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When Betty Friedan’s book The Feminine Mystique was published in the 1960s, it ignited a firestorm of controversy. The world had never been introduced to such brazen revelations about the female psyche. Soon, many feminists ranging from Gloria Steinem to Valerie Solanas would impart their ideals on the world at large. The women’s movement took shape and soon gave birth to many initiatives including the ERA or Equal Rights Amendment. Roe v. Wade gave women autonomy over their bodies, and birth control gave women the right to sexual and reproductive freedom. However, in the years since the groundbreaking 1960s-1980s, feminism has nearly vanished from the mainstream landscape. Some surmise that the idea of it is still in play, even though public rallies or political calls to arms are less a part of the national cultural lexicon. “When you watch TV, you see the ads for birth control pills and patches, don’t you?” says Anna Shur. “That’s feminism right there.” In her teens, Shur was a self-professed member of the mid-1990s Riot Grrrl movement that originated in the Pacific Northwest. Riot Grrrls were seen as the feminist counterparts to the punk and grunge bands of the day. Groups like Bikini Kill and Bratmobile sang about women galvanizing to fight against misogyny. Shur spent many years
COVERS NOT TO JUDGE BY Even If It Makes Sense by scott bell Years of gaming can teach a player when to just put the game back on the store shelf. It may go against the old rules of kindergarten but with games averaging around 60 bucks, it usually pays to know what makes a bad game. Of course, this does mean that you might just miss out on some of the really great titles. The problem is that taking chances with the rules more often than not will burn you. It can be confusing. To make things more confusing, here are two games that break the rules … to an extent. For full disclosure’s sake, I did not like the movie version of Clash of the Titans at all. Normally, I would assume that any movie license game is going to be bad because game developers don’t need to put any effort into games based on movies, but a game based on a movie I didn’t like is two big strikes against it. In this case, my prejudice is almost completely unfounded. “Clash of the Titans” for the PS3 and Xbox 360 does suffer from the same things that the movie did. The plot is forced and often makes absolutely no sense, but the game actually manages to make it work a bit better by offering more time between ridiculous plot twists. If nothing else, it distracts from the nonsensical plot with lots of fighting using a wide variety of weapons.
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following her favorite musicians and even volunteered with a number of local women’s groups. “I’d never heard of Angela Davis until I was 19,” she says. “Schools are too busy teaching you about JFK and his sweet little wife, Jackie, to ever clue you in about the real heroes in this country.” Shur proudly identifies herself as a “feminist,” but in a growing number of circles, she is a rare commodity. Recently, the Gender and Education Association reported that in Great Britain, many young women are reticent to identify themselves with the feminist movement. Some cited derisive epithets once associated with feminism (such as “man-hating”) as their deterrents. For others, it is the need to appear glamorous and attractive to the opposite sex that keeps them away from the moniker. Heather Porter is a Burbank waitress and hostess who refuses to associate herself with the movement or the term. “Feminism makes people think you’re a lesbian or something,” says the 18-year-old. “My boyfriend would drop me so hard if I ever started talking that crap.” Porter has been saving her tips to pay for a breast augmentation, which she hopes will one day land her on the pages of Playboy or Maxim magazine. “I like being looked at, and I like being liked,” she says. Porter isn’t alone. Film and television portrayals of women are skewed toward female nudity and graphic displays of female sexuality. These days, some porn stars have as much recognition as classically trained actresses. This upsets Denise Renkin. “My friend was telling me about [a] conversation on Facebook where everyone was disgusted by all the nudity on HBO’s shows,” she says. “I agree and was so happy [they] had the guts to say something. Why on a show called ‘Hung’
Gloria Steinem and Margaret Sloan at a 1973 rap session are we looking at fully naked women? Why do people insist that women want to look at other naked women exploiting themselves for male gratification, and yet, we hardly ever see men flinging their things in the wind?” Although most feminists agree that visible portrayals of female sexuality are important to the movement, there is the concern that the fight has come full circle. “In some ways, we’re right back to where we started,” notes Shur. “Sixty years ago, you were barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen with your 2.3 kids. Your sexuality was dictated to you by your husband and maybe your religion. But now you’ve got these girls who want to go back to that. They’re competing for male attention. They’re taking that fight and putting the winnings back in the hands of men.” As for Porter, she sums up the situation with a suggestion that just might reignite the feminist revolution and bring a new, cohesive face to the movement. “They need to get somebody – somebody cool and pretty and famous – and if they really want people like me to join them, have her show that it’s OK. Because right now, I just can’t be bothered.”
Campus Circle > Culture > Gaming While other movie-licensed games would accept the straightforward hack-and-slash gameplay, “Clash of the Titans” actually does have some neat additions that make it stand out from the action-genre crowd. While many post“God of War” games have used quick-time events, this game ties it in to weapon leveling. To improve your weapons, you must use quick-time events to kill monsters with their own weapons. As such, while you can get through most of the game just smashing the attack buttons, you can only gain the strongest forms of your weapons by playing strategically. The other great decision in the making of this game is to borrow from the original cult film that inspired the uninspired remake. Some of the monsters were designed to move with extremely jerky motion that calls back to the stop-motion animation in the classic film. The game also incorporates Bubo the mechanical owl, in a central support role despite the fact that the remake treated him as a throwaway joke. While these may not be enough to overcome the fairly bad storyline the movie saddled the game with, they do show that the game’s creators had more respect for the source material. Moving away from games that seem bad at first, “Dive: The Medes Islands Secret” for WiiWare seems too beautiful to be fun. Sure, it seems odd to treat good graphics as a downside, but typically when games – especially side-scrolling titles – have beautifully decorated worlds and the promise of a serene landscape, it guarantees that the game is going to be amazingly dull. Beyond the fact that pretty worlds usually imply that the game won’t be very intense, small developers usually have to decide between employing great artists or great programmers. At first, “Dive” seems like it will fall into the boring trap. The game starts you off by diving into calm waters and collecting treasures with nothing more dangerous than a few
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“Clash of the Titans” stands out from the action-genre crowd. aggressive fish. As the game goes on, the fish get bigger, the waters go deeper and you still keep collecting treasures. On the surface (no pun intended) it seems fairly dull. If you stick with the game, though, it is actually a fairly solid platformer that plays like a puzzle game. The walls become far narrower and more deadly as larger and spikier creatures abound. By the later levels, you will be constantly watching for aggressive foes as you cautiously weave through seemingly impossible twists and turns. Even hardcore gamers will find themselves sweating as they have to decide whether to waste oxygen by rushing away from foes or using up precious tranquilizer darts. Where “Dive” does suffer for its beauty, increasingly more challenging levels and WiiWare cost, is in its length. The game rewards players for playing more than three hours, and it is quite possible that you’ll be approaching the final stage by the time you receive the three-hour achievement. The game does lengthen things by rewarding exploration and demanding it to reach the final challenges, so you will get a fairly fulfilling experience as long as you stick with it.
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Dana Brown and son make grandpa proud. by zach bourque Bruce Brown pioneered the surf film genre with the 1966 classic The Endless Summer, and the family trade has not been lost on his son Dana, whose 2003 documentary Step Into Liquid is regarded as a landmark of modern surf cinema. The film remains one of the most intriguing, entertaining and exciting portraits of what is still essentially a niche sport. With Highwater, his latest surf documentary, documentarian Dana Brown looks to expand his family’s legacy even further. Dana’s son Wes Brown has also been utilizing the family trade in some small surf films for some time and is credited as producer and film editor on Highwater. Dana is extremely proud of his son’s work ethic. “He’s a hard worker. He’s funny and patient, and he was the right guy for the job. He would have been regardless if he was my son or not. When you spend hundreds of hours in the edit room, you need to be around someone you can stomach, and he fit the bill and did a wonderful job.” While Step Into Liquid took Dana literally all over the world, Highwater is more of a localized affair, focusing instead on the North Shore of Oahu. The North Shore is a mecca of modern surfing, packing in more brand name waves and surf contests than anywhere else in the world. The film focuses
Campus Circle > Film > Interviews on 2005’s Triple Crown of Surfing, which took place over the span of 55 days and included three different events. Dana notes that making Highwater “was a way for us to tell a story about the more professional side of surfing. It’s still so offbeat. When Kelly [Slater] comes out of the water, there’s no security. He’s just surrounded by people on the beach. Obviously, Derek Jeter doesn’t wade through the crowd to get to the plate.” Even without the help of world-class surfers, the North Shore has the power to entrance viewers with its beautiful yet powerfully violent waves. Couple the amazing waves with some equally stunning film work and cinematography and we’re left with a result that is nothing short of magical. As Dana so eloquently states, “The ocean is really the star, not the surfers. The surfers are great co-stars.” However, it’s not all white wash and sun burns. During the shoot, the contest suffered the tragic death of 25-year-old Tahitian surf phenom Malik Joyeux. “I’m a surfer, but I’m not a big wave surfer like those guys. It’s fascinating that they take such risks. When Malik died, I thought some of these guys were gonna reassess what they do but none of them did for a moment. They understand the risks of what they do more than those on the outside like us looking in,” Dana comments about the dangers of big wave riding and how the death of Malik was a huge reminder of the risks involved. Though Dana’s new film is told on a smaller scale than Step Into Liquid, Highwater remains more than anything a highly compelling portrait of not just a sport but a way of life. The Brown family legacy has sought to bring the joys and wonders of surfing to TV sets all across Cincinnati, Ohio, and anywhere else there might be a young, budding Kelly Slater ready to drop everything and move to the North Shore. It’s
‘JERSEYLICIOUS’ The Look of Jersey: Olivia Blois Sharpe and Filippo Giove Jr. by christopher agutos
Can’t get enough of the Jersey lifestyle? The Style Network has just what you need with the second season of its hit program, “Jerseylicious.” With 20 fresh new episodes, “Jerseylicious” is the hilarious reality show featuring a mother-daughter owned hair and makeup salon in Green Brook Township, N.J., called the Gatsby Salon. At the salon, both male and female employees – all Jersey natives – stir up fun, excitement and of course, a lot of drama. The stars say each episode is jam-packed with tons of must-see TV moments. There’s romance, fights, pizza tossing contests … and a strip show? Early episodes in the season set the tone for a brewing rivalry between salon resident mean-girl Tracy DiMarco and Olivia Blois Sharpe, a budding, talented makeup artist. As a feud between them in the salon escalates, things get ugly mid-season with the pair’s biggest TV fight – an on-camera exclusive that “might involve physical contact.” Viewers have to wait and see. “We really are one dysfunctional family,” says Blois Sharpe. “People think the drama between me and Tracy is fake, but for the most part, it’s actually real worse than what you see on TV. The cameras have probably missed some of our worst fights. After the cameras stop rolling, it’s not like [we] are off having tea.” Commenting on the genuine relationships and interactions
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this ever addictive, life-changing element of surfing that will forever baffle and intrigue people of all ages throughout the globe. Dana tries his best to explain the undeniable power and addiction of this activity: “There is something so basic and pure about surfing. It keeps you centered. It’s something that I try to avoid verbalizing because it starts to sound kind of ridiculous. There is definitely a passion that is all consuming.” Even in this era of corporate-sponsored wetsuits and million-dollar contest purses, surfing has maintained a mysterious sense of cool; an ability to merge sex appeal and personal freedom in a way that no other activity can even touch. It’s the California dream; the Middle-American fantasy of riding a piece of nature while bikini-clad, bronzed women play ukuleles on a hot summer day. Highwater releases in theaters Sept. 3.
Campus Circle > Film > TV Time between the cast, she adds, “Everything you see, that’s us. People think we’re paid actors, but this is the real deal.” In the show’s second go-around, all of last season’s favorite stylists – Olivia, Tracy, Gigi, Alexa, Anthony and Anthony’s studly intern, Filippo – are back, this time with more action and ambitious stories. Anthony embarks on his new personal business prospects, “ladies man” Filippo hits up the parties and lives the fast-paced Jersey life while Alexa and Olivia look to expanding the “Glam Fairy” clientele to new heights. “The new season is much better. Not only are people going to see a lot more of the characters, but there’s just so much more going on,” Olivia reveals. “Trust me, it’s going to be good.” Aside from partying and bringing the drama, the “Jerseylicious” cast of young, hot stars is ultimately living out their dreams. In addition to Olivia who hopes to own her own makeup studio one day, Filippo offers some advice to people his age: “I dropped out of high school and I’m 18 years old, but I’m making it. My advice for people is to not be lazy. You need to go in after your dreams. The more work you put in, the more you get out. If you don’t put in the work, your dreams are going to fade away and someone else will pick up on them.” With dream chasing and salon styling at the core of the show, what’s a Jersey party without the signature Jersey look? Blois Sharpe says her glam-ready look essentials include “eyeliner with extreme wings, smoky eyes and a cool pink lip.” “Ever since I was 14, I loved playing with makeup, getting dolled up and always being put together,” says Blois Sharpe. “I used to be a tomboy so maybe it’s me making up for lost time. My advice for aspiring makeup artists is to practice. If you love it, you’re going to do a good job. I can literally do makeup for people every day.” Sure to find himself always on the move in season 2, smooth-talking Filippo is also a fan of the “Jersey” look.
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Olivia Blois Sharpe keeps it real on “Jerseylicious.” “Jersey girls are beautiful,” he says. “Whether it’s the hair or the makeup – some girls don’t like to overdo it because they’re naturally beautiful – all Jersey girls like to dress to impress. They want to look their best and show off their beauty.” With distinct styles and unique ways of life, the people of New Jersey have been the spotlight of reality TV across multiple networks over the past year. As for the reasons why, Filippo says, “We bring the drama, we like to party but most of all, we break the chains. People watch us because we keep people on their toes and do things never been done before.” As the new season quickly approaches, Filippo offers, “Season 2 of ‘Jerseylicious’ will be one of the greatest seasons to ever hit national TV. There’s bigger drama. I have a bigger body – you might see without a shirt or you might see me catch some girls. There’s a lot I could say, but it’s a surprise.” With a laugh, he adds, “College girls watch out!” Season 2 of “Jerseylicious” premieres Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. on the Style Network.
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Drew Barrymore and Justin Long put their love on the line. by sasha perl-raver After years of having their on-again, offagain relationship documented by prying paparazzi lenses, Drew Barrymore and Justin Long willingly step in front of the camera to experience it all – romance, passion and heartbreak – in their raucous romantic comedy Going the Distance. Barrymore stars as Erin, a wry, sardonic 31-year-old intern at a New York newspaper who meets chronically single Garrett (Long) one night at a bar. After bar trivia and bong rips, the twosome decide they’re perfectly matched for a meaningless summer fling before Erin returns to grad school at Stanford. Six weeks later, as she’s about to board a plane across the country, they find they’ve fallen hard for one another and decide they’re willing to suffer a fate worse than death – a long-distance relationship – in order to stay together. Incredibly frank, biting and funny, the film gave Barrymore the chance to step away from the perky flower power parts already in her arsenal and play a woman with a more cutting, derisive, profanity-laced brand of humor. “I just wasn’t in that place in my life where I wanted to play a cuckoo, wacky role,” Barrymore says. “I wanted to play
Campus Circle > Film > Interviews someone who could hang out with guys but loves women, has spine and is funny. To get to improv and work in a much more free-flowing way where you could play around and didn’t have to be censored, because [we] had an R-rating was a pleasure.” Going the Distance feels more personal than many roles audiences have seen both Long and Barrymore in, and while some of that can be attributed to their history, it’s also due in large part to director Nanette Burstein, an Academy Award nominated documentarian whose previous films include On the Ropes, The Kid Stays in the Picture and American Teen. For a montage of the couple falling in love, Burstein took her two stars out on the streets of New York for some guerillastyle, unscripted footage shot with a digital camera. There’s a spontaneous immediacy to the almost surveillance footage, and the couple’s chemistry is palpable. While there’s no official word if Long and Barrymore are still dating, their ease together and affinity for one another is plain to see and that was a major advantage during their time on screen, especially during the kissing scenes. “Sometimes it can be a surprise when you’ve never kissed someone before,” Long explains. “People have different ways of kissing, and it can be jarringly uncomfortable.” “I was just lucky because he’s a good kisser,” Barrymore beams. “It’s the worst when you’re kissing someone who’s not, and you’re trying to make it look good and you feel like you’re just working on your own. At least this was a real team effort.” In one of the film’s best scenes, Erin and Garrett are trying to be intimate over the phone. Perhaps the greatest part is when Barrymore tells Long she’s imagining he’s wearing white boxer briefs, à la Marky Mark, a line Barrymore relished. Not long after filming the scene, Barrymore says, “I ran into [Mark Wahlberg] at an award show and I was like, ‘I just talked about how hot you are and your underwear and you’re
Danny Trejo slices and dices the bad guys. by ebony march Mexicanos y Mexicanas; Latinos y Latinas; Morenos y Boricuas – hell, anybody out there who is of Spanish descent or a fan of the culture, your time has come! Put away your DVDs and comic books clad with black-andwhite superheroes and stand proud. Jive suckas everywhere will soon be uttering a new name as they taste the steel blade of justice. That name is Machete! Director Robert Rodriguez first brought the larger-thanlife title to the big screen via the 2007 hit Grindhouse (and his installation in the film, Planet Terror). When audiences saw the Machete trailer during the film, many were amused by the campy one-liners and gruesome badassness it portrayed. But soon, Rodriguez realized that there was something deeper about Machete that resonated with audiences. “People would come up to me and ask, ‘Are you going to make that movie?’” recalls Rodriguez. “And I would respond, ‘Yeah, of course we’re going to make it,’ – although I really had no firm plans to do so – because I didn’t want to let them down. They were genuinely excited to see the entire film be made.” That enthusiasm was due, in part, to the rousing performance given by actor Danny Trejo. With his long hair, weathered face and stone cold persona, Trejo gave fans what
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friggin’ sexy’ and mmm—” “It didn’t go over great,” Long laughs. “In his defense, it is a strange thing to just come up and say. But I think he was flattered.” Without question, it’s a scene that’s sexy and uproariously funny, but also very truthful and real. It pushes the audience’s comfort level because it is so honest and uncensored. But it also pushed the actors as they filmed it. “We were comparing who had a more awkward experience,” Long laughs. “Is it [me], the guy in a roomful of men simulating masturbation? Or is it Drew? All the crew guys in my room were making [sex] jokes to kind of keep it light, but it made it more awkward, like I had to laugh. But Drew said everyone in the room was being stone cold silent and respectful and that made it even more weird for her. But Nanette kept coming over to me and describing, cinematically how to masturbate. And I was like, ‘Nanette, I think I know how to do this. I’ve had a lot of experience.’” Going the Distance releases in theaters Sept. 3.
Campus Circle > Film > Interviews they’d been longing for all along – a Latin movie hero. “The fans were everywhere,” says Trejo. “When I was in England a few years ago, I was stopped by two guys who had tattoos of the character Machete on their backs. When I signed my name above their tattoos, they had my signature tattooed as well.” So Rodriguez rounded up his makeshift repertory team of players (such as Trejo, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan and Cheech Marin) and added a few new names to the mix (Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez) and wrote them into what is, perhaps, one of the funniest, most violent nods to ’70s exploitation flicks in Hollywood history. “The cast may have sounded bizarre to some people when first announced,” notes Rodriguez, “[but] the eclectic mix really works.” As most stories go, Machete’s is especially grueling. During his youth, he lived a tough life on Mexico’s streets. Once adulthood rolled around, he became a Federale with a penchant for bringing people to justice with the use of his namesake, the machete. Machete is set up for a crime he didn’t commit and must clear his name with the help of a beautiful immigration officer (played by Alba). Together, the two fight to bring the bad guys to justice. This means exposing the dirty deeds of a racist right-wing senator (played by De Niro), several crooked thugs and a drug cartel chief (played by Seagal) who has instigated many of the events that have led Machete on his reign of vengeance. Machete also enlists the help of a few of his closest friends – the undocumented workers fighting for their own freedom in the good old U.S. of A. Led by Luz (Michelle Rodriguez) – a smoking hot taco truck lady – Machete and “the network” do things that Dirty Harry and Dolemite could have never accomplished. Oh, and he even manages to drop a little lovin’
Danny Trejo is Machete, a legendary ex-Federale. on the ladies in the process. But even his tender side comes with consequences. “Machete is a man of very few words, but when he does say something, someone’s gonna die!” says Trejo. Although there is no official death count in the film, Rodriguez wants moviegoers to know that some characters – even the ones who may have been brutally maimed or injured – could return in future installments of the series. And for film fans who have long awaited such a hero, born from el barrio and raised on blood, Machete will be worth the wait. “There weren’t any action movies with a Latin flavor that could play to a broad audience,” notes the director. “When I watched John Woo’s movies, they made me want to be Asian. Woo and Chow Yun-Fat’s Hard Boiled and The Killer really inspired me to make films that would create that feeling in the Latin arena.” Machete releases in theaters Sept. 3.
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Sept. 7 @ Linwood Dunn Theater by candice winters It’s a marvel hitting theaters in drones, bombarding the innocent moviegoer with an alternative to the traditional experience. It’s not even in the same ballpark as IMAX which, in comparison, was a thousand times less popular. Of course, that’s because IMAX requires a venue large enough to accommodate the screen whereas a 3-D film can be viewed in a standard-size theater. Now, I am definitely not the first to argue the devastation that 3-D films have brought to the cinema. There are plenty of “traditionalists” who view cinema as an effectual medium, one that requires some effort on the part of the viewer to meet the intended reaction. The real question that audiences should be asking themselves during a film is whether the 3-D effects have furthered plot, character development or the nature of the genre. Just to clarify, I will not judge anyone for going to see Piranha 3D. My issue is not the movie or even the fact that it is an appalling 89 minutes of the fishy creatures eating the butts of scantily clad teenage girls. That’s what people
Campus Circle > Film > Projections are consciously paying for, and I get that. My beef is with the fact that no such movie would have been made had this technology not come into fruition. Piranha is a 1978 film that you have most likely never seen because the premise is frighteningly hilarious, not the reverse. As a self-promoted traditionalist, I stay up late to cry in my pillow because of said remakes of bad films to make more bad films in 3-D. I am not a total heartless critic composed of mere 2-D matter. There are three movies I have seen thus far in my life which I deem acceptable for the format. First, one of the original 3-D movies. As a 3-year-old, I forced my mom to take me continuously to see Captain EO, even if she had to cover my eyes for some parts. It starred Michael Jackson, was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and executive produced by George Lucas. The second film is Coraline, which was released a little over a year ago and lost the Oscar to the Pixar-generated Up. Directed by Henry Selick, the stop-motion film creates a world of color, vivacity and child-like imagination that is then merely enhanced by the 3-D effects, not tainted or overwhelmed. Finally, how could the topic of 3-D be discussed without mentioning James Cameron’s Avatar? At this year’s Oscars, as much as you may have been rooting for the underdog, in this case Kathryn Bigelow and The Hurt Locker, Cameron really hit the shiny nail on the head with the enchanting world he created from scratch. To be fair, films originally were greeted with hesitancy by a public unaccustomed to technology that surpassed the telegraph. When the Lumière brothers first screened Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat in 1896, audiences were fleeing from their chairs as the train approached the station because they feared it would escape the screen and demolish the
CINÉMA VÉRITÉ by zach hines
You may not know what it is, but you’ve definitely seen it. In the last several years we’ve seen a reemergence of this style of filmmaking to the point of creating its own genre in the commercial marketplace. Personally, I’ve found the recent films done in this style to be among the most creative out of most of the films that have come out of this past decade. I searched around on the Web and found a bunch of different definitions for the term, but the best one to me was: “A style of cinema that appears to be realistic, showing ordinary people in ordinary situations, speaking normal dialogue.” Basically, cinéma vérité is when the camera and the cameraman are participants in the story, and the actors/ characters in the film are aware of the presence of the camera. Documentary filmmaking is a type of cinéma vérité, but what I’m focusing on here is when the people, places and events in the film are purely fictitious. Michael Moore’s films walk the line between documentary and cinéma vérité, but since his films are about actual things, they’re more documentaries to me. What I love about this style of filmmaking is the creative possibilities that it opens, and what some of the filmmakers who have been bold enough to approach it have done with it is friggin’ awesome. My first experience with this style was The Blair Witch
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auditorium. It was the closest attempt to imitating real life (and an attempt at a three-dimensional presentation) that had thus far been achieved. The French brothers were so ahead of their time that they re-shot the arrival of a train in 3-D and screened it and other 3-D shorts in 1935. On Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Hollywood’s Linwood Dunn Theater, these shorts will be brought back to the screen in honor of filmmaking as well as the advent of the 3-D age. Presented by film historian and archivist Serge Bromberg, “3D Rarities: From 1900 and Beyond” includes shorts by Georges Méliès, Norman McLaren, Charley Bowers and the Disney Studios in the 3-D edition of his Retour de Flamme (Saved from the Flames) show, which highlights archival rediscoveries and features his own commentary and live piano accompaniment. Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 N. Vine St., Los Angeles. For more information, visit oscars.org/events-exhibitions.
Campus Circle > Film > Screen Shots Project. I had never seen anything like it, and neither had anyone else. It was so real and unique, the studio was able to structure the marketing of the film around whether the film was actually real or not. By inserting the camera into the story and making it a character, the events portrayed had an added sense of reality to them that you just can’t get from traditional movies. My next experience was a French film titled Man Bites Dog, which told the story of a film crew that followed around a serial killer as he selected his victims and murdered them. I then discovered the work of one of modern cinéma vérité’s most important figures: Christopher Guest. Guest started with This Is Spinal Tap directed by Rob Reiner in 1984 and carried the style through four more pictures which he wrote and directed: Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration, the last of which was in 2006. His blend of comedy with fictional documentary style realism was nothing short of genius. With the help of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” director Larry Charles, Sacha Baron Cohen continued and improved upon Guest’s work, starring in two cinéma vérité-style films: Borat and Brüno. Both were based on characters from his HBO show “Da Ali G Show,” and both films provided an incredible alternative movie experience from traditional fare. While Guest’s films featured all actors, Cohen’s films were split between actors and regular people who were unknowingly the punch line of the humor. After Blair Witch, the playing field was still wide open for more cinéma vérité-style horror films. In 2008, director Matt Reeves and super producer J.J. Abrams made what is probably the biggest cinéma vérité film ever. Cloverfield told the story of a group of kids documenting their escape from Manhattan as a massive creature tore it apart. After pioneering the zombie
genre, George A. Romero (Dawn, Day, Land of the Dead, Night of the Living Dead) would make use of the technique by making a film about a group of people documenting their attempts to survive a zombie infestation called Diary of the Dead. The biggest sleeper hit of last year was Paranormal Activity, a brilliant film about a couple who rig their house with a camera to see if the wife is being stalked by a demon. Not only was the use of the technique extremely effective, it was a great film. Just recently I saw Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Last Exorcism, di– outlandish Borat character rected by Daniel Stamm and produced by Eli Roth. Yet again, another film that takes much treaded territory (exorcisms) and breathes new life into it with the use of the cinéma vérité style. I think we have a lot more great films of this kind to look forward to as long as people are willing to be open and embrace it. Now all we need is someone to give us that cinéma vérité superhero film…
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by mike sebastian Under the Radar: An epic decade-long crime saga, The Red Riding Trilogy tells the true story of the Yorkshire Ripper. Beginning in 1974, the first film introduces a young journalist who sets out to find the serial killer the corrupt police can’t or won’t. What follows is a crime epic of singular scale and ambition. Michael Caine returns to the kind of gritty role that made him a star in Harry Brown. Caine plays a lonely aging veteran who is surrounded by a nightmarish modern world of drugs and violence. When his friend is murdered, Caine gets his Death Wish on and decides to fight back. Also available: Dorian Gray with Colin Firth, Addicted to Her Love, A Quiet Little Marriage, Made for Each Other, Woodshop with Jesse Ventura
Foreign Fare: 9th Company is an intense Russian war film set during the Soviet conflict in Afghanistan. The film follows a platoon of draftees stranded in unforgiving terrain, gradually succumbing to an unstoppable force, unaware that the war has officially ended. The film won the Russian Oscar’s Best Picture award. OSS 117: Lost in Rio is the sequel to the hilarious French spy spoof. Stranger Than Fiction: Three new docs tackle important issues. The Lottery follows four families from the Bronx and Harlem as they enter their children in the charter school lottery, hoping to escape the failing public schools in their neighborhoods and give their kids a future. Narrated by Martin Sheen, Water Wars illuminates the precarious position of poor countries in regards to water supplies and how First World exploitation and climate change are having a devastating impact on the Third World. For My Wife follows Charlene Strong’s crusade for equal rights for same-sex partners. Barred from seeing her partner on her deathbed, Charlene was inspired to take her cause to Washington. It’s an inspiring and timely story. Legends of the Canyon takes you inside the community of rock musicians living in the hills during the ’60s, from CSNY to Joni Mitchell and the Byrds. Home movies and rare, intimate photos bring to life a way far out scene. The Jeff Koons Show examines the larger-than-life artist in all of his controversy. History Channel’s Instant Expert is a kind of documentary CliffsNotes on subjects ranging from Benjamin Franklin to the history of oil.
The Idiotbox: Hugh Laurie returns in his iconic role as the Sherlock Holmes of doctors in House, M.D.: Season Six. James Earl Jones and David Strathairn guest star alongside regulars Omar Epps and Robert Sean Leonard. Sons of Anarchy: Season Two takes you inside the high-octane world of an outlaw motorcycle club. Charlie Hunnam (“Undeclared”) stars as Jax, the stepson of the gang’s leader (Ron Perlman). Together they run guns and protect their town from drug dealers and corporate developers. But Jax’s loyalty to the gang flags with its increasing lawlessness. Based on the best-selling series of novels, The Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season follows two vampire brothers, one good and one evil, as they fight for the soul of a beautiful girl who’s a dead ringer for the woman they both loved centuries ago. Patricia Heaton returns to TV as the harried Indiana matriarch of three slightly dysfunctional children in The Middle: Season One. Neil Flynn (“Scrubs’” janitor) co-stars as her husband. Also Available: Pawn Stars: Season Two, horror anthology Thriller: The Complete Series hosted by Boris Karloff, The Best of Soul Train three-DVD set
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Campus Circle > Film > Movie Reviews Grade: B —Abbi Toushin Soul Kitchen releases in select theaters Sept. 3.
A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop
(IFC) The recipe is right – if not a bit cheesy – for Soul Kitchen, a funny and sincere movie from writer-director Fatih Akin, whose last feature-length film was the more serious – and aptly darker – The Edge of Heaven (2007). At the beginning of Soul Kitchen, in German with English subtitles, we meet the outspoken, slightly loud and zany Zinos (Adam Bousdoukos), a German-Greek with untamed mane who looks a bit like Eric Bana. Zinos owns and manages the film’s titular eatery – a ramshackle-looking place housed in an old warehouse near Hamburg’s Elbe River, which caters to the area’s working class clientele and serves up nothing but frozen, fried, greasy fare. It is established quickly and early on that Zinos is having girlfriend troubles: The beautiful blonde he’s with, Nadine (Pheline Roggan), is getting ready to move to Shanghai to become a foreign correspondent, and she wants Zinos to go with her. Zinos is hesitant to leave his restaurant, though; matters become worse when he slips a disk in his back while trying to move a dishwasher. When this happens, he is forced to find a new chef, as it’s too painful for him to stand all day. He hesitantly employs the erratic Shayn (Birol Ünel), a rogue gourmet who refuses to cook up Soul Kitchen’s prepackaged fare, and who was fired from his last job for yelling at a customer who wanted his gazpacho served hot. Shayn is one of the film’s many golden nuggets, and his best line comes when he calls the patrons in Zinos’ restaurant “culinary racists” for refusing to eat his high-end menu items. The other characters are good, too; and they all serve to add a bit of depth and personality to a script that becomes too simple and contrived midway through. Overall, Soul Kitchen is lighthearted and entertaining and proves that, so far, Akin’s work will not disappoint.
(Sony Pictures Classics) Zhang Yimou’s A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop takes the Coen brothers’ Blood Simple (1984) and re-imagines it as a Western in the Chinese desert. Wang (Ni Dahong), a hardened noodle shop owner, suspects his wife is having an affair with his timid employee, Li (Xiao Shenyang). His suspicions are correct – Wang’s wife (Yan Ni) has even bought a gun to kill her husband and end her unhappy marriage. Meanwhile, Wang decides to do something about the affair and hires officer Zhang (Sun Honglei) to kill the couple. Unfortunately, Zhang has his own plans, and what ensues is a tense sequence of coincidences that ends in bloodshed. The mood of the film is that of a black comedy set in a saturated, dynamic color scheme. It’s thrilling because all the debauched actions of the characters take place in the rolling hills of the desert; their actions need hiding but at the same time are out in the open. Once officer Zhang’s actions are set in motion, the pace is very slow and deliberate, only broken up occasionally by somewhat tiresome slapstick sequences. What the director does so well is that he utilizes the visual panache of his previous films (like Hero and House of Flying Daggers) and contains it in a quiet and suspenseful series of events. This way, moments of visual excitement really stand out. Noodle Shop is definitely a thing of beauty. The red of the hills, the bright greens and pinks of the clothing, the blue of the stone in the noodle shop walls – all gorgeous. This, with the elegance of the suspense plot, is almost enough to outweigh the extremely traditional comedy routines. Grade: A—Kate Bryan A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop releases in select theaters Sept. 3.
to redemption and forgiveness, from imprisonment to freedom, she also finds a fresh perspective. Internationally recognized by the film organizations all over the world, including our very own Academy Awards in which it was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, The Milk of Sorrow is a sort of lullaby. You can’t go into it expecting expensive action sequences, appearance-changing hair and makeup or any other element typically found in a big-budget Scorsese film. The amazing thing about this movie is its subtleties. The scene that is most compelling without doing a whole heck of a lot is the one where an old, wrinkly woman sings a mournfully hypnotic song that refers to the demise of women in Peru’s society. Only the second feature film of writer-director Claudia Llosa who is a native of the country, The Milk of Sorrow looks like a film guided by the aged hand of an industry professional, and the film is a testament to the saying, “Less is more.” Grade: B+ —Candice Winters The Milk of Sorrow releases in select theaters Sept. 3.
(The Little Film Co./Dada Films) Like fine wine, which gets better with time, White Wedding is an infectious, warm-hearted comedy that tackles the chaos that erupts when a groom and his best man get lost on their way to the wedding. As the film opens, Elvis (Kenneth Nkosi), the groom, is getting ready to make the arduous journey from Johannesburg to Cape Town via Durban, where he plans to meet up with his best man Tumi (Rapulana Seiphemo). Upon arrival in Durban things don’t go according to plan, and tensions and tempers flare as Elvis realizes he might not make it in time to his own wedding. A pretty straightforward flick that pulsates with culture and unforgettable characters, the movie follows the events from both the groom and bride’s perspectives. The bride, Ayanda (Zandile Msutwana), has shunned a typical traditional African wedding, much to her mother’s dismay, preferring a white wedding at a glamorous palm-fringed hotel to an elaborate cultural ritual. Laughter ensues as the story shuttles between a fretful bride and a groom who is struggling to find his way through the Eastern Cape with a goat for the wedding feast in the car and a young English hitchhiker (Jodie Whittaker) whom they pick up along way. Nkosi, one of South Africa’s most popular TV presenters, has a great screen presence as the anxious loyal and committed groom, while Msutwana as the worried bride is equally convincing. With a simple message that love can overcome any obstacle, White Wedding weaves all its threads so satisfactorily that audiences will feel like celebrating at the wedding as much as any of the invited guests. Grade: B+ —Samantha Ofole White Wedding releases in select theaters Sept. 3.
Ilias (Moritz Bleibtreu) and Zinos (Adam Bousdoukos) in Soul Kitchen
Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 (Music Box) Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 is director Jean-François Richet’s excellent follow-up to Mesrine: Killer Instinct. Vincent Cassel plays the title role of Jacques Mesrine, certainly the most notorious gangster in France’s history, and Cassel completely loses himself in a career-high performance. Cassel effortlessly creates a character that is as hospitable and honorable as he is horrifically brutal. Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 begins with the very public execution of Mesrine and then flashes back to follow the last years of the criminal’s turbulent life. Mesrine finds himself in several jails during the course of the film, but they can never contain him. Richet keeps the tension high during every escape. The quality of the direction, along with the crackling work of editor Bill Pankow and director of photography Robert Gantz, gives this movie a furious momentum that grabs you in the very first scene and never lets up until the credits are rolling. Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 is really less of a sequel as much as it is a direct continuation of the previous film’s narrative. Both Killer Instinct and Public Enemy No. 1 are really one film cut into two, and I would recommend trying to see the films back-to-back. They are excellent entries into the gangster genre and a showcase for some of France’s greatest talent, in front of and behind the camera. Don’t miss this. You are not likely to forget Jacques Mesrine. Grade: A —Nick Day Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 releases in select theaters Sept. 3.
The Milk of Sorrow (Olive) A title can say so much about a film, and I’d go so far as to say that a strong title makes for a strong movie. Sure, you can’t judge a book by its cover, a turtle by its shell, looks can be deceiving. But there is something about a good title that works just as hard as a top-notch publicist. In this case, The Milk of Sorrow refers not only to the plot, but also to the themes of repression, the inabilities of a people and the traumatic occurrences that have forced them into subservience. The “milk of sorrow” is also the condition from which our protagonist Fausta suffers. It is an illness that is transmitted through the mother’s milk by women who have been violated during the Peruvian war of terrorism. Though the war is over, Fausta is a constant reminder. The country is still torn and is mending slowly, and it is the “illness of fear” that roughly keeps Fausta’s every waking moment in a chokehold. When her mother dies, Fausta is left virtually alone and unable to get over the past traumas that haunt her. She is also living with a shameful reminder in the form of a potato she put in her vagina to protect her woman parts from unwanted and forceful intruders. As we follow Fausta along her path
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FYF FEST 2010 Get set for !!! and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. by richard CastaÑeda The seventh annual FYF Fest kicks off in Chinatown Labor Day weekend and packs three stages full of today’s hottest indie music and comedy acts. Enjoy your three days off from school or work and come to the Los Angeles State Historic Park starting at noon on Saturday, Sept. 4. The Rapture headline this year’s installment alongside Panda Bear of Animal Collective fame. With more than 30 acts and 15 comedians to catch, it’s the perfect getaway without getting away from the city. The lineup is stronger than other L.A. festivals; the variety here packs a punch and makes the $30 price tag reasonable. Among the hottest acts to play are !!! (Chk Chk Chk) and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. Brooklyn-based !!! are back with a new album, Strange Weather, Isn’t It?, and with it a long new tour with Los Angeles as its second stop. Frontman Nic Offer admits Los Angeles is a spot the band likes to play because of its energy. Whether it’s a festival spot or a headlining date, !!! bring it. Although a full !!! show won’t be possible until winter or spring, Offer has this to share: “I think [a headlining date is] possible. We’re just
Campus Circle > Music > Interviews doing [FYF Fest] and hopefully we can get back. L.A.’s always been one of our great, great shows on the tour. The crowds are usually great there.” Make sure to catch their New York dance punk grooves, but if that’s not really your style, check out the retro pop stylings of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. Before Today dropped in July, and the band did too at Echoplex for a sold-out show. Whether you haven’t heard enough from them or can’t get enough, check them out at FYF. They’re one of Los Angeles’ newest acts, and they’re garnering worldwide attention. With so much talent in your backyard, it’s worthwhile to find out what everyone’s talking about. “I just synthesize everything I’ve ever been into ’cause I see a thread through everything I’ve been into since I was a kid. I’m pretty all-inclusive. I want to be a distillation of the vast things that I like,” Ariel Pink shares. He’s a melting pot of ’60s psychedelic pop and ’80s New Wave with a modern twist. If there were a musical map to characterize Pink’s music, it would be drawn outside the lines with neon markers and a heart. These are two very distinct acts, and the diversity of the entire lineup is sure to please any palate. But the FYF Fest isn’t just about music. It’s about getting great food and booze! This year’s installment features two beer gardens and a VIP area that is overseen by the Cha Cha Lounge. The hipster bar agreed to handle the reigns over the serious poisons this year. If you nab VIP passes, expect the same great food and added bonus of the liquors other patrons can enjoy, all while relaxing in the shade and listening to distant, great tunes. It’s recommended that festivalgoers take public transit. The park is within walking distance of the Metro Gold Line’s Chinatown station. Parking costs more than the Metro ticket ($1.50 one way). If you’re coming from the Valley
AFTER MIDNIGHT PROJECT by brien overly
After Midnight Project have endured more than their share of music industry hardship over the years. What sets the L.A. natives apart from the rest of our up-andcoming local rock scene, however, is that they see each of their struggles as a new opportunity to better themselves. But then, you should expect no less from the hardest working dudes in the L.A. rock scene. After parting ways with former label Motown and having to find a new bassist and drummer, all this year alone, a lesser band might have a hard time continuing on. And yet, the band seems more energized than ever, having completed the entirety of this year’s Vans Warped Tour to crowds that increased in size with each passing day. According to frontman Jason Evigan, being freed from label drama and the addition of two new perfect-fit musicians might be the best thing that could’ve happened to them. “For the first time in five years, we’re friends, hanging out and having a good time playing music,” says Evigan. With their newfound inspiration, Evigan, guitarists Spencer Bastian and Christian Meadows, drummer Ryan Folden and bassist Travis Flekenstein (the latter two being
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FYF Fest 2010 offers performances by bands like !!!. or Pasadena, you should know the last train northbound departs at 11:58 p.m. Ride at your own risk if you’re the type of music lover who likes to leave after the floodlights come on after the last act. And really, it’s the Rapture, so it’s going to be packed. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, there are plenty of options in addition to the carnivore-heavy food offerings. There’s a little something for every mouth. There are also dozens of record vendors on hand to sell vinyl and silk screeners. Carnival games also abound. Bring your creativity and your wallet. Stimulate your local economy and enjoy a great day under the L.A. sun. For more information, visit fyffest.com.
Campus Circle > Music > Interviews the latest additions) have opted to take their music in a new direction. While the band picked up an early following with infectiously catchy synth-pop jams, their latest work is of a decidedly more hard-rocking vibe. “We’ve turned the rock up hard,” says Evigan with a grin. But given some of his early musical influences, that shouldn’t be a surprise either. “I had played piano as a kid, but I hated it, and I was like, ‘I like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, there’s no guitar in that,’” he says. “[My dad] bought me a guitar when I was 9 and made me take guitar lessons, and then I got into Pantera, Metallica, Green Day, Rage Against the Machine, Deftones, all those bands. Then I started Dillusion when I was 13.” While the shift to darker tones might be in line with some of Evigan’s early stylistic influences, it also reveals some of his more recent personal struggles. “The past year was pretty rough, being away from people while touring has been really hard for me,” he says. “Me and my lady broke up for a little while. When you’re always away from someone you love, there’s always going to be heartache to pull inspiration from. It’s a little more aggressive, and I think kids are going to be able to relate to it.” The band’s newer work also sees Evigan pulling from outside his own experiences as well, with no hesitation to be critical when tackling issues that are even a little controversial. “I’m usually first person with songwriting,” he says, “but occasionally I’ll write a love song or an angrier song that isn’t necessarily related to myself. ‘The Criminal,’ for instance, was about a soldier I met who was at war and told me his story.” While After Midnight Project serves as Evigan’s primary cathartic outlet, he’s also endeavored into songwriting for other acts to air out some of his lesser-known influences, having penned songs for Hypercrush and Papa Roach.
After Midnight Project hit the Key Club Sept. 4. “It’s cool because after writing a certain way for After Midnight Project, you can’t just take a right turn, but this opens up different doors to express yourself,” he says. But sometimes, a song is just too good to hand over to someone else. “Our song ‘Scream for You,’ I originally wrote that one for Papa Roach, then said, ‘Screw it, I’m keeping this one,’” he laughs. “I’ve been writing so much for other people, it makes it more exciting to get back to writing for myself now. We’ve been doing all these tours on top of that, working with other artists and songwriters, pulling from the knowledge they have has been really helpful to me as a songwriter too. I can’t wait to see what comes out for our next album.” With December tentatively marked for the band to hit the studio again, if the new music they debuted over summer is any indication of what Evigan and his crew have in store, we should all be a little more stoked for what’s to come. After Midnight Project perform Sept. 4 at Key Club. For more information, visit myspace.com/aftermidnightproject.
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Aug. 17 @ Key Club After touring over 25 cities across the nation in support of their latest album, Smash the Control Machine, Otep ripped the hinges off the Key Club as they performed in their hometown. The 90-minute setlist proved to be nothing short of spectacular. Otep glowed with appreciation as the L.A. crowd ignited across the floor song after song. “Smash The Control Machine” created a fistful of energy floating across the air, and “Ghost Flowers” quickly invited everyone to sing along as the “Shadow Soldier Army” yearned for more. The electricity of the crowd was felt all over Otep Shamaya performs at Key Club. as they repeatedly chanted for more. Members Otep Shamaya, Evil J, Rob Patterson and Mark Bistany rewarded Los Angeles with an encore as they saved the best for last. Otep stared at the ceiling and summoned the spirits of Nirvana to present an amazing cover of “Breed” to conclude a vigorous summer tour. —Jacob Gaitan
Rodrigo y Gabriela Aug. 18 @ The Greek Theatre Fast-playing, rhythmic acoustic guitars are enough to fulfill an evening of entertainment. Just ask the audience of Rodrigo y Gabriela. The Mexican duo opened their hearts via guitars to the public, and the show proved that the pair is entertaining in various ways. Rodrigo Sánchez held the lead guitar, while Gabriela Quintero carried the rhythm guitar. Rodrigo y Gabriela, who captured stardom while humbly performing in pubs and bars in Ireland, started the night with an improvisational session that they called “jamming.” As they played internationally known song covers in the likes of Carlos Santana and Metallica, among other popular musicians, the twosome explored their acoustic, folk and Latin rock on the stage. A concert full of surprises, the event featured three guests on behalf of the couple that included remarkable bass playing from Metallica’s Robert Trujillo. They went on to play together for nearly 30 minutes. Rodrigo y Gabriela completely satisfied their fans as they cheered, yelled and danced extravagantly, but the tracks from their latest album, 11:11, were integral parts of that success. The couple’s overall triumph musically has not gone to their heads, as they thanked their followers repeatedly for their undeniable support and presence. —Marvin G. Vasquez
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Rufus Wainwright Aug. 20 @ The Greek Theatre This year has seen a lot of change for the Wainwrights. Rufus’ sister and show opener Martha had a baby last November. Their mother Kate McGarrigle passed away in January. Sometimes these types of life-altering events are the best fodder for creative expression. Martha is downright adorable, and when she brought out her husband, producer Brad Albetta, to accompany her on a tune, you could almost melt at how in tune they are. She sang in English and French and often let her subtle sense of humor escape, like when she compared her homemade art piece consisting of an open guitar case with strings thrown about to her older bro’s elaborate, beautiful backdrop of video art with multiple shots of a slowly blinking, dark eye (Rufus’ left one) drenched in mascara and black eye shadow (courtesy of artist Douglas Gordon). When the lights went up for Rufus, he was seated at his piano, in all black with shiny black feathers strewn around his neck and over his shoulders. Being in the presence of Rufus, listening to the Grammy nominated singer-songwriter perform his sixth studio album, All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu, was truly a sight to see. —Jessica Koslow
John Mayer Aug. 22 @ Hollywood Bowl What is it about John Mayer that is so darn attractive musically? Well, maybe it’s his powerful vocals, genuine songwriting and distinguished guitar playing. Mayer captivated an entire packed house of humble supporters of music, vividly installing his words and sounds not just into their ears, but their hearts as well. A short acoustic portion began the performance, but Mayer soon synchronized that with his ensemble, playing tunes spanning from his early career to present day for nearly two hours. The acoustic segment signaled Mayer’s extreme passion for romanticism, but his guitar touch simply drove the audience positively wild. The 32-year-old native of Connecticut did not perform “Your Body is a Wonderland,” but this only depicts how secure and successful Mayer is with his music. The absence of this smash hit did not disappoint his fan base because the singer provided more than enough for the body and soul. Mayer’s bluesy, pop, acoustic rock led the night via “Waiting on the World to Change,” “Perfectly Lonely” and “Gravity.” Everything – absolutely everything – of this Mayer show was beautiful, which only reaffirms him as one of the top musicians to see live today. —Marvin G. Vasquez
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Americana’s Rising Star by anna webber Ryan Bingham sits in the eye of the storm, and it’s giving me writer’s block. To attempt to describe a man of few words, it’s got to go something like this: He will wait for the world, have another cigarette, watch the world, then send its own story back to the lost and found. What may well be the first few words of Bingham’s day that I’m hearing – it’s 11 a.m. a few weeks before his new album Junky Star hits stores – Bingham rasps a very kind “Hello, good morning.” Some irrelevant one-liner of mine drew a bit of a chuckle that cauterized those switchblade vocals into something much more stable that would later become much easier for me to transcribe from a soft recording. Sweet as can be, Bingham, born in the southwestern plains of Hobbs, N.M., was filed early on as a “kid on the move.” In a modest, small town with all its down-reaching full-toned values, Bingham rode the way with a little smarts, a lot of found truth and that good old-fashioned honest-togoodness. But as soon as he thought about buried roots, it would no sooner be time to move on. “Well you know, I think that’s pretty rough when you’re a kid. ’Cause every time you settle in you’re up and movin’
Campus Circle > Music > Interviews again. Kind of like livin’ out of a cardboard box all of the time,” Bingham says. “We moved around a lot. We probably moved like every year, or every two years. My father was in the oil fields and was always movin’, looking for work.” One thing about instability, about a life unsettled or unfettered coupled with understanding and any amount of think-outside-the-box-ness, is that one might discover that anything is possible. If you’ve got no roots and the solidarity comes from within a family unit or one’s self, what’s there to lose? At 17 years old, upon moving down to Laredo, Texas, down at the border of Mexico, Bingham started working his way around a guitar, blown away by its fluidity and all its possibilities. “My mother had bought me a guitar about a year before we moved there, and well, this neighbor guy just came along and showed me how to play a few songs,” he shares. “I was just kind of amazed how you could just up and create something like that out of your head. I was blown away.” When Bingham writes music, it’s about the music. The lyrics fall into sense when the song arrives out of some mental place first, then lyrically, he knows what he needs to say. “I always have the music first. The music always sets the tone or mood as far as what you’re gonna say. Mainly they’re all songs about life and living. A unique experience, people you meet, places you go … just kind of moving around and describing what’s going on around you.” After his first record Mescalito came out in 2007, and having put his band the Dead Horses together not long before that, I had to ask how he got wrapped into the Crazy Heart movie, T-Bone Burnett and winning a Golden Globe and Academy Award. “I had a couple of records out that the director had gotten
FREQUENCY by brien overly FYF Fest Sept. 4 @ L.A. State Historic Park An indie fest that’s not Coachella, you say? Where I don’t have to deal with thousands of randoms who think they’re sooo indie because they have a VIP pass and wear plaid? Where I don’t have to deal with the thousands who don’t fit in that category and are too busy vomiting up cheap beer and desert dirt to appreciate actual indie? And on that note, where I don’t have to drive to a middle-of-nowhere desert just to deal with both of the aforementioned types of Failboat passengers? The only other question this begs now is: Where do I sign up? I mean, really, with the Rapture, Panda Bear (y’know, of that little band of awesome, Animal Collective), !!!, Ted Leo, Wavves, Cold Cave, School of Seven Bells, Delorean and more than 30 other prog-indie acts on the lineup, there’s a lot of good music to be found here. It’s definitely not a rock-out-gocrazy type of show or anything, but if you like your music a little more nuanced, atmospheric and intellectual, you’ve got a whole day’s worth of music that will satisfy your appetite.
After Midnight Project Sept. 4 @ Key Club I know you’ve likely had your fill of hearing about these guys in this issue already, but I’m going to keep saying it until everyone is of accordance with my opinion on them. This is a band full of crowd-pleasers who will stop at nothing to make sure an audience gets their money’s worth at any show they play.
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Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses shine on Junky Star. ahold of and really he just called me up one day and said he’d heard the music and wanted to meet for lunch, talk about a script. We met up, he gave me a copy and asked if maybe I’d write some songs for it. I guess that all just happened from there,” he says. “Jeff Bridges, Stephen Bruton, T. Bone – I just had a lot of fun listening to all the stories they would tell from back in the day. It was incredible. It was as good as it can get, I guess! It was all really surreal and you kind of don’t get a chance to think about it until it’s all over with.” Bingham, 29, is still that same humble kid who doesn’t really seem to have changed any, the way that fame and success can often alter people. “People around you change more than you change,” he says. “Business kind of changes. You have more opportunities to do things. But I’m still the same. My award sits on a table like everything else.” Junky Star is currently available. Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses perform Sept. 1 at the Grammy Museum and Sept. 24 at the Greek Theatre. For more information, visit binghammusic.com.
Campus Circle > Music > Frequency When so many other bands opt to go the route of clichéd stage antics and performance tricks to conform to genre guidelines, these guys get on stage because they actually enjoy what they get to do, and they make sure the fun they’re having is contagious to their audience.
Secondhand Serenade Sept. 4 @ House of Blues Anaheim I admittedly don’t usually do the whole emo-pop singersongwriter-with-a-guitar thing. It’s all just so terribly whiny and trite in its execution sometimes. Like, I get it, OK? You’re so heartbroken over your exgirlfriend, or global warming or those of us heathens who aren’t militant vegans or whatever, and you just feel things so much more intensely than the rest of us troglodytes because you walk around barefoot everywhere. Or something. Anyway, my point in all that is to say that Secondhand Serenade doesn’t subscribe to any of that. He can actually write a legitimately good song and put together an album that’s listenable from start to finish. More importantly, frontman John Vesely and his band are generally just awesome dudes, so buy ’em a beer or five while you’re at this show.
Sherwood/The Dangerous Summer Sept. 5 @ Chain Reaction I have to admit, I don’t think I liked Sherwood very much when they first started to make a name for themselves a couple years back. I can’t clearly remember why I came to that conclusion, just that I ended up there and stayed there for quite some time thereafter. Having by chance heard some of the indie-emo act’s more recent work, however, I’m willing to do something I very rarely do and admit I might have been misguided in my previous
John Vesely of Secondhand Serenade writes great songs. feelings toward the band. I actually kind of really liked what I heard, which made me feel like even more of a d-bag than if it had just been passably palatable. So I’m hoping that by including them in these week’s show picks, we can put all of our former beef behind us. Even if they were largely unaware we had any to begin with. Call it even, guys? Now the Dangerous Summer, on the other hand, I’ve been very stoked on since discovering them. Just as infectiously catchy as Sherwood, but a little more of a hard-rocking persuasion, the music these guys make just begs to be sung along to. Whoever your favorite band of right now is, this Maryland foursome will give them some stiff competition in attempting to claim that title for themselves.
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Goo Goo Dolls Something for the Rest of Us (Warner Bros.) The Goo Goo Dolls deliver on their highly-anticipated album, Something for the Rest of Us, with more than 10 songs. The band’s past success, which began in Buffalo, N.Y., in the mid-1980s, does not undermine their passion to continue producing new music, writing memorable songs or touring. Something for the Rest of Us is an indicator of that. Every track on the new release is ebulliently masterful, especially because of the lyrics and instruments. “As I Am,” “One Night,” “Hey Ya” and “Soldier” are mandatory to listen to. Additionally, “Sweetest Lie,” “Notbroken” and “Still Your Song” remind you of good, happy times. Love, inspiration, belief, memories and invincibility describe this CD. Something for the Rest of Us is epic in every way imaginable, particularly with John Rzeznik’s distinct lead vocals. Grade: A —Marvin G. Vasquez Something for the Rest of Us is currently available.
Richard Thompson Dream Attic (Shout! Factory) Iconic British folk rock luminary Richard Thompson infuses vigor into his latest song collection, the live album Dream Attic, which features 13 new tracks recorded in front of a San Francisco audience earlier this year. The unusual approach – few artists would use a concert to present an all-original setlist – adds ignition and combustion to tunes that drip with dread possibility (the noir-flavored “Crimescene”), flicker with femme fatale risk (Celtic rocker “Demons in Her Dancing Shoes”) and murmur with mortality (softly numbed ballad “A Brother Slips Away”). Thompson and his band are sure footed from beginning to end: Thompson’s guitar goes pyrotechnic on upbeat cuts like “Haul Me Up,” Joel Zifkin’s electric violin nearly sobs during “Stumble On” and the whole group gets spry throughout self-deprecating “Bad Again.” Dream Attic is completely satisfying as an affirmation of Thompson’s impressive stagecraft and as verification of his superb songwriting. Grade: A —Doug Simpson Dream Attic is currently available.
Shonen Knife Free Time (Good Charamel) It is hard to believe cutesy all-female Japanese pop-punk trio Shonen Knife is nearly three decades old. While musical tastes have changed since they started in the early ’80s, the band has remained true to a credo to perform infectiously vigorous but poppy tunes emphasizing catchy melodies and carefree lyrics, often about sugary treats and animals. The latest sweetened salvo from the threesome is the English-language edition of their previously Japan-only release, Free Time, with two bonus tracks. The 12 songs flit between hardcore punk (assertive plea for more money, “Economic Crisis”) to kitschy pop, which includes multi-flavored pop-punker “P.Y.O. (Pick Your Own)” and dessert-delineated “Rock ‘n’ Roll Cake” (A Japanese-language version is added as a bonus.). The group’s typical animal-friendly themes run through alt-rocker “Monster Jellyfish” and sing-along piece “Capybara,” concerning the world’s largest rodent. “Capybara” is refashioned as a cartoonish electronica remix sung in Japanese, which is the second bonus. Grade: B —Doug Simpson Free Time is currently available.
Wait. Think. Fast. Luces Del Sur (AT) No matter the language, good music is good music. L.A. band Wait. Think. Fast. happens to fall under that particular category of music that’s worth listening to. Packed with beautifully crafted English and Spanish songs and instruments of all sorts, the trio’s latest release, Luces Del Sur, is a single bull’s-eye in a game of darts. There’s a thrill in the lyrics and a quivering passion in Jacqueline Santillan’s heightened vocals. The chopped and changing melodies give each indie pop song a unique flair, making it impossible not to hit replay on most of the songs. Every listen uncovers new sounds you might’ve missed the first time around. Grade: B —Christine Hernandez Luces Del Sur is currently available.
MUSICREPORT by kevin wierzbicki X Japan Is Coming They’ve sold 30 million records and DVDs, filled the 50,000-seat Tokyo Dome a record-breaking 18 times and pioneered Visual-Kei, the Japanese music movement that helped spark the current worldwide anime craze. Their leader, drummer and songwriter Yoshiki, has been called “the Bono of Japan.” Now X Japan, the biggest rock band in Japan, is set to see if they can duplicate their success in the states as they embark on their first-ever tour of North America and ready their debut English-language album. According to Yoshiki about half of the album is newly-written material while the other half features some of the band’s most popular songs re-recorded with See Yoshiki and X Japan Sept. 25. English lyrics. The band’s music has been described as a mash-up of Guns N’ Roses and Queen, and the first taste of X Japan working in English (a single entitled “Jade”) is available now. The album won’t see release until early next year, but Yoshiki promises that you’ll hear a good portion of it being previewed live if you attend the X Japan show at the Wiltern Sept. 25.
Win Vinyl from Give Praise Records Give Praise Records, the punk/hardcore label with a roster of underground acts including I Hate This, In Defence and Unholy Grave, has teamed with Interpunk.com for a vinyl giveaway contest. There are no fancy conditions on entering the contest; all you have to do is put your name in the hat to have a chance at the first prize of a Give Praise Records skateboard deck, a seven-inch test pressing of your choice and a Give Praise Records T-shirt. Second prize is the test press and shirt while the third-prize winner takes home the test pressing only. The contest promotes the label’s new vinyl releases from Lord Green, Murder-Suicide Pact, Apartment 213 and Nothing is Over. Get your entry in at Interpunk.com/contests by Sept. 7.
Strange Weather Anticipated for !!! Show Whenever a concert is held outdoors you can rest assured that Mother Nature will be in attendance, and she might be in a bad mood. The forecast for this weekend’s FYF Fest at the Los Angeles State Historic Park calls for strange weather because there’s a !!!-front moving in. !!! lead singer Nick Offer says that the just-released Strange Weather, Isn’t It? embodies the changes that the band has recently gone through after losing drummer Jerry Fuchs in a tragic accident last year and the subsequent departure of three other members. “There’s definitely a darkness to this record,” Offer says. “It just comes out how it will; it’s a reflection of where we were and what we were going through.” KCRW.com is streaming Strange Weather, Isn’t It? through Sept. 14 so you can listen to the whole album before you see !!! live at FYF Fest Sept. 4.
HearIAm Audio technology manufacturer Sennheiser launched an online portal called HearIAm back in June and ever since it’s been providing musicians and fans some unique opportunities. Most recently, an up-and-coming band (Kansas City’s Trucker) was awarded the chance to play at Montreal’s Osheaga 2010 Festival and this October Sennheiser will award another act a coveted performance slot during the prestigious CMJ Music and Film Festival in New York. HearIAm is simple and fun to use; musicians upload new music for fans to discover, and fans in turn cast votes for their favorite performers. Besides the performance slot musicians can also win a demo recording session and $10,000 in Sennheiser gear. HearIAm rewards fans too; frequent voters are entered in a drawing for a V.I.P. concert experience for four persons. heariam.com.
Fearless Friends Tour 2010 Tickets are now on sale for this fall’s Fearless Friends Tour 2010. The tour is a showcase for the hottest acts on the Fearless Records label: Mayday Parade, Breathe Carolina, Every Avenue, Artist Vs Poet and Go Radio. Detroit band the Victorious Secrets, currently unsigned, will also appear on select dates during the 40-stop tour, and Fearless will be having lots of contests leading up to the local show at the House of Blues Sunset Strip Nov. 17. Find all the details at fearlessrecords.com.
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Not Your Average Teen by stephanie forshee With TV star India Eisley, what you see is what you get. She’s just a down-to-earth celebrity with no secret life. Eisley, who plays the rebellious Ashley Juergens on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” is still young, but she seems to handle her stardom better than most teen queens. Eisley centers her attention on the work itself rather than the tabloids or the fame. “I’m trying to focus on films. That’s really why I started acting, because I love movies,” says Eisley. “I see almost every film that’s released. I go to the movies at least twice a week.” Ignoring the trend of teen celebs who party every weekend and try to get into as much trouble as they can, Eisley admits, “I love going to bookstores. I’m also starting to sew. I have a very old Singer sewing machine from the ’50s, which I bought on eBay.” Eisley definitely fits the bill for the perfect girl to bring home to mom and dad. However, she hasn’t found the perfect guy to meet her folks just yet. “I’m not pushing it away at all, but I’m quite focused on work for the time being. There’s plenty of time for that in the future.” Despite Eisley’s differences with her character, she is thrilled about this upcoming season of “Secret Life.” “This season it has been more interesting to play [Ashley] because she is starting to kind of lose her security,” she says. “It’s as if she is slowly unravelling emotionally. I hope to continue seeing the different layers to her, and see her more vulnerable side.” Ashley Juergens is also attracting interest off screen. The character was adapted into a book, The Secret Diary of Ashley Juergens, for fans to enjoy. “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.
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1071 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles by jessica koslow There is a lot to do in Westwood. A shop– ping and entertainment wonderland, it’s the playground for UCLA students and the backyard for a bustling business mecca. When I was a kid, I used to spend weekend nights in Westwood seeing a movie and snacking at some ice cream or frozen yogurt shop. Now that I’m older, I still do those things, but I also frequent chic eateries for good food, fun and to attempt an air of sophistication. This past June, Glendon Avenue’s high-end lounge bar/ restaurant, the Glendon, launched its lunch service weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. With Nick Jacobs in command of the kitchen since it opened in April, the cuisine is California bistro comfort food, and in-house pastry chef Renee Faris, star of TLC’s “Cake Boss,” creates the seductive desserts. The atmosphere is classy and casual. One afternoon this summer during the World Cup, I stopped in to find a row of men in suits at the bar wolfing down their lunch while cheering on their team. I was told that during the Lakers Finals you couldn’t fit through the door, and they almost ran out of food. With double nightly happy hours (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight) and multiple TVs above the lengthy bar, the Glendon is ideal for avid sports fans.
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Campus Circle > Culture > Food While you’re busy soaking in the chill scenery, the classy components come creeping in. Like their all-day $5 martini and new low-calorie cocktail menus, vaulted ceilings and furniture specially designed by elite designer Jecco. If you’re not an oenophile but would like to choose an appropriate selection, wine is listed by first date, second date and third date. Most impressive of all though is the wide-ranging menu. Dip into an order of fries (regular or sweet potato) with ketchup and your choice of one aioli (each additional one is 75 cents). The aioli options are garlic, pesto, cinnamon pecan, spicy red pepper and sweet n’ spicy Honey Dijon. Think of all the fun your taste buds will have alternating between and mixing up the different flavors. If you’re in the mood for non-fried finger food, try the Pretzel served out of the oven with their sweet n’ spicy Honey Dijon. Other standout appetizers are: the Slider Duo or Slider Tasting Plate (choose between beef, chicken breast and crab cake or splurge on all three), Tijuana grilled corn on the cob (smothered with Queso Fresco cheese, paprika and lime), Cajun Calamari, Black Bean Hummus and Baked Mac n’ Cheese. The description alone for the mac n’ cheese will make your stomach growl: Three Cheese Bechamel Base with a Pankou Parmesan crust. I don’t even know what that means, but its incredible taste will knock out any semantic confusion. The Glendon serves up seven sandwiches and just as many salads, ranging from Prosciutto Goat and the BS-LT (the extra “S” is for Grilled Atlantic Salmon) to the Cobb and the bursting-with-flavor Westwood Medi (avocado, asparagus, kalamata olives, feta cheese, romaine lettuce, mixed greens, baby tomatoes and scallions tossed and chopped with citrus vinaigrette).
The view from the upstairs lounge at Glendon Bar & Kitchen For heartier fare, the restaurant offers Lunch Plates, including New York Strip Steak, burgers and pizza. The name may not be a deal closer, but the Ugly Goat pizza (parmesan, goat cheese, grilled zucchini and red and green bell peppers) is pretty delicious. That brings us to dessert, which might be the only reason you’re here. I’ve got one word for the Fleur de Sel Carmel Cheesecake: wow. And two for the Flourless Chocolate Cake: my favorite. The Apple Currant Cobbler looked equally as inviting, as did the Cherry Bourbon Bread Pudding. And then there’s the tempting Daily Cookie Plate – hot out of the oven. As an added bonus, you might get lucky and catch the down-to-earth chef Jacobs walking around, chatting with the customers. He embodies the same hip and cool vibe that matches the place. He makes you feel like you’re in good hands: a pair of your own. For more information, call (310) 208-2023 or visit theglendonla.com.
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Now-Oct. 10 @ Rogue Machine Theatre Rogue Machine’s production of “MilkMilkLemonade” is a heartwarming and hilarious play written by Joshua Conkel. It’s about an 11-year-old named Emory who’s looking to break out of his small town in Middle America and take his stick ribbon routine off the farm and become a contestant on “Star Search.” He lives in the shadows of the sprawling retail metropolis called Malltown with his chain-smoking, terminally ill grandmother harvesting chickens for consumption. Emory doesn’t have very many friends and is bullied in school for acting too “girly” but does draw strength Andy Hirsch, Justin Okin and Tracie from two women in particular. One Lockwood in “MilkMilkLemonade” happens to be a depressed, looked over chicken named Linda who puts the other chickens to shame with her stand-up routine à la Andrew Dice Clay and Starleen, a plastic doll that Emory’s grandmother refuses to let him keep for fear that it contributes to his lack of masculinity. Emory attends the local elementary school but is reluctant of his schooling because of the boys’ penchant for haranguing him about his soft personality. A neighboring wild child, pyromaniac and classmate named Elliot isn’t much help. When Elliot isn’t chastising Emory along with the other boys on the playground, he’s weaving outlandish scenarios with Emory on the farm in a game of “house” that Emory’s grandmother probably wouldn’t approve of. From the outside, these two seem more like total and complete opposites, but on the farm they’re able to coexist and play very intricate roles in their childlike version of house, complete with delusions of a prom they have yet to attend and children that probably couldn’t be born of these two young boys. Either way, outside of school, these two seemingly exist well together, that is when Elliot’s parasitic twin isn’t commanding him to do something evil, which could break the balance in the boys balance of good and pure (Emory) and dark and foreboding (Elliot). “MilkMilkLemonade” is a great stage production for those who enjoy letting their imaginations run wild and also for those who need help letting loose. Those feeling will subside, and you’ll be relieved you finished that chapter! —Danielle Lee Rogue Machine Theatre is located at 5041 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit roguemachinetheatre.com.
“Topdog/Underdog” Now-Sept. 12 @ Lillian Theatre What do you get when you put family rivalry, the unresolved past, racism, poverty, alcoholism, gambling and heartbreak all in one pot? “Topdog/Underdog.” “Topdog/Underdog,” written by Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in drama for her work, is a perfect portrayal of what happens when matters of the heart are thrown to the wayside, questions are unanswered and resentments build. A.K. Murtadha (Lincoln) and M.D. Walton (Booth) earnestly portray two brothers who are at their wit’s end with their own personal drama as well as each other. The audience watches as the two use the game three-card monte as a way to disappear from reality and as fuel to burn each other’s thick skin. The two dance a fine line between brotherly love and family rivalry, which takes spectators on an emotional roller coaster. Murtadha plays the older brother who wears his loneliness, shame and defeat on his sleeves while still playing the games that siblings use to get at each other’s core. Walton is the younger brother who is caught in a fantasyland of what life was and what the future holds but is able to somehow remain present to the truth that they need each other. Watching these actors on stage is like witnessing a volcano about to erupt with nowhere to hide for cover. You know there’s going to be an explosion, but no one knows what the real damage will do? The play is pleasantly disturbing as these two actors reveal who they are individually and why they are consumed with so much rage and raw emotion. At times, the comedic undertone has the audience laughing despite the heat that is being felt between the two. Director Marty Papazian creates an environment that is not only realistic but has a sense of intimacy that draws the audience close as if eavesdropping on a neighbor’s drama. There is also a pace and tempo of the play which Papazian establishes that seems to make quick turns and changes that add to the audience’s ride. —Jewel Delegall Lillian Theatre is located at 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit plays411.com/topdog.
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I’m 20 years old and in a situation where a co-worker who is married with kids is being the biggest flirt and teasing me every chance she gets. She’s older than me and says she’s not happily married. She hasn’t made a move on me yet. What should I do? —Jay I know it’s flattering and tempting to have an older woman flirting with you when you’re so young, but you have to keep in mind that she’s also a married woman. That doesn’t mean she’s ready to make a move on you, otherwise she probably would have done it already. It may just be enough for her to get your attention during work hours before she goes back to her unhappy marriage. What should you do? Put yourself in her husband’s shoes. Would you want your wife messing around with a co-worker? Probably not. If you’re interested in older women, find yourself one who is available. What is a quick “test” a woman can do on a date to get a glimpse of a man’s emotional maturity level? What are some signs/clues to look for that would indicate that he has his act together in a mature, emotional way? —Anna There isn’t a quick test because the entire date is a “test.” It’s actually an audition, where each person wants to impress the other person enough to get a second date. Everything he does shows you his maturity level – is he on time, where does he take you, how does he dress, what does he talk about, how does he talk to you, do you feel you’re with a man or a boy, etc. Write to Lucia at theartoflove.net. Read an excerpt from Lucia’s Lessons of Love at lessonsoflove.net. Listen to Lucia live every Sunday at 3 p.m. PST on latalkradio.com. Remember: Love inspires, empowers, uplifts and enlightens.
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L.A. WEEKLIES, MONTHLIES, ETC. Fun for Every Day of the Week BY ARIT JOHN MONDAY Cartoon Dump Fourth Mondays @ The Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 666-4268; cartoondump.com Good business sense says it’s not the most gifted idea to make a name for yourself based on how poor the quality of your material is, but it works for Cartoon Dump. Starring Frank Conniff as Moodsy Owl and Erica Doering as Compost Brite, the formula behind Cartoon Dump is simple: Whatever would make a horrible children’s show would make a hilarious adult show. Jokes about current events? Check. A dumpster-diving puppet with a mouth like a sailor? Check. An onstage band that spoofs classic rock songs, a scantily clad brunette called “Cue Card Girl” and cartoons so horrible they were banned from television before the Soviets put a man in space? Check, check, check. The show alternates between short monologues and songs sung by the characters and disturbingly bad cartoons from over 50 years ago. Song topics range from who’s in the news right now for being the biggest screw-up to making fun of the big joke behind Cartoon Dump – that somehow it would be OK for young children to be present. Between songs, the cartoons shown are anything from the painfully cheesy to the shockingly non-PC. The animation is sloppy, the dialogue is painful and you’ll probably know the
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plotline better than you know the person sitting next to you, but the idea that your grandparents, that anyone, would have thought this was quality entertainment is enough to make it horribly good. And therein lies the secret to Cartoon Dump’s success. 8 p.m. $10.
TUESDAY La Brea Tar Pits First Tuesdays, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 9347243; tarpits.org People say it all the time, but in this recession economy money can be tight; even the $7 to get into the La Brea Tar Pits is more than some people are willing to pay. Maybe that’s why admission is free on the first Tuesday of the month. For those who have never been to the tar pits, it’s meant to be both fun and educational, which explains why you can get stuffed animals of extinct, tar pit-dwelling animals in the gift store. In a way, tar pits are extremely morbid. At the corner of La Brea (which is Spanish for tar, by the way) and Wilshire, tar has been oozing out of the earth for thousands of years. During that time, a hodgepodge of animals have fallen into the tar pits, preserved for today’s scientists and visitors.
WEDNESDAY Nighttime at Royal/T Wednesday and Thursday nights @ Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City; royal-t.org Live entertainment, a new art cabararet space, tapas and other culinary treats! 6 p.m.-11 p.m. FREE-$20. Summer Block Party Third Wednesdays, Culver City; downtownculvercity.com Having the world’s smallest Main Street doesn’t seem like something to boast about, but then how many cities can say they hold a Guinness World record? Culver City – home of NPR West, Sony Pictures, the Kirk Douglas Theatre and a number of other significant (though not record-holding) landmarks – can. This past June, Culver City added one more
thing to its growing resume: the Downtown Summer Block Party, happening every third Wednesday of the month until October. Participating shops in Culver City offer discounts and live music. Akasha, an organic restaurant and bakery, is offering 50 percent off all wines. The Culver Hotel on Culver Boulevard is extending its Happy Hour and giving out free appetizers. At Fraiche, you’ll get a free glass of their sangria at the bar. If there seems to be a trend of free and discounted drinks maybe that’s just one more thing for Culver City to boast about. 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
THURSDAY Afro Funké Thursdays @ Zanzibar, 1301 5th St., Santa Monica (310) 451-2221; zanzibarlive.com Zanzibar is a) a small region of the United Republic of Tanzania, b) a night club in Santa Monica, c) the home of Afro Funké Thursdays, a 21-and-over club night devoted to bringing in live bands and DJs that play African music and promote African culture and art or d) all of the above. The answer is “d,” and all of these details are relevant to this discussion. Zanzibar, located on 5th Street, is an Afro-Indian inspired club that brings the music of the world to the usually geographically isolated music scene of Los Angeles. Afro Funké was founded by Cary Sullivan, Jeremy Sole and Roger “Rocky” Dawuni. In Dawuni’s words, “Afro Funké seeks to create a sonic pipeline that will connect funky Africa and the African Diaspora and, at the same time, serve as a convergence point for progressive souls.” The live bands and DJs play everything from instrumental versions of pop songs to reggae, modern African music and, of course, funk. 9 p.m.; $7 before 10 p.m.; $10 after. Cherry Boom Boom Last Thursdays @ King King, 6555 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles; cherryboomboom.me Lindsley Allen is not a name that instantly rings bells, but her
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resumé is very impressive. She’s a member of the Actor’s Gang; she was an original member of the Pussy Cat Dolls; she helped choreograph Charlie’s Angels 2, “Carnivale” and Carmen Elektra’s Aerobic Striptease. Since April, she’s spent the last Thursday of every month transforming King King into an old-time burlesque joint-meets-cabaret-meets-Broadway show. Allen and the girls in Cherry Boom Boom perform their show “Sex, Love and Rock ’n’ Roll” until December of this year, so if you’re over 21 and willing to travel back to a time where dancers left a little more to the imagination, then get a ticket. 8 p.m. $20 Downtown L.A. Art Walk Second Thursdays; downtownartwalk.org The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is more than just a great night to see art and taste the wares of the best food trucks in town, it’s a success story of a big city’s attempt at urban renewal. Held every second Thursday of the month, the art walk brings thousands of art lovers to museum row, located at the heart of a larger area of 49 museums, art galleries and non-profit art venues. Since its humble beginnings in 2004 with just a few galleries, it has grown into a staple of L.A. culture. As the number of visitors and galleries involved increased, so did residents desire to begin renovations in the area. Nearly every well-known museum, gallery and venue is included in the art walk, along with dozens of others that have slipped through the cracks of common knowledge. The L.A. Center for Digital Art specializes in all forms of new media, digital video art and combinations of art and technology, while the FIDM Museum features exhibits with everything from a yearly motion picture design exhibit to regular showings of student work. The full list (and a map) is available on the event’s Web site or at the Art Walk Lounge (514 S. Spring St.). Noon-9.p.m. FREE. Indie Thursday First Thursdays @ Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa Lobby Bar, 1755 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood (323) 8561200; renaissancehollywood.com
Dance, swin and party every Thursday at Nightswim at the Roosevelt Hotel.
Indie Thursday sounds like a radio station gimmick or costume day at work. It is, actually, neither of those things, but instead the Renaissance Hotel’s humble attempt to bring good music to L.A. residents for the accessible fee of absolutely nothing. Every first Thursday of the month, the Renaissance Hotel pits a number of independent bands against each other. Two hours are divided evenly among the groups, and at the end of the night fame, honor and glory is bestowed upon one group, the best of the best. In this case fame, honor and glory translates into being the band that performs every Thursday for the rest of the month, but for a band that hasn’t made it big yet that’s a pretty big deal. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Oscar De La Hoya Fight Night Club Fourth Thursdays @ Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles; goldenboypromotions.com Generally speaking, when a fight breaks out in a club, it’s bad news. People have had too much to drink, and someone thought it would be a good idea to look at another guy the wrong way or hit on his girlfriend. Then again, the police don’t really care about motive when they’re writing you up. Possibly the only time it’s OK, even encouraged, to get into a fistfight is if you’re one of the boxers during Club Nokia’s monthly boxing series. Each month, the club brings in competitive boxers to go at it in the center of the club. Afterwards, music, food and (for those who pay for it) all the joys of a VIP room are available to attendees. Doors open at 6 p.m., and tickets range from just under $20 to over $200. Nightswim Thursdays @ Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 466-7000; hollywoodroosevelt.com The Roosevelt looks like something out of a documentary on the Golden Age of Hollywood. It’s easy to imagine Marilyn Monroe walking the halls in a pair of stunning heels and a form-fitting dress, probably because she called the place home for two years. In fact, she’s said to haunt a room that looks out onto the pool where Nightswim is held. From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Confederacy clothing (a classier American Apparel) opens up a pop-up shop, and things that
go bump in the night come out in their bathing suits to swim and party. And seeing as swimming and partying present two very serious dangers to a camera, there’s a photo booth to prevent attempts to document what promises to be a great night. The party is free, just RSVP to email@example.com. Trastorno First Thursdays @ The Mountain Bar, 473 Gin Ling Way, Los Angeles (213) 625-7500; themountainbar.com The word “trastorno” brings to mind a couple of things. It could be the super cool alter ego of a four-eyed office worker who turns into a swashbuckling vigilante at night. It could be the name of a racecar so fast it goes zero to 60 faster than you can blink. Spanish speakers know trastorno translates to disorder or dysfunction, which brings to mind the whole list of disorders crazy clubbers suffer from. At first thought, Trastorno does not seem like the name of a dance party, but thank your lucky stars it is. Every month, the Mountain Bar in Chinatown hosts Trastorno, a 21+, international music event focused on playing Spanish alternative music and La Movida Madrileña, music from the 1980s music scene in Madrid. The event radiates a cool reminiscent of the ’70s and ’80s punk bands. Posters for Trastorno feature artsy, hipsterish pictures of old school Spanish punkers. Past headliners have included La Muy Muy and Alaska y Los Pegamoides. Best of all, there are drink specials throughout the night and admission is free. 9 p.m.
FRIDAY Abbot Kinney First Fridays Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice; abbotkinneyonline.com Nearly every day of the week Abbot Kinney is your typical beach street - tourists and locals alike wander around, browse the shops and grab a bite to eat. On the first Friday of every month, though, the shops are open later, the crowds are there longer and all of the best L.A. food trucks park along the street from 6 p.m. on. Where else can you get a hot dog wrapped in bacon and topped with egg, fresh sushi, Korean barbecue and melted brie on cranberry walnut bread all in walking distance
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of one another? At times the food trucks seem more crowded than the stores. That’s not to say Abbot Kinney is a glorified food court. You can get in touch with your inner self at the Mystic Journey Bookstore or shop for flowing gypsy frocks at Zingara (where you can make s’mores on their back patio). And starting last month, the Venice Art Crawl is every third Thursday. First Friday The MAK Center, 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood (323) 651-1510; makcenter.org Besides movies and music, nothing defines Los Angeles more than its architecture. There are an amazing array of homes and buildings in the city that satisfy any architectural aficionado’s tastes or novice’s exploration of this genre. The MAK Center in Los Angeles is the Mecca of Modernism in the city and offers a look into select homes of pioneering architect Rudolph Schindler through its monthly First Friday tours. On the first Friday of each month, the MAK Center opens up three Schindler homes for public viewing between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m ($50; $42 for students with ID). This is a unique opportunity to explore an aspect of Los Angeles that not many people would take part in during the course of the week. Thus, if you are looking to cut classes on a Friday afternoon or leave work early, then this is the way to start your weekend. The Schindler tour includes the Fitzpatrick-Leland House in Laurel Canyon. The home, built in 1936, was donated to the MAK Center in 2008 and is in the process of going through renovations. Schindler’s official residence, the Schindler House (1922), is also part of the tour. It is a single home tucked away on a street with several apartment buildings. The property is also the home of the MAK Center. My favorite part of the tour is the renovated Mackey Apartments on Cochran. The building serves as temporary residency for artists and architects through a program funded by the Austrian Government. Besides viewing a couple of the various units, you might be fortunate enough to spend some time with one of the residents and talk about their latest work. —Sean Bello
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Tour the Fitzpatrick-Leland House (R.M. Schindler, 1936) at a MAK Center First Friday. Long Beach First Friday Atlantic Avenue, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach; firstfridayslongbeach.com If Venice is out of the way, Long Beach has its own version of First Fridays off Atlantic Avenue. From 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., stores stay open late and there’s an artist or musician at every corner. Organized and promoted by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association, the main goal of the event is to increase traffic to the stores. First Friday is geared toward people of all ages. There are special classes and crafts for kids as well as the “drink and draw” feature at Nino’s Italian Restaurant, where you’ll get a sketchpad along with your thirst quencher. There are workshops, galleries, free food and a Big Red Bus to shuttle people around. The Bixby Knolls First Friday in Long Beach proves that necessity really is the mother of creation. The idea came about when a business owner (Krista Leaders of Chroma Glass Design) needed a brilliant, cheap way to get people to her store. Meanwhile, artists in Long Beach – like most artists – were looking for a way to showcase their work. Leaders told her customers about the art shows, and artists told the customers about the store. Basically, it was a fiscal version of you scratch my back, I scratch yours. Neon Art First Fridays @ Museum of Neon Art, 136 W. 4th St., Los Angeles (213) 489-9918; neonmona.org It would seem that there’s a connection between museums and late-night music performances. Every first Friday of the month, the Museum of Neon Art graces its visitors with an avant-garde jazz performance. Electric violinist Jeff Gauthier and pianist David Witham bring in different musicians every month to jam against the backdrop of neon lights. Started in 1981, MONA’s mission statement is to “encourage learning and curiosity through the preservation, collection and interpretation on neon art.” The museum’s exhibits include old neon signs and other pieces of kinetic and electric art. When MONA isn’t a late-night experimental jazz club, it offers a number of workshop series on restoring old signs
(complete with discussions with experts) and how to create your own neon art. Or try the Neon Cruise. On Saturday nights from June to November, the museum guides a doubledecker red bus through Los Angeles to point out neon signs still in use. Old Blues Eyes First Fridays @ Life on Wilshire, 6311 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 651-5433; lifeonwilshire.com Fans of the early ’90s game show “Studs” will definitely want to check out the monthly show at Life on Wilshire. The show’s host, Mark DeCarlo, known as Tornado Johnson, is now the frontman for Old Blues Eyes, the jazzy headliner at Life on Wilshire’s monthly live music concert. Then again, for those of use where weren’t old enough to care about “Studs,” a rendition of “Love Connection,” there are still a ton of reasons to enjoy a free jazz show, cheap drinks and good barbecue. For starters, each month there are surprise A-list musicians and comedians. The food – mainly American and burgers – is better than most meals and probably cheaper, too. And if you can’t make it on the first Friday, all hope is not lost. Life on Wilshire has an event for nearly every day of the week. On Tuesday Trivia Nights, the club turns into a battle ground for bragging rights: Which team of five knows the most useless information? On Wednesdays, you can try your hand at building your own burger, on Thursday, there’s more free live jazz and the weekends are a great time to book a private event. All in all, the main theme of Life on Wilshire is that life is too short to waste, so they’ll help you spend it right. 9 p.m.-Midnight. FREE.
SATURDAY Bootie Los Angeles First and Third Saturdays @ Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park; bootiemashup.com What do Jay-Z and John Lennon have in common? Nothing that comes to mind, but at Bootie, a club event devoted to this legally gray brand of music, there might be a mash-up between the two. Bootie began in San Francisco in 2003 and has found an audience all over the world. The L.A. party has
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upgraded to two Saturdays a month, and there are regular parties throughout America’s cooler cities, Europe and Asia. Yes, there’s a Bootie party in Singapore. At Bootie there’s no such thing as music that doesn’t mesh well. On their Best of Bootie 2009 CD, Lady Gaga and Journey come together in “Just Stop Believing,” David Bowie meets MGMT in “Stardust Kids” and tracks from Kelly Clarkson, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink and Daft Punk form a little ditty called “My Life on the Crazy Train Sucks (So What?).” If the idea of thrashing around in a packed club full of strangers isn’t appealing, then fret not. The real treasure is on the Web site, where they have dozens and dozens of Bootie’s best songs available for download. 21+. $5 before 10 p.m.; $10 after.
for an astronomy class, a playground for amateur astronomers or a great place for a first date. For those of us without money to spare, there’s good news: Every month they throw a free public star party. If stargazing isn’t your thing, check out the new Leonard Nimoy (as in the original Captain Spock Leonard Nimoy) Event Horizon theater. On the first Friday of each month, the observatory hosts “All Space Considered,” a 90-minute presentation on what’s big in the fields of astronomy, space science and the future of space exploration. The talk is also free to the public and held at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Saturdays Off the 405 The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles (310) 440-7300; getty.edu If you’ve ever been in bumper to bumper traffic on the 405, then you know this is a joke. Any day off the 405 is a good day, but spending it romping around the gorgeous grounds of the Getty Center is even better. On various Saturdays throughout the summer, the Getty holds concerts featuring up-andcoming bands. Recently the Afro-Columbian duo Bomba Estéreo played a set of electronica. A month later brought the power pop trio the Antlers along with a couple of others acts and DJ Frosty. The next dates are Sept. 18 and Oct. 9. Admission to get the Getty is always free, but the steep $15 fee for parking is what gets people. If you want to come before 5 p.m. to check out the museum, watch the sunset or just stare at the gorgeous architecture of the museum, then be prepared; otherwise, parking is free after 5 p.m. At 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. there are Spotlight After Dark tours, 20-minute discussions on art led by a museum educator. Between seeing the museum and watching the bands, you might even find time to get a Getty-tini from the cash bar.
The Hive Gallery 729 S. Spring St., Los Angeles (213) 955-9051; thehivegallery. com Compared to some of its neighboring art galleries, the Hive Gallery tends to attract a younger audience. Why is anyone’s guess. Maybe it’s the nature of the art, the constant presence of music or the fact that they begin every monthly show series with a giant party. On the first Saturday of every month, from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., the Hive Gallery features a number of artists as well as presents the work of some of its in-house artists. For $8 ($5 if you dress for the theme), visitors can experience the exhibits, along with music groups, live DJs and anything else they can think of. Past shows have included performances by the burlesque group Feminine Oddities. There’s even a tarot deck reader whose very name, Seraphime Rhyianir, hints at the mysteries of the universe explored by medium-astrologercard reader-poets such as herself. The Hive Gallery was opened in 2005 by Nathan Cartwright, the self proclaimed Queen Bee of the Hive. It celebrated its five-year anniversary in April with the “Love in Hiveland” series.
Public Star Parties Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 13 & Dec. 11 @ Griffith Observatory, 2800 E. Observatory Ave., Los Angeles; griffithobservatory.org Griffith Observatory is great for a lot of things – extra credit
The Do-Over Sundays @ Cranes Hollywood Tavern, 1611 El Centro Ave., Hollywood; thedoover.net Everyone’s different, so much so that it’s almost pointless to
ask what the perfect summer Sunday afternoon would entail. Breakfast in bed? Chillin’ poolside with the homies? Sleeping in and reading the paper in your pajamas? Maybe. But for a good chunk of people it includes the great DJs, great drinks and great company of the Do-Over, a weekly summer party that happens between May and October. Basically, Do-Over is a DJ fest. It was founded by DJs in 2005, it’s hosted by DJs now (and Haycock, Strong, Blacc and weekly special guests), and people go to see the DJs in action and listen to what they’re playing, which is everything from old disco favorites to brass band renditions of “Another One Bites the Dust.” If the music itself isn’t enough to draw you in, then the idea of partying from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. (it is, after all, a school night) might. Do-Over gives off the vibe of the party-person’s party powered by youth and enthusiasm, where the drinks are always cold and the music’s always good. 21+. FREE with RSVP. Adam Shenkman Special: Children’s Breakfast Show First Sundays @ The Strange, 4316 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles; adamshenkman.com In a world where people take breakfast very seriously – it’s the most important meal of the day, after all – Adam Shenkman may be the first to tap the unexplored well of songs and jokes that is breakfast humor. Every first Sunday of the month, Shenkman performs at the Strange on the corner of Melrose and Heliotrope. This latest version of the Adam Shenkman Special is called the Children’s Breakfast Show. And unlike the Cartoon Dump, you really can take a child to watch without being visited by Child Protective Services. The show has sing-alongs, audience participation, face painting and balloons. It’s educational as well as fun in a PG sort of way. If that sounds like something you’d drop your nephew off at but not actually sit through, then keep reading. The 4 p.m. show is for all ages, but the 8 p.m. show is for adults. As an added bonus, at each show Shenkman brings in special guests. Past guests include comedians Sarah Silverman and Tom Green (ex-husband to Drew Barrymore), Ari Gold (not to be confused with the “Entourage” character) and Ron Jeremy. $5 suggested donation.
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Q&A with a Dodger Bullpen Catcher/Coach, Part 2 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. You are catching for pitchers moments before they go into big pressure situations. Is there anything you do to help the pitchers stay focused and not let their nervous energy sabotage them? At this level, they’re pretty much on their own. We just hope that they are prepared and try to keep them focused on the task at hand, as opposed to thinking about how big the moment is. It’s hard to diminish how big the moment is at times, but you still have a job to do and if you think about that job, what pitches I have to make and not think about too much else, then you can focus easier on getting your man out.
I saw you after the game last night, asked how you were doing, and you said, “Not very well.” Is there bleed in from the emotions of the daily game and your life outside the game? You try to separate the two, but we’ve had a tough stretch. It’s not just yesterday. Usually you can let one go, but we’ve had a couple of tough games in the last 10 days. It starts to pile up on you, and your mood is not quite where you want it to be. You just want the tide to turn. After being with the Yankees for 12 years, was it hard to switch allegiances when you came to the Dodgers? Yeah, it’s tough, being a Yankee for a dozen years and then coming here it was different, but it was my hometown team growing up so it was kind of exciting. But yeah, it was difficult to now not be rooting for the Yankees after rooting for them for so long, but I still have a lot of friends over there and coming here, you just start over, start pulling for the team that you wear the uniform of. Once you get through spring training it’s business as usual. What did you most enjoy about joining the Dodgers? Just being in L.A. For me personally, my daughter lives in L.A., so that was the biggest thing. I get to see her all the time. I grew up in L.A. I know the city. It wasn’t anything new, but leaving New York was tough because it’s such a fun city and the Yankees are the biggest thing. It must have been a blast to be in your late-20s and wear the Yankee uniform. Oh, it’s the greatest thing ever. You’re like rock stars, especially when you’re running around with Derek Jeter and guys like that. It’s unbelievable, you know. L.A. is about the movie stars
Mike Borzello but New York is about the Yankees … They’re like Gods out there. People go crazy. How do you think the McCourt divorce has affected the team? Where I’m at, it doesn’t affect the team. We’re not involved with that kind of stuff at all. We’re just focused on the task at hand, baseball. We’re not talking about relationships, the owner or what’s going on with this person or that person. There are too many other things in baseball you have to do. You’re thinking about today’s game. How are we gonna win today. Who’s in the lineup, who are we facing, all the reports, all the preparation. Everyday there’s a lot to be done. Fans don’t realize it. They show up at 7 o’clock. We’re here at one. This is everyday, all day. All the stuff that is around it, we don’t have time for. It’s like someone gets hurt and goes on the DL, well, he’s gone, so we have to win with who we got now. You just have to keep moving forward.
WIZARDS OUTCOMPETE GALAXY
Seven Soldiers of Victory, Volume 1
by marvin g. vasquez
For the second consecutive weekend, the L.A. Galaxy suf– fered a shutout loss (2-0), but this time it arrived as they hosted the Kansas City Wizards at the Home Depot Center. “We got outcompeted. All this was about tonight was fighting and scrapping, and we lost that fight. That was the difference in the game; they played harder,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says. The Galaxy (13-5-4, 43 points) surrendered an early goal before the 15-minute mark, and they could not recover. The Wizards’ Kei Kamara ran through the right flank before sending a through ball into the box where Davy Arnaud connected for the goal. “We’ve seen during this year that, generally, when we’ve gotten the first goal, we’ve gotten positive results,” Arnaud states on the early score. “Tonight it happened, and for us to get on top about 10 minutes in was a good time for us to get a goal.” Kansas City (7-9-5, 26 points) defended solidly against the second-best offense in MLS. To top that, forward Edson Buddle seemed unbalanced in attempting to gain a rhythm on the pitch, but the Wizards took care of that from beginning to end. In the second half, Los Angeles’ midfielder Chris Birchall had two clear scoring opportunities, but the Wizards’ goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen stopped Birchall’s potent shots. Defender Jimmy Conrad added the next goal for the visitors off a header in the 70th minute. Juninho and Gregg Berhalter did not play due to visa and illness problems, respectively. “We missed Juninho and Gregg quite a bit. Gregg’s leadership in the back helps,” Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan states. “Juninho’s ability to pass the ball really helps us, and we lacked that a little bit tonight. They both would have helped a lot.” Los Angeles travels to Chicago this Saturday, Sept. 4, visiting the Fire in a 1 p.m. kick-off.
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(DC) Leave it to Grant Morrison to continue to find new ways to approach something so timeworn as the superhero genre. In this epic tale, he puts a spin on the superhero team by never having its members actually meet. Morrison culls his squad from the tangential regions of the DC universe. In this first of two hardcover editions, we meet the first four Soldiers: the Shining Knight, the Guardian, Zatanna and Klarion the Witch Boy. Each of the soldiers sets out from their separate universes and starts to converge, drawn by the same sinister force that threatens the world. Various artists bring to life Morrison’s characteristically trippy stories, which include modern-day pirates who ride secret rails of New York’s subway system, the descendents of the famously vanished Roanoke colony now living underground and journeys through space and time. Morrison’s imagination dwarfs others in his field. Grade: A —Mike Sebastian Seven Soldiers of Victory, Volume 1 is currently available.
Werewolves of Montpellier (Fantagraphics) Norwegian comic book creator Jason’s latest centers on an expatriate living in southern France. Disillusioned with humanity and in love with the lesbian across the hall, he dons a werewolf disguise and burgles people’s homes. But when his picture winds up in the paper, he becomes a target of the brotherhood of real werewolves. This short and breezy tale from Jason explores his usual theme of unrequited love with laconic exchanges punctuated by absurdist humor. But it’s also lighter than a lot of his work, reaching a kind of contentedness by the end, in the author’s own understated way. Grade: A—Mike Sebastian Werewolves of Montpellier is currently available.
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Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim; dinosaurlive.com Seventeen roaring, snarling “live” dinosaurs mesmerize the audience – and are as awe-inspiring as when they first walked on earth. The dinosaurs are life-size, making the show so immense it could only fit in arenas. It’s a $20 million arena spectacle of unprecedented size and quality. Runs through Sept. 5.
WEDNESDAYSEPT. 1 Circus Vargas Westfield Culver City, 6000 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City; circusvargas.org Everything from acrobats and trampo– line and trapeze artists to clowns, jugglers and belly dancers entertain you with their comedy and artistry. Runs through Sept. 6.
WEDNESDAYSEPT. 1 “The Glass Menagerie” Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown; centertheatregroup.org See why the New York Times writes, “You’ll find something unexpected in a production that’s lightning-lit from within by the tough, compelling and first-rate Amanda Wingfield of Judith Ivey, giving what is surely the performance of her career.” Tues–Sun through Oct. 17..
THURSDAYSEPT. 2 Guitar Center’s King of the Blues Grand Finals House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; gc.guitarcenter.com/ kingoftheblues Thousands of guitarists entered – only five remain. The five finalists share the stage with world-renowned guitarist Derek Trucks and perform in front of a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges for a chance to be named King of the Blues and receive a career-enhancing prize. 7 p.m.
FRIDAYSEPT. 3 Wii Games: National Finals Redondo Beach Pier, Torrance Boulevard and PCH; wiigames2010.com As many as 90 finalist teams and six online sweepstakes winners from across the country compete in the following: basketball and bowling in “Wii Sports Resort,” hula hoop challenge from “Wii Fit Plus,” “New Super Mario Bros. Wii” and “Mario Kart Wii.” Besides the games, Wii fans can enjoy all kinds of Wii-related activities, including free game demos. Runs through Sunday. FREE.
SATURDAYSEPT. 4 Fiesta Hermosa fiestahermosa.com The “largest arts & crafts fair in SoCal” features two stages of live entertainment, 270 vendor booths, a beer and wine garden and the food court, which offers 18 different kinds
of ethnic food choices. Located at Redondo Beach Avenue and Manhattan Beach Boulevard. Runs through Monday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE.
SATURDAYSEPT. 4 L.A. County Fair The Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona; lacountyfair.com The L.A. County Fair offers enter– tainment for all ages. Don’t miss the End of Summer Concert Series with 19 nights of the best names in pop, rock, R&B and country and the adrenaline action of monster trucks and motocross. Runs WedSun through Oct. 3.
SUNDAYSEPT. 5 Viva Los Dodgers Day Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles; losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com Catch the free concert starting at 11 a.m. in Lot 6 by center field before the Dodgers take on the Giants at 5:05 p.m. Tix start at $12.
MONDAYSEPT. 6 The 5-minutes Game: Labor Day Edition Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles; cinefamily.org They choose 15 movies you’ve likely never seen before (with most of the films unavailable on DVD) and show you the first five minutes of each. The audience votes on which film everyone watches in its entirety. Don’t forget to bring something to cook on their grill. 6 p.m. $10.
TUESDAYSEPT. 7 Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; booksoup.com Comedy has perennially received short shrift from critics, film buffs and the Academy Awards. Saul Austerlitz signs and discusses his book. 7 p.m. FREE.
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TRIPS AND TIPS For Fall and Beyond
by kevin Wierzbicki Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf: You can get away from it all without actually going too far by taking advantage of the Explore Local Discovery Package at the Hyatt Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco (fishermanswharf.hyatt.com). The package includes a night’s lodging, two cable car/ Projects Abroad volunteers celebrate MUNI passes good for unlimited one-day use Halloween in Peru. and a free appetizer at Knuckle’s Restaurant. The Hyatt is within walking distance of famous Fisherman’s Wharf attractions like Ghirardelli Square, the Cannery, Aquatic Park and Pier 39, and you can also catch a ferry here to historic Alcatraz or Marine World. Use your public transportation passes to get to North Beach, Chinatown and AT&T Ballpark. The hotel has a heated outdoor pool, a whirlpool and a 24-hour gym with cardio machines, yoga mats and free weights. For Ladies Only: Does your guy sometimes drive you so crazy that you wish you could ship him far away for a while? Why not do the next best thing – leave him here while you head to China! The Women’s Travel Club (womenstravelclub.com) organizes tours, including for college women’s groups, to exotic destinations like Jordan, Colombia, Paris and the Ixtapan Spa deep in the heart of Mexico. The club’s next adventure is a highlight tour of China that includes visits to the Great Wall, Ming tombs, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Terracotta Warriors archeological site. Among the many other things participants will enjoy are Peking duck dinners in Beijing, a Tang Dynasty dinner show in Xi’an and regional cuisine in Shanghai. The nine-day adventure departs from LAX on Oct. 7 and again next spring. Volunteer: If you’d like to get fully immersed in another culture and get a whole new set of holiday traditions, why not do some volunteer work this season through Projects Abroad, the global leader in short-term international volunteer programs. Projects Abroad has volunteering opportunities in 26 countries where while you’re pitching in to make a difference in the lives of many, you can enhance your own life by living with the locals and learning their ways. Forget trick-or-treating if you’re volunteering in Peru over Halloween; you’ll be playing a traditional game involving not-so-hard-boiled eggs instead. Your Christmas in Fiji will be “bright” not “white” and Christmas in Ethiopia, celebrated in January, might entail the sharing of a dish of ox stew. If you’d like to volunteer overseas and can take at least two weeks off from your studies, find a list of opportunities at projectsbroad.org. Ecotourism in Nicaragua: Nicaragua is the setting for “Survivor” this season, and the Survivor in Style package at the Jicaro Island Ecolodge (jicarolodge.com) gives adventurers a chance to enjoy the beautiful country without having to “outwit, outplay, outlast.” Forget about eating bugs; your itinerary choices at the ecolodge include chilling by the pool, getting a massage, practicing yoga or being lulled to sleep by the gentle lapping waters of Lake Nicaragua. Of course, that’s all when you’re not taking a nature hike at the foot of the Mombacho Volcano, kayaking around the island, touring the nearby historic city of Granada or learning about the local flora and fauna on your way to a relaxing soak in a natural hot springs. Special Survivor rates apply through Dec. 15. Bruise Cruise to the Bahamas: The ship doesn’t sail until early next year but if you want to take a rock ’n’ roll cruise vacation from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas, you need to book your passage now. The Bruise Cruise (bruisecruisefestival.com) features intimate concerts at sea by the Black Lips, Vivian Girls, Strange Boys, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Turbo Fruits and DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin. Other fun activities include an island party in the Bahamas, open bar cocktail hours, a “soul dance off ” for cash and a puppetry-and-pancakes breakfast show with Miss Pussycat. That’s all in addition to normal cruise ship amenities like gambling, resort-style pools, water parks and fine dining. Feb. 25-28, 2011. JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa: This Labor Day weekend guests at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa (jwmarriottstarrpass.com) can take advantage of two packages – one offering a free night and one a free room. Other highlights include Dive in Movie at Starr Canyon River and desert yoga accompanied by the indigenous sounds of a Native American flutist.
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