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by denise guerra With midterms coming up and the drama un– folding with your friends on Facebook, I’m not sure if you noticed the politicos from Washington to Sacramento going stark mad to get your attention. Yes, the young voters who helped Obama get into office are also the political machines the Democrats and Republicans are hoping to tap into to get control of the House and Senate this fall. It’s an all-out media war, and if you haven’t heard the names Meg Whitman, Harry Brown and a Tea Party having nothing to do with tea or the British, then you need to leave the world of Snooki’s poof and get with the program. Even my YouTube time has been cut short with an annoying political ad of Uncle Sam digging a hole (to presumably plant potatoes for this recession), as an ominous voice gives us the heads up that our national debt is rising. As much as I’m peeved that there’s now advertising on YouTube, this ad is pulling some strings for any of us who pay our own tuition, during or after school has ended. In the last three years alone, I’ve seen the Los Angeles sales tax raise from 8.25 to 9.75 percent, and UC tuition go up a whopping 32 percent. Though the Nov. 2 midterm election may not have all the glitz and glamour of a will.i.am theme song, this election has the closest impact to us because it specifically relates to the local and state levels. Politicians have witnessed the power of our demographic in the 2008 election, and they want to utilize it again through viral marketing, Facebook ads and radio spots. Historically, grassroots political revolutions have started on college campuses, including affirmative action, the DREAM Act, rallies against wars such as

Campus Circle > Blogs > D-Day Vietnam and our most recent endeavors in Iraq and Afghanistan. Last year students and police engaged in standoffs against a 32 percent fee increase that, surprise, was the result of the state’s budget deficit. Especially in California, not voting could possibly mean a council member lavishing in more than $800,000 in annual pay (I sneer at you, city of Bell council members.) while you get paid minimum wage at the campus bookstore. Being involved in politics on campus is eerily similar to the real world, like a tiny microcosm of our own legislative system. You can run for student government where roughly 60 percent of the student body won’t give a damn, but the other 40 percent has a stake in your candidacy because those in student government affect where the money goes too. For the candidates running for governor – Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown – each actually has a plan to fix education in California, and community colleges and UCs are taking priority in their campaigns. If you’re not at those schools, they are also talking about increasing education grants and a plan to reform K-12 education for your siblings. It’s important to take time to read what they have to say and vote on the candidate you feel will help California the most. Voting really is the simplest act you can do, but if politics floats your boat, organizations like Lobby Corps actually participate in the process by going to Sacramento to lobby state legislatures on issues facing students, providing you with real-world political organizing experience and the chance to network with politicians (Hello, internships!). And if you’re a real die-hard for your political party, then this is your chance to get students to register for your cause. From what I’ve seen these past years since the Obama election, national media and political organizations are reaching out to your local campus’ Republican, Democratic or Independent party to vie for the student vote. Nov. 2 is the date, and real change starts by being involved in the process. Sometimes, taking a lower division Poli Sci class isn’t enough. In this recession, especially in the realm of public education, we can’t afford to miss this election.

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Directed by William H. Arntz (What The BLEEP Do We Know!?) and based on the book by E. Raymond Brown, GhettoPhysics: Will The Real Pimps and Ho’s Please Stand Up! features interviews with Dr. Cornel West, Ice-T, KRS-One, Too Short, John Perkins, Norman Lear and other notables. Prepare to enter the world of the Pimp and Ho. What inspired you to make the film? E. Raymond Brown: It really seemed like an idea whose time had come. Like if between now and the time I expire, if I have the opportunity to tell it like it is, at least from what I see occurring through years of experience and study, I would tell this story. It’s about how the Pimp/Ho relationship has premier social prominence in the modern world. Especially at this point in our evolution, where we are going into an ever more elaborate and intricate phase of globalization. We are seeing the development of both overt and covert power dynamics at so many levels all over the planet. I feel strongly compelled to articulate this present situation because of its inescapable effect on me and others around me. William H. Arntz: Following the success of What the BLEEP, I thought I was done with films. But after a bit, the thought

Campus Circle > Film > Interviews occurred if I could make something that would help people I’m willing to do it, but the Universe had better send it my way. It wasn’t coming from me. I told the Universe to “make me an offer I can’t refuse.” Then E. Ray showed up with his pilot, and I could not refuse. The ideas, the humor, the troublemaker aspects were just too good to pass up. I saw ways that my filmmaking experience, my sojourn through the worlds of money and power (having sold two software companies), and my years of spiritual inquiry could augment the stroke of superb creation that E. Ray had started. What was the most outrageous moment you encountered during this experience? Arntz: The most outrageous was during our test screening in L.A. The pimps that we had interviewed in the film came down from Oakland for it. I had never met them. In fact, had never even talked to a real street pimp. I saw them sitting over at a table by the limo and recognized them. I edited the film, and I always feel like I know someone after staring at them for two years. So I got all excited and just ran over and introduced myself and thanked them for being in the film and said they were such a great addition. At first they looked at me like, “Who’s this guy!?” but I think my enthusiasm was such that we were quickly friends. Talk about some of your favorite characters/people/celebs. Arntz: I had never heard of KRS-One before doing the movie. The quality and depth of his interview was really impressive. Whenever we needed something I always went to the KRS transcript first.

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Oct. 24 @ The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre by candice winters There is an irony that underplays the film culture. In fact, it could be applied to nearly every aspect of life, which is incredibly broad and far-reaching and vague. But that is the absurdist’s goal: to blur lines so that nothing in life is simply black and white. What is absurdism? Other than being one of the coolest theories ever, absurdism points out the conflict between our need to find a meaning in life and our simultaneous inability to find any. Absurdists do not believe things are logically impossible, just humanly impossible. Life’s absurdities arise from the conflicts between these contradictory beliefs, entities or thoughts. It’s an exhausting cycle that is also profoundly intellectual and that has claimed eternally captive many of our brightest thinkers. What has typically brought about understanding in

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Directors E. Raymond Brown and William H. Arntz confer on the set of GhettoPhysics. Did you learn anything that you didn’t expect to learn from making this film? Arntz: I learned in a more direct, immediate way that we’re really all the same. We are 99.9 percent the same – so why is there all this strife about differences? Doesn’t make sense. What’s your favorite quote you heard during filming? Arntz: From Lo Da Sho – “Let’s unite, let’s don’t fight and let’s get the money right.” He solves the world’s problems in 11 words and three rhymes!

GhettoPhysics releases in select theaters Oct. 22.

Campus Circle > Film > Projections audiences in the past are the works of satire or dark comedy, a form that is both joking and completely serious. Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film A Clockwork Orange questioned British society and its hypocritical views of morality. That piece by the master of creating multilayered films may not have fit with this festival, but the sentiment is similar with both. The First Annual International ShitMovie Film Festival is coming to our city where there are inevitably closeted absurdists. Coming from a self-proclaimed absurdist, how else are we supposed to survive in this ironically shallow and complex city? The showcase features over 15 absurd comedy shorts from both unknown and established filmmakers. The red carpet rolls out at the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre on Oct. 24 to honor the participants who have been nominated in nine categories, including some common award categories like Best Director and Best Actor as well as some new ones like Most Original Movie, the Turtlehead Award and the ShitMovie Appreciation Award. Created by filmmakers and brothers Lon and Tom Strickland, the ISMFF first came to fruition in 2003 when the Strickland brothers began their Web site to host original online comedy sketches that traveled the gamut with content ranging from film spoofs to absurd shorts that attempted to far surpass their monetary constraints. ShitMovies.net gained true popularity when it was featured on an episode of Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0.” The festival was a natural progression that is greatly appreciated by the community of people who watch independent films because we like the content and characters and style of these films more than Hollywood blockbusters and not because we like being plaid-wearing “indie” people. Lon Strickland says that the festival is a “spoof of the

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Festival Director Lon Strickland (right) and co-host Kevin Zeef (left) set sail in search of a film festival. moviegoing experience” and “about bringing a fun dose of humility to Hollywood.” It’s about time. In order to get the most out of the show, he recommends you arrive at 2 p.m. to appreciate the presentation of the program: Fake ads, movie facts and trivia as well as trailers proceed the feature presentation. The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre is located at 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, visit shitmovies. net.


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BO BURNHAM Songs Words Words by kate bryan Surf over to YouTube and you can see daily journal-type videos by a young family, nerd brothers corresponding with each other or entertainment news told with high-energy flair. These are all the result of the work of YouTube content producers who get paid for the number of hits on their videos, which can range from half a million to a million viewers each time they upload. Back in 2006, however, when YouTube was only – get this – a year old, users uploaded videos to YouTube just for the hell of it. One such person was 16-year-old Bo Burnham, who taped himself singing comedy songs at a piano in his bedroom next to his unmade bed. “I didn’t even know it had the potential to get attention,” says Burnham of YouTube at the time. Unlike many others who have kept their sights on YouTube, Burnham, now 20, has parlayed his innovative videomaking into a successful comedy career. He released his second CD, Words Words Words, this week and is embarking on a nationwide tour. He also lays claim to being the youngest comedian to perform a “Comedy Central Presents” special, which he taped in 2008. But Burnham hopes his age won’t be a marketing factor anymore with his new material, which he did not “write like a 16-year-old.” That’s one of the challenges the comedian has had to face: getting the public to see past the fact that he was born in 1990. It doesn’t help that he sports

a grown-out Justin Bieber haircut. But hey, it works for the comedy. The subjects of Burnham’s early videos were about what you’d expect from a gawky 16-year-old boy: understanding girls and math and science puns. In these clips, Burnham comes off as that weird funny kid in high school that got all the parts in the school comedies and musicals. You know, if they could sing. Which Burnham can thankfully do fairly well or his songs would be a lot less enjoyable. With his second disc, Burnham is attempting to up his comedy game by taking on broader topics and an attitude that has evolved past the “I don’t get girls” phase. “When you start with a vague idea, you can get a lot more jokes out of it,” he says. For example, the title track from his new disc sounds like it started from basically what the title implies: words. From that, he references everything from Shakespeare to Helga Pataki from the Nickelodeon show “Hey Arnold!” And that’s one of the cool things about a comedian from the young 20-something set: Our childhood pop culture moments are thrown in with casual abandon. Other musical comedians like Stephen Lynch or even Demetri Martin aren’t as relatable to the college set because they don’t have the same point of reference pop-culturally speaking. It’s a delight to hear the pop culture references to which we early-20-somethings can take ownership. Burnham is in a unique place – he is still early into his career, but he’s playing to houses packed with his fans. The more common pattern is for young comedians to play to clubs with random audience members, and the response can be really hit-or-miss. However, Burnham doesn’t have to worry about censoring himself for any particular audience. He mainly is concerned with what songs are funny and the

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Bo Burnham’s Words Words Words hits stores this week. only reason he won’t play any particular song is if he “isn’t rocking the show.” Burnham seems concerned with not being one-note: He is not only branching out in terms of topics, he is also adding more standard stand-up segments to his shows. “No one wants to watch a kid do 30 songs,” he explains. Burnham also wants to make his shows more like performance art. He enthuses about a comedy festival he attended in Edinburgh, Scotland, this summer where the routines were more like Broadway numbers. The theatricality of the fest inspired him to aim for something similar in his shows, creating something that’s more akin to a piece of theater rather than the run-of-the-mill stand-up show. Even though he’s accomplished a lot already at 20, Burnham is aiming for something that you wouldn’t have expected from the kid who didn’t bother to make his bed before turning on the camcorder: comedic art. How funny! Words Words Words is currently available. Bo Burnham performs Nov. 13 at the Music Box. For more information, visit boburnham.com.

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Now-Nov. 14 @ Rogue Machine Theatre The entire performance of “Yard Sale Signs” takes place in a women’s communal dressing room at a Ross-type discount store for designer clothing. The show is comprised of a petite cast of five women and one homosexual male whom the ladies graciously allow into the dressing room to help a friend Jennifer Taub and Inger Tudor go shopping. decide on what to purchase. The Focused Woman (Inger Tudor) shops for business attire as she heads out for interviews after a hiatus to take care of her sick mother. She brings along the Scattered Woman (Jennifer Taub) so she can chaperone and simultaneously pay her bills while shopping (not a bad trick and a unique touch). The story becomes more interesting with the arrival of an awkward teenager and her allegedly evil stepmother. And to really get the show going, a married woman accompanied by her gay friend offer a lot of laughs as she gradually falls apart during the show. Thanks to L.A. designer Eva Franco, the delightful costumes contribute much to the spectacle of it all. Low-budget theater or not, this play could not work if not for the fashionable clothing. Franco’s designs are actually on sale directly following the performance, and proceeds benefit the theater. Many of the scenes include lines like, “Wow, I can’t believe something that cute is in this store.” Naturally if the clothes aren’t at least passable for cute, this dialogue just wouldn’t work. Albeit a seemingly stagnant setting, the play remains surprisingly active. Between women trying on outfit after outfit, a lot of action comes out of the dressing room. As for the yard sale signs, you’ll have to wait to find out their significance at the Rogue Machine Theatre. —Stephanie Forshee Rogue Machine Theatre is located at 5041 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit roguemachinetheatre.com.

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(IFC) There was a time when global terror wasn’t the domain of pawns and peasants motivated by hysterical ideology and fundamentalist politics. There was a time when terror was the undertaking of a global network of soldiers united by a cause that had its origins in MarxistLeninist thought. Worldwide revolution Édgar Ramírez as Carlos the Jackal was the common goal, and left-wing politics were its guidelines. Terrorist leaders were educated, handsome and sophisticated. Carlos tells this story. The Carlos in question is Carlos the Jackal, nom de guerre for Ilich Ramírez Sánchez. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Sanchez was exposed to socialist thought through his parents, primarily his father who was a Leninist lawyer. After pursuing an education that took him around the world, he devoted himself to violent struggle in the name of La Causa. Carlos picks up with the assassination of Mohamed Boudia, a leader for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) by the Mossad, an Israeli secret service agency. The act generates an opportunity for Carlos and precipitates a 20-year odyssey that has Carlos and his crew hijacking, terrorizing, screwing and killing. Édgar Ramírez gives vigorous life to Carlos. The movie demonstrates his complexity well but glosses over his development and his back story. The trouble with any movie based on historical record is that if you know anything about the subject you know how it’s going to end. The difficulty lies in taking familiar information and telling it in an engaging way. It demands style and imagination. Olivier Assayas does an admirable job telling this story, but the movie plods a bit in areas, particularly the second act. The energy and the action of the film are its strong points. In particular, the storming of the OPEC conference and the ensuing blood bath and glimpse into the difficulty of executing even the most precisely planned attack is a top-drawer example of filmmaking. Grade: B+ —Christian Goss Carlos releases in select theaters Oct. 22.

My Dog Tulip (New Yorker) My Dog Tulip is an animated film by Paul and Sandra Fierlinger, based on the memoir of the same name by J. R. Ackerley. It chronicles the 14-year long relationship of the author and his Alsatian (also known as German shepherd) bitch, a story that deals in the trials and tribulations of unconditional love. Though it is an animated affair, My Dog Tulip is aimed squarely at adults but should be enjoyed by anyone that thinks of his or herself as a dog lover. As wonderful as the film is to look at, it is also wonderful to listen to. The lead voice work is supplied by a trio of exceptional talent: Christopher Plummer lends his distinctive vocals to the character of J.R. Ackerley, Lynn Redgrave (to whom the film is dedicated) voices Ackerley’s sister and Isabella Rossellini plays the part of a trusted veterinarian. The film is obviously a labor of love for the filmmakers, and the script is an imaginative, thoughtful adaptation of the source material. Ackerley’s book is full of bemused insight and introspection. This is life and love observed by someone who has lived a long life as opposed to the self-indulgent nostalgia that poses as Oscar bait this time of year. Grade: A —Nick Day My Dog Tulip releases in select theaters Oct. 22.

Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives (Breaking Glass) Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives is a low-budget exploitation film. The narrative is slim: People are violated, and then said people seek revenge. Credits roll. The end. Don’t get me wrong; I like and appreciate trash cinema. I adore Pink Flamingos. I own Thriller: A Cruel Picture. Hell, I’ve even sat through Chai Lai Angels: Dangerous Flowers. The production values are passable, and probably self-consciously lowered so as to “pay homage” to the exploitation films of yesteryear, and there is also more than one occasion where director Israel Luna employs a “missing reel” gag. It’s as if Luna understands that there are particular signifiers that identify a film as being of grindhouse quality, but he doesn’t really know how to make a true grindhouse film. When compared to, say, Thriller: A Cruel Picture or I Spit on Your Grave, Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives comes across as a rather tepid affair. What Luna does accomplish is almost as appalling as Divine’s excrement-covered grin at the end of Pink Flamingos: He makes his ticked-off trannies boring. It’s all a shame, because Luna has assembled a rather stellar cast of ladies. The film’s best scenes are early on, when the girls are all together, riffing on one another and seeming to have a genuinely good time while sharing the screen with one another. Grade: D —Nick Day Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives releases in select theaters Oct. 22.

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by mike sebastian The Horror! The Horror!

Two horror classics come to Blu-ray just in time for Halloween. The projectile vomit just got slimier with the hi-def release of The Exorcist. Included are the Extended Director’s Cut and the original version, a new three-part making-of documentary and commentary by director William Friedkin. Then check out the new and improved Hitchcock classic Psycho: 50th Anniversary Edition. Included are a making-of documentary and In The Master’s Shadow on Hitch’s legacy, plus excerpts from the famous Hitchcock/Truffaut interviews and Saul Bass’ storyboards for the iconographic shower scene. The Psycho Legacy explores the indelible mark left by Hitchcock’s watershed horror film, which spawned three sequels and a remake. Norman Bates and Tony Perkins, director of the third installment, are interviewed. The Frog brothers are back! Corey Feldman returns in Lost Boys: The Thirst, the third installment of the action-packed vampire-hunting series. Shannon Elizabeth and Edward Furlong star in the remake of Night of the Demons. Also available: Mirrors 2 with Nick Stahl

Stranger Than Fiction: Two amazing Disney nature documentaries come to Bluray and DVD, Oceans and The Crimson Wing. Narrated by Pierce Brosnan, Oceans takes you deep under the world’s oceans to swim alongside great whites, migrating whales and other amazing aquatic life. The Crimson Wing takes you to Tanzania, where a million flamingos arrive to hatch chicks and begin the struggle to survive. While acting in films like An American in Paris and Spartacus, Academy Award nominee Nina Foch also taught at USC, one of the premier film schools in the country. Foch shares the invaluable insight she gained from decades of work under directors like Otto Preminger and Cecil B. DeMille in The Nina Foch Course for Filmmakers and Actors. Great Expectations takes the viewer through the history of innovative, futuristic and visionary architecture. Also included on the DVD is Kochuu, a look at modern Japanese architecture. A symphony orchestra brings to life the greatest video game music from Mario to Zelda in Video Games Live: Level 2. Also available: Forbidden Lie$ Under the Radar: Rising star Rebecca Hall leads a great cast in writer/director Nicole Holofcener’s latest, Please Give. Holofcener is a kind of female Woody Allen, examining the hang-ups of modern life with wit. Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt and Amanda Peet co-star. Belgium’s official submission to the Oscars, The Misfortunates is a darkly hilarious coming-of-age story about a teenage boy who grows up surrounded by a family slovenly drunks. Andie MacDowell and Cary Elwes star in the psychological thriller As Good As Dead. Elwes is an investigative reporter taken prisoner by a group of assailants who hold him responsible for a death in the past. Frank Whaley co-stars. Tim Allen, Elisha Cuthbert and Jenna Elfman star in the comedy The Six Wives of Henry Lefay. Also available: two cult favorites of erotica, Score by Radley Metzger and Private by Tinto Brass, gross-out comedy All American Orgy, Shoot the Hero with Jason Mewes (Clerks)

The Idiotbox: The snarky Joel McHale made the leap from “The Soup” to sitcomland with the hit Community: The Complete First Season. McHale is a disbarred lawyer who goes back to community college and joins a study group full of eccentrics, including Chevy Chase. The hilarious Ken Jeong is Spanish teacher Señor Chang. Premiering in 1976, The Bionic Woman: The Complete Season One spun off from the hit original. Going undercover as a schoolteacher, Jaime Sommers is secretly a genetically engineered human weapon! This beloved series stars Lindsay Wagner with guest stars Tippi Hedren, Andy Griffith and more. Also included are five “Six Million Dollar Man” crossover episodes. Robert Carlyle stars in the “Stargate” spin-off SGU: The Complete First Season. Carlyle leads a crew stranded on a ship programmed to explore the furthest reaches of space. Also available: Trailer Park Boys: The Complete First Season


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Not Just Lucky Musicians With Funny Nicknames by jewel delegall If you’re one of those music hipsters who knows ALL that’s new, hot and about to break, then you’re familiar with Miss Muffet (Amie Miriello), Sven (Brandon Rogers), Raisin Higgins (Jay Dmuchowski), Victory at Sea (Adam Hanson) and Bana Banana (Bana Haffar). If not, please meet So & So, the next hot group of talented musicians out of Los Angeles. No, they’re not a bunch of inexperienced musicians who happened to get lucky and like funny nicknames but a collective group of artists who decided to pull their assets together and create a sound and experience that would take their fans and themselves on a new adventure. Spearheaded by Miriello (lead vocals), So & So came together when she decided to revamp her music career after severing ties with Jive Records. “I’m getting older and caring less what people think of me. Throughout my career there were always label people telling me what they thought was best, and I wasn’t confident enough to disagree. Now I’m indie and I’m an old bitch! This is the real me – now,” says Miriello. Miriello and Dmuchowski (guitar) met when they were teenagers in Connecticut and have been inseparable ever since. She explains, “Jay is my best friend, even more like my brother, and he’s beyond talented. I always come back to Jay. We have a chemistry you don’t find in any of these contrived writers’ rooms.” Then they met Rob “Turtle” Wells – who produced and wrote the original songs with Miriello and Dmuchowski – on Miriello’s solo project. He’s currently not performing with the band but remains part of the So & So family. Soon after, Rogers (vocals, keyboards) joined the clan. He adds, “Amie and I met a couple years ago after her show at the Roxy. My band started opening up for hers at Molly Malone’s. That’s when we started occasionally singing together, and we realized that our voices did something special. When she asked me to be in the band, I was already so impressed with her as an artist that I felt like it could be a great fit for me. I’m not really a group person, but this just felt right.” Hanson (drums) joined the band and then later Haffar (bass). The two of them bring a strong rhythmic sensibility to the live performances even though they tend to have a demure presence on stage. They charge the show with a lot of energy and passion. Hanson is a Berklee College of Music alumni and Haffar has studied music abroad as well as performed extensively. Hollywood is a place where best friends who move into town together quickly become enemies when opportunity knocks. Not true with So & So; they seem to not only be friends but also fans of one another. Dmuchowski explains, “Amie is the ultimate sex symbol without even trying. Then Brandon, well, you don’t become an ‘American Idol’ finalist if you’re not a born star. Adam is a former Abercrombie model, and the most kickass drummer I know. Then there’s Bana, who is an early 20s knockout, and she is one of the most well known bassists in L.A.” The most important factor of course is the music. “The younger fans will love it because the subject matter we tackle is all the stuff you go through in college. Finding your place, falling in love, getting too high at a party, etc. The older fans will dig us because on a musical level, the songwriting is strong, the concepts are well realized and the musicality is there,” Rogers explains. So & So have an understanding about themselves that’s confident but not pretentious. They just seem to know where they’re going without trying too hard. You get the real gist of who they are as a band when you see them live. Strong vocals, soulful melodies, serious undertones and thoughtful lyrics drive their shows and make the audience want to join in and come back for more. Categorized as indie rock/pop/folk/soul, Dmuchowski concludes, “The music is good to listen to. I know it sounds overly simplistic, but it’s true. In entertainment, you can’t fall into the trap of pleasing yourself all the time. We want to make music that we love or else we wouldn’t have fun playing it, that’s obvious. But it’s for people, a lot of people.” For more information, visit myspace.com/whoissoandso.

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LIVESHOWREVIEWS Angus & Julia Stone Oct. 5 @ The El Rey More eye-catching than a crystal, with a gentle sound as precious as a gem, the brother and sister folk duo Angus & Julia Stone started off with “Santa Monica Dream,” a song off of their sophomore album, Down the Way. They had glass white lights hanging overhead, adding to the romantic ambiance of their sound. Both Angus and Julia awed the crowd with their ability to play multiple instruments. They strummed their guitars, played the banjo, blended their notes with the harmonica, caused vibrant sounds with the trumpet and sang their hearts out. The tranquil hippie duo sang deep lyrics that brought a pleasurable nuance of energy and bittersweet harmony to the crowd, leaving them yearning for more. —Amanda D’Egidio

The Futureheads/Young the Giant Oct. 6 @ The Troubadour It’s not very often you see five guys on a small stage, still jumping around smiling and having fun while making beautiful music. Young the Giant takes you to that place with their quirky mannerisms and ethereal sounds. Lead singer Sameer Gadhia’s voice is melodically sweet and versatile in the way he alternates between two microphones to create two distinct harmonies. Couple Gadhia’s voice with unique instrumentation and you have a variety of blithe tones and mesmerizing ballads such as “I Got,” which starts off with a ukulele-sounding guitar and military drumbeat and flows into a soft doo-wop style. Everything was very precise with the Futureheads, from the way they played each song with unison to their prim and proper British appearance. This band, hailing from the UK, is the reincarnation of a neo-punk era, taking pieces from

Campus Circle > Music > Live Show Reviews the Ramones’ “Hey Oh! Let’s Go!” with a quick and loud bass drum and sticking straight to raw guitar riffs. Their preciseness also made their set a bit monotonous toward the end, since the beat was always kept at the same fast-paced tempo and the guitar never straying from the same chords. Despite this, the Futureheads pay a proper tribute to the punk genre, taking out any type of fluff and creating songs that can easily become mainstream popular for any British or American muggle. —Denise Guerra

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Arcade Fire Oct. 8 @ The Shrine Going to an Arcade Fire show is the closest I come to attending mass. The Canadian group of musicians just don’t put on a concert, they give you an experience that is akin to a spiritual revival, complete with a charismatic preacher (Win Butler, vocals/guitar), his equally enthralling wife (Régine Chassagne, multi-instrumentalist and ribbon dancer extraordinaire), a choir of musical angels on xylophone, accordion, French horn, bass, violin, etc. and elaborate anthems (“Wake Up,” “Rebellion (Lies)”) that whip the entire congregation into a frenzy of clapping hands, stomping feet and boisterous sing-alongs. From the get-go, the band had the audience on its feet and dancing to “Ready to Start” and “Keep the Car Running” before breaking out a slew of tunes from their latest album, The Suburbs, including the majestic “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains),” “Modern Man” and “We Used to Wait.” Favorites like “Haiti,” “Neighborhood #2 (Power Out),” “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)” and the thoroughly churchlike organ swells of “Intervention” seduced both old fans and new. —Yuri Shimoda

Angus & Julia Stone brought bittersweet harmony to the El Rey.

Klaxons Oct. 9 @ The Troubadour Songs like “Gravity’s Rainbow,” “It’s Not Over Yet,” “Magick” and “Golden Skans” coursed through the air, causing fits of excitement in faithful fans and making believers out of the newbies. The infectious melodies resonating from the allstar Klaxons lineup made it hard to sit, stand or even lean without a supernatural feeling overtaking you. The Klaxons also played some fresh tracks like “Echoes” from their recently released album, Surfing the Void, causing these sensational sounds to overtake the throngs of people who were throwing caution to the wind and creating their own dance expression, which in turn fueled the band. It was a night to remember, and the next time the Klaxons cross the pond to grace our American senses with their innovative brand of rock, be sure to get your tickets! —Danielle Lee

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Oct. 23 @ Royce Hall by angela matano

One of those great, only-in-Los Angeles events, Helios Dance Theater presents “Beautiful Monsters.” Campus Circle speaks with Laura Gorenstein Miller, the troupe’s founder, choreographer and creative director, about the performance. Tell me a little about Helios. I’ve danced my whole life. When I got to CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) I focused on choreography. It’s the main way I express myself. After college I formed Helios. So you are actually using your college major? I am proud to say I am. Hopefully, you’re in a major you truly love because that’s the key to success and being happy. What is your inspiration for this piece? I have had a lifelong fascination for vampires. I am also interested in vampire wings. I am experimenting in using the body in unusual ways to portray wings. There are a lot of aspects that interest me from a choreographic point of view, for example, what happens to the body after you are bitten. Why is dance important now? I think the arts are how we express our humanity … the joy of being human. Royce Hall is located at 245 Charles E. Young Drive. E., UCLA, Los Angeles. For more information, visit uclalive.org.

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Join CAMPUS CIRCLE www.campuscircle.com CDREVIEWS Donavon Frankenreiter Glow (Liquid Tambourine) It’s been long enough now that Donavon Frankenreiter no longer need be referred to as the surfer who also sings. Essentially a folk singer in the beginning, Frankenreiter has expanded his sound with each new release, first by working with a band and then, earlier this year, by reimagining his debut album in a Hawaiian style. Glow finds the singer retaining the best of both efforts; most song arrangements include backing musicians and “Keeping Me Away From You,” perhaps Frankenreiter’s most overt pop song ever, adds female vocals to the song’s very catchy chorus. “Push” glides along to an island lilt, a little bit Jamaica and a little bit Hawaii while “Shadows” uses a technique you’ve never heard out of Frankenreiter before – a gentle wash of U2like guitar. “The Ones in Your Dreams” is inspired by the haunted home Frankenreiter lived in as a child; the song is nowhere near spooky, but there is a ghost involved if you consider that the melody of the Rolling Stones hit “Beast of Burden” roams through the song spirit-like. Longtime fans will hear new things on Glow, but Frankenreiter has been careful to enhance his sound only subtly; nothing has been added that overpowers his familiar warmth and easy-going style. Grade: B —Kevin Wierzbicki Glow is currently available.

Elton John and Leon Russell The Union (Decca) For his 30th album release, Elton John has completed a collaboration with Leon Russell in The Union. A legendary British singer-songwriter, John’s disc is his first studio release since 1979 without any of his band members. This much-anticipated rock piece features 14 tunes total and marks the first time the celebrated musicians have worked together in 40 years. Although both John and Russell – a singersongwriter, pianist and guitarist from Oklahoma – co-wrote most of the songs from The Union, there are also several guests involved. These include Brian Wilson, Booker T, Don Was and Bono. “If It Wasn’t For Bad” is first track in the album, and it sets the tone for the entire CD. John’s distinguishable piano prowess and Russell’s unique vocal tone make this a perfect beginning. This tune is absolutely beautiful. With “Hey Ahab,” we witness an upbeat, yet intense, speedy version of rock different from what’s typical of John. Believe it or not, this particular melody instills confidence naturally. Every song, from “Jimmie Rodgers’ Dream” (country) to “The Best Part of the Day” (romantic ballad), is great for the ears. In fact, every tune on the CD is marvelous from beginning to end. The Union is a musthave album. Grade: A —Marvin Vasquez The Union is currently available.

LIVE! FROM TEXAS is The Derailers first live album, including some of the most popular songs from their nine studio albums, as well as two songs never before issued. It was recorded at both Gruene Hall — the oldest continually running dance hall in Texas — and Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton, TX — the seat of music education in Texas. 302 067 042 8

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Fox in the Henhouse Self-titled (iBot) On this debut, Baltimore’s Fox in the Henhouse demonstrate a level of song-structure and performance prowess that many bands aspire to but rarely pull off with such grace, and they deliver it with exuberance and a tongue firmly planted in cheek. That this project springs from an unlikely source is another factoid of interest. Frontman Ryan Escolopio of the pop punk four-piece band Wakefield shocks by shifting career gears completely with a release that’s equal parts indie rock and show tune flamboyance with occasional vintage synth sounds thrown in for good measure. It’s on this project that Escolopio really comes into his own, allowing the more soulful, quirky aspects of his remarkable voice to shine. “Up (Change)” opens the release on an upbeat note that will have you itching to hit the dance floor. “Zombie” arrives just in time for Halloween, with a tale of zombie love that, in the wrong hands, would come off as cheesy but here comes off as acceptably silly, no doubt due to its seriously skilled transmission. “Fears” and “Dangerous” introduce vibrant textures and interesting changes that almost border on prog rock. Perhaps we need a new genre? Indie prog? Both transcend limits and boundaries in a fun mix of overthe-top dramatics and understated symphonic arrangements. These days, with the abundance of cheap technology and ease of distribution, it’s rare to find an act that keeps their releases short and sweet. But Fox in the Henhouse have gone against the tide, offering up six remarkable tracks that warrant repeated spins and have left this critic waiting for the next release with bated breath. Grade: A —Natasha Desianto Fox in the Henhouse is currently available.

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MUSICREPORT by kevin wierzbicki Hot Panda Remix Contest How Come I’m Dead? is the just-released new album from Hot Panda, and the band is inviting fans to breathe some life into the effort’s first single, “Mindlessnesslessness.” Grab the stems for the song at mintrecs.com, work your remix magic on them and then send your completed remix to info@ mintrecs.com. The winner gets a Hot Panda prize package that includes a T-shirt, vinyl, the band’s signature hot sauce and the placement of their remix on an upcoming Mint Records compilation. Runners-up will have their remixes posted on the Mint Records and Hot Panda Web sites. Deadline for entry is Nov. 12.

Warpaint: The Fool It’s not often that a drummer gets so much credit for pulling a group together, but that’s exactly what has happened with Los Angeles-based girl group Warpaint. The quartet formed around three longtime friends in vocalist/guitarists Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman and bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg but finding a beat-keeper was another story. Warpaint started off using a drum machine and then burned through five drummers, ultimately welcoming Stella Mozgawa into the fold after she dazzled during recording sessions for the first full-length Warpaint release, The Fool. “Our first month together was inspiring and exciting, but it also felt like we were walking on a tightrope,” says Wayman. “But it was really impressive watching Stella personalize her parts so quickly,” adds Kokal. “She never got intimidated or overwhelmed either. She was a champ and like any great drummer, our backbone in every sense.”

Campus Circle > Music > Music Report The Fool drops Oct. 25 on Rough Trade Records. Warpaint is currently touring Europe, but expect hometown shows to be announced in late November.

Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 3 The “Go Green” movement takes on a whole ’nother meaning this Election Day as VP Records in conjunction with Greensleeves Records releases the third volume in a series that celebrates the virtues of marijuana. The 18 tracks on Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 3 feature an international cast of contributors from the rock and reggae worlds, including Jamaica’s Busy Signal who checks in with “Spliff Tail,” Bermuda’s Collie Buddz performing his hit “Come Around” and Dutch act Ziggi with “Ganja Smoke in the Air.” Junior Reid, Sizzla, Queen Ifrica, Gyptian, Guinney Pepper and Richie Spice are among other contributors as are Slightly Stoopid, Inner Circle and Capleton, who team up for a remix of “No Cocaine.” California voters will be determining the legal status of marijuana use in the state via Proposition 19 on Nov. 2.

Mike Vallely’s Glory Bound Festival Skate legend Mike Vallely has announced plans for the first annual Glory Bound Festival that promises to deliver a “sensational day of live and loud music and hard and fast skateboarding.” The skateboarding portion of the festival takes place first with Tony Alva, Steve Caballero, Christian Hosoi and Lance Mountain joining Mike V on a custommade 40-foot wide, 6-foot high mini-ramp, followed by concert performances from Pennywise, Alkaline Trio, Authority Zero and Nation’s Afire. Mike V will also be performing with his new band Banished. The Glory Bound Festival takes place at the Hollywood Palladium Nov. 13.

FREQUENCY by brien overlY La Dispute/Touche Amore Oct. 20 @ The Troubadour Because the vast majority of this week’s Frequency is soft, mellow, sing-along-able and more than a little girlfriendfriendly, I feel strongly that there needs to be some shredding and thrashing to keep things balanced. Luckily, both La Dispute and Touche Amore happen to be in town this week, and couldn’t be a better fit to fill that void. Acting as the bastard lovechild of Thursday and Gallows, with brutally raw howling set over the grittiest of guitar riffing, the Michigan natives of La Dispute bring a stripped down and in-your-face rock that’s still emotionally resonant at the same time. Now, if Thursday then had another illegitimate child with all of the late ’80s and early ’90s hardcore scene, you’d have Touche Amore. Occasionally haunting and atmospheric, but always brutal, these homegrown L.A. natives melt your face off as efficiently as La Dispute can. So, have a couple spare ones on hand for this show.

Minus the Bear Oct. 22 @ The Wiltern I’ve talked at length in previous Frequency editions about the fact that I can’t believe how friggin’ catchy Minus the Bear seems to have gotten out of nowhere. And how I have no moral objection to said shift, either. I know I talk a big game about musical integrity and not compromising and blah blah blah, but I’m going to have to give this one a free pass. I don’t care what anyone says, “My Time” is such a perfectly arranged pop jam under the guise of indie artistry. I could blast that song in my car and sing along to it day and night, completely unashamedly. I’ve always had a great respect for the band,

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Half Notes Monster rockers Gwar will be streaming their Halloween show live from the Rave/Eagle’s Club in Milwaukee; it’s a pay-per-view event that costs $3.99 if you sign up in advance at gwarlive.com or a buck more on Oct. 31. The band’s Bloody Pit of Horror drops on Metal Blade Records Nov. 9. You’ll be hearing music from L.A.-based band Some Hear Explosions in the upcoming films The Lake Effect and Pound of Flesh; see them perform music from their recentlyreleased It’s Our Time Now when they play the Roxy Oct. 30. Think your band is worthy of getting airplay on Jonesy’s Jukebox, now relocated to KROQ? Then send your CD and bio to the show’s host, former Sex Pistol Steve Jones at P.O. Box 790, Hollywood, CA, 90027.

Campus Circle > Music > Frequency specifically for the technicality of their instrumentation, but I’m so much more stoked now that they actually got kind of fun with their latest album.

Four Year Strong Oct. 21 @ The Glass House Oct. 22 @ House of Blues Sunset Strip The best thing about Four Year Strong, you know, according to the definitive truth-speaker that is me, is that none of the dudes in the band look like what you’d expect for a band that sounds like they do. My first guess when I saw photos was artsy-prog-hardcore. And wow, was I ever wrong. Writing some of the catchiest pop-punk this side of Warped Tour, the Massachusetts fivesome manage to do the unimaginable by being completely free of clichés and contrivances at the same time. It almost seems like an oxymoron, but dare I say they’ve actually pioneered a mature sounding brand of pop-punk. The fact that, like, every other verse is done with gang vocals may or may not also have something to do with my newfound affinity for this band. Bringing in a few traditional punk, folk and hardcore elements for a little spice though, these guys are masters of writing anthemic sing-along jams for the inner bro-dude in all of us.

The Temper Trap Oct. 22 @ Fox Theatre Oct. 23 @ Club Nokia Just when I’ve convinced myself that my immersion in (read: addiction to) all forms of Internet social networking outlets has reduced my attention span to be on par with that of housecat on meth, Temper Trap plays a three-and-a-half minute drum and guitar solo song. And it has my completely

The Temper Trap are just too good! awed and rapt attention from beginning to end. And no, I was not actually on meth at any given point during this experience. I don’t usually go for indie bands that everyone else is quick to jump on board with, due to my unabashed elitism which you all are so well versed in by now, but these guys are just too good of musicians for me to not get sucked in by. Maybe it’s the Australian accents. That’s got to be it.

Sufjan Stevens Oct. 23, 24 @ The Wiltern Dear Sufjan, You are an epic human being. And a pretty good musician too, I guess. I mean, I guess it’s kind of cool that you know how to play every instrument ever invented, but that’s not why I’m writing. I actually had a few requests for you while you’re in my neck of the woods. Please write a children’s book someday, in the same style and tone as your between-song banter. Also, please don’t ever lose the giant bird-kite-wings; they’re truly epic. —Bri


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THE SALAD BOWL CAFÉ 350 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills by danielle lee Have you ever decided to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach and found yourself eyeing the salad bar and salivating? The only thing that stopped you from diving headfirst into the leafy iceberg lettuces and plump sliced tomatoes is the fact that you know you’ll have to walk your plate full of goodies to an awaiting deli clerk who will drop your box on the scale, and this might get you reeling at the thought of the sticker price. By the time you finally make it to the checkout line, you realize the $10 in your pocket surely won’t pay for the chicken breast and sliced eggs you topped off your spinach greens with. At this stage, what can you do to alleviate the situation? Relax, now your stressful weight-versus-portion game is over. Commence your salad eating days without the carnival-type guessing game with your selections. The Salad Bowl Café in Beverly Hills exists as an awesome and guilt-free way to enjoy your favorite salad at your own discretion without any scales or measurements required. At the Salad Bowl Café, you are given creative license to put together whatever salad fits your mood, outfit, wild personality or dietary restrictions. You will fall head over heels in love when walking in, for humans are very visual creatures, and the Salad Bowl Café prominently displays all of the delicious items you can add to your salad through a looking glass. Your options are simple: Choose eight or 12 items, depending on how much food you think you can eat. You have the option of choosing from a master crafted salad compliments of the Salad Bowl Chef, or you can create your own tasty salad with all the toppings and dressings of your choosing. You’re give the opportunity to pick your most desired items from the bottom up, starting with either one or more varieties of lettuces like iceberg, romaine, spring mix and spinach. From there, more than 40 different toppings can be added to your salad: tomatoes, apples, baby corn, green onions, carrots, peaches, red onions, radishes, strawberries, beets, black and green olives, zucchini, pineapple, celery and mushrooms. Not to be overlooked are toppings like chick peas, water chestnuts, raisins, craisins, hominy, pepperoncini, mandarin oranges and artichoke hearts. A bevy of cheeses also comes into play: cottage cheese, mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan, feta, blue and colby-jack. Our carnivorous friends are able to add some of their favorite meats, such as ham, bacon turkey, pepperoni and chicken. Thank the plexiglass between you and your private salad-concocting chef for properly displaying the yummy contents you mix into your salad, because there’d be no way to write all of the delectable items on one wall! Before fully dressing your salad, you can add in traditional dazzlers like peanuts, almonds, walnuts, croutons and sunflower seeds. Dressings like creamy Italian, balsamic vinaigrette, champagne vinaigrette, chipotle and homestyle ranch as well as Greek, olive oil, vinegar and fresh salsa come in a variety of options that can be drizzled on top of your marvelous creation. The Salad Bowl Café also boasts homemade soups that vary by day and as well as three to five topping-stuffable potatoes. With locations opening up soon in Westwood Village and Mid-City to join the Beverly Hills location, people should be running, not walking, to their nearest Salad Bowl Café. The exercise might make you a bit hungrier when you get there, but you and your stomach will be satisfied when you leave – with leftovers! For more information, call (310) 858-8432 or visit saladbowlcafe.com.

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THEARTOFLOVE - BY LUCIA I met an attractive, intelligent woman at an art gallery. We talked for a half hour, then things went downhill when I commented that she had a “nice, hourglass figure.” She told me I was being “inappropriate,” slapped my face and departed. Should I send her an apology or should I interpret the slap as a definitive way of saying she wants no further contact? —Kevin Beautiful, intelligent women rarely want to be objectified. By commenting on her figure within half an hour of meeting her, that’s what you were doing. On the other hand, I think she was out of line to slap you. Your faux pas didn’t warrant such a strong response. You can try to apologize, however, her actions tell me she’s not interested in pursuing anything with you. Write to Lucia at theartoflove.net. Read an excerpt from Lucia’s Lessons of Love at lessonsoflove.net. Listen to Lucia live every Sunday at 3 p.m. PST on latalkradio.com. Remember: Love inspires, empowers, uplifts and enlightens.

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Campus Circle > Culture > Travel year of Portuguese. If you meet those requirements, you can enroll in a broad range of liberal arts courses. CIEE sets students up with Brazilian homestay where two meals per day are provided. This gives students the chance to experience family life and culture. Be sure to consider all of the neighboring places you could visit: Rio de Janeiro, Peru, Chile and Argentina.

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CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE BY LAUREN ROSENBLUM

Whether you’re looking to be a mountain climber in New Zealand or a food and wine connoisseur in Italy, there’s a study abroad program for you. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss ways in which units will transfer to make sure that you won’t fall behind, then look at a map and decide where you want to go. Your university might have specific programs set up for you, or choose a program like the ones below. The world is at your fingertips … now go see it.

American University in Cairo: American University in Cairo (AUC; aucegypt.edu/intstudents) brings students the opportunity to study in one of the oldest and most exciting cities. Nowhere is the juxtaposition of the ancient and modern worlds displayed as colorfully as in this city of 16 million. More than 500 students from around the world study at AUC each year; 17 percent of whom are international students. A diverse and active student body coupled with world-renowned faculty make this program unique. Students either live in residences on campus or commute from dorms in the heart of Cairo, about 45 minutes away. Don’t worry if you’re not fluent in Arabic. All courses are taught in English except for those in advanced Arabic literature or foreign language. This program is generally recommended for students interested in studying Arabic language, Middle East studies, Egyptology, gender studies, sociology Islamic art or architecture.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Although the United States Department of State Travel Warning is currently in effect for Israel, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Rothberg International School (overseas.huji.ac.il) continues to host a fantastic program for study abroad students. Located in the northeast part of Jerusalem, “Hebrew U” is Israel’s leading university, home to 24,000 students of all races and religions. It’s hard to find another program that offers so many historical sites, tourist attractions, gorgeous city views and a melting pot of disparate cultures. Even though Jerusalem is an ancient city filled with holy sites and museums, it has plenty 18

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of cafes, dance clubs, art galleries, theaters and nightlife. As far as academics go, all students must be somewhat proficient in Hebrew. However, all courses are taught in English, and there are a wide variety of disciplines and courses to choose from. Students are housed adjacent to campus and have the opportunity to partake in extracurricular programs, including a Galilee/Golan weekend, a Sea-to-Sea hike, a trip to Eilat, meditation workshops, yoga and belly dancing classes and much more.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong: If

you’ve never traveled to Asia, Hong Kong is a great starting point. While it’s a completely foreign lifestyle – different values, customs and behavior – it’s a booming city where East meets West. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (cuhk.edu.hk) is located in the New Territories, a half-hour subway ride from the center of Hong Kong. The program offers courses taught in English designed to meet the needs of students from a wide variety of majors. Students have the opportunity to live in a dormitory shared with other international and local students. Traveling through China and to other Asian countries is convenient, inexpensive and integral to the educational experience abroad. Students often climb the Great Wall, take excursions to Buddhist monasteries and even travel to Thailand. The balance between working hard and embracing the country is apparent when studying there. Eating out is the most common option, since food is very inexpensive and diverse in Hong Kong. But make sure you have an open mind and amenable taste buds, because the food in Hong Kong is nothing like Panda Express.

Sao Paulo, Brazil: All you need to know is this: Soccer plus samba equals São Paulo. If you’re not already sold on the idea, I guess you should continue reading. São Paulo is a multicultural megalopolis of more than 17 million people. Public transportation is easy via their modern subway system. Distinct ethnic neighborhoods ensure diversity and contrast. And a vast array of visual and performing arts venues will keep you entertained all semester. In São Paulo, you get the bustling city vibe with some of the world’s most beautiful beaches just a few hours away. The study abroad program provided by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE; ciee.org/study/ programs) sends students to the Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC) campus. PUC is ranked among the top universities in Brazil. This program is targeted to students with at least two years of college-level Spanish or one

The Last Supper and Verdi composed music still heard at La Scala. It’s where supermodels get fitted in the finest clothes and architects find inspiration. The Institute for the International Education of Students Abroad (IES) sends students year-round to the Università Cattolica. Upon arrival students participate in an intensive language workshop, which determines course placement. If you’re proficient in Italian, you can take classes taught in Italian. But if you’re a beginner, don’t stress, courses are taught in English for the newbies as well. Students are housed in furnished apartments located throughout Milan, shared among two to six international students. Like all IES study abroad programs, this one features excursions, nighttime activities, cultural events and guest lectures. Students often enjoy day trips to Tuscany and Sicily as well as a night at an opera or a ballet. Since the Università Cattolica is IES’ main partner school, students have access to many of its amenities, including one of Italy’s largest libraries, study rooms, a travel agency and cultural and sports activities.

University of Auckland:

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, representing about a third of the country’s population. With 23 regional parks (think Lord of the Rings), two marine reserves, miles of coastline and a large urban area with entertainment, nightlife and shopping, Auckland offers the best of outdoor and urban lifestyles. Needless to say, studying at the University of Auckland (australearn.org) is an academic and cultural experience you will never forget. With more than 4,000 international students from over 93 countries, the University of Auckland offers diversity in the classroom and around campus. If you love sailing, hiking, glacier climbing, bungee jumping, scuba diving or any other dangerous extracurricular activity, Auckland is the place for you. The locals love meeting Americans and welcoming them to New Zealand. They’ll tell you everything you need to know and send you on your way. New Zealand is beautiful no matter what time of the year or season you visit. Also, the currency rate is in your favor right now. The food is delicious, the culture is laid-back, the people are sweet as can be. For the ultimate semester of relaxation and outdoor immersion, head to Auckland.

Semester at Sea: The University of Virginia sponsors an incomparable study abroad program: Semester at Sea (semesteratsea.org). Each year, students embark on a 590foot ship for a journey around the world. The globe is their classroom as they form new perspectives about people, places and cultures, all while earning college credit. Although the University of Virginia is the academic sponsor for the program, Semester at Sea is open to students from any university. Students attend classes in a variety of subjects and disciplines while the ship is at sea. Your ship is your home, school, gym and extracurricular hub for the four-month voyage. Consider it a floating all-inclusive hotel. When the ship is in a port, no classes are held. Students are then able to travel on organized trips or independently within the country. Semester at Sea is what you make of it. With so much planned for you, you can just sit back, relax and enjoy whatever is on the agenda. But you also have to be amenable to any changes in weather, route or travel plans. Whereas study abroad programs in one city allow you to become completely immersed in a new city, language and lifestyle, Semester at Sea gives you a quick taste of a dozen new places. You can come back home and say you’ve traveled the world!


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ANDALUCIA AWAITS BY dov rudnick

Whenever I flirt with the notion of leARN– ing another language, I am reminded of the words of an old college professor: “If you really want to learn a new language, you must fall in love with the culture.” In other words, if one hopes to grasp the heart and soul of a foreign tongue, the good student must pursue it with lustful abandon. The question of which language to pursue and where to study is one of the most exciting decisions the young foreign exchange student will ever make. These days, the most popular choices for American college students are Italy, Spain and France. Of all of these countries, Spain has seen the greatest increase in student enrollment in recent years. The reasons are many. With over 400 million native speakers, Spanish is the world’s fifth largest language group, making its proficiency an asset on any student’s resume. Others are drawn by Spain’s wealth of history and culture. In response, the Spanish government has stepped up efforts to promote its language schools and ensure top-quality experiences. The government-sponsored Cervantes Institute gives its seal of approval to schools that meet a high academic standard. To join the coalition of accredited language institutes, called Fedele, schools must be assessed every three years and satisfy a host of requirements, such as up-to-date teaching materials and small class sizes. Currently, over 30 percent of all foreign language students in Spain choose to study in one of the four major cities in the southern province of Andalucia: Seville, Cadiz, Malaga and Granada. Andalucia is renowned for its colorful cultural heritage and ancient history. Over the long arc of history, the region has been occupied by nearly every great civilization, including the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Moors and Visigoths. The province is also home to a large gypsy population with roots in India, which first migrated en masse from Egypt, hence the term “gypsy.” It is this population that has given the world Flamenco, the passionate and seductive art form that has become an important part of the Andalucian cultural identity. The capital city of Andalucia is Seville, with a population of nearly two million people. Its historic center, a complicated network of cobble stone roads just off the banks of the Guadalquivir River, gives the city a small-town feel. Seville is rich with historical monuments, the most famous of which is the Alcazar, a Moorish palace with stunning gardens the size of several football fields. Most of the language schools are located in the historic center, such as the prestigious Center for Cross-cultural Study (cccs.com). Inna, a foreign exchange student from Harvard University, chose this school for the internship opportunities it provides. Through the program, she found an internship with a local daily newspaper. Inna has the focus and determination befitting an Ivy Leaguer and yet what she most appreciates about the city is the leisurely lifestyle. The school itself is housed in a beautiful old building with ornate tile interiors that give the confines an air of distinction. Another popular language school situated in the historic center is Clic IH (clic.es). At Clic the hallways and main lounge bustle with students from such far-flung places as Japan, Denmark and Dubai. Clic boasts state-of-the-art classroom facilities, including touch screen display monitors. Downstream from Seville at the mouth of the Guadalquivir is the city of Cadiz. Founded by the Phoenicians in ancient times and reoccupied by every imaginable empire over the course of Spanish history, this little city has retained its small size by virtue of its geography. It is a peninsula that

Angeles Castro Sánchez is the director of K2 Internacional language school in Cadiz where they offer classes in the culinary arts of Andalucia. juts out from the mainland like an outstretched frog’s tongue. Surrounded by beaches, the city has the laid-back feel of an island culture. The people are known for their warmth and generosity. It is a point of pride among the population that theirs is the only major Spanish city without a bullfighting ring. Angeles Castro Sánchez is the director of K2 Internacional (k2internacional.com), a language school located in the heart of Cadiz just upstairs from a central plaza. Together with her sister, the two run the small school with an abundance of love. Every detail of the school’s interior displays the care they have taken to make it warm and inviting. The school is equipped with a kitchen where they offer classes in the culinary arts of Andalucia. The special pride that Angeles and her sister take in creating a family environment is reflected in their many adoring students. The other major Andalucian beach city is Malaga, famous as the birthplace of artist Pablo Picasso. The city has a decidedly more urban feel than Cadiz, but still retains a carefree Mediterranean atmosphere. The impressive architectural landmarks of Malaga – including the Moorish-constructed Alcazaba, a recently unearthed Roman amphitheatre and a massive Renaissance-style cathedral with baroque facade – reflect the city’s long history. Malaga is renowned for its festive nightlife, which doesn’t get popping until about 11 p.m. and continues until morning. Two schools of distinction are the upscale Malaca Instituto (malacainstituto.com) and the comparatively down-to-earth Alhambra Institute (alhambra-instituto.org). The Malaca Instituto, which takes its name from the ancient Roman name for the city, is perched on one of the many hillsides that overlook the Malaga Bay. The school’s highclass facilities include on-campus housing (private suites are available), a pool, a plush study lounge and a dance studio. One gets the sense that the student body is very well cared for. The Alhambra Institute is located in one of the city’s suburbs. One student describes her time at the Alhambra Institute as “a truly authentic Andalucian experience.” An attorney by trade, she found herself with a six-month break between firms and chose the school on a whim after seeing the Web site. While enrolled at the Institute, she started taking flamenco classes in the on-site dance studio as a way to relax from her Spanish studies. The dance instructor took a liking to her, and before she knew it, she was performing regularly with the teacher’s flamenco group at local venues. The school’s director explains how the school promotes itself: “We sell the illusion and make it a reality.”

The city of Granada is perhaps the most visually stunning of all the cities in Andalucia. Built along the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, one can gaze at snow-covered mountains year round from any part of the city. The air is fresh and crisp and contrasts sharply with the dank tropical climate of the Andalucian coastline. It is here that the artistic genius of the Moorish Empire reached its grandest heights in the construction of the Alhambra. Both a fortress and a palace, the Alhambra is recognized as one of the world’s most magnificent architectural treasures. Presiding atop a steep hill, the palace commands a view of the entire region. Granada has a student population of over 200,000, consisting of Spanish natives and foreign exchange students. Language schools like Escuela Montalbán (escuelamontalban.com) and don Quijote (donquijote.org) cater to students’ desires to be part of a tight-knit learning community. The schools organize class trips around the region and invest in making the facilities attractive and comfortable. The historic center of Granada was built in the valley below the Alhambra and delicately climbs the hill opposite the fortress. Here, the language school Escuela Castila (castila. es) is tucked behind high walls. From the school’s upstairs classroom one can feast their eyes on a magnificent view of the Alhambra. At dusk the fortress walls reflect the light of the setting sun and turn brilliant, reddish orange. An American family from Seattle – complete with father, mother and teenage daughter and son – were so enchanted by the place they decided to cease their travels and take up residence at the school. The family’s story speaks to the powerful effect Andalucia has on people and causes one to wonder what it is that has attracted generations to this region. The masses of tourists and students are only the latest arrivals to a land that has been coveted by so many passing civilizations. Its natural beauty is undeniable and yet there is something more, something intangible, merely hinted at in the heartwrenching song of the Flamenco, a song of loneliness and death, but also joy and passion, that inspires a certain devotion (if not heartbreak) in the shipwrecked listener. The Spanish have a word for this, “duende,” describing a moment of heightened reality, the profound experience of encountering life’s hidden nature. Duende is normally associated with the cathartic power of music, dance and poetry. Yet this mysterious element is woven into the fabric of Andalucian life. Indeed, it is part of the region’s enduring allure. So if you plan on studying Spanish abroad and are willing to risk falling in love with the culture, Andalucia awaits.

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A LIFETIME OF TRAVELS BY allyson barkan

I caught the travel bug early. For as long as I can remember, my grandparents have been constantly gallivanting around the world, and I grew up both fascinated and frustrated by their tales from foreign lands. I sat in their darkened living room as the hundreds of picture slides flicked in front of my eyes, almost as excited about the next round of images as I was about the souvenirs I knew were camping out in the bedroom. As the top shelf of my bookcase amassed dolls from Russia, peacock feather fans from India, clogs from Holland, masks from Japan, wooden giraffes from Kenya and jeweled elephants from Thailand, my desire to see the original birthplaces of my acquired belongings grew stronger and stronger. Sure, showing my friends my unique purses and jewelry boxes was cool, but I wanted to be the storyteller, not the recipient or middleman. My first abroad experience was a struggle. I had the opportunity to serve as a youth ambassador to Bulgaria when I was 17. In my mind, this was the chance of a lifetime. To my parents, it was sheer absurdity that must be immediately vetoed. I fought and screamed and cried and begged and probably threw articles of clothing their way in my attempt to make it to Europe. Moral of the story? Despite what your elementary teachers spent so many hours pounding into your brain, sometimes yelling and screaming and violence really is the perfect combination for success. I got to go to Bulgaria, and what was meant to be a simple 10-day exploration of another culture ended up being only the beginning of a long tumble down the rabbit hole. My brother never studied abroad. Never really had a desire to. College was great, his friends were awesome and why go halfway across the world to enjoy the same drinking and debauchery that could be had on the comfort of his

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own campus? I was younger than him, but knew this was the absolute stupidest decision anyone could ever make. Who the hell would choose to NOT spend four months traveling through Europe and living in an international city (and on your parents’ dime no less)? I love my brother, but what an idiot. You have four years to enjoy your college campus, bars and friends. Is taking a measly semester’s worth of time to go see the world really a big deal? Turns out, yes, it IS a big deal. What masquerades as nothing more than a few months of adventurous fun is actually the start of a lifelong love affair with discovering the globe’s greatest treasures. As the summer of 2007 came to a close, I packed my bags and headed to the rolling Tuscan hills and charming corner cafes of Florence, Italy. I had always wanted to study abroad in Italy. Something about just saying the name “Italy” was magical. The food, the language, the history, the people, the clothing, the decadence of the culture and the appreciation for life … I wanted it all. Italy seemed both romantic and industrial, traditional and trendy, enchanting and gritty. It was everything in one, and even though I had never been there before, I knew it wouldn’t disappoint. And it didn’t. Italy really was the fairytale fantasyland everyone makes it out to be. While my friends were reliving for the umpteenth time fall formals, tailgates and homecoming parades, I was living blocks away from Piazza Santa Croce, walking along the Arno to get to school each day, enjoying a full-bodied Chianti with my freshly made pasta and grabbing a panino and stracciatella gelato on my way to wander through a new part of town. Florence is that place that is small enough to make it your own (there’s no underground transport) but jam-packed with sights that could take you forever to see. It’s that place that you can seemingly get through in a day, but that you suddenly find yourself happily lost in while strolling down a new enchanting alleyway or taking in an unimaginable breathtaking view. It’s that place that markets itself as nothing more than a charming and historical Renaissance city but steals your heart while you’re snapping a picture and never leaves you the same again. It’s that place that boasts some of the world’s greatest masterpieces but is both beautiful and remarkable even without a single piece of art to its name. Truth be told, I didn’t even make it to most of the major museums until my last week

there, but then again, studying abroad isn’t about seeing the tourist sites or power walking through the museums. That’s for the visitors who are in and out in a week. To be a local is not to have an encyclopedic knowledge of the art or history of the place. I lived in Philadelphia for 18 years and saw the Liberty Bell once. I can’t tell you about Betsy Ross’ house, but ask me about the best place to get a cheese steak or where to go shopping, and I’m your girl. My philosophy: Save the tourist crap for when you’re a 55-year-old empty nester. And when you do return to your foreign once-upon-a-time home in your ripe middle age, stop in that tiny hole-in-the-wall panini place for an order of the same prosciutto mozzarella pomodoro sandwich and cioccolata calda you ate everyday for lunch when you were 20. Then wonder how you could have been such a stupid kid to have not seen these famous sites, and then laugh because those famous old sites are still there for your enjoyment along with the spectacular memories of your fully lived youth. I did have my regrets. I soaked up as much Italy as I could and have the fondest memories of my time there. I still listen to the music and try to speak the language in the hope that someday I can fool somebody into thinking I’m fluent. On occasion I’ll spend hours in the kitchen making that homemade lasagna from scratch or twirling the little doughy bits around my pinkie finger into fresh tortellini. But I still wish I could have done more. With four months to do everything, it’s hard to figure out what exactly you want to get out of your experience before that experience comes to an end. While abroad, I hiked Cinque Terre, threw a coin in the Trevi Fountain, sipped on a Bellini at Harry’s Bar in Venice, stood on tables amid sloshing rounds of beer at Oktoberfest, partied with Australian sailors in a yacht on the French Riviera, stayed out all hours of the night in Barcelona, jumped out of a helicopter at 14,000 feet above the Swiss Alps, experienced the bizarre world that is Amsterdam and took in a show in London’s West End. Hardly adventures I could ever say I regret. But with a limited amount of time in Florence, these escapades add up, and I do seriously regret the lack of time I spent soaking up my host city. I came back to the States happy with the time I spent in Europe, but with the undeniable lament for the Italian friends I didn’t make and the Florentine lifestyle to which I never fully acclimated. And so, because the rabbit hole only burrows deeper and deeper into the Earth, I set sail again. Just 21 months after returning from Italy, I found myself once again in the Mediterranean, this time to teach English literature for a year in Greece. I was determined to right my wrongs and redo my regrets. I made it my mission to understand the Greek lifestyle, learn the Greek language and make Greek friends. With a year to immerse myself in Greek culture, I was able to see a side of Greece that most outsiders will never be able to witness. And with a year in one place, I was able to enjoy a wealth of time in Athens while also having the pleasure of exploring the rest of the country and sightseeing throughout the continent. I traveled to Dublin, Galway, Edinburgh, Brussels, Bruges, Stockholm, Istanbul, Berlin, Milan and Paris in addition to the many Greek towns, villages and islands just waiting to be adored. I have trips planned to Croatia and the Northern French countryside and a few weekends left in Athens to enjoy the life I have created here. But if I’ve learned one thing, it’s that the more time I spend here, the more quickly time slips away. The regrets never stop; they simply grow greater and grander. This world is a big place, and no matter where you go or how long you stay there, there’s always something that you won’t be able to see. But I’ve learned that that’s OK. Because for every inch of land you didn’t see, there are those 10 others you’ll never forget. And while I may not have gotten to truly become Italian or learn the gibberish that is Greek, the one thing that I’ve forever created for myself is the life of the storyteller, not the listener. And at 23, I can’t wait for all the stories I have yet to live.


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BY lauren rosenblum One year has passed since my semester in Australia. Those six months in Oz were the best of my life and simultaneously the fastest to pass by. I lived through every emotion, from fear to excitement to homesickness to incredible happiness, and each new experience encouraged me to keep drifting outside my comfort zone and open up to the world around me. Since that 14-hour flight to Oz as a 20-year-old, I’ve wandered around Tasmania, gone sailing in New Zealand, camped in the Outback, graduated from college, become a permanent resident of California and landed my first job as a journalist. For typical 20-somethings, graduating from college is the final move into adulthood. Once you are tossed out into the “real world,” you wonder where the time went – the time when you jumped off bridges, snorkeled dark oceans and went out five nights a week. My own memorable experience involved studying at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Ostensibly, this is why you are attending a foreign university – to study and continue your education while broadening your cultural horizons. At USC, my larger lecture classes relied almost exclusively on objectively graded assignments with one big midterm and final exam – usually multiple choice – answered on those

ubiquitous Scantron sheets. I could assume before registering for class that my grade would depend on these two major exams. At UNSW, the educational philosophy was almost completely the opposite. Instead of major exams determining your grade, a series of smaller projects and presentations – all subjectively criticized and graded – determined your fate as a student. This system rewarded creativity and self-study and gave a motivated student the chance to really expand their minds by researching what interested them in a given class while fostering critical thinking. Instead of regurgitating information and recognizing the correct answer on a multiplechoice form, your grade depended on in-depth knowledge of a subject and the ability to research in order to put together a coherent paper or presentation. The objective-based assignments and exams at USC enabled determined students to strive for perfection. You could get straight A’s if you studied, and there was no way a professor could deduct points because he did not agree with the circled “A” on your Scantron sheet if it happened to be the correct answer. This system is plainly black and white, right or wrong, no chance for discussion, no reason for debate. In the Aussie system, nothing is black and white or right and wrong. There is always room for debate, and the professors encourage it. Subjectively graded assignments meant less A’s but also meant a greater chance to learn. Nonetheless, a B grade meant I was in the highest percentile in class. Most home universities recognize the philosophical difference in grading and adjust your GPA accordingly. My B’s at UNSW translated into straight A’s at USC. Ultimately, you must be prepared to adapt to a different style of learning. Debating with a professor over an opinion in a term paper may just teach you more than any midterm or final at home could. Instead of memorization and

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1) Market your study abroad experience through your cover letter and resume once you get back. Your time abroad is invaluable not only to your educational development but also your professional and interpersonal development. As a result, you will make a better and more valued employee! Let your future employer know that studying abroad has not only aided you in eliminating the gap between our international neighbors, but it also opened your eyes to a new language and culture. 2) Keep a daily journal to note all that you’re doing. Even if it’s something as simple as “Studied at the library then hit Arthur’s Pizza in Randwick. Something about the Australian variation of adding an egg in the middle of the pizza makes it so delicious!” You’ll really get a kick out reading your journal years later. 3) To manage your money, you’ll have to open a bank account locally. Whether you plan to live off your debit card or want to mostly use cash, decide a set amount of money to spend the first few weeks.

Lauren Rosenblum (center) found the educational philosophy in Sydney refreshing. rote learning, you must learn to research, argue and draw conclusions. UNSW is situated in Kensington, a suburb in Sydney, about four miles from my Aussie apartment on Coogee Beach. Outside of the classroom, my new friends and I looked forward to “O-Day,” where all University clubs populated the lawn with information stands in an attempt to recruit new members. We found the clubs on campus to be the perfect way to interact with local and international students and participated in every event we could, knowing we had only a limited time “Down Under” to enjoy ourselves. With a healthy balance of work and play, I made the most out of my short time in a new culture. I made local friends, participated in school events and class discussions, visited local friends’ homes for holidays and jumped out of my comfort zone. If I could do it all over again, I would.

Campus Circle > Culture > Travel Then you can adjust accordingly and will have a good handle on budgeting for the time you’re abroad. 4) Expand your palate without bursting your budget. Try as many new foods and beverages as you can. In most places, portions are much smaller than what you’re used to in the States. Combo meal drinks and fries are the equivalent of a child’s size here. 5) Take pictures, and then make a scrapbook. It’s so easy nowadays to build a scrapbook through Shutterfly or iPhoto, so why not create a keepsake full of all your great photos and memories? If you really want something to cherish, print out all of your blog posts and add them to the scrapbook as a narrative touch. 6) Add to your collections. Whether you’re a stamp enthusiast or have a shot glass stockpile, make sure you bring home mementos that will have an actual home in your bookcase. 7) Making local friends, getting beyond campus and welcoming invitations to peoples’ homes and family events allow you to make the most of your short time in a new culture. Plus, this is a good way to get free, home-cooked meals and check off tip No. 4. 8) Whether you’re warding off malaria in Senegal or swine flu in Oz, make sure you’re aware of the health issues in your country and those you are visiting. Get your vaccines and medicines to last you your trip. Remember, mom is not around to spoon feed you chicken soup.

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Keeping a daily journal and taking lots of photos will help your memories last even longer. 9) Get an International Student ID Card (ISIC). The price of an ISIC card varies slightly in different countries. It’s usually around the price of a movie ticket, but it saves you hundreds all over the world. For starters, use it to get foreign currency at the airport commission free! ISIC also saves you money on sightseeing, transportation, restaurants, museum admission, movies and more. 10) Consider buying a monthly bus or subway pass to get around town. Most public transportation, especially in Europe, is highly efficient and you’ll love it. Otherwise, just walk. Just remember that cabs can get really expensive if that’s all you’re taking.

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The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers could face each other yet again in the NBA Finals.

THREE-PEAT IN THE MAKING Lakers Season Preview by marvin vasquez Basketball season is just around the corner, and the Los Angeles Lakers have assembled yet another championship squad. Will they reach and win the NBA Finals, however? If healthy, the answer is simply yes. Just like any other sport, the chances of a talented team earning greatness depends on its overall health from starters to the bench, particularly role players. No matter how much attention LeBron James, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat attained during the summer, the Los Angeles Lakers remain the unit to beat in the NBA. A prime reason for that is Kobe Bryant, who is the best basketballer in the league. Additionally, the Lakers carry the best coach of all time in Phil Jackson, best supporting cast for Bryant and one of the best benches. They also acquired some integral athletes during the off-season in Matt Barnes, Steve Blake, Devin Ebanks and Theo Ratliff. Although the roster is yet to be finalized, you can bet

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that Jackson will do the best job in getting it done efficiently. Jackson is a true strategic leader who has guided multiple teams to NBA championships. Yes, the Lakers hold a vigorous opportunity in three-peating in June 2011. Barnes is a small forward who could very well provide a physically intense and defensive presence off the bench. This is why the Lakers signed him, and this is why the team is scarier to face. Blake, on the other hand, is a speedy point guard who will serve as a backup to Derek Fisher, whom the Lakers re-signed this season. Blake can shoot the lights out of the ball, defend consistently well and flourishes in carrying a counter against foes. Ratliff is 15-year veteran who gives Los Angeles depth at center or even at power forward sporadically. Ratliff is well built (235 pounds), tall (six feet, 10 inches) and is as tough as big bodies come, so he will assist Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum in most cases. Ebanks, a rookie, has played exceptionally well during the preseason. A power forward, Ebanks looks to energize the Lakers bench as Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown have done in the last two years. Just look at those players named above, and you are already looking at success. Both Barnes and Blake surrendered millions in sacrificed money to come to Los Angeles and win a championship. That means both are hungry to not only win but do so on a repeated basis, as well as gaining postseason births en route to the NBA Finals. Bryant holds the most competitive spirit in the league. Of late, he has become a true leader and player motivator on the court. He has facilitated the roles of others by simply acting

unselfish, charismatic and communicative. It is true that he is coming off a knee injury, but that will not stop him from competing. Nothing ever has, in fact. Then there is Ron Artest, the starting small forward for the Lakers. Artest is a defensive specialist who portrayed pivotal roles during the playoffs, particularly in the finals. The fact is that the Lakers are stacked with more talent than before; and the current Western Conference truly has no dangerous rivals for the purple and gold. And when Bynum returns from injury, the Lakers will be more powerful than before. The San Antonio Spurs have a great team, but they are old and the Lakers will overcome them in no time. The Portland Blazers have secured challenges, but their inexperience at being consistent and injury-plagued players will cost them. The Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns can all be problematic, but the Lakers have owned them and will again anytime during the playoffs for years to come. Unbelievably, the Los Angeles Clippers can present a true dilemma. New head coach Vinny Del Negro and the return of Blake Griffin have handed life to the other L.A. team. They have nothing to lose and look to make a statement to the league. They will compete from beginning to end. Certainly, it will be an interesting organization to keep an eye on this season. Nonetheless, the Western Conference Finals most likely will feature the Los Angeles Lakers against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the second best team in the conference and biggest threat to the Lakers. From the Eastern Conference, the only teams that may provoke danger are the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks carry skilled players, as do the Bulls and Magic. It is very tricky to predict who will reach the Eastern Conference Finals, but the Celtics and Heat probably will. This is because the Celtics have been there, so experience is a plus in addition to their summer acquisitions: Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal. They have talent, depth, motivation and a great coach in Doc Rivers. LeBron James wants it all, which is why he gave up colossal millions with other teams and signed with the Heat as a free agent. He wants to be the man in Miami, and no one can doubt that. However, the city and team belong to Dwyane Wade. Oh, and the Heat also signed Chris Bosh. Yes, the Heat hold the most talented trio in the league, but that does not mean they will win a championship right away, yet alone make an appearance in the Finals. They need time to cope, prepare and gather experience together. Some see them winning a lot and breaking records. Some see them struggling. Some do not believe in them at all. Hey, but that is what happened when the Celtics assembled their big three and won it all. But I’m calling it: Boston and Los Angeles. Yes, this is the third time both teams will face each other in the NBA Finals in the last four years. For those who recall, I predicted both teams reaching that stage with the Lakers winning. I was correct. The series will go seven games again, with the Lakers capturing another title.

Key Lakers 2010-11 Games: - Oct. 26 vs. Rockets - Dec. 25 vs. Heat - Jan. 17 vs. Thunder - Jan. 30 vs. Celtics - Feb. 10 @ Celtics - Feb. 25 vs. Clippers - Mar. 10 @ Heat

The Lakers face the Rockets in their Oct. 26 home opener at Staples Center.


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CALENDARTHE10SPOT BY FREDERICK MINTCHELL SUNDAYOCT. 24 Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles; bulesque.mtv.com Amateur dancers between the ages of 13 and 30 compete to win $300 and tickets to the premiere of Burlesque. The L.A. winner joins finalists from around the country for online voters to decide who wins $5,000 and gets to be featured on MTV. Registration at 1 p.m. FREE.

WEDNESDAYOCT. 20 New Voices Series Harmony Gold Theater, 7655 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; levantinecenter.org This monthly movie series to combat Islamophobia and bigotry against Arabs launches tonight with a screening of The Infidel featuring co-stars Omid Djalil and Richard Schiff in person. The comedy is about a man who was raised Muslim but finds out he was born a Jew. 7 p.m. $15, $10 w/student ID.

THURSDAYOCT. 21 The Discount Cruise to Hell Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica; highwaysperformance.org Embark on their brand new glitter glam sex-blast voyage to the other side full of debauchery, mayhem, savage transcendence, hot pant hallucinations, lively libations, show-stopping musical numbers and a flesh-eating crew of attractive unscrupulous performers. 8:30 p.m. Also Friday. $20, $15 w/student ID.

With Creepshow and Night Train to Terror, instead of just two scary stories, you get 16. Plus, you get the Cinefamily’s patented omnibus movie in which several short films (often with different casts and directors) are bundled under one umbrella. 8 p.m. $10.

M+B, 612 N. Almont Drive, Los Angeles; mbart.com Locals Only is an exhibition of color photographs by Hugh Holland that capture the Los Angeles skateboard revolution during the mid-70s from an insider’s perspective. Artist’s opening reception and book signing begin at 6 p.m.

SATURDAYOCT. 23 Janeane Garofalo & Friends Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles; janeanegarofalo.com We’re not sure what the comedienne, actress and activist has up her sleeve, but we can’t wait to find out. 9 p.m. $25.

MONDAYOCT. 25 Condoleeza Rice

Avalon Hollywood, 1735 Vine St., Los Angeles; projectethos.com Local artists who bring to the floor an array of mixed media include: Nick Denambride, Matt Harward, Dani Goodman, Erin Hammond, 12FV, Andrew Behr and Steven Lopez (recently known for his artwork on Erykah Badu’s album art for Amerykahn Promise). 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $20.

Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; booksoup.com The second woman – and the first black woman ever – to serve as Secretary of State talks with Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times about her life and her new book, Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family. 8 p.m. $30 w/book, $20 w/o book.

FRIDAYOCT. 22 Glendale Glory 3

TUESDAYOCT. 26 Lakers vs. Houston

Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale; glendaleglory.com Undefeated Khabir “The Crazy Russian” takes on Javier “El Girito” Gallo for the Vacant NABO Bantamweight Title. The undercard features local fighters, including Deon “The Natural” Elam, “Sugar” Ray Beltran Jr., Jesus “El Pollo” Hernandez and Holly “Lil Bear” Lawson in the first female fight in Glendale history. Doors at 7 p.m. Tix start at $50.

Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Downtown; nba.com/lakers In their first regular season home game of the year, the Lakers start their quest for a three-peat while Houston hopes that Yao Ming can stay healthy. 7:30 p.m. Tix start at $50.

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Do you remember how excited you were the day your parents gave you your first pet? Despite the multiple accidents and relentless training, your heart still fluttered every time you walked into the house to overly exuberant tail wags or a friendly meow. Over the years, the mutual love and admiration between you and your pet companion never ceased. October is ASPCA’s Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month, so why not allow a (or another) furry friend to transform your life for the better? Open your heart and your home and follow in the steps of Dr. Diane Pomerance, who is not only a pet lover but also a pet expert and author of books, including Our Rescue Dog Family Album. Dr. Pomerance has dedicated herself to educating the public on topics like the aging of our pets and coping with the loss of an animal companion. She is a shining example of how large our love can be and how even the most neglected and poorly treated dogs can overcome the burden placed on them by previous owners and learn to love again. Here are a few questions you should consider when thinking about adopting a dog: What kind would be most compatible with your living situation? What would the exercise requirements be? Are you able to walk your dog several times a day and play with him? What age of the dog is best suited to you? Do you have enough time for a quality relationship with a dog? If adoption isn’t suitable to your living situation, then volunteering at your local shelter or making a donation to your local ASPCA is helpful too.

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