MOVE 10.26.12 VOLUME 11 ISSUE 10
THE KEY TO YOUR ENTERTAINMENT
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POP SOME TAGS HIT UP LEO'S THRIFT SHOP FOR MACKLEMORE-APPROVED COSTUMES FEWER TRICKS, MORE TREATS HALLOWEEN YUMMIES TO CONCOCT FREAKISHLY FAST
one step at a time ABBIE WENTHE
on wishing for high school
Returning to the glory days It’s about that time of year when I start getting a little anxious for home and really start missing my high school friends and all the activities I participated in. According to my Twitter feed, I’m not the only one. Homecoming always reminds me of high school and the fun activities and assemblies that brought my school together. Besides high school friends and the simpler times without organic chemistry, I miss the activities I participated in — mainly swimming. Swimming for my high school was the best thing and the worst thing: practices before and after school, lifting and countless yards back and forth in a pool with basically toxic chlorine levels. I’m dead serious — sometimes we weren’t allowed in the water because the chlorine was so high, and other times we had to get out of the pool and go outside just to get some air to our lungs. Throughout the season, our arm hair and eyebrows would essentially fall off, and the boys’ hair turned into troll hair. My favorite time was when the custodian walked around the pool and dumped buckets of neutralizer in for a quick fix. It’s safe to say my high school really cared about swimming. I miss the people and the friends I had connected to swimming, but what I miss the most is that in-shape, take-on-the-world feeling. I definitely don’t miss my ridiculous man shoulders, but I miss the exercise and the sport in general. I know I can’t be the only one pining for high school athletics and the exhilarating feeling of playing football, soccer, volleyball or any other sport and taking the stage in front of the school every week. So instead of wallowing in self-pity and crying over pictures from the good ol’ days, I decided to take action and do something to combat my sadness. I grabbed my swim cap, goggles, suit and towel and headed for the rec, where the beautiful pool awaited my arrival. Before jumping in, I got that giddy, anxious feeling of not wanting to immerse myself in the cold water, but I got in anyway and instantly felt a calmness wash over me. My first couple hundred yards felt amazing, but once I hit about the five-minute mark, everything just fell apart. I had the same feeling of just finishing a race, but I had barely completed a warm-up. However, I kept pushing and was able to swim a couple thousand yards — a fraction of what I used to conquer, but it’s a start. After swimming a few times, those pangs of high school glory have receded, and I’ve come to my senses that returning to high school would probably not be the best idea. Who wants to go back to those school lunch days? I’ve found that incorporating the best of both worlds of high school and college is the best way to feel like a kid again and get some exercise that doesn’t involve dying on a treadmill for an hour. Gather up some friends and start a game of volleyball or soccer or whatever game ruled your life in high school. More than likely, a high percentage of people have played the same sport and would love to get back into it as well. The rec does offer club sports of every sport I’ve heard of and more, but these require an extra fee and sometimes a tryout and large commitment is required for membership. If commitment just isn’t something you can handle, which is extremely common in college students, then opt for a quick pickup game with friends or practice alone. Instead of freaking out about getting old, practice a game from high school and get some much-needed exercise by returning to those younger days.
/cover photo/Cassie kibens design/Savannah kannberg intern/brendan wray EDITOR/DELIA CAI
A Phantom birthday When the Missouri Theatre first opened its doors Oct. 4, 1928, an ad in the Columbia Daily Tribune promised, “The magnificent splendor of the place of amusement will dazzle and thrill you.” Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and filmmaker Samuel Goldwyn sent the theater management congratulatory telegrams. Pipe organ music and dancers complemented the feature picture, “Steamboat Bill Jr.” It was a spectacle, according to Marie C. Sloan in her book, “Missouri Theatre: Visions of the Past and Future.” Eighty-four years later, the theater looks better than ever, special events coordinator Sarah Powers says in an email interview. Designed by the Kansas City architectural firm of the Boller Brothers, the theater was originally a venue for vaudevillian performances and silent movie showings, according to the special events services website. Now, the theater provides a location for receptions, fundraisers, ballet performances, orchestra concerts, rock concerts, comedy shows and movie screenings, Powers says. However, at 7 p.m. this Monday, the theater will return to its roots to celebrate its 84th birthday by showing the original 1929 silent film version of “The Phantom of the Opera.” “I’ve heard a lot of patrons fondly remember attending movie screenings at the theater, so we thought we could restore that tradition and create new memories for younger generations,” Powers says. “The film will be accompanied by a live organ player, which will make for a uniquely entertaining experience.” Through the years, the Missouri Theatre has undergone a number of changes from ownership to renovations — most notably when the Missouri Symphony Society bought the theater in 1987. A few of the renovations include the addition of the rooftop patio, concession stands and office suites. In 2011, MU began operating the theater. The theater management hopes to host more screenings like Monday’s “Phantom” in the future if it’s successful, Powers says. Tickets for “The Phantom of the Opera” are available at the Missouri Theatre Box Office, open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; by phone at 573-882-3781; or online at concertseries.org. leslie howard | reporter
PHOTO COURTESY OF LEAH BEANE
When: 7 p.m. monday; doors: 6 p.m. Where: missouri theatre tickets: $10 adult, $6 children
MOVE IN THE KITCHEN
Trick or Treat: Halloween Bark
savannah miller | reporter
The only thing more haunting than Halloween night festivities is the amount of candy that will sit on your counter for the following week. If the bags of goodies just get to be too much, consolidate your treats into this quick and simple Halloween bark. It only needs a microwave and a few spare minutes, and it’s tasty to “BOO”t. 1 bag (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 bag (12 oz.) white chocolate chips 1/4 cup mini marshmallows 1/4 cup pretzels, broken 1/4 cup candy corn 1 Snickers bar, chopped Sprinkles (optional) Orange food coloring (optional) 1) Line a 9”x9” baking pan with parchment paper and set aside. 2) In a medium-sized microwavable bowl, melt semi-sweet chocolate chips for 30 seconds. Stir and continue microwaving in 30-second increments until chocolate is smooth. 3) Spoon the melted chocolate into a prepared pan and spread evenly until it’s about 1/8-inches thick. Chocolate does not have to cover entire pan. Place in refrigerator until hard, about 20 minutes. 4) Repeat step two with the white chocolate chips. If desired, stir in orange food color when chocolate is smooth. Once melted, pour over hardened semi-sweet chocolate and spread evenly. While the white chocolate is still wet, immediately sprinkle on the marshmallows, Snickers pieces, pretzels, candy corn and sprinkles. 5) Allow white chocolate to harden fully, break into large pieces and enjoy! Store bark in a tin or wrapped in foil.
Homemade Halloween brews
david freyermuth | reporter
Grab a glass and try out some of these drinks for your gettogethers this “Hallow-week.” Serving size: 2 1/4 cups thawed limeade concentrate 2 cups lemon-lime soda 1/4 cups club soda 3-5 drops green food coloring 2-4 drops yellow food coloring Add lime sherbet until a thick consistency is reached.
Serving size: 4 16 fl. oz. cranberry juice cocktail 4 tbsp. Rose’s Grenadine 3-4 drops red food coloring Flavored red gelatin mix, optional (used as a thickener)
Serving size: 1 8 fl. oz. cream soda 1 tsp. imitation butter flavoring 1 cup vanilla ice cream Additional Tips: - Freeze the glass you will be using. - Add the vanilla ice cream last!
SAVANNAH MILLER | PHOTOGRAPHER
Additional Tips: - Add crushed ice to cups just before pouring.
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lime slime punch PHOTOS BY DAVID FREYERMUTH | PHOTOGRAPHER
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Additional Tips: - When in doubt, add more lemon-lime soda. - Put the lime sherbet in the bottom of the punch bowl. Mix the rest of the ingredients separately and pour over the sherbet.
A highly scientific breakdown of what to expect at Necroplanet
bits and bytes BRENDAN WRAY
on ‘The Unfinished Swan’
lauren rutherford | staff writer
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If you’re looking for Halloween thrills, Columbia has a haunted location that will rattle your bones. Necroplanet, located in an old meatpacking plant near College Avenue and Rogers Street, offers three attractions for $20. “The Pit” and “Chaos 3D” are shorter experiences that, on average, rate 2.3 and 2.9, respectively out of 5 on the scare-o-meter. Necropolis Haunted House, the main attraction, leads guests through multiple rooms filled with top-notch special effects as well as a variety of characters ranging from crazed butchers to zombie mummies. On average, it scores a 4.3. Tickets go on sale 20 minutes before the attractions open at 8 p.m. So, a word of advice: “Necropolis” is where it’s at. Skip “The Pit” and go straight to the Chaos 3D/Necropolis queue. Note that large groups will be split up to maximize the thrills, especially for “The Pit,” which can have up to a 1.5-hour-long wait. “Chaos 3D” and “Necropolis” are connected and may take two hours to get into, unless you spring for a speed pass ($27).
Abandon your coming adulthood
NECROPLANET SCARE METER 5
1 Adrenaline pumper
2 Solicits screams
3 Latch-onto-your-date scary 4 Run for your life
5 Pee-your-pants scary
3 2 1 5
4 3 2 1
Get lost at Leo’s this Halloween season
CAIT CAMPBELL | GRAPHICS ASSISTANT
After 40 years of collecting vintage items, it’s hard to not have at least a little bit of, well, everything. That’s just what Leo’s Old Clothes, a Columbia thrift shop founded in 1972, has to offer its patrons. Located on Ninth Street (just north of Broadway and south of The Blue Note) and selling all kinds of antiquities from clothing and shoes to records and knick-knacks, the shop boasts a style all its own. “I always say I can’t call it a vintage store,” store owner April Kidwell says. “I can’t call it a costume store. It’s not a thrift store. … It’s just Leo’s.” It’s Leo’s wealth of indefinable, retro gems that makes discovering this shop like hitting the jackpot of all Halloween costumes. Whether you’re looking to be a county sheriff or a 1920s flapper, or just browsing for something a little unconventional, Kidwell suggests you use Leo’s grand supply of one-of-a-kind pieces to let your creativity flow this Halloween. “I don’t do costumes in a bag,” Kidwell says. “A lot of it is really what you make it. It could be an old prom dress, and if you want it to be a fairy, chop the sleeves off, spray paint it and add some glitter. MacGyver it.” heather finn | reporter
Every once in a while, a game leaves me stunned from beginning to end. By stunned, I mean that indescribable feeling of awe and wonder where only a gaping mouth is a reasonable response. “The Unfinished Swan” for PlayStation 3 is this type of game, mouthgaping and all. To set the mood for the game, I had to look back to my childhood of spending time inventing my own world in the comfort of my home. “The Unfinished Swan” brings that same amount of possibility to games. The game presents itself as a storybook and follows the adventure of a boy named Monroe after the death of his mother, who left multiple unfinished paintings. When Monroe is taken to an orphanage, he can only keep one of his mother’s paintings, and he chooses one of an unfinished swan. As he is about to fall asleep on his first night in the orphanage, he notices the swan had disappeared from the painting, and a mysterious door has appeared in his room. Naturally, he enters the door and his adventure begins. The game abruptly starts in the first-person point-of-view in a completely blank environment. With no real instructions on how to play the game, “The Unfinished Swan” lets the player simply explore. I had to click a few buttons on my controller before I discovered the actual mechanics of the game. Essentially, the game is a first-person shooter, but instead of bullets, it’s paint. As Monroe, you travel around a blank canvas and add paint to reveal the environment as you search for the swan that disappeared from your mother’s painting. The game brought out my inner OCD as I lobbed paint to every surface imaginable, always looking to make sure I wasn’t missing anything in the environment to discover. The adventure evolves across four extraordinary chapters where Monroe’s painting ability goes from just splattering to manipulating the environment with vines to blueprint creator. Monroe goes from simply searching for the only attachment he has to his mother to discovering a kingdom of wonder and possibilities. To say “The Unfinished Swan” is quirky, as in Zooey Deschanel quirky, would be an understatement. The “adorkable” nature of Zooey has absolutely nothing on the creativity of “The Unfinished Swan.” The concept is strange and takes some getting used to, but once I got adjusted I went along for the ride. The more Monroe travels through the environment, the closer he gets to the swan that is always three steps ahead of him. This game is one of the hardest to fully explain. Being at most only a three-hour affair, the game is almost painfully short, but unlike others, the story it tells is truly unique and special. Monroe reminds me so much of Christopher Robin from “Winnie the Pooh” or “Alice in Wonderland;” he is a boy traveling through a land with only his imagination to deal with. That Alice-esque adventure translates through the game in such an effective way. The simplicity of the game, where the only real action you have is to lob paint and jump, makes the discovery of the environment and solving of puzzles all that more interesting. I was never encumbered with the idea that some enemy forces were about to flank me. I was only looking for a way to progress forward through unique surroundings. It’s hard not to recommend “The Unfinished Swan” because it offers so much to the argument of whether video games are art. In the case of this game, even the hardest skeptic would be swayed to view the game as art. It envelops the player in a story unlike any other and gives the player complete control over what they perceive. “The Unfinished Swan” is available on the PlayStation Network for $15, and despite the short trip with Monroe, it is a journey that every gamer needs to experience. With it’s calm pace and sense of wonderment, it brings out the childhood glee that came with racing Hot Wheels with my brother or exploring my back yard. Trust me, the journey presented in “The Unfinished Swan” is a dog-eared page in my personal history book of games, and it’s a page that I certainly will return to.
The downtown vintage shop offers many opportunities for unforgettable costumes.
PHOTOS BY DAVID FREYERMUTH | PHOTOGRAPHER
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bookeater JENNIFER BENNETT on Scott Turow’s ‘One L’
A lawyer’s life for me I’ve wanted to be a lawyer for as long as I can remember. My parents met at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. My grandfather – now 83 years old – still goes in to work every day as a senior partner at his Texas firm. My great-grandfather helped Hollywood stars get quick divorces in Mexico back in the 40s. I figure with this family history of legal success, law school is a pretty good choice for me. That doesn’t mean I’m not terrified of it, though. Law school itself is a lot of incredibly hard work, and lawyers – especially those just starting out – often work incredibly long hours. It’s a lot harder than Elle Woods makes it look. Scott Turow’s memoir of his time as a “one-L” (a first-year law student) provides a better idea of what I have to look forward to. In “One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School,” Turow is 25 years old when he starts as a one-L at Harvard Law School in the fall of 1975. He’d already gotten his master’s degree at Stanford University and served as a Jones Lecturer teaching creative writing. Basically, he’s the kind of person who seems to excel at everything he tries. If law school is going to be easy for anyone, it’s going to be him. But it isn’t. For Turow and the rest of his classmates at HLS – most of whom are used to being the best at whatever they do – law school is the biggest challenge they’ve ever faced. They’re all used to being the best, but at Harvard where A’s are elusive that just isn’t possible. Someone’s got to get the C’s. Being forced into nonstop competition for grades and professors’ praise is hard on Turow and his classmates. Turow starts out as an amiable guy, trying to make friends and to ignore the pressure to constantly compare himself to the other one-Ls. By the end of the year, he’s given in, writing, “I want the advantage … I don’t give a damn about anybody else. I want to do better than them.” He’s not proud of whom he is becoming at the end of his one-L year. He has many criticisms of his legal education. Competition for grades – and law review membership based on those grades – is fierce. Being on a law review (the scholarly journals of the legal profession) is seen as a stepping-stone to other important legal positions. And the professors use the Socratic method to teach their classes – they ask student after student for an explanation of the course material, sometimes terrorizing those they call on in the process. Turow notes one particular professor who seemed to take a kind of perverse pleasure in interrogating students, mercilessly mocking the ones who don’t answer correctly. Law schools have changed some since Turow wrote his book 35 years ago. Some have de-emphasized the Socratic method. Others have abandoned letter grades in favor of less heart-wrenching pass/fail systems. Despite these changes, “One L” is still the go-to book for most wanna-be lawyers. My dad read it before he applied to law school in the early 80s and then passed his battered, much-read copy down to me. Reading it reminds me of why I’m working so hard to do well in school – it’s inspirational to know that despite Turow’s criticisms, even he felt law school was worth the trouble. According to Turow’s estimates, the book still sells about 30,000 copies every year – not surprising considering at least 45,000 people apply to law school each year, according to the LA Times. Even if you aren’t among those 45,000 applicants, Turow’s book is a great read. It gives you an idea of what law school is, what lawyers actually do and why it is that they get paid such astronomical sums. Going to law school is expensive. Getting through law school can be cutthroat. Turow’s book lets outsiders in on some of the less-than-pleasant aspects of the profession, and allows people to see that being a lawyer isn’t all pay-raises-and-perks – something people seem to forget. After all, nobody likes lawyers until they need one.
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Catching up with Cursive In the late ‘90s, an indie-rock band emerged out of Omaha, Neb. Seven albums and a few international tours later, Cursive is on its way to Columbia to share the band’s indie-rock tunes. Cursive is comprised of Tim Kasher, who sings lead vocals; Matt Maginn on bass; Ted Stevens on guitar; and Cully Symington on drums. Currently, Cursive is on the second leg of an eight-week tour, which started in Minneapolis in late September and will end in Rio de Janeiro at the end of this year. This isn’t the first time Cursive has played in town — the band has graced both Mojo’s and The Blue Note with what Stevens describes as its hard-rock, lyrical and sometimes even strange sound. “The band really ignored Columbia in favor of bigger cities like St. Louis, but after we came to Columbia the first time, we started to prefer going there,” Stevens says, adding that he liked the energy of the crowds. The last decade has seen quite a few lineup changes for Cursive, including the inclusion of cellist Gretta Cohn, who went on to become producer for WNYC’s daily music talk show, “Soundcheck.” Stevens himself joined the band in 1999, and despite such changes, he says he feels like the band is in a good place. “The current crew we have feels like we’ve been doing this forever,” Stevens says. victoria ross | reporter
PHOTO COURTESY OF DANIEL MULLER
On their way to Brazil, Cursive stops by The Blue Note with Minus the Bear and Girl in a Coma.
When: 8 P.M. MONDAY; doors: 7 p.m. Where: The Blue Note
Minus the Bear: Back to Basics Honestly, Minus the Bear just wants you to have a good time. “We want folks to want to come back,” bassist Cory Murchy says. That’s the embodying principle behind Minus the Bear’s tours. Its relentless touring schedule alone testifies to the band’s dedication to impress new fans and entertain seasoned listeners alike. At shows, attendees are known to sing along, so much so that frontman Jake Snider often can step away from the mic if he wants to. It’s the kind of show where it’s difficult not to close your eyes and just give in to vibes. When Minus the Bear hits Columbia on Monday, concertgoers can expect a mix of new songs from the band’s latest album, Infinity Overhead, and several of their favorites from previous albums. Murchy says the group’s fifth full-length release is different from the band’s 2011 release Omni in that they went “back to basics.” While Omni was heavily electronic, relying on synthesizers and computer-generated sounds, Infinity Overhead returns to oldschool electric guitars. It wasn’t intentional, Murchy says. “It just kind of happened.” Although the songs on the new album are radio-friendly singles, they also flow together into a single force. “They’re strong enough to stand alone, but we wanted to focus on the whole album,” Murchy says. Although some critics, like Paste Magazine, have denounced the album as being too simple and a throwback to older albums, Infinity Overhead is still full of catchy melodies, hummable guitar riffs and dance-inspiring rhythms. As a result, the band manages to retain its subtly sexy sound. Guitarists will appreciate Snider’s double-tap guitar technique, and singers, his restrained-yet-stillprovocative voice. Infinity Overhead sounds similar in instrumentation and progression to earlier albums such as Highly Refined Pirates and Menos el Oso, but there is a new level of maturity that began to develop in previous albums Planet of Ice and Omni. Gone are the funky song titles such as “Thanks for the Killer Game of Crisco Twister.” These lyrics are darker, more philosophically driven and contemplative. And the decade or so of playing together has strengthened the band’s chops — there is some truly virtuosic guitar playing, and the bass and drums stay out of the way of the melody while holding their own.
indie-prog-rock Seattlites » The play Monday at The Blue Note.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ANGEL CEBALLOS
Formed in Seattle in 2001, Minus the Bear has since developed a sort of cult following — check out a Ticketmaster page for one of the band’s concerts, and you’ll read comments from fans planning to see Minus the Bear for the 15th time. As far as the band’s own musical inspiration, Murchy says band members all draw from “different buckets.” Personally, he prefers reggae and early industrial music. Such eclectic tastes have created a group of musicians that have a sound all their own. Fair warning: fans of Minus the Bear tend to be the PBRloving, serious-facial-hair-sporting types. But don’t let that hold you back from a mellow evening of sonically sensual jams. lauren francis | reporter
The latest and hippest quotes from the MOVE blogs... What time is it? Cliffhangers and in Translation: “Romantics » » Lost questions time. (MOVE Pop Culture) Anonymous” (MOVE Movies) “So far, our cinematic journey has taken us to a hospital in France, a funeral in England, a sexy road trip through Mexico, a bloody island in Japan and a slum in Brazil. Since we’ve gone through some very graphic movies, I thought it’d be a nice change of pace to talk about something a little sweeter. And what’s sweeter than ‘Romantics Anonymous,’ a French romantic comedy about two shy chocolatiers? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.” — Paula Ottoni Candido
Album Review: Blak and Blu by Gary Clark, Jr. (MOVE Music)
“Clark’s smooth vocals and skilled guitar work are reminiscent of The Black Keys’ lead singer Dan Auerbach. However, while the Keys lie comfortably in garage rock territory, Clark’s truer bluesy sound takes influence everywhere from classic rock ‘n’ roll to country.” — Alex Bond
“Oh. My. Glob. Mark the date. Oct. 22, 2012 — the day a freshman journalism student’s head exploded as a result of a cartoon. Just a warning now, step back if you haven’t seen it yet or if you’re not an ‘Adventure Time’ fan.” — Griffin Matis
Review: #3 by The Script » Album (MOVE Music)
“As my roommates can attest, every time my headphones have been in or I’ve been in my car, it is a solid guess that I have a new Script song turned up. And if I’m not near any of those things you can probably find me singing or humming their new songs, which isn’t necessarily a good thing.” — Hannah Reese
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Published on Oct 26, 2012