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Modeling for Möda

By Bryan Ponton Arizona Daily Wildcat

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Models wait for the show to begin in one of the four backstage rooms of the Möda Provocateur runway show held in the Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom on Sunday.

By Emily Moore Arizona Daily Wildcat Pasties, fishnets and black patent leather heels. I already knew I was venturing into an unfamiliar realm: the world of modeling. About a month ago, when a friend brought up the idea, I jumped at the opportunity. Being on “America’s Next Top Model” had always been a fantasy of mine, and what better way could I replicate the experience than modeling in an actual runway show? My hair was cut and colored for free. I decided to be adventurous with my color and let Jacqueline Scordato of J. Scordato Hair color it dark auburn. She also assigned me to my segment, described as “Zanex coma”, and told me I would be walking to a mix of Lady Gaga and Marilyn Manson. I was intrigued and super excited. Then, I tried on my dress — a red halter A-line old prom dress, someone’s history in an old dress which Scordato and her team were going to customize for me for the runway show. They were going to make it backless, which made me

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Emily Moore, a Daily Wildcat reporter, poses during the final walk of the show.

nervous, but she had faith that I could rock it. Next came the rehearsal. It seemed to take forever. Fifteen people standing on the sidewalk, strutting car-blasted music was an interesting sight. Walking up the angled sidewalk wasn’t too fun and proved to be quite difficult, so we went to the road. Our practice attracted neighborhood traffic as well as a small audience. We went through our segment over and over again for about two hours. It proved to be quite the workout. We all had to be up at 8 a.m. on Sunday to prepare our hair and get ready. Little did we know that we wouldn’t walk until 12 hours later. Hair and bobby pins were flying everywhere and hairspray clouded the room. We kept breaking up into our segments practicing our walk. It wasn’t until we got to the stage with the lights and blaring bass that I really got into it. The poses, the stomping — everything flowed naturally and was just fun. To my surprise, Scordato was impressed with my “Zanex-ed” walk and put me on display in front of the rest of the segment. While all of this chaos was building, I still didn’t have my hair or makeup done. I was losing patience, and doing both hair and makeup was a tedious process. After I sat there for five hours, they started my makeup. They glued black feathers and lace to my face and complemented them with dark Twiggy-like eyelashes — on one eye. I even had Bette Midler “Hocus Pocus” lips — in black. Finally, it was time to do my hair. They brushed out my bo-peep ringlets and started pinning my hair in place. Before I knew it, they were done. I had a Rihanna inspired up-do, complete with a demented Barbie doll head pinned in the back. After doing fittings all day for my dress, finally putting it on was a difficult process. I was ducttaped into my dress — it was not coming off any time soon. At 7:15 p.m. we lined up, all of us overly eager to get our walk on. After more and more waiting, we finally heard our opening carnival music and knew it was our turn. As soon as I hit the stage, I strutted to each stop, hitting each pose with ease. Before I knew it, we were already done. I was sad that everything was over but happy that I could go back to normal life. It was a neat way to escape an average rainy day and do something unusual. I can’t wait until next year.

I was thrown into the world of modeling last week when I was asked to model for Jacqueline Scordato of J. Scordato Hair in Sunday’s Möda Provocateur fashion show. I gladly accepted. Not to my surprise, it is hard to find guys who were willing to do what I did . Möda Provocateur is a show put on by the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation in the UA’s Student Union Memorial Center’s Grand Ballroom. People pay thousands of dollars for tables around the runway to watch salons and designers from around Tucson show their best work and to support of the foundation. I went with the other J. Scordato models to a rehearsal outside our hairdresser’s home on Saturday, during which we choreographed what we were going to do on the runway. After seven grueling hours of getting yelled at for not lifting our knees high enough and not walking with enough power, we commenced our hair preparation for the show Lisa Beth Earle/Arizona Daily Wildcat the following day. I looked Stephanie Serrano and Bryan Ponton, a Daily Wildcat reporter, rock the catwalk. forward to the free haircut I would be receiving from a draw designs on the models. After they drew stylist who otherwise costs a pretty penny. on my chest for a little while, I waited for “I want to take your hair dark” was the first another two hours. thing Scordato said to me as I sat down. She Finally walking the runway was an dyed my naturally light brown hair almost incredible experience. It was an adrenaline black. For the next 35 minutes, we went rush to be in front of so many people, bass back outside for more runway practice as the booming and lights flashing — is definitely dye set. After washing out the dye, my hair something everyone should try to experience looked pretty cool. I have never dyed my hair once in his or her life. Even though most of so radically dark (and I know my mother is my time was spent sitting around, I’m really going to kill me for doing it) but it definitely happy I decided to do it and look forward to looks cooler than my light brown hair did. the show next year. As the day finished, Jackie reminded the boys what we were wearing for the show. I initially thought I would be wearing some cool design by a local designer, but, alas, I was incorrect. “All you need are black boxer briefs,” Scordato said. No shoes and no shirt, just black boxer briefs and some duct tape across the mouth. The day of the show was one of the longest days I have experienced. It started at 8 a.m. at the Student Union Memorial Center. I sat in the model waiting room for seven hours until the make-up artists Lisa Beth Earle/Arizona Daily Wildcat grabbed me. They hired tattoo From left, Hailey Parish, Kayla Dunn, Brittany Thomas, and Roxanna Farhang artists from a local parlor to wait backstage.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10

A free preview screening of Fox’s “Sons of Tucson” will take place in the Gallagher Theater in the Student Union Memorial Center at 5 p.m. Audience members will watch the first two episodes of the series. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with executive producer Justin Berfield and actor Tyler Labine.

THURSDAY, MARCH 11

“Albert Einstein: The Practical Bohemian” has its opening night at Invisible Theatre, 1400 N. First Ave. The nationally acclaimed, one-man show features television star Ed Metzger. 7:30 p.m. $30. Call 884-0672 or visit invisibletheatre.com for more information.

Laffs Comedy Caffe, 2900 E. Broadway Blvd., hosts its weekly Open Mic Night. Comedians, both amateur and professional, perform for a live audience. Call 323-8669 with questions or to reserve your spot on stage. 8 p.m. Two-item minimum purchase in the showroom. 21+. Underage comedians are still invited to perform but must sit in a separate room during the show.

FRIDAY, MARCH 12

African Children’s Choir has a concert at Pantano Christian Church, 10355 E. 29th St. 7 p.m. Free. Ambassador John Limbert gives a lecture on “Negotiating with Iran,” followed by a signing on his new book,“Negotiating with Iran: Wrestling the Ghosts of History.”The book signing will take place in the Gallagher Theater in Student Union Memorial Center. 3 - 4:30 p.m. Free.

SATURDAY, MARCH 13

Cox Communications and Main Gate Square present an outdoor screening of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005) with an introduction from screenwriter John August as part of the Tucson Festival of Books. The screening will be at Main Gate Square near University Boulevard and Tyndall Avenue. 7 p.m. Free, seats 300-500 people first come, first served. A Civil War reenactment, presented by Civil War in the Southwest, will take place at Picacho Peak State Park, I-10 Exit 219, the original location for Arizona’s only Civil War battle, the battle of Picacho Pass. The park is open 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. Parking is $7 per vehicle with four people. Call 466-3183 or visit azstateparks.com/ parks/pipe for more information. Music in the Canyon presents a range of local musicians, including blues, jazz, folk, choral, mariachi and more. Visitors can also sample food and drinks. 5900 N. Sabino Canyon Rd. More information is available at sabinocanyon. org. Noon - 6 p.m. Suggested donation is $5 per person or $10 per family. Free parking. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra presents “Video Games Live.”The Video Games Live crew will join the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for a program featuring music from Mario, Zelda, Halo, Final Fantasy, Warcraft, Sonic, Metal Gear Solid, Kingdom Hearts, Tomb Raider, Harry Potter and more. 7:30 p.m. 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets available at the TSO Box Office 882-8585. The Tucson Festival of Books brings internationally known authors, books and literary activities to the Tucson community. The festival will take place on the University of Arizona Mall. 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Free.

SUNDAY, MARCH 14

A St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival will take place in Downtown Tucson at Maynards Market, Old Town Artisans and Hotel Congress. The parade will include Irish dancers, musicians and floats. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Parade begins at 11 a.m. Free to spectators. Opera in Cinema comes to The Loft Cinema with the opera“L’Orfeo”presented in high definition on the big screen. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd, 795-0844. 1 p.m. $20 general, $16 Loft members.

MONDAY, MARCH 15

“Another Man’s Treasure” allows visitors to make art out of items that would normally be thrown away at the Volunteer Center of Tucson. 2601 E. Grant Rd. Call 881-5288 for more information. 3:30 p.m. Free.

TUESDAY, MARCH 16

Archeology Cafe at Casa Vicente Restaurante Español presents Steve Lekson, a professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his lecture “Where Did the Mimbres Go, and Where Did Casas Grandes Come From?” 375 S. Stone Ave. Call 884-5253 for more information. 6 p.m. Free. Open Mic Night at Auld Dubliner, 800 E. University Blvd., asks any brave souls to step up the mic. Performances include anything from music to comedy. 10 p.m. Free. 21+. — compiled by Katie Gault

Centennial Hall will be illuminated with life and vigor this Friday night as live music and live dance join forces and take to the stage. This weekend marks the next installment of UApresents’s season with a performance by Mark Morris Dance Group. Hailed as one of the most prominent modern dance companies in the nation, Mark Morris Dance Group is known for delivering an incredible display of beauty, athleticism, charisma and unparalleled musicality. Formed in 1980, the dance group takes its name from its founder and choreographer, Mark Morris, whom critics have dubbed one of the most inventive

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National Opera. Morris’s prestige in the dance world even led him overseas, where he served as the Director of Dance for the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels from 1988 to 1991. In 1990, Morris also teamed up with ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov to form the White Oak Dance Project, another highly celebrated dance company. Since its establishment, Morris has created more than 120 works for the company, presenting audiences with original and entertaining choreography. In highlighting each work’s harmonious union to its musical score, live musical accompaniment has also been a distinctive element to every performance of Mark Morris Dance Group’s international tour since 1996, a tour which has spanned the globe including Israel, Russia, Japan and the United Kingdom. On Friday, Mark Morris Dance Group will give UApresents audiences a taste of its original repertoire, performing three of Morris’ valued works. The night’s program will begin with the recently premiered “Visitation,” which creates a visual portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Cello Sonata No. 4 Photo courtesy of UApresents in C major, Op. 102 No. 1.” The music of Béla Bartók will and lyrically inspiring artists of his time. follow with the company’s presentation of “All Fours.” Recognized worldwide for his dedication to expressing Finally, “V” will breathe life into Robert musical quality and nuance through Schumann’s “Quintet in E flat for piano movement, Morris’s popularity extends far and strings, Op. 44.” outside the modern dance scene. He has Mark Morris With grace and imagination, Mark created works for many ballet companies Morris Dance Group works to meld music including American Ballet Theatre, Boston Dance Group with dance, disguising the line between Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and the Paris Centennial Hall the two art forms and challenging Opera Ballet. Morris has also been highly Friday, March 12, 8 p.m. audiences to find where the music influential within the opera circuit, Tickets range from $30-$60 begins and the movement ends. choreographing for such companies as $15 for students the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Call 621-3341 for more info — Dallas Williamson Opera, Royal Opera House and English

Book festival has something for all By Heather Price-Wright Arizona Daily Wildcat Rather than embarking upon your exodus from Tucson Friday afternoon, consider staying an extra weekend and enjoying one of the largest literary festivals in the nation. The Tucson Festival of Books returns Saturday and Sunday to the UA campus. Last year’s festival drew 50,000 visitors, including big names like lauded children’s book author Gail Carson Levine. The event raised $200,000 for literacy programs in Southern Arizona. Again this year, the festival’s main draw is the impressive roster of authors visiting to read, sign books, lead conversations and participate in panel discussions with others in the business. “The biggest asset are the authors,” said Bill Viner, one of the

festival’s founders. The 2010 lineup of more than 400 visiting writers includes Larry McMurtry, who wrote the 1985 Pulitzer Prizewinner “Lonesome Dove” and co-wrote the screenplay for “Brokeback Mountain.” McMurtry will speak about his career during a panel discussion Sunday. For those who lovingly remember such twisted fairytales as“The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” and “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,” author Jon Scieszka will be on hand Saturday during two panel events, discussing children’s book writing. The artists represent every literary taste, from nonfiction to food writing to graphic novels and comic strips. Viner said this diversity means everyone can find something to pique his interest. “Pick a subject that you’re

interested in and go hear a panel One new attraction for families this year is a literary circus. The Lindley discussion where you don’t know Lopez Literary Circus , a troupe of the authors but you like the subject,”Viner said.“You can’t miss.” circus players who perform tricks and spectacles with a literary theme For the less bookish, the festival will include other forms of complete with costumes, will perform three times entertainment. An on both Saturday and African drumming Sunday on the Circus group, a magic show Stage. and the Ocotillo Tucson Festival Poetry Slam will Whether you’re hoping to meet the all perform during of Books writer of your favorite the festival, as well UA Mall and various detective novel, learn as bands from a campus buildings about the publishing variety of musical industry or just take in genres. On Saturday March 13 & 14 evening, a Book the sights, the Tucson 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Festival of Books is to Movie event Admission and parking free the place for you this will include a free weekend. All events screening of “Charlie are free and open to the public 9:30 and the Chocolate Factory” in a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday and Main Gate Square introduced by screenwriter John August. Sunday. For a full list of events, visit tucsonfestivalofbooks.org. Children and teens will find plenty of activities at the festival.

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‘Menagerie’ shines in Tucson a glimpse of adventure, despite being bound by duty to his mother and sister. As a life of boring nothings Are people born to be continues for the Wingfields, remembered? Take Tennessee Amanda becomes increasingly Williams — with a slew of plays desperate to marry her awkward under his belt (“A Streetcar Named daughter. When Tom brings a Desire,” anyone?) Williams has no doubt etched his name into history. coworker from the factory to One of his and America’s best plays meet Laura, the family dynamics drastically change forever. is “The Glass Menagerie.” Surprisingly, besides the serious As Williams’ fans poured into topics in “The Glass Menagerie,” the Arizona Theatre Company, the the work is really funny — ages ranged from high schoolers especially the lovingly to retirees. With the bitter quarrels crowd dressed up for between Amanda a night at the theater, Tom. Amanda, thrilled whispers The Glass Menagerie and played by Catalina bounced around the Temple of Music and Art Maynard, becomes intimate auditorium the embodiment until the curtain 330 S. Scott Ave. of annoying finally rose. Runs through March 20 motherly traits — The play takes you Call 884-8210 or visit mollycoddling to right into the 1930s drawing room of the www.aztheatreco.com the point of insanity. Noel Joseph Allain’s Wingfields. Amanda for tickets and info portrayal of Tom is is an overbearing both hilarious and mother, stubbornly startling as he tries to maintain the living in the past where she Wingfield’s tenuous hold on reality. was a beautiful Southern belle. Director Juliette Carrillo takes Unfortunately, the city lacks the some creative license and directly grandeur and charm of her old life. addresses the audience concerning Laura is Amanda’s painfully the impact of memory in shy daughter with a leg deformity storytelling as a play comes to life. that cripples her physically and Additionally, the gritty backbone mentally. Her only source of joy of the play’s logistics is bared is a collection of tiny glass-blown to theatergoers. The play opens animals, from which the play with the stage completely blank, derives its name. Her brother Tom visible all the way to backstage. is a disillusioned dreamer who Stagehands directly walk onto the escapes to the movies to catch

By Kathleen Roosa Arizona Daily Wildcat

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Noel Joseph Allain, Barbra Wengerd and Catalina Maynard in Arizona Theatre Company’s ‘The Glass Menagerie.’

stage, while main characters end scenes shouting “lights out.” The lifestyles are so different from current realities — Tom works in a factory for $65 a month, while Laura’s only options are to get married or become a typist. Yet for all the

anachronisms, the themes still resonate to this day. The show effortlessly juxtaposes hope and despair, memory and reality. Will the Wingfields achieve their dreams, or will their hopes scatter like shattered glass? You’ll have to see the play and find out.


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‘Alice in Wonderland’ too normal

Oscar Tweets or Reviewing the Oscars in 1443 characters By Zachary Smith Arizona Daily Wildcat • Ryan Reynolds presenting on The Blind Side. At least they matched talent. • Quentin Tarantino looks like he should be on To Catch a Predator. • Does anyone else think Clash of the Titans is destined for TNT Saturday afternoon repeats for the next 20 years? • Oh hey Meryl Streep’s cleavage. Terrible to see you so early in the night. • I get the feeling that Woody Harrelson just closed the Kodak Theatre’s bar singlehanded. • T Bone Burnett and 3-6 Mafia both have Oscars. Sip on that. • Oh wow. That is a troubled group of people. (On Macaulay Culkin, Judd Hirsch, and other John Hughes child stars) • Just seeing that opening clip from “Up” gets me all mushy. And also Dug. • District 9 isn’t nominated for Best Makeup. That makes a lot of sense.... on opposite day. • Hey! It’s the movie nobody saw! (On “A Serious Man”) • Avatar wins cinematography but is almost all motion cap. Doesn’t that seem odd to you? • My friend just reminded me that Farrah Fawcett died this year. Maybe the Academy should be told. (On the death montage) • Keanu Reeves -- an automaton -- presenting for The Hurt Locker. Genius or insanity? • Best Picture should not be a popularity contest. How well something sells -- that doesn’t make it award-worthy. That’s the Grammys. • When (not if) Bridges wins, can he slam a White Russian and impregnate Julianne Moore? Cuz that’d be flipping awesome • Just watching Sidibe cry when Oprah says her name is amazing. That is important. Bullock winning isn’t. You can’t disagree. • Downey Jr should be televised at all times. I would watch at least 4 hours a day. • I cannot wait for Mo’Nique to win an Oscar. Beerfest will be that much better. • No (500) Days of Summer. You failed Academy. • Taylor Lautner is at the Oscars? Why not just invite everyone in the SAG.

Now Woolverton pulls here, cinches there, adds a little of this and that; what the audience gets is a deeper plot with richer characters versus Carroll’s original intellectual musings from fantasy land. Guess what? Alice has been in Wonderland before, and now it’s up to her to slay the Jabberwocky and defeat the Red Queen. OK, it’s still pretty bare bones. Not “Pulp Fiction,” but it’ll do. Burton assembles a stellar cast with regulars Johnny Depp (Mad Hatter) and Helena Bonham Carter (Red Queen), the two of whom worked with Burton in“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”“Alice”also boasts Anne Hathaway (White Queen), Alan Rickman (Blue Caterpillar), Crispin Glover (Stayne, the Knave of Hearts) and new Aussie star, Mia Wasikowska, as Alice. Depp’s portrayal of the Mad Hatter makes the movie a must-see. He might still be Jack Sparrow running drunkenly through Wonderland’s burned forests, but Depp’s immersion into the many facets of Mad Hatter and his use of unexpected tonal shifts, from amusingly insane to furious Scotsman, adds a gravity and darkness that drives the film. Carter rocks as the Red Queen and Hathaway could have been more convincing as Queen Pro-Peace. The soft social commentary tickles, the graphics impress and the acting overall delights — all in all, an enjoyable, if not extraordinary, trip to Wonderland once again.

By Kim Kotel Arizona Daily Wildcat

Who isn’t curious to see what Tim Burton does with“Alice in Wonderland?”The crazy part: it’s surprisingly not much in comparison to his murking and warping of“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Not to be misunderstood, Burton clearly establishes his mark on Lewis Carroll’s — or rather Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s — little Alice, compliments of some badass graphic effects (rotten heads floating in the Red Queen’s moat, for example), and Linda Woolverton’s fleshing out the plot to include a much more maddening Mad Hatter and a Jabberwocky in need of slaying. But with Burton’s background dabbling in corpses, eerie ambience and no-limits exploitation of the strange, “Alice”comes off disappointingly more normal than one would hope. Instead of initially arriving on the expected riverbank, watching Alice fashion a daisy chain while drifting in and out of consciousness as her sister reads, Woolverton tries something new — and should I say, successfull? She concocts the classic Disney father/daughter relationship: Frightened six-year-old Alice gets tucked in after a nightmare, her father listening carefully as she recounts her dream, exclaiming grandiosely she must be mad!

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canonical scenes — in fact the path of the film mirrors both the novel and Disney’s 1951 animated rendition of Alice tumbling down the dimly lit rabbit hole past books and baubles, eventually thumping into a ceiling and sliding onto the floor. Which door, which door? Then of course the whole“Drink Me, Eat Me”fiasco, the shrinking and stretching, trying to get that damn key off the glass table. Cue the shift — Woolverton and Burton take the reins. The camera focuses on Alice from the keyhole. Voices come from the other side of the door. The white rabbit and others not yet recognized, speak of the wrong Alice — this is the wrong Alice. Attention duly captured, now what?

Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland Walt Disney Released March 5, 2010

Bonkers! Off her rocker! But of course, everyone great is mad. Flash forward 13 years and like any reputable Disney movie, Dad dies and daughter is abandoned to the cold and cruel world — in Alice’s case, forced to marry a redheaded baby of a man who more or less resembles an overfed rat. The script clunks and clods. Instead of using invisible string, it attaches fishing wire between characters in Alice’s“real life”to those in her“dream life,”making the plot seem a bit careless, even frumpy. Woolverton and Burton adhere to some

Dog movie ‘sniffs’ out service animals’ lives

conflict emerges between the two concierges, who can’t agree on their film’s focus. Should zany, skateboardIf it had gone the route of a traditional riding, pool-inhabiting dogs get documentary, the audience for“Sniff the limelight? Or should the heroic the Dog Movie”would have been more occupations of search-and-rescue and limited. But, by including the story guide dogs take the cake? within the story, director Barry Stone “By the end of the film, (the greatly expanded his audience. concierges) become more in tune with The camera follows two British each other, and it takes on a serious tone,” actors employed as Stone said.“We’ve made it concierges of a fancy so that we can “Sniff the Dog Movie” entertaining dog hotel in San bring this issue that pet The Screening Room Francisco and their owners have and what it’s quest to make a movie like to be a service dog to a 127 E. Congress St. about the dogs they broader audience.” March 13, 7 p.m. encounter. This is not Stone’s first March 14, 3 and 7 p.m. attempt to get inside the ”Sniff,” which will be playing at The mind of a dog. $8 general Screening Room, 127 “I made a film in $5 kids and seniors E. Congress St., on 1979 called ‘Dog,’” Saturday and Sunday, Stone said.“It was is anything but traditional. With the seven minutes long and about what a “making-of” aspect of the story, a dog’s thinking while trying not to be

too rambunctious for the job. “She’d pull a blind person over,” Stone said. So, better suited for search and rescue, Gabby was relocated. With Mikey and Gabby’s stories told in parallel with that of the concierges’ filmmaking, documentary and fiction blend to create a hybrid fitting for the topic. “The overall goal is to bring an awareness of service dogs to a broader audience,”Stone said. Fittingly, 10 percent of proceeds from this weekend’s DVD sales will go to Hope Animal Shelter, Tucson’s only no-kill shelter for dogs and cats. “Sniff”also features an audiodescriptive track, which makes the film more accessible to blind moviegoers. “What’s great is that blind community members come and bring their guide dogs,”Stone said.“They wouldn’t otherwise necessarily come.”

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Sniff the Dog Movie Scrap and Taffy Released Nov. 15, 2009

anthropomorphic. So often, in movies, dogs are like little people with fur.” And particularly in“Sniff,”making dogs seem human-like is the opposite of the goal. The stories of Mikey the guide dog and Gabby the search-and-rescue dog are told organically and with respect for the animals themselves. Indeed, the press release lists Mikey and Gabby right alongside Neil Morrissey and Amanda Plummer, the human stars of the film. “I’m kind of a believer that the universe will give you what you really want,”Stone said.“We got the best dogs.” Both Mikey and Gabby were raised and trained to be guide dogs at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, Calif., but it soon became clear that Gabby was

‘White Ribbon’ an intricate, psychological drama By Kellie Mejdrich Arizona Daily Wildcat

“The White Ribbon,” directed by Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, is a fascinating look at what people can do when motivated by fear and psychosis. The German language film, shot entirely in black and white, is a focused, detailed portrait of a small reformist German village trying

Michael Haneke The White Ribbon X-Filme Creative Pool Released Sept. 24, 2009

to solve the mystery of a series of shocking, random acts of violence on the eve of World War I. Haneke weaves a frightening tale about the human capacity for evil with highly artistic direction and cinematography, making

it a must-see for art film buffs. The narrative follows a schoolteacher in the village of Eichwald, Germany, as he falls in love in a town fraught with crime, suspicion and social distortion. The film is a social commentary on evil, as well as the danger of religious extremism, which causes the entire town to become suspicious of each other in their almost rabid quest for ultimate purity.

“White Ribbon” also has strong political implications. When religion controls every aspect of life, Haneke suggests, a power like that can control people’s morality. “The White Ribbon” is an extremely shocking and disturbing film — not necessarily for its graphic nature, but because of its depiction of the distortion of morality that a powerful social group can inflict on believing innocents.

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Downing the dirty: Salacious drinks By Ali Freedman and Kim Kotel Arizona Daily Wildcat

Spring Break: Maybe it’s the midterms; maybe it’s the pollen; maybe it’s that there are two months left until the end of the school year. But whatever it is, it makes people want to get out there and do something a little crazy. Now, before you convince yourself you’re never going to see him or her again, “What happens in Mexico/Las Vegas/insert location stays in …,” why not avoid the awkward phone calls, the doctor visits, and go with the “let’s not and say we did?” There is many a filthy, dirty cocktail to experience, and the worst that can happen is a hangover.

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1/2 oz. Yukon Jack Canadian Whisky 1/2 oz. Malibu Coconut Rum 1/2 oz. Southern Comfort Peach Liqueur 1/2 oz. Banana Liqueur Splash of cranberry juice Splash of pineapple juice Splash of orange juice

Grade: A Potency: Light A girly drink indeed — this drink is embarrassing and amusing to order. There is just enough mixer to hide the intense bite of the alcohol. The alcohol content is a bit higher, so be sure to sip. Tropical fruit punch revved up is the perfect description for this cocktail.

Buttery Nipple

1 oz. DeKuyper Buttershots 1/2 oz. Irish Cream

Grade: A Potency: Light to Medium Depending on the pour, this shot can vary in strength. No matter what, you will be served the sugary goodness of butterscotch. Yet another creamy drink with a dirty name, this is like dessert in a shooter. If creamy candy is your thing and alcohol isn’t, this shooter will definitely satisfy your craving.

Sex with an Alligator ½ oz. Midori ½ oz. Chambord ½ oz. Jägermeister 1 ½ oz. Sweet and Sour Lisa Beth Earle/Arizona Daily Wildcat

A ‘Sex with an Alligator’ is served by bartender Ryan Bluhm at The Shanty on Tuesday. The colorful cocktail is just one of many sex-themed drinks that the popular Fourth Avenue bar has in its repertoire of enticing beverages.

Pink Prostitute

1/2 oz. Crème de Noyaux 1/2 oz. White Crème de Cacao 1/2 oz. Crème de Banane 1 1/2 oz. cream

Grade: A Potency: Light Smooth, pink and oh-so-creamy — think somewhere between melted ice cream and Ovaltine for grown-ups. You can recognize the complementing tastes of banana, chocolate and nut merge together and call forth memories of childhood. Best as a dessert cocktail, any more than two might give you the queasies. Barbie, step aside — there’s a new doll in town, and she doesn’t play nice.

Blowjob

1/2 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream 1/2 oz. Kahlua Coffee Liqueur 1 1/2 oz. whipped cream

Grade: B Potency: Light A great way to start the evening? Perhaps everyone can agree on that now — it’s not Folger’s in your cup, but it is Kahlua, Bailey’s

and whipped cream, which is sweeter, heavier and more of a wind you down than wind you up; thicker, dessert-like consistency similar to a Pink Prostitute but with darker notes of coffee bean and a bit more of a bite with the whiskeybased Irish Cream. Topped with a blossom of whipped cream, most of its potency is lost to its sugary body.

Grade: B Potency: Light to Medium If you haven’t had Sex with an Alligator yet, you may find yourself asking for it with surprising regularity from now on. Light green

lurks between layers of reddish-brown, and, on each sip, it snaps — a soft melon zing first touches your taste buds before mellowing into the darker wash of heavier raspberry. Though it smells of licorice, the taste never rises over the dominant melon or raspberry flavors.

Screaming Orgasm 1 oz. Vodka 1 1/2 oz. Amaretto 1/2 oz. Coffee Liqueur 1 1/2 oz. Irish Cream Liqueur

Grade: B Potency: Medium The Orgasm’s big sister is a little bit rougher around the edges. The Screaming Orgasm still has the creamy and delicious undertones of its little sister, but its alcohol content is just a bit higher. The hint of coffee makes this drink a little bit more mature as well. Great for after dinner.

Between the Sheets

1 oz. DeKuyper Triple Sec 1/2 oz. Three Barrels Brandy 1/2 oz. White Rum Splash lemon juice or Sweet and Sour

Grade: B Potency: Strong With 30 percent alcohol by volume, this drink has a bite, but a lot of what happens Between the Sheets does. Served in a martini glass after being shaken with ice, this drink doesn’t have much to cover up its boozeiness. There is a fruity kick that makes this drink perfect for the novice drinker and cocktail connoisseur alike. Editor’s Note: In ranking the drinks, we’ve used a scale of light, medium and strong. Light means the alcohol could barely be tasted in the drink, medium that there was a slight bite of alcohol, and strong drinks had enough alcohol to burn and were very intense. All drinks were prepared at The Shanty, 401 E. Ninth St.

Orgasm

1/2 oz. Bailey’s 1/2 oz. Amaretto 1 oz. half and half 1/2 oz. Kahlua

Grade: B Potency: Light This white and creamy cocktail is a girl’s best friend. It’s not too pungent but has just enough of a kick to remind you that you aren’t just drinking some sweet cream. With a hint of vanilla and an aroma of nougat, this gentle drink is delish. For any lady looking for a dessert-type drink with a light booze factor but a sweet and creamy flavor, you’re set — give the orgasm a sip.

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Back row (from left): Between the Sheets, Sex with an Alligator, Pink Prostitute, Blowjob. Front row (from left): Sex on my Face, Orgasm, Buttery Nipple.

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Frank Kozik’s ‘Evil’

$5,000 in merchandise stolen from Lulubell

Photo courtesy of Lulubell Toy Bodega

Late Sunday night, Lulubell Toy Bodega, 439 N. Sixth Ave ., faced a break-in, and lost around $5,000 in merchandise. The locally-owned toy store faced a robbery of 50 stolen items, including a three-foot tall fiberglass statue, “Evil� by Frank Kozik , an artist known for his rock concert posters. The statue is one of around 25 in the world and is one of the main pieces in the Lulubell Toy Bodega. “The items taken are very

niche,� said owner Amy del Castillo in an e-mail. “They would be terribly hard for anyone to sell and get their value, so the best thing in this situation would be for us to recover what was taken.� Tucson Police Department is currently working on this case. If you have any tips, please call TPD at 791-4444 or call Lulubell Toy Bodega at 622-5858, or e-mail Amy at amy@lulbelltoys.com.

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— Bryan Ponton

Photo courtesy of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/Artist Rights Society Š2009

Andy Warhol’s ‘Flowers,’ printed in 1970, is one in a series of 10 screenprints from the Bank of America Collection out of New York.

Reproductions of images nothing compared to originals By Bryan Ponton Arizona Daily Wildcat

David F. Brown’s ‘Wrenched’

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Brown’s art ‘climbing ladders’ images with urgent brushstrokes are powerfully emotional. There exists a layering effect that causes parts of the You’re on a date and had the painting to seem translucent, urging brilliant idea to go to an art gallery. you to look at and through the pieces It’s hard enough trying to formulate to discover a deeper meaning. some semblance of an intelligent The paintings range from a chair opinion on modern artwork. A red with a tornado erupting out of the dot on a huge blank canvas — what seat to a cup with a tree bursting are you supposed to do with that? forth. Hannah Glasston, who has Thankfully, not all contemporary been with the Etherton Gallery artists are quite so esoteric. for seven years, says she senses a Enter David F. “certain amount of Brown. He’s a welltension between what known and respected is hopeful and what local artist who earned is a little bit fearful in David F. Brown his master’s of fine the world.�Toeing the arts at the UA. He Temple of Music and line between reality described the creative and abstraction, Brown Art, upstairs process in an e-mail frequently utilizes joyful 330 S. Scott Ave. as a “contradictory colors to depict somber experience of being topics. Monday-Friday, aware and engaged, Initially the paintings 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. fully in my body, are visually striking yet my focus is so simply due to the encompassing that thought and conflagration of bright shades, but action merge, and I am completely themes slowly unfurl with continued elsewhere.� analysis. For instance, one piece This dedication and energy is titled “Wrenched� is an oil on canvas clearly visible in his work. Imagine painting of a lime green car with a an extremely talented painter bright blue wrench just out of reach merged with a middle school arts of an outstretched arm. Running class: While the sketches show a along the bottom and barely visible is mastery of form, the often cartoonish the phrase “this is the worst painted

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car ever seen.â€?This tongue-in-cheek wit is apparent in a few works, juxtaposed nicely against some of the sketches that invoke a sense of loneliness. Throughout a decent portion of his work, there is a running motif of ladders and chairs. According to the artist, these recurring subjects stem from an early memory of his two-year-old self climbing a tall ladder. While his grandmother worried and his father grabbed a camera, he admired the new perspective and liked what he saw. The chairs and ladders become surrogates for the human form and often represent the actions of striving and deciding. “I’m still climbing ladders ‌ literally, figuratively, metaphorically. But aren’t we all?â€? asks Brown. What’s his advice for us? “Discover how to not just look at things,â€? says Brown,“but to really SEE them.â€? The Temple Gallery hosts around six shows each year, coinciding with every new play at the Arizona Theatre Company. Brown’s current work corresponds with Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.â€? Brown’s series will run until March 30, so come in and do more than look while the show lasts.

Andy Warhol has become a household name. With famous works like his screen-printing of the Campbell’s Soup Cans, Warhol is one of the most famous artists during the Pop era of art and his style of art has transgressed through the decades of art. Artists are constantly taking cues from his work. Tucson Art Museum is now showing the “Andy Warhol Portfolio: Photo courtesy of Estate of Keith Haring Š2009 Keith Haring’s ‘Andy Mouse,’ printed in 1986, Life and Legends� exhibition until is one of a series of four screenprints from the July 3, 2010. The Warhol show is a Bank of America Collection out of New York. part of a three-artist exhibit, which paintings, is a series on Muhammad includes Ed Mell and David Tineo, Ali. The series features the famous but the Warhol exhibit stands above boxer’s face from different angles the rest. and with a varying color palette. The premiere of the exhibit on Feb. 26 was hosted by the Tucson Art What is interesting about these works is that they feature the Museum, which offered the press, boxer in a completely museum members different light. Usually, and the investors at you see Ali in pictures the museum a chance from his boxing days, to see the exhibit but Warhol threw “Andy Warhol before the opening out the stereotypical the following day. It Portfolio: Life picture of a boxer by was surreal to be in and Legend� adding bright colors. a museum with such The show was famous works. Tucson Museum of Art incredibly interesting. An element Warhol 140 N. Main Ave. It’s not every day that stresses in his work $3 for students, Tucson hosts an exhibit is repetition. Take, for featuring the work of example, the “Flowers� $8 general admission Warhol. As he is one of series, which is featured my favorite Pop artists, at the Tucson Museum it was an incredible experience to of Art. Warhol repeats the same image see his work in person. Warhol has over and over again, which changes a managed to remain relevant to this simple piece of art into a giant work day with work he has done years that makes the viewer think. The work ago. The way he throws images in of Warhol makes me analyze pop your face through the use of color, culture more. With Marilyn Monroe’s composition and size makes the photographs, he manipulated the exhibit extremely appealing. It is image to highlight pop culture that is one thing to see a work of art on still relevant today. the Internet or in a book, but seeing A great work that is featured in it in real life is an entirely different the Warhol portfolio, in the same experience. style of the Marilyn Monroe’s

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‘Sisterworld’ a masterpiece By Zachary Smith Arizona Daily Wildcat The band Liars is weird. Very, very weird. After jettisoning two original members, the band spent a month in a cabin in the woods of New Jersey to research forest witches and record an album about them. Then the trio went to East Germany to record an experimental drum-heavy record with an electronically modified drum kit in an old broadcasting station. Now, two albums later, Sisterworld shows that Liars has channeled their bizarre intentions into a personal best. Liars’ sound has transformed over the years from dance-punk revivalist to atmospheric noise rock to its current state of experimental postpunk. Album opener “Scissor”sets the mood properly with its startling crescendo of piano and bass. The song is messy and abrasive yet painstakingly controlled. Despite having only three members, Liars is still able to create vast sonic endeavors.“Here Comes All the People” begins with intensifying surf guitar, before adding whining strings and howls to produce a gothic groove. On Sisterworld, vocalist Angus Andrew has finally come into his own, with an unpredictable delivery. On“No Barrier Fun,”he transitions from stoic humming to bluesy growls to a distant croon. The band’s songwriting has never been better. Gone are the pointless noises of their previous work on Drum’s Not Dead. Instead, the songs’ tempo shifts reflect a dynamic sense of atmospheric storytelling. The band’s experimentation exists for the sake of sonic expansion instead of sonic self-aggrandizing. Even the metallic hissing and whirrings of “Goodnight Everything” are transposed over brass and clean guitar to form a complicated — yet accessible — melody. On album standouts“Scarecrows on a Killer Slant”and“Proud Evolution,”Liars capture the power of rock music without sacrificing their creativity. Both songs spotlight the unique drumming of Julian Gross alongside careful production. Instruments fade in and out accordingly, reflecting a strong sense of volume. The band’s aural transformations are thick with sound, a dizzying testament to the trio’s progressive vision. Three years ago, Liars’ self-titled album captured the sound of a band on the cusp of understanding its own needs and limitations. It was a step forward for a group previously mired by its own self-importance. The release of Sisterworld marks the actualization of Liars as a band capable of its lofty musical aspirations. I don’t feel weird calling it their masterpiece.

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Strong ‘Drinks’ from Scottish group By Zachary Smith Arizona Daily Wildcat After releasing one of the most critically lauded albums of 2008, you might think Frightened Rabbit frontman, Scott Hutchison, would have a lot to be happy about. Yet he continues to plead for “the scream to prove that I exist.”With The Winter of Mixed Drinks, Frightened Rabbit proves something far greater than existence — excellence. While previous release, The Midnight Organ Fight, merged Scot-rock sensibility with climactic post-rock for a repetitive crutching on a buildbuild-build song structure, Mixed Drinks finds the quartet stylistically unpredictable. They can play fuzzedout guitar sing-alongs like“Nothing Like You,” as well as anthemic ballads like “Skip The Youth.”Their stunning musicianship remains, but the band has found a greater sense of dimension — the ability to maximize their sound across any structure. Frightened Rabbit remains a band

Frightened Rabbit The Winter of Mixed Drinks FatCat Records Released March 9, 2010

most notable for its lyrics. On their first single,“Swim Until You Can’t See Land,” the band embraces a folk-pop sound with soothing group vocals behind Hutchison’s desperate chant of “Swim until you can’t see land/ Are you a man or a bag of sand?” There’s a ceremonial sense of chaos in Hutchison’s passionate lyricism — a

glorious nihilism heralded by the honesty present in his delivery. More so than ever before, Frightened Rabbit presents itself as a rock group. The addition of session violin and cello work does nothing to diminish their sound. Mixed Drinks hits harder than either of its predecessors.“Foot Shooter” shows off the range of Grant Hutchison’s bursting folk-rock drumming, as well as the developing skills of guitarist Billy Kennedy. The group’s shift to a more expansive rock sound is reminiscent of late ‘80s U2, but with greater urgency — and thankfully a lot less Bono.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Mixed Drinks is how instantly relatable it feels.You could never mistake Frightened Rabbit for an American band, but they are not restricted by their Scottish roots. As the crescendo of“Not Miserable”builds around a repeated chorus of“I am, I am, I am,”backed by furious drumming and stringed harmonies, Frightened Rabbit capture a worldly intimacy that is all at once profound and deeply personal. As Hutchison sings “I didn’t need these things” on album opener,“Things,” you can’t help but know he must be talking about anything other than his songs. All 11 tracks are indelible, and he surely needs them. I, for one, sympathize.

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jj’s latest album seems rushed By Kellie Mejdrich Arizona Daily Wildcat Nº3, the newest release by record label Secretly Canadian’s stillmysterious Swedish group jj, is quite easy to understand: the production is bad. Perhaps jj should have waited for more than eight months to release their next album. With the successful release of Nº2 in July 2009, jj had successfully meshed breathy yet powerful vocals, calypso sounds, heavy bass percussion, piano and synth in a way that was listenable, ethereal and complex. They used tambourine, bongos and marimba and violin synth in one song — and it sounded unbelievably fresh. Nº3 feels like a hasty rehash of Nº2, if nothing more.Yes, jj covers another hip hop song featuring Lil Wayne, but“My Life”seems odd — not only because of

its stripped instrumentation, just piano and an over-echoed vocal track, but because of its strange content. Nº2’s “Ecstasy”worked because the track fit in with jj’s trip-hop sound.Yet lyrics like “You’ve taken so many of my people”are just odd coming from these Gothenburg artists. When have the Swedes been targeted racially? It’s just odd. It’s not even really tongue-in-cheek. Songs like “And Now” and “Into the Light” suffer from an overdose of synthetic keyboard strings. The band

has established that the lead singer has a smashing voice — why not actually exploit it instead of using the same echo-laden style every song? Nº3 demonstrates that there can be too much of a good thing. “Let Go”is arguably the best track on the album. Yet it was released as a single already. Why release an entire album of pretty much the same instrument palette? Boring. It seems as if Nº3 has turned out to be a highly anticipated failure for jj. The band has created a characteristic sound, but they need innovation as well. Weak production, a lack of versatility and poor choice of content

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leaves this album an ultimately boring piece of plastic. Or vinyl. Or hard drive space. Secretly Canadian will be selling all three.

‘Hidden’ is purely imaginative By Zachary Smith Arizona Daily Wildcat Hidden is an orgy of sound. With so many different instruments and vocalists being used, it’s nearly impossible to identify all of them. The songs on Hidden are chaotic, humbling, and examples of deeply involved music from a band that does not appear to understand the word “genre.“ With Hidden, British art-rockers These New Puritans have crafted an album that is as symphonic as it is accessible. It’s also the first must-have album of 2010. The breadth of instrumental sampling on Hidden is staggering. The anthemic “We Want War” samples brass, woodwinds, a backing choir and Japanese taiko drums. If this doesn’t sound

impressive, you should know that the taiko drums used on Hidden are six feet tall. The result is a song that exudes noticeable atmosphere. On kissing cousin,“Attack Music,”These New Puritans fuses jagged guitar with sampling of sword slashes and a sub-heavy drone. There’s nothing subtle about this sort of musical

Puritans fuel their songs with ample hooks and pop sensibility to assuage even the most averse listeners. “White Chords” has as simple a structure as anything on the radio, but its hypnotic blips and organic drum claps belie a deeper understanding of harmony. Similarly, the duality of mood on “Orion” presents listeners with a modest dichotomy between sinister drumming and a catchy dance rhythm. For all its bravado, Hidden is not without understatement. Songs “Hologram”and“Three Thousand”are more subdued arrangements. They are still technically proficient, yet they lack the urgency of the album’s standouts. For an album with a sample of a man striking a watermelon covered in crackers with a hammer, Hidden is remarkably grounded. Despite its weighty litany of instruments, Hidden is composed of music that experiments with exotic instrumentation and complex melodies, without coming off as pretentious. This is art at its highest musical form. But it’s also rock.

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Released March 2, 2010 stranglehold, but there’s nothing faulty in the band’s presentation. The ambitious scope of musicianship succeeds in part because of the album’s even-handed production. Handled by frontman Jack Barnett and British postrock legend Graham Sutton, the production guides the sonically dense melodies through the tricky territory of experimentation. Barnett’s vocals reside calmly behind layers of sampled and live instrumentation. On “Drum Courts — Where Corals Lie,” Barnett’s gentle hissing fades behind the onslaught of drums and breezy woodwinds, coasting through countless modulations and tempo shifts. With songs reaching the seven minute mark, expansive orchestration and the moniker of “art-rockers,” Hidden might appear daunting. However, These New

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book reviews

Latest fiction, nonfiction book review roundup By Susan Salter Reynolds Los Angeles Times

Cathy Erway The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove Gotham Books 318 pages, $24

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Justin Taylor Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever Harper Perennial 184 pages, $13.99 paperback

Amber was a“weather freak�; Ma was a“real banshee for Christ.�These are characters in two very different stories, and Justin Taylor is a master of the modern snapshot. His characters are recognizable formations in our cultural landscape. Sometimes they disappear into the future — we see only their backs.“I got a life ahead of me,�Cass says,“not this.�The“I�in these stories is often a guilty blur:“In my heart I have already left this miserable town behind for a place and future so bright with promise I cannot look directly upon it.� What are they running from? Sometimes it’s the Charlie Brown grown-ups droning in the backgrounds of the stories, adults with their myriad sins of omission. Woven into Taylor’s sentences is the certainty that few of his characters will ever really escape to a different life. A group of students sit around burning books in the backyard — Derrida, Nietzsche, the Norton Shakespeare:“The anarchists were drinking victory shots and making toasts because even though they’d never met with success before they surely knew it when they saw it or it found them.�

Another good book born from a blog: This can’t go on, can it? Cathy Erway’s blog, noteatingoutinny.com, was born in 2006 in a Brooklyn beer garden. The author, 26, had just been laid off. She shared an apartment with two roommates. Not eating out in New York seemed a kind of sacrilege — it reminded her of the time a professor told her class to go on a media fast and record the results.“In this town, you could eat a bagel or bialy with lox for breakfast, a stuffed dosa from that amazing street cart for lunch, bistro steak frites for dinner, and for late-night eats, a steaming bowl of ramen or a mean slice of real New York pizza, all within the radius of a few blocks.� Erway’s no-restaurant fast lasts two years, and she collects recipes from friends whose families come from all over the world. She goes to underground supper clubs, enters local bread-making competitions, goes Dumpster-diving with frugalistas and experiments with wild edibles found in Prospect and Central parks. She moves in with her boyfriend, acquires new appliances and then moves out. She barely minds living alone — she looks forward to a bowl of noodles with spicy sauce, or a tenderloin steak and wasabi mashed potatoes cooked just for one. It is, as food critic Robert Sietsema writes in his introduction, a “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Cook,� an insight into Brooklyn’s youth culture. And it looks — breakups, tiny kitchens and all — like fun.

transition,� Marilyn Johnson writes of the librarian’s role in history. “A library is a place to go for a reality check, a bracing dose of literature ... whether it’s a brickand-mortar building ... or a fanciful arrangement of computer codes. The librarian is the organizer, the animating spirit behind it. ... Her job is to create order out of the confusion of the past, even as she enables us to blast into the future.� Librarians are soldiers for truth, universal literacy and privacy. They are the democrats of the computer age, providing citizens who have no other access to the Internet or other cyber tools with information and opportunity. They are organizers for the greater good, creating vital links for social justice movements around the world. It is a discreet profession, Johnson writes, yet full of stereotypes that irritate most librarians. Johnson describes the ground shifting beneath their feet, the constant changes in software and information processing, the dependence on IT guys. Johnson describes wonderful scenes on a virtual site where librarians meet, help each other, crack jokes and discuss their profession. She captures the feeling of pure freedom one has in a library and the feeling of being watched over by angels: “They want to help us. They want to be of service. And they’re not trying to sell us anything.�

Marilyn Johnson This Book Is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All Harper Collins 270 pages, $24.99

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‘Lost Books’ engaging reimagining of ‘Odyssey’ Zachary Mason The Lost Books of the Odyssey Farrar, Straus & Giroux 223 pages, $24

By David Walton The Kansas City Star “I have never been at a loss for a tale, lie, or synonym,� says the hero of Zachary Mason’s “The Lost Books of the Odyssey,� who shares this much at least with Homer’s Odysseus. Mason’s Odysseus shares many of the same adventures as well. He battles with the Greeks at Troy, endures a long journey home in which he meets “the cannibal Cyclops, the lotus eaters, the sirens, Circe, and inexorable Scylla,� and in the end, he’s reunited with his wife, Penelope. But in Zachary Mason’s very inventive first novel, it may be that Odysseus is married to Helen instead, or returns to find Penelope hasn’t waited faithfully, or has killed herself on the prophesy that Odysseus would never return. “No man will return to you, but not for a long while,� she’s told at Delphi, right after Odysseus, captive in the cave of the Cyclops, has given his name as “No Man.� It doesn’t matter if you’ve read “The Odyssey� 30 years ago or never. The familiar story points are all highlighted here or are filled in by Mason over the course of the narrative. And part of the fun is losing track of what is “authentic� Homer and what he’s making up himself — in the footnotes especially. “The Lost Books of the Odyssey� is a collection of separate stories, single episodes, variations on elements of the classical epic, which, we’re reminded, was itself an assembly of scattered fables and bardic variations. In Book 18,“The Iliad of Odysseus,� in which Troy overruns and slaughters the Greeks, Odysseus flees to become a wandering bard:“I took to telling the story of Odysseus of the Greeks, cleverest of men, whose ruses had been the death of so many. ... It was when I was a guest in Tyre that I first heard another bard singing one of

my songs and it occurred to me that I had in my hands the means of making myself an epic hero.� Mason’s brief bio says he is a computer scientist specializing in artificial intelligence, and he follows in the small-chapters tradition of such ingenious scientist/first novelists as Alan Lightman in “Einstein’s Dreams� (medicine, physics) and Alessandro Boffa in “You’re an Animal, Viskovitz� (biology). Like any novel without a running narrative, Mason’s book has its strong and not-so-strong chapters, its disappointing third quarter. But it is often wondrous, illuminating and so expertly told it brings you back to the spell of the original. In one breathtaking chapter, Death, going by the name of Paris, steals Helen, and an enraged Menelaus insists the Greeks follow after. “Soon the dark hulls ground on the sands of Ilium, Death’s country. ... The sand crackled underfoot — Odysseus scooped up a handful and saw that it was made up of ground bone, tiny fragments of tooth, skull and vertebrae. ... The augurs stared forlornly at the birdless sky.� “The Lost Books of the Odyssey�is an impressive fictional debut, and Zachary Mason is definitely a writer to watch.

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• wednesday, march 10, 2010 • arizona daily wildcat

‘Heavy Rain’ a thrilling narrative ride By Joe Dusbabek Arizona Daily Wildcat If I was forced to choose, I would have to say “Heavy Rain” is among the best five games I’ve ever played. Good games can get away with taking pieces of other genres and slowly building on them; great games push the boundaries of what interactive entertainment can do and prize innovation above all else with no cost to the established rules. “Heavy Rain” is a great game. However, it’s not for everyone. The gameplay is entirely based on “quick-time events,” meaning you use simple button presses to complete whole sequences of actions. This is not a game where

‘Video Games Live’ at Music Hall By Joe Dusbabek Arizona Daily Wildcat The Tucson Symphony Orchestra will be gracing Tucson Music Hall on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon with “Video Games Live.”The show is a multimedia event featuring a strong lineup of orchestral video game scores including the themes from “Halo,”“Super Mario Bros.” and “The Legend of Zelda.” Tommy Tallarico, the director of the event and a video games composer for more than 20 years, thinks the show is accessible to nearly everyone. “The majority of our audiences are families and non-gamers,” he said.“The environment is festive and fun. It’s not just for the 16-to-35 crowd.” “Video Games Live” will involve video screens, interactive segments with the audience and pyrotechnics. A preconcert event will feature a “Guitar Hero”

competition with a prize to meet some of the world’s top game composers and designers after the show. “In each city, we teach the music to every individual orchestra. We chose Tucson’s because we feel they’re one of the top orchestras in the country with one of the widest audience bases.”Tallarico said. “It’s rather amazing because these people read music like you and I read English.” Since premiering at the Hollywood Bowl in 2005,“Video Games Live”has slowly become the largest video game concert in the world. With praise from MTV, the Washington Post and USA Today,“Video Games Live”has become one of the rare multi-media events that transcends its audience to critical acclaim. Tickets are online at www. tucsonsymphony.org, the Tucson Symphony Box Office at 2175 N. Sixth Ave. or by phone at 882-8585. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“TSO POPS! Presents ‘Video Games Live!’” Tucson City Center Music Hall 260 S. Church Ave. March 13, 7:30 p.m. and March 14, 2 p.m. Tickets $22 - $67

you control everything you do. There are roughly four or five instances when guns are seen. The first few hours are very slow and it isn’t the most exciting opening as far as video games go. “Heavy Rain” does eventually pick up the pace, and when it does you will find yourself pulled along on a breathless ride through a branching narrative where your previous decisions affect your future choices. You control four distinct characters on their journey to save a young boy from a serial killer. From the father’s “trials,” which include cutting off his own finger, to a private detective’s brusque methodology, you will be caught up in this story. And the story is the true

focal point of “Heavy Rain.” Everything weaves around it expertly. The tension quickly builds to unfathomable heights, and for a game with no multiplayer, it will bring other people into the room and keep them there in a remarkable way. The entire game is based around decisions and the aforementioned “quick-time events.”By choosing to or to not press a button, you face consequences. The game almost constantly autosaves, meaning you are stuck with your decisions until the bitter end and will be forced to see how they play out. None of your stories will be exactly the same as your friends’. It’s a compelling notion that should definitely be explored in other games.

The art style is well directed as it paints the game with a gloomy feeling of despair. The constant rain soaking every texture is a technical marvel and it accents the emotion of the storyline. The music is minimal and rarely interferes with your experience except when necessary. I only noticed it on the most exciting parts of the game, which is another good design decision. On the whole,“Heavy Rain” requires a great amount of personal investment. If you give yourself to it, it will move you. “Heavy Rain” is not so much a game as an experience, and one that absolutely must be played.

Scored: 10/10

Video game awards shows are few and usually unnoticed THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES — When a video game captures an award, does anybody really notice? The answer was made painfully obvious last month at the game industry’s equivalent of the Oscars. “A lot of big names,” the show host Jay Mohr said as he scanned the room,“are not here tonight.” The line, thrown out at the opening of the Interactive Achievement Awards, got a chuckle from a crowd of several hundred of the industry’s top game developers, who were used to toiling in relative obscurity. Game sales, at more than $45 billion a year globally, have far eclipsed movie box office receipts, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. But when it comes to awards, there’s just no contest. The industry counts at least four key annual award shows _ two of them televised. Most people, however, have never heard of them. And though retailers make polite note of these awards, many don’t build marketing campaigns

around them the way they do for the Grammys or the Oscars. “It would be pretty hard to say that these awards have a dramatic impact on sales,” said Geoff Keighley, who has produced game award shows since 1994. “Consumers generally don’t understand any of these awards.” Part of the reason why games don’t get much respect is their dearth of star power. BioShock, for example, was one of the most critically acclaimed games of 2007, winning the Spike TV Best Game of the Year, among others. But when writer and lead designer Ken Levine tried to take the backstage elevator to the Spike TV awards, a guard stopped him, saying, “Sorry, talent only.” “I don’t have celebrities,” said Joseph Olin, president of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, which each year in Las Vegas presents the Interactive Achievement Awards, also known as the Design Innovate Create Entertain, or DICE, Awards.“What I have are honest craftspeople.”

Another reason game awards rarely move the needle with the public is their timing. Because games typically reap 80 percent of their lifetime sales within the first four weeks of their debut, awards can provide a significant boost only if they’re granted ahead of time. But with the exception of the E3 Game Critics Awards, most awards are given well after games hit store shelves. “The E3 awards can be useful in generating excitement with core buyers,”said Russell Arons, senior vice president of worldwide marketing for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, whose wordplay game Scribblenauts took two trophies from last year’s E3 prizes.“The later awards are a wonderful accomplishment for us, but they don’t necessarily boost sales.” Industry honchos, aware of this problem, are working to change the country mouse status of game awards. Olin, for example, has been working with GameStop Corp.’s stores for the last two years to call out the award winners, either with a sticker on the game boxes or on the retailer’s Web site.


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THE TV NUT

‘Sons of Tucson’ a promising premiere By Katie Gault Arizona Daily Wildcat

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Fox debuts its newest, and practically only, live-action half-hour comedy,“Sons of Tucson” on Sunday. The premiere keeps a swift and steady pace, detailing the origins of what will soon become a very untraditional, yet functional, family. After their banker father is sentenced to 25 years in prison, the Gunderson boys — Robby, Gary and Brandon — head west to one of their father’s investment homes in Tucson to escape the dreaded foster care system. When the boys get to Tucson, they realize they still need an adult to sign them up for school and deal with parental issues. Enter Ron Snuffkin (Tyler Labine). He’s a local con artist living out of his car. Desperate for cash, he accepts the boys’ business deal and signs them up for school, acting as their father. But Ron’s relationship with the boys takes a hairy turn when he tries to use them to con his own grandmother. Eventually, they all realize they’re going to need each other on a longterm basis, and their new family is formed. “Sons of Tucson”is a refreshing addition to

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Alla Goldman: Dressed to impress By Bryan Ponton Arizona Daily Wildcat

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Alla Goldman, a political science senior, is a style-savvy girl. Not only is Goldman a blogging fanatic, but she — and the people reading her blog — knows she is Fashion Forward. It is internship season and Goldman knows the right outfit to wear for an interview and what is considered “work wear.” She has held internship positions with the U.S. Department of State, a law firm in Scottsdale, and this summer she’ll be interning with the U.S. government. To prepare for internships, Alla shops at fashionforward, yet affordable, places. She

recommends Express, J. Crew, Banana Republic and Target. There are certain items no girl should be without at her interview or internship. A pencil skirt is one of the easiest and smartest ways to look like you mean business. Any store listed above will have a pencil skirt ranging from $20 to $200. The skirt can be paired with a blouse or collared shirt — both are acceptable in the workplace. Take notes from Alla’s outfits. They show a professional, serious woman ready for business. Don’t be caught in some bad prep school skirt. If you want to land an internship or job, start dressing like a confident businesswoman, not a slacker.

the Fox lineup. If there is one thing the network is lacking, it’s live-action comedy. The premiere works well due to its fast-paced storyline and intriguing characters. Gary, the middle brother, is the brains of the operation. Little brother Robby holds untamed aggression in his tiny fists, and big brother Brandon is, well, the big brother. The best casting, however, goes to Labine (“Reaper,”“Invasion”). Labine is like Jack Black without the erratic body gestures. His comedic timing is on spot, and he fits perfectly into the role of a relaxed wrongdoer. Props are due to the show’s art director, who has made a show about Tucson without the presence of a cactus in every scene. Residents of Tucson will appreciate how the city is represented. As of now,“Sons of Tucson”has a perfect lead-in with“Family Guy”on Sunday nights. If Fox keeps the show there, it may just have a chance. However, Fox has a reputation of throwing promising comedies under the bus (RIP“Arrested Development”). Let’s hope they show more respect to “Sons of Tucson.” Recommended for those who enjoy: “Malcolm in the Middle”or“My Name is Earl.” “Sons of Tucson” premieres on Fox, March 14, 9:30 p.m. after “Family Guy.”

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• vanessajackman.blogspot.com: A lawyer-turned-fashion photographer, she’s pretty much a female Sartorialist. • whatiwore.tumblr.com: A 20-something New York girl with the cutest vintage and reworked clothing. This blog is a snapshot of the author’s fun take on fashion. • www.bluecollarcatwalk.com: Outfit pictures and ideas on how to incorporate trends for various body types while staying under budget. • www.kansascouture.com: Thrift store finds and on-point fashion — each outfit generally costs no more than $30. • www.weardrobe.com: Hands down the best social networking and fashion idea-sharing site for those with big ideas but small budgets. Get an account and upload pictures of your outfits for feedback. —As told to Bryan Ponton

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