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Vol.2 Issue 31. 05.12.05
Editor’s Note                                                                                             The Jayplayers//
                                                                                                                              EDITOR AKA QUEEN BEE
                          As this is my                                                                                              Misty Huber
                     last semester as
                     editor of Jayplay                                                                          ASSOCIATE EDITOR HATES TAGLINES
                                                                                                                                        Liz Beggs

                     and my last cou-
                     ple of days as a                                                                                       CLERK GETS AROUND TOWN
                                                                                                                            Meredith Desmond
                     KU student, I
                     thought this was                                                                                DESIGNERS MAKE PRETTY PAGES
                     a decent oppor-                                                                                               Emily Homer
                                                                                                                                 Joshua Kendall
                     tunity to share a
few of the things I’ve learned during                                                                                   BITE ALWAYS HAS THE MUNCHIES
my time at the University.                                                                                                        Britta Florman
                                                                                                                                   Maha Masud
                                                                                                                                   Anja Winikka
1. If you miss a class, the professor is
probably not lecturing on secret                                                                           CONTACT WILL HELP YOU WITH YOUR PROBLEMS
material that you must have in order                                                                                               Ashley Doyle
                                                                                                                                   Samara Nazir
to pass the class. If it’s that important,                                                                                           Erin Shipps
it will probably be repeated again
before the next test.
                                              3 Weekly choice                                                            MANUAL IS ACTUALLY USEFUL
                                                                                                                             Donovan Atkinson
                                                                                                                              Leigh Ann Foskey
2. If you listen carefully, you can hear
students on their cell phones sharing
incredibly private information about
                                              4 Bite all week on 40 bucks
                                                Eat out
                                                                                                                                 Lynn Hamilton

                                                                                                                             NOTICE TAKES NOTE OF IT
their sexual escapades or latest                                                                                                  Robert Perkins
                                                                                                                                   Paige Worthy
venereal disease.
                                              6 Contact                                                             VENUE HAS THE BOOZE AND THE BEAT
3. Trivial costs such as food and rent           How to step in to help a friend in trouble                                        Chris Brown
                                                                                                                                 Mandy Hendrix
can be sacrificed for season basket-
                                                                                                                                Ashley Michaels
ball and football tickets.
                                              8 Notice                                                   COPY EDITOR THE BRUNETTE BOMBSHELL IS BACK
4. Some professors will do every-                Destination: Lecompton                                                       Jennifer Voldness
thing they can to make your semes-
ter as miserable as possible. As
they’re threatening you about what
                                             11 Bitch + Moan                                                 CREATIVE CONSULTANT KNOWS A LOT
                                                                                                                                  Carol Holstead

they can do to your grade, smile and             Wham bam here comes marriage & ejaculating lady-style                              Cover photo:
                                                                                                                                    Kelly Hutsell
think about what you can write on
their evaluations.                           12 Feature                                                                               SPEAK UP
                                                                                                                     JUST SEND AN E-MAIL TO
5. Freshmen can be so annoying to
                                                 Tune in to local bluegrass                                               jayplay
                                                                                                                 or individually, the formula is:
try to explain things to.
                                             15 Venue                                                     (1st initial+last

6. Freshmen are so annoyed when                  Fill your summer with music festivals                                              or write to
upperclassmen try to explain things                                                                                The University Daily Kansan
to them as if they weren’t in the same
position three years ago.                    17 Manual                                                                   111 Stauffer-Flint Hall
                                                                                                                           1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
                                                 Get trim on a whim                                                       Lawrence, KS 66045

7. Here’s where I would put the oblig-
atory: After college real life starts, so
make the most of what you have left
                                             19 Movies, Music, Games
here. However, I don’t want you to               Crash, Nine Inch Nails, Psychonauts
start vomiting all over this issue. How
about: Make sure you actually care
about and put some effort into what
                                             27 Speak
you’re studying here, because you’ll
                                                 Outward bound and inward challenged
probably be doing something similar
when you graduate.

                 — Misty Huber, editor

Contact editor at:
Courtesy of    Courtesy of    Courtesy of     Courtesy of Courtesy of

                        Gris Gris                          Ingram Hill                         Red Evlises                        Green Day                           Chris Cagle
                                               Given with Honor / Evermourn /               Murray Fields, Black Dog Coffee-
  Thurs 5/12                                   While I breathe, Boobie Trap Bar,
                                               1417 SW Sixth St., Topeka, 9 p.m., all
                                                                                            house, 12815 W. 87th St. Pkwy.,
                                                                                            Lenexa, all ages, 8 p.m., free             Mon 5/16
  KU Kiosk Benefit, Jackpot Saloon,            ages, $5 to $6                                                                          Why?/Miss Ohio/Ice Cream Sand-
  943 Massachusetts St., 10 p.m., 18+                                                       Split Lip Rayfield, Davey’s Uptown,        wiches, Jackpot Saloon, 943 Massa-
                                               Lanelle Chase, Black Dog Coffee-             3402 Main St., Kansas City, Mo., 11        chusetts St., 10 p.m., 18+
  Red Elvises, Grand Emporium, 3832            house, 12815 W. 87th St. Pkwy.,              p.m., 21+, $12
  Main St., Kansas City, Mo., 8:30 p.m.,       Lenexa, all ages, 8 p.m., free                                                          The Jerry Hahn Trio, The Blue Room,
  21+, $12                                                                                  Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, The              1600 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Mo., 7:30
                                               Brazilian Carnivale, The Beaumont            Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St., 9       p.m., 18+
  Anchondo/Lojic/The New Foes,                 Club, 4050 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas         p.m., 18 +, $10 to $12
  Boobie Trap Bar, 1417 SW Sixth St.,          City, Mo., 8 p.m., 18+                                                                  Big Banned Jazz/Billy the Squirrel,
  Topeka, 9 p.m., all ages, $5 to $6                                                        Free all Beat’s/Aerron Marable, The        The Gaslight Tavern, 317 N. Second St.,
                                               The Bowmans/Ian Thomas/Lowry,                Gaslight Tavern, 317 N Second St., 8:30    10 p.m., all ages
  Chris Cagle, The Beaumont Club,              Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St.,               p.m., all ages
  4050 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City,         Kansas City, Mo., 10 p.m., 21+, $10
  Mo., 8 p.m., all ages
                                               Apathy, El Torreon Ballroom, 3101
                                               Gillham St., Kansas City, Mo., 7 p.m., all
                                                                                            Far Beyond Frail, The Cup and
                                                                                            Saucer, 412B Delaware St., Kansas
                                                                                            City, Mo., 9 p.m., all ages, free
                                                                                                                                       Tues 5/17
  Velvet Freeze/Junk Lust/Super-                                                                                                       Ingram Hill/Michael Tolcher, The
  nauts, Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main St.,        ages
                                                                                                                                       Grand Emporium, 3832 Main St.,
  Kansas City, Mo., 8:30 p.m., 21+, $5                                                                                                 Kansas City, Mo., 9 p.m., 21+, $12
                                               Hello Dave, The Bottleneck, 737 New
  Red Elvises/Gourmet Mushroom
  X, The Bottleneck, 737 New Hamp-
                                               Hampshire St., 10 p.m., 18 +, $5 to $7
                                                                                            Sun 5/15                                   Gong Show Karaoke w/ Frenchie
                                                                                                                                       Lamar, Jackpot Saloon, 943 Massa-
  shire St., 10 p.m., 18 +, $10                Sellout, Jazzhaus, 926 1/2 Massachu-         Aaron Traffas, Harbour Lights, 1031        chusetts St., 10 p.m., 18+, $2
                                               setts St., 10 p.m., 21+, $5, also playing    Massachusetts St., 10 p.m., 21+, $2
  Gryphyn, Jazzhaus, 926 1/2 Mass-             Saturday
                                                                                                                                       Christian Gibbs, Black Dog Coffee-
  achusetts St., 10 p.m., 21+, $3                                                           Caribou/Junior Boys/The Russian            house, 12815 W. 87th St. Pkwy.,
                                               Freaky Friday the 13th with                  Futurists, Jackpot Saloon, 943 Mass-       Lenexa, all ages, 8 p.m., free
  Lori Jo Bridges/Kasey Rausch,                Yard’s/Dojo, The Gaslight Tavern, 317        achusetts St., 10 p.m., 18+
  The Cup and Saucer, 412B                     N Second St., 8:30 p.m., all ages
                                                                                                                                       Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Davey’s
  Delaware St., Kansas City, Mo., 9                                                         Say it ain’t so (Weezer tribute            Uptown, 3402 Main Street, Kansas
  p.m., all ages, free                         Flee the Seen/Grant Rice & the               band)/Leslie Rich and the Rocket           City, Mo., 8 p.m., 21+
                                               Empire/Lethe/Stillborn,              The     Soul Choir, Boobie Trap Bar, 1417
  Student Ensemble Series fea-                 Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway St.,           SW Sixth St., Topeka, 8 p.m., all ages,
  turing KU Opera Workshop,
  Baustian Theater, Murphy Hall,
  1530 Naismith Dr., 3:30 p.m., all
                                               Kansas City, Mo., 7 p.m., all ages, $10

                                               Pornhuskers/The Appleseed

                                                                                            Smackdown         Live       Action
                                                                                                                                       Wed 5/18
                                               Cast/National Fire Theory, The                                                          Live Jazz with the Kevin Cloud
  ages, free                                                                                Trivia/Karoake, The Bottleneck, 737
                                               Granada, 1020 Massachusetts St., 9                                                      Trio, Harbour Lights, 1031 Massachu-
                                                                                            New Hampshire St., p.m., all ages, $3
                                               p.m., 18+                                                                               setts St., 10 p.m., 21+, $2
                                                                                            to $5
  Fri 5/13                                                                                  Keane, The Uptown Theater, 3700
                                                                                                                                       Keith Ashman/Bent Kinder, Jackpot

  13 New Perspectives on Art:
  The Riddle of the Visible: Art as
                                               Sat 5/14                                     Broadway St., Kansas City, Mo., 7 p.m.,
                                                                                            all ages, $25
                                                                                                                                       Saloon, 943 Massachusetts St., 10
                                                                                                                                       p.m., 18+

  Philosophy, The Nelson-Atkins                Conner (CD release)/Approach/AM
                                                                                                                                       The Sixteens, Davey’s Uptown, 3402
  Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St.,                 Syndicate/Dogma 95/Ultraviolets,             The Rogers, The Gaslight Tavern, 317
                                                                                                                                       Main St., Kansas City, Mo., 9 p.m., 21+
  Kansas City, Mo., 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., all      Jackpot Saloon, 943 Massachusetts            N Second St., 8 p.m., all ages
  ages, free                                   St., 7 p.m., 18+
                                                                                                                                       Agnostic/Front Martyr A.D./Love
                                                                                            Mae/The Academy Is/Jamison
                                                                                                                                       Is Red/All Shall Perish, The Bottle-
  Black Christmas, Jackpot Saloon,                                                          Parker/Days Away, The Granada,
                                                                                                                                       neck, 737 New Hampshire St., 7 p.m.,
  943 Massachusetts St., 10 p.m.,                                                           1020 Massachusetts St., 8 p.m., all
                                                                                                                                       18 +, $12 to $14
  18+, $3                                                                                                                ages

   weekly choice
                                                                                                                                       Dark Matter’s CD Release Party,
                                                                                                                                       The Gaslight Tavern, 317 N Second St.,
                                                                                                                                       8 p.m., all ages

                                     For a complete list of events, visit
If you would like to add an event, e-mail

                                                                                                                                                         05.12.05 Jayplay      3
                          The diary of a broke college
                          student looking for great deals

                               By Maha Masud, Jayplay writer
                                                            inds                                                                                             Photo illustration by Rachel Seymour

                                                                                                           just goes to show that if you keep your
   Eating out on a budget is nor-                           814 Massachusetts St. I order my favorite,

 mal for most college students. As a result,
 finding cheap food becomes a necessary
                                                            a steaming hot tofu rice bowl. For $4.50,
                                                            the price is right. Ray’s advice was right
                                                            on. Look for great little restaurants
                                                                                                           eyes open, you will come across a lot of
                                                                                                           ways to save money while still going out
                                                                                                           to eat. Total spent today: $0.
                                                                                                                                                                 Today’s Special
 skill to develop. Inspired by my favorite                  around town because often times they              Day 5: I’m feeling virtuous after my            Thursdays and Fridays may be the
 Food Network show, $40 a Day, I make it                    will have specials and lower-price dishes,     great find yesterday, so I decide to splurge    most popular nights to eat out, but most
 my mission to find out how much and                        and the selection of food will be much         a little. Rachael Ray, author of $40 a Day,     restaurants have their specials earlier in
 how well I can go out to eat with just $40                 more unique. Total spent today: $5.55.         encourages going to nicer restaurants           the week. Take advantange of these
 for five meals in five days. I have to eat at                 Day 3: Bryson Rexwinkle, Iola senior,       even if you don’t have a lot of money.          deals to save some serious cash. Here
 least one meal in a restaurant each day.                   has some great ideas for where to go eat       Don’t deprive yourself just because you         are just a few of the specials I came
 The meal includes tax and tip, and no fast                 for cheap. His friends know him as being       think you can’t afford it. She says that by     across on my hunt for cheap meals.
 food joints are allowed. I’ll be on the look-              careful with his money. “I’ve always been      going to pricier restaurants during off-
 out for some tips to help me along the                     pretty frugal,” Rexwinkle says. From a         peak times of the day, you can find lower-      Mondays:
 way.                                                       young age, he’s always been on the look-       priced dishes and still experience the          ■ Henry T’s Bar and Grill, 3520 W. Sixth
    Day 1: It’s been a long, grueling day,                  out for great deals. Rexwinkle says since      quality and service of the restaurant. I take   St., has buy one, get one free burgers
 running around on campus, to work and                      then he’s found ways to save his money.        her advice, and head to Stone Creek, 3801       ■ CiCi’s, 2020 W. 23rd St., has a $2.99 buf-
 class, and I can’t ignore the rumble in my                 He says many restaurants will have spe-        W. Sixth St. The lunch menu has entrees         fet
 stomach. I ask my roommates where I can                    cials different nights of the week such as     that have slightly smaller portions and
 go eat for cheap. They direct me to the                    half-price meals, two-for-one deals or just    cost half the regular price. Adobo Chicken      Tuesdays:
 white Kansas coupons book on our                           specially-priced dishes. Sharing a meal        Fettucini sounds delicious, and it’s only       ■ Buffalo Wild Wings, 1012 Massachu-
 messy dining room table. I flip through it,                with a friend is also something he recom-      $6.95. Total spent today: $8.55                 setts St., has 30-cent wings
 and come across a two-for-one coupon                       mends doing to save money. I take his             To my surprise, I made my budget and         ■ Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and
 for Qdoba burritos. I convince one of my                   advice, and go to Zen Zero, 811 Massa-         still have more than $19 to spare. This lit-    Grill, 2520 Iowa St., has half-price appe-
 roommates to eat an early dinner and we                    chusetts St. to share a bowl of Phad Kee       tle mission was quite an eye-opener. I          tizers
 head over to dig in to vegetarian burritos,                Mao — or “Drunken Noodles” — with one          found out it is possible to go out to eat and
 which are $4.99. Make free coupon books                    of my roommates. The dish costs $6.38          not completely empty my bank account. I         Wednesdays:
 and the Campus Coupon pages that                           with tax, and because I’m sharing the          also picked up some great tips, such as         ■ Yacht Club, 530 Wisconsin St., has 50-
 appear in the University Daily Kansan                      food, I’m really only spending half of that.   finding lunch menus and ordering dishes         cent tacos
 your best friends, and you will be sure to                 Total spent today: $3.67.                      such as appetizers or desserts at nicer res-    ■ It’s Brothers! Bar and Grill, 1105 Massa-
 find great deals. Total spent today: $2.67,                   Day 4: I think I may have hit the jackpot   taurants to indulge without going broke. It      chusetts St., has 10-cent wings
 after splitting the cost of one burrito.                   today, a free meal! And how did I manage       just takes a little snooping around town to
    Day 2: The $40 a Day book, which                        that? Right here on campus, at Veggie          get a great meal, and a great deal.
 inspired the Food Network show, is my                      Lunch, a weekly event on Thursdays held
 guide for the next few days. The author,                   at the Ecumenical Christian Ministries,        Contact writer at:
 Rachael Ray, who also hosts the show,                      1204 Oread St. I dine on lime and garlic                  
 says that going local is a great way to save               rice and roasted vegetables all wrapped
 money. I decide to hit up one of my                        up in a huge tortilla, and also munch on
 favorite restaurants in town: La Parilla,                  free Wheatfields bread dipped in honey. It

4 Jayplay 05.12.05
Super-short supper
 Sloppy Joes
 Makes 2 to 3 sandwiches
                                                                                             How we met
 1/2 pound lean ground beef

                                                                                                                                                                                Photo contributed byAmber Wibberding
 1/4 cup chopped onion
 1/4 cup green pepper
 4 ounces tomato sauce
 1 tablespoon water
 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire
 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
 dash of hot pepper sauce
 2 to 3 hamburger buns or rolls                          Photo courtesy of

 Brown beef in large skillet or pot and drain off fat. Return beef to pan and stir in
 onions, peppers, tomato sauce, water, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, gar-
 lic and hot pepper sauce. Stir until hot and boiling; then reduce heat. Simmer for
                                                                                             Amber Wibberding and Kristy Brown
 5 more minutes. Serve on toasted buns.                                                       The last time Leavenworth sophomore Amber Wibberding saw her
                                                                                              cousin Kristy Brown, Excelsior Springs, Mo., junior, was at a holiday party
                                                                       —Britta Florman        when she was in sixth grade. Now, fast-forward six years to the University
                                                                                              of Kansas’ freshmen orientation. When all the incoming students were
 Source: Jennifer Dorland Darling’s Better Homes and Gardens Cook (2002).                     divided into smaller groups for Student-2-Student groups, or break out ses-
                                                                                              sions, Wibberding and Brown sat right next to each other without realizing
                                                                                              it. Wibberding says right when they saw each other, they remembered who
                                                                                              the other person was. Now these cousins have a close friendship at the Uni-
                                                                                              versity and have even had several classes together.
                                                                                                                                                         —Ashley Doyle

Stat                 La Tropicana
                     434 Locust St.

                     Food type: From the sizzling fajitas to the crispy flautas and
                     tostadas, this Mexican restaurant is worth a try.
                     Price range: Entrees are big enough to share. They come       
                     with a side of Spanish rice and refried beans and are priced
                     from $7.25 to $11.25. If you’re looking for appetizers and
                     drinks, the guacamole ($5.25), which comes with a big basket               Don’t      let distance stop you from kissing that certain someone. Send
                     of tortilla chips, is loaded with tasty cilantro, tomatoes and           your partner or even your friends an e-kiss. If you’re short on time, you can
                     avocados, and it tastes homemade.                                        pre-pucker it. For an extra personalized kiss, customize your kiss with nor-
                                                                                              mal, pouty or surgically enhanced lips. Color them blue, purple or red.
                     Seating availability: With indoor and outdoor seating,                   Spice that smooch up with a virtual touch and make it a tattoo it or add leop-
                     there’s plenty of room to fit all your friends and family. If it is a    ard print to your customized lips. Want to know what type of kisser you are?
                     nice day, sit out on the patio, which has a three-tiered fountain        When you go to it not only let’s you send e-kisses but
                     and large round tables.                                                  also provides daily kissing tips, stories, polls and quizzes as well as kissing
                                                                                              games on their Web site. So pucker up, and do kiss and tell.
                     Date worthy: The umbrella-covered tables on the patio cre-                                                                             —Samara Nazir
                     ate an intimate setting. At night, lights line the trees, setting a
                     very romantic atmosphere.

                     Booze availability: Just beer here. Domestic bottles are
                     $2.50 and imports like Dos Equis XX and Modelo are $3.00.

                                                                        —Anja Winikka

                                                                                                                                                            05.12.05 Jayplay                                           5
                   Old habits die hard
                 Old habits
                      Approaching friends and family
                      consumed by addiction
                      By Erin Shipps, Jayplay writer

  Peter Granitz has lived with drug            addiction is also growing, says Jason
                                               Willoughby, director of public promo-
dealers, a cocaine addict and an alcoholic     tions for Narconon Arrowhead and
who was also addicted to speed. The Mil- in Canadian,
waukee, Wis., senior’s experiences living      Okla.
with such addicts have made him recog-            Loneliness, homesickness, the need
nize that he’s never going to be hooked on     to fit in, being with the wrong crowd,
anything.                                      relationship issues, peer pressure, feel-
   “I’ve realized that addiction is a com-     ings of inadequacy and the drive for suc-
plete lack of willpower,” Granitz says.        cess all cause problems for college stu-
   Granitz and his roommates didn’t talk       dents, says Kris Walker, an alcohol and
much about their addictions. He says he        drug counselor for Valeo Behavioral
knew it was bad, but he didn’t worry that      Services in Topeka. Walker, who has
much about them. He was frustrated and         worked in drug and alcohol dependency
annoyed with the addicts sleeping until 3      for 17 years, says that there are usually
p.m. They woke up only to drink and stay       some warning signs to look for in sus-
up until 5 a.m.                                pected addicts. He says to look for erratic
   “The cokehead was just blowing              behavior, missed classes or appoint-                                                                   Photo illustration by Rachel Seymour
daddy’s money up his nose,” Granitz says       ments, legal problems, spending a lot of
of his former roommate who moved back          time on the computer, isolation from          fronted.”                                     that nothing happened. Finally she went
home to Los Angeles. Granitz says he and       friends and family and frequent trips to         Sometimes people must engage in a          to see her father, who had been sitting in a
his other roommates kicked out another         bars, casinos or gyms. He also says to        more serious confrontation, an interven-      chair for three days without sleep or food.
person because, “after a while, you just       watch out for people who seem to mini-        tion. An intervention traditionally           “I realized I was killing my own dad,” she
get tired of caring.” He wishes now that he    mize their problems when confronted,          involves friends, family and people who       says. “I knew if I didn’t do it [get some
had been more upfront with his room-           people who lie to get money and other         care for the person sharing their concerns    help], then he would die because he had
mates.                                         deceptive behavior. Some addictions,          regarding specific behaviors of the addict.   to watch me kill myself by using drugs.”
   Drug abuse in Kansas is on the rise.        such as prescription drug abuse, might be     Afterward, it means helping the addict           Cobb is a success story because of the
According to , metham-             harder to detect. Walker says problems        find a solution to their problem.             help she received at Narconon. The
phetamines are of primary concern. In          like this sometimes go unnoticed until           At age 13, Amanda Cobb, public contact     organization offers help finding local
2004 there were 376 arrests for drug viola-    after college because so much partying        supervisor for Narconon Arrowhead in          treatment to anyone who calls.
tions. The Web site also shows that Inter-     goes on in college.                           Oklahoma, became an addict. By age 21,           After an addict decides to seek help,
states 70 and 35 are major smuggling              Approaching a friend who has an addic-     she had been in the hospital twice for kid-   friends can help by offering encourage-
routes to eastern states. Of the more than     tion can be nerve-racking, but Walker sug-    ney failure. The third time she went, the     ment, honest support and a listening ear,
14,000 people who sought drug rehab in         gests confronting with respect and hon-       doctor said there was nothing more he         Walker says. They should also look for
Kansas, 22.6 percent were between the          esty. “You don’t want a person to feel        could do. Her family saw that an interven-    support for themselves so they aren’t
ages of 18 and 25, according to                attacked, put down or less-than,” he says.    tion was the only way to go. “My sister       drawn into the addictive behavior. The number of             “Be sensitive about the fact that people      called me and told me my dad was dying,”
college students seeking treatment for         are going to be defensive when con-           she says. Cobb hung up the phone and          Contact writer at:
                                                                                             didn’t answer it for two days, pretending                

For further help                               Local resources
                                               ! Alcoholics Anonymous
                                                                                             ! DCCCA Center — Alcohol Safety Action
                                                                                             Project–Lawrence, Regional Prevention
                                                                                                                                           ! Hearthstone
                                                       Center                                        ! First Step House
  If you or someone you know is struggling
                                               842-0110                                      841-4138                                      843-9262
with an addiction, call Narconon Arrow-
                                               ! Alpha Recovery Center                       ! Oxford Kasold House                         ! First Call for Help at Headquarters
head today. Narconon Arrowhead offers
                                               842-6300                                      842-1621                                      841-2345
free addiction counseling, assessments
                                               ! Counseling Services                         ! Mechler Counseling Services                 ! Dorsch Carole Counselor
and free referrals to rehabilitation centers
                                               842-7191                                      838-9700                                      842-7191
in your local community. Call 1-800-468-
6933 or visit

6 Jayplay 05.12.05
                                Getting lost in
              In a tiny town northwest of
              Lawrence, a turbulent past
                mingles with the present
                                                                   By Paige Worthy, Jayplay writer

                                                                                                                                                                       Photos by Robert Perkins

   At a family picnic in Lecompton, Kourtney Grif-
   fith’s grandfather holds a puppy. Griffith, not
   pictured, had driven in from Topeka for the

  Lecompton                      is probably
the sort of place a lot of people picture
when they think of Kansas. It’s quiet and
still, almost to the point of sleepiness.
Bright yellow, metal “WELCOME” signs
swing lazily from the electrical poles lining
the town’s main drag, Woodson Avenue.
Men nod and give us four-fingered waves
from the steering wheels of their John
Deere riding mowers to signal hello, and
an elderly couple waves from their porch
swing at our slowly passing car.
   My boyfriend and I drove the 14 miles
from Lawrence one warm, lazy afternoon
in mid-April. My grandparents, a wealthy
Mission Hills, Kan. couple with almost too
much time on their hands, had visited a
few years ago and enjoyed themselves, so
we went to absorb some of its history and
see whether there were any other things
for college students to do. We didn’t find
much in the latter category, but I was still
drawn to what we did find. The town’s
                                                 eight votes that same year, but conflicts     outfits. On the first floor, he points to items     Despite a perilous past, safety never
calm appearance and sleepy atmosphere
                                                 between slavery supporters and “free-         in cases and recites (verbatim) the text          seems to come into question here in the
belie a violent past: Lecompton was a
                                                 staters” didn’t end there, says Paul Bahn-    from a page of facts that he probably wrote       present. Behind the museum is a dusty
hotbed of activity at the beginning of the
                                                 maier, a 62-year-old resident who has         and memorized. At the end of his tour,            baseball diamond enclosed by a chain-link
Civil War, when it was the capital of the
                                                 lived in Lecompton all his life. Bahnmaier    Bahnmaier adds that his family moved to           fence, the epitome of small town America.
Kansas territory. The Lecompton constitu-
                                                 gives free tours at the Territorial Capital   Lecompton in 1855 from Germany. His               “GO LADY KAWS” is spelled out in huge
tion, which would have made Kansas a
                                                 Museum, one of two museums in town,           father’s pistol is on display in the museum,      white letters at the edge of the outfield.
slave state, attracted national attention to
                                                 leading small groups of history buffs and     though Bahnmaier never shows it on the            White, baseball-shaped wooden name-
the town during political debates between
                                                 Civil War enthusiasts around the three        tour; his father carried it for self-defense      plates line the fence by the dugout, and the
Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas
                                                 floors of the museum, which is stocked        because the town was so dangerous,                ground surrounding the field is littered
in 1858. The U.S. House of Representa-
                                                 with antique dishes, antebellum artifacts     especially for immigrants and abolition-          with the black shells of sunflower seeds
tives rejected the constitution by only
                                                 and creepy mannequins wearing period          ists.                                             crushed underfoot. We sit on the blue

8 Jayplay 05.12.05
bleachers and unwrap the sandwiches we           comes across the street to pull weeds on        Capital Museum tour wants to chat about         does it need kitschy museum gift shops or
packed. I swat away wasps and I close my         the lawn next to Constitution Hall. In a        life in Lawrence and books on Civil War         giant balls of twine to be appealing. I made
eyes and breathe in as a breeze carries the      town this small (population: 608) everyone      history. The man claims we’re following         the drive not sure what to expect, except
scent of flowers and clean rural air toward      seems to know each other, he says. “It’s        him when we show up at Constitution Hall        for a couple of museums, and physically I
me. While only a few visitors seem to make       like the Cheers bar in a town setting,” Ever-   right behind him, and we laugh because          didn’t find much else. But the relaxation I
it to the museum each weekend, the base-         ley says.                                       we’re the only people going through the         felt just by being there, during a stressful
ball diamond is clearly a popular stomping          The town’s charm and friendliness rub            museums.                                    time of the year, and the people I met that
ground for the town’s residents.                 off on everyone, even visitors. A 13-                     With no bars, restaurants or          day are enough to make me want to go
    Up the road from the Territorial Capital     year-old girl from Topeka, Kourt-                         social events, with the exception     back. Those who will truly love Lecompton
Museum is another of Lecompton’s claims          ney Griffith, is picnicking with                            of Territorial Days, a summer       are probably like me: easily charmed by
to fame, Constitution Hall. It’s a national      her family under a shelter in a                                 festival that begins June 24,   genuine smiles and willing to go on a
landmark preserved by the Kansas State
Historical Society, and many of the original
floorboards are still in place in their origi-
nal spots. Just inside the entrance, there’s
a Lucite admission box — adults are $2;
children, students and seniors are $1 —
and not much else. It seems as though only
a serious history nut with a lot of back-
ground could get much out of the sparse
exhibits, but on this day, the box has col-
lected its fair share of dollar bills. Steven
Everley, a Eudora senior studying Ameri-
can history, works the desk and gives pre-
sentations to Constitution Hall’s visitors.
                                                 park near Woodson
                                                 Avenue on this spring
                                                 day. She and her 8-
                                                 year-old brother,
                                                 Austin, take
                                                 turns show-
                                                 ing off

                                                          Kansas Highway 10.
                                                                                     It’s not so far...
                                                                            Take some directions with you if you go
                                                                         to Lecompton, or you’ll be lost before you
                                                                      even get there…like we were. Here’s how to get
                                                                  there and bypass the toll on I-70:
                                                                                                                    it may not be a “hot
                                                                                                                       spot” for college stu-

                                                              ! Take Sixth Street out of Lawrence and go west until you hit

                                                         ! Stay on N. 1800 Road, which runs parallel to I-70, until you reach a stop

                                                                                                                                 doesn’t need
                                                                                                                                   them, nor

                                                       !Take K-10 across I-70 and take a left when you hit the next intersection, N. 1800
                                                                                                                                                 rehearsed museum tour for the opportu-
                                                                                                                                                 nity to a little learn more than just history.

                                                                                                                                                 Contact writer at:

He says the museum is usually pretty             pup-           ! Turn right at the stop sign and continue on E. 600 Road — it
quiet, but he likes working there. When          pies,             turns into Eisenhower Memorial Drive — until you see
people do come in, they are often passing        Tipper               signs for Lecompton and Woodson Avenue.
through and making stops at other histori-       and Nala,               ! Take a left onto Woodson Avenue and
cal places in the Midwest; Everley says he       while she chats            you’re there. The Territorial Capital
can tell them what he knows and learn            candidly with me              Museum will be on your right just
from them at the same time.                      about her aunt, who              as you come into town.
    The historical nature of Lecompton is a      lives in town, and how
big draw, but the museum isn’t the only          badly she wants to be a
thing that keeps Everley driving back to         journalist when she goes to
work every Sunday, even though it’s just         college. It isn’t only the children
for a few hours. Everyone is friendly, he        who seem to want to make friends
says, like the 93-year-old woman who             right away: A couple on the Territorial
                                                                                     Wescoe wit
                                                                                Not to make you all scared, but we’re eavesdropping on your
                                                                                                                                               [Oh, you guys say some of
                                                                                                                                                 the darndest things. ]

                                                                                conversations. Yes, we hear everything. And then we print it. But don’t
                                                                                worry if you say something stupid, we won’t identify you — unless you
                                                                                owe us money or beer.
                     By Jessi Crowder and Chris Tackett

           Do you have an overbearing boyfriend, or are you just slutty?        Girl: They just kissed, but she hooked up
                                                                                with someone else.                            Girl: He called and said he’d been drink-

     I met a girl at a bar and slept with her that night. Now she’s my girl-
                                                                                                                              ing whiskey since 7 with his roommates. I
    friend and I love her and want to marry her after two months. My
                                                                                Guy: I waited for you forever.                went over and then he wanted to go to a
    friends think I’m being stupid. What do you think?
                                                                                Girl: Oh, you’re so nice.                     party. He was already drunk and I said,
                                                               —Kurt, junior
                                                                                Guy: Yeah, now I have two hours to go         “What do you think you’re doing?” Other
    Jessi: Ooooh, Kurt. *shakes head* Let’s review some things, shall
                                                                                pull a presentation out of my ass.            than that, he’s great.
    we? First, you slept with the girl upon meeting her, which plainly
a   indicates you had no respect for her from the get-go. And then, do
    you really think she respects you? Second, how can you be so sure
                                                                                Guy: I can’t stand that class. I just can’t
                                                                                get past everyone snoring.
                                                                                                                                                           —Erin Shipps
    you want to spend the rest of your life with someone you’ve known
    for two months when couples who’ve been married 20+ years excit-
    edly profess that they’re still learning new things about their

    spouse? Your friends probably know you best at this point in your
    life. Kurt, they’re right.
    Chris: You are stupid. Even if this person is someone you want to
    spend the rest of you life with, why rush into marriage? I think you
    should date for a while, live together for a while and if after all that
    you still feel the same way, go for it. But the only reasons to get mar-
    ried that soon is to keep from being deported, assuming she’s Amer-
    ican, your Visa is about to expire or she’s loaded and hot.

       I dress in really revealing clothing when I go out and my boyfriend
       disapproves of what I wear. Am I out of line for dressing this way
       or is he overbearing?

                                                                                    Five questions
                                                     —Shawna, sophomore
    Jessi: This situation depends on your intentions. Let’s say you’ve
    been working out, and you’re more comfy in something a little more
a   risqué than what you usually wear. Your boyfriend however, may be
    upset because he thinks you might be seeking out attention from                One KU “famous,” one KU not (yet) famous
    other guys, in which case, he wouldn’t be off the mark in his so-called
    “overbearing” attitude. Next time you go out, ask yourself a few                                                           school for my physics class. It was
    things. Why are you dressing this way? Are you respecting yourself                                                         really nerdy
    by what you’re wearing? Are you projecting the right image of who
    you are? Are there people that might be offended by your actions?                                                          Q: What’s your favorite color?
    Remember, it’s OK to keep the goodies in the jar. Honestly. I don’t                                                        McKenzie: Blue.
    really want to see your tatas.                                                                                             Pope: Green.
    Chris: Here’s what I heard in your letter: “I dress like a slut to draw
    attention to myself and make my boyfriend jealous because I have                                                           Q: What’s the air-speed velocity
    low self-esteem and having drunk guys stare at my butt cleavage                Kevin McKenzie Megan Pope                   of an unladened swallow?
    makes me feel good inside.”                                                    J u n i o r - S e n i o r Norman, Okla.,    McKenzie: Is it African or Euro-
                                                                                   class senator             sophomore         pean?
    My boyfriend thinks female ejaculation is really sexy. Is there any
                                                                                   Salina junior                               Pope: Oh, doesn’t that have some-
    way I can make this happen for myself?

                                                                                                                               thing to do with coconuts? I don’t
                                                   —Jessi Phillips, freshman
     Jessi: From my understanding, only some females are able to ejac-
     ulate through stimulation of the controversial G-spot. Some sex-               Q: You’re stranded on a desert
                                                                                    island. What’s the one thing you           Q: Do you think Michael Jack-
     perts say the renowned Grafenberg spot exists while others believe
                                                                                    want with you?                             son is guilty?
     it’s a load of baloney. The G-spot’s location is believed to be situated
a    a few inches inside the vagina on the anterior wall. G-spot stimula-
     tion supposedly produces an orgasm that makes her initially feel as
                                                                                    McKenzie: A good book.
                                                                                    Pope: An MP3 player.
                                                                                                                               McKenzie: If you look at the intrica-
                                                                                                                               cies of the case – really look into the
                                                                                                                               case – it’s bizarre, the prosecution’s
     if she needs to pee, though she most likely won’t. Know that not all
                                                                                    Q: Have you ever dressed up like           story. But I’m not saying it didn’t
     orgasms originate from the questionable G-spot and that the clitoris
                                                                                    a member of the opposite sex?              happen.
     has been exceptionally helpful in Big O-production since the dawn
                                                                                    McKenzie: Not that I can remem-            Pope: Yes.
     of the female orgasm. P.S. - If the G-spot O doesn’t work for you, you
     can always sub in a squirt gun for that spurting effect he’s after.            ber, but it may have happened at
                                                                                    some point.                                                    —Robert Perkins
     Ewww. Hope this helps!
     Chris: When a question’s subject matter is outside my own experi-              Pope: Um, yeah. I dressed up as Ein-
     ences, or those of my drunk girlfriends, I look to my favorite source:         stein for this video I made in high
     Internet Porn. Some sites had “tips” to help you learn the skill, but
     lacking a vagina of my own, I had a hard time practicing their tech-
     niques and can’t promise you’ll see positive results. But try your
     hardest and you’ll either be successful or piss on yourself - Win/Win
     if you ask me! Which you did.

     Got a burning question? E-mail us at
                                                                                                                                                                                               accordions, into the mix.                    square dance, flourished around old-          had a vision to start a Mike Yoder plays in the
                                                                                                                                                                       Photos by Kit Leffler                                                time music and the bands that defined         music school.                Alferd Packard Memorial
                                                                                                                                                                                                  In 1975, then Lawrence elementary
                                                                                                Jim Brothers plays the wash-                                                                   school teacher Gloria Throne decided to      bluegrass in Lawrence up to this point,          “I think everybody
                                                                                                board at the Lawrence Post                                                                     try and bring the down-home bluegrass        Throne says.                                  should learn and have
                                                                                                Office, 645 Vermont St, dur-
                                                                                                                                                                                               jam sessions she had grown up with in           In 1976 — the United States’ bicenten-     the joy of music in their
                                                                                                ing the Tax-Day Jamboree on
                                                                                                April 15. The washboard is                                                                     Brown County, Ind. — just 20 minutes         nial year — the rich musical scene that       lives,” says Alexander,
                                                                                                one of the most unusual                                                                        from Bill Monroe’s birthplace — to           had been growing through the years cul-       an outspoken, silver-
                                                                                                instruments in bluegrass                                                                                                                    minated in the local Fiddling and Picking     haired man with a
                                                                                                                                                                                               Lawrence. Throne placed an ad for a
                                                                                                music and can be played with
                                                                                                metal finger picks or even                                                                     Wednesday night jam session in the bul-      Championships, which Throne organ-            matching grey goatee
                                                                                                spoons.                                                                                        letin of the “Free University,” which was    ized. Though it since has expanded to         and round glasses.
                                                                                                                                                                                               a no credit, no fees system, she explains.   include a plethora of stringed instru-           In August 2001 Alex-
                                                                                                                                                                                               Steve Mason came to the first meeting,       ments, Throne says the first Fiddling and     ander opened Ameri-
                                                                                                                                                                                               offering to host the event at his music      Picking Championships involved just           cana. Four months
                                                                                                                                                                                               store Harmonic Arts at Fourth and Locust     guitars and fiddles.                          later, in January 2002,
                                                                                                                                                                                               Streets, she says. Within a year, word-of-      “It had two categories — fiddling and      classes for a wide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ers. Steve Mason’s band, the Alferd
                                                                                                                                                                                               mouth had turned the event into a huge       picking — and everyone had to play            range of instruments and musical styles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Packard Memorial Stringband, plays its
                                                                                                                                                                                               success.                                     together,” she says.                          associated with roots music began.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         distinctive mix of old-time and contra
                                                                                                                                                                                                  “We tried to emphasize we’re just get-       Mirroring the evolution of the Fiddling       “I was into filling a niche,” Alexander
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         dance music to an eclectic mix of Lawren-
                                                                                                                                                                                               ting to share the music in whatever way      and Picking Championships to include          says. “I have a real love for banjo, I have a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         cians, young and old. The roots of this
                                                                                                                                                                                               people could,” says Throne, who is now       new instruments and new musical styles,       real love for mandolin, I have a real love
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         event at the most peculiar of venues goes
                                                                                                                                                                                               63, retired and living in Rushville, Mo.     the Lawrence bluegrass scene has              for dulcimer.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         back to 1986. In that year, Mason got his
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Throne says that there were no rules      evolved over the years and now encom-            Alexander’s vision of people from all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         taxes done late and said he had that feel-
                                                                                                                                                                                               for what instruments people could and        passes more musical styles and instru-        different walks of life playing music
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ing like the pressure had been taken off —
                                                                                                                                                                                               could not bring, so people often brought     ments that push the creative envelope of      together has boldly manifested itself in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         a feeling similar to finishing a big exam.
                                                                                                                                                                                               instruments that weren’t traditionally       American roots music.                         various weekly events that Americana
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         He wanted to play music but there was
                                                                                                                                                                                               associated with bluegrass music.                                                           sponsors. He says that some of these
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         nothing going on. The next year, a mem-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  “We kept creating categories. If you            The Americana Experience                events, such as the Thursday night com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ber of Mason’s band, Seventhth and Hick-
                                                                                                                                                                                               played harmonica or hammered dul-               The Americana Music Academy,               munity jam at Signs of Life Books, 722
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ory, half-jokingly suggested they have a
                                                                                                                                                                                               cimer at least you could have the chance     located at 1410 Massachusetts St., is the     Massachusetts St., and the front porch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         tax-day jam at the post office and the
                                                                                                                                                                                               to share what you did,” she says.            modern day incarnation of the ‘70s            jam at Americana on Saturday mornings,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         band was into the idea so they just
                                                                                                                                                                                                  As it was then, playing music in these    weekly jam sessions and the subsequent        regularly attract many local musicians of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         showed up and started playing.
                                                                                                                                                                                               weekly jam sessions was a good way to        bands formed from the relationships fos-      all different ages and musical back-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “We thought they would kick us out but
                                                                                                                                                                                               network with other musicians around          tered in this “everyone plays together”       grounds.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         they didn’t,” he said.
   By Chris Brown, Jayplay writer                                                                                                                                                              town, she says. Through these jam ses-       atmosphere. Founder and established              “Anybody can show up,”Alexander
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Since 1987, the event has been a town
                                                                                                                                                                                               sions, Throne hooked up with Steve           guitarist Thom Alexander says he              says. “Sometimes there’s three people,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         spectacle. At 10:30 p.m. on tax day this
                                                                                                                                                                                               Mason to play bass and sing in his old-      believes in the power of playing music        sometimes there’s 35. The goal is just to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         year, crowds of people pack the interior.
                                                                                                                                                                                               time parody band Goldilocks and the          together and thinks it is important to pro-   provide an opportunity for people to play
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Some dance, some just observe. The
                                                                                                                                                                                               Bagels. Throne played the stage role of      vide people, of all different backgrounds     with other people for the sake of play-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Alferd Packard Memorial Stringband
                                                                                                                                                                                               Goldilocks.                                  with varying degrees of musical skills,       ing.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         plays a fast-paced contra dance number
                                                                                                                                                                                                  From the ‘70s into the early ‘80s, barn   opportunities to play music in “low-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         for the affable crowd. The band members
                                                                                                                                                                                               dances — otherwise known as “contra          stress situations.”                                      Tax Day Jamboree
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         are decked out in elaborate costumes,
                                                                                                                                                                                               dance” — became popular in Lawrence.            Coming from a background in educa-            On April 15 — officially known to every-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         which can best be described as Civil War
                                                                                                                                                                                               These dances, which incorporated a           tion, the 48-year-old Alexander moved to      one in the country as “tax day” — the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         meets Old West. Outside, a man cooks
                                                                                                                                                                                               song-and-dance style reminiscent of          Lawrence from California in 1993 and          post office is packed but not with tax fil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “road-kill stew,” and there’s a tinge of its
                                              a window, tools of the trade — a band-       to the International Bluegrass Music           “mountain music” with his band, The
  “Never let the truth spoil a                saw, a belt-sander and a drill press —       Association, bluegrass was first born out      Blue Grass Boys.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         rich contents in the post office air. In
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         between songs, the band cracks corny
good story,” preaches Steve Mason,            pack one side of his garage, now con-        of the street balladry of the people who          In the early 1930s and ‘40s, music of                                                                                                                                                       jokes and the crowd responds with disap-
Lawrence resident and all around blue-        verted into a workspace for repairing,       began migrating to America in the early        various ethnic backgrounds mixed with                                                                                                                                                          proving laughs. At the start of another
grass renaissance man “And don’t quit         building and improving upon instru-          1600s. These people tended to live in          African-American folk music to develop                                                                                                                                                         song — a medium-paced waltz — former
your day job — that’s another one.”           ments.                                       rural areas and composed new songs             into different forms of early roots music,                                                                                                                                                     mayor Mike Rundle takes center stage
   Referring to what could be called two        Through his active involvement in the      about day-to-day life experiences in the       such as hillbilly, blues and jazz, Pen says.
“bluegrass principles,” Mason laughs.         Lawrence bluegrass scene as a creator        new land. The songs these early Ameri-         At this time, an experimentation of
   Originally from Ann Arbor, Mich.,
Mason’s influence on the local bluegrass
                                              and mentor for many, Mason embodies a        cans created incorporated simple               African-American balladry mixed with                                                                                                                                                               The (Unofficial)
                                              thriving musical community that              stringed instruments, such as banjos and       old-time string band music began. This
scene can be traced decades back to           revolves around this genre of roots          basses, and the music was decidedly            unique mix gave rise to a new type of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rules of Bluegrass
nearly all of the original bluegrass bands    music. And like Mason’s love of luthiery,    pastoral, reflecting life on the farm or in    music termed “bluegrass,” which                                                                                                                                                                 “You can totally suck, but if
to come to Lawrence in the 1970s. Mason       the history of bluegrass music in            the hills.                                     described the music’s origin in the blue-                                                                                                                                                       you’re in a family band, you can
is also able to play pretty much every        Lawrence runs deep.                             Ron Pen, director of the John Jacob         grass hills of Kentucky.                                                                                                                                                                        get away with it.”
stringed instrument — with varying              Bluegrass music is alive and well in       Niles Center for American Music Associ-           Though not as far reaching, the history                                                                                                                                                      —Steve Mason on families playing
degrees of skill — including the fiddle,      Lawrence and is not confined to one gen-     ation, says that bluegrass music, in all its   of a cohesive bluegrass music scene in                                                                                                                                                          bluegrass music
banjo, mandolin, upright bass and cello.      eration of listeners and players. Unlike     modern-day incarnations, owes its start-       Lawrence dates back to the early 1970s,
He says this is part-and-parcel of his pro-   other popular forms of music, it is a        ing point to one climactic event: In 1878,     when groups of like-minded musicians                                                                                                                                                            “Drums are very controversial in
fession as a luthier, which he describes      shared tradition, passed down from one       brothers Ralph and Carter Stanley              got together to form loose-knit collabo-                                                                                                                                                        bluegrass. The idea anyone
as “one who repairs, improves and cre-        generation to another through people         recorded a ballad about the last four mile     rations, which later turned into old-time                                                                                                                                                       would play drums at a bluegrass
ates stringed musical instruments.”           such as Steve Mason and Gloria Throne,       heat race — a three-heat race of four          bands such as Last Kansas Exit, Mur-                                                                                                                                                            festival is like heresy.”
   A large man with a bushy white beard       through events such as the Fiddling and      miles each — at Churchill Downs. This          phy’s Law and Prairie Fire. Mason, who                                                                                                                                                          —Steve Mason on instrument choice
and thin-rimmed glasses, Mason is the         Picking Championships and community          race, which took place on July 4, 1878,        played fiddle in a few of these bands,                                                                                                                                                          in bluegrass music
kind of person who lives and breathes         jams, and through places such as the         was between the Kentucky horse Ten             says they played for the same audience
bluegrass music. His west Lawrence            Americana Music Academy.                     Broeck and the horse Miss Mollie               but differed in their approach to blue-                                                                                                                                                         “Very few bluegrass songs speak
home reflects his passion: custom fid-                                                     McCarthy from California. Pen says that        grass. Some played in the style of the                                                                                                                                                          happily about love.”
dles hanging neatly together on a rack                    Roots Run Deep                   this event came before Bill Monroe —           genre’s founding father Bill Monroe, oth-                                                                                                                                                       —David Barnhill, Lawrence senior
adorn the cream-colored walls of his liv-       The historical roots of bluegrass music    considered to be the “father of blue-          ers incorporated non-traditional instru-                                                                                                                                                        and mandolin player in the bluegrass
ing room, a large upright bass in pristine    are at once varied and distinct. According   grass” — played his distinct style of          ments, such as guitars, mandolins and                                                                                                                                                           band the High Water Marksmen, on
condition sits propped up on a stand near                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Former mayor Mike Rundle danced         bluegrass lyrics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  to the bluegrass tunes of the Alfred

12 Jayplay 05.12.05                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Packer Memorial String Band.
                                                minutes the crowd cheers on the last of        thought about playing bluegrass music
                                                the tax day filers as they rush in.            until he came to Lawrence and found
                                                                                               opportunities to play with other people
                                                          Old School Approach,                 around town through community jam
                                                           New School Players                  sessions.
                                                   As with the tax day show, the bluegrass        McCue now plays in Devil Eat the
                                                 scene in Lawrence is as much about the        Groundhog, which he describes as an old-         Bluegrass Happens.
                                                 audience as it is about the musicians.        time stringband — composed of musi-              Here is a list of some bluegrass
                                                 Often times, audience members become          cians on bass, guitar, fiddle and mandolin.      happenings about town
                                                 part of the band during what is known as         Steve Mason says that an encouraging
                                                 a “bluegrass jam session.” In a blue-         environment where musicians can play             Live Performances:
A mandolin from 1921 that belonged to a drug-
gist in Waldo, Kan. and was brought to Mason    grass jam session, Steve Mason says that       music with other musicians is something
from the owner’s grandson’s wife to be          there’s an open environment of musician-       that’s important in bluegrass music and          What: Community Jam Session
adjusted.                                       ship where bluegrass musicians jam with        the preservation of the Lawrence blue-           Where: Americana Music Academy,
 and tap dances to the rhythmic beat. The       other bluegrass musicians in a social set-     grass scene.                                     1419 Massachusetts St.
crowd cheers him and his “Lord of the           ting fixed around a circle.                       “A huge thing is that music is a social       When: Saturdays 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Dance” tap dance moves on. The room is             Mason says that everyone is encour-         sport and it’s very difficult to stand in a      Cost: none
filled with a diversity of people, but few      aged to play with everyone else in these       living room and practice,” Mason says.
who are of college age. Rachael Costello,       settings but the center of the circle is       “So it’s much more fun to play with              What: Midday Ramblers / The Wilders
Lawrence sophomore, is here with her            reserved for only those that can keep pace     other people.”                                   Where: Replay Lounge
dad. Costello says her dad comes every          with the song being played.                    Contact writer at:                               When: May 22, 5 p.m.
year but tonight is her first time being a         “If you sound like you’re good enough                             Cost: $2
part of this tax day tradition. Costello says   to be in the center, they kind of open up
she grew up listening to bluegrass music.       and let you in,” he says. “If you suck, they                                                    Radio:
                                                                                                                       Photos by Chris Brown
    “It has a nostalgic feel to me because I    keep you out.”
listened to it as a little kid,” she says.         Not everyone plays at once. The musi-                                                        What : “Trail Mix,” a roots music
    At 11:55, the crowd lines up by the mail    cians participating in these jams take                                                          show on Kansas Public Radio
drop slot in preparation for the final filers   breaks one at a time, Mason says, while                                                         Where: FM 91.5 KANU
to dash in before the clock strikes mid-        everyone else plays chords to continue                                                          When: Sundays 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; 4:30
night. With balloons in hand, the crowd         the rhythmic beat of the song.                                                                  p.m. to 5 p.m. old-time music plays,
forms a tunnel walkway from the doors to           Sean McCue, Overland Park senior,                                                            5 p.m. to 6 p.m. bluegrass music plays
the drop slot — a formation know for            says he got involved with the local blue-                                                       Source: Bob McWilliams, KANU jazz
years as “the gauntlet.” The band rushes        grass scene through playing in various                                                          and folk director
over to the front of the crowd to play its      jam sessions and networking with musi-
last number of the night, the William Tell      cians that he met. The 23-year-old bassist     Steve Mason (at right) adjusts the bridge on a   What: Lawnchair Revue
                                                                                               violin for self-described“closet-picker” Bob     Where: FM 90.7 KJKH
Overture. The band strikes up its fever-        says he played bass throughout high
                                                                                               Anderson of Topeka at Mason’s home and           When : Saturdays 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
ishly-paced version and for the next five       school in jazz bands but had never really      workplace.
                                                                                 Infest ation                                 Summer music festivals
                                                                                                                              come to towns near you.
                                                                                                                                By Chris Brown, Jayplay writer

       A diverse crowd of music fans wait for a band to begin playing on the main stage at last year’s Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival at Clinton Lake Park. Courtesy of

                                               potential to bring together a huge diver-          every year. Farman is quick to point out      since 1983. Organizers of this festival —
  Warm weather is here again                   sity of music fans and unite them with             that this location is a central point for     called “We Fest” — wanted to diversify
and so is festival season. With spring in      their favorite bands. These two compa-             most of the United States.                    the use of the land and had ambitions to
full bloom and summer right behind, do         nies combined their efforts to make this             “Our site is a day’s drive from 75 per-     begin a new festival that would incorpo-
you know where to catch some good              three-day music and arts extravaganza a            cent of the population,” he says.             rate a broader range of bands says Dave
tunes? According to, this                                                                                                           Weissman, publicist for the 10,000 Lakes
outdoor concert season boasts more than                                                                                                         Festival. In 2003, the organizers saw their
50 music festivals taking place in all cor-                                                                                                     vision come to fruition in the first annual
ners of the United States from May                                                                                                              10,000 Lakes Festival, which attracted
through August. While it might be hard to                                                                                                       close to 20,000 music fans.
decide which ones to attend, here are                                                                                                              Along with the band lineup, the land is
some best bets for your money, travel                                                                                                           greatly diverse, too. Weissman says that
considerations and listening pleasure this                                                                                                      the festival is in an “unmatched natural
summer:                                                                                                                                         setting.”
                                                                                                                                                “Most of the camping spots are wooded,
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, in                                                                                                            you have your own tree and you can have
Manchester, Tenn., June 18-20                                                                                                                   fires,” Weissman says.
  A major festival that is now in its third                                                                                                     Weissman also says that the festival’s
year, Bonnaroo caters to just about any                An aerial shot of the Soo Pass Ranch, site of the 10,000 Lakes Festival in Detroit
                                               r e a l - Lakes, Minn. Courtesy of                                                 campgrounds, which he calls “pristine
and every music fan under the sun. This        ity,                                                                                             and some of the best among festivals” are
festival plays out like a “who’s who” in       says Rick Farman, senior publicist at              10,000 Lakes Festival, in Detroit             located no more than a 10 minute walk
music, attracting major headliners like        Superfly Entertainment.                            Lakes, Minn., July 22-24                      from the stage.
The Flaming Lips and The Dead in previ-           “We started seeing regional festivals              Appropriately named for the state’s         “You wake to the music,” he says.
ous years on down to the up-and-coming         but we didn’t see a national one,” Farman          claim to fame, the 10,000 Lakes Festival in
bands of tomorrow that might not have          says. “Based on this, in 2001 we met and           Detroit Lakes offers three days of live       Wakarusa Music and Camping Festi-
national recognition yet. Bonnaroo — a         saw a niche for a great American rock fes-         music from such nationally-recognized         val, outside Lawrence, Kan. June 16-
creole slang term for “good stuff”— was        tival.”                                            bands as Widespread Panic and Rusted          19
born in 2002 after two music publicity and        When you think of a “great American             Root at a moderate ticket price.              The Wakarusa Music and Camping Festi-
management firms, New Orleans-based            rock festival” taking place somewhere,                Now in its third year, the 10,000 Lakes    val, located at Clinton Lake Park just out-
Superfly Entertainment and Knoxville,          you might not think of a place like Ten-           Festival takes place on a ranch that has      side (yours truly) Lawrence, might be a
Tennessee-based AC Entertainment saw           nessee, which plays host to Bonnaroo               played host to a country music festival       no-brainer among locals who have plans

15 05.12.05 Jayplay
to attend one or more music festivals this      festival include a morning yoga class, a
   In its opening year, the Wakarusa Festi-
val featured such big-name headliners as
Galactic and Keller Williams. Now in its
                                                carnival with a Ferris wheel and other
                                                rides, and a drum circle that, on Sunday,
                                                June 19 at 12 p.m., will attempt to break
                                                the Guiness Book of World Records for
                                                                                                                             By The Numbers
                                                                                                                             If you are planning on going to any of these festivals this summer, here’s some
second year, the festival has expanded to       largest drum circle ever created and docu-                                   important numbers you should know:
include more acts that fit outside the          mented.
“jamband” mold, such as Wilco and Neko                                                                                       Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
Case, says Brett Mosiman, co-director of        Contact writer at:                                                           Location: Manchester, Tenn. (one hour south of Nashville, Tenn.).
Pipeline Productions.                                                                             Distance from Lawrence: 657 miles, or 10 hours if you don’t speed.
   “It’s an incredibly diverse and deep fes-                                                                                 Number of fans in attendance: 90,000 last year.
tival,” Mosiman says.                                                                                                        Price of admission: $198 (with service and shipping fees added in), available online at
    Like the organizers involved with Bon-                                                                          Other ticket options, including a VIP package
naroo, the organizers involved with mak-                                                                                     and an RV vehicle pass are available as well.
ing the Wakarusa Music and Camping                                                                                           For more details:
Festival happen — namely Pipeline Pro-
ductions — saw a niche for a Midwest fes-                                                                                    10,000 Lakes Festival
tival that would incorporate arts and                                                                                        Location: Detroit Lakes, Minn. (three hours northwest of Minneapolis, Minn. in north-
entertainment around live music. Mosi-                                                                                       west Minnesota).
man says Pipeline Productions had expe-                                                                                      Distance from Lawrence: 670 miles, just over 10 hours if you don’t speed.
rience in bringing large-scale festivals to                                                                                  Number of fans in attendance: about 20,000 last year.
the Midwest through its past involvement                                                                                     Price of admission: $126.65 for a general admission three-day music and camping
in the Sunflower and Jayhawk music fes-                                                                                      ticket (with sales tax and processing and handling fees added in), available online at
tivals.                                                                                                             Other ticket options, including a VIP package and four-day
“We knew we had this great site outside of                                                                                   music and camping ticket are available as well.
town,” Mosiman says.                                                                                                         For more details:
   A success in its first year with 30,000
paying fans in attendance for the four-day                                                                                   Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival
extravaganza, the Wakarusa Music and                                                                                         Location: Clinton Lake State Park (5 miles southwest of Lawrence)
Camping Festival promises to be bigger                                                                                       Distance from Lawrence: 5 miles, less than 10 minutes from the front gates.
and more diverse in its offerings, both on                                                                                   Fans in attendance: 30,000 last year.
and off the stage, Mosiman says. He says                                                                                     Price of admission: $106.95 (with processing fee added in), available online at
he hopes for twice the amount of last                                                                               Other ticket options, including a VIP event pass, are
year’s attendance at this year’s festival.                                                                                   available as well.
   According to the festival’s Web Site,       A shot of the “What” Stage—the center stage                                   For more details:
                                               at last year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
some of the new offerings at this year’s       in Manchester, Tenn.                                                          Distance information from
                                               Courtesy of ~kdierks/

                       Cocktail of the week                                                                                      The Jazzhaus
                                                                                                                                 926 1/2
                                                                                                                                 Massachusetts St.
   Tequila Sunrise                                                                                                                 One      of the best venues for live music in Lawrence, The Jazzhaus is host to a
                                                                                                                                 wide-variety of music showcases. The Jazzhaus is candle lit, giving it a dark, dreary
   1 oz. tequila                                Of course, he had to                                                             feel, the perfect atmosphere for live music. Because of the variety of music, there is
                                                produce the drink                                                                a different crowd every night. Like every bar, The Jazzhaus has its regulars. Depend-
   4 oz. orange juice
                                                in order to                                                                      ing on the night and the music, The Jazzhaus is a great place to relax and listen to
   2 tsp. grenadine                             prove his                                                                        live music or get up, dance and have a good time. Every Monday night is The Spank-
                                                story, and                                                                       tones Open Jam Night. On Mondays the house band plays the first 15 minutes of
      Ah   , summer is nearly upon us,
                                                thus       the                                                                   every hour and then the stage is open to groups or individuals who want to perform.
   which means hanging out at the pool,
                                                Tequila Sun-                                                                     Wednesday nights are Acoustic Mic Night hosted by Justin Ripley, except for the
   getting wasted with friends and little to
                                                rise was born.                                                                   first Wednesday of every month when they host a Poetry Slam. Every Sunday night
   no responsibility. For the carefree at
                                                    Pour       the                                                               is Hip-Hop night with DJ Shad. For the smokers, there is a patio in the back and they
   heart, summer also means a pre-
                                                tequila        and                                                               always have great drink specials. You must be 21 to get in and cover changes every
   dictable return to alcoholic beverages
                                                orange juice into a

                                                                                                                                 night depending on the show. Sundays are always $2 for the guys and ladies get in
   ushered in with the sweaty season, like
                                                Collins glass almost                                                             free.
   the margarita, the daiquiri and the pina
                                                filled with ice cubes. Stir
   colada. But before you go out to buy
                                                well. Drop the grenadine                                                         Drink specials:
   that next margarita mix-kit, consider
                                                into the center of the
   broadening your alcoholic horizons
                                                drink. Garnish with an                                                           Monday: $2 wells, $3 well doubles, $1.50 Boulevard pale and wheat
   with the tequila sunrise. Word has it
                                                orange slice, if desired.                                                        draws, $2 Boulevard pale and wheat pints
   that this drink was concocted by a
                                                                                                                                 Tuesday: $1.50 almost anythings
   befuddled bartender in San Francisco,
                                                                                                                                 Wednesday: $2 Rolling Rock bottles, $2.25 Captain Morgan
   who stayed at the bar drinking with a
                                                Source: The Bartender’s Bible by Gary                                            Thursday: Crappy Beer Night-$1 cans, $2.50 Stoli drinks
   few friends until the boss walked in at
                                                Regan.                                                                           Friday: $2 Miller bottles, $2 Vodka Tonics
   around 9 a.m and demanded an expla-
                                                                                                                                 Saturday: $2 Budweiser and Bud Light bottles, $2 Rum and Cokes
   nation. Quick on wit, the drunken bar-
                                                                          —Chris Brown                                           Sunday: $1.75 Rum and Cokes, $4 Hennessey, $2.75 Corona,
   tender explained that he had stayed to
                                                                                                                                 $1.50 Bud Light pints
   watch the sun rise in order to create a
   drink that resembled the occurrence.

                                                                                                                                                                           Bar stat-card
                                                                                                                                 —Ashley Michaels
               30minutes                                                                        By Lynn Hamilton, Jayplay writer
                                                                                                                                             Circuit training uses

                                                                                                to fit
                                                                                                                                             your time at the gym

                                                                                                                                                      Photo illustrations by Rachel Seymour

                                                Magaha says. Keep your time and move
“Two more. You can do it.” I pull               quickly through the workout. “Some peo-
hard against the 45 pounds that strain my
triceps as I finally grunt “twe-lve.” My
                                                ple will be at the gym for an hour and a
                                                half and only do four lifts,” Magaha says.
                                                                                                                                              Circuit workout
arms are weak and shaky, but I make it          “Don’t talk during your workout; talk
through my third set of 12 upright rows.                                                                                                        Warm up with a five-minute walk or
“OK, let’s move.” Josh Magaha, Univer-                                                                                                       jog.
                                                    For students who only have 30 minutes
sity of Kansas Recreational Services car-                                                                                                      Start with lifts that work one major
                                                to fit in a workout, the key is to be focused
diovascular resistance training manager,                                                                                                     muscle group first — such as chest
                                                and efficient, says Joanna Clingingsmith,
hurries me on to leg press to begin the                                                         and she rotates among machines, free         press or leg press — and do three sets
                                                trainer at Lawrence Athletic Club, 3201
lower-body part of my 30-minute circuit-                                                        weights and ball exercises. If she has       of one-minute reps with 30 seconds in
                                                Mesa Way. Like Magaha, Clingingsmith
training workout.                                                                               time, she likes to add up to 30 minutes of   between sets. Start your stopwatch
                                                agrees that the ideal workout includes
   I love to work out, but when things get                                                      a cardiovascular exercise to the end of      and do chest press for one minute. Rest
                                                cardiovascular and strength training with
busy and I am pressed for the time, it’s the                                                    her workout. “It really gets your endor-     for 30 seconds and repeat three times.
                                                little or no rest in between so that the
first thing that gets kicked out of my                                                          phins going and you feel fantastic after a     Move to another lift in that muscle
                                                heart rate is elevated to give the benefit of
schedule. So I went in search of the most                                                       good workout,” Prohaska says.                group. If you started with chest press,
                                                aerobic exercise as well as strength train-
efficient 30-minute workout for busy,                                                              Skip one Friends rerun and hit the gym.   successively move to shoulder press,
                                                ing. Multi-joint exercises like lunges,
time-crunched students. Here’s what I                                                           You don’t have to spend hours working        upright rows, lateral pull-downs and
                                                squats or step-ups incorporate several
came up with.                                                                                   out for your body to benefit. Combine        then incline press. You could also add
                                                muscle groups into one exercise, thus
                                                                                                your strength training and cardio into a     bicep curls or triceps extensions if you
                                                increasing the efficiency of the exercise.
           The benefit of circuits                                                              circuit-training workout to be time-effi-    want. Remember to keep time; the pace
                                                Clingingsmith recommends using multi-
   Circuit training is strength training                                                        cient. See you there.                        of the workout keeps your heart rate
                                                joint exercises for the lower body and a
done at such a pace that the heart rate is                                                                                                   elevated.
                                                lift for each part of the upper body: chest,
elevated within 50 to 85 percent of its max                                                     Contact writer at:                             Move to the next muscle group. Start
                                                back, biceps, triceps, shoulders and abs.
for the entirety of the workout, which is —                                                                    with a major muscle group first. If you
                                                Do a set of 10 to 15 reps on each lift, and
in our case — 30 minutes. These work-                                                                                                        just completed upper body, start with
                                                repeat the entire body workout three
outs are easy to follow because they can                                                                                                     leg press and do three sets of one-
                                                times. “This will get your heart rate up to
be run by a stopwatch instead of count-                                                             Calculate your                           minute reps with 30 seconds of rest in
                                                get the benefits of aerobic exercise activ-
ing, Magaha says, and circuit training                                                                                                       between sets. Move to calf raises, leg
promotes overall wellness by combining
                                                ity and good solid calorie burning, as well         heart rate:                              curls and leg extensions. If time allows,
                                                as the benefits of tightening and
a cardiovascular workout with strength                                                                                                       you can add inner and outer thigh lifts
                                                strengthening your muscles,” Clinging-
training.                                                                                              A quick way to determine your         and lunges.
                                                smith says.
   I like to think I am in pretty good shape.                                                       maximum heart rate is to sub-              Cool down with a five-minute walk or
                                                    The circuit workouts are great for con-
I run nearly every day and lift weights reg-                                                        tract your age from 220. If you          jog.
                                                densing muscle — not bulking up — and
ularly. Still, I could feel my increased        getting toned, says Jenny Prohaska, Lea-            are 19 then your maximum heart
heart rate about halfway through the cir-       wood senior, who began circuit training             rate is 201. During circuit train-
cuit workout and had to admit to Magaha         two months ago. She has lost three                  ing, your heart rate should be
that I was feeling shaky.                       inches around her waist and has lowered             somewhere between 100, which
   If you only have 30 minutes you’ve got       her body fat percentage several points.             is 50 percent of your max and
to make the most of the time you have,          Prohaska circuit trains four days a week            170, which is 85 percent of your

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                                                                    Give your old shirts a

                                                       “Bee” safe
Bees are crafty little creatures. They can polli-
nate plants, turn over soil and some can make a
                                                                    new purpose in life.
sweet treat in a day’s work. But they aren’t known
to be the friendliest insects around. If you’re
stung, remove the stinger by scraping it out with a                 Right after I decided to attend the
credit card or knife. Don’t pinch the area, you                     University of Kansas, one of my great
could release more venom. To ease the burning                       aunts bought me practically every
rub a wet aspirin or a paste made from baking                       KU sweatshirt in stock at the second-
soda and water on the area. You can also take a                     hand store where she worked. While
pain reliever or antihistamine to reduce the                        the gesture was appreciated, I never
swelling and soreness. You can’t avoid bees com-                    cared much for wearing sweatshirts.
pletely, but you can become less inviting. If you’ll                But instead of letting them sit in the
                                                                    bottom of my closet, my mom had a         together, leaving a hole on one side.
be outdoors, pass up the perfume and brightly
                                                                    better idea. She turned them into pil-    Turn the pillow inside out through the
colored clothes.                                                                                              hole and then fill with stuffing — cot-
                                                                    lows. You can do the same with any
                                                                    favorite T-shirt or sweatshirt you        ton, foam or even pieces of other old
                              —Leigh Ann Foskey                     have lying around. Just cut out the       T-shirts. Stitch up the hole. Now your
                                                                    shape of the pillow that you want         favorite old T-shirt can live on without
Source:                                            from the front and the back of the        taking up closet space.
                                                                    shirt. With the wrong side of the shirt
                                                                    on the outside, sew the two pieces                         —Donovan Atkinson

                Quick fix                                                       Assemblyrequired

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   Two reviewers throwing stars
                                                    Film Face-Off
                                  ✰✰✰ Good: Old School
                                   ✰✰ Okay: Revenge of the Nerds
                                    ✰ Bad: PCU
                                                    Two National Lampoon’s Dorm Daze
                                                No stars: reviewers throwing stars

R, 113 minutes. Now playing at
South Wind 12

   Great movies linger with us after the
lights dim and the credits roll as we leave      Thandie Newton) for an interracial cou-
the theater and go out for coffee afterward      ple; two police detectives (Don Cheadle,
to discuss what was just seen with a friend      Jennifer Esposito) investigate a shooting
who you saw it with. Crash is a perfect          death between white and black under-
example of that kind of movie. It features       cover police officers; a Persian shop-
more than a dozen people strung together         keeper (Shaun Toub) buys a gun and
through coincidence. These characters            keeps being mistaken for “Osama.”
have nothing in common with each other
— they have different jobs, live in different
                                                   One of the most interesting things
                                                 about this movie is that it presents its        Looking for money?
parts of town and are part of different          characters as flawed, most all are racist on
social classes. But one thing is similar:        some level, but that they came to be that
They all feel separated by their races.
   Crash does not have a central plot, and
it’s made up of several smaller plots that
                                                 way through circumstances beyond their
                                                 control and can still be decent human
                                                 beings. One character in particular is first
mingle every now and then. Some of the
plots and characters work better than oth-
ers: A pair of black thieves (Terrance
                                                 presented as a total scumbag, but the
                                                 audience is forced to re-evaluate him after
                                                 an act of heroism. All of the performances
Howard, Ludacris) carjack the SUV of a
white couple (Sandra Bullock, Brendan
Fraser); two cops (Matt Dillon, Ryan
                                                 are excellent, particularly Cheadle, Dillon
                                                 and Newton. Though some characters
                                                 and coincidences are a little too much, the
                                                                                                          Love Garden Sounds
Phillippe) pull over and harass a black          payoff is a thought-provoking movie that
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 R, 156 minutes
 Starts tomorrow at Liberty Hall

    In his review of Mel Gibson’s The Pas-
 sion of the Christ, film critic Roger Ebert      By now, most filmmakers seem to under-
 wrote: “I prefer to evaluate a film on the       stand the risks they’re taking with the
 basis of what it intends to do, not on what      Holocaust. When Schindler’s List
 I think it should have done.”                    grossed $321 million worldwide, director
    Allow me to violently disagree.               Steven Spielberg dispensed his profits to
    Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Downfall, which         Holocaust and Jewish-continuity proj-
 is one of the first German productions to        ects. “It was blood money,” Spielberg
 deal at length with the Nazis, depicts the       said in an interview with the New York
 final years of the Third Reich. Based in         Times Magazine.
 part on the memoirs of Hitler’s stenogra-           Hirschbiegel doesn’t seem to have
 pher, Traudl Junge, this 2005 Best For-          learned the same lesson. What makes his
 eign-Language Film Oscar nominee                 film so infuriating is how absolutely com-
 achieves a grim authenticity as it stalks        pelling it is. Every time the director
 the mazelike bunker below Berlin, where          invited me to connect with the officers
 the Führer pores over maps and screams           onscreen on an emotional level, a little
 himself blue in the face before blowing          voice in my head said, “Dude, they’re
 his own head off.                                Nazis!”
    The fact that Junge claims to have been          If you can get past the film’s question-
 largely unaware of the Nazis’ misdeeds           able narrative device, this is a vivid his-
 while she was under their employment             torical epic. Hirschbiegel meticulously
 strikes me as very convenient. Telling the       recreates the fall of Berlin, and Bruno
 film through her point of view gives             Ganz’s lead performance is a triumph of
 Hirschbiegel the dramatic license to             controlled lunacy. There’s also a heart-
 ignore the war’s most unimaginable               breaking subplot involving the horribly
 atrocities. A postscript states, “Six mil-       brainwashed children of Joseph and
 lion Jews were murdered,” and it almost          Magda Goebbels. Still, I couldn’t help
 comes across as an apology for the film-         thinking I was watching a dangerously
 maker’s reckless oversight.                      skewed film.
                                                                           —Stephen Shupe
DiG!                                                                                            Cinderella Man
Movie (✰✰✰1/2)                                                                                  (✰✰✰)
DVD (✰✰✰✰)                                                                                      PG-13, 144 minutes

R, 107 minutes                                                                                     Opening in theatres on June 3, Cin-
                                                  working to build a career, Newcombe
                                                  continually sabotaged his chances for         derella Man is the next pairing of director     the way it is filmed.
   Anton Newcombe is not a household                                                            Ron Howard and star Russell Crowe since
                                                  success. Newcombe seems to be com-                                                               The final third makes up for the rest of
name, but to hear him tell it, he may be                                                        2003’s phenomenally successful and
                                                  pletely devoid of business acumen, and                                                        film, which often tends to be longwinded,
the most gifted musician of our time.                                                           Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind . The
                                                  his inability to function sanely is mad-                                                      yet doesn’t have the feel of an epic. Where
Actually Newcombe’s talents are undeni-                                                         movies also share the same producer and
                                                  dening to those around him. After seven                                                       it works is that it remains subtle and as real-
able. As the creative force behind the                                                          writer.
                                                  years, the Dandys became an interna-                                                          istic as a Hollywood film can be. The fight
Brian Jonestown Massacre, he’s a pio-                                                              Again based on true events, the film
                                                  tional success, and Newcombe is still                                                         scenes are brilliantly put together, espe-
neer of the San Francisco rock revival that                                                     tackles the story of boxer Jimmy Brad-
                                                  performing at small venues and fighting                                                       cially the final fight, which had me inching
spawned such acts as the Dandy Warhols                                                          dock, world heavy-weight champion who
                                                  with the audience. Newcombe’s antics                                                          closer and closer to the edge of my seat.
and the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.                                                            overcame tremendous odds to keep him-
                                                  are maddening. He has so much talent,                                                         The film does what it needs to do, without
However, his band’s lack of success is due                                                      self and his family together and alive, ris-
                                                  but it all goes to waste.                                                                     being flashy and big.
not to a lack of talent, but a lack of control.                                                 ing out the Great Depression in the 1930s
                                                     The film does a masterful job of reveal-                                                      No doubt this film will draw compar-
Newcombe’s volatility and destructive                                                           as hero to the common man. Although rel-
                                                  ing the strange relationship that exists                                                      isons to this year’s amazing Million Dollar
nature is constantly derailing himself and                                                      atively unknown now, the boxer seems to
                                                  between the two bands. They’re collabo-                                                       Baby, and maybe as many Oscar nomina-
his band.                                                                                       have made a huge impact at the time, and
                                                  rators and competitors at the same time.                                                      tions. But I wouldn’t say this is better,
   DiG! is the sprawling yet intimate doc-                                                      the film adapts the story realistically,
                                                  Paring down seven years of footage into                                                       because it is not as brave and doesn’t go to
umentary of The Brian Jonestown Mas-                                                            depicting a time when it was difficult to
                                                  100 minutes must be daunting as well.                                                         the emotional lengths of that film. But it is
sacre and the Dandy Warhols over the                                                            feed your children and remain honest.
                                                  However, for the avid fan, there are over                                                     well-constructed and does what cinema
course of seven years. Beginning in 1995,                                                          The film owes a lot to Russell Crowe,
                                                  two hours of bonus footage on the DVD,                                                        should do: seamlessly tell a story that
when both bands were still underground                                                          who portrays a genuinely nice guy who
                                                  along with music videos and live per-                                                         should be told with prize performances,
and underdeveloped, the film chronicles                                                         gets kicked down wherever he turns but
                                                  formances. There is no telling what the                                                       beautiful cinematography and able direct-
the friendship that arose between the                                                           still remains true to his family and friends.
                                                  Brian Jonestown Massacre could have                                                           ing, deservedly pushing this film into the
Dandys and Newcombe. At the time                                                                The chemistry between him and his two
                                                  been, but Newcombe’s inability to func-                                                       ranks of one of the great sports films.
Newcombe was a local legend, and the                                                            co-stars — the brilliant Paul Giamatti and
                                                  tion in the real world seems to have
BJM were churning out album after                                                               Renée Zellweger — works well, and the
                                                  damned them to anonymity. But perhaps                                                                                      —Michael Boyd
album. He was regarded by all around as                                                         characters bloom into real people through
                                                  restraint and concession are too much to
this incredible creative force, but the                                                         the course of the film. The surrounding
                                                  ask of a man who states, “I never apolo-
drugs and the egos and the jealousy ate                                                         cast also shines, creating a presence that
                                                  gize because I never make mistakes.”
away at Newcombe’s chances of making                                                            complements the leads. The film is given a
it big.                                                                     —Will Lamborn       timeless quality by the costumes, sets and
   While the Dandy Warhols were off
                                                                                     Images courtesy
Fall Out Boy
From Under the Cork Tree
    Jiminy Jillickers Radioactive Man! Yes, Fall Out Boy, the
boy wonder side-kick from a running Batman parody on The
Simpsons, is back with another album. From Under the Cork
Tree basically carries on in a guitar heavy, sweet and melodic,
but still chock full of screaming and tight drum beats.
    At first listen, it sounds like more of the same, but when fully appreciated it actually
poses some rather meaningful pop culture satire. The band jeopardizes its own repu-
tation frequently for the sake of some jokes and references that most listeners probably
won’t get anyway. For instance, every song name is either extremely long, has alter-
nate titles, or contains some sort of pun: “I’ve Got a Dark Alley and a Bad Idea that Says
You Should Shut Your Mouth (Summer Song)” or “A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Lit-
tle More Touch Me.”
    They are edgy enough to separate themselves from being compared to bands like
Simple Plan or Good Charlotte, but maybe not mature enough to make it past the CD
players of adolescent Warped Tour clientele. It was noble enough of them to sabotage
themselves enough to make a spoof on screamo-emo (“I Slept With Someone In Fall
Out Boy And All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me) and ‘80s hair metal [7
Minutes in Heaven (Atavan Halen)] while still maintaining some musical integrity, but
it still wasn’t quite enough to get through to most, even to those who “get it.”

Grade: C
                                                                            —Joe Sibinski

Tori Amos
The Beekeeper
   In 20 years on this planet, I had never heard a Tori Amos
record before this week. Also prior to this week, I never
thought that was such a bad thing. But after listening to The
Beekeeper, Amos’ latest addition to her ample catalogue, I
realized life without Tori Amos is no life at all. The album is
both heart-achingly fragile and inspiringly powerful; Amos peppers her mind-melting
instrumentation with gorgeous imagery, evoking emotion at will like some sort of pri-
mordial fiery haired sprite.
   Amos’ honeyed, boundless vocals document a number of shifting perspectives on
The Beekeeper: seductress, victim, patriot, mother, feminist. She finds liberation in
each and there is a sense that all are united by common thread. Each role flows seam-
lessly into the next, overlapping and connecting.
   Joined by the London Community Gospel Choir on “Sweet the Sting” (who sound
too much like the Dandy Warhols to be simple coincidence), Amos wanders through a
cloudy, sexual haze accompanied by a man with a “hat cocked sure, defiantly.” “Rib-
bons Undone” features a delicate piano and celebrates the relationship between a
mother and a daughter who “runs like a fire does, just picking up daises / Comes in for a
landing, a pure flash of lightning.” On “Original Sinsuality,” Amos ruminates on the
possibility that sexuality pre-dates sin, thereupon questioning the whole of conserva-
tive dogma.
   At 19 tracks, though, The Beekeeper is bound to stumble. “Cars and Guitars” is hokey
nostalgia and wouldn’t sound all that out of place on a modern country compilation,
stuck between Toby Keith and some other dude who likes to fish and change his motor
oil. “Hoochie Woman” clearly suffers from the use of a lame, anachronistic term such
as “hoochie,”and the ominous piano riff sounds about as fresh.
   Nearly 80 minutes long, The Beekeeper challenges the concept of time and the atten-
tion of those crippled with ADD. After all, in 80 minutes, you could prepare a nice flan or
do at least 3,000 sit-ups. But I wasted 20 years of my life in a pre-Amos stupor and I’m
better since emerging from it. Forget the flan and the sit-ups; listen to The Beekeeper

Grade: A-
                                                                             —Dave Ruigh
NewsNewsNewsNewsNews     Area 51
                                                                           Video games
NewsNewsNewsNewsNews     PS2, Xbox, PC
NewsNewsNewsNewsNews        What alien/government conspiracy
NewsNewsNewsNewsNews     would be complete without David
NewsNewsNewsNewsNews     Duchovny being involved somehow?
                         Area 51 is a first person shooter that
NewsNewsNewsNewsNews     brings to life many of the popular conspir-
NewsNewsNewsNewsNews     acies all while the player shoots the living
                         hell out of mutated humanoid aliens, one                                                         Psychonauts
NewsNewsNewsNewsNews     of whom is Marilyn Manson.                                                                       Xbox, PS2, PC
NewsNewsNewsNewsNews        You may have déjà vu when playing
NewsNewsNewsNewsNews     this game as it is very much similar to          dard, but there are some interesting ones
                                                                                                                              At first glance Psychonauts appears to
                         Halo 2 . You can dual wield weapons,             that use alien technology. One shoots
NewsNewsNewsNewsNews                                                                                                      be a game for kids. The world is colorful,
                         throw grenades, and introduce your ene-          balls of bouncing energy and another
                                                                                                                          and the characters are doing child-like
NewsNewsNewsNewsNews     mies face to the butt of your gun. It’s really   reminds me of the BFG from Quake II that
                                                                                                                          things such as playing tag. The story takes
                         not a bad thing though, because Halo 2 is        shoots a large ball of energy with beams
NewsNewsNewsNewsNews     pretty badass.                                   coming out of it seeking targets.
                                                                                                                          place at summer camp, which led me to
                                                                                                                          think I had stumbled into a kids game, but
NewsNewsNewsNewsNews        Area 51 employs an interesting game-             All in all the game is fairly fun but lim-
                                                                                                                          the “Teen” rating holds true. This game
                         play twist that has the character infected       ited in scope. Multiplayer consists solely
NewsNewsNewsNewsNews                                                      of a death match and is not all that fun.
                                                                                                                          isn’t a kids’ game.
                         by a virus that changes him into a strong,                                                           It’s challenging, and the free-learning
NewsNewsNewsNewsNews     fast, alien killing machine. You can’t use       And any game with Marilyn Manson as an
                                                                                                                          environment allows players to roam
NewsNewsNewsNewsNews     weapons while in this form, but it has           alien is worth checking out in my book.
                                                                                                                          about freely experimenting with their
                         some unique powers. Mutagen can be                                                               character’s psychic powers. I spent half
                         thrown at enemies, slowly draining their         Grade: B-
     Now.                health. Powerful claws and super speed
                         allow the player to quickly dispatch the
                         opposition. The weapons are pretty stan-
                                                                                                     —Nick Finnegan
                                                                                                                          my time chasing squirrels around trying
                                                                                                                          to light them on fire and the developers
                                                                                                                          anticipated my twisted desire to roast
                                                                                                                          small animals alive. Roasting the little
                                                                                                                          furry creatures is the easiest way to find            Star Wars Episode 3:                             real feeling. You can hear the intensity in
                                                                                                                          food and regain health.
                                                                                                                              The game takes place at a summer
                                                                          each fight.
                         Revenge of the Sith                                The saber dueling is intense. The game,
                                                                                                                          camp where children learn to use their
                         PS2, Xbox                                                                                        psychic powers to fight evil. Your charac-
                                                                          like each prequel, has fast-paced
                                                                                                                          ter – Raz – has run away from his family at
                                                                          lightsaber action. When fighting against
                            May 19th... I hope I’m in a movie theater                                                     the circus to learn how to become a Psy-
                                                                          other Jedi, it’s almost impossible to know
                                                                                                                          chonaut. While at the camp, strange
                    B    that day kicking back, eating popcorn and        where they’re going to strike next
                                                                                                                          things start to happen to his friends and
                    A    watching one of the greatest movie sagas         because they twirl their lightsaber so fast.
                                                                                                                          Raz works hard to develop his psychic
                    R    come to a close. As the ad in Electronic
                         Gaming Monthly says, “Before you see
                                                                          You’re better off blocking and hoping that
                                                                          you’ll find an opening.
                                                                                                                          powers to help his friends.
                         the intense saber-sizzling droid-frying,                                                             The gameplay is challenging and the
                                                                             The game also supports a multiplayer
                                                                                                                          regular addition of new psychic powers to
         1009 Mass st.   force-bending, action of the movie, make
                         some of your own.” And that’s exactly
                                                                          function. There is cooperative mode
                                                                                                                          your arsenal keeps you from getting
                                                                          where you and a friend can play with each
                         what I did. When I started playing this                                                          bored. The level design is insanely cre-
                                                                          other, as well a dueling mode, where you
                         game, I never wanted to put the controller                                                       ative; one level is a cube floating in space,
                                                                          can face a friend and find out just who is
                         down. The action is intense and in Star                                                          and if you run to the edge of the cube and
                                                                          better with a lightsaber. The game also
                         Wars fashion, the story is epic.                                                                 jump off you land on another side of the
                                                                          has extras such as conceptual art and
                           The style of gameplay took me a little by                                                      cube. This little strange-but-creative
                                                                          scenes from the movie.
                         surprise. At first, I thought you picked one                                                     touch is what Psychonauts has going for
                                                                            Revenge of the Sith is another great Star
                         of the Jedi and played his side of the story.                                                    it. If at first glance you think this is a stan-
                                                                          Wars game. I was brought back to my
                         However, this game is composed of 16                                                             dard platformer you are sadly mistaken.
                                                                          Jedi Power Battle days, but this one is way
                         missions with you controlling Anakin or                                                          This game is more than standard. Every-
                                                                          more intense and has better graphics and
                         Obi-Wan, taking turns doing their part in                                                        thing feels polished, the script is hilarious,
                                                                          gameplay to boot. I’m not really shy of a
                         the movie. You have no control over                                                              the combat is fluid and the graphics are
                                                                          few spoilers, so I had no problem playing
                         which Jedi you get to be. This game is                                                           the most unique I’ve seen in years.
                                                                          this game before seeing the movie.
                         strictly combat. If you see an enemy in
                         front of you, you’d best dispatch them                                                           Grade: A
                                                                          Grade: A
                         before they dispatch you. As you com-                                         —Chris Moore
                         plete each level, you gain experience. You                                                                                         —Dan Hoyt
                         then use the experience to strengthen
                         your Jedi. You can use it to increase your
                         fighting power or your ability to use the
                         Force. With each level gained, you can
                         acquire new combos and Force powers to

     $1.75               use.
                             The voice acting is great in the game.

  Schooner               The actors from The Clone Wars on Car-
                         toon Network lend their voices to the
                         game, so they are familiar with how to
                         portray each character. Hearing Anakin
   (domestic ONLY)
                         speak during his battles adds more to the
                         feeling that he believes he is stronger
                         than anyone he faces. It gives it a more
                                                                                                                                      All images courtesy
                                            Rough Waters
                                       One small boat, 14
                                       strangers, eight days:
                                       It’s not a reality show;
                                       It’s Outward Bound

                                                                                                                                                                         Illustration by Scott Drummond
                                       By Britta Florman, Jayplay Writer

  Heavy waves forcefully rocked                  explored the waters
                                                 of the Maine
the small boat as I leaned toward the fresh      c o a s t ,
air from under the tarp draped above us.         anchoring
My head spun as I held back the urge to          in coves at
vomit. “Why the hell am I here? I’m miser-       night to
able!” The first night of my Outward             sleep on
Bound trip was the scariest, with seven          t h e
days of boat life ahead of me. I was on a 30-    boat.
foot sailboat in the rocky waters of the         W       e
                                                 stopped at                                                                                                                             fresh,
Atlantic Ocean, huddled with 13 strangers                                                                                                                                            proba-
under a tarp protecting us from the rain         islands        to
                                                 explore;      we                                                                                                                bly       the
and waves. Several people had vomited                                                                                                                                     freshest I will
off the side of the boat while others            even got to
                                                 spend two luxu-                                                                                                   ever eat, lobster.
moaned in misery. I had not thought to                                                                                                                      This meal was the culmination
bring any medicine for seasickness.              rious      nights
                                                 sleeping in rustic                                                                                of eight days of struggle and triumph.
   This was one of the countless challenges                                                                                                     Even though I was the one who wanted to
I faced during my nautical adventure, liv-       tents on land at the Out-
                                                                                               were flying along                               be on that boat, once I was actually on it, I
ing, eating and sleeping on a boat. I was 18     ward Bound-operated Hurricane Island.
                                                                                               to our destination. The wind was                questioned my decision. By nature, I am
years old, fresh out of high school, and I            I can most clearly remember the
                                                                                               now so strong it was producing 3-foot-          not one who enjoys situations where I am
wanted an experience that would help me          extremes of the trip. The worst times were
                                                                                               high waves that steadily crashed against        physically uncomfortable. Even though I
become a more independent person.                rowing for hours in dead air. If there was
                                                                                               the boat. Two other girls and I lay help-       was prepared for a rough experience, I
   Outward Bound is a program known for          no wind we didn’t have the option to just
                                                                                               lessly together, soaked in cold, salty water,   think I romanticized the trip before the
its action-packed wilderness trips that          hang out. We had to be moving toward
                                                                                               our heads whirling. By night, we were           start.
challenge participants to extremes and           that day’s destination. We would take
                                                                                               anchored in the harbor of the Outward                 But the trip did what it was supposed
help build character. This trip was the per-     turns rowing and rowing with thick, heavy
                                                                                               Bound School in Rockland, Maine,                to do; My Outward Bound experience
fect opportunity to help me become more          wood oars. One day we rowed for four
                                                                                               depleted of all energy. Our asses itched        thickened my skin and made me a
self-reliant, something I needed before my       hours straight. We sang Cat Stevens and
                                                                                               and stung from being wet all day. When          stronger person physically and emotion-
first year at the University of Kansas. I        Paul Simon songs to pass the time.
                                                                                               dinnertime came, we realized we had for-        ally. The situations I faced out in that ocean
chose the Maine sailing expedition; it             The good times were euphoric. We spent
                                                                                               gotten to pack pasta noodles and we were        help me to know that I can overcome small
sounded fun to cruise around the ocean,          several of the days basking in the sun
                                                                                               at the end of our food rations.                 problems here, such as having to walk
and it didn’t require any prior boating          while a steady wind transported our boat
                                                                                                   We spotted two sea-faring boys in a         home in the rain, problems that might
experience.                                      effortlessly. Our 14-person crew would
                                                                                               motorboat and desperately yelled to             seem tragic otherwise. I will always have a
      I guess I had expected a cushier boat      talk and laugh as if we had known each
                                                                                               them, asking if they’d bring us some pasta.     layer of skin that formed out in that ocean;
and better weather. I didn’t realize exactly     other for years. Throughout the week, I
                                                                                               The teen boys, Amos and Obe, asked us if        it reassures me that I am more capable
what I had gotten myself into until that first   grew to love these strangers like close
                                                                                               we liked lobster. Ten minutes later they        than I may think.
night, nauseated and disheartened. There         friends.
                                                                                               came back with two live lobsters from
was nowhere to run, nowhere to hide and             The last day was the worst and the best.
                                                                                               their traps. Tears formed in my eyes. One       Contact writer at:
definitely no warm bed to sleep in.              We woke to fog and rain. We rowed all
                                                                                               of the guides broke out a huge pot and                     
 Through the week, my tolerance for the          morning, without wind or sun. By the
                                                                                               started boiling water on the propane
steady motion of the sea improved. We            afternoon, the wind picked up and we
                                                                                               stove. The last night of my trip we ate

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