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believe in ghosts. Laugh at me, call me crazy, I don’t care. I love spending fall nights driving through graveyards and reportedly haunted spots in hopes of spying an apparition of some sort. I spent many a high school night in the suburbs looking for Resurrection Mary, the Italian Bride and other famous Chicago ghouls, and I can give you an extensive rundown of most every haunted spot in Ogle, Dekalb and Winnebago counties, all of which are near my mom’s house in northern Illinois. However, although ghost hunting in those officially haunted areas made for some fun nights, it never produced any real sightings — it wasn’t until I stopped searching that I finally saw a real ghost. It was summer 2005. I was on vacation in Southampton with a friend, David, and his extended family. We were all staying in a big house and he and I had the basement, which doubled as the rec-room/gym so the wall in front of the staircase was covered in full-length mirrors. In front of the mirrored wall was a rowing machine and one of those big exercise balls. One night, I was startled awake around 4 a.m. for no apparent reason. I looked toward the foot of the staircase and saw a little boy, about two or three years old, wearing blue shorts and a red T-shirt. It was dark, save the blinking red lights from the elliptical trainer’s display, so I couldn’t really see his face. I woke up David and asked him what his little cousin was doing in the basement at this hour.

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While the he was waking up, I saw the little boy walk from the foot of the stairs, around the rowing machine and stop at the exercise ball where he turned to face me again. I saw the reflection of the whole thing in the mirrored wall — boy, rowing machine, me, everything. I turned back to David who said he didn’t see anyone. At that point, I looked back toward the staircase where the boy had returned to the same place and was standing in the same position in which I had originally seen him. He proceeded to do the exact same thing; he walked around the rowing machine and stopped at the exercise ball. At this point I was freaking out. I had just seen a little kid walking around — twice — but David hadn’t seen anything. And each time, when the boy stopped by the ball, his face suddenly came in focus so I could see all his features except for his eyes. Those remained dark and blurry. When I looked a third time, though, he was gone. I turned on the TV to get some light and walked over to the spot where the kid was just standing. There was nothing there but there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I saw a ghost that night. Everyone asks what I was on when this happened, and I will be totally honest with you: I had a couple glasses of wine with dinner and maybe an extra-dirty vodka martini for dessert, but that’s it. I went to bed slightly intoxicated by alcohol but that was the only substance in my system, no joke. If you have any ghost sightings of your own, I’d love to read them. Send your true-life ghost stories to buzz@readbuzz.com and be sure to check out Around Town for places to do your own hunting. Happy Halloween. sounds from the scene


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never quite became a Boy Scout. I was a Cub Scout for awhile, but then we graduated into something referred to as a Weblo, and honestly, I really didn’t care for the name so much, so I discontinued my effort. As we all know, the Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared.” Sadly, I never got far enough along to know what fully prepared actually is. I think the Cub Scout motto was “Try not to shit your pants in front of the other troops” or something along those lines. Therefore, I’m arguably one of the worst people to tell anyone how to prepare for the cold-ass winter that lies ahead, but I will try. Cars: This is usually most folks’ biggest concern about winter, and rightfully so. Getting to and from work or play can become quite a burden during a cold snap. Some experts will insist that everyone have a winter emergency kit in their car. I also agree with this, but I differ on what this kit should contain and why. They will tell you to have a set of jumper cables in case your battery goes dead. I also believe you should have a set of jumper cables, but only because you might have to interrogate a suspected terrorist on a moments notice. Many think a candle is a necessity in case your car stalls. Sure, ambience is nice and all, but if you’re looking at spending a long stretch holed up in your vehicle, I think you’d get much more heat from one of those Duralogs. If you go this route, however, be careful to leave a tiny crack in the window, because that smoke can really add up. It’s also a good idea to have some emergency flares. If you don’t have any flares to announce that you’re in trouble, have a few of your friends stand behind your car smoking. The glowing red tip of the cigarettes gives the illusion of a flare with a subtlety that only a Midwesterner could love. It’s also a good idea to have a snack of some sort just in case you’re going to be out there for some time. This is why I always carry a side of beef in my trunk. Sure, right now a ribeye sounds like a fine snack while you wait for reinforcements, but what if you have a hankering for a f lank steak or even a roast. Don’t limit your options by picking only one kind of snack. I mean, that’s just silly. If you don’t have room for half of a cow, I’m sure a pack of Starburst and a can of CocaCola should be fine.

I also find it a good idea to leave your car running from Oct. 31st until late March. This will eliminate engine warm-up times and scraping the windows. I mean gas is only a couple of bucks a gallon now, so treat yourself. Necessities (i.e. liquor): I find winter a perfect time to take a closer look at some of the often overlooked darker liquors. Like white pants after Labor Day, white liquor after that date is also a little tired. Sip on a dark rum or even a cognac and see how that treats you. Or, if you’re like me, continue to quickly drink a fine Scotch until you can no longer construct sentences. Margaritas are also fine in the winter, so long as you understand and encourage the irony of the whole situation. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water during the winter months. Some folks will tell you this is to keep your body “hydrated,” but to me, it’s much simpler than that. There’s a possibility that it could snow at any minute, so you want to be sure you have enough pee on hand to spell both your first and last name in the snow should the occasion arise. Clothing: Ideally, you’ll have the time to cover your entire lower body with a heavy latex coating. This will “hold in” much of the heat that would normally escape and also give you a fine base to build off of. If you’re too lazy to coat yourself up with rubber, I’m afraid you’ll have to do it with clothing. The trick to this is layers. Put on as many clothes as you possible can and then lie on the ground. If you are able to pick yourself up without the help of others, you aren’t wearing enough. Add some more and then try again. It’s also important to keep your head warm. I’ve read somewhere that something like 200 percent of your warmth escapes from your head, so be sure to keep it covered. Some people are able to do this by having hair. I’m limited in this arena, so I wear a hat. I’m sure a toupee or even a shower cap would also work, so let personal fashion be your guide. Remember, winter, at least around here, is a marathon and not a sprint. Take your time and do everything slowly. There’s a reason bears hibernate through this time, but since we humans don’t have that luxury, we have to do the best we can. There will be times when everything is so frozen that all hope appears to be lost. This is because it is. Don’t worry, it will all seem much better sometime in April.

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hen it was dedicated on October expansive wooden floors are polished and creak 16, 1905, the Woman’s Build- as any potential ghost hunter tiptoes around the ing on the University of Illi- lower level and the third floor, in search of any nois campus was splendid. clues that will reveal the fated student’s ghost. It was designed by McKim, Real or not, ghosts are persistent features in Mead and White, one of the most well-known society. They exist in the imagination of the design firms in the United States at the time, public and in widely told tales. In the archives of and served as a women’s dormitory until 1937. It the Urbana Free Library, one green-tinted folder was decorated in red brick and white stone and contains all of the ghost stories from around housed a gymnasium on the second floor and Champaign County, reported by students and a pool in its central courtyard. In the next 101 career journalists documenting instances as far years, the building would be home to a radio sta- back as March 13, 1903. Two transcripts of the tion, the Department of the Physical Education 1903 newspaper article from the now-defunct for Women, the original site of Bevier Hall and Urbana Courier threatened a white-robed “ghost” since 1956, as the University’s English Building. with a violent backlash by the public because But no transformation can hide what remains of the charlatan was terrorizing the community. the women’s dorSince then, reports mitory: a ghost. of fraudulent ghosts “The stories say that flickering Two le g e nd s have been replaced pa i nt the g i rl ’s by investigations of lights and slamming doors have death and her sub“real” phantoms, sequent haunting felt and anticipated long been common here, espeof the bui ld ing in cemeteries, mandifferently. The sions and school cially in the former rhetoric room, dormitory resident buildings. either drowned in The Urbana the pool, which High School ghost which was later turned into offices was located on the is a persistent charlower level of the acter in the local for graduate teaching assistants. building, or killed paranormal lineup. her sel f in her The current This was allegedly the location of third-f loor bedbuilding was comroom because pleted in 1914 and the young woman’s room and the of a love af fair. serves as the only Rumors and high school in the place where she took her life.” reports from local Urba na School –Troy Taylor, Webmaster, Weird & Haunted Illinois publications agree District 116. The that the girl’s spirit three-story school wanders the halls features a tower that of the building. President and founder of the originally contained two classrooms and faces the American Ghost Society and author of more than front entrance of the building. This is the site of the 40 books on the paranormal, Troy Taylor collects haunting where a ghost fills the tower with “low accounts about the English Building ghost on moanings and hysterical laughter,” writes Newshis Web site, Weird & Haunted Illinois. (http:// Gazette journalist Paul Wood. Two archived Newswww.prairieghosts.com/hauntil.html) Gazette articles, the Urbana High School Pictoral Taylor writes, “The stories say that flickering History Web site and Troy Taylor’s Web site all lights and slamming doors have long been recall the story of the spirit. common here, especially in the former rhetoSpecific details vary, but the consensus is that ric room, which was later turned into offices for the ghost is a woman who died in the tower. graduate teaching assistants. This was allegedly Wood calls her Portia, who was either a teacher the location of the young woman’s room and the in love with a student who ended her life by place where she took her life.” hanging in the tower, or a student caught in Now, the building is a dark relic, occupied by a love triangle with a married teacher. Like most classrooms and offices of English professors. Its other ghost stories, however, the story of Portia

remains unconfirmed, and since the ’80s, the two classrooms in the tower have been converted into a utility room. But the legend lives on, both in publications and in public dialogue. Within the last two years, investigators have come to document strange occurrences in the YMCA at 500 W. Church St. in Champaign, said membership director Lamont Barclay. Lights were on in areas where no one was around. There was movement in the hallways as well as random creaks, and people had the feeling that they were being watched. When Barclay first learned of the haunting in the building, he said he was spooked, and he and other employees still know nothing about what causes the peculiar occurrences. Barclay, however, has adopted a philosophy to keep unwelcome ghosts at bay: “I don’t bother them and they don’t bother me.” Just down the street, the Carle Pavilion at 809 W. Church St. was allegedly the site of a robbery that was foiled and produced a death and with it, a haunting. Before 1957, the house was the private residence of B.F. Harris II, who built the massive brick structure in 1904. A 1997 article in the Daily Illini recalled the legend of the robbery, which resulted in the death of one of the robbers. The perpetrator’s ghost allegedly still haunts the building. According to Troy Taylor’s Web site, a ghost haunts the University’s Lincoln Hall, peeking out of third-floor windows after hours; the Psychology Building, where a student allegedly

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attempted suicide and died a few years later returning to haunt the building; and the University YMCA, where a Native American chief allegedly left his spot in a mural and roamed the building at night. The most popular of all stories, though, is the legend of the Blue Man, who haunts the Clements Cemetery, located northeast of Urbana just past High Cross Road. The ghost of the Blue Man either gets his name from his bluish glow or from an association with a family with that surname. Paul Wood, Troy Taylor, and the 1997 Daily Illini article all disagree on the Blue Man’s origins, but they all mention a hanging that might or might not have happened in the cemetery in the 19th century, resulting in the death of the man who became the infamous ghost. “For many years, students from the college and the surrounding area have made late night treks to the cemetery hoping to catch a glimpse of the ghost,” writes Taylor. Like many other tales of the paranormal, the story of the Blue Man has become a captivating legend. Perhaps the legends live on because with a lack of any solid proof, any curious soul with a flashlight and a pinch of bravery can become an investigator and stalk through a cemetery under the glow of the full moon, or brave the narrow hallways of the University of Illinois English Building after hours, where the sound of the creaking floorboards floods the heart with feelings scarier than any haunted house can stir. buzz

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HORRORS OF CHAMPAIGN COUNTY Halloween attractions for every ghoul and monster

Champaign-Urbana Stamp Club Annual Philatelic Exhibition (Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St., Urbana) Saturday, October 28, 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; Sunday, October 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The free event will include two Halloween-themed exhibits: “Classic Movie Monster Stamps,” featuring characters like Dracula and the Phantom of the Opera, and “Real Monsters,” featuring Queen Isabella of Spain, who launched the Spanish Inquisition; Henry VIII; Hitler and many other people. Fourteen Midwestern stamp dealers and the United States Postal Service will be available to sell stamps, and two seminars on Saturday will discuss what to do with an inherited stamp collection and the Illinois postal history. Halloween Spooktacular (Allerton Park and Retreat Center, 515 Old Timber Road, Monticello) Sunday, October 29, 5-9 p.m.; $5 adult / $3 children 12 and under. This fundraiser for the park’s education and volunteer programs will take visitors on a non-scary tour of the mansion’s main rooms to see Halloween creatures, play games, eat snacks in the dining room, play outside and more.

1st Annual Halloween Funfest (Marketplace Mall, 2000 North Neil St., Champaign) Saturday, October 28, 6-9 p.m.This year’s Funfest will take over the mall and provide kids with carnival games, a costume contest and trick-or-treating fun, all for free. Haunted Dungeon (128 E. Sangamon Ave., Rantoul) October 27, 28, 7-11 p.m., October 30, 31, 7-11 p.m.; $7. This attraction is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Youth Football League, and it is in its eight year. Like in a real dungeon, the spooky stuff happens in the basement of an actual pet shop. Tilton Haunted House (201 W. Fifth St., Tilton) October 26, 27, 6-10 p.m., October 28, 29, 6 p.m.-12 a.m., October 30, 31, 6- 10 p.m., Kids Matinee, October 29, 1-2:30 p.m.; $7 adult / $5 children 12 and under. Profits from the three-story haunted house will go to the Tilton Fire and Ambulance Departments and the Danville Area Jaycees. Ghost Train (Monticello Railway Museum, Iron Horse Place Monticello) Saturday, October 28, 7-9 p.m. (train leaves every half hour); Sunday, October 29, 1-2:30 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. (train leaves every half hour); $6 ages 2 and up. Just nor th of downtown Monticello and appropriately past the cemetery the train takes off for its 20 minute evening trips and a stop and a scary

story at Cemetery Road. After the trip, those brave enough step into the Haunted Boxcar, the Museum’s answer to the Haunted House. Wear the costume and watch for train-side attractions like the six-foot spider. Dallas & Co. (101 E. University Ave., Champaign) Monday-Sunday, extended Halloween hours. This costume and magic store features a free haunted room with flashing lights, jumping monsters and scares that come too close for comfort. (See Community Snapshot) Creatures of the Crypt Haunted House (1201 Bell St. Bloomington) October 26, 7-9 p.m., October 27, 28, 7-11 p.m., October 29, 30, 7-9 p.m.; $10. October 28, 1-3 p.m.; $5. Blood-soaked and highly detailed, this gore fest is located in a “secret” factory. It features a wall of blood, organs and bones and well-decorated actors, among other horrors. An 11-year operation, the haunted house offers a special treat for children: trick-or-treating on October 28. D i s c o o f D e a t h (51 Main S t ., C ham paign) Tuesday, October 31; $5 (19+ to enter). Join three DJs this Halloween at the Highdive. Three skits, a costume contest with prizes, horror films and an open bar will drive this dance party in downtown Champaign.

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Curtis Orchard (3902 S. Duncan Rd., Champaign) will not offer any Halloween-themed events, but its most active season lasts through the holiday. Apple picking, an inflatable slide, an obstacle course and a corn maze are a staple here, and pony rides, gem mining and face painting will be available on the weekend, with a free concert.

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f your goal this Halloween is to find a costume that will make you the spitting image of Captain Jack Sparrow, chances are Andy Dallas can hook you up. If you have an interest in magic and want to see a trick that will turn five dollars into $500, Dallas can help you out with that too (though don’t count on him telling you how he did it). Or if you’re just looking for a place to chill that will allow you to bask in the presence of a 12-and-a-half foot tall, 650-pound custommade gorilla, Dallas is once again your guy. Dallas is the owner of the Dallas & Co. Costumes and Magic shop at 101 E. University Ave. in Champaign. The shop literally has just about one of everything; life-size cardboard cutouts of famous movie characters line the windows. There are about 2000 costumes and outfits for every conceivable occasion in stock. Replicas of the Predator and Alien creatures from their respective movies (straight from the original molds, no less) can be found and so can the previously mentioned gorilla, one of only five that exist in the world (of the five, Dallas’ is one of two that was custom-made). Such a wide selection of material is no doubt a welcome sight to students looking to deck themselves out as thoroughly as possible for Halloween, and Dallas appreciates the business — 40 percent of Dallas and Co.’s yearly revenue is brought in throughout October. Dallas and Co. has been around for 30 years. The store, however, has done a bit of moving in that time. The idea of a costume shop came to Dallas while he was working at an arcade he co-owned on Green Street. Dallas had come into possession of some masks from the now-defunct Lakeview Novelty Wholesale Company in Chicago, masks Dallas originally planned to use solely

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to decorate the arcade. It wasn’t long though before people were asking Dallas to sell them the masks. Eventually Dallas sold his stake in the arcade and set up shop on Fifth Street selling costumes and magic items exclusively. It didn’t take long for him to realize the value of having a costume shop in a college town, particularly during Halloween. “Halloween is a party day. Christmas is a family day. People have a lot more fun partying with their friends than going home to their families,” Dallas said. Dallas eventually moved the store to University Avenue in order to accommodate both the college and the rest of Champaign, and the business has been steadily growing. While Halloween may be Dallas’ busiest time of the year, it may soon get some competition from Mardi Gras. Dallas notes that while Mardi Gras may be more of a masquerade, the people still need to get their costumes from somewhere; and to ensure he’s prepared, Dallas has boxes full of beads stored down in the shop’s basement, just waiting. While costumes may bring in the big business, Dallas’ real passion can be found in the back of the store which houses the magic section. Dallas is a renowned magician and escape artist who has traveled around the world performing the “zombie ball” (a floating ball illusion, at which Dallas alleges he is one of the best in the world) and escaping straight jackets while hanging from helicopters or skyscrapers. Dallas brought the latter trick to Champaign in 1976, a year that celebrated not only the country’s bicentennial, but it also marked 50 years since the death of Harry Houdini. In front of 4000 people, SEE COMMUNITY SNAPSHOT PG. 8

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Investigation Committee, a group started within the Society of American Magicians that examDallas escaped from a straitjacket while being sus- ines claims by individuals who say they have pended off of the University Inn. But that was noth- abilities such as ESP or the power to contact ing; during that event the rope he was hanging from the dead. The committee tries to shed light on wasn’t even on fire like in his other performances. claims that may be less than reputable, and it also Dallas has been a fan of magic since he was encourages people who believe they have such five, but it wasn’t until he was 11 that he was able powers to come forward and demonstrate. So to start practicing; that was when he came into far there hasn’t been any takers. pos ses sion of “A s m a g ithe book 400 cians we deal in Tricks You Can Halloween is a party day. Christmas deception, but Do by Howard in a good way. Thurston, com- is a family day. People have a lot We understand pliments of one someone more fun partying with their friends how of the customcan be fooled ers on his paper than going home to their families. by something route. Since simple,” sa id — Andy Dallas, Owner, Dallas & Co. then Dallas has Dal las. “If more than held someone can his own as a magician; he’s a member of the float in the air for real, we’d love to see it. But Society of American Magicians (SAM), one of the we’d have to be able to look at it scientifically to oldest and most reputable organizations for magi- acknowledge that it’s true or real.” cians around, which was founded by Houdini In the final days leading up to Halloween, in 1902. Dallas is also currently serving as the Dallas is sure to have his hands full. In an effort society’s president, a position that links him to to make the most of the holiday the store has Houdini in a special way. expanded its hours in order to accommodate “Harry Houdini was a magician and an escape the steady flow of customers that stream in and  has there been a president out of Dallas and Co., some stopping occasionartist. Not since 1926     and an escape ally to re-examine which brand of fake blood of the SAM that was a magician artist until now,” said Dallas. will best highlight this year’s costume. But His magical interests even delve into the Dal las knows it’s worth it. As he puts it, supernatural. Dallas is the chair of the Occult “Halloween is our Christmas.”

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Vote David Gill on November 7

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Openingbands.com still a dictatorship yet still a good source of local music information

FIRST SNIFF No response from John Foreman. It’s ok, John. I understand. Your views on homosexuality and America’s civil rights explain it all. I mean, let’s face it. Having dinner with a dominant male figure like myself might emasculate you to the point of getting down on the dance floor at C-Street. OPENINGBLANDS... EXPOSED...ALMOST. Well, I could tell you all who the person behind the best blog in town is, but that would kind of ruin the mystique of the whole thing. So, just enjoy it for what it is, and try not to take it too seriously. After all, being a washed up rocker only leads to one of two things: appreciating and helping along the new bands making a name for themselves, or simply making fun of the old ones. Openingblands accomplishes both, albeit, in a very odd way. Keep on Kickin Ass! OPENINGBANDS...EXPOSED. President, founder, moderator and dictator of Openingbands.com, Steve Sobel, shut down the site last week, only to revive it 24 hours later with this message to the public: “Openingbands is easily taken for granted these days. Don’t. There’s still a few people working hard to keep it running (too hard, it’s understaffed), and there’s still someone paying the bills to keep it alive.� Well, let it be known that it is Steve who is paying the bills to keep it running. He has stated this himself in over 673 of his 4073 posts, or something to that effect. MEANWHILE... Open ingba nd s.com cont inues to be two things: 1) The best source in town to fi nd out everything about local music, shows and the like. Check it out. 2) A crumbling relic of what was once a great place to interact with people about many things, including, yes — local music. AM I A GREEN PARTY SUPPORTER? According to my front lawn, I am. My roommate decided to take it upon himself to put up those yard signs in our front lawn while we were away. Generally, I am inspired by the political makeup of the Greens. Fair taxations based on income, environmentally delicious, anti-war platform almost across the board etc etc. But something still bugs me about it – only in that I am so disgusted by Republicans – because I know that a Green Party vote is generally just a vote for the Right. I vote Democrat out of fear that Republicans will continue to control us. Yes, I am one of those. That being said, in matters of the Gubernatorial vote for Illinois, my vote goes to Rich Whitney, the Greens candidate for Governor. Both Blagojevich and Topinks make my skin crawl. Their debate in Decatur sounded like a Fein family dinner, and you don’t see any of us running for office, do you? sounds from the scene

VOTE DAVID GILL ON NOVEMBER 7TH I don’t have enough room here to break it all down for you this week, but, David Gill is your man for Congress ‘round these parts. But the sake of space, I’ll just say that Gill’s stances on the War in Iraq, your Civil Rights, and most importantly Healthcare is more in line with what is good for this nation than Johnson’s. Gill is an emergency room physician in Clinton, Ill. and is highly in favor of a tax-payer supported, privately delivered health care system that would be available to everyone. Now that’s what I call progress. Listen, generally speaking, I wouldn’t do this whole Headline thing, but my thinking is that if even a couple people decide to vote for Gill as opposed to Johnson in the 15th Congressional District of Illinois for the U.S. House of Representatives, then I suppose that it was all worth it. There is still a chance to swing this thing. Next week, I will lay out the major differences between the two and why you should go for Gill.

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HALLOWEEN. TRICK OR TREATING HAS GONE SOFT. Did you know that the Trick or Treating hours are like 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.? What a crock of shit! When I was of age we used to be out for hours on end, collecting multiple plastic pumpkins of candy. What gives? Must suck to be a kid these days ...

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SHOW OF THE WEEK Let it be known that I always reference openingbands.com for the Show of the Week. This week, we turn our attention to one of Champaign’s most beloved gems in Centaur. Matt Talbot’s post HUM band is backed by the fantastic Jim Kelly (not the football player – but the rock drummer) and recently returned Derek Niedringhaus. They perform at Cowboy Monkey on Saturday night alongside Mark Baldwin’s new project, Archives of the Future. Anyone with any interest in seeing how the best of our music scene has developed ought to be there. FINAL WHIFF I will be an uncle by next month at this time. Big problem. My sister-in-law is an Illini fan. My brother is a Purdue fan, as is little Jack’s Grandpa and Uncle (that’s me!). How do I ensure that young Jack bleeds Gold and Black? Gene Keady and Drew Brees inspired nursery rhymes written by members of Headlights and The Living Blue. I’ve got him now... Seth Fein is from Urbana. He is very interested in having lunch with anyone from the News-Gazette including delivery drivers or sports writers. Any takers? He can be reached at sethfein1@gmail.com

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ANOTHER PIECE TO THE PUZZLE OF JIGGSAW’S FAME JigGsaw’s live videoshoot at the Highdive featured some original songs off their Zero Generation album, a cover of The Killers, and the debut of a new song. JigGsaw is Mark JigGsaw, Clint McGraw, Michael Hicks and Hayden Cler.

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he tale has become so old, it doesn’t even bear repeating, but here it is anyway: Band comes together, does some minor gigs, posts songs on Myspace, gets a record deal and goes on The Warped Tour. Take a look at the modern rock charts and you’ll see all the familiar names — Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, etc. INTRO | A ROUND TOWN | L ISTEN, H EAR | CU CALENDAR | STAGE, S CREEN &

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On Friday night, Oct. 20, one such band stood on stage at Highdive on the verge of achieving the fame their predecessors have seen come their way. They were Champaign’s own JigGsaw, who this year released their debut album Zero Generation, shooting footage for an upcoming video. The show was contrite, but electric. In a little over an hour, they were able to fit over 10 songs, plus encores, whilst rampaging through their punk. To some their music could be called emo, and their three-chord emoting does lend itself to that description, but their music is much more raw, more suited to the disconnected and alienated ’70s than to suburban today. “We’re talking about the real punk rock bands,” guitarist Hayden Cler said after the show about JigGsaw. “Most of these bands [today] don’t have anything to say.” sounds from the scene


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Unlike many of their peers, JigGsaw invests heavy in melody. “Dance For Me,” played at the beginning of their Friday night set, adopts the idea of teenage love and plays it to synthesizers — not what one would expect to hear at a punk rock show. Live, it sounded like a traditional propulsive punk song, but essentially “Dance For Me” is pop without the production. Like all scrappy bands, JigGsaw is rough around the edges. Singer Mark’s voice is whiny and nasal, but the songs he sings are so well-written, it’s hard to care about technicalities. Many contributors can be found in a list of the band’s influences, which, when listed by the band itself, includes Rogue Wave and Matt Pond PA. Speaking about the band’s music, singer Mark said, “It’s melodic and we try to complement the vocals as much as we can with the guitars.” On stage the guys of JigGsaw either stand still or engage in overt showmanship. At various times they coordinated guitar flips or, led by Cler, danced wildly to the music. JigGsaw’s show at the Highdive on Oct. 20 gave local fans a While not overtly political, chance to appear in their live video. Free copies of the band’s JigGsaw is invested in the idea of debut album, Zero Generation, were distributed to the first 50 punk rock as catharsis, be it for soci- people to come out to the show. etal or relationship ills. Punk bands The Jam. Albeit their problems revolve less around have gotten away from this, too often wrapping themselves in half-baked verbal witticisms socialist urban blight and more around break-ups and make-ups, their forms are the same. JigGsaw’s songs and period costumes. Nonetheless, being on Warped Tour, even for are moody and violent (like Paul Weller’s best work), but as a listener, you know they’re harmless. a short time, helped JigGsaw gain some fans. Aside from when they find their groove, the “Our Myspace blew up,” bassist Mike Hicks said of the effect of the tour on the band’s popularity. band’s best apparent breakthrough is when they JigGsaw is capable of harsh sentiments. “Mona discover how to incorporate other genres into Lisa’s Mirror,” among others, contains lines like “I their music, some funky bass riffs or a seemingly wish you were dead,” a typical break-up line, but when improvised guitar lick. JigGsaw ended their set Friday night with the lyrics are sung so intensely, it’s hard not to persona cover of The Killers’ current single, “When ally sympathize with what Cler is singing about. In some sense JigGsaw is the American version of You Were Young.” “[We] went to L.A. to master our record, and the guy we mastered it with, Bryan Gardner, mastered the first Killers record,” Mark said. “The same night [The Killers] happened to be playing the Jimmy Kimmel show, so we decided to check it out ... and they were amazing.” “When [The Killers] first put out their first record they were horrible,” drummer Clint McGraw responded. “And when we saw them in L.A., it was like a whole new band.” The same explosiveness can be applied to JigGsaw’s cover of The Killers’ song. Their version was a rote interpretation, but it still managed to engulf the room and provide a bookend to an exciting night. As JigGsaw progressed through their set list, the band emanated confidence and electricity from their center stage position. When they showcased a new song, even though it was incredibly raw and seemingly untitled, they still radiated an energy and stage presence that sets them apart from a lot of local bands, who are still not comfortable in their own skin. However, what might be JigGsaw’s most disCameras rolled during local band JigGsaw’s Oct. tinctive trait is their congeniality. As Cler shouted 20th videoshoot. After releasing their debut album and appearing as part of Warped Tour, the at the beginning of the show: “You guys are the epitome of sexy!” impending music video is yet another milemarker Perhaps, more bands should be so nice. buzz along the band’s quest for punk rock stardom. sounds from the scene

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Fame without fortune: Lorenzo Goetz announces it’s time to go PHIL COLLINS • STAFF WRITER

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ears ago, Lorenzo Goetz jumped onto the CU music scene with their Sublime-esque swagger. Frontman Larry Gates cited the Iron Post as the venue that really gave the band a chance in their early days, even when it would just be them and their girlfriends at shows. Gates recalls a night early in their career when they played two shows — and got smashed at the first. “[The second show at the Iron Post] is when Lorenzo Goetz officially became a rock band,” Gates said. Fans flocked to the Iron Post Friday night, Oct. 13, for one of the band’s final performances. On Tuesday, Oct. 10, the group announced that “after almost six years, 300 shows, two EPs, one LP, 18 states and 75,000 miles logged — Lorenzo Goetz will be calling it quits,” according to an online statement. Gates said that, for the first time, each band member’s situation is tilted. The expenses of touring have become too overwhelming for four grown men who have to pay bills, he said. “It’s not that hard to get a little fame, but it’s really hard to get a little fortune,” Gates said. Friday night, fans came out to sing and dance to a setlist spanning the band’s career, from their 2003 EP Allure to unreleased material written after 2006’s The Heavy EP. Gates said he felt fans didn’t know how to react at first to the Oct. 13 show, considering the recent news of the breakup. However, after the band launched into “Designs,” the crowd became more into it and the show turned into a party like any other Lorenzo Goetz show, he said. Although most people sat at the tables, the section closest to the stage stood and danced throughout the show; Gates gave out free T-shirts to the best dancers.

Perpetual dance numbers such as “Alright,” “Several Days Away” and “Never Look Directly Into a Disco Ball” kept the crowd in motion. Gates said he plans to stay in the CU area at least until his lease runs out in the summer. He says he has tons of ideas as to what is coming next. He specifically mentioned possible collaborations with Czar Absolute of Animate Objects among others, as well as the possibility of going into production with Lorenzo Goetz guitarist Josh Miethe. Gates elaborated that half the next album has already been written, so there is plenty of material with which to work. It seems as if Lorenzo Goetz will not be the last we hear of Larry Gates. He is not sure what the other band members have planned. “I never expected Lorenzo Goetz to be Aerosmith,” Gates said. He said his expectations were to learn more about himself and where he wants to go in the music business. He feels that he has accomplished this, and said the experience was like school. Lorenzo Goetz has two shows remaining in the CU area. The first will be on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Rock’s. Gates said they will be playing nearly everything at that show because the owner has invited them to play a long set. The band’s last show will take place on New Year’s Eve at Cowboy Monkey, with elsinore opening. Gates said that depending on how those tickets sell, more shows may be scheduled. [Note: This article was intended for last week’s issue. Since then, Lorenzo Goetz has announced an impromptu show this Saturday night, Oct. 28, in a tent in the parking lot of Rock’s in Champaign. Showtime is 9 p.m., come in costume.]

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Larry Gates, winner of “Best Male Artist,” plays a pre-show performance at Highdive in downtown Champaign on the night of the Local Music Awards this past April. This week, Gates announces that Lorenzo Goetz is calling it quits. Their final show is scheduled for New Year’s Eve at Cowboy Monkey.

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hey recently banned Paris Hilton’s video, “Stars Are Blind,” in India for its rampant sexuality. That’s not very surprising to anyone who’s seen the video or knows anything about Paris Hilton and her previous “videos.” “Stars Are Blind” is directed by Chris Applebaum and from the opening shot it is obvious that he’s referencing 1991’s “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak, a video that raised similar objections when it first aired. The two videos share shots of water rushing and bodies rubbing, not to mention annoying singers. They also share a huge emphasis on female anatomy over male anatomy, choosing to highlight Ms. Hilton and model Helena Christensen over their male counterparts. It’s nothing new to point out the rampant misogyny in pop music, particularly in music videos, but there’s a more interesting question lingering here. In Isaak’s piece Christensen shows a bit more than Paris, but neither is ever fully nude, rather they strut and stare in a sexual manner. Can you imagine the equivalent male poses? Chris Isaak barely takes off his shirt here, while Paris’ counterpart is definitely meant to be eye candy, he doesn’t move around or touch himself provocatively — and the camera almost always lingers on Paris anyway. Michael Jackson grabbed his crouch

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emphatically for over 20 years on MTV, and while it angered a few, none of his videos are really considered “too sexy,” but rather somewhat disturbing. Some may remember the D’Angelo video a few years back, where the camera grazed over his completely naked body as he sung soulfully, but D’Angelo is not exactly the same as Paris. He was a great singer who used his body to compliment a particular song’s force and even then he barely moves throughout the video. On the other hand, “Stars are Blind” is a fairly innocent love song with a playful coded reference, but it doesn’t have to be about sex, we just expect as much from Paris Hilton. The fact is, there is no male equivalent in music to Paris. There are no popular male singers today who have built a career solely on sex. Or rather, there are no male artists who live purely off sexualizing themselves. There are plenty of artists who make a living making songs about sex, about women or even about their sexual prowess with women, but none of them are sex symbols who have made a name for themselves based only on their bodies. Justin Timberlake and Usher are very fetishized figures, but both rose up on the strength of their voices and dancing abilities. There are numerous other examples in hip-hop and R&B of sexualized men, who became sex symbols, but began as musicians (or so-called “musicians”). The fact that Paris Hilton and others (Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera etc.) have done the opposite reveals serious inconsistencies in popular culture. Aguilera is a good example because she is widely respected for her voice (winning a Grammy), but her lead single was “Genie in a Bottle” and hinged on the line, “I’m a genie in a bottle baby, gotta rub me

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the right way honey,” while the video focused on her teenage dancing form in revealing attire. At the same time the Backstreet Boys were enjoying great success without discussing sex a great deal, but even when they dipped into the field on “Everybody” with the line “Am I Sexual? Yeah,” the video was not as correspondingly upfront. Though both were being marketed towards the teeny-bopper crowd, the inclusion of such sexualized images in Aguilera’s and Britney’s cases resulted in wider sexual appeal for those artists. Spears’s albums even came packaged with poster-sized images of the singer in full Lolita mode. But does this mean these women are being forced into portraying themselves in a certain manner in order to attain a level of success? Probably, and honestly no one can blame Paris Hilton for capitalizing on an opportunity. What is far more disheartening is the fact that in making a video that references the sexuality of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game,” the director and Hilton did not choose to reverse the angle. Since the days of Laura Mulvey’s Visual Pleasure and the Narrative Cinema, published in 1975, we’ve been fully aware of the male gaze in cinema, but it is clear that not much has changed. The music industry is still run by heterosexual men and their desires. Aguilera and others have recognized this, and even come out against it, and yet they are still forced to sell their own work based on their bodies. While there is an unbelievable amount of objectification and dehumanization of females in many music videos, female displays of sexuality should not be banned. Instead, one just wishes that someone in the music industry, male or female, would have balls and actually use them once in a while.

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STEVE MAROVITCH

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Band of Horses’ first feature album, Everything All the Time, is nothing short of Indie gold. The band, signed to the Seattle-based Sub Pop label (the same that signed Nirvana), consists of five members, with Ben Bridwell on vocals and guitar. Bridwell’s vocals lend an interesting touch to the rest of the band’s sound, a mix of catchy bass lines and guitar riffs with classic rock and folk influences. Bridwell’s passionate, sometimes heavy lyrics, are best revealed in the song “The Funeral,� a single the band recently played on The Late Show with David Letterman. The song is, for me, the highlight of the album. It has both melancholy and joyful sides to it that keep the listener entranced. It begins softly enough, with the familiar nasally vocals heard on previous tracks, but bursts forth in the chorus with intense distorted guitar and splashy drums. Everything about this track is memorable. Other songs on Everything All the Time do not cease to captivate the listener. Very rarely does an album come along that can be listened to and enjoyed from beginning to end, but Band of Horses’ full-length debut comes impressively close. With the exception of a couple duds like “Monsters,� which might be good somewhere else but don’t seem to fit with the rest of the album, it is a phenomenal first offering. I look forward to more from this band in the future.

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As a follow-up to the previous sensation of the Garden State soundtrack, Zach Braff has successfully compiled a new list of mellow songs in The Last Kiss soundtrack. Slightly more uplifting than his last, The Last Kiss is a compilation of a few American artists, as well as several UK artists, such as Snow Patrol. After gaining my trust with his previous effort, Braff defi nitely drew me into his ability to create fi rst-rate albums by picking a few of my personal favorites (Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple and Ray LaMontagne). Braff effectively draws attention to these well deserving artists as well as many others who may be considered under the radar. In particular, I now consider the band Athlete to be a new favorite of mine. Their song “El Salvador� stands out as a highlight of the album. Not only is Braff able to fi nd great music, but he is also able to organize them in a way that enables the songs to feed off each others’ genius. Rachael Yamagata’s song “Reason Why� is a beautiful song. The piano mixed with her incredibly soft, mellow voice sets the feeling for the following chilling track on the album by Ray LaMontagne. In a similar manner, LaMontagne’s soft rock sets the stage for the following band to distinguish themselves on the album. And in such a way, the album progresses. On a whole, The Last Kiss is great. I can’t imagine skipping over any song (except for maybe the one electronic song ... but that’s just not my thing) on this well-crafted album brought to you by the highly esteemed Zach Braff. BAND OF HORSES everything all the time [Sub Pop]

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The cheesiness of formulaic keyboard songs, like “Regular Grind�, is countered by fascinating jazz-inspired piano pieces toward the end of the album, like “Afrisha’nki�. The lack of formality in many of the songs creates some interesting little melodies, but more often than not ends up producing a non-cohesive, unrefi ned product that confuses the listener more than it satisfies. For audiences of this generation, Conveniens leaves something to be desired. It is a niche album that during the ’80s would have had more mass appeal than it does now. Synth heads would probably enjoy the sounds of the classic poly and monosynths used on the album, but other than that this music is most likely lost to the current generation. RHETT MILLER the believer

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Recently Conveniens, a Chicago-based band comprised of drummer John Maz and keyboardist/ synthesist Sterling Smith, independently re-released their 1984 self-titled album. After listening to its polysynth melodies from start to finish, it is safe to say this is definitely a period piece, straight out of the era that made synth-pop listenable. There’s no bass and no real guitar, the album is comprised only of studio drums and bizarre piano and synthesizer melodies that don’t constrain them to any definable genre of music. Many of the songs have a free-flowing sound as if they were improvised in the studio during recording. The sounds on this album range from classical and jazz-driven to space age. The drumming style varies from jazz to rock and every place in between. On the song “Barney Klark,� the duo even makes an attempt at what appears to be experimental reggae. Having only limited experience with the music of the ’80s, I cannot say for sure what kind of audience Conveniens would have attracted, but they sound too experimental to be considered pop and the lack of information on the band leads me to believe they were less than mainstream.

Rhett Miller is best known as the charismatic front man for Old 97’s, but with his sophomore album, The Believer, he continues to establish himself as a viable solo artist. The Believer contains a mix of new songs, duets, covers and even a few songs that Old 97’s fans may recognize. This album is a testament to Miller’s ability to write pop songs that are both intelligent and personal. The album kicks off with “My Valentine,� a catchy song which urges listeners to “smoke some grass� and shake their asses. “My Valentine� is a perfect example of Miller’s knack for writing catchy pop songs that still feel personal and accessible. Other stand-out songs include “Singular Girl,� a rerecording of an Old 97’s rarity, and “Firefl ies,� a duet with Rachel Yamagata. Miller strikes a precarious balance between old and new, and fast and slow. Ballads like “The Believer,� “Firefl ies� and “Meteor Shower� are complemented by up-tempo songs like, “I’m With Her,� “My Valentine� and “Ain’t That Strange.� Old 97’s fans will be pleased to see “Singular Girl� and “Question� mixed in with the new material. On the whole, Miller’s sophomore solo album is a success. The Believer shows that Miller can stand on his own, but that he hasn’t forgotten the fans and music that got him to where he is. My only complaint with this album is the incredibly creepy album cover, which features Miller dressed in a purple suit, lounging on a couch near what appears to be some sort of tribal mask and a snow globe. However, those brave enough to get past the cover will be rewarded with an intelligent and well written album.

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Halloweekend is upon us MIKE INGRAM • CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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h, Halloween weekend is upon us — time to dress up and see a bunch of shows. Your challenge for the weekend is this: go to any campus bar and try to find five girls dressed as something other than “a slutty _____.” Actually, it may be hard to find girls dressed as a slutty take on something else, as lately the trend seems to be just to say fuck it and go in regular lingerie and not be bothered with finding a nurse’s hat. So, give it a shot. You’re truly doing God’s work, people. If you’re reading this early on Thursday and you will be eating lunch on campus, you should head over to the Beckman Institute. In the lobby, from 12:20 to 12:50 p.m., Jane Boxall will be playing a free solo set on the marimba. Just bring in some lunch and enjoy some music. Jane, who is working on her percussion doctorate at U of I, is also the drummer for the band Triple Whip, a band which has become a duo since the departure of singer/guitarist Santanu Rahman. Jane plays the drums, while former buzz columnist Holly Rushakoff rocks the bass. Holly and Jane will release their first CD as a duo, Horsepower, on Nov. 11 at the Iron Post in Urbana. It has been great to see the band morph into a drums/bass duo, even after having been a huge fan of Santanu’s work in the band. There will be more info on the CD release to come. Jane Boxall is also involved in the new Sunday night series happening at the Iron Post. Titled “7-9 Sundays,” the shows will feature three bands in two hours, with a cover charge of $3.50. Says Boxall: “Quality gigs for busy people, or scenesters with day jobs.” I know, I was all, “Jane, that’s a fragment,” too. The Iron Post is all-ages, and the early hour means that you can bring the kids out to see some good music and still get them home at a decent time on a school night. This Sunday will be the first show in the series, and will feature Monster Honkey (self-proclaimed “redneck punk rock” band), reds (experimental pop from John Isberg of the Firebird Band), and Kayla Brown. I’m excited about the Lovedrug show at the IMC on Friday. I even wrote about it last week. I think these guys put on one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. This will be their third show in CU this year, having opened for Switchfoot at Foellinger last spring and headlined the Canopy Club over the summer. This time around they’ll have a new tour EP, featuring five new songs. For those who haven’t been to the IMC since it moved into the old post office building in downtown Urbana, the place is really coming along. The sound system could still use some work, and some knowledgeable people to run it — but the space is cozy, the couches are inviting and there’s always someone there to sell you homemade cookies and brownies. The Lovedrug show also features Brandtson and the Myriad. Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets are $10 online at Etix, and $12 at the door. The show is all-ages. It was booked by my partner (business, not sexual — though that line can be pretty blurry sometimes) Seth Fein. If you get there early, you might even catch a glimpse of him before he goes home to play with his cats. Also on Friday, the Brat Pack returns to the Highdive stage for a Halloween bash. The Brat INTRO | A ROUND TOWN | L ISTEN, H EAR | CU CALENDAR | STAGE, S CREEN &

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Pack has emerged over the years as being the best ’80s cover band in Illinois. They play all over the region to packed bars and festivals, and now you can see them back in Champaign, and wear an awesome costume and win prizes at the same time. Showtime is 8:30 p.m., and the cover is $7. That’s, like, 15 cents per awesome ’80s cover song. That’s a deal that can’t be beat, folks. Saturday night, Lorenzo Goetz will play a very impromptu show under a giant tent in the parking lot of Rock’s in Champaign. There will be prizes for the best ’80s costume and for best overall costume. Assuming that there aren’t any more tent shows that come out of nowhere, this is likely the last time you’ll be able to see LG in town before the final LG show on New Year’s Eve at Cowboy Monkey. I will also allow this show as an exception to the challenge thrown out in the first paragraph, as this is basically on campus and will surely be populated by girls in underwear complaining about the cold. The show starts at 9 p.m., and there will be a $5 cover at the tent flap. Saturday night also brings Centaur to the Cowboy Monkey, playing their first show in roughly two years. Centaur is a project featuring Matt Talbott of Hum. Also on the bill is Archives of the Future, featuring members of the Mezzanines and Lovecup. Sunday night at Cowboy Monkey featured Arrah and the Ferns, along with Everthus the Deadbeats. Muncie’s Arrah and the Ferns recently played at the Courtyard Café with Shearwater, and return to CU with Everthus, also from Indiana. Arrah is a former member of This Story (the band with the SWAT bus) and her band plays sweet indie pop in the vein of Unicorns, Joanna Newsom and, of course, John Stamos. Hey, Jesse and the Rippers were no joke. Plus he was in the “Kokomo” video! At press time, the third band had not been booked, mainly because I booked the show and I’m a slacker. Showtime is 9 p.m., and the cover is $5. Tuesday is officially Halloween, and there are some great choices for you to explore. Beat Kitchen, featuring the Brandon T. Washington (Temple of Low Men, Funky Butt Drum Club, Soulstice) will play Cowboy Monkey with Weapons of Mass DisFunktion. At Canopy Club, elsinore will wrap up their Rehearsal Space run with a late set after the Victor Wooten show. The best bang for your buck is over at the Brass Rail, where Terminus Victor, Scurvine and Water Between Continents will play. Terminus is one of the best rock bands in town, and they have really begun to shine since replacing their drum machine with Terry Wathen. Retraction! Last week I stated in the “coming soon” section that Don Gerard would take on anyone who was listening. This was an incredibly immature and stupid thing to say and I wish I could take it back. I in no way meant to imply that there is anyone out there who actually pays attention to Don Gerard. I would like to extend my deepest apologies to anyone I offended with such a reckless comment. Mike Ingram is a booking agent and musician. He also is the local music director at 90.1 WEFT, where he books WEFT Sessions. You can reach him at forgottenwords@gmail.com. sounds from the scene


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Spin It prides itself on many things, but one in particular is its ability to coin terms (see above). Many famous people often get punchy, leading to sometimes embarrassing, but always hilarious, media attention. This past week in Springfield, MO, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco (who will be performing a solo show at Foellinger this Friday) turned the stage into a ring when a fan took him by surprise resulting in a Tweedy onetwo number. Though he didn’t deliver a Wil-K.O. by any means ... is it bad ass or just a bad rep? Brian: Bad Ass A l l I h ave t o s ay i s Paparazzi. The 2004 whirlwind thriller produced by Mel Gibson focuses on a new Hollywood heartthrob, Bo Laramie, expertly murdering a ring of fork-tongued photographers for causing a serious car accident in the midst of their lust of dirt on Bo. I pride myself on liking obscure, artistic films, but this 84-minute roller coaster of cinematic garbage stole my heart. It also led me to believe that it’s OK for celebrities/rock stars to throw some ‘bows ... in fact, I encourage it.

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In all honesty, Jeff’s incident wasn’t bad at all and he instantly apologized for the small scuffle. On the other hand, Jack White’s past outburst turned his opponent to a bloody mess. Nearly unprovoked, White (of The White Stripes) beat leader singer of The Von Bondies to a mere shell of what he once was. White pled guilty to charges of assault in 2004, but it only made me love him more. Beating up the pompous front man of a C-list, Dandy Warhols rip-off band was definitely a noble cause. Violence is just cool, especially for a rock‘n’roller. Trail of Dead member, Jason Reese, is known to bang his microphone into his forehead while breaking what he can on stage; needless to say, that is awesome. With only one step, transitive property says it’s just as cool (one may say “bad ass”) to do the same off the stage, in real life. Celebripunching, is A-OK. Carlye: Bad Rep So, Tweedy hit a dude in the face because he was tr ying to kiss him. But, why not just share the love? I don’t think Jeff Tweedy should have attacked the

fan that came on stage — I think he should have kissed him back. This alternative action would have shock value, show appreciation for his fans and maybe even be marketed to promote gay rights. But, in my opinion, the big issue is the star/paparazzi relationship. Celebrities need to lay down the fists and pick up the scripts. (Wow ... that’s kind of catchy and I didn’t even mean for it to be.) Famous people love, love, love being famous, but despise paparazzi who invade their privacy. You know, the photographers who take pictures of them, run the photos in newspapers, magazines and Web sites that are read by millions of people across the country, who then in turn recognize these musicians and actors, thus making them famous. Within the past few

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weeks, Avril Lavigne, Justin Timberlake, Cameron Diaz and Jake Gyllenhall all had their own paparazzi incidents. But, stars just don’t realize if they deck a photographer, they’re just being a huge fucking hypocrite. I know, the typical reaction is, “But, it invades their privacyyyy!” Well, I say too goddamn bad. If you’re famous, your privacy is what you have to give up. Also, I personally believe that Lindsay Lohan being stumbling drunk outside of a bar or Kate Moss snorting a line of coke is totally free reign, while snapping pictures of them eating an ice cream cone is boring, not privacy-invading. Celebrities need to realize that they can’t choose what hours of the day they’re famous, and for which ones they want to go incognito.

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Jeff Tweedy punched a fan at a recent show in Springfield, MO when a fan attempted to kiss Tweedy. Check him out this Friday night at Foellinger Auditorium. Leave any public displays of affection in your dorm.

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widespread upheavals of the 1960s that had a profound impact on American society, yet has been virtually obliterated from the collective memory of that time.] Illinois Disciples Foundation, 7pm, free

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Lectures/Discussions Border Crossers Discussion Group [Discussion of the book “Thirty-Three Teeth” by English Author Colin Cotterill.] Borders Books Music & Cafe, 7pm “What Should Be The U.S. Policy in the Middle East?”/”The Confrontation of Israel with its Neighbors” [Interactive audience and panel discussion. Four panelists will give position statements regarding U.S./Israeli policy in the Middle East to be followed by questions from the audience. Panelists will present various political viewpoints and are respected scholars in their fields.] Urbana City Council Chambers, 7pm Initiative on Mega-Disasters: “Was the Bronze Age Volcanic Eruption of Thira (Santorini) a Megacatastrophe? A Geological/Detective Story” [Grant Heiken, independent consultant, author and geologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, speaks.] Spurlock Museum, 7:30pm “Quechua and the Church in Colonial Peru” International Studies Building, 12pm, free Film Screening of Indian Country Diaries: “Spiral of Fire” [American Indian Studies Professor, LeAnne Howe, travels to the North Carolina homeland of the

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DJ Reggae Party: DJ Bonsu Illini Union, 9pm, free DJ Bozak (Red Bull Music Academy) Soma Ultralounge 9pm, free Hip-Hop and R&B DJ Nargile 9pm, free until 10pm/$5 DJ Mertz Boltini Lounge 10pm, free DJ Stifler Highdive, 10pm, $5

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T’will be the night before Halloween and all through the campus not a creature will be stirring — unless you’re at the Canopy Club! Now that the lamest intro I’ve ever written is over with, Santa — the real one — is playing their biggest show to date this upcoming Monday. Santa, a local band made up of six U of I students, has been playing shows all over campus this past year. From Gregory Hall to frat parties to Joe’s Brewery, the winter wonderland band has made their rounds and created a following at the same time. There’s one thing that makes Santa special other than their impressive live show and lyrically impressive songs — they have a bongo player and they don’t suck. In fact, I would say the drum pounder makes them 100 times better. Generally the bongo spot is reserved for the one meathead friend of the band that loves Dave and Guster who can only decently clap in rhythm. The band then becomes even worse and is reduced to playing “Last Dance with Mary Jane” and “Bubble Toes.” Not Santa though, battling the hand drum with ferocity and loads of talent, the percussionist rises to the center of attention. In the audience, I’ve also heard the lead singer referred to as “dreamy.” See for yourself. Go to the Club for a pre-Halloween show with a holiday favorite. — Brian McGovern

Illinois Disciples Foundation Film Series presents “Sir! No Sir!” [This film reveals the untold story of the GI movement to end the war in Vietnam. This is the story of one of the most

Workshops Dissertation Workshops Undergraduate Library, 3pm Learn to Podcast with the Illini Apple Center Illini Media Company, 7pm

Meetings International Students Support Group [Forum for international students to offer and receive support in the

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Concerts Chris Tomlin in Concert [Star Course, the University of Illinois student-run concert productions and promotions organization, is proud to announce that Chris Tomlin will be coming to campus.] Foellinger Auditorium, 7pm $18 for students/$20 DJ DJ Dice, DJ Smoooth V Lava 9pm, $3/$5 after 11pm Limbs [Hip-hop, breaks and party music.] Boltini Lounge, 10:30pm, no cover

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parents or caregivers.] Urbana Free Library, 10:30am Mind/Body/Spirit Relaxation Room at OASIS [Visit the relaxation room to enjoy a 20 minute guided imagery experience while taking a break from the hectic demands of your day.] McKinley Health Center, 10am, free for students/$5 faculty and staff

Joan Hickey Iron Post 5pm, cover New Orleans Jazz Machine Cowboy Monkey, 5:30pm, free The Virtues Hubers, 8pm no cover Lovedrug, Brandston, The Myriad Independent Media Center, 8pm, $12 at the door/$10 The Lugnutz Featuring Crazy Johnny and Joni Dreyer Memphis on Main, 8:30pm, $4

Lectures/Discussions “The Effects of Run-River Dams on Stream Morphology” [Throughout the world, dams have become ubiquitous features on rivers and streams, installed to achieve multiple objectives, ranging from the reduction of flood impacts, to the creation of reservoirs for irrigation and drinking water.] Davenport Hall, 3pm “Renewable Energy: A Contribution to Energy Security” [Presented by Jurden Scheffran, ACDIS.] University YMCA, 12pm “The Too-Good Wife: Alcohol Co-Dependency and the Politics of Nurturance in Postwar Japan” [Amy Borovoy, Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, Princeton University, will be speaking on this book.] Foreign Languages Building, 12pm “Prison Action Research Collaborative Brown Bag” [Featuring Carol Ammons.] Asian American Cultural Center, 12pm Film “The University of Illinois vs. a Mummy” [Get wrapped up for this feature length horror-comedy produced entirely by students and Illini Film and Video on the University of Illinois campus.] Natural History Building, 8pm Workshops Asian American Performance Studies Conference Asian American Cultural Center 3pm Sporting events Men’s Basketball: Orange & Blue Scrimmage Assembly Hall, 6:30pm

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Recreation Illinites [Come enjoy Halloween fun throughout the Illini Union. Free prizes such as iPods, DVD sets and CDs. There will be 25 cent Sbarro pizza, karaoke, henna, “Halloween” and “Scream” movie showings, pumpkin decorating, Reggae party and more.] Illini Union, 9pm Family Fun Fresh Fruit at Curtis Orchard Curtis Orchard, 9am Halloween Gymnastics [Dynamite Gym invites you to get on your costumes and head to the gym for some fun. Your kids will have tons of fun doing gymnastics, eating pizza and playing festive games. Open to all children at least 4 years of age.] Dynamite Gymnastics, 6:30pm Mind/Body/Spirit Relaxation Room at OASIS McKinley Health Center 10am, free for students/$5 faculty and staff

SAT. OCT 28 Live Bands American Nobody (Brian Granse) CD Release The Iron Post, 6pm, cover Bob, Dan & Joni Hubers 8pm, no cover ESP Memphis on Main 8:30pm, $4 Full Throttle T&T Tavern 8:30pm, no cover Country Connection Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, $1 Fat Lip (Pharcyde) Courtyard Cafe, 9pm Candy Foster and the Shades of Blue Iron Post, 9:30pm no cover Electric Voodoo Independent Media Center, 10pm, cover Centaur, Archives of the Future Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $5 Concerts Drummers of Burundi [The thunderous sound of their magnificent instruments once signified the birth, death and enthronement of the kings.] Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 7pm, $6 students/$16 DJ DJ Bozak (Red Bull Music Academy) Soma Ultralounge 9pm, $5 DJ Dance Party Canopy Club 9pm, cover Hip-Hop and R&B DJ Nargile 9pm, free until 10pm/$5 DJ Tim Williams Highdive 10pm, $5 Dancing English Country Dance Phillips Recreation Center, 7pm, $1 Karaoke Liquid Courage Karaoke Geo’s 9pm Film MICRO-FILM Movie Show Mike ‘N Molly’s, 8pm Sporting events Fall Out Ultimate Frisbee Tournament Complex and Multiplex Fields, 9am Women’s Volleyball v. MIchigan State Huff Hall, 7pm

Recreation Cosmic Bowling Illini Union Recreation Room, 8pm Comedy Fishing With Dynamite Sketch Comedy Show ChanningMurray Foundation, 8pm, $3 Miscellaneous James W. Carey Memorial Service [A service to honor the life and work of the late James Carey, dean emeritus of the College of Communications, media and journalism scholar.] Gregory Hall, 11am TIA Beef Noodle Night Asian American Cultural Center, 4pm Halloween Funfest [Dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy the Halloween festivities. Don’t forget a bag to collect traditional Halloween goodies.] Market Place Shopping Center, 6pm Fundraisers Pix With Pets [The 3rd Annual Pix with Pets seasonal fundraiser with photographer Tom Schaefges for the Humane Connection Fund and the CARE Pet Loss Helpline.] Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building, 9am Family Fun Fresh Fruit at Curtis Orchard Curtis Orchard, 9am Champaign-Urbana Stamp Club: Stamp Show and Sale Urbana Civic Center, 10am Nature ABCs & 123s, “C” is for Coyote [Children and their parents can learn about nature at Allerton.] Allerton Park, 10am, $3 per chiild Halloween Storytime [Children of all ages are invited to this spooky story time about monsters. Wear a costume. A snack and craft will add to the creepy fun.] Urbana Free Library, 11am Mind/Body/Spirit Relaxation Room at OASIS Illini Union, 12pm, free for students/$5 faculty and staff .

SUN. OCT 29 Live Bands Live Music at Curtis Orchard: Denny Kay Curtis Orchard, 2pm 7-9 Sundays: Monster Honkey, Kayla Brown, reds Iron Post 7pm, $3 Bubble City Gospelfest Independent Media Center 8pm, free Crystal River Band Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, no cover This Is Me Smiling, Our Cardiac Conquest, Un Dus Tres, Maps & Atlases, The Anti Canopy Club, 9pm, $7 Arrah and the Ferns, Everthus and the Deadbeats Cowboy Monkey, 9pm, $5 Concerts “Illinois Brass Quintet” [IBQ’s annual Halloween concert.] Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 3pm, $2 students/$8 Black Chorus Annual Fall Concert Smith Recital Hall, 4pm Dancing UC Hip Hop Congress [Come to practice/learn break dancing from our team members.] Allen Residence Hall, 2pm

Latin Dance Lessons [Learn Salsa, Merengue and other Latin dance moves with Eliana Manero.] La Casa Cultural Latina, 7pm Recreation Allerton Park Trail Race [Second Wind Running Club presents its annual 5.5 mile trail run and 2-mile fitness walk through Allerton Park. Participants must register by Saturday, Oct. 28. Runners and walkers receive a long-sleeve T-shirt and are invited to a post-race brunch.] Allerton Park, 9am Family Fun Fresh Fruit at Curtis Orchard Curtis Orchard, 9am Champaign-Urbana Stamp Club: Stamp Show and Sale Urbana Civic Center, 10am Halloween Spooktacular [Visit with creatures associated with Halloween during guided tours through each of the Allerton mansion’s main rooms. Enjoy a number of games and

snacks in the dining room, roast marshmallows, make s’mores, go on a Jack-oLantern night hike and more. Costumes are encouraged.] Allerton Park, 5pm, $3 for children 12 and under/$5

MON. OCT 30 Live Bands Michael Davis [Singer/Keyboardist] Bentley’s Pub 7pm Santa, Doug Robinson Canopy Club, 9pm, $5 Jazz Jam, MRS Trio Iron Post 9pm, $3 Open Mic Night Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free DJ DJ Delayney [Hip-Hop/Soul] Barfly, 10pm Lectures/Discussions “The Historical Origins of ‘Open Science’” [Paul A. David, Professor of Economics at Standford University, will speak.] National Center for

Supercomputing Applications Building, 4pm, free Recreation Public Skate UI Ice Arena 11:15am Comedy DeBono Improv Comedy Troup Courtyard Cafe, 9pm, free Meetings Urbana-Champaign Senate Meeting Levis Faculty Center, 3pm Colors of Pride Meeting [Colors of Pride works to provide a safe space and friendly environment for all LGBT students of color to share, listen, discuss and express themselves.] Illini Union, 8pm Family Fun Fresh Fruit at Curtis Orchard Curtis Orchard, 9am Mind/Body/Spirit Relaxation Room at OASIS McKinley Health Center, 10am, free for students/$5 faculty and staff

art & theater The Lark [Jean Anouilh’s sober, witty retelling of the legend of Joan of Arc depicts the story you thought you knew as a modernist struggle between the individual consciousness in the throes of divine inspiration and the cynical, overwhelming power of bureaucracy to crush it. Director Robert Anderson’s new production, styled in the manner of the post-World War II era in which the play was written, explores the fickle character of propaganda and the consuming nature of political and religious conviction while a young girl struggles for her life against the collusion of the priests of statecraft and the princes of the Church.] Krannert Center, Colwell Playhouse, Oct. 26-28, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 29, 3 p.m., $12 Flex/$13 Single Champaign Urbana Theatre Company presents “Barnum” [There will only be one P.T. Barnum, but his enthusiasm and spirit live forever in this show. The musical traces the career of America’s greatest showman from 1835 to 1881, the year he joined James A. Bailey to form “The Greatest Show On Earth.” “Barnum’s the name, P.T. Barnum, and I want to tell you that tonight you are going to see — bar none — every sight, wonder and miracle that name stands for!”] The Virginia Theatre, Oct. 27 through Oct. 29, 7 p.m. The Mikado [A year before the action of this opera begins, Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado of Japan, flees his father’s imperial court to escape marriage with Katisha, an elderly lady. Disguised as a traveling musician, he meets and falls in love with Yum-Yum, the young ward of KoKo, a cheap tailor in the town of Titipu. Yum-Yum, however, is already

betrothed to her guardian and Nanki-Poo leaves Titipu in despair. By Gilbert and Sullivan, directed by Chris Eubank.] Station Theatre through Nov. 11 Decorative and Musical Art of the 17th-19th Centuries [This exhibition features four of the 11 known decorated instruments made by Stradivari, on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and on display in conjunction with the Smithsonian Chamber Players Krannert Center concert on Nov. 14. The exquisite marquetry and ornamental design of these masterpieces typify the sophistication of baroque decorative art. The exhibition and related programs are sponsored by the Sousa Archives and are part of National American Music Month.] Krannert Art Museum, Oct. 27 through Dec. 31, free RENT Assembly Hall Star Theatre, Oct. 28. 7:30 p.m. Surrealist Interventions: Selections from Krannert Art Museum and the University of Illinois Library [This exhibition pairs Surrealist paintings, photographs, prints and drawings from the Krannert Art Museum collection with the movement’s experiments in print culture from manifestos and tracts to elaborately designed serials and books on loan from the University of Illinois Library. Collaboration across media and continual reinvention in the face of controversy have contributed to Surrealism’s reputation as one of the most vital and enduring practices of the 20th century.] Krannert Art Museum through Dec. 31

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Live Bands U of I Jazz Combo Iron Post 7pm, free “Mo Pair at the Aroma Cafe” Aroma Cafe, 8pm Jolie Holland, Dave Dondero Highdive, 8:30pm, $10 in advance/$12 Caleb Rose Bowl Tavern 9pm, no cover

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to discover how their fusion of tourism, cultural preservation and spirituality is key to the tribe’s health in the 21st century.] Main Library, 7pm

Concerts Jeff Tweedy [Presented by Star Course.] Foellinger Auditorium, 6:30pm, $20 students/$23 “Sinfonia da Camera: The Marriage of Figaro” [Semistaged version of the classic comic opera “The Marriage of Figaro,” with Mozart’s profoundly moving score highlighting a tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness.] Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 7:30pm, $15 students/$43

Women’s Volleyball v. Michigan Huff Hall, 7pm

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Family Fun Fresh Fruit at Curtis Orchard [Apples, pumpkins, gourds and squash both in-store and pick-your-own.] Curtis Orchard, 9am Funfare [Programs featuring stories, songs, puppets and films for children and their

Seniors Bingo [Featured Prizes: Baker’s Square Pie, $20 to Blossom Basket and free Dessert at Ned Kelly’s.] Stevick Senior Center, 1pm

Brat Pack: Halloween Costume Party Highdive, 8:30pm, $7 Country Connection Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, $1 Big Bang Theory Cowboy Monkey, 9:30pm, $5 Ghost and The Unpossible Iron Post, 10pm, $5 Fireflies, Irving, The Chemicals, 1090 Club Independent Media Center, 11pm, $5

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TUE. OCT 31 Live Bands Billy Galt Sings the Blues Blues Barbecue, 11:30am Victor Wooten’s Soul Circus Canopy Club, 8pm, $15 Crystal River Band Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, no cover Live Music and Halloween Party Featuring Weapons of Mass DisFunktion and Beat Kitchen Cowboy Monkey 9pm, $5 Ghosts of Rock ‘N Roll (Elvis Tribute): Halloween Party Fat City Saloon 9pm, cover Terminus Victor, Scurvine, Water between Continents Brass Rail 9:30pm, $4 Elsinore Canopy Club, 11:30, free DJ DJs Hoff and Bambino [Hard Rock/ Punk] Mike ‘N Molly’s, 10pm DJ Tremblin BG Barfly, 10pm DJ TwinScin, DJ Evily Highdive 10pm, $2 Chris O [A blend of downtempo and deep house.] Boltini Lounge, 10:30pm, no cover Karaoke Liquid Courage Karaoke Geo’s, 9pm Karaoke with Randy Miller Bentley’s Pub, 9:30pm, free Lectures/Discussions “Formation of School of Earth, Society and Environment Comprised of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Geography and Geology” Foreign Languages Building 3:45pm “The View from Lincoln Hall” [Presented Sarah Mangelsdorf, Dean LAS.] University YMCA 12pm

“The Status of Human Rights and Independence Movements in Sindh ad Baluchistan” [Brownbag lecture by Gul Agha.] Foreign Languages Building, 12pm, free “Food for Thought: Growing Up in Asian American, Finding Faith” Asian American Cultural Center 12pm, free Film TASC Halloween Movie Night [Taiwanese American Students Club hosts screening of a scary movie and costume contest.] Asian American Cultural Center 7pm Workshops ARTstor Workshops Undergraduate LIbrary, 1:30pm Recreation Public Skate UI Ice Arena 11:15am Miscellaneous An Evening with Poe [Listen to the timeless and often haunting stories of Edgar Allan Poe surrounded by the grandeur of Allerton mansion library.] Allerton Park, 7pm, $20 Meetings Women’s Support Group [A support group for female students who have experienced sexual assualt/abuse within a relationship.] Women’s Studies House 6:30pm Family Fun Fresh Fruit at Curtis Orchard Curtis Orchard, 9am Mind /Body / Spirit Relaxation Room at OASIS McKinley Health Center, 10am, free for students/$5 faculty and staff

WED. NOV 1 Live Bands Irish Traditional Music Session Bentley’s Pub, 7pm, free Fuedin’ Hillbilly’s Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, no cover U of Idol Competition Canopy Club 9pm, $3 DJ DJ Stifler Highdive, 8pm, cover Ladies Night w/ DJ Supa Nargile 9pm, ladies free before 11pm Tropicale Wednesdays: DJ Bris, DJ Delayney Soma Ultralounge 9pm, $5 Chef Ra [Roots/Reggae] Barfly 10pm

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Champaign Park District Youth Basketball Coach Love playing basketball? Interested in working with children to enhance their skills on the court? This opportunity provides free training to volunteers interested in coaching children of all skill levels while emphasizing fun and fair play. You’ll communicate with parents, organize practices and attend games. Game days are Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and practices are set by the volunteer coaches one to two times a week. Pre-season runs late November through December, with breaks around holidays. The season runs January through early March. Obtain an application by contacting Hsiung Marler at hsuing. marler@cparkdistrict.com or call 398-2550.

Dancing Tropicale Wednesdays with DJ Bris [Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Reggaeton.] Soma Ultralounge 9pm, no cover before 10pm Tango Dancing [Lesson at 7:30pm followed by tango dancing from 8-10:30pm, then salsa dancing until 2am.] Cowboy Monkey 7:30pm, no cover Learn Traditional Greek Dance Armory Building, 8pm Lectures/Discussions Lunch and Learn: “Skin Deep” [Prexy Nesbitt, Unit One Guest in residence will join us for this discussion about skin color.] African American Cultural Center 12pm Sporting events Women’s Volleyball v. Northwestern Huff Hall, 7pm

Men’s Basketball vs. Lewis (Exhibition) Assembly Hall, 7pm Meetings Book Collector’s Club-The No. 44 Society [This club provides an opportunity for novice and experienced book collectors to get together and share information and ideas.] Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 4pm

Family Fun Fresh Fruit at Curtis Orchard Curtis Orchard, 9am Mind/Body/Spirit Relaxation Room at OASIS McKinley Health Center, 10am free for students/$5 faculty and staff

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Dancing at Lughnasa By Brian Friel Lisa Dixon, director Department of Theatre A memory play about spirituality in all its forms, love without obligation or social convention, and the heartbreak of loss through ignorance and fear, Friel’s tale of five sisters in County Donegal, Ireland, in the summer of 1936 celebrates the profound joy of loving, living, and dancing in the moment. Thursday-Saturday, November 2-4 at 7:30pm Wednesday-Saturday, November 8-11 at 7:30pm Sunday, November 12 at 3pm Studio Theatre Flex $12 / SC & Stu 11 / UI & Yth 6 Single: $13 / SC & Stu 12 / UI & Yth 7 Ethos Percussion Group & The Masters of Indian Music Pandit Samir Chatterjee, tabla Kinnar Seen, sitar Marquee As Ethos explores the intersection of ancient rhythms and modern percussive sound, classical Indian music and Western chamber music meld for a surprising and compelling experience.

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The Chicago Symphony was a regular visitor to the University of Illinois before the wonderful facilities of the Krannert Center were completed in 1969. The last concert before, Krannertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foellinger Great Hall opened was held in the then un-airconditioned Assembly Hall in the late summer of 1968, and one can only hope Acting Music Director Irwin Hoffman perspired less than those in the audience. Krannertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s superb climate-controlled facilities not only lured many a great symphony, but it the early 1970s, the CSO liked our Great Hall so much, they did some of their recordings here. The only maestro who helped the position of Music Director anywhere near the length of Frederick Stock (his 37 years with the orchestra is a record), was the equally legendar y Sir George Solti. It was he who discovered the Foellinger Great Hall as a recording venue for the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most highly regarded symphony orchestra. Among his Krannert recordings were a complete set of the Beethoven piano concertos, with Vladimir Ashkenazy as soloist in 1971, and a 1972 Mahler seventh symphony. The recording era here was a brief one, and with a major upgrading of the recording facilities at Orchestra Hall, the CSO pretty much stayed home for future recordings. Perhaps only Ravinia Park, in north suburban Highland Park, has had a longer affiliation of visits from the Chicago Symphony. Since 1936 (but from time to time since 1905), the CSO has been the orchestra in residence at the Ravinia Festival, introducing suburbanites to great music during the summer months. If we cannot have them in residence, we can be grateful for the regular annual visits we have received from this great ensemble. Its 115-year history has been a great one and the University of Illinois has been a part of it, and we have loved it. buzz

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people living with diabetes, in order to explore the causes of disease. “Before the f ilm was completed my mother died of complications due to diabetes. That was very hard,” Howe said. In documenting the lifestyle and culture of the Choctaw of North Carolina, Howe hopes the viewers of the film learn that Native Americans are real, living and contemporary people. She appears as a character throughout the documentary to help resolve her own problems of identity, being born to a Choctaw women and a Cherokee man that she never knew. The f ilm took four years to complete, and during f ilming she stayed on the homelands of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians of North Carolina for two and a half months. In addition to Indian Country Diaries: Spiral of Fire, Howe wrote and co-produced the documentary Playing Past Time, about Native American softball and its impact in the community. Howe is also a founder and director of Wagon Burner Theatre Troop; in addition, she has written plays that have been produced around the country. Howe believes that her f ilm will resonate w it h m a i n st rea m , non-Nat ive A mer ica n aud iences because the f i lm asks questions about ident it y, hea lth ca re, env iron ment and language. She feels that people around America ask these same questions and want to know answers to them. “So i n th is way, I th i n k it w i l l appea l everyone. In the case of Indian Country Diaries: Spiral of Fire, the people who try and answer these questions are natives.” Indian Country Diaries: Spiral of Fire will be shown Oct. 26 in room 66 of the University of Illinois Library. The University Library is located at 1408 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana and the screening of the documentary is from 7 to 9 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Howe was hired by NAPT producers Carol Cornsilk and Frank Blythe as the screenwriter for th is 90 -m inute product ion. The f i l m focuses on l ife in the 21st cent ur y on an American Indian reservation, and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians in Cherokee North Carolina. The documentary takes a journey to discover what it means to be Cherokee. Part of this journey deals with the signif icant PHOTO COURTESY OF INDIANCOUNTRYDIARIES.ORG. problem of the high rate of diabetes among Native Americans. A Choctaw Nat ive American and a citizen of the Choct aw Nat ion of Oklahoma, Howe has had first-hand experience with diabetes. “My mother was living with diabetes, and was very ill while we were shooting the f ilm,” Howe said. W hi le f i l m ing the documentary, Howe and Children learn and have fun doing it during “A Night of Cherokee” others that helped with filming interviewed doctors, language presentation as captured in LeAnne Howe’s documentary health care professionals and Indian Country Diaries: Spiral of Fire.

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Lillian Hellmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Lark was adapted from a French play of the same name. Originally penned by Jean Anouilh as a parable of the puppet Vichy governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capitulation to the Nazis, Hellman reworked it as a damnation of the McCarthy investigations and the Red Scare. Hellman wrote her Lark as a commentary against the use of propaganda and spin by the government for their own selfi sh motives and against the best interests of the public. Krannertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s version, though, fell short. Other than the theater and the set, there was nothing that separated this from a high school theater performance. There were moments where I could see how witty and quick this play was meant to be, but generally line delivery was fl at or overdramatized. Some scenes were outright boring and the interaction between most of the characters seemed forced. However, props have to go to Laura Coover as Joan, who did a good, though not exceptional, job in this rather taxing role. Joan is on stage for almost the entire play and plays a key role in most scenes. Half of the whole workâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lines fell on her lap. One bright spot, her scene Robert de Beaudricourt (played by Marko Tomic) was, in my opinion, the best of the whole play. Some of the other scenes seemed to drag. What was really disappointing was to know how timely this play could be. Think about our current political state. No matter what your politics are we can all agree that certain members of our government, from both parties, use incidents for their own advancement. Think of 9/11, Terri Schiavo and Katrina: all political pawns just like Joan of Arc. Krannert, why not play on this? Why not, like Lillian Hellman, adapt the piece to reflect our current political state? It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bad, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen Krannert do a lot more interesting things. sounds from the scene

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DEPRESSION IS MERELY ANGER WITHOUT ENTHUSIASM. movie competing with fellow worker Vince (Dax Sheperd) for the title of “Employee of the Month.” Throw in Jessica Simpson for eye-candy, spice it up with a few older comedians and voila — you’ve got yourself a standard comedy. (Eric Nyberg) FEARLESS

ALL THE KING’S MEN There ought to be a rule in Hollywood, better yet, a commandment: “Thou shalt not remake a screen classic, without a valid reason — even if your cast and crew are A-list stars.” It is simply astonishing how poor Steven Zaillian’s remake of All the King’s Men is, even with a cast of Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Anthony Hopkins. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, loosely based on the famed Huey Long, it tells the story of the rise and fall of a grassroots, self-proclaimed “hick” politician Willie Stark. It won Best Picture in 1949 when it was adapted and directed by Robert Rossen. THE DEPARTED

Jet Li’s “final” martial arts epic is dynamically captivating, emotionally motivating and visually stimulating. It’s a second-rate version of Hero in the sense of action and plot, but it is far superior in its acting and character development. The film is about the life of Chinese martial artist Huo Yuanjia, who is a man so driven to achieve the title of the champion of Tianjin that he must learn the true lessons of life through loss and sacrifice. (Jeff Gross) FLYBOYS By today’s standards, the movie is cheesy. Set in France during World War I, James Franco plays pilot Blaine Rawlings, who is stationed there to fight. Along with him are all his American buddies and the ever-present “we will win this war” morale. While in France, Franco falls in love with a peasant girl; it is truly the cliche romance that was not meant to be, and yet somehow they pull it off. (Jenny McCarthy) GRIDIRON GANG

Martin Scorsese impresses with his latest action-packed crime thriller, The Departed, with an all-star cast starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson. DiCaprio plays an undercover cop — known to only two men in the world — infiltrating Irish mafia boss Frank Costello (Nicholson), while Damon is Costello’s man in the state police department heading investigations on Costello and providing protection. Once it becomes apparent that there are rats on each side, it becomes a heart-pounding film, with the police and mafia doing everything in their power to find and dispose of the rats. (Kevin Olsen) EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

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Gridiron Gang, directed by Phil Joanou, is a movie “based on a true story” about young, troubled boys in a juvenile detention center. They must try to face their fears, overcome their differences and prejudices toward one another and learn how to work together to form a successful football team in order to become “winners,” as put by their football coach/security guard Shaun (played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). (Keri Carpenter) THE GUARDIAN The Guardian is a by-the-numbers patriotic formula adventure film that somehow succeeds in spite of itself. Director Andrew Davis, master of the action form in films like The Fugitive and Under Siege, delivers an over-two-

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Lately Barry Levinson has been directing movies that, in his defense, probably sounded like a really good idea on paper (anybody remember Envy or Bandits?). To this list we can now add Man of the Year, a political satire with potential that never really goes anywhere. The film stars Robin Williams as Tom Dobbs, the host of a Daily Showesque program, who is coaxed into running for President. With his business manager (Christopher Walken) and head writer (Lewis Black) in tow, Dobbs sets out on the campaign trail with absolutely no expectation of winning. He (and the rest of the country) are shocked however, after an error in newly released voting equipment declares Dobbs the winner. (Tom Lange) OPEN SEASON Sony Pictures’ Open Season is entertaining, but lacks the elements of a great computer-animated film. Despite the beautiful pictures and cute characters, this film feels hollow. It tries way too hard to become the buddy story that brought success to Toy Story and Cars. The film doesn’t deserve to be stuffed and mounted over a

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In the beginning of the story, Stephane (Gael Garcia Bernal) arrives in France to take a creative position at a calendar publisher that his mother has promised him. As the movie progresses, it is clear that Stephane has a wild imagination and has a problem separating his dreams from reality. His job turns out to be mundane and frustrating, which exacerbates his confusion. Stephane falls in love with his neighbor, Stephanie, who is a creative person just like himself. What could set up the scene for a delightfully funny romantic comedy, ends up spawning a fragmented and blurry world, where viewers can’t determine what is reality and what’s Stephane’s dream. (Dan Brunner) SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS From the opening scene until the ending credits, Todd Phillip’s School for Scoundrels simply does not deliver. In a less-than-stellar cast, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Heder, the story and the humor never really pull the audience in. When Roger (Heder) gets down on life and realizes his inability to get with his dream girl, he enrolls into a special class taught by Dr. P. (Thornton) to learn how to take control of his life. Very little is shown about how these classes transform these supposed losers, but miraculously all these guys are instantly transformed by Dr. P.’s methods. (Kevin Olsen) THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING In this age of cinematic unoriginality, defined almost exclusively by sequels and remakes, you know you’re on to something when you sit down to watch a prequel to a remake. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning creates something of an anomaly. The film lives up to its title by providing one gruesome execution after another. The problem with this bloodbath, though, is that it is not frightening. Through all 84 minutes, I never once wondered what was going to happen next. It certainly didn’t help that the movie was a prequel, making this excursion even more unfortunate. (David Just)

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The magic returns to the theatre in Christopher Nolanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Batman Begins and Memento) visually stunning and entertaining film The Prestige. This movie is clearly one of the best films this year, with its engrossing plot and first rate acting. If you liked the complexity of Memento and the darkness of Batmen Begins, then this movie will not disappoint. The setting is London, late 19th century, and two friends Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Borden (Christian Bale) show a curiosity for the world of mag ic. However, when Borden makes a trick more daring, Angier loses a close friend. This starts a competition to see who can become the best magician. The two are in constant battle and emotions run high when Borden creates a trick called the Transporting Man, which can even confuse a society of illusionists.

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Sofia Coppolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third movie is a postmodern, pop art styled f ilm, juxtaposed over quasihistorical content (the film is not exactly true to history ... but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a nonfiction piece). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a faux-biopic, more or less the equivalent of modern teenage girls stuck in the late 18th century. The films starts with MarieAntoinette (Kristen Dunst) coming to France for her arranged marriage with the Dauphin of France Louis XVI ( Jason Schwartzman, son of an over-the-top king played by a miscast Rip Torn) and ends right before her infamous decapitation. So what if not one beheading happens in this movie? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much like Coppolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous films, The Virgin Suicides and Lost In Translation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not much happens, but we get to explore the life of a misunderstood, lonely woman in a world that has expectations and roles, but not compassion. This is artistically reinforced by the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intricately

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Clint Eastwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Flags of Our Fathers is another fine tribute to what has been called the greatest generation of the 20th Century, that of the World War II era. Although the film concerns the military heroes who were captured on film in one of the most glorious images of any war, raising a US flag on the island of Iwo Jima, its main focus is what defines a true hero and how our government creates heroes for various purposes. Adapted from a book by James Bradley (son of one the heroes) and Ron Powers, Eastwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s screenwriters William Broyles and Paul Haggis tailor a rather unnecessarily complex narrative of the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attempt to make three heroes of one of sounds from the scene

What makes this f ilm different is that there brother Jonathan Nolan, is always specif ic are so many layers in the story and within itself with details and adding the talented Christian it has a Pledge, where Christopher Nolan shows Bale and Hugh Jackman into the mix allows his audience something ordinar y, a Tur n, him to create cinematic magic. where the ordinar y object does something The Prestige is magnificently riveting, darkly extraordinar y, and a suspenseful Prestige, mysterious and amazing from beginning to end. where the astonishment takes place. Ch r i stopher Nol a n is at the top of h is g a me i n t h i s mov ie. The plot is intriguing a nd a l low s t he aud ience to th i n k deeper i nto wh at i s act ua l ly g oi n g on du r i n g t he f ilm. There is a sense of myster y behind the f ilm that makes a person scratch their head even after they have left the theater. Christopher Nolan, who co-wrote Hey, did Christian Bale just pull a coin out of that kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ear? See four the screenplay with his star magician magic in Christopher Nolanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Prestige. PHOTOS COURTESY OF WWW.ROTTENTOMATOES.COM

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A senior acting major at the University of Illinois, Marko Tomic is performing in his fifth Krannert Center for the Performing Arts production, The Lark. Other Krannert shows he’s performed in include A Flea in Her Ear, As You Like It, Six Degrees of Separation and King Lear. Marko has also directed for the Amory Free Theater, the Krannert Ampitheater and has even appeared as an extra in The Break-Up. Marko has been acting since high school, and plans to continue pursuing his passion for acting in theater and film in the future. For more information about The Lark, check out Krannert’s Web site at www.kcpa.uiuc.edu.

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I have always loved to perform plays and pretend, but it was during a matinee for King Lear in 2004 that I realized this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. It was the butt crack of dawn and we were all warming up for a high school performance, exhausted out of our minds. Yet, I looked around and we were all completely committed to being there. Laughing at everything because doing a show that early in the morning had not yet hit us, especially Shakespeare, but we were committed and did a great job. I realized at that moment, being up at 8 a.m., that this is where I am happiest no matter what. And this is where I always will be. Tell me more about the character that you play in The Lark.

I play this French political off icial, named Robert de Beaudricourt, from whom Joan must get a horse and permission to see the Dauphin. Without me she will never get to the head of the army. Unfortunately, I am a perv who likes to exchange “favors” for favors. Who or what inspires your acting?

The people I work with inspire me most, especially in this cast. It is a very scene-by scene-play, introducing different characters that don’t really interact with other characters. And yet, these amazing people I work with have really thrown themselves in to this world and have worked so hard together to bring it INTRO | A ROUND TOWN | L ISTEN, HEAR | CU CALENDAR | STAGE , S CREEN &

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Marko Tomic (left) as Robert de Beaudricourt and Laura Coover as Joan share a moment in the Krannert Center’s latest student production, The Lark. to life. We’ve really become an ensemble cast in the process. But also Robert Anderson, the director of The Lark and one of my professors. This is the third show we have worked on together. He has been my mentor since day one, never giving up on me and always pulling the good acting out of me. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for him. What music do you listen to?

I am a big dance music kind of guy, and have been very poppy and hip-hoppy most of my life. But lately people have been introducing me to the mellower stuff that I always knew about but never listened to, Dispatch, Postal Service, Death Cab. I only know some songs, but I am trying to grow my collection. Before every show I’m in I listen to the first two tracks of the soundtrack Romeo & Juliet. The first song being ever-so-sexy, Shirley Manson singing she

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would do anything for me. The second song being “I feel just like a Local God”. I think it fits perfectly for Beaudricourt! Where do you like to hang out on campus?

My friends and I have been in dance mode lately so we have been hittin’ up Highdive quite a bit. But for our more chill nights we go to the Iron Post and visit our very dear friend/bartender Scout. Rare occasions however, because Krannert Center is where we inhabit for most of our lives. Bless it! What would be your favorite role to play in a any production if you had the opportunity?

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59 Madden of Good Charlotte 61 He IM-ed pages 66 Brown who got injured during the miniseries “Feasting on Asphalt” 67 ___ fixe 68 Letters on packages of meat 69 “The Breakthrough” singer Mary J. 70 Sound upon the big reveal 71 Mammoth’s maimer Down 1 Soak (up) 2 McBride of “The Nine” 3 ___ Arbor, Mich. 4 They’re known for their beaks

5 Biblical wise guys 6 Words after “South” or “East” 7 Leb. neighbor 8 Dean Martin hit 9 “Moulin Rouge!” director Baz 10 Ambient rocker Brian 11 Dull throb 12 Heidi who “aufs” losing players on Bravo 13 Sorta 18 Prod 22 Fox foot 24 Durango or Delaware 25 Socrates, in “Willard” 26 Get tangled up 28 Items in an orderly’s drudgery 29 ___-mo 31 Show which several “30 Rock” actors came from 32 2001 Jet Li movie 33 “Doonesbury” pot smoker 37 “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” character Janet 39 Stuff that people may get jittery with...or without 40 Laughed nervously 41 Takes in way too much 44 Senate vote 46 Come up empty 48 Novelist Deighton 49 Star t of some confessions 50 “Home” area 53 Simple rhyme scheme 54 “Other people,” to Sartre 55 Con’s stance 58 Company that makes the Bonde storage system 60 Get the memory going 62 City about an hour from Oklahoma City 63 The Bayou Bengals’ sch. 64 Bradley and O’Neill 65 Talk nonstop Answers pg. 31

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magine this: you’re a man with a girlfriend. She can’t take birth control, or maybe she just doesn’t want to. Neither of you want to use condoms as STI transmission isn’t a risk because you’re both mutually monogamous and were tested a while back. You sure aren’t trying to stop having sex any time soon, so continuous abstinence isn’t an option. How are you going to prevent pregnancy? Getting a vasectomy has long been the only alternative to condom use for men looking to prevent pregnancy. It’s a surgical operation that severs the tubes (vas deferens) that the sperm travel through when exiting the body. Men who have had vasectomies still produce ejaculate (semen) but it does not have sperm cells in it. Semen remains the same in all other ways: volume, texture, flavor, etc. While condoms have to be used every single time you engage in sex, a vasectomy is a permanent operation meant to render a male infertile for the rest of his life. Doesn’t leave much room in-between, huh? The lack of male contraceptive options is especially ironic considering the birth control selection available to women — there’s the NuvaRing, the patch, the shot, the diaphragm, the female condom, implanon and multiple forms of the IUD, spermicide and the pill. However, even with their limited options, “Men are already using the only two contraceptives they have — condoms and vasectomy — in great numbers. At least in the United States, the idea that men aren’t willing to participate is clearly out of date” says Elaine Lissner, Director of the Male Contraception Information Project. Men’s willingness, even eagerness, for new male contraception options was proven earlier this month when Shepherd Medical Company decided to expand its clinical trial of a new form of male contraception to four US cities. “We haven’t even opened our doors yet, and men are already contacting us,” said Janelle Antil, clinical trials coordinator for Shepherd Medical Company. What’s got these men knocking down the doors? Before we get into how this new device works let’s quickly review how men’s bodies work. Sperm cells are made in the testicles and mature in a tube-like structure on top of each testicle called the epididymis. You can think of the testicles being the “home” where the sperm are born, and the epididymis being the “sperm college” where they mature and prepare for their journey. Journey where? Down the sperm highway, also called the vas deferens. It’s a long, thin tube the sperm travel through before getting to the urethra in the penis. Along the sperm highway the sperm

pass by several glands including the prostate, the seminal vesicles and the cowper’s gland, where they pick up nutrients for their journey. The fluids secreted by these glands make up the liquid in ejaculate, or “cum.” The trials currently being conducted will further test the effectiveness of a method called the IVD (Intra Vas Device). It’s made of two soft plugs that are inserted into each side of the vas deferens. It works by blocking sperm from joining the rest of the man’s ejaculate. He will still be able to ejaculate, it just won’t have any sperm in it. Check out a picture of male reproductive organs at http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vas_deferens. At this point researchers have found the IVD to be reversible after short-term use, but don’t know if it will be reversible after long-term use. The IVD looks promising. So far it has been proven highly effective in preventing sperm from leaving the body. If sperm cells happen to make it past the first plug they are usually blocked by the second plug. An advantage to the IVD is that it is localized and as such won’t have many side effects (a concern with hormonal methods). The procedure for implanting the plugs is simple and relatively painless. It is also a long-lasting method so it will be cost-effective and hassle-free. Is that it? In addition to the localized, non-hormonal IVD, other forms of male contraceptives are being researched. Research has been conducted on hormonal methods that can suppress the production of sperm. But don’t expect these hormonal contraceptives to hit the market as a “male pill.” Many take the form of a hormonal implant that is injected into the vas deferens partnered with testosterone supplements (in the form of injections or creams). Such methods would likely require more upkeep and money than the IVD. And since they are not localized they would produce more side effects. SEX 411: •

To learn more about upcoming male contraceptives check out the Male Contraception Information Project at www. newmalecontraception.org Withdrawal is not a highly effective method of pregnancy prevention.

Kim Rice and Kate Ruin are professional sex educators. Send in sex questions to riceandruin@yahoo.com

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free will astrology OCT. 26 — NOV. 1 ARIES

March 21 – April 19

Nineteenth-century English poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti wrote a series of sensual sonnets inspired by his relationship with his wife Elizabeth. Before he could publish them, Elizabeth died. He was so distraught he placed the only copy of his manuscript in the grave with her. Years later, though, he decided the love poems were too good to consign forever to the oblivion of the dirt. He had the coffin disinterred and recovered his work. I suggest you draw inspiration from this story, Aries. Reclaim riches that you once abandoned or left for dead. Halloween costume suggestions: grave-digger, archaeologist, miner, psychic medium who communes with the spirits of the departed.

T A U RU S

April 20 – May 20

GEMINI

May 21 – June 20

“Jaws” is the most common name for pet goldfish. Take your cue from this fun fact, Taurus. Identify the mildest, tamest, most passive part of you, then push it in the direction of becoming more daring, assertive, and courageous. If it helps to give that part of you a nickname like “Jaws,” by all means do so. Halloween costume suggestion: a shark, Tyrannosaurus, dragon, or football player.

A sizable proportion of Christians are addicted to pornography, according to a poll conducted by a major Christian website (www. christiannews.christianet.com). It that’s true, it’s dramatic proof of what psychologists say: that we’re prone to be unhealthily obsessed and possessed by whatever we demonize. Meditate on how this theme might apply to you, Gemini. Investigate whether you’re being hurt by your scorn and anger and hatred. And please note that I’m not advising you to protect yourself from people or things you judge as bad, but rather from your attitudes about them. Halloween costume suggestion: a fundamentalist porn star.

CANCER

June 21 – July 22

In December 1984, comedian T. R. Benker told jokes for 48 consecutive hours at a restaurant in Mount Prospect, Illinois. Last year, Ethiopian oddball Belachew Girma laughed nonstop for 100 minutes at a club in Munich. These two chuckle-meisters are your role models, Cancerian. Your assignment is to stimulate massive attacks of reeling merriment and potent doses of sacred revelry as much as possible, both in yourself and others. Halloween costume suggestion: a court jester who relentlessly doles out compliments; a smirking prankster with angel wings and a halo; Santa Claus with a bag full of joke gifts; Lucille Ball imitating Sara Silverman or vice versa.

LEO

July 23 – Aug. 22

Most flowers depend on pollinators to reproduce. Birds and insects brush up against a flower’s male parts, picking up pollen that they leave on the female parts of the next flower they visit. But nature has created an anomaly that doesn’t play by these rules. A wild orchid known as *Holcoglossum amesianum* fecundates itself. Its male bits actually move, carrying out a complicated maneuver to reach around and down to deposit pollen directly into its female portions. This orchid is your power symbol, Leo. I hope it encourages you to learn more about self-fertilization--to increase your mastery of the underappreciated art of inspiring and teaching and taking care of yourself. Halloween costume suggestion: a hermaphrodite carrying a wild orchid.

VIRGO

Aug. 23 – Sept. 22

LIBRA

Sept. 23 – Oct.22

French author Andre Gide said, “The color of truth is gray.” Make that your watchword, Virgo. Resist the temptation to fall in love with bright shiny red facts or alluring azure maxims. Run like the wind from anyone who tries to sell you a story about good guys in white hats versus bad guys in black hats. The more comfortable you are with veracities that have the hue of dirty dishwater, the more likely it is you’ll see things exactly as they are, free of delusions and deceits. Halloween costume suggestion: any elaborate, intricate getup, like a commedia dell’arte character’s outfit, that’s all grey.

Chinese professor Cao Shizhong is head of the Slanting Building Correction Research Institute. His company specializes in straightening vertical structures that are tilting. He has offered to fix Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa, though not completely. Recognizing that it’s a tourist attraction, Shizhong doesn’t want to make it so upright that it’ll lose its appeal to the curious. So he has offered to give it the same mild slant it had when it was first constructed in 1350. Let’s apply this as a metaphor, Libra. I suggest that you *partially* rectify something that’s slouching or lopsided in your life. Don’t be such a compulsive perfectionist that it loses its soulful charm. Halloween costume suggestion: a beauty queen with a big pimple; a superhero with a broken arm.

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Oct. 23 – Nov. 21

S AG I T TA R I U S

Nov. 22 – Dec. 21

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22 – Jan. 19

AQUA R I U S

Jan. 20 – Feb. 18

You’re ready for take-off. It’s time to taxi to the launch location and prepare to go airborne. I suggest you do what birds and airplanes do, which is to fly directly into the wind as you leave the ground. As long as you’re forcefully propelling yourself forward, that will give you maximum lift. Oh, and flap your wings gracefully, not frenetically. Don’t stare at the ground right beneath you, but rather fix your gaze on a distant point high above you. Halloween costume suggestion: eagle, jet, hangglider, dragonfly.

About 7,500 people live on Nauru, a coral atoll in the South Pacific. For years, their primary source of income has come from bird droppings, from which they harvest and export phosphates. I suggest you draw inspiration from their example, Sagittarius. Can you think of any wastes you could cash in on? Might it be possible for you to make money from something you think of as useless and messy? Is there some muck that might actually turn out to be valuable if you only considered it from a fresh perspective? Halloween costume suggestion: a plumber carrying a wad of bills; a garbage man or garbage woman wearing a royal crown; a janitor sporting shamanic accessories.

Thomas Paine was a zealous insurrectionary. He wrote incendiary pamphlets that helped ignite and sustain America’s struggle for independence from Great Britain. Early in his life, however, he worked making women’s girdles, which are among the most constrictive and oppressive garments in the history of the world. Do you think there was a connection between his two gigs? Like maybe his later struggle for liberation was an unconscious atonement for his youthful labors? That’s my hypothesis. In the coming week, Capricorn, I suggest you instigate a Thomas Paine-like boomerang. Think of something you did in the past that constricted your spirit or squeezed other people’s possibilities. Use that memory as a launching pad as you unleash a brilliant stroke in the name of abundance and expansiveness. Halloween costume suggestion: freedom fighter.

Lightning strikes somewhere on the earth 6,000 times every minute. A single bolt may carry a million volts and reach a temperature of 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. If this elemental force could be tamed and utilized, it would provide enough energy to raise a cruise ship six feet in the air. While you won’t be able to literally harness a lightning bolt in the coming week, Aquarius, you could accomplish the metaphorical equivalent. At least temporarily, you have an uncanny talent for mobilizing tremendous power that’s normally too hot to handle. Halloween costume suggestion: a relaxed, smiling lightning bolt.

PISCES

Feb. 19 – March 20

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness,” wrote Mark Twain. I’d add that it also tends to dissolve dogmas, break bad habits, and flush away sterile theories that haven’t been tested by actual experience. These are all blessings I wish for you right now, Pisces. I hope that as you wander free of your familiar haunts, you’ll have your mind completely blown, get shocked out of your limiting beliefs about yourself, and be so electrified by the world’s beauty that you pretty much fall in love with everything and everyone. Halloween costume suggestion: a tourist, nomad, sherpa guide, shaman, Ferdinand Magellan, Sacagawea, Amelia Earhart. Homework: Scare yourself with your own exquisite beauty. Freak yourself out by realizing how amazing you are. Testify at http://freewillastrology.com.

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ERIN SCOTTBERG Editor in Chief GRIPES 1) First contact via text messaging: Get on the horn and actually use your voice. Text messaging as the initial contact is not only a craven cop-out, but it has the potential to create a very awkward situation — you’re going to have to speak to one another eventually and with nothing but text exchanges in your history, you might find verbal conversation challenging. Back in the day, we actually had to dial someone on a green and black screen and speak to a person. Kids these days. 2) Stingy vending machines: The Dole vending machines on campus recently replaced their 12ounce juice bottles with 10-ouncers, but they’re still an overpriced $1.25. Lame. 3) Clumpy, tarantual-leg mascara: There’s no need to pump your mascara wand a dozen times before applying. While you might think you’re on your way to lush lashes, you’re just forcing air in the tube, turning your mascara into a clumpy mess. ANNA STATHAM Music Editor LIKES 1) Harmonicas: My roommates bought me one. It is amazing. I have no idea what I’m doing when I blow into it, but it sounds good. And, it makes me feel skilled. You can buy one at Walgreens in the toy aisle for $1.99. 2) The Bears: I can’t sit through one quarter, let alone an entire game, but it’s nice when your hometown spawns a team to be proud of, especially when you go to school at a college that doesn’t. 3) R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet: It’s hiphoperas such as this that put a good name to the unfortunate tragedy that is opera and most musicals. With suspenseful moments such as, “He looks at the closet/I pull out my Baretta/He walks up to the closet/He comes up to the closet/Now he’s at the closet /Now he’s opening the closet...,” you’ll be hard pressed to sit anywhere but on the edge of your seat. ANNETTE GONZALEZ Calendar Editor LIKES 1) Heat: Whether it comes from the warmth of my favorite sweater or just the feeling of stepping into a warm bus after fighting the arctic chill on the corner for 15 minutes, I definitely say heat is a precious commodity. 2) H a l l owe e n ca n d y: H all ow e e n b r in gs hordes of candy to be consumed. This is the only time of the year where you will have a huge stash of that bubble gum whose flavor only lasts for about two minutes before it goes bad, and you’ll love it. 3) Tostino’s Pizza Rolls: It’s pretty much all me and my roommate can afford eating right now, plus we can get it in bulk. They’re just so good. sounds from the scene

MEGHAN WHALEN Copy Chief LIKES 1) Inspirational sports movies: I’m not that athletic, I don’t watch a lot of sports and I’ve never been to an Illini basketball game, but I’m a sucker for weepy sports films — Rudy, The Mighty Ducks, Hoosiers, etc. Come on, how can you not cry when Kurt Russell gives the “This is YOUR time!” speech in Miracle? 2) Anthropologie: I just recently discovered this store — being from central (not southern!) Illinois, I have to make the trek to Chicago to shop there. Too bad most of the amazing clothes there are $100 more than I should spend, but I can dream, can’t I? 3) The Rent soundtrack: I will never, ever get tired of this musical. It’s catchy, poignant and amazing to sing along with. Catch me at a party and I’ll probably serenade you with “Out Tonight” or “Over the Moon.”

HANK PATTON Designer GRIPES 1) YouTube: YouTube is great, almost too great. It recently sold for more than a billion dollars to Google. You know movie and television studios want a piece of that pie and are going to start cracking down on copywritten material. 2) Holidays: Christmas and Thanksgiving suck when you have a significant other. Having to split time and make sure both sets of parents get equal face time is impossible and a pain in the ass. 3) Thanksgiving break build-up: Almost all my classes build up and have a huge assignment due before Thanksgiving break. Its almost not even worth coming back for the two weeks after. TATYANA SAFRONOVA Community Editor GRIPES 1) Sensitivity to caffeine: About two weeks ago it hit me, that jittery high, that incessant craziness that shoots through the body. I’ve been drinking straight espresso since the summer and now it gets me. One shot and I’m a raving maniac. Great. 2) No time to read: I love the summer because I can sit down and read Harper’s and National Geographic religiously, as well as several news Web sites. I read a fantastic book about Burma, as well as Jonathan Safran-Foer’s second book, and everything else I could get my hands on. I bought a new book, Beasts of No Nation, thinking “Here it is! A unique narrator, a great idea! I’ll love it!” Then BAM! school hits and I’m left scrambling for time to sleep, much less read. Harper’s sits waiting. 3) Black: Do you ever go through a week only to realize you’ve been wearing the color black everyday? It wouldn’t be a big deal if that was my purpose, but it wasn’t. I have a decently colorful closet. But the black thing, it just kind of happened. And it left me wondering, “Why?”

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