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Diane, 22, is the cover photographer for this week’s issue and a recent UCLA graduate who enjoys jazz and hot showers. She’s a new resident of downtown Culver City and finds herself frequently gorging on bacon-wrapped “sidewalk” hotdogs. She has shot for Flaunt and is currently working on a book featuring photos from her most recent trip to the Philippines. dianeabapo.com See Diane’s feature on page 22.
Rudy has been a pro photographer for over six years. He educated himself about photography at Cal State LA and Tri-Community Photo Center. Photography has been his passion for as long he can remember. He has photographed for Sprint, the Oscars, NASCAR, NFL, MLS and others. He shoots for Campus Circle on a regular basis. He also owns a media company called Indie Love Media (indielovemedia.com). He is a part of a group of photographers, artists and Photoshop junkies called Faded and Blurred (fadedandblurred.com). See Rudy’s feature on page 25.
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FLY PHOTO EXHIBITS IN L.A. BY EBONY MARCH
Earlier this year, I interviewed Mark the Cobrasnake. For those of you who aren’t raging club junkies, he’s the photographer for Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak empire. Aside from being a very cool guy, his love of capturing images really left a lasting impression on me. Sure, I’ve known and worked with some of the finest shooters out there, but it’s always nice when someone behind the scenes is still excited about the work. How does one go about finding fun places to check out the best pictures? I mean, with all the movie events and fashion stuff constantly going on, other art forms can get lost. Well, I’ve found a few really cool photo exhibits coming up soon. Photographer Irving Penn once took a nude photograph of supermodel Kate Moss so beautiful that it was projected to sell for nearly $50,000 at auction. Sure, Ms. Moss is a hottie, but Penn is just that good. If you’re curious about this enigmatic photographer then you’d be wise to check out his exhibit of blue collar workers at the Getty (1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles; getty.edu). Through Penn’s lens, these skilled tradespeople get their due, being immortalized by some of the greatest eyes this world has known. Even more astonishing is the fact that every single person in the exhibit was shot over half a century ago in the 1950s. Penn’s collection will be shown through Jan. 10, 2010. Tea is the new coffee, so screw all you Starbucks junkies.
An exhibit that wishes to usher in this new trend is Steeped in History: The Art of Tea (which is currently on display through November at the Fowler Museum at UCLA’s North Campus; fowler.ucla.edu). This exhibit is a close look at one of my all-time favorite things to curl up to, which is a steaming hot cup of Sleepytime. There are photos as well as other forms of art that show all kinds of folks enjoying tea time in exotic and metropolitan locales. If you’re an anglophile or a hillbilly with a love of “Southern house wine” then you’ll be into this one – big time. He was a winner of the prestigious Guggenheim grant who went on to capture Americana like no one else. Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank took to the road – by car – in 1955 and shot everything he saw using nothing more than a hand-held Leica camera. Think of it as the photographic answer to what Kerouac and the Beat poets were doing back in their heyday. These pictures have now become a moment in our history at a time in which very few of us were alive. Frank’s work, “The Americans,” can be seen through Oct. 19 at MOCA (152 N Central Ave., Los Angeles; moca.org). When I was two, I remember my parents rushing me, in the rain, to have my picture taken at Sears when we lived in D.C. It’s one of my very first memories. I can recall the photographer placing my hands neatly in my lap – my blue dress soaked with water and my favorite red cowboy boots dangling against the partition holding my booster seat. It was a truly funny moment. I’m sure kids who grew up in Los Angeles have similar moments to mine that may have been captured with a bit more spontaneity. Pasadena’s Armory Center for the Arts (145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena; armoryarts.org) is holding an exhibit of its 20year Artful Programs history. Anyone who has taken part in an activity there could very well show up within the selected photos. This is a great way to look back on one’s childhood and to celebrate the armory’s artful past.
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Finally, are you a water baby down to your very core? Does your love of coral reefs and the life aquatic haunt your daydreams? If so, then you may be just the person the L.A. Underwater Photographic Society (laups.org) is looking for. This club and its members take to the Pacific to shoot some of the craziest sea life imaginable. Recent “shootouts,” or underwater dives, ran roughly $115, but membership fees are super low. They range from $15 to $45. The best works are eligible for competition and are even displayed on the club’s Web site.
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A third in a string of water main breaks occurring Oct. 4: the corner of St. Andrews Place and 4th Street in Hancock Park.
LOS ANGELES’ WATER MAIN BREAKS Should We Be Concerned? BY STEPHANIE VAZQUEZ Three new water main breaks on Sunday, Oct. 4, have just been added to the already long list of citywide ruptures. The first was reported at 12:45 a.m. on 5th Avenue just south of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Leimert Park. A second minor break was attended to on Menlo Avenue and 133rd Street in the Gardena corridor around 1:30 a.m. The third occurred on St. Andrews Place at the corner of 4th Street in Hancock Park shortly before 4:30 a.m. Water main breaks in Los Angeles this past September were double what they were in September of last year, but the breaks are not indicative of an extremely unusual problem, according to Department of Water and Power officials. In the month of September, the DWP has recorded 43 breaks that have required “significant repairs” as opposed to the 21 breaks that required those same repairs last year. The number has doubled, but it is within the normal range that the DWP experiences in the aging Los Angeles pipeline system.
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The Department wants the problem of the recent breaks to be put into “proper perspective.” The number is actually lower than the number of ruptures that occur nationally. “[Los Angeles is] averaging four leaks per day,” says DWP spokeswoman Maychelle Yee, “which is actually low when you look at the national average.” However, the issue has garnered higher attention recently because of the persistence and grandeur of the incidents, forcing people to believe that the problem is more dire than usual. The first blowout to attract attention occurred on Sept. 5 in Studio City. A water blowout occurred on Coldwater Canyon, engulfing the street in extreme water and mud. The street was closed for an entire week in order for the rupture to be fully repaired. Then, just two days after the blowout in Studio City, a water pipeline broke in Valley Village. The breakage created a six-inch sinkhole that a fire engine fell into. Both incidents created dramatic images that attracted high attention, and the numerous incidents that occurred after – in Encino, Sylmar and the Hollywood Hills – have only contributed to peoples’ growing concern. The Department recognizes that there has been an increase in larger breaks this year. These breaks are characterized as those that force shut downs of streets and cut off service to DWP customers. There have been 30 of these ruptures since September. Other recent breaks occurred on Saturday, Oct. 3, in Glassell Park, which flooded and damaged three homes, and then Monday, Sept. 28, on San Vicente Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, which caused street closures and cut off service to a dozen customers. An investigation is currently underway to determine
what has been causing the breaks in the water system. However, the department won’t begin to speculate on any causes until the investigation has been completed. “We are investigating and don’t want to be rushed into a wrong answer,” says Yee. “We are looking into every single possibility.” The department is consulting with outside experts from the University of Southern California, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Cornell University and others to help them with their investigation. Some of these experts are speculating that the mayor’s recent push to conserve water caused the ruptures. They believe that cutting sprinkler use to two or three times a week caused strain on the water main system, forcing the pipes to rupture. The Department is also actively trying to repair the pipeline system in general. According to the DWP Web site, “LADWP has replaced 160,000 feet of mainline and has set a goal of replacing 110,00 feet in the coming year.” The pipeline repair program is being done in hopes to prevent these types of severe breaks in the future. The pipeline repair system’s only flaw is that the pipe system won’t be fixed immediately, which means that there will probably be more water main breaks in the coming month. In the midst of these recent activities, Department of Water and Power Chief H. David Nahai, who has held this position since December of 2007, announced his resignation Oct. 2, adding that he plans to be an advisor to former president Bill Clinton’s climate initiative to fight global warming. Deputy Mayor S. David Freeman, who was the head of the DWP from 1997 until 2001, will temporarily run the department until a replacement is found.
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YOU’RE SMOKING? You Gotta Be Joking! BY C. MOLLY SMITH More lethal than car accidents, suicide, alcohol, AIDS, homicide and illegal drug-related deaths combined, smoking poses a very serious and deadly threat, yet approximately 4.5 million children and adolescents, in the United States alone, choose to smoke cigarettes. When you light up you are ingesting and emitting more than 4,000 chemicals, 40 of which are carcinogens like tar, carbon monoxide, nicotine and hydrogen cyanide, a chemical used as a genocidal agent in World War II and to kill rats. Your sense of taste and smell decreases, your teeth rot, you become weaker, it’s an incredibly expensive habit, it costs $1,500 to smoke a pack a day for a year and you are more likely to use and abuse alcohol and other drugs. When you smoke you are not only polluting your health and the environment, you are also destroying the health of others; secondhand smoke kills around 50,000 non-smokers each year. Kind of selfish, isn’t it? Most teenagers agree that smoking is pointless, dangerous, pricey, unhealthy, simply uninteresting and tastes gross. “Why would I pay four dollars a day to kill myself?” asks Stephanie Chassman. “I want to be able to breathe when I am 40,” claims Kelcie
Meyer. Liberty Tilman plainly states, “I’m too good for them.” Cigarette companies try to make smoking seem elegant and sexy, but the majority of young people aren’t buying it. “I want to be seen as classy and not die a painful death,” states Kamer Erken. In addition to being unappealing and aimless, teens’ most serious concern: potential and probable fatalities. One-third of all new smokers will die from smoking related diseases like cancer, heart disease, lung disease and strokes. Many teens have seen these effects firsthand; they have lost their relatives or friends to these diseases. Jasmine Delgado dislikes the side effects smoking has had on her father: “I hate when he smokes them. I hide his cigarettes sometimes.” Jonathan Benbeniste says he won’t smoke because “my grandpa died of lung cancer,” but “I probably would have if he hadn’t.” Is that what it takes? Do people need to have a firsthand experience with death to prevent them from making poor health decisions? Every teen who was asked about smoking knew a smoker and was aware of the health risks. “How can you not be?” asks Jesse Pilchen. And if they didn’t know all the specifics, then they had a very good general idea. So why is it exactly that teens continue with this horrible habit if they know that their lives are at stake? “I really have no idea why. I started because I was really young and stupid and I was told it would relieve stress, now it’s become a habit,” states Hillary Kolber. “I like the taste, and it’s a five-minute escape from everything when you can just concentrate on your thoughts,” declares Chloe Dahl. Mekenna Ball smokes “partially for the oral fixation of
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smoking and it’s a great stress reliever.” These smokers are the minority, and if they do smoke it’s normally just as a social activity, but there’s a good amount of these smokers who constantly crave this poison. Dahl says, “I need cigarettes to function, or it’s all I can think about and I’m in a horrible mood.” Most realize the risks and have tried to quit multiple times, but ultimately they were unsuccessful since smoking is a habit that grows; the younger you start, the more likely you’ll be hooked for life. If they’re starting now, then they’ll have a serious addiction as well as many expenses and health problems to deal with in the future. There is hope though. If a teen smoker were to quit now, in 10 years their lung cancer and heart disease risk would be back to that of a non-smoker. It may seem like a long time, but if you think about the large amount of deadly toxins that have permeated your body, this is a pretty quick fix. And for those of you who aren’t smokers, don’t start now. It’s more likely you’ll never become a smoker if you don’t smoke in your teens. So do yourself and others a favor: Don’t light up.
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Now that fall feels like it’s officially here, and the weather is slightly cooler, it’s time to head to the desert for a day trip or weekend expedition. It just so happens that only minutes from Palm Springs, in the foothills of Joshua Tree National Park, you’ll find Desert Hot Springs, one of the greatest thermal water areas in the world. The smoking pools of water instantly melt away your built-up stress from hunching over books and laboring for long hours at computers, plus there are a handful of other health benefits from the mineral-rich waters as well. Though there are over 20 spas to choose from, the Spring is the answer to your quest for tranquility. The grounds are beautifully manicured, blending seamlessly with the surrounding desert landscape, and peppered with three sparkling pools of varying degrees. The indoor one is maintained at body temperature, which is hotter than the larger outdoor pool, yet cooler than the small outdoor hot tub (which is 104 degrees). In order to gain access to the pools and Finnish sauna for the day, you must reserve a spa treatment. This could be as simple, yet satisfying, as a 30-minute Poolside Manicure ($40) and 50-minute Poolside Pedicure ($50), or the ultimate in self-appreciation: the 90-minute Spring Buff. During this treatment, you are buffed with imported mitts to exfoliate and stimulate circulation and energy flow. This is followed with a rejuvenating body massage and hair washing. When was the last time somebody else washed your hair?! There is no lunch service at the Spring other than a fruit and cheese platter, but you are welcome to pack a lunch. They have a common Living Room with a refrigerator and silverware where you may lounge and eat. The Spring is located at 12699 Reposo Way, Desert Hot Springs. For more information, visit the-spring.com.
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Dodger catcher Russell Martin made his way to the clubhouse iPod before last Friday’s opener against the Colorado Rockies and carefully dialed in his selection. A soulful rock ballad, “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas, came over the sound system in the locker room sung at climactic pitch: “Carry on my wayward son, there’ll be peace when you are done, lay your weary head to rest, don’t you cry no more.” It seemed an apt choice for a team struggling to win just one more game to clinch the Western Division title while All eyes are on Dodger Andre Ethier in fighting off their longest losing streak of the the playoffs. season. Of all times to hit the skids! Since squandering a four-run lead against the last place Pittsburgh Pirates with just two outs to go on Sept. 27, the Dodgers could not catch a break. The starting pitching, the bullpen and the hitting had all floundered, and anxiety was beginning to mount. Some jokes were made among players and the press that the losing streak was some kind of secret ploy to bring home the Division-clinching win to Los Angeles, but following Friday night’s defeat against the second-place Colorado Rockies, the suggestion didn’t sound so cute. The anxiety lingered until well into the night on Saturday, Oct. 3. Despite stellar pitching by Clayton Kershaw, the game was scoreless until the bottom of the seventh when, at last, the offense burst into life. Casey Blake, James Loney, Ronnie Belliard, Mark Loretta, Juan Pierre and Manny Ramirez, in succession, tag-teamed to bang out five runs before a jubilant crowd of 54,000. It was as though a curse had suddenly been lifted, and the crowd sobbed with ecstasy. The Dodgers sealed the deal with Jonathan Broxton on the mound in the ninth and a lazy fly ball to right fielder Andre Ethier for the third out. It seemed a fitting touch that all eyes should be on Ethier after a season in which the right fielder has been responsible for half of the team’s 12 walk-off hits. “It tastes so good once it finally touches your lips,” said Casey Blake wearing a ski mask in the clubhouse amidst gales of champagne and beer exploding in every direction. While the party carried on there was already talk of the future. “It’s a new season,” said Rafael Furcal matter-of-factly, his faced splashed with beer. The postseason begins Wednesday, Oct. 7, when the Dodgers host the St. Louis Cardinals for a best-of-five series. There are legitimate reasons for the Dodgers to be intimidated. Of the seven games the teams played this season, the Cards won five. Furthermore, in a short series the importance of a couple of dominant pitchers is amplified. It is not a good sign when the opposing team’s one and two pitchers are competing with one another for the league’s Cy Young Award. The Cardinals will start Chris Carpenter (17-4) and Adam Wainwright (19-8) for games one and two. At Dodger stadium this season they have combined for an ERA of 1.50. Randy Wolf (11-7) will start game one for the Dodgers, a pitcher with as much heart as anyone in baseball and a fastball frequently below 90 mph. In his last start, Wolf lasted only five innings, giving up five hits and four walks while allowing two runs in the first inning. Wolf is known for starting off shaky but getting his bearings straight in later innings. In the postseason, that kind of performance doesn’t fly. Clayton Kershaw (8-8) will start game two for the Dodgers. The 21-year-old pitcher who injured his non-throwing shoulder last month earned the spot after throwing a fantastic five innings on the day the Dodgers clinched. The solid performance was an encouraging sign, but many wonder if the youngster has the necessary experience to pitch well in the postseason. Regardless of who pitches, the Dodgers will have to face the likes of Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday, arguably the best hitters in the National League, in the middle of the Cardinal lineup. With Sunday’s victory over the Rockies, the Dodgers ended their season with a record of 95-67, equaling their best record since 1985. In that year the Blue Crew advanced to playoffs and faced, of all teams, the Cardinals. Dodgers lost in six games, but hey, like the regular season itself, that’s history!
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Lisa Leslie looks at me and smiles. She has been answering questions all morning at El Segundo’s Toyota Sports Center about her current state of mind, what with her professional basketball career officially coming to an end just two days earlier. Yet this question has nothing to do with her. As she sits in this purple art deco chair in the corner of Michael Cooper heads to USC. a conference room adjacent to the second floor offices of where the Lakers, Kings, Sparks and D-Fenders all do their business, Leslie seems to appreciate the lighthearted question I just threw her way. OK, maybe she doesn’t appreciate it that much, but she definitely sports an innocent smile when I ask her whether she had a hand in convincing Michael Cooper to step down as Sparks coach, only to move a few blocks down the Figueroa Corridor to accept the X’s and O’s position at Leslie’s alma mater of USC. “That was all him,” she utters with a gleaming smile on her face. “I had nothing to do with that.” One thing is for sure: She was happy to have Cooper as a coach and mentor while playing with the Sparks, telling both myself and several other reporters how much she learned from him on the floor. Though, she is mum as to whether she would follow Cooper to Galen Center and join him as an assistant with the Women of Troy. “I don’t know about that. Is there an offer on the table?” Leslie jokingly says in a raised voice, turning her attention away from me and toward Cooper who is standing just outside the conference room in the busy hallway, but still close enough to hear Leslie’s leading question. Cooper does not respond, though it was unclear whether he is willfully ignorant to Leslie’s hints or if he is just so engrossed in saying his goodbyes to the Sparks personnel that he just does not hear the pleas of his now-former superstar player. Let us just hope he is too engrossed in bidding adieu to the Sparks, as Cooper walks away from coaching professional basketball in order to try his hand at the college ranks – a first in his career as a head coach. “It’s time to do other things,” Cooper tells me. ”I had a great run here. They’ll go on [without me)]. I love challenges. That is one of the reasons why I even considered this.” Certainly, his response provides no hints of coercion by Leslie, but Cooper apparently did not need any convincing. Apparently, he was sold when he looked at the team he would have in place upon his arrival. “They have a very good team that carried over from last year; they are a team who likes to shoot the basketball. In college, it’s about putting the ball in the hoop, and we have a team who can do that. I think it’s fair to expect a [record of] 20-10 [next] season. They have a lot of young players who are, hopefully, receptive to what I have to bring there,” he remarks. One person who struggled to be receptive was Noelle Quinn, the former UCLA standout who is now a starting guard with the Sparks. In fact, she expresses advice to Cooper as he takes over the helms with the Women of Troy. “It’s the University of Spoiled Children!” she jokingly says. “He has to be careful down there. I would have preferred him to be a Bruin, but no hard feelings. He just has to be careful!” All joking aside, former Tennessee standout Candace Parker thinks Cooper’s coaching style is perfect for the college game. “I think he’ll do a great job in college,” she says. “His excitement for the game will definitely shower down to everybody on his team.” Cooper’s excitement for the game has already taken him quite far, what with eight championships in professional basketball and a WAC title in his senior season as a player at New Mexico. Now, the man who wore knee high socks will try his hand at imitating his winning ways on the professional stage with the Women of Troy. Despite my loyalties to UCLA, all I can tell Mr. Cooper is: “Fight On!”
Los Angeles Dodgers will host the St. Louis Cardinals Oct. 7 at 6:37 p.m. and Oct. 8 at 3:07 p.m. or 6:07 p.m. at Dodgers Stadium. For more information, visit dodgers.com.
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Another week, another fallen Trojan whose injury could have been the USC’s Joe McKnight (4) stiff arms against Cal’s perfect excuse for disappointing loss – but Syd’Quan Thompson Oct. 3. USC did not need Stafon Johnson Saturday, as No. 7 Southern Cal (4-1, 2-1) handily disposed of California (3-2, 0-2), 30-3, in Berkeley. Tailback Joe McKnight scored two touchdowns on 20 carries and 119 yards rushing, and freshman quarterback Matt Barkley completed 20 of 35 passes for 283 yards as the Trojans limited a hyped-up California offense to 285 total yards compared to 457 total yards for USC. The reeling Bears, who entered the game ranked No. 24 in the AP Poll, failed to score a touchdown in consecutive conference losses, being outscored 72-6 in their last two games despite entering the season as a Top 15 program. Southern Cal acknowledged Johnson, recovering from throat surgery after a freak weightlifting accident last week, was a big factor for the players on Saturday. “He was a big motivator for us,” Barkley told the Associated Press. “Stafon knew we were on a mission tonight. I’m proud of our guys and how we played.” Meanwhile, the Bruins were not so fortunate on the other side of the bay, as the Cardinal defeated UCLA, 24-16, at Stanford on Saturday afternoon. The UCLA defense failed to contain a Stanford team that strung together scoring drives of 80, 83 and 75 yards. Keying the Cardinal victory was running back Toby Gerhart, who scored three touchdowns and rushed for 134 yards and 29 carries to help Stanford improve to 4-1 (3-0 in Pac-10). Quarterback Kevin Craft had a decent outing for UCLA, completing 22 of 34 passes for 204 yards and had zero interceptions. However, the Bruins struggled to find the end zone and convert on third downs, earning a first down just two times on 10 attempts. The Trojans have a bye this week but travel to Notre Dame Oct. 17, while the Bruins prepare for No. 13 Oregon at the Rose Bowl.
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Both No. 3-ranked UCLA and USC begin Pac-10 action at home this week. UCLA (9-1-1) starts conference play favored to win the Pac-10. The team is coming off a convincing 2-0 win over Pepperdine on the road last Friday. Sophomore forward Sydney Leroux leads the Bruins with 11 goals and one assist. The Bruins’ only loss thus far came at No. 1 North Carolina in August. USC is 8-3 overall, including a powerful 4-0 win over No. 25 University of San Diego Friday. USC’s three losses have come against Top-20 programs (No. 15 Ohio State, No. 16 St. John’s, No. 17 Texas A&M). Alyssa Dávila leads the Trojan attack with five goals and four assists. Pac-10 play opens Friday with UCLA vs. Arizona at Drake Stadium and USC vs. Arizona State at McAlister Field. All stats as of Oct. 5.
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KINGS, DUCKS STUMBLE IN SEASON OPENERS BY PARIMAL M. ROHIT The Kings’ Alexander Frolov
No amount of controversy off the ice was works the puck. enough to stop the Phoenix Coyotes from spoiling the Kings’ home opener on Saturday, as the embattled NHL franchise in the Valley of the Sun defeated Los Angeles, 6-3. Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves in net, and Radim Vrbata scored two goals for Phoenix, while the Kings received goals from Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar and Alexander Frolov. “That’s probably the worst scenario that you have on opening night,” Kings head coach Terry Murray told the Associated Press after the game. “We looked very out of sync, we were not passing the puck well, we were overhandling the puck and it was just sloppy play.” Los Angeles (0-1-0) was without top defenseman Sean O’Donnell due to a two-game suspension earned in a preseason game against the New York Islanders. The Coyotes (10-0) played their first game under new head coach Dave Tippett, who replaced Wayne Gretzky after his Sept. 24 resignation. Upcoming games for the Kings include a home game against 0-1-0 Minnesota Oct. 8, followed by trips to St. Louis (2-0-0) Oct. 10 and New York (Islanders, 0-0-1) Oct. 12. Meanwhile, a few miles south in Anaheim, the arena formerly known as the Pond was invaded by the Sharks, as 1-1-0 San Jose defeated the 0-1-0 Ducks, 4-1, on Saturday. Newly acquired Shark Dany Heatley had two assists, while Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton both scored a goal apiece in the first period; San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves in between the pipes. The lone Ducks goal came about halfway through the third period, when Ryan Whitney found the back of the net to end Nabakov’s bid for his 47th career shutout. “They played the game at a higher pace than we were playing it at,” Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle told the Associated Press. According to ESPN, the Ducks are now 7-8-1 all-time in home openers. They play their next three games on the road, Oct. 8 in Boston (1-1-0), Oct. 10 in Philadelphia (2-0-0) and Oct. 11 in New York (Rangers, 1-1-0). All stats as of Oct. 5.
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THE DAMNED UNITED
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BY CANDICE WINTERS
Michael Sheen Scores as Legendary Soccer Manager
Timothy Spall as Peter Taylor and Michael Sheen as Brian Clough in The Damned United
It’s the very expensive price of ambition, and you can’t just throw money at it and hope it goes away. Fame and glory and recognition, they are the product and the price of said aspiration, and they can really come back to bite you in the butt. Brian Clough is the most successful manager you’ve never heard of. Known as football to the rest of the world and soccer to only us ingenious Americans, the sport was revolutionized by the young manager who refused to accept his place as he shattered the etiquette once so integral to an establishment run by British high society. Fluctuating between the late 1960s and early 1970s, The Damned United is based on a true story about the career of Clough played by masterful Michael Sheen. Despite very different career paths, the actor, whom you may know from Frost/Nixon and the highly anticipated Twilight sequel, New Moon, found a point of reference between him and his eccentric character counterpart. “If, just as everything was ahead of me, if at that point something had happened to stop me from ever acting again, if I had become a director instead of an actor – that was my point of connection with him. If I was not able to do what I believe was my vocation, and then did
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something that meant I watched other people doing it – what does that do to you? There’s a terrible sadness about it, which he completely covered up,” he says. The film is set when Leeds United is the best soccer team Britain has to offer, and manager Don Revie is the most popular man in the country. Derby County is the worst team in the nation, and no one even knows who Brian Clough is. That is, until Derby County takes just a few years to work its way up to the No. 1 spot. With the help of his right hand man Peter Taylor (played by the ever-talented Timothy Spall), Clough manages to score the job of his life – manager of Leeds United. Clough naively approaches the position under the assumption that he can bring change to a team that, in the past, relied on underhanded tactics to win. Still faithful to former manager Revie’s ways of playing the game, the team takes Clough begrudgingly. And like most eager visionaries wanting to succeed the honest way, Clough spends a brilliant 44 days as manager before the team does so poorly it is forced to fire him. Clough goes on to win back-to-back European Cups with Nottingham Forest, considered one of the greatest achievements in football history. But it’s his reputation
as a controversial figure that precedes him. And it’s those damn 44 days, those damned United that will remain as his legacy. Though Clough passed away in 2004, his spirit is adroitly carried through Sheen, who is charisma personified. However, the accomplished thespian did an abundant amount of research and developed a theory about the outrageous public figure. “For a man who was famous in Britain for being the epitome of arrogance and self-confidence,” says Sheen, “the thing that surprised me was how little self-confidence he really had, how much he had to achieve things in order to boost up his self-belief. Anyone who’s that driven to achieve, to be the best, I think feels that they have to make up for something. There’s a never-ending hunger for something that has to be fulfilled.” Director Tom Hooper moves the story effortlessly, and Sheen’s portrayal of the misunderstood football manager allows the viewer to become fully invested in rooting for the underdog. And I’ll be damned, you will be rooting for him. The Damned United releases in select theaters Oct. 9.
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‘IT’S UP TO US ALONE’
COMEDY Comedy for College Kids
Mike Birbiglia stops in L.A. Oct. 16.
A husky, sleep-deprived voice rings across the other end of the phone at the very early hour of 10 a.m. one weekday morning. Even though his words are delivered with a monotony that could be mistaken for boredom, comedian Mike Birbiglia doesn’t need to sound like an eager beaver to convince you he’s interested. And his act definitely does not require celebrity imitations or goofy voices to make you laugh. In fact, he recently wrote and delivered a one-man play “Sleepwalk With Me,” which was produced by Broadway legend Nathan Lane. Now Birbiglia (that’s bur-big-lia) is engaged in a nationwide comedy tour that hits Los Angeles Oct. 16. “We sleep on the bus,” divulged the 31-year-old comedian. “It’s kind of a cool experience. You do the show, you go to the bus and fall asleep while the bus is driving. It’s like the bus driver is a Santa Claus-type figure. You wake up, and you’re in another city. It feels kind of magical.” Originally from Shrewsbury, Mass., the Italian-American started doing comedy nearly 10 years ago. In his sophomore year at Georgetown University, Birbiglia won “The Funniest Man on Campus” contest, which awarded him the chance to perform at the D.C. Improv. At 23, he was chosen to perform in the “New Faces” category of Montreal’s prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. “It’s the uncensored aspect of it,” says the funny man about his passion for the stage. “I don’t even curse a lot on stage. With stand-up you can write a joke in a day and put it on stage that night. There’s immediate feedback, because the audience can tell you how it’s going.” He’s slowly gaining a large fan following that includes mostly college kids who particularly enjoy and connect with his real-life inspired stories. “It’s fun to go out and meet people who have my albums or who’ve seen my specials,” admits a modest Birbiglia. “When you’re starting out in comedy, the audience tends to be the passersby who just came to see a comedy show. When you reach a point that people come to see you on purpose, it’s exciting. It’s like telling jokes to your friends.” Mike Birbiglia will appear Oct. 16 at the Avalon. For more information, visit birbigs.com.
BY JOE HORTON It’s not a Churchill communiqué from the Battle of Britain or an FDR fireside chat, but “It’s Up To Us Alone” hopes to channel a bit of that radio magic to address the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. “I go by Pen. P-E-N. People go by various names, that’s what I go by,” Pen says. Pen is a spokesman for the People’s Email Network, an online progressive advocacy group and the driving force behind “It’s Up To Us Alone,” a two-act radio drama set in the echoes of recent Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli military incursions. Starring Ed Asner (fresh off his voice work success in Pixar’s Up) as Ari Shalom, the radio play features a full cast of actors taking on a script that looks at both the broader, international implications of war as well as the personal costs of conflict. “In my opinion, [Asner’s work] is one of the greatest acting performances I’ve heard anywhere,” Pen says. “We’re hoping to stimulate discussion on the Middle East,” he continues. “The idea of the play was to roll the movie ahead … to say to people, this is the track we’re on, folks, do you like the end of this movie? And if you don’t, then what are we going to do about it? And by the end of the play, we make a very strong statement, basically that all war doesn’t serve the interests of either side of a conflict. People on both sides lose.” To stimulate that discussion and to involve listeners with the broadcast, the entire first act of the play can be heard online at usalone.com. Pen says he has also reached out to college drama departments around the state to use the play as a teaching tool, and visitors to the Web site can predict how the second act will unfold to win a signed and bound copy of the script. The entire play will premiere Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. on KPFK 90.7 FM on the dial in Los Angeles, with the 40-minute drama followed by a discussion. For more information, visit usalone.com.
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Michael Strahan brings funny to Friday night. BY SAMANTHA OFOLE Combine two movie veterans, throw in a former NFL player and sprinkle in a little chemistry and the result is a hilariously funny sitcom. “Brothers” focuses on a former NFL hot shot (Michael Strahan) who moves back to his parent’s house in Houston and finds that his sibling rivalry with his wheelchair-bound brother (Daryl Chill Mitchell) has not lessened with age. Wedged between the brothers are their strict-but-loving parents, played by veteran actors CCH Pounder (“The Shield”) and football pro-turned-actor Carl Weathers, who gained fame as Apollo Creed in the Rocky movies. With elements of “Family Matters” and “The Cosby Show,” it’s a heartwarming and comical sitcom, which centers on the relationship between the brothers and features guest appearances by Kim Kardashian, Tichina Arnold, Lenny Clarke, Mike Tyson and Snoop Dogg, who plays a lawyer. “It’s a show about family and the adversity that we all encounter in our lives, and the thing about this family is that they really epitomize family, love and support and throughout or in spite of their bickering, they have a bond that supersedes anything else,” says Weathers. A show with a predominantly African-American cast in an era when black-themed series seem to be dwindling, many are hoping it will revive the demise of the black sitcom, but Strahan, who helped create the half-hour comedy, isn’t feeling the pressure to deliver.
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“Black sitcoms have been dead. There hasn’t been one in a while. But we don’t look at it as a burden or a challenge or anything like that. We look at it as just a good show. We want to put on a show that is funny and is something that anybody can enjoy, and it just happens to be that we are an AfricanAmerican cast.” “Brothers” airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on Fox.
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“The Office,” “Parks and Recreation” and More BY FREDERICK MINTCHELL From “The Cosby Show” and “Cheers” to “Seinfeld” and “Friends,” Thursday nights on NBC have been home to comedy for well over 20 years. While the four comedies in the upcoming season aren’t the ratings behemoths that the aforementioned series were, they are still critical and cult favorites. “30 Rock” (scheduled for 9:30 p.m.) is probably the highest profile show of the four coming off its 22 Emmy nominations and five wins this year, including its third consecutive Emmy for Best Comedy. In its three seasons on the air, it has accumulated a whopping 49 Emmy nominations. “The Office” (at 9 p.m.), a remake of the BBC hit, has become a hit in its own right, consistently nabbing high ratings in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo. It has also been
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an Emmy fave, garnering 24 Emmy nominations in five years. Starting as a midseason replacement show last year, “Parks and Recreation” (at 8:30 p.m.) may not have the critical kudos yet, but star Amy Poehler can boast of two consecutive Emmy nominations. Though they were both for “Saturday Night Live,” you can bet her comedic chops will shine through in her new gig. The new show in this season’s lineup, replacing the underrated “My Name is Earl,” is “Community” (now at 9:30 p.m.), starring Joel McHale of “The Soup” fame and Chevy Chase. Many critics are already calling “Community” one of the best new shows of the year. “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office” and “Community” have already begun their new seasons, while “30 Rock” premiers Oct. 15. “Parks and Recreation: Season One,” “The Office: Season Five” and “30 Rock: Season 3” have all been recently released on DVD if you’d like to be brought up to speed on anything you might have missed. If nothing else, you must see the “Kidney Now” episode of “30 Rock,” destined to become a classic.
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Stranger Than Fiction: Part This is Spinal Tap, part American Movie, Anvil! The Story of Anvil is a documentary following the travails of an aging metal band still on the quest for fame. After releasing an influential album in the early ’80s, which would inspire platinum artists such as Metallica, Anvil all but disappeared. The lifelong friends, now in their 50s, are still at it despite the struggle to provide for their families. The heartbreaking and hilarious film marks the directorial debut of the screenwriter of The Terminal. Also included is a conversation with Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. Se7en is a film that didn’t overuse horror conventions.
Slaves to Convention This week, there’s a question I want to mull over. When most of the new films that come out in a certain genre become slaves to convention, the films tend to become less original in their design. I love horror films. Horror films are my comedies. I howl with laughter at horror films, and the reason is because horror films don’t scare me. People like Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin scare me; horror films don’t. But most new horror films rely heavily on the conventions that built them, and a lot of them may not hold up without those conventions. What I’m wondering is if people care or not. Do people want more or are they satisfied seeing the same conventions used over and over again? For instance, every horror film must have orchestra hits. An orchestra hit is when you get a loud blast of sound when something or someone jumps out at the characters on screen. Just in case whatever jumps out doesn’t freak you out, the unexpected burst of sound will. Even I jump in films when that happens, even when the movie isn’t scaring me at all. Technically you’re not really being scared, you’re being startled. The orchestra hits are used over some of the biggest conventions of the genre. Examples are: a character opening a mirrored surface then closing it to reveal somebody behind them; opening a door then closing it to reveal someone behind them; suspense builds up, a cat or something small jumps out as a fake out and then the real killer jumps out; the killer pops back to life one more time after he’s supposedly been killed. Stuff like that. Nine out of 10 horror films have at least one of those examples in them. Some examples of films that didn’t overuse these conventions are Alien, Jaws, Se7en and the first Saw. My question is: “Do people care?” Do people want more scares based on the material, or are they content to be startled by orchestra hits over the same conventions? Either way, one convention that will always be scary and never get old is dead silence.
Loose vs. Lose I have to break away from film here for a minute and address something completely unrelated to movies. For some time now I’ve been noticing a troubling grammatical trend that has begun to worry me. I’ve noticed that a lot of people are using the word “loose” when they mean to use the word “lose.” You may be thinking that it’s a simple mistake and probably nothing, which is what I thought at first, but then I started seeing people do this in lots of talkbacks, forums and blogs on the Internet way too often to be coincidence. If you don’t believe me, just keep your eye out for it. I have a theory as to why this is, but I really hope I’m wrong about this. My theory is that it’s possible that people are becoming dumber. Americans are not as bright as we used to be. Now that we have celebrities who are dumb as nails that are practically celebrated for their dumbness, being intelligent and well-rounded is no longer something to be admired. You can be dumb as nails and be just as influential, if not more, than people who are renowned for being smart. Are things like this making people feel that they don’t need to be smart? I’m concerned that people letting the word “loose” slip past them is maybe one of the first small symptoms of the mental deterioration of America. However, I really hope I’m wrong about this because there’s nothing more I’d love than for Americans to be super smart and super articulate. You know, like Glenn Beck.
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The Vault: One of the greatest films of all time, The Wizard of Oz, gets a special 70th Anniversary release, featuring a beautiful new digital restoration. The two-disc edition comes loaded with extras, including several retrospectives, deleted scenes, home movies from composer Harold Arlen, audio from recording sessions and a sing along feature! Roman Polanski’s noir masterpiece Chinatown gets Paramount’s Centennial Collection treatment. Jack Nicholson stars as an in-over-his-head P.I. in Depressionera Los Angeles, supported by Faye Dunaway and John Huston. This is about as perfect as storytelling gets. This third release will feature commentary by screenwriter Robert Towne with special guest David Fincher (Zodiac) as well as a retrospective featurette. The Idiotbox: The Complete First Season of
David E. Kelley’s quirky law firm comedy “Ally McBeal” comes to DVD (also available as The Complete Series). Calista Flockhart plays the title character, a young single lawyer with an overactive imagination looking for love while working alongside her ex and a cast of eccentrics. Peter MacNicol, Portia de Rossi, Lucy Liu and Courtney Thorne-Smith also star. “Paranormal State” returns for The Complete Season Three. The thoroughly entertaining reality series follows Ryan Buell, founder of the Paranormal Research Society, and his team of investigators. Using Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) recordings, thermal cameras and consultations with psychics and demonologists, PRS travels the country investigating reports of otherworldly phenomena.
The Horror! The Horror! Prolific Japanese genre director Takashi Miike broke out stateside in 1999 with Audition (now in a Collector’s Edition DVD and Blu-ray). A staple of torture porn aficionados, Audition is about a lonely man and his film producer friend who hold a fake audition for a leading lady in order to find him a girl. He gets more than he bargained for when he falls for a beautiful ballerina with a dark past. The nightmarish film features commentary by Miike and interviews with the cast. British Invasion: Author Colin Bateman adapted his undercover cop novel Murphy’s Law specifically for star James Nesbitt (“Jekyll”) in the series of the same name. Nesbitt is terrific as the Irish detective who takes to the bottle after the IRA murders his daughter. Now the brash and charming Murphy goes to London where he infiltrates deadly gangs. Nesbitt owns the role as Robbie Coltrane does in “Cracker.” Series 1 is now available. Have You Seen? This Halloween, never mind the remakes starring the likes of Paris Hilton, check out these original versions of horror classics: House of Wax (1953) stars the legendary Vincent Price as a wax artist who, after his life’s work is destroyed and his hands rendered useless, goes insane and starts displaying real people covered in wax. Black Christmas (1974), an early example of the slasher film (predating Halloween by four years), stars Margot “Lois Lane” Kidder as a college student stuck at her sorority house over Christmas vacation while a psycho stalks and murders her friends. The versatile Bob Clark directed. When A Stranger Calls (1979): “The call is coming from inside the house!” First Scream stole those words, then the remake. A psycho terrorizes a babysitter with bizarre phone calls. Twenty years later, he returns to stalk her again.
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Chris Rock questions African-American beauty ideals. BY SASHA PERL-RAVER Chris Rock is one of the funniest people alive, there’s no question of that, and his new documentary, Good Hair, not only reaffirms his comic genius, it provides fascinating insight into the culture of African-American beauty ideals. The film, which Rock co-wrote (with director Jeff Stilson, Lance Crouther and Chuck Sklar), produced and stars in, was sparked when his daughter Lola came to him in tears and said, “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?” He decided he needed to figure out how and why his daughter, who was only 5-years old at the time, had already developed a complex about a part of her body that she would be battling and obsessing over for the rest of her life, along with the majority of the rest of the black community. Traveling from hair battles in Atlanta to weave shops in Los Angeles, temples in India (where the best weave hair comes from) to barbers shops in Harlem, Rock spoke to stylists, admitted “creamy crack” addicts (another term for relaxer), hair dealers, scientists and celebrities to explore all the ways hair factors into life as an African-American person. Rock was first struck by the idea for a film on this subject 15 years ago when he stumbled across the Bronner Bros. hair show in Atlanta.
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“I thought it would be a good movie,” he says, “but I was in no position to get a movie made at the time, at least not that kind of movie.” But a decade and a half later, his daughter’s question jarred him back into thinking about the subject of AfricanAmerican hair and the epic subculture and commerce that surrounds it. “It started out to be a movie about the hair show,” Rock explains, “and we were going to do tentacles out from the hair show, but it turned into the exact opposite.” The film evolved to include celebrities like Nia Long discussing the finer points of “weave sex,” the Reverend Al Sharpton talking about his first perm and Maya Angelou describing hair as “your glory.” “For every person in the movie, there’s two who got cut,” Rock says. He reveals the celebrities and national figures who made the final cut were “the ones who were open about it. [Those who] were out of the closet about their hair.” Of course, it isn’t just the African-American community that has an obsessive relationship with something purely superficial about their appearance. When asked if he sees any parallels in the Caucasian, Hispanic or Asian communities, Rock immediately replies, “Of course. [Look at] the amount of white women who dye their hair blonde. They’re not blonde. Half this town’s blonde, and they’re not really blonde. Most of my friends’ wives have nose jobs. No one likes what they look like anymore. That’s the world we live in.” To be fair, it isn’t just women who fixate on how they look. It took some pressing, but Rock finally admitted he’s splurged on his own beautification before. “I don’t know,” he hems and haws before offering, “You get particular about getting your hair cut.”
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So what’s the most he’s ever spent to ensure he looked good? “$700 so my barber could come and cut me,” he says before insisting, “but not for the cut, for a plane ticket! [It was before] going on stage at Madison Square Garden in front of 20,000 people. In my normal life, I could care less, but when I’m going onstage, everything has to be right.” As Good Hair’s producer, star, co-writer and shepherd, everything had to be right as well. Rock says his role in seeing the film through from concept to completion wasn’t wrapped up in a single title; it was all part of delivering a brilliant final product. “[John] Singleton once said to me, ‘I’m not the director; I’m the protector.’ That stuck with me.” Good Hair releases in select theaters Oct. 9.
MIKE BIRBIGLIA “MY SECRET PUBLIC JOURNAL: LIVE” Mike Birbiglia’s easygoing storytelling style, delivered with an immense self-deprecating (and often quite dark) charm, has made him a favorite of college audiences and radio hosts alike. MY SECRET PUBLIC JOURNAL LIVE captures the comedian alone on stage reading from his oft-visited blog of the same name, gleefully injecting perfectly timed asides.
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(Sony Pictures Classics) With the economy the way it is, it’s a lucky person who isn’t worrying about money and their own economic circumstances. In 1961 England, 16-year-old Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is the star pupil at the expensive school her parents have sent her to in the hopes that she’ll get into Oxford. She lives in sleepy, suburban Twickenham with her conservative parents and plays cello in the youth orchestra because that’s what the family can afford. But Jenny dreams of a starstudded life in Paris, full of glamour and sophistication. And then suddenly, there’s David (Peter Sarsgaard), driving onto the scene and into Jenny’s life. David is everything Jenny wishes she could be, and he’s willing to take her along for the ride. With his money, he introduces her to a world full of nights out at the opera, classy jazz clubs and art auctions. He’s even agreed to whisk her off to Paris for her 17th birthday and managed to convince her parents to let him do so. The catch? He’s in his 30s. But even so, David is kind and caring, not at all your typical sugar daddy trying to turn Jenny into a glorified whore. So just when her goals are all within reach, Jenny must choose between educating herself on the easy route to life she’s wanted for so long or taking the traditional role towards the self-sustaining lifestyle her parents always wanted for her. An Education, a memoir by Lynn Barber that was adapted by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy), is a masterfully told coming-of-age story. It’s got everything a good drama should have and the emotions that get bandied about feel so real, it’s heartwrenching. The film benefits from a star-studded cast that includes Alfred Molina, Rosamund Pike and Emma Thompson, but it is Mulligan who really shines in the film. This young actress captures the feelings of the film perfectly without overdoing it and you can feel yourself itching for the sparkle of city lights along with her. Even though the story is set in the 1960s, it doesn’t feel dated. Sure, the costumes are a little hokey, but they’re true to the era (which, in all reality, was also a little hokey) and the themes (which is what really matters anyway) are timeless. Grade: A —Melissa Russell An Education releases in select theaters Oct. 9.
Free Style (Samuel Goldwyn) One thing that happens when you ask motocross riders about their sport, you see their faces light up. This sport is about passion and the determination to improve. It’s a sport you have to go out of your way to advance and to become a part of. It’s a culture in itself that only a few are ever exposed to. But unlike baseball, basketball or hockey, motocross focuses on a team of one. You will never hear a motocross rider give you any batting averages or lineups, but you will hear how motivated they are and how many times they are willing to grab their bikes and try to make something of themselves. In the movie, Free Style, starring High School Musical’s Corbin Bleu, you see how hard his character, Cale Bryant, works to help support his family and his passion. He works two jobs selling electronics and pizza, but no matter how hard it gets, the more Cale struggles to get the one thing he has worked for. Cale’s ultimate life goal is to become a professional motocross rider, which might sound like a one in a million opportunity, but in this case, Cale believes he could be that one. He knew from a young age it would never be easy for him to go to college or live up to the goals he had made for himself, but that was not going to stop him. Through every task and job he undertook, he has seen
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Jenny (Carey Mulligan) and David (Peter Sarsgaard) in An Education
his mom (Penelope Ann Miller) end up in the hospital, he lost his girlfriend to a competitor motocross rider, grew up with no father and lost his sponsorship, all which can really bring a person down. But he was not ready to give up. He kept pushing his bike up the hill no matter how many times he was pushed back down and because of that, he grew. He found an old, beat up bike and worked three times as hard to make it into a masterpiece. He became one with that bike – knowing how it moved and how much he needed it to bring him above everyone else. With the support of his sister (Madison Pettis), his mom and new girlfriend (Sandra Echeverría), Cale knew he could do anything he set his mind and heart on. Grade: A—Jessica Goodman Free Style releases in select theaters Oct. 9.
Karate Film Café (Bright Blue Gorilla) Once upon a time – back in 2002 to be exact – a quirky comedic actress named Nia Vardalos released her film, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. That project blew the door off a world that was only known by kids with eccentric and ethnic parents. It went on to become one of the topgrossing independent films of all time. Did it do so with flashy special effects? Nope. Did it have a high caliber cast? Well, save for John Corbett and a few character actors from back in the day, uh-uh. It succeeded based on a funny point of few, a bunch of sweetnatured jokes and good old fashioned word of mouth. Well, Vardalos may need to don some comfortable shoes so she can very carefully step aside and pass the torch to a new group of filmmakers with a dream. Robyn Rosenkrantz (producer) and Michael Glover (writerdirector) bring their fun and snappy sensibility to the comedy Karate Film Café. This duo is also behind Bright Blue Gorilla, a musical project that has afforded the two to travel throughout Europe, singing and making money to turn out fun films.
They have lent their names and ambition to bringing back TRUE independent filmmaking (with previous releases such as The Mind of Henry Lime and Sister Sarah’s Sky), as opposed to moviemaking, which has been partially funded by and/or co-opted by the big studios – KUDOS! Karate Film Café is an amusing look at a Hollywood Karate school that teaches a ... special brand of martial arts. It houses a DVD store with busted and lame movies (uh, can you say Be Kind Rewind?) and to add insult to injury, it’s also got a cafe that employs a cook who just isn’t worth a damn. What’s more, there are a slew of funny characters particularly my favorite, Stew (played by Brian Joseph), a singer allergic to everything. He’s written a song about it. Want to hear it? Here it goes... I’m not going to tell you that Karate Film Café will change anybody’s life. I’m also not going to lie and say that it’s a flawless piece of movie magic. But to anyone who loves a good laugh and a little bit of campiness, it’s right on time. I think of it as a cross between Monty Python and the work of Joel Hershman. Trust me, they don’t call it “90 minutes of Love, Death, Bad Food and Good Music” for nothing. Grade: B —Ebony March Karate Film Café releases in select theaters Oct. 10.
Paranormal Activity (Paramount) It must have been about halfway through the running time when I started to feel like I wanted to leave the theater, though not because the movie was bad … it scared the absolute hell out of me. The story is simple. A young couple thinks their house is haunted, so they set up a camera while they sleep to see if they can make sense of the phenomena. They soon discover that the house is, indeed, haunted. Very haunted. I finished Paranormal Activity with my hands covering my face. I had to will myself not to look away from the screen. Continued on page 17
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This movie turned me into a cowering child. It finally ended and the enthusiastic crowd began to mill their way out of the theater. I could hardly stand up. My legs were weak, I had a tension headache and I was physically exhausted from being scared. I had goose bumps on the way out of the theater and for most of my drive home. When I got to my apartment, I turned on my living room light and sat on the couch until the sun came up. No movie has ever given me that much anxiety. Paranormal Activity was apparently shot on a shoestring budget. The kind of horror on display is that which feeds on the power of suggestion, so don’t expect Poltergeist special effects. In fact, the film’s best effect is its use of audio. If you’ve ever given yourself the shivers because you thought you heard a spooky sound in your house, then this movie will terrorize you. Technically, and despite the budgetary restrictions, Paranormal Activity is firing on all cylinders. The cast performances are grounded in believability, and the camera work is what you would expect, given the cinéma vérité style of the narrative. This movie is for anyone that’s ever been afraid of the dark in his or her own home. It’s for people that stay up too late telling scary stories, or surf YouTube for videos of ghosts. Paranormal Activity is in limited release. If your area is not currently playing the film, you can insist to have it screened there by going to ParanormalMovie.com or eventful.com/ paranormalactivity and demand it. If the demand is high enough, the film will come to your area. Grade: A —Nick Day Paranormal Activity is currently in select theaters.
Peter and Vandy (Strand Releasing) Ah, yes, young love. How is it that a couple can go from puppy love to being that couple who makes snide remarks at each other? You know, the kind where you’re pretty sure it’s an insult (I mean, it sure sounds like one), but maybe, just maybe it isn’t. Love. It’s complicated and wonderful, hard and … confusing. And that’s what Peter and Vandy is really about. Peter (Jason Ritter) and Vandy (Jess Weixler) meet, date, live together and become that twisted, manipulative couple at the party. The one that seems to stay together, but you’re not really sure why. The thing about Peter and Vandy though, is that the story’s told all out of order. We see little pieces of their everyday lives. The way they go about doing the little things we all do. The way they live and interact with each other. These little glimpses help make up a mosaic of their past to help the viewer get a feeling for where they’re going. I guess it’s supposed to be an artsy, new take on a tired, old storyline – like Memento or Eternal Sunshine meets The Notebook – but in all reality, the film just comes off as confusing and slightly slow (and not in that good, “Is he going to call me?” sort of way). It feels intimate in its own way, and it really does manage to capture the relationship and vulnerability that Peter and Vandy share with each other, but the narrative is hard to follow. Really, that’s the point, I’m sure, since by the end, you have a good idea of where their relationship is headed and why they are the way they are. It’s an allegory for love – the way you justify things that go wrong, the regrets you have and what you think about when you think you’re on the verge of giving up and how a couple falls into a comfort zone that they don’t want to leave. The way it’s confusing. It’s a very thorough look at how a couple got to be the way they are, and it’s not a story of love triumphing over all else. It’s a story about how you have to work at love and how sometimes it can surprise you. Grade: B—Melissa Russell Peter and Vandy releases in select theaters Oct. 9.
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that showcase the best of what the city has to offer. The truth is: I have a fascination with Los Angeles and its inhabitants that will never go away. These shots were taken in Downtown at the monthly art walk, a Hollywood club, FDR’s kitchen and a rave at the Shrine Auditorium.
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Cover photo from Ian Shive’s The National Parks: Our American Landscape
IAN SHIVE Captures Our American Landscape
BY MELISSA RUSSELL We’ve all seen conservation photography. You know, the images of dolphins dying in nets or a sea turtle slowly starving because there’s a plastic ring stuck around its neck. The kind of image where you can get a glimpse of what nature was before humans decided to use it carelessly. Sure, some of these images might spur people to get up off their couches and donate some money to an environmental cause. But these are not the images Ian Shive shows to the world in his new book, The National Parks: Our American Landscape. “90 percent of [conservation photography] falls under what I call ‘the fear mode’ – the wilderness is threatened, you know, save this and that,” says Shive. “But my whole goal is to find a way to inspire people to do things. And I
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think by showing what’s out there, what’s worth saving, what’s so beautiful, what’s so inspiring and sometimes just so interesting about being outside, that’s what I’m trying to convey in the images.” And Shive’s photographs are nothing if not inspiring. He is the kind of photographer that captures landscapes untouched under fantastical sunsets or animals frolicking in their natural habitats. These are not your LOL Catz photos or that squirrel lounging in your backyard. Shive is adamant, “There’s nature photography, and then there’s conservation photography. The difference is if you go to a national park or you’re in your backyard and you take a pretty picture of a landscape or an animal or the bird feeder, that sort of thing, even the sorts of things that I have in my pictures, that’s nature photography. Conservation photography is when you put them into action.” So how did this former marketing suit in Sony’s major motion picture division become the award-winning photographer that he is today? “It’s been kind of something that I’ve enjoyed for a long time. Like a lot of people, I started in college,” he says. But while he was at Sony, he led a double life. He would go to studio events during the week, but the weekends would often find Shive moonlighting in an exotic (to us city dwellers, at least) landscape. And then it would be back to the daily grind on Monday. “That kind of went on for a couple of years, and it was kind of like a secret dual life, because one thing in your
professional career is that you don’t want people to think that there’s something bigger, better, more important to you. I really did enjoy my job, but sometimes, people just don’t quite understand that you can have two things that you really enjoy doing. So I tried to keep them as separate as possible.” About two and a half years ago, though, this double life caught up with him. With a portfolio full of images from weekly excursions, Shive packed up his life at Sony for good. He took his archives to an agent who managed to sell Shive’s images to the likes of National Geographic and Outside Magazine, and not only covered (first class!) travel expenses, but also started to ask specifically for his talent. “It got to this point where I really enjoy being outdoors,” says Shive, “and I have this great job and I’m getting offers to travel around the world and around the country shooting these jobs, making, you know, almost – well, not as much money. It’s definitely a risk and at times, it’s a good living, but it’s certainly a much better lifestyle.” And when you look at his photographs, sometimes it’s hard to imagine that those photos are anything but Photoshopped. The colors are sharp and vivid – certainly the sky could never turn that shade of purple! But Shive insists that the beauty in his photography comes only from nature. This is more of an issue of principle than of pride. Because as Shive says, “It’s not just taking pretty pictures. People can affect change through photography.” For more information, visit waterandsky.com.
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photo walks every month all over Southern California with the goal of getting the creative juices flowing in people. I took these photos on Aug. 29, 2009 at Venice Beach.
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Thursday (l to r) Paul Peglar, Jessica Freedman, Chris Harrison, Katharine Anne Hoye, Rachel Bearer and Ben McLain of Sonos
SonoSings at UCLA
Stumbling upon a big, bright orange book in the UCLA library with a gold ‘Sonos’ inscription on (l to r) Paul Peglar, Jessica Freedman, Chris Harrison, Katharine it provided the a cappella sextet Anne Hoye, Rachel Bearer and Ben McLain of Sonos with inspiration to name their group after the French word for sound system. Initially consisting of 15 people, the indie a capella lineup whittled down to the current six members: Jessica Freedman, Chris Harrison, Paul Peglar, Katharine Anne Hoye, Ben McLain and Rachel Bearer. For the past three years, the group has been gaining experience performing and continuously evolving their sound. Ready to take the next step, the group recently released their debut album, SonoSings. The album marks the beginning of the road for Sonos, and they now have to take on the challenge of changing people’s preconceptions of a cappella music as nerdy. But the members are optimistic that their music will find mainstream success. “There’s a weird shift in a capella making a comeback,” says Jessica Freedman. Citing Fox’s hit series “Glee” as an example, the band believes they have entered the market at the right time. Moreover, their collaborations with a heterogeneous group of musicians, like Kanye West and Sara Bareilles, help to secure the support of listeners with different musical sensibilities. “After shows, people come up to us and say they didn’t expect this to be cool,” says Katherine Hoye.
Oct. 9, 10 @ Knitting Factory Oct. 12 @ the Glass House I have long sang Thursday’s praises in these pages, and this week will be no different, because no See Thursday on Friday, Saturday or Monday. matter how many praises I sing, this band continues to not see the recognition they deserve. They’ve been proverbially there and back, surviving trials and tribulations that would break lesser bands to continue making music that challenges both themselves and their listeners. Though you’ll get a different answer for which album is the band’s best depending on whom you ask, and admittedly I too have my own clear favorites, the band has always been consistent with the intricacy of their instrumentation and the emotional investment each member puts in. Each of their songs has some level of emotional resonance, and the band has yet to fail me in delivering that same intensity in their live shows.
Hyper Crush Oct. 10 @ the Roxy Everything in life needs more Hyper Crush. Even though I’m not the type that really buys into that whole “let’s talk about sex and drugs to sound hardcore” thing, I still want Hyper Crush as the soundtrack to my everyday life. Even the most mundane of daily tasks would feel infinitely more epic with this hiphop-meets-electro-pop threesome in the background. It’s still the same bravado you’d expect from hip-hop, but … actually packaged in the form of good music.
A Loss for Words
SonoSings is currently available. Sonos will perform with Margaret Atwood Oct. 9 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. For more information, visit uclalive.org or myspace.com/sonosings.
Oct. 12 @ Cobalt Cafe Continuing this week’s trend of bands that break the clichés and molds of the genres they sprang from, the Boston natives of A Loss for Words may look like another pop punk band on paper, but see them live or pop in their album and you’ll hear and see a different story. Frontman Matty Arsenault has no hesitation to bring his band’s big sounding brand of rock in audience members’ faces, in a charming way though, not a “I’mgonnagetaconcussiono rlosemyfrontteeth” way. Well … unless you provoke it; I mean, they are from Boston.
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The Real Braveheart Jason Clark
On stage, her voice captivates the audience. Her presence is as powerful and calming as a warrior goddess. She moves like a siren with her arms open and her head up as she harnesses the energy of souls of the past. She was given the name N’dambi when she was chosen to deliver the truth; her deep vocal timbre channels emotions Catch N’Dambi at Amoeba that inspire us to connect with our innermost secrets, those Oct. 9. that must cripple our soul in order to drive us past the challenges that we face in every step of our lives. She does this by opening her chest and exposing her innermost complex workings, the things that have given her strength and have made her a trobairitz. “My inspiration to make music has always been to give a voice to something that people think but may not know how to say in words, or to evoke a feeling people want to feel,” N’dambi says. With her third domestic release, Pink Elephant, N’dambi has joined forces with Stax Records, the home of classic soul music that changed the face of the music industry in the early to mid ’60s. Recorded in Santa Monica with producer Leon Sylvers III, Pink Elephant tackles the raw circumstances that one has to face when dealing with matters of the heart. To expose oneself in this manner takes courage, one must have a brave heart to be able to peel back the scar tissue and expose all the wounds to the elements. With a keen eye, N’dambi watches and observers the environment in order to make connections with listeners as she tells stories about life and love. Without fear, this powerful heroin marches forward through her odyssey providing the score for her journey as well as ours. Pink Elephant is current available. N’dambi will be at Amoeba Records Oct. 9. For more information, visit myspace.com/ndambi.
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Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Downtown; clubnokia.com All ages/$35/8:30 p.m. This is going to be a high-energy show with some of today’s most popular hitmakers on one stage who share at least five Top 40 hits between them. These three titans of the airwaves are a must-see if you like to party hard with no regard.
Sean Kingston, Flo Rida, The New Boyz
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OCT. 10 Michael Franti & Spearhead The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; livenation.com All ages/Tix start at $29.50/8 p.m. Michael Franti on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”? That’s right, he’s performing on her show. Then, it’s off the Wiltern to spread messages in support of social justice. He’s especially outspoken for peace in the Middle East. He even made a film about it: I Know I’m Not Alone, in which he travels to Iraq, Palestine and Israel to explore the human cost of war. —JK
Footwork Terrace Restaurant, 443 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; myspace.com/footworkfriday 18+/$5, RSVP@going.com/footwork; ladies free/9 p.m. Saturday night is still live because of the Footwork ’90s hip-hop party that used to occur on Fridays. This party is an ode to the most diverse time in hip-hop to date. With the name Footwork, this party has always been the place where dancers come to show their A game and a venue where countless dance battles have taken place. Every second Friday.
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STEwART COPELANd BOOK SIGNING
Signing copies of his new autobiography: Strange Things Happen: Life with The Police, Polo, and Pygmies. If you plan on coming to the event, purchase your book at Amoeba on the day of the signing. If you cannot attend the signing, order the book on Amoeba.com by noon on October 8, and we’ll have Stewart Copeland sign it for you before shipping! For an exclusive interview with Copeland visit Amoeba.com!
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The long-awaited Stax Records debut from N’dambi: vocalist, pianist and composer from Dallas, Texas. On her new album Pink Elephant (out now), she ingeniously distills soul-deep inspiration into a sensual style of elegance and power, making her a fundamental new addition to the Stax Records legacy.
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On Poncho Sanchez’s new CD, Psychedelic Blues, fragments of Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa and other infectious grooves collide and churn in a fiery swirl, with results that are no less than dazzling. Psychedelic Blues is out now on Concord Picante and the live show is not to be missed!
Ancestors Of Sound Mind (Tee Pee) When Black Flag grew their hair long and started to play five and six minutelong songs complete with lengthy guitar solos, some in the crew-cutted macho punk scene were scandalized. Were these icons of hardcore letting the hippies win the culture war? Well, Greg Ginn made no secret that he was both a Deadhead and a Ramones fan all at once. More than a generation later, Los Angeles’ Ancestors play rock in a similar vein of syncretism. The songs are generally long, as in 13-plus minutes long, and sewn together with synthesizer music that could have been taken from the soundtrack of a Nova special on the life of bacteria. Each song is a genre-bending epic in which you can hear disparate echoes of Fugazi, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and Finland’s funeral-doom kings, Skepticism. Intense and at times lugubrious, the songs take their own sweet time, giving the finger to those behind them who would dare honk their horns. Grade: B+ —Damon Huss Of Sound Mind is currently available.
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the Street” (broke young boredom –later covered by Cheap Trick as the theme to “That ’70s Show”) and “The India Song” (daydreaming) capture their ’70s moment as vividly as anything that people actually saw or heard that decade. Like the rest of Big Star’s first album, #1 Record, they evoke what people thought or felt while listening to ’60s rock and contemplating real life beyond. Finding those songs in their original sequence – along with the spine-tingling “September Gurls” from Radio City, the follow-up recorded after co-leader Chris Bell left – is one of rock’s essential pleasures. But owners of both can skip the reissue-plus-bonuses on Concord and head straight for Keep an Eye on the Sky, Rhino’s lovingly annotated and packaged box set, chock full of previously unreleased (and un-bootlegged) rarities – including a live recording of the Alex Chilton-led lineup from January ’73. Rhino Handmade’s deluxe issue of Bell’s posthumous mid-’70s solo album I Am the Cosmos emphasizes the same point: The loss of Big Star to commercial oblivion was a hole that indie rock has been filling ever since. Grades: #1 Record: A+; Keep an Eye: A; Cosmos: A—Peter S. Scholtes #1 Record/Radio City, Keep an Eye on the Sky and I Am the Cosmos Deluxe are currently available.
Big Star: #1 Record/Radio City (Fantasy/Ardent/Concord) Big Star: Keep an Eye on the Sky (Rhino) Chris Bell: I Am the Cosmos Deluxe (Rhino Handmade) Children of Chuck Berry, the Beatles wrote with an eye on eternity, generalizing as they reached back for the blues. Children of the Beatles, Big Star reached back only for pop, with a boogie that came natural in Memphis, and wrote more specifically: “The Ballad of El Goodo” (about Vietnam), “Thirteen” (teenage self-romance), “In
really lovely bluegrass touches, and the recordings themselves feel rather intimate, particularly when Fink is alone with her guitar. Grade: B —China Bialos Ask the Night is currently available.
Robert Earl Keen The Rose Hotel (Lost Highway) It’s country twang, it’s county fairs; It’s easy to say the record fits right smack into the middle of the country music genre - like a hitch in yer giddy-up. A very happy-golucky dude, Keen mixes hillbilly boogie with bluegrass, honkeytonk, folk and pop/rock for a well-rounded album. Keen’s first record in four years comes flooded with messages cynically speaking to society’s innovation with “Wireless in Heaven” and sentimentally speaking to how lazy he is in “Something I do,” a pretty hillbilly song with loosey-goosey reggae undertones. Even though he’s covering Townes Van Zandt’s “Flying Shoes” on track two, and even though he’s drumming up plenty of twang for it, it feels like innocent twang – when Van Zandt’s more whiskey garbled, smoky twang steals that show. Musically we’ve definitely got talent, while substantially, it’s lacking a bit. Grade: B —Anna Webber The Rose Hotel is currently available.
ThE dEvIL MAKES ThREE
With a slightly punky perspective on vintage American blues, The Devil Makes Three is a breath of fresh musical air. On their latest, Do Right Wrong, their live show and energy are captured on disc. Laced with elements of ragtime, country, folk and rockabilly, the critically praised, drummer-less trio brings forth a genuine approach to acoustic music that is deeply steeped in rhythm. The band plays their full set, live at the Echoplex October 15th.
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Ask the Night (Saddle Creek) I imagine Orenda Fink to be the timid, polite, perhaps humorless type, one who sits in her basement recording space among friends and says, after experimenting with a few minor chords, Oh, that riff is sort of weird – let’s see what we can do with it. Maybe she even uses the word neat. But she writes a good folk song, and while the Southern Gothic thing is getting a bit tired, it’s been a pleasure to hear her quirks and watch her blossom since Azure Ray. Ask the Night is sort of a concept album which first asks, “Why is the night sad?” and rounds itself out when the moon answers this question to the beat of a setting sun at album’s conclusion. The record’s not perfect – Isaac Brock’s angry lisp makes for an awkward backing vocal track on “High Ground,” and “The Garden” smacks of the Indigo Girls. (“Love and peace will fill your heart?” Really, now.) But there are some
Once Upon a Lie (MRV) Ah, yes, Sunstreak. They’re the band that managed to make Billboard without a record deal, and you may have heard them on Warped Tour. Must be amazing, right? Straight off the bat, Once Upon a Lie is disappointing – it sounds a lot like a whole bunch of other emo/piano rock bands. In fact, I think they may have plagiarized an opening from Yellowcard. With smooth vocals that are reminiscent of (but stronger than) Mae’s, and synthlaced bubblegum emo rock to back it up, it sounds like there’s only one song on the entire album. Luckily, that one is good, but personally, I’m not interested in listening to 40 minutes of the same song. On the whole, the album sounds like something you’d love in high school but outgrow in college. Much like your size 5 jeans. Grade: C—Melissa Russell Once Upon a Lie is currently available.
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Q&A with the Legendary Lemmy Kilmister
Whether or not it’s the scope of the land or the years of tradition, there’s something pleasingly different about bands that come from the UK. The novelty is a factor, but look at the impact and longevity of American bands versus the guys across the pond. To help shed some light on the issue, I got on the phone with English singer/bassist Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead. Kilmister formed Motörhead in 1975 and has put out over 19 studio albums, giving way to 20 hit singles.
So you’ve got another tour going? Yeah, with the Reverend Horton Heat, Nashville Pussy and the Chelsea Girls.
Great lineup. Not like the other bands on tour out there right now.
MOXI is a band of men who are following Charles Bukowski’s vision of toughness and chutzpah. The quartet has united throughout the greater Los Angeles area by performing at venues in Venice, the Knitting Factory, House of Blues and on the Cal State Northridge campus to (l to r) Myke Stuart, Kyle Buckley, bring people together to experience the Brandon Grna and Eric Wilkinson of MOXI power of musical osmosis. Each time they walk onto the stage they expect nothing more than what they will give you – the performance of a lifetime that will have people chanting MOXI for days to come. The band became an established figure in the CSUN community as part of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. You cannot exist in this community without knowing who MOXI is. “It’s a balance of out of the box and accessibility that is harder to maintain, but if you believe in it, a good product will emerge,” says bass player Brandon Grna. Any of its members can sit back and tell you about the good old days when they had their own studio time with people trying to change their image, but that was the moment they realized they wanted to make music for fun and because they love the energy they get as they walk onto a stage to perform. On Oct. 8, MOXI will be rocking out at 8 p.m. at the Cal State Northridge campus. All are welcome to experience a musical experience that will change your life for years to come.
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MOXI will perform Oct. 8 at CSUN’s USU Games Room and Oct. 25 at the Whisky A Go Go. For more information, visit myspace.com/moximusic.
We’re better. Ha! We are. We rank over any manufactured band. They don’t work for it. They last a year and then break up – get all wasted on dope and fall apart.
They aren’t in it for the right reasons? It ends up being the worst time of their lives. They aren’t physically able to do it.
They don’t write about the same things that you do, either.
I write a lot about war. It’s always going on, so there’s always something to write about. And justice. Don’t send these kids off to war. Send Dick Cheney out there with a fuckin’ sword. Fight your own battles.
(DC) For the first time, both volumes of Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee’s Hush are available in one trade paperback. Loeb (The Long Halloween) has a penchant for epic, twisting tales that bring together a whole slew of Gotham’s characters. Hush interweaves a romance between Batman and Catwoman, a crossover with Superman and a new villain, the mysterious, bandaged title character. Bringing the tale to life is master artist Jim Lee (All-Star Batman and Robin) whose many splash pages sparkle with life here. Also included in this volume is an introduction by Loeb and afterward by Lee. Grade: A—Mike Sebastian Batman: Hush is currently available.
So, does that mean we’ll see some pyro on stage with you to hit the point home? Hell no. Pyro takes away from bands. What you get with us is the real thing.
The Chelsea Girls are an amazing cover band. Will they be doing any original songs this time out? Yes, they are an excellent group. You have Tuesdae on vocals, Corey Parks from Nashville Pussy on bass, Allison [Robertson] from the Donnas on guitar and Samantha [Maloney] on drums. And ya know the Beatles were a cover band when they started out. Play the songs that inspire you.
Do you think Americans are less inspired than Brits? Ha! Well, in America they just put it out. They don’t support it. One big push, and that’s it. Europeans are more cynical. We don’t just jump into something new and shiny. It’s a longer haul when you promote an album, so you better be inspired. We’ve been doing our way of life for over 2,000 years, you guys have only been a country for 200. We need them to prove it to us. That’s why there’s so few of us, but we last.
What do you think of the Internet? The Internet is the greatest communication gift that is misused. People haven’t realized how to properly use it yet and really get paid. It’s just starting. These bands need to wake up and take advantage of this thing before it’s gone. It won’t last like this forever. When I started out you had to use the label. Now you don’t need shit.
Wonder what that will do to ticket prices? There are a lot of greedy people out there. The ticket prices are insane. The bands are greedy, too. I don’t need much. We go out, play our music and have a good time. Motörhead will perform Oct. 9 at Club Nokia. For more information, visit iMotorhead.com.
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Batman: A Death in the Family (DC) As part of its Classic Library, DC is reissuing Jim Starlin’s iconographic tale in a deluxe hardcover edition. The six-part arc tells the story of the death of Jason Todd, Dick Grayson’s successor as Robin. Batman’s headstrong and emotional ward travels the globe in search of his biological mother, against Batman’s orders. Along the way he runs afoul of the Joker. DC left Robin’s life in the hands of readers, who could vote via telephone on whether he should survive or not. Both endings are included here. Also included is Marv Wolfman’s follow-up story, A Lonely Place of Dying, which introduces the character of Tim Drake, the third Robin, and examines the meaning of a young sidekick in Batman’s dark life. Grade: B —Mike Sebastian Batman: A Death in the Family is currently available.
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BY FREDERICK MINTCHELL If you’ve craving some authentic Tex-Mex, then head over to Marix Tex Mex. From chile con queso to chile con carne and everything in between, including Tex-Mex seafood, burritos, enchiladas and more, they’re all here. Sometimes in Los Angeles you seem to pay more for ambience or trendiness instead of actual food. Well, not at Marix. The portions are very generous, so be prepared to take a doggy bag home. To top it off, there’s, of course, vanilla bean flan. The highly decadent “sizzling” apple pie with caramel brandy sauce will satisfy any sweet tooth. There are 15 domestic and imported beers to choose from, as well as a handful of wines. But if you’re eating Tex-Mex, do you really want wine? Get in the fiesta spirit with their signature margaritas. Choose from the traditional and fruit margaritas as well as more exotic flavors like Mojito, Bloody Maria and the Z-Rita, which is low cal and low carb for those of us wanting to imbibe sensibly. In fact, any hand-shaken margarita can be ordered “Z-Style,” which is low cal, low carb. If you have a case of the “Mondays,” there is Monday Margarita Madness offering $3 margaritas. On “Taco Tuesdays” enjoy all-you-can-eat beef, chicken, carnitas and veggie tacos for only $7.95. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, take advantage of happy hour prices on select drinks and appetizers. For more information, call (323) 848 -2458 or (310) 459-8596 or visit marixtexmex.com.
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Sept. 22 @ Spaceland AM and his unassuming band mates took to the stage, kicking off with an aural tidal wave of funk, comprised of your traditional Spaceland fare but also bongos, varied percussion, organ and even a trumpet. He commanded the venue from the moment they began to play, with a certain confidence completely devoid of arrogance. From this raucous intro, he launched into “It’s Been So Long,” a graceful and haunting rainy-day pop song. AM does classic pop with an authenticity that might allow his lush songs to nestle neatly alongside the lineup of a K-Tel Classics compilation. His songs are ultimately timeless. “Self Preservation” was jangly perfection, the kind of song that begs for unison handclaps from the crowd. Numbers like this, and the soft, wistful gem “Leavenworth” that followed, highlighted the songwriting prowess that AM displays on his latest, Future Sons and Daughters. “A Complete Unknown” was another impossibly catchy number. “Grand Opinion” was a bit cheesy, but AM quickly redeemed himself by whipping out the ukulele for the evening’s final selection, “The Other Side,” without a doubt his finest offering and the perfect conclusion to a truly captivating performance. —Natasha Desianto
The Decemberists make Waves at Royce Hall Oct. 19.
The Decemberists: Here Come the Waves
The Get Up Kids
The Decemberists released The Hazards of Love earlier this year and have been playing the album in its entirety during their A Short Fazed Hovel Tour. The band will be giving their last American performance of the album at UCLA’s Royce Hall Oct. 19 with the music augmented by animation. Here Come the Waves: The Hazards of Love Visualized will find the band performing The Hazards of Love synchronized to new animation created by celebrated filmmakers Julia Pott, Peter Sluszka, Santa Maria and Guilherme Marcondes. The Decemberists will also play a second set of older and newer material. The show is a benefit for the Grammy Foundation’s “Grammy in The Schools” music education program.
Sept. 24 @ The Avalon From the opening riffs of “Holiday,” the Get Up Kids had the entire club whipped into a frenzy of crowd surfing and pumping fists. With a 16-song setlist that spanned the Missouri band’s entire career (and even included a few new songs, including the promised “Keith Case”), there was a song for everyone, and the night was rounded out nicely with a foursong encore – all in just over an hour! It’s so good to see the Get Up Kids have still got a dedicated and passionate fan base, as well as all of the talent and energy of their previous albums. Keep rocking, guys. Keep rocking. —Melissa Russell
Taintstick challenge Sting. In anticipation of the release of Six Pounds of Sound, their debut album for Suburban Noize, L.A.-based heavy metal band Taintstick has issued a challenge to Sting. The band released the following tongue-in-cheek statement declaring war on Sting’s upcoming Christmas album, If On a Winter’s Night, while also calling for the star’s retirement: “Sting, we’re sure you understand the feeling. You were there once, and now Taintstick are coming in hot, and we’re ready to go big. We therefore challenge you to a duel; winner take all. Six Pounds of Sound vs. If On a Winter’s Night. If you sell more, we bow to the tantric master, but if we sell more… you start spending more quality time hanging out in some of those well-earned castles of yours.” Taintstick embarks on a world tour featuring guest player Benji Madden of Good Charlotte sitting in on bass shortly after Six Pounds of Sound drops Oct. 27.
The Pet Shop Boys Sept. 24 @ The Greek Theatre Has it really been two decades since the Pet Shop Boys first kicked out the club favorite “West End Girls?” Yes, it’s been that long, but from PSB’s show you would have thought you stepped into an ’80s time machine, modernized with digital video backdrops and dancers dressed as box people and buildings. They put on a production of a show, to say the least, which played more like an edgy musical, mixed with colorful lights, choreographed dancers, synchronized beats, wrapped in the atmosphere of a UK club. Neil Tennant, donned his signature bowler hat and beautifully belted favorites like “Suburbia” and “It’s A Sin,” while Chris Lowe on his laptop provided the electro-digital music to accompany him. New tunes from their latest album, Yes, included the single “Love, Etc.” and the upbeat “Did You See Me Coming?” A highlight was their rendition of “Jealousy,” where ballet and modern dance meshed to tell the story of a volatile, explosive relationship. —Mari Fong
Afterhours Headlines (H)ITWEEK Italian post-punk/prog-rock band Afterhours will headline the first installment of (H)ITWEEK L.A., a week-long celebration of Italian music, cinema, fashion, art and design, travel and, of course, food. Parties, exhibitions, film screenings and various other events will take place throughout Los Angeles from Oct. 13 through 18, but the big musical showcase will take place Oct. 16 and 17 at the Henry Fonda Theater as Afterhours is joined by some of the most vibrant bands on the Italian scene, including Negrita, Piero Pelu, Linea 77, Le Vibrazioni, the Niro and Calibro 35. This is the first event ever held in the States that is dedicated to exclusively promoting the substantial Italian modern music scene. The new Afterhours album I Milanesi Ammazzano il Sabato (“The Milanese Kill Saturdays”) is already a hit in Italy.
Pitbull Sept. 25 @ Club Nokia Currently on his Rebelution tour, Mr. 305 delivered a show full of hip-hop and reggaeton in both Spanish and English. Pitbull performed songs from early in his career to the latest in his repertoire, including “The Anthem,” “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” and “Hotel Room Service.” All three tunes got the audience vigorously dancing in every direction. However, the much anticipated single of the night was “Krazy,” which Pitbull sang last. Fans were jumping nonstop. A Miami-native, this Cuban-American artist delivered an energetic show from start to finish in his three-piece dark gray suit and black sunglasses; he was quite the fancy entertainer for 65 minutes. —Marvin G. Vasquez
Four Decades of Kraftwerk Astralwerks has just released a mammoth box set from electro pioneers Kraftwerk entitled 12345678 The Catalogue. The eight-CD box features all of the German band’s albums beginning with 1974’s Autobahn through to the only Kraftwerk album of the 21st century, 2003’s Tour de France. The collection can also be purchased as a download and as individual CDs, but due to licensing agreements the CDs Computer World, Techno Pop and The Mix are only available in the box set. The whole project celebrates the 35th anniversary of Kraftwerk’s breakthrough hit single, “Autobahn.”
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Thao with The Get Down Stay Down
Sept. 25 @ The Echo Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio debuted his anticipated new solo project Rain Machine at the Echo where Malone’s steep, hiccupping intonations and bristling coiffure chipped the paint off the charcoal walls. The band featured bass, backup guitar, keyboard and backup vocals, with a heavy metal drummer. When Malone took the stage solo, you could sense a little nervousness in his posture, the vocal quiver increased. As the evening progressed, his soulful messy blues got louder and louder, each register reaching higher and higher, his convulsions becoming more and more discordant, the people getting a little enlightened. —Anna Webber
Kyp Malone of Rain Machine
The upcoming album from Thao with The Get Down Stay Down is called Know Better Learn Faster because the band’s frontwoman Thao Nguyen thinks the title is funny. Sort of. “The album is named Know Better Learn Faster because you can’t,” Nguyen explains. “By the time you realize you should, it’s too late. And I enjoy the predicament and the totally devastating unfunny humor of that.” Know Better Learn Faster drops through Kill Rock Stars Oct. 13, and Thao with The Get Down Stay Down play the Echoplex Oct. 16.
Dear Jack The long-awaited documentary from Jack’s Mannequin frontman Andrew McMahon will be released on DVD Nov. 3. Dear Jack chronicles the recording of the Everything in Transit album as well as McMahon’s battle with leukemia. The film will screen in Los Angeles at an as-yet unnamed theater on Oct. 28, and McMahon will play a solo show at the Troubadour Oct. 29.
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CURTAINCALL Now-Nov. 1 @ Bootleg Theater
BY ATHALIA NAKULA When a play is about a nose escaping the face of a vain town official and soon outranking the humiliated man, the audience Daisuke Tsuji in “Death and Giggles” should know they’re in for an entertaining night. But the story gets better as another poor citizen discovers fleeting fame in a tailored overcoat that causes his death, and a lowly worker cracks to an illusion of grandeur. These tales of cruel fate can only happen in Nevsky Prospect, a small town filled with silent leads, citizens in porcine masks and puppet characters. The eye treats and light stories may be necessary to lace the horrific underlying messages in Rogue Ensemble’s latest interpretation of the Russian satirist Nikolai Gogol’s three most enduring short stories. Bootleg Theater is located at 2220 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit rogueartists.org.
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Now-Oct. 25 @ Cavern Club Theater
BY FREDERICK MINTCHELL “We all have to go through shit. Why not go through it together?” The last line of this one-man show is obvious, but true. We are all on the same journey in life for the most part and it’s usually easier – and more fun – to share that journey than fly solo. On the other hand, when you choose whether or not to embark on that journey, you have to decide what you’re willing to compromise. Are you willing to grow old with someone and accept the less-than-desirable physical changes that accompany aging? Are you willing to be with someone ordinary that really loves you instead of someone smoking hot and rich who just uses you? Can you give up your lifelong independent singleness? We all have to make choices when it comes to matters of the heart, but when the time comes to decide, it’s usually better to make sure your brain, gut and heart are all in agreement. Cavern Club Theater is located at 1920 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, visit cavernclubtheater.com.
‘THE NEED TO KNOW’/‘SOLE MATE’ & ‘DEATH AND GIGGLES’ Now-Oct. 24 @ Ivy Substation
BY E.S. TURRILL Though she’s praised for the bravery of her ideological rebellion, April Fitzsimmon’s onewoman show, “The Need to Know,” is everything a liberal theater-going Angeleno drowned in blue blood would be expected to congratulate as brave. It’s anti-Bush and anti-war and coming from an ex-Air Force intelligence analyst with Top Secret clearance, all its criticisms are enough to make the most nervous Democrat feel comfortable and superior in his assumptions. The communists infiltrating our society will love it, the real Americans will not. Fitzsimmons should be applauded not for her politics (which are banal at the end) but for her performance ability, her eye for mannerism and her charisma, which fill out the autobiographical monologue into a show that feels acted by six people at least. She humanizes her ranking officers by capturing their scowls and humor. She’s compassionate depicting her hometown. She plays herself with a plucky humility that makes anyone into a hero who takes a chance on her. Is it new-century Americana? Not quite. It’s Times editorial. It isn’t a double feature. “Sole Mate,” a micro-musical performed by Cristina Bercovitz’s sneaker, is a cleverly written ballad about the pun in the title. Set to a score more satisfying than you’d expect for a show of “found object puppetry,” it provides a kind of prologue to Bercovitz and Daisuke Tsuji’s clownscape “Death and Giggles.” Tsuji is made up in faint whiteface, costumed for the streets not the circus, too troubled to be a happy fool, too playful with morbidity and too eccentric for normal adults with expectations of what a clown should be. Good, because he wants to push the envelope on what a clown can show you and how. He puts his memories inside of balloons, pops them, then throws imaginary food at you, as part of enacting a nonlinear story about his suicide and completing a mythic cycle. Bercovitz and Shannon Kennedy (on puppet design), and Jonathan Snipes (sound design), help make “Death and Giggles” enchanting and eerie. I’d watch a puppet show they did with lint. Ivy Substation is located at 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. For more information, visit theactorsgang.com.
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BY FREDERICK MINTCHELL WEDNESDAYOCT. 7
Star Wars: In Concert
SATURDAYOCT. 10 Savion Glover
Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Ct., Downtown; starwarsinconcert.com A unique multi-media event featuring music from all six of John Williams’ epic Star Wars scores, specially edited footage from the films displayed on a threestory-tall, high-definition LED super-screen and an exclusive Star Wars exhibit. Also Thursday. 8 p.m. Tix start @ $35.25.
Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica; thebroadstage.com The Tony Award winner for “Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk” performs his heart-stopping showcase of tap dance. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tix start at $55.
THURSDAYOCT.8 Stewart Copeland
Amoeba Music, 6400 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; amoeba.com Stewart Copeland celebrates the publication of his new book, Strange Things Happen: A Life with The Police, Polo, and Pygmies. 6 p.m.
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SUNDAYOCT. 11 Rock Star Karaoke
California Pole Dance Championship
The Roxy, 9009 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; theroxyonsunset.com/rockstar-karaoke Emcee Dee Snider will host performances by Mark McGrath, Jason Bonham, Kelly Hansen, Lemmy, Jeff Pilson and more to benefit the Painted Turtle, a member of Paul Newman’s Association of Hole in the Wall Camps. 8 p.m. Tix start @ $75.
Green Door, 1429 Ivar Ave., Hollywood; poledancechampion.com Twenty of the state’s most talented pole artists will compete to become California’s Pole Dance Champion. 9 p.m.
MONDAYOCT. 12 “Laramie Project: Ten Years Later … an Epilogue”
Body Art Expo
Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica; gmcla.org What’s changed in the prairie town of Laramie, Wyo., in the 10 years since the murder of Matthew Shepard? The Gay Men’s Chorus of L.A. joins 100 other arts organizations across the United States in the simultaneous nationwide premiere to help you find out. 7:30 p.m. $40.
L.A. Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Downtown; bodyartexpo.com The world’s largest tattoo and body art expo and a gigantic skin show-off party. Runs through Sunday.
26th Annual Halloween Forever Hollywood Cemetery Tour Hollywood Forever, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood; adsla.org Visit the gravesites of early Hollywood pioneers, stars and movie moguls. Guided two and a half hour walking tours will depart from the fountain inside the main gate of 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard every 20 minutes. 10 a.m.-noon. $13.
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TUESDAYOCT. 13 Barack Like Me: The Chocolate-Covered Truth Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; booksoup.com Acclaimed comedian and award-winning actor David Alan Grier expounds on politics, culture and race while recounting his own life story in his new book. 7 p.m.
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KILLING IN TIME
There are few things in life worse than being engaged to the man of your dreams, only to have him call off the wedding at the last minute. NBA player Richard Jefferson recently called off his engagement a few days before the million-dollar wedding. A woman named “Nora” was supposed to be married this summer when her fiancée called it off the day of the wedding. I looked into both situations and found some telltale signs. In the case of Jefferson, he said the relationship had been on and off. He also said they had been fighting a lot in the months leading up to the wedding. In Nora’s case, her relationship had also been on and off. In the months before the wedding, her fiancé kept saying he didn’t want to get married. Instead of seeing this as a red flag, Nora figured that since he had initially been reluctant to live together, but eventually agreed, that the same thing would happen with the wedding. What is going on? In her book Why Don’t You Understand, Dr. Karen Gail Lewis says: “There are societal messages about the attitudes that go along with being a ‘good’ male. One of those is reflected in the adage, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ This often turns into the typical male behavior of ignoring a relationship problem as long as possible ... Men do not confront a relationship problem unless absolutely necessary because … the risk is they’ll make things much worse.” Both Jefferson and Nora’s fiancée knew that it didn’t feel right to get married, yet waited till the last minute to pull the plug. There were issues that hadn’t been resolved, that’s why both relationships had been on and off for years. In your desire to get married, you need to heed the flags and not rush into something that will probably not work out, even if there is a wedding. Sometimes you may need to work on the issues, and sometimes you may need to move on. Write to Lucia at theartoflove.net. Read an excerpt from Lucia’s Lessons of Love at lessonsoflove.net. Listen to Lucia live every Sunday at 3 p.m. PST on latalkradio.com. Remember: Love inspires, empowers, uplifts and enlightens.
BY JONATHAN KNELL
Classic Fighters with Updated Style
Whether your preferred combat is in the past, present or future, any time is a great time to hook up with a digital buddy and kill your way through a landscape of baddies. Of course, it helps when the games have that extra level of polish to really endear you to the world you are slashing or shooting your way through. Here are some new titles that bring us back to some of our favorite death dealers. “Metroid Prime: Trilogy” brings together three classic examples of violence with gorgeous video style in one collection. The integration of the Wii point-and-shoot controls from “Metroid Prime 3” breathe new life into the first two first-person Samus Aran adventures, an addition which shines best in “Metroid Prime 2”’s multiplayer mode. While the graphics may not have improved, the classic design from the originals still deliver the same dark thrill as they did on the GameCube. The story has definitely remained fresh and engrossing, offering an exciting ride for newcomers and a nostalgic romp for old fans of the series. For a beautiful new chapter in a classic fighting franchise, “SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny” offers intense action that betrays its PSP-only release. Fans of the franchise will not be disappointed by the graphics or gameplay – both of which are faithful to the bigger screen titles. Best of all, the controls are simple and intuitive, allowing quick combat without fighting with the notoriously questionable PSP control scheme. The roster of playable combatants is also gloriously overwhelming. In addition to the pantheon of fighters, the game has introduced the stylish, dirty fighting of Dampierre and this title’s overpowered cameo – “God of War”’s immoral immortal Kratos. As always, you can also design your own fighter in the surprisingly robust character creator and put them to the test in a variety of fighting challenges.
HIP LOOKS FOR LESS PHOTOS BY EMMANUELLE L. TROY All three of these outfits were created using different clothing and accessory items from American Vintage stores. Come in and put together your own hot ensemble today! American Vintage is located at 7377 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles (323) 852-0969; 6529 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 461-0068 and 1707 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park (213) 413-1945.
Boots ($38), dress ($23) and jewelry ($5-8); Model: Rei
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