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No. 8 Ohio State University 10-2, 7-1 Big 10


No. 7 University of Oregon 10-2, 8-1 Pac-10

Rose Bowl Stadium • Pasadena, California • Jan. 1, 2010, 1:30 p.m. The Ducks’ Season

The Buckeyes’ Season Nov. 21 Nov. 14 Nov. 7 Oct. 31 Oct. 24 Oct. 17 Oct. 10 Oct. 3 Sept. 26 Sept. 19 Sept. 12 Sept. 5


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Michigan Iowa Penn State New Mexico State Minnesota Purdue Wisconsin Indiana Illinois Toledo USC Navy

Ohio State Team Statistics Statistic OSU SCORING Points Per Game FIRST DOWNS Rushing Passing Penalty RUSHING YARDAGE Yards gained rushing Yards lost rushing Rushing Attempts Average Per Rush Average Per Game TDs Rushing PASSING YARDAGE Comp-Att-Int Average Per Pass Average Per Catch Average Per Game TDs Passing TOTAL OFFENSE Total Plays Average Per Play Average Per Game KICK RETURNS: #-YARDS PUNT RETURNS: #-YARDS INT RETURNS: #-YARDS KICK RETURN AVERAGE PUNT RETURN AVERAGE INT RETURN AVERAGE FUMBLES-LOST PENALTIES-YARDS Average Per Game PUNTS-YARDS Average Per Punt Net Punt Average TIME OF POSSESSION/GAME 3RD-DOWN CONVERSIONS 3rd-Down Pct 4TH-DOWN CONVERSIONS 4th-Down Pct SACKS BY-YARDS TOUCHDOWNS SCORED FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS ON-SIDE KICKS PAT-ATTEMPTS ATTENDANCE Games/Avg Per Game Neutral Site Games


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OSU Opponents

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77 52

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Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon

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Oregon Team Statistics Statistic Oregon SCORING Points Per Game FIRST DOWNS Rushing Passing Penalty RUSHING YARDAGE Yards gained rushing Yards lost rushing Rushing Attempts Average Per Rush Average Per Game TDs Rushing PASSING YARDAGE Comp-Att-Int Average Per Pass Average Per Catch Average Per Game TDs Passing TOTAL OFFENSE Total Plays Average Per Play Average Per Game KICK RETURNS: #-YARDS PUNT RETURNS: #-YARDS INT RETURNS: #-YARDS KICK RETURN AVERAGE PUNT RETURN AVERAGE INT RETURN AVERAGE FUMBLES-LOST PENALTIES-YARDS Average Per Game PUNTS-YARDS Average Per Punt Net Punt Average TIME OF POSSESSION/GAME 3RD-DOWN CONVERSIONS 3rd-Down Pct 4TH-DOWN CONVERSIONS 4th-Down Pct SACKS BY-YARDS MISC YARDS TOUCHDOWNS SCORED FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS PAT-ATTEMPTS ATTENDANCE Games/Avg Per Game Neutral Site Games

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Home Away Home Away Home Away Away Home Home Home Home Away


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Oregon Opponents

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139 91

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December 23, 2009 Dear Friends, On behalf of the City of Los Angeles, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to the 2010 Rose Bowl Game. Today, the Rose Bowl plays host to the most anticipated college football game of the year and this year it will be the NCAA championship game, whereby it will showcase the best collegiate football athletes in the nation. The Rose Bowl, the oldest college football bowl game in American history, aptly known as “The Granddaddy of Them All,� will not only serve as a means to recognize the excellence among athletes and two great schools, but will serve to celebrate the continuation of a great national tradition that takes place in Southern California. To all spectators: Enjoy the game! Very truly yours,




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Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli pushed the Ducks this season with 2,066 passing yards.

A QUACK FULL OF ROSES Oregon Ducks Fly into Pasadena BY PARIMAL M. ROHIT On Sept. 3, the Ducks of Oregon scored just eight points in a losing effort against Boise State in the opening game of the 2009 season. On Dec. 3, those same collegiate Ducks (10-2, 8-1) narrowly won the Civil War, maintaining an eight-week streak as a nationally ranked team, winning the Pac-10 championship and qualifying for the Rose Bowl in the process. For the first time since 1995 and the fifth time in the school’s history, Oregon will be playing in the Granddaddy of Them All and will close this 2009 season like they started it – playing against a “State” school on an ESPN-affiliated television station away from the friendly confines of Autzen Stadium. Of course, Oregon hopes the results are more palatable on Jan. 1 than they were on Sept. 3. While barely favored by 3.5 points in the opening line, according to, it has been an interesting road to the Rose Bowl for Oregon – and it involved a lot of eights. Eight offensive points in a


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season-opening loss, eight conference wins in 2009, eight straight weeks as a nationally ranked team, eight: the number on the team’s starting quarterback’s jersey, an eighth-ranked opponent in the Rose Bowl – and now, the hope of a pleasant eight-month off-season. A win in Pasadena on Jan. 1 will make this Pacific Northwest team the talk of the nation, and no doubt, the Ducks are looking to earn some respect. And the school believes it has the explosive offense to get the job done. It is a high-octane offense that averaged 37.7 points per game and helped the Ducks defeat four of the five nationally ranked teams they faced in 2009. Head coach Chip Kelly, quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and the rest of the Oregon Ducks just hope the opening-night debacle back in September does not come back and haunt them. In fact, it was a season-opening game Oregon wished they could just forget. That Sept. 3 night was a hard pill to swallow, with Boise State shutting the Ducks down 19-8 at Bronco Stadium in a nationally televised game. Things became uglier when LeGarrette Blount earned himself an indefinite suspension for punching Bronco defensive end Byron Hout in the noggin. Of course, Blount was allowed to return to the field just before season’s end, but the outlook was bleak for Oregon on opening night. Oregon would bounce back a week later, defeating Purdue, 38-36, in its home opener, sparking a seven-game winning streak, including victories over No. 18 Utah, No. 6 California and No. 5 USC. It was the Halloween night victory that made the Ducks start to believe they were on to something special, a 47-20 victory that put them on the inside track to win the Pac-10 title and at least earn a Rose Bowl berth. In control of its destiny, Oregon suddenly found itself in hangover mode the following week, losing to a well-qualified Stanford Cardinal team in a thriller of a game. The 51-42

loss in Palo Alto kept the door open for a few teams to still play for a share of the Rose Bowl title, but Oregon won out its final three games to finish the season 10-2 and in sole possession of first place in the conference. The rebound started with Oregon’s homecoming game on Nov. 14, with the Ducks easily defeating Arizona State 44-21 before defeating Arizona, 44-41, in a double-overtime thriller in Tucson. Yet, it would take what many considered to be the greatest Civil War game in the rivalry’s history to determine whether Oregon would earn a trip to Pasadena. With No. 13 Oregon State coming to Autzen Stadium, for the first time ever, the Civil War would determine which school would play in the Rose Bowl – and the nationally televised game did not disappoint. Trailing 30-21, the Ducks scored two rushing touchdowns (by Blount and LaMichael James) and a field goal to earn a come-from-behind victory over the Beavers, defeating Oregon State 37-33 to win the conference title and earn a trip to Pasadena. Finishing the 2009 regular season ranked seventh in all four major polls, the Ducks now hope to do something they have not done in 93 years – win a Rose Bowl game; Oregon defeated Pennsylvania, 14-0, in the 1917 Rose Bowl. With a dynamic core which includes Masoli (2,066 passing yards, 15 passing touchdowns, five interceptions, 659 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns), James (1,476 yards, 14 touchdowns) in the backfield and a receiving squad anchored by Jeff Maehl (52 receptions, 686 yards, six touchdowns) and Ed Dickson (42 receptions, 551 yards, six touchdowns), Oregon believes it will win its second Rose Bowl in school history. While Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes have other plans, Oregon hopes to alter them with its blitzing, hurry-up offense. After all, lighting up the scoreboard is the only chance the Ducks have of defeating Ohio State.

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Ohio State’s Terrelle Pryor celebrates with fans after defeating Penn State Nov. 7.

THE ROSY BIG O Buckeyes Take Root at the Rose Bowl BY PARIMAL M. ROHIT Ohio State and Oregon have quite a few things in common. Both public schools are the largest institutions of higher learning in the largest cities of their respective states – both of which start with the letter “O.” Other things these teams have in common include tough losses early in the season, a conference championship, a 10-2 record, a Top 10 ranking in the final polls, a loss to a major private school based in California and a long gap between Rose Bowl berths. Oh, not to mention, both teams also played USC this season – each game took place when USC was ranked in the Top 5. Of course, both teams are also playing in the latest edition of the Rose Bowl. The similarities end there, as the Ohio State Buckeyes bring a diametrically opposite brand of football to Pasadena, with the more traditional Jim Tressel pitting his deliberate offense against the high-octane machine of Chip Kelly’s Ducks. Despite a 13-year absence from the Granddaddy of Them All, the Buckeyes feel rather good about their chances to repeat what they did back in 1997, when Ohio State narrowly defeated Arizona State, 20-17, in that year’s Rose

Bowl. The question for Tressel and his Big 10 champion Buckeyes is whether the team’s six-week gap between games will have a significant impact on Ohio State’s game action on Jan. 1, what with the Columbus-based team not playing since defeating Michigan in Ann Arbor, 21-10, Nov. 21. If anything, the Buckeyes just hope their defense is not rusty. When fully-functioning, the Buckeye defense is a force to be reckoned with; Ohio State allowed just 146 points (12.2 per game) this season, allowing 13 or less points in seven games (including three shutouts and two one-score games). However, the defense was slightly questionable early in the season, as the Buckeyes opened against two tough opponents at home – Navy and USC. After narrowly escaping the Midshipmen, 31-27, in the season-opener in Columbus Sept. 5, Ohio State’s defense could not protect a late-game lead against USC in an 18-15 loss Sept. 12. Opening the season ranked sixth in both the AP and Coaches Polls, the 1-1 Buckeyes dropped to No. 11 in those same polls heading into a mid-September match-up against Toledo. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor gave Ohio State the boost it needed, helping his Buckeyes torch the Rockets for 38 points. On the other side of the ball, the Buckeye defense completely shut down a Toledo offense that averaged 42 points per game coming into the contest; Ohio State’s 38-0 victory was its first shutout since Aug. 30, 2008. The defense continued to roll the following week, as Ohio State defeated Illinois, 30-0, in Columbus. It was the first time since 1996 the Buckeyes had back-to-back shutout victories. Tressel’s defense extended its shutout streak to nine quarters before finally allowing a touchdown score in the second frame against Indiana Oct. 3. The Buckeyes won that game easily, 33-14, before returning home to handily defeat Wisconsin, 31-13.

On Oct. 17, the Buckeyes hit a speed bump in West Lafayette, with both the offense and defense failing to show up in a 26-18 loss to Purdue. The game was a lot more lopsided than the score revealed; the Boilermakers once had a 23-7 lead. Dropping to No. 18 in the AP Poll (No. 17 in Coaches), the Buckeyes responded by outscoring their next three opponents by 93 points, with victories over Minnesota (387), New Mexico State (45-0) and No. 11 Penn State (24-7). Moving up in the rankings, the Buckeyes hosted No. 10 Iowa on Nov. 14 with an automatic BCS bowl game berth and at least a share of the Big 10 title on the line. In a hard-fought game, Ohio State prevailed, 27-24, in overtime. Ohio State finished the season securing its Rose Bowl bid and its Big 10 title with a 21-10 victory over archrival Michigan at the Big House. Finishing 2009 as the No. 8 team in the nation, Ohio State needs to do in the Rose Bowl what it did best to get there – play defense. This season, the Buckeyes were second in the nation in passes intercepted (23) and sacked opposing quarterbacks 29 times. Accordingly, Tressel needs his Buckeyes to swarm Jeremiah Masoli at the line while protecting the secondary – something Ohio State proved it is capable of doing. The only possible distractions for Ohio State are ineligible players Duron Carter (team’s fourth receiver) and defensive end Robert Rose (10 tackles, two sacks); both were held from the game for academic issues, according to Still, if Tressel’s team remains an underdog (Oregon opened as a 3.5-point favorite, according to, Ohio State will probably have a chip on its shoulder and play motivated. If the Buckeye defense can slow the Duck offense, Ohio State may overcome the opening point spread and defeat Oregon.

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Oregon’s defense smothers an opponent.

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Cornerback Talmadge Jackson III

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Jeff Maehl leaves Bruins in his wake.

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Oregon’s Chip Kelly shakes hands with UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel after the Ducks defeated the Bruins 24-10 Oct. 10.


One of College Football’s Most Innovative Offensive Minds BY MARVIN G. VASQUEZ In just one season as the head coach at the University of Oregon, this man has accomplished a lot for the Ducks football program. Yes, Chip Kelly has guided his team to national prominence, not to mention the famous Rose Bowl game on Jan. 1 against the Ohio State Buckeyes. The No. 7 BCS-ranked Ducks are representing the Pac-10, while the No. 8 BCS-ranked Buckeyes are arriving in Pasadena from the widely revered Big-10 conference. However, Kelly truly does not care about this, as he will have his squad ready to fight on the field come the new year. A native of Manchester, N.H., Kelly is just 46 years old. Kelly, who was previously the offensive coordinator for the program for two seasons, directed the Ducks to a Pac10 Championship crown after accumulating a more than respectable 8-1 mark in conference play; the unit mounted a 10-2 overall record for their 2009 campaign. Kelly led Oregon to their first conference title in eight years. Deservingly enough, Kelly was also awarded the Pac-10 Coach of the Year recognition on Dec. 7. Such accolades are handed to coaches who have


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surprising years with their respective teams, but it sure seems more are to arrive on Kelly’s side. Yes, Kelly is the head football coach at the University of Oregon, but he is still the offensive coordinator for the team. For the entire season, this meant double the work for Kelly, who is regarded as one of the most innovative offensive minds in college football today. In his first year as offensive coordinator, Kelly incorporated the potent spread offense attack. This formula turned out to be a true success since the Ducks led the conference in scoring at 38.2 points per game and total offense at 467.5 yards per game during the 2007 year. Unbelievable as it may sound, Kelly and the offense continued this trend in the 2008 season while the Ducks were No. 1 in both categories (41.9 ppg and 484.8 ypg) yet again. The impressive thing about this is that they improved their numbers. Also, during Kelly’s second year, Oregon instituted program usuals for touchdowns (71) and rushing touchdowns (47). “My philosophy has been to coach an attacking style of football and stretch the defenses in as many different ways as you can,” Kelly said to Oregon’s Sports Information staff upon arriving in Eugene. “You have to get the ball into the hands of your playmakers and let them operate in order to be successful.” Earlier in the spring of this year, former Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti announced his resignation. Bellotti is the winningest coach (116 wins) at the school and having the task of replacing such a legend is difficult, but Kelly has proven otherwise. Kelly has made it seem uncomplicated to incorporate himself as the head coach and the offensive coordinator. In the 2007 season, the Ducks were 9-4 overall and 5-4 in conference. For the following year in 2008, the team went

10-3 and 7-2, respectively, with a No. 9-ranked spot in the Coaches Poll. And just in this season, Kelly has surpassed both those campaigns in his first stint as head coach (10-2, 8-1). The Ducks earned double digit wins this season, and there were some notable victories that are worth mentioning. On Sept. 19, the Ducks defeated then 18th-ranked Utah by a score of 31-24 before beating then sixth-ranked California 42-3 on Sept. 26. Nonetheless, their most prominent victory for the 2009 season came when they faced then fifth-ranked USC, which is a powerhouse in terms of college football. The then 24th-ranked Ducks dismantled the Trojans en route to a 47-20 win, which was televised nationally. However, in terms of his first year at the helm of the program, Kelly will be forever recalled as the coach who reimbursed a season ticket holder. The season ticket holder wrote a letter demanding a refund for his expenses after traveling to see Oregon’s 19-8 loss to then 14th-ranked Boise State in Idaho Sept. 3. Kelly gained national attention after having done so; he personally wrote a $439 check, but the season ticket holder sent it back with a thank you remark after not cashing it. On another note, Kelly was named the College Assistant Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston following the 2005 season in addition to being selected as “one of college football’s hottest coaches” by American Football Monthly. Kelly spent 13 years with the New Hampshire football program (NCAA I-AA). He earned his B.S. in physical education from that university. Kelly has performed assistant coach stints at Columbia, Johns Hopkins and New Hampshire. He has been an offensive line coach, as well as one for safeties, special teams, running backs, the secondary and for the entire defense throughout his career.

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Ohio State’s Jim Tressel has 23 years of coaching experience under his belt.

JIM TRESSEL A Coaching Legend in the Making BY MARVIN G. VASQUEZ Say his name throughout the nation, and people know him. This is Jim Tressel, the head football coach for the No. 8 BCS-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. For the 2009 season, Tressel has guided the team to a 10-2 overall record and 7-1 mark in Big 10 play – and to the 96th Rose Bowl Game. The squad’s only losses this year came at the expense of then third-ranked USC by a score of 18-15 (Sept. 12) and at Purdue 26-18 (Oct. 17). And they are not finished yet; the team has one more game remaining on Jan. 1 in Pasadena against No. 7 BCS-ranked Oregon. Tressel’s coaching experience dates back to 1974, when he first acquired a graduate assistant position at the University of Akron. Tressel assisted that program until 1978. He also has had assistant coaching stints at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and Syracuse University, as well as with the OSU program. However, it was not until 1986 when Tressel attained his first head-coaching gig. Youngstown State hired Tressel that year, and he remained there until 2001 when OSU named him head football coach. An Ohio native, Tressel has been the head coach at OSU for nine consecutive seasons now. Tressel, 57, has led

the program to a 93-21 overall mark during his career with the Buckeyes. He has reaffirmed that OSU is a national powerhouse, earning six Big Ten championship titles, including five consecutively as of the end of this season. Overall, Tressel carries a 228-78-2 overall record. In addition to that, he has a 4-4 mark in bowl games. Before hiring Tressel, the school’s football program had somewhat struggled, and they were looking for someone else to restore its reputation. Immediately after appointing him head coach, Tressel made a lot of noise. “I can assure you that you will be proud of your young people in the classroom, in the community, and most especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Mich., on the football field,” Tressel said during his introductory ceremony in 2001, according to the Michigan Daily. Michigan is OSU’s most hated rival and beating them is key for the school regardless if they capture a winning season or not. Thus far, he is 8-1 against the Wolverines. “There’s a reality in life that if you take anything for granted, you’re probably not thinking right. We talk about a lot of things that we shouldn’t take for granted. Maybe some things that aren’t even that real to us, but when you talk about the Ohio State/Michigan game, that’s very real,” Tressel said in mid-November before the game at Michigan, who has struggled the last couple of years, according to “So I’d like to think our guys don’t take anything for granted, although I’m sure we all do take things for granted, but this wouldn’t be one of them.” In just his second year at OSU, Tressel guided the program to an undefeated season and a BCS National Championship title. Then No. 2-ranked OSU finished 13-0 overall and 8-0 in conference play before defeating the then No. 1-ranked University of Miami Hurricanes 31-

24 in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl and winning the 2002 National Championship in double overtime. An exciting game it was, indeed, especially because it marked the first time a head coach led his team to a 14-0 season in NCAA Division I-A history. On another bright coaching note, Tressel steered the Youngstown State Penguins to four National Championships at the Division I-AA level. They were in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1997. In brief, Tressel has 23 years of coaching experience. The numbers do not lie. In fact, they depict how successful Tressel has been in his career. He has 228 career wins, nine national title game appearances, six Big Ten titles, nine bowl appearances and national championships in 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997 and 2002. Tressel has also coached 22 first team All-Americans with the Buckeyes (as of the end of last season). During his life, Tressel has accumulated numerous awards and honors. The first honor came in 1975 when he was inducted into the Baldwin-Wallace College Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1991, 1994 and 2002, Tressel was named the American College Football Association National Coach of the Year. Moreover, he was the 1993, 1994 and 1997 Chevrolet National Coach of the Year and also received the 1994 Eddie Robinson Award. But in 2002, six different accolades came his way because he was named Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year, the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, the Pigskin Club of Washington D.C. National Coach of the Year and the Touchdown Club of Columbus National Coach of the Year, while receiving the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award and Woody Hayes Trophy (which he also got in 2006). His last honor came in 2008 when Baldwin-Wallace College named its football field “Tressel Field” in order to honor his family’s association with the college’s football program.

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San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl No. 23 Utah (9-3) vs. California (8-4) Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif. 5 p.m., ESPN Even though the Utes have won eight consecutive bowl games (including the Sugar Bowl upset over Alabama last season), they will have their hands full if the Bears’ running back, Jahvid Best, is back on the field. Best began the season as an early Heisman contender but missed three games after being knocked unconscious and sustaining a concussion Nov. 7 against Oregon State. PICK: California

Emerald Bowl

DEC. 24

Boston College (8-4) vs. No. 24 USC (8-4) AT&T Park, San Francisco, Calif. 5 p.m., ESPN Oh how the mighty have fallen. But maybe the Trojan’s fall this season (the first since 2001 with USC not appearing in a BCS bowl) will earn the rest of the Pac-10 teams the respect they deserve. If Pete Carroll’s defense fails to stop the Eagles who are 97th in total offense (out of 120 teams) and 71st in scoring, this might not be the last disappointing season for SoCal fans. PICK: USC

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

DEC. 27

Nevada (8-4) vs. SMU (7-5) Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii 5 p.m., ESPN Former Hawaii coach June Jones returns to the islands with the Mustangs in SMU’s first bowl in 25 years. They face a strong Wolf Pack, though, including three 1,000yard rushers: Colin Kaepernick, Luke Lippincott and Vai Taua. PICK: Nevada

DEC. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Marshall (6-6) vs. Ohio (9-4) Ford Field, Detroit, Mich. 10 a.m., ESPN The Bobcats played their final game of the season at Ford Field (losing the MAC championship to Central Michigan 20-10), but make their first appearance in this Pizza! Pizza! matchup in hopes of the program’s first-ever postseason win. A brand new coach leads Marshall’s Thundering Herd, due to Mark Snyder’s resignation Nov. 29. PICK: Ohio

Meineke Car Care Bowl No. 17 Pittsburgh (9-3) vs. North Carolina (8-4) Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C. 1:30 p.m., ESPN This is the first time former Jimmy Johnson protégés Dave Wannstedt and Butch Davis take to opposite sidelines, coaching the Panthers and the Tar Heels, respectively. Look to Wanny’s squad to seek


redemption after their season end heartwrenching losses to West Virginia and Cincinnati, but they must get by UNC’s top10 defense. PICK: North Carolina

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DEC. 23

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl Kentucky (7-5) vs. Clemson (8-5) LP Field, Nashville, Tenn. 5:30 p.m., ESPN The Wildcats make their third Music City Bowl appearance in four years and hope to win their fourth consecutive postseason game. ACC player of the year, running back C.J. Spiller (1,145 yards, 11 touchdowns) and the Tigers look to dash those dreams for Kentucky. PICK: Clemson

DEC. 28 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl Texas A&M (6-6) vs. Georgia (7-5) Independence Stadium, Shreveport, La. 2 p.m., ESPN2 We’ve got two mediocre defenses – the Aggies allowed 32.7 points and 431.3 yards per game, while Mark Richt fired three members of the Bulldogs’ defensive coaching staff, including coordinator Willie Martinez. Look for both offenses to score at least four touchdowns. PICK: Texas A&M

DEC. 29 EagleBank Bowl UCLA (6-6) vs. Temple (9-3) RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. 1:30 p.m., ESPN While the Bruins are just happy to

Joe McKnight charges into the Emerald Bowl with the Trojans Dec. 26.

be playing in the postseason, this is the Owls’ first bowl since 1979. All eyes are on Temple’s freshman running back Bernard Pierce (1,308 yards, 15 touchdowns), who missed the final two games of the season but is expected to return from a shoulder injury. PICK: Temple

Champs Sports Bowl No. 15 Miami (9-3) vs. No. 25 Wisconsin (9-3) Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla. 5 p.m., ESPN The Badgers return to the same bowl as last season, but their level of aggression – especially on defense – has definitely intensified. If they can put the pressure on ’Canes quarterback Jacory Harris (17 interceptions this season) and make sure that John Clay gets his hands on the ball, they have a chance. PICK: Miami

DEC. 30 Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl Bowling Green (7-5) vs. Idaho (7-5) Bronco Stadium, Boise, Idaho 1:30 p.m., ESPN Two efficient offenses take to the blue turf of Boise State. Spotlight is on Falcons’ wide receiver Freddie Barnes who is No. 1 in the nation with receptions per game (11.5) and No. 2 in the nation with receiving yards per game (129.3). PICK: Bowling Green

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl No. 20 Arizona (8-4) vs. No. 22 Nebraska (9-4) Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif.

5 p.m., ESPN Ndamukong Suh – if you don’t know how to pronounce the Heisman finalist’s name, you better learn. The senior defensive tackle and the Cornhuskers will try to humble the Wildcats, who drew the bowl bid after their 21-17 season-ender defeat of the Trojans, in this rematch of the 1998 Holiday Bowl. PICK: Nebraska

DEC. 31 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Houston (10-3) vs. Air Force (7-5) Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas 9 a.m., ESPN The Cougars and the Falcons meet again this year, in the same exact bowl. Houston’s Case Keenum leads the country with the No. 1 passing attack (419.2 yards per game), and Air Force is third in rushing yards (273.6 yards per game). Should be quite the highscoring game. PICK: Houston

Brut Sun Bowl No. 21 Stanford (8-4) vs. Oklahoma (7-5) Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas 11 a.m., CBS Sigh, poor Sam Bradford. Think of where the Sooners would be if he had stayed healthy. The Cardinal make their first bowl appearance in eight years with Heisman finalist Toby Gerhart (1,736 yards, 26 TDs) looking to run all over Oklahoma. PICK: Stanford Continued on page 13


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Navy (9-4) vs. Missouri (8-4) Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas 12:30 p.m., ESPN Tigers receiver Danario Alexander is top in the country with 137 receiving yards per game. But the Midshipmen offense, helmed by Ricky Dobbs, might be on the field for most of the match. PICK: Missouri

Insight Bowl Minnesota (6-6) vs. Iowa State (6-6) Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz. 3 p.m., NFL Network This could be the lowest scoring game in the lot this postseason. The Cyclones are 102nd in scoring, while the Golden Gophers are 113th. Yikes. PICK: Iowa State

Chick-fil-A Bowl No. 11 Virginia Tech (9-3) vs. Tennessee (7-5) Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga. 4:30 p.m., ESPN While an NCAA investigation looms over Tennessee for recruiting violations, two standout running backs – the Hokies’ Ryan Williams (No. 3 in the nation with rushing yards) and the Vols’ Montario Hardesty (averaging 108.8 yards per game) – go toeto-toe in Atlanta. PICK: Virginia Tech

JAN. 1, 2010 Outback Bowl Northwestern (8-4) vs. Auburn (7-5) Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla. 8 a.m., ESPN The Wildcats haven’t won a bowl since 1948, so they’re hungry. They finished their regular season with a strong statement – upsetting Iowa and Wisconsin. However, the Tigers showed spirit in their battle against the Crimson Tide Nov. 27. PICK: Northwestern

Capital One Bowl No. 13 Penn State (10-2) vs. No. 12 LSU (9-3) Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla. 10 a.m., ABC The Tigers have won five of their last six bowl games, but never count JoePa out! Football’s winningest coach goes for victory No. 394. PICK: LSU

Konica Minolta Gator Bowl No. 16 West Virginia (9-3) vs. Florida State (6-6) Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla. 10 a.m., CBS Speaking of coaching legends, Bobby Bowden takes his final bow with the Seminoles against the Mountaineers, whom he coached from 1970 to ’75. PICK: West Virginia

Rose Bowl Presented by Citi No. 8 Ohio State (10-2) vs. No. 7 Oregon (10-2)

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. 1:30 p.m., ABC With USC’s absence, could a Big 10 team take the Granddaddy of Them All for the first time since 2000? Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor is great both in the air and on the ground, but his defense will have its hands full with the Ducks’ LaMichael James, LeGarrette Blount and Jeremiah Masoli. PICK: Oregon

Allstate Sugar Bowl No. 5 Florida (12-1) vs. No. 3 Cincinnati (12-0) Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, La. 5:30 p.m., Fox In his final game under center for the Gators, 2007 Heisman winner Tim Tebow pulls out all the stops, attempting to regroup after getting swept away by the Crimson Tide. But expect the Bearcats to put up a valiant effort – even though Brian Kelly abandoned ship for South Bend, this has been their best season yet. PICK: Florida

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Texas Bowl

JAN. 2, 2010 International Bowl South Florida (7-5) vs. Northern Illinois (7-5) Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada 9 a.m., ESPN2 The Bulls lost five of their last seven games, but they’ve been in a bowl five years in a row. This is the Huskies’ first time making it to the postseason in consecutive years. Blah, still a snoozefest. PICK: Northern Illinois Bowl South Carolina (7-5) vs. Connecticut (7-5) Birmingham, Ala., Legion Field 11 a.m., ESPN UConn tries to capture their first-ever win over an SEC opponent. Steve Spurrier and his Gamecocks crawl into Alabama having lost four of their last six matches. PICK: South Carolina

Florida’s Tim Tebow energizes the Sugar Bowl Jan. 1, 2010.

Valero Alamo Bowl Michigan State (6-6) vs. Texas Tech (8-4) Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas 6 p.m., ESPN It’s a miracle Michigan State has any players to put on the field – several are suspended due to an on-campus altercation. Surely, Red Raiders coach Mike Leach has a lot to say about it (When does he ever hold his tongue?). Spartan linebacker Greg Jones (No. 3 in the nation with 140 tackles) will try to represent against Tech’s offense led by Taylor Potts. PICK: Texas Tech

JAN. 4, 2010

AT&T Cotton Bowl

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

No. 19 Oklahoma State (9-3) vs. Mississippi (8-4) Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas 11 a.m., Fox Both teams lost their big rivalry games this season (the Cowboys to Oklahoma 270, the Rebels to Mississippi State 27-41), so you have to wonder how high either team’s motivation is to have an explosive performance. PICK: Mississippi

No. 6 Boise State (13-0) vs. No. 4 TCU (12-0) University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz. 5 p.m., Fox In a rematch of last season’s Poinsettia Bowl, one of the country’s best passers (Bronco Kellen Moore) against the Horned Frogs’ best defense in the nation. This matchup represents the first time two unbeaten teams go head-to-head in a BCS bowl other than the championship game. PICK: TCU

AutoZone Liberty Bowl Arkansas(7-5) vs. East Carolina (9-4) Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tenn. 2:30 p.m., ESPN One of the best QBs in the SEC, Razorback sophomore Ryan Mallett (3,425 yards, 29 touchdowns) is going to have a stellar game over the Pirates’ less than stellar defense. PICK: Arkansas

JAN. 5, 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl No. 10 Iowa (10-2) vs. No. 9 Georgia Tech (11-2) Land Shark Stadium, Miami, Fla. 5 p.m., Fox The Hawkeyes haven’t played since

Nov. 21, so they’ve had plenty of time to prepare for the Yellow Jackets’ spread option offense that is No. 4 in the country with 5,755 yards this season. PICK: Georgia Tech

JAN. 6, 2010 GMAC Bowl Central Michigan (11-2) vs. Troy (9-3) Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala. 4 p.m., ESPN The Chippewas have already lost their coach to Cincinnati and are losing star quarterback Dan LeFevour (3,043 yards, 27 TDs) after this game. The Trojans also lose their senior QB, Levi Brown (3,868 yards, 22 TDs). PICK: Central Michigan

JAN. 7, 2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game No. 2 Texas (13-0) vs. No. 1 Alabama (130) Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. 5 p.m., ABC Who says 13 is an unlucky number? The legacies of these two undefeateds are rich in football history, and this game is going to live up to those high standards. Nick Saban versus Mack Brown. Colt McCoy (leading passer in school history, Heisman finalist two years straight) heads the strong Longhorn offense, while 2009 Heisman winner Mark Ingram is the top single-season rusher ever for the Crimson Tide. PICK: Alabama

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Benicio Del Toro stars in The Wolfman, in theaters Feb. 12.

TOP 10 ANTICIPATED FILMS OF 2010 BY ZACH HINES It’s time for my annual Top 10 most anticipated films of next year list. These are the top 10 films that I, personally, am looking forward to. There are lots more films I’m excited about that didn’t make the list, but if I could only see 10 films next year, these are what they would be. The list goes in order of closest to farthest release date.

The Wolfman (Universal; Feb. 12): Although I’m not the biggest fan of remakes, there are definitely some movies that do call out to be remade, and this is one of them. On top of having an awesome cast that includes Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving, it looks like director Joe Johnston has delivered a foreboding and beautiful looking film. The master himself, Rick Baker, who worked on John Landis’ cult classic An American Werewolf in London, did the makeup effects for the film. Although the trailers boast a lot of the computer-generated effects, I’m most excited to see what Baker has done with the practical makeup. Shutter Island

(Paramount; Feb. 19): Martin Scorsese.

Enough said.

Kick-Ass (Lionsgate; April 16): Matthew Vaughn’s (Layer Cake, Stardust) adaptation of the comic book by Mark Millar (Wanted) is a stylized commentary on superheroes. I’ve been excited about this ever since it was announced that they were doing it. The story follows Dave Lizewski, a nerd who sets out to become a superhero. With all the heavy-handed superhero 14

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films that come out every summer, it’s nice to get one that isn’t afraid to rattle the cages.

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps (Twentieth Century Fox; April 23): “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed works.” Michael Douglas spoke those words in his performance as shady Wall Street tycoon Gordon Gekko back in 1987. The first Wall Street, written and directed by Oliver Stone, was a brilliant film that painted a very unnerving picture of the stockbroker mentality that emerged in the ’80s and helped contribute to the economic quagmire we find ourselves in today. In the sequel, Douglas returns to the character of Gekko, which is enough to get my 10 dollars. Iron Man 2 (Paramount; May 7): Robert Downey Jr. and director Jon Favreau are back with the inevitable sequel to their 2008 summer blockbuster. Like Pirates of the Caribbean, the first Iron Man was a great example of the benefit of casting a really great actor in a film that would otherwise be basic popcorn fare. Downey’s performance as Tony Stark elevated that film above most other comic book films and is probably the biggest reason, in addition to Favreau’s direction, as to why it was such a big hit. With the same creative team returning, there’s no reason to believe they can’t pull it off again. Inception (Warner Bros.; July 16): If Christopher Nolan (Memento, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight) isn’t one of your favorite filmmakers yet, you’re dangerously close to having your name moved to the top of the list of people who deserve to have hot coffee splashed in their face. There’s no other way to put it other than that Nolan is a true craftsman of film, in the caliber of directors like Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott, Francis Ford Coppola and David Fincher. Normally when a filmmaker is at the helm of a big franchise, they go right into another one before the last one has hit DVD, but just like Nolan took a break from Batman between Begins and Knight to make Prestige, he’s taking another “Batman breather” to make Inception. Nowadays, you have to respect those filmmakers that are bold enough to make original films. The Expendables (Lionsgate; Aug. 20): Sylvester Stal– lone’s next action adventure directing project is history in the making if only because of its cast. Stallone has put together a

cast that almost reads as a “who’s who” of action cinema. The cast includes Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke and Danny Trejo, features MMA star Randy Couture and WWF star Steve Austin and has cameos by Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. That is just ridiculous. If you don’t think you’re going to go see this movie, you’re lying to yourself.

The Social Network (Columbia; Oct. 15): You knew David Fincher was going to make my list. What’s surprising and refreshing about this project is how different the subject matter is from Fincher’s usual comfort zone. The film is an adaptation of a book of the same name, which is the autobiography of the guys who created Facebook. I’m a diehard Fincher enthusiast, and the idea of him venturing into new territory and bringing his vision into other genres is exciting. Tron Legacy (Disney; Dec. 17): The first Tron that came out in 1982 is one of the best and most influential science fiction films of all time. The story followed Flynn (Jeff Bridges) who is sucked into a massive computer and has to fight for his life against the Master Control Program to escape. The film took the idea of cyberspace and computer programs and created a world where programs were represented as people that Flynn could interact with. A sequel had been in various stages of development for years, but now it’s finally happening. Fingers crossed that this lives up to the brilliance of the first one.

The Rum Diary (Warner Independent, 2010): In 1998 Terry Gilliam directed the long-awaited film adaptation of the late great gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s infamous book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, starring Johnny Depp as Thompson’s self-inspired doppelgänger Raoul Duke and Benicio Del Toro as Dr. Gonzo. Aside from being one of my favorite films of all time, it’s one of the best adaptations of a book I’ve ever seen. Depp’s performance is the stuff true acting is all about, and now we’re going to get to see him revisit the character in an adaptation of another one of Thompson’s books. While Gilliam is not directing this one, I’m looking forward to seeing a new take on Thompson’s work by director Bruce Robinson, and a new take on the character by Depp.



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Yamashiro Presents Movie Night Dec. 23, 30 @ Garden Theater at Yamashiro The Garden Theater at Yamashiro in Hollywood is screening some holiday classics on a high-definition projector, while cocktails and the full service menu are available. There is a double-double feature on Dec. 23 with kids’ Christmas favorites How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966), Frosty the Snowman (1969), A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). Date-friendly films When Harry Met Sally (1989) and Love Actually (2003) are scheduled for the double feature on Dec. 30.

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Dec. 25 @ Mann Chinese 6 We all know that Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the classic series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is going to make bank. But before you judge me for adding the sure-to-be blockbuster hit to my list, the Mann Chinese Theatre in Hollywood is adding another dimension to the action-adventure film that will literally rock you in your seat. The seats in the theater move simultaneously with the onscreen action. Sensations of motion occur during action scenes, while seats remain still during dialogue-driven sequences.


Dec. 25 @ Nuart Theatre The last time this Tim Burton classic was on the big screen you may have been in diapers. So here’s your chance to watch it the way it was meant to be seen. Once you’ve opened presents and had your fill of eggnog, go out to see the midnight showing of the darkly humorous movie to bring a hint of spice to your nice holiday festivities.

The Muppet Christmas Carol/The Muppets Take Manhattan Dec. 25, 26 @ New Beverly Cinema If you have young nieces and nephews and don’t think they will respond happily to the sometimes-creepy segments in Beetlejuice, the beloved Muppets are a kid-friendly alternative.

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Dec. 26 @ New Beverly Cinema It was made by a couple UCLA college kids in the early ’80s and instantly became a cult classic. The New Beverly Cinema is having a midnight screening of the horror flick. It isn’t available many places, so see the vintage hit that rocked the college scene years ago.

Historic Tour of Old Hollywood followed by Forever Hollywood Dec. 26, 27 @ Egyptian Theatre The Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour has docents who guide you through the legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre. You’ll visit the dressing rooms and singers’ boxes as well as the restored venue. Tours are about an hour and are immediately followed by the Hollywood history film Forever Hollywood.

Movies with Holiday Spirit, Screwball Comedies & Big Screen Classics Dec. 27, 2009 & Jan. 2, 2010 @ Aero Theatre Throughout this month, American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre has been screening an assortment of films that even the most diligent of film students may not have seen. The double feature on Dec. 27 is The Women (1939) and The Good Fairy (1935), but the night to go is Jan. 2, 2010, when Frank Capra’s classics It Happened One Night (1934) and Platinum Blonde (1931) are screened as a double feature.

The Best of James Bond: Agent 007 Jan. 1-3, 2010 @ Egyptian Theatre I know, personally, I detest the beginning of January because I don’t understand football, and I refuse to deal with New Year’s sales. So from Jan. 1-3, 2010, the Egyptian Theatre is screening six James Bond classics: Dr. No, You Only Live Twice, Goldfinger, Thunderball, Moonraker and For Your Eyes Only.


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100 Monkeys Dec. 26 @ Detroit Bar Dec. 27 @ The Roxy I’m not going to lie; I totally planned on just making a few snarky Twilight-disparaging jokes and then being on my merry way. Then, I realized that that was not at all the journalistic way. I would be doing a disservice to you readers and the greater profession of journalism if I didn’t research this to the fullest extent before passing potentially unfair judgment on a potentially talented group. I have since learned the error of my honorable ways. I listened to the music. I really did. I’d say it made my ears bleed, but I’d rather not get into Twilight puns. It was almost as painful as reading excerpts from the Stephenie Meyer comic book that was just released. Almost. If I wanted to watch a bunch of L.A. fauxhipsters dick around amateurishly with the concept of lo-fi, I’d walk the streets of Silver Lake on a Monday afternoon, not pay to see Jackson Rathbone edge it up for the paparazzi photographers hoping K-Stew and R-Pattz appear. This is here because, much like with the Meyer comic, I’m morbidly (No, I will not make the jokes.) curious as to who the target audience for this endeavor is and who is actually buying into it. I really want to know what kind of person goes to this kind of show and who keeps giving these actors faith that their bands don’t all suck. Because those are the people we need to shun from society. Somebody else can do that research,

though. I’ve done my part already.

Anthony Green/Good Old War Dec. 28 @ The Glass House Dec. 29 @ The Roxy Now, on to someone who actually knows how to play his instruments and create a mood, we have none other than Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green. A seasoned veteran of the post-hardcore prog scene (I promise it’s a much bigger subgenre of rock than you think it is.), Green can do the catchy and mainstream-friendly thing with his brand of atmospheric rock, all without sacrificing the artistry or intellectualism he’s come to be known for. While his work with Circa has Green painting vast and sweeping sonic landscapes over his band’s epic jam-thrashing, though, his acoustic solo material shows an emotive vulnerability. Similarly awesome, three-piece Philadelphia act Good Old War somehow fit impossible numbers of instrumental and vocal layers into a stripped-down musical style. Kind of old-timey while still being fresh and new, it’s nice to hear some indie rock that isn’t pretentious, folk music that isn’t a total bumout and three artistically talented dudes who aren’t afraid of indulging their pop sides every now and then. Also, one of the three is the accordion player in the band. And yes, it actually works. I’m calling it right now: Accordion is the new cowbell.

Chromeo Dec. 31 @ Club Nokia You haven’t been to a dance party until you’ve been to a

Chromeo dance party. Whether they’re actually behind the instruments performing their own hits or rocking out from behind the turntables while blasting other people’s jams, these guys know how to get you moving.

Aushua Dec. 31 @ Spaceland I will not stop pimping this band until all readers are on board with them. I will wait until I see that every person who is friends with Campus Circle on MySpace is also friends with Aushua, if that’s what it takes. Maybe you feel like you’ve had your fill of western-tinged indie-folk for one week already with Good Old War, but that’s quitter talk, I say. Their new EP is killer and makes me want to spontaneously embark on a road trip across America, and I may or may not wish to hire frontman Nate Gammill to croon me to sleep every night. If that’s not a sufficient testament to their greatness, I may have to rethink my line of work here.

Erykah Badu Dec. 31 @ House of Blues Sunset Strip I can’t think of any other artist I’d rather blast into the New Year with than this self-proclaimed “b-girl for life.” No doubt she’ll preview songs from New Amerykah Part II (Return of the Ankh), due out February 2010. Always funky and innovative, Badu plans to release one of her new nonalbum cuts, “Jump Up in the Air,” to major music Web sites; 10 versions with 10 different rappers (Lil Wayne is rumored to be one), one at a time. Fresh indeed. —Jessica Koslow

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MUSIC ARTISTS TO WATCH IN 2010 BY JESSICA GOODMAN While people are changing, growing up and living life to its full potential, there is one thing that will always get them through the hard times: music. This generation is going through one of the most amazing cultural revolutions; music is everywhere. All different styles are taking over our favorite radio stations and iTunes – there are more choices than ever. For 2010, some of the most buzzworthy bands and artists continue to create the music that defines us. They are making college students realize that there is more to life than the tears we shed and the classes we have; they transform us into our own personal DJs.

Allison Iraheta When they are growing up, most girls often imagine finding their prince charming. The fact that every girl has someone magical to sweep her off of her feet makes it all seem worthwhile. But then you go away to college and realize that it takes a lot more to make this dream come true. Most boys in college seem to be out for one thing, and deep inside, most girls just sit back and wonder how they fell into the trap. It’s more than possible that a college boy could fall in love with a girl, but not be ready to be tied down and not have the chance to see what else is out there. These sentiments are what this amazing artist captures. I have such a hard time putting into words everything I have gone through, and Allison Iraheta is able to capture everything perfectly, especially in the song “Friday I’ll Be Over You.” She can relate to every misguided college girl who deserves to get her dream. This singer-


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songwriter will go far in the next year and become the artist who really captures the true essence of what it is like to wonder, why not me?

Breaking Benjamin In my opinion, this band is one of the most legendary rock groups around today. Their music is not something you would dance to in a club, but rather put in your iPod, lay back and feel a real connection with a world aside from your own. Of course, it's a great distraction from schoolwork, but at the same time, it mellows you out enough to be able to focus and concentrate. Most college students who listen to Breaking Benjamin’s music are well-rounded and feel like they finally have someone to compare their daily struggles to. Not many people get the opportunity to find a band like this, and that’s why they are a top band to look out for in 2010. They are continuing to have a real effect on students who would not be able to get through their toughest days without them. I know I wouldn’t.

LMFAO Over the last year, LMFAO have become hugely successful powered by the song “I’m in LA Trick.” Their music is one of a kind and has sparked fans from all backgrounds. It’s the music that makes everyone want to shake what their mama gave them. Within the next year, you can expect this band to continue to take the music world by storm and hit up the DJ booths at all your favorite clubs. With their song featured on E!’s “Kourtney & Khloé Take Miami,”

their popularity jumps from coast to coast, making everyone feel their rhythm and beat.

We the Kings Earlier this month, We the Kings came out with a brand new album that has continued to live up to the reputation they have built up from their previous albums and appearances at the Vans Warped Tour. Their music has been classified as alternative, and they are definitely a band who knows how to be the voice of the young men out there who really try to understand what a girl thinks and wants. They do not expect a lot and are a band filled with simplicity. Yet they really understand how much their music has the power to change lives. Their music has been featured on shows like “The Hills” and other MTV shows with real dedication to the fans. If they don’t make a difference now, they definitely will continue to inspire in the New Year.

College Band to Look Out For: MOXI (Cal State Northridge) The whole point of college is to find your place in the world and learn what is out there. There are so many paths to greatness and success, and not everyone has the determination or will to follow them. MOXI left a record label to create their own sense of being and have been completely successful, especially throughout the college Greek community at Cal State Northridge. This is one band that will go far in their career. Check out their music and expect a lot of new material in the upcoming year!


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BY FREDERICK MINTCHELL Bootie LA - New Year’s Eve Bootleg Ball The Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park; bootiela. com Celebrate New Year’s Eve mashup-style with a balloon drop, free champagne, CD giveaways and more. Resident dance crew R.A.I.D. rings in 2010 with a special routine. Indie-electro duo Purple Crush does two live mashup performances. Resident DJ Paul V., as well as special guests DJ Shyboy and DJ Axel, spin all the best mashups from the past year. Plus, the first 300 arrivals get a free copy of the Best of Bootie 2009 CD. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. $10 before 10 pm; $20 after.

Enchantment: A New Decade Here Lounge, 696 N. Robertson, West Hollywood; See Here Lounge transformed into a magical forest complete with falling snow, ice, fog, nonstop dancing gogo boys and dazzling performances. Hosted by Woody Woodbeck, Lanny Leyda, Cheyne Hauk, Rossmar, Sarah Smart, Hector Monserratte, Livonia, Morgan, Mayhem and Detox. Free champagne toast at midnight. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover before 8 p.m.; $10 until 9 p.m.

E-volve NYE White Ball 2010 Ecco, 1640 N. Cahuenga, Hollywood; Ecco Hollwood joins patios with Cahuenga Junction to create one of the biggest and hottest parties in Los Angeles! Enjoy the best DJs spinning Top 40 hip-hop, dance and house all night long. Hosted by Playboy’s hottest playmates. Grab a VIP ticket and enjoy an open bar all night long. 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Tix start at $40.

Giant Hotel 2010 Westin Bonaventure Hotel, 404 S. Figueroa, Downtown; The event takes place in two huge ballrooms and on the poolside terrace. This year’s lineup includes Above & Beyond, Christopher Lawrence, Cosmic Gate, Kristina Sky, Miguel Migs, Marques Wyatt, Boris M.D. and Ryan Sage. 8 p.m.-4 a.m. Tix start at $65.

Gridlock New Year’s Eve 2009 Paramount Studios Backlot, 780 N. Gower St., Hollywood; Five acres of New York City street-themed areas, a fireworks display, massive confetti cannon, an EFX light show, live dance performances, sponsored store fronts, street performers and three stages of DJs and live performers. With 5,000 people, this is one of the largest parties around. 9 p.m.3 a.m. Tix start at $150 (includes open bar).

Haute Cirque NYE 2010 h.wood, 1738 N. Orange Drive, Hollywood; lucentdossier. com A special night of play, provided by Luent Dossier


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Experience. Sounds by DJ Politik. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $100.

The Highlands Hollywood NYE 2010 The Highlands Hollywood, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, 4th & 5th Floor; Featuring DJ Homicide (DJ for Sugar Ray), the Ikki Twins from MTV’s “A Double Shot at Love,” Playmate Summer Altice, go-go dancers, DJs including Amie Rose, DJ Rhiannon and Prophecy, with a special midnight dance performance by the Ladies in Lace. 8 p.m.-4 a.m. Tix start at $35.

Lunar New Year’s Eve 2010 Start off 2010 with 13 hours of dancing with house/ techno stars Cesare vs. Disorder, Mikael Stavöstrand, Acid Circus, Drumcell, Darius Aleksander, Madadamion, Suli Belarto, Andrew Kelley, Joe Bickle, DJ Lou, G Dubbs and more. The location is an underground location and only ticket buyers will be given the info. 9 p.m.-10 a.m. Tix start at $30.

New Years Eve Gala 2010 Crowne Plaza Hotel, 300 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach; The South Bay’s largest New Year’s Eve party features a spectacular midnight countdown show, balloon drop, multiple DJs and dance floors spinning house, hip-hop, Top 40 and all your favorite dance and club hits, performance artists and dancers, multiple bars and panoramic views. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Tix start at $40.

NYE Aboard the Queen Mary 1126 Queen’s Highway, Long Beach; Enjoy five fantastic parties featuring retro-jazz, hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, Latin and contemporary pop and more. Ring in the New Year with a gigantic firework display from the stern of the ship, so you have the best view in the city. You can also opt for five different buffets and/or room and buffet combo packages. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Tix start at $89.

New Year’s Eve at Universal CityWalk 100 Universal Terrace Parkway, Universal City; Los Angeles’ largest free New Year’s Eve Party brings double the excitement with two stages with live bands, two giant video screens and fireworks from each end of the street. Live entertainment includes performances by throwback bands ’80s Rewind and Fast Times. 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. FREE.

New York Nights: The Black & White Ball Playhouse Hollywood, 6506 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Ring in the New Year from the city that never sleeps with an all-out club transformation that spans Times Square, Central Park and across the Brooklyn Bridge. Experience the city’s sense of late-night joie de vivre with special surprise DJs and live performances. Includes Premium Open Bar from 9 p.m. to midnight with champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Tix start at $75.

Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. Rainbow Lagoon, 400 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach; Watch action sports icon Travis Pastrana jump a rally car off the Pine Street Pier onto a floating barge anchored in Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor. Pastrana’s world record attempt to shatter the existing mark of 171 feet will also be televised live on ESPN around 8 p.m. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. FREE.

Sublevel Space Explore NYE Only for the dancetronauts! Twelve-plus hours of exclusive house music featuring Doc Martin, Steve Loria, Tony Powell and more. Presales receive complimentary champagne before midnight and are guaranteed a free copy of the Sublevel Space Explorer 8-year Anniversary CD. Location to be announced the night of the event. 21+. 9 p.m. Tix start at $40.

Together As One L.A. Sports Arena, 3939 S. Figueroa St., Downtown; Swedish Egil, John Digweed, David Guetta, Markus Schulz, Kid Krazzy, Lenny Vega, Barry Weaver, Kaskade, Sander Kleinenberg, Dubfire, DJ Reza, Subflo, Hazen, Fury, Hive, Shimon, Valve, Shy, Dirty Phonics (DJ), Xample and more keep your butt moving to start 2010. 7 p.m.-4 a.m. Tix start at $60.

Viceroy’s New Year’s Eve Celebration 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica; newyearseve Viceroy’s poolside patio will transform into a tented outdoor dance floor featuring music by King Britt and Jason Bentley, music director of KCRW and host of “Morning Becomes Eclectic.” Other guest DJs include KCRW’s Raul Campos and Jamie Strong. Enjoy global “street ” food and a champagne toast. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $175.


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Clifton’s Cafeteria: Best Place to Reminisce About the Depression with Your Grandparents

You’re visiting Los Angeles. No? You live here, and your family’s in town for the holiday? If your family’s like my family, they’re going to need a bit of sunshine, watering and feeding every so often. Be a decent relative and give them a hand. There’s a lot of food to choose from in Los Angeles. Here are a few places that might appease the guests.

Best Place With the Worst Service That Isn’t a Deli Wi Jammin Caribbean Restaurant 5103 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles; You tell the man at the counter that his chef makes a damn fine piece of chicken, he’ll shoot back a sharp, “Ahh knooow.” The food’s a touch overpriced for such a little joint, the salad is pure filler, the menu lacks plantains and the beans and rice have a nice but subtle flavor that’s tough to pinpoint. But the jerk chicken, coated in dry rub and given a jacket of pure fire when the extra cups of sauce are emptied over it, is enough to make any vegetarian rethink things. Soothe the palate with a bottle of ginger beer. Delish.

Best Place to Reminisce About the Depression With Your Grandparents Clifton’s Cafeteria 648 S. Broadway, Los Angeles; You might leave Clifton’s with a slight ache, or even a bit disgruntled after pouring soy sauce all over your salad, having assumed it to be balsamic vinegar. But the décor is the thing – an unexpected forest retreat in the middle of downtown, this is the alternative to stopping at a Black Bear Diner up the I-5. Plus, the ultra-affordable cafeteria still abides by a policy of “Dine Free Unless Delighted.”

Join Us for the Rose Bowl on our Flat Screen TV Many tasty garlic specialties Fun dining experience in five unique dining areas Convenient location, with parking on Restaurant Row Open every day of the year 11 am to 11 pm

Best Place to Nosh When You’re Waiting in Line for “The Price Is Right”The Blessed King 109 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 933-3100 The paint job is shoddy, the owner will try to sell you the shop, and the massive gobs of cream cheese don’t justify the sliding scale that may or may not apply. But they’ve got the most perfect bagel in Los Angeles – doughy, slightly sour and puffy enough to sustain you.

Best Place to Take the Vegetarian Sibling Who Doesn’t Eat Vegetables Pie ’N Burger 913 E. California Blvd., Pasadena; The Apple Pan of the Eastside, what with its cash-only policy and comfortable counter, also boasts a brilliant veggie burger, crisply textured with shredded carrot, a perfect complement to gooey grilled onions and a sheet of cool iceberg. And pie, glorious pie – topped with a hearty slab of vanilla ice cream – follows beautifully.

Best Place to Take the Cousin Who’s Allergic to All Foods Mäni’s Bakery & Café 519 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles; Everything on the menu is marked for those with dietary restrictions – vegan, glutenfree, dairy-free – and is, for the most part, vegetarian-friendly. The tofu with pesto on rosemary bread is flawlessly savory, the omelets are generous, the cupcakes are rich. Black bean and plantain quesadillas? Yes please.

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Best Place to Take the Pleasantly Non-Snooty Date You’ve Just Met Papa Cristo’s C&K Importing 2771 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles; Garlic breath, sure. But whether you’ve only got the budget for a few generously sized triangles of spanakopita, or the 15 bucks to shell out for a rack of lamb, there’s no wrong way on the menu here. The meats are delicious, the setting comfortable and you can pick up a jar of olive oil (or wine, what have you) from the Greek market within the restaurant.

Best Place to Attempt These Pupusas You’ve Heard So Much About Carolina’s Mar Y Sol Restaurante 6011 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park Now you can probably get a pupusa anywhere and be pretty satisfied. But Carolina’s is sort of comforting – the Salvadoran hole-in-the-wall, a menu with not a drop of English on it, is run by a pleasant lady who requires you to sit patiently and wait a while for your pupusa. Chewy, grilled and filled with a warm and savory mixture of gooey cheese and perfectly spiced meat. It may be one of the more expensive options (at, you know, $1.60 a pop), but worthwhile.

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OLD TOWN, NEW FUN BY EBONY MARCH I’d lived in Southern California for an embarrassing number of years before ever setting foot in Old Town Pasadena. Sure, it’s home to the Rose Bowl and some of the greatest shopping – ever! But it always seemed so foreign and out of the way. Finally, I got a job in the area and discovered what many locals have known for years – Old Town rocks. This lovely little stretch of city sits nestled between upwardly mobile Eagle Rock and the quaint valley communities of La Canada and La Crescenta. Sure everyone is hip to its history as the home of the annual Rose Bowl and its internationally adored parade, but maybe, like me, you’ve never taken the time to explore all of the happening spots in which some serious retail therapy can be done. Looking for a new take on the classic mall experience? Well, look no further than Old Town’s gorgeous promenade. Like Santa Monica’s Third Street, Glendale’s Americana and the Fairfax District’s Grove, Old Town’s


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shopping mecca is brimming with old favorites and new discoveries. A quick stroll will unearth names like Banana Republic and H&M. What’s more is that a lot of the inhabitants of Pasadena are ... shall we say, “well-to-do,” so the offerings tend to be a bit snazzier than elsewhere (in my opinion). However, for those who are seeking a more unique experience or tend to shy away from shopping where the masses do, Pasadena is also home to some of the more interesting and luxe boutiques out there. Kokila’s Boutique (350 S. Lake Ave.; 626-584-1157) boasts a number of fun fashions to make you shine in the bright California sun. A favorite of denim-loving fashionistas and boystunners is Voce Jeans (995 E. Green St.; This boutique is chock-full of the latest cuts, colors and brands of America’s signature clothing staple: blue jeans. They’ve got jeans cut to show everybody what your mama gave you and then some. Most of their styles are inspired by the hottest trends coming straight off the streets of Brazil. When you rock these bad boys, you’ll be doing so with confidence. For all you crafty folks out there, Eliza Boutique (651 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia; 626-447-2728) is a one-stop shop for all your needs. Located just down the way from Pasadena, Eliza’s is stocked with everything that your scrapbooking, collage-making, tie-dyeing little heart desires. The prices are reasonable and competitive with chains like Michaels, but without the irritation of not being able to find what you’re looking for.

All the girls of the world know what a pain it is to find cool clothes at a reasonable price point. Personally, I love chic little shops because you at least have more of a guarantee that you’ll be the only person in the outfit you’ve just shelled out major coin for – instead of looking like a carbon copy of everyone else in Los Angeles. For people like me, try Alice Boutique (20 W. Valley Blvd., Alhambra; 626-282-9158) in nearby Alhambra. OK, so Alhambra is traditionally known for its street races, strip malls and car dealerships, but this sister city to Pasadena is a real gem. Alice’s is a fun place to store up on cool trends that you’ll recognize from the fashion rags (but not on your neighbor or roommate). Yeah, it’s in the boonies, but it can’t all be Hollywood, you know. Finally, for all you shopaholics who have spent the day blowing through your bank accounts, trust funds and credit card limits (aren’t you the lucky one?), why not replenish all that lost strength with a quick sugar fix. Dots Cupcakes (400 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena; dotscupcakes. com) is a cherished shop known and loved by foodies and famous folks alike (Dakota Fanning is reportedly a HUGE fan.). Friends and family members enjoying the rigors of carrying around heavy shopping bags can easily relax and unwind with colorful cuties such as Raspberry Cheesecake (Fri.-Sun.) and Apple Pie (Wed.-Thurs.) flavors. They also have standards like Red Velvet (Mon.-Tues.), chocolate and vanilla for cake traditionalists. But the best thing about Dots is its staff that has earned this shop just as much good press as its sweets.



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An Insider’s Chronology BY JOE HORTON

[With the exception of the USC Emergency Alert System e-mails, the story below is fictional.] 1) Darkness here IN MONTANA, early morning darkness in the winter that is cold enough to breathe in and keep in your lungs as something sharp and cruel but equal parts honest and courageous. Thinking, as I do, on days like this when I can’t sleep, or when sleep comes too easily and my mind is not yet prepared to dream, of warmer climes where life – at least outside, at least at night, at least in the company of friends who care as little about the onrushing sunrise as I do – is easy and beautiful enough to knock on the door of the sublime. Thinking, as I do, about Pasadena in January. 2) LOS ANGELES (USC Emergency Alert System) – Suspicious package found at 35th Place and Budlong, two blocks west of campus. LAPD evacuating immediate area. Stay away. 5:41 p.m., Pacific Standard Time. 3) LOS ANGELES – LAPD plans controlled destruction of suspicious package at 35th & Budlong. Expect loud noise. 6:17 p.m. PST. 4) LOS ANGELES – The suspicious device orignally reported on 35th Place at Budlong was actually on 35th Place near Normandy. The package, indentified by LAPD as a pipe bomb, has been removed. The neighborhood has been reopened however police activity may continue in the immediate area of the incident. Any suspicious packages, devices, or objects should be reported immediately to DPS or the LAPD. 8:28 p.m. 5) PASADENA – Rose Bowl and Rose Parade organizers today expressed their complete confidence in the security at this year’s Grandaddy of Them All, promising that no disgruntled University of Southern California fans will disrupt the proceedings. According to unnamed sources within the highest Rose Bowl echelons, organizers initially feared that the pipe bomb found in mid-December at 35th Street and Budlong-turnedNormandie was but a precursor of the havoc yet to come from a “significant contingent” of the USC faithful who have become mentally unbalanced after their team’s nightmarish 8-4 season. Data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act also suggests that both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency – acting with direct authority of former Vice President Richard Cheney – have tapped the phones and computers of any fans admitted to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum or Rose Bowl in the past seven years. “These perpetrators, who are doubtless in league with not one but several extremist organizations, will not be allowed to disrupt what I am told is a lovely floral bonanza on New Year’s Day in Pasadena,” Vice President Cheney was quoted as saying to the Rocky Mountain Star. “Just because their team doesn’t get to play in the game doesn’t mean they can go around attaching pipe bombs to things.” 6) DENVER – Former Rocky Mountain Star editor Jim Van der Zorn said that, to the best of his knowledge, the paper has remained defunct since its closing 17 years ago, and no one currently on the nonexistent staff had spoken to the vice president in at least 11 days. 7) THE ROSE BOWL – Groundskeeper Nathan Hurlbutte reported four enormous pipe bombs at field level after his walkthrough Thursday evening, but later rescinded his assertions after being pulled aside by Senior Groundskeeper Juan Marcos-Postlewaithe. “Actually, those were just the field goal posts,” Hurlbutte later told gathered reporters. “I’m sorry for the error, but you can’t be too careful these days, now can you?” 8) Darkness here, early morning darkness. Thinking, as I do, if I’ve capped my pipe bombs tightly enough. Thinking, as I do, if I’ve thought my plan through – pre-Rose Bowl jitters, I suppose, and only natural. But in these dark morning hours, when cars rarely pass on my road outside my cabin, here in these Montana woods, I’m left alone to wonder if the white particles drifting down from the cloudless sky are snowflakes or merely the ash of my shattered Rose Bowl championship dreams drifting in from warm skies over Pasadena. 9) PASADENA (Associated Press and Bugle) – The Oregon Ducks and Ohio State Buckeyes fought to a scoreless draw today in the Rose Bowl. The teams completed 22 overtime periods before the game was finally called on account of the tremendous snowdrifts that had built up over the course of play on the field and in the stands. No winner will be crowned. 10) WASHINGTON, D.C. – Obama Administration meteorologists are still at a loss to explain the 12 feet of snow dumped on Pasadena, Calif., over the holiday weekend. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a senior meteorologist said, “I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s like someone flew a whole bunch of little bombs up into the sky and blew up the clouds.”




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Audra Griffis starred in several episodes of "Glee" and recently toured as a dancer with Vanessa Hudgens.

AUDRA GRIFFIS Dancing with “Glee” BY CANDICE WINTERS To quote Three 6 Mafia, it’s hard out here for a pimp. But honestly, it’s probably hardest on an actress trying to get that breakthrough role in this industry. Money is success, and success is mostly guaranteed by familiar faces. However, there is a new show on television that is taking the ratings (and film executives) by the ears and forcing them to listen to the sweet sound of audience approval. “Glee” is the biggest newcomer in FOX’s lineup, but creating those dance sequences isn’t as easy as it looks. Take it from someone who has an extensive background in dance and who starred in several episodes this season. “It was the hardest job I’ve had so far because running up and down risers in heels is not as easy as it looks,” says professional dancer and aspiring actress, Audra Griffis. And with a name like that, how can you not hire her? Griffis isn’t doing this stuff just for fun. She’s serious about


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joining the elite club of admired actors alongside her favorite thespian. “I love Rachel McAdams,” says the Toledo, Ohio-native. “Her transition from Mean Girls to The Notebook shows her talent as an actress. She has this hometown girl vibe, and she is so well respected. She is one of those people in Hollywood who is a great actress but not a socialite.” Like all stories go in the town of casting calls and audition reels, you don’t just make it big over night. In fact, Griffis has been working toward this since she was hardly able to walk. “My mom put me in dance when I was 3 years old,” reveals the dedicated 20-something. “I grew up in a studio. After I graduated high school I toured with a group of dancing teachers. Four and a half years ago I moved out to L.A. with my best friend, and I just started teaching dance this year.” It is through dance that she is still making connections in Hollywood. Griffis recently toured with High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens, which she describes as “the coolest experience. She’s such a nice person. We went to Six Flags a lot. Just being on the tour bus with her was so much fun.” The singing and dancing is what has made “Glee” and HSM so popular, but Griffis is looking to ditch the teeny bopper stuff. Actually, she’s extremely serious about acting seriously.

“I love dancing, but there is absolutely no longevity in the career,” she says. “And the pay isn’t good. I want a longstanding career.” What’s the hardest part about this business? Is it the long hours, the constant rejection, the fierce competition? For the down-to-earth girl who still goes home to see her parents at least four times a year, it’s a matter of forcing herself into the spotlight. “I’m a shy person,” admits Griffis. “The hardest thing I’ve learned is just putting myself out there. I don’t want to be another one of those girls who go up to producers, beg for roles and exploit myself. I want to build a career on my own. But being alright with marketing myself is what I’ve learned I have to do.” Following in the footsteps of stars like Natalie Portman and Emma Watson, Audra Griffis is also continuing her education. She is a part-time student at Pierce College, and though her schedule does not allow much time for term papers, she makes it work. “I think it’s very important to have a degree and to have something to fall back on. It’s imperative to maintain your sense of normal. It’s so easy to get caught up in the Hollywood scene. Dancing is my No. 1 priority, so that’s what I have to focus on. It sucks when I have to miss a quiz because of a gig, but it’s all worth it.”

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Stars like Gwen Stefani, Travis McCoy and Jay-Z wear Casey Arisohn's Radii Footwear.

CASEY ARISOHN Meet the New Sole Man BY ARIEL PAREDES What’s a sneakerhead to do when all they can think about day in and day out is shoes? Should you start up a brand new company when the economy is on the decline and it’s still looking a little bleak? Well, Casey Arisohn did just that. Incorporating years of past experience and knowledge as a buyer in the fashion business, Arisohn founded and launched his own company of progressive footwear called Radii (pronounced ray-dee-eye) in August of 2008. Arisohn is one of the most ambitious 26-year-olds out there. A native of Southern California, he grew up in Huntington Beach – Mecca of outdoor living, from land to water. He started working at the infamous Jack’s Surfboards shop when he was just 16. “Every paycheck that I earned would go towards what I eventually envisioned as my own company,” he says. Arisohn was always in love with sneakers and constantly looking for what was fresh and hot. “I was always that guy who had a pair of sneakers to match every outfit,” he states, “and still to this day there are unopened boxes in my closet that may never get opened.”

He has always been inspired by some of the larger brands like Nike and Adidas, now his competitors, but was always aiming for something higher end. He knew that he couldn’t come out of the box and compete with the big wigs, but he had a vision of creating urban, high-design footwear. Although Arisohn sees his shoes as art, he knew that he had to “create a shoe that customers would get, and that had a functionality and creativity but would sell.” He had to develop a different business plan than his competitors, yet design something people wanted to put on their feet. His shoes are a blend of different fabrics, ranging from leather, patent leather, suede and nubuck to cloth, and mix bright colors with subdued tones and animal prints. The price range is exactly on point from $90 to $120. Arisohn has been a student in the business of shoes for years. To date, he states, “I have over 7,000 pairs of shoes saved on my computer that I go over before I create a new line. I’m constantly on the sneaker blogs, reading articles, at trade shows and on the phone with my people asking what is hot. Just trying to get a grasp of what my customers want.” His 420 Tops are his most popular shoes. “Without them, I wouldn’t be in business,” states Arisohn. A few notable celebrities have taken note of his designs from the Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani, Day26, Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes and the trendsetter himself, Jay-Z. It is actually a great story Arisohn offers about Jay-Z. Arisohn’s accountant in Brooklyn called him up one day and said that he needed to special order a size 11, per the request of Jay-Z .

“At first I was doubtful. If I had a nickel for every time someone said they had a cousin or a friend that could get a pair to Jay-Z, I’d be rich.” However, he trusted the veracity of his accountant and said that if it really was Jay-Z, “could you just at least get me a picture?” Sure enough, a week later he was watching the BET HipHop Awards and Jay-Z was wearing them on stage! “It was awesome and crazy and made me want to keep on creating and making shoes that people liked!” says Arisohn. His brand continues to develop fashion forward designs, as well as business casual mature sneakers, that are primarily what Arisohn is rockin’ on his feet right now. “I needed to develop my brand first with my own unique style before being able to put out what I now see my company heading toward,” expresses the designer. Arisohn aptly named his company Radii, which is simply a clean and ambiguous name to spark people’s curiosity. He didn’t realize at the time that the name was a perfect fit, and that Radii defined meant “range of influence.” He has expanded this to mean: “No limit to the fashion and creative styling, and all the opportunities you can reach.” With his company steadily growing, he plans to continue to create innovative designs that are distinctive and exciting. This will guarantee the permanence of the brand. All that Arisohn has created is not only impressive and inspiring, but he was able to achieve success on his own terms to boot. For more information, visit

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Star and Jet to the rescue! The Wing Girls offer men all they need to know about women.

THE WING GIRLS Dating Advice Every Guy Could Use BY BECCA LETT Attention all boys. Have you ever liked a girl that didn’t like you back, but you could never figure out why? Have no fear, the Wing Girls are here. Star and Jet have done a huge favor to womankind and created an advice service that strictly gives advice to men about dating and women. From personalized e-mail service and one-on-one Wing Girling to YouTube videos about blowjobs and other matters, these two superwomen are truly heroic when it comes to offering men all they need to know about women. The Wing Girls got started when they randomly met at a party and were sucked into one confused man’s Wing Girl needs. At the refreshment table, both Star and Jet found themselves giving advice about women to this man they didn’t even know. Turns out, he was going about his situation with women


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completely wrong. Both women realized that this man was probably not the only non-psycho, good-looking, nice guy who had issues getting women. So, they decided to do something about it. “If we could help one guy at a party, we could reach guys everywhere,” Star says. Like many girls do, both Star and Jet have found themselves giving dating advice to guys almost their whole lives. They realized that they have pretty good perspective on what boys are doing wrong when it comes to girls. Men deserve to know the truth about women, and it is Star and Jet’s objective to do just that. They started with a blog that basically ranted about things guys do to turn off girls, like wearing socks with sandals. With the launch of their Web site and YouTube videos, they have received feedback from people all over the world and have become huge hits in New Zealand, Japan, Greece, Spain and Bulgaria. They target high school and college-aged men through their mid-20s, but will readily give advice to men of all ages and all statuses, whether single or taken. For men, commitment is not always easy, but Jet and Star help laser beam fear of commitment out of men’s bodies because deep down every man wants to love a woman. Sometimes it’s hard for boys not to be shallow, to go for someone in their own league or to be direct, and that’s OK because Star and Jet can help. They work almost every night of the week, Wing Girling

for guys at bars and events in Los Angeles. By day, these superheroes give private dating advice, e-mail consultations and work on their upcoming novel, which will be the guy’s version of He’s Just Not That Into You and might beat out Playboy as man’s Bible. A sneak peek into what one could find on the Wing Girls’ Web site is the Top 5 things they wish guys knew: 1) Call, don’t text. When it comes to a date or following up, it’s so hot when a guy calls. You get to talk. There’s more of a feel for each other. A follow-up text can lead to a relationship full of texting. It’s important to be direct. Call her. 2) Take her out of your dorm room. Do something fun, go to dinner, a movie, walk around, something. Make it obvious that it’s a date; pay for her, kiss her. 3) Date around. Youth is the time to figure out what you like and what you don’t like. Don’t spend four years of college with one person unless you’re sure you want to be with her forever. Don’t sleep around, date around. 4) Be upfront about what you are looking for. If you do not want a relationship, say so. Otherwise, you’re asking for her to be upset when she finds out the hard way. Besides, if you state that you only want to hook up, girls will probably still hook up with you, but at least it’s on the table. 5) Don’t sleep with her unless you want a girlfriend. It’s biological for girls to become attached to boys they sleep with. For more information, visit



Saga of the Swamp Thing, Book 2 (Vertigo)

BY DENISE GUERRA Being a tourist in Los Angeles is hard. Star maps show you the best Take a hike … up to the Hollywood Sign! of celebrity front gates and Hollywood Boulevard’s infamous Hollywood Walk of Fame loses its glamour with a barrage of tourists, panhandlers and Scientology. The real Los Angeles offers more than what you see on “The Hills.” Our Top 10 list will show you all the bargains, people, music, art and cultural craziness that locals love and tourists often overlook. 1) Hollywood Sign: This is not a hike for beginners, but if you’re willing to take the journey, the destination is a full-on view of the world’s most famous landmark. This adventure is one of the many near Griffith Park, where the Griffith Observatory (2800 E. Observatory Ave.; is located. Park at the end of Beachwood Drive, and follow the trailhead; it will lead you right behind the Hollywood sign. 2) West Hollywood: Talk about fun for the LGBT, straight or straight questioning. This area right on Santa Monica Boulevard just west of Beverly Hills is an all-out party from Rage’s discotheque atmosphere (8911 Santa Monica Blvd.) to the Abbey’s sophisticated swagger (692 N. Robertson Blvd.; Bring your friends and expect one awesome night. 3) Santa Monica: A classic beach community. Go shopping at Third Street Promenade, just two blocks from the Pacific Ocean where bicycle and surf rentals are available to explore a seaside full of beautiful people. The Santa Monica Pier boasts an array of eateries, clubs and carnival rides, including free weekly concerts, screenings and Saturday morning yoga classes in the summer. 4) Venice Beach: Walking past the street vendors selling local art, sculptures and clothing will literally give you a physical high. This is the place to buy your local bong, watch graffiti artists in motion and listen to dreadlocked poetry. Surfers, skaters, and muscle men all come to play under a sunlit sky; people watching takes on a whole new meaning. 5) Free Museums: So this isn’t exactly a particular Los Angeles neighborhood, but who can resist the visual allure of the finest artistic and intellectual institutes Los Angeles has to offer. The Getty (1200 Getty Center Drive; sits atop the Santa Monica Mountains with a view that’s to die for. It’s free everyday. Joining the Getty in free entry is the Pacific Design Center (8687 Melrose Ave.;, and the Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Blvd.; is free for students all of the time and for everyone on Thursdays. The Museum of Contemporary Art (two locations at 250 S. Grand Ave. and 152 N. Central Ave.; is free Thursdays after 5 p.m. and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (5905 Wilshire Blvd.; offers pay what you wish admission after 5 p.m. everyday and is free on the second Tuesday of each month. The only catch with all these museums is expensive parking ($15 for the Getty, but free after 5 p.m. on Saturdays), so try to take public transportation, if possible. 6) Pomona Art Walk: Every second and last Saturday of the month (Dec. 26) starting at 6 p.m., over 25 galleries host receptions, and many shops, studios and restaurants stay open late. Scoop up some last minute handmade holiday gifts, from jewelry and paintings to ceramics and photography. 7) Spaceland (1717 Silver Lake Blvd.; Located in the artsy Silver Lake community known for mingling hipsters and underground rock music enthusiasts, bands who have premiered at Spaceland include the Arcade Fire and the Killers. Monday nights are a steal because there is no cover to watch up-and-coming local musicians play while you enjoy cheap drinks. 8) The Fashion District: In the heart of downtown, this area is like Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, where wholesale clothing, flowers and anything you can think of is bought and sold. Be sure to visit Santee Alley ( for your shopping fix. You can buy souvenirs and an outfit with the money you saved from the district’s bargains. 9) Amoeba Music (6400 W. Sunset Blvd.; CD stores are turning into endangered species. As Tower and Virgin Records stores close down right and left, Amoeba still stands as a Goliath for music lovers to legally obtain their music. Local and traveling music acts play at this historic two-story venue weekly. 10) The Montalbán Theatre (1615 Vine St.): Cinema Tuesdays presented by Flux (flux. net) will make you feel as if you were at your own personal movie premiere. It’s free to the public, but you have to RSVP or get in the standby line early. Enjoy free movie screenings and an after party with a DJ and full bar. It’s as Hollywood as you can get.

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This second deluxe edition hardcover continues Alan Moore’s landmark debut in American comics. Before the revolutionary Watchmen, the young British writer pushed the limits of graphic storytelling with Swamp Thing, reinventing the monster as an Earth Elemental. In this arc, Swamp Thing comes to grips with the fact that he is no longer Alec Holland. Love interest Abigail Arcane eats of the fruit that grows on him in a psychedelic sex metaphor that is pure Moore. Also included is the fun little Pogo pastiche issue. Grade: A —Mike Sebastian Saga of the Swamp Thing, Book 2 is currently available.

Hellblazer: Scab (Vertigo) Peter Milligan offers up an intelligent, thematically driven and just plain creepy Constantine tale in Scab. When the Liverpool mage finds a bizarre scab eating away at his skin, he must delve back through a dark past he would rather not think about in order to cleanse himself. Meanwhile, his new girlfriend is haunted by a creature who is apparently the aged manifestation of the fetus she terminated. Milligan’s writing is sharp enough to overcome the artwork, which is discordantly bright and colorful. Grade: A —Mike Sebastian Hellblazer: Scab is currently available.

Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives, Vol. 1 (Fantagraphics) Legendary comic book artist Steve Ditko’s early work in horror comics is resurrected in a beautiful hardcover collection. The book covers the years 1953-1954, leading up to the adoption of the Comics Code. In those years, the young but already effective artist rendered scenes of gruesome terror, from acid baths to dismemberments. These full color reproductions faithfully reproduce Ditko’s work in all its glory. Grade: A —Mike Sebastian Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives, Vol. 1 is currently available.

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Go Tweet Yourself (Adams Media)


Hi, my name is Melissa, and I pretty much hate Twitter. I mean at best, it’s an outlet for attention whores, and the only way for me to tell where my favorite roach coach is at any given time. And thank goodness for Janelle Randazza because now I know I’m not alone. In her book, Go Tweet Yourself, Randazza provides a 365step program (OK, fine, just pithy blurbs) to discovering what monsters the Internet’s most popular social networking sites have made us. It’s poignant without being preachy and funny in all the right places, but the problem with the book is actually one of the problems Randazza has with Facebook: These Web sites change so rapidly that parts of Go Tweet Yourself are now one or two upgrades behind where any one of them is today. Luckily, you probably remember what each old upgrade looked like, since the new one probably only came out this morning. Grade: B+ —Melissa Russell Go Tweet Yourself is currently available.

A Roundup of Show-Stopping Theater “The House of Besarab� Now-Jan. 17 @ Hollywood American Legion Theatre “The House of Besarab,� directed by Terance Duddy, is a fantastic play adapted Tim Brennen, Lisa Schurga and Scott Beehner in from the classic Bram Stroker novel Dracula. “Here Comes the Bride� from “Hold Me Closer, This intoxicating, horrifying ancient love Tiny Groundling� story will confound you as you decide which of the actors to follow through Count Dracula’s enchanting castle. “The House of Besarab� at times deflates the torturous Dracula and exhibits a tortured man; one afflicted by the pains of loneliness, intense heartache and demonic craze. Michael Hegedus’ Dracula is so evil it’s fantastic. He almost speaks in curses and his accent is part of an incredibly passionate performance. —Cesar Cruz

Memories of the Future (New York Review) This is a revelatory collection of stories by little-known Russian writer Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky. Writing in the 1920s in the Soviet Union, Krzhizhanovsky often didn’t even attempt to find publishers for his Kafkaesque tales of spiritually deadening life in Moscow. The stories are startlingly ahead of their time, often taking on a postmodern self-awareness. They explore the nature of storytelling and its importance (a response to the Soviet Union’s chokehold on the art of the time, but still timely). One of the best stories, “Quadraturin,� has a man buying a spray-on product that makes rooms bigger. He tries it, only to eventually find that his closet-size apartment has grown into an endless black space in which he is lost. Joanne Turnbull provides an artful translation. Grade: A- —Mike Sebastian Memories of the Future is currently available.

“Palestine, New Mexico� Now-Jan. 24 @ Mark Taper Forum The World Premiere of “Palestine, New Mexico,� by Richard Montoya for Culture Clash, tells the story of Captain Catherine Siler (an edgy, strong performance by Kirsten Potter), who travels to New Mexico to personally deliver a letter to Private First Class Birdsong, played by Russell Means. The letter was written by Birdsong’s son, a young soldier killed in the Afghanistan war. Despite the heavy material, there is great humor in the show. The cast is wonderful, but it is Montoya’s words that stay with you after the show is over, illustrating how one man’s inheritance connects him to a place far from home. —Ximena Herschberg

“Hold Me Closer, Tiny Groundling� Now-Jan. 30 @ Groundlings Theater There once was a tiny Groundling, no bigger than an action figure. But he ran away after his stage debut, and so, attempting to honor the giant of a man, the Groundlings present a show dedicated to the mini-actor. Directed by Jim Cashman, this show is brilliant. I must confess, as a Groundlings addict for close to two years now, this is one of the funnier sets, even though it only showcases six members: Scott Beehner, Tim Brennen, Jill Mason-Sachoff, Michael Naughton, Lisa Schurga and Alex Staggs. Yet again the Groundlings deliver skits that are as funny for their written and physical comedy as they are for their ability to make you uncomfortable (in a good way) and cross socially unacceptable lines. —Jessica Koslow


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—Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

Now-Feb. 7 @ Ahmanson Theatre Oh, Mary Poppins. Your ability to get things done fast and right, coupled with your wit and self-assuredness, makes you instantly likeable, to both kids and adults alike. This is a Disney production, so the costumes are colorful and elaborate and the stage design beautifully detailed and constructed. The performers are top-notch too, from the young and mischievous Jane and Michael to the grumpy and stern father, George Banks. Perhaps the liveliest of characters is Bert, the chimney sweep, played by Gavin Lee. During “Step in Time,� he, as do about 20 other sweeps, put their fancy footwork on display. Tapping to the tune, the audience follows Bert as he walks up the sidewall to the ceiling, where he continues to skate along while tapping, until he reaches the other wall, which he then proceeds to walk down. It’s a great moment in musical history. You’ll also recognize popular tunes like “Chim Chim Cher-ee,� “A Spoonful of Sugar� and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.� This last one just might be the grandest of all the musical numbers, although there are quite a few awesome ensemble pieces. —Jessica Koslow

“Just 45 Minutes From Broadwayâ€? Now-Feb. 28 @ Edgemar Center For the Arts Henry Jaglom’s “Just 45 Minutes From Broadwayâ€? is a thoughtful and, at times, provocative look at the multilayered lives of a family of New York theater actors. It is the fourth play from Henry Jaglom, who’s better known to audiences as the writer/director of the films Festival in Cannes, Eating and most recently, Irene in Time, which also starred Tanna Frederick. The stage, of course, leaves more room for a playwright to explore his characters and I only wish Jaglom would have written a few more lines of dialogue for characters Pandora (Frederick) and her sister’s fiancĂŠ Jimmy. Their sexual tension makes for some interesting exchanges but, at times, seems underdeveloped and abrupt, as if the born filmmaker was behind the editing console of one of his movies. Then again, maybe a film adaptation is in the works. —James Famera

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Walter Iooss


Walter Iooss’ portrait of Michelle Kwan, New York, N.Y., 1997


Now-March 7 @ Annenberg Space for Photography BY PARIMAL M. ROHIT A picture is worth a thousand words. For venerable sports photojournalists Walter Iooss and Neil Leifer, a photo is more than the possibility of a thousand words – it is a frozen frame, the image telling the story of poets in motion in a pinnacle moment of his or her story in the midst of spectacled competition. Iooss and Leifer have amassed quite the body of work of some of the biggest names in the sports world during their award-winning careers, capturing the intricate body motions of some of the most incredible human beings to grace this place we call planet Earth. One has to wonder if men such as Iooss and Leifer existed during the peak of the Roman Empire, whether they could have visually told the greatest tales of all time about warrior-like gladiators risking their lives to satisfy a bloodthirsty populace flocking to the era’s behemoth fighting arenas in the name of competitive sport. Alas, these two visual maestros are sharing their masterpieces with us here in the 21st century, providing us with a sliver of a story told over the course of games and

sporting seasons, mixing it up with powerful still images of some of the greatest moments in sport. For those of us enjoying the picturesquely warm weather in Southern California, we do not have to travel far to revel in the art that is the sports photography of Iooss and Leifer. The Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City presents a display of over 80 of Iooss’ and Leifer’s photographs to the public. What makes this exhibition so uniquely great is that Iooss’ and Leifer’s talented eyes deliver to our pupils something even the most ignorant of sports fans can appreciate – an unadulterated reality of the fleeting moments of any given duration of competitive athleticism, a gripping tale that is simultaneously raw and beautiful. The stories told are not of winning or losing, but of humanity. It is not about being a sports hero, but about the hard work and talent that makes even the casual observer stand in awe of how one human being can create art by challenging the limits of his or her body. If sports are poetry in motion, Iooss and Leifer relied on their equipment – and their trained eyes – to freeze that motion at the right time, creating an eternally still image that is infinitely more poetic than the athletic act itself. Some of these poetic images are forever ingrained in our heads, as tales told that are greater than the sport or athlete captured on film. For example, there is Leifer’s ever-so-popular shot of Muhammad Ali towering over a debilitated Sonny Liston in the famous First Round, First Minute bout in 1965. Oh, and Iooss’ frozen frame of Tiger Woods teeing off amidst dissipating morning fog at Orlando’s Windermere Golf Club is quite the memorable portrait. There are still others that are familiar to Sports Illustrated readers, such as a black-and-white, head-shoulder-and-chest shot of Michael

Jordan, taken by Iooss the year the pro basketballer won his final professional championship as a player. Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps was captured by Iooss at a Baltimore pool in 2004, the poignant swimmer sporting just a pair of Speedos, swim goggles and head gear as he leans forward with his arms clasped together above his head, preparing to dive into the water and conquer the field. In another “starting pose” photo taken by Iooss in Miami, Serena Williams dons a one-piece, white bathing suit, hands on her hips as she looks off in the distance with an air of self-confidence, her body dominating the center of a blue-themed portrait, complete with a eerily cloudy sky and a chlorine-filled pool barely making itself present and a diving board in the distance. Also on display are photos of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw sporting a gleeful smile with a missing front right tooth in 1971, as well as Michelle Kwan posing for Iooss on the rooftop of a Manhattan building. Collectively, the more than 80 photos on display at the Annenberg Space for Photography are the most aweinspiring images one can imagine witnessing in one location; the ultimate exhibition of poetry in motion captured on paper like lightning in a bottle. Whether you are an avid sports fan, a lover of all things photography, a connoisseur of art or just a casual observer, there is no story that cannot be appreciated at this ongoing free exhibit, no shortage of ultimate beauty as seen through the eyes of Walter Iooss and Neil Leifer.

Annenberg Space for Photography is located at 2200 Avenue of the Stars, Century City. For more information, visit

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