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ON THE ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE A Weekly Report on Campaign ’08 Stalking the Thompsons The older, balding man in his polo and khakis ambled by the T.G.I. Friday’s, lost amid the afternoon sea of older, balding men in their polos and khakis. It was his wife that caught my eye first, her 40-something good looks, more than enough to turn heads against the mall’s heavy competition of slutty teens and
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silicate suburbanites. Odd, I thought, for that older gentleman to have such a fine catch. He must be rich. Or famous. That’s when it struck me: he’s Fred Thompson … you know, that guy from “Law & Order” and that one Sean Connery movie about the nuclear submarine. Oh, and for the record, he was a senator from Tennessee and just ran for president. Though I knew I’d lose out on prime seats for the next showing of
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Bruins Court New Hoops Sensation to Replace Departing Love J’Mison Morgan, a 6-foot, 11-inch center out of Dallas, had committed to Louisiana State University for the upcoming season, but now claims to want out. LSU recently fired coach John Brady after a lackluster 13-18 season. Morgan wants the better exposure found in the more successful Bruins squad rather than stand out in a team that’s in serious need of rebuilding. LSU has the option to release Morgan from his commitment, which would allow him to transfer to UCLA, or to hold him to the commitment, forcing Morgan to sit out for the season before he could seek a transfer the next year.
More B-Ball Transfer Stories Out of LMU Meanwhile, across town at Loyola Marymount University, the hiring of new coach Bill Bayno has caused freshman standout Orlando Johnson to search for greener pastures. Racking up 12.4 points per game to lead a dismal Lions squad to a 5-26 season, Johnson has yet to narrow down the university he will transfer to and may have to sit out a year under the strict NCAA transfer rules. Coach Bayno has already brought in sophomore Seton Hall guard Larry Davis as the exodusing freshman’s replacement.
Baby Mama, I did an about-face at the children’s play area near the food court and followed Sen. and Mrs. Thompson, née Jeri Kehn, down the escalator. From my stalkerish position only a few steps behind, I could keenly observe the faces of all those traveling up the ascending escalator. Of the roughly 50 people who passed by, exactly four turned their heads to follow the senator. An older couple muttered “Ben Thompson … senator … Kentucky…” A woman with green glasses jabbed the distracted man next to her and pointed, “Check out ‘Law & Order’!” A teenage boy in a Washington Redskins jersey watched them during his entire trip up the escalator. As he passed me, he turned to his friends and proudly exclaimed, “She is smokin’ hot, and I would definitely give her the bone.” As I stepped off the escalator and continued to follow the Thompsons through the mall, I tried to remember when Fred officially left the presidential race. It was after his crippling third-place finish in the South Carolina primary, and that must have been late January. In less than four months, the man had parked his “Security, Unity, Prosperity” tour bus and was now passing the windows of Eddie Bauer.
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I was the closest thing they had to a security detail. He had no handlers. There was no media and only flashes of public recognition. I suppose I had no reason to expect anything else; he was no longer a senator and had given up his gig on “L&O” to make his run at the White House. But I was upset, both that no one had really recognized him and that I nearly missed him myself.
Sad is the state of our democracy when most don’t vote for our leaders and some don’t even know who they are. Thompson is now more famous for pretending to enforce the law on TV than actually writing it in Congress, more recognized for the hotness of his wife than his bid to be
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LACC to Hold Free Evening Concert Series The L.A. City College Music Department recently announced 13 free concerts they will be holding in this month. All of the announced dates will take place in the campus’s Clausen Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles City College is located at 855 N. Vermont Ave., Hollywood. For more information, visit: music.lacitycollege.edu/freeconcerts.html.
Dear Editor, In your April 30 issue of Campus Circle, there’s an article, “UCLA’s long battle with music has come to an end,” [Campus News, p. 22] that is loaded with misinformation. “Mighty Bruins” is still played at
every home UCLA football and basketball game. At football games, it is played after every touchdown and field goal. The song you mention by Professor Jim Mann was not even an entry in the 1984 contest. The contest was only for
the leader of the free world. So as the senator approached the mall exit, I quickened my pace. Though I would never vote for the man, I wanted to say something, anything, acknowledge his service, to demonstrate my civic responsibility and appreciation of democracy, spelled and acknowledged with a lower-case and entirely universalist “d.” But I stopped. It was here, between the Barnes & Noble and Brio Tuscan Grille, that our founding fathers would most recognize their democracy, as a system once populated with citizen-politicians who were people first and statesmen second. Did Lincoln and Washington strive merely to create the National Mall, full of its grandiose tombs and streets choked with 16-SUV fleets of Secret Service officers and PR gurus? Hardly. The heart of democracy, for good and bad, is forever enshrined in the flawed, honest humanity of its masses who window-shop and eat at the food court. I turned back, left the senator to his evening, and piled back into the theater to watch a pregnant woman pee in a sink.
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FILM IN LOS ANGELES t.v. time | reviews American Idol: Season 6 Final Performance Show – The Top 2
HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS SPENT THEIR SUMMER A Crash Course on Love
The Jane Austen Trilogy (Arts Magic) Will Jane Austen fever ever abate? For a small town girl born in 1775, Austen’s endless popularity in the last decade or so defies any and all expectations. With recent films like Becoming Jane, Miss Austen Regrets and The Jane Austen Book Club, Austen has become the patron saint of romantic comedies everywhere. Of course, none of these fictional stories explain much in the way of the how and why of Austen. For this information and much more, The Jane Austen Trilogy steps into the breach. Divided into three volumes, the series begins with Jane CONTINUED ON PAGE 9
projections | essential film events “She was in her seventies, she had never learned how to drive, she never had her own car and I just wondered why she wanted a car. In my head, what you see on the screen is what would have ended up happening,” Riedel laughs. Men are represented here in many of the characters from lover to swinger to romantic hero. The grandmother’s car represents the male aspect intruding in their lives, and it serves as the catalyst that begins the adventure. Far from being a chick-flick, How the Garcia Girls Spent their Summer appeals to a diverse audience. “It’s about love and it’s about sex and it’s about cars,” says Riedel. “I knew guys would be coming with their girlfriends or maybe because they are fans of Elizabeth Peña or America Ferrera, and I definitely gave a nod to the male perspective. It had a whole female perspective, and I thought it shouldn’t be so lopsided, so I gave it some testosterone!” The film does not boil over with sex and bawdiness, but instead simmers with passion and desire. It’s a gentle, loving look at three single women and the lives they lead during one very hot summer. It’s a look at the directions they head in separately as women, and together as a family. “For me, it’s a movie about relationships,” offers Riedel. “It’s a movie about your relationships with your family. It’s definitely not just about couples, though that’s a big part of it. It’s the relationship between your grandmother and your mother and how you just navigate through the world.” How the Garcia Girls Spent their Summer releases in select theaters May 16.
RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD May 15 @ Various Locations BY SARAH BENNETT OF ACTION FILMS FILLED WITH GREASY vigilantes traveling around the world and blowing things up with M60s, John Rambo is the indisputable king. Sylvester Stallone turned the mentally unstable, former Green Beret into a household name with 1984’s First Blood and built an ass-kicking franchise that has spanned two decades. In honor of the belated fourth installment of the Rambo series – where Stallone looks better at 60 than we could pray for in our prime – being released on DVD as part of a six-disc Rambo The Complete Collector’s Set, Lionsgate is putting the original action hero back on the big screen. For one night only, from Puyallup, Wash. to Jensen Beach, Fla., Rambo: First Blood will be playing in local theatres in a nationwide salute to the “one-man war” that started it all. This onetime-only event boasts a digitally re-mastered presentation, exclusive interview with Stallone and an alternate ending that, according to the filmmakers, “could have changed Rambo’s theatrical history forever.” Over 400 theatres are participating, almost 30 in our area alone, so there’s no excuse to miss this one. And for those not afraid of 60-foot tall, gun-toting Vietnam veterans, Irvine and Ontario
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BY HENRY SENECAL THE GARCIA GIRLS CONSIST OF THREE generations of women from a MexicanAmerican family who are living in a hot, dry, Arizona border town. On the surface, their lives seem to be routine and predictable at best, each going through the motions of her day to day life. We soon discover, however, that there’s more going on behind the scenes than appearances would imply. The fun begins when Dona Geñoveva (Lucy Gallardo), the matriarch of the family, buys a car she cannot drive and finds herself very attracted to the man she hires to teach her. Her daughter, Lolita (Elizabeth Peña), finds herself being the next target of the local Casanova and her granddaughter, Blanca, (America Ferrera) finds a boyfriend. They are three women about to discover their next lover, their first lover and at least for one, possibly her last lover. Their actions and interactions spin an entertaining tale about life, family and sexual discovery. Although love and desire certainly power the film, it’s also about the emotions that motivate us and the external aspects of our lives that guide our choices. “A big part of it is about loneliness as well,” explains writer/director Georgina Garcia Riedel. “I think out of everything, I can relate to that the most and that people can relate to that as well.” The source of the subtle yet effective comedy in the film is obvious when you hear Reidel talk with bright enthusiasm about her writing process and the events that planted the seed for this story. She got the idea for the story when her own grandmother let it slip that she actually wanted a car for Christmas one year.
—Michael Lee American Idol: Season 6 Final Performance Show – The Top 2 is currently available.
(Koch Vision) If you’re a fan of “American Idol,” chances are that you’ve kept up, to some extent, with most of the many, many seasons. With the Season 6 Final Performance Show, “American Idol” presents the finalists of the sixth season: Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis. If you’re one of those people who’s curious about “American Idol” but wasn’t able to catch the sixth season (and somehow never heard who the winner was for the past year), then this DVD is for you. But, if you watched the show to its completion or just don’t care, the Final Performance Show just seems like old news (or no news for the latter group). Even though there are some bonus features, such as bloopers and behind-the-scenes, the DVD is just the producers trying to milk the
Victor (Steven Bauer) targets Lolita (Elizabeth Peña) in Garcia Girls.
“Idol” name for all it’s worth. Grade: B-
See Sly Stallone as John Rambo on the big screen.
are hosting the event on IMAX screens. So free up the night and pick a theater, because even though watching the classic might make you impatient for the box set, just remember that, as the tagline for Rambo IV says: “Heroes never die … they just reload.” For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
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Sexy pool shark! Famke Janssen in a scene from Turn the River
FAMKE JANSSEN Sinks a Winning Shot in Turn the River BY HENRY SENECAL KAILEY (FAMKE JANSSEN) IS A hard woman. She barely gets by making money as an amateur gambler. She lives in a pick-up truck that she won in a poker game, and she exists primarily on doughnuts, cigarettes and beer. Her world is a blurry mix of pool hustling, whiskey shots and hard knocks. She’s tough. There’s a flip side to Kailey, too. She’s also a loving, devoted mother. She gave up her son Gulley (Jaymie Dornan) at birth, but she has recently been in touch with him, and they’ve been meeting secretly. Kailey quickly realizes what she has to do, and with the help of a gritty pool hall owner named Quinn (Rip Torn) she’s going to use
film feature Wholphin #5 (McSweeney’s) The idea behind the Wholphin DVD series is to provide a venue for interesting short films, which would not ordinarily reach wider audiences. The films may be considered too weird, disturbing or potentially subversive. Whatever the case, we can trust the folks at McSweeney’s to choose an interesting selection. In the latest release, number five to be exact, there are 12 films, all thoroughly entertaining in their own way. Stand-outs among the bunch include Piece by Piece, a documentary on the exciting world of Rubik’s Cube, or Cubing. These young geeks, I mean geniuses, will blow your mind with how fast they
what few skills she has to get her son back. Like a mean-looking dog that rolls over for a belly-scratching, Turn the River proposes to be a hard, dark film on the surface, but is really much more than it appears. “Even though it is very much about pool, more so it’s a movie about the story between a mother and her son,” Janssen says. “That’s what really attracted me to playing this character. It’s such a beautiful story between the two of them.” The game of pool also features quite prominently in the movie. All of the characters revolve around one main pool hall, and the outcome of the film
can solve a disarranged Rubik’s Cube. The avant-garde short film Shot Through features a standing drumset in the middle of a serene meadow before a fantastic clattering of gunfire. Other films in the series take on a more serious tone. American Outrage documents the appalling true story of a family of Shoshone Indians whose land is invaded by federal agents and sold off to mining interests. The events, which occurred only in the last few years, received little to no attention in the U.S. media yet received official condemnation by the United Nations Counsel on Human Rights. In this way, the chosen films in the Wholphin series offer both entertainment and important social commentary. Grade: A —Dov Rudnick
Turn the River releases in select theaters May 16.
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depends upon a “big game.” Janssen’s abilities are impressive in this area – no trickery involved. She actually plays a mean game of pool. “I learned to like it, but it wasn’t something I was familiar with. I had never done it,” she tells. “I had to be trained for the movie, specifically, to pull off all of my own pool shots. That’s something Chris [writer/director Eigeman] and I talked about, to do all of my own shots. People are too clever. If you don’t do all of your own shots they’ll freeze frame it and go ‘wait, see there’s a cut in there somewhere, and I noticed it.’” There was one particularly impressive shot that banks five times before sinking in the pocket, done in one continuous shot with no cuts. “There was a lot of pressure in getting it done in the time we had. I had to learn to play pool, and I had to learn how to play shots because there was only a certain window to get it done in. There was so much pressure. People were placing bets against me and they mapped out a whole day for me to make this shot because nobody thought that I was gonna be able to make it let alone [make it] in a few takes. I made it in the first shot,” she gushes. Jansen has been on TV shows and in big and small budget films, like “Nip/Tuck” and the X-Men movies. She’s most comfortable these days as an actress in smaller independent films, but admits that the genre does have its challenges. Janssen spells it out: “The majority of my work is in independents now. You just try your best. We don’t have the budgets behind us that all the big studio films have. We really rely on word of mouth, and we hope that the film people will keep us in theaters long enough so that by the time people spread the word we are still in the theater. These are the things we are up against.”
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The Magdala Tower, Father Bérenger Saunière’s crowning achievement
The Da Vinci Code Redux BY HENRY SENECAL YOU OFTEN HEAR PEOPLE BRAGGING ABOUT THEIR bloodlines. Some claim to be Mayflower descendants, while others assert links to famous celebrities or politicians on some distant branch of their family tree. People spend small fortunes and countless hours trying to trace their genealogy to know where their families began. Imagine the bragging rights you’d have if you could say you were the distant offspring of Jesus himself? That might even trump royalty! The theory that fuels Bloodline’s engine is that Jesus Christ and his friend and follower Mary Magdalene were much closer than the Bible has led us to believe. In fact, the theory proposes that they were married, had children and that Mary and their children, at least, ended up living and dying in the south of France. I know, you’re thinking this is a re-hashing of all the old Da Vinci Code stuff, right? It isn’t. Filmmaker Bruce Burgess takes us down a fresh, and somewhat objective path with his new documentary. Once the theory is spelled out, the film then presents the “bloodline conspiracy.” This is the notion that there are secret societies and agendas in place to prevent the world from knowing the truth about Jesus and Mary, a truth that would rock all facets of the Christian faith. “We didn’t go in with preconceived ideas,” says producer René Barnett. “We didn’t want to prove this or that. We just wanted to turn up what we could and let the chips fall where they may. What we really set out to do with the film was to add to the conversation and spark the conversation and not to necessarily change anyone’s mind. We just wanted to lay out what we found.” Burgess is a seasoned filmmaker with many completed projects under his belt, but tackling such a heated subject was still a challenge for him. “This was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” he says. “I didn’t even know what I wanted to say. I was trying not to say anything. I was trying to just put stuff out there and just let the film do it.” The most intriguing part about this film is the journey it takes you on following an untrained adventurer named Ben Hammott on a trail of discovery. At Rennes-le-Chateau in southwest France he uncovers hidden clues among the artwork in the Church of Mary Magdalene. These clues lead him to discover parchments buried in bottles throughout the countryside. The parchments lead to a chest of ancient, Jewish relics and eventually to a tomb that contains a mummified corpse and a literal treasure of riches. Criticized for showcasing Hammott’s amateur archaeology, Burgess quickly points out that some of the greatest discoveries in modern history were found by “workmen and tomb robbers and just regular Joes who were then pushed out of the way when the blokes in the suits came in.” Of course, there’s no way of knowing if this tomb is that of Mary or Jesus – at least not yet – but the clues that were followed were left behind by Father Bérenger Saunière, a priest who allegedly uncovered the truth in the late 1800s and was threatened with his life should he ever divulge what he had discovered. His solution was to allegedly layout this network of clues to be discovered upon his passing. It all sounds unbelievable or, at best, far-fetched. This film will lead to many heated arguments, but it’s also a compelling and fascinating documentary. Bloodline releases in select theaters May 16.
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BY ZACH HINES
Noise Juno Tackles Jane Eyre
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Ellen Page, who plays the title character in the fantastic Oscarwinning film Juno, is now off to build a career, and her next role will see her venturing into popular English literature. She’s going to play the title character in yet another film version of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. This book has been adapted more times than I care to list, one of which was a theater version on Broadway in New York, which as it turns out, was produced by my mother. My family has show business on lock! Anyway, there was even a miniseries done just two years ago. The story revolves around a young Ellen Page to play Jane Eyre English orphan girl named Jane Eyre who, after suffering abuse at the hands of her aunt, is sent to be a governess at a manor owned by a man named Edward Rochester. At first, Rochester is real hard on her, but eventually he turns out to be a teddy bear, and the two fall in love. Jane marries Rochester but discovers that not only does he already have a wife, but she’s gone insane and he keeps her locked up in a tower on top of his manor. Sounds like fun, right? There is no director attached yet but Alison Owen (The Other Boleyn Girl, Shaun of the Dead) is producing from a script by Moira Buffini. Even though this story has been done so many times, it’s good that Hollywood doesn’t turn its back on the classics. All the celluloid crap that comes out these days descended from classic storytelling in some way. It’d be nice if some of the more obscure classic works got updated instead of rehashing the same material, but the way Hollywood tramples all over quality material, I suppose we should be grateful that they aren’t casting Carmen Electra as Jane Eyre and Cedric the Entertainer as Rochester.
How is it that the French are so good at dealing with adolescent sexuality? Whereas American films tend to bungle the matter with awkward joking (Juno, American Pie) or sensationalistic “oh-nohe/she-didn’t” (Kids, American Beauty), the French seem to get it right. Water Lilies is a perfect example. Set in the suburbs of a French town, it tells the story of three 15-year-old girls whose social life revolves around the local swimming pool where they practice synchronized swimming. Here, passions flare as friendships and crushes are blurred. Marie (Pauline Acquart) is a dowdy and shy waif who
film notes | reviews (THINKFilm) Noise is urban in setting, but its attempt at urbanity misses the mark. Tim Owen (Tim Robbins) is a successful New Yorker with a hot wife and a kid who starts complaining about noise. He becomes a fanatic and rips out car alarms because they stop him from 1) reading, 2) getting his child to bed and 3) getting it up. As he and his wife separate, he finds himself in jail. He finds a partner in crime in a Russian student/journalist who becomes his girlfriend and helps him with his cause. There’s a fight with a dapper NY mayor (William Hurt) and a threesome scene. I’d rather take silence. Grade: C—Sam Roudman Noise releases in select theaters May 16.
staff pick Up the Yangtze (Zeitgeist) Powered by breathtaking landscape, this doc follows the people on a cruise ship as it travels up the
Roman de Gare (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Claude Lelouch’s Roman de Gare is a brilliant break from the predictable patterns of the standard thriller. A critically acclaimed author, a man who leaves his wife and children and a serial killer’s lives interweave, leaving one to wonder just who is who. A ghostwriter, planning to leave his high
has a fascination for Floriane (Adele Haenel), a little hottie, well aware of her own good looks. Floriane is interested in the same handsome young lad that Marie’s best friend Anne (Louise Blachere) likes. Anne is, to put it bluntly, the fat one and most prone to bouts of insecurity. If it all sounds a little teenage soap opera-y, it is, but not in a bad way. The film succeeds beautifully in telling a simple story about the dramas which dominate the tender years of adolescence. Grade: B+ —Dov Rudnick Water Lilies releases in select theaters May 16.
Yangtze River, which is about to be transformed by the Three Gorges Dam, the biggest hydroelectric dam in history. The film is quite timely as the 2008 Olympics heads to Beijing. Up The Yangtze releases in select theaters May 16.
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McG’s Terminator 4 PG-13? OK, it’s time for some more Terminator Salvation news, which as many of you might know is a sore spot for me. The latest word is that rapper/actor Common (Smokin’ Aces, Street Kings) has been cast in the film. He will play one of John Connor’s right hand men, who you all know is going to be played by the great Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, The Prestige). Taking over from Johnathon Mostow, who directed Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, is McG (Charlie’s Angels, We Are Marshall). I always defend an offbeat choice for director if only for the sake of the potential positive outcome. But, I’m having a hard time with this one. I’ve enjoyed the work of everybody involved with this project, and I don’t think it’s fair to fault someone for doing his or her best, but the Terminator films just don’t work in the hands of anyone else other than James Cameron. If you go back and look at the first two films, there was magic there. It’s the kind of movie magic that you can feel in your gut when you watch something that is truly unique and mind-blowing, like when you watched Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Indiana Jones films or the original Star Wars trilogy. Movie magic is when the filmmakers are so congruent with the material that they’re bringing it to life; you actually come to believe it’s real. Terminator 3 just didn’t do that, and I fear that this one won’t, either. And now I find out that they’re trying to make this film PG-13. The Terminator films are supposed to be rated R! This is an R-rated world, and we need R-rated films. When did the Care Bears take over Hollywood and America turn into the mystical realm of Care-a-Lot? Hardcore films are not a threat to your children, folks. The Terminator films were huge successes as R-films; there’s no need to change them. Just look at Die Hard 4. It had none of the magic from the previous films. I just hope that this film turns out to be an exception. As Stephen Colbert would say, “You’re on notice, Hollywood!”
Roman de Gare's Audrey Dana
profile author-employer, pens the perfect manuscript much to her envy. A perfect crime is in the works, it seems, but what is fiction, what is reality and who is engaged in a treacherous game? Dominique Pinon (Amélie) and Fanny Ardant (Paris Je T’aime) make good on their excellent track record;however,the real surprise is newcomer Audrey Dana. Grade: A —Natasha Desianto Roman de Gare releases in select theaters May 16.
Unsettled (Resonance Pictures) In the summer of 2005, the Israeli government evacuated Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip.Adam Hootnick was there to catch it all on film. Hootnick follows six 20-somethings affected by these events: settlers, soldiers and activists. This is an amazingly intimate look at a highly controversial and complex topic that has no winners. Bonus: music from Matisyahu. Grade: A —Jessica Koslow Unsettled releases in select theaters May 16 .
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TILT: The Battle to Save Pinball Starting Out in the Evening (Lionsgate) An intelligent film, based on the novel by Brian Morton, Starting Out in the Evening manages the difficult feat of focusing on the life of a writer without being dull. It helps that the movie stars three great actors – Frank Langella, Lili Taylor and Lauren Ambrose – and that the screenplay, by Fred Parnes and Andrew Wagner, gives them meaty scenes to chew on. A simple story of an aging novelist, his daughter and a hungry graduate student determined to get him to collaborate with her on her thesis, Starting Out in the Evening lets small moments and interactions pull the story along, while maintaining a considerable amount of tension between the characters. The director,
27 Dresses (20th Century Fox) Average. Average. Average. Are they even trying any more? Sometimes it feels like Hollywood churns out romantic comedies in an assembly line factory. Take a leading lady from a previous hit (Katherine Heigl, Knocked Up), give her a kooky best friend (Judy Greer, previously kooky in 13 Going on 30), a bad-for-her love interest (Ed Burns, previously badfor-her in The Holiday) and a goodfor-her love interest (James Marsden, slumming in a role that attempts to downplay his toothpaste-smileAbercrombie-and-Fitch perfection) and just add water. It’s not that 27 Dresses is terrible. It’s just so disheartening to watch a movie that feels like a Paint By Numbers of a facsimile of an idea. It feels … average. Grade: C —Angela Matano 27 Dresses is currently available.
Wagner, and the actors somehow manage to make the process look effortless while quietly breaking your heart. Grade: A —Angela Matano Starting Out in the Evening is currently available.
(C3 Images) TILT tells the story of a battle already fought and lost, and one which I had no idea occurred. Cer-
tainly pinball machines are a fun and enjoyable way to spend a couple bucks at the arcade, but I never really pictured them as the works of art which the game developers on this DVD speak of them as. And I had no idea they were even in danger of dying out, let alone already dead. The story of the documentary is set in 1999, when pinball manufacturer Williams needed something to rejuvenate the industry. Enter “Pinball 2000.” Just a name at first, it grew to become a whole new system to integrate pinball within the burgeoning video game market of the ’90s. After a successful first game, the second game flopped, and with it went the entire industry. So, every pinball machine you’ve ever played on is now (at least) eight-years-old. It’s hard to believe, but the entire story of the death of pinball is found in this very interesting DVD set. Grade: A—Jeff Bachman TILT: The Battle to Save Pinball is currently available.
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What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann (Zeitgeist) “I really wasn’t trying to push anyone’s buttons.” —Famous last words from photographer Sally Mann. Having rocketed to infamy in the ’80s for taking naked photos of her own children, Mann found herself struggling to prove herself as a legitimate artist, rather than a sensationalist or flash in the pan. While many viewed Mann’s art as simply beautiful, her detractors labeled the photographs pornographic. What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann follows the photographer in the aftermath of her temporary fame trying to make sense of her past and also trying to move forward. The title refers to Mann’s new work, photos of dead bodies, Civil War sites and bones – the detritus of life. But it could just as well refer to Mann’s present state of coming to terms with herself. Thoughtful and patient, the
Thirteen Documentaries About ARTISTS: 1) In the Realms of the Unreal 2) Rivers and Tides 3) The Mystery of Picasso 4) Crumb 5) Notebook on Cities and Clothes 6) Frank Lloyd Wright 7) The Impassioned Eye: Henri Cartier-Bresson 8) The Devil and Daniel Johnston 9) Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch 10) Let’s Get Lost 11) How to Draw a Bunny 12) My Architect 13) Mark Twain —Angela Matano
documentary offers a full portrait of Mann as a woman, mother, wife and artist and leaves no doubt that anything she creates comes from a place of pure intentions. Grade: A —Angela Matano What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann is currently available.
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t.v. time « CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 Austen’s Life, discussing her home, family and possible suitors. This DVD also includes a journey through the English countryside where Austen resided. The second volume, Jane Austen’s Works, discusses her novels. Six in all, the books have grown to become a cottage industry – pun intended. Finally the last DVD, Jane Austen’s Society, explains some of the history and context of the times in which Austen’s books take place. Overall, a terrific group of documentaries; The Jane Austen Trilogy leaves no stone unturned in the pursuit of Austenmania. Grade: A —Angela Matano
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Paranormal State – Season 1 (A&E) There is a veritable subgenre of reality TV for ghost investigation shows, but this is one of the better ones. Ryan Buell leads Penn State’s Paranormal Research Society, responding to reported hauntings from all over the country. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, the show is entertainingly constructed, with Buell as a likable and levelheaded protagonist. His at-
tention to the “real world” problems that crop up in the cases (usually involving domestic tensions) lends the proceedings some welcomed legitimacy. Despite many of the episodes taking a very similar shape, the writers do a fine job of sculpting character arcs over several episodes, even creating for Buell his own demon antagonist. However much of the show is “real” is to be debated, but that’s half of the fun. Grade: A—Mike Sebastian Paranormal State – Season 1 is currently available.
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DORIA ANSELMO Clicking for a Cause A FORMER MODEL, DORIA ANSELMO QUICKLY MOVED behind the lens, pursuing a photography education at UCLA, SMC and Julia Dean Photo Workshops. She now shoots portraiture, reportage and on-set production/publicity photos for TV commercials and volunteers with Outside the Lens, an organization that teaches literacy through the arts. Anselmo recently implemented OTL’s “Picture Me, Picture You” program at the Tunahaki orphanage in Hugh Hefner behind the scenes on a TV commercial set Tanzania, Africa where she taught the children how to use cameras and write poems about themselves. For this issue, she shot the cover photo of Christi Given at Flake in Venice. How did you get started taking pictures? I’ve been taking pictures as long as I can remember. My first fascination was with a Polaroid camera. I was never really comfortable being in front of the lens. I was always the person taking pictures of everyone else and trying to direct the shoot! So I eventually made the transition from model to photographer. What are your Doria teaches kids how to use cameras at Tunahaki favorite things to orphanage in Africa. take pictures of? People. I find each and every person I meet interesting. Everyone has his or her own unique story. It doesn’t matter if I am shooting a celebrity like Josh Duhamel or Hugh Hefner, actress/model/musician or a local person you might find on the street. People are fascinating if you take the time to listen to their stories.
Meaghan Kennedy Townsend, local yoga instructor and the daughter of Bobby Kennedy
What are your favorite things to take pictures of in L.A.? People, people, people, places to go and interesting things to do. Los Angeles has so much to offer – cool, hip, big city infused with the entertainment industry surrounded by oceans, mountains and desert.I have more photos of the love-ofmy-life, my dog Romeo, than anything else; he is often my stand-in before a shoot!
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From L.A. to Minnesota, the international guard’s eyes are set on success.
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and pretty soon we’re going to be a playoff team.” It doesn’t hurt that the Minnesota front office is staring at a top pick in this year’s deep NBA draft, either. While Jaric admits to not watching much college basketball due to “tradition,” he is excited at the prospect of yet another top prospect joining the Timberwolves next season. With the tools and teammates in place to finally compete, Jaric is taking time to enjoy all the things that come along with his NBA dream. Besides the paycheck, his relationship with girlfriend and supermodel Adriana Lima has become a hot topic recently. While the often-private player declined to talk about their time together, Jaric has been spotted scouting engagement rings during his current off-season. So though our conversation might be the closest I come to NBA stardom, things seem to be going pretty well for Jaric. Still, as he watches good friend and former Italian league teammate Manu Ginobili rack up championships in San Antonio, Jaric has been busy coming up with a new list of goals for himself and his team. “I’m still moving forward. I’m still very hungry and there are a lot of goals that I’ve put in front of myself that are unachieved. Playing for [a] good team, making a good playoff run and trying to achieve as much as possible.” With a little bit of luck, Jaric’s goals seem to be well within his reach.
B Y M AT T H E W K I T C H E N WHILE CHATTING WITH Minnesota Timberwolves guard Marko Jaric as he navigates New York City’s rush hour, it’s easy to see where our two lives diverged down different paths. Though he and I both spent much of our childhood watching and loving the game of basketball, dreaming of one-day becoming NBA players with money in our pockets and beautiful women on our arms, reality eventually set in for both of us. Luckily for Jaric, his reality includes all that and more. As the son of the famous Serbian basketball player, Srecko Jaric, Marko developed a love for the game at an early age. But at a time when many of the best international players were one-dimensional shooters, Jaric looked to the NBA and Magic Johnson to understand how size, speed and athleticism would play a part in the next generation of basketball. “All the young guys and all the Europeans have idols in the NBA players. I remember I would need to stay up until two, three a.m. to catch [an] NBA game.” Jaric’s late nights studying the Showtime Lakers, as well as his talent and determination, led him to become one of the best international players available at the 2000 NBA draft. After separating himself from the crowd
with a celebrated career in the Italian leagues, which included two championships, he was picked 30th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers. However, his road to NBA success hasn’t been as simple. After three frustrating seasons in Los Angeles, Marko was shipped to Minnesota in exchange for guard Sam Cassell. Now with the Timberwolves, a squad that seems to be perpetually rebuilding, it has been difficult to match the success that he found earlier in his career. “The rebuilding process can sometimes be very painful and very long,” he adds. “There’s a lot of NBA teams that were really building for 1015 years and never get to the playoff picture and never get any results.” After watching Kevin Garnett get traded away to Boston last summer for what seemed liked spare parts, it was difficult for Jaric and his teammates to enter yet another stage of rebuilding. However, the emergence of Al Jefferson as a legitimate superstar alongside Minnesota’s impressive young talent this past season has brought promise to the future of the franchise. “I need to say that I didn’t expect when we made the big trade that we would be getting this kind of talent,” Jaric admits. “I’m just hoping that the team is going to continue to improve
OTHER ATHLETE + CELEBRITY COUPLES: Tom Brady and Giselle Bundchen: They’re not DiMaggio and Marilyn, but Tom and Giselle have been the “It” couple ever since he started winning Superbowls and became the Golden Boy of American Sports. Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush: Proud to be dysfunctional, their on-again, off-again relationship has been featured in Kim’s reality TV show “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” which is about as enjoyable as watching Reggie disappoint Saints fans every Sunday. Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson: Regardless of whether she jinxes him just by showing up, Tony
and Jessica are still going strong, even if it’s against President Bush’s best wishes. Nomar Garciaparra and Mia Hamm: Both athletes, Nomar and Mia have been married since his days in Boston and now run sports camps for kids during their off-seasons. Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias: Representing the fact that the lady can be the athlete in the relationship, Anna and Enrique met on his music video shoot and have been together ever since. Mehmet Okur and Yeliz Caliskan: The best and most functional celebrity couple might be the one you don’t know about. He’s
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the starting center for the Utah Jazz and she was a former Miss Turkey. They just celebrated their first child. Matt Leinart and Anyone: Whether he’s been seen with Britney, Paris or Lindsey, Leinart has become this generation’s Joe Namath. Sadly for Cardinals fans, he isn’t the same “player” on the field as he is in the clubs. —Matthew Kitchen
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p o o c S e h t t e G ON L.A. JuJu's never-ending sea of cereal
longer means you’re po’ and BY SHEILA DICHOSO broke. Finally, it’s now socially acceptable, and even hip, to eat it any time we want. Two new cereal bars have popped up in Los Angeles, so check them out and get your milk and Cocoa Puffs on. Starving? The Big Bowl for $11.50 gives you six whopping cereal scoops and six toppings. If you finish this monster, you’ll be immortalized in Juju’s Big Bowl Club. For something guaranteed to hit the spot, try one of their mixes. The Jrilla – a chocolatey combination of Cocoa Pebbles, Coco Puffs, bananas, peanut butter, almonds and banana milk – is popular and could either be the perfect meal or a decadent dessert. Also worth a try is a bran, Special K, strawberries, bananas and yogurt chips concoction called the Brangelina. With so many kinds of cereal combinations, even co-owner Young Chang has a hard time deciding: “These are all kind of our creations, so I can’t really be partial.” Trust us, it’ll be like choosing your favorite child.
feels like home, complete with kitchenstyle blue tile and never-ending rows of cereal box favorites like Cap’n Crunch and Lucky Charms. However, I doubt your kitchen has 60 different kinds of cereal, 50 unique toppings and 16 kinds of milk/yogurt hidden inside your cabinets and fridge. The standard Juju Bowl ($5.25) comes with two cereal scoops (don’t be scared – mix it up!), three mix-ins (choose from fruits, sweets and drizzles) and your “pour” choice (chocolate, strawberry and banana milk are available.)
1248 Westwood Blvd., Westwood (310) 474-8571; www.jujucerealbar.com Cereal has saved many college students from starving to death, so opening up a café devoted to the breakfast fave in Westwood is a smart move. This comfortable and cozy bar
Flake 513 Rose Ave., Venice (310) 396-2333; www.veniceflake.com A surfboard emblazoned with the word “Flake” at the front door will welcome you to this little corner beach café. Reminiscent of a beach shack or a retro ’70s kitchen, it’s wallto-wall with framed cereal box covers that make for hip pop art Warhol wishes he did first. While it may be the cereal and breakfast fare that attracts an artsy and intellectual Venice crowd immersed in their laptops and books, it’s also Flake’s sunny and laidback vibe that persuades them to want to spend hours in here. Besides cereal, they also have lunch paninis and other breakfast items that are served until 3 p.m. The Fatty – turkey, avocado and swiss on a warm bagel – is also a filling, scrumptious breakfast. The Croissanwich Jones ($5.75) is also super delicious. It has Applewood smoked bacon, cheese and egg on a fluffy, buttery croissant that may not sound too healthy, but just remember that we burn more calories in the a.m. anyway. For something healthier, Flake offers a variety of specialties that include the Sambazon Acai Bowl ($6.25), frozen blended Acai with vegan hemp granola, as well as plenty of healthy cereals. Cereal here is the ultimate dessert; after your savory breakfast sandwich, cleanse your palette with a bowl. The Basic Bowl ($4.75) gives you two scoops of any kind of cereal, two toppings and your choice of milk.
Choose from JuJu's 60 cereals, 50 toppings and 16 kinds of milk/yogurt.
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(However, I suggest that choosing almond milk is a million times better than regular.) Your childlike heart will yearn for heaping scoops of sugary nostalgic cereal like Trix or Frosted
Mini Wheats, while your sensible adult mind will urge you to eat health-conscious Flax Plus or Total. But the beauty of it all is that you can mix it up and have the best of both worlds.
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Rieber and Hedrick), as well as four cafĂŠs/eateries (five if you count Rendezvous as two). The eateries are separated by the types of food they serve. The main one is Bruin CafĂŠ, which serves sandwiches, salads, coffee, tea and smoothies and is often open late. Thereâ€™s also Puzzles, which serves a hodge-podge of food and dessert (most notably HĂ¤agen-Dazs ice cream); Crossroads, which is designed like a â€™50s diner and serves hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and shakes; and Rendezvous, which has a Mexican side and an Asian side (which is why it could count as two restaurants). And thatâ€™s just the start. The main place residents frequent is any one of the dining halls on the hill. Each dining hall has a â€œthemeâ€? that
WHATâ€™S BREWINâ€™, BRUIN? A Guide to UCLA Dining BY MICHAEL LEE COLLEGE STUDENTS GET HUNGRY. VERY hungry. And, without the proper facilities to satiate this hunger, college students can get a little â€Ś unpleasant. Good thing that UCLA has a wide selection of food that allow for quality dining for its residents. Unlike many other universities, which only have one or two dining halls on campus, UCLA has four dining halls (De Neve, Covel,
they only very loosely stick to; for the most part, they serve a variety of dishes, from Risotto with Shrimp and Asparagus to Spinach Rustica Pizza. The sheer number of different dining halls and eateries ensures that people can always find something they want to eat (you can check the menu online beforehand if youâ€™re picky). If youâ€™re a little short on time because you have a midterm to study for or an essay to write, the eateries are a quick way to bring some food back to your room. And the food is good by dorm food standards. Instead of the standard cafeteria lineup where someone slops a suspicious-looking something onto your plate, it feels like the chefs actually try. Rather than serve the same stuff every day of the week, the dining halls offer different dishes for every meal, too. You wonâ€™t come back the next week and see the same food from the week before, either. The dishes rarely repeat within a month, and even beyond that they donâ€™t reappear too often. The eateries, on the other hand, offer a set menu for every day of the week. On the one hand, you lose the variety of the dining halls, but it allows for quick take-out when you donâ€™t have
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time to sit and eat. The final treat that the dining halls offer is theme dinners. Twice a school year, the dining halls pick an interesting theme (such as â€œMardi Grasâ€?) and cook food that relates to it. Itâ€™s a great chance to try some very delicious food that would otherwise not be on the menu. For those who like food (and who doesnâ€™t?), UCLA has plenty to offer. Granted, dining hall food tends to taste the same after a while, but at least for the first year or two you can treat your palettes to something good.
SO LONG MEATLOAF, HELLO CRAB CAKES THE AGONIZING DECISION TO PICK USC over UCLA doesnâ€™t come down only to academics for prospective students. It also comes down to food. Good food.
When students choose to come to USC, they usually arenâ€™t phased by its perfect-for-networking alumni base or assortment of study abroad programs. Letâ€™s face it, students have priorities.
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They are looking for a good variety of food thatâ€™s convenient, satisfying and â€“ believe it or not â€“ healthy. â€œIt is our goal to bring the best concepts from the restaurant world onto campus, and to incorporate diverse global cuisines into USCâ€™s culinary options ... and the expertise of top chefs in our hospitality program,â€? USCâ€™s Director of Hospitality, Scott Shuttleworth, says. So far, so good. Walk into Commons and youâ€™re sure to be impressed by the overwhelming variety of dining options: Wolfgang Puckâ€™s CafĂŠ, Wasabi Sushi, Malibu Subs, Rice Garden Mandarin Chinese, La Salsa Mexican cuisine, Trattoria Italiana, Colombo Frozen Yogurt, Seattleâ€™s Best Coffee and Carlâ€™s Jr. And if none of that appeals to you, thereâ€™s the Main Street Commons Convenience Store with soups, salads, sandwiches, beverages and snacks. But if youâ€™re in the mood for a real meal, head to The Upstairs CafĂŠ on the second floor. This fullservice restaurant offers a complete lunch menu including pan seared salmon with grilled asparagus, Moroccan chicken with polenta, beer and wine. USC takes pride in its wide range of dining options. Whether youâ€™re vegan, vegetarian, kosher or just health-conscious, you can find something delicious to eat on campus. Wasabi Sushi offers plenty of healthful options. The menu varieties include everything from Caterpillar and Dragon rolls to Nigiri, salmon and yellowtail. Have some with edamame and itâ€™s a perfect light lunch, full of protein, carbs and fiber. But if raw fish doesnâ€™t tickle your fancy, you can make yourself a delicious and nutritious sub at Malibu Subs. The health conscious can have a Veggie Sub that includes hummus with roasted veggies, lettuce, tomatoes and olives on a wheat roll. But for all-nighter-status sustenance, splurge and go for the roast beef. Columbo Frozen Yogurt also offers a variety of smoothies, ices and low fat frozen yogurt. Itâ€™s perfect to satisfy your sweet tooth without feeling
USC takes college dining to new heights.
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too guilty afterwards. â€œI am a true believer that there are not any foods that you can never, ever have,â€? USC dietician Patrice Barber says. â€œEvery food can be part of your overall healthy diet; itâ€™s really a matter of how much and how often.â€? Though USCâ€™s various cafĂŠs and dining options keep its students well fed and satisfied, itâ€™s not perfect. USC Hospitality wants to reinvigorate USC dining, take it to new heights and offer students exceptional options. Thatâ€™s why they decided to tear down the Commons building and Topping Student Center to make way for a snazzy new dining facility. Demolition will begin on May 19, and the new Ronald Tutor Campus Center, a pair of four-story structures, will be built on the site. In the meantime, USC is developing â€œThe Lot,â€? the campusâ€™s temporary dining facility, on what is now parking lot K2 on Downey Way. The 39-foot tall dome will serve as an interim dining pavilion once the USC Commons building is demolished. Some of the current food vendors will continue at the pavilion, to be joined by other â€œexciting new concepts,â€? Shuttleworth says. â€œWe are confident that our students, their parents, alumni and guests will see it as a wonderful addition to campus life,â€? Shuttleworth says. â€œThis temporary dining facility will rival that of many permanent dining facilities at universities across the country.â€?
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Bombay. Anyone interested in these cities and urban theory will find much to discover within this book. Let me address the L.A. essays. Philip J. Ethington charts Los Angeles’ ascent as a global city with chapters in the lives of oilman Edward L. Doheny, author Edgar Rice Burroughs and MGM director W.S. Van Dyke. Sarah Schrank centers her analysis on one landmark, the Watts Towers, the magnificent, enigmatic monument of urban detritus constructed over 33 years by Sabato (Simon) Rodia. Schrank traces the evolution of this folk-art masterpiece and city icon as artwork, tourist attraction and symbol of black and postwar Los Angeles. After the 1965 Watts Riot, the towers emerged as an emblem of the urban condition in Noah Purifoy’s 66 Signs of Neon and Thomas Pynchon’s “A Journey into the Mind of Watts,” and Rodia’s face appeared on the Sgt. Pepper
May 1 @ UCLA Combining these familiars at exceptionally low prices with Spud’s own organic brands, they make it easy to venture out and try something new without neglecting your basic everyday grocery needs. Frozen organic dinner meals for the rushed diner, weekly deals for the bargain hunter and an ingenuous search engine that scans for food by health benefit, Spud is a nevernever land for health conscious surfers. As the converted mini-vans of ParadiseO turn into fuel-burning planes and pollutant-toting boats, options may increase, but the soul and frankly, the point, of organic produce delivery dissipates. Exhibit C: Diamond Organics. A chaotic Web site that quickly backpedals its claims of “local” with explanations of the occasional import from Mexico and Central America, what is justifiably described as alternative eating quickly turns into fanaticism. The Original Sampler feeds twothree people for about four days, weighs nine pounds and costs a grandiose $82. Great cost does result from great variety, and 12 varieties of tomatoes, vegan chocolate mousse, grass fed buffalo meat, line caught wild fish and organic caviar is merely covering the Diamond Organics basics. Eating organic isn’t just for hippies anymore, and now with the wonders of the Internet and socially conscious trends it’s accessible to even the busiest (or poorest) full-time workers to help their body and the environment.
(Princeton University Press) SOCIOLOGISTS, SITUATIONISTS, cyberpunks, connoisseurs of Mister X comics, readers of Jane Jacobs, Reyner Banham, Manuel Castells, Rem Koolhaas, Mike Davis, Saskia Sassen or Sudhir Venkatesh – all share a singular fixation: the modern city. In his introduction, Gyan Prakash declares “cities are the principal landscapes of modernity.” Reading this collection of a dozen meditations on diverse metropolises, I find no reason to dispute a Princeton professor of history whose first name in Sanskrit means “knowledge” or “wisdom.” The book examines Vienna, Los Angeles, Algiers, Marseille, Johannesburg, Baghdad, Mexico City, West Berlin, London, Dakar, Tokyo and
THE WATTS TOWERS The Spaces of the Modern City
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Trading Patchouli and Flower Power for a 9-5 Schedule AS AN AVID STRADDLER OF THE poverty line, organic produce is one of those obscure luxuries like paying all the bills at one time, shaving cream or non store-brand toilet paper. However, thanks to the wonders of corporate America, even store brands are introducing organic lines and more health-conscious options. Riding this globally conscious fad and proving that trendiness can in fact be next to godliness (as long as it’s not also next to Heidi Montag) is one of the best things American pop culture has done for itself in the recent past. Accessibility has remained the main concern in the spread of “green thinking,” and there is nothing closer to our fingertips than the Internet. Organic produce delivery has combined the fast-paced lives of today’s urban Americans with the demand for fresh, preservative-free, sometimes healthy, but alwaysdelicious organic food. Organic produce delivery has exploded on the Internet, with each company’s Web site allowing you to look online at the week’s produce and grocery options, create your own shopping cart, checkout and pay and then open your front door to the realized product of Internet fantasy that same week; quicker than you can say eBay. ParadiseO’s Web site is comprehensive, user friendly and graphically organized so as to not
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album cover. Schrank’s scrupulous essay can articulate only so much. For anyone who hasn’t personally experienced the sight of Signor Rodia’s private act of municipal alchemy, his majestical transfiguration of city scrap into rebar spires and broken-glass mosaics, I implore you to make a pilgrimage to 1765 East 107th Street to genuflect upon a genuinely exceptional space of a modern city that both defines and transcends its setting. Grade: B+ —Anthony Miller The Spaces of the Modern City is currently available.
PHOTOS & TEXT BY ELSY BENITEZ On a typically uneventful day on the UCLA campus, a group of students gathered in Bruin Plaza. The event was organized by Alejandra Cruz, a graduate student who is part of the BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) organization. The group of students then walked around campus holding banners proclaiming, “We are all Californians” and yelling chants of “Jim Crow? Hell no!” After gaining attention from students and campus security, the group boarded buses to join the May Day March that started in MacArthur Park. A mostly peaceful event this year, 10,000 people marched in solidarity for immigrant rights.
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TEXTS & PHOTOS BY ELSY BENITEZ Since the 1940s Spring Sing has been the student musical competition that takes place every year at UCLA. What started as a contest between fraternity groups to decide who had the best singers has turned into an event with more than 5,000 students in attendance. A panel of celebrities judges a wide range of acts. The Company, a group of UCLA students who work year round to produce skits that make light of common student experiences, provided moments of comic relief between acts. The highlight of this year’s Spring Sing was the appearance of Lionel Richie, who received the 21st annual George and Ira Gershwin Award for lifetime musical achievement.
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IN BETWEEN DAYS While April showers have brought May flowers, it does still get a little breezy in between days. Here are some fresh choices to wear while pondering what fits the temperature, as well as our moods, this late spring. All sunglasses by A.J.Morgan eyewear (www.ajmorganeyewear.com). For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Go forward: Aly wears a Scenic dress.
In between green and blue: Aly wears a Concord dress.
Take a sip of life: Aly wears a Janie K. top with a Mystify hat.
Wishing well: Jen wears a Scenic top, Levi’s© shorts, American Apparel leggings and Mystify hat with vintage shoes and bag.
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Do-Over Season Opener @ Crane’s Tavern
There are few things in my life that I look forward to as much as the Do-Over. Seriously. Every Sunday in the summertime, resident DJs Chris Haycock and Jamie Strong, and emcee Aloe Blacc preside over the festivities while dedicated patrons bask in the sunshine, sipping on sangria and grooving to a guest DJ line-up you’ll have to see to believe. So, if you feel like “doing your weekend all over” with good vibes in a chill atmosphere, this is the place. Early arrival highly recommended – don’t say I didn’t warn you.
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THURSDAY, MAY 15 Third Thursdays @ Air Conditioned Lounge 2819 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; myspace.com/acsantamonica 21+/9 p.m./FREE Join DJs TwinTables, Al Jackson and Rome for a night of hip-hop, soul, funk and house at this wine, champagne and cold beer lounge. Enjoy a relaxing vibe at this cozy spot with quite the wine selection and great sangria – which is starting to look like the official beverage for this week.
SATURDAY, MAY 17 Tropicali @ The French Garden 1936 E. 7th St., Downtown; myspace.com/TropiCaliFiesta 21+/2 p.m.-2 a.m./$15 If we take away anything from this week’s events: there is much fun to be had during daylight hours. And here’s another example, featuring DJ/producers Quantic (Colombia) and Nickodemus (NYC), both making rare L.A. appearances. They will be joined by a slew of local talent, including Jeremy Sole’s Musaics, Wiseacre and Ninja Simone. Special treats include free valet and $2 sangria until 6 p.m.! I think this means that summer has officially begun.
Hang the DJs @ The Echo 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; myspace.com/hangthedjs 18+/10 p.m./$5 before 11 p.m./$8 after At this monthly club night, DJs spin the best in indie rock, britpop, electro, new wave, hiphop, whatever – as long as it’s something that’ll make the kids dance; this ain’t just a standaround-and-drink kind of scene. This time around it’s a Totally ’90s party with guest DJs Aaron Castle & Maxwell Smart, Ana Calderon, Maurice De La Falaise and more! —Sandra Fernando
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addition of Jay-Z to the line-up. He notes that with the exception of his own performance there with the Arctic Monkeys last year, he’s not aware of any rap artist taking Glastonbury’s stage. And what about Dizzee’s collaboration with indie rock’s finest? Is he more partial to producing other acts or performing? “They both go hand-in-hand,” he admits.“I’m not sure which I like best.” One thing he does know is that he’s placed a lot on his newest effort to propel him to the status as a musician that he so craves. Having toured across the world within the past few years (and currently making the rounds through the United States with El-P), Dizzee admits to having a taste of fame but wanting more. “It don’t really matter where I blow up, just as long as it happens,” he says. He does, however, draw the line at feeling pressured to achieve big numbers stateside: “I’m a lot less pressured and a lot less crazy about it.” Instead, Dizzee focuses on his future with a pride that only comes from knowing that you’ve put in a hard day’s work. As he speaks about “Sirens,” his favorite track on Maths + English, he manages to show that rap’s not just about the bling and the booty; it’s got heart as well.
DIZZEE RASCAL Beef with Jay-Z about Glastonbury? Nah… BY EBONY MARCH
A Long, Lovely List of Repairs (Adrenaline) Call it alt-country, Americana or rustic folk-pop, but Portland, Ore. trio Amelia delivers a convivial collection of sophisticated twang on the group’s third album, A Long, Lovely List of Repairs. Teisha Helgerson, Jesse Emerson and Scott Weddle balance sadness and strength, the bittersweet against hope, and layer those emotions with subtle, strippeddown but graceful arrangements. Helgerson’s vocals, somewhere between PJ Harvey and Margo Timmins, whisper-bites through noir-ish “Tragedy,” where she sings about moving beyond life’s quiet desperations. Elsewhere, drums brush delicately and piano eludes as Helgerson voices her declaration of independence on “After You.” A Long, Lovely List of Repairs has a soft-focus trajectory that fans of the Cowboy Junkies or Lisa Germano will appreciate, while others may find the proceedings too reposed. Grade: B —Doug Simpson A Long, Lovely List of Repairs is currently available.
Constantines Kensington Heights (Arts & Crafts) Donning blue collars all around, Constantines represent the ideal man’s balance of toughness and sensitivity; every touch is deliberate and firm, and each of Bryan Webb’s lines are sung with a gruffness that only trembles upon the closest listen. As with their three records prior, Kensington Heights is as perfect on 20th listen as it is on the first. The record is somewhat divided by wallowing ballad “Time Can Be Overcome,” and with the exception of listenerfriendly “Brother Run Them Down” and “Credit River,”
brighter than ever. The disc is complete with 13 incendiary tracks that take a death-grip on listeners, refusing to let go. Titles like “Paranoid” and “Temptation”showcase a wiser yet slightly more jaded artist. Still, the sound is noticeably different from what we in the states recognize as “rap music.” Dizzee is well aware of the differences existing in each scene. “Rap in the UK is still trying to find its own identity,” he explains. “Any hiphop will always have to kind of look at America first.” While he clearly reveres rap’s American roots, there have been reports of comments made by Dizzee in regards to Jay-Z’s upcoming performance at England’s Glastonbury Festival. The concert is much like California’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival with one decidedly different
frequency | essential concerts | B Y Kate Nash May 14 @ Henry Fonda Theater A London girl who plays indie rock but doesn’t take herself too seriously and can thrash out as easily as she can croon and strum? Truly, that right there is a girl after my own heart. A young’un far beyond her years musically, Nash breathes an effortless girlish charm into stylistically simple songs, with each song, be it high production or stripped down, conveying the genuine charisma that seems to be all the rage with those English birds these days.
Eisley May 15 @ El Rey Clearly it’s no secret that I love little more than a girl with a guitar and musical integrity, nor do I harbor any shame in that. As such, it should come as no surprise that I’m down with a
“Time”is the point at which the album officially becomes top-heavy due to the slowed tempo of its second half – a bold and rare move for a band which usually alternates before ending on a folk ballad. “Million Star Hotel” is blaring and bluesy, while “Trans Canada”builds up and bursts into a fantastic, all-out
band that has two girls with guitars and one with a keyboard, all three of whom have more musical integrity than any of (formerly or currently) the blonde singers you’ll find in rotation on MTV at the moment. The Texan fivesome has always written infectious songs, but the band’s latest work displays a significant leap in musicianship and maturity from albums past. Still catchy as ever, the DuPree siblings and cousin have instilled an emotional resonance within their songs that shows just how ready for the big time they are.
Murder by Death May 18 @ Troubadour Admittedly, this may be something of a blasphemous hypothetical to throw out there, but go with me on this one. Imagine Johnny Cash … if he
detail: It’s a predominantly rockoriented event. The Internet has been abuzz with headlines like, “Dizzee doesn’t get JayZ’s addition to Glastonbury roster.” But the rapper is quick to shoot down the underlying implications of those articles. “I’m actually a Jay-Z fan,” he admits. “I’ve got some of his songs imprinted on my heart. I’ve been workin’ it. I’m trying to get tickets to that shit at Madison Square Garden with Mary J. Blige.” The truth of the matter is, Dizzee was surprised – yet pleased – at the
Maths + English is currently available. Dizzee Rascal will perform May 22 at El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.dizzeerascal.co.uk.
B R I E N O V E R LY were currently a 20-something hipster freshly transplanted to Silver Lake by way of Indiana. The music he’d write would more or less be Murder By Death albums. Dark and haunting with soulful coolness you’d swear was from the deep south, the Indiana foursome draws a multitude of influences to create an atmospheric sonic landscape that’s still entirely hard rocking. Also, Geoff Rickley loves these guys, and if it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for you.
The Kooks May 19 @ The Wiltern As has been stated before, I absolutely detest “next big thing” tags and the generic and ironically uninspired bands usually attached to them, but this time, I’m willing to make an exception. Slick and in-
fighting effort. “Shower of Stones,” sung by guitarist Steve Lambke, is miraculously thrilling and terrifying, its wall of guitar and rolling tom drums mimicking a blast of rocks tumbling down a cliff in sheets. And “Our Age,” perhaps the best offering here, is to Kensington Heights what “On to You” was to Shine a Light.
A RAPPER ONCE BRAGGED, “I spit hot fire,” in reference to his flow on the mic. But that guy never met the UK’s Dizzee Rascal. Dizzee – otherwise known as Dylan Mills – is a 23-year-old rap/rock phenom with a voice stronger than that of Chuck D.’s from Public Enemy and rhymes that rival Mike Skinner’s (the Streets). After having burst onto the scene in 2004 with the breakthrough track, “Fix Up, Look Sharp,” Dizzee was poised to take both the hip-hop and indie music worlds by storm. He toured with Jay-Z, made appearances on MTV’s “Subterranean” and graced the covers of magazines the world over. However, the release of his followup effort, 2004’s Showtime, failed to ignite the spark that his 2003 debut, Boy in da Corner, had created. Dizzee’s next release would have to be different. So, it was back to the drawing board. The end-result of his hard work is the LP, Maths + English. Here, hiphop’s l’enfant terrible is back and
The Kooks - “Next Big Thing”
fectious while still being raw and evocative, these London natives are British indie rock at its finest and most undeniably cool. Stretching a minimum of instruments into a varied and eclectic sound and a very big amount of rock, these guys are fun above all else, and entirely pretense free. Brit rockers who are cooler than you but have the decency to not act like it onstage? Really, what more can you ask for?
Its chorus releases a level of passion in you that you didn’t know existed, and quite inexplicably at that. Grade: A+ —China Bialos Kensington Heights is currently available. CONTINUED ON PAGE 17
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SAY NO MORE Not Lost for Words A BUNCH OF DUDES GROWING up together in a middle-of-nowhere town, raised on cattle ranches and Garth Brooks, come together to play indie acoustic rock, discover flatirons, get signed to the record label of their dreams and make the big move to Los Angeles to fulfill their dreams of rock stardom. So goes the typical Midwest modern rock fairy tale and so goes the story of unassuming, pretense-free, nice-guy foursome Say No More. Oh, except these boys next door are actually California natives. While being a West Coast band void of egotism or entitlement issues is a noteworthy feat in and of itself, the Salinas-bred rockers are slow to sing their own praises. Humble as they are, guitarist Peter Holbert, vocalist Peter Pedrazzi, bassist Jon Rasmussen and drummer Tim Spier can take pride in doing at least one thing that precious few other bands are focusing on these days: they’re planning to be around for a while. Though the lead up to getting signed to Drive-Thru was a storybook tale for the band, who had their sights
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set on the label from the start, Pedrazzi admits it stopped there, after which the real work subsequently started. “There’s a natural order to things,” Pedrazzi starts. “It’s the same as when you pick up a guitar when you’re young and think you’re going to be the next Jimi Hendrix. When we were young, Drive-Thru was the coolest thing ever, but when you work for someone, it’s different because the romance is gone. We’re friends and business partners now, so it’s not as intimidating anymore.” The band may not be as awestruck by their label as they once were, but that’s surely not to say the process of writing their debut album, What You Thought You Knew, was a walk in the park. They found themselves with high expectations to live up to and, not infrequently, found the product they were delivering didn’t always meet demands. “People ask what it was like to have the freedom to take a year to write this album,” says Pedrazzi, “but the long approach for us was because we have a learning curve. It didn’t take
You don’t have to wonder what Melissa Etheridge will be doing this summer – she’ll be on the road. The Revival Tour 2008 will hit 48 cities over the course of 12 weeks and coincide with the 20th anniversary of the 1988 release of Etheridge’s selfMelissa Etheridge brings Revival to the Greek this summer. titled debut. After a dark period in Etheridge will play the Greek her life, the cancer survivor’s story Theatre Aug. 29. lately has been a good one. Her song “I Need to Wake Up” was included in the film An Inconvenient Truth, and it Nice Hooves You’ve went on to win an Academy Award in Got There 2007. Also in 2007, she introduced Al Good news for heavy metal fans! Gore at the Live Earth concert in New Now there’s a line of shoes made just Jersey and performed “I Need to Wake for you. Up” at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert Producer Nick Raskulinecz has in Oslo. worked with the likes of Death Angel,
lacking the strength of cohesive songwriting, their first full-length disc begins strong with tracks like “Revolution” and “Destruction of Our Own Creation” sounding quite novel, but soon feels decades long as one track blends into another. I still can’t figure out what they’re so angst-ridden about; it’s lost on me
Marilyn Manson and Danzig, and now he’s teamed with Gravis Footwear to create a new brand called Hooves Footwear. The Hooves line will debut June 1 with a “signature shoe” called the Beast. The shoe will be a black leather high top with a deep red pentagram lining and a skeletal blood stained insole. The kicks will also come with the Hooves mantra embroidered on the tongue-tag. The Beast will be a limited edition available at select retailers or at hoovesarmy.com.
Latin Invasion It’s going to be a steamy summer. Just released is Homenaje from Grupo Fantasma spin-off band Brownout. Coming May 27 from Putumayo is a collection of Cuban music called Café Cubano. A bunch of releases
the final track. Grade: C —Natasha Desianto A Killer of Snakes is currently available.
Mt. Wilson Repeater Mt. Wilson Repeater (Eastern Fiction) Mt. Wilson Repeater is a solo project of Radar Bros.’ Jim Putnam. Putnam created this side project to avoid the drudgery of his writing process, and, in doing so, has created an album – an elusive, rhythmic landscape of sound. Lyrics are minimal and vocals take a backseat to the multi-layered instrumental
drop June 10 including Nectar from Argentinean singer Natalia Clavier, Es Tiempo from the Chicago-based Alla, The Alchemist Manifesto from Ocote Soul Sounds and Con Otro Aire from Chambao.
production, which is all done by Putnam. At times, the album creates a lonely soul-searching feeling, while other times it evokes a playful, curious, childlike mood. Grade B+ —Elsy Benitez Mt. Wilson Repeater is currently available.
El Tri Celebrates 40 Years
This band has always represented the oppressed class in the ghettos of Mexico. Recently, they’ve connected with Converse for their 100th anniversary. The group has a Mescal called El Tri, for which proceeds will be donated to support the oppressed people of the Oaxaca Mountains. They also have a new album coming out in July, Nada Que Perder. In October, the double CD of their oldest songs will be re-recorded, and on Oct. 25, there will be a major concert at the Nokia Theatre. —Adrian Nevarez
in a wave of lyrical vagueness. Vocalist Brian Burnside’s highpitched vocal deliverance varies little from track to track as he shrieks to the beat. His attempts to jab the audience with a sharp stick sadly blend into a bland blur by CONTINUED
A Killer of Snakes (Selector Sound) Seattle’s the Heavy Hearts crank out a brutal and furious rock-fueled racket that is full of ambition and drive but unfortunately little substance. Tight, punchy and punky, yet
us long to actually write the 10 songs on the album, but we had to scratch the first 20 we had learning how to write songs.” Not ones to crack under pressure, though, Pedrazzi and his band mates took in all the criticism when shifting their approach and finding the path that worked best for them. (l to r) Tim Spier, Peter Pedrazzi, Peter Holbert and Jon “I started using a Rasmussen of Say No More thesaurus,” Pedrazzi says with a laugh. “I had trouble gimmick,” though he jokingly adds, with making things too vague. In my “we’re all really nice.” mind, all the pieces fit, but not for a Above all else, though his band is listener who doesn’t know anything quickly soaking up all the knowledge about it, so I had to learn to make and experience they can in a songs that were more detail-oriented, sometimes disillusioning industry, setting up visual pictures lyrically, Pedrazzi is clear the music itself has rather than really cool phrases and yet to lose its magic for his band and is wording.” more than enough to keep them With an album under their belt going. now, the next step them is conquering As he says, “When you see Say No the road. More play, you see four of the happiest “We haven’t been on the road that people you’ve ever seen in your life.” much yet, so we haven’t been jaded by ’Nuff said, right? it and playing shows is the greatest thing ever for us,” he says. What You Thought You Knew will be Again, Pedrazzi is quick to admit available May 20. Say No More will that even in that, his band is still perform May 16 at Cobalt Café, Canoga learning the ropes. Park and May 23 at Chain Reaction, “We don’t have it all figured out. Anaheim. For more information, visit We’re learning every single day how www.saynomorerock.com. this all works. We don’t have a
Melissa Etheridge Revival
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Dark Fades into the Light (Nettwerk) Nostalgia is the word on my lips as I take in the flood of new releases this season, and Sandrine’s Dark Fades into the Light is no exception. Bringing to mind that ’70s “Solid Gold” sound that filled the AM dial airwaves with the likes of Janis Ian and Carly Simon, her airy voice flutters over gentle easy listening mood music with gritty sincerity. The problem here is that Sandrine suffers from inconsistency. While she doesn’t quite match the songwriting caliber of Ian or Simon, she comes pretty damn close on songs like “Prove Me Wrong,” “Julietta” and “Love and Pain,” where her storytelling capabilities really shine. Grade: B —Natasha Desianto Dark Fades into the Light is currently available.
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She & Him April 28 @ Vista Theatre Although I thoroughly enjoy She & Him’s debut album, Volume One, I was a bit worried that I wasn’t going to enjoy their show. I love M. Ward’s solo performances so much that I almost couldn’t bear the thought of not seeing him shine center stage. Boy, was I wrong. After a stellar set from Lavender Diamond – led by the vivacious and charming Rebecca Stark – the crowd’s joyous mood was bolstered even more when She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel joined the L.A. band for one new song, amusing banter and some dancing to “Chiquitita.” Once Ward and the other She & Him musicians took the stage, Deschanel’s glee at sharing their songs with the audience completely shone through. Their set was, in one word, effervescent. Standouts of the night were the crowdrousing “This is Not a Test,” Deschanel’s heart-
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May 1 @ Glass House The Glass House is a small intimate spot and tonight only housed roughly 60 people, creating a feeling more personal than some backyard parties. Bostich and Fussible of Nortec Collective crossed the border for a few select shows, this being one, in support of their newly released album Tijuana Sound Machine. The sparse crowd was scattered about the dimly lit room as Bostich and Fussible took the stage. They hammered through tracks off of the acclaimed Tijuana Sessions albums, as well
as some new TSM tracks accompanied by a live horn section and accordionist – an odd arrangement for most DJ/producers, but completely fitting considering their Norteño sound. The duo appropriately closed with one of their most famous tracks to date, “Polaris.” Its rolling rim shots and thundering bass left the crowd chanting for more. —Ryan McWhorter
The Time of Assassins May 1@ Knitting Factory The crowd might not have been quite ready for the bombastic and experimental sounds of an avant-garde group like the Time of Assassins. Booked on an oddly mismatched bill, they were bound to create a stir once they took the stage. Both brutal and atmospheric, this band picks the listener up by the britches to offer up a swift sonic kick. Stunning chanteuse-bassist Carisa Bianca Mellado is a she-devil siren, singing a gentle and eerie lullaby one moment then soaring to tortured limits the next, a woman possessed and shrieking. Guitarist-vocalist Aspen Michael Taylor pushes the logical limits of his instrument’s duties, slamming his pedals with his fists and creating loops of incomprehensible feedback. It might sound like music for the inferno; indeed, in their song “Bones,” Mellado croons “All aboard! We are going to hell!” However, their music demonstrates unique skill and originality, passion and intensity. Having played only a handful of songs to this bewildered audience, they managed to effectively level the room. —Natasha Desianto
6400 SUNSET BLVD. (323) 245-6400 1) Flight of the Conchords — Self-Titled 2) Atmosphere — When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint that Shit Gold 3) Dodos — Visiter 4) Mariah Carey — E=MC2 5) Black Keys — Attack & Release 6) The Raconteurs — Consolers of the Lonely 7) Cut Copy — In Ghost Colours 8) MGMT — Oracular Spectacular 9) Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds — Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! 10) The Replacements — Let It Be 11) Elbow — Seldom Seen Kid 12) M83 — Saturdays=Youth 13) She & Him — Volume One 14) The Replacements — Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash 15) The Breeders — Mountain Battles 16) Radiohead — In Rainbows 17) Tokyo Police Club — Elephant Shell 18) Vampire Weekend — Self-Titled 19) Goldfrapp — Seventh Tree 20) Gnarls Barkley — Odd Couple
The Dead Science May 4 @ The Smell There’s a certain type of character, one who survives on few resources but frugally replicates the image of the bourgeoisie, dressing and speaking with impressive elegance but quietly returning to a humble life of have not when the night ends. The Dead Science embody this style of deception – they being a young Seattle trio of class who blend free jazz, brooding post-rock, grim tales and sighed crooning. Already solid musicians when their debut emerged five years ago, the Dead Science have really come into their own, and this particular set demonstrated a fluid transition to heavier rock. On stage, they gave us a large taste of upcoming record Villainaire, for which bassist Jherek Bischoff will apparently opt more for bass guitar than his usual stand-up, and drummer Nick Tamburro will finally spread his metal sensibility to every spare bit of space. What they most perfected on this night was their ability to branch off into a collective state of disarray – Bischoff dancing freely with his bass, Tamburro putting his drums to death, frontman Sam Mickens acting as the cool center of it all – and suddenly break into a perfect, organized note of silence. They pleased us with “Drrrty Magneto” and gave us a harpfree go at new single “Throne of Blood.” Mickens seduced us with his falsetto purr and turned on us with a snarl; his guitar followed suit. These musicians are so very different from one another, but together they grow more stunning each day. —China Bialos
May 2-4 @ Empire Polo Field Another music festival in the desert the weekend after Coachella? How can they pack those grounds again? With country music. Over 180 thousand people showed up for this amazing event. The lineup had over 50 bands including Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Big and Rich and even Mike Ness. The highlights of the show were performances by the Eagles, Trace Adkins and Gretchen Wilson. When night three hit, everyone was waiting for Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw, who stole the show as the event came to a close. Out of all the shows I’ve been to this year, this one takes the cake. It felt like you were in your best friend’s backyard. —David Tobin Sam Mickens acting as the cool center of the Dead Science. China Bialos
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Club: The Low-End Theory at Airliner (2419 TWENTY-EIGHT-YEAR-OLD REGAN FARN. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles) is my favorite quhar, aka Busdriver, started out early. He began club/weekly in town at the moment. rapping at the age of nine and had released his first album, as part of the group 4/29, at the ripe old age Place to see art: My daughter’s room at her of 13. By 15, he was a regular at the widely mother’s apartment. attended, now defunct, Good Life Café open mic nights. Place to scope out new music: The Echo With 11 albums released, the last of which, (1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles). RoadKillOvercoat, was dropped on his new Epitaph label, Busdriver is an indie musicfest Place to drive: Home. darling who has hit the road with Dizzee Rascal and El-P on his first rap-intensive bill in two years Place to walk: I found – a move he hopes will “help myself walking through haul the sub-genre out of it’s Echo Park (the actual park) apparent rut ... maybe.” the other day ... But L.A. is And which subgenre the least pedestrian-friendly would that be?, one would not city that I know of, so the be criticized to ask. Busdriver act is quite foreign in itself. raps, but he also sings, But when you do find the screeches, whistles, doo-wops occasion to actually stroll and, well, makes a whole lot of somewhere, the concept noise. alone can be thrilling. It’s not exactly music that’s easy to define … but Favorite L.A. band: Busdriver tries anyway: “Feral Freestyle Fellowship, children making show tunes N.W.A. and the Beach Boys out of Allen Ginsberg writings Busdriver likes the Low-End Theory. are all obvious pillars in ... in the hood.” L.A. music history and A visionary man he may grand influences on me and the world that I am just prove to be. In the meantime, he’s also an L.A. seeped in. Currently, I’d say that dude Kail, the native, and, as such, has his faves: Long Lost and perhaps DNTL are some of my faves. Clothing store: Salvation Army (www.salvationarmyusa.org) is usually quite kind Favorite – and not-so-favorite – neighto me. borhoods: The bubbling tension between me and Koreatown is as volatile as ever. I’ve recently Bookstore: Skylight (1818 N. Vermont Ave., moved from there to Echo Park and have let out a Los Angeles).A very obvious choice, but it’s the only heavy, much-needed sigh in light of the transition. place where I ever threaten to actually “buy” books. The Valley is also a barren swamp of a place. I had the displeasure of staying in Sherman Oaks for a Restaurant: The Pupusería at the Sunset couple of years. Though I managed to Junction. My rapport with the mainstay waitress miraculously not strangle myself, my 20there is an invaluable proponent of my general something-bred optimistic outlook all but contentment with that whole area of Los Angeles. vanished. Record store: Are there still some of those left? Favorite place no longer in existence: Underground hip-hop. And Aron’s Records. Venue: The El Rey (5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles) is always a joy … My memory of seeing Busdriver will perform May 22 at El Rey Theatre, Björk and the Pixies has colored my appreciation Los Angeles. For more information, visit of the [Hollywood Bowl] (2301 N. Highland Ave., www.busdriversite.com. Los Angeles).
staff pick Hour of the Shipwreck CD Release May 17 @ The Loft Downtown With self-admitted influences in non-musical media like The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the films of Hayao Miyazaki and the illusory joy of Disneyland, Hour of the Shipwreck should no doubt appeal to the more cerebral folk of Los Angeles. Cramming deep, dark post-rock and avant-garde elements into
a package fit for Goths and geeks of proper musicianship alike, Hour of the Shipwreck will offer, on this night, a release show for debut full-length The Hour is Upon Us. Their sounds are lush and their aesthetic element like a Tim Burton film. They describe their sound as not unlike the “Pirates of the Caribbean [ride] after the first drop.” And they will be performing alongside Tales of Banyon and an art show by Noelle Whitfield, who, not so coincidentally, has an oil painting also entitled “The Hour is Upon Us.”
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Abigail Rose Solomon and Micah Freedman star in “Proof.”
Now-June 1 @ Odyssey Theatre BY XIMENA HERSCHBERG “PROOF,” THE PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAY BY DAVID Auburn, tells the story of Robert, a professor of mathematics at the University of Chicago who also happens to be one of the most brilliant minds of his time. Unfortunately, he succumbs to a disease that drives him to madness, losing the ability to continue proving complicated mathematical theories. Meanwhile, his young daughter, Catherine, who proves to be a mathematical genius like her father, puts her life aside to care for him until he finally passes from heart failure. As the story develops into Robert’s funeral, two additional characters present themselves in Catherine’s life: her estranged sister, Claire, and Robert’s protégé, Hal. Hal is eager to get his hands on some of Robert’s old notebooks that hold valuable mathematical information and begins to develop feelings for Catherine. While Claire, Catherine’s older sister, has her own controlling agenda in mind regarding Catherine’s future. This adaptation of “Proof ” is beautifully cast and directed by Elina de Santos. Abigail Rose Solomon depicts the character of Catherine with grace, delicacy and fearlessness. Ariana Johns plays Claire and is so convincing as the controlling older sister, you fight resenting her the entire show. Even after, you resist abhorring her heartless character. Robert, a lovely and endearing performance by Greg Mullavey, will break your heart. One of the most spectacular experiences of this show is observing the dynamic relationships between the characters in such detail and complexity. If you have yet to see an adaptation of “Proof,” this is truly a great production. It will leave you guessing at every turn, warm your heart and even bring out a few tears. The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.odysseytheatre.com.
the art of love | Dear Lucia, I met this guy,and he asked me out for coffee. He took me out on a couple of weekend lunch dates followed by hanging out (bookstores,the park etc.) Then he moved it up by taking me out to dinners followed by dancing. We’ve been out a total of eight or nine times over the last two months. I’ve seen him every weekend and sometimes during the week. We get along great, have amazing chemistry and have a lot of fun together. Good banter, great kissing and we enjoy a lot of the same things. He pays for everything even when I offer. We have not had sex yet. We have gotten close, but I told him I just wasn’t ready. I like him! He calls me usually one to two days after a date ends to ask me out again for the next weekend but doesn’t generally call to talk. He has, in the last week, been texting more often and called me one night just to chat. The calls are initiated by him. I’ve texted or e-mailed once or twice, but mostly I leave it up to him to call me. At first I thought this is all OK because he’s not my boyfriend so he doesn’t need to call me everyday. Now I feel myself wanting to hear from him more. But since it’s still pretty early, and our relationship is not really defined – do you think we are on a good path and that he is communicating his desire to hang out with me enough? Am I being too needy? Is it a bad sign that he doesn’t call everyday? He has told me several times that he likes me a lot, and I do believe that. He also has asked me out for every weekend since we met. Am I being too clingy? —New to dating Dear New, Don’t take this the wrong way, but: Stop being such a girl! This is how
BY LUCIA females mess things up in the beginning. Instead of enjoying what’s being offered, they start to wonder if something is wrong if things are not moving along as fast as they would like. A relationship can only move as fast as the slowest person in it. Your insecurity makes you want to “sew things up.” There is nothing wrong with his behavior. If anything, he is to be commended for his brilliant pacing. You’re right – you’re not his girlfriend, so why should he call everyday? He doesn’t seem like a guy who wants to have long phone conversations anyway. Most guys don’t, so stop trying to turn them into women! Everything sounds great. Don’t try to be cool – be cool! Dear Lucia, I want to thank you for responding to my question about being cheated on. I have decided to leave the situation. I have been single for a month now, and I have never been happier. I’m so glad I stepped away and saw how life was without the stress of a relationship. I feel much better now. —Erin Dear Erin, Relationships are only stressful if we are not with the right person. The right relationship makes your life better and happier. Dear Lucia, Thanks for answering my question about how to stop beating myself up for being “too nice” to a guy I was dating who was not treating me right. The first time he “yelled” at me, I called up an acquaintance from the class we were all in. She told me to be
graphic novels | reviews God Save the Queen (Vertigo) It’s Trainspotting meets Narnia! After a coup in the Faerie Kingdom, evil Queen Mab steals the crown and throws the realm into darkness. A group of deserter fairies live in the real world, shooting Red Horse, a drug made from heroin and human blood. A rebellious teenager falls in with the fairies and gets hooked on the drug, only to be dragged into the dangerous war in Faerie. Writer Mike Carey (Crossing Midnight) is reunited with acclaimed
fantasy painter John Bolton (Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall) for this entertaining tale. Bolton’s evocative watercolors are fantastic, combining stunning realism with dark fantasy to capture the seedy underbelly of London and the wasteland realm. Grade: A—Mike Sebastian God Save the Queen is currently available.
Three Shadows (First Second) Lise and Louis live a
“nice” and put the blame on me. It made me go against my instincts. Later, I revealed the situation to the teacher. She had recently decided not to invite the guy anymore and especially upon hearing about his drinking and treatment towards me, said she wouldn’t invite him. Goes to show me (once again) that some people – like that acquaintance – who believe they’re being “all spiritual” have a misunderstanding about behavior, compassion and boundaries. You’re amazing. Keep up the insights. Sometimes our female “friends” mistreat us more than the guys. —Marnie Dear Marnie, Remember: Yelling is NEVER acceptable unless it’s a matter of life and death.
Remember: Love inspires, empowers, uplifts and enlightens. Write to Lucia at www.theartoflove.net. Read an excerpt from Lucia’s Lessons of Love at www.lessonsoflove.net. Listen to Lucia live every Sunday at 3 p.m. PST on www.bbstalkradio.com.
simple, idyllic farm life with their son, Joachim. One day three shadowy figures on horseback appear on the horizon. It soon becomes apparent that they aren’t just passing through. French comics artist and former Disney animator Cyril Pedrosa crafts a fable about the fear of losing what we love most, striking an interesting blend of whimsy and dread. Actually, it looks and feels a lot like a Disney film, the panels unfolding through key actions like a storyboard layout. The story is a tad too simple to sustain its length, but the scenery is beautifully rendered and the characters inventive enough to keep you invested. Grade: B+ —Mike Sebastian Three Shadows is currently available.
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jet setter | travel guide
ARUBA The Caribbean’s Dutch Treat (with a Soul Music Festival) BY KEVIN WIERZBICKI
Coral reefs and formations have BONBINI! THAT’S YOUR “WELtaken over many of the shipwrecks in come to Aruba” in the country’s Aruban waters and 70-feet down on native language, Papiamento. the Malmok Reef lies the purposely You’ll hear Papiamento and a sunk Debbie II, a fuel barge fredelightful blend of other accents throughout the island nation. Dutch and Spanish reflect Aruba’s colonial history while Americans can rest assured that almost everyone speaks English as well. But really, the most important dialect on Aruba is one that all people understand – the language of fun! Even cars note Aruba’s official attitude with every license plate carrying the motto: “One Happy Island.” Journey to Aruba: “One Happy Island” Aruba differs from most Caribbean islands in quented by barracuda that prowl that it’s geographically located out of amongst giant sea sponges in purple, the hurricane corridor. That means green and orange. You can also visit that the fun-in-the-sun rarely gets the German freighter Antilla, which at interrupted, so you can indulge in 400-feet is one of the Caribbean’s beach and water activities every day. largest wrecks, or inspect pieces of the The wide expanse of powdery California, the ship that gave its name white sand at Eagle Beach is an to one of Aruba’s most prominent especially nice place to hop in the landmarks, the California lighthouse. water or just sit under a palapa and Of course you don’t even have to enjoy an ice cold Balashi, the local get in the water to enjoy your time at beer. Jet skiing, parasailing and sea. Most of the ships are party boats banana-boating are popular ready to feed you and ply you with diversions, and the clear waters are a rum drinks if you choose to sit back snorkeler’s paradise and a diver’s and listen to some reggae while dream.
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The Soul Beach© Music Festival takes place May 21-26 in Aruba. For more information, visit www.soulbeach.net or www.aruba.com.
BY JESSICA KOSLOW
Ninety-ninth store opens in Glendale Galleria.
WHAT DO SARAH JESSICA PARKER, Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow all have in common besides fame and fortune? LUSH! Adding yet another shop in Glendale to its current locations in Pasadena, Santa Monica, Universal City and Beverly Hills, Lush continues to spread its product philosophy: They’re 100 percent vegetarian, 74 percent vegan, 65 percent preservative-free and 58 percent free of wasteful packaging with no animal testing. Bathing has never been so naturally fragrant and feel-good. Start
with the BIG lemon-lime margarita shampoo, featuring raw sea salt, seaweed and lime juice, followed by Ocean Salt, Vodka margarita face and body scrub made from lime, coconut, grapefruit and sea salt mixed together. It claims to keep away alligator elbows! Then rub yourself smooth with Dream Cream, concocted from “every essential oil that could help the skin” (Oat Milk, Olive Oil, Cocoa Butter, Chamomile Oil, Lavender Oil, to name just a few). You might also want to stock up on their bestsellers: the Sex Bomb is a jasmine-scented sense stimulator for the bath, while Honey I Washed the
‘COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY’ Now-June 1 @ Theatre Theatre BY MIKE BUZZELLI IN THE ELIZABETHAN TRADITION, MEN PLAYED WOMEN’S roles on the London stage. Edward Kynaston (a pitch-perfect Michael Traynor) was heralded as one of the best. In the 1660s, it was illegal for women to perform, but King Charles II (Jaxon Duff Gwillim) overturns the law for his mistress Nell (Rachel Avery). Margaret Hughes (Tracie Lockwood) becomes the first woman to trod the boards, and an intense rivalry forms between Hughes and Kynaston, Edward Kynaston (Michael Traynor) and both playing the role of Margaret Hughes (Tracie Lockwood) are rivals in “Compleat Female Stage Beauty.” Desdemona in Shakespeare’s “Othello.” Kynaston suffers slings and arrows as a queen unable to give up drag, while Hughes suffers her own indignities when she discovers that younger, more talented women are coming up through the ranks. Dedicated Anglophiles and avid theatergoers will be delighted by this marvelous production. Theatre Theatre is located at 5041 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 960-7726.
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Now-May 25 @ International City Theatre BY MIKE BUZZELLI A PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE housekeeper, Katherine O’Hara (Jacqueline Schultz) takes a job working for the tough, cantankerous English Literature/Music Appreciation teacher, Jacob Brackish (Joseph Ruskin), who flunked her many years ago. Brackish had also flunked her mother, father and husband. He has no recollection of O’Hara or her late husband, but he does Jacqueline Schultz and Joseph Ruskin in “Park Your Car in Harvard Yard” have fond memories of her mother. The interconnectivity of the two characters pushes past the willing suspension of disbelief. It’s hard to imagine that O’Hara would take a job with the man she loathed. The coincidences abound. The plot is similar to “Trying,” a play about a belligerent judge who takes on a meek secretary. “Park Your Car in Harvard Yard” is trying to be “Trying,” but just ends up being trying. Shashin Desai
watching others splash around. Exploring Aruba by land is easy, and there’s a lot to do. The urban center of activity is Oranjestad, the nation’s capital and the location of the airport and cruise ship piers. Nearest the piers are the shopping areas that you can navigate on foot. There’s something for every taste, ranging from designer outlets to kitschy souvenir shops. A bit further into town you’ll find countless photo opportunities offered by the colorful buildings and architecture common in much of the Dutch Caribbean. Coin enthusiasts will want to see the impressive collection at the Numismatic Museum of Aruba, which houses a sparkling display of coins from around the world as well as a wealth of paper and metal monies used throughout Aruban history. Also on display are many items that were used as money long before coins were invented. At the Aruba Aloe Experience you can take a brief tour that begins with an explanation of the various curative powers of aloe and a demonstration of how the plants are cut to extract the portions of the plant that have healing properties. The tour also includes the viewing of a short film, access to the aloe museum, a tour of the processing and packaging facility and a stop at the factory outlet where you can buy some of the best aloe products available. Rent a car or book a Jeep tour to see the rest of beautiful Aruba, but make sure to save some energy for the Aruban night too; beach sundowners, nightclub dancing and casino gambling are just a few of the ways you can wrap up a relaxing day and an unforgettable stay.
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The International City Theatre is located at 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. For more information, visit www.ictlongbeach.org.
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pages | reviews Literally, The Best Language Book Ever Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-Up in the 1970s Changed America
PAGE MUSEUM Now-The End of the World @ La Brea Tar Pits BY JOSH HERMAN SHRUG. BIG DEAL YOU SAY, I’VE SEEN VOLCANO AND/OR montages of Los Angeles, I know what the Tar Pits look like. Eyes roll, remembering, as a child, digging your heel into the mushed tar in the street, melted from the scorching sun. Perhaps you scoff disgustedly at your previous run-in with the substance at the beach, and how it’s only slightly worse than the natural liquid found on beach-bathroom floors on the gross hierarchy. And you’re absolutely right to feel that way. There is no good reason to see a pool of tar with fake mastodons attempting to rescue one another – give up, Manny, he’s not sinking any lower and, besides, you can’t move your trunk. Yet it draws in tourists as it used to attract dire wolves (see hundreds of canis skulls in the museum.) What is it about naturally occurring tar in the middle of Wilshire that attracts so many visitors? I doubt if a pit of a tar existed in Detroit it would get half as much attention. Location, location, location, I suppose. While the tar draws in the crowd, the museum gives exposition on it – Los Angeles as it was during the last Ice Age (10,000 and 40,000 years ago) when saber-toothed cats and mammoths roamed the L.A. Basin. Through windows at the Page Museum Laboratory, museumgoers can even watch bones being cleaned and repaired and incorrectly guess what type of animals they came from. But if you want to see humankinds’ fascination with tar, explore the adjacent Hancock Park, where small puddles of black meltedgold have bubbled to the surface. All ethnicities and all ages can be found breaking sticks off trees and fiddling them into the tar – it’s like taking a trip back in time, back to the age when humans broke sticks off trees and fiddled with the tar. Page Museum is located at 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.tarpits.org.
(Bloomsbury) In the ’60s, Lenny Bruce changed stand-up comedy forever, from shtick to incisive political and sociological commentary that was at times abrasive and confrontational with the audience. He led the way for comedians such as Richard Pryor, George Carlin, David Letterman, Steve Martin and Andy Kaufman, who would wage a comedy revolution in the ’70s that has continued to shape how we laugh and think ever since. Taking a cue from Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, Time writer/editor Richard Zoglin analyzes the importance of each entertainer and his work, while throwing in enough firsthand anecdotes and inside dirt to keep you turning the pages. Not to be missed for the comedy buff. Grade: A —Mike Sebastian Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-Up in the 1970s Changed America is currently available.
The Drop Edge of Yonder (Two Dollar Radio) Rudolph Wurlitzer, screenwriter of Two-Lane Blacktop and Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid as well as the author of cult ’60s novel Nog, has crafted a western that has the bleak winteriness of Jeremiah Johnson, the explosive violence of The Wild Bunch and the earthy poetry of Blood Meridian. Set during the Gold Rush as the days of wild frontier mountain men give way to civilization, it finds Zebulon, a cursed fur trapper, drifting between life and death. In love and on the run from a ubiquitous posse, his story unfolds in a series of volatile, surreal episodes fitting of Acid Westerns such as El Topo. It’s an allegory for the modern day, for an American Dream suffocated by greed and a country left directionless. Yonder has the mark of a classic, feeling as if it has been there all along, somewhere between McCabe and Mrs. Miller and High Plains Drifter, and yet feeling all at once fresh and original. Grade: A —Mike Sebastian The Drop Edge of Yonder is currently available.
(Perigee) Literally, The Best Language Book Ever is actually pretty dang funny. The author, Paul Yeager, would probably decry my use of the nonword “dang” or the redundant “actually.” And yet I will not detract them if only for the pleasure I would have to hear him steam about it. The book fills nearly 200 pages of Yeager’s vitriolic attacks against mistakes, grammatical and logical, made in everyday speech. He also makes a thorough catalogue of annoying words and phrases commonly put to use. Word combinations like “close proximity” or “best ever” are ridiculed for their redundancy. Hackneyed phrases are exposed, i.e. “Whatever floats your boat.” Only Yeager has taken the time to point out the obvious that water floats everyone’s boat. His bitter commentary over seemingly trivial points is surprisingly refreshing. Someone needed to write this book. The least we can do for a debt of gratitude is go out and get it. Grade: A —Dov Rudnick Literally, The Best Language Book Ever is currently available.
Maps and Legends (McSweeney’s) On Jan. 15, Lewis Hyde made an appearance at the Billy Wilder Theater, near UCLA, and challenged a way of thought which the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Harold Bloom, in their respective centuries, have sworn by: the self-reliant individual, the artist who suffers from the anxiety of influence. One of Hyde’s aesthetic children, Michael Chabon, is rarin’ to catch the football and run with it. “Influence is bliss,” he writes in Maps and Legends, a collection of essays published by McSweeney’s. We receive the spiritual fire when we take a work of art into us – and then we go for it, making paintings and music and novels of our own.
When asked how to be a writer, Saul Bellow remarked that he only knew one should take the greatest works of literature in, like the Eucharist. And then they will change us, gradually, over time. In Maps and Legends, we are privileged to encounter Chabon’s Eucharistic influences: Will Eisner, Jack Kirby, Cormac McCarthy, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Arthur Conan Doyle … the list (of course) goes on. The tone ranges from serious appraisal (the essay on Doyle reminded me strongly of John Irving’s essay on Dickens in Trying to Save Piggy Sneed), to that of an email from a very bright, very dear friend. This is an affirming, generous book. Grade: A —Sean Schlemmer Maps and Legends is currently available.
Sex, Sushi & Salvation: Thoughts on Intimacy, Community, and Eternity (Moody Publishers) Christian spirituality is a difficult subject for many people. Many have reduced Christians to annoying Bible-thumping citizens of the Deep South. Others associate Christianity with prejudice against the homosexual community. Amidst a vast amount of diverging opinions, though, author Christian George was able to articulate the Christian faith both from an academic and a personal perspective. Sex, Sushi & Salvation is a collection of profound anecdotes on the experiences of a Christian man. From heartbreaking conversations with a Russian prostitute to chronicles of European travels, the book comes from a place of sincerity. George is utterly convinced that his beliefs are sufficient to change not only a single person’s life but the whole world. Believing in the Christian religion or not is not the primary question of this book. Rather, in the richness and seriousness that permeate this collection of thoughts, there’s a perceived desire for dialogue. Religions of this world have been clashing for centuries on an ideological level, yet in his latest book, George writes of his own intimate experiences. This is a deeply personal (if at times a little repetitive) book that’s useful for anyone seeking truth. Grade: A—Alexander L. Carpenter Sex, Sushi & Salvation is currently available.
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Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles (323) 663-1525; www.FountainTheatre.com Watch as these world-class Flamenco dancers, singers and musicians kick up their feet and serenade the 80-seat crowd. Tonight, dancers include Vanessa Acosta, Mizuho Sato and Briseyda Zarate, with singer Jesus Montoya, guitarist Jose Tanaka and percussionist Gerardo Morales. More shows this summer. $30. Onsite parking: $5.
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Vanessa Acosta will perform in “Forever Flamenco!”
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 “Merchant of Venice” Camino Theatre at Los Angeles City College, 855 N. Vermont Ave., Hollywood (323) 953-4000 x2990 See the classic Shakespeare play as interpreted by the drama department at LACC, with guest Al Rossi. Curtain at 7:15 p.m. $10; $6 with student ID. Thurs, 7:15 p.m.; Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
THURSDAY, MAY 15 Trapeze School 370 Santa Monica Pier; losangeles.trapezeschool.com Have you ever wanted to learn to fly through the air with the greatest of ease? Now’s your chance! Start with beginner’s classes and graduate to advanced lessons. $57. 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Art of News Opening Reception
(A&E) In the wake of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, the American public was formally warned of global warming and its horrific effects. In the film, Mr. Gore was quick to blame humans for increasing sea levels and rising global temperatures. However, the former vice president and longtime environmentalist neglected to spend any considerable amount of time offering solutions. Now comes A Global Warning?, the History Channel’s supplement to the seemingly endless number of fire and brimstone premonitions produced since. And much like its predecessors, this documentary chooses to regurgitate old information rather than offer longterm solutions. Presumably speaking, most Americans have already been enlightened to the damning effects of global warming. We know the world is becoming hotter and wetter. We know that our ravenous consumption of fossil fuels is to blame. We know we are the problem. Where A Global Warming? and the others fail is in telling us how to fix it. Grade: D —James Famera A Global Warning? is currently available.
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The World Without US (Deep Waters Productions) Writer-director Mitch Anderson’s gentle Romanian accent guides us through this vision of what might happen if the United States becomes an isolationist nation once again. The documentary – and I use that term loosely because the film is highly slanted to support the view that most U.S. intervention in the world is for good – investigates the world’s views on the U.S., both good and bad, and attempts to explain why they view us that way. The documentary mainly focuses on three areas of beneficial U.S. intervention: firstly, in the Balkan Wars of the ’90s and the failed European intervention there; then, on the Middle East and the U.S. policies to help defend Israel and respond to Iraq in the first Gulf War; and, finally, in the U.S. intervention and continued support of specific nations in Asia (Taiwan, Japan, South Korea) that might be overrun without our aid. Once it becomes clear that this film doesn’t intend to provide a balanced account of anything, but rather a defense of U.S. actions, it’s much more enjoyable. Grade: B—Jeff Bachman The World Without US is currently available.
NoHo Gallery LA, 5108 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood; www.nohogalleryla.com Presenting the artwork of media professionals, cameramen, photographers, news anchors and producers covering everything from tornadoes to Tibet. 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Through June 6. FREE.
FRIDAY, MAY 16 Bike to Work Day www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth Today is National Bike to Work Day in honor of National Bike Month. So whether you want to lose a couple pounds before summer, save $4 a gallon on gas or help preserve the environment, unpack your old two-wheeler for your commute. You’ll feel good - both physically and spiritually.
SATURDAY, MAY 17 Venice Architecture Tour Register for tour at Westminster School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; www.venicefamilyclinic.org Meet the architects and developers involved in Venice’s freshest new residences. $75 (might be a bit pricey, but worth every dollar). Tickets must be purchased in advance. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
SUNDAY, MAY 18 BLAST!  Pacific Palisades; www.sassas.org/blast Performances by Ariel Pink, New Energy Encounter Group, Dick Slessig, MC Johanna Went and DJs Languis and T. Kelly Mason highlight this celebration of the arts, with proceeds benefiting SASSAS (Society for the Activation of Social Space Through Art and Sound). 4 p.m.-8 p.m. $75; $30 w/student ID. Directions to home of 33-1/3 club member Abby Sher will be given upon ticket purchase.
An Evening with Walter Mirisch
What happens when best friends from high school go away to different colleges? They make a Web site that attracts six million visitors a month. CollegeHumor.com was founded in 1999 when two friends needed a way to stay in touch. It started as a place to collect all the jokes, links and silly photos that college students like to e-mail around. But now it’s a gold mine of funny stuff. The site features short columns, videos and links to other Web sites for the sole purpose of entertaining college students. —Lauren Rosenblum
Cuban Music Festival
Glendale Blvd. & Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; www.VidaSalsera.com Enjoy music, dancing, food and arts and crafts. Live entertainment provided by Orquesta Charangoa, the Echo Park Project, Los Puros, the L.A. Salsa Kids and more. Noon-7 p.m. FREE.
Culver City Share home with mature professional with private bath. W/D. Garage. No smoking, drinking or drugs. $1100 (310) 822-4570
MONDAY, MAY 19 Mike Edison Signing Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; www.booksoup.com Mike Edison signs I Have Fun Everywhere I Go: Savage Tales of Pot, Porn, Punk Rock, Pro Wrestling, Talking Apes, Evil Bosses, Dirty Blues, American Heroes, and the Most Notorious Magazines in the World. From High Times to Screw, this dude has seen it all. Sounds like fun! 7 p.m. FREE.
TUESDAY, MAY 20 Virtual Tuesdays Safari Sam’s, 5214 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; www.safari-sams.com Compete in their “Guitar Hero” contest for prizes while the Eye Podz play your requests. 8 p.m. $10.
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May 16 @ Billy Wilder Theater Legendary producer Walter Mirisch will host a screening of West Side Story, one of the movies he produced, along with other classics like In the Heat of the Night and The Magnificent Seven. The event starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $10. —Michael Lee