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overhead shot of you running through an entire city. But once you get accustomed to that pace, you embrace it and enjoy it, and it starts to become this adrenaline-fueled environment that you love.â&#x20AC;? Body of Lies releases in theaters Oct. 10.

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WHAT DOES GOOD DICK MEAN TO YOU? That was the question writer-director-star Marianna Palka asked herself when she sat down to write the script of Good Dick costarring her boyfriend of nine years and producing partner, Jason Ritter. The film is a delicate, intimate portrait of two incredibly broken people who may just be the otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s salvation. Ritter explains that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about love, not lust. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These characters are blown out exaggerations of the two sides of love, which are; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m here, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in love and I want thisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and the other side, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Get the hell away from me and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m terrified,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Ritter says.â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sex can be so creative and beautiful, and it can Jason Ritter and Marianna Palka in Good Dick add so much. But it can also be so destructive. People arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really aware of the to direct. All the jobs helped one another. It was power it has.â&#x20AC;? like a treasure hunt or something.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was going for what is really sexy,â&#x20AC;? Palka says in her lilting Scottish brogue, something she Good Dick releases in select theaters Oct. 10. stifles in the film. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It sort of feels like 1970s

not otherwise have theatrical distribution in the states. In addition to Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eden Lake and Swedenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Let the Right One In, closing night duties go to the highly controversial French film Martyrs, hailed as the BY ZACH BOURQUE torchbearer of a new generation of horror films. Martyrs, which has been compared to the OCTOBER MIGHT AS WELL BE CALLED similarly controversial French film IrrĂŠversible, national scare-the-pants-off-you month with has received either ecstatic praise or utter the seemingly constant barrage of horrific damnation due to its highly releases set on doing just that. disturbing yet thought Those who wish to take a provoking nature. Whether break from the typical Saw you view the film as a You Scream Last Friday the masterpiece of cinema or a 13th need look no further piece of crap depends on your than the Los Angeles personal taste and ability to Screamfest. This weeklong stomach NC-17 levels of festival showcases fresh talent violence. Regardless of your and foreign thrills that view, Martyrs is guaranteed to represent the best of the scare Be prepared for a Martyrs thrill ride at provide a visceral thrill ride genre. unlike anything youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen Last year, fans were intro- Screamfest. before. duced to a repertoire of genre The horror community in Los Angeles is treats including a premiere of George â&#x20AC;&#x153;Night of like a club, a small and intimately demented the Living Deadâ&#x20AC;? Romeroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest film, the oddly YMCA if you may. Screamfest is a chance for familiar Diary of the Dead. This year, opening you members that prefer blood and guts to night duties are designated to the long overdue hugs and kisses to wave your flag with pride. and highly anticipated Trick â&#x20AC;&#x2122;r Treat, which has Throw on your black shirt and embrace your been garnering nothing but rave reviews. Other inner demons. tasty numbers include Splinter, Feast 2 and Graumanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mann Chinese 6 is located at Train. 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. For more Screamfest has always been a place to information, visit screamfestla.com. showcase rare international gems that would

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R.I.P. Paul Newman (1925-2008) Dude, 2008 is turning out to be one bummer year. In addition to all the sheer, utter offensiveness going on with our country and economy, so many talented personalities are passing away. The most recent is Paul Newman, who passed away at the age of 83 from lung cancer. Newman’s body of work and iconic status are simply unparalleled, and it’s upsetting to think that there are probably a lot of young people who don’t know who he is. He is no question one of the greatest actors of his time and a lot of other peoples’ time. The man starred in some truly great and influential films, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Cool Hand Luke and The Color of Money. In addition to that, he had his own line of food products called “Newman’s Own.” Unfortunately, there aren’t many actors around these days like Paul Newman, and the kind of actor that he Paul Newman will be missed and honored forever. was is almost a dying breed. But I think the more uplifting part about the loss of Newman is that he lived to an old age. A lot of the deaths we’ve had this year, like Heath Ledger, have been people who have passed away long before they should have. A person is lucky to live to 83 and attain the kind of success that Newman had. He will be missed and honored forever.

“God of War” Goes to Hollywood Director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour films, X-Men 3) is apparently going to direct a film adaptation of the popular videogame “God of War.” The film takes place in ancient Greece and follows a mythical warrior that takes on various popular mythological creatures. I’m an avid gamer, and I’ve heard great things about this game, but I haven’t gotten around to playing it yet. The game has been a big success since its release several years ago and has spawned a few sequels. My favorite Brett Ratner film is Red Dragon. He exhibited an edge on that film that I would love to see him bring to another project, and this could be it. Generally, I like to cover stuff that beyond a shadow of a doubt is happening, and it’s not really clear whether this is set in stone or not. Ratner has a lot of projects in development right now including, Beverly Hills Cop 4, so ultimately it remains to be seen whether this will actually go forward. But I would like to see what he does with this if it were to happen.

Kenneth Branagh Takes on Thor Now, probably the best news of all time: actor/director Kenneth Branagh (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) is going to direct the movie version of the Marvel comic character, Thor. Two scoops of awesome with a second helping. Marvel is showing a good track record for mixing directors with material. Sam Raimi and Jon Favreau were great choices for Spider-Man and Iron Man, respectively, and even though The Hulk and the follow up The Incredible Hulk weren’t among the company’s bigger success stories, I like what Ang Lee and Louis Leterrier did with their versions. Thor is the mythical hammer-wielding son of the god Odin, who sports a helmet with wings and a flowing red cape. He’s one of Marvel’s more popular characters and a member of “The Avengers.” Giving these epic comic book characters to directors who otherwise would be considered independent filmmakers is the move these days. It feels like mainstream filmmakers have strayed away from effective storytelling in favor of relying on special effects because that always used to bring in audiences. But now that the effects are nothing special anymore, it has come back to masterful filmmaking to get the job done, and that’s what filmmakers who make smaller movies that don’t get as much advertising have to deliver on. I hope nothing derails this project because a mythical god in the hands of Kenneth Branagh is something everyone deserves to experience.

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Ashes of Time Redux (Sony Pictures Classics) Powered by the themes of memory being the root of man’s troubles and reject first in order to avoid rejection, Wong Kar Wai’s (My Blueberry Nights) Ashes of Time Redux offers highly stylized, intensely dramatic and ravishingly beautiful snippets of Ouyang Feng’s (Leslie Cheung) life, a man who hires skilled swordsmen to execute contract killings. The reworking of Sally Hawkins as Poppy in Happy-Go-Lucky Wong’s only martial arts film is teeming with gorLeigh proves once again that a geous images, from a finger being film’s best special effects are the sliced off to an expansive desert-scape. performances that bring it to life. Grade: B Grade: A —Jessica Koslow —Nick Day Ashes of Time Redux releases in select Happy-Go-Lucky releases in select theaters Oct. 10. theaters Oct. 10. Simon Mein/Courtesy of Miramax Films

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Breakfast with Scot

(Regent Releasing) Breakfast with Scot is a charming comedy about a gay couple, Eric (Tom Cavanagh) and Sam (Ben Shenkman), who finds itself the sudden guardian of a precocious, effeminate 11-yearold boy, Scot, who likes brightly colored clothing, make-up and singing Christmas carols all year long. Eric and Sam gently gear Scot toward the more “boyish” athletic sport of hockey so that he will be more accepted and less teased. Scot expands his horizons, makes friends at school, with the neighborhood bully even, and slowly builds trust in his new caregivers. Through tears and laughs, a tight bond forms, proving that in today’s blended families, mutual respect, love and understanding can make a house a home. Grade: B —Bonnie Priever Breakfast with Scot releases in select theaters Oct. 10.

Happy-Go-Lucky (Miramax) Happy-Go-Lucky is the newest film from director Mike Leigh (Vera Drake, Secrets & Lies). It’s the story of Poppy, a perpetually upbeat woman confronting and trying to help the cynical world around her. “You can’t make everybody happy,” a friend remarks. “No harm in trying,” is her optimistic reply. Sally Hawkins plays Poppy to perfection. It is such an infectious performance that I challenge you to see the film and not fall in love with her. At the very least, I expect that she’ll make you smile. I’m reminded of Audrey Tautou’s performance in Amélie. Happy-Go-Lucky is reminiscent of that whimsical film but grounded in reality.

Humboldt County (Magnolia) Humboldt County, the first feature from the writer/director team of Darren Grodsky and Danny Jacobs, is set on California’s infamous Lost Coast, a place that’s virtually inaccessible by vehicle yet still serves as the hub for most, if not all, of the nation’s high-grade marijuana farming. Peter (Jeremy Strong) is an uptight UCLA med student whose only indulgence is the occasional warm glass of milk. But after an alcohol induced one-night stand he finds himself stranded hours away from home amidst towering Redwoods and a multigenerational family of reefer smoking, intellectual hipsters. Although a reluctant houseguest initially, Peter eventually embraces the family’s leisurely lifestyle and even allows the pre-teen Charity (Madison Davenport) to read him her favorite bedtime story – Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind. After a couple tokes, the once assiduous Peter learns that not everyone achieves eternal happiness through hard work and cultural complacency. In most cases … all you need is marijuana. Grade: A —James Famera Humboldt County releases in select theaters Oct. 10.

staff pick SEASON OF THE WITCH/THE CRAZIES Oct. 10 @ Silent Movie Theatre Horror movie buffs better brush up on their high-pitch

(Warner Bros.) Guns, gangsters and Guy Ritchie: three G’s that guarantee a good time. After Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, you know what to expect when you buy a ticket to a Guy Ritchie film (if we politely ignore that whole Swept Away debacle), and he doesn’t disappoint. RocknRolla is a flashy, violent, hard-driving dive into an unexpected seedy side of London: the real estate market and its many denizens trying to get rich quick by any means necessary. A less talented filmmaker might not have been able to escape the trappings of style and substance, but Ritchie delivers copious amounts of style with fantastic acting, brilliant cinematography and key oeuvre signatures through interweaving storylines that make this unmistakably another chapter in Ritchie’s London underbelly series. The film stars 300’s Gerard Butler, Jeremy Piven (who is uncharacteristically weak in the film, turning in a performance that’s just his “Entourage” character on Valium), token but enjoyable femme fatale Thandie Newton, the always wonderful Tom Wilkinson, a crushworthy Tom Hardy and the absolutely genius Mark Strong, an English actor yet to break through in America who has several movies about to be released that should shoot him, deservedly, into the stratosphere. It’s a rockin’ good time. Grade: B+ —Sasha Perl-Raver RocknRolla is currently in theaters.

Talento de Barrio (Maya Releasing) Caught up in a violent barrio underworld, Daddy Yankee stars as Edgar Dinero, an angry young man living in a Puerto Rico slum filled with corrupt cops and embroiled in a fullblown gang war. Dinero leads a gang with strong ties to the barrio underworld. Yet his path is thrown for a loop when he falls in love with an uptown girl and is offered a career as a reggaetón singer. He must choose which life is best for him. Talento de Barrio highlights the struggles of the youth in the Puerto Rican barrio and the price they pay in deciding whether to stay or leave. Grade: B —Parimal M. Rohit Talento de Barrio releases in select theaters Oct. 10.

screams because George Romero is coming for you. The Silent Movie Theatre is showcasing not one, but two of the director’s masterpieces (Season of the Witch, The Crazies). It’s the best thing to tide you over while you await the release of Saw V. 10 p.m. —Ebony March


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dvd dish | reviews Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (Magnolia) Chris Bell makes a strong debut with this documentary that examines the world of steroids, in both the personal and professional arenas. Bell, along with his two brothers, is a lifelong bodybuilder and wannabe professional wrestler. His brothers, an amateur wrestler and a powerlifter, are also longtime steroid users. Bell raises compelling questions of hypocrisy in America’s stance on performance enhancing drugs. Ultimately, however, Bell falters when he leaves this subject having only scratched the surface, and instead tries to build a case in favor of steroids. Grade: B+ —Mike Sebastian Bigger, Stronger, Faster* is currently available.

if you were taken from your boring, lonely life and introduced to a private, anonymous sex club for the rich and powerful? Now, what if you met your secret crush in this club and decide to break the rules? In Deception, Jonathan (Ewan McGregor) finds himself pulled into the dark scheme of a twisted con artist (Hugh Jackman) with the life of the mysterious girl he loves in the balance. The movie has plenty of sex and, as the title implies, deception, even if it is a bit easy to predict. The DVD has quite a bit of bonus material, including making-of featurettes, commentary and deleted scenes. There’s even an alternate ending that some may prefer. Grade: B+ —Jonathan Knell Deception is currently available.

Cool Hand Luke (Deluxe Edition)

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(Warner) What can you say about this beloved late-’60s classic, besides that it’s one of the most all-around enjoyable movies ever made? Paul Newman has never been better in his role as the devil-may-care rebel sentenced to a chain gang for cutting the heads off parking meters. Along the way we get to know a cast of misfits and convicts who battle with the tyrannical guards. Directed by the underrated Stuart Rosenberg, this funny, dramatic and just plain entertaining film is a reminder that they just don’t make ’em like they used to. This edition features a newly restored transfer, commentary by historian/Newman biographer Eric Lax and a making of documentary. Grade: A —Mike Sebastian Cool Hand Luke – Deluxe Edition is currently available.

(Universal) This locker-shaped collection includes three films by John Hughes, the man who defined a genre of teen angst films in the 1980s. Included are the all-new special editions of The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Weird Science. It’s hard to tell if the Brat Packers’ appeal will still hold for today’s teens. The films are severely dated, melodramatic and at times cringe-worthy. (I’ve never understood peoples’ love for the collection of stereotypes that show up for detention in The Breakfast Club.) Still, for many who watched the films endlessly to ease their own angstridden years, the films hold a special place. Grade: B—Mike Sebastian High School Flashback Collection is currently available.

Deception (20th Century Fox) What would you do

Great PAUL NEWMAN Performances: 1) Hud 2) Cool Hand Luke 3) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 4) The Sting 5) Twilight 6) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 7) The Hustler 8) Empire Falls 9) The Hudsucker Proxy 10) Mr. & Mrs. Bridge —Angela Matano

Favreau does get enough right to make for an enjoyable summer popcorn flick. Grade: B+ —Mike Sebastian Iron Man (Two-Disc Special Collectors’ Edition) is currently available.

L.A. Confidential (Warner)

Curtis Hanson directed this staggering adaptation of James Ellroy’s 1950s L.A. crime epic. The adaptation by Hanson and Brian Helgeland is a masterful example of compression. The powerhouse cast, which includes Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger and Danny DeVito are all at the top of their game. It is undoubtedly one of the best, if not the best, film of the ’90s.

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This is one film two-disc reissue that seems warranted for once. It includes hours of supplemental materials, as well as commentary by historian Andrew Sarris, Ellroy and the cast. Grade: A —Mike Sebastian L.A. Confidential (two-disc reissue) is currently available.

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contributors DORIA ANSELMO

KAWAI MATTHEWS

Doria is a former model turned photographer. She has lived/worked in Europe, Asia, South America and the United States. She loves to travel but is happily based in Los Angeles, shooting portraiture and reportage. She is also currently documenting a group of former street children at the Tunahaki Center in Tanzania, Africa. See Doria’s photos on p. 12.

pushing high into a butterfly sky/wind whips around my crown of creativity/craving abstract culture/taking long strides thru a world opened/i lock arms with visionaries/running away from oceans/kneeling at undiscovered streams/rubbing noses with real life angels/jumping into the air with philosophies of prosperity/are YOU ready to fly? See Kawai’s photos on p. 17.

ELSY BENITEZ Elsy is a silly rabbit looking for her metaphorical bowl of cereal, whose journeys are documented through her images. Her obsession with photography started over 10 years ago. She is currently scurrying about Los Angeles creating art or some semblance of it. See Elsy’s photos on p. 13 & 20.

CHINA BIALOS China is a 24-year old writer, photographer and former copy editing intern at Campus Circle. A lifelong resident of Los Angeles, she is grateful for its taco trucks, somewhat preserved architecture and Freakbeat Records. She’s less appreciative of the city’s luxury lofts, terrible scent and general apathy. China will never buy a digital camera. See China’s photos on p. 13.

MELINDA DAHL Born in Toronto, Canada, Melinda moved to Los Angeles at 21 to pursue a life in the arts. She is currently planning her third fine art photography exhibition as well as gigging around Los Angeles as part of the Dahls. See Melinda’s photos on p. 16.

A.J. GRIER A.J. lived out his formative years in the valley (Burbank to be exact) and adulthood in and around Silver Lake and Downtown Los Angeles. Currently he spends his weekdays as an accountant managing the finances of others, while the nights and weekends are spent trying to manage his creative development. See A.J.’s photos on p. 15.

EMILY HART ROTH Emily currently teaches photojournalism to teen girls through the “Step Up Women’s Network,” mentors youth through Venice Arts in the Neighborhood and shoots for “Farm to School,” dedicated to connecting farms with schools, teaching children about fresh food and improving the quality of school lunches. See Emily’s photos on p. 14.

NATE SLEVIN Nate is a New York-based filmmaker in love with the city but also enjoys a good deal of travel in his work. Music festivals in Texas and Tennessee, a video project in Indonesia and a feature film in Washington, D.C. have all been recent favorites. See Nate’s photos on p. 21.

SOULSOL CREATIONS Although Soulsol took photography classes in high school she never got great grades, but she was completely focused on mastering the art and believed in herself. Now at 28, she looks back on her photos and realizes that life has been nothing but a beautiful project. See Soulsol’s photos on p. 15.

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COLUMBIA COLLEGE DORIA ANSELMO HOLLYWOOD Catches the L.A. Derby Dolls Film Festival for the Entertainment Industry Oct. 14@ Pacific Design Center Theater

THE FILMS Building 429 Filmmaker: Dustin Bowser ’09 A documentary tracing the story of a musician’s rise from poverty and emotional difficulty to success in the Christian Rock genre.

El Dad Filmmaker: Piran Zarifian ’08 On the eve of the Jewish high holidays, an older couple’s faith is tested as they wonder why their God has not given them a child they so desperately want. Across town, an unemployed younger man puts his wife and baby at risk as he seeks ways to provide for a better life. Will providence bring each what they want?

Ryder Hard, Broadzilla and Paris Kilton are not misspelled words; they are names of Los Angeles Derby Dolls. The games or “bouts” as Dolls call them, become quite rough. Seeing a Doll fly over the rail or tumbling face first is almost a guarantee at every event. “There’s nothing like you flying around the track at 25 miles an hour banging into other girls,” Meghan Gaynor, a.k.a. Judy Gloom, says. Most roller derby leagues are grassroots organizations that are self-run by volunteers. Events rely on word-of-mouth, not advertising. In the case of the L.A. Derby Dolls, they are not paid to participate; they give money and pay dues. The Dolls have day jobs. Some are lawyers, mathematicians and doctors. In the case of Gaynor, she is a librarian at Glendale Community College. Interest in the sport is almost certain to continue to escalate when Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut movie, Whip It!, hits theaters 2009. The film stars Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page. The L.A. league is always looking for new players, or “Fresh Meat” as they call prospective Dolls. One of the requirements as listed on the “LA Derby Dolls Wants You” flyer is to “not be afraid to fall on your ass and have a good time!” For more information, visit photobydoria.com.

Elevator 7 Elevator 7

Filmmakers: Justin Chambers ’10 and Brittany Howe ’10 Everyone at the college knows the eerie tale: Every 7 years at 7 minutes past the 7th hour an otherwise broken elevator opens its doors for a brief moment. A student stumbles into this elevator, which takes him on a ride to a floor with no exit unless he can solve his horrific tormentor’s riddle.

Hand in Hand

Crystal Deth from Fight Crew passing on the outside

Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page front and center at a Derby Dolls bout

Sirens team member down!

Racy DC blowing a kiss to Krissy Krash at the start of a bout

Meghan Gaynor as the Fight Crew Derby Doll named Judy Gloom

Gaynor as she works her day job as a librarian

Filmmaker: Gil Ben-Haroch ’08 Told with a visual story and music, but no dialogue, this short film explores the age-old question of to what degree human beings need each other. Hand in Hand was a winner at the 2008 British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) Student Film Awards.

Sakura Hand in Hand

Filmmakers: Ryan McKinney ’09 and Matt Ryan ’09 In the waning days of World War II, a Japanese fighter pilot leaves his wife and baby daughter to fly what will surely be a suicide mission. In the midst of the Iraq War, a young wife finds herself pregnant and alone as her husband is fighting yet another war. Stories that have been told through the violent ages, but life brings unexpected twists.

Seventh and Hill Filmmakers: Joe Gonzalez ’08 and Ryan Postas ’06 Sakura An undercover sting in the dark world of Los Angeles’ Jewelry district goes bad, but even a high speed chase through the downtown tunnels does not make clear who has the diamonds and who masterminded the duplicity.

The Zoo Filmmaker: Jason Orosco ’08 A young man is so desperate to buy a PlayStation that he takes the worst summer job one can imagine – scooping the droppings of animals at the local zoo. But the summer brings the first twinkle of adult love in this coming-of-age romantic comedy that is luckily not shown in odorama.


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ELSY BENITEZ The Night Scenes of Our City Los Angeles is a massive, sprawling, urban city. In many places, hidden in the nooks and crannies of concrete buildings and in the streets under the veil of nighttime, the city comes to life. The night offers a different experience, as people seek the company of friends and exciting new adventures. This series is an attempt to capture the essence of youth against the backdrop of one of the most eclectic cities in the United States.

CHINA BIALOS Gentrification of Downtown Los Angeles

I’m a relatively inexperienced photographer, but I do know Los Angeles well. And having grown up here, I’ve felt very strongly about its transformation through recent overall gentrification. My happiest memories of the city itself hark back to the late ’80s and early ’90s, when selective memory allows me to recall a sunny and punk-friendly Los Angeles not unlike the backdrop of L.A. Story or a number of Francesca Lia Block’s novels. Today, however, it is not this Los Angeles I notice most but the one occupied by the city’s misfits. Downtown L.A. is becoming cleaner, shinier, more luxurious – represented here by the photo of two colorful buildings which sit side by side on Los Angeles Street. Venues are being built, lights are glowing, artists are becoming more prominent. Great. Further southeast, below 5th and beside Los Angeles, among rows of rolled fabric and an array of flowers, there still remain a good few of the estimated 80,000 homeless in Los Angeles – specifically, the approximate 900 who live on Skid Row. These people share street space with trash, as well as stray animals trying to survive on said trash, and live separately from those who work in that glass high rise collection a few blocks up, easily visible from this part of town. Like many, I work in one of these high-rise buildings and, like many, live with a heavy heart for not being able to solve the neighborhood’s biggest crisis. The theme is rather cliché, but unfortunately is still very relevant to our city.


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EMILY HART ROTH EMMANUELLE Relationship Shots L. TROY I have been passionate about photography since I was nine-years-old and first began documenting the lives of my friends and family. My studies in communications at the University of Wisconsin at Madison opened doors for the work I’m doing now, as well as solidifying my commitment to interconnecting people and their stories. As an artist, facilitator and educator, I am dedicated to work that focuses on opening channels for others to visualize and articulate their personal dreams and ideas. My work is particularly committed to demonstrating through images the state of human beings’ relationships with their environment. When I arrived in Los Angeles four years ago from the woods of Northern Wisconsin via New York City, I thought the only thing to shoot in L.A. would be cars, palm trees and movie stars. I was right, to a degree, but I have since learned that all those elements are only a part of what makes the photos taken in this beautiful city worth looking at. For more information, visit emilyhartphotography.com.

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Go Green or Stay in the Red Our red and green Christmas, as well as our fear, sadly will arrive late yet again this year, while some are catching the red eye on this going green cheer. Red skies will soon replace the blue, leaving our plants and our trees unrecognizable too, unless we practice what we preach and also follow through. For more information, e-mail campuscfashion101@yahoo.com.


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SOULSOL CREATIONS

A.J. GRIER Surveys the City

“A photo’s not taken, it’s MADE!”

My photography goes back to when life was pretty simple and sweet. I vaguely remember the first time I got a camera. In fact, I don’t remember my life ever without one. Capturing moments has always been on the top of my list of priorities, from documenting the lives around me, to the place that I was at that very moment and now to the most random objects. I see the beauty in it all. Even as hard as times may have been, I have always seen my life in Los Angeles so wondrously – the beauty around me, vivid; the people near, joyful. The sun, always shining and with a camera in hand came success and happiness! It was about 10 years ago when I really took control over my talent and vision. I took classes in high school, and although I never got great grades due to my lack of focus on the curriculum, I was completely focused on mastering the art. All I did was believe in myself. Now at 28, I look back on my photos, and I realize that my life has been nothing but a beautiful project. You cannot only see the vision, but you can hear, feel, taste and touch it because it’s real and it makes nothing but sense. Each photo communicates the truth in that. The response I get from my viewers has been very motivating, which definitely keeps me moving forward with my talent and vision. Photography is what I was born to do and L.A. is where I’m meant to BE! It’s where Soulsol came to life. But the journey doesn’t end here ... stay tuned.

Working hard at playing hard.

For more information, visit myspace.com/soulsolcreations.

L.A. CityEscapes

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Alexis Jasmine Flowers

Bomb L.A. Downtown Los Angeles

Spring Flowers

Venice Beach

Pianotrack

Open Late

The light of so many flames.

Nate Cole of Castledoor


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MELINDA DAHL Welcome to the Dahls’ House BY ANGELINA DEL RIO DRAKE After spreading her wings from Toronto, Canada, Melinda Dahl and her twin sister, Caitlin, nurtured their dreams beneath the glow of the Los Angeles arts scene. Their efforts revealed a distinctly striking and multifaceted artistic passion. Melinda’s career in photography frames a graceful transition to music: she is concurrently developing a new black and white fine art exhibition and singing as one half of the Dahls, the twins’ latest creative articulation. Supplementing performance with music, photography seemed natural for Melinda and led the sisters to start a production company to coordinate their talents with the visions of musicians, filmmakers and business clients. DahlHouse Productions has bolstered the image of top national and local acts such as A Fine Frenzy, Rob Giles, Holly Palmer and Paul Chesne. As producers with a wealth of experience in their own pursuit of the arts, Melinda, camera in hand, and filmmaker Caitlin help convey the essence of an artist’s sound in visual form. For more information, visit dahlhouseproductions.com or myspace.com/thedahlsisters.

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ANNA WEBBER Snapshots of the (Musically) Rich and Famous Anna Webber was born in Los Angeles, where her artistic training began early in music, writing and art. At 17, she studied percussion under Walfredo Reyes, Jr., current drummer of Santana, as well as with her father, Kevin Webber, longtime percussionist and trained cinematographer. She began studying 35mm, black and white photography printing and processing at age 18 under British photographer of rock music Jill Furmanovsky in Florence, Italy. The following summer, she met and aligned herself with Baron Wolman, the first lead photographer for Rolling Stone magazine. Anna graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Creative Writing, an emphasis in Business, in 2008. She has seven album covers out to date. She has shot Vegoose 2006 and Reggae Rising 2007 on tour with Damian Marley, the Long Beach Blues Festival 2007 with Taj Mahal and the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee in 2007. Anna is also part of an Austin, Texas-based company, Webber Design Creative Family, which is quickly becoming known in the music world for creating Flash Web site “environments.” They’ve dubbed this process “3D Collage Web Design,” which delivers the viewer into an online, interactive world in which one is free to roam any number of intriguing and eye-catching sub-sites. Besides their signature Web site design, Webber Design creates quality graphics for all things print and multimedia. For more information, visit annawebber.com and webberdesign.net.

KAWAI MATTHEWS Gear + Design + Photo = Air Philosophy {1} DJ Bakdraft DJs are the freshest geeks, right? Bakdraft loves mixin’ music, his equipment and movin’ crowds. Oops! Did I forget the ladies? He’d kill me if I didn’t say that he loves the ladies in his booth. But please, no requests. That’s a swift boot outta his turntable lab. I’d bank on his talents, and after shooting him, I was quick to hire him for a company party, that he rocked! Let him scratch your music itch. myspace.com/djbakdraft

{2} Res Don’t you love stealing your friend’s favorite artists and making them your own! Well, years ago I found Res through a friend and haven’t let go since. Her music and energy has always

been unique and intriguing. I was super excited to get her in front of the camera. I was shooting a campaign for a client in support of increasing awareness about the genocide in Darfur and Res hopped on to endorse the cause. myspace.com/res

Mulatto is a young and energetic band that’s definitely worth the cover at the door. I’ve watched them rip stages, and I’ve watched them rip into chicken wings and fries. These guys are like family. Catch them playing around town or on tour playing for hip-hop legend Nas. myspace.com/mulattomuzik

{3} Mateo

{5} Ty Songs

There’s just something about this guy’s voice – afreakin’-mazing! I was a fan at first note. Mateo’s singersongwriter/hustle talents got him a major deal with MySpace Records. Look out world! If you’re ready for music to hit you in the heart again, get to clickin’ in his direction. mateoonline.com

Songwriters make the world go ’round. It’s the talented folks behind the music that need our love, too! Owen is one-half of Ty Songs. Lily’s the other (Hi, Lily!). I shot a series of photos for their Web site. The site came out really darn cool, integrating photography, sketch art and sound. TySongs.com

{4} Mulatto Live music will always be the ultimate experience.

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KINGS OF LEON Pair Change with Musical Integrity BY EBONY MARCH

The Chemical Brothers Brotherhood (Astralwerks) With a career just shy of two decades, the Chemical Brothers have redesigned and defined the face of electronic music. The Chem’s new album, Brotherhood, proves their stature as a multifaceted duo, with tracks spanning their entire catalogue. Though this is their second “best of” album in the last five years, Brotherhood contains tracks from their later albums, Push the Button and We Are the Night. “Keep My Composure” featuring Spank Rock and the new album exclusive “Midnight Madness” are also in the mix. But the best treat is the bonus disc, which includes the Brothers’ rare, sought after “Electronic Battle Weapons” 1-10. The thumping, limited format tracks are harder DJ/dance friendly versions of some of their most coveted work and the perfect addition to even the most dedicated fan’s collection. With an anthology of music this brilliant, let’s hope the Chemical Brothers stick around for another 16 years. Grade A+ —Ryan McWhorter Brotherhood is currently available.

Jem Down to Earth (ATO/Red) Jem, the Welsh singersongwriter whose name is synonymous with the hit show “The O.C.,” releases her second solo album, Down to Earth. Do not expect this to be amazing (despite her favorite adjective to describe her tracks “Amazing Life” and “It’s Amazing”), as this album falls a bit short, packing a few hits worthy of “They” or her Paul McCartney cover of “Maybe I’m Amazed.” Jem’s dance-y “Aciiid!” gets your heart pumping for about a

WHEN KINGS OF LEON HIT THE scene roughly five years ago, the band impacted everyone with its renegade sound. The look of its four members was even in your face. In a year when every other act was decked out in skinny ties and white belts, Caleb, Nathan, Jared and Matthew Followill appeared to be the reincarnation of classic rockers like Creedence Clearwater Revival or Lynyrd Skynyrd. They looked every bit the rebellious sons of an unforgiving south, complete with long locks and facial hair. “In our first album, I really wanted to piss people off,” explains lead singer Caleb Followill. The band’s debut, Youth and Young Manhood, may not have angered people per se, but it did manage to shake up the international scene, winning Kings of Leon devoted fans from the United States to the UK. Two more releases would follow;

the band unleashed Aha Shake Heartbreak in 2005 and followed that up with 2007’s Because of the Times. Seems like a pretty ordinary progression to most. But what is so noteworthy about Kings of Leon’s career path is the absolute evolution of their look and sound. Within the span of this nearly completed decade, these four musicians would shed the skin that catapulted them to fame. They’ve achieved this with a similar flair to Radiohead – pairing change with musical integrity. The end result is Kings of Leon’s fourth release, Only by the Night. The first single from the new material is “Sex on Fire,” which was released in August. From lyrics to melody, the track carries with it the same passion that its title does. You’ll know it’s Kings of Leon when you hear it, and yet, “Sex on Fire” manages to sound more polished and mature than anything else the band has done before. But for Followill, that’s exactly what he was going for.

frequency | essential concerts | B Y Kris Roe Oct. 8 @ Chain Reaction It’s been a good, long while since any of us have heard the Ataris on any mainstream music outlet, and even then, their time in the spotlight was undeservedly short-lived. The thing about the Ataris, though, is that their career spanned long before the masses ever heard their cover songs, and it has lasted long after their less serious “fans” took their leave as well. Frontman Kris Roe knows how to write catchy, infectious songs that still have emotional resonance.

Dashboard Confessional/ Panic at the Disco Oct. 10 @ Staples Center So, we all know I’ve had my share

4.0 treadmill walk, and that’s about it. Jem sticks with her formula for a moderately successful record by maintaining her well-recognized palate of electronic, eclectic sampled effects. Grade: B—Daniela E. Castro Down to Earth is currently available.

of commentary about the Panic boys over the years. Admittedly, I’ve been riding them pretty hard. Not to say I was unjustified in doing so or that I recant any of said riding, but … they may or may not have softened me as of late. I still don’t much care for their last album, or their first for that matter, but you can only get punched in the arm so many times before it just goes numb, right? That said, as many times as I’ve grudgingly come to one of their shows, they’ve never left me bored or disinterested. The dudes just know how to work a big stage now, something they’ve come a long way from since they did their first tour. As much as I love a fiery train wreck, I do love when a band steps up their game

“I think we’ve always had a goal to broaden our sound from album to album,” he says. Doing so has even garnered Kings of Leon a famous following that includes actress Liv Tyler. She has been a staunch supporter of the group from day one. “Liv happens to be a big fan of ours,” admits Followill. “Every opportunity she can, she comes to shows.” (l to r) Matthew, Nathan, Caleb and Jared Followill of Kings of Leon Tyler has even befriended the guys, gifting that inspired the Kings of Leon sound. them with CDs from her personal colFollowill’s unique vocal style is lection. reminiscent of one of his heroes, Despite their glamorous conlegendary singer Tom Petty. He also nections, Kings of Leon are still a divined an artistic spark from a wellhomegrown group of guys that put known group of British rockers. the music first. That is due, in part, to “During this album,” he says, “I each of them keeping the other listened to a lot of Radiohead.” grounded. Unlike other bands who Yet, Followill’s tastes also include sometimes succumb to the white-hot the doo-wop groups that he loved glare of celebrity’s flame, Followill and growing up. company maintain a harmonious Even with a cadre of accolades family unit on and off the stage. behind them, Kings of Leon are That “family that plays together” mentality is also helpful while on tour. steeped in earnestness when it comes Success has taken this band from its to what the fans think of the new native Tennessee to exotic locales like material. Spain and Italy. While he revels in the When praised for their latest international travel, Followill is pretty release, Followill responds shyly with, quick to tell you that there’s no place “Can I quote you on that?” like home. “It gets kind of depressing to leave Only by the Night is currently the comforts of your own country for available. Kings of Leon will perform too long,” he explains. Oct. 15 at Nokia Theatre. For more Such comforts include the music information, visit kingsofleon.com.

B R I E N O V E R LY to outlive buzz band status. Chris Carraba of Dashboard, on the other hand, has spent a long time cementing his place as the leading voice in his genre and isn’t looking to go anywhere anytime soon either. With so many young up ’n’ comers looking to encroach on his territory, there’s a reason Carraba’s been able to stave them off this long. Regardless of how mainstream Dashboard has gotten over the years, Carraba’s words have always rang true and been able to strike an emotional chord in any listener, regardless of background.

Duffy Oct. 10 @ Orpheum Theatre Contrary to popular belief, sometimes a musician’s single isn’t always

Koushik Out My Window (Stones Throw) Koushik may be one of the lesser-known charms of the Stones Throw label; but his downtempo interpretations of hip-hop and colorful psychedelic splashes make him stand out. Even though he’s

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their best work. Not to say “Mercy” is a bad song by any means, but if you give her a listen, you’ll hear a whole lot more of what Welsh songstress Duffy has to offer.

Weezer Oct. 14 @ The Forum Admit it, the video for “Pork and Beans” is the best thing to ever happen to those

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SNAP SHOTS TO 1) Ringo Starr – “Photograph” 2) Paul Simon – “Kodachrome” 3) Duran Duran – “Girls on Film” 4) Rush – “Camera Eye” 5) The Buggles – “I Am a Camera” 6) Veruca Salt – “Shutterbug” 7) Yes – “Into the Lens” 8) John Wesley Harding – “Still Photo” 9) Rod Stewart – “Every Picture Tells a Story” 10) Filter – “Take a Picture” 11) Depeche Mode – “Photograph of You” 12) Tom Waits – “Picture in a Frame” 13) The Kinks – “Picture Book” —Doug Simpson

music during that program. The band will celebrate the release of Crazy Ever After a little bit early with a show at the Hotel Café Oct. 14. Get bit by A Static Lullaby’s Rattlesnake!, in stores now.

I Am Ghost Halloween is only a few weeks away and that means ghosts are going to start making themselves known as they warm up for their big party. Though the “real” ghosties have been beaten to the punch by Long Beach dark-rockers I Am Ghost. The band has just released Those We Leave Behind through Epitaph, and it’s loaded with frightening treats with names like “Bone Garden,” “Buried Way Too Shallow,”“Burn the Bodies to the Ground” and “Rock N’ Roll High School Murder.” I Am Ghost’s lead screamer Steve Juliano says, “We didn’t set out to impress anyone this time. We’ve learned so much from touring for two years straight; we saw the world and realized how important it is to connect with yourself.” And just exactly what connection did Juliano make to write these songs

Invisible Cinema of despair? He says, “I delved more into my nightmares!”

Rattlesnake! Don’t worry about sucking out the poison, the bite of this Rattlesnake! won’t kill you. It might cause your head to rattle a little bit, though, because Rattlesnake! is the latest offering from Orange County heavy hitters A Static Lullaby. You’ve probably heard that the hardcore band recently recorded a version of Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” so it’s only fitting that it now steps up with some venom of its own. This is the fourth release from ASL, and singer Joe Brown says the recording sessions were as smooth as a sidewinder’s underbelly. “For the first time the band was on the same page of how we wanted the record to sound, and I truly am 100 percent happy with how the songs

music dvd | reviews Jewel The Essential Live Songbook (Koch Vision) Packed with 45 tracks and two full concerts on two separate DVDs, Jewel’s Essential Live Songbook fulfills all desires of the diehard fan. A hybrid of country, folk and pop with a little bit of yodel thrown in for good measure, Jewel, known for growing up on a homestead in Alaska and for living in her car

Top 40. This collection of songs showcases Jewel’s storytelling and songwriting abilities. In an interview on the DVD, Jewel says, “I loved authors that told the truth on themselves.” The apparent ease with which Jewel opens her heart to her fans, with lyrics that often feel ripped directly from her journal, does a lot to explain her enduring popularity over the last 13 years. Her first

soaring spirit of ’60s pop music is evident in the tambourine-tinged melody of “Lying in the Sun.” Following this, the silky foreplay of “Coolin” drifts into the pre-climax rewards of a long, pleasurable night. Of course, California probably has nothing to do with the sweet and sexy arc of this album – Koushik may just

The Rescues Three L.A.-based singer-songwriters have banded together and are calling themselves the Rescues. The trio, consisting of Kyler England, Gabriel Mann and Adrianne, has inked a deal with Red Wind and will release its debut effort, Crazy Ever After, Nov. 4. Their song “Sweetspot” is featured in the Rachel McAdams/Tim Robbins film The Lucky Ones, and they also represent on the Charity: Water compilation with “California Rain.” If you’re a fan of the show “Army Wives,” you may have heard the Rescues’

album, Pieces of You, became one of the bestselling debut CDs ever. Grade: A —Angela Matano The Essential Live Songbook is currently available.

Talib Kweli Live at the Shrine (MVD Visual) For as many live shows as this BK, NYC rapper has performed it’s amazing that only now does his firstever live concert DVD surface. If you’ve never seen this wordsmith live, please do. Like I’ve said many times before

be irrevocably in love with everything he sees outside his window. Grade: A+ —Sasha Ali Out My Window is currently available.

After a five-year stint with jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard, pianist Aaron Parks has released his debut for Blue Note, Invisible Cinema. The 24year old’s explanation of the album’s title is almost as lengthy as some of the luxurious journeys that Invisible Cinema projects. “The title has a lot of different meanings,” says Parks. “For one thing, invisible cinema is what music is, in a sense. You can’t see it. But there’s all this drama between musicians, all these stories that can be told. I was also thinking about actual cinema, and this album has a story line that I wouldn’t spell out to anybody because I want to leave it open to interpretation. But for me there’s a narration in the sequence and song titles and everything.” You may not be able to see Invisible Cinema, but you’ll have no problem hearing it when Parks plays a showcase at the Jazz Bakery Oct. 21.

(twice in this paper in live show reviews), he’s a beast on the mic, rapping for hours straight with grace and profundity. To his credit, he has ample California love for West Coast MCs, as he brings out Strong Arm Steady, and reverie for the hiphop pioneers, hailing KRS-One as he joins him onstage. Extras: behind-the-scenes interviews with Kweli and KRS-One and rehearsal footage. Grade: B —Jessica Koslow Live at the Shrine is currently available.

Best of Outrageous Cherry (Wicked Cool) You can’t really say that this Detroit-based band channels the psychedelic ’60s or that they pay homage to that era – those descriptions are not good enough.

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through from somewhere. An airy intro leads into the instantly memorable second track,“Be With.” The vocals fade in and out like echoes, serving mostly to point out that the variegated layers of funky chords, night-blooming orchestrals and breakbeats are the centerpiece of the composition. The carefree and

for a spell, always brings more than the usual amount of soul to the

came out.” Rattlesnake! is slithering around at your favorite music purveyor right now, and the band plans to bear its fangs at two area dates: the Troubadour Oct. 29 and Chain Reaction Nov. 1.

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music This music really does have flowers in its hair, albeit some of the blossoms are hallucinations. “The Book of Spectral Projections” comes close, but Outrageous Cherry doesn’t venture into acid psychedelia with wild guitar solos headed for outer or inner space. Instead the band favors short, radio-ready psych-poppers that recall the work of the Rolling Stones on their Their Satanic Majesties Request album, especially the lighter stuff like “She’s Like a Rainbow.” Grade: A —Kevin Wierzbicki Wide Awake in the Spirit World is currently available.

TV on the Radio Dear Science, (Interscope) On Dear Science, TV on the Radio attains a level of ambition that would kill most bands. Each TV on the Radio release is a testament to escalating creative objectives and commercial aspirations, and on Dear Science, TV on the Radio balance brains with musical abandon. The outfit manages to ballast arty post-punk, doo-wop, soul, electronica, new wave, pop and other elements that would sink other ensembles. Princely opener “Halfway Home” dilates with reverberating drums, jagged guitar and late-’70s electronics. That’s followed by despondency descant “Crying,” a horizontal groove frolic featuring vocalist Kyp Malone’s falsetto skills. Modern existence gets detonated during “Dancing Choose,” a brilliant conglomeration of fevered rap, sax blasts and heated rants. Funk-angled sociopolitical remonstration “Red Dress” and beatdriven/buzz-guitared “Shout Me Out” both comment on complacent citizenry. In essence, Dear Science, is a three-dimensional album that pushes, pulls, motivates and reacts. Grade: A —Doug Simpson Dear Science, is currently available.


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The Chino-bred, L.A.-based no-wavey band (and frequent players on the Smell stage) play songs from their latest release Skeleton – out now on PostPresentMedium Records._ “... some kind of frenetic punk ballet in which those moving musical parts are hopelessly trying to find their way back to their feet. Somewhere in that fraction of a second, a safe is blown wide, wide open, and its contents are pretty gnarly.” —Pitchfork _ Oct. 10 at the Smell

CSS Sept. 23 @ The Mayan CSS take their name from an abbreviation of Cansei de Ser Sexy, which is Portuguese for “tired of being sexy,” and they make it clear they are not about serious rock, but prefer instead to focus on having a good time. CSS were conceived in Brazil and seeing their live performance, it’s as though a slice of the annual Carnival in Rio de Janeiro was recreated at the Mayan. The venue instantly

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1) Kings of Leon — Only By the Night 2) TV on the Radio — Dear Science 3) Jenny Lewis — Acid Tongue 4) Cold War Kids — Loyalty to Loyalty 5) Metallica — Death Magnetic 6) Thievery Corporation — Radio Retaliation 7) MGMT — Oracular Spectacular 8) Diplo vs. Santogold — Top Ranking 9) Beck — Modern Guilt 10) Okkervil River — Stand Ins 11) The Replacements — Pleased to Meet Me 12) Brightblack Morning Light — Motion to Rejoin 13) Mogwai — Hawk is Howling 14) The Replacements — Tim 15) Raphael Saadiq — The Way I See It 16) Verve — Forth 17) Calexico — Carried to Dust 18) Monkey — Journey to the West 19) Santogold — Self-Titled 20) Mitch Hedberg — Do You Believe in Gosh?

should not have solo careers. He rocked out not just guitar work but lackluster vocals as he covered AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” replacing the original lyrics with politically fused silliness. Standout acts included the passionate reggae sounds of Barrington Levy, whose massive presence onstage complimented his

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Sept. 23 @ Henry Fonda Theater Sincerity is something that can’t be faked. Some indie bands out there could use a tutorial on Sea Wolf ’s style of unassuming, yet spirited stage presence. Frontman Alex Brown Church is a formidable songsmith with a command of his material not unlike that of a young Bob Dylan or Johnny Cash. Sea Wolf are consistently tight live, and this night was no exception, launching off with the brooding “Song for the Dead” and shifting through melancholy numbers like “Winter Windows” and their anthem, “You’re a Wolf,” with flawless execution. A minor flub on the rare uplifting number “I Made a Resolution” was forgivable, and a new song was a well-received glimpse at things to come. The ensemble rounded out their set with the powerful and haunting song “Black Dirt,” effectively leaving the audience howling for more. Why these guys (and gals) are not yet headlining venues remains an enigma. —Natasha Desianto

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Sept. 27 @ Los Angeles State Historic Park Raise your fists, Angelenos, and celebrate the wonderful diversity of your city. Saturday marked a glorious occasion for fans of just about any genre of music as the third annual We the People Festival kicked off at the Los Angeles Historic Park. The air was brisk and the energy infectious as fans of all shapes, colors and sizes flocked to this massively green park. The line-up was as eclectic as the fanbase and included such acts as RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello. The theme was predictably liberal across the board – whether it was the massive army of “Obamagandists” who set up booth after booth selling shirts and posters of our democratic candidate or the incessant rants of aforementioned Morello, who turned out to be the fest’s biggest letdown. Morello, who is known for making utterly strange, yet highly magnificent sounds come out of his guitar, strayed from this simple agenda to prove why some people just cannot and

full-featured and booming vocals. Los Angeles natives Dilated Peoples headlined the second stage with some ridiculous beats and rhymes, while Les Claypool of Primus headlined the main stage. Irony ensued as the polarizing headliners managed to do just that to the highly colorful audience, with predictable outcomes as to what headliner managed to draw which audience. Ironic conclusion aside, We the People Fest proved a truly remarkable example of the diverse population of Los Angeles and its equally diverse taste in music. One would be hard pressed to find anyone in attendance, regardless of class or color, who was without a smile on his/her face. —Zach Bourque

staff pick PENDULUM Oct. 13 @ The Mayan Australian electronic drum and bass rockers Pendulum are set to play for only the second time in Southern California (the first being Coachella), and this is their first headlining gig here. With the recent release of In Silico, this show is one not to be missed. —Ryan McWhorter


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Sept. 26 @ Henry Fonda Theater PHOTOS BY LEVON & SHAUNT GHARIBIAN To view additional photos by the Gharibians, visit clubsoda.fm.

spin cycle | l.a. dj culture SUNDAY, OCT. 12 Large Professor Record Release Party @ The Knitting Factory 7021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; knittingfactory.com All ages/8:30 p.m./$15 advance, $18 day of show Once a member of hip-hop group Main Source, Large Professor eventually went out on his own, and over the years has produced some of hip-hop’s greatest, including Big Daddy Kane and A Tribe Called Quest. So you can expect good things (although maybe not that good) from his Main Source record release party, with special guests DJ Muggs (of Cypress Hill) and Planet Asia, a DJ set from People Under the Stairs, Vendetta Kingz and the promise of special guest appearances all night, so it’s anyone’s guess who will show up for the occasion.

FRIDAY, OCT. 10 Four on the Floor @ On the Rox 9009 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; myspace.com/fouronthefloorla 21+/9 p.m./FREE This new dance party moves around a bit, but this week it has landed at On the Rox, and you can too, especially if you enjoy house, disco and electro, or even the less prevalent industrial and balearic beat genres – extra credit to anyone who knows what balearic beat is. Your dancing delights will be brought to you by DJs Ketamine Brothers and Pants Off, who with names like that will certainly keep you glued to that dance floor.

SATURDAY, OCT. 11 Ultraluxx @ Mountain Bar 475 Gin Ling Way, Chinatown; myspace.com/ultraluxx 21+/10 p.m./Free Every second Saturday, DJs Los, Lexx and special guests play indie, electro, ’80s, old school, booty bass and lots of other fun tunes for a hip, friendly crowd. They even take the Mountain Bar’s (already pretty great) atmosphere up a notch by incorporating lighting and projections into the full experience. This party started four years ago and is still going, which is practically a lifetime by L.A. standards, so these guys are definitely doing something right.

TUESDAY, OCT. 14 Mas Exitos @ Verdugo Bar 3408 Verdugo Road, Glassell Park; myspace.com/masexitos 21+/10 p.m./FREE It used to be a bi-weekly, but the people couldn’t get enough, so now Mas Exitos can be experienced every Tuesday. The resident DJs, Ganas, Enorbito, Chico Sonido, Hoseh and Lengua, play a diverse mix you’re unlikely to hear most places: cumbia, salsa, jazz, funk, psychedelic, breakbeat ... the list goes on. As for Verdugo, the bar boasts an amazing beer selection – over 20 on tap, and bottles from all over the world. There really is something for everyone, in both music and libations. —Sandra Fernando

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curtain call

‘THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY’ Now-Oct. 26 @ Kirk Douglas Theatre

THE CIVILIANS SCORE A HIT. “THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY” IS A fun, unique, very real glimpse into the lives of everyday people in Colorado Springs, a hyperconservative corner of our world, and their firsthand experiences with recent events. The play presents the town as a microcosm of issues that affect us all. Among them are Ted Haggard’s fall from the top of the New Life Church and Focus on the Family’s vicious fight against gay marriage. Every point of view is represented, and though it’s never “preachy,” people on either side of any Brad Heberlee (obscured), Alison Weller and Stephen Plunkett in the Civilians’ “This Beautiful City” issue will leave with something to think about. The ensemble cast, like the staging itself, is tight and sharp. The brilliant lighting and set design are impressive and add much to the hip, upbeat tone of the show. Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. For more information, visit centertheatregroup.org.

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‘MADAMA BUTTERFLY’

I e-mailed you a few months ago about my boyfriend (who now is my ex). He told me that “We can be gf /bf, but I will never marry you.” The moment I received a reply from you, I decided to break up with him and move on with my life. I am glad I did, as I have met a really nice guy. Things have been really good – calls/texts, etc. He always wanted to meet me in my spare time. Then suddenly he stopped calling me. I didn’t call him on the first day, but on the second day we had to link up. I called him a few times, but he didn’t answer. I sent him a text, and he replied, “We should move on. I am sorry. I have my reasons, forgive me.” I didn’t respond. After two days he texted me asking if I was OK and why I stopped calling/texting him. I replied, “I am not happy with you because you broke up with me via text, and you never mentioned if you wanted us to remain friends.” He responded, “That text wasn’t meant for you, I can explain,” and he made me believe that the text was for his ex who is after him. Since then things haven’t been the same. He doesn’t call or text me as he used to. When I mention this, he blames me for not calling/texting. I was tired of this, and I texted him saying that I wanna move on with my life if he is not sure what he wants. He replied, “I know what I want, baby, and that’s you. I will give you a call tomorrow.” I haven’t heard from him.

BY LUCIA What should I do? Is he playing a game? Shall I move on with my life? —Jasmine Dear Jasmine, Ah, yes. The old, “That text wasn’t meant for you.” I’ve heard that one before too. Interesting how he happened to send you a text “by mistake” right after you texted him! Even if it were true that it wasn’t for you (which I highly doubt), his actions afterwards betray his words. Why do people assume the other person is playing a game when it’s obvious that they have lost interest? You ask, “What should I do?” Well, I think you’ve already done enough. Dating is like a dance. One step forward, one step back. Instead, every time you initiated contact or sent text after text before waiting to hear from him, you kept taking steps forward. In the end, you ran him over. I’m not saying he doesn’t have any responsibility in this, but we can’t control other’s behavior, only our own. You are trying too hard, doing too much of the heavy lifting. If a guy is interested, he will eventually call/text again. It may take him longer than most women would like, but he will do it. The key is to be patient and get on with your life in the meantime. Sitting around obsessing over someone and trying to hunt them down via phone/text is a dead-end road. Hi Lucia, There’s this boy who is my

brother’s girlfriend’s brother. I would love to be with him, but neither my brother nor his girlfriend want me to be with him. I don’t know if he likes me, but if he did I wish they would just let me be with him. He is probably the sweetest, cutest, hottest, boy ever. He has the best personality, and he knows how to be himself. My mom doesn’t want me to have anything to do with his family. I just want to find a guy who is right for me, and now that there is one in front of me, I can’t date him. Please tell me how I can get this boy to like me, and how I can get my brother and his girlfriend to trust me with him! —Ashley Hi Ashley, I don’t know how old you are, but you sound very young. If your brother and mother want you to stay away from him, I’m sure they have good reasons. You may think you know who he is, but they probably know/see things you’re not aware of. Listen to them!

Write to Lucia at theartoflove.net. Read an excerpt from Lucia’s Lessons of Love at lessonsoflove.net. Listen to Lucia live every Sunday at 3 p.m. PST on latalkradio.com. Remember: Love inspires, empowers, uplifts and enlightens.

Now-Oct. 18 @ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion BY BOURBON WITH BRENDAN “I’M DRIVEN TO PURSUE HER even if I must crush her wings,” says B.F Pinkerton, played by tenor Franco Farina, at the beginning of “Madama Butterfly.” This diaphanously executed opera about a wealthy American naval officer who abandons his Japanese wife revolves thematically around the image of a butterfly being caught and pinned down just to be part of a collection of beautiful things, but is killed in the process. Madama Butterfly, played by Chinese soprano Liping Zhang, gives voice to this brutal and selfish act. What’s most noteworthy about this production of Giacomo Puccini’s operatic tragedy is the Liping Zhang and Franco Farina in visual landscape that’s created with “Madama Butterfly” the minimalist but concisely appropriate scenic design that includes supporting cast members who are dressed and move like animated pieces of delicately crafted Japanese furniture. Although the opera’s narrative lacks enough dramatic action and movement to remain consistently engaging, it effectively manifests the feeling of desperate hope in the face of a careless act of abandonment.

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comedy dvds | reviews Bill Burr: Why Do I Do This?

Jimmy Dore: Citizen Jimmy

(Image) In Bill Burr’s latest Comedy Central special, Why Do I Do This?, the sometime XM Satellite Radio host proves he can still hold his own on stage. The show hits its high point when Burr goes into the finer points of being a functioning psycho. During these rants, you can truly appreciate the uncensored DVD. The DVD is also full of extras, including a behind-the-scenes look at Burr’s XM show, “Uninformed,” and a visit with Burr at various comedy clubs. Plus, Burr’s infamous Philadelphia performance where he turned on the crowd that turned on him is available in its full, awkward glory. Grade: A—Jonathan Knell Bill Burr: Why Do I Do This? is currently available.

(Image) If the last seven years have done anything to the comedy world, they’ve made political humor more mainstream. Comedians like Bill Maher and Dennis Miller have proven how both sides of this heated political environment will tune in religiously to a like-minded humorist. Jimmy Dore, however, seems to be from the new, friendlier school of political humor. Most of his jokes are variations on oftenvisited themes, and he never truly goes for the jugular. Instead, he makes light jabs and punctuates pretty much every joke with funny facial gestures. Still, this non-threatening political humor may be best suited to those few holdouts that want to laugh at the administration without becom-

ing too ideological. The lack of extras, however, is disappointing. Grade: C—Jonathan Knell Jimmy Dore: Citizen Jimmy is currently available.

Reno 911: Miami (Unrated More Busted Than Ever Edition) (20th Century Fox) The first big screen adaptation of Comedy Central’s “Cops” parody gets the “unrated cut” treatment in this two-disc set. Lt. Dangle’s squad of Reno misfits comes to Miami for a police conference. When the entire Miami police force is quarantined, the Reno cops have to save the day. While not as funny as it should be, Miami has its moments. But a longer cut doesn’t provide any more of them. Grade: B —Mike Sebastian Reno 911: Miami (Unrated More Busted Than Ever Edition) is currently available.


[OCT. 8 - OCT. 14 ’08]

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Saturday in Los Angeles was memorable for local sports fans, as the Dodgers, Trojans and Bruins all won important games.

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The 11th Festival of Su-Chen Hung “Seeing Time” Experimental Media Arts will transform Hollywood Boulevard into a massive screening room for experimental videos, films and media art from all over the globe. Through Monday.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8 Santa Monica Puppetry Festival santamonicapuppetryfestival.com Everything you wanted to know about puppets but were afraid to ask. Through Sunday.

THURSDAY, OCT. 9

Coyote Ugly Night Oxygen Lounge, 19550 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana; myspace.com/newoxygenlounge Rock out Coyote Ugly-style with body shots, $2 Buds and featured porn stars. Fridays are also College Nights with no cover for students (with ID).

Fright Fest Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia; sixflags.com/magicMountain/events Not only are there haunted mazes and roaming zombies, but the lights are turned off on their signature roller coasters. Thurs-Sun, through Oct. 31.

FRIDAY, OCT. 10 Artnight Pasadena artnightpasadena.org This citywide open house features art exhibits, crafts, music and dance. A free shuttle will transport attendees to the different venues. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. FREE. Pasadena Art Weekend runs through Sunday.

Oktoberfest at Alpine Village 833 W. Torrance Blvd., Torrance (310) 327-4384; alpinevillage.net/oktoberfest.htm Strap on your lederhosen, grab the nearest stein and head to the “largest and oldest” Oktoberfest in SoCal! 21+ only on Fri & Sat, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. $5. All ages on Sun, noon-7 p.m. FREE. Through Oct. 26.

Latino New Works Festival Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica (310) 315-1459; highwaysperformance.org The fest showcases original performance and visual art by Hispanic writers, choreographers, artists, dancers and actors. Through Sunday. Discount tickets available for students.

“Politico!” Acme Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood; tickets.acmecomedy.com This improvised rock opera mixes in political satire and guest hosts, à la “Saturday Night Live.” Fridays at 9 p.m. through Nov. 14. Online special $15, includes one free drink.

SATURDAY, OCT. 11 Annual Hollywood Forever Tour 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood; adsla.org Take a tour of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the resting place of some of Hollywood’s biggest legends. Tours run every half hour,10 a.m.-noon, lasting 90 minutes each. $13.

SUNDAY, OCT. 12 Comic Book & Sci-Fi Convention Shrine Auditorium, Expo Hall, 700 W. 32nd St., Los Angeles; comicbookscifi.com Special guest appearance and concert by Brent Spiner (Data from “Star Trek: The Next Generation). First 500 people get a free DVD. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8.

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the Coliseum. After leading 10-3 midway through the second quarter, Oregon would never score again against the Trojan defense.

For the first time in 20 years, the Dodgers won a playoff series. The notable victory came at the expense of the Chicago Cubs, UCLA Football whose World Series championKevin Craft discovered a ship drought extended to 100 passing lane, Kahlil Bell found a years. few creases in the defense and It was a series that pitted the UCLA located the victory column team with the worst record in the as the Bruins defeated Washplayoffs (Dodgers, 84-78) against Parimal M. Rohit ington State, 28-3, at the Rose the team with best record in the Bowl on Saturday. The victory National League (Cubs, 97-64). Yet, it was the was UCLA’s first win since its season opening Dodgers who looked like the superior squad, upset of Tennessee more than five weeks ago sweeping the Cubs, three games to none in the and halted the Bruin’s ensuing three-game best-of-five divisional series. losing streak. The series turned on a James Loney grand Craft threw for 225 yards and two slam in Game 1 of the series at Wrigley Field. touchdowns on 23-for-36 passing, while Bell With the Cubs leading 2-0, Loney’s fifthran for two touchdowns and 43 yards on 21 inning blast silenced the crowd – and Chicago’s carries. Defensively, UCLA limited Cougar offense – as the Dodgers never trailed at any quarterback Marshall Lobbestael to 151 point of any game the rest of the way. Starting passing yards on 15-of-31 passing. He also pitchers Chad Billingsley, Derek Lowe and threw an interception and was sacked four Hiroki Kuroda were outstanding for the Blue times. Crew, giving up a combined three runs in 19 The Bruins improved to 2-3 (1-1 in innings. conference), while Washington State dropped The Dodgers will face the Philadelphia to 1-5 (0-3). Phillies in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series, which starts Oct. 9 in WHO’S COLD Philadelphia. Los Angeles

USC Football Fresh off its loss to Oregon State and an eviction from the top spot in the polls, No. 9 USC returned to Los Angeles looking for victory at the expense of No. 23 Oregon. Despite being considered the better of the two Beaver State schools, Oregon (4-2, 2-1) could not repeat what Oregon State did last week, as Southern California (3-1, 1-1) handily disposed of the Ducks, 44-10, at the Coliseum on Saturday. Mark Sanchez led the Trojan resurgence, throwing for 332 yards and three touchdowns on 19-of-28 passing. Southern California had 598 yards of total offense in the onslaught. Southern Cal’s offense limited Oregon to just 60 yards rushing and 239 overall. The Ducks averaged 308 rushing yards coming into

Angels of Anaheim

Despite winning 100 games in the regular season, the Angels failed to win their first two games of the postseason. The Red Sox extended their playoff-winning streak against the Angels to 11 games, as Boston won the first two games (4-1, 7-5) of the American League Divisional Series in Anaheim. Los Angeles-Anaheim responded in Boston with a 5-4, 12-inning victory on Sunday. In playing the longest game (5h, 19m) in ALDS history, the Angels ended the losing streak, extending the series to a fourth game. Catcher Mike Napoli helped end the streak for the Halos, hitting two home runs off Boston ace Josh Beckett before singling and scoring the winning run in the 12th inning. Send feedback to sports@campuscircle.net.


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