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Film Editor Jessica Koslow film.editor@campuscircle.net

Art Director Alance Ward Editorial Interns Grace Ansani, Lauren Brodsky, Jennifer Driessen, Lauren Rosenblum, Farnaz Youshei

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Contributing Writers Robert Axelrod, Lori Bartlett, Elsy Benitez, Sarah Bennett, China Bialos, Zach Bourque, Michael Buzzelli, Erica Carter, Frank Carulli, Richard Castaneda, Danielle

5 ON THE ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE 5 SCHOOL ME 6 THE NORMANDIE FILES

Charbonneau, Natasha Desianto, Sheila Dichoso, James Dusenberry, James Famera, Sandra Fernando, Josh Herman, Zach Hines, Joe Horton, Jonathan Knell, Lucia, Ebony March, Angela Matano,

FILM

8 RACHEL GETTING MARRIED

Anne Hathaway delivers a striking performance.

Norman Mayers, Ryan McWhorter, Frederick Mintchell, Samantha Ofole, Brien Overly, Sasha Perl-Raver, J. Poakwa, Bonnie Priever, Parimal Rohit, Fay Rose, Dov Rudnick, Mike Sebastian, Hannah Seligson, Henry Senecal, Connie Shao, Doug Simpson, Emmanuelle L. Troy, Kevin Wierzbicki, Grady Winn

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8 PROJECTIONS 10 SCREEN SHOTS 10 L.A. FACES 10 TV ON DVD 11 LATE RETURNS 12 DVD REVIEWS 14 FILM REVIEWS

SPECIAL FEATURES 6 COLLEGE CENTRAL

USC’s SoCal VoCals: A Cappella Superstars

22 E FOR ALL 2008

All You Need to Know About This Year’s Expo

MUSIC

17 DJ ROSSSTAR

Makes Waves with His “Punk Rock Show”

18 NOAH AND THE WHALE Are So Much “Fun, Fun, Fun”

David Haar

19 THE PRESETS

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Defy the Electro Norm

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CD REVIEWS L.A. UNDERGROUND FREQUENCY MUSIC REPORT LIVE SHOW REVIEWS SPIN CYCLE DVD REVIEW

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on the road to the white house | B Y

JOE HORTON

An Open Letter to All Hollywood Celebrities, Sycophantic Hang-Ons and Wannabe Stars Hollywood shouldn’t be singled out for their rage against the Lady of the North. From the instant Sarah Palin took the stage in Dayton, Ohio to accept John McCain’s offer, she polarized most citizens to a sudden and stunning extreme. But, when faced with a situation suggesting success might be found on the high road – exercising the utmost reserve, discipline and self-restraint – celebs gushed. Matt Damon, speaking to reporters at the Toronto Film Festival, ripped Palin’s life story as “… like a really bad Disney movie, ‘The Hockey Mom.’ Oh, I’m just a hockey mom from Alaska, and she’s president. She’s facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It’s absurd.” Gina Gershon put on an Uncle Sam bikini and toted a gun for her Palin impersonation for Funny or Die, and Margaret Cho put her distain in plain terms, “I am a feminist and a Christian – and when I see Sarah Palin – I see neither.” Palin most famously took it on the chin from her “Saturday Night Live” doppelganger Tina Fey, who opined in a pitch-perfect accent, “I can see Russia from my house …” and “I believe [global warming] is just God hugging us closer.” None of the attacks was particularly out of line as much as free speech coming from our most handsome citizens could be criticized. But for an industry that’s always shown its whorishness to sell out the future for a buck in the present, the outpouring of antiPalinism serves as the cruelest example of empty foresight. Now, on cue, the Republican gears of elitism are cranking up again,

corrections In our Sept. 10 article on Cape Clogs, it should have been noted that the clogs are made from Alder wood with uppers that are made of genuine leather and are finished with a non-slip rubber sole. In our Sept. 24 article “Kosher Los Angeles,” we mistakenly categorized as kosher, several of the restaurants that should have been labeled kosher-style.

Joe Horton

deploring Obama’s ties to slavish, satanic Hollywood and its minions of immorality. Here are the idols of the coasts, once again, trying to tell the rest of God-fearing America how to live. For an entertainment industry that just got out of a crippling writers’ strike, I’m stunned that they don’t recognize the importance of a good script. In the top drawer of every Republican hack’s desk are the Golden Pages – the heart-wrenching narrative of the Alaskan mom beset by the Hollywood elite (read: nasty, unpatriotic Jews, queers and Fijidrinking snobs), sure to deliver ballots on even the slowest of election weekends. America loves the story of the underdog, as Hollywood well knows, and there’s no better way to turn “profoundly unqualified” and “marginally truthful” and “imminently dangerous in the executive” into “the outsider” and “the underdog.”A career script doctor couldn’t think up rewrites like that. I wish, just for once, that Hollywood would collectively realize the immense power of sacrifice. Yes, Leo DiCaprio can freeze to death so Kate Winslet doesn’t drown in Titanic and yes, Bogart can sacrifice love and his Casablanca life for Ingrid Bergman’s chance at freedom. But to avoid a real-life catastrophe, can our most glorious stars please register voters in Colorado and Virginia and hold off on the vitriol? That’s the outline of an ending worth waiting for.

Name Suggestions for BRISTOL PALIN’S (daughter of Gov. Sarah Palin) BABY: 1) American Spirit 2) Exxon 3) McCain 4) Juneau 5) Patriot 6) Glory 7) Wilbur 8) Babe 9) Puck

school me | reviews The Real McCain

FORGETTING SARAH

ON MATTERS OF POLITICS, America doesn’t care what you think. Stop telling them. You are, of course, entitled to your own opinions as citizens, and your fame makes for an understandably potent mix of opinion + platform = power. Many years ago, before the country east of San Bernardino and west of the Hudson realized that 90 percent of all above-the-line showbiz fell on the liberal spectrum, the opinion of big stars mattered. But all good things come to an end, particularly when the GOP got a whiff of the brewing leftism haunting celluloid and TV screens. Make us laugh and cry, precisely one-half of America now says, but don’t dare tell us how we should vote. Hollywood has been pretty well behaved this time around. If 2000 was a year of intense apathy after eight years of boobs-and-car-chases-foreveryone under Clinton, and 2004 was a year of overblown, frantically strewn and ultimately ineffectual anger led by Michael Moore, 2008 had been a year of transformation. Stars were shutting their mouths and opening their wallets, taking a page out of the Republican Campaign War Machine playbook, and reserving their indignant wrath to short, finelyworded jabs at the current administration during awards shows and a few pithy non-sequiturs woven in otherwise apolitical narrative arcs. After all, with a candidate like Barack Obama, there was little Tinseltown could do that the handsome, wellspoken African-American candidate shot straight out of a fantastical movie about the future couldn’t do for himself. Then came Sarah.

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10) Moose 11) Caribou 12) Bridge 13) Ear Mark 14) Pork Barrel 15) Jesus —Ryan Marker and Angela Matano

(The Disinformation Company) In this year’s election, it seems that the deciding factor will be the Internet and, specifically, YouTube. Not only are the various gaffes of the candidates available for 24/7 replay, but now we’re seeing more individuals creating television-quality political ads, some of which are far more blatant and daring than anything the candidates could ever put their names on. It is from this new school of attack ads that we get The Real McCain: Less Jobs. More Wars. It is a collection of 10 short pieces that are intended to rip John McCain apart on several fronts. Unfortunately, in addition to the fact that you can find these videos on YouTube, the only new content is interviews with various people about the ad you just watched. You can just visit therealmccain.com to watch the videos. Grade: D —Jonathan Knell The Real McCain is currently available.

Uncounted (The Disinformation Company) As the political season heats up, the one constant seems to be the need for change in our political system. To really understand what we need to change, though, we must look back at what has gone so wrong that we need change. In Uncounted, an often-unsettling look at politics gone wrong, everything from under-equipped voting locations to the perils of paperless voting machines in 2000 and 2004 is investigated. Most important, the film offers tangible evidence of every claim that it makes to the point where even skeptics would have trouble denying any of its claims. This DVD – complete with supplemental deleted scenes and speeches – is so important because it lets us know how we got to where we are and what we need to stay vigilant about in the upcoming election to ensure that the voting results reflect the will of the people. Grade: A —Jonathan Knell Uncounted is currently available.

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‘THE WOMEN’

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Oct. 2-4, 8-11 @ Strub Theatre, LMU So it’s not Meg Ryan, Annette Bening and Eva Mendes. In LMU’s production of Clare Booth Luce’s “The Women,” directed by professor of theatre Sharon Madden, a cast of 31 women will bring to life the original play – a tale of gossip and relationships – with period costumes. 8 p.m. $15; students $10. (310) 338-2837

Tired of paying $.99 for a song but still want a handpicked playlist? Songza.com, the “internet jukebox,” allows you to search for any song and create a playlist. Simply create a login name, then choose your songs and add them to your playlist. You can listen to it at any computer. Not only does it have a surplus of songs, but it offers remixes and unfamiliar artists. If you run out of songs to download, they always have a recommended list. —Grace Ansani


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the normandie files

college central | B Y

LAUREN ROSENBLUM

ON GOING GREEN:

A New School Year’s Resolution BY SARAH BENNETT

Send feedback to normandiefiles@campuscircle.net.

SoCal VoCals sing their hearts out on stage.

SoCal VoCals

Bring a Modern iPod Sensibility to Vocal Harmony IN A VICTORIAN MANSION NEAR the University of Southern California, 14 students form a loose circle in the living room. Will Harris starts them off, laying down some vocal percussion by making rhythmic sounds through his lips like a toddler pretending to be a motorboat. Ben Bram and David Morgenthaler bring the bass, singing a repeated “badoom-doom, ba-doom-doom.” Several young women chime in with harmonic ah-oohs, and then comes Dan Payson-Lewis over all of them with the melody: “Can anybody find me somebody to love?” All the while, the 2008 SoCal VoCals are bouncing on their toes, riding the adrenaline rush of the century. The song, “Somebody to Love,” was one of Queen’s major hits based on a gospel choir arrangement in the ’80s. Now it’s in the repertoire of SoCal VoCals, a USC a cappella group and recent champion of the 2008 International Championship of Collegiate A Capella. They are part of a growing number of college students reinventing the tradition of singing without instruments. SoCal VoCals were one of six student a capella groups performing at USC’s annual “All Hail A Cappella” concert on Sept. 7, which filled Bovard Auditorium with more than 1,000 fans. This isn’t a traditional glee club, barbershop quartet or choir. No flashy vests or tacky finger snapping. These are students bringing a modern iPod sensibility to vocal harmony. They offer intricate arrangements of recent rock, pop, hip-hop, R&B and

country. “When I Get You Alone,” “Movin’ On,” “This Love,” as well as songs by Kelly Clarkson and Pink are fair game. “A capella is no longer about doo wop and blues,” Bram, a junior and

Begley and Clark Photography

I HATED MY CAR. IT DIDN’T BOTHER ME that it was white (which sucked) or that it was a four-door sedan made overseas (which also kind of sucked). What peeved me most about my car was that it was a car – a big, wasteful driving machine. Sarah Bennett Yet, through all my scorn, there I was, gathering information for last week’s alternative transportation guide by conducting research, pulling up to Choke and Bike Kitchen in a Mazda 626. In the process of writing about the cause, I was failing it. So with the new school year, I took my own advice and wrote the soul-sucking hunk of metal out of my commute for good, and it turns out I’m saving more than I thought. It wasn’t just moped shops and bicycle repair co-ops that watched me spew CO2 into the atmosphere all summer. I also had two part-time jobs, one of which lay 20 miles away, and favorite watering holes near my future alma mater that lay further than that in the opposite direction. With the first day of school looming, I determined that, over the next year, my little white sedan had another 12,916 miles of black road ahead of it. And with gas at $3.75 a gallon – and my insurance payments over $100 a month – I had $3,218 ahead of me (if I never change the oil). So, I took my own advice and rearranged my hectic commute. I quit the job on the edge of the known universe from where I needed to be and instantly cut over 4,000 miles out of my annual commute (score!). Then, with its tentacled rainbow of rail lines sprawling across the county – and a station only three blocks from my house – I decided that my New School Year’s Resolution would be a good excuse to start using the subways again (the last time being the high school ditch days of my youth). Forty-five minutes down the track from my place, there’s a stop about a mile from my school. The fixed gear bicycle donated to my plight by a good friend (who is in the process of opening up his own specialty shop) makes up that mile – and keeps my weight in check – quite nicely. Monthly Metro passes are only $35 for students, and the entire trip from my front door to class takes exactly an hour, which is the time I imagine would take me to merge onto the 405 during rush hour. For my other job, which is in a public transit dead zone about eight miles away, I bought a moped. It’s a 1976 Motobecane Mobylette that I found for $400 on Craigslist and fixed up with $150 in parts off eBay. She gets 100 miles to the gallon, has a top speed of 28 mph and gets me to work five minutes faster than my car did. Better still, since it’s only a 50cc engine, I don’t have to deal with registration hassles or get a special license (score again!). Here I am, nearly a month into my revamped, eco-friendly commute and I feel as light as the now-clean air around me. According to CarbonFootprint.com, my commute went from dumping 4.5 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year to less than a ton, which means that my flight to Portland in August depleted more ozone than my next year’s worth of using the subway and riding a moped. And that $3,218 I was looking forward to blowing on my car to get me around? Well, between bus passes for the school year and a possible moped meltdown, I’ll only be spending $427 to get to the same places the car would have brought me (and only $125 of it will be for gas). Of course, not having a car in Los Angeles is easier said than done for most of us, but choking on gas fumes, fixing flat tires and kickstarting stall-outs for the chance to laugh at motorists all the way back to the bank makes my new commute worth the extra effort.

SoCal VoCals put their Trojan pride on display.

SoCal VoCals’ music director, says.“It’s all about the entertainment factor. We spend months trying to find that perfect song and seeing how different talents within the group can come together.” After a four-month journey competing in the ICCA tournament, the SoCal VoCals proved they mastered the art of collegiate a capella when they brought home the coveted title of Grand Champion. But when the VoCals lost seven senior members this year, it was time to recalibrate. Every semester, the SoCal VoCals hold auditions on campus to find fresh, new voices. The two weeks that SoCal VoCals spend recruiting and

holding auditions is perhaps the most intense time of the year. Group members get very little sleep between recruiting, auditioning and deliberating – as evidenced by cans of Red Bull and coffee cups scattered around the Taper Hall audition room. “Our auditions were more competitive this year than ever,” Adam Hutchison, junior baritone and business administration major, says. “We had 160 people try out and, after a series of auditions and call backs, we only took two new members.” But once you’re in, you’re a “VoCal for life.” This highly selective process contributes to the SoCal VoCals’ unique group dynamic. A quirky sense of humor seems to run through the college a cappella scene, but Bram proudly says the VoCals are “super cheesy.” And it’s this cheeseball attitude that gives the VoCals their warm, welcoming vibe, yet prestigious reputation. Although the SoCal Vocals won’t be flying to New York this year to claim another championship title, they have plenty of exciting events in store. Halloween and Christmas concerts are on the agenda with another two shows scheduled for the spring. The group is also preparing for their Spring Break tour to promote its sixth studio album. The new release features all three songs from the ICCA Championship performance and will be available soon on iTunes. For more information, visit scvocals.com.


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offensive documentaries ever made.” Lou Lou Lumenick, Lumenick, NEW NEW YORK YORK POST POST

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“Funny as…well, hell. A blasphemous detonation of all things holy and scriptural.” Owen Owen Gleiberman, Gleiberman, ENTERTAINMENT ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY WEEKLY

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RACHEL GETTING MARRIED Anne Hathaway’s Bold Departure From the Good Girl BY EBONY MARCH IN A PERFECT WORLD, WE’D ALL get the chance to choose the people we’re related to. But in this one, it’s simply a matter of making the best with what you’ve got, or writing them off all together and going at it alone. In Rachel Getting Married, Anne Hathaway plays the sister from hell. She’s a young woman who brings dysfunction into her otherwise happy home. As Kym, she’s a 20-something who has just been given a weekend pass from rehab to attend the wedding of

her sister, Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt), at the family’s home in Connecticut. From the moment Kym arrives, attitudes change from happy and carefree to uneasy. Kym throws her weight around, says all the wrong things and leaves many in the wedding party to wonder why she was ever invited in the first place. Yet, what many don’t realize is that Kym is still hurting from a deep family tragedy that happened when she was still a teenager. The breadth of the reactions she encounters stem from various resentments from that ordeal. Hathaway revels in the chance to get to play against type.

“ THE FILM IS A TRIUMPH!” – Sara Cardace, NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“Staged with Stunning Passion and Skill.” -Owen Gleiberman, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“I love Kym’s almost compulsive need for honesty and how direct she is,” says Hathaway.“Her timing may not be appropriate, but she’s trying so hard to get across the chasm of tragedy that separates her from her family. She’s trying every day to choose joy and sobriety. She’s fighting for her place in the family, trying to acknowledge and atone in her own way.” That fighting gets literal in a powerful scene in which Hathaway takes a right hook from actress Debra Winger, who plays her mother in the movie. The punches had to be rehearsed several times to ensure that the actresses didn’t accidentally hurt one another. The end result is jarring, but adds to the pain of the story. Hathaway was excited to go up against the accomplished screen veteran, calling her “gutsy” and “dynamic.” Bringing this unique and honest look into the modern American family to the page is writer Jenny Lumet. She is the daughter of famed film director Sidney Lumet and the granddaughter of jazz chanteuse Lena Horne. As the product of a multi-racial background, Lumet’s script, along with the bold direction of Jonathan Demme, reflects a marriage and gathering of people from a myriad of racial and cultural backgrounds. While most movies would have simply presented the stereotypical WASP-y

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Rachel Getting Married’s Anne Hathaway as Kym and Rosemarie DeWitt as Rachel

Connecticut love match, Rachel Getting Married displays a very real love between a black male and a white female who marry (in of all things) an Indian ceremony – complete with an elephant-shaped cake. Lumet credits Demme for his realistic vision. “Most of the people in the film are friends of Jonathan’s,” she says. And an impressive list of friends they are. For any devout music lover, Rachel Getting Married is a who’s who of New York cool. Singer Robyn Hitchcock makes an appearance as a wedding singer. Rapper Fab Five Freddy is also among the guests. But most surprising among the co-stars is Tunde Adebimpe from the prog band, TV on the Radio. As Rachel’s husband-to-be, Sidney,

Adebimpe gives a tender and soulful portrayal as a man caught in the middle of this family and its drama. Adebimpe also gives his fans a taste of what he’s best known for with an a cappella performance of Neil Young’s “Unknown Legend.” Hathaway admits to enjoying her films that have paired her with musicians. In 2006, she played opposite actor and musician Adrian Grenier (of the band the Honey Brothers) in The Devil Wears Prada. What does she like best about working with these multi-talented guys? “Getting new additions to my iTunes,” she says, laughing. Rachel Getting Married releases in select theaters Oct. 3.

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IF YOU’RE READING THIS RIGHT NOW and would like to be there when Steve Martin introduces a screening of The Jerk or Dustin Hoffman presents Tootsie then start running, because American Film Institute’s sold-out Night at the Movies event is giving you a lastminute chance to see one of 12 classic films introduced by the star that made it famous. Like last year’s event of the same name, this year’s Night at the Movies is taking over every theater at the ArcLight to simultaneously screen timeless films like American Beauty, The Silence of the Lambs and The Man Who Would Be King with a unique opportunity attached – to watch them in the presence of Annette Bening, Jodie Foster and Sean Connery. All tickets to the one-night-only event sold out within hours of going


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invite you and a guest to an advance screening of THE EXPRESS on Thursday, October 9 in Burbank or Orange.

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ZACH HINES

Green Light for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes

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Let’s talk about a project that is now at the top of my list of films I’m looking forward to. A while back I commented on the fact that Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) and Robert Downey Jr. had both been cast as Sherlock Holmes in two different movies about the British detective. As with any situation with dueling projects, one will generally gain momentum first. It looks as if Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock project with Downey is pulling out of the gate first with all its major leads cast. Obviously, Downey will play Holmes, which is simply awesome casting. There’s no question he’s going to throw down a great performance. Jude Law has been cast as Watson, Holmes’ trusty sidekick to continue the streak of great casting. Law is a very gifted actor and will no doubt be great, but you have to wonder: sidekicks usually provide the Robert Downey Jr. will star in Guy Ritchie’s comic relief against the seriousness Sherlock Holmes. and conviction of the main character. You know Downey is going to be hilarious, so I guess they both are going to be the comic relief. Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, Red Eye) has been cast as Irene Adler, the love interest character who only appeared in one of the books, but is being cultivated for the film. And finally Mark Strong (Stardust and the upcoming Body of Lies, RocknRolla, Kick-Ass) will play the villain. If you’re not sold at this point on this project and are thinking to yourself, “man, this sounds OK, but I really want to see Scary Movie 6,” you shouldn’t be allowed to either enter a movie theater or purchase DVDs.

Cloverfield director to Let the Right One In No wasted time here. This has probably happened before, but a foreign film that hasn’t even been released yet is already set to be remade and Americanized. Director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) is going to remake a film titled Let the Right One In. The film was originally directed by Swedish director Tomas Alfredson and told the story of a young boy who befriends a vampire girl. Why not let the film have its own run and have its own life before another version is made to vie for which one is better? Obviously, I would never suggest anyone turn down a paycheck because of my rantings, but you see where I’m going with this. The Departed was a remake of a foreign film titled Infernal Affairs and its two sequels, which were all combined into one film for the American remake directed by Martin Scorsese. At least the Infernal Affairs trilogy came out a few years before they started developing The Departed. I thought Cloverfield was amazing, and my philosophy about filmmaking is to trust the director. The director is the general leading the troops into battle, and if he can make one great movie, he definitely can make more.

Directorial Debut for Bruce Willis Bruce Willis is directing, run for the hills! Just kidding, I love Bruce Willis and I’m very excited to hear that he’s going to direct his first movie. The project is called Three Stories About Joan and follows a young woman dealing with three separate tragic moments in her life. Sounds intriguing given the fact that everyone has tragic stuff happen in their lives, so this piece has an opportunity to really connect with audiences. Although Willis is directing, he didn’t write the script. Christopher Alexander and Sam Applebaum wrote the project. It’s always interesting when an actor moves behind the camera. When you watch a film directed by an actor, the film comes imbued with the sensibilities of the person’s work as an actor. The films directed by actors tend to feel like a film that they themselves would be in. Into the Wild, directed by Sean Penn, felt like a film he would have starred in, and Sonny, a film directed by Nicolas Cage several years ago that starred James Franco as a male prostitute, felt like a role that Cage would have taken on. I wish Bruce luck and am officially looking forward to the end product.

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DANIELLE POLLACK The star of David and Fatima, a modern day Romeo and Juliet featuring an Israeli boy and Palestinian girl living in Jerusalem, and current Santa Monica College student shares her favorite hangouts. Restaurant: Moonshadows Blue Lounge (20356 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu) Place to Shop: The Grove (189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles). I just love listening to Frank Sinatra while shopping. Neighborhood: Main Street in Santa Monica and Abbot Kinney in Venice – it’s a tie. Outdoor Activity: Rock climbing at Zuma Beach. Club or Lounge: The Green Door

(1429 Ivar Ave., Los Angeles), Beverly Hills Hotel (9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills) and the Belmont Café (747 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles) Movie Theater: ArcLight Cinemas (6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles) Bookstore: The Novel Cafe – it’s magicful. (212 Pier Ave., Santa Monica, 2901 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica or 1101 Gayley Ave., Los Angeles) Music Venue: The Hollywood Bowl (2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles) Love About Living in L.A.: Being surrounded by mountains and being walking distance from the beach.

tv on dvd | reviews Cashmere Mafia: The Complete Series (Sony) Fresh from the success of “Sex and the City,” producer Darren Star crowned himself king of the world. Breaking from “SATC” creator Candace Bushnell and her new series, “Lipstick Jungle” (the Brooke Shields one), Star sallied forth on his own to make “Cashmere Mafia.” Both shows, debuting in 2007, center on a group of 40-something, single, female friends with glamorous, high-powered jobs, living in New York. Sound familiar? Unfortunately for Star, he failed to realize that a shell of an idea, trussed up with baroque decorations does not make for a hit television show. It takes a little heart. Grade: D —Angela Matano Cashmere Mafia: The Complete Series is currently available.

Criminal Minds: The Complete Third Season (Paramount) It’s hard to stand out in the overcrowded field of TV crime dramas, and “Criminal Minds” is not up to the task. The show centers on an elite unit of serial killer profilers, the head of which was inspired by the real-

life figure that was also the inspiration behind Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter novels. While there’s nothing particularly bad about the show, there’s nothing really to recommend either. It’s a subject that’s pretty much beat to death. Joe Mantegna joined the cast in this season after star Mandy Patinkin’s departure. Grade: C —Mike Sebastian Criminal Minds: The Complete Third Season is currently available.

The Duchess of Duke Street – The Complete Collection (Acorn Media) In these times of great and divergent wealth, with Americans continuing to believe they live in an equitable country, a little dose of the British class system feels like a breath of fresh air. At least the English are honest about their greed. Based on a true story, “The Duchess of Duke Street” provides 27 hours of just such refreshment. Following Louisa Leyton, a member of the servant class, as she fights her way upward through numerous obstacles

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with feistiness and aplomb, may just help me make it to Nov. 5. Grade: A —Angela Matano The Duchess of Duke Street – The Complete Collection is currently available.

Friday The 13th - The Series: The First Season (Paramount) Don’t expect any hockeymasked psychos to appear. Unlike the films of the same name, this series, premiering in 1987, follows two cousins who inherit their uncle’s antique shop. Unbeknownst to them, their uncle had a pact with the devil and all of the antiques in the shop are cursed. Now, they must track down all of the previously sold items before evil befalls their owners. The atmospheric show was influential for its time, predating “Tales from the Crypt” and “The X-Files” in establishing what was possible for horror TV. It still enjoys a cult following. Despite being fairly dated now, it does manage to be mildly entertaining. Look for a very young Sarah Polley in the first episode as a girl with a possessed doll. Grade: B—Mike Sebastian Friday The 13th - The Series: The First Season is currently available.


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late returns | reviews 21 Up South Africa Mandela’s Children (First Run Features) The Jesuit maxim “Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man” provides for some powerful insight in this documentary, inspired by Michael Apted’s Up Series. While the original series has been going on since 1964, the South African equivalent began in 1992 – in the heart of apartheid. These now 21-year olds are appropriately deemed “Mandela’s children.” The subjects come from a wide variety of ethnic and social backgrounds, each one having to come to terms with their own identity within South African culture. As with the original Up Series, this film by Angus Gibson provides powerful and provocative insight into the similarities and differences in a person’s life reflects given their upbringing. A documented life does not afford the privileges of editorializing. Here, analysis comes from observation alone. This film captures what it means to objectively document – perhaps even what it means to be human. Grade: A —Alexander L. Carpenter 21 Up South Africa: Mandela’s Children is currently available.

Bonneville (20th Century Fox) Bonn-e-ville – (bon’e’vil), n. French. 1. Land where aging actresses are put out to pasture. In the case of this Bonneville, the title refers to the car Jessica Lange, Joan Allen and Kathy Bates drive cross country to deliver Lange’s husband’s ashes to her awful stepdaughter (Christine Baranski). It’s difficult not to feel sorry for these actresses as they struggle mightily to make the material rise up the clichés and predictability given to them by

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writer Daniel D. Davis and director Christopher N. Rowley. The women do try and there are a few inspired moments and some nice landscape, but otherwise Bonneville pretty much trolls along the bottom. Grade: C—Angela Matano Bonneville is currently available.

Fanny

refrain from comparing your leading ladies to Audrey Hepburn – they always come up short. Grade: F —Angela Matano Love and Other Disasters is currently available.

Wide Sargasso Sea (Acorn Media) A lyrical, elegiac film with a lyrical,

elegiac title, Wide Sargasso Sea, based on the novel by Jean Rhys, enraptures at every turn. Released 15 years ago and just out on DVD, the movie reimagines the life of Charlotte Brontë’s madwoman in the attic of Jane Eyre. Set in the Caribbean in the 1830s, this sensual love story fleshes out Brontë’s literary character by giving her a story of her own. This conceit of playing off

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film someone else’s creation (Wicked, Becoming Jane, The Godfather, Part III) sometimes fall flat, but in the case of Wide Sargasso Sea, Rhys pulls it off. Grade: A —Angela Matano Wide Sargasso Sea is currently available.

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(Image) Based on Marcel Pagnol’s Marseilles Trilogy and the 1954 musical, this 1961 version of the story, Fanny, eighty-sixes the songs, but keeps all the charms of the material. One of those strange, yet interesting musicals with a bawdy tone and clear, bright look, like Sweet Charity, Fanny, set in beautiful Marseilles, France, tells the classic tale of a man (Horst Buchholz) torn between his dreams of adventure and the girl he loves (Leslie Caron). Going for the gold won by Gigi in 1958, Fanny re-teams Caron with her old costar, Maurice Chevalier. Grade: A—Angela Matano Fanny is currently available.

Love and Other Disasters (Image) Please let this be the last movie I ever have to watch starring Brittany Murphy. OK, I admit that is rather harsh. The responsibility for Love and Other Disasters is not truly Murphy’s, but rather writer/director Alek Keshishian’s. As it turns out, Keshishian’s success with the documentary, Madonna: Truth or Dare, all the way back in 1991, was truly only a fluke. His only other feature, With Honors, fares just as poorly as Love and Other Disasters. Save yourself from anguish and rewatch Clueless – a cute romantic-comedy that features a (possible?) pre-surgery Murphy. Note to future directors: Please

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The Earrings Of Madame De…/La Ronde (Criterion) Criterion revives two classic screen romances by the German master (working in France) Max Ophüls. With impeccable, seamless story-

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Finding Amanda (Magnolia) Like Pretty Woman and Hustle & Flow before it, Finding Amanda asks you to suspend disbelief and buy the premise of a hooker, not only with a heart of gold, but also a generally sunny, optimistic disposition who turns tricks because it pays better than International House of Pancakes. Not surprisingly written by a man, Peter Tolan, Finding Amanda would like us to believe that Amanda, played by a fun loving Brittany Snow, does not find pleasuring men for money the least bit exploitive. I kept searching for the humor and satire in this story and came up completely empty. A few good bits of dialogue do not suffice for an inexplicable set up. Grade: F —Angela Matano Finding Amanda is currently available.

Leatherheads (Universal) George Clooney stars in and directs this ode to screwball comedy about the founding and eventual legitimizing of professional football. John Krasinski (“The Office”) and Renée Zellweger also star. On paper it seems to have all the right elements. Although charming, seemingly intelligent and with great taste in projects, Clooney has proven that he is not a director. His films lack the filmmaker’s touch. There is no life to them. And when you’re attempting screwball comedy, that is the kiss of death. Grade: C —Mike Sebastian Leatherheads is currently available.

The Search For John Gissing (Anchor Bay) Alan Rickman is delightfully wicked in this corporate comedy. A white collar American (writer/director/star Mike Binder) transferred to England by his company is in line to

head an important project. But Rickman, his English rival, has other ideas. From the minute he steps down in England, Binder and his wife’s (Janeane Garofalo) lives are made a living nightmare. The film takes its cue from The Out of Towners and the disaster school of comedy, where outlandish scenarios pile up relentlessly on our poor protagonist. In this case, the disasters outweigh the laughs. Grade: C+ —Mike Sebastian The Search For John Gissing is currently available.

Television Under the Swastika (First Run Features) While most Americans assume that birth of television as we know it commenced in the 1950s in the United States, the Nazis were broadcasting regular programming as early as 1935. Television in Germany was at first something of a novelty reserved for those with power, namely, key players within the Nazi political machine. Newly unveiled television parlors were a veritable flop. That is, until the 1936 Olympics coverage sent the average citizen flocking to the parlors. This documentary presents us with a rare look into the Nazi regime and television history, with everything from vaudeville acts to the first Olympics coverage to teleplays included. It is particularly interesting to witness how TV evolved from the first fictional teleplays, the inception of news reporting and how information can be manipulated by governments to influence the public. Grade: B+ —Natasha Desianto Television Under the Swastika is currently available.

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Blindness

Flash of Genius

(Miramax) Director Fernando Meirelles’ (City of God) science fiction drama Blindness has a rather interesting premise: What if everyone in the world went blind? Based on a novel of the same name by José Saramago, Blindness follows a multi-racial cast (including Danny Glover, Gael García Bernal and Alice Braga) that is among the first afflicted by the “White Sickness,” a disease that strikes without warning one day, causing everyone to lose their sight in a milky white haze. Miraculously one woman (Julianne Moore) remains unaffected, and she accompanies her husband (Mark Ruffalo) as he is shipped off to a makeshift concentration camp for the blind. What follows is an honest observation of the breakdown of human society as the world devolves into pure chaos. Things move slowly at first, but as the film delves into darkness, it unearths some pretty horrible truths about humanity, like our inherent greed, selfishness and cruelty. Yet Meirelles peppers the film with moments of pure cinematic exuberance that give Blindness an unrelenting sense of hope in humanity’s goodness. It lacks the narrative punch of Children of Men but stands alone as a compelling meditation on the human race. Grade: B —Norman Mayers Blindness releases in theaters Oct. 3.

(Universal) Flash of Genius’ tagline reads: “Corporations have time, money, and power on their side. All Bob Kearns had was the truth.” Based on the true story of an ordinary man (Greg Kinnear) in search of the American dream who wouldn’t give up, the film gives the viewer a vivid picture of 1960s Detroit, the automobile industry’s golden era. Kearns, an engineering professor and tenacious inventor, created an “intermittent windshield wiper,” and pitched it to Ford Motors. Ford executed the Blinking Eye Motor, without any credit given to Kearns. A 12-year court battle ensued, headed by Kearns’ attorney, Gregory Lawson (Alan Alda). Lauren Graham (“Gilmore Girls”) plays Kearns’ loving, yet suffering wife, Phyllis, who sees her husband’s determination and obsession for legal retribution and justice slowly pull the family apart. The film is a period piece (same era as the popular show “Mad Men”), with authentic clothing and settings, which add charm and nostalgia. Grade: A —Bonnie Priever Flash of Genius releases in theaters Oct. 3.

Callback: The Unmaking of Bloodstain (Push Worldwide) Callback follows three wannabe actors and a director through casting and filming of a fictional feature called Bloodstain and how things go wrong during the filming of the movie. The film starts with each character giving their own account of what happened during production, while at the same time showing a snapshot into their lives. As it happens, each one of them had crossed paths at some point, which is the underlying reason for why things go so wrong during production. While watching the movie I couldn’t help but be reminded of Tropic Thunder, of course, without the funny scenes and action. The plot was so slow that by the end of the movie I was just happy it was over. And where Tropic Thunder succeeds in making fun of actors and film production, Callback fails, although that’s exactly what director Eric M. Wolfson attempted to do. The only thing I really liked about this movie was Jeff Parise’s schizophrenic character, Tony, who I think was suffering more from dissociative personality disorder than schizophrenia. But then again, I just got a B.A. in psychology. Grade: D

House of Adam (Hollywood Independents) House of Adam is the story of a closeted man, Anthony, his murdered lover, Adam, and the subsequent supernatural mystery and resolution. Having friends in the film industry and being a part of several low-budget films myself, I understand the constraints created by a miniscule budget. Very few filmmakers have $50 million to spend, so sometimes corners have to be cut in order for an unknown filmmaker to get his vision to the screen. I could get past the not-great production values (since that’s to be expected on low budget films) if it weren’t for the stilted acting, cheesy dialogue and out-of-nowhere plot jumps. It’s like watching the throwaway scenes in between the “action” scenes in porn – the parts you fast forward through to get to the good stuff. Grade: D —Frederick Mintchell House of Adam releases in select theaters Oct. 3.

Miracle at St. Anna (Touchstone) The opening scenes are shocking and dramatic and beg for questions to be answered. The final scenes wrap up all of the loose ends and explain everything. In between, the plot and subplots jump all over the place. The only consistency is that all of

these side-stories have so little to do with the main storyline that you would assume would drive this movie forward. Miracle at St. Anna is a gritty, gory look at the Buffalo Soldiers’ demeaning role in the white man’s war. It’s a heartfelt story of the close bond between a man and the boy he is left to care for. It’s somewhat funny yet very somber. It borders on farcical yet it’s brutally realistic. It’s compelling and boring. There’s a brilliant, epic film in here somewhere, but clocking in at over two-and-a-half hours long, it’ll take some deft editing to find it. Grade: C —Henry Senecal Miracle at St. Anna is currently in theaters.

ing the tangible danger of organized religion, insights that culminate into a surprisingly frightening ending that’s hard to shake. Bill Maher’s Religulous is an offensive, hysterical and utterly brilliant ride that’s truly one of the most important American films of our generation. Grade: A —Zach Bourque Religulous releases in theaters Oct. 3.

Nick and Norahís Inf inite Playlist

An American Carol

(Columbia) From Peter Sollett, director of indie favorite Raising Victor Vargas, comes a boy-meets-girl tale told through an impressive indie rock playlist. Many will be envious of college-bound Nick (Michael Cera) and Norah (Kat Dennings) who frolic in their playground of NYC for one whirlwind night desperately scouring for clues to their favorite band’s secret show, the elusive Where’s Fluffy. Burdened by their proverbial teen angst yet bound together by a mutual adoration for music, they roam until the break of dawn, from one hip enclave to the next. And finally, they find something that transcends everything they had hoped for. Rachel Cohn’s young adult novel of the same name is satisfactorily adapted for the big screen, with superbly funny cameos from “SNL”’s Andy Samberg and Seth Myers (to name a few) and an iPod-worthy soundtrack. Yet it predictably won’t become a classic music film like Almost Famous and High Fidelity, reasons being that it reeks of trying way too hard to be “indie” that the indie music verges on overkill and “profound” dialogue comes off clichéd. But when overlooked, the fantasy of rock bands, young love and New York City’s romance and energy will entice you to make a playlist of your own. Grade: B —Sheila Dichoso Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist releases in theaters Oct. 3.

(Vivendi Entertainment) Directed by David Zucker (Airplane!, The Naked Gun, Scary Movie 3 and 4), An American Carol follows a cynical, antiAmerican Hollywood filmmaker who sets out on a crusade to abolish the Fourth of July, until he’s visited by three ghosts who show him the true meaning of America.

Religulous (Lionsgate) Bill Maher’s Religulous is not just a denouncement of all things religious but an unadulterated, full force attack. Maher’s poignant wit proves surprisingly well researched as he interviews Jews, Muslims, Mormons and even Jesus himself as he globe trots around the world trying to figure out why people believe in that crazy thing called religion. Borat director Larry Charles helms the doc, relying again on the utterly absurd contradictions and revelations of his interviewees that serve as the hilarious and outrageous backbone of the film. Maher brings up some truly disturbing realizations regard-

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Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Buena Vista) Beverly Hills’ most pampered pooch gets lost while on vacation in Mexico and needs help getting home. Characters are voiced by Drew Barrymore, Andy Garcia, Cheech Marin, Luis Guzmán, George Lopez and Edward James Olmos; with Jamie Lee Curtis and Piper Perabo providing the live action.

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (InterPositive Media) Filmmaker Stefan Forbes chronicles the rambunctious rise of Lee Atwater to Chairman of the GOP. Atwater, who was also a blues musician, mentored Karl Rove and George W. Bush while leading the Republican Party to historic victories.

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (MGM) Sidney Young (Simon Pegg) is a smalltime, bumbling, British celebrity journalist who is hired by an upscale magazine in New York City. After infiltrating high society, he burns bridges with bosses, peers and superstars. The film is based on Toby Young’s memoir of the same name and also stars Kirsten Dunst, Danny Huston, Gillian Anderson, Megan Fox, Max Minghella and Jeff Bridges.

Kidnap (Studio 18) From Sanjay Gadhvi, the director of Dhoom and Dhoom: 2, Kidnap is a bite-your-nails, heart-stopping drama about a power struggle between a young boy and the father of the girl he kidnaps.

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DJ ROSSSTAR BY CONNIE SHAO

On His Beginnings: Whenever I’d watch my favorite bands get interviewed on MTV, I would already know all the answers to the questions, because they were basic questions. I wished there was a show where I could ask the questions, and also have other real fans ask questions, too. I started the show in college … and [as] MySpace came out and Facebook and Fuse launched, there were all these other windows where I could promote the show. So as technology got better and the scene got bigger, the show got bigger.

like for the last 50 minutes to be personal questions mixed in with my own personality, my own comments and my own banter. If a kid wants to ask a question about the track that was left off the third album that’s now on a B-side in Japan and how they can get it, why can’t they? I like my show to be interactive. I like everybody to be included without me trying to overshadow him or her.

The interviews that I love the most are the bands that I’ve been listening to for years. [It] might not impress someone who’s 15, but the fact that I’ve had Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake … willing and able to come to my bedroom to do a live interview blows my mind, and still blows my mind to this day.

His “Punk Rock Show:”

What Drives Him:

I get the basics out of the way – it’s important to know names, how long they’ve been around, what they’re promoting, what’s their new record, but that’s the first 10 minutes of the show. I

It’s the music and the interview. I love hosting. I would love to have a show on TV and a show on radio and a show on the Internet. I just love doing interviews, and I love being able to

His Favorite Interviews:

BY HANNAH SELIGSON connect kids with their favorite bands. That’s what I love doing, and that’s the show’s point.

The Future: There has been no celebrity or person on the Internet that has clearly gone from the Internet to the mainstream, besides Tila Tequila. I’m hoping that people in these big film and TV industries will say, “you know what? Enough of the routine sitcom with the actors who are just reading the script, enough of the reality show, let’s just take some of these shows online that have a huge following and put them on TV.” Hopefully, that’s where I’ll fit in. It’s like a waiting game. I just keep doing my show because I love it and hope that I can reach as many people as possible. DJ Rossstar’s “Punk Rock Show” airs Wednesday and Thursday from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. through idobiradio.com. He also hosts Havoc on the 101, a live video/text messaging show, every Monday night from 11 p.m-3 a.m. on DirecTV Channel 101. For more information, visit djrossstar.buzznet.com.

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8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills BY BONNIE PRIEVER IN LOS ANGELES, A CITY OF illustrious historic landmarks – Brown Derby, Ambassador Hotel, Dutton’s Books, Fox Carthay Circle Theatre, Shubert Theatre – now sadly closed and gone, it’s a true relief and astonishment that the majestic Wilshire Theatre is undergoing renovations. Once a Vaudeville movie house, this elaborate Art Deco structure that sits at the edge of Beverly Hills opened in 1930 as the site of numerous premieres, including Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Today, more than three quarters of a century later, phase one of the venue’s restoration is complete; it remains a home to concerts, live theater, comedy and High Holiday services.

Most notably, the first event (with many to follow) was a performance entitled, “It’s Magic! A Tribute to Sammy Cahn,” on Sept. 21, which celebrated the life and lyrics of the great songwriter. Proceeds benefited the Wilshire Theatre Revitalization Project. The stellar cast belted Cahn’s magnificent show tunes and Sinatra classics, ranging from “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “All the Way” to “Come Fly With Me.” Leonard Maltin narrated the show, providing detailed anecdotes of Cahn’s magical career. Corky Hale Productions, which presented this musical tribute, hopes to showcase and promote the “culture and talents of various people who made music and lyrics popular nationally and internationally.” Based on the model of the Lyrics and Lyricists series at the 92nd Street Y in N.Y.C., a program that features a

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Four Ways to Jumpstart Your Career DJ Rossstar aims for TV as well as Internet radio.

Branching Out: I was doing my show two nights a week, but I wanted to do more. I wanted to do other things that were involved in music. Buzznet hired me a year-and-ahalf ago to do all their interviews and to do the blogging for the music site. [Buzznet] has helped me do what I wanted to do, which was to branch out and have a turn at interviewing people aside from just musicians. I also just started doing a column in a really cool magazine called Substream. The first one will come out at the end of September, and to me that’s one of my biggest accomplishments.

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HOW TO HAVE A POWERFUL POST BY 2010

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A multi-media star is born.

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Workers from Evergreen Renovations restore the gold and silver leaf surrounding the proscenium of the Wilshire Theatre’s stage.

line-up of performers sharing their finely crafted tunes and lyrics, the newly remodeled Wilshire Theatre plans to present its own series of entertainment tributes and cabarets, with acclaimed musicians, vocalists and songwriters. The theater’s renovation campaign brings plush carpeting and seats, with future modernizations to include 5.1 surround sound. The project’s goal is “to renovate, modernize, preserve and endow our magnificent venue.” For more information, visit www.wtbh.org.

Barron’s predicts that by 2010 a woman has a one in seven chance of having a powerful job post. By 2020 it could be one in five. Here’s how to make those predications a reality.

Think career, not job.

Hannah Seligson

When people talk about what you are going to do post-graduation, the question is typically framed in terms of “finding a job.” You don’t hear people say, “Julie, find a career.” But they should. While it might be daunting to think that way in your 20s, it’s imperative to. Jobs are not as lucrative or satisfying as “careers.”

Don’t get assistant-tized. Tory Johnson, the CEO of Women for Hire and one of the career experts I interviewed for New Girl on the Job puts it like this: “It’s very easy for young women to get stuck in support roles ... After a year or so you become pegged and it’s more difficult for your employer to see you in a different light.” Ilene H. Lange, president of Catalyst, the leading research and advisory organization working with businesses to expand opportunities for women at work, attributes the glaring absence of women at the top to the fact that women are two-and-a-half times more likely to be channeled into staff jobs like Human Resources and communication than into operating roles where they would be generating revenue and managing profit and loss.

Self-promote, because no one will do it for you. Women Unlimited, a national mentoring program, recently conducted a survey with 100 professional women about their views on the workplace. The results were compared to a Girls Inc. survey called “The Supergirl Dilemma.” The Supergirl survey found that girls feel an inordinate amount of pressure to reach inhuman benchmarks of achievement and perfection. Ironically, their conceptions of “perfection” are often the qualities that stymie women in the workplace, such as the desire to please and be liked. The results signal a logical progression from the Supergirl dilemma to the Superwoman dilemma. Part of the Superwoman dilemma is reflected in their finding that more than half (56.4 percent) of the women took credit for their work “rarely” to only “sometimes.” This, unfortunately, doesn’t jibe with the advancement paradigm in the American workplace. So, when you get accolades from a client or anyone for that matter, forward it on to you boss. Keep a work journal and note your contributions to projects so you’ll have a concrete list (read: bargaining power) when you need to negotiate for a raise or a promotion, and always, always take credit for your work, or someone else will!

Even Venus and Serena Williams have a coach. According to a 2002 survey by the Simmons School of Management women who had informal mentors reported greater numbers of promotions and a higher promotion rate than those without mentors. But “mentor” isn’t a singular concept. Think about it as if you are building a team. You want to seek out relationships with a broad range of people, both within and outside of your office, so you can strengthen different skill sets. As I say in the closing chapter of New Girl on the Job: “Young women need to keep renegotiating the rules of the workplace, or we’ll be stuck playing the old ones. But the rules won’t change on their own – they never do. Change is spawned by a movement, the type of movement that gave women the right to vote, entrance to the workplace and access to birth control.” For more information, visit www.hannahseligson.com. To submit a question or topic for consideration, e-mail hannah@campuscircle.net.


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cd reviews MAKING THE GRADE: A EXCEPTIONAL B WORTHWH I LE | C MEDIOCRE D SAVE YOUR MONEY F WILL BE ON HELL’S JUKEBOX

Arabian Prince Innovative Life: The Anthology 1984-1989 (Stones Throw) Arabian Prince also records as Professor X and has pulled shifts with Egyptian Lover, the World Class Wreckin’ Cru and most notably, N.W.A. This material was mostly recorded pre-N.W.A. though, at a time when electro was flourishing, so the idea here is to get bodies on the dance floor as opposed to talking about piling them up in the streets. Violence is the farthest thing from Arabian Prince’s (horny) mind on “It Ain’t Tough” and “Take You Home Girl.” The songs aren’t degrading to women; they’re just beat-crazy pick up lines set to Gary Numanstyle synth tracks. Arabian Prince is without a doubt one of the most influential acts to emerge from the Compton scene, but on “Innovative Life” and “Innovator,” he’s bragging about his prowess in the bedroom as opposed to in the studio. The classic N.W.A.-era dance tracks “Panic Zone” and “Freak City” top off this nice blast from the past. Grade: A —Kevin Wierzbicki Innovative Life: The Anthology 1984-1989 is currently available.

Blitzen Trapper Furr (Sub Pop) Portland, Ore. six piece Blitzen Trapper has produced

NOAH AND THE WHALE If The Life Aquatic were a band, it would be these guys. BY EBONY MARCH WHETHER YOU SUBSCRIBE TO the theory that they derive their name from filmmaker Noah Baumbach and his acclaimed dark comedy The Squid and the Whale or from a fixation on combining bible lore (you know, Noah’s Ark; Jonah stuck in the belly of a whale), the members of Noah and the Whale are hellbent on melding concept with great tunes. Lead vocalist Charlie Fink is the visionary behind this unique sonic constituency. The 22-year old writes music that is evocative of films like Harold and Maude and Butterflies Are Free but with a modern edge. As a matter of fact, Noah and the Whale’s release, Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down, could very well be the musical answer to Wes Anderson’s filmography. The band recently shot a video for the track “Shape of My Heart” – a tune that is not for lightweights. Although it’s backed by a sweet melody, “Shape” is ripe with sentiment and emotional layers. Left in the wrong hands, the track might prove disastrous, but to Fink and company’s credit, they’ve married the whimsy of a playful and sweet sound with lyrics that any good

sap would love. This gut-wrenching power can probably be attributed to Fink’s musical inspirations. He lists artists like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Vampire Weekend and Laura Marling (a sometimes-addition to the group as well as his purported girlfriend) as some of his favorites. However, Fink’s still not convinced that there’s a formula for greatness. “I really don’t think there’s such a thing as ultimate success,” he admits. But the British press would beg to differ. From the Daily Mirror to the BBC to The Sunday Times, music critics are falling fast for these folk-pop darlings. They’ve been called everything from “distinctive” and “resonant” to “the best band we’ve seen all week.” NME touted Noah and the Whale as “romantic folk with a group mentality and epic scope.” That’s high praise from a market that is known to turn its nose at the flavor of the month without the slightest provocation. Themes of love, loss, existentiality and overall quirk pepper that spot-on adulation. The other members of the band, which include Fink’s brother, Doug, on drums, violinist Tom Fiddle

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another eclectic knockout with the band’s fourth release, Furr. On previous albums, frontman Eric Earley and his cohorts mixed and matched folk roots, archetypal rock akin to Neil Young, Centro-matic and likeminded woodshedders, and a hippie-country vibe. On Furr, there’s a ramshackle

(l to r) Urby Whale, Doug Fink, Charlie Fink and Tom Fiddle of Noah and the Whale

business of the band’s name – a topic that everybody’s buzzing about but will remain as big a mystery as the meaning of life or the Loch Ness Monster as far as Fink is concerned. “I like that there’s some confused battle about that one,” he says confidently. Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down is currently available. Noah and the Whale will perform Oct. 4 at Detour Festival. For more information, visit noahandthewhale.com.

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NADIA LANFRANCONI NADIA LANFRANCONI USED TO be called weird in her hometown of Lake Como, Italy, a town known as Little Hollywood, thanks to stars like George Clooney, who owns a villa there. Like Hollywood, there’s an abundance of pop music and pop music makers. But unlike Hollywood, there isn’t much as far as independent music goes. “There is music in Milan, but it’s controlled by radio,” she says. “It’s

and bassist Urby Whale also deliver an offbeat edge to the group dynamic. But for Fink, he’s more concerned with what the listeners think than the critics. And so far, his guess is as good as any when it comes to early buzz. “We’ve only been out to SXSW, but that’s really sort of an industry thing so you can’t really tell,” he explains. Still, that “industry thing” proved fairly lucrative for this quartet; Noah were signed to their label following their appearance at the renowned music festival. For now, Fink just has one main wish where his band is concerned, and it has very little to do with scads of money or hot girls fawning over him:“I just wish [people] knew about Noah and the Whale, actually.” A solid fan base is surely on its way. The band’s song “5 Years Time” has been getting early airplay on stations like Indie 103.1 and even follows the path forged by other indie-rockers like the Walkmen by being featured in a Saturn car commercial. But for Fink, it’s a different track that holds his fancy. “I think maybe the last song, ‘Hold My Hand [As I’m Lowered],’” he offers. Which brings us back to the

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hard to get out of the cheesy pop cycle. There is really no freedom of expression there musically.” Lanfranconi did find some freedoms, from playing in her all-girl band with her then-purple hair to singing in a few punk and metal bands before fully committing to her true love, country music. “It’s all a process of growing up,” she relays. “I love punk rock, but I love most Johnny Cash’s punk

revolution to standout tunes such as the South San Gabriel-ish title track, an acoustic mountain allegory about shapeshifting and faith. Conviction and belief, or the loss of both, turns through many songs. There’s a degree of relentless prophecy that fuels fuzzy apocalyptic rocker “Fire and Fast

aesthetic and attitude, which shows in his music. The country vibe makes me feel at peace with myself.” Her move to pursue a singersongwriting career from Little Hollywood to the real Hollywood was a no-brainer. “There was no question,” she states. “Italy has no country music, and I wanted to move to L.A. and record with musicians whose work I like and see what happened next.” What happened next was a dream come true, with Jonny Wickersham and Danny McGough from Social Distortion, Tony Gilkyson and Don Heffington (Lucinda Williams’ drummer) playing the music behind her gorgeous voice on her EP, Bad Story. “I was very lucky to have the musicians that I had playing on the

Bullets.” Poetic “Stolen Shoes and a Rifle” (concerning inevitability) and symbolist “Lady on the Water” (which pours forth fundamentalist iconography) tip to the Band’s evocative Americana experience. The record’s finest acoustic outing is the Shins-like homicide ballad, “Black River Killer,” a first-person

record,” she says, and Los Angeles is lucky to have an earnest songwriter who makes being stuck in traffic, or just stuck at any point in life, a little easier with her words and melodies. Like she sings on the first track, “they used to call me weird, but that’s what they call you when you’re free.” Bad Story is currently available. For more information, visit nadialanfranconi.com.

murder narrative regarding the thin knife edge that separates sin and salvation. Grade: B —Doug Simpson Furr is currently available.

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THE PRESETS A Pop Band that Steals from the Techno World BY JOHN OCHOA WHILE TODAY’S GENERATION OF underground electro acts seems to give birth to artists on an almost daily basis, only a select few have truly discovered their unique voice in the top ranks of the dance community. Whereas younger artists flock to clubfriendly laptop beats, the Presets have come to define a new wave of dour dance music. Though not necessarily downer music, the Presets aren’t the type of lads to make blithe beats. Instead, the Australian duo makes supersonic music for the club kids who only dance in the dark. Keeping faithful to their sinistersounding disco-electro, the Presets make a full-fledged return with Apocalypso. Back with dark, Depeche Mode-driven grooves, industrialinfluenced dance tracks and acid house roots, Apocalypso is marked by the tried and true neo-electro the Presets have helped shaped in their short, five-year career. “We didn’t just want to make a techno record or a house record,” says producer/keyboardist/vocalist Julian

Hamilton about the duo’s latest release. “We’re not really a techno act, but really a pop band that steals from the techno world. We didn’t want to sound un-uniformed. We were a lot more conscious this time, a lot more stripped back.” The duo met while studying classical music at Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music. While Beethoven’s lavish crescendos and Mozart’s multilayered masterworks sound nothing like the Presets’ industrial disco, Hamilton acknowledges the influence that the Mahlers and Stravinskys have left in music history. “A lot of composers, especially 20th century composers, really created these sound walls that were really inspiring. There were no limits to their musical worlds, like Beethoven and Mozart in their musical world.” With Australian bands like the Presets, Cut Copy – both signed to influential indie Modular Records – and Midnight Juggernauts dominating the dance circuit, one would assume that the land down under is the next musical epicenter, the Australian version of Detroit Rock City. Hamilton thinks otherwise.

frequency | essential concerts | B Y Ben Kweller Oct. 1 @ Glass House Oct. 2 @ the Troubadour A country singing, perpetually 13year-old hipster muppet, you say? Why, Ben Kweller must be in town! The genre-bending acoustic guitar slinger never fails to strike down all preconceived ideas of the clichéd melancholic indie rock egotist, instead putting on a soulfully impassioned set every time he takes stage, in a way that begs audiences to fully engage.

Beat Union Oct. 1 @ Knitting Factory We Americans can gladly take credit for the beginnings of punk rock, but we still have to give credit where it’s due and admit that the Brits made it truly badass. While American punk

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from Texas. Huh? Shane Lawlor (an OG from Nottingham, England), Christopher Leigh, Louis Messina Jr. and Ross DuBois met in Austin, Texas about a year ago, and since, have been blowing up the scene, one of the few bands already well-known without having releaseed their first full length,

I mean, I’d hate to have the rest of the world think we’re ass backwards. Oh, wait…

consciousness, the Australian electronic duo have a very raw rock edge to them that makes them anything but your usual whimsical dance-pop fare. And no, no I’d still hate Katy Perry.

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Oct. 3 @ Glass House As long as I’m mentioning the Brits, I may as well throw some Aussies in for good measure, because, well, you really can’t have too much of those accents. Only something that awesome could make trainwreck Amy Winehouse still sound kind of alluring, assuming you’re not watching videos or bearing witness to some form of her grizzled visage. I wonder if Katy Perry would be less awful in general if she sang in a British accent … I mean … the Presets are great. Totally danceable with beats that just hammer their way into your

Oct. 4 @ Downtown Dudes. The Mars Volta, Gogol Bordello and Shiny Toy Guns. Artsy jam rock, gypsy punk and pretty girl dance-pop. What more could a music elitist ask for in life?

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which is now flying off shelves. This record doesn’t listen quiet, better turned off if not blasting, better reaching up into the high decibels as it packs a punch, lights a fire and sparks an invitation to stomp out your troubles and join a killer dance party. Grade: B —Anna Webber

Jonezetta Oct. 4 @ Chain Reaction These Mississippi natives don’t necessarily tackle the lightest of subjects, but somehow they’ll still manage to get you stoked on life. What else would you expect from the most soulful dudes on Warped Tour, though?

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Self-titled (Justice) Pick up this debut by Electric Touch and you’ll be slammed with a pretty good thing; high-energy indie rock of today that’s suffusing synths and ’80s New Wave, disco, coupling the mix with English dance-rock

has evolved into a different beast over the decades, we can take comfort in knowing there are still some young’uns out there who appreciate where they came from and know that punk is about more than facial piercings and flatirons. As do-it-yourself as a band gets while still being infectiously catchy, this Birmingham foursome are masters of the anthemic songs with lyrical substance that punk is defined by. You may not know it by a cursory listen to their MySpace page, but these dudes put on one of the most intense live shows around and, if nothing else, support them because I don’t want a bunch of British boys to come to our country and leave thinking that bands like Metro Station are how we define punk.

“The funny thing is, I couldn’t think of the next band on that list,” says Hamilton of Australia’s lack of presence in the music industry. “I don’t think Aussie is this amazing place to produce new music. Aussie products are oddities. I think we’re just out of place in Aussie as we are here [in the United States] and across the Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes of the Presets world.” First thing’s first: mainstream popularity, Hamilton was Hamilton is no Benedict Arnold, but everything but star-struck with the his firsthand experience in the robot rockers. Australian music market gives him an “It’s always been a cliché how dance insider view to the country’s music likes Daft Punk,” says Hamilton. burgeoning industry. “They’re like gods. What are you going “I guess we’re a country with 20 to say to them? Daft Punk are of course million people, [and] you might get an inspiration already. We didn’t really one [major band] from Aussie: need to meet them.” AC/DC, Wolfmother,” says Hamilton. Since the release of Apocalypso, “It’s a healthy little industry. It’s been the Presets have heavily toured across very rock centered. A No. 1 dance the world while still finding time to record would have been unheard of envision their next record. years ago. We haven’t really got much of a history. We haven’t got a Rolling “We wouldn’t, that’s the thing,” Stones or Beatles. We do what we like, says Hamilton of working with but every once in a while there’s producers for their future records. something hopefully fresh and “We have dreams and visions of our different that becomes popular. Cut own that we want to fulfill. I think Copy and Presets are popular because we’re just beginning to learn those it’s from the heart, and it’s something production skills to realize those new and different.” visions.” The Presets caught a milestone break last year, as they landed a Apocalypso is currently available. The supporting slot with the godfathers of Presets will perform Oct. 4 at Detour house music: Daft Punk. Though their Festival. For more information, visit Alive 2007 stint helped the Presets gain thepresets.com.

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music mentalist Jacob Lynam. The other two members of the band are Jacob’s brothers, David and Mark. The siblings know their way around a few different styles of rock tunes, reeling off soundalikes of Def Leppard (“Is This a Heartbreak or a Loaded Gun?”), the bluesy side of Aerosmith (“Enemy”) and Nirvana (“Lindsay Says”) to start off Tragic City Symphony. That would be an OK thing if the rest of the album sought out its own identity, but it doesn’t. Instead the album falls into a loop of tributes; a couple more grunge numbers, another Aerosmith (this time the schmaltzy ballad side of that band) and even a take-off on Kid Rock with “White Trash Superstar.” Grade: C —Kevin Wierzbicki Tragic City Symphony is currently available.

Old Crow Medicine Show Tennessee Pusher (Nettwerk) You don’t necessarily need to sit on a wooden porch overlooking a swamp to truly grasp the themes presented in Tennessee Pusher, but it would help. For their fifth full-length album, OCMS delve into incredibly serious subject matter. They brush upon the plague that’s gripping most of the Midwest and South with “Methamphetamine.” Although it’s an intense subject to sing about, OCMS finds a way to instill a groovy vibe to it in which you can’t help but sing along to the chorus. They have some fun along these 13 tracks as well. Fantasy murders occur in “Hotel in Memphis,” and sexual innuendos contribute to “Mary’s Kitchen” being one of the best songs Tennessee Pusher has to offer. Grade: B+ —Richard Castañeda Tennessee Pusher is currently available.


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douchebaggery that’s entirely different from hipster apathy, the band’s slow buildup to “Electric Feel” paid off as the venue turned into the inebriated dance party MGMT’s music deserves. Unfortunately, it was only for that singular song as once the seeming newly crowned drunk chick anthem was over, the less musically inclined half of the audience decided they had their fill for the night. The members of MGMT have fulfilled their duty of making a worthwhile album and being able to translate that into an equally worthwhile live show, the challenge that lies ahead now is figuring out how to attract less shitty fans who will appreciate both in their entirety. —Brien Overly

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BY KEVIN WIERZBICKI

Music History for Idiots Calm down there, Beethoven, it’s just a new book. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Music History is the latest tome from Michael Miller, the author who also brought you similar titles about music theory, playing drums, music composition and arranging and composing. The Complete Idiot’s Guide series is meant to be entertaining as well as educational, and you certainly don’t have to be a student of music to enjoy reading it or using it as an occasional reference. Music probably began when ancient peoples mimicked the sounds they heard in nature, like bird whistles, and that’s where the book begins. From there it traces the rise of western classical music before moving into American popular music of all sorts: rock, blues, jazz, country, hiphop and rap included. The last portion of the book examines world music with segments representing styles from every portion of the globe. There’s a quick glossary to refer to also, just in case you think rumba is something you mix with Coke. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Music History weighs in at 315 pages and is available now from Alpha Books.

The Human Value Push and Pull What do the British know that we don’t? It seems that our friends across the pond have a pretty good ear when it comes to sorting out upcoming American musical acts. Historically they’ve raved about acts like Jimi Hendrix and the Strokes long before we did, so maybe we should take notice that London is currently abuzz about the Los Angeles-based trio the Human Value. THV is fronted by a singer named Turu, and maybe the Brits love her because London is abuzz with L.A.-based the Human Value. her voice and THV’s music reminds them of that made by their own New Wave star, Lene Lovich. The band’s sophomore effort is titled Push and Pull, and it is available now from Pretty Mouth Records. If you attend the Human Value’s show at the Viper Room Oct. 24, check their merch table for copies of Push and Pull pressed on colorful blue or yellow vinyl.

Reinventing Dean Dean Zelinsky, founder of the Dean Guitar Company, has announced the launch of a new company call DBZ Guitars. Zelinsky founded Dean Guitars in 1976 and is widely given credit for ushering in a new era in guitar design. He’s ready to do it again as DBZ prepares for their initial offerings in January. Zelinsky says the new line will soup-up the guitar industry in a similar way as custom bike builders have for the motorcycle industry. The new axes will use rare woods, laser technology and proprietary graphics to set themselves apart from the crowd. Not all of the guitars will be high-end though. DBZ promises a full line (electrics, acoustics and basses) of lower-priced models to suit every level of talent and budget. www.dbzguitars.com

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Thee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer’s blue peepers looked ready to burst.

Thee Oh Sees Sept. 16 @ The Smell Six months ago, Thee Oh Sees stole a show from the headlining Mae Shi while opening at the Smell – this time around, they played last to a crowd that’d had a chance to memorize lyrics to The Master’s Bedroom is Worth Spending a Night In and tested a crop of new material that – surprise! – immediately pleased. Beneath his mop of beach bum hair, frontman John Dwyer’s blue peepers looked ready to burst. The band he leads plays like a rockabilly cartoon and to watch him twist and maneuver with his guitar held high is exhausting. Between the large drops of sweat he smeared about the floor and the microphone he nearly ate, it’s no wonder harmonizing vocalist Brigid Dawson had to sit out for a song with apparent nausea after having her eyes locked on him for the full set. One of numerous devilishly danceable performances from the San Francisco group, aided by openers Sic Alps, who Dwyer’s named “the greatest band to ever walk the earth,” and 21-year-old one man band (think Mark Sultan or Hasil Adkins) Ty Segall, alleged Billy Childish fan and recent addition to Dwyer’s Castle Face label. —China Bialos

MGMT Sept. 17 @ Henry Fonda Theater Mainstream indie is a perplexing concept for the simple fact that both genres it encapsulates should be mutually exclusive to each other. Needless to say, such bands that fall under that umbrella draw equally perplexing crowds. While true indie kids who find new music from sources other than MTV have been on the MGMT bandwagon for some time now, it seems that at some point the rock-radio-CW-teen-drama demographic hopped on board as well. And just as “90210” ruins your TV-

watching night, so too do those fans ruin it for the rest of us. Taking stage to a very sold-out Fonda, the Brooklyn duo and their backing band made up for the typical

Sept. 19 @ Echoplex After hearing Gary Glitter’s “Rock and Roll Part 2” on repeat for at least 30 minutes, I was thrilled when the white-clothed, war-painted men took the stage. After their own brief (thankfully, at that point) rendition of the song, they shifted to their familiar gypsy-vaudeville-blues-rock stylings. While their records are great, you can’t fully appreciate Man Man until you see them perform. They really up the showmanship factor from frontman Honus Honus playing the piano with his feet to using bizarre forms of percussion (throwing a handful of spoons into a metal bowl? Fair enough.), ensuring that you’ll see them again, any chance you get. —Sandra Fernando

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Actually you don’t even have to drink any of the British brew to have a shot at winning a trip to the 2009 Glastonbury Music Festival in Glastonbury, England. Just look for contest entry forms on a tear-off pad wherever Newcastle Brown Ale is sold and get your entry in the mail before Nov. 15. Four entrants will win a grand prize of concert tickets, airfare, hotel accommodation and spending money for themselves and a friend. Ten runners-up will get a custom Newcastle Brown Ale branded Michael Kelly guitar. Winners will be chosen on Nov. 25, and the festival, the largest field music and performing arts festival in the world, will rock Glastonbury June 26 through 29.

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displays of indie rock disengagement with solid musicianship that was focused and intense, even if their stage presence was less so. Though the crowd was disinterested as only Hollywood clubgoers can be, a

staff pick SIGUR RÓS Oct. 2 @ The Greek Theatre I became fairly obsessed with Sigur Rós after watching Heima, their documentary of a concert series played in small towns throughout Iceland. But since

Sept. 20 @ Hollywood Bowl “In the time of chimpanzees I was a monkey.” With one of my favorite lyrics of all time and the unmistakable slide guitar intro of “Loser,” Los Angeles’ golden boy kicked off his biggest headlining hometown show. Just like a monkey in the midst of a gang of chimpanzees, Beck Hansen has always gone against the grain of what most would expect of him. Since the early ’90s, he’s produced sonic surprises on his albums, thrilled with onstage spectacles like puppet shows and continued to make “secret” CONTINUED ON PAGE 21

that’s not a practical venue option for most of us, the Greek will have to do. Their live shows are almost too beautiful to describe with music too emotional to put into words – and this is all without having any idea of what they’re saying. That’s impressive. —Sandra Fernando

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appearances at small clubs like the Echo. He delighted fans once again with the announcement that he would perform for the first time with his father, David Campbell, as the conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra Strings. Weaving together songs from most of his albums, from 1994’s Mellow Gold to this year’s Modern Guilt, the audience greedily devoured every morsel Beck doled out. “Nausea,” “Devil’s Haircut” and “Que Onda Guero” got the crowd dancing, while the luxurious, symphonyenhanced “Paper Tiger” and “Chemtrails” soothed their souls. A highlight of the set was when the entire band gathered at the front of the stage, each equipped with a drum machine in hand for “Hell Yes.” It was great to see Beck take a minute to just laugh and joke with his band mates. Newly acquired guitarist, Jessica Dobson, lent a fresh edge to material throughout the show. Of course the most touching moment was when Beck and his dad took a bow together at the end of the regular set. “Where It’s At” and “EPro” served as the encore, a conclusion to a night where a musical icon of our generation got to take the stage at one of the most iconic venues in the world. —Yuri Shimoda

Michael Franti & Spearhead Sept. 21 @ Hollywood Bowl While the music from Michael Franti and Spearhead is enough of a buzz alone, that didn’t stop half of the crowd present from bringing picnic baskets, overflowing with beverages and goodies. At the Hollywood Bowl, “bring your own everything” is the motto, and it always amazes me how many people show up sans a full basket or backpack. Prior to MFS, local favorites Ozomatli spiced up the scenic atmosphere with their unique blend of Hispanic Los Angeles culture and music. In between the music and the outdoor calm of nightfall, the families in attendance stopped their dysfunction just long enough to soak up some of the extra-political messages that both Ozomatli and MFS bring to the stage every time they perform. All Rebel Rockers, just realized on Sept. 9, is the most recent album from the Bay Area-based artists that make up Spearhead. Produced in Jamaica, the new sound was just as vibrant and revolution-invoking as the previous collection of tracks on the Yell Fire album. With a guitar, a

game on | review ‘SPORE’ (Electronic Arts) The makers of the smash hit “The Sims” series have evolved simulation gaming in their latest, “Spore.” In this game, though, you take control of the entire lifecycle of a species – from their first swim in the primordial sludge to their conquest of outer space. The game highlights five evolutionary phases. Fight to exist as a Cell, hunt as a herd in the Creature phase, conquer as a Tribe, unite the species as

Songs to Get You in the Mood for

E FOR ALL: 1) Pat Metheny & Ornette Coleman “Video Games” 2) Mysterious Pony – “Extreme Gaming” 3) John Roy – “X Box Hero” 4) Audio Karate – “Nintendo 89” 5) Three 6 Mafia – “Playstation” 6) Mia Doi Todd – “Digital” 7) Bald Bros Blues Band – “Microsoft Blues” 8) Kraftwerk – “Computer Love” 9) Add N To (X) – “Plug Me In” 10) Neil Young – “Computer Age” 11) Bob Montgomery – “Game Boy” 12) Alan Parsons Project – “Games People Play” —Doug Simpson

voice and a worldwide following, Michael Franti is entered in an endless battle to bring peace to the masses. Expectations known, he brought peace to Hollywood in style. —Grady Winn

The Raconteurs Sept. 22 @ The Greek Theatre There is only one guarantee when you’re going to see Jack White perform, whether it’s with the White Stripes or the Raconteurs, you will never see a song done the same way twice. After the Raconteurs broke onto the stage on the first night of a duo of dates at the Greek with the title track from their sophomore effort, Consolers of the Lonely, White took a seat at the keyboards for a new twist on a slightly older song. “Blue Veins” (from the group’s 2006 debut, Broken Boy Soldiers) is typically the moment when White picks up his guitar for a seemingly infinite, epic solo, but on this night, the audience was treated to a more subdued version of the tune. While White shone with a cover of Charley Jordan’s “Keep It Clean,” co-frontman Brendan Benson’s vocals were spotlighted on “Rich Kid Blues” and “Many Shades of Black.” Although it’s fun to watch the chemistry between the two, it felt as if White was holding back at times so as to not outshine Benson, both on vocals and guitar. This was sometimes frustrating, but not as disappointing as the omission of “Carolina Drama” from the set. Yet “Steady as She Goes” (which White jokingly introduced as “a big hit for us in 1974”) and “Salute Your Solution” were both definite crowd-pleasers. And the overall sound of the band was rounded out with the addition of Mark Watrous (Loudermilk/Gosling) on keys and also on fiddle during “Old Enough.” —Yuri Shimoda

one Civilization and ultimately explore Space. While the fight to survive may become a bit repetitive from stage to stage, the customization and multiple ways to bend the world to your will keep this game fresh from start to finish. Obviously, if you don’t believe in evolution, this game may turn you off. Also, the game is a bit short, but if you don’t mind repetition, it’s quirky and engrossing enough to play over and over. Grade: A—Jonathan Knell “Spore” is currently available.

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SATURDAY, OCT. 4 The Chase @ Mountain Bar 473 Gin Ling Way, Chinatown 21+/9 p.m./FREE If you’re looking for a place to go for some post-Detour Festival dancing, the Chase may be the perfect destination and not just because of its (relative) proximity. DJs Jasefrmoutrspace and Klazzique will keep you movin’ with some indie rock and electro, with the assistance of very See Kim Ann Foxman of Hercules and Love Affair spin at special guest DJ, Kim Ann Foxman of the Chase. Hercules and Love Affair. Or if you’d rather see even more live music, hang out upstairs with rock cover band the Hit Factory.

SATURDAY, OCT. 4 Dublab @ Eagle Rock Music Festival Colorado Blvd. between Eagle Rock Blvd. and Argus Drive; myspace.com/eaglerockmusicfestival All ages/5 p.m.-midnight/FREE There is much to see at the yearly Eagle Rock Music Festival (and all for free!), but your evening should really include some substantial time spent at the Dublab-curated International Sounds Stage. With sure-to-be eclectic DJ sets from Coleman, Danny Holloway and Hoseh, plus live performances from some of L.A.’s best collectives: Build An Ark, Domingo Siete, Fool’s Gold and Very Be Careful, you’ll be in global heaven.

DJ Diabetic (Shepard Fairey) and Illuminoids @ El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; tarfest.com/music.html All ages/7 p.m./$10 It’s another festival! This one’s a little smaller but still worth checking out. The Illuminoids, a producer duo, will wow you with their inventive mashups and remix skills, while DJ Diabetic can always be trusted to play a great party set, covering pretty much any genre. Also featuring performances from Castledoor and Love Lies Sleeping to round out the line-up, and satisfy the more indie rock inclined.

Bridges @ The Derby 4500 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Feliz 21+/9 p.m./FREE before 10 p.m., $15 after Just in case there is someone out there who isn’t going to a festival on Saturday, here is yet another option. On the first Saturday of every month, DJs Phers One, RareForm, Adrian Younge, Azul, Strife, Suckapunch and Jayski, plus rotating residents Mark Luv, Mza, Joelskee and Marzon spin classic soul, hip-hop, afrobeat, house, dancehall … you get the idea. With that many DJs, there’ll be lots of variety – you’re pretty much guaranteed to get on the dance floor. —Sandra Fernando

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music dvd | review Young@Heart (20th Century Fox) I began the documentary Young@Heart with a faint heart as I anticipated 108 minutes of old people acting cute. Having previously seen the trailer, I knew the film focused on senior citizens singing rock ’n’ roll songs, and I feared the worst. I am pleased to report that, on the whole, the cringe-inducing parts are kept to a minimum, and the

AARP folks come across as interesting and intelligent rather than exploited puppy dogs. The real star of Young@Heart is the chorus director, Bob Cilman. Never once condescending to his group of elderly singers, Cilman instead picks interesting songs for his chorus to sing in a way that spins the words and/or meaning of the lyrics in a whole new direction. Grade: B —Angela Matano Young@Heart is currently available.


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The Whole Story E3 may have started as a place for game companies to preview their new titles to the media, but it quickly evolved into the Woodstock of the digital world. The whole Los Angeles Convention Center was crammed with loud, often blindingly lit and decorated booths – from the overwhelmingly large compounds of major companies like Microsoft and Rockstar to the simple offerings from various smaller, international companies in Kentia Hall. Flowing through these booths like a bloodstream were the attendees. While there were still journalists, the event also drew international businessmen, game industry hopefuls and a unique but notable breed of tourists who would troll the booths for the best swag. To capitalize on this interest, the booths got louder, sponsors started staging massive outdoor events and giveaways and television stations began setting up headquarters in the hall to try to broadcast the whole thing live. It was this festival atmosphere that would lead to the event’s downfall. Major game studios were sick of spending millions on booths in the constant need to outdo their displays and to court the throngs who cared more about free T-shirts than checking out their new games. Their pressure eventually turned E3 into a far more business-like setting where even members of the media could only attend by invite. The outcry from the community against this move was not unanswered, though. While it would not be the E3 of old, there would be a new event for the public. Thus, in 2007, E for All – short for Entertainment for All – was born. Developing a convention that would appeal to a wide audience is hard enough, but E for All had quite a bit against it. The ill will in the community caused by the sudden halt of E3 would only be overcome by a strong event, but the majority of the game companies that once fought for space and attention now seemed unmotivated to return. In fact, in this year’s roster, the only big names on the list are Microsoft, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts and Nintendo. Meanwhile, other events like the Penny Arcade Expo had grown in enough popularity that it would be hard to attract audiences to anything less than a high-level, professional event. With the lack of interest from major gaming studios, the focus of E For All shifted from games to gaming. Sure, there would still be new games unveiled, but in order to keep enough media focus to drive people back to the convention center, they would need a number of high-profile attractions. In this year’s E For All, the attractions are split between information about the game industry,

The Los Angeles Convention Center hosts the E for All Expo Oct 3 through 5.

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Between the unspoken acceptance of “Madden” games into male culture and the sudden mainstream success of the Nintendo Wii, it would be very hard to claim that video gaming is still the realm of nerds and recluses. For years, the ultimate proof that video games had finally come into their own was the Electronic Entertainment Expo, fondly referred to as E3. Now, from Oct. 3 through 5, E3’s offshoot – E For All – will attempt for a second year to keep the mantle of the gaming event for the masses and to keep gamers willing to shell out $35 per day or $75 for the whole event. Of course, for those who know the whole story, this is no easy task. competitive gaming and games as an art form in addition to the tradition of showcasing new games.

Getting into the Industry One major element of the E For All convention that was not as readily featured in E3 is the introduction into the business of making games. This is not strange, considering the success of industry events like the Game Developers Conference. It is strange, however, that this was never

considered part of E3, especially considering the sheer number of people who would blatantly hand their resumes to presenters at E3 in the hopes of getting a foot in the door. Ironically, it is the Game Developers’ Conference that will be leading the largest industry development event at E For All. This GDC Game Career Seminar will run on Oct. 3, and offers a full day of lectures aimed heavily at college students who want to break into the

gaming industry. The event promises to teach students about the industry, how to make a strong gaming industry-specific resume, which jobs are available in the gaming industry and much more. Needless to say, if you are interested in joining the gaming industry, this seminar may be worth the cost of admission, but that’s not all. The Game Developers’ Conference’s presence at the event promises much more than just

lectures. The event has also announced that it will have information for developers and a place where professionals and hopefuls can meet and discuss with Human Resources representatives. While this is the only major career seminar announced by E For All’s organizers, it is not the only career-based attraction at the convention. The convention center seems to be heavily populated this year with many of the best-known game-related education centers and universities. Among the most wellknown of these are the Academy of Arts University, Devry University and Westwood College. One potential hidden gem in the convention will be the Entertainment Consumers Association. This gamebased advocacy group fights for the rights of gamers and game companies in a society that seems convinced that video games are the new societal evil. Not only does this seem like it might be an interesting place to learn about the movement, the ECA Web site does suggest that it can help interested students find the perfect university to learn the tools of the game design trade, look for scholarship and aid and even help people find gaming jobs. Plus, they offer a membership discount to students.

Competitive Gaming Competitive gaming has come a long way from sitting on the couch with your buddies passing around the controller while playing the latest “Madden.” Now you can headshot a stranger from across the globe or just sit on the couch while playing “Madden” with your buddy at his own couch. Of course, some people need to take their game to a higher level. Sure, there is always the thrill of Xbox Live achievements and regional leader boards, but if you are really good, you might get the chance to represent the United States in the World Cyber Games. This global gaming competition gathers the best of the best from around the world and brings them out to the international finals. This year, the finals will be from Nov. 5 through 9 – a little over a month after E For All – in Cologne, Germany. This means that the appearance at the E For All convention will be one of the last stops before the best of over 700 players from over 70 countries go for the gold in the finals. Considering that the U.S. team took home the most gold medals in 2007, now would be a good time to find out about and start backing our national team. If you would rather see the action at the convention, you can check out Intel’s Global Challenge Los Angeles at the E For All convention. This faceoff is one step in the Electronic Sports


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League’s Extreme Masters tournament. Players will compete in “Counter Strike 1.6” or “World of Warcraft” events, and the winners will receive $80,000 ($50,000 for “Counter Strike” and $30,000 for “World of Warcraft”) and two slots in the finals representing the players’ home continents. Another major showing will be the return appearance at E For All of the man who is perhaps the most publicized celebrity in the competitive gaming world, Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel. The competitive gaming ace, a winner of 12 world championships in five different games, is the closest the video gaming world has to a household name. Like any other sports celebrity, Wendel has his own Fatal1ty line of merchandise. Instead of jerseys and jackets, though, Fatal1ty products include headphones, sound cards and motherboards. Of course, there are Fatal1ty hoodies and T-shirts. The gaming phenom’s booth – his next stop on his promotional tour – will allow convention attendees to take on a band of professional gamers and, of course, the man himself. Maybe they won’t get a contract to tour as a gaming icon by winning, but competitors can probably pick up some swag.

Gaming as an Art While most mainstream sources consider video games as distractions at best and “murder simulators” at worst, gamers know that video games offer a unique experience that no other medium could reproduce. Between the recent attention from Hollywood notables like Steven Spielberg and an appreciation of gaming music that has gone as far as the Hollywood Bowl, it is clear that many see far more potential from the gaming industry. To this end, “Into the Pixel” – the first video game art award – will be displaying their top 16 picks at the E For All convention. The picks, all either in-game or concept art from games that range from “Guild Wars” and “Fallout 3” to

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“Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe” and “Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood,” show a level of artistic mastery that seem to only be overlooked because they were created for a video game. While all of these top entries have been available for digital viewing at intothepixel.com since June, the physical artwork has been under wraps. E For All will be the official premier of this art exhibit.

The Games When all is said and done, people will still be going to E For All to check out the games. With the holiday season within arm’s reach, the game studios will have quite a bit of gameplay available by the time E For All starts. More important, there are already a ton of new games that have been released within the last few weeks. The only big names that have been announced for E For All are Microsoft, Ubisoft and Electronic Arts, with an announcement that E For All will also have various hard-to-find Nintendo games available to purchase. That is not to say that there will not be any other game studios there. Smaller developers and producers – including Nexon, the publishers of “MapleStory” – will have their own booths at the event. As always, there will also be various accessories and game-inspired items on display at the event. Take a load off in the latest gamepowered Boomchair, don your microphone-clad armor with Gameskulls or pump up your system with a Fusion-io drive. You can even drink as a true gamer with the strange little Mana Energy Potions. Unlike the E3 of old where sales were mostly kept in Kentia Hall – the small, out-ofthe-way hall of the convention center – and typically were handled by small, third party vendors, E For All boasts a large Target booth. This onsite store claims to have the hottest new accessories and games that gamers are looking for.

Meet Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel at E for All.

Going to the Convention If all of this seems like something that you don’t mind spending a few bucks to attend, your best bet is to head over to eforallexpo.com to help decide how much you want to get into and what you are willing to spend. It is typically best to buy your badge in advance, but get to the expo early because there will be a line for badges.

On the event days, try to get to the Los Angeles Convention Center before the 10 a.m. opening time. Fortunately, even if you don’t have a car, the Metro Red Line goes straight to the convention center. Of course, if you plan on bringing back bags of gaming souvenirs, maybe it would be better to drive. For more information, visit eforallexpo.com.

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Hi Lucia, I met this guy in a bar, and I really like him.I know it was a big mistake, but I slept with him on the first date. I also told him I liked him on the second date. Things are a bit complicated between us. He never says he likes me, but when I tried to say goodbye twice he kept holding me Lucia back and told me he is still single. Sometimes he is so sweet, but sometimes he’s just so cold. I thought maybe he was interested but just doesn’t want to be in a serious relationship. I told him I don’t want to have a boyfriend right now. (It’s a lie. I want him to be mine, but I can’t let him know that.) I want to get to know him more, but he seems hard to become friends with. We keep meeting, but that’s it. I just want to be nice and be friends with him, that way he might want me for more than sex. I want to see him every time he asks me. I don’t want to play games. It’s been nearly six months since we first met. I try not to be too clingy or to text him all the time. I want to text him everyday, but I don’t do it. Should I continue meeting him and treating him nice? I really like him. I want everything between us to get better. —Kim Dear Kim, You want to have a relationship with this guy, but you keep shooting yourself in the foot. You’ve been making mistake after mistake since the night you met him. Frankly, I’m surprised he’s still around. When you sleep with someone you’ve just met, the message you’re sending is that you don’t respect yourself and you don’t see yourself as a “prize” which someone has to earn. Why would any guy want to be with someone who thinks so little of herself? Then you told him you liked him on the second date, and you wonder why things are “complicated” between you now? Way to kill mystery and challenge. You basically handed yourself over to a stranger on a silver platter. Guys are used to competing and having to work for what they want. There’s nothing for him to work for, so why should he be interested? By being the one to initiate contact (text messages, etc.) you continue to send the message that you have to chase him because

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he’s the prize and you’re just lucky to be in his presence. This isn’t about being nice, it’s about being smart, and you’ve been anything but. If he’s still “seeing” you, it’s because you’re his booty call. Can this be turned around? I doubt it, but you can always try. Do the opposite of everything you’ve been doing. Don’t initiate contact. Don’t always be available when he wants to get together. Don’t hang on his every word when you’re with him. Don’t appear too happy to be in his company. Don’t talk about the future. I hope you’ve learned your lesson and will get it together for the next time. Hi Lucia, I love dating or seeing older women. I love the way they handle themselves and look. Twenty-one-year olds are fun but get old. An active, older woman who likes to go out and can turn heads with a great cocktail dress and heels is the most attractive thing I can think of. I’d like to know why older women always ask why I like them and how come I am not “into” younger girls. Are all older women this insecure about this? —Brian Hi Brian, Luckily, not all older women are insecure about the age factor. Most know that they are the total package and have more to offer than younger women, because they’ve had more time to get their act together. You may be meeting women who are recently divorced and back on the dating scene or who have always dated older men. The concept of a guy preferring an older woman is still quite new to a lot of people. Tell them the same things you’ve told me, and that should help appease their concerns. Remember: Love inspires, empowers, uplifts and enlightens. Write to Lucia at artoflove@campuscircle.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.

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SATURDAY, OCT. 4 Varsity Brawlers vs. Fight Crew The Dollhouse, 1910 W. Temple St., Los Angeles; derbydolls.com/la

The L.A. Derby Dolls have a new, fourth team, Varsity Brawlers, and tonight they go head-to-head with Fight Crew. Catch all the action and athleticism, plus live music, food and drink. 8 p.m. $20.

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THURSDAY, OCT. 2 “Isar Meets the L.A. River, a Case Study: How to ‘Renaturize’ a River” John Ferarro Building Auditorium, 111 N. Hope St. Los Angeles (323) 223-0585 A delegation from Munich that successfully restored its own industrialized river, Isar, into a “renaturized” resource shares their lessons as they can apply to the L.A. River. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. FREE. Also, RioFest 2008 will take place Oct. 4 offering music and a Biergarten with bratwurst and tacos under the arches of the 6th St. Bridge. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. $50.

Taste of Downtown Burbank San Fernando Blvd. Between Magnolia & Orange Grove, Burbank; tasteofdowntownburbank.com Try food from over 40 Burbank restaurants while enjoying live entertainment. One hundred percent of the money raised goes to the Burbank Community YMCA scholarship fund. 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $25 advance; $30. $10 additional for beer/wine garden.

FRIDAY, OCT. 3 “Mariama” Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice; electriclodge.org This tale of freedom and grace, loosely inspired by true life, is a one-woman show about two young women, one from a village in Africa and another from urban America, whose journeys miraculously collide in their parallel dreams to dance. 8 p.m. Through Sunday. $20.

Scrapartsmusic Beckman Auditorium, Caltech, Pasadena; events.caltech.edu This street-like ensemble recycles industrial materials into musical instruments performing a combination of jazz and world music. 8 p.m. $20-$30.

SUNDAY, OCT. 5 Cure in the Canyons II Four Seasons Westlake Village, 2 Dole Drive, Westlake Village; www.cureinthecanyons.com Hosted by Shannon Tweed and Sophie Tweed Simmons of “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” show your support by bidding at the silent auction and partaking in head-to-toe free spa and beauty treatments, yoga, food, beer and wine. Eco-friendly goody-bags and extra gift bags for carpoolers. All money raised goes to breast cancer research. $55.

Elevate Film Festival Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles; elevateexperience.com This festival will premiere 20 socially conscious short films from filmmakers around the globe. 2 p.m. Tickets are FREE on a first-come, first-served basis. $35 for premium tickets.

Master of Disaster Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 13400 Maxella, Marina Del Rey; barnesandnoble.com Local author, Ira Teller, reads from and signs his new novel, Master of Disaster: A Behind-TheScenes Mystery, inspired by his personal experiences on the set of The Crow, where he was the last person to interview Brandon Lee. 1 p.m. FREE.

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fashion focus | B Y

J O N AT H A N K N E L L

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1755 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood The simple, stitched shoe with rawhide laces looks a bit like a cross between a slipper and a golf shoe. Still, the Spinnakers have a thin rubber sole that keep them light, yet still offer comfort and support.

They offer a clean look with various eyecatching yet not too flashy colors. It’s a really nice change for the guy who isn’t ready for formal shoes every day but wants something classier than sneakers. Grade: B —Jonathan Knell For more information, visit sebago.com.

dorm gadget TO-GO WARE BY DANIELLE CHARBONNEAU We all know eating is a big part of college life. Unfortunately, our habits aren’t always the best for the environment. In order to avoid those moldy, smelly dishes piling up in our kitchen sinks, we often turn to plastic ware and styrofoam to solve our cleaning woes. Plastic ware contains petrochemicals that create dioxins and other harmful substances that seep into our environment and are potentially hazardous to our water source and health.

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inner circle For this reason, To-Go Ware has introduced a cutlery line that counters plastic waste. Their bamboo utensil line is stored in beautiful cases that are made entirely of newspaper and recycled plastic. Employees of Conserve, an environmentally friendly company in Delhi, India, sift out plastic products from wastelands that are then used to create the cases. Complete with a fork, knife, spoon and chopsticks, the line is easily transportable in its case and great for camping. For more information, visit to-goware.com.


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the bar exam | B Y

ZACH BOURQUE

B Y PA R I M A L M . R O H I T

USC Trojans: Top-ranked Southern California lost in Corvallis – again. Oregon State (2-2, 1-1 in Pac-10) jumped to a 21-0 lead This year marks only the second time in and won, 27-21 Sept. 25. The 47 years that both L.A.-area Beavers, who were 25-point baseball teams qualified for the underdogs, beat USC (2-1, 0-1) in playoffs – the Dodgers and their last trip to Corvallis, 33-13, in Angels both made the 2006. postseason in 2004. Angels: The Angels finished It was the second time Oregon with a franchise-best 100-62 State defeated USC when they were No. 1. The Beavers beat the record. Claiming its fourth top-ranked, O.J. Simpson-led American League West title in Trojans in 1967. five years, the Angels will face Parimal M. Rohit Trojan quarterback Mark Boston in the AL Division Sanchez completed 18 of 29 passes for 227 yards Series, which starts in Anaheim today. and three touchdowns and one interception in Angel pitcher John Lackey (12-5) will start the loss. Tailback Joe McKnight gained only 10 Game 1 of the best-of-five series; the Red yards on the ground for USC. Sox will send Jon Lester (16-6) to the Oklahoma claimed the top spot in the AP mound. Top 25, while Alabama moved to No. 2. Game 2 will be played in Anaheim Oct. Rounding out this week’s top five are LSU, 3. The series shifts to Boston for Game 3 Missouri and Texas. (Oct. 5). If necessary, Game 4 will be played The Trojans return to Los Angeles to host at Fenway Park Oct. 6, while a deciding fifth No. 23 Oregon Oct. 4. game will be Oct. 8 at Angel Stadium. UCLA Bruins: The Bruins’ most As of Sept. 28, the Angels had not productive game of the season was not enough selected the starting pitcher for games 2 against No. 25 Fresno State on Sept. 27, as the through 5. However, Daisuke Matsuzaka Bulldogs defeated UCLA 36-31 at the Rose (18-3) will start for Boston in Game 2. Bowl. Dodgers: The Dodgers won 19 of their Bulldog quarterback Tom Brandstater last 27 games to win the National League threw three touchdown passes and 236 yards on West and qualify for the playoffs. At 84-78, 21-for-30 passing, while Ryan Mathews Los Angeles has the worst record of all eight amassed 166 yards on the ground. Fresno State playoff teams and will open the postseason improved to 3-1, while UCLA lost its third against the Chicago Cubs (97-64). consecutive game to drop to 1-3 (0-1 in Dodger ace Derek Lowe (14-11) will conference). start in Game 1 against Ryan Dempster (17Kahlil Bell rushed for 73 yards and two 6), which will be played Oct. 1 at Wrigley touchdowns on 20 carries, while quarterback Field. Game 2, also at Wrigley, will feature Kevin Craft completed 11 of 20 passes. Derrick Carlos Zambrano (14-6) against Chad Coleman led the Bruins in rushing with 86 Billingsley (16-10) Oct. 2. Rich Harden (5yards on 10 carries. 1) will face off against Hiroki Kuroda (9On special teams, Terrence Austin was a 10) in Los Angeles for Game 3 Oct. 4. standout for UCLA, establishing a school record If necessary, Game 4 will be played at with 298 total yards – 206 on kickoff returns, 44 Dodger Stadium Oct. 5, while the deciding on punt returns, 29 rushing and 19 receiving. fifth game would be in Chicago Oct. 7. The winner will face either Milwaukee or Send feedback to sports@campuscircle.net. Philadelphia in the championship series.

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DODGERS HEAD TO THE PLAYOFFS IT WASN’T LONG AFTER THE DODGERS’ 6-4 loss to the Padres Sept. 25 before the first bottle of champagne was popped inside the clubhouse and jubilation ensued. For despite the loss, the Dodgers had clinched their division for the first time in four seasons when earlier in the day the Arizona Diamondbacks lost to the Cardinals. Blessed by the curious fate of playing in the worst division in baseball and gifted with the late season acquisitions of Manny Ramirez, Casey

Blake and Angel Berroa, the Dodgers had at least triumphed in a year plagued by injuries and inconsistencies in both pitching and hitting. A team that spent 90 percent of the season nipping at the coattails of the D-backs was now showering in gales of sprayed bubbly. Whatever can be said about this ball club and their deficiencies on the field, no one can question their ability to party. Not after Thursday night when following the festivities in the clubhouse they re-emerged onto

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Burger in my belly, I sat, smile on face, watching Terry, the Shack’s own Johnny Cash, sing tunes that made me wonder why they didn’t hire this guy to replace Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line. Those looking to try and give Terry a run for his money are encouraged to check out the venue on Wednesdays or Fridays, and the debate for which is the better night is futile. The crowd is an always-enjoyable mix of 20somethings, fake ID college folk and old, drunken locals, the latter of which tend to be rather frisky with the younger ladies so save your miniskirt for the fraternity exchange. Regardless of your singing ability; the outrageously fun vibe, friendly crowd and cheap drinks continually make me praise the Shack as one of L.A.’s best-kept secrets. Terry and I’ll be there, what are you doing this Wednesday?

THE SHACK

185 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey KARAOKE NIGHT IS AN ESSENTIAL element of any dive bar. It is usually utilized as a tool of the off night, a way to bring in all sorts of closet rock stars dying to bust out their vocal chords with the aide of your friendly neighbor alcohol. The Shack, located in lovely Playa del Rey, tells a tale of karaoke night unlike any other. While the Shack may be small in size, it more than admirably makes up for this in character. The place has been around for many moons and looks the part. The infamous Shack Burger, whose trademark Louisiana spicy sausage sits aboard what was already a topnotch burger, borders the line between unhealthy and unethical, but remains utterly delicious. The beer is cheap and the women are loose. All of which combine to create a fabulous venue for a night of rowdy ’yoking. With a $6 pitcher of Bud in hand and a Shack

the field to stir the fans to euphoric heights with their raucous celebration. A brief moment of restraint came as manager Joe Torre addressed the crowd directly, thanking them for their support and predicting much more celebration to come in the month of October. He was then promptly soaked with champagne. Ramirez, Berroa and Delwyn Young climbed atop the Dodger dugout and tossed division champ baseball caps, balls and what looked like candy, over the enraptured crowd. Pitcher Joe Beimel was seen near third base wearing nothing but his Dodger bathrobe and a wide grin. An infectious giddiness spread like wildfire around the stadium, a sense of magnificent possibility, a prophetic “this is our year” vibe akin to an Obama rally. And speaking of folks from Chicago … the Dodgers now must face the long expectant Cubs. No team in baseball feels more entitled to win than the Central Division Champions, who had the best record in the National League this year. They haven’t won a World Series in 100 years and will certainly bring all that pent-up frustration to Wrigley Field in Chicago tonight for the first of a five-game series. Incidentally, the Dodgers lost all three games they played at Wrigley this year, and they will start by facing pitcher Ryan Dempster whose record is 14-3 at home. But hey, that was the regular season, and all that is finished…

Grades – Draft Selection: B; Liquor Selection: B; Price: A-; Atmosphere: B+; Entertainment/Music: B+; Food: A. For more information, call (310) 823-6222. Send feedback to bars@campuscircle.net.

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