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July 16 — 19, 2009 DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased at , 213-365-3500 or the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion box office. For more information, visit musiccenter.org or call 213-972-0711. Xiomara Reyes and Herman Cornejo in Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Gene Schiavone. Programs and artists subject to change.


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What are a few things that most students want? More freedom, more space to express Open to USC students, faculty and staff, themselves and, of course, more ideas about come out to Intro to Belly Dancing on the coolest things to do in town! That’s what Thursday, July 16 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at MySpace and Facebook are for, but now the University Park Campus in the Lyon there’s a new kid in town – the Center group exercise room. Digital College Network Appropriate clothing includes (DCN). yoga pants and running DCN brings students shorts. Hip scarves without everything from political news coins are optional. Bare feet, to sports, from musical socks, ballet slippers and dance performances of college bands sandals are fine. This is a free class. Register Learn to belly dance this summer. to interesting lifestyle articles. It’s everything in one place that online at usc.edu/recsports. brings college students all over the United States together, for something bigger and UCLA’s Revolutionary Ball better than they ever imagined in a social The sixth annual Revolutionary Ball at network. UCLA’s Powell Library is Saturday, July 25. As co-president Chris Esposito says, “It’s This is an opportunity to learn the minuet a network for the students by the students.” and other 18th century social dances in the DCN is already reaching millions of library’s rotunda. No dance experience is college students nationwide, through iPod necessary, and there will be instruction applications dedicated to your specific school throughout the evening. Space is limited, so and city, through the Internet and TVs RSVP by Thursday, July 23, with the name around campus. For more information, visit and number of people in the party to dcnlive.com. —Jessica Goodman Catherine Brown at (310) 206-4608.

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MICHAEL JACKSON PUBLIC MEMORIAL SERVICE July 7 @ Staples Center AS I WAS GETTING READY FOR THE DAY’S festivities, I had a lump in my throat. On one hand I was excited to be able to take part in a historical event the likes of which we’ll probably never see again, but on the other hand I wished it wasn’t at the expense of Michael Jackson’s life. A true entertainer in every sense of the word, a humanitarian and a musical genius, Jackson’s heartfelt reach extended around the world. It’s difficult to capture in words the effect that MJ has had on me. Off the Wall and Thriller were the soundtracks of my childhood. Today was meant to be a celebration of this extraordinary talent’s time here on Earth. While the memorial was indeed that, it was also a stunning reminder that Jackson was also a friend, a father, a brother and a son. The memorial was filled with condolences from the likes of Diana Ross, and performers like Mariah Carey and John Mayer paying their tributes through Jackson’s songs. But what made the celebration intimate were the stories. For a few brief moments, we were able to catch a glimpse of who Michael Jackson truly was – a loving, positive individual. Listening to Berry Gordy recall his initial thoughts when meeting Jackson, Magic Johnson’s funny story of eating fried chicken with MJ and Brooke Shields opening up about one of her best friends – it was almost like a family gathering.

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Wise Ways to Beat the Heat You’re out of school and it’s hot … now what? While most summers are filled with backyard barbecues and beach days, there are many other day and nighttime activities that you can explore in order to keep the sun’s rays at bay. Instead of pulling out the sunscreen and towel and heading to the beach or the pool, try a couple new ways to stay cool this summer. From going to that water park you loved when you were a kid to having a good old-fashioned water fight, you’d be surprised at all the ways you can have a great time while chilling. Build a Sand Castle When you were a kid, you probably thought you were a mastermind at creating sand castles, so why not rekindle that old spirit and hit the sand? There are several sand castle-building contests held throughout the summer at local L.A. beaches, so why not grab your shovels and buckets and enter one? You will be at the beach with friends and playing in the sand; what better way to keep cool and have a good time? For sculpture tips, visit sandcastlecentral.com.

Hermosa Beach Sunset Concert Series This well kept secret is one of the best ways Angelenos can keep cool this summer! Grab a beach chair, a cooler, a few friends and a picnic basket and head down to the south side of the Hermosa Beach Pier for three amazing concerts (July 19, 26, Aug. 2) followed by a beautiful California sunset. Each concert starts at 6 p.m. and continues until sunset. This year is going to be the best yet, featuring California reggae stars Rebelution and the head of Brushfire records, Zach Gill, and his band ALO. hermosabch.org.

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Ice Skating After a long day at the beach or at the family barbecue, what can you do at night to keep cool? How about ice skating? Not only will you have a good time trying to keep your balance, but most likely you will end up on your rear end, feeling the coolest surface the summer has to offer – ice. The L.A. area features a couple year-round rinks located in El Segundo and Palos Verdes that are great for a date or just to have a good time reminiscing about your childhood. Ice Chalet (550 Deep Valley Drive, # 130, Palos Verdes Estates; palosverdesicechalet.com) is open from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and

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Jet Skiing/Boating If you have a need for speed, there is nothing more exhilarating than riding a WaveRunner or jet ski! With plenty of rental shops located in Southern California, pick your spot and check out the jet skis for rent. Although this pastime can be quite expensive, ranging from $75 to $150 an hour, one hour is all you need and you will be hooked! With speeds up to 50 mph and whipping turns, you’ll have a blast. One great place to rent is Toy Box (161 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach; 4toybox.com), which offers jet skis, jet boats and motorcycles. Yes, it is pricey, but if you can afford it, it’s a thrill a minute.

Learn How to Surf/Bodyboard While many Californians already love and enjoy this great sport, if you’re not one of them, get out and give it a try! Besides being a challenging and a great work out, you will have a blast and keep cool. Whether you go and rent a board and try it with

a couple friends, or take a formal lesson, you will not be disappointed.And who knows, maybe you’ll luck out and get an attractive instructor? For more info, visit learntosurfla.com, aquasurfschool.com or your local surf shop.

Shakespeare by the Sea Get out and enjoy your local parks with Shakespeare by the Sea. This will be the 11th season for the group, and they have five weeks (through Aug. 8) scheduled in San Pedro’s Point Fermin Park (an excellent location) and several other places throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties, including Beverly Hills, El Segundo, Hermosa and Manhattan Beach, Newport and South Pasadena. This year the group is performing “As You Like It,” “Love’s Labour’s Lost” and “Hamlet II.” shakespearebythesea.org.

Water parks If you’re looking for a great day of fun in the water, hit the park. The water park, that is! With the likes of Raging Waters (ragingwaters.com), Soak City (knotts.com/SOAKCITY), Six Flags Hurricane Harbor (sixflags.com/hurricaneharborLA) and Wild Rivers (wildrivers.com) all within an hour commute from Los Angeles, your day of wild, winding rides and lazy rivers is not far away. With rates ranging from $30 to $34 per adult and hours of operation from 10 a.m to 8 p.m, these parks are a great change of pace from your regular summer activities and will prove to be tons of fun no matter how old you are.


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intricately plotted script – a testament to Iannucci’s skill at improvisation. “For me and the actors I work with, we’re all in [acting] because we like to play. So we just play around – that’s what is was B Y L A U R E N B A R B AT O like with Armando,� says Anna Chlumsky, who plays Liza, the doe-eyed and dovish intern. IN THE LOOP, THE LATEST COMICAL Though the film’s stance on war and import from across the pond, is a provocative, mortality is virtually nonexistent, what makes In smart-talking political satire helmed by writerthe Loop refreshing – aside from its British director Armando Iannucci. An acclaimed novelty – is Iannucci’s filmmaker in the UK, absolute disregard for heavyIannucci is responsible for handed political agendas. But the BAFTA-winning that’s not to say Iannucci does television series “The Thick not know his politics – of It,� a comedy centered despite its absurdity, In the around the inner-workings of Loop is hardly a the British government that dramatization of the world’s not-so-surprisingly inspired political bigwigs. its feature film counterpart. “Since filming, many “In the Loop exists in the events have allegedly universe of ‘The Thick of It,’ transpired in the UK very but it’s outside the world of close to what’s in the film,� the television series,� says the Mimi Kennedy, who plays film’s producer and U.S. assistant secretary of Iannucci’s longtime Anna Chlumsky as Liza in In the Loop diplomacy Karen Clarke, says. collaborator Adam Tandy. “Armando felt a bit Iannucci and his team of clairvoyant, but he was really just trying to make writers take the Brit’s seemingly innate talent to sense of the result that he knew was in front of shamelessly poke fun at their monarchs one step him. The beauty of genius is that the insight further in In the Loop, setting the film in both does lead you to human behavior that has London and Washington, D.C. for a hilarious actually occurred.� clash of culture and egos where oftentimes the actors’ volatile, tongue-twisting quips and In the Loop releases in select theaters July 24. delightfully awkward expressions overpower the

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SPECIAL FEATURES The Horror! The Horror! The Dark Knight co-screenwriter David S. Goyer gave birth to The Unborn, an only partially developed ghost story. Odette Yustman stars as a woman haunted by a demonic ghost boy. Gary Oldman appears as a priest to perform an exorcism, but he can’t save this formulaic mess.

The Vault To look at her you wouldn’t think Drew Barrymore was Hollywood royalty, but she comes from a long line of iconic screen actors dating back to the silent era. The John Barrymore Collection highlights a few of grandpa’s films from the ’20s. The diverse set includes: Tempest, a Russian revolution-era romance, The Beloved Rogue, a swashbuckler, Sherlock Holmes and one of the best versions of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The latter disc also contains a short parody starring Stan Laurel.

In Toon Sure we’ve all seen the Halloween and Christmas specials a hundred times, but now we can see all six of the Peanuts shorts produced during the ’60s for the first time on DVD in the Peanuts: 1960’s Collection. These include: Charlie Brown’s All-Stars, He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown, It was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown and You’re In Love, Charlie Brown. Also included is a featurette on Vince Guaraldi, genius composer behind the infectious “Linus and Lucy.”

The Idiotbox Jody Hill and Danny McBride, the team behind The Foot Fist Way, created HBO’s “Eastbound & Down.” (The Complete First Season is available now). McBride – the redneck Will Ferrell – stars as a washed up major league pitcher who returns to his small Southern town to teach gym class. Fans of McBride’s one-note egomaniac persona should enjoy it. Ferrell also guest stars in a couple episodes. “Mystery Science Theater 3000” returns with the latest batch of schlock in Vol. XV. The masters of sarcasm take on the cinematic masterpieces: The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy, The Girl in Lovers Lane, Racket Girls and the pièce de résistance, Zombie Nightmare, starring Adam West and Tia Carrere. The episodes are nicely divided between the Joel and Mike eras. Former “SNL” cast member Molly Shannon stars alongside Selma Blair in “Kath & Kim.” The adaptation of the Australian hit follows a selfabsorbed, fashion-challenged mother and daughter as they set out to conquer suburbia. Shannon is pitch perfect, but the casting of non-comedian Blair is baffling. John Michael Higgins of the Christopher Guest troop co-stars, and plenty of “SNL” alums crop up along the way. But the show is too one-note, with no straight man to play off of. (Season One is available now.) It’s a real life “X-Files”as “MonsterQuest”trains a sober (yet hopeful) eye on legendary creatures. Utilizing new technology, historical evidence and eye witness interviews, the show investigates the death of the Loch Ness Monster, New Jersey Devils, gators in the sewers and more. Season Three, Set One is now available.

Made in Japan “Samurai Champloo” is one of the most entertaining, vibrant anime series in some time. The story follows two ronin, one a disciplined master swordsman, the other a young, flashy upstart – both are deadly with a blade. When the local restaurant is destroyed, the waitress hires the two wandering samurai to help her on a mission. The show manages to be stylish without being annoying, imitating handheld camera zooms in action scenes, using hiphop music and visceral editing. The Complete Collection box set is now available. Two full-length films come to DVD: The Conqueror of Shamballa, the feature-length spin off of “Fullmetal Alchemist” and Blade of the Phantom Master, about the last warrior of a secret army protecting a fallen empire from zombies.

Oh, the Drama Kiss and Tail: The Hollywood Jump Off interviews the very people written about in Karrine “Superhead” Steffans’ best-selling books (including Confessions of a Video Vixen) as well as those who apparently know her well. Ja Rule, Darius McCrary and others share their opinions of her, while various industry people weigh in on the video girl phenomenon in general. Steffans even jumps in to defend her actions. Narrated by shock jock Wendy Williams, Kiss and Tail highlights a depressing, but real, part of the hip-hop scene. –Jessica Koslow

film notes | reviews Afghan Star (Zeitgeist Films) What greater social equality can you imagine than the power to text message a vote for your favorite singer? In Afghanistan, a trivial right Americans take entirely for granted becomes the basis of their new world order and a wealth of opportunity. Journalist and filmmaker Havana Marking’s new documentary Afghan Star, named after the monumentally popular “American Idol”-esque show the film delves into, is a shocking and moving piece about the tested limits of democracy, newfound freedom, nationalism and the tipping point of egalitarianism. For almost three decades, Afghanistan has been in a constant onslaught of civil war and Taliban rule. In 1996, they declared music sacrilegious and soon it was illegal to listen to music, watch TV, own a computer or even dance. Those brazen enough to disobey were murdered for their insubordination. The Taliban’s rule fell in 2001, and in 2004 those limits were lifted after a democratic election installed a new government. After years of repression, Afghanistan soon saw its first televised talent competition, “Afghan Star,” a show viewed, adored and voted on by over one third of the country. Beyond entertainment, the show offered its audience the power to vote, giving them their first real taste of implemented democracy, and showcased an unprecedented mix of three women and all of the country’s ethnic groups. A national phenomenon was instantly born. While the documentary follows four of the show’s contestants, it’s less about the singer’s journey and more about the implications of a nation’s untested advances on liberty. While one minute you find yourself cheering Afghanistan’s new national unity, the

next you’re hit with the jarring reality that these contestants are actually risking their lives for the chance to sing. Grade: B —Sasha Perl-Raver Afghan Star releases in select theaters July 24.

The Answer Man (Magnolia) What would you do if you had inadvertently created an international spiritual movement from which you could not escape? That’s the problem facing Arlen Faber in The Answer Man. Arlen (Jeff Daniels) is the author of the fictitious literary juggernaut, Me and God. The book is about his

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personal convos with God in which he receives answers to every important question plaguing mankind. Although Me and God (and its many hilarious spin-off publications) was written nearly 20 years ago, it’s made a superstar of its author. You’d think in this world of Deepak Chopra and Dr. Phil that this would make the author happy, right? Think again. Arlen is a surly recluse who, on most days, refuses to leave his house. His relationship with his book editor (Nora Dunn) is on shaky ground. He’s so over the success and the attention that he’s turned on his adoring public; Arlen would sooner dropkick an old lady than engage a fan in a Q&A about the big guy upstairs.

the Maya Inaugural Indie Film Series in Los Angeles beginning July 17. In the film, Cruz is Olivia, a prostitute fighting personal demons for the sake of her dauBY CANDICE WINTERS ghter. Mark Shields (Liotta) is a veteran assassin trying to SHE HAS WORKED WITH SOME track down the elusive leader of of television’s hottest hunks, but there’s Mexico’s Salazar Cartel, ‘Pelon’ (Esai a reason Valerie Cruz is swooning for Morales), the successor Ray Liotta. of an ailing Javier Salazar “I grew up watching (Andy Garcia). his movies,” the actress Similar to 2000’s divulges. “He is part of Traffic, the film depicts a the fabric of cinema. To viciously dark, yet acbe able to work with curate, look at the battle someone you grew up, for control of drug not just watching but smuggling routes from admiring, is exciting.” Mexico to the United Her newest indie States known as La Linea feature, La Linea (The (the Line). Shot on Line), will be released at Valerie Cruz in The Line

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All his anger and frustration has taken its toll on him physically, as well. He’s developed a bad back. Arlen winds up in the office of a lovely chiropractor (Lauren Graham, “Gilmore Girls”). Not only does she fix his spine, but she ignites his romantic passions as well. The two help each other with their respective issues. There have been a lot of movies released so far this year, but none have been as pleasantly surprising as The Answer Man. It’s pitch-perfect for moviegoers of any age. So is the cast. Young and seasoned Hollywood collide within the wellrounded cast (Juno’s Olivia Thirlby as well as Kat Dennings from Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist co-star.). Grade: A —Ebony March The Answer Man releases in select theaters July 24.

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location in Tijuana, Mexico, the actors were forced to immerse themselves in a culture and population devastated by poverty and corruption. “It’s a third-world country,” explains the Cuban actress. “There are homeless children in the streets, homeless animals. I had armed bodyguards outside my trailer. It was an experience that I’ll never forget.” But in the end, Cruz’s natural story-telling ability and acting instinct have drawn her to this film for one reason: “It’s one of those movies that tells the story without feeling the need to tell it only in words. To me the most interesting things are what happen in between the lines rather than the actual lines themselves.” The Line opens at the Maya Indie Film Series July 17. For more information, visit mayaindieseries.com.


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June 26 & 27 @ Exposition Park/LA Coliseum Over 100,000 music lovers united under the sun and stars for 2009’s Electric Daisy Carnival, a party that continues to one-up itself every year. The nation’s largest dance festival doubled in size, spanning two full days for the first time. Once again the gala took over the grounds of Expo Park and the Coliseum with five stages, over 70 artists, fireworks and tons of carnival rides.

Electric Daisy Carnival-goers enjoy the atmosphere.

Friday’s main stage included Fedde La Grand, Eddie Halliwell and Paul Oakenfold, with the surprise addition of Thievery Corporation, who performed a set with a full band. Shiny Toy Guns, Fake Blood, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Shinichi Osawa and Boys Noize also took no prisoners with high-energy sets. The momentum shifted into high gear Saturday with an onslaught of talent from around the globe. Legendary Groove Armada sent the thousands of bodies within the Coliseum into utter bliss with their mindnumbing DJ set. In addition, Simian Mobile Disco, the Crystal Method, Roger Sanchez, PVD, Infected Mushroom, Diplo and Kaskade

all left their mark on the crowd with top-notch performances. —Ryan McWhorter

The Zombies June 27 @ The Wiltern Were it not for Colin Blunstone, the Zombies would possibly be lacking for charm these days – it is his voice, like Ray Davies’ at its highest, still reasonably breathy and fully as sweet at its most subtle, that keeps the Zombies from sounding stale, what with the addition of stronger guitar and Rod Argent’s constant need to point out the legend in their 40-year-old songs (as declared by the likes of Mojo, says he). Yes, the large size of the Wiltern meant the volume of Steve Rodford’s drums was too prominent for the sweeter songs. Argent’s Hammond was a bit indulgent at times, as were the guitar embellishments added to, for instance, set conclusion “She’s Not There,” which would have benefited from a touch less electricity. And perhaps the bluesy “Mystified” was their county fair moment. But then, a few songs into the set, which had begun with “I Love You,” the band took care to play a cluster of songs from Odessey & Oracle (“A Rose for Emily,” “Care of Cell 44,” “This Will Be Our Year” and “Time of the Season”), and Blunstone’s uncomfortable steps and timid snaps briefly came to a halt when he showed perhaps some accidental passion, bending his knees in and throwing his arms out excitedly, as though he truly felt the anticipation in “Care of Cell 44.” It was clear then that Blunstone is what makes the band so unbelievably lovely, even 45 years from its inception. —China Bialos

Adele/Chaka Khan/ Janelle Monáe June 28 @ Hollywood Bowl After a spirited performance by Janelle Monáe and a string of nostalgic No. 1 hits by Chaka Khan (“I’m Every Woman,” “I Feel For You”), the headliner who attracted the sold-out crowd sauntered onstage. Nervous as ever, singing in front of her largest crowd yet, Adele hid her eyes, giggled and even forgot some of CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

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FRIDAY, JULY 17 URBAN UNDERGROUND: PEKLAT AND POETIC S. OF DOBADOZA The Airliner, 2419 N. Broadway, Los Angeles; myspace.com/urbanundergroundweekly 18+/8 p.m./$15, $10 at groovetickets.com BY KEHINDE “DOXX” CUNNINGHAM the stage for two sets (one upstairs and one IN MY QUEST TO FIND HIP-HOP IN THIS down). They have performed at women’s vast city, a friend told me of a weekly Friday benefits, anti-war protests and rallies, event dubbed Urban Underground. Held at the immigration rights movements and Brown famous Airliner in Chinatown, this event focuses Berets events from the Bay to Los Angeles. These on the true progressive spirit of hip-hop music. seasoned veterans of the With two stages in full effect underground bring a dynamic and some of the most innovative energy to the stage and capture the minds on the turntables and on ear with their powerful words the mic, this event will resonate about our world and the issues that like an 808 drum kick. Serving up women have to deal with on a daysonic delights, the resident selektas to-day basis. (DJs) play the new soon-to-be Every other month Urban classics, funk, breaks, dancehall and Underground holds the Beatdown, jungle music. a battle for MCs, producers and bWith this myriad of sound, it PekLat of DobaDoza rocks da mic. boys hosted by POW Shadows with is a guaranteed that you will a panel of guest judges. I was told experience the full gambit of that if you have any interest in hip-hop, whether emotions when on the dance floor. An added you’re trying to get on stage or you just want to bonus is the early open mic. With a chance of hear cutting edge music, this is the place to be. luck one can witness the next star in his or her budding stages (i.e., Lyricist Lounge, Black Lily). To submit an event for consideration, e-mail Tonight, two female MCs from the group spincycle@campuscircle.net. DobaDoza, PekLat and Poetic S., will be taking

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cd reviews M A K I N G TH E G R A D E : A B C D F

EXC E PTI O N A L WO RTH W H I L E MEDIOCRE SAVE YOUR MONEY WILL BE ON HELL’S JUKEBOX

Big D and the Kids Table Fluent in Stroll (SideOneDummy) It’s hard not to instantly like Big D and the Kids Table. The big band primarily plays fun ska, but they have a different vibe than most other American groups in the genre. The difference in style is distinguished by the band’s horn section being used tastefully and the liberal use of female back-up vocals. The girls grab attention on the title cut and “Stop, Look & Listen (Shake Life Up)” and come close to stealing the entire show. But singer David McWane holds his own, especially on the B-52’s-like romp “Doped Up Dollies on a One-Way Ticket to Blood.” Grade: B —Kevin Wierzbicki Fluent in Stroll is currently available.

Will Dailey Torrent: Volumes 1 & 2 (CBS) Given Torrent, a project which involves a new EP released every three months in 2009, the first half of the year sees Boston singersongwriter Will Dailey stuck with a good concept and little much else. You’ve heard the timbre of his voice via the adult contemporary world; Dailey is James Blunt, and he is Daniel Powter. If his list of contemporaries wasn’t a turnoff in itself, it should be noted that this is the stuff of magic moments on the CW – the liberating “Never Be Your Baby,” the emotionally irked “How Can I Make You Happy,” the token near-

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OUR LADY PEACE

Feel the Burn

B Y AT H A L I A N A K U L A AFTER MORE THAN FIVE MILLION albums sold worldwide and years punctuated by four Juno awards and 10 MuchMusic Video Awards, there is no doubt that Our Lady Peace is one of Canada’s most celebrated exports. “Our uniqueness lies in the fact that throughout our career, we have never fit into a specific genre. We are comfortable with this distinction,” vocalist and co-founder Raine Maida says. Emerging in the alternative rock music industry more than a decade ago, their career started with the release of a breakthrough debut album, Naveed, which catapulted them to fame. With hard driving rock songs and an original sound and style, the album surpassed platinum sales in a short amount of time. The band attempts to recapture their first album’s raw live energy with

their seventh studio album, Burn Burn. By maintaining spontaneity and refraining from needless investigating and overanalyzing of the songs, the album boasts “some of the most special and rewarding pieces of music the band has ever put to tape,” says Maida. Set to release July 21, he calls the album “a proper rock record.” These creative and professional luxuries were afforded because of the band’s decision to produce the album independent of outside collaboration for the first time. Maida, with more than five years of experience as a music engineer and producer, took charge. “What was different this time for OLP was having the opportunity to trust our instincts 100 percent by choosing not to collaborate with a producer. It was time we challenged ourselves this way, and it paid off in terms of Burn Burn being the most

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concise and uncompromised OLP record to date,” says Maida. The band, which consists of Maida, guitarist Steve Mazur, drummer Jeremy Taggart and drummer Duncan Coutts, recorded the 10song album in Maida’s Los Angeles home studio. Taking to r) Duncan Coutts, Jeremy Taggart, Raine Maida and Steve inspirations from life ex- (lMazur of Our Lady Peace periences, songwriter Maida says the band’s music reflects We had got together six or seven times human response to challenges and for a week or so, and a record was celebrations. miraculously done,” Maida says. “A poet experiences the same In support of their upcoming thing through their words on paper, a album release, the band recently kicked painter through the canvas and a off a two-month summer U.S. tour. musician through song. It is a tangible “We have taken a whole new part of my life that someone will be approach to our live show,” says Maida. able to experience when I’m gone,” he Besides adding light panels to shares. create dimension to the show, the band Their first single “All You Did Was is going to include several older songs Save My Life,” featuring Shenae that had been neglected over the years. Grimes of “90210” fame, peaked at No. Most importantly, the music will be 12 on the Canadian Hot 100. The song stripped down, raw and dynamic. is currently circulating on U.S. radio “The band has never felt more nationwide. confident and energized as we do at Although this album marks the this moment,” says Maida. longest gap between OLP studio albums to date, it actually took the Burn Burn will be available July 21. shortest amount of time to record. Our Lady Peace will perform July 28 at “The misconception that it took so the Troubadour. For more information, long was because we did it in sevenvisit ourladypeace.net. day sessions scattered over 18 months. Dustin Rabin

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ROTHBURY FESTIVAL July 2-5 in Rothbury, Mich. THE BEAUTY OF THE MICHIGAN landscape was a perfect fit for the sophomore outing of Rothbury. Beyond the greening initiatives and wonderful hospitality, some of its other charms include a local farmers market, a campground-adjacent swimming hole and a towering forest, which at night transforms into a glowing neon playground where burlesque and street performers seem to pour out of the shadows. From bluegrass to hip-hop, indie rock to jam bands, the roster was also heavy on the legends. Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan gave back-to-back sets to close out the weekend and exceeded even the highest expectations. But the real treasure was the Independence Day rager (with fireworks!) the Dead gave. For over four hours, all the

country-crossover “The Right One.” Somewhere, somebody at CBS is grinning while selling the words “soulful” and “heartfelt.” Grade: D+ —China Bialos Torrent: Volumes 1 & 2 are currently available.

smiling heads were blasted with their biggest and best tunes that washed over the field and sparkled like pure magic. The Dead’s Phil Lesh bowed out the night with sincere thanks and a simple wish for the energy that music lovers and artists came together with to create the weekend: “Take this feeling home and do some good with it!”

Bob Weir of the Dead

Nas gets the crowd jumpin’.

Nathan Willet and Jonnie Russell of Cold War Kids

Honus Honus (Ryan Kattner) of Man Man

The Higher It’s Only Natural (Epitaph) The Higher bill themselves as a combination of pop, rock, R&B and hormones, but this Las Vegas band sounds more like a combination of the Jonas Brothers and Story of the Year, with a touch of New Found

Glory. The songs are pretty catchy and polished, but this is something that could have been produced by those who worked with any given ’90s-era boy band. Actually, it’s kind of a nice blast

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Miss Derringer delivers throwback tunes with Winter Hill. A GROUP OF CORSET-CLAD bombshells stand together inside a sunlit ivory room, sneering while showing off their pearls and garter belts. A petite blonde adorned with rhinestones and a single black teardrop near her made-up eye warns potential suitors to run away or risk having a broken heart. The glamorous bad girl sings a cautionary tale of falling for the wrong broad with feminine-yet-raspy vocals, channeling classic ’50s girl groups with a Prohibition attitude. While some may fear her gang of outlaws, known as her male-dominated band, we can’t get enough …… and that’s just what listeners find in Miss Derringer’s video for “Better Run Away From Me,” the single from their 2006 sophomore album, Lullabies. However, leave it up to vocalist Liz McGrath and her army of rebels to continue serving audiences dreamy, yet broody lyrics of razorblades and heartbreak, retro surf pop fusing with teenage tragedy melodies and some mean rock ’n’ roll. Miss Derringer is back with their latest album, Winter

Hill, and we couldn’t be more thankful. “I was reading Wikipedia, and I came across this Winter Hill gang war that happened in the early ’60s,” explains guitarist Morgan Slade. “One mob leader made a pass at another gang member’s girlfriend and then a whole battle started in Boston.” This discovery led to Miss Derringer’s inspiration behind their latest creation. The Los Angeles-based band, which formed in 2004, reinvented their often somber, Southern songs for something more dangerous. The result is, according to Slade, “the soundtrack of a 1960s Irish mob war.” With tracks like “Click Click (Bang, Bang),” “Bulletproof Heart,” (with drums by Blondie’s Clem Burke) and “Black Tears,” listeners will travel to a world of smooth-talking mobsters, sassy beauty queens and irresistible pop songs that easily manage to keep anyone swiveling their hips, while reminiscing of the one who did them wrong. Winter Hill is a throwback

frequency | essential concerts | B Y American Idols Live! July 16 @ Staples Center I don’t care, judge all you want. I loved this season of “American Idol.” Lo and behold, everyone else

jumped on the Kris Allen bandwagon by the end of it. Who called it, kids? Luckily, I’m not a sore winner about it, mainly because I’m totally a “Kradam” ’shipper. Google that up if you’re not familiar with the term. Actually … don’t. If you’re not already in on that joke, you’d probably rather remain as such.

Brand New

Brand New make audiences sob!

July 18 @ Troubadour There are precious few musicians or songwriters who could turn me into a sobbing mess, much as it might seem like they are abundant and plentiful by how frequently I beat you readers over the head with

undeniably dance-y moments (“The Black Dress”) backed by good vocals, and all of this makes a very likeable, listenable album, but it’s not particularly deep. Grade: B—Melissa Russell It’s Only Natural is currently available.

melodrama, a sound rarely found in today’s Lil Wayne/Lady Gaga era. With artists like Christina Aguilera and Amy Winehouse capturing a wider audience with retro beats, it’s no wonder that Miss Derringer is gaining popularity. “I think there will always be some (l to r) Cody James, Sylvain de Muizon, Liz McGrath and people nostalgic for Morgan Slade of Miss Derringer things from the past,” eyeliner, you could only imagine how states Slade. “There’s so many records they reacted. It was a good experience of things from the ’20s, ’30s and for us because after being booed by beyond that people are now beginning 200 skinheads, we’re really not to discover a lot of cool stuff from worrying about anything.” these eras and applying them today.” As the band continues to tour the As all things vintage continue to country with Girl In A Coma, rule pop culture, Miss Derringer is McGrath, the band’s leading lady and shamelessly stirring things up in the Slade’s wife, encourages listeners to L.A. music scene. Despite Orange discover their own summer soundCounty’s reputation for being the track in Winter Hill. epicenter for rockabilly, Miss Der“I know there are certain records ringer received a rude awakening for that take me back in time,” she says. “I being different. While touring alonghope we can achieve something like side legendary punk band Bad that.” Religion, hardcore fans heckled the Whether dramatic tales of woe get group. Fortunately, the experience you hot and bothered, or you’re hasn’t fazed them. looking for a musical collection to “We like Bad Religion, and it’s satisfy your own angst, Miss Derringer always a great experience to perform and their latest album are a blast from with a band you’ve admired for a the past that won’t go out of style. really long time,” states Slade. “These were super die-hard fans who just Winter Hill is currently available. wanted to see Bad Religion, and they Miss Derringer will perform July 18 at the were ready to boo almost anyone. So Knitting Factory. For more information, when they saw a group of guys with visit myspace.com/missderringer.

B R I E N O V E R LY the few who can. Even though lately he hasn’t come around as frequently as Chuck, Dallas, Dustin or Geoff – points to any who can identify all four of those men – Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey is still very highly ranked on that list. At the very least, Lacey should be making up for the whole no sight or sound of his band thing by premiering some new music. So hopefully in a few days time, I’ll be Twittering some emoticon teardrops from the floor of the Troub.

Miss Derringer July 18 @ Knitting Factory “Gothic-country-punk,” you say?

Cass McCombs Catacombs (Domino) McCombs opens with “DreamsCome-True-Girl,” a song about having found his perfect soul mate. Set to a subtle ’60s beat that recalls the work of Roy Orbison, the song doesn’t bubble over with the

And girl-fronted? And it’s actually good? It’s … everything I (secretly) love in life, all at once. Where do I sign up?

Fake Problems July 24 @ Knitting Factory If any of you readers have even heard of this band before reading this, please, let me be the first to buy you a beer at this show. Easily the indie-est band that Warped Tour’s stages will see this year without going into the weird what-the-eff-ery of Shooter Jennings also being on Warped, the Florida-based foursome of Fake Problems are luckily only playing the tour’s Cleveland date so they can bring their gritty brand of garageindie out on a headline tour. Much better than a mid-August day in Pomona, right?

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from the past, except that all the tracks on It’s Only Natural (with the exception of their cover of Ne-Yo’s “Closer”) are the Higher originals. Their music is not bad, it’s just prepackaged power pop. There are a few moments of awesome guitar riffs (“Story of a Man Obsessed”) and lots of

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guitar accent McCombs’ understated singing and guitar playing on “You Saved My Life;” only a brief and purposely exaggerated cracking of his voice indicates that the singer is actually awestruck by what he’s saying. McCombs is clearly not going for radio airplay here; this very gifted wordsmith intends for this music to be experienced on a more intimate level. Grade: A —Kevin Wierzbicki Catacombs is currently available.

Various Artists (500) Days of Summer Soundtrack (Sire) This romantic comedy’s soundtrack boasts a youthful summer feel, greater than that of Garden State. The first track is the opening narration in the film; a James Earl Jones-esque narrator emphasizes that this is NOT a love story. The other tracks mirror the ups and downs of love, yet that opening track sticks in your mind reminding you what not to presume. Regina Spektor’s “Us” is the perfect song to start with. Its upbeat, piano-driven melody is flighty, like a summer breeze that makes you smile. “Hero” is Spektor’s grandest contribution to the soundtrack. The Smiths, of course, deliver, by keeping the beat alive for two songs. Then, “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” is that prayer for a chance; that first inkling of hope before wanting turns to having. What makes the soundtrack stand out is its connection to the story, and how the songs string the characters’ days together. If the movie doesn’t have your heart fluttering, the soundtrack will surely have your feet tapping from beginning to end. Grade: A —Sable Stevens (500) Days of Summer Soundtrack is currently available.


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June 28 @ The Wiltern Independent music-lovers from all over Los Angeles had been waiting months for this show. Fans packed into the historic Wiltern anxious to hear the sweet sounds of Phoenix. The French quartet rocked the show with an intensity that matched the crowd’s energy. People weren’t merely listening; they were singing, dancing and showing their appreciation for the auditory artistry. The band started with “Lisztomania,” the popular song from their new album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Throughout the show, favorites like “Too Young” and “Funky Squaredance” were mixed in with new tracks like “Rome.” The sound of Phoenix performing live is HUGE, taking the slick album versions of their tracks to a different level. The synth player doubled as a percussionist, allowing the drummer freedom to wail, injecting crazy energy into each song. The luscious amalgam of the hypnotic beats, nostalgic synth sounds and vocal stylings of lead singer Thomas Mars transformed the Wiltern into a crazy,

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Castledoor June 29@ Spaceland It all began on a Monday. That’s when six of indie rock’s most talented sons and daughters set foot onstage at Spaceland for a month-long residency. Castledoor had one

1) Elvis Costello — Secret, Profane & Sugarcane 2) The Mars Volta — Octahedron 3) Michael Jackson — Essential Michael Jackson 4) Phoenix — Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix 5) Michael Jackson — Thriller 6) Grizzly Bear — Veckatimest 7) Mos Def — The Ecstatic 8) Dinosaur Jr. — Farm 9) Dirty Projectors — Bitte Orca 10) Regina Spektor — Far 11) God Help the Girl — Self-titled 12) J Dilla — Jay Stay Paid 13) Spinnerette — Self-titled 14) Sonic Youth — The Eternal 15) Tortoise — Beacons of Ancestors 16) Michael Jackson — Number Ones 17) Pete Yorn — Back & Fourth 18) Sunset Rubdown — Dragonslayer 19) George Harrison — Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison 20) Green Day — 21st Century Breakdown

mission: to beguile every person in its wake. I think it’s safe to say, mission: accomplished. Led by vocalist Nate Cole, the band played a fine mix of its past and present hits. The rest of Castledoor, consisting of Cole’s wife and keyboard/synth-player Liska, cofounder and guitarist Gabe Combs and his wife keyboard/synth-player Coury Combs, bassist Brandon “Brando” Schwartzel and (hot) drummer Joel Plotnik NEVER disappointed providing a vibrant musical canvas for their charismatic frontman. Perhaps one of the biggest fan moments of their month of Mondays was when the group performed its cover of James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” Call it hyperbole, but Cole tore up that stage with his rousing mix of strut and soulful angst. The final show was not without its amusements, either. Castledoor allowed – shall we say – a zealous fan named Craig to take the stage and join in during the song “Fifth Tambourine.” Also contributing added spice was guest vocalist Robert Schwartzman of Rooney (who produced Castledoor’s latest release, Shouting at Mountains). Unlike most residencies that I’ve seen over the years, Castledoor’s will always stick out in my mind because of the vibe it managed to capture. Strangers forged friendships and began to meet up at the venue to support the band. We yelled and clapped and cheered on these performances. My week became predicated around Monday nights. —Ebony March

Never Shout Never June 30 @ Knitting Factory You know when you’re in a venue full of 13-year-old girls screaming because the guitar tech is sound checking before the first band has even gone on that you should likely brace yourself for a long night. If you’re over the legal drinking age yourself, that is. Luckily, despite having a fan base reminiscent of an *NSYNC audience in the late ’90s, opening bands the Ready Set and Never Shout Never showed likeable and charming stage presence that was, of course, still entirely wholesome. Between the former’s electro-synth stylings and the latter’s indieacoustic leanings, it’s reassuring that at least a few of the current tween sensations have some substance behind their music. And then there are bands like Boys Like Girls. —Brien Overly


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Get Under the Covers with Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet, a.k.a. Susie and Sid.

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Matthew Sweet and former Bangles singer Susanna Hoffs, a.k.a. Sid and Susie, are about to release Under the Covers Vol. 2, a compilation featuring their take on 16 big pop hits by artists like Fleetwood Mac (“Second Hand News”), the Raspberries (“Go All The Way”), Rod Stewart (“Maggie May”) and Todd Rundgren (“Hello It’s Me”). The album drops on July 21, and you can hear the songs performed live that same night when the duo appears at the Grammy Museum.

Fearless Records is offering their 2009 Summer Sampler for free download through their MySpace page. The seven-song set includes new music from Sparks the Rescue, Artist Vs. Poet, Eye Alaska and A Skylit Drive along with otherwise unreleased tunes from Breathe Carolina, the Word Alive and Lets Get It. Fearless is also planning on giving away exclusive prizes in conjunction with Warped Tour, but you’ll have to become a MySpace friend to be eligible for them.

Are You the King of Blues Guitar?

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The Guitar Center has launched their latest talent search. This time out, the folks behind the Drum-Off and On-Stage competitions are looking for the country’s greatest undiscovered blues guitarist. Interested parties can enter the King of the Blues contest by being one of the first 30 registrants at any of Guitar Center’s 214 locations nationwide. In the preliminary round contestants can perform with their six, seven or 12-string acoustic or electric guitar, lap steel or pedal steel and can use any audio pedal effects that can be set up in five minutes. Guitar Center will provide the amps and a selection of backing tracks that can be downloaded in advance. Prize packages include $25,000 cash, a feature spot in a Guitar Center ad campaign, a Gibson ’59 Les Paul reissue guitar, a $2,500 Levi’s shopping spree, a Marshall Vintage Modern 50-watt halfstack and lots of other goodies, including worldwide distribution of music through iTunes and endorsement deals with Ernie Ball, Vox, Gibson and Marshall. Prelims begin Aug.20; details: guitarcenter.com/kingoftheblues.

The Best Music You’ve Never Heard Some exciting new music is being featured where you would least expect to hear it: on talk radio. Eighteen up-and-coming artists are getting airtime on the Your Mental Health Talk Radio show that airs at blogtalkradio.com. The program is hosted by Jacqueline Foreman, who explains why a mental health show would be featuring musicians. “After the death of my son in January 2000 only three things helped to pull me out of the deepest, darkest depression I have ever known: prayer, meditation and music. Music has the ability to heal so many things including depression, bereavement, anxiety and a host of other disorders.” The list of artists appearing had not been released at press time, but among them will be Tyka Nelson, the sister of none other than Prince. The show airs daily at 10:30 p.m. and is also archived should you miss an episode.

Grab your crayons and get ready for the Indie Rock Coloring Book, an Andy J. Miller-designed ready-for-coloring homage to groups like the Shins, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Rilo Kiley, Andrew Bird, the New Pornographers, MGMT and many others. The coloring book is being released through Chronicle Books, and all royalties will go to the Yellow Bird Project, an organization that puts artists and musicians to work to help out charities. The coloring book comes out in September, and some of the bands involved will also be designing special T-shirts to benefit charity. Details at yellowbirdproject.com.

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staff pick Jarvis Cocker July 27 @ The Wiltern Jarvis Cocker, the former frontman of legendary British band Pulp, returns with his second solo effort in a style reminiscent of his early days. His bookish good looks, savagely witty humor and sexual lyrics might just be the ideal remedy for a warm summer night. —Elsy Benitez

GHOST ON THE HIGHWAY: A PORTRAIT OF JEFFREY LEE PIERCE AND THE GUN CLUB From Filmmakers Andrew R. Powell and Kurt Voss a provocative portrait of the late Jeffrey Lee Pierce and his legendary band “The Gun Club,” one of the most notorious and incendiary groups in the history of American popular music. The film features interviews with ex-Gun Club members Kid Congo Powers, Ward Dotson, Terry Graham, Jim Duckworth, and Dee Pop as well as interviews with Dave Alvin (Blasters), John Doe (X), Henry Rollins (Black Flag, Rollins Band) Mike Martt (Tex and the Horseheads), Peter Case (Plimsouls), and a special appearance by Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead).

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10:00 a.m. The mood is somber as we await the arrival of the motorcade. At least 500 people are here waiting to catch a glimpse.

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10:15 a.m. The fans are proceeding into the Staples Center and Nokia Theatre – some with smiles, and others with tears in their eyes.

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IN CELEBRATION OF MICHAEL JACKSON

A Semi-Permanent Exhibit at the Grammy Museum BY SASHA PERL-RAVER surgeons to remake him into someone unfamiliar. But Michael Jackson, in any of his many forms, will always be a touchstone. His sudden passing on June 25 left a wake of shock and grief that hung palpably in the air and the world scrambling for ways to One of Michael Jackson’s white gloves, on display at connect to the memory we all the Grammy Museum treasured. To honor that legacy, the 1988 Grammys. the Grammy Museum at LA Live Enshrined next to the videos has created what will be one of their are four jewel encrusted jackets, two first semi-permanent instillations, sequined gloves and the piece de an ode to MJ. resistance, the white Hugo Boss suit Entering the mini-Michael Jackson wore on the cover of the wing, visitors are greeted by a video Thriller album. It’s a small tribute to curving across the wall on two giant a towering talent who will never be screens featuring Jackson’s past forgotten. Grammy performances. Spanning almost two decades, the videos The Grammy Museum is located at begin in 1974 with Michael and his 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. A245, brothers announcing nominees Downtown. For more information, through song and ending with his visit grammymuseum.org. seven-minute solo spectacular from Courtesy of the Grammy Museum

A LONE GLITTERING GLOVE. Like a snake charmer, all that was necessary was a single wave from the jeweled hand of Michael Jackson, and we were at his mercy. While his face morphed into a dozen different permeations, almost as it did so mind-blowingly in the video for “Black Or White,” we followed him, loyal subjects of the King of Pop. Our first introduction was to the beaming smile and the clear, ringing falsetto bursting out of the little boy with a pillowy Afro. Soon, we fell in love with the Jheri-curled young man in a zippered red leather jacket whose feet walked like he was on the moon. Eventually, we watched the unraveling of an almost unrecognizable, ghostly white recluse. Like a criminal (a “Smooth Criminal,” if you’ll pardon the indulgence) on the run, perhaps from himself or his past, he asked

(l to r) Janet, Paris, LaToya, Jermaine and Prince Michael Jackson

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There?” What a pillar of strength she is after all she’s been through. I hope that Jackson’s children are able to find comfort in the fact that their dad was well-loved and that his love will continue with them for the rest of their lives. After the memorial, the legions of attendees poured out of the Staples Center and Nokia Theatre with gold program books in hand. I wish that I was able to grab one, but just being there to show support and pay my respects was enough. What will always remain is the music. Rest in peace, Michael Jackson.

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Everyone is crying. Stevie Wonder just played my favorite MJ song that Stevie wrote: “I Can’t Help It.” 12:10 p.m. “They Won’t Go When I Go.” 12:20 p.m. I was hoping Michael Jordan was going to be here.

10:20 a.m. This event is truly about the fans. Most of the media is not allowed inside.

12:40 p.m. Jennifer Hudson (pregnant?) is amazing. I’m glad they have her here, what a pillar of strength.

10:25 a.m. Katie Couric is right in front of me with her game face on.

1:00 p.m. YES!! Jennifer’s performance just brought me to tears.

10:30 a.m. Quiet as night in Club Nokia (press viewing).

1:40 p.m. Everyone is screaming, even outside: “THANK YOU, MICHAEL!”

10:35 a.m. Still observing moment of silence. 10:45 a.m. Walking outside – just taking in the sights and sounds. I’ve heard at least 15 different languages, from Farsi to Czech to Tagalog. 11:05 a.m. Sitting in the Grammy Museum Theater packed with musicians, dancers and fans. 11:15 a.m. I remember when Mariah [Carey] first sang “I’ll Be There,” I was so mad!! But thinking back, I can’t imagine anyone else to do such a stirring cover … beautiful. 11:25 a.m. Some members of the audience are singing so loud with Lionel Richie, clapping with their sequined gloves on. 11:40 a.m. I remember watching MJ do the moonwalk on the Grammys. I screamed at the TV and immediately tried to imitate him. 11:50 a.m. What a beautiful speech from Berry Gordy ... standing ovation in the museum. 12:05 p.m.

2:00 p.m. My heart is so heavy, but I’m so happy I could be here to SMILE and celebrate MJ’s life. I hope you all continue to smile today. 2:10 p.m. I can’t take pictures right now, but everyone please come down to the Grammy Museum and view MJ’s gloves and outfits worn throughout the years. 2:15 p.m. I wrote about the Grammy Museum months ago and got to see this memorabilia, but now it really hits home. 2:30 p.m. Just walked outside ... police are on tactical alert. Those crazy helmets! I asked one if they were just doing it in honor of the Moonwalker video. He laughed. 2:55 p.m. They gave out gold program books to attendees ... pics to come. 3:00 p.m. Thanks for joining me on this historic event. Stay tuned to Campus Circle’s Twitter for more updates! Follow Campus Circle at twitter.com/CampusCircle.


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ROMEO AND JULIET’S MISTY COPELAND

July 16-19 @ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion this rank in over two decades. It was a very proud moment. What are some of your favorite things about Los Angeles? The weather and the beach are my favorite things about L.A. I must say, the food is not bad either. It has the best Mexican food outside of Mexico, of course.

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MISTY COPELAND IS POINTING TOWARD success – metaphorically and literally. The 26year-old SoCal native was the Music Center Spotlight award winner at the age of 15 (hailing her the best dancer in Southern California), and the first African-American female to be promoted to soloist in American Ballet Theatre history. The Big Apple resident takes a bite out of Los Angeles this week.

Talk a little bit about your future. I have had an amazing career at ABT. I have been able to do so many incredible When did you join ABT, and Misty Copeland in “Swan Lake” things. That said, I still have describe that moment? more goals for myself. I would I joined ABT in 2001. I love to become the first African-American was 19 and thrilled. It was what I had always female principal dancer with ABT. I want to dreamed of. continue to open doors for other AfricanAmerican ballet dancers. What has been one of your greatest joys/achievements? The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is located at 135 One of my greatest achievements was being N. Grand Ave., Downtown. For more promoted to the rank of soloist. I am the first information, visit musiccenter.org. African-American female to be promoted to When did you start dancing? When I was 13.

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“Spamalot” should be applauded for taking a musical that was featured in Las Vegas – with the same lead – and for making audiences roll with laughter during the entire duration of the play. The lead, John O’Hurley, is absolutely Now-Sept. 6 @ Ahmanson Theatre brilliant, and the Lady of the Lake, played by Merle Dandridge, is fabulous. The entire BY SAMANTHA PLOTKIN cast gives its all, and “Spamalot” is definitely worth watching for “SPAMALOT” IS A BRILLIANT, “Monty Python” fans and newbies hilariously British comedy. The writers, alike. cast, choreographer and orchestra infuse parts of “Monty Python” within Ahmanson Theatre is located at 135 N. the show for die-hard fans, but the Grand Ave., Downtown For more references aren’t so obscure that people Sir Galahad (Ben Davis) information, visit who have never seen the British show and the Lady of the Lake (Merle Dandridge) centertheatregroup.org. won’t enjoy themselves just as much.

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SARAH BENNETT double feature of Monty Python’s best work. Filled with more silly jokes and surreal comedy than modern stoner humor can offer, 1983’s Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life and 1975’s Holy Grail showcase the troupe’s two best sides. Holy Grail is a parody on the story of King Arthur, filmed in Scotland and filled with one-liners. With its breakings of the fourth wall and absurd plot twists, it took from parodies before it (Casino Royale came out in ’67) and also laid the groundwork for every parody made after it (Technically, the British invented Scary Movie.). The Meaning of Life, however, their last film, is the darkest of all five. A smattering of skits filled with more violence, black humor and mentions of death than before, the Monty Python-ites return to their original sketch comedy format and in not so many words, tell us we’re all screwed (also see cover art). So, if the meaning of life is nothing, then why not fill it with silliness? The movies are playing in reverse chronological order, which makes so little sense that it almost makes perfect sense (and then catch “Spamalot” before it heads to Tucson). The Egyptian Theatre is located at 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. For more information, visit americancinematheque.com.

MONTY PYTHON DOUBLE FEATURE

July 23 @ Egyptian Theatre BRITISH COMEDY TROUPE Monty Python is to comedy what Mel Brooks is to Judaism, what the Lonely Island is for frat boys and what “Tim and Eric” is to absurdity combined. Their initial venture, “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” (which ran on BBC from 1969 to 1974), won over audiences with its nonsensical sketch premises, elongated cold opens and “South Park”inspiring, stop-motion collage animations. Their career path from sketch comedy into mainstream success was unheard of at the time, but everyone from Adam Sandler to Broken Lizard (Super Troopers) has since followed in their footsteps, signing record deals for funny tunes and releasing fulllength films to an international audience. The original splendor of turn-of-the-’70s British humor lives on through their five released movies and, since 2004, a Broadway musical based off their most famous flick, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. To kick off the first week of the “lovingly ripped off”“Spamalot”’s two-month stop at the Ahmanson Theatre, the American Cinematheque is hosting a Thursday night

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

WHO DOESN’T LOVE L.A. SPORTS? We’ve Got So Much to Gloat About WELCOME TO THE DULLEST WEEK IN sports. With just about every professional sporting venue empty between Sunday night and Thursday afternoon, the quietest time in our sports calendar is a perfect time for reminiscences. Here in Los Angeles that means remembering Randy Newman. He said it best: “I Love L.A.” Oh sure, there are plenty of sports fans who do NOT love Los Angeles. Just ask the folks in Orlando. Heck, take a short drive down to “the O.C.” and ask the sports fans down there what they think of Los Angeles. Yet, that is the point. Right now, the average L.A. sports fan has so much to love. How can anyone not be envious about what we have? Excuse me for gloating, but here is a quick glance at what the city currently possesses: an NBA championship; new home to Blake Griffin; the best record in Major League Baseball; two great soccer players in David Beckham and Landon Donovan who are at each other’s throats; and, arguably, the greatest female professional basketball

players in the Parimal M. Rohit world in Lisa Leslie and Candace Parker. And that list does not include UCLA basketball or USC football, two of the greatest (and still very relevant) collegiate programs in their respective sports. OK, so the closest NFL franchise is about 200 miles away. Who needs one, especially when we have all the lovely things listed above? How many cities can claim all the above accolades, as well as provide residential addresses to some of the biggest personalities in sports who also double as current or potential Hall of Famers such as Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant, Joe Torre, Manny Ramirez, Pete Carroll, Ben Howland, Leslie, Parker, Beckham and Donovan, among others. I can go on and on, but you get the point. When it comes to the complete sports package, sports fans in Los Angeles have it all.

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the release of the Music Tee by Invisible DJ. Teaming up with fashion designer LnA, the Music Tee features a graphic of the album cover on its front and the track listing on its back. The shirt’s hang tag has a unique URL for you to exclusively download the music featured on the tee. Currently available is the Mos Def Music Tee containing The Ecstatic. The Music Tee is currently available at Ron Herman and lnaclothing.com.

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SPARKS DROP SIXTH ROAD GAME IT SEEMS AS IF THE SPARKS cannot win for anything on the road. They definitely will not win very many games if Candace Parker struggles to find the scoring column each game. Parker was limited to just two points on Saturday, and none of her teammates scored more than 10 points, as the Washington Mystics defeated the Sparks, 75-63, at the Verizon Center. Trailing by as many as 24 points in the first half, the Sparks (4-7, 1-6 on road) battled

back in the second half, tying the game at 6363. However, the Mystics finished the game with a 12-0 run to round out the final score. Alana Beard paced the Mystics (6-5) with 26 points, including scoring the team’s first 13 points. The Sparks, who were without Lisa Leslie, struggled from the field, missing 11 of their first 12 shots and shooting 37 percent for the game. Shannon Bobbitt and Betty Lennox led the Sparks with 10 points each. The Sparks continue their road series against the Storm in Seattle July 22 and against the Lynx in Minneapolis July 28. All stats as of July 13.

U.S. OPEN OF SURFING TURNS 50 July 18-26 @ Huntington Beach B Y PA R I M A L M . R O H I T HUNTINGTON BEACH IS NOT called Surf City by accident; later this week more than 500,000 beachgoers and surfing fans will experience what makes the O.C. city master of the wave as the U.S. Open of Surf celebrates its 50th year. Huntington Beach’s “South Side” hosts the championship event

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the eventual game-winner. The goal was the only offensive push the Galaxy would need to collect the crucial three road points. With the victory, the Galaxy improve to 5-3-9 with a total of 24 points, currently Team Beats Chivas USA 1-0 good for fifth place in the Western Conference standings. Chivas USA (8-5-3, 27 points) drop B Y M A R V I N G . VA S Q U E Z to third place with the loss. Soccer icon Beckham is set WITH DAVID BECKHAM to begin practicing with the watching from a suite, the Los group this week. He will play in Angeles Galaxy defeated Chivas the friendly match between the USA as the visiting squad at the Galaxy and visiting AC Milan on Home Depot Center July 11 Sunday. with nearly 24,000 in The Galaxy’s next affair is attendance. against the Red Bulls in New In the 30th minute, forward Galaxy forward Edson Buddle York on Thursday at 5 p.m. Edson Buddle netted a score as

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between July 18 and 26, as about 250 talented surfers compete for the title of world’s greatest wave rider. With a purse of $145,000, the last man standing will walk away with $16,000 in prize money and bragging rights. Oxnard’s Nathaniel Curran will be back to defend his 2008 title. The open is a premiere qualifier, with 2,500 points up for grabs and a chance to participate at coveted breaks such as Pipeline and Teahupo’o on the line. In addition to competitions, the event also features concerts and an All-Star show. For more information, visit usopenofsurfing.com.


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Space 15 Twenty, 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood; space15twenty.com The collection of images from Lauren Dukoff’s photography book Family includes Devendra Banhart, Bat for Lashes and many others. Also, artwork by Banhart and Adam Tullie, an intimate performance from Banhart, Tullie and Greg Rogove and a DJ set by Turquoise Wisdom. 7 p.m. RSVP at familyevent@chroniclebooks.com.

FRIDAY, JULY 17

Hollywood Collectors & Celebrities Show Burbank Airport Marriott, 2500 North Hollywood Way; hollywoodshow.com Costumes and props will be auctioned, plus “Happy Days” and Bond Girl reunions and Jasonpalooza (with all of the Jasons from Friday the 13th). 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15-$35.

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Hollywood Confidential Scavenger Hunt outoftheboxevents.net Clues reveal movie locations, unsolved mysteries and trivia of famous landmarks. If you think you know Hollywood, take a closer look and see what you uncover. $25 per person. 5 p.m. Also Sunday.

North Hollywood Art and Crafts Fair Avery Schreiber Theatre Courtyard, 11050 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood Here’s your chance to meet top artists, designers and vendors. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 1. FREE.

Rat Press Book Signings

This is What We Imagine (TIWWI) presents live music from Princeton, the Botticellis and Voxhaul, comedy from Jonah Ray and Tig Notaro, performance art and installations. 8 p.m. $12 advance, $15 door.

ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; ratpress.com Brett Ratner, Scott Caan, James Toback and Lawrence Grobel discuss and sign their celebrity-centric books. 7:30 p.m. FREE.

SUNDAY, JULY 26

FRIDAY, JULY 24

Dessert Decadence

lazoo.org Seven bands cover everything from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin to the Eagles and even some reggae thrown in for good measure. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. $16.50.

Renaissance Hotel, Hollywood & Highland; drinkeatplay.com/dessertdec adence If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss this sugary extravaganza with Los Angeles’ best pastry chefs, bakeries and chocolatiers. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. $40.

SATURDAY, JULY 25

MONDAY, JULY 27

25th Anniversary Celebration of Life

Countrywide Classic

Classic Rock Night at the L.A. Zoo

Mi Alma Gallery & Garden, 4016 Santa Monica Blvd., Silver Lake (562) 754-6763 A fundraiser for Rene AlexZander, who has lived with AIDS for 25 years, to attempt the AIDS Project Los Angeles marathon. Noon-10 p.m. FREE.

Nightlights, A Party! to Benefit 826LA e2 Building, 941 E. 2nd St., Downtown; 826la.org

L.A. Tennis Center, 555 Westwood Plaza, UCLA; countrywideclassic.com Professional men’s tennis makes its 83rd straight visit to Los Angeles. Scheduled to appear are the Bryan Brothers, Marat Safin, Tommy Haas, Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey. Through Sunday.

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Comic-Con has grown to welcome upwards of 126,000 and this year will be an all-time high. Although it is named Comic-Con, sequential art is certainly not the only subject. Panels featuring the cast and crews from many of the most popular TV shows and films will be on hand to answer questions and reveal what to expect in upcoming seasons. Preview screenings of upcoming films are also common.

COMIC-CON 2009

July 23-26 @ San Diego Convention Center BY A.J. GRIER HOLY $#!+, BATMAN! IT’S ALMOST THAT time of year again, that final weekend of July when nerds of every faith (anime, comic book, sci-fi, video game, movies, TV, etc.) descend on San Diego to commune with fans and creators alike. From its meager beginnings with attendance of 145 in 1970,

inner circle

AVP SPIKES INTO MANHATTAN BEACH

SATURDAY, JULY 18 Family Book Signing and Party

For more information, visit comic-con.org.

Volleyball tour returns to flagship city. B Y PA R I M A L M . R O H I T

Casey Peterson will try to win consecutive WHILE PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYERS tournaments. The duo is fresh off an upset battled it out in suburban London for racket victory over top seeds John Hyden and Sean supremacy, the world’s best volleyball players Scott at last week’s Coney Island Open in will be hitting the sand hard this weekend to New York. Hyden-Scott and be immortalized several feet Dalhausser-Rogers will be above the calm waters of the gunning for the top spot at Pacific Ocean. AVP’s flagship event this July 16 through 19, the week. AVP makes its annual stop in On the women’s side, Manhattan Beach, where Carrie Dodd and Dianne some of the greatest legends DeNecochea won their first of beach volleyball have title of 2009 at the Coney staked their claim. Known as Carrie Dodd and team mate Dianne DeNecochea (not pictured) hope to repeat their Coney Island Island Open and hope to the “Wimbledon of Beach victory in Manhattan Beach. repeat their success in Volleyball,” the four-day Manhattan Beach. Manhattan Beach Open will feature two 64The third of four stops in metro Los team brackets, including single elimination Angeles, the Manhattan Beach Tour will start qualifier bracket (one for each gender) and a its qualifier competition on July 16 on the main draw double elimination bracket. south side of the pier, followed by the main Also known as the “granddaddy” event, draw competition on July 17. The main event this year’s event will feature some of the will be on July 19, with the first usual big names of beach volleyball, championship match starting at 2:30 p.m. including Phil Dalhausser, Todd Rogers, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri WalshDoors open as early as 7:00 a.m. For more Jennings. information, visit avp.com. In the men’s bracket, Ty Loomis and avp.com

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