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Anticipation may be one of the most important feelings that we as humans are able to experience. There are others of course â&#x20AC;&#x201D; love, happiness, fulďŹ llment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but most of these are really only made satisfactory through the existence of anticipation. Without anticipation, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that any of the other positive emotions or feelings in life would be as exciting. I began thinking about this earlier in the year and have seen it in action more ways than I had originally thought. With any major event comes some amount of important anticipation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everywhere! At ďŹ rst, I really only thought about it in terms of holidays and major events. This is where anticipation, in my experience, has been most obviously felt by the general public. With each holiday comes preparation, decorations, ads building up the holiday, themed television specials and all other types of reminders that the event is quickly approaching. This can go on for weeks, sometimes a month or two, before the actual holiday. As I thought about it, I began seeing it more and more in everyday life. Not only was I seeing it everywhere, but I started noticing it as its own entity, one that could potentially be really great. For instance, there have been many occasions where I have looked forward to a movie coming out, like the new Harry Potter. I will become aware of it, maybe even a year in advance, and be anxious until its release. Its debut will come and I am unable to make the opening night. Life will go on, it may be another few weeks before I make it to the movie, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even seem to mind. I am excited it is out, and will forever â&#x20AC;&#x153;meanâ&#x20AC;? to see it, but it has become less of a priority. If you had given me the chance to see the movie months ago, I would have jumped at the opportunity. But now, the anticipation has died out, and it no longer seems like such a big deal. Thoughts like this have led me to notice, and almost seek out, anticipation in my day to day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not nervousness, or an anxiety, but a looking-forward-to. I think, when done the right way, it could really improve oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happiness. My roommate has this motto: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live life as if you are always heading to a party that is two blocks away.â&#x20AC;? This seems like a pretty good idea.





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Have you ever been to space? No, of course you haven’t. But if you have, email me (; I’d honestly love to hear about it. I digress. Most people are never going to go to space: It is merely a distant enigma that looks cool in magazine photos. Even though nobody visits space, smart people still know a bunch of stuff about it. If you too would like to know “a bunch of stuff” about space and perhaps become a smart person yourself, then do I have the event for you! Fall Prairie Skies, at The William M. Staerkel Planetarium, is an excellent introduction to understanding all those bright, white dots that sometimes arrange themselves in the shape of Greek gods. On Friday, Nov. 26, join Staerkel Planetarium for Prairie Skies, a show astronomy fans of all ages can appreciate. “Looking at the stars during the cloudy winter months? Impossible!” you say. Well, Staerkel Planetarium thought of that. The Carl Zeiss M1015 star machine projects 7,600 stars across the planetarium walls and ceiling. A seasoned astrology expert will narrate what stargazers should be looking for (e.g. planets, asteroids, constellations). The show’s narrator will also provide anecdotes about the storied history of the stars. The show is updated seasonally, so make it out to William M. Staerkel Planetarium before this sky becomes a different sky!

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EPIC GRIPES » Snooki Has Written ONE (1) Novel, While I Have Written ZERO (0) novels: Well, remember that loud bitch on that terrible show on MTV who was always complaining about how people wouldn’t have sex with her? Yeah, the orange one with terrible self-esteem. She wrote a novel. Like Steinbeck, Faulkner and Hemingway before her, Snooki now enjoys the benefits formerly reserved to an elite, educated few. I, on the other hand, tried writing a personal essay over Thanksgiving break, but AFTER I finished it I realize I was ripping off a popular humorist who frequently contributes to This American Life. Fiction writing is hard! How the hell did Snooki do it?! » The Situation Has Written ONE (1) Memoir, While I Have Written ZERO (0) Memoirs: You know that show that makes me ashamed to be a human being, let alone an American citizen? Yeah, the one watched by MILLIONS OF PEOPLE every Thursday night. Well, remember that chauvinistic, creepy-looking egomaniac who week after week straddled the line between picking up a woman and raping a woman? Yeah, the one with the abs that are clearly a method of phallic compensation. He wrote a memoir. A style of writing traditionally reserved to presidents and other important people who contribute to society or experience some unique hardship, Mike “The Situation” Whateverthefuckhislastnameis wrote a goddamn memoir. I can write a memoir! I have a quirky family! I’ll be just like Augustin Burroughs! Not as good as David Sedaris, but certainly still worth reading! Come on, publishing industry! Stop being so depressing! » Waiting For New Episodes Of Jersey Shore!: I love those crazy kooks! I was supposed to do something — write maybe? — but I forgot all about it because I just can’t stop watching this show. It’s got everything! Pretty girls! Fabulous guys! And of course, drama! If there’s one thing I love seeing on TV, it’s people who remind me of the talentless, mean spirited pricks who used to shove me into lockers during high school. Who wouldn’t want to see those people become millionaires? This show is great! While I wait for season three (this time, the guidos and guidettes party in the center of a volcano!), I’ll just drink alone, by myself, until I pass out in a stupor. I hate my generation and every single person who was born into it.







One on One

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with Sharon Owens co-owner, radio mario

by Monique Lassere


hough Radio Maria has been a CU favorite for years with some of those classic dishes that keep us coming back for more, it also constantly presents changes in the menu, space and events that have its customers returning and growing in size. According to co-owner Sharon Owens, Radio Maria is all about fusing personal interests with the love of great dining: the restaurant features work (from the lights to the three-dimensional artwork on the wall to the tabletops) by Owens, co-owner David Spears and other Radio Maria employees past and present. Back in the kitchen, the creativity does not stop: Chefs are encouraged to explore their culinary interests as reflected in the evolving menu. buzz sat down with Owens to talk more about her restaurant. » buzz: How and when did Radio Maria start? Sharon Owens: It started about fifteen years ago. My partner and I are both graduates from U of I in art, and at the time there were very few restaurants in town, if you can imagine that. We wanted to provide something that wasn’t already here and do a diverse menu and a somewhat fine-dining atmosphere, but casual at the same time so that it wasn’t inhibiting people, and also use our abilities to put the place together, in terms of décor. » buzz: What’s the story behind the name? SO: Basically, a friend of ours is named Maria, and she actually was one of our first waitresses

for a little while ... We wanted to use the radio term because we were using a lot of different ethnicities in our cooking, and we sort of like that idea of radio waves going across the world. So we just adapted it to Radio Maria. » buzz: What kind of ethnic food do you serve? SO: Well, it’s changed some over the years. We let our chefs pursue their interests as much as they can. ... I had a strong interest in Latin American food, and we still have quite a bit of that here. We started out having more Caribbean, Indian, Latin American. We’ve sort of evolved now — we’re still doing Latin, we’re doing Spanish because we started doing tapas dishes, and our chef Brian is interested in Asian cuisine so there are more Asian dishes than there used to be. And also just fresh American cooking using ingredients that we can get from around here when we can. » buzz: What’s your personal favorite dish? SO: We have a coffee filet steak with sweet potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, and that was one of our first recipes, and it stayed on our menu this whole time. And right now we have a white truffle mushroom risotto, which I incidentally had yesterday. Those are two of my favorites. We also do another vegetarian dish, a torta, and it’s tortillas with layers of sweet potatoes and mole and poblano peppers and goat cheese. That’s really good. » buzz: The architecture is really beautiful. Has Radio Maria always been like this?

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SO: No, actually we started with just (the main dining area) of the restaurant, and it used to be a paint store so it was gutted entirely. ... (Our landlord) put the guts back in and we did a lot of the work. We did all of the finishing work, the painting, the decoration, and I made the tabletops, and David made a bunch of the lighting fixtures. And then, this room (pictured above) we didn’t get until about four years ago. It used to be an antique store, and they moved out, and so this once again was just the bare shell of the

building. David actually constructed the bar, the back bar, all this lighting. » buzz: What’s in store for Radio Maria? SO: We are trying to also line up a few more nighttime happenings, the later night in the bars. So we’re working on a couple more DJ nights, perhaps with that. And then we usually renovate our menu for wintertime again. Once again, we try to use ingredients when they’re in season and fresh, so we’ll be making some changes to our dinner menu probably pretty soon.

bringing the west closer Montana Mike’s steakhouse offers a Montana-style lodge in Urbana by Emily Sawyers Montana might be far from Illinois, but Montana Mike’s, located at 1601 N. Cunningham Ave. in Urbana, tries to bring it closer with a western-style grill and steakhouse menu. From the moment you walk into Montana Mike’s, almost everything seems to be made out of wood, creating a lodge feel. There are decorations such as fish nets, canoes, paddles, and animals all over the walls. Even their lamps have mountains carved into them. In the background, soft rock creates a relaxing atmosphere. Jerry Moses, who has been has been the manager since it opened this past May, said that the goal is to make the restaurant “friendly and light.” There are about 30 other Montana Mike’s around the United States, including one in Danville. “So far the age range is consistently middleaged people, but we are expecting the age range to become more diverse and expand over time,” Moses said.


The restaurant features a “sky bar” upstairs, a section of the restaurant that can be rented out for large parties. There is a full bar, big screen TVs and enough seating for about 60 people. “There have been a good number of parties held in the sky bar, including birthdays and anniversary celebrations,” Moses said. The menu includes an array of starters, salads, favorites, classic steaks, burgers, sandwiches, desserts and beverages. According to Montana Mike’s in Urbana, on Nov. 10th, 2010. Photo by Justin Maatubang Moses, the most popular items are the steaks. They also have a selection of seafood and fish such as shrimp ered in blue cheese and pieces of crispy bacon. It was delicious. They were cooked nicely, and and salmon. I tried the steak medallions, which were a sea- the whole entrée reminded me of a homemade sonal specialty. The medallions were served with meal. Prices were definitely reasonable, and my mashed potatoes and asparagus and were cov- whole meal came out to about $14.

Janay Willis poses for a portrait at Montana Mike’s in Urbana, on Nov. 9th, 2010. Photo by Justin Maatubang

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by Lauren Wisniewski We often think of chocolate as the delicious and decadent sweet found in our favorite desserts. However, for 90 percent of its history, people didn’t even eat chocolate — they drank it. The first people to consume chocolate did so by mixing crushed cacao seeds with water to create a foamy, bitter beverage. By the mid-1800s, solid chocolate candy was inexpensively sold to the public because of new technology. Chocolate is a crucial ingredient in many specialty dishes, desserts and drinks on menus around the world. For anyone interested in experiencing chocolate from across the world, Rubens Chocolates, located at the Art Mart’s bakery in Lincoln Square Mall, is one local option. Rubens Chocolates is owned by Christiane Nuyts, a Belgian native and master chocolate maker, who creates Belgian chocolates that look as good as they taste. Nuyts oversees the production of each handmade chocolate. Her expertise in Belgian chocolate comes from her training under a leading Belgian chocolatier, as well as her educational background at one of Belgium’s most prestigious baking schools. Her chocolates are unlike what is found in grocery stores. She uses the finest Belgian chocolate and the freshest creams, butters, fruits and nuts

for her fillings. She refuses to use preservatives, artificial flavors and colors. Brian McKay, owner of the Art Mart bakery, said that Rubens Chocolates are by far the most popular and sought-after desserts in the bakery. To make your own handcrafted specialty chocolate experience, try chocolate truffles with some holiday baking. Belgian Chocolate Truffles prep time: 1 hr 45 min, makes about 24 truffles » 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces » 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces » 2/3 cup heavy cream » 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa, sifted » 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, sifted Place 8 ounces of semisweet chocolate and the unsweetened chocolate in a four-quart bowl. Heat the heavy cream in a 1 1/2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Pour the boiling cream over the chocolate. Allow to stand for 5 minutes, then stir until smooth. Refrigerate for one hour until firm but not hard.

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with kelly eddington watercolor painter

by Lauren Hise


elly Eddington, formerly a high school art teacher, is now a full-time artist who creates highly detailed watercolors. Already in possession of a solid fan base that includes Roger Ebert and readers from her days as a @U2 cartoonist, Eddington continues pursuing the art form she loves, no matter how many work hours it takes. buzz talked with Eddington about her inspiration, her preference for watercolor and Bono. » buzz: When did you first start painting? What got you started? Kelly Eddington: My artistic skills really seemed to take off when I was 14, and that’s when I painted my first big watercolor. It was a snowy city park at sundown. I remember my teacher raving about it, but the paint was hard to control. I preferred the precision of ink and pencils, and soon I was painting with acrylics on canvas. A couple of summers later, I found myself wanting to paint, but the only art supplies in the house were my sketchbook and my little sister’s terrible K-mart paint set, with its awful plastic brush. The pages in my sketchbook were thin and not meant to be painted on, and the watercolors were in poor condition, but I decided to paint with them anyway. ... By the end of the summer, I had a sketchbook full of very good watercolors, all made under the worst of conditions. Eventually I got my hands on actual watercolor paper and tubed paints, and painting seemed a lot easier after learning how to do it the hard way. » buzz: Why has watercolor suited you so well? KE: I like working with a medium that is so uncomplicated and inexpensive. I don’t need special equipment like a kiln or a loom. It’s just a piece of paper taped to a board, my paints and brushes, a paper towel and some water. I can take it anywhere, and I love watching the colors flow and combine on the page. My paintings are highly realistic, but they start

out with very loose underpainting, where I wet the paper down with clear water and drop the colors in. They explode like fireworks, and it’s beautiful. I also think that watercolor is kind of an underdog medium. Mistakes can be impossible to correct, and it takes a lot of patience and years to learn. Most people get frustrated with it and give up on it, but I think that makes me love watercolor even more. » buzz: How do you go about creating a painting? Do you have a method? KE: I enjoy painting from life, but my watercolors are so detailed and time-consuming that using reference photos is the only thing that works for me. If I’m painting a portrait, I’ll take dozens of photos of my subject and sometimes use Photoshop to enhance or combine different elements. I always start with a light pencil outline before I begin painting. With portraits, I paint the face first — that’s what matters the most, and if I mess it up I can start over without having wasted time on other parts of the painting. Otherwise, I try to approach the painting logically, painting the background first and slowly moving to the foreground. Or some days all I want to paint is little stuff, and the next day, I’ll want to work big. I begin in the morning and paint into the afternoon. I like to listen to old episodes of This American Life, or I’ll have an entire season of shows like Mad Men playing in the background. Each of our three cats drops by my table to sample my paint water, which is apparently the most delicious water in the house. » buzz: What inspires you the most? KE: The beauty of nature has always inspired me. A drive across even the flattest, most boring stretch of the Illinois landscape keeps me constantly entertained. The more I paint, the more I notice little details no one cares about, such as the number and color of bolts connecting road signs to their

posts—are they silver? Are they rusty? How many are on the sign? If I were painting a landscape with that sign, I’d have to know. The ability to mix colors is a gift and a curse. Wherever I look, my mind comes up with the combination of paint colors it would take to create anything I see. I also love to look at faces and pinpoint the things that make a person unique. I fall in love with the people I paint. There’s no other way to describe it. Wrinkles, skin tone variations, freckles and hair patterns are fascinating and beautiful to me. When I am not completing portraits, I work on a series of paintings inspired by my travels in Italy, specifically the colorful island of Burano, and some small florals. » buzz: What do you hope to do with your work in the future? KE: I have a website where I sell prints and originals (, and in the fall I will have a solo exhibition at Culver-Stockton College. I’m busy preparing for that. To my great surprise and delight, Roger Ebert became a fan of my paintings over the summer after seeing one of his books in my portrait of a little girl named Mabel, and he has promoted new work on my website and blog to his legion of followers on Twitter many times. He’s even sent me a few books about watercolor from his vast collection. » buzz: You have done some illustrations about U2. How did you get started with that? KE: This was actually for a fan website called @U2. The site wanted to hire a cartoonist, someone who would make fun of U2 on a monthly basis in a feature called “Achtoon Baby.” I’ve always loved U2, but at the same time they are incredibly fun and easy to mock. I tried out for the job and was selected out of a field of around 100 applicants, if I remember correctly. I illustrated my online comic with my usual highly

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realistic watercolors, often creating at least eight to ten small paintings per episode. What I thought would be an amusing little sideline became a sevenyear, monumental time-drain, but as a result, my artwork gained a lot of exposure to thousands of readers who gave me wonderful feedback. Entertainment Weekly named @U2 its number one music fansite a few years ago, and I’ve been fortunate to have been associated with it. I have painted Bono so many times I feel I know his face on a near-molecular level. I retired from the job almost two years ago, and sometimes I miss having that huge audience, but a lot of them have stayed with me, reading my blog (, following me on Twitter and buying my old U2 paintings. » buzz: What advice would you give to aspiring artists? KE: Paint what you love. Get obsessed with it. Don’t wait for the muse to strike — paint every day whether you’re in the mood or not. Great things can happen! And never stop noticing the beauty that’s all around you.

Calling All Sugar Plum Fairies

Krannert once again plays host to the Champaign-Urbana Ballet’s The Nutcracker by Megan Betti Christmastime is upon us, and the traditions surrounding this time of year are often unflinchingly kept: the tree, the carols, the food, not to mention watching the Grinch, Frosty and Charlie Brown with his sad little Christmas tree. But one of the most truly magical traditions available to those in the CU area is the annual production of The Nutcracker. This is the type of production childhood dreams are made of, and if you have not seen this ballet yet, this is the year to go. Walking into the lobby of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the holiday spirit is nearly tangible, and the excitement of the children in their little suits and fluffy dresses is contagious. The Champaign Urbana Ballet puts on an annual local production of professional quality utilizing the talent of the company dancers and an abundance of local children, according to Alison Weingartner, a publicist for The 


Erica Johnston and Gibby Kirby dance the Arabian variation in The Nutcracker, an annual production of the Champaign Urbana Ballet. Photo by Dan Merlo

Nutcracker. Some of the dancers affiliated with the University of Illinois are alumna Valerie Blomgren, Drew Coverdill, John Dayger, Mark Deler, Rajeev Malik and David O’Brien.

Including dances from around the world, such as the family favorite “Mother Ginger,” the story is told in the most beautiful way possible, thanks in part to the Sinfonia da Camera, a spectacular

40-piece orchestra. Led by the incredible Ian Hobson, the orchestra will be playing the music that has made the score from The Nutcracker truly the soundtrack of the holiday season. “It’s a production we look forward to every year,” says Bridget Lee-Calfas, the public information director at Krannert. “It’s a pleasure to see the collaboration between the Champaign Urbana Ballet and Sinfonia da Camera.” While the production is a truly professional endeavor, it is also a product of this community. “Every year, many parent and professional volunteers and community sponsors collaborate to bring the ballet to the stage,” said Weingartner, “It has become a Champaign-Urbana holiday tradition.” As the radio stations begin to pull out all their holiday music, the Champaign Urbana Ballet and Sinfonia da Camera prepare the final touches to one of the best parts of the holiday season.   DECEMBER 2-8, 2010

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Not just another Christmas play

Almost, Maine arrives at Station Theater

by Derek Beigh Celebration Company presents Almost, Maine at the Station Theatre in Urbana with shows running from Dec. 2 to Dec. 18. “I hope to be able to bring that charm that is at the heart of this (play) and warm people as we approach the darkest time of the year and the longest nights,” said Holley. The warmth of Almost, Maine comes from its themes and its tightly-knit cast of characters, nineteen residents of the town who participate in ten separate scenes set on the same idyllic winter night. For the ten actors portraying those characters, the experience of performing in a vignette setting has proved fulfilling in unique ways. “I get to play two very different characters in two very different scenarios. That’s the great thing about (vignettes) as an actor,” said cast member Rob Zaleski. Holley took a bit longer to sign on than the average director. Her originally intended script proved imGrant Morenz and Debbie Richardson, both from Champaign, rehearse a scene from Almost, possible to license, while Maine at the Station Theatre in Urbana on Nov. 29. Photo by Ramzi Dreessen Almost, Maine sat on the

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There is nothing spectacular about A Day to Remember’s most recent album, What Separates Me From You. But this album focuses on what the band does best: rocking out in their own way. There are no songs that equate to what “The Downfall of Us All” was for Homesick, but overall, the songs are pretty decent. To me, What Separates Me From You sounds like the band went and recorded songs based on what songs were popular from previous albums. For example, I hear a tinge of “Heartless” in “Sticks & Bricks,” while “This is the House that Doubt Built” reminds me of “Have Faith in Me.” While most of this album focuses on pop-punk clean vocals with heavy undertones, fans will still get songs with breakdowns and screams. My favorite song would have to be either “2nd Sucks” or “If I Leave.” Both of these songs are on par with the band’s previous work. On a different note, fans might cry that the band “sold out” by going soft, but I just think that they’re going in a new direction. Taken as a whole, What Separates Me From You, is an OK album, definitely on par with Homesick, but still not up to the level of For Those Who Have Heart. ­—Jeremy Lin ARTIST:

Kanye West


My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

It’s hard to be shocked by Kanye West by now. With a resume that consists of calling the president of the United States a racist, stealing a seventeen year old girl’s most proud moment and ficticously having sex with a ghost, West has been discredited on many occasions. However, there is one thing that we forgot when we called Kanye crazy and pompous, the guy delivers. His new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy explores Kanye’s (many) deep personal fears alongside global issues and has touches of many different genres and styles. But with a guest list including Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Elton John, Drake, John Legend and Justin Vernon, it would be strange if the style didn’t jump around. Kanye West’s new album is a great addition to an already superb catalogue, and, while it does not make of for his asinine behavior, it does at least remind us why he’s such a big name in the first place. —Dylan Sutcliff


Girl Talk


All Day

Two weeks ago, Girl Talk dropped his fifth album, All Day, for free online without any warning; however, without any media hype, Girl Talk managed to pretty much break the internet due to all of the downloads off his website, illegal-art. com. So, does All Day live up to the hype? Yeah. Yeah, it does. All Day has a total runtime of one hour and 11 minutes, features 372 total samples and is meant to be listened to all at once. At first, this sounds like a task, but once the first track comes on, it’s very difficult to turn off. Featuring combos like Arcade Fire/Lil Wayne and Simon and Garfunkel/Lil John, Girl Talk once again takes his spin on pop music. I thought that perhaps after Feed The Animals and Night Ripper it would be hard for me to go back into Greg Gillis’ sample madness, but as it turns out, I love it. Girl Talk is just one of the most fun musicians there is because he appeals to my ADD side, and it’s really hard not to like something that is poppy and lasts for thirty seconds, especially when it seamlessly shifts into something else poppy and fun directly after that. This music is best used on long car trips and probably late night parties. I have yet to try the latter; however, I expect All Day to show up at parties and bars very soon.—Dylan Sutcliff

dropping sound bombs Star Course brings Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s to Courtyard Cafe by Adam Barnett


efore you buckle down on studying or whatever else you have to do to in order to survive a week of relentless final exams, indulge yourself in a musical warm-up brought to you by Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s. The concert, hosted by Star Course, will be on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. in the Courtyard Cafe. The Indianapolis-based Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s have really started to become heavy hitters in the indie rock/ pop scene since 2006. They have released four studio albums, which were all released by either Epic Records or Artemis Records, both incredibly successful and eclectic. The band has also played at major music festivals including SXSW, Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest, and CU’s own Pygmalion Festival in 2009. The Pygmalion performance was one of the more interesting of the year with the band breaking up the day before. Lead singer Richard Edwards and violinist/lap guitarist Erik Kang played alone at The Canopy Club to a very confused crowd; however, the performance turned out to be one of the best of the night despite the impromptu change in lineup. So, there must be a reason for such success. For one, the band’s music encompasses a wide range of styles that typiPhoto used with permission from Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s 


cally vary from album to album. Their debut 2006 record, The Dust of Retreat, carries a very poppy, but equally catchy drive (think Annuals but a bit more folky). Two 2008 releases Not Animal and Animal! completely oppose each other with the first representing dark, baroquerock, experimental tunes, and the second exploring the intriguing world of indie-folk. Finally, Buzzard — released in September of this year — is a collection of incredibly driving, straight-up indie rock jams, perfect to jump around and have fun to. And this concert will be all about jumping around and having fun. Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s are known to play tunes from all of their albums and EPs, so there is definitely going to be something for everyone at the show, and if you’ve seen them before their last album, it will be an interesting treat. The band went through a recent lineup change by switching out their trumpet and cellist with some more guitar, and it’s bound to make for a fantastically different show. To boogie down/subtly bob your head to some fantastic indieexperimentalrockfolkpopawesome, buy a ticket at the Courtyard Cafe — $8 for students or $13 for the public7   DECEMBER 2-8, 2010

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The leadership

by Dylan Sutcliff Since forming this summer, local band The Leadership has been very busy. The band — consisting of Jon Childers on vocals and guitar; Jared Michael Park on guitar, keys and vocals; Chris Jones on bass, and Zane Ranney on drums — played at this year’s Pygmalion Music Festival and opened for Portugal. The Man and Chief at The Canopy Club not long after that. On Dec. 9, visit The Canopy Club and be the first to buy their first and currently untitled LP. » buzz: When and why did you guys decide to make a band? Jon Childers: The band formed over the summer as a result of Miller High Life-fueled jamming. After a while we decided we should record and get out of the house. It’s been going great. People have been coming out to the shows and giving positive feedback. It makes us blush. » buzz: Where did you come up with the name? JC: My girlfriend gave me a wall plaque with a sail-

ing vessel, “The Leader-ship.” Each of the sails has a value of leadership. It’s been a big inspiration. » buzz: What would you cite as some of your influences? JC: Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan, Jay Bennett, Yes, Jimi, Annie Clark, Steve Howe, Sun Ra and Miles are the big ones and to a lesser extent Hank Williams Jr. and Bill Fulara. Zane has been really into Wendy’s Training Videos lately. That’s all I hear him listening to. » buzz: How would you describe your music? JC: We’ve been told “an angrier Wilco.” » buzz: Can we expect to see anything coming out from The Leadership anytime soon? JC: Hell yeah. We spent most of fall break recording in our beautiful basement studio. On Dec. 9 at 10 p.m., we’re having our CD release show with Great Life and Horrible Things at the Canopy. It’s the day before reading day, so come out and have a drink. If you need tickets, let me know.

The Leadership, here they are. Photo By Sean O’Connor

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here are very few people who could have made a movie like 127 Hours resonate the way it does. Director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) has established himself as one of those people, and with 127 Hours, he has even further established that he is one of the best working directors of our generation. As the title suggests, the ďŹ lm tells the story of a just over ďŹ ve day period that adventurer Aron Ralston (James Franco) spends trapped in a Utah canyon. Ralston, while leapfrogging boulders and sliding through 90-foot drops into grottoes, jars a giant boulder loose while repelling and traps his arm between it and the canyon wall, rendering the cocky, daring climber unable to move. Based on a true story, the plot is expectedly simple, and the lack of other characters would make it very easy for 127 "5:: Hours to slip into the realm of boredom and mere 4(523$!9 sympathy, but Boyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brilliant directorial hand $%#%-"%2 prevents itCORPNOTEKEEPTHISSAMESIZEALWAYS from doing so. How do you take the story of 127 relatively stationary, albeit desperate, hours and turn it into a 8 90-minute thrill ride across the entire emotional THPAGE spectrum? Boyle uses every tool at his directorial disposal from dream/fantasy sequences that mash with Ralstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own real-time delusions to an obvious reluctance to be content with one shot for more than ďŹ ve seconds. The camera angle and ďŹ lm shifts every few seconds creating a kinetic, hectic euphoria that is so characteristic of Boyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ lms. Pair that with some unconventional score


choices, which resemble certain parts of Requiem for a Dream, and Boyle astounds again, proving that emotions and eccentric storytelling often outweigh the need for a constantly-moving story. Not enough can be said of James Franco, who takes on and delivers what should be considered the most challenging role of his career. For an actor to deliver in a role that contains extremely limited dialogue, no other characters and no change of scenery is a remarkable accomplishment. As Ralston, Franco accompanies the audience on a journey fully equipped with joy, comedy, delusion, regret and desperation. Ralstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time spent trapped in the canyon is composed of minor struggles and victories that result in the penultimate, gory ending. But along the way, we are given an unexpected emotional thematic punch. The fact that Ralston left without telling anybody where he was going ďŹ lls him with grief and regret. The meaning of this should not be lost on the audience: Appreciate the people in your life. As a recluse who lives alone and adventures in solitude, Ralston must acknowledge that solace is no way to live a life. But aside from it being a remarkably true story, this ďŹ lm owes itself to its two stars, Boyle and Franco. As a ďŹ lm that has the anticipation and shock value of its bone-chilling ending, the emotional resonance of any other great ďŹ lm and a risk-taking director behind the helm, 127 Hours is due to get a call from Oscar come January.

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by Matt Carey â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a Prince fan. I was initially hesitant to get into his music because there is so much area to cover (over the last 32 years, he has released 28 albums), but his best can be included among the best pop albums ever made. It sucks as a fan to say that Prince peaked creatively in 1984, but Purple Rain â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the movie and the soundtrack â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is Prince at his most accessible and catchy. The movie certainly isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t perfect; the acting is uneven and the story is predictable. But the reasons to sit through the movie are the scenes of Prince performing, which are engaging and, quite frankly, awesome.

Prince stars as The Kid, a Minnesota musician struggling to get his voice heard. He is volatile, a product of his abusive home life where his father routinely beats his mother. Because of his troubled life, he often doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t complete sets at the local music club, a hindrance that is causing him to miss opportunities to succeed. One night, he meets a woman named Apollonia (this actress clearly went to the same acting school as Keanu Reeves), with whom he almost instantly falls in love. As is to be expected, their relationship goes on the rocks, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to Prince to win his lady back and avoid his past. Sounds hackneyed, right? Well, it is. Despite all the corny scenes, and one really weird sex scene, the ending is among my favorites ever.

The film that wrote the book on heroin addicts has ďŹ rmly placed itself among the ranks of cult classics in the past decade. Ewan McGregor and his drug-addled friends take us on a near-hallucinogenic journey, which is equal parts terrifying and comedic. Director Danny Boyle concocts some of the most iconic representations of drug use known to ďŹ lm, leaving a disturbing impression of heroin that haunts the viewer long after the credits roll. Many critics panned Trainspotting upon its initial release, claiming the ďŹ lm glamorized drug use, but if anything, it discourages drug use â&#x20AC;&#x201D; unless your idea of a fun time involves crying babies climbing up walls and adventures through the dirtiest toilet in Scotland, of course. MILLIONS (2004):

This criminally underrated childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movie makes me want to be a kid again. Seriously, the main character, Damian, talks to God and the saints, ďŹ nds a million dollars and donates the money to his school. I remember those days so fondly! In all seriousness, the character of Damian drives the movie. His intentions are always pure, worrying about anything from his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new girlfriend to global starvation. His wistful dreams of his dead mother are heartbreaking, and the ďŹ nal scene remains one of the most uplifting I can recollect. Current liveaction childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movies could learn a thing or two from Millions. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (2008):

Post-Academy Awards backlash is inevitable. Once a movie becomes popular amongst the masses, throngs of naysayers come out of the woodwork to trash said movie. (Titanic set quite the precedent.) So when Slumdog Millionaire cleaned house at the 2009 Academy Awards, the aforementioned cynics had a ďŹ eld day with it. What a shame. Slumdogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s narrative has a familiar Forrest Gump-esque formula, but Boyleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visual ďŹ&#x201A;air once again brings a mediocre script to new heights. Even though Slumdog reverts back to the boring tropes of most romances by the end, the striking childhood stories of Jamal are thrilling, funny and insightful to the plight of many impoverished youths in India. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Twas an Oscar well deserved!

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ometimes we take for granted some of the amazing things that happen during sex. Orgasms and the entire sexual response cycle, for instance, are an incredible coordination of hormone release, physical stimulus and response and emotional desire. But it often gets boiled down to whether or not someone came. This week, we wanted to linger on the issue of response and orgasm, to understand the full story of “O.” In the ‘50s and ‘60s, researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson studied the ways that men and women responded to sexual stimuli. They developed a four-stage model of sexual response. Later, Helen Kaplan added a pre-stage, sexual desire — the readiness to have sex and frequency of thoughts about sex. When libido is low, the desire and ability to engage in sex may not be there. During the first phase of Masters and Johnson’s cycle, excitement, the individual responds to physical, visual or psychological stimuli and begins to become sexually aroused. Blood flow restricts in the genital area, leading to engorgement of the penis in men, or of the vulva/lips and clitoris and elongation of the vagina for women. There may be increased vaginal lubrication, and both men and women can experience nipple erection and increased heart rate and breathing.

Or, where do orgasms come from?

The second phase is called the plateau. Although the stimulation continues, the sensations level off for some time. During this stage, tensions continue to build and genitals become more sensitive, which can make stimulation, like direct clitoral or glans stimulation, that worked during the excitement phase too intense. Muscle tension all over the body increases, which can include muscle spasms in the feet. Breathing, blood pressure and heart rate all continue to increase. Until... The third phase is orgasm. More than just “cumming,” muscles in the body begin involuntarily contracting. Breathing may open up, leading to increased oxygen intake. The rhythmic contractions of the vaginal walls and uterus and at the base of the penis coincide with a sudden release of sexual tension. Masters and Johnson put this into two stages for men: the initial “feeling of inevitability” and then the actual ejaculation. A “sex flush,” redness and warmth of the skin, may spread across the body. During Masters and Johnson’s fourth phase, resolution, the body returns to its original state. During this phase, people may feel increased intimacy, a sense of well-being and exhaustion. For some women, continued stimulation can result in another cycle. For most men, a refractory period delays the return of an erection, making multiple orgasms difficult.


Because orgasms are a complex alignment of physical stimulation, libido and emotional state, many people have difficulty at some time or another. For some folks, this may be anorgasmia, the inability to have an orgasm despite physical stimulation, which is different than low sexual desire. This can occur in women and men, although it is more common in women. Some sex therapists prefer to call this preorgasmia because they believe that anyone can orgasm with the proper education, medical attention or therapy. Sociological factors in the ways that girls and boys are raised to view sex can have a large influence. Certain medicines, such as antidepressants, may decrease sexual response and libido. Medical conditions such as nerve damage or cardiovascular disease can make orgasm difficult or impossible. In addition, sexual trauma, stress and problems in the relationship can prevent someone from sexual arousal and orgasm. Regardless of the reason, people who have difficulty achieving orgasm may feel ashamed and less of a woman/man, making them less likely to talk to their partner and/or seek out help.

come, it’s no surprise that women (and some men) may “fake it,” especially when there are difficulties in achieving orgasm. Faking orgasm often means moaning, gyrating, and otherwise acting as though you might be experiencing build up and orgasm. The “faker” may not be trying to be deliberately manipulative; he or she may simply be trying to protect the image and pride of a partner. MAKING IT


Orgasm requires communication — with ourselves and with our partners. Pressure to orgasm, or orgasm in a specific way (multiple, ejaculation, loudly, etc.), can get in the way with our ability to connect with ourselves in the ways that might be necessary to have the orgasms we desire. Everyone has a unique sexual response and stimulation needed to orgasm. Doin’ It Well understands the reasons someone may fake an orgasm, and we also believe that talking with your partner, knowing your own sexual arousal and taking care of your health are critical components of being a sexually healthy adult. Check us out next week as we look at more questions we’ve received over the last few months.

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Global Lens: The Shaft University YMCA, C, 5:30pm

Russian Stol — Russian Table Caffe Paradiso, U, 5:30pm Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian Conversation Table Espresso Royale, U, 6pm IMC Shows Group Meeting: Community Booking Collective Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 7pm

Jazz in the Courtyard Illini Union, U, 12pm Teach for America Battle of the Bands Illini Union, U, 6pm, $5 Billy Galt and Jeff Kerr AnSun, C, 7pm John Coppess Aroma Cafe, C, 7pm TwoYou Duo The Clark Bar, C, 7pm UI Jazz Combo I Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm First Thursdays with The Diva and the Dude Emerald City Lounge, C, 8pm Alabaster Brown Canopy Club, U, 10pm

dj Milk and Cookies at Klub Kam’s Kam’s, C, 8pm Here Come the Regulars Red Star Liquors, U, 9pm DJ Mertz Boltini Lounge, C, 9:30pm DJ Luniks Firehaus, C, 10pm, $5 Open Deck Night Radio Maria, C, 10pm Stitches at The Clark Bar The Clark Bar, C, 10pm Ritmo Thursdays V. Picasso, U, 10pm DJ and Dancing Soma Ultralounge, C, 10pm

dance music Swing Dance Illini Union, U, 9pm

concert UI Wind Symphony Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $4-$10

karaoke DJ Bange Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 8:30pm Seize A Moment Productions Presents: RockStar Karaoke Fireside Bar and Grill, C, 9pm Liquid Courage Karaoke Memphis on Main, C, 9pm Seize A Moment Productions Presents: RockStar Karaoke Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 9pm Seize A Moment Productions Presents: RockStar Karaoke Bentley’s Pub, C, 10pm



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campus activities REEEC Career Development Brown Bags: What Do I Want To Be When I Grow Up? International Studies Building, C, 12pm Hanukkah Bowl The Quad, U, 6:30pm Chaiway 57 Rehearsals The Hillel Foundation — The Margie K. and Louis N. Cohen Center for Jewish Life, C, 8pm

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UI Jazz Saxophone Ensemble and UI Jazz Guitar Ensemble Krannert Center for the lgbt Performing Arts, U, 3pm, food & drink Friday Films: Transgen$4-$10 VIP Campus Wide erations The Other Guys Fall Barcrawl Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Concert Murphy’s Pub, C, 7pm, Transgender Resources, Foellinger Auditorium, U, $20 U, 2pm 7:30pm, $6-$9 karaoke UI Jazz Band II FRIDAY 3 Seize A Moment Produc- community Krannert Center for the tions Presents: RockStar Korean Conversation Performing Arts, U, fundraisers live music Karaoke Table 7:30pm, $4-$10 Challah for Hunger Sale Andy Moreillon Senator’s Bar & Grill, Sa- Illini Union, U, 5pm karaoke The Hillel Foundation Fat City Bar & Grill, C, 5pm voy, 9pm miscellaneous — The Margie K. and Louis The Prairie Dogs DJ Bange Karaoke Seize A Moment ProducN. Cohen Center for Jewish Iron Post, U, 5pm Phoenix, C, 9pm Urbana Otaku Manga tions Presents: RockStar Life, C, 2pm, $2-$4 Live Jazz SuperStar Karaoke Club Karaoke To Write Love On Her Jim Gould Restaurant, C, AnSun, C, 9pm Urbana Free Library, U, Senator’s Bar & Grill, SaArms Fundraiser 7pm 4pm voy, 9pm. Canopy Club, U, 6pm, $7 Scott Lucas and the Mar- stage TGIF at Refinery Karaoke with DJ Hollywood ried Men Almost, Maine The Refinery, C, 5:30pm It’ll Do 2, C, 9pm mind/body/spirit Highdive, C, 7:30pm, $10 The Station Theatre, U, Seize A Moment ProducOpen Yoga Practice Kilborn Alley Blues Band 8pm, $8-$15 SATURDAY 4 tions Presents: RockStar Amara Yoga & Arts, U, Huber’s West End Store, Karaoke holidays live music 5:30am, $8 C, 8pm Boomerang, U, 9pm Core Yoga John Condron and The Holiday Toy Drive Live Jazz open mic Amara Yoga & Arts, U, Benefit, Withnail and Illini Union, U, 9am Jim Gould Restaurant, C, 12pm, $12 Faster Forward The High School of St. 7pm Event Popular presents: Hot Yoga Mike ‘n Molly’s, C, 9pm, $5 Thomas More’s 5th An- Sandunga Saturday Nite Mic Evolve Fitness Club, C, Bate Calado nual Madrigal Dinner Iron Post, U, 6pm, $3 The Clark Bar, C, 9pm, $5 12pm, $10 Iron Post, U, 9pm, $3 St. Thomas More High Tina Sparkle with Reds stage Yoga for Wellness Big Boss Twang School, C, 7pm, $25-$35 and Take Care BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, Call 819-5721 for ticket Mike ‘n Molly’s, C, 8pm Almost, Maine of C-U, U, 2:30pm, $14 9pm information David Howie The Station Theatre, U, Continuing Asana/Intro- Koffin Kats Nuncrackers! The NunHuber’s West End Store, 8pm, $8-$15 duction to Pranayama Cowboy Monkey, C, sense Christmas Musical C, 8pm The Nutcracker BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute 9:30pm, $10 Parkland College Theatre, Songwriters in the Round Krannert Center for the of C-U, U, 5:15pm, $14 Dan Hubbard C, 7:30pm, $6-$10 at Bentley’s Performing Arts, U, 2pm, Prerequisite: Introduction Bentley’s Pub, C, 10pm Ages 10 and up Bentley’s Pub, C, 9pm, $3 7:30pm, $16-$34 to Asana Candy Foster and The Road Song Recommended for ages art opening Ashtanga Yoga Shades of Blue Phoenix, C, 9pm, $5 5 and up Amara Yoga & Arts, U, Memphis on Main, C, The Golden Nugget Belclare Road The Titanic Players 5:30pm, $12 11pm, $5 Reception Memphis on Main, C, Illini Union, U, 7pm Experienced Beginner Indi Go Artist Co-op, C, 6pm 9:30pm, $5 sporting event BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute dj System Imaging Reception The Decadents of C-U, U, 5:45pm, $14 DJ and Dancing Indi Go Artist Co-op, C, 6pm Iron Post, U, 9:30pm Justin Spring Invitational Prerequisite: Introduction Soma Ultralounge, C, 10pm Activities and Recreation lectures dj to Asana Dubstep Masquerade Center (ARC), C, 8am, Yin Yoga Canopy Club, U, 9pm, $10 World of Science: Cosmic DJ Mertz $10-$15 Amara Yoga & Arts, U, DJ Tommy Williams Mysteries Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm holidays 7pm, $12 Chester Street, C, 9pm, $3 William M. Staerkel Plan- DJ and Dancing DJ Mella D etarium, C, 7pm Soma Ultralounge, C, 10pm Holiday Toy Drive miscellaneous Red Star Liquors, U, 9pm Request Night DJ Illini Union, U, 9am recreation Tour of Japan House DJ Delayney Boomerang, U, 8pm The High School of St. Japan House, U, 2pm, 4pm Highdive, C, 10pm Illinites Mainstream on Main Thomas More’s 5th AnYarn ‘n Yak Grown KidZ Funk Illini Union, U, 9pm Street nual Madrigal Dinner Rantoul Public Library, Radio Maria, C, 10pm V. Picasso, U, 9pm St. Thomas More High literary Rantoul, 7pm Cal Emmerich In the Mix School, C, 7pm, $25-$35 Boltini Lounge, C, 10pm Zionist Food for Thought Chester Street, C, 9pm, $3 Call 819-5721 for ticket classes & workshops The Hillel Foundation DJ Luniks information dance music Workout in the Water — The Margie K. and Louis Highdive, C, 10pm Nuncrackers! The NunCampus Recreation Center Urbana Country Dancers N. Cohen Center for Jewish Firehaus Saturdays sense Christmas Musical East - CRCE, U, 8:30am, Contra Dance Life, C, 1pm Firehaus, C, 10pm Parkland College Theatre, $60-$70 Phillips Recreation Center, C, 7:30pm, $6-$10 kids & families dance music Kosher Cooking Club U, 8pm, $4-$5 Most appropriate for ages Chabad Center for Jewish New dancer orientation at Tales for Twos Salsa Night with DJ Dr. J 10 and up Life, C, 3pm 7:30pm Douglass Branch Library, C, Radio Maria, C, 10pm Holiday Market Write Right Salsa Night 10:30am Fall Urbanite 2010: Lincoln Square Mall, U, 8am Douglass Branch Library, V. Picasso, U, 9pm Yoga for Teens Dance 2XS Breakfast with Santa C, 5pm Salsa Night BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute Canopy Club, U, 10pm, $15 Silvercreek, U, 8:30am Call 403-2090 to register The Clark Bar, C, 9pm of C-U, U, 4:30pm, $6 Doors open at 9pm Call to reserve

Crisis Nursery Holiday Shop Lincoln Square Mall, U, 10am To Grandmother’s House We Go Early American Museum, Mahomet, 1pm Gaither Homecoming Christmas Tour 2010 Assembly Hall, C, 6pm, $33-$43 Doors open at 4:30pm Santa’s Secret Star William M. Staerkel Planetarium, C, 7pm After-the-Parade Event Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, C, 7pm, $3-$10 The Snow Ball Wesley-United Methodist Church & Wesley Foundation, U, 7:30pm

art exhibit The Golden Nugget Exhibit Indi Go Artist Co-op, C, 1pm System Imaging Exhibit Indi Go Artist Co-op, C, 1pm

recreation Self Defense Class Hwa Rang Do Champaign Academy, U, 1pm Public Skate Ice Arena, C, 1:30pm, $2

game-playing uDraw Family Event Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, C, 2pm

volunteer UC Books to Prisoners Work Session Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 2pm

kids & families Kids at Krannert Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, C, 10am Kids Yoga Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 10:30am, $14 Kids Arts and Crafts Playshop Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 11:15am, $101 ArtsFusion/Music and Motion Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 11:30am, $53 Fairytale Ballet Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 12:15pm, $72 DIY Weekend Wizard Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, C, 1pm

Wii UDraw Release Event Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, C, 2pm Slavic Reading Hour: The Little Snowmaiden (Snegurochka) Urbana Free Library, U, 2pm

Drag Show Salsa Dance Lessons: Chester Street, C, 10pm, $4 Intermediate/Advanced Capoeira Academy, C, sporting event 7:30pm, $5 Justin Spring Invitational Activities and Recreation Monday 6 Center (ARC), C, 8am, live music $10-$15 mind/body/spirit Jesse Johnson holidays Experienced Beginner Illini Union, U, 12pm BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute Holiday Toy Drive One Dollar Wild Mondays of C-U, U, 9:45am, $14 Illini Union, U, 9am Canopy Club, U, 9pm Prerequisite: Introduction Crisis Nursery Holiday dj to Asana Shop Yoga Fundamentals Lincoln Square Mall, U, ‘80s Night with DJ Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 10am Mingram 9am, $12 Winter Lights Festival Highdive, C, 10pm 8-week Winter Session: Krannert Center for the Perkaraoke Get Fit and Flexible forming Arts, U, 3:30pm BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute Seize A Moment Producart exhibit of C-U, U, 11:30am, $14 tions Presents: RockStar Collective Meditation The Golden Nugget Karaoke Ananda Liina Yoga & Med- Exhibit Mike ‘n Molly’s, C, 10pm itation Center, U, 5pm Indi Go Artist Co-op, C, stage Candlelight Yoga with 1pm Luna Pierson System Imaging Exhibit Monday Night Comedy Amara Yoga & Arts, U, Indi Go Artist Co-op, C, Illini Union, U, 7pm 6pm, $12 1pm Abe Froman Project Mike ‘n Molly’s, C, 9pm

Sunday 5 live music


Public Skate Ice Arena, C, 1:30pm, $2 Freestyle Ice Arena, C, 4:20pm, $3

Live Irish Music with Emerald Rum Blind Pig Co., The, C, game-playing 5:30pm Heartland Jazz Orchestra Big Dave’s Trivia Night Iron Post, U, 7pm Cowboy Monkey, C, 7pm Trivia Night dance music The Blind Pig Brewery, C, English Country Dancing 7pm Phillips Recreation Center, social issues U, 2pm, $2 Showtune Sunday AWARE Meeting Emerald City Lounge, C, McKinley Presbyterian 4pm Church and Foundation, C, 5:15pm


UI Latin Jazz Ensemble Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 3pm, $4-$10 Megiste Arete Gospel Concert Foellinger Auditorium, U, 5pm UI Jazz Trombone Ensemble Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $4-$10

stage Almost, Maine The Station Theatre, U, 8pm, $8-$15 The Nutcracker Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 2pm, 6pm, $16-$34 Recommended for ages 5 and up Grease Assembly Hall, C, 12pm, $38-$50 Open Stage at Red Herring Red Herring Coffeehouse, U, 7:30pm

community Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Ceremony Lincoln Square Mall, U, 2pm

fundraisers FIZZA Date Auction Illini Union, U, 6pm

mind/body/spirit Hatha Flow Yoga with Maggie Taylor Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 4pm, $12 Prenatal Yoga Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 5:30pm, $12

classes & workshops Writing for a Change Champaign Public Library, C, 3pm JoJo Girl No-Sew Tutu Making Class University Place Building, C, 3pm, $20 Salsa Dance Lessons: Beginners Capoeira Academy, C, 6pm, $5

holidays Holiday Toy Drive Illini Union, U, 9am

campus activities REEEC Film Series: The Ninth Company Foreign Languages Building, U, 7:30am

game-playing Puzzle Exchange Rantoul Public Library, Rantoul, 5pm Madden Night Football It’ll Do 2, C, 6pm Duplicate Bridge Game Ginger Creek Shops, C, 7pm Bingo Night Memphis on Main, C, 8pm

kids & families O Baby! Main Library, U, 9:45am Rookie Cooks Douglass Branch Library, C, 4pm

Hatha Flow Yoga with Grace Giorgio Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 4pm, $12 Hatha Yoga Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 5:30pm, $12 Get Fit and Flexible at the Yoga Institute BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute of C-U, U, 6pm, $14 Yoga St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and Campus Center, C, 7pm Restorative Yoga Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 7pm, $12 Prana Flow Yoga Living Yoga Center, U, 7:15pm, $15

Global Lens: The Shaft University YMCA 1001 S. Wright St., C. Thursday, Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m. Free Talk about false advertisement. I thought Richard Roundtree was coming to our campus, telling us jive turkeys that he’s one bad motha-(shut your mouth!). But the thing is, this is a free movie, and from what I hear it’s a fantastic one. — Matt Carey, Movies & TV Editor

The Polar Express Party and Movie

classes & workshops Poetry Workshop Red Herring Coffeehouse, U, 7:30pm Bring 10 copies of your poem

Tuesday 7 live music Andy Moreillon Fat City Bar & Grill, C, 7pm Alec Stern Illini Union, U, 12pm Seize A Moment Productions Presents: Craig Gaskin and Friends Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 7:30pm Corn Desert Ramblers Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 9pm The Piano Man Canopy Club, U, 9pm

dance music 8th Grade Dance Joe’s Brewery, C, 11pm

Rantoul Public Library 106 W. Flessner Ave., Rantoul Friday, Dec. 3 7 p.m. Free Maybe it’s because I love the holiday season, or maybe it’s because I love Tom Hanks, but I absolutely can’t wait to break out this movie again. I remember thinking this movie was fantastic when I saw it in theaters, and one that did justice to a children’s classic, unlike other films (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!). Even better, it may be just the ticket to getting me in the Christmas spirit. Whether you grab the little ones or grab your college friends, make your way over to the Rantoul Public Library! — Lauren Hise, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Scott Lucas and the Married Men Highdive 51 Main St., C. Friday, Dec. 3 7:30 p.m. $10 19+ Mostly known for being half of the Chicago band Local H, Scott Lucas’ new project is a bit softer than his previous work. After writing a few songs for his separated girlfriend, Lucas and his Married Men decided to record and release their first LP entitled George Lassos the Moon earlier this year after. Now touring off of their Absolute Beginners EP, which was dropped in October, the band is sure to play a great acoustic set at The Highdive on Saturday. — Dylan Sutcliff, Music Editor


UI Jazz Vocal Ensemble Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $4-$10 Pacifica Quartet Shostalgbt kovich Cycle Part 2 Quench! LGBT Parents: A Krannert Center for the Panel Discussion Performing Arts, U, Illini Union, U, 12pm 7:30pm, $10-$34


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Japanese Language Table Seize A Moment ProducForeign Languages Buildtions Presents: RockStar ing, U, 2pm Karaoke Bentley’s Pub, C, 10pm mind/body/spirit Seize A Moment ProducContinuing Asana/Intro- tions Presents: RockStar duction to Pranayama Karaoke BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute The Corner Tavern, Montiof C-U, U, 3:45pm, $14 cello, 8pm Prerequisite: Introduction Dragon Karaoke to Asana The Clark Bar, C, 9pm Yoga Fundamentals Liquid Courage Karaoke Amara Yoga & Arts, U, Boltini Lounge, C, 12pm, $12 9:30pm

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Iron Post 120 S. Race. St., U. Friday, Dec. 3 9 p.m. $5 I’m trying to appreciate more world music. My iPod is filled exclusively with music from the Western hemisphere; that’s lame. So, I’m excited to check out Bate Calado, a local group that experiments with all types of Brazilian music. Those sexy calypso beats will demand you shake your hips in approval. I’ll be there, shaking my hips, but no one will want to see that, so ignore me. — Nick Martin, Community Editor

Almost, Maine Station Theatre 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Saturday, Dec., 11 8 p.m. $8-15 I have never seen a show at the Station Theater I didn’t love every bit of. I also think it’s a really underrated and understated venue. Sure, CUTC does stuff at the Virginia Theater, and it’s a pretty building and all. Station Theater’s intimate and gritty, though, and it makes for an awesome experience every time. — Jeanine Russell, Food & Drink Editor buzz   


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open mic


This Iz US Tuesday The Stop, U, 9pm, $5 Open Mic Tuesdays Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm

Open Yoga Practice Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 5:30am, $8 Hot Yoga Evolve Fitness Club, C, movies 12pm, $10 Global Lens: Adrift Ashtanga Yoga Parkland College, C, 6:30 pm Amara Yoga & Arts, U, AEMS AsiaLENS: Burma VJ 7pm, $12 Spurlock Museum, U, 7pm Experienced Beginner BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute holidays of C-U, U, 7:30pm, $14 Holiday Toy Drive Prerequisite: Introduction Illini Union, U, 9am to Asana Hatha Flow Yoga with lectures Maggie Taylor Food For Thought Amara Yoga & Arts, U, Asian American Cultural 12pm, $12 Center, U, 12pm Awakening Yoga Amara Yoga & Arts, U, game-playing 9am, $12 Puzzle Exchange Advanced Asana/ Rantoul Public Library, Pranayama Rantoul, 5pm BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute T-N-T Tuesday Night Trivia of C-U, U, 5:15pm, $14 with Cara and Tanino Prerequisite: Continuing Boltini Lounge, C, 7pm Asana Slow Flow volunteer Amara Yoga & Arts, U, UC Books to Prisoners 5:30pm, $12 Work Session Introduction to Meditation Urbana-Champaign InAnanda Liina Yoga & Meddependent Media Center, itation Center, U, 7:30pm U, 7pm

kids & families Tuesday Twos Champaign Public Library, C, 9:45am, 10:15am, 10:45am Walk-in Storytime and Creative Play Class Act, C, 2pm, $2 American Boys and Girls Craft Club Rantoul Public Library, Rantoul, 4pm Wave Club Readers Rantoul Public Library, Rantoul, 4pm. Goodnight Storyshop Champaign Public Library, C, 6:30pm

seniors Continuing Asana for Seniors BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute of C-U, U, 8:30am, $14 Prerequisite: Asana for Seniors Asana for Seniors BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute of C-U, U, 10:30am, $14

lgbt Rainbow Coffeehouse Etc. Coffee House, U, 6pm eQuality Champaign-Urbana meeting Wesley-United Methodist Church & Wesley Foundation, U, 7pm

community Cafe Ivrit Espresso Royale, U, 8pm 14


classes & workshops Workout in the Water Campus Recreation Center East - CRCE, U, 8:30am, $60-$70 Adult Pottery Class Boneyard Pottery, C, 9am, 6:30pm, $25 Call 355-5610 to register Cookbook Club Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), C, 12:15pm, $7 Art for Daily Sacred Ritual Shared Space: An Artist Co-op , U, 2pm, $30 Recycling Works: A Toolkit for Reducing Waste in the Workplace M2 Building, C, 2pm Email cassie@illinoisgba. com to register Real Computing Help Douglass Branch Library, C, 6pm

food & drink

The Sugar Prophets Fat City Bar & Grill, C, 8pm Caleb Cook Rosebowl Tavern, Ltd., U, 10pm

dj DJ Tommy Williams Chester Street, C, 9pm, $2 Old School Night Red Star Liquors, U, 9pm Wild West Wednesday It’ll Do 2, C, 9pm Rockstar DJ Fat City Bar & Grill, C, 10pm I Love The ‘90s with DJ Mingram Soma Ultralounge, C, 10pm

dance music

Donnie Heitler: Solo Piano Great Impasta, U, 6pm Live Irish Music Bentley’s Pub, C, 7pm Dave Cooper, Joni Dreyer and Brad Hendricks Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 7:30pm

Pokemon Fan Club Rantoul Public Library, Rantoul, 5:30pm Euchre Tournament Po’ Boys, U, 7pm, $5 CU64 Chess Club McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, C, 7pm Bingo Mike ‘n Molly’s, C, 9:30pm

volunteer Community Connections and Outreach Group Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 6pm

Storyshop Champaign Public Library, C, 9:45am, 10:30am Board Silly Main Library, U, 4pm Wrestling Fan Club Rantoul Public Library, Rantoul, 4pm



UI Jazz Combo II Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $4-$10 UI Symphony Orchestra Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, U, 7:30pm, $4-$10

Open Yoga Practice Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 5:30am, $8 Core Yoga Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 12pm, $12 Yoga Fundamentals Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 4pm, $12 Astanga Yoga Living Yoga Center, U, 9am, $15 Asana for Women BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute of C-U, U, 9:15am, $14 Wellness Wednesday Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), C, 5:15pm Yoga Class Every Wednesday Ananda Liina Yoga & Meditation Center, U, 5:30pm Hatha Flow Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 5:45pm, $12 Candlelight Yoga Amara Yoga & Arts, U, 7pm, $12 Asana for Plus Size BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute of C-U, U, 7:15pm, $14 Yoga For Men BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute of C-U, U, 7:15pm, $14

karaoke Seize A Moment Productions Presents: RockStar Karaoke Senator’s Bar & Grill, Savoy, 9pm SuperStar Karaoke AnSun, C, 9pm

open mic Writ ‘n Rhymed Poetry Open Mic Nights Women’s Resources Center, C, 8pm Open Mic Comedy Night Memphis on Main, C, 9pm

stage Almost, Maine The Station Theatre, U, 8pm, $8-$15

lectures Food for the Soul Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, U, 12pm

recreation Public Skate Ice Arena, C, 7:30pm, $2


Check out the comprehensive restaurant directory Register to submit listings to the calendar Listen to WPGU-FM 107.1 livestream

kids & families

Tango Dancing Cowboy Monkey, C, 8pm Discotech: Dance Night Canopy Club, U, 10pm Doors open at 9pm Salsa Dancing Cowboy Monkey, C, 10pm

Smuttynose Kickoff Party sporting event Crane Alley, U, 7pm Illini Mens Basketball Game WEDNESDAY 8 Assembly Hall, C, 7pm, $11-$40

live music


classes & workshops Rhythm and Raag Music Classes Asian American Cultural Center, U, 4pm Improv Workout Class Act, C, 6:30pm, $10 Makerspace Urbana Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, U, 7pm

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Winter Lights Festival


Krannert Uncorked with The King Brothers, bluegrass // Marquee UI Jazz Combo I // School of Music


UI Wind Symphony



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The Nutcracker // Marquee UI Concert Jazz Band // School of Music UI University Band and UI Campus Band // School of Music

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The Nutcracker // Marquee Robert E. Brown Center for World Music Concert // School of Music


Pacifica Quartet Shostakovich Cycle Part 2


UI Jazz Saxophone Ensemble and UI Jazz Guitar Ensemble // School of Music The Nutcracker // Marquee


UI Jazz Band II

David Sansone Elizabeth and Edwin Goldwasser Melanie Loots and George Gollin Gay and Donald Roberts Diana Sheets and Stephen Levinson Joy Thornton Walter and John Walter

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The Nutcracker // Marquee Annual Carol Concert // School of Music UI Latin Jazz Ensemble // School of Music Winter Lights Festival // Krannert Center Student Association The Nutcracker // Marquee


UI Jazz Trombone Ensemble

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Pre-concert Shostakovich Lecture // Marquee Pacifica Quartet Shostakovich Cycle Part 2 // School of Music


UI Jazz Vocal Ensemble

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UI Symphony Orchestra

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DECEMBER 2-8, 2010 

a festival of lights Hanukkah in CU


by Ashley Lavela

ooking beyond the red and green lights of Christmas, students and community members prepare for another holiday on campus. The lighting of the menorah for Hanukkah this year begins Dec. 1 and ends Dec. 9. Hanukkah (or Chanukah), also known as the festival of lights, celebrates the “rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its defilement by the Syrian Greeks around 2200 years ago,” said Jessica Cavanagh-Melhado, program director at the Hillel. The Hillel Foundation, located 503 E. Green St., is a center for Jewish life on campus. There are approximately 3,000 Jewish students on campus and nearly 600 Jewish families in the community, said Cavanagh-Melhado. The Syrian Greeks converted the Temple into a Pagan shrine. When Judah and his followers were able to regain control of the Temple, they cleansed and rededicated it to Israel’s God, she added. The menorah in the Temple needed to be lit to complete the purification process. However, they could only find one day’s worth of oil. Miraculously, the oil lasted for eight days, keeping the light burning strong, said Carly Froomkin, engagement coordinator at the Hillel. Now, the menorah is one of the most recognizable symbols associated with Hanukkah. “The menorah, or the hanukkiyah, symbolizes the menorah that was lit in the Temple,” said Carly Froomkin, engagement coordinator at the Hillel. “The eight candles represent the eight days that the oil burned while the Temple was being rededicated.” However, one might notice that the menorah actually has nine candles. As a helper candle, the ninth candle is lit first

and is used to help light the other candles, Cavanagh-Melhado explained. Traditions extend beyond lighting the menorah. As with many holidays, food plays an important role. Latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiot (jelly doughnuts) are popular delicacies associated with this holiday, Cavanagh-Melhado said. Foods cooked in oil are chosen as a representation for the oil that burned for eight days. Playing games is another important aspect of this holiday. “We also play a game called dreidel, which is a four-sided spinning top with Hebrew letters that spell an acronym for the phrase ‘a great miracle happened there,’ referring to the miracle that happened in Israel,” Froomkin said. Hanukkah celebrations will take place across campus beginning on Dec. 1 when the Hillel will host a Hanukkah Happy Hour at Joe’s Brewery. The Hillel will join the Chabad on Dec. 2 to sponsor a Chanukah Bowl, which will consist of candle lighting on the Quad followed by bowling at the Union. Students can participate in menorah lighting at some residence halls from Dec. 4 through 6 and every evening at the Hillel. The Hanukkah Vintage Bazaar fundraiser will occur on Dec. 6 and guests will have “a chance to get one-of-a-kind gifts collected by some fashion savvy students,” Cavanagh-Melhado said. Lighting candles with students creates a sense of unity, Froomkin said. “It’s a nice feeling to be standing around the candles, singing the prayers and holiday songs together and knowing that other Jews around the world are celebrating, lighting the candles and singing together,” she said.

Photo by Andrea Herrmann

What are your Hanukkah traditions? by Nick Martin; photos by Emily Siner

Ilana Toch

junior in educatioN We don’t make homemade latkes because they’re too messy. Instead, we buy frozen triangle potatoes from Jewel — latkes made easy. Instead of eight days of presents, my family usually gives one big present. We focus on the family gathering aspect of Hanukkah, instead of the religious parts. It’s an excuse to visit my grandma.



Dr. Rhona Seidelman professor of history

I spend Hanukkah with my family; I like lighting the candles and being at home. I love having a week to contemplate light and miracles.

Esther Thomas

senior in speech and hearing sciences My mom goes thrifting for presents for everyone in my family. We eat a lot of good food like latkes and noodle kugel (a sweet noodle casserole).

Yoni Philipp

junior in political science I’m going to light the menorah with my friends, eat latkes and play dreidel. Usually, my dad makes latkes, but this year my friends and I are making them from scratch. I still have to ask my dad for the recipe.   DECEMBER 2-8, 2010

Pass the pickles.

CU Sound off

by Kelsey Shannon

What’s the worst thing your mom has ever caught you doing?


s we’re finishing out our last weeks of fall semester, a lot of us are looking forward to spending winter break at home. The only problem is that we’re back under our mother’s thumb, and her word is law. I, of course, was an angel, which basically

means that I never got caught. But I have a friend whose mom caught her dancing and singing to N*Sync in a sports bra and shorts once. And another who thought he got away with doing the dirty deed in his mom’s house ... until his dog pulled the used

condom out of the trash and brought it right up to Mama. So this week, buzz wants to know: What is the worst thing your mom has caught you doing?

Kent Frayn

Fernando Angelucci

Sarah Langer

Kitaka Johnson

junior, LAS

sophomore, ACES

sophomore, LAS

senior, UIC

“When I was about five years old, my mom came in her room ... and found me giving myself a foot massage with her vibrator.”

“Having sex. Definitely the worst thing she caught me doing.”

“I was always too quick to get caught! I think I got caught making out with someone once when I was 15, but I was pretty crafty as a kid.”

“When I was 17, my mom caught me with a girl when we were being ... intimate. I wasn’t as embarrassed as the girl was, but I was scared of my mom. She was mad!”

donate presents. make children happy! WPGU embarks upon another year of Operation Santa by Kelsey Shannon Let’s be honest here: Your favorite holiday was Christmas as a kid. You woke up at the buttcrack of dawn, tore the rest of your family out of bed and then raced downstairs to dive into the glorious art of gift-opening. There was always something to look forward to: presents, food, time with your family, maybe a trip to visit Santa (shh, he’s real). Something that a lot of people don’t think about during this holiday is the vast amount of children who don’t have these things on Christmas. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2008 census, 18.7 percent of people in Champaign County are living below the poverty level, compared to the 13.2 percent of the total U.S. population. The federal poverty level in 2008 was $10,400 per year for an individual, with an added $3,600 for each additional person in a family or household. This year, WPGU 107.1 is running its 17th annual Operation Santa. Operation Santa is a group of people on a mission to bring holiday cheer to families in CU who don’t have the luxury of presents on Christmas morning. The program runs from Nov. 15 to Dec. 4 this year, and WPGU is hoping that you can help them raise the $4,000 that they did last year. According to the official press release, through events such as on-air pledge-a-thons, a benefit concert and the annual “12 Beers of Christmas” beer tasting, WPGU hopes to make it a success for its community partners, Champaign’s Crisis Nursery and

Parent Wonders of Rantoul. “For seventeen years we have been involved with Operation Santa, and we continue this tradition every holiday season because it is very successful,” said Illini Media general manager Mary Cory in the official press release. “The students love it, and Crisis Nursery and Parent Wonders of Rantoul enjoy working with us.” The program concludes with two holiday parties for the families. “It is nice to have them come together to celebrate the spirit of Christmas,” said Laura Swinford, Program Director at Crisis Nursery, in the press release. “Seeing the joy on the parents’ and children’s faces when they are celebrating together is truly lifechanging for all involved.” To help out during the last days of this year’s Operation Santa, you can: • Listen to WPGU 107.1FM until Dec. 4 to call in a pledge • Take up a collection in lieu of a gift exchange at your office or business • Visit to make an online donation • Drop off or mail pledges to Illini Media at 512 E. Green St. between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. • Attend 12 Beers of Christmas on Dec. 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Esquire Lounge at 106 N. Walnut in Champaign buzz   


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Never attempt to distract a masturbating gorilla.


(March 21-April 19)

Physicist Stephen Hawking believes it would be dangerous to get in touch with extraterrestrial creatures. “If aliens visit us,” he says, “the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans.” Those who’ve studied the teeming evidence for UFOs would say that Hawking’s warning is too late. Some mysterious non-human intelligence has been here for a long time, and the fact that we are still around proves they’re no Spanish conquistadors. Aside from that, though, let’s marvel at the stupidity of Hawking’s lame advice. As any mildly wise person knows, exploring the unknown is not only an aid to our mental and spiritual health -- it’s a prerequisite. That’ll be especially true for you Aries in the coming weeks.


(April 20-May 20)

At times, although one is perfectly in the right, one’s legs tremble,” wrote philosopher V.V. Rozanov. “At other times, although one is completely in the wrong, birds sing in one’s soul.” That may have been the case for you last month, Taurus, but these days it’s the exact reverse. If your knees are wobbly, you’re off-center, missing the mark, or far from the heart of the matter. If, on the other, birds are singing in your soul, it’s because you’re united with the beautiful truth. There are a couple of caveats, though: The beautiful truth won’t be simple and bright; it’ll be dense, convoluted, and kaleidoscopic. And the birds’ songs will sound more like a philharmonic orchestra pounding out Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony than a single flute playing a quaint folk song.


(May 21-June 20)

Are there any actors who have impersonated as many different types of characters as Gemini chameleon Johnny Depp? From rogue agent to chocolatier, from psychotic barber to astronaut, he is a model of inconsistency -- a master of not imitating himself. (To glimpse 24 of his various personas, go here: According to my reading of the omens, you now have a poetic license to follow his lead. There have been few times in the last two years when you’ve had this much freedom and permission to be so multiple, mercurial, and mutant.


(June 21-July 22)

A tattoo now adorns the neck of pop star Rihanna. It says “rebelle fleur,” which is a French phrase meaning “rebel flower.” The grammar police protested her new body art. They wished she would have rendered it correctly -- as “fleur rebelle” -- since in French, adjectives are supposed to follow, not precede, the nouns they refer to. But I’m guessing Rihanna knew that. In reversing the order, she was double-asserting her right to commit breezy acts of insurrection. Let’s make “rebelle fleur” your keynote in the coming days, Cancerian. Break taboos, buck tradition, and overthrow conventional wisdom -- always with blithe grace and jaunty charm.


(July 23-Aug. 22)

Research by German psychologists suggests that positive superstitions may be helpful. Reporting in the journal Psychological Science, they discovered that people who think they are in possession of good luck charms outperform people who don’t. “Superstition-induced confidence” seems to act in ways akin to how placebos work to heal sick people: It can provide a mysterious boost. (More here: Just for the fun of it, Leo -- and in accordance with the astrological omens -- put this finding to the test. Get yourself a magical object that stimulates your power to achieve success.


(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Psychologist Carl Jung said that we are all connected to each other via the collective unconscious. Your psyche and my psyche have taproots that sink deep into the memories and capacities of the entire human race. According to my reading of the omens, your taproots are now functioning more vigorously than they have in a long time. You’re in more intimate contact than usual with the primal pool of possibilities. And what good is

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that, you may ask? Well, it means you have the power to draw on mojo that transcends your personal abilities. Could you make use of some liquid lightning, ambrosial dreams, or healing balm from the beginning of time?


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by Matt Jones

“Flat Tops”--making a certain letter less...pointy.

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

If you want to get a gallon of milk directly from the source, you have to squeeze a cow’s udder over 300 times. I recommend you use that as a metaphor for your task in the days to come. It’s going to take a lot of squirts or tugs or tweaks to get the totality of what you want. Be patient and precise as you fill your cup little by little. There’s no way you can hurry the process by skipping some steps.


(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)


(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)


(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth,” says the Bible. That doesn’t mean what most people think it does. The word translated as “meek” is the Greek word praus, which in ancient times didn’t mean “weak-willed, passive, mild.” Rather, it referred to great power that was under rigorous control. For example, soldiers’ warhorses were considered praus. They heeded the commands of their riders, but were fierce warriors that fought with tireless fervor. In this spirit, Scorpio, I’m predicting you’re about to get very “meek”: offering your tremendous force of will and intelligence in disciplined service to a noble cause. (Thanks to Merlin Hawk for the info I used in this ‘scope.) Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote a book called Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is. I’d love it if in the next few weeks you would think a lot about how you are on your way to becoming what you were born to be. Current astrological omens suggest you will have special insight into that theme. For inspiration, you might want to borrow some of Nietzsche’s chapter titles, including the following: “Why I Am So Wise,” “Why I Am So Clever,” and “Why I Am a Destiny.”

During some of her concerts, Capricorn singer Hayley Williams (lead vocalist of Paramore) has worn a tank top that bears the phrase “Brand New Eyes.” I encourage you to consider making that your own guiding principle for a while. By pointedly declaring your intention to view the world with refreshed vision, you will be able to tune in to sights that have been invisible to you. You will discover secrets hidden in plain view and maybe even carve out a window where before there had been a thick, blank wall.


(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Much of my recent book, Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia, is rated PG. Some is R. But there’s one story that’s X. Not in the same way that porn is. While it’s uninhibited in its rendering of ecstatic eroticism, it’s a feminist meditation on spiritual intimacy, not a heap of vulgar stereotypes. Still, when the book came out, I couldn’t bear the thought of sending copies to certain relatives of mine who are a bit prudish. So I came to an honorable compromise: Using a razor blade, I sliced out the nine pages in question and gave my loved ones the mostly-intact remainder. May I suggest you consider a comparable editing of your efforts, Aquarius? Your main object right now is to win friends and influence people.


(Feb. 19-March 20)

In the waters off the southwest coast of Africa, the small fish known as the bearded goby has always been preyed upon by jellyfish -- until recently. Now this formerly mild-mannered species, whose diet used to consist of phytoplankton, has overthrown the ancient status quo: It is feasting on the jellyfish that once feasted on it. Scientists aren’t sure why. I foresee a metaphorically comparable development in your life, Pisces. How it will play out exactly, I’m not sure. Maybe you’ll gain an advantage over someone or something that has always had an advantage over you. Maybe you will become the topdog in a place where you’ve been the underdog. Or maybe you’ll begin drawing energy from a source that has in the past sucked your energy.

Stumped? Find the solutions in the Classifieds pages.

Across 1 Nine-to-five 4 Yes, in Yokohama 7 Ovens, so to speak 12 “Burn Notice” channel 13 “Rolling Stone” co-founder Wenner 14 Newswoman Mitchell 16 Guy who knows his cake pans? 18 Seesaws, really 19 “Cheers” actor George attending a Massachusetts college? 21 “Stop, horse!” 23 Hits a bicycle horn 24 Pond fish 25 Opera singer Enrico 27 Accomplishes 30 Barrett once of Pink Floyd 31 Native 34 Physicist Mach who coined the term “Mach number” 35 End-of-the-day paymentfest? 37 Surround 40 With perfect timing 41 Ram noise 44 Turkish city that housed the Temple of Artemis 46 Some fish catchers 48 Gp. that provides road maps

49 Religious offshoots 52 “___ Small Candle” (Roger Waters song) 53 Richard Pryor title character with a big German dot on him? 57 Nissan model 58 One-legged maneuver for those chocolate balls? 61 Rembrandt’s city of birth 62 Cupid’s Greek counterpart 63 Skipbo relative 64 Give props to 65 Simple sandwich 66 Understand a joke

Down 1 Protrude 2 Suffix for sugars 3 It gets bleeped 4 Wrench or screwdriver 5 “___ the republic for which it stands...” 6 Split ___ 7 Market sign? 8 Scott Turow bestseller 9 1506, in Roman numerals 10 Get past the lock 11 Sunday deliveries 13 Page 6, on some calendars: abbr. 15 Court stat

17 Gentleman friend 20 Leaning type type 21 Lavs 22 Bale stuff 26 Tiny openings 28 Little giggle 29 Degas display, e.g. 32 Nine Inch Nails hit with the freaky video 33 Gothic novelist Radcliffe 35 Honey Nut Cheerios mascot 36 “Well, there goes that option...” 37 “C’mon, help me out here!” 38 Shoulder decoration 39 Word repeated in T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland” 41 Wraparound greeting 42 Free throw path 43 Volcano spew 45 Obviously-named American financial giant 47 Super-cool computer geek language 50 “People” newsmaker 51 Spin around 54 2000 Radiohead album 55 U.S. Treasury agents 56 End zone scores, briefly 59 Inseparable 60 Poker stakes



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Jukebox Blues The pressures of playing DJ I was out having a few cocktails on Saturday night. I know, I know, I can’t believe it either. Anyway, I decided to play the jukebox. I play it sometimes, but really not all that often because it makes me a little bit uncomfortable. There’s a certain amount of responsibility to declare yourself the musical representative for an entire bar, even if it’s only for five or six songs. Sure, it’s fun to be an impromptu DJ, but you also owe the other bar patrons something. A jukebox can be both great and terrible — depending if it’s in the right hands or not — and I believe we should all take this sort of thing far more seriously than we do. One of the biggest problems with jukeboxes these days are the mechanisms themselves. Not that long ago the jukeboxes used to have actual vinyl records inside of them. You pushed two buttons and you’d see the record start to spin and then the needle would drop. A few scratches later your song was playing. This was awesome on a couple of levels. First off, it sounded really nice and unique. Secondly, it allowed the bar to control what kind of music was played. If it was a country bar, there was country music on the jukebox; if it was a college bar, the songs would be more contemporary, and so on. The music sort of controlled the environment.

island when this song begins to play, especially if the bar is quiet at the time. Once the music begins, just about every drunk bastard in the place is going to look over and see who’s manning the jukebox. They will judge you on song selection, appearance and anything else they can come up with. All you can do is stand there and take it until you’ve picked all your songs. If you’ve made your last pick and turn around to see the entire bar still staring at you, feel free to assume your jukebox prowess was not appreciated in any way. Part of the problem is many people who go to the same bar on a regular basis end up hearing the same songs over and over again and they simply can’t take it anymore. You can just imagine how the bartenders feel. Somebody is always going to play Lynyrd Skynrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.” It’s an okay song and Skynrd rules, but it’s so trite by this point it’s basically a joke. Choose “Gimme Three Steps” instead. It’s sort of funny and it will make you seem like a better person. The same thing goes with Johnny Cash. The Man in Black is an American icon and his songs really lend themselves to having a few beverages. By the same token, “Ring of Fire” is a song I never need to hear in a bar again. Pick any other Cash song and it’ll be fantastic, but for the love of god, let that one go. Patsy Cline has also probably hit the point of diminishing returns. She’s got a beautiful voice and the songs are incredible, and yet, I’ve heard them so much at bars I’ve We should all just listen to Patsy almost grown to hate each and every one Cline at our homes and not in of them. We should all just listen to Patsy public. It’s just too depressing. That at our homes and not in public. It’s just too depressing. That woman understood hapwoman understood happiness like I piness like I understand sobriety. You’re probably never going to expeunderstand sobriety. rience that wonderful jukebox moment For a short period of time, there were CDs on where everyone in the bar thinks you a musical the jukeboxes. It was actually okay. The scratches genius and begins singing along, so it might be weren’t there, which was great for most people, best if you just focused on not pissing anyone though it’s something I sort of enjoyed. Still, the off too badly. bars could control the music and it was swell to The thing is, everyone in a bar isn’t going to play a song from an album that wasn’t especially be in the same mood at the same time so there popular but was a fine song nonetheless. There will always be a jukebox gap for some of the paare still a few of these around, but they’re becom- trons. This is why I like to pick “Swinging Doors” ing dinosaurs. Now, they have these fancy music by Merle Haggard. It’s a sad song but it’s sort of systems that can call up virtually any song ever peppy and the chorus, “I’ve got swinging doors, a recorded and have it playing in your particular jukebox and a barstool,” makes everyone feel like bar in less than a minute. It gives the patron tons they’re sort of in it together. As an added bonus, of freedom and access and strikes me as just ter- it’s actually got the word “jukebox” in the song. rible. It’s like being in a missile silo; no one person I can’t imagine what could be a better record to pick. I get the feeling I’ll be hearing the same old should have that much control. The most pressure in a jukebox situation is the tired crap, though. You don’t have to be smart to first song. This will not only set the tone for the play a jukebox, and I’m sure many people will keep rest of your selections, but you are also on an verifying this statement on a nightly basis.



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