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omething undefinable is potentially going to happen. For the first time in my godforsaken life of loving and watching the Cubbies, they might be back to back playoff contenders. Holy shit. You can’t imagine (unless you are a die-hard, too) the type of disappointment I have felt in the past. Dating back to 1985, I can remember my father ranting about Jim Frey and Leon Durham. At the end of 1984, the Tribune ran a front-page picture of the ‘80s Cubs emblem with a single tear streaking down its face after Steve Garvey and the Padres ended perhaps the Cubs’ best chances in the last quarter century. In 1989, after the Hawk and Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams put us atop the NL East before getting our asses smoked by the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS, I can remember my father turning to me and saying, “Maybe next year?” I looked at him for a little while and he then looked at me and said. “Maybe not.” In 1998, After Slammin’ Sammy chased down Maris’ Home Run record with Fat Mark McGwire, and baseball fans worldwide were truly reinspired about their National Pastime, the Cubs found their way to the NLDS against the Braves. Three games and out. In 1999, the Cubs finished 65-97. Pathetic. But not anymore. My team is a contender once again after a glorious and horribly disappointing 2003 campaign. And I can only thank God, because it means more to me and my family than I once thought it could. When my dad calls me up and says how the sun is shining, and asks me if I am enjoying the day, I look at the box score and know the two are correlated. My brother and his wife are going out more, finally seeing that life is truly defined by the small things. In this case, it’s their shared love affair for the Cubs. They have a football/basketball rivalry in that we are Purdue fans and she and her family are Illinois fans. And even from the road, my girlfriend and I share affection for each other in not one, but two ways now. Rather than just tell each other we are thinking of one another, we are able to text message each other—Cubs Win!—and both of us know that the Cubs making it to October is more important than our loneliness or our relationship. Hell, our relationship was predicated upon me handing her a Cubs schedule and her telling me who was on the mound that night. Yes, my friends, love is in the air! And believe me, if the Cubs weren’t looking to score that wild card spot— this tour, this month would have been a lot more depressing. But let’s not turn our backs to something that really matters right now. We all know that the presidential race is heating up, and the St. Louis Cardinals are the best team in baseball—hands down—bar none. The smart money says the Cardinals win this World Series and George W. steals away another election, the same way he did last time: by racially profiling voters and having their names expunged from the voter rolls. But that is the thing about baseball and politics. There is always someone out there to play spoiler.The underdog who sneaks in, takes the spotlight and goes for the game-winner. I can’t say for sure what is going to happen this fall, in both politics and baseball. But one thing is for sure: It’s awfully exciting and I am loving every minute of it. In my perfect world, Chicago Cubs are crowned 2004 World Series Champions, John Kerry gets elected to office, and he finds a way to pull us out of this Vietnam-esque quagmire in Iraq. I know, wishful thinking - idealism at it's finest. But can you blame me? Seth Fein is from Urbana. He is asleep right now.At least, he is definitely dreaming. He can be reached at sethfein@readbuzz.com.

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he Hollywood formulas for princess stories are as follows: a poor girl becomes a princess, a girl finds out she’s a princess, or a girl is a princess and just wants to be normal. Since America has a president and not a king, this movie follows the latter. Katie Holmes plays Samantha Mackenzie, daughter of President Mackenzie, played by Michael Keaton. She is going off to college to experience life on her own, but being the first daughter has its disadvantages: Samantha is hounded by the press, under the constant watch of the secret service and alienated from the rest of the students. She just wants to be free and live life as a normal teenager. So she takes matters in her own hands. This plot is uncannily similar to Chasing Liberty, a film with Mandy Moore as the first daughter. The difference is that while Mandy Moore was spunky and rebellious, Katie Holmes is timid and just plain nice. She’s a well-behaved girl who is much too mature to take the same risks for her freedom as the first daughter in Chasing Liberty. In fact, the movie feels just like Katie Holmes’ character: safe. First Daughter is not mature enough to attract older audiences and not fun enough to attract younger ones. The movie itself is absent of any real drama that withstands the entire length of the movie. Every problem that arises for Samantha is quickly rectified and capped before it can take shape and spiral out of control. In the end, all the obstacles that Samantha must deal with feel episodic and trivial. Watching First Daughter feels surreal. The film is sort of a combination of teen movie, romantic comedy and princess story. But instead of melding these genres together, it just places elements from each one into the plot.There’s the loving family, the gimmicky side characters, the handsome male lead and the best friend who is the polar opposite of the female lead. The movie intentionally plays out as every other teen movie, but tries not to at the same time. As a result, the tone of the movie just doesn’t make any sense and leaves the audience perplexed as to whether they should bring their 10-year-old daughter or 16-year-old daughter. And believe me, there is a drastic difference in taste between the two ages. When First Daughter finally does reveal the main plot, the movie is already halfway through.There isn’t enough time for the story to develop and allow the audience to get engaged. Even at its conclusion, the solution ends up feeling like a cop-out and there is no real resolution or closure for Samantha. It’s a story that doesn’t finish as upbeat as a princess story should. This movie is safe. It’s mediocre. It’s plain. It’s boring. First Daughter is like that friend you keep around not because you have the most fun with her, but because she’s nice and you really don’t want to be mean. Of course, you’ll eventually reach your breaking point and just scream, “Get a personality already!”

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LADDER 49 Joaquin Phoenix & John Travolta Backdraft was not a ver y realistic film, and real firefighters voiced their opinions about it. Ladder 49 tries to be a bit more realistic while still being enter taining. Phoenix plays a Baltimore firefighter who became well-respected in the field, but sacrificed time with his wife and kids along the way. As he sits trapped in a burning building, he reflects on his life while his mentor and chief (Travolta) organizes efforts to rescue him. This film is sure to have plenty of drama and action, and could be a must see. (Paul Wagner) Opening This Weekend

is shaping up to be one of the most important of our time, and people are responding, according to a a recent CNN report that suggests new voter registration is up dramatically from the 2000 election. Eligible voters in many states learned from the last election that votes count. Did you? In Miami-Dade County in last election’s most crucial state, Florida, newly registered voters have jumped 65 percent through midSeptember compared with 2000, the report said. So, anything can happen in this election. Make sure you are registered. There is a large push to get people to vote this week, so don’t put it off until the last minute. It’s easy to think that your vote doesn’t count or you don’t care. But, think about it this way, voting is the easiest thing you can do to take part in your government. If you feel that you are uninformed, just register, and make a commitment to yourself to learn about the issues and your candidates. Tonight (Sept. 30) is a great time to start. Go to Mike n’ Molly’s CU Rock the Vote. Watch the debates at 8pm, then stay for a killer rock show featuring Mad Science Fair, Balisong, Mandarin and Goldman. $4

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Yeong-su Oh & Ki-duk Kim On a beautiful, isolated lake, floating on a raft, lives a ver y old, ver y wise monk. With him is a young man, hoping to learn the Buddhist ways of his master. The film follows the trials and tribulations of the young monk through five stages in his life. The seasons here represent the stages, and the changing of the young man as he moves from innocence, past love and evil, ending with enlightenment and possibly rebir th. If you’re looking for a beautiful movie about life, check out this film, playing at Boardman’s. (Paul Wagner) Opening at Boardman’s Art Theatre

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field this year. As a result, most Illinois television viewers have not been subjected to the barrage of television ads—many of them negative—that have been aired in such neighboring states as Wisconsin, Missouri and Iowa. The latest poll was conducted Sept. 17-20 by Mount Prospect-based Market Shares Corp. It surveyed 700 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. The new poll also showed a doubling of undecided voters in the state—from 5 percent in August to 10 percent in September. The most overwhelming response in the poll came on a separate question about a recent statement by Vice President Dick Cheney that if Kerry was elected, terrorists might attack the United States. Seventy percent of those polled said they disapproved of Cheney’s statement, while 19 percent approved. The remaining 11 percent had no opinion. Asked who would do a better job protecting the country from terrorist attack, 44 percent of respondents said Bush, while 33 percent said Kerry. Asked who would do a better managing the employment and jobs situation in the country, 27 percent said Bush, while 46 percent said Kerry. buzz

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Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed into legislation a bill that allows free potluck dinners to be held without state or local health inspections. Apparently, differing interpretations of state health code laws caused several potluck functions to be shut down recently. Good thing he nipped this one in the bud before it descended into 60year-old women in flower print dresses chanting, “Get the government out of our casserole!� outside of the state house. Former Minnesota Governor Jesse “The Body� Ventura told University of Illinois students in a speech on Wednesday that he won’t be voting in the November election. Ventura stated that he did not want Kerry to “raise his taxes� but that he did not agree with Bush’s objections to gay marriage and stem-cell research. Let’s be real, folks, if you’re wearing a bandana and sporting a braided goatee you’re about one bong away from no one being surprised that you’re not voting. The Los Angeles Times reports that U.S. officials may be trying to influence the upcoming Afghanistan elections by pressuring Afghan presidential candidates to drop the race against Hamid Karzai, a noted pro-American. Y’know, that’s a lot of work. All they really need to do is associate the other candidates with Ted Kennedy. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is reportedly planning to introduce a bill described as something of a “Patriot Act 2.� The bill includes plans for a database of criminal records, which could be accessed by employers, provided they provide fingerprint identification of all employees to the Justice department as well as harsher sentencing for illegal aliens and the enlistment of local and state police in rounding up undocumented citizens. Now your dickhead boss’s opinions of you will be confirmed when he discovers you owe $200 at your local Blockbuster.

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Head of Virgin Inc. Richard Branson announced this week that his company will offer commercial flights into space under the name Virgin Galactic. The project is expected to begin some time in 2008, and it will cost passengers $200,000 to be launched into orbit. “Look, honey, I can see Richard Branson’s ego from up here.�

damaging your reputation failing a test DUI 92.4% of U of I students think people risk harming themselves by having five or more drinks in one sitting. Based on a representative sample of students surveyed at the University of Illinois in February 2004. (1 drink = 12oz beer = 4-5oz wine = 1oz shot)

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to be as puzzling as The Forgotten. It has an intriguing concept and a very talented cast, and its opening act suggests that an intense psychological character study is in the cards. But then the script takes a sharp turn south, as if the writers decided to work in the most asinine characters and plot developments possible. The film comes right out of the M. Night Shyamalan model of plot construction: Start off with a likable character going through very troubling family problems, throw in a number of slowly building hints that all is not as it seems, climax with the most illogical plot twist possible, and wrap it all up nicely at the end. The opening scenes of The Forgotten suggest a far different film than the one that unfolds in the end. They center on Telly Paretta (Julianne Moore), a likable housewife who is so overcome with grief at the loss of her young son in a plane crash that she spends hours a day just looking at the clothes and pictures in his dresser. One day,Telly gets a startling message from her husband and therapist: her son never really existed. He died while she was giving birth to him, and, to deal with her grief,Telly has been making up false memories of him ever since. Suddenly, the pictures of her son disappear, nobody but her seems to remember his existence and no record can be found of any plane crash. The audience, like Telly, begins to wonder about her sanity and the possibility of a huge conspiracy. A more intelligent film probably would have answered the question differently than this one.

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consistently relies on unknowingly parodying itself, it’s the crassly cliched horror world of preposterous dialogue, idiotic characters and innumerable sequels. Furthermore, aside from the occasionally inventive standout (28 Days Later), the only new ideas are, essentially, old ones: remakes (Dawn of the Dead), homage (Cabin Fever) and just plain gruesome, derivative drivel (Wrong Turn). That said, the deliciously hilarious Shaun of the Dead isn’t exactly a straight-up horror movie, nor is it a full-on lampooning of the cinematic landscape of killers, psychopaths and the walking dead.Rather,it’s a zombie movie for anyone with a soft spot for interpersonal relationships, and a romantic comedy for anyone who can’t get through a grand emotional declaration without seeing someone’s flesh ripped apart seconds later. Shaun (Simon Pegg), a lazy Londoner who sells electric appliances for a living, is at a crossroads in his life. His career is going nowhere, he’s too irresponsible to make a dinner reservation, and he has yet to accept his stepdad (Bill Nighy) as his father after 17 years of being married to his

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warning should come with any recommendation of A Dirty Shame, for it is equally likely to offend and disgust as to entertain. In the past John Waters’ fetishistic explorations of the socially and sexually taboo have enraged plenty, but his shameless trashiness has in no way been compromised by anyone’s objections. In fact, the film has been slapped with the usually undesirable NC-17 tag that will no doubt destroy the prestige that was afforded when The Dreamers and Young Adam were given the same classification. Waters’ appeal is limited to people with a very specific type of humor; the fact that everyone at the screening was by themselves is fairly indicative of this fact. Nonetheless, he remains one of the

most interesting and insane directors working in America today. In Waters’ world, Baltimore is the site of the second sexual revolution, as the “neuters” attempt to keep in check the unusual sexual practices of the liberated amidst them. Prudish Sylvia Stickles (Tracey Ullman) hates sex, and the store she runs is the location for the town’s emergency decency meetings. She keeps her daughter Caprice (Selma Blair) under house arrest due to her criminally enlarged breasts. However, when Sylvia suffers a concussion on the road, Ray-Ray (Johnny Knoxville) is at hand to sexually heal and awaken her. With her eyes and legs open, she sets off across town, discovering that she is one of 12 apostles of perversion, ranging from Ronnie the Rimmer to a slosher, and that her revolutionary role is to find a new sexual act. With a little (or a lot) of suspension of disbelief, one can truly engage in this menagerie of colorful characters, with endearing names such as Fat Fuck Fred and pleasant traits that include Roman bathing (vomiting on one another). Among the most unusual characters are a trio of gay men who enjoy pretending to

be a family of bears, complete with their own “bear hag.” Then there are the horny CGI squirrels that need to be seen to be believed, not to mention a spectacular special appearance by uberhunk David Hasselhoff. To complain that the film is offensive to women is redundant, for it is really just crude and upsetting to everyone. Waters is entering into his fourth decade of filmmaking, and his style has evolved, but hasn’t changed. After a couple of recent misfires, he is back on track in superb fashion. A Dirty Shame is hilariously disgusting, and in terrible taste. As usual, the humor is bizarre, puerile and full of genius. The episodic progression of events is so rapid that there is never a dull moment. In addition, the cast is universally terrific. Ullman has an incredible amount of fun with her role, conjuring up endless crude euphemisms for oral sex as her clitoris goes out of control. Even the usually intolerable Knoxville is perfectly cast as the guru with magical sex powers. The film reaches a new level of gross-out unpleasantries, but with all of its elaborate sexcesses, A Dirty Shame is a resounding suckcess.

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mum. Plus, his girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield), dumps him for being a stalwart nincompoop who spends every night drinking at the local tavern with his best friend Ed (Nick Frost), the kind of fat schlump who farts and plays video games all the day long and is just repulsive enough to wear a shirt that says,“I got wood.” But none of that seems terribly important when the city becomes overrun by a mass of bleeding, flesh-eating zombies, SHAUN OF THE DEAD • SEAN PEGG & KATE ASHFIELD and Shaun is forced to lead a crew of his friends and family in a revolt against album is expendable, and any true fan of horror the undead. (That is, once he notices the zombies, will savor the splendid mixture of suspense from beyond the grave and humor from the perspecwhich takes the oblivious Shaun quite awhile). Much of the appeal of Shaun of the Dead tive of filmmakers who know just how ludicrous comes from the juxtaposition of real people horror films can be. There are plenty of other inspired gags, most against a familiarly dreadful scenario.These aren’t the hollow, ignorant Americans who serve as of all the fact that the zombies never move very emotionless walking bait in horror movies.They fast or even attack with much precision. It’s just may be dim-witted British clods, but they’re also that there are so damn many of them, causing people with jobs, hobbies and families, and there’s Shaun and company to beat them down with everyday objects (well, in England) like cricket much more at stake than just plain survival. The characters’ attempts to protect those per- bats and shovels. The film also even manages to sonal interests in the face of danger supplies some persuasively comment on people who go of the film’s most gut-busting moments.The first through life like zombies, staggering around with time Shaun and Ed fight the zombies, their best as much ambition as a George Romero mutant. But the real bite of this enormously fun, wildidea is to throw household items at them. But when they discover the aerodynamic quality of ly entertaining movie is that it puts emotion back Shaun’s record collection, they first decide which into a genre whose heart often goes dead long albums are too valuable to waste on such matters before its relentless villains. Shaun of the Dead of life and death.Any true fan of music will be in proves that horror films haven’t died; they just stitches as the two friends debate which Prince needed a good smack to the head.

Gwyneth Paltrow is due to earn a record $3.6 million paycheck for one day’s work: a three-minute song as part of a cameo in the Truman Capote biopic This Thing Called Love. A statement issued claimed: “When you’re talking about someone as beautiful and iconic as Gwyneth making her filming comeback after having her baby, then it’s the performance that counts. She will set up the movie perfectly with a superb glittering performance.” If her singing is as dire as it was in Duets, hopefully it will quash rumors of a linkup with husband Chris Martin on Coldplay’s next album.

Terminator 2’s Edward Furlong is the latest former child star to feel the long arm of the law. The 27-year-old animal rights supporter was arrested while trying to free lobsters from a grocery store in Florence, Ky. The police report talks of how Furlong was intoxicated, and argued with the management about what he was doing. When the cops attempted to apprehend Furlong, “he put his arms above his head and started spinning around.” He was subsequently bailed out of jail by the directors of the movie he was filming, Jimmy & Judy. In a loosely related story, production is scheduled to start next summer on a fourth Terminator movie. Original director James Cameron and aforementioned Furlong abstained from last year’s T3, but producers of the billion-dollar franchise are still keen to enlist the services of the Governator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger. A spokesperson said, “he obviously has a day job that he has to take into consideration, but we’re talking to him.” Arnie has been busy passing bills, such as Law SB1506; as insightful and revolutionary as his movie Jingle All The Way, the law simply outlaws the illegal distribution of media.

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into the coin changer, which bystanders found suspicious in that his pockets were bulging with quarters (about 1,800 in his trousers). Police tied him to the robbery earlier in the day of a Charter One bank in Cleveland.

RECURRING THEMES Once again, a kid survived with minimal aftereffects after being impaled by a stake that completely penetrated his chest. (Jason Curtis, 9, was bouncing on a trampoline in Camanche, Iowa, in August and came down on the stake, which entered through his left armpit and barely missed vital organs, but he lifted himself off the stake and walked for help.) And once again a clerk (this time at the Fashion Bug store in Greensburg, Pa.) not

only accepted an obviously bogus piece of currency (a “$200” bill featuring a likeness of President Bush), but also gave the customer back change (on a $99 purchase) (August). (Note: Yes, Greensburg is the same town featured in News of the Weird last week as the home of the accused toe-kisser and the middle-aged man who dresses as a cheerleader.)

ALMOST ALL TRUE Three of these four things really happened, just recently. Are you cynical enough to figure out the made-up story? (a) A Texas school board refused to allow a boys’ hair-growing campaign to donate for wigs to support hairlosing cancer patients, citing school rules against long hair for boys. (b) A misbehaving

monkey in India was sentenced to life in an official government monkey prison, joining a dozen other simians declared incorrigible. (c) A man in Seville, Spain, filed a domestic-abuse complaint against his wife for turning him down for sex for five consecutive days. (d) Its budget depleted until the new fiscal year in October, the District of Columbia government said the public could copy official documents in September only if they lugged their own copy machines and paper into a government reading room. Answer to Almost All True: (d) is false.

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The dos and don’ts of dropping the f-bomb MICHAEL COULTER • CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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to work on Monday morning sucks, and that’s just the general crap they’re talking about. For me, it’s usually not the getting up or the actual work part. It’s not the mass of morning e-mails or even the residual hangover from Saturday night. It’s simply a matter of changing myself back to being acceptable to most people. I especially have trouble switching back to “proper work language.” It’s fine to call a friend on Friday night and say, “Hey bitch, I’m not getting my drink on waiting for your lazy ass to pick me up, so suck it up and get over here. I’m fucking sick of waiting for you.” Friends are one thing, though. It’s not really okay to talk to a co-worker in such a manner. “Hey, get your bitch ass off the copier, I got a fucking meeting that’s giving me a headache before I even get there and I need my damn copies.” Sure, you could make the argument that it’s simply a matter of being polite, that calling someone a bitch is never an especially good idea or that swearing is never a sign of intelligence. All fine arguments. In fact, someone more tricky than myself could probably write a column like this without even swearing in it once. On the other hand, it probably wouldn’t be quite as much fun. They’d likely just call it “the f-word” all the way through. I hate calling it the f-word. It takes away the impact, sort of like calling a dictator “Moosey” instead of Mussolini. Plus, it just sounds better. It can be used as a verb, to “f ” someone; as a noun, you stupid “f ”; as an adjective, I hate this f-ing column; even as an adverb, I f-ing hate this column.You can combine it, often several times, with any word in any sentence. Some might say fuck should never be used to begin with, but I don’t agree. I could understand if someone said you should never use the “c-word,” you know, the one that rhymes with bunt and punt.That word has always struck me as a little harsh, but the f-word only strikes me as colorful. Besides all that, the f-word may even be useful. According to some researchers in New Zealand, using the “f-word” within the safety of your immediate co-workers make actually help morale on the job. I bet that’s a pretty fun research job, but I digress.The researchers found the “f-word” was the most commonly used of the swear words and that it wasn’t considered offensive when used inside tight work teams who got along with each other. Geez, the Cubs must really have a great team, because I’ve seen them s o u n d s

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mouth the f-word quite a bit on television this year. know it you sound like Andrew Dice Clay. Don’t get all excited about cussing your ass off just I suppose it doesn’t matter all that much, Michael Coulter yet, though. since we sneak in the essence of the word is a videographThe key to saying the f-word is in the appropriate context. all the time now anyway.We say “frigging” er, comedian For example, saying, “This fucking computer program isn’t or even “freaking” instead of fucking, and it and can be running right again” is perfectly okay. It’s you and your co- all seems okay. We know the word they heard on WPGU workers against the machine, and saying the word builds soli- would have preferred to use, yet still appre- 107.1 Thursdays at 5 workin’ it. darity. However, saying something like, “You know, you have ciate their restraint. That’s still a little too Listen up. gotten on every last fucking nerve I have today, you fucking sneaky for me. I know what you meant, just idiot fuck” doesn’t build camaraderie and can really only hurt f-ing say it already. the team. So I guess you’re going to have to use your own judgement, and if you’re not sure, it’s probably best to T H E C H A M P A I G N ≠ U R B A N A T H E AT R E C O M P A N Y err on the side of caution. Since the only sort of judgement I possess is somewhat inferior, I doubt if I start using it much on my job. Instead, I presents will continue to mumble it to myself behind the backs of my co-workers. There was also some other good news from the study. Complaining to a colleague can also build a good relationship because it builds rapport with those around you. Once again, though, it really comes down to context and what the whining is directed at. Let’s have a look. “You know, I really get tired of the equipment not working right. It makes our jobs harder.”This is a fine statement to build a work relationship. It’s whiny, but directed at the job, and your co-worker probably agrees with you. “You know, you smell like a dog’s ass, and if I have to sit beside you one more day I will wring your lazy fucking neck.” While still technically whining, this is a bad statement For Reserved Seats because it’s directed at your co-worker, and while they likely know it’s 356≠ 9063 ï www.cutc.org true, they could never agree with it. It’s a fine line, really, and my guess T H I S P R O D U C T I O N F U N D E D I N PA RT would be that it gets hard to control BY T H E I L L I N O I S A RT S C O U N C I L after awhile. Swearing about one thing only makes you want to swear about something else, and before you

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1 large bunch of basil leaves 3 cloves of garlic (Tomahnous Farm has 18 varieties; ask for a recommendation) 1 cup pine nuts, toasted (toast at 400 degrees for about 5 minutes on a baking sheet; flip often as they will burn quickly) 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Place the first three ingredients in a food processor and blend until chopped.Add oil slowly to this mixture. Finish by blending in the Parmesan cheese. This will make approximately

one cup of pesto. If you double the recipe, store your leftover pesto in an airtight container in the refrigerator. STUFFED HUNGARIAN PEPPERS

4 to 5 large Hungarian or banana peppers 1 lb. ground sirloin or soy protein crumbles 1 tbsp. oil 1 large onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 to 3 large tomatoes, seeded and diced 1 cup shredded cheese (Queso Fresco, Chihuahua, Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack will all work)

PASTA, POTATOES AND GREEN BEANS IN A PESTO SAUCE 1 lb. green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces 1 lb. pasta (I like bucatini, but you could use linguine, capelleni, fettucine, etc.) 2 large potatoes, sliced 1-inch thick (any firm baking potato is good) 1 cup pesto sauce (recipe follows, but you could use store-bought) Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over mediumhigh heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until golden. Add in the meat or soy crumbles and cook until nicely browned. Add the tomatoes. Let this cook while you prepare the peppers. Cut each pepper once lengthwise and seed. Place the peppers in a 13 by 9 glass baking dish. Stuff each pepper with the meat filling and top with the shredded cheese. Any extra filling can be placed in the pan, around the peppers. Bake for about 20 minutes. Amanda Kolling loves new recipes.Send some her way at AmandaKolling@readbuzz.com.

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Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook until just tender (do not overcook). Remove the beans from the water, place in a colander and rinse under cold water. Set these aside.Add the potato slices to the water and cook until tender. Remove, place in a colander and rinse under cold water. Set these aside. Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook until al dente (to the bite). Add the green beans and potatoes back to the water and cook one additional minute. Drain the pot, but reserve about one cup of the pasta water.Toss the pasta, potatoes and beans with the pesto sauce, adding the reserved pasta water as needed to make the sauce more liquid. Sprinkle with cheese, salt and pepper and serve.

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Susan Kundrat, founder and owner of Nutrition on the Move since 1998, has been working with members of the community and university athletes for many years in an effort to instill proper nutrition. She also works with Northwestern University, the University of Evansville and Bradley University. She lectures and writes as a member of the sports nutrition board with Gatorade. As a certified sports and wellness nutritionist, Kudrat works out of the Strawberry Fields store in Urbana. I understand you are currently working at Nutrition on the Move; can you give me an idea of what you do there?

I have been working as a consultant at Strawberry Fields for six or seven years. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m basically a resource here at the Strawberry Fields store. I have open hours Mondays (from) 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., so people can come in a ask me quick nutrition or product questions. Also, because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a registered dietician, I see clients with nutrition concerns as well as athletes with sports nutrition and wellness questions. What got you interested in nutrition?

I was always intrigued by physiology, biology and how the body worked. I also love to cook; I love food; I love to eat. I have always been an athlete as well, so it lends itself to physiology. After interning in Boston and working as a cardiac rehab dietician, I knew I wanted to specialize in nutrition and exercise. What is your book 101 Sports Nutrition Tips focused on?

I really wanted to put out a book that cut through all the mechanismsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the things that get people all riled up. My premise

for the book was to create an easy reference for athletes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s geared toward answering sports nutrition questions as well as telling you what to eat. The book is based on solid science and research studies. My goal was to help implement that. Do you have any basic nutrition suggestions or rules you feel are very important?

I think one thing that is very important is to make sure your body has consistent energy all day long. You also need to be sure you have a sensible balance of nutrients in your diet. You need to eat more natural foods, more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Staying hydrated is also important. You need to maximize what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re drinking. What is your favorite aspect of being a nutritionist?

One of the things that I enjoy the most is that I feel this is a very positive field. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a privilege to work with people who want to make positive changes in their life.Also, helping athletes reach their potential is a great thrill for me. I always hoped I could do something meaningful and positive as a career, and I feel I am doing that. What does your radio show focus on?

Strawberry Fields sponsors weekly radio spots on both WHMS (97.5 FM) and WBCP (1580 AM). The focus is on common nutrition concerns or what is happening in the news regarding nutrition. It is also an avenue for me to get nutrition messages out that are positive, as well as cutting through some of the questions people are commonly confused about.

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The variety and content of the things that inspire me are far to broad to simply list in a paragraph. So to give a terribly concise description of what inspires me Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;everything.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; This may seem cliche, and maybe it is, but, everything that enters our path of vision, or seeps into our ears, or anything that any of our senses pick up and store away in our brain all has some effect on what we think. Sitting at a coffee shop, or while doing a ridiculously repetitive task, or during whatever, all of this random information bombards and a loose idea forms. These ideas, of course, are to be later refined, but anything from the attire the old man sitting across the room from me is wearing, to the awesome new film I just saw at the art theater can be great inspirations. Dinner, you say; well, first, I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll answer this as if (you) asked who Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d prefer to have brunch with. I feel that dinner with an artist would be much too formal for my liking; a casual brunch would suit the situation much better. So, assuming he could ditch the crypt for a bit, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d really love to have brunch with Vincent Van Gogh. Though Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a painting major, my work lately has been in the form of other medium. However, one of the reasons I love painting so much, and was so very drawn to it at a young age was because of a slew of Van Gogh paintings Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d seen. He lived a fascinating life, and is the possessor of a head that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d really like to delve into. What artist do you feel not enough people know about?

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anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time is, because if they truly are overlooked, I would most likely be a part of the population that is unaware of them and their successes. However, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one particular artist that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m now becoming very interested in, and was virtually unaware of up until last spring, that I feel has been overlooked to a point. Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese artist who is now in her sixth decade of her career and still creating work that causes eager audiences to fall in line to view her pieces, was for a long time unknown to many Americans as well as myself. I was a member of these lines last May at the Whitney Biennial in New York City. Her work displayed at the event, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fireflies on the Water,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; was, as a periodical better put it, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nothing short of ethereal.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; One viewer at a time was allowed into this dark mirrored room with tiny colored lights hanging from the ceiling and a pool of water on the floor. It was the most memorable piece from the show and one of the most memorable works Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen within the walls of a museum in some time. Kusamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work created during the years 1958-1968 without a doubt had great influence on certain works done by Andy Warhol, Oldenburg and Lucas Samaras. Kusama however, has only been known to most Americans (including myself) in more recent years. Though she may have been overlooked by our general public for some time, and probably still is by many, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad to know that she is getting rave reviews for her work as of recent, and that she intends to continue practicing art in all her coming years, a fate I hope to aspire to myself. What are six words that describe you?

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practically perfect in every way,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; viciously stolen from Mary Poppins, for lack of better words that can relay a true description of myself.

Molly is sporting one of her works in progress. If you are interested in a 'Know your candidates' T-shirt, e-mail her at mesulli1@uiuc.edu and supply her with a T-shirt.

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“Alchemy & Stones of Brittany” will be on display at the Verde Gallery through Oct. 23.

atural form, landscape and essence are the elements of inspiration at work in the Verde Gallery’s current exhibit featuring the work of Toni Putnam.“Alchemy & Stones of Brittany” is the title of the show, which displays the artist’s own interpretations of the world around her and the unified elemental theories that inspire her. This is Putnam’s first major exhibit at the gallery since its opening two years ago. Curt Tucker, manager of Verde, says that she is one of the premier artists to be represented there over the gallery’s short history. “I saw a piece of her work here in Champaign, and I was amazed by what I saw,” he said. Shortly thereafter, Verde displayed some

of her work, which included mostly landscape scenes of rolling Illinois prairie. “In that first show, we had 53 pieces, and we sold 47 of them. We’ve pretty much sold them nonstop.” “Alchemy & Stones of Brittany” is the product of the Massachusetts native’s already honed skills producing painted and sculpted renditions of natural subjects.As an artist, she pays particular attention to the essences of her subjects. “The unseen world is visible no matter what you’re doing,” Putnam says. This unseen property is part of the larger interconnectedness that she tries to bring out, which is where mysticism and alchemy enter in. The stones of Brittany, which Putnam visited during her time in England, are shown in her large copper sculptures— pieced together from segments aligned to re-create the rocks’ natural contours. Her encaustic paintings, which concentrate on the elemental interactions of earth, fire, wind and water that house naturally created and usually man-manipulated monuments, are made through a process of drawing with oil pastels on top of heated wax. In many cases, this creates incredibly organic textures and lighting effects when desired. Though in several cases historians are unsure as to the origins of the stone formations she focuses on, Putnam finds beauty in their unknown and unseen nature. Also included in the “Stones of Brittany” series are scenes from modern man-made structures, such as dwellings and wells that have been constructed of the same stones used long ago for mystic and pagan purposes. Just as in the older examples, the surrounding elements remain fundamental to her focal points. Sculptures with mystical themes also litter the exhibit, inhabiting the

same floor space as the reproduced copper stones. Putnam’s The Phoenix is an openwinged representation of the mythological bird stretching out her wings above her eggs. Above is a suspended merging of the sun and moon.This results in a synthesis of multiple subjects, and distilling essence runs throughout her artwork. “Studying mysticism taught me that all paths lead to the truth,” Putnam explains. Her artistic drive is fueled by this search for unity. Also on display are a set of sculpted labyrinth balls she designed based on sketches of such spherical mazes from an 18th century French book. The balls are intended to be a form of meditation for the user, who can begin at the center or outermost point of one of the interlaid paths and contemplate the journey or use the time for other inward contemplation. Putnam’s encaustic works toward the back of the gallery deal more with the alchemy half of the show. These include scenes of tools and vessels from alchemic procedures as well as people trying to create gold from iron and sulfur. She says that the value of studying alchemy goes beyond its original scientific implications, because modern science and genetic understandings are coming closer to similar underlying conclusions about essential unities. Another theme that will be visible to viewers is the white raven. “The white raven existed on the Queen Charlotte islands,” Putnam states. Several of the encaustic works feature the albino bird, whom she says stories tell was killed on its island home. “I love being an artist,” she says. Having recently relocated to Champaign and reached a point where she can pursue her artwork full time, Putnam is entering a new phase of her career. With her newly found freedom, she hopes to further delve into the essences of her images and continue producing unique works such as those now on display. buzz

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Watt started out as the bassist for legendary ‘80s underground band The Minutemen. With his lifelong friend D. Boon, the boys from San Pedro, Calif., combined punk rock energy with witty blue-collar politics and a wide range of musical influences from folk to jazz to become one of the most revered bands of the decade. Sadly, it was all cut short when D. Boon died in a car accident in 1985. Since then Watt has gone on to be a member of the wildly eclectic Firehose, conduct a solo career, and lead his current band The Secondmen, as well as be involved with more side projects than should be humanly possible. When asked if any projects stick out,Watt replies,“They all taught me something. I like my oldest band Dos, it’s just me and Kira Roessler (the bassist) from Black Flag.There’s nothing to hide behind there.” “In middle age you start to see that the voyage is finite and you gotta get a lot of work done. It’s different in your 20s; for one thing, you know everything, but you’re also a lot more resilient,” relates Watt. The concept of middle age probably takes center stage among his thoughts at the moment, having had a rather terrifying brush with mortality recently. I n 2000, Wa t t nearly died. He suffered from a fever for 38 days and the episode concluded with an abscess bursting in his perineum. “It’s like a doctor’s wo rd f o r t h e taint,” says Watt. The experience left him with not only an extensive period of recuperation, but proved to

be the sort of life-affirming event that makes for great music. So, Mike Watt did what he does best, he grabbed his “thud staff ” and made an album. The result, The Secondman’s Middle Stand, is an album that tells the story of Watt’s sickness in sometimes harrowing details and is steeped in the sort of self-reflection that comes from knocking on death’s door. “It’s about the sickness, but it’s more an allegory for being a 46-year-old punk rocker,” says Watt. Not only a first-person account of Watt’s sickness, the album betrays the influence of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. The first third of the album recounts the sickness itself, representing the Inferno, the middle third covers treatment and mirrors Purgatory, while the final third describes the simple pleasures of a return to health, standing in for the ascent to Paradise. “I like the idea of a good story; it’s got to have a beginning, a middle and an end,” relates Watt. The echoes of The Divine Comedy, devoured by Watt during his recuperation, reveal his deep love of literature, which seeps into every aspect of his musical oeuvre. “There’s something about the written word that’s very personal,” says Watt. “It’s funny how the books I read on tour follow my tour, even if they’re (700) or 800 years old.” The album itself is classic Watt, an energetic and musically complex ride through pop, punk, classic rock and jazz. On it, he’s backed by only drums and Hammond organ. On the choice to go this one guitarless, Watt muses, “Well, I’ve still gotta keep challenging myself ... you get a lower sound out of an organ than a bass, so I get a chance to experiment.” Nor has his scrape with the Reaper discouraged his inveterate road dog status. Famous for waxing poetically about “the boat,” his term for the tour van,Watt is right back there in the mix; having just come off a tour with the recently reformed Stooges, he’s currently on a two-month tour in support of the album. “Elvin Jones was 75 and played his last gig two weeks before he died,” says Watt.“You gotta go out there and play like it’s your last night, that’s what D. Boon did or Iggy Pop. I’ve had a lot of good teachers.” After having a stellar, ludicrously consistent musical output; having friends in all walks of life, from Richard Meltzer to Iggy Pop; having toured seemingly every dingy rock club in every nook and cranny of the United States and

large portions of Europe; and after nearly two decades of being considered one of the underground’s premier bassists; everything about Watt still suggests that ordinary guy from Pedro, Calif., a sly, wise, warmly selfdeprecating man overjoyed that he gets to go out there every night and just play the bass. He seems an unlikely candidate for legendary status, but as he says, “If it means I’m a link in the chain so that people can express themselves further on in the years, then I’m comfortable with that. It’s like any farmer will tell you, if you want a good crop you gotta use a lot of manure.” buzz

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any a music snob will consider only the earliest and “youngest” work of an artist as the best. But what if you started making music in your post-college years and found yourself releasing some of the best music of your life at 40? For Charles Bissell, singer, songwriter and guitarist of the Wrens, this came true with last year’s Meadowlands. “Something’s going on if you’re 38, sitting on a park bench thinking about how you don’t have health insurance, making 13 grand a year and trying to be in a rock band,” said Bissell, who is now 40. “At what point do you stop doing what you want to and take a regular job? All of those thoughts affected us deeply and came out on the record.” Meadowlands stands as a triumph for these musicians, who range in age from mid-30s to early 40s. Although it is only the third full-length record they’ve released in their 14 years as a band, it has such a pristine sound of pure passion and emotion for their music that it surpasses the work of many of their contemporaries.

“The whole record is about the band more than anything,” said Bissell.“It’s about trying to do what you want to even as you get older and face more challenges. Everyone evaluates things as they age.” In 1996 with the release of Secacus, they received much critical praise and were being offered a semi-major label deal. It appeared good on the surface, but after more thought the band decided against it, and their former label went on to release Creed’s debut. They went on without a label to record (in their living room) what would become Meadowlands in the spring of 1999, but something wasn’t right. “We were all having problems at the time,” Bissell said. “We were exhausted, suffering from a lack of focus (and) motivation, and some mild depression was taking hold.” From 1999 to 2003, many of the songs from Meadowlands saw numerous incarnations that will never see the light of day,

HURLY-BURLY Rufus Wainwright will release Want Two, a companion to 2003’s Want One, on Dreamworks Nov. 16. Four of the 12 tracks were previously available as an iTunes exclusive EP. Stephen Malkmus announced he has placed the finishing touches on his third solo album and that it will be released sometime in April or May via Matador. The former Pavement frontman asserted the album was recorded in his basement studio and he did most of the engineering himself. After being pushed back, Mos Def’s sophomore album New Danger is prepped for an Oct. 12 release date on Geffen.

w H at tH e He L L? MOMENT OF THE WEEK John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. has started a career hosting animal documentaries. Having already hosted two documentaries for BBC 5 about gorillas and sharks, the embittered grandfather of punk is set to host a documentary for the Discovery Channel about insects. One can only envision one of the architects of underground rock referring to a group of honeybees as “a bunch of arseholes” and then giving them the two-finger salute.

since several of the master tapes were erased ritualistically by the band. The released version (on Absolutely Kosher records) is a wonderful collection of guitar-driven rock songs with contemplative lyrics of heartbreak and failed dreams.The album received much critical praise, being dubbed the best album of 2003 by Magnet magazine and placing toward the top of the list in many others. “The reality is that it took us four years to release the record because we all had to overcome our exhaustion and disillusionment with the record industry,” Bissell said. Today, the band still finds time to tour and create music, although a few of the members have families and “real” jobs. But for Bissell, music is currently his only occu-

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Charles Bissell, far right, with his bandmates from the Wrens.

(March 21-April 19)

We have all been guilty of desiring people and things that turned out to be no good for us. Whenever I review the history of my own relationship with longing, I'm embarrassed about some of the dumb "pleasures" I once craved. I've also noticed, though, that sometimes the only cure for wanting illadvised thrills is to actually get them. The suffering that ensues can be an excellent prod to avoid repeating the same mistake in the future. I bring this up, Aries, because it'll be important for you to keep in mind during the next six weeks. You will have to be quite discriminating about your desires. If you're careful, you can refrain from fulfilling the wrong ones.

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(May 21-June 20)

This is Walk Your Talk Week for you Geminis. More than any other time this year, you will have everything going for you when you concentrate on translating your highest ideals into practical actions. Live up to your hype, you beautiful dreamer. Fulfill your promises. Call on all your ingenuity to create effects that are in harmony with your intentions. You are now capable of being as free of hypocrisy as it's possible for a human being to be.

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long weekend of live music kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. with an admirable last-minute twist to CU Rock the Vote at Mike ‘n Molly’s. Per prior arrangement with the bar, the presidential debate live from Florida will air in its entirety on the television set downstairs. After the 90-minute telecast, Mad Science Fair, Goldman, Mandarin and Balisong will play. On campus, also at 8 p.m., the Courtyard Cafe hosts a Christian show at which brand-new light rock band Bread Box opens for Fire by Night and Rantoul metal ministry Kwench. Cover is $4 or $2 for University of Illinois students. Back downtown, there are two opportunities to see singer-songwriters for free. At 8 p.m., Aroma hosts Kristi Kjeldsen and Dave Burdick. Then at 11 p.m., Cowboy Monkey presents its Thursday Special with J. Scott Franklin of Cleveland and local gal Angie Heaton, who has neat new I-57 pinback buttons to go along with her song “Drive.” Gina Villalobos is no longer on this bill. Angie Heaton appears again Oct. 4 on “WEFT

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Sessions,” and J. Scott Franklin returns Oct. 8 for an engagement at Borders with G. Lee. Tomorrow, Joni Laurence launches yet another local concert series, this time with Verde Gallery manager Curt Tucker. The aim of “Acoustic Fusion” is to pair acts that are different, yet complementary, so that distinct crowds may experience and enjoy them together. Shows are the first and third Fridays of each month, with Joni Laurence and Noisy Gators Oct. 1, and Jimmy Legs and Grass Roots Revival Oct. 15. Show time is 8 p.m., and cover is $5. For those unaware, Verde Gallery has a cafe with wine bar. At 9 p.m., Independent Media Center Booking Collective has an alcohol-free, all-ages show at Red Herring Vegetarian Restaurant, once a hotbed for the folk and punk scenes. On the bill tomorrow are Palomar, a pop group from Brooklyn, The Opportunists and Wasteoid Workforce (ex-The Failures). Palomar is on tour in support of their third album, Palomar III, and rarely play venues this small. Cover is $5. Saturday, Headlights (ex-Absinthe Blind) finish a 15-state tour, their first, at Cowboy Monkey. Also aboard are New Sense (Decibully), The Roots of Orchis and Triple Whip.

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Show time is 9:30 p.m., and suggested cover is $5. An alcohol-free Local H show? Sounds dubious, but one is scheduled at the Courtyard Cafe that same night at 9 p.m. Suffrajett, “a ratty little band from NYC,” sadly cancelled due to a wedding, but promised a makeup date by November. Ascot Fire remain on the bill. Cover is $9 or $7 for University of Illinois students. Colonel Rhodes, an alt-country act that formed here last autumn and opened for Juliana Hatfield at The Highdive, recently added vocalist Elizabeth Holt and guitarist Paclavel Pierzysztipopintoff.The new ensemble played their inaugural show Sept. 19, upon completion of their debut track, “Setting Sun,” with Adam Schmitt for the Save the Plastic Records compilation Anger Is a Gift. In the meantime, the track is available for free download at http://www.colonelrho-des.com/. Colonel Rhodes perform Oct. 4 at The Highdive with Lucero and Oct. 8 at The Void with Catfish Haven and The Invisible.

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These days it's rare to hear music that's not channeled through machines. When is the last time you enjoyed beautiful singing unenhanced by a microphone or the technology of a recording studio? But I say unto you, my dear Cancerian, that it's now crucial for you to listen to the naked human voice raised in song. Don't stop there, either. Your soul craves all kinds of raw, unfiltered contact with the world—first-hand information that hasn't been translated or interpreted before it reaches you. So try divesting yourself of the opinions you've borrowed from "experts." Look for guidance from the experiences you actually have, not from stories, gossip, and news gleaned from second-hand sources. Make love with a real person, not with the fantasies implanted in your imagination by the entertainment industry.

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During the day, the sky is filled with as many stars as it is at night, but the sun so thoroughly monopolizes our attention that we can't see them. I believe this is an apt metaphor for a certain situation in your personal life, Leo. Some dominant force keeps you from becoming aware of less spectacular but still important influences. Soon, though, that dominant force will go on sabbatical. You'll be able to gaze upon sights that its presence normally obscures. Your understanding of the world will naturally change forever, and though that may be shocking at first, in the long run it will be invigorating.

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"In countries where large percentages of the population believe in hell, there seems to be less corruption and a higher standard of living," concluded a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. My translation: Many people are motivated to do the right thing out of primal dread. I bring this up, Virgo, because it is critical for you to wean yourself of any attraction you might have to letting fear serve as a central motivator. I'm happy to report that in the coming months, you will have an unprecedented opportunity to retrain yourself to do just that. By September 2005, your quest for success and goodness could very well be inspired primarily by your love of life.

LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

The cosmos is finally ready to discharge you from your heavy, dark assignments. Your main duty in the coming weeks is to seek relief and release in the most constructive ways possible. Celebrate, Libra, don't thrash. Rejoice and look to the future, don't thunder against the ordeal you've completed. I nominate the exuberant Libran poet Michael McClure to be your role model during this time. The poet Aaron Shurin has described McClure as a reveler who "puts the attitude in beatitude," and as an alchemist who's "fluent in two languages, English and Beast." That's exactly what you should be like as you lift your own spirits. Now please read aloud this paraphrase of a McClure poem: "GRAHHRR! RAHHR! RAHRIRAHHR! HRAHR! I'm not sugar, I'm love looking for sugar!"

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(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

What's dying within you, Scorpio? Is it a passion that has expired? A dream that has gone to seed? A goal you neglected for so long that it can't be resuscitated? If it's time for that part of you to die, help it die. I mean create a ritual in which you formally complete your relationship with it, let go of it for good, and begin the grieving process. In honor of its passing, write a testimonial or draw a symbolic picture, then bury that remembrance in the earth near a tree you love. When you're done with the funeral, eat the freshest, juiciest pear you can find.

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"If you plant a crocus bulb, it won't grow into a grapevine," my teacher Ann Davies used to say. "You can't learn to play the violin by practicing the piano." I hope you've had some version of this wisdom lighting up the back of your mind these past 11 months, Sagittarius. Soon you will harvest the fruits of the seeds you planted around your last birthday, and you will leap to a new level of mastery in whatever skill or trick or habit you've been faithfully plying for the past 11 months.

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In portentous tones, as if exposing yet another sickening deterioration of our collective health, the Center for Disease Control recently informed us that the average person is "sad, blue, or depressed" about three days a month. As I read various news articles reporting the results of the CDC's survey, I looked in vain for even a glimmer of triumphant glee. After all, if we're downhearted three days every month, it means we're feeling pretty good the other 27 or 28 days. And that's a glorious revelation that should, in my opinion, provoke dancing in the streets. But now I have even better news for you,

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Mystery writer Agatha Christie took issue with the old saw that says "necessity is the mother of invention." Just as often, she believed, the creation of new conveniences is prompted by the desire to save time and trouble. If necessity is the mother of invention, laziness is the father. I suggest you make that your motto in the coming week, Aquarius. Be on the lookout for innovations that will free up your time and imagination. Dream and scheme about how you can get more room in your schedule to do absolutely nothing but dream and scheme.

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In the autumn, the sweet gum tree in my yard is a paradoxical sight. As its green leaves turn red and fall to the ground, it seems to be announcing that it's slipping into a state of dormancy. At the same time, though, it sprouts hundreds of spiky, bright green balls full of seeds, as if to declare it's bursting with irrepressible vitality. This phase of the sweet gum's life is similar to where you are in your cycle right now, Pisces. Would you mind if I called you Sweet Gum? Homework: If you had to choose one wild animal to follow, observe, and learn from for a month, which would it be? Testify at www.freewillastrology.com.

ART EXHIBITS — ON VIEW NOW Alchemy & Stones of Brittany: Sculptures and Encaustic Paintings by Toni Putnam. Verde Gallery, 17 E Taylor St, Champaign Mon-Sat 7am-10pm Marque Strickland [Mixed media drawings and paintings] Cafe Kopi Mon-Thu 7am-11pm, Fri-Sat 7am-12pm, Sun 11am-8pm “Featured Works XVIII: Art and Spirituality in the Medieval World” [Explores the sacred word, devotional objects and cultural interchange. Includes artwork from the major religious context within the Mediterranean region, like Medieval Europe, Byzantium and the Jadaic and Islamic traditions] Krannert Art Museum through Oct 24 Tue, Thu-Sat 9am-5pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Sun 25pm, $3 “eGo: A Selection of Abstract Work by Randall A. D. Plankenhorn” [Work from Randall Plankenhorn, an Urbana native. Each black-andwhite photograph reflects the larger theme of distor ted views of self both through the lens of introspection and relationships.] Aroma Cafe through Sept 30 Open every day, 7am-midnight “Restoring Byzantium: The Kariye Camii in Istanbul and the Byzantine Institute Restoration” [Devoted to the restoration of the Kariye Camii in Istanbul, originally the

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In the French village of Lourdes is a spring whose waters are reputed to have miraculous powers of healing. For 150 years, sick and despondent pilgrims from all over the world have traveled there seeking relief. To get to the sacred sanctuary, ironically, seekers must make their way through streets filled with cheesy souvenir shops and tourist traps. And the restaurants in Lourdes are among the worst in all of France. This scenario may be a bit like your life in the coming days, Taurus. In your search for healing and purity, you'll probably have to weave your way through a mini-wasteland.

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church of Christ in the Chora Monastery] Krannert Center through Oct 10 Tue, Thu-Sat 9am-5pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Sun 2-5pm, Suggested donation: $3 Steeple Gallery [by Gary Ingersol, including the Allerton Series, U of I Series and Unique Monticello Series] 102 E Lafayette St, Monticello Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm. www.steeplegallery.com Larry Kanfer [Four galleries feature Larry Kanfer’s new pieces of the Midwest Prairie. Photographs from the University of Illinois, Upper Midwest, Coast to Coast and European Collections also included] 2503 S Neil, Champaign Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm, free, www.kanfer.com Creation Art Studios Gallery [Original artwork by Jeannine Bestoso, Andy Gillis, Shoshanna Bauer, Amy Richardson and students of the studio.] 1102 E Washington, Urbana Mon-Thur 1-5:30pm, Sat 1-4pm. www.creationartstudios.com “Allen Stringfellow Retrospective” [Stringfellow works with a vivid palette, using a variety of mediums, most notably collage and watercolor. Focusing predominantly on the themes of religion, gospel and jazz music, his work imparts a lively historical and personal perspective on African-American life in Chicago and Champaign.] Krannert Art Museum Tue, Thu-Sat 9am-5pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Sun 2-5pm, Suggested donation: $3

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35 "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" character 36 Part 3 of the quote 37 Violent Femmes leader Gordon 38 Stands at book readings 41 One-named British model/actress 43 The Mystery Machine, e.g. 44 Declare as true 45 Part 4 of the quote 53 "See ya," in Sorrento 54 Butt, in an overly cute way 55 Toilet paper layer 56 End of the quote 59 Take down a peg 60 Talk dirty 61 "Are you ___ out?" 62 Studio tapes 63 Clearblue Easy competitor 64 Military food

Down 1 Part of UHF 2 Sobering stage 3 "...bombs bursting ___" 4 Barstool dweller 5 Jazz saxophonist Joshua 6 Get to the Net 7 Flimflammed 8 No friend 9 Unhelpful opening to a phone conversation 10 Long Island iced tea garnish 11 Roman fountain with a statue of Neptune 12 Gregory of "White Nights" 14 Complained non-stop 17 Cookout need 18 Cutlet sources 23 Mulder, for one 24 1994 Jeremy Piven comedy 27 Letters on a Cardinal's cap 28 Tilling tool 29 Org. behind the 2004 Games in Athens 30 Hosp. workers 31 Breakdancing participant, maybe

32 ___ wheels 33 Verb suffix 34 Slinky, e.g. 36 Get the word out 39 The night before 40 Sought out quickly 41 Shows that top the Nielsens 42 "Can ___ family?" (Pink lyric) 44 Shocked 45 Group of eight 46 Mythical weeper 47 Losing Super Bowl XIV team member 48 "___ Crazy" (Martin Lawrence film) 49 Deplete 50 Make one's views known 51 "Stand and Deliver" actor 52 Textile workers 57 Console to play Castlevania 58 "Big Fish" director Burton

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Live Music Found! Cowboy Monkey 7pm, $3 Astral Project The Iron Post 8pm-midnight, TBA Make Watt and the Secondmen, The Mendoza Line, Charles Bissell (of the Wrens) The Highdive 9pm, $10 Hard Poor Korn Rose Bowl Tavern 9pm, free Kilborn Alley Tommy G's 9pm, free Zoso [Led Zepplin tribute band] The Canopy Club 10pm, $6 Apollo Project Nargile 10pm, $3 DJ Chef Ra Barfly 10pm, free Salsa Night with DJ Bris [salsa, mambo, bachata] Cowboy Monkey 10pm, free DJ Boardwalk Mike 'n Molly's 10pm, $1 DJ Limbs Boltini 10:30pm, free Karaoke Outlaw Karaoke Tommy G's 9pm, free Liquid Courage Karaoke Geovanti's 10pm-2am, free

Classes Drawing — The Poetic Eye [Nicolaides "the Natural Way to Draw"] Channing Murray 8 week classes Wednesdays 7-9, $100 359-3629 Lectures "Oral Medications for Diabetes by a Christie Pharmacist" Christie Clinic Education Room 4-5pm, free

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ly so from Joy Division’s with its chorus of “Can you see what you’ve done to my heart and soul? This is a wasteland now.” Other songs follow suit; “Evil” amounts to a rehashed version of TBL’s “PDA,” with its rap-talk verses and choir-boy bridges, while “C’mere” and “Public Pervert” are lyrically embarrassing, with their abundant talk of ‘baby’ and cliched romantic allegories that supposedly lay anchor to the album’s nautical theme. Responding to the current stream of “dance-punk” bands that are increasingly hoarding the air waves, Interpol have recorded a sophomore album that will divide the fan base that was initially attracted to them; leaving them to decide whether to enjoy the faux-party presented on their latest record, or to crawl back lamenting about their debut.

Matador BY LORENZO BAEZA

In the two years since the release of Interpol’s first album, Turn on the Bright Lights, much in the musical climate has changed. Since then, The Strokes released their sophomore record, Room on Fire, to mediocre critical reaction and surprisingly mediocre album sales; meanwhile success has found many bands like The Killers,The Stills, The Rapture and Franz Ferdinand, who recently won the Mercury Music Award, riding on the coattails of the initial success created by bands like The Strokes and Interpol. With that said, Interpol’s sophomore record, Antics, is definitely a product of the current trends. Eschewing the monotonous singularity of TBL, their latest disc plays as both a response to the band’s previous record as well as the current popularity of many of the aforementioned bands. The album starts off with “Next Exit,” clearly illustrating the differences between Interpol’s latest offering and its predecessor. Opening with airy keyboards, ringing bluesy guitar tones and Paul Bank’s voice ascertaining, “We ain’t going to the town, we’re going to the city,” it is clear that Banks and co. have not replicated the majestic coldness apparent on their debut, rather opting (as in reference to “going to the city”) for a warmer affair, a party record, if you will. In the case of some of the new material, this more optimistic approach is welcomed and well-executed; Banks has broadened his vocal range to render a depth that is more akin to Brian Eno or David Bowie than his earlier comparisons to Ian Curtis. The album’s standout tracks, “NARC” and “Take You On A Cruise,” work well with the album’s tone because their dynamics are not muted and they are melodically and emotionally charged, both musically and lyrically. However, much of the material plays like unfinished products, songs formatted for radio consumption or radio-friendliness. The current single, “Slow Hands,” seems overtly plagiarized, musically borrowed from Franz Ferdinand’s “Take Me Out” with its disco dance beat, and lyricals o u n d s

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Four years ago, a North Philadelphia native released an album on a small record label founded by music veteran Steve McKeever. The word “debut” was a perfect noun for Who Is Jill Scott?, the first record from the woman in question as well as an indigenous release from Hidden Beach Recordings. Released with very little hype and virtually no promotion, the album’s success came through word-of-mouth. The result was a core audience whom Jill kept waiting as she recorded Beautifully Human:Words and Sounds Vol. 2. It was a long wait in these times of instant gratification, but the content of Beautifully Human justifies her absence. The title of Scott’s second work is no accident. Along with the album cover—a photo of a young Jill Scott—it leaves the impression that one will get a deeper glimpse into its creator, not as an artist, but as an individual whose life experiences are not removed from the rest of the population. The song “Family Reunion” helps with this image, as Scott describes the crazy yet common occurrences at her family gatherings. Although most will probably never eat at Scott’s family’s table, we find ourselves smiling with warmth as we reminisce about experiences with our own family. “Family Reunion” is a break from the rest of the songs, many of which touch on issues about love between romantic partners. The debut’s selections were more abstract, as if the songs were written for a general audience, but the lyrics on Beautifully Human sound like they were taken from pages of Scott’s private journal. Such is the case for “The Fact Is (I Need You).” In this song, Jill asserts her independence to her lover, counting the ways in which she can take care of herself. But just when you think she’s reached “Superwoman” status, she submits to vulnerability and admits that despite autonomy, her Romeo is an essential part of her being. What’s missing from Beautifully Human is the spoken-word poetry that set Jill apart from others of the same genre. The song “Cross My Mind” is a throwback to Scott the poet, but the aggressive voice found on the debut is replaced with a soft, almost whispered tone.This is a voice that is consistent throughout the album, especially on “My Petition.”What originally sounds like a letter to an inconsiderate boyfriend is actually a statement to the government. Such a political message may have been delivered with more fervor from the woman we knew four years ago, but the Minnie Ripperton-esque tone that Scott uses

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to communicate her grievances makes the song sound almost like a lullaby. Despite the change in vocal styling, Beautifully Human succeeds in capturing the spirit of its creator while offering something new for its listeners.With this album Jill Scott proves that true artistry doesn’t die—it reincarnates.

New Sense New Sense Brillante Records BY CORNELIA BOONMAN

Listening to New Sense’s debut album is like going on a boat ride on a river of disco balls and shocks of mellow light while downing a solution of pure sugar. Sound good? Absolutely, especially considering that the band is a fusion of members (William Seidel, Ryan Weber) previously from self-proclaimed emo bands Camden and the Promise Ring.This new pop-dance venture is filled with hooks and soft, pulsing bass lines that flow in and out of the consciousness of the album. It’s quite a departure from the brooding styles of the Promise Ring, but really not so far away from their pop sensibilities. We start off this journey of dance with “Going for Broke.” It’s a nice song, with lots of little hollow clicks that nicely complement both the smooth stretch of synthesizers and the lines, “You have to give and live it and take what you want.” Then skipping over the next couple of tracks, we hit a nice, full song:“The World is My Oyster.” The bounce of synthesizers and rhythm give it a great feel. Skip “Caution is Regret” because of its overworked techno loop in the background. However, don’t make the mistake of skipping tracks six and seven, because they’ll put the dance in your pants. “This Stunted Life” has the pop-rock vibe that might be more expected of a band that comes from rock roots. “Same Vacation” closes at the end of the river with what might as well be a song off a Beck album, with its great bass lines, syncopated rhythms and plaintive, nonsensical lyrics. After this trip through disco dance funks and ultra-glam cocktail parties, it is easy to see that New Sense are a great listen for any occasion, mainly dance-centered ones.After all, it’s difficult to stay emo when there’s a dance party in your CD player.

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Live Music U of I Jazz Combo The Iron Post 7pm, TBA Acoustic Music Series: Kristi Kjeldsen, Dave Burdick Aroma Cafe 8pm, free Kwench, Fire by Night, Breadbox [Christian rock] Courtyard Cafe 8pm, $4 public, $2 UIUC students Shanti Groove, Deuce High The Canopy Club 9pm, $3 Balisong, Mandarin, Goldman, Mad Science Fair Mike 'n Molly's 9pm, $4 Country Connection Rose Bowl Tavern 9pm, free Doxy White Horse Inn 9:30pm, free Leigh Meador Quintet [jazz] Zorba's 9:30pm-12:30am, $3 Thursday Special: J. Scott Franklin, Angie Heaton Cowboy Monkey 11pm, free DJ DJ J-Phlip Barfly 10pm, free

The Cocktail Party Nargile 10pm, TBA DJ Lil Cee, DJ Kra-Z K [hip hop, house] The Highdive 10pm, TBA DJ Bozak Boltini 10:30pm, free Karaoke Outlaw Karaoke Tommy G's 9pm, free "G" Force Karaoke Pia's of Rantoul 9pm-1am, free Dancing UIUC Swing Society McKinley Foundation 9:30pm-midnight, free

)$*&'( October 1

Live Music Desafinado [Latin jazz, Bossanova] Cowboy Monkey 5pm, free Al Ierardi Tommy G's 5-7pm, free Acoustic Fusion Series: The Noisy Gators, Joni Laurence Verde Gallery 8pm, free Matt Nathanson, Graham Colton, Kyle Riabko The Canopy Club 9pm, $12 in advance

Palomar, The Opportunists, Wasteoid Workforce Red Herring 9pm, $5 Country Connection Rose Bowl Tavern 9pm, free Elsinore White Horse Inn 9:30pm, free The Pacifics [live hip hop] Nargile 10pm, TBA Trailer Parke Tommy G's 10pm, $3 MC Battle Finals Nargile 10pm, TBA DJ Onda Tropicale [reggae, island, Brasilian house] Cowboy Monkey 9pm, free Darin Drda's Theory of Everything The Iron Post 9pm, TBA DJ Bozak Barfly 10pm, free DJ J-Phlip Boltini 10pm, free DJ Tim Williams [dance] The Highdive 10pm, $5

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Pariah, Funky Circus Fleas, From These Remains, A Life Without The Canopy Club 9pm, $5 Local H, Ascot Fire, TBA Courtyard Cafe 9pm, $9 public, $7 UIUC students Blue Mark and The Groove Dukes The Iron Post 9pm, TBA Country Connection Rose Bowl Tavern 9pm, free Headlights, New Sense, The Roots of Orchis, Triple Whip Cowboy Monkey 9:30pm, $5 JAB Tommy G's 10pm, $2 DJ DJ Resonate Barfly 10pm, free DJ Limbs Boltini 10pm, free DJ Bozak Nargile 10pm, free DJ Tim Williams [dance] The Highdive 10pm, $5 Karaoke "G" Force Karaoke Sappy's on Devenshire 9pm-midnight, free

October 2

Live Music Grass Roots Revival Pages for All Ages 8-10pm, free

Lectures "Serving the Worldwide Community" [discussing spiritual and medical care in other

countries] Provena Covenant Medical Center Auditorium 8am-noon, free Family + Children “Making Friends with Animals” Illini Union Bookstore (second floor) 10:30am, free

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October 3

Live Music Jazz Jam with ParaDocs The Iron Post 7-10pm, TBA Future Leaders of the World, Dropsixx, Justify the Means The Canopy Club 8pm, $6 Crystal River Rose Bowl Tavern 8:30pm, free Open Mic with host Larry Gates White Horse Inn 9:30pm, free Terminus Victor, Crimson Sweet, TBA Cowboy Monkey 10pm, $3 Robert Cherry, Leviride Nargile 10pm, $3 DJ DJ Carlos Barfly 10pm, free DJ Bozak Boltini 10:30pm, free

October 4

Live Music User Friendly, 12 Ways to Sunday The Canopy Club 9pm, $2 if under 21, free if 21 or over Dave & Steve [acoustic] White Horse Inn 9:30pm, free Open Mic Night hosted by Mike Ingram Cowboy Monkey 10pm, free MC Battle Round 1 Nargile 10pm, TBA Lucero, Colonel Rhodes The Highdive 10pm, $5 DJ DJ Delayney Barfly 10pm, free DJ Betty Rocker Mike 'n Molly's 10pm, $1 DJ Bozak Boltini 10:30pm, free Music Performance Community Drum Circle Ten Thousand Villages 7-9pm, free

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Headlights may be a new name in town, but Tristan Wraight, Brent Sanderson, Erin Fein and Seth Fein certainly aren’t strangers to the Champaign-Urbana scene. They’ve been playing together for years under various names, such as The Enemies, Orphans and, of course, Absinthe Blind. This date marks their return to C-U after a monthlong tour that took them from Georgia to California and back again. The nationwide tour was in support of their new EP, entitled The Enemies EP and released by Polyvinyl Records.

October 5

Live Music John Cowan Band featuring Noam Pikelny, Green Mountain Grass The Canopy Club 9pm, $10 in advance Traditional Irish Music: Ged Foley, Paul Smyth and Michael Cooney The Iron Post 9pm, TBA Crystal River Rose Bowl Tavern 9pm, free Adam Wolfe's Acoustic Night with Jess Greenlee Tommy G's 10pm, free

Hailing from Milwaukee, New Sense features Ryan Weber and BJ Seidel from Decibully and the Promise Ring fame. Their dance-pop sound has been compared to The Postal Service, but their music also has more of an edge because it was originally written for a rock band format. New Sense recently released a self-titled EP on Brilliante Records. San Diego’s Roots of Orchis grace C-U with their presence for the second time this year. Their sound is difficult to classify due to their unusual lineup. According to their label, their music utilizes “beautiful electronic sounds and live instrumentation. They use turntables, analog synths, drum programming and samples, along with jazz-inspired drums, multiple basses and minimal guitars, breaching the boundaries between avant rock, instrumental hip hop, and IDM.” Their fans eagerly await their fourth album, which is a promised two-CD effort to be released on Slowdance Records.

DJ Irish DJ Mike 'n Molly's 5pm, free DJ Sophisto Barfly 10pm, free 2ON2OUT [rock] Cowboy Monkey 10pm, free NOX: DJ ZoZo The Highdive 10pm, $2 DJ Hoff Mike 'n Molly's 10pm, $1 DJ J-Phlip Boltini 10:30pm, free

Locals Triple Whip start the night out with their unique brand of bass-laden, cinema-inspired rock. Catch all four phenomenal bands on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Cowboy Monkey at 9:30 p.m. for $5. — Cassie Conner

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Chicagoans Local H travel downstate to Urbana to play a show at the Courtyard Cafe before they start their national tour in support of their new album, Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles?, which features the single “California Songs.” They are joined by fellow Chicago-dwellers Ascot Fire. At this point, the night still lacks a second opener due to the fact that the original openers, local band Suffrajett, canceled due to prior commitments. Catch them at the Courtyard Cafe at 9 p.m. Cover is $9 for the general public and $7 for UIUC students. — Cassie Conner

Palomar, The Opportunists, Wasteoid Workforce The IMC Booking Collective presents Palomar from Brooklyn, N.Y., on tour to promote their third album, Palomar III: Revenge of Palomar, out on Self-Starter Foundation. CMJ says, “Palomar rock with a sweet and intimate brilliance that’s sorely underrepresented in that scene. On their third LP, the band continues to improve upon their characteristic sound of infectious pop melodies, the unique vocal harmonies bringing in a taste of not-so-annoying twee that also makes them stand out in the NYnew-new-wave.” Locals The Opportunists feature the unusual lineup of two drummers and two guitarists. Their songs feature complex melodies on topics that range from silly to serious to sweet. Wasteoid Workforce is a hard-working band that starts the night off with their own mix of indie rock, pop, grunge and punk. Check them all out at the Red Herring at 9 p.m. Cover is $5, and this show is all ages. — Cassie Conner

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The Cocktail Party Nargile 10pm, TBA DJ Lil Cee, DJ Kra-Z K [hip hop, house] The Highdive 10pm, TBA DJ Bozak Boltini 10:30pm, free Karaoke Outlaw Karaoke Tommy G's 9pm, free "G" Force Karaoke Pia's of Rantoul 9pm-1am, free Dancing UIUC Swing Society McKinley Foundation 9:30pm-midnight, free

)$*&'( October 1

Live Music Desafinado [Latin jazz, Bossanova] Cowboy Monkey 5pm, free Al Ierardi Tommy G's 5-7pm, free Acoustic Fusion Series: The Noisy Gators, Joni Laurence Verde Gallery 8pm, free Matt Nathanson, Graham Colton, Kyle Riabko The Canopy Club 9pm, $12 in advance

Palomar, The Opportunists, Wasteoid Workforce Red Herring 9pm, $5 Country Connection Rose Bowl Tavern 9pm, free Elsinore White Horse Inn 9:30pm, free The Pacifics [live hip hop] Nargile 10pm, TBA Trailer Parke Tommy G's 10pm, $3 MC Battle Finals Nargile 10pm, TBA DJ Onda Tropicale [reggae, island, Brasilian house] Cowboy Monkey 9pm, free Darin Drda's Theory of Everything The Iron Post 9pm, TBA DJ Bozak Barfly 10pm, free DJ J-Phlip Boltini 10pm, free DJ Tim Williams [dance] The Highdive 10pm, $5

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Pariah, Funky Circus Fleas, From These Remains, A Life Without The Canopy Club 9pm, $5 Local H, Ascot Fire, TBA Courtyard Cafe 9pm, $9 public, $7 UIUC students Blue Mark and The Groove Dukes The Iron Post 9pm, TBA Country Connection Rose Bowl Tavern 9pm, free Headlights, New Sense, The Roots of Orchis, Triple Whip Cowboy Monkey 9:30pm, $5 JAB Tommy G's 10pm, $2 DJ DJ Resonate Barfly 10pm, free DJ Limbs Boltini 10pm, free DJ Bozak Nargile 10pm, free DJ Tim Williams [dance] The Highdive 10pm, $5 Karaoke "G" Force Karaoke Sappy's on Devenshire 9pm-midnight, free

October 2

Live Music Grass Roots Revival Pages for All Ages 8-10pm, free

Lectures "Serving the Worldwide Community" [discussing spiritual and medical care in other

countries] Provena Covenant Medical Center Auditorium 8am-noon, free Family + Children “Making Friends with Animals” Illini Union Bookstore (second floor) 10:30am, free

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Karaoke "G" Force Karaoke Wendl's TBA, free

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October 3

Live Music Jazz Jam with ParaDocs The Iron Post 7-10pm, TBA Future Leaders of the World, Dropsixx, Justify the Means The Canopy Club 8pm, $6 Crystal River Rose Bowl Tavern 8:30pm, free Open Mic with host Larry Gates White Horse Inn 9:30pm, free Terminus Victor, Crimson Sweet, TBA Cowboy Monkey 10pm, $3 Robert Cherry, Leviride Nargile 10pm, $3 DJ DJ Carlos Barfly 10pm, free DJ Bozak Boltini 10:30pm, free

October 4

Live Music User Friendly, 12 Ways to Sunday The Canopy Club 9pm, $2 if under 21, free if 21 or over Dave & Steve [acoustic] White Horse Inn 9:30pm, free Open Mic Night hosted by Mike Ingram Cowboy Monkey 10pm, free MC Battle Round 1 Nargile 10pm, TBA Lucero, Colonel Rhodes The Highdive 10pm, $5 DJ DJ Delayney Barfly 10pm, free DJ Betty Rocker Mike 'n Molly's 10pm, $1 DJ Bozak Boltini 10:30pm, free Music Performance Community Drum Circle Ten Thousand Villages 7-9pm, free

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Headlights may be a new name in town, but Tristan Wraight, Brent Sanderson, Erin Fein and Seth Fein certainly aren’t strangers to the Champaign-Urbana scene. They’ve been playing together for years under various names, such as The Enemies, Orphans and, of course, Absinthe Blind. This date marks their return to C-U after a monthlong tour that took them from Georgia to California and back again. The nationwide tour was in support of their new EP, entitled The Enemies EP and released by Polyvinyl Records.

October 5

Live Music John Cowan Band featuring Noam Pikelny, Green Mountain Grass The Canopy Club 9pm, $10 in advance Traditional Irish Music: Ged Foley, Paul Smyth and Michael Cooney The Iron Post 9pm, TBA Crystal River Rose Bowl Tavern 9pm, free Adam Wolfe's Acoustic Night with Jess Greenlee Tommy G's 10pm, free

Hailing from Milwaukee, New Sense features Ryan Weber and BJ Seidel from Decibully and the Promise Ring fame. Their dance-pop sound has been compared to The Postal Service, but their music also has more of an edge because it was originally written for a rock band format. New Sense recently released a self-titled EP on Brilliante Records. San Diego’s Roots of Orchis grace C-U with their presence for the second time this year. Their sound is difficult to classify due to their unusual lineup. According to their label, their music utilizes “beautiful electronic sounds and live instrumentation. They use turntables, analog synths, drum programming and samples, along with jazz-inspired drums, multiple basses and minimal guitars, breaching the boundaries between avant rock, instrumental hip hop, and IDM.” Their fans eagerly await their fourth album, which is a promised two-CD effort to be released on Slowdance Records.

DJ Irish DJ Mike 'n Molly's 5pm, free DJ Sophisto Barfly 10pm, free 2ON2OUT [rock] Cowboy Monkey 10pm, free NOX: DJ ZoZo The Highdive 10pm, $2 DJ Hoff Mike 'n Molly's 10pm, $1 DJ J-Phlip Boltini 10:30pm, free

Locals Triple Whip start the night out with their unique brand of bass-laden, cinema-inspired rock. Catch all four phenomenal bands on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Cowboy Monkey at 9:30 p.m. for $5. — Cassie Conner

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Chicagoans Local H travel downstate to Urbana to play a show at the Courtyard Cafe before they start their national tour in support of their new album, Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles?, which features the single “California Songs.” They are joined by fellow Chicago-dwellers Ascot Fire. At this point, the night still lacks a second opener due to the fact that the original openers, local band Suffrajett, canceled due to prior commitments. Catch them at the Courtyard Cafe at 9 p.m. Cover is $9 for the general public and $7 for UIUC students. — Cassie Conner

Palomar, The Opportunists, Wasteoid Workforce The IMC Booking Collective presents Palomar from Brooklyn, N.Y., on tour to promote their third album, Palomar III: Revenge of Palomar, out on Self-Starter Foundation. CMJ says, “Palomar rock with a sweet and intimate brilliance that’s sorely underrepresented in that scene. On their third LP, the band continues to improve upon their characteristic sound of infectious pop melodies, the unique vocal harmonies bringing in a taste of not-so-annoying twee that also makes them stand out in the NYnew-new-wave.” Locals The Opportunists feature the unusual lineup of two drummers and two guitarists. Their songs feature complex melodies on topics that range from silly to serious to sweet. Wasteoid Workforce is a hard-working band that starts the night off with their own mix of indie rock, pop, grunge and punk. Check them all out at the Red Herring at 9 p.m. Cover is $5, and this show is all ages. — Cassie Conner

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35 "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" character 36 Part 3 of the quote 37 Violent Femmes leader Gordon 38 Stands at book readings 41 One-named British model/actress 43 The Mystery Machine, e.g. 44 Declare as true 45 Part 4 of the quote 53 "See ya," in Sorrento 54 Butt, in an overly cute way 55 Toilet paper layer 56 End of the quote 59 Take down a peg 60 Talk dirty 61 "Are you ___ out?" 62 Studio tapes 63 Clearblue Easy competitor 64 Military food

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Live Music Found! Cowboy Monkey 7pm, $3 Astral Project The Iron Post 8pm-midnight, TBA Make Watt and the Secondmen, The Mendoza Line, Charles Bissell (of the Wrens) The Highdive 9pm, $10 Hard Poor Korn Rose Bowl Tavern 9pm, free Kilborn Alley Tommy G's 9pm, free Zoso [Led Zepplin tribute band] The Canopy Club 10pm, $6 Apollo Project Nargile 10pm, $3 DJ Chef Ra Barfly 10pm, free Salsa Night with DJ Bris [salsa, mambo, bachata] Cowboy Monkey 10pm, free DJ Boardwalk Mike 'n Molly's 10pm, $1 DJ Limbs Boltini 10:30pm, free Karaoke Outlaw Karaoke Tommy G's 9pm, free Liquid Courage Karaoke Geovanti's 10pm-2am, free

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ly so from Joy Division’s with its chorus of “Can you see what you’ve done to my heart and soul? This is a wasteland now.” Other songs follow suit; “Evil” amounts to a rehashed version of TBL’s “PDA,” with its rap-talk verses and choir-boy bridges, while “C’mere” and “Public Pervert” are lyrically embarrassing, with their abundant talk of ‘baby’ and cliched romantic allegories that supposedly lay anchor to the album’s nautical theme. Responding to the current stream of “dance-punk” bands that are increasingly hoarding the air waves, Interpol have recorded a sophomore album that will divide the fan base that was initially attracted to them; leaving them to decide whether to enjoy the faux-party presented on their latest record, or to crawl back lamenting about their debut.

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In the two years since the release of Interpol’s first album, Turn on the Bright Lights, much in the musical climate has changed. Since then, The Strokes released their sophomore record, Room on Fire, to mediocre critical reaction and surprisingly mediocre album sales; meanwhile success has found many bands like The Killers,The Stills, The Rapture and Franz Ferdinand, who recently won the Mercury Music Award, riding on the coattails of the initial success created by bands like The Strokes and Interpol. With that said, Interpol’s sophomore record, Antics, is definitely a product of the current trends. Eschewing the monotonous singularity of TBL, their latest disc plays as both a response to the band’s previous record as well as the current popularity of many of the aforementioned bands. The album starts off with “Next Exit,” clearly illustrating the differences between Interpol’s latest offering and its predecessor. Opening with airy keyboards, ringing bluesy guitar tones and Paul Bank’s voice ascertaining, “We ain’t going to the town, we’re going to the city,” it is clear that Banks and co. have not replicated the majestic coldness apparent on their debut, rather opting (as in reference to “going to the city”) for a warmer affair, a party record, if you will. In the case of some of the new material, this more optimistic approach is welcomed and well-executed; Banks has broadened his vocal range to render a depth that is more akin to Brian Eno or David Bowie than his earlier comparisons to Ian Curtis. The album’s standout tracks, “NARC” and “Take You On A Cruise,” work well with the album’s tone because their dynamics are not muted and they are melodically and emotionally charged, both musically and lyrically. However, much of the material plays like unfinished products, songs formatted for radio consumption or radio-friendliness. The current single, “Slow Hands,” seems overtly plagiarized, musically borrowed from Franz Ferdinand’s “Take Me Out” with its disco dance beat, and lyricals o u n d s

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Four years ago, a North Philadelphia native released an album on a small record label founded by music veteran Steve McKeever. The word “debut” was a perfect noun for Who Is Jill Scott?, the first record from the woman in question as well as an indigenous release from Hidden Beach Recordings. Released with very little hype and virtually no promotion, the album’s success came through word-of-mouth. The result was a core audience whom Jill kept waiting as she recorded Beautifully Human:Words and Sounds Vol. 2. It was a long wait in these times of instant gratification, but the content of Beautifully Human justifies her absence. The title of Scott’s second work is no accident. Along with the album cover—a photo of a young Jill Scott—it leaves the impression that one will get a deeper glimpse into its creator, not as an artist, but as an individual whose life experiences are not removed from the rest of the population. The song “Family Reunion” helps with this image, as Scott describes the crazy yet common occurrences at her family gatherings. Although most will probably never eat at Scott’s family’s table, we find ourselves smiling with warmth as we reminisce about experiences with our own family. “Family Reunion” is a break from the rest of the songs, many of which touch on issues about love between romantic partners. The debut’s selections were more abstract, as if the songs were written for a general audience, but the lyrics on Beautifully Human sound like they were taken from pages of Scott’s private journal. Such is the case for “The Fact Is (I Need You).” In this song, Jill asserts her independence to her lover, counting the ways in which she can take care of herself. But just when you think she’s reached “Superwoman” status, she submits to vulnerability and admits that despite autonomy, her Romeo is an essential part of her being. What’s missing from Beautifully Human is the spoken-word poetry that set Jill apart from others of the same genre. The song “Cross My Mind” is a throwback to Scott the poet, but the aggressive voice found on the debut is replaced with a soft, almost whispered tone.This is a voice that is consistent throughout the album, especially on “My Petition.”What originally sounds like a letter to an inconsiderate boyfriend is actually a statement to the government. Such a political message may have been delivered with more fervor from the woman we knew four years ago, but the Minnie Ripperton-esque tone that Scott uses

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New Sense New Sense Brillante Records BY CORNELIA BOONMAN

Listening to New Sense’s debut album is like going on a boat ride on a river of disco balls and shocks of mellow light while downing a solution of pure sugar. Sound good? Absolutely, especially considering that the band is a fusion of members (William Seidel, Ryan Weber) previously from self-proclaimed emo bands Camden and the Promise Ring.This new pop-dance venture is filled with hooks and soft, pulsing bass lines that flow in and out of the consciousness of the album. It’s quite a departure from the brooding styles of the Promise Ring, but really not so far away from their pop sensibilities. We start off this journey of dance with “Going for Broke.” It’s a nice song, with lots of little hollow clicks that nicely complement both the smooth stretch of synthesizers and the lines, “You have to give and live it and take what you want.” Then skipping over the next couple of tracks, we hit a nice, full song:“The World is My Oyster.” The bounce of synthesizers and rhythm give it a great feel. Skip “Caution is Regret” because of its overworked techno loop in the background. However, don’t make the mistake of skipping tracks six and seven, because they’ll put the dance in your pants. “This Stunted Life” has the pop-rock vibe that might be more expected of a band that comes from rock roots. “Same Vacation” closes at the end of the river with what might as well be a song off a Beck album, with its great bass lines, syncopated rhythms and plaintive, nonsensical lyrics. After this trip through disco dance funks and ultra-glam cocktail parties, it is easy to see that New Sense are a great listen for any occasion, mainly dance-centered ones.After all, it’s difficult to stay emo when there’s a dance party in your CD player.

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“The whole record is about the band more than anything,” said Bissell.“It’s about trying to do what you want to even as you get older and face more challenges. Everyone evaluates things as they age.” In 1996 with the release of Secacus, they received much critical praise and were being offered a semi-major label deal. It appeared good on the surface, but after more thought the band decided against it, and their former label went on to release Creed’s debut. They went on without a label to record (in their living room) what would become Meadowlands in the spring of 1999, but something wasn’t right. “We were all having problems at the time,” Bissell said. “We were exhausted, suffering from a lack of focus (and) motivation, and some mild depression was taking hold.” From 1999 to 2003, many of the songs from Meadowlands saw numerous incarnations that will never see the light of day,

HURLY-BURLY Rufus Wainwright will release Want Two, a companion to 2003’s Want One, on Dreamworks Nov. 16. Four of the 12 tracks were previously available as an iTunes exclusive EP. Stephen Malkmus announced he has placed the finishing touches on his third solo album and that it will be released sometime in April or May via Matador. The former Pavement frontman asserted the album was recorded in his basement studio and he did most of the engineering himself. After being pushed back, Mos Def’s sophomore album New Danger is prepped for an Oct. 12 release date on Geffen.

w H at tH e He L L? MOMENT OF THE WEEK John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. has started a career hosting animal documentaries. Having already hosted two documentaries for BBC 5 about gorillas and sharks, the embittered grandfather of punk is set to host a documentary for the Discovery Channel about insects. One can only envision one of the architects of underground rock referring to a group of honeybees as “a bunch of arseholes” and then giving them the two-finger salute.

since several of the master tapes were erased ritualistically by the band. The released version (on Absolutely Kosher records) is a wonderful collection of guitar-driven rock songs with contemplative lyrics of heartbreak and failed dreams.The album received much critical praise, being dubbed the best album of 2003 by Magnet magazine and placing toward the top of the list in many others. “The reality is that it took us four years to release the record because we all had to overcome our exhaustion and disillusionment with the record industry,” Bissell said. Today, the band still finds time to tour and create music, although a few of the members have families and “real” jobs. But for Bissell, music is currently his only occu-

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We have all been guilty of desiring people and things that turned out to be no good for us. Whenever I review the history of my own relationship with longing, I'm embarrassed about some of the dumb "pleasures" I once craved. I've also noticed, though, that sometimes the only cure for wanting illadvised thrills is to actually get them. The suffering that ensues can be an excellent prod to avoid repeating the same mistake in the future. I bring this up, Aries, because it'll be important for you to keep in mind during the next six weeks. You will have to be quite discriminating about your desires. If you're careful, you can refrain from fulfilling the wrong ones.

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This is Walk Your Talk Week for you Geminis. More than any other time this year, you will have everything going for you when you concentrate on translating your highest ideals into practical actions. Live up to your hype, you beautiful dreamer. Fulfill your promises. Call on all your ingenuity to create effects that are in harmony with your intentions. You are now capable of being as free of hypocrisy as it's possible for a human being to be.

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Sessions,” and J. Scott Franklin returns Oct. 8 for an engagement at Borders with G. Lee. Tomorrow, Joni Laurence launches yet another local concert series, this time with Verde Gallery manager Curt Tucker. The aim of “Acoustic Fusion” is to pair acts that are different, yet complementary, so that distinct crowds may experience and enjoy them together. Shows are the first and third Fridays of each month, with Joni Laurence and Noisy Gators Oct. 1, and Jimmy Legs and Grass Roots Revival Oct. 15. Show time is 8 p.m., and cover is $5. For those unaware, Verde Gallery has a cafe with wine bar. At 9 p.m., Independent Media Center Booking Collective has an alcohol-free, all-ages show at Red Herring Vegetarian Restaurant, once a hotbed for the folk and punk scenes. On the bill tomorrow are Palomar, a pop group from Brooklyn, The Opportunists and Wasteoid Workforce (ex-The Failures). Palomar is on tour in support of their third album, Palomar III, and rarely play venues this small. Cover is $5. Saturday, Headlights (ex-Absinthe Blind) finish a 15-state tour, their first, at Cowboy Monkey. Also aboard are New Sense (Decibully), The Roots of Orchis and Triple Whip.

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Show time is 9:30 p.m., and suggested cover is $5. An alcohol-free Local H show? Sounds dubious, but one is scheduled at the Courtyard Cafe that same night at 9 p.m. Suffrajett, “a ratty little band from NYC,” sadly cancelled due to a wedding, but promised a makeup date by November. Ascot Fire remain on the bill. Cover is $9 or $7 for University of Illinois students. Colonel Rhodes, an alt-country act that formed here last autumn and opened for Juliana Hatfield at The Highdive, recently added vocalist Elizabeth Holt and guitarist Paclavel Pierzysztipopintoff.The new ensemble played their inaugural show Sept. 19, upon completion of their debut track, “Setting Sun,” with Adam Schmitt for the Save the Plastic Records compilation Anger Is a Gift. In the meantime, the track is available for free download at http://www.colonelrho-des.com/. Colonel Rhodes perform Oct. 4 at The Highdive with Lucero and Oct. 8 at The Void with Catfish Haven and The Invisible.

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These days it's rare to hear music that's not channeled through machines. When is the last time you enjoyed beautiful singing unenhanced by a microphone or the technology of a recording studio? But I say unto you, my dear Cancerian, that it's now crucial for you to listen to the naked human voice raised in song. Don't stop there, either. Your soul craves all kinds of raw, unfiltered contact with the world—first-hand information that hasn't been translated or interpreted before it reaches you. So try divesting yourself of the opinions you've borrowed from "experts." Look for guidance from the experiences you actually have, not from stories, gossip, and news gleaned from second-hand sources. Make love with a real person, not with the fantasies implanted in your imagination by the entertainment industry.

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During the day, the sky is filled with as many stars as it is at night, but the sun so thoroughly monopolizes our attention that we can't see them. I believe this is an apt metaphor for a certain situation in your personal life, Leo. Some dominant force keeps you from becoming aware of less spectacular but still important influences. Soon, though, that dominant force will go on sabbatical. You'll be able to gaze upon sights that its presence normally obscures. Your understanding of the world will naturally change forever, and though that may be shocking at first, in the long run it will be invigorating.

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"In countries where large percentages of the population believe in hell, there seems to be less corruption and a higher standard of living," concluded a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. My translation: Many people are motivated to do the right thing out of primal dread. I bring this up, Virgo, because it is critical for you to wean yourself of any attraction you might have to letting fear serve as a central motivator. I'm happy to report that in the coming months, you will have an unprecedented opportunity to retrain yourself to do just that. By September 2005, your quest for success and goodness could very well be inspired primarily by your love of life.

LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

The cosmos is finally ready to discharge you from your heavy, dark assignments. Your main duty in the coming weeks is to seek relief and release in the most constructive ways possible. Celebrate, Libra, don't thrash. Rejoice and look to the future, don't thunder against the ordeal you've completed. I nominate the exuberant Libran poet Michael McClure to be your role model during this time. The poet Aaron Shurin has described McClure as a reveler who "puts the attitude in beatitude," and as an alchemist who's "fluent in two languages, English and Beast." That's exactly what you should be like as you lift your own spirits. Now please read aloud this paraphrase of a McClure poem: "GRAHHRR! RAHHR! RAHRIRAHHR! HRAHR! I'm not sugar, I'm love looking for sugar!"

S C O R P I O

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

What's dying within you, Scorpio? Is it a passion that has expired? A dream that has gone to seed? A goal you neglected for so long that it can't be resuscitated? If it's time for that part of you to die, help it die. I mean create a ritual in which you formally complete your relationship with it, let go of it for good, and begin the grieving process. In honor of its passing, write a testimonial or draw a symbolic picture, then bury that remembrance in the earth near a tree you love. When you're done with the funeral, eat the freshest, juiciest pear you can find.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

"If you plant a crocus bulb, it won't grow into a grapevine," my teacher Ann Davies used to say. "You can't learn to play the violin by practicing the piano." I hope you've had some version of this wisdom lighting up the back of your mind these past 11 months, Sagittarius. Soon you will harvest the fruits of the seeds you planted around your last birthday, and you will leap to a new level of mastery in whatever skill or trick or habit you've been faithfully plying for the past 11 months.

CA P R I C O R N

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

In portentous tones, as if exposing yet another sickening deterioration of our collective health, the Center for Disease Control recently informed us that the average person is "sad, blue, or depressed" about three days a month. As I read various news articles reporting the results of the CDC's survey, I looked in vain for even a glimmer of triumphant glee. After all, if we're downhearted three days every month, it means we're feeling pretty good the other 27 or 28 days. And that's a glorious revelation that should, in my opinion, provoke dancing in the streets. But now I have even better news for you,

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AQUA R I U S

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Mystery writer Agatha Christie took issue with the old saw that says "necessity is the mother of invention." Just as often, she believed, the creation of new conveniences is prompted by the desire to save time and trouble. If necessity is the mother of invention, laziness is the father. I suggest you make that your motto in the coming week, Aquarius. Be on the lookout for innovations that will free up your time and imagination. Dream and scheme about how you can get more room in your schedule to do absolutely nothing but dream and scheme.

P I S C E S

(Feb. 19-March 20)

In the autumn, the sweet gum tree in my yard is a paradoxical sight. As its green leaves turn red and fall to the ground, it seems to be announcing that it's slipping into a state of dormancy. At the same time, though, it sprouts hundreds of spiky, bright green balls full of seeds, as if to declare it's bursting with irrepressible vitality. This phase of the sweet gum's life is similar to where you are in your cycle right now, Pisces. Would you mind if I called you Sweet Gum? Homework: If you had to choose one wild animal to follow, observe, and learn from for a month, which would it be? Testify at www.freewillastrology.com.

ART EXHIBITS — ON VIEW NOW Alchemy & Stones of Brittany: Sculptures and Encaustic Paintings by Toni Putnam. Verde Gallery, 17 E Taylor St, Champaign Mon-Sat 7am-10pm Marque Strickland [Mixed media drawings and paintings] Cafe Kopi Mon-Thu 7am-11pm, Fri-Sat 7am-12pm, Sun 11am-8pm “Featured Works XVIII: Art and Spirituality in the Medieval World” [Explores the sacred word, devotional objects and cultural interchange. Includes artwork from the major religious context within the Mediterranean region, like Medieval Europe, Byzantium and the Jadaic and Islamic traditions] Krannert Art Museum through Oct 24 Tue, Thu-Sat 9am-5pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Sun 25pm, $3 “eGo: A Selection of Abstract Work by Randall A. D. Plankenhorn” [Work from Randall Plankenhorn, an Urbana native. Each black-andwhite photograph reflects the larger theme of distor ted views of self both through the lens of introspection and relationships.] Aroma Cafe through Sept 30 Open every day, 7am-midnight “Restoring Byzantium: The Kariye Camii in Istanbul and the Byzantine Institute Restoration” [Devoted to the restoration of the Kariye Camii in Istanbul, originally the

Todd J. Hunter hosts “WEFT Sessions” and “Champaign Local 901,” two hours of local music every Monday night at 10 p.m. on 90.1 FM. Send news to soundground@excite.com.

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In the French village of Lourdes is a spring whose waters are reputed to have miraculous powers of healing. For 150 years, sick and despondent pilgrims from all over the world have traveled there seeking relief. To get to the sacred sanctuary, ironically, seekers must make their way through streets filled with cheesy souvenir shops and tourist traps. And the restaurants in Lourdes are among the worst in all of France. This scenario may be a bit like your life in the coming days, Taurus. In your search for healing and purity, you'll probably have to weave your way through a mini-wasteland.

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church of Christ in the Chora Monastery] Krannert Center through Oct 10 Tue, Thu-Sat 9am-5pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Sun 2-5pm, Suggested donation: $3 Steeple Gallery [by Gary Ingersol, including the Allerton Series, U of I Series and Unique Monticello Series] 102 E Lafayette St, Monticello Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm. www.steeplegallery.com Larry Kanfer [Four galleries feature Larry Kanfer’s new pieces of the Midwest Prairie. Photographs from the University of Illinois, Upper Midwest, Coast to Coast and European Collections also included] 2503 S Neil, Champaign Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm, free, www.kanfer.com Creation Art Studios Gallery [Original artwork by Jeannine Bestoso, Andy Gillis, Shoshanna Bauer, Amy Richardson and students of the studio.] 1102 E Washington, Urbana Mon-Thur 1-5:30pm, Sat 1-4pm. www.creationartstudios.com “Allen Stringfellow Retrospective” [Stringfellow works with a vivid palette, using a variety of mediums, most notably collage and watercolor. Focusing predominantly on the themes of religion, gospel and jazz music, his work imparts a lively historical and personal perspective on African-American life in Chicago and Champaign.] Krannert Art Museum Tue, Thu-Sat 9am-5pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Sun 2-5pm, Suggested donation: $3

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get scared shitless to play in front of people; I got into music to be with my friends.” This is coming from Mike Watt, bassist extraordinaire, punk rock journeyman and all-around underground rock legend. At 46, Mike has played with just about every musician from the last two decades who you think is cool, as well as cutting his teeth in what may have been the best punk band ever. More than most artists, he’s probably earned the right to be aloof. And yet, as the above quote implies, he’s humble to a fault, his wit and wisdom obviously a result of his assertion that he’s still constantly learning. And he’s funny as hell.

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“Alchemy & Stones of Brittany” will be on display at the Verde Gallery through Oct. 23.

atural form, landscape and essence are the elements of inspiration at work in the Verde Gallery’s current exhibit featuring the work of Toni Putnam.“Alchemy & Stones of Brittany” is the title of the show, which displays the artist’s own interpretations of the world around her and the unified elemental theories that inspire her. This is Putnam’s first major exhibit at the gallery since its opening two years ago. Curt Tucker, manager of Verde, says that she is one of the premier artists to be represented there over the gallery’s short history. “I saw a piece of her work here in Champaign, and I was amazed by what I saw,” he said. Shortly thereafter, Verde displayed some

of her work, which included mostly landscape scenes of rolling Illinois prairie. “In that first show, we had 53 pieces, and we sold 47 of them. We’ve pretty much sold them nonstop.” “Alchemy & Stones of Brittany” is the product of the Massachusetts native’s already honed skills producing painted and sculpted renditions of natural subjects.As an artist, she pays particular attention to the essences of her subjects. “The unseen world is visible no matter what you’re doing,” Putnam says. This unseen property is part of the larger interconnectedness that she tries to bring out, which is where mysticism and alchemy enter in. The stones of Brittany, which Putnam visited during her time in England, are shown in her large copper sculptures— pieced together from segments aligned to re-create the rocks’ natural contours. Her encaustic paintings, which concentrate on the elemental interactions of earth, fire, wind and water that house naturally created and usually man-manipulated monuments, are made through a process of drawing with oil pastels on top of heated wax. In many cases, this creates incredibly organic textures and lighting effects when desired. Though in several cases historians are unsure as to the origins of the stone formations she focuses on, Putnam finds beauty in their unknown and unseen nature. Also included in the “Stones of Brittany” series are scenes from modern man-made structures, such as dwellings and wells that have been constructed of the same stones used long ago for mystic and pagan purposes. Just as in the older examples, the surrounding elements remain fundamental to her focal points. Sculptures with mystical themes also litter the exhibit, inhabiting the

same floor space as the reproduced copper stones. Putnam’s The Phoenix is an openwinged representation of the mythological bird stretching out her wings above her eggs. Above is a suspended merging of the sun and moon.This results in a synthesis of multiple subjects, and distilling essence runs throughout her artwork. “Studying mysticism taught me that all paths lead to the truth,” Putnam explains. Her artistic drive is fueled by this search for unity. Also on display are a set of sculpted labyrinth balls she designed based on sketches of such spherical mazes from an 18th century French book. The balls are intended to be a form of meditation for the user, who can begin at the center or outermost point of one of the interlaid paths and contemplate the journey or use the time for other inward contemplation. Putnam’s encaustic works toward the back of the gallery deal more with the alchemy half of the show. These include scenes of tools and vessels from alchemic procedures as well as people trying to create gold from iron and sulfur. She says that the value of studying alchemy goes beyond its original scientific implications, because modern science and genetic understandings are coming closer to similar underlying conclusions about essential unities. Another theme that will be visible to viewers is the white raven. “The white raven existed on the Queen Charlotte islands,” Putnam states. Several of the encaustic works feature the albino bird, whom she says stories tell was killed on its island home. “I love being an artist,” she says. Having recently relocated to Champaign and reached a point where she can pursue her artwork full time, Putnam is entering a new phase of her career. With her newly found freedom, she hopes to further delve into the essences of her images and continue producing unique works such as those now on display. buzz

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Watt started out as the bassist for legendary ‘80s underground band The Minutemen. With his lifelong friend D. Boon, the boys from San Pedro, Calif., combined punk rock energy with witty blue-collar politics and a wide range of musical influences from folk to jazz to become one of the most revered bands of the decade. Sadly, it was all cut short when D. Boon died in a car accident in 1985. Since then Watt has gone on to be a member of the wildly eclectic Firehose, conduct a solo career, and lead his current band The Secondmen, as well as be involved with more side projects than should be humanly possible. When asked if any projects stick out,Watt replies,“They all taught me something. I like my oldest band Dos, it’s just me and Kira Roessler (the bassist) from Black Flag.There’s nothing to hide behind there.” “In middle age you start to see that the voyage is finite and you gotta get a lot of work done. It’s different in your 20s; for one thing, you know everything, but you’re also a lot more resilient,” relates Watt. The concept of middle age probably takes center stage among his thoughts at the moment, having had a rather terrifying brush with mortality recently. I n 2000, Wa t t nearly died. He suffered from a fever for 38 days and the episode concluded with an abscess bursting in his perineum. “It’s like a doctor’s wo rd f o r t h e taint,” says Watt. The experience left him with not only an extensive period of recuperation, but proved to

be the sort of life-affirming event that makes for great music. So, Mike Watt did what he does best, he grabbed his “thud staff ” and made an album. The result, The Secondman’s Middle Stand, is an album that tells the story of Watt’s sickness in sometimes harrowing details and is steeped in the sort of self-reflection that comes from knocking on death’s door. “It’s about the sickness, but it’s more an allegory for being a 46-year-old punk rocker,” says Watt. Not only a first-person account of Watt’s sickness, the album betrays the influence of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. The first third of the album recounts the sickness itself, representing the Inferno, the middle third covers treatment and mirrors Purgatory, while the final third describes the simple pleasures of a return to health, standing in for the ascent to Paradise. “I like the idea of a good story; it’s got to have a beginning, a middle and an end,” relates Watt. The echoes of The Divine Comedy, devoured by Watt during his recuperation, reveal his deep love of literature, which seeps into every aspect of his musical oeuvre. “There’s something about the written word that’s very personal,” says Watt. “It’s funny how the books I read on tour follow my tour, even if they’re (700) or 800 years old.” The album itself is classic Watt, an energetic and musically complex ride through pop, punk, classic rock and jazz. On it, he’s backed by only drums and Hammond organ. On the choice to go this one guitarless, Watt muses, “Well, I’ve still gotta keep challenging myself ... you get a lower sound out of an organ than a bass, so I get a chance to experiment.” Nor has his scrape with the Reaper discouraged his inveterate road dog status. Famous for waxing poetically about “the boat,” his term for the tour van,Watt is right back there in the mix; having just come off a tour with the recently reformed Stooges, he’s currently on a two-month tour in support of the album. “Elvin Jones was 75 and played his last gig two weeks before he died,” says Watt.“You gotta go out there and play like it’s your last night, that’s what D. Boon did or Iggy Pop. I’ve had a lot of good teachers.” After having a stellar, ludicrously consistent musical output; having friends in all walks of life, from Richard Meltzer to Iggy Pop; having toured seemingly every dingy rock club in every nook and cranny of the United States and

large portions of Europe; and after nearly two decades of being considered one of the underground’s premier bassists; everything about Watt still suggests that ordinary guy from Pedro, Calif., a sly, wise, warmly selfdeprecating man overjoyed that he gets to go out there every night and just play the bass. He seems an unlikely candidate for legendary status, but as he says, “If it means I’m a link in the chain so that people can express themselves further on in the years, then I’m comfortable with that. It’s like any farmer will tell you, if you want a good crop you gotta use a lot of manure.” buzz

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On his last two albums being considered rock operas: “I’m already thinking about my next album. I think it’s going to be 36 short songs.” On the relationship between genres in his music: “It’s like John Coltrane said, ‘Music is a big reservoir.’ I guess you’re either drinking from it or pissing in it.” On playing bass with the recently reformed Stooges: “I finally get to be the youngest guy in the band.”

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practically perfect in every way,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; viciously stolen from Mary Poppins, for lack of better words that can relay a true description of myself.

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within their frameworks,â&#x20AC;? Delaney said. WILL-TV has also joined up with the Head Start program and the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana to establish a book mentor project. Within the mentor program, volunteers make a monthly trip to local classrooms to share a book and engage in a related activity. Children will receive a copy of that book as well as a worksheet detailing book information, theme-related books, theme-related WILLTV programs and activities. Teachers will also make an effort to work that piece of literature into their lesson plans. Many Central Illinois families also have WILL to thank for the distribution of literature. Between 400 and 425 free childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books are handed out on a monthly basis to families, with the hope that many of these families will improve the literacy skills of their children, Delaney said. WILL works with people to ensure that they get the most out of every book that the First Book Project

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provides. The goal of First Book is to get books in the hands of children who might not have access to them otherwise. It may allow them to start a library, Delaney said. But WILL isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t doing this alone. They have the support of corporate sponsors, including Kraft Foods, Inc. and U.S. Cellular. These funding partners, in conjunction with the Public Broadcasting Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the U.S. Department of Education, have helped thousands of children learn through the Ready to Learn Service. The program also stretches its impact into the community. With new projects, including a six-week parent training program called Parent Counts, a partnership with the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discovery museum in Bloomington, and collaboration with the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club, WILL and Ready to Learn seem to be continuing a pattern of success in helping the lives of young children. buzz

Susan Kundrat, founder and owner of Nutrition on the Move since 1998, has been working with members of the community and university athletes for many years in an effort to instill proper nutrition. She also works with Northwestern University, the University of Evansville and Bradley University. She lectures and writes as a member of the sports nutrition board with Gatorade. As a certified sports and wellness nutritionist, Kudrat works out of the Strawberry Fields store in Urbana. I understand you are currently working at Nutrition on the Move; can you give me an idea of what you do there?

I have been working as a consultant at Strawberry Fields for six or seven years. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m basically a resource here at the Strawberry Fields store. I have open hours Mondays (from) 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., so people can come in a ask me quick nutrition or product questions. Also, because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a registered dietician, I see clients with nutrition concerns as well as athletes with sports nutrition and wellness questions. What got you interested in nutrition?

I was always intrigued by physiology, biology and how the body worked. I also love to cook; I love food; I love to eat. I have always been an athlete as well, so it lends itself to physiology. After interning in Boston and working as a cardiac rehab dietician, I knew I wanted to specialize in nutrition and exercise. What is your book 101 Sports Nutrition Tips focused on?

I really wanted to put out a book that cut through all the mechanismsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the things that get people all riled up. My premise

for the book was to create an easy reference for athletes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s geared toward answering sports nutrition questions as well as telling you what to eat. The book is based on solid science and research studies. My goal was to help implement that. Do you have any basic nutrition suggestions or rules you feel are very important?

I think one thing that is very important is to make sure your body has consistent energy all day long. You also need to be sure you have a sensible balance of nutrients in your diet. You need to eat more natural foods, more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Staying hydrated is also important. You need to maximize what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re drinking. What is your favorite aspect of being a nutritionist?

One of the things that I enjoy the most is that I feel this is a very positive field. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a privilege to work with people who want to make positive changes in their life.Also, helping athletes reach their potential is a great thrill for me. I always hoped I could do something meaningful and positive as a career, and I feel I am doing that. What does your radio show focus on?

Strawberry Fields sponsors weekly radio spots on both WHMS (97.5 FM) and WBCP (1580 AM). The focus is on common nutrition concerns or what is happening in the news regarding nutrition. It is also an avenue for me to get nutrition messages out that are positive, as well as cutting through some of the questions people are commonly confused about.

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is for farmer’s markets, the best place to get fresh ingredients, which are essential for good food. Seasonal cooking is wonderful both for the environment and for your palate. With the Market at the Square open from May through November, you can eat well through three seasons, picking the best that each has to offer. Heading into fall, the market is overflowing with peppers, eggplant, potatoes, gourds, late-season tomatoes, apples and green beans. In addition, Tomahnous, Maple Lane, Triple S, and Jim and Diann Moore and Sons offer pasture-raised meat, brown eggs and, starting this year, the Moores are offering duck eggs. Bakery goods, flowers, honey, sprouts and more round out the selection at the market. If you run out of fresh produce midway through the week, two smaller markets are available, one on North Mattis Avenue at Country Fair plaza on Wednesday mornings and one on Fox Drive on Thursday mornings. Each time I visit the market, I get great ideas for new recipes using the ingredients available. Here are a few of my favorites using ingredients currently available.

1 large bunch of basil leaves 3 cloves of garlic (Tomahnous Farm has 18 varieties; ask for a recommendation) 1 cup pine nuts, toasted (toast at 400 degrees for about 5 minutes on a baking sheet; flip often as they will burn quickly) 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Place the first three ingredients in a food processor and blend until chopped.Add oil slowly to this mixture. Finish by blending in the Parmesan cheese. This will make approximately

one cup of pesto. If you double the recipe, store your leftover pesto in an airtight container in the refrigerator. STUFFED HUNGARIAN PEPPERS

4 to 5 large Hungarian or banana peppers 1 lb. ground sirloin or soy protein crumbles 1 tbsp. oil 1 large onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 to 3 large tomatoes, seeded and diced 1 cup shredded cheese (Queso Fresco, Chihuahua, Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack will all work)

PASTA, POTATOES AND GREEN BEANS IN A PESTO SAUCE 1 lb. green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces 1 lb. pasta (I like bucatini, but you could use linguine, capelleni, fettucine, etc.) 2 large potatoes, sliced 1-inch thick (any firm baking potato is good) 1 cup pesto sauce (recipe follows, but you could use store-bought) Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over mediumhigh heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until golden. Add in the meat or soy crumbles and cook until nicely browned. Add the tomatoes. Let this cook while you prepare the peppers. Cut each pepper once lengthwise and seed. Place the peppers in a 13 by 9 glass baking dish. Stuff each pepper with the meat filling and top with the shredded cheese. Any extra filling can be placed in the pan, around the peppers. Bake for about 20 minutes. Amanda Kolling loves new recipes.Send some her way at AmandaKolling@readbuzz.com.

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Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook until just tender (do not overcook). Remove the beans from the water, place in a colander and rinse under cold water. Set these aside.Add the potato slices to the water and cook until tender. Remove, place in a colander and rinse under cold water. Set these aside. Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook until al dente (to the bite). Add the green beans and potatoes back to the water and cook one additional minute. Drain the pot, but reserve about one cup of the pasta water.Toss the pasta, potatoes and beans with the pesto sauce, adding the reserved pasta water as needed to make the sauce more liquid. Sprinkle with cheese, salt and pepper and serve.

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Horror films haven’t died; they just needed a good smack to the head.

consistently relies on unknowingly parodying itself, it’s the crassly cliched horror world of preposterous dialogue, idiotic characters and innumerable sequels. Furthermore, aside from the occasionally inventive standout (28 Days Later), the only new ideas are, essentially, old ones: remakes (Dawn of the Dead), homage (Cabin Fever) and just plain gruesome, derivative drivel (Wrong Turn). That said, the deliciously hilarious Shaun of the Dead isn’t exactly a straight-up horror movie, nor is it a full-on lampooning of the cinematic landscape of killers, psychopaths and the walking dead.Rather,it’s a zombie movie for anyone with a soft spot for interpersonal relationships, and a romantic comedy for anyone who can’t get through a grand emotional declaration without seeing someone’s flesh ripped apart seconds later. Shaun (Simon Pegg), a lazy Londoner who sells electric appliances for a living, is at a crossroads in his life. His career is going nowhere, he’s too irresponsible to make a dinner reservation, and he has yet to accept his stepdad (Bill Nighy) as his father after 17 years of being married to his

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warning should come with any recommendation of A Dirty Shame, for it is equally likely to offend and disgust as to entertain. In the past John Waters’ fetishistic explorations of the socially and sexually taboo have enraged plenty, but his shameless trashiness has in no way been compromised by anyone’s objections. In fact, the film has been slapped with the usually undesirable NC-17 tag that will no doubt destroy the prestige that was afforded when The Dreamers and Young Adam were given the same classification. Waters’ appeal is limited to people with a very specific type of humor; the fact that everyone at the screening was by themselves is fairly indicative of this fact. Nonetheless, he remains one of the

most interesting and insane directors working in America today. In Waters’ world, Baltimore is the site of the second sexual revolution, as the “neuters” attempt to keep in check the unusual sexual practices of the liberated amidst them. Prudish Sylvia Stickles (Tracey Ullman) hates sex, and the store she runs is the location for the town’s emergency decency meetings. She keeps her daughter Caprice (Selma Blair) under house arrest due to her criminally enlarged breasts. However, when Sylvia suffers a concussion on the road, Ray-Ray (Johnny Knoxville) is at hand to sexually heal and awaken her. With her eyes and legs open, she sets off across town, discovering that she is one of 12 apostles of perversion, ranging from Ronnie the Rimmer to a slosher, and that her revolutionary role is to find a new sexual act. With a little (or a lot) of suspension of disbelief, one can truly engage in this menagerie of colorful characters, with endearing names such as Fat Fuck Fred and pleasant traits that include Roman bathing (vomiting on one another). Among the most unusual characters are a trio of gay men who enjoy pretending to

be a family of bears, complete with their own “bear hag.” Then there are the horny CGI squirrels that need to be seen to be believed, not to mention a spectacular special appearance by uberhunk David Hasselhoff. To complain that the film is offensive to women is redundant, for it is really just crude and upsetting to everyone. Waters is entering into his fourth decade of filmmaking, and his style has evolved, but hasn’t changed. After a couple of recent misfires, he is back on track in superb fashion. A Dirty Shame is hilariously disgusting, and in terrible taste. As usual, the humor is bizarre, puerile and full of genius. The episodic progression of events is so rapid that there is never a dull moment. In addition, the cast is universally terrific. Ullman has an incredible amount of fun with her role, conjuring up endless crude euphemisms for oral sex as her clitoris goes out of control. Even the usually intolerable Knoxville is perfectly cast as the guru with magical sex powers. The film reaches a new level of gross-out unpleasantries, but with all of its elaborate sexcesses, A Dirty Shame is a resounding suckcess.

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mum. Plus, his girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield), dumps him for being a stalwart nincompoop who spends every night drinking at the local tavern with his best friend Ed (Nick Frost), the kind of fat schlump who farts and plays video games all the day long and is just repulsive enough to wear a shirt that says,“I got wood.” But none of that seems terribly important when the city becomes overrun by a mass of bleeding, flesh-eating zombies, SHAUN OF THE DEAD • SEAN PEGG & KATE ASHFIELD and Shaun is forced to lead a crew of his friends and family in a revolt against album is expendable, and any true fan of horror the undead. (That is, once he notices the zombies, will savor the splendid mixture of suspense from beyond the grave and humor from the perspecwhich takes the oblivious Shaun quite awhile). Much of the appeal of Shaun of the Dead tive of filmmakers who know just how ludicrous comes from the juxtaposition of real people horror films can be. There are plenty of other inspired gags, most against a familiarly dreadful scenario.These aren’t the hollow, ignorant Americans who serve as of all the fact that the zombies never move very emotionless walking bait in horror movies.They fast or even attack with much precision. It’s just may be dim-witted British clods, but they’re also that there are so damn many of them, causing people with jobs, hobbies and families, and there’s Shaun and company to beat them down with everyday objects (well, in England) like cricket much more at stake than just plain survival. The characters’ attempts to protect those per- bats and shovels. The film also even manages to sonal interests in the face of danger supplies some persuasively comment on people who go of the film’s most gut-busting moments.The first through life like zombies, staggering around with time Shaun and Ed fight the zombies, their best as much ambition as a George Romero mutant. But the real bite of this enormously fun, wildidea is to throw household items at them. But when they discover the aerodynamic quality of ly entertaining movie is that it puts emotion back Shaun’s record collection, they first decide which into a genre whose heart often goes dead long albums are too valuable to waste on such matters before its relentless villains. Shaun of the Dead of life and death.Any true fan of music will be in proves that horror films haven’t died; they just stitches as the two friends debate which Prince needed a good smack to the head.

Gwyneth Paltrow is due to earn a record $3.6 million paycheck for one day’s work: a three-minute song as part of a cameo in the Truman Capote biopic This Thing Called Love. A statement issued claimed: “When you’re talking about someone as beautiful and iconic as Gwyneth making her filming comeback after having her baby, then it’s the performance that counts. She will set up the movie perfectly with a superb glittering performance.” If her singing is as dire as it was in Duets, hopefully it will quash rumors of a linkup with husband Chris Martin on Coldplay’s next album.

Terminator 2’s Edward Furlong is the latest former child star to feel the long arm of the law. The 27-year-old animal rights supporter was arrested while trying to free lobsters from a grocery store in Florence, Ky. The police report talks of how Furlong was intoxicated, and argued with the management about what he was doing. When the cops attempted to apprehend Furlong, “he put his arms above his head and started spinning around.” He was subsequently bailed out of jail by the directors of the movie he was filming, Jimmy & Judy. In a loosely related story, production is scheduled to start next summer on a fourth Terminator movie. Original director James Cameron and aforementioned Furlong abstained from last year’s T3, but producers of the billion-dollar franchise are still keen to enlist the services of the Governator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger. A spokesperson said, “he obviously has a day job that he has to take into consideration, but we’re talking to him.” Arnie has been busy passing bills, such as Law SB1506; as insightful and revolutionary as his movie Jingle All The Way, the law simply outlaws the illegal distribution of media.

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RECURRING THEMES Once again, a kid survived with minimal aftereffects after being impaled by a stake that completely penetrated his chest. (Jason Curtis, 9, was bouncing on a trampoline in Camanche, Iowa, in August and came down on the stake, which entered through his left armpit and barely missed vital organs, but he lifted himself off the stake and walked for help.) And once again a clerk (this time at the Fashion Bug store in Greensburg, Pa.) not

only accepted an obviously bogus piece of currency (a “$200” bill featuring a likeness of President Bush), but also gave the customer back change (on a $99 purchase) (August). (Note: Yes, Greensburg is the same town featured in News of the Weird last week as the home of the accused toe-kisser and the middle-aged man who dresses as a cheerleader.)

ALMOST ALL TRUE Three of these four things really happened, just recently. Are you cynical enough to figure out the made-up story? (a) A Texas school board refused to allow a boys’ hair-growing campaign to donate for wigs to support hairlosing cancer patients, citing school rules against long hair for boys. (b) A misbehaving

monkey in India was sentenced to life in an official government monkey prison, joining a dozen other simians declared incorrigible. (c) A man in Seville, Spain, filed a domestic-abuse complaint against his wife for turning him down for sex for five consecutive days. (d) Its budget depleted until the new fiscal year in October, the District of Columbia government said the public could copy official documents in September only if they lugged their own copy machines and paper into a government reading room. Answer to Almost All True: (d) is false.

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to work on Monday morning sucks, and that’s just the general crap they’re talking about. For me, it’s usually not the getting up or the actual work part. It’s not the mass of morning e-mails or even the residual hangover from Saturday night. It’s simply a matter of changing myself back to being acceptable to most people. I especially have trouble switching back to “proper work language.” It’s fine to call a friend on Friday night and say, “Hey bitch, I’m not getting my drink on waiting for your lazy ass to pick me up, so suck it up and get over here. I’m fucking sick of waiting for you.” Friends are one thing, though. It’s not really okay to talk to a co-worker in such a manner. “Hey, get your bitch ass off the copier, I got a fucking meeting that’s giving me a headache before I even get there and I need my damn copies.” Sure, you could make the argument that it’s simply a matter of being polite, that calling someone a bitch is never an especially good idea or that swearing is never a sign of intelligence. All fine arguments. In fact, someone more tricky than myself could probably write a column like this without even swearing in it once. On the other hand, it probably wouldn’t be quite as much fun. They’d likely just call it “the f-word” all the way through. I hate calling it the f-word. It takes away the impact, sort of like calling a dictator “Moosey” instead of Mussolini. Plus, it just sounds better. It can be used as a verb, to “f ” someone; as a noun, you stupid “f ”; as an adjective, I hate this f-ing column; even as an adverb, I f-ing hate this column.You can combine it, often several times, with any word in any sentence. Some might say fuck should never be used to begin with, but I don’t agree. I could understand if someone said you should never use the “c-word,” you know, the one that rhymes with bunt and punt.That word has always struck me as a little harsh, but the f-word only strikes me as colorful. Besides all that, the f-word may even be useful. According to some researchers in New Zealand, using the “f-word” within the safety of your immediate co-workers make actually help morale on the job. I bet that’s a pretty fun research job, but I digress.The researchers found the “f-word” was the most commonly used of the swear words and that it wasn’t considered offensive when used inside tight work teams who got along with each other. Geez, the Cubs must really have a great team, because I’ve seen them s o u n d s

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CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Although Democrat John Kerry still holds a lead in Illinois, President Bush is gaining support among the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voters, particularly among independents, a new poll released Monday shows. The Tribune/WGN-TV poll found that 49 percent of registered voters favored Kerry, down from 52 percent a month ago. Bush had the support of 40 percent, up from 38 percent last month. It was the first time Kerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support in a

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Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed into legislation a bill that allows free potluck dinners to be held without state or local health inspections. Apparently, differing interpretations of state health code laws caused several potluck functions to be shut down recently. Good thing he nipped this one in the bud before it descended into 60year-old women in flower print dresses chanting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get the government out of our casserole!â&#x20AC;? outside of the state house. Former Minnesota Governor Jesse â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bodyâ&#x20AC;? Ventura told University of Illinois students in a speech on Wednesday that he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be voting in the November election. Ventura stated that he did not want Kerry to â&#x20AC;&#x153;raise his taxesâ&#x20AC;? but that he did not agree with Bushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s objections to gay marriage and stem-cell research. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be real, folks, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wearing a bandana and sporting a braided goatee youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re about one bong away from no one being surprised that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not voting. The Los Angeles Times reports that U.S. officials may be trying to influence the upcoming Afghanistan elections by pressuring Afghan presidential candidates to drop the race against Hamid Karzai, a noted pro-American. Yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;know, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of work. All they really need to do is associate the other candidates with Ted Kennedy. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is reportedly planning to introduce a bill described as something of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Patriot Act 2.â&#x20AC;? The bill includes plans for a database of criminal records, which could be accessed by employers, provided they provide fingerprint identification of all employees to the Justice department as well as harsher sentencing for illegal aliens and the enlistment of local and state police in rounding up undocumented citizens. Now your dickhead bossâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opinions of you will be confirmed when he discovers you owe $200 at your local Blockbuster.

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he Hollywood formulas for princess stories are as follows: a poor girl becomes a princess, a girl finds out she’s a princess, or a girl is a princess and just wants to be normal. Since America has a president and not a king, this movie follows the latter. Katie Holmes plays Samantha Mackenzie, daughter of President Mackenzie, played by Michael Keaton. She is going off to college to experience life on her own, but being the first daughter has its disadvantages: Samantha is hounded by the press, under the constant watch of the secret service and alienated from the rest of the students. She just wants to be free and live life as a normal teenager. So she takes matters in her own hands. This plot is uncannily similar to Chasing Liberty, a film with Mandy Moore as the first daughter. The difference is that while Mandy Moore was spunky and rebellious, Katie Holmes is timid and just plain nice. She’s a well-behaved girl who is much too mature to take the same risks for her freedom as the first daughter in Chasing Liberty. In fact, the movie feels just like Katie Holmes’ character: safe. First Daughter is not mature enough to attract older audiences and not fun enough to attract younger ones. The movie itself is absent of any real drama that withstands the entire length of the movie. Every problem that arises for Samantha is quickly rectified and capped before it can take shape and spiral out of control. In the end, all the obstacles that Samantha must deal with feel episodic and trivial. Watching First Daughter feels surreal. The film is sort of a combination of teen movie, romantic comedy and princess story. But instead of melding these genres together, it just places elements from each one into the plot.There’s the loving family, the gimmicky side characters, the handsome male lead and the best friend who is the polar opposite of the female lead. The movie intentionally plays out as every other teen movie, but tries not to at the same time. As a result, the tone of the movie just doesn’t make any sense and leaves the audience perplexed as to whether they should bring their 10-year-old daughter or 16-year-old daughter. And believe me, there is a drastic difference in taste between the two ages. When First Daughter finally does reveal the main plot, the movie is already halfway through.There isn’t enough time for the story to develop and allow the audience to get engaged. Even at its conclusion, the solution ends up feeling like a cop-out and there is no real resolution or closure for Samantha. It’s a story that doesn’t finish as upbeat as a princess story should. This movie is safe. It’s mediocre. It’s plain. It’s boring. First Daughter is like that friend you keep around not because you have the most fun with her, but because she’s nice and you really don’t want to be mean. Of course, you’ll eventually reach your breaking point and just scream, “Get a personality already!”

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LADDER 49 Joaquin Phoenix & John Travolta Backdraft was not a ver y realistic film, and real firefighters voiced their opinions about it. Ladder 49 tries to be a bit more realistic while still being enter taining. Phoenix plays a Baltimore firefighter who became well-respected in the field, but sacrificed time with his wife and kids along the way. As he sits trapped in a burning building, he reflects on his life while his mentor and chief (Travolta) organizes efforts to rescue him. This film is sure to have plenty of drama and action, and could be a must see. (Paul Wagner) Opening This Weekend

is shaping up to be one of the most important of our time, and people are responding, according to a a recent CNN report that suggests new voter registration is up dramatically from the 2000 election. Eligible voters in many states learned from the last election that votes count. Did you? In Miami-Dade County in last election’s most crucial state, Florida, newly registered voters have jumped 65 percent through midSeptember compared with 2000, the report said. So, anything can happen in this election. Make sure you are registered. There is a large push to get people to vote this week, so don’t put it off until the last minute. It’s easy to think that your vote doesn’t count or you don’t care. But, think about it this way, voting is the easiest thing you can do to take part in your government. If you feel that you are uninformed, just register, and make a commitment to yourself to learn about the issues and your candidates. Tonight (Sept. 30) is a great time to start. Go to Mike n’ Molly’s CU Rock the Vote. Watch the debates at 8pm, then stay for a killer rock show featuring Mad Science Fair, Balisong, Mandarin and Goldman. $4

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Yeong-su Oh & Ki-duk Kim On a beautiful, isolated lake, floating on a raft, lives a ver y old, ver y wise monk. With him is a young man, hoping to learn the Buddhist ways of his master. The film follows the trials and tribulations of the young monk through five stages in his life. The seasons here represent the stages, and the changing of the young man as he moves from innocence, past love and evil, ending with enlightenment and possibly rebir th. If you’re looking for a beautiful movie about life, check out this film, playing at Boardman’s. (Paul Wagner) Opening at Boardman’s Art Theatre

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editor’s note This Modern World • Tom Tomorrow News Sh!ts and giggles News of the weird • Chuck Shephard First things first • Michael Coulter

AROUND TOWN Getting kids ready to learn • Angela Loiacono Life in Hell • Matt Groening q + a with Susan Kundrat

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LISTEN, HEAR A minute with legendary bassist Mike Watt • Logan Moore Solo Wren Bissell lands in Champaign • Jacob Dittmer Sound Ground #41 • Todd J. Hunter The Hurly-Burly Interpol review • Lorenzo Baeza Jill Scott review • Rosalyn Yates New Sense review • Cornelia Boonman

MAIN EVENT Jonesin’ Crosswords • Matt Gaffney Bob ‘n Dave • David King Free Will Astrology

ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT Alchemy & Stones of Brittany • Brian Warmoth Th(ink) • Keef Knight Artist Corner with Molly Sullivan

WINE + DINE Wine and Food A to Z • Amanda Kolling

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Now hiring for retail help. No evenings!! Apply in person at 401 W. Kirby, Champaign.

Inbound Telephone Operator needed part time. 45+ WMP. Previous phone experience a plus. Must be able to work weekends and holidays. Send resume or email to terry@champaigntelephone.com or apply in person at Champaign Telephone, 1300 S. Neil Champaign, 61820. No Phone Calls. Kennedy’s At Stone Creek Experienced servers/cooks parttime. Urbana. 384-8111. Models Wanted! Earn extra money - $200-500 per shoot. It’s easy. Prefer female models and couples, 18+, wanted for local, half-day shoots. Must be comfortable in front of the camera. Contact Scarlet or John (217) 369-8488. www.cyberslateproductions.com Weekend Drivers Needed for Padano’s Pizza. Apply within or call 328-5555 after 5 pm.

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1 bedroom lofts $497 2 bedrooms $545 3 bedrooms $650 4 bedrooms $1000 Campus, parking. Fall 04, 367-6626

1 bedroom off-campus, first floor of older home. All utilities, parking, laundry included. Available now or January. 316 Cottage Court. $650/mo. 369-7205.

Available Now. 2 bedroom on campus. $550 per month. 367-6626.

BEST VALUE 1 BR. loft from $480. 1 Br. $370 2 BR. $470 3 BR. $750 4 BR $755 Campus. 367-6626.

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HEALEY COURT APARTMENTS 307- 309 Healey Court. Fall 2005. Behind Gully’s. 2 bedrooms. Ethernet available. Phone 352-3182. Office at 309 S. First, C. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com

411 Healey, C. Best Location Fall 2005 Spacious 3-4 bedroom apts. Fully furnished, microwave & dishwasher. Off-street parking. Phone 352-3182. Office at 309 S. First, C. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com

506 E. Stoughton, C For August 2005. Extra large efficiency apartments. Security building entry, complete furniture, laundry, off-street parking, ethernet available. Phone 352-3182. Office at 309 S. First, Champaign. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com

1006 S. 3RD, C. Aug 2005. 1, 2, & 3 bedrooms. Location, location. Covered parking & laundry, furnished & patios, ethernet available. Phone 352-3182. Office at 309 S. First, Ch. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com

104 E. ARMORY Fall 2005 Location!! 3, 4 bedroom, 2 bath www.ugroup96.com 352-3182

106 DANIEL, C. For August 2005. 1, 2, & 4 bedroom apartments, ethernet available. Some townhouses Phone 352-3182. Office at 309 S. First, Ch. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com 105 E. John Available Fall 2005. 1 bedroom furnished, great location. Includes parking. www.ugroup96.com 352-3182

203 Healey C. Fall 2005 Great location on the park. Private balconies. Fully furnished 2 & 3 bedrooms 11/2 baths. Appliances and microwave. Phone 352-3182. Office at 309 S. First, C. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugropu96.com

509 BASH COURT, C. Fall 2005 Great 3 & 5 bedrooms, near 6th and Green. Fully furnished, microwaves and dishwashers. Off-street parking. Phone 352-3182. Office at 309 S First, C. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com

509 E. White, C. Aug. 2005. Large 1 bedrooms. Security entry, balconies, patios, furnished. Laundry, off-street parking, ethernet available. Phone 352-3182. Office at 309 S. First, Ch. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com

604 E. White, C. Security Entrance For Fall 2005, Large 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom loft (HUGE), furnished, balconies, patios, laundry, off-street parking, ethernet available. Phone 352-3182. Office at 309 S. First, C. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com

605 S. Fifth, C. Fall 2005 5th and Green location Outdoor activity area. 1, 2, 3 bedrooms available. Garage off-street parking. Phone 352-3182. Office at 309 S. First, Champaign. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com

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306-308-309 White August 2005. 1 & 3 Bedroom furnished apts. Balconies, patios, laundry, dishwashers, off-street parking, ethernet available. 352-3182, 8411996, 309 S. First. The University Group www.ugroup96.com

111 E. CHALMERS, C. August 2005. 1 & 4 bedroom. Furniture, skylights, off-street parking, laundry. Phone 352-3182. Office at 309 S. First, Ch. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com

JOHN STREET APARTMENTS 58 E. John August 2005. Two and three bedrooms, fully furnished. Dishwashers, center courtyard, on-site laundry, central air, ethernet available. Call Chad at 344-9157 352-3182 University Group www.ugroup96.com

OLD TOWN CHAMPAIGN 510 S. Elm Available Fall 2005. 2 BR close to campus, hardwood floors, dishwasher, W/D, central air/heat, off street parking, 24 hr. maintenance. $525/mo. 352-3182 or 841-1996. www.ugroup96.com

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Unfurnished 1.5 bedroom off-campus apartment, second floor older homes. All utilities, parking, laundry included. Available now or January. 316 S. State,. $650/mo. 369-7205.

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Now available, newly remodeled 2 BR. Centrally located near shopping/transportation. Onsight laundry, onstreet parking. $425/mo. 217-352-8540 217-355-4608 pm/wknd www.faronproperties.com

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Ginger Creek Beautiful, Large, 1BR, W/D, D/W. A/C, Fireplace, Free parking. Available 10/19. $695/mo. obo. 3905579.

Spring/Summer sublet in 4 BR apt. Everything included. $405/mo. 847370-1614.

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1005 S. SECOND, C Efficiencies, 3 & 4 bedroom penthouse. Fall 2005. Secured building. Private parking. Laundry on site, ethernet available. Phone 3523182. Office at 309 S. First, Ch. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com

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1107 S. 4TH AND GREGORY, C. For August 2005. 3 and 4 bedroom apartments and 2 baths. Best location. Completely furnished. Laundry, parking garage, elevator. Phone 352-3182. Office at 309 S. First, Ch. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com

508 E White Spacious 2 & 3 BR, nicely furnished apt. Resident Manager Kenny James. Maintenance, no hassle. www.ugroup96.com 359-7297 493-0429

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207- 211 JOHN Fall 2005 Prime Campus Location 2, 3, & 4 Bedrooms Phone 352-3182 THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com

Fall 2005 Large studio, double closet, well furnished. www.ugroup96.com 352-3182

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ROOMMATE WANTED 550 Female Roomate Wanted 1 Bedroom in 4 Bedroom apartment. 3rd/John. Available now. $430/mo. Gail 319-396-1553.

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omething undefinable is potentially going to happen. For the first time in my godforsaken life of loving and watching the Cubbies, they might be back to back playoff contenders. Holy shit. You can’t imagine (unless you are a die-hard, too) the type of disappointment I have felt in the past. Dating back to 1985, I can remember my father ranting about Jim Frey and Leon Durham. At the end of 1984, the Tribune ran a front-page picture of the ‘80s Cubs emblem with a single tear streaking down its face after Steve Garvey and the Padres ended perhaps the Cubs’ best chances in the last quarter century. In 1989, after the Hawk and Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams put us atop the NL East before getting our asses smoked by the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS, I can remember my father turning to me and saying, “Maybe next year?” I looked at him for a little while and he then looked at me and said. “Maybe not.” In 1998, After Slammin’ Sammy chased down Maris’ Home Run record with Fat Mark McGwire, and baseball fans worldwide were truly reinspired about their National Pastime, the Cubs found their way to the NLDS against the Braves. Three games and out. In 1999, the Cubs finished 65-97. Pathetic. But not anymore. My team is a contender once again after a glorious and horribly disappointing 2003 campaign. And I can only thank God, because it means more to me and my family than I once thought it could. When my dad calls me up and says how the sun is shining, and asks me if I am enjoying the day, I look at the box score and know the two are correlated. My brother and his wife are going out more, finally seeing that life is truly defined by the small things. In this case, it’s their shared love affair for the Cubs. They have a football/basketball rivalry in that we are Purdue fans and she and her family are Illinois fans. And even from the road, my girlfriend and I share affection for each other in not one, but two ways now. Rather than just tell each other we are thinking of one another, we are able to text message each other—Cubs Win!—and both of us know that the Cubs making it to October is more important than our loneliness or our relationship. Hell, our relationship was predicated upon me handing her a Cubs schedule and her telling me who was on the mound that night. Yes, my friends, love is in the air! And believe me, if the Cubs weren’t looking to score that wild card spot— this tour, this month would have been a lot more depressing. But let’s not turn our backs to something that really matters right now. We all know that the presidential race is heating up, and the St. Louis Cardinals are the best team in baseball—hands down—bar none. The smart money says the Cardinals win this World Series and George W. steals away another election, the same way he did last time: by racially profiling voters and having their names expunged from the voter rolls. But that is the thing about baseball and politics. There is always someone out there to play spoiler.The underdog who sneaks in, takes the spotlight and goes for the game-winner. I can’t say for sure what is going to happen this fall, in both politics and baseball. But one thing is for sure: It’s awfully exciting and I am loving every minute of it. In my perfect world, Chicago Cubs are crowned 2004 World Series Champions, John Kerry gets elected to office, and he finds a way to pull us out of this Vietnam-esque quagmire in Iraq. I know, wishful thinking - idealism at it's finest. But can you blame me? Seth Fein is from Urbana. He is asleep right now.At least, he is definitely dreaming. He can be reached at sethfein@readbuzz.com.

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