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The live nude girl in the devil’s territory

Authors Kathleen Rooney and Kyle Minor will read at the Illini Union Bookstore on March 3 as part of their 25-city Live Nude Girl in the Devil's Territory Tour. Joining them will be special guest reader Jodee Stanley, editor of Ninth Letter, the award-winning literary/arts journal published at UIUC.

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and the author of Reading With Oprah (University of Arkansas Press, 2005), Something Really Wonderful (with Elisa Gabbert, dancing girl press, 2007) That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (also with Gabbert, Otoliths, 2008), Oneiromance (an epithalamion) (Switchback Books, 2008), and her latest book, a memoir, Live Nude Girl (Arkansas, 2009). Her poems have appeared in AGNI online, 32 Poems, and Cincinnati Review, and her essays have appeared in Gulf Coast, Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter, Southern Humanities Review, and Provincetown Arts. She lives in Chicago.

Kyle Minor is the author of In the Devil's Territory (Dzanc, 2009), a collection of short fiction, and co-editor of The Other Chekhov, an anthology of Anton Chekhov's lesser known stories. Other recent work appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2008, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers.

Jodee Stanley is the editor of UIUC's own Ninth Letter, and has previously worked for other literary journals including Ploughshares and New England Review. Her short fiction and book reviews have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, 580 Split, North Atlantic Review, Cincinnati Review, Book/Mark Quarterly, and other journals.

The readings will take place at the Illini Union Bookstore Author's Corner on March 3 at 4:30 p.m.

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R’n'R DJs of yesteryear

We've got some mighty fine rock and roll DJs in town right now. Matter of fact, most of the DJs at Mike & Molly's on a given night are worth the one-dollar cover and then some. Back in the day — okay, really just five or so years ago — you could hear some splendid rock tunes, too. Check these local DJ sets circa 2003.

The Noiseboy @ Mike & Molly's (the night after Johnny Cash died)
DJ PBR @ Cowboy Monkey (hmmm ... who is this PBR fellow?)
Lyle the Electrician @ Cowboy Monkey (the legend!)
2ON2OUT @ Barfly (Mr. Fein and Ms. Stewart)
NOX @ The Highdive (goth/industrial/electro/etc.)

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Microfinance for dummies

Microfinance aims to assist underprivileged, third-world citizens in building profitable businesses through a series of lending and investments. UI Professor Arends–Kuenning, from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Economics, speaks on the topic tonight, Feb. 24, from 7 to 8 p.m. in 319 Gregory Hall. For more info ...

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Whitey debuts March 5

How's this for a teaser to the upcoming Station Theatre production of Whitey?

Old basements are always dark and creepy places. The one at Bobby Lee Charles’ rural Kentucky home gets even darker and more disquieting when two tenants move in downstairs.

That's how the press release begins. Other choice nuggets from the presser, taken out of context to peak your interest:

... bone-chewing, meth-shooting, baby-screaming nightmare ...

... some of the things in this play will be very difficult to watch ...

... for people who like their comedy dark, it is as black as oil ...

Whitey is written by Mark Roberts (who grew up in Urbana and is now the lead writer for the TV sitcom Two and a Half Men), directed by Rick Orr, and starring local vets Mike Trippiedi, David Barkley, and Lindsey Markel. Opens March 5. Check back that week for our review.

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Headline of Daily Illini up for debate

"Police clear out event."

That's on the cover of the print edition of today's Daily Illini.

And while it's certainly not the DI's responsibility to force its opinion into the news story, I am left scratching my head and asking, "Why was this 1,200 person party cleared out and every football tailgate, or Joe's bar brawl ignored?"

Oh, right. Read what sort of party was cleared out.

I suppose it's just my take, but I am not sure why the whole party had to be cleared as the result of a fight that happened outside. Seems, um, interesting.