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ARE YOU THE OFFICE SOCIOPATH?
by ebony march, news EDITOR They are corporate America’s latest dirty secret. Hours upon hours of precious time and productivity are absorbed and squandered because of them. Brilliant minds and talented individuals are forced out of promising professional futures as a result of their prevalence. Not only that, but they are often the most powerful men and women within an organization. They are the office sociopaths. Chances are, you deal with one on a daily basis. You may even be the one lurking within your company. An office sociopath is defined as a person of power without a conscience. They lack empathy and the ability to work well with others. Most of them are good observers, able to suss out and prey upon the perceived weaknesses of their co-workers. In an office or corporate setting, they are the men or women who rise to power quickly by developing relationships with superiors, using charm and deception to get what they want. When Danelle began her job as a writer for a political blog, she was intrigued by Martin, the young man who had been hired to work alongside her in a similar role. They had
Campus Circle > News > Local News both graduated from the Ivy League – she from Princeton and he from Harvard. They were instructed by their boss to get to know each other, since their roles overlapped. “I thought he was pretty nice at first – a bit competitive – but nice,” she says. “Then I got to know him.” Before long, Danelle found herself being kept out of the loop at meetings. Martin would neglect to pass along pertinent information to her about their daily tasks. Even the workload that she shared with her teammate soon shifted: She found herself being assigned the administrative tasks while Martin was given most of the coveted creative assignments. At first, Danelle assumed that her worries were mere insecurities until the day came when Martin was promoted to the role of her supervisor. “One of the editors wasn’t happy there and left for a job at The Times. [Martin] got the promotion. It didn’t take long before he started throwing me under the bus for everything. He’d blame missed deadlines on me. He would conveniently forget to clue me in on meetings. This one time, he even lied to our boss and said that I knocked him down without saying I was sorry, and he believed him,” she recalls. So Danelle kicked her talents into overdrive. She fought for tougher assignments at the publication, but Martin managed to always get himself paired with her, eventually taking credit for her hard work and passing it off as his own. Danelle’s father encouraged her to talk to their superiors about the situation, but she saw the writing on the wall. “I got tired of it, so I quit,” she says. “I’ve worked around versions of that guy my whole life. It wasn’t worth it.” Researchers believe that many managers within the business world are textbook sociopaths. Reality television provides a powerful social anthropological view into this issue on MTV’s hit show “The City.” Classic characteristics
SO LONG, ROOMMATES! by denise GUERRA
Since transferring to UCLA, I have always had at least one roommate. Though people and personalities vary, this year’s bunch has given me a lot to think (and shout) about. Within the next week, I am moving out on my own, a lone wolf in the big city (too bad life is never like an episode of “The Hills”). But as I ponder on what went wrong, I first and foremost see my roommates this year as good and passionate people; each were involved with activities that affected their communities in very meaningful ways. So most of the time they were busy helping others, except those they lived with. It was when they came home that things seemed a little off, the room felt colder than before. We had a meeting last month to discuss renewing the lease, and the pros and cons of living with each other. “For real, there was tension, we need to discuss this,” said one girl. “Denise?” They all looked straight at me. I quickly put their minds to rest and simply stated I’m moving out. That was all. Quickly the three remaining roommates started to discuss who they wanted to move in with them with a list of criteria that boiled down to: If you didn’t know one of us, then you were not qualified to live here. That mindset seemed to sum up my whole experience on Greenfield Avenue. As much as I tried to understand and get to know each
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of the office sociopath unfold each week in the relationship between socialite Olivia Palermo and her Elle Magazine teammate Erin Kaplan. When Palermo failed to deliver on the job, it was Kaplan who went behind her back and lobbied to replace her with British fashionista Louise Roe. Both Kaplan and Erin Kaplan of MTV’s “The City” Palermo exhibit traits of the aggressor and victim, creating a toxic work environment for those working with them. “The worst thing about these people is that they polarize a work space, so you never know who to trust,” says Matt Clay. The 29-year-old psychology student is currently writing his dissertation on the phenomenon and hopes to have it published upon completion. “They turn the office into one of those childhood situations where one little kid hits the other; both go running to mommy, and mommy is forced to choose sides. Depending on who gets scolded determines the power shift. In most cases, it’s the kid who is most convincing and likable – not the one who was victimized – that wins.” Clay advises that there’s little to be done to protect oneself from the dynamic. “Staying and fighting rarely works. Unless you thrive on the stress, sometimes it’s best to just move on,” he says.
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Campus Circle > Blogs > D-Day and every one of them, there was no true dialogue. Simply, the people I lived with were just like the people I see on the elevator every morning. Sometimes you say, “Hi,” if the person was personable, other times you just keep quiet and to yourself. Most of the time I would walk into the kitchen or living room, say hello and get a half-hearted, “Hey,” not even looking up at me, so listless and without feeling it was as if they were simply mumbling to get me to go away. Maybe I’m over-exaggerating, but the truth of the matter is that it pretty much happened every time. I could probably list and complain about everything that got on my nerves, but that doesn’t solve anything. Well maybe in six words: Can you clean up after yourselves? And let me add three more words: And be hospitable? As their friends would come over and stay till 2 a.m., my friends couldn’t even stay five minutes without feeling that cold temperature I previously referred to. One of the worst feelings ever was to know that my friends had to sleep in the recreation room on the bottom floor because they felt uncomfortable being in my apartment. The place was huge and can accommodate so many people sleeping on the floor and on the couches, but instead, they had to go sleep in this dingy room. How awful to know that the people I cared about the most and who drove two hours to see me had to be placed in this situation. Am I venting? Oh yes, I am. I would have thought that after coming from the same cultural background and knowing the same people that we would all get along swimmingly, instead, living there just sucked the life out of me. Lesson No. 314: You will not get along with everyone. It’s weird because sometimes you can pinpoint the problem to something like miscommunication or a difference
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It’s nice when roommates get along. But what do you do when they don’t? in values. However, unless you’re willing to seriously sit down uncomfortably in one room and address the situation, trying to get along with people after a year of living together seems futile. You have to cut your losses and move on. It’s life. Obviously, there were some passive aggressive issues no one wanted to address, and who knows, maybe if we did talk about it things would have been different. In reality, we were all at fault. No one wanted to take the time to really open up and get to know the other person. As everyone became closed off to each other, we lived as if there were mini walls in between us, and I have to wonder if there was anything I could do to have broken through. Now that I’m moving out, it makes sense that there are some walls not worth breaking.
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The “Jersey Shore” crew heads to Miami for a second season of surprises, drama, hook-ups and all-out partying.
Hits South Beach for a New Season by christopher agutos Get ready because the wait is finally over. This summer your favorite group of hell-raising, party crashing guidos and guidettes return to the small screen for the highly anticipated second season of MTV’s breakout hit show “Jersey Shore.” But can you handle the crazy? If somehow you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the past nine months, “Jersey Shore” is the addictive, “Real World”type reality experience capturing the lives of eight wild Italian-American housemates, set in New Jersey, of course. With 12 new episodes ready for America to indulge in, the real party is about to begin. Catapulting off of the show’s overnight success, MTV has found the perfect blend of sexy and sweet with our latest guilty pleasure. Take the show’s resident good-girl Snooki for example.
When she isn’t causing a stir out in public, she’s usually gabbing about her biggest obsession: pickles. In season 2, Snooki has a life-changing experience tasting her first fried pickle – quality American television at its finest. For those of you who have not yet caught a glimpse of the show, the cast delivers a strong dose of must-watch wildness and hilarity in each and every episode. Soaking in their newfound celebrity statuses, this time Snooki, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Pauly D, JWOWW and the rest of the gang ditch Seaside Heights for one hot destination where the city never sleeps and the party never stops: South Beach, Miami. Though a bit shocking at first, the change of scenery is sure to bring a whole new season of surprises, drama, hookups and, of course, parties. After all, the cast of misbehaving ladies and gents did outstay its welcome a bit during their adventurous summer in New Jersey in the show’s season debut. Remember when that drunk guy punched Snooki in the face at the bar? Or when Pauly D’s crazy stalker followed him all over the boardwalk? Maybe when Ronnie and Sammi finally stopped fighting? You can’t forget when JWOWW was thrown out of the club during a night out, and the boys decided not to save her. Well, this summer, the lip locking, dance-floor grinding and fist pumping are all in full effect. In the trailer for the new season, MTV teases audiences with tons of on-camera moments that can’t be missed. We all remember when audiences collectively cringed last season when the Situation and Snooki had lapses of judgment
in the hot tub that one night. Well, prepare for a few more housemate hook-ups. Vinny will take his turn going after Snooki, only to spark a brawl between her and Angelina (you know, the girl that got fired and evicted last season). The newly extinguished flame between Ronnie and Sammi will definitely make for an awkward living situation, especially when JWOWW tries to move in on freshly unmarked territory. Big fan of catfights? Well, the new season promises at least a couple. MTV also gets it right with the second season’s tagline, “New Shore, Same Crazy.” Witness the playboy antics when the Situation and his buddies go fearlessly into battle and fight off grenades (the term given to the less attractive friends of a girl that is being pursued). Amid their summer nights ab flaunting and party hopping, the housemates definitely haven’t lost the crazy. Taking it up a notch, the cast guarantees fans more fun this summer. Always flaunting her signature hair poof, Snooki tells MTV, “Miami definitely has a lot of good clubs, and so does Jersey … the only thing that’s good about Miami is they’re open till six in the morning. Jersey closes at 2 a.m., so that kind of sucks.” An endless opportunity to go out for this bunch? Sounds like trouble. In the second half of season 2, the group relocates back to the one and only place they call home, the Jersey Shore. Albeit outlandish ratings and phenomenal popularity, last summer “Jersey Shore” skyrocketed to success by stealing headlines for the equally entertaining controversy and protest surrounding the show. Whether it was for the criticism that blamed the show for its offensive portrayals of Italian-American stereotypes or the vicious scrutiny from the locals who argued the nonlocal cast members misrepresented the area, the tabloid talk encouraged even greater interest in the experimental project that the music network had created. For MTV as well as the young stars, the results have been laced in nothing but dollar signs. As dissenters pushed for MTV to pull the program off the air, the channel responded with a short and sweet explanation: “The Italian-American cast takes pride in their ethnicity. We understand that this show is not intended for every audience and depicts just one aspect of youth culture.” Almost a year later, the show survived, becoming an instant TV favorite. Also in less than a year, the cast has also risen to new ranks in the Hollywood hierarchy. On season 2’s star-studded soundtrack – featuring highprofile artists like Lil Jon, Enrique Iglesias, Ludacris, Pitbull and LMFAO, who sings the show’s opener “Get Crazy” – cast mate-turned-overnight-celebrity DJ Pauly D is also featured with his brand-new single. As for the type of music, you guessed it: club track. So what’s there to expect in season 2? The Situation boasts to MTV News, “You know what, this [new] season is crazy. It’s action-packed. It’s like a movie. It’s gonna be one of the best shows of the year, guaranteed.” And even though the new season has yet to kick off, all of the cast members (except Angelina “Jolie” Pivarnick) recently signed on for the show’s third installment. Given “Jersey Shore”’s catastrophic following, each walked away with a significant pay rise, sure to be spent on tight dresses, gym memberships and, of course, pickles. So, get ready. Expect the beach bodies to be more ripped, the skin to be a hint more orange, the fights more fantastic and the parties to never end. Cake on the fake tan and prepare to fist pump your way through summer.
“Jersey Shore” season 2 premieres July 29 at 10 p.m. on MTV.
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DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS
A Table Full of Frighteningly Funny Minds by sasha perl-raver After sharing the screen in The 40-YearOld Virgin and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd team up for a new comedy inspired by the 1998 French film, Le diner de cons. Dinner for Schmucks is about Tim (Paul Rudd), a rising executive who has to find the ultimate imbecile guest to bring to his boss’ monthly dinner party of pathetic losers in order to get a promotion. When he almost runs over IRS employee Barry (Steve Carell) as he’s bent in the street foraging for dead mice to use in his taxidermy still-life dioramas (possibly the best part of the film), Tim thinks he’s hit the jackpot until his new friend causes his life to unravel. Directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents), Dinner for Schmucks features a powerhouse comedic cast, including Ron Livingston, Zach Galifianakis and Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Conchords”) in supporting roles. But the weight of that many frighteningly funny minds on one set was an embarrassment of riches that led to one major problem: blown takes thanks to a nasty case of the giggles. “It’s a challenge not to ruin a take by laughing,” Rudd says
Campus Circle > Film > Interviews in his signature deadpan when the cast gathers for the film’s press day. “I didn’t rise to that challenge on many occasions.” Unable to control those irrepressible giggles, when one reporter compares Galifianakis to a combination of “Marlon Brando and Andy Kaufman,” both Carell and Rudd erupt. “I can’t get that combination out of my head,” Carell giggles. “I want to see that movie!” When he finally simmers down, Carell continues, “[Zach] is intensely funny, and he’s so specific in the choices he makes. He’s just really a joy to work with.” Offering similar praise to Clement, who in many ways straps the movie to his back and walks off with it (even in such stellar company), Carells says, “[Jemaine] is a really good improviser in the sense that you never feel him going for a joke, you never get a sense that he’s waiting for his turn to say or do something funny. He’s really just part of the scene and always ends up making it better. He’s a really fine actor. He committed to his character so completely. There’s a sense of calm and inner dignity to the character, even in the face of absurdity, which I just loved. He was a hard person to work with and not ruin takes because he’s just so good.” “He’s so good at subtlety,” Rudd offers, springboarding off Carell. “There were many moments when he would just say something, it wasn’t really a joke, but it would just really make me laugh. He’s good in everything.” Continuing the lovefest, both actors have only the highest praise for their director, who they both agree was a major element in their desire to make the film. When asked what their favorite Roach film is, they’re both quick to respond. “Austin Powers was one of the funniest movies I’d ever seen,” Carell trumpets, “and it was such a surprising movie. That’s what first attracted me to want to work with Jay.” “One of the things I think is amazing about Jay is how
FILMREVIEWS Countdown to Zero (Magnolia) What’s easy to obtain, difficult to detect and quick to destroy? The atomic bomb. Over the years, movies have entertained the idea of the end of the world, but there are usually fictional backdrops as the reasoning. Countdown to Zero explores the history of the atomic bomb and questions its existence. With the Obama administration currently wrestling to create worldwide nuclear disarmament, writer and director Lucy Walker builds a strong case to ban nuclear weapons in her film. Since the atomic bomb’s first blast in 1945, an escalating number of countries have acquired nuclear weapons. The filmmakers present factual evidence on weapons of mass destruction by investigating the likelihood of an accident, miscalculation or madness. Countdown to Zero examines the possibilities of stealing, buying or building a bomb. Whatever the means of obtaining a bomb, the outcome can nonetheless be deadly. Countdown to Zero argues that in order to eliminate threat, you must first eliminate weapons. To lighten the film’s somber tone, Walker adds a few amusing bits into the mix by interviewing people on the street. Grade: B+ —Stephanie Forshee Countdown to Zero releases in select theaters July 30.
The Dry Land (Maya Entertainment/Freestyle Releasing) Ryan O’Nan (James) is flawless as a soldier who returns home from Iraq in an attempt to pick up life where he left off. Albeit painful to bear, the story reveals a hidden agony soldiers carry long after their return home to the States.
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Dinner for Schmuck’s Barry (Steve Carell) and Tim (Paul Rudd)
versatile he is,” Rudd offers, referring to Roach’s comedies and his TV movie about the 2000 presidential election, Recount. “He’s such a smart guy. He’s got all this talent and yet he’s the most self-effacing guy, stealthy with his humor, his ability to write, edit. He’s amazing. I was thrilled to get to work with the guy.” Less based on and more inspired by the French original directed by Francis Veber, who Roach calls “the Mike Nichols of France,” the actors decided the best way to make their performances click was to forge their own path. “I approached this the same way I approached ‘The Office,’” Carell explains. “I still haven’t seen the original ‘Office’ because I didn’t want to do an impersonation of Ricky Gervais. I still haven’t seen the original French film because I didn’t want to have that inform what I was going to do. I tried to look at it like a blank slate.” “Yeah,” Rudd nods, “to prepare for this I watched the British ‘Office.’” Dinner for Schmucks releases in theaters July 30.
Campus Circle > Film > Movie Reviews The Dry Land leaves the audience feeling simultaneous amazement and grief, and certainly sheds a compassionate light on our country’s soldiers. America Ferrera (Sarah), who also serves as executive producer, holds her own as O’Nan’s devoted wife. She has delivered brilliant performances prior to The Dry Land but has yet to take on a role like this one. Her acting is superb and award-worthy. Academy Award nominee Melissa Leo (Martha) portrays James’ mother with convincing devotion. Wilmer Valderrama also offers a memorable performance as James’ army buddy Raymond. Unexpectedly, The Dry Land doesn’t lean on flashbacks from the war as a crutch. The actors’ conflicted emotions remarkably show you everything necessary. With Ryan Piers Williams’ fantastic directorial debut, his career is sure to skyrocket. You will leave the theater feeling the film’s enormous weight. Not only will it move you; it will change you. Grade: A+ —Stephanie Forshee The Dry Land releases in select theaters July 30.
Get Low (Sony Pictures Classics) Mark Twain wrote a story about a little rascal who convinced his friends to do the whitewashing for him. This same boy witnessed something very few others have. He had prime viewing of his own funeral service. That’s right, the naughty adolescent Tom Sawyer neglected to die, which didn’t mean he couldn’t be mourned by his deceived loved ones. If Sawyer were to grow up to piss off all of his fellow townsmen, lose the love of Becky Thatcher and seclude himself in the back woods, then he might as well be Felix Bush
(Robert Duvall), the devilishly quiet hermit who is rumored to have killed men and to have made a deal with Satan in the film Get Low. When he makes a rare appearance in town with a shotgun and a gigantic wad of cash, it’s because he’s looking to procure himself a funeral ... a “living funeral” where anyone who has ever heard a story about him would be invited to tell that story to his face.The priest won’t do it for the old man, but Frank Quinn (Bill Murray), the local funeral home owner, will. With apprentice Buddy Robinson (Lucas Black), Quinn stops at nothing to make the funeral a commercial success. What they both don’t know is that Felix is hiding a secret that has been the mortar for the brick fence he’s metaphorically built, a self-inflicted shunning from the rest of the town. Felix’s former flame Maddie (Sissy Spacek) has returned to town following the death of her husband, and Felix struggles to set free the deep, dark, clandestine truth about how the fire that killed Maddie’s sister actually got started. Producer Dean Zanuck spent eight years getting this feature made, and with the help of director Aaron Schneider and an all-star cast, the film doesn’t completely fall down the toilet bowl of stereotypical period-piece dramas. Murray livens the dreary mood initially set; he is all the laughter the piece offers. Duvall and Black play their parts adequately enough, and you can’t help but fall in love with Spacek’s easy demeanor. But there is a gaping whole missing where plot should be planted. Get Low might as well be titled “Don’t Get Old and Curmudgeonly” as that is what it so thoroughly discourages. Grade: B—Candice Winters Get Low releases in select theaters July 30.
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For all of your cafeteria loathers and pizza orderers, the Food Dude is here to the rescue! Best known for his roles in Bottle Shock and Killer Movie, Hal B. Klein is guiding culinarychallenged folks to create some scrumptious dishes. With all of the diverse and exciting restaurants Los Angeles has to offer, many of us don’t ever step foot in the kitchen. For fear of creating something less than appetizing it’s often easier to just eat out or order in. On his food blog (thismanskitchen.com) he created two years ago, Klein proves that cooking is not the enemy. “My goal is to help people cook better in their own homes,” shares Klein. “Two years ago, I was less skilled than I am now. And two years before that I was less skilled.” While in college, Klein discovered he wasn’t the biggest fan of dorm food. There, he discovered his passion for cooking and now wants to encourage anyone who feels their cooking is inadequate. “You always start not knowing much of anything and then you grow,” explains Klein. Klein is also working to finish up his new cookbook due for release in the next few months. His cookbook isn’t the only thing fans can expect in the future. Klein will appear in the new Jack and the Beanstalk with Chevy Chase, James Earl Jones and Colin Ford as Jack. Klein plays Officer Where in a scene he describes as a Laurel and Hardy-type gag. For more information, visit thismanskitchen.blogspot.com.
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Zac Efron, Leading Man by sASHA PERL-RAVER Sitting on a stretch of Marina del Rey on a recent Saturday afternoon waiting to speak with Burr Steers and Zac Efron, respectively the director and star of the new film Charlie St. Cloud, I notice everyone who passes looking above me and getting a bizarrely beatific smile on their face. What is inspiring those beaming faces? Efron sits in a second-story window, brightly lit by television cameras, being interviewed. His trademark locks are pushed back to reveal a forehead rarely seen during his meteoric rise in the High School Musical trilogy, making his turquoise blue eyes even more striking. His relaxed charm is palpable even gazing up at the newly minted movie deity from below. The beach cruisers are being treated to a fleeting glimpse of a movie-star-in-the-making. and the mere proximity to glory has them drunk with wonder. When I speak to Efron a short while later, I ask if he realizes he has that kind of effect on people. “Ooff,” he grunts, shaking his head. “It’s not really tangible to me. I don’t really notice it. But my mom gets pissed off when she hangs out with me. She walks behind me, and she says no one says anything until after I’ve walked past. After they look and [freak out]. But they never give it away, so
Campus Circle > Film > Interviews I never see it. I don’t really notice,” he shrugs. Even if he doesn’t, Hollywood does, knighting Efron the heir apparent to the leading-man throne. Although Charlie St. Cloud is only his third major leading role, Efron is already drawing weighty comparisons from Steers. “All of our leading guys it seems started out as child stars,” Steers points out. “Ryan Gosling was a Mouseketeer, [Leonardo DiCaprio] did ‘Growing Pains,’ Johnny Depp was on ‘21 Jump Street.’ They get those jobs because they’re charismatic, then build on that and understand that there is someplace to go from there, an evolution that has to happen.” Part of that evolution is strategically chosen roles and the careful cultivation of working relationships. This most recent project has that in spades. The film, based on Ben Sherwood’s novel about a young man literally and figuratively haunted by the death of his younger brother and unable to move past the pain of that loss, reunites Efron and Steers who previously worked together on 17 Again. Efron brought Steers into the project, feeling the director – who is best known for his debut, Igby Goes Down – would be able to help him reach the level of performance necessary for the role, and he’s absolutely right. The great revelation of the film is that Efron is quite talented and can handle emotionally demanding material. So how did the director lead his leading man through the performance? “I don’t walk anyone through anything,” Steers insists. “I create a situation where actors feel safe.” He says he focused on the emotional stakes of the film and that made “[Zac] find it in himself. I don’t let him avoid anything.” Steers explains that one of the things that attracted the actor to the project was his own extremely close relationship with his younger brother, Dylan. Steers used that emotional bond to help Efron tap into his character’s pain.
WITHNAIL & I Aug. 2 @ The Cinefamily by candice winters Disclaimer: Before reading this article, you must understand that I have a tendency, in my normal life, to infuse what I say with highly potent levels of sarcasm. Please do not actually take what you are about to read seriously. I don’t believe any of it myself, though there is the possibility that someone out there will. In which case, peace be the journey. Use a sense of humor while perusing the following text, and when in doubt, it’s sarcasm. American film is a funny thing. More and more, the belief that Hollywood is a lone entity creating self-contained works of art is being torn down, chopped up and replaced by the awareness of a parasite that has infiltrated our moviemaking system. Gone is the old system, where directors and stars collaborated for several movies to form a working and personal relationship with the audience. No longer do kids from podunk towns across the country have the chance to become glamorous movie stars. There is more competition to deal with, and it’s not fair. The dreaded British, our rivals for some umpteen hundred years, have yet to overthrow our world dominance. I won’t even start on the Australians, but the Brits are our biggest problem at the moment. Apart from Renée Zellweger’s Bridget Jones, when was the last time you watched an American do a convincing job with a British role? How often do you see Kate Winslet or Jude Law getting Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on
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Zac Efron plays the title character of Charlie St. Cloud. “I made him go there,” the director says. “This wasn’t an easy process for him.” Though, according to Efron, it’s one he loved, especially since it reunited him with Steers. “He’s very generous with the actors,” Efron says. “Every take, he’s running over to talk, and he’s got so much to say – an opinion, a new point of view or something to think about – which is great for me. I enjoy that much attention from the director when they really care about your performance.” It was invaluable guidance the actor craved after deciding to step away from the musical genre that earned him legions of fans, even dropping out of the planned Footloose remake in favor of Charlie St. Cloud. “There’s a style to High School Musical that I knew I didn’t want to stick with forever,” Efron admits. “It’s incredibly fun, very addicting, those movies. But I definitely want to make films with substance, move on, try new things and see how deep the rabbit hole goes.” Charlie St. Cloud releases in theaters July 30.
Campus Circle > Film > Projections Beverly Boulevard before they head off to shoot a movie with Leonardo DiCaprio? While plenty of our seaward ancestors have had the audacity to play iconic American figures (Robert Pattinson, I’m talking directly to your sorry part as Edward Cullen), audiences in the United States have stopped caring. It’s time we kicked out the Brits (again) and take back what is rightfully ours: Hollywood. But then there are the things that we have taken from them. One: the actual, physical country. That must have been pretty rough. Two: British humor. With remakes of Death at a Funeral and “The Office,” which Steve Carell has unintentionally claimed as his own, American filmmaking is merely recycling old formats and plotlines from already successful movies and television shows. Three: Gone is the time when they could go to the movies and not be bombarded by awful American movies that have been globally released due to a lack of money restraints, even in this pretty economic crisis. Wouldn’t it be very frustrating for us to have to sit through 10 minutes of commercials for a confusingly British film? Again, I jest. In my opinion, it’s about time we get in touch with what makes British films so great and why the few that manage to fly out to the States are hardly representative of film production across the pond. The Cinefamily, your local hub of cool screenings and events at the Silent Movie Theatre, fosters an appreciation and universal love for all types of film, even the swashbuckling, Madonna-stealing work of our comedian brothers abroad. On Monday, Aug. 2, the Cinefamily is screening Bruce Robinson’s underappreciated Withnail & I (1987) in a rare 35mm print. Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann are the hilarious drunkards Withnail and Marwood. The out-ofcontrol duo are actually two out-of-work actors in London in
Funnyman Zach Galifianakis presents Withnail & I. the late 1960s who, like all good stereotypical Brits, seek some relaxation in the always evasive countryside. Playing with their own image as well as debunking it, Withnail & I follows their riotous journey into the country where the creepy Uncle Monty (an inspired part played by Richard Griffiths) steals their thunder. To top the cake, funnyman Zach Galifianakis, who shot to fame in a one-way cannon known as The Hangover, is presenting the British classic that is something the average American audience member has never seen before. Sure, the humor may sometimes fly over your head and the lingo may take a little while to follow, but the sentimentally British-ness keeps us fascinated. Why not watch a real British movie made by real Brits for a change? The Cinefamily is located at 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, visit cinefamily.org.
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Nolan’s movies, like Kubrick’s, transcend film and become experiences.
NOLAN = KUBRICK by zach hines Christopher Nolan is my generation’s Stanley Kubrick. It was this thought that was at the forefront of my mind as I was coming out of the IMAX theater after seeing Inception recently. Now, when I compare Nolan to Kubrick, I’m not saying that they’re the same type of filmmaker and make the same type of films. The reason I feel a parallel between the two is because both of them are master filmmakers operating on an advanced level of pure creative artistry. It feels like Nolan is the natural evolution of the possibilities opened by Kubrick. While Nolan and Kubrick each occupied different eras of filmmaking that had different audiences, they are similar in the sense that they both created extremely original works of art that worked on a mainstream level. A majority of films that are released in America are product, plain and simple. Disposable, cookie cutter, sugar coated, happy meal product. Films designed to be product strictly for the purposes of making money are not a new thing, but there have always been films that were full of craft and originality to balance it out. When you look at a film like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket or A Clockwork Orange, you’re watching films that were made by a filmmaker who isn’t interested in just cranking something out so people can kill two hours watching it. Kubrick is one of those filmmakers whose works exude craft. His films are deep, dense and intelligent. He’s not interested in being safe; he’s interested in the limitless possibilities of the magic of cinema. But while Kubrick’s films pushed the envelope creatively, they were also commercial films (for that time period). And that’s exactly why Nolan has begun to remind me of him. With works like Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight and Inception, Nolan is creating extremely intelligent, deep, original and highly creative film, and at the same time, they are wildly entertaining commercial films. Obviously, film is still a business, and in order to stay in this business the films have to make money. Nolan’s pictures make money. When a filmmaker makes a film that makes as much money as The Dark Knight did, they get a no-limit credit card for their next movie. It’s right after a director celebrates a huge success that he can push through an ambitious original project that most likely wouldn’t get made without that boost of credibility that a record-breaking hit can provide. One of the things I love about Kubrick’s films is that they transcend film and become experiences. You know you’re in the grip of a great film when you’re no longer watching it, you’re experiencing it. Kubrick’s films were so packed with craft that they became experiences. Nolan is the first filmmaker whose films have had the same impact on me that Kubrick’s did. It’s what I like to call “high art,” which to me is defined as a really expensive piece of art. Movies are a business, and money must be made. But every now and then when a filmmaker gets into a position to use his clout to get an expensive project made the way he wants, you get something truly magical. Say what you want about American audiences not being smart, but the fact that everyone is raving about Inception proves that there is a demand for smart programming. It’s filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick and Christopher Nolan who remind us that film is not just a tool of capitalism designed to be consumed and disposed of like fast food, but a real genuine art form with limitless possibilities. Inception is hands down the film of the year.
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(Phase 4) He’s the man we all know and (most of us) love. Hugh Hefner is one of the more compelling figures to emerge from the 20th century. The octogenarian founder of Playboy Magazine takes an insightful look back in the documentary, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel. Hefner’s rise to power as the creator and editor-in-chief of Playboy is explored, as is his personal life. Friends from nearly every generation of Hef ’s existence (Gene Simmons, Jim Brown, Jenny McCarthy, to name a few) discuss the myriad ways he’s touched their lives, as well as his contributions to the world. One somewhat surprising disclosure is that Hefner is indeed a staunch civil rights activist, which is heavily featured within the movie – perhaps too much. Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel Although this documentary is informative and entertaining, it has a preachy, self-aggrandizing streak to it. While it is commendable that this maverick of the editorial world gave voice to many black celebrities at a time when equality was merely a dream, the movie spends too much time focused on that particular point. It also lacks the style and capturing of the zeitgeist nature of Hefner’s public persona. Why not heighten the narrative by focusing on his recent accomplishments? He was on a hit reality show and he has extended his brand into shows like “Sex and the City” and movies such as The House Bunny. Those are things also worth noting for more than a nanosecond. This documentary is in many ways a charming and beautiful look back ... in the same way that having a conversation with your grandma is. But for a man like Hugh Hefner, it could have packed a bit more punch. Grade: B —Ebony March Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel releases in select theaters July 30.
Life During Wartime (IFC) Life During Wartime is Todd Solondz’s semi-sequel to 1998’s Happiness, the latter being a pitch-black meditation on private miseries and the former an insightful look at how people try to reconcile misery through consolation and, most importantly, forgiveness. It is a semi-sequel – you do not have to see Happiness to understand Life During Wartime – and your enjoyment of this new film shouldn’t be predicated on whether or not you love or loathe Happiness, itself a notoriously harsh look at private depravities and emotional desperation. Solondz even goes as far as to recast every role with a new actor, so the characters remain the same, but the emotional territory being explored here is different. The narrative concerns itself with the extremely dysfunctional Jordan family, particularly three sisters, each role played with perfection by Shirley Henderson, Ally Sheedy and Allison Janney. Each woman deals with the vagaries of love. Henderson’s character, Joy, is emotionally giving but sexually frigid – a trait that may have indirectly caused the suicide of her former lover. Sheedy plays Helen, a seething intellectual whose inner bitterness leads to vacuous relationships. Lastly, Janney plays the role of Trish, a single mother whose ex-husband is a convicted pedophile, a fact that she hides from her youngest children by telling them that he is dead, when in fact, he has just been released from prison. Ciarán Hinds performance as Bill, the pedophile, is a real tour de force. With limited screen time and dialogue, Hinds delivers a blistering portrait of a man looking for forgiveness for seemingly unforgivable acts. His maturity and masculinity belies the desperation and sadness of a man that must come to terms with the fact that he is a monster. He fears that his oldest son may be like him, and their confrontation is one of many remarkable scenes in Solondz’s film. The dark comedy prevalent in Solondz’s earlier work is on full display here. Paul Reubens and Michael Kenneth Williams really shine in their roles as two of Joy’s ill-fated lovers, doomed to return as pandering specters. Charlotte Rampling’s scene with Ciarán Hinds is withering in its self-deprecation, and their moments together reach a perfection rarely found in modern American cinema, the kind of revelatory moments that awards are made for. Grade: A —Nick Day Life During Wartime releases in select theaters July 30.
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They’ve headlined Warped to Ozzfest, and every hard rock festival in between while jet setting about on their own headlining tours. Suffice to say, San Diego-bred metalheads As I Lay Dying have logged the miles for serious cred by now. With five albums under their belt – the last three from the current core band roster – As I Lay Dying have effectively staked their claim as the leaders of the metalcore pack with their latest effort, The Powerless Rise. Though, for the record, they appreciate some healthy competition in their genre. “All these bands coming out help keep us on our toes, striving to be the best,” says guitarist Phil Sgrosso. “We knew we really needed to push ourselves if we wanted to survive in the metal world.” Much to the band’s credit, Sgrosso, bassist Josh Gilbert, fellow guitarist Nick Hipa, vocalist Tim Lambesis and drummer Jordan Mancino deliver on that claim with Rise, with the album’s melodic parts more evocative than ever while still turning the thrash up to the proverbial 11. As heard on the album’s lead single, “Parallels,” the fivesome might have just found the secret to bridging both ends of the rock spectrum. “‘Anodyne Sea’ is my favorite song on the album. It’s my favorite song that we’ve ever done,” says Sgrosso. “I wrote that in the second writing session that we did, and it was good
because it came out of wanting to add new elements to the record that we didn’t have yet. That song surprised me when it was done. It’s less than three minutes long, but it’s got a lot of aggression, and it’s one of the grittiest songs I think we’ve ever done. Back in the day I used to listen to bands like At the Gates and In Flames, those bands that are staples of what fast, aggressive, melodic metal is all about. I don’t listen to those bands as much anymore, but the influence is still there and helped create the guitar player I am today.” While Sgrosso may come from harder roots, that’s certainly not to say there aren’t a few surprises in his musical background. “I always separate influence from inspiration. My favorite guitar player is David Gilmour and listening to how he plays guitar, he makes it speak, creating an emotional reaction. But obviously my guitar playing doesn’t sound like David Gilmour,” he says with a laugh. “But there’s always stuff to take away in wanting to be a better guitar player.” Spend any amount of time with the members of As I Lay Dying and it’s clear that the work ethic Sgrosso has toward being a guitarist is one shared by the rest of his band mates toward their respective instruments. Which is why things can get a little complicated when the band has to make setlists for tours these days. Everyone has their favorites. Sgrosso included. “It’s kind of tough, we disagree as a band sometimes. A lot of the songs we make videos for are the ones that will always be a staple of the setlist. You do videos for the songs you feel are the best and that will come off best live,” he says. And this is before any of the band’s diehard fans get to throw their own two cents in. “You can’t satisfy everyone. Kids are always like, ‘Play this song off your first record!’ But we played that for four
LIVESHOWREVIEWS A Beatles Celebration July 10 @ Hollywood Bowl An all-star group of soloists – Patti Austin, Bettye LaVette, Todd Rundgren, Rob Laufer and Brian Stokes Mitchell – joined the orchestra conducted by Thomas Wilkins to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Beatles’ legendary performances at the Hollywood Bowl. The second night in a trio of consecutive shows began with “Yellow Submarine,” and from there the energy in the packed venue was electrifying. The crowd joined together for sing-alongs to basically every song. While the arrangement for Rundgren’s version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was a bit too contemporary, LaVette absolutely blew everyone away with smokin’ renditions of songs like “We Can Work It Out.” She continued to amaze when the entire lineup united onstage for a finale of “Hey Jude” and “All You Need Is Love.” —TJ Webber
Streetlight Manifesto July 12 @ Key Club A band known for their Latin, world, funk and jazz-influenced blend of rock and ska, Streetlight Manifesto’s unique voice has got to be one of the keystones for fanhood – that and their redefinition of what a typical ska band looks and sounds like. The band created a set that included songs from every album they’ve released – consisting of tunes like “Everything Goes Numb,” “We Will Fall Together,” “Here’s to Life,” “Forty Days,” Keasbey Nights,” “Walking Away” and “9mm and a Three Piece Suit.” Every song was loyally sung by the mob of sweaty and swaying fans. An audience member kept shouting “1234 1234” to which Tomas Kalnoky, lead guitarist/vocalist, replied, “I promised myself years ago that I would never play that song again,” a promise that he later broke.
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As I Lay Dying savor some healthy competition in their genre. years,” he jokes. “It’s time we moved on and got new things going. There’s nostalgic value on a lot of the older songs. I understand that. But there are so many newer songs we want to start playing. And as long as you’re growing with a band, you’ll understand.” Luckily, over their time together, the band has gained the interpersonal skills to match their instrumental ones, making the hard decisions significantly easier to manage these days. “Communication was difficult in the earlier years, with most of our members coming from different backgrounds and not growing up together. When you first meet someone, you’re like, ‘This dude’s got such a cool personality,’ but after a few years of living with them like a roommate, you realize there are flaws,” Sgrosso says. “As long as you have good communication with each other and respect for each other, you can solve any conflicts. It’s knowing how to treat someone and knowing how you should be treated as well.” As I Lay Dying perform July 31 at the Palladium. For more information, visit asilaydying.com.
Campus Circle > Music > Live Show Reviews The Key Club was a perfect setting, as fans got to experience the music the way that it should be: uninhibited and tightly pressed against strangers in a hot-boxed venue. Streetlight Manifesto gave such an amazing performance that the crowd chanted, “One more song!” over and over again until the guys took the stage again and played three more songs acoustically. —Lynda Correa
Thrice July 17 @ Fox Theatre One might easily come to the conclusion that SoCal is a bit spoiled by the fact we get more Thrice shows than anywhere else in the country due to the foursome being from our own back yard. Real talk: we kind of are. If there was one thing the band’s fans showed this time though, it’s that said familiarity isn’t taken for granted. Once the foursome took stage, they proved why they’re one of the great treasures of our state, kicking off their set with “All the World is Mad” from their latest album, Beggars. Rocketing through older rarities “To Awake and Avenge the Dead” and “Blood Clots and Black Holes,” the band’s set felt slightly dominated by heavy-hitter tracks, leaning toward the thrash-worthy jams from their oeuvre. While the band can do concussive rock like nobody’s business, a big part of what differentiates them from their contemporaries is Dustin Kensrue’s emotive vocals, which can be downright heart wrenching. But then, when playing to a crowd chanting for an encore with “Deadbolt,” the emotional subtleties of Kensrue’s vocals might have been the proverbial pearls before swine anyway. Extra points to anyone who gets the accompanying irony of them not playing “Stare at the Sun” in this setlist. Given how long this band has been playing shows, how
extensive their catalog of songs is and how deserving of respect they are in general, however, it’s only fair to afford them some freedom to stray from the regular setlist protocol. Just as long as they keep playing shows for us, that is. — Brien Overly
Charlie Mars July 20 @ Hotel Café Oblivious to the outside disarray of tire screeches and blaring horns, those inside the candlelit Hotel Café aimed their sights on singer-songwriter Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue Charlie Mars. On stage, Mars closed his eyes as he sang “What Are You Looking For?” and played his acoustic guitar, legato and melodious. Mars delivered a captivating performance, which would cause anyone listening to slip into a reverie. With compelling, sometimes comical stories between songs, he’d bring his audience back to Earth. For an hour, Mars held his spectators captive in a swirl of raw, metaphorical lyrics and memories. “My whole life I wanted to be in the music business, and it’s my dream. ‘Like A Bird, Like A Plane’ is a song about hanging on to that dream, and I’m living it right now at the Hotel Café. Thank you.” —Christine Hernandez
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Action! A black ops unit finds itself double-crossed and left for dead in the comic book adaptation The Losers. Now the team, led by Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Supernatural”) and Idris Elba (“The Wire”), is out to settle the score. Repo Men, a futuristic action-thriller, stars Jude Law and Forest Whitaker as two agents who track down recipients of valuable organ transplants who are behind in their payments. But an accident soon finds Law on the other side of the hunt. Ron Perlman and Joe Pantoliano star in the darkly comic thriller The Job. Tom Selleck returns in the title role of Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone: No Remorse. Funny Business: Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan are this year’s mismatched white cop/black cop duo in Cop Out. Willis employs Morgan to help him track down his stolen rare baseball card in order to pay for his daughter’s wedding. Kevin Smith directs his first non-writing gig. Also available: competitive rock-paper-scissors mockumentary The Flying Scissors, action parody Operation: Endgame, indie rom-com X’s & O’s, I Do & I Don’t The Vault: Dennis Hopper stars in the Australian grindhouse classic Mad Dog Morgan. Based on a true story, the film follows a gold prospector who is beaten and left for dead in a corrupt frontier town. But he returns as Mad Dog Morgan to get his revenge. Also available: Two from Roger Corman: Forbidden World and Galaxy Of Terror, cult erotic film Joy and its sequel Joy & Joan
Stranger Than Fiction: Life After People: The Complete Second Season uses stunning CGI to show what the world will look like after we’re gone. Huxley on Huxley is a portrait of Laura and Aldous Huxley and their avant-garde lifestyle in 1950’s Los Angeles. Included are interviews with the Doors’ John Densmore, Ram Dass, Nick Nolte and others. Also available: The Art of the Steal, Speaking in Code, Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter
Foreign Fare: Stieg Larsson’s international phenomenon The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo comes to DVD. The film follows a journalist and a hacker as they investigate the 40-year-old disappearance of a woman. Also available: Two crime thrillers: Italy’s The Girl By The Lake, Denmark’s Terribly Happy, Zift, Entre Nos, Vincere In Toon: An all-star voice cast lends their talents to the animated adaptation of Judd Winick’s classic graphic novel Batman: Under the Red Hood. Cartoon Network’s Courage the Cowardly Dog: Season One deftly parodies horror movies through the eyes of the title character. Also available: the feature film The Missing Lynx, Goku returns in Dragon Ball: Season Four, Red vs. Blue: Season 6 Reconstruction
Legendary British comedian Stephen Fry travels to each of the States in a black London taxi, discovering what makes each unique in Stephen Fry in America. A captured master conman lends his expertise to the FBI in White Collar: The Complete First Season. An angel comes to offer a hard-drinking detective (Holly Hunter) a chance to redeem her soul in Saving Grace: The Final Season.
Blu Notes: Al Pacino, Hilary Swank and Robin Williams star in Christopher Nolan’s remake of the Norwegian thriller Insomnia. Pacino plays a detective who follows a killer to Alaska, where the sun never sets. His mind soon begins to unravel as he goes without sleep.
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John Legend July 30 @ Pacific Amphitheatre I know how out of place this show pick is going to be by the time you finish reading this week’s Frequency. I know. You haven’t gotten to the other ones yet, but I’m just preemptively stating my awareness here. Point is, even for an indie/prog/post-hardcore/metal enthusiast such as myself, I’m still pretty down with what John Legend can do behind a microphone and a piano. The dude can work emotive magic like nobody’s business, without sounding demographicspecific like so many other R&B singers tend to do. He keeps it real while classing it up. He’s … everything I want to do with my life based on that statement alone.
As I Lay Dying July 31 @ The Palladium The official name for this tour is the “Cool Tour.” Apparently. Which sounds so much more pedestrian than the bands who are on the tour actually are. You’ve got As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried and Me, Blessthefall, the Acacia Strain, Architects, Cancer Bats and War of Ages. And they’ve dubbed this the “cool” tour. Thrash/Shred Tour. Bro-fest Tour. Give You A Concussion With A Kick Drum And Garrote You With Guitar Strings Tour. Something other than “Cool.” I know, I know, irony and all because it’s hot as balls everywhere right now, blahblahblah, but “cool” doesn’t begin to do these bands justice. Just listen to As I Lay Dying’s latest album. It’s face-meltingly brutal while still being almost chillingly dark. Both of those descriptions were unintentional puns, by the way, but would also make for a more a propos tour name while I’m at it. But back to the subject at hand, As I Lay Dying’s new music absolutely kills and is more intricate than ever, so seeing them step up their already intense live show by playing the songs live should be nothing short of awe-inspiring. Every member of this band is an amazing showman, matched only by the masterful technical skill each of them possesses. Precious few metal bands can make music that actually has some kind of emotional resonance without sacrificing their songs’ aggressiveness, and even fewer still can do it without sounding like they’re trying to write a radio hit. Somehow though, these guys can do the near-impossible, both in the studio and on stage.
Circa Survive Aug. 1 @ Stinger’s Bar Aug. 3 @ Bootleg Theater Speaking of awe-inspiring live shows and new albums that totally kill, how could I not mention Circa Survive? Granted, they achieve both of those things via very different methods than As I Lay Dying does, but it has much the same effect of feeling like you’re witnessing something really big and really special when you watch Circa performing. I’ve admittedly never been to either of these venues before, but I know they’re decidedly of the small and intimate variety. So to see a band who can successfully bring dive bar intimacy to arena venue stages play in actual small venues should be worth the price of admission. Frontman Anthony Green has a natural stage presence and charisma, despite minimal crowd interaction, never failing to give an audience an actual performance, one that matches the natural emotive quality of his vocals. What’s more impressive is that Green can pull off every single recorded note when singing live, making it seem almost effortless in the process. Haters can say what they want about the tonality of his voice, the dude can sing. Added bonus, on top of being spoiled by the general awesomeness of Circa, along for the ride for both shows is Atlanta-bred rockers O’Brother, who I’ve been particularly stoked on since discovering them. Dark and haunting indie-folk vocals layered over Thrice-esque guitar work that alternates between atmospheric and shredding, the fivesome bring a cinematic quality to the stage that’s not so far off from Circa either. Extra added bonus, as if you’re not getting enough already, the Stinger’s show also has the Dear Hunter on the lineup, which takes all the awesome qualities of the aforementioned two bands and throws some orchestral influence on top. So it’s basically like a prog-post-hardcore second Christmas here.
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CDREVIEWS Jerry Bouthier Kitsuné x Ponystep (Kitsuné) The latest compilation from innovative Parisian record label Kitsuné proudly carries on the tradition of trendsetting electronic music in France, à la Daft Punk, and the more ambient, Air. But it also serves as the bridge between Maison Kitsuné and the cuttingedge London-based magazine Ponystep. With its fluid but diversified track list, Kitsuné x Ponystep evokes the stylish ambience of Ponystep parties where imagination runs free, time disappears and as one track blends seamlessly into the next, the dance energy comes alive and you melt into the magic of the night. In electronica, the line between those who make music and those who play it is distorted, and it’s all too easy to make a mess, or fall into the pits of tedious, monochrome techno. Neither is the case here. In the hands of DJ Jerry Bouthier, honestto-goodness melody comes first. On the playlist are surprises like the old disco-era fav, “Mama Used to Say” – enjoyably remixed, but not over-mixed – and sweet treats like Munk’s “La Musica” – with its playful vocal tracks, echoed bass line and organ-synth riff all played in the key of happy. Grade: A —Donna Quesada Kitsuné x Ponystep is currently available.
Crowded House Intriguer (Fantasy) Crowded House is a superstar band in their native New Zealand and in Australia, and they do pretty good in Europe as well. American fans on the other hand pretty much wrote the band off after their two mid-’80s hits, “Don’t Dream It’s Over” and “Something So Strong.” Things have kind of come full circle for the band now, and in this era where it isn’t mandatory to have radio hits to be popular, a whole new generation has discovered Crowded House’s take on melodic pop. And what a good time it is to be a fan, old or new. Singer Tim Finn has a field day on Intriguer, toying with a brighter sound than Crowded House has employed for quite some time even though songs like the sparkling “Saturday Sun” have, if you listen closely, darkness at their hearts. That’s one of the hallmarks of Crowded House; Finn’s achingly beautiful singing often belies the real issue at hand. Maybe that’s why this album is called Intriguer – in almost every song Finn sounds like he’s trying to tell you a secret. Intriguer may ultimately be heralded as the band’s finest work, and longtime fans will love the nods to the old hits in songs like “Twice if You’re Lucky.” Grade: A —Kevin Wierzbicki Intriguer is currently available.
Eminem Recovery (Interscope) Marshall Mathers reassures his fans that he has recovered from the relapse that was
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Campus Circle > Music > CD Reviews his last album. He formally “reintroduces” himself, as the new Em who is really the old one, just redeemed. First, an important note about Recovery’s album art: On one side, Em is reading in a living room displayed in a glass box with a city backdrop. On the flipside, he’s isolated on a lonely and hazy street. Both images symbolize his life; he’s on the inside, and we’re all looking in, watching as he goes about his daily life and criticizing his every move. On the other, he’s alone, walking the road to recovery, inspiring us “to take a stand/ everybody, come take my hand/we’ll walk this road together.” Lyrics from the hit song, “Not Afraid” impel us to do just that, to brave the storm, “whatever weather.” Songs like “So Bad” reminisce of his Slim Shady persona, with graphic, X-rated lyrics, but on the whole, the rest of his work is real, reminding us he’s so good, that he’s so bad, and he’s the greatest thing we’ve ever had. Collaborators include Kobe, Pink, Lil Wayne and Rihanna. Grade: A—Lynda Correa Recovery is currently available.
The Gentle Guest Cast Off Your Human Form (Amble Down) The Gentle Guest returns with their signature blend of folk, punk, jazz and blues for their second album, Cast Off Your Human Form. This collection of clever tales set to catchy tunes may not be easily definable, but its mix of acoustic guitar, horns and raw energy delivers 12 intense tunes that are sure to become firmly stuck in your head and your heart. Perhaps the greatest triumph in this collection of tunes celebrating friends in low places is how it captures the band’s intoxicating theatricality. This album spans both the emotional and instrumental spectrums as we are guided from the raucous, horn-heavy “Rumor Mill,” through the mournful jazz of “Death, She Comes” and back to a strange redemption in the guitardriven gospel demon tale of “The Morning Star.” All of this is brought together through the clever lyrics, musical range and soulful voice of singer-songwriter Eric Rykal. Grade: A —Jonathan Knell Cast Off Your Human Form is currently available.
Menomena Mines (Barsuk) There’s nothing conventional about Meno– mena. Their work is a landmine blasting a hole in expectations. Their songwriting technique is unorthodox, and the results are pure magic. On their new release, Mines, they prove that their three-and-a-half year absence wasn’t for lack of inspiration. I imagine these three self-proclaimed perfectionists polishing each fragment until it shines with pop-tastic glory then demolishing each explosive little bit to rebuild from the rubble. Just when you think you know where Menomena are headed, they shift gears, break
the rules and take a stab at preconceptions. Opener “Queen Black Acid” is sparse, but no less intense for its simplicity, alternately soaring and collapsing on itself. “TAOS” follows on a wash of fuzz that erupts into pure rock aggression, disjointed guitars seething against piano fragments that alternately cut in like shrapnel and then break into tinkling lightness that leads into unexpected Beach Boy-esque vocal harmonies and sax. The structure of this genius track seems so normal on the casual listen, but upon closer scrutiny, it becomes just plain absurd. “Tithe” opens on a sweet thumb piano composition contrasted by the building intensity of an actual piano that creeps in beneath and a guitar that slices away at the melody. The lyrics are heartbreaking, delivered on a haunting raw nerve vocal. “BOTE” ties back to earlier releases, like “Evil Bee,” while “Lunchmeat” sounds like shattered fragments placed in a box and shaken for good measure. “Oh Pretty Boy, You’re Such a Big Boy” is about as close to a conventional track as Menomena can muster, yet it’s still slightly deranged, equal parts funky and dysfunctional. The release’s final tracks wind down the whole package nicely: “Sleeping Beauty” floats by on a wave of distorted synthesizer, and “Intil” is a delicate piano-driven ballad that is simultaneously gorgeous and gut wrenching. The slamming door percussive accents are stunning, and as the song lifts at its climax, it’s heaven. This is one of those albums that just gets better with repeated listens, each turn revealing new details to savor. Grade: A+ —Natasha Desianto Mines is currently available.
The Stone Foxes Bears & Bulls (Self-released) With their sophomore album, the Stone Foxes give you another solid, rock ’n’ roll journey. When you hear their music, you know they have a strong sense of who they are, offering a modern twist on classic rock, with a bit of blues, country and pure rock ’n’ roll. At times you get transported to another era, and if you close your eyes you can imagine that you’re listening to Creedence Clearwater Revival or Led Zeppelin with long instrumental breaks as on “Reno.” They demonstrate their more aggressive blues-rock side in the opening track “Stomp,” but slow it down on the aptly-titled “Easy.” The Stone Foxes even break out the harmonica on the song “Mr. Hangman.” If you can imagine sipping a cold iced tea, sitting on a swinging chair on your porch with a nice cool summer breeze, that’s how some of their slower songs make you feel. I did, however, want a bit more originality and not such a throwback, but overall, their album has an authentic sound, which is nice to see from this native San Francisco band. Grade: B —Ariel Paredes Bears & Bulls is currently available.
Leif Vollebekk Inland (Nevado) Leif Vollebekk’s earthy release, Inland, harkens back to antiquity, to the days when worldweary traveling minstrel poets traversed lands with banjos on their backs. In contrast, his voice summons up jazz and blues legends like Lady Day, raspy and emotion-wracked while simultaneously channeling Jeff Buckley, and yet the collision of spirits makes this sound uniquely his own. Written in Reykjavík, Iceland, and his home of Montreal, this fully acoustic work shimmers with depth and vibrancy. Traces of both locales lurk in the imagery that Vollebekk evokes in his storytelling. In fact, the lyrics stand alone as works of poetry even without the support of the music. Tales of doomed love affairs, journeys by rail and Parisian afternoons are set against a backdrop that Vollebekk himself describes as “Hank Williams meets Sigur Rós.” “In the Morning” is magic, banjo woven with acoustic guitar and lush strings that support Vollebekk’s remarkable croon that trembles with emotion. “You Couldn’t Lie to Me in Paris” is short and sweet, tongue in cheek. The tale he weaves is over so abruptly, it’s almost bewildering. “In the Midst of Blue and Green” wields gorgeous with stream-of-consciousness lyrical content that paints impossible landscapes. “Michael Robartes & the Dancer” puts the focus on storytelling as Vollebekk crafts a vivid world, like peering into the window of a stranger and suddenly finding the depth of humanity in a moment of hazy wonder. “Quebec” is a classic Appalachian style blues, harmonica wailing. “Northernmost Eva Maria” reads like a hymn to feminine beauty and builds unexpectedly from a gentle reverence to a raucous celebration. “Don’t Go to Klaksvik” is deceptively ancient, a classic tune with magnificent pearls of poetry strewn about like garlands. “Ladyland” is a gentle folk lament that floats delicately to conclude the album. Excellent music transports listeners and frees spirit from the bounds of time, and this release does just that. This listener’s only complaint is that the songs are almost too concise; this work concludes far too soon, leaving the listener longing for more. Inland is an impressive debut. Grade B+ —Natasha Desianto Inland is currently available.
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You don’t have to be a DJ to enjoy a Cut Chemist show.
by KEVIN WIERZBICKI Cut Chemist: Sound of the Police Lucas McFadden, the founding member of seminal Los Angeles groups Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli who’s better known as Cut Chemist, has a new mix out called Sound of the Police. Inspired by the Boogie Down Productions song of the same name and, of all things, Ethiopian military bands, Cut completed the mix CD using just one turntable, a mixer and a loop pedal. When he performs live, Cut likes to put cameras right on the gear so the audience can see on the big screen just exactly how he works his magic. “You don’t have to be into DJs to enjoy my show,” says Cut. “It’s like walking a sonic tightrope and the audience gets to see me fall if something goes wrong. The interesting parts are when I mess up and fix it, and the audience goes crazy and appreciates what a balancing act it actually is.” Nothing went wrong when Cut recorded “Disco in Addis,” the first single from Sound of the Police, and you can download your free copy at cutchemist.com.
One Hell of a Video Worth $500 Have you been practicing your death metal growl lately? Detroit deathcore band And Hell Followed With has a new album called Proprioception out on the Earache label, and they also have $500 to give to the winner of their create-a-video contest. Entrants need to grab a free download of the song “This Night is the Coroner’s,” make a video for the cut, upload it to YouTube and then promote the vid on the net. The winning video will be the one that garners the most views by Aug. 31. The winner takes home the cash, a signed digipak copy of Proprioception and a meetand-greet with the band at an upcoming show closest to the winner’s home. Contest details are available on the And Hell Followed With MySpace page.
Black Gold Dance Contest The latest single from Black Gold, “Shine,” is one of the songs featured in the contestant exit montage on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and that’s inspired the band to launch a Web-based dance contest. Entrants need to make a video of themselves dancing to “Shine” and then upload the video to YouTube. Don’t let the fact that you may be a bad dancer keep you from entering; the band stresses that entries will be judged on creativity, originality, humor, vibe and the number of YouTube views racked up as opposed to dance expertise. And what do you suppose the prize for this one might be? A series of dance lessons from a local dance school in the winner’s hometown, of course. Find the details at blackgoldthinksyoucandance.com. Contest ends Aug. 19.
It’s a Guitar, Dummy If you have one of those six-string thingies lying around and you’re serious about improving your playing, you might want to buy a copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Guitar Exercises. The book is full of lessons designed to build up strength and endurance, increase dexterity and generally improve your technique so that you can play to the best of your ability. There’s an easy-to-understand explanation of the CAGED system of playing scales and chords, practice patterns that show you how to beat the monotony of playing scales and exercises written in both standard notation and tablature. An audio CD with over 150 exercises comes with the book, which is gathering praise from hotshot guitarists like Mike Mushok of Staind, Alex Lifeson of Rush and jazz cat Mike Stern.
Lost in the Trees Take Los Angeles The Chapel Hill-based folk rock orchestra Lost in the Trees is about to release their album All Alone in an Empty House, and they’ve also got a series of showcases planned at intimate venues around town. The album of “self-described campfire arrangements with tales of heroes and villains and biblical-like imagery of raging fires” drops Aug. 10 on the Anti- label, and the band has shows scheduled at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica Aug. 7, Spaceland Aug. 9, Amoeba Records Aug. 10 and the Hotel Café Aug. 12.
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2010 ITVFEST July 30-Aug. 5 @ Laemmle Sunset 5 by danielle lee Calling all aspiring TV producers, writ– ers, filmmakers and television enthusiasts! Do you ever wonder what it takes to actually produce a television show? Or are you interested in what goes on behind the scenes in production? If you are a television buff with your finger on the pulse of the Internet for innovative and eccentric new shows, then ITVFest is not to be missed. The Fifth Annual Independent Television Festival is the perfect place to get your questions answered by the industry’s hardest-working crew, actors, writers, animators and directors. The ITVFest is the nation’s leading festival for independently produced television pilots and Webisodes. The festival debuts independent projects, pilots Web series and mobile content from across the globe. It is open to the general public to see these creative works before most of the bigwigs in the industry have the opportunity. The festival also has daily themed panels featuring television and Web industry leaders focusing on casting, writing, development, pitching, representation, multi-platform programming, international formats, Web distribution and the transition from Web to television. The ITVFest screens a plethora of content for those with varying tastes. “Octane Pistols of Fury” deals with a boss
Campus Circle > Culture > Get Up, Get Out searching for a package, which turns out to be a porcelain cat that has come up missing in transit. The boss sends two of his lackeys to find this missing parcel and one can only imagine what daunting tasks come up while searching. “Going to Pot” is a pilot about a Colorado medicinal marijuana clinic that deals with its own ups and downs as well as the life trials of their ailing, cancer-stricken and HIVpositive customers. This particular dispensary boasts the tag line, “There is no ‘I’ in team. There is a ‘we’ in weed.” “Twenty Six Miles” tells the story of a successful businessman and divorced father of two who is thrown for a loop when his wife attempts to move their family out of Los Angeles to Catalina Island. He must now travel to this tiny island community, but once there, he meets up with his friend and former rhythm guitarist who convinces him they should get the band back together for a comeback. “15 Minutes” deals with the hectic life of Hollywood publicists along with their daily trials and tribulations dealing with celebrity clients. “Duncan and Me” is so not your typical man and his best friend situation like in “Lassie” or Old Yeller. Duncan is a dachshund with a voice that does not mind giving his owner an idea of what he is thinking. The misadventures that might come of a talking dog are plenty. ”The Super Man” is about the wacky and zany experiences of Mikey, a Los Angeles thirty-unit apartment super and actor. He must deal with the crazy and sometimes hectic lives of those living under his roof. One animated pilot worth mentioning is “Four Angry Men,” which deals with a quartet of the least likely crime fighters. “Choir Boys Motorcycle Club” is a pilot about those in law enforcement who have an affinity for riding Harley-
Fox, SNAKE AND BEAR Who is more violent? by scott bell For all of the complaints, video games and violence are two great tastes that taste great together. Now, this isn’t to say that children should have access to the bloodiest of titles. They should only have access to games that are as wholesome as we were when we were kids. For me, those games include “Doom,” “Mortal Kombat” and “Splatterhouse.” But for those of us who are old enough to take responsibility for our actions (or are too lazy to do anything violent in real life), violent gaming can be a great catharsis as long as it isn’t taken too seriously. The thing that critics of gaming violence don’t seem to understand is that violence in the pixilated world is not just bloody gorefests. To illustrate this point, I present to you three games that present violence in very different ways. If you have ever watched anime – especially “Naruto” – you know how violent cartoons can be. It is strange, then, that “Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3” for the PSP is oddly clean for a fighting story. It is – like all “Naruto” titles on the PSP – a faithful retelling of the series that has more than a few treats for fans of the franchise, but the side-scrolling action gameplay trades the anime’s intense, fast-paced combat for running, jumping and often avoiding combat.
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Olga Kay’s “Circus” is one of the many programs being screened at this year’s ITVFest. Davidson motorcycles and crime fighting. “Souvenirs” is a short about two UK roommates, Bookmark and Denzil, who have a penchant for shoplifting and cross-dressing. Finally, “Deal O’Neal” is about a young man who has just graduated from college and returns home. Upon his arrival he is congratulated but also thrown for a loop when his parents tell him he is financially cut off and must make ends meet on his own. Illeana Douglas will be honored with the ITV Fest’s 2010 “Innovator Award” at the Opening Night Red Carpet Gala July 29. For more information, visit itvfest.org.
Campus Circle > Culture > Gaming When you do fight, the violence is as brutal as action figures smacking each other around. Even when you throw a knife into your enemy’s gut, it doesn’t look any more shocking than tossing a fireball in “Super Mario Bros.” The fighting is definitely fun and the ability to play multiplayer even in the Story Mode adds tons of value to the title, but only the most prudish critics would get upset at this violence. On the other end of the violence spectrum is “Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker” for the PSP. Anyone who knows Hideo Kojima’s unique stealth espionage franchise knows that Snake is the kind of hero who can kill men with his bare hands, and yet he knows that this isn’t always the best way to get things done. The violence is definitely more intense than “Naruto,” but the lesson of the game that killing isn’t always the best course of action is actually refreshing. After all, if you can sneak into a compound and reach your goal without alerting a guard or firing a shot, it’s worth crawling around in a cardboard box. This follow-up to the historical classic “Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater” has all of the Big Boss action, but the eating mechanic has been replaced by a truly innovative system where you can raise and manage a mercenary army. Snake has to build his army – often from foes he has knocked out and airlifted out of the field – and keep them all busy, happy and healthy. The game still has sneaking action where you can choke enemies unconscious or take them out with a wide array of weapons, but being the boss in this game is all about knowing when to kill and when to spare a life. Oddly enough, “Naughty Bear” actually has quite a bit in common with “Metal Gear,” but “Naughty Bear” is by far the more violent one. While the main character may be a slightly mangled teddy bear with a “Teletubbies”-inspired narrator, beating each challenge involves using bats, guns, land mines
The lesson of “Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker” is that killing isn’t always the best course of action. and environmental hazards to murder the rest of the teddy bears or to scare them so much that they kill themselves. Cathartic? Absolutely. Kid-friendly? Not in the slightest. While it may be more violent, many will not necessarily see it that way because the foes are cute characters who only spill fluff when they are brutally massacred. It is strange, though, when you consider that the stuffing they spill is the same stuff as the virtual blood that other violent games spill – pixels and polygons. There is nothing wholesome about this violent combat, but somehow it feels more reasonable than even the implication that a virtual human might spill a drop of blood. Perhaps that is the secret to pacifying game violence critics. As long as they can convince themselves that the creatures being murdered are more like toys than like humans, the less it feels like real violence. It is all really just perception, but if they are going to get upset about nonexistent lives being lost, it is obvious that perception is the only thing that matters.
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THE CASE OF THE HOT LIFEGUARD HIM: So, there is this one girl that I have liked since the end of the school year. She is a lifeguard at my pool, and she is really hot. She also did track and so did I, which is how we met. However, a lot of the guys at my pool also think she’s hot and are flirting with her all of the time. What should I do to make myself stand out from the rest of the guys? She has a nickname for me, “papa,” and she’s so sweet and funny and athletic and really hot. Haha. Also, she is going to be a senior in high school next year while I’m going to be a freshman in college. Please help me with this one! I know I’m the only one that can treat her right, but I’m just not sure how to get her attention. Thank you so much for your time! You girls have saved my life. WG: OK, so you don’t have to stand out, you have to ASK HER OUT. That’s how you’re going to stand out. All the other guys can flirt with her all they want, but you are going to be the one to actually ask her out. Really hot girls complain about this all the time. “Oh, no guys ask me out. They all talk to me, but no one asks me out.” Plus, if she says no, you are in college and then who the fuck cares?! You’ll be like, that lifeguard from high school? Who’s that again? Hold on, I have to concentrate, let me pull myself away from all this hot freshmeat. For more information, visit thewinggirls.com.
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I’ve been seeing this guy for the past two years. He has talked about marriage and kids. He does want to get married but wants to be more financially independent first. He has been putting his work and friends first, and it is tough. When I want something more I put my foot down, and he does it. I told him how I felt and he has been better about putting me first, but I feel as if I’m driving the relationship. I think he is taking me for granted by taking his time to commit. I am not in a rush to get a commitment. I don’t want to push him, but I want him to commit. I am scared that he won’t ever commit and our relationship will be like this for the next eight years! I love him so much, and it is obvious that he cares about me. I just wish he would move faster. —Confused What’s the big rush? Even though you say you’re not in a rush, in the very next sentence you contradict yourself and say you want him to commit. Are you afraid you’re going to lose him? Did you ever think that by pushing him to do things he’s not ready for, you will eventually lose him anyway? If he doesn’t want to put you first or make a commitment, that’s his business. Your only job is to decide whether you want to be with him or to move on. Maybe if you back off and stop driving the relationship, he will be more willing to commit. What you’ve been doing obviously isn’t working so you have nothing to lose by trying a new approach. Write to Lucia at theartoflove.net. Read an excerpt from Lucia’s Lessons of Love at lessonsoflove.net. Listen to Lucia live every Sunday at 3 p.m. PST on latalkradio.com. Remember: Love inspires, empowers, uplifts and enlightens.
Try the pinot from Gladysdale Vineyard in Yarra Valley, Australia.
AUSTRALIAN PINOT NOIR by melissa russell
Everyone knows of the big wine-growing regions of the world: Napa/Sonoma, France, Italy. But when it comes to reds – since a certain Paul Giamatti movie came out in 2004 touting the superiority of pinot noir – the delicate varietal’s popularity has been on the rise. And granted, pinot routinely makes for great light (for a red at least) wine, with flavors ranging from delicately smoky to bolder fruit flavors or even herbal-ly green notes, all with a subtlety and nuance that can give even the most experienced sommelier’s taste buds a workout. While the grape is actually a Burgundian native, it has flourished in cooler parts of the United States – including parts of California and Oregon – specifically because it can be finicky and doesn’t tolerate heat very well. With all of that taken into consideration, it may seem counterintuitive, but Australia (and especially the Victoria, mainland Australia’s smallest and southeastern-most state) makes very good, well-balanced pinots. If you’re even remotely into wine, you’ve probably heard the word terroir thrown around, and you know the impact it can have on wine. Because the grape specifically needs hot days and cool nights, and is susceptible to both freezing in the cold air and burning in the heat, making pinot noir wine can be a difficult affair that is entirely dependent upon the weather during the growing year for each specific vineyard. Like California, Australia has lots of pocket regions with their own microclimates and terroirs (quite a few of which are colder than even France), allowing for a wide range of grapes to be grown there, from the heat-loving cabernet sauvignon (arguably California’s bread and butter when it comes to wine) right on down the line to more delicate varietals like riesling. While French and American pinots can be bold, fruity affairs, on the whole Australian pinots are a little more restrained, resulting in wines that are generally lighter in body and nicely nuanced in flavor and aroma. But because of those microclimates I mentioned earlier, there are massive differences in wines made from grapes just a few miles apart. Take, for example, Giant Steps 2008 Pinot ($15). It’s grown in the Yarra Valley and produces a light-bodied, juicy wine with strawberry and cherry nuances and a spicy finish. While price is usually a good indicator of quality in pinots (The general rule is to beware of those under $20.), it’s a more than acceptable, drinkable wine. It’s definitely smooth and light, but it’s also relatively simple, so if you’re used to big California reds, you might prefer something with a little more oomph. On the other end of the spectrum, just about 60 miles away from Yarra is Macedon, home to Bindi Vineyards, one of Victoria’s most important wineries. Nestled up in the Macedon Mountain Ranges, grapes here get a good dose of cold, making for a more focused wine with a lot of textured layers of flavor. Of course, at $55, you’ll pay for the wine’s finesse, but if you’re looking for a wine that can stand on its own or pair up with a special dinner, it’s worth the price tag. There are lots of other Victorian wines with prices and bodies that fall between these two extremes, like Kooyong ($27), whose location on the Mornington Peninsula exposes the grapes to sea breezes, resulting in a slightly salty smelling, herbal pinot whose sharp tannins mellow out as the wine sits. If you prefer your pinots on the heavier side, then head on over to Tasmania and check out Frogmore Creek ($19), for pinot with an almost California cabernet body (It’s a little warmer here.), with notes of berries and spice. Unfortunately, these great wines are still a little hard to find out here, so if you want to try them out at home, you’ll have to check out the specialty wine shops like the Wine House (2311 Cotner Ave., Los Angeles; winehouse.com). But there are a growing number of restaurants carrying Australian pinots, so if you see one on the wine list, don’t hesitate to try it out. So whether you’re just looking for something new (and [yellow tail] hasn’t scared you off Australian wine) or trying to impress that cute Aussie girl on your first date at Spago, there’s a whole world of Australian pinot out there, just waiting to be discovered.
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Like the heat wave that passed through this July, a nighttime ARKA’s signature owl tee fashion bazaar heated up the streets of Hollywood as emerging artists, musicians and designers came together at the Music Box July 13 for Project Ethos. Host Nick Verreos from “Project Runway” was the show’s master of ceremonies. With his affable personality and amazing blazer (with cool special pleating on the shoulder), Verreos paid homage to fashion sage Tim Gunn, telling the designers showcasing their pieces to, “Make it work!” He even christened the runway with a seriously fierce strut. The show began with music artist Miguel, who has the sex appeal of Usher and the face of a young Kobe Bryant. People were dancing, screaming and just having a great time. Despite all the jewelry and art vendors stationed throughout each level of the venue, the obvious main attraction was the fashion show, where designers not only had the opportunity to present their work to the public, but also to the buyers sitting front row with their notebooks and pencils in hand. Not a lot of pieces stood out, but the Cardiwrap (ubuyez.com), which can be worn over 50 different ways, seemed like a big hit. We’ve seen this type of versatile garment before, but the Cardiwrap’s cardigan-like material (hence the name) makes it worthy of being worn year-round. B.Vika’s line (bvika.net) was a crowd pleaser as well with its fusion of Indian culture and downtown urban design. The concept was amazing, but it didn’t seem wearable unless you were a Bollywood dancer in a rap video. However, my personal favorite were the artsy screen prints from ARKA (arkaclothing.com) and their signature owl decal, one of the only fashion lines that was realistically wearable for both men and women.
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Host of Style Network’s “The Dish” by danielle lee Danielle Fishel is a genuine, well-rounded and personable actress. Many people know Fishel as Topanga Lawrence of ABC’s wildly popular television show “Boy Meets World.” Vivid memories of the initial crush then full-blown love affair between Topanga and Cory still play in our minds. It is not hard to figure out why Fishel was cast as Topanga, a character she played from 1993 to 2000. Like Topanga, Fishel is warm, bubbly and vibrant, all excellent qualities for a lifelong friend. She is self-assured, much like Topanga, and it is apparent that Fishel possesses the same shiny and lovable personality traits that we saw in Topanga. Not only did Fishel naturally portray Topanga as a down-to-earth peacekeeper, all-around American girl, but she was the ideal girl that no one could deny they wanted to be friends with. Since 2008, Fishel has been hosting “The Dish” on the Style Network. “The Dish” is satirical television that allows Fishel the chance to broadcast her smart and witty persona, work as herself in television and report on the daily happenings in television, film, fashion and Hollywood. Because Style is a sister channel to E!, “The Dish” is also related to pop culture-
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Even though it might not feel like we’re more than halfway done with summer, it’s still important to keep your body, mind and spirit in that summer state Sweat with Angela Parker. of mind. I know it seems tough, especially with a busy schedule, but results can and will happen, and it only takes a “Power Hour.” Meet Angela Parker, the creator of Body Inspired Fitness, who promises to give you a “different kind of workout outdoors” with her signature style of fun with fitness. For an hour, you, Angela, your iPod and a small group of students squat, lunge, run and push your way through scenic areas like the Santa Monica oceanfront and the famed San Vicente stairs. “We tell everyone where to meet and what time, but that’s it,” says Parker. “They’re all in for a surprise!” Breaking the monotony of your gym’s treadmill and elliptical machine routine, you get to work out while interacting with others, but it’s still personal since you have your music to help you power through. Parker takes the time before class to get to know you, your fitness likes, dislikes and goals. I do find it’s easier to push myself when I’m listening to music and “in the zone,” and that’s one of Parker’s main goals – to make sure you not only enjoy yourself but expand your fitness level on the way. If you’re looking for something along the lines of a boot camp, there are three “power hour” morning classes to choose from starting at 6 a.m. For six weeks you will burn the fat and boost your metabolism three days a week. This is not for the faint of heart as the class promises to “blast your body in the most efficient ways possible.” The classes, specifically Angela’s “Power Hour” are budget conscious, with a small $10 fee for your first class. A series of classes runs about $100 for four sessions, which is a lot better than the deal you get at a smelly, confined gym.
Campus Circle > Culture > Fashion skewering shows like “The Soup,” “Web Soup” and “Sports Soup,” but with a biting sense of style and a bit more sass. With segments like “Hot Dish” “F-Bombs” and “Let’s Go Shopping,” you can skip flipping through the supermarket tabloids and fashion magazines on your way through the checkout and instead tune in to “The Dish.” The show offers a plethora of laughable segments covering just about every subject pertaining to the entertainment industry. Just watching one episode gets you accustomed to Fishel’s quirky mannerisms and the silly opportunities she has impersonating your favorite celebrity. If you are a fan of Lady Gaga and want an inkling of where she might be headed, then “Gaga Mega Tracker 10000” is a chance for you to catch up on the creative and sometimes zany movements of Gaga. For those who dart out the door before most become transfixed with the droning of morning talk shows and go to bed long before the late night broadcasts, “The Dish” has you covered with their “Daylight Cravings” and “Evening Indulgences.” These segments both encompass the day and night television broadcasts in hilarious and abbreviated versions. Not only does Fishel do a stellar job as the host for “The Dish,” but she is also currently a Psychology major with a specialized focus in marriage and family therapy. She has a strong work and study ethic that is obvious with all she does with “The Dish” and as a student carrying upwards of 18 units a semester. Down the road, after obtaining her Master’s, Fishel hopes to open up her own practice to counsel couples and work with children of divorce. As a beacon to not only students currently enrolled in classes, but to those who wish they had the opportunity to go to school, Fishel exemplifies what true determination is. As an actress, TV host and full-time student, Fishel gives the best advice to those who feel they are unable to
Danielle Fishel dishes out the fashion scoop on Style. do a similar juggling act between work and school. Personally, her advice is beyond fitting, showing how humble, helpful and grateful one person can be, and how brightly one person can light up a room with a little support. “Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re the same inspiration you need to be,” says Fishel. “By the time you’re done with school, never underestimate your work experience and how much more it will mean to them even than that degree on the piece of your paper. The fact that you were able to dedicate yourself to both work and school, to get them both done and do them both well, is going to mean more than just the degree itself. Even with difficulties about it, you will get where you are going.” “The Dish” airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. on Style Network.
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“The Rendezvous” Every last Thursday – Dec. 30 @ King King When you’re as hot as Lindsley Allen, you just can’t stop your hips from shaking or legs from splitting. An original Pussycat Doll and choreographer for “Dancing with the Stars” and the HBO series “Carnivàle,” among other credits, Allen is a petite, blonde firecracker who created, directed, choreographs and dances with the sizzling hot dance troupe Cherry Boom Boom in the monthly cabaret called “The Rendezvous.” Each month features a sexy special guest. Janette Manrara from “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Glee” strutted the stage in June. As classic rock and fiery roll amp the crowd, the luscious ladies of Cherry Boom Boom perform a succession of the sexiest numbers you’ll ever see – not in a strip club. Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man,” Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” the Jimmy Hendrix Experience’s “Foxey Lady” and Duffy’s “Syrup & Honey” are just a few of the raucous tunes that power the raunchy moves of the ladies clad in nothing more than lingerie, tassels and boas. Host Sharon Ferguson captivates with her naughty looks and even racier innuendos. Though the exotic stage dancing is the main thrust of the night, there is a cute love story to follow. Angela Berliner and Brian Kimmet are an adorable duo who timidly strike up a romance, only to be pulled apart and then pushed together for a happy ending. All the while, the gorgeous showgirls execute a series of vignettes in between the dramatic skits using creative costumes and innovative moves and presented with a touch of class. From a Hula-Hoop, pole, hanging bar, chairs and a hanging cloth swing, all materials are fair game for the Cherry Boom Boom gals. This monthly cabaret is a blast to share with the girls or your guy (if you dare). —Jessica Koslow King King is located at 6555 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. For more information, visit kingkinghollywood.com.
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“Stoop Stories” July 7-11 @ Kirk Douglas Theatre Set in the downtown Culver City area – which feels like its own Greenwich Village with brasseries, bistros and petite cafés – the Kirk Douglas Theatre presented the West Coast premiere of “Stoop Stories,” written and performed by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner, Dael Orlandersmith. Orlandersmith took the audience on a mystical yet authentic journey through New York, past to present. Jazz music, soft lights and sounds of the city added texture to the bare stage, decorated only with a staircase and a bottle of water, a perfect environment for good storytelling. Through her eyes and the character’s voices, Orlandersmith described the people, events, circumstances and tragedies that happened on the stoop. Alcohol, teen pregnancy, violence, drugs and alcohol, rats and roaches and broken hearts all happened or were seen from the stoop. Orlandersmith moved through the city on foot as she told stories about where she was and how that location may have impacted her life or drastically changed for another. At different locales, she became a different character: Herman, the Polish-Jewish man who met Billie Holiday and was changed forever; Hector, a 16-year-old Puerto Rican kid whose mission was to “maintain my cool”; Sugar, the 13-year-old who was a junkie but had a gift for poetry. Orlandersmith discussed race conflicts, dreams that were never attempted let alone achieved and the concurring theme of dope, which seemed to hover over urban life. She continued her journey from uptown to downtown, painting a colorful picture of the city, its problems, victories and the characters that made New York what it was. As she made her way back to Harlem, she finished in the present, describing 125th Street today and how it will never be “that Harlem” ever again. Don’t miss Dael Orlandersmith’s world premiere of “Bones,” directed by Gordon Edelstein, presented for nine performances only at Kirk Douglas Theatre from July 30 through Aug. 8. —Jewel Delegall Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. For more information, visit centertheatregroup.org.
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by kevin wierzbicki Magic City! That’s the nickname that Birmingham, Ala., earned well over 100 years ago thanks to a phenomenal growth spurt that made it seem like new homes, businesses and industries sprang up overnight, as if by magic. One day, when people are zooming around Birmingham with jetpacks strapped to their backs, people will think that’s magic, too. Until that time comes, you have to settle for arriving at these Birmingham-area transportation museums in a more mundane manner. What you see there, though, just might put you over the moon. The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum (hodrrm.org): This museum celebrates the golden age of railroading and is the official railroad museum for the state of Alabama. Displays in this restored depot include train whistles and bells, railroad crossing lights, spikes and equipment used to lay tracks and hundreds of other artifacts and pieces of memorabilia. Outside in the train yard, you can see dozens of vintage diesel and steam locomotives – some of which still run.
Campus Circle > Culture > Travel Admission to the museum is free, but a nominal charge applies if you want to ride the narrow-gauge steam locomotive or take a longer journey on the Calera & Shelby line pulled by a powerful diesel engine. Want a real thrill? For $30 you can ride along in the locomotive (engine car) itself. Southern Museum of Flight/Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame (southernmuseumofflight.org): The flying machines housed here include a nearly 100-year-old fabric-covered biplane used as a crop duster, Korean War-era jets and helicopters from the Vietnam War. Alabama’s famed Tuskegee Airmen are saluted here with a multiple-plane diorama that includes life-size mannequins placed in, on and around the World War II trainers. The wreckage of the “Lake Murray B-52,” a WWII-era bomber recovered from the depths of South Carolina’s Lake Murray in 2005 is also here in all its rusted glory. Soviet-made MiGs, experimental civilian aircraft, a Wright Flyer and a Blackbird spy plane are among the 75 planes on display here. Some displays are hands-on; climb right into a real cockpit or try your hand at flying in a flight simulator. Admission is $5 or $7 if you want to go through with a tour guide. Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum (barbermuseum. org): It’s pretty safe to say you’ve never seen anything like this place. The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is home to over 1,200 vintage and modern motorcycles and the largest collection of Lotus racecars in the world. Plan on spending some serious time here to see everything; it takes five floors and 144,000 square feet to house all the crotch rockets and speedsters. The displays are quite creative, too; you’ll see “trees” of motorcycles that span several stories and rack after rack of bikes that stretch to the ceiling.
PAGES 501 Things to Do with a Zombie (Adams Media) OK, book world, I get it – zombies are this year’s vampires. Really, now it’s bordering on overkill. I mean, 501 Things to Do with a Zombie? The book aims to be funny with the occasional blood-spattered page, but mild amusement can only sometimes be found in the illustrations on every other page. Seriously, the whole book is just a list of things to do that includes activities like “call tech support,” “double dip” or “pogo stick” that would be just as funny if you replaced the word “zombie” with the word “carrot.” Maybe it’s just me, but I assumed there would be more narrative, maybe a breakdown of what to do with your zombie and how to do it. Is it really too much to ask that the author spend a little more time being clever instead of just thinking up random things to do? I mean, I’m sure you don’t want to write 501 pithy paragraphs about what it would be like to do things like “floss” with your zombie, but really? Really? Grade: D—Melissa Russell 501 Things to Do with a Zombie will be available July 31.
F U Haiku: Pissed-Off Poetry for Every Occasion (Adams Media)
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Birmingham’s Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum The basement of the Barber Museum houses a restoration center, and there’s a viewing area where you can watch them work on pieces like a 1949 Imme R100. Not everything here is vintage, though. Check out the 2006 Ducati Desmosedici. Only 1,500 of these exist, and motorcycle enthusiast Tom Cruise owns the first one that rolled out of the Ducati factory. The museum is adjacent to Barber Motorsports Park where motorcycle races and other special events are held throughout the year. Admission to the museum is $15. These three Birmingham attractions are close enough together that you can squeeze them all into one day if you choose. For more information, visit birminghamal.org.
Campus Circle > Culture > Books It’s tempting to try and reconstruct the sequence of events that led up to the publication of FU Haiku. Maybe, somewhere in Manhattan an anger management counselor decided to have her patients express their feelings of frustration and rage in poetry. To make things complicated, everything had to be written in the 5/7/5 syllable pattern of a haiku. Or maybe the authors, Beth Quinlan and Perry Taylor, had one too many run-ins with shady bureaucrats, skeezy boyfriends, incompetent drivers and generally stupid and unlikable people. It was either write this book or go on a killing spree. That’s not to say some of the haikus don’t recommend acting on our less admirable emotions. The title suggests a more passive response to the small, every day injustices of the world – a child-friendly “F U,” but some of the haikus read like the proud boastings of a vigilante laying down justice on the ignorant masses, if not the deranged confessions of a psychopath. In these scenarios, idiots and douchebags get sued for every dime they own or get their cars keyed for stealing someone’s spot. For everyone who has ever come across someone who pissed them off, that sort of justice is just what the doctor ordered. Grade: B —Arit John F U Haiku is currently available.
Love at First Bite: The Unofficial Twilight Cook Book (iUniverse) At one point in my life, I was totally a self-proclaimed Twihard. Although in the years since Breaking Dawn was released (and indeed because Breaking Dawn was just so disappointing as a
series ender in my opinion), my obsession has cooled, I’m still curious about the films, and I’ll occasionally indulge in a little Twilightrelated fun. And since I love food, I was totally excited to see Love at First Bite: The Unofficial Twilight Cook Book by Gina Meyers, featuring recipes for some of the dishes cooked in the novels. Now, I may not love Twilight like I used to, but even the most dedicated Twilingual out there should be insulted at the recipes Meyers offers up. I mean, seriously, sure Bella makes grilled cheese in the novels, but who doesn’t know how to make it at home? Jacob Black’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich is definitely nothing fancy. In fact, pretty much every recipe is as straightforward as they come, with the only creativity on Meyers’ part coming in the form of recipe titles. Even the Forkshatten cocktail is a classic Manhattan formula. So while the book initially got points for combining two of my favorite things (complete with a [disappointing] trivia section and movie notes), in the end, it feels more like a desperate, half-hearted attempt to ride the coattails of Twilight. Grade: C—Melissa Russell Love at First Bite is currently available.
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The Bacon Bleu Burger at Lucky Devils
6613 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood by jessica koslow When I first sat down to eat at Lucky Devils, I wondered about the inspiration for the restaurant’s name. At the end of my meal, I was certain I had my answer. We, the customers, are certainly the lucky devils. Though that may be true, another reason is surely that the strikingly handsome former model and owner of the establishment’s name is Lucky Vanous. And he and his charming, friendly staff serve up “sinfully good” food and times. During these hot summer months, especially if you’re cruising Hollywood Boulevard or in the area for some entertainment, Lucky Devils provides the perfect refuge. Its airy box shape, nicely spaced furniture and chill colors make the atmosphere light and cool, even though the food can be spicy and quite a mouthful. Plus, the gourmet burger eatery takes pride in quenching your thirst (or making you thirsty for more) with an eclectic beer selection featuring more than 30 different brews from around the world. Feeding hungry Angelenos for six years now, Lucky Devils is one of the cooler hangouts in its hood. One quick scan over the reviews at Yelp, and it’s clear that people travel from afar for one of the best burgers they’ve ever eaten. If you haven’t yet discovered Lucky Devils, you’re in luck: Starting this month, they’ve launched a new summer menu with “hot eats and cool brews for the warm days ahead.” One very pleasant surprise is their Veggie Burger. Yes, their Diablo burger is literally one of the best burgers I have ever eaten (white cheddar, double-smoked bacon, avocado, wild arugula, house 1,000 island and devil hot sauce), but it was the Veggie that threw me for a loop. I don’t usually opt for the meatless version, but after hearing a glowing recommendation, I went for it. It was tasty as ever. Made from sautéed portobellos, shredded beets, almonds and walnuts (plus 21 other ingredients), white cheddar, avocado, beer caramelized onions, house 1,000 island and wild arugula, it’s a good-for-you vitamin infusion despite boasting a taste that screams “guilty pleasure.” So as not to be too much of a health nut, add some Rosemary Garlic Crispy Fries on the side. If you opt for any of their dreamy burgers, try an order of their Grilled Organic Broccoli. Owner Vanous is commited to locally grown and organic ingredients and “clean protein,” featuring all-natural, hormone- and antibiotic-free meat. Listed on the menu are his meat suppliers: Snake Rivers Farms, Tallgrass Beef and Shelton’s (free range turkey). Along with the burgers, Lucky Devils is known for its house-smoked barbecue. With the Hickory Smoked Baby Back Ribs (slow smoked for seven hours), you can choose a sauce that is either heavenly sweet or devilishly spicy. You’ll be licking your fingers long after the meal is over. Something I should have mentioned previously: Save room for dessert. I tried two versions of the liege waffle, but there are many more. The special is the Grilled Summer Peach Custard: an authentic Belgian Liège Waffle with Grilled Peach Frozen Custard and homemade Salted Chimay Beer Caramel. I also gobbled down a second waffle with homemade Belgium Hot Fudge and Tahitian Vanilla Frozen Custard from Pennsylvania. I know what you’re thinking, but in my defense, these waffles are not as big as American ones, and luckily, I was sharing. Sweet and cakey, thick and chewy, you can’t eat just one. What I didn’t try, but will when I return to sample their summer weekday specials, is their Monday special: a free six-ounce shake with any burger and fries or entree made with their Tahitian Vanilla Frozen Custard. Also, take advantage of their $10 lunch, with a choice of Pizza & Caesar, Lucky Burger & Fire Slaw or Chicken Caesar Salad, weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
GRAPHICNOVELS Saga of the Swamp Thing Book Three (Vertigo) Before Watchmen revolutionized graphic storytelling, Alan Moore stretched the limits of mainstream comics with Swamp Thing. Moore used the swamp creature as a metaphor for our treatment of the planet, while telling sophisticated horror stories with fully drawn characters. The third volume, now available in a deluxe hardcover edition, contains some of the best issues from Moore’s run, including the first appearance of John Constantine. Three creepy story arcs center on: a villain that drinks toxic waste, a flooded town where vampires have set up an underwater haven and a disturbing ghost story along the lines of The Shining, in which a film crew begins to take on the identities of people involved in a past slave massacre. Intelligent and wholly entertaining, comics don’t get much better than this. Grade: A —Mike Sebastian Saga of the Swamp Thing Book 3 is currently available.
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GALAXYKICK by marvin g. Vasquez Galaxy Draw Earthquakes It was a battle for California, as the Los Angeles Galaxy hosted and tied the visiting San Jose Earthquakes 2-2 on Thursday, July 22, at the Home Depot Center. “It was a poor start to the game. For whatever reason, we came out and were sloppy for the first couple of minutes,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena points out. “We positioned ourselves to chase the game.” The draw moves the Galaxy’s record to 12-2-4 with 40 points; they remain atop the Western Conference standings and are the first MLS squad to hit the 40-point mark this season. Meanwhile, the Earthquakes go to 6-4-5 with 23 points as they sit alone in fourth place. With the Galaxy being down a score late in the game, striker Landon Donovan rescued the team from a loss with a game-tying goal in the 90th minute. Donovan managed to collect his third goal of the season off a rebound inside the goalkeeper box. “I’m obviously satisfied getting an equalizer at the end of the game, and I’m more than satisfied with the way we attacked tonight and created chances,” Arena remarks. For the Earthquakes, midfielders Bobby Convey and Brandon McDonald tallied scores in the third and 72nd minutes, respectively. San Jose took an early lead off Convey’s 14-yard shot, but forward Edson Buddle responded 14 minutes into the second half. Buddle, who grabbed his MLSbest 12th goal, placed the ball into the back of the net from three yards out. “It went in. It was a tough ball. It skipped and was bouncing,” Buddle states. “It went past Alan [Gordon] and a defender.”
Campus Circle > Sports > Soccer McDonald gave the Earthquakes another edge with his shot from four yards, but Donovan and the Galaxy found a way to knot the score in the end. “We had a lot of pressure on them and we kept going,” Donovan says. Los Angeles entertains the Chicago Fire this Sunday, Aug. 1, at 4:30 p.m.
Ronaldinho to Play for Los Angeles? There is much talk lately about Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho signing and playing with the Galaxy, but, apparently, it is only a rumor for now. The midfielder currently plays in Italy for AC Milan, which was David Beckham’s last European club. Rumor has it that Beckham is in favor of Ronaldinho coming to play alongside him at the Home Depot Center. However, the club’s Vice President Adriano Galliani made it clear that Ronaldinho is not for sale. “He is a Milan player. We will not give him up. The hypothesis should not even be considered,” Galliani told gazzetta.it. “He has never asked to be transferred. He will remain at Milan next season, and I hope even longer. It’s true Galaxy are interested in him. After David Beckham, they want another star, but Galaxy will have to wait for many more years.”
Donovan Close to a Transfer? Donovan, the most celebrated player from the United States, is being linked to another English Premier League club yet again. This time, Manchester City is interested in the American asset. Donovan’s desire to play in England for a substantially lengthy period is no secret. Yahoo Sports’ Martin Rogers reported that the Galaxy are ready to sell Donovan, but only if the price is right and includes an inflated “silly money” transfer fee. Manchester City’s head coach Roberto Mancini
AUGUST BASEBALL BY Dov rudnick It could be said that a major league base– ball season has seasons of its own, monthly shifts in the emotional climate of the game. From the virginal months of April and May, when anything seems possible, to the dog days of June and July, when teams start to define themselves, to that last third of the season when every game REALLY starts to matter. Yes, baseball fans, at long last, August is upon us (in a few days anyhow). August, when you can poke your nose into the sports section and legitimately raise your eyebrows at the site of the standings, when (should we be so lucky) the savory aroma of pennant fever fills the air. This year, Los Angeles baseball fans are again so lucky. Both the Dodgers and Angels are in striking distance of division titles as the season heads down the stretch. And, curiously, both teams face their respective division leaders in two separate series to begin the final third of the season: Angels against the Texas Rangers and the Dodgers against the San Diego Padres. I can hear you thinking, “The Padres are still in first!” Apparently so, that same Padre organization that finished in last place for the past two consecutive seasons has held on
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Tristan Bowen is the Galaxy’s youngest player at age 19. confirmed his interested in bringing Donovan to England, but the Galaxy are looking for $20 million for the acquisition to occur.
Young Guns are Integral The Galaxy have quite the veteran group in their organization, but their profound success cannot be credited to them solely. Several young players have had much to do with how well the club is performing this year, as well as last season’s display. Defenders Sean Franklin and Omar Gonzalez are solid in the back line. They both received the MLS Rookie of the Year during the last two years, respectively. Newcomers Michael Stephens, a midfielder product of UCLA, Brazilians Leonardo (defender) and Juninho (midfielder), defender A.J. DeLaGarza and forward Tristan Bowen have contributed substantial time. Bowen, a native of Van Nuys, is the youngest player on the roster, and he seems to possess a great deal of talent.
Campus Circle > Sports > Baseball to first place since mid May. For an organization enduring a complicated ownership transition in recent years something has apparently clicked (Dodger top brass, take note.). The team has managed to fight its way to one of the best records in the National League. They’ve had success against almost every team except, strangely, the Dodgers, whom they’ve lost five of six so far this year. In any case, they are in a position to serve a knockout punch to the Blue Crew in the coming week. The Dodgers, on the other hand, are weaving and bobbing to land a few punches of their own. The recent four-game series against the New York Mets would indicate that the Dodgers are stronger than some would have believed after they dropped the first six games coming out of the All-Star break. The much-maligned starting rotation has turned in quality starts from each of the pitchers. Even the pesky question of who fills the fifth spot has been tentatively answered by the consistent contributions of young Carlos Monasterios. As for the bullpen, the recent shaky outings by closer Jonathan Broxton and the absence of set-up man Ronald Belisario has been assuaged by the continued dominance of Hung-Chih Kuo (a left-handed batter has yet to get a hit off him this year) and the contributions of freshman Kenley Jansen. The 22-year-old right-hander brought attention to himself by pitching in consecutive outings against the Mets. He retired the side in order and struck out two batters in each of the two innings he has pitched. The other 22-year-old hurler on the staff, Clayton Kershaw, has continued to stake a claim on the title of staff ace with his eight-inning shutout performance Sunday, July 25. This re-emergence of the pitching staff appears to have come just in time to rescue a struggling batting lineup. Slugger
Manny Ramirez has been nursing a strained calf muscle and will likely be unavailable until late August. All-Star Andre Ethier has been mired in the worst slump of his season. The team has had to look to unexpected places for offense. Leadoff hitter Rafael Furcal has been on fire since getting off of the disabled list for a sprained hamstring two months ago. The shortstop, who underwent back surgery two years ago, has finally returned to top form and appears none the worse for wear as he presently leads the National League in batting average. Speaking of back surgery, catcher Brad Ausmus was in the lineup Saturday, July 24, for the first time since his operation for a herniated disc. The 41-year-old veteran drove in a run and caught 12 innings in a game the Dodgers eventually won at the bottom of the 13th. It was Ausmus’ first start after a three-and-a-half-month rehabilitation. “I’ve always believed if you sign a contract with a club for a season, it’s your obligation to get yourself in shape as soon as possible,” Ausmus offers in the clubhouse after the game. It’s too bad Ramirez wasn’t in the nearby vicinity to hear the words. The injured slugger has a habit of leaving games early. Since Ramirez declines questions from the press, one can only speculate on the inner thoughts brewing beneath the infamous mane of dreadlocks. Is he secretly burning to get back on the field, or is his seemingly carefree attitude the cloth of profound baseball wisdom? Or does he simply not really care that much? Although this latter opinion is popular among more cynical Dodger fans, it would be wise to let time tell. What is certain is that a strong presence in the lineup of a healthy Manny Ramirez would be greatly appreciated down the stretch.
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Second Annual Make It Funky – Music & Arts Festival Chinatown Central Plaza, 947 N. Broadway, Los Angeles; makeitfunkyfest.blogspot.com Half music festival, half block party, the Make It Funky Fest is a blend of live music, DJs, vendors and artists coming together to celebrate urban soul and create the ultimate summer party. 2 p.m.midnight. $5 before 6 p.m., $10 after.
WEDNESDAYJULY 28 X Games 16 Kick-Off Bash & Benefit 777 Chick Hearn Ct., Downtown; nokiatheatrelalive.com Fans can enjoy DJs, a silent auction, food and drinks, a gift bag and the opportunity to meet featured X Games athletes. Proceeds from this event benefit two exceptional charities. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. $55-$100.
THURSDAYJULY 29 First Annual Fireman’s Brew Firefighter Bachelor Auction House of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; livenation.com Over 20 local firefighters will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting the L.A. - Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund. The bachelor auction will be followed by a special performance by the ultimate ’80s cover band, Flashback Heart Attack. 7 p.m. $20.
FRIDAYJULY 30 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles; landmarktheaters.com Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd and friends “bring you the news so you don’t have to get it yourself.” 11:59 p.m. $10.50.
SATURDAYJULY 31 Drink:Eat:Play’s Block Party Paramount Studios Backlot, 780 N. Gower St., Hollywood; drinkeatplay.com Try various food trucks, sample hundreds of beers and check out bands. It’s your standard block party sans crazy neighbors and bad potluck food. $40 for a three-hour session (4 p.m.-7 p.m.) or $50 for a four-hour session (3 p.m.-7 p.m.). Both sessions include unlimited beer, but food is sold separately.
SATURDAYJULY 31 Marquez vs. Diaz 2 – The Rematch AMC Theatres- multiple locations; amcentertainment.com Boxing superstar Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez takes on Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz for the unified lightweight world championship in a rematch of their Feb. 28, 2009 fight, which
was routinely named 2009’s Fight of the Year. 6 p.m.
SATURDAYJULY 31 Santa Monica Scavenger Hunt – Twilight Treasure outoftheboxevents.com Explore Santa Monica while uncovering clues and learning all kinds of fun trivia. You’ll uncover all the answers, find treasure and even solve a clue while on the Ferris wheel at twilight. Form your teams and bring your camera. No prior knowledge of Santa Monica required. 5:30 p.m. $25 per person.
SUNDAYAUG. 1 Chili Cook-Off Beverly Hills Farmers Market, 9300 Civic Center Drive, Beverly Hills; beverlyhills. org/attractions/market Contestants enter their homemade chili creations and each is judged for the “besttasting” pot of chili. The day’s festivities also include a corn shucking contest, free chili sampling, live entertainment and celebrity judges. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. FREE.
MONDAYAUG. 2 The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; booksoup.com Author Howard Bryant presents and signs his book about the baseball legend that Booklist calls “a must read for baseball fans of every generation.” 7 p.m. FREE.
TUESDAYAUG. 3 Heineken Presents “GreenShoelace Late Nights” Cinespace, 6356 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles; greenshoelace.com/remix/events Catch some of the biggest names in electronic music and get a first look at the winners of the Remix Challenge. 9 p.m.-2 p.m. FREE, but RSVP is mandatory.
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See the city’s brightest art on a Saturday night cruise with the Museum of Neon Art.
THE MUSEUM OF NEON ART Nighttime Cruises, Bright Exhibits by stephanie forshee What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, but after Bill Concannon’s first trip there in 1966, he took his passion for art with him long after. While visiting, he fell in love with the city’s lights and decided he would someday make art like that. The neon lights on marquees and flashing bulbs caught Concannon’s eye, and he was hooked. The obscure Museum of Neon Art houses many of Concannon’s eclectic and electrifying pieces. The museum also features multiple other fun artists, too. Concannon’s newest neon exhibit, Recycled, Reclaimed, and Reinvented, runs through Oct. 31. In the artist’s statement at the museum, he says, “My work is my attempt to take the internal and make it external.” The Museum of Neon Art also hosts an infamous Saturday night cruise to Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood, which house a plethora of historical neon signs. MONA focuses on preserving and recognizing neon signs and their like. Who knew one of the five noble gases could entertain a busload of people for hours? MONA provides a Saturday night like no other. While sipping wine on a double-decker sightseeing bus, you receive an unforgettable history lesson about Los Angeles. Don’t let the tour bus fool you, though. The attendees are predominantly Angelenos. The cruise was designed 11 years ago by J. Eric Lynxwiler, and he’s been guiding thrilling Saturday night tours ever since. The three-hour cruise begins in Downtown where Lynxwiler narrates with a plethora of fascinating city history. It’s not a long, boring lecture or anything; after all, there is drinking on board. That alone distinguishes it from any history lecture you’ll ever sit in on at school. You will learn a ton of cool facts about the City of Angels, though, while aboard the double-decker. After the first hour of taking in the Downtown scenery, you’ll make a brief stop in Chinatown. Then Lynxwiler will lead you on a fun trip to Hollywood. You’ll see the bright lights of Hollywood and take a trip down Wilshire Boulevard for the final leg of the tour. Of course, Lynxwiler has an abundance of information on Wilshire Boulevard, as he very well should. He co-wrote the book Wilshire Boulevard: Grand Concourse of Los Angeles with Kevin Roderick. Lyxwiler is currently working on his second book. MONA plans the cruise’s timing perfectly. You can grab dinner before you go, enjoy your three-hour cruise and still have time to go out after seeing all the people of Los Angeles out on the town from atop of the bus. Fortunately, Lynxwiler keeps the energy up and the crowd laughing for the evening’s entirety. In between his animated jokes, it’s equally entertaining to just sit back and listen to him spout out random trivia off the top of his head at a mile a minute. He’s like a human encyclopedia of the history of our city. MONA’s Neon Cruise provides some booze, and you’re welcome to bring some of your own along with snacks. Plus, you have a couple of rest stops to buy stuff as well. Also, keep in mind this isn’t the night to forget to bundle up! California nights can be chilly, so imagine what it’s like on top of a topless bus for hours in the gusting wind. Catch a tour of this expertly mapped-out excursion of Downtown L.A. and Hollywood soon. Next year, MONA will likely be relocating to Glendale for a, hopefully, bright future. MONA is located at 136 W. 4 St., Los Angeles. For more information, visit neonmona.org.
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OMG! Friday night was a blast. You should have seen the crowd. The people were going nuts, and so did we. My best friend was sooo excited – she nearly fainted. LOL. Saturday night was “GIRLS” night. We were looking fine and feeling good. Where were you? XOXO
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