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usic has gotten the best of me. Finally, after 12 years of dedicating my life to the craft, I have decided to start throwing in the towel. I am not retiring immediately or even giving up on all things completely, but, my God, if I don’t start to scale back I’m gonna start smoking crack out of a 5-foot bong. And this is not to say that I don’t love music. I mean, for real! I just ordered the soundtrack to the cartoon movie Animalympics on vinyl for $20! So, I do still love music. But the industry—my God! The industry is one of the saddest and most cutthroat businesses I can think of. For those of you who don’t know me, I run a company called Urbana Booking Co. It’s just a generic name that I came up with to make me look more professional than Seth Fein Booking, right? I never imagined that I would be doing this as part of my livelihood a year ago. But after running a nightclub for a couple months and independently promoting shows at Cafe Paradiso for the last year, I have transformed myself into a bona fide talent buyer. That’s different from a booking agent, although, I guess that I am one of those too. In truth, I think that I have run the gamut for the world of music. I am a touring drummer, a buyer, an agent, a promoter, a DJ, a record producer, was once a music columnist (guess I still am) and have more records than I know what to do with. It can only spell one thing: burnt out. It’s a sad truth to face, but I have seen too many sides of the coin to continue doing this as my life’s work and still find a way to feel good about myself. In case you don’t know what goes on behind the scenes, I am going to nutshell it for you and then, hopefully, you will all be more inclined to go support live music. A band that is touring has to make money to survive.The band, if they are popular at all, will have an agent who will “sell” the band to a promoter. The promoter “buys” the band for a certain amount of money that is guaranteed, no matter how many people come to see them. And then, after that money has been recouped by ticket sales, the rest of the money goes into paying for the overhead cost of running the show. The expenses include a sound person and sound system, a door person, advertising, and hospitality, which can total hundreds and hundreds of dollars, depending on the act.After that, 15 percent of the total gross goes to the promoter. This is called the split point.After the split point has been reached, 80 percent of the money will go to the band, and 20 percent to the promoter. So, let’s say that Built To Spill’s agent gets in touch with me for a show on a Tuesday night. I am really excited about it because I love that band and want to see them rock my hometown. I get a good deal from the agent at $2,000 guaranteed plus 80 percent over $3,500. In a town like this, people don’t like to spend more than $10$12 for a ticket, so I price the show at $10 in advance and $12 at the door. In order for me to make any money on the show, I need to sell at least 350 tickets. And if I don’t, not only do I not make any money, but I have to pay to have them come here. It’s a Tuesday, and to be honest, I really don’t know how many people would come to see them anyway. I would, but I know that I do not make up the average music listener. It can get really ugly. Ward Gollings, my great friend, mentor and buyer for The Highdive and Cowboy Monkey, has always told me it’s like a crap shoot. He knows firsthand what it means to lose your ass on a show, and, fortunately for me, I haven’t lost thousands on one yet, but dammit if I am not scared shitless every time I have to sign a contract that has more than two zeroes on it. Next week, I’ll be talking about why you should keep going to see shows. And not just to make me and my promoter friends some money. It takes more than just talent to keep a band going, as the personality dynamics lend themselves to the most important element in making it work: dedication. Seth Fein is from Urbana. He can be reached at sethfein@readbuzz.com.

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Holly Hunter & Craig T. Nelson The Incredibles is the studio’s most visually inventive

Charlize Theron & Stuart Tonsend Head In The Clouds is underwhelming and mediocre, though, admittedly, it is ultimately endearing. Its failings are tenfold and obvious. The formulaic plot is contrived in its striving to be considered an Oscar-winning epic. The actors are generally miscast, and better known for aesthetic qualities than thespian skills. But with exception to a couple of slow sections, it is engaging throughout. (Shadie Elnashai) RAY 3 stars

Jaime Foxx & Kerry Washington Ray has an undeniable rhythm and lively spunk that feels as good as Charles’ music; it jumps, jives and wails with toe-tapping energy and hip-swiveling sass. Some churchgoing folks call Charles’ blend of R&B and gospel “devil’s music,” but there’s nothing devilish about a movie that makes you appreciate your ears as much as your eyes. (Matt Pais) SAW 2 stars Leigh Whannell & Cary Elwes Saw can be hailed as the first of the new generation of B-movies. It follows the same spirit of horror movies from the days of old. However, it also utilizes all the cliches that have been born out of movies from the last decade. This includes nonlinear storytelling, surprise endings, music video-style directing, flashy cinematography and a plot with a gimmick. (Randy Ma)

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THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE Tom Kenny & Jeffrey Tambor Oh! Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants! Absorbent and yellow and porous is he! SpongeBob SquarePants! The cartoon that took the nation by storm is now a movie, and it’s the coolest. David Hasselhoff makes a cameo in this flick that should be loved by kids of all ages ... like me. (Paul Wagner) NATIONAL TREASURE Nicolas Cage & Diane Kruger I don’t know about you, but this film looks a bit like an Americanized version of The DaVinci Code. If it’s anywhere near as good as the book I’m comparing it to, this movie should be incredible. But the idea of Nick Cage hunting for a treasure hidden by the founding fathers by stealing the Declaration of Independence to use the treasure map written on it could be a bit too much to swallow. (Paul Wagner) THE YES MEN Andreas Bichlbauer & Andy Bichlbaum A comedic documentary? Yep, that’s what we’ve got here. A small group of anti-global trade activists pretend to work for the World Trade Organization, and people fall for it. This film follows them as they travel to conferences to expose all the worst aspects of global free trade. Hilarity ensues. (Paul Wagner) Opening at Boardman’s Art Theatre

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the White House. With a line of recent resignations, including Secretary of State Colin Powell and Attorney General John Ashcroft—a more conservative cabinet is being aligned for President Bush’s second term. More conservative, on top of the already ultra-conservative cabinet that characterized Bush’s first term with an aggressive foreign policy and less than aggressive domestic policy concerning health care, jobs and education. The most alarming aspect of the recent resignations was Colin Powell stepping down. To Democrats and moderate Conservatives, Powell brought to the table a sensible voice of reason, and experience dealing with other nations. But, as President Bush’s policies became increasingly more insistent, Powell seemed to be the odd man out. So much so, his resignation wasn’t a surprise to his supporters. Attorney General John Ashcroft’s predicted successor, Alberto Gonzales, will be the first Latino Cabinet member in history. However, his confirmation may not be an easy task. Controversy stands in the way of White House lawyer and Bush’s longtime friend Gonzales’ confirmation as the 80th U.S. Attorney General. Questions will definitely arise concerning Gonzales’ memo written in 2001 about anti-torture law, which stated the Geneva Convention did not apply to al-Qaida or the war in Afghanistan, according to CNN.com reports. Bush’s cabinet during the first term was labeled “conservative,” however, the cabinet members Bush has recommended for the second term prove that he has taken his “political mandate” to heart, creating one of the most radically conservative cabinets seen in recent decades. With a Republican majority in both the House and Senate, the future looks grim for the Democratic agenda. In the meantime, you can find me sitting in a closet somewhere with my eyes closed, and my hands over my ears. -M.M.

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tions of the remarkable performers in Antoine Fuquaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary concert film Lightning in a Bottle. And while there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t many young performing artists featured in this film, proving that the blues is probably best interpreted by those who have lived the pains of life with some unique joys, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll not likely see such a collection of heartfelt middle-aged and elderly singers perform such standard classics of this uniquely American music style again. This fascinating celebration of the art and aesthetics of blues becomes, at times, an analysis of the historical significance of American blues music.The event was photographed on video and transferred to film as it was staged at New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Radio City Music Hall on Feb. 7, 2003. The collection of blues legends performing live and shown in old film clips is like a whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who of the past 100 years of this musical genre.The works of past giants like W. C. Handy, Leadbelly, Muddy Waters and

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and Tiff (Lord of the Ringsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Brad Dourif and The Haunted Mansionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jennifer Tilly), are to star in a movie, entitled Chucky Goes Psycho, and when the little squirt sees them on the telly, he handpuppets off to Hollywood to be reunited with them. Hilarity ensues. Or thrills and chills abound. For Seed Of Chucky never quite decides whether it wants to be a horror flick with no scares or a spoof with no laughs. It accomplishes both tremendously. The dire plot further descends into frustrating nonsense as Tilly (playing her human self, which means constant fat jokes) tries to seduce rapper Redman in order to star in his forthcoming Biblical epic (oh, save my splitting sides), and the dolls try to possess these starsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bodies to create one messed-up happy killer family. Rogue Pictures was established by the acclaimed Focus Features to be their specialty unit, a genre division that has thus far dealt with this and Shaun of the Dead. The gap in quality between its two releases is monumentally confounding, this being such a genuinely enjoyment-free affair. The highlight is no doubt an extended cameo by John Waters as creepy paparazzo Pete Peters, but the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hopes fade along with his suitably overblown demise. How they spent $30 million on this crap is beyond logic: the movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only genuine laughs come from the dolls attempting to run. Ultimately, even a Britney Spears look-alike getting blown up is not enough to muster any sort of entertainment from a film that deserved to be a straight-to-video release ... at best.

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don’t learn anything about tradition, faith or family. Instead, the film has an almost robotic conception of the holiday; these children seem programmed to believe in something they never come close to understanding, and the inclusion of only one minority child gives a new meaning to white Christmas. The Polar Express looks amazingly real but never feels human. It’s an underdeveloped attempt at spreading some early Christmas cheer that’s about as much in the spirit of the holiday as rum in your eggnog. The film desperately wants us to “believe,” but it’s not even possible to believe that the protagonist would survive his journey, much less gain anything from it. He’s got a ticket to ride, and you won’t care.

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LEAD STORY New Scientist magazine reported in October that psychologists seem to be reclassifying people who are permanently uninterested in sex, from the old notion that such behavior was a disorder to the emerging position that it is merely a sexual preference of “none of the above.” (Asexuals profess no sexual attraction at all, encompassing loners reluctant to associate with people and gregarious, caring people whose natural inclination is to relate to others nonsexually.) Recent research estimated that 1 percent of the population is asexual, and in previous research, 40 percent of asexuals described themselves as “extremely” or “very” happy. An asexuality support group (AVEN) touts its best-selling T-shirt, “Asexuality: It’s not just for amoebas anymore.”

CREME DE LA WEIRD Australian sleep-disorder expert Dr. Peter Buchanan caused a stir in October when he told reporters that the odd behavior of “sleep sex” (leaving home at night in a deep sleep and seeking random sex with strangers) would soon be regarded as an official sleep disorder and be included in the next version of the sleep disorder manual. Said Buchanan, anticipating skepticism: “Incredulity is the first staging post for anyone involved in this (study).”

POLICE BLOTTER • From the July 23, 2004, Police Reports column of the New London, Wis., PressStar: “1:15 p.m., a juvenile approached an officer at (Hortonville Police Department) complaining about having a lock stuck around his right testicle for three days and he didn’t know how to get it off.” (The officer found a master key.) “Having the master key in hand, the juvenile left the room for a moment and returned with the lock. The officer spoke to the juvenile about experimenting with sexuality and how he needs to be more careful in the future.” • When the police chief in Springdale, Pa., allegedly used the N-word while detaining two black teenagers, the boys’ parents charged racism, but the chief ’s brother, police officer Mike Naviglia, came to his rescue. Officer Naviglia suddenly grabbed one of the boys, in front of their mother, and kissed him flush on the mouth. Said Naviglia, “Does that taste like racism?” (According to the mother, Naviglia said, “I kissed him to show him that I wasn’t prejudiced.”The mother was undaunted and said she would proceed with her complaint.)

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get a kick out of writers who create their own little worlds and the people who get sucked up into them. It’s sort of amazing how folks get caught up in the land of Hobbits or Jedi Knights, dressing like their favorite characters and standing in line for days to see the opening of the latest movie version of a fictitious world. After all, why spend your time contributing to society and kissing girls when you can instead pretend you’re a hero from the future or Middle-Earth? It’s really sort of sad. I think of a pretend world, myself, and it’s also sort of sad. Imagine this world. All of the butchers are vegetarians. Fashion models are Aborigines who refuse to be photographed because they think it steals their soul. Lawyers refuse to argue because they just want to be loved. Doctors won’t heal because they think there are too many people already and the herd needs thinning. News anchors detest makeup. Top 40 DJs avoid inane morning chitchat. Pharmacists won’t fill your prescriptions if they don’t like your disease. Okay, it’s a ridiculous, topsy-turvy world I’ve created ... um, except for that last part, which is sadly true. Feeling unable to read a story over a paragraph-long one day last week, I picked up a copy of USA Today. I came across the story of pharmacists who refuse to give out medicine, generally contraceptives, because they have a moral objection. In this particular instance, a woman in Fort Worth was denied a refill of her birth control pills by a CVS near Fort Worth,Texas. Thanks,Texas.You all down there are really enabling us smart people to climb up the food chain at an alarmingly quick rate.You get stupider by the freaking day. America seems locked into this bastardized waltz when it comes to social issues: one step up and two steps back. It’s apparently the freaky religious right’s turn to lead. Sure, it’s easy to blame it all on Texas, but it’s not just them. Mississippi came up with a law in July that lets health care providers not to do anything that goes against their conscience. South Dakota and Arkansas already have laws that allow a pharmacist to withhold medicine if they so choose, and 10 states have similar laws in the works. That whole “the customer is always right” idea is headed straight down the shitter, along with our freedom.

It’s one thing for a place of business to make a practical decision regarding service. If you go into a muffler store and demand an abortion and he says “no,” I can understand it. Whether he believes in abortion or not, he’s not qualified to do it and it’s not his specialty. If you’re Muslim, however and you go to him, he’s not allowed to refuse to fix your muffler.“Nope, I can’t do it.Your beliefs are different than mine,so no muffler for you.” What if the Baptists save up all their money and buy every grocery store in the nation, then refuse to Michael Coulter sell food to non-Baptists; you is a videographknow, those menacing Methodists er, comedian and them lusty Lutherans. My fat and can be ass would be converting pretty heard on WPGU quickly just to get some damned 107.1 Thursdays at 5 with Ricker nourishment. My conversion wouldn’t nec- workin’ it. essarily make me a religious man, however. Sure, those are extremes, but I don’t see it as much worse than the pharmacists. If your doctor says you can take something, then that should really be it. We rely on the medical community to decide, not the pharmaceutical community. Let’s face it, the people at the drug stores need to know how to read and count and make you stand in line for 20 minutes. Other than that, I expect nothing from them, particularly spiritual guidance. We’re supposed to have rights of confidentiality with our physicians to begin with. It’s also supposed to be a woman’s right to choose, not her health practitioner’s, or even her pill monkey’s. Freedom of religion is supposed to mean people are free to choose their own religion, not that you’re free to force your religious beliefs on others. The pharmacist’s job is to give out pills; they knew that going in. It’s really that simple. If you don’t want to do it, find another line of work. I don’t know, am I missing something? Birth control is legal. Treating someone differently because of their beliefs, or lack thereof, is supposed to be illegal. It’s all wrong. The religious folks around the country are trying to make the rest of us just like they are, whether we desire it or not. You might not believe it, but I’m okay with religion, just not the thuggery that often goes along with it. “We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.” – H. L. Mencken

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o-ho-horrible.A spectacular miscalculation of style over substance, The Polar Express is fueled only by glorious computer animation and its complete worship of Santa Claus, not Christmas. In fact, it’s so focused around an unrelenting endorsement of the Big Man in Red and a child’s thirst for gifts that it becomes more like a propaganda film for commercialism than family values or togetherness. Call it The Passion of the Kringle. Thanks to the direction of Robert Zemeckis and a $170 million budget, the film does look pretty incredible. Zemeckis redefined the boundaries of animation with Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and this time, with the help of performance-capturing technology, he does it again. No other computer-animated movie has captured life with such spellbinding realism (except for the characters’ frozen, soulless eyes), yet The Polar Express indulges in its visual creativity not to transport us into a fantasy world but rather to mask its underlying emptiness. It’s

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a beautiful scarlet stocking with nothing but coal inside. It’s based on the famed 32-page children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, but stretched to 90-some minutes and written by Zemeckis and William Broyles Jr., the movie barely has a story.A young, nameless boy who doesn’t totally believe in Santa Claus wakes up on Christmas Eve and is whisked away on a magic train full of kids in their pajamas heading for the North Pole. On the journey, the boy nearly falls off the train about a dozen times, and all of the action sequences feel more like needless diversions than purposeful, exciting adventure. It’s never even explicit why these kids are selected to ride the Polar Express—they’re all already optimistic about Santa’s existence and wild about gifts—and once they arrive at the North Pole, no one says anything about giving being better than receiving. Tom Hanks voices six different characters, including the boy (in flashback), the conductor, Santa and a hobo who free-rides on top of the Polar Express. But the film is far more interested in providing Hanks room to roam than creating a concrete narrative arc or even a dream world that has any substantial appeal. It’s fantasy without foundation, and the movie melts away faster than you can say Klondike Bar. The Polar Express has an unbelievably careless attitude toward putting children in danger and a complete lack of understanding about the fear that a kid might have when dangling from a speeding train or walking over narrow tracks hundreds of feet

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I feel like a little boy who’s lost his first tooth, put it under his pillow, waiting for the tooth fairy to come.

SO ONCE IN EVERY YEAR WE THRONG UPON A DAY APART, TO PRAISE THE LORD WITH FEAST AND IN THANKFULNESS OF HEART.

Only two evil burglars have crept in my window, and snatched it before she could get there.

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As Thanksgiving approaches, students leave campus for a week to to take a mental health break and to spend time with their families and friends. Many students, however, don’t have the opportunity to go home to celebrate the holiday because they are international students. What would a student do, studying in a foreign country, when everyone celebrates a holiday that he or she has never celebrated before? What would one do when everyone from school goes home for a week and he or she doesn’t live in the country? Maggie Rabe, president of International Illini, said that last year, some international students paired up with American students, who took them home during Thanksgiving break. The international students had the opportunity to celebrate an American holiday and participate in the traditions. She said that International Illini held a Halloween event in October and many of the international students were interested in American holiday traditions. Rabe said the international students wanted to go home with American students during Thanksgiving break to experience the hol-

iday, eat the traditional Thanksgiving Day meal and observe the interaction of American families. Rabe said International Illini planned to run the same Thanksgiving program again this year, but no one seemed interested or came to a meeting about the program. “I think it’s because they want to travel— do their own thing,” Rabe said of the international students. She said she has heard that many students want to go to Disney World on their week off. Robert Rauscher, a student from

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light. The work of prolific writerillustrator Chris Van Allsburg consists of no more than 20 pages, but Jumanji proved to be an entertaining romp with a largerthan-life Robin Williams in the lead. With the release of Van Allsburg’s holiday classic, The Polar Express, it seems that the magic of children’s stories is poised to move in a previously uncharted direction. Director Robert Zemeckis utilizes the latest CGI technology, which allows actors to physically perform their roles while animators manipulate their images into cartoon form.The heightened sense of realism brings to life the wonderfully simplistic story of a boy who has ceased to believe in Santa Claus and reenergizes the holiday spirit in everyone. The spirit of Christmas and innocence permeate every scene of the film, restoring the naive wonderment of childhood. There is no foreseeable end to the future adaptations of children’s books into films. Tim Burton is currently filming a more literal adaptation of Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp in the role of the benevolent candy-man. Jon Favreau has taken the reins of another Van Allsburg fable.The story is Zathura, a tale similar to Jumanji, where two boys play a magical board game that sweeps them off on a whirlwind tour of outer space. There is an overwhelming fan base and audience for children’s books that become films. Not only do the characters act, they speak volumes in these stories. They teach us, move us and remain dear to our hearts. buzz

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Walking fast-food commercial Michael Moore’s next project will be Fahrenheit 9/11 1/2 (a prequel to 9/12?). It will retread familiar territor y, albeit more over tly criticizing Bush and presumably messing with Texas. It seems that Moore believes that in our post-Nov. 2 world, he still has a calling: “They weren’t told the truth,” said Moore between mouthfuls of hamburger. “We’re communicators and it’s up to us to star t doing it now. There is a silver lining: The Great Dubya is prohibited by law from running (for president) again.” However, if that son-of-a-Bush can persuade the public that he didn’t win the last election, he may be able to over turn that last statement, in which case expect Moore’s film to be released in 2008. Foppish British actor Hugh Grant has indicated a decline in his enjoyment of acting. “It’s so long and boring and so difficult to get right,” says Grant. Really? This from the guy who chose to make Extreme Measures and Mickey Blue Eyes. Meanwhile Bridget Jones co-star Renee Zellweger seems to feel the 44-year old is losing his looks. Her own weight gain the subject of scrutiny, she has advised Grant to shed a few pounds. Referring to a playfight in the movie, she explained, “he was much fleshier, and the contours were softer—it was more like wrestling my grandmother.” While he obviously didn’t have her at hello, the only one who stands to lose from Grant’s potential retirement is a certain Divine Brown: an out-of-work actor will hardly be able to afford the alleged $14 it cost to pay her a visit back in 1995. In lighter news, anyone who achieved adulthood knocking one out to Pamela Anderson running in that red swimsuit will be pleased to hear that come 2006, Baywatch will receive the long awaited silver-screen adaptation treatment. Dreamworks has already snapped up rights to the film, though details are scarce. As Futurama has taught us, this may be the first movie filmed entirely in slow-motion and/or the one that finally gets Anderson her much overdue acting Oscar. Expect much running and jiggling, David Hasselhoff’s chest hair, and hopefully a Sting and Bon Jovi rendition of the theme song: “In us we all have the power/ But sometimes it’s so hard to see/And instinct is stronger than reason/It’s just human nature to me.”

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basic staples of most Mexican restaurants: tacos, nachos, burritos and fajitas. But they may not be as familiar with regional Mexican cooking, which emphasizes local ingredients and is often a blend of native and Spanish influences. The four main regions of Mexico have their own distinct flavors. For example, Puebla is considered the home of mole (mo-lay), a complex sauce made of more than 30 ingredients, among them chocolate and chilies.The cuisine of Oaxaca has risen in prominence in recent years, thanks in part to chefs such as Rick Bayless, owner of the renowned restaurants Frontera Grill and Topolobamo in Chicago. This region has adopted mole and made it its own. In fact,

!"#$"%&'"!()#*+, it is now known as the “land of seven moles” because it boasts seven basic mole recipes (endless variations of these exist), which are frequently served not as condiments, but as dishes in their own right. In Veracruz, the oceanside location means that fish and seafood are the mainstays. These dishes are usually served “a la Veracruzana,” which means that they are served with a sauce of tomatoes, olives, capers and chilies. In the Yucatan, the main ingredient is achiote, which is made from red annatto seeds. Cooks in this region combine achiote with Seville oranges, pepper, garlic and cumin to make dishes such as cochinita pibil, which is pork smothered in achiote sauce and baked in banana leaves. Of course, finding such delicacies is a

bigger challenge. In recent years, Americans have expanded their Mexican food repertoire and now accept chorizo sausage and chalupas. Getting them to try poblanos stuffed with zucchini flowers might be more of a problem. Certainly, getting anyone to eat fried cactus worms or grasshoppers (a Oaxacan treat) will be nearly impossible. Still, I think we should have the choice, no? I went in search of authentic Mexican cuisine in Champaign-Urbana. I surveyed numerous menus and found a few bright spots: pollo con mole at Fiesta Cafe, horchata (rice water) and a helpful guide to Mexican food at El Toro and mole on the sauce menu at Qdoba Grill. Many places had carne asada, carnitas (marinated pork) and chiles rellenos (although not the way I like them, stuffed with ground beef instead of cheese). All of the many Mexican restaurants in town offer lots of good meals pleasing to the American palate. But when I ventured to El Charro Taqueria (55 E. Green St., Champaign), I found items not found on other menus.This small store has a taqueria inside—a kind of short-order grill—that offers tacos for $1.49 and weekend specials of tripe soup or pozole for $6.99. Pozole is a spicy stew made with cacahuacintle corn (similar to hominy) and pork. You can get a breakfast of huevos con chorizo (eggs with sausage) or any of a number of sandwiches (tongue, tripe, avo-

cado, etc.). I tried the avocado sandwich, which featured huge chunks of fresh avocado, mayonnaise, refried beans, lettuce and tomato on a lightly toasted hoagie roll. I washed it down with a bottle of tamarind soda (tastes a little like fizzy apple juice). While I waited, I looked around the store for other goodies. At the meat counter, thinly sliced skirt steak, perfect for carne asada, sat beside fatty slabs of pork; in the drink cooler, I saw soda in glass bottles, the way you see them in Mexico, where they’re sweetened with cane sugar instead of corn syrup. I also looked through a rack of spice packets, where one can find espazote (a strong, lemony herb used to season black beans, fish, salsa and more—also said to aid in legume digestion), lindenflower tea packets and ground shrimp, among the usual spices and herbs. Here, though, most of the packets sell for less than $1, making them a steal. There are other Mexican grocery stores in town, which are useful if you want to make pozole or cochinita pibil at home. However, I’m holding out hope that the Mexican restaurants of Champaign–Urbana will offer more regional dishes in the future. Our taste buds can take it—I promise! Amanda Kolling is hoping someone, anyone, will make her some ceviche. If you make ceviche, e-mail her at AmandaKolling@readbuzz.com and she’ll be right over.

Erika Ryser is the assistant director for the Study Abroad Office at the University of Illinois. Through her own experiences with study abroad, Ryser encourages other students to experience learning in another country. It’s a learning experience that goes beyond textbooks.

in high school or college, or they speak Spanish at home, and so (they) look for a study-abroad experience that will help them build on those language skills. In addition, word of mouth is probably our best advertisement. When a program is excellent, word gets around. This happens, also, with our art and design in Great Britain, Italian studies in Verona, and more. What makes studying abroad such a good experience?

Being a student allows you access to part of a culture that you don’t get the opportunity to experience as a tourist or even working in another country. Most often, people in your host country appreciate that you are there to learn from them, and that can pave the way for more heart-to-heart dialogue and collaboration than other forms of international activity. Also, being in an academic setting allows you a structured and guided way to understand the new world around you and better integrate you into that world. PHOTO • SARAH KROHN

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What are the benefits of studying abroad?

One of the best things about studying abroad, or living in a new culture at all, is that you experience little victories every day as you learn about your new surroundings and how you fit into your host culture. The experience I like to share is about learning to get off the bus while I was studying in Venezuela. It was in Mérida, a town shadowed by the tallest mountain peak in the country. Being a small town, it had small buses, which were more like vans. But in Mérida, the bus-vans didn’t have any electronic mechanism for telling the driver when to stop. You had to shout ‘la parada’ (‘the bus stop’) to let them know it was your turn. Coming home from school on my first day, I felt my first sense of relief when I recognized the street corner where I needed to get off. I built up my courage and repeated the phrase over and over in my head, when finally, I heard the words come right out of my mouth: ‘¡La parada!’ Of course, all the heads on the bus turned to look at me because I’m sure they heard that I did not have a local accent. But, lo and behold, the bus came to a halt, and I climbed off. I did it! I got off the bus! The beauty of this story is that international students conquer tiny challenges like this every day. After studying abroad, students find themselves much more confident, self-reliant, flexible and understanding of people different from them. By accomplishing all of this, students not only enjoy life more but also become more marketable both to future employers as well as graduate schools.

Students may study abroad as early as winter break of their first year. However, for most programs, students must have completed an academic year at UIUC before participating. It is important for the student to plan their experience abroad with the help of their academic adviser. This may be the best person to help a student decide when to go and what to study while there. What past experiences have you had with the study abroad program that make it so worthwhile?

I studied in Costa Rica for a winter break during college. One evening, I accompanied a Costa Rican friend to a play written by a local author and produced by and for my host neighborhood. There were a lot of slang words and local cultural references. I found myself laughing a lot, along with the rest of the audience. All of a sudden, I realized that I was listening and understanding—but I wasn’t thinking, which meant I wasn’t translating.‘I’ve done it,’ I thought. ‘My Spanish has finally arrived and I’ve achieved my 11-year goal.’That was the most rewarding moment I’ve had for my Spanish-language acquisition. It did not stop me from pushing forward, however; it motivated me to continue studying and working toward improving my Spanish even further.

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It has been said with much truth that modern theater

Hughie will continue at the Goodman Theatre until Nov. 21. Inquiries can be made at (312) 443-3800 or www.goodmantheatre.org.

“ When daddy comes home, you’ll start a fight—

Chicago theater began in this country with Eugene O’Neill, and no current director of today’s American theater stages him better than University of Illinois graduate Robert Falls. As artistic director of the Goodman Theatre, he has brought O’Neill to a new generation of theatergoers. Among his triumphs has been the casting of Brian Dennehy in many great O’Neill roles once dominated by Jason Robards. Dennehy has been the driving force in The Iceman Cometh, Long Day’s Journey Into Night and A Touch of the Poet—all productions that originated at the Goodman with Falls as director. Now, they team up again in a rarely performed play, Hughie, from O’Neill’s later period, which was not released until six years after his death. This extraordinary one-act play creates a tour de force for an actor willing to be onstage for over an hour playing a small-time gambler who has just come off a four-day drinking binge.With the combined brilliance of Dennehy and Falls, a new generation of theatergoers can really get to know and love O’Neill’s great theatrical genius—maybe the golden age is now.

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t’s late fall, and the warm-up to Christmas has much to offer at Krannert. Here are some hints on what to look for category by category. If piano is your pleasure, Ivo Pogorelich will perform on Nov. 18, and U of I school of music professor Timothy Ehlen gives a concert on Dec. 5. Dance crosses into the mainstream during the Christmas season when Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker opens on the Tryon Festival stage for five performances between Dec. 2 and Dec. 5. Other Christmas programs include the carol concert on Dec. 5 and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony’s Christmas concert on Dec. 11. All but sold out are Bonnie Rideout’s Scottish Christmas on Dec. 8 and the wonderful Murder Mystery Dinner from Dec. 8-10, but some returns and cancellations just might get you in.

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- The Arcade Fire

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An interview with Howard Bilerman of The Arcade Fire

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For 34 years Phil Strang was co-owner of Record Service. For the last seven months he has done nothing but paint—paint on glass, mostly the glass dividers that separated the compact discs in the store, as well as several larger pieces. Strang studied drawing when he was in school at the University of Illinois and did all the advertising artwork and layouts for Record Service, but he thought he would write a book when the store closed. Instead, he is painting fantasy and Western scenes on glass, borrowing from mythology, Homer, Shakespeare, the brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson and Zane Grey. Strang sees these paintings as windows into the worlds of his imagination: romance, conflict, redemption and challenge.

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The Arcade Fire will play Cafe Paradiso on Monday with local favorites The Blackouts and Headlights. The show begins at 8 p.m., and tickets cost $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

hances are I won’t have to be the first person to tell you about The Arcade Fire. It seems as though this band has been on the tips of people’s tongues ever since the end of summer saw the release of their debut album, Funeral. For a band who has barely been together for a year, this type of hype seems to be unprecedented. Perhaps only time will tell the importance of such a young band—but in practicing a craft so closely connected with their intertwined relationships, they may find themselves adding to an already solid foundation based on individual personal histories that create a haunting, surreal, pastoral view of death and the sublime. The Arcade Fire are from Montreal.That’s Canada, folks, and unless you’ve been sleeping under a proverbial rock, then you probably already know what to expect. In recent years a large amount of musical activity has been spewing from a little city in Quebec— diverse acts such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Broken Social Scene and Do

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I look for scenes that stir my imagination. I like to tell part of a story. I like creatures and characters that are out of the ordinary. What artist would you have dinner with and why?

I would dine with Vincent Van Gogh. I studied and copied his work in drawing class and love his use of color and his vision. I would also be sure to buy one of his paintings, since the only one he sold in his lifetime was to his brother.

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If you could describe your work in terms of music, who would you compare yourself to?

It’s Bruce Springsteen meets Elvis Costello and Gram Parsons on the way to the Renaissance Faire. List six words or a six-word phrase that describes you.

Renaissance man, painter, actor, songwriter, single-dad.

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There is a melancholy tone to the music that is presented in quirky Talking Heads new wave numbers to turn-of-the-century ballad numbers that are drenched in sing-a-long choirs and jamboree band flourishes. The overall sense of the album is one of deep personal compassion for the surroundings, a focus on the sublime details of living and growing up in a neighborhood. Bilerman said that Win’s grandfather, Alvin Rey, had passed away during the recording of Funeral, aptly titled in spirit to the memory of Alvin Rey, as well as Richard Parry’s (multi-instrumentalist for the band) Aunt Betsy. In support of their released single, “Neighborhood #2,” the band also released a live recording of an Alvin Rey song as a B-side. As is evident, the band takes their emotions to heart— singing songs from a cheerful perspective that only blissfully parallels the longing that is apparent in the lyrics. Funeral was created last September after a series of rehearsals at Win’s grandfather’s barn, which resulted in a seven-track album that was independently issued by the band and ultimately got them signed to Merge Records. Recorded by a long list of musicians, 12 in total, the songs were those of Butler and Chassagne. The idea of a cohesive band unit was not fully realized until after the fact—or rather, the duo was not concerned with the personnel of the group, but instead the symbolic gesture that the band formation creates itself. This idea is very reflective of the music scene in Montreal; with band-swapping multiinstrumentalists, the focus of the band is not individualized, but stands as a group effort to perform the task of moving the music, and perhaps audience, along. Bilerman commented that touring extensively will probably be a continuing occurrence for the band, and Bilerman asserted that he is “quite happy with the growing popularity of the band.” The band opted to play solo for their first tour as, “all the bands that we had in mind to play with us were either busy recording or touring themselves,” said Bilerman. Hopefully their live show will reflect the strong collective effort that is displayed on their debut. Perhaps some of the songs will continue to haunt or get your head swaying for the coming months. Only time will tell. buzz

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The harsh, beautiful fever of a love story, a death story and a life story entwine the core of The Arcade Fire’s music.These stories chorus and flow powerfully through the coming-of-age neighborhoods of grief, heartbreaking realizations and the knowledge that at some point, we have to grow up. Simply put, these are the stories that connect all of us as humans. Wife-and-husband team Régine Chassagne and Win Butler have made into music what most of us can only put into vaguely metaphoric words: life. Their debut album, Funeral, offers dedications to recent deaths of friends and family. From the guttural howl of vocals, to the meeting of your childhood sweetheart in tunnels while your parents cry in their bedroom, to the heavy dilation of guitars and drums,“Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)” is one of those songs that makes you feel like something inside of you is breaking into pieces. Dominant slices of jittery guitar explosion reign in “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out),” nearly crushing “Neighborhood #2 (Laika)’s” distant haze of drums and xylophone. The exquisiteness of “Une Année Sans Lumiere” and “Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles)” follow suit with the calm force of acoustic guitars and violins, all loneliness and mountains and waiting.The quick swallows of piano, guitars and strings push the saddest sweetness of “Crown of Love” across time, while Win Butler wails,“I carved your name across my eyelids. . ./You pray for rain, I pray for blindness” and “My love keeps growing/Still the same, just like a cancer.” The bombastic rush of “Wake Up” redeems the unfortunate disco-break in “Crown of Love.” By far the most heartbreaking and realistic song on the album, “Wake Up” sings, “Somethin’ filled up my heart with nothin’/Someone told me not to cry/But now that I’m older, my heart’s colder/And I can see that it’s a lie.” If you’ve already had the opportunity to hear Funeral, you know the sheer power and emotional intensity that resonates from each one of the tracks. If not, The Arcade Fire’s Funeral might just be the album that provides words and echoes for the spaces in your mind.

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Angie Heaton Let It Ride Parasol BY DANIELLE BERRY

It is six years since local artist Angie Heaton released her last record. In the interim she has honed her talents and come up with a more confident and assertive effort that is endlessly enjoyable. She retains all of the uplifting, lifeaffirming joie de vivre that has made her such a crowd favorite. In addition, she indulges herself fully and never restricts her experimental urges, all to the benefit of the listener. Blending guitar pop and upbeat indie rock, the album is full of catchy riffs and lyrics, yet there is no hint of pretense or contrivance. Heaton never overproduces her sometimes minimalist arrangements, allowing her musical proficiency and love for performing to shine through. It endows each track with an inherent amicability that makes them instantly accessible. She succeeds in defying critics’ tendencies to pigeonhole female solo artists by comparing them to more

renowned peers; the inevitable result of her creating a musical canvas that transcends genre boundaries is that she proves herself every bit as accomplished as those to whom she is compared. For although there is a degree of validity to comparisons to PJ Harvey or Liz Phair, this lazily ignores the unique interpretation she offers. At certain points, her vocals are reminiscent of The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan in their soothing and seductive inflections. However, Heaton also maintains a prosody in her vocal lines that augments the sincerity of every word she utters.And her ability to manipulate her tone to match every type of song within an extensive musical repertoire ensures that she has a wide appeal beyond that of the typical local artist. There are a few stand-out tracks, such as the heartbreakingly earnest “Moth vs. Flame,” but Let It Ride’s greatest strength is that it is solid throughout; even the less-inspired moments are considerably stronger than the majority of similar fare. On the strength of this release, one can only hope that it will not be another six years before her next.

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Fans of Dismemberment Plan, do not fret. Your fearless leader has returned. Travis Morrison’s debut solo album, Travistan, offers fans a new look at the lead singer of Dismemberment Plan. In his new album, Morrison takes a turn away from the Plan’s sound and tries to create his own. He incorporates some of the upbeat sounds that made the Dismemberment Plan one of the best underground bands with his new musical style. With three years off from his last

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album with the Plan, Morrison has had time to write, and his storytelling ability is evident on the album.The album starts out with “Change,” a track that mixes funk and hip hop with Morrison’s own distinct sound.“Born in ‘72,” arguably the best track on the album, talks about the political climate of the year behind a pulsating beat.Tracks like “Get Me Off This Coin A” take the perspective of former presidents who are looking at the world today. Some tracks also worth checking out are “Angry Angel,” with Morrison backed up by a complete orchestra, and “Untitled Track,” which has a haunting aspect to it.This album may not be what Dismemberment Plan fans were hoping for, but it still has a few catchy tracks and a certain pop quality that makes it worth a listen.

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leksandar Hemon does not consider himself a genius, even though his recent honor suggests that others might think that he is. Hemon, a visiting professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois, recently received a MacArthur Fellowship, known as a “genius award,” for prowess in writing. The MacArthur Fellows Program gives unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals in all fields of study. One of the many benefits of winning, besides prestige and pats on the back, is the stipend that will provide Hemon with $100,000 each year for the next five years. Since 1981, 682 fellows have been named. “I look at myself. Stephen Hawking or Einstein are geniuses—I am just a sensitive, talented kid from Sarajevo,” Hemon said. This year, 30 people, including Hemon, were selected to receive fellowships. Hemon attributes the win to the authorship of two novels that have received a significant amount of praise: The Question of Bruno (2000) and Nowhere Man (2002). Hemon expresses both gratitude and prudence when speaking of his recent award.“I feel great, what can I say—it is flattering and it allows me to organize my future exclusively around writing,” he said. Others in his life, it seems, are more impressed

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with the award. At a recent reading, he said with a laugh,“The people I play soccer with think that I am rich now.They want me to buy them a soccer field.” Hemon is a tall man, almost 6 feet 4 inches tall, with a distinctive Eastern European accent. In 1992, he came to America for what was supposed to be a short visit. Unfortunately, due to the Bosnian War, he was unable to return to his life as a journalist there. Hemon gave himself five years to learn English well enough to write a novel, and by 2000, had written his first novel, The Question of Bruno. Now, he said, he is used to writing fiction in English. The characters and situations in Hemon’s novels reflect the experiences that formed the talented kid from Sarajevo into an award-winning novelist. His novels depict the story of Jozef Pronek, a young Bosnian living in the unrest of Sarajevo during the early 1990s. Pronek is trying to become a journalist as well as understand the turmoil that is going on around him. He has said that great authors balance the comic with the tragic, and he counts Vladimir Nabokov, Anton Chekhov and William Shakespeare among his favorite writers. He feels as though there are aspects of humanity that can be solely provided by literature. “Every life is a inimitable multitude of details, of

thoughts and sensations.That multitude can only be addressed and conveyed in literature,” Hemon said. When speaking of his past, he talks matter-offactly and focuses on the writing skills he developed during the time spent in his former career as a journalist. “For one thing, I work well under deadlines. Also, I can count words—I tend to know how much word-space I need to get something down,” he said. “But most importantly, it is my ability to cut, to murder my darlings.” He refuses to reveal the names or expound on the plotlines of future works he will be dedicating himself to. He believes revealing such information is bad luck. What he does reveal, though, when he speaks on the future of the world, is a staunch sense of the injustice he believes occurred in both his native Bosnia and in present-day America. To Hemon, Jozef Pronek is an example of a character whose experiences are very particular, but who is still easy for readers of all backgrounds to relate to and care about. All human beings are like this, Hemon suggests, and this is why all human life is valuable. He feels as though the war in Iraq is in direct contradiction to this belief. “The human constant is the particularity of

every life. Every life is so different; every person is so uniquely valuable in his/her interaction with the world. This is why there are not and should not be acceptable losses of life. No oil field is worth a single human life,” Hemon said. Hemon has a motto when it comes to writing: “You can do whatever you want, as long as you know what you are doing.” “I don’t think there are or ought to be rules of writing. Literature is the domain of imagination,” Hemon said. He believes fiction writing is a field that depends on individual imagination in order to remain interesting. However, he also feels that people must understand the impact their work will have on others. Currently, Hemon teaches a graduate creative writing class at the University to support himself. The MacArthur Fellowship will allow him to focus exclusively on the field that he loves the most—writing. “It will allow me to keep doing what I want to do, the way I want to do it,” Hemon said. “In a strange way, it rewards stubbornness, so I have no reason to stop being stubborn.” From the looks of things, Hemon will have plenty of time to harness that skill, and to write, too. buzz

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“Baby I Got Your Money” and “Shimmy Shimmy Ya.” In 2001, ODB was sentenced to prison for drug possession, and upon his release he went back into the studio under the name Dirt McGirt to record a new full-length solo record on Roc-A-Fella Records according to an Associated Press obituary. Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash released a statement on the label’s Web site concerning the death of Ol’ Dirty Bastard: “All of us in the Roc-A-Fella family are shocked and saddened by the sudden and tragic death of our brother and friend Russell Jones, Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Russell inspired all of us with his spirit, wit and tremendous heart. He will be missed dearly, and our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go out to his wonderful family. The world has lost a great talent, but we mourn the loss of our friend.”

triplet breakdowns and paisley suits are all worn terribly thin. The one place where it works is “Wonderful Life,” featuring Lateef. There’s plenty to like in his resonant, bendy toast, but the beats are too flat, the chorus too frat, and his flow too light to fill the dance floor. The busy “Long Way From Home” and “Put It Back Together” are held together by strong vocal performances, and “North West Three,” which uses cheesed-up strings to great effect, manage to keep things under control. “Jin Go Lo Ba,” of Santana (and previously, Olatunji) fame, has always been a strong remix candidate, but Fatboy brings too little to the table, and 15 years too late. Arguably the worst song of the ‘70s, Steve Miller’s “Joker” is updated as we’re joined by the reining king of comic guest appearances, none other than Parliament bassist Bootsy Collins. But no matter how much Bootsy shizzles and izzles, he can’t make up for the offensiveness of the original, or the calculated camp of the redo. Nor can he make up for Fatboy’s eroding stance in the 21st century.

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assembled enough material for a fulllength album. The Blind Boys clearly struck a cord in Harper, and his true soul is exposed in this output. This project allowed Harper to indulge in his gospel and blues roots. The collaboration results in an emotionally and spiritually fulfilling depiction of God and man—Southern gospel style. Harper takes the lead in most tracks, while The Boys assume the role of the background chorus.At times one of The Boys will lead or inject a solo.The voices complement one another brilliantly, from Harper’s comparatively high pitch to one of The Boys’ deep bass. Harper and The Boys bring the songs to life with the right contributions at the right time, each adding to the feeling and soul of the music. This is shown best in unison in the a cappella track “Mother Pray” and with a collection of solos in the title track “There Will Be a Light.” The chemistry of the two bands is strongly felt through the album. It feels like all the songs were performed on the church steps after service or back home on the front porch before the sun went down. It doesn’t sound like business. The songs are sincere and heartfelt.You can tell they really enjoyed making this album, which definitely benefits the listener.

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w H at tH e He L L? MOMENT OF THE WEEK Former lead singer of the Police and pretentiously named pop star Sting recently deposited 273,000 pounds in his bank account for performing at a private party thrown by Microsoft dictator Bill Gates. The rain forest lovin’ prima donna performed just eight songs at New York’s Supper Club at a bash in honor of the poorly coiffed billionaire. Imagine if you will, Sting giving Bill Gates tips about tantric sex. Now finish shuddering and go take a very long shower.

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obscure subjects than Part 1. Triple Whip opened as Nine Inch Nails and played “We’re in This Together,” “Closer,” “Head like a Hole,” “Hurt” and “Wish.” The Greedy Loves then tore through eight tunes as the Buzzcocks. Salaryman turned heads with a deadon rendition of Kraftwerk, complete with a slideshow (“Pocket Calculator!”) and a very well received “Autobahn.” Next, Goldfronts offered the old-school flavor of Sugarhill Gang, featuring Biz Markie. Terminus Victor delighted the front row with the utterly unforeseen selection of Slint, and The Blackouts rounded out the night with a faithful rendition of five songs by Eric Burdon and The Animals. Erin Fein of Headlights joined on organ for the closer, “House of the Rising Sun.” The scene still has a lot to offer before Thanksgiving. The main event tonight is Centaur (ex-Hum) and The Life and Times (ex-Shiner) at Cowboy Monkey; show time is 10 p.m., and cover is $5. But before that, at 8 p.m., for free, are two other options across the street. Boltini again hosts Kayla Brown, and Aroma Cafe presents Cameo Turret, a husband-and-wife act all the way from Billings, Mont. Tomorrow at 8 p.m., “Acoustic Fusion” resumes at Verde Gallery with Paul Musser Trio and The Buick All-Stars.At 9 p.m.,The Greedy Loves play at Nargile and may reprise some Buzzcocks covers still fresh from last week. On the bill alongside The Greedy Loves is Gunderson, a rock quartet from St. Louis. Cover for each show is $5. Cyrus Pireh of D.I.Y. invites everyone to his three-part master’s recital of “percussion, guitar, piano, voice and electro-acoustic music.” This starts Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and continues Sunday at 5 p.m., Auditorium 2100, Music Building, University of Illinois. No cover. Lorenzo Goetz unveiled a new Web site to coincide with the release last week of Jesus Elephant.The stylish redesign features free downloads from the new album and a fan forum.The release party at Cowboy Monkey ran until 2 a.m. and culminated with another version of “Sissyneck” with guest stars Brandon T. Washington, Mike Ingram and Kate Hathaway. Lorenzo Goetz then left for a five-state tour that concludes this weekend. To welcome everyone home, Mike ‘n Molly’s hosts a free show Sunday at 11 p.m. AD/HD side project Mad Science Fair open for Lorenzo Goetz. Cafe Paradiso and Cowboy Monkey have events of their own Sunday, both at 8 p.m. At Cafe Paradiso, scene juggernauts Headlights and The Blackouts open for Canadian indie sensation The Arcade Fire. Cover is $10, but this show will sell out; advance tickets are available.At Cowboy Monkey, “Writers in the Round” reconvenes with Joni Laurence, Angie Heaton, Ryan Groff of Elsinore, and Anthony Gravino of Temple of Low Men—a rare solo appearance. G. Lee opens; cover is $3. First there was Eleanors Fault of Frankfort, Ill.; then there was Elsinore of Charleston, Ill. Now Noah M.S. Harris has expanded his solo project into a trio, with the help of his wife Adriel and drummer Josh Lucas, and christened it The Elanors after his niece. The Elanors performed Monday on “WEFT Sessions” in promotion of the lush full-length debut album A Year to Demonstrate and tour this weekend in Wisconsin. Steven Zydek of Joyful Sorrow mastered A Year to Demonstrate.

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buzz pick The Urbana Booking Co. yet again brings us another fantastic indie rock show. The Arcade Fire is one of the hottest new indie rock bands in the country. Each of their song evokes a spectrum of simultaneous emotions. They craft melodies that seem to convey an air of happiness despite a background of desperate sadness, such as in the song “Rebellion (Lies),” which has been getting air play on local radio. The Blackouts and Headlights are two of the finest bands that Champaign-Urbana has to offer. They just returned from a small handful of gigs together in parts east of here. The Blackouts recently signed with Chicago record label Minty Fresh Records who have brought us the likes of the Cardigans and Veruca Salt in the past. This show is after the official beginning of Thanksgiving break, but the turkey’s not until Thursday and home will still be there if you hang around town for a couple more days to catch this spectacular show. —Cassie Conner

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I'd love to see you risk making brilliant mistakes in the coming weeks, Aries. I hope you'll plunge into imaginative adventures without worrying about whether they'll have practical benefits. I look forward to cheering you on as you explore forbidden zones, dabble with unfamiliar pleasures, and try intriguing experiments that make you tingle all over. Now here's a tip, courtesy of Mark Twain, which should help you take maximum advantage of the mischievous opportunities ahead: "Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more."

TAU RU S

(April 20-May 20):

Italian poet Dante Alighieri finished his masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, before he died. But when his sons, Jacopo and Pietro, assembled the manuscript for publication, they realized that parts of it were missing. They searched the house for days, to no avail. Only after they had given up hope did help arrive. The spirit of Dante appeared in Jacopo's dream and showed his son a hiding place in his old bedroom wall. Upon awakening, Jacopo went to the spot his father had pointed out and found the lost papers. I offer this story as a gift to you, Taurus. I believe that sometime in the next three weeks, you will have a comparable experience. What form might it take? Maybe the dead will assist you in locating a valuable. One of your dreams could provide a missing clue that will solve a mystery. It's conceivable you'll receive a legacy from a departed loved one. And maybe all of these possibilities will come to pass.

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(May 21-June 20):

Last January, an Indiana man named Randy Fletcher came home from work early and found his wife in bed with another man. In March, after working for years to restore his 1956 Chevy to mint condition, he wrecked it on a country road when he swerved to avoid hitting a deer. The capper came in May, when his beloved dog fell ill and had to be euthanized. But on July 17, two days after his divorce was final, his luck changed: Fletcher won $1 million in the state lottery. Your recent hardships haven't been anywhere near as harsh as his, Gemini, nor

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CANCER

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A poultry expert has come up with a revolutionary use for the feathers that are left over when chickens are slaughtered. David Emery has built a machine to turn the damp, dirty refuse into a strong, light fiber that's suitable for making auto parts and medical instruments. I believe you will possess a similar capacity for ingenious transformation in the coming weeks, Cancerian. Though your work may not always be fun or easy, you will be an alchemical wizard with the power to metamorphose muck and dregs into useful stuff.

LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22):

"The pace of change is accelerating," says futurist Ray Kurzweil. "We're doubling the paradigm shift rate, the rate of progress, every decade." I agree with Kurzweil. By my estimate, half of what you know today will be obsolete in five years. Isn't that exciting? What could be more pleasurable than continually molting your old perspectives and growing fresh ways to see the world? That's the good news, Leo. Now here's the great news: The coming months will be an ideal time to formulate and jumpstart an aggressive five-year plan to keep your education continually up to date.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

"To the mind that is still," said the ancient Chinese sage Lao Tzu, "the whole universe surrenders." This is true all the time, of course, but in the coming weeks it will be even more intensely true for you. According to traditional astrologers, that would be a problem. They believe that advising Virgos to keep their minds still is like ordering Niagara Falls to stop splashing 600,000 gallons of water per second over its precipice. But here's my nontraditional perspective: It may be harder for you Virgos to quiet your mind, but if and when you actually accomplish it, the universe surrenders more completely to you than to any other sign. (P.S. On March 29, 1848, an ice jam stopped the flow of water over Niagara Falls for several hours.)

LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

Hydrogen is an explosive, highly inflammable gas. Oxygen is an essential ingredient in sustaining any blaze. But when the two are mixed together in the right proportion, they form water, which is the opposite of fire. You should regard this as an apt metaphor for the opportunity you will have in the coming weeks, Libra. To get started in taking advantage of this promise, meditate on this question: What two fiery elements can you combine to bring a soothing, moistening influence into your life?

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

Materialism is our culture's dominant ideology. It's the specious doctrine that physical matter is the only reality and that nothing can be said to exist unless it's perceivable by our five senses or detected by instruments we've created. Paradoxically, the proponents of materialism warn us to be skeptical about all phenomena that they don't recognize as real, even as they fanatically avoid skepticism about their own fundamentalist assumptions! I urge you to undertake an inquiry into the ways your outlook on the world has been hemmed in by this crippling superstition, Scorpio. Begin immediately. In 2005, you'll be offered abundant help from spiritual sources. If you're overly influenced by materialism, you'll have trouble recognizing and accessing those riches.

S A G I T T A R I U S ( Nov.22-Dec.21): According to my reading of the astrological omens, you have recently fulfilled the first part of the Dalai Lama's theory that "not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck." It may take a few weeks for the second part--the "wonderful stroke of luck" part--to fully take effect. But I bet you'll get a glimpse of its early stages in the coming week. Don't spend even ten seconds lost in regret about not getting what you want. Start uncorking your gratitude immediately.

CAPRICORN

(Dec.22-Jan.19):

Guitar World magazine says that Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille played the worst guitar solo of all time. Forbes put the Chevy

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Caleb Rose Bowl Tavern 9pm, TBA Jim Bean Tommy G's 9pm, free Jeff Helgesen Quintet Zorba's 9:30pm-12:30am, $3 The Life and Times, Centaur Cowboy Monkey 10pm, $5 Eclectic Theory White Horse Inn 10pm, free UI Steel Band and World Percussion Ensemble Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 7:30pm, $2-$6 Ivo Pogorelich [piano] Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 7:30pm, $20-$37 DJ DJ J-Phlip [house] Barfly 10pm, free

Caribbean Hurricane Relief Benefit [salsa, reggae, hip hop] Nargile 10pm, $5 3D Productions DJ Dance Party [hip hop, house, top 40 dance] The Highdive 10pm, $5 DJ Bozak [hip hop and other soulful beats] Boltini 10:30pm, free Euro Thursdays DJ Surge [eurodance, house, vocal trance] Cafe Hookah 10pm-3am, free Karaoke "G" Force Karaoke Pia's of Rantoul 9pm-1am, free Dancing UIUC Swing Society McKinley Foundation 9:30pm-midnight, free

Performances Drink...Drank...Drunk [Inner Voices Social Issues Theatre] Florida Avenue Residence 8pm, free Events Wine Tasting Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 5pm, $3.50/glass

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Live Music The Prairie Dogs [bluegrass] Cowboy Monkey 5pm, $2 Kevin Hart Quartet Iron Post 5-7pm, TBA Billy Galt Tommy G's 5-7pm, free

Dropsixx, Seven Degrees From Center, Justify the Means, DownPour The Canopy Club 8pm, $5 The Greedy Loves, Gunderson Nargile 9-11pm, $5 Country Connection Rose Bowl Tavern 9pm, $1 Elsinore White Horse Inn 9:30pm, free The Lift, Broken Day Cowboy Monkey 10pm, $5 Mother Popcorn The Iron Post 10pm, TBA Mojo Risin' [Doors tribute band] Tommy G's 10pm, $5 DJ DJ Bozak [hip hop, downtempo] Barfly 10pm, free

DJ J-Phlip Boltini 10pm, free DJ Wonder Bread (of The Goldfronts) [retro hip hop, funk] Nargile 10pm, free DJ Vamp, DJ Tim Williams [hip hop, house, top 40 dance] The Highdive 10pm, $5

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Live Music The Boat Drunks [Jimmy Buffet tribute band] The Highdive 7:30pm, $5 The Noisy Gators The Iron Post 9pm, $3 Country Connection Rose Bowl Tavern 9pm, $1

DJ DJ Carlos [hip hop, funk, downbeat] Barfly 10pm, free DJ Bozak [80s rewind] Boltini 10:30pm, free

November 21

Candy Foster and Shades of Blue [blues/R&B] Cowboy Monkey 9:30pm, $4 Baked Tommy G's 10pm, $3 DJ DJ Resonate [hip hop] Barfly 10pm, free DJ Limbs [hip hop, soul, dance] Boltini 10pm, free DJ Bozak [old school, retro, hip hop] Nargile 10pm, free DJ Tim Williams [hip hop, house, top 40 dance] The Highdive 10pm, $5 DJ Randall Ellison [Hi-NRG classics and Eurodance videos] White Horse Inn 10pm, free

Live Music Jazz Jam with ParaDocs The Iron Post 6-9pm, TBA Urbana Booking Co. presents The Arcade Fire, The Blackouts, Headlights Cafe Paradiso 8pm, $8 Writers in the Round: Anthony Gravino, Joni Laurence, Ryan Groff, Angie Heaton Cowboy Monkey 8pm, $3 Crystal River Rose Bowl Tavern 8:30pm, free Sunday Mass: Lidlifter, Nonthought, Chokehold Tommy G's 9pm, free Lorenzo Goetz, Mad Science Fair Mike 'n Molly's 11pm, free Tim Deal [jazz saxophone, and ensemble] University Place Christian Church 7pm, free

Meetings Sunday Zen Meditation Prairie Zen Center 9am-noon, free

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Live Music Dave & Steve White Horse Inn 9:30pm, free

DJ DJ Delayney Barfly 10pm, free DJ Resonate [underground and mainstream hip hop, lounge] Cowboy Monkey 10pm, free DJ Betty Rocker [indie rock] Mike 'n Molly's 10pm, $1 Industry Night: DJ Paul Anthony Nargile 10pm, free

DJ Bozak [hip hop and other soulful beats] Boltini 10:30pm, free Speakers Ted Kooser [poet laureate consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress] Borders 12-1pm, free

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Live Music Open Mic Night featuring Mike Armintrout The Canopy Club 9pm, $2 if under 21, free if over Crystal River Rose Bowl Tavern 9pm, free Larry Gates White Horse Inn 9:30pm, free Adam Wolfe's Acoustic Night with Jess Greenlee Tommy G's 10pm, free DJ Irish DJ Mike 'n Molly's 5pm, free DJ Sophisto [house] Barfly

10pm, free 2ON2OUT [indie rock] Cowboy Monkey 10pm, free DJ Hoff Mike 'n Molly's 10pm, $1 NOX: DJ ZoZo, DJ Kannibal, DJ Rickbats [goth, industrial] The Highdive 10pm, $2 DJ J-Phlip Boltini 10:30pm, free

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Karaoke "G" Force Karaoke Sappy's on Devenshire 9pm-midnight, free

Karaoke "G" Force Karaoke Neil St. Pub 8pm-midnight, free Liquid Courage Karaoke Geo's Chill and Grill 9pm, free

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Live Music Boneyard Jazz Quintet The Iron Post 6-8pm, TBA Punk Food Not Bombs Benefit: Missing in Action, Useless Hero, The Insolents Red Herring 8pm, $5 In Your Ear Big Band The Iron Post 9pm, TBA Hard Pour Korn Rose Bowl Tavern 9pm, free

WPGU and the Crisis Nursery of Champaign County present the 11th annual

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Thursday, Nov. 18, Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $5

Champaign-Urbana is treated to a one-off show featuring The Life and Times as well as Centaur on the eve of TLT entering the studio in Tolono’s very own Great Western Record Recorders. A bit of an indie rock super-group, The Life and Times features Allen Epley, formerly of Shiner, on guitar and vocals, Chris Metcalf of Stella Link on drums, and Eric Abert of Ring, Cicada on bass. The soon-to-be-in-the-making record will be The Life and Times’ first attempt at a full-length and will be released on the miraculously revived DeSoto Records.

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Great Western owner Matt Talbott is not only supplying the studio for The Life and Times, but also the opening act in the form of his post-Hum project, Centaur. The projects of Talbott and Epley have long been associated with each other, dating back to when Hum and Shiner toured together. Their collaborations always produce impressive results and this show will be no exception.

Operation Santa Claus will sponsor 36 children and families this year and will conclude with a party for the families on December 13.

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Live Music Central High Jazz Band The Iron Post 6-8pm, TBA Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets featuring Sam Meyers [blues] The Highdive 7:30pm, $15 Acoustic Music Series: Cameo Turret Aroma Cafe 8pm, Free Kayla Brown Boltini 8-10pm, free One Night Stand Presents: Fotomana, Somewhere South, Beat Kitchen The Canopy Club 9pm, $3 U of I #2 Jazz Band The Iron Post 9-11pm, TBA

Caleb Rose Bowl Tavern 9pm, TBA Jim Bean Tommy G's 9pm, free Jeff Helgesen Quintet Zorba's 9:30pm-12:30am, $3 The Life and Times, Centaur Cowboy Monkey 10pm, $5 Eclectic Theory White Horse Inn 10pm, free UI Steel Band and World Percussion Ensemble Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 7:30pm, $2-$6 Ivo Pogorelich [piano] Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 7:30pm, $20-$37 DJ DJ J-Phlip [house] Barfly 10pm, free

Caribbean Hurricane Relief Benefit [salsa, reggae, hip hop] Nargile 10pm, $5 3D Productions DJ Dance Party [hip hop, house, top 40 dance] The Highdive 10pm, $5 DJ Bozak [hip hop and other soulful beats] Boltini 10:30pm, free Euro Thursdays DJ Surge [eurodance, house, vocal trance] Cafe Hookah 10pm-3am, free Karaoke "G" Force Karaoke Pia's of Rantoul 9pm-1am, free Dancing UIUC Swing Society McKinley Foundation 9:30pm-midnight, free

Performances Drink...Drank...Drunk [Inner Voices Social Issues Theatre] Florida Avenue Residence 8pm, free Events Wine Tasting Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 5pm, $3.50/glass

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Live Music The Prairie Dogs [bluegrass] Cowboy Monkey 5pm, $2 Kevin Hart Quartet Iron Post 5-7pm, TBA Billy Galt Tommy G's 5-7pm, free

Dropsixx, Seven Degrees From Center, Justify the Means, DownPour The Canopy Club 8pm, $5 The Greedy Loves, Gunderson Nargile 9-11pm, $5 Country Connection Rose Bowl Tavern 9pm, $1 Elsinore White Horse Inn 9:30pm, free The Lift, Broken Day Cowboy Monkey 10pm, $5 Mother Popcorn The Iron Post 10pm, TBA Mojo Risin' [Doors tribute band] Tommy G's 10pm, $5 DJ DJ Bozak [hip hop, downtempo] Barfly 10pm, free

DJ J-Phlip Boltini 10pm, free DJ Wonder Bread (of The Goldfronts) [retro hip hop, funk] Nargile 10pm, free DJ Vamp, DJ Tim Williams [hip hop, house, top 40 dance] The Highdive 10pm, $5

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Live Music The Boat Drunks [Jimmy Buffet tribute band] The Highdive 7:30pm, $5 The Noisy Gators The Iron Post 9pm, $3 Country Connection Rose Bowl Tavern 9pm, $1

DJ DJ Carlos [hip hop, funk, downbeat] Barfly 10pm, free DJ Bozak [80s rewind] Boltini 10:30pm, free

November 21

Candy Foster and Shades of Blue [blues/R&B] Cowboy Monkey 9:30pm, $4 Baked Tommy G's 10pm, $3 DJ DJ Resonate [hip hop] Barfly 10pm, free DJ Limbs [hip hop, soul, dance] Boltini 10pm, free DJ Bozak [old school, retro, hip hop] Nargile 10pm, free DJ Tim Williams [hip hop, house, top 40 dance] The Highdive 10pm, $5 DJ Randall Ellison [Hi-NRG classics and Eurodance videos] White Horse Inn 10pm, free

Live Music Jazz Jam with ParaDocs The Iron Post 6-9pm, TBA Urbana Booking Co. presents The Arcade Fire, The Blackouts, Headlights Cafe Paradiso 8pm, $8 Writers in the Round: Anthony Gravino, Joni Laurence, Ryan Groff, Angie Heaton Cowboy Monkey 8pm, $3 Crystal River Rose Bowl Tavern 8:30pm, free Sunday Mass: Lidlifter, Nonthought, Chokehold Tommy G's 9pm, free Lorenzo Goetz, Mad Science Fair Mike 'n Molly's 11pm, free Tim Deal [jazz saxophone, and ensemble] University Place Christian Church 7pm, free

Meetings Sunday Zen Meditation Prairie Zen Center 9am-noon, free

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Live Music Dave & Steve White Horse Inn 9:30pm, free

DJ DJ Delayney Barfly 10pm, free DJ Resonate [underground and mainstream hip hop, lounge] Cowboy Monkey 10pm, free DJ Betty Rocker [indie rock] Mike 'n Molly's 10pm, $1 Industry Night: DJ Paul Anthony Nargile 10pm, free

DJ Bozak [hip hop and other soulful beats] Boltini 10:30pm, free Speakers Ted Kooser [poet laureate consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress] Borders 12-1pm, free

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Live Music Open Mic Night featuring Mike Armintrout The Canopy Club 9pm, $2 if under 21, free if over Crystal River Rose Bowl Tavern 9pm, free Larry Gates White Horse Inn 9:30pm, free Adam Wolfe's Acoustic Night with Jess Greenlee Tommy G's 10pm, free DJ Irish DJ Mike 'n Molly's 5pm, free DJ Sophisto [house] Barfly

10pm, free 2ON2OUT [indie rock] Cowboy Monkey 10pm, free DJ Hoff Mike 'n Molly's 10pm, $1 NOX: DJ ZoZo, DJ Kannibal, DJ Rickbats [goth, industrial] The Highdive 10pm, $2 DJ J-Phlip Boltini 10:30pm, free

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Karaoke "G" Force Karaoke Sappy's on Devenshire 9pm-midnight, free

Karaoke "G" Force Karaoke Neil St. Pub 8pm-midnight, free Liquid Courage Karaoke Geo's Chill and Grill 9pm, free

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Live Music Boneyard Jazz Quintet The Iron Post 6-8pm, TBA Punk Food Not Bombs Benefit: Missing in Action, Useless Hero, The Insolents Red Herring 8pm, $5 In Your Ear Big Band The Iron Post 9pm, TBA Hard Pour Korn Rose Bowl Tavern 9pm, free

WPGU and the Crisis Nursery of Champaign County present the 11th annual

!"#$ %&"'$( Centaur

1717 Philo Rd., #119 Sunnycrest Mall Urbana, IL 337.6919

The

Operation Santa Claus

Thursday, Nov. 18, Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $5

Champaign-Urbana is treated to a one-off show featuring The Life and Times as well as Centaur on the eve of TLT entering the studio in Tolono’s very own Great Western Record Recorders. A bit of an indie rock super-group, The Life and Times features Allen Epley, formerly of Shiner, on guitar and vocals, Chris Metcalf of Stella Link on drums, and Eric Abert of Ring, Cicada on bass. The soon-to-be-in-the-making record will be The Life and Times’ first attempt at a full-length and will be released on the miraculously revived DeSoto Records.

1/2 price on 12 oz lime margarita

2004

$0.99 12 oz drafts

Holiday Gifts made easy!

Call 217≠ 244≠ 1071 all weekend November 26≠ 28 as Shampooh and Lawton host a marathon pledge drive

$5.99 32 oz lime margarita

to collect over $5000.

$0.99 Mexican and domestic beer

Great Western owner Matt Talbott is not only supplying the studio for The Life and Times, but also the opening act in the form of his post-Hum project, Centaur. The projects of Talbott and Epley have long been associated with each other, dating back to when Hum and Shiner toured together. Their collaborations always produce impressive results and this show will be no exception.

Operation Santa Claus will sponsor 36 children and families this year and will conclude with a party for the families on December 13.

$9.99 50 oz pitcher lime margarita

$11.99 60 oz pitcher lime margarita

Kick off the holiday season by pledging to Operation Santa Claus!

—Cassie Conner

202 W. Anthony, Champaign 359≠ 1789

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Ava

ny de ilable a

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I'd love to see you risk making brilliant mistakes in the coming weeks, Aries. I hope you'll plunge into imaginative adventures without worrying about whether they'll have practical benefits. I look forward to cheering you on as you explore forbidden zones, dabble with unfamiliar pleasures, and try intriguing experiments that make you tingle all over. Now here's a tip, courtesy of Mark Twain, which should help you take maximum advantage of the mischievous opportunities ahead: "Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more."

TAU RU S

(April 20-May 20):

Italian poet Dante Alighieri finished his masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, before he died. But when his sons, Jacopo and Pietro, assembled the manuscript for publication, they realized that parts of it were missing. They searched the house for days, to no avail. Only after they had given up hope did help arrive. The spirit of Dante appeared in Jacopo's dream and showed his son a hiding place in his old bedroom wall. Upon awakening, Jacopo went to the spot his father had pointed out and found the lost papers. I offer this story as a gift to you, Taurus. I believe that sometime in the next three weeks, you will have a comparable experience. What form might it take? Maybe the dead will assist you in locating a valuable. One of your dreams could provide a missing clue that will solve a mystery. It's conceivable you'll receive a legacy from a departed loved one. And maybe all of these possibilities will come to pass.

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(May 21-June 20):

Last January, an Indiana man named Randy Fletcher came home from work early and found his wife in bed with another man. In March, after working for years to restore his 1956 Chevy to mint condition, he wrecked it on a country road when he swerved to avoid hitting a deer. The capper came in May, when his beloved dog fell ill and had to be euthanized. But on July 17, two days after his divorce was final, his luck changed: Fletcher won $1 million in the state lottery. Your recent hardships haven't been anywhere near as harsh as his, Gemini, nor

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CANCER

(June 21-July 22):

A poultry expert has come up with a revolutionary use for the feathers that are left over when chickens are slaughtered. David Emery has built a machine to turn the damp, dirty refuse into a strong, light fiber that's suitable for making auto parts and medical instruments. I believe you will possess a similar capacity for ingenious transformation in the coming weeks, Cancerian. Though your work may not always be fun or easy, you will be an alchemical wizard with the power to metamorphose muck and dregs into useful stuff.

LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22):

"The pace of change is accelerating," says futurist Ray Kurzweil. "We're doubling the paradigm shift rate, the rate of progress, every decade." I agree with Kurzweil. By my estimate, half of what you know today will be obsolete in five years. Isn't that exciting? What could be more pleasurable than continually molting your old perspectives and growing fresh ways to see the world? That's the good news, Leo. Now here's the great news: The coming months will be an ideal time to formulate and jumpstart an aggressive five-year plan to keep your education continually up to date.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

"To the mind that is still," said the ancient Chinese sage Lao Tzu, "the whole universe surrenders." This is true all the time, of course, but in the coming weeks it will be even more intensely true for you. According to traditional astrologers, that would be a problem. They believe that advising Virgos to keep their minds still is like ordering Niagara Falls to stop splashing 600,000 gallons of water per second over its precipice. But here's my nontraditional perspective: It may be harder for you Virgos to quiet your mind, but if and when you actually accomplish it, the universe surrenders more completely to you than to any other sign. (P.S. On March 29, 1848, an ice jam stopped the flow of water over Niagara Falls for several hours.)

LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

Hydrogen is an explosive, highly inflammable gas. Oxygen is an essential ingredient in sustaining any blaze. But when the two are mixed together in the right proportion, they form water, which is the opposite of fire. You should regard this as an apt metaphor for the opportunity you will have in the coming weeks, Libra. To get started in taking advantage of this promise, meditate on this question: What two fiery elements can you combine to bring a soothing, moistening influence into your life?

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

Materialism is our culture's dominant ideology. It's the specious doctrine that physical matter is the only reality and that nothing can be said to exist unless it's perceivable by our five senses or detected by instruments we've created. Paradoxically, the proponents of materialism warn us to be skeptical about all phenomena that they don't recognize as real, even as they fanatically avoid skepticism about their own fundamentalist assumptions! I urge you to undertake an inquiry into the ways your outlook on the world has been hemmed in by this crippling superstition, Scorpio. Begin immediately. In 2005, you'll be offered abundant help from spiritual sources. If you're overly influenced by materialism, you'll have trouble recognizing and accessing those riches.

S A G I T T A R I U S ( Nov.22-Dec.21): According to my reading of the astrological omens, you have recently fulfilled the first part of the Dalai Lama's theory that "not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck." It may take a few weeks for the second part--the "wonderful stroke of luck" part--to fully take effect. But I bet you'll get a glimpse of its early stages in the coming week. Don't spend even ten seconds lost in regret about not getting what you want. Start uncorking your gratitude immediately.

CAPRICORN

(Dec.22-Jan.19):

Guitar World magazine says that Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille played the worst guitar solo of all time. Forbes put the Chevy

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Sleater-Kinney parted ways recently with longtime label Kill Rock Stars and have signed with Sub Pop. The band is currently in the studio with producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev) working on their seventh fulllength with an expected late summer/early spring release date.

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Queens of the Stone Age just dropped a few details about their anticipated follow-up to Songs for the Deaf. Due in March via Interscope, Lullabies to Paralyze is still being recorded by the band and features contributions from Dean Ween, Brody Dale (The Distillers) and Shirley Manson (Garbage). Out Hud have completed their sophomore album, which is due in March via Kranky Records, to be preceded by a three-song 12-inch. It will be the follow-up to 2002’s S.T.R.E.E.T. D.A.D.

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w H at tH e He L L? MOMENT OF THE WEEK Former lead singer of the Police and pretentiously named pop star Sting recently deposited 273,000 pounds in his bank account for performing at a private party thrown by Microsoft dictator Bill Gates. The rain forest lovin’ prima donna performed just eight songs at New York’s Supper Club at a bash in honor of the poorly coiffed billionaire. Imagine if you will, Sting giving Bill Gates tips about tantric sex. Now finish shuddering and go take a very long shower.

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obscure subjects than Part 1. Triple Whip opened as Nine Inch Nails and played “We’re in This Together,” “Closer,” “Head like a Hole,” “Hurt” and “Wish.” The Greedy Loves then tore through eight tunes as the Buzzcocks. Salaryman turned heads with a deadon rendition of Kraftwerk, complete with a slideshow (“Pocket Calculator!”) and a very well received “Autobahn.” Next, Goldfronts offered the old-school flavor of Sugarhill Gang, featuring Biz Markie. Terminus Victor delighted the front row with the utterly unforeseen selection of Slint, and The Blackouts rounded out the night with a faithful rendition of five songs by Eric Burdon and The Animals. Erin Fein of Headlights joined on organ for the closer, “House of the Rising Sun.” The scene still has a lot to offer before Thanksgiving. The main event tonight is Centaur (ex-Hum) and The Life and Times (ex-Shiner) at Cowboy Monkey; show time is 10 p.m., and cover is $5. But before that, at 8 p.m., for free, are two other options across the street. Boltini again hosts Kayla Brown, and Aroma Cafe presents Cameo Turret, a husband-and-wife act all the way from Billings, Mont. Tomorrow at 8 p.m., “Acoustic Fusion” resumes at Verde Gallery with Paul Musser Trio and The Buick All-Stars.At 9 p.m.,The Greedy Loves play at Nargile and may reprise some Buzzcocks covers still fresh from last week. On the bill alongside The Greedy Loves is Gunderson, a rock quartet from St. Louis. Cover for each show is $5. Cyrus Pireh of D.I.Y. invites everyone to his three-part master’s recital of “percussion, guitar, piano, voice and electro-acoustic music.” This starts Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and continues Sunday at 5 p.m., Auditorium 2100, Music Building, University of Illinois. No cover. Lorenzo Goetz unveiled a new Web site to coincide with the release last week of Jesus Elephant.The stylish redesign features free downloads from the new album and a fan forum.The release party at Cowboy Monkey ran until 2 a.m. and culminated with another version of “Sissyneck” with guest stars Brandon T. Washington, Mike Ingram and Kate Hathaway. Lorenzo Goetz then left for a five-state tour that concludes this weekend. To welcome everyone home, Mike ‘n Molly’s hosts a free show Sunday at 11 p.m. AD/HD side project Mad Science Fair open for Lorenzo Goetz. Cafe Paradiso and Cowboy Monkey have events of their own Sunday, both at 8 p.m. At Cafe Paradiso, scene juggernauts Headlights and The Blackouts open for Canadian indie sensation The Arcade Fire. Cover is $10, but this show will sell out; advance tickets are available.At Cowboy Monkey, “Writers in the Round” reconvenes with Joni Laurence, Angie Heaton, Ryan Groff of Elsinore, and Anthony Gravino of Temple of Low Men—a rare solo appearance. G. Lee opens; cover is $3. First there was Eleanors Fault of Frankfort, Ill.; then there was Elsinore of Charleston, Ill. Now Noah M.S. Harris has expanded his solo project into a trio, with the help of his wife Adriel and drummer Josh Lucas, and christened it The Elanors after his niece. The Elanors performed Monday on “WEFT Sessions” in promotion of the lush full-length debut album A Year to Demonstrate and tour this weekend in Wisconsin. Steven Zydek of Joyful Sorrow mastered A Year to Demonstrate.

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buzz pick The Urbana Booking Co. yet again brings us another fantastic indie rock show. The Arcade Fire is one of the hottest new indie rock bands in the country. Each of their song evokes a spectrum of simultaneous emotions. They craft melodies that seem to convey an air of happiness despite a background of desperate sadness, such as in the song “Rebellion (Lies),” which has been getting air play on local radio. The Blackouts and Headlights are two of the finest bands that Champaign-Urbana has to offer. They just returned from a small handful of gigs together in parts east of here. The Blackouts recently signed with Chicago record label Minty Fresh Records who have brought us the likes of the Cardigans and Veruca Salt in the past. This show is after the official beginning of Thanksgiving break, but the turkey’s not until Thursday and home will still be there if you hang around town for a couple more days to catch this spectacular show. —Cassie Conner

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“Baby I Got Your Money” and “Shimmy Shimmy Ya.” In 2001, ODB was sentenced to prison for drug possession, and upon his release he went back into the studio under the name Dirt McGirt to record a new full-length solo record on Roc-A-Fella Records according to an Associated Press obituary. Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash released a statement on the label’s Web site concerning the death of Ol’ Dirty Bastard: “All of us in the Roc-A-Fella family are shocked and saddened by the sudden and tragic death of our brother and friend Russell Jones, Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Russell inspired all of us with his spirit, wit and tremendous heart. He will be missed dearly, and our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go out to his wonderful family. The world has lost a great talent, but we mourn the loss of our friend.”

triplet breakdowns and paisley suits are all worn terribly thin. The one place where it works is “Wonderful Life,” featuring Lateef. There’s plenty to like in his resonant, bendy toast, but the beats are too flat, the chorus too frat, and his flow too light to fill the dance floor. The busy “Long Way From Home” and “Put It Back Together” are held together by strong vocal performances, and “North West Three,” which uses cheesed-up strings to great effect, manage to keep things under control. “Jin Go Lo Ba,” of Santana (and previously, Olatunji) fame, has always been a strong remix candidate, but Fatboy brings too little to the table, and 15 years too late. Arguably the worst song of the ‘70s, Steve Miller’s “Joker” is updated as we’re joined by the reining king of comic guest appearances, none other than Parliament bassist Bootsy Collins. But no matter how much Bootsy shizzles and izzles, he can’t make up for the offensiveness of the original, or the calculated camp of the redo. Nor can he make up for Fatboy’s eroding stance in the 21st century.

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assembled enough material for a fulllength album. The Blind Boys clearly struck a cord in Harper, and his true soul is exposed in this output. This project allowed Harper to indulge in his gospel and blues roots. The collaboration results in an emotionally and spiritually fulfilling depiction of God and man—Southern gospel style. Harper takes the lead in most tracks, while The Boys assume the role of the background chorus.At times one of The Boys will lead or inject a solo.The voices complement one another brilliantly, from Harper’s comparatively high pitch to one of The Boys’ deep bass. Harper and The Boys bring the songs to life with the right contributions at the right time, each adding to the feeling and soul of the music. This is shown best in unison in the a cappella track “Mother Pray” and with a collection of solos in the title track “There Will Be a Light.” The chemistry of the two bands is strongly felt through the album. It feels like all the songs were performed on the church steps after service or back home on the front porch before the sun went down. It doesn’t sound like business. The songs are sincere and heartfelt.You can tell they really enjoyed making this album, which definitely benefits the listener.

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Angie Heaton Let It Ride Parasol BY DANIELLE BERRY

It is six years since local artist Angie Heaton released her last record. In the interim she has honed her talents and come up with a more confident and assertive effort that is endlessly enjoyable. She retains all of the uplifting, lifeaffirming joie de vivre that has made her such a crowd favorite. In addition, she indulges herself fully and never restricts her experimental urges, all to the benefit of the listener. Blending guitar pop and upbeat indie rock, the album is full of catchy riffs and lyrics, yet there is no hint of pretense or contrivance. Heaton never overproduces her sometimes minimalist arrangements, allowing her musical proficiency and love for performing to shine through. It endows each track with an inherent amicability that makes them instantly accessible. She succeeds in defying critics’ tendencies to pigeonhole female solo artists by comparing them to more

renowned peers; the inevitable result of her creating a musical canvas that transcends genre boundaries is that she proves herself every bit as accomplished as those to whom she is compared. For although there is a degree of validity to comparisons to PJ Harvey or Liz Phair, this lazily ignores the unique interpretation she offers. At certain points, her vocals are reminiscent of The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan in their soothing and seductive inflections. However, Heaton also maintains a prosody in her vocal lines that augments the sincerity of every word she utters.And her ability to manipulate her tone to match every type of song within an extensive musical repertoire ensures that she has a wide appeal beyond that of the typical local artist. There are a few stand-out tracks, such as the heartbreakingly earnest “Moth vs. Flame,” but Let It Ride’s greatest strength is that it is solid throughout; even the less-inspired moments are considerably stronger than the majority of similar fare. On the strength of this release, one can only hope that it will not be another six years before her next.

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Fans of Dismemberment Plan, do not fret. Your fearless leader has returned. Travis Morrison’s debut solo album, Travistan, offers fans a new look at the lead singer of Dismemberment Plan. In his new album, Morrison takes a turn away from the Plan’s sound and tries to create his own. He incorporates some of the upbeat sounds that made the Dismemberment Plan one of the best underground bands with his new musical style. With three years off from his last

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album with the Plan, Morrison has had time to write, and his storytelling ability is evident on the album.The album starts out with “Change,” a track that mixes funk and hip hop with Morrison’s own distinct sound.“Born in ‘72,” arguably the best track on the album, talks about the political climate of the year behind a pulsating beat.Tracks like “Get Me Off This Coin A” take the perspective of former presidents who are looking at the world today. Some tracks also worth checking out are “Angry Angel,” with Morrison backed up by a complete orchestra, and “Untitled Track,” which has a haunting aspect to it.This album may not be what Dismemberment Plan fans were hoping for, but it still has a few catchy tracks and a certain pop quality that makes it worth a listen.

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leksandar Hemon does not consider himself a genius, even though his recent honor suggests that others might think that he is. Hemon, a visiting professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois, recently received a MacArthur Fellowship, known as a “genius award,” for prowess in writing. The MacArthur Fellows Program gives unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals in all fields of study. One of the many benefits of winning, besides prestige and pats on the back, is the stipend that will provide Hemon with $100,000 each year for the next five years. Since 1981, 682 fellows have been named. “I look at myself. Stephen Hawking or Einstein are geniuses—I am just a sensitive, talented kid from Sarajevo,” Hemon said. This year, 30 people, including Hemon, were selected to receive fellowships. Hemon attributes the win to the authorship of two novels that have received a significant amount of praise: The Question of Bruno (2000) and Nowhere Man (2002). Hemon expresses both gratitude and prudence when speaking of his recent award.“I feel great, what can I say—it is flattering and it allows me to organize my future exclusively around writing,” he said. Others in his life, it seems, are more impressed

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with the award. At a recent reading, he said with a laugh,“The people I play soccer with think that I am rich now.They want me to buy them a soccer field.” Hemon is a tall man, almost 6 feet 4 inches tall, with a distinctive Eastern European accent. In 1992, he came to America for what was supposed to be a short visit. Unfortunately, due to the Bosnian War, he was unable to return to his life as a journalist there. Hemon gave himself five years to learn English well enough to write a novel, and by 2000, had written his first novel, The Question of Bruno. Now, he said, he is used to writing fiction in English. The characters and situations in Hemon’s novels reflect the experiences that formed the talented kid from Sarajevo into an award-winning novelist. His novels depict the story of Jozef Pronek, a young Bosnian living in the unrest of Sarajevo during the early 1990s. Pronek is trying to become a journalist as well as understand the turmoil that is going on around him. He has said that great authors balance the comic with the tragic, and he counts Vladimir Nabokov, Anton Chekhov and William Shakespeare among his favorite writers. He feels as though there are aspects of humanity that can be solely provided by literature. “Every life is a inimitable multitude of details, of

thoughts and sensations.That multitude can only be addressed and conveyed in literature,” Hemon said. When speaking of his past, he talks matter-offactly and focuses on the writing skills he developed during the time spent in his former career as a journalist. “For one thing, I work well under deadlines. Also, I can count words—I tend to know how much word-space I need to get something down,” he said. “But most importantly, it is my ability to cut, to murder my darlings.” He refuses to reveal the names or expound on the plotlines of future works he will be dedicating himself to. He believes revealing such information is bad luck. What he does reveal, though, when he speaks on the future of the world, is a staunch sense of the injustice he believes occurred in both his native Bosnia and in present-day America. To Hemon, Jozef Pronek is an example of a character whose experiences are very particular, but who is still easy for readers of all backgrounds to relate to and care about. All human beings are like this, Hemon suggests, and this is why all human life is valuable. He feels as though the war in Iraq is in direct contradiction to this belief. “The human constant is the particularity of

every life. Every life is so different; every person is so uniquely valuable in his/her interaction with the world. This is why there are not and should not be acceptable losses of life. No oil field is worth a single human life,” Hemon said. Hemon has a motto when it comes to writing: “You can do whatever you want, as long as you know what you are doing.” “I don’t think there are or ought to be rules of writing. Literature is the domain of imagination,” Hemon said. He believes fiction writing is a field that depends on individual imagination in order to remain interesting. However, he also feels that people must understand the impact their work will have on others. Currently, Hemon teaches a graduate creative writing class at the University to support himself. The MacArthur Fellowship will allow him to focus exclusively on the field that he loves the most—writing. “It will allow me to keep doing what I want to do, the way I want to do it,” Hemon said. “In a strange way, it rewards stubbornness, so I have no reason to stop being stubborn.” From the looks of things, Hemon will have plenty of time to harness that skill, and to write, too. buzz

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Chicago theater began in this country with Eugene O’Neill, and no current director of today’s American theater stages him better than University of Illinois graduate Robert Falls. As artistic director of the Goodman Theatre, he has brought O’Neill to a new generation of theatergoers. Among his triumphs has been the casting of Brian Dennehy in many great O’Neill roles once dominated by Jason Robards. Dennehy has been the driving force in The Iceman Cometh, Long Day’s Journey Into Night and A Touch of the Poet—all productions that originated at the Goodman with Falls as director. Now, they team up again in a rarely performed play, Hughie, from O’Neill’s later period, which was not released until six years after his death. This extraordinary one-act play creates a tour de force for an actor willing to be onstage for over an hour playing a small-time gambler who has just come off a four-day drinking binge.With the combined brilliance of Dennehy and Falls, a new generation of theatergoers can really get to know and love O’Neill’s great theatrical genius—maybe the golden age is now.

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t’s late fall, and the warm-up to Christmas has much to offer at Krannert. Here are some hints on what to look for category by category. If piano is your pleasure, Ivo Pogorelich will perform on Nov. 18, and U of I school of music professor Timothy Ehlen gives a concert on Dec. 5. Dance crosses into the mainstream during the Christmas season when Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker opens on the Tryon Festival stage for five performances between Dec. 2 and Dec. 5. Other Christmas programs include the carol concert on Dec. 5 and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony’s Christmas concert on Dec. 11. All but sold out are Bonnie Rideout’s Scottish Christmas on Dec. 8 and the wonderful Murder Mystery Dinner from Dec. 8-10, but some returns and cancellations just might get you in.

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- The Arcade Fire

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An interview with Howard Bilerman of The Arcade Fire

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For 34 years Phil Strang was co-owner of Record Service. For the last seven months he has done nothing but paint—paint on glass, mostly the glass dividers that separated the compact discs in the store, as well as several larger pieces. Strang studied drawing when he was in school at the University of Illinois and did all the advertising artwork and layouts for Record Service, but he thought he would write a book when the store closed. Instead, he is painting fantasy and Western scenes on glass, borrowing from mythology, Homer, Shakespeare, the brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson and Zane Grey. Strang sees these paintings as windows into the worlds of his imagination: romance, conflict, redemption and challenge.

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hances are I won’t have to be the first person to tell you about The Arcade Fire. It seems as though this band has been on the tips of people’s tongues ever since the end of summer saw the release of their debut album, Funeral. For a band who has barely been together for a year, this type of hype seems to be unprecedented. Perhaps only time will tell the importance of such a young band—but in practicing a craft so closely connected with their intertwined relationships, they may find themselves adding to an already solid foundation based on individual personal histories that create a haunting, surreal, pastoral view of death and the sublime. The Arcade Fire are from Montreal.That’s Canada, folks, and unless you’ve been sleeping under a proverbial rock, then you probably already know what to expect. In recent years a large amount of musical activity has been spewing from a little city in Quebec— diverse acts such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Broken Social Scene and Do

What inspires you?

PHOTOS • SARAH KROHN

I look for scenes that stir my imagination. I like to tell part of a story. I like creatures and characters that are out of the ordinary. What artist would you have dinner with and why?

I would dine with Vincent Van Gogh. I studied and copied his work in drawing class and love his use of color and his vision. I would also be sure to buy one of his paintings, since the only one he sold in his lifetime was to his brother.

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If you could describe your work in terms of music, who would you compare yourself to?

It’s Bruce Springsteen meets Elvis Costello and Gram Parsons on the way to the Renaissance Faire. List six words or a six-word phrase that describes you.

Renaissance man, painter, actor, songwriter, single-dad.

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There is a melancholy tone to the music that is presented in quirky Talking Heads new wave numbers to turn-of-the-century ballad numbers that are drenched in sing-a-long choirs and jamboree band flourishes. The overall sense of the album is one of deep personal compassion for the surroundings, a focus on the sublime details of living and growing up in a neighborhood. Bilerman said that Win’s grandfather, Alvin Rey, had passed away during the recording of Funeral, aptly titled in spirit to the memory of Alvin Rey, as well as Richard Parry’s (multi-instrumentalist for the band) Aunt Betsy. In support of their released single, “Neighborhood #2,” the band also released a live recording of an Alvin Rey song as a B-side. As is evident, the band takes their emotions to heart— singing songs from a cheerful perspective that only blissfully parallels the longing that is apparent in the lyrics. Funeral was created last September after a series of rehearsals at Win’s grandfather’s barn, which resulted in a seven-track album that was independently issued by the band and ultimately got them signed to Merge Records. Recorded by a long list of musicians, 12 in total, the songs were those of Butler and Chassagne. The idea of a cohesive band unit was not fully realized until after the fact—or rather, the duo was not concerned with the personnel of the group, but instead the symbolic gesture that the band formation creates itself. This idea is very reflective of the music scene in Montreal; with band-swapping multiinstrumentalists, the focus of the band is not individualized, but stands as a group effort to perform the task of moving the music, and perhaps audience, along. Bilerman commented that touring extensively will probably be a continuing occurrence for the band, and Bilerman asserted that he is “quite happy with the growing popularity of the band.” The band opted to play solo for their first tour as, “all the bands that we had in mind to play with us were either busy recording or touring themselves,” said Bilerman. Hopefully their live show will reflect the strong collective effort that is displayed on their debut. Perhaps some of the songs will continue to haunt or get your head swaying for the coming months. Only time will tell. buzz

The Arcade Fire Funeral Merge Records BY CORNELIA BOONMAN

The harsh, beautiful fever of a love story, a death story and a life story entwine the core of The Arcade Fire’s music.These stories chorus and flow powerfully through the coming-of-age neighborhoods of grief, heartbreaking realizations and the knowledge that at some point, we have to grow up. Simply put, these are the stories that connect all of us as humans. Wife-and-husband team Régine Chassagne and Win Butler have made into music what most of us can only put into vaguely metaphoric words: life. Their debut album, Funeral, offers dedications to recent deaths of friends and family. From the guttural howl of vocals, to the meeting of your childhood sweetheart in tunnels while your parents cry in their bedroom, to the heavy dilation of guitars and drums,“Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)” is one of those songs that makes you feel like something inside of you is breaking into pieces. Dominant slices of jittery guitar explosion reign in “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out),” nearly crushing “Neighborhood #2 (Laika)’s” distant haze of drums and xylophone. The exquisiteness of “Une Année Sans Lumiere” and “Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles)” follow suit with the calm force of acoustic guitars and violins, all loneliness and mountains and waiting.The quick swallows of piano, guitars and strings push the saddest sweetness of “Crown of Love” across time, while Win Butler wails,“I carved your name across my eyelids. . ./You pray for rain, I pray for blindness” and “My love keeps growing/Still the same, just like a cancer.” The bombastic rush of “Wake Up” redeems the unfortunate disco-break in “Crown of Love.” By far the most heartbreaking and realistic song on the album, “Wake Up” sings, “Somethin’ filled up my heart with nothin’/Someone told me not to cry/But now that I’m older, my heart’s colder/And I can see that it’s a lie.” If you’ve already had the opportunity to hear Funeral, you know the sheer power and emotional intensity that resonates from each one of the tracks. If not, The Arcade Fire’s Funeral might just be the album that provides words and echoes for the spaces in your mind.

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basic staples of most Mexican restaurants: tacos, nachos, burritos and fajitas. But they may not be as familiar with regional Mexican cooking, which emphasizes local ingredients and is often a blend of native and Spanish influences. The four main regions of Mexico have their own distinct flavors. For example, Puebla is considered the home of mole (mo-lay), a complex sauce made of more than 30 ingredients, among them chocolate and chilies.The cuisine of Oaxaca has risen in prominence in recent years, thanks in part to chefs such as Rick Bayless, owner of the renowned restaurants Frontera Grill and Topolobamo in Chicago. This region has adopted mole and made it its own. In fact,

!"#$"%&'"!()#*+, it is now known as the “land of seven moles” because it boasts seven basic mole recipes (endless variations of these exist), which are frequently served not as condiments, but as dishes in their own right. In Veracruz, the oceanside location means that fish and seafood are the mainstays. These dishes are usually served “a la Veracruzana,” which means that they are served with a sauce of tomatoes, olives, capers and chilies. In the Yucatan, the main ingredient is achiote, which is made from red annatto seeds. Cooks in this region combine achiote with Seville oranges, pepper, garlic and cumin to make dishes such as cochinita pibil, which is pork smothered in achiote sauce and baked in banana leaves. Of course, finding such delicacies is a

bigger challenge. In recent years, Americans have expanded their Mexican food repertoire and now accept chorizo sausage and chalupas. Getting them to try poblanos stuffed with zucchini flowers might be more of a problem. Certainly, getting anyone to eat fried cactus worms or grasshoppers (a Oaxacan treat) will be nearly impossible. Still, I think we should have the choice, no? I went in search of authentic Mexican cuisine in Champaign-Urbana. I surveyed numerous menus and found a few bright spots: pollo con mole at Fiesta Cafe, horchata (rice water) and a helpful guide to Mexican food at El Toro and mole on the sauce menu at Qdoba Grill. Many places had carne asada, carnitas (marinated pork) and chiles rellenos (although not the way I like them, stuffed with ground beef instead of cheese). All of the many Mexican restaurants in town offer lots of good meals pleasing to the American palate. But when I ventured to El Charro Taqueria (55 E. Green St., Champaign), I found items not found on other menus.This small store has a taqueria inside—a kind of short-order grill—that offers tacos for $1.49 and weekend specials of tripe soup or pozole for $6.99. Pozole is a spicy stew made with cacahuacintle corn (similar to hominy) and pork. You can get a breakfast of huevos con chorizo (eggs with sausage) or any of a number of sandwiches (tongue, tripe, avo-

cado, etc.). I tried the avocado sandwich, which featured huge chunks of fresh avocado, mayonnaise, refried beans, lettuce and tomato on a lightly toasted hoagie roll. I washed it down with a bottle of tamarind soda (tastes a little like fizzy apple juice). While I waited, I looked around the store for other goodies. At the meat counter, thinly sliced skirt steak, perfect for carne asada, sat beside fatty slabs of pork; in the drink cooler, I saw soda in glass bottles, the way you see them in Mexico, where they’re sweetened with cane sugar instead of corn syrup. I also looked through a rack of spice packets, where one can find espazote (a strong, lemony herb used to season black beans, fish, salsa and more—also said to aid in legume digestion), lindenflower tea packets and ground shrimp, among the usual spices and herbs. Here, though, most of the packets sell for less than $1, making them a steal. There are other Mexican grocery stores in town, which are useful if you want to make pozole or cochinita pibil at home. However, I’m holding out hope that the Mexican restaurants of Champaign–Urbana will offer more regional dishes in the future. Our taste buds can take it—I promise! Amanda Kolling is hoping someone, anyone, will make her some ceviche. If you make ceviche, e-mail her at AmandaKolling@readbuzz.com and she’ll be right over.

Erika Ryser is the assistant director for the Study Abroad Office at the University of Illinois. Through her own experiences with study abroad, Ryser encourages other students to experience learning in another country. It’s a learning experience that goes beyond textbooks.

in high school or college, or they speak Spanish at home, and so (they) look for a study-abroad experience that will help them build on those language skills. In addition, word of mouth is probably our best advertisement. When a program is excellent, word gets around. This happens, also, with our art and design in Great Britain, Italian studies in Verona, and more. What makes studying abroad such a good experience?

Being a student allows you access to part of a culture that you don’t get the opportunity to experience as a tourist or even working in another country. Most often, people in your host country appreciate that you are there to learn from them, and that can pave the way for more heart-to-heart dialogue and collaboration than other forms of international activity. Also, being in an academic setting allows you a structured and guided way to understand the new world around you and better integrate you into that world. PHOTO • SARAH KROHN

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What are the benefits of studying abroad?

One of the best things about studying abroad, or living in a new culture at all, is that you experience little victories every day as you learn about your new surroundings and how you fit into your host culture. The experience I like to share is about learning to get off the bus while I was studying in Venezuela. It was in Mérida, a town shadowed by the tallest mountain peak in the country. Being a small town, it had small buses, which were more like vans. But in Mérida, the bus-vans didn’t have any electronic mechanism for telling the driver when to stop. You had to shout ‘la parada’ (‘the bus stop’) to let them know it was your turn. Coming home from school on my first day, I felt my first sense of relief when I recognized the street corner where I needed to get off. I built up my courage and repeated the phrase over and over in my head, when finally, I heard the words come right out of my mouth: ‘¡La parada!’ Of course, all the heads on the bus turned to look at me because I’m sure they heard that I did not have a local accent. But, lo and behold, the bus came to a halt, and I climbed off. I did it! I got off the bus! The beauty of this story is that international students conquer tiny challenges like this every day. After studying abroad, students find themselves much more confident, self-reliant, flexible and understanding of people different from them. By accomplishing all of this, students not only enjoy life more but also become more marketable both to future employers as well as graduate schools.

Students may study abroad as early as winter break of their first year. However, for most programs, students must have completed an academic year at UIUC before participating. It is important for the student to plan their experience abroad with the help of their academic adviser. This may be the best person to help a student decide when to go and what to study while there. What past experiences have you had with the study abroad program that make it so worthwhile?

I studied in Costa Rica for a winter break during college. One evening, I accompanied a Costa Rican friend to a play written by a local author and produced by and for my host neighborhood. There were a lot of slang words and local cultural references. I found myself laughing a lot, along with the rest of the audience. All of a sudden, I realized that I was listening and understanding—but I wasn’t thinking, which meant I wasn’t translating.‘I’ve done it,’ I thought. ‘My Spanish has finally arrived and I’ve achieved my 11-year goal.’That was the most rewarding moment I’ve had for my Spanish-language acquisition. It did not stop me from pushing forward, however; it motivated me to continue studying and working toward improving my Spanish even further.

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SO ONCE IN EVERY YEAR WE THRONG UPON A DAY APART, TO PRAISE THE LORD WITH FEAST AND IN THANKFULNESS OF HEART.

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As Thanksgiving approaches, students leave campus for a week to to take a mental health break and to spend time with their families and friends. Many students, however, don’t have the opportunity to go home to celebrate the holiday because they are international students. What would a student do, studying in a foreign country, when everyone celebrates a holiday that he or she has never celebrated before? What would one do when everyone from school goes home for a week and he or she doesn’t live in the country? Maggie Rabe, president of International Illini, said that last year, some international students paired up with American students, who took them home during Thanksgiving break. The international students had the opportunity to celebrate an American holiday and participate in the traditions. She said that International Illini held a Halloween event in October and many of the international students were interested in American holiday traditions. Rabe said the international students wanted to go home with American students during Thanksgiving break to experience the hol-

iday, eat the traditional Thanksgiving Day meal and observe the interaction of American families. Rabe said International Illini planned to run the same Thanksgiving program again this year, but no one seemed interested or came to a meeting about the program. “I think it’s because they want to travel— do their own thing,” Rabe said of the international students. She said she has heard that many students want to go to Disney World on their week off. Robert Rauscher, a student from

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light. The work of prolific writerillustrator Chris Van Allsburg consists of no more than 20 pages, but Jumanji proved to be an entertaining romp with a largerthan-life Robin Williams in the lead. With the release of Van Allsburg’s holiday classic, The Polar Express, it seems that the magic of children’s stories is poised to move in a previously uncharted direction. Director Robert Zemeckis utilizes the latest CGI technology, which allows actors to physically perform their roles while animators manipulate their images into cartoon form.The heightened sense of realism brings to life the wonderfully simplistic story of a boy who has ceased to believe in Santa Claus and reenergizes the holiday spirit in everyone. The spirit of Christmas and innocence permeate every scene of the film, restoring the naive wonderment of childhood. There is no foreseeable end to the future adaptations of children’s books into films. Tim Burton is currently filming a more literal adaptation of Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp in the role of the benevolent candy-man. Jon Favreau has taken the reins of another Van Allsburg fable.The story is Zathura, a tale similar to Jumanji, where two boys play a magical board game that sweeps them off on a whirlwind tour of outer space. There is an overwhelming fan base and audience for children’s books that become films. Not only do the characters act, they speak volumes in these stories. They teach us, move us and remain dear to our hearts. buzz

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Walking fast-food commercial Michael Moore’s next project will be Fahrenheit 9/11 1/2 (a prequel to 9/12?). It will retread familiar territor y, albeit more over tly criticizing Bush and presumably messing with Texas. It seems that Moore believes that in our post-Nov. 2 world, he still has a calling: “They weren’t told the truth,” said Moore between mouthfuls of hamburger. “We’re communicators and it’s up to us to star t doing it now. There is a silver lining: The Great Dubya is prohibited by law from running (for president) again.” However, if that son-of-a-Bush can persuade the public that he didn’t win the last election, he may be able to over turn that last statement, in which case expect Moore’s film to be released in 2008. Foppish British actor Hugh Grant has indicated a decline in his enjoyment of acting. “It’s so long and boring and so difficult to get right,” says Grant. Really? This from the guy who chose to make Extreme Measures and Mickey Blue Eyes. Meanwhile Bridget Jones co-star Renee Zellweger seems to feel the 44-year old is losing his looks. Her own weight gain the subject of scrutiny, she has advised Grant to shed a few pounds. Referring to a playfight in the movie, she explained, “he was much fleshier, and the contours were softer—it was more like wrestling my grandmother.” While he obviously didn’t have her at hello, the only one who stands to lose from Grant’s potential retirement is a certain Divine Brown: an out-of-work actor will hardly be able to afford the alleged $14 it cost to pay her a visit back in 1995. In lighter news, anyone who achieved adulthood knocking one out to Pamela Anderson running in that red swimsuit will be pleased to hear that come 2006, Baywatch will receive the long awaited silver-screen adaptation treatment. Dreamworks has already snapped up rights to the film, though details are scarce. As Futurama has taught us, this may be the first movie filmed entirely in slow-motion and/or the one that finally gets Anderson her much overdue acting Oscar. Expect much running and jiggling, David Hasselhoff’s chest hair, and hopefully a Sting and Bon Jovi rendition of the theme song: “In us we all have the power/ But sometimes it’s so hard to see/And instinct is stronger than reason/It’s just human nature to me.”

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above icy water. Every scene is an exercise in technical achievement rather than believable, childlike wonder, and the film repeatedly sets unsafe examples for kids about proper behavior on trains. Even worse are the musical numbers, including a pointless song about hot chocolate and a Christmas ballad that creepily ends with two kids holding hands and gazing into each other’s eyes. Messages about “The Christmas Spirit” are completely disingenuous, promoting the idea that the celebration is more about consumption than caring. The thin scraps of a plot screech by on tracks of cliche, and endless sentimentality is offered in place of any legitimate characterization. Even as the kids see the elves at work and watch Santa take off in his sleigh, their appreciation of Christmas never feels sincere.They

don’t learn anything about tradition, faith or family. Instead, the film has an almost robotic conception of the holiday; these children seem programmed to believe in something they never come close to understanding, and the inclusion of only one minority child gives a new meaning to white Christmas. The Polar Express looks amazingly real but never feels human. It’s an underdeveloped attempt at spreading some early Christmas cheer that’s about as much in the spirit of the holiday as rum in your eggnog. The film desperately wants us to “believe,” but it’s not even possible to believe that the protagonist would survive his journey, much less gain anything from it. He’s got a ticket to ride, and you won’t care.

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LEAD STORY New Scientist magazine reported in October that psychologists seem to be reclassifying people who are permanently uninterested in sex, from the old notion that such behavior was a disorder to the emerging position that it is merely a sexual preference of “none of the above.” (Asexuals profess no sexual attraction at all, encompassing loners reluctant to associate with people and gregarious, caring people whose natural inclination is to relate to others nonsexually.) Recent research estimated that 1 percent of the population is asexual, and in previous research, 40 percent of asexuals described themselves as “extremely” or “very” happy. An asexuality support group (AVEN) touts its best-selling T-shirt, “Asexuality: It’s not just for amoebas anymore.”

CREME DE LA WEIRD Australian sleep-disorder expert Dr. Peter Buchanan caused a stir in October when he told reporters that the odd behavior of “sleep sex” (leaving home at night in a deep sleep and seeking random sex with strangers) would soon be regarded as an official sleep disorder and be included in the next version of the sleep disorder manual. Said Buchanan, anticipating skepticism: “Incredulity is the first staging post for anyone involved in this (study).”

POLICE BLOTTER • From the July 23, 2004, Police Reports column of the New London, Wis., PressStar: “1:15 p.m., a juvenile approached an officer at (Hortonville Police Department) complaining about having a lock stuck around his right testicle for three days and he didn’t know how to get it off.” (The officer found a master key.) “Having the master key in hand, the juvenile left the room for a moment and returned with the lock. The officer spoke to the juvenile about experimenting with sexuality and how he needs to be more careful in the future.” • When the police chief in Springdale, Pa., allegedly used the N-word while detaining two black teenagers, the boys’ parents charged racism, but the chief ’s brother, police officer Mike Naviglia, came to his rescue. Officer Naviglia suddenly grabbed one of the boys, in front of their mother, and kissed him flush on the mouth. Said Naviglia, “Does that taste like racism?” (According to the mother, Naviglia said, “I kissed him to show him that I wasn’t prejudiced.”The mother was undaunted and said she would proceed with her complaint.)

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get a kick out of writers who create their own little worlds and the people who get sucked up into them. It’s sort of amazing how folks get caught up in the land of Hobbits or Jedi Knights, dressing like their favorite characters and standing in line for days to see the opening of the latest movie version of a fictitious world. After all, why spend your time contributing to society and kissing girls when you can instead pretend you’re a hero from the future or Middle-Earth? It’s really sort of sad. I think of a pretend world, myself, and it’s also sort of sad. Imagine this world. All of the butchers are vegetarians. Fashion models are Aborigines who refuse to be photographed because they think it steals their soul. Lawyers refuse to argue because they just want to be loved. Doctors won’t heal because they think there are too many people already and the herd needs thinning. News anchors detest makeup. Top 40 DJs avoid inane morning chitchat. Pharmacists won’t fill your prescriptions if they don’t like your disease. Okay, it’s a ridiculous, topsy-turvy world I’ve created ... um, except for that last part, which is sadly true. Feeling unable to read a story over a paragraph-long one day last week, I picked up a copy of USA Today. I came across the story of pharmacists who refuse to give out medicine, generally contraceptives, because they have a moral objection. In this particular instance, a woman in Fort Worth was denied a refill of her birth control pills by a CVS near Fort Worth,Texas. Thanks,Texas.You all down there are really enabling us smart people to climb up the food chain at an alarmingly quick rate.You get stupider by the freaking day. America seems locked into this bastardized waltz when it comes to social issues: one step up and two steps back. It’s apparently the freaky religious right’s turn to lead. Sure, it’s easy to blame it all on Texas, but it’s not just them. Mississippi came up with a law in July that lets health care providers not to do anything that goes against their conscience. South Dakota and Arkansas already have laws that allow a pharmacist to withhold medicine if they so choose, and 10 states have similar laws in the works. That whole “the customer is always right” idea is headed straight down the shitter, along with our freedom.

It’s one thing for a place of business to make a practical decision regarding service. If you go into a muffler store and demand an abortion and he says “no,” I can understand it. Whether he believes in abortion or not, he’s not qualified to do it and it’s not his specialty. If you’re Muslim, however and you go to him, he’s not allowed to refuse to fix your muffler.“Nope, I can’t do it.Your beliefs are different than mine,so no muffler for you.” What if the Baptists save up all their money and buy every grocery store in the nation, then refuse to Michael Coulter sell food to non-Baptists; you is a videographknow, those menacing Methodists er, comedian and them lusty Lutherans. My fat and can be ass would be converting pretty heard on WPGU quickly just to get some damned 107.1 Thursdays at 5 with Ricker nourishment. My conversion wouldn’t nec- workin’ it. essarily make me a religious man, however. Sure, those are extremes, but I don’t see it as much worse than the pharmacists. If your doctor says you can take something, then that should really be it. We rely on the medical community to decide, not the pharmaceutical community. Let’s face it, the people at the drug stores need to know how to read and count and make you stand in line for 20 minutes. Other than that, I expect nothing from them, particularly spiritual guidance. We’re supposed to have rights of confidentiality with our physicians to begin with. It’s also supposed to be a woman’s right to choose, not her health practitioner’s, or even her pill monkey’s. Freedom of religion is supposed to mean people are free to choose their own religion, not that you’re free to force your religious beliefs on others. The pharmacist’s job is to give out pills; they knew that going in. It’s really that simple. If you don’t want to do it, find another line of work. I don’t know, am I missing something? Birth control is legal. Treating someone differently because of their beliefs, or lack thereof, is supposed to be illegal. It’s all wrong. The religious folks around the country are trying to make the rest of us just like they are, whether we desire it or not. You might not believe it, but I’m okay with religion, just not the thuggery that often goes along with it. “We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.” – H. L. Mencken

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a beautiful scarlet stocking with nothing but coal inside. It’s based on the famed 32-page children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, but stretched to 90-some minutes and written by Zemeckis and William Broyles Jr., the movie barely has a story.A young, nameless boy who doesn’t totally believe in Santa Claus wakes up on Christmas Eve and is whisked away on a magic train full of kids in their pajamas heading for the North Pole. On the journey, the boy nearly falls off the train about a dozen times, and all of the action sequences feel more like needless diversions than purposeful, exciting adventure. It’s never even explicit why these kids are selected to ride the Polar Express—they’re all already optimistic about Santa’s existence and wild about gifts—and once they arrive at the North Pole, no one says anything about giving being better than receiving. Tom Hanks voices six different characters, including the boy (in flashback), the conductor, Santa and a hobo who free-rides on top of the Polar Express. But the film is far more interested in providing Hanks room to roam than creating a concrete narrative arc or even a dream world that has any substantial appeal. It’s fantasy without foundation, and the movie melts away faster than you can say Klondike Bar. The Polar Express has an unbelievably careless attitude toward putting children in danger and a complete lack of understanding about the fear that a kid might have when dangling from a speeding train or walking over narrow tracks hundreds of feet

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Charles Miller said the message that will be sent to bases represents â&#x20AC;&#x153;a clarification of an existing rule that DOD personnel cannot be involved in an official capacity.â&#x20AC;? The original ACLU lawsuit named as defendants the Department of Defense, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Chicago Board of Education. The schools settled, agreeing not to engage in official sponsorship of scouting activities. buzz

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On Tuesday, President Bush announced National Security Advisor and political sounding board Condoleezza Rice as the successor to Secretar y of State Colin Powell, who announced his resignation earlier in the week. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be real, folks, Condie and Dubya like each other. It is soooo obvious. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re practically making out in public. Get a room you two. It was recently reported by the New York Times that nearly 2,000 former United States military service men and women are defying order to return to duty. Eighteen hundred of the 4,000 former soldiers called from the Individual Ready Reserve requested exemptions or delays. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve become a nation of Gomer Piles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sha-zaam!â&#x20AC;? In addition to Colin Powellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and John Ashcroftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent resignations, Education Secretary Robert Page, Agriculture Secretar y Ann Veneman and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham followed suit by resigning. You know if Powell is doing it everybody else has got to. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like the Fonzie of the State Department.

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tions of the remarkable performers in Antoine Fuquaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary concert film Lightning in a Bottle. And while there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t many young performing artists featured in this film, proving that the blues is probably best interpreted by those who have lived the pains of life with some unique joys, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll not likely see such a collection of heartfelt middle-aged and elderly singers perform such standard classics of this uniquely American music style again. This fascinating celebration of the art and aesthetics of blues becomes, at times, an analysis of the historical significance of American blues music.The event was photographed on video and transferred to film as it was staged at New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Radio City Music Hall on Feb. 7, 2003. The collection of blues legends performing live and shown in old film clips is like a whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who of the past 100 years of this musical genre.The works of past giants like W. C. Handy, Leadbelly, Muddy Waters and

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usic has gotten the best of me. Finally, after 12 years of dedicating my life to the craft, I have decided to start throwing in the towel. I am not retiring immediately or even giving up on all things completely, but, my God, if I don’t start to scale back I’m gonna start smoking crack out of a 5-foot bong. And this is not to say that I don’t love music. I mean, for real! I just ordered the soundtrack to the cartoon movie Animalympics on vinyl for $20! So, I do still love music. But the industry—my God! The industry is one of the saddest and most cutthroat businesses I can think of. For those of you who don’t know me, I run a company called Urbana Booking Co. It’s just a generic name that I came up with to make me look more professional than Seth Fein Booking, right? I never imagined that I would be doing this as part of my livelihood a year ago. But after running a nightclub for a couple months and independently promoting shows at Cafe Paradiso for the last year, I have transformed myself into a bona fide talent buyer. That’s different from a booking agent, although, I guess that I am one of those too. In truth, I think that I have run the gamut for the world of music. I am a touring drummer, a buyer, an agent, a promoter, a DJ, a record producer, was once a music columnist (guess I still am) and have more records than I know what to do with. It can only spell one thing: burnt out. It’s a sad truth to face, but I have seen too many sides of the coin to continue doing this as my life’s work and still find a way to feel good about myself. In case you don’t know what goes on behind the scenes, I am going to nutshell it for you and then, hopefully, you will all be more inclined to go support live music. A band that is touring has to make money to survive.The band, if they are popular at all, will have an agent who will “sell” the band to a promoter. The promoter “buys” the band for a certain amount of money that is guaranteed, no matter how many people come to see them. And then, after that money has been recouped by ticket sales, the rest of the money goes into paying for the overhead cost of running the show. The expenses include a sound person and sound system, a door person, advertising, and hospitality, which can total hundreds and hundreds of dollars, depending on the act.After that, 15 percent of the total gross goes to the promoter. This is called the split point.After the split point has been reached, 80 percent of the money will go to the band, and 20 percent to the promoter. So, let’s say that Built To Spill’s agent gets in touch with me for a show on a Tuesday night. I am really excited about it because I love that band and want to see them rock my hometown. I get a good deal from the agent at $2,000 guaranteed plus 80 percent over $3,500. In a town like this, people don’t like to spend more than $10$12 for a ticket, so I price the show at $10 in advance and $12 at the door. In order for me to make any money on the show, I need to sell at least 350 tickets. And if I don’t, not only do I not make any money, but I have to pay to have them come here. It’s a Tuesday, and to be honest, I really don’t know how many people would come to see them anyway. I would, but I know that I do not make up the average music listener. It can get really ugly. Ward Gollings, my great friend, mentor and buyer for The Highdive and Cowboy Monkey, has always told me it’s like a crap shoot. He knows firsthand what it means to lose your ass on a show, and, fortunately for me, I haven’t lost thousands on one yet, but dammit if I am not scared shitless every time I have to sign a contract that has more than two zeroes on it. Next week, I’ll be talking about why you should keep going to see shows. And not just to make me and my promoter friends some money. It takes more than just talent to keep a band going, as the personality dynamics lend themselves to the most important element in making it work: dedication. Seth Fein is from Urbana. He can be reached at sethfein@readbuzz.com.

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