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IS YOUR COLLEGE EDUCATION PROVIDING ENOUGH ROI? by ebony march, news editor Return on Investment, or ROI, is defined as the monetary benefits derived from having spent money on an enterprise or entity. It is one of the principle edicts in all business speculation and one of the first questions an investor must make before a sizable financial transaction. A college education has become one of the more valuable investments a person can make in modern society. It is a prerequisite for most entry-level positions and an absolute necessity to acquire a managerial or executive-level job. But given the current state of the economy, the growing rate of unemployment, as well as the ever-rising cost of tuition, how much return on investment are students really getting?

Campus Circle > News > Campus News Alex Everett, 24, graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2007. He was sure that his bachelor’s degree would land him a great job and afford him the opportunity to make the kind of living synonymous with higher learning. However, within months of donning his cap and gown, Everett fell victim to circumstance when the economy tanked. Since then, he’s held mostly blue-collar jobs, including stints as a factory worker, a telemarketer and a delivery person for a supermarket. He moved in with a revolving door of housemates, yet has found it difficult to ground a permanent position and make ends meet. He would love to have steady employment working as a creative, but finds that market to be saturated with others aspiring to the same goal. Everett’s education cost approximately $30,000 for each year attended. His annual salary since graduation: approximately $20,000 a year. On the other end of the spectrum is 25-year-old Joshua Van Deventer. Van Deventer dropped out of his Virginia school well before graduating. He opted instead for vocational training in music – an industry that always held a particular interest for him. The drummer attended classes at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles and ruled out getting a university degree. Currently, he works at Warner Music Group as a music librarian. Things are going so well for Van Deventer, in fact, that he recently purchased a new car and also moved into his first place – without the cushion of roommates. His annual income is around $36,000. Anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of finance might surmise that Van Deventer is certainly receiving a greater return on investment. He has landed a job with an internationally recognized corporation and is



With springtime in the air, the drab sheet OF a cold winter landscape subsides to reveal a seedling emerging from the ground. It is an image that students at UCLA and USC have been waiting for throughout the year. The concept of community gardens isn’t new, but the idea is becoming popular in urban areas where people are trying save money and give back to their community. On college campuses, which provide food to students through restaurants and all-you-can-eat style dorm buffets, the amount of food available isn’t the problem. So why start a garden? For senior Jaynel Santos of UCLA’s student environmental organization, E3, the idea of a community garden goes beyond a simple plot of land. As E3’s garden coordinator, she states, “UCLA in general has this monoculture of lawns and ornamental plants, but not a lot of variety. I thought it would be a great opportunity to engage our community. That is the big part I like about E3 [Ecology, Economy, Equity], and the garden incorporates all of that.” When speaking to Santos, you can’t help but see her excitement about the garden located at the university’s Sunset Recreation Center. It stands out from the monotony of the


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financially independent of his parents without the benefit or cost of a traditional four-year degree. But will his professional superiority extend into the long term? To answer that question, one must look at the statistics. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average annual salary for a high school graduate in 2000 was $30,000. However, the average salary for a college grad with a bachelor’s degree was $52,000; $62,000 for a person with a master’s degree. That is overwhelming evidence favoring the belief that college is the most certain gateway to a better living. But since the economic slowdown, formal education has become a mainstay in people’s lives. Where pursuit of a degree was once an activity for the privileged or those with lofty ambitions, it has since become a normal method of adult progression. Ten years ago, someone like Everett might have landed his dream job with a degree from a college or university, but in today’s market he’ll need a master’s just to fit in and a doctorate to impress. Taking all of these factors into consideration paints a very clear picture. While a formal education is a necessity toward making it in the world today, it is not a guaranteed license to financial security, nor does it absolve a grad from spending years and years toiling as an administrative assistant or lowlevel coordinator just to get ahead. Furthermore, a student will still have to compete against the hundreds of thousands of other men and women with the same piece of paper under their arm. So, is there enough ROI in collegiate learning? Like all other investments, some will simply have to try their luck to see. “I’m just starting to figure that out for myself,” notes Everett.

Campus Circle > News > College Central center’s green lawns. Santos happily took the project after student turnover left the area neglected. Now that spring has begun, she has big plans for the garden’s growth. “We have this couch that was gutted out, we planted herbs in there, and other pots have vegetables,” Santos says. “We are going to be planting edible flowers, and we’re going to have a demonstration that uses tires to learn how to sow potatoes.” Though UCLA and USC have one of the fiercest rivalries, students from both universities share a common interest of sustainability as a priority in their campus affairs. After being contacted by USC Sustainability Program director Matthew Oden for student support on an idea to create a community garden, senior and Undergraduate Student Government Director of University Affairs John Baldo went to work recruiting community service and environmental organizations to get involved. “We started to reach out to student groups, and most were really interested. Some tried to implement the idea in the past, but it didn’t work out. We brought everyone to the same table,” says Baldo. Some of the organizations have included CALPIRG and Environment First. However, Urban Farming, a non-profit group dedicated to eradicating hunger, gave the project all the materials and mentoring it needed by providing soil, plants, irrigation, tools and expertise. Meg Glasser, Urban Farming’s West Coast regional manager, explains that USC’s community garden, located at 3015 Shrine Place, was part of a grant offered by food company Triscuit at NabiscoWorld to build 50 gardens across America. The garden at USC is one of four gardens already overseen by Urban Farming in Los Angeles. “USC is right in the middle of the city,” Glasser explains. “The community that it’s in is a very urban area. Putting a

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UCLA’s E3 organization in their campus garden garden there could have a real impact, and people would really see it. It wouldn’t be tucked back or hidden anywhere.” Planting at USC started around mid-March and includes tomatoes, basil, peppers, lettuce, beans, cucumbers, winter squash and cabbage. Glasser visits the site every Monday and Thursday in the afternoon to train volunteers. “The goal is definitely to hand it off at some point,” she says. “Get everyone trained and hand it over to them. The student body is able to participate, volunteer and get involved.” The food harvested in the garden is to be donated to the local community – families, soup kitchens and assistance programs. Baldo and Glasser have rounded up about 15 to 20 volunteers to work at the site. Baldo says, “My goal to continue sustainability, at least in my capacity in student government, is to implement projects that students can get involved in.” Baldo and Santos, activists from schools miles apart, share a similar goal to tie sustainability to the community and the students.


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When You’re Expecting to Graduate by denise guerra It’s April going on May, and you’re freaking out. Don’t worry, as someone who has gone through it, I can tell you: It gets worse. I graduated in 2009, at the height of the recession. For 2010 graduates, the news about the job market is looking even bleaker. There’s no how-to guide on what to properly expect the day you get your big receipt (I mean diploma) from college. All I can tell you are what my friends and I experienced after our turn, and though you may be saying, “This only happened to your inner circle (scoff!). This wouldn’t happen to me.” My response to your misplaced anguish is: I agree. But let me tell you this: A buddy of mine was offered a lucrative position at the financial firm Bear Stearns. For a while his decision to “Suit up!” was well worth it, working 40 hours a week for great pay. Later, he was laid off after six months due to corporate downsizing. You can’t prepare for these things. 2009 was an evil pitchfork against graduates; prospects for new hires dipped below 40 percent and worst of all, health insurance companies canceled coverage if you were on your parent’s plan.

Campus Circle > Blogs > D-Day At first, there’s a feeling of euphoria and optimism upon taking off your cap and gown. Somehow you’re ready to take on the world like when you start to buy school supplies the first week of class. Another friend of mine immediately moved to Washington, D.C. with hopes of a position in her field of study. She later learned that her Chuck Taylors wouldn’t suffice in snow and there was no job opportunity waiting for her. She moved back home to her parents three months later. After the initial high hopes of sending out resumes start to shrivel and die (sending out more than 50 with only one response can do that to you), that’s when the stages of clinical depression start to set in. It was extremely common to watch my friends move back home where mom and dad were more than happy to assign chores and have them home no later than 11 p.m. When everything good in the world like friends, sex and booze is taken away from you, your mind and body begin to atrophy at a staggering rate. You start to yearn for a connection with the outside world as your days are now filled with hopelessness and despair. Also, there’s a tendency for some to become nocturnal. Every person you meet outside your house and on Facebook will ask, “So, what are you doing?” For me, I made some awkward bodily twitches while talking about my “plans.” Initially, to make ends meet, most of my friends and myself included were forced to take a job that, to give us graduates some credit, any AP high school student can do for minimum wage. Basically you’re back on the bottom, whether it’s catering to some sort of customer service, becoming an assistant’s assistant or even worse, an unpaid intern (which fall under the same category as indentured servitude and slavery). At least though, you’ve come to the point where you’re off the couch. It’s a start.


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Natural beauty, everyone has it. But a lot of times elements prevent your skin from being at its best, be it sun damage, too much oil or dryness. There are a lot of natural products on the market, but money is a huge factor for most of us, and you shouldn’t have to break the bank to keep your skin under control. That’s why Juice Beauty (, a new organic skin care line is perfect for students. Your skin absorbs 64 percent of what you put on it, and a lot of today’s beauty products contain questionable ingredients, like silicone. Silicone is used in bakeware, electronics and food processing. It doesn’t seem appealing, even though silicone is also used in many skin care products like suntan lotions, antiperspirants and cosmetics. In this era of all things green, it’s best to use products that not only help you but also the planet, without any of the side effects. Certified Organic guarantees that the product has passed the USDA certified organic test, meaning that every ingredient comes from non-toxic environments, free of pesticides or fertilizers. Juice Beauty’s 98 percent certified organic rating comes from their organic juice base filled with antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins and minerals. One thing I noticed about this line is there is something for every type of skin. My skin runs on the dry side, so I tried


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Keep your post-graduation hopes high. Sooner or later, you start to establish a routine of going to work and coming home, and life becomes normal again. Life moves on, you reconnect with friends and make new ones. Thus, the convalescent cycle of post-grad life is complete. If you agree with this, then congratulations! You’ve reached adulthood. If this sounds too good to be true, read on. As you get back to normalcy, guilt and regret start to settle in. The idealistic undergrad starts to haunt your dreams, dreams of making a difference in the world as a famous filmmaker, mathematician, professional beatnik poet. If only … In reality, wherever you end up is up to you. Though graduation is scary for those who don’t have any concrete plans, just know that college is only there to prepare you for your destination, not get you there. The rest depends on your will to make it happen. If you start to feel the above symptoms by the end of June, I warned you. Just remember, it takes time to adjust, but you eventually do. Case in point: My friend who came back from Washington, D.C., is now set to attend graduate school in San Francisco this fall, away from her parents and in her field of study. All the luck, 2010.

Campus Circle > Culture > Beauty the soap-free (Soap dries out my skin.) Organic Facial Wash. The ingredients – including organic sunflower oil and carrot seed – are high quality, and it felt light and silky on my skin. When I rinsed, I felt no residue, and my face felt smooth and supple as opposed to tight and dying for moisturizer. I followed up with the SPF30 Sheer Moisturizer and it lasted through the day, with no clog buildup or streaky feeling after application. It’s never too early to start using anti-aging products either. I started in my teens using Oil of Olay, which unfortunately is just not the same anymore. But I’ve found my “adult” nighttime regimen in the Age Defying Green Apple Repair Moisturizer. A little goes a long way, so the price of $38 balances out. After-sun care is important; I burn within five minutes of being outside. The Soothing Serum contains raspberry juice, Aloe vera and licorice. I’m not a fan of the smell of licorice, but it’s non-existent in this solution, and I was glowing a bit after use. Not too shabby! All in all, the products did improve my skin and skin tone within about three weeks. If you’d like to try out Juice Beauty, stop by your local Whole Foods Market, as they are hosting special preview events. There are a lot of environmentally conscious bags out Juice Beauty is effective, inexpensive and green!

there, but not too many actual backpacks that you can put your books, lunch or even your computer in at once. Ecogear’s ( lines of bags are great just for that. Made from planetfriendly organic cotton and toxic-free dyes and components, these ecoEcogear’s Ocean bag friendly bags are sturdy, stylish and extremely cost effective. There are different sizes, like the Bighorn, a travelfriendly bag with its MP3 player pouch and port, padded shoulder straps and internal organizer pockets. The popular bag for school is the Snow Leopard that is durable and features soft-lined pouches for your valuables or school supplies. The Tiger is unique as it’s one of the only PVC free laptop carriers on the market. PVC is an extremely toxic element because it contains lead and cadmium, as well as chlorine, the germ-killing element they put in swimming pools that makes your eyes burn. The Tiger is not bulky, even though the laptop carrier is padded, and features a deluxe organizer pocket and magnetic flap closure. My favorite for on-the-go shopping is the newly released Ocean bag. It’s compact and sleek, but has lots of hidden room. Made from recycled water bottles, it also absorbs moisture with a mesh back. The bags are all inexpensive as well, with prices ranging from $25 to $80, but right now they have a sale and you can get the higher-priced items for $50 or less.


Shake it at a Booiaka class at Your Neighborhood Studio.

YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD STUDIO 3625 Hayden Ave., Culver City by sasha perl-raver Walking into a dance studio in Los Angeles can often feel like you just stumbled onto the set of Fame. Everyone’s got their leg warmers, jazz shoes and sexily sporty dance pants. Choreography seems to blow by at a breakneck pace, but your fellow classmates are busting moves like they’re in a Janet Jackson video. Looking around, suddenly you realize that most of them have toured with Justin Timberlake or are a member of the Pussycat Dolls. And all you wanted was a little cardio. Fear not, Your Neighborhood Studio is here to give you the dance experience you’re looking for without the intimidation factor. Housed across from Smashbox Studios in the former home of Debbie Allen Dance Academy, the studio is welcoming and nonjudgmental. Students run the gamut across the board, from age to skill to body type, all compelled by the studio’s motto, “When in doubt – dance.” Owner Denise Mazan offers a wide range of diverse classes that include the traditional end of the spectrum along with ballet, contemporary jazz, hip-hop and modern dance, as well as intriguing offerings like jazzy burlesque, street tap, Bollywood and strip hop. One of the studio’s most popular classes is Booiaka (pronounced: boo-ya-cah). Created and taught by Tatiana Tamai, who prefers to be called Tatiana or Tati, the class is offered throughout the week, but gets its biggest crowd on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. You know it’s good if people are rolling out of bed that early on a weekend to sweat. Asked what makes such an early class so popular, Tatiana beams and says, “The energy of the people. This is a family studio. It’s not one of those [places] where you come in and people look at you from bottom to top,” her lovely Italian accent reversing the words in a charming way. She goes on to explain that she created Booiaka as a method to incorporate dance and fitness in a way that was grounded in choreography but would still be a major cardio workout. By combining hip-hop, Reggaeton, Brazilian and African dance, she builds a 50-minute non-stop dance routine. While there’s no one move she relies on, there does seem to be an essential element to getting down in Tatiana’s class. “Booiaka is about, you know, shaking,” she laughs. “There’s a lot of chest and pumping movement. That is a favorite. You work on your hips, you squat a lot, but my point is more mental than physical. Sometimes, especially when people aren’t dancers, they don’t let go, they are not confident. That’s where I try to push them. No matter if you’re a great dancer or not, everybody can move. We all have a body. That’s the goal.” The class is broken down so that even the most novice rump shaker feels comfortable. What initially appears to be a simple warm-up is actually the beginning of Tatiana’s choreography. Through heavy repetition, she builds a routine, step by step, taking care to ensure the class has each component before building upon it. “Music is the key,” Tatiana enthuses. “I’m a hip-hop lover, but I use a lot of Brazilian style with a drum beat. That’s what makes people enthusiastic. My class starts slow and then it grows and speeds up.” Proving just how convivial Your Neighborhood Studio is, the Booiaka class has grown into a community that has events like pizza night together. With a slew of regulars and an every growing fan base, Tatiana says, “The satisfaction I get is people saying, ‘I didn’t know I could shake it like that.’” Those Janet Jackson dancers better watch out.

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Zoë Saldana and co. win with action and wit. BY sasha perl-raver After the trailer for The Losers debuted at the end of January, it picked up a new title in certain circles: “The A-Team that isn’t going to suck.” Only time will tell which film is victorious at the box office, but rest assured, this summer promises to have to least one movie about a crack team of former government operatives who, finding themselves on the wrong side of the law, are forced on missions anyone else would see as suicidal while the government tries to put them away. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, The Losers is “this amazing combination of really hard-hitting, visceral action combined with a collection of characters and humor in a unique way,” director Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard) says one drizzly morning at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. “The aesthetic of the novel is really unique and very beautiful, the use of color, the graphic nature. I wanted to stay truthful to that on some level but make sure it’s not obtrusive to the movie.” By bookending the film with cartoonish elements borrowed from the source material, White felt he established the film’s tone, but perhaps the best homage to the original

Campus Circle > Film > Interviews novel is a no holds barred brawl between the mysterious Aisha (Zoë Saldana) and the leader of the Losers, Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), that ends with a hotel room engulfed in flames. “We wanted that scene to be amazing,” Saldana grins. “While they’re beating the crap out of each other, they’re also getting to know each other. It’s like a very violent conversation.” After star-solidifying turns in Avatar and Star Trek, the actress is becoming known for her ability to speak volumes with her body as well as having a commanding presence, which allows her to go toe-to-toe with the big boys. Saldana, a silver of a woman whose striking beauty is belied by her gregarious convivial nature, says she loves being asked to bring the pain, especially as the only girl in the cast, even if it means “you have twice as much work to do because you don’t want to be singled out. I really wanted to impress the guys.” Asked which was more difficult, the bare-knuckle brawl or a slow-mo love scene that features a whole lot of Saldana’s skin, Morgan hoots with laughter. “The love scene, yeah, that was hard,” he scoffs. “I had a rough day that day. [I was like,] ‘I need another take. Sylvain, come on. I don’t feel like she flipped her hair right on that one,’” Morgan laughs. “Technically, the fight was much harder, both physically and trying to get the tone of what we needed to accomplish in that scene. Yeah, the love scene? Bring that on! I had Zoë Saldana sitting on my lap, naked.” Saldana, once her hysterical laughter subsides, continues, “It helps when you get along with the actor and that Jeffrey was such a gentleman and so respectful because, trust me, as a woman, try doing that with a friggin’ prick. Been there. It’s not a good day at work. You’re the only one who’s naked, and you have to act like you’re not aware that you’re naked. [But] when you work with a good director and a good actor, then it’s



Jennifer Lopez backs that thing up. by ebony march Single girls have come a long way. It used to be that a woman had to rely on the discerning eye of a suitor to notice her, fall in love and propose marriage. Then, she would have to wear him down until he became comfortable with the idea of having children. But that was then ... Nowadays, not only are men replaceable sexually (buzz, buzz), but professional women can even have the family they want without having to chase down that elusive band of gold. In The Back-up Plan, Jennifer Lopez plays Zoe. This sexy young city dweller is an educated professional, just itching to become a mother. She has dated, but there are no viable prospects on the longterm romantic horizon. So Zoe makes her plan, books an appointment with a fertility specialist and decides to go it alone. That same day, she meets Stan (Alex O’Loughlin). He’s a handsome and grounded cheese maker who sweeps Zoe off her feet. The two begin dating, and the chemistry is magical. However, there’s one major fact about Zoe that Stan doesn’t know, and it isn’t exactly her zodiac sign. Zoe eventually comes clean, confessing to her new


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Zoë Saldana and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in The Losers

just another Tuesday, and love scenes are just like fight scenes.” Watching the cast interact, their chemistry and camaraderie are blaringly apparent. It’s that intangible alchemy that makes The Losers such a pleasure to watch. White, who reveals each person cast in the film was his first choice for the role, gives all the credit to his actors. “In the end, the movie is good because of them,” he smiles. And, yes, their charisma and talent are definitely part of the equation, but another big part of the film’s success is its humor and wit. “We’re almost winking at action films,” White says. “[The Losers] has a sarcastic, cynical look at them, but at the same time we’re laughing with it. It’s part of the comic book world, the fun the movie exudes. It was always about not pushing it too far but far enough so that people would laugh.” The Losers releases in theaters April 23.

Campus Circle > Film > Interviews boyfriend that she’s preggers. Now, this new couple must navigate the regular ups and downs of romance on warp speed as they prepare for a little bundle of joy. From the word “go,” Lopez was excited about working on The Back-up Plan. “It was time for me to do a movie again, and I just love romantic comedies,” she explains. The role of Zoe also gave Lopez ample opportunity to channel some of her own highs and lows from pregnancy into her portrayal. During a scene in which Stan and Zoe reconnect in the country, she encounters a huge pot of stew. Like any woman eating for two, Zoe can’t help but dive right in and treat herself to a huge serving – between two slices of bread. In another scene, her romantic advances are rebuffed when her love of chicken nuggets gets in the way. Lopez was absolutely amused by her character’s ravenous cravings. “I love that Zoe really sort of indulged,” she says, giggling. “She really liked fast food – and beef.” Lopez also has a lot of respect for the hard choices that her character makes in the comedy. “I have so much respect for single moms,” she admits. O’Loughlin marveled at the skill his co-star used to play her part. For him, it was a thrill to work alongside Lopez’s character. “Jennifer’s the queen of romantic comedies,” he notes. “She’s so comfortable in the genre.” Off-screen admiration transfers to on-screen lust between their respective characters. Lopez and O’Loughlin heat up scene after scene with sex appeal. They even managed to keep things spicy, despite set visits from Lopez’s husband. “He was actually just behind the camera with a Taser,” jokes O’Loughlin. Truthfully, Marc Anthony, Lopez and O’Loughlin met

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Jennifer Lopez and Alex O’Loughlin in The Back-up Plan

and established a rapport prior to shooting. The actress invited her leading man to tea at her estate on Long Island. There, they were able to discuss the work and get to know one another. That wasn’t the only New York connection in the film. The story takes place in Manhattan and features a lot of local color. But in actuality the majority of shooting took place in Pasadena. Lopez has strong ties to Southern California: Her father lives in Pasadena, and the actress even opened a restaurant – Madre’s – in the town back in 2002. O’Loughlin is also a bit of a local. Although he hails from Australia, the actor has had a successful career in Hollywood. After working on the cable series “The Shield,” he went on to appear on other TV shows and has even recently been cast in CBS’ retooling of “Hawaii Five-O.” The heartthrob even used the role to build up his “body” of work, much to the delight of female moviegoers. “I did get kind of fit for the part,” he jokes. The Back-up Plan releases in theaters April 23.



In the past, I’ve presented collections of real-life quotes from some of my favorite directors, actors and actresses. I thought I’d put together a list of some of my favorite excerpts of film dialogue. Like other lists I’ve put together, this one isn’t meant to be one of those “greatest of all time” lists. There are many great quotes that are considered the best and most iconic, and while there’s no argument here on any of them, below are quotes lifted from some of my favorite films that had an impact on me, not just as a film lover, but as a filmmaker. To me, a great excerpt of film dialogue is not just the written words, but also the skill in which the actor delivers it. Enjoy. “I think in all fairness, I should explain to you exactly what it is that I do. For instance, tomorrow morning I’ll get up nice and early, take a walk down over to the bank and walk in, and if you don’t have my money for me, I’ll crack your fuckin’ head wide-open in front of everybody in the bank. And just about the time that I’m comin’ out of jail, hopefully, you’ll be coming out of your coma. And guess what? I’ll split your fuckin’ head open again. ’Cause I’m fuckin’ stupid. I don’t give a fuck about jail. That’s my business. That’s what I do.” —Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci), from Casino (1995) “Do you want to know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick. You can’t savor all the little emotions. You see, in their last moments, people show you who they really are. So in a way, I know your friends better than you ever did. Would you like to know which of them were cowards?” —The Joker (Heath Ledger), from The Dark Knight (2008) “…war is too important to be left to politicians. They have neither the time, the training, nor the inclination for strategic thought. I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.” —General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden), from Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) “I don’t think it’s nice, you laughin’. You see, my mule don’t like people laughing. He gets the crazy idea you’re laughin’ at him. Now if you apologize, like I know you’re going to, I might convince him that you really didn’t mean it.” —The Man with No Name (Clint Eastwood), from A Fistful of Dollars (1964) “Tonight, you pukes will sleep with your rifles. You will give your rifle a girl’s name because this is the only pussy you people are going to get. Your days of finger-banging ol’ Mary-Jane Rottencrotch through her pretty pink panties are over! You’re married to this piece. This weapon of iron and wood. And you will be faithful.” —Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermey), from Full Metal Jacket (1987) “We will be cruel to the Germans, and through our cruelty they will know who we are. And they will find the evidence of our cruelty in the disemboweled, dismembered and disfigured bodies of their brothers we leave behind us. And the German won’t not be able to help themselves but to imagine the cruelty their brothers endured at our hands, and our boot heels and the edge of our knives. And the German will be sickened by us, and the German will talk about us and the German will fear us. And when the German closes their eyes at night and they’re tortured by their subconscious for the evil they have done, it will be with thoughts of us they are tortured with. Sound good?” —Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), from Inglourious Basterds (2009) “See, now I’m thinkin’: maybe it means you’re the evil man. And I’m the righteous man. And Mr. 9mm here, he’s the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could mean you’re the righteous man and I’m the shepherd and it’s the world that’s evil and selfish. And I’d like that. But that shit ain’t the truth. The truth is you’re the weak. And I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m tryin’, Ringo. I’m tryin’ real hard to be the shepherd.” —Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), from Pulp Fiction (1994) “All I hear from you, you spineless cowards, is how poor you are; how you can’t afford my taxes. Yet somehow, you managed to find the money to hire a gunfighter to kill me. If ya got so much money, I’m just gonna have to take some more. Because clearly some of you haven’t got the message! This is my town! I run everything! If you live to see the dawn, it’s because I allow it! I decide who lives and who dies! —John Herod (Gene Hackman), from The Quick and the Dead (1995)

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In the quirky Paper Man, by writer/director duo Michele AND Kieran Mulroney, audiences look inside the lives and minds of your not-so-usual suspects. Richard (Jeff Daniels), a failed novelist, is encouraged by his successful surgeon wife, Claire (Lisa Kudrow), to live in the beach community of Montauk, Long Island, during the off-season to help with his writer’s block. Feeling the pressure from his wife and his publishing company to produce another book increases his inability to write. Always accompanied by his imaginary childhood friend, Captain Excellent (Ryan Reynolds), Richard meets a 17-year-old girl, Abby (Emma Stone), who seems lonely and dealing with more than your normal teenage angst. Abby also has an imaginary friend (Kieran Culkin) who proves to be a large part of her life. The two embark on a rare friendship, which begins with her babysitting for his nonexistent child. The story continues to unfold like an onion as more layers are peeled from the surface. “We wrote Paper Man at a point in our lives where we wanted to do something for ourselves and wanted to produce something original,” husband/wife duo the Mulroneys reflect. “We put our armor on and went on the indie film roller coaster ride.” The filmmakers were very fortunate to put together a great cast. “Indie films are always a little more interesting and creative,” says Kudrow. “Also, I wasn’t nervous to work with first-time writers and/or directors as I have plenty in the past. It’s really about the script.” Kudos are also given to Emma Stone. “She was amazing and remarkable,” marvel the Mulroneys. “She came in and auditioned her butt off and has a depth that you get to uncover.” Paper Man releases in select theaters April 23.

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In My Sleep

No One Knows About Persian Cats

(Morning Star) In My Sleep is the story of Marcus, a masseur living in Los Angeles – the kind of L.A. guy who likes to “keep his options open” when it comes to dating women. This issue is brought to his attention after he receives a mysterious phone call from a past lover. This is only one of the many concerns Marcus deals with. He struggles with parasomnia, a rare sleep disorder that is essentially a heightened version of sleepwalking, only he cannot remember anything he did while he sleepwalks. His troubles are magnified when he wakes up one morning covered in blood with no recollection as to what could have happened. He later learns that his best friend’s wife was murdered that same night, and he is left questioning if he killed her in order to conceal a dark secret they shared. As he digs to discover the truth, more of his history is uncovered that could provide a link to the drama surrounding him. Everything about this movie is fast-paced, not providing a strong platform for character development early in the story. It jumps straight into the action, and you have to keep up with the story in order to fully understand and pick up on all of the little things going on. But it works because everything about this movie (characters and plot) is learn as you go, giving you an ultimate sense of “this could actually happen.” The jump cut editing and gray scale motifs make you feel as though you are swimming through the murky waters of Marcus’ mind, experiencing his anxiety and trauma while learning the secrets of his past. It has you guessing along with Marcus, analyzing every clue, every lead and trying to solve the mystery before something else happens. Grade: A —Lynda Correa In My Sleep releases in select theaters April 23.

(IFC) Music yields the power to ignite passion, to inspire and embolden people. And that is exactly why regimes like Iran seek to squash its influence. No One Knows About Persian Cats follows a boy and a girl, Askhan and Negar, on their journey from presenting a demo tape and their indie rock dreams to a would-be manager, to building a band and dealing with Iranian underground forces to obtain visas and passports so that they can play a festival in England. For them, it’s a lofty goal. Even the best and tamest performers in Tehran find it difficult to obtain a license to perform and slip by the censors. The rest risk their freedom to play, facing months of jail time just for playing a live show. Along the way, we meet a broad cast of musicians, from a wide range of genres, united in the spirit of defiance. We also see the diversity of Tehran itself, the beauty and the ugliness, the richness of its culture and the challenge of living under Sharia law. Askhan and Negar’s story strikes a chord with youth anywhere. There is no difference from Tehran to London to Los Angeles. We all just want to be heard and to be free. Grade: A —Natasha Desianto No One Knows About Persian Cats releases in select theaters April 23.

Sita Sings the Blues (Shadow Distribution) Sita Sings the Blues, Nina Paley’s animated story of the Indian epic love tale told in The Ramayana, proves to be an awesome watch for children and adults alike. Combining stunning


TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL April 22-25 @ Various Hollywood Locations BY candice winters This is huge. I mean, this is really, really huge, and I am so incredibly excited for it. They are my favorite people. They are my friends who keep me company during sick days at home or nights when I don’t want to go dancing, when all I want to do is stay in with a bowl of ice cream and learn from their lessons of relationships, drama, crime and love. They never let me down. Finally, after decades of under-appreciation, they are being recognized by our generation of moviegoers who don’t seem to understand their films. Really, kids these days don’t even try to get to know the people and the movies that have made the industry what it is today. The funny part is, they are always around. You can catch them at any time, day or night. They even work holidays. So inevitably, you know them. You may not always choose to click on their channel on a Friday night like more than 80 million other homes do, but you’ve seen them. Personally, I am a big fan of black and white films starring the heavy


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Pouya Hosseini, Arash Farazmand, Ashkan Koshanejad and Negar Shaghi in No One Knows About Persian Cats

Pixar-like animation with witty humor about one of India’s most famous romances, Paley adds a unique layer of fictionalized storytelling told in the craftiest of ways, making Sita Sings the Blues perfect for adult audiences. The first sign is in the very nature of the artwork – the artist probably had Betty Boop on his mind when he drew each of the film’s cartoonish shadow puppet characters. In intertwining Sita’s ancient story of being kidnapped into the forest and forcibly married with Nina’s relationship with her boyfriend coming to an abrupt end via an e-mail message from India, Sita Sings the Blues establishes a strong parallel between the two ill-fated female lovers. In the process, Paley manages to make relevant an old epic. Grade: A —Parimal M. Rohit Sita Sings the Blues releases in select theaters April 23.

Campus Circle > Film > Projections hitters like Monroe, Van Dyke, Bergman. These are the real stars who have defined Hollywood as we know it, and they are my friends-on-demand. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a Peabody Awardwinning network that, for 15 years, has presented great films, uncut and commercial-free. The first-ever TCM Classic Film Festival is being held this week in the heart of Hollywood at such historic venues as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Egyptian Theatre. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the site of the first Oscar ceremony, acts as the official hotel for the festival and venue for fest pass holders. The festival also features celebrity appearances by actors, actresses, directors, producers and other important figures, screenings of classic movies and major events designed for classic movie lovers. Already slated to make an appearance at the festival are Mel Brooks, Jerry Lewis, Tony Curtis and Jon Voight, to name a few. More than 50 films in all are going to be screened. Many have special introductions to provide context about the film. TCM’s primetime host Robert Osborne is the official host of the festival. TCM also partners with Vanity Fair Magazine – which created the Penguin book, Vanity Fair’s Tales of Hollywood – to bring the book to life. Writers from the magazine, actors and filmmakers reveal behind-the-scenes stories of many of Hollywood’s greatest films. The network also provides a sneak peek into its most ambitious original programming yet. Moguls and Movie Stars is a documentary about the origins of the Hollywood film industry and is set to premiere on TCM in the fall. Just a few of the films I love that are going to be screened are Metropolis (1927), featuring previously lost footage. This is a classic directed by renowned moviemaker Fritz Lang, and you can’t call yourself a film lover if you haven’t seen it.

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The Producers (1968) is also to be screened with a discussion with writer/director Mel Brooks, who receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during the festival. Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and Cleopatra (1963) are going to be shown in 70mm widescreen. The TCM Classic Film festival also has slated restored films like Sunnyside Up (1929) and The Big Trail (1930); rare screenings of A Woman’s Face (1940) starring Joan Crawford; and films that are sure crowd pleasers like Hitchcock’s North by Northwest (1959), Some Like It Hot (1959) starring the ever-charming Marilyn Monroe and Doris Day’s Pillow Talk (1959). Of course, it wouldn’t be a film festival dedicated to classic movies without an appearance by one of the most beloved films of all time, Casablanca (1942). If you missed the Gene Kelly event I mentioned a few weeks ago, you are blessed with another opportunity to catch a screening of Singin’ in the Rain (1952), which is going to be introduced by Kelly’s co-director Stanley Donen. Branch out a little, and try something old. For more information, visit



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Emily and Beau Bridges in “Acting: The First Six Lessons”

Oscar’s Best Actor, Jeff Bridges, stars as a washed up alcoholic country singer in Crazy Heart. Bridges is one of the most versatile actors of his generation, and this is one of his best performances. Maggie Gyllenhaal co-stars as a single mother journalist who becomes romantically involved with the broken down star. Just in time for Earth Day, James Cameron’s epic 3-D spectacle Avatar comes to DVD April 22. Using motion capture technology, Cameron created a stunning and beautifully realized world in which he immerses the viewer. An allegory for modern-day imperialism keeps the action compelling and personal.

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Now-May 16 @ Theatre West It’s not often that you get to see a celebrity work with his children on such an intimate project as Beau and Emily Bridges do in “Acting: The First Six Lessons.” Here, the pair perform Richard Boleslavsky’s beloved book by the same name, and both Bridges demonstrate their acting chops, with Beau playing the Teacher, an experienced actor who helps Emily’s the Creature hone her talents for both the stage and the screen. On their last invited dress rehearsal, Beau (brother of Jeff, this year’s winner for Best Actor at the Oscars) seemed a little off his game, stumbling over a few lines that even his considerable experience couldn’t cover up, but his daughter Emily was a force to be reckoned with. Over the course of the 100-minute play, Emily took the Creature from an enthusiastic acting newbie through all the steps of despair, frustration and learning (including a brilliant scene that perfectly illustrates the difference between overacting and letting the words do the work) to finally emerge as a confident, skilled actress. This development throughout the play really speaks to the younger Bridges’ considerable talent, as does the passion she interjects into each scene. And although the play is set in 1933, contemporary job seekers will sympathize with the process of landing a job and feeling inadequate in the role. Aspiring actors and Beau Bridges fans will especially find “Acting” useful, though, since not only does Beau lead the way through each lesson, but both Bridges also host a Q&A at the end of each performance. The chance to speak to both actors and get advice from one of the greatest families in acting shouldn’t be passed up. —Melissa Russell Theatre West is located at 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles. For more information, visit

Woody Harrelson stars in the comic book spoof Defendor. A regular guy dons a disguise and homemade gadgets to battle crime in his neighborhood, bringing the wrath of the local mob boss. Elias Koteas and Sandra Oh co-star.

“The Life and Times of A. Einstein” Now-May 16 @ Theatre West I can never put my finger on it exactly, but there’s something about Albert Einstein that’s just so interesting. Maybe it’s his undeniable brilliance or his fame. Maybe it’s his courage or his dogged determination. Or maybe it’s just his hair. In any case, whenever there’s anything about the life of Einstein, I can’t help but take a closer look. Which is why I was so excited to see “The Life and Times of A. Einstein.” “Life and Times” gives a few brief snapshots of Einstein’s story from just after he began his new life in Princeton, N.J. to his death, all as seen through the eyes of his secretary, Ellen (playwright/star Kres Mersky). It’s Ellen’s job to make sure life runs smoothly, from appointments to event planning to publicity and protection, and Ellen has devoted her life to it. In a series of three scenes, we get a heartwarmingly comedic glimpse into the mentality of the man straight from a woman who is devoted in her admiration of him. The only problem is it’s a one-woman show. Yep, you heard me. That means while you hear stories about some of his life, we get to see exactly no Einstein. Each vignette is actually staged as a press conference, with Ellen stalling the journalists by fielding their questions herself, but with a quiet audience in an intimate space, it’s hard to imagine a real press conference going on in the background. With jokes that are few and far between (but worth it when you get to one), Mersky does give an outstandingly nuanced and impassioned performance on the whole, but she often reaches too hard to keep the audience engaged (no small feat for a one-woman show). While she throws out some fun anecdotes about Einstein, sometimes it feels like Ellen focuses too much on herself and steers the play away from the titular man. Add this to the subtle transitions between scenes, and the play’s plot (such as it is) winds up falling flat. Luckily, Mersky’s superb acting manages to make the play more than bearable. —Melissa Russell Theatre West is located at 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles. For more information, visit

The Idiotbox Tough guy restaurateur Gordon Ramsay whips contestants into shape on The F Word: Series Four. Ramsay spews vitriol as he puts celebrity guests Liam Gallagher, Geri Halliwell and Meat Loaf through a series of challenges and shows them how to run a top-notch restaurant. Two classic soaps come to DVD: Falcon Crest: The Complete First Season and Dallas: The Complete Thirteenth Season. Jane Wyman and Lorenzo Lamas star in the tale of two rich Northern California wine country families in “Falcon Crest.” Premiering in 1978, “Dallas” follows oil baron J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) and his family as they contend with backstabbing, murder and all of the soapy intrigue. The BBC fantasy series “Merlin” is a fun adventure that the whole family can appreciate with the Complete First Season. It follows the adventures of the legendary wizard as a young man. John Hurt and Anthony Head (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) costar.

Stranger Than Fiction Noam Chomsky is like some superior celestial being who came down to reveal to us mere mortals the way things really are. His far-reaching, scholarly and moral analysis makes the talking heads on cable news look like blowhard children playing at something they know nothing about. One can learn more about how the world works and in particular how American policies impact everyone by watching Chomsky’s series of DVD lectures than in four years of college. Crisis and Hope: Theirs and Ours is Chomsky’s latest lecture, which investigates the current financial crisis and how it pales to the various bigger crises facing the world. Some of Hollywood’s best screenwriters from William Goldman and Paul Schrader to wunderkind Shane Black, genre king John Carpenter and Frank Darabont star in Tales From the Script. The documentary features scribes telling their stories from the frontlines in the often-ugly world of moviemaking. Plus, get the inside dirt on Harrison Ford, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese. It’s a must-see for aspiring screenwriters.

Blu Notes It’s rare that a remake actually improves on the original, but The Thomas Crown Affair did just that. Pierce Brosnan and Renee Russo have big shoes to fill in replacing Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway, but they are up to the task. Brosnan stars as a rich playboy whose hobby happens to be stealing valuable art. He plays an even more dangerous game when he strikes up a romance with the seductive detective hunting him. John McTiernan directs. One of Leonardo DiCaprio’s best performances came when he was still a kid. The Basketball Diaries is based on poet Jim Carroll’s memoir about his descent into drug addiction while in high school. The result is harrowing but riveting. Mark Wahlberg, Bruno Kirby and Juliette Lewis also star. Ron Howard’s sci-fi classic Cocoon is a fun for the whole family tale of a group of senior citizens who go swimming in a pool filled with alien cocoons and suddenly find themselves feeling young again. Brian Dennehy, Wilford Brimley and Steve Guttenberg star.

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Join CAMPUS CIRCLE CDREVIEWS Rachael Sage Delancey Street (MPress) Rachael Sage’s Delancey Street is like an anthology of a nomad’s many travels and discoveries. Sage shares her illustrative and heartfelt shorts through songs that carry mellow, moving melodies. Sage starts off by grabbing inspiration from her Jewish innigrant heritage and then mixing in her own experiences. Track after track, she delivers one-of-a-kind, artsy songs with a sequin shine. The NYC songstress’ poetic skill shows in her passionate, whispered vocals and her distinctive idiosyncratic style and rhythm. The self-taught pianist’s songs “Everything Was Red,” “Wasn’t It You,” “How I Got By” and “Big Star” cannot go unheard. Plus, her album also includes an inspired cover of the Hall & Oates classic “Rich Girl,” and iTunes buyers gain access to a bonus track: Sage’s understated rendition of “Fame.” Grade: A—Christine Hernandez Delancey Street is currently available.

Sam Amidon I See the Sign (Bedroom Community) On Sam Amidon’s fourth solo effort, I See the Sign, the indie-folk artist balances timeless traditionalism with contemporary touches, resulting in one of this year’s finest folkinclined albums. Intent details make Amidon’s efforts stand out, such as the slow build during “I See the Light,” the horns and strings which underscore “Pretty Fair Damsel” or the dusky discordance that perforates closer “Red.” Highlights include three duets with like-minded Beth Orton, particularly the pop piece “You Better Mind” and a cover of R. Kelly’s unreleased and surprisingly tender “Relief.” Grade: A —Doug Simpson I See the Sign is currently available.


L.A.’s Voice of the Underdog by marvin g. vasquez Diversity does not always amount to suc– cess, but Ozomatli has proven it definitely can in their 15 years of existence. Formulated in Los Angeles and known to most of the public as simply Ozo, this multi-ethnic music group has created a lively image in the industry. Ozo have always incorporated Latin, hip-hop, rock, funk, jazz, world fusion and Middle Eastern elements into their tracks, and their latest album, Fire Away, is no different. “This album took two years in the making. It was a really hard process,” Wil-Dog Abers states. “It was a long process, but a beautiful one.” Abers, who plays the bass and marímbula and provides background vocals, goes on to explain that the group just jammed in a studio for a couple of weeks before even recording an actual song. Fire Away features 11 fresh tunes, including “Gay Vatos in Love.” This song is a symbol of the band’s support for same-sex marriage. Though Ozo does not have any gay members, this is by far the most controversial track the group has created. “The chorus for this song was written first,” Abers says. “With all the Proposition 8 stuff going on, we just felt like we needed to be a part of it. We always have tried to be the voice of the underdog, so that is just a step in the right direction. We

represent everybody.” One of the interesting phrases in the lyrics of this melody is, “Juan Gabriel says, ‘Amor Es Amor.’” Juan Gabriel is a widely known Mexican singer in Latin America because of his prolific romantic song catalog. Although he has officially not come out of the closet as Ricky Martin recently did, Juan Gabriel is predominantly thought to be gay. His vocal opinion on the matter is that “love is love.” Commenting further on the subject, Abers remarks, “Everyone has the right to live a happy life in whatever they like or choose. They are not hurting anyone else, and it is their right to love who they want to love, and we stand by that.” Another interesting tune is “It’s Only Paper,” which is their first single from the album and features Jack Johnson; the piece holds great meaning as well. Without human beings setting a value to it, money is just paper. It does not matter whether you are rich or poor. “If we put a stack of money on a table without us in the room, it is only paper,” Abers says. “Without humans creating what it means and society putting a value, it is just paper.” Johnson’s collaboration came spontaneously when Ozo was recording in his Los Angeles studio. Johnson appeared at Ozo’s recording session and assisted them in finalizing “It’s Only Paper.” Ozo’s diversity has created avenues for them to perform at different show locations, ranging from trips to South Africa, Madagascar, Mexico and multiple cities in Europe. Within the United States, Ozo has delivered their fusion sets from Hawaii, Colorado and Texas to the East Coast. This year, the band will take part in two special performances with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in Missouri and the Boston Pops Orchestra in Massachusetts for the 125th Pops Anniversary Celebration in early May. Additionally, Ozo has

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two prominent stops in China and Mongolia, serving as U.S. Cultural Ambassadors with the State Department. “We are into the world. We are into different music, different foods and different cultures,” Abers says. On another note, Ozo is also scheduled to participate at this summer’s Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn., where 75,000-plus fans from around the world will gather. And when it comes to sports, Ozo is not left behind either. The Los Angeles Dodgers are currently utilizing two of the band’s tunes as anthems at Dodger Stadium: “Dodgertown” and “Can’t Stop the Blue.” On April 1, Ozo celebrated 15 years of being together. As a tribute and honor to the band, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa declared April 23 to be “Ozomatli Day” at City Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “This just means we have stamped ourselves in Los Angeles,” Abers declares. “We have stayed together in a healthy way.” Fire Away is currently available. Ozomatli perform Sept. 11 at the Hollywood Bowl. For more information, visit

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LIVESHOWREVIEWS LIGHTS/Owl City April 9 @ Club Nokia In an exciting display of synthetic sounds and masterful electro-pop, LIGHTS and Owl City delivered at a sold-out show. A Canada native, LIGHTS captivated her fans playing a keytar and bouncing on stage with infectious, bubbly energy. On the dancey, lyric-heavy “Saviour,” LIGHTS showed off two important performer qualities: authenticity as a true musician and strong technical skill. Behind her fantastical instrumentals and colorful electronic tunes, LIGHTS has a powerful voice – sweet and innocent but with an edge. She sang a stripped down version of “Pretend” on piano, a showstopping moment given the evening’s high-energy tracklist. But most were there to see Owatonna’s Owl City, as fans wore T-shirts plastered with the wide-eyed night-stalking creature on it. Adam Young, the basement band’s frontman, was a natural on stage, taking the time in between songs to reveal his love for “L.A. weather” and “In-N-Out animal-style fries.” His highly stylized voice was on par with the discoflavored Ocean Eyes, across crowd favorites like the balladesque “The Saltwater Room” and the more poppy “Hello Seattle.” The night’s big moment was an audience sing-along of the band’s big hit, “Fireflies,” which sat at No. 1 on iTunes for weeks. —Christopher Agutos

Prince Royce April 9 @ Margarita Jones Prince Royce certainly has his way with romanticizing an audience while on stage. His charisma and charming voice are key, but his uniqueness in delivering a magical bachata (musical genre and dance originated in the Dominican Republic) performance is simply natural. Born in the Bronx as Geoffrey Royce Rojas, this upcoming singer is on the way

Campus Circle > Music > Live Show Reviews to the top of his genre. He clearly illustrated that at Margarita Jones Nightclub. Prince Royce recently released his self-titled album. His first single is “Stand By Me,” a tune that collected powerful national attention in 1961 by Ben E. King. Prince Royce’s version is in Spanglish, accompanied with its modern bachata beats. It is simply mesmerizing. Other notable songs performed were “Mi Ultima Carta” (My last letter) and “El Amor Que Perdimos” (The love we lost). His lyrics are exceptional over the melodies he has written. As he sings, Prince Royce makes one dream while being entertained. —Marvin G. Vasquez

Warped Tour Kickoff April 9 @ Key Club It’s almost summer, and you know what that means. It’s almost time for Warped Tour! Warped held their annual Kickoff Party hosted by the audacious Shira of ShiraGirl to show off this year’s tour regulars. Starting off the night was Death Punch. who rawked out with that perfect mix of guitar and spit that embodies everything Warped has come to represent. Next up was this year’s pick for Weird Band You Have to See Live: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. This bluegrassrock trio’s songs are a bit repetitive, but once you see Reverend Peyton’s insane picking or Breezy Peyton’s washboarding, you’ll be glad you went to see their set. After a short emcee battle and Oompa Loompa dance (don’t ask), one of the most debated bands took the stage: the Pretty Reckless. Now, I’m a bit of a purist, so I was definitely leery when Taylor Momsen (of “Gossip Girl” fame) took the stage with her much older band mates, but lo and behold they’re not half bad! TPR is one part Alanis Morissette, one

FREQUENCY BY brien overly Foxy Shazam/The Young Veins April 21 @ The Troubadour It’s either a slow show week, or I’m going soft on all these bands in my old age, because I’m about to do what I once thought unthinkable. I didn’t expect I’d ever admit to liking anything remotely related to Panic at the Disco past or present, but … I don’t hate what I’m hearing from the Young Veins – Ryan Ross and Jon Walker’s new project. It’s a bunch of charmingly retro, classic rock-inspired, sing-along type jams. It’s kind of hard to go wrong with that format. Don’t get comfortable though, Ross, this isn’t some free pass for life or anything. Just so you know. Now, Foxy Shazam … just stick around for their set, because I don’t even know where to start with trying to put their shtick into words. One word: pornstache.

Hole April 22, 23 @ The Music Box Because everyone loves a good train wreck. Not that I condone paying for this show, by any means, but I’d love to show up rocking a “Team Melissa/Eric” shirt, just to be that dude. Also because Courtney Love wishes her solo material were half as good as Melissa Auf der Maur’s, but that’s another column for another week.

Killola April 23 @ The Roxy Playing a show the same night as the giant mess that is


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part Joan Jett and one part My Chemical Romance, with driving guitars and heady drums that are more rock than pop. Then, Pierce the Veil whipped the crowd into a frenzy with their energetic and heartfelt guitar-driven ballads. AP named their new album as one of the most anticipated of 2010 and for good reason. —Melissa Russell

Springfest April 10 @ McCarthy Quad, USC The ground at McCarthy Quad was shaking. No, it wasn’t another earthquake; it was the University of Southern California’s Annual Springfest that had the earth vibrating in tune to bass beats. This year’s 11-hour musical marathon was headlined by T-Pain, Clipse and 12 other acts, along with five student group performances. T-Pain was as good as an inebriated rapper could get, but what was upsetting was that he did not finish an entire song. He “sang” about 45 seconds – tops – of each one of his singles. Yet, this should hardly come as a surprise because I’m not sure if anyone can actually name an original song of his. He is most famous for the tagline “ – insert better artist here – featuring T-Pain” rather than vice versa. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy “Bartender” as much as the next person, but there is still disappointment you get with too high expectations. During parts of his performance, it was more entertaining to scan the crowd for intoxicated underage students trying to keep their balance than to see him bob around stage. It’s good he doesn’t take himself seriously. Even though he promotes himself like a boss, he knows his Auto-Tune will only get him so far, and he makes light of it. And that, if anything, was worth watching. Oh, and his performance of “I’m on a Boat.” —Lynda Correa

Campus Circle > Music > Frequency Courtney Love’s life may seem like a daunting task for any band, but surely there’s some cosmic irony in a band like Killola playing a few miles away. The L.A. native band is a prime example of girl-fronted melodic punk that captures the essence of our dirty rock scene while still being fun and catchy. Again, everything Courtney Love wishes she could still do. Also, more bands need music videos that entail full body fish costumes.

Rx Bandits/Good Old War April 23 @ The Glass House So, have Rx Bandits always been good? Because I’m going to feel like a massive d-bag if that’s the case and I’m like, 13 years late on this train. They’ve always been that band in the periphery of my chosen music scene, the band that I never really gave a serious listen to and never really cared much about until now. I don’t even have a good reason for blocking them out of my aural field, like that I have a secret feud with one of the members or that one of them has some kind of Disney affiliation, which are the usual reasons I purposefully ignore bands. Maybe it was some of the genre tags that have been loosely thrown around in association to them. Maybe it was some of the early touring mates the band associated with. Maybe I’m even more pretentious with my taste than I give myself credit for. But then, if that were the case, I would’ve totally started this show pick off by claiming I’ve been into this band since I was in high school, as is the case with some other d-bag writers. Instead, I’ll own up to the fact that I wish I would’ve discovered this band a lot earlier than I did, despite them being on the Required Listening playlist for anyone entering

Rx Bandits are required listening for punk rock newbies. the punk rock scene. Specifically the Warped Tour scene, at that. These dudes can write a catchy melodic rock song that sounds mature while being anything but “adult contemporary.” Drawing from a multitude of stylistic influences, these guys have been playing for well over a decade and the years of practice show in their craftsmanship. Along for the show are the equally as catchy Philadelphia natives of Good Old War. Though slightly more stripped down with the intimacy only an acoustic-folk band can bring to the stage, the threesome will still have you singing and clapping along all the same. At times weary and emotive, the band can effortlessly switch to sunny optimism with their tone, never missing a beat along the way. And most importantly, I know I at least have some claim to being in on this one before everyone else.


Do the Dougie with Cali Swag District.

Cali Swag District: Do you know how to Dougie? Los Angeles’ hottest young hip-hop act, Cali Swag District, is intent on spreading the dance craze throughout the world, and so far they’ve done a pretty good job. The group’s hypnotic single “Teach Me How to Dougie” has garnered a million-and-a-half views on YouTube, and radio stations across the country (including Power 106) have the song in regular rotation. Cali Swag District is rapper/DJ C Smooth, rappers Yung and Jay-Are and dancer M Bone, and all are graduates of Inglewood’s Morningside High School. Yung reflects the group’s contagious enthusiasm when asked about plans for the future, “I play too much, but I want the crown Tyrese has! I’m about to put him out of business. I’m like sexy chocolate – I’ve been lifting weights, and as soon as I take off my shirt I’m taking everybody out!” The debut album from Cali Swag District drops through Check Mate Entertainment/ Capitol this summer.

MusiCares Benefit Concert: The Sixth Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert celebrates women in recovery and salutes Betty Ford and the Betty Ford Center. Taking place on May 7 at Club Nokia, the concert raises funds for MusiCare’s addiction recovery services and features performances from Charlotte Caffey and Kathy Valentine (the Go-Go’s), Exene, Beth Hart, Paul Ill (Alicia Keys, Tina Turner), Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), Slash, Linda Perry (4 Non Blondes) and Corey Parks (Nashville Pussy). Samantha Ronson is set to DJ during dinner in memory of DJ AM who was a big supporter of MusiCares and who DJ’d the event last year. Others scheduled to appear include Kellii Scott, Scott Sorum, Leah Randi and the ex-vocalist for Bow Wow Wow, Annabella Lwin. Find details at R.I.P. Malcolm McLaren: Punk rock impresario Malcolm McLaren, best known as manager of the Sex Pistols, has died. Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten issued a brief comment: “For me, Malc was always entertaining, and I hope you remember that. Above all else he was an entertainer and I will miss him, and so should you.” Pistols guitarist Steve Jones had a bit more to say about McLaren including a very personal revelation: “I was upset when I heard the news as I’ve always had a soft spot for Malcolm. I knew him since I was 17 before the Pistols formed. I used to drive him around in Vivienne Westwood’s car to the tailors in London in the days of the Let It Rock clothing store. Malcolm was definitely the Brian Epstein of punk; without him it wouldn’t have happened the way it did. I stayed friends with him throughout the years despite some of our differences. He came on Jonesy’s Jukebox a couple of years ago, and that’s a good memory. But my fondest memory of Malcolm, and I loved the guy, was his birthday gift to me when I turned 21 – he got me a hooker and some heroin.” McLaren died of cancer at age 64 on April 8.

Anti- 2010 Spring Compilation: Anti- has just released a 15-cut sampler of tracks taken from their roster of new and upcoming releases. Available at the bargain price of $2.99, the compilation contains four songs that are at the moment unavailable elsewhere: “Goodbye Sweet Dreams” by Roky Erickson, “Salt of the Earth” by Bettye LaVette, “All Alone in an Empty House” by Lost in the Trees and “Slow Man” by Sage Francis. Other Anti- acts contributing include Galactic, Dr. Dog, Tom Waits, Islands and Rain Machine. Find your copy at iTunes. Something Corporate: Played in Space: Geffen and UMe are celebrating the reunion of acclaimed Orange County band Something Corporate by issuing a special two-CD retrospective called Played in Space: The Best of Something Corporate. One disc is packed with favorites like “Punk Rock Princess” and “If You C Jordan,” while the second disc features unreleased cuts “Konstantine” and “Watch the Sky” along with a remix of “Forget December,” an Adam Young (Owl City) remix of “I Woke Up in a Car” and new recording “Wait.” Played in Space drops April 27, and the iTunes version of the set includes a new recording of “Letters to Noelle.”

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GAGNE WITH THE WIND by parimal M. Rohit

None of us realized it at the time, but those two words flashing brightly on the large LED screen towering over the seats in the Right Field Pavilion at Dodger Stadium each time Eric Gagne ran onto the field were an omen of bad things to come. Anyone claiming to be a Dodger fan remembers those two fateful words: “Game Over!” Those two little words were once a source for buzz-filled excitement. Now the phrased moniker is a self-fulfilling prophecy. On April 19, Gagne reportedly threw in the towel on a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde career. Although, for all intents and purposes, Gagne was basically “retired” from baseball the day the infamous Mitchell Report listed his name as one of those MLBers guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. Gagne has since struggled to find his game after the Mitchell Report was released in December 2007. Since then he has spent portions of seasons playing for Boston, Milwaukee and Texas as well as professional baseball in Quebec before making one last-ditch effort to return to Major League Baseball when he was invited to spring training with, of all teams, the Dodgers. When the Dodgers’ coaching staff elected not to bring Gagne onto the opening day roster, well, let us just say the proverbial nail hammered the pitcher’s coffin door shut.

Campus Circle > Sports > The Sports Wanderer Just like that, the phrase “Game Over!” – once a statement of certain Dodger victory – has become synonymous with personal failure and shortcomings. Any baseball nut can reiterate the insane statistics that defined Gagne’s roller coaster career – the closer saved 84 games over a three-year stretch, including all 55 save chances in his 2003 Cy Youngwinning campaign. That performance translated into a $5 million arbitration deal in 2004 and a two-year, $19 million accord signed the following season. However, the writing on the wall was clearly becoming evident that it was Gagne’s career that was “Game Over!” Overall, Gagne finished with a 33-26 record, a 3.47 ERA and 187 saves in 10 major league seasons. But, after his “magical” run as dominant closer came to an end in 2004, Gagne was never able to relive his short-lived glory. After signing the two-year, $19 million deal in 2005, Gagne appeared in only 16 games during the length of his contract with the Dodgers, saving eight games and posting a 1-0 record in that stretch. In 2007 – coincidentally the last season he would play before Sen. George Mitchell’s report was released – Gagne finally parted ways with the Dodgers and landed stints with the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox. Playing a combined 54 games for both teams that year, Gagne was 4-2 and converted 16 of 20 saves. The following season, the numbers were even more troubling. In 50 appearances with the Milwaukee Brewers, Gagne blew seven of 17 save opportunities – a horrendous statistic for any closer in the major leagues. Coincidentally, the horrid numbers were posted just months after the Mitchell Report was released. Once released by the Brewers, Gagne was effectively placed in exile. The combination of his name morbidly being listed in the Mitchell Report and his pathetic in-game performances

It’s Game Over for Eric Gagne.

– such as 11 blown saves in 37 opportunities over his two seasons after only having just six in his entire career as a Dodger – was a recipe for his career quickly being defined by the “Game Over!” that once made his days as a professional baseballer so memorable. Spending his time in exile with the Quebec Capitales of the independent Can-Am League, Gagne had hoped for one last push into reclaiming his glory days when he signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers in February. However, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times during Dodgers spring training in Arizona, Gagne admitted he used performance-enhancing drugs, and his career was all but over when the Mitchell Report was released in 2007. A few weeks later, after making a few shaky Cactus League appearances, Gagne humbly requested the team to release him. He knew it was “Game Over!” May his story of skyrocketed success and equally gargantuan fall be a moral story to all future athletes of all that can go wrong in a quest to bend the rules in the name of trying to become the best.






Another game, another win. The Galaxy collected a 2-1 victory Saturday over visiting Real Salt Lake at the Home Depot Center. “It was a good game,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena states. “Two good teams playing hard. We beat a good team; we are pleased with the results.” Forward Edson Buddle continued his above par play after netting two goals, bringing his 2010 season total to seven thus far after four matches. The seven scores are a new MLS record for a player to start the season, which was previously held by former Guatemalan forward Carlos Ruiz in 2002 at six goals. Ruiz played for Los Angeles, too. Buddle currently leads the MLS in goals as well, and he helped the Galaxy improve to 4-0. “Buddle is supposed to score goals, and he is scoring goals,” Arena says. “He has been great. His performances have been outstanding.” Team captain Landon Donovan assisted on the first score in the 12th minute. Donovan sent a corner kick from the right flank into the box to find Buddle’s head, which eventually placed the ball perfectly at the back of the net. Donovan registered his leagueleading fourth assist. The Utah based squad (1-2-1) knotted the match at one a piece four minutes prior to halftime, as midfielder Kyle Beckerman scored off a right-footed kick from outside the box. Buddle’s game-winning goal arrived in 76th minute after firing a right-footed shot past goalkeeper Nick Rimando. Brazilian Juninho received the assist for Buddle’s gamebreaking mark. “A big part of his success today is because he has been able to stay healthy,” Arena says of Buddle. Defensively, the Galaxy competed solidly. However, the group surrendered its first goal of the campaign, which ended goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts’ three-game shutout streak (310 total minutes). Los Angeles travels to face the Kansas City Wizards Saturday. Kick-off is at 5:30 p.m.


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Renewed Rivalry Recap BY dov rudnick

Last week I made the argument that the Dodgers’ weekend series against the San Francisco Giants could foreshadow the competition ahead between two of the Western Division’s strongest teams. I pointed out the strengths of both clubs, the Giants with their dominant pitching rotation and the Dodgers with their offensively solid starting lineup. As the series unfolded, we saw the best and worst of both teams. April 16, Dodger hitters went to town early, scoring seven runs in the first two innings off beleaguered Giant starter Todd Wellemeyer. Andre Ethier’s first-ever grand slam home run in the second inning highlighted the assault. But the game was almost lost for the Dodgers when starter Vicente Padilla was pulled after five innings and the bullpen collapsed yet again, nearly giving up the game in the ninth before reliever Ramon Troncoso closed things up for a 10-8 Dodger victory. Despite the win, it was the sort of game an aficionado of the sport loathes, complete with sloppy fielding, low suspense and a hideous injury. The latter event came in the fourth inning, when Padilla threw a high and inside 87 mile per hour breaking ball, which struck Giant center fielder Aaron Rowand in the face and broke his jaw. The Giants, understandably peeved, came roaring back the next day with an ugly 9-0 drubbing of the dazed Dodgers. Giants ace Tim Lincecum took no prisoners in six scoreless innings. April 17’s getaway game at last provided a little excitement. The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and Giant veteran Barry Zito were in top form going into late innings with respective shutouts. The Giants took the lead with a solo homer in the seventh, while Manny Ramirez came off the bench in the eighth to slug a go-ahead two-run homer. It was all the offense the Dodgers needed to win the game and the series. It will not be until late June when the two teams face off again in San Francisco. Then, perhaps, we will have a better idea of each teams’ longterm capabilities. Rowand’s broken jaw may be mended by then, but it is doubtful that either team will forget what has thus far transpired.



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1) St. Louis use the top pick on their most pressing need and their future – top-ranked passer Sam Bradford (Oklahoma). 2) Detroit pick OT Patrick Okung (Oklahoma State) to protect QB Matt Stafford. 3) Tampa Bay: Gerald McCoy (Oklahoma) is a great fit as a one-gap tackle in their Tampa-2 defensive front. 4) Washington go after someone to cover Donovan McNabb’s blind side, OT Brian Bulgara (Iowa). 5) Kansas City can’t pass up DT Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska) to bolster their run defense and pass rush. 6) Seattle replace Deon Grant with secondary stud Eric Berry (Tennessee).

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7) Cleveland select QB Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame) to lead the club into the future. 8) Oakland: Al Davis is notorious for reaching in the first round, opting for combine numbers over game tape. He does so again by selecting Bruce Campbell (Maryland). 9) Buffalo find a good blocker in OT Trent Williams (Oklahoma). 10) Jacksonville select Derrick Morgan to play opposite newly acquired Aaron Kampman. 11) Denver draft another well-built, physically talented WR, Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State). 12) Miami select Dan Williams (Tennessee) to eat up space in the middle. 13) San Francisco select the best cover man in the class: Joe Haden (Florida). 14) Seattle use their second pick of the round on the best available: HB C.J. Spiller. 15) New York (Giants) must replace Antonio Pierce and take Rolando McClain (Alabama). 16) Tennessee bolster their defensive front four with DE Jason Pierre-Paul (South Florida). 17) San Francisco add to their line with OT Anthony Davis (Rutgers). 18) Pittsburgh strengthen the line in front of Big Ben with OG Mike Iupati (Idaho). 19) Atlanta: After landing Dunta Robinson, the Falcons turn their attention to the defense’s front seven and grab DE/OLB Brandon Graham (Michigan).




Oddly fitting that the best first-round playoff matchup in this year’s Stanley Cup race would pit a group of young kids from Hollywood against a high-scoring machine with a nickname that doubles as a slang term for “Canadian.” With the Vancouver Canucks losing home-ice advantage to the Los Angeles Kings after two grueling overtime matches in Vancouver, hockey fans across the continent have to be scratching their collective heads at what may be a paradigm shift in the NHL. There is a very real chance Phoenix and Los Angeles will meet in the second round. How the heck do two teams in America’s expansively sand-filled Southwest manage to make waves in the race for ice hockey greatness? Even more, should the Kings and Coyotes meet in the coming week they would have beaten two teams strongly associated with North American ice hockey. Such deep storylines make the Stanley Cup Playoffs among the most exciting postseasons in sports.

20) Houston select all-around cover-man FS/CB Earl Griffin (Texas).

22) New England add youth to their defense by selecting OLB Sergio Kindle (Texas). 23) Green Bay: The age of the Packers secondary is a major concern for the young talentloaded team, so they grab CB Kyle Wilson (Boise State). 24) Philadelphia keep their aggressive defense stocked with Sean Weatherspoon (Missouri). 25) Baltimore select DT Jared Odrick (Penn State). 26) Arizona rebuild their linebacker core by taking OLB Jerry Hughes (TCU). 27) Dallas look to replace Flozell Adams fast with OT Rodger Saffold (Indiana). 28) San Diego let go of future Hall of Famer L.T. and reload with Ryan Mathews (Fresno). 29) New York (Jets) focus on adding to their pass rush with DE Everson Griffen (USC). 30) Minnesota add depth to the secondary by selecting CB Devin McCourty (Rutgers). 31) Indianapolis find Jeff Saturday’s eventual replacement in C Maurkice Pouncey (Florida). 32) New Orleans take the fast-rising DT Brian Price (UCLA).


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21) Cincinnati most likely select hard-hitting FS Taylor Mays (USC).


The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest

The Lakers welcomED the Oklahoma Thunder to the first round of play for the Western Conference crown Sunday afternoon at Staples with an 87-79 victory. The game followed Phil Jackson’s April 13 comment that Thunder forward Kevin Durant receives special treatment from the league’s officials (Durant made it to the charity stripe more than any player this season.). Jackson has a track record of dissing great players whom he is anxious to play, and there is no doubt that Durant is a rising star. He entered this season’s MVP conversation by being the youngest ever, at 21, to nab the regular season scoring record and taking his team from 23 wins last season to 50 and the playoffs this season. Containing Durant is key to the Lakers winning this series, and the brunt of this mission is up to Ron Artest, who must wake from his regular-season slumber and keep Durant under control. The Lakers also celebrated the return of center Andrew Bynum in Game 1. The size of Bynum and Pau Gasol is an asset over the Thunder, and the Lakers must take advantage in the middle, as well as exploit the Thunder’s youth and inexperience. The teams travel to Oklahoma City for Game 3 Thursday and Game 4 Saturday. Game 5 is scheduled to be at Staples Tuesday, if necessary.

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Q&A BY lucia

I seem to have a pattern. I meet younger guys (under 25) who seem very interested when we go out. I don’t sleep around and usually wait two months. However, suddenly they’re gone – no calls or texts. Why does this keep happening to me?


—Scarlett Marie The answer to your question lies in your first sentence – they’re under 25. Most guys under 25 are looking for sex first and possibly a relationship afterwards. Of course, they act interested in the beginning – because they are – but they are interested in sex. They are used to girls giving it up within the first three dates, and if it doesn’t happen, unless there’s an emotional connection, they move on. Since you don’t have anything solid with them, they don’t feel they need to actually break up with you, and that’s why you don’t hear from them anymore. If you’re looking for something more solid, I suggest you date older. Two months ago I met a girl on an Internet dating site. We exchanged phone numbers and started talking continuously. After a week, she told me that she was in love with me. She asked me if I would marry her because we are in love. I asked myself if I was in love, and the answer was, “No!” I told her I can’t marry her because she is six years older, and I also have to see to my career. Now she wants to travel to me, and I have told her not to come so soon. I am in a situation in which I can’t refuse her totally, but I don’t want to marry her. What to do? —Reg If you don’t want to meet her yet, you have the right to say no. Tell her you prefer to take things slow and possibly meet in the future, but right now it’s too soon. If she insists on meeting you before you’re ready, stop communicating with her. She either has mental health issues or ulterior motives. 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.



by Scott bell Love it or hate it, Japanese animation is almost unavoidable in modern gaming. Our plumbers may be Italian and the street fighters are from all around the world, but the art style is pure Japan. Even the hyper-realistic games draw from movie action sequences that were inspired by anime. Needless to say, the one place where you cannot avoid anime is in Japanese role-playing games. Americans really only get a small sampling of the vast array of JRPGs, but it’s obvious from the few we do get that whenever an unlikely group of heroes gathers together to stop some vague evil force from gathering ancient relics, you can expect that they will have the big eyes and crazy hair of anime. In fact, it is almost impossible not to think of Japanese animation whenever the letters RPG are uttered. The obvious extension of this is that RPG developers like to put anime cutscenes into their titles. This practice became very popular when RPGs first came over onto CD-based gaming platforms where they could take key moments and make them into glorious, cinematic animated sequences. That said, there is a point where we are no longer playing an anime-inspired game and instead have started to watch an anime with occasional interactive segments.


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Campus Circle > Culture > Gaming OK, so “Lunar: Silver Star Harmony” may not be that bad, but this PSP remake of the classic 2-D RPG has always been heavy on the anime. For those who never played the original title, it is a beautiful fantasy epic that follows a group of young anime heroes as they fight to save the world with nothing but the power of turn-based combat. As you can expect, the anime cutscenes are gorgeous and plentiful. Fans of “Lunar” can rest assured that the game has actually been improved in this PSP recreation of the classic. The artwork has gotten a 3-D polish, which takes the stubby, pixel-based sprites and breathes new life into them. The battle sequences feel more intense – even when your fighter rushes halfway across the screen with sword drawn only to find they can’t get close enough to stab their target – and the cinematics look great on the PSP screen. Unfortunately, the cinematics are so dense that they go from a beautiful accent to a hindrance. The beginning of the game is so thick with in-game dialogue and animated clips that you may start to wonder whether there is a game coming up. The story’s sweetness is actually dulled quite a bit by the fact that it is hard to keep caring about characters that you don’t really have control over for far too long. The whole experience shows just how much love has gone into the generations of this title, but it would have gained so much more by being more sparing with the cutscenes. Going from the old to the new, “Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon” for the Nintendo Wii offers a story that is both original and uniquely anime. This unique mix of survival horror and action-RPG follows Seto, a young man who finds himself alone in the world after his mentor dies. Seto has no idea of anything outside of his home, but the search for any other humans in this strangely empty world drives him to leave everything he has ever known. So, armed

“Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon” is original and unique.

with just a flashlight and a stick to hit ghosts with, Seto heads out in search for a mysterious silver-haired girl. “Fragile Dreams” is nothing if not elegant in its depiction of an empty, modern world and the wonders that it could hold. Everything from the grungy underground shopping mall to the ghostly beauty of the open sky has a memorable appeal that could only come from an anime world. Even the hordes of uncomfortably similar-looking monsters are as pretty as they are vicious. Match this with a unique use of the Wii remote and you get an engrossing, charming game. Of course, anime is a dual-edged sword. For all of the beauty, the anime inspires far too many cutscenes early on in the game. The cinematics are spread out further into the game, but the repeated anime asides take the player out of the moment and essentially kill any suspense. Admittedly, the game falls more on the side of sentimental than on horror, but like “Lunar,” even touching moments become dull when you can literally put down the controller while waiting to be able to play again. Both games are fun and beautiful, but they do remind us that less anime is more.





SATURDAYAPRIL 24 Celestial Navigations Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles; Remember “Sesame Street,” “3-2-1 Contact” or “The Electric Company?” Al Jarnow was the man responsible for much of the animation and stop-motion films from these shows. Clips have been compiled into one film, and he discusses them at a Q&A after the show. 7:30 p.m. $12.

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April 24-25 @ UCLA WEDNESDAYAPRIL 21 A Drop of Life

SATURDAYAPRIL 24 Create:Fixate presents “Vitalize”

Taper Hall of Humanities, USC, University Park Campus, Los Angeles; Shalini Kantayya is a talented ecofeminist who created a short film called A Drop of Life. The informative short puts on display issues of global water shortage. She screens the film (It is about 17 minutes in length.) followed by an educational discussion on the topic of eco-feminism. 7 p.m. FREE.

High Profile Productions, 5896 Smiley Drive, Culver City; Create:Fixate hosts its first art event of 2010, featuring 25 top local artists, DJs and musicians with vibrant artwork and music. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 before 9 p.m., $25 after.

WEDNESDAYAPRIL 21 LA Fashion Corner 2010 EcoFriendly Fashion Show Highlands Hollywood, 6801 Hollywood Blvd.; Check out eco-friendly fashion designs and sustainable products from today’s hottest designers and distinctive exhibitors at the quarterly show. Hosted by the gorgeous Layla Milani (“Deal or No Deal”) and featuring live performances by Djoir Jordan and the amazing female dance company, Groovaholix. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Tix start at $20.

THURSDAYAPRIL 22 “The Stigmatized” Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown; offers/campuscircle World-renowned conductor James Conlon continues the critically lauded, groundbreaking Recovered Voices series with the first-ever production in the Western hemisphere of any opera by Franz Schreker. Also Saturday. 7:30 p.m. And, there is an exlusive offer for Campus Circle members: get in for only $20 with promo code 13140.

FRIDAYAPRIL 23 THC Expo LA Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Downtown; The expo focuses on education of the cannabis plant. Plus, the convention is a great venue to purchase all the latest hemp products on the market. THC Expo is the largest hemprelated trade show in America. And last year, 300 companies participated in the event. Have a thoroughly green adventure! Runs through Sunday. $10.

SUNDAYAPRIL 25 HAPArt Hive Gallery, 729 S. Spring St., Downtown; In addition to live music and free food, work by HAPA (mixed race/ethnic artists) is exhibited with art by resident artists of the Hive. The Mixed Marrow/Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches (A3M)/Mixed Marrow also host a bone marrow drive at the event. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. FREE.

MONDAYAPRIL 26 Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Comedienne extraordinaire Chelsea Handler signs and presents her latest book full of more shocking revelations and irreverent humor. 7 p.m. FREE.

MONDAYAPRIL 26 The Lost Boys ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; The ’80s classic arguably featured the late Corey Haim’s most famous role. Also stars Corey Feldman, Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland. 8 p.m. $13

TUESDAYAPRIL 27 “Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps” Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown; Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have Broadway’s comedy smash. Runs through May 16. Tix start at $20.

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BY denise guerra

Catch Shawn and Marlon Wayans at the Target Children’s Stage Saturday.

Boy, do I love the Festival of Books! A sunny weekend filled with hundreds of exhibitors raising their tents in honor of stories, poems, authors, illustrators and all things related to the beloved book. This yearly event attracts hundreds of visitors who trek up the majestic hills of UCLA to explore exhibitions of many popular new, used and rare titles by America’s most beloved writers and illustrators. I have had so many memories and exciting moments at the Festival of Books: In 2008, I was able to watch a wheelchair bound Ray Bradbury talk about how he wrote Fahrenheit 451 on a rented typewriter down in the UCLA Library basement. In 2009, I received pretty good career advice from Los Angeles Times columnist and Hero Complex blogger Geoff Boucher. And, 2010 shows a promising roster of insightful panelists and special guests, along with some return exhibitions to keep a look out for. Be sure to check out the event map (online or on the day of the event) for specific times and locations. There is so much the festival has to offer, but below are the top five festival happenings to look forward to. The $5 or Less Bookstore: This needs to be your first stop. Not only is it a great deal but you can find previous bestsellers and books that you’ve always wanted to buy (but didn’t want to spend money for) all in one place. This tent gets pretty crowded with long lines and confined spaces, but it pays off in all of the books you’ll be able to take home. The Target Children’s Stage: Target has been a frequent sponsor of this event for many years, and it shows in their massive tent located to the very north of UCLA’s campus (near Dodd Hall). It’s a lively and colorful place where the illustrious tales of classic and contemporary children’s stories come to life. Authors appearing include R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series. Also, with the trend of famous entertainers writing children’s books, you may find it interesting to discover Shawn and Marlon Wayans, Henry Winkler, Holly Robinson Peete and Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. Los Angeles Times Pavilion: Usually located right in front of the fountain on top of Janss Steps, this is festival headquarters where you get free swag, enter contests and participate in meet and greets with Los Angeles Times writers and photographers. Like last year, they have a giant graffiti wall where festival viewers can write down their favorite books. Something new is a mobile scavenger hunt where the winner receives an iPad. Featured festival author David Shannon is on board throughout the weekend for book signings here. Speakers and Performances: As one of the first men on the moon, Buzz Aldrin is interviewed on Sunday for his book, Magnificent Desolation: the Long Journey Home from the Moon. The Los Angeles Times stage features interviews from the likes of Pam Grier, Sarah Silverman and Todd Bridges about their new books. An often overlooked and more intimate stage experience involves a visit to the Poetry and Cooking stages. With a smaller crowd, you can experience moving and dynamic performances sure to ignite your senses. Plus, watch out for Alicia Silverstone who is to be interviewed for her book, The Kind Diet. Also, the Etc. Stage features performances by the LA Opera, Reduced Shakespeare Company, Folklórico dancers, mariachi musicians and an a cappella group. Tents to Watch: For the travel enthusiast, Traveler’s Bookcase, Lonely Planet, Distant Lands – A Traveler’s Bookstore, Travelers’ Tales, Inc., Time Out. For your soul: Chicken Soup for the Soul Books, Inner Traditions – Bear & Company. For writer support: California Writers Club, Independent Writers of Southern California, Writers Guild Foundation. For the anime guru: Manga University, Kinokuniya Bookstore. For the hipster: Vroman’s Bookstore, Mysterious Galaxy.

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