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More Common Than You Think by ebony march, news editor In early 2000, comedian Tom Green was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The 28-year-old star of his own MTV show instantly became the face of the disease. Soon after his diagnosis, he taped a special with then-girlfriend Drew Barrymore chronicling his treatment. A humorous song encouraging young men to “feel [their] balls so [they] don’t get cancer,” followed and gave other afflicted adult males an unlikely role model in their fight to regain health. Since then, Green is reportedly healthy after early detection saved his life. Each day, a reported 3,400 people are diagnosed with some form of cancer. Many find themselves fighting skin cancer; others battle testicular or colorectal malignancies. A growing number of women and men are waging personal wars against breast cancer. Richard Roundtree was the star of the 1970s film series, Shaft. As the reigning king of blaxploitation movies, Roundtree was instantly recognizable and managed to influence many generations after his own. However, in 1993, the star was diagnosed with breast cancer. Before his admission to the world, few people outside of the medical community were even aware that men could be diagnosed with breast cancer (which has largely been associated with women). After enduring the rigors of chemotherapy, as well as a double mastectomy, Roundtree emerged victorious and has often spoken publicly about his experience with the disease.

Campus Circle > News > Local News While doctors and scientists are working hard to find a cure for cancer, to date there are no known drug or treatment that is sure to eradicate its existence. Most treatments for those afflicted may include radiation treatment, chemotherapy and the use of drug s like Tamoxifen (used for breast cancer). Success stories often hinge on early detection. Doctors urge patients to get yearly checkups and to also utilize selfexamination where possible to find lumps or hard matter lurking below the skin’s surface. MRIs have also saved a number of lives, including Christina Applegate’s. At 36, Applegate’s career was going strong. She was the star of an ABC series called “Samantha Who?” and had starred in a number of blockbuster comedies including The Sweetest Thing (opposite Cameron Diaz) and Anchorman (opposite Will Ferrell). However, in 2008, it was announced that she not only had been diagnosed with breast cancer but had undergone a double mastectomy following an MRI. Applegate’s test results showed that she was a carrier for the genetic mutation that caused the disease, possibly inherited from her mother who was also a breast cancer survivor. Cancer has been stigmatized quite often. Many people mistakenly believe that the disease only strikes older people or that certain forms of the disease will bypass them based on race or sex. For years, it was thought that black skin was immune to melanoma, but dermatologists report many cases to the contrary each year. While some forms of the disease are also prevalent in middle-aged men and women, people in their 20s should also be on guard. Testicular cancer (which Green had) and cervical cancer are two forms of the disease known to strike younger people at a growing rate. Hairspray star Marissa Jaret Winokur won her battle against cervical cancer while appearing on Broadway. Although she kept news of her plight secret while receiving treatment,





Now-Oct. 3 @ Skirball Cultural Center by danielle Lee

home sweet home is a unique and communal art exhibit that is the creative collaboration of Lucy Hayhoe and Abigail Conway, two women who met at Goldsmiths College in Drama and Theatre Arts in London and together founded the British theater company Subject to_change. Visitors are encouraged not just to marvel at the intricate and complex designs others have made but also to think outside the box themselves and design and build their own structure, be it a coffee shop, dry cleaners, day care center or home on a small scale. home sweet home is a micro level of regular city planning without the hassle of building permits and codes, and it also boasts the same conveniences most small cities have with a town hall, a radio station and a local city council that invites those within the community to interact with each other. Guests to this installation are given creative license to help start a city in which the streets and basic utilities are already in place; the only missing pieces are structures and citizens. Guests are encouraged to create dwellings and public buildings that help give the fledgling city shape. A communal effort is needed to achieve harmony within this quasi-dollhouse community. On Sept. 30, there is a Town Hall to provide a forum to discuss neighborhood issues and help guide the local town council. After the exhibit ends, the creator/neighbor is allowed to take their structure home as a trophy of sorts. A videographer will film the progression of the development, and the footage will be shown at the closing night’s block party on Oct. 3. Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit


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she has been vocal in the years since, encouraging young women to get examined for the disease. While 70 percent of all cervical cancer cases are caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), the other 30 percent contract the disease based on various genetic or hereditary indicators. A vaccine now exists for HPVrelated cervical cancer and is readily accessible to young Christina Applegate is not only cancer free – she’s pregnant! women who wish to receive it. In the event that an individual is diagnosed with cancer, regardless of age, gender or race, there is now a wealth of information and support groups available to aid in treatment. Many have even taken to the Internet: Survive and Thrive Cancer Support groups ( is an online resource that aggregates a number of Web sites to help patients manage everything from integrative health care to their finances. Lance Armstrong’s also seeks to empower its visitors who are living with the disease. As cancer continues to touch lives, it is now possible for patients and survivors to stay steps ahead by realizing that they are not alone, nor are they fighting a losing a battle.

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by lucia My ex boyfriend from college found me on the net after 10 years. I am happily married, and he is also married. We live in different countries but recently met for lunch. Naturally we went back to old memories and he apologized for breaking up with me without a good reason. He said he still loves me and will continue to do so. I asked him to stop talking about the past as I have moved on. He dropped me off at work and suddenly kissed me on the lips. I was so shocked. I felt very guilty about it. He asked me if I loved him too. I still like him, but I am confused as to if I love him. He has asked me a few times by e-mail but I have not given a straight answer. I agreed to meet him as a friend only, and now I am wondering if I made the right decision. —Nita It’s always tempting to meet up with an ex, even if it’s just to see if you missed out on anything by not marrying them. However, you are now married to someone else, so what difference does it make whether it’s like or love that you feel for your ex? It doesn’t sound as if he’s happy in his marriage, so he is testing the waters to see if there is still a chance with you. If you are as happily married as you say you are, you need to stay away from him completely, before you end up doing something you regret and putting your marriage at risk. Write to Lucia at Read an excerpt from Lucia’s Lessons of Love at Listen to Lucia live every Sunday at 3 p.m. PST on Remember: Love inspires, empowers, uplifts and enlightens.


Don’t start your sentences with, “When I was young...” just yet. Why not revisit those yesteryears and be a kid again. Chuck E. Cheese is the place to venture when you want to be a kiddo once more. Though Chuck E.’s animatronic band isn’t quite the same anymore, their pizza is delish and the same old air hockey table is still up and running. But a slice of pepperoni and a small-size drink does not fill up that child within you. Fear not, there’s more to do and more to see. As a tyke, you might’ve pointed your finger out the window at places that left you in awe while sitting in the back seat. Now that you have a few greenbacks or plastic in your pocket, do some of the following feel-good activities with friends, family or solo. Hop on board, turn up the exuberance and remember that being a kid every now and then is absolutely cool. Bob Baker Marionette Theater (1345 W. 1st St., Los Angeles; Watch as puppets come to life on stage. Each ticket is $20, and the shows vary from season to season. Bowling: Be an alley cat at Pinz (12655 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; and experience the worldclass bowling combo: fun, drinks, music and food at the

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same time. Oh, and did we mention that they have a full arcade with air hockey? Just saying. California Science Center (700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles; Brush up on your sciences in over 100 mind-stimulating exhibits. Wearing the lab coat and goggles are totally optional. On your way out, make sure to visit the souvenir shop where there are all sorts of crazy, science thingamabobs. Color Me Mine (various locations; Pick your ceramic piece, design and color it, fire it in the kiln and finally, take your masterpiece home. Golf N’ Stuff (10555 E. Firestone Blvd., Norwalk; golfnstuff. com): The Karate Kid (1984) featured this place. Need we say more? This Norwalk fun spot has it all: an arcade, bumper boats, a miniature golf course. Kids Castle (2814 W. Empire Ave., Burbank; kidscastleusa. com): Go back to medieval times. This lair involves dragons, games, rides and royal packages. There’s an arcade and a Castle Cafe, where you can feast on a variety of choices like a grilled New York steak or good old-fashioned pizza. The Park: It’s the place that felt like Narnia. It’s where you seemed to run forever and went higher and higher on the swings. Be spontaneous and explore a new park. You can have a picnic, eat ice cream and unleash your imagination. Here’s an idea: Switch up your indoor gym for the monkey bars or challenge a buddy to a little one-on-one in the paint. Read to Kids/Volunteer: There’s nothing wrong with being a


Skate back to the good old days at World on Wheels. bookworm on a Saturday morning. Surround yourself with smiling faces that are eager to learn and create an imaginary world for kids by reading to them. Spontaneous Fantasia: Get in touch with your imagination inside the Glendale Planetarium (1500 N. Verdugo Rd., Glendale; In this one-hour animation, J-Walt creates an entire 3-D world right before your eyes. Ultrazone Laser Tag (231 E. Main St., Alhambra; lalasertag. com): Take cover and get physical in Ultrazone’s high-tech domain just a few miles from downtown. Every game is $8 per person, but on Wednesdays and Thursdays you can play forever (till closing) for $15 per person. World on Wheels (4645 1/2 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles): Dust off those skates and groove. Don’t have balance? No sweat. They offer skating lessons for $25, which will have you gliding on the rink like Tony Manero on wheels.

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Now-Oct. 31 @ Pantages Theatre On her first ever journey to Los Angeles, the triple-threat angel of music Paloma Garcia-Lee is hitting the Pantages stage in the final leg of “The Phantom of the Opera” tour. After appearing as the Meg Giry understudy on Broadway two years ago, Garcia-Lee stepped into the role on tour just days after leaving. At the age of 19, Garcia-Lee was and still is the youngest member of any “Phantom” cast. “I’m so proud of where I’ve gotten at such a young age,” tells Garcia-Lee. “[The cast doesn’t] look at each other in ages. We look at each other like human beings.” The past two years have treated Garcia-Lee well, but now she must say her goodbyes to the show. The Pantages Theatre serves as “Phantom”’s final stop of Broadway’s longest running national tour. “It is a complete bittersweet experience,” says Garcia-Lee. “It’s so sad because I wish it would never end, but at the same time I feel so proud to be a part of this incredible show. I’m really lucky to be a part of it.” Garcia-Lee is thankful for both the tour and Broadway experiences. “To be a part of both of those is just mind-blowing to me,” she shares. “I’m like ‘Oh my gosh, I did that.’” Though the tour keeps a tight schedule, Garcia-Lee has made plenty of time to enjoy the traveling side. “You’re able to adjust to a city, enjoy a city for a couple of weeks, and then you actually get to get sick of it and go on to the next place,” she explains. “It’s a dream lifestyle.” As the musical tour approaches its final bows, Garcia-Lee is prepared to branch out beyond musical theater. “I’m ready to expand after this. The sky’s the limit,” she

—Stephanie Forshee Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit

“They’re Playing Our Song” Now-Oct. 10 @ Freud Playhouse One of the highest honors for a young, up-and-coming actor like Christoper Zenner is being cast in a show alongside longtime Broadway veterans Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”) and Stephanie J. Block (“Wicked,” “9 to 5: The Musical”) in “They’re Playing Our Song.” Zenner is excited just to perform in a show with the Reprise Theatre Company, let alone one starring leads of this caliber. “[Alexander and Block] are the epitome of professionalism, passion and personality on and off stage. Any hint of celebrity, ego or diva is abandoned at the rehearsal door,” he assures. Zenner has learned loads from the seasoned actors. “They know what it means to collaborate, especially when involved in such an expeditious rehearsal process,” tells Zenner. “To watch them work out a scene or a song and take it from the page to the stage is truly a marvel.” “They’re Playing Our Song” is essentially a two-person musical with six ensemble members acting as their alter egos and inner voices through song and dance. This marks Zenner’s first time with Reprise and the first time he has performed in this musical. In fact, he says he wasn’t that familiar with “They’re Playing Our Song” before he was cast last month. Luckily, he had five hours of final callbacks to familiarize himself. “I’ve never done a show like this before. That’s what

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Paloma Garcia-Lee as Meg Giry in “The Phantom of the Opera” makes Reprise so great is that they produce lesser-known musicals,” says Zenner. “It’s a chance for people to see theater they wouldn’t normally see.” As for his own expectations, he likes to go into each show just looking for fun and making connections. “I want to make a good impression with everybody,” he says, adding, “At the end, we’ll be like a family, except hopefully we won’t want to kill each other.” —Stephanie Forshee Freud Playhouse is located at 245 Charles E. Young Drive. E., UCLA Campus, Los Angeles. For more information, visit

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Ninety-Nine Takes to Get to the Top by sasha perl-raver Amongst greatness, the best and bright– est flourish. Could that be a slogan for an Ivy League enclave? Absolutely, but it’s also what makes The Social Network, set in the hallowed halls of Harvard, one of the best films of this year, if not the decade (though it pains me to side with Peter Travers in such gushing praise). Consider the film’s pedigree: written by Aaron Sorkin (“The West Wing”), directed by David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake and newly minted megastar Andrew Garfield (aka Spider-Man 2.0). The Social Network, an adaptation of Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book about the founding of Facebook (The Accidental Billionaires) is a parade of some of Hollywood’s most captivating talent turning in work of the highest caliber. On a balmy September afternoon in Manhattan, Sorkin, Timberlake and Eisenberg settle into embossed leather chairs at the Harvard Club to discuss the film that is already considered a sure Oscar contender. Sorkin has long asserted that his writing is simply people sitting in rooms talking, so how was he able to make mindnumbingly mundane moments, things like blogging and depositions, frenetic, wrought and pulsating in the film?

Campus Circle > Film > Interviews “Well, they’re not sitting in rooms talking. They’re standing in rooms talking; that’s how I infuse it with a Michael Bay-type energy,” Sorkin deadpans. “My parents took me to plays starting when I was too little to understand what the plays were about, like ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ when I was 8 years old. Because I didn’t understand the story on onstage, I fell in love with the sound of dialogue. It sounded like music to me, and I wanted to imitate that when I wrote.” Fans of the writer’s previous work will instantly recognize his hand in The Social Network’s opening scene, a patently Sorkin rapid-fire exchange which finds Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg) in the midst of a breakup conversation with Erica Albright (Rooney Mara). “I wanted to start out at 100 miles an hour, in the middle of a conversation, so that the audience would have to run a little just to keep up with us,” Sorkin explains. “And then sequences like the one that follows where Mark is blogging, drinking and hacking; David shot it and cut it and [Nine Inch Nails frontman] Trent Reznor scored it like it was bank robbery, like an action sequence.” “We performed that scene 99 times,” Eisenberg points out. “For an actor, that’s what you want. That’s what’s thrilling.” “That was David’s process,” Timberlake interjects. “Working digitally with this film,” which was shot on a Red One camera. “It was almost like he would use the first 20 to 25 [takes] as a rehearsal, and if something good came out of it, it was more of a fluke in his mind than what he was trying to get. You’d get to the 25th or 26th take, and he’d say, ‘Great. Print that. Erase everything else.’ And you’d be like, ‘Whoooa! Wait. Really? OK, so we’re starting over?’ But while feeling like you were running wind sprints which turned into a marathon, it was freeing to be a part of that process.”



Matt Reeves makes a mighty remake. by sasha perl-raver Remakes are rarely viewed as a good thing by discerning moviegoing audiences. Think about it; why suffer through Mark Wahlberg’s Planet of the Apes when you can watch Heston’s? From Will Smith’s son attempting to fill Ralph Macchio’s gi to Gus Van Sant’s totally needless Psycho exercise, remakes are treacherous fare, which explains the immediate fan backlash over the announcement of Let Me In, an American reboot of the stunning, Oscar-nominated Swedish film Let the Right One In, based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel of the same name. This delicate horror film about an alienated and bullied 12-year-old boy (The Road’s Kodi Smit-McPhee) building a tentative friendship with his mysterious new neighbor (KickAss star Chloe Moretz) was decried from the moment it was announced, with the rally song pointing to the perfection of the first film, making a second movie, especially one coming so closely on the original 2008 film’s heels, needless. It was a sentiment writer-director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) shared in many ways, he admits. “The one thing that made it easier to say yes is that the [original] movie hadn’t come out yet,” Reeves explains. “I’d fallen in love with it, but the world didn’t know about it. They showed me the movie almost a year before it came out in the


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Andrew Garfield and Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network “We’re asked about the great number of takes as if the actors are in opposition to it,” Eisenberg says. “Every actor I know would stay there all day if there was film in the camera. This film was a blessing, and we were thrilled for the time we got actually acting and not sitting around waiting to act.” Sorkin reveals Fincher also vetoed any flouncy, typical Hollywood perks you’d expect to see on a set, like directors’ chairs, big trailers or an overflowing craft service table. “David didn’t believe in frills or bells and whistles,” Sorkin says. “On this movie you sat on the floor when you weren’t working. David doesn’t like to spend money if it doesn’t go on screen.” “The money for this film went to the time to make it,” Timberlake adds. “It’s so amazing for a director to say, I want time for my actors to act and for me to watch them act and direct them. He’s one of the bravest directors you could ever be lucky enough to work with.” The Social Network releases in theaters Oct. 1.

Campus Circle > Film > Interviews United States, and I went through a long process of grappling with, ‘Should I or shouldn’t I?’” Reeves says before making a final decision on whether or not to tackle the remake, he read the novel, spoke with the author and found he couldn’t shake his desire for the project. “It crept under my skin. I couldn’t let it go,” he says. “It’s such a brilliant story about the pain of adolescence and coming of age.” Able to work in a bubble for about a year and drawing on classic Steven Spielberg films like E.T. and Empire of the Sun for inspiration, Reeves delved into recreating the vampire film, setting it in 1980s New Mexico. “But then the movie came out to tremendous acclaim,” he recalls, “and I thought, ‘Oh no! What are we doing?’ But I’d already written the script and was deeply, deeply connected to it. I knew the best thing I could do was just put my head down and not worry about fan reaction, but just remember that I myself was a fan and to stay true to the things I fell in love with.” However, he understands concerns fellow fans might have over a retelling of the story. “It had been done so beautifully, and the relationship between those two kids was so wonderful,” Reeves muses. “One of the things I love about Lindqvist’s story is that it has all of this complexity and ambiguity, there’s light and dark, real tenderness but dark primal stuff. As a fan of [the first] film, if I saw an American remake and it was watered and dumbed down, it would be pointless because what is so special about this story is the complexity and resonance of it.” The microcosm of Hollywood very often reflects a central theme of Let Me In, a land where the bullied become the mighty. Considering it’s such an important element in the film, I point out to Reeves that he was bullied about his film by fans.

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Chloë Grace Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee and writer/director Matt Reeves on the set of Let Me In “I guess that’s true,” he laughs. “But we didn’t have any direct encounters in the bathroom.” He says he thinks people’s reticence to embrace the project came from the best intentions. “To be on the outside and know something that you so loved is being remade, you would immediately think the worst. If I’d been on the outside, I would have thought the worst too. If you look at remakes, for the most part, they’re terrible. I get that protective feeling. Lindqvist’s story inspires that kind of passion. Those bullies were just trying to protect the story [from] being picked on by Hollywood.” Unwilling to draw comparisons between his film and the original, even though Let Me In is garnering mighty praise, Reeves simply says, “No matter what anyone thinks of [my] film at the end of the day, that Swedish film will always exist and I hope people will view this film as another expression of Lindqvist’s story, one I felt passionate about.” Let Me In releases in theaters Oct. 1.



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The Things We Carry, directed by Ian McCrudden, is the debut of the Lobit Sisters (Athena, Producer; Alyssa, Writer and Actress). It is a hauntingly moving film about a woman’s return home after her drug-addict mom’s death and her search for a package that her mother had left behind for her. Q&A with the Lobit Sisters + Reception before screening!

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LET AUDIENCES IN! by zach hines I’m about to make a very bold statement. Back in 2008, I was probably one of the last people to see Let the Right One In, the Swedish vampire film directed by Tomas Alfredson based on the novel of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist. After hearing a tremendous amount of ragingly positive feedback about it on the Internet and from friends and family, I finally went to see the film. Needless to say, I ended up really liking it. While I didn’t think it was the greatest thing since sliced bread like some people were regarding it, I thought it was fantastic. When director Matt Reeves (Cloverfied) announced he was going to remake it (mind you, at the time I don’t even think Let the Right One In was barely out of theaters), I thought it was a little bizarre to remake a film before it even had time to cool off from blowing everyone’s socks off. I mean we’re not talking about a film that everybody sort of liked that came out 20 years ago. This is a film that literally just came out that everyone loved. And when I say loved, I mean people LOVED that film. Well, I just got back from seeing Let Me In, Reeves’ English language remake of Let the Right One In, and I’m about to hit you with my audaciously bold statement. Ready?

Campus Circle > Film > Screen Shots Let Me In is probably one of the best remakes in motion picture history. Bang! You know it’s serious when someone uses the phrase ‘motion picture history.’ But I’m not fucking around. Reeves killed it. Murdered it. Killed it, resurrected it, then killed it again. And I will safely say that the remake is superior to the original. What struck me right away was how much respect the remake had for its predecessor. The remake captures all the greatness of the original but also improves on it. The film is a straight-up, literal, beat-for-beat remaking of the Swedish film. There are a few scenes and elements that have been slightly modified, but the tone, the style, the tension and the sense of dread and foreboding have all been preserved and improved upon. The direction is great, the cinematography is great and the performances are great. This is a true example of a great remake. On paper, remakes are essentially a cop out on originality, but this is totally different. Whatever it was that inspired Reeves and drove him to remake Let the Right One In is exactly the same thing that anyone else who is contemplating remaking a film that was already great to begin with should be driven by. But what I love most about the remake is that it preserves the elements of the original that in a lot of ways have ultimately come to polarize and distinguish European films from American films. American films generally have no balls. American films are deliberately crafted to be easy and light. American films are so worried about alienating audiences that they more often than not wind up being generic, safe and uninspiring. European films on the other hand are not afraid to make



Sept. 30 @ Samuel Goldwyn Theater by candice winters Have you ever wondered what type of movie you would be? I am a Tim Burton film. No, not Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Sweeney Todd. I’m more of a Sleepy Hollow, the underestimated, romanticized take of an American legend that uses a bleak color palette and gore to create something quite lovely. That is translated from the fact that I am a romantic who likes all sorts of stories and pretty images and who has a surprising dark side. For a director, it’s far too assuming to say that one film defines the genre in which they will create for the rest of their career. However, there is an inherent part of every artist that relies on novelty, on doing something out of their comfortable, studio-financed box, something that requires them to not just make, but to create. The process of development varies from artist to artist, but there is a common thread that connects directors to one another, and that is the passion for the moving image,


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Jimmy Jax Pinchak, Nicolai Dorian, Dylan Minnette and Brett DelBuono in Let Me In you feel uncomfortable. European films dare to traverse dark territory and deal with aspects of the human psyche that can disturb and frighten people to the core. Let the Right One In dealt with such things, and going into Let Me In I was very curious to see whether the film would make any compromises and soften its edge for American audiences. I’m happy to say that it doesn’t. It hits you across the jaw probably twice as hard as the original, and I applaud Matt Reeves and everyone else behind this film for that. Here’s hoping it’s a big success and helps bring back some of the edge that American films desperately need. Send feedback to

Campus Circle > Film > Projections to create what an entire theater’s worth of people will stare at for approximately one hour and 45 minutes. The idea of watching a screen change pictures for that long sounds ridiculous, which is why we entrust the experts to make us forget. These so-called experts in certain fields try to broaden their own horizons. Comedians have dabbled in dramas. Actors like Robert Redford and even Ben Affleck have switched to directing. A similar comparison can be drawn between works by a particular filmmaker that spans the genre spectrum. Versatility is a major component of artistic capability, nearly on par with talent and persistence. Sam Mendes is a venerable producer-director whose credits don’t list very far down the page but who has been commended for his thoughtprovoking films ranging from a dark dramedy (American Beauty), a war flick (Jarhead), a low-budget, subtle comedy (Away We Go) and a serious drama (Revolutionary Road). Mendes is a recent success, and he has his predecessors to thank for their expertise in how to direct varying types of films, but still stay true to his style, his own auteurship, if you will. Blake Edwards is not a name you may recognize right off the bat. The Oklahoma native directed his first film in 1955, but made it big in 1961 with his first hit, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which he followed with the 1963 Peter Sellers comedy The Pink Panther (the wonderful original that has spawned some not-so-wonderful remakes). He spent the next decade making a spattering of films: some sequels, another few Sellers films and then 10, the Bo Derek flick that was the direct cause for the influx of nude-colored bathing suit sales in 1979. He was finally properly recognized for his incredible dedication to film when he was the recipient of an Honorary Oscar in 2004. On Thursday, Sept. 30, “An Evening with Blake Edwards”

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LIVESHOWREVIEWS DevilDriver Sept. 16 @ Key Club After finishing Ozzfest, DevilDriver unleashed a crosscountry tour in support of their latest, Pray for Villains. As they walked onto the stage, eager fans expelled loud roars and screams of excitement. Kicking off the 70-minute setlist was “End of the Line.” Frontman Dez Fafara exploded with energy as the death metal band punished their instruments. Fafara demanded complete anarchy and destruction as he interacted with the crowd, ordering everyone to drive their inner devil out. Bassist Jon Miller tossed his hair around like a whirlwind. Dual guitarists Mike Spreitzer and Jeff Kendrick unleashed insane sounds with their hands sliding down the strings faster then the eye could follow. Drummer John Boecklin completely annihilated the drum kit moving at the speed of light, and the audience still demanded more. Halfway through the show, a thick layer of sweat could be felt in the air from the exhaustion of the audience. Fafara paused and directed the crowd to unleash the biggest mosh pit the Key Club had seen as they played “Meet the Wretched.” The interaction between DevilDriver and the masses was maniacal. As the last song began, Fafara signaled for another pit as the uncontrolled crowd replicated hurricanes spinning out of control. It’s impossible to leave without bruises after attending their show. —Jacob Gaitan

Menomena Sept. 16 @ El Rey Theatre There’s a certain kind of performance that hits you dead in the center of the chest; it leaves you breathless and in awe. The trio Menomena are astonishing live, a spectacle of tremendous might from relatively unassuming guys.

Campus Circle > Music > Live Show Reviews They enter to a thumb piano loop and a hero’s welcome, abruptly launching into “Tithe” from their latest release, Mines. Drummer Danny Seim contributes heartfelt vocals while hammering out beats and clobbering baby doll heads (a drum kit adaptation that has the audience snickering). “TAOS” swoops in on a distorted riff, pierced through with ragged guitars and contrasting sweet piano. Guitar/bass/ saxophonist Justin Harris alternates between menacing accusative wails and pensive vocal moments. “Killemal” is carried on keyboardist Brent Knopf ’s honeyed vocal tones and tinkling synths. Knopf concludes the song with an explanation that he’s fueled by cold medicine, but one would never know from the energy that he exudes on stage. “The Pelican” is grim and forceful, Harris’ voice almost a caw against a lumbering, herky-jerky backdrop. “Intil” provides a softer counterpoint, preparing the crowd for set closer “Evil Bee,” one of their finest compositions. The band returns for ”Strongest Man in the World,” with Seim wowing on drums and then suggestively deep throating his mic as he sings. A truly remarkable performance by a band that takes itself just seriously enough to deliver a spot-on performance but still deliver a playfulness endearing to fans that left this audience begging for more. —Natasha Desianto

Mystery Jets Sept 17 @ The Troubadour Can I just begin this review by stating how truly heinous it is that a band like the Mystery Jets can still play a venue the size of the Troubadour (no offence, Troubadour, I do love you). That said, it was a treat to see a band of this caliber in a venue barely larger than my apartment. Frontman Blaine Harrison, who uses crutches to get around due to spina bifida, makes it down the steep steps

CDREVIEWS Fences Self-titled (Onto Entertainment) Christopher Mansfield looks tough. His stare is intimidating, his polychromatic body art combined with a dangling cigarette in his mouth are the given warnings that suggest you should stay away. But this guy’s unexpectedly something else. He’s into the romance. Mansfield is Fences and a songwriter who has a creative way with words, especially on this self-titled debut. His songs are like short stories bound together; the melodies are the illustrations and the lyrics are the words. Sara Quin from Tegan and Sara produced the album, which Mansfield describes as falling under specific genres: pop, shoegaze, grime. On his MySpace, he’s lists high-water jeans, Romeo boots, Cat Power, Sleepless in Seattle and Italian Mastiffs as some of his influences. Not quite sure on the exact meanings behind each one of the influences, but this guy’s not your everyday artist. Grade: B —Christine Hernandez Fences is currently available.

Ingram Hill Look Your Best (Rock Ridge) Ingram Hill’s Look Your Best will rock you! The Memphis trio’s latest is upbeat and fresh with heartfelt lyrics that are endearing yet aggressive. Lead singer Justin Moore’s smooth and smoky voice soars in the band’s newest tunes. Ingram Hill really outdid themselves by meshing a few crowd favorites such as “Hey Girl” along with other new beats for the album.


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Menomena’s Justin Harris at the El Rey Sept. 16 from the backstage area. His stage presence is huge and clearly there’s a reason why the ladies have staked their ground directly in front of him. The band launches into “Alice Springs,” the opener of their most recent release, Serotonin. It’s an explosive number that instantly sets the crowd into motion. “Young Love” follows with multi-instrumentalist William Rees taking up lead vocal duties, and Harrison filling in the lady lines performed on the recording by Laura Marling. “Serotonin” is remarkably tight live, with Harrison and bassist Kai Fish’s tandem verse vocals locking firmly together in contrast to Harrison’s urgent wail on the chorus. “Behind the Bunhouse” is eerie and energy charged, building from distortion and mournfulness into a highly charged finale as the band conspires to destroy the drum kit and anything else they happen to be able to topple that gets in their way. Finally in a show of solidarity, Rees swoops Harrison up into his arms to carry him up the pesky steps and the entire ensemble ascends again, in the din of chaos. So much for ADA compliant venues … hopefully next time we’ll get an encore. —Natasha Desianto

Campus Circle > Music > CD Reviews “‘Hey Girl’ is pretty much an argument against the constant self-consciousness of almost every woman I know,” says Moore. “It’s not always the most popular and supposedto-be-hot girl that does it for guys, and even the flaws you see in yourself might be just the thing that’s attractive to us.” Among other hits on their best album to date are “Broken Lover” and “As Long As I’m With You.” Grade: A—Stephanie Forshee Look Your Best is currently available.

Men in My Head Self-titled (SkyeLab) No, this group isn’t made up of a bunch of schizophrenics. In this case, Men in My Head not only refers to this quartet’s name and album title but also to one of their songs where the lyrics deal with a guy in a questionable relationship who’s trying to make a decision as to what to do. The band, meanwhile, doesn’t indulge any secondguessing – they’re tight. MIMH plays a classy style of jazz/rock with various shadings; “Men in My Head” has a funky beat, cool female background vocals, fluid guitar, keys and a horn section, while “Art & Soul” features most of the preceding with the addition of a very hooky chorus and rapped vocals from MIMH main man Eddie Gindi. Lead guitarist Morris Levy tunes to Santana mode for “Davenport,” where congas and assorted percussion instruments add to the Latin seduction, making it a pretty sure thing that there’ll be some loving on the couch. And that’s the overall idea here; excellent musicianship has been put into Men in My Head, and you may very well appreciate it more for setting a comfy mood.

Grade: B —Kevin Wierzbicki Men in My Head is currently available.

The Posies Blood/Candy (Ryko) The Posies seem to have the best influences; much of their music is inspired by that of the Beatles, and up until the death of Alex Chilton earlier this year, core Posies Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow were members of revered pop band Big Star. That pedigree gives Posies carte blanche to work in any pop genre they choose, and they mix it up pretty good on Blood/Candy, mashing up the Fab Four and Nirvana with guest vocalist Hugh Cornwell of the Stranglers on “Plastic Paperbacks,” performing the best song Electric Light Orchestra never did in “Licenses to Hide” and paying tribute to Big Star with layers of honeyed harmonies on “So Caroline.” “Accidental Architecture” has Auer and Stringfellow doing their best Godley & Crème, fitting lush harmonies into the most unlikely of spaces between quirks while “Notion 99” has a ’60s sound reminiscent of the Hollies. None of this material recycles great songs from the past like “Solar Sister” or “Dream All Day,” but Blood/Candy rivals breakthrough Frosting on the Beater for pop proficiency and sheer enjoyability. Grade B+ —Kevin Wierzbicki Blood/Candy is currently available.

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her time by the lake with her friends, catching tadpoles and singing pop songs. The Girl is a normal, albeit lonely, child whose innocence also allows her a degree of intuition. However, she is also soaring farther from the reality of her situation. With her long, ginger locks and stern expression, the pre-adolescent is a blatant representation of the conflicting aspects of childhood. Expected to grow up at an unhealthy rate, the Girl learns love and loses it, forcing her into the absurd and insensitive world of adulthood. The tragedy of the the Girl is not her fate, which is both appalling and unacceptable to our sense of societal norms. She is another forgotten child whose trivial life is confined to the fantastical realm run by the illogical and bizarre adults around her. Swedish director Fredrik Edfeldt guides his first feature film with the composure of a much older film veteran. Light and dark play almost in unison as the color palette, wardrobe choice and set design complement the story better than the light score and added background music. But it is Blanca Engstrom as the title character who instills an impressively aged wisdom for someone so young. The thorns in the bed of life’s roses hurt the older viewers more than the Girl, we presume, because of our own experiences with growing up by ourselves. Grade: A—Candice Winters The Girl releases in select theaters Oct. 1. Peter Orlovsky (Aaron Tveit) and Allen Ginsberg (James Franco) in Howl

Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers (Cinema Purgatorio) Up in Oregon there’s a female mob wearing anything from torn-everywhere fishnet tights to heavy red rose lipstick with a whip of thick black eyeliner. They wear kneepads, elbow pads and helmets with a unique fashion. They are women on the fast lane gliding, competing and shoving others on a skating rink. They are the Rose City Rollers. Brutal Beauty: Tales of The Rose City Rollers is a documentary that captures the lives and tales of Portland, Oregon’s roller derby league. For some, skating on four wheels is something done for leisure, for others it’s a hobby, but for these beauties, as Blood Clottia states, rolling is not a hobby, it’s a way of life and “you either do it or you don’t.” Rocket Mean, the Rose City Rollers founder, speaks about how the sport itself is “indicative of the culture of young women in America.” The film presents raw material of what goes on behindthe-scenes of the sometimes-dangerous American contact sport (think broken bones and 10 screws in an ankle). The inside stories of how these women push themselves to succeed and overcome the various obstacles that are presented to them in their derby lives, will captivate, entertain and inspire. The cast is a troop of fearless individuals. Marollin’ Monroe is all about setting up flawless defense. Cadillac is one of the reasons the Breakneck Betties went undefeated for over a year. Madame Bumpsalot is key to the improvement of the High Rollers lineup. Grace Lightning spends her days as an attorney, but in the rink she’s one of the most impressive. Whip It did not even come close to truly depicting the lives of the brave, passionate and powerfully swift roller divas. Brutal Beauty is one big dose of electrifying energy. Grade: B —Christine Hernandez Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers releases in select theaters Oct. 1.

The Freebie (Phase 4) It’s a trick, folks. Don’t ever fall for it, if you can help it. Screw fame, marriage is a fickle food upon a shifting plate, and it hasn’t found alterations since the beginning of monogamy. That is the moral of The Freebie, that makes laughs at anyone who still thinks marriage is forever or that there is such thing


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as a perfect match. Because there’s no such thing. The film introduces Annie (played by director Katie Aselton) and her doting husband Darren (Dax Shepard), who can still have dinner with friends without expressing mushy love all over each other and who can criticize said friends’ relationships in the car ride after. At home, however, they are obviously perfect for each other. They can even skip a night of intimacy for “racing,” aka competing in crossword puzzles. Darren finally comes clean to Annie when he admits that he may actually have male tendencies, like being a little freaked out about the prospect of never seeing any other girl naked. Which brings him to the stellar idea of getting it “out of their system” in one night when each is given a “freebie” to do whatever (or whomever) they please, no questions asked.When they reconvene, their curiosity of each other’s developments clouds their bright scheme and shatters their seemingly plastic marriage. The ending is what will frustrate audiences most because of its inability to make a choice and say it loud and proud. This “it’s up to the viewer’s discretion” doesn’t work in a film that starts out with a moral in mind and ends in ambiguity. Grade: C —Candice Winters The Freebie releases in select theaters Oct. 1.

The Girl (Olive) It’s hard not to love a young protagonist with cute freckles and shaggy, strawberry blond hair who also has the audacity to survive home alone. We fell first for face-slapping cutie Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (if you can remember that far back). The film was such a hit because it is such a fascinating idea when you are a kid yourself. It is an outright frightening for any good parent because children will be mischievous children. Our modern-day Kevin McCallister is a 10-year-old girl known formally as just “The Girl” (I know, very existential of them) who is left with her bohemian aunt during the summer of 1981 while her parents travel to Africa as aid workers. She is then left by herself when her aunt is courted and escorted for a holiday with a man, promising to return in a few days. The summer begins to slip slowly by as the Girl spends

Howl (Oscilloscope) Even if you know only the basics about Allen Ginsberg and his poem that brought a storm of controversy, writersdirectors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have created a film that feels as if it might be its own work of poetry, albeit a visual, sporadic poem that will not stir nearly as many heads. Allen Ginsberg was almost 30 in 1955 when his most famous poem Howl was released to celebrate his fellow “angelheaded hipsters” and to boycott the conformity and militaristic censorship that he and the rest of the Beat Generation artists criticized about the country. Compared to, say, Britney Spears or Joe Francis, Howl is actually a tame read, one that emphasizes feelings of freedom and sexual excitement rather than promiscuity. However, the poem and its publishers were taken to court for its references to illicit drugs and both heterosexual and homosexual practices. Howl (the movie) takes its audience from an interview with Ginsberg (James Franco in his most pervasive performance since Milk and despite an offensively awful beard) reflecting on the importance of his work two years after the obscenity trial. Other characters are mere props, like a dialogue-less Jack Kerouac. Jon Hamm is the charming lawyer defending the publishers and who interrogates a star-studded round of witnesses like Mary-Louise Parker and the caricature actor, Jeff Daniels. As Ginsberg is pictured reading the work that was pivotal to the counterculture movement, his voice is accompanied by segments of animation that, however primitive it may initially look, grows slowly on the viewer and breaks the monotony of the courtroom scenes. It is rather cheesy at points, playing to its intended audience of artists who will drink up the metaphors like sexually infused water. The film is barely 90 minutes, but it feels much shorter. Though thoroughly enjoyable and incredibly interesting due primarily to its historical relevance and spitting portrayal of its characters, the film can sometimes feel a bit like something your teachers would show in high school English class to accompany the weeks spent teaching the Beat Generation. Howl is invested in portraying Ginsberg and his work as they really were without frivolous additions or overdramatization. Grade: B—Candice Winters Howl releases in select theaters Oct. 1.



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Get Him to the Greek has Russell Brand reprising his role as the salacious Brit glam rocker Aldous Snow. A Midnight Run for the Apatow generation, the film centers on an aspiring music executive (Jonah Hill) who has three days to deliver the hare-brained Snow to Los Angeles for his comeback concert. Russell Crow leads a terrific cast in Ridley Scott’s epic, action-packed retelling of Robin Hood. Cate Blanchett, William Hurt and Max von Sydow co-star. British comedy duo Ant and Dec star in Alien Autopsy, the wacky story behind the infamous Roswell autopsy tape.

The Idiotbox: Based on the novel by Irwin Shaw, the epic ’70s miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man: The Complete Collection stars Peter Strauss and Nick Nolte as two brothers in an impoverished immigrant family who take divergent paths in life. Paul Scheer leads a cast of comics in the loosely scripted ensemble The League: The Complete Season One. This hilarious series follows six longtime buddies who compete ruthlessly to win their fantasy football league. Arguably the funniest show on TV, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Complete Season 5 follows the shenanigans of four heartless friends who own a bar in Philly. Along for the ride is Dennis and Dee’s retired dad (Danny DeVito). It’s “Seinfeld” on crack. Skins: Volume 3 follows a new class as they struggle with growing up too quickly in a modern world fueled by sex and drugs. This well-written series is a kind of British version of Kids. Also available: “Family Guy” spinoff The Cleveland Show: The Complete Season One, BBC’s Top Gear 13

Stranger Than Fiction: Babies is an amazing peak at the world through new eyes. Following four children from around the globe, the film shows the innocence and wonder we all have shared at one time.

The Horror! The Horror! Fangoria Frightfest Presents is an eight-film collection of horror flicks, including Fragile, about a haunted children’s hospital starring Calista Flockhart, the crazy giant mutant boar flick Pig Hunt and the true cannibal story Grimm Love with Keri Russell. Also included are Hunger, Dark House, Road Kill and The Haunting. Also available: Suck

Under the Radar: It took over 50 years, but Jim Thompson’s pitch black noir The Killer Inside Me finally comes to the big screen. Casey Affleck is the sociopathic smalltown sheriff. Michael Winterbottom directs. Viggo Mortensen stars as a family man caught up in an ethical debacle in Nazi-era Germany in Good. In the vein of City of God, Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema is the true story of life on the gritty streets of Johannesburg, South Africa, and a teenage criminal who fancies himself a modern-day Robin Hood. The New York art world gets what’s coming to it in (Untitled), a witty comedy starring Adam Goldberg. Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Evans bring to life a rediscovered Tennessee Williams script in The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond.



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Q&A with Johnathan Rice by angela matano Duet albums, once old-fashioned, have officially made the leap into cool with the arrival of Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice’s I’m Having Fun Now. Longtime collaborators and real-life couple, Lewis and Rice counterbalance nicely on vocals, each building on the other’s strengths.The project sprung after the duo, tired of incessantly playing Bob Dylan covers together, decided to create their own music. Unlike their solo work, I’m Having Fun Now has a voice all its own; hence, the nom de plume “Jenny & Johnny.” The songs on the album whiz by in quick and delightful succession so that, as soon as the CD ends, you find yourself starting over at the very beginning.

Campus Circle > Music > Interviews What about a favorite book? Well, at the moment it’s Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice. Do you have a favorite place? Mint Chip, like the ice cream, is the name of my house. Who are your musical influences? Jenny Lewis Name a dead musician you wish you could have had the chance to play with? I’d love to play have played with John Bonham. Who else would you like to collaborate with in the future? I’ve been pretty lucky in my collaborations thus far – Jenny Lewis, Elvis Costello – I don’t want to jinx it. What’s your favorite duet of someone else’s? I love the song “Some Velvet Morning” with Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra. What’s your favorite trip? Driving from Los Angeles to Big Sur on the Pacific Coast Highway

What is your favorite album of all time? Johnathan Rice: My favorite album at the moment is Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew.

Would you like to do any more acting? I would do it again if was something cool.

Name your favorite album of Bob Dylan’s. Time Out of Mind

What’s the best song you’ve written? I’d like to think I haven’t written my best one yet.

Do you have a favorite Dylan song? “Girl From the North Country”

What song do you wish you had written? There are a million – “Tumbling Dice” by the Rolling Stones.

MUSICREPORT by kevin wierzbicki Benny Marchant Joins the Conversation The former lead singer of Los Angeles band the Kings Royal has just released a solo EP. Conversations Missed is the debut from Benny Marchant, and the singer says that working solo allowed him to reveal more of his personality than did his work with various bands. “For me, the best part about recording Conversations Missed as a solo artist was being able to be vulnerable,” says Marchant. “When I was in bands in the studio I used to hide some of my soul behind the music and sounds. Now I’m not trying to fit in with anyone else but me – a new me.” Conversations Missed is just an appetizer from Marchant; his full album Cold Weather is scheduled for an early 2011 release. Marchant performs Sept. 30 and Oct. 15 at the Mint and Nov. 7 at the Viper Room.

Kristian Hoffman: Fop It takes a big scorecard to keep track of Los Angeles-based phenomenon Kristian Hoffman. The performer was the main songwriter for the CBGBs-era punk band the Mumps, wrote pop hits for esoteric ’80s act Klaus Nomi, has served as musical director for Rufus Wainwright and co-wrote and produced Ann Magnuson’s last album. Then there’s Hoffman’s last album, &, which found him collaborating with Wainwright, Lydia Lunch, Maria McKee, Paul Reubens and Van Dyke Parks. Hoffman’s resume gets even thicker this week with the release of Fop, where among other things he duets with Prince Poppycock of “America’s Got Talent” fame. “I wanted to make the biggest, most grandiose album I possibly could as an independent artist,” says Hoffman. “I see it as a combination of Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and the Moody


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What’s your fa– vorite place in Scotland? The east end of Glasgow – Dornoch Street – that is the street my grand– father lived on. Name your favorite Jenny Lewis song? I love the song “Acid Tongue.” I really like that one. What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to? I’ve been to a lot of great ones – Rage Against the Machine at the Palladium. It was like an angry Bob Marley, if he was super pissed and hadn’t smoked weed in seven years. What was your first concert? Peter Harvey and U2. That’s almost as good as Jenny’s first, which was the Cure and the Pixies. Last question, do you have a favorite L.A. spot? Venice Beach I’m Having Fun Now is currently available. Jenny and Johnny perform at the Palladium Oct. 3 and the Troubadour Oct. 5. For more information, visit

Campus Circle > Music > Music Report Blues’ Days of Future Passed. It’s sort of a gender-indeterminate fantastically appointed love letter to the apocalypse; candycolored lifestyle suggestions for the end of the world.” No word yet on Hoffman’s plans for a Fop tour.

Who are the Swedish House Mafia? I’m glad you asked. The Swedish House Mafia consists of Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello – three producers each with their own acclaimed independent record labels and world-renowned for their production prowess and roof-raising live shows. The superstar DJ collective recently had a big hit with “One (Your Name)” featuring Pharrell, and now they’re getting ready to release a compilation, Until One. The collection features a remake of MGMT’s “Kids” entitled “Kidsos,” a mashup of Coldplay’s “Clocks” called “Meich” as well as reworkings of Daft Punk’s “One More Time” and The Source’s “You Got the Love.” The 24-cut comp also serves as the soundtrack to Take One, an upcoming documentary that chronicles the Mafia over a two-year period. Until One drops on Oct. 26 via Astralwerks Records.

Free Good Fight Music Sampler Good Fight Music has just released a free sampler that’s available at, no strings attached. The nine-track freebie includes “Drive This Stake” by Cancer Bats, “Primal Detective” by the Contortionist and “When it Won’t Save You” by Conditions. Good Fight Music was formed earlier this year by music industry vets and former partners at Ferret Music Carl Severson and Paul Conroy, who between them have helped launch the careers of numerous hardcore and metal acts like Killswitch Engage, Every Time I Die and From Autumn to Ashes. The Good Fight sampler also includes one song each

Prepare for Cold Weather with Benny Marchant. from Rosaline and This or The Apocalypse and two songs each from Son of Aurelius and I Am Abomination. The free download is a limited time offer.

Fela Reissues Continue Knitting Factory Records has reissued another grouping of albums from the late Nigerian superstar Fela. Collectively entitled Zombie after one of Fela’s best-known songs, the batch contains 11 albums spanning the years 1976-1980. Besides the individual album also called Zombie, the flight of releases includes the albums Upside Down, Stalemate, Fear Not for Men, Opposite People, No Agreement and Music of Many Colours, Fela’s 1980 collaboration with American jazz man Roy Ayers. Fela left an imposing body of work; Knitting Factory has already re-released 13 CDs and 23 albums this year and has plans for another batch this winter. For a sample of Fela’s African funk music surf the ’Net for a free download of “Zombie;” Knitting Factory has made the song available to all and it is widely posted.

Join CAMPUS CIRCLE MUSICDVDREVIEWS The Airborne Toxic Event All I Ever Wanted (Island) Some would say that a band with only one album under its belt releasing a live DVD would be a bit presumptuous ... but most bands don’t work as hard as the Airborne Toxic Event. Following relentless touring be– hind their self-titled debut, the band set out on a short acoustic tour to give fans a taste of their versitality. All I Ever Wanted documents the band’s soldout homecoming show at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. If the DVD proves anything that the general rock consumer isn’t already aware of, it’s the band’s knack for writing solid songs that translate well in any form. The band runs through its short catalogue with the help of east Los Angeles children’s choirs, high school bands and folklorico dancers. The concert is elegantly intertwined with black-and-white filmed backstage rehearsals and candid band member dialogues. All I Ever Wanted tells a story of a band who have not abandoned their DIY work ethic, even when they’re selling out mid-sized venues with ease. Grade: A —Joshua Chilton All I Ever Wanted is currently available.

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“Dead Rising 2” follows Chuck Green as he leaves a bloody wake through Fortune City.

BACK-ToSCHOOL GAMING by scott bell Summer may be over, but this is good news for gamers. While the movie industry may release its big titles around the Fourth of July or Christmas, the height of the gaming season falls between September and November. This may not bode well for your first semester’s studies, but there’s a good chance that your game of the year will be coming in the next few months. This fall’s batch of new titles brings back some of the biggest names and introduces a few that look like they’ll become the next household gaming names. With so many great games coming out, it may be easy to miss some of the big ones. To help you prepare for an autumn of blockbusters, here’s a quick look at some of the big titles that will be coming out in the next few months.

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE “Dead Rising 2” (PS3/Xbox 360) The original game that made zombie killing fun (and incredibly strange) is back with a whole new cast, new challenges and new ways to get your main character into a dress. “Dead Rising 2” shifts the focus away from the first game’s overly self-proclaimed photographer and puts it onto


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The biggest draws of “Final Fantasy XIV” are the high-definition, real-time cutscenes.

a new adventure-seeker survivor Chuck Green as he leaves a bloody wake behind him as he travels through the gaudy gambling town of Fortune City. Along with the series’ trademark zany zombie-killing methods and unyielding clock that counts down to potential allies’ bloody ends, this new game adds some unique flair of its own. The biggest fun addition is the ability to craft custom weapons from other weapons, including adding two chainsaws to an oar for a two-sided staff of whirring zombie dismemberment. Players can also finally get a friend in online cooperative play where they can have a friend join or leave their adventure at any time, hopefully making the struggle a bit less fatal. In an interesting marketing move, while the game is moving from an Xbox 360 exclusive to a cross-platform title, the love still goes to the Xbox 360 fans with the release of the Xbox 360 Marketplace exclusive prequel “Dead Rising: Case Zero.” This title takes place three years before “Dead Rising 2” and follows Chuck as he discovers that his daughter has been infected but has not yet turned into a zombie. In addition to adding an extra personal touch, this prequel also lets players level Chuck up and carry the stats into “Dead Rising 2.” “Final Fantasy XIV” (PC) While the sting of “Final Fantasy XIII” is still a bit fresh for all of us, there is hope in the “Final Fantasy” world. That hope comes in the form of the second MMORPG in the franchise’s history (after “Final Fantasy XI”) – “Final Fantasy XIV.” As always, this game is a completely new story, offering us a fresh start from past heartbreaks but still keeping the chocobos and other aspects that we love. “Final Fantasy XIV” seems like its biggest draws are the high-definition, real-time cutscenes. We already know from the single player franchise how spectacular Square-Enix’s cutscenes can be, and if they can seamlessly tie into the storyline, they have a real chance of making this one of the most memorable MMORPGs on the market. Of course, if

the cutscenes turn out to be bland or generic, they will come off as a gimmick that will be unlikely to turn any heads. Either way, the graphics are as gorgeous and the music is as enveloping as you would expect from a “Final Fantasy” title. The other big selling point that the “Final Fantasy XIV” team hopes will make this the MMORPG to beat is a focus on creating a world where gamers can customize gameplay to fit their style. Solo, group and guild gaming have all been addressed independently so that no particular type of gamer should feel left out in the experience. Fans of customizing their characters with the coolest weapons and armor will love the Armoury System. “Final Fantasy XIV” for PS3 will be available in March 2011. “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock” (PS3/Xbox 360/Wii) What do you do when your biggest music gaming rivals are primed to put out a new title on Halloween that features an awesome new guitar, the addition of a keyboard and other game-changing innovations? If you are the makers of “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock,” you fight awesome with metal. Yes, this does include metal and other hard rock from Black Sabbath, Megadeth and Slipknot, but the game takes one major step that goes beyond metal into … dare I say it … METAL! In addition to a 90-song playlist, “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock” introduces the first real story mode in the accessorybased music gaming genre. The Story Mode is narrated by Kiss frontman Gene Simmons and follows the franchise’s trademark rockers as they are dragged into an alternate world where they must help the Demi-God of Rock defeat “The Beast” with the power of rock played by electronic instrument-simulating gaming accessories. I’ll give you a moment to take that in. “Warriors of Rock” doesn’t just let “Rock Band 3” get away with making a new accessory either. The new guitar that comes in the full bundle has been uniquely redesigned to fit the “Guitar Hero” experience. Beyond being shaped in the



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The battle against the Convenant continues in “Halo: Reach”

style of the game itself, the guitar is said to contain all of the electronics in the neck, giving players the ability to customize it to their heart’s content. As a special bonus for Wii players, the Roadie Battle from “Guitar Hero 5” is also back and expanded. DS owners can join the crew as roadies again, but now they are not limited to just the guitarists. Roadies can now fix the equipment for friendly drummers, bassists and vocalists or run across the stage to smash the opposing band’s equipment and try to give their band that extra push to win the battle of the bands. “Halo: Reach” (Xbox 360) Ah, “Halo.” What do you say about one of the most popular franchises of all time? Furthermore, what could you possibly say about a game that most of its devotees have already taken part in thanks to the free beta code that came with each copy of “Halo 3: O.D.S.T.”? Of course, fans of the franchise will have quite a bit to talk about – even if it’s mostly just trash talk – so let’s look at the new title that everyone will be talking about, “Halo: Reach.” In case anyone doesn’t know, “Halo” is the iconic Xbox 360 exclusive franchise that chronicles sci-fi super soldier Master Chief in his multi-title war against the alien race known as the Covenant. While Master Chief may have been replaced by a newcomer named Noble 6 in “Halo: Reach,” the war still rages on. Many of the additions from “O.D.S.T.” have been tweaked and brought back, giving players the ability to enhance their characters. Granted, “Reach” does remove the ability to dualwield, but fans can take heart, thanks to the addition of new abilities like the jetpack, which can alter combat to fit the situation or the player’s preference. Since the bread and butter of the “Halo” series has always been its multiplayer features, it is not surprising that “Reach” has expanded the experience with four new multiplayer modes. “Stockpile” presents a twist on classic flag play by having

In “Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days,” the spotlight is on the “self-medicated psychopath” Lynch.

players collect flags and hold them for points, while the more unorthodox “Headhunter” mode tasks players with collecting the skulls of fallen foes and trading them in for points. “Generator Defense” has one team trying to keep generators from being blown up, while “Invasion” has the attackers trying to steal cores and return them to a dropship. Needless to say, you’ll be fragging your friends for many a night. “Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days” (PS3/Xbox 360/PC) If any film buffs out there recognize the name of this title without having played the original, don’t be surprised. The Kane & Lynch movie has been filming and is set to release in 2011 with Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx as the criminal antihero pair. Here’s hoping that they can succeed where almost every other video game-based film has failed horribly. Of course, even if they do predictably end up in another stinker of a game film, the game itself was strong enough to bring the former death row duo back for a sequel. In “Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days,” the spotlight is shifted from ex-mercenary Kane to his “self-medicated psychopath” partner Lynch as they go for an amazing score. Unfortunately, it seems that the relationship between the insane and the unstable seems to be hitting a rough patch just as things start getting bloody, leaving the pair unsure of whom to trust. While Kane and Lynch may not be playing as nicely in this version, you get the ability to team up with another player in this title to work cooperatively through the story mode. In addition to the game’s intense third-person combat, the first game’s signature “Fragile Alliance” mode (which made online players choose whether they could trust their teammates not to betray them for cash) has been expanded to two new modes. “Cops and Robbers” mode acts as a one-sided Capture the Flag game type where half of the players are crooks looking to steal the loot and the other half are cops who need to keep the money in the city and out of the crooks’ hands. Mix this with some paranoia to get “Undercover Cop”

mode: a game type where the heist goes according to plan, but one player on the team at random is assigned to be a cop whose sole job is to make sure nobody makes it out alive with the money. “Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale” (PC) “Recettear” is a testament to the power of alternate game sources. If it weren’t for the Steam game distribution system, Americans would never see this beautifully-rendered mix of casual gaming and action-RPG. Fortunately, those of us who have Steam accounts are able to experience the lovingly translated version of this endearing niche game. The game follows Recette, a sweet anime girl who finds herself indebted on her lost father’s behalf to Tear, a strict fairy who was sent on behalf of a collections agency. To repay her father’s debt, Recette sets up an item shop in a town frequented by adventurers. With the rallying cry of “Capitalism, ho!” Recette learns the finer points of running a shop and haggling with customers in a fun commerce casual game. To get items for the shop, Recette can hire adventurers to delve into dungeons and kill monsters for loot. These action sequences are classic hack-and-slash dungeon crawling levels that are so fun and addictive, you might forget to open the shop. Whether you are selling or slashing, the game’s cute graphics and quirky humor spills into every aspect of the game, making this an easy title to love. “Mafia II” (PS3/Xbox 360/PC) “Mafia II” has had about three years since its announcement to grow into a big name title. While the original “Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven” may have gone under the radar, this sandbox action-adventure story of a Sicilian-American World War II vet who turns to a life of crime has been turning heads for years just based on its potential. Now, it seems like it is ready to hit the big time, and it is hitting it hard. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 >>>

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Commit some crimes and whack some wise guys in “Mafia 2.” <<< CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21 While Italian mob-based sandbox titles are hardly new, “Mafia II” seems like it is poised to be the most dramatic tale of gangland greed and revenge. While the original had a 400page script, this game is said to feature a 700-page script with over two hours’ worth of cutscenes. Whether this will make for a more immersive gameplay experience or a movie broken up by games (as so many RPGs and “Metal Gear” games have done in the past) is yet to be seen. Either way, it’s probably a safe bet that you are going to be able to commit some crimes, whack some wise guys and generally get all of the 1940s/1950s mayhem that we all crave from time to time. In one of the stranger marketing moves, the developers of “Mafia II” made a deal with Playboy Magazine to include vintage covers, centerfolds and virtual copies of period magazines. If these magazines are presented with any interactivity, they should offer the extra bonus of what we can only imagine are the most interesting 1950s articles that have ever graced a video game. “Metroid: Other M” (Wii) Mario aside, there is one unique team-up of gaming icons that is set to be the revamp of a Nintendo classic that fans have been salivating at for over a year now. Fans of Samus Aran, the sci-fi heroine of the NES classic “Metroid,” know her to be a fierce bounty hunter whose skills with her arm cannon are only matched by her beauty in a bikini. How fitting then that she should be reimagined by Team Ninja, the development team behind the sexy fighting franchise “Dead or Alive” (and the loosely volleyball-themed “Dead or Alive Extreme” series), in the new “Metroid: Other M.” This new take on the interstellar bounty hunting exploits of the femme fatale who can roll into a ball seems to be a


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“Metroid: Other M” brings back the sci-fi heroine Samus Aran.

beautiful marriage of classic and modern “Metroid” titles. The bulk of the game calls back to the NES and SNES titles, allowing players to run, jump and engage in various other intense platforming actions by holding the Wii remote like a NES controller. When the situation calls for it, the player can then shift their field of vision back into the visor by aiming the remote at the screen. There is even some bare-knuckles brawling thrown in that seems set to win the hearts of “Dead or Alive” fans. In addition to the intense action, the word is that this title will look at the woman beneath the armor – metaphorically, of course. The trailers already show the normally silent warrior finally breaking her silence as she approaches an enemy who touches her own secret past. If the game lives up to the hype, fans will have a whole new way to love this icon of powerful women in gaming. PlayStation Move Each of the three big names in gaming announced their next big thing, but Sony is set to be the first one out of the gate. While Xbox’s gamble on controller-less gaming with their Kinect camera launches closer to the holidays and Nintendo’s 3DS three-dimensional handheld is still way out there, PlayStation’s Move controllers are the first big innovation of the season. Oddly enough, this innovation of motion-based gaming is fairly similar to the one that PlayStation mocked when the Wii introduced it. To be fair, the PlayStation Move is not really “Wii HD” as so many have joked. While it does use a motion controller and a navigation controller that bear more than a passing resemblance to the Wii’s remote and nunchuk, the system actually uses a PlayStation Eye camera to track a colorchanging ball on the tip of the motion controller. This mix of motion tracking devices offers an innovative approach to adding more third-dimensional movement that may actually offer a more true-motion version of motion controls. The PlayStation Move controllers offer innovation at

a low introductory rate, but they get a bit pricey the more functionality you want. The controllers will not work without a PlayStation Eye, and some games may require two motion controllers to play. This could easily become a bit of a financial investment if you want to get the full experience as each motion controller is priced around $50. That said, the functionality combined with the PlayStation3’s already eyepopping visuals seem like they may be worth a look. While the lineup of titles slated for the PlayStation Move may not be as diverse as the Kinect’s launch titles, the games that are offered hit the key points of fighting and performing. There is even word going around that some notable game developers are reworking their existing titles to work with the PlayStation Move. “Professor Layton and the Unwound Future” (Nintendo DS) The professor and his sleuthing sidekick, Luke, have been the stars of a hard-to-classify franchise for a couple of games now. The “Professor Layton” games have a hand-drawn style and a general softness of storyline even when discussing death that seem to imply that it is a kid’s game. For anyone that has gone along for a ride with the detective duo and encountered some of their more devious puzzles, however, it is obvious that this is not just for kids. As the franchise has grown, its fans have seen a development in the characters that is so endearing that there is no real need to pick a classification. “Professor Layton and the Unwound Future” further evolves the storyline as our top hat-clad professor receives a letter from his young ward dated 10 years in the future. It seems that the London of the future is facing a dire threat and only the present professor and his junior sidekick can hope to avert this disaster. It is up to them – and you, the person holding the stylus that is needed to tap, slide and deduce your way through mind-bending puzzles – to put things right. What follows looks to be a glorious romp with time as the ultimate mystery. The game boasts even more hand-animated


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sequences. The more action-oriented puzzles from “Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box” seem to be back in force amongst the 165. Plus, new puzzles will be made available weekly. “Sid Meier’s Civilization V” (PC) Lovers of political maneuvering and military strategy, rejoice! The classic PC tale of time-displaced leaders using military, economic and diplomatic approaches to achieve the ultimate goal of global conquest has returned. The maps and graphics seem far improved, and the hexes have never been more ready to be traversed in the pursuit of conquest. And, like other tales of anachronisms running wild, this one has rejected the allure of consoles in favor of PC. The battle lines have been drawn between various nations – both current and historical – as you develop your civilization from the dawn of man into the future world. You can lead George Washington’s American troops against the Roman Empire under Augustus Caesar or make a pact between Hiawatha of the Iroquois and Suleiman of the Ottoman Empire. As with other entries in the series, the game allows you to develop new technologies and build relationships with other nations in your quest not just to subdue the world, but to truly rule it. One declaration that should put a smile on any fan of “Civilization IV”’s face is that the developers appear to be putting extra emphasis on community in “Civilization V.” Modding was so successful in the previous title that the developers are now creating a more modder-friendly experience for anyone who wants to customize their conquest experience. The game is also ready for multiplayer action both over the Internet and LAN.

OCT. 5 “Def Jam: Rapstar” (PS3/Xbox 360/Wii) Def Jam is already a notable name in the hip-hop community,

“Def Jam: Rapstar” allows your inner Lil Wayne to bust a rhyme.

but most gamers know them for intense rap-flavored gaming starting with “Def Jam: Vendetta” and moving on to the truly awesome “Def Jam: Fight For NY” fighting title. After the somewhat poorly-received “Def Jam: Icon,” the Def Jam name went relatively unspoken in the gaming world. That is, until now. As the name implies, “Def Jam: Rapstar” is all about turning players into rappers through the power of gaming. This title boasts its creds as the first music game devoted to hip-hop, and with over 40 songs from throughout hip-hop history, it seems like it might represent the musical style in a way that only Def Jam could. Artists range from 2Pac to Biggie with songs including “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” and “Gold Digger.” Unlike other music games, “Def Jam: Rapstar” seems like it is not going to put up with anyone who just hums their way through a song. The proprietary voice recognition software actually lets the game know when you are nailing the words and when you are faking it. On top of that, the game does offer modes where you can freestyle and take video of yourself with the Xbox Live Vision camera or the PlayStation Eye so that you can cut, edit and post your performances for the whole world to see. You can even battle against other rappers or team up for a duet.

OCT. 17 “Kirby’s Epic Yarn” (Wii) Mario may have found an interesting mix of RPG elements with hobby craft in “Paper Mario,” but Nintendo’s hungry little pink marshmallow seems to be going for the title of artsand-crafts master in the adorable new game, “Kirby’s Epic Yarn.” While Mario stopped at two dimensions, the pink marble with pudgy fists of fury and a vacuum leading into his stomach has taken the move into a one-dimensional form. Sort of. As the pun in the name implies, the characters in this

Kirby quest are all made out of yarn, and much of the world is made of felt and other scrapbooking memorabilia. When Kirby goes into buildings, we see the fabric warping around him as he slides through. If there is a loose thread lying around, Kirby can grab it to unravel the exterior of a building or warp space itself. Kirby can do all of this and make it look far more adorable than any other game character can. While his signature ability to swallow enemies and take on their powers seems to be missing, Kirby has plenty of cute tricks left. By dashing, going under water and other activities, Kirby can transform into anything from a car to a giant smashing Kirby-bot. Plus, a second player can join in as an equally yarny but somewhat less cute new character and play through the whole game cooperatively.

OCT. 19 “Fallout: New Vegas” (PS3/Xbox 360/PC) The glow of the neon lights of Las Vegas may be bright, but they don’t hold a candle to the nuclear glow of the “Fallout” universe. Fans of the franchise are well-acquainted with the postapocalyptic world of irradiated water, horribly mutated creatures, and kitschy 1950s-era advertisements. The world took a unique jump from top-down strategy to first-person shooter in 2008’s “Fallout 3,” and fans of this new take on the wastelands have more unique realms to explore in “Fallout: New Vegas”. This West Coast return to the world of vault-dwellers promises more than just another expansion pack to its already-popular predecessor. “New Vegas” promises some new companion-based innovations that seem to be harkening back to the more squad-based chapters in the saga. The game is also set to better integrate the choices that you make into the events of the game, hopefully giving an even more immersive role-playing experience.

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1888 Century Park E., Century City by ARIEL PAREDES When I say that I’m a salad enthusiast, that’s an understatement. So when I heard that a new Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop was opening, I jumped at the opportunity to check it out. Their newest eatery opened Aug. 23 in the hustle and bustle of Century City. When you want to break for something to eat and don’t have the leisure of taking a two-hour lunch, bleeding your wallet or blowing your week’s worth of calories in one meal, Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop is the place for you. An ecofriendly neighborhood concept spot that offers signature salads, sandwiches, pizzas, hot entrées and sides, the best part about Greenleaf is that you leave feeling good about what you just ate. Jonathan Rollo, Commander-in-Leaf (owner) and head Chef Kristi Ritchey opened up their first location in Beverly Hills about two years ago and realized that they had struck gold.

“I feel unbelievably fortunate that our first spot took off the way that it did and even better than we thought it would,” expresses Rollo. Originally Rollo wanted to do a fine-dining concept but after working in the business for a while, he wanted to take his idea in a new direction. “It’s not the way I eat or my friends eat all the time and I think it has to do with lifestyle. I like the idea of going to a place often and eating my way down the menu,” reflects Rollo. “Our whole spin on what we do is trying to find healthy solutions for really great food,” continues the Commander-inLeaf. “Kristy lost 110 pounds and her own story is so inspiring. She’s given this place her heart and soul.” Rollo and Ritchey realized that people were craving healthy options for food that wouldn’t break the bank and in an area that lacked healthy and creative selections. “People were walking to the mall and sick to death of it so this was great for us. It’s a nice compliment to have such enthusiasm,” beams Rollo. The foundation of their menu is their signature salads like traditional Cobb, Caesar or you can build your own with a list full of options. Ritchey adds, “This was the original menu, what we became known for, our gateway salads to bring people in, then we started to expand the menu and add new components.” A new addition to their menu is pizza. I was able to try the wild mushroom and truffle pizza. Sounds like it would be chock full of calories, but guess again! It’s a 10-inch whole wheat tortilla that’s simply 130 calories, and with all the components added it’s a whopping 300 calories, which you can’t beat. It starts out with a goat cheese spread, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, baby arugula, pecorino Romano, red pepper flakes for a kick and truffle oil for a little decadence.

“It took six months to come up with a flavorful pizza that was high in fiber, low carb and full of flavor,” Ritchey encouragingly states. Rollo adds, “It’s fun for us to approach it from a lifestyle and culinary point of view.” Overall, it’s a great local spot that leaves you open to going back again knowing that you can create something new each time. There are so many different options for your salad from the varieties of lettuce, the diverse toppings and many dressing options you can choose from to satisfy your savory and sweet senses. If you feel in the mood for something other than a salad, you can grab their turkey burger or pizza. “I would love to see eight to 10 of these places thriving throughout L.A., then total domination of the world!” Rollo enthuses. For more information, call (310) 246-0756 or visit



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When you live in the L.A. area, you expect a certain caliber of entertainment. With Universal Studios the bar is set so high, they’ve taken scary to a new hell. With blood flying and bodies crashing all around you, the outside world quickly vanishes and you’re actually running from Jason in the Friday the 13th maze. Each section of the maze has surprises up its sleeve: from big shocks that make you jump out of your shoes to subtle touches that keep the hairs on the back of your neck standing up all night long. They also have one for A Nightmare on Elm Street, Saw, House of 1000 Corpses (in 3D ZombieVision) and the remake of a classic, Vampyre: Castle of the Undead. The last one on the list isn’t some Twilight attempt at vampires. It takes you back to the Dark Ages when Vlad the Impaler was alive and you get to wander around an ancient manor and feel what it was like to live during the earliest known accounts of the vampire origin. Outside of the mazes, there are six Scare Zones where anything can happen. The park also has a new addition, the Terror Tram: Chucky’s Revenge, where dolls and zombies come at you from every angle while you try to ride the tram and wander the backlot. For killer savings exclusive to Campus Circle readers, visit Universal Studios Hollywood is located at 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. For more information, visit


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Joe Sib’s Tribute to Skaters and Punks by ebony March

Joe Sib is a voice that many fans have grown to love. As the frontman of the 1990s punk band Wax (think: Spike Jonze’s video with a man running while caught on fire), host of the syndicated radio program “Complete Control” and the co-owner of SideOneDummy records, Sib’s overwhelming passion for music continues to shape a generation. Now, punk rock’s true Renaissance man is at it again, bringing his knowledge and energy to the stage with his one-man show, “California Calling.” Sib recalls, with humor and heart, a day in December 1981 that changed his entire life. “Up until that day – about music – I only knew what was being played in my house. It was my parents’ music,” he relays. Sib’s mother and father, who were divorced, split their time with him as he was growing up. On this day, when Sib was merely 13, his dad took him to Winchester Skatepark. There, he was not only exposed to great music, but he finally discovered a culture to which he could truly connect. Sib’s show is a memoir of comedy, family and music that has even inspired audience members to share their tales of when music changed them or influenced a particular time in their lives. “There was this lady who came to one of the shows and as I was up on stage, she just starts yelling out things about the Ramones – you know, not in a mean way or heckling or anything. It was just that she was really into it and she just really wanted to talk about the music that she loved.” Joe Sib performs “California Calling” Oct. 5 at Hollywood Improv. For more information, visit

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J.U.I.C.E. Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Los Angeles; Watch Los Angeles’ top hip-hop dancerchoreographers and others bust moves with complex fancy footwork and gravity-defying flips. This innovative street dance festival, set to the beats of a live DJ complete with spoken word poetry and live graffiti art, is sure to please dancers and art aficionados alike. 8 p.m. Tix are $20, $12 for students.

WEDNESDAYSEPT. 29 Fun King Comedy Show The Joint, 8771 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles; Smooth out the humps of hump day by heading down to a local joint and having some laughs. Live comedy on every last Wednesday of every month. Featuring Patrick Keane, Quinn Dahle, Matt Dwyer, Dan Sachoff, Nick Thune and Eddie Pepitone. 9 p.m. $5.

THURSDAYSEPT. 30 Cinema al Fresco Americana at Brand, 889 Americana Way, Glendale; Check out a free screening of Ocean’s Twelve on the Green at Americana at Brand. Before the screening there will be live Italian music played by Frank Marocco and Joey Gian. Guests can pre-order and pick up a custom-made picnic basket from Deluca’s Italian Deli and enjoy beer and wine available for purchase on the Green.

FRIDAYOCT. 1 “The Big Show” bang., 457 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles; Come see two student groups, Huzzah! and Some Assembly Required, perform an improvised play, plus experience the bang. alumni improv jam. 8 p.m. $5.

SATURDAYOCT. 2 Megamind’s MegaMonth Kickoff Event L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles Calling all masked avengers! Help make heroic history and claim the Guinness World Records title for the Largest Gathering of Superheroes by joining caped crusader Will Ferrell in celebration of the release of Megamind. Arrive by 8 a.m. for signup and breakfast. FREE.

SATURDAYOCT. 2 The Great Shark Affaire Rainbow Lagoon Park, 400 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach; adoptashark. com Help conserve the ocean and protect its sharks by attending this fundraiser festival. Visit over 100 booths, exhibits and enjoy gourmet food, wine and beer while listening


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to live music by the Surf City AllStars. Also Sunday. Tix start at $15.

SATURDAYOCT. 2 The Second City Grand Reopening The Second City, 6560 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles; The Hollywood school of impro– visation, acting and sketch comedy is re-opening its doors and invites all to attend an open house featuring drop-in workshops, performances and lunch.

SUNDAYOCT. 3 dineLA Restaurant Week Various places in Los Angeles; RestaurantWeek Inviting all food lovers and L.A. explorers! This two-week dining event showcases Los Angeles as a premier dining destination and highlights the diversity of culinary experiences this city has to offer.

MONDAYOCT. 4 Karaoke Mondays L’Scorpion, 6679 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles; Whether it’s pitchy or vocally perfect, L’Scorpion sticks to their motto: “Sing a song and get a free drink.” Head on down and take hold of the mic and see if you’re able to belt out a-ha’s “Take On Me.” 10 p.m-2 a.m.

TUESDAYSEPT. 5 Taste Art Various locations; tasteart An inaugural series of innovative dining events that pair West Hollywood’s premier art galleries and restaurants for culturally enriching dinner experiences. “Art Tastings” will take place at participating restaurants each Tuesday evening during the month of October featuring diverse and inventive collaborations for every style, taste and budget.

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Let the Avett Brothers’ music make you feel stoked on life.

Jamie Lidell Sept. 30 @ Echoplex Even to seasoned and experienced listeners, indie and soul oftentimes seem like diametrically opposed styles of music. Going by the most basic of archetypes from each genre, one style leans toward being emotionally reserved and collected at all times, with the technicality and instrumentation being the top priorities. For the other, it’s all about putting oneself out there entirely and creating an emotional atmosphere via vocal vulnerability. For as seemingly contradictory to each other as both genres are, needless to say it would take a very special musician to try and bridge them together. Moreover, it would take a really special one to actually do it well. Jamie Lidell is one such musician. Taking the very best aspects from both sides, Lidell has a sound that is uniquely his own, with equally matched vocal and instrumental skill that puts most of his contemporaries to shame.

There for Tomorrow/the Graduate Sept. 30 @ Chain Reaction Oct. 1 @ Key Club Since we talked mostly about There for Tomorrow’s all-around awesomeness last week in the Fall Show Guide, we’re going to spend a little time expanding on why the Graduate needs to be on your radar now. It’s been three years since the Illinois natives put out their debut full-length, Anhedonia, and just as long since I last saw them actually play live. I had almost forgotten they were still around until I rediscovered my copies of said album by chance and quickly found myself reminded why I was so stoked on them to begin with. As if some kind of cosmic sign, days later the first updates of a new Graduate album release began to pop up. I half wondered if the coincidence was Twitter taking it upon itself to punk me. Needless to say though, they proved themselves to be worth the wait for a follow-up album. Their latest effort, Only Every Time, is yet another killer melodic rock album, mixing frontman Corey Warning’s infectiously catchy vocal style with his band mates’ intricately arranged instrumentations. While Warning will have you wanting to sing along to every word in his lyrics, the band never feels like the pandering, lowest common denominator music we’ve come to expect from bands in their genre. Just like their touring mates in There for Tomorrow, the fivesome are prime examples of mainstream-friendly rock music done right, as in, done without compromising artistic integrity. And just in case you need a quick reminder, the There for Tomorrow boys are the most legit musicians and people you might ever meet. Just in case you were still wondering what my stance on them is after the last two years.

The Sword Oct. 1 @ El Rey If there’s one thing I love in life … y’know, aside from foreign dance pop and girl-fronted emo, it’s good, old-fashioned Southern metal. Music you can still sing along to combined with brutal guitar shredding and general badassery, it’s … everything I could ask for in life. The Texas foursome are a perfect example of metal that doesn’t buy into current MTV trends dictating what they think metal should be. No clichéd fashion statements involving neon-coated merchandise, no trite lyrics about partying excessively, they’ve instead put out a new album that’s entirely thrash-worthy while still feeling appropriate for adults who like their music a little grittier.

The Avett Brothers Oct. 1 @ Nokia Theatre Keeping with the Southern-fried theme, though turning the concussiveness down ever so slightly, the Avett Brothers brand of indie-folk will make you feel a little more stoked on life, no matter what you’ve got going in. Or they might turn you into a sobbing mess. It’s … a bit of a crapshoot, depending on what song you happen to be listening to at any given moment. Either way, the Avetts are really, really good at evoking those emotions, regardless of which end of the spectrum they’re pulling you toward.

Join CAMPUS CIRCLE PAGES The Party Bible (Adams) The Party Bible is a brainstorming session between two retired frat guys on all the parties they would have like to throw given the money, the space and perfectly like-minded group of friends. Given that Connor Pritchard and Dominic Russo, the authors, are also founders of the Fifth Year Brand, it makes sense. Most of the suggestions range from the impractical (“Beach Bunker Bonanza”) to the non-PC (“Crips and Bloods Party”) to the plain old stupid – personally, I would sprint out of a party where people smelled like B.O. just to fit in with the theme of “awkward.” That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth looking through. The Party Bible is for the reformed frat boy, the guy who realizes that making girls uncomfortable with their drunken and aggressive flirting is very pre-Gloria Steinem. And not all of the ideas, or even most of them, are that bad. I would definitely go to a “Gordon Gecko Dinner Party,” and in the end, getting people to show up to your party is the goal of the book. Grade: C+ —Arit John The Party Bible is currently available.

The Dorm Room Diet (Newmarket) Staying healthy and eating right can sometimes be a struggle, especially when walking by the on-campus restaurants where the atmosphere is stained with the scent of succulent orange chicken and cheesy pizza. If you live in the dorms, your chances of becoming part of that “Freshman 15” list are greater, but there’s no need to start freaking out. Author Daphne Oz comes to the rescue with The Dorm Room Diet: The 10-Step Program for Creating a Healthy Lifestyle Plan That Really Works. The book parrots the typical lines like “eat your vegetables, eat your fruits” and “create an exercise plan,” but Oz takes it a step further. In one chapter, you’ll learn about the right fruits and veggies to grub on in order to be strong, the moving exercises that you need to be energetic and less stressed out and she even adds tasty recipes that’ll leave your stomach full without having to unbutton your pants. Grade: A —Christine Hernandez The Dorm Room Diet is currently available.

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