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IN THIS ISSUE GRANNY SMITH MEETS WILBUR 5 Clinton hosts the annual Apple ‘n Pork Festival
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MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION 10 buzz chats with the director of Hubbard Street Dance
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ON THE217.COM MOVIES & TV Kristen Bell can only be described in two words: saucy vixen. A review of You Again will be up on Saturday.
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EDITOR’S NOTE BRAD THORP
Creativity is something I envy in people. It is so impressive to me when people can create works that stop you in your tracks or make you think about things in a different way. I’m just not sure how they do it! I actively push myself to be more creative and to explore different mediums, but I always fall short of what I was envisioning. It is true that creativity can only get you so far sometimes, but that initial idea is the spark to the eventual ﬁre. Being taught artistic techniques can help you develop the piece, and potentially take it to a higher or deeper level, but before that can happen it must start out as an idea. This starting point, this idea, is what I am interested in. I have come to know that a creative idea is not always my ﬁrst. I wish it were, I wish I could actively be creative, but my mind does not work that way. On a positive note, I am glad that I understand this about myself now; it makes correcting the problem all that much easier. This is one of those nice things about growing up — being able to ﬁnd out what standing ﬂaws you have, those that aren’t just associated with the maturation process, and being able to work at them. I like to think that I have some creative bones in my body, it is just a matter of improving them. Consciously or not, I have always surrounded myself with creative and artistically gifted people. I, of course, am drawn to them for many other reasons, but that quality deﬁnitely exists. In doing so, I have been able to learn and grow so much. It can be frustrating at times, being surrounded by people who are so good at things that I wish I was more proﬁcient at, but I think it is a good frustration. They push me to question, to think and to explore in areas I may not have thought of. I am so grateful for them and their patience in helping me along my way! I don’t know if it will ever be as natural as I want it to be, but I think I am getting closer. By surrounding myself with the right people, by paying attention to what is happening in the community and by pushing myself to not settle for mediocre ideas, I think I am ﬁxing my problem! I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to paint a beautiful picture, but if I can start to see the world in a brighter light, then I will call this one a success.
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The members of Cap’n Jazz all started producing their unique, early post-hardcore music while they were just teenagers in 1989. Ever since, the band has been one of the most influential acts of the post-hardcore/emo movement. “Truly, I think it was almost directionless,” guitarist Davey von Bohlen reflected. “There were so many different interests that the other people were totally unaware of that [the band] was being tugged in a lot of different directions.” In 1995, the band all went their separate ways and played in new bands including Owen, Joan of Arc and The Promise Ring. During their six years as a band, they released one full length and featured their music on many compilations. After 15 long years of playing in their other bands, Cap’n Jazz got back together to play one last tour. “[Fifteen] is a nice, round number,” said von Bohlen, “and we were finally all in a place where [getting back together] made sense for us as individuals, too.” It’s clear that the reunion is a big success. The band has been welcomed very well in their return, playing sold out shows to a “superb” group of high-energy audiences. Even with all the praise and excited crowd, there’s almost an apathetic appeal for von Bohlen and the group’s outlook at their reunion. “Over a decade and a half, we are so completely different that it isn’t like playing in the band back then at all,” Von Bohlen said, “Plus, we don’t have any real intentions of actually being in the band this time, so there’s a whole different feel.” The band plans on cranking out as many songs as they possibly can in their allotted time, giving the best possible show. Plan on checking these guys out because once the year ends, the phenomenon that is Cap’n Jazz will end too. Cover Design Annaka Olsen Editor in Chief Brad Thorp Managing Editor & Copy Chief Claire Keating Art Director Annaka Olsen Photography Editor Ramzi Dreessen Image Editor Claire Keating & Annaka Olsen Designers Adam Fabianski, Bridget Hapner, Will Wyss Music Editor Dylan Sutcliff Food & Drink Editor Jeanine Russell MovieS & Tv Editor Matt Carey ArtS & entertainment Editor Lauren Hise Community Editor Nick Martin CU Calendar Elisia Phua Copy Editors Erin Dittmer Sales Manager Carolyn Gilbert Marketing/Distribution Brandi Willis Publisher Mary Cory On the Web www.the217.com Email email@example.com Write 512 E. Green St., Champaign, IL 61820 CALL 217.337.3801
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» Speeding tickets: I got a ticket in Indiana last month. I had to pay $242. That’s an egregious amount. I was only going 85 mph. There was no one else on the highway in sight. I get a ticket for such an inconsequential charge, yet it’s illegal when I try to steal hamsters from Petco. Something is wrong with this country. » Kings of Leon: I loved their first three albums. Listened to them constantly. Now, I hate this band of whiny assholes who sell out at a moments notice. Check out the video for their latest single, “Radioactive.” It’s a pellucid attempt to make the band members seem affable by featuring them having a picnic with a bunch of young children. One of the most disgustingly corporate music videos I’ve ever seen. » Doing laundry: Procrastination is something I’m especially good at. While it allows me to forget that I’m a college student for extended periods of time, it also means that I forget to do the laundry a lot. Plus, washer and drying machines make me use a lot of quarters. Sure, I could go to a laundromat, but I don’t feel like it. Bin there, done that (did you see what I did there?).
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WHISKEY WEDNESDAYS LIFT YOUR
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grassy, which makes it approachable and soft.” Order it with water or ice. The machismo attitude does not apply in the world of whiskey. “Water can off-put that alcohol burn so you can get the aroma better, stretch it out, and make the subtleties more apparent.” Be speciﬁc! It is not pretentious to specify how many ice cubes you want in your drink because they will eventually melt into it and the water, changing the potency. For those who need something more basic, here’s a quick guide to what each whiskey is.
Large percentages of rye usually make up Canadian whiskey. Expect more smooth flavors than with scotch or bourbon. Canadian Club and Crown Royale are some classic Canadian whiskies. IRISH
Jameson and Bushmill’s are well-known names. These whiskeys are usually made with malted barley distilled in a pot sill.
Named after Bourbon County, Kentucky, this whiskey must be over 51 percent corn, must come from Kentucky and is aged in oak barrels. Variations of this formula can be found on labels: words such as mash are used or the barrel-type is noted. Whiskeys such as Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek are popular bourbons. Expect a sweetness and a bit of smoke ﬂavor with bourbons.
Just as bourbon must hail from Kentucky, scotch must come from Scotland. It is made mostly with barley, but it’s a bit more complicated than bourbons. Scotch is often described as smokey amd earthy due to the peat that helps compose the liquor. There are different regions of scotches as well as varities such as single malt, single grain and blended malt. Oh, and if you’re going to drink scotch, avoid plastic bottled scotches at any and all costs. This is not really a technical rule, but a good one regardless. RYE
There are two types of rye: Canadian and American. The American variation must be made with rye, and it does not have the sweetness that bourbons have. Canadian rye is — you guessed it — made in Canada. Their rules are a little more lenient; any multi-grained liquor is okay to be called whiskey by Canadian law.
by Adam Fa
ears ago at a certain bar’s country night, I stumbled upon an amber-colored beverage at a cheap price, served in a take-home mason jar. What could be better? By the next morning, though, my perspective was greatly changed. I hit the whiskey bottle, and the bottle hit right back. Whiskey and I had gotten off to a rough start, and I wasn’t sure if we could ever rekindle our love. However, years down the road I have discovered my appreciation for the cowboy’s drink of choice. Most frequently mixed across collegiate establishments with coke or lemonade, the robust ﬂavors of whiskey in combination with a sugary supplement are a frequent favorite. Whiskey, however, is more complex than it may appear. Similar to wine, whiskey also comes in many varieties, each with their own unique ﬂavor and style. Whiskey is where it’s at— and the whiskey is at Seven Saints, located in downtown Champaign. Seven Saints, a bar and restaurant that boasts the broadest on-premise selection of spirits in Champaign, hosts Whiskey Wednesday every week. There are over 190 whiskeys in stock and an additional 30 to 40 private bottles on reserve. To avoid patrons gravitating towards something familiar, Seven Saints rotates through features from the following types of whiskeys each month at 50 percent off: Canadian and micro-distilled American, Irish, bourbon and rye, and scotch. The aim of Whiskey Wednesday is to make this liquor affordable and approachable. This affords patrons the opportunity to taste a whiskey that you may not try otherwise. “We took a really big, bold step so that people would be more able to drink out of their comfort zone,” said General Manager Andy Borbely. So what makes whiskey so special that it garners its own day of the week? “Each whiskey has its own story. Vodka, gin, tequila — all great liquors, of course, but whiskey carries so much history and age. We have some bottles behind the bar that are older than I am,” said Borbley. For the novice whiskey slingers, Borbley serves some suggestions. First, start with lowland scotches: “They are a great place to start because they are very ﬂoral and
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SEPTEMBER 23 - 29, 2010
APPLE N’ PORK FESTIVAL Where excitements, drooling appetites and deep knowledge meet by Annie Sun Fall festivals bring excitement, drooling appetites and a chance to learn some local history. This Saturday and Sunday, the 42nd annual Apple N’ Pork Festival in Clinton, Ill., will bring you all of the above and more. Sponsored by the DeWitt County Museum Association, the Apple N’ Pork Festival will be set up around the DeWitt County Museum — a place where C. H. Moore, a friend of Abraham Lincoln, used to live. The festival was ﬁrst held in 1969 to serve as the main fundraising event for the County Museum’s restoration. It had only 1,000 attendees and few food booths. Now, the Festival has an average of over 80,000 to 90,000 people attend the event annually, with over 20 food booths and 250 ﬂea market dealers. The festival will feature a breakfast tent for early attendees and a host of food tents, mostly provided by non-profit groups. “[The Apple N’ Pork Festival] helps a lot of people,” said Larry Buss, the festival coordinator and resident manager of DeWitt County Mu-
seum for the past 15 years. The Apple N’ Pork Festival not only helps the museum to support its facilities, but it also provides an opportunity for other community groups to fundraise, outreach and volunteer.
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Buss initiated the opportunity for the alternative education students at the Clinton High School to serve as volunteers at the fest to earn graduation service credits. Every year, 40 students help set up for the event. According to Buss, “Without the volunteers, we couldn’t do this.” The festival is family-friendly and unique. “It is not a commercial festival. We stay true, and we try to keep things the same way,” said Buss. At Apple N’ Pork Festival, you will get to see an array of old-style handcrafts and get hands-on opportunities to learn how to build a teepee, make rope and other fun crafts. The festival is entirely free. Come this Saturday, Sept. 25, or Sunday, Sept. 26, to enjoy delicious food, great music, unique handmade items, an enormous flea market, pony rides and a tour in the museum. Visit www.chmoorehomestead.org/ apple-pork.htm for more information.
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september 23 - 29, 2010
One on One
with Kyo Jung manager of Blink Mobile
byTolu Taiwo Whether from China, Kenya or Brazil, there are certain things all international students in American schools have to overcome, such as homesickness, finding a cultural community and even getting a cheap cell phone plan. That’s where Kyo Jung, the manager of Blink Mobile, comes in. Designed to help people from different countries find a cell phone for as cheap as possible, Blink Mobile has internationalfriendly plans that many out-of-country students use. buzz sat down with Jung to talk about business, special promos and cell phones. » buzz: How did this store begin? Kyo Jung: It opened up in the end of May, around the beginning of June. I found an opportunity for international students. Before this, I started in international business; I was actually working as an SEO in Chicago. I decided to come here where one of my friends started this business, and I thought it was a great opportunity. » buzz: So, there are more stores like this one in the area? KJ: I believe we’re the only one here, actually. There’s a lot in Chicago, in other states in the United States. We’re just a dealer. » buzz: What are the plans like? KJ: Well, we have three great plans. The first one is for the AT&T network, called H2O. It uses the same coverage as AT&T. It’s a prepaid account, and for $40 a month, you get unlimited talk and text, global texting included. For T-Mobile, the network plan is called Simple Mobile. It’s the same thing — $40 a month, unlimited talk and text — and if you add, like, $10 more, $20 more, you get data as well. The third is Boost Mobile, which is Sprint. That
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one is $50 a month for unlimited talk and text. We have a special promotion right now that if you add $5 more, you get international calling for free. But only in certain areas, like Korea, China, Mexico, Brazil. » buzz: Approximately how many kids come through your door yearly? KJ: Well, this is the first year, but I’d have to say we serviced about 200, 300 international students. For non-international students, the number is not as high — maybe about 50, probably lower at 30? Usually, whoever lives around here has their family around here, and is on a family plan. When you have three or more people living in a house, it’s better and cheaper to have a family plan. With international students, however, this isn’t the case. » buzz: How does your store make it easy for international students to have a phone plan? KJ: We don’t check for social security identification, we just ask for a name and email. Nothing is overcharged, and there are no hidden fees. Our phones are unlocked, so they can use it in their country when they go back home. Also, they can bring their own
phone to use here, they don’t have to buy it from us. Our plans could benefit families who live around here, too — if they have three or four people and they are overcharged, it could just save them money to use us. » buzz: With the job fairs all last week, many students are thinking of ways to get ahead when they graduate. Do you have any business advice for them? KJ: I believe location is important. Second, management. You have to study and know your field.
However, Katic warned that temperature is extremely important during this period. It must be at the perfect temperature for the yeast. He explained that this is where people usually mess up their bread. So, if “It smells like cheese, or it smells like dead socks,” Katic said, your sourdough is just going to be ... sour. When the dough starts to bubble up and rise, more flour and water must be added to keep it from over-fermenting. “That means it’s run out of food to eat and it’s starting to eat itself. And that stinks,” said
Katic. Once you’ve gotten your starter, you can move on to delayed fermentation, for which he recommends allowing 2 days. From there, kneading (or mixing) the dough is the key step that determines texture. To make different types of bread, you can use different ratios and types of flour: white, whole wheat and rye. You can also experiment with different shapes, cuts and textures. Now toss aside that cotton fluff you may call bread and try baking your own!
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by Amy Harwath
h, bread! The satisfying crackle and crunch of a wonderfully crispy crust is music to a hungry man’s ears. Whether in form of pita, flatbread, baguette, loaf, tortilla or roll, bread is a food staple found all over the world. But how does one achieve a tangy sourdough or the perfect crumb? buzz sat down with Dusan Katic, head baker at Pekara, to get some tips on baking bread. Katic got his start baking when he served in the French Private Military from 2006 through 2008. When he returned to the United States, Katic continued to teach himself how to make bread. Two and a half years ago, he got his job at the Pekara bake house. At Pekara, Katic’s skill with bread has risen, and he knows what he’s doing. “It’s a question of whether you want to make lame bread or solid bread,” he said. “Lame bread is just flour, salt, yeast and water,” which he refuses to do. Instead, Katic has developed techniques and looked into the nuances of baking that help make bread more than just a serving of carbs. The first important step is delayed fermentation. In this process, you put the dough in the fridge to allow the enzymes in it to break down the flour and develop sugar, Katic said. Next, you can create a starter. This is the fermented base of bread that contributes to its flavor and character. To make a starter, place the bread in the fridge and allow different mixtures of the four main ingredients of bread — flour, water, salt and yeast — to work together and develop flavors. You can add more flour and water later on to make it more complex. In sourdough starter, for example, wild yeast in the air — oh yeah, there’s tons of yeast in the air — will interact with it. Starters all over the world are different; the sourdough starter in San Francisco, for example, is over 150 years old. Wild yeast all over the world varies in each region, so sourdough in Champaign is not going to taste the same as it does in California.
Dusan Katic, baker, places finished semolina bread onto a rack at the Pekara Bakehouse in Champaign. Photo by Ramzi Dreessen
the217.com september 23 - 29, 2010
The tears just won’t come!
Swing into action Swing Society offers free lessons by Ellen Guirl Looking to stay active this winter but not too crazy about hitting the treadmill? Well, get ready to kick up your heels. With free dances open to the public and no previous experience necessary for you hesitant beginners looking to learn swing, the Swing Society provides the perfect way to burn some calories and have a great time doing it. “It’s just a lot of fun,” said Carol Bonin, a member of Swing Society. “No one really takes themselves seriously.” The Swing Society specializes in three dances within the swing category: the charleston, the lindy hop and East Coast swing. And, while the lindy hop is the main focus this semester, at the weekly dances, one will normally see couples dancing the East Coast swing. “[The East Coast swing is] what student’s normally start off with. It’s the base dance,” said Beth Hanson, a UIUC senior in architecture and avid swing dancer. “After you learn that then you move on to lindy or charleston.” From the ‘20s and into the ‘30s, the charleston was the “it” dance. From it came the lindy and following that the East Coast swing. Then, in the ‘90s, there was a big swing revival which has continued to this day. This semester is the perfect time to join that revival as the Swing Society will be focusing on
the lindy hop and will also be offering a workshop which will include lessons from professional dancers and a live band, along with the occasional dance. For those seeking more, however, another way to hone your skills is by taking advantage of the lessons Swing Society offers.These lessons provide an opportunity to work one-on-one with a teacher and with a group of other students. Beginning this week, the Swing Society is offering lessons focusing on both the charleston and the lindy hop. In addition, the group also hosts themed dances which normally include free lessons beforehand and draw large crowds, as is the case for Pajama Jam and Halloween Dance, where prizes are awarded for the best costumes. The best part of the dances, however, is the people. The dances draw a mix of regulars,new members, community people and students, so no one goes without a partner for long. “We really love swing dancing and we really love new people,” said Hannah Burtness, president of the Swing Society. “We really are the center for swing in the area.” Whether you have been dancing since your youth, or you just feel like trying something new, the Swing Society is the place to go with good music, great people and a whole lot of swing.
OCTOBER 1ST & 2ND, 2010
LINCOLN SQUARE MALL IN DOWNTOWN URBANA Over 20 different Oktoberfest beers Traditional German foods Live polka and folk dancing Children’s Area with a live storytellers, games and a Hansel and Gretel costume contest Sauerkraut eating contest Friday & Saturday late night haus parties Steven Richards Exhibits is hosting an "Antique Show"
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september 23 - 29, 2010
back to your roots
Urbana Folk and Roots Festival comes back to town
by Sabrina Gosnell Conceptualized and run by local folk artists, the CU Folk and Roots Festival is more than just a collection of artists exhibiting their work — music, folk art and everything in between — it is also a form of community outreach. The festival serves as a reason for people to come to this community and a celebrate the richly diverse talent that CU has to offer. According to Brenda Koenig, who originally thought of the festival, “There was a hole in this community, and it’s something that can help energize organizations and people.” Because of the organic nature of folk art, it can easily become lost in the shuffle of today’s modern world, and it is then overlooked or forgotten about. The festival, and folk arts in general, is about “creating community,” Koenig said. The festival will start on Thursday, Sept. 23, and run until Sunday, Sept. 25. The whole of downtown Urbana will be hosting the festival, with venues such as The Rose Bowl and the Urbana Free Library participating. During the day on Saturday, adults and children alike will have plenty to do, including storytelling at the library and other free activities on the streets of downtown near the intersection of Elm and Race streets. UI students can take the Green MTD bus from campus straight
to the heart of the festival. Everything within the festival is easily accessible from there. According to Rob Krumm, one of the members of the festival committee, “One idea of the festival is to have these events within easy walking distance so if you can get yourself to downtown Urbana you can pretty much walk readily to where there’s going to be music and other activities going on.” One activity that promises to be especially interesting is the “try-it” tent, where local musicians will be offering short, hands-on tutorials for various instruments. “It’s like an instrument petting zoo,” Krumm said. The first evening of music will be a joint endeavor with Pygmalion. Folk and Roots was not intentionally scheduled to coincide with Pygmalion, but event organizers are making the best of it. The dates were chosen because they were the last weekend in September, the same weekend as last year. Festival organizers want to stay with the last weekend in September so that people have something solid in their memories instead of trying to remember dates. Folk and Roots also features such a different fare than Pygmalion that there is little fear that the two events will clash. Some local artists will
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even be playing both events, which speaks to the diversity of the festival. Many of the artists featured at the festival will be local, but there is also talent coming from all over the country. Musicians featured will range from
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simple folk rock to Americana to western swing. While attendees can pay per performance, organizers are strongly urging the purchase of wrist bands, which cost $15 and allow three-day access to the whole festival.
SEPTEMBER 23 - 29, 2010
GRETA SPEAKS People ﬁnd parts of themselves in light-hearted works by Sarah Bransley
ost yoga students are taught, when balancing, to stare at the wall. At Amara Yoga & Arts, however, this isn’t such a drag because you don’t have to stare at a boring, white wall. Instead, beautiful artwork adorns their walls. On Sept. 26, Amara will be having an art gallery opening from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for local artist Sasha Rubel’s work. Her pieces will be on display at the gallery from Sept. 26 through Nov. 15. In addition, Cara Maurizi will be performing jazz favorites and some of her original work during the opening. Upon seeing Rubel’s studio in her home, it is easy to see her passion for art. Rubel’s own pieces are in varying stages of completion — up on walls or stacked behind one another. She speaks about one of her main art characters, Greta, as an old friend. She describes her as energetic, foolish, confident and unaware of people around her. Many people may have a bit of Greta in themselves. “I think there’s just this part of all of us,” said Rubel. “There’s times where you are the person who is skipping in the parking lot, the parking structure, because you feel like skipping, and you don’t think anyone can see you. And it turns out there’s a security guard with a camera who’s looking at you who says, ‘Oh, look we’ve got another one of those people.’” Kathy Fitzgerald, Art Director of Amara Yoga & Arts, met Rubel at Amara’s Grand Opening and soon found out they lived in the same neighborhood and had possibly met before while Fitzgerald was walking her dogs. They began talking and Fitzgerald discovered a local artist with a ﬂair for painting happiness. “It’s so positive and uplifting, so transformative,” said Fitzgerald. “I teach art to kids, and I’m always saying, ‘Stay positive or dream your biggest dream,’ and this character is doing that in these pictures. It’s a positive sort of world view. It’s exciting, and it’s happy. I think that’s what we need in general in the world right now, [because art] can change people’s sort of feeling about where they are at in their life,” said Fitzgerald. While Rubel may not intend her pieces to affect other people this way, she certainly starts out expecting it to affect her own life in a positive light. “A lot of times, at least with these paintings, I try to be really playful. I just want to have fun with it,” said Rubel. “If I can crack myself up, I feel like that’s a start to it.” When asked how she wanted people to respond to Greta, or any of her work, Rubel had to only stop and think a moment before answering. “Art, for me ... it encompasses a couple of things. I think on the one hand you are com-
Sasha Rubel shows off some of her artwork at her house in Urbana. Photo by Ramzi Dreessen
municating with yourself. When you are making art you are communicating with yourself, and you might never show it to anybody. It might not come out into the world, but I like that next step because usually people show me things. That’s part of it, you get to hear from different people, what they connect to. You get to see these common threads, hear the stories,” said Rubel. “I think there’s something about a painting that creates a feedback loop. Where you look at it and you see something a little bit different each day or you bring different moods to it.” In other words, Rubel does not expect a certain reaction from anyone because each viewing is different, even her own feelings with her own paintings are ﬂuid. Rubel also wants to point out that Greta is not an alter-ego. In fact, she wonders why no one asks if the dog pictured with Greta is her alter-ego. Fitzgerald believes that Greta could be everyone’s alter-ego, however, someone who is living their life to the fullest, surrounded by beauty and having the best time. Fitzgerald, pointing to a painting where Greta is twirling around while building a sand castle, explains that Greta is showing us the moments we forget to enjoy that make life happy. “It’s the little things,” Fitzgerald points out. These paintings are promised to be a true experience. Bring the entire family as Amara is a family-friendly venue and children are welcome. Visit Amara’s website at amarayoga.com and Rubel’s website at sasharubel.com. buzz
One on One
with GLENN EDGERTON Artistic Director for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
by Ilana Strauss If your image of dancing is limited to the typical club scene on campus, it’s time to broaden your horizons. This Thursday, you can get the chance to see Hubbard Street Dance, a Chicago-based dance company, when they perform at Krannert. According to the Krannert website, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is known for how it “banks the fires of modern dance through its spacious approach toward distinctive choreographers, perspectives and collaboration.” buzz sat down with Glenn Edgerton, the artistic director for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, who is responsible for bringing together the aesthetics of the production. After beginning his career as a dancer, Edgerton worked for the Joffrey Ballet and the Nederlands Dans Theater before becoming a director. He joined the Hubbard Street Dance Company in 2008. » buzz: What does an artistic director do? Glenn Edgerton: Many, many, many tasks. Everything that you see on the stage is my responsibility. But at Hubbard Street, we also have a school and extensive education programs which are also under my review. The experience you see on stage is all within my domain, which involves all the choreography, the combination
of programs, how the dancers are performing, the quality of the evening from start to finish, how the lighting is being implemented, the costuming and the scenic elements. » buzz: As a former dancer, what do you love about dance? GE: Having been a dancer, you get a sense of both aspects of your psyche — your physical and your emotional side, or even your spiritual side. By working on a day-to-day basis that way, I feel as a person you evolve. You become very in tune to yourself, who you are and how you relate to other people. It’s a challenging art form that [requires you] to express yourself and learn also about people. All that helps with what I’m doing now, which is being a director. » buzz: How was the transition from dancer to director? GE: It was terrible. I literally went from being a dancer one day to being a director the next. In hindsight, I should have given some time in between to get a feel for my new career, my new job. There was a year of overlap, but still ... when you’re a dancer, you’re a dancer. When you become an authority person, it changes the way some people see you. From just an emotional
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aspect, that was difficult. » buzz: How do you come up with ideas? GE: Well, I’ve been around for a long time. You know the dance scenes and what’s good and what’s not, and you come to the point of using choreographers you know. You investigate, you research and you find choreographers who are not tried and true. I’m looking for new choreographers that are innovative and new to the dance world. I’m also looking at those master choreographers who are fantastic. I’ve been in the business for over 30 years. You get to know how things go. So with all that information, you are able to assess and put things together. » buzz: What’s your favorite piece?
GE: I can’t say there’s a favorite. I enjoy the one we’re working on right now. My favorite is the current one, just because we’re immersed in it. » buzz: You’ve worked with many dance companies. What do you think about Hubbard Street Dance Chicago? GE: It’s the finest on the planet. We are very in tune and sensitive to the varying styles we have in our choreography and in our repertoire. The dancers are very easy to switch styles. They are very talented and intelligent. And we do the kind of work that’s unusual or different or not being done everywhere in the world. That uniqueness makes it interesting. I think we’re really creating a culture for dance.
The legendary vampire rises again
by Megan Betti No matter how many new members of the undead come on to the scene, Count Dracula remains the ultimate vampire. We see extensions of him everywhere, from teaching children how to count on Sesame Street to selling the chocolaty marshmallow cereal as Count Chocula. Simply stated, no other life-impaired individual has reached this level of celebrity. Bram Stoker’s original novel Dracula, the story that started it all when first published in 1897, still mystifies readers as a classic tale that draws you into a dark world where monsters come alive. Now, joining the ranks of adaptations about the infamous blood-drinker is Larry Smith’s Dracula: The Undead. According to Larry Smith, the playwright and director of the Rantoul Theatre Group’s production of Dracula: The Undead, many other adaptations have changed the character roles or deleted them all together. This retelling endeavors to stay true to the original story. “I decided to tell the story in the same way [as Bram Stoker],” said Smith. “The play be10
gins with Jonathan at the diary desk before he moves into the scene with Dracula.” This will definitely not be a carbon copy of the book, however. Smith is excited for audiences to experience his new take, revealing that his production will “put an answer to the question of Dracula.” “It’s a different approach with a beginning and a definitive end,” said Smith. This fresh approach includes questioning the very genre in which Dracula is usually included. “Dracula is not a horror story,” said Smith, “It is a love story disguised as horror. Dracula is sad. He can only show his love by destroying [it].” One of the romantic aspects of the play is the presence of Dracula’s wife, Elizabeta, a side of the story that remains missing from that of the real life inspiration for Dracula. Although the character is truly fictionalized, Dracula is based on Vlad the III, more commonly known as Vlad the Impaler, the prince of Wallachia, a historical area of Romania just South of the Southern Car-
pathian Mountains. The name Dracula, which translates to “son of the dragon” or “son of the devil,” was given to Vlad to mark him as a member of the order of the dragon and the son of his father Vlad Dracul. Unfortunately, there is very little record of his life with his spouse Ilona. “[Smith] ends things in a way that that is not only refreshing, but also believable. He also injects into the show elements of — of all things — true love and redemption,” said Randy Offner, who will play Dracula’s living, day-walking double in the production. “As an actor, I jumped at the chance to be a part of a challenge like that. As a romantic, the decision was a no-brainer for me.” Dracula: The Undead is shaping up to be a wonderful show. However, be warned that if you choose to go see it, there will be gunshots and (as any respectable vampire enjoys a good foggy night) a fog machine. Whether by car, by bus, by train or by unfurling your leathery wings, you should make it out to Rantoul to see Dracula: The Undead.
Illustration by Maureen Walrath
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SEEING THINGS DIFFERENTLY Elephant brings the issue of extinction into view
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hen you think of elephants, you probably imagine rubbery gray skin, shining ivory tusks, a strong, curling trunk and four mammoth, tree-like feet. While that’s okay on the surface, Deke Weaver is interested in expressing — and preserving — more. “[The project] is about imagining what’s going to happen when tigers are all gone, and all we have left are stories about tigers, or old pictures of tigers or old film or video of tigers,” said Weaver, creator of The Untamed Bestiary Project, an initiative to chronicle current animal life one letter at a time. “They’ll live on in our fairy tales and our myths, but what happens when they disappear? What happens when all we know are stories about tigers and not what tigers are actually like?” Weaver’s project, which began last year with Monkey, returns for its second installment in Elephant, an audiovisual stage presentation that will take place at Urbana’s Stock Pavilion from Thursday, Sept. 23, through Monday, Sept. 27. Together with his team, including choreographer Jennifer Allen and composer Chris Peck, Weaver hopes to chronicle the sights, movements and sounds of the beast on a grand scale. The pavilion will host two 90 foot by 25 foot screens for the show — each, in Weaver’s words, “as wide as three movie screens” — which will screen video, created and edited by Weaver, of his travels and other stories involving elephants. A dozen dancers and singers will perform as well. Allen noted that one particular moment in the show will require an additional 20 volunteers. In the end, Weaver hopes it will all coalesce to produce something “strange, loud, and funny; something you don’t see very often.”
According to Allen, the presentation’s blend of video projection and dance will allow the three principle creators to each express a unique take on the elephant as a subject. “Deke has been researching this piece I would say for the last year,” said Allen. “Deke, Chris and myself started on a similar page of immersing ourselves in that research material. Starting from that point, we have all added to that narrative within our own speciﬁc media, so that what hopefully happens is it’s a unique way to experience this information about elephants.” As for Peck, he states that working on a show of this kind has been an interesting departure for him. He hopes that his work will contribute to the immediacy of the show’s message. “This show is interesting in that it’s dealing with content that’s about the environment and technology and science — there are things that get, if not political, into social issues. There are things about how we operate as people in the world and dealing with them in a way that sort of allows the audience to contemplate why these things might be relevant to them,” said Peck. “The stuff that I’m doing with electronics has the effect of bringing out that content into space in a very physical, real way, and it allows people to experience the show in a way that’s more visceral.” Ultimately, though, the goal of the project is to inform. Chronicling is the top priority for Weaver, who cited biological reports that claim that over half the animal species currently on Earth will cease to exist by 2060. In the future, Weaver said he’d like to venture further into wildlife — possibly wolves — or even microbes. Regardless, he won’t be hurting for material in his continuing effort to record the planet as it will have once been.
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DIGITAL ANALOG buzz talks to Caribou’s Daniel Snaith by Dylan Sutcliff Since the release of the album Swim in April, Canadian Daniel Snaith, aka Caribou, has been extremely busy on a national tour, stopping for a free show this summer at Millenium Park, and on Saturday, Sept. 25, Snaith will be headlining the Pygmalion Music Festival at Urbana’s own Canopy Club. Before beginning his musical career, Snaith took the same route as his father, who is a mathematics professor at Sheffield College, by graduating with a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Imperial College of London. Snaith told buzz that, even with this background, he does not draw from his interest in logic when writing music. “It’s not really about complex time signatures or working to get something mathematically perfect. For my music, I try more to draw from the feeling I get when I’m writing or playing.” In 2008, Snaith released the album Andorra, which was so well-received by critics that he won the Polaris prize for the album, a $20,000 honor given to a musical artist by the critics of Canada. “It was really great to win Polaris,” said Snaith.
“It really drove me to take more chances and trust myself with this new record,” And even with his critical and popular success, Snaith has tried not to change the way he makes music. All of his albums are recorded in his home, solely by him, on a computer. “I’ve really become comfortable with the way I record and make music. I still recorded Swim in my house and I don’t think I’ll ever move away from that. But for this album, I brought it to be professionally mixed in a studio after I was finished.” Even though the album is completely electronic, Caribou’s live shows are anything but. Caribou tours with a live band and performs almost completely without the use of computers or other DJ equipment. “The sound is very different from the record in our live shows,” told Snaith. “The live show is much more of a collective of the entire band as opposed to when I record the album by myself. The songs have a very different feel than on the album.” Caribou is performing at The Canopy Club at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25.
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ENDLESS SUMMER Gold Motel returns to the Canopy Club by Justine Chen On Sept. 24 at Canopy Club, Greta Morgan’s band Gold Motel will perform as a part of this year’s Pygmalion Music Festival. Influenced by bands such as the Beatles, Blondie, Diana Ross, the Beach Boys and the Cardigans, Gold Motel’s catchy music whirls a potpourri of old and new sounds. As singer-songwriter and keyboardist Greta Morgan describes, “Our music is like going for a ride in a convertible with your friends — a vintage convertible — and just driving through graveyards, along the coast, under the stars. Everything is just free and careless.” The blossom of Gold Motel began with a small bud. Morgan, now 22, has been performing in a band and touring since high school. Although Morgan used to be a part of The Hush Sound, the group went on hiatus and she moved from Chicago to Los Angeles to find inspiration. Upon her return to Chicago, she joined up with musician friends Dan Duszynki, Matt Minx and Adam Coldhouse of This Is Me Smiling, as well as Eric Hehr of The Villains of Verona and The Yearbooks, to form Gold Motel. “I kind of outgrew The Hush Sound, but with Gold Motel, it’s so much more independent — we record and engineer our albums ourselves.
The music has a more streamlined, pop sound and we just have more control and a lot more fun,” Morgan says. Gold Motel’s two releases are the Gold Motel EP and more recently, Summer House, are drenched in vibrant, dreamy hues perfect for soaking in. The recording process for Summer House was interesting because the band recorded it at Morgan’s childhood house. Even though her family was selling it, her mom let them record there for a couple months. As Morgan says, “Recording there just gave us so much more freedom. We had extra time to record, so if we were inspired, we would spend 16 hours a day there.” As the title suggests, “Summer House is all about what summer means as a teenager — being careless and not having to worry about getting a job and working, focusing on things you need like love and friends,” says Morgan. Much of the music was inspired by Morgan’s stay in Los Angeles; she had saved up enough money that she didn’t need to work for a year. In essence, it was a yearlong summer break, and just the thing to give her music a burst of sunshine.
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WHO TO SEE AT THE
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THURSDAY, SEPT. 23 CANOPY CLUB
Most people would agree that Pygmalion is synonymous with indie rock music, which makes Santah an absolutely perfect ﬁt for the festival. The band has been a well-known force within this community for a long time, but they really carved out a new niche in the spring of this year with the release of their ﬁrst full-length album, White Noise Bed. Uniquely skilled in such a way that renders them a cut above your average indie band, Santah is an exciting component of this year’s Pygmalion Festival, and is deﬁnitely worth checking out. — Sabrina Gosnell
SURFER BLOOD THURSDAY, SEPT. 23, CANOPY CLUB
Fresh out of Miami, Fla., Surfer Blood has been tearing up the indie blogs all year. With their almost overzealous use of reverb, their album Astro Beach stems from a wide variety of influences, stretching far enough to include a song based upon the early ‘90s David Lynch TV show Twin Peaks. I saw Surfer Blood earlier this year at Pitchfork Festival and can’t wait until I see them again on Friday. — Dylan Sutcliff
DUKE OF UKE THURSDAY, SEPT. 23, INDEPENDENT MEDIA CENTER
How many bands do you know are fronted by a ukelele player? The only one you really should know is the Duke of Uke and His Novelty Orchestra, an instrumentally rich seven-piece ensemble who will bring their witty lyricisms and soulful sensibilities to the Independent Media Center in Urbana this Thursday, Sept. 23. Indisputably one of CU’s most unique acts, it would be absolutely silly to not go to what will certainly be an enjoyable show. — Eli Chen
CUT CHEMIST AND POSITIVE VIBR8TIONS FRIDAY, SEPT. 24, CANOPY CLUB
As Friday’s line up is headlined with the eclectic Cut Chemist, my excitement is at its peak to attend Pygmalion. However, the local acts that are performing on Friday are really what sparked my interest. DJ Breezy and DJ Substr8 along with MC Harsh Pro, have been cultivating the fusion of U.K. and U.S. dubstep music in the Champaign-Urbana area for some time now. Collectively called Positive Vibr8tions, the crew has already managed to completely ﬂoor fans with their handful of bumping shows they’ve put on this fall. With intense energy, quality tracks and a committed fan base, Positive Vibr8tions is sure to keep the bass bumping, so make sure you come out and feel the vibes! — Krithika Rajaraman
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A more-than-perfect opener for the Pygmalion headliner, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists is one of few bands out there that isn’t afraid to cut loose when it comes to energizing performance or recorded material, such as the recently released full-length Brutalist Bricks. A craftworthy blend of folk, indie and punk styles, Ted Leo’s music is enhanced by so much inner passion and instrumental loudness that it leaves ﬁrst-time listeners trembling with audial ecstasy. Their upcoming show at the Krannert is guaranteed to be memorably rambunctious. — Eli Chen
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