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Journey from Zanskar

What USC Wasn’t for Me

On Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m., filmmaker Frederick Marx will premiere a rough cut of Journey from Zanskar, his latest film, at Taper Hall of Humanities on USC’s campus. Marx, the producer of the Oscarnominated film Hoop See Frederick Marx’s Journey from Zanskar at USC Thursday. Dreams, anticipates a fall release of this new film focusing on a small village in the northernmost part of India. One of the most isolated and protected regions of the Himalayas, Zanskar – also known as “Little Tibet” – is the last place on earth where the original Tibetan Buddhist way of life still exists. The film follows 17 bright children from among the poorest families of the area as they began a 10-day trek led by two monks over the Himalayas to a school on the other side of the mountains in an attempt to preserve the cultural heritage of Zanskar through education. To learn more about the screening, go to

AS A GRADUATE SUPPOSEDLY BESTOWED with the opportunity, perspective, influence, decadence and, I suppose, egomaniacal mental flatulence that comes with a degree from the University of Southern California, I find it difficult to typify or cohesively explain my time there. I find it particularly difficult to think of my time as the accumulation of people, places, events, unnamable things, classes and (perhaps) knowledge that so often makes up memory, that intense mash-up ever growing and ever evolving as the dull and subtle is replaced by the sensational and bizarre. Instead, what I find to be a manageable search for meaning and sense is the subtraction of people, places, events, unnamable things, classes and (perhaps) knowledge – the reasons why something did not happen as it did, why I didn’t do something or someone and what its lack means amidst the swirling technicolor yawn of college life. The holes, indeed, illustrate the whole. For instance, I didn’t have a car during my freshman year, and my existence was roughly bounded by the smoggy veins of Figueroa, Jefferson, Vermont and Martin Luther King. I saw every IMAX movie at the California Science Center, wandered relentlessly in the Rose Garden and, naturally, saw every possible sporting event at the Coliseum and (shudder) in the tomby recesses of the Memorial Sports Arena. Each weekend I promised myself I’d visit the adjoining Natural History Museum of L.A. County, and when the year came to a close and I hadn’t, I promised myself that I’d do it the fall. Fall with a car, however, broadened the world beyond a jaunt to the museum, and its massive rotunda and cool marble faded from the mind until the end of my sophomore exams. Next year, I said. Junior year then offered an internship at NBCUniversal along with a vicarious quest for a third football national championship and the depression that followed on the loathsome feet of Texas’s Vince Young, and a stunning, life-altering experience studying abroad in London. Senior year was a mad scramble to look forward to the steely future of desks and interviews and black socks while groping backwards towards


USC New Student Orientation While some of us are just finishing up finals or beginning to relax and soak up the summer sun, USC Orientation is in full swing to get new students prepared for the year ahead. During various days throughout the summer, the campus will host new freshmen, transfers and graduate students and assist them to ensure that the transition to Trojan life is a smooth one. Information on academic requirements, an introduction to campus services and students groups and a chance for parents and family to get a feel for the campus are just a few of the opportunities offered through orientation. For more information, visit

The Artist’s Studio Calling all L.A.-based artists. Looking to bring your art into a public space? Want to learn, along with the public, and be inspired by the interactions that take place because of your art? Craving an opportunity to interact with the public in a retail environment? Then consider applying to be an artist in residency at Pasadena’s One Colorado. The Armory Center for the Arts and One Colorado are teaming up and inviting artists based in the Los Angeles area to apply for a three month paid Artist in Residence program. A truly unique opportunity, the Artist’s Studio will run on a revolving three-month basis, with one artist residency at a time. The first resident will begin July 16 and work through October 15, with the second resident starting the next day. Artists will not only receive a $500 honorarium, but will also be rewarded with studio and exhibition space, publicity and public access. In order to apply, submit a proposal of 150 words, up to 10 slides, digital files or photographs of recent work and a SASE. All submissions must be received by Monday, June 22 to be considered. For more information, visit and

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the comfortable fuzziness of friends well-established and nights well-used. The technicolor yawn, that hyper-real bar packed with familiar faces spinning slowly in a casino with slot machines jangling Joe Horton for us winners and fireworks blazing outside to celebrate another day of never-ending summer, was hopelessly and wonderfully upon me. Two days after graduation, I was behind the wheel of my car heading east, way east, and I thought of the museum. I’d told myself, with a stern self-loathing, that I’d go before I put on my cap and gown, that I would make the time for this longstanding promise, but I never did. I was going east, not knowing if I would ever be back. Two weeks ago, I was back in the Rose Garden. I was giving a tour to out-of-towners in my family, describing the Coliseum, the Science Center and, gesturing to the museum’s rotunda, remembered my promise. I remembered the lack, the great empty hole. Reflexively, my entire USC experience unfurled, what I cherished and what I regretted. What I hadn’t done brought back everything I had in a messy, honest rush. It had been impossible for me to see the whole of my four years, to describe what USC meant to me, because of its intertwining, complex enormity. But by looking where it wasn’t – the museum that in my mind stood empty, capable of holding a million billion uncatalogued treasures – I could at least sense, in an ungainly jumble that doubtless will become more clear and less marvelous with time, what it all meant. I never took a senior yearbook photo, I never asked Deb out, I never paid Anuj for the editing he did for me, I never stole from the bookstore to settle accounts for their gross indecency of expense, I never joined the Taekwondo team, I never really tried to see if the On-Campus Housing office ever gave Lupe her rightful job back after we petitioned for her pay raise. I never visited the museum. They are all fingerholds to stop the fall from the sheer green face of the past. They are what USC wasn’t for me, and in knowing them, I hope to grasp at the wonder that was.


HOW TROJANS CAN RELAX AND UNWIND FOR THOSE WHO DIG LIVE MUSIC, Club Nokia (800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles; is a blast. This newly done up nightspot has hosted acts such as Bloc Party and will open its doors to Bone Thugs-NHarmony within the coming weeks (June 26). Tickets to shows can be purchased online or via the Staples Center Box Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Looking for a party with a little more down-home flavor? Well, the girls of Gold Dust aim to please. Media mavens Sasha Lee and Jody Orsborn created an ode to the Old West that goes down at Footsie’s (2640 N. Figueroa

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St., Los Angeles; 323-2216900). They spin all the greatest tunes from country’s past like Merle Haggard and Lefty Frizzell, right down to awesome classic rock from Tina Turner to Lynyrd Skynyrd. This hoedown happens from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Cowboy hats optional. For all the art kids who call their parents each week bitching about how they should’ve gone to NYU or RISD instead of coming to cultureless Los Angeles (yeah, I’m talking to you!), there’s Create:Fixate ( This is a cool party thrown by folks who know how to get down in this town. The event is a

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IN AND AROUND DOWNTOWN you’re allowed to graduate from USC HUMANS CANNOT LIVE ON A without having at least one drunken meal plan alone. In the beginning, an or hung-over meal at Chano’s. endless supply of Frosted Flakes and They say you’re a Trojan for life; plenty of discretionary funds for part of that is answering this grab-and-go fortification seem great, but there are only so many trips to Café 84 for a Jamba Juice one can handle. When the prospect of another meal at EVK is enough to make you want to eat your own hair, rest assured, salvation is within reach. Once home to a solitary, sad, unwelcoming Sizzler, which was barely wheezing, let alone sizzling, USC purchased the Radisson across from campus, just south of the newly constructed Galen Center, and created their own The Lab has this game down to a science. restaurant row (3500 Figueroa question: Whatchu know about some Blvd.; 213-743-1843). There’s chili cheese fries ($2.86)? With a McKay’s, a simple, elegant restaurant hamburger only costing $2.49 and lounge, Rosso’s, a lively pizzeria and burritos setting you back $4.17 (Their the jewel in their crown, The Lab, a carne asada is outstanding.), let’s be gastropub that’s been winning hearts, honest, Chano’s is dirty, greasy, driveminds, palates and design awards thru food … and it’s delicious. since it opened in March. Sure the I know this sounds scary, but the beer in beakers (They have over 40 tacos in the Arco station at the corner varieties.) and equations on the wall of Hoover and 23rd (2211 S. Hoover are cute, but the food is what brings St., 213-747-4967) are insanely dipeople back. I give an A-plus to their vine. Unbeknownst to most people Buffalo Chicken Wrap ($8), oozing stopping for a fill-up, inside this Arco with the perfect blend of tang, heat station are some of the best tacos in and blue cheesy goodness. From the Los Angeles. Served fresh and hot off flatbreads and fritters to their the grill, their $1.50 tacos, (either outstanding desserts, the Lab has this carnitas, pollo or asada) arrive on game down to a science. warm, fresh corn tortillas scattered Chano’s (3000 S. Figueroa St.; with chopped onions, cilantro and an 213-747-3944): In a stand-alone amazing roja salsa. stucco building, on an unassuming For non-meat eaters, their corner of Figueroa, is an outpost of vegetarian burrito is packed with chili cheese heaven, a carne asada flavorful rice, beans, salsa and cheese mecca. Honestly, I don’t know that

marriage of music and creativity. Painters and sculptors show off their wares as DJs and bands play awesome jams. The crowd is also a random smattering of dirty stayouts, hipsters, pretty people and the nouveau riche. After all, who else is going to buy all that art? The next event is June 27 at 613 Imperial St., Los Angeles, and is $15 before 10 p.m. The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire! OK, so it’s not actually on fire. But after a night of dancing here, you’d think it was. The Standard (550 S. Flower St., Los Angeles; 213892-8080) has long been – well, the standard of excellence when it comes to nightlife. Beautiful guys and gals as far as the eye can see can be found kicking it near the heated pool. But that’s just the beginning of its stellar

ambiance. You’ll get an outdoor fireplace, access to its world-famous bar and panoramic views of beautiful, scenic Downtown (vagrants tinkling on bus stops included). But I’m going to have to say that one of the finest new party places in all of Los Angeles is one slightly off the beaten path. You’ll need a friend to get you in, but once you manage that, prepare for massive shen- Create:Fixate is a marriage of music and creativity. anigans. The Pegasus joint better than any event planner Apartments (612 S. Flower St., Los out there. Some of these ragers start Angeles; one day and don’t stop until two days have become the newest hotbed of later. But, try to show some respect awesome late-night activity. This for the other people living in the gorgeous building is home to a building by keeping your crazy number of FIDM and USC students confined to its designated unit. who KNOW how to throw a live


for only $4. Be sure to try their Aguas Frescas, especially the outstanding Horchata ($1.50-$2). La Barca (2414 S. Vermont Ave.; 323-735-6567):?Dark and cavernous, La Barca beckons with two siren songs: strong, delicious margaritas and the El Coloso Burrito ($8.50), possibly the best bang for your buck in Los Angeles. Stuffed with pork or beef, rice, cheese, lettuce, beans, tomato, onions, topped with mojado sauce and cheese and garnished with sour cream and guacamole, this bad boy is large enough to feed four – with leftovers. Viztango Café (3017 S. Figueroa St.; 213-745-8050): With big colorful photos drenching their walls, Viztango is perfect for when you’re so hungry all you want to do is grunt, point to the pretty picture of Penne Vodka with Chicken ($8.50) and soon be digging into the delicately creamy sauce dripping from al dente pasta. To assuage your hunger, Viztango kicks off your meal with a bowl of warm rosemary focaccia, flecked with chunks of salt. On each table you’ll find parmesan, hot sauce, red pepper flakes, oil and vinegar to create your own dipping sauce (I recommend vinegar, parmesan and red pepper flakes.). Carbs are the star at Viztango, where the portions are plentiful and the cost is low ($6.50$9.50). Spudnuts (3027 S. Hoover St.; 213-748-6865): Sure, everyone wants to avoid the “Freshman 15,” but sometimes you just need a treat, and nothing beats a Spudnut. I’d never seen or heard of Spudnuts until I attended USC, where I began my torrid affair with them. What is a Spudnut? They’re donuts made from potatoes, which, somehow, creates the lightest, fluffiest, most addictive confection in the world! Glazed, iced and sugar donuts cost 75 to 90 cents, while bear claws and fritters top out at $1.35. Betcha can’t eat just one.

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Get Some On-Campus Peace and Quiet BY SARAH BENNETT IT WAS ONLY LAST SEPTEMBER WHEN I wrote about my fears of private university education and the social awkwardness I Sarah Bennett anticipated that could only have come to someone attending an institution way above their income bracket. The solution to my awkwardness of being alone in the crowded room of USC every day was to revert back to high school and – like that scene from Mean Girls where she doesn’t know where to sit at lunchtime so she just eats in the bathroom stall – find places to pass the study-time between classes without the scrutiny of those with oncampus pals. So at the risk of flooding my secret library nooks and far-out private places with other sometime-loner, getaway-seekers, I am divulging my favorite quiet spots to plug-in (the computer) and tuneout (stress).

Leavey Library computer commons: My go-to study place is the cavern of silence filled with computers that lays one floor below Leavey Library’s ground level. Several times a week, I run down the stairs, confront the gross absence of noise Leavey Library and utilize the crap out of the few school computers to have Microsoft Word installed. I have to be careful, though – the workers always look severely bored, and the silence goes all night so unless I’m on an Apple in the far corner (underneath one of the skylights made of translucent floor tiles), I lose all concept of time.

34th Street stairwell of PSD/“Stairway to heaven:” Sometimes, I climb to the top level of the highest parking structure on campus and watch the chaos below (especially fun during a McCarthy Quad extravaganza). The roof-less eighth floor of PSD provides optimal views of downtown and the surrounding school buildings, but just to make it interesting, I’ll climb the last half-flight of rickety metal stairs and read by the locked door of the stilted brick storage room (8-1/2 floor?). The view from my crow’s nest is even better and watching people walk to their car has never been more creepy.

Journal stacks at Doheny: Doheny Library houses another underground lair of silence I like to hibernate in; something about the emptiness of subterranean book stacks makes me feel like I’m on the imagination end of The Neverending Story. Whenever I have a few hours, I’ve gotten in the habit of taking the elevator five floors down to burying myself in The New Yorker magazines from the 1920s and Semiotic journal articles about rock concerts. This is a great resource for obscure art ideas.

Barbecue courtyard outside Scene Dock Theatre: Although I’ve never hijacked the steel-drum barbecue that often sits open in this shady, overgrown courtyard, I have utilized the empty tables for many a treeside study session. Bordered by the School of Theatre’s main performance venue, the seemingly abandoned Denney Research Building and a locked gate to Vermont Boulevard, this space is about as “rustic hideaway” as USC gets and is worth the walk to the outer rim.

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Designer of LAEKEN, members of FIA and creator of are making it. DREAM IT, DO IT. THAT’S THE goal, isn’t it? Today, personal risk taking in college has all but ceased. True, there are the Facebook and Twitter guys who were all college students before jumping into what was back then a highly untested, untapped online market.

Carly Robbins

Luck is a funny thing. It comes and goes when it pleases. Just because you are lucky once or twice, doesn’t mean you are going to always be lucky … one day of luck sticks out of my mind. It was a day that would change my life forever. Feb. 19, 2007. This was the luckiest day of my life. The day I found out I had brain cancer. Each year, an anonymous committee of senior faculty selects the USC graduation honorees, a valedictorian and two or three salutatorians. “The committee felt strongly this year that Will Zarifi exemplified the Trojan spirit in all that he did – he was an extraordinary young man, and his fight against cancer is an inspiration to all of us at the University,” says Professor Gene Bickers, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs, who works with the Office of Student Affairs to help oversee the process. Raised as one of four children to Ahmad and Samia Zarifi in Tucson, Ariz., Will maintained a 4.0 GPA as a business administration major and manager of the USC basketball team and was honored as a salutatorian of his class. But would Will be happy with his honor? Perhaps. “William is a first place kind of guy. Had he still been here, he would not have settled for second,” says Linda Zarifi, Will’s older sister. “But looking down, I’m sure he’s honored and touched by the recognition that USC has given him.” Will had set his sights on speaking at graduation as valedictorian, Linda says, and ultimately viewed his considerable academic success as a step towards a career of enacting empathetic, positive change in the world. Many of Will’s classmates and friends are quick to remember him with both small personal details and tales of near-mythic acts of determination. Dario Hosseinyoun relates a favorite story in an essay he dedicated to Will: “I was on my way to my final in May of 2008, and outside the business school I saw my friend and Will sitting on the bench. ‘What are you guys doing sitting here? Are you bored?’ ‘Will just had a seizure, and he wouldn’t let the paramedics take him to the hospital. He’s got a final in a little while.’ Even seizures could not stop him from getting to his classes and finals. His determination was unmatched and awe-inducing,” Hosseinyoun writes. That day, many recall that Will was carried to class on the shoulders of his friends where he took – and aced – his final. Adds friend Mike Mac, “Will saw his cancer to be what it was: cancer and that’s it. He did not let that interfere with his life or his studies. Cancer did not make Will who he was, Will made who he was, and cancer was just taken along for the ride.” “Will once told me that the worst thing about having cancer is being in the hospital and seeing young children who had cancer,” says Carley Campton, Will’s girlfriend. In his honor, Will’s family has established the William Zarifi Memorial Foundation to benefit underprivileged children locally and internationally. “In his short time,” Campton says, “Will was able to captivate so many by the incredible person he was.” Count USC men’s basketball coach Tim Floyd as one of those captivated. “I’ll never forget him saying the day he was diagnosed with brain cancer, he viewed it as the luckiest day of his life. Not the unluckiest, but the luckiest day of his life,” Floyd says. “Very rarely, as a 55-year-old man, do you meet younger people who can impact your life, that you can learn from,” Floyd continues. “I can honestly say that I learned from this young man. I learned a great deal.” Months before his death, Will wrote an essay which begins, “I am not a religious man…” In it he describes both the luck of finding a fortunate life and loving family and the luck of being diagnosed with brain cancer. He suggests in no uncertain terms that in life there is not a moment to spare or second to be wasted feeling cheated by the hand that fate has dealt. So where do I go from here? Unfortunately, there is no cure for brain cancer. I have to keep battling. Some say I have a life-threatening disease, I say I have a disease-threatening life. I will never give up, and I know I will win. Will Zarifi, a USC senior and business administration major, died last October. He was 21. Will Zarifi is forever salutatorian of the Class of 2009.



Salutatorian of the Class of 2009

The Executive Board of USC’s Fashion Industry Association

got to see what it was like working in every aspect of a business.” Inspired and original, Miller fuses together her love for traveling (Laeken is a scenic haven in Belgium.) with her own personal style to create one-of-akind, day-to-night styles, admitting, “so much of my line is me.” Splashed on the pages of as well as Revolve Clothing and Oak NYC online stores, her designs have graced the runways of the GenArt and BoxEight fashion shows and were featured on actress Camilla Belle in an issue of NYLON magazine. But with all this hard-earned success, Miller does not intend to stop. “I’m excited for LAEKEN to grow. I am currently looking for venture capital to expand my business. Design comes from ideas. You have to move past the uncertainty and do it.” If just doing it and not looking back is the trick, then the Executive Board of USC’s Fashion Industry Association are well on their way. In April, the student organization hosted its 5th Annual FIA Fashion show. With over 500 people in attendance, the student-run, 13-collection showcase boasted towering male and female models wearing fashions from L.A.

But really, aside from gutsy social media creators, we can’t all play it safe. Sitting behind a desk without creative recourse is just brutal! So with our ambitions running wild and creative juices at a constant flow, a little break from tedious academic lectures or lengthy sit-ins at the library never hurt anyone. And if that break just so happens to be all things Chanel, design, fashion or style-related, go for it. These small deviations could pave the way for bold horizons, as proven by the endeavors of an exciting L.A.-based designer, a board of industry-curious fashionistas and a budding Web site videographer – all determined to make their Mallyce Miller at work on her LAEKEN line. mark and take over the world. designers (Marie Le Ford, Kathleen “My biggest advice is to intern as Coltman) and student designers as much as possible. Read a lot on the well. Sara Tsukamoto presented industry and make connections,” Kealohalani, her line of cute, cropped advises Mallyce Miller, a rising fashion USC-themed women’s apparel and designer and creative director behind spring dresses. her hip, Tokyo street style-inspired Sophia Yoo, VP of Public Relacollection LAEKEN. tions for FIA, says, “We may be college A graduate from the USC Marstudents, but we were really striving shall School of Business, Miller for a professional feel to our show. We bypassed fashion school and instead made it a point to bring in probrushed up on the basics of starting fessional models and designers and her own business. combine them with the students. We She says, “Running your own are always coming up with new ideas company is hard, but my business and because it is up to us to give students a entrepreneur classes at USC prepared real taste of fashion.” me. I interned assisting designers and Tyler Kandel

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Lily Mandelbaum of

Sometimes, however, the sureness of an idea originates naturally. Lily Mandelbaum, also a student at USC, and her mother, Elisa, formed on the basis of wellnurtured inspiration. “I grew up being around my mom who works in the fashion industry. I liked the fashion, but I was more fascinated by the personal style behind-the-scenes – the people and their story,” says Mandelbaum. With so much emphasis on mainstream trends and rules that cater to “a certain look,” breaks conventional fashion coverage. The site features stylish people of “all ages, shapes and styles” captured in picture slideshows, pristinely edited video clips and entry blogs from Lily and Elisa themselves. Dancers, aspiring models, headband-makers, activists, rock stars, free spirits, whoever you are – they’re all here. Aside from a diverse collection of personal tastes, what really drives is the mother-anddaughter team’s commitment to their vision and the personal touch they add. Mandelbaum, who hopes to be a documentary filmmaker someday, explains,“Standing behind a camera is an extreme high for me. It’s what I get most excited about. You don’t have to stop having style when you reach a certain age or if you have a certain body type. People are different, and that’s the cool thing. We want to show that style is really for anyone.”

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Washington and Travolta face off under Manhattan. BY SASHA PERL-RAVER IT REQUIRES A CERTAIN CALIBER of actor to make a film centered on a phone call riveting, but that’s exactly what Denzel Washington and John Travolta do in Tony Scott’s latest film, The Taking of Pelham 123. Originally adapted from the novel in 1974, the first film grew into a cult classic starring Walter Matthau in Washington’s part as a Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) worker and Robert Shaw as a terrorist holding a New York City subway car hostage, this time incarnated by Travolta. In a post 9/11 Manhattan, hostage situations take on an entirely different meaning, something Scott was pointedly aware of while staging the standoff.

“For me, the city in the third character in the movie,” he explains, his voice husky and grumbling. “I opened with freneticism [because New York] is always about noise, anxiety and people. This was a canvas, from the bowels of the subway system to the calmness and the quietness of the MTA center, which is like NASA.” While making the movie, Washington, who grew up in New York and joked he was practically born in the subway, was able to experience a world he’d whizzed past innumerable times but was never able to investigate. Sitting in the ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, the actor reminisced about playing in the subway when he was a youth, taking a

few timid steps off the platform and down the cavernous tunnel before racing back for fear of what might happen. During filming, however, “Our day started at the steps,” he says, “and we would go a quarter mile or a half mile down there. When I was younger, I remember coming home late at night and you see the workers [in the tunnels] and think, ‘Man, what are they doing out here?’ and then we were those guys at four o’clock in the morning.” The film’s late-night shooting schedule was especially stressful for Scott, whose cast and crew were working on real subway tracks where the electrified third rail or a passing train could have killed anyone who wasn’t paying enough attention. Luckily, there were no incidents on set and Scott insists the authenticity of those surroundings, rather than depending on CGI, is one of the reasons the film succeeds. “What you get in a real life situation,” he declares, “elevates performance and drama. We had real trains running behind the boys.” “You do a rehearsal and then you run a real train through,” Scott continues, “and it just changes


everything. My whole career I’ve tried to avoid CGI because [real effects] illicit something that gives me more edge.” Despite trains flying by, helicopters circling and explosions going off (It is a Tony Scott movie after all.), the film’s real drama is between the two stars, even though they’re rarely face-to-face. “It’s a tough movie Denzel Washington stars in The Taking of Pelham 123. to do because 90 percent of the movie is “John’s got a big heart, he’s two guys on the phone,” Scott admits. dangerous, he’s sweet and he’s smart. While they don’t share physical So, as a bad guy, it’s a contradiction of screen time, the verbal dance between what you expect from a bad guy.” Travolta and Washington is mesAs for Washington’s place in merizing. During filming, the two Hollywood and as one of Scott’s actors, who became quite friendly, favorite leading men, this being their spoke over microphones from opfourth film together, the actor shakes posite sides of the studio, a process his head humbly and says, “I’m not a Washington describes as “like an old leading man, that just what people call courtship over the phone, a longyou. I’m an actor. I get a part, and I distance relationship. We’d sing songs, interpret the part.” tell jokes and do Broadway tunes.” When asked about the casting of The Taking of Pelham 123 releases in Travolta, Scott says he chose him theaters June 12. because he was unexpected.

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her own mother. “I couldn’t talk to my mother the way mothers and daughters talk in the Western AS AMERICANS, WE’RE ALL culture,” Chi says. “I just knew my mother immigrants. It might have been two years was an angry person. I think there was or two hundred, but almost everyone that some kind of anger in her about losing her claims to be American has ancestors that father and losing her son, originated in another and she didn’t get the kind country. of help she needed.” In her first directing It would be impossible role since 1998, Anna Chi to talk about the film explores the ways in without acknowledging the which rediscovering (or ensemble cast – which sometimes, just plain includes Russell Wong, Julia discovering) your roots Nickson, Talia Shire, Bai can bring a family closer Ling and Kelly Hu. With the together. exception of Shire, Chi has Dim Sum Funeral is Meimei (Steph Song) and Dede (Bai Ling) worked with all of the main an honest, heartfelt film share a moment in Dim Sum Funeral. cast before, and it is all of about a dysfunctional the actors’ previous relationships with each family of first generation Chinese other that lends an earnestness to this Americans who have distanced themselves labor of love. from each other and their cultural heritage. The film is “from the heart – it’s not When Mrs. Xiao, the matriarch of the for money,” Bai Ling says. family, dies, her last wish is that her four And that’s part of the beauty of Dim children reunite as a family and let go of Sum Funeral – even though it presents the resentment they’ve been harboring traditions that are outlandish to the towards her in the only way she knows how modern American, it’s actually about the – by calling them all together for a closeness and the bond of family, which is traditional Chinese funeral. something everyone can relate to. Many of the cast members were drawn Dim Sum Funeral releases in select to the film because of the honesty of the theaters June 12. script. Chi drew on her experiences with

BY SARAH BENNETT TONY CURTIS IS THE LAST OF THE Golden Age dreamboats, and after growing up a poor Jewish boy in the Bronx, appearing in more than 100 films and sleeping with – by his estimation – nearly 1,000 women, he is ready for another close up, Mr. DeMille. The Jules Verne Adventures Organization, which runs the annual Jules Verne Festival, is honoring Curtis’ storied career with a themed day of red-carpet screenings, lobster buffets, escape artist stunts and autobiographical book signings throughout Downtown’s historic Broadway district – with the accepter of this year’s Jules Verne Legendaire Award present throughout. The all-day event, billed “The Magic of Tony Curtis,” starts off at the legendary Million Dollar Theater with a matinee screening of 1953’s Houdini (2:30 p.m.), followed by an attempt at Houdini’s water torture stunt by escape artist Curtis Lovell II and a Q&A with Curtis. Follow the crowd to a tour of the nearby Palace Theatre, a primary location in the Houdini movie and a venue where the real Houdini once performed, then walk a few more blocks west to the Los Angeles Athletic Club for a Curtis-honoring cocktail and dinner party (replete with Curtis signing his 2008 memoir American Prince and another stunt by Lovell).

After filling up on baron of beef and smoked salmon canapés, the night continues with a 50th anniversary red carpet screening of Some Like It Hot (7:30 p.m.), the cross-dressing Billy Wilder comedy that is the night’s true honoree. Starring Curtis, Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon, Some Like It Hot follows in the footsteps of Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Birds as winner of the Jules Verne Legendaire Award. Presented in part by the Los Angeles Historical Theatre Foundation and sponsored by the Los Angeles Conservancy – both of which have made great efforts to preserve and revive downtown’s once-dismal theaters – this Saturday’s event allows you to leave modernity behind and live like leisure kings of the preVietnam era. Between the newly-renovated Million Dollar Theater, the Los Angeles Athletic Club and a free-drink-with-ticket afterparty at a former power plant, this year’s Jules Verne Legendaire Award event is a chance to see the silver screen glory returned to downtown (The Tony Curtis sightings are just to make your grandmother jealous.). Million Dollar Theater is located at 307 S. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, visit

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‘THE USC MAFIA’ Notable Alumni in the World of Cinema BY SASHA PERL-RAVER Every year since 1973, at least one USC alumnus has been nominated for an Academy Award, and the same is true of the Emmys since 1975. Hollywood has dubbed that commanding presence “The USC Mafia,” and these are just a few of the members.

THE A/V CLUB Judd Apatow: He resurrected the ’80s teen sex romp, made family values funny and turned Seth Rogen into a leading man. John Carpenter: Godfather of the slasher horror flick thanks to his opus, Halloween (1978). Brian Grazer and Ron Howard: Before pissing off the Catholic Church with The Da Vinci Code franchise, this Oscar and Emmy-winning duo and their company, Imagine Entertainment, oversaw and created such projects as Apollo 13, 8 Mile, “24” and “Arrested Development.” George Lucas: Sure, the Star Wars prequels sucked and Indy 4 inspired the phrase “Nuke the Fridge,” but as bad as they were, that’s how amazing Lucas’ early work is. From American Graffiti to The Last Crusade, Lucas is responsible for some of the greatest cinematic achievements of the ’70s and ’80s, not to mention THX or ILM. Jason Reitman: Son of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, who created a name for himself with Juno and Thank You For Smoking. Josh Schwartz: What would the world be without frothy teen soaps like “The O.C.” and “Gossip Girl”? You know you love them. xoxo Bryan Singer: Made two awesome X-Men movies and The Usual Suspects before killing the potential of a Superman franchise. John Singleton: His directorial debut, 1991’s Boyz n the Hood, earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay and Director. At 23, he was both the youngest person and the only African American ever nominated in the directing category. Robert Zemeckis: Visionary, award-winning director, writer and producer of Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Forrest Gump. Laura Ziskin: She spun Spidey’s web, creating a franchise, which has already earned $2.5 billion worldwide and has two more sequels in the works.

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THE THEATER GEEKS Jenna Dewan: She danced with Justin Timberlake, Ricky Martin and Janet Jackson before it was time to Step Up with her future fiancé, Channing Tatum. Ryan Eggold: Just three years after graduation, Eggold is already a CW regular as teacher Ryan Matthews on “90210.” Next season, his role expands to their “Melrose Place” reboot as well. Will Ferrell: “More Cowbell.”“It’s just so good when it touches your lips.”“We’re going streaking!”“Why don’t you go back to your home on whore island?” Ahhh, the memories. From his days on “SNL” to Talladega Nights, Ferrell is one of the funniest people in Hollywood, a fact you can vote for on his Web site, America Ferrera: She won an Emmy by proving “Ugly” is the new beautiful. John Ritter: No one can touch the comedy gold that was Jack Tripper. Kyra Sedgwick: Her successful and critically lauded series, “The Closer,” returned for its fifth season on TNT this America Ferrera is one semester short of graduating from ’SC. week. John Wayne: The ultimate cowboy, this acting legend started out studying pre-law and playing on the football team before making his mark in Hollywood. Forest Whitaker: Academy Award-winning actor who began his studies in the music conservatory as an operatic tenor before transitioning to the theater school. Tom Selleck: No one has ever made Hawaiian shirts, short shorts and a porn ’stache look cooler.


them and what doesn’t. That’s fascinating.” Beyond his own edification, Maltin feels a responsibility to teach greater lessons than those current Hollywood releases offer, which is why each semester’s final class is devoted to a classic film, usually one most of his students have never seen. “I have a missionary zeal for spreading love of RAVER movies and a certain sense of appreciation for movie history,” he explains. someone involved in the As for the current state film’s production, from of film affairs, Maltin admits directors to actors to Hollywood can be “deadeditors, sits down for a ening toward creativity,” but conversation with Maltin Leonard Maltin: critic, author, adjunct professor at USC he says he’s consistently and the class. fortified by “smart, pasHe may not resionate people who find ways, member me fervently raising my hand somehow, to get their movies made. in the front row week after week, but People who have something to say, a that class, which I took four times, twice point of view, who persevere and have for credit and twice because I managed good movies to show for it.” to sweet talk the TA, changed my life. For a man who’s devoted his life to Thinking back on it fondly, I’ve always the investigation, appreciation and wondered with so much on his plate preservation of film, you have to and little vanity associated with a wonder, what sparked that adoration? teaching gig, why saddle himself with “I remember my mother taking me another endeavor? by the hand to see Walt Disney’s Snow “I was asked,” he chuckles over the White and the Seven Dwarfs in the phone. 1950s,” he recalls.“In those days, theaters Thoughtful, articulate and exacting, didn’t clear out the auditorium between Maltin is not a man who rushes to shows, they just ran the films speak. During our conversation, he continuously. I remember my mother paused frequently, considering his leading me into the darkened theater as response to each question rather than the movie was ending. So the first image exploding with pontification. I saw is the last shot of Snow White with He admits he was originally the prince taking her off into the golden concerned about the demand the class sun. That image is burned in my might have on his time, but he quickly memory.” fell in love with how enriching it was. In other words, Maltin and his “I have an insatiable curiosity about beloved movies have always lived the whole process, and I learn so much happily ever after. every week,” he says. “First, from our filmmaking guests, of course, but also For more information, visit from the students; I learn what concerns them and what doesn’t, what appeals to

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LEONARD MALTIN Shares His Love of Movies with Students BY SASHA PEARLIN THE PANTHEON OF FILM critics, one beatific, bespectacled gentleman has done much more than criticize and editorialize; he’s enticed the world to follow his lead and fall deeply, madly in love with cinema. From his best-selling annual movie guides to his presence on 27 seasons of “Entertainment Tonight,” Leonard Maltin is one of Hollywood’s most trusted cinephiles. Equal parts connoisseur, admirer and critic, Maltin and I go way back, and I don’t just mean those years circa John Tesh when Maltin was the first person I saw discuss film as an art form. During the spring semester of 1999 at the University of Southern California, I had the pleasure of spending every Thursday night under Professor Maltin’s tutelage. While working on one of his numerous tomes (He’s currently on deadline for two new books.), filming his weekly show “Secret’s Out” for Reelz Channel, introducing movies on DirecTV, appearing on “ET” or screening and reviewing films, Maltin is also an adjunct professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Since 1998, he’s taught the perennially popular Theatrical Film Symposium, known around campus by its course number “466.” Each week, an as-yet unreleased film is screened for the class of 365 students, after which

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SPECIAL FEATURES Major Releases Defiance is a refreshing alternative to the typical Jews in peril Holocaust film, because it shows them taking their survival into their own hands and kicking a little ass in the process. Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber star as two brothers who establish a refuge for escaped Jews in the Russian forest. Teaming up with Russian partisans, they fight to not only survive but to help win the war. The true story is inspirational and action-packed enough to overcome a somewhat lackluster script.

The Idiotbox FX’s gritty cop show “The Shield” goes out with a bang as the seventh and final season comes to DVD. Michael Chiklis stars as the leader of an elite task force of dirty cops who get results. The show takes a hard-hitting look at L.A. crime and politics.

Janeane Garofalo joins the cast of “24” as it moves to Washington for its seventh season, with Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland) under investigation for high crimes. The real-time show is as addicting as ever. Season four of Showtime’s suburban pot dramedy “Weeds” comes to DVD, starring the always great Mary-Louise Parker and Kevin Nealon. Just in time for the movie, Land of the Lost: The Complete Series is now available in a collectible limitededition lunchbox.

Funny Business The intersecting lives and foibles of romance are at the center of the ensemble rom-com He’s Just Not That

Into You, starring Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Connelly. Based on the bestseller by the writers of “Sex and the City.” “SNL” alumni Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch star alongside Parker Posey in Spring Breakdown, a Revenge of the Nerds with girls at the beach that doesn’t quite equal the sum of its parts.

Blu Notes The film that launched the erotic thriller craze of the late ’80s/’90s, Fatal Attraction hits Blu-ray. Michael Douglas, the king of white-collar sleaze, stars alongside Anne Archer and Glenn Close, as a married man whose one-night stand returns to stalk his family. Adrian Lyne (Jacob’s Ladder) directs the multi-Oscar nominated film. Extra features include an alternate ending and commentary by Lyne.

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somewhat fair and balanced documentary that points out the faults of the big guy, but doesn’t demonize him too much. Anyone close to food, considering working in the food industry or who already works in the food industry (which should be about 80 percent of Los Angeles) would really enjoy this movie. The most shocking fact in the

movie for me, someone who is weary of debt, was how Tyson contracts chicken farmers to grow chickens for them. The difference between how much the chicken farmers actually CONTINUED ON PAGE 10



Food, Inc. (Magnolia) “You might not be able to eat for a while after watching this,” warned the person sitting next to me as I sat down to watch this highly educational The Art of Being Straight lifts the curtain on still-taboo subjects. documentary. But what ensued was a very mature, well thought-out, well putgay and straight. Jon (Jesse Rosen) is together movie with some scandalous attracted to both women and men and footage of animal slaughter, but not has an active love life with members of enough to make me, or even the both genders. He is confused and stressed. He is also brand new to Los Angeles and is trying to figure out his life in general. Far from being too dramatic or serious, the tale has many laugh-out-loud moments and an interesting cast of supporting characters. The Orozcos in Food, Inc. Andy, on whose couch Jon is crashing, is a straight dude with mega-straight average viewer, sick; just enough to buds. Another friend is Maddie. Since create awareness. college, she has discovered she is a And create awareness Food, Inc. lesbian and struggling with does. I compare it to Fuel, another commitment issues. Aaron is the hot, educational documentary released straight guy who is Maddie’s neighbor and Jon’s hot, gay boss Paul serves to bring Jon’s issues to the forefront over a glass of wine one evening after work. People who are bisexual are, in many cases, not accepted by straight or gay communities. Everyone wants 1) Paris - When It Sizzles them to choose a side for some reason. 2) Before Sunset Living their lives pretending to be one 3) French Kiss or the other is often referred to as “The 4) Breathless Last Closet.” 5) 2 Days in Paris Lifting the curtain on this still 6) Broken Flowers 7) Funny Face somewhat taboo subject, this film 8) Midnight manages to show the confusion of the 9) Ratatouille lead character, but also manages to —Angela Matano remove a lot of the confusion about








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(Regent Releasing/Here Media) Written, directed and starring Jesse Rosen, The Art of Being Straight is a touching story about a young man’s struggle with finding himself somewhere in the grey area between

recently that advocated clean fuel. Food, Inc., from what I could tell, advocates a return to simple, smaller and higher quality farming and an escape from the nefarious techniques that large corporations have adopted to produce a lot of food very quickly. I think that director Robert Kenner was able to do what the notorious Michael Moore has always failed to, and that is produce a

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staff pick Grace June 12 @ Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre A dear friend of mine with a gruesome sense of humor sent

me an invite to screen a movie called Grace. The film, which is part of USC’s Alumni Screening Series, is about a woman whose stillborn baby comes to life and has a taste for BLOOD! Mwahha-ha!!!!! I’m so there. 7:30 p.m. FREE. —Ebony March





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being bisexual. There’s no big moral message. There’s no big “ta-dah” moment. There’s no big, dramatic “coming out” scene. There’s just Jon’s natural progression of exploring his attractions, confiding in his friends and starting on the road to accepting himself. The Art of Being Straight gently nudges you toward a slightly more enlightened way of thinking, but never in a way that makes you squirm or feel uncomfortable. Grade: A —Henry Senecal The Art of Being Straight releases in select theaters June 12.

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societal taboos. She follows 10 students of Seattle’s Academy of Burlesque as they endure six weeks of glitz, glamour and striptease to perfect their characters for a graduation showcase. The Academy’s headmistress, Miss Indigo Blue, is a former-stripperturned-burlesque performer who teaches the budding divas to shimmy, shake and do away with any negative perceptions they harbor about their bodies. The students consist of a homemaker, a doctor, an opera singer, a taxidermist, a reporter and a college student. The unusual bunch may lead different lives, but they have one thing in common: They are women seeking, not only the revival of burlesque, but also the reemergence of feminine power through the repossession of their sexuality. And it’s not just the inexperienced students who steal the screen. Featured performers include the Shanghai Pearl, Tamara the Trapeze Lady, the Swedish Housewife, Waxie Moon, Kitten La Rue and Inga Ingénue, to name a few. The documentary is an engaging and realistic look into a world so very much concerned with over-the-top spectacles. For me, it is the juxtaposition of the erotic and the ordinary, the glamorous and the so very unglamorous that kept me interested in the lives of these aspiring dancers who have come to represent, in modern terms, the true nature of femininity. Timmons does particularly masterful work in emphasizing the duality inherent in women that most


Q: Where’s Waldo? A: On the Big Screen. It’s apparently open season on just about everything. Universal Pictures has optioned the book series Where’s Waldo? and are planning to turn it into a film. This is the next development in a new trend of studios optioning things that don’t even have a story to begin with. In the books, you simply have to find Waldo out of a picture filled with people. I believe that a real quirky, interesting story could be created for Where’s Waldo?, but the studios have a habit of settling on stuff that’s less than inspiring. The big question here is whether or not Waldo is going to be the main character. The whole point of the books is to find him, so to me, that would logically be the task of the protagonist of the film. If they make Waldo the main character, I suppose he would have some sort of goal while other people are trying to find him. Whichever way they go, here’s hoping it’s not sappy and retarded.

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Not anytime soon. No need to worry about forgetting old movies you haven’t seen in a while because Hollywood will make you remember them by remaking them. Short Circuit is next up for the Hollywood-molestation treatment. The original 1986 film was about a military robot that is struck by lightening and develops a personality. I used to watch that film and it’s sequel Short Circuit 2 all the time when I was a kid, and the magic of those films were that all the robots in them were real. They had to be, because there was no CGI back then. You almost didn’t even need to suspend your disbelief because there was a real walking, talking robot right before your eyes. Obviously, the robots are going to be computer generated in the remake, and it’ll probably look as fake as the breasts in Los Angeles. It’s one thing to remake a regular film, but it’s another thing to remake a film that had incredible special effects that looked photo-real and update it with special Short Circuit’s Johnny 5 is alive … again. effects that are blatant and flashy. Unfortunately for movie audiences, a lot of people who have the wherewithal and the resources to make movies don’t want to go with original ideas. Until that changes, we can all look forward to the day they announce remakes of Casablanca, Blade Runner and The Godfather for no better reason other than that “they can.”

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Another star falls from the show business galaxy. Actor David Carradine was found dead recently in a hotel room in Bangkok. He was 72 years old. Apparently a maid discovered his body in the hotel room’s closet with a rope around his neck. The early speculation is that Carradine committed suicide, but personally, that doesn’t make sense to me. All we have to go on is what we hear, and it’s impossible to know what’s really going on in someone’s life that would make someone take his or David Carradine her own life, but my gut feeling is that this wasn’t suicide. There’s already speculation that Carradine’s death was caused by some sort of auto-erotic asphyxiation, but whether or not that will ever be confirmed is still up in the air. Either way, it must be very hard on his family and my prayers go out to them. Aside from appearing in numerous films and TV shows, Carradine’s most popular roles were his performances as Kwai Chang Caine in the television series “Kung Fu” and Uma Thurman’s arch nemesis Bill in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & 2. Carradine was a magnificent actor and performer, and he will be sorely missed.

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As decreed by the Dalai Lama, it is the duty of the deceased monk’s devoted disciple, Tenzin Zopa, to search for his master’s reincarnate ion. Tenzin, who had been in the service of Lama Konchog since he was 7 years old, sets off on this quest from village to village, performing rarely seen ritualistic tests designed to determine the likelihood of reincarnation. Tenzin Unmistaken Child eventually finds a young boy whom he (Oscilloscope Laboratories) believes is his master reincarnate and Buddhism is an ancient religion whom he presents to the Dalai Lama that has been around for thousands of to make the final decision on the years in countries throughout the east. child’s past life. Only recently have the notions of Unmistaken Child is an intriguing karma, meditation and reincarnation piece of filmmaking that is neither pretentious nor demeaning. The audio is not the clear-cut sound of a Hollywood blockbuster, and the slow-paced narrative was not written by a screenwriter who leans toward the overly dramatic. This film is, instead, a very detailed, thought-provoking look into a culture that still has faith in the power of religion. As “old” as their thinking may appear to our new-age mentality, there is something peaceful and, albeit, rational about Buddhism that translates well into this microcosmic story about one man’s nearly impossible search for his teacher and friend. Grade: BUnmistaken Child looks into a culture that still has faith in —Candice Winters the power of religion. Unmistaken Child releases in select theaters June 12. become a vogue thought in western cultures, which simplify them into A Wink and a Smile bite-sized, mom-friendly concepts to (First Run) be written on fortune cookies and The term burlesque dates printed into coffee table books for the back to the early 18th century intellectually elite. when it was used to describe If the average American who musical shows that combined enjoys partaking in the important art serious and comic elements in of meditation and “zen” reflection order to make a “grotesque” knew exactly what it entails to be an political statement. This form active member of this religion, there of theatricality often included would be far fewer Buddhists in a risqué acts that ridiculed not nation known for constant phone calls only conventions of stage and coffee addictions. performance, but conventions In fact, Buddhist practices are of society as well. physically and emotionally rigorous The American form of activities that require the participant burlesque has its origins in to forgo earthly comforts in lieu of 19th century vaudeville and relying on the idea that our miniscule music halls. However, it was the lives and bodies are nothing in the reemergence of burlesque in greater scheme of things. And as crazy the 1940s and ’50s that keeps as it may sound, we return to this people coming to perforearth after our death to suffer within mances even today. A populist Miss Indigo Blue performs in A Wink and a Smile. its confines over and over and over blend of satire, performance art again. and adult entertainment, burpeople, consciously or unconsciously, Unmistaken Child is a doculesque shows usually feature a neglect. The job of the burlesque mentary that follows the four-year striptease in conjunction with dancer is to rectify the relationship search for the reincarnated being of development themes and characters. between a woman’s physical beauty Lama Konchog, a world-renowned In so many words, this is precisely and her dominance as a source of Tibetan master. He passed away in your grandparent’s type of entersocial power. You go, girl! 2001 at the age of 84, but as a Buddhist tainment. Grade: Amaster, Konchog chooses to return to Filmmaker Deirdre Allen Tim—Candice Winters this world in order to teach the new mons draws back the curtain to reveal A Wink and a Smile releases in generation and to lead them on the an art form that is still alive and select theaters June 12. path to enlightenment. kicking, despite low acclaim and make, and how much debt they’ve accrued from the chicken coops is pretty alarming. See the movie to get the correct numbers! Grade: B —Geoffrey Altrocchi Food, Inc. releases in select theaters June 12.

R.I.P. David Carradine

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Essential New Travel Guides BY KEVIN WIERZBICKI

“Excuse me, could you tell me how to get to the train station?” It’s always good to be prepared when you travel. Whether you’re headed to a secluded beach, a mountain top or the heart of a bustling city, the chances are good that someone who’s been there before you has written a book about how to make that journey a smooth one. You can purchase a travel guide for almost any destination on the planet, and that makes it real easy for you to find the best route to the Eiffel Tower, a good pizza joint in Lake Havasu City or figure out where to turn your dollars into Danish crowns. Here’s a quick look at some of the best new guides. Africa’s Top Wildlife Countries Most people travel to Africa with the intent of marveling at animals, and this guide gives you the lowdown on the best places to sight game in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, the Congo and a dozen other east and southern African nations.

Detailed information on bush camps is provided, and if you’d like to really do something different, you can find out here how to take a safari by camel, on an elephant’s back or in a hot air balloon. Many safari providers have gone “green,” and this guide tells you which ones are most ecologically minded. Also available: African Safari Journal (Global Travel Publishers). Bradt Guide to Borneo This giant island in Southeast Asia is shared by three countries:

Malaysia, Indonesia and the tiny nation of Brunei. Only Brunei and the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah are covered here, but that’s enough to plan a fabulous Borneo adventure. Stay overnight in a traditional longhouse, look for orangutans and homely proboscis monkeys, maybe even see if you can tolerate the foul odor of the Rafflesia or “corpse flower.” Lots of very colorful photos of flora and fauna (even bugs!) are included. Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships 2009 Each year there are more and more options for cruisers, not just in itineraries, but in the variety and number of ships plying the seas. This guide offers detailed information on 272 ships right down to what kind of entertainment they have in the cabaret and makes specific recommendations for cruisers who are single, honeymooners or physically challenged. The best shore excursions are listed and if you’re really adventurous, you’ll love the chapter on traveling by freighter. Fabulous Quebec City Quebec City is one of the most picturesque cities in Canada, and besides information this guide is packed with stunning photographs including many taken in VieuxQuebec, the main tourist area overflowing with street-side cafes, alluring boutiques and historic 17th century buildings. Part of this area rests atop a bluff, while the other portion lies far below

Mobil Travel Guide: Southwest 2009 If it’s worth doing or seeing and it’s in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico or Utah, it’s mentioned in this invaluable aid for roadtrippers. For each destination, say Las Vegas or the Grand Canyon, you’ll find listings under headings that include “What to See and Do,” “Restaurants,” “Spas,” “Hotels” and “Special Events.” Mobil is the originator of the “star” rating system, and all restaurants and hotels get a rating between one and five. Planning on eating at Boogie’s Diner in Aspen? The guide explains what you should expect from their one-star rating. Paris Day By Day Paris really is one of the most exciting cities in the world, and a visitor is never at a lack for things to do there. Sure it’s fun to discover by wandering aimlessly, but the streets of Paris are notoriously maze-like and sometimes maps can be confusing.

along the St. Lawrence River. If you’re feeling energetic, follow the guide’s directions to the Escalier Casse-Cou (break-neck stairway) or better yet read up on how to get to the funicular that transits the two points in mere minutes. Frommer’s Ireland 2009 This guide covers the entire island, including the territory that’s part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland. Chapters like “The Best of Ireland” feature info on things like castles, gardens, literary spots, picture-postcard towns and of course, pubs. In-depth coverage is given for each county, so you can easily plot your route around Kerry County’s This guide sorts it all out for you, offering everything you need to know about getting around and plotting out 22 different itineraries to suit every taste. There’s even a suggested tour that takes you through Ernest Hemingway’s Paris that includes directions to his first apartment in the city.

scenic Ring of Kerry or head to Galway County to see if you can spy a Galway hooker (that’s a boat.) Everything you need to know to

The Rough Guide to Central America on a Budget A good dish of chicken stew at La Fresa in Guadalupe, Panama will set you back a whopping $1.50, and the drinks at Bambu in Tegucigalpa, Honduras are “ridiculously cheap.” Thousands of similar tips about traveling in these countries and Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica allow you to enjoy your trip without worrying about what’s in your wallet. The guide also contains a 12page glossary of basic Spanish, so

you’ll know how to ask for una mas cerveza. Also available: Southeast Asia on a Budget; Europe on a Budget. SAS Crew Guide 2009 This is probably the most unique travel guide ever written – it’s comprised solely of tips and recommendations from the pilots and flight crews at SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) and their partner airlines. Get their insider information on where to eat, lodge, buy, play and recover in Asian, European and Australian hot spots as well as major American and Canadian cities. Top 10 Washington, D.C. Our nation’s capital was already a favorite vacation destination, and it’s become even more popular now that we have a new president in residence. This latest pocket-sized guide in DK Publishing’s Top 10 series features chapter after chapter of Top 10 lists guiding you to the best in everything from museums and art galleries to the hottest of night spots and coolest of green spaces. All the monuments and memorials are covered, as are the Top 10 things to see at places like the Library of Congress. The guide also includes a pull-out map of the city. Also available: Top 10 Mexico City.

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t.v. time | B Y


(Ryan Kwanten) and best friend Tara (Rutina Wesley) frown upon the budding romance, Sookie can’t help falling in love with Bill. Also looming over the lovebirds is Sookie’s boss, Sam (Sam Trammell), who is not only in love with her but AHH, L’AMOUR. REST ASSURED THIS is hiding a big, awesome isn’t your average boysecret. meets-girl storyline, though. And know that “True “True Blood” is set in a Blood” is not even remotely time when vampires not close to the PG-13-ness of a only exist, but they are certain other vampire love fighting for their rights to story – from its amazing live as “normal” citizens. opening credit sequence Instead of feeding on and bluesy “Bad Things” humans, there’s a synthetic theme song to its graphic blood beverage called scenes of sex and violence. TruBlood that’s sold Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) in “True Blood” Based on the Sookie everywhere from Stackhouse (The Southern convenience stores to Vampire Mysteries) books by Charlaine Harris, neighborhood bars like Merlotte’s in the fictional the TV series was created and produced by Alan small town of Bon Temps, La. Ball (American Beauty, “Six Feet Under”) for When centuries-old vampire Bill Compton Christ’s sake. So, don’t even try and compare it (Stephen Moyer) decides to pursue mainstream to the tweenfest that is Twilight. life in Bon Temps, where he lived before he was Season two promises to be quite interesting “turned,” he finds a kindred spirit in a waitress at with the always-great Evan Rachel Wood (The Marlotte’s, Sookie Stackhouse (Academy Award Wrestler, Across the Universe) guest starring for winner Anna Paquin). Like Bill, Sookie struggles two episodes as Sophie-Anne, the vampire to fit in with the community because she Queen of Louisiana. constantly has to keep her telepathic powers at bay. Since she isn’t able to read the thoughts of True Blood: The Complete First Season is currently vampires, Sookie finds her only moments of available on DVD and Blu-ray. “True Blood” relief when she’s with Bill. season two premieres June 14 at 9 p.m. on HBO. Although her man-whore brother Jason


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spin cycle | l.a. dj culture




Apartment West: Mystic, DJ Rhettmatic, The Mighty Junebugg, Elboogie The Cellar, 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach 21+/9 p.m./ $4, RSVP to When you think of a cellar, three D words come to mind: dark, dank and dusty. On every second Wednesday of the month, the Cellar brings the culture of underground, cellar-based music out in plain sight for everyone to enjoy. DJ Rhettmatic With beat junkie DJ Rhettmatic manning the tables, expect the visionary to pull the dankest, dustiest breaks, classic cuts and original mixes to shed some light on the dark, intimate confines. Rest assured, when Rhettmatic is cutting things up, the party will definitely represent the best from C.A., all day! With Mystic, the Mighty Junebugg and Elboogie offering their artistic talents, this is a night for raw hip-hop enthusiasts. If you’re looking for escape from Hollywood rap, then step down to Long Beach for the best in cellar-dwelling hip-hop.

SATURDAY, JUNE 13 Footwork: Classic ’90s Hip-Hop Terrace Restaurant, 443 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 18+/9 p.m./$5, RSVP to One of the elements of hip-hop is breaking, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that an annual hip-hop party names itself after the fancy footwork of b-boys and b-girls who live and die for this culture. Fittingly enough, Footwork will feature DJs who spin only classic ’90s hip-hop to get both young and old heading straight to the center of the floor. Just don’t be surprised if a circle forms around a few b-boys and b-girls showing off who truly has the best footwork. Ladies free. Every second Saturday.

Soul Side DJ Josh, DJ Kev, Tim Loungway, Marv Mack Fais Do Do, 5257 Adams Blvd., Los Angeles; 18+/9:30 p.m./$5, ladies free before 10:30 p.m., $10 after 11 p.m. Sponsored by Posers Clothing, Soulside’s every second Saturday of the month bash features a nice blend of Motown, reggae and ska. While every Soulside party is sure to provide a great experience because its DJs concentrate on playing timeless hits across a variety of genres, June 13 is a very special night. When any company has been around for a few years, there’s reason to celebrate, but when a company has been around for 20 years, as has Poser Clothing, and is still going strong (even in this economy), there’s even more reason to celebrate, so come out and To submit an event for support. consideration, e-mail —Jason Kordich



music dvd | review Neil Young Archives Volume 1 (19631972) (Reprise) It’s been a big year for the 63-year-old Neil Young with his 33rd studio album, a live disc and now the first volume of the Archives. The massive, career-spanning project, which was helmed by Young himself, is on par with the Beatles’ Anthology series in scope. But whereas the Anthologies were released as separate CDs, documentaries and a book,

Young’s Archives are an all-inclusive multimedia experience, the cumulative effect of which is an artist’s biography through his music. The 10-DVD set chronicles Young’s evolution from the Squires, his first surf band in Winnipeg, up to the landmark Harvest album. Perhaps the coolest part is that each track has its own menu with an overwhelming amount of supplementary materials, from Young’s original handwritten lyrics to interviews and film clips. Grade: A —Mike Sebastian Neil Young Archives Volume 1 (1963-1972) is currently available.

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JUBALA Pick the Best Music Venues in the USC Area BY JOHN TRON

Anti-Flag The People or the Gun (SideOneDummy) No, you’re not going to find anything new here. Justin Sane’s bitch-bitch-whine-whine vocals are somewhat hardened by barks and growls, and AntiFlag’s poppy-punk style, L.A.meets-Boston (by way of Pittsburgh, natch) is formulaic by now. What Anti-Flag does offer are lyrics relevant this very minute, even addressing this year’s bailouts (“I’ve seen a lot of bailouts in my life/but why is it I never see a bailout for the homeless and the poor? We’re so fucked!”), and the importance of taking responsibility when the government won’t (“we are the one/united under none,” from the anthemic “We Are the One”). By far, the hardest hitting track here is opener “Sodom, Gomorrah, Washington D.C.,” rounding out a list of cities run by sin, destroyed by God, breathlessly likening the powers that be to “sheep in shepherd’s clothing.” Though Anti-Flag is poppy in the vein of modern punk, it’s the fire in this song that’s so desperately lacking from much of the genre of late, not to mention the band’s own catalog; that in mind, The People or the Gun loses strength after its initial three minutes, if only by contrast. Grade: B—China Bialos The People or the Gun is currently available.

Busdriver Jhelli Beam (Anti-) L.A. born and bred Busdriver may bill himself as an underground hip-hop artist, but with Jhelli Beam, he shows off his true talents by paying

WITH TWO EPS – STORM AFTER the Calm and Welcome to the Fall – and a celebrated self-titled debut album under their belt, Jubala’s blend of progressive and alternative rock has given the quintet perhaps one of the most favored voices of recent USC times, with the band quickly becoming a campus favorite. Far more than a novelty USC act, Jubala has risen to a level not commonly seen by other campus bands; working with Grammy Award-winning producer John Wooler surely puts them ahead of most other Trojan-rock-stars-in-themaking. Now as USC grads, minus current journalism student Derek Staahl, the men of Jubala are closer to reaching their rock god dreams than ever before. From packing USC’s Ground Zero to gracing the stage of several world famous venues in Hollywood, Jubala has racked countless live shows to perfect their energetic stage presence. Together, they

have put together a guide of their top favorite music venues in the USC area as told through the eyes and ears of fellow music-loving Trojans. Zack Singh – Bass: 5) Henry Fonda Theater is conveniently located just off the 101 [6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood], making it prime real estate for a date night or an overthe-top evening. Our favorite perk, other than the crisp acoustics and inyour-face lighting system, is the upstairs patio bar. It’s an ideal spot for gettin’ tipsy while overlooking Hollywood’s finest. Trevor Steer – Keys: 4) For those looking for a fun night out without the pretense of a Hollywood club, the Echo [1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park] is a great option. Rarely too loud or overcrowded, this intimate venue hosts DJs and electro-tinged indie bands alike. Dance amid a sea of shuttershaded faces or, if your jeans are too tight, grab a drink and lounge in their huge back patio. Huge bonus points awarded for their cheap (and often free) cover and plentiful free parking lot just around the block. Derek Staahl – Drums: 3) With its blackened wood and chipped, burntorange exterior, the Baked Potato

frequency | essential concerts | B Y Hey Monday/ This Providence June 11 @ Knitting Factory June 12 @ Chain Reaction Of course, it just wouldn’t be another Frequency unless I had some girl-fronted, bleach-streaked hair, boys-in-girl-jeans pop punk in here for good measure. First, I have a bone to pick, though. Some fans of the West Hey Monday – “It’s Paramore V2.0.” Palm Beach fivesome have been quick to decry certain zomg!” Of course, the preceding criticisms of the band very vocally on contains the disclaimer of one giant the Internet, with the sentiments [sic]. usually reading something to the effect But, let’s be honest, y’all. Sassy of, “Hai guyz, Hey Mondy doesnt young girl in T-shirts and plaid sound anything lyke other bands! button-ups with anthemic vocal Cassadee’s voice is totes unique,

homage to the musical stylings that helped to shape his current sound. Every track on Jhelli Beam is a seamless blend of West Coast rap and electro beats with influences of everything from classical music to doo-wop. Check out “Me – Time (With the Pulmonary Palimpsest)” to hear

[3787 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City] looks long forgotten. But peer inside and you’ll realize this hole-in-the-wall is one of the oldest and most beloved bastions of jazz-fusion music. (Think exciting jam-rock with circus-quality feats of musicianship, not the stuff in your grandparents’ record player.) It’s almost always packed and you’re never more than about three strides from the stage. It’s a tremendous sounding room and has been home to dozens of notable live albums. So clap loudly and often; you just might hear yourself on the next Live at the Baked Potato CD. Oh, and they also serve 20 different kinds of baked potatoes. Chris Lopez – Guitar: 2) USC’s best kept secret, Ground Zero Performance Café [615 Child’s Way, Los Angeles], is intimate yet spacious, offering an array lounge and floor space and a coffee bar serving up delicious shakes to maintain your sugar high. It boasts better sound and audio equipment than the majority of the venues in Los Angeles (think of it

like IMAX vs. University Village), and the best part is admission is always free. Acts range from student comedy troupes to larger ones such as emosensation Augustana, who packed the place a few years ago. For me, Ground Zero still feels like home field. Some of my best memories from playing and watching shows are from that place. Sam Saletta – Vocals: 1) When you slip in to the Hotel Café [1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood], you wouldn’t suspect that you’re entering a world-class acoustic venue, but when you settle in and start to listen, you’ll see why. Come in to see the headliners – usually local legends like the Rescues and Meiko – but be sure to stick around for the acts you’ve never heard of. “Bill Buchanan” might actually be John Mayer playing a secret show.


ending hunger. What’s so bad about music that’s just, dare I say it, fun? Long have I debated this very existential dilemma in my brain and my articles, having come to the conclusion there’s room for fun music next to the more intellectually challenging contents of my iPod, so long as it’s not joke music. Meaning Hey Monday songs are welcome to hang out with my Thrice tracks, but Metro Station can “GTFO,” as the kids are saying these days. Along for the ride with the Florida natives for this outing are Seattle-based foursome This Providence, whom I also have a special fondness for in my heart. Though they fit in with the whole Warped band scene, these guys’ strength lies in their ability to not go overboard musically, like some of their contemporaries.

melodies, backed by infectious drum and guitar beats? It’s Paramore V2.0. Don’t front, if you love the offspring, you love the predecessor for the exact same reasons. Trust me, I know. I’m one of you. Insert poignant pause here. Their song “Homecoming” is so my summer jam despite it not being summer yet and the band already being on to their next single. Point being, let’s be honest with ourselves here and not pretend this is advanced astrophysics or anything. That said, there’s nothing wrong with music that’s not curing cancer or

Busdriver drop his signature clean, crisp, cheeky rhymes faster than a cheetah in a jetfighter over an amped up version of Mozart’s Sonata No. 11 and see what I mean. On the first track, “Split Seconds,” the first lines say, “Conscious rap failed us,” but with lyrics that are both poignant and

Jubala will perform June 29 at Howl at the Moon at Universal CityWalk. For more information, visit and


irreverent, Jhelli Beam is poised to change that … if your ears are fast enough to hear what he’s got to say. Grade: A —Melissa Russell Jhelli Beam is currently available.





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Here for a Reason Miller offers. In a new song entitled “One Day” the lyric, “don’t take me soon/because I am here for a reason” plays off a message Miller learned from a Rabbi who preached that a person might have come to this world solely to do a favor for one other person. With this type of meaning and hope that Miller’s fans can take away from his music, it is no wonder why he has become a staple on the American reggae scene. As his album release is drawing near, his summer tour has been going well, according to Miller. “I love what I am doing now, a summer tour, because there are lots of young people out of school and they are free souls who come to play,” he says. He especially enjoys small outdoor venues, but Matisyahu puts on a show no matter where he is. His unique musical style allows for him to not only play raw, organic music but also to infuse his songs with synthesized sounds and produce arrays that make for an enjoyable listening experience. When performing live, Matisyahu doesn’t try to recreate the record live like so many other musicians do, but


Though, I suppose, having been around this long, making so many different styles of music over the years, it would only be a natural progression for one’s stage persona to eventually evolve into your favorite musically inclined undead dandy and mine. I mean, it takes a lot of work and a lot of skill for a man to be able to walk on stage in a top hat and tuxedo jacket lined with glitter and feathers and really own it – when not in West Hollywood. Sartorial envelope pushing aside, Corner’s work with IAMX is a beautifully constructed mix of bigsounding orchestral arrangements with sleek and modern pounding electronic synth-rock. Corner’s signature vocals are sexy and evocative while still being frenzied and unpredictable, bringing a chaotic urgency to his sweeping aural landscape. So if you want as much

While other bands they’ve shared stages with have shifted to writing “funny” or “ironic” songs that they may or may not be in on the joke of, the members of This Providence have stuck to simple, solid melodic rock, which is saying a lot these days. Because remember kids, less is more – unless you’re Radiohead.

IAMX June 12 @ El Rey Chris Corner has been doing this music thing for a really, really long time. Looking at more recent photos of him performing under his IAMX moniker, he might also be the living reincarnation of Jack Skellington. And the only dude who can rock one of Rihanna’s stage outfits as awesomely as she can.

Georgia Anne Muldrow

Matisyahu – not a rabbi?

tries to create yet another unique experience for his fans. Focusing on organic sounds like real drums and limiting sampling allows Matisyahu to deliver something his fans have never heard from him before. “Also, I try to look at my fans when performing live because connecting with them is a key to delivering my message and expressing who I am with my music. After all, music is about expression, and expression is important for the person. It’s important for the soul,” Miller says. All this talk of expression and feeling has become easier for Matisyahu during this tour as his new band Dub Trio plays a lot of heavy dub style music that’s very meditative and vibey, with long dramatic builds that enhance the delivery of his message. Matiyahu also enjoys the openness he and his band allow for in their live shows. Although they start every song similarly, after they establish a groove,

attention to visual performance as musical craftsmanship, Corner is undoubtedly your man.

Bat for Lashes June 16 @ El Rey I said it last week, and I’ll say it again, Bat for Lashes songstress Natasha Khan is pure magic behind a microphone. And piano. And bass guitar. Basically, she could read a computer programming manual and

staff pick RadioNine June 13 @ Club Nokia Virginia natives Clipse will be joined by some of the best and brightest rising stars in hip-hop,

and throws in “Mr. President,” sharing some bold words with Mr. Bush and making her choices count even when (in 2008) to be antiBush was both cliché and necessary (“Mr. President/you must not sleep well … hey you/the man who killed the world”). Ms. One is a compilation

1) Grizzly Bear — Veckatimest 2) Mandy Moore — Amanda Leigh 3) Phoenix — Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix 4) Eminem — Relapse 5) Black Moth Super Rainbow — Eating Us 6) Green Day — 21st Century Breakdown 7) Yeah Yeah Yeahs — It’s Blitz 8) Passion Pit — Manners 9) Silversun Pickups — Swoon 10) St. Vincent — Actor 11) Sun 0))) — Monoliths and Dimensions 12) Marilyn Manson — High End of Low 13) Jarvis Cocker — Further Complications 14) Bat for Lashes — Two Suns 15) Metric — Fantasies 16) Peaches — I Feel Cream 17) Conor Oberst — Outer South 18) Bob Dylan — Together Through Life 19) Animal Collective — Merriweather Post Pavillion 20) Horrors — Primary Colors

they wander around the melody to create unique musical moments. “We don’t really repeat moments, so a moment from last night’s show is not going to be repeated tonight,” Matisyahu says. From the unique experiences that Matisyahu and his band create, they hope to inspire people and express themselves. Matisyahu believes that “people turn on the music and get a certain kind of uplifting kind of feeling from it,” and he is right. With his religiously infused creations Miller successfully reaches his audience while keeping in mind what’s important to him.

Though the comp is a bit top-heavy, as a few tracks here are filler to some degree (Ms. Dezy’s “80’s Freestyle Skit” and Mortonette Stephens’ “Magic Walk,” which feels like a fourminute chunk of Nickelodeon’s “Gullah Gullah Island,” for two), the work here is overall solid. Georgia in production alter-ego mode, as Ms. One, has a jazz instrumental run with “Turiya’s Smile,” one of the best tracks here and an ideal soundtrack to, perhaps, Charlie Brown’s saddest turning point. Muldrow, of course, is the star of Ms. One, and just as she brings a quality that’s simultaneously earthy, jazzy and hard as genuine punk rock, her freely flowing voice is a feminine counterpoint to her production, which for all tracks is raw, often lo-fi and brings an informal demo feel to nearly all recordings here. Grade: B+ —China Bialos Ms. One is currently available.

Light will be available Aug. 25. Matisyahu will perform as part of project (RED)NIGHTS June 17 at the Wiltern. For more information, visit

make it sound like a great work of classic literature. Maybe it’s Khan’s sparkling, ethereal voice that can effortlessly breathe life and emotion into her poetic words. Soft and delicately arranged, Khan’s instrumentation brings a haunting resonance to her music, making her so much more than your standard singer-songwriter fare. Or, y’know, maybe it’s just the British accent.

including Atlanta MC B.O.B (Bobby Ray) and Los Angeles’ own Diz Gibran and Pacific Division. Pardon the cliché, but this show is “Kinda Like a Big Deal.” Each artist brings something different to the table – a true hip-hop experience. —J. Poakwa

featuring guests like Black Milk and Big Pooh (on the bass-thick “2 MC”), Dudley Perkins – with whom she shares a child and a common tie to Stones Throw – and Stacy Epps, who sings the retro, jazzy “Motivation.” CONTINUED


Ms. One (SomeOthaShipConnect/E1) It’s been a couple of years since Olesi: Fragments of an Earth (Stones Throw), where, as a 23-year old, Georgia Anne Muldrow made a villain of Hurricane Katrina personified. Here she remains ballsy

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BY NICOLE BOISVERT AT FIRST GLANCE MOST WOULD believe Matthew Miller to be a rabbi rather than an inspirational musician, but under his Jewish name, Matisyahu, he takes on a unique persona and spreads a message of belief, hope and strength to the masses. While some may wonder why he has channeled his faith into reggae/rock music, for Miller it is simple: “Through my music I try to help inspire people and make people feel better about being here.” With a new album due later this summer, Matisyahu has taken to the road to promote “Light” and do what he does best: connect with his fans. For Matisyahu, his religion and his music go hand in hand. He is a devout follower of Hasidic Judaism, and his spiritual beliefs penetrate his music in a way that attracts a diverse audience. Because he feels that, “making music is all about listening and what you hear and feel from it,” it is apparent why his music expresses his faith and reaches deep into his audience. While some may listen to his music simply because they like the sound of it, others truly connect with the lyrics and the overall message




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The Revolution Revolution (Rapster) The story behind the Revolution and their new compilation is simply somewhat confusing. After creating a name and following in their hometown of Cuba, the group invited some of the best artists in the business to create a compilation that showcases their sound globally. The result is a 12-song ensemble that features Norman Cook a.k.a. Fatboy Slim, Richard File formerly with UNKLE and Lateef the Truthspeaker. Though some of the tracks are lacking, as a whole, the album delivers, presenting a completely different musical side to those already mentioned. Cook’s two tracks are superb, especially “Shelter,” which features the melodic rhymes of Lateef. Grade: B —Ryan McWhorter Revolution is currently available.

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AMOEBA TOP 10 Independent Local Artist Releases

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Catch up on everything USC alum Macy Gray has going on.

USC Alums … Where Are They Now? Are you wearing Macy Gray’s clothes? Well you could be, sort of. The multi-talented star and USC alum is in the midst of orchestrating a “comeback” that she says will be one of the biggest of all time. Part of the effort includes the introduction of a new line of clothing; you can keep Macy close to your heart by donning any number of pieces from the spring collection of her SNAC line. If you wear your SNAC outfit to the nightclub you can show it off when the DJ spins Grey’s latest musical offering, the somewhat raunchy single “Slap a Bitch.” Grey is still working on her next full album so “Slap” will have to hold you for awhile musically, but you can of course always catch Macy the actress on the Starz TV show “Head

Case.” Grey recently had a tiff with a writer at the New York Post who quoted her “Head Case” character’s scripted line indicating that she thinks “Obama is hot.” Grey quickly clarified on her MySpace blog that in real life she would much prefer Denzel Washington! Grey is also active at the North Hollywood music school she founded, the M. Gray Music Academy. Another in-the-news USC alum is Dexter Holland, singer for the Offspring. Holland took time out from the band’s current tour to make a special guest appearance on the syndicated radio program “Loveline” and then got right back on the road to continue the Offspring’s first full North American tour in four years. The guys have already come through California, but you can catch them in major American cities throughout the summer, and if you’re headed to Europe in August look for shows in England, France, Germany, Slovakia and Hungary. Holland also owns Nitro Records where the staff is busy promoting the brand new Hit the Switch album, Observing Infinities.

Rock Your Business with Jam! Jeff Carlisi, founding member of southern rock hitmakers 38 Special has teamed up with business wunderkind Dan Lipson to author a new book called Jam! Amp Your Team, Rock Your Business. The book is a great primer on how to run a successful business and an entertaining read as well. Every chapter is named after a hit song (“Born to Run,” “Satisfaction,” “New Kid in Town”), and each segment features Carlisi telling stories from his rock ’n’ roll life with Lipson extrapolating what business lessons can be applied from each situation. There’s even a

1) Healamonster & Tarsier — Cupcake Cave 2) Warpaint — Exquisite Corpse 3) The Binges — Self-titled 4) Jon Brion — Meaningless 5) Psycho Realm — War Story Book 2 6) This Is The Life — Self-titled 7) Dandi Wind — Yolk of the Golden Egg 8) Salsa Dura Show — Self-titled 9) Eligh — Sidewaydaze 10) Street Platoon — Steel Storm chapter on whether or not it’s time to give up on any given venture, cleverly titled “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” Jam! is currently available in hardback through Wiley Publishing’s Jossey-Bass imprint.

Phathom For Free L.A. band Phathom will be playing a bunch of dates on this year’s Warped Tour, but if you miss those shows you can still enjoy the band’s music over the summer, and for free. The group has teamed with Rockstar Energy Drink and Gibson to launch a massive online campaign to promote the band whereby two new songs a month will be available for free download at The band will also be giving away CDs of the new Charlie Paulson-produced (Goldfinger) music at their non-Warped summer gigs, and they’re encouraging fans to bring memory sticks to the shows where they’ll be able to upload any songs they want from Phathom’s catalog. Phathom will appear at Suzie’s in Hermosa Beach June 18 and then perform an acoustic set at Ghetto Gloss in Silver Lake June 25.

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MITCHEL MUSSO From Co-Star to Solo Artist

Mitchel Musso shot to stardom on “Hannah Montana,” and music has always been in his blood. In his recently released self-titled debut, the Texas transplant worked with some of the industry’s hottest producers and also collaborated with his brother, Mason from pop-punk band Metro Station, on one track. Campus Circle caught up with the actor/singer-songwriter to find out his L.A. favorites.


First concert in Los Angeles: Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus


Venue to see shows at: The House of Blues Sunset Strip [8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood]

Place to hang with friends on the weekend: The beach

Record store: I actually buy online these days (iTunes).

Restaurant and favorite dish there: The Burrito Roll at Sushi Nozawa [11288 Ventura Blvd., Studio City]. A Burrito Roll is shrimp tempura, cucumber and crab wrapped in a thin sesame wrap like a burrito.

Place to shop for clothes: Urban Outfitters [] and H&M []

Special place you go for inspiration when writing songs: My friends’ houses where we jam

Dream venue to perform at: Madison Square Garden in NYC


Movie theater: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre [6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood] and make music What do you want people to take away from listening to your CD? It’s a feel-good album, so hopefully people just want to get up and dance or blast my music while driving. Mitchel Musso’s self-titled debut is currently available. He will perform June 11 at the Disneyland Resort, Anaheim. For more information, visit

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I BLEED CARDINAL AND GOLD What It’s Like to Be a True Trojan Football Fan UCLA football game.

In Los Angeles, Trojan football is not just a college sport, but also a citywide B Y L A U R E N B R O D S K Y event that draws 92,000 people to every home game many hours before kickoff to cheer on their beloved players. BEING A TRUE TROJAN USC students and alumni football fan is not just have a sense of pride and love cheering on the team when for their school that is they win, it is staying until the unparalleled and cannot be fourth quarter torch is lit in matched by any other school the Coliseum even if the in the country. USC fans set Trojans are winning by 40, up their tailgates in the early and it is crying in the stands if morning all over campus with USC loses. A true Trojan Lauren Brodsky (center) and fellow bars, TVs and tents and football fan never gets tired of USC diehards. welcome their fellow fans all throwing up their fight on throughout the day. fingers even though the band plays the USC One of the greatest things about USC Fight Song more than 100 times a game. football fans is that there is no certain age A true fan never doubts year after year that defines the average fan. On game day, that USC will make it to the national title you are likely to see a young girl wearing a game and they bow their heads and cheer USC Song Girl outfit, a student with body every time Pete Carroll is seen on campus. A paint from head to toe, a father playing catch true Trojan football fan knows that UCLA is with his son wearing a football jersey and an the heart of all evil and will stand and guard elderly man and his wife wearing their SC Tommy Trojan 24 hours a day from Bruin alumni gear loud and proud. attacks the week before the legendary USC-

Entrepreneur Club, the marching band, the Latino Business Student Organization and the Annenberg Student Communication Association and you’ll have free grub all week. Best thing is these organizations host events all year, so your tummy is bound to stay full. 1) Befriend the freshmen. Freshmen don’t know any better, and their parents know even less. So caring parents tend to buy their kids the

5) Set up music trading groups with friends and classmates. Trading CDs is an easy way to get new tunes at no cost, and you can make new friends and bask in each other’s music snobbery. 4) Intern at music-friendly places. If you’re lucky enough to intern at the right place, it may be a goldmine for any music fan. Best internships to score free tunes: record labels, music PR firms, magazines, music Web sites and blogs and TV stations. 3) Write for a local newspaper/magazine. You’d be surprised at the amount of quality CDs sent to the Daily Trojan offices. Freelancing for some local media outlets will definitely beef up your iTunes library, and you might be lucky enough to get access to killer concerts and interview your favorite artists. 2) Check out venues within your school. Ground Zero and Bovard Auditorium are mere steps away and offer Self Against City performed at Springfest 2008. free admission to many concerts and events. freeloader’s dream: the Trojan meal plan. Little 1) Attend school-sponsored concerts. USC’s do they know, kids are getting stuffed at nearby Concert Committee prides itself on hosting Chano’s and spending those dining dollars on some awesome events to the student population their friends. Become one of those friends. at the price of $0. This year’s Springfest brought Brand New and the Submarines to McCarthy Top 5 Ways of Landing Free Quad, while Conquest has brought huge talent Parking like the Fray and the Bravery. 5) Frat Row. Many people don’t know 28th Street is a prime parking location. Get there early enough, and you’ll find some free parking spots Top 5 Ways of Munching at walking distance from campus. on Free Food 4) Adams and Hoover. Both Adams and 5) Go to hosted study sessions. USC does its Hoover are open public streets with tons of best to alleviate your rumbling stomach during parking. Only problem is that neighborhood midterms and finals by hosting events with free people and students tend to fill the streets fast. food, including visits from the In-N-Out truck. And it’s a bit of a walk. Leavey is the best place for free goods, but El 3) Century Apartments. To the naked eye, Centro Chicano hosts the best shindig with free one will assume the parking cul-de-sac lot in Thai food and back massages. front of Century is for residents only, but a closer 4) Attend event/exhibit openings and look will reveal that it’s an open lot and no lectures. You may not be interested in Gothic permit is necessary. architectural revivalism, but sticking around for 2) University Village. Signs all around UV a one-hour lecture about Eugène Viollet-le-Duc warn against USC students parking for extended may be worth it for a free slice of pizza. Event periods of time. But can they really monitor the organizers often know that food draws attendees, hundreds of cars they get every day? Park there, so keep an eye out for event flyers offering free stop by Baskin Robbins on your way to class and food. then move your car to a different location in the 3) Do some volunteer work. French writer lot. Rinse. Repeat after class. and aviator Antoine de Saint-ExupĂŠry once said, 1) Use last year’s parking permit. So you “When you give yourself, you receive more than spend hundreds of dollars on a parking permit you give.â€? True, but there’s nothing wrong about per semester only to throw it away at the end of giving a few hours of volunteer time in exchange the year. Try using that same permit next year. for a turkey burger, is there? Surely, the parking officials won’t check every 2) Attend student organization events. permit car by car. Pretend like you’re interested in joining the Connie Shao

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unemployment rate in Kalamazoo, Mich., Allen probably figured he would use the opportunity so graciously handed over to him to highlight his range and singing ability – you rendition of the patriotic know, that same range and tune just before Super Bowl Parimal M. Rohit ability that earned him first XXV in 1991, in which the place honors on “American famed singer turned the Idol.” I doubt Allen expected a few “Star Spangled Banner” into a Simon Cowell wannabes sitting in the Billboard Top 100 hit. audience. This was not even In the end, Allen was just a little Tyrese Gibson’s version nervous delivering what is considered of the national anthem. by many to be one of the hardest songs For those who do not to sing – especially in public. Allen know, Gibson performed admitted on his Twitter page this would the national anthem at be his first-ever performance of the Staples Center during last patriotic song in public. He even told month’s Western Conthe Los Angeles Times,“I just want to get ference Finals and opted through it and not make any mistakes.” to add some personal Ultimately, fans should have cut touches to the song – Allen some slack. I say, if a singer can specifically, instead of somehow manage to take advantage of singing “our flag was still his or her God-given talents to sing there,” Gibson uttered what they believe to be an amazing “our Lakers were still national anthem, so be it. there.” Then again, I wonder if those Allen’s performance was what you boos came from fans of “Idol” runnerwould expect from an aspiring pop up Adam Lambert. While Lambert singer given the large stage that is the was not spotted at the game, he surely NBA Finals in, of all places, Los had a few supporters who turned out Angeles. Fresh off “American Idol” at Staples and popularity rising faster than the


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WHY NOT ETHIER? observed the team social dynamic since Ramirez joined the club is that the young players simply adored Ramirez. Like so many fawning sidekicks they would surround him, cheer him on and sing his praises.

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IN THE WEEKS FOLLOWING THE May 7 50-game suspension of Manny Ramirez, no Dodger player was more affected than Andre Ethier. The power-hitting right fielder, who normally batted cleanup behind Ramirez in the lineup, sank into an abysmal slump, hitting just .171 with zero home runs and a pitiful three RBIs for the rest of May. Speculation on Ethier’s sudden decline focused mainly on the different kinds of pitching he was now facing. The prevailing theory was that by pitching around Ramirez, most pitchers would save their good strikes for batters in front and behind him. The unflattering implication was, of course, that Ethier had simply been enjoying a lucky spot in the lineup and with Ramirez absent he was just another mediocre ballplayer. What was generally overlooked in the whole conversation was the human emotional element. It is true that Ethier’s performance at the plate improved dramatically upon the arrival of Ramirez in the lineup last season. But why? Was it merely because of tactical shifts by opposing pitchers, or did Ramirez’s presence provide something else? Obvious to anybody who has

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Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier

And no one seemed a bigger fan than Ethier, who once spoke of Ramirez as “putting the Dodgers on the baseball map.” The two outfielders could often be seen sitting by one another in the dugout cracking jokes and having fun. Above Ethier’s locker in the clubhouse there still hangs a baseball

card showing the two outfielders with the words “Power Plus.” It is fair to say the young Ethier idolized the dreadlocked veteran. One then can only imagine how devastating the news of Ramirez’s suspension must have been to Ethier. For baseball is, if anything, an emotional game. The Dodgers would go on to lose three of their first four games without Ramirez. But while the rest of the team managed to pull themselves together, Ethier slipped into one of the worst funks of his career. The absence of his friend and hero must have weighed heavy on his heart and extended to the tip of his bat. In recent weeks Ramirez has been working out at Dodger Stadium with the stipulation that he may not be present near game time. It is interesting to observe in that same time the remarkable turnaround of Ethier who, since June 1, has batted .391 and smacked three home runs. On more than one occasion he has played hero by knocking in the game-ending runs. When asked how Manny’s approach has influenced him when batting in clutch moments, Ethier replied simply, “You enjoy it and say, ‘Why not me?’” While Dodger fans enjoy Ethier’s resurgence one can only guess how Ramirez’s return to Dodger Stadium has affected his biggest fan.

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FOR THE WIN AFTER BLOWING OUT THE MAGIC 100-75 IN GAME ONE OF the finals Thursday at Staples, the Lakers came away with a hard win (101-96) in overtime Sunday night (also at home). As the L.A. squad heads to Orlando for the next three games in the series there are several points that Phil Jackson should be stressing in the locker room. Staying out of foul trouble: In both matches Andrew Bynum has picked up unnecessary early fouls, so he spent most of his time on the bench. This put Pau Gasol, who lacks Bynum’s size advantage, on Dwight Howard. Defense: Orlando shot just 23-77 for just 30 percent from the field in The Lakers’ Lamar Odom keeps the game one and were 33-79 (42 percent) energy up during game two Sunday. in game two. Not only do the Lakers have to contain Howard under the basket, they must keep Orlando’s big men who are their major threats at the perimeter – Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu – under control. Lamar Odom: In his 31 minutes off the bench Thursday, Odom put up 11 points and 14 rebounds. In game two he shot 8-9 for 19 points and pulled down eight boards. LO must consistently play at the level of intensity the finals demand, especially when Bynum’s on the bench. Game four is Thursday in Orlando, and if necessary, game five is also in Orlando Sunday. All stats as of June 8.

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HE MIGHT BE AMERICA’S “IDOL,” yet a few basketball fans in the country’s second largest city apparently did not get the memo on Sunday about Kris Allen’s singing talents. Those boos you heard at Staples Center just before tipoff of game two of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and Orlando Magic were not because fans were upset at taking out a fifth mortgage only to have enough money to afford a seat some 200 feet above the hardwood in the stadium rafters. No, those boos were apparently for Allen’s Kris Allen rendition of the national anthem. And what exactly was wrong with Allen’s singing on Sunday? I mean, this was not exactly Roseanne Barr’s glassbreaking, ear-covering performance before a San Diego Padres game in 1990. Nor was it Whitney Houston’s

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NO LANDON DONOVAN. NO PROBLEM. The Los Angeles Galaxy produced a superb 2-1 win on the road at Toronto FC Saturday afternoon although their star player was missing. It was the first victory for Los Angeles after earning five consecutive draws. Donovan, the leading scorer for the squad, did not play in the MLS match due to national duty. USA hosted Honduras in Chicago the same day in a World Cup qualifier. Forward Edson Buddle netted the game-winning goal with 13 minutes remaining. Buddle found himself on a one-on-one with the Toronto goalkeeper, but Buddle beautifully placed the ball with a curvy spin to the lower right corner of the net. Alan Gordon gave the Galaxy an early Edson Buddle of the Galaxy celebrates a goal. lead on a header after six minutes, but Danny Dichio responded in the 62nd minute to tie up the affair. Los Angeles faces Real Salt Lake Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Home Depot Center.

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Dear Lucia, I don’t know why but younger men seem to come after me, and I just don’t know how to go about it. Men around my age don’t show any interest in me. I’m in my early 50s, and men as young as 25 years of age are showing an interest in me. I get a Lucia mixed up feeling of wanting to enjoy life with them, and at the same time I’m worried what the world or people would think. I also am not sure if they know what they are looking for, although at the same time I like what is happening to me. I just left a 25-year-old man, and I’m now with a 28 year old. He is just all over me, and I think I may be falling in love with him. Please tell me if I’m doing the right thing. I want to be with him. I’m scared, but I’m not sure of what. —Chi Chi Dear Chi Chi, As I’ve said many times before and will continue to say, it’s no longer about age, but about energy. If you are attracted to younger men and they are attracted to you, then what is the problem? Yes, I know it’s still not totally accepted by society, and it probably never will be accepted by everyone, however, I believe in about 10 years, it won’t be such a big deal. What you’re afraid of is the unknown. Like everyone, you’re looking for a guarantee, but that’s not possible. Follow your heart and don’t worry about what the world or people will think. It’s really none of their business, and often, it’s just jealousy! Hi Lucia, My heart is broken. I am 28 years old, and I am in love with a 32-year-old guy. We love and care for each other, but the problem is that our genotype did not match. We are not ready to leave each other. This is unfair. What should we do? —Ify Dear Ify, I had never heard of a genotype until your letter. As I understand it, the offspring of a certain combination of genotypes are more likely to have health issues. You didn’t say this was your fiancé, so you don’t even know if you will be getting married to each other. As I see it, you have several choices. You can


certainly break up, though that doesn’t sound like something you want to do. You can continue to see each other, and if you do end up marrying each other, you can either adopt or have children and deal with the health issues that arise. Dear Lucia, I recently noticed a pattern in my relationship history. Ever since I first became interested in the opposite sex, I found myself getting crushes on guys who were unattainable or unavailable (had a girlfriend, popular and therefore out of my league, whatever). As I became an adult, those unrequited crushes continued (including two gay guys and one who I’m almost certain is gay but closeted), but I also expanded my repertoire to include guys who were sicker than I was and, I felt, needed someone to take care of them. When I left my last boyfriend (who had anger issues and kids with three different women, and was unfaithful besides), I made myself a promise that I wasn’t going to date for a while, but I developed a crush on a male friend who had just gotten divorced (from wife No. 3). I got over that, but I’ve recently started falling for a married man I’ve been corresponding with online. I want to break my pattern, and I know what I need to do, but how do I follow through with the commitment and not give in to the need to have someone – anyone – to love me? —F. Dear F., Wow! I’ve heard of dating unavailable men, but this is ridiculous! This isn’t about the guys but you, since you are the common denominator. I strongly suggest therapy to see why you are drawn to men you know will not be good candidates for a relationship. In the meantime, when you first meet someone, immediately start looking for red flags and deal breakers. When you see them, please try to move on! Write to Lucia at Read an excerpt from Lucia’s Lessons of Love at Listen to Lucia live every Sunday at 3 p.m. PST on Remember: Love inspires, empowers, uplifts and enlightens. The Art of Love is sponsored by Cougar Energy Drink.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 11 Downtown LA Art Walk See the newest art exhibits, enjoy the bustling street culture, eat, drink and socialize every second Tuesday of the month. Noon-9 p.m. FREE.

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Oiwake, 122 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Little Tokyo; Choose from over 25 items for only $7.50 for lunch and $9 for dinner. Lunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tues-Sun; Dinner: 5 p.m.-9 p.m., TuesThurs and 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri and Sat.

Happy Hour at the Library Bar 630 W. 6th St., Downtown; Enjoy $5 margaritas and martinis and $4 Stella drafts. Plus, you can tell your parents you’re going to the library, and they’ll be so proud of you. There really is a wall full of books. Mon-Fri, 3 p.m.-8 p.m.

“Touch the Water: A River Play” Rio de Los Angeles State Park, 2800 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles; “Touch the Water,” created in collaboration with local river residents, engineers, biologists, environmentalists, activists, advocates and patrons, takes on environmental justice as seen through the lens of the L.A. River and the people who live, work and play there. Wed-Sun at 8 p.m. Through June 21.

Your Personal Yearlong Oktoberfest Wurstküche, 800 E. 3rd St., Downtown; With over 30 Belgian, German and American beers starting at $2.50, over 20 sausages starting at $6, along with Belgian fries and gourmet sodas, you can afford to quench your Bavarian fix.

L.A. Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa, Downtown; A smorgasbord of sex with porn stars, burlesque performers, male dancers, a sexy girlfriend/boyfriend contest, an exotic vacation giveaway and more. Through Sunday. $35 per day/$75 for weekend pass.

Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. First St., Little Tokyo; This annual event celebrates stories of the mixed heritage experience through films, readings, workshops and live performances. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Also Saturday. FREE.

SUNDAY, JUNE 14 Coalescence: BBQ & Hip-Hop J.U.I.C.E., 2845 W. 7th St., Los Angeles; This community festival offers a full day of open floors for b-boys, open graf walls and performances by Los Angeles’ hometown heroes Thirsty Fish, One Be Lo, Brazil’s most controversial rapper MV Bill and many more. 1 p.m.-8 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

S.I.N. at Lucky Strike Lanes L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Downtown (213) 542-4880; S.I.N. stands for Service Industry Nights, where all people in the service industry pay $1 for bowling and $1 for shoe rentals, plus a DJ, weekly giveaways and specialty drinks! Dress code enforced. 21+. Every Sunday. 10 p.m.

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site pick Donating shoes to Soles4Souls just became much easier. From now-Sept. 7, all 690 Finish Line stores will be participating in “Sole Destination.” Finish Line will donate $1 for each pair donated through the program, up to $100,000. Customers who donate shoes will receive $5 off a pair of shoes valued at $25 or higher.

Norris Cinema Theatre, USC, 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles (213) 740-2311; Written and directed by Woody Allen, an eccentric New Yorker played by Larry David abandons his upper class life to lead a more bohemian existence. Also starring Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson and Michael McKean. RSVP required. 5 p.m. FREE.



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HIP LOOKS FOR LESS All three of these outfits were created using different clothing and accessory items from American Vintage stores. Come in and put together your own hot ensemble today! American Vintage is located at 7377 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles (323) 852-0969; 6529 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 461-0068 and 1707 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park (213) 413-1945.

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JULIA STILES IN ‘OLEANNA’ Now-July 12 @ Mark Taper Forum

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movie that he directed. BEST KNOWN AS NICKY IN THE BOURNE “I first became aware of Trilogy or my favorite, Sara in Mamet’s work back in college,” Save the Last Dance, Julia Stiles she says. “It just clicked with me. returns to the stage to reprise her He’s got a precision with words role of a university student that’s remarkable. He’s got a trapped in a power struggle with knack when he’s writing his a male professor in David dialogue to show the way that Mamet’s “Oleanna.” Five years people do not finish their ago, Stiles, while still a coed sentences, they self-edit, they cut herself, went head to head with each other off. He writes his Aaron Eckhart, a role now played plays almost like a musical score, by Bill Pullman, at the Garrick which I have a lot of fun Theatre in London’s West End. decoding.” “Enough time had past that I Julia Stiles in rehearsal Stiles also appreciate the thought I wanted to revisit [this for “Oleanna” rigors of stage work: “I feel like role],” says Stiles, in between doing theater is like going to the gym for an rehearsals for her almost seven-week L.A. actor. It strengthens your muscles.” run. “It’s the kind of play that’s so fun as an While just staying in Los Angeles actor because it’s very intense the way that temporarily, the New York native has come Mamet writes the play, he forces you to listen to appreciate West Coast living. to the other actor so it’s all about what’s “I love how much you can be outdoors,” going on onstage. For me it’s very enjoyable.” she says. “I love going hiking, to the beach. “I guess I had a new perspective on the [And there’s] interesting, quirky play five years later because I’m not in neighborhoods; those nooks and crannies of college anymore,” she adds. “The material is this vast city are exciting.” so rich I felt there was a lot more to explore.” Stiles first discovered Mamet’s work For more information, visit (“Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Speed-the-Plow”) when she did State and Main (2000), a

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MAGNOLIA DOWNTOWN 825 W. 9th St., Los Angeles HERE ARE A FEW REASONS WHY upscale Magnolia has joined the ranks of one the best eateries around Downtown campuses. Close to USC and FIDM, you can hop on the bus, walk a couple of blocks or take a short cab ride. One block from L.A. Live and next door to the Pantry, Magnolia offers you the option to spend your evening filling up on great food and drinks, and then to take a walk and look at Los Angeles’ largest entertainment center. Magnolia’s Daily Lunch Specials offer a lot of food for the price. The $14 Salmon Reuben on Rye bread has enough layers of flavor to satisfy the senses, and you’re likely not to finish the sandwich due to the generous size. The Happy Hour menu (Mon-Fri; 4 p.m.-7 p.m.) is popular among the sports crowd, aptly so as the giant plasma screens enveloping the lounge area complete the atmosphere with your $4 Stella and bites of calamari, sweet potato fries and fried goat cheese. The alcohol doesn’t stop there. Magnolia has killer signature drinks, most notably the Veev Grape Collins and the Magnolia Gimlet with Belvedere. If you’re hungry for dinner, make sure to try the Braised Short Ribs. Served over a

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Magnolia Downtown’s Lunch Specials rock!

healthy portion of mashed potatoes, roasted carrots and Cippolini onions, the ribs are moist, tender and de-boned. Another offering, the Marinated Skirt Steak, is served with a peppered wine sauce that would be great with one of the carefully mixed martinis, like a Key Lime or Left Bank (gin and wine combo!). While I didn’t try the dessert, Magnolia seems to be famous for it’s Mint Chip Ice Cream Sandwich. Not only did my gracious server sing its praises but friends asked me if I tried it – as it is heaven, they assured. For more information, call (213) 362-0880 or visit

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