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life. and how to have one.


August 27, 2009
LEARNING YOUR PARTNERS
PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
COULD LEAD YOU STRAIGHT
TO PLEASURE TOWN
music
festivals
FORTY YEARS AFTER
WOODSTOCK, MUSIC
FESTIVALS STILL ROCK
TO THE STREETS
A look at the Lawrence Busker Festival
TAKING IT
total body
sensuality
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august 27, 2009 // volume 7, issue 2
Table of contents photo by Mike Gunnoe
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Cover photo by Chance Dibben
photo essay: lawrence busker festival
there were fre breathers. enough said.
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Q & A
the Wonder behind the Fair
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thats disgusting
germs at the gym
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speak
after a fve-year hiatus, one writer
fnds that the ballet shoes still ft
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
CALENDAR
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EDITOR // Sean Rosner
ASSOCIATE EDITOR // Alex Garrison
DESIGNERS // Laura Fisk, Liz Schulte
CONTACT // Mia Iverson, Hailey Osterhaus
HEALTH // Kirsten Hudson, Amy Johnson
MANUAL // Francesca Chambers, Patrick De
Oliveira, Andrea Olsen
NOTICE // Hannah DeClerk, Kelci Shipley,
Valerie Skubal
PLAY // Sarah Bluvas, Zach Getz, Jake Lerman
CONTRIBUTORS // Mike Anderson, Clayton
Ashley, Taylor Brown, Amber Jackson, Chelsea
Johnson, KJHK music staff, Sasha Lund, Landon
McDonald, Abby Olcese, Brett Phillippe, Nicolas
Roesler, Amanda Sorell
CREATIVE CONSULTANT // Carol Holstead
CONTACT US // jayplay09@gmail.com
thursday, august 27th friday, august 28th saturday, august 29th sunday, august 30th monday, august 31st tuesday, sept. 1st
POKER PUB
Conroys Pub, 6 p.m. &
9 p.m., free, all ages
DOWNTOWN LAWRENCE FILM
FESTIVAL
Downtown Lawrence, 8
p.m. free, all ages
THE HAVE NOTS
The Bottleneck, 9 p.m.
all ages
FLOYD THE BARBER
Pachamamas, 9:30 p.m.
free, all ages
NEON DANCE PARTY
The Jackpot Music Hall, 10
p.m. free $5, 18+
THE FELT SHOW PRESENTS:
THE SPY THAT FELT ME
The Jazzhaus, 10 p.m.
$3, 21+
ORLANDO VENTURA, PIANO
Pachamamas, 7 p.m.
free, all ages
HEEBIE JEEBIES
The Gaslight Tavern, 7 p.m.
free, all ages
BOSTONS FINAL BORNING
Lawrence Arts Center
8 p.m., $5 - $8.50, all ages
SWING DANCE FRIDAY
Camelot Ballroom,
8:30 p.m., $5 - $7, all ages
RETRO DANCE PARTY
Wildes Chateau 24, 9 p.m.
$3 - $5, 18+
PETER, BJORN AND JOHN
The Granada, 9 p.m.
$15, all ages
BRENT BERRY BAND / PAUL
BENJAMAN BAND
The Bottleneck, 9 p.m.
all ages
BRODY BUSTER BAND
The Jazzhaus, 10 p.m.
$3, 21+
JET SET BACHELOR DJS
The Eighth St. Taproom
10 p.m., $3, 21+
POKER PUB
Conroys Pub, 6 p.m. &
9 p.m., free, all ages
ORLANDO VENTURA, PIANO
Pachamamas, 7 p.m.
free, all ages
PAT BENATAR AND NEIL
GIRALDO
The Uptown Theater, 7:30
p.m., $45 - $77.50, all ages
BOSTONS FINAL BORNING
Lawrence Arts Center
8 p.m., $5 - $8.50, all ages
BRENT BERRY BAND / SPOON-
FED TRIBE
The Bottleneck, 9 p.m., 18+
THE HEMORRHOIDS / COVEN-
TRY SACRIFICE / THE TARDS
/ KROM
Duffys, 9:30 p.m.
$3 - $4, 18+
RUSSIAN DISCUSSION
The Jazzhaus, 10 p.m.
$4, 21+
CICADA RHYTHM PRESENTS:
GO!
The Jackpot Music Hall, 10
p.m., 18+
KAW VALLEY KICKBALL
CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
Hobbs Park, 5 p.m.
free, all ages
POKER PUB
The Pool Room, 7 p.m. &
10 p.m., free, 21+
AMERICAN IDOLS LIVE! TOUR
2009
The Sprint Center
7 p.m., $40.50 - $69.50,
all ages
SMACKDOWN TRIVIA
The Bottleneck
7:30 p.m., free - $5, 18+
CROSBY, STILLS AND NASH
Starlight Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
$55 - $150, all ages
JUFFAGE / I LOVE YOU / HIGH
DIVING PONIES
The Eighth St. Taproom
10 p.m., $3, 21+
DIRTY STOMP WITH DJ HEC-
TOR THE SELECTOR
The Jackpot Music Hall,
10 p.m.
$1 - $2, 18+
DOLLAR BOWLING
Royal Crest Bowling Lanes
9 p.m., $1, all ages
ORIGINAL MUSIC MONDAYS
The Bottleneck, 9 p.m.
$3, 18+
BREW AND VIEW MOVIE
MADNESS
The Jackpot Music Hall,
9 p.m.
free, 21+
TEENAGE COOL KIDS /
FERGUS & GERONIMO
The Eighth St. Taproom
10 p.m., $3, 21+
TUESDAY NITE SWING
The Kansas Union, 8 p.m.,
free, all ages
AMERICAN AQUARIUM
The Bottleneck, 9 p.m., 18+
CAPGUN COUP / BOO & BOO
TOO
The Eighth St. Taproom, 10
p.m., $3, 21+
KARAOKE NIGHT
The Jackpot Music Hall, 10
p.m., free, 18+
POKER PUB
The Pool Room, 7 p.m. &
10 p.m., free, 21+
THE AMERICANA MUSIC
ACADEMY JAM
Signs of Life, 7:30 p.m.,
free, all ages
D-12 / POTLUCK
The Granada, 8 p.m. $15,
all ages
DOLLAR BOWLING
Royal Crest Bowling Lanes,
9 p.m., $1, all ages
ACOUSTIC OPEN JAM
The Jazzhaus, 10 p.m., $2,
all ages
GET FOOLISH WITH SPENCE
The Eighth St. Taproom, 10
p.m., $3, 21+
JAYPLAY
editors note //
Bored with summer school and a little strick-
en with wanderlust (it was, after all, the frst
summer I had spent in the United States in three
years), I happily departed with my hard-earned
$400 and hopped on a plane.
It was last August, and I was headed to Chi-
cago to (fnally) cross an item of my so-called
bucket list see Radiohead perform live.
I was worried it may be my last chance, and
having missed the tour in St. Louis because of a
fnal, well, I decided I just had to do it. I had to
get tickets to Lollapalooza 2008.
But it wasnt just about the music. Not only
was Radiohead in Chicago, so was my uncle
Tony, a kind-hearted, surprisingly jovial funeral
home director whos less than ten years older
than me and whom I hadnt seen in years.
Lollapalooza was my chance to reconnect with
Tony, who tried hard to be hip and even went
with me to see Tom, Colin, Ed and Jonny, de-
spite not really having a frm grasp on who they
were.
No, it wasnt the hippest music festival I could
have gone to, nor the best (I will do South By
Southwest someday), but it was my little
week of reprieve during a summer of tedious in-
// ALEX GARRISON, ASSOCIATE EDITOR
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Conroys Pub
3115 W. 6th St. Ste D.
The Bottleneck
737 New Hampshire St.
The Jackpot Music Hall
943 Massachusetts St.
The Jazzhaus
926 1/2 Massachusetts St.
The Gaslight Tavern
317 N. 2nd St.
Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire St.
Wildes Chateau 24
2412 Iowa St.
The Granada
1020 Massachusetts St.
Eighth St. Taproom
801 New Hampshire St.
Hobbs Park
702 E. 11th St.
The Pool Room
925 Iowa St.
Duffys
2222 W. 6th St.
venues //
ternships and more importantly in
the long run was an opportunity to
get to know my (often unintentionally)
funny, relatable procrastinator of an
uncle, bridging a bit more of a connec-
tion between myself and a distant side
of my family.
Read Sarahs story about music festi-
vals and their value both economic
and sentimental on page 5 and fnd
out about other students experiences
with music fests the reasons behind
the roadtrips, the memories behind
the memorabilia and the opportunities
to check out some upcoming festivals
close to Lawrence.
wednesday, sept. 2nd
Random people. Random answers.
// ZACH GETZ
stage presence // THE SPOOK LIGHTS
local musicians. feel free to swoon.
this weekend // FARMERS MARKET
because those CSI marathons are getting old.
Ever wanted to try emu meat, honeycomb
or maybe a Lebanese pie? Tese exotic foods
are just some of the goods available at the
Lawrence farmers market.
Not only is the farmers market a good
way to fnd foods that are not readily found
at supermarkets, but its also a good way to
support local farmers and other vendors by
buying from them directly.
Its a wonderful market. I live in Ottawa
and I tried selling in Ottawa, but the people of
Lawrence appreciate the highest quality food
and highest quality organic ingredients and
they are willing to pay a little more for that,
says Marilyn Pilkey, who sells baked goods at
the farmers market.
Pilkey says other advantages of the farmers
market are that it has a large variety of
vegetables and goods and a higher quality of
produce than a typical grocery store.
Avery Lominska, who sells many types of
vegetables, says he likes to sell at the farmers
market because he is his own boss and doesnt
have to rely on restaurant owners and produce
managers to make his living.
I dont like having one persons whim
determine whether or not I sell $500 worth of
produce or nothing, Lominska says. He also says
the market is good for customers because they
get to meet the person growing the vegetables
and get to ask questions.
Te farmers market runs from April to
November, and has three weekly sessions. Te
main market is from 7 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays
between 8th and 9th Streets on New Hampshire
Street. Tere are also two smaller markets from
4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Tursdays between
10th and 11th Streets on Vermont Street.
Contributed photo
Trying to explain Te Spooks Lights sound
can be difcult. Its the kind of music that gets
picked up for a roller derby workout video in
Los Angeles and the live show has glimpses
of a haunted house mixed with a 1960s
discothque.
Sleazy soundtrack music to listen to when
getting knifed by a dope-fend on the way to
a drag show is how I would describe it, says
front man Scary Manilow.
Te Spook Lights music is in a league of its
own in the Lawrence scene. Tey credit their
musical infuences to religious ventriloquist
records, B-movie soundtracks from the 1950s
and 1960s and old gimmick groups such as
Te Dancing Nuns.
We fnd a lot of our musical infuences
from garbage dumpsters, records that people
throw away and thrifts stores, says guitarist
Curvacia VaVoom. Its a really great way to
fnd out about a lot of outsider music that
weve never heard of.
Tough their music is unique, it was meant
to be seen live. With cranked-up reverb on
his vocals, Scary Manilow busts out obsolete
1960s dance moves while sporting black
leather gloves and a black blazer. A little skeleton
attached to his microphone stand dances
whenever he grabs it.
On the other side of the stage, Curvacia
VaVoom plays catchy, punchy guitar rifs while
wearing a go-go dress and a beehive hairdo.
Guitarist Jet Boy, drummer Te Meld and
keyboardist and bassist Zeppelina Mystery round
out the rest of the group.
// ZACH GETZ
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Ghoulishly good local act The Spook Lights
will bring their retro-inspired tunes to The
Jackpot Music Hall September 12.
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Kansas. However, a long drive wouldnt stop
Hornung and his friends from seeing Radiohead
perform live, so they borrowed his moms Toyota
Prius and trekked down South.
So, now picture this: You and your friends
are piled in a Prius (because, as Hornung says,
everythings cheaper in a Prius), the radio is
blaring some techno-induced version of Journeys
Dont Stop Believin and youre heading to
Austin to see tons of diferent acts over the span
of 3 days. You wont get the chance to see Jimi
Hendrix, but you are guaranteed to have a truly
memorable experience.

More beats for your bucks
// SARAH BLUVAS
stage presence // THE SPOOK LIGHTS
Heralded by Rolling Stone as one of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock
and roll, Woodstock, celebrating its 40th anniversary this month, changed the way our
country experiences live music. Today, music festivals continue to provide life-changing
experiences for some KU students, despite high ticket costs and a slow economy.
Picture this: Its early morning on August 18,
1969. Youre on a 600-acre dairy farm in rural
New York, and youre soaking wet as the sky stops
and starts raining at its leisure. But you dont care
about the rain because you and 500,000 of your
closest friends are about to see Jimi Hendrix, the
guitar-wielding god himself, take the stage and
play one of his most memorable performances.
Ok, so its not really 1969, and the closest youll
get to seeing Jimi Hendrix play the Star Spangled
Banner is by watching video footage, but the
monumental Woodstock Music and Art Fair,
more commonly known as the Woodstock Music
Festival, is nevertheless a recognizable event for
all concert-goers. Woodstock, along with 1967s
Monterey Pop Festival and 1970s Isle of Wight
Festival, paved the way for the thousands of
music festivals that now take place nationally and
internationally every year.
Ranging from one-day regional shows to week-
long, nationally acclaimed spectacles, music
festivals continue to make it easy for consumers
to experience live music, says Mike McCoy, co-
founder of North Versus South Music Festival,
now in its sixth year in Kansas City, Mo. A
musician and Lawrence native, McCoy started
North Versus South as a way for him and his
fellow guitarists to jam together every year, and
it has since grown into a three-day festival that
features Americana-inspired rock and roll acts.
Unlike a single-show concert, music festivals such
as North Versus South, which is set in downtown
Kansas City, provide audiences with what McCoy
considers a rare chance of discovery. By bringing
together known and unknown acts from around
the country, it and other festivals allow attendees
to pick and choose what they want to see.
Te discovery of new performers is a draw for
Loren Cressler, Hoxie senior. Cressler, who has
attended music festivals overseas, plans to attend
Austin City Limits in Austin, Texas, in October
because of the number of acts hell see who he
wouldnt normally have access to in Lawrence.
ACL boasts a lineup of almost 100 acts, both new
and well-known from many diferent genres. Yet
Cressler isnt only looking for new songs to add to
his iTunes playlist later. He also enjoys the events
atmosphere and how music festivals incorporate
In the mood for a music festival?
Check out these upcoming festivals
that are close to Lawrence AND
reasonably priced.
Crossroads Music Festival,
September 12: Though only one day,
this festival showcases the talents of more
than 30 local artists. Held in different venues
throughout the Crossroads district in
downtown Kansas City, Mo., the festival also
features dance performances and visual arts
displays, highlighting this culturally diverse
area. Tickets can be purchased individually at
each venue starting at $6, and event passes
are $15. For more information, visit www.
cmfkc.com.
Walnut Valley Festival, September
16-20: In Winfeld, this four-day bluegrass
festival features more than 20 performers.
With six stages, Walnut Valley also sponsors
eight very popular instrumental contests.
Past winners include Alison Krauss and
Mark OConnor. Ticket prices start at $35 in
advance. For more information, visit www.
wvfest.com.

Green Mountain Eco Festival,
September 24-27: This four-day
festival in Eldridge, Mo., combines music,
environmental workshops and camping
to celebrate sustainability. With more than
25 artists on three stages, Green Mountain
features acts from around the world,
including Lawrence natives Truckstop
Honeymoon. Full event passes are $60 until
Sept. 1, and proceeds beneft Green Mountain
Sustainability Center. For more information,
visit www.greenmountainecofest.com.
this weekend // FARMERS MARKET
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The crowds are usually much larger at music festivals than single-act shows, so it makes the ex-
perience completely different, says Ben Hornung, Council Grove senior who attended Bonnaroo
in 2006.
an entire community in the idea of stopping to
appreciate music. Tis sense of community is
something other festival-goers, including Jen
Beck, Newton senior, look forward to. Beck, who
attended Rothbury Music Festival in Rothbury,
Mich., in July, found that, rather than being
at the festival to see one band, most people
attending were collectively interested in having a
good weekend flled with good music, creating an
experience unlike that of a single performance.
With this sense of community also comes a sense
of responsibility. Many outdoor music festivals,
such as Rothbury and Bonnaroo Music Festival
in Manchester, Tenn., promote sustainability and
green lifestyles during the festival. To ensure they
leave venues the way they came, music festivals
install recycling programs and encourage waste
reduction.
Despite the many advantages of attending
music festivals, economics always plays a factor
in peoples decision to attend. Te high cost of
tickets, which run anywhere between $150 and
$500 for more mainstream events like Mile High
Music Festival in Denver, Colo., deters concert-
goers from choosing them over single-act shows.
Ultimately, though, music festivals can give
more bang for the buck. Many local and regional
festivals carry small price tags, ranging from being
free to costing under $20, like McCoys North
Versus South.
Higher-priced shows can also be bargains when
considering their lineups. For instance, South by
Southwest in Austin, Texas, one of the largest and
most interactive music and flm festivals in the
country, can cost as much as $1,200 depending
on the pass you buy. Once in Austin, though,
audiences have access to almost 2,000 musical
performances over a span of 5 days, says McCoy,
who calls SXSW the big daddy of music
festivals. Although it would be impossible to see
every single act during the week, it averages out to
less than $2 per performance.
Costs ultimately played a role in Cresslers
and Becks decisions to attend a music festival.
Cressler considers the $210 price tag on his ACL
three-day pass to be a bargain, while Beck was
hesitant at frst about paying $270 for a three-day
pass to Rothbury. By carpooling with friends and
sharing costs of food, though, she also decided
that attending the festival was an opportunity she
couldnt pass up.
For Ben Hornung, Council Grove senior,
costs also played heavily on his decision to attend
Bonnaroo in 2006, especially because the festival
takes place in Tennessee, a 12-hour drive from
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out & about //
random people. random answers.
What is the key to a great Sunday?
Its a great Sunday if I can get some
hammock time in.
Cale Mages
Overland Park junior
A good Sunday is sleeping in till
40-cent wings at Jefersons
Lindsay Ivarra
Overland Park junior
We like to release the toxins from our
body we gathered over the weekend.
Getting up at three in the afternoon
and pigging out on Yummys.
Sarah Hoover, Christine Harwood
St. Louis Freshman, Lenexa freshman
Sleep. Just sleep, and thats really it.
Holly Harrison
Lawrence freshman
In the fall, all day football, they suck
but youve got to love the Chiefs.
Sean Wickliffe
Lawrence sophomore
Waking up from going out the night
before and trying to recollect what my six
female roommates and I did last night.
Lindsey Nichols
Lenexa junior
Sometimes Sundays make me want to
drink, because the week is coming and
Sunday is the most depressing day.
Jennifer Hunt, Ariel Pearson
Lawrence Junior, Lawrence senior
Start out with spiritual yoga and then
going of to a sweat lodge, then more
spiritual yoga and playing music praising
God.
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As Yogi Berra might say, when it comes to sex,
lets start from the beginning. Te key to great
sex is total body sensuality. Tis weeks column
will explore what this is and why its important.
Total body sensuality (TBS) is a style of sex
that involves stimulating all the erogenous zones
of your partner. With TBS the key is to explore
every inch of your partner and fnd the zones of
their body that really turn him or her on when
touched.
Many sexual therapists will agree that an entire
body approach is the best during sex. Te catch
is that every individual has diferent locations of
their hot spots. As a lover your goal is to fgure
out what areas besides the genitals make
your partner go crazy. If you can get your partner
to feel pleasure all over his or her body, it will
make for a much more enjoyable sexual experi-
ence for both of you.
// MIKE ANDERSON
the way he wants.
TBS is also potentially critical to womens
sexual responsiveness. Without it, many women
have less of a chance to achieve proper lubrica-
tion and orgasm. Most women need at least 15
to 20 minutes of foreplay to get properly lubri-
cated. Men may be aroused by sight, but women
are aroused by touch.
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*THE OPINIONS OF THIS COLUMNIST DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF JAYPLAY. KANSAS IN HEAT IS
NOT TO BE CONSIDERED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL HELP.
Mike Anderson, Dellwood, Minn., graduate
student, is the host of Kansas in Heat, a talk
show about sex and relationships that airs
Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on KJHK, 90.7fm and
at kjhk.org.
One of the most sensitive and potent sexual
organs is the skin. Taking a tour of your part-
ners skin will help you discover how to better
turn them on. So, when you do engage in sex
you can stimulate areas of his or her body besides
the genitals.
Te catch to this style of sex is that you must
know your body and what turns you on. How
can someone else know how to stimulate and
arouse you if even you dont know your erog-
enous zones? Te people who are the best at sex
are the ones who really know their body and
their partners body. Take some time and fnd out
where on your body you get the most aroused.
Te next time you masturbate, touch all around
your body to discover what turns you on. Ten
communicate that with your partner. Explore
every inch of your partner to help them also dis-
cover their erogenous zones. Imagine feeling that
Relationship researcher Mike Anderson lays out his plan to tackle the
sticky world of relationship advice, one weekly Jayplay column at a time
kansas in heat (print edition) // TOTAL BODY SENSUALITY
amazing tingly feeling all over your body instead
of just in one isolated area.
For men, TBS takes pressure of the perfor-
mance of the penis. Ive read many times that the
best sex for females in a heterosexual relationship
is with guys who really know how to use their
lips and tongue. And, if a guy can get aroused by
other parts of his body, it allows the penis to not
always be the focal point, which will allow him
to last much longer and get his penis to behave
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get some culture //
// ANDREA OLSEN
Photo by Patrick De Oliveira
Hoopdancer Luna Breeze can swing a hula
hoop in ways the average 8-year-old would
never dream of.
its not all about fast food and beer pong.
GUESS WHO?
in the life of ... // A HOOPSDANCER
// PATRICK DE OLIVEIRA
living vicariously through others is ok with us.
How often do you get to see Spencer Tracy
and Katharine Hepburn on the wall of a
parking garage?
Tonight may be your last chance. And its
free.
Te fnal night of the Downtown Lawrence
Film Festival will feature Tracy and Hepburn,
whose high-yielding partnership is the theme
of this years festival, along with Sidney Poitier,
in the classic Guess Whos Coming to Dinner.
When frst released in 1967, Guess Whos
Coming to Dinner was groundbreaking
because it dealt with the subject of interracial
marriage, which at the time was still illegal in
several states.
Jane Pennington, director of Downtown
Lawrence Inc, which is promoting the festival,
says the flm would be interesting for students
because it helps give a better understanding
of how far the country has come in terms of
race relation.
Guess Whos Coming to Dinner was also Tracy
and Hepburns last flm together, marking the
Luna Breeze has a special circle in which shes
always happy. Its her hula hoop.
When youre inside the hoop its hard not
to smile. You just let go of all outside worries,
Breeze says.
Breeze, whose real name is Brie Blakeman, is a
member of a growing community of hoopdancers.
essential life skills // TACKLING THE STACKS
Te stacks in Watson Library can be a daunting
place. Tere is row after row of books, organized
in some mysterious order, and trying to fnd a
specifc book can be quite the task.
Sierra Amon, Lawrence sophomore, works at
Watson Library shelving books. She says that the
easiest way to go about fnding a book is looking
up the call number online at lib.ku.edu, and then
looking at the stacks map. Tis shows you what
call numbers are on what foor, and will point
you to the right vicinity. For example, the call
number PS3564.I362 T56 would be found in
the center stacks on the fourth foor. Once you
get to the fourth foor of the center stacks, you
have to read the signs at the end of the shelves to
fnd the right number range and keep looking
at the books until you fnd the number that
matches. Amon says that what confuses people
the most are the half foors and how to access the
west, center and east stacks.
Amon often felds questions from students
about where to fnd a certain book. She says
sometimes they get confused when she explains,
so she directs them to the employees at the main
circulation desk, who are used to helping the
lost.
Kelsey Smith, Council Grove sophomore,
works at the circulation desk at Watson. She says
she answers many questions each day regarding
// PATRICK DE OLIVEIRA
end of a rich cooperation. Tracy died shortly after
the flming ended.
Attendees should bring their lawn chairs and
blankets to the vacant lot at the 9th and New
Hampshire streets intersection.
Te movie begins at 9:15 p.m., and before
that there will be live music and free popcorn.
Hoopdancing is a mixture of circus arts and
modern dance something very diferent
than the images of kindergartners during
recess that the name evokes.
Breeze, who lives in Kansas City, Mo., frst
started hoopdancing after seeing it performed
at String Cheese Incident concerts. She
learned her frst trick at a music festival. Now
she performs at corporate events, festivals,
teaches hoopdancing classes and busks. Shes
even been to India twice to perform.
If someone would have told me that I
wouldve been making a living out of hula
hooping I would have laughed at them,
Breeze says.
But even though Breeze is making a living
out of hoopdancing, she still faces skepticism
from certain people. She says that when she
tells others what she does, some people will
laugh, but as soon as they see her in action,
they realize that its serious business and
requires lots of talent.
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in case of emergency, read quickly.
how to fnd books in the stacks. Te start
of the semester is the busiest time for these
types of questions, but Smith says most of
the people who are lost are students of all
ages who have never been in the library.
Once they get in to the stacks it can be
a little bit intimidating to them, but once
you know where you are going and how to
fnd your call number its a lot easier, Smith
says.
Photo by Andrea Olsen
A dark and scary place. Finding books in
Watson Library can be a daunting task, but
using stack maps and asking staff members
can help.
// MIKE ANDERSON
MANUAL
Contributed photo
Sidney Poitier, thats who. Poitier starred along-
side Tracy and Hepburn in the ground-breaking
1967 flm showing tonight for free downtown.
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LAWRENCE BUSKER FESTIVAL
Above: The Ra Element Fire tribe was a highlight Saturday night at the second Annual
Lawrence Busker Festival. The festival ran from August 21 to 23 on the streets of
downtown Lawrence.

Right: The Two Man Gentlemen Band sings Friday night. The band has been
performing for four years and are from New York City. They have known each other
since college and perform around 200 shows a year.
Snapshots from the second annual downtown festival.
Clockwise from top left: Richard Holmgren, performing under his stage name of
Flying Debris, balances a bowling ball on his head Friday afternoon.
Members of the Voler Thieves of Flight perform on Saturday afternoon at the Bus-
ker Festival.
The Ra Element Fire Tribe perform Saturday night.
Mama Lou Strong Woman shows off after her grand fnale Saturday evening.
Her final feat of strength included ripping a phone book in half.
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Photo by Mike Gunnoe
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Photo by Chance Dibben
FEATURE FEATURE
Clockwise from top left: Bryan Wendling of Kansas City, Mo. performs on Saturday.
Wendlings act of Comedy! Juggling! Energy! relied heavily on participation from
the many young audience members present.
Performer Amazin Jazon plays with fre on Saturday night. His act consisted of fre
twirling, eating and juggling on a fve foot unicycle.
Fire eater Rod Stipe swallows a torch during a performance Saturday.
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HEALTH
Exhausted with school and work, Tommy
Royal wanted to take a semester off and decide
what to do with his life. He was a 21-year-old
student at Johnson County
Community College.
"He was one of the
healthiest kids I knew,"
says Irma Royal, his
mother. "He had never
been sick." While Tommy
was taking his break
from school, he became
ineligible for his parent's
health insurance. That
March, Tommy became ill
and started complaining
of cold-like symptoms.
"We thought that he
just had a cold or sinus
problems, but we took him to all kinds of
specialists and no one was able to diagnose
him," says Irma. "Finally we took him to Barnes
Hospital in St. Louis, and they fnally diagnosed
him with Lou Gehrig's Disease. By that time he
couldn't eat or breathe on his own. He had to be
put on a respirator on his birthday."
With no insurance for Tommy and hospital
bills piling up, Irma could not afford the around-
the-clock nurses required to care for him, so
she learned how to care for him in her home.
She learned how to administer IVs and use
the complicated machines that were helping to
keep Tommy alive. She and her husband took
turns taking shifts watching over Tommy.
In the end Tommy lost his battle with Lou
Gehrig's Disease eight months after he was
// ZACH GETZ
UNCOVERED:
THE REAL RISK OF GOING
WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE
Whether because of high costs, unemployment or
ineligibility, many students are uninsured, putting them
in a dangerous situation.
diagnosed and just over a year after he started
to show symptoms. In that time, Tommy racked
up about $250,000 in hospital bills.
Tommy was just
like one of the many
students and young
adults that don't have
health insurance. In
recent years the number
of uninsured students
and young adults has
risen because of rising
costs and diffculty of
receiving insurance.
Without insurance
students are vulnerable
to large unexpected
medical bills.
According to the
United States Census, 8 million people between
19 and 24, or 28.1 percent, were uninsured in
2007, the highest of any age group. In Kansas,
29.4 of those between 19 and 24 are uninsured.
Douglas County has the highest uninsured rate
of any county in eastern Kansas at 18.8 percent
for all ages.
Diana Malott, assistant director of Student
Health Services, says she believes that all
students should have health insurance. One of
the biggest reasons for students to not be able
to fnish their schooling is unexpected medical
bills, says Malott.
Malott says one reason that so many college
students are uninsured is because they are
generally healthy and overlook the need for
health insurance. But she also says that its
YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN
THERE IS GOING TO
BE A PROBLEM. AND IF
THEY ARE NOT COVERED
BY THEIR PARENTS
INSURANCE, OR IF THEY
DONT HAVE THE STUDENT
INSURANCE, THEN THEY
ARE GOING TO HAVE THIS
HUGE DEBT THAT MOST
STUDENTS OR MOST
PEOPLE JUST CANT PAY.
important for students to think about their
health insurance before they need it and to
prepare for the future to protect themselves
from large unexpected medical costs.
University of Kansas students are eligible for
health insurance through the Kansas Board of
Regents for $915 annually or $540 for both the
fall and spring semesters as long as the student
is taking at least six credit hours per semester.
The premium for a family is $7,945 annually.
Malott says the plan is very comprehensive and
comparable to those offered by employers.
Bill Larzalere, staff attorney for Legal
Services for Students, says he also thinks its
important for everyone to have health insurance.
Larzalere says that without insurance, students
may accumulate large medical debts and have to
make deals with hospitals in order to pay their
bill, but they may be paying back the hospital
for 10 or 20 years. Larzalere says another result
can be needing to fle for bankruptcy.
You never know when there is going to be
a problem, says Larzalere, and if they are not
covered by their parents insurance, or if they
dont have the student insurance, then they are
going to have this huge debt that most students
or most people just cant pay. Thats when you
get into the issue of fling for bankruptcy.
According to the August 2009 issue of the
Contributed photo illustration
Nearly 30 percent of people between the age of 19 and 24 in Kansas are uninsured. Having a
medical emergency can leave the uninsured in a high amount of debt and could force bankruptcy.
American Journal of Medicine, 62.1 percent of
Bankruptcies were caused by medical issues in
2007, up from 46.2 percent in 2001.
According to the Center for Disease Control,
53 percent say that the reason they didn't have
health insurance was because of the cost while
27 percent say it's because they either lost their
job or changed jobs recently. Six percent say
the reason was because they recently left school
or are ineligible because of their age.
The uninsured rate has risen in recent years because of the rising cost of insurance. Without
insurance, students are vulnerable to large unexpected medical bills.
Graphic by Zach Getz
good for you, bad for you //
sometimes its hard to tell.
BAGELS
Does your breakfast consist of a cinnamon-
raisin bagel loaded with a mini-mountain of
cream cheese? You might want to reconsider
before chomping into that concoction.
One bagel is the equivalent of fve slices
of bread, says Nancy Donahey, a dietician at
Lawrence Memorial Hospital. At about 80
calories per average slice of bread, thats 400
calories in one bagel.
A problem with bagels is their size.
Bagels at restaurants like Einstein Brothers
or Panera are really large, Donahey says.
If youre going to eat a bagel, its healthier
to go for a smaller one. Donahey suggests eat-
ing Lenders or Tomas brand bagels because
each bagel is only 100 calories. Also try whole-
grain bagels as a healthier alternative.
What you schmear on top of your bagel
also matters. Cream cheese is high in saturated
fats, which gives the body bad cholesterol. If you
must have a topping, use a low-fat cream cheese.
Donahey suggests spreading peanut butter, which
contains protein and healthier oils, or a thin coat-
ing of margarine or jelly on your bagel as better
alternatives to cream cheese.
If you can give up bagels, try English mufns
for breakfast instead. English mufns often have
fewer calories and carbohydrates than bagels.

VERDICT: OK, if you keep calories
and fats in mind and try to use health-
ier options
// KIRSTEN HUDSON
HEALTH
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Think that bagels a smart breakfast choice? You may have to think again. Bagels and their
toppings can be high in calories, among other not-so-great ways to start off your day.
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BAD GYM ETIQUETTE
Going to the gym is good for you, right?
Well, the unseen visitors at the gym can be
harmful to our health if were not careful
not cleaning gym equipment before and after
use can spread harmful germs between users.
Darlene Henninger, nurse and radiologic
technologist in Kansas City, Mo., says exercise
equipment can be a hotspot for germs. Hen-
ninger says that with people sweating, cough-
ing in their hands and going to the bath-
room without properly washing their hands
then touching equipment, germs are easily
spread throughout the gym.
Tese germs also multiply in gyms because
of the warm environment from people exercis-
ing, Henninger says. Cold and fu season are
on the way and Henninger says people need
to start taking care of themselves, especially in
high-trafc areas like a gym.
Since most gyms dont clean equipment
each time a patron uses it, its important to
do so yourself. Most gyms will have disinfect-
ing spray and towels near equipment to use after
your workout. If your gym doesnt have spray set
out, ask someone who works there, or bring your
own travel-size disinfecting spray. Spray equip-
ment before use to prevent getting someone elses
germs, and then after to keep things clean for the
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Be kind, wipe behind you. Gym equipment can be a great way to pick up bad germs. Experts say
the warm environment and the fact that most gyms dont sanitize equipment after each use and
gym-users tend not sanitize equipment themselves leads to cold and fu hotspots.
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Q&A // ERIC DOBBINS
because we have questions. celebrities have answers.
In the basement of Te Casbah Market, 803 Massachusetts St., is a friendly and colorful place
called Wonder Fair Art Gallery. Unique local artwork hangs on the walls and fun, artistic handmade
products from across the U.S. are available for purchase.
KU alumnus Eric Dobbins is the man behind it all, and he recently took some time away from the
gallery to chat with Jayplay about Wonder Fair, as well as Lawrences Asteroid Head Art Club.
Q:
A:
WHAT IS WONDER FAIR?
Wonder Fair is kind of a little bit of
everything: gallery, boutique and studio.
We sell a lot of handmade goods, cards and
prints, lots of art merchandise as well as
exhibiting monthly shows solo or group
shows with fner works on half of it and
fun, more afordable stuf on the other half.
We also have a screen printing shop where
we do t-shirts, a lot of band posters or
business posters and its open to the public
so they can get their stuf printed for various
groups, bands or organizations.
Q:
A:
WHAT IS THE MEANING BEHIND
THE NAME WONDER FAIR?
Its the result of whats going on here, the
diversity of the space. Its colorful, unique
and interesting. Teres so many areas and
styles. Its fun and puts people in a good
mood, sort of like a fair.
Q:
A:
WHY IN LAWRENCE?
I was an illustration major at KU, and when
I graduated there was a big lull in art spaces.
Tis opened up and I was in the mood to
do something like this. I had been waiting
tables for a year and a half or so and making
a little bit of art, preparing an illustration
portfolio to shop around, but not being too
serious about it. I felt this place was well
needed. I felt it was flling a void.
Q:
A:
WHAT DO YOU SELL?
Art books, comic books and zines. For the
most part I get a lot of stuf from New
York, San Francisco and Chicago the art
havens.
Q:
A:
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE YOUR
ARTISTS FOR THE GALLERY?
More or less, the work Ive been interested
in. Living here Ive gotten to know artists
that Ive watched grow and develop and I
want to exhibit how theyve grown. It really
just depends whether or not I like the work.
Its mainly my taste.
// VALERIE SKUBAL
Q:
A:
BEING AN ARTIST YOURSELF,
WHAT KIND OF THINGS DO YOU
DO AND WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Illustration-based and print-based drawing
and cartoon styles. Ive been doing the
KJHK poster for the past three semesters.
Illustration is dictated by what the client
wants from you, but my personal work
looks the same but typically a direct result
of books Ive been reading or circumstances
Q:
A:
WHAT IS ASTEROID HEAD?
A local art club that Im a part of that meets
weekly and we put on various art events
and parties. Teyre the group of artists on
display in the gallery right now. Teyre
heavy in performance art in costumes and
uniforms. We produce zines that showcase
everyones diferent styles of art.
Q:
A:
WHAT IS ASTEROID HEAD DOING
AROUND TOWN?
We did a time capsule launch to celebrate
the opening, which was time capsules
attached to balloons. We had included
that Ive found myself in. Interests, concerns
and what Im focusing on as a person.
information about the club, t-shirts and
tickets for pieces of art. One crash landed on
9th Street, but one made it 200 miles into
Missouri on a family farm and the family
actually got in contact with us. Soon well
be doing wheat pasting in the Taproom
bathroom, decoupaging the bathroom walls
with illustrations. And were currently trying
to increase our online presence in the blog
and are preparing to take the Asteroid Head
club on the road with a tour of the United
States.
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NOTICE
Yes, he means you. Eric Dobbins, a KU alumnus, is a local artist behind the colorful and playful Wonder Fair Art Gallery, and member of Asteroid
Head, an art collective working on various projects, including sending balloons to Missouri and, apparently, wanting a word with you.
Photo by Valerie Skubal
tomorrows news // THE SAMSUNG RECLAIM
just call us Cleo.
It certainly isnt corn on the cob, but Samsungs
new cell phone contains 40 percent of the crop
thats right, Samsungs new green phone is
made from 40 percent corn.
Boxed in recycled paper, the Reclaim is made
of 100 percent bio-degradable materials. With
an Energy Star adapter, the phone uses 12 times
less energy than the standard output and charges
more quickly.
Carried by Sprint, the Reclaim costs $50 with
a new contract. Its available in ocean blue or
earth green and features a full sliding keyboard,
2.0 megapixel camera and Web browsing.
Matt Albright, a retail associate at the Sprint
Store, 4821 W. 6th St., says the phone is relatively
popular among customers. He made a sale just
20 minutes before I spoke with him.
Everyone wants the sales pitch of being
green, he says. With technology the way it is,
it would be great if all companies could be eco-
friendly.
NOTICE
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Now if you want to be green, you can walk the walk and literally talk the talk. The Reclaim,
a new phone from Samsung on the Sprint network, is made of 40 percent corn, packaged in
recycled materials and has an energy effcient charger.
// KELCI SHIPLEY
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THE TIME TRAVELERS WIFE
music review //
FRUIT BATS
THE RUMINANT BAND
(SUB POP)
Hollywood hits, indie ficks, and everything in between
the taste of the town. one meal at a time
Local Burger, a charming establishment at
714 Vermont Street, has been feeding vegetarians
and omnivores alike since its doors opened in
2005. Local Burger ofers a traditional diner style
setting with a twist they use ingredients from
local and sustainable sources, many of which are
organic. Local Burger also contributes to the
green efort in Lawrence by ofering bicycle
delivery in the downtown area.
Local Burger boasts eight diferent burgers,
and eight equally mouth-watering sides. I
enjoyed a generous sampling of Local Burgers
menu: a veggie burger, beef burger, progressive
potatoes and quinoa-millet pilaf. All of the food
was expertly prepared, healthy, and delicious. Te
atmosphere is relaxed, and the staf is friendly and
very knowledgeable about the menu.
Good food seems to come at a price, though:
Local Burger may be more expensive than what
the typical student budget can aford, averaging at
about $10 for a burger, side and drink. However,
high quality food such as this is hard to come
by, and Local Burger proves its burgers are well
Inglourious Basterds is the most brutally
entertaining flm of the summer, a revisionist
World War II epic that plays fast and loose
with both the history books and the well-worn
conventions of its genre. Te flm also represents
a triumphant return to form for director Quentin
Tarantino, the manic genius behind Pulp Fiction
and the Kill Bill series.
Now comes his long gestating masterpiece,
a sprawling combat saga about a bloodthirsty
regiment of Jewish-American soldiers with a
gruesome penchant for scalping Nazis. And folks,
it doesnt disappoint.
Te flm establishes its dramatic prowess
early on, with a hypnotic opening sequence that
fnds SS Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz)
interrogating a hapless French farmer who has
been accused of harboring a family of Jewish
fugitives. Tis twenty-minute scene begins with
a simple request for a glass of milk and ends in
a massacre.
Te rest of the plot kicks in when the titular
Basterds fnally show up, led by Lt. Aldo Raine
(Brad Pitt), a deranged but moralistic redneck
Have you ever considered how awesome
it would be simply to remove yourself from
an undesirable situation by time traveling?
Well, sure, it would be sweet if it were
by choice and on cue. However, in Audrey
Nifeneggers novel, Te Time Travelers Wife,
Henry DeTamble is a time traveler, but not
under his own control. He and his lover/
wife, Clare, experience both the blessings and
curses of this kind of time traveling.
Henry travels in time and fnds Clare when
she is only six years old, at which point he
already knows she will someday be his wife.
Te novel progresses with Clares growing
up, while it simultaneously switches back to
Henry and his numerous time travels. Once
Clare is in her teens, Henry tells her about
their future together, and from then on it is
their secret. Nifenegger does a wonderful
job of making smooth transitions throughout
time and between both Henry and Clares
point of view.
Te novel is a unique portrayal of true
Tis is Te Fruit Bats frst new album in
four years, a pretty long time for a group
that got some attention with their albums
Mouthfuls and Spelled in Bones and their Sub
Pop signing in 2003.
Eric Johnson, lead singer/songwriter and
front man, has also announced that he will
be joining Te Shins, so I suspect we will see
even less Fruit Bats work in the future.
Nonetheless, this album is indie-folk
rock at a high quality; the tracks on here are
extremely well put together and are wonderful
to listen to. Te lyrics are suitably pastoral
(the ruminants being the family of animals
including such farm-y animals like cows and
sheep) and allude to other artists songs (from
Tree Dog Night to Prince) in almost every
track.
love, while it elaborates on the signifcance
of the accumulation of time. Although she
treasures their time together, Clare struggles with
tolerating Henrys random disappearances. Te
reader sympathizes with the loneliness Clare
endures through the years, constantly yearning
and waiting for Henry to return. Equally
poignant is Henrys frustration with his inability
to always be there for Clare. Nonetheless, their
sadness is trumped by the joy the couple enjoys
when they are together as partners, struggling
with this shared battle. You will not be able to
put the novel down once you begin reading it.
Time will fy for you, too, and soon you will fnd
yourself wishing the book had never ended.
worth the price.
If you ask a local about this nationally
known eatery, you will fnd that most count
Local Burger among their favorite restaurants
in Lawrence. It isnt often you fnd a
restaurant that serves up such tasty, good-for-
you cuisine, but Local Burger has seemingly
conquered this nearly impossible feat.
// BECKY SULLIVAN
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from the mountains of rural Tennessee.
Aldo Raine is a larger-than-life role, and Pitt,
slipping into an accent just north of a George
W. Bush impression, manages to imbue the
part with all the swaggering machismo and
righteous Kentucky-fried fury it deserves.
Inglourious Basterds may not be the best thing
its creator has ever done, but it defnitely ranks
among his fnest. And thats pretty damn good
company to keep. By blending Tarantinos
frenzied directorial style with the nostalgic
essence of classic war movies and spaghetti
westerns, Inglourious Basterds becomes much
more than the sum of its generic parts. In fact,
it ultimately becomes Tarantinos blood-inked
love letter to cinema itself.
// LANDON MCDONALD
top of the charts //
KJHKs top-played ffteen
albums, as of Aug. 23
1 PETER PROJECT Peter Project
2 SHAD The Old Prince
3 PTERODACTYL Worldwild
4 SUNSET RUBDOWN Dragonslayer
5 WHITE DENIM Fits
6 SILK FLOWERS Silk Flowers
7 SUMMER CATS Songs For Tuesdays
8 EAR PWR Super Animal Brothers III
9 BIBIO Ambivalance Avenue
10 CORALIE CLEMENT Toystore
11 DEER TICK Born On Flag Day
12 MIDNIGHT VINYL The Perpetual Motion EP
13 TRASHED ON FICTION Words Trails Maps
14 GANGLIANS Monster Head Room
15 FOREIGN BORN Person To Person
I didnt want to perform. I felt too old for
dance recitals and didnt want to bring back any
memories from my performing-days when I was
younger.
I went to class two weeks later fully prepared
to make polite excuses about being too busy to
dance in the recital, only to fnd out that when
Id missed class the week before, Id been given a
place in the beginning formation of the routine
meaning it would be rude of me to refuse to
dance and mess up what my teacher had already
carefully planned. I couldnt say no.
Tats how I found myself on that stage,
dressed in a ridiculous get-up, feeling foolish ...
then the slow, classical music began to play.
As I started to dance, lifting my right leg into
a grand rond de jambe, the sweet feeling and
familiarity of the steps washed over me. And all
of my embarrassment vanished.
While dancing I tried to just enjoy the
moment. When the routine reached its end, I
twirled toward the center of the stage, feeling a
little relieved and a little sad.
I felt sad because I didnt know if I would
ever perform again. I always regretted quitting
ballet when I was 15 because I was afraid of never
having it in my life again. But I guess going back
after fve years and not just taking classes, but
performing again showed me that maybe I can
never really quit. And who knows what dances
are yet to come?
leg high enough, Id get mad at myself instead of
just enjoying dancing.
Tis self-doubt continued to accumulate until
I came home from ballet class one evening and
ripped open the letter that would tell me what
part I had received in Te Nutcracker that year,
only to fnd out that I didnt get into the corps of
Waltz of the Flowers. Every other 15- and 16-year-
old at my level had gotten that
part except me, it seemed.
In the few seconds it took to
read that letter my self-esteem
vanished. I wasnt good enough
to be a professional dancer, was
I? I wasnt even good enough to
get a part that everyone else my
age received.
I didnt know the reasoning
behind the decision. I never asked. It could have
been that I wasnt tall enough for the part. (I
hadnt gotten parts before because of that.) But
at the time I fgured it was because I just wasnt
good enough. And I didnt want to deal with
that. So, I stufed my ballet bag into the back of
my closet and never went back to class.
Once my anger subsided I wondered if I had
made the right decision. But mostly I just refused
to think about it. As time went on, at random
moments I would catch myself feeling aches of
regret, but Id push them away.
Even so, not dancing made me feel like
something was missing. I tried to fll the void
with my high school dance team and later with
belly dancing classes, but it wasnt the same. My
need to not just dance, but dance ballet, kept
resurfacing.
Tan last winter, after fve years of not taking
ballet classes, I decided to enroll in a ballet class at
the Lawrence Arts Center. Te once-a-week class
ft perfectly with my schedule and out-of-shape
body. I fgured Id break out my dusty ballet
shoes just to get some exercise. No big deal.
But it was a big deal. I loved it. I loved that
even though I couldnt stretch as far or move
as fast as I had when I was 15, my body still
remembered what to do. But every bittersweet
class brought on fresh waves of regret. Should I
have quit dancing when I was younger? What if
I had made the wrong decision?
Ten in March, my ballet teacher mentioned
that the class would be performing a dance in the
annual gala in May.
Im standing in the blinding lights of a stage at
the Lawrence Arts Center waiting for my turn to
perform in its annual dance recital.
My hairs pulled back into a tight bun; my
legs clad in tights are turned out in frst
position and Im wearing a shockingly yellow,
fufy skirt. I feel ridiculous.
Im too old for this.
Im gonna mess up.
I just want this to be over.
Te nagging thoughts fash through my mind
as I nervously wait for the music to play.
I didnt always feel like this when I was on a
stage.
When I was 6, dancing in Te Little Mermaid
or Sleeping Beauty, I felt ecstatic to perform. It
never occurred to me that I would ever stop
dancing. Growing up, dancing was my life.
Once when I was 7, I made my dad drive
me to ballet class through a raging snowstorm
because I couldnt stand the idea of not going.
Te class ended up turning into a private lesson
because I was the only student who showed up.
When I was 8, during my Saturday morning
ballet class, my teacher asked the students
to raise their hands if they wanted to
dance professionally someday. My hand
immediately shot up. All I wanted was to
be a professional dancer.
I spent three evenings every week
at the dance studio taking classes.
Countless hours on the weekends went
into practicing for Te Nutcracker or
whatever other performance I had coming
up. I should have felt exhausted. But
dancing always left me so exhilarated
that I continued to stuf my aching,
blistered feet into ballet shoes
every day.
Once I hit high school, though,
things began to change.
As usually happens around
high school, I began to have
self-esteem issues. I wanted to
be the best dancer. I had to be
the best. When I couldnt stick
a double pirouette or lift my
THE TIME TRAVELERS WIFE
Getting back in step
// KIRSTEN HUDSON
SPEAK
19
08
27
09
Dancing may not be my life anymore, but it will always be a part of it.
AS I STARTED TO DANCE, LIFTING MY RIGHT
LEG INTO A GRAND ROND DE JAMBE, THE
SWEET FEELING AND FAMILIARITY OF THE
STEPS WASHED OVER ME. AND ALL OF MY
EMBARRASSMENT VANISHED.
After fve years,
Kirsten slipped on her
ballet shoes once again
and found a renewed
love for dancing and
for herself.

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