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Star-studded ensemble unravel the strings of love.

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JOE HORTON precious extra year older – was so caught up in being cool that the events ceased to be fun. But I lay the bulk of the blame squarely on ESPN/ABC/Disney et al. Not because they made me and a thousand other folks stand out in the cold for an hour and a half, continually promising that they’d let us mount the steep rim of the half-pipe to watch the evening’s finals only to keep us bunched tight, getting canned reaction shots from a swinging overhead camera. Not because when they did finally let us in their security detail had no control of the crowd and bodies slammed together, squashing the down lining in our winter coats into pigeon feathers. And certainly not because they actively lied to us, telling us the sides of the pipe were too slippery and were closed for the event, only to open them later when the crush of the disenfranchised had subsided. Public safety is in a bad state when it’s predicated on lies. No, I blame them because the televised X Games has lost any sense of itself in the wall of downright bizarre corporate sponsorship

THE BIG FREEZE: Out in the Cold at the Winter X Games I WENT UP TO ASPEN FOR THE LAST DAY of this year’s Winter X Games as an extreme sports virgin, never having ridden a rail, buckled boots to a snowboard or done a backflip on a turbocharged snowmobile, and I make no claims to besmirch the athleticism or spirit of these competitors who were, almost universally, talented and interesting to watch. My criticism, rather, is leveled at every other person wandering around the base of Buttermilk Mountain: the “support” staff, the media, the fans, the commentators and, intermittently, myself. Everyone – from the commentators whose obtuse, jargon-strangled blabber was so unconcerned and monotonous that it was impossible to ascertain the measurable value of the athletic performances, on down to the tweens trying to look that

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inner circle (shaving gel, Totino’s Pizza Rolls?) and the whorish preeminence of the video cameras that capture the scene. At every opportunity, fans on site were kept as far back as possible, necessary only for the obliging, obligatory cutaway, and many spent most of the day with their necks craned to scan the big-screen TVs for news of what was actually happening on the mountain. The Summer X Games comes to Los Angeles this August as it has for many a year, and I hope the experience there will be different. I’ve never been, so I can only hope that those games will appreciate those fans who wait in line, stand for hours for autographs and cheer wildly because they know why they are there: to witness something special as a group that will be accepted and never patronized for their otherness and in turn will offer their honest and uncontrived determination to skate, bike, ski or board on a different path. Let this cloudy, cold day in Aspen be an aberration. Let me be wrong. There’s a first time for everything.

UCLA Receives More Applicants than Ever UCLA receives more applicants from potential freshmen than any other university in the nation,and for Fall 2009 they will have to sort through over 55,000 fresh hopefuls,all with solid academic records, even more so than in previous years. So cherish that education y’all, it’s a competitive world out there.

“My Children, My Africa” LMU’s production of Athol Fugard’s “My Children,My Africa”begins Feb.5.The play is the tale of South African apartheid and how it tears apart the lives of a teacher and two students. See what LMU brings to the table in portraying this lyrical story in honor of Black History Month. Contact the Central Ticket Office at (310) 338-7588 for tickets.

The Best Lover in Los Angeles Hollywood’s Loveology University, run by renowned love expert Dr. Ava Cadell, is seeking the best lover in Los Angeles. Yep, you heard right; they’re going to designate one lucky person as having the best moves. The winner of this contest will receive a $1,000 cash prize or a $2,000 scholarship to Loveology University, where they can improve their game in dating, relationships, sex and more. To enter, submit a short essay (500 words or less) about why your lover is the best. You can submit online at loveologyuniversity.com by Feb. 12; the winner will be announced Feb. 13. Everyone who submits an entry receives a free “Loveology certificate” marking their lover as the best. Valentine’s gift anyone?

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HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU Nine Stories About the Jacked-Up World of Dating BY EBONY MARCH WHAT DO DREW BARRYMORE, Ben Affleck, Jimmy Fallon’s wife and “Sex and the City” have in common? Perhaps more than you think. He’s Just Not That Into You is the latest romantic comedy that seeks to

help young 20- and 30-somethings traverse the hell that is modern dating. The film stars an ensemble cast including Scarlett Johansson (Anna), “Entourage”’s Kevin Connolly (Conor), Bradley Cooper (Ben), Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly (Janine), Justin Long (Alex), “Big Love”’s Ginnifer Goodwin (Gigi),

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Jennifer Aniston (Beth), Barrymore as Mary and Affleck as Neil. It was adapted from the bestselling book of the same title penned by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, two former “SATC” writers who coined the phrase in a memorable episode of the hit HBO series. And it’s brought to the big screen by the dynamic duo of Nancy Juvonen (that’s Mrs. Fallon to you) and her Flower Films producing partner, Barrymore. He’s Just Not That Into You prides itself on being a “chick flick” for a new generation. Gone are the makeover montages and choreography (R.I.P. Bend and Snap). Those cherished cinematic devices have been replaced by a slew of young men and women facing real issues with universal appeal. “I fell madly in love with Gigi and found her completely endearing,” admits Goodwin. “Gigi is quite eager to find her soulmate and get married and live happily ever after, but she has been grossly uneducated in the realities of relationships. She’s been taught all the wrong signs and overanalyzes and obsesses about it. She will commit to something and ride that train as far as it will go, right or wrong. She’s very resilient.”

Connolly’s character is in many ways the male counterpart to Goodwin’s Gigi. However, the filmmakers wanted to be careful about not making Conor come across as too much of a nice guy. “We didn’t want Conor to be a puppy dog when it came to Anna, but to have him be this guy who really had a plan,” says Juvonen. As for Johannson, who is the youngest member of the cast, she looks at her character with compassionate eyes, in spite of the affair that develops between Anna and Cooper’s Ben. “You can’t hate them because I don’t think they go into it with malice,” says the actress. Much to director Ken Kwapis’ credit, he keeps each role in the script likable, despite some pretty outrageous behavior. Several of the more memorable scenarios involve Barrymore, who was so smitten with Mary that she knew she’d found her niche within the project. “Everything happens organically for a reason, so I felt like a Mary,” she says. The actress-producer, who was romantically linked to Long during the filming of the project (the couple

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Anna (Scarlett Johansson) and Conor (Kevin Connolly) in He’s Just Not That Into You

have since called it quits), is even quick to dish out good advice on where to meet nice people for all the lovelorn men and women who haven’t been so lucky making a proper match. “I go see bands play all the time,” she offers, adding that live music venues might be a great place to start. So to review: If he’s flirting with you one minute, but macks on your best friend seconds later; if you went on a date Sunday, and he still hasn’t called you back by the following Saturday night; if he breaks dates constantly at a moment’s notice, or if he blows hot one minute and cold the next, don’t take it personally: He’s Just Not That Into You. He’s Just Not That Into You releases in theaters Feb. 6.

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THE ROLLING STONES’ HISTORY with film is almost as storied as theirs with music. With nearly as many feature film appearances as studio albums under their belts, the bad boys of the British Invasion were a favorite subject of avant-garde and experimental filmmakers from around the world. To celebrate the Stones’ multifaceted film careers – and the use of these films to propagate their popularity – the USC School of Cinematic Arts is having a two-day film festival that will be more than just concert footage and jukebox movies. At the height of their careers, the Stones were featured in everything from documentaries to experimental shorts and four of the best – along with several assorted videos – are being screened this weekend; “Rolling

Stones on Film” is an ode to both the musical and visual impact of the band. Friday night’s double feature includes Performance (1970) – a controversial film where Mick Jagger plays an androgynous London druggie – and Jean-Luc Godard’s Sympathy for the Devil (1968), a halfumentary of the recording process of the title song interspersed with Marxist and Black Panther propaganda clips (the intention of which is still unclear). Saturday, however, is an all-day affair. After scenes from The T.A.M.I Show (1964) and Kenneth Anger’s Jagger-soundtracked short Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969), there will be a 2 p.m. showing of the famously self-reflexive documentary Gimme Shelter (1970) followed by a panel discussion featuring culture,

music and film experts (think the director of The Decline of Western Civilization and a camera operator on Gimme). After a catered reception and performance of Rolling Stones covers by all-girl L.A. band Calamity Magnet, everyone will be swept back into the Norris Cinema Theatre for one final Stones emblazonment, 2008’s Martin Scorsese concertfootage-turned-IMAX-flick Shine a Light. The Jonas Brothers and Pete Wentz have nothing on Jagger and Richards, whose recreational drug use and surly, androgynous stage presence helped inspire diverse and cinematically important films that are more than rock and roll nostalgia. So, spend all weekend pretending it’s the late ’60s again and, through the medium of cinema, explore the many reasons why the Rolling Stones is better than your favorite band. Event is free, but RSVP is required. For more information, visit wwwcntv.usc.edu.


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Joel Silver tags director for Masters of the Universe. It’s always a promising turn of events when a project gets a director attached. It doesn’t mean something is set in stone, but a director coming onboard a project is the first big kick in the pants it needs to become a reality. Warner Bros. and The Matrix, Lethal Weapon producer, Joel Silver, have been trying to make a “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” movie for a while, and it looks as if a director has attached himself to the project. John Stevenson, who has directed several episodes of “Father of the Pride” and most recently co-directed the hit animated film Kung Fu Panda with Mark Osborne is going to direct Masters of the Universe, which is described as a “re-imagining” of the iconic cartoon from the ’80s. Anyone who saw the original Masters of the Universe movie made in 1987 starring Dolph Lundgren knows that a re-imagining couldn’t hurt. I can’t say I’m too emotionally invested in seeing He-Man on the big screen, but I’d rather hear about this than hear about a remake of The Maltese Falcon. Kung Fu Panda was fun, and I think the filmmakers have an opportunity to do something entertaining. Transformers opened the door, and G.I. Joe is most likely going to kick it open for Masters of the Universe and every toy line that’s ever been made to become movies. I have been known in the past to get flustered because it seems like most people would rather rehash old material than explore original ideas, but I recently had an epiphany that I don’t care anymore. If turning cartoons from the ’80s into films is what people want and is profitable, I’ll be happy to serve lemonade to everyone while they sign their contracts. Besides, I’m probably going to wind up directing a film version of “The Snorks” and have to own up to being a massive hypocrite.

Hilary Duff in Bonnie and Clyde? And on that note we come right into an example of what I feel warrants being a little flustered over. Writer/director Tonya S. Holly (When I Find the Ocean) is planning on doing another version of Bonnie and Clyde with Hilary Duff playing Bonnie. If your reaction was anything like mine, a nice hot bath and a back massage will help. I want to say first and foremost that I have nothing but the utmost respect for anyone who

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Hilary Duff: from “Lizzie McGuire” to Bonnie and Clyde

can get a movie made and attach stars. It’s a difficult thing to put together, and credit is due to someone who can do that, period. But Bonnie and Clyde is considered by many to be one of the greatest films of all time. You want to remake a film that’s considered one of the best in film history, and you want to replace the great Faye Dunaway with Hilary Duff? It’s almost on par with hearing that someone wants to make another version of A Clockwork Orange and replace Malcolm McDowell with that dude from Twilight. This is what I was talking about when I said that infringing upon classic movie history is shameful. The only guideline for remaking movies should be to not remake a movie that you can’t possibly top or improve upon. You don’t remake a film that won two Oscars and was nominated for eight more including the actress in the role that you’re replacing with someone from the Disney Channel. I’m telling you, if we lose all our dignity and respect for the history of film, we are that much closer to a remake of The Godfather starring the Jonas Brothers. Think about it. Send feedback to screenshots@campuscircle.net.

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NOT FOR THE THIN-SKINNED, Shang reminded the sold-out crowd at the Improv that the best comedy comes from experience. Being a light skinned African American, Shang discussed, delighted and did not shy away from topics such as skin color, people who are still racist, politics and recently having his first child. Potent, important, but never

preachy, he got the crowd laughing from the beginning of the show until the end. It seemed as if he was just getting warmed up, as the energy from himself and the audience continued to get higher as the jokes got funnier and funnier. As another light-skinned African American leads the way trying to put a sense of hope in this country, the President has a little help from another, an honest and hilarious brother who I hope will always keep his own thick skin – Shang Forbes.


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recounts breathlessly. “I think people are going to shit themselves,” Huntington erupts. “All the references, there’s so many homages, it’s endless.” “It was a dream come true,” Fogler agrees. “So many times in this movie I thought, ‘I can’t believe I’m getting to pay homage to this moment.’” Despite their adoration of Star

film Wars, Newman insists that’s not what’s central to Fanboys. “Star Wars is the through line, it’s the bond,” he explains. “But it’s about the friendship.” Fanboys releases in theaters Feb. 6.

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growing up,” Dan Fogler admits, “where Princess Leia would be in the slave Leia costume and she would be in a vat of Breyers mint chocolate chip ice cream. [It was] a recurring dream where I would eat my way to her.” “I remember sitting alone in my hotel room the next day thinking, ‘I can’t believe I got to grow up and say that line, on-camera, to the person who said that line’,” Marquette

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Jay Baruchel, Dan Fogler, Christopher Marquette, Sam Huntington and Kristen Bell in Fanboys

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Road Trip Mission: Break into Skywalker Ranch BY SASHA PERL-RAVER FANBOY: NOUN (FAN-BO I) A rabidly devoted fan of various elements of geek culture including, but not limited to, sci-fi, comics, Star Wars, video games, anime, hobbits, magic, etc. AKA: Nerd Alert! In Kyle Newman’s Fanboys, the year is 1998, and there’s only one thing on every geek’s mind; the eminent release of Star Wars: Episode I. Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Dan Fogler and Jay Baruchel star as lifelong friends and diehard Star Wars fans who set off on a cross country road trip with a mission: to break into Skywalker Ranch and steal an early print of the film, partially because they can’t wait any longer, but mainly because one of them is dying of cancer. Newman’s long delayed, highly anticipated film finally arrives Feb. 6, 18 months after it was originally slated to premiere, following an arduous uphill battle that included re-shoots with a new director and major disagreements over the film’s content, vulgarity and the cancer plotline, which Newman fought long and hard to maintain. But everything about making Fanboys was, admittedly, a battle for the director. “It was hard,” Newman says. “[I remember] going up to shoot at Skywalker Ranch with no resources. You get to shoot in the most amazing place, but I’m lighting the foreground with car headlights. It’s the story of the movie. Somehow we pulled it off, but we didn’t have the support behind us to do it as well as we’d liked.” Given their limited budget,

Newman was forced to shoot the film in 27 days over 53 locations, and he was restricted to just three takes per shot, a task which proved incredibly frustrating. “You get Seth Rogen and Dan Fogler and everybody going in a scene and it’s awesome, and just as you’re hitting full stride you have to move on. I felt like sometimes I was just sketching.” Despite these trials, as the movie, which the cast describes as “Kyle’s Baby,” finally making its way to theaters, Newman is quick to honor his muse. “I am a lifelong fan of Star Wars,” he says, reverently. “Kyle is a wealth of information about all that is geekdom,” Huntington blurts. “I was born in 1976 so my first memory is after I saw Star Wars at a drive-in in New Jersey, and everyone was going crazy,” Newman recalls. “I don’t necessarily remember the visuals of the movie, I just remember the energy.” Newman says he’s spent his entire life trying to emulate Star Wars, and this movie was an opportunity to not only pay homage but to recreate some of the series’ most iconic scenes. Fanboys features a ton of memorable cameos, including Jay and Silent Bob, William Shatner and Seth Rogen, but no one proved quite as exciting as Carrie Fisher, with whom Chris Marquette got to reenact the famous “I love you”/“I know” scene from The Empire Strikes Back. “I used to have this fantasy

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Blessed is the Match (Katahdin Productions/ Balcony Releasing) There is no shortage of heroic WWII stories, and yet, few can match the bravery exhibited by a small group of Jewish paratroopers from Palestine who volunteered to risk the only attempt to rescue the persecuted Jews

of Europe. Luckily, one of these brave paratroopers, the young poet Hannah Senesh, like her contemporary Anne Frank, was a prolific diarist. Seeing the injustices that were a way of life for Jews even in the most accepting of societies like her native Austria, Senesh joined the Zionist movement and against her family’s

Blessed is the Match: The Heroism of Hanna Senesh

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Bruce Lee. It’s priceless. Grade: B

wishes, left for Palestine. When word began to flood into Palestine about the Nazis treatment of her people, including her own family in Austria and France, she felt unable to sit idly by. One of only a handful chosen for the task, she joined the mission to free the Jews of Budapest. That the mission failed, that Senesh was captured in the end and ultimately executed, is not the point. Senesh believed that if one Jew in a concentration camp heard that someone had tried to help them, that flickering flame of hope could be carried in their hearts until their liberation. This documentary is intriguing and heart-wrenching from start to finish. Grade: B+ —Natasha Desianto Blessed is the Match releases in select theaters Feb. 6.

—Nick Day Chocolate releases in select theaters Feb. 6.

Coraline (Focus Features) If you want to have fun at the theaters again, ditch the overdrawn

magical realm as beautiful as it is original. Coraline (Dakota Fanning) is a spunky, adventurous 11-year-old girl condemned to death-by-boredom. Her parents (voiced by Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman) are too busy to notice her, so Coraline is forced to entertain herself. When she discovers a secret door leading to her Other house where her Other Mother offers delicious food and eternal warmblooded attention. The parallel world behind the door seems, at first, like a constant playground for curious Coraline. However, when threatened to have buttons sewn in place of her eyes, she must discover the secrets of this alternate world before she is forced to make it her permanent residence. Henry Selick has outdone himself. His mastery of stop-motion animation allows for a fluid film that is able to stay true to Neil Gaiman’s chilling children’s novel. Seeing it in 3-D adds amazing depth, higher quality and several squeamish moments that make for an enthralling movie-going experience. Though it starts slow, by the end, the film will have you in its web of enchantment, locked forever in the

Chocolate Sonny Bunch, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

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(Magnet Releasing) “Jija” Yanin Vismistananda plays a young autistic girl, Zen, who grows up next to a Muay Thai boxing studio. Through observation, Zen absorbs the teachings and the techniques of Muay Thai. When her mother’s hospital bills start escalating, Zen and her cousin set out to collect debts from the gangsters that owe her mother money, which leads to an escalating series of deathdefying fights. Chocolate is certainly one of the better Prachya Pinkaew films, even better than Ong Bak or Tom yum goong. The screenplay is a little hamfisted but the fight scenes – and let’s just admit that it’s the fights that people are going to buy tickets for – well, the fight scenes are amazing. Jawdropping execution. Jija Yanin is an amazing performer and will undoubtedly be embraced by martial arts fans around the world. Chocolate rests upon her shoulders, and she carries the film throughout, laying the groundwork for what will hopefully be a fruitful career. Not only is she an accomplished athlete but a charming, engaging performer. When you see the movie, keep an eye out for her impression of

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Gene Shalit, TODAY

“Jija” Yanin Vismistananda in Chocolate is amazing!

drama and cheesy slasher flicks and see Coraline, a delectably wondrous and frightful film that will knock you out of your sticky theater seat and into a

staff pick Directors Close-Up: Conversations on the Art of Filmmaking Now-March 11 @ Landmark Theater Independent filmmakers are bastions of artistry and culture.

Other realm, too. Grade: A —Candice Winters Coraline releases in theaters Feb. 6.

To get inside the head of your favorite auteur, check out Directors Close-Up: Conversations on the Art of Filmmaking. Every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., this exciting series spotlights panelists like Rodrigo García (“In Treatment”) and Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight). —Ebony March


“THE BEST DATE MOVIE OFTHE SEASON!” –Mark S. Allen, CBS-TV

“Deliciously WITTY and laugh-out-loud FUNNY.” –Stuart Lee, WNYX-TV

“An instant CLASSIC. Every character is someone you know.” –Mike Sargent, WBAI RADIO

“HILARIOUS! The all-star cast is at the top of their game.” –Jeanne Wolf, PARADE.COM

NEW LINE CINEMA PRESENTS A FLOWER FILMS PRODUCTION A KEN KWAPIS FILM “HE’S JUST NOTTHAT INTOYOU” BEN AFFLECK JENNIFER ANISTON DREW BARRYMORE JENNIFER CONNELLY KEVIN CONNOLLY BRADLEY COOPER GINNIFER GOODWIN SCARLETT JOHANSSON MUSIC COSTUME DESIGNER GAE BUCKLEY KRIS KRISTOFFERSON JUSTIN LONG SUPERVISOR DANNY BRAMSON MUSICBY CLIFF EIDELMAN DESIGNER SHAY CUNLIFFE EDITOR CARA SILVERMAN, A.C.E. PRODUCTION CODIRECTOR OF EXECUTIVE PHOTOGRAPHY JOHN BAILEY, ASC PRODUCERS MICHAEL DISCO GWENN STROMAN PRODUCERS DREW BARRYMORE TOBY EMMERICH MICHELE WEISS MICHAEL BEUGG PRODUCED BASED ON THE WRITTEN BY ABBY KOHN & MARC SILVERSTEIN BOOK BY GREG BEHRENDT AND LIZ TUCCILLO BY NANCY JUVONEN DIRECTED BY KEN KWAPIS SOUNDTRACK FEATURES KEANE, MY MORNING JACKET, CORINNE BAILEY RAE, ERIN McCARLEY, MAROON 5, R.E.M. AND MORE! TM and ©MMIX NEW LINE PRODUCTIONS, INC.ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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COLUMBIMUSICA PICTURES PRESENTS IN ASSOCIATION WITH RELATIVITY MEDIEXECUTIVEA AN ATLAS ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION AWRITTEN FILM BY TOM TYKWER "THE INTERNATIONANAL" ARMIN MUELLER-STAHL BRÍAN F. O'BYRNE PRODUCED BY TOM TYKWER JOHNNY KLIMEK REINHOLD HEIL PRODUCERS ALAN G. GLAZER RYAN KAVANAUGH BY ERIC WARREN SINGER BY CHARLES ROVEN RICHARD SUCKLE LLOYD PHILLIPS DIRECTED BY TOM TYKWER

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“THE FIRST REAL ACTION FILM OF 2009! Mind-blowing! A must-see!” – Heather Newgen, COMINGSOON.NET

SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS IN ASSOCIATION WITH ICON PRODUCTIONS AN INFINITY FEATURES ENTERTAINMENT, INC. AND ICON PRODUCTIONS PRODUCTION A FILM BY PAUL MCGUIGAN “PUSH” CHRIS EVANS DAKOTA FANNING MUSIC COSTUME LIZA RICHARDSON MUSICBY NEIL DAVIDGE DESIGNERS NINA PROCTOR LAURA GOLDSMITH CAMILLA BELLE CLIFF CURTIS AND DJIMON HOUNSOU CASTINGBY TRICIA WOOD,CSA DEBORAH AQUILA,CSA SUPERVISOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION EDITOR NICOLAS TREMBASIEWICZ DESIGNER FRANCOIS SEGUIN PHOTOGRAPHY PETER SOVA, A.S.C. PRODUCERS GRETCHEN SOMERFELD DAVID BOURLA DAVEVALLEAU AMY GILLIAM MICHAEL OHOVEN STANWLODKOWSKI PRODUCED WRITTEN DIRECTED BY DAVID BOURLA BY BRUCE DAVEY WILLIAMVINCE GLENN WILLIAMSON BY PAUL MCGUIGAN MySpace.com/Push

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SPECIAL FEATURES From Criterion, with Love

The British are coming!

Previously unavailable, the modern classic El Norte comes to Criterion DVD. The story follows a brother and sister fleeing Guatemala and traveling north to the United States, where they try to start a new life illegally. Made in 1983, it’s more relevant than ever. The rediscovery of Douglas Sirk is still going strong with Magnificent Obsession, which stars Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman. In typical Sirk fashion, high melodrama is painted in lavish Technicolor. This release also includes the 1935 original big screen adaptation.

Children of the Stones, a cultfavorite British mini-series from the ’70s makes it to DVD. It’s kind of like The Wicker Man (the original, of course) crossed with The Shining. A geologist and his son move to a sleepy English village with a Stonehenge-type rock formation at its center. The psychic-sensitive son sets out to discover why all the townspeople are so mindlessly cheery. The Last Detective: Complete Collection follows a British detective who is anything but hardboiled, mockingly called “Danger� by his coworkers. The show has a refreshing tone with an emphasis on character.

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“Moonlight� is the short-lived but much loved series about a vampire P.I. who falls for a mortal woman. With a unique blend of drama and horror, it’s something different – which of course, is why it had to be canceled after one season.

Fantastic Flesh is a Starz documentary that takes you into the world of horror film make-up effects. It features interviews with Quentin Tarantino, Wes Craven, George Romero, Simon Pegg, John Landis and John Carpenter.

“Make ’Em Laugh,� a six-part PBS mini series pays tribute to the history of comedy, from Buster Keaton to Jon Stewart. Hosted by Billy Crystal and narrated by Amy Sedaris, it features over a hundred interviews with legendary comedians. Chris Rock returns with his latest stand-up special, Kill The Messenger. It blends three performances from South Africa, London and New York.

Hollywood Icons What better time than now to release a Sidney Poitier Collection, with Obama in the White House and Black History Month underway. Poitier elevated acting to a form of activism. Included in this set are some of his lesser-seen films: Edge of the City, A Patch of Blue, Something of Value and A Warm December. The Natalie Wood Collection, features re-mastered versions of Splendor in the Grass and Gypsy, along with Bombers B-52, Sex and the Single Girl, Cash McCall and Inside Daisy Clover. If you prefer your Hollywood icons with icky sexual hang-ups, fear

not: Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired is a riveting documentary that goes inside the trial, surrounding media circus and subsequent fleeing the country of the master filmmaker. It features extensive archival footage of the director as well as commentary from friends such as Mia Farrow. It’s an evenhanded exploration of Polanski’s tragic life, from surviving the Holocaust to the brutal murder of wife Sharon Tate. Woody Allen returns with the solid Vicky Cristina Barcelona. It’s a lighthearted romantic film with great music and locations, helped along by a stellar cast including Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz and Patricia Clarkson. But the real surprise is relative newcomer Rebecca Hall. It’s one of Woody’s better films from the past decade or two.

Why, God, Why? Hollywood’s closet conservatives came out in droves for a chance to get

(S)He’s Just Not That Into You 1) Heartburn 2) The Postman Always Rings Twice 3) Gaslight 4) Suspicion 5) A Perfect Murder 6) Unfaithful 7) Fatal Attraction 8) A Place in the Sun 9) Body Heat —Angela Matano

some revenge in An American Carol. Directed by the once-great David Zucker the film spoofs a Michael Moore-esque filmmaker who sets out to abolish the 4th of July. Aside from starting from the baffling jumping off point that battling corrupt corporations is somehow unAmerican, the film also forgets to be funny. Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper and Jon Voight star. Also Available: Lakeview Terrace, starring Samuel L. Jackson. The Express: The Ernie Davis Story, with Dennis Quaid.

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Cocktails at the Oct. 28, 2008 Soulwax screening at the Montalbán

Pharrell of N.E.R.D. connects with a HARD Summer Festival-goer July 19, 2008.

The crowd during MSTRKRFT’S June 4, 2008 show.

Nov. 1, 2008, Alice Glass of Crystal Castles performs at Fabulous Festival, Las Vegas.

Lucifers’ Greek Lamb & Rosemary pizza

LUCIFERS PIZZA 1958 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz BY YURI SHIMODA LUCIFERS IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. THIS IS DOWNRIGHT sexy pizza. From the moment you walk under the front edifice that’s adorned with tongues of fire and spy sinister artwork (e.g. a framed poster of the devil seductively feeding a slice to a hot she-devil with the words “Providing oral pleasure … Lucifers”), you know you’ve stepped into a totally different pizzeria. Dining at Lucifers is almost like an outing at Bar Sinister – black walls, candles galore, red velvet window seat, wrought iron chandelier and a curtain of chain mail concealing the nefarious culinary activities in the kitchen – except you aren’t required to wear black. One of the only downsides of the décor is the display of the menu. It’s printed and hung on the wall, making it hard read. You must pick up a paper menu to enjoy the cheeky item descriptions: “Pepperoni Ultimo (Pimp my pepperoni!),”“Hot Chick (A very good looking pizza. That’s hot!)” or “The Growler (Sorry Nemo).” But the real heart of Lucifers is, of course, the pizza … and it’s spice. You select the chili rating for your pie: Zero, Medium, Fiery or Blazing. But be warned, you’ll need a cup of water handy for anything above Medium. Lucifers President, Adam Borich, says their signature pizza is the Ringburner, a fiery mix of pepperoni, jalapenos, bell pepper and their special Ringburner Hot Sauce. Have one conversation with Borich and the passion the young, native New Zealander has for his product is clear. It’s also evident when watching Borich prepare his pies. Lucifers not only makes you forget anything you’ve learned about pizza from chain restaurants, their uniquely delicious pizzas coax you to be a risk taker. The selections are vast: Roast Pumpkin & Prosciutto (pumpkin, prosciutto, roast garlic, basil and spinach), Thai Satay Chicken (red onion, sun-dried Roma tomato, green bell pepper, green onion, shredded chicken, Thai peanut sauce and crunchy noodles), Chicken Basil Pesto (chicken, bacon, sun-dried Roma tomato, cashew nuts and basil pesto) and Greek Lamb & Rosemary (lamb, caramelized onions, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, rosemary, lemon pepper, garlic and chopped parsley), each pizza is flamecooked – just to name a few. The crust, made from dough specially prepared in New York, is chewy without being tough or ultra greasy. The sauce is tangy and sweet. Ordering a couple of pies from Lucifers is the perfect way to spice up your March Madness parties. Go ahead and let the devil make you do it. For more information, call (323) 906-8603 or visit luciferspizza.com.

SHAUNT & LEVON GHARIBIAN Spread Passion for Music Through Photography

With a new musical environment all around us, we decided to become a part of the movement and capture as many moments as we can on camera. That new desire eventually grew to us wanting to share those moments on our Web site, ClubSoda.fm. Since launching our Web site last June, we’ve made it our mission to go to the best electronic shows in and around Los Angeles and share our experiences with others who feel the same about the scene. But although photography is our new passion, we will always first be fans of music. —Shaunt Gharibian

that continue to demonstrate our MY BROTHER AND I ARE NATIVE newfound love for electronic music. Angelenos, born and raised in the But also the sheer magnitude of the section of the 818 known as Burbank. presentation of the show has since But living in Los Angeles has always left an ever-radiating impact on the had one disadvantage – we’ve music scene in Los Angeles that still constantly been bombarded by the continues to ripple and draw in new nukes launched by the military base fans. known as mainstream Hollywood. The pop culture of Los Angeles, though “entertaining” to the oblivious, forced us to seek out music that may not be as familiar to others. We shed the mainstream scene like dead skin and stepped into the underground ... scene that is. Our epiphany: Seeing the robotic electronic duo known as Daft Punk at Coachella 2006. The crowd at Coachella mostly consisted of rock music fans like us. But after the show, we emerged with a new brand of music stuck in our ears – and we didn’t want to get it out. That was quite a lifechanging experience, as most people who saw the spectacle would probably agree with. We left the show DJ Falcon and Busy P at Banana Split Sundae’s second anniversary party at LAX, Nov. 11, 2008. with new birthmarks on us


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music report BY KEVIN WIERZBICKI

Doherty Finally Solos Peter Doherty, the oft-troubled frontman for Babyshambles and the late-lamented Libertines, has announced the release of his first solo album, Grace/Wasteland. Doherty recorded the album late last year in London with guest players Graham Coxon of Blur, singer Dot Allison and poet/guitarist Peter “Wolfman” Wolfe. Doherty’s three cohorts from Babyshambles also appear on the record. The song “Last of the English Roses” is planned as the first single. Doherty took the Libertines’ self-titled album to the No. 1 spot in the U.K., and both of the Babyshambles releases thus far (the group remains active) have gone Top 10 in their homeland. Doherty seems to be perennially in the news because of his drug and legal problems, but he’s recently cited Amy Winehouse’s similar situation as inspiration for him to clean up.Astralwerks releases Grace/Wasteland March 24.

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tune, performed by the Kronos Quartet. The second disc is more upbeat and hopeful and includes “Love vs. Porn” by Kevin Drew, “El Caporal” by My Morning Jacket, “Amazing Grace” by Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues and a cover of the ancient Troggs hit “With a Girl like You” by Dave Sitek. Amy’s Lioness Sharon Jones & the DapSpeaking of Amy Winehouse, Kings, Riceboy Sleeps, Andrew she too is hard at work trying to Bird, Sufjan Stevens and Iron and shake off self-destruction. The Wine are among the other singer has announced the formation Pete Doherty flies solo. contributors. Dark Was the Night of her own record label, Lioness. drops Feb. 17, but the songs are streaming right The first signing to the label is 13-year-old now at myspace.com/darkwasthenight. Dionne Bromfield, a finalist from the TV show “XFactor,” the British equivalent of “American Idol.” Bromfield is Winehouse’s goddaughter, but no Darryl Holter other details of the signing have been released as Singer-songwriter Darryl Holter is a transplant yet. to Los Angeles from Minnesota, but he sure knows Winehouse has been nursing herself back to the lay of the land. Holter loves to bomb around health and conducting business from the town in his black 1950 Chevrolet, and he even Caribbean island of St. Lucia where she recently wrote a song about it. The lyrics to “Don’t Touch made the news for doing something good: coming My Chevy” from Holter’s soon-to-be-released selfto the aid of a woman who was knocked out of a titled album indicate that you could probably boat by an oversize wave. drink his booze, steal his boots or even kiss his wife (on the cheek) and get away with it, but you better not mess with the vintage wheels. Dark Was the Night Holter tells endearing stories throughout the Record label 4AD is about to release a doublealbum but not all of them are as off-the-cuff as the disc charity CD where all proceeds will go to the car song. Red Hot Organization, an international charity “These are stories from my life,” says Holter. dedicated to raising money and awareness for HIV “It’s my personal musical journey from country and AIDS through popular culture. music to folk, protest songs to blues and finally to Dark Was the Night features one disc of whatever it is that I do today.” appropriately “dark”music like “Knotty Pine”from If you see Holter out cruising, give him a wave; Dirty Projectors and David Byrne,“Deep Blue Sea” otherwise you can give him a listen when Darryl from Grizzly Bear, “Sleepless” by the Decemberists Holter drops Feb. 17. and the album’s title cut, a Blind Willie Johnson

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SATURDAY, FEB. 7 War of the Roses The Premier Events Center, 613 Imperial St., Los Angeles 21+/9 p.m./ $20 advance The Greenskeepers, one of my favorite live electronic acts out of Chicago, hits War of the Roses in full force with their quirky funktified house. Greenskeepers main squeeze and DJ, James Curd, is also dropping a set along side J-Dub that James Curd of the Greenskeepers will undoubtedly be awesome. Also on the bill is one half of H Foundation and longtime DJ producer Hipp-E, Bodyrock DJs and a live performance by Living Legends. This is an early Valentine’s Daythemed Masquerade, so go with your love, or in search of it.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4 No Culture w/Tim Sweeney The Echo, 1154 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles; beatsinspace.com +/10p.m./FREE for 21+ before 11 p.m., $5 after/$5 for under 21 18+ I know I just wrote about No Culture a couple weeks ago, but this Wednesday’s installment brings in a super special guest. Alongside the usual residents including Classixx, Guns and Bombs and a slew of others, DFA’s Tim Sweeney is the night’s headliner. Sweeney has been around the block and is known for dishing out all of the dirty DFA favorites, as well as his Beats In Space programming. He just played a special event at the Roxy, so if you missed out you’ve been granted a second chance. And don’t forget people, this event is free before 11 p.m.

SUNDAY, FEB. 8 Deep w/Miguel Migs Vanguard, 6021 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles; deep-la.com 21+/10 p.m./$20 Deep house DJ/Producer Miguel Migs is another one of those artists that needs little introduction. San Francisco-based Migs has produced over a hundred remixes for A-list artists and dozens of mixes for the famed Naked Music label. He has also cut several albums of his own, so there’s no shortage of music coming from his direction. With this said, there is absolutely no reason for you to miss this. And as To submit an event for always, Deep aficionado Marques Wyatt consideration, e-mail will be warming things up. spincycle@campuscircle.net. —Ryan McWhorter

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Bon Iver Blood Bank (Jagjaguwar) Blood Bank is the newest EP released by Bon Iver, indie folk singer-songwriter Justin Vernon’s current band. The album – which is a follow up to Bon Iver’s critically acclaimed debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, released in 2008 – is in complete contrast to its predecessor. Where For Emma, Forever Ago was about loss and heartache, Blood Bank provides the listener with comforting tunes to get through it all. The EP includes three original songs recorded for the release in and around Wisconsin: “Beach Baby,” “Babys” and “Woods.” The title track was inspired by and recorded during the months Vernon spent in a hunting lodge in the northwestern Wisconsin woods, mourning the loss of his previous band, DeYarmond Edison. Grade: C —Farnaz Youshei Blood Bank is currently available.

Iran Dissolver (Narnack) Best known for the kind of noise and commotion they can muster – much like the country of the same name – Iran, the band, release their third LP, Dissolver.

JASON STOLLSTEIMER IS THE music industry’s most entertaining dichotomy. The frontman for the indie rock group the Von Bondies is an affably charming and funny guy. However, he doesn’t mince words, and he doesn’t pander. He made headlines a few years back for having a very public row with Jack White (of the White Stripes and Raconteurs). Soon after, Stollsteimer and his band mates struggled and ultimately won the release from their recording contract with Sire Records. He didn’t back down then, and his personal convictions are still strong as ever. Now, the Von Bondies have returned with their fourth fulllength release, Love, Hate and Then There’s You. The album is the follow up to 2004’s Pawn Shoppe Heart, which spawned the infectious single “C’mon, C’mon.” Stollsteimer is banking on Love as the great comeback for the group. However, he does admit that they are fighting an uphill battle, given the

current economy and well ... the recent eradication of a very influential force in music. The Von Bondies had just debuted their first single from the new release on Los Angeles’ highly popular Indie 103.1 in January 2009. But much to Stollsteimer’s dismay, the station folded before they could reap the rewards. “It was sad,” he says of the closure. “It was sad when they closed down. Indie 103 was important because it took up the bands that larger radio stations wouldn’t play.” Not all is lost, though. The group has reportedly linked up with MySpace Music in an attempt to broaden its reach and get the new material out to the public. “It’s everything nowadays,” says Stollsteimer, regarding success across multiple platforms like print publications, blogs and social networking sites. For some, the economic ramifications of mass media wouldn’t necessarily be the first topics expected from a rock star, but Stollsteimer’s roots color his view of the world. He and the other Von

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Bondies are from Michigan – a state hard-hit with rampant fiscal concerns and a growing crime rate. His need to succeed stems from the troubles that he sees young people facing in Detroit and throughout its surrounding areas. “Most people in Michigan – all they do is they try to leave (l to r) Leann Banks, Jason Stollsteimer, Christy Hunt Michigan. Not Detroit. and Don Blum of the Von Bondies It’s the entire state of Stollsteimer is especially tickled Michigan. We know there’s not much by the attention given to Don Blum help for us. Growing up in that – the band’s striking six-foot, oneenvironment affects everything you inch Asian-American drummer. do.” When the Von Bondies first arrived Stollsteimer’s blue-collar backin Los Angeles in support of their ground (his father worked for previous efforts, Blum met and Chrysler) may have been tough, but befriended DJ Steve Aoki (of Dim he’s still the area’s biggest champion. Mak party fame). He since has “I’m proud to be from “bro-ed up” with Smashing Michigan,” he says, “but it’s hard to Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, as be from here.” well. Thankfully, touring has always Stollsteimer likens the three of offered the group an exciting respite them together as something akin to from life’s hardships. Stollsteimer is Beatlemania when it comes to excited to have the diehard Von female followers. When I suggest a Bondies fans along for the ride once possible side project for Blum, Aoki again and gets off on the thrill of and Iha called the Hot Hipster entertaining crowds. He’s even Trifecta, Stollsteimer laughs. amused by the crazed groupies who “Don’t give him any ideas,” he take a somewhat over-reaching responds. interest in the group and its members. “We have fans that get angry; Love, Hate and Then There’s You is take it personally. They read the currently available. The Von Bondies will lyrics to the songs and think the lyrics are about them,” he says, perform March 14 at the Roxy. For more information, visit vonbondies.com. laughing. Jim Newberry

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PARTY OVER HERE DJ Uniek gets it started with UMUZIQ. and perfecting his best Michael “AS FAR BACK AS I CAN remember, I’ve always been a DJ,” admits Quaye Kennerly, also known as DJ Uniek. “Even when I didn’t have equipment, I would draw pictures of equipment and pretend to be a DJ.” At a time when most kids were playing ball in school, Uniek immersed himself in music, taking drum lessons, going to choir practice

On their new album, Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio) and Aaron Aites (producer/director of the Norwegian black metal documentary Until the Light Takes Us) have created a type of sound that, at first listen, has you thinking you’re better off listening to the static on the radio. But once

Jackson dance moves. It’s not often that a child knows exactly what his path in life is, seemingly straight out of the womb. “My dad was a DJ. I must have genetically inherited what he did because I never took classes or learned.” As early as five years old, Uniek recalls one of the first gifts from his mom: a Fisher-Price turntable. “The one with the big fat needle

you really get into tracks like “Airport ’79” and “Can I Feel What?” you feel drawn to the noise. When listening to this band, it’s recommended to tread carefully. Listen to it in a dark corner, swaying to the melodies, with the volume on low. Or play it

and the weird plastic records,” he says with a laugh, “I used to scratch on that.” Fast forward to the young DJ moving from Virginia to California,

with the loudest speakers you can find, while lost in a haze of alcohol. Regardless of your method, remember to have some aspirin nearby. Just in case. Grade: C —Farnaz Youshei Dissolver is currently available.

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NOFX B Y D AV I D T O B I N TWENTY-FIVE YEARS. THAT’S longer than most countries hold onto their status. So, how does a punk rock band from California manage to stay together after all these years? According to vocalist/bassist Fat Mike, “It’s just about doing what we love. When we were starting out playing shows for $60 a night, it wasn’t for the cash. So why should that change?” The uncompromising attitude that resonates with NOFX is something missing from the rock world today. So, when a band is celebrating their quarter century milestone, it’s something that people notice whether they’re fans or not. Starting out in Los Angeles, the band released a seven-inch, and in 1988 they released their first LP before signing with Epitaph. The band stayed with the label until 2000 before moving over to Fat Mike’s Fat Wreck Chords. With bands lining up to get Fat Wreck, NOFX gained more and more momentum and credibility in the music world. For years they toured and left a path of destruction in their wake. Then a few years ago, the band decided to let the rest of the world in on the madness by taking two cameramen on tour.

« CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 space, Sugar, Ritual, Shag, Mood, Element, the Highlands, LAX – in fact, it’s hard to find a local club that Uniek hasn’t spun at. So what is it that makes Uniek different or dare we say, unique? “Once I start DJing, that’s the zone, it’s all about the moment,” says Uniek of the atmosphere he brings that often begs fans to come back for more. “If I can see everyone’s reaction and they’re vibing with what I’m doing and it’s helping them have a good time, it’s a joy.” So it’s not a surprise that when Kennerly slips into the persona of DJ Uniek, he feels the most comfortable in his skin. “A light comes on, the energy takes over and it’s a great place to be,” he says.

Twenty-Five Years of Organized Chaos The footage shot in the two-year stint was to be used for a DVD, but with so much good footage the band thought it should be made into a TV show. Taking 600 hours of footage in hand, NOFX approached FuseTV to

create, or as Fat Mike puts it, “edit the footage and make it into a show.” “NOFX: Backstage Passport” is the final product, a docu-reality series that is something no other band has been able to create thus far.

quality of music today. “It’s kind of sad that bands are so concerned about their careers. They tone down their music like they tone down themselves. You can’t go on a big rock tour and go crazy anymore. It’s like

Uniek has just released his third album entitled UMUZIQ, venturing into a space where the DJ world and the music world collide. The sounds of hip-hop, house and ’90s-inspired rap infuse the album, mixed with dance songs like “Party Over Here” and “Hot Lunch,” and smooth grooves like “You Are So” and “Say Word.” Rapping and DJing, have “always been hand in hand,” he says, a place most DJs don’t venture in yet Uniek finds a natural fit. “I would say one of my ultimate goals is to tour venues, to DJ and to perform. I want to do both and be that one big, gigantic party.” With music in his blood, it was a surprise to hear Uniek describe a time after completing his second album where he felt he had lost his direction and his motivation. After joining the band CheckOne2, whose singer Paris

Paul is featured on the track “Take It to the Next Level,” Uniek managed to find his groove again. “After being onstage again, it was like, you know, when they revive you?” he says, mimicking the shock of a heart defibrillator. “I thought it would be a waste to not do what you’re supposed to be doing. I didn’t want to be a waste.” His song “The Sun” on UMUZIQ chronicles this time, its soul-searching lyrics many of his fans have connected with. “This album is a good description of where I am right now in my life,” he says with an easy smile of satisfaction. “It took me a long time to find me, but on this one, I definitely found me.” UMUZIQ is currently available at Midnight Records, 2867 S. Robertson

further from reality here. The plot unfolds in complete calmness with echoing Byrds-like guitar, subtle psychedelic effects and most shockingly, sweet Beach Boy-type vocals. Lead vocalist David Sandholm is an excellent singer (Dare I invoke cliché? This is the best Beach Boys

we’re in our own little world,” he says. With that kind of insight it’s easy to see why people gravitate to a band like NOFX. They sing songs about real life, not afraid to push the limits of religion or politics to make cash. Asked for an example of what’s wrong with music today, Mike comes back with a very specific case in point: “Avenged Sevenfold is the epitome of what’s wrong with rock and roll. They support Bush. Support the Iraq War. Wouldn’t accept a drink ’cause they have to play the next day, but tell everyone they party. And play to a fucking DAT tape. However, a couple of them are decent poker players.” That kind of honesty in answers is something most don’t find. With so many bands out there vying for a place in your iPod, it’s tough to take time and see who is really giving you everything that they’re selling. That’s why you have to see this band live. It’s like nothing else out there. From the outrageous antics that play out on stage to the brutally perfect sound, NOFX is doing what others only dream about. So, when the Los Angeles shows come around, make sure to get your tickets early, because when these guys play in their hometown … it’s going to be a show like you’ve never seen. Backstage Passport will be available March 17 on DVD. NOFX will perform Feb. 5, 6 and 8 at Henry Fonda Theater. For more information, visit nofxofficialwebsite.com

Blvd, Los Angeles. For more information, visit myspace.com/djuniek.

staff pick Ne-Yo Feb. 7 @ Club Nokia Ladies (and many fellas, too) love Ne-Yo. Maybe it’s that his lyrics are so spot-on when it comes to describing emotions and situations. Or the way his smooth voice both seduces and rocks crowds. Catch him delivering hits “So Sick,” “Sexy Love,” “Because Of You” and “Miss Independent.”

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abduction of a couple of kids, beginning appropriately enough with “Kidnapped;” the children’s realization that things look pretty bleak for them since they’re tied to a chair in some dank, dark spot. You might expect such a story to be told with some type of bombast, but nothing could be

“Fuse tried to do the same thing with other bands, but they aren’t as entertaining as us. Other bands won’t show drug use, and they aren’t particularly funny to begin with. They are young and haven’t lived life long enough,” says Mike. His words lead to more than just the topic of TV show production, they speak to a much bigger issue: the

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music seem appealing. Even the “ransom note,” delivered during “Dear Mr. Doe,” is sung as if it’s a loving lullaby. I won’t give away the story’s ending, but it wouldn’t matter much if I did; you’ll want to hear the story of poor little Johnny and Kay over and over again. Grade: A —Kevin Wierzbicki The Rollo Treadway is currently available.

Alice Russell Pot of Gold (Six Degrees) Alice Russell is a rhythm and blues vocalist who’s capable of sounding good regardless of what subcategory of that genre she’s working in. The popularity of Amy Winehouse has opened up a lot of commercial possibilities for singers like Russell, and it’s probably not a coincidence that Pot of Gold opens with a couple of slices of soul (“Turn and Run,” “Two Steps”) that’ll click with Winehouse fans. Russell, however, has a greater vocal range than Winehouse, and she slides into a super-funky groove for “Living the Life of a Dreamer,” a tune that would be right at home in the Chaka Khan or Tina Turner songbooks. “Got the Hunger?” is a call for people to get off their butts and work for social change, but you have to pay close attention to pick up on that; Russell’s delivery is so passionate that you’d swear that what she’s hungry for has more to do with carnal delight. A similar simmer is embodied in Russell’s version of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” but she sounds just as sensual when she completely shifts gears for the airy Brazilian jazz of “Universe.” Grade: A —Kevin Wierzbicki Pot of Gold is currently available.


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enough? What about turning casual fans into those that know every hook and verse? By the last song I understood what the diehard fans were into, but it seemed like the band was holding back, almost depriving the audience of something more. The blank faces on a quarter of the crowd affirmed the fact that they were not a part of the same thing the rest of the audience was into. When there is so much competition for an audience these days, bands need to give more if they expect to get those seats filled. In the end, if you are a fan of O.A.R., then get to a show. But if you’re thinking about making them one of your top five deserted island bands, you might end up grasping for more. —David Tobin

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presence, adept at dancing in skinny heels, adlibbing the hell out of her act and never letting other women steal her men (she gave a verbal warning to a stage invitee who danced her way over to John C. Reilly-esque trumpet player Dave Guy). But she’s a marvelous singer above all else, and what really gave her power were the band’s newest songs, like “Loving You,” which got her literally moaning. —China Bialos

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O.A.R. Jan. 23 @ Club Nokia With only a half full venue it’s tough to get the energy level going for your set, but when O.A.R. took the stage, excitement ran through the crowd. The fans packed themselves as close to the stage as possible, singing along to every song. The band sounded tight, and it should; its members have been together for over 10 years. However, they seemed calm. The only sense of real emotion came from the vocals and not much else. Perhaps the empty balcony area had an affect on the mood of the band, but the show felt average. Nothing amazing came off the stage. The set was filled with songs most of the crowd knew, and each person who came to see the band was happy. The question: Is that

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Jan. 25 @ Club Nokia The Ivan Milev Band was, admittedly, sort of an odd choice to open for Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. Milev, a portly man who could shred like a rock god on his beautiful accordion, and Entcho Todorov, the violinist who announced that the pair would play songs “from Bulgaria and other country,” swung with eastern European flair and even tried their hand at a bitchin’ Balkan version of “Tequila.” Unexpected opener, certainly, but they charmed our collective pants off. That Sharon Jones, though – she’s something else. Dap-Kings guitarist Binky Griptite introduced her as the “super soul sister with a magnificent je nais se quoi.” And really, who other than Jones could engage in a dancing dialogue with individual audience members, teach a boy in the single digits how to “be easy,” teach us about fishing in Jersey and wrap up the whole package with a solid rendition of “A Change is Gonna Come?” All the while winking off innuendo and shouting out to the designer of her fabulous dress? That’s Trina Turk, by the way. Fifty-two-year-old Jones is a confident stage

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ZACH BOURQUE

BACKSTAGE BAR 10400 Culver Blvd., Culver City IN THE SHADOW OF THE enormous empire that is Sony Pictures Studios lies a dive bar with class, a hole in the wall that has been discovered. Backstage Bar & Grill, located in the heart of Culver City, is an interesting conundrum. The place is clean, yet Zach Bourque possesses that slightly unkempt charm that keeps it from being too posh. The drinks are cheap, but the variety and strength is admirable. The place even has its own house brew, the Backstage Pale Ale, and at only four bucks for a pint, this guy is worth indulging in. Hell, even if you’re a cheapskate, bum or just unemployed, Backstage offers up $2 cans of the glorious Pabst Blue Ribbon. Plus, PBR always supplies the great opener that goes like this, “Hey baby, I’ll bet you don’t know what beer was voted America’s best in 1893…”

What we have with Backstage is the best of pretty much all worlds. The kitchen doesn’t use microwaves or refrigerators. As such, the bar food is tastefully and shockingly fresh. Try the garlic fries and thank me later, just be sure to pack some extra Altoids. Those who want to experience some of the most authentic, rowdy and altogether outrageous karaoke action, look no further. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Backstage is packed to the brim with a young crowd of karaoke all-stars. Be sure to sign up early, as the lineup gets packed well before you garnish the requisite thick alcohol buzz needed to hit all the high notes in Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.” Even the girls are legitimately attractive, well most of ’em at least. Letting yourself go

on the microphone here at Backstage is akin to the mating call of the snow leopard and, as such, choose your songs wisely and the women respond appropriately. Get drunk, sing songs and eat great food. Can you really ask for more in life? Send feedback to bars@campuscircle.net.


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Dear Lucia, I am writing because I need an excellent strategist to help me. I am in love with a very difficult man. He is impossible to talk to. My goal is to marry this wonderful man and have children with him. I’ve been working in a nightclub for years, and this man is a customer. We got together in November of 2007. The intensity of feelings caught us both by surprise. Within days we were crazy about each other. I thought I had finally found true love. Skeptical as I am, I never thought this would be possible. Then he left the country – he lives on another continent.We never spoke on the phone. He sent me a text once stating that he missed me. He came back in April of 2008, and again he said he missed me and that he wants me in his life. He said that all the people he knows always take energy from him, and I was the only one who gave him energy. We had phone sex that night. Three days later he left without having gotten together. I tried to call him, but he didn’t respond. I sent texts. Sometimes he responded, sometimes he didn’t. The next time he was in town we met and made love. The next morning he was gone. Two months later he came back and met me immediately upon his arrival. The next day he missed our lunch date and didn’t bother to call. That night he called at 2 a.m. to say he was with a friend of the family all day. Two weeks later he came back and sent me a text saying he missed me a lot and couldn’t wait to see me.

BY LUCIA This was his longest text ever. I said I felt the same. He didn’t contact me for days.We ran into each other at a nightclub, but he started dancing with another girl. The next day he left. I wrote this “novel” Lucia to explain how short our communication always was, but how intense our meetings always were. I need to know how to get this man. Is there any chance? I am willing to do what it takes – play games, move continents, change jobs, anything. I have never loved anyone like this before. I would like to know what to do. —Sophia Dear Sophia, Wow. What a soap opera. I felt like I was reading a romance novel, but without the romance. I want you to read the first paragraph of your e-mail to me. You’re in love with a difficult man who is impossible to talk to? Does that sound like a great life partner? You hardly know this guy. You’ve had a few interactions; he barely keeps in touch when he’s not in town and you’ve had sex a few times, which always clouds everything. I think you’re in love with the feeling of being in love. Yes, it’s a great feeling. However, in order for it to work the feeling has to be mutual. I’m sorry, but I think there’s very little you can do. It’s hard enough to keep a long-distance relationship going if the person is in another city, but this guy is on another continent!

He may as well be on another planet. Enjoy the time you do spend with him and rejoice in the fact that you’re able to feel such intense feelings, however, keep in mind he doesn’t feel the same. Hi Lucia, I have a friend, Alan May, who forwarded me your video on cougar terminology. When I saw your clip, it was like confirmation equivalent to finding Noah’s Ark. For years, Alan claimed to know the origins of the term “cougar.” He said one of his hockey teammates, Taylor Hall, was the originator. Alan played NHL Hockey for 10 years with Taylor. The term got picked up by a small movie producer and used in a film, which seemed to help spread its usage. Maybe you knew this already, but hope I could be of assistance and give credit where it’s due. —Drew Hi Drew, Thanks so much for the information. I knew the term came from a hockey team, so it’s nice to know the exact origin!

Write to Lucia at theartoflove.net. Read an excerpt from Lucia’s Lessons of Love at lessonsoflove.net. Listen to Lucia live every Sunday at 3 p.m. PST on latalkradio.com. Remember: Love inspires, empowers, uplifts and enlightens.

curtain call | on stage

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‘A SKULL IN CONNEMARA’ Now-Feb. 28 @ Theatre Tribe BY MIKE BUZZELLI SKELETONS COME OUT OF THE CLOSET AND THE GROUND IN Martin McDonagh’s “A Skull in Connemara.” Mick Dowd (a powerful Morlan Higgins) is a gravedigger trying to bury his past. Rumors swirl about Dowd and the circumstances of his wife’s death. Then, the gravedigger is assigned the unpleasant task of digging up her corpse. It’s macabre subject matter for a comedy, but the play tickles the funny bone, largely due to the talented cast. Higgins, Jeff Kerr McGivney and Jenny O’Hara are amazing. Director Stuart Rogers proves that a small theater can put on a big show. Every detail of the production is pure perfection – props, costumes and music; special praise must be lauded on set designer Jeff McLaughlin. The stage transforms Morlan Higgins, Jeff Kerr McGivney and from a ramshackle Irish cottage into a Jenny O’Hara in “A Skull in Connemara chilly cemetery, replete with piles and piles of freshly dug dirt. “A Skull in Connemara” is a feckin’ good time.

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Theatre Tribe Studio Theatre 5267 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. For more information, visit theatretribe.com.

‘TAKING OVER’ Now-Feb. 22 @ Kirk Douglas Theatre BY DOV RUDNICK

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said I could hold in lieu of payment to enter while she looked for someone inside. I declined to hold her ID, because no one in Los Angeles should ever be without their identity – although many seem to lose theirs (pun intended) – and this was not a pawnshop. I must admit a few things, however. 1) Some people go to clubs when certain times are tight, and they are down on their luck, as they do pawnshops. 2) Some people go to clubs when they don’t want to earn or work hard for a certain something; they just want Polites

IT’S 11:58 P.M. IN HOLLYWOOD. Almost time for either the Cinderella-type fairy tale or the horror movie to begin for most club-goers, depending on the motions and motives of the stars and the supporting cast in tonight’s show. The stars here are not the celebrity type; they are stars who are making wishes on one another hoping to fill their immediate schedules, instead of filling the skies. As far I know the stars in the sky cannot satisfy sexual desires like the ones in this club; for if they could, everyone would be outside looking up, not here inside looking around. A moment ago I let in Mystery Girl, who was without money or phone. She was armed only with an empty oversized bag and ID that she

Joan Marcus

MYSTERY GIRL, PART TWO

GENTRIFICATION AND ITS PAINFUL AND COMPLICATED EFFECTS on communities is something that many Angelenos understand all too well. It is for this reason that Danny Hoch’s one-man show, “Taking Over,” is so welcome. By taking on the personas of some dozen characters in an hour and 40 minutes, Hoch gives honest and diverse viewpoints on the changes occurring in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. From working class punks and property owners to an ex-con and an elderly black lady, the characters tell of the changes they are seeing. For some it is Danny Hoch performs his latest piece, unbearably painful, for others the “Taking Over.” changes mean progress. The most powerful moments in the play, however, are when Hoch speaks in his own voice, relaying his own stories of nostalgia for lost community. He tells of a neighborhood plagued by poverty and crack cocaine, recovering only in time to see its long-time residents priced out by moneyed outsiders. What could easily be a mundane exercise in political correctness becomes, in Hoch’s hands, an authentic expression of anger and loss, doing justice to a difficult subject matter.

what is sometimes quicker, cheaper and easier to get, like at a pawnshop. 3) I’m wondering who Mystery Girl is, who she is looking for and what that person’s relationship is, if anything, with her. The questions in my head, like the people waiting to get in at this door, are now multiplying. What’s Mystery Girl’s real name? I hope it isn’t actually Cinderella, because it is now past midnight.

Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City For more information, visit centertheatregroup.org.


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with a 3.49 earned-run average in 2008, earning UCLA HEAD COACH BEN HOWLAND WAS $420,000. He was seeking $4.33 million, while frank about his team’s performance against the team offered $3.6 million. Stanford in the post-game press conference. While the Angels deal with the highs and “I know it’s boring – I apologize – but it’s lows of player salaries in the context the truth,” he said. of arbitration, the Clippers are Howland was not criticizing his dealing with the highs and lows of team’s play and clarified what he basketball teams in the context of was talking about. struggling to win games. “It all starts with our defense,” The Clippers are 10-38. The Howland said. team has lost 20 of its last 22, On Saturday, the Bruins including the last six in a row. crushed Stanford, 97-63, behind the The Clippers are starting to combined efforts of Collison, Jrue resemble those perennial losers in Holiday and Alfred Aboya. All three Phoenix. You know, the Arizona scored 15 points, and Howland Parimal M. Rohit Cardinals? cleared his bench in the final Of course, the Clippers can only hope to do minute of the second half. half of what the Cardinals did this past NFL Here is to hoping UCLA defense is this season. Hats off to the franchise with the secondboring (and intense) against USC Feb. 4. longest championship drought (61 Speaking of boring, negotiyears) in all North American ating a baseball contract isn’t professional sports, as the necessarily exciting, especially Cardinals valiantly pushed the when both player and team agree Pittsburgh Steelers to the limit. to go Dutch. On Sunday, Arizona almost Angels of Anaheim club claimed victory in Super Bowl officials announced they reached XLIII, too bad for them that Ben an agreement with infielder Roethlisberger found Santonio Maicer Izturis, signing the shortHolmes in the back of the end stop to a one-year, $1.6 million zone for one of the greatest plays contract. Darren Collison (2) lets in the game’s history, giving Club officials also an- UCLA's out a roar Jan. 31 at Pauley Pittsburgh championship No. 6. nounced they will pay Itzuris an Pavillion vs. Stanford. The Cardinals are still waiting for additional $100,000 if he has 550 their first NFL championship like a lost hiker plate appearances. waiting for water in the middle of July in the Pitcher Ervin Santana is the team’s only Arizona desert. remaining arbitration case. Santana was 16-7


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WHERE TO DRINK CHEAP TO FREE MMM, MMM, MMM ... nothin’ says good times like free hooch. Besides, you’ve been getting screwed for far too long by local dive bars ($6 for a Pabst Blue Ribbon? WTF?!?!?). Instead of getting mad, get even. Take back the broken social scene by Ebony March enjoying open bar at some of the coolest spots in town. Weekends get off to a great start at Hush Lounge (6533 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles). Each Friday night from 10 p.m. until 11:30 p.m., this club kicks it speakeasy-style by giving away free champagne. All you need to know are the magic words (tell ’em Judah Ray and Jono sent you). And if that’s not incentive enough, there’s no cover charge at the door. Big Saturday at Temporary Space (5100 Fountain Ave., Hollywood) gives ample opportunity to double your pleasure and fun with 2-for-1 Siku vodka (from 10 p.m. to 1 p.m.). Yep, your favorite potato-based libation reigns supreme within these four walls. You’ve never shied away from namedropping in the past, so now is not the time to start. Make sure you ask the bartender for Siku

Santa Monica CivicAuditorium

Lounge (6202 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood) has the perfect elixir. Its party, Recession Sessions (held each Thursday), offers free Jungle Juice with no cover charge from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Where I come from, jungle juice is KoolAid’s ghetto, low-rent cousin. But I’m assuming Jimmy’s version has a bit more kick to it than that. However, if you’re looking to get your drink on a bit earlier than most, or if life is just raking you over the coals, you can always booze it up any day of the week for a small fee. Cha Cha Lounge (2375 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles) has one of the stoopidest happy hours in the entire city. Well drinks are $2.50; Hipster milk – aka Pabst – is only a buck-fifty. Bring $20; spend half on your inebriation and the other half on a couple of glorious bacon-wrapped hot dogs from a nearby street chef as you head home with that night’s conquest. Or drown yourself in the sexiest ambiance Los Angeles has to offer at Royal Claytons (1855 Industrial St., Los Angeles). Each day of the week boasts $5 pizza and $3 draft and well drinks. These items are great on their own. But they’re even better when delivered to your grubby little hands by the megawatt hot guys and gals who work behind the bar.

ANTONIO’S ANNUAL

VALENTINE’S DAY CELEBRATION There will be two shows one at 7 p.m. and the other at 9 p.m. featuring music, goodies and the finale – the flamenco a la passion of “Sol de Espana”

$10.00 cover charge per person, and seats are limited so make your reservations early as this event always sells out! The menu: Chicken Tamales, Spare Ribs in Green Sauce and Chicken Chipotle, as well as an open menu.

There will be cards, candies and goodies for everyone.

Make your reservations and don’t forget to toast to the romance with Antonio’s one and only tequilas,

“y que vive el amor!” 7470 Melrose Ave.

Tues-Fri: 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat: noon-11 p.m.,

Sun: noon-10 p.m., closed Mondays

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because it’s the only one that’s free on this night. Here’s one for all you students out there: Keggers are to American youth what cigarettes, skinny jeans and bad teeth are to some Europeans. Assert your free world dominance every Sunday night at LAX (1714 N. Las Palmas Ave., Los Angeles). Here, you’ll get beer, beer and more beer. Just make sure you RSVP (at bpmmagazine.net/bananasplit) before arriving. Got a case of the Mondays? Well, that’s nothing a little tequila can’t cure. RSVP at madmondays@gmail.com to get your name on the list at the Purple Lounge (the Standard on the Sunset Strip, 8300 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood). Then truck on over for free shots with no cover charge between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tuesday night is the best time to head downtown to Ma’Kai Lounge (101 Broadway, Santa Monica). From 8 p.m. until midnight, your groovy taste in music is enough to get you jacked up on free mojitos. That’s right, folks. Just present your five-song playlist and let them do the rest. But don’t get greedy. No one said that your fully stocked mp3 player counts toward multiple beverages. If you’ve got jungle fever, then Jimmy’s

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brain thoughts

LIFE AFTER COLLEGE Part One of a Never-Ending Series BY NOAH GALUTEN YOU KNOW WHAT PEOPLE NEVER TOLD ME about life after college? That it kind of sucks. I was really excited about graduating, since Noah Galuten it meant I didn’t have to go to school anymore, I was in my early 20s, which meant I could still party and goof off with friends without people looking down on me for it and I thought I’d have a job, have a lot of fun and that things would be good. College, I was sure, was really just holding me back from the life I’d always wanted. Unfortunately, I found out that the world doesn’t actually care if you went to college. I can only assume that they might just hate you more if you didn’t go. But you may as well not go, then say you did, since nobody, ever, in the history of the world, has checked to see if someone had really acquired a diploma. So what does this all mean? That finding a job can be impossible. Applying for a proper, well paying job on Craigslist is about as useful as writing your employment wish-list on a roll of toilet paper, wiping your ass with it and flushing it down the toilet. However, if you feel like you can sustain an adequate lifestyle by working for porn, tacos, a set of moderately worn down guitar picks or “interesting trades,” Craigslist is the place for you. Some friends, who had degrees in things like sociology and business, scoffed at my own failures, saying: “That’s why you shouldn’t have gotten a degree in theater.” But soon, they discovered that they couldn’t find a job they wanted either. Everybody I knew who did have a job, got one through someone they knew. Nobody, and I mean this without exaggeration, but nobody I knew found a job by simply looking for one and applying. I went to bartending school. It was a two-week course. They gave me a certificate. The only gig I could find was bartending during breakfast at a new Italian restaurant that wasn’t getting any business. I got the job because my mom knew the owner. Eventually I quit. Then I bounced around for a while. Video game tester (monotonous, depressing and low paying), video logging and transcribing (monotonous, depressing and low paying) and even working in the stock room of a furniture store (monotonous, depressing, low paying and back injuring). This was supposed to be fun? But wait. What about the Alpha Students? What about the ones who took honors and AP classes in high school, got into the college they wanted, got good grades, had lots of internships, majored in something that was supposed to lead to lucrative employment and had parents who paid their tuition? Well, it’s now five years later and most of them hate their jobs, don’t like where they’re going and are trying to figure out – in their mid to late 20s – what the hell they want to do with their lives. The rest? They’ve been laid off. But do you know who do have lives and jobs they like? The theater geeks, film nerds, Lit. majors and journalists. Are they making loads of money? Not usually (though occasionally, yes). But they’re happy with their day’s work. They feel good about themselves. They like their lives. I personally have had jobs where I’ve made decent money. But those were also the exact times in my life when I was the most miserable. Do you know when I was happy? When I was going after something that I loved. When I was seriously striving for something that really, genuinely excited me. And It doesn’t even have to pan out. You really, honestly, don’t have to succeed. You just have to try. If you do, the result is a person who’s more confident, happier with themselves – and here’s the part that really surprised me – a person that employers actually want to hire. I mean, who wants to work with someone that’s nervous, sweaty and really, really needs a job?

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BY SARAH BENNETT

birthdays occupy other months and Lincoln’s birthday linked up with Washington’s to make the very unblack history-esque Presidents Day, February is now as irrelevant to black history as it is to Halloween and the possibilities for a new designated commemorative time period are endless. We could take into consideration other important events in black history: The Civil Rights act of 1875 was signed in party candidate (in 1872) March (also the month – is undoubtedly a historNotorious B.I.G. was ically important predeSarah Bennett murdered), the Civil cessor to current politics, Rights Act of 1964 was but, really … who is enacted in July and the Black Panther Frederick Douglass to Americans Party held a 40 year reunion in today? A photo in a history book? A October of 2006. name on a timeline? Or – and I know this is a huge What he did was amazing for the stretch – instead of finding the “most 19th century, but his image is far less appropriate” month for celebrating the inspirational than, say, Rosa Parks or long plight of African Americans, why Tupac. This is because we don’t stack don’t we spend every day of every month sequential events on top of one remembering the history of a people we another in order to grasp the full took away from their continent, forced concept. Instead, we prefer to pick one into slavery only to sort of let them be – or a few – situations, idolize the free (but not really because of ignorance personalities involved and say that and fear) until we finally said you can’t they represent the movement and discriminate on the basis of skin color, embody the idea of African-American but now we’re so culturally alienated advancement. from each other that we have to set times No one is airbrushing Douglass’ aside where we can ponder on the horror likeness on the backs of their denim we hath wrought with smiles on our jackets, but every day, Obama shirtfaces? Yeah, I didn’t think so. wearers wait for the Metro Blue Line at the Rosa Parks Station. So with Send feedback to Douglass’ legacy subsequently picked normandiefiles@campuscircle.net. up by more identifiable figures whose

SHENANIGANS ON FEBRUARY: Every month is Black History Month. I SPENT THE MAJORITY OF January getting mixed signals from February, and I had to ask myself: If the first national holiday since winter break is dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the following day saw the inauguration of an African-American president (soon-to-be Barack Obama Day), then why is Black History Month still in February? Black History Month started in 1926 as “Negro History Week,” a celebration of advancements placed in the first week of February – according to the historian who started it – because of both Lincoln and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays. Despite the obvious irony in rejoicing black history when drinking fountains would be separated for another 40 years, the month chosen is now obsolete in several ways. Firstly, who the hell is Frederick Douglass? Yes, he was an abolitionist who spread the word of equality for all and – as the first African American to be elected as a Vice-Presidential third-

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Matt and Kim Feb. 4 @ The Troubadour So … for all its intents and purposes, it’s indie music, but … it’s fun? Without having to employ any ironic awfulness? Just, like, plain fun? Does not compute. Well, maybe there’s a little irony involved when the Matt and Kim bring the fun. keyboards and drums duo of Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino (respectively) bring a hipRegardless, when you’ve got Josh hop breakdown into their otherwise Homme and friends on board, synth-y indie dance jams, but the listeners can expect to be aurally Brooklyn twosome are among a very assaulted with more rock than the small handful of people I’ll ever say human body can physically can pull such a thing off effectively. withstand, which may or may not be followed by other bodily orifices being violated at some point as well. Eagles of Death Metal Feb. 4 @ Henry Fonda Theater First, we can agree that all cool Circa Survive kids join Queens of the Stone Age as Feb. 4, 6 @ Chain Reaction their rite of passage into the world of Feb. 5 @ The Troubadour all that is “badass-rock” (new genre Judging solely by his stage tag pending trademark), yes? Now, if presence, Circa Survive frontman one has members of Queens lining Anthony Green is a friggin’ weird up to join, does that make one a dude. I mean, I’ve seen him perform higher benchmark of badassery a whole set in a pink baby doll dress (alliterative text also pending and tennis shoes. Granted, it was also trademark for the band I will in Phoenix in July, so I can’t really someday form)? blame him for wanting to let the Tod Seelie

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situation breathe down below, but … some things you see on tour that you can never un-see. Err, point is, for all his oddities, Green never fails to put on an engaging performance with powerhouse vocals that were built to make arena venues shake, so just imagine what they’ll do to these tiny joints. Also to illustrate in a very graphic manner that Green’s ability to hit those impossibly high notes has nothing to do with how tight his pants are … because that one time, he had no pants … where’d that P.O.S show run off to…

P.O.S Feb. 10 @ Knitting Factory Any dude who can turn a few hundred punk rock kids into hiphop fans for half an hour every day without having some kind of gimmicky shtick is a dude who has my utmost respect. A skillful wordsmith who can masterfully pen and perform songs that are as catchy and anthemic as they are emotionally impactful, P.O.S has got something going on that transcends genres and boundaries. Joined by some choice members of his Doomtree crew, rest assured P.O.S and his associates will bring out the best in each other when on stage.


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fashion focus |

BY VICTORIA MOORE

BRINGING GLAMOUR BACK THE MOST POSITIVE THING I CAN SAY about our current economic times is that it forces us to use our imaginations. We have to figure out how to stretch our budgets to eat, dress and function throughout the week. Instead of looking for ways to subtract from our lives, we need to look for ways to add to them. One of my favorites is with small touches of glamour. When you look around you see glamour everywhere. On the political front there’s Michelle and Barack Obama, and on the pop culture scene, sexy vampire Edward Cullen from Twilight. Nostalgic, in an F. Scott Fitzgerald way, is the hit show “Gossip Girl,” and realistically lush, MTV’s “The Hills.” If totally vintage glam is your style the best place to shop is the Federation of Vintage Fashion’s Vintage Fashion Expo at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The last one I attended in October 2008 I bought a 1950s men’s suit, vintage tie and black cardigan sweater, all for under $100. Thrift stores, garage sales and the Internet are also good places to hunt for glamorous finds.Varga (10800 W. Pico Blvd., #126, Los Angeles), a chain women’s store in Westside Pavilion, is another great source for a glam fix. A little bit of glam goes a long ways so the best way to wear it is discreetly. Jeans and a white

get up, get out! |

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BY FREDERICK MINTCHELL

SATURDAY, FEB. 7

Loyola Marymount vs. Pepperdine Gersten Pavilion, LMU; lmulions.cstv.com The L.A. schools from the West Coast Conference face off for the second time this season in men’s basketball action. 7:05 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 5

Group f.64 Exhibition Opening Duncan Miller Gallery, 10959 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles; duncanmillergallery.com This photography exhibit features works from the legendary group, including Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham and Edward Weston. 6 p.m-9 p.m. FREE. Thurs-Sat, through March 21; 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

LMU guard Vernon Teel

fondue you can eat. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. You must RSVP at (310) 277-3770 or on their Web site.

SATURDAY, FEB. 7 Screenwriters Workshop

Find items to add glamour to your wardrobe at Vintage Fashion Expo.

FRIDAY, FEB. 6

Westwood Library, 1246 Glendon Ave., Westwood; lapl.org Workshop original material in open readings and read-throughs. RSVP via e-mail at WritersUnblock@aol.com FREE. Every first Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

button-down shirt can be spruced up with a plain cardigan sweater or a 1940s tie. Jewelry choices from chunky beaded necklaces to gold or silver bracelets can also add glamour to nondescript ensembles.

“Naked Creatures”

Bootie L.A.

Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica; highwaysperformance.org Through dance, music, video and farce, gay artists team up to take it ALL off, reminding us that we are all naked creatures. 8:30 p.m. Also Saturday. $20, $15 w/student ID.

The Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park; bootiela.com Los Angeles’ monthly mashup party welcomes the live mashup band, Smash-Up Derby. 21+. Every first Saturday, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5 before 10 p.m., $10 after.

Pitch It

MONDAY, FEB. 9

The next Vintage Fashion Expo is Feb. 7 & 8 at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. For more information, call (707) 793-0773 or visit vintageexpo.com.

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THE 81st ACADEMY AWARD-NOMINATED SHORT FILMS CRAMMING A MEANINGFUL STORY INTO 30 minutes or less is something of an underappreciated art. Rarely do we see these remarkable little cinematic delights on the big screen. Take time out to recognize the little guys (and one big one) from around the world. Live Action Shorts On the Line – A bookstore security guard admires the object of his affection through his security camera until they are drawn together by a tragedy that haunts them both. New Boy – A young African immigrant taunted by his classmates until they find a common bond. Gorgeous cinematography. Toyland – A young German boy is convinced his Jewish neighbors are being escorted by the Nazis to Toyland and demands to join them. This heart-wrenching gem seems poised to take the award. The Pig – A clash of cultures breaks out in a hospital room over a seemingly harmless portrait of a pig. Manon on the Asphalt – A young woman’s last moments are played out in her imagination in this lesson on the brevity of life.

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Animated Shorts Lavatory Lovestory – A bathroom attendant is bewildered when she is gifted flowers by a mystery patron. Oktapodi – The hilarious antics of an octopus that tries to rescue his lover en route to the dinner table. This Way Up – My pick is this grim comedy in which everything goes wrong on the way to the grave. A delicious Day of the Dead-style fiesta makes this a real hoot! La Maison en Petits Cubest – An underwater dive for a lost treasure becomes a metaphor for reminiscing. Presto – This Pixar film stars a hungry hare that turns a magician’s show into a wellreceived nightmare. The 81st Academy Award-Nominated Short Films releases in select theaters Feb. 6.

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Lyric Theatre, 520 N. La Brea, Los Angeles; spontaneousproductionsla.com With sketches and improv games, comedians and audience members work together to pitch and “make” a movie. Every first Friday, 11 p.m. $10.

Thanks Gays It’s Friday Comedy Store, 8433 Sunset, West Hollywood; thecomedystore.com Fabulous stand-up comedy from Los Angeles’ lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender comics. 11:30 p.m. $10, $7 w/student ID.

Fondue + Flight Night Breadbar Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City; breadbar.net Breadbar’s most popular artisanal breads will be paired with three fondue stations. Specially paired wine flights can be purchased separately. $30 includes all the bread and

Anatomy Riot #30 The OPEN Space, 209 S. Garey Street, 2nd floor, Downtown; myspace.com/anatomyriot This (almost) monthly dance/performance series features diverse works by up-and-coming and seasoned artists. 8 p.m. $10 suggested donation.

Bellydance Superstars El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood; bellydancesuperstars.com The world-acclaimed troupe’s four-night stand features “Babelesque” Feb. 9 &10 before debuting their new production, “The Art of Bellydance,” Feb. 11 & 12. Crazy, sexy, cool. 8 p.m. Tix start at $20.

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