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March 4 - March 10, 2009 • Vol. 19 Issue 9

Editor-in-Chief Jessica Koslow

Managing Editor Yuri Shimoda


Film Editor Jessica Koslow

Art Director Alance Ward Editorial Interns Christopher Agutos, Gina Quattrochi, Marvin Vasquez, Farnaz Youshei



Contributing Writers Robert Axelrod, John Barundia, Jonathan Bautts, Sarah Bennett, China Bialos, Michael Buzzelli, Erica Carter, Richard


Castaneda, Nick Day, Natasha Desianto, Jennifer Driessen, Noah Galuten, Erik Hayden, Josh Herman, Zach Hines, Joe Horton, Devon Klug, Jonathan Knell, Lucia, Ebony March, Jason R. Martinez, Angela Matano, Ryan McWhorter, Frederick



Bourbon With Brendan, Zach Bourque,


A Road Trip, Playmates and Hef ... oh my!

Mintchell, Victoria Moore, Samantha


Ofole, Brien Overly, Polites, Bonnie

Examines the Ups and Downs of Growing Pains

Priever, Sasha Perl-Raver, Parimal M. Rohit, Dov Rudnick, Mike Sebastian, Henry Senecal, Doug Simpson, Amy Sommer, David Tobin, John Tron, TJ Webber, Kevin Wierzbicki, Candice Winters

Contributing Artists & Photographers Emmanuelle Troy


Joy Calisoff

Ronit Guedalia




Influential Grammy-Nominated Rockers

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COVER: Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore in Miss March Credit: Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures Inset Photo Credit: Bob Fila/Chicago Tribune/MCT

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DEVIL IN THE DETAILS: The Words of Presidential Addresses

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WHAT’S IN A WORD? After all,President Obama had over 6,000 in his speech to Congress last week, led by 30 appearances of the words “economy” or “economic.” On paper, that’s .005 percent of his speech. But can anyone who watched the 52-minute address say they weren’t the dominant words of the night? On a grand stage like the State of the Union, or, in Obama’s case, the semanticallydifferentiated, nominally less-official “State of the Nation,” words matter. And they always have. Last week, the New York Times ran a table of the most commonly used words in famous first State of the Unions – Franklin Roosevelt in 1934, Richard Nixon in 1970, Ronald Reagan in 1982, Bill Clinton in 1993, George Bush’s similar “State of the Nation” in 2001 – and compared them with Obama’s oratorical battle against widespread financial fear. The results paint a picture of the moment, a snapshot not necessarily encompassing of the times but surprisingly prophetic of the ultimate legacy of that government. In 1934, Roosevelt’s word tallies rank remarkably low on the list of buzzwords of today. Even faced with a deepening Great Depression, “economy/economic” appears just three times, while “recovery” and “government” are tied for the most appearances at seven apiece. Both FDR’s perhaps gilded historical repu-

tation and deservedly-lauded calm demeanor are on display, as “school” and “jobs” don’t appear, but he keeps mentions of a “crisis” to just two. Last week, Obama went to that c-word 11 times. Nixon scores a whopping 22 lip-flappers of the “world,” epitomizing his shift from campaign and first-year exaltations of the “great, silent majority” and the overwhelming necessity for domestic reform after the supposed madness of ’60s social upheaval. Matters of the “world” were nearly double the appearances of other popular words (“responsibility” comes in at nine) and serve as a prescient harbinger of Nixon’s historical impact – foreign policy triumphs while cutting a swath of irresponsible moral leadership. Reagan, too, cements the good and bad of his legacy in his first speech. Exactly 30 occasions of “government” coupled with 25 “taxes” marks the Gipper’s halcyon ascent to modern conservatism nirvana in our time. His other, less commendable works are on display too: one mention of schools, one mention of health care, five times as many mentions of “taxes” than “deficit” or “debt.” Clinton, whom historian David McCullough, National Review editor Rich Lowry and Clinton’s first Secretary of Labor Robert Reich all publicly describe as wanting to please everyone, tries to do exactly that in 1993 when he hits all the keywords in rapid-fire succession. Take 23 “economies” plus 29 “deficits,” 24 “jobs” plus 28 “taxes,” add 18 “worlds”

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Treat Yourself to LuLu’s Sweets Even though Valentine’s Day is 11 months away, there are tons of other holidays when your sweetie deserves some sweets. Or how about sending your mom Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzels for Mother’s Day or your dad Milk Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Squares for Father’s Day? Then there are the midnight munchies when you’re up studying late and you just need a sugar fix to finish the last page of your paper. Visit and view the extensive, mouth-watering menu of all natural, homemade delights. In addition to the blissful taste is the incredibly cute packaging available for gifts. –J.K.

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UCLA presents “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot”

March 4-14 @ UCLA’s Little Theater in Macgowan Hall Attorneys argue whether the betrayer of Jesus Christ should be admitted into heaven in this satirical courtroom drama by Stephen Adly Giurgis, directed by M.F.A. candidate Richard Martinez.

In honor of Bob Marley’s 64th birthday on Feb. 6, Playing For Change debuted their version of Marley’s timeless classic “One Love” as a five-minute video featuring Keb’ Mo and Spain’s Manu Chao playing with 35 incredible musical artists. Check it out!

and 18 “health cares” to 25 “invests” and 26 “cuts” and 25 “governments” and what do you get? The only president in history to win two terms with less than 50 percent of the vote and leave office with job approval poll numbers in the stratospheric mid60s: a president forever haunted by a popularity that never fully translated into like power. George W. Bush may be the only president on this list whose speech doesn’t mesh with his ultimate legacy. His first major congressional address, delivered seven months before the attacks of Sept. 11, takes a Reaganite stance with 27 “taxes” and 19 “governments.” Delivering on his campaign promises to demand fiscal responsibility and establish bipartisanship under the arms of the Uniter, there is not a single mention of Iraq, Afghanistan or “enemies.” But Bush would soon become the Decider, and his speeches would forget these mainstays and favor others: “terror” got a single mention in 2001; one year later the t-word found 36 mentions in an hour-long address, averaging better than one appearance every two minutes. As his administration prepared to bequeath the largest deficit in American history, any talk of the “budget” dropped from 26 in 2001 to three in 2008. So will the power of words, the historical harbingers uttered by presidents in their first steps on the big stage, hold firm in the Obama administration? In an ailing financial system, can we expect 30 more “economies” each year? Will we ever get more than 2009’s solitary mention of “growth?” Will his speech at the end of one term or two be able to squeeze in a few more “hopes?” That remains to be seen, but I personally take solace in the fact that President Obama may be the only commander-in-chief in history to include the warning,“nobody messes with Joe,” to both houses of Congress and six justices of the Supreme Court. I’ll assume he’s talking about Vice President Biden, but don’t mess with me. Just in case.

Now through May 1 when you use your Ralphs Card part of the proceeds will go to the Gay Lesbian Transgender Community at USC’s campus if you register online. All you have to do is go to the Ralphs Web site (, register your card as a new customer, edit your community contribution program information and choose the LGBT resource. Why not put your grocery money towards a good cause?

before March Madness tip-off. Inspired by Duke University’s Cameron Crazies, CBS basketball analyst Seth Davis teamed up with Coke Zero to devise the challenge. Winners will be selected right before the championship, airing April 6.

Callooh! Callay! Now through May 16 you can check out USC Library’s Wonderland Award at the Doheny Memorial Library. Entries from previous years of the Wonderland Award, which reflect the imaginative range of Lewis Carroll, are on display. The collection includes Carroll’s logic puzzles, nonsense poetry, photography, “The Hunting of the Snark” and of course, the Alice in Wonderland books. If you happen to be a USC student, you can enter the Wonderland competition, which encourages students to explore Carroll’s imaginative compilation of work and be inspired to create something of your own. Submissions are only limited by the imagination and can include anything from essays, poems, performance pieces, video games, animation, visual artwork, music, digital compositions and films. The deadline is April 1, and the first place prize is $2,000! Join the USC Libraries Wonderland Award Facebook group for more information.

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Coke Zero and NCAA Basketball have partnered up to challenge their fans before March Madness kicks off. College fans can submit videos and photos of their “craziest acts” to The craziest ones will be shown on CBS right

UCLA Library presents the President’s Ball Saturday, March 7. Learn vintage ballroom dance moves from the Presidents’ eras, i.e. from George Washington’s days to Abraham Lincoln’s. 8 p.m.11:45 p.m. Free. RSVP to


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Playboys Have More Fun BY BONNIE PRIEVER ZACH CREGGER AND TREVOR Moore, the creative guys behind “The Whitest Kids U’Know” comedy sketch on the IFC channel, bring you Miss March, with a sexy, fun Playboy bunny theme. Many of the cast members compare the film to an updated American Pie. Sara Jean Underwood, 2007 Playmate of the Year, and a featured player in the film, states, “Sex sells, and Playboy is a definite attention grabber. People aren’t afraid to push the envelope. Zach and Trevor did it, Hef did it ... the film will reach and entertain audiences for its shock value and non-conformist style!” Both Underwood and Raquel Alessi, the other female lead (playing Cindi, a goodie goodie “dork” in high school who later becomes a Playboy centerfold herself), considered Zach and Trevor their “buddies”

throughout the filming process. “They treated me like a friend, never a sex object, and cared about my opinions on scenes and dialogue,” says Alessi. Cregger and Moore had a similar goal for their film: “Not to make it seem oversexed, offensive or meanspirited, but rather surefire, non-stop fun and excitement!” One enticing draw of the film is an inside, intimate look at the goingson in the world-renowned Playboy Mansion, complete with the playmates, grottos and Hugh Hefner himself! Although the original intent was not to involve the authentic Playboy, fearing some restrictions on creative freedom, in the end, it was more credible to film at the actual mansion, with genuine (rather than fake) personalities involved in the production.

After a test screening, the two directors decided to change an original theme – at first, Moore’s character hits on an older Playmate. When the scenario was revised, Underwood, in her 20s, auditioned and her cute, bubbly, fun persona landed her the role. Underwood has some scenestealing moments in the film, as she holds her adorable dog, Puddles, and Tucker (Moore) flirts with her, brings her a drink, wins her over and takes her dog for all the other girls to gush over. Alessi, a cute, loveable, talented actress (the younger version of Eva Mendes in Ghost Rider), describes her character Cindi as “an all American sweet innocent high school girl who wants to have sex with her boyfriend Eugene [Cregger] on prom night.” But, things happen, and Eugene falls into a coma for four years. Life goes on, and Cindi ends up modeling for Playboy and generously footing Eugene’s medical bills. Alessi’s agent found her to be “perfect for the role” and arranged an audition, and “that’s how it all happened.” Alessi rose to the challenge of making her character, as she says, a “more dimensional woman, with

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(l to r) Trevor Moore, Zach Cregger, Raquel Alessi and Craig Robinson in Miss March

many hats – a girlfriend, daughter, playmate, not a tart or some kind of loose girl.” She herself once posed for Maxim and found the opportunity a chance for her to have some fun, and one of the many different stepping stones to a nice career. Her personal favorite celebrity role model is Sarah Jessica Parker, who she describes, as a super talented actress in both comedic and serious dramedy roles. “She’s got integrity,” Alessi says, “keeps true to herself and won’t take

her clothes off on camera, keeping limits and boundaries intact.” Alessi and Underwood both agree that despite the film’s external raunchiness and distasteful jokes for shock value, they are determined not to get caught up in the sex symbol, pin-up stereotype. As Hugh Hefner states in the film, “There’s an inner bunny in every woman!” Miss March releases in theaters March 13.

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TAKAHIKO IIMURA CITYWIDE RETROSPECTIVE Now-March 9 @ Various Locations BY SARAH BENNETT IF YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF TAKAHIKO Iimura, it’s time to change that. The Japanese experimental filmmaker is one of the medium’s trans-Pacific pioneers and through a 10-day, citywide, multi-venue retrospective of his most influential shorts, his infinite influence on cinema will be explored. Although the events started last week, there are still five days of screenings across the greater L.A. area, all of which Iimura will be attending. Inspired by both early-century French Surrealists and the underground film movement here in America, Iimura started messing around with the camera in the 1960s and, as Japan’s lone avant-garde filmmaker at the time, his work toyed with notions of sexuality, absurdism, abstractism and “taboo-breaking joyousness.” Today, Iimura still presses boundaries by combining film, digital text and computer graphics with his already forward thinking. Today, UC Irvine will play host to two programs of shorts, one matinee (featuring works from the ’80s) and one evening (of early

Ayers Rock from Takahiko Iimura’s A Rock in the Light

conceptual videos and “Film Poem” excerpts). And tomorrow, USC is conducting an afternoon workshop and presentation with the man himself followed by a screening of works from the late ’60s and early ’70s. On Sunday, organizers LA Filmforum will host an evening of Iimura’s more recent works at the Egyptian Theatre. And Monday at REDCAT, his explorations of time in film will be screened. Part home movie and part art projects, Iimura’s powerful shorts are not only experiments with form, but also attempts at modifying the film itself. With titles like This Is A Camera Which Shoots This and One Frame Duration, the highly influential filmmaker’s unprecedented retrospective is sure to inspire old and new fans alike. For more information, visit




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Got Another Clue?

1) Batman 2) American Splendor 3) Superman (1978) 4) Office Space 5) Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 6) X-Men 2 7) “Smallville” 8) “Wonder Woman” 9) “Super Friends” 10) Sin City —Angela Matano

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The Hasbro board game fallout continues. Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean films) is intending to direct another live-action film of the popular board game,“Clue.” I say “another” because those of us born in the ’80s can’t help but remember the first film version of Clue released in 1985 that starred Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean and Madeline Kahn. I used to watch that film all the time when I was a kid, and it still holds up as a fun slapstick comedy. I suppose it’s better to call this project a “reenvisioning” rather than a “remake,” because it’s very unlikely that they’re going to do anything remotely similar to the story of the first film. The board game had an interchangeable story every time you played it, so I guess the same could be said for film versions. I’m not sure how set in stone this project is, but if it must be done, I think Verbinski is the best guy to do it. Verbinski is one of those directors like Chistopher Nolan and Darren Aronofsky who does a great job bridging the gap between artistry and commercialism. His work on the Pirates films was masterful, and if he does this Clue movie, it’ll probably be awesome. He’s supposed to direct a live-action film of the video game “BioShock,” which I hope he does first, but who knows? As unpredictable as the business is, he may end up scrapping both projects and doing a small little movie about friendship.

Michel Gondry Sees Green (Hornet) Here’s something that’s got me excited. Remember Seth Rogen’s The Green Hornet project that he wrote and was going to star in? It looks like there’s a very good chance that Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind) is going to direct it. I think this has the potential to be two scoops of awesome. There’s nothing better than giving a very artistic independent film director a commercial script and a big budget. Originally, Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle) had signed on to not only direct but to also play Kato, the Green Hornet’s kung fu sidekick. However, he dropped out to direct but still remained attached to play Kato. When I originally heard that Rogen had written the script and was going to star in it, my feelings were mixed like a lot of people. But some of the best films evoked mixed feelings when they were first announced, and I love when actors play characters you’d never expect them to. Rogen’s reputation is as a comedy writer, and the vibe of the project feels like it’s going to have a lot of comedy in it, but you know what? So what. So much crap is being pumped out these days, and at the very least this project sounds like it could be really cool. Gondry is one of the most interesting visual filmmakers in the business. I feel like when directors who generally tend to be artsy and independent get a good piece of material that is artistic and has commercial appeal, we get the best films. I’ve been waiting for Gondry to break into the mainstream, and this may be it. I would love to Seth Rogen play this character differently than how he is in the Judd Apatow comedy stuff. He looked kinda slim at the Oscars last week, which means he’s probably getting into shape so the audience can believe he can kick peoples’ asses. Send feedback to







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Gretchen Mol stars as Catherine in An American Affair.

12 (Sony Pictures Classics) First, there was 12 Angry Men. Then there was MTV’s take called “12 Angry Viewers.” Now, the tale of a dozen very individual jurors gets its newest makeover in the movie 12. This iteration of the story is set in modern-day Russia. A young Chechen man (played by Apti Magamaev) stands accused of a violent crime and sits in prison awaiting his fate. The suspect was orphaned during the Russian conflict with Chechnya – no one knows the extent of the horrible and ugly things he’s seen. His future is being decided by an engineer, a foreman, a cab driver, an elderly Jewish man, a transit worker, a television producer, a surgeon and a traveling actor, to name a few. As the men sit down to confer and deliberate, each is convinced of the suspect’s guilt – except for one lone juror. That man digs in his heels and sticks to his convictions. He re-enacts key points in testimony that would appear to implicate the suspect and, in the process, manages to poke some rather large holes in the prosecution’s case. This story was first brought to the big screen in the United States by the incomparable director Sidney Lumet. 12, however, is the passion project of director Nikita Mikhalkov. He steers the action on a clear and captivating course into the human psyche. Grade: B+ —Ebony March 12 releases in select theaters March 6.

An American Affair (Screen Media) Cameron Bright (X-Men: The Last Stand) comes alive onscreen as a teenage boy with a serious love of cougars in An American Affair. In the film, his character, Adam, develops a massive crush on his saucy blonde

neighbor, Catherine, played by Gretchen Mol. Catherine’s got ties to John F. Kennedy’s administration – special ties (wink, nudge). As her past unfolds and feelings develop, none of these Washington, D.C. dwellers will ever be the same. Mol and Bright have amazing chemistry with each other. Bright seems to be able to hold his own against the weight of many of Hollywood’s most talented ladies (as he did opposite Nicole Kidman in Birth). Other cast members like “Entourage”’s Perrey Reeves and former “ER” star Noah Wyle are also captivating to watch. Another compelling character is the period of American history in which the story is based. Sure, there have been a number of recent projects set in the 1960s (such as Bobby) but given current political events, the return to this era is a fascinating one. An American Affair – while not as riveting as a movie like The Reader – is a complex and wonderful display of cinema and certainly worth a trip to the theater. Grade: B—Ebony March An American Affair releases in select theaters March 6.

Everlasting Moments (IFC) Everlasting Moments tells the tale of Maria Larsson, a housewife imprisoned by her duties as a mother and by the infidelity and alcoholism of her lousy, abusive husband. When Maria finds a camera she won in a lottery years before, she begins documenting the moments and people in her life. With the help of local photographer Sebastian Pedersen, the working class mother transcends her poverty and unhappiness by trans-

forming her kitchen into a dark room and her life into a photo album. Maria is not overly invested with the revolutionary contraption, but rather her impressive capacity to incorporate the new with the old allows her to live each day in splendid realization. Her gift for seeing the majestic in everyday life is translated onto the pictures she takes. A tabby cat, her children playing, potted plants – her muse is life’s vibrant ordinariness that is immortalized by her work. The master craftsmanship of director Jan Troell guides an assiduous view of the bourgeoning plight of families at the turn of the 20th century. As a filmmaker, Troell seamlessly develops an enthralling picture and garners brave performances from his actors. The film is heavily invested in realism, though it addresses the escapes and deviations that create the moments you remember forever. It is a small accomplishment for Sweden, one that resonates with an audience … despite the subtitles. Grade: B+ —Candice Winters Everlasting Moments releases in select theaters March 6.

Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 (Kino International) Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 is a captivating and nostalgic look at one of college footballs most enduring games. Director Kevin Rafferty delivers a truly involving sports story, told with a combination of personal stories and archival footage of the game in question. The central caveat is this: Harvard and Yale both enter the game undefeated, though Yale is clearly thought of as the better team and they are expected to win the game. The story takes place in 1968 and is delivered as a play-by-play account by the men that played in the game. Their memories aren’t always correct, though they are always very frank and very forthright in their recollections. As well, not all of their stories are specifically about the game. Rafferty allows the men to digress and in doing so, his film becomes something of an oral time capsule. Topics range from Vietnam to birth control and politics to comic strips. Harvard team member Tommy CONTINUED ON PAGE 10


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HEY, REMEMBER STORES? Yes, Netflix is convenient. They have a wide selection, and you can be lazy about when you get around to watching/returning. But isn’t it great to have stores with an even better selection to browse, where you can pick the brains of the movie geek staff? Be thankful that you live in a city that has these valuable resources and get out and support them, because they won’t be around if you don’t.

Westside Vidiots (302 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica): Arguably the greatest selection in Los Angeles, with plenty of hard-to-find titles – many that have never been released on DVD. CineFile (11280 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles): With a great location, next door to the Nuart Theatre, it features some of the most idiosyncratic genre sections of any video store. Plus, some great T-shirts featuring the names of director’s done in band logos.

Hollywood Rocket Video (726 N. La Brea Ave.): right across the street from Pink’s! Mmm … chili dog and a movie.

The Valley Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee (5006 Vineland Ave.): Located in North Hollywood, it’s the best film resource over the hill.

HAVE YOU SEEN? Classic/obscure/overlooked films to catch at your local video store:

Primer If you’re digging the time traveling storyline on this season of “Lost,” check out this microbudget Sundance film from writer/director/producer/star Shane Carruth. Two inventor friends accidentally build a time machine. It may be the most intelligent, provocative time travel movie ever made.

The Ninth Configuration/Fat City You may have recognized the actor playing George Bush’s minister in W. – then again you might not have. It’s none other than Stacey Keach, a criminally underappreciated actor and star of these two neglected classics. Keach stars alongside a young Jeff Bridges as two down on their luck boxers in Fat City, directed by John Huston. The Ninth Configuration is a black comedy set in an abandoned castle, which serves as an insane asylum for Vietnam veterans. The humor eventually gives way, revealing an existential thriller underneath – a

one-of-a-kind film from the author of The Exorcist.

Angel Heart Mickey Rourke is everybody’s favorite comeback story this year. Check him out in his heyday. Angel Heart is an atmospheric metaphysical mystery masquerading as a noir, set against the backdrop of New Orleans voodoo culture. It co-stars Robert De Niro and Lisa Bonet.

Where The Buffalo Roam What Just Happened wasn’t producer Art Linson’s first foray into the creative end of filmmaking. He directed this Hunter S. Thompson comedy, which stars Bill Murray as the legendary gonzo journalist and Peter Boyle as his lawyer (loosely based on Oscar Zeta Acosta, the real life Dr. Gonzo).

Nobody’s Fool The late, great Paul Newman starred as the cantankerous but lovable Sully Sullivan in this adaptation of Richard Russo’s novel, directed by Robert Benton (The Late Show). Newman also later starred in the miniseries adaptation of Russo’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Empire Falls. Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith also star.

Targets Not too excited for yet another re-tooling of a stale franchise (i.e. Friday the 13th)? Check out Peter Bogdanovich’s first film, Targets, which is still shocking and timely, exploring the meaning of horror in the modern world. You can feel the vibrancy of a young filmmaker at work, turning what began as a Roger Corman schlock work into art. Watch the extra features for the full story!

“The Prisoner” Recently deceased actor Patrick McGoohan, king of the 1960s British spy genre, was the brains and face behind this trippy series. McGoohan is a special agent who upon resigning is taken prisoner, awakening in a creepily idyllic village full of brainwashed prisoners where everyone is a number.

PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND Huffman and Fanning Retreat Down, Down, Down the Rabbit Hole.

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Elle Fanning in Phoebe in Wonderland

THERE’S A GOOD REASON WHY Felicity Huffman doesn’t like Lewis Carroll’s children’s novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: It scares the crap out of her. “Ironically enough, Alice in Wonderland makes my palms sweat,” admits Huffman. “It just makes me so nervous and scared. I don’t like the chaos in it.” She may not venture down the rabbit hole any time soon, but the Oscar-nominated actress is starring in a film that is a textual enlightenment of Carroll’s overtly absurd classic, translated and channeled from fantastical prose into modern circumstance. Phoebe in Wonderland stars the talented Elle Fanning as Phoebe Lichten, a precocious, temperamental, imaginative girl who is unable to understand the boundaries placed upon her by a rule-happy world. When she is selected to play Alice in a grade school production of “Alice in Wonderland,” Phoebe becomes immersed in the whimsical makebelieve world in which she is the star. On stage, she is invincible. It is her real-life afflictions that cause her to

“She has this innate sense of hopefulness and optimism. Every day was a continued revelation. She never had a bad day.” However easy Fanning makes it look, Huffman admits that portraying the mother of a child with a disability brought difficulty and (surprise) more fear. “When you live with a certain set of circumstances for 10, 12, 14 hours, you tend to carry them home with you. With [her character, Hillary], I was more frightened than I usually am, and I’m pretty frightened all the time. I carried a lot of fear around with me.” The moral of Barnz’s cinematic work of reali-fantasy? Barnz says he wants to portray a child “battling conformity and breaking rules,” but Huffman has another theory. “When your children are special and unique, it comes with its own set of challenges, possibly pain and possibly loneliness. So it’s that conundrum. The world says, ‘Be the same! Be the same!’ You have to say ‘No, no, no. She’s a special flower.’”

retreat into a land of wondrous creatures and people. “This is a world where everything is opposite, where rules are broken, where everything is topsy-turvy,” explains writer-director Daniel Barnz. “And of course, that would be exciting for her.” When voices in her head convince her to jump off high platforms and spit at fellow students, Phoebe’s behavior spirals out of her control. She alone can burst through the looking glass of what is real and what is not. Fanning lights up the screen and shines the entire 96 minutes. She delves completely into a difficult subject that, you would think, is too dark and deep for someone her age. Take that, Dakota! “The minute you see Elle, you love Elle. So I saw Elle, and I loved Elle,” coos Huffman about her young costar. “Daniel [Barnz] did a smart thing of shooting the intense scenes near the end of the whole process, so we had so many days of playing cards and doing this and doing that. Life really was an improvisation.” “She has this real sense of inner light,” continues Barnz about Fanning.

film notes | reviews Lee Jones (yes, the actor) puts it rather eloquently. “Ideas were flying like bullets,” he says. As entertaining as the game is, it is the personal recollections that make this a uniquely entertaining documentary. Even the title for this one is entertaining. Obviously, Harvard doesn’t “beat” Yale. The final score is 29-29, so the teams end the game in a tie. The difference is that Harvard was never expected to come out ahead in this game. Yale was supposed to be the odds on favorite to win. Instead, Harvard played tit for tat and Yale left without the victory that they felt they had coming. Harvard’s victory has much more to do with the human spirit prevailing in the face of adversity than with a technical accumulation of points. Grade: A —Nick Day Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 releases in select theaters March 6.

Shuttle (Truly Indie) Mel (Peyton List) and Jules (Cameron Goodman) are best friends who just flew home from their


weekend vacation in Mexico. Sick from the plane ride and homeward bound, the girls are stranded late at night on an ominous rain-drenched sidewalk. Luckily, a shuttle driver (Tony Curran) is very keen on taking them home for a discounted price. In an unforeseen twist, the friendly driver is not so friendly after all! Who would have seen it coming, but the friends, as well as two guys they pick up at the airport, are kidnapped and forced to cooperate as the night goes on and events turn fatal. To keep the ending somewhat a mystery, Mel and Jules are “sold” into a fate that is a relatively taboo subject

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Phoebe in Wonderland releases in select theaters March 6.

in most media and cinematic coverage with the exception of like-minded, mainstream thriller-horror-teen suspense flicks. I’m trying desperately to remain vague on the off chance that a reader is interested in seeing this film. Through the blood, guts and flat tires, the film has one thing I liked: an ending that’s atypical of films within the genre. Though the camera work is uninspired, the acting is subpar and the plot spirals into careless writing, the ending leaves you questioning the ethics of American business, especially in the current state of the economy. Grade: C—Candice Winters Shuttle releases in select theaters March 6.

giggling – waiting for the moment recollected by designer Isaac Mizrahi in the documentary Unzipped when Bette Davis’ Baby Jane utters this word during an angry psychotic episode directed toward her sister Blanche (played by Joan Crawford). You’ll get the joke when you see the film. 7:15 p.m. —Ebony March


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decorate each new bite with a little more. The result is a sweet, salty, buttery, syrupy, banana-y party in your mouth. Square One takes a slightly higher flatulent route. (When you order their brioche French Toast, amazing but a different story for a different day, you get Vermont maple syrup. It’s all just a style choice.) Here we meet Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict. Let’s start at the bottom and work our way up, shall we? Served next to a bed of farm fresh mixed greens, lightly dressed in a balsamic vinaigrette, are two potato pancakes. Each is hot, crispy and fresh out of the oil filled with crunch and salted just right. Nestled atop the potato pancakes is house cured smoked salmon. I could write an entire sonnet to this smoked salmon. It’s almost like sashimi, so shockingly fresh and buttery you can cut it with a spoon. It would make Zabar blush with shame. It’s simply the greatest smoked salmon you will ever have. Happily resting above the salmon are two poached eggs that were pulled from their water bath at the precise moment to maintain egg white doneness (Is there anything grosser than an undercooked egg white jiggling on your plate?) and still get the right yolk gush. The hollandaise adorning the eggs is divine and rich but, the piece de resistance, is the ground red pepper on top that gives the whole dish fire, bite and sizzle. The ensuing result is a crispy, succulent, salty, creamy, spicy, yolky, party in your mouth. So which is the victor? For me to only name one would be like Sophie’s Choice, and I could never be so cruel. Mama loves both her babies. So I leave the final answer to you, dear reader. Make a weekend of it and let me know. Until then, the battle rages on.

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BREAKFAST BATTLE ROYALE Heaven awaiting you. We all know breakfast is the most The pancakes are perfectly golden, important meal of the day, and here in fluffy and light. Caramelized on the Los Angeles it’s a veritable pastime. bottom of each cake are ripe, succulent There are so many options. How is an rounds of banana. Not chunks. Not Angeleno to know who reigns supreme in the Battle Royale of (Turkey) Bacon and Eggs? I offer you two contenders … In the Breakfast Death Match of Deliciousness we have one ol’ faithful and one spry up n’ comer: Vivian’s in Studio City (10968 Ventura Blvd.) and Square One in Los Feliz (4854 Fountain Ave.) are going head-to-head with the two best breakfast dishes I’ve found in Los Angeles thus far. In this corner: Vivian’s, a small, family-run restaurant in a converted house on Ventura Square One’s Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict Boulevard. Because this is Los Angeles, the family that runs it something mushed up to give “banana happens to include the chick who flavor.” Bananas that were sliced off the starred in “The King of Queens,” but way Chiquita herself assigned and put don’t be blinded by the klieg lights; it’s to a hot griddle to allow the natural quaint, homey and wonderful. They sugars to dance and shimmy their way also happen to make the best banana to warm, sweet perfection. pancakes you’ll ever eat. There’s also butter, which is meant In the other corner: Square One, a to be slathered across each plate-sized cozy brunch beacon stashed behind cake; rich and creamy and slightly the big, scary, sanitarium looking salty. And then comes the syrup. Scientology building on Fountain and Normally, I’m a Vermont Maple Girl. L. Ron Hubbard (creeeeepy!) where But this is Vivian’s and they keep it you will find the greatest eggs benedict riggity-real with the Log Cabin and, I ever to dazzle your taste buds. gotta tell ya, I was suspicious at first, At Vivian’s, you are presented with but it works!!! Ohhh, how it works! a plate … you think. The truth is, you Plus, they bring you a full squeeze can barely see your plate because it’s bottle and no one looks twice as you been overtaken by the Banana Pancake

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119 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena EVER IN OLD TOWN PASADENA? Then stop by Fred’s Mexican Café, especially on a Wednesday night. The restaurant, located on the corner of Colorado Boulevard and Arroyo Parkway, once again welcomes College Night on Wednesdays, and it definitely is necessary to attend if you’re looking for a fine dish and a party scene. College Night has a $3 cover charge with a college ID and $5 without one. It has a DJ, a dance floor and doesn’t end until 2 a.m. However, the best thing about it is that it offers $1 drinks. The café’s specialty margarita and other tequila-related drinks are musts. Other cocktails are also $1, such as a

simple rum and coke. The DJ plays music from R&B to ’80s, rap to hip-hop and even a welldesired Gipsy Kings tune. The dancing floor becomes highly spirited and attractive. If arriving early to simply dine, then you can choose from a variety of options ranging from chicken, steak and seafood. The kitchen closes at 10 p.m. Start with some Chicken Chingaderas as an appetizer. They contain black beans, rice, chicken and pico de gallo. It is the perfect appetizer before ordering a main dish. Shrimp and cheeseburger tacos are available, and they are fabulous. The shrimp taco is sautéed in garlic

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butter with tomatillo, cheese and shredded cheese, while the cheeseburger taco is prepared with seasoned ground beef and fries rolled into a tortilla. Both come with a side of rice and black beans, which are made to perfection. Chicken and steak quesadillas are also on the menu, among a variety of other options. Best of all: extraordinary friendly bar and table customer service. For more information, call (626) 3049955 or visit

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Caffeine, Interstate 5 and Bay Area Pizza BY SARAH BENNETT IT’S 8 A.M. ON SATURDAY MORNING and Andrew W.K. is full blast in the car stereo. White-undershirt chants of “Let’s get a party going,” swirl around our overstuffed backpacks Sarah Bennett and cans of Starbucks Doubleshots as if we could pull onto the soft shoulder and crack a keg for him and his crew. But the hoodie I’m wearing says it’s too cold to party, and the mist of morning has been following us since we slid down the Grapevine. It hovers over the miles of empty fields surrounding our concrete strip of highway, hiding California’s Central Valley under a winter veil of dream sequence visual effects and taunting my summer road trip dreams. Twelve hours ago I got home from a grueling midterm week, called my best friend and begged her to sweep me away. It’s not very often I have the weekend off work, and nothing beats ignoring collegiate responsibility like relapsing into high school-era escapist traditions. “Like old times, please,” I said, referring to our former habit of taking advantage of the hot months (and her parents’ gas card) by driving anywhere west of the Rockies for a good concert. “I need it.” Throwing warm clothes, my camera and a pair of earmuffs into my backpack (and leaving the textbooks, lecture notes and incomplete essays at home), I thought about our destination: San Francisco. I’d been there before, but watching people puke in the street and then make out while wandering somewhere in the Sunset District on New Years Eve ’02 doesn’t count. Neither does driving straight from Los Angeles to a show at the Pound before turning around and driving home again. This time, my best friend’s dad, a San Francisco transplant-turnedlocal, who departed but left such a mark that he is still considered a local, was going to be our tour guide. He had driven up for an art sale in Marin County and offered to meet us in the city for the day. She picked me up from my Friday night graveyard shift, and we hit the road with no regrets. We shuffled our iPod songs, stopped only to buy more gasoline and caffeine and by 11:30 p.m., we were sitting in traffic on the Bay Bridge antsy to get to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market before all the organic eggplants and spring salad mixes started to look gross. Her dad met us there, and we were whisked away to a day on the town. Flying up hills like a veteran taxi driver (and with no respect for stop signs and pedestrians), her father crisscrossed the city for an hour and a half, double parking in front of every famous pizza place to grab their specialty (usually garlic-covered) slice, which we had to chow down before stopping at the next one. We went to Golden Gate Park, got offered every kind of drug imaginable walking by a drum circle on “hippie hill,” hopped on the last carousel ride of the day and managed to make it to the de Young Museum with enough time to sneak past the guards and scope the Yves Saint Laurent and Andy Warhol exhibits. We ate authentic Italian food at his favorite North Beach restaurant, drank the most perfect shot of espresso at the coffee shop where he first met my friend’s mom and got overeager hugs from all the business owners. After her dad returned to the great unknown of Marin County, we topped off our day with a stop by Bottom of the Hill to watch our friend’s band open for Murder By Death (show sold out, bought one ticket on a craigslist whim), a few drinks in the Mission District on Valencia Avenue (with a friend I almost forgot moved up there last year), a late-night run to Taqueria Cancun (best bean and cheese burrito) and a room at the Rodeway Inn (with Carrot Top’s Chairman of the Board on TV as we lulled to sleep). What partying we lacked at 8 a.m., we made up for with a full day in the City by the Bay. We might not be in high school anymore, and the responsibilities in our lives are very real (rent, ugh), but once in a while, it’s OK to play hooky, skip a night’s sleep, fill up the tank and see how far it will take you, to eat more garlic pizza than your Italian blood knows what to do with and explore a new city as if you don’t have one to go back to. It’s not summer yet, but go on, make Andrew W.K. proud. Send feedback to

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BOREDLA/SCRIBESFREE READ PRESENT: ‘YOUR ART OPENING’ AFTER THE SUCCESS of the first “Your Art Opening” event, BoredLA and SCribes-Free Read have decided to have another one on March 7. Stop by the Ragazzi Room to see the freshest of the fresh artwork by your peers, including painting, photography, live art by Ben Jay and T-shirts and crafts by Ben Oprstu. This time around there’s a theme, “Underwater is Where the Action Is,” so expect a lot of


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3127 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica IT WAS A COLD AND RAINY DAY WHEN I ARRIVED AT WILLOW Spa just off of Santa Monica Boulevard. The traffic had been horrid, and I was filled to the brim with anger and hostility for my fellow L.A. drivers. Yet the moment I passed through the bamboo gate and entered the front garden, a sudden and palpable shift of energy was felt deep in my core. A gentle waterfall trickled alongside the stone path as it led to the front door of an old craftsmen home, a relic of old Santa Monica. Inside two young women dressed completely in black met me. The meeting room was filled with sweet, exotic aromas. In a short time, I was led through the house to a dressing room and handed a pair of white garments. Next, I met Julie, my “technician.” In moments she had my feet in a wooden tub of warm water and rose petals. I was served a small glass of Akatsuki, an enzyme elixir made from over 400 fermented fruits. It had a syrupy texture and was very sweet. After a brief, yet luxurious foot and leg massage, I was guided to the room where I would take the enzyme bath. “Did you bring a bathing suit?” Julie asked. “Uh, no,” I replied. Not to worry, I was supplied with a pair of black disposable underwear, which was more like a string bikini made of soft paper. The “bath” I was to lay in was in fact a mass of dark earth, two smoldering piles of hot mulch composed of Juniper wood shavings, rice bran and vegetable enzymes. Supposedly, I spent only 20 minutes in the tub, but it felt like a great vast expanse of time that I lay buried in that sweet dirt. Julie would come by every few moments to gently wipe the sweat from my brow and offer me a straw to sip on water. The experience was transfixing, a miraculous state of tranquility lulled me into a deep peaceful reverie. In the shower afterwards, I could not help but smile. Alas, the treatment culminated with a 20-minute Thai massage. Whatever bitterness I had felt earlier towards my fellow man was but a distant memory as I stepped back onto a busy Santa Monica Boulevard, ready to love again once more. For more information, call (310) 453-9004 or visit

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serene, psychedelic, profound stuff. There will also be tons of live music to keep you entertained, including Alex Pfender of Oregon, Alex Alkana of Seal Beach, Aijia Guttman of Hollywood, Chris Olson of Burbank, Shannon Inouye of Burbank and DJ iSHOWMYSELF, who currently has a residency at Temporary Spaces. BoredLA is a Web site run by local students who

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try to make sure you know what’s going on in Los Angeles before it happens (and ideally what’s cheap, fun and interesting). When you’re bored, you should be able to hit up the site and find some inspiration, whether it’s a local event, restaurant, craft idea or merely a rant or rave about our city. SCribes is a USC group that meets weekly to free read – poems, essays, short stories, whatever. It’s all about sharing your work and appreciating that of others. Lorna Alkana, creative writing student, founder of SCribes, and member of the BoredLA team, is the brainchild behind “Your Art Opening,” combining the artistic forces of BoredLA and SCribes to create a grassroots art show. The event is about making the unknown artist known, so come and enjoy some coffee and treats from the Ragazzi Room, go next door for some wine and tapas deals at Bacaro L.A., be exposed to some killer art and come back next time with your own submissions! Ragazzi Room is located at 2316 S. Union Ave, Los Angeles. For more information, visit


WANT TO/NEED TO Care at a Fraction of the Cost THERE ARE TWO FACTIONS THAT have battled for my money since I was old enough to make any. That’s my “want” of fun stuff like gadgets, the latest music releases and new clothes versus my needs (like going to the dentist and paying my bills). For many years, my wants fought the battle and won – with my responsibilities falling by the wayside. (I’ve got the cavities and bad credit to prove it.) Since I know I’ll never be perfect and probably won’t change my covetous ways, I’ve learned how to take care of what I need at a fraction of the cost – without scrimping on quality. This knowledge has freed me to do a lot of the things that I want

without having to save mercilessly in the process. Looking for an inexpensive way to pay for that root canal or filling? Look no further. The UCLA School of Dentistry (323 S. Lincoln Blvd., Venice; 310-392-4103) offers a costeffective alternative to dental care for those who aren’t lucky enough to have insurance. Students do the legwork, with a qualified instructor always nearby to assist and keep the sessions running smoothly. You may wind up spending more time here than at a working dentist’s office (you are, after all, participating in someone’s education so studentteacher pow-wows are inevitable). However, UCLA is an internationally

recognized university with an impressive roster of graduates. Safety and precision will be first and foremost. Nature and the economy never seem to be in sync. Thank goodness for the good people over at the Los Angeles Free Clinic (8405 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; 323-653-8622). Get everything from a yearly physical to STD tests to counseling. Just a word to the wise: Although you have the option of walking in on a whim, you could be there all day if you do. So make an appointment and arrive early. Switching gears … For those in CONTINUED ON PAGE 9


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HORROR MEETS GUNS little girl are back and daring you to play with the lights off. That said, “F.E.A.R. 2” is still just a firstperson shooter with some cool paranormal effects. Sure, the occasional blown-open corpse is likely to give the average audience member the creeps, but if you are used to blowing the heads off of your buddies’ bodies, a few gore-drenched skeletons are not going to be enough to scare you. It all ultimately comes down to whether you choose to get into the game enough to be scared or to just see it as an extremely entertaining, unique FPS. “House of the Dead: Overkill,” on the other hand, seems very intent on taking any of the classic horror out of this incarnation of the series. Unlike previous, arcade-based installations of the ongoing battle between the AMS and the walking dead, “Overkill”’s shift to an American developer brings with it a whole new look. This game – a prequel to the whole saga – is done in 1970s grindhouse style, complete with washed-out video, ridiculous amounts of blood and a cast of characters that include a playboy cop, a by-the-book detective and a stripper that is out for revenge. In short, they took the cheesiness of the original games and replaced it with intentional cheesiness. Is it scary? Probably not in the Jason way,


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Fear is in the mind of the gamer. THE WAY THAT ENTERTAINMENT IS going this year, 2009 seems to be shaping into the year of Halloween. January saw the remake of My Bloody Valentine then February brought back our dear pal Jason Voorhees in the remake of Friday the 13th. On the gaming front, “Resident Evil 5” is still the big talk of the town, while other games like the Wii release of “Dead Rising” continue the horror trend. While survival horror games – like “Resident Evil” and “Silent Hill” – derive fear from the need to run like hell to stay alive, there is another style of horror games out there. This second type – the “horror-themed” game – takes other genres and slaps on a thick layer of blood and gore. This last month has seen the release of two horror-themed games, but the questions arise whether these games are legitimately scary, and if not, whether they should be. By its very title, you would expect “F.E.A.R. 2 – Project Origin” to be unbelievably scary. Considering that you are now part of a squad that has to fight off countless Replica soldiers while dealing with the horrible visions, destruction and abominations sent by an even more powerful and angry Alma, there is reason to be freaked out. All of the original game’s sudden flashes of hallucinatory violence and spooky sightings of the creepy

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FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS but cheesy gore-fests have never really gone out of style. We still love to see twodimensional characters use wide arsenals to fend off hordes of the undead in theaters, and “Overkill” does a masterful job of translating the pure dumb joy of these films into the gaming world. If you want to feel a bit more into “House of the Dead: Overkill,” you may want to consider the Wii Rumble Blaster from DreamGear. This gun with a detachable base for your Nunchuk includes a rumble feature and LED lights whenever the trigger is pulled. The really nice feature for this gun, though, is a second trigger on the grip that can press the A button when pulled. The Rumble Blaster was built with a large area for controller attachments, which can lead to the controller falling out of alignment, especially when shaken, but all in all, the cool features and rubberized grip make it a good accessory for the Wii.

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BY YURI SHIMODA PC-friendly and sells songs way cheaper than the larger marquee services. However, if you’re someone looking to make a wise investment with your newly pocketed savings, why not do a little begging. And no – I don’t mean to mom and dad. is a cool Web site that gives anyone the opportunity to receive charity from generous people around the world. After a small set-up fee (around $45), you can place requests to receive donations for anything your heart desires. Beg for money to buy the equipment needed to start a band or to take a trip to Europe. Make sure you’ve got a Paypal account, though. There are a lot of tricksters out there who will try to lure you into phony check scams by completing transactions through Western Union without the security of Paypal.

Mulder and Scully had it. So did Angel and Buffy. Jim and Pam definitely have it. As do Bones and Seeley. Shows like “The X-Files” and “Bones,” that rely on the chemistry of their leads – specifically relationships between the opposite sexes that are heavy with sexual tension – are present throughout TV’s history. The latest example of this tried and true formula is “Castle.” The chemistry is definitely intriguing between the main characters, two total opposites: successful mystery author Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion, “Firefly”) and aggressive NYPD detective Kate Beckett (newcomer Stana Katic). When a killer starts copying scenes from Castle’s novels, he and Beckett work together to catch the murderer. The pair does so well that they continue on to more unusual cases. Will the hint of a spark between the duo burst into a hit or will it quietly smolder away? Stay tuned. “Castle” premiers March 9 and airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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Horace Andy & Ashley Beedle Inspiration Information, Vol. 2 (Strut) Horace Andy and Ashley Beedle are two names from completely different musical properties. Andy, a reggae artist with a career dating back to the early ’70s has released countless solo albums. But his most noticeable performance was a guest appearance on a Massive Attack track. Beedle on the other hand is known for being a part of the famed electronic group XPress 2 and for his numerous remixes. Together they join forces to create a conceptual album, fusing reggae and electronic music. Though the concept of Inspiration Information is novel, none of the tracks seem to have that sparkle, keeping it repetitive and cliché. Seriously, how many songs can there be about Zion? The highlight of the album is their cover of the Rolling Stone’s “Angie,” an absolutely delightful version of the classic. Followers of Andy most likely won’t be disappointed, but Beedle fans might wonder what’s going on. Grade: C—Ryan McWhorter Inspiration Information is currently available.

AS I LAY DYING Life Lessons B Y B R I E N O V E R LY ONE WOULD BE HARD PRESSED to argue that the members of As I Lay Dying don’t shred really friggin’ hard when they play. Science has done studies confirming they do. For as intense of a performance as they give, it could easily be extrapolated that the band members bring that same “go big or go home” attitude to every aspect of their lives. Pull the San Diego natives away from their second home on the stage, however, and they’ll show themselves to be … kind of boring. In a scene that often feels dominated by rock star clichés of excess, be it an excess either of debauchery or soapboxing, maybe boring isn’t such a bad thing, though. When they aren’t busy melting the collective faces of audiences, the band members can usually be found with girlfriends and wives or bro-ing out with whichever other bands they’ve hit the road with and sometimes the occasional journalist. “Even though we’re not that old, I think we’re one of the more seasoned bands,” says guitarist Nick Hipa.“Other dudes are out here going crazy, and we just keep it mellow. That stuff is fleeting, I just like hanging out with my

Crooked X Self-titled (EMI) Crooked X really didn’t have to go through a “paying dues” stage to get where they are. They took a chance and sent a demo tape to a talent competition organized by CBS’s “Early Show,” and there’s been

friends, watching bands that I love.” Having grown into their roles as quintessential main stage headliners, the band has had ample opportunities to indulge in hedonism, but Hipa and his band mates have more important things to do with their time. And if the ever lengthening press schedules and lines of fans at waiting to see the band play or get something signed by them are any indication, the fivesome likely don’t have the time or energy left to get into too much trouble even if they wanted to. With the release of their last album, An Ocean Between Us, now a year and a half under the belts, Hipa, bassist Josh Gilbert, singer Tim Lambesis, drummer Jordan Mancino and fellow guitarist Phil Sgrosso are confident their latest effort wouldn’t warrant any less. “We wanted to make a diverse album that encompassed all sorts of elements of things we like in metal and not make it a straightforward melodic metal album with breakdowns,” says Hipa. “I couldn’t really listen to [Shadows Are Security] the whole way through without

no looking back since. The band was quickly signed and sent to Sweden where they opened for Kiss with 35,000 people in attendance. All this happened over the course of nine months! It shows you how hungry fans are for good old hard rock because that’s what Crooked X plays: no frills, kick-

getting burnt out on it. I thought it was cool because it was more of a concept album, but I wanted to create something that was an interesting listen the whole way through.” Taking a more inclusive approach to writing, fully utilizing the varied spectrum of influences each of the band members brings to the table, proved to be the secret to success. “This was a more complete songwriting process. Before, it was mostly Phil and Tim, and I was there for a lot of it, but it wasn’t as bandoriented as it was on this album.” And as Hipa reveals, pulling together as a unit couldn’t have been more integral at that point. “We had lost [former bassist Clint Norris] and were stressing because we didn’t know who was going to produce our album or who was going to be our new bass player,” he says. On a more personal level, he continues, “I had a ridiculously rough end of the year. We were right in the middle of recording the album, I had a birthday, my grandpa died, my girlfriend of seven years broke up with me, and it all happened at once. It was a very emotional time for me, and I played a lot of guitar during that. I feel like a lot of things I brought to the table during that time period were very moody and when I hear certain things, I still remember how I felt when I wrote it.” Feigning an exaggerated emo intonation for effect, he adds, “It sounds so cheesy and cliché, but it was like, ‘this is all I have.’”

ass rock and roll. And they’ve learned from the masters; you can easily hear the influences from song to song: Aerosmith, Metallica, White Zombie, Alice in Chains. Nothing new, but it sure feels good! Grade: B —Kevin Wierzbicki Crooked X is currently available.

To his credit, at least he can laugh about it now, given that his outlet proved to be as cathartic as was necessary. But even knowing the impact playing music has had on him, Hipa still finds himself a bit in awe when finding others relate to his band’s work similarly. “When you meet someone that tells you that, it’s powerful,” he says of fans expressing their emotional attachment to certain songs. “They’re Tim’s lyrics, but we’re all together in one accord with everything the band is about. I can’t believe or understand that our band could mean that much to kids. That’s one of the most rewarding parts of being in this band, because we’re not a bunch of dudes who just want to hook up with chicks and party every night. There’s a lot behind everything we do, and it’s cool to think that our band matters to kids and is something positive.” Along with that, of course, come the fans inspired in their own musical pursuits by the band’s music, which Hipa admits is equally as strange for him still. “When we do signings, kids will say ‘You guys are a huge influence on our band,’ and I’m very vocal about saying ‘I’m not that sweet, you need to check out this and this…’” he says. “Listening to certain metal guitar players, they said, ‘If you really want to hear what a good guitar player sounds like, listen to these people,’ and that’s how I got into different classical and jazz guitar players. That’s how it is for musicians though, unless you’re a jerk, you don’t really recognize yourself as being sweet.” Quick to deflect attention away from himself, Hipa’s ability to stay grounded becomes easier to trace when he talks about his family. “There are two quotes that I repeat to myself often that come from two different schools of thought, one from each of my grandfathers. My Irish grandfather always told me growing up to never stop aspiring. Then there’s my Hawaiian grandfather, who always told me, don’t sweat the small stuff. It used to bother me so much, but there are so many things in life you can get bent over that just aren’t worth it.” With a big laugh, Hipa closes with his own all too appropriate words of guidance, ready to impart on his future offspring. “I’m going to tell my grandkids to keep it brutal.” For more information, visit

Danny Green With You in Mind (Pacific Coast Jazz) Green is a pianist from San Diego who’s participated in the California Brazil Camp for the past few years, and he’s adept at infusing CONTINUED ON PAGE 17


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Def Jam Turns 25 Def Jam Records is turning 25 this year, and after a quarter century of turning out hits from the likes of L.L. Cool J, Slick Rick, Rihanna, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Young Jeezy, the label is not about to sit back and rest on its laurels. Def Jam head honcho L.A. Reid overflows with excitement when he thinks about what’s still to come. “From a personal standpoint I can say that Def Jam had tremendous meaning and significance in my own career as a musician, producer and independent label head, long before I actually arrived at these offices five years ago. Let’s celebrate the next 25 years of Def Jam right now!” A deluxe four-LP set called Def Jam 25 will get the party started. Def Jam 25 Vol. 1: DJ Bring That Back (2008-1997) will feature a dozen cuts from artists like Foxy Brown, Ludacris, DMX and Ashanti while Vol. 2 (1996-1984) will dig out golden oldies from Public Enemy, Redman, 3rd Bass and Oran Juice Jones. The limited-edition vinyl drops April 18 in conjunction with Record Store Day.


The Return of Superchunk It’s been a long time since we last heard from beloved DIY darlings Superchunk; 2001 to be exact. The group is preparing material for a new album, but in the meantime they’re releasing a sort of odds-and-sods EP

Superchunk clear the deck with new EP.

called Leaves in the Gutter. Singer Mac McCaughan explains, “Some of these songs are newer than others, but we kind of felt like if we’re going to get to work on a new album we need to clear the decks of these songs first. A couple of them I really like, but they already feel like they’re from another era and wouldn’t fit on a

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M. Ward pushes the envelope of rock music.

M. Ward March 4 @ The Music Box Though our Him is seemingly sans his She, musical jack of all trades Matt Ward is equally as awesome without his fairer sometimes-half. With that usual flair for old-fashioned folk rock we’ve come to expect from

Jimmy Eat World March 5 @ Club Nokia Let’s be honest here, regardless of whatever generational demographic you associate yourself with, Jimmy Eat World has at some point written the anthem of your youth and early adulthood. Regardless of what album you jumped on board with – and let’s

Green musically visits Europe too; his melodica playing mingles with Tripp Sprague’s sax work on the Mediterranean bounce of “Doctor Pasta,” a tune that could easily be turned into a reggae number should Green get an island urge. “Panic Nap” has a very continental vibe when Green again

Kingsize If you’ve ever watched the CBS comedy “Gary Unmarried,” you’ve heard the music of Kingsize; that’s them playing the opening theme. But the L.A.-based quartet has a kit bag that’s, well, king size and they’re about to release not one but two six-song EPs. A single called “Miss America” has been pulled from The Good Fight, and Alison Eastwood, Clint’s daughter, has been tapped to shoot a video for “Rabbits” from the other EP, The Bad Night. Kingsize lead singer Jason Thomas Gordon has a vocal style that reminds of Tom Petty, and the band rocks like the Heartbreakers too. Gordon says that making a bigsounding record was the idea. “These are desperate times and all local music can muster is a whimper? I want to shout it from the rooftops!” Both Kingsize EPs drop March 24,

B R I E N O V E R LY be honest again, we’re all on this bandwagon – there’s one song from that JEW era that’s your jam. Jimmy Eat World is just one of those bands that, even if you don’t particularly love their latest work, they’re never actually disappointing, and they’ll never fail to bring out your nostalgic side.

Bigelf March 5 @ Key Club Would anyone care to join me at this show in telling this God-awful band to stop making music? That alone has gotta be worth the price of admission. Bitch about money being “pure evil” or whatever all you want, being a Dollar-Tree-generic-brand Rob Zombie is never OK.

Automatic Loveletter March 6 @ Knitting Factory You might think to yourself, “Jeez, Brien, you pick a lot of girl-

picks up the melodica, but the song’s complexion changes when he switches to the Rhodes organ and during brief but intense bass and drum solos. Grade: B —Kevin Wierzbicki With You in Mind is currently available.




6400 SUNSET BLVD. (323) 245-6400 1) Lily Allen — It’s Not Me, It’s You 2) Animal Collective — Merriweather Post Pavilion 3) Madlib — Beat Konducta 5-6 4) Kings of Leon — Only By the Night 5) Paul McCartney — Amoeba’s Secret 6) Robert Plant & Alison Krauss — Raising Sand 7) Soundtrack — Slumdog Millionaire 8) Franz Ferdinand — Tonight: Franz Ferdinand 9) Adele — 19 10) Van Morrison — Astral Weeks Live 11) The Lonely Island — Incredibad 12) India.Arie — Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics 13) Antony & the Johnsons — The Crying Light 14) Radiohead — In Rainbows 15) Bruce Springsteen — Working on a Dream 16) MGMT — Oracular Spectacular 17) Andrew Bird — Noble Beast 18) Bon Iver — For Emma, Forever Ago 19) Thom Yorke — Eraser Remixes 20) The Bird & the Bee — Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future

and if you want to keep up with the band you’d better get them right away – they’re almost ready with a followup album.

Boomkat! Taryn Manning is just a little bit busy. She’s promoting the summer collection of her clothing line Born Uniqorn, working on a couple of films and developing a TV show based around the clothing line and her music career. That music career of course includes the urban-flavored pop that she makes with her brother Kellin as Boomkat. Watch for the L.A. duo’s latest release A Million Trillion Stars March 10.

fronted rock bands to feature in Frequency, surely you’re a little over it by now.” To which I say, “Ha! Mere mortals! Thou art weakwilled if thou cannot stomach more flowery, riff-laden girlpop!” There’s also malevolently crackling lightning in the background. Maybe a giant laser beam or other miscellaneous WMD of some kind. I haven’t entirely fleshed it out yet. Point being, you’d be wrong. At least this time, because these Tampa kids are making some awesome rock and roll that, though similar in structure, is very much an aural departure from what you think you know of girl-frontedrock. Emotive as only a woman can be, frontwoman Juliet Simms underlines her vocal honesty with a gritty rawness that shows she means business behind the mic. Lucky you, Florida, you’ve managed to stall the impending wrath I pledged back in the summer of ’07.

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his music with South American flair. On “Baiao Pra Voce” Green’s rapid-paced piano melody dances to a Latin rhythm delicately tapped out by drummer Dylan Savage and percussionist Allan Phillips. The lengthy “Para Chano” is more subtle as it floats in and out of a Latin mood.

him, Ward continues to effortlessly be very modern and progressive in his execution. Effectively capturing the soulful essence of a musical era most of us might not have any grasp of, Ward still manages to push the envelope in terms of making his brand of indie technically intricate and memorable without having to appeal to a lowest common denominator.

new album anyway.” The five-song EP contains two versions of “Learned to Surf,” and you may hear the song live when Superchunk plays Coachella April 18. Leaves in the Gutter will be available for you to listen to as you drive to Indio; it drops on April 7 through Merge Records.

music business is celebrated by this long-awaited moment, the opportunity to release her first CD. Jenson’s single, “Give It Time,” masterfully blends folksy, coffee-shop vocals with a pop rock sound that is both inspiring and relevant. Across 13 tracks, Jenson’s voice is supported by the gentle keys of a piano, stringy guitar chords and airy background acoustics, which often fade into a unique pulsating effect that is as interesting as it is haunting. Perhaps what is most refreshing about Jenson’s work isn’t this multi-layered sound, but a true honesty that is present in her lyrics. With songs like “Wait for You Here” and the title-track “Maybe Tomorrow” she sings of a hopeful optimism. “The wind will have blown my way,” she croons. Indeed, she’s reaching for the stars. Grade: A —Christopher Agutos Maybe Tomorrow is currently available.

Lou Reed Berlin: Live at St. Ann’s Warehouse (Matador) Long time fans of the often-sullen Mr. Reed know that his personal depression and frustration played out in grand fashion in his 1973 recording, Berlin. Loosely summarized, the album tells the story of a couple of speed freaks trying to hold it together through all the horrors that come with a serious drug dependency – physical abuse, sexual depravity and attempted suicide among them. The song cycle touched a nerve with critics who to this day proclaim Berlin to be Reed’s finest work. Reed however, was so emotionally wracked when he wrote the songs that for years he refused to have anything to do with them and never performed any of Berlin’s songs live until CONTINUED ON PAGE 19


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Feb. 21 @ Spaceland My friend left Spaceland this last Saturday before the Grails even started. So I was able to order a coffee, sit in the back and let the seductive wall of sound that is the Grails seep into my consciousness. For about an hour and a half, I was treated to a mostly melodic sort of rock ’n’ roll, peppered and spiced with synthesizers of sorts. Some sharp guitar riffs and poignant drumming confirmed that this was rock, but there was no small talk from an ego-infested frontman, and the band from Portland, Ore. was able to instill the crowd of 50 or more with a collective calm. There was a positive glow in the audience after the Grails completed their encore

performance, and I couldn’t help but be reminded of a Sigur Rós show I attended about five years ago in San Francisco as the mellowed out but enthusiastic crowd responded the way they would to a nice afternoon play or a symphony orchestra – with warm applause and a few cheers. I would typify the Grails captivated Spaceland. Grails as part rock, part meditation music, part massage music – as it relaxed me to a point where I was thinking : Zak Riles

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only nice, positive thoughts as I left Silver Lake. —Geoffrey Altrocchi

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this show in 2006 where he played the album in order and in its entirety. The live recording begins pretty much the same way as the studio version with Reed sounding heartbroken as he sings the title song over a piano piece that emphasizes the sadness. From there on though things are different; Reedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vocals seem to relish the brokenness he portrays in songs like â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Do You Think it Feelsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Men of Good Fortune,â&#x20AC;? and he gives himself extra space (and volume) with his guitar playing. This recording packs a bigger punch than the original not just because it is live, but also because of Reedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much healthier mindset. Before he was miserable and singing about misery; here heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clearly having a blast. Grade: A â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Kevin Wierzbicki Berlin: Live at St. Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Warehouse is currently available.

]Chris Robley & The Fear of Heights Movie Theatre Haiku (Cutthroat Pop) Portland, Ore.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chris Robley is a wellgrounded indie rocker with a singersongwriter mind. Robleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third effort, Movie Theatre Haiku, has an Elliott Smith likeness, including a heart-suffering perspective with a poetic perceptiveness, which gives Robleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songs an understanding and literate musical depth. Movie Theatre Haiku is chock full of eclectic arrangements that support Robleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unguarded, alienated contemplations. Power guitar-quickened â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Life in Film Festivalsâ&#x20AC;? and folktronica â&#x20AC;&#x153;Solipsist in Loveâ&#x20AC;? are both driven by lyrical regret. The anti-romantic â&#x20AC;&#x153;User-Friendly Guide to Changeâ&#x20AC;? melds Beatles-esque pop with electronica elements, where guitars and beat-happy drums are balanced by perforated horns. The highlight is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Permanent Fixture of

Regret,â&#x20AC;? a smartly written picture of downturned self-loathing that links Loudon Wainwrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lyrical insights with Belle and Sebastianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s melodic indie pop textures. Movie Theatre Haiku is an album of tension and ambition that, like a William Faulkner short story, is best experienced with detailed and repeated inspection. Grade: B â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Doug Simpson Movie Theatre Haiku is currently available.

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Cut Copy The Glass House, 200 W. Second St., Pomona; All ages/7 p.m./$22 Get a jump on the Henry Fonda Crowd and be the first in Los Angeles to see Cut Copy in a significantly smaller venue. The Australian trio’s In Ghost Colours was one of the most remixed albums of ’08, with tracks reworked by Boys Noize, Hercules and Love Affair, Moulinex and SebastiAn. They also did some remixing of their own, creating a formula that makes Cut Copy appeal to both the indie and electronic scenes. On top of that Matt and Kim will get things started along with yet another Cut Copy remixer Knightlife. Trust me and make the 35-40 minute drive. It will be well worth the bragging rights.

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Fuck Yesss LA The Glass House, 200 W. Second St., Pomona; All ages/7 p.m./$22 Yup, another great show at the Glass House; I’m telling you, I love this venue! On March 7, the Glass House extends its hours ’til 2 a.m. and welcomes all ages to party their arses off with a handful of great DJs. Rrrump, Eli Smith and We A.R.E. will start the night off, while Computer Club, Paparazzi and Atlanta’s Le Castle Vania will close the night out in style. There will also be a photo booth by Magnum XL and video of the event by Oh Snap TV. Check it out! —Ryan McWhorter

staff pick M83 March 7 @ Walt Disney Concert Hall French shoegaze meets the L.A. Philharmonic: The pairing sounds like a fantasy that could only exist in Kevin Shields’ fantasyland. Well believe it. The Disney Concert Hall plus three sets (LA Philharmonic, M83 solo, M83 and LA Philharmonic collaboration) equals the equivalent of you weeping to “Pretty in Pink” for the first time. —John Barundia

AMOEBA TOP 10 Independent Local Artist Releases 6400 SUNSET BLVD. (323) 245-6400 1) Healamonster & Tarsier — Cupcake Cave 2) The Binges — Self-titled 3) Patti Smith & Lenny Kaye — February 10th 1971 4) Jon Brion — Meaningless 5) Penny-Ante — Book #1 6) Jail Weddings — Somebody Lonely 7) Psycho Realm — War Story Book 2 8) Devil Doll — Queen of Pain 9) Quincy Coleman — Come Closer 10) Flycat — Our Sign

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ADRIENNE BAILON MTV’s New Sweetheart GROWING UP AS PART OF THE MTV generation, Adrienne Bailon is more than thrilled to be the fresh new face of MTV, hosting afternoon shows “Sex…with Mom and Dad,” “Room Raiders” and “Parental Control” and various specials promoting current and up-and-coming musical artists. A former Cheetah Girl, and quite involved in the musical world for many years, Bailon feels right at home in her latest gig and is honored to welcome celeb guests on her program, with whom she has a natural rapport and friendly banter. Describing a recent segment on her show, Bailon says, “Ciara came in to promote her new album, Fantasy Ride [available April 7], and also her music video with Justin Timberlake. She added insights on the program, ‘Sex…with Mom and Dad,’ explaining how important open communication is for teens and MTV

Mirage Events Center, 5700 Paloma Ave., Los Angeles; All ages/8 p.m./$30 If you’re into the electronic music culture and frequently attend shows, there’s a 99 percent chance you’ve heard at least one DJ drop Mickey Slim’s phenomenal remix of House of Pain’s “Jump Around.” Now you can see the man drop it himself along with all of his other famous cuts at his first L.A. appearance. Joining him for this rare appearance is another remix phenom Dirty Funker, whose illegal remixes of Led Zeppelin and Nirvana (just to name a few) led him into the global spotlight. Lazy Rich, Thee-O, Jason Splat and tons of others will also be showing off their stuff, but again it’s really all about Mickey Slim.

parents in today’s world.” Bailon is loving this stage of her career, and reminisces on her own youth: “Being a part of the whole MTV generation, it’s such an honor doing what I do. I grew up watching the show, leaving school early some days to catch ‘TRL’ in Times Square with all the fans and posters outside, and hoping to get picked for a spot on the show!” Now, in the limelight herself, Bailon loves meeting fans, both in person and interactively via Web cam. Bailon’s personal faves include Beyoncé and Kanye West. Being a part of this industry has always been a dream of hers. Through hard work, motivation, wonderful internships and being at the right place at the right time, Adrienne Bailon is now living her own dream.

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WIN SOME, LOSE SOME Major Highs and Lows This Week BY TJ WEBBER AFTER THE 48-12 LAKERS POUNDED THE 34-25 SUNS 132106 at Staples Center Feb. 26, the team’s six-game win streak came to a crashing halt in Denver (39-20) Friday. The Lakers had a dismal 29.8 shooting percentage; they ended up with only 79 points against the Nuggets’ 90. The Lakers’ Bench Mob failed to bring their normal energy to aid the fatigued starters. Instead, it was two of Denver’s reserves, J.R. Smith (22 points) and Chris “the Birdman” Andersen (tied a career-high seven blocks, 12 rebounds and 11 points), who shined. You would have thought that the Lakers would have come out really strong on Sunday against the Suns in Phoenix to make up for the less than stellar showing against Denver. But no, the team was lethargic and dragging from tip-off. Despite a third-quarter surge led by Kobe Bryant, who scored 17 points in a four-minute span and ended up with 49 points and 11 rebounds, the Lakers couldn’t pull it together and lost 118-111. On Friday, the Lakers will host the 18-40 Timberwolves at Staples before heading to Portland (36-22) March 9. This week started surprisingly well for the 15-45 CLIPPERS. The squad hosted the 47-14 Celtics Feb. 25 and came through with a 91-93 victory. Even though they are still missing Al Thornton and Chris Kaman, the team hustled against last year’s world champs. Forward Zach Randolph led the team with 30 points and 12 rebounds, while point guard Baron Davis tallied 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Unfortunately, rookie Eric Gordon left the game in the third quarter with a bruised left shoulder and is still on the injured list. The Clippers could have really used Gordon’s athleticism and speed on Friday, as they traveled to Sacramento. Even with the return of Clippers forward Thornton, the Kings, who currently have the worst record in the league (13-48), sailed past the Clippers, winning 98-86. The Clippers returned home to host 25-35 Charlotte on Saturday night. Randolph had 33 points and nine rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to contain the on-fire Emeka Okafor and newly acquired Raja Bell. The Bobcats won 100-95. The Clippers will play 15-43 Memphis tonight, 25-36 Indiana Saturday and then face the top team in the east, Cleveland (45-12) March 10 at Staples.


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Family Bigger Than World At least that is what Angel reliever Brian Fuentes is telling folks running the World Baseball Classic. Selected to pitch for Team USA, Fuentes told reporters he is returning to his home in Merced to deal with family matters, but may be available to join the squad if it advances beyond the first round of play. “I wanted to play, but the timing was bad,” he told the LA Times. Training camp for Team USA began this week in Florida. The first round of the WBC will be in Toronto from March 7-11. If Team USA advances, the second round will be held in Miami from March 14-18. The final round will be held in Southern California during the final week of March.

Clippers Not Bigger Than Inconsistency Hey, the Lakers and Clippers have something in common beyond sharing an arena and a city. Both teams beat a strong Celtics team at Staples Center but could not handle the lowly Kings in Sacramento. Oh, and both teams have home losses to the younger Charlotte Bobcats. Unfortunately for the Clippers, all three games happened last week (compared to over a two month

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chance to earn a berth in the Big Dance. Unless the Trojans (16-12, 7-9) win the upcoming Pac-10 Tournament, the cardinaland-gold will have to wait until next season to participate in March Madness.

stretch for the Lakers). After shocking the basketball world with a Parimal M. Rohit 93-91 victory over the Celtics Feb. 25, the Bruins win big Clippers failed to capitalize two days despite inconsistency. later against Sacramento. To make Across town in Westwood, the matters worst, Los Angeles lost to Bruins are not exactly knocking the Charlotte at home 24 hours later. socks off the poll voters. After flirting Only the Clippers could beat an with a top five ranking just a few elite squad one night and follow-up weeks ago, UCLA lost three of four with a loss to the team with the games to nose-dive toward the league’s worst record one game later. bottom of the AP and Coaches’ Polls. Too bad the Clippers cannot ask the Of course, the Bruins hope NBA for a weeklong leave of absence defeating Stanford and California to return home in order to attend to might regain them some momentum family matters. heading into March Madness. After defeating the Golden Bears, 72-68, Trojans need to be bigger Saturday, No. 22 UCLA (22-7, 11-5) than losing streak. kept its Pac-10 title hopes alive. With two games remaining, the Bruins The Trojans basketball squad is must win both games and hope starting to look a lot like the Pac-10 conference-leader Washington (22-7, version of the Clippers. Except, not 13-4) loses its final conference game only is USC struggling to defeat its against Washington State in order for superior opponents, now they are both teams to share the Pac-10 title. struggling against teams below them This week, the Bruins return as well. home for the final two games against Case in point – the Trojans were both Oregon schools. UCLA needs to defeated in a battle of private schools win both games in order to on Saturday, when Stanford, who was guarantee at least the No. 2 seed in just 4-11 in conference play entering the upcoming Pac-10 Tournament. the game, cruised past USC, 75-63 in Even bigger, the Bruins need to find Palo Alto. some consistency – otherwise, they It was the Trojans’ third loss in a will not have much success in the Big row and sixth in the last seven games. Dance. With the loss, USC has just an outside

Finally, Ramirez is to blame for his unsigned status. Call it the Mannybeing-Manny concept, or his negligence to accept the fact that there is a lack of money due to the recession. Ramirez should just sign the contract offered by the Dodgers. After all, no other team would probably end up offering more. More importantly, no other city would honor and be more receptive to him than Los Angeles.

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THE MANNYBEING-MANNY CONCEPT BLAME THE ECONOMY. BLAME the Dodgers. Blame agent Scott Boras. Blame Manny Ramirez. Who is to blame for the inability to sign Ramirez of late? Several scenarios deserve attention. The first one is the nation’s economic crisis. Since George W. Bush’s administration led the States in its second term, the economy has gone to the dirt. The nation is still over a trillion dollars in deficit. This has resulted, especially this off-season, in a vital decline in baseball’s free agent market. Only pitcher CC Sabathia and slugger Mark Teixeira have arguably signed prominent contracts. However, the Yankees signed both, and they have the reputation for overspending on talent. The Dodgers are the second reason. Ramirez has always sought a

four-to-five-year deal worth at least $100 million. Thus far, the biggest contract offer proposed to him has been that of a two-year deal for $45 million by Los Angeles, but with deferred payments. Who in this world wants to work and receive deferred payments for the duties performed? Ramirez is interested in the contract, but with no deferred payments. The Dodgers should just give it to him. Agent Scott Boras is the third possibility. Boras is unarguably the best agent in baseball operations. Nonetheless, he is a hardheaded individual who is difficult to negotiate with at times, and he has the tendency to produce complexities in negotiation terms. Boras always seeks three options: his way, his way and his way. Ron Cortes/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT

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respectively. Pepperdine (16-12, 9-5) and LMU (17-11, 7-7) have a first round bye and will play Saturday, the second day of action. The bottom four units of the bracket will see court competition Friday. No. 5 seeded Saint Mary’s (1118, 7-7) faces No. 8 seeded Santa Clara (3-26, 1-13) at noon. The contest will be followed by No. 6 San Diego (1612, 7-7) versus No. 7 San Francisco (7-21, 3-11). Gonzaga, who conquered its fifth consecutive WCC regular season title, is the heavy favorite to attain the

THE BIG WEST CONFERENCE Tournament for men’s basketball will be held March 11-14 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. Cal State Northridge currently holds the No. 1 seed since it is in the lead of conference standings. CSUN carries an overall record of 14-12, while being 10-4 in BWC action. Long Beach State (14-13, 9-5) and the University of Pacific (16-11, 9-6) hold the second and third spots, respectively. UC Riverside sits in fourth with a surprising mark of 16-11 overall and 7-7 in conference play. The Highlanders have come a long way to place themselves where they are as of now.

In the 2006-07 season, the team finished 7-24 overall and 1-13 in BWC play, placing eighth for the year. Soon after, during the first full season under then new head coach Jim Wooldridge, the Highlanders went 921 and 4-12 in 2007-08, placing seventh in the standings. Change was needed. Change was desired. Change is what UCR received this year. Wooldridge has guided the squad into capturing a comfortable record both overall and in conference competition. If the season ended today, the Highlanders would have a first round bye in the tournament. This would be quite significant for the group in order to rest their bodies for

one more day. Sophomore forward Kyle Austin leads the Highlanders in scoring, averaging 17.2 points per game. Javon Borum and Aaron Scott follow at 9.7 and 9.6 points, respectively. Cal State Fullerton, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly close out the rest of the standings, respectively. It will be the ninth consecutive season in which the tournament is held at the Anaheim Convention Center, located across from the Disneyland Resort. The Championship Game will be March 14 at 1 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Fox Sports Network is scheduled to televise the contest.

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‘MISCONCEPTIONS’ Now-March 29 @ The Lonny Chapman Group Theatre BY ROBERT AXELROD ART SHULMAN JUST WILL NOT GO AWAY! THE PROLIFIC author of this piece has had no less than four full-length plays produced in the San Fernando Valley in the past year. Add to that this, the second production of “Misconceptions,” and you have six Shulman opportunities. “Misconceptions” is seven one act plays: “Beggars,” “The Hole,” “Measuring,” “Pigeons,” “Toys,” “Waitress,” “Discussion After the Play Reading” and “Graveside.” The monologues fare better than the two and three-person plays here. “The Hole” and “Graveside” are the most touching thanks to Diane Diane Frank in “Misconceptions” Frank’s finely measured performance in the former and despite author Shulman’s clunky delivery in the latter. Nancy Van Iderstine is full of life in an excellent turn as an actresswaitress in “Waitress.” Frank and Morry Schorr do alright in “Toys,” but the rest of the plays are silly excursions. Director credits are divided among Shulman, Wynn Marlow, Kaz Matamura, Stan Mazin and Kristina Lloyd. The Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre is located at 10900 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood. For more information, visit



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1132 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice WHAT DO SAMUEL L. JACKSON, Princess Di, Slick Rick and the Beatles have in common? They have all, in their time, donned a Kangol on their heads. From the halls of Buckingham Palace to the streets of Harlem and Hollywood red carpets, the Kangol has left its mark as a symbol of edgy sophistication. Launched in England in 1938 as a maker of berets for the British army, Kangol established a reputation as purveyors of quality hats with a touch of style. It was, however, an unexpected endorsement that brought the brand worldwide attention. Beginning in the late ’70s the burgeoning New York hip-

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hop scene of B-boys, graffiti artists and rappers adopted the Kangol as their official headgear. It was a fad, which like hip-hop itself has never gone away. But for all this time, Kangols have only been available at certain retailers while the company itself was based in the UK. That is why the opening of the new Kangol store in Venice, the first ever to open its doors on American soil, is such a momentous occasion. The opening party on Dec. 5 of last year proved worthy of the Kangol name, complete with DJs and an open bar. The store itself is housed in an old beach bungalow on Abbot Kinney Boulevard with a large front yard (ideal for parties). You can’t miss it. It’s the one with the five-foot sculpture of the letter K.

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FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, the West Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held in a neutral site: Las Vegas. Gonzaga and Portland finished as the No 1 and 2 seeded teams for the tourney, respectively. Gonzaga finished with 24-6 overall record and 12-2 in conference play, while Portland was 17-12 and 10-4, respectively. Both squads have first and second round byes. Two Southern California teams, Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount, finished in the third and fourth seeds,

tourney championship crown. Junior forward Heather Bowman leads the Bulldogs, averaging 19.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Furthermore, sophomore guard Court Vandersloot is contributing 16.4 points a game. However, Portland, Pepperdine and LMU are forces to be reckoned with. Both Portland and Pepperdine were the only teams who defeated Gonzaga in conference play. That alone should say a lot about both groups. Nevertheless, the story truly lies with LMU, a well-coached team that is young and talented. A trio, composed of sophomore Renahy Young, freshman Alex Cowling and senior Cassady Moore, leads the attack for the Lions. Young (14.3), Cowling (13.7) and Moore (11.4) are averaging double figures. LMU is scheduled to play the winner between Saint Mary’s and Santa Clara on Saturday at noon. The WWC takes place March 6-9. All games will be played at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas.

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Three showrooms feature multiple styles, from the classics to the most fresh designs. Included are a selection of fashion forward hats of high quality made from bamboo fabric, organic cotton and even sweet corn. Limited edition designs from “The Godfather of Harajuku” Hiroshi Fujiwara are on display in the back room. On the wall you’ll see photographs of various hip-hop icons sporting their favorite Kangol. These alone are worth a visit. Kangol will host an in-store event March 6, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., with an open bar sponsored by Transphusion Energy Drink and discounts on selected styles. For more information, call (310) 3998444.

Beethoven’s Guitar Shred (MVD) Whether the Great Kat is the new Beethoven, there is definitely a strange genius at work in this metal masterpiece. This Juilliard-trained violinist puts her intensely fast fingers to new use playing some of the fastest shredding you’re ever going to hear on both electric guitar and violin. The DVD offers both original songs and metal versions of favorite standards by Beethoven, Bach and Paganini, plus her amazing version of “Flight of the Bumblebee.” As this is a DVD of metal videos, it goes without saying that some classical music aficionados will be offended by this before they even see the blood or torture-inspired videos. The material does get quite offensive, but if you’re easily shocked, metal probably isn’t your forte. Whether it is a good or bad thing, the DVD will be over before you really even have time to figure out what you think of it. Grade: B+ —Jonathan Knell Beethoven’s Guitar Shred is currently available.

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Now-March 15 @ Eclectic Company Theatre

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BY MIKE BUZZELLI A STRANGE AND INTERESTING PLANT GROWS AT MUSHNIK’S Florists. Business booms, but at a deadly price in “Little Shop of Horrors.” An evil, man-eating plant from outer space promises Seymour Krelborn (Gabe Greenspan) everything he desires, including the love of his life, Audrey (Katie Scarlett); all he has to do is turn a few people into plant food. The camp horror classic cum musical comedy is presented with a delightful twist; all of the actors are under 18. Scarlett is adorable, and she can belt Katie Scarlett and Gabe Greenspan out a tune. Her rendition of “Somewhere in “Little Shop of Horrors” That’s Green” is mellifluous. Greenspan plays Seymour as a charming schlub. Doc Hayman may be too cute to be the villainous Dr. Orin Scrivello, DDS, but his performance is darling. It’s a fun musical with an enthusiastic cast. Drive out to the hinterlands of the valley, and plant yourself in a seat. It’s a cultivating experience. Eclectic Company Theatre is located at 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood. For more information, visit


Now-March 8 @ Pantages Theatre

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B Y M A R V I N G . VA S Q U E Z EVERYONE IN ATTENDANCE AWAITED THE SHOW. EVERYONE seemed excited. And everyone went home happy after an electrifying performance. This is what “Rent” offers its audiences at the Pantages Theatre. Superb performances by the entire cast cultivated a stage of laughs, sighs, smiles, drama and a variety of songs. “Rent” deals with a group of struggling musicians and artists in New York who experience financial dilemmas and AIDS crises, among other things. Directed by Michael Greif, “Rent” stars Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp. However, the audience fell in love with what Angel Schunard, played by Justin Johnston, portrayed. Angel represented both a man and a woman, and the rest of the cast Michael McElroy and Justin Johnston in “Rent” indicated that Angel was indeed a drag queen. His performance was above par, and it flourished throughout the show. The musical elicited a standing ovation after the finale. After all, the story and lyrics were astonishingly executed. The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. For more information, visit

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Dear Lucia, I met this girl online about two years ago, but we have never met. In the past six months she has given me signs of interest. She calls me and wants to know what I’m doing. She’ll talk to me on the phone for hours even if she’s tired. She’s asked me countless times to go out with her for dinner/movie. A lot of this happened during the summer until about November. She doesn’t really seem to care as much anymore. During Christmas I bought her a present and flowers to show her how much I cared for her, but before I gave them to her, she told me she loves her ex. This ex b/f was physically abusive and treats her like crap. She’s been acting really rude to me lately – one minute saying I’m afraid to meet her, the next it’s, “Don’t bother meeting me at all,”and the next it’s “I LOVE MY EX B/F.” Yes I told her I liked her, but she’s being really wishy-washy. Last night she called me back and talked to me on the phone for almost half an hour, but at the end she said,“Don’t call me anymore.” I e-mailed her saying, “OK fine I will listen to you; your wish is my command. I won’t IM you, e-mail you, text you, call you or anything else.” I fully cut contact with her for good. Did I do the right thing? What is her problem?

I’m not a nice guy who takes a girl’s crap or a bad boy who mistreats a girl in harmful ways. I’m just a down-to-earth guy. —P.B. Dear P.B.. Actually, yes you are a Lucia nice guy who takes a girl’s “crap,” otherwise this would not have been going on for so long. However, being nice without being discerning is just being foolish. As usual, the problem with being a nice guy is that you don’t have strong boundaries. If I understand your e-mail correctly, you haven’t even met this girl? You violated the first rule of Internet dating, and it was all downhill from there. If the person is not willing to meet with you within a reasonable amount of time after your first phone conversation, get out! It usually means they’re not that serious about meeting you or they have someone else. You also wonder what her problem is. Who cares? You’re asking that question because she rejected you and you wonder if there was something wrong with you that would lead her to do that. Did you ever consider that she’s just a very immature girl who will constantly drive you nuts with her mixed messages? How many red flags do you have to see before you hit the road? You dodged a bullet. Move on.

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Dear Lucia, I met a lady, and we went out five to six times. We kissed, hugged and touched. Yesterday she promised to go out with me, but she did not show up and she did not respond to my text messages. I received a call from a guy, her ex-boyfriend. He told me they are still friends, and I am destroying his relationship with her. He wants me to stop seeing her. I sent a text telling her what happened, but she did not respond. What do you think? —Howie Dear Howie, There is a quote that says, “He who is silent, agrees.” She did not call you back to disagree with what her ex-boyfriend said. This woman is currently not interested. Move on, and if she comes back, make sure there are no ex-boyfriends lurking in the background.

Write to Lucia at Read an excerpt from Lucia’s Lessons of Love at Listen to Lucia live every Sunday at 3 p.m. PST on Remember: Love inspires, empowers, uplifts and enlightens. The Art of Love is sponsored by Cougar Energy Drink.


FATHER’S OFFICE 3229 Helms Ave., Culver City AH, THE FATHER’S OFFICE column. It was inevitable. Father’s Office represents an almost hush-hush cult following in the City of Angels. I would argue that the vast amount of newcomers here have been taken by friends who are generous enough to share the secret. And what is the secret you might ask? There is one item that must be tasted by every resident of Los Angeles at some point in his/her existence here. And that one item is: the Office Burger. This is the type of food item that literally haunts you in your sleep. You try it once, and you cannot get it out of your head. I think it essentially rewires the brain, spoiled that you have given it such an amazing substance. Here’s the rundown. The burger starts with dry aged sirloin. Add the following on top: caramelized onion, Applewood bacon compote, Gruyère,

Maytag Blue Cheese and arugula. Top all this off on a soft French roll and there you have it. I am not going to further divulge this burger. Consider it required admission to live in this city. It’s that good. The ambiance inside Father’s Office 2.0, a.k.a. the Culver City location, Zach Bourque is hip and modern with just a teensy bit of pretentious, “I know how good I am” vibe. That’s OK. There is another smaller location in Santa Monica that is the original founding building. It tends to get quite crowded, so it felt nice to be able to stretch out a bit at the 2.0 off Helms Avenue near Sony Studios. While the burger is the real star

here, the beer selection is equally fantastic. They have 30-plus beers on draft with virtually every one foreign to this somewhat educated beer drinker. Confused? Ask the bartender for some recommendations, and you will be sure to have something special, foreign and altogether unique to compliment your burger. While the quirks of Father’s Office are plentiful, i.e. the lack of a single ketchup bottle for the tasty sweet potato and shoestring fries, these anomalies only add to the truly unique nature of this establishment. F-Off is as Angeleno as it gets. Do yourself a favor and pay a visit. For more information, call (310) 7362224 or visit

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FRIDAY, MARCH 6 WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMEN Westwood Brewing Company, 1097 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles Stop by and celebrate ! 80s cover band Neurotic City ( performs at 10 p.m. Complimentary promotional giveaways while supplies last. WATCHMEN in theatres and IMAX 03.06.09

L.A. Comedy Shorts ’09 Film Festival Downtown Independent, 251 South Main St., Downtown; This four-day celebration of comedic short films features parties, industry panels, an awards event, celebrities and a screenplay competition. Through Sunday.


New Russian Cinema Film Festival James Bridges Theater, UCLA’s Melnitz Hall, 235 Charles E. Young Drive, East; The U.S. premiere of Everybody Dies But Me, the Camera d’Or winner at Cannes, as well as Russian animation and documentary shorts, art and music. Noon-8 p.m.



Hiphop 4 Peace: A Benefit For Darfur

Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica; This tour features the Los Angeles’ Queer Exchange, plus several San Francisco artists. Fri & Sat, 8:30 p.m.; Sun, 3 p.m. $20/$15 for students.

Grand Star Jazz Club, 943 Broadway, Downtown; Live music, DJs and artwork; with all proceeds benefiting 2 p.m.-8 p.m. $5.


35th Annual Festival of the Kite

ArtsDay L.A. UCLA Extension. 10995 Le Conte Ave., Fourth Floor, Westwood; Attend sessions in Creative Writing, Design Communication Arts, Entertainment Studies (Film, Television, Music), Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and Screenwriting. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE.

L.A. County Irish Fair Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona; Irish music and dance performers, food, arts and crafts, parades, exhibits and a Leprechaun Kingdom. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Also Sunday. $16 a day; $26 for two-day pass.

Redondo Beach Pier, Torrance Blvd. & PCH; Of course there are kites, but also a yo-yo competition, martial arts demonstrations, live music, food and prizes. Noon-4 p.m. FREE.

MONDAY, MARCH 9 Afternoon Dining Menu Bistro 31, 2900 31st St., Santa Monica; Get an inexpensive gourmet lunch prepared by soon-to-graduate culinary students from the Art Institute of Los Angeles with the most expensive menu item at only $7.95. Mon-Wed., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Arts Tune-Up Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; Artists and small budget organizations can benefit from expert advice and info on various aspects of arts management. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE.



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Campus Circle Newspaper Vol. 19 Issue 9  

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