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Doin’ It Well Calendar

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An (almost) post-season wrap-up

Your guide to this week’s events

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Events of Summer 2009

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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.

Music:

— Amanda Shively, Music and Calendar Editor Photo by Ross Topol

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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?

Matt Carey Movies Editor Likes

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Images used with permission from Jobu

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.

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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

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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

The Dregs

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:

Ambience: Service: Average:

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.

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LET IT OUT

Photos by Sarah Syman

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

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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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art

Created Beings Clara Hoag’s Ceramic Exhibition at Cinema Gallery by Daryl McCurdy

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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.

Transition pieces

Downtown Festival of the Arts celebrates community

Local shops offer pieces to use between seasons

by Syd Slobodnik

by Mary Russell

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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movies & tv

No, Joe!

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 can’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 aren’t exciting. The story doesn’t make sense,

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George Cukor, one of the grand directors of Hollywood’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 film’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 men’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 WITHPURCHASE OFOZBAGOFBUTTERYPOPCORN that kept coming back into my head is how similar G.I. Joe is to Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s 2004 movie, Team America: World Police. It’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. /:

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Bergen as Merry, a housewife turned trashy novelist. Under the expert guidance of the old master Cukor, the man who got some of the greatest performances from screen legends Greta Garbo, Judy Garland, and Katharine Hepburn, Bisset and Bergen’s talents are channeled into their career-best performances. While on the surface this may seem like a chick flick, the decades long rivalry over fame, men, and loyalties makes for a surprisingly compelling film. Bisset is especially powerful as a successful modern woman who came of age in the ‘60s but never found complete satisfaction in her personal life. Cukor’s Rich and Famous was his final film project in a career that included Camille, The Philadelphia Story, A Star is Born, and My Fair Lady. It’s a gem of a woman’s film in the legendary career of a master storyteller.

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3Favorites PG-13 Action Movies by Stephanie Poquette Action movies are always a welcome break from the monotony of romantic-comedies, or a relief after a way too serious drama. When movie viewers think of some of the greatest action movies of all time, films like Die Hard and Terminator 2 come to mind. But, one obstacle directors and writers have to overcome while creating action films is making a memorable PG13 flick. Several of the latest comic book movies have tackled this obstacle, but for the sake of this top three, let’s consider a list without The Dark Knight on it. Yes, it’s brilliant, but let’s remember some of the PG-13 gems that came before it.

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King As far as epic trilogies go, Frodo (Elijah Wood) and the gang showed viewers just how dangerous placing the coveted ring on top of a mountain could be. The final installment (directed by Peter Jackson) delivered battle after battle, and constant barriers for Frodo to overcome. With Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) leading the way, the final battle scene was beyond epic with amazing computer generated effects and a never-ending quest for domination of the land. As far as battle scenes go, this could be one of the best.

Jurassic Park While not the most obvious choice, Jurassic Park delivered one scary managainst-nature action film. What started off as a wondrous tale of dinosaurs walking the Earth again thanks to modern technology soon became a tale of survival against hungry carnivores. The action scenes in this film are among director Steven Spielberg’s best, in particular the first T-Rex chase and the velociraptor part in the kitchen. Both of the sequels may have been underwhelming, but the first film will always be remembered for its revolutionary special effects and brilliantly executed action.

Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade The Last Crusade, directed by Steven Spielberg, has everything you could hope for from an action film: explosions, beautiful women, and witty banter. Jones (Harrison Ford), with his constant improvising and struggles, made action somewhat believable again. Sure, people don’t often think of their professors as gallivanting around the world to find and recover hidden treasures, but Jones had flaws, and that’s why people love him. Indy, along with his dad in this installment (Sean Connery), fight their way through dozens of Nazis in this classic action film.

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Dressed to Kill Show at Canopy Club

by Mark Sieckman — like Spinal Tap Mach II Free Form Jazz Odyssey empty — and you will be uncomfortably forced to watch four men die a slow and painful death as they learn their hopes and dreams of sustaining a living as a KISS tribute band go up in flames. Fortunately, we got a little of both when Pekin, IL’s Dressed to Kill Show visited the Canopy Club July 24.

Dressed to Kill Show perform for their home town. Photo used with permission from the band.

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way down from his drum platform to a lone stool in center stage. The piano track cued up as the Catman crooned KISS’s highest-charting single to date. The three-minute ballad and subdued lighting provided a brief moment of reflection on the evening. The band had been performing for more than an hour with the gut and gusto of rookies trying to win over a crowd, not a seasoned favorite like KISS. Why are there only 15 people in front of the stage? Why am I the only one singing along? What is happening? And then it dawned on me ... I am not watching KISS. I am not even watching Dressed to Kill Show. I am watching KISS circa-1973 as they burst on to the New York glam scene, trying their damndest to build their name by shocking and awing audiences. But any chance for sentimental moments or halfassed metaphors were short lived as the gentleman to my right screamed, “Oh Shit!” as the Demon made his way to center stage, his mouth overflowing with fake blood. Stagehands took cover behind plexiglass and audience members took a few steps back, fearing for the worst. I stayed put. I am not sure what I expected going in to the evening, but I don’t think it was there. The band certainly exceeded expectations, but perhaps I wanted to see in the audience the same fervor of a Jonas Brothers fan or a die-hard KISS fan that would go backstage just to fool around with the fake Paul Stanley. But any hopes of finding a KISS fan with that intensity these days might be a little slim. After all, Gene Simmons is becoming reality show shtick for Christ’s sake.

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by Leslie Goldberg buzz Magazine recently got a chance to talk with Jaron Kamin of Say It With A Smile about their first EP and upcoming performance at the Canopy Club. buzz: For those who aren’t familiar with your work, what can you tell us about Say It With A Smile? Jaron Kamin: Our band is an honest, casual, little alternative rock five-piece. We’re pretty new to the scene, to the area, and we have a great time playing music. We try to bring different musical elements together emphasizing melody and harmony, and bringing in the cello. Our music wrestles with questions in life. Sometimes you come out hopeful, and sometimes not. When you hear us, come out and have a good time, and maybe ponder some things. buzz: You just moved to Champaign last summer. After a year in town, how are you enjoying the CU music scene? Jaron Kamin: We really like [CU’s music scene] a lot. There’s a lot going on, the people are really cool, and there is a lot of good music around. You don’t normally think a small town, albeit with a massive college, would necessarily have this really cool music scene, but it does and that’s great. buzz: You just recorded your first EP, Samples. What can you tell us about that? Jaron Kamin: The EP is four songs that we put out just to get the word out about our band. It is a lot of fun and you can download it for free at http://www.noisetrade.com. We’re giving it away. Anyone who wants to have it, we want them to have it. Stylistically, it’s kind of a mix; some songs are on the acoustic side, some are more electronic. People describe it as fairly laid back. buzz: What do you enjoy most about performing? Jaron Kamin: I love playing music with other people — listening to how things come together, you know? I started writing music for this a couple of years ago, without any band and it’s so cool when you bring it together. The songs take on a new form. Having people there enjoying your music, us enjoying their company, it’s a great relationship.

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Dressed to Kills Show’s performance was rather formulaic, as any great tribute band’s performance would be. After a questionable intro by the Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” a stage manager properly growled, “You wanted the best, you got the best ...” as the curtain fell, launching the band into its traditional opener, “Detroit Rock City.” Ironically, as a smaller and more effeminate Paul Stanley/Starchild screamed, “Get up! Everybody’s gonna move their feet! / Get down! Everybody’s gonna leave their seat,” only 3 people from a group of close to 100 left the comfort of their tables to move to the front of the sage. Slowly, as the band pummeled through hit after hit, including “Strutter,” “Cold Gin” and “God of Thunder,” the audience began their march to the stage. Musically, the group was spot on. Visually, they were better than perfect (aside from the aforementioned Starchild and a few extra pounds on Ace Frehley/Spaceman). Dressed to Kill Show very obviously logged hundreds of hours studying KISS to get the choreography just right. Moreover, they threw in the extra elements of flair KISS are known for. Gene Simmons/The Demon spit fire, Spaceman strapped some explosives to the end of his Gibson Les Paul and there were more fog machines than I could count. But perhaps the highlight of the set came after a drunken audience member’s persistent requests for “Beth” were gloriously met. The drummer, a nearly identical mid-70s version of Peter Criss, made his

Photo used with permission from the band.

When told that a KISS tribute band is playing in your town, you go. You don’t ask questions, you just go. You go because you know the night will yield mindblowing results in one of two possible scenarios: 1) The act could pack the house and perform a blistering homage to one of the most influential bands in history; or 2) The venue will be laughably empty

buzz: What can the audience expect from your Thursday evening show at Canopy Club? Jaron Kamin: We have energetic, soulful music. It’s music we believe in, stuff we’ve wrestled with, questions we ask. It’ll be great music and a good time. buzz: What’s next for Say It With A Smile? Jaron Kamin: We are playing at Midpoint Music Festival in Cincinnati. We’re playing in St. Louis at the STL Music Festival in September. We’re really excited about those. We’ve got a WEFT session on September 7 that we’re stoked about as well. We’re working on the full-length album, tentatively titled The Places We Call Home, that we hope to get out sometime early next year. For more information on Say It With A Smile, visit their website at http://www.sayitmusic.com or head out to the Canopy Club on Thursday, August 13. Tickets are $7 and doors open at 8 p.m.

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The Yeah Yeah Yeahs close the festival on Saturday night. Photo by Claire Keating

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Lollapalooza 2009 brings rain, heat & 130 bands to Chicago by Amanda Shively Despite initial reports of an underwhelming line-up and three-days of less than pleasant weather, Lollapalooza 2009 turned out to be quite the successful weekend of music. Taking place in the massive expanse that is Chicago’s Grant Park, the loaded event impressed crowds by

keeping true to its roots and focusing on the key element of any positive festival experience — the music itself. Initially, Friday afternoon set itself up to be miserable. For the opening day of such an event, a steady, multi-hour rain does not always send

Quick Pick Album Reviews Artist: Jordin Sparks Album: Battlefield Label: Jive Battlefield, the sophomore album from American Idol star Jordin Sparks is a fun album full of catchy pop anthems, while the handful of power ballads showcase her strong vocal range. The pop-star also covers “S.O.S. (Let the Music Play),” adding her own contemporary flavor to the popular 80s tune. Sparks takes a stab at co-writing a few of her songs, as well as collaborations with producers like Dr. Luke & T-Pain, and Harvey Mason Jr. of the Underdogs. Tracks like “Emergency (911)” illustrate the amusing flirtatious vibe that can be found throughout the entire album. Most of all, Sparks places

positive vibes. However, an impressive grounds crew and eager crowd would not allow something like precipitation to foil efforts at a solid day of music (and with ticket prices as they are, I can’t blame anyone for that). From the mid-morning pleasantries of indie rockers Manchester Orchestra and the Springsteen-turned-punk vocals of Jersey’s Gaslight Anthem, rock fans could find little room for complaint. On the other end of the spectrum, rain seemingly enhanced electrified DJ sets from the likes of The Bloody Beetroots and Simian Mobile Disco, supplying a soaking crowd with the means to let loose. Closing out the opening day, headliners Kings of Leon and Depeche Mode proved a positive choice at either end of the milelong park, appeasing the all-ages crowd with rock influenced by two very different decades. After the wet, wet fiasco that was Friday, Mother Nature spent Saturday soaking Grant Park in heat, heat and more heat, bringing one of the hottest days of a previously subdued summer. For this fan, the day was a celebration of female-fronted rock and tried-and-true favorites including Coheed and Cambria and Rise Against. Norwegian Ida Maria spewed gritty vocals over pop-tinged rock, taking full command of the Citi Stage, while the duel-sex vocals of Los Campesinos! were frenetic and energetic. Championing the “girls rock” movement, however, was a set from last-minute headliners Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Despite briefly forgetting the words to fan fa-

vorite “Maps,” frontwoman Karen O. was a presence on the main stage, creating an intimate experience out of an event that is anything but small. Following in Saturday’s footsteps, Sunday continued to bring the heat, this time with an alarming humidity and the stench of tens of thousands of bodies in one park finally catching up to Grant Park. What is best about events like Lollapalooza is that whereas fans may begin to lose steam by the third full day of music, the bands continue to bring fresh, energetic sets that awaken any possibility of tiring. In one of the best examples of musician/crowd interaction, Dan Deacon relieved stresses, snaked an entire audience through half of Grant Park and brought an impressively large crowd to freely sweat away their cares. Scheduling conflicts proved most difficult on Sunday as fans were forced to choose between such pairings as Silversun Pickups and Band of Horses, and Neko Case and Vampire Weekend; the one letdown to the event being the near impossibility of successfully catching two acts in one time slot. As quickly as it began, the weekend drew to a close with sets from Jane’s Addiction and The Killers, either choice a worthy ending to three fulfilling days of music in the park. Meanwhile, fans can begin planning for 2010 already, as the future festival dates have been announced for August 6-8, once again in Chicago’s Grant Park.

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Artist: Cobra Starship Album: Hot Mess Label: Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen The latest from Cobra Starship is hilariously fun, best evidenced by song titles like, “Pete Wentz Is The Only Reason We’re Famous.” The band clearly has a more pop-driven sound than on past albums, and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy lends his writing creativity on a few tracks, leaving a catchy edge that is perfect for dancing. While not all the songs on the album live up to the energy that single “Good Girls Go Bad” sets, they still satisfy the need to head bop.

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Summer Wrap-up

Pontious Farm leaves produce selection up to the customers

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ocated off of Interstate 72, west of Champaign, sits Pontious Farm, one of Central Illinois’s only pick-your-own berry, herb and vegetable farms. A family tradition, Pontious Farm got its start in 1968. Richard Pontious’s father started the farm with only strawberries for sale. The farm now grows an assortment of berries, along with rhubarb, herbs, radishes, zucchini, cucumbers, and green beans available as well. “It’s a business that a lot of other people have tried and quit,” said Pontious. The farm is only open during the summer months through early October. This time of the year, everyone visits the farm for the blueberries, which are fast approaching the end of their season. According to farm owner and operator Richard Pontious, the best blueberries are “very dark and very blue this time of year.” The Pontious’s pride themselves on “treating the place like a farm, not a commercial entity.” According to Pontious and his wife Nancee, many people

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treat the farm like their own private park, which is easy to do with the picnic tables, small petting zoo, swing sets and large sandbox that take up the remaining land. When asked what they thought people get out of picking fruit by hand rather than purchasing it at a local grocery store, Richard responded: “It’s a great experience, especially with family — a great family outing where all can have a good time.” When new visitors arrive, Richard said he and Nancee are glad to show them around the farm. There is no admission charge, and though they would love it if you bought some freshly grown crops, no purchases are required. But if one is looking to make a purchase, the Pontious family is quick to help their customers find the best selection of produce by providing a map of the best picking locations. Not only do they help their customers get the best quality for their money, they also give them the best price. For the 2009 season, Pontious Farm’s U-PIK price for fresh blueberries is $1.75 per pound. As a comparison,

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County Market’s price for blueberries runs $2 for three quarters of a pound. Many consumers have taken to buying organic or picking their own fruit and vegetables fresh from the vine, something Pontious believes to be a good thing. Pontious said that many store-bought fruit could be one day to three weeks old — at a minimum — and that it’s usually processed and shipped from all over the world. Picking your own fruit at Pontious Farm is as fresh as the day you pick it. Pontious Farm follows organic practices to raise their crops, though Pontious is quick to add, “we are not certified as an organic farm.” The hours of Pontious Farm are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Generally, the Pontious family can be found tending to daily chores around the farm. Don’t let this summer pass by without a trip to Pontious Farm for some fresh fruit and vegetables and an entertaining way to spend a summer afternoon.

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A look at the biggest events of summer 2009

ack-to-school sales have started, campus life is picking up and the students are starting to move back to CU. Though you’d have thought it never came by just looking at the weather, summer is indeed on it’s way out. In honor of this rather tragic occurrence, we’ve compiled a list of the top nine events of summer ’09.

U of I Clout Scandal For nearly the entirety of summer, our school was consumed by this international “clout” scandal. Board members resigned, Chancellor Herman and President White were in the hot seat and somehow Blago’s name was thrown in the pile too. Though the number of students admitted is still in question, one thing is for sure. Come the start of school, everyone’s going to be giving the person sitting next to them a second look.

Sonya Sotomayor sworn in as Supreme Court Justice On August 6, Sotomayor was sworn in as the 111th Supreme Court justice. Her confirmation also makes her the first Hispanic justice and the third female judge to wear the title.

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Champaign Bark District Opens

On June 13, the Champaign Park District opened up a park specifically designed for man’s best four — legged friend. With seven acres and separate areas for big and small dogs, the park was a welcome addition to the community for CU’s dog lovers.

It has been a while since such a ridiculous issue was granted the epic amounts national attention that Obama’s citizenship was granted. Despite birth certificates, first-hand accounts and everything else short of angels descending from the sky with the proof from God himself, groups all over the U.S. debated the validity of Obama’s U.S. citizenship. Man, those republicans can hold a grudge.

Obama’s Speech in Cairo, Egypt Obama continued working on U.S. international relations by giving a speech in Cairo on June 4. Though the speech definitely falls under the category of a proverbial “Band-Aid for a bullet wound,” it was definitely a start to mending our image among the Islamic world and forming a union “ based on mutual interest and mutual respect.” Used with permission from Associated Press. Photo by Alex Brandon

Blind Pig Brewery Opens

Michael Jackson Dies

Not since Joe’s stopped brewing their own beers has CU had a draft to call its own. That’s about to change with the new Blind Pig Brewery, which opened in early June. Though the beers aren’t quite ready yet, CU is on the edge of its seat in anticipation.

Though his passing is shrouded in mystery (Was he murdered by his doctor? Did he overdose?), one thing is for sure — the King of pop will never moonwalk across a stage again. We can only hope he has gone to that island with Biggie and 2Pac, and will continue to put out music beyond the grave forever and ever.

Tour de Champaign Champaign returned to the local bike scene with the starting of the 2009 Tour de Champaign. Before July 11, CU hadn’t seen a biking competition take over its streets in a decade.

Celebrity Death Week There’s no other way to describe it. Celebrities were dropping like flies the week of June 21 through 27. Not only did Michael Jackson pass on, but Farah Fawcett and Billy Mays left us as well. In a very short period of time, the world became significantly less clean, less sexy and less entertaining. Used with permission from Associated Press. Photo by Michael A. Mariant

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RockStar Karaoke featuring Crazy Craig live music Senator’s Bar & Grill, Road Song Savoy, 9pm El Toro Bravo Restaurante �G�-Force Karaoke Mexicano, C, 6pm Memphis on Main, C, 9pm Under the Prairie Stars CG Productions presents Summer Music Concert RockStar Karaoke featurSeries ing Karaoke Opie Mr. Lincoln’s Square, Clin- Bentley’s Pub, C, 9:30pm ton, 7pm CG Productions presents Megan Johns w/ Anna RockStar Karaoke featurRodgers ing DJ Switch Aroma Cafe, C, 7pm Rock’s, C, 10pm Geovanti’s Live Band markets Geovanti’s, C, 10pm JoBu Historic North First Canopy Club, U, 10pm Street Market North First Street, C, 3pm dj Monticello Market on the Country Night w/ DJ Square Halfdead and Free Line State Street, Monticello, Dance Lessons from 3pm Scotty Van Zant volunteer Radmaker’s Rock & Roll Tavern, Tolono, 8pm, No UC Books to Prisoners cover before 8pm work session DJ Belly Urbana-Champaign InBoltini Lounge, C, 10pm dependent Media Center, Goth Night with DJ Rick- U, 2pm bats, DJ Kannibal and Training for Food Pantry Stitches Volunteers The Clark Bar, C, 10pm Wesley-United Methodist Church & Wesley Foundakaraoke tion, U, 5:30pm DJ Hollywood Karaoke kids & families It’ll Do 2, C, 8pm DJ Bange Reading Rally Camp Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, University Place Christian 8:30pm Church, C, 9am, Morning CG Productions presents Sessions $150 a Week/

Evening Sessions $100 a Week, Students entering 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades will enjoy reading with us as they grow their reading. BowSheep Launch party Cakes on Walnut, C, 1pm 3 local stay at home mom’s are launching a small business selling baby bows and accessories. They will be giving away mini cupcakes to the ďŹ rst 20 people and will have a free rafe to win cupcakes and bows. Bows will be on sale (at a discounted price).

lgbt Live and Let Live GLBT Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, C, 6:30pm

wpgu Thirteen Thursdays 6-8pm, Every Thursday, WPGU-107.1 will be at a different location around campus hosting awesome events and giving away free prizes. Join us the entire summer.

FRI, AUG 14 live music

Appy Hour & Live Music at Silvercreek Silvercreek, U, 5:30pm Road Song The Clark Bar, C, 6pm Delta Kings Memphis on Main, C, 9pm, $5 Kilborn Alley Blues Band Po’ Boys, U, 9pm, $4

dj Country Dancing at Bradley’s II Bradley’s II, C, 9pm, $5 Electro/club/house with Dj Famicom Chester Street, C, 9pm, $3 DJs Ian Procell and Reex Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm DJ LEGTWO and DJ Belly Radio Maria, C, 10pm DJ Delayney Highdive, C, 10pm, $5

dance music Salsa Night at Cafe Luna Cafe Luna, C, 8:30pm, $5

karaoke CG Productions presents RockStar Karaoke featuring Crazy Craig Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 9pm

dents $3; A live-narrated tour of the wonders of tonight’s sky, accompanied by some of the legendary stories of the ancient sky. Bad Astronomy: Myths & Misconceptions Staerkel Planetarium, C, 8pm, Adults $4; Children, Seniors, Students $3 Join the “Bad Astronomer� Phil Plait as he takes a critical look at popular myths and misconceptions to show audiences how science can be used to evaluate questionable claims.

kids & families Reading Rally Camp University Place Christian Church, C, 9am, Morning Sessions $150 a Week/ Evening Sessions $100 a Week

fundraisers Local Garage Sale Fundraiser Westminster Presbyterian Church, C, 3pm

SAT, AUG 15 live music

Dinner w/ Panache Jim Gould Restaurant, Summer Prairie Skies C, 5pm William M. Staerkel Plan- One 2 Many etarium, C, 7pm, Adults Memphis on Main, C, $4; Children, Seniors, Stu- 9pm, $5

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William M. Staerkel Planetarium, C, 8pm, Adults $4; Children, Seniors, Students $3 Join the “Bad Astronomer� Phil Plait as he takes a critical look at popular myths and misconceptions to show audiences how science can be used to evaluate questionable claims.

CJ Dane’s, Tolono, 7pm

Dance Pop Chester Street, C, 9pm, $3 Saturday Night Throwdown featuring DJ Mertz Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm Kosmo at Soma Soma Ultralounge, C, 10pm DJ Tim Williams Highdive, C, 10pm Radio Salsa w/ DJ Juan Radio Maria, C, 10pm

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Dragon Karaoke with Paul Faber CJ Dane’s, Tolono, 7pm CG Productions presents RockStar Karaoke featuring Matt Fear Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 9pm

UC Books to Prisoners work session Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 2pm

40 North presents West African Drum Classes Capoeira Academy, C, 4pm, $12 Students/$15 Adults West African Dance Classes with Djibril Camara Channing-Murray Foundation, U, 6pm, $10-12

movies The News Gazette Film Series presents: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Virginia Theatre, C, 1pm, 7pm, $5

kids & families C-U Astronomical Society Starwatch Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, PenďŹ eld, 8pm

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open mic Anything Goes Open Mic Night w/ Jeremy Harper Memphis on Main, C, 8:30pm

movies Free Family Movie Days Westminster Presbyterian Church, C, 2:30pm

MON, AUG 17

live music Local Garage Sale Fundraiser Monday Night Free Show Westminster Presbyterian w/ The Gold Tops festivals Church, C, 8am Memphis on Main, C, Food Not Bombs 10pm, $5 West Side Park, C, 5pm SUN, AUG 16 WEFT Sessions WEFT, C, 10pm markets live music Monday Night Live w/ Market at the Square Brunch w/ Panache Indiana Josh Lincoln Square Village, Jim Gould Restaurant, C, Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm U, 7am 10am dj UFLive! presents Tom recreation Turino, Randy Cordle and Industrial Night: DJ Bad Astronomy: Myths & Ben Smith SorceryKid presents Misconceptions Urbana Free Library, U, Nekromancy 2pm Chester Street, C, 9pm, Irish music every Sunday $2 w/ Emerald Rum ’80s Night Blind Pig Co., The, C, 5pm Highdive, C, 10pm Live music at Carmon’s dance music Carmon’s Restaurant, C, 5:30pm Maniac Mondays Cowboy Monkey, C, 4pm

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MCJS Karaoke American Legion Post 24, dance music C, 7:30pm Country Western Dance CG Productions presents Independent Order of RockStar Karaoke featurOdd Fellows Arthur Lodge ing Matt Fear 742, C, 5pm, $2 Mike ‘n’ Molly’s, C, 10pm

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Union, U, 8pm

game-playing Board Game Night w/ DJ Casanova Radio Maria, C, 10:30pm

kids & families O Baby! Champaign Public Library, C, 9:45am, 10:30am Drop in any Monday for twenty minutes of lap bouncing, nursery rhymes, music activities, easy listening, and play time for the littlest ones.

With Dynamite Canopy Club, U, 7pm

volunteer UC Books to Prisoners work session Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 7pm

kids & families Tuesday Twos Champaign Public Library, C, 9:45am, 10:30am, 11:15am Goodnight Storyshop Champaign Public Library, C, 6:30pm

Boltini Lounge, C, 9pm I Love the 90’s Soma Ultralounge, C, 10pm Physical Challenge Dance Night Canopy Club, U, 10pm Wednesday Night Dance Party at Fat City Fat City Bar & Grill, C, 10pm

dance music Tango Night w/ DJ Joe Grohens Cowboy Monkey, C, 8pm Swing Dance Illini Union, U, 9:30pm

Open-Mic Night Radio Maria, C, 10:30pm

stage Open Stage Comedy Night Memphis on Main, C, 8:30pm, $2

markets Market on Main Mahomet Community Center, Mahomet, 3pm

weekahead Launch party of BowSheep Thursday, 13 Cakes On Walnut, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. I won’t go into the business details since we’re profiling Bowsheep in this week’s buzz (page 5) but I’d like to check out their launch party. There’s really nothing going on in town this week and the first 20 people are entered into a drawing for a free cupcake. I’m not working this week, so I’ve got no revenue coming in. This means I have no money for my weekly cupcake fix. — Michell Eloy, Food & Drink and Community Editor

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Food Pantry volunteer opportunities Wesley-United Methodist karaoke TUES, AUG 18 Church & Wesley Foundalgbt CG Productions presents tion, U, 12pm live music Rainbow Coffeehouse RockStar Karaoke featur- Training for Food Pantry The Piano Man Wesley-United Methodist ing DJ Switch volunteers Canopy Club, U, 9pm Church & Wesley Founda- The Corner Tavern, Mon- Wesley-United Methodist Corn Desert Ramblers tion, U, 6:30pm ticello, 8pm Church & Wesley FoundaRosebowl Tavern, Ltd., The Legendary Karaoke tion, U, 7pm mind/body/spirit U, 9pm Night w/The Outlaw Tarot Card Readings White Horse Inn, C, 9pm classes & workshops karaoke Carmon’s Restaurant, C, Wednesday Night Mastery of Conscious”G”-Force Karaoke 5:30pm, $15 Karaoke with Paul Faber’s ness: How to Become a Memphis on Main, C, 9pm Dragon Productions Stronger Force for Good classes & workshops La Gourmandise Bistro on in the World MCJS Karaoke American Legion Post 24, 60-Minute Success Main, U, 9pm School of Metaphysics, U, C, 7:30pm Seminar — When CG Productions presents 7:30pm, $20 CG Productions presents Customers Refuse RockStar Karaoke featursupport groups RockStar Karaoke featur- to Pay ing Crazy Craig ing Crazy Craig Champaign County Geovanti’s, C, 10pm Coming Out Support Geo’s, U, 9pm Chamber of Commerce, ”G” Force Karaoke/DJ ev- Group Paul Faber hosts Dragon C, 12pm, $15/$25 ery Wednesday at Fat City Illini Union, U, 7pm Karaoke Fat City Bar & Grill, C, The Clark Bar, C, 9pm WEDS, AUG 19 10pm CG Productions presents open mic RockStar Karaoke featur- live music ing DJ Switch Donnie Heitler solo piano Open mic at Green St. Bentley’s Pub, C, 9:30pm Great Impasta, U, 6pm Green St. Cafe, C, 8pm CG Productions presents Jason Bentley and Jack RockStar Karaoke featur- Pine Savage ing Matt Fear The Clark Bar, C, 7pm Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm Dave Cooper and Joni Dreyer open mic Senator’s Bar & Grill, Open Mic Night w/ Mike Savoy, 8pm Ingram Caleb Cook Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., (when you bring in this ad) U, 9pm

Hair accessories from the Bowsheep product line. Photo by James Kyung

Historic North First Street Farmers Market Thursday, 13 First and University, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. The Historic North First Street Market still seems to be flying under the radar — perhaps because the Urbana farmers’ market has made itself such an institution and overshadows its Champaign baby sister market. I’ve yet to have really good barbeque this summer, so I’m heading over to First Street on Thursday to get me some — apparently the barbeque sandwiches are the market’s selling point. The one time I went before, this market also seemed to draw a much more diverse crowd. Thank goodness there’s a market closer to my apartment than the Urbana farmers’ market! — Jean Kim, Art Editor

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1 BR at $485. 406 E. Stoughton Champaign. Near County Market. Free Parking, C/A, Laundry Call 766-3008. 2 Bedroom Condo. Urbana. Laundry, parking undercover. Balcony. New Carpet. Very quiet. Secure entry. 217-855-3754

303 E. White, C. Close to campus, one bedroom furnished/unfurnished. $470/mo. Includes parking and trash. Campo Rental Agency. 217-344-1927. Available Immediately Available Immediately. 1 bedroom loft. Fully equipped. Balcony, parking. 409 W. Green. Call Hardwick Apartments 356-5272 or 621-1012 Hardwickapartments.com

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Luxury One Bedroom 407 E. University. Available for FallLuxury Apartments. Avenue Court, fully equipped. W/D in unit. Balcony. Underground parking. Non-smoking. Hardwick Apartments 356-5272 621-1012 Hardwickapartments.com

$785, 3 Bedroom duplex Southwest Champaign. 2.5 bath, garage. Excellent credit and references required. 217-367-1406.

From $750. Most utilities included. 367-6626

808 S. LINCOLN, U Aug 2009. Classic Building-across from Jimmy John's on Lincoln Ave. Hardwood Floors, Laundry, Call for showing times. 1 BR + Sun Room $550/mo (UF), 1 BR + Den $550/mo (UF), 2 BR $490 (F) Parking $50/mo BARR REAL ESTATE, INC 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

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1005 S. Second Studio Available Now Secured building. Private parking, Laundry on-site. Value pricing from $375. OfďŹ ce at 309 S. First THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com 352-3182 1108 S. Lincoln, U August 2009. Classic building close to Jimmy John's on Lincoln Ave. Hardwood Floors, Laundry. EfďŹ ciencies- furnished rents from $355 to $395/mo. Call for showing times. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

ARBOR APARTMENTS, C. Aug 2009. 1 bdrms at Third & Gregory across from Snack Bar. Window A/C, laundry. Parking $35/mo. Call for showing times. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com Contact Justin at 618-304-8562

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101 N. BUSEY & 102 N. LINCOLN, U. Aug 2009. Near Green & Lincoln. 2 bdrm apts from $495/mo. Window A/ C, Laundry. Parking $45/mo. Call for showing times. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

503 E. Clark Large efficiencies on campus $396/ mo. (217)840-5134 www.robsapartments.com

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Aug 2009. Close to Illini Union. 2 bdrms $495/mo, Carpet, Laundry. Parking $45/mo. Call for showing times. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-173 www.barr-re.com

306-308-309 WHITE Available Now Studios($390), 2($725), and 3($775) bedrooms. Balconies, patios, laundry, dishwashers, off-street parking. Behind County Market. 841-1996 THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com 352-3182

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509 E. White Available Now. Large Studio and 1 bedrooms. Security entry, balconies, patios, furnished. Laundry, off-street parking, value pricing. Office at 309 S. First THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com 217-352-3182

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307 & 310 E. WHITE 307 & 309 CLARK AVAILABLE NOW Large studio, double closet, well furnished. Behind County Market. Starting from $350/mo. Office at 309 S. First, C. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup.com 352-3182

508, 510, & 512 E. STOUGHTON, C. August 2009. Huge 1 bdrm plus den and 2 bdrms. Close to Engineering & C/S. A/C, Laundry, Parking $55/ mo. Rent from $555/mo to $760/mo. Call for showing times. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

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THE NEVADAN 903 W. NEVADA, U. We've redefined luxury with these spectacular 2 bedroom units built August 2007 right in the heart of the U of I campus, around the corner from Cafe Paradiso. Wall-mounted flat screen TVs, wine & beer fridge, designer furniture package, W/D, buzzer entry, elevator, covered parking and MUCH MORE!!! Some units have 2 baths! A must-see! Rents from $1250/mo to $1350/mo. Call for showing times! BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

KARMA

One Bedroom Residences Downtown Champaign A complete regeneration of living space in downtown Champaign. These artistically inspired residences are fully furnished and feature IKEA furniture and cabinetry, hardwood floors, video security, off street parking, and laundry on site. KARMA is designed to be a fusion of art and living in a contemporary urban environment. Barr Real Estate, Inc. 217-356-1873 www.barr-re.com

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THE GEORGIAN 1005 S. SIXTH, C. Aug 2009. Best located 1 bdrms on U of I Campus. Next to UI Library. 1 bdrms from $450 to $550/mo. Laundry, Window A/C, Carpet. Call for showing times. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

602 E. Stoughton, C Available Now. Unique 1 ($495) & 2 ($650) bedroom apartments. All furnished, laundry, internet, value pricing and parking available. Must see! THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com 352-3182

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John Street Apartments 58 E. John, C Studio, two and three bedrooms Dishwashers, center courtyard, onsite laundry, central air, parking, value pricing. 2 Bed ($675) 3 Bed ($875) THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com 352-3182

807 to 809 W. ILLINOIS, U Aug 2009. 1 Bdrms corner of Lincoln & Illinois. Window A/C, Laundry, Rent $495/mo. Parking $50/mo. Call for showing times. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

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906 S. Oak, C 3 (2 BR with Study) & 4 (3 BR with Study) Bedroom Furnished Apartments For Fall 2009. Laundry in each apartment. No Pets. 9.5 Month Lease Available $840-1140 Steve Frerichs 369-1182 stevesapartments.com

Healey Court Apartments 307-309 Healey Court, C Available Now. Behind FU Bar. 2 bedrooms. Parking, laundry, and value pricing. $695/mo. Office at 309 S. First. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com 352-3182

1006 S. 3rd Available Now. 1 bedroom. Location, Location. Covered parking, laundry, furnished, patios. Pricing. Office at 309 S. First. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com 352-3182

APARTMENTS

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505 S. Fifth St. Champaign

Aug 2009. One of Champaign’s finest apartment complexes featuring a beautiful courtyard. 1 bdrm apts. at $475/mo. On busline with Central A/ C, Carpet, Gas Heat, Laundry facilities, Patios or Balconies, Covered Parking. Call for showing times. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC 217-356-1873 www.barr-re.com

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115 W. WASHINGTON, U August 2009. 1 bdrms. Window A/C, Laundry. From $360/mo to $495/mo. Call for showing times. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC 356-1873 www.barr-re.com 206 W. Washington, C. 1 Bedroom available mid august. $485/mo. Spacious, downtown, champaign location. Call 217-3528540. www.faronproperties.com.

301 W. GREEN, U Aug 2009. 1 bdrm apts from $505/ mo. Close to Urbana Library and Downtown. Free Parking Call for showing times. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

800 W. Church, C. Economical 2 bdrms avail August. $490/mo. Convenient central Champaign location near shopping and transportation. View our website and call 217-352-8540 www.faronproperties.com

Great Location 201 S. Wright St., Champaign. Adjacent to Engineering campus.Loft bedroom, security parking, balcony, A/C, laundry. Hardwick Apartments 356-5272 621-1012 Hardwickapartments.com

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LINKSVIEW, SAVOY Aug 2009. Located on 9th hole of UI Golf Course. 2 bdrm 880 sq.ft. Each apt has own garage, storage unit, 2 balconies/patios, dishwashers, disposals, w/d hookups. From $650/ mo. to $675.mo + parking. Call for showing times. BARR REAL ESTATE, INC. 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

SOUTHWEST PLACE APTS, C. Aug. 2009. Located in SW Champaign near Windsor & Mattis. 2 bdrm Duplexes, Fourplexes, Townhouses and 1 bedrooms. Carpet, gas heat, central a/c. Some units have w/d's in units, w/d hook-ups, or laundry in bldg, garages, dishwashers, disposals, patio/balconies, parking. 1 bdrms from $490/mo. 2 bdrms from $610/mo. Call for showing times. BARR REAL ESTATE 356-1873 www.barr-re.com

101 W. Park, U. Crystal Lake Park at your doorstep. Large 1BR plus study or 2BR from $520/mo. Campus convenient. (217) 840-5134 www.robsapartments.com

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307 S. State Available now through 6/15/10. 1 Bedroom $475/mo, close to campus, downtown, bus, and saferides. A/C, laundry, parking, and guest parking. 217-417-2605

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502 E. Springfield $500/mo negotiable. 2 males seeking third roommate. private bedroom, bath, and laundry with optional parking. 630-638-0401 or email catiemhorn@aol.com.

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1 Block North of Carle ER. 3 Bedroom, 1 bath, AC, Dishwasher, Available August 13. 706 North Coler. (217)377-8797 4 BR house for rent. Unfurnished. 2 bathroom. Available immediately. $1, 000/mo. rdevine@devine-eng.com 5 Bedroom House 405 Lynn near downtown and bus. 5 BR, FR and DR with 2 car garage and w/d. $1500/mo. (217)721-2350

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CAMPUS ROOMS AVAILABLE NOW All utilities from $335. 367-6626 Room for rent in artist's house, 6491767 Three rooms unfurnished to rent close to Parkland and several bus stops with free ample parking at premises. Available immediately. Contact Linda at 217-722-7932 or leave message

ROOMMATE WANTED 550 Female to share quiet furnished house near campus. benorris@uiuc. edu. (217)417-4514. Seeking Roommate $350/mo. Pay half electric and cable. Campus parking. 217-6370314

real estate House for Rent Two houses for rent in Urbana: One 4 bedroom on Carle Park and one 3 bedroom 5 blocks from UIUC. Contact: 217-377-8425. Quiet Furnished House - 606 W. Illinois St., U. 2 blocks from Lincoln on Illinois St., Furnished 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath, W/ D, A/C, D/W, full kitchen, off-street parking for 3 cars, garage, fenced back yard, available August 2009, $1485 per month. 805-964-7601

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CONDOS/DUPLEXES 620 For Sale by owner. Colony West 2 BR condo, corner unit, first floor, patio, central air, gas heat, W/D, appliances. Condo fee includes parking, clubhouse, pool, tennis, trash, water. Busline to campus. Available mid-August. $79,500. Ph 352-8111.

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Campus large furnished nice room in house on buslines. $275/mo. 217356-0345

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d o i n ’ i t w e l l by Jo Sanger & Ross Wantland

Vulvodynia? “Never heard of it.”

What Is It? When considering vulvar and vaginal health, it’s important to know whether the problem is occurring outside the body (vulva) or inside the vagina. Vulvodynia, simply put, is chronic vulvar pain without an identifiable cause. Remember, the vulva is the external organs of the female genitalia, including the clitoris, inner and outer lips, urethral opening and the “vestibule” which surrounds the vaginal opening. Women with vulvodynia experience pain on the outside of the body (the vulva). The type of pain, location, and severity varies. According to the National Vulvodynia Association, the most commonly reported symptom is burning. Other symptoms include stinging, a stabbing feeling, irritation, and rawness. Some women have described the feeling as a “constant knife-like pain” or “acid being poured on my skin.” Descriptions and experiences vary, and women of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds can experience vulvar pain.

Subtypes There are two main types of vulvodynia: Vulvar Vestibulitis Syndrome and Generalized Vulvodynia. Vulvar Vestibulitis is pain limited to the vestibule. The pain with this type usually occurs during or after pressure is applied to the vestibule, such as from intercourse, tampon use, or a gynecological exam. Even prolonged sitting or wearing fitted pants can cause pain. With Generalized Vulvodynia the pain may be localized or experienced in several areas, may be more constant or occur spontaneously. Pressure to the vulva tends to exacerbate symptoms.

Talk About It! We are pleased to see the recent media attention given to vulvodynia. For too long, healthcare providers and the public alike have not known enough about this disorder that, according to one Harvard study, affects millions of women. This same study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health, also found that 60 percent of women who suffered from vulvodynia consulted at least three doctors in search of a

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diagnosis and an astounding 40 percent who sought professional help remained undiagnosed after three medical consultations! Unfortunately, we don’t know much about the causes, but we do know that vulvodynia is not caused by an active infection or an STD. Researchers believe that there may be a few possible causes and risk factors including injury to the nerves that supply sensation to the vulva, abnormal cell response to environmental factors, genetic factors leading to susceptibility to vestibular inflammation and chronic pain, muscle spasms, and hypersensitivity to Candida (yeast). The complexity of vulvodynia causes millions of women to go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for years. For example, a woman suffering from vulvodynia may not have any physical symptoms such as redness, swelling or an infection. At a gynecological exam, the level of pain may not be reflected in physical presentation of symptoms. Many women may be told that it’s “all in their head,” or may spend years untreated, going from one healthcare provider to another trying to find answers.

Dx & Tx If you experience vulvar pain, there are a number of resources available to you! Check out the National Vulvodynia Association website listed in the Sex 411. Also, take this information with you when you visit with your healthcare provider, and be sure to ask them if they have heard of or have treated women with vulvodynia. If not, ask if they can direct you to a provider who has! After ruling out other possible conditions, a healthcare provider experienced with treating vulvodynia will make a diagnosis and offer treatment recommendations which may include lifestyle changes, coping strategies for chronic pain, eliminating feminine products or other possible irritants, oral or topical medications, pelvic floor muscle therapy, or surgery. Remember that each experience is unique; some cases are mild, others are incapacitating. We want to stress that there are treatments available, but no single treatment works equally well for all women. By increasing our knowledge of vulvodynia, we can begin to seek treatment, educate others, advocate for more research, and find overdue relief. Check us out next week as “Doin’ It Well” looks at getting caught on tape. E-mail your questions to Jo and Ross at buzzdoinitwell@ yahoo.com

Sex 411: Vulvodynia Support National Vulvodynia Association http:// www.nva.org was started by women who experienced vulvodynia. NVA serves both women who suffer from vulvodynia and the health care providers who treat the disorder and have an online self help program Another great resource is The Vulvodynia Survival Guide (Glazer & Rodke, 2002).

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ulvodynia is a chronic pain condition that affects — you guessed it — the vulva! Because vulvodynia is not well known or understood - even within the medical community - we felt it was time to discuss it in “Doin’ It Well.” We were thrilled to see that as we were writing this column, news stories were also being reported on this very topic (Good Morning America, 20/20, and on Oprah’s radio show). Addressing vulvodynia in our column felt very timely indeed!

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Free Will Astrology ARIES

(March 21-April 19)

I started producing some good work within ten years of launching my writing career, but I didn’t hit my stride until the 18th year. From what I hear, many other skills require a long training period as well. According to an Aikido adept I know, for example, a practitioner may require 30 years to master the moves and spirit of that martial art. And as for the ability to carry on a successful intimate relationship: It usually takes a lifetime. I hope this line of thinking helps you get a more practical perspective on the specific prowess you’re trying to develop, Aries. Keep in mind that it probably wouldn’t be worth learning if you could become a wizard in a flash. There’s no rush. Give yourself credit for how far you’ve come already.

TAURUS

(April 20-May 20)

Talk to yourself more and better. Not just with streams of chatter that meander aimlessly. Not with darts of selfdeprecation mixed in with grandiose fantasies. No, Taurus. When I urge you to talk to yourself more and better, I mean that you should address your self with focused tenderness. I mean that you should be driven by the bold intention to lift up your mood, praise your skills, shower blessings on your vulnerabilities, and love yourself down to the core. You will attract cosmic assistance if you do this playful work. You will bathe your subconscious intelligence with healing luminosity.

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20)

I climbed the endless steps to the sanctuary, brushing off large spiders that kept landing on me. I stood in the rain for hours waiting for the gates to open. The guardian of the threshold wouldn’t let me in until I answered his tricky and sometimes insulting questions. Through it all, I maintained my patience and poise and reverence. At no time did I give in to the temptation to curse the difficulties. And when I finally entered, when I got my chance to penetrate to the heart of the rose petal-strewn labyrinth, my persistence was rewarded. As I knelt there in amused awe, face to face with the sacred jokester, I got a useful answer to the most important question in my life. Would you like a comparable experience, Gemini? It’s possible in the coming week.

CANCER

(June 21-July 22)

LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22)

Visionary philosopher Buckminster Fuller said that “Pollution is nothing but resources we’re not harvesting.” If that’s true, Cancerian, you’ve got a lot of resources available to you right now, although they will have to be converted from their smoggy and effluvial state. So for example, if you’re a songwriter, the noxious emotions floating around could be raw material for a sparkling tune. If you’re a lover, the peculiar vibes you’re dealing with could inspire you to prevent a dumb pattern from repeating itself. The monsoon rains have not blessed eastern India with their usual downpours this year. In response, frustrated farmers have resorted to a radical ritual: asking their unmarried daughters to get naked and plow the fields. They believe that this will embarrass the weather gods into acting correctly. In general, I approve of being creative in making appeals to deities, but I recommend that you use a different approach. Rather than shaming them into providing you with more love and mojo, try flattering them. As if you were celebrating Halloween early, go around impersonating a god or goddess who is overflowing with love and mojo.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Two annoyances that had been bugging you before your exile have been neutralized. But you’ve still got at least one more to go, so don’t relax yet. In fact, I think you should redouble your vigilance. Check expiration dates on your poetic licenses and pet theories. Scrub the muck from your aura, even if your friends seem to find it “interesting.” And learn to read your own mind better so you can track down any disabling thoughts that might still be lurking in remote corners. Your upcoming adventures will probably make no sense -- unless you redefine what constitutes “sense.” If you do that, your adventures could make absolutely lucid sense AUG 13 – AUG 19 09

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in a backward, upside-down way that will rejuvenate you sexually, spiritually, and emotionally. Here’s another approach to understanding the point I’m trying to make: The epic drama you’re about to begin may yield no apparent lesson and provide no practical guidance -- unless you empty your mind and give up hope for extracting specific lessons and guidance -- in which case you will be flooded with wise insights.

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(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

What tricks have you employed to outwit your fears in the past? Remember them. Review them. Next, think about the people who have inspired you to be more courageous than you imagined were capable of. If you take these two actions, you will prepare yourself well for the week ahead. I’m not saying that the things you’re scared of will be any bigger or badder than usual. But I want you to know that you now have the potential to gain a robust new power over them.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You are currently getting more miles per gallon and more bang for the buck than you have in a long time. Your IQ is creeping higher. Your knack for scoring good parking places is at a peak. I’ll even go so far as to say that it’s been quite a while since you’ve been teased by such thoroughly useful temptations. And get this, Sagittarius: I suspect that you have an enhanced instinct for taking smart risks. The only downside of all this good news is that you may not know your own strength. That means you should test it fast; find out more about its potential. Otherwise, you might break someone’s heart by accident, or prematurely shatter the illusions of a person who’s not yet ready to stop living in fantasyland.

CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

I wouldn’t be surprised if your whole life passed instantly before your eyes one day soon. Not because you’ll come close to literal physical death or anything dangerous at all, but rather because you will have a brush with a magic power that could be yours in the future -- a magic power that will be possible for you to fully own only if you cut the umbilicus that links you to a dying source. Wow. Did I really say that in a fun little astrology column? And are you really prepared to change your life because of something you read in a fun little astrology column? I hope so. In the coming weeks, it’ll be the fun little things that have the greatest potential to align you more closely with your soul’s code.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

In the days ahead, you may not realize what you’re looking for until you find it. I advise you, therefore, to put into action the following five-point plan. 1) Suppress any know-it-all tendencies you might have. 2) Revive your childhood talent for being voraciously curious about everything. 3) Ask more questions than you’ve ever asked before. 4) Figure out how to be receptive without being passive, and how you can be humble without muffling your self-confidence. 5) Consider the possibility that you have a lot to learn about what’s best for you.

PISCES

(Feb. 19-March 20)

I’ve borrowed a fable from the ancient Greek writer Aesop to create a parable you can use in the coming weeks. Once upon a time there was a very thirsty crow. Rain hadn’t fallen in a long time, and the creek from which she’d always drunk had dried up. Searching and searching for a bit of moisture, the crow finally happened upon a tree under which sat a ceramic pitcher with some water in it. But the pitcher’s neck was narrow, and the crow couldn’t fit her beak past it to reach the water. Inspired by desperation, the crow at last got an idea. Why not drop small rocks into the pitcher, making the water’s level rise? And that’s exactly what she did. How sweet it was when at last she quenched her thirst.

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Across

1 Bank savings options 4 Fast food mascot with a spherical head 8 Impairs 13 Baseballer Felipe or Moises 14 “___ a slitted sheet I sit” (tongue twister phrase) 15 Major US metal processor 16 Half-glasses? 17 Distorted Pearl Jam hit song? 19 Goth band from the late 1970s 21 Earned top honors 22 “Tru ___” 23 No later than 24 Cup alternative 25 “Go, bullfighter!” 26 Submissions to eds. 27 Lose one’s resolve 30 “We Try Harder” rental company 31 Too serious 32 Like the most valuable baseball cards, e.g. 34 Group of radio users making music together? 37 Mailroom machine 38 Take down a notch 39 Nabokov heroine and namesakes 40 Copenhagen gardens 42 Common tax form, to Caesar? 45 Marshy area 46 Time magazine co-founder Henry 47 Ceramic coating 49 Come to a close 50 Dir. with a heading of 67.5 degrees 51 Base, chemically speaking 53 The act of poking fun at yellow fruit? 56 ___ San Lucas 57 Fix a manuscript 58 “La Traviata” song 59 Person who may be evil 60 Lauren who played cruise director Julie McCoy on “The Love Boat” 61 Prying 62 Leipzig-to-Dusseldorf direction

Down

1 Does some housework 2 Sweet boxful 3 California roll, for example 4 “Tak and the Power of ___” (Nickelodeon cartoon) 5 Colonel George Taylor’s movie captors 6 “___ blimey!” 7 Was acquainted with 8 “An Incomplete and Inaccurate History of Sport” author Kenny 9 Priest’s garment 10 Got really cold 11 Painting behind bulletproof glass since 2005 12 College hurdle, redundantly 13 Band’s release 18 Second-largest primarily French-speaking city in the world 20 He won a Nobel Peace Prize and a Grammy 24 Inverted 28 Section of “Carmina Burana” used in “battle to the death” movie trailers 29 Big ___, CA 30 Commedia dell’___ 31 They once shared an arena with the NHL’s New Jersey Devils 33 Pass out 34 Renegade, for Barack Obama 35 Fresh off the factory floor 36 “Hung” channel 37 Wager that’s not very risky 41 “The ___ Cometh” (O’Neill play) 42 Parrots’ larger relatives 43 Rapper who hosted “Pimp My Ride” 44 Was deceptive 46 Acts like a library 48 Prefix for vegetarian 51 Mark Harmon CBS series 52 “That’s fine by me” 54 Repeated part of a Temple cheer 55 Gold, in Guatemala

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by Michael Coulter

Don’t Mind the Wait Seeing service from both sides A few years ago, one of my friends had some surgery. It wasn’t a huge deal, but the pain from it was like something from the Old Testament. The drugs he received to combat this pain were apparently worth any sort of trauma sustained by his body. While on the pain medication, he went to a happy place where he was peaceful and a little reflective. Strangely, he said he kept thinking back on a waiter who had once served him. Evidently he had subconsciously been very thrilled with the service he’d gotten years before, so much so that it was a pleasant memory for him to think back on. Maybe it’s not that strange. The memory of good service can stick around long after the meal is forgotten. I was thinking about that story this past weekend while I was experiencing wonderful table service. That sounds sort of dirty, but I really just mean the fella was a fine waiter. It’s hard to break down exactly why I thought he was so good. I think the reason is because he was uniformly consistent, professional in every sense of the word. We were just ordering dinner and he seemed more concerned with our happiness than most of the doctors I’ve encountered. Even if I’m not drugged up, I think I’ll still remember him. Before we get much further, I should point out that I’ve worked off and on as a bartender and in the course of that work, I’ve often had to wait on tables and serve food. I may be remembered for my service, but in a completely different way. It’s not that I was bad necessarily, but I wasn’t really good. I was pretty fast and I was usually entertaining in some capacity, both intentional and unintentional, but I was simply not a great waiter in the overall sense. I think my shortcomings were overlooked a tad bit because people knew I was a bartender and I lacked virtually any sort of social grace. Fortunately, many others possess a skill set I don’t have. The biggest thing I notice is if a server is friendly. I’d honestly prefer it to be a genuine friendliness, but I can even put up with that chain restaurant banter if I have to. I think it’s fine when a waiter/ waitress introduces themselves to the table. I don’t really enjoy it when they want to know my name. That sounds like sort of a rat-bastard thing to say but it just seems like we’re starting a completely phony relationship. I can’t even remember

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the names of most of the people I know, so I really don’t need to be adding to the list. It’s a really good idea to keep things as simple as possible. It’s also a huge asset if the server knows as much as possible about the place they’re working and the selections they offer. Every time I look at a menu at a nice place, I’m always stunned that there are so many selections that I’ve never heard of and that I couldn’t pick out of a food line-up if my life depended on it. I think a good waiter is able to quickly sum up what kind of person you are and is able to go from there when they’re asked a question. “Oh, a plantain? It’s like a banana, except smaller.” Being a simpleton, that’s really all I need and I’m perfectly fine if they mumble “idiot” under their breath as they walk away from the table. I know I probably would. Patience is obviously part of it, as well. It’s refreshing to have someone name off the specials as if they really are special in some way and not just some sort of daily torture forced on them by the cooks. I also especially enjoy it when a server has a good feel for the pace of the meal. Most restaurants are trying to get you in and out as quickly as possible and the servers kind of fall in line with that. More tables served means more money for everyone involved. I completely understand this but it’s still a bit disconcerting when the entrée arrives before I’ve even had a sip of my cocktail. It’s hard to tip more than 20 percent when the waiter is wiping your mouth off while he pushes you out the door. Sure, they should know which side to serve from and which fork you need, but I’d never know one way or the other. Most of all, I think someone is a good server if they seem like the kind of person you might want to actually have dinner with if they weren’t waiting on you. All in all, looking back on it now, I would have to say that a huge majority of the food service I’ve encountered has been just fine and I really wouldn’t complain about it in the least. There have been only a handful of times where the dining experience was so bad I’ve looked around for a hidden camera because I couldn’t believe it wasn’t some sort of joke. Still, there have also only been a handful of times where I’ve thought the service was as good as it possibly could be. When that happens, I have to admit I’m a little more optimistic about everything in my life. It’s like seeing a hall of fame ballplayer or reading a perfect book. It’s probably good it doesn’t happen very often. Greatness should never seem commonplace.

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