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volume 7 no. 32
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An (almost) post-season wrap-up
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Food Not Bombs
Food: Bid summer farewell the right way by checking out this week’s submission of “Summer Spirits.” One of these cocktails is sure to take the edge off of heading back to school.
West Side Park, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. After spending my first full summer in CU, I’ve come to realize how important supporting local, volunteer-based organizations is, particularly when it comes to food. This Saturday, I plan to check out Food Not Bombs, a collective serving free vegan and vegetarian food at West Side Park in an effort at a simple peace movement. Food Not Bombs is not only entirely volunteer run, but a worldwide organization and definitely something I can stand behind. Besides, who doesn’t enjoy free food?
Community: Feeling a little disconnected this week? Get your tech fix with this week’s submission of “The Digital Domain,” which is sure to get you up-to-date.
Movies: Text District 9 and Ponyo reviews up on Saturday.
— Amanda Shively, Music and Calendar Editor Photo by Ross Topol
Jobu at Canopy
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Likes & Gripes
The Canopy Club, 10 p.m. Jobu, a reggae-rock band has some clips on YouTube, and their sound reminds me of one of my favorite bands, Steely Dan. I haven’t heard much of their stuff, but I feel like I need to find some new bands to listen to. I can’t keep listening to Pearl Jam and Prince all day, every day, for the rest of my life. I mean, I could, but at what cost?
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e d i t o r ’ s n o t e by Tommy Trafton It seems that whenever we try to make things easier for ourselves, they just end up being extra complicated. I remember thinking, for example, that getting to class would be so much simpler with a bike. So I bought one, and it is nice to have, but I always end up losing my bike key, having to check up on my tire pressure before every ride, having to buy handbrakes and reflectors, etc. And it doesn’t stop there. Eventually I’ll be able to get a car to make things even more convenient but along with it comes so many other things to worry about.
Friday brings the final remnants of Lollapalooza coverage: an interview with Manchester Orchestra.
And it’s the same thing with acronyms. First of all, who could possibly be busy or lazy enough to not have time to say, type, or read all three or four syllables of Barnes & Noble or Burger King? The time it will take to explain what B&N or BK means to someone who has never heard of the abbreviations should be enough to prove my point; while abbreviations and such are meant to make things easier, in the end they are just a waste of time And of course, the only things worse than acronyms are Internet passwords. About a week ago, I got an e-mail from the University alerting me that my CITES (most obnoxious acronym) NetID password will be
expiring. The e-mail linked me to a page that let me change my password for the next school year ... IT TOOK ME NINE TRIES UNTIL IT ACCEPTED A PASSWORD. The password had to be at least eight characters including uppercase and lowercase characters (and numbers), no names, NO WORDS, no alphabetic or numeric sequences, the list went on and on. How can you possibly remember a password that looks like this: TdskI93kH45? And then when you throw that in the mix with work login passwords, email passwords, online stores passwords, etc., life immediately gets a lot more complicated. Boy, the Internet sucks. When can we go back to a simpler life?
1) Hayao Miyazaki: I’ve been watching his films in anticipation of the release of Ponyo, and I’ve got to say, the Japanese animation master has not made one film I’ve disliked. 2) Not having a TV: This could be a gripe, but it has been giving me a lot more time to read the books I never got around to this summer. Although I am missing my Cubs games. 3) Chunky Peanut Butter: I’ve always been a creamy man, but I took the dive and bought crunchy this week and enjoyed it. My entire life is shattering before my eyes, and I love it.
Amanda Shively Music & Calendar Editor Gripes 1) Accidental near-asphyxiation: Don’t wear headphones to bed kids. 2) Alexei Ramirez: It would be nice if you would play like you were the “Cuban Missile” again. 3) Not Having a Permanent Residence: By home, do you mean my current apartment, the apartment I’m moving into next week, or where my family lives?
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food & drink Beer Gardens of CU
Bunny’s Tavern by Eric Gordon
ften referred to as one of “the best kept secrets in the Downtown Urbana”, Bunny’s Tavern provides something different than many of the campus bars. The fact that it’s such a well kept secret provides an atmosphere that many college students might not be used to, but can provide a welcome change of pace. Serving the area since 1936, it seems that Bunny’s needs to be introduced to students and community members alike. If you’re looking for a crowd of students, you’re not likely to find as many as you would at say Joe’s or KAM’s. The bar is not empty at night by any means, but can serve as a great escape from the regular routine of campus. The beer garden is fairly spacious, but can seem a bit daunting when there are only a few patrons outside. One major plus for the beer garden is that it’s heated, which can be an asset
on either cold summer nights or even further into the year when late night crowds arrive. In many respects, it is probably best to go with someone you know or meet someone there. The food is great, but if you come too early you might find yourself sitting alone or with very few people to strike up a conversation with. The staff is very friendly and the service was great, giving patrons exactly what they want and all at a low price. Prices range from $6 to $12, depending on how much you spend on food and drinks. It’s also a great place to watch a number of sporting events, especially since many students are unaware that it exists. With no cover charge, Bunny’s beer buckets and kitchen hours 1of 1am-9pm, you can’t go wrong with Bunny’s. Bunny’s Tavern is located at 119 W. Water st. in downtown Urbana.
A look at Malbecs
by Margaret Carrigan I think it’s high time everyone be formally introduced to Malbecs. There are a lot of ardent fans of this red wine, but the majority of casual wine drinkers stick to their Merlots, Cabernets and Zinfandels. But Malbecs offer something new that can really shake things up for a bored palate. While out at Radio Maria, I took a long hard look at their wine list and, lo and behold, Urban Uco Malbec was listed towards the bottom, just waiting to fulfill my recent dreams of tasting one of these wines. Described as dark and fruity on the menu, I was surprised not to be hit with an overly strong fruitiness upon sniffing and tasting. Instead, it had a kind of earthy smell and a taste of dirt. Don’t misconstrue this as a bad thing despite the lackluster imagery: it was delicious and exciting, both exotic and comforting at the same time. After the initial flavor shock, deep berry-like flavors rushed in and its smoothness left a delightful feeling down the esophagus as I swallowed it. I was hooked.
I did a little research on Malbecs the next day. Urban Uco hails from Argentina, which is an up–and-coming star in the world of Malbecs. However, they used to be widely produced in the Bordeaux region of France and were often blended with other regional grapes. However, less and less acreage is being devoted to growing this grape over in France not only because of a decline in popularity, but also because the vine is susceptible to many types of diseases which wiped out many vineyards’ Malbecs over the years. Argentine versions of the vine are slightly different from the French, bearing smaller and tighter clusters with softer tannins. The result is a velvety wine with less of a pucker factor that some of its Gallic counterparts. It’s a nice change of pace from the usual red wine rigmarole and a great late summer wine as the nights start to cool off a little more.
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HOW DOES THEIR GARDEN GROW? Beer Selection: Atmosphere: Noise level:
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For someone who drinks very little I enjoyed what Bunny’s has to offer. Many of the drinks compliment the food very well, which is what I look for. In that regard I tend to be very particular about what I drink. Varies on how many people show up and whether a big game is on. Nothing much louder than you’d experience at other bars. The beer gardens and overall look of the place is clean and welcoming once you get inside, but as one of the best kept secrets in Urbana, it doesn’t necessarily scream “Come on in!” Also with the gardens being outdoors people can obviously smoke. No fault of Bunny’s, but be prepared if that’s not your thing. I like the feel of the tavern with comfy barstools as I like to have a place to sit down and not have someone fighting me for space. Overall a dependable and friendly staff. They will make decent recommendations and most importantly are willing to listen to you. You may want to know what you are looking for so they can better help you. Perhaps it shouldn’t remain a secret, because although smaller than some places, it has a lot to offer.
5 Questions with ...
Ian Rose of Great Impasta by Eric Gordon This week buzz Magazine sat down with Ian Rose, Chef de cuisine of The Great Impasta. Originally from Danville, Rose has been a resident of Urbana for a number of years. buzz: Can you tell us a little about your background and how long have you been with the Great Impasta? Rose: I started working in restaurants at 16 and went to Kendall College for Culinary Arts. I’ve been working with The Great Impasta for about a year, so I worked for a while at our previous location before we moved here. buzz: What is one of the dishes you’d recommend to customers who come in to the restaurant? Rose: I’d recommend the spaghetti carbonara. We offer full and half portions and whatever your budget we are very generous with our pasta. buzz: What is one of the more difficult dishes you’ve had to make?
Rose: The lamb filet. Sometimes getting it grilled to the right temperature can be hard. buzz: What is your approach to cooking? Rose: My personal belief is to use the freshest ingredients and let the ingredients be what they are naturally. The restaurant is based on 25 years of tradition, so we’ve left dishes as they are. With the fresh and local stuff we get from the Farmer’s Market, we as a crew figure out what to do with some of the ingredients. buzz: What is some advice you’d give to aspiring cooks or students that want to learn to cook? Rose: Everything is a method in the kitchen. If you know how to make one dish, you can make similar variations of that same dish.
The Great Impasta is located at 156 Lincoln Square in Urbana.
AUG 13 – AUG 19 09
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HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT ALL THE STUDENTS RETURNING TO CAMPUS?
Marissa Veith, a professional debt acquierer, is excited to check out all the new freshman.
Scotty Gladstein, a physics researcher, is excited to meet all of his super-sweet new neighbors.
Have You Any Bows?
Tony Pelikan, a retired corn harvester is excited to party, party, party.
BowSheep makes custom baby bows for CU moms by Alexandra Morgan
hree Champaign women — Mallorie Owens, Sarah Windingland and Hannah McMahon — have started a business selling homemade bows for children. Their business, BowSheep, will be selling a myriad of designs: pastels, animal prints, stripes, polka dots, you name it. The idea for their business sprung out of some creative thinking by the three women.
“We really like designing and creating ... it started out as a fun project for us and it turned out to be a business venture,” said Hannah McMahon. Owens, Windingland, and McMahon are all mothers with young baby girls who have creative backgrounds and recognized that BowSheep might be a successful venture. The owners realized that most Champaign
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shops only offered very simple bows and that their homemade, intricate bows would be a hotseller. “We realize this is definitely a market that we could sell,” said McMahon, explaining how they hope to attract, among other customers, women with young babies. BowSheep boasts many different lines, each with its own distinct style, and named after the owners’ daughters Remy, Lilah and Ella. Their newest lines, Sporty Sheep and Black Sheep, each offer their own distinctive flavor to the company. Sporty Sheep, with bows available in orange and blue, should appeal to little Illini fans in the area, while Black Sheep has a funkier vibe, featuring skull prints and lots of black and white. And if customers can’t find what they’re looking for in the existing collections, BowSheep is happy to make custom bows. Currently, the bows are being sold through Facebook, but BowSheep will soon be available on eBay and Etsy, an online store. The owners also hope to sell from their own website in the near future.
“We’re really trying to work with our customers for making what they want,” said McMahon, who explained that much of the sales that they’ve done so far have been custom orders. BowSheep opens with a launch party on Thursday, August 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cakes on Walnut. The launch party will give potential customers a chance to get to know the owners, the product and each other. “It s a launch party to introduce ourselves into the town,” said McMahon. “Its more for the moms to come — to meet each other and socialize.” McMahon emphasized the social aspect of Bowsheep, explaining that she and the owners view it as a potential way for moms to get together. The three women are looking to offer this sort of social interaction as a vital part of their business. “I think it’d be great for moms to have a social event to go to,” said McMahon. “Moms are always looking for different venues to socialize.”
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Created Beings Clara Hoag’s Ceramic Exhibition at Cinema Gallery by Daryl McCurdy
n Saturday, August 8, Clara Hoag’s ceramic exhibition entitled “Fetish” opened at Urbana’s Cinema Gallery. In this show, Hoag, a recent graduate of UIUC, provides ceramic sculptures that are rich both visually and conceptually. Hoag works with relatively abstracted human forms that are often “damaged” and pieced together. The pieces in “Fetish” build conceptually and formally on Hoag’s previous work. “They deal with the nature of the human condition and how we interact with our environment,” says Hoag. “I am really interested in how we explain our world with oral history, tradition, and stories and how that ties into religion,” Hoag further explains. Religion and spirituality play a major role in Hoag’s working process as she attempts to grasp the organizing forces of the human condition.
In a series of wall pieces, Hoag has reassembled ceramic pieces to shape very rough human figures. These fairly small figures, in succession, begin to manifest a sort of obsession or fetish. The show’s title becomes apparent as Hoag offers us ceramic figures that borrow, both explicitly and more indirectly, from religious imagery and dogma. The wall pieces, as well as some of Hoag’s other sculptures, contain images of religious and spiritual icons and archetypes. Working with an image transfer process, Hoag positions pictures of Catholic saints and martyrs, as well as non-Christian gods and goddesses onto her pieces. As Hoag places these images on fractured and assembled portions of clay that converge into the human form, she hopes
to question the social constructions that make up the human experience. “I don’t know if these are fetishized creatures themselves,” posits Hoag. “I’m just trying to get at the universal condition and how explore how history shapes us and we shape history, how religion shapes us and how we shape religion.” Hoag’s work neither condemns organized religion nor supports it. Rather, she is trying to work out the same impulse humankind has been attempting to fulfill for ages. “Why do we consistently feel the need to explain the world around us?” questions Hoag. “It’s a type of survival tactic,” she later adds. Hoag’s work in many ways falls into the longstanding human drive to make things to prove devotion and/or become stand-ins that provide a tangible way to understand abstract ideas. The
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history of visual culture has provided a whole library of images and forms to borrow and subvert as art and religion are, “two aspects of society that have been so closely tied for so long,” said Hoag. Make sure to check out this show. It will be up at Cinema Gallery until August 15. Who: Artist Clara Hoag What: Her new ceramics exhibit, “Fetish,” at Urbana’s Cinema Gallery When: Running now until Aug. 15 Where: Urbana’s Cinema Gallery, 120 W. Main St., Urbana Why: Check out how Hoag explores the way humans explain the world we live in.
Downtown Festival of the Arts celebrates community
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The 6th Annual Champaign Park District’s Downtown Festival of the Arts is just around the corner on Aug. 15, in the heart of downtown Champaign at Neil and Main Streets from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Champaign Park District’s Special Events manager Katie Flint says the festival will “emphasize the different types of arts local and regional … for the music lover, dance lover, jewelry lover, etc.” for people of all ages. Over 70 artists will be featured in this day long celebration of the area’s myriad of creative fine artists from music, photography, watercolor, jewelry, glass work, sculpture and much more. This family event will offer a variety of foods from the immediate local eateries (like Aroma Cafe, Jim Gould, Café Kopi) and enrich the hearts and souls of local art lovers. The fest will feature three venues: a main stage of local musicians, a performing arts stage, highlighting theatre and dance and a family entertainment stage with music, storytelling and a magician. Featured performer Darden Purcell is thrilled at the opportunity to perform at this year’s fest: “I think it is fantastic that downtown Champaign hosts a day for artists and performers to showcase their talent. There are so many gifted people in this town and it is wonderful that this community supports these local artists”. Among the many musical artists featured in this year’s fest include local acoustic and folk group, The Hathaways. The Darden Purcell Quartet, a jazz group lead by Purcell, a renown jazz vocalist, will also perform. According to Purcell, “The audience can expect to hear classics from the Great American Songbook as well as Jazz Standards and some Brazilian music.” Kennedy’s Kitchen, a group of five that feature Irish/Celtic music, Tree Thump, an experimental group that features a uniquely AUG 13 – AUG 19 09
Austrailian sound described on their website as “Didgeridu driven music with a penetrating, psychedelic vibe and funky drum and bass grooves, topped off with sweet fiery explosions of electronic violins,” Desafinado, a local Samba/Brazilian group and Paul Imholte, “the Musical Stringman”, who plays everything from fiddle, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, mandolin are also scheduled to perform. For more information about any of these exciting events and for a complete schedule of the day’s events of the Downtown Festival of the Arts go online at http://www. champaignparkdistrict.com/events/dtfoa/music.htm.
Schedule FOR AUGUST 15 Main Entertainment Tent 10-11 a.m. Hathaways 11:30-1 p.m. Darden Purcell Quartet 1:30-3 p.m. Kennedy’s Kitchen 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tree Thump 5-7 p.m. Desafinado Roaming act 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Paul Imholte Performing Arts Stage 11-12 noon CPD Dance Arts, Djibril Camara and Ballet Allah 2-3 p.m. The CoMMoN Theatre Project 3:30-4:30 p.m. Gypsy Hips 5-6 p.m. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare 6:30-7:30 p.m. Brittany Johnson Fiddle Family Entertainment Stage 11 a.m.-12 noon Kennedy’s Kitchen 12:30-1:30 p.m. Andrew Anderson (magician) 2-2:30 p.m. Parkland Props 3-3:30 p.m. Prompting Theatre 4-5 p.m. Patricia Hruby-Powell (Storyteller) 5:30-6:30 p.m. Andrew Anderson (magician) Who: Champaign Park District and local artists, performers
Mid-August is stuck somewhere between summer and fall, putting many shoppers in an uncertain position as they try to balance fall trends with the weather. Many hot days still remain, but that floral halter dress might feel out of place come September. To get the most for your buck, invest in pieces that can be worn now and in October. Look for tops and dresses in darker transitional colors and prints, and which can be easily layered over with a fall jacket or sweater during cooler evenings. Circles (Moves to 114 N. Neil on August 14) Circles stocks an incredibly versatile long-sleeved menswear style shirt dress by Free People that sells for $101. A plaid pattern of peach and red, the shirt hits mid-thigh and can be worn alone with sandals during hotter days. When the weather cools off it will look great with leggings or skinny jeans. Dandelion Vintage Clothing Most everything in here is one of a kind, but there is a great selection of lightweight jackets and blazers, most of which run around $30. Pair these jackets with shorts and a tank right now, and later with skinny jeans and flats. My favorite was a short black leather jacket of the brand “Classic Leather.” The jacket is collarless and complete with snap decals on the bottom and retro pleating on the back and shoulders.
What: The Downtown Festival of the Arts When: Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Where: Downtown Champaign, at Neil and Main Streets Why: Celebrate our local artists and performers! Photo by James Kyung
Pitaya Pitaya has a great selection of dresses, many of which can be worn into the fall. “a 3+1” makes a beige dress with short sleeves and a sheer overlay of small blue and red flowers for $36. Extend the life of the dress by wearing it with a bomber jacket and riding boots in the fall. come and get it
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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra review by Matt Carey As a kid, I was never into G.I. Joe. It was a little before my time, so I never got the opportunity to become a fan. However, I canâ€™t imagine any amount of fanboy nostalgia that would make G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra even remotely enjoyable. The film follows the adventures of the secret military team G.I. Joe, as they try to take down an evil corporation that is going to destroy major cities across the globe with a new technology. We meet the team through the eyes of Duke (Channing Tatum) and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans), American soldiers who join the team after a run in with the Baroness (Sienna Miller), a villainous killer whom Duke formally dated. Director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing) has experience dealing with summer blockbusters, and each of his previous films are known for being big, corny, action flicks. But G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra might be his dumbest movie yet. The entire film is a mess. Despite a well-executed chase sequence in Paris, the action scenes arenâ€™t exciting. The story doesnâ€™t make sense,
George Cukor, one of the grand directors of Hollywoodâ€™s golden era, had nearly two decades of creative obscurity before he met the challenge of his career in making a modern R-rated adaptation of an old Bette Davis film in the 1981 hidden gem, Rich and Famous. This tale of a 20-year relationship between Liz Hamilton and Merry Noel Blake is sometimes trashy, like a pulp romance melodrama. The two start of as college girlfriends, whose lives take two different career paths, and eventually become rivals in the literary world. But the filmâ€™s uniqueness is in how it successfully explores the many types of relationships women are capable of having, whereas most films only explore these possibilities with menâ€™s lives. The film stars Jacqueline Bisset as Liz, a serious writer with a feminist following, and Candice www.the217.com
which the film tries to get around by moving at an extremely quick pace. And the majority of the actors, Dennis Quaid in particular, seem to be phoning it in. Also, despite a reported $175 million budget, the CGI is wretched and sticks out like a sore thumb. # / 5 0 / . While watching this train$2).+ wreck, the thought WITH PURCHASE OF OZ BAG OF BUTTERY POPCORN that kept coming back into my head is how similar G.I. Joe is to Trey Parker and Matt Stoneâ€™s 2004 movie, Team America: World Police. Itâ€™s almost as if Sommers decided to remake that movie, only instead of using puppets make it live action, and take the subject matter seriously. The summer of 2009 has been a crap-shoot of bad blockbusters, like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Terminator Salvation, and Transformers 2. Now, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra gets to join this group of movies that have been robbing moviegoers of a good time at the theater. The only reason I would watch this movie again would be to do a double feature with Team America so I could have a good laugh. /: