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KOTOMI NANJO Artful Cookie Creations BY REX PHAM COOKING CAN BE CONSIDERED AN ART FORM, as it stimulates several of our senses. Taste and smell are obvious, but the presentation of food can be just as intriguing. Look at all the photos posted on Facebook showing off beautifully prepared meals. The simple sight of delicious food can make our stomachs grumble. A glimpse of Kotomi Nanjo’s stunning cookies instantly evokes artistic admiration before they are enjoyed with a glass of cold milk. If cooking, and in this case baking, is an art form, then dough, frosting and cookie cutters are Nanjo’s mediums. Growing up, Nanjo was always the creative type, being active in arts and crafts, writing and drawing. She continued her artistic ways at UCLA, where she was a sister of the Chi Alpha Delta sorority. “We were always making things (i.e. food, collages, pillows, T-shirts) for birthdays, formals, exchanges and other sorority events, so I had plenty of chances to utilize my creativity,” explains Nanjo. Gradually, baking became her most notable talent, a skill that she, surprisingly, developed casually. “I just picked it up over time and with repetition. The sorority was always making food for social events, and I was always involved,” she shares. “Plus, being broke college students, we ate whatever we could make, so you’re kind of forced to cook up something good and edible. With baking, it
Campus Circle > Culture > L.A. Faces was a ‘learn by doing’ type of process, picking up techniques here and there, and expanding on them.” Anybody can follow a simple recipe to produce a batch of cookies, but Nanjo, on the other hand, utilizes her creative background to make her baked goods stand out. “The actual process of baking is only half of the job. A blank cookie is like a blank canvas, and there’s so much you can do to make it unique. I was always into arts and crafts as a kid, so I used that kind of creative thinking when designing cookies. Working with icing and frosting is just like working with paint and a pencil, you just have to experiment and try different things to get the specific look you want.” Her impressive cookies are so well crafted, they look more like cutouts of actual drawings than baked goods. The amount of detail in the designs makes you appreciate the effort and time Nanjo dedicates to each creation. Colored frosting is smoothly and flawlessly spread over the cookie, and icing is used to meticulously accent the details of the inspiration for the batch, which include designs like Hello Kitty, robots and baby hippos. “I find inspiration everywhere for a new cookie,” says Nanjo. “During the holidays, you have your typical themed ones, but I could be digging through my closet or flipping through a magazine and find something that would spark an idea.” Her impressive baking reputation spread around the campus community and eventually caught the attention of BakeGreek, a company specializing in Greek alphabet letter shaped cookie cutters. Since Nanjo was in a sorority and had immense talent, BakeGreek felt that she would be the perfect ambassador for the brand. They collaborated to write baking tutorials on BakeGreek’s Web site. “Cookie cutters, in general, are pretty boring, and you
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BY DEEPTHI CAULIGI ‘DAD, I WANT TO BE A JOURNALIST WHEN I GROW up. I want to write stories and interview people.” I was in eighth grade, and I was in the phase of deciding my career. I loved writing. I wanted to make a career out of this. Writing has always helped me get out my emotions. Whenever I am sad, happy, angry or upset and frustrated, I write. I write furiously, I write to get all the emotions out of my system, I write so that one day when I read those pages I will remember exactly how I felt and what I was thinking at that time. I was eager to grow up and be a journalist. I wanted to interview people and write about them. Little did I know it was not just a dream, it was a passion. However, as I grew up, I became practical and thought about my career as something that needs to be stable and that helps me get a fat paycheck at the end of each month. I forgot about my dream to be a journalist. I stepped into USC as a transfer student with a major in Computer Science. After a year, I soon learned that Computer Science was not my cup of tea. Writing was my passion and will always be my passion. I switched to Communication, and that’s when I understood
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can only do so much with them. With the tutorials, I wanted create a sense of fun. After using BakeGreek’s cookie cutters, customers can follow one of the tutorials to decorate the cookies, making them unique for gifts or fundraisers. ” Her easy to follow how-to’s garnered rave reviews from people all over, including various cooking sites and blogs, and even Ivan Arnold, CEO of popular lifestyle brand Tokidoki. He stumbled across a picture of a cookie based off his brand’s unicorn character and he instantly loved it. Even with this growing buzz, Nanjo still sees baking as just a fun hobby. “I really appreciate all of the positive feedback, but I’m not trying to get famous off these cookies or make a big business out of it. Baking is an activity I really enjoy, with the creativity behind it. It’s even more fun now, helping others with their creations.” For more information, visit bakegreek.com.
Campus Circle > Blogs > The Greener Side the saying “Passion is the key to success.” Without passion, everything seems like a task. After I changed my career path, there was no looking back. I enjoyed my studies and was eager to become a journalist. I truly believe that with passion, hard work and determination one can accomplish his/her goals and make his/her dreams come true. Everything seems clearer to me now that I am old enough to understand what I want to do with my life. My life has changed again. Sometimes I wonder why things change so much; why can’t it just stay the same? But of course I know the answer very well. If life were to remain stagnant we would have never learned anything, never valued life and never valued ourselves. Four years of my undergraduate life have whirled past me, leaving me with memories to cherish and giving me confidence to enter the real world. I remember my first day at USC. I was a nervous wreck since I was in a different country amidst new people. I look back on that day, and I realize that these four years have been so valuable to me. I have grown up, learned to deal with changes in life and more importantly learned to make my dreams come true. Now that these four years of my life are coming to an end, I have these mixed emotions building up within me. I don’t want to graduate. Well, the reason is obvious: I am leaving the comforting and secure shell only to move to a scary, exposed and open world. However I do want to graduate, I want to explore this world, I want to work, be independent and more importantly pursue my career and earn money! Graduation will be one of the most memorable days
of my life. I will be stepping into the real world, which is a scary thought. But graduating from college and becoming an independent, working-adult sounds exciting. Everyone has dreams. I do, too. But the difference between everyone else and me is that my dreams come true, always. Dreams are like wings, once you have a dream you have the power to fly, fly till you reach your destination. Each day I wake up eagerly to fulfill my dreams. I dream, and I write. These are my two passions. Anybody can dream, but only a few have the ability to make their dreams come true. I am one of them. I want to work and then earn my Master’s Degree. This is my dream.
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ROYAL ACCESSORIES Hide Your Laundry in Fashion BY ERICA CARTER EVEN WITH OUR BUSY SCHOOL SCHEDULES AND LIVES THERE ARE certain things we can’t escape, and chores are one of the big ones. I hate scrubbing the bathtub and washing dishes. I can’t stand the act of putting clothes in a hamper, then carrying them in a lame plastic basket to the washer or the Laundromat. It’s just … not fashionable! I imagine others feel the same way, otherwise the Fluff ’n Fold and housekeeping services of the city would have gone out of business a long time ago. Sadly, those same services charge an arm and a leg, and at the Fluff ’n Fold, you still have to carry your clothes in unsightly plastic bags. Might I also interject that those bags are not biodegradable? Not very green I say! The point I’m trying to make is, whatever chores you have to do throughout the week … shouldn’t you feel and look good simultaneously? Whatever I’m doing, be it cleaning or eating, I always try to inject a little fashion in there. That probably comes from me watching lots of family shows circa the 1950s and ’60s, like the “Donna Reed Show” and “Leave It to Beaver.” You know, when women were glamorous while scrubbing the toilets and doing other chores. Really, there’s nothing wrong with a nice, colorful laundry bag that happens to be monogrammed; or some sturdy polka-dot dishwashing gloves that not only protect the manicure but also the skin when using hot temperatures. In my search for a cute apron for my adventures in the kitchen, I came across Royal Accessories, a company that provides the cutest items I’ve seen so far. Not only did I find aprons in leopard print and pearl fabrics, but the Web site offers laundry bags and dishwashing gloves! I have an oversized “Laundry Room Bag” that is fully lined, with a drawstring to seal the top and a cute embroidered “Laundry” message on the front. It’s huge; I could fit about two to three week’s worth of laundry. However, I change my clothes at least two to three times a day, so you’ll probably fare better. I love the Royal Accessories motto “Everyone has a little dirty laundry … hide yours in fashion!” My next purchase will be the dishwashing gloves, simply because of the delightful French cuff style of the gloves. I mean how can one not be excited to clean up when you have accessories like these things on? I know I’m reaching a bit, but I have to admit it does make my chores go by that much quicker. The prices are slightly on the higher end, ranging from about $30 for those cute gloves to about $58 for the laundry bags, but let me tell you: These things are sturdy, machine washable and they are designed to stay durable! In the long run you’ll save money: You won’t be visiting the nail salon due to cracked or chipped nails, and you will be using less energy and water because your loads of laundry will be full loads. See? Saving money and looking fashionable at the same time can be done! Royal Accessories has a storefront in Downtown, off 9th and Maple (305 E. 9th St., Los Angeles). Now I have no choice but to take a trip down there and see what else they have to offer. They also great make graduation gifts like travel bags, dry cleaning bags and shoe covers and stuffers. Maybe you could gift a friend or better yet your roommate with these accessories? They don’t have to know you may be implying that they need to clean up after themselves. For more information, call (213) 623-3184 or visit royalaccessories.com.
(Bethesda Softworks) “Brink” is a first-person shooter that is crossing genres. The Bethesda Softworks game features job categories with their own skills and experience points, and you can also customize your looks and weapons. This allows for a sense of individuality as players craft unique characters, utilizing body styles and a wide array of items. “Brink” has four categories players can chose from: engineers, medics, operatives and soldiers. Each is distinct in their specialized actions. These units make up a team, and the team is everything in this game. Individuals can change their job at special stations to find new ways to back up your teammates or accomplish a goal. An easy-to-use button system allows you to swiftly switch between jobs and tasks during a mission. Each profession has a way to help your teammates. Soldiers can refill ammo, medics can heal and revive characters and engineers can boost the attack power of others. Even the operatives, the lone wolfs, have indirect ways to support the team. Even with all this teamwork going on, individuals can choose how they want to play, leaving their team alone and accomplishing side missions during an operation. Exploring environments, whether you do it as a group or alone, will provide entertainment in “Brink.” The game allows you to find unique ways through any territory, from jumping to ledges in order to reach a certain point to sliding under pipes in order to avoid gunfire. This sense of virtual parkour is addictive, as you will continue to find new ways to destinations or find out that the way you were going is no longer efficient as your goals change. Grade: B —Alexandre Johnson “Brink” is currently available.
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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES The Power of Depp BY SASHA PERL-RAVER SHIVER ME TIMBERS; CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW is back on the high seas in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth film in the wildly successful Pirates movie franchise. This time around, Sparrow (Johnny Depp, as if you didn’t already know) finds he’s been shanghaied, awakening aboard the ship of legendarily formidable pirate Blackbeard (“Deadwood” star Ian McShane, for once keeping his potty mouth clean), as he’s taken on a wild quest for the Fountain of Youth after crossing swords with a woman from his past (the unspeakably beautiful but noticeably pregnant Penélope Cruz).
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While Depp has made a career by creating odd yet winning characters like Edward Scissorhands or Ed Wood, by stealing elements from Pepé Le Pew, Keith Richards and Groucho Marx, the 47-year-old thespian cultivated a character who has become iconic and – in large part thanks to the magic of Sparrow – sailed the series to over $6 billion dollars in worldwide receipts. It’s an impressive feat alone, but when you consider the fact that the films were inspired by a ride at Disneyland, it seems laughable in theory. Can you imagine Splash Mountain: The Movie or Tea Cups: Part Deux? Maybe not, but attach Depp and suddenly the concept has a certain ring to it. Settling into a standing-room only press conference in a ballroom at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Depp, wearing blue-tinted Lennon glasses and a gray porkpie hat, smiles when the subject of the film’s source material is raised. “It’s psychedelic actually,” he begins, going on to reveal that seeing the addition of his character to the theme park ride is bizarre but fills him with tremendous pride, adding, “It’s an honor. Something you took part in creating becomes this forever object.” For a man who once declared “none of my movies will ever make any money,” Pirates’ success – which has been so profound, Depp is now the proud owner of his own private Bahamian island – is still almost unfathomable. “It’s not my fault,” he jokes. “I did my best [to fail], even to the point of trying to get fired on the first [movie], but they couldn’t bring themselves to do it. It’s interesting to experience this ride after building a career on 20 years of failures and then something clicks. The funny thing is, I didn’t change anything. The fact that people want to see a movie I’m in is the most shocking thing ever.” As beloved as Captain Jack Sparrow has become for audiences, the actor feels that same affection for his creation,
saying he finds the wily pirate a difficult skin to shed once filming is wrapped. “Every character you play, parts of you go into making that stew. Fortunately or unfortunately, there’s a part of [Jack] who shows up at odd times. He showed up this morning, in fact, when I was getting my kids ready for school, and I had to shoo him away.” Along for the ride in On Stranger Tides is Cruz, who previously co-starred with Depp in Ted Demme’s 2001 flick, Blow. Over the past decade, the pair stayed close friends, making their on-screen reunion effortless. “It felt like we’d wrapped Blow a week before,” Depp beams. “It clicked instantly. Whatever exists in chemistry was instantly firing on all cylinders.” Just as the fourth installment arrives in theaters, people are already wondering, will Depp be back for another Pirates film? At first he jokes, “Yeah, they could wheel me in and my dreads could get caught in my wheelchair,” before adding with sincerity, “With Captain Jack, the possibilities are endless. There’s any possibility of madness and absurdity. With this character, you feel like you’re never done.” But when pressed for more specifics, he coyly stays mum on the subject, drolly suggesting, “there’s a very clever idea about [Pirates] 5 and 6; we’ll actually shoot them on the ride at Disneyland in nonstop circles. It’ll be like Warhol’s Sleep, just close-ups on everyone.” What he doesn’t seem to realize is, if Captain Jack Sparrow’s there, audiences will still probably buy tickets. Such is the Power of Depp.
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When Rachel McAdams Met Woody Allen BY HIKO MITSUZUKA WHEN HE SIGNED ON TO PLAY PAUL, A DASHING yet pompously intelligent art history buff, in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, Michael Sheen received pages of the script covering only his scenes with stars Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams. The British actor didn’t learn of the film’s plot developments until he bumped into Marion Cotillard in New York before shooting started. It was then that she informed him of her own role in the film and what the story actually entailed. He also didn’t realize what (or whom) his character would be involved with until after production had wrapped. The revelation made his experience on the movie all the more enchanting and sweeter. Such surprises (along with several scene-stealing cameos) pop up in the legendary director’s most recent film, billed as a valentine to the City of Lights. Wilson plays Gil, a novelist who accompanies his fiancée Inez (McAdams) on a trip to the French capital to spend time with her family. With the hope of being creatively stimulated by his foreign surroundings, Gil begins to take midnight walks throughout the streets of the city and stumbles upon something – for lack of a better
Campus Circle > Film > Interviews description that may risk spoiling the rest of the film – magical. Experiencing the magic of Paris was something the former Mean Girl immediately welcomed with open arms when she started shooting on location. “People really take time to enjoy life there,” McAdams says. “There’s this kind of quality of just enjoying life for what it is and not letting it pass you by.” Reteaming with her Wedding Crashers costar, McAdams felt at ease working with Wilson again. However, it was challenging to play a character who didn’t get lost in that aforementioned magic. “She was outrageous at times and could be quite extreme. I liked her practicality, that she didn’t pretend to be swept away and was quite honest about that.” Another challenge, especially during her scenes with Wilson, was not playing the object of desire. “I was happy to play into it. I was the cat, and he was the mouse; I would always have my hand, my paw, on his tail and never let him go too far away from me, and then Woody totally saw it differently and said, ‘Stop fondling him! You’re always touching him!’” Enter Sheen as Paul, Inez’s college crush who makes an appearance in town and creates some ripples in the couple’s relationship. Both McAdams and Sheen consider working on an Allen film one of the greatest opportunities of their careers. “One of the things I found really fascinating about working with Woody was that he’s sort of un-modern in terms of the way he works with actors,” Sheen says. “The modern idea is that you play subtext, and it’s what’s going on under the surface that is of interest in the scene. Woody is anti-subtext; He doesn’t want anything going on under the scene. He just wants you to play the surface of the scene as much as you can to the point where he wants you to improvise constantly. He encourages you to allow the story to do the work so the story reveals the story rather than the actor revealing the story.”
Owen WIlson and Rachel McAdams in Midnight in Paris McAdams enjoyed the freedom she was given on set. After all, allowing actors to breathe and use the space they’re in is something Allen is known for and what many critics and fans attribute to his success. He’s also known for his idiosyncratic approach to actors when trying to get them on board. McAdams remembers, “He almost tried to talk me out of it. We had a meeting in New York, and he said, ‘I really would like you to play this part, but if you don’t want to do it, that’s fine, and we’ll do something else.’ I was like, ‘No, no, no! I want to do it!’ It was very endearing, and I was flattered.” Another actor the director managed to cast in the film was France’s First Lady, Carla Bruni. For Sheen, it was one of the high points of his experience on the movie. “We had great wide-ranging conversations,” he recalls fondly. In fact, the entire movie was an amazing experience. When asked if there was one thing he learned from working on a Woody Allen film, Sheen uses the lesson Gil learns after his late-night run-ins with several famous faces: “Enjoy life.” Midnight in Paris releases in select theaters May 20.
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(Shadow) Sometimes artists are so self-conscious that they refuse to share what they’ve created with anyone for fear others might not “get” it or fear they might be criticized by those they trust the most. But for Midwestern crop artist Stan Herd there’s no greater joy than sharing his farmland designs with the world. Outside of playing college basketball, though, how do you get noticed in Lawrence, Kan.? Earthwork tells the true story of Herd (played by John Hawkes) who tills his soil to turn plants, rocks and vegetation into beautifully textured compositions. After years of his work going unseen, Herd makes a last ditch effort for recognition by taking a project in New York City and paying out of pocket to undercut any competitors. The project puts strain on his wallet and marriage, but as he and his crew (made up of homeless tunnel dwellers) work the land, those who look down from their high-rises are inspired by the rural artwork. Hawkes, recently Oscar nominated for Winter’s Bone, gets his hands dirty in another wonderful performance showing Herd’s palpable yearning to be seen. The homeless assistants add heart and humor of the story, with standout performances by Zach Grenier and James McDaniel. The film’s most honest moments ask what benefit art provides and what Herd’s work is ultimately worth, especially when it’s so temporary and seen by so few. It’s an interesting question that feels self-aware for director Chris Ordal, who has made a film that is out of the mainstream and few are likely to see. But as Ryan, a graffiti artist played in the film by Chris Bachand, says, “Pictures are forever.” With Earthwork, Ordal captures Herd’s story and his art in perpetuity. It’s an enjoyable and inspiring portrayal of what some will go through when compelled to share their vision with the outside world.
—Matthew Kitchen Earthwork releases in select theaters May 20.
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L’Amour Fou (IFC) When translated from French, l’amour fou means mad, passionate love. When witnessed in the new documentary, L’Amour Fou, it also means unyielding heartbreak, era-defining brilliance and quiet, somber mourning. Set around the Christie’s auction of millions of dollars worth of furniture, artwork and other home decorations, the documentary is the story of Yves Saint Laurent and his lover and business partner of 50 years, Pierre Bergé. Opening with a static black-and-white shot of the press conference where Saint Laurent announced his retirement from fashion, his placid dignity pockmarked by flashbulbs that made him flinch, the designer bids farewell to a career that made him a legend. The audience then finds themselves at Saint Laurent’s funeral as Bergé bids farewell to the man he shared his life and career with for five decades. Considering Saint Laurent and Bergé met in 1957 at Christian Dior’s funeral, it’s a fitting start to the story of their relationship – which eventually crumbled under Saint Laurent’s depression, work ethic and substance abuse – and partnership – which birthed some of the greatest fashion of the 20th century. That initial sense of sadness and longing pervades the film, as a melancholy piano accompanies a slow pan through the home the couple once shared, lingering on a pair of Saint Laurent’s signature glasses and a handwritten note before it sweeps over the works of art – from Picasso to GrecoRoman marble statues to gilded animal figurines – studding the impeccably appointed Parisian home. These treasures
Yves Saint Laurent (right) in 1961, from L’Amour Fou comprise the sale that Berge prepares for, mustering the courage to claim he’s happy watching the art “flying off like birds to find a new perch.” Getting deeper into their story, the film chronicles Saint Laurent’s first triumphs as the head designer of Dior, the opening of his own house in 1962 after being fired by Dior, through runway shows and nightclub outings, into home movies where Andy Warhol strolls around and Mick Jagger pecks out notes at the piano. Theirs was a life flooded with fabulousness as even their French bulldog, who was painted by Warhol, used to hit the Parisian nightclub scene with YSL at the height of the Me Decade. But beyond the beauty and glamour, best experienced through archival footage of Saint Laurent’s shows, where the audience would greet him with thunderous applause, L’Amour Fou quickly loses steam as relics of their lives are boxed up and prepared for auction. While it’s a fascinating world to witness, the film is best when it focuses on the splendor of YSL. Grade: B—Sasha Perl-Raver L’Amour Fou releases in select theaters May 20.
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LOVE IN THE TIME OF NEUROSIS: A TRIBUTE TO ALBERT BROOKS
May 20-21 @ Egyptian Theatre BY KRISTINA BRAVO
YOU MIGHT ONLY KNOW HIM FOR PLAYING THE VOICE OF MARLIN IN the Pixar classic Finding Nemo, but Albert Brooks has had a whole career that can’t be condensed in the form of an animated, neurotic clownfish. Although as a comedian, Brooks is – in a way – a clownfish that is known for his high-strung personality, he is in fact a tall, burly man with curly brown hair instead of the orange fish that overprotected poor little Nemo. And unlike Marlin, a clownfish that “really isn’t that funny,” Brooks has a real knack for jokes (The universe certainly seems to have played one on him when he was born with the name Albert Einstein, which he changed as an adult for what one can imagine quite a few reasons). With David Letterman, Garry Marshall and Johnny Carson among his fans, Brooks is a legend, yet also one of the most underrated comedians in Hollywood. The New Yorker published a very revealing profile on the funny man that gives a hint of what it must be like to pick his brain, which seems to be able to find the funny in the simplest of things. In the article written by Alison Rose, he relates in a phone interview: “I have three eagles in a tree near me. I went to a bookstore and looked them up, and they seem to be golden eagles. They started out cute, but they’re bigger now than I am, and they make more noise than a dog. They make this whistle. It’s an unflattering bird sound. But they’re amazing to watch. I bought binoculars, and I watched them learn how to fly. First of all, their nest is bigger than my room. It’s eight-feet long, I swear to God. You and I could get in there and get a good night’s sleep. They hop back and forth in the same tree for about a week. Then, eventually, they move to a nearby tree. Then they fly freely, and now I’m waiting for them to leave.” “Because of the whistling?” the journalist asks. Brooks answers, “Yes. I’ve given them hints. I’ve put brochures of Alaska all over the tree.” “How did you first notice them?” “I noticed the mother finishing up the nest. And sitting there and taking care of something.” “How did you know it was a mother?” “Well, I don’t know. Do men sit on eggs? I didn’t see a vagina, if that’s what you mean, but I just assumed the mother sits on eggs.” That article was published in 1994, and it asks why, in spite of being highly regarded by Hollywood greats, the public doesn’t know that he’s the funniest man in the movies. Seventeen years later, the same question still applies because for the most part, he still somehow remains to be some sort of a cult secret to the lucky ones who know better. Want in on it? To acquaint the hapless unfamiliar and to indulge the already versed aficionados, the American Cinematheque is presenting a showcase at the Egyptian Theatre of four movies that Brooks starred in: Broadcast News and Real Life on May 20 and Defending Your Life and Modern Romance on May 21. Directed by James L. Brooks, Broadcast News is a 1987 film about a love triangle that takes place in a news show, starring Brooks, Holly Hunter and William Hurt as the troubled trio. It was Oscar-nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, with each of the three leads also nabbing nominations. Brooks portrays himself as a filmmaker in Real Life, who follows an American family with his cameras to create a show. Made in 1979, this movie precedes “The Osbornes” and “Jersey Shore” by decades, proving just how ingenious Brooks is. Defending Your Life stars Meryl Streep as Brooks’ love interest in the afterlife, which the 1991 movie portrays as “a combination theme park and Hollywood screening room,” where dead people are required to justify moments from their lives just like Hollywood directors defend their works from critics and studio bigwigs. In Modern Romance, Brooks plays the film editor opposite Kathryn Harrold in a movie about the neurotic but funny ups-and-downs of a romantic relationship. Egyptian Theatre is located at 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. For more information, visit americancinematheque.com.
BY MIKE SEBASTIAN
The Majors: A young seminary student gets a crash course in exorcism from a Vatican priest (Anthony Hopkins) in the dark thriller The Rite, from the director of 1408. Jason Statham stars as an expert hit man who takes on a young apprentice (Ben Foster) on a quest for vengeance in the remake of the Charles Bronson classic The Mechanic. Donald Sutherland costars.
Under the Radar: A hit at the Toronto Film Festival, Daydream Nation is an original coming-of-age film about a 17-year-old girl (Kat Dennings) who moves to a small town and has an affair with her teacher (Josh Lucas). Reece Thompson and Andie MacDowell costar. During a citywide power outage, a group of survivors realize that everyone else in the city has disappeared and that the darkness is out to get them in Vanishing on Seventh Street. Brad Anderson (Session 9) directs Hayden Christensen and Thandie Newton. Natalie Portman gives her most grown-up performance to date in The Other Woman. Portman plays a young woman dealing with the simultaneous pressures of losing her newborn baby, forging a bond with her stepson and handling her husband’s jealous ex (Lisa Kudrow). Don Roos (The Opposite of Sex) directs this poignant, well-observed film. Winner of the Audience Award at SXSW Film Festival, Brotherhood follows a fraternity pledge who finds himself caught up in a convenience store robbery as part of his initiation when everything suddenly goes terribly wrong. Also available: Red White & Blue, The Beautiful Person, Broken Hill
Foreign Fare: A landmark of Italian Neorealist Cinema, Vittorio De Sica’s Shoeshine brilliantly depicts the ravaged world of post-war Italy. Like The Bicycle Thief, this masterpiece is heartbreaking in its frank portrayal of poverty as it follows two boys who try to scrape out an existence on the streets of Rome.
The Idiotbox: Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) brings his espionage expertise to the small screen with Covert Affairs: Season One. Piper Perabo stars as a rookie field agent suddenly pulled into active duty a month before she is to complete her training. Now she has to stay alive while sussing out her bosses’ ulterior motives. Peter Gallagher costars. Check out the original female action hero in The Bionic Woman: Season Two. Lindsay Wagner stars as the first female cyborg secret agent blessed with superstrength. Also included are two crossover episodes with “The 6 Million Dollar Man.” Mark Feuerstein (“The West Wing”) stars as Dr. Hank Lawson, a “doctor for hire” for the Hamptons in Royal Pains: Season Two. Lawson helps everyone from the Upper Crust to the local fishermen with their quirky problems. Henry Winkler guest stars as the doctor’s estranged father. Rainn Wilson and Zach Galifianakis guest star in Adult Swim’s demented sketch comedy show Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Season Cinco. With episode titles like “Puberty” and “Man Milk,” how can you go wrong? The Twilight Zone: Season 4 (Blu-ray) marks the anthology show’s switch to an hour-long format and includes classic episodes like “The 30 Fathom Grave” and “Printer’s Devil.” Also available: Nickelodeon’s animated favorite The Wild Thornberrys: Season One For Dad: Three classics arriving on Blu-ray would make great gifts for Father’s Day. Paul Newman gives one of his best performances as Fast Eddie Felson in the pool hall drama The Hustler. Jackie Gleason costars as the unbeatable Minnesota Fats. John Wayne is a Texas Ranger who finds an odd partner in the prisoner he is escorting in order to bring down a band of the evening arms dealers in The Comancheros. The great genre filmmaker Michael Curtiz directs. Eddie Murphy defined the action-comedy and became a superstar with Beverly Hills Cop. Campus Circle 5.18.11 - 5.24.11
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COST OF A SOUL
Will Blagrove is on the fast track to fame. BY SAMANTHA OFOLE THERE ARE TWO GOOD REASONS, ACCORDING to Will Blagrove, to watch the movie Cost of a Soul. “It’s relatable and is a well shot film,” says the actor, who stars alongside Chris Kerson in the Sean Kirkpatrickdirected drama about two wounded soldiers returning home from a tour of duty in Iraq. An actor on the fast track to fame, Blagrove, who ditched a law career for acting, was not only attracted to the film’s positive message, but felt a connection with his onscreen character DD Davis, with whom he shares a lot of similarities. “I am a big fan of roles that motivate people, and I love positive roles. The first thing I read about my character DD is that he was trying to do good, and good guys usually win. I related to him as he’s on a mission to do right by his family,” says Blagrove, who made the 100-mile journey from New York to Philadelphia just to audition for the role. “I got a call from my manager for an audition in Philadelphia, drove a 100 miles and went for it. Then I got a call back and went back another 100 miles,” adds Blagrove, who has a huge passion for the arts. “I did a play in high
Campus Circle > Film > Interviews school and got bit by the acting bug and just knew after doing that play that I was supposed to do this [acting]. I took as many credits as I could in college and graduated in three years, for I knew that I wasn’t going to continue going to law school.” A New York native, who had a recurring role as Brendan on the recently canceled daytime soap “All My Children,” Blagrove has worked with several directors including Spike Lee and James L. Brooks and had no apprehensions working with first-time director and screenwriter Kirkpatrick, a Penn State film graduate. “From the initial audition, I knew that I wanted to work with him,” Blagrove says. “He’s really that actor’s director. I have worked with a pretty good amount of directors, and there’s something about Sean. He was just so hands on and knew what he wanted. We had such a great collaboration, and when we worked on set, we lived in a house for a month and really bonded. I am still really good friends with him, and I think that translated throughout the entire filming process.” Shot in 18 days on location in the streets of North Philadelphia in some of the roughest neighborhoods in America, Soul’s main characters DD and Tommy (Kerson) find themselves trapped in the same slums they joined the military to escape from, and as they reevaluate their choices, their lives become entwined in a web of crime, corruption and violence. “We shot in some really rough neighborhoods and having that camaraderie helped us out,” Blagrove says. “The mission of the film was to showcase what it is like for so many kids in so many rough areas. Crime is just a circulation of violence, and sometimes it is not a happy ending.” For Blagrove, who took on a lot of physical and mental
DVR KILLED THE WATER COOLER Behind on “Glee”? Don’t talk to me. BY HIKO MITSUZUKA
PICTURE IT: THE ’90S. I WALK ONTO THE SCHOOL– yard ready to get my learn on. But before we are shepherded into eighth-grade homeroom, I huddle on a bench next to my friends to talk about last night’s jaw-dropping episode of “Melrose Place” (the original). The cliffhanger on everyone’s lips this morning involves a back-from-the-dead Kimberly Shaw (a pre-“Desperate” Marcia Cross) spying on her exfiancé while he hooks up with the Vixen of All Vixens, Sydney Andrews. It is a television (and pop-culture) moment – only to be topped by the following episode in which the resurrected doctor pulls off her wig to reveal a giant Frankenscar. Tuesday mornings were reserved for “Melrose” recaps. My classmates and I couldn’t help but obsess over the previous night’s episode. Had we been coworkers sharing an office space, we would’ve been gathered around that proverbial water cooler, chatting up a storm. Other TV milestones were also heavily discussed immediately after their initial broadcast: the accidental shooting of Scott on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Ellen”’s “coming out,” Susan Hawk’s rat-snake speech on the first “Survivor” finale ... the list goes on. But a funny thing happened during the past 15 years or so since those innocent days on the blacktop. Cable networks
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Will Blagrove as DD Davis in Cost of a Soul research to perfect his role as DD, making Soul was a somber eye-opener. “I did a lot of research on what it was like for a soldier coming off the war in Iraq, and I have a totally new appreciation for our troops,” he says. “I already had that appreciation, but I had to talk to our troops and interview them to see what it’s like from their perspective. Seeing gray, sand and dust and the lack of the sound of a bird chirping every day, the lack of green grass everywhere and then to come home to it, just made me so much more appreciative of what they go through. That’s in addition to the amount of work it takes to become a soldier – the physical attributes that a soldier has. This film really gave me an appreciation for our troops.” Cost of a Soul releases in select theaters May 20.
Campus Circle > Film > The Channel Surfer started to produce original content. DVDs invaded video stores, which then became an endangered species. A little thing called TiVo made it possible to record our favorite shows without using cumbersome VHS tapes. Everything was suddenly digital. With this evolution came what I like to call the Decline of the Water-Cooler Chats. Less frequent now are those moments when friends or coworkers can gather together, face-toface, the morning after a juicy night’s worth of drama. Why? Because everything is now saved on the DVR at home. One can go for weeks without watching several episodes of “Mad Men” or “The Vampire Diaries” because they’ve been accumulating on that little metal box perched below your HDTV. “I can just catch up on everything over the weekend,” you say. And when your friend wants to talk about the shenanigans from that phenomenal installment of “Top Chef,” you can’t: “I’m three episodes behind on my DVR. Don’t spoil anything for me!” Fortunately, I had yet to own my first TiVo when, on “Alias,” Francie was assassinated – by her doppelgänger! I had watched that OMG-worthy episode with a friend the night it originally aired. There was no waiting period. We immediately turned to each other and screamed at this ingenious plot twist, one of the many that was typical on the Jennifer Garner spy serial. It seems like we didn’t have this “problem” when we learned to record shows on the ol’ VCR back in the ’80s and ’90s. VHS cassettes typically allowed up to six hours of recorded footage on each tape, creating more of an urgency to watch your show as soon as possible and reuse it for next week’s programs. Now? DVRs usually hold up to 80 hours of televised content. Every minute of every sitcom, every inane reality show, every daytime chatfest can build up in those memory chips, and you can take comfort in knowing that you have it all stored in there for future viewing. But the question is: When will you watch it?
With the exception of daily blogs dedicated to the dissection of popular shows, there seems to be less and less instant reaction and feedback discussed, especially in person, because less and less people are watching them “live” or during the actual given timeslot. As a result, less and less people can gather together to talk about their favorite TV moments. Everyone seems to be on his or her own viewing schedule thanks to the blessed invention of the DVR. I even cancelled my TV Guide subscription because of the accommodating features and benefits the DVR offers; it knows when my shows are on – when to avoid any repeats – saving them all for me. And if for some reason my DVR has some technical difficulty and neglects to record 30 Rock, there are always online ondemand services (hello Hulu and Crackle) that got my back. There are also a few extremists out there (you know who you are), television viewers who will opt to miss an entire season of a hot new show all of their friends are glued to, either because they’re too late jumping on the bandwagon and don’t have the time to catch up to present storylines, or they tell themselves that they can always add the DVDs to their Netflix queue when the season is finally released. I recently did this with the third season of “Dexter” and immediately purchased the rest of the stellar first season of “Damages” after catching the free pilot on iTunes. Perhaps we should all pay our respects to the water cooler as we charge forward into this new era. Not only does it have to face the competition of bottled water and the rising trend of reusable aluminum canteens, this modern-day campfire of sorts has to face neglect as less people hover around it to chat about fictitious characters and the colorful lives they lead. Let us all raise our small paper cups... For more pop cultural ramblings, visit thefirstecho.com.
OPENING NIGHT Cannes Film Festival
Midnight in Paris Written and Directed by Woody Allen
Kathy Bates Adrien Brody Carla Bruni Marion Cotillard Rachel McAdams Michael Sheen Owen Wilson
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Glorie Self-titled (Makeshift) The album from the instrumental group Glorie is a winding trek from one end of the album to the other. The songs blend together in a monotonous tone that rarely gets exciting. Tone and pacing stay relatively the same from the start to the end of the offering. At a few points the music begins to change form, but then just as you think something fresh will develop, the wall of sound swallows up the change in music. Feeling more like a score to a movie, this CD is background music at best. Considering the influence of metal and even Metallica on bandleader, Jason Paxton, this record should have more range. If you’re looking for something to put on in the background or want something to drift off to, this is your ticket. Don’t write them off 100 percent yet, at least wait to see what the next album offers. Track to download is “Nightmares Then Sunshine,” but you can also download the whole album for free at glorierocks.com. Grade: C+ —David Tobin Glorie is currently available.
The Pleasure Field Arson (Self-released) The Pleasure Field look good, and they know it. In a time where the mystery of ‘cool’ has been distilled to a price point at Hot Topic, the Pleasure Field rise above. Miles Davis fell out of bed cool. Justin Bieber can’t buy cool. That’s why when you come across ‘cool’ done right and in a way that holds up to scrutiny, you can’t help but take notice. Listen to the first EP by the Pleasure Field for 30 seconds, and you’ll swear you’ve been shotgunned to a forgotten world where men still know how to dress and nobody gets out of bed before 6 p.m. Arson is the soundtrack for that world. With vocals handled perfectly imperfect by Curtis Washington and beats laid down with deftness by Christopher Paulson, you can’t help but get the feeling that nothing is as important as tonight. The musical energy wraps you up into a belief that something is about to happen, and you damn well better have something to do with it. Starting with the title track, “Arson” and stretching into mid-tempo creepers like “Silence Hurts” and “A Grave Like Yours,” come the end of the album you’ll be ready to mortgage your house for that Armani suit and John Varvotos shoes because with style there is always substance. Grade: A —Christian Goss Arson is currently available.
Ravishers Self-titled (Timber Carnival) Filled with soothing melodies and catchy electronic keys, Ravishers deliver 12 tracks that portray a live atmosphere presence. Vocalist Dominic Castillo’s words hover seamlessly above docile acoustics and throbbing bass chords that require foot-tapping rhythms during every song. Their lyrical content is based on a post-romantic relationship with a significant other, often expressing their discontent with subtle messages while revealing a vulnerable side at every attempt. The album contains a thick blend of instruments with CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 >>>
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GRAD PARTIES BY DANA JEONG
CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2011! THE TIME HAS FINALLY COME FOR you to dive into the real world! While the graduation ceremony might have served as a formal ritual to enter adulthood, the unofficial part has yet to begun: partying like you’re still in college. Graduation week is definitely your last and best excuse to forget all about the recession, get drunk, spill beer all over your classmate who has been bragging about her job offers and get away with it. While we may tolerate such ridiculous behavior, however, we will absolutely forbid any fashion disasters. But don’t worry, here is a comprehensive list of how to stay sexy and classy during your very last festivities – straight from the L.A. socialites at Fashion Week VIP parties.
The Leopard Prints When in doubt, go leopard. Whether it is an upscale cocktail party or an absolute rager, you can never go wrong with leopard. As a partyhour fashion staple, this sexy print shines the brightest when paired with neutral-toned items that don’t outshine it. A black blazer is always classy, but take it up a notch and slip into your worn-out, lace-up combat boots. Sexy + tough = irresistible. Plus, your toes will be safe from that drunk girl’s heels stepping all over you!
Laugh Now, Laugh Later (Antagonist/People Like You) It’s been nine long years since punk band Face to Face released their sixth studio album, How To Ruin Everything. Now with the return of longtime bassist Scott Shiflett and guitarist Chad Yaro, the four-piece have revisited their punk rock roots incorporating rapid riffs and hooks filled with vigorous force that appear quick and solid. Lead singer Trever Keith adds intensity into every chorus that will demand circle pits during live events. The song “Should Anything Go Wrong” ignites dashing rhythms that instantly set the album’s tone across 11 tracks. “Bombs Away” and “Under the Wreckage” provide unrelenting dominance that creates punk rock chaos during every spin. The album also features powerful melodies overflowing with content that requires top-of-the-lung singing that screams with passion. Laugh Now, Laugh Later solidifies Face to Face’s lustrous career spanning two decades. With in-your-face aggression and sweat-dripping beats, this album defines the extreme pandemonium that punk rock represents. Grade: A —Jacob Gaitan Laugh Now, Laugh Later is currently available.
The Denim If you have always been a fan of LBDs and their chameleon-like ability to go with everything, then you must give denim a try. No, I don’t mean your same old everyday jeans; in fact, everything other than jeans. Denim has been slowly gaining its recognition among fashionistas in forms of dresses, purses, buttondown shirts and even shoes. A good denim dress not only fits nicely and comfortably but also transforms according to the accessories. Drape two or three long-stranded necklaces for a glam night out, or mix and match rough pieces like brass cuffs and metal rings for an edgier look.
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Mix and Match Formalwear When we flip pictures from high school prom, there is always a guy or two in unconventional ensembles (usually consisting of a white/ pink/yellow tux, funky bow ties and a hat or a headpiece) who stand out in the midst of identical black suits. Yes, this advice is dedicated to you dare devils with the inner high school clowns trying to make a comeback before you officially enter the real world where such outfits can lead to losing your job. If you’re gonna do it, then do it well – I’m talking checkered pants, studded blazers and flamboyantly colored ties. While your mom may give you silent death stares to make you go change, it will all be worth it when you bask in the center of attention amongst appalled relatives and adoring cousins ready to worship you.
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Follow CAMPUS CIRCLE on Twitter @CampusCircle CDREVIEWS <<<CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 the involvement of light trumpets in “Nobody Falls in Love Anymore,” a self explanatory slow jam mixed with piano keys and gentle beats. “You Have It” goes in a more danceoriented direction with thick poppy waves. Ravishers provide enough energy to keep the album fresh after a few spins, while quickly learning the words stored in your subconscious. Grade: B —Jacob Gaitan Ravishers is currently available.
Various Artists Kitsuné Maison Compilation 11: The Indie Dance Issue (Kitsuné) Parisian record and clothing label Kitsuné has an excellent grasp of all things hip and chic, and this new 16-track various artists compilation offers up to the rest of the world some of the music they’re currently digging in the City of Light. The folks at Kitsuné are so hip, in fact, that they’re not even going to tell you who is performing the compilation’s opening track, “Let’s Go All the Way.” The song features female lead vocals, a Tubular Bells-like keyboard melody and an overall mysterious sound that makes the understated pop tune perfect for a teaser. While fans will have to keep tabs on Kitsuné to find out later who that particular performer is, the rest of the fun is more overt: French band Housse de Racket checks in with “Roman,” their take on Killers-style dance pop, Peter & the Magician hit the dance floor with synths set to “percolate” and vocals run through the Vocoder for “Twist” and Gallops bring repetitive, mind-blowing keyboard rhythms to the rave with “Miami Spider” (Ponciau edit.) Like the comp’s title suggests, everything here is dance oriented with some cuts being pure club burners while others lean toward radio play. The important thing is there’s nary a clinker amongst the bunch. Grade: A —Kevin Wierzbicki Kitsune Maison Compilation 11: The Indie Dance Issue is currently available.
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The Raveonettes May 6 @ The Troubadour A sold-out show … Oh, “L.A. and all her crazy charms” as the lyrics of the song “Ode to LA” by the noisy indie pop rock duo, the Raveonettes played at the Troubadour. They took over the stage with their electric guitars and two drum sets on each side, which helped give them their boisterous and endearing sound. The semi surf-rock voices from lead singers, Sune Wagner and Sharin Foo, juxtaposed well with the blaring hard guitars. The lights gave this band an eerie and mystical presence with harsh blues and pinks, while during the explosive guitar solos, flashing white lights were prevalent. Together, the band made their tracks stirring with tense noise and soothing vocals. Their lively performance remained constant throughout as the band members had this calm, cool and collected persona. The encore knocked the crowd wild as fans grooved to their hypnotizing set. On this tour, they were celebrating the release of their new album, Raven in the Grave. With more gloomy and dark tracks than before, a few parts of the set were a bit dreary. The duo did seem to work harmoniously with one another giving the crowd the energy and appearance they longed to see. The band kept their electric noises and soft melodies continual, making the stage in Los Angeles into a “place where it’s fun.” —Amanda D’Egidio
May 6 @ House of Blues Sunset Strip The House of Blues was in rare form, filled with people of every age and background there to see the lineup. Gearing up for the second night of the Uranium Tour, the House of Blues was taken over by die-hard Black Label Society fans. Many people in the crowd had already seen at least one of the bands playing in the past, and most of them were not out for their first night with Black Label Society. Opening the night perfectly were Anchored, Hourcast and All that Remains. Anchored, hailing from Dallas, Texas are quickly making a name for themselves across the country. The band – made up of vocalist Brandan Narrell, guitarists B.G. Simpson Joel Estes, Josh Franklin on bass and drummer Matty Clark – got the audience energized early on. In a tribute to the week’s news and the troops, the band offered up a well-received AC/DC cover. The atmosphere, while still early in the night, was charged with excitement and tension from the crowd. I have no doubt that Anchored left with more than just a few new and very loyal fans. Continuing their tour into the summer, the band will be traveling across the country in support of Black Label Society. This fall, their behind-the-scenes DVD will be released with footage of the guys on the road, writing and playing their upcoming album. Early in 2012, their second CD will be released, with a tour in support of the new album. If you missed them on this night out in Los Angeles, do not make the same mistake when they are back in town later this year.
Sune Wagner and Sharin Foo of the Raveonettes filled the Troubadour with energy.
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SILVER LAKE JUBILEE May 21-22 in Silver Lake BY TAMEA AGLE THE SECOND ANNUAL SILVER LAKE JUBILEE takes over the streets during the weekend of May 21st and 22nd. While last year’s jubilee was a success, event creator Jack Martinez has big plans for this year’s event and was happy to share some of them with Campus Circle. Local bands, food, drinks, comedy and fun for kids and adults will make for a perfect Silver Lake weekend. The jubilee, has been a major fundraiser for the Los Angeles Arts and Athletics Alliance (LAAAA.) The main focus of the event is to support and raise money for the worthy cause, whose mission is to “promote a lifelong engagement with arts and athletics”; the impact on the community is positive for everyone. “We’ve always had a big eco initiative since we began,” Martinez adds, “One of the first things we did was meet with Leslie VanKeuren Campbell of Sustain LA and just started from there. So, that awareness has been with us from the beginning.” The more than 20 bands who are set to play the festival include Geotic, We Are the World, Crystal Antlers, Lady Danville and Black Flamingo; many more are going to perform on three stages. Coming off of their tour with Dashboard
Campus Circle > Music > Interviews Confessional, Lady Danville are back home to Los Angeles to play the festival. Long Beach-based indie-rock band Crystal Antlers play on Sunday night on the Santa Monica Stage. Closing out the night on Saturday are Sister Crayon on one stage and local singer-songwriter Geiotic on another. To ensure that the festival brings out the local feel and local bands, they reached out to Spaceland Productions and Origami Vinyl to work with the music advisory committee and help with at least one of the stages each night. They have been involved from the beginning. For months out of each year the music advisory committee gets together to discuss shows and bands who might be brought out to play the festival and add to the vibe. The music will be constant, but of course if you would like to listen to more than the music, there will be comedy each night presented by Iliza’s Comedy Showcase. During the day, for variety and family there is a place for children to have a great time too. “We beefed up the children’s village this year,” says Martinez. “We’ve invited the JPL [Jet Propulsion Laboratory] in Pasadena to join us. They will come out and bring a Mars exhibit. That will go on under the bridge.” The educational opportunities for the kids as well as adults will be impressive. The JPL is in the process of planning a mission to Mars in the next two years, so this exhibit will be at the festival to “tell the general public about the local NASA missions.” So between music, comedy, food and drinks, everyone can surely learn something from a visit under the bridge with Pasadena’s JPL. While the people of Los Angeles love their food trucks, the trucks have been slightly scaled down from last year’s 33 per day to a more reasonable and less smog-inducing 10 trucks for the festival. It will be “more farmers’ market, less exhaust” this
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IT’S THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, AND YOU NO longer have to go into class bleary-eyed and yearning for the weekend anymore. But you do have to make it through finals. Caught in the frustratingly oppressive quiet of a library or computer lab, it’s hard not to put your arms on the desk and fall right asleep. This is where music once again comes to the rescue. Not everyone can study while listening to music, but if you’re looking for something to keep you awake, energized and ready to battle your final study guides, here are a few tracks to add to your playlist to help you survive. If you need a quick break from studies, all of the corresponding music videos are also worth a watch. “Ghosts n Stuff,” Deadmau5 One of the major proponents of the techno revival, Deadmau5 has catchy tunes, a recognizable helmet á la Daft Punk, and enough techno tracks to get you through the driest of notes. “Ghosts n Stuff ” is no exception, with a healthy amount of keyboard and fuzzy base. The version featuring Rob Swire on vocals won’t let you fall asleep either. The chorus harmony is a sly combination between suave vocals and impassioned yelling, enough to keep your adrenaline and your head bopping as you burn through piles of flash cards.
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year, to go along with the festival’s general eco friendly and conscious ethics. Martinez is sure that the weekend will be one full of community and fun in Silver Lake. “People will be able to come out, enjoy themselves, enjoy the people they are with. There will be plenty to eat, plenty to drink.” For anyone who frequents music festivals, you will appreciate the free water fountains where you are encouraged to fill up your water bottles. No $5 water bottles at this festival, so save your money and head to one of the two beer gardens with local tequila and brews. Come out over the weekend to “enjoy the music, enjoy the community and maybe make a friend or two.” Silver Lake Jubilee takes places under the bridge at Sunset Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard. For more information, visit silverlakejubilee.com.
Campus Circle > Music > Music Notes “BYOB,” System of a Down If Swire’s vocals aren’t able to soothe you too well, how about some hard rock? The first minute of “BYOB” already assaults you with enough screaming to keep virtually any sleepdeprived college student awake. There’s political frustration, a catchy tune, screaming and SOAD humor to keep your eyelids open. The good trick to any hard rock, study-friendly tune is the ability to keep your head bopping and then infuse you with energy up until the end and leaving you with an explosion, something Serj Tankan and company are completely adept at. Just make sure you don’t start headbanging in the library. “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele OK, so grown men yelling in your earbuds is not everyone’s style. For those seeking something a little less out-there but just as fiery, look no further than Adele. Her current success is mostly due to her absolutely unbelievable singing chops, and her vocal range will keep you listening. “Rolling in the Deep” has got an intriguingly bluesy sound, passionate vocals and a bridge that will get you channeling your angsty energy into the seemingly unconquerable final study guide before you. Catchy as it is, the song doesn’t get old soon, and each time you listen, you catch another one of Adele’s strong notes you didn’t catch the time before. “99 Problems,” Hugo This track creates a folksy, bluesy twist to Jay-Z’s track, taking only a line from the original and creating new verses. You’ll get small snippets of a banjo, a tambourine and a harmonica all melded with the easygoing yet captivating voice of Hugo. The track is short and sweet and will transport you to another world where finals are no worry, and there is many a lazy day to be had. Perfect for playing over and over again, the track
Get focused for exams with Maroon 5’s “Wake Up Call.” is calming yet energizing at the same time and will have you bopping your head as you try to stuff more information into your tired brain. “Wake Up Call,” Maroon 5 A departure from the attitude of Maroon 5’s more wellknown tracks, this song is a ballad about betrayal, murder and the influence of one (probably) smoking hot woman. The feisty keyboard, intriguing guitar chords and Adam Levine’s saccharine vocals can keep you focused and tapping to the beat. The melody flows easily and builds as the song progresses, making for a track that promises to keep you alert even when you realize the clock is nearing 3 a.m. “We R Who We R,” Ke$ha She’s a guilty pleasure for some, but a bona-fide club-trackcreator for others. Either way, this song is a guiltless dance jam and is bound to keep you looking forward to the summer hours in which you can dance like you’re dumb, as Ke$ha puts it. Just imagine yourself blasting this is your car on a summer night and getting through finals might prove a breeze.
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Set Their Sights on the U.S. BY RICARDO QUINONES THE PARLOTONES MET WHEN ALL OF THE members were attending school in the suburbs of Johannesburg, South Africa. The band consists of guitarists Glenn and Paul Hodgson, along with Kahn Morbee who is the lead singer as well as Neil Pauw as the drummer. Kahn shares, “We all grew up in the same suburb of Johannesburg and attended the same primary and high school, two of the members are brothers and the rest of us met through mutual friends. We were lucky to have been in the same headspace in terms of tastes in music, and when we started we were all novice musicians so we grew organically at a similar pace.” Having released several albums with numerous awards thus far has made them the biggest rock band in South Africa. Now, they return to the states for a rope of dates, including a stop at the Troubadour on May 31, and will be releasing a live CD/DVD, Live Design, June 21. They will also be performing a 3-D concert called Dragonflies and Astronauts on July 16 that will be broadcast throughout the world. “We’ve always had high ideals, and we hope to achieve relevance and success on a global level. We want to be doing this as a career for the rest of our lives, as the four members who founded the band. Along the way, we hope to bring some form of enjoyment to our fans and perhaps inspire future generations of musicians,” adds Kahn. The Parlotones’ unique sensibility of the music business has made them the successful rock band that they are today which will give them an upper-hand as they strive to gain a broader audience in the United States. “We all juggled academics, then work while doing the band so we got a sense of how the business world works. Along
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with our manager (our fifth member), we’ve had to adopt an entrepreneurial attitude because since our inception we’ve been told the hurdles of being in a successful rock band were too big, first within our own borders and then outside our borders,” says Kahn. “We’ve achieved things people thought were never possible by being entrepreneurial. We weren’t going to sit around waiting for a label or promoter to shape our careers, we had to do it ourselves, and that meant being business savvy. We’ve made mistakes, but we’ve also learned a lot and we’ve always had an indie ethos of we can’t wait for opportunity – we have to create it ourselves.” Their involvement with Earth Hour and Live Earth will certainly help them because focus on the environment now is more evident than ever before. Kahn is passionate in describing the band’s concerns about the welfare of the planet. “Global warming and the disregard for defenseless animals, two in particular are very close to home – the rhino and great white shark – [are] very much an identifying characteristic of what makes up South Africa, and both species are pretty much on the verge of extinction due to mankind’s overriding greed at the expense of others. It saddens me to know that in the not so distant future both species will not be seen in their natural habitat. I always say we could easily cure the world’s problems if we could find a cure for greed,” he says. “If we can find a cure for greed, we’ll cure all our problems. The planet does not belong to us, we are merely custodians and not very good ones either, we label ourselves the ‘intelligent’ species, but we’re doing some very dumb things. The only solution is to enact a paradigm shift within society, only when society rejects the elements that are detrimental to themselves and to others will corporates and governments stop producing them. I guess it’s kind of like a ripple effect.” The music of the Parlotones appeals to many because of their melodic style. When Kahn is asked about how it feels to be compared bands like the Police he says, “That’s a massive compliment, they were an amazing band and Sting continues to be brilliant. If we have an iota of their success we’ll be delighted.” Biffy Clyro, Mumford & Sons, Band of Horses, Decemberists, Young the Giant, Band of Horses, Bright Eyes,
R.E.M. are some of the bands that they are listening to now ... but that roster fluctuates. Some of their biggest accomplishments include playing for a massive audience of 20,000 in South Africa and playing after Metallica for the Coke Fest. “It was terrifying and amazing, we’re big fans and we got to watch them from the side of stage each night command an audience and dominate a stage. We learned a lot about what so many years of [being in] performing looks like,” says Kahn. “They’re a great band and we had to play after them, sheesh. Now, that was terrifying. It was in the early stage of our career and we were pretty much crowd control, an attempt to keep a percentage of the crowd back so that everyone wouldn’t leave at the same time. We played two shows after them; the third one, we drove 14 hours and they went over the city curfew and we couldn’t play. At that stage, we were juggling day jobs with music and had to drive 14 hours back to make [it to] work the next day. It was bleak, but we were grateful for the experience. “We also got an enormous amount of press because we were the suckers that had to play after one of the biggest bands in the world and then of course never got to play the last show; we got more press than the event itself because of it. We now ‘tongue in cheek’ tell people that Metallica opened for us.” The band will be releasing an acoustic album called Eavesdropping on the Songs of Whales, but it will only be available in Europe first. “We’re happy and excited about the possibilities because the small successes have come a lot quicker than any other territory we’ve toured including our own, and we’ve achieved some great results in other places. We’re not expecting overnight success, in fact we’d prefer an organic process that builds a loyal fan base and allows for longevity. For us, the mere fact that we’re touring America and winning fans over is a success in itself, something that almost no South African acts get a chance to do,” Kahn says about the burning anticipation of touring this year and about their prior success here in the United States. The Parlotones perform May 31 at the Troubadour. For more information, visit the-parlotones.com.
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FREQUENCY BY BRIEN OVERLY Matthew Mayfield May 18 @ Hotel Café Acoustic singer-songwriter, southern folk-inspired with a slight flair for the dark and slightly haunting, you say? You had me at “southern folk.” Not to say the Alabama native is all grim and gritty, certainly, as he effortlessly manages to channel some of the great and epic icons of classic rock. With a Springsteen-esque vocal presence, Mayfield can just as easily do the grown-up sounding singalong rock thing as the more intimate, piano-driven crooning built for those long car drives through the Midwest. Whatever mood you may be in, Mayfield’s got you covered, and there might not be a better venue to experience the full range of that than Hotel Café.
The Epilogues May 20 @ Viper Room This, dear readers, is your Do Not Miss show this week, so listen closely. As much as I like and appreciate all the other acts in this week’s Frequency, and do intent to let them finish, as proverb states, the Epilogues are the best band you’ve never heard of yet. The Denver natives have mastered the art of writing massive sounding jams of both the anthemic rock and the infectious dance varieties. Whether emoting more gently with soft crooning or cutting loose with the grittier side of his vocal range, front man Chris Heckman brings nothing but intensity with him to the stage, no matter the musical tone backing him. Likewise, keyboardist Nate Hammond, drummer Jason Hoke and bassist Jeff Swoboda teach the master class in creating moody and atmospheric music from behind Heckman on stage. The band’s mix of melodic
Campus Circle > Music > Frequency rock and synthy dance-pop manages to effortlessly mix the evocative qualities of the former with the fun live experience of the latter, giving you catchy music that has something a little more meaningful to say in the end.
Saint Motel May 21 @ The Roxy Since there’s a lot of dark moodiness in this week’s show picks, I’m lightening the mood with something a little more fun. I challenge any listeners to watch the L.A. natives play and not feel a little more stoked on life afterward. Combining elements of east coast garage indie and classic west coast retro-pop, the foursome brings a little sunshine to Los Angeles’ otherwise too-cool-to-not-brood indie scene.
Yeasayer May 22 @ Glass House May 23, 24 @ The Music Box Is it possible to like a band’s music but hate their base fan demographic? And their music videos? Loath as I am to admit it, the near entirety of Yeasayer’s latest work has earwormed its way into my consciousness, despite my best efforts to make sure that they didn’t. Doing my laundry, driving to work, surfing through Twitter, “O.N.E.” usually found a way to be running in the mental background of all my daily activities for a good long while. Through no choice of my own, mind you. More importantly, the Brooklyn-bred foursome poses an even greater dilemma: my competing love of Kristen Bell and utter dislike of amorphous blob creatures. Seriously, the “Madder Red” video squicks me out majorly for some reason. And if there’s one thing in life that’s worse than blob creatures, it’s pretentious hipsters who like to name drop
MUSICREPORT BY KEVIN WIERZBICKI Taryn Manning Turns it Up Taryn Manning is running full-speed ahead with her new single “Turn it Up,” a vivacious electro-pop track that marks the musician’s solo debut. Manning is a former member of Boomkat, the L.A. act that had a couple hits on the dance charts not too long ago, but you might also know her name from her other endeavors: Manning DJs regularly in the area, and she has also had guest starring roles in films like 8 Mile and Hustle & Flow as well as on TV shows “Hawaii Five-O” and “Sons of Anarchy.” “After doing it all, I am ecstatic to return to music which is my first passion, my first love really,” says Manning. “Music has a way of creating this unparalleled energy in me, and I can’t wait for my fans to hear my new song and have them dance to it.” “Turn it Up” is available now, and Manning will showcase the tune when she plays the House of Blues Sunset Strip May 19.
UCLA Gets $10M For Music Center Mo Ostin, the former CEO of Warner Bros. Records and the company’s current chairman emeritus, has announced that his Ostin Family Foundation has given UCLA 10 million dollars to be used to build a state of the art music campus to be called the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center. Ostin, who earned a degree in economics at UCLA, has worked with an amazing array of stars during his long career including Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra, Green Day, Madonna, Prince, R.E.M. and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Groundbreaking is schedule for early 2012, and the center should be ready for students sometime in 2014.
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Do not miss the Epilogues at the Viper Room on Friday! Yeasayer as that band when they want to show off just how bougie and unconventional their music taste is. Granted, Yeasayer is a very unconventional band with their brand of art-pop and their offbeat stylistic choices, but it’s the kind of unconventional that everyone can find something they like in.
Scott Weiland May 24 @ Viper Room Dear Viper Room, I know this show is sold out and all, but can’t you like, revoke some tickets or something for me? I mean, don’t you guys know who I am? At the rusk of fully dating myself, I’m going to willingly admit that I’m a quintessential child of the ’90s, having been raised on the grunge rock greats of the era. So you can imagine why I’d be so completely down to see this specific dude at this specific venue. It’s a quintessential dark and shady rock front man in a quintessential dark and seedy rock setting. Get the whiskey pouring like water and really, what better way to sum up the L.A. rock experience?
Campus Circle > Music > Music Report The Best of Teena Marie The late L.A. “ivory queen of soul,” Teena Marie, has been honored by Legacy Records with a new addition to their Playlist series, The Very Best of Teena Marie. The compilation includes big hits like “Lovergirl” and “Ooo La La La” amongst its 14 tracks, but the idea behind the Playlist titles is to include stand-out deep album tracks as well; to that end, you’ll hear cuts like “The Once and Future Dream,” Teena’s nearly eightminute long duet with mentor Rick James. Purchasers can also unlock additional online content like photos and a companion digital booklet with liner notes. Marie died of natural causes in December of 2010.
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D.O.A.: Talk-Action=0 Joe “Shithead” Keithley has compiled an illustrated history of his infamous punk band D.O.A. called Talk-Action=0. The full-color, large-format book is comprised of vintage photos and posters, handwritten lyrics and other ephemera that offer a glimpse into the hardcore life of one of the hardest working punk bands in the business. The book releases in early June, just in time for D.O.A.’s mini-tour of the West Coast that includes stops at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach June 17 and at the Glass House in Pomona on the 18th.
Half Notes Ronnie Vannucci, drummer for the Killers, has formed a new band called Big Talk. The band’s self-titled debut will drop on the Epitaph label on July 19; first single “Getaways” is available now. They broke up about a year ago but L.A. experimental metal band ISIS is about to release a posthumous series of live concert recordings, beginning with ISIS Live I on May 31. Additional titles will drop every two weeks culminating
Taryn Manning turns up the House of Blues May 19. with ISIS Live V, a 2006 show recorded at Koko’s in London, available July 26. All titles are digital only. L.A.-based hip-hop duo Self Scientific has released an EP called Trials of the Blackhearted that you can download for free at imadeitinc.com. The new one from One AM Radio is called Heaven is Attached by a Slender Thread; One AM Radio plays the Echo on May 21. She Wants Revenge release Valleyheart on May 23; the band plays the Roxy the same night. The Gromble has begun a residency at La Cave in Costa Mesa; catch the underground pop band there every Tuesday night or at the Anaheim House of Blues June 18. Eve 6 has signed with Fearless Records and is heading into the studio in June; expect their fourth studio album later this year.
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Tunes to Keep You Cool from Memorial Day to Labor Day BY HIKO MITSUZUKA
SLIP INTO THAT SWIMSUIT. PICK UP THAT TRASHY beach read. And listen up. Allow me to present my suggested soundtrack for the summer of ’11, 20 tunes you’ll want to download ASAP while you lather up some sunscreen and break out the flip-flops. After all, summer has become synonymous with frivolous fun, so why not put together a playlist to accompany all the memories you know you’ll be making during these sweltering months. (You can thank me later with a daiquiri … or two.) iPods ready? 1) “Wet,” Nicole Scherzinger – With lyrics like “Dripping down my neck, soaking wet, sink or swim or you drown” set to a hard bassline, how could this NOT be required poolside listening? (Also try: “Killer Love”) 2) “Criminal,” Britney Spears – Arguably the most redeeming track from the dance-heavy Femme Fatale, this mid-tempo breezer is a theme song for anyone looking for a scandalous seasonal fling. (Also try: “I Wanna Go”) 3) “Papi,” Jennifer Lopez – Forget “I’m Into You.” This holy union of J.Lo and RedOne delivers with enough fierce flair to fire up the grill at any Fourth of July barbecue. 4) “Do It In the AM,” Frankmusik feat. Far East Movement – Despite that Far East Movement credit, I’m happy to see this British electro-popster hitting the airwaves again with this party starter. 5) “Edge of Glory,” Lady Gaga – After that unfortunately underwhelming “Judas,” the third single from Gaga’s highly anticipated album is now a frontrunner to be the Summer Anthem of 2011. May this herald the official comeback of the saxophone. (Seriously. Epic.) 6) “Wonderland,” Natalia Kills – She doesn’t “believe in fairy tales,” but you should believe in this underrated artist. 7) “Don’t Turn Out the Lights,” NKOTBSB – For those of you yearning for the days when it was OK to blare “I Want It That Way” in your dorm room ... and for those of you who bought tickets to their summer tour. 8) “Super Bass,” Nicki Minaj – The Gaga of hip-hop follows up her smash hit, “Moment 4 Life,” with this joyful ode to runaway heartbeats and love that makes you go boomboom-boom. 9) “Who Says,” Selena Gomez & The Scene – To prep you for Ms. Gomez’s big-screen debut this July, Monte Carlo, also starring Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy. Admit it, you’re a little excited for it too. 10) “Last Friday Night (TGIF),” Katy Perry – And you thought “California Gurls” was the definitive summer jam. 11) “Adolescents,” Incubus – The Rock Single of Summer 2011. Brandon Boyd, take us away. 12) “Turning Tables,” Adele – The British songstress
330 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles Dip into summer with Nicole Scherzinger’s “Wet.” continues her 2011 winning streak with this hauntingly beautiful piano ballad. Take a late-night drive, roll down the windows and smell the Grammy nominations. 13) “Jack Sparrow,” The Lonely Island feat. Michael Bolton – Those who caught the Tina Fey-hosted installment of “SNL” earlier this month were treated to the music video of Andy Samberg and company’s latest spoofy single. Listen to it for the slick production values and surprisingly catchy hook if not for the moment when M.Bo belts out the words “pussy waiting to get fucked.” In a word: amazeballs. 14) “Dirty Dancer,” Enrique Iglesias feat. Usher – Or what I like to call the “I Like It” for the summer of ’11. 15) “You Make Me Feel,” Cobra Starship feat. Sabi – The party boys are back for more Red Bull-fueled craziness. 16) “Don’t Wanna Go Home,” Jason Derulo – How this guy manages to simultaneously sample both Robin S.’s “Show Me Love” and Harry Belafonte’s “Day-O” (that Beetlejuice song) while keeping me hooked is a miracle within itself. 17) “Bounce,” Calvin Harris feat. Kelis – The eccentric R&B diva teams up with the electronica powerhouse for this superhot dance single. 18) “Kiss Me Slowly,” Parachute – A “Glee”-ready, pop-rock ditty perfect for those prone to puppy love. 19) “Victim of Love,” Cash Cash – If Ke$ha were a boy band, she might sound like these guys from New Jersey. Not to be confused with the blokes from Cobra Starship. (Also try: the rip-roaring “Sexin’ on the Dancefloor” and the infectious “I Have One Regret”) 20) “San Francisco,” Cascada – Because it wouldn’t be summer without a Eurotrashy dance gem from these guys. It’s an anthem for the city that will get all the boys ripping off their shirts in the Castro. Bonus Tracks: “I Am Woman,” Jordin Sparks; “Call Your Girlfriend (Kaskade Remix),” Robyn; “Still Got Tonight,” Matthew Morrison; “I Wrote the Book,” Beth Ditto For more pop cultural ramblings, visit thefirstecho.com and hotterinhollywood.com.
BY DOV RUDNICK THE FOLKS AT EQUILIBRIUM FITNESS don’t believe in dawdling when it comes to working out. Owner and founder Annabelle Rosemurgy is passionate about getting – and staying – in shape. She champions the positive transformation of the human body and spirit through a modern synthesis of Pilates-based technique. The sparse setting of the most recent location of Equilibrium Fitness in Miracle Mile speaks to this all-business mentality. Were it not for the padded beds on the eight state-of-the-art machines, the equipment might resemble elaborate torture devices. While pain might enter into the equation, the results are for your own good. The mission at hand is to bust through the negative feelings, to surprise the participant into discovering what they are physically capable of and to feel sexy and empowered. The first thing one observes at the studio is the enthusiasm of the instructors. All are extremely fit and gung-ho about their work. One instructor relays that he wakes up every morning at 5 a.m. to do his own workout before beginning a day of teaching. These folks seem hooked, and the stokedness is infectious; I know because I tried a class for myself. I went through a series of phases: naïve confidence followed quickly by an “oh shit” moment, resignation, acceptance and finally, “the zone,” where you just do. It is for this reason that it is great, indeed necessary, to have a guide to help you through the session. Music is suggested – of the energetic techno variety – to give you an extra push. There are five fitness principles behind the Equilibrium workout: muscular strength, endurance, cardiorespiratory, flexibility and body composition. Both the body and mind are in for an epic adventure as you work toward the goal of finishing, so the EPOC can begin. EPOC is an acronym for excess post exercise oxygen consumption, which means your body is burning all the excess fat while you chill. When it was over, I felt marvelously relaxed and free of stress. I could see why it was so addicting. Who wouldn’t want to feel this good on a regular basis? There is another Equilibrium Fitness location in Glendale (420 S. Brand Blvd.). For more information, visit eq-fitness.com.
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COLORSOFCULTURE BY CINDY KYUNGAH LEE New Masters Up and running at the Subliminal Projects Gallery located on Sunset Boulevard is the exhibition titled New Masters. Until June 4, eight contemporary artists will explore the classical figure with touches of modern beauty. Artists Mary Jane Ansell, Sean Cheetham, Ron English, Benjamin Bryce Kelly, Miles ‘Mac’ MacGregor, Ann Marshall, Stephen Wright and Jonathan Yeo are the ‘New Masters’ of portraying the Old Masters’ technical virtuosity with a contemporary approach. Working in painting, print and sculptures, the artists revolutionize the classical figure of the human figure developed and admired by the Old Masters of art. The Old Masters were lost and hopeless in finding the most aesthetically compelling and attractive representation of the human body and turned to anatomy, musculature and proportion of Greek and Roman sculpture for help. The result was truly an unprecedented innovation. The Renaissance classical figure became a refinement of the flat human body representation. The New Masters? Well, they do what the Old Masters did, except with a tint of modernization. The New Masters, pulling from the Old Masters, develop a new and better classical figure with their heightened ability to understand their subjects. The quality of the human anatomy combined with today’s feelings and surrounding beliefs are recreated on new techniques and mediums while keeping the classical figure in tact. Hyperrealism, but somehow with aesthetic beauty in touch, of the human body is what it is. Even I, who find the human body not that special and rather disgusting, couldn’t
Campus Circle > Blogs > Colors of Culture get my eyes off the smooth flowing musculatures of the figures in the pieces. Subliminal Projects is located at 1331 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit subliminalprojects.com.
Spaceknuckle’s All The Kings Men So it’s a taste of Linkin Park mixed with freaky military art. Currently on display at DJ Joe Hahn’s Melrose store Suru are a couple of artworks by the artist who designed the Linkin Park artwork. Josh Vanover, better known as Spaceknuckle, presents about five different artworks from his inner psychotic nature at Hahn’s (DJ and sampler for the band Linkin Park) store. Kind of a disappointment really – no, I am not talking about the artworks themselves, but rather the quantity. If you are expecting to see a large-scale exhibition of some trippy pieces radiating with qualities of metal music, then you are in for a huge disappointment. Being a huge Linkin Park fan, I was jumping up and down with excitement … that is, until I got to the venue. See, I didn’t realize it would be in a store. I walked right past it without realizing that that’s where I had to go in. Nevertheless, the minimal amount of work that was displayed in the DJ’s store was pretty interesting. Pulling from red, black, green and white palettes, Spaceknuckle illustrates a sort of military style artworks. Being brutally honest, it wasn’t that special. The only thing that amazed me was how it gave me the chills, as it felt as though the paintings were screaming. Screaming, like those screaming sound effects made in classic horror films. Sadly, that really is it. There wasn’t much to the so-called exhibit. Taking a look at the works only took about five
SONA MIRZAEI Contemporary painter returns from the Elephant Parade in Copenhagen. BY KATHY LEONARDO AS I SIT AT FIGTREE’S CAFÉ IN VENICE WATCHING the ocean waves on a sunny morning, Sona Mirzaei strides into the café. She is filled with excitement. This dark haired beauty recently took Copenhagen by storm after she became the only American artist to participate in the exclusive international art project “Elephant Parade Copenhagen 2011.” Combining her love of wildlife and her passion for the arts Mirzaei is committed to spreading the word about the plight of Asian elephants. The Elephant Parade is an open-air art exhibition of 100 fiberglass elephant statues painted by 100 artists. In the past century, Asian elephant populations have plummeted from over 250,000 to less than 35,000. The increase of the human population coupled with the loss of more rainforests each year has had a dramatic impact on the numbers of elephants in Asia; additionally, more than 400 elephants a year are killed by trains, mines and poachers. Thankfully, the Elephant Family has found an innovative way to encourage an impressive array of notable artists to contribute to the public awareness and conservation of Asian elephants. Mirzaei explains why and how she became involved in the
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Ann Marshall’s Beige, on display at New Masters minutes … and then the clothes and cute colorful teddy bear figures managed to cause a distraction. It would be possible to go on talking about the store and its cool layouts and architecture, but sadly this column focuses on art. Oh well, at least you can always go visit either for the artwork or for the store – you choose. Suru is located at 7662 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, visit suru-la.com. In the May 11 Colors of Culture column, MOCA-latte’s Red Sticker Campaign was erroneously affiliated with the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. The two are not officially related.
Campus Circle > Culture > Art Elephant Parade: “I have always adored elephants and all kinds of animals. When I learned about what has been happening with so many Asian elephants, I was absolutely horrified and decided there and then that I would find a significant way to make a difference. I’d been interested in collaborating with Danish artist Per Hillo for some time, and it suddenly occurred to me, that we would be a perfect team for this project. The rest, of course, is history. Mirzaei led the way, prepared an application which was then sent to the Elephant Parade committee and reviewed along with thousands of others. The exciting and surprising news for Mirzaei was that she was indeed accepted and would be given the opportunity to create her elephant in front of thousands of onlookers at a popular, high-end department store in central Copenhagen called Illum. As she tells of her adventures, it’s obvious that she was touched by the experience: “I had no idea, that there would be so many people. They were very interested and enthusiastic while we were there painting, it was really refreshing.” Aware that HRH Prince Henry of Denmark would also be creating his own elephant for the Elephant Parade, Mirzaei assumed the public would scarcely take notice of her. “For two weeks, seven hours a day, I would go to work on our elephant at Illum, and I never stopped being amazed at how many people seemed to truly care about what we were doing,” she says. When the subject turns to her elephant, Mirzaei is all smiles. “I wish I could keep it, but I think it would probably overwhelm my sitting room,” she laughs. “In any case, if last year’s auction is anything to go by I’d probably be outbid.” Mirzaei and her partner, Hillo, decided to name their elephant Triumph of Unity. Mirzaei’s enthusiasm is touching
as she explains their decision: “We feel that if all religions and all people regardless of background or belief were to unite for a worthwhile cause that humanity could indeed triumph over all of life’s many adversities. Let us start to believe again in the power of love so that we can protect not only Asian elephants, but all living things!” It was Mirzaei’s idea to factor all religions and concepts into their design, and the crown was meant to serve as a way of uniting these ideas. In June, the artists will find out where their Elephants will be placed. The elephants will be distributed all over Copenhagen and auctioned off later in September. Mirzaei and Hillo are excited to be attending the auction on Sept. 8 in Copenhagen. Over the past three years, more than 7 million euros was raised at auctions in Europe. Over 4 million euros was donated to charity. In addition, Elephant Parade Copenhagen expects to raise a quarter million euros on top of that. Since inception of the Elephant Parade, hundreds of Asian elephants have been saved and cured, but there are still thousands of elephants that need our support. For more information, visit sonamirzaei.com.
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THE TRUTH ABOUT COMO!
BY JOHN STAPLETON IV AND VERA HUGHES
“My boyfriend spends a lot of time on Facebook, and most of the time he’s talking/tagging/posting to the same girl. I have no idea who she is, but it seems like he’s flirting. Should I be worried?” HE SAID: Stop it. Seriously, just stop it. Despite the fact that we have evolved past sniffing each other’s assholes to socialize and now communicate via “social networking” Web sites doesn’t change the fact that we’re still learning roughly the same amount of superficial information about each other. Do you know what we communicate on Facebook? Absolutely nothing. We publish only the most edited, most refined and best examples of ourselves, and never anything very real. Flirting online is exactly the same thing as flirting with that poster of Nick Carter above your bed. Should your boyfriend feel threatened? He’s not flirting with an actual person, he’s flirting with the couple of photos she chose out of hundreds and only the personality traits she wants the whole world to know about. He knows she likes horses and volunteers at the soup kitchen and that she likes to take pictures in the mirror when she gets new haircuts. He doesn’t know that she’s a closet hoarder who hates the elderly and picks her nose in traffic. That’s because no one knows anything about anybody else on Facebook, just the polished version they ALLOW you to see. So, in essence, he doesn’t know her well enough to flirt with her. She’s a figment; you’re an actual, 3D, flesh-and-blood, real live person. If you can’t keep your man’s attention long enough to keep him from spending the night logging on to talk to his imaginary friends, he’s not the one with relationship issues – you are. Contrarily, she isn’t flirting with your boyfriend. She’s just flirting with his online persona. She doesn’t know he farts himself awake at night or that he yells at squirrels in the park because only someone who spends time with him IN REAL LIFE knows these things. The point is, maybe it’s just his cousin or an old friend or a complete stranger and maybe you should stop being a psycho-stalker who’s worried about imaginary threats and take care of your man already. Stop being a crybaby and go get your man back. He can poke her on Facebook, or he can poke you for real. Ball’s in your court. SHE SAID: Facebook should not be the basis of any doubt in your relationship, no. Facebook should have nothing to do with your relationship, actually. Girlfriends who decorate their boyfriend’s Facebook pages with <3’s and xoxo’s deserve to be brutally broken up with, because schmaltzy relationship Facebook exchanges are disgusting. But hey, that’s just one boyfriend-less girl’s opinion. Facebook is not real life, and too often do we draw conclusions based on news feed activity. Maybe it’s a GOOD thing for your boyfriend to get flirtation out of his system via Facebook instead of in real life. Because God knows, being someone’s boyfriend doesn’t magically stop a guy from being a flirt. But, as a sympathetic girl, I know you’re going to worry anyways. If something was really fishy, and your boyfriend was really being disloyal, I bet he wouldn’t be pasting it all over the cyber-playground of Facebook, one of the most viewed Web sites in the world. And I sincerely hope you haven’t hacked into his page and seen his personal messages (hold on one moment while I personally weld a medal for world’s worst girlfriend in my backyard – how do you spell your name again? Two Rs?). With strong emotions comes a strong need for reassurance that you’re not illplacing your feelings – reassurance that your love is reciprocated, and that you won’t be wrongfully hurt. You owe it to your boyfriend, this boy you claim to love, to trust him to be what he signed up to be: loyal. If you’re rolling around in bed, night after sleepless night, thinking about your boyfriend liking some stranger-chick’s status, SAY SOMETHING TO HIM. Nothing ultimatum-y, mind you, but maybe a subtle statement insinuating that his Facebook activity bothers you. Realize how pathetic you might sound complaining about it, but explain that you can’t help it, it just rubs you the wrong way. But remember that a couple jesting tête-à-têtes here and there do not elicit an argument. If you nitpick like that, you’ll be miserable – even more miserable when he breaks up with you because of incessant, unnecessary fighting. Don’t feel abnormal for getting a little jealous, and by all means stalk the crap out of that chick and talk to your girlfriends about her love handles and crooked teeth, but leave it at that. Send questions for He Said, She Said to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbia, Mo.’s True/ False Film Fest
BY KEVIN WIERZBICKI IF YOU HAPPEN TO SEE A SEVENfoot tall tiger frolicking around Columbia, Mo., don’t be alarmed. It’s only Truman, the Zielinkski was one of the films lovable mascot of the University of Missouri screened at the True/False Film Fest. Tigers out looking for adventure. A Truman sighting is a sure sign that there’s fun afoot, but oddly enough, in late winter, Mizzou’s big furry cat is one of the tamer characters you might run into on the streets of CoMo as the True/False Film Fest brings a slew of Hollywood-types and other creatives to town. The True/False Film Fest is one of the largest documentary film festivals in the nation, and filmmakers come from all over the world to screen titles like Fake it So Real, a hilarious film about the hapless men of the North Carolina Millennium Wrestling Federation, and The Burger and the King, a poignant and somewhat shocking look back at the eating habits of Elvis Presley, complete with a demonstration of how to make his favorite snack, the fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. The idea behind documentary films is to bring to light situations that are normally not plastered all over the silver screen, and moviegoers this year got their hearts wrenched viewing Project Nim, the story of a (now deceased) chimp who was taught to communicate with human caretakers through sign language. Benda Bilili, on the other hand, ended joyously; the film is about a group of severely handicapped musicians from the Congo who, through their playing, overcame destitution. The band went from living unsheltered on the grounds of the Kinshasa zoo to owning homes and traveling the world to play their brand of traditional African music. Of course there will always be the outré; John Zielinski was in attendance for Zielinski, a documentation of how his career careened from celebrated photographer to conspiracy theorist. Among the more bizarre of Zielinski’s theories is his belief that there are places in the United States where people are ground up for food. Some consider Zielinski a nut job but in person he is very cordial, mild-mannered and quite willing to talk to anyone who’ll listen. Opportunities to meet film-related personalities during T/F are unlimited as directors and their subjects are all over town conducting formal question and answer sessions or schmoozing informally everywhere you look. The most common inquiry you’ll hear on the streets of Columbia during T/F is “What did you see?” as everybody compares notes while moving between showings. The theaters themselves are also an attraction; some docs are shown in funky little venues like the Big Ragtag and adjacent Little Ragtag while some screen in the historic and magnificentlyrestored Missouri Theatre. All of the venues feature live music before and between shows and the performers, also coming from all over the country, are as eclectic as the films. Brooklyn acoustic soul act Pearl and the Beard, the Toughcats out of Maine and Columbia’s own favorite sons, Richard the Lionhearted were all among the “buskers” entertaining while audiences got settled into their seats. The four-day-long weekend festival closes out with an event called Gimme Truth!, where a series of shorts is shown and a panel of “experts” and the audience at large tries to guess whether the documentary is about a real subject or if it was completely fabricated. Traditionally hosted by comedian Johnny St. John, Gimme Truth! eventually dissolves into one big after party where everyone gets one last chance to chat up the filmmakers. Some other things to do in and around Columbia include visiting the Victorian home of early ragtime composer “Blind” Boone, touring the Stephens College Costume Museum, having lunch and sampling some Missouri wine at Les Bourgeois Vineyards where the dining comes with a view of the Missouri River, or shopping in a myriad of funky downtown boutiques and art galleries. A brand new attraction in Columbia is the Columbia Star Dinner Train, an elegant ride on the rails in 1950s vintage passenger and lounge cars. But remember, if you’re in need of something to do in Columbia, just follow Truman! Filmmakers interested in submitting their film for the 2012 True False Film Fest should visit truefalse.org. For more information, visit visitcolumbiamo.com.
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CAFÉ ENTOURAGE 1600 Vine St., Hollywood BY ERICA CARTER CAFÉ ENTOURAGE IS ONE OF THE NEW SPOTS at the behemoth structure at Hollywood and Vine. Not only does it neighbor the luxurious W Hotel, with nightlife spot Drai’s and the slightly ballyhooed Delphine, but there are also luxury residences and a Trader Joe’s. I’d say this place is in great company, and it is kind of the liaison in the cost of a good meal and drinks on this street. For starters, a big step in the right direction is that Café Entourage stays open 24/7 Thursday through Saturday, which helps when you need to replenish your body after a night of dancing and drinking at Drai’s. The minute you walk into Café Entourage, it’s pretty evident that this massive space is more like a lounge than quaint café … and that’s all right! The two-story space is contemporary and modern, with hints of purple lighting along the walls, stark white seats and two bars. I like the upstairs portion, where you have the option of sitting indoors (which is more like a lounge) or outdoors, surrounded by the W towers. It’s a cool atmosphere with a fire pit and high-back banquettes. This is something I look for when dining; comfortable seating is a big deal, especially during brunch when the sun is shining,
Campus Circle > Culture > Food and bottomless Mimosas and Caipirinhas are flowing. Coming to Café Entourage with a large party (or entourage) is almost encouraged with the layout of the 7,000 square-foot space. There’s a 25-foot projector that shows the sports of the day/evening. I was there while an NBA playoff game was on, and the view was crystal clear. Café Entourage’s menu is a unique take on comfort food and flavor profiles. For brunch, I tried the Staff ’s Choice, a simple but delicious combination of roasted red peppers, tomato sauce and two easy-cooked eggs on garlic bread. The layers of pungent garlic contrasted well against the yolks and sweet peppers. Though it’s served as an entrée, I prefer it as an appetizer to share with the table, as it’s not very big and there’s much more on the menu to devour. We had the Staff ’s Choice, Tuna Tower Tartare and Cesar Salad to start. My favorite was the tuna; not only was it finely chopped but the accompanying spicy sauce perked up the fish considerably. One thing I noticed about breakfast is the lack of traditional items like Eggs Benedict and eggs over easy with bacon or sausage, but that’s part of the charm of Café Entourage. The menu is outside of the box, like the Open Faced Croissant, with ham and goat-cheese scrambled eggs, and the Breakfast on Vine: layers of blue corn chips, cream, cheese and eggs. The sandwiches and Panini are the stars of Café Entourage. So far, the Swordfish Sandwich that has peppery arugula paired with Thousand Island and the Three Cheese Panini are big hits. I am not a cheese eater due to dietary restrictions, but since the Panini features goat, feta and Swiss I was willing to make an exception, and I’m glad I did. With the 24-hour appeal to Café Entourage, I would even venture over there if I have a sudden urge for dessert. Chocolate lava cakes and Crème Brulee are the only desserts
GAMEON All My Life: A Memoir (It/Harper Collins) She was raped at 14, had drug and alcohol problems, threatened to kill herself and was married 10 times. She was accused of murder, went to prison and suffered facial disfigurement in an automobile accident. But wait a minute; all those things happened to Erica Kane, the soap opera character portrayed by this memoir’s author, actress Susan Lucci. Thankfully, Lucci’s real life has not been as rough as that of her bitchy “All My Children” persona, although All My Life documents personal crises like coping with her husband’s cancer and her son’s life-threatening illness and enduring the physical and emotional trauma of having a miscarriage. Since 30 years of her life has been devoted to “All My Children,” All My Life necessarily touches on incidents and stories from the long-running show including Lucci’s eventual Emmy win. But mostly here you’ll read about stuff you don’t already know by heart, like how Lucci took over the lead role in the Broadway adaptation of “Annie Get Your Gun” after Bernadette Peters bowed out. An early chapter makes it clear that Lucci came close to not having an acting career at all; a 1967 car crash left her with serious injuries that nearly blinded her. Whether talking about her appearance on “Dancing With the Stars” or her trip to Africa on behalf of Feed the Children, Lucci tells all the stories here in a down-to-earth manner that makes for an endearing and quick read. Grade: B —Kevin Wierzbicki All My Life: A Memoir is currently available.
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I eat, and thank goodness this place serves both of them with gusto. Check out Café Entourage, especially for the Happy Hour. I’m sure I will be back to watch the NBA Finals. Sadly I won’t be watching my beloved Lakers, but the drinks the mixologists have concocted will help soothe my anger. The Organic Start, a fresh medley of cucumber, green peppers with gin and lemon juice, is very light but packs a punch if you’re not too careful. I’ve recently just joined the gin family, having been a staunch vodka drinker for years. I won’t say I’ve completely changed my drink of choice, but Café Entourage’s Plymouth Gin recipes surely lure me over to the dark (OK, juniper) side. Fear not vodka “entourage,” there’s the appropriate drink for you called the Red Veil, with a splash of red wine to tinge the lemon juice and simple syrup mix. For more information, call (323) 467-4200 or visit cafeentourage.com.
CORNER BAKERY CAFE BY ERICA CARTER
Comfort food can serve many purposes for the starving student. If you’re studying for a test, a familiar meal can provide you energy, or if you just received a less than stellar grade, turn to comfort food! Next time you have a hankering for comfort, fill it at your local Corner Bakery. With locations near USC and UCLA, Corner Bakery has everything you can think of in the form of homemade chili and soups, pastas, salads and hearty sandwiches. Corner Bakery started off as a small bread factory in 1991, but has evolved into a multi location café that shows no signs of stopping. Their main goal is to provide a community feel when you stop in to eat, be it whether you’re with your friends or you just need a little break on your own. Their main focus is that you can relax and eat anytime of day, without breaking the bank. In fact, most of the sandwiches and pastas are less than $10, and they’re pretty big so you can take some for later. The sandwich ingredients form multi-layers of flavors that may feel a bit decadent, but that’s the point. Combinations of smoked turkey meet applewood smoked bacon with mayo to make an Uptown Turkey on Harvest Toast, and roast red peppers, tangy jicama slaw and sharp white cheddar cheese make a fine blend with spicy chipotle mayo for a Poblano Fresco sandwich (You won’t miss the meat.). Should you feel like soup, I recommend Big Al’s Chili or the non-dairy Chicken Tortilla Soup. Better yet, pair your soup with a grilled Panini, like the juicy Green Chile & Chicken or Corned Beef Rueben on Caraway Rye with wonderful Thousand Island dressing. I can’t speak of comfort food without mentioning dessert ,and there’s plenty to go around at Corner Bakery. Try a chocolate Baby Bundt Cake, vanilla buttercream filled Whoopee Pie or a yummy Cream Cheese Brownie. Corner Bakery Café is located at 1019 S. Westwood Blvd., 100 N. La Cienega and 801 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles. For more information, visit cornerbakerycafe.com.
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IMAGINE YOU’RE AT THE MUSEUM RIGHT NOW. NOT SOME CRAPPY ART museum, but a real museum filled with dinosaur bones and stuffed animals from all over the world, and gajillions-of-dollars-worth or rare and precious gemstones. You know this stuff is awesome, but the elevator music is putting you to sleep, and for whatever reason people act like museums are like libraries and the only thing breaking the monotonous silence are hoards of schoolchildren being rushed through halls filled with priceless artifacts. Now, imagine all these children disappeared. Imagine the whispering hush was replaced with hundreds of people chatting and laughing out loud. Imagine the elevator music was replaced with multiple live bands. Imagine that around every corner, they were serving booze. For a combination that fulfills both your childhood and grown-up fantasies, get to the NatHiMuLA* for their intellectual and inebriating First Fridays . The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles opens its doors every first Friday of the month for those of us who have both taste and a propensity to seek out novelty. Let’s face it: Natural history museums are badass. So is drinking. Having one without the other for your entire life almost feels like a rip off. Like you’ve spent a lifetime having Mary-Kate three-ways without Ashley peanut butter sandwiches without jelly. But fear not, alcoholic anthropologists; you can now tell your friends you spent a night at the museum without recalling Ben Stiller at his absolute worst. During First Fridays, all the museum’s regular exhibits remain open, but instead of pushing toddlers out of the way to get a closer look at the giant whale skeleton, you’ll be admiring natural history with a beer in your hand, and the only people whom you’ll have to push your way through will be beautiful, of-age socialites. The crowd is decidedly under 30, but kids are still allowed and the aging hipster movement always makes an appearance. The booze isn’t exactly cheap, but the venue compensates for uppity price tags. Going above and beyond your usual “pay to play” snob joints (where you pay outrageous prices to party in outrageous places), the NatHiMuLA boasts actually good live music, usually featuring two “fresh and innovative” bands and two DJs. The musical performances are delivered two at a time and on opposite ends of the museum, within the taxidermied halls of animals where crowds pack in between foreign and domestic animal dioramas to jam to their preferred performers. Visitors could also laze around the central lobby, watching the live music as it is projected on the walls around the skeletonized battle between a Tyrannosaurus and a Triceratops (or, for those whose entire paleontological vocabulary is based on animated films, a “Sharp-tooth” battling a “Three-horn”). The talent on display May 6 included DJs Anthony Valadez and Eric J. Lawrence, and the bands Crystal Stilts and Moving Units, with the Units drawing the biggest crowd by far – when the set ended, empty beer bottles littered the hall between stuffed lions and polar bears. There are only two down sides to this whole exhibit of awesomeness, and they are thus: The first issue is mathematical and inevitable – you can only have 12 First Fridays per year. The second issue seems frustratingly rectifiable – the music starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. This only gives you two hours to imbibe as much overpriced Dos Equis as you can. I guess that seems appropriate for a museum show, but it makes for a pretty short experience as a bar-oriented event, so make sure you bring a designated driver. Despite these drawbacks, having the opportunity to mix and mingle amidst dinosaur fossils and ancient Native-American pottery will certainly take your drinking expectations up a notch. Get there early because the lines start forming around 7 p.m., and expect to pay $10 for parking and at least $15 for admission (or more, depending on what kind of ticket you get), but leave your pretense at home: This isn’t your average museum experience, and it certainly beats downing a fifth of Jack Daniels while watching the entire Land Before Time series (There are 13 of them by the way.). *Yes, I totally made this acronym up. Pass it on. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles is located at 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit nhm.org.
“Small Engine Repair” Now-June 5 @ Rogue Machine Frank, Swaino and Packie have been friends since childhood, only to have drifted apart in recent years. A trivial fight between Swaino (Jon Bernthal, “The Walking Dead”) and Packie (Michael Redfield) has left the two on non-speaking terms, and it’s up to Frank (playwright John Pollono) to bring the group together again – albeit with a little deception. Michael Redfield, John Pollono and Jon Bernthal in What follows is a seesaw of “Small Engine Repair” emotions that teeter between sweet and sour memories in an alcohol and marijuana fueled reconciliation process. However, there are questions about Frank’s real intentions for bringing the others to his modest small engine repair shop, especially when Frank invites Chad (Josh Helman), a Northeastern University freshman, over to sell him ecstasy. Frank clearly has issues with his anger and the fact that he’s started drinking again, and his sudden willingness to try drugs has his friends on edge. Pollono plays the character of Frank with a deep understanding only possible for the playwright. At varying points in the play one can relate, sympathize and fear his actions. Bernthal brings the perfect amount of hubris expected to play the vanilla-moisturizerusing character of Swaino, and his interactions with fellow actor Redfield are some of the funniest moments amongst this exceptional cast. “Small Engine Repair” is a seemingly simple story that suddenly shifts into something much more complex, with hysterical and tragic results. Pollono and director Andrew Block do a wonderful job weaving in crucial plot points throughout, and everything from set pieces to dialogue come together in an unexpected climax. What may have started as an exhibit of a guy’s night out really turns into an exposé into the range of friendship and what friends are really willing to do for each other. —Jonathan Bue Rogue Machine is located at 5041 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit roguemachinetheatre.com.
BY JOHN STAPLETON IV
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Now-May 22 @ MET Theatre I know almost zero about the stage production of “Cabaret.” I know that Liza Minnelli starred in the film adaptation, and because of it the gays love her. You can understand if I feel excluded; I don’t belong to the club. But that goes for all theater – it can be a little intimidating until you get over yourself and open up to an altogether different kind of performance energy. “Cabaret” will entertain you from beginning to end. As I sat down to DOMA Theatre Company’s production of “Cabaret,” I was tense. I had prepared myself for two hours of camp and sequins. There was a little bit of camp and plenty of sequins, but the surprise was that I was entertained from beginning to end. The costumes were sexy and dangerous. The band was small but crucial. The staging was simple and effective. Renee Cohen as the MC was engrossing and electric. When it was over, I wanted more. When it was over, I felt that maybe I was an honorary member of the club. I couldn’t sing the songs, but I could certainly squirm in my seat to the beat. That’s not to say there weren’t problems with the production. Caitlin Ary as Sally Bowles was endearing but seemed woefully miscast and out of place. Rory Alexander as Clifford Bradshaw came across like a buffoon and an asshole. The Kit Kat Boys were a little broken down, but the Kit Kat Girls more than made up for it with their sass, attitude and legs. In spite of the problems, which I can assume were mostly due to opening night jitters, I had a damn good time. Even an uneven production, it seems, can have a substantial payout. I would recommend “Cabaret” with a bullet. —Christian Goss MET Theatre is located at 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hollywood. For more information, visit plays411.net/cabaret.
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L.A. CONTROLS KANSAS CITY, 4-1 BY MARVIN VASQUEZ
THE LOS ANGELES GALAXY VERSION OF THE BIG Three lifted the team to an impressive 4-1 win over visiting Sporting Kansas City Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson before a crowd of almost 20,000. “I obviously thought we played well, it was a fabulous result. I can’t be more proud of our team,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says during the press conference. “I think we played well and are starting to play better as a team.” Midfielders David Beckham, Landon Donovan and striker Juan Pablo Angel each netted goals in the team’s fifth win of this campaign. Los Angeles is now 5-2-5 with 20 points and still sits atop of the Western Conference standings, followed by FC Dallas’ with 17 points. “We just said that if we passed better we were going to create chances. We continue to grow as a team, and our passing is improving,” Arena says of the message given to the team at halftime. “When you play a team like Kansas City that tries to get after you, pressure the ball and turn you over, if your passing is good, once you get through the initial pressure, you are going to create some chances.” Even though the Galaxy experienced a 1-0 deficit after
an own goal from defender Omar Gonzalez, they responded quickly and effectively. Five minutes after being down, Beckham trapped the ball and managed to pivot his body past a Sporting defender, who eventually fouled him inside the box. An awarded penalty kick was scored by Donovan, who also scored one minute into the second half. Forward Chad Barrett registered the assist after passing a brilliantly wellplayed ball to Donovan, who gathered control and fired an unstoppable shot past goalkeeper Eric Kronberg. With his sixth and seventh scores, Donovan is now the leading scorer of the MLS while equaling his total from one year ago when he collected just seven goals. “It feels good to be on top of the league in points as a team, and that’s the goal. But it’s always nice to score, it’s always good to hit the net,” Donovan remarks. “Like I’ve said a million times, when you put yourself in good spots and are you are aggressive, the chances come. Sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t, and right now they’re going in so we’ll just keep going.” Sporting’s head coach Peter Vermes points out Donovan’s importance on the pitch. “He is a game changer, there is no doubt,” Vermes confesses. Coming in as a substitute, Angel did not disappoint. He scored his second goal of the year on a sneaky finish past two defenders and the visiting goalkeeper in the 64th minute; Barrett received the assist. “This is going to be a long season, we’re going to have a lot of games, and we have to be ready for when the coach calls on us,” Angel says. “Today, I had to come off the bench, and I went in and did well. This is a long season, and we all have to be ready.”
Juan Pablo Angel came off the bench to score for the Galaxy. The Galaxy saved the best for last. With a direct free kick from about 25-yards out, Beckham powerfully discharged a curled kick over the opponent’s defending wall, past Kronberg and into the upper left corner of the goal net. Beckham bended, and he bended the ball well. “I like to score goals. It is not the biggest thing that I go to games thinking about. My game has always been about getting assists, and if can get a goal then great,” Beckham states regarding his goal. “I always enjoy scoring goals, who doesn’t? I think more importantly tonight the performance of the team, the character of the team especially like I said coming off the road trip and the travel it is a great performance by us tonight.” With the win, the Galaxy are now 3-0-2 at home while carrying the best mark in the league thus far this season, including a 3-0-5 record against Eastern Conference opponents. The Galaxy, whose four goals are a season high, next play Chivas USA in the MLS’ SuperClasico on Saturday, May 21, at 7 p.m.
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USC DOWNS ASU TWICE, UCLA WINS TWICE
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BY MARVIN VASQUEZ
Dodger pitcher Chad Billingsley
DURING A NATIONALLY TELEVISED BROADCAST SATURDAY EVENING, the Dodgers found themselves in a unique hole. Los Angeles lost a rare ballgame at the hands of the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, 1-0, at Chavez Ravine’s Dodgers Stadium. It was a one-hit wonder. Well, at least for the winning Diamondbacks. Arizona only collected one hit for the entire game, yet managed to escape with a 1-0 shutout win of the aching Dodgers. Arizona’s hit arrived atop the second inning when shortstop Stephen Drew fired a double to shallow right field. Eventually, Drew scored on third baseman Melvin Mora’s sacrificed fly. “This game sometimes is crazy,” Drew points out. “It’s a big win for us.” Right-hander Chad Billingsley pitched that night for the Dodgers. He tossed eight innings of solid work, allowing just the one run on one hit while walking two and fanning eight batters. Reliever Kenley Jansen took over in the ninth, shutting down Arizona and striking out two. The L.A. pitchers did their part, but no offense was present. Not even outfielders Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier could save the night for the Dodgers on a marvelous pitching effort. Kemp went 0-for-4 and left two runners on base, while Ethier was 0-for-3 with a walk. Los Angeles as a team amassed four hits, two came from first baseman James Loney and the other off of journeyman Jamey Carroll. Billingsley was the other player with a hit, with a double to right field. “It’s tough to lose that one,” Dodger manager Don Mattingly says. “They pitched well, we pitched well. We got to be able to score.” Billingsley must be frustrated. In four of his last nine starts on the mound, he has pitched seven or more innings; he only carries a 0-2 mark.
Campus Circle > Sports > Soccer
Campus Circle 5.18.11 - 5.24.11
BY MARVIN VASQUEZ
USC: The Trojans hosted Arizona State University for three games over the weekend, upending the then-No. 6 ranked team in the nation in two games. The Trojans came out victorious in the most important game: the first one. USC gained a 5-1 victory behind junior right-hander Andrew Triggs’ third complete game this season. Triggs (4-3) allowed one run on seven hits and two walks, while fanning six hitters. Adam Landecker blasted three hits, while Joe De Pinto went two-for-three with an RBI. James Roberts also had two hits to lead USC, who scored thrice in the first inning after being down 1-0. Although the Trojans lost the second game, 7-4, on Saturday, their solid pitching lifted them to a 6-2 win Sunday. Senior Logan Odom tossed a complete game three-hitter, surrendering two runs. Both Alex Sherrod and Brando Garcia were prominent in the team’s performance, collecting two hits, two RBI and scoring twice each. Additionally, Kevin Roundtree went three-for-five with an RBI. USC (20-27, 10-11) visit No. 2 ranked Oregon State (37-12, 16-5) for May 20-22. UCLA: The Bruins suffered three defeats in five games, winning two against visiting Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday (10-1) and Sunday (3-2), respectively. Junior pitching phenom Trevor Bauer three his sixth straight complete game in Saturday’s win, while freshman Adam Plutko triggered a total of 12 strike outs the following day to capitalize the Bruins’ series win over Bakersfield. UCLA (28-19, 14-7) returns to Pac-10 action this week as they entertain California (2816, 12-9) for three games.
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CALENDARTHE10SPOT BY FREDERICK MINTCHELL SATURDAYMAY 21 Red Bull Soapbox Race Downtown; redbullsoapboxrace.com College rivalries are in high gear as teams from USC, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Riverside, CSU Northridge, Chapman University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Arizona State, Northern Arizona University and Iowa State take to the track to compete for school pride. At Fifth and Grand in downtown Los Angeles. 11 a.m. FREE.
WEDNESDAYMAY 18 Chaz Bono The Renberg Theater @ The Gay & Lesbian Center, 1125 N. McCadden Pl., Hollywood; chazbono.net Sonny and Cher’s only child presents and signs his groundbreaking and candid account of a 40-year struggle to match his gender identity with his physical body and his transformation from female to male, Transition The Story of How I Became a Man. 7 p.m. $30 includes book.
THURSDAYMAY 19 Paul Rodriguez El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood; elportaltheatre.com The comedian and actor presents his remarkable life story on stage in his first ever one-man show, “Just for the Record.” Runs through Sunday and May 26-29.
gallery and auction of skateboards created by artists, musicians, athletes and creative minds. Runs through Sunday.
FRIDAYMAY 20 “What’s So Funny?” Westside Waldorf School, 17310 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades; whatsofunny.eventbrite.com A night of vintage Second City comedy sketches, live improv, stand-up and more, you never know who might show up! Come enjoy gourmet food, live music preshow and prepare to laugh out loud to benefit the eighth grade 10-day river raft and Native American service learning trip on the San Juan River. Also Saturday. Tix start @ $20.
SUNDAYMAY 1 Beverly Hills Beer Festival
L.A. Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa, Downtown; la.everythingtodowithsex.com Find answers to everything you ever wanted to know about sex but are too afraid to ask. Runs through Sunday.
9360 Wilshire Blvd.; listendeepmusic.com/bhbf Along with the beer tastings; the BHBF also offers a selection of food and live music by Koffeehouse artists – Ajia Lise and Matthew Moon along with Listen Deep DJ Prophecy, six poolside cabanas with stunning views of Los Angeles. Guests have the opportunity to sample newer brews as well as some of their everyday favorites. 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Tix start @ $25.
FRIDAYMAY 20 Kara Clark
MONDAYMAY 23 Show Us Ur Shorts – Made in LA
House of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; karaclarkhouseofblues.eventbrite.com With influences as varied as Hank III to Shelby Lynne to Uncle Tupelo, Kara Clark has been described as “a twisted orgy of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Janis Joplin and Guns ‘N Roses.” A portion of the proceeds from the show will be donated to the House of Blues Foundation, supporting music and arts education for underprivileged children. 9 p.m.
Showbiz Store & Café, 500 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westwood; firstglancefilms.com Enjoy an evening of award-winning short films and vote for your favorite of the night. This is a great event for filmmakers, writers, actors, models, directors, producers and short film lovers. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. FREE.
FRIDAYMAY 20 The Everything To Do With Sex Show
FRIDAYMAY 20 Venice Art Walk & Auctions theveniceartwalk.org Go behind the scenes to explore artists’ studios and private residences. A destination to meet and interact with cultural tastemakers, visitors can buy works by artists and designers from one of the art walk’s signature silent auctions and other emporiums including a new pop up
TUESDAYMAY 24 Scott Weiland Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; booksoup.com The Velvet Revolver and Stone Temple Pilots frontman discusses and signs Not Dead & Not for Sale: A Memoir. 7 p.m.
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