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by ebony march, news EDITOR Leah calls her best friend Manny a “frenemy.” She learned the term from “Sex and the City.” “They’re like, when you have a friend but you sort of hate them at the same time,” she says. Why is Manny a “frenemy” and not a friend? “He’s always copying me,” she says. “Let’s just go down the line: I got laser eye surgery; he went out and got it and keeps bragging about how much more fancy his [procedure] was than mine. I started renting a house; he’s breaking his neck to try to do the same. My boyfriend popped the question, and I accepted; Manny’s going this weekend to propose to some girl he just started dating two months ago.” Leah’s friendship woes are a common occurrence. Ever since Biblical times, man has sought to one-up his neighbor, eventually resulting in the popular idiom: “Keeping up with the Joneses.” But how far is too far? Is a friendship really worth the annoyance of dealing with competition? Sandy Jista says, “No.”



There was a running joke we had while walking down the street at the Downtown LA Art Walk this past Aug. 12: L.A. locals drive so much, they can’t even learn to walk. Which is true because we’re used to congestion on the freeways, but on sidewalks? The Downtown LA Art Walk happens every second Thursday of the month starting from mid-afternoon to about 10 p.m. During this time, sidewalks are packed and fully integrated with tourists, businessmen, hipsters and clubgoers, teenagers, dancers, rock stars, etc., all converging in the heart of downtown between Spring Street and Main Street and from 2nd Street to 8th Street. Downtown L.A. is usually dead at night, and also pretty scary. For my first time at an event that has been around since 2004, the art walk completely transforms Downtown L.A. into the streets of New York. Yes, I said it! Pedestrians spill from the sidewalk onto the streets and intersections are cornered by gigantic crowds of roaming tourists. Our first stop, where Broadway and Gallery Row cross, was kind of rough because the venue felt hot and musty from all the people, plus hearing one person look at something and

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Her friendship with an envious classmate led to negative repercussions. “Krista used to be my best friend, but she always seemed to be interested in what I had. ‘How much did that cost?’ ‘Where did you get that?’ ‘Mine is better,’” recalls Jista. After receiving a large financial gift for graduating college, Jista treated herself to a shopping spree. She showed her friend some of the items she’d purchased, including a diamond and pearl pendant, which comprised the bulk of her spending. “We went out that night, everything was fine. But then I couldn’t find my necklace when I got home. I asked her point blank, ‘Did you take it?’ She looked at me and said, ‘No.’ I knew it was her, but I couldn’t prove it. Almost a year later, she was walking around with the same necklace on – saying she got it from her new boyfriend.” After their confrontation, Jista promptly ended the friendship. “It’s one thing when you’re so lame that you’ve got to copy everyone else. But when you start stealing to keep up?” she says. However annoying it is to be the person the world is trying to emulate, researchers surmise that it’s simple human nature. Thalia Enriquez is a sociology student who has studied the subject extensively. She feels that competition among friends and neighbors can be healthy. “People don’t come into the world knowing stuff,” she says. “We learn through example.” She even feels that some competition can have long-term benefits. “If you make good choices, then people around you who may be copycats can learn from your good example.” Still, Enriquez notes that the frustration from such behavior can be tiresome, and doesn’t fault individuals who

Some friendships are more toxic than others. walk away from competitive friendships. “Our basic need to compete stems from paranoidnarcissism. You think everybody is sitting around thinking they’re better than you. Your ego kicks in and you try to oneup them. It’s probably not the most fulfilling way to live at the end of the day. I mean, how much enjoyment can you get from life if your accomplishments are based on somebody else’s dreams?” She suggests confronting the issue with friends. “You just have to tell them that you don’t like what they’ve been doing. Real friends will hear you out. If they don’t, then you have some thinking to do, don’t you?” As for Leah, she’s still friends with Manny and doesn’t foresee the nature of their association changing any time in the near future. “A couple of months ago, when we were at breakfast, I passed a Toyota Prius and said I was thinking about upgrading. Then, I was on Facebook and that idiot had pictures of his new car – a Toyota truck – all over his wall. I was thinking, ‘At least he had some originality this time.’”

Campus Circle > Blogs > D-Day say out loud, “Really, this is art?” while the artist stands right next to their work was pretty harsh. The galleries I preferred were the smaller venues that were usually hidden toward the end of Spring Street. The artistry of the Hive (729 S. Sprint St.) hosted a slew of exhibits that utilized different mediums, including paintings on mirrors and aluminum canvases. One venue was a huge dancehall surrounded by artists and vendors, but in the middle were a row of chairs with pieces of art “sitting” facing you. Like the running favorite of artists throughout the night, it involved the lovely, fully naked, big-breasted female form. In this version, they were fully silhouetted, suggestively posed, but not just because. In some versions the female form was tiny with large, looming silhouettes of businessmen hovering over her. Definitely a message there! Art that makes you think is worth my time, while others like a Polaroid of ice cream is pretty, but really just kept my brain wastefully empty. Walking the streets of Downtown L.A. is the ultimate gallery experience. We passed by a punk rock band with their own shimmying female dancer keeping the crowd happy, and on the other side was a DJ playing a Jamaican trance beat. On another corner was an actual Jamaican band. There were fire breathers, hip-hop dancers and performance artists wearing bunny outfits confusing everybody and stop … there goes a huge cockroach. We watched it crawl along the sidewalk, scurry onto the street and fall into a manhole. There was a range of interesting characters, too. Walking into Temple of Visions (719 S. Spring St.), there was a bizarre mix of men wearing feathers on their head, tarot cards and women dressed in something out of a space odyssey meets a Renaissance faire. Vendors showcased clothing, jewelry and especially art. That’s the one thing a lot of people miss. The art walk is a way

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Downtown LA Art Walk is full of action. to support artists; almost everything on display has a price tag next to it. Prints run between $10-$100 while the cheapest painting I found ran for about $200. It may seem ridiculous at first when I looked at “Sexy Eggplant” at a sexy price of $300, but as I spoke to one artist (the one with the aluminum canvases), it took him two weeks to create a piece the size of an 8x11 piece of paper. It involved motion photography, scratching the aluminum, painting, drying and coating: an impressive feat and a marvelous product. You can consider the whole art walk event a giant bazaar. Next time I know to bring cash. Another reason to bring cash: food trucks. Two parking lots full of them. If you’ve never tried food truck food, then you’re missing out, my friend. Missing. Out. As the event started to wind down between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., the streets were once again returning to their old frightening stupor. Gallery doors shut down and the artist exhibits slowly disappeared. Now that the foot traffic is nonexistent, our lovely roach can roam the streets freely again.

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France’s leading man is Public Enemy No. 1. by nick day Vincent Cassel is known for the intensity that he brings to his work. For the role of Jacques Mesrine in the new, two-part gangster biopic (Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1), he brought something besides intensity: 40-plus pounds of extra weight. “I’ve started to know how I work, and I know that on a set I tend to lose weight, because of the stress, because you don’t have any sleep, because you don’t eat properly. The problem is that, maybe here you don’t know because the character is not known in the U.S., but in France people know the guy from the pictures he made by the end of his life. And he was fat – I mean, he wasn’t fat, but he was much bigger than me. So, I had to get there at some point, otherwise the audience would be a little disappointed, you know? I went to see the director and the producers, and I said, ‘You know, if you want me to do it for real, we have to start like that and go reverse.’ And that’s what we did.”

Campus Circle > Film > Interviews Gaining the weight may have been the physical challenge for Cassel, but the real effort was in coming to terms with the notorious character he was about to embody, and to try and understand why Jacques Mesrine still fascinates to this day. “Why do people like him? It’s really amazing, you know. I really put in a lot of effort not to glorify him. At a certain point, we had a draft where he wasn’t a racist anymore. He wasn’t so violent with women. He was cool. He was just like Robin Hood. And I was against that because I thought the point of the movie – you know, what happened in his real lifetime, the magic that happens – that even though he did everything he did, people still liked him. And that was the challenge, to recreate that on screen. So, we didn’t do anything to save him and at the end of the day, people don’t hate him. But he’s not a likeable person, really. I don’t think so. I mean, he solved his problems in a very violent way, every time he has one. So, I guess maybe it is his sense of honor? Maybe it’s the fact that he’s ready to pay the price for what he is.” Going against the grain can certainly win people’s sympathy, but empathizing with such a brutal man is far more difficult for the humane actor. “Honestly, some scenes, we were shooting them and I was turning to the director and I was telling him that, first of all, I don’t agree with what he is doing right now, and I think we will lose the audience. He said, ‘No, no, no. We won’t.’ And he was right, in a way. I need to understand why he’s doing things, but I don’t need to agree with him to play him. He’s not a comfortable character to play. He’s always nervous. He’s always violent. It is very tiring to play this guy on a ninemonth shoot.” Cassel believes, despite Mesrine’s reputedly violent nature, that it was his fame that became his undoing. “He started to use the media, and my take on that is that,


DENNIS HOPPER DOUBLE STANDARD Now-Sept. 26 @ Geffen Contemporary at MOCA by sasha perl-raver

Model turned actress. Actor turned rock star. Writer turned director. In Hollywood, people are always looking to add a new creative title to their resume, loading up on the hyphens, often ignoring that focus can be a good thing. Dennis Hopper, who passed away May 29, was an easy riding misfit best known for playing drug-addled crazies and putting his Method training to good use on screen. But he was also a prolific painter, photographer, sculpture, video and mixed media artist. His posthumous show, Dennis Hopper Double Standard, the first comprehensive exhibit of his work, opened last month at the Geffen Contemporary, and, like the actor who created the work, it’s an overwhelming spectacle that’s not always coherent. Take, for example, the mammoth statues that greet you as you enter the show. Flanking either side of the warehouse space are towering replicas of the La Salsa Man and the Mobil Gas Man, huge two-story-tall enamel and fiberglass figures made using molds of old commercial signs. Between the two


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Cécile De France and Vincent Cassel in Mesrine: Killer Instinct

finally, he died because of that. And not because of what he did, because until today not one of the murders he’s been accused of has been proven. We don’t even truly know that he killed anybody. But still, he’s been shot 17 times in the middle of the street, his body exposed on TV at eight o’clock prime time. So, it was a statement from the government that … you can’t fuck around.” In the end, Cassel hoped to use a different kind of media to expose the ugly truths of the criminal folk hero. “I wasn’t a fan of Mesrine. I never walked around with a T-shirt with his face on it or anything like that, and a lot of my friends did. My personal attraction to the thing, to the whole project, was to confront those guys – my friends, actually – to this. I thought people would hate him afterwards. And they don’t. They don’t care.” Truth is, as always, stranger than fiction. And it makes for a hell of an entertaining movie. Mesrine: Killer Instinct releases in select theaters Aug. 27.

Campus Circle > Culture > Art stands an unsettlingly lifelike sculpture of Hopper as a stoic grayscale cowboy frozen in a color desert. In the midst of the pop art landscape, his self-portrait is textured and tangible, soul oozing from the eyes, but it’s a disjointed combination that sets the tone for the rest of the show. Moving into the gallery, the first thing that strikes you is the vastness of the collection. Hopper worked on his art for over six decades, beginning as a painter in the late 1950s focused on abstract expressionism and moving into photography, graffiti, video installations and more. The problem is despite cultivating numerous styles, none of them feel like his own. Each piece of art (which were all chosen and organized by painter, movie director and cultural impresario Julian Schnabel with help from L.A. art dealer Fred Hoffman and New York art dealer Tony Shafrazi) acts as a time capsule, reflecting the most successful artists of the day. During the ’60s, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol are heavily present in Hopper’s work, but by the ’80s, he’s moved on to “borrowing” from Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Rather than witnessing an evolution, each new decade seems to reboot Hopper’s work, giving the feeling that he’s starting from scratch rather than developing as an artist. Perhaps his least impressive period was the late-1980s into the ’90s. Obviously affected by the Rodney King riots and perhaps one too many viewings of his film Colors, Hopper’s art takes on the look of artificial graffiti, streaked and spray painted on canvases with gesso-ed surfaces meant to mimic stucco or scrawled over chain link fences that bring to mind stage sets. Rather than feeling raw and urban, they’re uncomfortably amateur, the sophomoric work of someone striving for meaning. The show’s greatest weakness is its attempt at creating a full retrospective. Certain eras of Hopper’s work need

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Dennis Hopper’s photo of Tuesday Weld, 1965 not be viewed by the general public. Had the show focused exclusively on his photography, it would have been a soaring triumph, a fact that smacks you on the noggin the moment you step into the show’s centerpiece, a room brimming with over 200 captivating, vibrant black-and-white photographs shot throughout the 1960s. Hopper is at his worst when aping other visual artists of the time and at his best when behind the camera, documenting the swirling world he existed in. Photos of Warhol hiding behind a silver flower, Ike and Tina Turner frolicking in Hopper’s home, Jane Fonda practicing archery in a bikini on the beach in Malibu or Bill Cosby selling star maps on Sunset Boulevard hint at Hopper’s incredible photographic potential. While the art may be lacking, you can always slip into the backroom where they’ve compiled video clips from films such as Easy Rider, True Romance, Giant and Apocalypse Now and take a moment to appreciate Hopper’s truest art and lasting legacy: the one he left on celluloid. Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is located at 152 N. Central Ave., 
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Exorcising Her Comedic Demons by stephanie forshee Ashley Bell, the star of The Last Exorcism isn’t encountering any curses, only luck. With a growing resume, Bell is looking forward to the approaching release of her first starring role in a film. Bell stars as 15-year-old Nell Sweetzer from the backwoods of Louisiana who Ashley Bell takes classes in the begins committing detestable acts in The Groundlings’ writing lab program. Last Exorcism. Reverend Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) is sent to determine whether she is insane or possessed by the Devil. As filming commenced, Bell was unsure whether or not the content of the film was realistic. “It’s odd. I started out doubting it. The more I researched and the more I read, the more I would doubt and wonder,” reveals Bell. After listening to a swarm of tapes of actual exorcisms, her mind began to open up to the idea. Throughout her research of the tapes, Bell claims to have heard voices that were “not masculine, nor feminine, nor human.” Becoming the character of Nell on set day in and day out might have been creepy, but Bell only holds onto the amazing memories. “I loved being on set every single day,” tells Bell. “There was always a new challenge, and there were always new turns to take. I think the worst day was when it ended.” Bell had only compliments to hand co-star Fabian. “He was so generous and an intent listener. I really lucked out. To have someone with that caliber of acting to play against was really great,” boasts Bell. “The opportunities that this film has opened up have been huge! Only good things have carried over. Did I luck out that I’m not possessed?” jokes Bell. Although she may have walked away from the film unharmed, Bell didn’t escape the fear completely. After screening the film completely for the first time at the Los Angeles Film Festival, she admits, “I slept with the lights on that night. I scared myself.” While the horror genre is new to Bell, she found it exciting nonetheless. “Not only is it a horror film, it’s also along the lines of a psychological thriller,” explains Bell. “It’s a good date flick,” Bell continues. “The guys will go and like it, and the girls will have an excuse to jump into their arms.” The Last Exorcism is Bell’s biggest film role to date. “I’m excited, needless to say,” tells Bell. Bell has also been spending her time studying with the Groundlings, the L.A.-based sketch comedy group. The Groundlings host a school for both professional and beginning actors to learn the art of improv. Bell has been working in the writing lab program, and finds it interesting to learn about that aspect and to see what works for a scene and what doesn’t. The classes are beneficial not only for her writing, but also her acting. Through the process, she has discovered more about how characters develop by educating herself on writing. Her mother serves as one of the founding members of the Groundlings, so Bell grew up watching and admiring the performers there. She likes seeing the way they worked with no inhibitions. “They make fun of themselves and let it all hang out. I thought that seems like so much fun. I want to do that. I want to make fun of myself,” says Bell. With her breakout role in The Last Exorcism, Bell’s projects are quickly stacking up. She has a couple of upcoming projects that she cannot yet disclose information on, and she is also set to appear in Stay Cool starring Winona Ryder. As far as future goals, “I would love to do a comedy,” says Bell. Upon graduating a year early from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Bell says, “I knew immediately I wanted to come back to L.A. to pursue film and TV.” “This character [Nell] was really great,” says Bell. “I just hope I have a career full of playing those characters.”






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Michael Ealy, Chris Brown, Idris Elba, Hayden Christensen and Paul Walker star in Takers.


Idris Elba is one smooth criminal. by samantha ofole From the coolly understated Tango in American Gangster to the defiant soldier in The Losers, Idris Elba is riding a series of cinematic successes that are not just fueling his own career, but helping shape the role of black actors in Hollywood. The 37-year-old British actor, who made his foray to American television as Stringer Bell on the HBO series “The Wire,” has starred in a variety of hit flicks, including Guy Ritchie’s crime film RocknRolla, Obsessed with Beyoncé and the horror thriller 28 Weeks Later. With a perfect blend of style and swagger in his latest movie, Takers, Elba plays Gordon Jennings, a successful British criminal mastermind and leader of a group of highliving criminals who bankroll their extravagant lifestyles with robberies. “I was a small part of an ensemble where my character, even though he is the leader, is not so much the bad guy,” claims Elba, who is quick to point out the difference between Jennings and the Stringer Bell character from “The Wire.” “It [“The Wire”] put me on the map as an actor in this country, and I am proud of the work I did in it, but I tend not to play gangsters just because I think people will always want to see me play Stringer Bell. In Takers, which is a heist film, I play the leader of a group of thieves who’s really more of a mastermind criminal. Yes, he is bad – he’s a professional thief


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– but I have played worse characters in my past that have a real mean streak. I do that pretty easily,” he chuckles. “I am a good person at heart, but it’s more fun being a bad guy.” Elba – who launched his career over a decade ago with incendiary performances in British television classics “Dangerfield,” the British soap opera “Family Affairs” and the notoriously funny comedy series “Absolutely Fabulous” – has come a long way from a childhood in London’s East End. The actor, who left London for New York in search of greener pastures in 1998, has had a very lucrative career with roles in The Reaping with Hilary Swank and Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls. A crime caper directed by John Luessenhop, Takers stars a cool list of 21st century stars that includes Paul Walker, Hayden Christensen, T.I., Chris Brown, Michael Ealy and Matt Dillon. “It’s an ensemble piece with equal amount of screen presence and charisma. It’s entertaining and is not your typical urban film,” says Elba. “I want people to hold on to their seats and really get engaged with the character, as each character has a storyline that takes them in a certain direction. “You will get an opportunity to see both Chris and T.I. show their talent. With T.I., he is a very charismatic kind of guy and so is his character – so what you are seeing is T.I bringing himself to the role.” Jennings, Elba’s character, was initially written as an American criminal, but the actor felt he could do him more justice if he was changed to a Brit. “He was just a small-time thief turned into a big-time thief,” Elba says, “and was an American character born and bred in Los Angeles. I wanted to change that a little bit and make him a little more international, and because I am using my own accent, I get an opportunity to show what it is like to be an international in America. “Between myself and Marianne Jean-Baptiste, who plays my sister, we show a moment of British culture – Afro-Caribbean culture living in America in a mainstream

American film, which is quite rare. That was quite an achievement and I am excited about that and eager to find out what my European audience thinks about that storyline.” For director Luessenhop, who made his directional debut with the prison drama Lockdown, Elba was the perfect choice. “He is blessed with the quality called ‘presence’ in Hollywood. Your eye seems to go to him automatically,” says Luessenhop. “He brings a definition to his role with everything he does, from the way he walks and the way he carries his briefcase to the way he sits at a table.” This sentiment is echoed by writer and executive producer Gabriel Casseus, who adds that “women love Elba.” It’s an admiration Elba modestly dismisses. “I am told more than I experience it that I am a sex symbol. When I walk down the street nobody is chasing me down so I don’t know if that’s half true. Black men in film are not often described as sexy, and if they are, it’s not in the right connotation. It’s just about the size of our members. Just to be a black man that is sexy is a rare thing, and if that’s the moniker that goes with the title, then I am in for it,” adds the actor. A friendly, funny and down-to-earth guy, Elba, who is a producer and star of the new BBC drama “Luther” scheduled to premier this fall, can also be seen playing Laura Linney’s love interest in the upcoming Showtime comedy “The Big C,” which centers on a suburban wife and mother whose life is turned upside down when she’s diagnosed with cancer. “’Luther’ is my return to the small screen in a major way. I am the lead and part producer of that show. It’s a phenomenal piece of writing about a brilliant, intuitive but dysfunctional detective, and it’s the first time the BBC has cast a black man in a role like this on primetime television, so I am excited. “We did the first season, and it has been received amazingly well. We sold it to BBC America, so it should be here in the fall, and I am interested to see how American viewers receive it.” Takers releases in theaters Aug 27.


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Aug. 26 @ Aero Theatre by candice winters

Biographical film, or the biopic as it has come to be informally referred to, is what has slowly crept into our award-processing mentalities as a viable movie genre and has likewise swept several recent award seasons. It’s harsh of me, but I say this out of hypercritical love and a captious appreciation: Biopics can be a bit lazy. With the studio system trying to function correctly amid an economic crisis, a war and the onset of a cross-promotional web of destruction (or as I like to call it, the “Hannah Montana” syndrome), hot-out-the-oven, fictional material is just hard to come by. Thankfully, at this moment, biopics are on the decline after the Oscar success of Ray, Walk the Line and Monster. What do all of those films specifically have in common? The main actor or actress (Jamie Foxx, Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Theron, respectively) received the highest honor that can be bestowed on an American actor. Which is kudos to them because I think we all enjoyed their renditions of other people’s lives.

But you have to remember that they have something to work with. They have YouTube videos, articles and often, firsthand experiences with the subjects themselves. It’s not like they have to fully create a persona, a mentality, mannerisms and idiosyncrasies of a person who doesn’t exist, who didn’t write an autobiography explaining in excruciatingly painful detail what his/her motives were for killing or for writing that recipe or for cheating the government out of those billions. There is an art to biopics, and it’s called impersonation. Michael Sheen has done it several times and quite successfully, if I do say so. You might recognize Sheen from the Oscarwinning biopic The Queen, in which he played British Prime Minister Tony Blair. He also played journalist David Frost in the critic-happy film Frost/Nixon, which is a dramatization of the Frost/Nixon interviews of 1977. He also played another real person: Brian Clough in The Damned United, a sports drama about the rise and fall of the Leeds United manager. Other non-biographical films you may recognize him from include his more serious work in The Twilight Saga: New Moon as well as the voice of the White Rabbit in Tim Burton’s recent adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Sheen isn’t just a really cool guy because he’s been a vampire, a rabbit and Tony Blair in the same decade and because his ex-girlfriend is Kate Beckinsale and because he chose acting over a career as a football (soccer) star. The Welsh thespian seems to have mastered the art of impersonation, which I just so thoroughly debunked and took out with the trash. Not really, I’m going easy. However, awards should not rain on actors who successfully portray the real life of just one person. The greatest skill is being able to remaster your own habits and acquire those of other people when the role asks for it. Not just when you want to win an Oscar.

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Michael Sheen (in The Damned United) is damn good in biopics.

There is one more biographical film that stars Sheen as the lead, but there is a slim chance you’ve heard of it. Luckily, it’s being screened on Thursday in Santa Monica at the Aero Theatre. It is a rare U.S. double-bill screening of Carry On Camping, the 17th film in the famed, bitingly comedic British series and “Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa” which stars our man Michael as, who else, but the title figure Kenneth Williams, the star of the Carry On films. If that’s not enough, a Q&A with Sheen follows the screenings. The Carry On films were the most commercially successful long-running series of low-budget comedy films ever released in the UK. “Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!” is a 2006 BBC Four television play based on Williams’ own diaries. Though awards don’t always make or break a film, Sheen’s performance won him a Royal Television Society award for Best Male Actor. I can’t help but feel this guy deserves that and more. Aero Theatre is located at 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. For more information, visit


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Calling all snow bunnies! Mountain High is kicking off its 2010/11 season with an awesome party at Podium Distribution’s headquarters in Torrance on Aug. 28 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come on down to buy your season pass and try out the urban snow ramp that’s loaded with 25 tons of snow. All season pass purchasers get two free eight-hour lift tickets (non-holiday), so you can bring those friends who you’ve been trying to drag up the slopes to Mountain High this season. You will also get a free Shred Slaughter T-shirt and the chance to ride the urban snow ramp! Mountain High is committed to keeping snow sport affordable and is putting their money where their mouth is with this offer, a $130 value – free with purchase of a season pass ($299 adults, $129 children ages 7 to 12). The party doesn’t stop there. Come compare boards with team riders Marc Frank Montoya (MFM), Louie Vito, Cory Cronk and more. Rock out to great music from live bands and DJ Slipmatt. Visit the vendor village that’s packed with your favorite brands from Burton and DVS to Electric and Neff. There’s even free food from Wahoo’s for the first 300 people, so get there early! Also make sure to check out the raffles, giveaways and carnival games. This is a great opportunity to party with your pals and get geared up for the 2010/11 boarding season at Mountain High. So come “bring your board” to this awesome fest! Podium Distribution is located at 955 Francisco St., Torrance. For more information, visit


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#100 8/20/10 6:07 PM pt (People) A self-professed “slut” from Los Angeles finds herself in the annoying predicament of having to seek out her baby daddy in The People I’ve Slept With. Angela (Karin Anna Cheung) loves to get her freak on – and with as many guys as possible, but she never imagined that she’d wind up pregnant, or that her friend and family would have such strong feelings about her next steps. Angela’s conservative sister, Juliet (played by Lynn Chen) wants her to keep it, settle down and be a respectable Asian mommy. Meanwhile, Angela’s gay bestie, Gabriel (Wilson Cruz) wants her to take care of her little problem before it wreaks havoc on their social life. Angela opts for motherhood, which sends her on a hilarious, somewhat Dickensian romp through the ghosts of penis past. Is the daddy the cute, blonde 20-something hipster? The prim and proper Korean guy? The sexy but mysterious Chinese politician? The speedy Latino? She’s not sure but is determined to find out by any means necessary. However, as months go by, Angela not only learns more about the potential fathers, but she picks up some valuable life lessons about herself as well. In the end, the father is exactly who she thought he was, leaving the audience with a bit of a twist along the way. As a reviewer, I’m usually pretty good about playing it cool during film critiques. But let me just say that I LOVE THIS MOVIE. Watching The People I’ve Slept With gave me the same warm fuzzies I got from seeing But I’m a Cheerleader for the very first time. It’s charming, sexy, shot well, acted well and even better – written well. The dialogue is witty and flowed easily from each character’s mouth. The direction is also clean and stylish enough to play in theaters, but intimate enough to translate onto a television set or computer screen. Cheung is a fantastic female lead and quite engaging as the promiscuous girl with good intentions. Not once does she overdo her character’s sexuality. Cruz is also great in his role, mixing humor and believability with near-perfect pitch. Sure, there were one or two moments (such as the wedding scene) that felt a bit like daytime TV but not enough to do the film any real harm. Director Quentin Lee even throws in a cheeky and fun incentive to keep audiences in their seats through the end credits. Grade: A—Ebony March The People I’ve Slept With releases in select theaters Aug. 27.


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Is the Internet the future of TV? by sola fasehun marks a trend develop– ing in Hollywood where a Web series can go straight from your laptop to a network TV’s fall lineup. Director Joy Gohring is shaking up the sci-fi genre often dominated by male story lines with an idea as old as time: finding love in our ever-changing world. From hot Cat Ladies to Alien Crab Puppets to hilarious Cocoon Sex, it’s a fun romp, and it’s easy to see why its popularity is gaining. How did DateaHuman come to life? Joy Gohring:’s Executive Producer for Comedy Development, Amber J. Lawson, knows my work as a stand-up comic and from watching my short films. She approached me to create female-driven content, but when I found out Babelgum was also looking for sci-fi, I got all tingly inside. I was already writing comedy sci-fi with a group called Paul Malewitz, Matt Roop Kharasch and Will Weissbaum, also the co-creaters of DAH (DateaHuman). We got together and brainstormed a bunch of ideas that made us laugh and then pitched them to Babelgum.

Campus Circle > Film > TV Time Did you realize that a web series like DAH could be used as a potential pilot? Yes, in fact, I put a lot of love and attention into DAH so that it would help me get another job as a writer/director. I did my best to focus on detail. We reached out to some amazing talent to be in the series, which has really helped us, including Phil LaMarr (“MADtv”) who plays the Crab Alien voice and Charlie O’Connell (“The Bachelor”). Anne Griffin plays our heroine “Allie,” who is searching for love, and Brooke Lyons plays her sexy Cat-like Alien roommate, “Ruthie.” What are you future plans for DAH? Several production companies have approached us and we’re sorting out where the best home is for DAH. We’ve even thought, maybe we should do more online episodes and continue to build up our fan base? So many people get TV pilots made, but never picked up. We really want someone on our side at a network that gets us and really wants to nurture the show. Do you have any advice for someone looking to do a show on the Internet? You never know what will pop. If you have a fun idea, beg, borrow, steal or buy a camera. You can buy an industry standard camera on craigslist now for under $1,500 these days. Or simply use what you have – your Flip camera or iPhone. Write some scripts and go out and shoot it. Don’t limit yourself to thinking you need thousands of dollars to shoot something. You can edit for free using Mac software and literally do everything out of your home. If you want your own Web page, you can get one from Yahoo for $10 a month or you can post your series for free on YouTube.


SCOTT PILGRIM GETS A HIGH SCORE by zach hines Nowadays it’s rare that I go to a film and see something that I would consider “new.” To a certain extent, everything has been done and every story has been told, so ultimately in order to do something new it’s not really about “what” you do; it’s “the way you do it.” What kind of spin can you put on the story or style in which you tell that story? Last week I went to see Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and when I came out, I felt that I had seen something new. Something I hadn’t seen before. Scott Pilgrim is a film that is a cohesive vision from the mind of a passionate filmmaker. As a writer/director myself, it’s nice to see a film where the star of the film is the director. Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) has crafted an awesome ride that, believe it or not, has it all. It has action, humor, amazing visuals, martial arts, cool special effects but above and beyond all that, it has an interesting story that I haven’t seen before. Another thing I love about the film is all the awesome video game references.


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Anne Griffin as Allie and Brooke Lyons as Ruthie What’s some advice you can give to college students? I recommend making what you shoot look good. This means, don’t just shoot a scene in front of your white bedroom walls because that’s all you have. Get more creative. Don’t shoot a futuristic sci-fi scene with your “Family Guy” poster hanging in the background. Make sure that what you’re shooting makes sense. As you get more serious about shooting videos, take the time to make your project sound good. No matter what, just make something! You’ll get better if you’re consistently creating. Any advice to women looking to breaking into the entertainment industry? The key to success is collaboration. Women can be unnecessarily competitive sometimes. Support women, bring each other up and that is how you will ultimately succeed. For more information, visit

Campus Circle > Film > Screen Shots The film is based on a comic book of the same name, and it references a lot of ’80s video games. Wright has done an excellent job of translating the classic video game nostalgia to the big screen, and what’s great is it works and is fun to watch, even if everyone seeing the film isn’t familiar with all the old games being referenced. Again, this was something I hadn’t seen before in a film. Normally, a film like this has a storyline that is a lot more typical – typical good guys, bad guys and some kind of plot to destroy or take over the world. What makes this film unique is the way it’s told. The story is about Scott Pilgrim, a 22-year-old kid who falls in love with a girl named Ramona Flowers, but in order to have her all to himself he has to defeat her seven evil exboyfriends (which includes one girlfriend). It sounds wacky, but if you’re not closed off to stuff that isn’t tired, overdone crap, you should have a great time with this film. Although most every film gets test screened besides sure thing blockbusters starring massive movie stars, Scott Pilgrim is not a film crafted together by a marketing department. When you look at the movie business now, it seems like the marketing department is the artist. That’s why so many films are sequels, remakes and reboots; it makes the marketing department’s job easier so they don’t have to figure out how to sell something new or unproven. So much is invested in the hype and build up to a film that the marketing departments are responsible for creating with the desired result of the film debuting at No. 1, breaking records and making a fortune. What sucks is that if a film doesn’t do that, the media deems it a failure. The people who report the box office would have you believe that the quality of a film is directly linked to the amount of money it makes during its first weekend.

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Scott Pigrim vs. the World is a film you can watch again and again. When I go see a film, I’m not looking to see something that made a ton of money. I’m looking to go see something that I want to go see again. I want to see a film that I want to go out and buy when it comes out on DVD. I go to the movies with the hopes of seeing a film that I’ll want to see again and again. And I’m glad that for me, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a film that I’ll not only see again, but I’ll go out and buy and watch again and again.

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Kevin Prince prepares to start under center for UCLA this season.


Bruins to Make Noise in Pac-10 by Marvin G. Vasquez This could be the year when the Bruins take everyone by surprise. This could be the season when the Bruins grab a winning record. Then again, this could be the time when the Bruins underachieve yet again. The UCLA Bruins football program has not had a commendable winning season since 2005, when they went 10-2 overall and 6-2 in conference play while capturing third place in the Pac-10 and a trip to the Sun Bowl. That was when Karl Dorrell led the group, but that has changed. Now, third-year head coach Rick Neuheisel is looking to place his stamp in Westwood after having had a winning mark of 7-6 in 2009. His dilemma lies with the increased competition of the Pac-10 Conference, which has improved via Oregon, Oregon State, California and Stanford. Oh yeah, then there is that rival across town who is filled with talented players on both sides of the field. Neuheisel charged a 3-6 record in conference play last year, with their two most convincing victories arriving at Washington State, 43-7, and at home versus Arizona State, 23-13. The Bruins actually began the season at 3-0 after solid victories over San Diego State, Tennessee and Kansas State. However, as soon as conference action started, UCLA endured five consecutive losses. The fact of the matter is that the Pac-10 is strong, and UCLA seems to find trouble with its West Coast competitors. In their season finale, the Bruins suffered a 28-7 defeat to the Trojans. They then brought the EagleBank Bowl home after a 30-21 triumph over Temple in late December. In reality, it appears that the Bruins might have a breakout season this fall, but that depends especially on how they maneuver in their top four toughest games. On Sept. 25, they travel to the Lone Star State and face No. 4-ranked Texas.


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The Bruins’ starting secondary: Sheldon Price, Tony Dye, Rahim Moore and Aaron Hester

This is arguably their toughest affair of the entire campaign simply for playing against a powerhouse team, being on the road in the humidity and Texas’ arduous fan base. UCLA’s next difficult confrontation comes when they travel to Eugene, Ore., to face the No. 11-ranked Ducks on a Thursday night, Oct. 21. The other two dangerous games are at home, with the first being on Nov. 6 versus the No. 22-ranked Oregon State Beavers. And then there is this meaningless affair against their crosstown foe. Not really! Neuheisel’s career and future could very well depend on how the Bruins perform against the Trojans in the season finale on Dec. 4 at the Rose Bowl. Under Neuheisel, the team has gone 0-2 against USC. At the end of the year, however, the Bruins could be a solid team at 8-4 or 9-3, or they could easily be another mediocre squad that goes 7-5, 6-6 or 5-7. On the offensive side, the star and leader of the group is sophomore quarterback Kevin Prince, a native of Los Angeles. Prince suffered several injuries last year, but still managed to compete in 11 games. He totaled 2,050 passing yards and eight touchdowns, but threw eight interceptions as well. Prince is obviously still under development. His most prominent game came on the road at Washington State with a 43-7 pummeling of the Cougars. Prince collected 314 passing yards on 27-of-40 attempts for one touchdown; he went to accumulate 76 rushing yards and one score on just five rushes. “I’m fired up about our quarterback. I think his numbers were fairly, fairly good for a guy who hadn’t played [that much]. Remember, he didn’t play as a senior (at Crespi) High School. He lost his senior year to a knee injury,” Neuheisel states to the Los Angeles Daily News about Prince’s 2009 season. “For a guy who hadn’t played on two seasons, to come in and play like he did was admirable. Certainly, there were growing pains, but I do believe he’s done the necessary work to master the offense, especially in the throwing game.” Just like the team, Prince too could have a breakout season. “He’ll come into his own in this running game because he’s got the measurables to be successful as a quarterback for this style of offense,” Neuheisel adds. “It’s fun now to finally

have an experienced quarterback coming back to play. That coupled with experience on the offensive line lends to more optimism.” And that could rely on the mastermind behind the offense, offensive coordinator Norm Chow. He is the best OC in the conference and perhaps the entire country. Chow is better known for his victorious days at USC when Pete Carroll was at the midpoint of his career with the Trojans. Chow then took a job with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans as offensive coordinator, but quickly returned to college football. Neuheisel hired Chow at UCLA with no hesitation. Chow is a dynamic mastermind behind the formulation of plays. This is no secret, and no defensive coordinator can ever stop Chow. However, Chow’s biggest concern is the squad’s underdeveloped players. The reality of it all is that other teams have better talent. Imagine if Chow was still at USC? Hmm. On the other side of the ball, the Bruins are strong defensively. Their best asset is free safety Rahim Moore, who is perhaps the best in the nation. Moore totaled 45 tackles and 10 interceptions as a sophomore. He is now a junior and can only get better if he stays healthy. Junior linebacker Akeem Ayers is also returning for another year. The defense is a concern though, because it is basically starting from scratch. Freshman defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa could spark things up. “Anybody can read a play and know you’re supposed to go here or here or here, but in a game situation, the tempo is a lot faster, things are moving quicker,” Odighizuwa tells the Los Angeles Daily News. “Your mind is moving a million miles an hour, and you have to just slow it down in your head. It will all make sense and look like what you’re drawing up on the board. The more experience you get, the more similar it gets from the page to the field.” UCLA seems set defensively because of their few experienced athletes returning en route to evolving a stingy defense, but the question lies with the offense. How well they perform is yet to be determined, but their season opener on Sept. 4 at Kansas State will showcase everything one needs to know. UCLA, however, is probably on the brink of breaking out or underachieving yet again.


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Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey hopes to sack all of USC’s competition.


Aims to Reestablish Identity by marvin g. vasquez When it comes to athletics, football is the most celebrated sport at the University of Southern California. The Trojans have a rich tradition of winning, and success is in their blood most of all. They wear extravagantly nice uniforms, and they have the best-looking helmet in the Pac-10 Conference. Nonetheless, a series of unfortunate events involving the Trojans has people questioning their traditions and success. Pete Carroll stepped down as head coach, but some individuals speculate whether it was truly time for him to move on to the NFL rankings; he is now the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Then USC’s athletic director, Mike Garrett, made an unorthodox and unpredictable move that stunned college football: He hired Lane Kiffin to lead the Trojan pack. Kiffin has yet to prove himself as a true leader, yet alone as a head coach. His stint with the Raiders from 2007 to 2008 was a failure. When he was at Tennessee last year, he gained confidence from many with how the program finished the season. However, that was instantly eradicated when resigning from the program en route to take the one at USC. Is this guy loyal? Is this person for real? Can he lead a team to success? All three questions will be answered in time. Regarding Kiffin, who is young and has a lot of room for improvement, three things are for sure: 1) He is hated in Tennessee. 2) Now more than ever before, he is definitely in the spotlight. 3) He has put together a great staff to create a winning program for years to come. More friction came to light when the NCAA sanctioned the program in a tremendous manner upon the findings regarding former running back standout Reggie Bush, who is now a Super Bowl champion with the New Orleans Saints. The NCAA mentioned that USC lacked institutional control. Seven sanctions were delivered to USC, but the most

Trojan quarterback Matt Barkley faces a challenging season.

prominent that will hurt the team the most are the two years of banned postseason play, a loss of 30 total scholarships from the 2011 to 2013 seasons and the vacation of all victories claimed in the 2005 season and its Jan. 4, 2005, National Championship win over Oklahoma. Back in June when the sanctions were handed down, Bush issued a statement. “I have a great love for the University of Southern California and I very much regret the turn that this matter has taken, not only for USC, but for the fans and players. I am disappointed by today’s decision and disagree with the NCAA’s findings,” he stated. After the sanctions and another questionable Kiffin moment, Garrett has been replaced as athletic director by businessman and former Trojan quarterback Pat Haden, who took the position effective Aug. 3. And now there is the upcoming 2010 season to worry about. For years, USC was the safest selection in predicting who could reign in the Pac-10. Not this year, and probably not next year, either. This is primarily due to the reputation it has captured since the NCAA delivered the sanctions. The program’s biggest asset in Carroll is gone for good. Carroll was the sole purpose why USC achieved so much greatness during his tenure there. He coached. He led. He inspired. On top of everything, however, he recruited the best high school athletes nationwide. The Pac-10 Conference has been colossally and unexpectedly reshaped in many ways. Oregon, ranked No. 11 in the preseason coaches’ poll, is top dog now. Both Northern California teams – Cal and Stanford – have substantially improved in the course of the last two years. (Stanford comes in at No. 25 on’s power rankings.) No. 22-ranked Oregon State has become a powerful force, while UCLA is heavily increasing its overall team value. Both Washington and Washington State are dangerous competitors, while Arizona and Arizona State are solid opponents for the Trojans. has USC ranked 15th in their power rankings, and the only imaginable and reasonable purpose for this is because the Trojans are simply stacked with talent all around. The question marks lie with Kiffin, and perhaps the lack

of motivation for the players to compete at their best since they will see no bowl action for the upcoming two seasons. Nevertheless, look for Kiffin to energize these young athletes to pursue and accomplish what no one in the nation is counting on them to do anymore, which is win and win by good numbers as they have done so successfully in the past. Offensively, quarterback Matt Barkley is the leader. Barkley had a solidly impressive freshman year. He became the first true freshman to ever start at that position for the Trojans en route to throwing for 2,735 passing yards and performing 15 touchdown throws. Barkley’s two biggest games came on the road when USC traveled to Ohio and Indiana. Against the Ohio State Buckeyes, Barkley collected 195 passing yards and led an 86yard drive late in the fourth quarter to eventually capture the 18-15 victory. Then, over a month later, Barkley threw for 380 yards on 19-for-29 attempts and accumulated two touchdowns against Notre Dame. The Trojans defeated the Fighting Irish by a score of 34-27. Now, after an entire season under his belt, Barkley is looking to create some national buzz for his skills and talented play. Defensively, tackle Jurrell Casey leads the charge. He could very well see All-First Team selection after the season ends. Casey had 54 tackles and forced two fumbles last year as a sophomore; he is a star-in-the-making. Although the team lost 47-20, Casey’s biggest game came at Oregon when he pounded out 11 total tackles, including five unassisted tackles. Both Barkley and Casey are essential assets to USC, and they must use their talents to motivate the rest of their teammates. The Trojans have some issues that will be fixed eventually. But for now, they must depend on themselves alone to succeed as a team, especially to get the university’s program back on track. Kiffin will always be Kiffin, but he has the tools necessary to succeed and earn numerous victories. USC could very well win the conference, but a second or third place finish is most probable for them. If the program does not win, however, then they’ll at least still have the best-looking helmet in conference once the season ends.

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Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram

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Nick Saban. Nick Saban. Nick Saban. He is the best coach in college football. He knows how to maneuver his way into what he wants. He knows how to lead, motivate and coach. This is very dangerous, and it was proven so last season when Alabama earned its first National Championship under Saban’s third season with the program. The Alabama Crimson Tide are the top-ranked team in the nation. “We appreciate it,” Saban tells YahooSports about the preseason ranking. “But at the same time I think preseason polls are based mainly on what you did last year. There’s new leadership, new personalities and a lot of new opportunities for the younger players.” On top of being on a title defense, they are also on another title run led by Saban and their top threat in junior running back Mark Ingram and backup Trent Richardson, who rushed for 751 yards in 145 attempts to go along with eight touchdowns last season (his freshman year!). “He [Richardson] makes me better. I make him better,” Ingram tells YahooSports. “It’s just nothing but an advantage to our team just to have a 1-2 punch like that.” Richardson is an evident threat because defenses now have to worry about defending two star tailbacks, not just one. “I think he should be preseason All-SEC, All-American, All-Everything on every award, because he’s a great player,” Ingram tells The Birmingham News of Richardson. “He’s explosive. He’s dynamic. He’s getting smarter as a student of


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Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy (12) hands the ball off to running back Trent Richardson (3). the game every day … He’s getting better and he’s improving every single day,” Ingram continues. “It’ll be scary to see when he reaches his full potential, what he’ll be capable of doing.” Ingram shined in 2009 when he surpassed critics en route to a Heisman Trophy-winning season. Ingram rushed for a whopping 1,658 yards on 271 carries with 17 touchdowns. He was integral to Alabama’s undefeated mark of 14-0, including the National Championship Bowl Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. He totaled 116 rushing yards on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns, including one near the two-minute mark that secured the victory over then No. 2-ranked Texas by a score of 37-21. There are many things to point out about Alabama. First, they might possess the best coaching staff in the SEC, and perhaps the nation for that matter. Behind Saban, offensive coordinator Jim McElwain and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart are studs at what they do. The Crimson Tide carry the best offense in their conference; arguably, they have the best offensive weapons in the nation as well. Led by Ingram, the offense features the returns of quarterback Greg McElroy (a solid athlete) and wide receiver Julio Jones, who is very talented. In his first full year of starting, McElroy threw for 2,508 yards in 2009, and that could significantly improve. These assets make Alabama prominent, and the team to beat in their conference and to knock down for the National Championship as well. On top of this, Alabama hosts the game of the year in all of college football when they entertain No. 3-ranked Florida in an early matchup on Oct. 2 in Tuscaloosa. For the past two seasons, both teams have met in the SEC Championship game, so the winner of this grudge match could very well be en route to an undefeated year and the national title run. Three teams could present dilemmas for the Tide. Florida is one of them, but the other two are No. 2-ranked Ohio State and No. 4-ranked Texas. Nevertheless, the schedule of these other three title contenders does not favor them, and Alabama has an edge because they host their toughest game at home. Alabama has three intriguing road games, however, starting at South

Carolina on Oct. 9, followed by a trip to Tennessee two weeks later and ending with a visit to Louisiana to face LSU Nov. 6. Alabama’s concerns are with neither their offense nor their schedule though. Their issues are on the defensive side because they lost many key players in the offseason. The Tide does have junior defensive end Marcell Dareus, junior linebacker Dont’a Hightower and strong safety Mark Barron to lean on despite the departure of nine full-time starters. Kicker standout Leigh Tiffin and special teams returner Javier Arenas are no longer with Alabama, either. Dareus may not play, however, due to a potential NCAA rule violation involving him and some NFL agents. “We won’t know anything about Marcell until the NCAA makes a decision, whether he violated rules, whether he took something from somebody, whether he needs to pay it back and whether it’s going to cost him any games,” Saban tells the Mobile Press-Register. “I don’t know any of that. And there will be no update. It will be a (NCAA) decision.” In the end, Alabama will probably go undefeated and win another title. Saban does not like that Alabama has been labeled as a squad to defend their title though. “Last year is basically over,” Saban tells YahooSports. “You know, we’re not really defending a championship. I’m sure somebody is going to ask me, ‘How are you going to defend this championship?’ The championship is a part of history, and we’re not going to defend anything … I think we’re not into repeating.” Saban might say he does not like the preseason ranking. Saban might also indicate that they are not on a title defense. Both statements are true though, and this only illustrates the respect Alabama has attained through the last three years, especially in becoming the dominant force in the alwayschallenging SEC (perhaps the best college football conference). The coaching staff is there. The experienced offense is there. Two colossally talented running backs are there. A great receiver is present. A favorable, but formidable schedule is there. Their most challenging affair is at home. Nonetheless, the defense has the question marks, but this will be a litmus test for Saban.


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At NCAA Football’s Top 25 by marvin g. vasquez Yes, folks. College football is just around the corner, and the first preseason rankings are available via the coaches’ poll. Alabama is the commanding top-ranked program in the nation for the second consecutive year. The Crimson Tide still have a lot to prove, but mostly in showing that they are consistent. This depends on head coach Nick Saban, the mastermind behind the entire progress and development of Alabama since arriving in Tuscaloosa three years ago. “These players have grown up in the system,” Saban tells YahooSports. “They just don’t have the knowledge and experience, the game-time experience we’d like for them to have, which helps them to develop confidence and consistency in their performance.” Alabama has an experienced and talented offense returning, arguably the best coaching staff in NCAA football, but they have worries at the defensive side of the ball since loosing nine full-time starters. Defensively, the Tide are rebuilding what guided them to an undefeated 14-0 season in 2009 en route to their National Championship Bowl Game victory over Texas. “We don’t have a lot of depth. We haven’t defined all the roles, especially in the secondary, that some of these guys can do, because we don’t have a lot of experience there,” Saban adds. “I do like the talent level we have. I do like the attitude that the players have worked with. I think this is going to be a defensive team that improves throughout the course of the season.” Ohio State is the No. 2-ranked team, followed by Florida,

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Texas, Boise State, Virginia Tech, TCU, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Iowa to round up the Top 10. The Top 25 includes six SEC teams (Alabama, Florida, LSU, Arkansas, Georgia, Auburn) and five from the ACC (Virginia Tech, Miami, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Florida State). Additionally, it features four from the Big Ten (Ohio State, Iowa, Penn State, Wisconsin), three from the Big 12 (Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma) and two from the Pac-10 (Oregon, Oregon State). To close it out, there are two from the Big East (Pittsburgh, West Virginia), two from Mountain West (TCU, Utah) and one from Western Atlantic (Boise State). Florida, Texas, Oklahoma and Miami provide the biggest competition for Alabama in defending their national title, but that does not mean that other squads cannot spark their seasons. For example, Alabama travels to Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, and LSU; they are potential losses because of the environment the Tide will experience. The OSU Buckeyes have a tough schedule as well, and it is highlighted by their second affair of the season in entertaining the No. 13-ranked Miami Hurricanes on Sept. 11. Other key matchups include the Oct. 16 showdown in Wisconsin against the No. 12-ranked Badgers, the Nov. 13 thriller versus No. 14-ranked Penn State and the battle at No. 10-ranked Iowa. Junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor leads the charge offensively, as head coach Jim Tressel looks to continue his success after an 11-2 mark last season that included a 7-1 record in conference action. Pryor’s teammates want him to step up this year. “I’m expecting great things from Terrelle,” offensive lineman Justin Boren tells the Canton Repository. “He is the most capable athlete on this team … Terrelle is an insane athlete.” Urban Meyer is directing the Florida Gators yet again, and they look to be consistent after suffering a defeat in the SEC Championship game to Alabama that eliminated them from contention for the National Title. The Gators recorded a 13-1 overall mark, while going 8-0 in SEC East play. The 2010 schedule is in their favor, but their toughest affair is on the road at Alabama, which is no doubt the game of the year to watch. Inspirational leader and starting quarterback Tim

Tebow has left and is now with the Denver Broncos. Who will step into his role? That remains to be seen. “It’s definitely different than last year, when we were the top-rated team, but this is a new team and a new year,” senior defensive end Justin Trattou tells YahooSports. “The expectations around us might be different, but our expectations are the same, and you could see that by how hard we’ve worked this summer.” Texas is looking to return to the BCS title game after having lost it earlier this year. Coach Mack Brown is potentially the most motivated to succeed and overcome his critics. Quarterback Colt McCoy has left due to the NFL Draft, and that void is filled by Garrett Gilbert. The running game is what Brown wants to excel in. “Last year, I didn’t think we ran the ball well at all, and I thought we got worse as the year went on instead of better. I like the progress we’ve made, but we’re still not there,” he tells reporters during Big 12 media day. Rounding up the Top 5 is Boise State, a team that has achieved a lot through the last few years in spite of its conference’s lack of recognition. They are perhaps the most compelling story of this season since they have been victorious in 26 of their last 27 games. Quarterback Kellen Moore leads the team, and he will look to continue their success. Boise State opens 2010 with a visit to No. 6-ranked Virginia Tech on Monday, Sept. 6. “We need to be preparing as if our life is on the line,” Boise State coach Chris Petersen tells YahooSports. “Before we know it we’re going to be headed back to Landover to play Virginia Tech and I think our guys realize that as well.” Alabama is the evident favorite for the title, but other teams like Florida, Texas and Ohio State might have something to say about that. We cannot leave teams like Oregon, Oklahoma, Penn State, LSU, Georgia and Utah out of the discussion either. After all, this is college football, where athletes are still developing and learning. This is where several vicissitudes may happen. Upsets can occur. Alabama could win, but others will continue to battle until achieving glory of their own.

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EARTHQUAKES SHAKE GALAXY San Jose battles Los Angeles hard yet again. by marvin g. vasquez Another battle of California’S MLS teams took place over the weekend, but the San Jose Earthquakes took control of this match en route to a 1-0 win at home over the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara. “That’s certainly a game that we gift-wrapped for them. No question about that. Our start of the game was poor, and it cost us in the end. That’s a game we really should have gotten three points out of,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena says on “But we didn’t, and there is nobody else to point the finger at but ourselves. We didn’t play well, and like I said, I feel that we gift-wrapped the three points for San Jose today.” The stadium featured a record crowd of 10,799 in San Jose’s eighth win of the season. They are now 8-6-5 overall with 29 points and a fourth place spot in the Western Conference. “I’m very happy. Obviously, L.A. had chances to score, and to get a clean sheet against a team like that shows the character in our dressing room right now. We’ve had two clean sheets in a row at home,” San Jose head coach Frank Yallop states on “We got the one goal, probably could have had a

Campus Circle > Sports > Soccer couple more, but I’m very happy not only for our players but the fans that follow us and for the club. It’s a good position to be in, and it’s in our hands to see where we go from here.” For the Galaxy, the loss marked their fourth of the 2010 campaign, but they still possess the best record (13-4-4) in MLS and a first place position in the conference. Forward Chris Wondolowski netted the only score and game-winning goal in just the fourth minute of play. At times, surrendering early goals has been an Achilles’ heel for the Galaxy, who have the best defense in the league – allowing just 14 goals in 21 matches. “We just made one mistake,” Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan points out on “Give Wondolowski credit. He took advantage of it.” Wondolowski penetrated the back of the net off a mental lapse play between Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts and defender A.J. DeLaGarza. San Jose’s Bobby Convey sent a through ball into the box, but both Galaxy players neglected to clear the ball, which allowed Wondolowski to net his teamhigh eighth goal of the year. “I try to pride myself on being opportunistic, try to make the best runs I can. Bobby Convey played a great ball in, Cornell [Glen] battled for it, and they had a little miscommunication in the back. I just continued my run and [was] able to pick up the pieces at the end of it,” Wondolowski says on And that was all the Earthquakes would need to secure the victory in the end, especially because goalkeeper Jon Busch earned a clean sheet after stopping seven shots that included dangerous firings from Donovan. Busch seemed to know and perfectly execute a save to every shot Donovan discharged. It just was not the Galaxy’s night, and he knows that. “It’s hard to believe we didn’t score in that game,” Donovan tells “Give them credit. They defended



Q&A with a Dodger Bullpen Catcher/Coach, Part 1 by dov rudnick Mike Borzello has been with the Dodgers for three years since coming from the Yankee organization with manager Joe Torre. A native of the L.A. area, Borzello grew up watching the Dodgers and played professionally for five years at the minor league level. Borzello’s father is a childhood friend of Torre. Campus Circle caught up with Borzello after a particular gut-wrenching loss to the San Francisco Giants last month in a three-game series in which the Dodgers were swept. The series capped a losing stretch, which included 12 losses in 17 games since the All-Star break. When did you first fall in love with baseball? Mike Borzello: Probably when I was 7 or 8. I loved baseball because my dad loved baseball. When Joe would come into town I had the opportunity to go onto a major league field and watch batting practice. As a kid you’re making decisions you don’t even know you’re making. I would come down to Dodger Stadium with my dad all the time. We got to know a lot of people, the guards and stuff, so we had access to do


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A.J. DeLaGarza (right) defends the ball against San Jose. well. They played well. They got the goal they needed and were able to sit in and defend from there.” Busch was critical to the match, and Arena acknowledges that. “He made the save on Landon [Donovan] in the first half on the one-on-one and some of the other shots were right at him, but he held on,” Arenas says of Busch on “He played very clean when dealing with some of our shots. Give him credit. He did a good job, and I might say he was the player of the match.” The premature tally hurt the Galaxy in an enormous manner, as they now hold only a four-point edge over secondplace Real Salt Lake. The three points collected by San Jose represent solid play by the squad against the Galaxy. Back on July 22, the Earthquakes gathered a 2-2 draw in Los Angeles. After a two-game road trip, Los Angeles now comes home to face the Kansas City Wizards Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Home Depot Center. Play begins at 7:30 p.m.

Campus Circle > Sports > Baseball whatever we wanted. Just being around it all the time, my dad’s passion, it was like osmosis. There was always a game on. He was always trying to teach me the game while we were sitting in the house, and it became all I wanted to do. You were a Dodger fan? Yeah, I was a Dodger fan. But with the opportunity to meet so many players over the years from visiting teams I started to have allegiance for players because I had the chance to meet them. But yeah, I was rooting for the Dodgers to win. You played college ball and the minors… I played in the minors for five years, and then I was done with that. And then Joe went to the Yankees. I was done playing, and I got a call from Bob Watson, who was the GM at the time, and I didn’t even know why he was calling. He said would you like to come down to spring training and see if we can put you in here, and I didn’t know what he was talking about. He said, “We want to know if you can throw BP and catch in the bullpen and that kind of stuff.” I really didn’t even know that was really a job at the time. So I said alright, I’ll come down. He told me to fly myself down. I didn’t even talk to Joe. Joe just threw my name to Bob Watson because they needed a guy to throw BP and catch in the bullpen. So he called me, and I wound up getting the job. And that was that. Twelve years with the Yankee organization, four World Series championships and going to the playoffs every year – what was that like? We won the World Series my first year. When I first got there the team, going into that year the team hadn’t won a championship in close to 20 years so the Yankees were not what everyone perceives the Yankees to be now. They built

this empire, but it wasn’t like that then. There weren’t a lot of fans in the stands for the first couple of years. I think we drew like two million fans the first year. So, it was not the most glamorous place to be by any stretch. It was built into that, especially after the ’98 season it became more rock star-ish, more in vogue Mike Borzello to be a Yankee fan than it was. When I got there they were talking about, nobody goes to the Bronx, nobody wants to go to Yankee Stadium, it’s too old. Everyone hated George Steinbrenner at the time. They grew to love him again, but there were not that many Yankee fans on the road. It’s just so different now than it was then. Everyone assumes it was always like this, but it really wasn’t. But they did have a passion to win. They were still figuring out a way to be a perennial contender. Joe Torre has talked about the difficult pressure of working under George Steinbrenner. Did you experience that? The pressure grew as the years went on. It became where winning a World Series was like, everyone thought it should happen every year. So when that happened nobody enjoyed the journey along the way because you’re waiting for the last out of the World Series to be the winner. You don’t really take in all the accomplishments along the way: winning the division, the first playoff series, the ALCS. That’s supposed to be a given. And it’s not that easy!

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by scott bell Let’s face it: Games are expensive. When you want to try out the latest big budget title, you are probably going to be plunking down 50 or 60 bucks. Granted, games are becoming bigger and more cinematic, making them far more like interactive big-budget films. So, since you are paying double what you would for a twohour movie in theaters a decade ago, it stands to reason that you would be willing to pay twice as much for a game. Of course, if you’re planning on spending more than half a Benjamin on one game, you don’t want something that is going to run out of steam after a few hours. My typical solution to this problem is to enjoy the greatest of the bargain titles, but sometimes, you just want to enjoy a game that works for the higher price. To this point, I offer two fullpriced games that are guaranteed to keep you playing for hours on end. When I first purchased the original “Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3” for the PlayStation 2, I was blown away. This uniquely Japanese game featured an incredibly strange mix of traditional, turn-based role-playing and high school social simulation games. The action of the game comes from the traditional tower-climbing-style RPG where the monsters become more difficult as the player climbs, but your character evolves and grows stronger by forming social links with the people at your school. The end result of this is that I found myself spending more time scheduling my ingame day – knowing when to meet friends after school, which days were sales at the mall and when to rush home to study – than I did actually fighting monsters. So, when Atlus sent me the review copy of “Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable” for the PSP, the memories of hours spent trying to keep random classmates happy came rushing back to me with a truly bittersweet mix of emotions. Fortunately, the game does not rest on its laurels. If you have never played the PS2 original, you can still follow the story of a young man who discovers that he can summon Personas to help him fight the shadowy creatures who stalk an ominous tower during a hidden, dark hour at midnight. Veterans can take the story from a whole new perspective with the introduction of a female main character. The game also introduces some tweaks to the gameplay and graphics, all of which help to keep the game fresh, even if you have already beaten the original. Be warned, however, that just because it’s on PSP, it doesn’t mean that the game is remotely casual. The constant relationship management and slow nightly climbs require time and devotion. If you have the patience, you will be rewarded with a true gem of modern role playing. If slow development isn’t your thing, then “Ninety-Nine Nights II” for the Xbox 360 may be more to your instant gratification tastes. Like the previous title, “N3 II” places your anime-inspired hero in a battlefield against hundreds of swarming enemies. Getting combos of 50 hits in just a few sword slices is not unusual as enemies run directly at you in the hopes of getting a couple of hits in before you effortlessly slice them and dozens of their companions in half. The end result is that you will quickly get caught up in the ballet of slaughter. While it may take less than a second to slice down a battalion of foes, the game sends you across massive battlefields with multiple intense ambushes. Each quest is a war of attrition where the constant waves of enemies may only slightly chip away at your health, but after 20 waves of enemies, you may suddenly realize you are almost dead. Between this and many hidden enemies, which feature more intense challenges and stronger foes, one level can easily take a half-hour. Combine these half-hour slogs through foes with multiple heroes – each with their own campaigns – and you have tons of gameplay for the price. As a note, fans of the original may find “N3 II” a bit different from the original. It may feature the same fantasy-inspired “Dynasty Warriors”-style gameplay as its predecessor, but this title is immediately far darker – both in storyline and graphic style – and more character-management heavy. Everything feels a bit less grand and a bit more confined, but the addition of new magic options greatly expands the combat experience.

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CYNDI LAUPER Reveals “True Colors” with Memphis Blues by stephanie nolasco It’s been 27 years since a high school dropout from Queens became famous for being unusual. With her Rainbow Brite hair, thrift store couture and Betty Boop voice, Cyndi Lauper found fame in the ’80s when MTV was more music than reality television. She sang about losing her innocence in “She Bop” while declaring her independence with “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Time after time, she transformed from post-punk princess to crooning chanteuse, releasing 10 albums ranging from infectious club anthems to stripped-down acoustics. Now, the 57-year-old, who holds the crown for being the first female to have five Top 10 singles from her debut album, returns to her roots. “I think it’s one of the best performances of my career,” boasts Lauper while on tour to promote her latest release, Memphis Blues. “I wanted to do this CD for eight years. I have been listening to the blues since I was a kid. Later on I fell in love with Janis Joplin, so I always had this project in the back of my mind.” For her musical journey, the native New Yorker traveled down south to Electraphonic Studios in Memphis, the city where the genre was born. Jonny Lang, Allen Toussaint, Ann Peebles and Charlie Musselwhite became the legendary lineup she selected to tackle the sound.

Campus Circle > Music > Interviews The album opens with “Just Your Fool,” where Lauper wildly hoots and hollers, warning her lover that she’s ready to buy a shotgun if he dare looks the other way. “Early in the Mornin’” has Lauper roaring at B.B. King with such gusto you would think she’s been jamming with the guitarist all her life. Then there’s “Crossroads,” where she and Lang work up a frenzy like two lovers competing in the bedroom. According to Lauper, it was “making music the old-fashioned way, warts and all,” a challenge she happily accepted. “From the moment Allen [Toussaint] hit the keys in ‘Shattered Dreams,’ I knew right away we were creating something special,” says Lauper. “The best part of the blues is telling stories that are uplifting and about perseverance. I was looking for that when I was choosing songs. I also looked for tracks like ‘I’m Just Your Fool’ that are just fun and great pieces of music. It was a dream record for me to record.” After selling over 30 million albums and earning 13 Grammy nominations, Lauper proves that she’s still got it. Refusing to settle down, she also competed on “The Celebrity Apprentice.” The show’s popularity inspired Lauper to start her own reality television series. “I inked a deal with Mark Burnett Productions before I signed on to do ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’” she reveals. “We start filming in January. It’s going to be mostly about me and my career. I am super excited to start!” Lauper is always reinventing herself, but her deter– mination to raise human rights awareness has always remained. From the oil disaster to the ongoing war, she points out that the never-ending list of problems is causing everyone in the country to sing the blues. After a federal judge recently overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban, the iconic performer hopes that this can lift some of the nation’s ongoing depression.




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Twenty-five years ago there was a shift in music. A label named Megaforce was breeding a new style; it was heavy, passionate Testament are metal pioneers. and fast as hell. Thrash music was born in the early ’80s with bands like Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer and Testament. As time went on, the above-mentioned acts took hold of the music scene and helped develop what we now know as heavy metal. With this evolution in music, Testament found their punk influences being shaped into a heavier entity that not only pushed the boundaries of music but lyrics as well. Always talking about war and life, the band also integrated topics about taking care of the earth and issues that face us on a daily basis. Frontman Chuck Billy’s voice has gone from a high yell to a deep growl that fits nicely with the band’s heavy sound that has been whipping sold-out crowds across the world into chaotic messes. And now, Testament joins with the bands they toured the Earth with back in the day – Megadeth and Slayer – for the American Carnage Tour. Billy says, “It’s like a 20-year reunion being with these bands. It’s great for us to play on this bill to expose our younger fans to our older stuff. It’s the full history of Testament.” The last time they hit the road together they left a wake of destruction in their path. “Everybody was drinkin’ and fucked up before the show,” adds Billy, “but now everyone is concerned about giving a good show. We all approach the shows the same.” So what can you expect when Testament and the others come to town? “We are playing more stuff off The Gathering and Trial by Fire. We only have eight songs to pull from a list of over a hundred. We give the fans a bit of everything,” says Billy. The bottom line with the American Carnage Tour is that you aren’t just getting the best metal on the planet; you’re being exposed to bands that have changed the face of music. They just might change the way you look at metal forever. American Carnage Tour is Aug. 30 at Long Beach Arena. For more information, visit


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Cyndi Lauper sings Memphis Blues at the Greek Aug. 27. “There is so much that needs to happen,” says Lauper. “I’d definitely like to see ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ finally repealed and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act passed. The biggest thing I would like to see more of is straight people standing up for the LGBT community and LGBT reaching out to the straight people in their lives to show support.” From Technicolor pop star to tireless activist, Lauper has seemingly done it all. Since collaborating with Lady Gaga for MAC’s Viva Glam campaign, many have wondered whether the two famous blondes would work together again in the studio. Although she admits that the duo haven’t been together long enough to even contemplate a duet, anything is possible. For now, she’s content with being a lady singing the blues. “I have no regrets,” says Lauper. “Never. It’s about the journey.” Memphis Blues is currently available. Cyndi Lauper performs Aug. 27 at the Greek Theatre. For more information, visit

Now-Oct. 2 @ Ruskin Group Theatre The Santa Monica Airport seems like the last place to see theater. Old airplanes and aeronautical statues make you feel as if you were back in time and not on the Westside minutes away from the pier. The unusual location seemed strangely appropriate and set the tone for Dominic Comperatore and Paul Linke in “All My Sons” Arthur Miller’s Tony Awardwinning play “All My Sons,” which takes place in a small town in Ohio post-WWII. It is an intimate gathering with less than 50 seats and the stage so close you often feel as if you are snooping on a private conversation. Director Edward Edwards creates an experience where the audience feels as if they are sometimes a neighbor watching from their porch or sometimes a jury weighing in on a high-profile case. Pleasantries and appropriateness seem to disappear as the subject at hand is revealed through the story’s characters. Each character in their own way adds their own piece of chaos to a mountain of existing codependency, lies, deceit, denial and greed. All the performances are great, but a few exceptional ones are worth mentioning. Kate, the matriarch of the family, played by Catherine Telford, conceals a bubbling madness and level of anxiety that has the audience sometimes laughing and sometimes squirming in their seats. Chris, her son, played by Dominic Comperatore, reveals a quiet hostility and a sense of defeat that is played so honestly the audience empathizes with his pain yet shakes their heads in disbelief. Finally, George, Ann’s brother, played by Maury Sterling, emotionally confronts the issue at hand with such a sense of fearlessness it takes whoever is watching with him on a rollercoaster of painstaking moments. Director Edwards and his cast create an unbelievably real experience where the audience is left haunted as what seems to be real life unfolds right in front of them. —Jewel Delegall Ruskin Group Theatre is located at 300 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. For more information, visit

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Aug. 11 @ Hotel Cafe Branching out for her first solo album, Obadiah, Frazey Ford played to a packed house. I was excited to check her out since she left the Be Good Tanyas to see if she could command an audience on her own. I wasn’t quite sure what to Wild Beasts tore up the El Rey. expect, but then she opened her mouth and sang – what a treat! Her indie-folk sound is quite unique. She has a definite folk appeal but with jazz, country and soul influences. Ford began to sing “Firecracker” with a bit of a Southern twang, and her band mate broke out the banjo. My favorite song of the night was “Blue Streak Mama,” where she put her acoustic guitar away and brought out her inner swagger. She slowed the night down with mellow tunes like “The Gospel Song,” keeping the audience captivated. It was an intimate setting, and her dry sense of humor and wit made you feel like you were the only person there. Her encore performance was a surprise: a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Stay Together.” It was a great way to cap off the night. —Ariel Paredes

Back to Me (J) Fantasia has one of the great voices of our time. As one of the winners of “American Idol,” sometimes you forget that she is pushed by “mainstream media.” Despite the reality shows and stories in the tabloids, on Fantasia’s third album, Back to Me, she sounds authentic. “Teach Me,” a Bob Marley-inspired groove, asks for instructions on how to be her lover’s ultimate partner. By far this is the standout song, with Marley-like melodies that put you in a trance. On another notable track, “The Thrill Is Gone,” she runs the gambit of emotional turmoil caused by romantic relations with an older man, with the aid of Cee-Lo giving the older man’s point of view. Back to Me is truly an album from a promising young singer, despite the punches pulled back because of the marketing machine. Grade: A —Doxx Cuningham Back to Me is currently available.

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Buddy Guy and B.B. King Aug. 11 @ Hollywood Bowl “You don’t hear much blues on the radio these days,” quips Buddy Guy. “My record label used to say my lyrics were too racy for radio, but now I can say whatever the fuck I want!” Guy sure can entertain a crowd with his between-song banter, as can the evening’s headliner, B.B. King, who relays a hilarious tale involving his current doctors: Viagra, Levitra and Cialis. Of course these legendary bluesmen are charismatic storytellers, the genre is firmly rooted in being able to share history through song. During “Skin Deep” from Guy’s latest album, Guy blends experiences from his childhood on a plantation in Louisiana with words of wisdom learned from his mother. And let’s not forget their prowess on guitar. After all, King is the man who invented the concept of lead guitar, and both men are on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time (King at No. 3, Guy at No. 30). King shows he still has chops on “Knock Me a Kiss” and “Let the Good Times Roll.” Guy closes out his set with “Damn Right I’ve Got the Blues” leading into his customary section of short covers of other guitarists – including Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix – played in their exact style. One of the sweetest moments comes with King’s version of “You Are My Sunshine” where the entire venue unites in song. King, 84, and Guy, 74, show more vigor in their performances than the majority of up-and-comers banging out sets in Los Angeles on any given night or those dominating radio airwaves. Sometimes it takes the light and talent of two older gentlemen to remind you just how beautiful life can be. —Yuri Shimoda

Wild Beasts Aug. 13 @ El Rey There’s something about watching a band blow up and finally acquire the fan base that it deserves. It seems that at last America (or at least Los Angeles) is catching on to Wild Beasts. They are quite the spectacle, not only for their unmistakable sound and remarkable delivery, but also for dueling vocalists and multi-instrumentalists Hayden Thorpe and Tom Flemming’s stage presence. The two unassuming gentlemen wield a tremendous amount of charisma as they perform their delicate dance of instrument and position swapping throughout the show without missing a beat or even grazing toes. The audience eats it up. The band opens with the atmospheric “Fun Powder Plot,” which has evolved on the road into a lumbering menace, delicate on the surface with a foreboding aura. “This is Our Lot” follows, also having evolved into a looser, freer composition that now soars. “All The King’s Men,” is warmly received, while “Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants” sends the audience into an utter frenzy, despite a slightly less energetic than usual delivery. “Please Sir” is stunning with Thorpe’s voice alternately rising to a crescendo on the mighty refrain. The entire theater seems to hold their breath in anticipation. The somber “Two Dancers I” follows, and Flemming shines here, overcome with the energy of a man possessed, stumbling about the stage as he pummels his guitar strings with drum sticks. Then, if we weren’t impressed enough, on “Two Dancers II,” he takes over both keyboard and bass duties, while maintaining a flawless vocal performance. The mood is lifted with “We’ve Still Got the Taste Dancing on Our Tongues,” delivered playfully as the exuberant crowd sings along. “The Devil’s Crayon” is met with equal enthusiasm, closing out the set. The band is dragged back out to perform clear favorite “Hooting and Howling,” which receives the warmest reception of the evening: The crowd sings along passionately through the entire second half of the song, which collapses into an atmospheric dub wash. The final number, “Empty Nest,” is again energy heavy, and the band throws themselves into every colossal moment. A truly breathtaking performance. —Natasha Desianto

The Foxymorons Bible Stories (Foxyphoton) Time moves on, but some things stay the course. For example, indie-pop duo David Dewese and Jerry James – the Foxymorons – who continue to craft memorable material suffused with 1990s influences. Five years after their last album, Hesitation Eyes, the Foxymorons have returned with their fourth release, the succinct 34-minute Bible Stories. Like previous outings, Bible Stories ranges from heavy-hitting indie rock (the Dinosaur Jr.-ish “Say It Aloud,” complete with J. Mascis-esque grunge guitar) to fuzzdrenched guitar pop (the Weezer-like rant “Sick of California,” which also quotes the Beach Boys). Lurking below the hospitable sheen of head nodders such as punchy “We All Crawl” and swaggering “Out of Control,” however, are dark tales of obsession, brokenhearted ennui and inner turmoil. The Foxymorons’ only stumble is studio outtake, “All You Ever Wanted,” otherwise, this is a smart set of bright indie-pop tunes with stinging undertones. Grade: B —Doug Simpson Bible Stories is currently available.

S. Carey All We Grow (Jagjaguwar) There is a midsummer night’s quality surrounding Sean Carey’s solo release, All We Grow. As drummer for Bon Iver, Carey’s album enlists the same calming sounds of soothing arrangements and themes of yearning love, however, All We Grow acts more as a symphony employing a range of musical accompaniments of trumpets and cellos, with most of the haunting melodies stemming from piano arrangements and chorus harmonies in the background. The second track, “We Fell,” starts off with Carey singing as if strolling down the street, the high beating notes of the piano provide the perfect soundtrack to driving down a highway or sitting in a park mid-afternoon. Carey’s voice is haunting and almost whispering when he sings, “You’re my only hope” in “Mothers.” The song starts off with a slow-moving bass, that as the song continues, is joined by cellos and angelic choruses singing their “aahs” in the background; by the end of the song, the singing fades off into a catharsis of fast guitar riffs, bass and drums. All We Grow holds themes of pensive thinking and lost loves. Carey’s inspiration is of a natural quality, singing of a “love-locked landscape” in the track “In the Stream,” and crosses the same themes of earth and nature throughout the album. Carey’s music is angelic and ethereal, calming and relaxing. Keep this album for times of quiet bliss. Grade: A—Denise Guerra All We Grow is currently available.

Hayley Taylor One Foot in Front of the Other (IODA) Hayley Taylor’s One Foot in Front of the Other puts a smile on your face and some pep in your step. You fall in love with her spunky and energetic lyrics. With a voice comparable to Ingrid Michaelson, Taylor gives a fresh voice to the singer-songwriter genre. While it’s understandably tough taking a chance these days on a new artist, Taylor won’t disappoint. She’s got one of those voices where you just can’t turn the CD player off. Among Taylor’s finest on the album are “Felt Like Love” and “No More Wishing.” The album flows well, so when Taylor decides to drop a heavy song, it holds its weight. Grade: A —Stephanie Forshee One Foot in Front of the Other is currently available.

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MUSIC CULTURE EVENTS DVD GAMING SPORTS MEDIA BLOGS CD Reviews Frequency Interviews Live Show Reviews Music Report Special Features

MUSICREPORT by kevin wierzbicki New Weezer Honors “Lost”’s Hurley Alt-rock heroes Weezer have signed with Epitaph Records and have a new studio album entitled Hurley set to drop Sept. 14. The title is a reference to the character that actor Jorge Garcia played on the recently departed television program “Lost” and the album’s cover graphic features a close-up head shot of the chubby-faced star. Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, speaking to Spinner. com, explains his reasoning for calling the album Hurley. “I was coming up with all kinds of stuff but ultimately we just went with some random word that doesn’t really have anything to do with anything,” says Cuomo. “I just loved this photo of Jorge Garcia; it just had this amazing vibe. We didn’t want to do a fourth self-titled record, and we knew people would refer to it as ‘the Hurley record’ even if we left it without that title. So we just called it Hurley. No words are on the cover because all we wanted was his amazing face.” If you’d like some amazing new Weezer music while you’re waiting for Hurley to drop, you can purchase the first single “Memories” now at iTunes or stream it at the band’s MySpace page.

Quiet Riot Needs Your Help Frankie Banali, drummer for Quiet Riot, is putting together a documentary film about the band, and he’s seeking financial help from fans in order to complete the project. The L.A. band had two significant hits (“Cum On Feel the Noize,” “Metal Health”) that pushed their 1983 debut, Metal Health, to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard album charts, caused them to sell out every concert for a year and made them a mainstay at MTV.

Campus Circle > Music > Music Report This is the era of the band that Banali is chronicling, with the classic lineup featuring himself, Rudy Sarzo on bass, Carlos Cavazo on guitar and the late Kevin DuBrow on vocals. Surprisingly, there is very little Quiet Riot footage from this era, and most of what Banali is working with is from his personal archive. Fans that participate in the Quiet Riot documentary online fundraiser have a chance to earn various rewards, such as an autographed photo, a drum lesson or dinner with Banali and a personalized Metal Health platinum CD award. If you’d like to help out, do so by Sept. 3 at

Chanting with Tina Turner New Earth Records is set to release an album of Buddhist and Christian prayers that features musical icon and longtime practicing Buddhist Tina Turner. The purpose of Beyond is to give listeners a chance to experience the oneness of religions through music and also features compositions from Tibetan Buddhist Dechen ShakDagsay and Regula Curti, a Christian. Turner chants the Lotus Sutra “nam myoho renge kyo” on the recording, a mantra that was also featured in the closing scene of her feature film What’s Love Got to Do with It. The meaning of the ancient Lotus Sutra is “I devote my life to the mystic law of the Lotus Sutra,” and Turner says, “The more you repeat the words the more you make your life cleaner. The more you chant it, the closer you get to your true nature. It is indeed mystical and my life has proven this.” Beyond has the blessing of the Dalai Lama and drops Sept. 14.

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FREQUENCY by brien overly Ryan Bingham Aug. 25 @ Bootleg Theater When I first checked out L.A. native Ryan Bingham’s MySpace on the suggestion that I ought to … well, check him out, my angry journalist eyes, weary and bloodshot from a day spent attempting to meet deadlines, found one specific thing to focus on. A song titled “Hallelujah” was encased on the playlist before me on my laptop screen. Of course. He recorded the cover song of cover songs. As my brain swirled with potential word combinations to convey textual acid, I hit play so I could authoritatively state why this needed to not happen. And then I was pleasantly surprised, by a song that is definitely not the song of yore that indie singersongwriters go to when they need set filler. My mood softened and my rage quelled, I dared to listen through the rest of Bingham’s tracks, with my stokedness increasing exponentially with each one that passed. Gritty Southern rock that feels atmospheric and cinematic with Bingham’s weary and twangy delivery, each of his songs provides the soundtrack to that awesome summer road trip you wish you could quit your job to partake in.

Something Corporate Aug. 27 @ Grove of Anaheim Aug. 28 @ Club Nokia It already goes without saying that Andrew McMahon can do no wrong, that much should be firmly established by my years of harping in this column on how mind-blowing Jack’s Mannequin is. Finally, I get to talk about Something Corporate though. Let me take y’all back a little bit first though. The year


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Weezer are back with the Hurley album Sept. 14. box set out that encompasses material from their four fulllength releases as well as their EP archive. Produced by Viva Hate Records of Berlin, the Pelican pack comes in an elegantly appointed wooden box. The band is equally excited about another honor coming their way; the Three Floyds Brewery has announced they’ll soon be releasing a Doppelbock ale named after the band. Alas, the microbrew will only be available in the Midwest; don’t expect to quaff any at the Troubadour when Pelican lands there Oct. 30.

Two From Mason Jennings Mason Jennings has released his first live album this week; Live at First Avenue will have to tide you over a whole month until his new studio album The Flood drops in September. Jennings plays two shows at Largo at the Coronet Sept. 14 and 15.

Campus Circle > Music > Frequency was 2001. I was a sophomore in high school at the time (yes, now you can place an age with the byline if you know how to count), and I was quickly discovering my love for the first generation emo and pop-punk bands. It was an exciting time to be getting into those scenes because there was so much good new music coming out at the time. Granted, what I called good back then was very subjectively good and feels very dated when juxtaposed with some of the scene’s contemporary artists, but it was infinitely better than the mainstream radio rock being played at the time. I mean, Staind, Nickelback and P.O.D. were all majorly hitting at the time too, so it’s not like this was some golden age of rock or anything. But then Something Corporate broke out. Even back then, McMahon’s heartfelt vocals had an emotional impact that far surpassed his contemporaries of the time. And of all the bands to hit in that era, nearly a decade ago, they’re one of few whose importance has yet to diminish over the ensuing years. If there was a single do-not-miss show this week, this is it.

Juliana Theory Aug. 27 @ Glass House Aug. 28 @ El Rey I admittedly never got into this band back in their heyday, but I know these shows are a ginormously huge deal for like, half of my friends who were. Since this week’s Frequency seems to be taking on the “throwback to the beginning of the decade” theme though, I can’t not include this show in my picks. Big, epic and anthemic, the band made some great solid rock music back before their 2006 breakup, so I wholeheartedly understand the stokedness for these reunion shows they’re playing. Actually, listening to them now, I’m kind of surprised I wasn’t more into them.

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Get stoked on Ryan Bingham’s gritty Southern rock. The aforementioned 2001 me should’ve been all about this band. Not like it would be the first band I jumped onto years after they broke up, I guess.

Fireworks/The Swellers Aug. 29 @ Chain Reaction With all this talk of the past, let us ambitiously move forward to the present, to the here and now of pop-punk with two of the scene’s newest up-and-comers. Both of these bands put on a high-energy live show with hard-rocking songs that beg to be sung, yelled and jumped along to. Though Fireworks tend to lean more toward the direction of emo while the Swellers throw back to more traditional punk roots, both bands are equally as infectious despite their differing musical styles and neither will disappoint with their live show.


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RENO COMES UP ACES At the National Championship Air Races and Air Show by kevin wierzbicki Everyone who visits Reno, Nev., knows that the city is a great place to gamble. Reno is, after all, the birthplace of gambling giant Harrah’s, and their casino is just one of many located in the “Biggest Little City in the World.” The thrill of indulging in a game of chance is not, however, the only attraction that Reno has to offer. Sports fans come for the Reno-Tahoe Open – played on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course at Montreux Golf and Country Club – or to watch cowboys rope and ride during the Reno Rodeo. Some come for the colorful spectacles of the Hot August Nights classic car show or the Great Reno Balloon Race, while others rumble into town on Harleys for the Street Vibrations Fall Rally. None of these things is what brings Steven Hinton to Reno, but he does arrive flying high and looking for fast action! Every September, Reno says goodbye to summer in spectacular fashion when it hosts the National Championship Air Races and Air Show. Pilots that come to the high desert to compete in six race categories put on a show that keeps spectators breathless as they zoom around the pylon course set up at Stead Airport, flying at speeds approaching 500mph, sometimes wingtip-to-wingtip with other aircrafts. Those competing in the Unlimited Gold Class this year will try to outfly defending champion Hinton, a 22-year-old native of Chino who is the youngest pilot ever to win in that class. Hinton flies a highly modified P51 Mustang, a single-seat fighter plane of World War II vintage, for Team Strega. And while Hinton will provide many of the top thrills at this year’s event, other aces will light up the sky racing biplanes, sport and super sport aircrafts and modified T-6 fighters. These are all propeller-driven planes, but there’s a separate category for jets where aces roar around the course in L-39 trainers, L-29 Vipers and de Havilland Vampires. Between races fans of the world’s fastest motor sport are entertained with flyovers by all sorts of crafts, including this year an appearance by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, a nine-plane show team. Aerobatic and stunt flyers are always plentiful and these teams put on shows that go way beyond the typical loop-de-loop and barrel roll demonstrations of yore. Aircrafts of all sorts and vintages are on static display on the tarmac, and there are plenty of meet-and-greet events too, so fans who attend all five days of racing have lots of opportunities to chat with pilots. What more could an air show fan ask for? There might be one thing. While some folks who come to the air races in Reno may wish to keep their feet firmly on the ground, there are others who wish they could feel the rush that Hinton and the other aces get while competing in a race. There is a next best thing; quite a few pilots bring their T-6 fighter trainers to the show and many offer rides when personal and race schedules allow. These trainers have a second seat installed directly behind the pilot’s where there’s also a full set of controls – everything that’s needed to fly the plane. Sometimes the pilot let you momentarily fly the plane with these controls, and they also do certain aerobatic maneuvers with you onboard by special request. If you want to include this unique thrill in your visit to Reno, it’s best to make arrangements in advance or at least as soon as you get to the air show. The National Championship Air Races and Air Show is held Sept.15-19 at Stead Airport. For more information, visit



I met this guy online who said he was interested in me and wanted me to visit him. When I refused, he then offered to visit me instead. We met and talked. He said he didn’t want to lose me. My investigation reveals he has two different ladies whom he sometimes spends his weekends with. Anytime he was with them and I called, he would not answer. I think he is a player. I stopped calling him, and he keeps asking why. Do you think I should tell him? —Valerie Investigation? Why are you investigating him? Is he your boyfriend? Do you have a commitment? If not, then he has a right to see whom he wants, when he wants. I don’t see any reason why you would need to tell him the reason. It’s not like he’s going to stop seeing them all of a sudden. It’s understandable that you don’t want to be part of a harem, so, just tell him you’ve met someone else, or you’re not feeling a connection. Is oral sex wrong? —Anonymous Only if it’s not done right! Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I’m assuming you were brought up to think there is something wrong with oral sex, otherwise you wouldn’t be asking. Why would it be wrong? If your partner consents (and most will), and you want to do it, then why not? At some point, you need to decide how you want to live your life, instead of blindly going along with others’ ideas of right and wrong. Write to Lucia at Read an excerpt from Lucia’s Lessons of Love at Listen to Lucia live every Sunday at 3 p.m. PST on Remember: Love inspires, empowers, uplifts and enlightens.

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PAGES $5 A Meal College Cookbook: Good Cheap Food for When You Need to Eat (Adams Media) Say goodbye to the tedious, fat-packed college fast-food meals and howdy to Rhonda Lauret Parkinson’s new book, $5 a Meal College Cookbook: Good Cheap Food for When You Need to Eat. All you need is a $5 bill, some groceries and a hungry stomach. That’s right, with a Lincoln (sometimes even less than that!) you’ll be munching on something like a chicken Creole sandwich or a decadent chocolate fondue. With the economy not being so hot right now, this walletfriendly recipe book offers over 300 easy-to-make dishes. This book covers everything from out-of-bed morning meals, snacks, lunchtime entrées, desserts, frozen food fixers, ideas for yesterday’s leftovers and even impressive date-night meals. The book’s delicious recipes will have you trading Cheetos for healthy meals. If you ever want to give the kitchen a try without the blender splattering who-knows-what all over the place and flour dusting all over your face, this book will help you master basic cooking skills, and soon you’ll be broiling, basting, deglazing, blanching and dicing like a chef de cuisine. Grade: A —Christine Hernandez $5 A Meal College Cookbook is currently available.

College Sex – Philosophy for Everyone: Philosophers With Benefits (Wiley-Blackwell) College sure does pave the way for many social opportunities. It’s the place where you take notes in class or send a text over to a pal when class isn’t necessarily captivating your attention. It’s the place where you might gain a few pounds or shed them

Campus Circle > Culture > Books while taking up a self-defense class. It’s also the place where you mingle. College Sex, edited by Michael Bruce and Robert M. Stewart, is a book about just that – sex and college. The writers take the philosophy route with the broad subject. They dissect every issue relating to the sexual practices of college students. They ask the big questions: – Should we condone relationships between students and teachers? – Do students’ sexual acts need to involve love in order to have value? – Why is college a socially acceptable space for experimentation? The sex and philosophy combo might seem like a peculiar mix, but as you flip and through the book’s sections (freshman year, sophomore year, junior year and senior year), it’s plausible to see how Socrates, Nietzsche, Aristotle and sex are closely connected with one another. Grade: B —Christine Hernandez College Sex is currently available.

Joshua Jay’s Amazing Book of Cards (Workman) Joshua Jay’s new book shows why tricks aren’t only for kids. The former champion at the World Magic Seminar is back with a new book, Joshua Jay’s Amazing Book of Cards. Complete with easy-to-follow instructions, vibrant pictures and a DVD, this card whiz will have you shuffling, flourishing and even using an ace of spades for a self-defense technique in no time. If anyone can get you stunting and hustling with style, it’s this guy. Jay keeps the step-by-step presentations light, making it


ANGEL’S PIANO BAR & SUPPER CLUB 2460 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica by erica carter

I’m sure piano bars are usually not the first thing that come to mind when choosing a dinner destination, but the times they should be a-changin’. The height of 1930s and ’40s nostalgia is what Angel’s Piano Bar in Santa Monica brings you. This cozy corner of Wilshire Boulevard and 25th Street houses some of the city’s best-kept secret restaurants. Inside Angel’s, the vintage décor is wrought with posters of jazz greats like Louis Armstrong and the infamous Josephine Baker, decanters of absinthe and a large piano in the middle of the space. Started by Louie Ryan, the same entrepreneur who opened Zanzibar and the Townhouse in Venice, Angel’s atmosphere invites you to stay a while and take in the surroundings as you start off with appropriately named cocktails like the Ginny Hendrix with Hendrick’s Gin, fresh cucumber, lime, mint and agave or the signature Angel’s Fizzante with Prosecco, Citron vodka. While enjoying your cocktail, sample small eclectic plates like the freshly ground pork chorizo quesadilla with


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easier on the reader to follow along. Some tricks even include the DVD icon, which, if you’re a beginner, makes it easier to shadow Jay’s exotic, fancy card moves. Keep in mind that most of the flashy tricks will take a manageable amount of practice, but you might be lucky and strike victory in a few attempts or even upon first try. Throughout all of the chapters, Jay includes a bit of card history, quick quizzes, trivia and memorable quotes from card masters. It’s a book that might make you reach for it more than a few times a day. It’s also a book that keeps on giving (Learn a few bets you can’t lose.). Jay describes his passion for playing cards as “addictive,” and looking through this book and reading the introduction will have you hooked on the magic of the endless possibilities with a pack of cards. Grade: A —Christine Hernandez Joshua Jay’s Amazing Book of Cards is currently available.

Campus Circle > Culture > Food potatoes and sour cream, grilled artichoke with garlic aioli or chicken wings fried with sweet soy and Sambal Oelek. To cut the richness of these dishes, order at least one salad, like the roasted beet, goat cheese and capers with marinated shallots in sherry vinaigrette. Should the mood strike you to really eat like you’re back in time, get a rib-eye steak, pan roasted to your desired temperature with a hearty side of fries sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Of course, the drink to match this bold meal would either be a Rusty Nail (Dewar’s on the rocks, with a Drambuie float) or a classic martini, dirty or straight up. Feeling French? This bar does have a slight Parisian feel so order the black mussels with a nice glass of champagne … moules frites, très bien. Now with this being a piano bar, the nights revolve around live music and the like, and if you happen to be there for dinner around 8:30 p.m. or so, you’re in luck. Weekly acts include traditional jazz bands and the French-infused Mad Alsacians influenced by greats like Serge Gainsbourg and Charles Trenet with a hot twist of nomadic sound. The Red Light Tuesday night spotlights a classy burlesque number by the Del Monte Speakeasies. They dance in between five resident bands, including Blackout Betty and the Lady Leche. On the weekends, eclectic soul rules supreme with the Angel’s Session featuring rotating musicians playing vintage and modern tracks we’ve all come to love … or will soon love. On Sundays, it’s another revolving musical night, but this time with the likes of Frank Sinatra Revues and sultry sets invoking the spirit of Billie Holiday. Earlier in the evening brings you Angel’s Happy Hour, offering two for one premium well liquor ­– like the anythingbut-inferior Russian Standard Vodka – $5 wines, margaritas and if you must, order a Pabst with a shot of your choice for

Angel’s Piano Bar & Supper Club: drinks, food and music! the same price. The menu is pared down but still delicious during Happy Hour. Smoked chickpeas with citrus, garlic and red peppermarinated olives are great, as are the sausage and poblano mini sandwiches with parsley fries. Unlike many restaurants, Angel’s offers their Happy Hour specials every night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with the bonus of keeping Happy Hour all night on Tuesdays. The only thing Angel’s is short on is the dessert list, but the offerings are still quite good. Vanilla Gelato with Berry Sauce is a great palate cleanser if you’ve gone too far on the garlic. If you can remember to place your order before you get through your entrées, choose the Chocolate Soufflé. I say if you can remember because it takes about 30 minutes to make, but it’s well worth the wait. For more information, call (310) 828-2115 or visit






MONDAYAUG. 30 The Porn Star Guide to Great Sex Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; No one knows sex better than all-time favorite, award-winning porn star Mr. Marcus. So, whom else should we turn to when we want to turn up the heat in our bedrooms? 7 p.m. FREE.

WEDNESDAYAUG. 25 Thelma & Louise

SATURDAYAUG. 27 Sirens vs. Tough Cookies

Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Afterward, Oscar-winning screenwriter Callie Khouri discusses the film that helped launch Brad Pitt’s career and a nationwide discussion about feminism. 7:30 p.m. $11, $9 w/student ID.

The Doll Factory, 1910 W. Temple St., Los Angeles; The Tough Cookies are the only team in the league to have two championships (2008, 2009) under their belts. The Sirens won the league championship in 2007 and are eager to reclaim the trophy. The action begins at 6 p.m. Tix start at $18.

THURSDAYAUG. 26 2010 Boost Mobile Elite 24 Venice Beach Boardwalk, Ocean Front Walk; Twenty-four of the nation’s top basket– ball players, including DeAndre Daniels of Woodland Hills, meet in the summer’s premier game. Activities for fans lead up to the big game, including a slam dunk contest. Runs through Saturday. FREE.

FRIDAYAUG. 27 Fiesta La Ballona Veteran’s Park, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City; A showcase of Culver City with live music on two stages, vendors, carnival rides and games, community stage performances, a petting zoo, pony rides, a food court, a beer and wine garden and more. Runs through Sunday. FREE.

FRIDAYAUG. 27 Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational Galen Center, 3400 S. Figueroa St., USC; The USC Women’s Volleyball team takes on Loyola Marymount, Cal State Fullerton and Bucknell in a round-robin tournament to kick off the 2010 season hoping to improve on last year’s year-end ranking of 16. Also Saturday.

SATURDAYAUG. 28 Season Pass Party Podium Distribution’s Headquarters, 955 Francisco St., Torrance; Mountain High kicks off its 2010/11 Season Pass sale with a huge festival. The “Bring Your Board” event’s highlights include an urban snow ramp with 25 tons of snow, DVS’ indoor skate park, live music, food, vendors and meet & greets with team riders. FREE, except the snow ramp (reserved for passholders and pros only). 3 p.m.- 8 p.m.

SUNDAYAUG. 29 2010 Angeleno Short Film Festival Cinespace, 6356 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles; There are 10 awards given during the award ceremony. Winners are announced at the ceremony, and the winning films are screened. Categories include Best Film, Best Drama, Best Comedy and Audience Favorite. After the screenings, there is a Q & A with Hollywood professionals – Roko Belic, Kristina Hughes, Gary Churchwell, Steve Nave, Bill Hooey and Joseph Guinan – and an after-party. Noon. $10.

SUNDAYAUG. 29 Bill & Ted Double Feature New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; Travel back in time with Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter with Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. Special guests TBA. Also Monday. $7, $6 w/ student ID.

TUESDAYAUG. 31 Cooler Bag Giveaway Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles; The first 20,000 fans get a cooler bag courtesy of Farmer John when the Dodgers take on the Philadelphia Phillies. Arrive as early as possible to make sure you get a bag! 7:10 p.m. Tix start at $12.

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Bringing Comfortable Back by danielle lee

Does constantly pulling all-nighters studying or cramming for midterms and finals ever take its toll on your body? Do you struggle to get up the morning after with aches and pains? The problem may not be because of how long you study, but how you study. Roger Lin is a determined parent Roger Link created Posture in Style with who realized that bad posture could have his daughter’s health in mind. adverse effects on your studies. “Kids now spend so much time in front of their desk,” Lin says, “whether it be reading, writing or drawing. If my girl had to sit in front of a desk for eight to 10 hours, I want to make sure that she’s not tired, she can focus at the task at hand. She can learn better and be a better student while avoiding health issues.” Lin took on the daunting task of searching for and importing furniture that is conducive to studying. “My little girl was three-and-a-half at the time. I looked far and wide and could not find an ergonomic desk anywhere,” he says. “The product was available in Australia and the manufacturer was based in Germany. I contacted the distributor directly, trying to find a distributor or outlet in the United States, and there were none. So I ended up ordering my initial furniture for my daughter directly from Germany, and it literally took me more than six months. “After that experience, I realized there is a market in the U.S., parents like me who want this type of furniture, that I could serve.” Lin is the C.E.O. of Posture in Style, a company the supplies ergonomic furniture that grows with you, a most fitting tagline that the vast majority of furniture companies cannot guarantee. “I want to educate the rest of the population who may know about ergonomics from their professional life at work,” Lin says, “and they don’t realize that simply by taking this kind of furniture back home they can also help their kids get a head start on their health and not have to worry about it afterward.” When Lin highlights the statistics about this persistent yet oft-overlooked problem, it is easy to see why people tend to think their study problems lie elsewhere. “Eight out of 10 adults in the U.S. experience back pain sometime in their life and one out of five children have back issues, and the statistics go further to state one out of three children has good posture. You can make a link that if you have good posture as a child, you not only save yourself from health issues as a child, but you also prevent back issues when you’re older.” The furniture at Posture in Style is also quite versatile for just about every user, no matter what age. “The desktops tilt depending on the action the user wants,” explains Lin. “It can also be used as a drafting table. Children’s tastes change every year, so the desk comes with multiple colors. You get six colors when you order the desk and the parents don’t have to worry about the child not liking the desk anymore. All you have to do is switch out the colors and switch out the cushion cover and voilà, a new desk for the child. It’s always fresh and goes along with their tastes. It’s a great investment for parents who do care about their child’s education.” Posture in style not only offers furniture for children and adolescents but also for adults. “I have adults coming to me asking, ‘Hey, does this work for adults?’ and the answer is, ‘Yes!’ The furniture is designed to take a child from preschool to high school and onward. It definitely works for adults.” Check out their Web site or stop into the showroom. Your back will thank you in the months and years to come, and when you finally walk across the stage during your commencement, hold your head high and try not to look down on those who’ve fallen asleep because of late-night cramming for finals. For more information, visit

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