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FILM IN LOS ANGELES G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA’S RAY PARK Rolls “Lucky” Snake Eyes! BY SASHA PERL-RAVER A MASTER OF WUSHU AND sword work, Ray Park initially made a career playing the faceless and voiceless, but with his role as Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe, everyone will know his name. After an auspicious start in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation and as the headless horseman in Sleepy Hollow, Ray Park burst to the fore of the cinematic combat world with his role as Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. A student of martial arts, especially kung fu, from the age of seven, it was Park’s father who sparked his early interest in the craft with movies starring Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. “My parents were very young when they had me,” he recalls, “so when I came into the world I basically was my dad’s shadow.”
Growing up together in many ways, Park and his father shared a love of sci-fi, comic books and kung fu movies. Soon after moving from Scotland to London, his father enrolled him in a local dojo. “Now I’m here, 28 years later, still practicing,” Park says with pride. By the time he was in his early teens, Park’s focus was on getting into film so he could work with his idols like Chan and Jet Li. It was that obsession which led him to wushu, a style he describes as “an extension of kung fu, just more dynamic and flamboyant. Some people say it doesn’t look like kung fu; it’s more like ballet, a more gymnastic form. One of my seniors in kung fu class said, ‘You have to learn wushu because Jackie Chan only works with guys who do wushu.’”
Though he has yet to work with Chan, an honor he says he still hopes for dearly, that was all he needed to charge down a path that led him to Hollywood in 1997 and made him a deity to fanboys everywhere in 1999 with the release of The Phantom Menace, a legacy that grew with XMen and could reach its nadir with G.I. Joe. Like most little boys, Park was a huge fan of cartoons and comic/action figures. “He-Man, Thundercats, G.I. Joe – I loved all of it, and now I get to live it,” he says excitedly. While he says he felt he was “born to play Snake Eyes,” the role came with more than a hefty training and fight choreography schedule. “It was hard working with the suit and the visor,” Park relays gallantly, obviously not wanting to seem like he’s complaining, but still slightly traumatized. “I didn’t know I’d be wearing anything like that. I really did have to become a ninja because my senses were obscured. It was a challenge for me.” What was less challenging was the immediate camaraderie on set. Park has only the highest praise for his costars, especially Channing Tatum in
Park as Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
the lead role of Duke. “Channing is so physically talented it’s unbelievable,” Park gushes. “That guy just picks up anything and he’s a natural. I was really impressed. When we finally got to set, Channing, myself and the other stunt guys were doing flips and break dancing. It was like being back at school and training again.” When asked if he has any pet peeves when it comes to fight sequences or trends in recent action movies, Park admits, “I’m a bit oldfashioned. I like to see the action. I’m not a big fan of cuts, fast edits and making it look messy. If you’re going
to make someone work hard, practice and rehearse, then at least give them the credit of showing it off.” Having taken part in the resurrection of one of the ’80s most beloved cartoons, before our interview was over, I had to ask one last, supremely important question: Is it true? Is knowing half the battle? “It’s funny you ask,” Park replies. “I say that all the time now. I like to throw that out, just to see if anyone’s a G.I. Joe fan.” But he didn’t give an answer. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra releases in theaters Aug. 7.
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in the Big Apple, Christian dates three THE DATING WORLD IS A SCARY AND separate men, including an owner of a emotional one, wrought with successful hedge fund company and a miscommunication, uncertainty and … profitable real estate broker, all around awkward situations. Trying to find that different locations in NYC. Meanwhile on the special someone, even in this day and age – it West coast, Tai’s dates take her sucks. to the famed Southern SOAPnet is trying to California beach, a private yacht help all those single ladies sunset cruise and a Hollywood out there in “HoliDate,” a nightspot. 10-episode, original reality “Tai was able to do the series focusing on two things that I like to do, and I different women each week was able to do the things she who are both successful Kamal Moummad and Tai likes to do,” says Cloud. but unlucky in love. Beauchamp in “Holidate” After switching dating lives, If you’ve seen the film the duo realized how very much alike they The Holiday, then you can get the gist of this are, if anything, gaining a friendship out of dating show. The women switch cities and the social experiment. The women also more importantly, the boys next door! gained other worldly lessons to help with “The idea of a Jude Law was really dating in the future. exciting,” admits Tai Beauchamp, a 31-year“I’ve learned that the package that you old social entrepreneur from New York. “I think you’re looking for might not be the was extremely nervous going through the package that is meant for you,” says a process. To have your first blind date reflective Beauchamp. “This was good for me televised and to have cameras around made to step outside my comfort zone and do it more nerve-racking.” something different. I learned to be in the In the first episode that aired July 29, moment. It was a very valuable lesson.” Beauchamp swaps places with Christian “HoliDate” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Cloud, a 34-year-old model from the Los SOAPnet. Angeles beach community of Venice. While
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SPECIAL FEATURES From Criterion, With Love One of Roman Polanski’s greatest films, Repulsion comes to Criterion DVD. Catherine Deneuve stars as a young woman who descends into madness over the course of the film. Polanski, a master of disquiet, essentially rapes Deneuve with bravura cinematic techniques, putting her and the audience through the emotional wringer. Extras include a commentary track by Polanski and Deneuve.
Under the Radar Colin Hanks and John Malkovich star in the markedly sincere The Great Buck Howard. Hanks plays a young law school dropout who takes a job as road manager to a forgotten mentalist who still clings to his days as a “Tonight Show” guest.
British Invasion Sure the American remake is
pretty good, but the original BBC version of “Life on Mars” blows it out of the water. A present day detective involved in a car accident wakes up to find himself in 1973. Is he delusional or a time traveler? Now he’s torn between solving crimes, getting back home and staying with the woman he’s fallen for. It’s a refreshingly innovative take on a well-worn genre. Series 1 is now available. Nobody does police procedurals like British television. “Wire in the Blood” follows a brilliant but absentminded clinical psychologist as he works alongside the police in profiling serial killers. It combines “Cracker” with the books of Thomas Harris for a topnotch drama with disturbing glimpses into the minds of sociopaths. The
Don’t be scared off by the ABC Family label, “The Middleman” is a fun, hip adaptation of the graphic novels. Middlemen are top secret agents brought in to clean up those “exotic problems,” from evil Lucha Libre wrestlers to cheesy monsters. Matt Keeslar of Waiting For Guffman is great as a wholesome Cary Elwes-esque hero. The short-lived complete series is now available. “Battlestar Galactica” ends its stellar run with a finale that doesn’t disappoint in Season 4.5. The set contains 15 hours of extras, including extended unaired versions of episodes and commentary tracks. Also available: Knight Rider: Season 1 (remake), Dollhouse: Season One
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BY MELISSA RUSSELL Director Stephanie Soechtig on location for Tapped
WITH CLEAN, DRINKABLE WATER coming out of your sink at home, you may not realize it, but there are two wars being waged right in our own backyards. Enter Tapped, a film that delivers a shocking jolt of reality that will have you re-examining your responsibilities as a consumer. “Not only are we in a water crisis in which two-thirds of the planet will be without drinkable water in just 11 years,” says director Stephanie Soechtig, “but multinational corporations are literally pillaging communities around the country for this precious resource and bottling it into the very bottles which contribute the plastic soup in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.” In the same vein as An Inconvenient Truth and Food, Inc., Tapped paints a picture of a David and Goliath style battle between big business and basic public rights for water ownership, and it highlights the health risks posed by plastics. Co-director Jason Lindsey is quick to point out that with the economy the way it is, Tapped isn’t aiming to bring down the plastics industry, but it is important to think about the way companies are spinning the
issue and how the government is helping them do it. “When a company says a thing is good, it means it’s good in their interests, but is it good for us? Maybe not,” says Lindsey. “Plastics is a massive industry, and sometimes morals get pushed to the side to protect an industry that hires thousands of people and puts food on people’s table.” Some facts presented in the film are surprising. For example, a lot of our country’s tap water is held to much stricter regulations than bottled water. Also, some plastics have harmful chemicals that can leech into the water they hold. Even though many of us would consider ourselves to be environmentally conscious in our efforts to recycle, the reality is that most plastics will end up in a landfill or the ocean. And we all know that plastic basically has a half-life of never. Tapped offers lots of little ways to do your part. For more information, visit tappedthemovie.com. Tapped releases in select theaters Aug. 7.
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In the wake of a tidal wave of offensively abysmal sequels and continuations to classic films, and the imminent arrival of more, I’ve come across a technique that may prove useful to some. Some people have already been putting this method into practice, but I have only recently been applying it. The method is called “it never happened.” I’m not going to name names or give specific examples of the films and projects I’m talking about because not everybody has the same perspective on things. Every now-and-then an unnecessary sequel is made to a classic film. Nothing is better than classic films that either had a profound influence on all the films that would follow them, or films that were so awesome they became legendary pieces of film history. Sometimes films get remade (more often than usual now), but the difference is that a remake is its own entity completely separate from the original. An original and its remake don’t need each other to exist. However, a sequel asks you to believe that it is directly connected to its predecessor. A sequel takes place in the same universe as the original, and the storyteller is demanding that you accept it. Well, I’m saying you don’t have to accept it anymore. If a sequel is an offensive slap in the face to the original, just wipe it from your memory and refuse to acknowledge it. I’m not talking about a sequel that wasn’t as good as the original; I’m talking about disgraceful sequels to great films. Hollywood has made it very clear that it has absolutely no regard for quality, and that the almighty dollar takes priority over everything. If someone in a position of power thought that making a sequel to The Goonies where all the kids have grown up and become drag queens would make a lot of money, they’d do it. I’m saying that even if Hollywood reaches back into the golden vault of cinema and decides to do a continuation of a classic story for the sake of making money, you don’t have to accept it. Wipe it from your mind and refuse to acknowledge it. Don’t let a story that’s important to you be tarnished by what someone else tells you happened after it (or before it). Because if you don’t want it, then it never happened.
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Coming Soon: Michael Jackson Biopic Recently we lost the King of Pop in a very tragic turn of events. In dealing with his passing, people have the choice to celebrate his career or dwell on his personal life. Regardless of which way you’re going to go, you know you’re going to go see the movie when it comes out. That’s right, people, you know the Michael Jackson biopic is coming. It may not be made right away, hell, it may not get made for several years, but it’s definitely going to get made. The big question for that movie is: What’s going to be the thematic focus? Are they going to make a movie about the great Michael Jackson who achieved so much? Or are they going to make a film about what could drive a person into such dysfunction? Maybe both? Jackson was found not guilty for the crimes he was accused of, so it would be wrong to vilify him for it and imply that he’s guilty, but at the same time you can’t entirely Stay tuned for a Michael Jackson movie. celebrate him and ignore it, either. I have always thought of Jackson as a victim who never really had a chance at any kind of inner peace. He was born into dysfunction and thrust into even more dysfunction. His story is one of almost Shakespearean level tragedy. The television mini-series that was produced in the early ’90s titled The Jacksons: An American Dream was very well done and had a lot of great performances but focused on the family as a whole and in four hours only covered the story up to the legendary “Motown 25” performance. The only way to do it right is to make two movies. The first film chronicles Michael’s start in show business and covers the whole Jackson 5 saga, and the second film chronicles his legendary solo career up to his death. And fortunately for the would-be filmmakers, I doubt there’s a shortage of people who could play Michael Jackson. Send feedback to email@example.com.
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Cold Souls (Samuel Goldwyn) Have you ever felt like your emotions are getting in your way, preventing you from achieving what you really want? Paul Giamatti does in Cold Souls. Giamatti, who plays himself in this metaphysical comedy, is struck with apprehension when he can’t figure out how to participate in a production of Chekov’s “Uncle Vanya” without slipping into a deep depression. But then, just before opening night, he hears about a new procedure that will extract his soul so that he can complete the production. While Giamatti is separated from his soul, a Russian actress decides she must have it and has a soul-mule “borrow” it from the States. Bereft, Giamatti embarks on an international mission to recover what was stolen. Cold Souls is director-writer Sophie Barthes’ debut feature, and she has produced a work that feels more like an endorsement for the soul and basic creativity than a real movie. Sure it has a plot, but it’s slow getting to it. The movie has a great idea, strong talent (y’know, Giamatti is really a good actor) and solid cinematography, but it’s just not all that engaging. I found myself rooting more for the soul-mule than for Giamatti. I suppose on a deeper level, maybe that’s the point of the movie. Grade: C+ —Melissa Russell Cold Souls releases in select theaters Aug. 7.
Fragments (Peace Arch) The synopsis of Fragments – an act of random violence in a nondescript L.A. diner connects the survivors, as they find the meaning of their lives have changed – instantly conjure flashbacks of Paul Haggis’ Crash or Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia. While one was overly zealous (Crash) and the other, overly indulgent (Magnolia), Fragments is equally balanced, never hitting the audience too hard or too little, making the film – and the vibrant city of Los Angeles – painfully ordinary. Fragments, an ensemble drama from Australian director Rowan Woods (Little Fish), stars a slew of notable A-list and award-winning
actors – Kate Beckinsale, Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Forest Whitaker, Jackie Earle Haley and Jennifer Hudson, to name a few. Told achronologically, with the initial violence never shown completely but in intricately detailed fragments (hence the aptly named title), the film is a fair attempt at connecting the distanced residents of the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles – yet there’s something about Fragments that keeps it from reaching any sort of emotional climax. The performances, however, are strong throughout, especially from Beckinsale’s charming Southern accent as a stressed-out single mother to Whitaker’s meek, well-intentioned driving instructor with a gambling addiction to Pearce’s stone-faced, morally conflicted surgeon. While Fragments might not amount to a heightened emotional or moral apex, watching these exquisitely shot portraits of these colorful yet fragile Angelenos – even if they’re only in fragments – is worth waiting out the film’s lulling pacing. Grade: B—Lauren Barbato Fragments releases in select theaters Aug. 7.
Paper Heart (Overture) When Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman unleashed their collaboration, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, it immediately made it to the top of favorite film lists everywhere. Now there’s a new movie that will do for falling in love what the aforementioned did for breaking up. Paper Heart stars alt-comedienne Charlyne Yi as … well … herself. Yi proclaims that she’s never been in love
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and sets out on a quest to discover what l’amour really is. In the process, she meets and develops feelings for actor Michael Cera (Yi’s purported real-life beau). The two fumble hilariously into a quirky “romantic” relationship of sorts. He’s clearly falling for her. She – not so much? So Yi travels the country interviewing couples about their respective love stories. Many are sweet and funny and compelling. She even meets with experts to unlock the science behind love in an attempt to understand why she just can’t get with the program. All the charm and confusion is captured by the couple’s mutual friend, Nick (played by Jake M. Johnson). You may have heard early buzz about Paper Heart from the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The film, which is part documentary, part mockumentary and part DIY stunner (Each couple’s love story is narrated as artistic renderings as the action plays out onscreen.) is just about the coolest thing to hit theaters this year. In this day and age of apathy, it’s so easy to relate to Yi’s somewhat detached caricature of her herself. It’s a much safer bet that she’s simply socially awkward around boys she actually likes in the romantic sense, as opposed to being incapable of loving someone. That’s where Paper Heart becomes golden. There’s not a moment of the film that isn’t relatable. It’s nice to FINALLY have a female protagonist who is openly jaded and dorky and not just “dressed down” tits and ass on two legs. Yi is a girl that all females can get behind because she’s how a lot of bombshells view themselves on the inside and how most young women actually look on the outside. As friends and bystanders weigh in on every little detail of the relationship between Cera and Yi, the two main characters become no different than any other couple out there trying to make sense of themselves and their feelings. Add great cameos from many of Hollywood’s hottest young stars like Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Demetri Martin, and you’ve got yourself one crazy-entertaining and sparkling love story. Grade: A+ —Ebony March Paper Heart releases in select theaters Aug. 7.
local film festivals. The Fifth Annual Hollyshorts Film Festival promises to showcase a ton of cutting-edge mini movies. Shorts are a cool way to discover innovative up-andcoming directors, so this one’s not to be missed. For more information, visit hollyshorts.com. —Ebony March
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Native Angeleno student snaps Los Angeles’ seedy side. IN 10 YEARS, JESSIE GENTRY would like to be a skilled photographer and filmmaker with her own production company. Currently, the 24-year-old photography major at Art Center College of Design is working hard to achieve those dreams.
Her present project, a series on L.A. women murdered by their husbands, has attracted media interest, indicating she is moving in the right direction. Gentry attributes her recent success to her ability to stay close to the issues that are
important to her and not be deterred by the obstacles she faces along the way. Her murder series, for example, explores Gentry’s deep-seated beliefs in women’s rights and anti-violence against women. Following her interests, the chosen subjects’ murders were barely covered by the media when they occurred. Gentry photographs the locations of these crimes. Despite knowing the project would be timeconsuming, Gentry spent laborious months patiently trying to piece together the whereabouts of the murders from the various news articles she found. One of the murders took place as the sun rose on the scene, which gave her only a 10- to 15-minute window to shoot. As complications ensued, her team had to come back another day for a re-shoot. The Runner Eventually, her perseverance paid off and she successfully created photographic narratives showcasing the underbelly of human experiences. The project also integrated her penchant for playing with lights and drama. The results were Gentry’s distinctly mysterious and romanticized versions of horror photography. As she transitions from photography to film, Gentry plans to incorporate her dramatic flair with cinematography to create a signature filmmaking style. Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock, she wants to create experimental films and recreate film noir in contemporary ways. As an artist, Gentry stresses the importance of being unique and finding one’s own style and niche. She notes that it is common to find art
students’ works to be similar to the current vogue. Due to the competitive nature of her major, coupled with students’ desires to please their audience and establish their names in the industry, it is no wonder this has long been a ubiquitous problem. “It is alright to be inspired by other people’s works, but you should not copy what the popular photographers or filmmakers are doing, or follow the trend because everyone is doing it,” she says. “In the end, art is not about money, it is not about being rich and famous,” she adds. “I just want to create more films and photography and be happy.” For more information, visit jessiegentry.com.
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bottoms up | at the bar
AWESOME BEACH BARS Seaside Chillin’, Swillin’ and Spillin’ BY SABLE STEVENS
HERMOSA BEACH Hennessey’s Tavern 8 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach (310) 372-5759; hennesseystavern.com Life just got better at this two-story beach bar with roof seating. They’ve launched the “Happier Hour” – $3 shots with the purchase of any regular priced drink, Every day is a party at Duke’s Barefoot Bar Malibu. Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. They’ve also introduced two LONG BEACH flatbread appetizers, a grilled cheeseburger and “The Irish,” both for $6.50. Mai Tai Bar The Early Bird Dinner Menu features 97 Aquarium Way, Long Beach (562) a variety of entrées all for $10 from 4 435-1200; maitaibar.com p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, including Black One of Long Beach’s newest bars Angus Top Sirloin and Honey BBQ is already grabbing attention from the Ribs. Two-Timin’ Tuesdays offers a locals. Enjoy views of Rainbow buy one burger, get one free special – Harbor from the patio, sway to the all day. sounds of the islands as played by
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Long Beach’s hottest bands, while sipping on, what else, a Mai Tai. Go for something exotic like a Mango Mai Tai or try one of their Big Island Specialties, like the Wicked Wahine or Berries on the Beach.
through Friday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. – because it’s right at sunset!
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MALIBU Duke’s Barefoot Bar Malibu 21150 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu (310) 317-0777; dukesmalibu.com Lovers of floral patterns – à la Hawaii – might especially enjoy this seaside bar. Sit outside, stick your feet in the sand and try a Hula Pie (It’s a surprise!). Every day is a party here: Tuesday is Fish Taco Night ($2.50 each); Wednesday, Wine Night, treats customers to 50 percent off select bottled wines with purchase of two entrées; Thursday is Aloha Hour All Night Long ($3 Primo Island Lager) starting at 4 p.m.; Friday is Mai Tai Madness ($4 Mai Tais all night long, plus Hawaiian dancers).
1615 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica (310) 393-2666; bigdeansoceanfrontcafe.com Voted one of Los Angeles’ 101 best bars, this cute eatery and bar is just beside the pier. Enjoy the breezy patio seating, grab a cold beer and a tasty burger and become part of this legendary spot since 1902, a place where celebrities, politicians and eccentric Boardwalk regulars have always felt comfortable stopping by.
Rusty’s Surf Ranch 256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica (310) 393-7437; rustyssurfranch.com Open Monday through Saturday at noon, Rusty’s lures pier strollers with their Happy Hour specials,
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inner circle Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; domestic drafts for $2.50, House Margaritas for $3.50 and well drinks and house wines for $3.50. Taco Tuesdays deal out $2 seafood tacos. And Thursdays, after the Twilight Dance Series music stops, the music continues at Rusty’s at 9:30 p.m.
Venice Whaler Bar and Grill 10 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey (310) 821-8737; venicewhaler.com The balcony is the best part of this Venice Boardwalk-adjacent spot, not to mention the jukebox full of drinking-time hits. In addition to an extensive menu of cocktails, like a Mayan Chocolate Martini, they’ve got shooters and snifters, live music and, of course, a Happy Hour, Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Sunset Restaurant & Beach Bar
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6800 Westward Beach Rd., Malibu (310) 589-1007; thesunsetrestaurant.com Magically placed directly on the sands of Zuma Beach, this bar is best known for its elegant and breathtaking views, with sunsets and smells that drive the senses wild. They know they’re sitting on a goldmine, that’s why they offer a Happy Hour, Tuesday
239 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach (310) 379-7438 Catch your favorite game in a bar known for making sports fans feel right at home, while snacking on food from Down Under. The bar boasts a 2,500 square foot patio as well as an ocean view overlooking the harbor at the Redondo Beach Marina.
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The Döner Meal is your practical A DÖNER KEBAB CAN BE LIKENED option, which includes a choice of side and a to shawarma or gyros. Traditionally made fountain drink. Equal portions of sweet from lamb, the meat is sliced off to order potato and seasoned fries are a popular pick. and served with different ingredients The sandwiches come with a zesty feta sauce depending on the region of Europe you are that is great for dipping! ordering from. The “Not-Unhappy Spitz, the American home Hour” at the Eagle Rock of the Döner kebab, has not location features $1 Pita Strips only created a delicious and Hummus, along with sandwich for us to enjoy, but palate pleasing $2 gelatos and at a great price for students. sorbettos. The reason for the In fact, Spitz caters to the fun name is the time: Monday college community by through Wednesday from 7 offering an all-day, every-day p.m. to 10 p.m. If you’re at the 10 percent discount on their Little Tokyo location, add $3 Döner sandwiches. draft beer and $4 sangria to The Classic Döner, with the list, but there’s no gelato, homemade lamb and beef, is Spitz’s Classic Döner with sweet Monday through Friday from served with fresh green potato fries 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy your peppers, cucumbers and libations on your summer vacation! onions. It’s best enjoyed on the artisan In another act of giving back to the Focaccia that holds up well with tzatziki and student communities, if your club, frat or chili sauce. sorority hosts a fundraiser, Spitz will give There’s also a lavash (wrap) version if you 15 percent of the proceeds from their you prefer to lighten up on the carbs. Even own pocket! lighter, you can order a Chicken Döner, or Vég with hummus, feta, olives and all the For more information, call (213) 613-0101 for fixins. Spitz also makes a Falafelite, with the Little Tokyo and (323) 257-5600 for Eagle texture exactly how a falafel should be – Rock location or visit eatatspitz.com. crunchy on the outside with a fluffy interior.
Rusty’s Surf Ranch offers great drink specials every weekday.
graphic novels | reviews Low Moon (Fantagraphics) The new collection by Jason features five new stories from the Norwegian creator. Jason’s blend of understated pathos, deadpan humor and Hollywood genres is uniquely his own. While his blank-stared anthropomorphic characters are just as distinctive. The title story takes place in a modern day Old West town where high stakes chess showdowns replace gunfights. “You Are Here,” is a devastating look at the disintegration of two generations of relationships, focusing on a father and his son, who have to deal with the alien abduction of the mother, while the boy grows up only to repeat the father’s mistakes. But the high point of the collection is “&,” a look at two men and the lengths they go to win the affections of their loves. Jason lulls you subtly into heartbreak while keeping you on your toes with bursts of absurd humor. He is one of the most original graphic storytellers in the world. Grade: A—Mike Sebastian Low Moon is currently available.
Everybody is Stupid Except for Me (Fantagraphics) Collecting Libertarian Peter Bagge’s cartoons for Reason magazine, Everybody Is Stupid… covers topics from anti-war protests to gun control to peculiar sexual practices. While Bagge’s stubbornly egocentric view is admirable in its refusal to play favorites on the Right or Left, his cartooning leaves one wanting. Described as “cartoon reporting,” it’s neither funny enough to be satire, nor incisive or illuminating enough to be true reporting. What you’re left with are a curmudgeon’s rants with pictures. This points to one of the fundamentally problematic features of Libertarianism, that while it can demonstrate a lot of the absurdities of both parties, it also refuses to offer any solutions, other than “leave me alone.” Ultimately, an ideology of not having the time to be bothered with others just feels empty. Grade: C —Mike Sebastian Everybody is Stupid Except for Me is currently available.
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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
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MUSICIANS INSTITUTE “World Class Education in the Heart of Hollywood” Admission isn’t as strict as Juilliard in New York or Berklee in Boston, but a degree of skill in your instrument is required to keep pace
Associate of Arts (two years) and Bachelor of Music (four years). Students in these programs vary from guitarists, bassists and drummers to independent artists, such as vocalists and audio engineers. From the limelight of the stage to the behind-the-scenes action on soundboards and film editing, every step of the creative process is covered at MI.
with the curriculum. Beginning with Encore, a single quarter program in different skill sets that doesn’t award certification, MI offers four other tiers of education: Music Industry (two quarters), Performance (one year),
Active professionals comprise the faculty here. One famous teacher who briefly taught at MI was Alessandro Cortini of Nine Inch Nails fame. His launch to fame came from one of the many hiring halls/open auditions that
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Bad Boy Bill The Album (Nettwerk) After two decades of DJ-ing under his belt, BBB finally releases an original CD in The Album. His collaboration with industry heavyweights, like JJ Flores and Steve Smooth, results in a unique production, different from his previous Bangin’ the Box mixes. Dance music fans might be alarmed that despite the catchy electro feel, the songs mostly concentrate on the vocals with few intricate layers and sweeping melodic progressions. One of the album’s highlights is a cover of Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit” that features BBB’s signature scratching skill. The Album is worth checking out, with the first single “Falling Anthem” reaching No. 9 on the Billboard Dance Chart and rapidly becoming a club favorite. Grade: A—Athalia Nakula The Album is currently available.
Brian Bonz and the Dot Hongs From Sumi to Japan (Triple Crown) With a sound somewhere between Death Cab for Cutie and the Postal Service, Brian Bonz and the Dot Hongs have come out with an album of enjoyable ambient-indie. From Sumi to Japan is full of pretty songs that border on the danceable and make fantastic use of their keyboards. Honestly, their songs are just good. Check out the vaguely reggae-inspired bridge on “Judy and the Alpha Queen,” relax to the sound of Bonz’s smooth vocals on “Seafence” or go for the more upbeat “Christa McCauliffe’s Cacophony (Reprise)” for some kick ass brass instruments. You can tell that Bonz had a
HOLLYWOOD IS KNOWN WORLDwide for its aspiring actors and actresses, but another niche of budding talent lies within the music community. Musicians, rockstars or popstars, whatever you wish to call them, they’re all waiting around for their opportunity to show the world their talent – and become famous. It’s not often the two coincide. The mark of a great artist lies within an individual’s motivation to become better and the discipline necessary to achieve that goal. So if contemporary music like rock, pop, hip-hop and R&B is something you wish to make a full or part-time vocation, consider what Musicians Institute (MI) has to offer. Located on Hollywood Boulevard, a block away from the Kodak Theatre, MI’s faculty is dedicated to teaching today’s aspiring artists to become the household names we often toss around when mentioning our favorite bands or singers. If names like Chad Smith and John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Rivers Cuomo, Brian Bell or Scott Shriner (Weezer) sound familiar, it’s because they are MI alumni.
frequency | essential concerts | B Y Just because there are only three shows in this week’s picks doesn’t mean that we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel here or anything. It just means that my standards of what I present to you are so high, that only three bands actually made the cut this week. Like that teacher in freshman year of college that said the lowest possible “A” in their class is a 92 percent instead of 90. And like that professor, I don’t do it because I’m spiteful and bitter, I do it because I care.
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hand in shaping the sound into what it currently is, but compared to his solo acoustic work, this album has a wellrounded feel that makes the album so much more than just listenable. Grade: A —Melissa Russell From Sumi to Japan is currently available.
I’ve long been a fan of Tsunami Bomb, as I’ve stated here innumerable times in past columns, so I was admittedly a bit ready to say that frontwoman Emily Whitehurst and guitarist Matt McKenzie’s new project the Action Design wouldn’t hold a candle to their former band. And I was proven wrong very quickly. Though their early work was still much in the same vein as what I’d expect from Tsunami Bomb, every subsequent set of theirs I caught saw the band find a distinctive sound that pulled the fun energy that made Tsunami Bomb great and combined it with a slew of new musical influences.
Ali Hoffman This Side of Morning (Wing Court) At first glance, Hoffman does not look like the type of woman to have the voice she does – deep and soulful doesn’t match the face of a golden girl. Too bad the songs are of no substance.
B R I E N O V E R LY The band’s latest work, the album Never Say, is still as anthemic as ever, with Whitehurst’s distinctive yell, while exploring both her and her band’s softer, more dance-y sides. The band’s old work will always hold a special place in my heart as one of my early pop-punk discoveries, but the Action Design is quickly becoming a new favorite.
Runner Runner Aug. 10 @ Chain Reaction As always, I’ll continue to sing Runner Runner’s praises until I see them on each and every one of your MySpace pages. In the top friends
Her voice is too good for the songs. Maybe the next album will venture toward a different medium and match Hoffman’s voice with something golden. Grade: C —Sable Stevens This Side of Morning is currently available.
The Musicians Institute is located at 1655 McCadden Pl., Hollywood. For more information, visit mi.edu.
spot. The No 1 spot. No exceptions. The synth pop O.C. natives have been making solid music for quite some time now without proper acknowledgement of it, so do your good deed for the day and give these dudes some support. I guarantee it’ll be more fulfilling than spending your money on any of the bands you’ll find on MTV or Fuse right now. And seriously, these guys need to be headlining already. Actually headlining this show are the Virginia natives of the Friday Night Boys, who aren’t performing musical brain surgery or anything, but to be fair, are still entirely handCONTINUED ON PAGE 17
Howling Bells Radio Wars (Nettwerk) There is really just one word for Radio Wars: wow. This Australian band’s been hiding out in the UK since 2006, and it’s really a shame CONTINUED ON PAGE 17
happen quarterly at MI. Cortini’s inclusion in Nine Inch Nails in 2004 is one of many success stories at MI. Record label executives from the likes of Warner Bros., Epic, BMG and Universal have all given “first dibs” to MI’s creative pool when they look for the talent their artists require on tour. Success in the music industry can also come from recommendations from a professor. Character, in addition to skill, can be the bridge between an unfulfilled dream of rock stardom and its reality. When class is in session, the teacher and students jam. It’s a casual environment that encourages students to let loose and hone their skills. MI offers counseling and rehearsal rooms that are open 24/7, with the exception of holidays. The rooms are free to set aside in two-hour windows, with unlimited renewals if a jam session has no end in sight. As with any accredited institution, MI also offers financial aid, like federal funding, grants and incentives for international students. Finals exist here, too. The finals at MI differ in that they take place in performance halls with varying occupancies, from 20 to 30 seats to the 500-seat theater on campus. It gives each student the experience of playing on stage with full production value for an audience. If you’re tired of playing air guitar at concerts or singing into a shampoo bottle, here’s your chance to make something of yourself and play music for a living or as a profitable hobby.
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Cabo San Lucas Oct. 1-5. The “Groove Cruise” will be a dance party at sea featuring performances from Bad Boy Bill, Scotty Boy, Scooter and Lavelle, Kenneth Thomas, Anthony Attala and many others. The winner will also have an opportunity to deejay for the shipload of beat-crazy cruisers. Whet Travel organizes two Groove Cruises a year; in January the party boat leaves from Miami and sails to the Bahamas. thegroovecruise.com
Molly’s Playlist: Summer Lovin’
1) Weezer – “Surf Wax America” 2) Bishop Allen – “Middle Management” 3) MGMT – “Kids” 4) Arctic Monkeys – “Fluorescent Adolescent” 5) Phoenix – “Girlfriend” 6) Coldplay – “Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love” 7) Animal Collective – “Fireworks” 8) Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band – “Albatross, Albatross, Albatross” 9) Vampire Weekend – “A-Punk” 10) Mates of State – “Goods” —C. Molly Smith
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On July 29, electronic L.A.-based musicians the Crystal Method shot the video for their upcoming single, “Come Back Clean,” at a studio in Hollywood. The track is the third single from their latest album, Divided By Night. The video features Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland of the Crystal Method as NYC cab drivers and depicts scenes of the nightly madness they see in their taxis. —Shaunt & Levon Gharibian
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Lily Allen, the doctor will see you now. Doctor Rosen Rosen, that is. The L.A.-based producer has completed a remix of Allen’s It’s Not Me, It’s You and is offering up his version of the album for free download. The good doctor became interested in Allen after he saw her video for “Smile” while on tour in Iceland. When he found out that Allen was releasing all of the parts to all the songs on this new album so that anyone could do a remix, he couldn’t resist reimagining the whole deal, leaving only Allen’s vocals intact. A peek at the Crystal Method’s video for “Come Back Clean” “I produced, composed and mixed all the music you hear,” says Doctor Rosen Magazine, Whet Travel and Web Rosen. “I mixed a lot of organic sounds Celeb. Contestants have until Aug. 16 (pianos, strings, glockenspiel, horns) to upload their best mix at with dreamy synths, deep basses and big WebCeleb.com, but voting ends that drums to create a totally new record.” day, so the sooner the better. Rosen Rosen has previously created The Grand Prize winner will beats for G-Unit and remixed everyone receive a complimentary oceanview from Britney Spears to Chris Cornell. cabin for two aboard the Carnival Grab your copy of It’s Not Me, It’s Elation as it sails from San Diego to
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Modest Mouse: No One’s First Modest Mouse has released an odds-and-sods collection called No One’s First, And You’re Next. The EP features the six songs that were recently released as limited-edition, seven-inch vinyl singles, as well as “King Rat” and “I’ve Got it All (Most),” which was the B-side of the “Float On” single that is now out of print. The EP will also be released in vinyl form; look for it at indie record stores on Aug. 18. The next Modest Mouse area appearance will be Aug. 29 at the Grove of Anaheim.
collaboration with Z-Trip brought his talent to the forefront, and he’s been remixing cuts by the likes of Good Charlotte, Johnny Cash and Peter, Bjorn and John ever since. With Maestro, Troublemaker is in a position to share the spotlight, and he invites a bunch of up-andcomers to guest. “Mr. Officer” with the 87 Stick Up Kids and Micah James takes a goofy look at getting arrested. James also adds vocals to “Tight Rope,” one of the album’s best cuts. Baby Ca$htrid adds female perspective to “I’m Famous.” With additional appearances by Lady Tigra, Messinian, Naptron and Phoenix Orion, Maestro has a bit of a “sampler platter” feel, but Troublemaker’s unique keyboard work and production gives the effort cohesion. Grade: B —Kevin Wierzbicki Maestro is currently available.
N.A.S.A to Land at El Rey Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon are bringing their N.A.S.A. “Intergalactic Circus” to the El Rey Aug. 12; the pair promise that the show will include space monsters, Martian dancers and special musical guests that they picked up during their recent travels through the Universe.
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clappingly infectious at the same time. Your little sister will love them and probably won’t even notice the casual vulgarity in the lyrics while you’re in back grabbing a beer with the Runner Runner dudes. Wait … Chain is an “all ages” venue? So … no beer? Oh. Well, in that case, maybe you’ll want to wait one more day to see them.
Cobra Starship Aug. 11 @ The Troubadour I don’t care what anyone says, even the band themselves, there’s no guilty pleasure attached to this band. Ironic pleasure maybe, but no guilt. The band is way too in on the
Cobra Starship will get you moving!
joke for there to be any guilt about their lyrical content, stage presence or frontman Gabe Saporta’s fashion choices. But just to be clear, the fact
electro “Treasure Hunt” to the ethereal “How Long,” Howling Bells deliver great hooks and catchy beats that will keep you listening from the beginning to the end. This is very likely the best new indie rock album of 2009. Grade: A+ —Melissa Russell Radio Wars is currently available.
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that they’ve had such little exposure in the United States. With Radio Wars, Howling Bells has created a beautifully wellconstructed album with silky vocals and dreamy indie rock. It’s sort of like if the Stills married Regina Spektor. Radio Wars is an impressive piece of work. From the slightly more
that there’s a joke at all isn’t to say this isn’t worthwhile music by any means. Saporta and his band mates are all skillful musicians who each have
their own unique charisma they bring out while performing, making them one of the most visually engaging acts around right now. Never hesitant to be interactive with his audience, Saporta will stop at nothing to get any audience he’s in front of moving, whether it’s in the tiny clubs of Hollywood for a headlining show or the giant dirt fields of Pomona for a midday Warped set. The fact that he’s effortlessly successful at that in either setting should adequately explain why there’s no guilt with listening to Cobra. Also, get round two with the Friday Night Boys here, in case you haven’t already gotten your fill of bands writing songs about MySpace scene queens and whatnots.
Quick Fix Bandage (Jangular) Scott Warren’s Quick Fix Bandage is charged with easygoing and sprightly harmonica and mandolin accompaniment, as well as rustic vocals. This fusion between interesting and uncommon instruments like the hammond, dobro, pedal steel and wurlitzer, the rural tones of Warren’s voice and the out-of-the-ordinary sound should have left me intrigued, yet these cheerful and chipper tracks did not capture my attention. They simply blended into the background. On the other hand, the more somber songs like “Don’t Tell Me” and “Sister Golden Hair” instantly captivated me. The vocal harmonies, the heartwrenching violin, the musical builds, the honest and insightful lyrics: This is what truly made the album worthwhile. Grade: B —C. Molly Smith Quick Fix Bandage is currently available.
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hip-hop’s pioneers. This year’s Rock the Bells will be hosted by KRS-One, Murs, Pete Rock and freestyle veteran San Manuel Amphitheatre, 2575 Glen Supernatural. With over 20 acts on the bill, this will be a Helen Parkway, San Bernardino; full day of quality music guerillaunion.com/rockthebells coupled with vendors and All ages/1:30 p.m./Tix start at $17.25 multimedia experiences that will have everybody satisfied. I am looking IN THE SAME VEIN forward to seeing West as the annual Rock Coast legend Ice Cube, Steady Crew Raekwon, Buckshot and Anniversary celebration the Roots grace the in New York, the Rock stage with monumental the Bells hip-hop performances. And one festival is the event to can’t forget the attend if you want to spontaneous emcee and hear, feel and see the b-boy battles in the full diaspora of this crowd that will flare up young and powerful in between sets. culture. Since 2003, this In 2004, the tour has brought fans reunions of the Wuthe most relevant Tang Clan and A Tribe artists in hip-hop, Called Quest took place ranging from the on the Rock the Bells underground to the Nas is set to headline Rock the Bells 2009. stage, and this year, most profound. who knows what surprises are in store? This year they do not fall short with Though Nas said that hip-hop is dead, at headliners Nas and Damian Marley. But the Rock the Bells tour, you’ll see that hipthe real treat is seeing the quality acts who hop is alive and kicking. do not get major airplay on commercial —Kehinde “Doxx” Cunningham media outlets. Groups like Slum Village, Send events for consideration to M.O.P., Mickey Factz, Necro and Psycho firstname.lastname@example.org. Realm get to share the stage with some of
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Céu July 17 @ The Roxy She’s ginger and cayenne pepper. She’s crème brûlé and bubbles. Her name means “sky” in the literal, and she’s purple and orange. How such a sultry voice can creep out of that 23-year-old … and linger. Lord, help us. Céu at the Roxy was a surreal experience for both the Brazilian expatriates here in Los Angeles and the expatriates from everywhere else that live in this city. She’s quirky, smooth and sexy, and her voice crosses borders across waves. She’s amazingly charming as she dances her jellyfish way out of and into each new downtempo progression. With influences ranging from Fela Kuti to Miles Davis, from the Roots to Massive Attack, from M’shell Ndegeocello to Portishead, and Brazilian composers such as Tom Jobim, Baden Powell, Egberto Gismonti, Céu and her band can bust out what will make your mind wander atop a tropical rooftop overlooking some warm reality.
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Her refreshing sound escapes through decadent words, all in Portuguese. Céu’s timelessness extends over all bounds. If you don’t love her music, you are not human. —Anna Webber
The three year wait is over as Under the Covers Vol. 2 finds our heroes moving forward through rocks' back pages to take on another decade: the ’70s. From the power-pop like The Raspberries and Big Star to the soft-rock of Carly Simon and Bread, and from the classic-rock of John Lennon and Derek and the Dominos to the progrock of Yes, Sid n Susie offer a pretty thorough survey of the state of rock, just before the Sex Pistols.
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Counting Crows hosted a unique evening of music.
in the context of a band that they love. As far as the headliners, Counting Crows put on a show reminding everyone why they are still a band that is worth seeing live. Selling out venues isn’t enough, these guys are still writing great songs and putting their heart into every note. Jamming through song after hit song, the mix of piano, guitar and accordion pushed the limits of any CD you might have on your shelf. But it was truly the free-form openness of the stage that brought the show to life. Whether it was Michael Franti singing with Adam Duritz or Spearhead laying down the sound for Augustana, the mix was what made the show a night to remember. —David Tobin
If you don’t love Céu’s music, you are not human.
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Counting Crows/Michael Franti & Spearhead/Augustana July 21 @ The Greek Theatre Normally an opening act takes the stage, followed by main support, then the headliner. Not on this tour! The Counting Crows are changing the way concerts are being done with the Traveling Circus and Medicine Show tour. After noticing that a majority of the fans were showing up for their set only, the band felt it was their duty to change it up and make sure that the other acts got just as much attention as the headliner. When the curtain rose at the Greek, there was a full stage. All three bands jammed out to two songs as a whole. The energy was indescribable. Fans jumped up from their seats with hands in the air. Dancing around with smiles firmly in place, the crowd greeted the new format openly. By integrating the artists right off the bat fans could get a chance to enjoy something they might not have seen or heard before and enjoy it
July 24 @ Whisky a Go Go Acidic? Quite the Opposite! Acidic is a good band with a lot of energy. They are professionals with a clean style who are able to achieve an energetic stage presence while still appearing like three very approachable guys. Also worth noting, in a town of creative flakes, these young artists seem to have things pretty well worked out. Their songs are crisp and each performer is comfortable enough with each song that they’re able to have fun on stage. If every act in Hollywood were like that … well, one can only dream. I guess the only real problem I have with Acidic is their name. Only because their solid rock songs and jovial, happy stage demeanor left me feeling cheerful and optimistic. Bassist and background vocalist Ted Dubrawski – who jumps and hops on stage like a wild man – is very fun to watch. I have heard Acidic be compared to Green Day more than once. If I could let my personal bias seep through for one second: Acidic’s music has much more promise than Green Day’s, and I hope people let them blaze their own trail. —Geoffrey Altrocchi
staff pick Yim Yames Tribute To (ATO) When George Harrison passed away in 2001, Yim Yames (Jim James of My Morning Jacket) eased his grief by picking up his acoustic guitar and recording music. Included on this EP are six of those songs: four tracks from Harrison’s All Things Must Pass and two Beatles tunes written by Harrison, “Long Long Long” and “Love You To.” —Yuri Shimoda Tribute To is currently available.
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pages | book reviews The Cocktail Hours (BookSurge) There’s a large population of struggling actors and actresses in Los Angeles. And that’s just what Charlie Sommers is in Margaret Rose Lester’s The Cocktail Hours. In what feels like the L.A. version of “Sex and the City” (only if Carrie Bradshaw were a sad, lonely actress/waitress), The Cocktail Hours falls far short of life changing. The book is well written with a style that draws you in, but in the end, it feels emotionally indulgent and indecisive. The only things that save it from being a complete waste of time are the cocktail recipes at the beginning of each chapter and the minor fashion tips at the end. Grade: D+ —Melissa Russell The Cocktail Hours is currently available.
amazing fringed outfits, hopped around stage like an excited troll ... there is absolutely no reason that you, with your flute-rocking skills, cannot be the Ian Anderson of tomorrow.” And yes, the book’s target audience is given away when Jessica Hopper refers to David Lee Roth as “the raspy, big-haired guy who once sang for Van Halen.” Even so, Hopper’s Girls’ Guide is actually refreshing – when there are guides like those from the folks at Nylon, teaching us how to dress like our
The Girls’ Guide to Rocking: How to Start a Band, Book Gigs, and Get Rolling to Rock Stardom (Workman) Admittedly, only a chick into “pre-suck era Van Morrison” could declare, in a how-to guide to rock ’n’ roll: “(Ian Anderson) wore terrible-
favorite rock stars, Hopper provides frank starting points to every topic: guitar and effects pedal brands, trademarking a band name, the art of slant rhymes, creating DIY baffle
panels, recording on a four-track. It’s appropriate not just for teen girls, but for any aspiring musician who needs a clue. What the Girls’ Guide has in common with the rest of the recent girls’ movement is that it nudges the reader along and reminds that if every known musician had to start somewhere, you, the beginner, can as well – “It’s not Cheap Trick Live at Budokhan, it’s Becky Live from the Downstairs Bathroom.” Grade: A—China Bialos The Girls’ Guide to Rocking is currently available.
Signing Their Lives Away (Quirk) We all know Jefferson, Adams and Franklin, but what about the other 53 men who risked their lives to sign the Declaration of Independence? Signing Their Lives Away is a fun little book with brief chapters devoted to each of the signers. Discover which of the signers: was poisoned by his own nephew, later recanted the Declaration, slept in caves, was a singer-songwriter, ordered British troops to fire on his own home, came to the Colonies as an indentured servant and more fun facts from these diverse and colorful lives. Who knew a bunch of dead white guys in powdered wigs could be so quirky? Plus, the jacket unfolds into a
exhibitions | museums • art galleries subjects went from being dreamers to living out their dreams. The Cars, Run-DMC, Madonna, Elvis Costello and the Beastie Boys are a few of Brakha’s subjects. It would seem as if his dreams have come BY SAMANTHA PLOTKIN true, but Brakha doesn’t feel like he’s made it. He’s always going to THE GRAMMY MUSEUM PRESENTS strive to have artistic integrity, create the best its inaugural photography exhibit with possible work he can and continue to grow as Occupation Dreamer, which includes dozens of a photographer and artist. photographs by worldBrakha’s latest project is a renowned, Hollywood-based collaborative effort between him photographer Moshe Brakha. and his son, Eddie Brakha, titled During his early years in Silent Pictures: A Collaboration Los Angeles, Brakha often felt Between Father and Son. Moshe like he was simply pointing has spent the better part of this and clicking his camera. He past year preparing for this new calls this collection Occupation project, comprised of almost 100 Dreamer because he felt like his Third Wing Party (1985), Moshe of Brakha’s unique photographs. occupation back then was Brakha photo of Run-DMC “These pieces, as anyone being a dreamer. The subjects who is familiar with Moshe’s work will of his photographs were like him; they could attest to, are a dramatic visual departure also be described as dreamers. from his 35 years of work as a worldThese may be samples of Brakha’s earlier renowned commercial photographer and work, but his unique style and natural ability director,” says Eddie. emanate from every shot. Even if he was As Moshe jokingly says,“This new work simply pointing and clicking, Brakha represents a liberation – for me – from my captures his subjects’ charisma and energy in ‘Advertising Pimps.’” each photograph. The Grammy Museum is located at 800 W. Something magical and serendipitous Olympic Blvd., Ste. A245, Downtown. For more seems to have happened when these photos information, visit grammymuseum.org. were taken: Brakha and almost all of his
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facsimile of the Declaration. Grade: A—Mike Sebastian Signing Their Lives Away is currently available.
Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo (Abrams) The Mission District of San Francisco is home to one of the most diverse populations in America. While hardly bigger than a few square miles, it is home to Chinese, Mexican, Central American and Filipino families as well as a host of subculture groups; hipsters, bohemians, punks, lesbians, you name it. The neighborhood has made room for a disparity of economic groups, too, from young money dotcommers to the most desperate dregs of society, crackheads, pimps,
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inner circle whores, etc. The colorful makeup of its population is well reflected in the dazzling array of street art, which decorates the neighborhood. By some accounts, the Mission District has the greatest concentration of street art than anywhere else in the world. While perusing the pages of Street Art San Francisco, the fantastic new book on the art and culture of the Mission District, I was transported to my younger college days when I lived in the neighborhood. Back then I would wander the streets, transfixed by the many wonderful and strange works of art on corners, in alleyways or posted illegally on billboards. From the brazenly political to the subtly conceptual, the art often challenged one’s beliefs and ways of thinking. But there was also a sweetness and innocence to many murals, which simply depicted the neighborhood’s daily life. Walking through the Mission District of San Francisco was always an adventure. Street Art San Francisco does a magnificent job of capturing the diversity and energy of one of the coolest places on Earth. Grade: A+ —Dov Rudnick Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo is currently available.
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R.I.P. LOS FELIZ TEEN LILY BURK DOUBTLESS FOR THOSE WHO knew her, but also for an entire city and country shocked and grieving, the murder of Lily Burk, a 17-year-old incoming high school senior from Los Feliz, feels like a nightmare of the deepest flop-sweat, an unreality from which we can only hope to awake and discard as a thousand impossible terrors all made manifest with sickening force. Charlie Samuel, the 50-year-old parolee accused of killing Burk, previously spent time in state prison for robbery and burglary and had entered a drug treatment facility on Menlo Avenue as a condition of his release. His murder charge has been augmented with special circumstance considerations that would make him eligible for the death penalty. According to police, Burk was abducted at about 3 p.m. on July 24 near Southwestern University School of
Law where she was collecting papers for her mother, an adjunct professor at the school. The police timeline suggests that over the next hour, Burk called her parents asking how to withdraw money from an ATM using her credit card. After her parents told her she couldn’t withdraw with her card, she then said she would be coming home to collect some money but never arrived. Several security cameras reportedly captured Samuel and Burk together, both in her car and approaching ATMs. Two hours after the abduction, Samuel left Burk’s black Volvo in a downtown parking lot with her body in the passenger seat, a police spokesman said. Thirty minutes later, Samuel was arrested by police for drinking in public. During the arrest, police reportedly found narcotics paraphernalia, and, according to L.A. Times law enforcement sources, a cell phone and a Volvo key. Burk’s body was
found early the next morning, and three days later Samuel was publicly charged in her death. Burk’s murder is a tragedy that strikes deep at the essential core of our collective humanity. It tarnishes the singular promise we hold dear, for our children and everyone’s children, that the next generation will have its moment to inherit a flawed but everevolving world. Any death, but particularly one so senseless, uncovers the underlying unfairness that, try as we might to resolve to marginalize it, cruelly reminds us not everything ends up the way we trust it should. But violence of unspeakable and seemingly random occurrence must be taken for what it is: unspeakable and random. Let us not live paralyzed by fear of such things, but let us also be unafraid to embrace the delicacy of life, so identified by Burk’s parents: “If there is anything that people can take away from this horrible tragedy, it’s that life is fragile and that they should live every minute of it fully.”
While dinner table, water cooler and broadcast conversations dwell ceaselessly on the violence and “meaning”of a crime, we as a society do very little to discuss, frankly and unapologetically, life as both beautiful and frail; the frailty underscores the beauty.What’s more, though it is far too easy to think we know “who” Samuel is through the damning lens of the allegations against him, we may certainly decry the continuing destitution and hopelessness that plagues the have-nots in our country. The stories – bordered but never bound by Skid Row – of our forgotten should not warrant the front page of the paper and the forefront of our thoughts only in times of calamity and accusation. And while Samuel’s apparently troubled past does not remotely explain or excuse his present, it should offer some tragic insight into circumstances many of us do not – and never would care to – understand. But Lily Burk, it seems, was not one of the many. She was a victim, yes, but she did not live as a victim, and any
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UCLA ends student Undie Run. Citing safety concerns, UCLA administrators told student leaders that the university will no longer allow the threetimes-a-year Undie Run, an unofficial campus tradition. Initiated in 2002 as a way of relieving stress during finals week, the Undie Run involves students running through campus, many in their underwear, in the middle of the night. The event regularly attracts 8,000 to 10,000 participants.
On the Town screens at UCLA. The 1949 classic, On the Town, starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra, is playing Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Billy Wilder Theater – Hammer Museum. The musical chronicles three sailors on a 24-hour leave in Manhattan and all the trouble they can and will get into, especially when each finds a gal, and song and dance take over. Tickets are $10 in advance online.
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honor paid in her memory must remember that. Her death is not an open door through which all kinds of fears may pass freely and recklessly, but rather as a window, a glimpse, a reminder. It may seem a semantic difference, but it’s the difference between the statement given by LAPD First Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell,“This could have been you, it could have been your daughter, and that is what drives it home,” one full of fear and foreboding, a lock-your-doors emotional and intellectual barricade, and the life that Burk herself lived: the Times reported that last summer she volunteered at Homeless Health Care Los Angeles downtown as part of their drug outreach and needle exchange program. She was a victim, yes, but she did not live as a victim, and she did not live in fear. On another day, on maybe every other day, Lily Burk walks back to her car on a warm summer afternoon and meets a man who recognizes her from the needle exchange, thanks her for her help and keeps walking.
SABLE STEVENS John Schulman, the former Warner Bros. executive, has been asked by the USC Gould School of Law to head its new entertainment law program. Aug. 1 was Schulman’s first day as Executive Director, putting the 2010 fall semester in gear for students pursuing entertainment law. Entertainment law courses will include classes from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the USC Marshall School of Business. Schulman retired from Warner Bros. in 2008 after serving as Executive Vice President & General Counsel for 25 years.
UCLA Makes Rooms for More Graduate Students A parking lot at the corner of Weyburn Avenue and Weyburn Alley is the new site for 504 studio graduate student apartments, adding to the already existing Weyburn Terrace complex. The building’s design has not been finalized, but the UC Board of Regents has approved a plan to raise $121 million for the construction, with no state funds used in the project.
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the art of love | Hi Lucia, I had three dinners with a man I met at church. I was totally smitten. I asked him if he was interested in me. He told me he’s bisexual, and I don’t meet his criteria for an attraction! I thought my gaydar was really honed, but this was shocking. How did this happen? —A.M. Hi A.M., Technically, he’s not gay, he’s bi. That may have made it harder for your gaydar to pick up the “signals.” What’s bothersome for me is that even though he’s not attracted to you, he had dinner with you three times! When you asked him about his interest, his answer was rude. He could have simply said he didn’t feel a connection. Bi or straight, his remark was uncalled for. Be happy you found this out sooner rather than later. Hi Lucia, There is this guy I’m interested in. I sent him a can of Crush with a message,“I have a crush on you, and if you don’t want to be crushed than we can be good friends.” The next time I ran into him, there were other people around. He said, “We can talk about this later.” I said, “Don’t feel pressured.” After they left he said, “Let’s talk about this another time.” Do you think he doesn’t like me and doesn’t want to hurt me, so he won’t tell me? —Angie Hi Angie, You’re right. He’s not interested. A real man wants to feel
stage when things are supposed to be wonderful, that’s not a good sign. It’s interesting that you were more turned off by her story than by her sleeping with you after you had just met! She’s shown you who she is. It’s now up to you whether you want to pursue this or not!
BY LUCIA masculine. Receiving a can of Crush with a message may have been cute in grade school, but when a grown woman sends it, it doesn’t make him feel masculine. It just makes Lucia him feel like getting away from her. When a man says, “We’ll talk about this later” or something similar, it means he does not want to discuss that particular topic. Leave him alone!
Hi Lucia, My girlfriend broke up with me and then called me a week later and said she made a mistake and wanted to get back together. I’m not sure what to do. —Jake Hi Jake, There is something called “premature reconciliation.” This is when a couple breaks up and then gets back together right away because they miss each other. To get back with someone just because you miss him/her, without addressing the reasons that led to the break up, is not a good idea. If your girlfriend was unhappy to the point of feeling the need to end things, there were probably also things you weren’t happy about either. Take some time to think about what the issues were and whether they are worth working on or not. Only then should you consider a reconciliation.
Hi Lucia, I met this girl who is kind of sweet but at the same time, weird. Yesterday, after I slept with her, she told me a kinky story about her and her mechanic. At first I was laughing about it, but now I am thinking that her telling me these things after we just met is completely out of line. I’m really irritated about this. I am developing strong feeling towards this woman. Am I being too sensitive? I feel bad about all this, and I am questioning myself. Do you think this could work out, or should I stop dating her now? —Bernd Hi Bernd, I don’t think I’ve ever had a guy ask me if he was being too sensitive! You sound like a feeling-oriented man, which would explain why you are interested in a woman who is in touch with her masculine side. I will tell you the same thing I would tell anyone who leads with their feelings – let your feelings be your guide. If you are not feeling good about the situation at this early
Write to Lucia at theartoflove.net. Read an excerpt from Lucia’s Lessons of Love at lessonsoflove.net.
Now-Sept. 5 @ Theater Asylum B Y AT H A L I A N A K U L A “Carved in Stone” tells a story of a young writer, Gryphon Tott, who dies in a subway accident and finds himself taken by a celestial elevator to a community of late, gay, literary lions dwelling in an afterlife lounge. When the residents explain that the elevator designates alike individuals to the same room, Tott encounters a puzzling situation: He has mistakenly been commemorated as a gay author and icon despite his heterosexual orientation. Tott and his newfound friends – Truman Capote, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams and Quentin Crisp – consequently attempt to resolve the contradiction, which leads them to discover the fine line between
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‘GOD BOX’ Now-Aug. 16 @ Actors Forum Theatre B Y L A U R E N B A R B AT O Tucked away in a dimly lit lounge at the Doubletree Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard, Anna Guigui sits perched at a black Baby Grand piano, relieving her frustration as her fingers glide up and down the keys for the duration of Doubletree’s cocktail hour. “God Box,” Guigui’s autobiographical one-woman show, is a bittersweet musical confection of first
artistic originality and plagiarism, and the occasional conflict between reality and perception. Theater Asylum is located at 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. For more information, visit carvedinstonetheplay.com.
Visit Exotic Polygonal Getaways! B Y J O N AT H A N K N E L L As summer winds down, it may seem that the party has pretty much moved on. Don’t believe it. There is still some fun in the sun left to be had for a reasonable price. Of course, it involves not actually being outdoors.
“Wii Sports Resort” Perhaps the most talked about virtual vacation spot this summer is the new “Wii Sports Resort.” This new title – the deserving successor of the classic “Wii Sports” – opens with your Mii skydiving in a very cool introduction to the new Wii Motion Sensor Plus peripheral. This peripheral may seem like a boring little box, but it is the key to some of the best parts of Wii Sports Resort. Once you land on Wuhu Island, you are introduced to a widely expanded list of sports-related abilities. Old classics like Golf and Bowling are back, but are given new modes and challenges like a full, 10frame hundred-pin bowling game. New modes like Frisbee, Archery Sharpen your archery skills with and Wake Boarding use the new “Wii Sports Resort.” precision of the Motion Sensor Plus to give you a far more realistic – and more importantly, fun – experience. It may take some time, but once you have learned how to add a subtle twist of your wrist to your shots in Table Tennis, you will appreciate just how much work Nintendo put into the title and the peripheral.
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Gryphon Tott (Levi Damione) and Truman Capote (Kevin Remington) in “Carved in Stone”
times and last resorts, childhood expectations and adulthood acceptance. Centered around her gig as the lounge’s singer-pianist extraordinaire, Guigui weaves together her varied life experiences and affectionate impressions of her ArgentineJewish parents with Billy Joel covers and original compositions. While the show often teeters that fine line between sweet and sappy, “God Box” possesses several intimate moments that uncover a softer side to Guigui. Actors Forum Theatre is located at 10655 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. For more information, visit Plays411.com/godbox.
If you do feel the urge to go outside, you can still get away to an idyllic, sports-themed island in “Pangya: Fantasy Golf ” for the PSP. This handheld adaptation of the free-to-play online game is a treat for both online fans and newcomers. For those who do not know the story, a group of humans are transported to a magical world that was saved by a magical version of golf to participate in a magical golf tournament. Yes, you read that right: magical golf. “Pangya” is both simple and challenging, offering a variety of courses set against beautiful landscapes. Many of the online game’s courses, items and characters return here in their full anime story, but now they also have their own confusingly random stories to tell. Granted, golf games may not be for everyone, but the arcade-style controls make this a far easier title to get into and special, magical shots like the Tomahawk add that quirky twist that should attract players who might shy away from a Tiger Woods title.
“Flower, Sun, and Rain” The final game locale in our tour is Lospass Island, the home of the titular hotel in “Flower, Sun, and Rain.” This trippy tale is actually a Nintendo DS port of a long-awaited Japanese PlayStation2 game where the player must explore the weird world of an island trapped in a time warp where they must constantly relive a day that ends with terrorists detonating a jet just after it leaves the airfield. Fortunately, you have a suitcase that lets you electronically jack into anything (including eyeballs) to try to unlock electronic, numerical codes. Needless to say, this is going to be a weird day. Like other games from Grasshopper Manufacture, “Flower, Sun, and Rain” seems to revel in its weirdness. The dialogue and situations are at once both whimsical and self-important, a trait that is compounded by the odd, “Animal Crossing”-esque babble used to express the voices. Ultimately, it is quite text-heavy, but the challenges are strange and confounding enough to keep even the most avid puzzle fans scratching their heads and the game itself is one of the most memorable trips you will take on the DS.
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point, I will accept just about any excuse. Tell me you wanted to learn from Pete Carroll, who is apparently regarded as the greatest coach in the game right now, despite the alleged recruiting games and attempted just violations that are suddenly 16 passes. tainting both him and your Okay, sure, your first former (and current) season here at USC, you teammates. were red-shirted, meaning Parimal M. Rohit I will even accept the you couldn’t really play a argument that you are the next Matt game. Pardon granted for 2007. Cassel, coincidentally the last highlyFine, last season, it was all about touted star quarterback to never Mark Sanchez, a senior who was start a game at USC, a perennial definitely going to get the starting nod backup in college becomes a highlyover you by mere rank. I will turn a paid starter in the NFL. Heck, I blind eye to 2008. would even believe you if you told But, what is your excuse in 2009, me you really came out here just for buddy? Your compthe sun, sand, surf and all other etition comes in the beautiful things associated with form of freshman living in Los Angeles. recruit Matt Barkley But do not tell me you and sophomore standlegitimately believed you would out Corp. Aren’t you a become the next heir in a recent junior this year? Aren’t quarterback lineage that included you the highest-rankCarson Palmer, Matt Leinart, John ing quarterback on the David Booty and Mark Sanchez. I am team by class? sure there were other quality Division Didn’t you have I programs who might have had you that perfect freshman as their main guy – and it’s not like season to hang your USC is the only school who produces hat on? I mean, come quarterbacks. Just ask Matt Stafford, on, Mitch, you have a who was the top pick in this year’s 61-2 record as a starter, NFL Draft. Last I checked he went to going back to your Georgia. junior high school days! So what’s the deal, Mitch? How So, what happened, Mitch? How did you let another sophomore take come Corp got the nod instead of the passing reigns away from you? you? For the first time, you can play Just what, exactly, were your plans at the whole “I got experience” card, and USC and what, if anything, went this is what you are doing with the wrong? opportunity? I look forward to your response. I mean, justify why to me, and to Kindly, all of college football for that matter, Parimal M. Rohit the reason why you are at USC. At this
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Dear Mitch Mustain, Normally, I do not write open letters like this. But, considering your predicament, I had to make an exception, just this once. As Trojan football camp begins this coming weekend, you will be watching a thrown football spiral through the air and into the hands of a Trojan receiver. In fact, you will regularly see plays just like this all day. Too bad you will see the ball leaving from the fingertips of Aaron Corp. Thing is, I am confused. After all, didn’t you leave the University of Arkansas for this very reason? I thought you were so upset that coach Houston Nutt benched you in favor of sophomore Casey Dick that you just had to leave that school for another program that would give you a starting Mitch Mustain position. I am sure you were not happy Nutt said you had less “experience” than Casey. After all, you were 8-0 as a true freshman! Who needs experience when you have results?! Yet, here we are, three years later. You are still pacing the sidelines. You left Arkansas for Southern California, and since coming to the land of the Trojans, you have played in just six
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BENDING IT LIKE BECKHAM THE LOS ANGELES GALAXY WERE OFF FROM MLS ACTION, but the squad still competed in an international club friendly game Saturday against universally known FC Barcelona at the Rose Bowl in front of nearly 100,000 fans. Midfielder David Beckham scored a beautiful goal off a free kick from 26 yards away, which proved he could still bend it like himself. Nonetheless, FC Barcelona overpowered the Galaxy in their 2The Galaxy's David Beckham scored beautifully on Saturday. 1 victory. The fact of the matter is that FC Barcelona’s team had too many talented athletes in comparison to the Galaxy’s. FC Barcelona practically played all their subs, which were more than 10. Both Pedro Rodríguez and Jeffren Suarez netted goals for the Spanish visitors en route to their triumph. Los Angeles, who currently sit in third place of the Western Conference, returns to action Saturday, Aug. 8, as they travel to the New England Revolution’s territory in Boston. Kick-off is at 3 p.m.
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KEMP-ERATURE RISING OF ALL OF THE PLAYERS ON THE first-place Dodgers this season, the most consistent hitter has been 24year-old center fielder Matt Kemp. Through Aug. 2, Kemp boasts the best average among team starters at .315. His average rose above a slumping Manny Ramirez on Sunday when Kemp tied his own career-best by knocking in five runs on the way to a 9-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves. It would be the third time in just two weeks that Kemp played hero by getting three hits or more and leading the team to victory. In a game against the Houston Astros July 19, Kemp scored all four runs in a 4-3 win prompting his teammates to jokingly call the game, “Matt Kemp vs. Astros.” With 64 RBIs, 14 home runs and 22 stolen bases, Kemp has shown
game that Kemp displays is infectious, making him a darling of the team and fans, especially the remarkable offensive versatility – ladies. With natural good looks and hitting for power while remaining a the manners of a southern gentleman, terror on the base pads. Defensively Kemp’s personal life has he’s no slouch, either. been the subject of much Dodger fans have been query. Yes, he is single, dazzled all season by but by his own account Kemp’s depth of coverage he does not want a in center field and his girlfriend. rifle-strong throwing “Only trouble,” he arm. says with a grin when the Less seen is the subject comes up. leadership Kemp proAnd yet the Dodger vides off the field. He is star does little in the way unofficially the clubof discouraging the house DJ, carefully sel- Matt Kemp: a darling of the team and fans, especially ladies. Famous for being ecting the music played the ladies aloof with reporters, he is in the locker room after surprisingly polite and respectful with each win. Much to the chagrin of female members of the press. Kemp reporters trying to ask questions, the chalks it up to a good upbringing. room feels more like a club than a “My mother taught me how to clubhouse. treat a lady,” he assures. The enthusiasm and love of the Tim Rudnick
A SHUTDOWN FOURTH QUARTER DEFENSE AND CANDACE Parker’s double-double helped the Los Angeles Sparks end their sevengame road trip on a positive note over the weekend, as they defeated the Sacramento Monarchs, 59-56, Saturday. The Sparks (6-10, 3-9 on the road), who have not played at Staples Center since July 5, finished the road trip with a 3-4 mark. Parker steadied the Sparks with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while DeLisha MiltonJones added 13 points and Tina Thompson scored 10. Saturday’s game concluded an exhaustive start of the season, where the Sparks played 12 of their first 16 games away from Staples Center. The Sparks have four home games coming up. They host Candace Parker of the Spars earned a double-double. the Seattle Storm Aug. 6, Indiana Fever Aug. 10, New York Liberty Aug. 11 and Sacramento Monarchs Aug. 14. All stats as of Aug. 3.
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to a NEW LEVEL.
1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles; dodgers.com/mannywood The Dodgers created an individually numbered, limited edition Mannywood poster featuring artwork from July 22’s victory that featured Manny Get a Mannywood poster at Dodger Stadium. Ramirez’s dramatic, pinch-hit, tie-breaking grand slam on his own sold-out bobblehead night. The posters will be distributed to the first 20,000 fans attending tonight’s game versus the Milwaukee Brewers.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 5
The National Parks: Our American Landscape
Three days of jazz by the water with Patti Austin, Hiroshima, Jazz Attack, Ledisi, David Sanborn, Angie Stone and many more!
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; waterandsky.com Ian Shive left the glamorous life of Hollywood photography to document the beauty of our National Parks for future generations. The author signs and discusses his new book, The National Parks: Our American Landscape. 7 p.m.
West Hollywood International Film Festival
SUNDAY, AUG. 9
Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City; sideswipepro.com Sideswipe Performance Team is a martial arts-based group that blends traditional martial arts with gymnastics and acrobatics to create an extreme, high-flying display of talent, strength and stamina. Through Sunday. $27.
whiff2008.com Cutting-edge shorts and innovative features from over 20 countries will bring together writers, producers and actors from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. Through Saturday.
Reggae Night VIII
THURSDAY, AUG. 6
Summer Under the Stars
Hermosa Beach Open Hermosa Beach Pier, 1286 The Strand; avp.com The AVP Crocs Tour Hermosa Beach Open will feature Olympic gold medalists Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, among other beach volleyball superstars. Through Sunday.
Malibu International Film Festival malibufilmfestival.org The 10th edition of the Malibu International Film Festival will feature 28 independent films from all over the world. Through Saturday.
Rainbow Lagoon, [400-403] Shoreline Village Drive; longbeachjazzfestival.com
Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave.; hollywoodbowl.com KCRW’s World Festival presents Toots and the Maytals, Michael Rose and Gregory Isaacs. 7 p.m. Tix start at $10.
Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park; greektheatrela.com Go Country 105 presents country sensation Rodney Atkins along with Jack Ingram and the Eli Young Band. 6:30 p.m. Tix start at $20.
MONDAY, AUG. 10
Clueless ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd.; arclightcinemas.com Not only one of the funniest high school movies of all time, but possibly the funniest Jane Austen adaptation ever. 8 p.m., screening at 10:30 p.m. 21+
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