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volume 6 no. 44
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Scary Movie Night
Living Blue Halloween
Celebrate Halloween early at the Virginia Theatre with a screening of Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride. Prizes will be awarded for the three best costumes. Tickets are $5, and the movie starts at 7 p.m.
Catch a special Halloween performance by The Living Blue and Elsinore at Radio Maria at 9 p.m., then stick around for a costume contest judged by the bands. The winner will receive a $200 cash prize. Tickets are $15.
“Her Name is Sabine”: Documentary Film and the Ethics of Institutions This forum is part of the 4th Annual Tournees French Film Festival. Beginning at noon, it will feature four panelists at the Illinois Program for Research in Humanities.
the217.com Food: Log on right now to ﬁnd a list of halloween cocktails. On Monday, look for “The Weekly Feed”
Movies: Reviews of ﬁlms from the French Film Festival at Boardman’s will be up on Saturday.
Music: Look for a preview of Canopy Club’s Halloween Bash now on the217.com
Jekyl and Hyde
On Wednesday, look for an article on the outcome of the election.
Catch the Illini Union Board’s fall musical at Foellinger Auditorium at 2 p.m. Tickets are $13 for students.
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Drake Baer Arts Editor LIKES
Lunch and Learn: Obama and McCain: Where Do They Stand on LGBT Issues? Before you vote tomorrow, head to the Illini Union Room 323 at noon to learn more about the candidates’ positions on LGBT issues and help you make an informed decision.
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“My Name is Art”: The Life and Work of Art Chantry
Girl Talk Mash-up master Gregg Gillis descends upon Urbana tonight in what’s sure to evolve into one of the biggest dance parties the Canopy Club’s ever seen. The show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $15.
Come to the Parkland Art Gallery and check out ﬁfty original posters by Art Chantry, a famous graphic designer who created promotional materials for many Seattle-based bands.
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E D I T O R ’ S N O T E by Stephanie Prather This week’s cover is particularly dear to my heart, as it documents this onceevery-four-years phenomenon of having the election and Halloween jammed into one issue of buzz. Halloween weekend is always my favorite weekend of the year in CU. The temperature has usually fallen signiﬁcantly, the leaves have turned, and the mood of the twin cities is just right for
Halloween partying. Halloween also ghoulishly kicks off the holiday season. Unfortunately this year I will be in Kansas City at the National College Media Convention, and will miss the weekend’s festivities. Since I can’t spend Halloween in CU, I have decided to forgo a real Halloween costume and have opted to dress as an out-of-town college journalist. This year just won’t be the same without you, CU. Lucky for me, I can make up for the missed weekend by celebrating Election Day on Tuesday.
Isn’t it weird that the longest presidential race in history will ﬁnally be over next week? That day I plan to go to class, cast my ballot and then stare at the TV until I know who our next president will be. Then, if my candidate doesn’t win, I will start a riot outside my apartment building on Healey Street in residential Champaign and start my application for Canadian citizenship. In next week’s Editor’s Note, I will let you know if buzz and the217.com any awards over the weekend and my opinion about the future of America.
1) Six-hour barcrawls: Only good things result. 2) Lights and music: They’re on my mind. 3) Vitamin D: I know where you can get your ﬁll.
Matt Harlan Art Director GRIPES
1) Fingerless gloves: Seriously, whats the point in wearing a glove if you’re ﬁngers are going to freeze anyway. Unless you’re playing the ﬂute, I guess that’s okay. 2) Those spinning things they have in playgrounds: Though at one time I greatly enjoyed disorienting myself for pleasure, my adult(ish) self just wants to ralph everytime I look at one. 3) Halloweeen costume pressure: I think I reached my Halloween costume peak in 3rd grade when I went as a taco. It’s been all downhill since then.
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food & drink As Bushâ€™s term comes to an end, Andrew Krok compiles a list of what he should eat on his ďŹ nal night by Andrew Krok
A Pretzel For those of you who donâ€™t really remember, our unbridled genius of a president managed to choke on a pretzel while watching football, even losing consciousness at one point. How this could happen, we will never know. Theyâ€™re a rather basic food to eat; eating a pretzel should be no more eventful than tying some shoelaces or watching grass grow. Maybe if he eats a couple more at his Last Supper, the pretzels will ďŹ nish the job it started last time.
At this point, he may as well crumple it up, eat it and deny we ever had such a thing.
A Piece of Humble Pie Seriously. Does he still think heâ€™s Godâ€™s gift to the world stage? He shouldnâ€™t consider himself an agent of any deity. His dictionary has CIA-like black marker all over the entry for humility. Once he begins to see himself as less of a demi-god and more of a human, heâ€™ll be ready for the rest of his meal.
The Bill of Rights
A Case of Steel Reserve
Sure, paper doesnâ€™t taste all that good, especially paper thatâ€™s been sitting around for years. However, Bushâ€™s history with basic human freedoms is less than upstanding â€” the establishment of Guantanamo Bay took a heaping Cleveland Steamer all over the Sixth and Eighth Amendments. The Patriot Act followed suit all over the First and Fourth Amendments.
After all, this is his last day as president. Sure, heâ€™s been sober for an awful long time, but thereâ€™s a ďŹ rst time for everything, even falling off the wagon. Who would have thought that a man who doesnâ€™t drink could end up as a president with one of the lowest approval ratings in history? Maybe a beer or two will actually help his judgment. Who knows, he still has one day to get things right.
Dubbyaâ€™s Last Supper
World Blend Columbia Street Roastery brings
coffee from all over the world to CU
by Anne Koval Itâ€™s Saturday night and you have decided to eat at an upscale restaurant in Champaign. After a hearty meal, you want to order that warm cup of coffee to go with dessert. Sipping at the rich coffee, you probably do not realize that what you are drinking, though purchased in Champaign, was grown in the grass-plains of Africa. Columbia Street Roastery, purveyor of international coffee beans, purchases itâ€™s products from countries all over the world, including Indonesia, the Dominican Republic and Ethiopia. Though Columbia Street Roastery opened 10 years ago, its owners, the Herriott family, have been in business in Champaign since 1951. In the retail section of the store, a picture of Herriottâ€™s Cities Service gas station hangs on the wall. This was the ďŹ rst business started in Champaign-Urbana by Merle Herriott 57 years ago. The family decided to venture into the coffee service in 1989, and in 1998 Herriottâ€™s Coffee purchased the building that is now home to Columbia Street Roastery. This long standing tie to the community is what motivates the Herriott family to help community members ďŹ nd the perfect blend for them. â€œCuppings,â€? or what the roastery likes to call â€œSit and Sips,â€? are scheduled appointments that allow both restaurant owners and community members to taste a variety of coffees offered by the roastery. Customers can learn the subtle differences between
Central American coffee and African coffee or how acidity affects the ďŹ‚avor so that they can ďŹ nd the perfect blend for their home or restaurant. The extensive information provided about each blend is no doubt part of the reason why upscale restaurants in CU utilize Columbia Street Roastery to create a unique blend for their restaurants. â€œJim Gouldâ€™s decided on the blend â€˜Out of Africa,â€™â€? said Merle Herriott, owner of Columbia Street Roastery. â€œNow, that blend is unique to their restaurant.â€? According to Herriott, beans are roasted six times a week to provide the freshest coffee. They follow a detailed eight-step process to ensure that they ďŹ nish with a sweet and rich aroma. What sets Columbia Street Roastery apart is the creation of its own original blends from the origin countries. In addition to the 17 origin blends, the roastery has 21 different types of blends to choose from, eight of which are organic. All of the blends are offered decaffeinated or in a 50/50 blend, which is half decaffeinated. However, what makes the coffee special is the amount of people involved in making that cup you are sipping on in that upscale restaurant happen. According to the Columbia Street Roastery Web site, there are up to one thousand people involved behind the brewing of one cup of coffee. â€œOnce you see how people are paid,â€? said Herriott, â€œyouâ€™ll never drink a cup of coffee the same again,â€?
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He Do for Me?
Candidates’ stances on issues important to college students by Abby Wilson
Barack Obama: Simplify the application process for ﬁnancial aid: Get rid of the ﬁnancial aid application and allow families to check a box on their tax forms, authorizing their tax information to be used and eliminating the extra application process. Create the American Opportunity Tax Credit: The new American Opportunity Tax Credit will be fully refundable and will ensure that the ﬁrst $4,000 covers two-thirds of the cost of tuition at the average public college or university. Make community college tuition free for most students, but the recipients of the credit will be required to do 100 hours of community service.
Barack Obama: On Withdrawal: Would redeploy U.S. troops at a pace of one to two brigades a month. His proposed schedule would remove them from Iraq within 16 months and be complete by summer 2010. He would pursue diplomatic efforts to reach a comprehensive contract on the stability of Iraq and the region, including Iran and Syria. Contract would aim to secure Iraq’s borders, keep neighboring countries from meddling inside Iraq, isolate al-Qaeda, support reconciliation among Iraq’s sectarian groups and provide ﬁnancial support for Iraq’s reconstruction and development.
Barack Obama: Would implement an economy-wide cap-andtrade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the level recommended by top scientists. Would establish a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) to speed the introduction of low-carbon, non-petroleum fuels. Would make the U.S. a leader in the global effort to combat climate change by leading a new international global warming partnership.
John McCain: Simplify federal ﬁnancial aid: Consolidating programs will help simplify the administration of these programs and help more students have a better understanding of their eligibility for aid. Simplify higher education tax beneﬁts: The existing tax beneﬁts are too complicated, and many eligible families don’t claim them. By simplifying the existing tax beneﬁts, a greater number of families have a lower tax burden when they are helping send their children to colleges and universities.
John McCain: Does not believe in setting a withdrawal timetable. Believes that the United Nations should play a role in supporting provincial governments’ elections in late 2008 and the national government elections in 2009. Believes that economic progress is essential to sustaining security gains in Iraq. The international community should bolster proven microﬁnance programs to spur local-level entrepreneurship throughout the country.
John McCain: Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act of 2007 with Sen. Joseph Lieberman: Legislation is designed to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gases, accomplished through a combination of trading markets and the deployment of advanced technologies. Would propose use of alternative energy sources, including nuclear.
repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment. Supports full civil unions that “give samesex couples equal legal rights and privileges as married couples, including the right to assist their loved ones in times of emergency as well as equal health insurance, employment benefits and property and adoption rights,” Obama said. John McCain: Gay Marriage: Opposes same-sex marriage. Voted for the Defense of Marriage Act but voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment.
Employment NonDiscrimination Act Barack Obama: Should be expanded to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
LGBT Issues Barack Obama: Gay Marriage: Opposes same-sex marriage but also opposes a constitutional ban. He would
John McCain: “I think that enforcement of existing law could work rather than passing special laws for special categories of people,” McCain said.
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by Josh Fisher If last year’s Halloween show at Canopy Club was any indication of the excitement Midwestern music can create, this year’s concert should be just as exciting. With four great bands from the great state of Illinois and an abundance of scary/ sexy costumes, there shouldn’t be a dull moment. Family Groove Company will be returning to play All Hallow’s Eve in Urbana for the second straight year, and added to the bill is Cornmeal, last years Jammy Award winners for best up-and-coming jam artist. Both artists have a dedicated following and are coming off an exciting summer, featuring multiple sets from each group at Summer Camp Music Festival 2008. If those two nationally famous bands aren’t enough to get your feet moving, then maybe the local acts completing the bill can convince you to strap on your dancing shoes underneath your ﬂoor-length cape. Kicking things off is the recently transplanted band, Jobu. The band recently decided to make the move from Carbondale to Chambana for more live show opportunities and exposure. Don’t be late because their fresh blend of rock, reggae, and jam music is more than just the sum of their parts. Also booked for the event is Zmick. In unprecedented efforts to breathe life into the music scene, the past year and a half has been ﬁlled with Monday Night Jam sessions, bringing numerous not-so-local bands to Chambana’s attention. Zmick has introduced artists like Jaik Willis, Brainchild, Herbert Wiser Band and Bill Smith to the CU. Zmick will be playing a couple covers and gooey jams, full of their original progressive style and afﬁnity for long jams. Also, be on the lookout for keyboardist Mike Donato, heavy favorite to win best costume this year. After Jobu and Zmick, Family Groove Company will be reprising their appearance last year on Halloween. One year ago they donned silly glasses OCT 30 – NOV 05 08
and boas to recreate the music of Elton John. Yet again this year, they plan on taking you on a trip down Nostalgia Avenue with a set featuring music from the movie that became an ’80s classic, Top Gun. Unfortunately if you’re a fan of bassist Janis Wallin’s surgical precision while slapping and popping funky grooves, you may be disappointed to hear her pounding away on those straight and heavy eighth note runs. Either way, it should be an exciting ride into the “Danger Zone.” Last but certainly not least, stick around to catch Cornmeal. What the band intends to play for their set remains a bit of a mystery. However, what is certain is that two weekends ago in Peoria, the band played a Halloween show as The Doors. As intriguing as it would be for a bluegrass band with no keyboard player (they do have Ally Kral on ﬁddle) covering a psychedelic rock band laden with keys, people would certainly not be disappointed to hear one of their original sets. Cornmeal’s arrangements of traditional bluegrass songs and their original works are ﬁlled with powerful vocal harmonies. If Cornmeal decides to dress up as the famous L.A. band and sex-god Jim Morrison, you can be sure that it will be a helluva show. This show takes place tomorrow on Halloween. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door. (They can be bought in advance at Family Pride convenience store at Oregon & Goodwin in Urbana.) Wear your costumes and dancing shoes! Schedule: Jobu 7:30 Zmick 9:00 Family Groove Company 10:15 Cornmeal: 11:30 come and get it
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Of Montreal’s Skeletal Lamping by Eric Heisig
There have been a lot of comparisons as of late between Of Montreal and Prince. It is apt, though. Both artists (if one considers Of Montreal in the studio to be solely lead singer/ guitarist Kevin Barnes) record their albums in
their studios with their libido making a nasty mess all over the songs and lyrics. This may seem like a strange and, frankly, a vulgar description, but it is not unwarranted for Of Montreal’s new album, Skeletal Lamping. Just check out the lyrics to “St. Exquisite’s Confessions”: “Maybe I’ll blow you/Whatever kind of kisses you want/Because you’ve got so much in common/With my big c**k creator.” Need I say any more? These lyrics pretty much sum up the direction of the record. If Skeletal Lamping was going to be compared to any Prince album, it would probably have to be his 1981 album, Controversy. That was the album that found Prince taking what he had learned on his previous album, 1980s breakthrough Dirty Mind (much like Of Montreal’s 2007 album Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?), and pushing it further and freakier. Seeing a pattern? That’s not a bad thing either. Musically, this album is just as creative as Barnes has ever been, transitioning from thrash to funk to psychedelia
to electronica, often at the drop of a hat. His singing is also at an all-time best. With his new “character,” Georgie Fruit (a former black funk singer who has undergone multiple sex changes), Barnes has found a good use for his falsetto. It shines through on cuts such as “For Our Elegant Caste,” where he builds harmonies over his own falsetto. It works well. There is certainly a lot going on, but it is fairly easy to put this record on to just dance (with the exception of the painful “Touched Something’s Hollow,” which serves as a nice reprieve from the otherwise high octane music). It’s a record that works on a complex level (multiple listens reward listeners) and a simple one as well. And to have something complex come off simple, that’s quite a feat. The price scale: To rate albums, I will be more or less rating them by price. Since a fair price at a place such as Best Buy for a CD is around $12.99, Of Montreal’s Skeletal Lamping, I say, stands at a value of: $11.50/$12.99.
W H AT ’ S T H E W O R D ? by Tricia Scully
Black Ice No, the bird is not the word. “Black Ice” is the ﬁrst title chosen for this newfound column. What’s the signiﬁcance? Well, let’s just take a look overseas and turn our heads from the musical turmoil of America today (like our darling Britney Spears) and glance at how equally twisted it can be within the borders of other creative countries. Each week on the217.com for as long as you readers will allow me, I’ll take a look at a different country’s list of top selling albums, and pick the top seller apart. This week, I’m taking you to Australia. Here we circle back to our words, “Black Ice” which is given an all-new meaning as the title of last week’s top selling album by AC/DC. AC/DC hadn’t released an album since Stiff Upper Lip, so the hype over the release of their 2008 album Black Ice was unmatched. The album was released worldwide Oct. 20, and shot straight to the number one spots in the UK, Australia, Sweden, Ireland, Belgium, Finland, and Argentina. Walmart played an integral role in the promotion of the album, ironically making a deal with Columbia Records to put forth particularly strong efforts to sell the album.
Walmart designated the most ﬂoor space that it’s ever agreed to for the promotional materials of Black Ice. The aggressive promotions as well as the dryspell of new AC/DC material for hard-rockers alike guaranteed the immediate success of this album. Our question now is, will it live up to the hype, or will the glamour be only surface level and end with the album art just behind the CD cover? Most reviews out so far give ACDC’s latest a three out of ﬁve stars. Only time will tell if these boys are back in black to put their musical careers in cofﬁns, or if they’re dressing up for potential award ceremonies. Now what did they do exactly during their eight-year sabbatical? The group switched record labels to Sony (Columbia Records) of course, and overcame physical ailments with bassist Cliff Williams after he injured his hand. Falling onto broken glass after an attempt to clean up after shattering an oil lamp (due to rock-star anger and partying I’m sure), Williams tore all the tendons in his arm, setting his bass slapping back 18 months. The men of AC/DC obviously have some ﬁght left in them — and it’ll be a tough choice between the oil lamp and the light bulb from now on.
Whether or not this album will stay at the top for days, weeks, or years, AC/DC demands just a little more time in the spotlight before they’re pushed out completely by the novelty of the new and the hip. With the help of excessive promotions through Wal-Mart and the annoyances of new label contracts and band member injuries, AC/ DC is indeed treading on “black ice.” Will they make it across or slip in their attempt?
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Up and Coming On Again, Off Again by Kim Nguyen
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Contray to what the group name suggests, the upbeat tunes, smooth vocals and raw but polished sound in their four-track demo is definitely on ... consistently. Bassist Sam Edgin, drummer Dan Gray and guitarist/ vocalist Mike Winegardner, along with a guest appearance by Amanda Lyons from the Chicago duet Like Young, round out the force behind the debut release from the band On Again Off Again. The four-track release can be heard on their MySpace page at myspace.com/onagainoffagainmusic, but keep your ears perked as they’ll soon be hitting up the stages around CU. buzz: What is your songwriting process like? Mike: I wish I could say the songs just birthed themselves out of magical jam sessions or something, but it’s usually just me with an acoustic in my room. The songs never sound good when they’re forced out, though, so a lot of the lyric writing and melodies just pop up while I’m walking around or in the shower. buzz: How do you feel about your style of music integrating into the local music scene? Mike: I feel confident. There are good musicians in CU, and we really want to play shows with them. It seems like we have to somehow “pay our dues” as a band, though. Either way, I think people will like the songs.
We made a start at Pogo Studios with Mark [Rubel], so we’re hoping we might be able to jump on a good bill down here soon. buzz: Has your music style changed since your first song? How would you compare your very first song to your latest? Mike: Well, I can’t say I recall my first song, but compared to earlier stuff, the songs I’m writing now are more like pop songs. I’ve wanted to write livelier songs lately, maybe just to wake myself up from everyday routines and stuff, whereas I used to write songs to relax. buzz: What can people expect from your live show? What kind of impression would you ideally like to make on your audience? Mike: I don’t think we’re trying to drop jaws or anything when we play live. But I do think we are trying to keep you from getting bored. It’s a creamy sound. I’m hoping people feel like they just drank a really good latte after watching us. buzz: Do you plan to continue with your music after you graduate? Mike: Yeah, that’s the plan. My bandmates live in Chicago, so the goal right now is for us to set up camp in the city next year when I’m out of CU. I think all three of us are in the state of mind where we are determined to make it work and willing to make the sacrifices when we have to.
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Here come the slutty costumes and the complaints about being cold in said costumes! Hooray! But before we get into Halloween proper, let’s discuss the fact that Tuesday brings us the chance to have our voices heard (unless you vote Democrat in Ohio — we’re still not sure if your voice will be heard). I don’t care who you vote for, people, just vote. This election has certainly done a better job of turning out young voters, which is great, considering how completely worthless the 18-to-25 crowd has been in recent decades. And don’t just decide that your vote isn’t worth anything on either side in Illinois — there are plenty of down-ticket races that could be very close, on top of the fact that high turnout is a big deal. So take a few minutes to read up on the issues that are important to you, and then vote based on that and not on any kind of silliness. This columnist will be driving people to the polls all day, so if you need help getting to a polling place, e-mail forgottenwords@gmail. com for more information. I’ll also be hosting a show on election night at Cowboy Monkey featuring Ryan Groff (of Elsinore), Mike Droho and the Compass Rose (formerly the Profits) and more. The idea is to hang out with others and watch the results come across the TV while listening to some great music (the presence of alcohol might also make the evening more fun). The evening will kick off at 9 p.m., and there is no cover.
Turning back the clock to shows that are happening this weekend before the election because Halloween is always a big night to catch a show, and it just happens to fall on a Friday this year. First off, tonight, Cowboy Monkey will host DJ LEGTWO (Larry E. Gates II — for those keeping score, formerly of Lorenzo Goetz and currently of Curb Service), laying down an evening of hip-hop, R&B, soul and more. The night is also rumored to feature some special guests, including Krukid. There is no cover charge, and the needle drops at 10 p.m. Elsewhere, the 88 Broadway piano bar will host a free show from jazzy songstress Cara Maurizi, starting at 7 p.m. Underpaid Packy is tackling an unlikely room, playing Firehaus, starting at 9:30 p.m. Man, I played there back when it was R&R’s. Old. Let’s get to Halloween already. Choices, choices, choices. Here’s where that crafty costume might get you some cash. Ladies, I understand the urge to go as Sarah Palin is overwhelming, but believe me when I say you’ll run into at least 10 other girls dressed the same way. At the first bar you go to. Right by the front door before you can even wander around. And yes, they will all think that they’ve got the accent down too. It’s like the damn Burger King mask all over again. Also, let’s not make UIUC the site of the next blackface exposé on Dateline, OK? Aren’t we all smarter than that? Yes, even if you’re trying to go as Robert Downey Jr. from Tropic Thunder, it’s still going to offend people. So with those things in mind, let’s figure out where you can win some cash and/or prizes ... The Brat Pack have a long tradition of treating
every night like it’s Halloween in the ’80s, so it is fitting that they will be playing the Highdive on Friday. While ’80s costumes are certainly not necessary, they might help grease the wheels to get you into the running for the cash prizes available during the judging period (11 to midnight). How much cash? It’s a secret, it seems, but several places will be awarded. The night starts at 9:30 p.m., and there is a $7 cover. Another costume contest will commence at 10 p.m. at Radio Maria, the restaurant that occasionally turns into a rock venue at Taylor and Walnut in downtown Champaign. If you’re not feeling ’80s covers, you might instead enjoy the stylings of both the Living Blue and Elsinore, who will both convene to decide a costume contest winner who will receive $200 in cash. Second and third places will also win prizes. The $15 cover will get you in to see two of the area’s best bands playing in a cool space that will likely be filled with lingerie. And that’s just behind the Elsinore drum kit on Dave Pride — who knows what the other show-goers will be wearing? Other venues will be hosting Halloween shows, but no official word on bucks for your costume or other prizes. Canopy Club has a loaded bill featuring Cornmeal, Family Groove Company, JoBu and Zmick if you’re in the mood for some epic jams, and the Courtyard Café is hosting Sense L., Manifest, Supastition and Krukid if you’re looking for solid beats and rhymes. Check the venue pages for more information. —Mike Ingram can be reached at email@example.com. VOTE. come and get it
art One-on-One with the Man Named Art The buzz interviews the Northwest design legend by Seth Jansen
purely about shapes changing and transforming. Then he pointed me over to the corner, where his intricate ink drawings were mounted. His work reminded me of looking through a microscope at very squishy plant cells. I won’t spoil the fun by reprinting the jokes in witty series such as “Romance in Red” by Eric Millikin or “Black Guy for the White Guy” by Keith Knight. Some of the more grotesque images, such as “Supreme Court 3000,” leave nothing about the artist’s political views to the imagination; others rely on the storyline to make a point about life as a minority. My personal favorite is called “Stars, Crosses & Stripes” by Christian Hill, which managed to blend personal history, an American ﬂag and really fun imagery into one piece. Some of the art is also projected on a screen in the middle of the gallery, as well, for anyone who wants to sit and chill. For a sneak peek, check out this site: http://www.kam.uiuc. edu/pr/outofsequence/checklist.cfm. “Out of Sequence” will be here until Jan. 4 and is sponsored by the Ofﬁce of the Chancellor, the Ofﬁce of the Provost, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Illinois Arts Council, the Krannert Art Museum Director’s Circle and the Krannert Art Museum Council.
There’s a colorful new exhibit at the Krannert Art Museum right now called “Out of Sequence,” spotlighting minority comic book artists and graphic novelists. A wild variety of topics — gay marriage, the Supreme Court, the Normandy invasion — are addressed in sassy panels, poems and action-packed images. I’m not a comic book connoisseur, but I have to say that it was well worth my trek through the rain to attend the exhibit’s opening last Thursday. Curators Damian Duffy and John Jennings of Eye Trauma Comix were on-hand to introduce several of the artists. Mark Staff Brandl, aka EuroShark, a former University of Illinois student now living in Zurich, Ill., gave a brief talk explaining his bright yellow panels called “Carried Away,” followed by a Q & A session. To the question, “What’s the difference between graphic novels and comics?”, Brandl replied that he didn’t really make a distinction but that images and words were “codependent and independent” in each — “like a marriage.” Brandl also showed off a rack full of colorful cardboard comic book covers, individually hand-painted, including some celebrating this very exhibit. I chatted with artist Andrei Molotiu, who said he had decided in the past six or seven years to move on to comics as a more experimental form of art, one
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“My Name is Art: the Life and Work of Designer Art Chantry” goes from Nov. 3 to Dec. 6 at the Parkland Art Gallery. Chantry’s artist reception will be Nov. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m., and the luncheon lecture will be the following day from noon to 2 p.m.
Comics and minority culture at the KAM
For the full transcript, including Art’s take on coming up in Seattle with Sub Pop and Estrus Records, head over to the217.com.
On-Hand and “Out of Sequence”
bills.” I always ﬁnd that in the end, the experience of working with corporate bureaucracy is so miserable and stiﬂing and they are so afraid in there that when it’s all over, it’s just not worth it. I’d much rather work with a smaller business where I have direct collaboration with decision makers. buzz: From what I’ve read, you are a bit of a selfproclaimed asshole. AC: Oh, I started calling myself an asshole 25 years ago. I’m really not an asshole, but when you call yourself something, you get saddled with it. Then it becomes real. I began to call myself an asshole in order to scare off the corporate folks who are so afraid of everything you represent. It was a filtering process at first. Since then, people out there have treated me like I’m an asshole, and the game begins. Basically, calling myself an asshole was a marketing ploy. Never trust a marketing ploy, doggone it, you betcha!
artist. As a classic postmodernist, I subscribe to the standard contemporary style of appropriation. Basically, we don’t come up with new ideas any more in our culture but take old ideas and revamp them to ﬁt our current projects. I do exactly that in my design work. I could go on and on about how that is all anybody out there is doing right now — in any medium you choose — but it gets boring. I work in the contemporary high-decadent, postmodernist style of deconstruction and appropriation. In 2008, we all do. I just am a little more directly interpreting that method than most. buzz: Is it difﬁcult to ﬁnd these previous works? AC: I used to be a garbage man. So, no, it’s extremely easy to ﬁnd materials for my work. I’m a pro. buzz: You are considered by many to be a “commercial” artist, yet you’ve turned down offers from Microsoft, Coke and Nike. Was this strictly based on the business end of the deal or on the creative process? AC: Well, that’s true. I’m viciously anticorporate in nature and philosophy and politics. However, I’m very procorporate about taking their money. My experience with corporations over the years has been that it’s extremely difﬁcult to get your pay out of them. They have divisions of bookkeepers and lawyers whose job description is “not paying
Seattle-based graphic designer Art Chantry, known worldwide for his work with bands such as Nirvana and Soundgarden, opens a solo exhibit at Parkland Nov. 3. buzz writer Seth Jansen sat down with Art; the (condensed) results are below. buzz: What goes into making your works, or how does the creative process begin? AC: The most essential part of any project is the research. You have to get to know the client and the project at hand very, very thoroughly. Never forget that this is a collaborative art form. We don’t follow our “muse,” but we follow our clients’ needs, desires and dreams. For instance, when I get asked to hire to do a logo, I have to ﬁnd out everything I can about the project, the client, his dreams and ideas about what he does, who he is, where he ﬁts into the cosmos, on and on. Then I make a little black and white squiggle that represents all of that and it’s about the size of a ﬁngernail. When looked at from that perspective, you can plainly see the immensity and complexity and difﬁculty of the task I do. It’s much, much harder than just making something pretty or following your muse. It’s an entirely different activity than “art.” buzz: When I spoke with Paul Young from Parkland, he said you “take ‘bad’ art, rearrange the elements and make it into ‘good’ art.” AC: Well, I have always been an assemblage
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Exhibition dates: November 3 thru December 6
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, A State Agency. Sponsored by Parasol, Electric Pictures, Hawthorn Suites Ltd. and That’s Rentertainment.
MEET ART CHANTRY IN PERSON! Reception: Thursday, November 6, 6−8pm Gallery Talk at 7pm by Art Chantry LUNCHEON AND LECTURE WITH ART CHANTRY Friday, November 7, Noon−2pm in D244, $25 per person A portion of each ticket will support Parkland Art Gallery Reservations: www.artchantry.parkland.edu OCT 30 – NOV 05 08
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