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by tien thuy ho Bruin Consulting (BC) is a unique organ– ization founded in 2007 by UCLA students who desired to learn and teach what business consulting really entails and prepare themselves as strong competitors for real-world consulting careers. Furthermore, BC strives to mold future business leaders and influential members of the community. Each fall quarter, BC holds its opening night, inviting all students who are interested in business or want to learn more about a potential career path. BC first addresses the question: What is consulting? A consultant advises a business how to react to its issues and concerns. But what are some business issues that companies and firms face? And how will a consultant know which piece of advice is suitable and effective? How does one become a consultant? Because there is no short and simple answer, BC takes on the challenge of showing instead of just telling students what consulting incorporates. Hence, BC encourages students to attend more events and compete in case competitions to learn how to solve real business dilemmas. BC has an executive board of nine outstanding students who lead the organization in mentoring and recruiting new members, finding sponsors, creating information workshops
The Last Chapter of the USC Sanction Saga by elisa hernandez Just when the dark cloud over USC Ath– letics begins to clear, the last of the storm is piercing through. Players have been scrutinized and punished for past mistakes, and now the microscope is on USC football’s head coach Lane Kiffin. Kiffin faces allegations that come from when he was a coach at Tennessee. The NCAA is conducting a 12-month investigation on Tennessee’s athletic program, which lead to basketball coach Bruce Pearl being fired and the resignation of athletic director Mike Hamilton. Looking to put the past behind him and move forward with the Trojans, Kiffin has been compliant with all of the NCAA’s requests dealing with this issue. According to the NCAA, it alleges that in 2010 from Jan. 3 to 9, the Tennessee football staff made 16 calls to recruits, after being informed a month in advance that it was not allowed. Kiffin is being accused of allowing a recruiting intern to make illegal off-campus contact with high school staff members. This came after Kiffin was told that the intern was not granted permission to enter a high school’s property while accompanying a coach on a recruiting trip. So how does this affect USC? Well, if Kiffin is found guilty of these allegations or more he could be greatly penalized.
and hosting career fairs. Due to the fact that BC sharpens the skills in networking and communicating ideas effectively, most of the board members have gone on to Top 10 law schools and many other graduate programs like MBA and work for the Big Four accounting firms, huge finance firms such as Intel Finance and one of the most powerful consulting firms, Deloitte. In order to aid business-oriented students in realizing that their rigorous class work actually merges into the real practices of the business world, BC hosts various events to create a world of business at UCLA. BC provides a social and informational setting where students meet and interact with clients and representatives of companies, firms and organizations from all across the United States. For example, at the consulting fair, BC brings dozens of firms to meet with UCLA students. Here, students are able to network with business professionals and even meet recruiters of hiring firms. When convincing clients to come to UCLA, BC succeeds in proving that its members know practical solutions that lead to profitable and productive results for clients’ companies. BC prepares its members through hosting a couple of case competitions in strategy and operations, human capital and technology throughout the school year. Just this spring, BC organized a Deloitte Cisco case competition, concentrating on the technology aspect of business. Students formed teams and prepared months in advance to compete in front of clients to win the competition. In Fall 2010, BC hosted a healthcare case competition as well. Logistically, BC is also in charge of several resumé workshops that help students compose a professional and coherent resumé to send to firms. BC updates Bruinview that only UCLA students and alumni can access in order to view job listings. On Bruinview, students upload their resumes and
Bruin Consulting’s Deloitte Cisco Case Competition winners cover letters, and BC members approve those documents to make sure they are ready to be viewed by employers. BC encourages its members to create their own business ideas and work with others in starting a business, and hence, UCLA projects as a strong leader in the business community. This is why each of the big four accounting firms recruit heavily from UCLA. In addition to learning about the business world, what makes BC even more special is its emphasis in helping its members achieve personal growth and development. BC has a student mentorship program that pairs new members with older members in order to help new members gain an idea of what it takes to embark on such a challenging career path and even how to survive the school years at UCLA. In BC, members are united through an understanding that academic and professional development with the help of those who are more experienced enables one to reach any goals. For more information, visit bruinco.com.
Campus Circle > Blogs > Trojan SideLines Some punishments could include him being suspended from games and a limitation on his recruiting for USC. Kiffin already rounded up an impressive class in this past year alone, getting players such as Nickell Robey, Robert Woods and Markeith Ambles – talent that is crucial to USC’s success. Since the Trojans are not going to see the post-season it’s incredibly important that Kiffin continues to bring in new, fresh talent thus creating greater competition for starting positions. Regardless of athletic turmoil, USC has always found a way to stand tall amongst its competitors. The good news that comes from all this is that a decision will not be made overnight. The NCAA investigations have not concluded, and it is still looking into Pearl’s violations. Also Todd McNair, a former USC running backs coach, is suing the NCAA for libel, slander and negligence amongst other things. He filed the suit in the Los Angeles Superior Court and is demanding a jury trial. He feels the collegiate athletics governing body is responsible for him losing his job. Besides that, the NCAA Committee on Infractions (COI) will have the burden of concluding this manner without any bias toward Kiffin. As USC awaits for this to end so does Tennessee, but of course both schools want different outcomes. As some Tennessee fans are still bitter about the fact that Kiffin abruptly left to take a job with the Trojans. Sanctions will be imposed on Tennessee nevertheless, but as for Kiffin, his punishment – if any – will come later. If any action is taken, Kiffin will have the opportunity to appeal the decision. If filed, the appeal process will delay any action for another six to eight months, where during that time Kiffin can run his athletic program normally. Although this process is frustrating, this will be the last thing on people’s minds as the bowl ban will be over by the end of this season.
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USC football head coach Lane Kiffin faces NCAA allegations. Also if his appeal is denied, like McNair he can file a lawsuit against the NCAA and ask for an injunction, which will delay sanctions even longer. This will take USC into the Class of 2014 recruiting, and the last year of NCAA scholarship sanctions, which were handed down less than a month ago. If all else fails and Kiffin loses his lawsuit, USC can then decide whether or not to renew his contract, renegotiate or search for a new head coach. Regardless, by this time the bowl ban will be over and the scholarship sanctions will have ended too. Unfortunately for Trojan fans, they have to wait until 2014 to finally put all these pesky sanctions behind them for good. As for now, it’s all a bunch of what ifs? All Trojan fans can do is hope for the best but prepare for the worst. The silver lining within all of this, is that it will be over soon, and with the mentality USC Trojans have this is just more motivation to take a hold of the reins of the Pac-12 Conference once given the chance.
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Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz) and Scott (Justin Timberlake) in Bad Teacher
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by frederick mintchell ‘Bye, Bye, Bye.’ That was the title of one of the biggest hits by one of the biggest boy bands of all time, *NSYNC. That phrase is also what many boy band members can say to their careers after they graduate into manhood. Of course, there are the lucky few who can escape the boy band purgatory, and Justin Timberlake is definitely one of those lucky few. He went on to top the charts as a solo artist with “Rock Your Body” and by bringing “SexyBack.” He also parlayed his charisma into memorable appearances on “Saturday Night Live.” Who can forget his “Single Ladies” video with Beyoncé or the memorable sketch with Andy Samberg when they gave their girlfriends some unexpected surprises in boxes? His season finalé hosting gig this year (along with some help by Lady Gaga) gave “SNL” some of its best ratings in recent memory. After hosting “SNL” four times, he moved into rarified air with such heavyweights as Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks and Steve Martin. It was only a matter of time until he translated his small screen success to the big screen, and he admits as much. “It seems like more than four times because when I’m in New York, they can’t keep me out of ‘30 Rock.’ I grew up with ‘SNL.’ It’s part of the humor and chemistry between me and my father. I watched it with my father when I was young, and it’s something that’s special to me. I’m such a huge fan of the show, and to be honest, I’m here [at the Bad Teacher junket] because of ‘SNL.’ I have no doubt in my mind about that.” He started out with some well-received roles in smaller movies like Alpha Dog and voiceover work in the Shrek films before garnering praise in The Social Network. His latest role is one of the leads in the upcoming Bad Teacher costarring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel (“How I Met Your Mother”). In Teacher, Diaz plays Elizabeth who is foul-mouthed,
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ruthless and inappropriate. She drinks, she gets high and she can’t wait to marry her meal ticket and get out of her bogus day job. When she’s dumped by her fiancé, she sets her plan in motion to win over rich, handsome substitute Scott (Timberlake). While competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy (Lucy Punch), Elizabeth also finds herself fighting off the advances of a sarcastic, irreverent gym teacher (Segel). Of course, when you star in a film about teaching, you get the inevitable questions about the current state of American education. Timberlake notes that “Man, we’ve got to pay our teachers more. Many are like surrogate parents.” After all the interviews, the cast realized that “we probably learned more from those that taught us life lessons. There’s such a huge responsibility and they’re under-appreciated and underpaid.” With a movie as irreverent as Bad Teacher, the interview was equally irreverent, so that last quote was about the only straightforward quote from the entire interview. Besides, what would you expect from a film that contains the most iconic dry-humping scene in cinematic history? Timberlake interjects, “I think we created the ONLY dry-humping scene in cinematic history.” It was awkward because “Jake [Kasdan, the director] was in between us, not literally. [While] there’s nothing wrong with a good jean jam, collectively, the both of us [Diaz and Timberlake] felt we had a responsibility to young people” to do “a public service announcement for safe sex.” Diaz agrees, “That’s pretty much the only message that’s in the whole movie. Other than that, there’s nothing else [message-wise].” We felt that “we can’t make a movie that’s just about nothing. If we’re going to try to be role models in any way, we should at least offer up a jean jam.” Timberlake sums up the whole jean jam scene beautifully, “And it was jammin’.” Trust me when I say that after watching that scene, a pair of blue jeans will never seem as benign again. When you have a musician of Timberlake’s caliber in your cast, how can you not use his musical talents? Timberlake’s character Scott is in a band with his fellow teachers and performs an original song for Amy that manages to be both
heart wrenching and groan inducing at the same time. “In the script there was a loose idea about the teacher band and Scott doing a singer-songwriter thing.” The lyrics were written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and then Timberlake “tried to create the terrible melody that I did. The mission was to make it so bad that they wouldn’t be able to market it.” And Kasdan agrees, “I think we succeeded in that.” They all agree that it took a collaborative effort between the four of them to create something so hearfeltfully (I know that’s not a word, but trust me, it fits perfectly.) cheesy. Kasdan explains, “We had the idea that Scott could sing the worst song ever written proudly. Justin nailed that thing.” With the popularity of movies like Bridesmaids, the cast was asked if the public is ready for raunchy female-driven comedy. Diaz thinks that women have always been raunchier than men, but men never want to hear about it so they put their fingers in their ears and say ‘la la la.’ Timberlake replies, “As a male who enjoys raunchy women, I think that funny women have been around forever – Carol Burnett, Madeline Kahn – and that there are genius, genius female actors in comedy. We’re in an age now where technology has afforded a generation a lot more crass look at the world. The Internet can be a really strange place to be. What we can understand about brash humor is that it has different levels so we can push the envelope in a way that will get laughs. That’s what’s cool about this movie is seeing a female in such a role and doing it as well as Cameron does.” Of course a cast must have chemistry to be funny, and Timberlake says that the cast’s chemistry came together “after the first week of rehearsal … and the first orgy,” while Diaz compared the cast to being comedy marksmen and “everyone hitting their targets.” Since Timberlake is sympathetic to the trials of American teachers today, he did have some sage advice for a teacher who had a profound effect on his life, “I had a teacher in seventh grade who told me that I should have more realistic goals than being a songwriter … and you can quote me on this – suck it teacher.” Bad Teacher releases in theaters June 24.
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Academy Award winner John Lasseter picked up in Cars 2 where the original movie left off. He took a scene from Cars when Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) and Bonnie Hunt’s Sally were at a drive-in movie theater on a date while watching a spy thriller, hence the new character of Finn McMissile. Lasseter figured that it would be fantastic to expand on the story and bring in the spy “car-acter” (as Pixar calls them). The only person who Lasseter thought would be right for the part of McMissile was Oscar award winner Sir Michael Caine. The director is a huge fan of Caine’s work and urgently contacted him to participate in the film. “Well, the great thing of course is to be called Finn McMissile. I could resist it and then they said I was a spy and they said that ‘you’re a 1966 Aston Martin – pale blue,’ and I thought, ‘this is perfect for me.’I’ve got three grandchildren, and of course, the reason I really wanted to do it was because I wanted them to see me – they know my voice,” shares Caine. This is Wilson’s second time around for Lightning McQueen, but it was not the same without Paul Newman who recently passed away. “On the first one, I did get to work one day with Paul Newman. We went to New York and I got to record with him, and it was great. He actually had some questions, because he was so knowledgeable about racing, and John took what he was saying and went back and reworked the script based on something that Paul was saying,” says Wilson. The director took a different kind of approach with Cars 2 and recorded the actors’ voices separately, which didn’t faze Caine since he had done radio shows earlier on in his career. Caine’s performance in the film reflects on his ability to personify his spy-oriented parts in other films but took on the methodical approach for this role. “I’m a method actor ... there is a backstory to my character Finn McMissile – you know who he is,” says Caine. Most of the actors in the movie are car enthusiasts, which also helped. Lasseter wrote the script along with Brad Lewis based on his desire to make a story that would appeal to audiences universally. “I grew up loving cars and the Southern California car culture. My dad was a parts manager at a Chevrolet dealership, so Cars was very personal to me – the characters, the small town, their love and support for each other and their way of life. I couldn’t stop thinking about them. I wanted to take another road trip to new places around the world, and I thought a way into that world could be another passion of mine: the spy movie genre. I just couldn’t shake that idea of marrying the two distinctly different worlds of Radiator Springs and international intrigue, and here we are,” says the acclaimed director. The movie was shot in stereoscopic 3D to give the audience the full effect of the story. It takes off from Radiator Springs only to lead the pack of cars away from home and into a wild race around the world that starts after a new character, Francesco Bernoulli (voiced by John Turturro), challenges Lightning. Pixar had to step up to the plate and take on the challenge of finding new ways to move the camera as well as light the scenes. Most of the animation crew went to London and Tokyo as well as Italy to observe the different colors of those cities. Picking out the new characters for the film was a cinch since most of the actors had already voiced animated characters such as Joe Mantegna who voices Fat Tony on “The Simpsons.” Eddie Izzard voices Sir Miles Axelrod, who is a former oil baron in the film and is one of the villains along with Professor Z, who is voiced by Thomas Kretschmann. And the Queen of England (voiced by Vanessa Redgrave) is featured as a Rolls-Royce. Most of the cars in the movie were based on vintage cars with the exception of Holley Shiftwell (voiced by Emily Mortimer), but the models started out as standardized models only to become an original car that was made up by Pixar. The backgrounds of the movie were “car-ified” to make them proportionate, which gives the audience a “car-iffic” view and ability to associate the backgrounds with the characters in the film. The three racing scenes are stunning because of the enhanced camera work that was put into the film. Lasseter wanted the audience to view the cars from the level in which they would be racing, and there are some breathtaking scenes where the spies are chasing Professor Z with his minions. Cars 2 releases in theaters June 24.
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PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES Journalist David Carr tells it like it is. by hiko mitsuzuka The paper you hold in your hands is an endangered species. But documentarian Andrew Rossi hopes there will always be a place for print in the future. “It’s so crucial to our society that we as a culture could never let it go,” he says when contemplating the potential demise of newspapers, particularly the world-renown New York Times. With the web eclipsing print as everyone’s main news source and newspapers across the nation going bankrupt and ceasing to exist, Page One is a thrilling snapshot capturing the transformation of the media industry during a time of great turmoil. What started as a simple project about social media issues turned into an entirely bigger portrait once Rossi met with the salty but brilliant David Carr. Rossi had been given unprecedented access to one of the world’s most respected newsrooms and the inner workings of the Media Desk at the Manhattan-based paper. During his initial talks with Carr, he found his conversations always circling back to The New York Times, “where legacy media and traditional media” coexist, and where their place was going to be in this new future. This was also at a time when speculations were being made about the Times’ own possible bankruptcy, thanks to a recent editorial by Michael Hirschorn in The Atlantic. Suddenly, the focus changed. Rossi decided to use Carr as a protagonist covering the demise of his own industry while his own paper went through its own upheaval. Other writers like Brian Stelter and Tim Arango also found their way into Rossi’s narrative while their editors and publishers grappled with existential challenges from WikiLeaks, Twitter, iPads and readers’ expectations that news online should be free. “The real message of Page One,” Rossi says, “is that the craft of journalism at institutions like The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post is something that is really valuable and something that readers and viewers will hopefully feel like they would like to protect.” Sitting down with Carr, a self-proclaimed “ex-crackhead who sounds like Kermit the Frog” and a bestselling author with 330,000 followers on Twitter, one should expect several tasty soundbites. And I got more than plenty from the former speechwriter with the textured past… On being a respected journalist and reporter: “We are [basically] people who go find people more interesting than us, write down what they say and then bring it back to tell their people all about it.” On being the “star” of a film: “It’s a weird thing to be sitting here and have the microphones pointed at me, so that’s different. One of these nice people over here [gesturing to a publicist] went and got me a latte. I’m used to asking questions, not answering them, and I think it would be a bit of a reach to think of me as talent.” On writers in general: “Most of the writers I know are unbelievably insecure people and are generally narcissistic and defined by the opinions of others … I think writers are driven by a fundamental insecurity which is, ‘If I don’t type this, then I don’t really exist’ … I think a lot of writers haven’t decided on who they are … We are a neurotic, self-loathing lot generally.” Ever self-deprecating, Carr considers himself a great storyteller with “an insatiable desire to know what cannot be known,” but one that doesn’t create as much ripples as the ones he believes will be made by this documentary (he can’t praise Rossi’s work more). Rossi himself believes the world is headed towards a hybrid future in which reputable online news groups, like the Pulitzer Prize-winning ProPublica.org, will start sharing their stories with print and television outlets in order to reach a wider audience. If that happens, Carr thinks the overall business model of newspapers is in dire need of a structural makeover so that they can deal with the broad perception in Internet culture that information should be free. “We’re up against web economics where the value of an advertiser is so much less on the web than in print because there’s no scarcity on the web,” he points out. To all insecure writers out there, there’s still hope. You will be heard. Page One releases in select theaters June 24.
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REJOICE AND SHOUT
Gospel Music to be Enjoyed By All by jason burnley Gospel music has long been the voice of the people – the voice of all people. Gospel music is written to express personal, spiritual or a communal belief and tradition. Rejoice and Shout is an inspiring documentary celebrating the history of gospel music. Director Don McGlynn, through interviews with such gospel greats as Andraé Crouch, Yolanda Adams, Ira Tucker, Marie Knight, Willa Ward and Ira Tucker Jr., is able to tell the story of how gospel music helped AfricanAmericans get through some of the toughest times. Offering a more contemporary perspective are R&B legends Smokey Robinson and Mavis Staples. Though known to secular audiences in the 1970s for rhythm and blues, Staples, since her childhood, was, alongside her siblings and father, “Pops” Staples, part of the Staples Singers, well-known for their gospel music long before their days in the pop world. Robinson, of course, is an artist and producer known for his countless Motown hits as part of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. His involvement In Rejoice and Shout was a fortuitous one. McGlynn first met Robinson after being asked to interview him for a colleague’s project. Robinson shares his spiritual perspective and discusses the role religion has played in the maturation of gospel music.
Campus Circle > Film > Interviews Initially, you might presume that the film’s audience is but a select few. However, to the contrary, it is proof that everyone can relate to the spirit of gospel music. The story being told is one that touches the heart of every viewer. It’s a clear message: The power of the Lord brings us all together. When all else fails you can put your trust in him. The emphasis on faith is evident throughout the film. After an introduction by Pastor Andraé Crouch, who in the ’70s was one of gospel’s most popular stars, the film begins with a surprisingly moving rendition of “Amazing Grace” by a very young member of the Selvy Singers. Several of the participants share about their experiences growing up in the church and how that experience shapes who they have become today. The film takes a few minutes to put the music in the context of African-American church experience. “I wanted people to understand the whole form of the church service,” McGlynn explains. “I grew up going to Catholic mass, which was completely different from this. You would do your hour, and you would go home. Everybody I interviewed for the film, when I told them that, they said ‘Hour? We’d be there all day!’ So I thought it was important to show what that form of worship was, in order to help the audience understand where the music fits into the AfricanAmerican spiritual experience.” The Tuckers and Willa Ward were actually interviewed at the historic Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia. It was there that many gospel shows of the early 1900s were hosted. Both the Dixie Hummingbirds and the Ward Singers performed there – including a 1946 Dixie Hummingbirds anniversary show that drew an audience of 5,500. Don’t get it wrong: Gospel music is definitely not a thing of the past. There is an undeniable crop of current gospel performers who have popped up to take the reins. While
PROJECTIONS by kristina bravo Summer has officially begun and finding refuge inside the air-conditioned walls of a movie theater may just be a wiser way to cool off than running in the streets naked. This week, there are three film series that will cater to whatever genre suits your mood, whether it be French-themed cinema, experimental indie movies or the good-old classics. Vive la Magnifique! June 25-26 @ The Getty Center Going to Paris this summer? Yeah, me neither. Luckily for us, the next best thing is happening at the Getty Center, which is holding a free film series titled Vive la Magnifique! to complement its Paris: Life and Luxury exhibit. The exhibit showcases the opulence of the City of Lights through 18thcentury artifacts – which ranges from paintings and furniture to candlesticks and firedogs – while the Getty Center screens four films that will spoil the inner Francophile in all of us. The museum is showing Jefferson in Paris and Danton on June 25 and Dangerous Liaisons and Ridicule on June 26. They are even offering a glass of French wine and cheese tasting for a small fee for those who really want to go all out, because you know, some pommes frites from a McDonald’s drive-thru won’t really do anything for the French experience. The series is offered gratis, but reservations are required, so call the Getty Center or visit their site to save your spot. For more information, visit getty.edu. Hollywood Fringe Now-June 26 @ Various Locations in Hollywood If you live in Los Angeles, there is a good chance that your local barista or the waitress that served you your dinner last
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Mavis Staples in Rejoice and Shout gospel music has gone through the digital age and hip-hop, the Selvy Singers and Darrel Petties continue to represent the gospel music of today. The film’s budget didn’t allow for extensive digital restoration. However, it was shot in high definition. “I was always concerned that the new footage would look very polished and the old clips would suffer by comparison,” says McGlynn. It is evident that a great deal of time was spent on cleaning up the audio and video of the older material. Typically, you may see 30- to 45-second clips of musical performances, complete performances are seen in Rejoice and Shout. Rarely touched since the day they were filmed, the negatives were in nearly perfect condition, save some occasional nitrate damage. If you’ve ever enjoyed such songs as “Oh Happy Day,” “You Really Got a Hold on Me” or “Down By the Riverside,” then this is the movie for you. Watch it with your parents and grandparents after Sunday dinner. It is sure to bring back memories that everyone can relate to. Rejoice and Shout releases in select theaters June 24.
Campus Circle > Film > Projections night is a struggling filmmaker or an undernourished actress who is still waiting for her break. There is also a good chance that you don’t tip as much as you should. Don’t beat yourself up in shame for being cheap. Make up for it by supporting the emerging, but starving group that has given up financial security for their chosen craft and attend the Hollywood Fringe Festival, the largest uncensored arts festival in the United States. Providing a platform for those who haven’t quite made it big just yet, the festival is a presentation of experimental and eclectic artistic projects that include theater, comedy, music, a groovy late-night dance party and, for the first time this year, film. Fight Club and The Hills Have Eyes (2006) actor and filmmaker Ezra Buzzington is this year’s head programmer for the festival’s film venue. The centerpiece feature is Pure Shock Value, a movie about three young Hollywood aspirants who experience the low and high points of the reality of filmmaking as they are presented with a dream opportunity. In a press release, Buzzington says, “I chose Pure Shock Value as the Centerpiece Film for the first Annual Hollywood Fringe Festival event for several reasons. Its aesthetic is raw and in your face, its budget is non-existent and the creative team behind the film is made up of L.A. Fringe theatre artists. I wouldn’t have chosen it, however, if it weren’t also brilliantly written, expertly executed and cleverly subversive.” In addition to Pure Shock Value, there will be a showing of five more feature films in different genres and 25 short films that are divided into four collections: Short Devotions for love stories, Short Snorts for comedies, Short Reveries for surrealistic visions and Short Enigmas for mysteries, sci-fi and thrillers. For more information, visit hollywoodfringe.org/film.
Jefferson in Paris screens at the Getty Center June 25. Threes Are a Few of My Favorite Things Now-Sept. 3 @ Laemmle’s Royal Theatre With great punning skills come great ideas. Laemmle Theatres is presenting a series of summer Saturday midnight movies that promise to make you laugh in horror or just plain silliness. Laemmle’s West L.A. location will be showing three films each by four acclaimed filmmakers. To start with, Laemmle picked Rob Reiner’s When Harry Met Sally, Misery and The Princes Bride to revisit the big screen. Next, they will show David Zucker/Jim Abrahams’ Airplane!, Top Secret! and The Naked Gun. In the third installment, the theater will play Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles, Space Balls and Young Frankenstein. And because sometimes three isn’t enough, Laemmle will also be screening the works of a fourth director, Ray Harryhausen, which will include 20 Million Miles to Earth, Earth vs. The Flying Saucers and It Came From Beneath The Sea. For more information, visit laemmle.com.
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Conan O’Brien performs on tour in Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop.
Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (Abramorama) Conan O’Brien went through a fiasco with NBC executives due to the network’s attempts to save money, as indicated in the beginning of the documentary Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop. The network wanted to move “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” to a 12:05 a.m. slot, but the host became frantic about it because he felt comfortable with the slot that was initially given to him. It makes for quite a scene in the movie, as O’Brien meets with his writers and executive producer Jeff Ross. O’Brien was not allowed to perform anything on television or the Internet for six months per the agreement made when he parted ways with the network. So, he hit the road for the national Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour. Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, directed by Rodman Flender, is a typical road documentary that takes off after the aftermath with NBC when O’Brien finds a way to reach out to his fans by deciding to go on the tour. What struck me as funny was the fact that O’Brien didn’t necessarily plan strategically for the tour, thus leaving everything up in the air because he was not sure whether or not he would be able to sell tickets. He then finds out that the show is sold out on both coasts after announcing it on Twitter and scrambles to put together a show. He parlays the circumstance by expressing that the dismissal was a blessing in disguise. It was not like he wasn’t ever going to be on television again as a talk show host, and he states that he can’t see himself doing anything else but entertaining audiences on television or stage. The documentary gives the viewer an in-depth view into the shenanigans of O’Brien and his crew. Andy Richter is back as co-host on the tour and is the funniest of the crew. His cynicism cuts through the wind of excitement and fury during the tour as he doles out his own special brand of dry humor. There are also special guests who appear, such as Jim Carrey and Stephen Colbert. Grade: B —Ricardo Quinones Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop releases in select theaters June 24.
Farmageddon (Kristin Marie Productions) Do you know where your food comes from? Do you care? In a country where fast-food chains are allowed to sell you dangerously unhealthy meals at any time of the day, contributing to the high rate of obesity, diabetes and heartrelated complications of its population, the United States Department of Food and Agriculture is closing in on … local, organic farms. That is the picture that Kristin Canty explores in her compelling documentary, Farmageddon. Zooming in on family-owned farms in Vermont, Virginia and New York
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to Ohio, California and Georgia, Canty’s film gives voice to those who have made natural agriculture their livelihood. She exposes how big industrial corporations, through government agencies, are bullying little businesses for profit. One particularly disturbing scene is when Jackie Stowers, a mother who runs a local co-op in Ohio, describes a SWAT team’s invasion of her house: “I came around the corner, I was at the top of the stairs and what I saw was a man right here with a gun pointing up at me and all I could see was a black hat and a black jacket and a gun. And I stood there thinking that this was a serial killer … All I could focus on was a man, a gun and my children.” The documentary shows another footage of a team of police raiding what looks like an innocent, produce store in Venice, Calif. It looks like the type of search more appropriate for busting drug lords, and there is something seriously wrong in watching law enforcement humiliating and destroying the small businesses of seemingly harmless people in overalls who grow produce and raise farm animals. Although the film’s subject matter may not appeal to the majority of a society of 24-hour drive-thrus and processed “diet” power bars, it effectively exposes the politics behind the food that is, or in this case, that isn’t on your plate. The documentary is informative and engrossing, and although it may not convince you to search far and beyond for a bottle of raw milk for its better health benefits, it will make you think twice what you put in your body. Farmageddon also enlightens about government control, politics and the “little man.” How much freedom do we really have, and how much of it is being spoon-fed to us by the government? Grade: B —Kristina Bravo Farmageddon releases in select theaters June 24.
One Lucky Elephant (One Lucky Elephant LLC) In a film culture that is enthusiastically obsessed with domesticated pets and expresses a great – yet more distant – fascination with exotic animals living in the wild, director Lisa Leeman brings forth a hybrid that tells the story of Flora, an African elephant who grows up in the care of circus owner David Balding. One Lucky Elephant took 10 years to make, and the final product offers its audience a good glimpse into the life of a circus animal and its adoptive owner as they part ways. In 1984, Balding adopted a 2-year old baby elephant who was orphaned in Zimbabwe, a place which then endangered the species with ivory poaching and government sanctioned cullings. For over 18 years, raised as a part of a human family, Flora performs with Balding in a circus that bears her name. The bespectacled, aging man whose health seems to be falling apart realizes that at her age and with her display of developing aggression, Flora isn’t happy performing anymore. So he must give her up and decide the best arrangement for his beloved pet.
Although the documentary is full of endearing “aw” moments, Leeman also succeeds in exploring the questionable nature of domesticating a wild animal for human entertainment and profit. There is no doubt that Balding truly has a loving, familial attachment to Flora (She was even part of the procession of his wedding.), yet it becomes clear that he renders the animal ill-equipped in surviving under the care of other people or with other elephants like herself when he is gone. When the elephant sanctuary owner that he leaves her with tells him that Flora’s aggression may have rooted from an early traumatic experience in her life – and that visiting her will only ignite her feelings of abandonment – Balding and his wife find another expert, whom they call a sort of “elephant whisperer,” to dispute the theory. There is no Cruella de Vil in this movie, but there are however, conflicting interests. Does Balding have Flora’s mental health in mind or is he giving in to his personal need to be with his pet? Is rescuing an animal to be used in a circus a morally logical thing to do, or is it wrong? One Lucky Elephant doesn’t attempt to give an answer. But it accomplishes what it set out to do, which is to inform and bring the issue into conversation in society. Grade: A—Kristina Bravo One Lucky Elephant releases in select theaters June 24.
TrollHunter (Magnet) In an attempt to describe what kind of film TrollHunter is, most reviews have called it a cross between The Blair Witch Project and some other obscure reference like Scooby-Doo or Jurassic Park. But while the cinematography is of the shaky, hand-held variety, the film is very little like Blair Witch at all. For starters, it mixes government conspiracy with good old folklore, is devoid of snot bubbles and is actually fun to watch. Plus, it has freakin’ trolls in it. TrollHunter is a Norwegian film. This means annoying subtitles, but it also means a fresh twist on the typical American-made monster movie – specifically, that we’re not expected to develop compassion for whatever beast the protagonists are out to destroy. Every film from Teen Wolf to Twilight follows the same tired plot where the massmurdering monster is just misunderstood. There’s nothing to misunderstand about trolls: They are enormous, and they are ugly and they eat Christians. Kill ’em all (the trolls, I mean). Set in the snow-blanketed Norwegian countryside, TrollHunter follows a group of film students as they try to uncover the mysterious cause of missing livestock and downed power lines in certain parts of the country. Naturally, they are told by authorities that it’s nothing really interesting – bad weather maybe – but those meddling kids can’t help snooping around, and when they stumble upon a government-employed wildlife hunter working in the same area, they follow him into the woods to discover that he’s hunting (spoiler alert) trolls. The rest of the film is a roller coaster ride with scattered, edge of your seat highs and “come on, somebody get eaten” lows. The trailers say “You’ll believe it when you see it,” but you won’t – the CGI isn’t perfect and we’re talking about Mother Goose monsters here – but that’s what makes TrollHunter such a fun film: It isn’t tying to be believable. It’s almost a parody of its own genre. When Cloverfield tried to make a “found footage” monster flick, it failed because the film was trying too hard to be epic. TrollHunter takes the opposite approach, providing an easily digestible film that’s epic entirely by accident – not because of any over-stylized cinematics or polished, hyper-intellectual storylines, but for the same reason certain cartoons are epic: TrollHunter is pure fun to watch ... as long as you’re not expecting too much from it. Grade: B —John Stapleton IV TrollHunter releases in select theaters June 24.
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Now-Sept. 11 @ Long Beach Museum of Art by cindy kyungah lee If you are willing to step out of Los Angeles and drive down to Long Beach, there is an exhibition you might not want to miss. Until Sept. 11, the Long Beach Museum of Art is hosting a celebration of Ray Turner and his portraits of the community of Long Beach in the entire first floor of the Museum Pavilion. Turner is a Pasadena artist who has a distinct style for portraiture. From art student to professor and artist, Turner’s work has regularly been shown in the exhibition scenes of the United States since 1990. Represented in Los Angeles by Rivera & Rivera – a contemporary art gallery – and Toomey Tourell Fine Art in San Francisco, Turner has painted hundreds of portraits throughout his career. Population is Turner’s solo exhibition of nearly 300 interpretational portraits. Curated by art critic Peter Frank and Ron Nelson, the executive director of Long Beach Museum of Art, the exhibition is a collection of portraits that represents the artist’s understanding of the human face. Turner’s work is reminiscent of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. For those of you who don’t know what the plot is, I suggest you look the summary up on Google (It’s everywhere.). Of course, Turner’s portraits are not ominous like the portrait in the story. Rather the portrait in The Picture of Dorian Gray and Turner’s portraits of the California community display a similar concept: exploration of a person’s inner individual. Turner does not have one particular style. He is progressive – flowing through realism to the abstract and to the peripheral. He is an artist who delves into the inner qualities of the subjects he paints, uncovers their individuality and emotional qualities and opts to focus as well as adhere less to the precise physicality of a person. The models for his work are Californian residents. Population incorporates 60 new works that depict Long Beach community members including the mayor, police commissioner, museum director, harbor commissioner, artists and local philanthropists, as well as 150 portraits previously done by Turner for the Pasadena Museum of California Art in 2009. In addition to these portraits, the collection of works includes 28 portraits of young people that are looking for alternatives to gang violence – to whom Turner refers them to as the “Homies.” The Population collection ties together two series of works by Turner. A series of portraits made on glass squares, done after careful study of the photographic data of his subjects, and another series, the “Good Man/Bad Man,” in which Turner unleashes his imagined perspectives of the subjects to comment on people’s nature of being prejudiced in determining the good and the bad. This isn’t the end though, because Turner, aside from his unique architecture of painting with heavy brush strokes, presents some sculptures as well as photographic representations of his works. The extremely appealing factor of his paintings is that many of them are done on glass, and because Turner uses such heavy brush strokes on the glass, the normally 2D nature of paintings turns 3D. Even more so, the medium of glass itself adds to Turner’s artistic vision of transparently showing the inner cores of a person’s individuality and emotions. Yet by clustering many of these said portraits together, Turner asks us to think further of his motive. Confusing at first, it will make sense the more you think about it. Long Beach Museum of Art is located at 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach . For more information, visit lbma.org.
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Former Bruin’s Figure of the Day by tIen thuy ho UCLA 2007 graduate Robbie Cabral is the creator of an online retail company called Figure of the Day that launched on May 6 of this year, just in time for the premier of Thor. So, Cabral’s debut “figure of the day” was Thor. Each day, Cabral features and sells one special figurine, unlike other companies who sell a myriad of toys. His instincts urged him to start his online company this year because he believes that summertime, when most superhero movies launch, is the best time to market action figures. Upon graduating from UCLA extension with a degree in Music Business and Management, Cabral realized that his love for music and even being part of a band did not pay the bills. He started working two jobs: server for UCLA Dining and marketing and advertising specialist for various industries such as wine. But these jobs are just for one purpose: to pay the bills. He is grateful for a steady income that these jobs provide for his family, however, he yearned for an outlet that expresses his passion for business and collectables. In observing the economy and first handedly expe–
Campus Circle >Culture > L.A. Faces riencing the harshness of the job market, Cabral treaded away from the idea of working for someone else. He desired to be his own boss. This desire inspired him to become an entrepreneur and “to do his own thing.” Equipped with the skills of marketing, advertising and networking with individuals from diverse cultures at UCLA, Cabral felt confident in pursuing a startup company. Each day, Cabral features a character from comic books and movies such as Captain America, Victoria from Twilight, Darkman and Spartan Kratos. He attempts to widen his market audience to everyone, though males have shown more interest in his figurines. Cabral sells each figurine for less than $20 and provides free shipping to encourage buyers. He aspires to sponsor huge companies such as Warner Bros. Pictures on his site and even acquiring advertisements from companies like Mattel Toys. Since his launch, he has processed more than 100 orders, and amazingly, he already has returning customers. It is crucial for him to earn customer loyalty as he works very hard to satisfy his customers’ requests. In addition to his Web site, he has Facebook and Twitter pages that give hints for future figures of the day. Cabral’s company is indeed a partnership. While his wife Brach, who works full time as a teacher, takes charge of blogging about the figurines, Cabral handles the purchasing of products and shipping to customers all over the United States. With the support of his wife, Cabral steps into the digital retail scene with conviction. In Cabral’s eyes, an entrepreneur is one who not only works diligently and dedicatedly but also passionately. Having a passion for business is the skeleton for success as an entrepreneur. He truly believes that only passion for whatever it is that one pursues will lead to happiness and satisfaction in life. The beauty of being an entrepreneur is
by emmanuelle Troy With all the Superhero movies out this summer: Thor, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern and Captain America: The First Avenger to name a few, it makes me feel a bit nostalgic for the days in which I would ride my bike to the comic bookstore to buy and read all of those same comics as soon as they came out. It also makes me feel a bit nauseated when flash-forwarding memories to a few years later when my first girlfriend took the place of my last comic books ever bought. Some of my ex-girlfriends have left powerful memories forever etched in my memory. Some of them also had powers. Evil, diabolical, super-annoying powers that I’ll never forget. Like my ex who had Teenage Ninja Power – she would always appear out of nowhere needing something when I was broke, when I was already running late for something, when I was on the toilet or basically whenever I wanted to be alone. She was more Shaquille than April O’Neal, towering over and intimidating me instead of making me want to share my problems. More Shredder than Splinter, armed with an arsenal of toxic questions that I would try to dodge daily like, “What’s wrong?” “You want to go shopping AGAIN?” “What are you doing in the bathroom for so long?” along with my least favorite “Why are you crying while running away from me?” The only Splinter she was to me was the one in my wood.
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UCLA alumnus Robbie Cabral of Figure of the Day the power to create one’s own schedule and hence one’s own destiny. Cabral hopes that in the future, he can dedicate 100 percent of his time towards his online company instead of dividing his time between two jobs and the company. Focusing on one job will enable him to gain more leisure time to watch Lakers basketball games, play music and video games, go to the movies with his wife and spend time with his baby daughter. For more information, visit figureofthday.com.
Campus Circle > Blogs > The Last Laugh Or the ex who could predict the future: “You’re not going to like any of my guy friends,” she said in the beginning. I didn’t. Especially the ones who never wore shirts or shoes, although I do think they were somehow still getting service. “I’m going to get wasted tonight and PAR-TAY!” She did. It never failed. She also said “PAR-TAY!” every single time with unlimited exclamation marks and without any shame, which was enough of a reason to break up after the 248th time until we both found ourselves single again. That break up was after she Nostradamned us with my least favorite: “One day you’re going to get sick of me getting wasted, losing my phone and waking you up holding on to [insert guy friend name here] half-naked.” I too saw the future, the way, the truth AND the light after that one. I would rather have blue balls than her crystal balls any day. Then there was the ex who I like to call the Silencer. When problems arose, or something urgently needed to be talked about – basically, when our relationship was on the line or things got tough – she got quiet, with the ability to stare off into space motionless, making everyone around her silent (and awkward) as well. It was as if the same world that revolved around her wasn’t good enough for her to speak words, so she would immediately leave this planet and make her journey into her own little world where she was also the High Ruler, leaving us not-so-gifted here to read comic books, try to read her mind or play with our crystal balls in the bathroom, nervously awaiting and hoping to see a happier Space Queen return, possibly with flash cards, Morse code or some sign language to make it easier on us without special powers to understand her. The last one was the Eraser. The power to erase all memories of good times is mighty, indeed. Mighty
unfortunate that I can’t think of any good memories of her, as the only thing that comes to mind when I think of her are her anger management issues that she said were no big deal, although her friends, family, pets and any cashier or waitress she ever came across would disagree. I disagreed though – in silence. (A little trick I learned from the Silencer). The Eraser was most powerful because she could also apparently erase memories of things I don’t remember doing but she SWEARS these things happened. She swears a lot. She also freaks me out a lot, although she SWEARS that I slept with one eye open while sweating BEFORE I met her, I don’t believe her. I’m not going to tell her that though. I hope they’re all putting their powers to good use somewhere these days. Somewhere in a galaxy, far, far away.
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by brien overly Rooney June 22 @ House of Blues Anaheim June 24 @ El Rey There are a lot of bands who try to write big summer jams in the hopes that they’ll make the big teen drama poignant moment/closing credits theme song – who all fail miserably at the art of songwriting. Like with everything else in music, you just can’t force summertime soundtracks. Where so many other bands crash and burn with their execution, Rooney have made an entire career of writing quintessential sunny SoCal pop tracks. Masters of emoting nostalgically, Rooney continue to make music that will take you back to that time in your life before you sold out for a nine-to-five office job working for the man. While many of the other bands in their locally-bred scene opted to go the über-indie route, pretensions on full display, the best thing about Rooney is that they’re unashamed in their pop-jammy-ness. It’s all good if you want to sing along. It wouldn’t be a beach party if we weren’t all drunkenly singing along to songs we only knew half the words to anyway, right?
The Kooks June 23 @ The Troubadour I don’t care if these guys were that band for a while. I don’t care if they still are. In one of the precious few times I’ve overlooked this, I don’t even care that I can see this band’s videos on VH1. I like them that much. Infectiously catchy as the UK foursome may be, they still bring an indie coolness to their music with a tinge of rock ’n’ roll grittiness. So even though frontman Luke Pritchard’s signature crooning and howling begs to be sung and danced along to, and is very girlfriend-friendly at times, your inner hipster won’t be too out of place at the band’s show either.
Taking Back Sunday June 26 & July 1 @ House of Blues Sunset Strip June 28 @ House of Blues Anaheim Taking Back Sunday once again has John Nolan as a member. I know the point of this column is really, at its core, to attempt to say why a casual or unfamiliar listener ought to check out a given band, but the next few lines are really for those that already know on this one. John. Nolan. Is in Taking Back Sunday again. And I know this happened forever ago, but … I’ve been holding it in for a while. Anyway. That said, there’s a reason that the Long Island natives’ earliest albums are still regarded as their best and are widely hailed as being among the early influential records of modern emo. The lineup from that TBS era remains the iconic one that everyone who has ever said, “I like the early work better” about any band ever holds a special place for in their heart. Nothing against the other dudes, but for anyone whose came on board with the band’s first album, 2002’s Tell All Your Friends, some songs were just meant to be performed by certain people. For those that came on board later and traveled backwards on the band’s discography, here’s your chance to see what got people so stoked on these dudes to begin with. Given that all members are now seasoned touring and performing veterans, they may even be better together now than they were they first started.
The Postelles June 28 @ The Echo There’s something to be said for an indie band that, on first listen to their music, gives you the impression that the band members are probably standup young gentlemen. None of the attitude, pretension or pointless instrumental experimentation, just a bunch of dudes playing fun music without the need for big production or studio magic. And suddenly it makes perfect sense. They’re our domestic answer to the Kooks. Just like with “The Office,” however, some things us Americans do better. Like indie. Just sayin’. Given the general feel-good nature of their particular brand of indie, how will the typical Echo-ites react though? The band’s music is too fun to not get at least a little stoked on while listening, and likewise is impossible to jadedly dismiss for the same reason. The hipster brain may not be prepared to handle this occurrence yet.
CDREVIEWS Attack! Attack! UK The Latest Fashion (Rock Ridge Music) First of all, note that The Latest Fashion is the latest release from Attack! Attack! UK, a band from Wales not to be confused with the similarly named American band Attack Attack! The album kicks off with the potent “Everybody Knows,” a song that lyrically details how karma works its magic on everybody’s transgressions but the tune will also remind you what group you’re listening to as Neil Starr and Ryan Day launch buzz-saw guitar riffs that attack (attack!) earlobes relentlessly, flying by with the speed and ferocity of jet fighters. Starr is also the band’s singer, and when the guitar frenzy is stripped out on songs like “Blood on My Hands” he can wax a little emo-ish. But the twin ax work of Starr and Day is the keystone of this set of generally very energetic rock, adding a punk edge to the melodic rocker “My Shoes,” knocking everything in sight over with the big cacophony of the title cut and slashing away mercilessly on “We’re Not the Enemy.” A couple of quieter numbers round out the set but you’ll need to love loud guitars played with attitude to fully appreciate The Latest Fashion. Grade: B —Kevin Wierzbicki The Latest Fashion is currently available.
Bad Meets Evil Hell: The Sequel (Shady/Interscope) All you really need to know about Bad Meets Evil – the duo of rappers Eminem and Royce da 5’9” – is in the song “Lighters.” The most pop-leaning song on Hell: The Sequel even features Bruno Mars singing a hook about living out dreams and wanting to see a “sky full of lighters.” Instead of trying to match their rhymes to the hook, Eminem and Royce continue to try to manufacture shock by tossing in tasteless references to sex. Seems like a waste of CONTINUED ON PAGE 17 >>>
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SYMPHONY X The Convergence of Sophistication and Brutality by richard castaÑeda In progressive rock, a genre adept to concept albums and metaphysical themes, it’s not uncommon for a band to build an identity based on grandeur. New Jersey’s Symphony X is no exception, as it continues to build on its success of 2007’s Paradise Lost with its eighth studio release, Iconoclast. The man vs. machine angle has been done and tried in music, film and books, but Symphony X’s take on it is refreshing because it intertwines the sophistication of classical string arrangements with the modern barrage of guitar riffs and pummeling percussion. “Usually every album we do, we try to find a little something different to do. It may be a concept or a theme or just something to give each record its own personality,” guitarist and founder Michael Romeo says. Although Romeo admits that Paradise Lost is Symphony X’s only concept album, one would be hard pressed to not think of Iconoclast as the same. With its underlying theme of a dystopian future in which machines overtake man, it’s sort of difficult to believe that Romeo accidentally stumbled upon the idea. “It’s really not a concept. Yeah, there is an underlying theme, but it’s not like a story-record or anything. Each song
Campus Circle > Music > Interviews is its own song. I just think that, for us, it’s kind of cool to find some kind of a topic or a theme and loosely … thread ideas together,” Romeo says. It was during the early stages of putting together Iconoclast that Romeo, a huge film buff, listened to soundtracks for the movies 300 and The Matrix. About five songs were written at that point, when Romeo decided to focus on the metallicsounding nature of both soundtracks as something that might work with Symphony X. “We’re just looking at it to give each album its own sound, and it just turns out that way for us. You could consider that it is a concept [album], but to us it’s really not,” Romeo states. Iconoclast comes out as a regular release and a specialedition double disc album that Romeo says is the “real” album. “Most of our fans and people who know what we do, they kind of know that the double record isn’t like the regular record with some leftover junk or some bonus tracks. We wrote 85 minutes of music, and that was our intention from the beginning,” Romeo continues. “There’s a lot of new people coming on board who maybe haven’t heard of the band or really aren’t familiar, so maybe they’ll test the waters with the single record.” Fans have noted that the last 11 years of Symphony X’s history have seen greater gaps in studio releases. To compare: From 1994 to 1999, the band released four studio albums and one compilation album. Since 2000, they have released four studio albums and one live album. To Romeo, the gaps don’t seem as big because of an ambitious touring schedule that lasts upwards of two years. Symphony X toured the hell out of the rest of the world before they began touring the United States because interest in the band was greater overseas. With the release of 2000’s V:
CURTAINCALL “Apocalypse, Not Now!” Now-June 24 @ Artworks Theater Clara is no stranger to failure. In “Apocalypse, Not Now!,” Clara, an agoraphobic living in Tujunga since 9/11, is forced to face her fear when a fire threatens to destroy her home left with no choice but to bond with her neighbors and enjoy their last minutes before the world ends. Now, this is what you’ll expect from reading the synopsis. What you get is something completely irrelevant, mundane play. Maybe I’m being too hard here, but nobody wants to go to a one-person show to hear her complain. Clara begins telling the story of her life: She is recently divorced for a second time, having a meltdown after being called “unlovable” and feeling isolated from the rest of the world. On numerous occasions, the play takes a lot of different directions, during which you find yourself wondering what the overall point of the play is. There were moments when I couldn’t help but laugh; yet most often, I would wonder what was so funny. With an over-thetop performance by Clara York, “Apocalypse, Not Now!” is basically much ado about nothing. —Nataly Chavez Artworks Theater Studio A is located at 6567 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. For more information, visit hollywoodfringe.org.
“Barking Pig” Now-June 26 @ Theatre Asylum Never has waiting for death been so fun. Fun for us to watch, that is. Making its debut at this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival on June 11, “Barking Pig” is dark comedy at its best. When six patrons of the Barking Pig, a shabby bar on the outskirts of nowhere, receive news that Victor Helms, whose frightening reputation proceeds him, has just escaped out of prison and is coming to kill one of them, believe me, the only
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The New Mythology Suite, Symphony X skyrocketed to one of progressive metal’s elite, eliciting comparisons to titans like Dream Theater. The comparisons flatter Romeo as opposed to bothering him, but he does note differences. “I grew up with [Judas] Priest, [Iron] Maiden and [Black] Sabbath. I think we have a back-to-the-old metal kind of thing. We have a different kind of sound and a different approach to songwriting,” Romeo says. Perhaps more ambitious than their touring schedule is the band’s constant pursuit of perfection. It can take them more than a year to get the sound right on an album. As producer and composer on Iconoclast, Romeo notes the stress of gelling behind and in front of the soundboard. “We know each other so well now. We’re in that groove once we start recording, and it just takes a while to find it. With this record, it was ‘What can we do to make it different?’ and some of the struggle is right up front … trying to find the right sound and the right direction.” Iconoclast is currently available. For more information, visit symphonyx.com.
Campus Circle > Culture > Theater question isn’t just “Which piggy will die?” Seeing as they are practically staring death in the face, they decide to dig and try to scrape the surface of life’s final mysteries – always with enough time to ask: Is there time for one more drink? Not only is “Barking Pig” an ingenious play, but its diverse characters – which include a crooked lawyer, a bouncer, the town’s constable, a hippy pickpocket, a punk music teacher and a dumb witted broad – are engaging and perversely hilarious. The writing is both witty and easy flowing in a way that it hooks you immediately. One minute everyone is arguing, the next they are victims of their own fears and desires. The play moves at a steady pace that combines amusement, tension and mystery with music and bad poetry. With some unexpectedly wonderful twists and some what-the-hell moments, “Barking Pig” is a play not to be missed. —Nataly Chavez Theatre Asylum is located at 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit plays411.net/barkingpig.
“Superior Donuts” Now-July 10 @ Geffen Playhouse “Superior Donuts” by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tracy Letts is magnificent. Arthur Przybyszewski (Gary Cole, Office Space) is the owner of a donut shop he inherited from his Polish parents. We quickly learn that Arthur is going through tough times. His donut shop was broken into, his ex-wife recently died, he hasn’t had any communication with his 19-year-old daughter for a few years and he has lost his desire to keep his donut shop open. His Russian neighbor, Max Tarasov (Ron Bottitta), looks out for Arthur with intentions of purchasing the donut shop from him. One day, a young African-American kid, Franco Wicks (Edi Gathegi), stops by the shop looking
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Asher Lyons, Aaron Buer and Alex Stocks in “Barking Pig” for work. Franco is an aspiring writer who has fallen into some serious debt with the mob. From that point forward, a hilarious, unlikely, beautiful friendship ensues. Director Randall Arney cast a perfect ensemble of actors, including Mary Beth Fisher as Officer Randy Osteen and Damon Gupton as Officer James Bailey – a hysterical duo. Kathryn Joosten’s Lady Boyle’s subtle entrances and exits were comedic perfection. The details of set designers John Arnone’s stage, from the donut platter sitting on the counter to the metal cream dispensers on the tabletops made the experience very real and familiar. I felt more like a customer of that donut shop eavesdropping on the characters than part of an audience in a theater. This performance is a gem. Regretfully, we do not experience theater of this caliber in Los Angeles as often as we should. I cannot recommend it enough. —Ximena Herschberg Geffen Playhouse is located at10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, visit geffenplayhouse.com.
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Marissa Nadler June 11 @ Bootleg Theater Marissa Nadler taught art in Harlem, but before that she grew up in Boston. Both of her parents were in the arts and that gave her influence. She began her show at Bootleg Theater with determination and took it from there ... with build-ups in between. She’s quite the entertainer, but reclusive. Short Circuit gave a memorable performance. However, the performance said it all when she switched guitars to show her skills. The venue was packed with people, which says a lot. Here is a woman who is definitely serious about music. Spin magazine named her the best artist for June of 2011. She put the audience into a dreamy state with her music; it seemed like she was communicating about her dreams more so than her experiences. Nadler stayed in one position while playing guitar on stage and always kept her head cocked sideways as she was grinding her hips. It was a display of passion between her and her guitars, and part of the reason why she plays in that stance is because she is constantly listening to the sound of her guitars rather than looking at the neck or fingerboard. The sound just floats through the space and into people before putting them into a daze. She performed all of the songs from her latest self-titled album and did so with confidence. —Ricardo Quinones
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June 13 @ Dragonfly The small but enthusiastic crowd wasn’t quite sure what to make of Short Circuit’s 40-minute set. Bleeps, bloops and Auto-tuned vocals barraged the senses with a decidedly foreign sense of “who the hell is this guy.” The one-man band that is Andrew Verner, aka Short Circuit, sounds like a bizarre orgy of Chromeo, Daft Punk and that creepy kid from your eighth-grade talent show. The beauty was that no one had really quite seen anything like it. Short Circuit was talented and between the mixing, keyboard shenanigans and aforementioned Autotuned vocals, our ears got quite a workout. Somehow it all formed a cohesive style that was largely original and fresh sounding. The live, performance-based set was largely devoid of any simple set-it and forget-it DJ tricks. Everything was done in real time, a seemingly rare occurrence with today’s modern live electronic music. Short Circuit’s style oozed European style from his clothes to his samples, but this man is a proud product of Los Angeles. He released his first EP Late Night Drive on L.A.based label Binary, and I have no doubts that we’ll be seeing a lot of him in the coming future. —Zach Bourque
Ziggy Marley June 14 @ The Hotel Cafe Private live music shows tend to be very different than a normal concert. Such are deeply intimate, passionate and vividly remembered for the small audience and the personal touch the performing artist adds to the venue. Just that can be stated about Ziggy Marley’s new album release party at the Hotel Café in Hollywood. Marley’s record, titled Wild and Free, is now available. Accompanied by a full band that included musicians with a bass, guitar, full drum set, organ, percussion and a magnificent female voice in his back-up singer, Marley delivered various tracks off the CD. Starting off with the upbeat “Wild and Free,” which originally features Woody Harrelson, Marley began with a potential future true hit. “I see hemp fields forever glowing wild and free,” he sings with a voice reminiscent of father, Bob Marley. This humble individual, who has dreadlocks of nearly four-feet in length, continued with his reggae tunes called “Changes,” “Personal Revolution” and “Mmmm Mmmm.” But perhaps Marley’s most prominent songs come via “Road Less Traveled” and “Reggae In My Head.” “Road Less Traveled” begins with a mellow tone, but it quickly turns into a danceable song. On the other hand, “Reggae In My Head” seems like an adventure, and it could be implied Marley’s mother is mentioned as he sings “sitting by the river listening to her songs. She played it all night long. She brought me from defeat hypnotized by the beat.” It could also be an older sister or a significant other. Heck, it could be as simple as the radio as well. Uplifting and reggae-pure, Marley’s show was also a representation of what his father did when alive and performing. Marley, whose birth name is David Nesta, writes, sings and performs directly from the heart, personal experiences and what he believes is a message to depict via music to the world. This show was inspirational from all probable perspectives of music. —Edson Pelota
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MUSICREPORT by kevin wierzbicki Thundercat South L.A. native Stephen Bruner, aka Thundercat, is set to release his debut. The Golden Age of Apocalypse drops on Aug. 30, but you can catch Thundercat at the Music Box June 23.
Ancestors: Invisible White L.A. based psychedelic prog rock quintet Ancestors will release an EP of all new music titled Invisible White on June 28 via Tee Pee Records. “This record showcases another side of the band; it’s really a different approach for us,” comments Ancestors guitarist Justin Maranga. How different? For starters Moog player Matt Barks is now a full-fledged member of Ancestors; the EP’s sound is also augmented by guest violin and vibes players. And there may be something to the fact that Invisible White was mixed on equipment once owned by R&B legend James Brown. One thing hasn’t changed though; you can still count on the band to take you on a sublime ride into inner space, and the three songs on Invisible White will keep your exploration going for nearly half an hour. ancestorsmusic.com.
Free Good Fight Music Sampler Good Fight Music is giving away an eight-cut sampler featuring “Keep Me Outside,” a brand new track from S.O.S. Other acts contributing to Good Fight Music Summer 2011 Sampler are Madball, the Chariot, Conditions, While She Sleeps, This or the Apocalypse, Funeral for a Friend and the Contortionist. What all the featured bands have in common (except for Funeral for a Friend who released Welcome Home Armageddon in March and S.O.S. who have I Owe You Nothing
Campus Circle > Music > Music Report out this week) is that they all released albums last year and are all working on follow-ups now. The limited time offer free sampler is available exclusively at amazon.com.
Rock the Bells 2011 The RZA, Murs 3:16, Supernatural and Boy Jones will be the hosts of this year’s Rock the Bells tour, kicking off at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino on Aug. 20. Last year, the festival began a tradition of having seminal hiphop artists perform classic albums in their entirety and this year a dozen acts will be doing just that. Some of the artists scheduled to perform full-album sets are Nas (Illmatic), Cypress Hill (Black Sunday), Common (Be), Ms. Lauryn Hill (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill), Raekwon & Ghostface (Only Built for Cuban Links), Erykah Badu (Baduism) and Mobb Deep (The Infamous). Some of the other acts slated to perform include Killah Priest, Fashawn, Masta Killah, Mos Def & Talib Kweli, Black Moon, Immortal Technique and Freddie Gibbs. Co-host Boy Jones is the son of late Wu Tang member Ol’ Dirty Bastard; he’ll perform alongside British rapper DOOM. rockthebells.net.
Never Shout Never Helps Tornado Victims Christofer Drew and his band Never Shout Never call Joplin, Mo., home. The 20-year-old singer-songwriter grew up and currently resides in Joplin, and while Drew and his family were not harmed by the devastating tornados that recently hit the city, many of his friends and band members were greatly affected. “Joplin is my home,” says Drew. “It is the place where I find comfort and rest. The tornado that hit our community was devastating to the lives of the victims. My greatest hope is that after the cameras leave, we will not be forgotten. I love
GAGA VS. ADELE by eva recinos
Did you buy your 99-cent copy of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way? If you missed all the madness surrounding the release of the Mother Monster’s newest album, it should come as no surprise that the countdown started early. Some tracks were revealed early, with Gaga even posting small messages online explaining the inspiration behind each track. If you’re on the Top 40 radar already, you’ve probably also heard “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele, though you might not know the exact details behind that powerhouse track. Somehow, even as Lady Gaga stole the No. 1 spot from Adele on the charts, the former stayed strong and as Gaga’s CD sales plummeted and hit a new (bad) record, Adele, though having only publicized one track, stayed afloat. So can Adele prove that you don’t have to resort to crazy antics in order to win record-setting numbers on album charts? Can you forego the wearing of raw meat in favor of a chill-inducing set of vocal chords and a sincerity that’s hard to find? What’s for sure is that the albums’ sales show we’re a fickle, fickle audience. Not happy with everything in music, we either fall for the tracks seeped in nostalgia (à la Gaga’s very ‘80s “Edge of Glory”) or go crazy over something completely different from what we’ve seen or heard before. Innovation is appreciated, but music’s early roots are also very much a part
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Catch Thundercat at the Music Box June 23. this city and plan to stand by its side until it is completely restored and livable.” To that end, Drew has launched a campaign with the United Way to raise $1 million for immediate and longterm relief for Joplin tornado victims. If you would like to help, you can donate $10 by texting JOMO to 50555.
Free Music from Adult Swim Television network Adult Swim has launched the 2011 Adult Swim Singles Program. From now through Aug. 21 you’ll be able to get free downloads of never-before-released singles from top artists in the world of indie rock, metal, rap, pop and more. Tracks debut on Tuesday, and this week’s comes from How to Dress Well. Next week’s song (June 28) is from Mastodon, followed on consecutive Tuesdays by songs from Active Child, the Tallest Man on Earth, JJ featuring Ne-Yo and the Rapture. The last three weeks of the promotion, sponsored by Kia, will include music from El-P, Cerebral Ballzy and a surprise artist. adultswim.com/singles.
Campus Circle > Music > Music Notes of the work of today’s pop stars. To any budding starlet, the formula for being famous and successful in the music world has never been as unclear as it is today. Adele’s tracks may be jazzy and fit perfectly into the roaring ’20s assortment of late-night clubs, but “Chasing Pavements” had a very pop-like hook that pushed her onto the radio airwaves at the ripe age of 19. Looking at the careers of both, one won’t find too many major differences. Adele came from a family not noted for musical ability but had a love for music which ended up with her attending a music school before being discovered by record label XL, while Gaga, aka Stefani Germanotta, worked her way into NY nightclubs before being taken under the wing of Akon and Interscope. What they are proving, however, is that though musicians are likely to travel the same road to fame, the necessary means for staying in the spotlight can be vastly different and hard to pin down. What Adele definitely proves is that heavy doses of publicity and surprisingly low prices aren’t necessary for the commercial success of an album. Gaga’s assertion that the digital album was not worth more than 99 cents is admirable, but what would’ve been more admirable would have been seeing the same figures for an album that cost what Adele’s did. What’s for sure is that Adele’s proven is that you don’t need publicity stunt of any size or form to sell a good CD. Adele is hardly known for showing more skin than clothing. With the image she’s set up, she seems to be taking music back to the days in which talent superseded a risqué image and good Auto-tuner. Gaga has got her own talent, but Adele’s concerts are much more stripped-down and involve no amount of fake blood or complex storylines. You get an equally riveting experience from both, but it’s up to the concertgoer to decide which style
Do Adele’s powerful vocals outweigh Gaga’s antics? makes a more lasting impact. In the same manner that Gaga is forcing music fans to get used to eccentricity at its most creative, Adele is pushing the music industry to get less glitzy and more genuine. Though this might just be her chosen way of marketing her music and her image, any live performance by Adele proves that the power of raw vocals can still give you chills, more than fake blood can. But that is where the music fan and the rising musician must be divided, and that is why these two women stand (figuratively) side by side on the top charts. There will never be a clear cut path to success or fame, but in this music world in which Top 40 rules as always and indie acts are slowly piquing the interest of fans everywhere, the answer is even murkier. For now, you can content yourself with playing Adele for the more reflective days and blasting Lady Gaga on your more carefree nights. There’s nothing wrong with having the best of both worlds.
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Davina and the Vagabonds Black Cloud (Roustabout) This album starts and ends with a New Orleans-style let-the-good-times-roll instrumental called “Vagabond Stomp,” and the intro portion is probably in place so that listeners know right away that Black Cloud is not actually mired in depression. No, the only storm here is a tempest of fun, even though title track “Black Cloud” – done in a Vaudeville style with bawdy horn accompaniment – finds singer Davina Sowers moaning out raspy blues about how things aren’t going the greatest at the moment. Darren Sterud’s trombone playing and Dan Eikmeier’s trumpet work play a substantial role in shaping the sound of Black Cloud, but it is Sowers’ voice that is the draw here. On slower numbers like “Sugar Moon” Sowers sounds a bit like Martha Davis, late of the Motels, although the Vagabonds work in a much earthier vein. The earthier the better, as a matter of fact; Sowers is at her best when she’s feeling sassy as she is on the swinging “Start Runnin’” where she issues a no-holds-barred warning to a perceived rival who’s trying to steal her man. It’s one thing to bring life to a colorful character, but Sowers exudes a consistent confidence that’s so palpable that, when the band’s not blowing like crazy, you want to hang on every syllable. Grade: A —Kevin Wierzbicki Black Cloud is currently available.
Owl City All Things Bright and Beautiful (Universal Republic) Owl City’s Adam Young has a very specific sound – a simple mix of naive vocals and optimistic synths – that connected in a big way with the playful surprise smash hit “Fireflies” and his platinum-selling debut Ocean Eyes. Would interacting with the world outside his Owatonna, Minn., bedroom alter that magical combination? Apparently not. All Things Bright and Beautiful finds Owl City basically in the same happy-go-lucky place, but Young’s gotten sharper lyrically and brought some new influences into his musical world. Yes, a bit of hip-hop has rolled into Owl City. But don’t worry, Young’s sweet vocals on “Alligator Sky” fit nicely against guest rapper Shawn Christopher, and it’s actually a nice change of pace to hear him get riled up during “Kamikaze.” He rocks a bit on the emo-pop-tinged “Deer in the Headlights,” and he delivers touching vocals on the post-accident ballad “Hospital Flowers,” which is kind of crying out for a “Grey’s Anatomy” montage. But Young is best in bringing innocence to life. (“Don’t remind me that some days I’m the windshield and other days, I’m just a lucky bug,” he sings in “Honey and the Bee.”) The charming, upbeat dance number “Galaxies” is irresistible even before its Eurodisco-driven refrain, while the anthemic “The Yacht Club” blossoms into a full disco stomp. Owl City may not have a wide range, but it does build a very specific, unique brand of pop incredibly well. Grade: A—Glenn Gamboa, Newsday (MCT) Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. All Things Bright and Beautiful is currently available.
180/365 (Paracadute) The wait is over, and OK Go is back this summer with a fresh album to rock out to. Once again, Damian Kulash (vocals, guitar), Tim Nordwind (bass), Dan Konopka (drums) and Andy Ross (guitar, keyboards), have developed a record with as much energy in their songs as those in their infamous music videos. This time though, the boys have given us a live album to shake our hips and wiggle our toes to. Packed with old favorites and new spins on cult OK Go fan classics, the band has crafted an ingenious album that only OK Go could deliver. Some of the highlights on the record include live recordings of “Here It Goes Again” (the famed treadmill song), “This Too Shall Pass” and “Get Over It.” All these songs and more from the album were picked one by one out of a plethora of music performed from 180 different show dates all from last year (That’s 365 days.). Inevitably, these two numbers helped spur the name of the album, cleverly titled 180/365. Grade: B+ —Mary Broadbent 180/365 is currently available.
Embraces Who He Is
by kevin c. johnson
st. louis Post-dispatch (MCT) Wiz Khalifa may be surrounded by a haze of marijuana smoke much of the time, admittedly and unashamedly so, but it didn’t stop him from delivering what is easily the year’s best hip-hop release so far in Rolling Papers. He says he knows that his image has taken some knocks for being so pro-weed. “People can have their opinion, and I have been labeled as something. But it’s not a problem,” he says. “My message is way beyond smoking weed. That’s just what I do. I’m about people embracing who they are, whatever they do and whoever they are. Fully embrace that.” Unlike many current hip-hop releases, the smooth Rolling Papers is easy-going and consistent, actually sounding like a complete album rather than a collection of disparate singles. And it isn’t cluttered with an overwhelming lineup of guest artists. Rolling Papers at times sounds like something Nelly might have recorded. Khalifa recognizes the comparison. “It’s the melodic sense, and the songwriting,” he says. “I could relate to it. It’s something only a few artists can do.” The first single was “Black and Yellow,” a chart-topping hit on the Billboard 100. Its title refers to the Pittsburgh Steelers. “I knew ‘Black and Yellow’ would be a great introduction to the album, but I didn’t know it would blow up and be worldwide,” he says. “It feels great, but no one can expect that. You just hope for it.” The album was released with a huge amount of buzz and anticipation, thanks to “Black and Yellow” and Khalifa’s fierce reputation in underground rap. “The pressure came after I was done recording,” he says. “When it first came out, it was a little nerve-racking. But people understood it and got it for what it was.” © 2011, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. Wiz Khalifa performs June 23 at Santa Barbara Bowl. For more information, visit wizkhalifa.com.
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The Smashbox Sultry/Sweet Glambox pulls together all of your beauty basics.
SUMMER BEAUTY PRODUCTS by angela matano Building a Foundation:
ONE Triple Play’s cleverly packaged gloss trio lets you mix and match like a toddler with a paint set. The pretty colors, in shades of “Cotton Candy” and “Cupcake” are subtle enough to impart shine without leaving behind a gloppy mess. Sheer genius suits Perfekt’s Cheek Perfection Gel in “bronzed” to a T. The natural looking colors mimics a light kiss from the sun without veering into orange territory.
Great Gifts: A one size fits all kind of company, Burt’s Bees pleases all with their charming and unisex packaging. Old and young, male and female can appreciate Thoroughly Therapeutic Honey & Grapeseed Oil Hand Creme and yummy Coconut Foot Creme. Don’t miss the new tinted lip balms with a bit of rosy color. Nifty and practical, Farmhouse Fresh’s Honeysuckle Blood Orange Custard Double Moisturizer literally looks good enough to eat. It comes in a jelly jar encased in a mini burlap sack and augmented with an adorable wooden spoon. Sparkly and girly in the best possible way, mark.’s Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes work as both a blush and a highlighter. Nine different shades can be swirled together or worn separately to brighten up any complexion. Quenching thirst just got easier with Sip N’ Go’s great new water bottle. Designed to be folded up when empty, this lightweight container can be snapped right to your backpack or purse after each use. With adorable packaging and all natural ingredients, the Soap & Paper Factory had me at hello. The Bella hand cream intriguingly scented with grapefruit, bergamot and black pepper kept me coming back for more. Zensation’s Hydrating Moisture Cream SPF 15 comes in a charming box perfect for a friend’s birthday present. The addition of sunscreen makes the gift pretty and sensible. Hair: Even hair can use a little TLC sometimes and Bumble Bee Studio’s All Natural Herbal Shampoo and Conditioner
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clean without stripping hair of moisture. The invigorating scents of lavender, rosemary and peppermint will sweeten your pillow like a slight whiff from a sachet. John Frieda’s famous Frizz-Ease products have tamed many an out-of-control tendril. The styling tools offer equally tremendous result, especially the Tight Curls Curling Iron with advanced ionic conditioning for smooth, bouncy locks. Scrumptious waves à la Blake Lively can be yours with John Masters Organics’ Sea Mist. This sea salt spray, with a hint of lavender, mimics the look of a day at the beach.
Just for Fun: Greige, a sort of beige-grey hybrid has taken the world of nail polish by storm. Deborah Lippmann’s version, called Waking Up in Vegas, is the best one yet; perfect to off set a summer tan with a twist of sophistication. The perfection of Hard Candy’s Hide & Glow Cheek lies in the duo of colors’ ability to impart just the barest hint of blush or be layered for a more dramatic pink. Perfection. Pixi, make-up with an ounce of whimsy, a dab of color and a skosh of elegance, gives just the right amount wow for a great gift or a perennial fave in your arsenal of tricks. The Lip & Line in No. 2 Fresh Pink converts washed-out lips into the optimal shade of glowing health. Flirty in a completely nonchalant fashion, POP’s nail colors add a bit of fun to summer pedicures. Reminiscent of Candy Buttons, the array of colors look good enough to eat. Sometimes the ability to create a no make-up look feels tantalizingly out of reach. The Smashbox Sultry/Sweet Glambox pulls it all together with juicy and pretty basics, like Photo Op Under Eye Brightener illuminator and Lip Enhancing Gloss that will help you get your J. Lo on.
you want to be safe from nasty chemicals, use baby products. Perfect for adults, Babo Botanicals’ sensual 3-in-1 Bubble Bath & Shampoo & Wash features the sophisticated smell of Lavender and Meadowsweet. Taking eco beauty to a-whole-nother level, ISUN Alive & Ageless Skincare sources are only “wildcrafted, organic and natural ingredients.” The Vegan Moisturizing Mask, incorporating raw cacao, goji berry extract and agave nectar transforms dry skin after one application. Gentle and elegant, John Masters Organics offers quality, responsible skincare that you can proudly display on your bathroom counter. The Rose & Apricot Antioxidant Day Crème smells ever so faintly of the eponymous fruit, like the memory of a pleasant summer’s day. Sibu’s line of products uses a unique berry called sea buckthorn, to protect and repair damage while evening out tone and texture. The Daytime Facial Cream that dissolves
Perfect Skin: Developed for medical reasons using Jasmine Absolute, Clark’s Botanicals combines science and beauty with nearly magical effects. The Smoothing Marine Cream not only nourishes skin but also combats inflammatory redness beautifully. From cleansing to moisturizing, Dr. Alkaitis’ line of “holistic organic skin food” will transform your dermis immediately. Especially great are the target-specific masks that range from exfoliating to cellular repair to energizing to rejuvenating. One of those lines that dermatologists love for its purity and its results, Dr. Hauschka converts skeptics into believers. The Melissa Day Cream for sensitive, combination skin, multitasks like nobody’s business. As cool as a beachy breeze and also as rejuvenating, FIX Malibu’s skin regimen will whip tired skin into fighting shape. Especially great is the Wish Wash Exfoliating Powder Wash that both cleans and scrubs. A recent convert to Juara’s phenomenal line, I have fallen in love with the Sweet Black Tea & Ginger Mattefying Moisturizer. Perfect for the hot and humid months, this light gel-crème won’t leave behind a greasy residue. Skin Brighteners, long popular in Asia, have been storming the states recently, mostly powered with the chemical hydroquinone. Perle’s version, formulated with Melaplex, fades spots and makes skin glow as if lit from within. Phytomer’s Hydracontinue Instant Moisture Cream summons the healing power of the ocean to quench dehydrated skin. Using the miracle marine ingredient, pheohydrane, this cream fulfills its promise without leaving a greasy residue. Genius at eliminating dark under eye circles, Sue Devitt’s Microquatic Bioluminescence Illuminating Concealer with an SPF of 20 turns a problem area into a perfect backdrop for your eyes. Also great from Sue Devitt, the Tinted Body Moisturizer with helps fake a hint of glow. As effective as an expensive facial, Verdure’s Rejuvenating Masque Peel with antioxidants, exfoliants and moisturizers includes everything but the kitchen sink. After one application, skin transforms from tired and dry to plump and radiant. Protect: A terrific line from Laguna Beach, Smart Girls Who Surf makes wearing sunscreen fun and even a little cool. Free from chemicals and parabens, the SPF 30+ sunscreen is water and sweat resistant, perfect for outdoor activities. Shady Dady Daily SPF Wipes put the fun back in sunscreen. With an easy and hygenic pre-moistened towelette, these are perfect to take with and apply anywhere. SkinMedica’s TNS Ultimate Daily Moisturizer + SPF 20 fulfills two needs at once: hydration and sunscreen. Put it on every morning and start the day one step ahead of the game. Another great brand for sunscreen, True Natural Cosmetics comes with a high SPF of 40 and zero chemicals. It is clear and water resistant, perfect for a day in the sun. Relax: Feet get the full on star treatment from Comfort Zone. The Floral Foot Soak and Foot Balm promise to prepare your tootsies for the limelight. The Nectar Bath Soak from Farmhouse Fresh fashioned of Pure Whole Milk and Chicory Root lives up to its claim of “buttery” perfection. Indulgent without the requisite guilt, Garden Apothecary creates products from a horticultural collective, use natural ingredients and sprout from an actual farm. The Organic Water Refresher, in rose, can be used as a skin hydrator or, alternately, as an old-fashioned room scent on linens. Equally yummy, Little Moon Essentials’ Oatmeal Heaven Bath Salts soothes and coddles like soaking in a bath of cookie dough. I’m pretty sure I heard my muscles say, “Ahhh.” Sometimes baths, despite their many restorative qualities, are frowned upon because they dry out skin. A great remedy, Primavera’s Ginger Lime Bath Oil, rehydrates while you soak.
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CHIMÚ PERUVIAN SOULFOOD 324 S. Hill St., Downtown by meiyee apple Downtown’s Grand Central Market is a historic landmark that normally houses vendors that sells fresh meat, baked goods – and extremely ripe produce – as well as food-court type stands where you can get a plate full of sloppy hot food for just a couple of dollars. The newest and most gourmet addition to Grand Central Market is Chimú (named after the culture of people who reside on the northern coast of Peru). Partners Mario Alberto Orellana (Lazy Ox Canteen, Mo-Chica) and Jason Michaud (Local) have teamed up to present a casual walk-up window-style restaurant that serves Peruvian “Soul Food.” With fare that is very similar to Mo-Chica near the USC Campus, Chimú has a small menu that serves fish, chicken, beef, pork, lamb and few vegetarian options. They also have a concoction they called barley water, which is brewed more like a tea and consists of barley, flax seeds, ginger, mint and a variety of other plants that (when served on ice) makes for a refreshing accompaniment to your meal – especially on a warm day, as seating is mostly outdoors. The taste is slightly sweet and tea-like in taste and color, but the ginger and mint really stand out in the mix of flavors. The menu seems to change based on what is fresh, as it is written in chalk. There was an attempt to order the Tiradito, which is basically a ceviche that came with quinoa and peaches, but due to the weekend, it was not fresh enough for them, so they could not serve it. Quality. Today’s meal consisted of the Lomo Saltado and Seco de Cordero. The Lomo Saltado was a classic Peruvian dish that contains thick cubes of tender, marinated beef mixed with wedged slices of red onion and tomatoes, atop a bed of crispy French fries. The Seco de Cordero was a chunk of exquisitely tender lamb, sitting on white beans with a thick brown gravy, garnished with thinly sliced red onions. It was almost too pretty to eat. Both dishes came with sticky white rice with huge kernels of Peruvian corn, almost hominy-like in size. Two sauces also came with the meal: a creamy, yellow sauce made with feta cheese and a green, herby sauce made with peppers. The sauces went well with the Lomo Saltado, as it paired nicely with the fries and rice. The lamb, however, was already so well sauced with gravy, that no extra seasoning and flavoring was needed. The friendly staff allowed us to sample part of a dessert they will soon put on their menu. It was a creamy, caramel-like filling with a hint of cinnamon that was sandwiched between two homemade shortbread cookies. It seemed to be a perfect little ending to a wonderfully flavorful meal. Everything came in a biodegradable take-out container, and the silverware and drink cups were also compostable. All of this Peruvian goodness came at quite a deal. Entrees ranged from $10-$14, with vegetarian and salad options starting at $6. In comparison to the food vendors inside the market, this was slightly more expensive, but for the price, you get a higher caliber of ingredients and excellent customer service. Since this whole establishment is brand new, they have plans of adding a brunch menu on the weekends, as well as dessert. The only downside to this place is that it has to close the same time that Grand Central Market closes, which is at 6 p.m. daily. Hopefully, that will change, as it is not physically inside the market but outside facing Angel’s Flight on Hill Street. Chimú is located in a convenient location, just steps from the 4th Street/Pershing Red Line Metro stop, and for driving folks, there is one-hour validated parking in the market garage.
The Dwell on Design Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center could easily be renamed “Invention Center” or just simply “Awesome” for this three-day celebration of innovation and sustainable living, as the public will be able to see the future of design firsthand with the designers and companies themselves. Two hundred thousand square feet of products, people and presentations from around the world, and the best part is: It’s FREE for students!
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June 24-26 @ LA Convention Center
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June 23-26 @ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion by dov rudnick
The Ballet Nacional de Cuba has a reputation of being one of the finest and most distinct ballet companies. It is also one of the most controversial, owing to the fact that it is funded by the Cuban Government and a darling of Fidel Castro. Of course in a Communist country being funded by the government is how things work, but in the case of a performance company that travels the world, there is the issue of national representation. The question of how the company reflects the nation has political undertones. On one hand, the repertoire of BNC is tame; they perform ballet classics like “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker.” The political drama has come with the defection of company members. Over the last 40 years, more than two-dozen dancers have illegally left the company and started new lives outside of Cuba. Despite this recurring exodus of dancers and Cuba’s poor economy, the BNC has maintained high standards. It is still led by Alicia Alonso, who founded the company over 60 years ago. A one-time dancer for George Balanchine, Alonso has become a symbol of Cuba’s resistance to Western Imperialism through her commitment to the company. The BNC benefits from a Cuban culture that puts tremendous value on the art of dance. Dance in Cuba is part of everyday life and can be seen in the rich folklore and popular dance forms of the island. The company comes to Los Angeles to perform “Don Quixote,” the story of an old man who fancies himself a noble knight. Is there a metaphor here? Is Don Quixote really Castro, Alonso or the delusional thinking of defunct political and economic system, like capitalism or communism? Perhaps we look too deep. Better to enjoy the magnificent dancing and let the politics play themselves out. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is located at 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown. For more information, visit musiccenter.org.
June 23 @ Largo at the Coronet by mike sebastian
Come out to Largo for a night that promises to be full of laughs. Nick Kroll seems to be just about everywhere these days. Aside from starring in FX’s semi-improv “The League,” his hour-long special Thank You Very Cool recently aired on Comedy Central, he voices a character on HBO’s hilariously deadpan “Life & Times of Tim” and has a recurring guest role as the morning shockjock the Douche in “Parks and Recreation.” Kroll, who is equally adept at standup and improv, is perhaps best known for his characters, including El Chupacabra, a Latino radio DJ, Bobby Bottleservice, who could be a missing cast member of “Jersey Shore,” and Fabrice Fabrice, a bitchy craft services coordinator. Guest Ed Helms is also having a career year. Aside from his regular role as Andy on “The Office,” he’s back for more mayhem – and provoking a lawsuit from Mike Tyson’s tattoo artist – in The Hangover Part II and just starred in his first leading-man role in Cedar Rapids. In addition to her many guest roles on shows like “Louie” and “The Sarah Silverman Program,” Chelsea Peretti is currently a writer on “Parks and Recreation.” The multitalented improviser Pete Holmes (“Best Week Ever”) is also a cartoonist and writer for collegehumor.com. Fans of Comedy Bang Bang: the Podcast (previously Comedy Death Ray Radio) will know Seth Morris (The Marijuanalogues) as the show’s best character, the lovably hapless Bob Ducca, a sadsack middle-aged divorcee with an everexpanding list of ailments. For the uninitiated, go to earwolf.com for the show’s back catalog. Kroll and Peretti are also frequent guests on the show. Add to that fantastic lineup the enticing promise of a “very special surprise guest,” and a good time is guaranteed. For more information, visit largo-la.com.
ROLLING INTO HISTORY Gettysburg by Segway by kevin wierzbicki You’re going to be hearing a lot about the Civil War for the next few years. This year marks the beginning of the sesquicentennial of the four-year-long conflict and each state and battleground, over the next four years, will be commemorating the 150th anniversary of its particular part in the war. The bloody battle of Gettysburg, Pa. took place in 1863 and the historic town will host various sesquicentennial re-enactments in 2013, but Gettysburg welcomes visitors every single day. And indeed, war is hell and any visit to Gettysburg will include somber moments. But learning about history doesn’t have to be stuffy, especially when you’re hanging out with ghosties, partying with President Lincoln or rolling around Gettysburg on a Segway! Gettysburg Ghost Tours: When the sun goes down Johlene “Spooky” Riley and her staff come out to lead candlelit walking tours of haunted Gettysburg, taking those who dare to places like the Arbor House, a structure built on battlefield and formerly home to many shallow graves. You might see a phantom little girl peeking out the window of one of the rooms at the Dobbin House Tavern, and your camera may catch the image of a long-dead Civil War-era soldier along
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Campus Circle > Culture > Travel the Haunted Creek Bed. For sure you’ll enjoy Spooky’s storytelling and learn a little about Gettysburg as you prowl this very-haunted area. Tours are conducted nightly and last about one hour. gettysburgghosttours.com Four Score and Seven Years Ago… The Dobbin House Tavern is Gettysburg’s oldest and most historic building and it sits right across the street from the place where President Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address. You can lodge here, eat and drink here, or just use the centrally-located Dobbin House as a jumping off point for all things Lincoln, including taking a look at the “Return Visit” statue of Lincoln that’s known as the “most true-to-life” depiction of Lincoln ever created, no surprise since sculptor J. Seward Johnson, Jr. used a cast of Lincoln’s face to create the artwork. You can also take a walking tour that stops at the same places the president did when he spent his day in Gettysburg or take a simulated train ride that replicates Lincoln’s arrival in Gettysburg by rail. And you just might run into Honest Abe somewhere on the streets of Gettysburg or schmoozing with guests at the Dobbin House. When you meet the actor who plays Lincoln you’ll swear you’re talking to our 16th president himself! dobbinhouse.com. Keep It Rollin’: If you’ve ever ridden a Segway you know that they’re a blast; if you’ve never been on one then here’s a chance to rectify that situation in a very unique setting. Seg Tours offers a relaxing two and a half hour tour of the Western (main) Battlefield that takes you to famous places on the battlefield like Seminary Ridge, Pickett’s Charge, Peach Orchard, Little Round Top and High Water Mark. You’ll wear an earpiece during the ride so you can hear the tour guide explain what went on at these places, and you can also ask
questions via the electronic gear. The tour guide knows the best places to stop to get photos, and the tour also pauses several times for rest and refreshments. Shorter tours are available too, and everyone gets trained on how to safely operate the Segway (It’s easy!). segtours.com. Cyclorama: The Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama is a 360-degree circular oil-on-canvas painting that depicts Pickett’s Charge, the climactic Confederate attack on the Union center on July 3, 1863. The cyclorama draws you right into the battle as rifle fire cracks, cannons thunder and special effects simulate explosions. A narrator explains the action and lighting changes so you can see the battlefield at night, only for the carnage to be revealed as the “sun” comes up. This must-see exhibit is located near the entrance to the Gettysburg National Military Park. When planning your visit to Gettysburg be sure that you don’t leave yourself short of time; you’ll need at least a couple of days just to see all the magnificent monuments on the battlefield. And don’t forget, there are some ghosts expecting you too. For more information, visit gettysburg.travel.
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IRVING, WILLIAMS LEAD NBA PROSPECTS Kyrie Irving could the Cavs’ No. 1 pick.
In terms of talent and depth, the 2011 NBA Draft will be one of the weakest the league has ever seen. Despite the top two expected and talented prospects, NBA teams are uncertain if they will hit the lottery or not with their upcoming first-round selections. Two things are certain, however, and that is the top pick and No. 2 selection will be headed by a true point guard and a small forward that could play power forward. Point guard Kyrie Irving, who comes out after his freshman year from the Duke Blue Devils, is the consensus No. 1 pick this summer. No disrespect to forward Derrick Williams from the Arizona Wildcat program, but Irving is hot and possesses a lot of potential to be one of the greats at his position. At six-feet, two-inches tall and weighing 180 pounds, Irving is a beast due to his physique as a point guard. He can dish out the ball, drive and penetrate to create or score a hoop and his potential in becoming a leader can be very beneficial to the team who drafts him, even if he does not go No. 1 overall. If the Cleveland Cavaliers do not select Irving as the top pick in the draft, it would not come as a shock, however. This is for many reasons, primarily because Irving is somewhat inexperienced even at the collegiate level since he missed significant time with the Blue Devils due to injury. The Cavaliers could easily select Williams as the No. 1 pick, but this would not make any sense because they already have a true power forward on the roster, Antawn Jamison. Multiple media outlets have reported that the Cavaliers are actually working out Turkish center Enes Kanter, who was supposed to play for the prestigious Kentucky program and receive tutelage from head coach John Calipari. Kanter, who is 19 years old, did not see action at the collegiate level with Kentucky because he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA. His manager tells Yahoo! Sports that the Cavaliers are considering him as the top choice of the draft. “It wouldn’t be necessary for Enes to go again if he isn’t being considered for the top pick,” Max Ergul says. “Their word to me is good enough for him to return. They said they didn’t make a promise to anyone for No. 1.” In reality, Cleveland needs a lot of help in rebuilding a once promising franchise when small forward LeBron James was still there. Since James took his talents to the Miami Heat, the Cavaliers became a below par squad. This is why there is so much uncertainty within that franchise in choosing the top pick; however, they also have the No. 4 overall pick as well, which would help them solidify themselves as an up-and-coming, competitive team. The Minnesota Timberwolves have the No. 2 selection, which will most likely be used with Williams even if Irving is selected first. Minnesota has a true center in Kevin Love, and their desired point guard will be on their roster soon enough to shake up the league. Spanish prospect Ricky Rubio is dangerous, and so much so that he could be a franchiseimpact player, one that only does good and positive things. Nevertheless, rumor trades never cease to exist. Multiple media outlets have reported that Minnesota is seeking to trade their No. 2 pick. In fact, they have contacted the Los Angeles Lakers with hopes of attaining Spanish forward Pau Gasol, which makes a lot of sense. Will the Lakers bite, though? We will see on draft night. Here is a look at the probable NBA first-round selections: No. 1 – Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, PG; No. 2 – Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, PF; No. 3 – Utah Jazz: Brandon Knight, PG; No. 4 – Cleveland Cavaliers: Enes Kanter, C; No. 5 – Toronto Raptors: Kemba Walker, PG; No. 6 – Washington Wizards: Jonas Valanciunas, C; No. 7 – Sacramento Kings: Kawhi Leonard, SF; No. 8 – Detroit Pistons: Marcus Morris, PF; No. 9 – Charlotte Bobcats: Bismack Biyombo, PF; No. 10 – Milwaukee Bucks: Jan Vesely, SF; No. 11 – Golden State Warriors: Alec Burks, SG; No. 12 – Utah Jazz: Tristan Thompson, PF; No. 13 – Phoenix Suns: Jimmer Fredette, PG; No. 14 – Houston Rockets: Jordan Hamilton, PF; No. 15 – Indiana Pacers: Marshon Brooks, SG; No. 16 – Philadelphia 76ers: Nikola Vucevic, C; No. 17 – New York Knicks: Klay Thompson, SG; No. 18 – Washington Wizards: Markieff Morris, PF; No. 19 – Charlotte Bobcats: Kenneth Faried, PF; No. 20 – Minnesota Timberwolves: Donatas Motiejunas, PF; No. 21 – Portland Trail Blazers: Chris Singleton, SF; No. 22 – Denver Nuggets: Tobias Harris, SF; No. 23 – Houston Rockets: Darius Morris, PG; No. 24 – Oklahoma City Thunder: Kyle Singler, SF; No. 25 – Boston Celtics: Reggie Jackson, PG; No. 26 – Minnesota Timberwolves: Justin Harper, PF; No. 27 – New Jersey Nets: Nolan Smith, PG; No. 28 – Chicago Bulls: Shelvin Mack, PG; No. 29 – San Antonio Spurs: Jeremy Tyler, C; No. 30 – Chicago Bulls: Nikola Mirotic, PF
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DODGERS HOPE FOR NEW DEE-RECTION by dov rudnick
In recent weeks, rookie shortstop Dee Gordon has been one of the main subjects of conversation in Dodgertown. After a scattershot of injuries took out three starting infielders, there was suddenly a spot for the 22-yearold “shortstop of the future.” For a couple years now, he has been called such, but it was hard to believe it. At first glance, Dee Gordon does not look like a big leaguer. He has narrow shoulders and a light frame. His uniform droops off him, and his cap looks like it’s about to swallow his head. Somebody feed this kid, you think. But to see the gangly Gordon in action is another story. He’s fast, graceful and plays the game with an eager, restless determination – sometimes too eager. Against the Reds last week, he tried breaking early from his lead off first base on a left-handed pitcher and was promptly picked off. Against the Astros over the weekend, Gordon threw side arm to first base on a routine play in which he had plenty of time. The ball took several bounces to first, and the runner was safe. Such rookie bumbles may be dismissed as freshman jitters. In these dark days of Dodger mediocrity, any story that offers hope is enthusiastically greeted. Gordon represents
a possible future, a time when the team is fresh and exciting again; in other words, he represents a fantasy. The dismal recent performance of the team, which has them 8 games under .500 (through Sunday), makes for a grim present, and the near future doesn’t look very bright either. By all reports, owner Frank McCourt doesn’t have the cash to meet payroll at the end of this month. If you go to a game these days, be sure to invite a lot of imaginary friends. There are plenty of seats, and they don’t have to buy a ticket. Last Wednesday, I took my girlfriend (a real one), father and a crew of imaginary pals to Dodger Stadium to watch the Dodgers get creamed by a score of 7-2 at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds. The loss completed a three-game sweep. The game was virtually over by the third inning as the Reds were already up five runs. But still, it was beautiful: a warm June afternoon to contemplate the old pastime. It was about the seventh inning when I spotted a bald man with a ring of grey hair working the crowd about 10 rows below us. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was Dodgers vice chairman Steve Soboroff, the famous L.A. developer and one-time mayoral candidate. When he walked past us someone called out, “Hey, Steve, when are you gonna sell the team?” To my astonishment, Soboroff turned towards me, sat down in the seat next to mine and asked, “Do you really think that’s what needs to happen? You think that will bring the fans back?” Recovering from my shock and collecting my thoughts, I presented my own citizen’s opinion. Soboroff replied, “OK, but who are you gonna get that would be better? You think a wife-beater like Steve Garvey would do better?”
Rookie shortstop Dee Gordon is fast, graceful and eager. He went on: “Sure McCourt has done obnoxious things. This is L.A. Who hasn’t? If you threw out every obnoxious person, half the city would be empty overnight.” Wow, I had never heard such candor from a politician, let alone before my very eyes. Soboroff, a moderate Republican who ran for mayor 10 years ago, is known for promoting the housing development Playa Vista on former wetlands. Reviled by certain environmentalists, he has nevertheless made a reputation for himself as a champion of the city. Throughout the trials of McCourt, Soboroff has been a steadfast ally of the embattled owner, probably no coincidence then that he was hired as vice chairman with the purpose of improving community relations. To be in that stadium and feel the vacancy of so many empty seats, Soboroff certainly has a big job on his hands. But I give the man credit for doing it. As he worked the crowd, he seemed genuinely interested in the thoughts and opinions of the fans. What’s more, he gave signs of agreeing with them. I left thinking perhaps there IS a voice of reason reporting to the owner. Then again, perhaps not.
JUNINHO, DEFENSE LEAD TO WIN
U.S. MAKES SEMIFINALS
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by marvin vasquez
Juninho’s goal gave the Galaxy the edge.
With three scores and a stingy defense in their 3-1 victory, the Galaxy’s visit to Colorado was not a pleasant one for the Rapids. The defending MLS Cup Champions could not do anything to overcome the Galaxy defense. “Our thing today was to keep with them and drop them a lot early and not let many balls behind us because we knew that they were going to target their big men and knock balls down,” Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez states to mls.com. “I think that we did a great job managing that.” Los Angeles’ win comes at a crucial time, since they had not won their past two games. The Galaxy are now 9-2-7 overall with 34 points, sole possession of first place in the Western Conference and the best mark in MLS. In the 25th minute of play, the Galaxy earned an own goal to capture a 1-0 lead, and it eventually came for good. Brazilian midfielder Juninho netted his third season goal in the 42nd minute to give the Galaxy a 2-0 edge by halftime. The Rapids made an attempt to produce a comeback, as striker Conor Casey’s 64thminute score cut the deficit to one. However, forward Chad Barrett’s fourth campaign goal 16 minutes later sealed Los Angeles’ three points. Defender Todd Dunivant received the assist. Los Angeles continues its brief two-match road trip, making a stop in Northern California for a game against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, June 25, at 3:30 p.m.
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The United States’ Clint Dempsey
After the group stage and quarterfinal round, the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament now has its four semifinalist soccer teams. The United States will play Central American nation Panama, while tourney favorites Mexico will face Honduras. Mexico advanced after beating Guatemala in a tight match, 2-1. Mexico struggled and suffered, however, due to the early Guatemalan goal and their stingy defense. Although it appeared that Mexico commanded possession of the ball for most of the game, they could not outscore. Guatemala took a 1-0 edge into halftime with hopes of maintaining the lead for the other half as well. Nevertheless, Mexico prevailed with two goals in the second half, with the first looking to be controversial since an obvious foul was committed inside the box by a Mexican forward over a Guatemalan defender. Honduras advanced by way of topping Costa Rica in penalty kicks, but the Catrachos really do not care how the victory came. The fact of the matter is that they are one of four countries to make the semifinals. Just like Honduras, Panama made the next round after outlasting El Salvador in PKs. El Salvador had a 1-0 lead in the second half, but Panama managed a late score (in the 89th) to knot the affair and send it to overtime. A scoreless overtime led to PKs, where Panama made all five and El Salvador missed one. Jamaica, who went an impressive 3-0 in the group stage, could not surpass the strength and overall desire to win of the Americans. Midfielders Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey each netted scores for the United States in their 2-0 triumph. “Jermaine has a good engine and has the ability in certain moments to get forward and be a threat,” U.S. head coach Bob Bradley says. “That was nice to see.” The U.S. plays Panama June 22, at 4 p.m. in Houston, while Mexico and Honduras are scheduled to square off at 7 p.m. Both winning squads face each other in the final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena June 25.
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BY FREDERICK MINTCHELL The Justice Ball The Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; thejusticeball.org Nelly headlines this year’s Justice Ball, now in its 15th year, one of Bet Tzedek’s primary annual fundraisers. Bet Tzedek means “the House of Justice” in Hebrew. Ensuring “equal justice for all” has been the rallying cry of Bet Tzedek since it was founded in 1974. The firm provides free legal services that address many of life’s basic necessities including consumer rights, elder law, housing, public benefits and worker’s rights. 9 p.m.
Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Ave., Downtown; grammymuseum.org For their second installment of Homegrown, the new series that features local musicians, they welcome the Airborne Toxic Event. Their 2008 self-titled debut met immediate success, remaining on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart for 53 weeks and “Sometime Around Midnight” was iTunes’ Alternative Song of the Year. 7:30 p.m. $15.
WEDNESDAYJUNE 22 The Crazy Uncle Show 10th Anniversary Celebration Groundlings Theater, 7307 Melrose Ave., Hollywood; groundlings.com Kristen Wiig joins creator Holly Mandel and the cast of Groundlings players including Jordan Black (“Community”), Stephanie Courtney (Flo, Spokeswoman for Progressive Insurance), Brian Palermo (“90210”) and Christen Sussin (“Modern Family”) for a special anniversary edition. Admission includes complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. 8 p.m. $25.
THURSDAYJUNE 23 Ballet Nacional de Cuba Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown; musiccenter.org Combining classical romanticism with a Latin boldness, Ballet Nacional de Cuba presents the classic “Don Quixote” featuring the fearless strength of its dancers and Alicia Alonso’s inventive choreography. Runs through Sunday. Tix start @ $30.
FRIDAYJUNE 24 Art Project Los Angeles Bonhams & Butterfields, 7601 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; apla.org Up for auction are works by artists like Basquiat, Haring, Hockney, Longo, Picasso, Ruscha, Warhol and emerging artists. Scheduled to appear: Joan Collins, Jenifer Lewis, Jennifer Love Hewitt and more. Runs through Sunday.
FRIDAYJUNE 24 Grease Sing-a-Long Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood; hollywoodbowl.com Brought back by popular demand so
bring your best poodle skirt, saddle shoes and biker jacket for the pre-show parade and your heartiest vocals for a frolicking ’50s sing-along hosted by Didi Conn (Frenchie). “Grease is the word.” 7 p.m.
SATURDAYJUNE 25 Walk to Africa Walk-A-Thon Crescent Bay Park, 2000 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica; walktoafrica.com Chivas USA midfielder Michael Lahoud, Mark Steines and Bob Hamilton, with Lighthouse Medical Missions and celebrity guests walk an 8-mile course ending with live entertainment. Proceeds benefit Walk to Africa which provides funding for crucial work in some of the poorest, wartorn nations in Africa. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
by dana jeong
There are two types of college students on summer break. First, there are those who wake up every morning with a massive hangover, refresh their Facebook news feed all day and start drinking even before sunset. And then there are those who wake up earlier than they do on school days, consume dangerous amounts of caffeine on a daily basis and long for the moment to be reunited with their beloved beds. Today, I would like to dedicate this week’s column to the latter – fellow summer interns – who are slaving away every day all around Los Angeles. The following tips on spicing up your office wardrobe will make work a little more fun – or at least make your mornings a little less painful.
Bright Colored Blazer Who said blazers have to be boring? When met with the right colors and silhouettes, they can bring life to your outfit in no time. Zara’s new collection boasts basic items in bright colors from pink and yellow to blue and green. This particular blazer tones down the neon pink with its black lining, so it’s perfect for office wear when paired with simple, neutral basics. If your office lets you to be a little more creative, make a unique color block outfit with other vibrant pieces! (Zara Studio Blazer)
SUNDAYJUNE 26 Villa Fest 2011 Villa Sorriso, 168 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; sorrisopasadena.com Live music by LMFAO, DJ Felli Fel, DJ Eddie Boy, DJ E-Kidd, JUICE, Robert Risque, DJ Tonz, Michael Spinz, DJ Dough Boy, Ray Rythm, Jose Shuton and Ducati Princess. Hosted bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 4p.m.-5 p.m. plus $1 tacos all day. 3 p.m.-1 a.m. $25.
MONDAYJUNE 27 Tim Burton LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd.; lacma.org A major retrospective that explores the full range of Tim Burton’s creative work, both as a director of live-action and animated films and as an artist, illustrator, photographer and writer. Runs daily except Wednesdays through Oct. 31.
TUESDAYJUNE 28 La Toya Jackson Barnes & Noble, 189 The Grove Drive; barnesandnoble.com The recent “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant will be onhand for a special discussion and signing of her book, Starting Over. 7 p.m.
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Accordion Pleats On my first day of internship, I proudly walked in with a button-down blouse and a pencil skirt. Little did I know that the skin-tight skirt was soon to be a torture device: I could barely breathe, and I had to make sure I wasn’t flashing anyone whenever I bent down. For us interns whose main job is to perform manual labor and sprint to various places, practicality can’t be ignored when choosing our outfits. Accordion pleated skirts are not only the latest trend on the runway but also provide plenty of room to run, bend and anything else our bosses make us do. (American Apparel Long AccordionPleat Skirt)
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THE FASHIONABLE INTERN
Peep-Toe Wedges Wearing heels at work kills our precious feet, but carrying an extra pair of flats every day can also be a hassle. The one and only solution: wedge heels. Comfortable yet formal enough, wedges can be your go-to shoes when you need a break from plain black pumps. If your office dress code does not allow sandals, opt for a pair of peep-toe wedge heels, but make sure to choose ones in the same color as your skin tone to make your legs appear longer. (Steve Madden “Woki” Lace-Up Wedges)
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