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Artisans 10-Plus Show
Headlights, Gentleman Auction House, World’s First Flying Machine
Head to Pages for All Ages to experience the work of Artisans 10-Plus, a collection of local female artists joined by their passion for art. This day-long event is free.
Local favorites Headlights and World’s First Flying Machine take the stage at the Courtyard Cafe along with Gentleman Auction House at 8 p.m. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for the general public.
Check out the latest installment of the weekly wine column, “The Dregs,” on Monday On Friday, expect reviews of this weekend’s French Film Festival
Music: Look for a review of Girl Talk Friday on the 217.com
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Film Screening: The World According to Sesame Street
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Don’t miss this award-winning documentary about the challenges faced by Sesame Street producers in adapting the show for other countries. The free screening begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Spurlock Museum.
This free charity event kicks off at the Canopy Club at 4 p.m. and will feature performances by Weapons of Mass Dysfunktion, Dr. Wu & The Rock & Soul Revue, The Tons ‘O Fun Band, Stone Creek and Doxi.
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This comparative needle work exhibition at the Springer Cultural Center features works from the collection of Ian Wang. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Attention future wine snobs: here’s your chance to learn the basics of wine tasting at Sun Singer Wine and Spirits. This class is $20, and it begins at 7 p.m. Participants must be 21 or older.
Come celebrate Arabic culture at the Courtyard Cafe. Beginning at 7 p.m., there will be a live band playing popular Arabic songs, henna, calligraphy, and traditional dance performances.
would have told be about this election four years ago, I would have laughed in your face. This election was more than a C-SPAN snoozefest; it was a pop culture extravaganza that drew in Americans with each twist and turn of the story. This year’s earth shattering voter turnout is both a surprise and completely expected. Obama’s enticing message of hope and change worked, and lured the American people off the couch and to the polls in record-breaking numbers to do their part to change the trajectory of a nation in shambles. Tuesday didn’t just show us how much faith we have in a future president, but how much faith we have in each other. I think that this is the start of a new era of politics in America. Parties will realign, people will
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1) Reese’s peanut butter cups: Suddenly I’m addicted to these little candies ﬁlled with peanut butter, love and happiness. 2) Really warm weather in November: Mixed with the beautiful fall landscape, nothing could make me happier. 3) David Sedaris: What other writer can consistently make you laugh out loud in a public place for more than a minute when you’re by yourself?
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E D I T O R ’ S N O T E by Stephanie Prather When I was three years old my family drove across America to Seattle, Wash. where my aunt and uncle lived. The entire trip I sat in the third row seat of our red Plymoth Voyager and, insisting that my parents play the cassette on repeat, belted out a thousand versions of Lee Greenwood’s tune about America, “God Bless the USA.” Tuesday night was the ﬁrst time since then that I’ve felt like singing that song. Not just because Obama will be the next president, but because this election brought an entire nation of people out to the polls because they were excited and concerned about our collective future. If you
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hopefully become more politically active and the standards for candidates to win an election will be higher. The American people are more mediasavvy than ever, and Obama’s youth and seemingly effortless ability to capture the imagination of others exposed the desire of the American people to be inspired in ways that make sense to them. Now that this marathon election is over, I think we’re all ready for a bit of a break. Phew. I’m just glad I don’t have to follow-up on my promise to move to Canada if Obama lost. P.S. — buzz and the217.com both won Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Awards! Congratulations and thank you to our staff for all their hard work.
1) Untangling iPod headphones: No matter how neatly I put them away, there are always knots. I must be missing some trick. 2) Bikes on the Quad grass: There are bike paths for a reason, so please stop riding your bike on the nicely manicured grass. 3a) My hair: Ugh. 3b) Being unprepared: For class, for the winter, for the future.
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food & drink Hold the Meat The Red Herring teaches the art of vegan cooking to the community by Mahika Sood
ed Herring Restaurant has come up with a completely new idea for vegan cooking classes. Held at the restaurant every Thursday from 8 to 10 p.m., the two-hour lesson on the art of vegan cooking is taught by Chad Knowles, the 19-year-old restaurant manager. The enthusiasm behind this class is the shared passion for cooking and feeding, which is exhibited by both Knowles and his partner Peter Conlin, president of the Campus Vegetarian Society. “As technology is advancing, we are losing the human touch in most aspects of life, especially cooking, and this class provides an opportunity to retain that touch,” said Knowles. Knowles said the cooking class, which is being offered for the ﬁrst time this year, was a spontaneous idea implemented by Conlin. The motivation behind the idea was to teach the basic techniques of cooking and enjoy healthy meals, said Knowles. This class provides a basis for getting people on track to an alternative cooking style. The class is offered at a minimal price of $30 for 8 classes or $5 per class, said Ally Simmons,
an employee at the Red Herring. “One important aspect of vegan cooking is not limiting yourself but rather adapting to the ingredients that you have available already,” said Simmons. People who attend this class are there to learn the “tricks and tips” of cooking like “how to thicken something without cream,” Knowles added. The class does not focus on any speciﬁc ethnicity of ﬂavors but is a blend of different cuisines and their methods. Knowles said the class is a lively and entertaining endeavor, attempting to incorporate the worldly ﬂavors depending on the recipe of the night. The recipes taught are usually well-known and quite popular such as butternut squash soup, chili, barbecue riblets or lasagna with vegan meatballs. Knowles mentioned that there is no ﬁnancial reward but that he does it because he relishes when the students overcome their fear of cooking and progress from being afraid of hot oil to sautéeing with style. He said this is a cause worth ﬁghting for, and vegan cooking should receive just as much focus as every other genre of food. The class, which is offered through the University YMCA, is taught in collaboration with other staff and students like Peter Conlin. Knowles said the restaurant in general is self-sustaining, and the class is customer-dependent. There are usually about 25 to 35 customers who attend the class, but more are encouraged to come. The cooking class is one of a kind, especially considering the limited resources, funds and space that Red Herring has to conduct these sessions. “The cooking class is an attempt to encourage individuality on a college campus and encourage people to better themselves by learning and applying ideas which help the growth of the community in general,” said Knowles. “The class teaches you everything that you need to know in the two-hour period,” said Conlin. “It deﬁnitely emphasizes hands-on experience.”
The class listens as instructor, Chad Knowles, explains how to season the butternut squash soup. Photos by Abby Toms
Blinded by the Bag Blind wine tasting helps people decipher between what they like and what they want to like. by Caleb Ganzer Paper bag-wrapped bottles of wine stand in stark contrast to the classy, dimly lit atmosphere of the Bacaro wine lounge on a chilly Sunday evening. In a room with Burgundy-red walls flanked by the glass skeletons of wines that I one day may be lucky enough to imbibe, I am greeted with a firm handshake and a glass of mystery wine. The only thing I am told is that the contents of my glass are composed of entirely Rhône varietals, grapes traditionally grown and made famous in the Rhône valley of France. The rest is up to my nose, palate and eyes to decipher.
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The event was a blind wine tasting with a few of my good enophilic friends. The only rules were to bring a wine made from the types of grapes from the Rhône valley in France or an international interpretation of the same set of grapes. Events like this come to serve several purposes. First, one has the ability to taste classic, terroir-driven Rhône wines pit side-by-side with the same grapes grown in different climates. It’s amazing what northwestern American coastal terroir can do with the Syrah grape. Second, it does not matter if the bottles in the bag have a cost of $20 or $150; they are tasted and judged independently and free
from outside inﬂuences and preconceived notions. Needless to say, we had a lot of upsets that evening. Lastly, one has the ability to taste wine for wine’s sake, to appreciate and enjoy a product so lovingly looked after from vine to glass in the company of others eager to do the same. As we ﬁnished our water glasses in hopes for a promising, sober morning, we could all agree on one thing — blind wine tasting is the way to go. To truly learn what your palate likes, and not what your brain wants your palate to like, there is no better occasion than a blind tasting among good friends and great food.
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A Place to Call Home Thirty ﬁve years in the making by Elizabeth Lardizabal
or more than 35 years, the Asian American Cultural Center was nothing more than an idea. These days, for faculty and staff, it has become nothing short of a long-awaited reality. Despite being the youngest cultural house on campus, the Asian American Cultural Center, located at 1210 W. Nevada St., has become a mainstay for the Asian American community. “Asian American students were making their desire for such a center known back in the early 1970s,” said David Chih, assistant dean of students and director of the Asian American Cultural Center. The AACC, which opened in September 2005, provides resources, programming and facilities for students and faculty on campus, said May Xiong, assistant director of the AACC and an alumna of the University. “We do service a lot of Asian American students,” Xiong said. “But it’s really [made] to help all students on this campus who come in and want to learn more about Asian American culture.”
In addition to student mentorship and advising, the AACC offers services through the University, said Xiong. These resources include the Career Center, Counseling Center, McKinley Health Center and Undergraduate Library. “We can direct [students] to the outreach services that are on this campus, helping them to navigate the University,” she said. “I think that’s one of our huge missions in many ways: to be here for the students in whatever needs or concerns that they have.” Along with resources and mentorship services, the center offers weekly programs, said Sehjong Hamjong, program coordinator for the AACC. On Tuesdays at noon, there’s Food for Thought, a lunch discussion that features free food and various speakers and presenters. “We don’t want to make it a lecture because students get that enough,” said Hamjong. “We want students and faculty who attend to participate and give their two cents.” On Wednesdays, there are evening events sponsored by both the AACC and student RSOs. Although a collaborative effort, the
students take the lead in planning the event, Hamjong said, providing them the opportunity to gain leadership skills. Upcoming Wednesday events include Anthony Brown’s Asian American Jazz Orchestra Exchange on Nov. 5, a sushi-making event on Nov. 12 and a dinner dialogue on mixed race identity, a collaborative effort with La Casa Cultural Latina, in the near future. “[We want to] help the students become culturally aware,” Xiong said. “No matter what you do in life, the world is getting bigger and bigger, and there are more people who won’t have the same kind of life experiences as you do.” She said she hopes the AACC will help students ﬁnd a sense of community among their peers, teaching them how to work together on certain issues despite their disagreements on others. Throughout the years, said Chih, student leaders have articulated a case for how and why the AACC would be helpful and necessary to this campus. In the nation, he said, there are about 50 or 60 Asian American studies programs and 25 Asian American cultural centers. Only six campuses,
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign included, have both. “It’s been a long road to get to the point when the campus said, ‘OK,’” Chih said, “and all along the way, we’ve had students and faculty and staff work together to try to conceptualize what this center could be for the campus.” Although the center is a vast improvement since the 1970s, the growing population of Asian American and Asian international students on campus has created a need for expansion in staff and space at the AACC, said Chih. “We’re averaging about 35 meetings and events each week,” he said. “Some nights, we might have eight meetings or programs going on in a single night.” Still, the Asian American Cultural Center continues to carry out its mission to serve both the students and the University at large. It gives students a place to voice their opinions and build a sense of community, Xiong said. “The AACC stands for the students,” she said. “It stands for the potential of what students can do in the world.”
It’s Easy Being Green ... ... with help from B. Lime by Amanda Cornish Every day, we as consumers are faced with a myriad of choices: Where was this product made? Is it safe for me? Is this product green? But what is green? Opening the second week in November is a store that hopes to help consumers answer this question. B. Lime will be located on 12 E. Washington St. in downtown Champaign. Today, many consumers fall prey to companies that partake in the PR scheme called green washing — a practice in which companies try to appear greener than they really are in order to increase sales in an increasingly environmentally savvy market. Of course, few people have time to research all of these “green” companies, much less travel from store-
to-store searching for these particular products. “I’ve done the research on the companies. When you walk into my store, you know you’re doing something good,” said Wendi Lindsay, owner of B. Lime. “Everything there is going to beneﬁt you or the environment.” All of the products sold at B. Lime come from environmentally friendly companies, and most of the manufacturers use a combination of wind power and other alternative energy sources to reduce their environmental impact. Now, with the help of B. Lime, all of these products can be conveniently found in one location. B. Lime will feature green products such as graphic tees made from organic cotton and printed with
chemical-free dyes, a solar iPod charger, chemical-free baby products and cosmetic products that use fruits and other natural ingredients instead of chemicals for coloration. Lindsay hopes to stress an understanding that going green doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing transformation. Although people often don’t have the resources to completely transform their consumption habits, every small effort to choose responsible companies and products makes a difference. “You should be proud of the little things,” she said. Eventually, Lindsay hopes to hold informational mini-classes in the store to help people become more educated about environmentally responsible consuming.
In addition to selling green products, the physical building is green as well. The modernly eclectic store features bamboo ﬂooring as well as a green roof planted with indigenous Illinois prairie grasses. These not only help to offset prairie grasses displaced by development but can lower the inside temperature 10 to 15 degrees during the summer months. B. Lime will be open Saturday, Nov. 8 and will be open seven days a week from 11-3 on Sundays and Mondays, 10-5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 11-7 Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Check out B. Lime’s Web site at http://www.blimegreen. com for more information
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music Away with the Hathaways Siblings celebrate record release before trip to Peru by Amanda Shively
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ertainly, one of the most interesting stories in the CU music arena is that of (semi) newcomers Hathaways. Individually, the siblings have already established a successful past. In 2005, Kate Hathaway was the recipient of the Local Music Award for Best Female Artist, and James proved to be a practiced musician in his own right. They recently decided to combine their efforts to become the eloquent duo that is Hathaways. The Hathaways’ ﬁrst rightful release as a group, entitled Hand Me Down, comes out Nov. 8. The EP consists of ﬁve tracks of haunting melodies and perfected harmonies that exemplify the powerful connection of family ties. Kate and James spend equal time on lead vocals, often seamlessly trading lines, as in middle track “Pusher” and the captivating opener “Experiment.” While it would be enough to speak of vocals alone, the Hathaways’ story is deeply engrained in their instrumentation — speciﬁcally, Kate’s love affair with the charango, the small stringed guitar spearheading the Hathaways’ two-month journey to Peru in January of next year. buzz was able to speak with the duo about their upcoming trip and ﬁnd out just how one goes from the small Illinois town of Rossville to the mountains of Peru.
A guitar player for years prior to her experience with the charango, University alumna Kate credits her interest in the instrument to a world music course and particularly her professor Tom Turino. “[Tom] knew I had experience with guitar, and he was the one who ﬁrst placed the charango in my hands. I fell in love with the instrument immediately and ended up in a campus-based Andean music ensemble,” she explained. Continuing her exploration of the Peruvian version of the guitar, Kate traveled abroad to the highlands of Peru. Not only there as a hard-at-work ethnomusicology student, Kate also “did exactly what [my] parents told [me] not to do” and joined a band of Peruvian musicians along the way, traveling with near strangers to play music and study the culture of the area. This journey was only the beginning for Kate (and soon enough, James), as the two are returning to Peru to promote their new album, live among like-minded musicians and continue to learn as much as possible about exotic instrumentation. Arranged through Kate’s past experience in the country, as well as help from professor Turino’s musical connections, Kate and James spoke enthusiastically of their upcoming adventure. “Besides playing music and taking lessons [in Peru], we would love to translate our songs into Spanish,” they shared. Hathaways will travel through the capital city of Lima, as well as Kuzco and Aguas Calientes on their two-month trip before returning to the U.S. Be sure to catch Hathaways as they celebrate the release of their debut album, Hand Me Down, Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Iron Post in downtown Urbana. The duo will take the stage at 8 p.m. and will be followed by fellow marveled local musicians Big Grove Zydeco. As any celebration would and should entail, the show promises special guest appearances, limited-edition, hand-crafted CD sleeves and new T-shirt designs. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to wish Hathaways good luck before they head out of Illinois, and the U.S. for that matter, to Peru in January.
Return to Your Roots Despite canceled show, music lives on by Ashley Albrecht Not your typical American progressive rockers, Rusted Root brings ethnic ﬂavor to the “jam band” canon. Ironically hailing from the white bread town of Pittsburgh, Pa., the band can be described as anything but Western — musical contemporaries Virginia Coalition, Phish and Widespread Panic seem culturally unaware in comparison. Lead vocalist/lyricist/guitarist Michael Glabicki even established a prerequisite for joining the band: proﬁciency in the techniques of African drumming. Not surprisingly, such intense musical immersion produces fruitful results, culminating in a sound experience both polyrhythmic and percussion-centric. An amalgamation of inﬂuences, including Latin American, African, Middle Eastern and Native American, Rusted Root’s multicultural funk attracts “Rootheads” from far and wide. Formed in 1990, Glabicki and crew broke into the national scene a mere four years later with their platinum-selling Polygram release of When I Woke (featuring the movie soundtrack hit “Send Me on My Way”). Rusted Root was scheduled to NOV 06 – NOV 12 08
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perform at CU’s own Canopy Club this Tuesday, Nov. 11, but the show was cancelled. You may not be able to see Rusted Root this go around, but when you do, you should know what to expect. Glabicki’s grounded, masculine vocals fuse well with female vocalist/guitarist/ percussionist Liz Berlin’s spooky, ethereal voice, providing the “yin” for Glabicki’s “yang.” Multiinstrumentalist to a T, expect the band to utilize a plethora of specialized instruments onstage, from
African bongos to Spanish mandolins. Indigenoussounding and authentic, Rusted Root will cause even the tamest audience member to stomp his or her feet in time with the tribal groove. Here are some songs to check out to introduce yourself to Rusted Root: 1. “Send Me on My Way” (When I Woke). When the mid-90s ﬁlm Matilda became a box-ofﬁce hit, the popularity of “Send Me on My Way” followed suit. Featured on the ﬁlm’s soundtrack, Hollywood soon caught on to the magic of this upbeat crowd pleaser, including the piece in multiple movies to come. 2. “Martyr” (When I Woke). Multilayered and highly energetic, this maraca-shaking Latin beat stands out from the rest of When I Woke as most musically compelling and lyrically satiating. 3. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (Rusted Root). A Rolling Stones cover turned “jam” piece, Rusted Root successfully infuses Marley-like groove into this traditional rock-and-roll favorite.
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Talking the Talk or Walking the Walk? The music of Girl Talk assessed by Tommy Trafton and Amanda Shively Establishing an overwhelming popularity in CU, Gregg Gillis of Girl Talk returned yesterday at Canopy for a night that promised to beat the rave and fever of September’s Dan Deacon and Hood Internet shows. With the night sold out months before the date, Gillis’ success and inﬂuence in the music world is obvious. But can you really consider Girl Talk’s music Gillis’ own? And if not, what has he really done for us and for the culture that his glitch pop thrives in? Let’s take a look at both sides of the argument:
Gillis is tearing apart and mashing up some of today’s most glossy, overGillis may pretend to be an activist against the pretentiousness of the music played, overproduced hits, making fun of how much of a product these industry, but really he’s just taking all of the most accessible and head-bobsongs really are. Feed the Animals shows just how absurd it is that the hooks VS. bing clips of Billboard’s Top 40 and stufﬁng them into a jam-packed, three minute hit collage. Not only is he just relying on the formula that all other and choruses of Britney Spears or Beyonce can work against the beats of Radiohead or Jay-Z. The art of songwriting is bullshit and the homogenous radio-friendly music has followed, but he’s taking a shortcut by ripping off of nature of popular music is a joke. everything that has already proven to bob the heads of the masses.
There’s much to be said for making art of what is debatably not, and Gillis Remember those terrible MTV Spring Break specials where a slew of is certainly the champion of that. Sampling hundreds of songs, the irony of half-naked college students would gather around a nameless DJ and mindhis work is not lost on fans of Girl Talk who know that behind every terrible VS. lessly lose themselves in the latest radio hits? It’s kind of like that. Gillis’ lyric is the beat that was meant to accompany something greater. Gillis’ mashes are often compiled of songs that your average hip college student mastery is in convincing the average music fan that their tastes really are wouldn’t dream of admitting to know or even enjoy, but every underground more diverse then they every dreamed they could be. publication has built Girl Talk into the trend-hoppers dream.
Like Radiohead’s In Rainbows, Gillis released Feed the Animals onOf course you wouldn’t ﬁnd Girl Talk in Best Buy. With countless unliline, letting us pick the price we pay for the album. Music isn’t a mass censed sources making up each track, the New York Times Magazine said produced commodity and Gillis has enough faith in our culture’s VS. it best when describing his music as “a lawsuit waiting to happen.” Illegal appreciation of music to donate for more. Plus, we all know that Art is too appropriate a name for Farnsworth’s sampling label, and the record labels are blood suckers. pay-what-you-want method for Feed the Animals may be the perfect way for Girl Talk to dodge a bullet. Make sure to look for a review of the show on the217.com to hear what other people think of Gillis’ glitch pop mash-ups and whether or not Girl Talk deserves all the hype it gets.
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Radmaker’s continues to be great rock venue Here’s something you might not know about Marty Casey, the runnerup from the CBS show Rock Star: INXS — Marty attended and graduated from UIUC, and while he was here, he was a part of Star Course. Well, according to Wiki, at least. Who knows … I could have made that up and just put it on there. Casey, who had been a part of touring rock band the Lovehammers before his tenure on the show, is now the frontman of ’80s rock band L.A. Guns. He will play a one-off date this Friday at Radmaker’s in Tolono. Casey will play a solo acoustic show with CU band Caminos performing an acoustic set to open. Doors open at 8 p.m., and there is a $5 cover charge (no advance tickets). For more info, visit http://myspace.com/radmakers. Friday also offers great choices for those planning on staying in town. The Canopy Club is hosting sketch comedy group Fishing with Dynamite starting at 7 p.m. for $5 (with a DJ dance party to follow), while Cowboy Monkey will host two of CU’s biggest rock powerhouses, Terminus Victor and Scurvine — not a show for the faint of heart, that’s for sure (10:30 p.m., TBA cover). There’s also Mike ‘n Molly’s, where the Tractor Kings will anchor a show also featuring www.the217.com
the Great Crusades (featuring members of Suede Chain) and Hyacinth House (9 p.m., TBA cover). The Iron Post on Saturday will be the spot for the CD release show for the new Hathaways release, Hand Me Down, which was recorded by Adam Schmitt. The brother/sister duo of Kate and James Hathaway is set to play ﬁrst (at 8 p.m.), followed by Big Grove Zydeco at 9:30. On Sunday, there is a very special event set to take place at the Canopy Club. Mark Cornell, trumpet player for the Tons of Fun Band, and his friends have organized a show set to help raise awareness about bone marrow donation. The show will feature an area where attendees can get a quick cheek swab to see if they might be a match for someone in need. All of this is close to the heart of Cornell, who has long been a player in bands around CU and who is currently battling cancer. His bandmates and friends came together to help organize the event, which kicks off at 4 p.m. with a set from the Tons of Fun Band (the highenergy R&B/soul cover band recently seen opening for REO Speedwagon at the Assembly Hall), followed by Doxy (5:15). Another project involving Cornell, Dr. Wu’s Rock & Soul Revue, will play at 6:30 ahead of Weapons of Mass DisFunktion (laying down some funk and jazz fusion covers and originals) at 7:45. Connor Grant (seemingly the same Connor Grant from Chicago bands Pangea and Treologic)
is slotted for 9 p.m., and Stone Creek will wrap up the show starting at 10:15. This show is completely free with the hope that many of you will attend and take a quick swabbing. The program is in need of all types but is especially in need of non-Caucasian and mixed-race donors. Please take a minute to check out the information area at the show. Stick around after the show, as well, as the Canopy Club will offer a free showing of The 40-Year-Old Virgin as part of the club’s weekly movie series. I:Scintilla, the very popular female-fronted industrial band formerly based in CU (now in Chicago), will make a tour stop at the Highdive on Tuesday as part of a package that includes headliner the Cruxshadows. The Cruxshadows hail from Florida and have been a touring force in the U.S. and Europe since the early ’90s, gaining a large fanbase in the Goth community with their dark new-age sound. They haven’t stopped in CU since 2002 and this time around are paired nicely with I:Scintilla, who match well musically. Opening the show is Toronto electropop trio Ayria. The show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets will be $10 at the door (grab them in advance for $8 at thehighdive.com and the other usual places). The evening will also feature music spun by DJ Evily. — Mike Ingram can be reached at forgottenwords@ gmail.com. NOV 06 – NOV 12 08
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at the Courtyard Cafe Sanda Weigl struts with Romainian swagger
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by Drake Baer From Bucharest to East Berlin to New York and now to Urbana, Sanda Weigl performs traditional — and not so traditional — song and cabaret with passionate intensity. The buzz corresponded with her through the magic of email; results below. buzz: If you were to describe gypsy music to someone who had never heard it, how would you? Weigl: It’s difﬁcult for me to describe music. I’m much better in delivering it, (and that) means singing it. I’m not quite the academic type, but let me give it a try though: it’s a very beautiful music full of emotions (well, that’s actually the deﬁnition of music altogether I guess music is emotion!) full of drama and ﬂash. The gypsy music is originally a highly rhythmic, improvised a capella music accompanied by hand percussion. As the Roma went from place to place, they learned the music of the people around them in order to make a living. Thus the music that they absorbed in one country would then be blended with the music of the next country giving it a unique and new feeling. The gypsy music tends to cross borders anyway and is a wild mix of Rom, rock, jazz and folk. buzz: How did you growing up in East Germany and Romania create who you are today? Weigl: Living in a communist system is a very different experience. On the one side you learn to ﬁght for your rights and for your individuality; otherwise you’d become a zombie and on the other side you don’t have the problems of earning your living because a) you don’t get paid well anyway no matter what you’re doing and b) you can’t get anything for your money anyway — at the end of the day you don’t have a real feeling of that what money means in a life! But you do get a very good and free education, etc. buzz: Can you explain to me the importance of song and singing in your journey? NOV 06 – NOV 12 08
Weigl: The singing is for me the only real way of expressing myself and my needs and feelings and the best way to communicate with people! I guess that’s for every artist the same! buzz: Do you think of yourself as an ambassador of Romania and its music? Weigl: Maybe in a certain way I do — right now and within this tour maybe more than usual because there’s the Romanian Culture Institute in New York who made this tour possible! buzz: I heard on the NPR feature that you feel at home in New York. How so? Weigl: It’s very simple since i’ve been in NY now for 16 years, but also because the city welcomed me as a new citizen like no other place before! And simply because I love NY! buzz: This is your ﬁrst major American tour. Where are you at in it? How has the reception been? Weigl: The reception was altogether terriﬁc and warm and very enthusiastic! We’re now in the middle of the tour. buzz: You are known for your renditions of traditional songs yet you have been in rock and roll bands since your youth. Where do you ﬁnd your home as an artist? Weigl: Gypsy music, gypsy jazz and sometime German cabaret. buzz: Do you think of yourself as a not only a singer, but a storyteller? Weigl: Yeah, both: singer/storyteller. buzz: And ﬁnally, what should my readers expect when they come to the show? Weigl: I would say to your readers they shouldn’t miss the show in any circumstances. They will really regret it enormously. The show will be the best they saw in a very long time. It is absolutely a unique combination of a Romanian gypsy music singer and an all japanese band with Shoko Nagai on piano, accordion; Kermit Driscoll on bass and Satoshi Takeishi on percussion!
The word is pronounced TAK-ACH, with a soft “A.” The Hungarian translates freely to “overlays” or “covers” — and it’s the name of a magical the string quartet. Their four members represent two of the original Hungarians, plus one American and one Brit. On November 19, their ﬁfth appearance at the Krannert Center since 1989 will break new ground. Founded in 1975, at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest when all four were students, the group won an international competition in France by 1977. Of that original ensemble, Karoly Schranz and Andras Fejer remain. Of that original East European look, only those two artists remain as the quartet’s headquarters relocated to the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1983. But, amazingly, with three replacements over the next 38 years, the beauty and uniqueness of their sound remains. So, what makes this string quartet unique? First of all, they go different places with their music. They have performed with actor Philip Seymour Hoffman a musical work called “Everyman”, inspired by the Philip Roth novel. They have toured with poet Robert Pinsky, and performed with the Hungarian Folk ensemble Muzsikas a program where they explore the Hungarian folk roots of Bartok’s string quartets. It is this very program we will be treated to on November 19 in the Great Hall. Then there is that sound, that rich, polished, but intense string harmony. It is more than great playing; it is putting heart in the polish.
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The Takacs sound is a performance level of superlative play with a resonance of its own. Thirty-four recordings testify this legacy. Listen, but hear what others have said. It has won three major international competitions; its Beethoven middle quartets won a Grammy Award for Best chamber Music Recording. Its Bartok quartets won the Gramophone magazine’s Chamber Music Recording of the Year and the Japan Academy gave an identical award to their album the Beethoven early quartets. Yes, many string quartets have come our way, many good ones, but, one listen and you just may hear something with this ensemble you have not heard before. Gramophone magazine noted after listening to their recent recording Schubert chamber music, ”The Takacs have the ability to make you believe there is no other possible way this music should go, and the strength to overturn preconceptions that comes only with the greatest performers.”
Events in Verse
Life in a Field
The early morning sun Shines lonely in the sky A riotous crowd has run On ﬁelds till they were dry The boring wretched crops Among which I was raised Held tractors meth and cops And cities stayed away I’ve come to old Memorial To prove the worth of men A yellow black tutorial Is what we offer them Now half way to the end Things seem to go their way We need to score again My nerves begin to fray
The end is not in sight For if we hold them here In overtime we ﬁght And vict’ry will be clear This rotten kicking man Has tricked us with his feet Our men must quickly plan The clock soon chimes defeat What tragedy befalls us He’s caught the ball we threw I’ll meet you at the coach bus And drink until I spew Iowa is boring And Illinois is great If football you’re ignoring Barack’s still from our state come and get it
movies & tv MOVIE REVIEWS
Make a Porno Smith, Rogen team up for the best comedy of 2008 by John McDermott
roving that he can be just as successful making comedies for Generation Y as he was for Generation X, Kevin Smith teams up with comedy superstar Seth Rogen in Zack and Miri Make a Porno, the hilarious, raunchy but heartfelt tale of two best friends turned pornography costars. Strapped for cash and deep in debt, lifelong platonic friends and roommates Zack (Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) decide to produce what they believe will be a successful pornographic ďŹ lm. Much of the pre-release controversy surrounding the ďŹ lm is warranted as the sex in the movie leaves nothing to the imagination. Smith even went as far as casting professional pornographers for some of Zack and Miriâ€™s most prominent roles. But Smith uses excessive vulgarity and smart, lewd dialogue to explore the dynamics of a platonic relationship turned sexual. In Zack and Miriâ€™s case, it forces the two to confront the deep emotional connection between them. Although he once again nails his typical role as the down-to-earth, lovable slacker whom everyone is rooting for, Rogen is outshined by Craig Robinson, who delivers countless laughs nearly every time he appears on-screen. Much of the hilarity from the movie also comes from Smith
and Judd Apatow ďŹ lm regulars such as Jason Mewes (Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma), Gerry Bednob (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Justin Long (Waiting, Accepted). Also, Brandon Routh, Clark Kent in the most recent Superman movies, surprises with a very funny appearance of his own. However, Banks gives the best performance, capturing the soul of the movie and the
crowdâ€™s attention. Her character is awkward but irresistibly charming and likeable, and her chemistry with Rogen is genuine. Zack and Miri is the funniest movie so far this year (despite slowing down toward the ďŹ lmâ€™s more romantic end) and a When Harry Met Sallytype romantic comedy for todayâ€™s gratuitous, sex-obsessed culture.
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