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SEPTEMBER 23, 2010

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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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  buzz@readbuzz.com Write  512 E. Green St., Champaign, IL 61820 CALL  217.337.3801

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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.

BOURBON

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.

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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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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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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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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. 

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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.

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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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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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GRETA SPEAKS People find parts of themselves in light-hearted works by Sarah Bransley

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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

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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

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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.

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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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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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THURSDAY 23 live music Jazz in the Courtyard Illini Union, U, noon An Evening With Your Mother Caffe Paradiso, U, 7pm Billy Galt and Jeff Kerr AnSun, C, 7pm TwoYou Duo The Clark Bar, C, 7pm Surfer Blood Canopy Club, U, 7:30pm, $12 Mean Lids, The Duke of Uke and Those Darlins Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 7:30pm, $10 Joni Dreyer and Dave Cooper Emerald City Lounge, C, 8pm Samba Soul Iron Post, U, 8pm, $5 Jazz Night Illini Union, U, 8pm Dubwise Boltini Lounge, C, 9pm Amy Mitchell Trio Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm, $5

dj Milk n Cookies at Klub Kam’s Kam’s, C, 8pm Plastician Highdive, C, 9pm, $7 Here Come the Regulars Red Star Liquors, U, 9pm Stitches at The Clark Bar The Clark Bar, C, 10pm REMIXXX Thursdays with DJ Bob Bass Soma Ultralounge, C, 10pm Ritmo Thursdays V. Picasso, U, 10pm Open Deck Night Radio Maria, C, 10pm

dance music Swing Dance Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), C, 9pm

karaoke DJ Bange Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 8:30pm CG Productions Presents: RockStar Karaoke Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 9pm Liquid Courage Karaoke Memphis on Main, C, 9pm, $5 16

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C-U Karaoke Idol Competition: C-U Rollers Fundraiser Memphis on Main, C, 9pm CG Productions Presents: RockStar Karaoke Fireside Bar and Grill, C, 9pm CG Productions Presents: RockStar Karaoke Bentley’s Pub, C, 10pm

Lunch on the Lawn Rantoul Public Library, Rantoul, 12:15pm ArtsFusion Level I Class Act, C, 2pm, $72 Thursdays at the Library Champaign Public Library, C, 3pm ARTfusion Douglass Branch Library, C, 4pm

stage

community

Comedy Night Jupiter’s II, C, 7pm Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $10-$40 Elephant: The Second Performance in Deke Weaver’s The Unreliable Bestiary Project Stock Pavilion, U, 8pm

IMC Shows Group Meeting: Community Booking Collective Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 7pm Presenting Asian American Culture Asian American Cultural Center, U, 7pm

mind/body/spirit

Hot Yoga Evolve Fitness Club, C, C-U Folk and Roots 12pm, $10 Festival Beginning Aura Reading Downtown Urbana, U, 6pm Beads N Botanicals, U, 6pm, $25 art opening Call 365-9355 to regJillian Nickell Artist ister Reception Meditation for Finding Indi Go Artist Co-op, C, Peace — In Movement: 6pm Outdoor Appreciation Carle Forum, U, 6pm

festivals

art exhibit

J.W. Martin and Jillian Nickell Art and Clothing Exhibit Indi Go Artist Co-op, C

lectures Language Processing Brown Bag Seminar Beckman Institute, U, 12:30pm

literary VOICE Reading Series Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, C, 7:30pm

volunteer UC Books to Prisoners Work Session Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 2pm

classes & workshops Upward Bound Program McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, C, noon Kosher Cooking Club Chabad Center for Jewish Life, C, 3pm Beginning Swing Dance Lessons University Place Christian Church, C, 6pm, $25 Restorative Circles Presentation and Practice Group Champaign Public Library, C, 6:30pm

FRIDAY 24 live music

Andy Moreillon Fat City Bar & Grill, C, 5pm Darden Purcell with Don kids & families Heitler Preschool Story Time Silvercreek, U, 5:30pm Rantoul Public Library, Colour Revolt Rantoul, 10am Canopy Club, U, 6pm, $10 Baby Time Owen Douglass Branch Library, C, Krannert Art Museum and 10:30am Kinkead Pavilion, C, 6pm

Live Jazz Jim Gould Restaurant, C, 7pm Katie Flynn and Dan Pearson V. Picasso, U, 8pm Fairchilds Huber’s West End Store, C, 8pm Dueling Pianos Memphis on Main, C, 9pm, $5 Hot Cops, Light Pollution and Tractor Kings Mike ‘n Molly’s, C, 9:30pm Grandkids, Candy Claws, +/- {Plus/Minus} and Elsinore The Art Theater, C, 9:30pm, $10 Millimeter Mountain, The Kopecky Family Band and The Delta Kings Cowboy Monkey, C, 9:45pm, $7

dj Cut Chemist Canopy Club, U, 9:30pm, $10 DJ Tommy Williams Chester Street, C, 9pm, $3 DJ Mella D Red Star Liquors, U, 9pm Grown KidZ Funk Radio Maria, C, 10pm DJ Milk n Cookies Canopy Club, U, 10pm, $10 DJ Tim Williams Soma Ultralounge, C, 10pm DJ Delayney Highdive, C, 10pm, $5 DJs Ian Procell and Reflex Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm DJ Tim Halen Black Dog Smoke and Ale House, U, 10pm

dance music Salsa Night V. Picasso, U, 9pm Salsa Night The Clark Bar, C, 9pm

concert

movies Miss Navajo Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, C, 7pm

stage Elephant: The Second Performance in Deke Weaver’s The Unreliable Bestiary Project Stock Pavilion, U, 8pm Duck Hunter Shoots Angel Parkland College Theatre, C, 7:30pm, $6-$12 Dracula: The Undead The Rantoul Theater Group, Rantoul, 8pm, $7-$10 Big Dog Eat Child, Potted Meat and Toby Jones Illini Union, U, 8pm, $2-$4

sporting event Big Ten/Big East Challenge: Illini Women’s Volleyball vs. Penn State Huff Hall, C, 7pm

festivals C-U Folk and Roots Festival Downtown Urbana, U, 5:00 pm Combines performances, street-dances, jam sessions and workshops with national, regional, and local artists in a variety of genres. Includes street performances, storytellers and art-making in special locations. Philo Fall Festival Downtown Philo, Philo, 9am

art opening J.W. Martin Artist Reception Indi Go Artist Co-op, C, 7pm

art exhibit J.W. Martin and Jillian Nickell Art and Clothing Exhibit Indi Go Artist Co-op, C

UI Symphony Orchestra Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $4-$10

museum exhibit

karaoke

lectures

CG Productions Presents: RockStar Karaoke Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 9pm Karaoke at Po’ Boys Po’ Boys, U, 9pm SuperStar Karaoke AnSun, C, 9pm

Friday Forum: Farewell to Journalism? The Battle to Build News Media and Create American Democracy University YMCA, C, 12pm Lunch may be purchased for $6

Violent Universe William M. Staerkel Planetarium, C, 8pm

Karaoke and Board Game Night Asian American Cultural Center, U, 8pm

Cap’n Jazz Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $10-$21 Caribou volunteer Canopy Club, U, 7:30pm, Blood Drive $15 Activities and Recreation Zach May and the Maps Center (ARC), C, noon and The Viper and His Famous Orchestra kids & families Krannert Center for the ArtsFusion Level I Performing Arts, U, 8pm, Class Act, C, 10am, $72 $10-$23 Music and Motion David Howie Class Act, C, 9:30am, $48 Huber’s West End Store, Tales for Twos C, 8pm Douglass Branch Library, C, Kayla Brown, Death10:30am tram, Jared Bartman and Japanese Culture Club Jimmy Gnecco Rantoul Public Library, Indi Go Artist Co-op, C, Rantoul, 4pm 8:45pm Terry Quiett Band lgbt Memphis on Main, C, LGBT Friday Films: Shelter 9:30pm, $5 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Royal Bangs Transgender Resources, Cowboy Monkey, C, U, 2pm 9:30pm Peter Adriel and Paul fundraisers Kothheimer Annual Spurlock Museum V. Picasso, U, 10pm Guild Auction: When in dj Rome I-Hotel & Conference Cen- Request Night DJ ter, C, 6pm Boomerang, U, 8pm Mainstream on Main mind/body/spirit Street Yoga Classes V. Picasso, U, 9pm Krannert Art Museum and In the Mix Kinkead Pavilion, C, noon Chester Street, C, 9pm, $3 Hip Hop at Bradley’s II miscellaneous Bradley’s II, C, 9pm, $5 Refinery Business Expo Firehaus Saturdays — Registration Deadline Firehaus, C, 10pm The Refinery, C DJ and Dancing Call 693-4449 to regSoma Ultralounge, C, 10pm ister Synergy Saturdays Clothing Sample Sale Highdive, C, 10pm, $5 Indi Go Artist Co-op, C, 7pm dance music The Essence of Hair: A Showcase Salsa Night with DJ Dr. J 88 Broadway, U, 7pm Radio Maria, C, 10pm Doors open at 6:30pm

concert

SATURDAY 25 live music Live Jazz Jim Gould Restaurant, C, 7pm Banjar Strawberry Fields (Deli), U, noon Arkansas Dogjaw, The Fantastic Plastics and The Fresh Kills Exile on Main Street, C, 2pm Wes and Joanne V. Picasso, U, 6pm

Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra: Classics I Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $5-$31

karaoke CG Productions Presents: RockStar Karaoke Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 9pm Karaoke with DJ Hollywood It’ll Do 2, C, 9pm

open mic Event Popular presents: Saturday Nite Mic The Clark Bar, C, 9pm, $5

stage Elephant: The Second Performance in Deke Weaver’s The Unreliable Bestiary Project Stock Pavilion, U, 8pm Duck Hunter Shoots Angel Parkland College Theatre, C, 7:30pm, $6-$12 Dracula: The Undead The Rantoul Theater Group, Rantoul, 8pm, $7-$10 Storytelling Urbana Free Library, U, 10:15am Second Annual Alley Cat Reunion Fat City Bar & Grill, C, noon Conglomerate Hip Hop Dance Foellinger Auditorium, U, 7pm

sporting event Big Ten/Big East Challenge: Illini Women’s Volleyball vs. Ohio State Huff Hall, C, 7pm

festivals C-U Folk and Roots Festival Downtown Urbana, U, 11am Philo Fall Festival Downtown Philo, Philo, 9am Apple and Pork Festival C.H. Moore Homestead, Clinton, 7am Vermilion County Civil War Days Kennekuk Cove County Park, Danville, 9:30am, $10 3rd Annual Salt Fork River Art Festival Sleepy Creek Vineyards, Fairmount, 10am Music Among the Vines Alto Vineyards, C, 7:30pm

markets Market at the Square Downtown Urbana, U, 7am

art exhibit J.W. Martin and Jillian Nickell Art and Clothing Exhibit Indi Go Artist Co-op, C


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museum exhibit Violent Universe William M. Staerkel Planetarium, C, 8pm Zahn Learning Center Open Hours Spurlock Museum, U, 1pm In My Backyard William M. Staerkel Planetarium, C, 7pm

Healing the Present Through Past Life Regression Beads N Botanicals, U, 4pm, $25

festivals

social issues

One Dollar Wild Mondays kids & families Canopy Club, U, 9pm O Baby! Main Library, U, 9:45am dj Interactive Music for Industrial Dance Night Infants, Toddlers and Chester Street, C, 9pm, $2 Preschoolers kids & families ‘80s Night with DJ Class Act, C, 11:30am, Magic Weekend Mingram 12:10pm, 12:50pm, $50 Dallas & Co., C, 12pm Highdive, C, 10pm Family Reading Night The Viper and His Famous Champaign Public Library, karaoke Orchestra Kid Show C, 6pm Orpheum Children’s SciCG Productions Presents: lgbt ence Museum, C, 1:30pm RockStar Karaoke Graphic Novel Club Mike ‘n Molly’s, C, 10pm Genderism: Transgender Rantoul Public Library, Students and Binary art opening stage Rantoul, 2:30pm Systems “ReGeneration” Art Elephant: The Second Asian American Cultural faith Opening Performance in Deke Center, U, 2pm Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 1pm Song and Psalms Weaver’s The Unreliable mind/body/spirit University Place Christian Bestiary Project art exhibit Church, C, 8am Stock Pavilion, U, 8pm Hatha Yoga J.W. Martin and Jillian Monday Night Comedy Meditation Instruction miscellaneous Nickell Art and Clothing Illini Union, U, 7pm Urbana-Champaign Friends Exhibit FriendShop Used Book Abe Froman Project Meeting, U, 6:30pm Indi Go Artist Co-op, C Store Open Mike ‘n Molly’s, C, 9pm Yoga Champaign Public Library, St. Andrew’s Lutheran recreation art exhibit C, 1:30pm Church and Campus CenSunday Morning Bird J.W. Martin and Jillian ter, C, 7pm classes & workshops Nickell Art and Clothing Prana Flow Yoga Walks Crystal Lake Park, U, 7:30am Upward Bound Program Exhibit Living Yoga Center, U, Freestyle McKinley Presbyterian Indi Go Artist Co-op, C 7:15pm, $15 Ice Arena, C, 4:20pm, $3 Church and Foundation, C, lectures classes & workshops 6:20pm game-playing Salsa Dance Lessons: Feminism: Alive and Well Poetry Workshop Trivia Night at The Blind Beginners in the 21st Century Red Herring Coffeehouse, Pig Brewery Capoeira Academy, C, Women’s Resources CenU, 7:30pm The Blind Pig Brewery, C, 6pm, $5 ter, C, noon Bring 10 copies of your 7pm Salsa Dance Lessons: poem Intermediate/Advanced game-playing literary Capoeira Academy, C, Madden Night Football Tuesday 28 Library Book Club 7:30pm, $5 It’ll Do 2, C, 6pm Rantoul Public Library, Trivia with Evan and Monte live music Rantoul, 2pm Monday 27 Bentley’s Pub, C, 7pm Andy Moreillon UFL Reads Author Duplicate Bridge Game Fat City Bar & Grill, C, 7pm live music Encores — A Thousand Ginger Creek Shops, C, 7pm Cymbals Eat Guitars Splendid Suns Jesse Johnson Bingo Night Canopy Club, U, 6:30pm, $12 Urbana Free Library, U, 2pm Illini Union, U, noon Memphis on Main, C, 8pm Doors open at 6pm

Philo Fall Festival Downtown Philo, Philo, 9am Apple and Pork Festival C.H. Moore Homestead, Clinton, 7am miscellaneous Vermilion County Civil Clothing Sample Sale War Days Indi Go Artist Co-op, C, 10am Kennekuk Cove County FriendShop Used Book Park, Danville, 10am, $10 Store Open 3rd Annual Salt Fork literary Champaign Public Library, River Art Festival My Phrasebook is Useless C, 1:30pm Sleepy Creek Vineyards, Urbana Free Library, U, 4pm Culture Shock Fairmount, 11am Illini Union, U, 8pm

environmental issues

Environmental Education Center Open House Homer Lake Forest Preserve, Homer, 10am Eco Tour C-U B. Lime, C, 10am Email to EcoTour@champaigncycle.com to register

volunteer UC Books to Prisoners Work Session Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 2pm

kids & families The Dome Theater Science Experience Champaign Public Library, C, 10am Ages 5 and up Magic Weekend Dallas & Co., C, 10am Kids Yoga Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 10:30am, $72 Kids Arts and Crafts Playshop Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 11:15am, $96 ArtsFusion/Music and Motion Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 11:30am, $53 Fairytale Ballet Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 12:15pm, $72 DIY Weekend Wizard Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, C, 1pm Parent Date Night Savoy Recreational Center, Savoy, 5:30pm, $10-$15

classes & workshops Drawing Basics Shared Space: An Artist Co-op , U, 1pm, $25 Cards and Paper Crafts Shared Space: An Artist Co-op , U, 1pm, $25 Introduction to the Art of Tarot Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 2pm, $12 Art of Tarot Workshop with Debbie Stewart Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 3pm, $80-$99 Combining Collage and Drawing Shared Space: An Artist Co-op , U, 6pm, $25

Sunday 26 live music Live Irish Music with Emerald Rum The Blind Pig Co., C, 5:30pm WEFT 90.1FM Presents Bobby Rush 88 Broadway, U, 6pm, $20-$40 Two Tons of Steel Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 7:30pm, $10

AWARE Meeting McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, C, 5:15pm

Corn Desert Ramblers Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 9pm The Piano Man Canopy Club, U, 9pm Lisa Cerezo and Steve Meadows Memphis on Main, C, 9pm

lectures

dance music

The Price Tag on Education University YMCA, C, 12pm Lunch may be purchased for $6 Food for Thought Asian American Cultural Center, U, noon Tour of the Night Sky Mechanical Engineering Building, U, 7pm

8th Grade Dance Joe’s Brewery, C, 11pm

game-playing

Role Playing Games Rantoul Public Library, CG Productions Presents: Rantoul, 6:30pm RockStar Karaoke T-N-T Tuesday Night Trivia Bentley’s Pub, C, 10pm with Cara and Tanino CG Productions Presents: Boltini Lounge, C, 7pm RockStar Karaoke The Corner Tavern, Monti- literary cello, 8pm Between the Lines Book Dragon Karaoke Discussion Group The Clark Bar, C, 9pm Champaign Public Library, Liquid Courage Karaoke C, 7pm Boltini Lounge, C, Red Herring Fiction 9:30pm Workshop Channing-Murray Foundaopen mic tion, U, 7:30pm Open Microphone volunteer Espresso Royale, U, 8pm This Iz US Tuesday UC Books to Prisoners The Stop, U, 9pm, $5 Work Session Open Mic Night hosted Urbana-Champaign Inby Mike Ingram dependent Media Center, Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm U, 7pm

karaoke

stage

kids & families

Zoo Improv Indi Go Artist Co-op, C, 9pm, $2

Interactive Music for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers Class Act, C, 12:10pm, 12:50pm, 11pm, $50 Tuesday Twos Champaign Public Library, C, 9:45am, 10:15am, 10:45am

art exhibit J.W. Martin and Jillian Nickell Art and Clothing Exhibit Indi Go Artist Co-op, C

concert UI Wind Symphony Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 3pm, $4-$10

stage

Elephant: The Second Performance in Deke Weaver’s The Unreliable Bestiary Project fundraisers Stock Pavilion, U, 8pm Spikin’ For Homes Dracula: The Undead Oak and Stadium Sand The Rantoul Theater Group, Courts, C, 9:30am, $12 Rantoul, 2pm, $7-$10 Open Stage at Red Herring mind/body/spirit Red Herring Coffeehouse, The Fourth Spiritual U, 7:30pm Health Fair Drag Show Lincoln Square Mall, U, 10am Chester Street, C, 10pm, $4

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Walk-in Storytime and Creative Play Class Act, C, 2pm, $2 Early Childhood Drama Class Act, C, 3pm, $66 Wave Club Readers Rantoul Public Library, Rantoul, 4pm Story Drama Class Act, C, 4:00 pm, $66 Goodnight Storyshop Champaign Public Library, C, 6:30pm

lgbt Rainbow Coffeehouse Etc. Coffee House, U, 6pm eQuality Champaign-Urbana meeting Wesley-United Methodist Church & Wesley Foundation, U, 7pm

mind/body/spirit Hot Yoga Evolve Fitness Club, C, noon, $10 Stress Management Walk-In Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), C, 3pm

   the217.com  classes & workshops Beginning Swing Dance Lessons University Place Christian Church, C, 8:30pm, $25 Adult Pottery Class Boneyard Pottery, C, 9am, 6:30pm, $25 Call 355-5610 to register

Wednesday 29 live music Cherry Jam Urbana Free Library, U, 11:30am Boneyard Jazz Quintet Iron Post, U, 5pm Donnie Heitler: Solo Piano Great Impasta, U, 6pm Lara Driscoll V. Picasso, U, 6pm Live Irish Music Bentley’s Pub, C, 7pm Foellinger Auditorium Centennial Celebration Foellinger Auditorium, U, 7pm Dave Cooper, Joni Dreyer and Brad Hendricks Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 7:30pm

Tito Carrillo Quintet Iron Post, U, 8pm The Sugar Prophets Fat City Bar & Grill, C, 8pm Kilborn Alley Blues Band D.R. Diggers, Champaign,, 9pm Caleb Cook Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 10pm

dj Wild West Wednesday It’ll Do 2, C, 9pm DJ Tommy Williams Chester Street, C, 9pm, $2 Old School Night Red Star Liquors, U, 9pm Rockstar DJ Fat City Bar & Grill, C, 10pm

open mic Writ ‘n Rhymed Poetry Open Mic Nights Women’s Resources Center, C, 8pm

game-playing

Salsa and Tango Cowboy Monkey, C, 8pm, 10pm

karaoke

volunteer

SuperStar Karaoke AnSun, C, 9pm

Community Connections and Outreach Group

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Girls’ Night Chabad Center for Jewish Life, C, 8pm

Astanga Yoga Living Yoga Center, U, 9am, $15 Wellness Wednesday Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), C, 5:15pm Asana for Men BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute of C-U, U, 7pm, $14 Mastery of Consciousness

School of Metaphysics, U, 7:30pm

classes & workshops Introduction to Artist Trading Cards Shared Space: An Artist Co-op , U, 6pm, $25 Makerspace Urbana Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 7pm

DJ Milk & Cookies Canopy Club 708 S. Goodwin Ave., U. Sept. 24 10 p.m. $10 Do you ever read the Thursday edition of the Daily Illini? On the back page, there is always an advertisement for Kams having a performance by DJ Milk n Cookies. The picture in the ad is great; it’s two jovial gentleman who look like they have absolutely no idea where they are. Maybe it’s subliminal messaging or something, but I now must see DJ Milk n Cookies to ensure that I am as happy as those two chaps. — Matt Carey, Movies & TV Editor

Second Annual Craft Beer and Cheese Pairing

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kids & families

Storyshop Champaign Public Library, Mahomet Farmers Market C, 9:45am, Market Street, Mahomet, 10:30am 3pm Lego Dropoff Orpheum Children’s Scilectures ence Museum, C, Food for the Soul 10am Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, U, noon

markets

Pokemon Fan Club Rantoul Public Library, Rantoul, 5:30pm CU64 Chess Club McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, C, 7pm Euchre Tournament Po’ Boys, U, 7:30pm Bingo Mike ‘n Molly’s, C, 9:30pm

dance music

Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 6pm

VOICE Reading Series Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion 500 E. Peabody Dr., C. Thursday, Sept. 23 7:30 p.m. Remember when your parents used to read you to sleep at night? Well, this is kind of like that. Except, falling asleep is unlikely, and you are no longer five years old. People who hop on over to Krannert Art Museum on Thursday can listen to a night of works by writers and poets in the Creative Writing MFA program. Stay for an hour or stay all night. — Lauren Hise, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Orpheum Lego Contest Orpheum Children’s Science Museum 346 N. Neil St., C. Wednesday, Sept. 29 Free Legos?! Since my mom’s garage sale in my sophomore year in high school I have been extremely depressed. Not only did she sell all of my Legos, but also my Hot Wheels tracks, my marble falling/race game and my faith in mankind. That jerk into reality propelled my life into the hell that is tax forms, cheap whiskey and prostitution rackets. But, thanks to the Orpheum Lego Contest, I’ll finally be able to leave the halfway house without both the stinging guilt of lying to Brian, my counselor, and losing year after year of my life for a few short hours of forgetfulness. LEGOS! — Dylan Sutcliff, Music Editor


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SEPTEMBER 23 - 29, 2010

by Daniel Korenevsky

Which bands are you most excited to see in the coming weeks? Kid Cudi, Bob Dylan, Nappy Roots, Umphree’s McGee, Sam Adams, Wiz Kalifa, Cut Chemist, Passion Pit. What is this, a playlist? Nope. This is just some of the talent coming to Champaign-

Urbana in the next two months. While some can find the time and money to see and hear every act that comes to town, most of us are sacrificing in order to just see one of them. When push

comes to shove, many students can only select a couple acts to see. With so many options in such a short period of time, who will you choose? BRYCE JAKOBS

KAMERIN ELSASSER

LINDSEY THALHEIMER

VIJAY SUBRAMANIAM

SOPHOMORE IN ADVERTISING

SENIOR IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

SOPHOMORE IN ECONOMICS

JUNIOR IN BROADCAST JOURNALISM

“Kid Cudi, Sam Adams, Wiz Kalifa and Passion Pit. I wish I could see Nappy Roots, but between going out, shopping and food expenses, the budget won’t allow for that many concert tickets. All of the ones I plan on seeing have one thing in common: great beats with awesome lyrics.”

“In the next few months I’ll be going to see Kid Cudi, Bob Dylan and maybe Passion Pit. Despite the fact that I dislike the “star theatre” at Assembly Hall, these three acts are megaawesome and let me quench my thirst for different musicalities. “

“I am a late planner, so I usually decide which concerts to go to based on what my friends are doing. “

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Gaydar is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;sixth senseâ&#x20AC;? ability to discern a gay (or lesbian, bisexual, queer, etc.) individual from a straight one. More of a popular theory than a scientific one, gaydar is a decision made from a number of observable traits, such as non-verbal communication, clothing or hairstyle. Although there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a lot of research about â&#x20AC;&#x153;gaydar,â&#x20AC;? science has spent a great deal of time trying to work on its own gaydar. Physical differences ranging from ring finger to index finger ratio (gay men supposedly have more equally sized fingers) to hair patterns (gay men are more likely to have a counterclockwise swirl) to hand dominance (gay men are more likely to be left handed) have been studied; there has been a lot of research on the characteristics of gay and straight men. Unfortunately, there have

not been the same data collections for bisexual or lesbian identified peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s characteristics. These differences suggest a biological component for sexual orientation. At the same time, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unlikely that people are factoring finger size into their â&#x20AC;&#x153;gaydarâ&#x20AC;? decision. Gaydar also relies upon gender performance. If you see someone walk up to a person of the same sex and start making out, you probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to employ any gaydar. But the assumption we make about another personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sexual orientation is based more on how they perceive and act out their gender roles, and whether society has deemed those gender transgressions as gay or straight. Because traditional gender roles are also reinforced by family, friends and groups around us, our gender performance may not feel like a complete representation of who we are. Mistaken Identity

Because of this, one problem with gaydar is that it relies upon a number of stereotypes. Gaydar may get â&#x20AC;&#x153;confusedâ&#x20AC;? by people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sync up to their traditional gender roles, such as a man who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like football or a woman who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wear makeup.

Gender and sexual orientation are two related but different identities. So while sexual orientation may be what gender(s) youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re attracted to, gender is the masculinity and/or femininity of how you act in the world. Transgender people who are transitioning their gender help us see this. Someone moving from male to female may still be sexually attracted to women, but their gender change has moved their sexual identity from straight to lesbian. But the attraction itself exists outside of the gender performance. In or Out?

For all of us, sexuality and sexual identity is a process; not just the labels themselves, but also how strongly we adhere to them, shifts over time. Because heterosexuality is the norm, LGBT folks who are just coming out may feel a need to extra identify themselves with each other or as part of a community. As in many marginalized communities, this leads to a set of norms and signals that may signal to another person that we are gay. LGBT folks and people close to the community may be more likely to pick up on these non-verbal cues, which can seem like some magical â&#x20AC;&#x153;gaydar.â&#x20AC;?

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the gramatically impaired There is a right and a wrong, but why do we care? One of my favorite songs ever is “Can’t Hardly Wait” by the Replacements. There are several cool lines in it like “Jesus rides beside me / He never buys any smokes,” but I’m always sort of confused by the title and chorus. “I’ll be home when I’m sleeping / I can’t hardly wait.” Sure, it’s cool and poignant, but I’m never clear if they’re saying it correctly. Is it “I can’t hardly wait?” It seems like it should maybe be “I can hardly wait.” They both seem correct in a way. I probably shouldn’t try to drink and listen to music at the same time. Either way, apparently I’m like the rest of America and say a crapload of things incorrectly whether I realize it or not.

It’s far more colorful and much less confusing. There is some misunderstanding between “hone in” and “home in,” like if you’re focusing on something. I’m aware of both phrases, but I think this knowledge comes almost exclusively from movies I’ve watched and not from real life. I can’t remember hearing either of them in an everyday conversation. Hone means to sharpen, while home means to single-mindedly focus on something. You hone your athletic ability and you home in on a solution. I’ll admit that is sort of tough to remember, so I suggest you approach the situation like I do: if you aren’t completely sure, mumble in a way that no one can understand exactly what you’re saying. Remember, you can’t be wrong if no one knows what the hell you’re talking about to begin with. Bring and take are words that get mixed up all the time as well. We If you aren’t completely sure, should use the word “bring” if we want mumble in a way that no one can the motion towards us: “Bring me a glass of water because I’m choking on understand exactly what you’re a peanut.” If you use the word “take,” saying. Remember, you can’t be the motion would be in the opposite “Take my lifeless body to the wrong if no one knows what the hell direction: morgue because you were extremely you’re talking about to begin with. slow with that glass of water and now my sorry ass is dead.” Sure, confusing I found a list a few weeks ago of the several these two words is usually not life or death, but phrases and words people most often say wrong. it’s best not to take any chances. I’m sure we all have trouble with “who” and Its kind of interesting and mostly nit picky. My argument is that if you were able to communi- “whom.” For the record, who is for a subject cate what you wanted to then your goal was met, and whom is the object that’s acted upon. Off whether you did it correctly or not. I also under- the record, I find the most important thing to stand that rules are rules. It seems like there’s a remember about the difference between these point of diminishing returns with all this correct words is not to remember the difference begrammar. Fortunately and unfortunately, most tween these two words. If you know the differpeople don’t worry about it at all these days. ence, you’ll feel compelled to correct people First, let’s take a look at the phrase “mano a when they say it wrong. This will make others mano.” I think it makes people feel cool when they dislike you with a hatred usually reserved for say it, but apparently in Spanish it literally means telemarketers. It won’t matter who or whom hand to hand. So when people say “mano a mano” hates you, they just will. The one that hit closest to my initial dilemma they often should be saying “man to man.” I don’t care much for either phrase. Man to man reminds with the Replacements song was “could care me of a creepy sex talk from a father and mano a less” versus “couldn’t care less.” If you could care mano makes me think some serious sort of guy less, that means you still exhibit some caring. So is about to beat the living piss out of me. Let’s just you may not care much, but you still care a little. forget whether we say it correctly and instead just If you couldn’t care less, then you have no care to stop saying it all together. give. Couldn’t care less is actually the particular We also often say “less” when we mean “few- way I’m beginning to feel about all these rules, er.” Honestly, I couldn’t begin to tell the differ- just in case you were wondering. ence and I’m not convinced it matters in any way. So, now that we’ve all had a useless little lesson If someone were to tell me I should have had less on how to speak properly, let’s get out there and beer last night, they would be completely cor- try to do a little better ... or not. Half the people I rect. If a person were to point out that I should know have trouble communicating whether it’s have had fewer beers last night, you couldn’t ex- the right way or the wrong way, so if nothing else, actly call them liars either. Officially, you should I suppose we should just find a way that works say fewer when you’re talking about countable and call it a day. I can’t hardly wait until we all things and say less when you’re speaking about know these basic rules ... or maybe I can hardly mass. Where I grew up, we generally measured wait until we know these rules. Actually, I think quantities by comparing them to a mouse’s sack. it may be both of those. buzz   

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