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President Barack Obama delivers remarks on financial reform Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C.
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Looking Beyond Obama’s First Year BY china bialos After taking office Jan. 20, 2009, President Barack Obama held a strong overall approval rating of 69 percent among American adults – a score that placed him 30 percent above President George W. Bush’s last ranking on the Presidential Approval Index. As Obama’s first year in office came to a close on Jan. 20, 2010, however, approval ratings had fallen sharply, his total approval rate down to 48 percent. Weeks later, the numbers continue to fall out of his favor. As his second year began, telephone polls found that only 30 percent of Americans held confidence in Obama’s ability to follow through on health care reform, a priority issue that helped carry him into the White House. Obama’s plan for reform was set to include the end of insurance rescission and discrimination for pre-existing conditions, elimination of the Medicare “donut hole” gap in coverage for medication, a cap on out-of-pocket expenses and a coverage mandate for large employers. But Obama’s wishlist for health care reform is being narrowed in the ongoing debate between House and Senate, who have agreed to subsidize insurance and prevent the denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions, but whose disagreement over a public health option is creating a barrier to perhaps the largest change at stake, overall reform now at risk due to the addition of Republican Scott Brown (Massachusetts) to the Senate, and the recent death of Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha (D), which may mean one less vote for reform in the House. If and when it passes, health care reform will likely come in a much more watered-down form than the plan Obama had initially put together. However, Obama has done much for health care in the meantime; one of his first accomplishments, on Feb. 4, 2009, was the signing of the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which continued health coverage for seven million American children and extended coverage
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to an additional 4.1 million. He also enabled the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to take effect, which created a 65 percent subsidy for seven million unemployed relying on COBRA, invested $19 billion in health information technology and placed $1 billion in prevention and wellness programs, an attempt to reduce long-term health care costs related to treatment by funding studies and promoting immunization to minimize the risk of people getting sick in the first place. Obama’s June 2009 signing of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was another step toward preventative measures in health, requiring that flavored cigarettes and youth marketing on behalf of the tobacco industry be banned, and that graphics and warnings would occupy 50 percent of any tobacco product’s packaging. After receiving $8.2 billion in Recovery Act funding in January 2010, the National Institutes of Health awarded an extension of $18.3 million to researchers for S.T.E.M. Education grants, which are being used to invest in math and science education, a longterm attempt at piquing student interest so that the United States may eventually become more independent and internationally competitive in areas like medical research and alternative energy development. The President spent a large portion of his Jan. 27 State of the Union address discussing economic revitalization, but brought to light the importance of education as investment by giving mention to student loan forgiveness. Working to help the United States boast the highest number of college graduates in the world by 2020, his Administration is aiming to increase the affordability of higher education by permitting college loan debt forgiveness after 20 years, or 10 – for those college graduates who go into a public service. He is also pushing the Senate to pass the American Graduation Initiative that seeks to gain five million additional college graduates by 2020 and would allow for an expansion on Pell grants. His 2011 budget would invest an additional $1.35 billion in the Race to the Top program, which aims to reform education on a state and local level. To boost the economy and attempt to promote healthy international trade, Obama’s address mentioned the National Export Initiative, which will allegedly provide or maintain two million jobs in the U.S. and assist small businesses and farmers with business by doubling exports to foreign countries over the next five years. Also within his budget for the year is a proposed tax increase of more than $2 trillion over the next 10 years for businesses and families making over $250,000 per year. He also plans to extend tax cuts for middle-class families in
order to decrease the gap among households, though such cuts would add to the government’s deficit in the long term, and will cut tax breaks for oil companies. Obama has made several attempts, in his first year, toward tolerance at home. In October 2009, he signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act, an act of bipartisan legislation which provides care and support services to areas heavily impacted by HIV and AIDS, and simultaneously lifted the HIV entry ban, which in 1987 was set to prevent HIV-positive travelers and immigrants from entering the country without a waiver. Also building on a theme of tolerance, Obama proclaimed Jan. 16 Religious Freedom Day, an attempt to bring new emphasis to the 1786 Statute for Religious Freedom, undoubtedly used – in modern day context – to lighten the stigma against Islam in the U.S. that has built since 9/11. In December 2009, he ordered the acquisition of the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Illinois, so that it would become a U.S. Penitentiary and allow the transfer of detainees from the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. According to the BBC, more than 40 terror suspects have been transferred out of the facility during Obama’s first year, while nearly 200 detainees remain, as domestic opposition to housing them on U.S. ground has become a barrier to his desire to shut down the facility completely. Certainly, Obama’s approach to terrorism is where he is most greatly drawing criticism from previous supporters; he has submitted somewhat in his wish for the government to claim Osama bin Laden, declaring that the United States is somewhat effective in its tactics if we have reduced bin Laden to hiding without communication to the outside world. Yet bin Laden, believed to be hiding on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan, claimed credit, in an audio statement released Jan. 24, for a failed Al Qaeda attack Dec. 25, and Al Qaeda has taken to making greater use of suicide bombers, which has only forced U.S. airlines to spend additional effort and funding on new security measures. Additionally, Obama’s timetable to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, set in February 2009 with the intention of bringing home all combat troops, or approximately twothirds of troops, by August 2010, and all troops by 2011, has only been offset by his December announcement to deploy 30,000 new troops to Afghanistan. While new forces are intended for government stabilization and the prevention of a Taliban gain on momentum, new plans for Afghanistan mean that troops will not begin to return to the U.S. until July 2011, with complete withdrawal only in sight by the end of the President’s first term. With regard to Iraq, Obama joined Vice President Joe Biden in a recent meeting with Iraq’s Sunni Vice President, Tariq al-Hashimi, to discuss progress prior to an upcoming general election, but with a current ban on candidates who support Saddam Hussein’s Baath party, a lack of reconciliation means U.S. withdrawal may be threatened. The President has also given Russian President Dmitry Medvedev cause for concern; with the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty having expired in December, the two are aiming to develop a treaty successor that would improve Russian-American relations, particularly after Russia’s war with Georgia two years ago. Yet Medvedev’s negotiations with Obama, which come months after the U.S. President decided not to deploy a missile shield in Poland – a plan leftover from the Bush Administration – also come alongside worry from Russian armed forces chief of staff Nikolai Makarov, who believes that Obama’s revision to missile shield plans in Europe are a threat to Russia. Obama claims that this is not the case, yet this issue still prevents a treaty from being formed. Alternately, Obama has also chosen not to reinstate North Korea on a list of countries deemed by the United States to be state sponsors of terrorism, a list from which President Bush had removed North Korea in order to maintain stability with a country recently conducting nuclear and missile tests.
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FOR RENT How USC Students Decide Where to Live BY wei-ting hsu Kevin Wu drives 20 minutes to school; he pays $650 a month for his apartment. Nancy Clarke walks to school in five minutes, and her rent is $900. Paying for housing is one of the most important issues every student faces. Some students choose to live on campus; some choose to live further but with lower rent. How do these students make their decisions? The USC main campus is located in downtown Los Angeles, which means students have to pay higher rent if they live on or near campus. According to the USC Housing Office, on-campus apartment rentals vary from $2,040 to $4,700 every semester. Students who live in the most expensive apartments pay approximately $1,200 every month. One of the biggest perks about living near campus is you do not have to drive to school; instead, you can walk or ride a bike. Or you can live anywhere you want – Santa Monica, Culver City, Alhambra – and drive or take the bus to school. Jessica Liu, a senior majoring in Finance, lives on Ellendale Place near the USC campus. She chooses to live off campus because she does not like to share a room with others; but she says, “It’s not easy to get a room [and] not to share with others.” Now she lives with a roommate in a one-bedroom apartment. Liu explains that although she has to pay more for utilities and Internet, she would like to choose her own house rather than the uncertainty of being assigned a USC apartment. Tomiyama Shoutarou, a graduate student, moved out of a USC apartment because “the apartment [was] too expensive, but the conditions and service [were] not better.” He complains that the apartment he lived in was too small. The heater was out of order most of the time in the winter, and lots of bugs made him itchy in the summer. Besides, he couldn’t bear his roommate returning home with lots of friends. As a result, he decided to move out. Shoutarou says, “I have a larger space and a better studying environment now. I’ll never live in USC apartments again.” Compared with USC apartments, off-campus housing provides more choices. Kevin Wu, a graduate student majoring in Engineering, lives in Monterey Park. He claims that rentals in his area are much lower than on campus and in other areas. He lives in a two bedroom with his roommate; the rent is $650 every month. What’s more, he says, “A lot of Chinese food and supermarkets [are] here. I don’t have to worry about what to eat; besides, it is much safer than the USC area.” Mary Ann Ammons, an apartment owner near USC, believes that students choose off-campus because they have more freedom to do what they want, like inviting friends home, flexibility with planning the space and they do not have to worry whether they can stay in the same room the next semester or not. In addition, there are fewer residents in off-campus apartments than in campus apartments. Take Ammons’ apartment, for example, there are only 10 apartments in the building, and up to 20 people live in the building. Most of the USC apartments are located near campus in a safe area, and USC authorities have set campus bus stops outside USC apartments that are not located on campus. Students do not have to worry about transportation and safety problems even when they have to go home late. Furthermore, USC apartments do provide better management for the whole building. Nancy Clarke, a junior majoring in Communication, insists that living in USC apartments exempts her from worrying about opening utility or Internet accounts. And, she says, “I can get more activity information and hang out with my friends easily.” Whether you live on the USC campus or off campus, nothing is perfect. Students make the best choices they can about where to live based on what suits them best.
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Nate Parker stars as Ben Chavis in Blood Done Sign My Name.
BLOOD DONE SIGN MY NAME Actor/activist Nate Parker keeps the movement alive. BY samantha ofole “It’s not impossible to change the world, and I don’t think the many heroes that came before me had thought it was impossible either,” says Nate Parker. The actor, activist and intellect is referring to a real life hero whom he portrays in the movie Blood Done Sign My Name, an inspirational civil rights drama set in the 1970s that recounts the aftermath of the murder of Henry Marrow, a 23-year-old African-American Vietnam veteran who was killed by a prominent white businessman in Oxford, N.C. A true story based on a novel of the same title by Duke University professor Timothy Tyson, Parker plays a 22-yearold Benjamin Chavis, the burgeoning activist who decided that the best way to protest the injustice was to organize a peaceful march to the state capital. Gathering the incensed Oxford natives, what begins as a small group of Marrow’s outraged friends and relatives grows to become a crowd of thousands for a three-day, 50-mile march to Raleigh, N.C. Chavis, who later went on to become the youngest head of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), urged the black population of Oxford to use its economic power to boycott the white businesses that had taken advantage of them and provided a platform for Parker, who makes no qualms of his attraction to period pieces to enrich his knowledge of black history.
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“My character [Chavis] was the medium between all the different emotions after Marrow’s death. You had some guys running through the city breaking things. You had the students who didn’t know what to do. You had the judicial system that wasn’t giving anyone any answers and what he succeeded in doing was creating solidarity,” says Parker. The 30-year-old Norfolk native and former computer programmer, who stumbled into acting after a Los Angeles talent agent discovered him, has had a remarkable career. He was specially selected by Denzel Washington for the role of Henry Lowe in The Great Debaters, a movie that snagged him an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Actor. Now one of the most promising young actors to have recently emerged on the film scene, Parker played the male
“First of all, civil rights is not over,” says Nate Parker. “The movement has not ended. A lot of black issues are rooted in these cliché civil rights movies and if it means me using my platform as an actor to do these types of powerful movies, then that’s what I am going to do.” lead in Rome & Jewel, a hip-hop take on Romeo and Juliet and also starred in the movie Pride, about an African-American swim team. Recently, he played the love interest of Alicia Keys in the movie The Secret Life of Bees and appears alongside
Oscar nominee Terrence Howard in George Lucas’ upcoming production, Red Tails. A Penn State graduate who is also committed to using his role as an actor to represent positive male images within the black community, Parker picks his projects very carefully and was particularly attracted to Blood Done Sign My Name because of its powerful message. “It deals with civil rights in the 1970s, and I was attracted to this movie because of the dynamics of the story. It’s a true story where the director was a slave to the book in many ways,” Parker says. The book – written in 2004 by Tyson, who was 10 years old when the events occurred – is an engaging memoir and has sold over 150,000 copies and won numerous accolades, including the Southern Book Critics Circle Award and the prestigious University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion. Tyson, whose father served as a minister to the city’s all-white Methodist Church in Oxford, saw firsthand the injustices that plagued the city when his father tried to integrate the church. He initially wrote this epic story of empowerment in the South as a thesis while in college. “The events happened over the summer just before I turned 11,” says Tyson. “The next year we integrated the schools, and it was really violent and crazy. We had a group called the Rights of White People meeting in the park across the street from where I went to school, and there was just a lot of insanity. I was very interested in figuring out how things had gotten that way, so I started it when I was a freshman in college and went back to Oxford and interviewed Robert Teel, the murderer, who is a friend of my father’s and thus began the journey.” Starring Lela Rochon (Boomerang), Omar Benson Miller (Miracle at St. Anna, “CSI: Miami”), Nick Searcy (Mall Cop) and Golden Globe winner Rick Schroder (Lonesome Dove, “NYPD Blue”), Blood Done Sign My Name is directed by Jeb Stuart, the screenwriter of Die Hard and The Fugitive. Stuart, whose father was also a Presbyterian minister in the South, was drawn to the book, which he felt paralleled his own life. “I had been raised in what was commonly known as a ‘New South’ household, meaning it was pro-civil rights and like the Tyson’s, respect for blacks was paramount,” claims Stuart, who captures the book’s essence in examining Marrow’s murder and its aftermath from multiple points of view. “The title [Blood Done Sign My Name] worked perfectly for me,” continues Tyson. “Blood evokes murder. It’s also a short hand, which we use for race and family. It’s very much a story about different families who have these complicated legacies, which collide. When we sign our names, we are making a commitment, and it’s about a commitment that generations of Southern blacks and whites have made to make a declaration of independence.” “What moved me most in Blood,” adds Stuart, “was the heroism and accomplishments of the true heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. Not the great names, but the soldiers of the movement, like Ben Chavis, Vernon Tyson and the women of Oxford who stood up to incredible challenges to create change.” A story of the struggle to attain civil rights, Blood Done Sign My Name gets inside the passion of race relations in America, and while many may argue that a tale about criminal injustice and deep-rooted Southern values has been explored before in numerous flicks, Parker, a major star in the movie, is quick to dispel those arguments. “First of all, civil rights is not over,” says the actor. “The movement has not ended. A lot of black issues are rooted in these cliché civil rights movies, and if it means me using my platform as an actor to do these types of powerful movies, then that’s what I am going to do. Being a person of color, the activism has to be a part of my very platform. There is no other way.” Blood Done Sign My Name releases in select theaters Feb. 19.
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A Double Dose of Horror, Now in Production BY parimal m. rohit The streets of New Orleans may be filled with high hopes and joy as it celebrates the city’s first-ever Super Bowl victory and Fat Tuesday, but such positive and celebratory vibes during Mardi Gras were not on display in the 2006 film Hatchet. It was in Hatchet that a few exploratory souls drifted from Bourbon Street and into the eerily dark and dank swamps just beyond the stirring parties that give New Orleans all its life and luster, only to find death, horror and mayhem. Four years later, the story is reprised. As locals celebrate the city’s first professional sports championship, Marybeth will be seeking vengeance for her father’s death in those same murky swamps she drifted into in Hatchet. As director Adam Green rounds up a fresh new crew for his slasher film sequel in Hatchet 2, Campus Circle pays a visit to the film’s set in Silver Lake, where a detailed re-creation of the Louisiana set that serves as the home of the movie’s villain would make anyone forget they are in the shadows of the Hollywood sign. Indeed, just a few moments on set easily make one feel he is in the throws of the villainous Victor Crowley, whose
Campus Circle > Film > Interviews fictional residence set up in Occidental Studios could make anyone’s blood curl. One person whose blood did not curl was Danielle Harris, who is replacing Tamara Feldman as Marybeth, the film’s lead. Screaming a few times at the top of her lungs before enjoying a sizable portion fettuccine during the lunch break, Harris says Hatchet 2 is totally up her alley. “I was worried that I was replacing somebody, and people would feel weird or awkward in calling me Marybeth instead of Tamara,” Harris candidly tells Campus Circle in an exclusive interview. “I tried to win them over. But no one made Julianne Moore look like Jodie Foster [in the sequel of The Silence of the Lambs]. No one tried to make Maggie Gyllenhaal look like Katie Holmes [The Dark Knight]. Everyone knows that I am not [Tamara]. They know the difference.” Apparently, fans will also be able to tell the difference between Hatchet 2 and its 2006 predecessor. “This movie literally starts where the first one ends,” Harris says, giving a sneak peek into the film as she stands on set preparing for one of the film’s closing sequences. “In [Hatchet 2], they are really coming with me, and the supporting cast kind of brings flavor to the story. It really is about them joining me on my journey and getting my revenge on Victor Crowley.” As for what separates this second chapter of the Hatchet slasher saga from the gory first, Harris says the fireworks in the sequel are far more spectacular than in the original film. “Gun-packing, ass-kicking, I am definitely not the victim anymore. This is one of the reasons I wanted to do this movie,” she says. “[The fans] are going to think this is really better than the first. This movie has so much more of what people want to see in sequels. The action is better, the set
ANIMATION BLOCK PARTY Feb. 18 @ New Beverly Cinema BY candice winters SINCE the Academy Awards ARE rapidly approaching my mind is all movies, all the time, because I’m also trying my best to put together a predictions list which this year, seems to be more difficult than ever. If you haven’t been trained with a critical eye, some categories are quite a struggle. I’m sure there are plenty of viewers who wouldn’t be able to identify which film should win best editing or best sound mixing because to the average viewer, those things are misunderstood or not understood at all. Then there is animation, which is the most fun because there is a little wiggle room allowed for straightforward, honest-to-goodness opinion. This year with the expansion of the Best Picture to include 10 nominations instead of the usual five, Pixar’s Up is nominated for both Best Animated Feature and Best Picture, which is a big deal seeing as it’s the first computer-generated film and second animated film to be nominated ever in the history of the Academy Awards. If I’m being completely honest, I would have to say it’s a little disappointing and disheartening for me to see that Up
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Hatchet 2’s Danielle Harris is “gun-packing, ass kicking.”
looks like it has a $20 million budget and it’s really badass.” To that end, Harris said she was excited to be in Hatchet 2 because she thinks it establishes her as a top-shelf actress in the horror film space. “I think this is probably my best work as an actor so far. I feel like I am the Lara Croft of the horror genre,” she notso-humbly admits just as it began to rain outside the studio. Indeed, it remains to be seen whether Harris, who starred in several other horror films such as Halloween 4, Halloween 5 and Urban Legend, will have topped herself in Hatchet 2 – especially since production is not complete. For now, we will just have to take her word for it. When the film releases in the fall, Harris’ words will be put to the test, and her feet will be put to the fire.
Campus Circle > Film > Projections is virtually a shoo-in for the Best Animated prize, seeing as it was honored with a Best Picture nod as well. Of course, I’m a tad biased because I am (secretly or not-so-secretly) rooting for Henry Selick’s stop motion work of pure genius, Coraline. Which reins me in from my digression and directly to my point: What is the role of animation in this day and age? Is it possible for an adult viewer to identify with an animated feature on the same level as a live-action drama or comedy or suspense thriller? Apparently the Academy thinks so. There was much talk this summer when Up was released about the montage in the beginning of the film that not only alludes to a miscarriage, but also to the death of the main character’s wife. Heavy, heavy stuff for a kids’ movie. And even though my vote is still with Mr. Selick, I have to say that sequence was pretty darn incredible. Which leads me to my second point, that animation is making a name for itself as a medium for the mass audiences. People are going to the movies to see these films and not necessarily with their children. If you have hopped on the bandwagon of CG, sketchbook or stop-motion animation, then boy do I have a projections event for you. Animation Block Party is a film festival that was developed in 2004 and is dedicated to exhibiting the world’s best independent, student and professional animation. Based in New York City, the official fest has thus far received over 5,000 submissions from across the world. Obviously, the catch is that the festival runs in the summer... in New York. Fear not fellow cartoon lovers, Animation Block Party will be making its premier California appearance at the New Beverly Cinema on Feb. 18. The event includes two exclusive “Best of ABP” screenings and film highlights of the 2008 and 2009 ABP Audience
Bring an open mind to the Animation Block Party.
Award winners, 2009 Experimental Film winner and 2009 Documentary Short favorite. Film festival animators and past winners will also participate in the event at the New Beverly. To kick off the big night of animation, Animation Block Party founder, Casey Safron, will introduce the screenings. Bring an open mind and good attitude, as these are the films that should be given more support. These are the creators, animators and innovators who will be bringing us the next films nominated for Best Picture. Drawing, sketching, molding ... it all takes an incredible talent that should never be underestimated. It’s a good thing this festival is around to keep alive and growing the kids’ films that are now also made for the adult audience in mind. In the spirit of compromise, I will let Up keep both of its nominations. New Beverly Cinema is located at 7165 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit animationblock.com/ newbev.
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THE GOOD GUY Will Alexis Bledel follow her head or heart? BY ebony march “I feel sorry for you.” These five words punctuate one of the most poignant disses in cinematic history. In The Good Guy, Alexis Bledel (“Gilmore Girls”) plays Beth, a young Manhattan female with a good job, close friends and a career. The only thing left for this cosmopolitan lady is to land Mr. Right. Sounds easy, but hold up... Beth becomes smitten with Tommy (Dear John’s Scott Porter). He’s your stereotypical pompous Wall Street money guy, who places more importance on his three-piece suit than on his long-term relationships. However, a wrench in the gears soon comes in the form of Tommy’s co-worker, Daniel (Bride Wars’ Bryan Greenberg). Beth must learn to separate fact from fiction, love from infatuation and the good guys from the bad. Once she does, she delivers the aforementioned kiss-off with the sterling glare that any heartbroken girl should. On a sunny winter day in Los Angeles (65 degrees, to be exact), Bledel and the film’s director enter the Four Seasons hotel to discuss their labor of love. Bledel is stunning in a nude-colored, romantic chiffon dress –giving off a maturity
Campus Circle > Film > Interviews years older than her numerous teen-friendly characters. She begins to discuss – with great passion – what drew her to The Good Guy. “Beth felt very real to me,” she explains. “The things she wants in her life are not very hard to imagine.” The Good Guy is directed by Julio DePietro. He, too, was once an investment firm hustler, so his insight into this world is firsthand. DePietro was incredibly careful to portray the lives of his subjects, as well as New York City, with as much love and respect as possible. “I felt like I was in a unique position to give an insider view of that industry, while at the same time commenting on the state of modern relationships – i.e., dating in the big city from a male perspective,” he says. “I also wanted to make it funny and sweet, not your typical indie downer, because I want people to see and enjoy it.” He took full advantage of the New York City’s vast landscape, setting a number of scenes in locations that may be a bit foreign to most, including his cast. “The Cloisters was probably my favorite [location] because I didn’t even know it was there,” admits Bledel. Production proved an interesting feat for everyone involved. The cast, including co-stars Aaron Yoo (The Wackness) and Andrew McCarthy (“Lipstick Jungle”) bonded over their material and took cues from their onscreen counterparts by forming literary attachments with each other. Since the characters in The Good Guy are fairly well read and urbane, it wasn’t a stretch that the cast and director would share their love of the written word as well. “We talked about books a lot on set,” says Bledel. She even gifted DePietro with a novel during the wrap party. As for Porter, The Good Guy marks another in a long
TWO THUMBS UP: THE WOLFMAN AND SHUTTER ISLAND BY zach hines I recently had the privilege of seeing a couple of films that were really awesome. Both had elements that gave me the awesome gooey feeling inside that you get when you know you’re watching the work of artists who are putting in serious work and aren’t just collecting a paycheck. More specifically, each film had elements that inspired me to gush about them in my column. First up is Shutter Island directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Let me just get one thing out of the way: Scorsese is arguably the best filmmaker of all time. Here’s a man whose craft has never stopped getting better the more films he makes. There are directors whose craft and film grammar have fluctuated throughout their careers, but
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Tommy (Scott Porter) and Beth (Alexis Bledel) in The Good Guy
line of career-propelling roles that will surely solidify him as Hollywood’s next leading man. Although his character isn’t the most honorable dude a girl could bring home to mom and dad, the guy who’s playing him is the exact opposite. For that reason, Porter really wanted to sink his teeth into his part. As for the ups and downs that Tommy faces, as well as the ones he forces upon others in the movie with his wayward player actions, Porter is philosophical. “In this movie everybody gets what they deserve,” he says with a smile.” With his character’s philandering tendencies in high swing, Porter, Bledel and Greenberg still manage to display fiery onscreen chemistry with one another. Luckily, it was all a matter of kismet. “I joined the project pretty last minute, so when that happens, you sort of just hope for the best,” says Bledel. The Good Guy releases in select theaters Feb. 19.
Campus Circle > Film > Screen Shots Scorsese, regardless of whatever criticism someone might have about the actual movie, there’s no disputing the passion that was put into it. When Scorsese talks about film, you can tell that he’s still just as passionate about it now as he was when he was just starting out. When you’re watching one of his films, you forget that a large part of the film industry has become a machine that polishes turds and uses marketing wizardry to peddle it to the masses. Anyone who has anything negative to say about Martin Scorsese can guzzle rat poison piña coladas. Now that I got that out of the way; Shutter Island is fucking awesome. Aside from the fact that it is so well written, directed, acted, etc., the film is in many ways a heavenly marriage between Scorsese and Alfred Hitchcock. The nature of the story and the mystery of it is definitely something that Hitchcock would do if he were making films today, and Scorsese channels him in ways that pay homage and build upon his style. Also, DiCaprio’s work in this film is inspired. His collaborations with Scorsese are my favorite performances of his, and this one is definitely up there. There are movies, and then there are films. This is a film. Second is The Wolfman directed by Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III, upcoming The First Avenger: Captain America) and starring Benicio Del Toro. I also thought The Wolfman was ass-kick awesome. I can’t say enough about casting really great actors in these kinds of movies. People generally go to movies like these to see the effects, but when you cast actors like Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins and Hugo Weaving, it brings the piece up to the level of being something of high merit, and not just a “kill two hours effects movie.” But as much as I really liked the performances, it turns
Benicio Del Toro in The Wolfman
out the effects are what really captivated me, and I’ll tell you why. It wasn’t an orgy of computer-generated images; rather, it was a harmonious blend of CGI, practical effects and makeup. Rick Baker, the Picasso of makeup effects, worked on this film, and let me tell you, there’s a reason he’s the best. This was by far the greatest werewolf film I’ve seen since An American Werewolf in London (which Baker also did). Johnston masterfully blends practical makeup on a real actor, and a computer generated werewolf to the point where sometimes you don’t know which is which. That’s when you’re making it work for you. I haven’t seen practical effects and computer effects used together this well since Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2. I’ve become very bored with computergenerated effects, so watching this movie was refreshing because I felt like I was actually looking at a real wolfman. This film has me excited to see what Johnston does with Captain America. Send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shutter Island (Paramount) It’s great to see a legend like Martin Scorsese still going strong. The Academy Award-winning director guides a starstudded cast in the thriller Shutter Island. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Teddy Daniels, a U.S. Marshal investigating the disappearance of a female patient at Leonardo DiCaprio in Shutter Island a federal institution for the criminally insane. Along with his new partner, Chuck (Mark Ruffalo), Daniels hits roadblock after roadblock during his investigation – including the strange ambivalence of institution head Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley). Still, Daniels isn’t deterred. He fights tooth and nail to get to the bottom of all the bizarre goings-on within the hospital, while battling his own troubled past. As he probes through the mysterious Ashecliffe Hospital, he begins to see visions of his deceased wife, Dolores (Michelle Williams). She tries to warn him of the impending dangers he will face if he continues on his quest, but it’s to no avail. Before Daniels realizes it, fact and fiction completely blur, and he’s left questioning loyalties and his own professional abilities. Shutter Island is the best that film noir has to offer. DiCaprio is compelling as the tough-talking, badass protagonist. He is a perfect fit with every member of the supporting cast, especially Williams. From the costumes to the cinematography to the overall art direction, each frame stands alone as a masterpiece. Though the book on which it was based was a top-seller in 2003, there has been a lot of Internet buzz over whether its cinematic counterpart can live up to the original. Thankfully, it does. Scorsese’s artistry is evident. But the best aspect of Shutter Island is how the suspense and climax are interwoven in one of the most satisfactory displays that moviemaking has to offer. Not a second of tension is misplaced or misguided. Shutter Island’s plot will be a great joy for those who haven’t read the book and a happy visual surprise for those who have. Grade: A —Ebony March Shutter Island releases in theaters Feb. 19.
BY mikE sebAstian Funny Business: One of the best spoofs since Air– plane!, Black Dynamite sends up ’70s blaxploitation flicks. Michael Jai White (Why Did I Get Married?) stars as the titular nunchuck-wielding ladies’ man taking down the jive turkeys that killed his brother. Arsenio Hall co-stars. Chris Rock sets out to explore the world of African-American hairstyles as only he can in the documentary Good Hair. Making appearances are Eve, Ice-T, Maya Angelou and Al Sharpton. Best known for his tales of Rick James’ megalomania in “Chappelle’s Show,” long unsung comedian Charlie Murphy takes center stage in his first standup special, I Will Not Apologize. Also available: One Hot Summer, based on the bestseller The Horror! The Horror! A flesh-eating virus spreads through a high school prom via bottled water in Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever. The over-the-top sequel strings together a series of gross-out gags that we won’t go into here, but which will please gore-comedy lovers. A slice of California’s serial killer legacy comes to life in Freeway Killer, the true story of William Bonin. During the ’70s, Bonin traveled the highways picking up hitchhikers and leaving them mutilated and sexually assaulted. Also available: 13teen. The Vault: Mickey Rooney: The Long and the Short of it. This six-disc collection, the latest in the Legends of Laughter Collection, contains 14 of the short stature entertainer’s films, spanning his long career, including two Mickey McGuire shorts, an episode of “The Mickey Rooney Show,” a “Playhouse 90” drama, “The Comedian” and a WWII short.
The Idiotbox: HBO’s The Life and Times of Tim: The Complete First Season is one of the funniest animated debuts since “South Park.” Fans of Adult Swim will appreciate the deadpan absurdity. Before breaking through in the U.S., Clive Owen made some great British television. Owen stars as a detective slowly going blind while trying to solve a brutal murder in Second Sight: Complete Collection. A dedicated LAPD officer relocates his family to a tough inner city neighborhood in the hour-long drama Lincoln Heights: The Complete First Season. After his son is murdered, a Los Angeles private eye comes out of retirement to catch the killer in Barnaby Jones: Season One. The long-running series, which premiered in 1973, starred Buddy Ebsen as the elderly, milk-drinking P.I. and Lee Meriwether as his daughterin-law/assistant.
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Revanche (Criterion Collection). Alex, an ex-con, dreams of one last heist so he can start over with his prostitute girlfriend. But she is killed in the robbery attempt, which turns Alex’s thoughts to revenge. It’s a deliberately paced, slow burn of a crime drama, which explores some heavy themes. Audrey Tautou stars in the rags-to-riches tale of the legendary fashion icon in Coco Before Chanel. Shot guerilla style on the streets of New York, festival favorite The Pleasure of Being Robbed arrives on DVD. The low-budget comedy follows a scrappy and spontaneous pickpocket around the city.
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Under the Radar: Moral relativism is at the heart of Austria’s Oscar-nominated
Blu Notes: Oscar-nominated performances stand out in two new Blu-ray releases: The Last King of Scotland and Walk the Line. In the first, Forest Whitaker plays the mercurial Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, as seen through the eyes of his personal physician (James McAvoy). The latter stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Man In Black, Johnny Cash, as it chronicles his romance with June Carter (Reese Witherspoon). William Friedkin’s ’80s action classic To Live and Die in L.A. stars C.S.I.’s William Petersen as a Secret Service agent on the trail of a ruthless counterfeiter played by the intense Willem Dafoe.
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FREQUENCY BY brien overly
Campus Circle > Music > Frequency or eat some cookies or something before I can even think about writing another show pick right now.
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Feb. 19 @ The Troubadour Feb. 21 @ The Glass House Not everything I put in Frequency is down-on-yourself, woe-is-me, wrist-slittingly depressing music clawing at the innermost portions of your soul. I mean, it is most of the time, but I like to spice things up every now and then. Every … once in a great while. At least … once a century. Point being, if you’re the kind of person who fancies yourself something of a badass, but you also know what integrity is and can actually spell it, P.O.S. is your guy. And if you like your hip-hop real, gritty, intellectually challenging and free of posturing, again, this is your guy.
Feb. 20 @ House of Blues Anaheim Feb. 21 @ House of Blues Sunset Strip Some of the bands playing the Take Action! Tour this year are among my absolute favorites right now. Some … have taken their share of ribbing from me in this here column. Much as I may make light of jaded cynicism with new bands though, one thing I can never hate on is bands supporting a good cause. This year, the annual tour is raising awareness on Driving for Donors and has some resources on hand that let y’all take part in their cause too. Considering some of the bands on this year’s lineup, one cheek swab to check your compatibility for bone marrow donation is like, the least you could do. First are my favorite Orlando natives, There for Tomorrow. Just flip back a couple pages if you need the full story on why these guys are the not-to-miss band on this show, but here’s the short of it, in case you’re patienceimpaired. They’re melodic, but still know how to attack a stage like nobody’s business. They’re not old enough to drink yet, but they sound like seasoned rock veterans. They’re the catchiest band this side of Warped Tour, but believe it or not, they actually still have their artistic integrity intact. Also along for the ride are some similarly awesome acts, among them being We the Kings, Mayday Parade and A Rocket to the Moon.
MUSINK Tattoo & Music Festival Feb. 19-21 @ Orange County Fair and Event Center Three days of tattoos and rock ’n’ roll? Sign me up, please. The Buzzcocks, the Cult, the Damned, Face to Face, NOFX and more than 20 other bands are sure to have that one oldschool punk rocker in your life very stoked. Add in some of the best tattoo artists from across the country, including the awesome Oliver Peck whose work I myself bear, and you’re well on your way to at least looking the part of the professional rock ’n’ roller, even if you’re not man enough to take up a blow habit and date a porn star.
Ragga Muffins Festival Feb. 20, 21 @ Long Beach Arena It’s a reggae-funk fest. In Long Beach. Come on, we all know what that means. Be right back, guys, I need to go take a nap
Brendan Benson Feb. 20 @ The Troubadour Any friend of Jack White is a friend of mine. And any singer-
PAGES Everybody’s Scene: The Story of Connecticut’s Anthrax Club (Butter Goose) Says Chris Daily of the Anthrax Gallery: “I can remember weird moments like poking my friend Spazz in the eye with my thumb while stage diving to 7 Seconds, or the singer of FANG spitting on the ceiling and it hanging down two feet before final– ly dropping to the floor of the stage.” This is the story of a combined art space and punk club in a grimy neighborhood of Stamford, Conn., which began with brothers Brian and Shaun Sheridan and a space rented for $400 a month. Inspired by the early ’80s punk scene in New York, wanting to build on it for the suburban crowd in Connecticut that would’ve otherwise missed out, the brothers developed a small group of supporters and in 1983 held a benefit show at nearby venue Pogo’s (with bands like Agnostic Front, Hose, CIA and Violent Children) in order to replace their early gallery space with a TV repair shop that would serve as a bona fide venue; bigger, better than the initial word-ofmouth effort. Amusing, then, is the story of the transition to a 4,400 square foot space in Norwalk, where there’d be a run-in with Mark E. Smith and an unexpected straight edge movement. Everybody’s Scene is nostalgic in the way We Got the
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Get a new tattoo and catch bands like NOFX over the three days of MUSINK. songwriter friend of Jack White is my new best friend. ’Nuff said.
Butch Walker Feb. 23 @ Hotel Café You wouldn’t know it by looking at him, but Holy Uncomfortable Emotional Response can this guy turn the emo up to 11 when he wants to. While so many acclaimed producers who play both sides of the creative fence get caught up in egotism and thinking they’re more awesome then they really are, Walker really just is that awesome. A skilled master at instrumentation and arrangement, his acquired skills are only surpassed by his natural ability to emote. Put the gritty-pop singer songwriter behind an acoustic guitar by himself and he’s as much at home as he’d be with a full band behind him. All while always being impeccably styled. Truly, a punk rock renaissance man.
Campus Circle > Culture > Books Neutron Bomb is toward the Masque, of 1970’s Los Angeles, or in the way some local weeklies will glorify venues like a pre-No Age version of the Smell. The exciting aspect of it, even if you weren’t there – which you likely weren’t, unless you lived near Stamford in the early 1980s – is the shoddy photography, no doubt taken on a whim of bands like 7 Seconds, Channel 3 and Descendents, and the budding scene of locals, more small town than punk rock at first glance. The imagery does well to support a statement in the book’s preface: “Nobody’s an island.” Grade: B+ —China Bialos Everybody’s Scene: The Story of Connecticut’s Anthrax Club is currently available.
Tupac Shakur: The Life and Times of an American Icon (Da Capo) Some might argue Tupac knew death was knocking at his door. He talked about it and rapped about it as if it were imminent. That didn’t make his passing in 1996 at age 25 any easier on his fans. The controversial rap star meant more to hip-hop than most emcees. He was political, outspoken and proved to be a conscious leader when he wasn’t embroiled in beef.
Dr. Fred Johnson, Associate Professor of History at Hope College, and Tayannah McQuillar, author of When Rap Music Had a Conscience, chronicle the life of this American hero, from his rough-and-tumble childhood to his phenomenal fame and, ultimately, to the gangsta-style drive-by in Las Vegas that took his life. There are so many high and low points in Tupac’s life that make him fascinating, which are hinted at in the book’s chapter titles: Nonviolence Is a Dead Philosophy, Baltimore School for the Arts, Jada and John, Shock G, Interscope, T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E., Poetic Justice, Puffy, Biggie, Above the Rim, A Shooting in Atlanta, Me Against the World, The Shogun of Death Row, Inmate No. 95-A-1140, Piggie and Buffy, The Second Shooting, The Notorious P.I.S.S.E.D., The Third Shooting, Goodbye. Though he seemed to attract danger and death, his smile seemed to suggest love and life. His on-screen persona was magnetic, as Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers wrote about him in 1992’s Juice. It has been said that director John Singleton wrote the lead of 2001’s Baby Boy for Tupac. At the time of his passing, Tupac was on a cinematic roll: Bullet, Gridlock’d, Gang Related. He had one foot on Hollywood’s red carpet and one foot on heaven’s doorstep. His was a tough part to play; because being the bad guy with a quick tongue made him famous, yet it was also his ultimate downfall. Since his death, five posthumous albums have been released, scoring a total of eight Top 10 hits. Tupac’s legacy lives on: Read all about it. Grade: A —Jessica Koslow Tupac Shakur: The Life and Times of an American Icon is currently available.
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Chaser play a CD release show for The Big Picture Feb. 26.
Chaser Get The Big Picture: Orange County melodic punk band Chaser have just released a new album called The Big Picture. Chaser vocalist Mike LeDonne says the album title refers to the age-old question: What is the meaning of life? “The songs flow into each other like a timeline or clip of one’s life,” says LeDonne. “In the end, The Big Picture comes around full circle, reflecting back on one’s life and seeing the positive in it as if through the innocent eyes of a child. If you’ve ever found something worth sacrificing for, experienced the overwhelming feelings of guilt and regret or struggled battling your own weaknesses you will be able to relate to this album.” And oh yeah, the album rocks out, too. Hear for yourself when Chaser plays a CD release show at the Lava Lounge at Dipiazza’s in Long Beach Feb. 26. We Are The World’s Clay Stones: Echo Park band We Are The World couldn’t possibly have foreseen that the 25-year-old charity single “We Are The World” would be remade this year and in the news at the same time that they’re trying to promote their debut album, Clay Stones. It remains to be seen whether the coincidence is a promotional godsend or nightmare for the band, but those who give a listen won’t in any way be confused. We Are The World, the band, specializes in trance-y electronica filled with primal rhythms played out with heavy bass lines, and you’d never mistake their music for an all-star vocal number featuring the likes of Pink and Lil Wayne. Clay Stones drops Feb. 23 through Manimal Vinyl Recordings and WATW will have a Thursday night residency gig at the Echo beginning April 1.
He was a teenage vandal before founding Nikki Sixx takes over radio airwaves. one of the most popular rock bands in music history. Now, he is tuning into his “Sixx Sense,” and he is hoping music lovers across the country will join him in doing the same. The rebel and Mötley Crüe founder enters the next phase in his life as Nikki Sixx launches his nationally syndicated radio station. “First and foremost, it’s the music,” Sixx tells Campus Circle of his show. “It’s a balance of host providing good music and audience trust. That is a very important relationship for me, and I think the listeners get that.” Distributed by Premiere Radio Networks and already being transmitted in more than 30 Rock/Alternative radio stations, Sixx says his Internet-based radio show uniquely balances promising new talent and what he feels is great music. Even more, he says following “Sixx Sense” on the Web will give listeners a chance to escape. “Broadcasting over the Internet and the appearance of the studio is very important to me. When you go into Sixx Sense Studio in Los Angeles, you will immediately be transported to another place,” Sixx excitedly says. “This is not the station across the street.” To that end, Sixx humbly says he hopes to put his stamp on the program in order to make it successful. “I’m not putting on a character; this is who I really am,” he says. “I can’t project why or if my show will be successful. I’m doing this because I love it. This is not a money gig for me.” To share in Nikki’s passion, be sure to tune into “Sixx Sense” Monday through Friday, from 7 p.m. to midnight (and the weekend program the “Side Show with Nikki Sixx,” available Saturday and Sunday, from 6 a.m. to midnight), on sixxsense.com. Sixx is joined by co-host Kerri Kasem, daughter of Casey Kasem. For more information, visit sixxsense.com.
Catch the Stagecoach: Upcoming country superstar Jason Aldean has been added to the lineup of the 2010 Stagecoach Country Music Festival that pulls into the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio a week after Coachella. Aldean joins a list of mainstream country, roots rock, bluegrass, folk and alt-country acts scheduled to appear that includes Sugarland, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Bobby Bare, Merle Haggard, Black Prairie, the Avett Brothers and Phil Vassar, to name but a few. The big hoedown takes place April 24-25 and tickets are now on sale. Find all the details at stagecoachfestival.com
Take Action! This year’s Take Action! Tour is now in full swing, and the annual compilation CD that accompanies the tour has dropped. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the two-CD Take Action Volume 9 from Hopeless Records/Sub City will benefit the Driving for Donors organization, a non-profit that seeks to raise awareness of the need for bone marrow donors. More than a dozen previously unreleased tunes adorn the 34-cut package and included are contributions from We the Kings, Mayday Parade, Hit the Lights, Frank Turner, Cobra Starship and 3OH!3. There For Tomorrow, named last year as one of the “100 Bands You Need to Know” by Alternative Press Magazine performs an acoustic version of “Backbone” on Vol. 9, and they’ll also be one of the feature bands when the Take Action! Tour makes a stop at the House of Blues in West Hollywood Feb. 21.
Rob Laufer’s Excruciating Bliss: Singer-songwriter Rob Laufer is preparing to release a new album called Excruciating Bliss. The Tarzana native spent his teen years jamming with guys who would go on to be integral members of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band, he played the George Harrison spot in the original production of “Beatlemania” and he sang in Cheap Trick’s production of “Sgt. Pepper Live” during its two-week run in Las Vegas last year. Excruciating Bliss drops on April 6, but you don’t have to wait that long to hear Laufer in action; catch the pop journeyman at the Silverlake Lounge Feb. 24.
The Soundtrack of Our Lives: If you enjoyed the recent Communion album from the Soundtrack of Our Lives, you’ll be happy to know that they’ve just released a new digital-only three-song E.P. called Immaculate Convergence. The Swedish stars play the Glass House in Pomona Feb. 25 and at the El Rey Feb. 26.
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There for Tomorrow have stepped up their game for audiences on the Take Action! Tour.
THERE FOR TOMORROW Everyday Musicians BY brien overly We see it all too often on tabloid covers and E! News specials, young stars led astray by the more unsavory vices available behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. Young, fresh-faced teen singers and actors one day, drug-addicted, boozed-up, orange-hued and going commando in public the next. Unlike the horror blind items referencing some of their contemporaries, though, the young men of There for Tomorrow would rather do without the excess. Not to say they don’t get into their share of innocent trouble along the way, but guitarist Christian Climer, bassist Jay Enriquez, drummer Chris Kamrada and vocalist Maika Maile prefer to be observant learners when possible. Playing tours big and small since the release of last year’s A Little Faster, the Florida-based rockers have had the unique opportunity to do a lot of their growing up on the road. While exposure to the rock ’n’ roll party lifestyle on a daily basis might lead some lesser bands to burn themselves out prematurely, the foursome have seen more than their share of examples of what not to do when you’re a band on the road. One of the big experiences for the band was their stint on the entirety of the 2009 Vans Warped Tour, which proved to be eye opening for both Maile and Climer. “Being first-timers on Warped Tour is like being at a party with your pants off, but you didn’t know it,” says Climer with a laugh. Maile adds, “We went into it thinking way differently that we should have. We though you’d just set up and things would smooth over, but Warped Tour is you looking like a jackass in 95 degree weather.” Despite the stress of being on one of the most physically and emotionally demanding national tours around, or perhaps because of it, Maile confesses the tour was a big growing up experience for him. But then, that’s likely a natural progression when you go from playing for less than 50
people a night with three other bands to having an audience of a few thousand and are on the road with over 50 bands at any given time. “I went through a ‘finding myself ’ stage on it, and I feel more confident in who I am now,” says Maile. “Just seeing how people act, and how people shouldn’t act, you learn from the good things and the bad things.” Climer adds, “It’s a good time though. There are a lot of good people there, and some not so good people, just like everywhere else.” Without going into specifics, it’s apparent Maile may have had his share of dealings with the latter when he says, “This song is for all the bullshitters,” before launching into the fastpaced and very pointed track “Sore Winner” during his band’s set. “It’s about all the people that just have too much to say. Winning is cool, but feeding people more bullshit than they already get is not the most favorable thing,” he says. “You can tell when people have a façade and are just trying too hard.” Though his intentional vagueness with his words works as a diplomatic function, Maile’s similar approach to songwriting serves another purpose as well. “I don’t really get specific about things because my music and lyrics are the only way I can vent,” he says. “It’s a lot of scattered thoughts, but it all fits in one idea. It’s not like the bands who say, ‘Well I had this melody idea, and ‘I miss you’ fit into that.’ It’s not that,” he adds, maybe only half-jokingly. “My favorite part of being in a band is the writing,” Maile continues. “Some of our songs, we wrote when I was 16, but hopefully people can get that we’re serious about what we do. The way we write our songs, what we talk about, that we have a message behind what we’re saying, we’re not just talking about dancing with 13-year-old girls at a club or something.” While many bands posture about only writing music for themselves and not letting the opinions of others influence their work, the members of There for Tomorrow have a different stance. While many take the approach that outside motivation is a bad thing, these guys write, record and perform with the intent that audiences will connect to their music and take something positive from it. “I hope [fans] know they’re as much a part of this as we are,” says Maile. “We want everyone to have that family feeling because there are a lot of people out there who aren’t spoken for. We’ve all been in that situation before. All we’re doing is putting our lives out there, not as an example to look up to, just telling what I know and playing what we know. We’re not going to get up there and bullshit and talk about things we don’t know about. We want people to feel welcome.”
In the time since the album’s release, Maile admits to having seen an increase in the intensity of the responses he gets from fans with attachments to particular songs or lyrics, only further validating his efforts. “They’re all just different parts of the way I think, so it’s hard for me to shine light on just one,” says Maile when asked about any particular favorite songs of his own from the band’s repertoire. “If I wasn’t in the band and they weren’t my lyrics, I’d probably say ‘Deathbed’ is really special. It’s just got something epic about it.” Indeed, the quintessential power ballad of A Little Faster has all the makings of a mainstream hit, so it shouldn’t be any surprise that track is slated to be the band’s next single and follow-up to the album’s title track. But just because you’ll be hearing the song and seeing the yet-to-be-shot video everywhere you go soon enough this year, doesn’t detract from the band’s commitment to honest songwriting. “Anybody that knows me knows I put myself and my views about things out there for a reason. It’s kind of selfish when people get too opinionated about other people’s opinions, as oxymoronic as that is,” says Maile. With a laugh, he continues, “And it’s not like I’m John Mayer or anything.” “A lot of music nowadays kind of loses people a bit. We like for our music to take you on a journey. Not like a stoner band where we’re going to take you on a ‘trip’ or anything, just take you on an adventure,” says Maile. “Hopefully every time is a fresh performance because it’s hard out on the road for us sometimes,” says Maile. “We can be as tired as possible, and we still have to get up there and do our thing. Hopefully kids can take an experience away and have a connection with us, rather than it be just them watching a band.” And for this time out as part of Hopeless Records’ annual Take Action! Tour, Maile also promises that his band has stepped up its game for audiences. “For this tour, we’re trying to just give a power set. No stopping, talking, bullshitting, just get right into the songs with a few interludes,” he says. But don’t expect a monotonous performance, either. “We try to cover the whole spectrum in our music because if we just play four-chord progression, rocking out the whole time, it’d get old. We’re open-minded about what we listen to so we want to be open-minded about what we play,” he adds. This mentality and approach to performance is something the band members try to carry into all aspects of their lives, not just the music-related ones. While many of the bands they’ve shared stages with and are often compared to find comfort in escapism and trivial subject matter, Maile is much happier with introspection and intellectualism. Not what you would expect from a band guy in the prime of college age, right? It’s all part of Maile’s master plan. “Understanding yourself will help you understand everyone else,” says Maile. “It’s a hard game to play with your own soul, like chasing yourself around in a circle trying to catch your tail.” But if there’s one thing the members of There for Tomorrow have proven in the last year and a half, it’s that a little hard work is the last thing that scares them these days. “I realized after Warped that you’re only going to receive as much as you put into it. How hard you work is going to reflect what you get in return,” says Climer. As proof of the symbolic meaning their journey has held, Climer opted to have his commitment sealed in tattoo form after completion of recording the album, now bearing on his arm the neon fast-forward emblem that serves as one of their current logos. Maile, on the other hand, has yet to have an opportune moment to do the same. “I’m waiting for the epiphany of where to put it,” he jokes. There for Tomorrow will perform on the Take Action! Tour Feb. 20 at House of Blues Anaheim and Feb. 21 at House of Blues Sunset Strip. For more information, visit myspace.com/ therefortomorrow.
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a Laurel Canyon cool shared by bands like Beachwood Sparks. If Brian Wilson, an obvious influence, co-wrote songs for Fly Ashtray, it might sound something like Dios. The opener “Epileptic Tunnel Visions” shows a wistful surrealism that carries on throughout. But don’t let the funny phonetic gotcha moments of songs like “Ay Don Wanu Meri Yu” or “Don B Efrey Du Die” fool you, this band is serious about their mission to get songs stuck in your head. Grade: A —Damon Huss We Are Dios is currently available.
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Join us as we welcome Visqueen to the Amoeba stage! Message To Garcia (out now) is the debut album on Rachel Flotard’s new independent record label, Local 638 Records. “4 STARS. ...Rachel Flotard’s strong, clear vocals are the band’s secret weapon, a seductive cross between Robin Zander, Robert Pollard, and Kim Deal.”--All Music Guide Playing live at Spaceland on Feb. 25th at 9pm!
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Good To Be (Thirty Tigers) On their fifth excursion, Good To Be, Illinois roots rockers Backyard Tire Fire amplify their Midwest textures to include touches of Britpop, folk-rock and slow-burning balladry into populist tunes akin to Gov’t Mule, Los Lobos and Cracker. In fact, Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin produced this analog recording and helps provide the 40-minute, 11-track album a muscular but amiable emphasis. Throughout, singer Ed Anderson maintains a positive outlook tempered by hard-luck tales about a mom who works two jobs, a teenage boy’s unsteady loss of virginity and couples who strive to make their lives better. While many songs have a heartfelt, heartland tone, Backyard Tire Fire escapes musical clichés by adding astute instrumentation such as sax and piano, unexpected key changes and an insistent percussive drive. Standouts comprise blue-collar tour diary “Roadsong #39,” straightforward slice-of-life rocker “Ready or Not” and benedictive closer “Once Upon a Time,” which is grounded with a spectral disposition. Grade: B —Doug Simpson Good To Be is currently available.
Heligoland (Virgin) The Splitting The Atom EP did little to satiate fans’ desire for new Massive Attack material last October. With the longawaited release of Heligoland, the British duo’s fifth album, Massive Attack strips down their sound slightly and focuses on entrancing and leading the listener through a trippy landscape of percussion and bass. Heligoland packs a guest star nirvana on each track beginning with TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe on the eerie “Pray For Rain.” The hopelessness and looming feeling of doom in the piano-heavy track is at times too much to handle. The tempo
Various Artists Next Stop…Soweto (Strut) Do you have to know what a singer is saying during a song to enjoy it? After listening to the latest hip-hop and metal albums, the answer is obviously, no. So what is it that allows us to enjoy a song? Some say the feel, others say it’s how we interpret the sounds. Strut decided to put this to the test by releasing Next Stop…Soweto. This compilation reaches all the way back to the ’50s to pull together songs that illustrate the impact the indigenous sound of Africa had on jazz all the way to modern times. The arrangements are amazing; hands down the best fusion jazz I’ve ever heard in my life. The blend of two cultures mixing together is a rarity in a day when 90 percent of the music on the radio sounds manufactured and uninspired. The album features vocalists from every decade and presents high-energy anthems and slower rhythmic tunes like “Zwe Kumusha.” The highlight of this record isn’t the range of sounds, but the fact that you can hear the birth of reggae in almost every song. It was born here, and this is what led to the creation of ska and several other types of music. Grade: A+ —David Tobin Next Stop… Soweto is currently available.
Dios We Are Dios (Buddyhead) Who are Dios? Dios are Dios! And, finally, We Are Dios is done by Dios. Back in 2004, icon Ronnie James Dio sent the band a cease-and-desist letter because, well, his act was and generally still is known as Dio. The similarity of the names led him to believe that fans might confuse this indie collective of psych-rock folksters with his high-voiced heavy metal highness. So, they changed their name to Dios Malos (because who would want to get on the wrong side of Tenacious D’s muse?) and made two records and an EP, each one exploring another corner of the psychedelic sonic labyrinth. Now, with their original name restored, they return with a bigger and even more layered production. Early demos showed them to know what is groovy on tunes like “Bust Out the Candy” and “All Said & Done,” which they remade for their debut in 2004. The band showed an early knack for catchy melody, obscure humor and
—Richard Castañeda Heligoland is currently available.
picks up with “Babel” and “Splitting The Atom.” The album truly delivers on “Girl I Love You.” Guest collaborating staple, Horace Andy’s dreamlike vocals paired with the addictive drumbeat, make “Girl I Love You” a song worth the seven-year gap between studio albums. The late Jerry Fuchs lays down some of his best work behind the kit along with Damon Reece. The live drumming by Fuchs and Reece gives Heligoland versatility and helps push the creative envelope by giving each track a fuller, richer sound. Hope Sandoval’s angelic voice brings out the Eden in “Paradise Circus,” where she sings about unrequited love. Heligoland is replete with enough despair to make a cynic of anyone, but the beauty in which it’s presented would give no hints that this is an album that deals with loss, addiction and fleeting hope. It might take more than a first listen to understand Heligoland, but the effort is worth it. Grade: B
Self-titled (DCM/Central South) The Villains self-titled release sounds real. When I say real, I mean as if the distributors of the wonderful Pro Tools computer program missed their Atlanta delivery. In that sense, the eight-song disc is refreshing compared to the robotic, over-produced recordings of today. The opener, “Let’s Forget About Tonight,” is an upbeat beer-toting track that sounds like the Eagles’ “Take it Easy” being covered by pretty much any current country radio star, minus the giant recording budget. “Party’s Over” and “Just Another Saturday Night” are stories of love on the rocks which carry memorable vocal hooks that are carefully draped over traditional country chord progressions. With multiple lead singers, the storytelling and consistent classic-country rock sound is what ties the disc together. Although the underlying lyrical topic of love lost, love missed and love on the brink of heartache dominate the album, the songs are still twangy, upbeat and catchy. This record documents a posse of six southern gentlemen telling stories and jamming in the studio – all while throwing back a couple beers in the process. The Villains are a no frills, Eagles-loving, twangy classic rock band. And their self-titled debut follows that standard, old-school approach to record making. Grade: C —Joshua Chilton The Villians is currently available.
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Feb. 3 @ Spaceland To put things a bit bluntly, it is a bit of a liberal arts college stereotype, this environment in which white kids dancing like white kids are getting funky to a white, bearded brass band that’s built loosely on the Afrofunk model. After a set by Orgone – funky, so painfully funky, whilst a fedora here or there could be found – NOMO got off to a mildly slow reception until about their third track in. Their take on Moondog (refer to last year’s Invisible Cities for “Bumbo”) didn’t quite seem to hit it for the crowd, but an increasingly raucous piece off 2008’s Ghost Rock did. Led by soft-spoken bandleader Elliot Bergman (former Saturday Looks Good to Me), NOMO’s Spaceland stop came days after long hours were spent in a workshop making electric kalimbas for the purpose of sale via their label, Ubiquity. Their style, a blend of Afrobeat, free jazz, krautrock and funk, was, save for the builtup intensity that burst through an occasional sax solo, as reliable on stage as their records. Not a negative trait, as their music is prime for dancing while they stand aside. But little band-audience interaction besides a mild song credit here or there meant NOMO was the background band, and it was an odd change of pace to watch a band play soundtrack to a venue’s party, rather than act as a gawk-worthy focal point. —China Bialos
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MODEL MAYHEM The Pretty Side of Social Networking BY DAVID TOBIN I’ll make you famous. Well, I’ll try, but that’s only because I have help from the Web site ModelMayhem.com. This site, which started out as a project for a college student, quickly became the leading resource for the modeling world. Offering everything from connecting professional photographers with talent, and makeup artists with fashion designers, the site has become hugely successful. We’ve all seen Web sites come and go. Even those thought to be the end-all sites, like MySpace, have proved to be shortlived. What is the attraction of Model Mayhem that keeps it not only thriving but relevant in a sea of competing social networks? “The site was created with the focus of it being a resource,” comments Michael Egan, General Manager of Model Mayhem. “The site has always kept in mind that it needs to be a functional resource at all times even though, fundamentally, it’s a social network.” The idea that a site can build a community around a working database that all the users participate in is huge. Web sites have been trying to create a place like this for years, but
Campus Circle > Culture > Lifestyle they always get too spread out and distance themselves from the initial point in mind. As the flourishing users will tell you, Model Mayhem is an excellent site to find a model for a shoot, book a photographer or just to browse some beautiful images from all aspects of art. For those of you that don’t model, take photos, do makeup, style hair or design fashion – this site is still relevant. If you’ve ever thought about any area of art, this will put you in touch with thousands of others that can help you get involved. From professionals to amateurs, the site brings together a healthy mix of people passionate about entertainment. To keep things under control, Model Mayhem has a crew of administrators and monitors that regulate the site. Since it is an artistic site, nudity is allowed, but in only certain capacities. Also, there is a built-in WORK SAFE option and 18+-blocker for those of you that aren’t looking for nude photos in your spare time. It’s this kind of self-policing that keeps the site from straying out of professional boundaries. When users first sign up for the site, they are evaluated. Depending on the type of account you sign up for (model, photographer, etc,), you have to provide at least four solid images of your work. If the work isn’t up to par, your account request is denied. You don’t get that with most sites today; they just want as many users as possible. “The aim of Model Mayhem is to provide a professional site that allows people to feel comfortable about their passion and give them the ability to break into their career. If we let anyone sign up, it wouldn’t be as valuable a tool,” says Egan. So, there you go: an audition right off the bat. But as you browse the site you see that not all the users are pros, or even close. It’s a diverse mix of the ones that do it for real and those that are just starting out.
FATTEN YOUR POCKETS WITH KISMET BY ebony march I have a deck of tarot cards. I’ve been into the Tarot for nearly a decade now, and I just can’t get enough. To some, this hobby of mine makes me come across as a flaky hippie. But for me, tarot is a wonderful and entertaining way to shed some light on things in my life that don’t make sense. And I find it surprisingly effective. My cards predicted that I would lose my job last year; they showed me that I’d find my current apartment back in 2008 and even informed me of my initial hookup with my most recent ex. Granted, the deck didn’t predict the ultimate demise of the relationship, but beggars can’t be choosers. My tarot exploits started my wheels turning. I mean, with money (and, let’s face it, good news) being so elusive for people these days, shouldn’t everyone have a way of nixing all the bad vibes and inviting a little sunshine into their lives? It’s time we all chuck those umbrellas because that black cloud overhead is about to be replaced with a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Want to learn about the mystical tarot? Well, this is an
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The strongest feature of the site is the CASTING section. Here, you can browse listings by area and profession. In addition, you can also post for your artistic needs and even get paid if you fit the description of what someone is looking for. Aiding in the casting process is the browse option that lets users select exactly what they are looking for. When it comes to models, you can even get right down to weight, height and eye color. It’s this kind of specific attention the site brings users that makes it such a great resource. In a sea of sites and with the availability of digital media, it’s tough for people to break into the entertainment field. However, a site like this can bring new opportunities closer than previously thought. In the end, it’s up to you to make the site work for you. Joining won’t (necessarily) get you on the cover of Vogue, but it might give you the means to make it happen one day. For more information, visit modelmayhem.com.
Campus Circle > Culture > Fun For Less inexpensive hobby to acquire. Most tarot decks are around $20. They even come with their own user’s manual for those just starting out. I’m a fan of the World Spirit deck. If and when you find yourself wondering if you’re going to get that new job or find love, it’s always fun to ask the cards. You can buy a deck at any bookstore such as Barnes & Noble, Book Soup or online at Llewellyn Worldwide (llewellyn.com). This site also offers free electronic readings that are a real kick when you’re trying to pass the time in the office or at a boring family outing. Each year, millions of people flood into Vegas for sun, fun and gambling. However, not everyone has the cash for travel these days. If you’re in California, the sun part of the equation is covered, as is the fun. But you never really had to road trip for the gambling. That one has also been in your backyard the whole time. Just try the lottery. SuperLotto and Mega Millions are two fun drawings that occur twice a week. For just a dollar a ticket, you could become the world’s next millionaire. You must be 18 years old to play and sometimes they do card if you look too young (happens to the best of us). But aside from those annoying issues, it’s an easy alternative to losing your rent money at the poker table or via a bad night of blackjack. Have you ever read your horoscope and found it to be incredibly inaccurate? Well, you’re not alone. Many publications have dropped their so-called astrologers because they just aren’t effective in their predictions. Well, there is one woman who is so good she should change her name to Nostradamus the Sequel. Susan Miller doles out fabulous advice each month on her hit site, astrologyzone.com. Miller’s horoscopes are eerily on-point, giving the reader clear and descriptive insight into everything
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from domestic life to romance advice. She even breaks down the exact days within the month that you can expect things to be good or not so great. Best part is, her site is completely free. Still, you can purchase one of her calendars or T-shirts (at your convenience) to help keep the dream alive. Finally, if your luck is as bad as mine, don’t get sad; get proactive! The Good Spell Book (Little, Brown and Company) is a fabulous collection of prayers and lighthearted spells. Author Gillian Kemp curated some of the most commonly used chants and potions from the Romanies (a.k.a. Gypsies) and brings them to a wider audience. If you’re having trouble with an unhealthy pet, there’s a spell for that. Need some fast cash? There’s a spell for that. There’s even a wonderful section on attracting romance for those who are hopeless in love. Many of the magical cures and sayings are uplifting and help give a playful nudge to the Universe in times of need.
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A Leonard Goodloe and Suzanne Winn cooking demo at Sur La Table
How many of you watch Bravo? Everyone knows that cooking competition shows are just about the hottest thing on cable and when “Top Chef ” comes on, I know I’m rushing to my couch to see what the cheftestants are whipping up this week. But that’s not what it’s like in real life. No, in real life, chefs aren’t limited in their inspiration, nor do they have to cook under such massive time constraints. And many of them go to class. Enter Bravo’s “Chef Academy,” a show that attempted to mix “Top Chef ” with something closer to reality. In the show, nine students struggle to pass the course at award-winning chef, JeanChristophe Novelli’s new culinary institute, the Novelli Academy in Venice. But here our cheftestants aren’t pitted against each other. Instead, they attend what seems like a relatively normal cooking class every week and they must fight against their own doubts to cook the dishes Chef Novelli teaches them and pass each week’s test. The catch is that if any student fails three tests, there will be one less chef on the show. So there are no cliffhanger elimination rounds, there’s no shared housing and there’s no drama. … Right? The magic of the show actually exists with the people on it. There’s Chef Novelli, the Frenchman with a very picky palate, Emmanuel DelCour, the porn-star-cum-chef (also French), the sassy black guy, Leo Goodloe and Suzanne Winn, the bubbly Orange County housewife (no, seriously). And although the finale aired last month, Leo and Suzanne, at least, are certainly refusing to let that be the last word on the matter. In fact, these two – the man with the least fails and the only chef to be eliminated from the Academy, respectively – have formed an unlikely friendship. Odd though it might seem from an outside perspective, when they teamed up to give a cooking demonstration at Sur La Table in L.A., their combined energy was immediately noticeable – with banter like, to quote Winn, “a pair of old broads.” “What you probably don’t know,” says Winn, is that Goodloe “was in a culinary institute in Italy for a couple of years and I have traveled to Italy several times, so we make a fabulous duo because we both have that Italian connection. While Goodloe and Winn prepare tomato Crostinis with goat and Fontina cheeses (yum!), they start dropping some of the tips and tricks they learned from Novelli. “I know generally when I do sauces, I always started with olive oil until I started with Jean-Christophe,” reveals Goodloe. “He took away the olive oil and added it at the end. Totally changed everything.” “And that also goes for your garlic,” adds Winn. “I was always told with your garlic and your onions, you chop them up and sauté them in olive oil. No! It’s really way more flavorful and you really get that true essence of garlic if you smash it and add it at the end. Just pour some olive oil over it and it makes a big difference. I’m an old school girl so when you can talk me off the edge of oil and butter, you’re doing something right.” As they progress to making honey-soy sauce chicken skewers with mango salsa, Winn reveals the secret to her own success as a chef. “When someone wants me to make something and I’ve never made it before, I’ll download like eight recipes off the Internet and I’ll take elements from each and make, like, the recipe on steroids,” says Winn. “Most of the time it works out pretty good, sometimes not so good.” The pair moves through curry chutney turnovers (hands down, the best thing I ever ate … and I’m totally a dessert girl) and finally on to the crowd-pleasing chocolate pots with butterscotch and whipped cream, revealing tips, tricks and show secrets along the way. I could repeat them, but I’d have to kill you. While they love cooking together, a Suzanne/Leo show isn’t (yet) in the works. For the time being, Goodloe is a personal chef to a “private household” (you know that’s code for celebrity), while Winn’s culinary talents are mostly showcased at her dinner parties and to the beneficiaries of her own Meals in Heels program, but you can catch Goodloe guest starring in Winn’s YouTube cooking demos. For more information, visit suzannewinn.com and leonardgoodloe.com.
I’m 30 years old, educated, independent, nice looking and still a virgin. Whenever I date, nearly every man brings up sex on the second date and then doesn’t call back if say I want to wait for at least two or three Lucia months until we know each other better. I don’t want to bond with anyone based on a hormone rush from sex. I’m dating with a man who is 10 years older than me and makes me feel at peace. I don’t know where this relationship is going, but he didn’t bring up this issue too early, and that impressed me very much. Who suggested the third date rule? It’s not a comfortable thing for me. —Emerald Hi Emerald, I don’t know who started the third date rule, but it was probably a guy. This is because of the differences between the sexes when it comes to, well, sex. Guys have billions of sperm and are programmed to “spread their seed” as soon as possible, with as many women as possible. Women have a limited number of eggs, are programmed to be more selective when it comes to having sex. Women often have sex too soon, thinking that if they don’t, they’ll lose the guy or if the sex is great, they’ll catch the guy. Both these thoughts are incorrect. I used to tell women to have sex when they “felt” like it, until I realized that most women these days are not in touch with their feelings and would probably end up having sex sooner rather than later. So, the time to have sex with a man is when you are absolutely sure that it’s not just about sex. You know that he wants you for you, not just for your body. The sex will mean something to him. Until then, you and all women should keep their legs closed and their eyes open! 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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EVENTS DVD GAMING SPORTS MEDIA BLOGS Baseball Basketball Football Hockey Soccer Special Features The Sports Wanderer
ATHLETES TO WATCH DURING WINTER OLYMPICS
THE COLLEGE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN
BY kathleen nelson st. louis post-dispatch (MCT) Lindsey Vonn (United States) Alpine skiing: Blond hair, great smile, winning with shocking regularity, including five downhills and six super G races this season. “America’s Best Woman Skier Ever,” reads the cover of Sports Illustrated that proclaims her the face of the Olympics. Her resume backs the claim: back-to-back World Cup overall titles and winning three straight races in January with her arm in a sling. But did the major media outlets learn nothing when they proclaimed Bode Miller the face of the 2006 Olympics? There are no second chances in skiing. One fall and the quest ends. Skiers fall a lot, often breaking a bone in the process. But the risk adds trainwreck appeal which Bode illustrated four years ago when he came home with no medals in five events but a lot of hilarious bar stories. If the tragedy sells as well as the triumph, though, maybe NBC’s onto something here.
Shani Davis (United States) Long track speedskating: Four years ago, Davis became the first African-American to win a gold medal, and he could up the ante this year. He’s favored in the 1,000 and 1,500 meters, in which he holds the world records, and has entered the 500 and 5,000 as well. Kim Yu-Na (Korea) Figure skating: Kim, 19, is the reigning world champion and goldmedal favorite, though she’ll be pushed by Japan’s Mao Asada and Miki Ando. What’s missing from this picture? An American presence. U.S. skaters Rachel Flatt and Mirai Nagasu are relative newcomers to this level of competition, so the U.S. audience could witness the first figure skating podium without a U.S. woman since 1964. How will that sell in an event that traditionally pulls the largest ratings of the games?
Apolo Anton Ohno (United States) Short track speedskating: What a story arc: teenage miscreant to Olympic dynamo to ballroom king to Olympic legend. Competing in his third Olympics, Ohno, 27, is on a quest; he needs to win two more medals to break Bonnie Blair’s record of six and become the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian. He ranks third in the current World Cup standings, won a silver at last year’s world championships in the 1,000 meters and is even more motivated to win in Vancouver, close to his boyhood home in Seattle. Given the frequent falls and multiple elimination rounds, short track is even more unpredictable than alpine skiing, and he’ll face stiff competition from the Chinese, Korean and Canadian skaters.
Shaun White (United States) Snowboard half-pipe: Sixteen victories in the X Games, 10 on the Dew Tour, defending Olympic gold medalist, White dominates his discipline like few other athletes. He thrilled the crowd at the X Games with his new trick, a Double McTwist 1260. The dude successfully landed it just hours after whacking his head and chin on the edge of the pipe on a missed attempt that left him “seeing stars.” Yet his first comment on watching the replay was that his hair looked good when he popped up. The charismatic White, 23, nimbly toes the line between mainstream success and quirky individuality that makes the snowboarder hard to resist. Andre Lange (Germany) Bobsled: Lange has dominated in recent Olympics, winning both events in Turin and the four-man in Salt Lake City. A former luger, Lange hopes to become the first bobsledder to win four gold medals. Standing – or sliding – in his way is Steve Holcombe and his U.S. “Night Train,” the reigning four-man world champions. Martins Dukurs (Latvia) Skeleton: The hottest slider in the world, Dukurs, 25, earned four gold medals and the overall title in the recently completed season. Don’t be surprised to see his brother, Tomass, appear on the podium as well, with their coach/father, Dainis, beaming in the background.
Ole Einar Bjoerndalen (Norway) Biathlon: At his fifth Olympics, Bjoerndalen can still outski and outshoot the pack on most days. He has won nine Olympic medals, including a sweep of four golds in 2002, more World Cup gold medals than any other winter athlete and has earned the title Biathlon King. For the first time, though, he’ll have Americans nipping at his heels, including two-time overall world cup leader Tim Burke. (c) 2010, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
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UCLA and USC Baseball Preview by parimal m. rohit A bad precedent has already been set, but the boys with the aluminum bats surely hope the lackluster play that has struck the most recent editions of conference football and basketball does not spill over into Pac-10 baseball. The same goes for UCLA and USC, who both hope for a reversal of fortune after disappointing performances in 2009. Of course, Pac-10 baseball may have already gone through the motions of a lackluster year, what with most teams performing below expectations in 2009 – meaning 2010 may instead be a rebound year. Both UCLA and USC certainly hope that turns out to be the case, though the Bruins are probably the only team who has the personnel to significantly improve upon a neardisastrous 2009 season. Missing the postseason with a third place conference finish last season, the Bruins (27-29 overall, 15-12 in Pac-10) hope to tighten their screws this year. While UCLA had its fair share of injuries last year, the Bruins committed numerous unforced errors with morbid regularity. Even worse, UCLA was 2-14 in one-run games and, at one point, suffered through a 10-game losing streak. With an offense that ranked in the bottom third in the nation in almost every major statistical category, expectations are definitely lower this year, especially after losing Cody Decker, Casey Haerther, Eddie Murray, Gino Aielli and Gabe Cohen. Still, UCLA will be playing a lot of small ball in its efforts to manufacture runs – all part of assistant coach Rick Vanderhook’s offensive strategy. Look for juniors Brett Krill and Niko Gallego, alongside sophomore Dean Espy, to make the most moves on offense, with three highly touted freshman recruits in Beau Amaral, Cody Keefer and Jeff Gelalich bringing some new raw talent to the squad. Perhaps the team’s biggest weakness is a lack of a true designated hitter, but with a home-heavy schedule and manageable traveling, the Bruins should improve upon their 27-29 record and qualify for the postseason this year. The Pac-10 coaches selected the Bruins to finish third in conference in their justannounced preseason poll, and that is probably where UCLA will finish – for the fourth straight year. Across town, Southern Cal has struggled to reclaim its past glory under head coach and team alum Chad Kreuter. Last season’s squad was considered the best-ever during the Kreuter era, and the team finished no better than it did in the two previous years during the former Major League catcher’s tenure – a second straight 28-28 finish, with a 13-14 record in Pac-10 play. While the 13 conference wins were the highest total since 2005 and second highest in eight years, the Trojans were tied for fifth place in the Pac-10 last season. With several players from last year’s team being selected within the first 20 rounds of the most recent MLB Draft, expect Southern Cal to continue its struggles in 2010. The outlook for 2010 becomes bleaker when factoring in only four of nine starting position players and one of three weekend pitchers are returning. Accordingly, the league’s coaches voted USC to finish eighth in conference this season. Still, the Trojans can make some noise – all while (hopefully) saving Kreuter’s job. Making the most noise for Southern Cal will be sophomore Ricky Oropesa, a Freshman All-American in 2009 who led the team with 13 home runs and 48 RBI last season. Senior Mike O’Neil returns, and sophomore Alex Sherrod should have a solid season at the plate. Despite a rather weak bullpen, Southern Cal hopes redshirt sophomore Andrew Triggs and senior Kevin Couture will strengthen the weekend rotation enough to limit the team’s reliance upon relievers. While there are still many questions about consistency, pitching, offense and experience, USC does have enough elements in place to exceed expectations and qualify for its first post-season berth since 2005. Kreuter must motivate his boys to finish above .500 for the first time in his four-year coaching career. As for the rest of the Pac-10, expect Arizona State, which had the nation’s lowest ERA last season, to be the class of the conference yet again. Also expect Stanford and Oregon State to join UCLA in the fight for second place.
KINGS HOPE FOR QUICK BREAK
BREAK TIME IS OVER
BY parimal m. rohit Most Angeleno sports fans probably cannot answer many questions about the Kings’ individual milestones or records of the past, let alone identify team alumni other than Wayne Gretzky or Luc Robitaille. Of course, Kings’ fans old enough to remember the days before protective head gear remember Mario Lessard as the goalie in the famous Miracle on Manchester playoff game in April 1982. Nostalgia aside, Lessard, who spent his entire NHL career in Los Angeles, landed in the team record books when he won 35 games during the 1980-81 campaign, a mark that stood for nearly 30 years. On Saturday, current net-minder Jonathan Quick stopped 22 shots en route to shutting out the Colorado Avalanche, 3-0, to earn his 35th victory of the season, tying Lessard’s mark. With the NHL taking a two-week hiatus for the Winter Olympics, Quick will have to wait to stand alone in the Kings’ record book. Still, with 21 regular season games remaining, an injury-free Quick will obliterate Lessard’s record soon enough. All the while, Quick maintained an air of humility when Campus Circle informs him he tied Lessard’s milestone. “If I’m in there 90 percent of the games, I’m going to have a lot of opportunities to win games,” Quick, who started 55 of the team’s 61 games, said in response. “But those are team wins, and every one is a team effort. Obviously, I owe a lot to the guys working in front of me.” Kings head coach Terry Murray told Campus Circle he was not surprised by Quick’s record-tying performance on Saturday, saying his net-minder has been disciplined and determined all season long. “His consistency has been a big part of his growth this year,” Murray stated. “It takes a lot to be doing what he does.” How much more will it take for Quick, who also leads the NHL in wins, to be the first King goalie with 40 wins?
BY TJ WEBBER All-Star break has come AND gone, and the Lakers have just 27 more Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol at the 2010 All-Star game regular season games to go (16 away and 11 at home) before playoff action begins. Although the team is at the top of the Western Conference with a 41-13 record, now is definitely not the time for any of its players to be resting on their laurels. Cleveland is No.1 in the league at 43-11, and in this next week, the Lakers meet two challenging opponents. Forward Luke Walton could be out for the rest of the season with back problems. Center Andrew Bynum remains day-to-day due to a hip injury, and has not played since Feb. 8, but should return to the lineup. Kobe Bryant sat out the All-Star game to rest his sore ankle, so he should be back in action. While Bryant and Bynum were sidelined, the rest of the squad fared quite well against three conference rivals. Feb. 6, they pulled off a 99-82 victory over the 31-24 Trail Blazers. Then, the bench mob showed up in full force for a resounding 101-89 win over the 30-21 Spurs Feb. 8 at Staples. The team put on quite a show in one of the toughest venues in the NBA with its 96-81 victory over the 32-19 Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. The team hosts 32-18 Boston on Thursday. The Lakers narrowly defeated the Celtics 90-89 Jan. 31 at TD Garden and need a healthy Bynum to help keep Kevin Garnett under control. Tuesday, the Lakers travel to Memphis to face the 26-25 Grizzlies. Look to the L.A. squad to make a strong statement as redemption for its Feb. 1 93-95 loss at Memphis.
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AN OPEN LETTER TO MITCH KUPCHAK Dear Mr. Kupchak, OK, so I am not an experienced NBA General Manager, but may I offer some advice to you and your Lakers as the league’s trading deadline approaches? Do not make a trade for Kirk Hinrich – or any other point guard for that matter. After all, the reason you do not need to trade for a point guard is the same reason you do not like making mid-season trades to begin with – the triangle offense. Basketball geeks and analysts all know the triangle offense does not need a traditional point guard, and Mr. Kupchak, I know you know this, too. So do not listen to all those people out there who say Derek Fisher and Jordan Farmar are liabilities. While both point guards are far from ideal, the Lakers can win games with both of them on the roster. Instead, I recommend trading for a power forward or center, one who could come off the bench. This way, Phil Jackson can use Lamar Odom in the starting lineup. Let’s face it – Lamar is on the bench because Phil knows the team has no size on the bench! So, how about considering someone like Chris Wilcox, Jeff Foster or Luc Mbah a Moute? Hey, if it only costs you future draft picks and the expiring contracts of Adam Morrison and/or Sasha Vujacic, I think that would be a great trade. Jackson would have his much-needed size on the bench, and the Lakers, if healthy, will easily repeat as champions. No team in the Association can stop a Laker squad featuring Kobe Bryant as point guard and Ron Artest at the two, Lamar at the three, Pau Gasol at the four and Andrew Bynum playing center. So, Mr. Kupchak, what do you think? Looking forward to your thoughts! Best, Parimal M. Rohit The Sports Wanderer
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MUSIC CULTURE EVENTS DVD GAMING SPORTS MEDIA BLOGS The Art of Love Books Fashion Food Gaming Get Up, Get Out Graphic Novels Fun For Less Theater Travel
IT’S COOL, BUT IS IT A GADGET?
It’s not games and stuff, you know. BY scott bell
If you are an avid reader of the Games & Gadgets column, YOU should already know that “Games & Gadgets” can be a bit of a bad description for the items that are featured. Yes, there are many video game articles and pieces based on cool tech, but some articles seem a bit outside of the narrow range of the column’s title. When we look at the articles on peripherals, headphones and even recycled binders, it does raise the question of where the realm of “gadget” ends. When this column was first conceived, the thought was to highlight technology that was useful, interesting and most important, fun. There are countless genuinely useful pieces of technology out there that we overlook because they are so part of our everyday lives. Almost all of us own a box that uses internal lasers to tap into data stored on round, metallic sheets, but when we call them CD, DVD or Blu-ray players, they somehow lose their rightful “wow factor.” The truth, however, is that we are surrounded by amazing items that go beyond anything most of us could comprehend. Few of us could make the calculator we sneak out during math tests, let alone the computer we waste hours daily in “World of Warcraft” or the MP3 player that we hook through our car stereos. Whether you are at a coffee shop, your university bookstore or reading this article online, take a moment to look around you and try to figure out – if you had time and supplies – how many things that you use every day you could assemble on your own. The point is that we truly live in a world of wonders – both big and small. Even items that are mass-produced and created for the blatantly obvious, crass desire to get money from a culture that is becoming increasingly obsessed with conspicuous consumption are truly amazing when you take time to appreciate them. Those of you who agree with this sentiment are the ones for whom this column is written, but it is also there to create tech-lovers from people of all walks of life. To that end, rather than introducing some mechanical marvel, I submit to you the Cyber Clean. This item has no electronics. It does not contain a moving part, nor does it actually do anything on its own. In fact, if you didn’t know what it was, you would almost definitely say that it was as far removed from gadgets as possible. When you remove the Cyber Clean from its resealable bag, it looks like a somewhat more solid version of the packaged “slime” from years past. It is a gooey, colorful plastic substance that feels like a smoother, more liquid version of Silly Putty. Those who read the label, however, will find that the Cyber Clean is actually intended (as the name implies) to clean electronics. Despite the fact that it seems like a toy that should be kept far away from anything important, technical or expensive, this gooey substance is actually perfect for cleaning the dirt and crumbs from your electronics. By placing it on your crumb-covered keyboard, pressing down and then peeling it off, the Cyber Clean reaches under and between keys to lift up the dirt and grime that has been pooling in hard-to-reach places. The mess is pulled up with the goo, leaving a clean keyboard with no signs that it has just been covered in slime. Is this a gadget? Not by any definition of the word. It is a children’s toy that has been repurposed to become a cleaning tool. None of this would fall even remotely close to the definition of an accessory, let alone a gadget. But that said, it is undoubtedly a cool product that does make your computing life a bit better. Between the initial rush of pulling goo out of a pouch, the looks of disgust and awe from your classmates and friends as you purposely coat your precious computer in the brightly-colored gunk and the secretly intrigued peek you give at the now-dirty surface as you are peeling it off, it could easily be defined as useful, interesting and most importantly, fun. So, if this meandering rant has done nothing other than describe a truly weird computer product, let me leave you with my initial thought: Look for the cool, funky things that make your modern life wonderful.
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Now-March 7 @ Studio/Stage No, “Calliope Rose” doesn’t take place in Ancient Greece, rather in the last manned lighthouse off the shore of Maine. The play is about Calliope Rose Walker, a follower of the ancient Greek gods, who has been living in isolation ever since her husband, Jason, was lost after he left to fight off fisherman abusing the seas. The story gets interesting when Dexter, a government employee, investigates a number of maritime deaths that could have been prevented by the Rob Ulett and Ashley Archambeau in “Calliope lighthouse. Amid the chaos, Tina, Rose’s Rose” daughter, conspires to gain control over the lighthouse in hopes of building a cheesy tourist attraction. The plot’s twists and turns draw on conventions of Greek mythology; blackmail, incest and the crazy things love and newfound faith can make a person do. The greatest triumph of “Calliope Rose” is the story’s originality. People make just about everything under the sun their higher power, but it’s not everyday you run into someone who actually prays to the ancient Greek gods. It’s hard to take anyone who believes in Greek gods seriously, though we’re in Hollywood, where everyone believes in something different and everyone, especially Calliope Rose Walker, thinks they have the answers; a theme the play lightly touches on. The price of writer/director Bill Sterritt’s originality is paid in some hard to follow plot lines. Also, unless you are learned in Greek mythology, the story is confusing; however, a sheet with Greek terminology (gods, goddesses, ideals, etc.) is provided before the production. Despite being only one act, “Calliope Rose” demands your full attention. After the March 7 matinee, there’s a party and viewing of the Oscar telecast. —Cesar Cruz Studio/Stage is located at 520 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles.
“Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them” Now-March 14 @ Stella Adler Theatre I am a sucker for romance and politics, and I firmly believe in serendipitous moments. Last Friday, I was on my way to “Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them.” It was pouring and what should have taken 21 minutes (according to the always reliable Google Maps) took an hour and a half. With only five minutes remaining, I fortuitously found parking and ran as fast as possible to the theater, grabbed my ticket, took my seat, turned off my mobile and made it right on time to hear the director give his spiel. He looked really familiar. Once the show begins, we find Felicity, played by Rhea Seehorn, a blond, allAmerican chick in bed with Zamir, played by Sunil Malhotra, an Arab man who claims Sunhil Malhora and Rhea Seehorn in “Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love to be Irish. As it turns out, the two were wed Them” the night before at a Hooters Restaurant (only this one is the equivalent to Bouchon Beverly Hills) by Reverend Mike, a reverend who makes porn videos on the side. Sobered up yet distraught, Felicity runs to her folks with hopes that maybe they can help her find a way out of this one. Her mom, Luella, brilliantly played by Christine Estabrook, is your not-so-typical housewife; she wears different colored versions of the same dress, knits and is obsessed with theatre. Her father, Leonard, is the cliché, extreme right-wing American obsessed with his gun collection, violently upholds his ideals, while hiding an adulterous relationship. Spying, plenty of confusion and lack of information lead to one man’s torture and call for a whole new ending. Playwright Christopher Durang and this amazingly talented group of actors had me laughing so hard it hurt. Once I regained my composure, it suddenly came back to me. About a year ago, on another rainy night in Los Angeles when I was rushing and barely made it to the theater on time, I saw “Dickie and Babe,” another fantastic work by the same director: Daniel Hennings. I knew I recognized the director and his work because his is some of the best theater I have experienced in my five years living in Los Angeles. He sure makes rushing to see a political satire on a rainy day worth it. —Ximena Herschberg Stella Adler Theatre is located at 6773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. For more information, visit plays411.net.
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Alice in Wonderland Fan Event Hollywood & Highland, 6800 Hollywood Blvd; myspace.com/wonderland Enjoy performances by 3OH!3, Metro Station, Family Force 5, Kerli and Never Shout Never, as well as a visit from director Tim Burton to introduce select members of the cast. Everyone in attendance can win prizes and see a sneak peek of actual film footage. 5 p.m. FREE.
WEDNESDAYFEB. 17 “Post Office” Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City; centertheatergroup.org With music from Michael Friedman, the writer/composer of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” and “This Beautiful City,” “Post Office” celebrates the power of community and collaboration in a world of largely digital relationships. 8 p.m. Runs through Sunday. $20.
WEDNESDAYFEB. 17 “Kings of the Dance” Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles; musiccenter.org The production features some of the world’s most phenomenal male dance stars of our time, including Guillaume Côté, Marcelo Gomes, David Hallberg and Denis Matvienko, with special appearances by Desmond Richardson, Jose Manuel Carreño and Joaquin DeLuz. 7:30 p.m. Tix start at $30.
WEDNESDAYFEB. 17 Puppetry of the Penis Coast Playhouse, 8325 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; puppetryofthepenis.com Requiring amazing concentration, astonishing stamina, an unbelievable stretch factor and a remarkable level of testicular fortitude, this show leaves all gasping at over 40 heroic and hilarious installations including the Eiffel Tower, Loch Ness Monster and the signature installation, the Hamburger. Runs through March 14. Tickets start at $39.
THURSDAYFEB. 18 Los Angeles Boat Show LA Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Downtown; losangelesboatshow.com The largest indoor boat show on the West Coast features hundreds of boats, 2010 model introductions and a mega-mall of accessories and services. Runs through Sunday. $10.
SATURDAYFEB. 20 Golden Dragon Parade & Festival Chinatown; lagoldendragonparade.com With over 110,000 individuals lining the parade route each year, this colorful celebration along North Broadway in
Chinatown has become the premiere cultural event in the Southern California Asian-American Community. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Also Sunday.
SATURDAYFEB. 20 Deliciious Vinyl All Star DJ Workshop Freak City, 6613 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; deliciousvinyl.com Starting this month, Delicious Vinyl hosts a workshop and demo event for aspiring DJs, producers and moguls. Cut Chemist talks technique and showcases visuals by Pimpadelic Wonderland. 3 p.m.6 p.m. FREE.
SUNDAYFEB. 21 Boogie Nights New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; newbevcinema.com Handpicked by 2010 Best Director Oscar nominee Jason Reitman (as guest programmer), this classic features starmaking performances by Mark Wahlberg and Julianne Moore. 8:45 p.m. Also Monday at 9:45 p.m. $7, $6 w/student ID.
MONDAYFEB.22 IndieCon Universal Hilton, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City; indiecon.com Each month during 2010, IndieCon produces a seminar for independent filmmakers, game producers and ani– mators. This month’s topic is “The Indie Film Producer.” 5 p.m. $69.
TUESDAYFEB. 23 IHOP National Pancake Day IHOP is offering a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes to each guest at all of their locations. The annual charity event to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network raised over $1.3 million in 2009 2009 and IHOP has set the goal of $1.75 million for 2010.
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BRAZILIAN CARNAVAL 2010 Feb. 20 @ Club Nokia BY LYNDA CORREA
Party at the Brazilian Carnaval 2010!
For the culturally aware, the Carnival of Brazil (a.k.a. Carnaval) is a festival held throughout Latin American countries, most famously in Rio de Janeiro. It is held 40 days before Easter, and serves as Brazil’s own Mardi Gras celebration. For those who either a) still don’t know what Carnaval is, or b) don’t necessarily have the resources to go continent hopping, there is no need to fret. Patricia and Gilberto Leao of Brazilian Nites Productions bring a taste of Carnaval to Los Angeles with Brazilian Carnaval 2010 on Feb. 20 at Club Nokia, starting at 8 p.m. Patricia explains, “This is the most important time of the year for Brazilians, and we’re replicating it here in Los Angeles.” Still having trouble figuring it out? Patricia puts it simply, “This is a party! We party like Brazilians; party like Rio de Janeiro!” There now, see? You’re becoming more culturally aware by the second. Carnaval hosts bands straight from Brazil, samba dancers, authentic Brazilian food and music. Korean Air is even sponsoring a raffle, giving away a non-stop flight from Los Angeles to São Paulo, Brazil. Now that you know a little more about Brazilian culture, it is time to test your research in a field study. Tickets start at $38, but relax if you can’t spare the bucks. Get your parents to cover for you; tell them it’s a cultural assignment for your Latin American Studies class. Heck, take it a step further and ask your professor if you can do an extra credit paper, too. The way I see it, if you got into college, I’m sure you can concoct an e-mail expressing your desires to experience the beauty of Brazilian tradition – in 500 words or less, of course. Club Nokia is located at 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (818) 566-1111 or visit braziliannites.com.
GRAPHICNOVELS Human Target (Vertigo) In time for the FX TV series, Vertigo is re-issuing Peter Milligan’s action comic Human Target. Christopher Chance is the Human Target. He becomes people whose lives are in danger in order to turn the tables on their would-be assassins. Chance immerses himself in every aspect of his client’s life, down to the way they think, so as to be as convincing as possible. Aside from the real threat of bodily harm, he must deal with the psychological ramifications of losing himself in other people’s lives. In the first arc, a South Central preacher stands up to violent street gangs. In the second, a jaded screenwriter kidnaps a former child star and extorts his family. Milligan deftly blends action, espionage, narrative fake-outs and the psychological aspects of his characters for a dynamic series. Grade: A—Mike Sebastian Human Target is currently available.
The Losers, Volumes One and Two (Vertigo) Before the big screen adaptation inevitably butchers it, check out Andy Diggle’s actionpacked espionage graphic novel. Diggle and artist Jock, the team behind the fantastic Green Arrow: Year One, serve up a relentless tale about a block ops team that was targeted by its own government and left for dead. Now, the Losers are back to settle the score. While it doesn’t leave too much room for character, Diggle’s writing is sharp and convincing as he delves into the world of shadowy CIA operations and international drug running, while rarely stopping to take a breath. Jock’s visceral, high contrast artwork is solid throughout. This new release collects the first two volumes into one trade paperback. Grade: B+ —Mike Sebastian The Losers, Volumes One and Two is currently available.
Campus Circle 2.17.10 - 2.23.10
OMG! Friday night was a blast. You should have seen the crowd. The people were going nuts, and so did we. My best friend was sooo excited – she nearly fainted. LOL. Saturday night was “GIRLS” night. We were looking fine and feeling good. Where were you? XOXO
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