MOVE 03.02.12 VOlUME 10 IssUE 22
THE KEY TO YOUR ENTERTAINMENT
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+ in this issue COOl HAND ARNIE
Cool Stuff owner finishes on top.
sHAKE's IT UP
A day in the life of a Shakespeare's worker.
FIsH OUT OF WATER
Catching up on CoMo sushi.
Cool Stuff closes up shop anyone who is interested. In addition to Cool Stuff, Fagan leases the space currently occupied by specialty bakery Hot Box Cookies. With Fagan’s departure, rumor of Hot Box’s demise has reached campus, but owner part of its closing, Corey Rimmel says the eatery will not Cool Stuff shut be be closing, despite a possible need its doors to everyfor relocation. one but friends "Sales have been at an all-time high, and family of and I'm planning to stay open," he Fagan. Thursday, said. "Where my store will be I don't the store will be know yet." re-opening to the For Fagan and Cool Stuff, the near general public. future will be full of sale signs and “It’s the same gradually emptying walls. Following his cool stuff, but I store’s completed close, however, Fagan have so much of has new plans. it from my many “One of my goals in the next two years of travels, Cassie Kibens/staff photographer years is to spend six months of the and I've got a short time to try Cool Stuff displays going-out-of-business signs outside its store on Broadway. The odds-and-ends year abroad," he says. "I want to spend time in different third-world countries, to sell it," Fagan shop will shut down after 23 years of business in Columbia. stuff win.’ Well, I have the most stuff. rural settings, little towns and jungles in own volition, still commercially on top. says. Now, as he prepares to bring what It’s time for me not to have the most South America and Asia.” Everything in the store seems to be In light of his business's success, discounted, from elaborate headwear to he fondly dubs his “life’s work” to con- stuff,” Fagan says. Chunk at a time, he plans to bring Fagan said he is completely ready for clusion, he wants to make sure he does novelty salt and pepper shakers. Fagan is not closing shop because so in the spirit of the work itself, the his entire stock (even drawing from this next step, which, he hopes, has even his personal collection) onto the floor cooler stuff in store. of financial troubles. He stressed sev- spirit of Cool Stuff. “They say, ‘Guys with the most of his shop where he can share it with eral times that he was closing under his matt ingram | reporter
What's cooler than being Cool?
Finishing on top. Downtown Columbia has not always been the welcoming, vibrant environment it is today, longtime Columbia resident Arnie Fagan says. Fagan, an MU graduate, opened popular downtown vender Cool Stuff 23 years ago and has since seen the area become a kind of haven for students and members of the university. Now sitting on top of 23 successful years of business and growth, Fagan is closing up shop. Since opening his store, Fagan has spent his life traveling the world and acquiring the miscellany that populates the walls and shelves of his store. It takes little more than a few steps inside Cool Stuff ’s doors to behold an impressive repertoire of what truly is “cool stuff.” What Cool Stuff has above the cheap, by-the-barrel marketing style of Oriental Trading magazine is its authenticity, and Fagan is proud of it. As
Local points: spring style in CoMo BrEEzE OutFittErs: the blazer
It is my own personal disease that keeps me shopping everywhere. Red lights, classrooms, basically anywhere you have every paused in your daily lives I have added another bill or shopping cart. Like I said, it’s a problem. However, nothing really gives a true shopping addict an adrenaline rush quite like being in a store with all five senses harmoniously on display. (What can I say, indie-techno-pop jams are my thing.) Truly, though, there is just a je ne sais quoi about a local boutique, and after taking a look at my own spotty spring wardrobe, I headed down to Columbia’s shopping hotspots to add a little love to the local economy. kayla elam | fashion columnists
BritchEs: graphic print dress
Emerald green and loud as every self-respecting college student should be, I give this lightweight blazer the All-Star Award for being the most transformable and must-have piece of the season.
BrEEzE OutFittErs: sandals In my opinion, these are a great investment because of how easily they can make an outfit. Worn with this blazer, you have campus chic. Worn by itself, a summery dress. And worn with a cardigan, office/ grandparent approved. Score.
EnVy: chunky necklace:
BritchEs: Fringe Bag
The fringe texture gives the outfit a unique appeal, and do not worry if you are not into the fringe trend. I wasn’t either until I paired this particular look together, so give it a try. It is not as wild as you may think. Additional tip: To keep the look chic, carry this caramel fringe bag as a clutch rather than on your shoulder.
I tend to say things like this a lot, I know, but you cannot go wrong with a statement necklace. Clothing trends usually are gone by a season, but accessories tend to stick around, so go for the bold. Not to mention it costs about as much as going to Starbucks every day for just one week.
Neutral sandals are a great way to transition to spring and these wedged sandals are comfy enough for class but trendy enough to be ID’ed as fabulously chic. Oh, and the cool way they elongate your legs is a definite plus too.
Do I really need to say anything about how excited I think we all are that it is almost time for sunglasses season again? Treat yourself to a new pair.
photos by Kayla Elam
MOVE highlights (ALBUM RELEASE)
BRUCE SPRiNGStEEN WRECKiNG BALL
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The Boss is back. The E Street Band is back. But they'll have to get it done without The Big Man this time. Bruce's first album since the death of Clarence Clemons (and 17th studio release overall) will have a bit of a standard to live up to: His last four proper LPs have hit No. 1 on the Billboard album charts upon release.
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This post-punk group might play as Rabbits, but it's actually a group of Missouri Tigers, so that's one reason to listen to their third studio album. Another reason is that the band's first two albums (including one produced by Spoon's Britt Daniel) have been well-received, and they've played on "Letterman," so they're kind of a big deal.
The book, released in 1971, was a dark (for a kids' book, at least) tale about the environment getting screwed over and how industrialization was ruining everything. The movie stars Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and Betty White. Here's to hoping the people at Universal didn't screw up this underrated classic too much.
och | staff writer
What she order? sushi.
cassie kibens | staff photographer
KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE KABUKI JAPANESE STEAK At Kobe, the food is HOUSE well prepared and very tasty, but also very expensive. My favorite type of sushi was the Sashimi Appetizer. The tuna and salmon worked very well together, creating an Eastmeets-West vibe many people seek along with a bold taste. The only negative would have been the Tempura Roll, which was a little mealy and, when served to me, looked like cat food wrapped in baiting rice. If you have the money, I recommend this restaurant many times over. If not, you aren’t missing much that hasn’t previously been presented.
GEISHA SUSHI BAR
Nestled in the heart of downtown, Geisha Sushi Bar offers intimate dining and great food. Located on Broadway, Geisha’s sushi is some of the best in town. Prices run from $5 to $15 a roll. Accompanied with decent service, the atmosphere is quaint. The building is rather small for a restaurant, but it offers a bar and larger tables for groups. Like most Columbia sushi hot spots, Geisha offers some original rolls, including the Golden Girl Roll, the Tiger Roll, and the Tri-Delta Roll. The best in my opinion, though, is Geisha’s Crunch Roll. Topped with a tempura crunch and wasabi mayonnaise, this roll complements any meal.
At first, “fast food” sushi might make a visitor wary, but the dining services at Sunshine Sushi have created reasonably priced sushi and a quick-paced, grab-and-go hotspot. Prices range from $4 to $10, and Sunshine offers sushi staples like the Spicy Roll, California Roll and Philly Roll. One of the more unique rolls Sunshine Sushi offers is the Sweet and Spicy Roll. Tasting just like it sounds, the Sweet and Spicy Roll has at first a sweet teriyaki taste before having to a spicy shock of wasabi. For $6.79, you get your money's worth. They also offer specialty rolls such as the Mizzou Roll and the new Tiger Roll.
claire landsbaum literary columnist
Jane Eyre: prude ‘n’ proud
THAT FISH CRAY
SUNSHINE SUSHI (MU STUDENT CENTER)
A NOVEL IDEA
The dishes had a similar price and taste to Kobe. Its combos gave you a little more food, but they were a little bland. I actually spit out a piece of my Shogun Combo to put more dipping sauce in it. Again, if you are on a Ramen noodle budget — like myself, when the check doesn’t clear — steer away from this place. If you have the money, though, I recommend the California Roll, which has dynamic flavors, and the Tuna Combo. It might scare you at first because you think you are actually looking at live fish, but it's great nonetheless.
JINA YOO'S ASIAN BISTRO
As far as Jina Yoo's is concerned, the less said, the better. The rice was mealy, the fish had a weird waxy texture and the rolls simply didn’t compete with Kobe's or Kabuki's offerings. I kept thinking, if they stopped adding so much rice, the dishes could have worked. For example, the Sin City Roll had a funky taste to complement the funky combination of tuna-crab mix and lotus root. The best by far was the FU Sake— not just because of the title, either. The flavors went well together along with the crispness of the cilantro and super spiciness of the wasabi — which you use with discretion, of course.
KAMPAI SUSHI BAR AND RESTAURANT
Although difficult to find, one of the newest sushi restaurants in Columbia offers a unique atmosphere and delicious food. Located at 907 Alley A downtown, Kampai is a great place for a special occasion or a night on the town. Rolls range from $6 to $24. Kampai offers community-style seating with long rows of benches as well as an upstairs lounge and an outdoor patio. Their house special, which is called a CoMo Roll, combines tuna, avocado, and pickle radish with smelt roe. If you are tired of the traditional sit-down style of sushi restaurants, Kampai allows one to order food in its upstairs lounge with couches and a DJ. caitlyn gallip | staff writer
OSAKA JAPANESE RESTAURANT The biggest surprise of all — besides almost vomiting from the Jin Yoo catastrosphe — was Osaka’s phenomenal sushi. All the rolls I ate had bold flavors, good presentations and cohesive tastes. It didn’t look as if fish was rolled into the rice on purpose; it looked like it belonged there. The prices were also reasonable for a college student like myself. The highlight was the California Roll. It tasted amazing, the fish was fresh and it had a very modern, neo-Oriental feeling. Osaka by far gets my recommendation for the best sushi restaurant I have been to.
Music thumps, the air stinks of beer and sweat, bodies are packed together. Features are indistinguishable in the half-light, but this doesn’t stop girls from smearing on bronzer and clumping on mascara. Now the makeup is 76 percent melted, smearing down faces onto damp necks, into exposed cleavage. Welcome to the weekend scene. Weekend sluts are part of life in Collegeville. Any given Friday, Saturday and even (Thirsty) Thursday night you can watch them stagger through the streets of Greektown. Bring along some lawn chairs, a cooler and a pair of binoculars and you’ve found your weekend entertainment. But why the so-called “necessity” for plunging necklines, skin-tight skirts, belly-baring crop tops and find-me-a-pole heels? Somewhere along the line, collegiate females mistakenly concluded that skanky dressing is the key to snagging a fratster, marrying him, having babies and living happily ever after. Morals and standards fly out the window when it comes to reproductive potential. Enter Charlotte Brontë, who knows otherwise. Her 19th-century novel “Jane Eyre” features a character, Jane, who stays true to her personal morals and manages to live happily ever after anyway. Jane even competes with a beautiful, witty, ankle-baring (gasp!) rival to win the heart of the man on whom she sets her sights: Mr. Rochester. This fiendish rival, Blanche Ingram, is beautiful in every way Jane is not. Blanche’s glossy raven curls waterfall lustrously over her shoulders. Her large, bright eyes linger on Rochester and her graceful neck goes on for miles…until it reaches a scandalously low neckline. Blanche is boisterous and flirtatious in company, a delight to all who surround her. Jane, on the other hand, is plain-featured with mousy hair and no remarkable features to speak of. She dresses conservatively and is timid amid crowds. Jane’s morals and beliefs, however, are miles above anything Blanche could hope to dream up in that empty little head of hers. Where Jane values justice, human dignity, equality and morality, Blanche values social position and money. She is, frankly, a Victorian-era gold digger. It would be easy for Jane to fight a losing battle with Blanche — to attempt to compete in all the areas in which she stands no chance. Jane is faced with a choice. She can try, and fail, to outshine Blanche, or she can remain true to her own high-minded beliefs. Rather than sink to Blanche’s petty level, Jane follows her own chosen path. Throughout the novel, she remains self-sacrificing, kindhearted and devoted to Mr. Rochester. Luckily for Jane, Rochester is far from your average fratster. When Rochester sees "slutty gold-digging succubus," he recognizes it. He also recognizes the purity and goodness evident in Jane to those who care to notice. Rochester falls in love with Jane’s worthy principles and upstanding nature as quickly as he sees through Blanche’s charade of affection. All this happens only halfway through Brontë’s enchanting novel. Jane has a slew of uglier obstacles than Blanche Ingram to overcome, but through every trial and test she stands firm. She lives her life as she sees fit — an admiring Rochester simply finds her stoicism enchanting. Without the plunging necklines, without the glossy curls or vibrant eyes or sloping neck or tinkling laugh, Jane gets the guy. Weekend sluts (and 19th century sluts) are out there, but if your standards remain higher than theirs, a Mr. Rochester will take notice. Trust me. Trust Charlotte Brontë.
alfie cox | senior staff writer
MOVE HIGHLIGHTS (ALBUM RELEASE)
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS— LOVE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA
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Stephin Merritt and Co. return for their 11th album. It's the band's first on Merge since 1999's triple concept album 69 Love Songs, a project that actually began as 100 songs but is still super ambitious, as well as beloved by people who like music and/or the number 69. So this better be good, is what we're saying.
The guys from Adult Swim's "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" are taking their awesomeness to the big screen. Even more impressive than the billion dollar budget (maybe that's a joke…) is the list of supporting actors: Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, Jeff Goldblum, John C. Reilly, Will Forte and Erica Durance.
Chicagoan Andrew Bird is a master of instruments ("Voice, whistling, violin, guitar, glockenspiel," says Wikipedia.) and of coming up with cool song names ("Fake Palindromes," "Yawny at the Apolcalypse"). Oh, and he's not too bad at writing songs, either. This is his sixth studio album and follow up to 2010's "Noble Beast." 03.02.12 • MOVE
KISSLESS IN COLUMBIA
Bringin' in the dough:
emma woodhouse romance columnist
Grindr lovin’ had me aghast In which Emma discovers there isn’t an app for that. There are wonderful things that come with having too many gay friends, like extremely blunt fashion advice, guy-dishing and a workout buddy less capable of figuring out the machines than you are (it makes me feel so competent at the gym). But there are also definite downsides. If you’re looking for your gay best friend, please take note. Weigh the pros and cons before you jump into a commitment you can’t handle. Too many GBFs means overexposure to Lady Gaga, taking about seven pictures every time you go out until one is deemed acceptable and embarrassment at Starbucks when your “date’s” coffee order is so complicated the barista has to write it down. The worst secondhand gay experience, though, is the possibility of exposure to the dirty world of Grindr. Think shameless Facebook stalking. Then add a shameless hookup and you’ll have the Grindr app. I’m not saying it’s not ingenious — the Grindr iPhone app detects other gay people in your immediate area and shows you their profiles, allowing you to “chat” with them. Basically, the entire premise of the app is to cut out the pre-hookup dance. There’s no across-the-room eye contact. There are no euphemisms, no small talk. These guys cut to the chase. At least, the guys I’ve come in contact with do. From what I’ve gathered, conversations usually go straight from “hey” to “my place, 8 p.m.?” In order to study up on the Grindr phenomenon, I had to make my own profile. Can’t knock it before you try it, right? I used a heinous picture of my friend right after we dyed his hair bright red (he doesn’t go here, I’m not that mean) and my bio was something along the lines of, “just looking for some fun, LOL!!11!” People talked to me. All they had to go on was my location, that ridiculous picture and a poorly constructed and grammatically incorrect sentence, and they talked to me. My thoughts, in order, after five different guys messaged me within the hour: A) They should totally have this for straight people! B) Wait, no, this is so weird and creepy, C) I could troll people so hard with this thing, D) You could, like, lure people to places and murder them this way. This is messed up. Not every gay guy uses Grindr, and there haven’t been any Grindr murders that I know of, if you were curious. But that’s getting off track. My whole experience with Grindr was unsettling, but I learned a lot in the two and a half days I used the app (other than the fact that gay guys flock to my charm and charisma, which I already knew). First, it might seem indirect and like a waste of time, but the chase is the best part of a potential relationship. Cutting that out makes a developing relationship as dull and predictable as the date of your economics final. The whole "Maybe he likes me, maybe he doesn’t, but he texted me ahh!" thing, though sometimes awkward and uncomfortable, is part of a relationship. I don’t know if I would be willing to get rid of that completely. Second, I have so many options. If there are enough gay guys in my vicinity to have my pick, and about 10 percent of the general population is gay, then there are nine times as many straight guys in my area. And that assumes all gay guys have a Grindr. If you account for half those straight guys being attached, then you’ve still got... a bunch of guys. My case is not hopeless! My Grindr experience, though a little unnerving, actually ended up a positive one. All my gay friends manage to find dates, and there are so few of them! If they can do it, so can I. It might involve a bit of a chase, but I’d prefer that to a text message. I have a huge pool of guys to choose from, and it’s time to start looking.
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MOVE asks, “What do you want to see at True/ False?”
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V/H/S “I really like scary movies and this one is a thriller, so I think it’ll be interesting. I also heard a lot of good things about it. This is my first year going to True/False, so I’m looking forward to it!” – Elizabeth Gallaway, junior journalism major
life as a pizza maker An old Soldier wiTH PlenTy oF bATTle wounds, she’s been called “Pebbles," because when she started working at her current job, she had short red hair tied up in a ponytail. Kayla Miller has a much different nickname now, one that suits her far better. “A lot of coworkers call me ‘The Oven’s Beast,'” she says without a hint of sarcasm. When the pizza maker isn’t bartending, training new staff, working the register, rolling dough or topping pizzas, she’s doing her favorite job: working the ovens at Shakespeare’s Pizza. As Miller works, it’s like watching a guard drive into the lane and score. There is almost an instinctive quality to her work. “I just naturally start moving," Miller says. "I’m the type of person who can’t stand in one spot too long." She means it too, as she cleans an oven, constructs a pizza box, slices a pizza, announces the order, places another pizza in the box, slices it, and gets the boxed pizza out for delivery seconds before handing a customer their pizza order. She does this in a span of time so short, most would still be thinking about how to clean an oven. Despite the workload, Miller finds time to connect with customers. “I love giving little kids dough,” Miller says as some children walked up to the register with their guardian. Later, as a child walked up to Shakespeare’s pizza counter wide-eyed, Miller asked her if she wanted some pizza dough to play with. The little girl's eyes sparkled with joy as she had a new toy to enjoy. Miller goes to go wash her hands, like she has to do after she touches anything, be it the register or pizza dough. “Emily! Emily! Pizza time for Emily!” Miller calls out over the microphone. Although she normally sticks to alerting customers that it’s “pizza time,” sometimes those with first names and last initials similar
david wettroth/staff photographer Shakespeare's worker Kayla Miller cuts a pepperoni pizza. in addition to her pizza roles, Miller also works register, bartends and trains new staffers. to a celebrity (like Drew B.) will get a call like stands on her tip-toes to place a pizza in the far back of the top oven, looking surprisingly “Drew Barrymore! Your pizza’s ready!” As she hands a woman (presumably challenged for someone who had moved so Emily) a pizza, a co-worker at the register fluidly only seconds before. “Hardest part is loading the back of alerts her that she has a delivery of flowers. “That was weird,” Miller quips after she ovens because I’m very short, so I have to put the flowers away. Even though it was stand on my toes,” Miller says. “I guess it’s weird, it has apparently happened in the past. a downfall.” Despite her one disadvantage, Miller “There used to be a regular who always brought me flowers,” said Miller. “They enjoys being the final quality check for pizzas, the last line of defense, the rock of the make me happy.” Miller has been friendly with regulars in kitchen. “I like when I get called in because they the past, even to the point of weirding them need me,” says the five-year veteran. And out by knowing their orders. “They freak out, but they love it," Miller as the crowd starts to pile in, hours before the MU basketball game, she high fives a says. Back at the ovens, Miller is cleaning one co-worker, like a basketball player after a out and a “fireball,” a hot chunk of food, teammate hits a big three. “That pizza had the fishies," she says, flies out and hits her in the leg. These types referring to anchovies. "They're nasty.” of instances are common. Despite having to deal with anchovies, “I have so many battle wounds,” she says as she points to a scar on her wrist. “Like Miller loves her job. “Of course (I love it),” Miller said. “I’ll be here, when I was cutting cheese too fast, a hot piece jumped out and burned me.” It here for a while.” And just like that, she goes back to runtakes a while to notice the scars though, as ning the ovens like a machine, doing things they're covered up with tattoos. After she clears out the oven and glances so fast that no one will ever know all the at the location where the fireball hit, she work that goes into making one simple pizza.
daniel shapiro | staff writer
Award-winning director returns to True/False
The True/False Film Festival officially began its festivities Thursday night with a screening of "Undefeated," but the excitement was building before the festival even started. Award-winning filmmaker Robert Greene spoke about the festivities and his first documentary that was featured at True/ False back in 2010, "Kati with an I," on Wednesday at the Columbia Public Library. Greene will be in attendance at the festival this year, but as a ringleader for discussions and Q&A sessions rather than a contributing filmmaker. Greene spoke about how enthused he is to be a part of the main event. “I basically begged them to let me come back," Greene says. "It’s like this amazing mix of the perfect balance of big and small films. I’m excited about everything." "Kati with an I" is an intimate rendering of Greene's half-sister, Kati, and the forces and uncertainties leading up to her graduation day and departure from her hometown in Alabama. The direction by
Marina Abramovic: Undefeated The Artist is Present “I’m very interested in knowing how Marina, the artist, can covey message to people through performance art. I think True/False is the coolest thing in Columbia, Missouri.” – Bea Wen, junior biology and women’s studies major
“The director is from Mizzou, and he won (an Oscar), so I feel like it’s my duty to support him. I think True/False is so important for this community and this campus. It’s definitely eye-opening.” – Gina Drapela, sophomore journalism major
Greene and cinematography by Sean Price Williams exquisitely captures the magnitude of Kati’s relationship with her fiancé, James, her hometown and her family. The scenes alternate between modern Kati and a 10-year-old Kati from Greene's old footage collection. As the film goes on, the differences between the young Kati and older Kati seem so minimal. She is still a young soul full of life and love and passion, but now she’s up against the opposing forces of the real world coming from all directions. After the screening, Greene gave the audience a glimpse of what inspired the film. “One big resistance to the early cuts of the movie was like, 'Is she interesting at all?'" Greene says. "No, she’s not. Part of what’s amazing … is that she’s completely average. I want to make movies about real average people because … filmed in a certain way, they can be amazing, too." The backdrop may sound lackluster and all too familiar, but Greene captures the dialogue and stimulating visuals in a way few have done in the past. He has the innate
The Queen of Versailles “I think it looks funny because it sort of reminds me of real housewives. I think the festival is really good for Columbia and can get a lot of people recognized.” – Elizabeth Engemann, senior TAM major
ability to touch hearts with the common, personal moments many other directors would have stopped rolling the cameras for. Greene persuades his audience to find awe in nonfiction life, fulfilling the values of True/ False films. “It kind of celebrates the simple beauty of that part in your life that sometimes you kind of overlook or only remember for the awkward parts, but that’s beautiful,” Brandy Sanchez, librarian and co-organizer of the Center Aisle Cinema features, says. Teresa Jacobs, a Columbia resident and True/False enthusiast, is thrilled to get a peek at what this year's True/False films have to offer. “I had to force my husband to come the first year, and after that there’s no forcing," she says. "Nothing has let me down that I’ve seen, even if I have no interest. Never. They’ve always been interesting.” True/False festivities continue until Sunday. kelsey wingo | reporter
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