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Like A Phoenix By Joe Mazurkiewicz

The new and improved Leonhard Rec Center opens tomorrow! From everyday health to birthday parties, Joe Mazurkiewicz previews that facility and all that it has to offer its community.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Wondering why â&#x20AC;&#x153;selfiesâ&#x20AC;? are actually awesome? Read up on Ryanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s article to find out why he secretly admires the new-founded â&#x20AC;&#x153;selfieâ&#x20AC;? fad!

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So Many Eggs By Leila Shinn

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Whether you're passively sipping Espresso or frantically speed-reading an hour before your final, these selections from the Music Staff will have you covered for finals.

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International Drum Month has been moved to May! Normally planning the event in November, the Percussion Marketing Council (PMC) has decided to move this highly anticipated promotion. The switch was prompted by the desire to gain more customers who are not preoccupied with the hectic holiday rush. According to PMC board member Billy Cuthrell, May is the ideal month for retailers to start bringing in promotions that go hand-in-hand with summer programs, such as the Vans Warped Tour Lesson Lab program. With this change, PMC hopes to elicit more excitement about drumming than ever before, increasing the numbers of customers at local music retail stores. Although CU community members can participate in International Drum Month by supporting their local music stores, there are other organized events going on around the area that will be getting in on the drumming fun! The Tolono Public Library will be hosting a drumming workshop for all ages. Andy Miller, an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais and Associate Instructor of Percussion at Indiana University, will host the workshop. Miller has performed all over the world with various groups, such as the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Mark Morris Dance Company and the Afro-pop group Rhythm Manding. So, if you are looking for a chance to see cool performances and learn some cool drumming techniques, check out this workshop on May 6 from 4-5 p.m. at 1111 E. Main St. in Tolono. BUZZ STAFF COVER DESIGN Bella Reinhofer EDITOR IN CHIEF Tyler Durgan MANAGING EDITOR Kaitlin Penn ART DIRECTOR Katie Geary COPY CHIEF Esther Hwang PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR Diana Diggs IMAGE EDITOR Kaitlin Penn PHOTOGRAPHERS Madison Ross-Ryan, Teresa Anderson. Alyssa Abay DESIGNERS Ben Minard, Bella Reinhofer MUSIC EDITOR Sean Neumann FOOD & DRINK EDITOR Paul Angelillo MOVIES & TV EDITOR Kaitlin Penn ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Emily Dolorek COMMUNITY EDITOR Carly Gubbins COPY EDITORS Nicolette Hansen, Joshua Lopez DISTRIBUTION Brandi and Steve Wills ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Deb Sosnowski PUBLISHER Lilyan J. Levant

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FOOD & DRINK

MCDONALD’S MAKES ITS WAY TO GREEN The fast food giant seeks a foothold among CU’s campus gauntlet, but can it succeed? BY SHALAYNE PULIA

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ew this summer 2014 to the bustling business scene of Green Street will be fast-food powerhouse McDonald's. Am I mildly disappointed that, once again, the Portillo's rumors are untrue? Yes. But let’s talk about why Mickey D’s on Green makes some sense.

1. The Icon Find me one person whose face twists into a dumbfounded eyebrow raise when you mention “golden arches.” I don’t even have to say the actual name of the restaurant for you to know what it is. Now that’s a global brand. Hell, try just wearing red and golden-yellow together. I promise it’s a 50/50 shot you’ll either get the “Christopher Robin’s been looking for you” or “Dude, where’s my Big Mac?” With more than 33,000 locations in 119 countries on six continents, it’s hard to think of a fast food chain better recognized. Considering the University’s international population, appealing to the entire student body (not to mention faculty and staff) will be no problem.

2. Convenience So you’re tired of bugging your roommate for his/ her car keys or a ride to that the drive thru on Neil?

Ronald McDonald’s got you covered. There’s a reason Green Street is prime realty. McDonald’s has been waiting five years to score a spot on the 600 block of Green Street according to Director of Commercial Leasing and Marketing Jill Guth. “When you have so many students it draws a lot of national retailers,” Guth said. The space will be just over 4,000 square feet rivaling Panda Express’s 3,100 square foot double decker space on the corner of Wright and Green. McDonalds will takeover the former GameStop storefront at 616 East Green with an opening out to the back as well. Oh did I mention, rumor has it (according to Guth) they will be open 24 hours? ‘Nuff said.

3. Dare I say the food? Expectation: Everything/anything I can find on Green Street is healthier than McDonald’s. Reality: A Quarter Pounder with cheese has 520 calories compared to a Wendy’s 1/4 lb. single burger at 580. Okay, so 60 calories isn’t exactly mind blowing. But still. To its credit, Mickey D’s does have some healthier options, considering it’s a fast food mecca. Example: A Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait will run you

about 150 calories, while the fruit smoothies all stand around 220 or less. Clearly healthier options are there if you want them, even at McDonald’s. And if someone has the willpower to walk through the golden arches, smell those fries and not order a large, by all means share your secret. As for now, some students think McDonald’s will be a temporary hype losing in the long run to restaurants with a better track record for healthier food. “Places like Chipotle and Panera and stuff will always be more popular because students are trying to eat healthier, and the value behind the food is seen as a healthier option,” junior Christina Lopez said. Regardless, a classic Big Mac or creamy Oreo McFlurry will keep customers coming back just like they do at every other chain. People know what to expect, healthy or unhealthy. But the on-campus option of a cheap late night burger will draw a substantial amount of customers like it does at the other location on Neil Street.

4. Jobs McDonald’s employs about 1.7 million people across the globe. Putting up any “now hiring” sign on a college campus is bound to put a smile on some cash-strapped

students' faces. Several Chambanites will get a chance to join the crew, as the restaurant is set to open sometime this summer. As for the rest of Green Street, Guth isn’t worried for her other big company names like Panda Express or Wendy’s. “Anytime a new restaurant or store opens the first month is pretty busy. But eventually it all evens out again,” Guth said. Students are agreeing with Guth. “I think it’s going to be like Wendy’s where there was all this hype and super long lines, but eventually it will slow down,” said Lopez. Junior Naveen Rajadhyaksha isn’t as thrilled about another fast food chain making its way to our main drag. “We are moving toward corporate life again, which to me kind of sucks because it doesn’t allow us to have UIUC unique places besides Papa Del’s,” Rajadhyaksha said with a quick laugh. “I just wanna keep nostalgia at an all time high.” Nixing the nostalgia, Guth said that more commercial space might be available once the construction at Lot J finishes in summer of 2015. Right now Marriot is the only taker, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

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cDonald’s is coming to Campustown in the summer of 2014, but the possibility of the fast food chain doing well here is not too likely. Even with the restaurant’s popularity around the world, there are a lot of obstacles that could prevent it from succeeding. This isn’t the first foray for the burger 'n’ fries franchise either: there has been an event in the past where McDonald’s was located north of Green Street and in the Union, but they both closed down for various reasons. Third time is the charm may raise hopes, but there are plenty of reasons McDonald’s might not do well in its new location. It’s not the first fast food chain in Campustown: There is already a Wendy’s and Chipotle right by where McDonald's will be built, two other successful chains that have been doing well on Green. This stiffens the competition with the new McDonald’s and gives customers a greater variety of cheap places to eat. Out of all the fast food chains located in Campustown, Chipotle has been very popular with the students of the

University, so McDonald’s might not receive the same love as them, as they already have many loyal customers who have even lined up out the door for the Mexican fare. Besides the fast food chains, there are many local businesses in the area, such as Mia Za’s or Spoon House, that will be in competition with McDonald’s. These restaurants have already established themselves in to the community, where their food is well-known. They are also known for the quality as well, as the food is prepared fresh. McDonald’s, being perhaps the quintessential fast food chain, is hardly known for its freshness and preparation on site, so people will compare these qualities and would rather choose to eat a local establishment the same distance away. Going off on the local establishments here in CU, many restaurants sell a diverse variety of foods, spanning from a lot of different cultures. Eating foods from a variety of cultures is an experience in itself, and many visitors from other

states and colleges come to Campustown for that experience. Even with a McDonald’s on Green Street, they won’t pull in any new customers because visitors could get that food anywhere else. There are many choices to eat from, like Murphy’s Pub and Maize, which are unique only to Green Street. McDonald’s probably won’t do too well here because eating here is an experience, and McDonald's is a food place that can eaten anywhere at another time. People are also more health-conscious now and are making arguments for fast food chains to sell healthier food and change the processes of how their food is made. Because people want healthier food, McDonald’s might not do well on Green Street. McDonald’s is not known for selling the healthiest foods for consumption, so that is a reason they might not do well in their new location. Customers want healthier foods to eat, and McDonald’s, right now, currently can’t supply that to the public. New restaurants are always welcomed to Cam-

New McDonald's on campus. Green Street, Champaign, IL. Photo by Teresa Anderson

pustown: The area is an ever-changing tapestry of foods for locals and college students to consume. New ideas for food and new cultures are always wanted, but McDonald’s is something that everyone is used to. The restaurant brings nothing new to the public, and for it to succeed, it has to sell something interesting to get the attention away from other restaurants located around it. A new McDonald’s might not do well in Campustown, so it's going to have to try really hard to stay and keep customers loyal to the business. May 2-8, 2014 buzz 5


COMMUNITY

LIKE A PHOENIX... Leonhard Recreation Center is reborn, and opens tomorrow! BY JOE MAZURKIEWICZ

Leonhard Recreation Center. Champaign, IL. Photo by Madison Ross-Ryan

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omorrow’s the big day for Champaign Park District’s revitalized Leonhard Recreation Center at 2307 West Sangamon Drive. The new center, built a block away from the original recreation center, stands as a monument to the original Leonhard Rec Center that was built in 1976 and has aged as gracefully as it could, given its 40 years of service to citizens with active lifestyles. Rather than give the park a facelift, the park district moved ahead with a new facility that is bigger and has more facilities than its predecessor — a project they have had in mind for a good while. Located next to Centennial High School and Jefferson Middle School, the park will be a breath of fresh air (newly air-conditioned air, too!) to local youth in the coming summer months. The new facility will house gym space equal to two regulation-sized basketball courts — or four

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regulation volleyball courts — with a three-lane running track wrapped around it. The track is 13 laps for a mile, the longest dedicated track in the area and the parks system. There’s an indoor playground for kids, as well as a group fitness room and a weight room, all of which are available to use for the flat rate of $5 a visit ($10 for non-residents) or a yearly membership at $70 with unlimited use during operating hours. At $70 dollars a year, any workout aficionado can get their money's worth after two months, compared to traditional gym memberships. For those of us who don’t even lift (bro), the open gym is a viable option, open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 12 to 4 p.m. for general use on weekends. Volleyball night are held on Saturdays while basketball nights are on Sundays, both starting at 6 p.m. For the coming summer months, parents are

encouraged to check out the programs Leonhard offers, from preschool fun, such as Wiggles and Giggles to youth Summer Day Camps, the new rec center will have something to keep your child busy and safe. If programs are extensive, you can check out their sport programs, offered for both recreation and league play. If health and wellness is a priority, but the competition of athletics is a turn off, there are programs like Forever Fit, M.A.C. 6 (make a change in six weeks) and line-dancing fitness to check out, so there is no excuse not to have the summer body you want. Want to have a birthday party, but don’t know where to have it? Go to the rec center. It has a forrent party room with a basic package of $80 for two hours with decorations and supplies included, as well as themed party packages for $200 dollars that comes with a party leader — so the parents

can relax, instead of worrying about wrangling kids — and can be themed Dora and Diego, the Explorers, Harry Potter, athletics and fitness, or the royal package with a medieval twist. Clean-up is provided by park staff, and all that’s left is to bring a cake for the birthday guest of honor. Need to give that party a boost? The gym (both or half courts) can be rented as well, and coordinating a party block with an open gym is the best way to get the most out of the rec center and give the kids a day they won’t soon forget. In addition to party space, the rec center has a classroom-sized room available for renting out all the same and can function for meetings or gatherings. The Leonhard Recreation Center works to serve all your party, summertime and everyday needs. Be sure to take advantage of new and improved facility.


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

SPELL-BOUND Enchanting Sleeping Beauty leaps to stage with Champaign Urbana Ballet BY REBECCA JACOBS

Anna Lin as Aurora struck by the curse of John Dayger as Carabosse. Photo by Dan Merlo

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obey Martinez thinks that the Disney version of “Sleeping Beauty” is “scarier” than the ballet form. Even the movie “Maleficent,” opening in theaters May 30, has a different name for the villain from the ballet's. CU residents can see the ballet interpretation of “Sleeping Beauty” at the Virginia Theatre on May 3 and 4, directed by Deanna Doty. Tickets for the matinee performances are “going fast.” The Champaign Urbana Ballet first performed “Sleeping Beauty” in 2000 with a few selections from the full-length ballet. Now, the company is producing a two-hour performance. “Every time we do it, it gets a little better,” Martinez said, laughing. Martinez is the ballet mistress for “Sleeping Beauty.” Her job is to facilitate the needs of Doty to make her vision of the ballet a reality. While kids will recognize certain parts in the ballet from the Disney interpretation, Martinez said there will be some scenes Disney fans are not familiar with. The ballet includes a wedding celebration at the end that has “wonderful pageantry of fairy tale characters that perform for the royal couple.” Red Riding Hood and Puss in Boots are two of the wedding performers. Another difference is that the villain in the ballet is named Carabosse, not Maleficent. Still, the general storyline is the same. Prin-

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cess Aurora is cast into a 100 year sleep by the evil fairy Carabosse. Through enchantments by the Lilac Fairy, Aurora is awakened by true love’s first kiss from Prince Désiré. The ages of the dancers in the ballet range from nine to adulthood. The main roles require advanced dancers who are also character artists. These roles demand acting in the role, and the dancer has to be able to have “special communication with the audience.” Valerie Linsner is one of the dancers performing Aurora. She started dancing at age five. Now at 15 years old, Linsner dances two hours every night, including rehearsals on the weekends. Dancers performing the role of Prince Désiré practice the same schedule. Martinez realizes this is “an amazing amount of commitment for a young person.” “Here’s the wonderful thing about ballet: As busy as these kids are, they are amazingly smart,” Martinez said. “They are top notch students.” Maeva O’Brien, one of the dancers performing the Lilac Fairy, is graduating this year. She was accepted into Harvard University. Martinez feels that ballet “teaches young dancers to hold themselves to a standard and push further than that.” Erisa Nakamura, 17, understands the physical demand in ballet. She practices around 18 hours a week. “Whenever we have a break, it’s noticeable

how much the ballet class keeps us in shape because we’re all too sore to walk the day after,” said Nakamura. Nakamura is also performing as Aurora. She began ballet when she was four years old. She has danced in the Champaign Urbana Ballet performance of the “Nutcracker” every year since 2006. She says her most memorable role was performing the Sugar Plum Fairy. “Ever since I was a soldier, I always looked up to the dancer who was the Sugar Plum Fairy, and it was crazy to me that I was getting the opportunity to dance such an esteemed role,” Nakamura said. Ben Chapman, 17, puts a lot of emphasis on his training. When he is in the gym, he focuses on exercises that will enhance his jumps and lifts, such as plyometric moves, weight training, training sprints and circuit work. On top of that, he makes sure he eats “clean.” Both Nakamura and Chapman have hobbies outside of ballet. Nakamura is in National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta at Centennial High School. Chapman is currently learning to sing and play new instruments. He and a few friends in the ballet are even card magicians. Casting grew to 140 roles for this production of “Sleeping Beauty.” The dancers have been rehearsing since January. Champaign Urbana Ballet sees the expansion of roles as a growth of the company, allowing for bigger productions.

The parents of the dancers play a huge role in the production. Costumes alone involve about 100 volunteers. Martinez recognizes that they couldn’t have the production without the parents. “Some of the costumers give far more than we ask,” Martinez said. Masumi Iriye is the costume mistress for “Sleeping Beauty.” Iriye makes sure each of the dancers go on stage “looking stunning.” She designed each of the crowns for the fairies to be slightly different for each dancer, reflecting their personalities. For instance, Martinez said that a pink, elaborately decorated crown was made for a “spunky” dancer. The costumes were designed in the style of King Louis XIV. Over 60 new costumes were constructed for “Sleeping Beauty.” “They’re just amazing works of art,” Martinez said. Parents help with a variety of roles aside from costumes. Some parents load the sets into Virginia Theatre and tear the sets down after. The sets were designed by Andy Warfel. Martinez said it is very tricky to design sets for ballet because the sets need to transition quickly between scenes. Warfel designed a grand staircase and a forest that drops down onto the stage. He has worked on other sets for Champaign Urbana Ballet, including the Swan Lake set. “We are very fortunate that he gave his talents to us," Martinez said. Backstage, parents make sure dancers are safe in


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their dressing rooms. They also help with costume changes for dancers who perform multiple roles. One group that has to change costumes is the creature boys. They are performed by nine-yearold boys who are part of a group called the trainees, who are new to the production. The creature boys get to be in the prologue with Carabosse. They have one minute and 12 seconds to change costumes and be composed enough to return on stage. Another group of trainees perform in the garland dance to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once Upon a Dream.â&#x20AC;? Martinez said the trainees have a special place in her heart. The company allows trainees to perform in the production if there are open roles. Dancers are selected for the productions through auditions. In the fall, there are auditions for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nutcracker,â&#x20AC;? in addition to auditions to join the company. If a dancer is selected to be in the company, he or she is also invited to perform in the spring production. Company dancers rehearse throughout the year. Dancers who performed advanced rolls in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nutcracker,â&#x20AC;? such as Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy, come back and perform again in the spring production. Champaign Urbana Ballet was founded in 1998, and the company is committed to making ballet accessible to everyone.

Parents also help with the boutique at performances. The boutique is where Champaign Urbana Ballet sells merchandise. Items for sale include figurines, flowers turned into headpieces from the garland dance and pointe shoes the dancers have decorated or signed. The pointe shoes for sale are old pointe shoes previously used by the dancers in the company. Martinez said that little kids and adults love the shoes. Martinez even has a few pairs in her own home. Profits from the boutique benefit the Champaign Urbana Ballet, helping fund costumes and new sets. Martinez is heavily involved in the planning of the production. She realizes that â&#x20AC;&#x153;logistically, it is a challenge.â&#x20AC;? She meets weekly with Doty to plan rehearsal schedules that work with dancersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; schedules. In meetings, they have to decide where there needs to be a change in music and tempo. The music for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sleeping Beautyâ&#x20AC;? is prerecorded from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s score. Within the ballet, different recordings are used to suit what is best for different dancers and to fulfill the vision Doty has for the production. The production is made possible by team members who specialize in different areas. Terry Kind is producing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sleeping Beauty.â&#x20AC;? Terry Bush is in charge of publicity along with a crew of parents. The work of the team â&#x20AC;&#x153;comes into a beautiful production.â&#x20AC;?

Martinez thinks that the movie interpretation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sleeping Beautyâ&#x20AC;? is great, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing like going into the theater and seeing a real person as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interacting with the other members in the set.â&#x20AC;? Each performance is different, allowing for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of a kind and very personal experience.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The art of ballet in and of itself is a very intricate skill and, when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done well, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breathtaking,â&#x20AC;? Martinez said. As the ballet mistress, Martinez hopes that audiences take away â&#x20AC;&#x153;an appreciation of the art form,â&#x20AC;? skill and artistry behind ballet from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sleeping Beauty.â&#x20AC;? Tickets are available: Âť In person at the box office at 203 W. Park Avenue, Champaign: Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Âť By phone at 356-9063 Âť Online at http://thevirginia.org/venue-info Tickets cost: Âť Adult: $24 Âť Seniors: $19 Âť Student/Youth: $12

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aleb Means is anticipating the welcome of his newest project, Wicked Walls. I joined him at Cafe Kopi in his hometown of Champaign to discuss his excitement in performing the heavy, fuzz-driven album at the album release party (May 3 at Cowboy Monkey), and the nostalgic enjoyments of playing at a familiar venue with a fresh lineup and sound. »buzz: About the show coming up, what are some of the biggest things you are looking forward to? »Caleb Means: Well, we’re playing with great bands. Withershins is a good local band. I always like playing with them; we’re good friends with those guys. I honestly haven’t seen them play for several months, so I’m curious with their new drummer, Luke, and everything. They’ve got some lineup changes, and they’ve recorded some stuff recently. I’m looking forward to seeing their improvement as a live band. With Suns, the band from Chicago, I know they’ve played here in town a few times, and I’ve heard a lot of their recording but I’ve never seen them live yet. For me, personally, it’s kind of like I’m getting to play at a show that I’m enjoying to go to at the same time. »buzz: What were some of the factors that made you choose Cowboy Monkey specifically for your show? »CM: I’ve done a lot of release shows in town and for a release show you want the best sound that you can get, and around here it’s either going to be HighDive or it's going to be Cowboy Monkey. I’ve just always done them at the Cowboy Monkey. I like it because it’s smaller. The HighDive is a big place and if you don’t get 200-300 bodies in the HighDive, it kind of looks like there are not a lot of people there, but at Cowboy Monkey you can sort of fill out, and it kind of feels more like a party whenever you cram 120-130 people in there. And it sounds great in that room too. »buzz: How big of a crowd are you expecting? »CM: I have no idea. I’ve done shows there before where we’ve been able to sell it out, so I would hope for that. It would be nice to get 100-plus people in there. I would think that’s going to be pretty easy to achieve. »buzz: Will this be the first time that Wicked Walls will be performing some of the songs off of the new album live?

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»CM: No, we’ve been, in some form or another, playing these songs for almost a year. We’ve gone through lineup changes and within the last 10 or 11 months, we’ve finally got a solid lineup. Basically, the songs that we’re playing now are the same songs we’ve been playing for a year. Hopefully, we’re just better at playing them now. »buzz: So there won’t be any difficulties you might foresee? »CM: No, no. There’s one kind of newer one we may try if we can get enough rehearsals in between now and then. No, it should be good. I don’t want to give too much away, but we’ve got sort of a guest musician. We’re a five-piece band, but we’re going to have a guest musician playing with us this Saturday, so that’ll add a nice dynamic to the live set up. »buzz: I did hear rumors of that. »CM: Yeah, so it should be really cool. Some of this was on the record, and we haven’t been able to do that in a live format so this will be a unique opportunity to make the songs live sound maybe closer to how they did on the record. I’ll be looking forward to that. »buzz: Besides the guest appearance, is there anything special that you are trying to do for the performance? »CM: Oh, yeah we’ve got a lot up our sleeves. Hopefully it all works out. I studied film and video production in college, so I’m a big fan of imagery and stuff like that, so we may have some pretty cool stuff projected on the walls just to make it a little more interesting to look at besides five old people standing up on stage. »buzz: Would you like to say anything further about the guest appearance? »CM: He’s played with us before. He’s been a friend of ours for a long time. Back when I played with New Ruins, he helped us track on a lot of the records and he played live with us a few times then so he’s sort of a reoccurring character in whatever incarnation of music I’m playing in. Plus, it’s just fun to fill the stage. There’s going to be six of us on stage so that can get a little tight up on the Cowboy Monkey stage, but that stuff’s kind of fun to figure out how to cram six individuals up on a tiny stage and figure out how to make noise for people. It should be a good time.

We’ve been doing “weekend warrior” type of stuff here lately. A few weeks ago, we were in Madison and Rockford. This weekend we were able to luckily schedule a Chicago show, so we’re going to be up in Chicago playing Friday night and come back here for the release show on Saturday. Hopefully Chicago people read this and get out to Quenchers this Friday night. We’re playing with another local band here. We’re traveling up with our friends, Thunderstruck, and playing with a band up in Chicago called Sequoia, so that should be a pretty fun show — I’ve never played at Quenchers before. This has been kind of fun. I haven’t gotten to do this in a long time where we just go out for a couple of days and play shows. It gets harder the older you get when you’re working full time, and you have family and kids and mortgages and stuff like that. It’s hard to work around that. I’m actually very fortunate that the five of our schedules are actually able to coincide, and we can make this happen. »buzz: Are you satisfied with the timing of the release? Is it too late or too early? »CM: It is what it is. I mean, working with the label, working with Jim and Hidden Agenda, we tried to find the best time to put out the record and that was just the time frame we found. We had Record Store Day in there, so we had to kind of plan around Record Store Day. We didn’t want to do it that weekend or really even the weekend before or after. We wanted to kind of put some space behind that. We wanted the record out for Record Store Day, but I just couldn’t find any availability locally with the venues early in April. I mean, it would have been obviously most convenient to put out a record Tuesday and do a release show that Saturday – it just didn’t work out that way around. Maybe, at least, this time around, it’ll be nice if people had been listening to the record for the last three and a half weeks here they’ll know the songs a little better at the show. It’s called timing for a reason. Sometimes it works for you and sometimes you don’t get exactly what you want, but I’m not disappointed by any means. »buzz: I know New Ruins changed their sound from record-to-record. Do you plan on keeping a static sound

or trying to change it up a little? »CM: Well, I felt like even with this record we went with an approach of “let’s be heavier, let’s be fuzzier, let’s be bigger, let’s be louder,” but all while keeping things melodic. I’ll tell people that we’re heavy, and they’ll ask if there’s screaming. No, no there’s no screaming. It’s still melodic. Even I felt the record had some diversity in it. It has an all-acoustic song, it has stuff that uses cleaner guitars and slower beats mixed in with all of the fuzz. I feel that even this first record is fairly dynamic, but I’d like to stay in this path. That’s what this band is going to do. If I ever do anything different — slower or acoustic or electronic — it’ll be a different band name. It’ll be a different project. This Wicked Walls project is designed to be a little more aggressive than past efforts. »buzz: Do you feel like the band has kind of solidified the sound yet, or do you feel like you’re still trying to grow? »CM: That’s a good question. Probably the simple answer would be that we’re still searching for it. What we’re doing right now as a unit is pretty cohesive, but it’s hard for me to ever get pigeon-holed into a sound. I like to do a lot of different things. I think we’re getting closer. Even recently, we were discussing a few of the songs that were written later in the course of writing the album. Some of the later ones seemed to be more “us.” When we’re playing them live, those just seem to roll off better. I think as we got writing more and more songs it’s starting to come along. I’ve got four or five demo songs right now and even they’re a little different. It’s still got the heavy vibe to it and it’s still melodic, but it’s just a different kind of heavy. So I think... I don’t know. »buzz: Still searching? »CM: I think I’ll always be searching. I think that’s the only way I’ll be able to continue to play music. Once I’ve found something that’s good and I start sticking with it, I start to get bored, so it’s got to constantly do something different. Otherwise, what’s the point of doing it, if you just kind of stay in the same groove all the time? Catch Wicked Walls Saturday, May 3 at its album release show at Cowboy Monkey in downtown Champaign. The show starts at 9 p.m. and costs $7.


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floor all year long, we now have a blow-out a couple of times a year: one in the fall and one in the spring,” Rost said. The store will also be having a shorter blow-out on Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This sale will focus on picture frames, so mark your calendars for that, as well. All sales have a bit of challenge to it, no matter what store it is. The biggest challenge for The I.D.E.A Store is finding enough space needed for the preparation of the items. “They require a lot of knowledge too, especially the Jewelry BlowOut because of the quality that we receive,” Rost said. The store wants a fair price for what it sells, which is one of the things that keep its customers coming back for more. The store offers fair prices for high-quality items that they would end up buying someplace else, as well as unusual and cool items that its employees wouldn’t find anywhere else. Speaking of items sold at The I.D.E.A Store, its merchandising approach is selling used things that people donate to the store. “The I.D.E.A Store is unique because it supports a nonprofit as an earned income enterprise. Most stores

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MOVIES & TV

EBERTFEST REVIEW: "HE WHO GETS SLAPPED"

Our take on the Ebertfest showing of the 1920s silent classic

Showtimes: The Unknown Known (PG-13) Portrait of Donald Rumsfeld by Errol Morris (The Fog of War) Mon & Tue: 7:30 PM

Enemy (R)

BY ASH VALENTINE

Mindbending doppelganger-thriller Stars Jake Gyllenhaal Fri: 7:30 • Sun: 5:00, 7:30 Wed: 5:00

Le Week-end (R)

Acclaimed bittersweet comedy with Jim Broadbent, Jeff Goldblum Fri: 5:00 PM • Sat: 2:30, 5:00, 7:30 • Sun: 11:30 AM, 2:30 Mon & Tue: 5:00 PM • Wed: 2:30, 7:30 • Thu: 5:00 PM

Blue Ruin (R)

Acclaimed new genre film Fri & Sat: 10:00 PM • Thu: 10:00 PM

After the Dark (R)

Presented by CU Film Society Wed: 10:00 PM

5th Annual Feminist Film Festival (NR)  Free | Presented by UI Women’s Resources Center Thu: 7:15 PM

Photo used with permission from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

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the era before sound was properly introduced to film, few actors were more effective at conveying emotion through facial expressions than silent film actor Lon Chaney. Remembered as “The man of a thousand faces,” Chaney was a master at portraying the vast extremes of human emotion through a solely visual medium, conveying an infinite amount of pain and joy in the lines of his visage. His performance in "He Who Gets Slapped" (1924), directed by Victor Seastrom and based upon the play by Leonid Andreyev, only further confirms his place among the most hallowed performers of his age. The plot of "He Who Gets Slapped" revolves around Paul Beaumont, a poverty-stricken French scientist who, along with his wife Marie, is taken an interest in by the wealthy and enigmatic Baron Regnard. Regnard supports Beaumont’s research into the origins of mankind, and at the start of the film, Beaumont, in a fit of crazed glee, reveals to his delighted wife and Regnard that he has finally stumbled across the secret to man’s beginnings. Beaumont begins preparations to present his findings to the National Academy of Sciences, and journeys there the next day only to find that the Baron has stolen his research and passed it off as his own. When Beaumont attempts to reveal this treachery, the Baron smiles and tells the Academy that Baumont is just his starving assistant and then strikes him, causing the entire assembled scientific establishment to burst into laughter at Beaumont. Beaumont’s wife leaves him for the Baron soon after, delivering a second slap to his

incredulous countenance, and this double betrayal is too much for Beaumont to bear. He renounces his career as a scientist and deals with his pain by laughing at the absurdity and tragedy of life itself, becoming a clown. He adopts an alias, “HE who gets slapped,” and becomes one of Paris’s most successful clowns with an act wherein he attempts to tell the crowd truths in earnest, and is simply slapped in the face by his co-performers for the entertainment of the audience. This act, in which Beaumont (now known simply as HE) does not perform any of the usual comic clown antics but rather speaks completely seriously, only to be struck down by the others and laughed at by the crowd, stands in as an allegory for his betrayal and humiliation at the hands of Baron Regnard and the Academy, and the film’s editing is excellent at juxtaposing Beaumont’s earnestness with HE’s amusement. Scenes of Beaumont as a scientist examining a spinning globe fade into haunting scenes of HE the clown sporting a grin terrifying enough to shame Jack Nicholson’s and Heath Ledger’s Jokers, and scenes of the crowd laughing at HE the clown fade seamlessly into scenes of the National Academy shaming Beaumont the scientist. All of life and human experience is not even immune from this film’s biting criticism, as a shot of a globe representing our entire world fades into a shot of a spinning spiral-print ball ringed by giggling clowns, a startling statement on the absurdity of human experience and the perversion of life into a complete and utter joke. Lon Chaney does not disappoint in the ex-

ecution of the challenging dual role of Paul Beaumont and HE the clown. As Beaumont, his mannerisms perfectly channel the crazed, overworked scientist caught up in a fury of his own passion, and later, Chaney’s face transforms as his eyes widen and his mouth curls into a horrifying grimace at the shock of the Baron’s betrayal. Chaney plays HE with equal perfection, forcing the grimace of Paul Beaumont into the twisted Cheshire-cat grin of HE the clown, an eerie combination of the hilarity of the clown mixed with mad desperation and the ghastly laugh at the tragedy and misfortune of his story. While the performance of one of the past’s greatest actors, Chaney, cemented the quality of the film, equally effective in establishing the disturbing mood of the film was the present-day Alloy Orchestra, accompanying the silent film’s events in real-time at Ebertfest with a chilling score featuring eerie circus music and even more terrifying, strategically placed silence. The combination of Lon Chaney’s amazing performance, the beautifully disquieting score of the Alloy Orchestra, and the charmingly haunting effects of the film all combine to inspire in the viewer a highly disturbing mix of despair and hilarity. These seemingly conflicting emotions should in reality come as no surprise once the film’s themes become clear, and viewers might start chuckling awkwardly at their disquiet regarding the strange film as the credits start to roll. Given time, they might find their laughs at the odd movie not unlike the mad cackles of Beaumont himself, grinning deliriously at the tragic absurdity of life itself.

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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (PG-13) 11:55, 12:10, 12:25, 12:40, 3:00, 3:15, 3:45, 6:05, 6:20, 6:35, 6:50, 9:10, 9:25, 9:55 FRI/SAT LS 11:00, 12:15 D-BOX LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE: 12:25, 6:35 3D THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (PG-13) $2.50 PREMIUM PER 3D TICKET

3:30, 9:40 FRI/SAT LS 11:30 D-BOX LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE: 3:30, 9:40 THE OTHER WOMAN (PG-13) 11:25, 1:55, 4:30, 7:15, 9:45 FRI/SAT LS 12:10 BRICK MANSIONS (PG-13) 12:45, 2:55, 5:10, 7:20, 9:30 FRI/SAT LS 11:40 THE QUIET ONES (PG-13) FRI, SUN-MON, WED 12:30, 2:50, 5:20, 7:40, 10:00 FRI/SAT LS 12:15 SAT, TUE 12:30, 2:50, 5:20 BEARS (G) 12:15, 2:15, 4:15, 6:15, 8:15 TRANSCENDENCE (PG-13) 11:15, 1:55, 4:45, 7:25, 10:05 HEAVEN IS FOR REAL (PG) 12:05, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:25 RIO 2 (G) 11:00, 1:40, 4:05, 6:30, 8:55 DRAFT DAY (PG-13) 2:05, 4:40, 7:10 CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (PG-13) 12:30, 3:35, 6:35, 9:35 FRI/SAT LS 11:45 NOAH (PG-13) 11:10, 4:35, 10:05 DIVERGENT (PG-13) 11:05, 9:50 GOD’S NOT DEAD (PG) 2:05, 7:30

3D THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 IMAX (PG-13) 12:55, 4:00, 7:05, 10:10

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

COMMUNITY ILLINI BASEBALL FAMILY FUN HONOR & SERVE FRIDAY Friday, May 2; 5-9 p.m. AND LITTLE Market Place Mall, free LEAGUE DAY Saturday, May 3; 3-5 p.m. Illinois Field, free

BREAKING DOWN THE BRICK WALLS IN YOUR GENEALOGY Saturday, May 3; 2:30-5:30 p.m. Urbana Free Library, free

2014 ILLINOIS FOOTBALL FAMILY FUN FEST & MOVIE NIGHT

GRAND OPENING OF THE NEW LEONHARD RECREATION CENTER

ILLINOIS PUBLIC MEDIA’S COMMUNITY CINEMA SERIES

Saturday, May 3; 3:30-8 p.m. Memorial Stadium, free Tuesday, May 6; 7-9:30 p.m., Spurlock Museum, free

FREE YOGA

Friday, May 9; 12-1 p.m. Krannert Art Museum, free

Saturday, May 3; 2–5 p.m. 2307 W. Sangamon Drive, free

CHAMPAIGN URBANA BALLET PRESENTS: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Saturday, May 3; 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 4; 2 p.m., Virginia Theatre, $24 adults; $19 seniors; $12 student/youth

ART @ THE Y: COLLABORATIVE ZINE PROJECT

The audience will have unique opportunity to watch Friday, May 2; 12 p.m., Murphy Gallery of the and discuss films with fellow community members. University YMCA, free

FOOD & DRINK

PARKLAND COLLEGE GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDENT JURIED EXHIBITION 2014 Monday, May 12 - Saturday, June 7 Parkland Art Gallery, free

Different graphic design pieces from art student at Parkland College will be displayed for the public, with pieces range from traditional print media, website design, to animation and motion. The gallery’s art will be on display for just under a month.

MOVIES & TV

CHRIS CAVANAUGH AT FAT CITY Friday, May 2; 9 p.m. Fat City Bar and Grill, a la carte

KENTUCKY DERBY AT JUPITER’S PRAIRIE FRUITS FARM SPRING BRUNCH Saturday, May 3; 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. 4410 N. Lincoln Ave., $40

Saturday, May 3; 9 a.m. Jupiter’s at the Crossing, a la carte

Come enjoy the flair and festivity of the Kentucky Derby among an enthusiastic crowd. Not only will specialty cocktails be on offer, only Jupiter’s will allow you to place an actual bet on the race!

SUMMER SESSIONS STAR T MAY 19 AND JUNE 9. Start planning your summer now at harpercollege.edu/summer

MUSIC WICKED WALLS ALBUM RELEASE PARTY WITH WITHERSHINS & SUNS

Friday, May 2; 8 p.m. Mike ‘N Molly’s, $7

Saturday, May 3; 9 p.m. Cowboy Monkey, $7

WOLF LUV, RASH, SWAMP RAT, ASYUTAS

ROBERTA SPARROW, BAD CATMAN, SS WEB AND RESINATER Friday, May 2; 7 p.m. Memphis on Main, $3

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Monday, May 5; Tuesday, 6; 7:30 p.m., Art Theater Co-0p

Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense under George W. Bush, is a polarizing figure in politics. See his side of the story in "The Unknown Known," an exploration of his career written and directed by Errol Morris, and starring Rumsfeld himself as he discusses his life and career from his first years in Congress during the 1960s to planning the controversial war in Iraq in the 2000s.

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MOTES/THE AUTOCORRECT/ APRIL & ANDREW & CHRIS

Friday, May 2; 7 p.m. The Math Lab (house), $5

"THE UNKNOWN KNOWN"

KOWABUNGA! KID, EARTH GIRLS, LOOMING, THE TYRANTS Sunday, May 4; 6 p.m., Dingbat Dungeon (house), $5,

Kowabunga! Kid will play one of their last CU shows for a while, while Chicago natives Earth Girls, Springfield’s Looming and The Tyrants round out the stacked bill.

FEATURED

SEMI-ANNUAL JEWELRY BLOW-OUT SALE Friday, May 16, 4-7 p.m.; and May, 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; The I.D.E.A. Store (28 E. Springfield Ave., 2nd floor)

Come swoop in to The I.D.E.A. Store’s spring jewelry sale, and find some cool new accessories! Ranging in both style and price, there’s likely to be something to trip everyone’s trigger. Constantly restocking their merchandise, there will be an unceasing flow of cool jewelry to be found. Go find some gems!

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