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OCTOBER 29, 2009
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ARTS Just because Halloween is over it doesn’t mean you have to retire your awesome costume. Find out how you can make your costume be more than just a one hit wonder.
FOOD & DRINK Wondering what to do with the surplus of candy corn around your place this time of year? We’ve got the solution in this week’s article on National Candy Corn Day, only online.
MOVIES & TV Reviews of The Boondock Saints 2 and This Is It up on Saturday. The Boondock Saints 2 is a sequel to the cult classic that once again follows the vigilante justice of the MacManus brothers. This Is It is the concert ﬁlm/cash in about Michael Jackson’s ﬁnal rehearsal. Doesn’t this movie seem to be coming out a little too soon? The corpse isn’t even cold yet.
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Dear Geico, All of your commercials suck. Be it the cavemen or the bundle of money with eyes attached to it, your commercials never cease to annoy me. Please, for the love of God, change your advertising plan and put out some ads that don’t make me want to gouge my eyes out with a rusty spoon.
Loud much? Dear neighbor upstairs, could you be any louder? You’re no dinosaur, those creatures have been extinct for millions of years now, yet I feel like one lives right above me. Can your tread lightly please, and stop walking around like a tyrannosaurus.
Life Choices: I am so tired of people telling me I chose a waste of a major and my career aspirations are a joke. Sorry I’m not saving the world. Go be miserable somewhere else. I’m going to be happy.
Why is it that every time it rains, the drivers in this town turn into raging lunatics? My drive to work is BARELY ﬁfteen minutes, and this morning I was cut off twice, passed by someone doing at least 45 down Springﬁeld Ave., and almost rear-ended at a stoplight by an idiot on their cell phone (who, having missed hitting my car, decided to honk at me for being stopped at a red light).
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EDITOR’S NOTE TOMMY TRAFTON
The other evening, I came home to two of my roommates tranced by the movie Twilight. What is with everyone’s infatuation with vampires? I haven’t seen such an aggressive pop culture obsession since the boy band years. At least Justin Timberlake is a member of the human breed. To me, girls drooling over vampires is just as absurd as being attracted to ﬁctional werewolves or aliens. And it’s not Twilight alone that is responsible for the resurgence of vampire folklore. There is the HBO series, True Blood, which has been just as guilty of tapping into this awkward genre of “paranormal romance” as Twilight. Then there was the thriller 30 Days of Night with Josh Hartnett following a more conventional vampire horror storyline and now a new feature, Daybreakers is on it’s way to the big screen dealing with a world in which vampires are the majority, starving for blood as the human race becomes endangered. Oh, and what about all those books? — Anita Black’s Vampire Hunter series, Richell Mead’s Vampire Academy books and Esdaile Banks’ Vampire Huntress Legends. Why so many vampires? Last week I read a strange article in Esquire by Stephen Marche going as far to state that the vampire obsession is tapping into teenage girls’ desire for homosexual men claiming that “vampire ﬁction for young women ... create(s) an atmosphere of sexual abandon that is nonthreatening.” He draws parallels with the love story in Twilight, likening the character Edward to marginalized teenage homosexuals. Farfetched? Probably. He also notices how True Blood more explicitly foils pointing out that the opening credits includes a shot of a road sign reading “God Hates Fangs” and the series opens with a talk-show interview about vampires “coming out of the cofﬁn” and “mainstreaming.” A little more convincing, but it’s a strange argument. While I’m convinced that Vampires aren’t gay, I do think as the media pushes them to be less gothic and more like normal people, along comes some strange romantic undertone that is fusing with vampire ﬁction. It kind of creeps me out, but I guess that’s what vampires are supposed to do.
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UNIVERSITY LIBRARY ANNUAL BOOK SALE
OCTOBER 29 - NOVEMBER 4, 2009
What are you going to dress up as for Halloween this weekend? OMAR McTABI
“I’m going to be Spongebob Squarepants.” TOM KRAKAU
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by Laurie Shinbaum The University of Illinois’ library is having its annual book sale Thursday, Oct. 29. The sale will be in the Charles & Millicent Marshall Gallery on the main ﬂoor of the Main Stacks from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prices for the books are already signiﬁcantly reduced, but beginning at 3 p.m., the prices drop even lower with a “$3 Bag Sale.” “We let customers purchase as many books as they can ﬁt into a typical plastic grocery bag for three dollars,” said Chris Johns, a library manager. The idea of the book sale spawned from a project by the Staff Association, a campus organization that existed from 1961 to 1978. Beginning in the 1980s, the library held an annual book sale with a variety of books, from textbooks to romance novels and everything in between. “You can ﬁnd just about anything,” said Johns. All proceeds from the event go back into the library to purchase books students, faculty and patrons have requested. The library also uses the proﬁt to honor newly promoted or tenured faculty members at the university. The library purchases a book of the honoree’s choice that will be plated with their name and achievements along with the year of the promotion. Johns explained that the sale is a fun break from the day and an easy way to support the library. “The book sale is a great way to recycle books while helping the library,” Johns said. “It’s a lot of fun poking around the tons of books to ﬁnd something special or unusual.”
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“I’m going as a World War II soldier.” JANELLE ARCUS
“I’m going to be Rosie the Riveter for Halloween.” AUDREY BRANDL
“Well, my original plan was to be Dog the Bounty Hunter’s wife, Beth. But another possibility is to be Courtney Love, which is the one I’m leaning towards.”
MAGGIE CARRIGAN FOODS EDITOR
» ARC Group Fitness Classes: I have never tried one until quite recently and it is quite possibly the most fun I’ve had working out. I felt so svelte afterwards, I ate a cookie when I got home. » Sleeping in: This past Saturday is the ﬁrst time I have gotten to sleep in past 10 a.m. in a long time. It was heavenly. » Halloween presents from my parents: Who knew this was a gift-giving holiday? This must be what they are doing with the money they are no longer paying my tuition with. MATT CAREY MOVIES EDITOR
GRIPES » Reality TV: It’s sad that television has resorted to this crap to ﬁll the hours. While shows like American Idol and Survivor garner huge ratings, Mad Men and 30 Rock are in the ratings toilet. Watch better TV, America! » Cats: I’m terribly allergic to cats, so I hate them. If you’re wondering, my allergic reaction consists of me sneezing profusely, and my eyes closing up. Good times. » Pitchfork Media: The worst website on the Internet. Those pretentious pricks hate all music, with the exception of Death Cab For Cutie, but who considers that music? buzz
october 29 - November 4, 2009
One on One
with HEIDI TUCKER
sharing the creative process
of the allen hall zombie mob
by Rebecca Rosman Ahhhhhh! Real Zombies! Well, not exactly, but every Halloween the students of Allen Hall put on one of the most impressive flash mobs of the year with the annual “Zombie Mob.” The mob, consisting of several hundred students, usually stalks several different campus landmarks, including the Alma Mater, Green Street and the Union where they perform the infamous Michael Jackson “Thriller” dance. This year’s zombie mob coordinator, Heidi Tucker, a senior in LAS, shares some inside facts about this scaretacular event. » buzz: When did this tradition begin and how has it evolved? Heidi Tucker: It started five years ago with less than 10 students, and they just did the zombie mob and a version of the dance, made up by a girl named Amy Swanson. It was an adapted version of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance. This year we sent out invitations to almost all the other dorms we could contact. It’s usually between 200 to 300 zombies, but we’re hoping to break 300 this year. » buzz: What goes into creating a good zombie? HT: Lots of ghoulishness. You have to look dead, stiff. Twitching is always good. Dragging your feet, tripping and asking people for brains. That’s what [zombies] love. It’s their favorite food. » buzz: What’s the greatest reaction you’ve ever gotten from a bystander watching the mob? HT: I really like seeing people in their cars getting upset because they can’t go because we take over the street. Or just exclamations of surprise when people on Green Street aren’t expecting us when they’re drunk. Seeing a mob of 300 zombies can really take them by surprise.
Local writers critique their peers at weekly writer’s workshop by Page Roth
Students invade a dance in the Union as the Zombie Mob, an annual Allen Hall Halloween event last year. Used with permission from the Daily Illini. Photo Adam Babcock
» buzz: Are you going to be doing any special tributes in light of Michael Jackson’s recent death? HT: The whole thing is one big tribute each time we perform it. His “Thriller” dance song comes on and we rise as zombies. This year we’re adding more of his moves straight from his music video. Now you could recognize a bunch of moves from this dance and say, “Oh, I saw it from his music video!” » buzz: What’s your favorite part of being a zombie? HT: That you own the zombieness. When you’re a zombie, you don’t want to go back to normal-
ness. You want the night to last forever. You play pretend for a few hours. You’re stiff and dead, and for some reason that’s really fun. You kind of feel like you’re in some zombie movie. It’s the most fun thing I’ve ever done at Allen. I’m a huge advocate for Allen Hall programs, but this is by far the most fun. My mom comes down from Chicago and my brother comes up from Southern Illinois. It’s really enjoyable ... wait that’s not the word. Maybe if you said it was really sexy people would be like, “Okay, now I want do it!”
Frightful festivities Downtown bars host many a scary party this Halloween by Kate Kinsella Remember trick-or-treating, costume parties, bobbing for apples, candy comas — those were the good ol’ days. But Halloween is not just for kids anymore! Three local venues are hosting “phant”astic parties to scarify your Halloween night. Get that candy-induced sugar high in your system, throw on a spooky, sexy, or creative costume and get ready for a “fright”fully fun night! Start off your night at the Battle of the Blind Pig Bartenders at the Blind Pig Co. and Brewery, located in downtown Champaign. For the first time, Blind Pig Co. bartenders will face off against Brewery bartenders, and the customers will act as the judges. Vote for your favorite costumed bartender group starting at 9 p.m. Customers are strongly encouraged, of course, to come dressed in their own wacky costumes. Manager Becca Vann claimed that “pretty much everyone comes dressed up ... it gets pretty crazy, but it’s great!” Starting at 3 p.m. and continuing until 2 a.m., they also offer specials on all pumpkin beers. Vann guaranteed that the seasonal favorites would re
turn, like Southern Tier Pumpking, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale and Schlafly Pumpkin Ale. Looking for a more energetic way to celebrate El Día de los Muertos? Head over to Radio Maria to “Dance with the Dead.” Radio Maria has “scare”ified their regular Salsa Night by adding a costume contest and drink specials. Costumes will be judged by the DJ and the Bacardi girls. Starting at midnight, $200 in cash prizes will be given away, and first place will win $150. For another fast-paced dance party with a different beat, make your way over to Cowboy Monkey. Wear your costumes and “boo”gie to techno music presented by such DJs as Chicago’s Phaded and Richie August, DJ Belly, Mobius and Substr8 Dubstep Massacre. You will have to attend the party to find out if 217Mafia really “brings you the bass that melts your face.” Top costumes will have the chance to win a variety of prizes, and drink specials will be offered from 10 p.m. to 2 p.m. So whether you are a creepy vampire, a sexy princess, or an imaginative robot, show off your great out-
fit at a Halloween party that suits your style. Wherever you end up, make sure to make Halloween night as “spook”tacular as it was when you were a kid.
Battle of the Blind Pig Bartenders
9 p.m. — 2 a.m. Blind Pig Co. 120 N Walnut St, Champaign http://www.blindpig.com 298.1532 Dance with the Dead
10 p.m. — 2 a.m. Radio Maria 119 N Walnut St, Champaign Ticket price: $5 http://www.shout.net 398.7729 Dubstep Halloween
10 p.m. — 2 a.m. Cowboy Monkey 6 Taylor St., Champaign Ticket Price: $5 http://www.cowboy-monkey.com 398.2688
If you are looking for a venue in which to share your writing, or if you simply want to turn an ear toward local talent, the Red Herring Fiction Workshop provides an opportunity to critique — and to be critiqued. The workshop, which is free and open to the public, accepts a variety of genres including creative non-fiction, film scripts, screen plays, short stories and novels. Held Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Red Herring’s Fireside Room, meetings are an opportunity for authors to read their works in progress with a group discussion after. “We only have two rules,” said coordinator Elaine Palencia. “One is you can only read up to 20 double-spaced pages at a time, and the other rule is we do not censor content.” Since its foundation in 1980, the Fiction Workshop is still going strong. Palencia, who became involved in the organization a few years after it started, said, “People go away for years and when they come back, they know we’ll be back Tuesday nights.” The group focuses on sharing knowledge of the publishing industry and submitting works for publication. Members have had books and other forms of work published in literary journals such The Antioch Review, Downstate Story and Appalachian Journal. “The goal in general is to help members produce their best work and to find outlets for that work,” said Palencia. Other outlets in which the Fiction Workshop authors have shared their work include public readings at CU’s Boneyard Arts Festival and the Blind Pig. Palencia said that while the workshop focuses on providing constructive criticism, the group is also honest. “I know that in the past we’ve had a reputation for being really tough,” she said. “I think we’re fair.” As an author who began publishing in the ‘80s, Palencia said she is aware of the workshop audience she is writing for. “I always know that I’m going to have an audience that wants to hear my best work and that will keep me honest.” Palencia said the Fiction Workshop is used to a variety of styles. Authors of all levels and ability are encouraged to participate in the workshop. “It’s really about the pure experience of creating.”
the future of cooking Student-designed solar-powered kitchen scores big
Spooky tipples and treats
by Travis Clayton
by Jennifer Bjork
The University of Illinois recently competed in the Solar Decathlon hosted by the Department of Energy on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall, winning second place in the University’s second entry in the contest. The competition, running from Oct. 8 to Oct. 21, tested participants from around the world in ten categories, ranging from architecture to overall power metering. The decathlon, however, required excellence in more categories than engineering and
described as “a home-cooked feeling that went along with [the team’s] vernacular architecture.” Cooking in a cutting-edge sustainable, solarpowered house did not seem to offer many unusual challenges, despite for all its unique qualities. “All the appliances that we have are commercially available,” Bayer said. “For the most part, you cook exactly the same as you would cook in a regular house.” The Illinois team felt that their house served particularly well due to its comfortable atmosphere and easily flowing space. Cooking in the Solar Decathlon however, was not without its challenges. “It was a competitive situation,” Bayer said. Teams had only two hours in their house to prepare the substantial meal they made. In all, the University of Illinois Solar Decathlon team excelled in all fields, and the dinner party was no exception. The cooking and home entertainment section was “a really fun part of the competition where we got to meet other team members” and share experiences and knowledge, added Bayer. “The different categories created a nice juxtaposition between technology ... and currently marketable postions,” she continued. “Hopefully when the house gets back here, I’ll have the chance to do some actual cooking all the way through,” said Bayer.
The Gable Home, constructed by the U of I for this year’s Solar Decathlon. Photo by Jim Tetro
design alone, also including cooking and hospitality in its contest of sustainability. Katharine Bayer, graduate student at the University, said, “We wanted people to be able to feel like they could live in something right at this moment.” With this ideal in mind, contestants pushed the boundaries of sustainable living by demonstrating the ability to turn their solar-powered house into a solar-powered home. As part of the Home Entertainment category, participants in the decathlon were required to host a full dinner party for eight people, and the University’s effort went far beyond what students might expect in a contest seemingly focused on the hard sciences. Bayer and her team prepared a full, six-course meal for their guests from schools in California, Minnesota and Puerto Rico. Focusing on local Illinois flavors and products, the meal began with hors d’oeuvres of vegetable sushi with tiny green sprouts. For appetizers, the team prepared polenta fritters with ingredients from the Moore Family Farm and cheese from the local Prairie Fruit Farms, complimented by dried cherry tart compote. A butternut squash soup with homemade guancale lardons (a fatty bacon) followed before an impressive entrée of Triple S Farms pastured poultry confit. Additionally, a vegetarian option of root vegetable pot pie with corn and soy succotash, roasted beets and braised collared greens was offered. The after-dinner salad was a julienne apple variety with Blue Moon Farm arugula and Prairie Fruit krotovena cheese. To top off the succulent fare, Bayer prepared a rustic pear galette with aged chevre. Using as many local and organic ingredients as possible, the team achieved what Bayer
Solar Power Decathlon washington, D.C. who: US Department of Energy first Place: Team Germany second Place: U of I Third Place: Team California More Info: http://www.solardecathlon.uiuc.edu
when chickens run Chang’s Oriental Mart offers a unique and inviting multi-cultural experience by Olivia Villareal “A running chicken — a chicken that is raised on foreign lands who has plenty of space to run around. These chickens are much tastier and healthier for you, too!” explained Paul Chang, coowner of Chang’s Oriental Mart at 505 S. Neil St., C. In his opinion, foreign food can be much healthier than some domestic, genetically modified foods which is why he chooses to sell it. Located about 10 minutes away from campus, Wendy and Paul Chang warmly welcome the CU community to their very authentic Asian grocery store. The happily married couple have been running this store together for about 25 years. “We have been able to keep our business running for this
long because we care about what our customers need and want,” he said. “After all this time, we have become friends with our customers.” Although this store primarily sells Asian goods, they also sell affordable foreign products from countries across the world such as Africa, Europe and South America. The store is filled with different tastes you will definitely want to try or incorporate
Items of Interest: Filipino SkyFlake’s Cracker’s – $5.35 African Ghana Yam – $2.39 Japanese Miso Paste – $ 4.95
Owners Paul and Wendy Chang. Photo by Abby Toms
into food you already enjoy. Walking through the cozy isles, you can smell the fresh fish and Asian vegetables as you near the many bags of imported Jasmine rice next to the fresh plantains. “There is no better rice than Jasmine rice. If my customers do not enjoy it, they can bring it back!” Chang said. There are different types of frozen fresh fish, lean chicken, tofu and different types of grains such as plantain flour from Ghana. Some might argue that food from abroad is more expensive, but Mr. Chang said, “If you know anyone who has lower prices than we do, let us know!” After so many years in business, Mr. and Mrs. Chang have been very successful with their local grocery store. “Knowledge is power. Before you can sell a product you must be able to sell yourself. If you do not believe in yourself, then you cannot sell a product. Even if you are starting from scratch like I did, even if it means buying a donkey before you buy a horse, you must work very hard to become successful in life,” Chang said.
As Halloween creeps up, what better way to celebrate this spooky time of year by preparing festive food and drinks? Whether you are hosting a party or not, here are some fun and simple recipes to get you into the spirit!
The Candy Corn Shot Ingredients » 1 part Irish Cream (Bailey’s) » 1 splash liqueur, vanilla » 1 part Schnapps, butterscotch Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into shot glass.
Mummy-in-Wraps Hotdogs Ingredients: » 1 can (11 oz.) refrigerated breadstick dough » 8 hot dogs » Mustard Directions: Separate breadstick dough and slice each piece of dough in half the long way (this creates more bread for a “bandage”). Pinch the ends of the strips together to make one long “bandage.” Beginning at one end of hotdog, wrap the dough around dog, creating the look of a wrapped “mummy” when you get to the top of the hotdog, leave an opening for the face and wrap the dough around the head once or twice, adhering it to another piece of dough on the back. (At this point the wrapped dogs may be covered and kept in the refrigerator until party-time.) Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and place two mustard dots for eyes on the face area. Serve.
“Cobweb” Crisps Makes: 3 dozen bars
Ingredients: » 4 tablespoons butter » 1 bag (10 ½ oz.) miniature marshmallows » 8 cups square rice or corn cereal » 1 cup Halloween baking pieces with semi sweet chocolate chips Directions: Line 13” by 9” metal baking pan with foil; grease foil. In 4–quart saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and cook until melted, stirring. Remove from heat; stir in cereal, then ½ cup baking pieces. Immediately transfer mixture to prepared pan. With greased spatula, press mixture in pan; sprinkle with remaining baking pieces. Cool. Lift mixture with foil from pan and place on cutting board; peel foil from sides. Cut into 36 pieces. buzz
New exhibit questions political controls “Under Control” artistically explores media forms by Clara Bush
Pushing the envelope is quite a clichéd understatement for the Krannert Art Museum exhibit entitled “Under Control,” which opened Oct. 23. The curators, Judith Hoos Fox and Ginger Gregg Duncan, started developing the exhibit at the beginning of the last presidential election. They were concerned about control in the government, which led their work to 16 artists presenting approximately 30 works at the exhibit, all of which have been created within the last ten years. In the exhibition’s companion catalog, Fox and Duncan wrote, “The artists whose work is represented in ‘Under Control’ slip into the proverbial back room to question and reveal where control lies.” The exhibit focuses on political control within organizations such as corporations and governments. It is not a right vs. left, right vs. wrong exhibit, but rather an exploratory look at the “dynamic that if someone is in charge, there is a victim and a perpetrator,” said Fox. “This (body of) work makes it unclear if you are the prisoner or the guard.” Various forms of media exist in “Under Control, from a continual 35-minute video about the spectacle of elections by the duo Los Torrenzos, to the oil-on-linen painting “Detainee Summary 2” by Jenny Holzer concerning declassified government. The question listed in the exhibit’s display is, “who controls whom and what, and where does that leave the rest of us?” This is a very prevalent question in the piece “Screenshot Series,” which consists of 20
Department of Dance to host national festival by Alyssa Schoeneman
“Crowd,” an installation by Eva Grubinger. Used with permission from the Artists Rights Society
chromogenic prints from digital files created in Photoshop. Jon Haddock produced the piece in 2000. The piece is a collection of stills from movies like Sound of Music and Godfather II, and past events such as the Columbine attack and the Tiananmen Square protest. There is a connection between all the stills about race, minority and violence, making a spectator question the authority to kill and who has it. Another notable piece was David Opdyke’s 2005 ink on paper: “It’s All About U.S.” The
piece is a 2D drawing of the world, but a closer look will reveal that it is made up of multiple outlines of the United States. It is a depiction of how the United States’ influence is prevalent everywhere. The work questions the necessity of this prevalence. The “Under Control” exhibit is a must— see artistic exploration of relevant political themes, which represents many forms of media and cultural backgrounds. The exhibit runs through Jan. 3.
Krannert Art Museum 500 Peabody Dr., C What: ”Under Control,” featuring different
works strung together by political themes and mixed medias. When: Now until Jan. 3. Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 9a.m.– 5p.m. : Thu 9a.m. – 9p.m. : Sun 2p.m. – 5p.m.
“Election Night,” a video installation by Los Torreznos. Used with permission from the artists
WitchCraft hits the stage this halloween The Crucible to premier at Krannert
Move over ABDC and SYTYCD, there is a new dance acronym in town: ACDFA. The Central Conference of ACDFA, the American College Dance Festival Association, will be hosted by the UIUC Department of Dance during Spring Break 2010. ACDFA has been sponsoring college/university regional conferences and national festivals since the 1970s, promoting the development of dance scholarship, training and performance. The association values diversity and maintains a commitment to the development of conferences that reflect and give value to the various forms, styles, cultural traditions and aesthetic dimensions of dance performance. This March, about 400 students and 50 faculty members from all over the country will join UIUC’s Department of Dance in an exploration of the creative process, an essential element of choreographic development. Traditionally, ACDFA conferences feature dance technique classes, performances by visiting schools and discussions during which students and faculty can give and receive feedback about the festival’s performed work. The UIUC Central Conference will shake up the lineup with the addition of choreographic workshops. Faculty-based panels from various schools will collaborate to design the content of each workshop, focusing on exploring new modes of feedback; these workshops will offer opportunities for faculty to reimagine the work they present at the festival. Varying forms of dance scholarship will weave throughout the conference’s four days via lectures, panels and nightly synthesis sessions. Synthesis sessions will join the participants of the conference in a dialogue about the day’s performances and experiences. As stated on the ACDFA 2010 Central Conference website, “Together we can continue to reinvent the university as crucial national laboratory for contemporary dance.” From the sound of it, the UIUC Department of Dance is synthesizing a highly successful festival.
The UIUC Department of Theatre debuts its production of The Crucible at the end of this month at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Just in time for Halloween, the first performances are from Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 29 to Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Richard Anderson, associate professor of theatre and the director of the production, said, “My intention is not to re-invent or conceptualize this great play but investigate with the cast, crew, designers and audience, what makes The Crucible alive today ... what still resonates and what fresh connections we can make.” He said they “plan to
tell the story simply, highlighting the excellent actors of our department and the community.” The Crucible, a Tony award — winning drama based on a true story and written by Arthur Miller, takes place in 17th Century Salem, Mass. In the small Puritan town, a dance in the woods leads to a witch-hunt when a group of young girls are caught in the forest participating in an occult — like ceremony. One of the most shocking events is when Abigail Williams, the Reverend’s daughter, is found drinking the blood of a chicken in order to kill the wife of her lover. Everything unravels
from there. They accuse whomever they think are fraternizing with the devil himself as threats to the community. The girls take advantage of the obvious gullibility of the people around them. Accusations fly, lies spread and innocent townspeople are sentenced to the gallows. It is a tale of standing up for what is right in the face of malice and deceit. Miller’s play comes to life yet again here in Urbana this fall. There will be performances at Krannert next month as well on Nov. 4 to Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m., as well Nov. 8 at 3 p.m.
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by Sarah Alo
I tripped getting off the bus the other day and landed in some guyâ€™s crotch. Thatâ€™s why I donâ€™t like taking buses.
by Nick Martin
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The Saw franchise has made more than half a billion dollars worldwide, almost double the GNP of Liberia. The next installment of the franchise will be filmed in 3D. There is a Saw comic book, videogame and European rollercoaster. Somewhere, a Hollywood executive is sitting alone in a dark room. The seriesâ€™ antagonist, Jigsaw, crafts elaborate and brutal death-machines â€” this executive carefully designs each Saw movie to take no chances or do anything less than the expected. This evil, scheming executive guarantees these movies make lots and lots of money. In Saw VI, Jigsaw returns to enact more macabre â€œjusticeâ€? on whomever he sees fit. Even though he died at the end of Saw III, Jigsaw predicted the insurance and banking industries would cause the stock market crash of 2008 â€” so he posthumously instructs Lt. Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) and his wife Jill (Betsey Russell) to torture two financial bankers and various insurance actuaries to get revenge for himself and America. This movie uses political relevance the same way it uses a pipe-wrench; blunt and heavyhanded. Flashbacks develop Jigsawâ€™s complicated back story, but instead of seeing the serial killer as a complicated vigilante with a slanted sense of
justice, Jigsaw appears to be someone who seriously misread Manâ€™s Search for Meaning. The victims may not deserve their grisly fates, but the death scenes try to be entertaining. A lady cuts off her own arm, a smoker gets his lungs crushed by a giant metal vice (cigarette smoking is a lame torture-warranting-transgression), a merry-goround is connected to a shotgun, a giant bed of needles pumps hydrochloric acid into someone, and two characters have a fight with an electrical circular saw. Even the â€œReverse Bear Trapâ€? headcrusher from the first movie makes an appearance. All this violence takes place in dingy rooms, lit with red light bulbs and shot like a choppy music video. Occasional fast cut montages highlight important scenes from previous Saw movies, and even this one, in case you get confused. Gore abounds in the Saw universe, but quality is compensated with quantity. It doesnâ€™t take a gastrointestinal surgeon to realize the melting organs of one character look suspiciously like strawberry yogurt. Saw VI caters to its primary demographic â€” 15-year-old boys. If you were on the fence whether or not to see Saw VI, you didnâ€™t see the first five. This is cookie cutter film making at its finest â€” except this cookie cutter is jagged, rusty and guaranteed to give you tetanus.
a lifetime of terror by Andy Herren Michael? Give me a break. Jason? Yeah, right. Itâ€™s all about Freddy. Freddy Krueger, the horrifically burned, razor-gloved maniac of A Nightmare on Elm Street, is by far the most terrifying slasher to ever grace the silver screen. My fear of Freddy goes back to 1994, as I was 7 years old and made a terrifying discovery while prowling the confines of my neighborhood Blockbuster. I came across the box for Wes Cravenâ€™s New Nightmare, and decided to look at the back. What I saw next, I will always remember â€” an image of Freddy, opening his mouth huge and wide, swallowing a small child whole. After seeing the image, I threw the box down and started crying. I had to sleep in my parentsâ€™ bed for two weeks, and had to sleep with a nightlight for about three years afterward. Finally, at age 12, I mustered the strength to watch A Nightmare on Elm Street, even though I was scared to the point of nearly becoming physically ill. I rented the dreaded film, and forced my grandmother to watch it with me. The tape was playing in my familyâ€™s living room, yet I watched from the kitchen, as I was too scared
to even be in the same room as Wes Cravenâ€™s horror masterpiece. I should also mention that grandma and I watched the movie at three in the afternoon. I made it, though, and although I had never been so scared in my life, I loved the movie. I actually developed a newfound admiration for Freddy, as I was no longer a prisoner of fear anymore and could finally admire a great movie villain for being so wonderfully evil. The Freddy of the first Nightmare film is by far the scariest portrayal of Freddy in the series, since he gets hokier as the films progress. In the original Nightmare, he isnâ€™t a jokester; rather, he is a nearly mute maniac who slices and dices his way through a bunch of attractive teens. A remake #/5 0/ . and I have is scheduled to be released in April 2010, high hopes, as the astoundingly creepy Jackie Earle $2).+ OF OZ BAG OF BUTTERY POPCORN Haley (Rorschach in WITH PURCHASE Watchmen) has been cast in the role of Freddy. Hereâ€™s to hoping that Mr. Haley &2%15%.4 -/6)%'/%23 can breathe life3IGN UP AT WWWGQTICOM FOR THE into a once brilliant franchise. Oh, &REQUENT -OVIEGOER #LUB and my grandma still complains about how she was %ARN POINTS SEE MOVIES FOR A BARGAIN PRICE â€œforced to watch that crapâ€? in regard to Nightmare. Itâ€™s not crap, grandma â€” itâ€™s brilliance. /: