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NOVEMBER 3, 2011
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buzz investigates the Student Sustainable Farm
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JOHN WATERS 7 ON READBUZZ.COM ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Lions, tigers and Mario, oh my! Check out David’s play-by-play of people walking by his apartment stoop this past Halloween weekend. Comes out on Wednesday.
FOOD & DRINK It’s a whole new month of liquor! Make sure to check out Karen’s spotlighted booze this month in “Bottoms Up!” online Saturday.
MUSIC Feelin’ salty? Get online this week to see a playlist fit just for your mood.
MOVIES & TV Check out Adam Dreyfuss’ new column, Credit People. Ever wonder what those random jobs do in movie credits? This column seeks to find an answer! What’s a best boy? What’s a gaffer?
Avani gets caught in a Renaissance reenactment and realizes what it means to be an outlier. Check out her column, online this Saturday. 2
Your guide to this week’s events in CU
EDITOR’S NOTE DYLAN SUTCLIFF
About a month ago I was digging around in the Illini Media archives, and one thing I was especially impressed with was the political coverage in the DI from the 50s-70s. CU has gotten mildly riled up about certain issues since I came here in 2009, but it has been nothing compared to the columns, commentary and overall feel of social change that students were feeling at that time. That got me thinking — how long has it been since the last riot in CU? I’m not necessarily promoting the idea as I’m certainly not a violent person and a riot would probably scare me, but I was very curious to know the last time that the students here cared about something so much that they simply went crazy. After some investigative Google searches, I found that there were numerous anti-Vietnam War marches here at UIUC in the 70s. The students went so far as to firebomb the ROTC lounge as well as placing bombs in Altgeld. WOW! As I said, I can’t see myself ever participating in any form of protest that would result in hurting anyone. I could probably stand to knock some things over or vandalize, but a firebomb is far out of my league. But these students actually cared about something real. They saw problems and sought to change them in any way possible — something few current students can say. I won’t claim to be the most politically active person because at this point, I am not. I have views that I strongly believe in, but since coming to CU, I rarely go out and do something about it. One thing I know is that things aren’t right. The phrase, “things aren’t right,” can be applied to pretty much any time throughout history, but now it seems especially pertinent. People around the U.S. are standing up to say enough is enough. It’s here, too. Occupy CU has been holding rallies, marches and, this weekend, a free concert to raise awareness at the Channing-Murray. Students at U of I have a long history of being politically conscious and purveyors of progress. The U.S. is possibly just as flawed as it has always been, but that doesn’t mean it will be that way forever. The least any of us can do is be aware.
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daylight saving time by Thomas Thoren
Daylight saving time will be coming to an end this Sunday, Nov. 6 when the clocks “fall back” an hour. It will just be normal time from now until daylight saving time begins again on March 11. At 2 a.m. on Sunday, sleep-deprived people in some parts of the world (including here!) will be given an extra hour of potential sleep when clocks are set back an hour. However, for college students, that potential hour of sleep will likely be used to instead see bars arrive at 2 a.m. twice in the same evening. It’s the only time during the year that you can essentially relive your life, so why not do it at your favorite watering hole? Regardless of how you spend your bonus hour, everyone will wake up to find that the time has come to pay for all the extra daylight sun we’ve had since daylight saving time began on March 13 this past year. Now the sun will set before 5 p.m., and we will be on a one-way trip to another gray Midwestern winter. Sufferers of seasonal affective disorder will want to unpack their light therapy lamps and make sure they are working properly for the long stretches of darkness to come. Meanwhile, nature lovers can take pictures of the leaves to document the existence of a living, colorful world that will soon become a distant memory. And all of us can go outside and enjoy the sunlight while we still can.
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GRIPES » Bangs: I actually really love my bangs. But what I hate is the grand amount of humidity/rainfall/wind that we get in this glorious town. Know what you get when you have curly hair and then walk outside into a blustery, rainy November morning? You get stupid hair. » The U of I Library System: Maybe I just haven’t figured it out yet, but from all my experiences with the school’s library system, it sucks. There are so many libraries, and books are in places that don’t make sense. Apparently, it’s currently in the process of switching from the Dewey Decimal System to the Library of Congress system. What? Why? Didn’t you watch the Arthur episode about having fun with your library card? They say, “And don’t forget the Dewey Decimal System is your friend!” Guys, Dewey is your friend. Don’t be a jerk and leave him out. He’s a cool guy. buzz
campus crime and safety
Increased safety measures have deterred crime, but it is still present by Ellie Brzezenski
t was around 9 p.m. on a Wednesday night when junior Caroline Yoo was walking home to her apartment after attending an RSO event. Not noticing anything unusual, she climbed the steps to her apartment door and put the key into the lock. Suddenly, someone struck her in the back of the head. “I was startled and turned around. There was a man standing there who I had never seen before. It took me a few moments to comprehend the situation, but a little after turning around, I pushed him. He didn’t react, only continued looking at me, so I pushed him again. After the second time, he casually put his hands in his pockets, turned around and began walking away.” Yoo’s neighbors, alerted soon after by her screams for help, came out of their apartment and chased the man for a couple blocks, eventually losing him. Though later aided by police, the suspect has yet to be caught. “This incident has indeed made me feel less safe on campus. It made potential dangers a lot more apparent to me,” Yoo said of her experience. On Oct. 10, a robbery occurred outside of Espresso Royale on Daniel St. when two men ran off with a customer’s iPad and threatened him with a gun. Luckily, police had the help of campus video cameras taping the incident to assist them in their investigation. The most recent string of burglaries and attempted burglaries in Weston Hall occurred while residents were sleeping. Oftentimes, campus crime may seem like a distant reality — a legitimate problem but not a personal issue. We think as long as we use common sense and basic safety skills we’ll be fine; however, it’s obvious in cases like Yoo’s, the Espresso Royale
iPad theft, and the Weston burglaries that crimes can happen in broad daylight or in sober situations. Still, it should be noted that campus town has been fairly peaceful this semester, with the increase in Crime Alerts occurring only recently. According to Police Chief Barbara O’Connor, this is due largely to the increased joint efforts of campus police and the student body’s response to Crime Alerts. “People say to me, the crime alerts don’t do anything, and I say that’s in fact wrong, and this [Espresso Royale crime] is a pretty good example. I really like that safety is enhanced not just by us, but also by students in the community who are paying attention to it. We [had] many people giving us tips and checking craigslist for iPads that went up for sale immediately or surrounding the incident. We would do that anyway, but it’s nice to know the community is helping us track these assailants,” O’Connor said. The 2010 school year had a relatively high crime rate, possibly due to an understaffed campus police force, which at its peak lacked ten officers due to absences. It’s a relief to see safety on campus improve. Since beginning her time here in January of 2009, O’Connor has taken many steps in decreasing campus crime. The number of officers on the campus police force has increased from 55 to 66 in less than two years, thanks to an increase in funding by 24 percent, as well as the recent endowment of three officers from the federal government. Only three schools in the country were awarded this federal grant for the allotment of police officers — The University of Vermont was allotted one more officer, and
University of Illinois-CU Police patrolling campus Photo by Animah Boakye
Michigan State was also allotted three — an increase that O’Connor is grateful for. “It’s a pretty significant increase. It’s allowed us to go from being a responsive [police force] to really being more proactive in terms of searching for grants and doing far more crime prevention,” O’Connor said. Furthermore, the University has also allotted Campus Police $80,000 to install cameras in city streets to help protect students even when they’re not on campus property. Though the increase in assistance from campus technology, like cameras and key card systems, has been helpful in solving crimes, there are still flaws in the system O’Connor and her staff face.
For one, there are five decentralized card access systems on campus, making it very difficult to orchestrate simultaneous efforts in terms of campus safety measures. Secondly, Champaign, Urbana, and the University of Illinois all have separate police forces, which can lead to some overlap and confusion. Still, O’Connor’s outlook remains positive for the university. “The campus will become safer as this [technology] becomes more and more common,” she said. “Students need to know we are committed to their safety. Don’t expect zero crime — I can’t promise you zero crime — but we have a continual commitment to the process of improving our safety functions.”
Cool places you may have never been to but should check out Four fabulous finds you might fail to frequent by Robert Geringer
n case you didn’t notice, campus is large enough that some students will never hear of some of the places and services that the University of Illinois has to offer. Nothing on this list is top-secret, but here is a selection of four places that don’t often receive the credit or the foot traffic they deserve. Krannert Center for the Performing ArtsMake no mistake — the Krannert Center is a world-class performance venue. Boasting one of maybe a dozen acoustically perfect venues in the nation, Foellinger Great Hall, the Krannert Center goes unnoticed to many students outside of the fine arts. In addition to hosting live music, the Krannert Center will often host dance troupes and even, like in October, Chinese acrobats. There is a student rate on many events, so if you feel like getting cultured before heading out into the real world, Krannert might be your best bet. 4
Meat Sciences Lab- Located just west of Florida Avenue Residence Hall and Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall, the fine folks in the Animal Sciences department are perfecting the art of selling you awesome meat. Between 1 and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Fridays, you can buy a wide selection of grillable items. Arboretum- Located east of Lincoln Avenue and south of FAR, the Arboretum is 50-odd acres of well-kept trees, gardens and other assorted plant life. It has become, at least for some people, a popular (and free) spot for a date walking among the trees. For the runners out there, the Arboretum also boasts a 4-kilometer cross country course. The School Collection- Tucked deep inside a sublibrary of the Main Library (call it libraryception), the S-Collection is far, far more exciting than the name suggests. While at first glance
The University Arboretum. Photo by Maria Surawska
most people would assume this collection is some random assortment of textbooks or a giant donation from a dude named “School,” the S-Collection is quite literally a school library.
And by school library, I mean preschool library, and it is dense. Do you miss reading about lost puppies and laughing at terrible, forced rhymes? This is the place for you.
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NOVEMBER 3 - 9, 2011
Drugs and alcohol aren’t the only things you can be addicted to
by Max Huppert
ddictions can come in many forms. Some addictions, such as drugs and cigarette smoking, are familiar to most people. However, ideas about what constitutes an addiction have changed somewhat over time. Many people suffer from compulsive behaviors related to a wide variety of activities that they find themselves unable to permanently keep out of their lives. Although these might not be the same physical addictions that drug users experience, some people find themselves becoming psychologically addicted to activities like gambling, sex and eating — even exercise can become an addiction. Although drug addictions are certainly harrowing experiences for addicts and their loved ones, other types of addiction can also cause tremendous pain and difficulty for those caught up in them, and they are often just as difficult to walk away from. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the exact causes of drug abuse and dependence are not completely understood, but there are many well-known risk factors that contribute to the likelihood of abuse. These include genetic predisposition, parental use of drugs or alcohol, problems with depression and anxiety, and environmental factors such as stress and access to drugs. Certain drugs are much more physically addictive than others, and these can lead to intense withdrawal symptoms that can make quitting permanently difficult for the user. Support groups and physical
treatments are available for many drug dependencies, and often a combination of both is necessary to guide a user off a drug. Drug addiction can be especially problematic for young people, in part because their brains have not yet fully developed. Although drug addiction is a widespread and incredibly difficult problem, it is not the only type of addiction. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, newer definitions of addiction focus on the “reward circuitry” of the brain. By this definition, addiction is tied to various behaviors and chemicals that continually activate that circuitry. For example, the latest version of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) lists gambling as a type of addiction because psychological addiction to gambling has already been well-documented. There is still some debate regarding other psychological addictions, including addiction to food and sex. However, many people who engage in compulsive sexual behavior maintain that they suffer from a serious addiction. According to Sex Addicts Anonymous, sexual addiction stems from “powerlessness over sexual behavior,” as well as inability to stop engaging in sexual activities and feelings of “shame and self- loathing” that follow these activities. These difficulties are very similar to those experienced by other types of addicts. In fact, Sex Addicts Anonymous has become popular and even has a branch that meets in Champaign.
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Compulsive overeating is also sometimes called food addiction. These problems often involve heavy binge eating and are related to some of the same psychological problems and feelings of reward as other addictions. These problems can be especially difficult to resolve because compulsive overeaters cannot simply stop altogether — unlike drugs or alcohol, eating food is necessary for survival. People who exercise compulsively also sometimes refer to their problem as “exercise addiction” — and much like drug or food addiction, this problem can be related to stress and the experience of a “high” after exercise. Recent research even suggests the possibility of “internet addiction” among young people.
According to Reuters, a Yale study of over 3,000 Connecticut high schoolers revealed that many use the internet as a tool for relieving stress and that they find themselves having an “irresistible urge” to use the internet, coupled with great difficulty cutting down on their computer time. Although these are not all considered addictions by every expert, the fact remains that the causes and experiences of those suffering from these compulsive behaviors are similar in many ways to those experienced by drug addicts, and as a result, public views on what exactly constitutes addiction will likely continue to evolve.
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Cooking with produce from Student Sustainable Farm
By Melanie Kuta
ver wish there was a local farm that offered fresh and healthy produce? Well there is: the Student Sustainable Farm! According to their website, the Student Sustainable Farm is in its third season and “is made possible by the continued support of the University of Illinois Dining Services, the Department of Crop Sciences, and the Student Sustainability Committee.” Because it is off campus, it is slightly under the radar, but the farm offers a variety of sustainable produce that changes every season. Some of the food even gets utilized in the University dining halls every day! The farm operates between 45-48 weeks per year, occupying 3 acres for outdoor field production and nearly 10,000 square feet of year round high tunnel production. The Farm’s current manager, Zach Grant, is extremely enthusiastic about the project. Grant earned his Master’s Degree in Horticulture from the University of Illinois, and he stated his favorite part of the farm was “the tie between interacting with classes and working directly at the farm stand.” The Student Sustainable Farm also has a farmers’ market every Thursday from 11-5 p.m. on the quad in front of the Union. Next semester, the farm hopes to open the farmers’ market twice a week. This creates an amazing opportunity for students to buy fresh veggies close to home and also support sustainable agriculture. When I visited the stand, I talked with part-time employee Miki Palchick, who was selling produce.
She originally decided to work for the farm “to learn sustainable farming practices.” Currently, the farmers’ market offers a plethora of ripe seasonal vegetables; I could hardly decide what to buy! Some of the in-season vegetables offered were mustard greens, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes and swiss chard. When visiting the stand, Martin Rosenberg, a customer and senior on campus, was also having a difficult time deciding. He had come back multiple times just to buy more apples because they tasted so sweet and juicy. Overall, the farm is a great opportunity for students to eat healthy, learn about sustainable agriculture and also support local produce. If you would like to volunteer at the farm, there is a sign-up link on their website: http://thefarm. illinois.edu/about. I also added a recipe to inspire you to pick up some produce.
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Yield: 6 Servings » Crust • 3/4 cup sunflower seeds (shelled) • 3/4 cup walnuts (shelled, chopped) • 2 tbsp sesame seeds • 2 tbsp flax seeds (soaked) • 1/8 tsp salt
• 1 tbsp chicken broth • 2 cup crimini mushrooms (sliced) • 1/2 cup onion (minced) • 3 cloves garlic • 1.5 tsp Italian herbs (dry) • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes • 1/2 cup tomato (chopped, seeded) • 5 oz silken tofu • 5 egg whites • 1/8 tsp turmeric • Dash salt • Dash pepper
» Filling • 4 cup Swiss chard (raw, chopped)
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. 2. Soak flax seeds in 1/4 cup water for ~10 minutes.
Spicy Vegetable Tart
3. Finely grind all crust ingredients, including flax seed water, in food processor. 4. Press evenly into a 9” pie pan. Bake for ~15 minutes. 5. Boil Swiss chard for ~3 minutes. Strain and press out all excess water. 6. Sauté onion, garlic and mushrooms in broth for ~5 minutes, stirring often. Add Italian herbs, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Sauté for another 2 minutes, then stir in Swiss chard. 7. Spread vegetables over baked crust. 8. Mix egg whites, tofu and turmeric in blender. Pour evenly over vegetables and crust. Bake uncovered for ~25 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Pumpkin seeds are back!
by Jordan Ramos
umpkins are objects of happiness and enjoyment in the crisp months of fall. They’re pleasing to the eye, fun to carve and filled with little seeds that can be used in a multitude of recipes. Before pumpkins are gone for the season, be festive and bake some pumpkin seeds at home, in any form you’d like! Here are a couple of suggestions, but there are countless more possibilities depending on what type of taste you’re looking for. Original Pumpkin Seeds • 1 pumpkin • 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce • 3 sprays of cooking spray • 1/2 tsp salt • 1/2 tsp garlic salt 1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Cut your stem off of the top of your pumpkin, making a hole large enough for your hand. Remove the innards of the pumpkin, separating the seeds from the stringy pumpkin guts. Rinse the seeds very well in a colander, then, and this is important, dry the seeds as thoroughly as you can. Put the seeds in a bowl and coat them evenly with the Worcestershire Sauce and cooking spray. Add the salt and garlic salt and mix well. Spread them evenly on a cookie 6
sheet and cook for 1 hour. Mix them around on the cookie sheet and cook for 1 more hour. Enjoy your salty and crunchy pumpkin seeds! The garlic salt in this recipe can be substituted for all different kinds of spices. Add some chili powder or tobacco sauce for a spicier flavor. Taco seasoning can put a different spin on the seeds, or make it a sweet treat and add sugar and cinnamon! Use your creativity! Want to make something a little more substantial with your freshly baked seeds? Here you go! Pumpkin Seed Brittle • 2 cups roasted pumpkin seeds • 1 tbsp salt, divided • 2 tbsp light corn syrup • 3 tbsp butter • 1 cup and 4 tablespoons of sugar • 2 grinds with a pepper mill of white or black pepper • Pinch ground cinnamon 1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Toss the pumpkin seeds with 2 teaspoons of the salt and toast them on a parchment lined cookie sheet for about 10 minutes. To prepare the caramel, put the corn syrup and butter in a heavy medium-size pot. 2. Add the sugar and about 1/4 cup of water to
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moisten it. Melt the sugar over medium-high heat. Continue to cook until the mixture takes on a hint of color, then add the remaining salt and the pepper and cinnamon. Cook the caramel until it turns a deep amber color. 3. Remove pot from heat and add the seeds, stirring well. Pour the brittle out on a silicone
pan liner or well-sprayed piece of parchment, then slowly work the brittle thin with a greased or sprayed rolling pin. Gently roll over the same sections until the brittle spreads and thins to about 1/8 inch. Once the brittle has cooled and completely hardened, break it into small pieces and store in airtight containers.
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know your director!
buzz introduces a new column with the fabulously camp-tacular, John Waters!
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by Tracy Woodley
altimore director John Waters has been shocking moviegoers since 1964 with his offbeat, exploitation-inspired and slightly disturbing films. But don’t let that deter you! An icon within the cult film world, Waters’ films are hilarious in their portrayal of the absolute bottom-dwellers of society and a breath of fresh air for those who don’t always like taking movies too seriously. Though he gained modest mainstream popularity with his 1988 film Hairspray (adapted into a multiple Tony-winning Broadway musical and a dreadful Zac Efron remake), Waters had cemented his place as the “Pope of Trash” with Pink Flamingos (1972), a movie that is as revolting as it is sidesplitting. The film, billed as “an exercise in bad taste,” follows the misadventures of Babs Johnson as she attempts to win the title of Filthiest Person Alive. In typical Waters fashion, Pink Flamingos is a campy black comedy that pairs horrifyingly trashy characters with hilarious dialogue. It’s a great place to start your descent into Waters’ filmography. With an unapologetic drive to push the boundaries of movie censorship (which, unfortunately, garners most of his films NC-17 ratings), Waters shows scenes so grotesque and entertaining that they cause viewers to question their ideas of conventional propriety. Sure, there are moments when you have to look away from the screen, but when you rent one of Waters’ movies, you know you’re going to have a good time. Beyond just being weird, his movies operate at a higher level of absurdist humor that is unique and refreshing. Waters’ other trademark is his incredible cast of performers. His films launched drag queen Divine into cult stardom. A frequent collaborator with Waters (he starred in six of Water’s films), Divine was a comic genius who used his knack for slapstick and general weirdness to create characters that were fabulously outrageous. Edith Massey, equally frightening and strange, starred
in such Waters classics as Female Trouble (1974), a movie dedicated to a Manson Family member that could be considered an exploration of the corrupting nature of fame (if this were an Orson Welles film). Massey’s powerful presence (and shrill voice) commands every scene she’s in and makes it unforgettable. Other members of the Dreamlanders crew (named after Waters’ production company, Dreamland Productions) include Mink Stole, Ricki Lake and Traci Lords (briefly in the 90s). Fun fact: one of Johnny Depp’s earliest roles was as Wade Walker in Waters’ 1990 film Cry-Baby. Depp does alright, but the facially disfigured Mona “Hatchet Face” Malnorowski is a much more dynamic (and ridiculous) character. In the world of sleazy, transgressive moviemaking, John Waters is king. Leaving no peculiar subculture behind, he offers glimpses into some of the revolting stuff that’s happening every day, out of sight. As film critic Roger Eb-
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ert said, “Some people have fetishes. I think fetishes themselves are John Waters’ fetish.” He has drawn from a diverse range of influences (serial killers, The Wizard of Oz, puppets, Ingmar Bergman) to create kitschy and always original movies that evoke sentiments ranging from amusement to nausea. Go ahead — test the strength of your stomach, and settle down with one of Waters’ crass creations.
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by Julie Homerding
he weather is changing in CU; so we asked students on campus what their favorite comfort food is during this chilly season. Mariah Ciotola, Sophomore in Advertising: Mashed Potatoes “My grandma made them since I was little and they make me happy.” Alma Juarez, Senior, Community Health: Chocolate “Ever since my roommate introduced me to sweets, I haven’t looked back.” Mike Tuttle, Senior, Accounting: Kraft Spirals Mac n’ Cheese “They’re warm, cheesy and delicious. But it has to be the spirals.” Liz Mason, Senior, LAS: Anything with sugar, cookies, candy or cake: “I have an addiction to sugar.”
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Xochitl Carmona, Junior, Sociology/Communication: Lasagna “It’s very warm. I love the feeling when it comes out of the oven.” Daniel Wang, Sophomore, Computer Science: Chili with Cheese “It’s warm and spicy, so it heats you up.” Luke Knapp, Junior, Biology: Homemade Mac n’ Cheese “It’s hot, creamy and bad for you — all the good stuff.” Keegan Dulfer, Junior, MCB: Pizza “It was my go-to thing since I was little when my mom didn’t want to cook.” Ryan Nemethy, Sophomore: “My mom’s homemade fruit salsa and cinnamon chips. It’s an explosion of flavor.”
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Urbana’s Folk & Roots Festival returns for a third year
by Liz Faermark t can be really for some students difficult to consider Champaign-Urbana as anything more than a college town. Day-to-day responsibilities and activities — class, clubs, practices and work — keep us locked in a four-block radius around the Main Quad. But the reality is: there is way more to these twin cities than what lies in between Locust and Lincoln, Gregory and Springfield. Champaign-Urbana has a history that’s not always visible right on campus. This weekend’s third annual CU Folk & Roots Festival can give us a look at a music scene that has been growing here since the 1960s and satiate our curiosity about Champaign-Urbana’s past and present. “A lot of people aren’t aware of the history of this community ... it’s always been very rich in folk traditions. The folk revival in the 1960s and 70s happened big time in this area,” said Brenda Koenig, Chair on the CU Folk & Roots Steering Committee and a local musician herself. “My idea was just to bring everyone together ... [to] do something special for this community,” she said. Now in its third year, the festival continues to expand with attendance growing steadily, and new events and acts popping up each year. This year, the festival will feature over ninety different performances, workshops, jams, sing-alongs and dances led by locally and nationally recognized folk artists and enthusiasts. And it’s widespread throughout the community, too, with shows at many of CU’s most intimate venues such as the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center,
The Iron Post, Heartland Gallery and Das Café. This year’s live acts will include sounds from an array of folk musicians, as well as musicians from other genres that have somehow influenced or have been influenced by folk such as blues, jazz, Cajun, country, Celtic and bluegrass — just to name a few. “That’s where the ‘roots’ part comes in,” said Ed Hawkes, local guitarist and Treasurer on the CU Folk & Roots Steering Committee. And it’s not just about the artists and musicians. The CU Folk & Roots Festival is unique because it includes the festival attendees, asking them to step up and share their own talents or pick up a new one. “We didn’t want this to be simply a performance festival where people pay a lot of money and sit there. This is really a community festival. It’s about engaging people and being an active part of the community,” Koenig said. Events like the workshops and jams actually allow you to get your hands on an instrument, play around and learn something new. “It’s fun,” Hawkes said. “People will get a chance to try something they haven’t done before.” Among many others, some of the weekend’s interactive activities include: a Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel sing-along, a Cajun dance with music provided by the Cornstalker Cajun Band, workshops for instruments like mandolin, fiddle and bottleneck guitar, and the Try-It Tent where patrons can receive mini-lessons from local folk musicians on a variety of instruments. Between the events and activities, there really is no excuse for boredom. With so many events, activities and performances going on in a jam-packed two-day experience,
Folk & Roots Fest 2011. Photo by Joel Dexter
one can only imagine how many hands are working to make this festival possible. “That’s where the labor of love is,” Koenig assured me. “A lot of the people are volunteers, and it takes a lot to organize.” But that, she says, is what takes this festival to a whole new level. The CU Folk & Roots Festival invites students and the rest of the community to partake in a little part of Champaign-Urbana’s history — and have a fun time while you do it. So come listen, learn and play at the festival this weekend. Like Hawkes told me, “It’s for the kid inside of you.”
Location festival passes: $25 where: Various
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and 5th (10 a.m.–9 p.m.) For a detailed schedule and line-up visit: http://folkandroots.org/site/
On the spot comedy at SoDo
by Corrine Ruff Hysterical real life moments, the sharing of life experiences and a way to discover yourself as you never knew — improv is so much more than just a show. Zoo Improv will host its third annual Improv Festival at SoDo Theater in downtown Champaign. Shows will run from 8-11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Acts will include a mixture of campus and community troupes. Workshops will also be offered on Saturday from 2-5 p.m. The cost is $8 per show or $25 for a festival pass. Zoo Improv began six years ago as a group of kids wanting to open the world of improv to the C-U community. Over the years, it has grown into an organization made up of all sorts of community members, most of whom don’t have degrees in acting and don’t act professionally. They are a not-for-profit troupe aimed to display improv as more than just a hobby, but a lifestyle. One member explains her reason for joining the group: “Improv is like therapy. Whatever is on your mind is going to come out, and when it does, your problems become easier to accept, and they don’t hold power over you anymore.” 8
“It’s not about being the center of attention or the funny guy. It’s very humbling,” is how another member describes the group’s mindset. The ultimate goal is for the show to entertain the audience and to make your scene partners look good; it’s never about the individual. While the festival will have a total of four shows, there will also be workshops for anyone interested in learning improv on Saturday afternoon from 2-5 p.m. The workshops will be conducted by acting professionals Marz Timms, Jay Sukow and Tim Marks. The idea for the festival came after Zoo Improv members participated in a much bigger festival in Chicago. In hopes to spread improv around the local community, the C-U festival was born with one meager showing. Three years later, they are proud to announce they’ve grown to four showings and are expecting troupes from all over to participate. The two-night event will feature other area groups, campus troupes and even a group from Kansas City. What’s different about Zoo Improv is their genuine excitement for community members to join or just come out to see a show.
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“What we do is weird, and this is a great opportunity for people to see that and enjoy what we do,” the group explains. Improv is all about the atmosphere and actually being there. “You can’t experience improv from your couch.
You’re a part of the show, and that’s what makes it enjoyable.” For more information and a full schedule of the event visit www.zooimprov.com All quotes were requested by the troupe to be credited to only the group.
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November 3 - 9, 2011
by Adam Barnett
okey LaFarge told a St. Louis magazine he got the name “Pokey” as a kid for being a slow-moving, take-his-time kinda guy. In fact, on one of his earlier records Beat, Move and Shake, he’s got a whole song titled “Mr. Nobody” where he repeatedly states he’s “just bummin’ around.” Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three enter a more modern take on old-timey blues and roots music with a dash of western swing filled out by improvisation, washboards and even a trumpetshaped kazoo. With a new record out this past summer after working with Jack White and subsequently touring with the Raconteurs (not to mention a win for “Best Americana Record” at the tenth annual Independent Music Awards for 2010 album Riverboat Soul), Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three are headlining this year’s CU Folk and Roots Festival. Here’s what’s been going on with Pokey lately: » buzz: You’ve traveled and made music all over the place, and as a man of the Midwest, what do you think is here that’s not really present anywhere else? Pokey LaFarge: I think that if you want to look historically speaking, St. Louis is an interesting place because it’s kind of a country and a city at the same time, but not a big one. Certainly, the Mississippi river is influential as well… The culture of the city would’ve been more tied to the river back in the day when the river was a little bit more of a commercial aspect as a means of travel for people, but that’s not the case much anymore, obviously. And we have Chicago, and Chicago is a center of the Midwest, culturally and of course musically. Each city is different than the next. Chicago and St. Louis are both very unique cities. It’s the kind of blues that they have there; it’s the kind of jazz they have there in these cities. There are people who were from the country then came to the cities, and the music took shape in a different way. » buzz: You said in a press release that your record’s title, Middle of Everywhere, is based on your thoughts that St. Louis is the middle of everywhere physically, but it also represents a state of mind. Pokey LaFarge: Just meaning that it’s in between one place and another. We’re travelin’ all the time. We’re ramblin’ guys. So we’re always inbetween one place and another … always in the middle of something… » buzz: You also stated that with this record, you guys found your sound. How did you manage that, and how does that affect your live show? PL: I think it just happens out of a progression of ideas and performances and experiences that
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allow you to find your voice. And I think that it’s more the live show and the record. It’s the live show that gets us to practice our songs and perform the songs in the right way ... That certainly affects the way you play a tune. That’s kind of the mindset you need to be in when making a recording, just trying to make it like a live performance. That was a while ago when that record was made. So I’d say we’ve moved on from that, and we’re working toward the next one. » buzz: Have you already started working on the next one? PL: It’s already written. We’ve got a couple albums already written. We’ll probably start doing some demo-ing this week, and when we get off the road, we’ll start recording the new album in February… » buzz: What is riverboat soul? PL: A name’s a name. It was actually something that was bestowed upon us by a lady at a festival. That’s what she kinda called it. I don’t know. Soul music of a different variety perhaps from what people will usually think what soul music has come to be known as. Kenny Brown and stuff like that. But riverboat soul music in this case was just from a city very influenced by the river, the River City if you ask me. And it had a lot of connotations to it. Rivers are the blood lines of America, you know, the early transportations, before the mass interstates, people would exchange ideas up and down the rivers. People traveling up and
down there… I’d argue that river cities are the best — at least the most influential when it comes to music… » buzz: Do you ever find yourself playing music in boats? PL: Yeah. Time to time, not as much, because you don’t really run riverboats too much anymore. It’s really rare to see… » buzz: I first started listening to you with Beat, Move and Shake, and then you hooked up with the South City Three. How has that affected the songwriting? PL: Well, I think you can probably hear it. It’s not as lyrics-driven as it was, perhaps. Not necessarily in a negative way, just as much space for the musicians to do their thing, to speak their minds in the music. That’s the big difference. Leaving more room for solos, where as before, I’d have to fill it with more verses or something like that. So it’s the same ideas ... I project the ideas off the other guys, but certainly they have their own. You don’t want to stifle the soloists too much … I come up with frameworks for the tunes. They’re usually pretty heavily arranged before I go in … Everybody puts the finishing touches on it, or else the tune wouldn’t be the tune. That’s why we’re such a tight band. Everybody has their ideas on it. » buzz: And the improvisation does sound really tight. PL: Thanks. Yeah, it’s just getting on the road, playing as many live shows as we have. I’m kind
of excited about the next record. This last record was a little more low-key. The next one is gonna be no stopping. It’s gonna be a good record. » buzz: You’ve been noted a few times as a vintage guy with your clothing and your music. What do you think about the big vinyl boom that’s been going on over the last few years. PL: I think it’s a great thing. I think it’s something that’s a very tangible thing, something you can cherish a little bit more than a little plastic CD. The vinyl, although it’s a 33, it was a mid 20th century invention. It’s the very first form of buying music besides sheet music and player pianos. Vinyl is one of the first ones that’s still here. In the day where we have a new invention every three years, vinyl is still around and lasts forever … I think it’s a great thing, man. I really do. It’s a better package, and I think it sounds better, too… » buzz: Would you record to cylinder if you got the chance? PL: We already did. We actually recorded a 78 in London last year. We’re trying to figure out when it’s gonna come out. We’re going back over to Europe for two months in the spring. We might try to record some more updated takes and try to put out a 78 in the next year or two. Pokey LaFarge is performing twice on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the festival. Once at 88 Broadway at 4 p.m., and another time at the UC-IMC at 10 p.m. Check out the full interview on readbuzz.com buzz
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THURSDAY 3 live music
classes and workshops
Ole #7 Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 9pm
2nd Annual Fall Woodworking Festival CU Woodshop Supply, C, 8:30am, $35
DJ BJ Dance Night Po’ Boys, U, 8pm DJ Ollie & DJ Hot Saus Highdive, C, 10pm Chillax Radio Maria, C, 10pm
‘Appy Hour Silvercreek, U, 5:30pm, $2-$10 FREE Happy Hour Show! Memphis on Main, C, 6pm In Your Ear Big Band karaoke Cowboy Monkey, C, Bentley’s Thursday Night 6:30pm Karaoke Jesse Sykes And The Bentley’s Pub, C, Sweet Hereafter 3pm Highdive, C, 7:30pm Liquid Courage Karaoke Etherphonic Theremin Memphis on Main, C, Ensemble 9pm Indi Go Artist Co-op, C, RockStarz Karaoke: Pre- 7:30pm, $5-10 sented by 3L EntertainBruiser and the Virtues ment Huber’s West End Store, Bentley’s Pub, C, 10pm C, 8pm DJ Bange open mic Phoenix, C, 9pm SPEAK Cafe Jesse Sykes And The Krannert Art Museum and Sweet Hereafter Kinkead Pavilion, C, 7pm Cowboy Monkey, C, 9:30pm movies Goth Industrial with Alex IPRH Film Series and Andrew Krannert Art Museum and The Clark Bar, C, 10pm Kinkead Pavilion, C, dj 5:30pm AsiaLENS Screening: Who DJ Tommy Williams Killed Chea Vichea? Chester Street, C, 9pm, $3 Champaign Public Library, DJ Delayney C, 7pm Highdive, C, 10pm DJ Cal Emmerich stage Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm PechaKucha Night DJ Belly Champaign-Urbana Radio Maria, C, 10pm Volume 8 William M. Staerkel Plan- dance music etarium, C, 7pm, $7 CU Folk and Roots FestiDead Man’s Cell Phone val Square Dance by Sarah Ruhl Urbana-Champaign IndeParkland College Theatre, pendent Media Center, U, C, 7:30pm, 8:45pm $12-14
campus activities Weekday Orthodox Minyan and Breakfast The Hillel Foundation: The Margie K. and Louis N. Cohen Center for Jewish Life, C, 7:30am
community Coffee Hours University YMCA, C, 7:30pm 10
Spinners and Weavers Guild Annual Show and Sale Hessel Park Christian Reformed, C, 4pm
Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl Parkland College Theatre, C, 7:30pm, $12-14
Friday Forum Presents Education: What Now? University YMCA, C, 12pm
Spinners and Weavers Guild Annual Show and Sale Hessel Park Christian Reformed, C, 10am
fundraisers Chocolate Extravaganza Hilton Garden Inn, C, 5:30pm, $45
miscellaneous International Coffeehouse Etc. Coffee House, U, 4pm
food and drink
art opening “Pressing On” - Opening for solo exhibition by Megan Stroech Indi Go Artist Co-op, C, 6pm
Market at the Square Half Price Happy Hour Lincoln Square Mall, U, Emerald City Lounge, C, 5pm 7am Wine Tasting Wines at the Pines, U, 5pm fundraisers Belly Boo SATURDAY 5 Highdive, C, 7pm
food and drink
Live Jazz with Panache Jim Gould Restaurant, C, 7pm Decadents at The Clark Bar The Clark Bar, C, 8pm WPGU Presents: Smoking Popes Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm
Sensational Saturday Tasting Sun Singer Wine & Spirits, C, 12pm
dj DJ Dif-EQ Red Star Liquors, U, 9pm DJ Randall Ellison Chester Street, C, 9pm, $3 DJ - Presented by 3L Entertainment D.R. Diggers, C, 9:30pm Goth Night The Clark Bar, C, 10pm DJ Space Police Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm Highdive Rave Highdive, C, 10pm
DJ Bange Karaoke Phoenix, C, 9pm Dragon Karaoke with Paul Faber The Clark Bar, C, 10pm
CU Folk and Roots Festival Contra Dance 88 Broadway, U, 6pm Salsa Night with DJ Dr. J Radio Maria, C, 10pm
Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl Parkland College Theatre, C, 7:30pm, $12-14
RockStarz Karaoke: Presented by 3L Entertainment Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 9pm
SUNDAY 6 live music Live Jazz with Panache Jim Gould Restaurant, C, 7pm
Big Dave’s Trivia Cowboy Monkey, C, 7pm
classes and workshops
Open Mic Nite Phoenix, C, 7pm
West African Dance Class with Djibril Camara Channing-Murray Foundation, U, 6pm, $10-12
MELD: Monday Evening Life Drawing group McGown Photograpy, C, 7pm, $7
food and drink
Champagne Brunch with a Diva! Emerald City Lounge, C, 10am, $12 Sandy’s Bagel Brunch and Games The Hillel Foundation: The Margie K. and Louis N. Cohen Center for Jewish Life, C, 11am
Nutrition Walk In La Casa Cultural Latina, U, 5pm
game-playing Trivia Night Bentley’s Pub, C, 7:30pm
TUESDAY 8 live music
Drew Ninmer Quartet Indi Go Artist Co-op, C, live music 6pm, $5-7 One Dollar Wild MonBlue Tuesdays - Presentdays ed by 3L Entertainment Canopy Club, U, 10pm Senator’s Bar & Grill, SaBOOM-JAM Open Stage at voy, 7:30pm Boomerang’s Bar and Grill Dueling Guitars Boomerang’s Bar and Grill, Jupiter’s II, C, 8pm U, 8pm The Piano Man Canopy Club, U, 9pm
DJ Randall Ellison Chester Street, C, 9pm, $2 Eletro/Industrial Night Chester Street, C, 9pm, $2 80’s Night w/ DJ Mingram Highdive, C, 10pm
RockStarz Karaoke: PreAmericana legend Bill sented by 3L EntertainMallonee: Concert & Q/A ment Windsor Road Christian Mike ‘n Molly’s, C, 10pm Church, C, 6pm
Abe Froman Project Mon- hen Center for Jewish Life, day Night Improv C, 7pm Mike ‘n Molly’s, C, 9pm
Monday Night Comedy Illini Union, U, 7pm
recreation Rattlesnake Master “Run For the Prairie” Meadowbrook Park, U, 9am
game-playing Trivia Night The Blind Pig Brewery, C, 7pm
Open mic night at Samuel Music Samuel Music, C, 5pm lgbt Open Mic Comedy Night Rainbow Coffeehouse Memphis on Main, C, 9pm Etc. Coffee House, U, 6pm Open Mic Nite Man UP (Men’s Support/ Phoenix, C, 9pm Social Group) lectures The UP Center, U, 7pm No. 44 Society Meeting: classes and Josephine Koster Talk workshops about Women Readers Real Computing Help in the Middle Ages Douglass Branch Library, U of I Main Library, U, C, 6pm 3pm School of Art + Design food and drink Lecture Wine Night Krannert Art Museum Radio Maria, C, 4pm and Kinkead Pavilion, C, 5:30pm
WEDNESDAY 9 live music
Donnie Heitler Great Impasta, U, 6pm The Hot Iron String Band The Clark Bar, C, 6:30pm Open Deck Night Radio Maria, C, 9pm
game-playing Second Saturday Boardgaming Urbana Free Library, U, 2pm POKEMON FAN CLUB Rantoul Public Library, Rantoul, 5:30pm Euchre Po’ Boys, U, 7pm Live Trivia Buffalo Wild Wings, Savoy, 8pm
RockStarz Karaoke: Presented by 3L Entertainment Bentley’s Pub, C, 10pm Rockstarz Karaoke Chester Street, C, 10pm
Open Mic Night Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm
DJ Tommy Williams Chester Street, C, 9pm, $2 DJ Randall Ellison Boltini Lounge, C, 9pm Wompdown Wednesdays: Chalice Mug Night! Canopy Club, U, 9pm, $1 Coyote Ugly Night w/ DJ Stifler Highdive, C, 9pm
Israeli Movie Club The Hillel Foundation: The Margie K. and Louis N. Co-
Tango Dancing Cowboy Monkey, C, 7:30pm
Cafe Ivrit Espresso Royale, U, 7pm
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Trivia Tuesdays Memphis on Main, C, 7pm
lectures Lecture - What Would Lincoln Read? Museum of the Grand Prairie, Mahomet, 2pm
Salsa Dancing Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm
environmental issues Students for Environmental Concerns University YMCA, C, 6:30pm
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Rattlesnake Master ‘Run For The Prairie’ Meadowbrook Park Along Windsor Rd. and Race St., U. Sunday, Nov. 6 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Entry Age: All Boys and girls, old and young, runners and walkers: all should come out to the Rattlesnake Master road race to support Grand Prairie Friends, a conservation group committed to protecting local natural areas. If you can run (or walk!) 3.1 miles, then you can enter the race. For folks wanting a bit more of a challenge, there is a 10k race as well, or 6.2 miles. Register early at Body n’ Sole or get to Meadowbrook Park by 8AM to register on race day. — Jessica Bourque, Assistant Community Editor
The Rum Diary Savoy 16 232 Burwash Dr., Savoy, IL or Beverly Cinema 18 910 Meijer Dr., C. Showtimes vary at all cinemas Rated: R
Battle of Angels at Krannert Center
Fans of Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or just rum will love this new movie. Based on the first novel Thompson wrote when he was 21, the story revolves around Paul Kemp, a drunken journalist in the midst of decadence and depravity in San Juan. Check it out! — Joe Lewis, Arts & Entertainment Editor
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he University Department of Theatre and the Krannert Center celebrate the 100th birthday of one of the 20th Century’s greatest American playwrights, Tennessee Williams, with a production of Williams’ first published script, Battle of Angels. Under the fine direction of Tom Mitchell, this student production of Battle of Angels offers a unique experience of seeing a dramatist as a work in progress, exploring his narrative possibilities and character options in this expressive medium of the stage that in following decades he’d master with the finest poetic skill and imagination. Battle of Angels would be adapted into Williams’ play Orpheus Descending in the 1950s and again later into the 1959 Sidney Lumet film The Fugitive Kind, which featured Marlon Brando, Joanne Woodward and Anna Magnani. Battle of Angels, set in the late 1930s in Two Rivers County, Mississippi, concerns a drifter of a dubious criminal background, Val Xavier, who stops in a small mercantile store on a spring day and turns the life of its proprietor Myra Torrence around forever. Val is hired to sell shoes, hats and other essentials and quickly develops a relationship with Myra. Val, in his snake skin jacket, represents a sort of untamed wildness that the town’s “sexually malnourished” women can’t seem to get enough of, but many of the other small-minded and gossipy townspeople are wary of him. Williams frames the play with a somewhat awkward prologue and epilogue of off-stage narrators’ chatter previewing and providing
closure to the events the audience witnesses. Mitchell and scenic designer Moon Jung Kim use the more confined Studio Theatre space near perfectly to accent the intimate relationships that evolve in the story. Mitchell’s cast is effective at displaying Southern Mississippi accents and working class mannerisms. Michelle Grube, BFA student, is spot on as the rather standard Williams attractive, discontented Southern woman, Cassandra Whiteside. MFA student Christopher Sheard’s Val is somewhat less believable as a troubled, misunderstood ladies’ man. His performance lacks a certain sexual tension that would make the play’s many dramatic conflicts more authentic. But fellow MFA student Monica Lopez is every bit up to professional standards in her interpretation of the long-suffering, dedicated wife and eventually unfaithful, passion-starved Myra. Her performance is radiant. Battle of Angels continues at the Krannert Center’s Studio Theatre until November 6 with evening and Sunday matinees. For ticket information, contact the Krannert Center Ticket Office at 217244-0549 or online at Krannertcenter.com. Of further note: On November 1 at 7 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, the Krannert Center will present Tennessee Williams’ 100th Birthday Lectures. Thomas Keith, editor of Tennessee Williams’ publications for New Directions and University of Texas Professor Charlotte Canning, curator of “Becoming Tennessee Williams,” will speak on the early career of Williams. buzz
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES
March 21-April 19
Here’s Malcolm Gladwell, writing in The Tipping Point: “We need to prepare ourselves for the possibility that sometimes big changes follow from small events, and that sometimes these changes can happen quickly . . . Look at the world around you. It may seem an immovable, implacable place. It is not. With the slightest push -- in just the right place -- it can be tipped.” You are now within shouting distance of your own personal tipping point, Aries. Follow your gut wisdom as you decide where to give a firm little push.
April 20-May 20
Welcome to the autumnal garden of earthly delights, Taurus. It’s a brooding, fermenting paradise, full of the kind of dark beauty that wouldn’t be caught dead in a spring garden. There’s smoldering joy to be found amidst this riotous flowering of moody colors, but you won’t appreciate it if you’re too intent on seeking bright serenity and pristine comfort. Be willing to dirty your hands and even your mind. Feel the moss on your back, the leaves in your hair, and the mist on your bare legs. (P.S. If you like, you can take what I just said as an elaborate metaphor.)
May 21-June 20
Here’s a vignette described by columnist Thomas Friedman: “Ludwig Wittgenstein once remarked that if you ask a man how much is 2 plus 2 and he tells you 5, that is a mistake. But if you ask a man how much is 2 plus 2 and he tells you 97, that is no longer a mistake. The man you are talking with is operating with a wholly different logic from your own.” I’d like to suggest, Gemini, that for you right now the whole world is like the man who swears 2 plus 2 is 97. At least temporarily, you are on a very different wavelength from your surroundings. In order to understand what’s coming toward you, you will have to do the equivalent of standing on your head, crossing your eyes, and opening your mind as wide as it’ll stretch.
June 21-July 22
If you want to grow vanilla beans, you have to pollinate the plant’s flowers within 12 hours after they bloom. In nature, the only insect that can do the job is the Melipona, a Mexican bee. Luckily, humans can also serve as pollinators, which they do on commercial vanilla farms. They use thin wood splinters or stems of grass to perform the delicate magic. I’m thinking that you resemble a vanilla bean right now, Cancerian. It is the season when you’re extra receptive to fertilization, but all the conditions have to be just right for the process to be successful. Here’s my advice: Figure out exactly what those conditions are, then call on all your resourcefulness to create them.
July 23-Aug. 22
Even our most sophisticated drilling machines have barely made pinpricks in the earth’s surface. The deepest hole ever dug was 40,000 feet, which is just 0.2 percent of the planet’s 20-million-foot radius. I offer this up as a spur to your imagination, Leo. The coming weeks will be an excellent time for you to plumb further into the depths of anyplace or anything you’re intrigued by -- whether that’s a subject you’ve always wondered about, a person you care for, the mysteries of life, or the secrets of your own psyche. You could reach the equivalent of five million feet into the Earth’s innards.
Aug. 23-Sept. 22
National Geographic speculates that most of the species on Earth are still unknown and unnamed (tinyurl. com/UnknownLife). While 1.2 million life forms have been identified by science, there may be as many as 7.5 million that are not, or 86 percent of the total. I suspect that this breakdown is similar to the situation in your life, Virgo. You know about 14 percent of what you need to know, but there’s still a big frontier to explore. The coming months should be prime time for you to cover a lot of new ground -- and now would be a perfect moment to set the stage for that grand experiment.
November 3 – 9, 2011 Sept. 23-Oct. 22
by Matt Jones
“Free to Be”--no theme, just freestyle madness.
I suspect that you will have a minor form of good luck going for you this week. It probably won’t be enough to score you a winning lottery ticket or earn you a chance to get the answer to your most fervent prayers. But it might bring you into close proximity with a financial opportunity, a pretty good helper, or a resource that could subtly boost your stability over the long haul. For best results, don’t invoke your mild blessings to assist in trivial matters like finding parking places or avoiding long lines at check-out lines. Use them for important stuff.
Oct. 23-Nov. 21
Nov. 22-Dec. 21
“Try to be surprised by something every day,” advises Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his book Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention. That’s an inspirational idea for everyone all the time, but especially for you Scorpios right now. This is the week of all weeks when you have the best chance of tinkering with your rhythm so that it will thrive on delightful unpredictability. Are you brave enough to capitalize on the opportunity? I think you are. Concentrate your attention on cultivating changes that feel exciting and life-enhancing.
“Dear Rob: I was born on November 30, and am quite attached to having it as a birthdate. But there’s a complication. While in Iraq in 2006, I was half-blown up by a bomb, and had a near-death experience. When I returned from my excursion to the land of the dead, I felt I’d been born anew. Which is why I now also celebrate September 24, the date of the bombing, as my second birthday. What do you think? Two-Way Tamara.” Dear Two-Way: I believe we’d all benefit from having at least one dramatic rebirth in the course of our lives, though hopefully not in such a wrenching fashion as yours. In fact, a fresh rebirth every few years or so would be quite healthy. If it means adding additional astrological identities to our repertoire, so much the better. Thanks for bringing up the subject, as it’s an excellent time for Sagittarians everywhere to seek out an exhilarating renewal.
Dec. 22-Jan. 19
Jan. 20-Feb. 18
Social climbers are people who are focused on gaining higher status in whatever circle of people they regard as cool, even to the point of engaging in fawning or ingratiating behavior. Soul climbers, on the other hand, are those who foster the power of their imagination, keep deepening their connection with life’s intriguing enigmas, and explore the intersection of self-interest and generosity toward others. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you could go far in either of those directions during the coming weeks, Capricorn -- but not both. Which will you choose?
An Australian man named Daniel Fowler has more giraffe tattoos on his shoulders than any other human being on the planet. So says the Universal Record Database at Recordsetter.com. Meanwhile, Darryl Learie is now the only person to ever be able to insert three steak knives into an inflated balloon, and Billy Disney managed to inject a world-record 31 sexual innuendoes into a rap song about potatoes. What could or should be your claim to fame, Aquarius? This would an excellent time to try to establish your reputation as the best at your specific talent.
Feb. 19-March 20
“You have to know how far to go too far,” said poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. I reckon that’s good advice for you right now. You’re at a phase of your astrological cycle when you really can’t afford to keep playing by all the rules and staying inside the proper boundaries. For the sake of your physical and psychological and spiritual health, you need to wander out beyond the limits that you’ve been so faithfully respecting. And yet, on the other hand, it would be a mistake to claim you have a right to stop at nothing. Know how far to go too far.
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November 3 - 9, 2011
AND ANOTHER THING ...
by MICHAEL COULTER
the world series edition Coulter loses his shit over Cardinals victory Okay, I’ll just pony up and admit it right off the top. There were several times I gave up on my beloved St. Louis Cardinals this year. I never completely gave up, but it’s still hard to remember a season that resulted in this many tantrums and vows of never watching baseball again. These declarations usually only lasted five or ten minutes before I would turn the game back on, but still, that’s way more defeatist than I generally am. It was the most frustratingly awesome baseball season I have ever experienced.
at that juncture. Ryan used to be a Cub, so that was enough to make me skeptical. He was also our completely ineffective shortstop for much of the year. He was like Michael Jackson — he wore a glove on one hand for no apparent reason. He quickly struck out. I realize he was overmatched in the situation, but I really got the feeling he didn’t have the sort of sack that was needed. He didn’t expect to win, and I was sure I could see it in his face. Fine, maybe I couldn’t exactly see his quittery, but I could sense it. He used to be a Cub, after all, and you can’t expect a leopard to change his spots. Now that he was out of the way, we started a little rally. We came back and tied the score. The next inning, they went ahead by two runs again, and we surprisingly came back and tied the game one more time. The Rangers were like an extremely drunk guy at a wedding. They were up dancing one moment and then trying not to vomit the next moment. Before I finish with the end of the game, I’d like to have a quick aside to talk about all the postseason dancing this year. Um, why all the dancing? The Brewers did it a lot in the NLCS, and the Rangers did it just as much in the World Series. If you win the freaking series, then hell yes, dance your ass off. You deserve it. I’m just from the school of thought where I don’t believe we all need to cut a rug every time we do something good. The first guy who got to a machine gun nest at Omaha Beach didn’t do the Electric Slide when he made it to the top of the hill. If he had, we might all be wearing jackboots and swastikas now. Cheering and jumping are always fine, but save the full-on dancing until it’s all over with. Anyway, game six went to extra innings, and eventually David Freese hit a home run to send the series to game 7. It was, without a doubt, the best postseason baseball game I have ever seen. It was almost as exciting for me as that first Die Hard movie. There was still one more game to win, but it didn’t matter to me at that juncture. I didn’t dance, but I sort of wanted to. The Cardinals didn’t dance either because apparently they wanted to win the World Series, not just the sixth game of the World Series. The next night, they came out and did just that. Chris Carpenter pitched a shaky but magnificent game. David Freese drove in some more runs, and before I knew it, I was jumping up and down and cheering in unison with all of the players I was watching on television. It might have looked a little like dancing, but it wasn’t — just jumping and cheering. We can all relax for the next five months now. Enjoy.
Ryan Theriot was up to bat to lead off the inning. I really didn’t feel good about our chances at that juncture. Ryan used to be a Cub, so that was enough to make me skeptical. He was also our completely ineffective shortstop for much of the year. He was like Michael Jackson — he wore a glove on one hand for no apparent reason. It could have been over so many times. Geez Louise, I sort of thought it was going to be over in April right after the season began. Our bullpen was blowing leads like hookers blow… well, you know, our relief pitchers weren’t all that good. The whole damned team would play good, play bad, make me cheer and make me curse. I suppose this should be a good thing because ups and downs and excitement are exactly what I crave from a baseball season. On the other hand, if you ask someone for a drink of water, you don’t expect them to drown you. As you’re probably aware, the Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers to become World Series Champions of 2011 this past Friday night. It was great, and I did a fair amount of celebrating. I would have done more, but the whole damned thing just left me exhausted. Any more partying would have been like swallowing a Sam’s Club bottle of whiskey after running a marathon. Besides, game six on Thursday evening was the pinnacle of post-season play, and I had pretty much shot my wad by the time Friday’s game rolled around. The birds were down 3 games to 2 on that night, and if we lost, our season would be over. We had to win to have a chance. The game was close, and it was tied, and then the Rangers went ahead by two runs in the 8th inning, I think. I’d had a few beers, so it was sort of fuzzy by then. Either way, I thought it might be all over. We were going against their awesome bullpen. Ryan Theriot was up to bat to lead off the inning. I really didn’t feel good about our chances 16