescendos that the band has become known for. The record is also noticeably more polished. “The new album has been recorded for a year and a half,” says Reimer. “Instead of being recorded in three days it was three months, not including mixing and matching. The songs are a lot more elaborate and flowy than the first album, and it’s a little more angsty.” Optimism has always featured in The Polyphonic Spree’s music, but Reimer says that there is definitely more to it.

“Going back and listening to our new record, I read a lot of things saying how happy our records are. Our music is about hope but I hear a lot of darker moments.” Ultimately The Polyphonic Spree is one of the most unique and spectacular live shows currently touring, and the band is always ready to live up to their reputation. “What we really want to do is to put on a good show,” says Reimer. “To earn the good money people pay to see us perform, and to play as close to perfectly as possible every time. If you really feel the moment, the crowd will give you what they have and you need to give it back to them in the form of music.” buzz The Polyphonic Spree will be at Chicago’s Park West on August 13 and 14. Tickets are $15 for one night or $25 for both. Their latest album Together We’re Heavy was just released on Hollywood Records. The Buzz’s Shadie Elnashai at last year’s Polyphonic Spree concert in Chicago at the Metro. Concert footage was used for the music video of “Light and Day” which featured snippets of Shadie in a gleeful sing-a-long. See the video for yourself on The Polyphonic Spree’s website.

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att Mehlan is the brains and main performer behind Skeletons. He blends an electro-synth sound with traditional instruments such as violin creating distortion and noise in a layered sound. Skeletons’ second CD Life and the Afterbirth was released last year on super-indie label Shinkoyo and has garnered several postive reviews. Mehlan has a low-key style that never plays up his weird but accesible music. With lyrics like “If you give me the chance I’d like to / Fuck away your memory / Fuck away mistakes I’ve made” the singer has no problems expressing himself and connecting with the listener. His vocals fall lightly on the ears with a soft-spoken delivery that infects the listener’s brain. Shocking at times, but at others he achieves a comforting and beautiful sound. It walks the line of too dark and depressing only to emerge bright and full of vitality. Avant-garde on the surface, but the music breaks traditional pop molds with memorable hooks and lyrics. –J.D. Check out Skeletons tonight at the Cowboy Monkey. There is no cover and with Theory of Everything also performing. The show starts at 11 p.m.

comprised of a series of shows recorded earlier this year in Chicago and Toronto. An as yet untitled studio album is due for the spring of 2005.

Built to Spill will be touring this August and September all up and down the West Coast including a date at the Bumbershoot Festival and a date with former Dinosaur Jr. frontman Jay Mascis. Additionally the band announced plans for a new album to be released some time this fall. What the hell? Moment of the week

In a recent interview with The Irish Examiner former Motley Crue bassist and acid washed deity to millions of trailer park denizens, Nicki Sixx made a startling revelation. He expressed remorse over the grief his mildly pornographic 80’s stage antics must have caused parents after taking his daughter to see a Backstreet Boys concert. Apparently he was forced to cover his daughter’s eyes when A.J. Maclean, you know “the bad one”, vigorously felt up his nether regions during the show. To be fair though, if it were Mr. Sixx up there, he would have most likely produced the goods and asked your daughter back stage.

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wenty-four musicians clad in pillowy white robes cram onto a small stage with musicians ranging from a ten-member choir to a harpist and theremin player. Their neo-psychedelic chamber-pop is so energetic that the intimate venues they frequent are barely able to contain it. This is The Polyphonic Spree. “We’re like a choral symphonic pop band, but seeing us live is like rock theater. It’s two different things,” says James Reimer, the trombonist of The Polyphonic Spree. Considering their extreme idiosyncrasies, it’s hardly surprising that a lot of literature about this Dallas ‘happening’ is dedicated to the fabrication of rumors, such as them being Heaven’s Gate-type cult or that they are constantly tripped out on psychedelics. “I don’t even drink caffeine,” says Reimer, “I am sure that there are a couple of people that probably use very minor drugs recreationally, but it’s not an issue. They make up things about every band. People will let their imaginations run wild. I think we’re past the point of being tired of it, and we just get a kick out of reading it.” In fact not only is the band’s behavior neither erratic nor extreme, but the truth is that they have generally neither embraced celebrity status nor attempted to attain it.

“We’re very, very normal,” says Reimer, “A lot of us can’t wait to get back to the bus to play video games, or read, or do whatever. [The band] is kind of our life, but at home we take the robes off and we can still buy our groceries in peace.” The majority of bands find extensive touring to be stressful, with the claustrophobic conditions under which they travel straining relationships between bandmates. For The Polyphonic Spree, who have required up to a dozen full-sized vans to accommodate all of their members, such extravagance hasn’t been so much of an added stress, as an extra degree of freedom. “It’s an expensive endeavor but it’s like one continuous class trip,” says Reimer, “You think it would be a nightmare but it’s a lot of fun. It actually eases a lot of tensions a lot of bands normally have, because if you feel some animosity towards someone you can just go talk to a bunch of other people.” Upon its emergence a few years ago, the band was labeled as a novelty act, but since escaping that title their rise to fame has been exponential. Their single “Light and Day” has featured in both a Volkswagen and an iPod advertising campaign. Meanwhile they had a couple of songs on the soundtrack to The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as well as composing original music for the forthcoming indie flick Thumbsucker which stars Vince Vaughn, Keanu Reeves and Vincent D’Onofrio. They have played at and headlined several notable festivals in Europe and the States, including Coachella and the world renowned Glastonbury Festival in England.

“The short story is that when Tim was putEven David Bowie asked them to accompa- ting together the band for the very first show, it only had a few people in it”, says Reimer, ny him in support of his recent tour. The Polyphonic Spree is adjusting to “Word kind of got out from there. I noticed their newfound success, but four of its mem- that they didn’t have a trombone player, so I ebers, have been in the limelight for quite some mailed the manager out of the blue and ended time. Vocalist-guitarist Tim DeLaughter, up getting a response telling me to go to pracbassist Mark Pirro and drummer Mitch tice. A lot of people knew someone or knew Marine were three of a quartet that comprised someone who knew someone.” Whilst synchronizing the creative processes Tripping Daisy. The year after the alternative grunge outfit released the lauded 1998 album of two dozen individuals might seem another difficult task, The Jesus Hits Like The Polyphonic Spree Atom Bomb, they hasn’t encountered were dropped from much of a problem. Island Records, caus“Tim’s the instigaing them to form tor of the band,” says their own label, Reimer, “We have our Good Records, – James Reimer, own sphere of influthrough which to trombonist of The Polyphonic Spree ence to put on the release an eponyfinal product. He mous CD. Shortly comes in with a piano before its release guior guitar written song tarist, Wes Berggren, died of an overdose of cocaine, propoxyphene and brings it to us and it’s our job to color it in and benzodiazepine. The band broke up, and with our own musical crayons.” The first song DeLaughter wrote after the after taking some time off, frontman DeLaughter attempted to form a new band. death of his Tripping Daisy band-mate was He saw this as both an extension of and a reac- “Section 2 – It’s The Sun”. Its lyrics include tion to Tripping Daisy that embraced the same lines like “Suicide is a shame” and “Hope has joie de vivre found in bands such as The come / You are safe”. “It’s very obvious lyrically that that’s spawned Flaming Lips. “It came out of Tripping Daisy, it’s a natu- right out of those feelings,” says Reimer, “There’s ral process,” says Reimer, “when you listen a hint of sadness but it’s a lot more hopeful about to the last two records it seems obvious. I getting through the situation.” The band’s music is enriched by the fact that think Tim was just going for a specific sound at that point and had been thinking about it though the musicians have diverse backfor a while, but wasn’t getting it from just grounds, their influences are at the least within the same realm. five guys.” “The sound Tim’s going for is influenced by To form his huge ensemble, DeLaughter didn’t really pursue musicians, but assumed ELO and a lot of late 60s and 70s rock and pop,” says Reimer, “but everyone brings to the they would find him.

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Employment 000 HELP WANTED | Full Time Temporary Workers Needed Cleaning, painting, general labor. Good pay and overtime possible. Apply at Roland Realty. 901 S. First, Champaign. 328-1226.

HELP WANTED | Part Time Cleaning Help Wanted Cleaners wanted to help clean campus apartments. Aproximately August 9th-August 20th. $6.50$7.50/hr. Please call 337-7990 or stop by Illini Manor Office, 401 E. Chalmers #123, to pick up an application.

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Should sell immediately. 27” TV, Dell desktop. XP Home, microwave, other items. Call 217-390-7234.

Parkland College has an opening for a part-time, 10 hours per week, nine-month, replacement position in the Natural Sciences Department, available August 16, 2004. Responsibilities include providing laboratory and tutorial instruction primarily in Microbiology, as well as lab set up and take down. Minimum requirements are a bachelor’s degree in microbiology or related area, with a master’s degree preferred; previous teaching or tutorial experience; skills including those normally found in microbiology courses; knowledge of preparation and care of biological lab materials and equipment. Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, unofficial transcripts and an official Parkland College application to Parkland College, Office of Human Resources, Room A184, 2400 W Bradley Avenue, Champaign, IL 61821. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please call 217-353-2643 if you any questions. Parkland College, in accordance with applicable laws, ensures equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status, Vietnam veteran status, ancestry or disability. Questions in reference to employment opportunities may be directed to the Assistant Director of Human Resources. JOB LINE: 217-373-3861 APPLICATIONS MAY BE OBTAINED ON OUR WEB PAGE: WWW.PARKLAND.EDU

Transportation 300 FOR IMMEDIATE SALE 1996 Nissan Sentra GXE. Great condition. Automatic. Power windows/locks. A/C. Etc. 141,000 miles. $3100. 217-390-7234

Ford Taurus GL, 1990. $750. Automatic. ka@s2.chalmers.se or 858205-4439. www.lookatusedcars.com

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Nice couch. 70’s style plaid. Fold out bed. $125. 708-638-7694.

CAMPUS APARTMENTS Furnished | Unfurnished 1 bedroom lofts $497 2 bedrooms $585 3 bedrooms $750 4 bedrooms $1000 Campus, parking. Fall 04, 367-6626

Very new spacious 2,3,4 Bedrooms in Urbana. Washer/dryer in each unit & Jacuzzi in some apartments. Fully furnished with central A/C. Internet connection available. 2BR from $420-$665 3BR from$545-$785 4BR from $705-$945

(217) 328-3030 2 BR apt. Clean, quiet, well maintained. Responsible owner. $520. Includes parking and water. 808 W. Springfield, U. 684-2226. 2 BR. with loft near First and Green. Skylights, deck. Own W/D. Parking. Have to see! Aug-Aug. $365 each. 356-1991.

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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

705 W. HIGH ST., U.

Large studio in old house. Quiet area near Lincoln and Green. Beautiful new kitchen. No Pets. $375 plus some utilities. 359-5115

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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JSM, a campus apartment rental agency, has a part-time leasing/office position available. Must be available for Saturday work. Sales and office experience, attention to detail and an outgoing personality are a bonus. You must be at least 18 with a valid drivers license and a good driving record. Good pay plus commission. Apply in person, 505 S 5th St, C, M-F 9-5. No phone calls please.

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APARTMENTS FOR RENT 1,2 & 3 BR Boutique vintage hip! URBANA 209 Coler. Hardwood floors and stained glass windows. $615 308 W. Green. Split level floor plan. Pet friendly! $615-660. 704 W. Stoughton. Hardwood floors, tree-lined streets. $425 402 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. $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

Available Now. 2 bedroom on campus. $550 per month. 367-6626. BEST VALUE 1 BR. loft from $480. 1 Br. $370 2 BR. $470 3 BR. $750 4 BR $755 Campus. 367-6626. 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

202 E. White Two, three, and four bedroom apartments in secured building with beautiful courtyard. Furnished units, some with fireplaces. Central air. $630-840. Contact Allison. Ramshaw Real Estate 217-359-6400. www.ramshaw.com.

Landmark Apartments at 502 W. Main, Urbana. 384-5876, landmark@aol.com. Quiet, one bedroom available Aug. 15, 600 sq. foot. $470/month.

Available now. Efficiency, 2 BR apartments. $370-$520. 766-4746 or 356-2790

Large 2 BR/ 1 BA. Downtown Champaign, D/W, W/D, basement. $650/mo. 217-377-6411, 359-2843.

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Large 3 BR. Clean, quiet, well maintained. Hardwood floors, laundry. Responsible owner. Near law school and IMPE. $800. 684-2226.

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Prime campus, brand new 502 S. 5th 1 BR. REAL NICE, A MUST SEE. Laundry facilities and park. $550. 352-3829.

RALLY APARTMENTS 1 BR at 106 E Stoughton, C 303 E White,C 310 N Busey, U 703 W Clark, U Prices start at $395/mo. CAMPO RENTAL AGENCY 344-1927

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Nice, safe, quiet neighborhood near Lincoln & Green, furnished, A/C, Ethernet, balcony, laundry, parking, etc. Shown Monday- Saturday. $640/mo. 398-6677.

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CAMPUS APARTMENTS Furnished 1 Bedroom w/ Den 202 E. John, patio, some utilities included. $515 Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com

1 bedroom. Available August 17. $425/mo. Parking included. 108 E. Stoughton, C. 384-0333.

1 BR apt. 606 1/2 E Stoughton. 1 parking included. $425/mo plus utilities. 630-205-4889.

YOU HAVE SOMETHING YOU NEED SOLD CALL 217.337.8337 | AUGUST 5 - 11, 2004

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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

102 E. Gregory 1 Bedroom, multiple layouts, great location $400-$455 Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com

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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

106 North Gregory

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

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Quiet residential neighborhood close to campus at 616 1/2 Haines Blvd, Champaign. Private efficiency apartment with 1 car garage. $365/month. Visit JoelWardHomes.com or call 355-4999.

202 E. John 2 Bedroom, balcony, some utilities included. $550-$615 Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com

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

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1107 S EUCLID, C

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

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Only 2 left at 705 W. Elm, hardwood floor, sun porch, great location. 3371565

2 Bedroom Basement apartment at 707 W California. Large kitchen, all utilities paid. $495. Phone Joe 3529610 work, 384-5668 home.

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VELVET REVOLVER Contraband RCA

★★★★ BY SAL NUDO

Contrary to popular belief, the Stone Temple Pilots’ finest hour took place on Shangri-La-Dee-Da, their fifth and perhaps final album from 2001. Shangri-La was a deft and diverse mix of hard-edged guitar, unique pop, great singing, genuine lyrics and topnotch songwriting that bests the band’s earlier work, which was itself excellent. Velvet Revolver’s Contraband has elements of Shangri-La, especially on some of the softer songs. Ex-STP front man Scott Weiland is one of those dynamic lead singers who truly has the ability to enhance any rock band he joins; combine him with ex-Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, plus Dave Kushner from Wasted Youth and Dave Navarro’s former band, and the results are formidable. The big-rock sound and grit on this record is no act; these guys have paid their dues, risen to the top, fallen and have come back to conquer the world. Weiland really carries this album in many ways. His versatile voice is like an instrument unto itself. Practically every song on Contraband has a raging chorus that adds razor-sharp melody to the surrounding guitars and drums, and the lyrics are every bit as soiled as past Axl Rose-penned G N’ R songs, if not more so. One thing’s for sure; Scott Weiland is miles away from his abstract early-’90s sensitive artist persona. Contraband is a myriad of expletivefilled exploits of drugs and sex gone sour. Scott Weiland, with his pumped-up and somewhat overproduced voice, holds nothing back. Underneath the music, strange and different-sounding voices are everywhere; there’s so much going on during the course of this busy record, in fact, that one listen is not enough to decide even half its merit. Elsewhere, Slash is scorching on lead guitar, like a windup toy aching to show off his stuff, while Dave Kushner on rhythm guitar adds solid texture throughout. Though G N’ R and STP were aggressive-sounding groups, I’m not sure either band ever made albums this loud and excitable, especially STP. Just as G N’ R and STP broke ground during the course of their storied careers, this huge-sounding record sets a new course for rock music in 2004. Fans of in-your-face rock and roll should embrace Contraband, since the history of these band members doesn’t exactly translate to stability and contentment within their surroundings. It’s a crapshoot as to how long this band will last. In the meantime, believe the hype, and check out Contraband.

COMETS ON FIRE Blue Cathedral Sub Pop

★★★★ BY LOGAN MOORE

I carefully place Blue Cathedral, the latest disc by Comets on Fire, into my stereo system and press play. As the surging amphetamine-fuelled biker riffage of “The Bee and the Cracking Egg” fills the entire room, the walls begin to shift and breath, buckling in on themselves, changing from a sickly green hue to a regal, sensuous magenta. Mirroring the

mind-altering wall of noise, the organ drone, the psychotic levels of distortion, the inhuman, screaming echoplex, Viking warriors kick down the sliding glass door, brandishing great iron axes, laying waste to my bedroom, splintering furniture, shattering light bulbs, cleaving the television in two. As they dance a war orgy of destruction to the pounding tribal drums a massive, black centipede drops from the ceiling and lands on my bed. Five feet in length, it rears back, towering above me, and produces a candy red Fender Stratocaster seemingly from nowhere. Holding the instrument with it’s upper mandibles, the centipede throws it’s head back and begins an apocalyptic solo, which while possibly the most beautiful thing heard by human ears, causes temporary deafness in all who hear it and shatters all glass for a radius of twelve blocks. In a recent interview for Arthur magazine, Devendra Banhart described Comets on Fire as “bar pyschedelia,” and hardly a more apt description fits their singular brand of gloriously noisy psych-rock. The guitars of Ethan Miller and Ben Chasny wail and screech echo out over galaxies before pummeling with white hot, bonecrushing hooks.These rise out of a miasma of vox organ, analog electronic noise, and the unparalleled abilities of one Noel Harmonson on Echoplex (a 60’s analog recording device which uses loops and adjustable tape heads to create ridiculous howls and screams). It’s all grounded by the gargantuan, lumbering bass of Ben Flashman and the frenzied, Keith Moon-esque skin pounding of Utrillo Belcher. Their latest, Blue Cathedral, manages to balance their more aggressive tendencies with a new-found sense for dynamics and a spice of straightforward instrumental jamming. The towering vox organ and ghostly, skyscraper riffs of “Brotherhood of the Harvest” lend it an eerie, cosmic majesty. “Blue Tomb” winds its way through four mind-expanding minutes of wild, titanic Zepplin-esque soloing and hulking, elephant bass before Noel Harmon son’s acid-drenched, reverberated, preacher vocals take center stage.Which isn’t to say that the band doesn’t tear it up like they did on their other two uniformly excellent CD’s. “Whiskey River” builds to bowel shaking climax as guitar, echoplex and free jazzstyle sax skronk all compete to blow your speakers, hurtling across the room directly through your skull.The brief moments of relative calm only serve to accentuate exactly how amazingly fucking noisy this band can is. Acoustic strumming is suddenly pierced by wildly, oscillating echoplex. Pianos tinkle plaintively against an aural wasteland of analog, space junk noise and molten guitar work. Blue Cathedral is a lot of things. It’s psychedelia robbed of its airy whimsicality, grounded in blood and sweat. It’s noise rock without the high-minded academics. And as my bedroom bursts into flames, the fires sway in time to the inter-stellar distortion, the flames reach up to lick the edges of the guitar as the centipede’s wildly flagellating insect digits continue to hammer out cerebellum-melting fretwork. I clutch my bleeding ears and pass out, safe in the knowledge that there’s no band like Comets on Fire.

THE ROOTS The Tipping Point Geffen

★★★ BY IMRAN SIDDIQUEE

hop to the next level. Three years later they dropped Phrenology, which was a step forward, and another classic album. It may have lacked the live feeling of its predecessors, as more production was added, but it signaled that The Roots were continuing towards taking authentic hip-hop back to the masses. Or so I thought. The Tipping Point is not the progressive record I’ve been praying for. It is a couple steps backward actually, and that may not sound so bad at first, considering the first couple Roots albums really captured the awesome feeling of their live performances, but this album doesn’t do that fully either. It is somewhere in the middle, undefined, and though there are some stellar tracks, it is wholly unfulfilling. With only 10 tracks, the main problem may be the short length of the album. There does not seem to be a clear connecting force, and perhaps it is not aloud to grow, as it does on almost all The Roots albums, because of the length. The socially conscious rap is still there, but it does flow smoothly throughout. Yet, don’t get me wrong, I love this album. It’s better than any other hip-hop release this year (with the exception of maybe Cee-Lo Green’s opus), and the fact that Black Thought actually says something important in his rhymes is more than admirable. The Roots still strive to bring true hip-hop to the commercial market, and perhaps they will accomplish that with this record. The title of the record refers to a Malcolm Gladwell book of the same name, which spells out a theory that ideas can spread through society just like viruses. With these lofty goals in my mind, The Roots set out to infect us with hip-hop fever. It opens with huge promise; “Star” is one of the finer tracks the Philly-five have ever released. It’s a mixture of Sly and the Family Stone sampling and an addictive beat. The first single off the album,“Don’t Say Nuthin,” is obviously intended to be the most commercial of the songs, but Black Thought is on full-blast during the entire song so it doesn’t disappoint at all. He is the most underrated lyricist in all of hip-hop, and on “Web” and “Boom” he shines like never before, storming through rhymes like the best rappers of the old-school (Big Daddy Kane might come to mind). But on “I Don’t Care”and “Duck Down”The Roots completely miss the target. These songs also seem to be commercially driven, but whereas “Don’t Say Nuthin” has stellar production as well as Black Thought, ?uestlove and crew giving it their all, these songs are lackluster at best.The band seems to limp through them, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they become the next two singles, as they seem radio ready. Yet the redeeming qualities of “Why”and the hilarious cameo of Dave Chappelle on “The Mic” save the record from falling too far below Roots standards. There is also the concerted effort to regain the hip-hop band feel of the earlier records, and that is a respectable move by the group. Though they do not capitalize on the promise built-up by the progression of their last two records, they still provide a nice, albeit short, collection of songs. And since The Roots off their game are still better than everyone else on their game, this is an album worth checking out. But if you are looking for something more, go get Things Fall Apart-now that is a life-changing experience.

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produced a quality album in a genre that usually does not produce them. The album starts out with the upbeat “Dotted Lines” which at its heart is a love song, but with a raw sound and creative lyrics jumps out as a standout song on the album.The album fades in and out between more speed driven tracks and slower ones but the band manages to make both styles work. Tracks like “Curious Vanessa Black” and “Like White Noise” are heavy guitar driven songs that take a page out of Green Day’s repertoire to create a punk sound that the mainstream can latch on to. The Gamits are able to separate themselves from other bands in their genre because their album is not as stale and formulaic. Antidote succeeds in making an album that is raw enough to be respected but pop enough to make it accessible. Although, The Gamits have sold rather well in Italy and Japan they have not yet hit the mainstream stateside. With their newest release, The Gamits have begun to fuse together their new lineup and create a more mature sound. Whether or not The Gamits will find the mainstream success of their peers remains to be seen, but the fact that made a respectable pop punk album puts them miles in front of the competition.

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A couple years back I stumbled across Things Fall Apart, The Roots’ fourth studio album. At the time I was a casual hip-hop/rap fan, sometimes I caught something on the radio or listened to some Tupac. But mainly I stuck to my Blonde on Blonde or the latest brit-pop Oasis clone I could get my hands on. But combined with Talib Kweli and Mos Def a few years later, The Roots changed my whole perception of the genre. Suddenly I couldn’t get enough hip-hop, from the latest Jay-Z and Nas to all the old school stuff I could find. Then I went and saw “the legendary Roots crew” (as lead vocalist Black Thought often refers to the band) live, and was completely blown away again, I was now thoroughly obsessed. The thing about Things Fall Apart is that I never found another record like it. Black Star is a great album, but The Roots made a monumental statement with their 1999 masterpiece, they were the best band in hip-hop, and they cared about their art. They were ready to take hip-

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Punk pop is a term that has been around for a while and many bands have used it to describe their sound. Bands such have New Found Glory, Blink 182, and Good Charlotte have emerged from this genre to find success in the mainstream. Another band trying to follow in their footsteps are The Gamits. While their sound is not quite as pop as their predecessors, they do refer to their songs as power pop with catchy melodies.The beauty of The Gamits is to write power pop songs in an unconventional way, relying more on power than the in your face pop that other bands of this genre use. Out of Colorado, The Gamits have been at it since 1995 and on their newest release Antidote founding member Chris Fogal has completely overhauled the band’s lineup to include a new bassist and drummer. The latest incarnation of The Gamits has

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onald Fodness is an art history student at the U of I, lives in Champaign and also makes visual art. He has had shows in Denver, Golden, and Loveland, Colorado; in Dayton, Ohio, and Champaign, Illinois, at Boneyard Pottery, he has been in several juried exhibitions. Including the North American Sculpture Exhibition Bienale, which was juried by Donald Lipski. Before going back to school he worked for five years intwo different Bronze art foundries in Colorado, and for individual artists. In Champaign, he also enjoy volunteering at the Preservation and Conservation Association when he has time.

What inspires you? The interconnectedness of everything is central to my spirituality, so I guess I am inspired by a lot of things; sometimes in a positive way, sometimes in a negative way, and sometimes the influence goes unnoticed. My “crypsis

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mearing blood upon his face from thornslashed forearms, he wiped the sweat from his brow. Marion’s hair stood on end, hearing a wicked laugh soar through the wind. It was Orko’s wail of victory, a sound many often heard echoing throughout the mountains, resulting from one of his hideous acts of wanton violence. As the laughter died in a faint whisper, Marion was seized with a glimmer of hope, seeing the splashing tide of river water ahead. The stream led to his cottage, which rested next to the water, two miles down the miniature rapid. Putting on a burst of speed, Marion wounded himself further as he leapt over branches and burst through shrubs, fleeing the Vahzgul, who was drawing ever closer. Seeing that his prey was escaping, the creature reciprocated the

pieces” were inspired by the way insects camouflage into their environment, and the possibility that I could achieve that degree of mimicry. I was also interested in the way those same insects become vulnerable in alternative environments. Often times the simple task of transformation, as a problem solving activity, provides me inspiration. The potential to remove everyday objects from their conventional intentions excite and motivates me. For instance, I created a coffee table by tipping a five-unit row of salvaged university lecture-hall seats on their side and constructed a cabinet to lay along the length. I really get excited by seeing others do this in ways that could possibly make significant social and environmental changes such as the use of soybeans as fuel, or the concept of Earthships, which utilize used tires and pop cans as construction materials. Who are some of your influences? As an art history major interested in modern and contemporary art, I find a lot of artists influential and/or interesting. The writings of Hakim Bey have influenced some of my thinking’ as well as Stephen Kaltenback’s early and recent works; most of all I like the way he made an art form out of “influence” by anonymously placing poetic phrases in the advertising section of Artforum during 1969. David Mesple’ who introduced me to Kaltenback has been a monumental direct influence in my life, as well as Denver video artist Matt Hunzeker, and sculptor Mark Upson who constructs meticulously intricate clocks that tell time relative to the viewer. Other artists who I find interesting are

speed, and demolished all within its path, acquiring small, but unnoticeable, cuts and bruises beneath its fur. As they came to the riverbank, drool swung from the Vahzgul’s mouth, as it snarled in anger, seeing the man leap off the edge. Beneath the water, Marion relaxed his muscles, knowing the river would give him a rough but safe trip. However, the escape Marion thought he achieved proved to be all too presumptuous, as he was seized with horror upon reaching the surface. . .the Vahzgul had dove in after him! Arms and legs flailing with the treacherous current, Marion attempted to swim out of harm’s way. It was a pointless gesture, as the beast’s claws pierced his stomach, dragging him close, as to rip him limb from limb. Seeing thick puddles of his precious blood spray onto the Vahzgul’s fur, Marion’s eyes rolled backwards, as he instinctively tried to block out the pain. Eyes shut, screaming in agony, he hadn’t noticed smoke rising from the creature’s blackening fur. Being too enthralled with the completion of its task, the Vahzgul had not been wary of its curse. No being of its race could be touched by water, as its purity clashed with their inherent evil. It tore as many pieces of Marion’s flesh away as possible until it’s body was set ablaze, making the pain unendurable.

Gerhard Richter, Roxy Paine, William Pope L., “situationists,” Eva Hesse, Allan Kaprow, Robert Rauschenberg, Armann, Nikki De saint Phale, Gabriel Orozco, Ed Kienholz. Piero Manzoni, Robert Morris, the hippies and Trenton Doyle Hancock. What environment do you like to work in? I usually keep my studio-space in a state of perceived chaos, yet somehow I have a sense of where everything is and belongs. I try to think of myself as always working on art; so I guess the space where I work is relative. Whether I am on the bus, buying groceries, or on the job; and I think about a piece, that’s really an integral part of the process so I guess my studio is everywhere. Plus I try to make small projects that could be done everywhere I go; ones that usually aren’t immediately perceived as art. Sometimes I smile at innocent bystanders, as if I know them, in hopes to close the gap, other times I reveal the synthetic or awkward aspect of smiles; it all depends on my spontaneous suspicion of what the viewer needs. I guess I started doing “out of gallery work” back on the Colorado front range when Matt Hunazier and I were art missionaries poetically shrining-out peoples doorsteps in the middle of the night. We would often assemble meticulously handcrafted art props among household items and ambiguous information in hopes of initiating streams of thought and associations. When and why did you start creating your art form? Due to shyness and difficulty with oral articulation, I have been making visual art probably since about kindergarten as an alternative form of communication. When I drew

The beast crawled ashore, howling, and Marion’s limp body floated downstream, dressed in a deep crimson blanket of water. Orko, infuriated with the beast’s incompetence, was fuming as he approached with his four counterparts. His anger was quelled, however, as he saw several strips of bloody flesh resting on the dirt ground of the forest. Disregarding the beast’s pleads for the flames to be extinguished, Orko took up the flesh and pulled a golden cup from his purse. He squeezed every single drop of blood he could into the cup, threw his head back, and swallowed it all. Feeling a burst of strength enter his body, Orko shivered with satisfaction, and became erect from his ecstatic lust for human blood. As the front of his unicorn hide, leather knickers bulged outward, his fantasy was interrupted by another howl from the Vahzgul. Angered that he was not allowed to enjoy the moment longer, Orko sighed and snapped his fingers, using restored powers that he had been far too weak to conjure only moments before. The flames disappeared, and the wolf-like creature crawled forward, licking the bunion-covered skin of Orko’s gnarled, clawlike toes. It was ever so grateful for his master’s mercy, as the Vahzgul’s were not only terrified of magic, but also reluctant to befriend anyone who

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as a kid people actually seemed to pay attention to my ideas, and people didn’t bug me about the proper way to do something. I still like that creative allowance, maybe that’s why I don’t want to impose any stylistic restrictions on myself. I don’t really have a specific art form. I do many different things (don’t we all) and it really depends on circumstance. When I worked at the foundry I casted a lot of bronzework. When it’s freezing outside and I just want to stay indoors I might paint. If I see an interesting object I imagine its possibilities until I am compelled to either use or discard it. If I see someone who needs a goofy smile, I give it to them.

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knew it. Orko only succeeded, because he lied, promising the beast power and control over his own colony of Vahzguls. He knelt and petted his foolish servant. “Hungry then?” Orko said, feeding the beast one piece of flesh at a time. The Vahzgul accepted, swallowing each piece whole, without chewing, then licking the remaining fragments and sticky blood from his master’s fingers. Orko was proud of his success the second time around, as the man had escaped him several days previous, being under the protection of magical charm he wore at the neck. In his foolishness, Orko had not anticipated such a thing, and resolved to solicit the aid of a nonmagical, but evil creature, which was now licking his palms. Orko stood suddenly, a chill running down his spine. Assuming Marion dead, Orko knew that if he didn’t scour the stream, he would lose the body! . . .alerting the magical senses of a certain person that he had no wish to deal with. “Come lads!” Marion left a trail of blood on the rocks and dirt over which he had clawed his way to his cottage door. Using all his strength left, he undid the latch and pushed the door open, immediately collapsing in the entrance. “Father!!!” To be continued. . . .

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“I really give her a lot of credit,” Naragon says. “I don't think a lot of people are doing what she's doing to support the arts.” Getting people to appreciate art is difficult, he says. “She's beginning to make a dent. Things are picking up. There's more sales.” Yet, Carolyn understands the risks involved with the gallery. Owning the building has helped her to cut her overhead costs. In addition, Cinema’s visible downtown location has made marketing easier. “If we were tucked off in a back alley somewhere,” she says, “we definitely wouldn’t be able to make it.” But one of the challenges of owning a gallery is trying to build a customer base in a community that is conservative about spending money on luxury items, particularly in a bad economy, she says. “When the economy is booming, we make more sales,” she says. Like any retail business, Cinema’s

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busiest time is during the holidays. She makes a large portion of their sales from October to December, which is their best sales month. She hopes to get people to come into the gallery year-round. It has been hard getting people to think of Cinema as a gallery and not a museum, she says. “We actually had someone ask if we charged an admission fee.” Yet, the gallery does have its regulars. John Morrison, an Urbana resident, visits the gallery every Saturday to see if new work is hanging in the gallery. “I definitely enjoy the gallery being there,” he says. “Both Cinema and Verde Gallery are assets to the community.” Morrison, who collects drawings by local artist Glen Davies, was particularly pleased to see Davies' work hanging in the gallery. As much as he respects artists, he also holds gallery owners in high regard. “To a certain extent, I’ve always admired gallery owners just as I have admired artists because they have to put themselves out there,” he says.

Bernadine Stake, who has known Carolyn for at least 30 years, says that the quality of life in Urbana has increased because of Carolyn's efforts to revitalize the town through the arts, historical preservation and business. Both Stake and Carolyn hope the gallery will be able to sustain for many years to come. “Never a day goes by that I don't look around my gallery at each and every piece and find something new to admire,” Carolyn says. She works about 40 hours at the gallery and devotes her spare time to the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, where she has been the executive director since 1999. Carolyn helped found the museum in 1992. “I am involved with the community because I love living here and because I believe in its future,” she says. “I can see the difference my investment of time, money and energy have made here and would like to do more in the coming years.” buzz

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ress who’s had a history of heartbreaks and one night stands; McNally seems more interested in her and her insecurities ashe sets the play in her cluttered tworoom New York apartment. Johnny is a short order cook and former convict, who works in the same Greek restaurant with Frankie. He too has had a bad love history, with an ex-wife and kids who now live in Maine. If this all sounds a little familiar, some may remember the movie adaptation of this play. Back in 1991 Garry Marshall directed Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer in the little seen dramatic comedy called Frankie and Johnny—which like many of Marshall’s films was bittersweet, but mostly sweet and not nearly so frank. As the play opens, the dark stage’s silence is broken by the human sounds of noisy love- Steppenwolf ensemble members Laurie Metcalf (Frankie) and Yasen Peyankov (Johnny) in Frankie and Johnny in the making and ruffling bed sheets. Clair de Lune by Terrence McNally, opening at Steppenwolf Threatre Co., 1650 N. Halsted St. Pendleton spares no discreteness as both of his lead actors soon slip out of else to do, with someone you’ve been so Metcalf and Peyankov, as Frankie and the sheets in full nudity—Metcalf a bit intimate with just moments before. Johnny respectively. Looking a lot like more covered than Peyankov. McNally’s Not all of this is too profound ,as Holly Hunter, Metcalf seems a bit overdidialogue is also realistically raw with sex- McNally sprinkles his play with pop ‘70s rected at times in a sitcom fashion to ual slang and referencing colloquial and ‘80s references, reminiscent of Neil heighten laughs. Peyankov, with his phrases for sexual acts that some elderly Simon. Johnny talks his favorite Jack Eastern European accent, is at times a volaudiences may take offense. Nicholson movie Prizzi’s Honor, how it cano of passionate exclamations like, “I Unlike the softened Hollywood film was filmed in his neighborhood and how wanna drown in this woman. I wanna die adaptation, McNally’s script emphasizes important it is selecting his perfect date here!” He sounds like a serious, less more of the bitter emotions of the play’s movie and dinner to get his desired effect. manic, Robin Williams. Together Metcalf two characters and leaves little out of Later Frankie finds the night’s actions not and Peyankov make a believable pair. their reaching out for a moment’s physical going the way she expected and comAnd it’s these strong performances that passions, showing them with all their ments, “this is worse than Looking for Mr. make this production of this rather awkwarts, pimples and awkward body parts. Goodbar (a popular ‘70s bestseller and ward love story worthwhile. Many of the play’s most touching scenes Diana Keaton film). reveal the pain of vulnerable confessions Pendleton achieves effectively strong This Steppenwolf production, at 1650 N. and silly uneasiness of not knowing what and comical performances from both Halsted in Chicago, runs until August 29.

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ART AND PRESERVATION AT CINEMA GALLERY is a residential rental, and jointly operate Baxley Media Group, a video production and distribution company. Yet, Carolyn has always been interested in running a gallery. “I started thinking about a gallery about 10 hen Carolyn Baxley came to ChampaignUrbana in 1973 to get her master’s degree years ago for one of our historic buildings, in English from the University of Illinois, and the opportunity to open one finally preshe had trouble adjusting to the flat prairie. sented itself in 2001,” Carolyn says. They decided to turn the movie theater into Having grown up in a small town in rural Mississippi, she thought to herself, “I’ll give it an art gallery and café combination and named it Cinema Art Café. ”I've always two years max and then I’m outta here!” “But as time went by, the black earth of the wanted to do a gallery,” she says. “I couldn't corn and soybean fields must have gotten think of a better venue for it.” Carolyn, an into my blood and my roots grew deep,” she avid art collector, called some of the artists whose work she already owned to ask if they says, her Southern accent still lingering. Now, Carolyn is not surrounded by the red would like their art displayed in the gallery. “We’re not art experts,” she says. “We’re art clay hills of Mississippi, but by the artwork of almost 30 central Illinois artists — the artists lovers. We know what we would buy if we she represents as the owner and manager of walked into a gallery. That’s really how we got started. We just started with the work Cinema Gallery, 120 W. Main St. in Urbana. “I like being able to show both residents we loved.” By showing the work she loves, she is comand visitors of Champaign-Urbana the wide array of work that's being done in the area,” fortable explaining the piece to others. “It's says the 56-year-old Urbana resident. “Our like any retailer,” she says, “if you believe in goal was to showcase work of professional you're product, it's easier to sell.” A year after artists in central Illinois. We've stayed true to opening, Carolyn decided to close the café portion of the building to make room for that with a couple of exceptions.” more artwork and Carolyn and her husrenamed the venue band Norman Baxley Cinema Gallery. bought the Urbana “We had more Cinema building in 1995 interest and success after the former movie with art sales,” she theater closed, but they says. “We had more were having trouble space and the artists keeping the space occuCarolyn Baxley were very pleased.” pied. Because it is a large Yet, the space filled part of the downtown’s retail strip, they wanted the building to quickly, and Carolyn has more artwork than reopen as soon as possible. “It's so central to space to display. “The most difficult thing is not being able the health of Main Street,” she says. The Baxleys own three buildings, each on to display the work of all artists,” she says. Main Street in Urbana, and had previously There are many talented artists living in the owned the Lindley House Bed & Breakfast community who she has to turn down until 2003. In addition, they own another because she has limited room for the artwork. Urbana landmark, 108 N. Webber St., which A gallery is important to the community

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3 - 4 BR Victorian house. 2.5 baths. Basement. 2 car garage. Champaign location. Reasonable rent. 398-5946 or 390-9536.

QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD 3 bedroom, 2 bath, FR, fireplace, 2 car garage, fenced yard, busline, near schools. 217-239-7404, 217390-3996.

3 bedroom duplex, newly remodeled in quiet neighborhood near campus. 344-6312 or 344-1552. 3 Bedroom House 212 W. Washington, Champaign. 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath, 1.5 Kitchen, Large Backyard, 2 Blocks from Downtown Champaign, Parking. $800. 21-2393028. 3 Br House for rent. Includes parking, W/D, $975/month 369-4459 3 BR, A/C, fenced yard. Garage. $725, 1904 Meadow, C. Excellent credit/references required. 367-1406 300 YARDS TO UNION, U. Newly renovated, hot tub, spa, fireplace, deck, garage, all new houses starting at $1280/mo. Call Linda 217841-4549, or email info@culiving.com 4 bedroom home overlooking quiet Urbana park. W/D, stove, refrigerator, could be partially furnished. $950/mo. No smoking, no pets. 367-8793. 5 bedroom, 2 bath home near Lincoln Square. $1375/mo. 351-0971.

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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 608 S. Glover 2 bedroom, quiet neighborhood, garage, basement. $695/mo. Reference, deposit required. 840-6622.

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SAVE! 6 BR, 3 BATHS, W/D, FREE OFF-STREET PARKING. AUGUST ‘04. 898-3449. 801 W. Iowa Large 8 bedroom 3 Bath House, Furnished, Washer/Dryer, Lots of Parking Gabe’s Place 359-0700 www.GabesPlace.com Furnished 4 bedroom houses on campus near Ohio and Lincoln for Fall ‘04. Call 356-1407.

Urbana, Off Campus 4 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath Internet Access HV/A/C Washer/Dryer. 367-6628 Deposit References $1400/mo.

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Quality rooming house. Near Jimmy John’s on Lincoln Ave. Rooms available for Aug 2004. Rents from $260/mo to $330/mo. Laundry facilities, Common kitchen. Showing 7 days a week. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com Semester lease available-Fall and/or Spring. Furnished room in lovely home close to campus on bus line. Includes semi-private bathroom, utilities, cable, local telephone, and laundry. Experienced with visiting scholars. Female preferred. $425/mo. 355-2326 anytime.

Single rooms for women.

Kitchen and laundry facilities. Nice, clean, good location on bus-line. Now leasing Summer and Fall 2004. Call 367-4824.

ROOMMATES 1 BR in 4 BR Urbana House. W/D. Near Campus. Pets. $300/mo/neg. 369-5491. Share apartment with 2 females, 1 male. 502 W. Green, Urbana. Furnished, 4 bedroom, 2 bath, patio, fireplace, w/d, central a/c, $300/mo, first month free. Lonzo, 217-6215226 or Landon, 217-344-8809. leterry@hotmail.com Rural Fisher home. 2 rooms available on 2 acres. Laundry and all utilities included. 2 baths, 2 kitchens. Pet friendly. No lease. $300. 217-8971797. Presidential Tower. 20th floor. Fully furnished. All utilities included. Derek 217-417-0415.

2 roommates needed. $325/mo per person. Must rent out. Call Sarah. 217-202-9735. 2 Roommates Needed. Preferably Female Grads. Share 3 Bedroom Townhouse Off Campus. $485/mo. All Utilities/Cable Included, W/D. Quiet Residential Area Near Prospect and Windsor. No Pets/Smokers. 312-493-0889. 209 E. Kerr, U. Aug. Share a bedroom in 3 BR/1Ba duplex. Large shade trees, carpeted floors, offstreet parking, coin W/D. $215 + util. 687-2654. Female Grad student (preferred) wanted to share house. $375/mo. + utilities. Must like dogs. Leave message (217) 365-9189. Female Grads Quiet, clean, affordable rooms. Pool/patio, busline. 217-637-6378 or pareigis@uiuc.edu Female. Pet friendly. Parking included. $250/mo. 356-4952. Grad Students needed to share deluxe furnished 4 BR home at 608 S Elm, C. $325/mo plus utilities. Ted 766-5108. Male or Female, $250-$400. 217766-4746. Non-smoking male to share house with owner. Clean, furnished, W/D, privacy, share utilities. $450. 217369-3634. Roommates Wanted Female, for 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Condo, $200-285, plus utilities. Heat, A/C, W/D, dishwasher, parking, busline. Pets possible. Available 8/5 uiuc_roommate@yahoo.com

PARKING | STORAGE Great Campus Parking Located on the corner of Third and Green. This uncovered parking is available August 04. Call Roland Realty at 328-1226. Parking available. Some great campus locations. 2004-2005 school year. Campus Property Management. 328-3030. Special prices on 5 x 5, 5 x 10, 10 x 10 units available for Summer. Call Johnson Rentals at 351-1767.

RealEstateforSale 600 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY Great location! Approximately 700 sq.ft. Corner of Springfield & Cottage Court, Champaign. $800/mo. Lease required. 369-7205.

CONDOS | DUPLEXES 1140 sq/ft. 2 bedroom, 2 car garage, w/d, dishwasher, A/C. 814 Sunset Drive, Urbana. $770/mo. 344-9318. 1303 E. Mumford, Urbana. Busline. Upscale large 2 bedroom bi-level. Wood floors, w/d, dishwasher, garage, 1.5 bath. Credit check. $725/mo. 355-8512. CLEAN, QUIET: Luxurious 2 BR, 1.5 bath, bi-level. Wood floors, W/D, dishwasher, garage. Excellent neighborhood, large garden, Urbana. $745/mo. Credit check/references. 355-8512. CLEAN, QUIET: Luxurious 2 BR, 1.5 bath, bi-level. Wood floors, W/D, dishwasher, garage. Excellent neighborhood, large garden, Urbana. $725/mo. Credit check/references. 355-8512.

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3 bedroom, 3 baths, large LR, DR, kitchen, closets, hardwood floors, 2 fireplaces, full basement, large lot. Close to U of I. $145,000 obo. 3281406.

Male or female. Utilities, parking, ethernet, cable included. $405/mo. Call 618-292-0366.

We have several houses within 1.5 miles of campus priced $89,900$129,900. Call Bantz Appraisals and R.E. 328-1419.

Roommate for quiet atty9441@yahoo.com

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NAPOLEON DYNAMITE ★★★ BY MATT PAIS | LEAD REVIEWER

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o you thought high school was hard? Try surviving it as a tall, awkwardly skinny malcontent with messy hair, huge glasses, and a wardrobe of sky-blue t-shirts, tight jeans, and snow boots. Oh yeah, and you’re also saddled with the abnormal name of Napoleon Dynamite. Anyone who’s spent a night on the fringes of a school dance can tell that the title teenager of co-writer/director Jared Hess’s tender yet contrived first film doesn’t have it easy at Preston High in middle-of-nowhere Idaho. Napoleon (Jon Heder) gets pushed into lockers, snickered at during class presentations, and eyed with general disapproval as he walks the halls. He has such a distinctive look that he can’t help but stand out, and maybe that’s why he doesn’t even try to fit in. He speaks in a blunt, deep grumble that sounds like he’s mad at you even when he’s excited. As brief phrases escape his big, mouth-breathing lips, he achieves an uncomfortable finality as he verges on running out of breath in all interpersonal communication. Every sentence is a mini-conversation, and Napoleon doesn’t have the energy or enthusiasm to smile. This isn’t a happy-go-lucky dork in the “Screech” family; when Napoleon relinquishes a dispute in frustration by mumbling, “Fine,” you know that things, of course, aren’t. He seems primed for a triumphantly clichéd rise to Homecoming King or even underdog sex god, but Napoleon is far from the typical popularity-seeking movie geek you’re used to in teen trash like Drive Me Crazy. He is who he is, and Heder gives a dynamic performance as he prevents his protagonist, who doesn’t undergo much significant change or do anything out of character to earn our affection, from grating too much on nerd-sensitive viewers. Napoleon is a purposefully annoying anti-hero, but Heder succeeds at least in preventing us from wanting to steal his lunch money. Napoleon Dynamite does an admirable job using an off-beat, organic plot to resist the Prom-focused, sexcrazed conventions of the past ten years’ high school movies. Most of the attempts at comedy are naggingly condescending, sporadically funny diversions that link the characters’ varying degrees of lust for selfimprovement. Napoleon’s 32-year-old brother Kip (Aaron Ruell), a puny, muttering dweeb who resembles David Hyde Pierce’s character in Wet Hot American Summer, pursues an online relationship with a woman named LaFawnduh whom he’s convinced is his soulmate. Their Uncle Rico (Jon Gries) dreams of reliving his high school football career and tries to earn a quick buck by selling plastic-ware and, less successfully, breast augmentation pills. And Pedro (Efren Ramirez), the new kid at school and Napoleon’s only friend, campaigns for class president despite the predictable opposition of the bubbly blonde popular girl. Despite breaking the big-budget, Freddie Prinze, Jr.

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formula, Napoleon Dynamite is never believable and only occasionally endearing. It’s filled with deliberately weird, rarely amusing digressions that strive for wacky poignancy but instead achieve an exasperating implausibility. Napoleon isn’t as memorable or sympathetic of a hero as Hess hopes, and Pedro, the film’s sweetest and most appealing character, doesn’t get nearly enough screen time as Napoleon’s sidekick. His brave attempt at inviting the prettiest girl in school to a dance is one of the most painfully romantic moments of the year. The film’s tone falls somewhere between Welcome to the Dollhouse and Rushmore, with the emotional torment brought on by Napoleon’s physical inadequacies contrasted with the sad, self-conscious humor of people at odds with their self-image. Like the latter’s Max Fischer, Napoleon lies compulsively to make his life seem better than it is, but Heder makes it heartbreakingly obvious that not only does Napoleon not buy into his own version of the truth, he doesn’t even believe that type of happiness will ever be available to him. He squeezes his eyes tight when he lies as if people won’t be able to see through his blatant falsehoods, including an attempt to pass off a model’s professional head shot as proof of having a girlfriend. But he keeps eyes wide open at all other times, staring at people in a way that almost challenges them to look back with the same nonjudgmental focus. This is a movie about figuring out who you are, learning how to accept that, and finding out that more people can relate to the gangly outcast than the head cheerleader. It says that you can’t sell anything to anyone until you’ve bought it yourself, and there’s an uplifting refusal to force characters into any skin but their own. Napoleon Dynamite might not remind you of your own adolescence, but it should blow up a Napoleon complex or two.

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THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE ★★★

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ollywood’s fountain of creativity is running dry. More and more movies these days come not from original ideas, but rather are sequels, reworkings, or simply retellings of older films. The Manchurian Candidate, the latest thriller from director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs), is a remake of the 1962 classic of the same name, which starred Frank Sinatra (of The Rat Pack fame) and Angela Lansbury (of Murder, She Wrote fame). In the new Manchurian Candidate, Denzel Washington reprises Sinatra’s role of Major Bennet Marco. Marco remembers the fateful night in Kuwait when his squad was ambushed by enemy troops. Just as things were looking impossibly bleak, Lieutenant Raymond Shaw – the least popular soldier in the squad – took control of a mounted machine gun and singlehandedly fought off the enemy. Shaw’s amazing bravery not only saved the lives of virtually the entire squad, but also earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor. Marco can remember that night clearly… the problem is he’s not so sure it actually happened.

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he twist. M. Night Shymalan just can’t seem to make a movie without one. It’s his calling card, his signature and, if his future films become more like The Village, it’ll also become his burden. After the great success of The Sixth Sense, it seems Shymalan can’t resist the temptation to top himself. Each of his subsequent movies have been modeled after The Sixth Sense with their slow-growing plots, their encroaching darkness, and that big twist at the end that the audience patiently waits for. However, what made the twist at the end of The Sixth Sense so effective was the fact it wasn’t actually needed to end the film. It was essentially a bold yet remarkably simple punctuation mark that accented a well-written, compelling sentence. With The Village, Shymalan depends so heavily on his twist that his film has nary a strong leg to stand on without it. The Village tells the story of a utopian-like settlement of the 1890s that sits in the middle of a foreboding, gnarled forest whose citizens, led by an egalitarian council of contraction-hating eld-

Now – over a decade later – Shaw (Liev Schreiber) is running for Vice-President, and something about it all just doesn’t sit well with Marco. If asked what he thinks about Shaw, Marco will answer without hesitation that, “he is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful person I’ve ever known in my whole life,” but is that what Marco really thinks? Is there a conspiracy behind Shaw running for VicePresident and that night in Kuwait? What does Shaw’s overbearing mother (Meryl Streep, in Angela Lansbury’s old role) have to do with it all? And, finally, will there be a scene with Denzel shirtless? The answer to at least one of these questions is, “Yes, and it’s hot.” For those who have seen the original Manchurian Candidate, the story will seem largely familiar. And that’s because it is. The plot follows the 1962 version pretty closely, with only a few changes scattered throughout. The biggest of these changes is the setting. Whereas the original takes place during the Cold War, the remake takes place in the present. Appropriate changes have been made to update the story to modern day. For instance, Major Marco and Shaw now served in the Gulf War, as opposed to the Korean War. And the ongoing political debate regards national security versus civil liberties, as opposed to whether or not there are card-carrying communists hiding in the government. Director Jonathan Demme hits the “creepy paranoid” feel for this film right on the head. As Marco gets closer and closer to the truth, the toll on his mind becomes more and more

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COLLATERAL (R) Fri. & Sat. 11:20 12:30 1:50 4:30 5:00 7:00 7:30 9:40 10:00 12:15 Sun. - Thu. 11:20 12:30 1:50 4:30 5:00 7:00 7:30 9:40 10:00 ◆ LITTLE BLACK BOOK (PG–13) Fri. & Sat. 11:00 1:20 4:30 7:10 9:30 12:00 Sun. - Thu. 11:00 1:20 4:30 7:10 9:30 THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (R) Fri. & Sat. 11:00 1:00 2:00 4:20 5:00 7:00 7:40 9:50 11:20 Sun. - Thu. 11:00 1:00 2:00 4:20 5:00 7:00 7:40 9:50 THE VILLAGE (PG–13) Fri. & Sat. 11:10 11:40 1:30 2:00 4:00 5:00 7:00 7:30 9:30 10:00 12:00 Sun. - Thu. 11:10 11:40 1:30 2:00 4:00 5:00 7:00 7:30 9:30 10:00 BEFORE SUNSET (R) Fri. & Sat. 7:40 9:40 11:40 Sun. - Thu. 7:40 9:40 BOURNE SUPREMACY (PG–13) Fri. & Sat. 11:00 11:30 1:20 2:00 4:00 5:00 7:00 7:30 9:30 10:00 12:00 Sun. - Tue. 11:00 11:30 1:20 2:00 4:00 5:00 7:00 7:30 9:30 10:00 Wed. & Thu. 11:00 1:20 4:00 7:00 9:30 CATWOMAN (PG–13) Fri. & Sat. 11:00 1:20 4:00 7:10 9:30 12:00 Sun. - Thu. 11:00 1:20 4:00 7:10 9:30 (2 SCREENS)

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE | DENZEL WASHINGTON taxing. This is shown well by Denzel, who has never looked quite so sad and dejected before. The supporting cast also does a very commendable job. Use of digital effects, creepy music and strange camera angles makes this Manchurian Candidate even more scary and paranoid than the 1962 version. What this remake lacks, however, is the impact and purpose of the original. Whereas the original was satirical of McCarthyism and the red scare, today’s version has no such agenda. It never takes a stance one way or the other on that issue it brought up of national security vs. civil liberties. Ultimately, the question is not “Is 2004’s The Manchurian Candidate an entertaining film worth seeing?” because the answer is, unequivocally, yes. The question, rather, is, “Should The Manchurian Candidate have been remade?” Well, if the bucket of original ideas is really as empty as it seems to be, than sure, why not?

ers (William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver among them), live at once in both complete tranquility and constant fear. The woods are home to unseen monsters and the town is said to have struck an implied truce with them: they do not enter the woods and the monsters do not enter the village. All is symbiotic until a young townsman, Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix), begins to wish to travel outside of the town after discovering that the town’s mentally challenged resident, Noah THE VILLAGE | BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD (Adrien Brody), moved back and forth between the boundaries unharmed. After makes for a bad film. Some, of course, will Lucius himself takes a few brave steps into the argue that the ending of The Village is brilliant. woods one evening, disturbing things begin to And, in a conceptual way, it is. But ironically, happen in the village. Whatever is on the out- whether the ending is good or not is irrelevant here. What keeps The Village from working is side begins to travel into the town, unseen. The most surprising part of the film might the how the film, from the very beginning, be that Phoenix is not actually the main char- seems to be preoccupied with its ending and acter. A blind girl named Ivy (Bryce Dallas infatuated with its own existence. It’s like havHoward), Lucius’s love interest, slowly ing a conversation with someone who can’t becomes the film’s heroine and almost single- stop looking in a mirror. Shymalan never looks handedly keeps the film from spinning apart his audience in the eye; he’s too busy checking as it reaches its far-reaching, complicated and out his own reflection and marveling at a trick everyone might not be able guess, but everyclunky conclusion. Howard is a new face, but her screen presence one knows he’ll pull. The film should be about innocence in the is as deep and rich as any veteran actor working today. Her scenes with Hurt and Phoenix face of the unknown; the vitality and spirit of become, as the film slinks along, exponentially a girl in love and her triumph over deeply more compelling and satisfying than trying to ingrained fears. But the heavy anticipation of the twist and obviousness that one is coming figure out what is really in the woods. It’s not a rule that a bad ending always buries even the brightest colors of The Village.

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★★★ Steve Kilar Park Ridge, Ill. “It lacked closure and was different from what I thought it would be.”

★★ Ronson Yong Urbana, Ill. “A sad attempt at a chick flick disguised as a horror movie.”

★★★ Eva Titlow Grand Rapids, MI “It touched on a lot of topics and the cinematography was impressive.”

Owner of Café Hookah, Vartan Seferian, got the idea to start the chain of hookah bars when his friends saw him smoking a hookah in his backyard. There were some Middle Eastern restaurants that served hookah, but no place that had hookahs as their specialty. Seferian, a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology in engineering, started Café Hookah in Evanston, Ill.,. The hookah bar took off and Seferian began to open bars in other locations. Café Hookah, at the corner of Fourth and Green Streets opened recently with the same style and specialties Seferian put into the Evanston location. The bar has over 50 different flavors which are imported from various countries like Egypt and countries in the Middle East. The hookahs contain zero tar and 0.5 percent nicotine. “It’s mostly fresh fruit and molasses,” he said. “It’s like smoking a starburst.” Seferian plans to open more locations on other college campuses. The bar is for every nationality and religion, he said. The bar also serves Mediterranean style food taken from his mother and father’s recipes. Seferian’s father even trains the cooks so the servings will be just right. The bar includes free wireless internet and even a VIP room for members only. The VIP contains two 12 foot beds, flat screen television

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and a personal bouncer at the door. Seferian said that after all the other bars are closed people can come to Café Hookah to hang out till 5 a.m. and maybe smoke a watermelon hookah right from the melon.

a couple of months before school let out, we purchased a school bus to use for tailgating and for bussing students to and from barn dances, etc. Due to the fact that you’re in a college town, do you guys currently have any deals for students? Yeah! Right now we have a group rate for students to go anywhere on campus for $2 per person, at least three people make up a group. We also have a flat rate of $6 for one person from the Illinois terminal to anywhere on campus.

Persimmon After long day of work, wouldn’t it be nice to have a quality dinner ready to eat right away? Owner and head chef at Bacaro, Thad Morrow, has recently opened a new specialty grocery store right next door called Persimmon at 111 N. Walnut St. “The idea is if you want to come in and you want to pick up some pasta and some pasta sauce and a bottle of wine and maybe some vegetables and then you’re out the door and you’re home and you already have dinner,” Morrow said. The store is like a small neighborhood shop with specialty items. Customers will find a variety of spices, sauces, pastas, and wines on wooden shelves. There are also a selection of cheeses, meats and organically grown produce like tomatoes and peppers. “I have a lot of people asking me where they can buy this wine or that vegetable so I figured, why don’t I just open up a store so I can say ‘next door,’” he said. Morrow said he buys his specialty ingredients based on quality. If things seem expensive in his store, it is because Morrow said he is bringing the best quality he can bring to Champaign.

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What is the best part of your job? Honestly, just being able to get in my taxi and do my job. What is the most challenging part of your job? Having to deal with the public in general. You try and do the absolute best you can, but you can’t make everyone happy.

For the past two years Dwayne Edwards has owned and operated C-U Taxi, a local taxi cab company that services the Champaign-Urbana area. So what is the history of C-U taxi, when did you guys start up? We began about two years ago with one taxi cab. After about five months we had about five taxi cabs. Now we have twelve taxi cabs, we just purchased Illini Limo this past March, and

What time of year is the busiest for you? Pretty much all year round. We have a contract with Willard airport to provide shuttle service and we also provide shuttle service for Illinois terminal. What do you like most about working in the Champaign-Urbana area? Definitely being at home and being able to be near my family. What do you do in your spare time? Rest! This business will keep you rolling!


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from out of town. Hopefully they’re going to stop at the gas station and buy gas, and maybe stop down the road at Bytes CafĂŠ and have dinner,â€? she said. “Hopefully, my business will bring into the other businesses and visa versa.â€? ome might remember the Sunday comics The house layout creates a friendly feeling they used to read when they were a kid. An which includes a front sitting room, male and old rocking chair might bring back memories female bedrooms, an office, a kitchen, a bathroom of visits to grandma’s house. Even an old and even a closet stocked with games and dolls. glass vase might take you back to the flowers The first room is a sitting room lit with sunshine your mom always put on the kitchen table. and filled with comfy chairs; on the tabletops are What if there was a place that had everything old Jim Bean bottles and newspapers dating from to bring back the memories? Terri Lee Wegeng of Camargo, Ill., has made the early 20th century. Completing the room is an such a place called Thyme ‘n Time Again old fashion radio from the late 1920s. The only thing out of place in the sitting located at 102 N. Main, Villa Grove, Ill. This vintage resale and consignment shop contains room is the owner’s laptop which she uses for items from the turn of the 20th century up to playing her MP3s and to help her clients price the late 1960s. Wegeng, a baby boomer in her items by searching for information about them early 40s, created the store especially for baby on the Internet. Wegeng’s business works where anyone can boomer nostalgia. Weathered wooden chairs, black iron planters, bring in items to sell. Wegeng takes 15 percent and other antiques line the outside of Thyme ’n of the sales. However, Wegeng said she is picky Time Again; located on the corner of Main Street in what she will take. Items must be vintage, and Adams Street in the quiet town of Villa from about the late 60s and earlier. She will not Grove. The curious objects outside along with take certain appliances like microwaves. In addition to the Villa Grove store, she also has the glass store front filled with vintage bottles, globes and vases invite passersby to come in and an Internet store at www.tntonlinesales.com. She plans to continue selling over the Internet once the explore the rest of the store. store goes into full swing. “ ( B a b y But the best part of runboomers) want ning the store is learning to see things that where the pieces came remind us of our from whether it is old past, and we’re Valentine’s Day cards or getting old. We the military boots that want to remem– Terri Wegeng were worn in Vietnam. ber our younger The selection of items days,â€? she said. varies from furniture, to “So that’s the Lightning Adding types of things Machines an early from of calculators to books we want to have from our history.â€? Her clients, mainly from the neighboring such as Gulliver’s Travels. Wegeng said that she is not an appraiser; communities, look to sell furniture or other items obtained from their family members that she usually leaves the pricing up to the custhey no longer have use or room for. tomer. If she prices, she may get ideas for Everything that comes into the store has a pricing from online sales and mark a “go betweenâ€? price for the item. story behind it she says. Champaign’s vintage store, Furniture Lounge at Once inside people are reminded of their grandmother’s home with black and white 9 E. University Ave. has been open for over two family portraits lining the hallway walls, years. Owners, Amanda McWilliams and Scott and fresh cookies waiting to be devoured in Schaub, are garage sale/vintage fans like Wegeng. Their store mainly sells furniture, but they also sell the kitchen. The business began in January when clothes, records and a number of random things Wegeng began selling things that her friends from mainly the 1940-70s. Unlike Thyme ‘n Time Again, Furniture did not want anymore. At first, it was simple online sales and auctions like E-bay. Lounge either gets the items from garage sales, Other people heard what she was doing and estates sales or buying items from people who started bringing her more things to sell, are looking to get rid of things. Instead of conWegeng said. She had three storage units signment, McWilliams and Schaub buy the full of items when finally she decided to items on the spot. McWilliams supports anyone open up a store in a town with less than willing to open a vintage store. “Any store that gives more education on 3,000 residences, Villa Grove. She thinks a small town setting will be good for the busi- what we’re trying to do is a plus,â€? she said. “People are educated on the construction of ness and the town in general. “In a situation where you have what I have, the furniture and the art form of it.â€? She also thinks that opening the store in a you’re bringing in people coming to my business

small town like Villa Grove is good because small towns have just as much capability to learn about these things. McWilliams and Wegeng both believe that the vintage items can be sturdier than the newer things of today. “Some of the old stuff I have is going to last longer than the new stuff because it’s solid and trust me it’s very heavy,� Wegeng said. Although Wegeng’s store is open now on the weekends, she will have a grand opening on August 7th for Villa Grove’s Ag Day celebration. She plans to have a mini flea

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coworkers unload a pile of work on him at the last minute. His roommate Kumar (Kal Penn of Van Wilder fame) isn’t about to let Harold skip out on a chance to party and the two stoners partake in a hilarious night of smoking, partying, running for their lives, going to White Castle to satisfy a case of the munchies and many other shenanigans. These twenty-somethings are far from ready to throw in the towel. The casting of two minority actors generates new storylines not possible with other actors. Harold’s struggle with being categorized as an Asian “workaholic� and Kumar’s disregard for his father’s plans to have him attend medical school give the characters added depth that is lacking from many comedies. An appearance by Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser, M.D.) as himself adds to the plot rather than just having a face to recognize. The writing is witty but raunchy; endearing but out there. There are parts that any pothead would love but come across in a way that an ordinary moviegoer will also understand. Potty humor is used sparingly and there are only a few scenes that attempt to gross out the audience. The social references break down barriers without being preachy and, overall, the film lets you leave the theater feeling good. The scenes flow together nicely and the jokes are plot driven rather than just there for a quick laugh. Harold’s love interest Maria (Paula Garces)

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ANCHORMAN ★★★ WILL FERRELL & CHRISTINA APPLEGATE Anchorman Ron Burgundy is so mindlessly selfinvolved that he’ll read anything put on a TelePrompTer in front of him without any comprehension of doing it. Funnyman Ferrell, who plays Ron, is so bravely uninhibited that he’ll try anything for a laugh without any concern for his pride. (John Loos) Now showing at Beverly and Savoy THE BOURNE SUPREMACY ★★ MATT DAMON & JULIA STILES The Bourne Supremacy is entertainment, but too slight to be the high-brow spy thriller it might like to consider itself, despite Damon having obviously matured as an actor. The many lulls in storytelling are offset by exotic locales that, unlike most Hollywood output, succeed in capturing the aura of the cities they depict, from Berlin’s sterility to the tumult of a Goan market. Sufficiently selfcontained to stand alone from other installments in the intended trilogy (a Bourne Ultimatum adaptation is in the works), this film excels as summer fare but little else. (Shadie Elnashai) CARWOMAN ★ HALLE BERRY & BENJAMIN BRATT So much for cats always landing on their feet. Catwoman seems destined to fail in grand style. It was doomed from the minute it left the typewriter, and failed at every level of production to redeem itself. Everyone involved in its making should try to forget it ever happened, and move on from there. Anyone who pays to see it in the theater

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BEFORE SUNSET ★★★★ HAROLD & KUMAR | JOSH CHO & KAL PENN and Kumar’s love interest Weed (Marijuana) play limited but important roles in the character’s growth. The villains in the movie range from a group of annoyingly “extreme� hooligans to a police force reminiscent of LA’s. Not to worry though, like the wise man says to Harold, everything works out as it should. The quest for White Castle, which in the title seems absurd, is perfectly believable and even admirable as the movie starts. So admirable in fact that you should put down the paper right now and go see this movie. Afterwards, I defy you to pass a White Castle and not stop. Just make sure that you stay out of trouble before you get there.

surely will do the same. (Andrew Vecelas) DE-LOVELY ★★★ KEVIN KLINE & ASHLEY JUDD To the cut and dry, De-Lovely is entertaining. To spice up the musical numbers, just in case they didn’t translate well to modern day theater, the film makes a few additions. Pop stars Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, Robbie Williams, Elvis Costello and more grace the screen with performances. The movie jumps around to Porter’s successes, but still hits on all cylinders with accounts of his famous “Kiss Me Kate� and “Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love), his first commercial hit. The actors are good and the screenplay is disappointingly tasteful, but still quite good and well thought out. Kline could act the pants off any role, De-Lovely’s only problem is that they wouldn’t let him. (Andrew Crewell)

OPENING THIS WEEKEND COLLATERAL JAIME FOXX & TOM CRUISE Jaime Foxx was having an ordinary day as a cab driver, until he picked up the wrong fair in Tom Cruise, resident hitman. Cruise basically takes Foxx hostage as he makes his killing rounds. Foxx, obviously, isn’t too fond of this and tries to devise a plan to save himself and Cruise’s last victim. Can he do it? We can’t be sure, but this Michael Mann (Heat) movie (yay alliteration!) looks damn good. (Paul Wagner) LITTLE BLACK BOOK RON LIVINGSTON & BRITTANY MURPHY Murphy plays insecure girlfriend and uptight TV producer who is a bit unsure of her new boyfriend. How does she deal with this problem? She looks up all of Livingston’s ex-girlfriends and interviews them. Sounds like a great idea. Not. (Paul Wagner) OPEN WATER BLANCHARD RYAN & DANIEL TRAVIS This movie has a pretty basic setting: The Ocean. The problem with this picture is that the main characters are two divers in this ocean. Two divers who were left alone in the water by their cruise ship. This film evokes horrible fears, I mean, good lord, who wants to be left alone in an ocean? Shudder. Oh yeah, and it’s based on true events. (Paul Wagner)

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ichard Linklater’s Before Sunrise portrayed what is undoubtedly one of cinema’s most believable and heart-warming romances, during which Jesse (Ethan Hawke), an American with a Eurail pass, convinces French grad student Celine (Julie Delpy) to get off her train and wander around Vienna with him in the 14 hours he has before he must catch a flight home. The couple’s conversing leads to their falling for one another, and the film closes with their promise to reconvene at the same train station in six months time. Nine years later, Jesse is in Paris on the last leg of a book tour to promote a novel depicting the first film’s events when he spots Celine. It becomes clear that the reunion never took place, but now they have a little over an hour before his flight in which to reacquaint, so they once more embark on a promenade. Awkward hesitations and tentative flirtations arise as they reestablish their dynamic in an altogether different context: having once idealized what might have been a temporary infatuation, as mature adults will they fall in love all over again? Linklater chooses real-time and long takes that occasionally last over six minutes, which imbues the movie with a neo-realist feel, the only obstacle being the recognizable stars who are so at ease in their roles that the issue is of no significance. In fact, Celine diegetically performs a waltz about their initial meeting that Delpy wrote prior to a sequel being on the cards, further evidence that these actors completely embodied their roles. Neither has ever given a better performance. The unobtrusive mode of filmmaking facilitates total immersion in the narrative, and the picturesque Parisian setting is granted an increased authenticity through its unassuming and passive depiction, and minute details such as the brief French discourses not being afforded subtitles for the linguistically uninitiated. Screenwriting credits are shared between the director and the two stars, who collaborate to produce definitively realistic dialogue with equal measures of philosophizing and ranting, that prompt the viewer to evaluate their own stance on certain issues, question decisions that parallel those in the movie, but ultimately induce a strong nostalgic reminiscence. The ending makes full use of Celine’s earlier claim that a memory is never finished as long as you’re still alive, and though it might infuriate some, it’s ultimately the perfect conclusion to a film that comes close to reaching the transcendental euphoria of its predecessor, making it the sequel to see this summer.


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eople love going to the Grand Canyon. Families get out of their station wagons and stand along the edge of it, their breath taken away. They are almost giddy and awestruck by it's beauty. I bet that shit wasn't true about 150 years ago. When families got out of their covered wagons and stood along the edge of this wonder, I'm guessing it only resulted in a stream of expletives from the father. “Sonofabitch...rat shit...piss. I cannot believe we have to cross this freaking ditch to get to the west coast. Everybody go to the bathroom now because the next year of our life is gonna consist of getting around this fucking hole.“ My point, I suppose, moving is a bitch, no matter how beautiful the destination. I know this because I moved last week. To make my move more interesting, I decided to hurt my shoulder a few days before by diving for a softball. In my mind, I looked like Willie Mays, outstretched as the ball came into my glove. In reality, I'm sure I looked more like Don Zimmer just rolling around on the grass. The ball popped out, we lost the game, and I had nothing but a banged up wing and a long ass move to look forward to. I'd done some prep work already and boxed up quite a few things beforehand. Even this was a perfect example of my tawdry life, everything I owned wrapped up inside beer and whiskey boxes. The first few boxes I packed were labeled extensively. “Kitchenplates, silverware, plastic cups.“ The boxes I packed towards the end were labeled more along the lines of “Crap“ and “Shit you don't need“ or simply “Stuff.“ As packing became more of a pain in the ass, I began instead to just throw things away. Honestly, no man needs 10 Hawaiian shirts, particularly when he hasn't even worn one of them in the past 10 years. I realized I had spent far more time trying on and purchasing corduroy pants than actually wearing them, so those weren't going to be making the trip either. I must have been pretty tanked up when I bought this 9 and 1/2 Souvenirs t-shirt. Yeah, the singer was hot, but geez, the damned shirt just looks stupid. I almost felt like I should apologize to Goodwill for dumping this tasteless wear on them. Fortunately, my mother came up to help me for a few days. Apparently moving and cleaning are a preferable option to spending more

time in the camper with my father. She asked me the same question several times, “When was the last time you cleaned this?“ My answer was the same each time. “Um, I don't think I've ever actually cleaned it. “ Eventually, it was down to nothing but the big items. Now some folks will tell you different, but I've always felt if you're going to be moving heavy couches and cabinets you really only need two people. One of them should be a sleep deprived rock star who weighs about a buck 35 and the other one should own a truck and be hungover like a bastard. Fine, maybe it's not ideal, but it's all I had. Looking back, I should have also hired someone to follow us around with a bucket and pick up our testicles after they'd been shot from our body. Seriously, there was quite a lot of straining. During all of this, the dog just sat calmly in the floor. I believe he truly enjoys watching other people work. When it was time to go to the new place, he jumped in the car and looked happily out the window. It was only about six blocks away, but he seemed to have no idea. He's not like those courageous dogs in The Incredible Journey by any stretch of the imagination. Geez, we just moved across West Side Park and he has no idea where the hell he is. On the nightly walks, we enter the park from the opposite direction, and I honestly don't think the dumb bastard even knows he's been there before. I suppose when a large amount of your life revolves simply around peeing on things it doesn't take all that much to keep you happy. Maybe he has the right idea, just suck it up and enjoy the changes. So, I'm all moved in. I'll be at this place for awhile either way. That's sort of the beauty of moving, by the end of it my spirit is so broken it takes several years before I could even consider it again. Besides, everything seems fresh and new and it changes my outlook. The view out the window is different. It takes a few minutes in the middle of the night to remember where the bathroom is. There's something very Zen about cutting shelf paper. Something besides your address changes when it's all said and done. Looking back, it almost seems like a pleasure.

Michael Coulter, lady’s man, man-abouttown is a videographer and writer of the online column “The Sporting Life.“ Send letters to buzz@readbuzz. com

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News of the weird Lead story Autobiography of the Least Interesting Man in America: According to a 1996 Seattle Times feature, Robert Shields, 77, of Dayton, Wash., is the author of perhaps the longest personal diary in history, nearly 38 million words on paper stored in 81 cardboard boxes covering the previous 24 years, in five-minute segments. Example: July 25, 1993, 7 a.m.: “I cleaned out the tub and scraped my feet with my fingernails to remove layers of dead skin. “ 7:05 a.m.: “Passed a large, firm stool, and a pint of urine. Used 5 sheets of paper. “

Great Art! From time to time News of the Weird has reported on the fluctuating value of the late Italian artist Piero Manzoni's personal feces, which he canned in 1961, 30 grams at a time in 90 tins, as art objects (though, over the years, 45 have reportedly exploded). Their price to collectors has varied from about $28,000 for a tin in 1998 to $75,000 in 1993. In June 2002, the Tate Gallery in London excitedly announced it had pur-

chased tin number 004 for about $38,000. (The price of 30 grams of gold at that time was a little over $300.)

Surprise! Diane Parker accompanied husband, Richard W. Parker (who had been accused of drug trafficking), to federal court in Los Angeles for a hearing in 1998. According to friends, Diane was such a believer in her husband's innocence that she had come prepared to put up her investment property and her mother's townhouse to make Richard's bail. However, when the prosecutor recited to the judge facts about Richard's double life that included a mistress and a safe house, Diane's expression changed dramatically within the space of a few minutes. According to a Los Angeles Times account, she removed her wedding ring with a flourish, walked out of court, quickly drove to an Orange County office where the mistress worked, and punched her several times before being restrained.

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tion. For the past year, I have been the virtual asshole of the year. Running through the world wide web, I am the email recipient with no manners. After pouring over 10,000 plus emails (many of them spam), I wondered if past emails I had sent had not reached their intended recipient? Cursing the computer and technology seemed the easiest thing to do, but, maybe, I have relied entirely too much on these inanimate objects that have become such a part of our everyday routine. For the time being, I will be corresponding by letters... Who am I kidding, nobody’s perfect...and writing letters cramps my wrist anyway. Email it is.

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used to love marijuana. I mean – for real. I was in love with it. From around 1995 to 2001 I truly considered it to be my best friend in a lot of ways. One summer my buddies and I sat around making pipes out of old pieces of wood that my parents bought us for Christmas to use as building blocks. It made sense to me. What was once used for recreation as kids was being mutated to again, use as recreation for, well, kids. Now, I am not endorsing the use of pot as children. One of my biggest regrets is starting to smoke the reefer so young because it became boring to me as an adult. But, it’s worth noting something before I go any further. My grades in school got progressively better as I became more and more of a pothead. In freshman year, when I didn’t smoke pot at all, I pretty much got B’s and C’s. By the time I was rippin’ bingers at lunch my junior year, I was a straight A student. My counselor and dean were so proud of me. They told me, “It’s so nice to watch a fine young man grow into a responsible young adult like you. I wish more of my kids had your maturity and intelligence.” I always wanted to say, “Hey, my buddy on campus just introduced me to “kind nugs”. I’ve never felt this intelligent in my life!” Now, this isn’t the case for all individuals. Some people let the pot get the best of them and end up working at a liquor store. Wait, I work at a liquor store. But you get my drift. So, this isn’t going to be the legalize pot column. Nope. We all know it should be legalized anyway. That’s a dead issue. No, this one comes in defense of recent NFL retiree Ricky Williams. Ricky Williams likes to smoke pot. Whoopdee-freakin-doo. Here’s a guy who broke the rushing record in college football, was a highly touted rookie in the Pro’s, and made big waves in Miami the last two years, racking up over 3,500 yards on the ground. If he was to stay healthy and in the league, he probably would have gone on to break Emmit Smith’s NFL rushing record as well. Obviously, for a guy with this much talent, being allowed to smoke a doob or not was not the presiding factor in his decision to retire early.

But Holy Shit – if the media hasn’t twisted this story into something that it shouldn’t be. The man was going to fail another drug test. That’s true. But you don’t just quit football to be a pothead. You just don’t. Ricky Williams is an intelligent guy – at least enough so that he wants to spend some time traveling the East and getting to know himself a little more. Shocking as it may seem – a lifelong career in football is not for everyone. I mean, I know plenty of kids who went to high school and college, dead set on a career and after getting out into the world, decided that they wanted to do something entirely different. Is that such a crime? Does wanting to be more than one thing instantly make you out to be a failure? According to the majority of the stories I’ve read on this it does. I call bullshit. Seems to me that Williams just lost his passion for the game and didn’t feel like taking hits from huge men for up to 20 weeks in a row this fall. Instead, he wants to take hits from a bong and go study Asian culture. I commend him on his choice. People have been saying he lost his passion for the game because he smokes too much pot. And they might be right. But seriously, if a man wants to change direction and he’s not hurting anybody by doing so, do what his coach did: express disappointment, wish him well and leave him alone. I read an article in the intensely intellectual USA Today that claimed that Ricky Williams was going to go the way of Mike Tyson. Well, when Ricky Williams decides to rape a women, tattoo his face and make a comeback by biting off a part of someone’s ear, I’ll stand corrected. But that type of behavior seems a little off for a pothead. Shit – I’m not sure if a pothead could ever even imagine doing something like that. What a buzzkill.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY (AUGUST 5 - 11) ARIES (March 21-April 19): To be an authentic Aries, to be the person you were born to be, you've got to pretty much always be mobilized by someone or something that thrills your heart. Who and what are those beacons for you right now? A person who fascinates you? An adventure you're planning or an idea you're exploring? A devoted animal who always sees the best in you? A place in nature where you remember who you really are? Whatever you love, Aries, pay homage to them this week. Build shrines in their honor. Take action to demonstrate the depth of your excitement. If your beacons are human beings, write them thank-you notes, sing them songs, or tell them the truth about their life-giving sustenance. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A few years back, the commissioners of Kleberg County, Texas retired the salutation "hello" because they said it contained the offensive term "hell." In its place, they made "heaven-o" the official county greeting. That's borderline lunatic, if you ask me, and yet I understand the principle. In fact, I recommend that you initiate some adjustments in your own language, Taurus. As much as possible, you should stop using words that make you feel bad, confused, or weak. Replace them with fresh terms that make you feel optimistic and empowered. Of course, this is good advice for everyone all the time, but it's especially apt for you right now. The astrological omens suggest you have a special capacity for changing deep-seated habits that sap your energy, especially those involving the way you speak. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In Half Magic, a children's book by Edward Eager, four kids discover an enchanted coin with an odd quirk: It grants just half of any wish. Naturally they try to compensate, imagining how to double the scope of each wish so that when only 50 percent of it comes true, it's exactly what they wanted. Your immediate future has certain resemblances to their story, Gemini.Though you will be in possession of a kind of magic, it may tend to work incomplete wonders. Consider imitating the kids' strategy: Make your wish larger than what you actually need. CANCER (June 21-July 22): From the day we're born till the day we die, we need teachers. In a perfect world, each of us would have at least one mentor who looked after our learning needs, constantly adding new lessons to our ever-evolving curriculum. Since you probably haven't been living in a perfect world, however, you may have only rarely been blessed with the luxury of a personal educator. You've mostly had to be your own guide, with an occasional assist from me. Here's one of those assists now: In the next six weeks, you should put a high priority on developing a long-term lesson plan.What things do you need to learn most between now and August, 2009? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): There is an Egyptian myth that the sun was in Leo and the moon in Cancer when the universe was created.That very configuration is happening this week, which is an interesting coincidence. The astrological factors indicate it's an excellent time for you to recreate your own world. So don't be shy, Leo. Shed any doubts you might have about your authorial power. Imagine you're a god or goddess with the potency to dream a new dream of how life could be.Then get out there and start conjuring it up. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In his book, Legacy of the Heart: The Spiritual Advantages of a Painful Childhood, Wayne Muller traces many of our psychological ills to the bad habit known as "repetition compulsion." After growing up, we unconsciously recreate the situations that damaged or addled us as children. In this way we hope to find the healing we couldn't find when we were young. We choose friends and lovers and employers who inadvertently play the roles of our original family members as we continually restage our old imprints in search of some feeling of resolution that will set us free. That's the bad news, Virgo. The good news is that the next six weeks will bring the best opportunity ever to escape from repetition compulsion. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The first theme you should weave into your life in the near future is over-the-top, cathartic laugh-

ter. We could almost say, in fact, that you've entered the Season of the Belly Laugh.The second theme you need to find a prominent place for is ecstasy. I'm not talking about the drug, but rather the natural experience of over-the-top, cathartic pleasure. It wouldn't be a lie to suggest that you've slipped into the Season of Wild Fun.The third element you should invoke is overthe-top catharsis. I'm not exaggerating when I say you're in the Season of Peak Emotion. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The news media love bad news because they think it's more interesting and worthy of our attention than good news. The nineteenth-century poet John Keats said, "If something is not beautiful, it is probably not true," but many of today's journalists imply that if something isn't ugly, it's not true. The wide acceptance of this bizarre perspective colors our personal rhythms. We're prone to the delusion that a well-lived life is mostly a struggle; that it's normal to feel we're in a constant battle against the natural tendency of everything to fall apart. But right now is a perfect time for you to divest yourself of this nonsense, Scorpio. I urge you to devote your intelligence and passion to changing your beliefs about the nature of reality. Focus on what's beautiful and successful. Create opportunities for high-integrity pleasure. Have a fierce intention to find joy. Be a tough-minded optimist. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): To the ancient Chinese, pigs were sacred because they could eat anything, and turn it into energy. The creatures were regarded as masters of transmutation. Nothing, not even garbage, was unusable to them. The Chinese aspired to be like pigs in the sense of being able to learn from and derive benefit from every experience, not just the tidy, tasteful ones. I mention this, Sagittarius, because it's an excellent time for you to imitate that paragon of holiness, the omnivorous pig. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The old days are threatening to dominate the headlines this week. In fact, unless you're proactive to the point of being pushy, a worn-out history will insinuate itself into your future. And unless you err on the side of generosity as you settle accounts with two people who used to be an important part of your life, they will continue to demand your precious energy long after they have any right to. To acquire the ballast necessary to keep the past in its proper place, make a pilgrimage to a place where you triumphed over the old days once before. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): "I need more Grace than I thought." That's a line from a Rumi poem in which the poet confesses he's sometimes helpless in the face of life's unpredictable twists and turns. It's a mournful statement; he's sad at having to acknowledge he's not always the master of his own destiny. Yet I sense he also means he feels relief in surrendering to the need for grace. It's liberating to accept the fact that he can't possibly be a wise, effective genius who controls every detail and aces every test. I hope you'll arrive at Rumi's state soon, Aquarius. I trust you'll derive power from saying, "I need more Grace than I thought."

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Sometimes the demons that are like mosquitoes are more dangerous than the demons resembling dragons. You go on full alert in the face of the dragons' threats, calling in all your favors and hauling out your biggest guns. But you may underestimate the power of the mosquitoes to mess with you, and not be aggressive enough in shielding yourself from their subtly demoralizing effects. Don't let this be the case in the coming week, Pisces. Don the persona of a heroic warrior as you take extreme measures to exorcise the mosquito demons.

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