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letter to the editor I visited the Universal Studios theme park in 2007 for my birthday. There was a Kwik-E-Mart exhibit and a Moe’s Tavern from “The Simpsons.” There was a sign saying the Simpsons Ride coming in 2008. I like the article on “The Simpsons Ride” (June 4, Vol. 18, Issue 22), but it sounds like a simulator ride. I would like to see it become a roller coaster on tracks with all the twists, turns and loops. —Clarence Markham
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FREAKOUT Fleeing Down the Freeways A CURIOUS THOUGHT BUZZED my head the other day, then exploded into a blinding, searing realization of enormous power: Every resident of Los Angeles I’ve ever met has had exactly the same freakout. Now, this is the Kingdom of Freaks, and a freakout isn’t unusual, but it was the manner in which the freakout took form, grew and ultimately immolated the sanity of all those who staked a claim in the City of Angels that excited me. At least once, but often on a semi-routine basis, all of my acquaintances were throttled by a sudden cerebellum vice-grip to hit the highway heading north, east or south away from the city. A few of the grander freakouts had caused more debilitating egresses to the west, directly into the ocean. In the swoons of mania, these desperate escapees floored the accelerator, minds blank of gas prices or transmission fluids, racing to the misbegotten deserts and beaches that wait patiently on the outskirts of our shiny civilization. Trunks empty, cup holders bare, these urges to flee came without warning and demanded the sacrifice of all rationality – there is no planning and no provision, you see, for a genuine freakout. Booked hotels and private tours be damned. Family outings and college road trips, gone. My acquaintances, who carry but my personal vouchsafe guarantee of normally outstanding moral fiber and able trenchance of mind, had Lost It.
They had, silently and deliberately, stopped whatever they were doing, strapped themselves into their automobiles and headed out of the city, di- Joe Horton rectionless, as quickly as unending winter but stave off possible. psychosis by busting their guts with One friend ended up in Seattle Sam Adams Double Lard Winter Ale. before a shot of espresso brought Or Atlanta or Houston, where him back to our terrestrial sphere. people choose not to escape and Months later his friend left his instead spend four summer months clothes in the dryer of an all-nite lying prostrate on the floor drinking laundromat and booked it to chilled nail polish. Nevada, where he ended up not on Angelenos are cursed with the strip in Vegas, but the strip of dreams bigger than their brains and Extraterrestrial Highway outside the cars to make the impossible seem military base “not” known as Area vaguely plausible. 51. So what if the road stretches out My former roommate left in the from the city with the enticement of dead of night and was found days fool’s gold – a calm life, clear skies, later eating grapes off the ground in breezes devoid of police sirens – Santa Barbara. leading way upon way with a smirk I remember, quite clearly but that knows its wayward children will inexplicably, shoving a roll of paper always return. towel in the freezer, taking the keys We’re proud of our delusions; we out of my pocket and driving to make money from them. Lompoc where I bowled a 126 to the We’re proud of our civic infantism, sounds of a Beatles karaoke contest. our vanity and our gross disregard for The only conceivable explacommunalism of any kind. nation for this brand of lunacy is But our apathy produces apoembedded into the very fabric of this plexy, brain bubbles of a terminal city itself. crisis of identity in a city of It’s a busy, hot, smoggy, individuals. frequently dirty, forever gilded We seize, our limbs lurching to shrine to the infinite possibilities of the clutch and steering wheel, and we the human ego slapped squarely on a bolt out into nights full of unpatch of desert near the ocean. encumbered stars. Unlike other big, deranged cities Those foreign stars remind us, like New York – where people cannot however fleetingly, that we are very escape under their own power and small, and our problems, accorinstead manifest their madness by dingly, much smaller. convincing themselves that The New Madness fades, tingling returns Yorker cartoons are not only funny, to the fingers, and we steer our but sending them secret messages to petroleum bandits back home, buy a wheel of Gouda cheese. confident at least for the moment, Or Chicago and Boston, where that heaven isn’t full yet. people cannot escape during the
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If you’re a girl who goes to a Pac-10 school, you know there’s much more to football season than tailgate parties and touchdowns. It’s all about accessorizing in your team’s spirit colors to perfection. Now, there’s a Web site dedicated to all fashion-forward sports fans who take dressing up for game day just as serious as the actual game. Game Day Chic offers accessories in over 75 different school colors that will be sure to set you apart in the crowd. —Lauren Rosenblum
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Andrew Stanton and PIXAR find humanity through a little robot. BY JOHN DUSENBERRY “IRRATIONAL LOVE DEFEATS life’s programming. We all fall into our habits, our routines, our ruts and actually use them quite often to avoid living; to avoid dealing with one another,” writer/director Andrew Stanton says, defining the message of Disney/PIXAR’s latest film, WALL-E. A trash compactor robot called WALL-E is the last robot on a postapocalyptic earth. Mankind now lives in space, generations away from what made them truly human. They rely on mass consumerism as a way of life, floating gluttonously in super-media chairs and drinking their food like infants. When EVE (a soil examining robot) is sent to earth, she shows WALL-E just what he was made for: to find love and save humanity in the process.
Is this film a comment on our current ecological state, carrying heavy political and socio-economical messages? “No, I don’t have a political bend,” Stanton states. “I don’t have any ecological message to push. I don’t mind that it supports that kind of view, but everything was done visually to communicate the story to the audience. The most I do is recycle, and I’m pretty bad at that if you talk to my wife!” The film may, however, evoke a socio-ecological response from audiences. One might argue that this reaction is merely Stanton holding a mirror up to society and we fill in the gaps, much like we do for WALL-E himself. WALL-E is essentially a box with
binoculars for a face. That is ironically a very powerful way of communication. Stanton states that much like the lamp seen in the PIXAR logo, “there is some unique power to bringing a character like that to life. It’s why we are so attracted to pets and infants. You pull from your own emotional experiences to finish the sentence.” As the audience connects with WALL-E as a character falling in love, they may draw parallels from the world he lives in to our own. Actor/comedian Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) plays the Spaceship Captain in the film. Garlin, too, admits that the film’s message is that “love conquers all. Their love changes the world.” “The thing that people love that destroys the world is money. If we were more into love and less into destruction, I think we’d have a lot less problems with conservation. I feel you have to say every day, ‘How am I contributing?’ But no – it’s how much money am I making, and that’s my self-worth. And that leads to pollution. Isn’t that crazy? But that’s my theory,” Garlin offers. John Ratzenberger (“Cheers,” cameo voice actor in every PIXAR
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EVE and WALL-E embark on a journey of love.
film) is quite the conservationist. Ratzenberger has started foundations to help the education of our children and preserve life on this planet in many ways. “It’s like an industrial tsunami heading our way. Once it’s here, it’s too late. It’s all about your children. Put ’em in a sandbox – don’t plug ’em in front of a DVD or video game because that’s dangerous to their lives,” he says. “In the movie it’s about the heart connection. Kids, when you grow up, do you really care what kind of car your parents drove? Who cares? Could’ve taken a bus – but it’s that
connection. “Every single time there’s a PIXAR movie, it’s part of history somehow. They’ve broken new ground. They could have rested on their laurels and achievements a long time ago and just done a mediocre job. They refused to do that. They’ve tried to outdo themselves every single project, and they do.” Outdoing themselves once again with WALL-E, PIXAR has created what is possibly the most memorable “cartoon” character yet. Wall-E releases in theaters June 27.
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June 28 @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery BY SARAH BENNETT
SCHOOL IS OUT, EVERY DAY IS beach-worthy and revival-screening series are moving operations outside. For Los Angeles’ classic film nuts, June means not just the beginning of summer, but also the return of Cinespia’s Cemetery Screening series at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. That’s right – beach chair and boxed winefilled, walk-in movie nights on a vacant lawn at the oldest cemetery in the city – running every Saturday and Sunday night until jacket weather resumes. The celebrities of yore might be dead all around you, but they are as alive as ever projected on the side of the mausoleum, which houses Rudolph Valentino’s body. Don’t worry, the idea may reek of sacrilege, but the result is more of an homage to midcentury Hollywood than a séance recipe (It’s also a great excuse to pack a picnic basket.) and as such, the movie nights have become a
L.A. summer staple. So this Sunday, follow the crowd through Hollywood Forever’s wrought iron gates and check out a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s second attempt at The Man Who Knew Too Much, where James Stewart and Doris Day take a trip abroad that “starts as a holiday and ends as a nightmare.” Filmed onsite in Morocco and London in 1956, The Man Who Knew Too Much was one of the infamous “Five Lost Hitchcocks” that were sold back to the family and not seen again until the ’80s. Get there early for the dance party and by sundown you’ll be singing along with one of Doris Day’s many renditions of the Academy Awardwinning song “Whatever Will Be, Will be (Que sera, Sera)” and enjoying all the VistaVision and Technicolor splendor of Alfred Hitchcock’s most-forgotten finest. Don’t forget the director’s cameo about 25 minutes in (hint: he’s watching the acrobats in the marketplace). Donations are accepted at the door, so give aplenty. And be respectful of those that have passed on because thanks to Hollywood Forever’s cemetery screenings, you’ll step back in time, but please not on the graves. Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.cinespia.org.
Laughing All the Way to Comedy Heaven STOP ME IF YOU’VE HEARD THIS ONE. A Palestinian Muslim virgin with cerebral palsy from New Jersey walks into a feature film… But it’s not a joke; it’s the true story of Maysoon Zayid, who makes her big screen debut in this month’s You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. Adam Sandler wrote the part specifically for Zayid after watching her stand-up act, which was why she turned to comedy in the first place. “I was an actress, and I wasn’t going to get any work because no one is going to hire an ethnic, disabled, floppy girl. It just doesn’t happen,” she laughs. “So I thought about [how] other freaks [made] it. Whoopi Goldberg, Roseanne, Rosie O’Donnell, Ellen; they all started out doing stand-up comedy. I decided to do [it] so I could create a way for people to cast me. Nine years later it worked.” Zayid is determined to fill the gaping lack of diversity on screen. “I grew up on ’80s TV. There was so much more variety, from Geri on the ‘The Facts of Life,’ to Corky on ‘Life Goes On.’ There was fat, skinny, tall, short. Now the
husband can be fat, but the wife has to be skinny, and disabilities are absolutely invisible.” Far from invisible, Zayid has a gig at the Democratic National Convention this year, is developing a feature film version of her one woman show, “Little American Whore,” and continues to work with her charity, Maysoon’s Kids, a program for disabled and wounded refugees and orphans. But, in her eyes, Zohan is the high point of her career. “[I worked] with the greatest comic actor of our generation,” she gushes.“I got to watch him and learn from him. One day I walked in, and it was him, Kevin Nealon, Dana Carvey and Rob Schneider. I almost fainted. It was like comedy heaven.” For more information, visit www.maysoon.com.
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Another Hollywood legend’s star has fallen. Sixty-two-year-old special and make-up effects god Stan Winston has passed away from multiple myeloma. Winston is and always will be one of the best special effects supervisors in the business. He has worked on everything and worked with everybody. His massive resume includes Aliens, Predator, Jurassic Park, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Edward Scissorhands, The Thing and Batman Returns, just to name a few, and he most recently worked on the summer blockbuster Iron Man. The list goes on, and the reason the list goes on, is because this guy was a genius. Winston made the transition to digital effects during the ’90s, but his use of practical effects is even more relevant now, considering the overuse of digital effects. A filmmaker’s dreams and visions aren’t worth the contents of a septic tank without people like Stan Winston who allow those visions to be realized. I can only hope that when I’m making films I get the privilege to work with someone with a fraction of the talent that this man had. If you are an aspiring special effects artist of any kind and not bowing at this man’s feet, worshipping the ground he walked on, the only business you deserve to work in is fast-food.
(THINKFilm) Werner Herzog ventures to the Antarctic community of McMurdo Station, headquarters of the National Science Foundation and home to 1,100 people from October to February. Here, he meets, interviews and films dreamers, philosophers,
Spike Lee Tackles Time Travel
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My man Spike is taking on one of my favorite subjects, time travel. Spike Lee will co-write and direct a film called Time Traveler, based on a book titled Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality. Ronald Mallett, who holds a Ph. D in theoretical physics and apparently developed a design for an actual time Spike Lee: A time traveler? machine, wrote the book. Mallett’s goal was to travel back in time and save his father from dying. Whether this guy actually figured out how to make a real time machine or not doesn’t negate the fact that time travel movies are awesome. Plus, it’s great to see Lee branching out into other types of films. Some other great time travel films are the Back to the Future films, The Terminator films, Twelve Monkeys, The Time Machine and Déjà Vu. Each film generally has its own rules for how time travel works. The 2004 time travel film Primer was really unique because it took an extremely realistic approach. Whatever your personal feelings are about Spike Lee the man, you can’t deny that he’s an incredible filmmaker. Bring it on, Spike!
Snow are talented actors; they’re just entirely miscast and laden with Peters’ exhaustively trying script and direction. Grade: D+ —Sasha Perl-Raver Finding Amanda releases in select theaters June 27.
(Liberation Entertainment) An amazing concept, Kicking It chronicles the journeys of the players and teams on their respective roads to, and participation in, the 2006 Homeless World Cup in Capetown, South Africa. We get acquainted with the individuals, root for the teams and come to more fully understand the global nature of the problem of homelessness. Though you don’t have to love soccer, it sure Werner Herzog at the rim of Erebus in Encounters at the helps. End of the World Grade: B—Jessica Koslow Kicking It releases in select theaters scientists, seals and penguins. June 27. It’s fascinating to learn about the lives of the people inhabiting the South Pole, and depressing, too, to Tell No One hear about the enormous impact the (Music Box) melting of the glaciers will have on Alexandre Beck (François Cluzet) human (and other) life. still laments the “supposed” killing of Grade: B his wife eight years ago. When he —Jessica Koslow receives an e-mail insinuating she’s Encounters at the End of the World still alive, this murder mystery races releases in select theaters June 27. into high gear. In French, with English subtitles, the language is passionate, the actors Expired subtle and sexy and the plot (MCR Releasing) completely engaging. Claire (Samantha Morton) and Cluzet, Marie-Josée Jay (Jason Patric) are both meter Croze (wife Margot) maids (Are they still called that?) in and Kristin Scott Los Angeles. She is kind and timid; he Thomas (the lover of is angry and macho. his younger sister) Somehow Jay is taken with Claire, are beautiful to and we watch as they begin to engage watch. romantically with immense difficulty. Grade: A While these opposites do attract, can —Jessica Koslow they make it work? Tell No One releases Grade: Bin select theater June —Jessica Koslow 27. Expired releases in select theaters June 27.
(Outsider Pictures) Director/writer Giuseppe Tornatore has a knack for leaving his audiences at the edge of their seats. His latest work, The Unknown Woman, is based around the story of a Ukranian immigrant haunted by her violent past, who goes to work as a servant for a wealthy Italian jewelry maker family. Just as she begins to form a bond with the family, her new beginning is shattered by a vengeful figure from her past who seeks to wreak havoc on everyone with whom she has surrounded herself. The Unknown Woman is not without its shocking moments. What’s more, the film takes a powerful look at the immigration situation in Italy while avoiding the quagmire of politics to reveal a nakedly honest portrait with astonishing depth. Grade: A+ —Natasha Desianto The Unknown Woman releases in select theaters June 27.
Wanted (Universal) Wanted’s filmmakers should advise people to watch at their own risk – particularly if they have a heart condition. Director Timur Bekmambetov’s action thriller is like The Matrix ... on methamphetamine. Scottish heartthrob James McAvoy stars as Wesley. He’s a pencil pusher who is totally unhappy with his life.
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Lawrence Kasdan Pens Robotech
Remember when I reported that Tobey Maguire’s company had optioned the Japanese anime “Robotech” to turn into a film? Well, it looks like story genius Lawrence Kasdan is taking a crack at the script for this project. If you don’t know Kasdan, you should. He wrote the scripts for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Yeah, the dude is a bad man. If awesomeness were against the law, this guy would be serving consecutive life sentences. However, even though I’m a huge Kasdan fan, it remains to be seen, like it would be with any writer, whether or not he will write an adaptation that’s faithful to the show. And beyond that, whether or not the whole creative team, including the producers, will make a faithful adaptation. Film is a collaborative medium, and it takes the participation of everyone involved to get something right. I will know if they get it right because I’m a huge fan of the show. Even though it was never something I really wanted to do, I often aspired to make a film version of “Robotech” myself some day. Nobody wants them to get it right more than me, and Kasdan’s involvement is an indicator that it has a chance.
(Magnolia) An autobiographical tale from director Peter Tolan, creator of “Rescue Me,” Finding Amanda tells the story of Taylor Peters (Matthew Broderick), a TV writer and producer slogging through the dredges of sitcom hell. Once destined for greatness, he is now a Hollywood cautionary tale whose drinking, drug use and habitual gambling have spun his life out of control. When he discovers his niece (Brittany Snow) is working as a prostitute in Vegas, he sets off to rescue her and hopefully, resurrect himself along the way. Broderick is too wide-eyed, soft spoken and genteel to be convincing, and Snow, despite demonstrating considerable talent, is never plausible as a streetwalker. Both Broderick and
(Samuel Goldwyn) Wesley (James McAvoy) gets close to Fox (Angelina Jolie) in Wanted. If ever there was a screenwriter whose When a mysterious killer named name roused feelings of both outrage Fox (Angelina Jolie) comes to “rescue” and hope it is Dalton Trumbo. Here is him from a hit, Wesley becomes a man who as the most outspoken introduced to the world of the member of the Hollywood 10 was Fraternity. This is the 1,000-year-old blacklisted from the film industry brotherhood of badass murderers. after refusing to cooperate during the The crew, led by Sloan (Morgan House Un-American Activities Freeman), takes Wesley into the fold Committee, only to regain promand trains him to take down a rogue inence by winning an Academy Award killer who has left the group. for writing The Brave One. What makes Wanted a lot of fun is Trumbo is a celebration of the the fact that it is gratuitously violent, man’s life and letters, quite literally. A gory and silly. While the plot is brilliant cast that includes Michael somewhat corny and predictable, Douglas, Paul Giamatti and Liam there are still some truly awesome and Neeson perform some of Trumbo’s fun moments. more colorful words in the same Grade: Bfashion the author would have —Ebony March intended. Wanted releases in theaters June 27. Grade: A
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24: Season One (Special Edition)
1) Reservation Road 2) There Will Be Blood 3) In the Valley of Elah 4) Grace is Gone 5) Starting Out in the Evening 6) Enchanted 7) The Savages 8) Dan in Real Life 9) The Kite Runner 10) Smart People 11) Surfwise —Angela Matano
(20th Century Fox) If you haven’t seen “24,” you’re missing out on great suspense TV. For those of you living in a cave the past seven years, the show follows Jack Bower (Kiefer Sutherland), head of Los Angeles’ Counter Terrorism Unit, on the day of a planned assassination of a presidential candidate (Dennis Haysbert). The entire season is 24 continuous hours as Bower races to stop the assassination, navigating bureaucrats, family crises and possible moles within the agency. The show redefined the cliffhanger and even when occasionally ridiculous, makes for perennially entertaining TV. This reissued special edition includes over 25 deleted scenes, behind the scenes featurettes, an all-new documentary (The Genesis of 24), an alternate season finale ending and commentary tracks. Grade: A—Mike Sebastian 24: Season One (Special Edition) is currently available.
Definitely, Maybe (Universal) Ambivalently saddled with a premise both original and awkward, Definitely, Maybe gives a father (Ryan Reynolds) the unenviable position of explaining to his young daughter (Abigail Breslin) how he romanced her mother. In a dadcentric year of film (see this week’s Top 10 list), full of fathers struggling and often failing to connect with their children, Definitely, Maybe presents a rosy and optimistic view of the relationship. Reynolds presents stories with three choices of a potential mother, like so many scoops of Neapolitan ice cream, and the three actresses serve up very different yet enticing flavors. Isla Fisher and Rachel Weisz especially charm and delight in their roles. In the end, it all comes down to
staff pick Paper or Plastic? June 25 @ Mann Festival Theatre, Westwood Eight grocery-bagging state champions prepare for the national Best Bagger compe-
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generic vanilla, Breyer’s chocolate or Häagen-Dazs strawberry. Grade: B —Angela Matano Definitely, Maybe is currently available.
The Jamie Foxx Film Collection (Universal) From starring in “In Living Color” and Booty Call to Oscar-winning in Ray – Jamie Foxx qualifies as “one of today’s most talented and versatile actors” (according to this set). But I don’t know. He has, however, given some competent performances in some respectable films. This eight-disc set includes special editions of four of these – Ray, the film that cemented Foxx’s status as a “serious” actor; Michael Mann’s dark and dreary adaptation of Miami Vice; and two war films: The Kingdom, a decent thriller that kind of fell through the cracks with the recent spate of ho-hum Iraq films, and Jarhead, a should’ve-been-better, anti-war film from Sam Mendes starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Not included are the more worthy films Dreamgirls and Collateral. Are any of these films worth owning? That’s questionable. But, for the price, there are no real clunkers. Grade: B —Mike Sebastian The Jamie Foxx Film Collection is currently available.
The Grand (Anchor Bay) An ensemble improv-a-thon in the vein of Christopher Guest’s films, The Grand, by Zak Penn (Incident at Loch Ness), skewers the recent poker craze. With a stellar cast, including David Cross, Woody Harrelson, Cheryl Hines, Dennis Farina, Michael McKean, “SNL”’s Chris Parnell, Ray Romano and, believe it or not, Werner Herzog, you can’t go wrong.
tition in Las Vegas. Watch as housewives, college kids and goofy teens try to one-up each other in speed, weight distribution and the X-factor, crushability. 4 p.m. —Jessica Koslow Mann Festival Theatre is located at 10887 Lindbrook Drive, Los Angeles.
While the chemistry isn’t as magical as with Guest’s seasoned ensemble, there are some hilarious moments, inventive characters, deadon satire and poker chic. From Farina’s hardboiled “Old Vegas” tactics, to Richard Kind’s clueless online poker champion, to McKean’s soulless developer (his best role in some time), The Grand sets its sights on Vegas in an effective satire. Grade: A—Mike Sebastian The Grand is currently available.
Intervention Season 1: Then and Now (A&E) A survey conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism estimates that more than 17 million Americans have alcohol-use disorders and 4.2 million have other drug-use disorders. Intervention Season 1: Then and Now documents the lives of six such individuals, including Alyson, a former white house intern; Gabe, a young man who racks up over $500,000 in gambling debt; Vanessa, a former “E.R.” actress whose compulsive shopping drives her to bankruptcy; and Travis, a talented musician who eases the stress of fame with drugs. Each case is equally depressing to watch, a reminder of how even the best and the brightest can disintegrate in the face of addiction. Luckily, the addict’s loved ones attempt to save them by conducting an intervention. Their efforts, in some cases, succeed, but in others, utterly fail. Grade: B—Danielle Charbonneau Intervention Season 1: Then and Now is currently available.
AMERICAN TEEN’S JAKE Hit the Road: My European Vacation
In anticipation of Paramount Vantage’s July 25 release of American Teen, Campus Circle asked each of the film’s five “teens” to sound off about college life and their particular areas of expertise. Below, Jake Tusing describes his month-long European trip. He will be a junior studying elementary education at Purdue University. This summer, he’ll be interning with IGN.com in Los Angeles. I first traveled to Europe with my high school marching band when I was 16. We had an incredible time and saw many wonderful things, but we had to adhere to a strict schedule. That was what prompted me to go back and do things my way. This time around, I was with a tour group for only 10 days. The next two weeks I spent alone. I had challenged myself to travel 2,000 miles with no plans for travel tickets, hotels or sights to see. With the group, I enjoyed sightseeing in Italy and Greece, primarily Rome and Athens. After those 10 days, the sky was the limit, although I did have a vague idea of what I wanted to do. Once the group left for the airport, I took a train from Athens heading Jake Tusing (left) is a world explorer. north. As soon as I got on the train, I finally realized how potentially dangerous and sporadic this trip could be. Doing my best to keep an upbeat attitude and an open mind, I pressed forward into my adventure. Within a few days, I had worked my way through Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Austria. I decided to head into a different part of Germany than I had visited my last time around. I picked Munich. When I got off the train, I was immediately pleased with my decision. Everything there was so clean and efficient. The public transportation took you anywhere you wanted to go and for a very reasonable price. There was so much to see in this city, even though I spent most of my time gawking at things I didn’t recognize. It made me realize how little I knew about the world. I was standing in a huge city that had been there for I don’t know how many hundreds of years, and I had only known its name up until this point. After a few days of wandering around Munich, I took off for Amsterdam. I had heard so much about it. On my way there, I didn’t expect anything more than a run-down, dirty city. On my arrival, I realized I needed to stop judging places before I saw them. Just like Munich, this city boasted much to see and do and had a history hundreds of years old. I started running out of time quickly and made a jump to England. As far as suggestions go for planning a trip, tour groups do allow for more affordable travel and help to relieve a lot of stress. Seeing things on your own is wonderful, but you have to be ready for anything. I had to carry all I brought with me nearly all the time (I only packed one small backpack). I never knew where or when I was going to be sleeping or what I would eat. I didn’t carry any more cash than necessary for fear of my wallet being stolen. If you do go the tour group route, find one that gives you a lot of freedom. It’s great seeing the sights that are world-renowned, but it’s the things you discover on your own that make Europe truly amazing. James Rexroad
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240 W. 4th St., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles; www.angelcitydrivein.com Angel City Drive In is a bimonthly movie night hosted on the second floor of a roof parking lot. With a brand new 24 by 18-foot screen, AstroTurf speakers and a FM transmitter, which allows moviegoers to hear the movie inside their cars, the sheer experience is half the fun. Traditional movie food items such as hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and candy are available for purchase from the Angel City Derby Girls, who arrive at the flash of your car lights. Plus, DJ Morgan spins for pre-show entertainment. See Breakfast at Tiffany’s June 28, Dazed and Confused July 12 or Xanadu July 26. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, and pre-sale ends at 2 p.m. on the day of the screening.
ArcLight’s Unique 21+ Screenings 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; www.arclightcinemas.com The infamous dome-shaped venue, featuring a ’60s-inspired layout, rounded screen and the latest in movie showing technology, now features 21+ screenings of first-time movies (a.k.a. B.Y.O.B.). It’s the first
day has a different theme or two: “Silent Wednesdays,” “Music Thursdays,” “Noir Matinee” Saturdays and occassionally “Asian” Sundays. The theater also features quirky special monthly events such as pottymouthed, pre-code cartoons and a performance by Noisy People, a group of San Francisco
mausoleum in Hollywood Forever Cemetery as flocks of people picnic on the lawn. Indie DJs spin music before and after the show. See The Man Who Knew Too Much June 28 and The T.A.M.I. Show June 29. Parking on cemetery grounds is $5. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. There is a $10 donation fee.
MOVIE EXPERIENCES Try These Out of Sight Silver Screen Options improvisational theater musicians who like to use their instruments in unique ways. Movie tickets are $10.
Alcohol is allowed. Pets, however, are not allowed.
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Fowler Museum, North Campus, UCLA (310) 825-8655; www.fowler.ucla.edu Planned in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition subject, Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diaspora, view these flicks about mermaids and the sea every Wednesday at noon through July 23. FREE. See La Sirene/The Mermaid and Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid June 25, Million Dollar Mermaid July 2, The Incredible Mr. Limpet July 9, Secret of Roan Inish July 16 and Splash July 23.
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B.Y.O.B. and have some 21+ good times at the ArcLight’s 21+ Screenings.
6356 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 817-3456; www.cinespace.info Cinespace’s trademark, world famous Dinner and a Movie – what else is there to say? Every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Moviegoers can feast on a gourmet meal while watching a recent Hollywood flick. Movies are free, just show up for dinner (food prices vary). Reservations recommended.
Cinespia 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles; www.cinespia.org Cinespia is one of Los Angeles’ most famous and talked about movie events of the summer. Films are projected on the side of a huge
611 N Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles (323) 655-2510; www.silentmovietheatre.com Built in 1942 by John and Dorothy Hampton, the Silent Movie Theatre ran as America’s only functioning silent movie theater. Since then, it has been fully restored to its original, vintage 1940s, art deco design, complete with a brand new screen and sound system. The venue also has a stage, a Spanish patio and a cappuccino lounge upstairs. The theater features unique and different films for the artsy-fartsy Wednesday through Sunday. Each
Cinespace: Dinner and a Movie
The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre
www.hollywoodmobmov.org Unlike most drive-in movie locations, the Mobmov is never held in the same place twice. It occurs
Cinespia: Spooky and fun!
inspired theme. The formerly decrepit venue, revamped in 2006, has a snack bar complete with several different kinds of traditional movie food, Mexican food and breakfast food. It also boasts a “world famous” swap meet with over 300 vendors every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free parking. Movie tickets are $7.
Cinémoca: Six Saturdays of Art and Cinema The Geffen Contemporary at Moca 152 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles; www.moca.org/cinemoca Bring your lawn chair or blanket and revel in an evening of art and celluloid under the stars. Beer, wine and snacks can be purchased from Patinette Café (Outside food and drink are no-nos.). Through July 12. See The Ox-Bow Incident June 28, Los Muertos July 5 and Brother Sun, Sister Moon July 12. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. $10 for adults, $5 for students with I.D.
Movies in the Park
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High Noon Film Series
theater in California to receive a license for it. Feel free to bring the booze of your choice for an enhanced viewing experience.
whenever and wherever a parking lot able to host 50 cars is available adjacent to a white wall. Organized online, the Mobmov, which began in Berkeley, is similar to old-fashioned drive-in movie theaters, except one car projects the movie onto a white backdrop while everyone else tunes into listen on their FM radios. The grassroots group prides itself on
bringing back the nostalgia of drive-in movies in modern times and does not charge a fee. If you want to be in the know, join the mailing list – and the location, movie and time will be e-mailed to you the day before.
333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach; www.longbeach.gov/park The projection and popcorn are free, so bring a chair or blanket, picnic dinner and a handful of friends. Films begin at dusk. See Bee Movie July 2125, Surf’s Up July 28-Aug. 1 and many more. Through Aug. 29.
Movies on the Beach
1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach; www.newportdunes.com 10850 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles Showing family-friendly flicks like (888) 724-6362; Lilo and Stitch, Finding Nemo and www.landmarktheatres.com Happy Feet every Friday and Saturday Landmark Theatres’ flagship through Sept. 27 at the first sign of theater has all the amenities of an dusk, this location makes it easy to expensive Hollywood starlet’s home chill out for some mindless fun theater. With 12 state of the art surrounded by a beautiful landscape. auditoriums, oversized leather couches Movies are free and vary by day. and loveseats and specialized concessions featuring items from Yogurtberry, Peet’s Coffee and La Brea Bakery, the nation’s largest theater chain of independent film has more than outdone itself. The theater also features a wine bar, where of-age moviegoers can enjoy their favorite beer or wine during See a movie under the stars this summer. certain screenings. The posh venue also boasts over 3,000 free parking spaces. The Vineland Drive-In 443 N. Vineland Ave., City of Industry (626) 961-9262; Mission Tiki Drive-in www.socaldims.com/thevinelanddri 4407 State St., Montclair (909) vein.htm 627-3564; www.missiontiki.com Pacific Theatre’s Vineland DriveTwo first-run movies are shown In boasts four screens featuring together on four screens (that’s eight Technalight, and all showing the latest movies total), seven days a week at blockbuster movies as well as old Mission Tiki Drive-in. The ticket favorites. Films start at dusk on Friday, booths are tiki huts and a Moai Saturday and Sunday only. garden adds to the PolynesianJayson Mellom/San Luis Obispo Tribune/MCT
Angel City Drive In
“Funny and offbeat...honest and heartfelt.” -Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Critics’ Pick “Touching...The film is appallingly good.” -David Edelstein, NEW YORK MAGAZINE
“Jason Patric plays one of the nastiest dinner dates since ‘Goodfellas’.” -Anthony Breznican, USA TODAY
“A champ of Sundance. Samantha Morton in one of her most daring performances.” -David Poland, MOVIE CITY NEWS OFFICIAL SELECTION
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on the menu | a taste of l.a.
BEN FORD’S FILLING STATION
The New Face of the WNBA
Connecting People to Food
IT’S A WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, and sandwiched between two NBA Finals games at the Staples Center is what most would consider a meaningless midseason game between the L.A. Sparks and the visiting Detroit Shock. But as I ride to the arena on a shuttle full of passionate fans, the talk doesn’t come around to Kobe’s game, the Lakers’ chances or Phil’s strategy. You get the feeling that, surrounded on all sides by Lakers paraphernalia, this insulated group of fans could care less about the men’s team that invades “their” building. If Kobe exists in Los Angeles, it ain’t on this bus. “Let’s go Sparks! Let’s go Sparks!” Candance Parker is Olympics bound. For a league that has struggled to exist over the last 12 years, it’s these Sparks and players like rookie Candace Parker who keeps fans coming back for more. Parker’s transition to the professional level has been a quick one. Only 12 hours after walking out of the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. as a national champion with Tennessee, she was walking across a stage only miles down the road as the number one overall pick in the 2008 WNBA draft. She nearly recorded a triple double in her first Sparks win a month later and in August will be expected to help lead the national team to a gold medal at this year’s Olympics. “I’m very excited to be on the Olympic team. I remember watching the ’96 Olympics on my couch and wanting to be there, and it’s a dream come true to represent my country,” she says. Along with that burden comes playing in the shadow of WNBA great Lisa Leslie and adjusting to the new role at the professional level. While her height and footwork may have made her a post threat in college, her speed and agility makes her a guard in a bigger and faster WNBA. Parker, along with Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi and Minnesota’s Candice Wiggins, is quickly becoming one of the faces of the youth movement now present in the WNBA. Even as a rookie, Parker’s effortless ability, proven track record and intense drive make her the perfect role model for young girls dreaming the WNBA dream. However, it’s no longer just the girls that see Parker as the future of basketball. Throughout the Sparks crowd on any given night, she and the legendary Leslie are attracting more and more young men to the game. “I look in the stands a lot,” says Sparks coach Michael Cooper, “and you see a lot more single guys that I think are enjoying our game now. I think what we’re doing is slowly getting their attention.” Now, Parker and her teammates will look to improve their 7-2 record, in hopes of chasing down the Sparks first championship since 2002. With a WNBA title and a possible Gold Medal at the Olympics on the horizon, Parker has to opportunity to become the first player to win a college, pro and Olympic title in the same calendar year. At only 22 though, Parker has plenty of time to achieve whatever she wants. While many see her as the heir to Lisa Leslie’s throne, others see her as a “Michael Jordan” that can take the WNBA to a much higher stratosphere. Whatever the case may be, fans of the Sparks riding that shuttle every night will have the same reaction. “Let’s go Sparks! Let’s go Sparks!” The Los Angeles Sparks will play the Washington Mystics June 26 at the Staples Center. For more information, visit www.wnba.com/sparks.
BY SASHA PERL-RAVER BENJAMIN FORD IS MANY things. He’s a Culver City pioneer, gastropub innovator, man of the soil and champion of ingredients. Though some might dismiss him simply as a child of privilege with a knack for food (Harrison Ford is his father.), Ben Ford is a man of principle and ideals who learned his craft, literally, from the ground up. “My initial attraction to food came through gardening,” he says one afternoon over coffee at his phenomenally successful Culver City restaurant, Ford’s Filling Station. “I went to a school where they taught gardening starting in the first grade. I had these epiphanies as a young person, putting my hands in the soil and forging a connection with the food I was eating.” It led him to want to start cooking, so he began learning with his mother at the age of five. “My mother was a very good cook. My home was one of those were kids would come and stay for two or three days at a time, fatten up before they go home,” he laughs.
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Over the years, his devotion to food grew. While still in high school, he got his first restaurant job. “When I was 15, I was sent to work in a professional kitchen to see if I liked what I was being taught. I [worked at] a restaurant called Greens in San Francisco which had their own organic farm.”
After college and a brief stint playing professional baseball before a career-ending shoulder injury sidelined him, Ford decided to return to San Francisco. “There were great restaurants up there,” he says. “All I knew was there was a culinary school there I could attend, I knew it was close to the wine country and I knew it was closer to the ingredients that I loved.” Ford enrolled at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. “I was at the Culinary Academy, and I had to get a real job because I was doing laundry for my roommate so I could steal her change to have money to eat, and it wasn’t quite enough,” he says jokingly. He eventually landed a job at Chez Panisse, “which I had to beg to get into,” he admits without pretense. Chez Panisse is a legendary restaurant in Berkeley, Calif. founded by Alice Waters, one of America’s bestknown and most influential chefs, who started the organic food revolution. Chez Panisse is often referred to as the birthplace of California Cuisine. The experience proved invaluable. “That place taught me what it meant to work in a business where everything was important and where it started with great product and the relationship with the farmers.” During his tenure, Paul Bertolli was his mentor. “This was a guy who would bring in half a cow and break it down with a handsaw in front of you,” Ford says with incredible respect. “This is a guy who does everything by hand.” His time with Bertolli had a profound impact and ingrained his food philosophy. “The secret to cooking is: the more effort you put into the dish the more it translates to the plate. It’s the effort that makes the difference,” he insists.“He also taught me respect for the whole animal, respect for vegetables, respect for ingredients in general.” He brought that philosophy with him as he worked in some of Los Angeles’ best restaurants, including Opus and Campanile, before becoming executive chef at the Farm of Beverly Hills and then opening his
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Chef Ben Ford chills in Culver City.
own restaurants, first Chadwick’s and now Ford’s Filling Station. “All of my restaurants are about connecting people to the food,” says Ford empathically. “At Chadwick’s, the servers were expected to go out and work in the garden so that when they talked about the ingredients, they weren’t talking about something they had no association with. If they go out and harvest the tomatoes, they’ll sell it differently when they get to the table.” But Ford doesn’t stop there. “We bring a lot of whole animals in. Yeah it’s scary, intimidating and even borders on gnarly sometimes,” he chuckles, “but it’s forging this relationship with a product.” “This is a restaurant where the craft of cooking is still being taught,” Ford says with pride. “It’s being taught through gardening, real butchering, old school stuff that’s not taught anymore. The Cooking by Hand approach.” Ford is so devoted to the concept that he’s hosting an evening dedicated to teaching the techniques as part of the Ford’s Filling Station Lecture Series. “We started with ‘What the Hell is a GastroPub?’ The last one was a Headto-Tail dinner because I feel it’s disingenuous not to use as much of the animal as possible. Next will be Cooking by Hand,” Ford says. The evening will be hosted at Ford’s Filling Station on July 14, and most of the lectures sell out in advance. Ford believes a successful restaurant is “what people let you be. When you build something, you should build it 80 to 90 percent and then let the community finish off the final touches.” The delicate balance is what Ben Ford and Ford’s Filling Station is dedicated to, both in the community and on the plate. “The difference between what’s good and great can sometimes be the addition or subtraction of a single ingredient. You have to know when to say stop and when you need to layer something a little differently.” Ford’s Filling Station is located at 9531 Culver Blvd. Culver City. For more information, visit www.fordsfillingstation.net.
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underground world. Because of the intolerance and BY LAUREN ROSENBLUM stigma, sex workers are forced to work in secrecy and fear of arrest. These are women who are constantly victims of sexual assault and have nowhere to turn. There is no victims’ compensation, counseling or disability pay for an assaulted prostitute. “Decriminalization is the only way to end the violence and discrimination in the industry,” says S. Porter, a member of SWOP-LA. “It is important that all sex workers know that they are employed in a profession where they should be treated as humans. They have feelings, emotions and intellect just like anyone else.” Passion, a self-described “urban OSCAR-WINNING JUNO SCREENPorter recently joined the geisha” and paid escort, founded the writer Diablo Cody led a secret life as organization after watching a number Los Angeles chapter of the Sex a lap dancer in seedy strip clubs before of her friends suffer in the industry. Workers Outreach Project. She is she was discovered by a big-time Though she has never been a sex fighting for a “Whore Revolution,” Hollywood producer. worker herself, she is proud to fight for which is about acknowledging the sex She graduated from the sex worker activism. workers that exist within our University of Iowa with a media “There’s nothing dirty or shamecommunities. studies degree and landed her first job ful about working in the sex industry,” Passion has nine years of exas a secretary for a law firm in Porter says. “What’s shameful is the perience in sex work. She has worked Chicago. Cody was bored of her job way that the public views them.” as a stripper, private dancer, agency when she entered an amateur stripper SWOP-LA empowers men and escort, independent escort, Miscompetition and got hooked. women to view sex work as a Cody chronicled her year privileged title and spent stripping and working at acknowledge what they do as other sex industry jobs in her work. For Mina Zhi, a member memoir, Candy Girl: A Year in of SWOP-LA and paid the Life of an Unlikely Stripper. dominatrix, the organization She showed us that the sex has helped her to balance work industry is not a world of herself mentally and give back misled, poor, hungry, hometo her community. less, illiterate and drugZhi works as a successful addicted men and women. She Accounts Manager by day and describes herself as a nerd from professional dominatrix by a well-off, wholesome family. night. She wears business One of her motivations for outfits at sunup and whips, stripping was money. Of chains and handcuffs at suncourse, she also stripped and down. Her two worlds cannot wrote about it because she be mixed. wanted to gain attention as a “From the prospective of a writer. nude performer, my job has But it wasn’t all about the been extremely empowering fortune and fame. By the end because I pick and choose my of the memoir, Cody says she is work,” Zhi says. “I look at it as proud that she overcame her an art form. I don’t only do it prior inhibitions and insefor the money.” curities. Once the stigma is reCody’s story is one shared solved, advocacy efforts can by many successful women focus on helping and prowho have chosen a profession tecting sex workers. This in the sex work industry. This Mariko Passion, founder of Sex Workers Outreach Project – Los Angeles means giving sex workers the includes prostitutes, strippers, right to recognition and progo-go dancers, burlesque tection under labor and employment tress/Dominant and sensual masseuse. performers, escorts, dominatrices, laws, the right to form and join But to disprove all stereotypes, she is peepshow workers, phone sex professional associations or unions educated, successful and driven. operators, hustlers, foot fetish models, and the right to legally cross borders to Passion earned a Masters Degree brothel workers and porn stars, work. in Social Justice Education from among others. They feel empowered Also, the legalization of sex work UCLA and chooses to run SWOP-LA. through their control over clients and would allow it to be carried out in She vowed to fight for the selftheir sexuality. better-organized circumstances. determination and justice of sex At the same time, Cody admits Regulations, such as requiring workers instead of having a “real job.” that she had bad experiences and condom use and regular health “Social justice education can noted the very sad and very vicious checkups for sex workers, could happen everywhere, at any moment, people she met as co-workers, reduce the transmission of HIV and not just in the schools,” Passion says.“I employers and clients. What Cody other sexually transmitted diseases. am using my Masters Degree to the begins to reveal is that sex workers do SWOP-LA promotes the health, fullest, except now I put MSW – not have the same basic human and safety and wellbeing of sex industry Master of Sex Work – after my name labor rights as other working people. workers in a way that enables and because it seems more fitting.” All too often, sex workers are affirms their occupational and human The non-profit organization victims of discrimination, assault, rights. focuses on ending violence through rape or non-payment by a client. And education and advocacy. SWOP-LA they can’t do a thing about it because For more information, visit wants to inform the public that the sex their work is illegal. www.myspace.com/swopla. industry is becoming a dangerous, It is for this reason that Mariko
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THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET ABOUT SEX WORK
‘A THOUSAND WORDS’
Now-June 29 @ Art Share L.A., Los Angeles
(It’s not so dirty after all…)
BY DOV RUDNICK THE IDEA BEHIND “A THOUSAND WORDS” WAS TO EXPLORE how the visual arts might inform and inspire the creation of new theater. Nine playwrights from Padua Playwrights selected a piece of art from nine different artists from the Laddad gallery space and used it as the impetus for their short plays. It was further conceived that the audience would sit down to watch the show and then have two intermissions to hang in a gallery, which included the work of the visual artists. The result is an interesting evening, if not a wee-bit obtuse. The settings and scenarios imagined are wildly eclectic, including an ancient crypt in modern day Iraq occupied by an American mercenary to the stern of a pirate ship with a gaggle of real looking pirates. The fine troupe of actors makes the show consistently watchable. Yet, there remains an unresolved divide between the works of art and the plays. Displaced Person, by The dramas in which the performers enact Emmeric James Konrad inspires Sharon Yablon’s seem far removed from the soundless impact of “Look Up” the art pieces. This could speak to an inevitable clash between the two art forms, theater being about people and the plastic arts concerned more with space. Art Share L.A. is located at 801 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.paduaplaywrights.com.
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‘ADAM BAUM AND THE JEW MOVIE’
Now-July 20 @ Hayworth Theater IT’S 1946. RICHARD KIND AS STUDIO HEAD SAM BAUM IS on the phone talking about making a movie on anti-Semitism. He’s got competition from another studio that’s developing a film called Gentleman’s Agreement. Baum hires Oscar winner Garfield Hampson Jr., played by Hamish Linklater, a markedly gentile writer, through whose eyes and sensibilities the script shall be fashioned. They take a meeting in Baum’s office, where Sam tells Hampson that this town isn’t big enough for (l to r) Hamish Linklater, Gregory Mikurak and two “Jew movies.” Via their banter, Richard Kind in “Adam Baum and the Jew Movie” we learn what it’s like to be a Jew who has made something of himself in postwar America. The actors are brilliant. Director Paul Mazursky keeps the pace going just right. Kind commands the stage, Linklater is properly scholarly as the writer and Gregory Mikurak, as son Adam, is letter perfect. For more information, call (323) 960-4442 or visit www.TheHayworth.com.
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music 101 | artist feature
WE ARE SCIENTISTS
Evolution catches up to this Brooklyn band. BY EBONY MARCH
The Briggs Come All You Madmen (SideOneDummy) Based on their touring history and ambiguously-Irish feistiness, the Briggs could pass for a group of fierce Boston punks (and to be fair, the Los Angeles natives are joined here by Dropkick Murphy Ken Casey and Mighty Mighty Bosstone Dicky Barrett). It’s nearimpossible to find the band reviewed sans terms like “fistpumping,” and based even on “Mad Men,” the rattle-andstomp anthem of Come All You Madmen, it’s safe to assume that the adjective list has again narrowed. Some inconsistency with the urgency of the music itself: “Not Alone,”“Ship of Fools” and “This Ship is Now Sinking” are musically dated by about 10 years, though the call-andresponse of “Until Someone Gets Hurt” likely translates well live, and “Molly” is actually a lovely ballad steeped in Irish tradition. A touch corny, but best of all, “This is L.A.” sums up the skin of Los Angeles, from the haze, to Sunset Strip’s “pay to play” venue policy, to the “10 (to the 5 to the 134),” in a united howl for home that’d make Agnostic Front proud. If only the Briggs weren’t so predictably fitting for the Warped Tour. Grade: B—China Bialos Come All You Madmen is currently available.
THE PERFECT RECIPE FOR A great indie rock band: Take two parts talent and mix in one part quirk. Sprinkle with a little Brooklyn edge and serve it, piping hot to a music lover near you. That’s just what We Are Scientists has done to fans of its genre. Lead vocalist Keith Murray and bassist/cohort Chris Cain (along with former member Michael Tapper) burst onto the national music stage with the 2006 release With Love and Squalor. The LP spawned the college radio hit “This Scene is Dead” and added this New York-based band to a distinguished list of memorable postmillennial favorites. We Are Scientists is back with its latest release, Brain Thrust Mastery. The disc is a dangerous, danceable successor to past efforts and offers the next step in evolution for Murray and Cain. Even though they have been
reduced to a two-fer, there’s still a lot of magic within the creative process. “Keith sort of sketches out the songs in the beginning. He’s the one that can play the acoustic guitar, so therefore, I’m not allowed to write because I can’t play the acoustic guitar. Everyone knows that songs start on the acoustic guitar,” Cain jokes. From there, he and Murray begin to flesh out each track, deciding what instruments and extras they’d like to include on each. For the most part, it’s been an easy ride to great-sounding music. The only detour has been with the band’s single “Chick Lit,” which was re-tooled at the request of their record label. But don’t be alarmed: Although this group is changing professionally, it still hasn’t lost its well-documented sense of humor, especially when it comes to the fans. “I could be making a bit of a leap,
frequency | essential concerts | B Y Steel Train June 25 @ House of Blues Anaheim These guys play some awesome, pop-friendly, progressive rock, but that’s not the big reason they’re worth checking out. To be fair, because the very concepts of pop and prog are seemingly irreconcilable, the Jersey natives’ ability to do the impossible is admirable and skillfully executed at that, but again, not why you’re going to this show. I challenge all readers to talk music theory with frontman Jack Antonoff or have any musically inclined debate with him. You’ll be a better person in the end for doing so.
Seeing Things (Sony) With the possible exception of the Lennon boys there are very few artists working today that have to live up to the fact that their fathers have made some of the most influential recordings of all time. As the son of Bob Dylan, Jakob Dylan has little to prove; his talents have been on display with the Wallflowers for over a decade. But now with the release of
June 25 @ The Forum Many of you young’uns may be
his first solo album, it’s likely that Dylan will be facing critical comparison to dear old dad. The two are polar opposites vocally; Bob is nasally and often fails to enunciate while Jakob’s voice rings clear as a bell on every note. But Seeing Things is an album of rootsy acoustic material that uses
here,” muses Cain, “but I feel like our fans are people in desperate circumstances – abyssmal, even – who need a little dose of We Are Scientists every once in a while.” Cain’s reflections come during a tour break in which the band is in New York preparing to make its way across the country to play dates on the left coast. One has to wonder how musicians keep up with the stringent guidelines and day-to-day wrangling of a different town each day. For the members of We Chris Cain and Keith Murray of We Are Scientists Are Scientists, they don’t subscribe to hippie selfgirlfriends; going to band practice), help mumbo-jumbo, nor do they go but they also don’t give into the the way of the Beatles by cozying up to trappings of the tour circuit. yogis for guidance. Instead, Cain He speaks just as candidly about admits that what keeps his head on the future of the music industry. straight is a good book and the When given a minute to sound off occasional TV show. about his thoughts, Cain wastes no “We read a lot, and we watch a lot time: “From the musician’s of TV shows on DVD. [There’s] very perspective, I think the biggest little spiritual content to our day-toadjustments are sort of in store for the day lives, which could be a problem,” labels and that they’re not going to he admits. “I just finished my first exist in the forms that they currently James Bond book, which was exist in for much longer,” delivering a Moonraker by Ian Fleming.” firm opinion ... just like any good For indie rock’s best new find, We Brooklynite. Are Scientists’ backstage antics appear a glorious contrast from that of its Brain Thrust Mastery is currently rock music predecessors. Not only do available. We Are Scientists will perform Cain and Murray seem to relish the July 1 at the El Rey Theatre, Los same everyday activities of any good Angeles. Brooklynite (spending time with their Alan Clarke
B R I E N O V E R LY uniquely-cool indie synth pop bands trace their aural lineage right back up to Mr. Michaels (insert your own “Father Figure” word play here). Like fellow ’80s holdover Madonna, just less abrasive and with a real British accent, Michaels has been perfecting his art for decades and continues to be relevant for things other than the scandals attached to his name. As such, Lindsay Lohan can also be added to the aforementioned list of people taking a page from Michaels’ book. Or a few chapters, in her case; none of them pertaining to his music.
“Father Figure” George Michael
Hellogoodbye familiar with George Michael’s name, but may not in actuality be familiar with his music. For those that don’t know: all your precious and oh-so-
sparse instrumentation and often just guitar, so in that respect, there’s a comparison to his father’s early work. Jakob’s music, though, is not oblique or cryptic; nothing here requires any heavy thinking. Grade: B —Kevin Wierzbicki Seeing Things is currently available.
June 27 @ KeyClub Endearingly awkward, thy name is Forrest Kline. You’d never guess it just by looking at them, but these emo-
synth-pop geeks are doing something very unique by being a fun band that’s not a joke band. Granted, their music videos may state otherwise, but that’s a story for another day…
We Are Scientists July 1 @ The El Rey Because at the time of writing this, I’m preparing for day of (cue sarcastic tone) sweaty, dirty fun in Pomona, I felt it fitting to include a band actually from Pomona. Before you decided I’ve lost it entirely (which I may actually have, considering I’m willingly going to Pomona for a day), just know that they don’t actually sound like an awful inland band. If I didn’t know any better, I’d have sworn these indie rockers were native Brits for as much as they seem at home touring with the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Maximo Park. And that’s saying a lot for a band from the 909.
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Vestaloynes and the Two Koreas. A few well-established acts played NXNE this year too. Groups like L.A. Guns, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Redd Kross and punk oldsters Teenage Head. The biggest thrill though, is had by dashing from club to club to find out just what unknown bands like the Coast, I See Rowboats and the State of Things have to offer. The L.A. area represented with performances from Money Mark, AJ DeGrasse, Fire Bug, Mia Sable, Ari Shine, Jo Krasevich and Keram, while Brant Bjork made the trip in from Palm Desert. Talent attending the conference portion of NXNE had many opportunities to mingle with industry bigwigs and hand out their CDs to all interested parties, or to pick up pointers by attending interview sessions with the likes of Thomas Dolby, Sheek Louch, Fab 5 Freddy and
Tie in September. After playing two shows including what Tranter referred to as a “sloppy seconds” gig at the Velvet Underground nightclub, Semi Precious Weapons left Toronto having made hundreds of new friends. Artists perform at 50 different venues during NXNE, some of which are scattered throughout Toronto. But mostly the action goes on downtown in the city’s entertainment district at a myriad of clubs on, or adjacent to, Queen Street. The long-running and legendary El Mocambo, a fairly small club favored over the years by the Rolling Stones, hosted over two dozen acts including Ontario-based bands Bedouin Soundclash, Moneen, the
Push the Envelope with Ninth Release
BY ERICA CARTER AFTER SELLING MILLIONS OF albums and filling venues around the world you would think it’s relatively easy to say, “if it ain’t broke, why fix it?” But if you’re 311, being happy with a formula just doesn’t cut it. “Not that we’ve ever had any hardships with producer Ron Saint Germain on our last four albums, but when you have the opportunity to work with Bob Rock you take it,” says bassist P-Nut of their ninth untitled recording.
George Pettit of Alexisonfire. The film festival portion of NXNE generally runs in the afternoon or early evening hours so as not to
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1) My Morning Jacket — Evil Urges 2) Lil Wayne — Tha Carter III 3) N.E.R.D. — Seeing Sounds 4) Fleet Foxes — Self-Titled 5) Portishead — Third 6) Spiritualized — Songs in A&E 7) Flying Lotus — Los Angeles 8) MGMT — Oracular Spectacular 9) Santogold — Self-Titled 10) Ladytron — Velocifero 11) The Black Keys — Attack & Release 12) Death Cab for Cutie — Narrow Stairs 13) Supergrass — Diamond Hoo Ha 14) The Ting Tings — We Started Nothing 15) Weezer — Weezer (Red Album) 16) Little Brother — …And Justice for All 17) Radiohead — Best of Radiohead 18) Alanis Morissette — Flavors of Entanglement 19) Jakob Dylan — Seeing Things 20) She & Him — Volume One
overlap with the night’s live performances. Some of the films screened were the Blondie documentary One Way or the Other, the comedy The Rocker, Rolling Like a Stone featuring vintage film of the Rolling Stones offstage, Clear Red featuring Finger 11 and Toronto punk scene documentary The Last Pogo. Some films had their stars in attendance; former Stranglers guitarist Hugh Cornwell joined the audience for the viewing of Blueprint, a documentary about the making of his latest album, Hooverdam. Anywhere you turn during NXNE you’ll find live music, the people who make it and the people who love it. Who’ll leave Toronto standing proud like the CN Tower next year? You’ll have to find that out for yourself. NXNE 2009 will be held June 11-14. For more information, visit www.nxne.com.
better. He’s taking our details and idiosyncrasies and making them better.” As for the fine line between progressing in a direction that will keep their fan base and still attract new ones, P-Nut is confident that the album will be able to do both. 311 will be recording this album in two parts, for the first part they will (l to r) Chad Sexton, Nick Hexum, SA Martinez, Tim Mahoney complete just the music and for and P-Nut of 311 the second part, after the break feed off their energy,” he says. from their Summer Unity Tour with Indeed the hardcore fan base of Snoop Dogg, they’ll lay down the vo311 is in for a treat, even though most cals. followers will just be happy to see their P-Nut says they plan to perform at band on stage. least two or three new songs for the 311 will perform June 28 at Verizon lucky tour attendees. Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine. For “Really, we are a band that more information, visit www.311.com. connects with our fans on the road, we
Producer Rock has worked with a multitude of talent ranging across the spectrum. Best known for Metallica’s monster album St. Anger, he’s also worked with The Tragically Hip, Veruca Salt and even Michael Buble. As Rock is known for pushing bands to reach their musical apex, PNut says, “He’s taking our band with our musical history and moving things around. He’s taking our strengths and making them even
following a trend that the Go! Team seemed to make popular. But, I would compare this band to Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head rather than the Go! Team. The sound created on this project is silky smooth; so far, the best album of the year. Grade: A
—Keyvon Pierre Hercules and Love Affair is currently available.
My Morning Jacket Evil Urges (ATO/Red) Solidifying their eclectic and eccentric style, My Morning Jacket’s
fifth album, Evil Urges, goes from their classic rock roots, to jam band sound, to a new funked-out trip. The band, known for their prog-rock meets Southern rock sound, definitely stretches some musical muscle on this album. CONTINUED
DFA producer Andrew Butler and Antony get together on Hercules and Love Affair’s debut album for a unique mash up of genres that my iTunes music library labels New Wave. Butler pulls off a Herculean feat by perfectly orchestrating his large, multi-instrument band that covers a wide range of styles,
Semi Previous Weapons
A.J. DeGrasse from the O.C. performs at NXNE.
IT’S A GOOD THING THAT Toronto’s iconic CN Tower is built to sway a few feet in any given direction. The massive spire is of course never in any real danger, but don’t tell that to the hordes of rock bands that descend on Toronto every June for the city’s North by Northeast Music and Film Festival & Conference, otherwise lovingly known as NXNE. About 500 acts come from all over the world to showcase at NXNE, and indeed many of them have their amps turned up to “earthshaking.” But even the quieter acts have the intention of rattling the streets to somehow grab the ears of new fans and industry execs alike. The most talked about act this year was Semi Precious Weapons, a New York City-based four-piece fronted by the effeminate-acting, but hard-rocking singer Justin Tranter. The band plays a juiced-up blend of glam and garage rock: screaming guitar, thrumming bass and drums that pound relentlessly as Tranter rules the stage with an energetic persona that pays homage to, among others, Iggy Pop and David Bowie. Semi Precious Weapons blew into town already having secured a recording contract; their debut, We Love You, will be released by Razor &
Music Takes Over
They successfully manage to create harmony between genres and styles that should sound at odds. The album opens with the title track, which is a prog rock number with lead singer Jim James in a squealing falsetto about how “evil urges are just part of the human way.” The groovy track “Highly Suspicious” sounds a great deal like Prince in the ’80s with a modern twist. Such diversity could make the album seem jumbled, but MMJ pulls together a coherency that makes the album sound like pure goodness. Grade: A—Lori Bartlett Evil Urges is currently available.
The Myriad With Arrows, With Poise (Koch) The Myriad call themselves indie artists, a word that typically doesn’t belong in the same sentence as MTV. But Myriad has caught the eye of the corporate giant, being named MTV’s “Breakout Artist of the Year” in 2007. Thankfully for this Seattle quintet, they are talented enough to teeter on the edge of the indie and mainstream music worlds. “A Clean Shot,” off their new album, With Arrows, With Poise, is in rotation on MTV2, providing the masses with a snapshot of what can be found on the CD. Ambient sound, experimental drums, keys and rock that surrounds a room are highlights. Lyrically, the songs allude to something higher, creating ballads of uncertainty, hope and love. This album generates a smorgasbord of emotions and is extraordinarily different than anything currently out. Expect to hear more from the Myriad. And don’t be surprised if this album tops MTV’s “Best of” lists for 2008. Grade: A+ —Laren Mahoney With Arrows, With Poise is currently available.
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AMOEBA TOP 10
live show reviews
Independent Local Artist Releases
Ravens and Chimes
June 16 @ Spaceland Every band that’s well known has gone through a time of relative obscurity. Musicians strive to create a sound, look and live performance that captivates. New York-based Ravens and Chimes are on their way to being that band. Every show they play is a learning experience. At Spaceland, they took the stage with two-thirds of the crowd gone since the previous band’s set. They don’t yet have the element that makes for an amazing show – a convinced crowd. But their performance was no less worth seeing.
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Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene
June 12-15 @ Manchester, Tenn. With a line-up that grows more diverse every year, the success of Bonnaroo could never hinge on one act. Clocking in at four hours, My Morning Jacket performed the quintessential Bonnaroo set, and Sigur Rós brought all their angels down for a transcendental gift from the music gods. Even Metallica found some love. Yes, Kanye was (very) late. But “Fuck Kanye” chants aside, Mr. West’s spectacular
Amos Lee seamlessly glides between blues, soul, gospel and folk with straightforward yet graceful songwriting on his latest release. His new album Last Days at the Lodge is out now on Blue Note.
Esotouric Presents: Ruthann Friedman live at Amoeba Music (at the conclusion of the ROCK TOUR!) “... she wrote ‘Windy,’ but even if she was crashin’ at Crosby’s when she wrote it, her lone LP Constant Companion epitomized the west coast darkening hippie trip, with its heavy emotional atmospheres. Friedman lived her music... while she vagabonded & sipped fully from the cup - as does her astonishing LP.” — Galactic Zoo Dossier Tickets and more info: www.esotouric.com/rock
Ravens and Chimes’ lead singer/guitarist Asher
Every member of their six-piece band played each song with conviction, dedication and confidence. Asher, the lead singer/guitarist, was appreciative of the crowd – as minimal as it was. The performance, much like their sound, was full, but delicate. —Elsy Benitez
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Seeing Sounds (Interscope) After a four-year hiatus from the Billboard charts, N.E.R.D. (No One Ever Really Dies) is back with Seeing Sounds, the third album to be released by the unique trio. Though their second album, Fly or Die, was able to reach mass appeal, there’s a good chance that Seeing Sounds won’t. N.E.R.D., who are known for their unique blend of music by mixing guitar riffs over heavy drumbeats and melodic sounds, fall short of delivering good music. Lead singer Pharrell Williams shouts throughout most of the tracks on the disc. N.E.R.D.’s four-year break should’ve
1) Black Tales — Black Tales 2) Devil Doll — The Return of Eve 3) Eric Roberson — Left 4) Psycho Realm — War Story Book 2 5) ack Bond — Dali in New York 6) Patti Smith & Lenny Kaye — February 10 1971 7) Beggars Ball — 1321 8) Omar Rodriguez — Omar Rodriguez 9) Lizz Fields — Pleasantville 10) Dirt Nasty — Dirt Nasty
Islands June 17 @ El Rey For those unfamiliar with Islands, two of the members were originally in the Unicorns. In that band they created a sound that was as lo-fi as it was exuberant and indulgent. While their playfulness is still visible, Islands has created a more focused, indie pop sound. Their performance played to both their older fans from the early postUnicorn’s days, to the newer fans with their most recent release. Islands played a mix of songs from their previous album, Return to the Sea, and last month’s Arm’s Way. Songs from Return garnered cheers from the crowd as they danced along to the familiar tunes, while the newer songs from Arm’s were received by a more focused audience. Much of the new material has a different aesthetic, with more lush arrangements, but still manages to be playful. As an old or new fan, the Island’s show was fun and colorful. —Elsy Benitez
juice concoctions, flavored milk teas and boba smoothies. You can also browse the community library. Every last Sunday. 1 p.m.-6 p.m. All ages. FREE. —Jessica Koslow
June 28 @ Tribal Café DJs Ruin, Estereo and Salomon satiate the ears while the café temps tummies with mmm-good sandwiches and original
Tribal Café is located at 1651 W. Temple St., Echo Park. For more information, visit www.tribalcafe.com.
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been extended. Seeing Sounds manages to be as irksome as possible with the exception of two tracks, “Spaz” and “Anti Matter.” The album is garbage without the revolting smell. Grade: D —Kantreal Daniels Seeing Sounds is currently available.
Kelly Richey Carry the Light (Sweet Lucy) Richey is a singer and guitarist who plays the blues, but it would be selling her a little short to peg her as a
blues act. An accomplished guitar player, Richey comes out of her shoes wailing like Buddy Guy on Carry the Light’s opener, “Leave the Blues Behind.” But you also get something you wouldn’t expect – a vocal treatment that sounds a lot like Chrissie Hynde, making the song sound like the bluesy side of the Pretenders. Richey gives lots of nods to classic rock throughout the album, infusing “Angela’s Song” with Allman Brothers’-style soul, romping like Humble Pie on “Run Like Hell” and drifting into a Robin Trower dream on “When All is Said and Done.” Richey channels ex-Fleetwood Mac vocalist Christine McVie for the delicate “What in the World.” Grade: A —Kevin Wierzbicki Carry the Light is currently available.
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the art of love |
Dear Lucia, I’ve dated my boyfriend for one year and a half.We are Christians and have not had sex. We are not virgins, we both had other relationships and lovers before we met, but we made a commitment to purity until marriage He told me he was not happy with his job situation and was desperate for a change. I got anxious since we had talked and fantasized about the idea of marriage. He started feeling pressure, freaked out and bailed the day before Valentine’s Day, because he thought I was expecting a proposal. It’s been four months since we’ve broken up. We have not seen each other and have had limited conversation. In a recent call he told me he didn’t feel prepared professionally or financially to provide. He said he was having doubts about us and that it may very well be that he is afraid of change and commitment. He said that he still does not think we are over and that he’s confused. One day he thinks he did the right thing, but the next day he misses me and thinks he might have made a mistake. In short he said he is still figuring us out. I spied on his MySpace page and saw there was correspondence with a chick and major flirting. We spoke today and it was tearing me apart. I asked him about her, and he said they’ve hung out, she is a big flirt, but he is not “seeing” her. Christian or not, he’s still a man and these comments on MySpace to this girl were not “Christian like.” Her last message to him was “I miss you.” I’m going nuts here. He tells me vague things about us. I hold on to that thinking there is hope, but then I find out he’s up to something with someone else… I love this man, and I want him back. I need to get him away from this chick and make him miss me and realize I’m the one for him. How do I do this when our conversation is limited to begin with? —Stephanie Dear Stephanie, This man has told you many things since he broke up with you; however, even though you say you love him, you have not told me that he has said that he loves you. His words and actions are not those of a man who is ready to be married. I don’t know what the story is with the new girl. I’ve found that on MySpace, things are not always what they seem.
(Fantagraphics) Part of the crop of alternative comics to spring up in the ’80s, Love and Rockets has been going strong in different forms for over 20 years. The series follows numerous characters (predominantly Latinos, many bisexual) through their intersecting lives in and around Los Angeles. Jaime Hernandez writes psychologically realistic characters, with astute observations on life not
the d-list | reviews It’s a Boy/Girl Thing
Just because she may miss him, it doesn’t mean he misses her! She may have said that to make them seem closer than they are, in order to keep other women away. You can’t worry about the competition. You can only control your own behavior. Do not sit around waiting for him to decide whether he is coming back or not. He has all the power. I’d be going nuts, too. It’s time to take the power back. Ask God to give you the strength to accept the situation as it currently is and for the strength to move on and start dating other men. I truly believe this is the only way you can turn this around. If you are sitting around obsessing about him 24/7, he will pick up on it and will know he can take all the time in the world to make up his mind. If however, you have moved on, he will be able to sense that something is different whenever you do have contact. Don’t be so quick to return phone calls, emails and/or texts. Don’t ask him for a status report on his feelings or the situation between you two. Keep conversations light, fun and short. Be busy and happy when you speak to him. In essence, the same things you did to attract him in the beginning are the same things you must now do to “re-attract” him. If he starts to show signs of wanting to get back together, don’t be so quick to take him back. He’s already bailed once. He needs to prove that he’s in it for the long haul and is seriously considering marriage.
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.latalkradio.com.
graphic novels | review The Education of Hopey Glass
often found in any medium. This collection focuses less on L&R’s main character Maggie than on her best friend and sometime lover, Hopey, as well as her former boyfriend Ray. It’s a true-to-life comic, finding humor and poignancy in the quotidian,as the characters start new jobs and navigate the not always smooth transitions in and out of relationships. Grade: A—Mike Sebastian The Education of Hopey Glass is currently available.
(Anchor Bay) At first glance, It’s a Boy/Girl Thing looks like a teen sex comedy take on the overused plot of Freaky Friday. Two polar opposites – a chauvinistic football player and his loner, nerdy girl neighbor – get into a fight in front of an ancient mystical statue and wake up the next morning in each other’s bodies. Between the fact that this is an unrated film with no nudity and the fact that both actors seem more at home as the opposite sex than their own, this makes for a difficult film to watch and a bad start for Elton John’s new production company, Rocket Pictures. —Jonathan Knell It’s a Boy/Girl Thing is currently available.
The Lather Effect (Anchor Bay) The Lather Effect longs to offer up a return to the great films that its Gen-X characters were likely weaned on like The Breakfast Club and The Big Chill. Unfortunately, this film lacks so many of the before mentioned classics’ crucial elements (likable characters, an engaging plot, fluid composition) that it fails to hit the mark. The plot revolves around a group of high school buddies, now in their 30s, who reunite for an ’80s themed “Come as You Were” party. But we don’t get to see the party shenanigans. That might actually make the film fun. What we get is the aftermath: the hangovers, the colossal mess left behind, the lingering pools of vomit. It’s meant to be symbolic of youth’s sometimes-messy aftermath, but in the end it’s about as much fun as … well, cleaning up after the party. —Natasha Desianto The Lather Effect is currently available.
Mad Money (Anchor Bay) Mad Money, directed by Callie Khouri, provides little in the way of comedy, entertainment or suspense. The story of three women masterminding a bank heist falls short in every possible way. The actresses – Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah – get completely wasted with nothing interesting to do or say. The little interaction we do get is mundane and repetitive. The action strains credulity, and there is nowhere near enough fun. Khouri seems to think that multiple montage sequences fill in
the blanks for a lack of plot and character development – especially disappointing from the woman who wrote Thelma & Louise. Why do smart women make such foolish choices? —Angela Matano Mad Money is currently available.
Semi-Pro (New Line) Damn you, Will Ferrell, damn you. You won your way into our hearts with unabashedly unattractive nakedness, oblivious stupidity and nonsensical improvisations. But instead of taking risks and making an effort to sustain a career and grow as a performer, you’ve insisted on appearing in the same tired concepts, substituting different underdog stories in paint by numbers, critically underwritten tripe. The latest finds you without a supporting cast to bail out your one-note, unoriginal character – although Will Arnett sneaks in a few laughs between the uninspired Woody Harrelson romance plot and the unfunny game and practice scenes. Any initial laughs soon dry up as this becomes just another underdog sports movie, strangely lacking in jokes, with a cast largely devoid of comedians. Here’s hoping your upcoming reunion with Adam McKay will bring better results. —Mike Sebastian Semi-Pro is currently available.
Strange Wilderness (Paramount) Warning: in order to find this funny you may have to be high. Very, very high. From Happy Madison Productions (aka Adam Sandler’s buddies that he lets make movies from time to time) comes this dud featuring Steve “remember when I tried to be a real actor by appearing in a Werner Herzog movie” Zahn reverting to his stoner persona, Jonah Hill, of Superbad fame, and the ubiquitous Justin Long (Dodgeball, Mac commercials). Zahn is the host of a struggling wildlife show, who in order to keep his job must set off to capture Big Foot on camera with his crew of idiots and stoners. Ernest Borgnine (He’s still alive?) makes a lamentable appearance as a cinematographer. The movie’s heavy on the pot references but fails where Half Baked or Harold and Kumar succeed, and its “let’s make this as stupid as possible” approach to comedy can’t really appeal on any other level. —Mike Sebastian Strange Wilderness is currently available.
[JUNE 25 - JULY 1 ’08]
spin cycle | l.a. dj culture
THURSDAY, JUNE 26 Grandmaster Flash @ Crash Mansion
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1024 S. Grand Ave., Downtown; crashmansionla.com 21+/8 p.m./$30 adv., $35 day of show He’s a man who truly needs no introduction, but here I go Grandmaster Flash cuts and scratches. anyway. As one of hip-hop’s pioneers, Flash broke ground when he used a mixer to cut back and forth between two copies of the same record to extend the break, thus changing the game forever. Here he is, almost 30 years later, still doing his thing. Oh yeah, EPMD reunited a few years ago, and they’ll be performing too. Just go already.
The Watercourt @ California Plaza, 300 S. Grand Ave., Downtown; www.koplowitzprojects.com/taskforce_la_project.html Stephan Koplowitz’s TaskForce presents hour-long ambient installations of structured improvisational dance and music echoing the rhythms and sculptural design of this public water court. Noon and 5 p.m. FREE.
MONDAY, JUNE 30 “Liquid Landscapes”
Choreographer and site artist Stephan Koplowitz’s site-specific new work, “Liquid Landscapes,” performed by TaskForce.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25 “Finger In Fame” Drkrm, 2121 N. San Fernando Rd., Glassell Park; www.drkrm.com/shinn.html Photographer to the (rock) stars Travis Shinn exhibits photos of rock stars ranging from Dave Navarro and Marilyn Manson to Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent. Through Sunday. FREE.
THURSDAY, JUNE 26 Natalie Denise Sperl DVD Signing Rocket Video, 726 N. La Brea, Hollywood (323) 965-1100; www.rockethollywood.com The hottie actress will be discussing and signing DVD copies of the horror film Succubus: Hell-Bent. Q&A session will follow. Make up some good ones. 7 p.m. FREE.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25
FRIDAY, JUNE 27 “The High”
From the Roots Up @ Zanzibar 1301 5th Street, Santa Monica; zanzibarlive.com 21+/9 p.m./free A free night at Zanzibar? That doesn’t seem to happen very often. Well, it’s the perfect opportunity to check it out tonight and on the last Wednesday of every month, when DJ Lady Sha (Lioness LA) and DJ Tetris present a night of roots, reggae, dancehall and lovers rock, ranging from your old favorites to the latest club hits. Show some Westside love.
The National Comedy Theatre, 733 N. Seward St., Hollywood; www.comedysportzla.com This hilarious, totally improvised teen spoof is part “The Hills,” part “The O.C.,” part “Gossip Girl.” Take time out for some laughs. Fridays at 10:30 p.m. $10.
SATURDAY, JUNE 28 ‘Movies That Matter: The Wrecking Crew’ California Plaza, 300 S. Grand Ave., Downtown; www.grandperformances.org Learn about the musicians behind the West Coast Sound: the Beach Boys, the Monkees, the Mamas & the Papas and more. You may not have heard of them, but you have heard their sound. 8 p.m. FREE.
FRIDAY, JUNE 27
Culture Clash @ Mountain Bar
Windward Ave. & Venice Beach; www.earthdayla.org Enjoy a “green” day at the beach with music, art, food and over 100 exhibits. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. FREE.
473 Gin Ling Way, Chinatown; myspace.com/liveinjectionsounds 21+/9 p.m./free I’m not sure if hip-hop and reggae have all that much to clash over, but it’s still a catchy name for a night. For the roots, dub and dancehall fans, stick to the main floor with DJs Fadah Sparrow, Mr. Chin, Crucial Cuts and Mr. Frew. Upstairs, DJs Jeff Cee, Curious G and Spin Cycle LA (really) have got you covered on the hip-hop and breaks front. Stop by!
“Battle on the Bank”
FRIDAY, JUNE 27
UCLA; www.nextbook.org/festivals/la2008.html This year’s theme is Jewish Geography: Place, Design, Memory, Imagination, and the panel of speakers includes photographer Julius Shulman, architect Peter Eisenman, graphic novelist Ben Katchor and Andy Lipkis of TreePeople. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $15; $10 for students.
Noire @ Industry Café and Jazz 6039 Washington Blvd., Culver City 21+/10 p.m./free If you’ve had a long week and don’t feel like fighting the bar/club scene, this is a pretty great alternative. Head down to the Industry Cafe for a late feast of East African cuisine while listening to some live jazz. After 11 p.m., DJs A-ski, Lotuspetal and guests keep the vibe going with classic soul, hip-hop, afrobeat, house and more. Food + music = perfection. —Sandra Fernando
music dvd | review Radiohead The Best of CD/DVD (Capitol) If ever there was a band ill fitted for the “greatest hits” treatment it’s Radiohead. A group who has continually shirked industry conventions since achieving mainstream success with its first single “Creep,” they have since gone as far as releasing their latest album for free online. But Capitol, their former record company, wasn’t averse to trying the retrospective formula on a formula-less band. The two-disc special edition CD collects 17 of Radiohead’s most popular tracks spanning the band’s many incarnations, including “Karma Police,”“High and Dry” and “Paranoid
Android.” The second disc includes less widely known tracks, including “True Love Waits,” a live cut unavailable on any studio albums. It’s a good – if a tad schizophrenic – primer for the uninitiated. But for a band whose albums are each conceptually unique and worth exploring in depth, it can’t possibly do them justice. Capitol has also released a DVD collection of the band’s music videos. Highlights include: the R. Crumb-esque animated “Paranoid Android,” Michel Gondry’s “Knives Out,” the stopmotion “There There” and a live performance of “2+2=5.” Grade: A—Mike Sebastian Radiohead: The Best of CD/DVD is currently available.
The Doll Factory, 1910 Temple St., Los Angeles; www.derbydolls.com The country’s best roller derby skaters invade Los Angeles for this two-day tournament. Besides showcasing the top roller derby stars in the United States, “Battle of the Bank” will also include two full days of live music, tarot card readings, puppet shows, local vendors and more. $30-$100.
SUNDAY, JUNE 29 Festival of Ideas
“Capoeira Batuque Batizado” Lula Washington Dance Theater, 3773 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles; www.CapoeiraBatuque.org Capoeira Batuque presents an exciting performance of traditional Afro-Brazilian dance, martial arts and music. Catch a one-hour performance of traditional Afro-Brazilian dances including Samba, Maculelê, Candomblé and capoeira, plus special workshops and a batizado ceremony. Show your support! 1 p.m. $10.
TUESDAY, JULY 1 Take the Pain Out of the Pump Commerce Casino, 6131 East Telegraph Rd., Commerce; www.commercecasino.com According to Pokerpages.com, six times during each Monday through Thursday in July, the casino floor managers will drop a $50 gas card into the pot at random poker tables around the property. Whoever wins the pot will get an extra $50 bonus.
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