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by tien thuy ho If you happen to wander into Ackerman Union at UCLA on Mondays and hear the song “Love Me or Leave Me” playing from the conference rooms, then you are approaching the Swing Club! A non-profit, student-run organization, the Swing Club teaches anyone how to swing dance. The club’s No. 1 priority is friendly social dancing instead of training for competitions. The members encourage friends and everyone to join in on the fun. Jason Constantouros, a senior majoring in History, will be the 2011-12 president, and Campus Circle had the opportunity to interview him. Firstly, what are the types of swing dancing? There are three types of swing dance: Lindy Hop, East Coast and West Coast. East coast is very basic, while Lindy Hop requires more athletic movements. Lindy Hop is faster and more difficult to learn. West Coast is most advanced kind and was developed during World War II, so it is the most modern of the three. You can dance West Coast to most modern music such as R&B and even disco. My favorite is Lindy Hop because it was what was taught from the beginning.

What compelled you to the Swing Club amidst the myriad of clubs at UCLA? During my freshmen year, I thought it was cool to check out a dance club even though I never danced before. Honestly, I had a girlfriend back then whom I wanted to impress. Dancing is such a confidence booster. To not be shy and take the lead is a skill. To be able to physically direct your partner where you desire is definitely impressive. I would consider myself an intermediate dancer now. And there was really not any other club that I wanted to join besides Swing Club. Do you attend any dance competitions? Our club does not compete nor fundraise. We have volunteer teachers instruct us. We go to dancing venues in Pasadena to dance for fun. There is a swing convention in San Diego called Swing Diego that we’d love to attend as well. How has the Swing Club changed your life? I met some of my closest friends here. We are all friends, and the atmosphere is supportive and nurturing. Also, because I am more confident due to my dancing skills, I believe this confidence translates well into searching for a job in the future. The interpersonal skills that dancing teaches me are valuable in the job market. What is your vision for the future of the Swing Club? Right now, we are a modest club, and so we’d like to recruit more members and share our love for dancing with them. My biggest goal is to keep the club going. Perhaps one day, some of the members will form teams and train for competition. But most importantly, we just want a place to socialize and dance.


veterans & ROOKIES Going Down the Roster by elisa hernandez Before the players head into the locker room for the summer and fans see the newly improved Trojans this upcoming season, taking a sneak peak at what’s to come can’t hurt. But going down the roster, out of all the seniors, there are five that must step up big. The rookies coming in have plenty of competition on the field that will surely create healthy rivalries for starting spots. Although the Trojans won’t be able to compete for a championship this season, that’s not stopping them from wanting to be the No. 1 seed. The big talk of the summer has been wide receiver George Farmer. This five-star recruit ran his 40-yard dash in an impressive 4.4 seconds. Farmer is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound player with impeccable speed, whose talent is set to go nicely with Robert Woods’ and Kyle Prater’s. With most of the Trojans’ offensive line graduating last year, QB Matt Barkley needs as much protection as he can get. His bodyguard for the season might be Cyrus Hobbi from Saguaro High (Arizona), who’s ranked fourth highest offensive lineman, by When the passing game is off, the Trojans can call on Amir Carlisle from Sunnyvale, Calif. He has dominated the

Swing Club’s Jason Constantouros and Shaydanay Urbani What advice do you have for others who are interested in dancing? Anyone interested in dancing, go for it. Dancing is one of those things that not everyone does, so if you dance, that’s one thing that differentiates you from others. Many people think they are naturally bad dancers, but really, no one is born a great dancer. When I joined, I didn’t know either, but then I learned. If you’re shy, dancing will greatly increase your confidence. Dancing is a wonderful thing to learn and getting to make some friends along the way is an amazing bonus! For more information, visit

Campus Circle > Blogs > Trojan SideLines running back position scoring 28 touchdowns and rushing for 2,110 yards. His ability to run over players to get to the finish line is just what the Trojans need. As talented as these rookies are and can become … they’re still rookies, and they’ll make mistakes. As for seniors Brandon Carswell, Marc Tyler, Rhett Ellison, Christian Tupou and Chris Galippo, they must be flawless. Carswell is the only senior wide receiver on scholarship; his smarts and confidence will be counted on greatly. Although he only has had three career starts, he has 22 receptions for 233 yards and one touchdown. Carswell’s true value comes from his ability to block in the passing and running game. With a young offensive line, his confidence to hold his own on the field will complement USC’s offense. Tyler seems to be the player everyone loves to hate, and it seems all eyes have been on him since he climbed from the bottom to the top of the depth chart last season. Despite off-the-field issues, Tyler has proved himself on the field. He led the team in rushing with 913 yards and racked in 10 touchdowns. He is the only power running back on the Trojan’s roster and will be depended on by the team for goalline situations and short yardage runs. His strong upper body build is exactly what’s needed to get the ball up the middle. Ellison is a top player whom head coach Lane Kiffin said looked “NFL-ready.” He is considered one of the hardest working tight ends and players on the team. He is a versatile player who can block and even play fullback. His presence on the field alone inspires his teammates to play their hearts out. His 19 career starts, 338 yards and four touchdowns don’t do justice to the talent this player has. The effort he has given his team since his arrival must be shown one more time. Moving on to the other side of the ball, defensive tackle Tupou is hungry to show out this season, since he tore

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Veterans like Brandon Carswell will be looked to for their experience and leadership ligaments in his left knee during the 2010 spring game. Tupou is the type of player no one wants to face; he has 37 tackles, seven for a loss and a sack. Since former Trojan Jurrell Casey left to the NFL, Tupou’s experience, leadership and talent will be much needed. Lastly, maybe the biggest player that will need to leave his mark is Galippo. This middle line backer is crucial in the Trojans success. He has brought in 119 tackles, 12 for a loss, two sacks and five interceptions. His explosiveness and unpredictability makes him a high threat for any team. Although he is not the fastest player his smarts and attention to detail make him a significant asset on defense. Once these players leave, USC will have a roster dominated by underclassmen that hold the key to the Trojans future. Their talent can always improve, but as for this season these five veterans will be looked upon for their leadership and experience.

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los angeles times (MCT) I stand outside the Whole Foods in Sher– man Oaks, surrounded by bins of melons and blueberries, and a number of fit Angelenos. Looming above us just across Sepulveda Boulevard is the enormous concrete wall of the 405. “Have you heard?” I ask. “Do you know what’s coming?” The impending 53-hour closure of the 405 was described by assorted officials in the grave, hyperbolic tones usually reserved for floods and fires threatening homes. It’s already earned itself an equally grim name: Carmageddon. For a little more than two days, from July 15 to 18, miles of the freeway will be closed for construction – specifically, that stretch that links the San Fernando Valley to the coastal plain and cooler air of the Westside. “Stay the heck out of here,” L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky advises at a news conference at the Skirball Cultural Center, which sits astride ground zero for Carmageddon – the narrow corridor of the Sepulveda Pass. “It will be an absolute nightmare,” warns Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The Sherman Oaks shoppers I meet at Whole Foods do not seem especially freaked out. Like most of us, they’re used to rolling with the traffic punches. As for freeway traumas, what’s one horrific weekend next to the endless suffering of depending on the 405 day in and day out? “It’ll be just another ripple in the L.A. landscape,” says Mike Parks, who commutes to Sherman Oaks from

Campus Circle > News > Local News Palos Verdes Estates every day and describes himself as a “road warrior.” His relationship with the 405, he tells me, is complicated. “It’s either a beautiful freeway, or it’s miserable,” Parks says. “It just depends on what your perspective is: If you’re driving north or south, if you’re stuck in traffic, or sailing through.” Yes, the 405 can be beautiful – on those most rare and delicious moments when it’s empty. Back in the day, construction crews moved 14 million cubic yards of dirt to push the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass. They moved Mulholland Drive too, diverting it across a new bridge that passes 90 feet over the freeway. Now, a half century later, that bridge will be torn down to make way for a new carpool lane and other improvements. “It’s absolutely critical for them to publicize this as strongly as possible,” says Isaac Lowenkron, a sports radio host I meet at the market. “There’s going to be a lot of people who don’t know. You can’t predict what’s going to happen.” But people here are already used to making 405 adjustments to their lives. If at all possible, for example, they avoid the route at certain hours. When the unpredictable happens on the 405, it can be very, very bad. I don’t think gridlock on any other freeway is quite as damaging to the psyche. Something about the hugeness of the 405 and its unique geographic location makes being stuck there especially hard on the soul. “There’s really no recourse,” says Ivor Francis, a musician and music teacher. “You’re in a canyon. There’s one real option, and that’s Sepulveda. You have this human psychological reaction to feeling trapped.” Of course, the idea that this already dysfunctional system could devolve, however briefly, into further anarchy has some people nervous.



Opens July 21 @ Kodak Theatre by sasha perl-raver From Rome’s Circus Maximus to Barnum & Bailey’s turn-of-the-century spectaculars, the magic of the big top has always been undeniable. But after a group of avant-garde Canadian street performers got together in 1984, circus changed forever when they formed Cirque du Soleil, a company that elevated the three-ring carnival to an art form as yet unrivaled. To date, Cirque has thrilled over 90 million people and with the debut of “Iris,” Los Angeles has its first resident production. Since this is an industry town, the show, whose name refers to both the part of the eye and a camera that regulates the amount of light that enters, is all about motion and picture. Housed in the Kodak Theatre, where the Academy Awards are held and photos of Oscar winners giddily clutching their statuettes greet you, the show takes audiences on a journey through the history of cinema. Entering the theater, you’re greeted by a stage transformed to resemble something out of a Baz Luhrmann movie, the two-story face of a vaudevillian monocled ringmaster on either side, their smiling mouths gaping open to reveal red curtains where performers will soon appear and disappear, a spool of celluloid winding around the proscenium, atop which the show’s credo, “In Motion We Trust,” is emblazoned. Each Cirque show has a narrative and a hero to shepherd you through the extravaganza. At the start of “Iris,” a lone


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“It’s going to be an interesting sociological experiment,” says Mike Corral, a photographer. Like people trapped inside a mad scientist’s maze, he and Francis, his friend, have already plotted their possible escapes. “The alternative routes will all be congested,” Corral says. “All the canyons: Beverly Glen, Benedict, Coldwater, Laurel.” “Trying to get out through the Cahuenga Pass and the 101, that’ll be bad too,” Francis adds. Alan Friedson is a car mechanic. In the brief closure of the 405, he sees a chance for the city to take a collective breath. “Slow your lifestyle down a bit, do something else,” he says. “People are so hung up they have to get somewhere.” No doubt many residents of the Valley and the Westside will take that advice to heart next month. Many will stock up on food and stay home. In some neighborhoods, I predict, car exhaust will give way to the gentle waft of smoke from backyard grills. For two full days, in the great road’s hinterlands, life will assume the slower rhythms of the prefreeway past. Until 5 a.m. on Monday, July 18. © 2011, Los Angeles Times Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

Campus Circle > Culture > Get Up, Get Out Buster Keaton-esque custodian appears in a porkpie hat sweeping a barren stage. Drawn to an abandoned upright piano, the kind that once provided the soundtrack for silent movies, as he plays, he unleashes a cornucopia of imagery and a barrage of stage performers as black-and-white footage of the show plays overhead and award-winning composer Danny Elfman’s score swells. For a moment, you have to wonder, “Is this all too much to take in?” No! This is Cirque du Soleil! They do sensory overload better than anyone on earth. As the sea of performers recedes – including a Clara Bow/Betty Boop character dressed in a skirt that spins like a phenakistoscope, lighting up to reveal two boxers sparring and a chorus line of dancers – the stage is left to two sculpted, stoic blonde twins in strong-men outfits. A set of straps drops from the ceiling and suddenly they’re off, flying overhead like Peter Pan, practically landing in an opera box before spiraling together in an aerial ballet that’s everything Cirque du Soleil does best. Elegantly breathtaking on every level, the sheer beauty, stunning ability and unimaginable strength and agility required as they fuse into one body and spin up into the rafters is a perfect example of why Cirque is synonymous with unparalleled artistry. Next, a black-and-white film of New York in the 1930s starts over a drop-down scrim. It’s unremarkable at first, until a performer bursts through the frame and onto the stage, igniting a sequence of high flying trampoline choreography across and around a rooftop set. Seemingly lifted from a James Cagney movie but with a Dick Tracy color palate, Manhattan in the background, a glowing neon “hotel” sign and water tower acting as a super-charged jungle gym for the acrobats as they fly through, around and over as they plunge and vault, all the while shooting Tommy guns,

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landing punches and eliciting gasps from the crowd, leaving the preview audience yearning to see the rest of the show. Daniel Lamarre, Cirque’s president and chief executive officer, brought Cirque to Los Angeles for its first major performance without enough money to bring the show or the performers home. Had it failed, the carcass of his dream would have been forsaken on the grounds of the LA Arts Festival, and perhaps that’s what makes the debut of “Iris” feel like the completion of a dream 27 years in the making. As Lamarre says, “[Cirque du Soleil] had to be successful in the capital of entertainment, and we were. It’s about passion, emotion, creating something that will push the boundaries of our creativity. Everything we do is just to bring the magic onstage to you.” Kodak Theatre is located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd., #180, Hollywood. For more information, visit

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‘DO OR DO NOT, THERE IS NO TRY’ by denise guerra

Oh Yoda, you are the Jedi Master for a reason. Lately, I’ve settled into a slump, where it has been really hard for me to start something unless there’s a looming deadline or that it somehow affects my paycheck. There’s a difference between the things you want to do and the things you have to do. The worst part is, the things you have to do often suck (like taking a job just to pay the bills) and often take precedent over what we really want to do (such as our dreams and passions). In an ideal world, what we want to do and what we have to do are equal, but that’s not always reality. One of previous columns examined the idea of pressure versus passion, that basic life responsibilities often thwart our original ambition. Some could say that if you really want it you have to do whatever it takes, but it’s not that easy when life happens. Working long hours, paying the bills, the chance of failure and even failure itself can make any person feel discouraged, even to the point of giving up. So what happened to me? Why am I so hopeless? My dream of becoming a journalist has been hammered down to near oblivion at the possibility of failure. For me, the financial outlook of becoming a journalist already looks dreary, but the psychological interference is the most paralyzing. It’s gotten to the point of depression. The idea that I’m not good enough and the prospect of a long hard road can be debilitating. My life is OK right now, but the idea of fulfillment is wanting. I’ve even gone to see a shrink about it. He said that there is no trick to get me to just “Do Something.” It takes a great deal of courage and strength to do something despite the horrible feelings of fear, procrastination and laziness. It’s not whether you want it bad enough (You can want something and not do anything about it.), but it’s the strength to actively get up and do it. As much as I wanted some advice that would make it easier for me to conquer my fears (like maybe hypnosis), he looked me straight in the eye and said, “It’s something you have to find in yourself.” As much as I was angry that I paid for this type of advice, I soon realized that if I don’t do anything, that if I let myself become paralyzed, then it was a guarantee that I would NEVER reach my goals. So I took baby steps, I had to wean myself back into action by first doing some passive activities. This included: Finding inspiration – I did this by doing some easy activities like reading self-help books, watching movies, TED talks and reading relevant articles. I really appreciated the new documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times. For an aspiring journalist, this placed me in the world I wanted to be in. It gave me a rubric of the skills I need to accomplish to get to the top and helped to reignite my feelings of why the hard work would be worth it. Reading, watching and listening, these were easy things to do to get to the next step. Self-reflection – What are my capacities? What is my plan of action? What do I need to do to manage my “requirements” (like my paying job) with what I need to do to become a New York Times writer or CNN reporter (yeah, I know, I’m aiming high)? How can I keep myself motivated? This was where motivation became extremely important, because the next step actually required putting myself out there. Networking – I contacted fellow writers and attended some events that related to journalism. I asked people the who, what, where, when, how and why of the business. I know that when I get stuck I can always call on these people for advice, thus building a type of support network towards actually doing something. These are the first three accomplishments of my journey. What’s next for me is actually sticking with a timeline, but for now I’ve conquered the first couple of hurdles towards Yoda’s “DO.” But for now, stay tuned, as I continue sharing my efforts to pursue my passions.

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GALAXY TO FACE REAL MADRID by marvin vasquez

With the best record in Major League Soccer and a 12-game unbeaten streak, the Galaxy prepare to host Spanish power Real Madrid. Los Angeles (102-9, 39 points) is coming off a thrilling 2-1 victory over the visiting Chicago Fire. The win is their second this season against Chicago. “Tough game; nothing came easy tonight, but we’re certainly happy to get the three points,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says during the post-game press conference. “Chicago played real hard, pretty organized and gave us a battle for 90 minutes.” After a scoreless first half, midfielder and captain Landon Donovan secured his ninth goal of the season. With David Beckham delivering a perfect chopped ball into the box from the right-flank corner line, Donovan managed a fiery header past the Fire goalkeeper in the 58th minute. “Tonight was the night where I was going to be one of the guys in the box attacking. I try to vary my positions, vary my runs,” Donovan says. “That one, I kind of just drifted to the far post. I like to see the ball like that and attack it.” The score lifts Donovan to an MLS-best tie with New York Bulls’ Thierry Henry; both Donovan and Henry are having MVP-type seasons thus far. Beckham received the assist, improving his mark to eight. Three minutes after the Fire’s Cristian Nazarit netted a tie with his goal, Beckham did what he does best. Bending the ball from a corner off the left flank, Beckham squeezed his shot into the back of the net while giving the Galaxy the 2-1 lead and eventual game winner. “I saw the goalkeeper cheating a little bit, going towards out of the goal. I saw a little bit of a gap, and I knew if I put in an area it was going to a get a touch off somebody or it was going to go straight it,” Beckham says. “Luckily it went straight in.” Beckham, Donovan and the Galaxy play host to Real Madrid, who will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaká available to play, July 16 at the L.A. Coliseum at 7 p.m.

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FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS Mila Kunis gets naked with Justin Timberlake. by hiko mitsuzuka ‘I like to run around naked on the streets ALL the time,” Mila Kunis offers a devilish smile as she kids with me from across the table. It’s a sarcastic response to the age-old question many an actor has been asked whenever a script calls for a steamy love scene and a few shots of bare skin: What is it like filming? Is it scary or uncomfortable? For Kunis, who stars in Friends with Benefits, stripping down and getting all up-close and personal with a fellow co-star is always an awkward part of the acting experience. “I’m pretty self-conscious in general,” she tells me while we chat in our suite-with-a-view at Santa Monica’s Casa Del Mar. “It doesn’t help that I’m a female [either], but I’m not the most comfortable.” “As a juxtaposition to that, I’m extremely comfortable with Mila’s body,” adds musician-turned-actor Justin Timberlake, who stars opposite the Black Swan beauty. In FWB, the two real-life friends play, for lack of a more fun term, fuck buddies in director Will Gluck’s follow-up to last year’s surprise hit Easy A. He’s Dylan, a successful art director from Los Angeles. She’s Jamie, a prominent job

recruiter in Manhattan. Both have just gotten out of toxic relationships (Emma Stone and Andy Samberg play their respective exes in the cleverly edited opening sequence.). And it just so happens that Jamie, by convenient, crafted-byHollywood circumstances, helps Dylan land a swanky gig at GQ in the Big Apple. The movie wants and attempts to break a lot of ground by skewering romantic-comedy clichés and speaking to a generation that has grown very accustomed to a culture of instant gratification, one-night-stands “Sex and the City”isms and Grindr (Google it if you still don’t know what that is). Surprisingly, neither of the film’s stars had any instances in which their friends shared their own perso nal hookup tales to help them settle into the roles. “I was interviewed by a reporter when I was doing press for Black Swan,” Kunis remembers, “and she told me that her husband started off as a friends-with-benefits, so it wasn’t up until then that I actually started paying attention to the idea, and then it kind of started trickling around. But I feel like this concept has been around forever. It’s just that people are more willing to talk about it. It’s not as taboo. I think that our generation is a little more forthcoming, a little more honest, and I think females are embracing their sexuality more so now than 30, 40, 50 years ago.” Timberlake disagrees, eloquently cutting in: “I think men have always been uncomfortably external about their sexuality, but it’s usually to hide something weird—” Kunis laughs and nods, telling him he has a point. The two actors click as if they had shared the big screen before, but they attribute their friendship to the awesome experience they had on set – and the witty script. “We had the same sense of humor … the chemistry had a lot to do with the writing … we also had a lot of things in



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Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake in Friends with Benefits common,” Kunis explains. What the pair didn’t have in common was their favorite rom-coms growing up. “Other than When Harry Met Sally, mine is Pretty Woman,” Kunis gushes. “I could put that movie on mute and tell you word for word each piece of dialogue.” Timberlake considers himself more of dramedy fan: “I got in trouble for saying Terms of Endearment, and she [Kunis] was like, ‘That’s not a romantic comedy,’ but it made me laugh, so I thought it was funny.” Also featured in FWB are memorable performances from Woody Harrelson, as Dylan’s fratboyish gay coworker, Patricia Clarkson (Kunis: “I am completely and utterly in awe of her … she’s amazing.”), Jenna Elfman and Richard Jenkins. But back to those love scenes, inquiring minds want to know how Timberlake compared to Kunis’ provocative moment with Natalie Portman in Black Swan. “The only thing I can say is one was funny, one was scary,” she elusively hints. Was Timberlake the scary one? “I was more intrusive,” he slyly pipes in. “You do the math.” Friends with Benefits releases in theaters July 22.



Colin Hanks shows his dark side. by jason burnley

Colin Hanks stars as Benjamin in Lucky.

Everyone dreams of winning the lottery. Sometimes when you least expect it, dreams do come true. For Benjamin Keller (Colin Hanks) in Lucky, they did. The catch? The winning ticket belongs to Leslie, the dead girl in his closet. Hanks, Ari Graynor, Jeffrey Tambor and Emmy Award-winning Ann-Margret star in Lucky, the story of an ordinary man who wins $36 million in the lottery. He soon finds his childhood crush, Lucy, suddenly obtainable. It seems he has it all now: a storybook wedding, a romantic honeymoon in the tropics, the woman of his dreams. But his good fortune seems to conjure up something dark within him – something as dark as killing women who resemble his new bride. Whatever images you may have of Hanks, prepare to have them shattered. This may be the role that allows Hanks to break free of the ‘nice guy’ persona that Hollywood wants Tom’s son to conform to. Hanks explains: “It was a chance to do something different while being funny at the same time. It was a chance for me to create two versions of the same character. There’s pre-lottery Ben, there’s nothing all that special about him. Then he wins the lottery and puts on a façade as he tries to win the favor of his life-long crush.” A movie this dark can’t be funny unless there is clear direction in the script. “Tone was always a big thing. When we were going through rehearsals, Ari, Gil (Cates, Jr. [the director]) and I talked a lot about what are we really trying to do with this scene – wanting to make sure that we were all on the same page. Dark comedies can be very hard to read, the first time you read it.” This isn’t the last you’ll see of Hanks’ dark side. The actor, it seems, has a real thing for serial killers. He’s already set to be featured in the upcoming season of “Dexter.” Lucky releases in select theaters July 15.

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The Little Movie That Could by kristina bravo Although a low-budget, space fantasy movie may seem like a paradox in this summer’s CGI extravaganza lineup, director Mike Cahill and his co-writer and lead actress Brit Marling take on the highly ambitious film Another Earth. With a concept so intriguing and an execution that inspired a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival, Another Earth is the kind of movie that grabs you from the start and absorbs you until the very chilling end, leaving you in awe long after the credits stop rolling. It is that good. The film opens on the eve of the discovery of another earth, a parallel world where everyone has another version of him/herself. Rhoda (Marling) is a 17-year-old student whose promising future includes her acceptance as an astrophysics student at MIT. Inebriated and distracted by the sight of an Earth replica in the sky, she causes a life-changing accident that kills the family of John Burroughs (William Mapother). After four years in prison, Rhoda goes to John’s house to apologize, where she gets nervous and lies about working for a cleaning service, all while the world grapples with the possibility of meeting themselves in a parallel universe. Known for his role as Ethan Rom on “Lost,” Mapother emanates an affable charisma that his character John

Campus Circle > Film > Interviews understandably lacks. “A script arrived in the office that said, ‘We have shots and footage of this movie, but we can’t find the right actor to play this role. The director has never made a feature, the lead actress is not in the Screen Actors Guild, she doesn’t have a lot of experience and there is almost no money. Do you think William would be interested?’” the actor laughs as he recalls getting involved in the project. “I read the script and thought that I’ve never read a story like this … And then I met with Mike and Brit, and they were wonderful!” Meeting Cahill and Marling was indeed remarkably delightful. Sheepish and beautiful, Marling is a Georgetown University valedictorian who can charm anyone with her sweet demeanor and intelligence. When asked how the film would have been different if it had a bigger budget, she smiles and answers coyly, “I think if we had more money ... we would have consistently had a costume designer, or like, I wouldn’t have been doing William’s make-up! Our associate producer Phaedon [Papadopoulos] is so multi-talented, he made some of the music that’s in the film. He also would cook these meals for everybody and the whole crew were like 12 people living in a farmhouse. We’d eat in the morning all together and then we’d leave all the dishes, and I, as Rhoda, would spend the day cleaning them up … I think that [having a low budget] makes you more creative.” Forced to resort to guerilla filmmaking in Another Earth, she recalls offering a police officer, who always wanted to be an actor, with a small part in the movie in exchange for no jail time for shooting without a permit. What would Marling do, if she weren’t bribing cops to make movies, in a parallel universe? “If I wasn’t doing this, I think another version of myself could easily be an environmental activist. Who’s that guy who gets on a whaling ship and becomes a pirate of sort?

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Brit Marling and William Mapother in Another Earth Paul [Watson] … He’s like a real crusader of the environment. He’s like, ‘nobody’s doing anything about this so I’m going to do something about it.’ I love that!” Another Earth treads on possibilities, but more importantly, it also explores self-reflection. Cahill, in his young, wide-eyed enthusiasm, explains, “We were meditating on the idea of meeting yourself. If you could externalize that internal monologue we all have when you wake up in the morning and you look at the mirror and you’re brushing your teeth and you’re like, ‘OK, why did you that yesterday?’” Inspired by European cinema and even Pixar’s Ratatouille (in one pivotal scene where Rhoda sees herself in the mirror while she decides to enter John’s house pretending to be a cleaning lady), Cahill’s direction was poetic, even sublime especially for his first feature film. This summer, you can feast your eyes with all the CGI spectacle you want, but if you were going to see one great film this year, look no further than this little movie that could. Another Earth releases in select theaters July 22.


SPECIAL FEATURES by mike sebastian Foreign Fare Prolific Japanese genre auteur Takashi Miike knocks it out of the park with his samurai adventure 13 Assassins. A group of deadly warriors takes on a suicidal mission for honor. A slow build climaxes in an explosive burst of bloody action.

The Idiotbox Colin Ferguson is the sheriff of a small town populated entirely by geniuses who are kept isolated from the world while they build inventions for the government in “Eureka.” Season 4.0 has a group of the residents traveling back in time to the town’s founding, only to return to an alternate present. Also included is a crossover episode with “Warehouse 13.” A righteous cop (David Lyons, “ER”) framed for murder goes underground and reinvents himself as a superhero in The Cape: Complete Series. Keith David is the leader of a group of carnies who endows Lyons with a super-powered cape in which to seek justice. Summer Glau and Vinnie Jones co-star. Adult Swim’s Delocated!: The Complete Seasons One & Two (available Oct. 25) takes on reality TV when a family in the Witness Protection Program gets its own show, moves to New York and has to wear ski masks to protect them from the


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Campus Circle > Film > DVD Dish Russian mob. A fine cast of comedians including Jon Glaser and Eugene Mirman make this show hilariously absurd. Syfy’s creature-feature Dinocroc vs. Supergator is another of their campy giant monster movie throwbacks. The late David Carradine stars. Executive producer Roger Corman provides a commentary track. Joe Flanigan (“Stargate: Atlantis”) leads a team accidentally transported to an alternate dimension where they must fight to survive in the Syfy movie Ferocious Planet.

Funny Business Before winning a Tony Award and before “South Park,” Trey Parker made his directorial debut with the cult Troma film Cannibal! The Musical, now available in a two-disc 13th Anniversary Edition, which features new interviews with Parker and creative partner Matt Stone, a new cast commentary track (along with the beloved inebriated original) and deleted scenes.

The Horror! The Horror! Hobo With A Shotgun, based on one of the fake trailers from Grindhouse, certainly brings the exploitation goods. Rutger Hauer plays a homeless man fed up with the urban decay and corruption all around him who decides to clean up the city himself with his trusty 20-gauge. Legendary horror studio Hammer Films returns with Wake Wood, an atmospheric supernatural tale about a griefstricken mother and father who move to a small Irish village after the death of their daughter and enter into a pact with the pagan community to bring her back to life for three days. Half-vampire, half-human Rayne takes her vampire slaying to WWII Europe where she must stop an army of undead Nazis before they can reach Berlin and grant Hitler

immortality in Bloodrayne: The Third Reich.

Blu Notes Director James Cameron’s orig– inal sci-fi action flick about a time traveling cyborg assassin, The Terminator, comes to BluRay in a new book format, featuring photos and also behind the scenes info and previously released bonus content. One of the great cinematic thrillers, John Frankenheimer’s masterpiece The Manchurian Candidate comes to hi-def. Frank Sinatra stars as a Korean War vet who begins to uncover clues revealing him to be apart of a brainwashing political conspiracy. Angela Lansbury was nominated for her role. Frankenheimer provides a commentary track, along with an interview with Sinatra. Das Boot: The 2-Disc Collector’s Set restores Wolfgang Petersen’s intensely claustrophobic look at life inside a German U-Boat to its original German miniseries length of 282 minutes, cutting it together as one film. This masterpiece of frayed nerves comes loaded with behind the scenes material.











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COMIC-CON 101 TV junkies, prepare for the ultimate geekfest. by hiko mitsuzuka It is a well-known fact that I am a TV junkie (The term “couch potato” is so degrading … and so last century.). I consider myself a connoisseur of prime-time soaps. Challenge me to a round of sitcom theme song trivia, and I shall proceed to kick your ass. I proudly own the complete box sets of the following series: “Battlestar Galactica,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “Will & Grace,” “Six Feet Under” and “The Golden Girls” – I could go on and risk humiliating myself further, but I’ll stop there. Thank the gods there’s a place where, once a year, I can congregate with my similarly obsessed brethren and worship all things pertaining to the boob tube: San Diego’s ComicCon. Where else can you sit and ogle the casts of “True Blood,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Teen Wolf?” Where else can you get a first look at the hotly anticipated new shows of the fall (ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and “The River,” Fox’s “Terra Nova,” NBC’s “Grimm”) as well as returning favorites (“Fringe,” AMC’s “The Walking Dead”)? This year marks my fifth visit to the Con, and I can’t help but look back on my past experiences: meeting the cast of a new musical dramedy called “Glee,” sitting in on a “Lost” fan podcast, being charmed by the cast of “Pushing Daisies,” shaking hands with Joss freakin’ Whedon, taking pictures

Campus Circle > Film > The Channel Surfer with the cast of “Community,” getting a sneak peek at the second season premiere of “Heroes” (when it was good) – these were moments that would make any fanboy burst with joy across the blogosphere. And this one did. This year’s annual event takes place July 21-24, and if this happens to be your first excursion to the ground zero for everything pop culture, allow this veteran to share a few tips to get you ready for the four-daylong insanity that is ComicCon: 1) Study the map of the San Diego Convention Center and its neighboring buildings – as well as the schedule of all the panels you wish to attend – as if your life depended on it. It’s better to go in with an itinerary to follow throughout what will surely be a hectic weekend. 2) When in doubt, plant yourself in Hall H for an entire day (this also goes for you film geeks out there). 3) Although freaks fans book hotel rooms a year in advance, you can still find some deals (You may have to settle for accommodations on the outskirts of downtown.). Or, hit up any friends, acquaintances or distant relatives you may know in the area and get up close and personal with a couch. 4) Eat well. There’s only so many hot dogs, cookies and random junk food one can ingest inside the chaotic convention center, and you’ll need all the energy you can get while waiting in long lines to see your favorite celebs or idols in one of the many exhibit halls. 5) Bring a tube or a large canister of some sort to carry the dozens of posters you will roll up and collect from all of the booths promoting new movies or television shows. 6) If you insist on wearing a costume (about 25 percent of attendees do), make sure it’s something comfortable you can wear all day long and nothing too elaborate – unless you want to be stopped everywhere you walk and have your own


harry potter hoopla by kristina bravo

Nerd alert. If you don’t want to read some sappy article about a full-grown adult’s obsession with a wandwielding, broomstick-riding teenage wizard with a disfigured forehead, then turn the page my friend. It’s been a little more than a decade since I first opened a hand-me-down copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (the British version of its American Sorcerer’s Stone counterpart given to my slightly more favored cousin by my grandparents from London). Since then, I’ve hysterically cried in the middle of the night while reading the part of a certain headmaster’s death. I’ve attended midnight book release “parties” (by that I mean a children’s costume and activities get-together at a chain bookstore). I’ve watched all the movies at midnight showings. All my book reports in middle school were about one book or another from the series. If I ever get ink permanently seared on my skin, it would most likely be a shape of a lightning bolt (don’t judge, it’s not like I would get it on my forehead). July 15, the release date of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part II will surely be followed by a week of personal denial and intermittent sighs. It really is the end of overstaying childhood. No more midnight release party of any kind. Daniel Radcliffe has already exposed his bits on Broadway, and Emma Watson has already chopped her hair off.


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The “Fringe” panel is set for July 23 at Comic-Con. personal paparazzi flash you with cameras (There’s also a masquerade ball where you can show off your creativity and win a prize or two.). 7) Start your Christmas shopping early. See a poster, knick-knack or piece of memorabilia your mom/cousin/ nephew would drool over? Put it aside, especially if it’s a part of a giveaway, and save it as a gift you can give come December. 8) And on that note, bring plenty of cash for all the crap you’ll eventually buy. No one wants to pay those annoying ATM fees. 9) All in all, brace yourself for the sensory overload you will experience once you step inside. Pencils down. You ready? Hope to see you there! For more information, visit For more of pop cultural ramblings, check out and

Campus Circle > Film > Projections It’s hard to miss all the Harry Potter hoopla even if you’ve never read the books. From J.K. Rowling’s revelation of Dumbledore’s sexual inclination making late-night television jokes to a real Quidditch Cup (How, just how?), you would have had to live in a cave to not realize its cultural impact. So in honor of the beloved, bespectacled wizard and childhoods everywhere, here are a few events in Los Angeles to celebrate the end of it all: Harry Potter Tribute Exhibition Now-Aug. 1 @ Gallery Nucleus The Harry Potter Tribute Art Exhibition is a collection of nearly 100 paintings, sculptures and installations that are themed on, you guessed it, everything Harry Potter. For two bucks, you get a complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic Butterbeer, exclusive buttons, a chance to join trivia and costume contests and a Snitch seeking competition. If you weren’t already sold by the mention of alcoholic Butterbeer, there will also be a mystery flavored Jelly Bellies tasting section, a Hogwarts themed photo booth and hourly raffle prizes and giveaways. And if you really don’t want to spare the $2, come in a costume or Facebook, tweet or blog about the event and get in for free. Deathly Hallows Release Party July 14 @ Whimsic Alley Whimsic Alley was designed to resemble Diagon Alley with its little shops within a shop that contain anything you could ever want from Hogwarts robes, sweaters and jewelry to posters, toys and other paraphernalia. They will be having a release party of the movie that involves a party bus and a festive preparty dinner. If you don’t get a chance to snatch some tickets before they sell out, they also run other events through out the

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Sigh, the end of the Harry Potter film franchise is near. rest of the year, such as a young wizards day camp, a celebration of Harry’s birthday, a murder mystery dinner, a Yule Ball and an All Hallows Eve Costume Ball. Harry Potter Week Now- July 14 @ Harkins Theatre If one day isn’t enough, why not celebrate for a whole week? If you are in the Inland Empire, Harkins Theatre in Chino Hills is holding a Harry Potter extravaganza by showing all the films in the series throughout the week leading to Deathly Hallows: Part II. Harry Potter: 8 movies. 4 nights. The Legendary Adventure Now-July 14 @ AMC Theatres AMC at the Block in West Orange and Burbank will be presenting a weeklong Harry Potter movie marathon. Saying goodbye is hard, so savor the experience by seeing two films each night, Monday through Wednesday at 6 p.m. On Thursday, July 14, watch Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at 9 p.m. just right before Part 2 at harrypotter

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Campus Circle > Film > Movie Reviews run from the pastor who has sent his crony (Jim Gaffigan) to “take care” of him. Carl must struggle with Pastor Dan’s hypocrisy, the Mexican-Christian mob who take him hostage and a new love interest and fellow Grateful Dead fan, Honey (Marisa Tomei). Trying to follow in the large footsteps of Saved (2004), which was a provocative satire that avoided being wholly condescending in its depiction of the same subject, Salvation Boulevard has its laughs, but falls far short of expectation. Brosnan with his star persona is a perfect fit for the over-thetop character of Pastor Dan, and Kinnear is likeable as the down-and-out character he tends to play often. It is Connelly who has her moments of genuineness, but who ultimately falls too far into the satire, causing her to become overly fanatical and unbelievable to the point of offense. Overall, this film has its moments of comedy and revelation, but they are unfortunately too far and in between to add up to be taken seriously. Grade: C+ —Candice Winters Salvation Boulevard releases in select theaters July 15.

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Carl (Greg Kinnear) is on the run from Pastor Dan (Pierce Brosnan) in Salvation Boulevard.

A Little Help (Freestyle) Jenna Fischer takes a break from her role as Pam on NBC’s hit comedy “The Office,” to hit the big screen in A Little Help. Set in Long Island in the post-9/11 summer of 2002, life for Laura Pehlke (Fischer), a dental hygienist, has always been a breeze thanks to her good looks and carefree charm. Yet lately, things have taken a turn to chaotic and miserable. Laura’s marriage to Bob (Chris O’Donnell) has become strained and loveless, and she grows to suspect he’s cheating. Her relationship with her 12-year-old son Dennis (Daniel Yelsky) is no easy sailing either, as he has turned hostile and spiteful. Laura slips back into old habits, drinking just one more beer than she should and not stopping there. When Bob unexpectedly dies, her meddlesome mother Joan (Lesley Ann Warren) and sister Kathy (Brooke Smith) step in and make a series of life choices for Laura. Soon she is stuck between two lies and coincidently finds comfort in Kathy’s sensitive husband, Paul (Rob Benedict). The film aims to tell the story of an ordinary individual, consumed by ordinary events that lead to an emotional and exciting journey. As much as Laura’s warm yet tragic character draws us into her venture, her lack of self-motivation to retake control of her own life risks losing the audience’s connection to her. Reasonable, considering it’s clear her life didn’t turn out the way she planned. Whose does anyway? Most of the film revolves around Laura’s frustration to get her life back to normal and figuring out how to give love and support to her son. Yet, too many times she fails at these attempts because she loses patience or she runs away from any sort of confrontation. Multiple times in the story, a character reveals a sad truth about their life, which provides an intense emotional context to the film. A lot of adults in the film are uneasy because they have reevaluated their lives and found themselves stuck searching for an escape. A truly heartfelt film, without all

the mushiness, it remains real, not seeking to take Laura to a happier place, just a better one. Grade: B—Nataly Chavez A Little Help releases in select theaters July 22.

Salvation Boulevard (IFC) For most people, religion is a touchy, private subject that should never be discussed at dinner parties, special events or … ever, really. Like all arenas of subservience, and by that I mean the submission of a person to the practice of something (whether it be soccer or collecting Beanie Babies), religion is no exception. In fact, religion is often the most poignant example of how fanaticism and extremity can infiltrate even the most sacred of traditions. But isn’t that also the job of a satire, to exaggerate in order to make a point? In Salvation Boulevard, both religion and satire are overindulged and are overkill. The film’s characters are based on those “Jesus people” found across small-town America, and they are led by the charming, but calculating Pastor Dan Day (Pierce Brosnan). A businessman in Christian robes, the pastor is eagerly awaiting the construction of a city dedicated to God’s worship, but under his control. Carl (Greg Kinnear) who was once a pot smoker and follower of the Grateful Dead has now been shown the light by his wife Gwen (Jennifer Connelly) who praises Pastor Dan as much as she does Jesus. Everything is fine and dandy in Dan’s world, until he and Carl join an atheist professor (Ed Harris) for a nightcap following their debate of, what else, evolution versus creationism. When the pastor accidentally shoots his adversary in the head and makes it look like an attempted suicide, the satire stretches its wings and takes full flight. Carl is the only witness, and he soon finds himself on the

(Sundance Selects) For those looking for a juicy story with all the makings of an R-rated Hollywood fantasy, this may just be a real-life rendering of exactly what you were looking for. Ripe with quick-witted humor and a uniquely balanced perspective, Tabloid is the definitive documentary covering the exploits of Joyce McKinney and her long-lost lover, better known to the gossip columns as the ‘Manacled Mormon.’ Using a variety of sources, including first-hand accounts and a lead narration given by McKinney herself, Tabloid recounts the events leading up to her famed incident in the 1970s. The result of several years of research, director Errol Morris utilized authentic headlines and newspaper clippings to interject facts with the mixed opinions of McKinney and her accompanying eyewitnesses. In the end, the viewer is left with a whirlwind tale of kidnap, religious fanaticism, overnight fame and well publicized bondage sex. The interviews used to compose this documentary are put together with a noticeable pace, creating a tornado of mixed opinion and international speculation. McKinney’s position is twisted and distorted, but also highlighted for its rays of validity, establishing the subject as a hero just as much as she is an antagonist. By the end of the film, the viewer is not quite sure whom to believe anymore. The confusion is especially apparent as the film moves from McKinney’s famed exploits in the ’70s to her tabloid re-emergence in 2008. Moving on from the ‘Sex in Chains’ incident, Morris looks to examine McKinney in her later years when she surprised the world by successfully cloning her pet dog ‘booger.’ It is a fascinating development of character, but a definite drag on the overall pace of the film itself. Chock full of explicit, albeit necessary details, the film’s conclusion tends to force the viewer into a sensation of Joyce McKinney overload, thereby distorting the ambivalence of her position as hero or villain. By the time the credits run, McKinney is rendered harmless, but has lost all credibility nonetheless. Shocking, informative and above all entertaining, Tabloid is a curious insight to a long forgotten tale, written in the headlines of the gossip columns that once owned Fleet Street. More than a recounting of a crazed beauty-queens attempt at kidnapping her estranged fiancé, Tabloid is an examination of the first world’s fascination with celebrity news and juicy scandal. It whets the appetite for sexual intrigue and tickles the fascination of even the most seemingly mature viewers. Entertaining yet somewhat drawn out, Tabloid is definitely worth the time; just don’t expect anything that will leave you as a better person. Grade: A—Patrick Meissner Tabloid releases in select theaters July 15.

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Now-July 31 @ Skylight Theatre Drama. Thrills. Comedy. Romance. Action. Now playing at Skylight Theatre in Los Feliz, “A Death in Colombia” has it all. A play by Shem Bitterman and directed by Steve Zuckerman, “A Death in Colombia” is very cool for its story and great cast. The gifted Joe Regalbuto plays Roger, a scary and unpredictable Roxanne Hart and Joe Regalbuto CIA agent. Both beauties in Roger’s life, Roxanne Hart (Lisa) and Sarah Foret (Natalie), are beyond spectacular. Set in early July of 2002 in the Colombian capital city of Bogota after the election of a new president, the play deals with Lisa, the wife of an activist who has gone missing in the northeast jungles the last three weeks. But has John really gone missing? No. “A Death in Colombia” begins with a dramatic discussion between Lisa and Natalie, a 21-year old supporter of John’s political views. Natalie is John’s lover as well, and when she confesses this, Lisa quickly delivers a vicious slap to Natalie’s face. A mysterious man, Roger, appears at the front door minutes after Lisa kicks Natalie out of her home. At first, Roger appears to be a charming, eloquent and vividly intelligent man who makes a pass at Lisa. Claiming that he is John’s longtime friend, Lisa does not buy it at first or eventually at all. However, John does present valid data that sounds convincing. But Lisa is suspicious enough to catch a lie, which in this case reveals Roger as a top agent for the CIA. Consequently, Roger soon reveals that John is not missing. However, John is hiding from public view for his official roles as a CIA agent himself. Civil war in Colombia is the cause of this particular situation, a battle between the formal government and the Marxist inspired. So, Roger states that John fakes his death to further develop his duties. Lisa is appalled, even more because of Roger’s offer for her to become an agent. A series of unfortunate and dramatically thrilling events lead to Lisa’s killing by Roger, who was in love with her. “A Death in Colombia” is the must-see play of 2011. —Marvin Vasquez Skylight Theatre is located at 1816 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. For more information, visit

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Now-July 31 @ The Pantages Theatre by marvin vasquez We all know the story quite well. In fact, we can safely assume that it is universally popular. Yes, this is Shrek. Remember? In Shrek, there is comedy, there is drama, there is adventure and there is romance. Now, there is singing in Hollywood. “Shrek the Musical” arrives at the Pantages Theatre for rest of the month. In preparation for the stage production, let’s get to know one of its cast members, Sarah Peak, a 27-year-old theater actress who began her career at the collegiate level when attending Northern Kentucky University. Louisville, Ky. born and raised, Peak found her passion for theater while attaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at NKU’s Department of Theatre & Dance. “It was perfect for me because I was an hour and a half away from home,” Peak says. “Because I was in musical theatre, I was in shows all the time … the faculty had many opportunities for the students and for performing, you need that hands-on experience, so I really think I got that at NKU.” Peak, who has four sisters, one brother and is happily


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Campus Circle > Culture > Theater getting married later this summer, is thrilled to be in the cast that is visiting the L.A. area. “I am really excited,” she says. “I have never spent a substantial amount of time there; everyone keeps telling me how wonderful the Pantages is and about all sorts of things to do in the area. So, I am looking forward to it.” “Shrek the Musical” is a concept that was brought to light by acclaimed film director Sam Mendes (Away We Go, Road to Perdition, American Beauty, Revolutionary Road). Mendes, the ex-husband of popular actress Kate Winslet, is a big fan of the first Shrek film. As the first sequel was in the making, Mendes illustrated the musical idea to DreamWorks Animation’s CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. And it has been very successful, to say the least. “The first Shrek film came out 10 years ago, and I for sure saw and loved it,” Peak says. “I think they are fantastic and hilarious.” “Shrek the Musical,” directed by the Tony Awardnominated Jason Moore, is based on the Oscar-winning movie Shrek, the comical story of an ogre. The story and characters originally come from William Steig’s book, Shrek! In this fun and exciting musical play, Eric Petersen, a proud graduate of Bradley University, is the lovable Shrek. Petersen acts, sings and dances as everyone’s favorite hilarious ogre. In a faraway land, Shrek comes to the rescue of Princess Fiona, played by Haven Burton. Add the Donkey and a villain, and you have Shrek. “Shrek the Musical” is even better for its vivid live energy on the stage, comical charisma, passionate romance, solid dancing, above par acting and wonderful singing. Also included in the musical cast are Allan Mingo Jr. as Donkey, David F.M. Vaughn as Lord Farquaad and Joe Abraham as Swing, among others.

“Shrek the Musical” is for anyone, really. Peak supports that. “It caters to such a huge audience. The demo– graphic is from children to adults, because they love the humor,” she says. Peak is no stranger to theater, as she played Holly in the first national tour of “The Wedding Singer.” Other prominent credits include “Gypsy” (June), “Cabaret” (Lulu), “1940s “Shrek the Musical”’s Sarah Radio Hour” (Connie) and Peak “Pinkalicious” (Pinkalicious). “I am in the Ensemble of ‘Shrek the Musical,’” Peak says. “In this show, we all have a couple of feature roles. Mine are Ugly Duckling and the Teen Fiona.” Peak also participates in many singing and dancing scenes throughout the play, including a tap-dancing role. “We are thrilled to send ‘Shrek the Musical’ to theatres across the country, and for American families to experience their favorite ogre and fairy tale creatures live on stage,” President of DreamWorks Theatricals Bill Damaschke says through an official press release. The tour of Shrek The Musical will end in Los Angeles. “L.A. is our last city for this tour, and it is just going to be a perfect way to close it,” Peak says. The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. For more information, visit




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Finding what everyone else is wearing is easy: flip through a recent issue of Teen Vogue, pick out a couple of your favorites, and march straight to an H&M or Forever 21 to find them hanging in countless racks in every size. To me, unfortunately, such a sight triggers the same reaction as looking at plates after plates of the same food, even if it may be my favorite dish. I’m sure some of you have had the same experience, and thus have set out to find inimitable items only to realize such rare things are even rarer in the cookie-cutter city of Los Angeles. My secret to finding one-of-a-kind boutiques? Looking beyond the usual places – Beverly Center, your local Urban Outfitters – and exploring the unexplored areas you wouldn’t normally associate with shopping. Here are some places I recently discovered during my own L.A. adventures.

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exhibits at lacma Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts Now-Sept. 5 Yes, I know. This may possibly be a bit boring when compared to the exhibition I talked about a few weeks back that is still happening at LACMA (aka Tim Burton). Nevertheless, there is absolutely no doubt that this exhibition is as priceless as Tim Burton’s. Exploring Islamic art until Sept. 5 at LACMA, Gifts of the Sultan collects and explores Islamic art through the universal tradition of gift giving. Once you enter the Resnick Pavilion, you will see artworks spanning the eighth through 19th centuries. A collection of 200 works, the exhibit gathers work from three continents in a variety of forms of media. We all know that in the past gift giving was commonly associated with furthering diplomatic and political ambitions, as well as with rewards for services rendered. Of course gift giving isn’t limited to such ideas only but can also be personal such as gifts on New Years, weddings, expressions of piety – the list only gets longer and longer. Gifts of the Sultan contains works that are associated with all such content on the list and amazes us in educating how forms of gifts range What is so amazing about these artworks is the color scheme. Islamic Art for some reason always seems to have a certain color scheme. Well, actually not a color scheme but more of a tendency to use bright colors. The works associated with the great Islamic courts from Spain to India do not fail to display the use of a wide range of colors. If you are not a fan of ancient art, perhaps this exhibit might at least stimulate your love for colors. The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy Now-July 31 This exhibit, again at LACMA, is for those who love sculptures. Featuring 37 sculptures from the tomb of John the Fearless (1371-1419), the second Duke of Burgundy, the exhibit is located on the second level of the Art of the Americas Building. As a lover of tomb art, this exhibit got me shivering. I know I might sound kind of crazy, but tomb art is really one of the most beautiful and mystical art categories out there in the world of art. If you are fascinated with Egyptian tomb art from the pyramids or tomb art from China’s emperors like Qin Shi Huang, then you might be quite interested in this exhibit. It may not be as grand as visiting tombs, but the exhibit surely captures the essence of the cold yet beautiful feeling you get when you step into a beautiful tomb – creepy and alluring. The sculptures displayed at LACMA for this exhibit were produced during the 14th and 15th centuries when the Valois dukes of Burgundy were major patrons of the arts. During this time, many original and profound art was created. The height of art climaxed during that time when John the Fearless’ tomb was made. Get the idea? This exhibit is something you wouldn’t want to miss if you are interested in European art. Step into the exhibit and you just might picture yourself standing in one of the lower registers of the tomb ornamented in the gothic style with figures of monks and clerics that seem so protect physically and spiritually the tomb. Quite fascinating, if you ask me. Cold and small, these mourners are bound to create a weird tingly feeling in you. LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit

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PopKiller 7503 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; 343 E. 2nd St., Little Tokyo; 1856 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; With its neon lights and eccentric decorations, PopKiller on Sunset is pretty hard to miss. I tend to be a little skeptical of most L.A. stores proudly declaring “authentic Japanese fashion” as their main focus, but PopKiller sets itself apart with its true Japanese street style and rare vintage items. They have everything you could possibly find on your favorite Asian TV star: colorful fedoras, printed tees, suspenders, high-top sneakers and peculiar sunglasses. They feature both guys and girls’ sections, and with their wide arrangement of unconventional pieces, PopKiller would be one of the few places you can walk in with your boyfriend without him having an allergic reaction or driving you nuts with “are we done yet?” Make sure to check out their vintage records and other finds that you can’t find in any other clothing stores. For USC students without the luxury of a car, you can easily reach their Little Tokyo location via metro.

LIVE! On Sunset 8801 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; I had a chance to visit LIVE! On Sunset a few weeks ago during a nail foil collection launch party hosted by Nail Couture LA. My friend and I went in for a free manicure and complimentary cocktail, but we left with new dresses and newly found love for this shopping paradise. It is definitely an interesting space with its DJ booth, high-tech sound system and a Buddha-inspired cocktail bar, but these features are in no way installed to make up for the lack of shopping selections; I was overwhelmed by the presence of so many designers and brands, well-known and hidden. The staff was incredibly friendly and equally fashionable, there were plenty of parking – all in all, I couldn’t find even the slightest flaw with this store except for its unusual location, but hey, imagine how packed it would be if it were located in the middle of the Grove. So yes, I can dare say it’s perfect. And you will think so, too, after a couple drinks, good music and scoring a fabulous pair of Twenty8Twelve shorts. Check their Web site event calendar for sales and promos.

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Gives Fans Her All by tamea agle The tour for her latest album, All of You, is already in full swing for Colbie Caillat and her crew. When I spoke with her last week, she was in Hamburg, Germany with a full schedule. While the strict schedule seemed to be taking its toll on the musician, she was happy to be on the road to see Europe. “Fans in Germany have been such huge supporters of my music from the beginning, so I’m excited to be back here,” shares Caillat. “We’re playing a show here tomorrow and then we’re off to Switzerland. I really love Switzerland; it’s beautiful and great to play.” With a little bit of time off between shows, she was taking time to see the cities and people. “We flew to Amsterdam and had one day off to see the city,” she says. “It’s really great to get back to Europe and see the fans here, but I’m always excited to get back to the states, back home in California and I love playing shows in New York too. The record release shows in Los Angeles and New York, I’m really excited about.” Caillat is known for her upbeat and bright music and lyrics, indicative of her Southern Californian upbringing. All of You continues that tradition. Listening to the album, I was

Campus Circle > Music > Interviews energized and happy to find that the sound was truly Caillat, but with new energy and life to it. Collaborations with fellow artists always bring out something new and exciting, and this new album was made in just that way. Caillat worked with Common for the song “The Light.” She was thrilled with the opportunity to work with him, and I could hear the joy in her voice when I ask about the project. “It was incredible,” she says. “It was one of my dreams. I’ve always wanted to work with him, so I asked last year.” The singer was finishing up some songs and had a perfect project to include Common. “So we had Common come in on one of our sessions. He is just a great guy and a very positive poetic writer and I love the tone of his voice, so having him on that song was just so fun for me.” The end result is absolutely my favorite song on the record and is something new and different for Caillat. Her performances are upbeat and lively just like the songs themselves. Caillat has hopes for her audience and friends who come to hear her play. “I want people to love the music, dance. If they are with a boyfriend or girlfriend, I want them to fall more in love, have a great time. When they leave I want them to have the songs in their heads.” The songs speak of personal experience and love and loss. “I write the personal experiences I go through with love and relationships and the ups and downs, and if ever someone can relate to it or it can help them through a situation, that is why I do this and so when I hear back from fans that a song helped them through a situation, I want them to have a realization that they are not alone.”



Celebrate 21 Years of Unity with Universal Pulse by mari fong ‘Compromising, listening, good commu– nication and valuing the input of the other members is really important,” says 311’s Nick Hexum, referring to the magic behind the band’s longstanding relationship. “Ego will often make it so certain people feel like they don’t need to listen anymore. Our band has successfully avoided that; we’re very blessed.” Dr. Phil has no words of wisdom to impart on keeping a band marriage together for 311, solid for 21 years and counting. Making music with its five original members and happily intact, this brotherhood has stood the test of time. A rarity in the fickle and trend-driven music industry, the band continues to live by its own lyrical themes of unity, staying positive and loving life. Known for rock-reggae-rap hits such as “All Mixed Up,” “Amber” and “Beautiful Disaster,” fans from across the globe flock to witness that special feeling absorbed at a 311 live show, the same feeling the band admits they receive from their fans. “Sunset in July,” the first single from their new album, Universal Pulse, reflects on this energizing interaction. “There’s a pivotal line in the chorus, ‘Watching you dancing and having the time of your life, and it’s getting me high,’” says Hexum, about the band’s experience onstage


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The songs written by Caillat are obviously very personal and seem to speak to many people’s experiences and trials. She always enjoys hearing how the songs have impacted people and how they have helped others. It is not uncommon for fans to approach her and share their stories. “It’s really cool because my songs are personal to me but I wrote them more for the general perspective, so it’s fun to hear what people see or thing about the song.” Beyond the everyday online social networking, Caillat makes a point to meet and talk with her fans at the shows. “It’s a fun connection with the fans.” All of You is currently available. Colbie Caillat performs July 14 at the Troubadour and Aug. 6 & 7 at House of Blues Anaheim. For more information, visit

Campus Circle > Music > Interviews and the feeling they receive from their audience during a live show. “Seeing people with a huge smile on their face, moving their heads back and forth like they’re in another dimension, I really get a charge out of that. We realize the power of music over people; it’s like a drug.” The band will release Universal Pulse on its own record imprint, 311 Records. After decades of touring and putting on special events such as 311 Day, a show containing their entire setlist of over 60 songs and five hours of music, the band has built a huge grassroots following which has allowed them the freedom to go with their own independent label and call their own shots. Hexum explains their decision behind moving away from a major label: “If you’re a brand new band and you’re breaking, then a major label brings a lot to the table. For us, we already have a direct relationship with our fans. We wanted to have more of a slow burn of touring and doing promotion, stretching it out and letting the word of mouth do the promotion for us.” This year’s Unity Tour will find 311 with old friends Sublime with Rome, coming to the L.A. area Aug. 20. The band will also headline the first Pow Wow Festival on Florida’s Suwannee River, a three-day communal celebration taking place Aug. 4-6. The band will perform four sets along with the album Transistor in its entirety, sharing the stage with other heavy live-show hitters such as Deftones, Reel Big Fish, Ozomatli, G Love & Special Sauce, Mix Master Mike and the Dirty Heads. “The festival that will be nothing but a good time,” says bassist P-Nut with a grin. “We’re still trying to bring in a couple more bands to add to the list to make it even more impressive. It will be like a mini summer camp.” Hexum agrees, “We knew it would be a good fit for our

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fans because it’s kind of like going to a Dead show. It’s not just the music, it’s the whole environment; the tailgating, the whole cultural experience of going to a 311 show. It just seemed like a perfect fit.” After livin’ and rockin’ for the past two decades, the band’s mighty roots have survived the ever-changing musical landscape, continuing to live the words that end each and every show: “Stay positive and love your life” – not a bad gig that began with five friends who grew from teenagers to grown men, having sustained a unique and flowing musical synergy. “We feel like we’ve stumbled on a great chemistry, a special group, that only the five of us could offer, and we value it,” says Hexum. “‘Unity’ is the coolest word in the world and to have it be associated with our band sort of like a brand, it’s a really cool thing.” Universal Pulse will be available July 19. 311 perform Aug. 20 at Verizon Amphitheatre. For more information, visit


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faces on film Music for Life’s Soundtrack by kristina bravo With comparisons to bands like My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Blitzen Trapper and Modest Mouse, Mike Fiore has been making his way into the hearts and ears of fans, indie music blogs and critics under the name Faces on Film. With his first album, called The Troubles, receiving phenomenal praise from the Boston press, his sophomore album, Some Weather, is being digitally re-released by Nice Music Group July 19. The 30-year-old singer-songwriter took some time out for a phone interview to discuss music, cooking and Neil Young. “When I was 18 I went to Worcester for a couple of years. It’s 45 minutes west of Massachusetts. And then I picked up a pace in music with a couple of people who went to school there a year after. I like it here,” says the Rochester, N.Y. native, and so he made it his home. Faces on Film creates music that makes for a perfect soundtrack of lucid, nostalgic dreams. A conglomeration of ethereal instrumentals, smooth but almost hazy vocals and tender verging on fragile lyrics, Fiore’s tracks also passes as musical accompaniment to a heartfelt indie film. “I was in the fifth or sixth grade. I signed up for this class where you either have to write a story or write a play, or anything that is a creative exercise,” says Fiore, when asked about his musical moniker. “And that’s what one of the plays was called and it just kind of stuck with me.”

Campus Circle > Music > Interviews He is currently involved in Ralph Arend’s upcoming film titled Worst Friends, where he is responsible for some original scoring and contributing tracks from his first and second albums. “I met him about a year to a year and a half ago in New York where I was playing down there. He came to the show, and I talked to him a little bit afterwards.” Within minutes of talking, the two were bound to collaborate on a creative project together. Listening to Fiore’s music will have you know that with a talent like his, the guy was meant do what he is doing. “I don’t know if I made the conscious decision to be a musician. Ever since I was a kid, you know, you’re kind of amazed in carving out yourself, like the things that touch you and the things that are important to you. Those things for whatever reason, they were kind of musically related. I don’t know if I ever made the conscious decision to go for it, but I did have a lot of room in my life for it and some kind of reaction came from that decision. “Growing up I listened to a lot of musicians on the radio. But in terms of stuff that really got me into music, Neil Young came out with a record when I was a kid and I had that and I learned to play the acoustic guitar. I had a friend who always played folk music, and I would hang out at his house and we’d listen to it.” When asked the time-old query of what he would be doing if he weren’t doing what he does, he says, “That’s a good question. Uh, I don’t know,” he laughs. “I like cooking, maybe I would have tried to be a chef.” In conjunction with the digital release of Some Weather, Faces on Film will go on a Midwest and East Coast tour with dream-folk singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler. “[Touring is] great. I wish I had an opportunity to do

MUSICREPORT by kevin wierzbicki Rival Sons: Pressure & Time California-based blues-rockers Rival Sons are preparing for the release of their new album, Pressure & Time, slated to drop on July 26. And since they’re on tour in Europe leading up to release day, the guys have been thinking about what to tell European journalists when they’re asked about the current rock scene in Los Angeles. Singer Jay Buchanan isn’t at a loss for words on the subject. “Los Angeles is as hungry as it’s ever been,” says Buchanan. “Because it’s an undeniable hub for the industry, the city is rife with veterans, makers, fakers and rookies alike but you can usually find one or two bands serving it hot. This is the way L.A. was when I found it, and it’ll be the same when I leave. The town is our nation’s brothel of young musicians.” Look for a homecoming record release show to be announced late this month at

Lunch With Brandon This summer the party’s at Brandon James’ house! Well, not really, but it should be. The emerging L.A.-based singersongwriter would invite everyone over to hear his new Down in the Sand EP of West Coast country music if he could. And while the new music is satisfying your soul James would likely be tempting your taste buds with several of his own culinary creations like Honey Garlic Sun Chip Chicken, Korean Sesame Beef & Veggies or Baked Tilapia Filet with Kalamata Olive & Basil Relish. For now though you’ll have to prepare these delicacies yourself by following the recipes James has posted at Down in the Sand is available at, and after you’re through eating and listening you can spend a


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it more. Some people end up not really liking it much but I enjoy traveling.” Unfortunately for us, however, he has no current plans of touring in the West Coast. “I was out in San Diego back in March and that was the first time I played there for just one show. I’d love to get out there.” His debut album was recorded in an old piano factory in less than a week, and it won Boston Phoenix’s award for Best Singer/Songwriter in 2009. Faces on Film’s sophomore selfproduced album surely lives up to the acclaims of the first one, and before the rest of the world finds about him, do yourself a favor and pay close attention to this promising up and comer. Some Weather will be available July 19. For more information, visit

Campus Circle > Music > Music Report little time rooting for James; he’s been nominated for two L.A. Music Awards, due to be handed out this November.

DJ Skeet Skeet It’s going to be sometime late in the year before former Shwayze member DJ Skeet Skeet releases his debut album, but he’s got plenty going on right now. Skeet has joined the California Dreams tour where he’ll DJ for 45-minutes before headliner Katy Perry comes on. “I’ll be playing a variety of remixes and originals I’ve worked on as well as crowd favorites and songs I’ve loved over the year,” says Skeet. One of the originals, a single dropping on July 26, is a party anthem featuring raps and vocals by Donnis and Nadio Oh called “I Like it Loud.” The California Dreams tour has a threenight layover at the Nokia Theatre Aug. 5-7 and an Anaheim stop Aug. 10 at the Honda Center. Keep up with DJ Skeet Skeet by visiting where you’ll also be treated to some of Skeet’s favorite dumb jokes.

Limp Bizkit to Headline Epicenter Billed as “Southern California’s Rock Festival,” the Epicenter Festival has announced Limp Bizkit as the headline act for the 12-hour blowout coming Sept. 24 to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. The show will be the first Bizkit SoCal show in over a decade, and frontman Fred Durst is obviously excited about the appearance. “I promise this will be a party you do not want to miss,” raves Durst. “Epicenter will be our first and only Southern California shindig, and fellas, don’t be mad that Epicenter will be filled with women … that’s how we roll!” Others scheduled to appear include Staind, Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, P.O.D. and Puddle of Mudd.

Rival Sons release Pressure & Time July 26.

Rodeo Ruby Love You might not yet have heard of upstart Indiana label Crossroads of America, but this summer you’ll have a chance to hear what the indie imprint has been working on. Rodeo Ruby Love and their new album, This is Why We Don’t Have Nice Things, have been getting a lot of attention, including from their big fans in Reel Big Fish. The ska-kings scooped up Rodeo as the opening act for their six-week North American tour that also features Streetlight Manifesto and stops at Club Nokia July 14.

Pepper Rabbit L.A.-based psych-pop act Pepper Rabbit has released a new three-song EP featuring “Rose Mary Stretch” and a cover of Miniature Tigers’ “Gold Skull” and you can download a free copy via the band’s Facebook page. Full album, Red Velvet Snow Ball, drops on Aug. 9.

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Catch on to Fitz and the Tantrums July 22 at the Music Box.

Incubus July 15 @ Santa Barbara Bowl There was a time once, back in my youth, when I could’ve filled the entirety of the Frequency section writing about Incubus. Yes, I was that dude, judge as you will. When punk rock and indie eventually stole me away from funk rock, I parted ways with Incubus, but let’s be real, it wasn’t entirely over. They were Dawson, and I was Joey. A part of me still keeps that flame burning from my teenage years, because even though their heyday seems like it was forever ago, the band still puts on one of the best live shows around and frontman Brandon Boyd is still unarguably one of the best vocalists in rock music.

Alkaline Trio July 19, 21 @ The Troubadour In today’s punk scene, where it seems that flashy makeup and a high count of Twitter followers accounts for more than actual musicianship, the days when punk bands were more than forgettable flavors of the week seem so distant. Which is exactly why we should all take notice when actual legit bands who still make legit rock music play small and intimate shows in legit venues. Though they’re by no means an anciently old band, if you ask any good young band in modern punk, they’ll tell you Alkaline had at least some hand in shaping their musical leanings. Though, I repeat, make sure you’re asking a good band. Fitz and the Tantrums July 22 @ The Music Box




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I love, love, love that this band has taken off and is totally on everyone’s radar right now, but hasn’t lost any of their cool factor yet. It’s like that stage young children have when they’re still adorable and haven’t yet been spoiled or ruined by their parents. If there’s one band who is seriously deserving of “next big thing” status, however, it’s Fitz and his Tantrum band mates. Vocalists Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs compliment each other so perfectly to create their signature Motown revival sound without sounding the least bit contrived or kitschy. Infectiously catchy, and still progressively modern while harkening back to simpler times, the sextet couldn’t have picked a better venue to showcase what they can do on stage.

The Material July 22 @ The Roxy Since there’s not a whole lot of girl-fronted rock ’n’ roll action happening on Warped this year, I highly recommend the Material as a worthwhile alternative to other punk rock bro-fests this summer. First instinct might be to lump in the L.A. natives with other, more well-known female-fronted bands, who are less skilled and have less integrity with their songwriting, but the Material is the proverbial real deal. Able to effortlessly go from hard rocking to soft and delicate with her vocals, frontwoman Colleen D’Agostino sounds 100 percent authentic on both ends of the spectrum. Likewise, her band mates are masters of breathing life into their own instruments to reflect D’Agostino’s vocal emotionality. That said, guitarists Jon Moreaux and Roi Elam can still bring the shred like nobody’s business when the situation calls for it.

The Elected July 22 @ The Echo Blake Sennett has done what so few have managed in a short amount of time, by managing to win me over with his solo material. To the point I may or may not have skipped past some Rilo Kiley tracks when the iPod was last on shuffle, to get to Elected tracks faster. I hate to join the ranks if Rilo critics, but is it bad I love both Jenny and Blake’s side project albums more than the last two Rilo albums? Going back to stripped down, bare minimum production style indie, Sennett’s latest effort as the frontman for the Elected is some of his best work yet, from across all his musical projects. Emotive while still keeping a little bit of fun, Sennett’s signature coolness will still keep your indie cred maxed out at one of his shows.

Queens of the Stone Age July 25 @ Fox Theater Queens frontman Josh Homme can do absolutely no wrong, as far as I’m concerned. He could write an album of Top 40 hip-hop club bangers, and I’m sure it would still be the hardest rocking thing ever. Taking a classic rock style and mixing in a little bit of punk and metal, then spiking it with progressively intricate instrumentation, Queens is one of few bands whose music is always a little edgy without needing any special gimmicks to be as much. Just Homme’s unfiltered badassery.

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top concert venues for the summer by eva recinos

So you have about $50 left from your last paycheck, and you’re absolutely itching for a live show. Britney Spears’ tour might be fully under way, with everything from a motorcycle to tons of confetti, but there is also a much smaller concert scene that is alive and well. If you haven’t ventured past or heard of concert venues besides the rowdy, traffic-causing Staples Center and similar locations, there is a treasure trove of smaller and more affordable places to see some great acts. This summer, add some more excitement to your lazy days by exploring Los Angeles’ more affordable and intriguing music venues. The El Rey Theatre 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; Walking into the El Rey Theatre is a little like time traveling. The location is a bona-fide historical monument, an eras-ago movie house that in 1994 was made into the fancy, nostalgic concert venue it is today. This venue is standing room only, but rest assured you will feel like you’re somewhere else altogether, with a chandelier hanging over your head and the stage hidden by a red velvet

Campus Circle > Music > Music Notes curtain. There is even a self-proclaimed “diner-style cafe” to soothe your munchies. The venue is similar to the Troubadour in terms of its close, cozy settings and is all ages (so you can bring the whole family, if you want to). Tickets are also a steal, and upcoming shows include STRFKR ($18) Aug. 11 and Peter Bjorn and John ($25) Oct. 5. The venue is also semi-close to LACMA and the Grove so you can enjoy art, food and shopping during the day before enjoying a great show at night. The Music Box 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Built even before the El Rey Theatre, the Music Box is a little roomier but also offers some fun acts at decent prices. The locale was also used to play movies before being taken under the wing by Henry Fonda and having Broadway shows as the Henry Fonda Theatre. Afterwards, with many renovations, the Music Box became a legitimate venue for big and small acts. When you visit, you can choose to be up close to your artists in a general standing room area or the balcony and get a breath of fresh air on the rooftop for a more lofty experience. Upcoming shows include Fitz and The Tantrums ($30) July 22 and James Blake ($36) Sept. 18. If you’re still hungry afterwards, Palms Thai nearby is open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and until midnight the rest of the week. They’ve got hefty servings and even a little old man who likes to sing Elvis tunes. The Troubadour 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; Opened in 1957, the Troubadour is a cozy but history-ridden venue in West Hollywood. Here, you can look up at the stage

CDREVIEWS Burlap to Cashmere Self-titled (Jive) Burlap to Cashmere have returned after a decade-long hiatus. Their latest self-titled effort combines folk rock and tribal harmonies across 11 tracks. The acoustic blends throughout the album with light jazz elements and seasoned country layers. Singer-songwriter Steven Delopoulos along with the core band members express maturity while shedding light towards an uncharted creative direction. The organic surface of “Build A Wall” reveals a sense of growth and expansion towards an outdoor Americana environment. The lyrics remain soothing yet powerful. Guitarist John Philippidis’ rapid melodies bottle the essence of an openfield atmosphere. “Don’t Forget To Write” features a soft rhythmic approach while adding ambitious overtones in every chord. Their musical methods are heartwarming while blending optimism and expectation with uplifting melodies. The band’s chemistry remains strong and dedicated during each track and maintains their ’90s musical integrity without distancing themselves too much artistically. Grade: B —Jacob Gaitan Burlap to Cashmere will be available July 19.

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British band Yuck performs at the cozy but history-ridden Troubadour July 30. where Elton John was first introduced to the United States, Lou Adler discovered Cheech and Chong and Korn played their first Los Angeles show. The venue is standing room only, which makes for an intimate show with any given artist. So it’s no surprise that in 2009, the Troubadour won “Best Venue in Los Angeles” from NBC. The icing on the cake is that most of the tickets are affordable, and both small and better-known bands grace the stage, making any live show a steal. Upcoming concerts include Colbie Caillat ($27.50-$30) July 14 and Yuck ($13$15) July 30. The trick is to check the calendar often, as the biggest shows, like Cypress Hill’s 20th anniversary concert, sell out quickly. West Hollywood’s also got a great nightlife scene, so if the concert ends early you can always walk a couple blocks to a myriad of bars, a considerably large American Apparel and Millions of Milkshakes.

Campus Circle > Music > CD Reviews performances – washboard-playing wife Breezy and Aaron “Cuz” Persinger’s percussion are only on a few tracks – come across less as tribute and more as parody, due in part to Peyton’s sometimes strident and mumbled/grumbled vocals and his dutiful lo-fi, one-microphone arrangements which unfortunately provide one-dimensionality to material that deserves better. Patton recorded at least 60 songs during his shortened life, so why does Peyton find it necessary to offer three likeminded versions of “Some of These Day’s I’ll Be Gone?” The Rev’s fans won’t find the rambunctious energy of previous studio outings – much less Peyton’s vivid live shows – and it’s doubtful blues enthusiasts will highly rate Peyton on Patton. Grade: C —Doug Simpson Peyton on Patton will be available July 19.

They Might Be Giants Join Us (Idlewild/Rounder) It’s difficult to forget that They Might be Giants recorded a children’s album in 2002 when you listen to Join Us. TMBG’S newest is quite an experience, and unless you’re willing to not ask too many questions, don’t pick it up. Many of the tracks are difficult to listen to because of their overly whimsical sound, yet some gems exploit this surprisingly well. “When Will You Die” has lyrics like “there’s one thing everyone is wondering/when will you die” that makes it good fun. The bitterness is meshed with a bouncy melody and impressive instrumentals. But “Protagonist” has a background chorus of deep voices that makes it too similar to a “VeggieTales” tune. Yet once you get to “The Lady and the Tiger,” it’s obvious that the band isn’t too serious. The

track has a silly but engaging musicality and lyrics that give the classic short story a twist that involves “laser beams.” It is ridiculous, but at only three minutes and with a legitimate beat, you can’t help but keep listening. Tracks like “Dog Walker” and “Canajoharie” can leave any music lover utterly perplexed, which makes this album fascinating. The vocals get too cheesy at times, the music dangerously childlike, but TMBG’S unrestrained insanity is completely admirable. Grade: B —Eva Recinos Join Us will be available July 19.

Tomorrows Tulips Eternally Teenage (Galaxia) With an album title like Eternally Teenage and tracks called “Casual Hopelessness,” “Shades of Grey” and “Optomistic Vibes,” Tomorrows Tulips’ sound can be described as raw and hazy, moody and romantic. The band has been featured on the likes of Nylon magazine and the RVCA blog, perhaps because their ethereal dream-pop music will surely appeal to the young and cheerfully reckless, perfect for those summer days when you just really want to take it easy. Behind Tomorrows Tulips is the boyfriend-girlfriend duo of Alex Knost and Christina Keys. At age 17 Knost, who is also a pro surfer, fronted the group the Japanese Motors which was eventually signed to Vice Records. With the band, he went on a world tour with the likes of Modest Mouse and the Growlers. After the Japanese Motors disbanded, Knost went on to write some songs and started a musical venture with Keyes, resulting in their 14-track debut, Eternally Teeneage. CONTINUED ON PAGE 20 >>>

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Daytripper (Vertigo) The new graphic novel from the Brazilian brother team of Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá is an affecting portrait of one man’s life. Each chapter dips into a key moment in the life of Brás de Oliva Domingos that collectively shaped the trajectory of his existence. The son of a famous novelist and cultural hero, Brás floats through life writing obituaries while dreaming of living up to his father’s daunting example. Each day we spend with Brás culminates in a seemingly fated death that imbues the moment with special significance. But, Brás’ life does not really end. He goes on, collecting these moments until his life is full of them. Moon and Bá excel at instilling life’s seemingly quotidian moments with import, capturing all of the bittersweetness of love, friendship and family. For all its focus on death, Daytripper is really about life. For Moon and Bá, life’s inevitable end is what gives it meaning. Grade: A —Mike Sebastian Daytripper is currently available.

Isle of 100,000 Graves (Fantagraphics) Norwegian comic artist Jason returns, this time with his first collaborator, writer Fabien Vehlmann (7 Psychopaths). Vehlmann seamlessly takes on Jason’s laconic style and deadpan irony for a genre-blending adventure with all the subversive wit one would expect from a Jason tale. The story follows a young girl whose father disappeared years ago after finding a treasure map inside a bottle. When the girl finds yet another bottle containing a map, she sets out with a crew of devious pirates to find her father. But the would-be treasure hunters are in for a surprise when they discover the island serves as a training school for executioners. This light, entertaining take on 19th century adventure stories is sheer enjoyment. Grade: A

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(Vertigo) For anyone who mourns what has become of the once great institution of vampirism there is American Vampire by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque. Bringing back unadulterated viciousness to bloodsuckers, Snyder sets his tale of warring vampire factions against the political machinations behind the rise of an American power. The second volume picks up in 1936 Las Vegas where Skinner Sweet is running a brothel in a little backwater place where the law has been temporarily loosened so the builders of the Hoover Dam can blow off some steam. But someone is murdering the moneymen behind the dam, and it’s up to police chief Cash McCogan to get to the bottom of it. Meanwhile, Pearl has moved to a secluded cabin to escape the vampire world she has been thrust into – but that world catches up to her. With its intelligent, Chinatown-esque intrigue and visceral, go-for-the-jugular art by Albuquerque, American Vampire will restore horror fans’ love for a good bloodsucker tale. Grade: A—Mike Sebastian American Vampire: Vol. 2 is currently available.

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If you would really like to climb to the top of a mountain in search of someone or something willing to impart wisdom to you, then you should go right ahead. But most people interpret the guru-atop-a-mountain thing as a metaphor and realize that the search for enlightenment doesn’t have to be physically strenuous. This is especially true if you simply take the highway to Bloomington, Ind., home of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center. You would never know that you’re actually in the city of Bloomington when you arrive at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center. Situated on over one hundred acres of wooded land, the TMBCC is a place where you might see a fox, deer or wild turkey before you even get out of your vehicle. Founded with the primary purpose of preserving Tibetan and Mongolian culture, the TMBCC is often visited by His Holiness the Dalai Lama who keeps private quarters on the premises. Visitors are welcome when the Dalai Lama teaches here, but self-guided walking tours are permitted every day during daylight hours. Highlights of the tour include the Kalachakra stupa, inside of which is an intricately designed “medicine Buddha mandala” made with colored sands, the Mani Korlo where you’ll find a succession of Tibetan prayer wheels to spin (always clockwise), the Kumbum Chamtse Ling Interfaith Temple with its exotic public shrine room, and the lotus pond that during certain Buddhist ceremonies receives the sacred sands from deconstructed mandalas. Nature trails and meditation spaces are in abundance too, and you’ll find statuary and other surprises as you roam the grounds. If you want to spend more than a few hours or the day at the TMBCC the center has four retreat cottages that can be rented by the day, week or month. Bloomington is also the home of Indiana University, and the city’s small but thriving downtown area abuts the campus and this is the part of town where you can find lots of fun things to do every day. There are a few hotels in this area, and if you lodge at the Hilton Garden Inn, for example, you’ll be no further than a few blocks from all the action. Unique indie eateries abound, so you can forget the fast food while you’re in Bloomington; how about a huge breakfast plate at Scholar’s Inn Bakehouse (where they also have an enormous selection of fresh homemade pastries, so save room), a pide (Turkish pizza) and a strong cup of Turkish coffee at lunch spot Turkuaz Café where you can opt to dine Turkish style (sitting on the floor on cushions) and a supper at Janko’s Little Zagreb where it’s almost mandatory to sample the spicy meatballs (Have a cold beer nearby!). Speaking of beer, you’ll find a selection of locally-brewed Upland beers at most Bloomington restaurants, but Upland Brewing Company is located right in the downtown area and they operate an eatery too so you can gobble a burger while sipping a Double Dragonfly Imperial IPA, Helios Pale Ale, Rad Red Amber Ale or (and this is a favorite) Bad Elmer’s Porter. If you want to take a free tour of the brewery just show up at 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday, and you’ll see the entire beer-making process from raw malt to finished product. There are of course lots of things to do on the Indiana University campus, but if you only have a couple hours to explore the institute the “must-see” place is the Lilly Library. This is the rare book and manuscript library of IU where they store nearly eight million pieces and display all sorts of quirky works on a rotating basis. You’ll see rare sheet music, political cartoons, collectible comics and more serious stuff like documents relating to the French Revolution of 1789. The Lilly is also where you’ll find the Slocum puzzle room, filled with an eclectic collection of brain-boggling puzzles and antique mysteries like a Chinese lockbox. Rare and delicate items are behind glass but, as with the rest of Bloomington, lots of the fun here is hands-on.

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Stops in L.A. to Celebrate 25 Years by josh herwitt With his destination still hours away, Domingo Ortiz could feel the open road wearing on him. He had just left Austin, where he had played alongside some of the best musicians in town for more than a decade. Ortiz’s years in Austin had made him feel like a part of the local music scene, but with none of the current projects he was working on materializing into much, he couldn’t convince himself any longer that he had really been working in “the business.” So the native Texan packed up his belongings in an ’82 Honda Civic and hit the road for Athens, Ga., in search of a fresh start. When Ortiz finally arrived in the bustling college town, the only thing that was on his mind was finding a cozy bed to spend the night in. Before he did that, Ortiz figured he would stop in the Uptown Lounge, a club his friend, Kyle Pilgrim, had owned, to scope out the scene. Pilgrim, though, wasn’t about to let his friend just stand in the corner and watch. After some prodding, Ortiz eventually agreed to sit in with the local band, a young rock quartet by the name of “Widespread Panic.” Several hours later, Ortiz had already discovered something he never had while in Austin.

Campus Circle > Music > Interviews “I could sense a strong magnet to them,” Ortiz remembers. “I liked the feeling that I got with them, and I think they liked the feeling that they got from me.” Now, more than a quarter of a century later, that same feeling still radiates between the 59-year-old percussionist and his five other band mates. It’s what has kept Widespread Panic – composed of guitarist/singer John Bell, bassist Dave Schools, drummer Todd Nance, guitarist Jimmy Herring, keyboardist John “JoJo” Hermann and Ortiz – in the game for long enough to have a 25th anniversary tour, which features two nights in Los Angeles at the historic Wiltern Theatre on July 13-14. Of course, no band could have lasted this long without the extensive fan base that Widespread has established since its start in 1986. While it may be uncharacteristic to see businessmen in suits and ties standing next to hippies in Birkenstocks and tiedye T-shirts at a rock concert, it’s not with this outfit. “These folks know how to create a parking lot scene,” Ortiz says. The parking lot scene wasn’t always attached to Wide– spread Panic’s billing. Back in the late ’80s, the band first made its name in fraternity and sorority houses throughout the South. Widespread has come a long way since then. From multiple tours across Europe to sold-out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado and Philips Arena in Atlanta (They hold the record for both venues at 38 and 17, respectively.), Ortiz and his buddies have performed on some of music’s most hallowed grounds. “If you’re talented and lucky enough to be successful, you can play anywhere you want to and be successful,” Ortiz says. For a band where album sales come next to last on the priority list (They’ve sold only three million albums total.), Widespread Panic has gotten the job done through word of mouth and endless touring, playing over 100 shows a year on a regular basis and occasionally surpassing the 200 mark.

CDREVIEWS <<< CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18 The album is reminiscent of Los Angeles-based garage group Allah Las and a less let’s-hold-hands-and-drink-strawberry-milkshakes-while-picking-some-flowers version of the more popular Best Coast. It’s the kind of music you would hear at an Urban Outfitters store or a small and hip coffee shop. The title track “Eternally Teenage” is catchy and worthy of a therapeutic sing-along session. The last track, titled “Tired,” is something you would want to listen to on the drive home after a day at the beach. The lack of lyrics and the rough and unrefined instrumentals may not be for everyone, but it definitely sets a mood of a post-glow of an exhaustive but fun time. Overall, Tomorrows Tulips’ debut is successful and will no doubt find an audience in today’s indie-obsessed youth. Grade: B —Kristina Bravo Eternally Teenage will be available July 19.

Zomby Dedication (4AD) Zomby specializes in atmospheric electro with a bent towards the experimental, often coming up with delightfully oddball stuff like “Witch Hunt,” an instrumental that, while thoroughly modern, conjures an Old West shootout at high noon. Zomby proves to be masterful at creating a scenario on “Witch Hunt” as synth notes swirl tentatively, wondering who will survive, while other electronics simulate the distinct sound of a rattlesnake on the alert, ready to slither at any minute over the dead man. Ultimately electronic percussion simulates gunfire and the song fades out with the cowboy’s life. Not everything here is as cinematic; “Black Orchid” finds Zomby with the synth set to percolate and playing at the speed of thought only to surprise the listener by ending the song cold mid-note, while “Digital Rain” has synthesized toy piano notes and synth beats pinging off everything in sight, even seeming to splash the occasional drop right in your eye. Much of what Zomby presents here is minimalist but not chill-out or ambient – there’s no telling where you’ll go, but Dedication will definitely give your thinking cap a pleasant workout. Grade: B —Kevin Wierzbicki Dedication is currently available.


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“Each day we come out on tour, it’s always a fresh new day,” Ortiz explains. “Everything is always by the seat of our pants.” There aren’t many bands that can create a perpetual buzz for themselves and also share their fans’ enthusiasm with groups that came before them. Widespread did that back in the early ’90s while opening up for such jam heavyweights as Phish and the Spin Doctors at the H.O.R.D.E. Festival. Better yet, you won’t find too many bands with a rule for their live performances as steadfast as Widespread Panic’s, having never played the same exact set twice. “There’s never a dull moment when you’re out here with Widespread Panic,” Ortiz says. “We always like to throw curveballs, not only to our fans, but also to each other.” One of those curveballs came last year, when rumors began to swirl that the band would be going on hiatus in 2012. Ortiz refutes such claims, but Widespread Panic does expect to scale back its touring going forward. “We’re just going to be more selective,” Ortiz says. For now, though, they’re just going to enjoy the ride. Widespread Panic performs at the Wiltern July 13 & 14. For more information, visit


SALLY HANSEN SPA WAX KIT by erica carter

It’s much easier to go and get waxed, but once you get the hang of it, self-waxing, namely under your arms, is pretty easy. You just have to pick the right product and read the directions. I have been using Sally Hansen’s Lavender Spa Wax Kit as of late. The product comes with the purple (lavender) wax, applicators and a starter kit of muslin paper and azulene oil. This product promised a more natural way of removing unwanted hair from your body and face, with soothing lavender to prevent irritation. Upon further research, I noticed that Amazon reviewers gave it 2.5 stars, not too good. A lot of the dismay from users stemmed from how messy it is. It is not water soluble, meaning you have to use oil or powder to remove it. It’s also very thick and clings very quickly to whatever it is around. Once I got the hang of using this, after about two tries, Sally Hansen’s Lavender Spa Wax is not that bad. I liked that the smell is pleasant, and after the waxing, my skin felt very soft and smooth. One thing to keep in mind is to not overheat the wax, even if it seems too thick to apply. A little goes a long way, so the $12 cost is actually pretty affordable. However, you do have to buy a bigger bottle of azulene oil or better yet invest in some Vitamin E enriched baby oil. You may need to buy extra muslin papers as well. The azulene oil costs about $6, and the strips you can buy at any beauty store for less than $5. You can stretch the strips by cutting them down to size and using both front and back. You should also invest in a wax warmer to keep the wax in a useable consistency. Otherwise, work really fast or stick the wax back in the microwave. There’s a lot to take in, but I really enjoyed the smell and my smooth skin, which lasted an impressive eight weeks. For more information, visit

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1091 Broxton Ave., Westwood by sean fitz-gerald Big things come in small pack– ages. Bibigo, a fast and casual Korean restaurant Bibigo’s Hot Stone Bibimbap near UCLA, has a petite storefront and foyer similar to that of a Jamba Juice. Upon entering, however, customers will see that this small restaurant packs a worthy punch. Bibigo’s interior is daubed with various shades of light greens, and the walls are covered with bamboo-esque décor, immediately transporting diners to a different world. Behind the aegis of the kitchen, customers are tucked into intimate booths and tables, covered with chic plates and dining accoutrements. Bibigo’s initially posh vibe engenders the feel of a modish, sit-down restaurant; however, Bibigo is versatile in that it can serve its customers a quick meal on the go or a sumptuous, sit-down repast. The name ‘bibigo’ is a Korean-English portmanteau that comes from the Korean ‘bi-bi-da’ (to mix) and the English ‘to go.’ Bibigo offers two menus, one with their lunch dishes and one with their dinner options. Some customers might appreciate the lunch menu because it is smaller and inexpensive; on the other hand, in its brevity, the lunch menu does not offer customers the full Bibigo experience. The dinner menu, albeit pricier, is more exhaustive and offers a collection of tantalizing dishes not found on the lunch menu. To commence the dining experience, Bibigo offers an array of satisfying appetizers. One of the most notable starters is the Mandoo, bite-size dumplings filled with either chicken and cilantro or pork and ginger. The Mandoo is essentially an Eastern take on popcorn chicken, with its crispy outside and silky-smooth inside. The contrast between the dish’s crunchy exterior and flavor-packed interior is balanced to perfection, making the Mandoo the ideal starter. Another impressive appetizer that is daring and ambrosial is the Ruby Grapefruit Salad. Mixed with fresh greens, tailless shrimp and grapefruit wedges, the salad is a refreshing dish that is perfect for the summer. The brittle greens, plump and wellseasoned shrimp and sweet dressing combine to inhibit the grapefruit’s notoriously bitter taste – actually making it an enjoyable fruit. Off the ‘Tapas’ menu customers will find exemplary snack-size dishes with the Pajeon, a Korean-style seafood pancake, and the Red Chicken. Bibigo’s Pajeon is prepared with scallions, calamari and shrimp, and is served on their signature hot stone, a black stone pot that conveniently stays warm throughout the entirety of the meal. The Pajeon is pan-fried to a crisp, so the pancake is neither too chewy nor too greasy, and the seafood is not lost in the mix, which ultimately gives the pancake its otherworldly savor. The Red Chicken will provide an unmarred experience for spice lovers, as it is Bibigo’s piquant rendition of the faux-Oriental classic, Orange Chicken. Served on a hot stone with diced almonds and green onions, the Red Chicken has addictive flavor, crunch and zest – but be careful, as the Red Chicken’s kick can be merciless! Of all the items on the menu, the Bibimbap is by far Bibigo’s finest dish. Bibigo makes its Bibimbap plates incredibly accessible and customizable by offering four different types of rice, toppings and sauces, leading to a multitude of combinations and personalized creations. Customers have their choice of white, black pearl, brown and barley & white as the rice; bulgogi, chicken, tofu and shrimp as toppings; and kohot, ssam, sesame and citron soy as sauces. The Hot Stone Bibimbap, specifically, is nonpareil as it makes the rice hot and crispy (cooking it further even while you’re eating it!). The vegetables add earthy flavor and texture to the rice, and Bibigo also gives you the option of adding an egg on top. The bulgogi is an unerring choice as the meat topping for the Bibimbap; the bulgogi mixes flawlessly with the egg, rice and vegetables, complementing the dish with a full-bodied flavor. LA’s Bibigo doesn’t offer dessert; however, the restaurant does have some interesting Korean drinks to accompany or conclude the meal, like an Aloe Vera Cooler, which has a peculiar minty taste, and a Rice Milk drink that strangely resembles iced coffee. As a dining experience, Bibigo is guaranteed to exceed expectations, whatever they might be. The chefs do an excellent job at crafting dishes that are appealing, both aesthetically and gastronomically. The relaxed ambience, brisk and friendly service and piping-hot, gourmet, Korean dishes are sure to satisfy customers with an appreciation for Korean cuisine and newcomers who are intrigued by the idea of a fresh, healthy and exotic meal. For more information, visit

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GOOD AND EVIL by alexandre johnson Many games feature ideas of heaven and hell, but how many can take us out of our world and into these ideals? The games “El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron” and “The Cursed Crusade” just may. “El Shaddai,” (available July 26 for PS3 and Xbox 360) an action adventure game. is stunning, with different designs and imagery used in its characters and platform world. Design was led by Takeyasu Sawaki, who did impressive work with a sumi-e painting styled world in the game of “Ōkami.” As expected, this game continues the use of creative imaging, and “El Shaddai” promises to be one of the most visually impressive games on the market. The main character in the game, Enoch (named after the biblical figure), is a man who was instructed by god to hunt the seven fallen angels in order to advert disaster for the world. Unlike most action games, Enoch starts the game unarmed and must steal his weapons and purify weapons from enemies mid-battle. He ends up with three weapons – the arch, the veil and the gale – each providing different actions and advantages in traveling the world and in fights from blocking enemy attacks to firing attacks from long distances. Together with its story, graphics and unique gameplay style, this game will likely become one of the classic games of 2011. On the other edge of the moral spectrum is “The Cursed Crusade” (available Sept. 13 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC). At first glance, the game is reminiscent of many other hackand-slash titles. What gives this game its unique edge is its storyline. “The Cursed Crusade” takes place during the fourth Crusade in the winter of 1198. The main protagonists, Denz de Bayle (whose father was in the last Crusade) and Esteban Noviembre (a thief and mercenary), journey on the campaign. Despite their intentions, the campaign goes awry and main characters find themselves fighting for their souls. The players have an edge in battle. The same power that gives players an edge, the Templar’s Curse, is also the power that they are running from, as it brings a fiery hell on earth. The player’s characters are not heroes, just men, who find their own weaknesses on their journey. A game feature that goes well with the story is the two-player co-op that allows players to play as Denz and Esteban, and players can help each other fight. The environment provides historical locations and that provides a setting for Denz and Esteban’s supernatural struggle. Combat is weapons based and features over 90 combos and 130 weapons. The Templar’s Curse is an exciting feature that automatically kicks into play granting added power and speed but also abilities: a new hell-ridden view of the world and the continual risk of falling under the shadow of death which stalks players as they are using the curse.

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summer lovin’ by victoria gu

Goal: The winner is the person who has the most fun and feels the least heartache. But follow the game rules carefully ... 1) Don’t get overly attached: Your new toy is often not here to stay. You want to be able to resume your life after summer without too much pain and heartache. How to do so? Keep your feet on the ground. Who doesn’t get swept off the feet by a new passionate love? While it’s definitely exciting to be thrown out of balance by a sudden romance, it is important to remember who you are and what you enjoy doing. If you enjoy spending time with family and friends, don’t let the new toy gobble up 100 percent of your free time. Spend time apart from your love interest for yourself. We act like kids with flashy new toys when it comes to a new love. The novelty of the relationship makes us yearn to spend every single moment with the brand new toy. Don’t forget what you love doing, and make sure to do things independently that make you happy. Do not let your new love become your only source of happiness. So when summer ends and this person who can make you oh-so-happy leaves, you will not be devastated by the lost and will still have other ways to make yourself happy and resume your normal life. After all, you should be your own

Campus Circle > Blogs > Seduction Community major source of happiness, not anyone else. 2) Do lay ground rules: It’s summer, and time is short. If you are unsure about where the fling is heading or how the person is feeling, go ahead and talk about it. Time is too short for you to be playing games with one another. If you cannot reach a consensus on what you both want, it would be better that you found out earlier than later, because things could hurt more further down in the relationship. 3) Do not fight: For the same reason as above, summer is too short for any drama. If you are unhappy with her/him, confront him/her (in a non-bitchy/douche-y manner) and move on. If you or your other half cannot get over it, then ditch and run. Why waste precious energy and time in summer on someone who’s not compatible? 4) Stop pointing the blame back at yourself: I have plenty of friends who tell me about how their love interest seemed to have lost interest or became intimidated after a while. They often say, “I knew I shouldn’t have told him I had a 4.0” or “She must think I’m a loser because she found out I don’t enjoy drinking that much.” If the person can’t deal with your 4.0 or your personal preferences, or other truths, why on earth would you even want to waste energy on a person who is not on your level? Think of this honesty as an automatic-filter, something that prevents the unwanted F-grade products from entering your intimate life. If the toy can’t appreciate you, then ditch, because you deserve someone who can. I admit it’s a mental game. But since summer is a time when you meet plenty of people, you don’t have time to waste on people who don’t understand you (and trust me there



Look out, Prius, your reign atop the hybrid market appears to be challenged. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt makes its debut as General Motors’ first plug-in gas/ electric vehicle. This four-passenger, four-door hatchback is something special. It has, in effect, two different drive trains: an all-electric one (battery and gasoline powered) that drive the car for the first 40 or so miles after a full plug-in recharge, then a gas-powered hybrid system automatically kicks in and can give you about another 250 to 300 miles of range. The cool thing about the Volt is being able to be plugged into a wall outlet, the battery can be fully recharged in about 10 hours on normal 120-volt household current or four hours with a special 240-volt charging station, which are becoming much more accessible throughout Southern California. Whether the electric motors are running by themselves or in combination with the gas engine, the combined total is 149 horsepower. While the Volt does not have racecar speed it makes you feel you are actually driving a car with some kind of power compared to the other electric or hybrid vehicles. The Volt offers the best of both worlds and gives you options compared to the Toyota Prius, which does not have


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are plenty of ignorant nuts out there). Don’t be hurt by their disinterest, because if they are not able to appreciate you for you who are, why waste time on them anyway? Remember, automatic-filtering system. Repeat it like a mantra. 5) Be realistic and perform a cost-benefit analysis: There are chances that your summer fling has the potential to carry on after summer. Here is when you need to be realistic and ask yourself practical questions such as: How far does the person live away from me? How often would we be able to see each other? Is it likely that that person or I will stay faithful? Does the cost outweigh the benefit or vice versa? Either way, the chances are high that there will be some pain carried over, whether you decide to continue the relationship (the pain of not being together), or if you decide to move on with your life (hence rule No. 1). Get an unbiased and trusted third-party opinion on what is the most practical thing to do. Summer Lovin’ is a game for all ages, and theoretically everyone should be a winner. It usually doesn’t end up this way. Why? Because they didn’t read the rules.

Campus Circle > Blogs > Urban Driver the electric charge option, or the Nissan LEAF, which is completely electric. Exterior: The Volt’s exterior is sleeker than many midsize sedans, although at first glimpse I was disappointed, as Chevy did not keep the futuristic body style unveiled in the 2009 auto shows, but was altered for a more practical version. Although, as you continue to look at the Volt you can’t help but to start to admire the simplistic and trim body style. The Chevy Volt home charger kit is pretty cool and gives you the feeling as if you are plugging in a household appliance. This is what I think puts the car over the top and signals it as the car of the future. Other standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and heated mirrors. Interior: The distinctive center console appears to have been modeled for the future. It looks like and iPad or an appliance from the film Minority Report. The Volt also manages to take a big step into the 21st century with plenty of standard color display with a built-in hard drive. The Volt’s space and comfort are nothing overtly special. There is no power driver seat option, which was a little contradicting as it has such a futuristic console but yet suffers from the lack of such a last century feature. However, the Volt has a remote-charging and vehicle-control program that owners can download and run from Blackberry and Apple iPhone cell phones. The temperature feature made me gasp when I heard how the owner can pre-heat or pre-cool the vehicle before getting in. A navigation system is standard, as is a hard drive for storing digital music files. The Volt’s hatchback design is convenient for loading but limits maximum luggage capacity to just 10.6 cubic feet with the back seats up. The rear seats fold down to expand cargo capacity, which is an added plus, but overall utility is close to that of a Prius.

The Premium Trim package adds leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated front seats. The Rear Camera and Park Assist package adds a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. Performance: The 2011 Volt is primarily powered by an electric motor, which pumps about 149 hp (111 kilowatts) and 273 pound-feet of torque. This motor then draws power from an ultra cool lithium-ion battery pack until the battery charge is about 70 percent depleted. At that point, the Volt’s 1.4-liter four-cylinder internal combustion engine, which requires premium fuel, comes in to power the car and gives another 32 miles/plus per gallon The Volt is not a power speedster or the fastest car on the road it’s the right vehicle to get you where you need to go, while other drivers spend time at the pump refueling their cars. Safety & Security: The Chevy Volt sticks to high safety standards of General Motors. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain-side airbags, front-side airbags and driver and passenger knee airbags. The Volt, at around $40,000, gives more comfort ability than many higher priced cars available and one that you will love and appreciate to drive every day.

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CALENDARTHE10SPOT BY FREDERICK MINTCHELL SATURDAYJULY 16 2011-12 Laker Girls Auditions Toyota Sports Center, 555 N. Nash St., El Segundo; If you think you have what it takes to cheer on the Lakers, now is your chance to prove it. 9 a.m.

WEDNESDAYJULY 13 Phase 7 – AMC/Bloody Disgusting Select Series Phase 7 mixes satire, humor, horror and social commentary in a way that reminds viewers of Shaun of the Dead. Coco has just moved to a new apartment with his pregnant wife Pipi. A deadly pandemic breaks out, and Coco joins forces with his off-kilter neighbor Horacio to defend his refrigerator and keep Pipi safe. Wednesdays & Fridays through July 22.

FRIDAYJULY 15 Aliens/The Terminator Double Feature New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd.; Actors Michael Biehn, Lance Henrik– sen, Jenette Goldstein and Mark Rolston and producer Gale Anne Hurd are scheduled to appear in person at the Saturday screening of Aliens.

SUNDAYJULY 17 Bastille Day Los Angeles Festival Monticello Old Lodge, Stadium Way & Scott Ave., Elysian Park; The idea of great French food, music, art, dance, people and the summer sun all together for one day to celebrate France’s independence is a beautiful idea … and Angelenos agree, nine years and counting. Noon-9 p.m. $5.

WEDNESDAYJULY 20 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus - Fully Charged Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Downtown; Clowns, magic acts, human can– nonballs, the double wheel of steel, high wire and trapeze stunts, and all other things circus are here. Runs through July 24.

WEDNESDAYJULY 20 Social Media Breakfast Club Coupa Café, 419 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills; Topic: Intro to Facebook Ads + Google Remarketing. For the first time, they will have TWO speakers. The first 15 people to provide a business card at check-in get

a gift bag; A Venezuelan-inspired breakfast during a presentation on putting your personal social media profiles to work for you, followed by speed networking. 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. $15.

FRIDAYJULY 22 An Evening with Betty White Royce Hall, 245 Charles Young Drive, UCLA; The night will feature a discussion and Q&A, along with a memorable video retrospective of her career – from her breakthrough role as Sue Ann Nivens on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show,” to Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls,” to her hysterical appearance as host of “Saturday Night Live” and her current role on “Hot in Cleveland.” Special guests TBA. 8 p.m.

SUNDAYJULY 24 Los Feliz Village Street Fair Featuring food, live local bands, dancing lessons, carnival rides, arts and crafts, a Chalk Art Display, a Green Scene Eco pavilion, a Mind-Body-Spirit Pavilion, designer trunk shows, runway presentations and more. On Hollywood Boulevard between Vermont and Hillhurst. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. FREE.

MONDAYJULY 25 Navy Week A Carrier strike group port visit; The Navy Parachute Team; Navy Band performances; Navy simulators and other interactive displays; Community service projects and events with local sports franchises and more. Runs through July 31.

MONDAYJULY 25 The Farmers Classic L.A. Tennis Center, 555 Westwood Plaza, UCLA; Scheduled to appear are Sam Querrey, the Bryan Brother, Mardy Fish, James Blake, Juan Martin del Potro, Lleyton Hewitt and more. Runs through July 31.

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The entire season has been filled with ownership turmoil, game losses, injuries and the Opening Day incident that will forever plague Los Angeles. Nevertheless, the Dodgers have given fans three All-Star players this season in center fielder Matt Kemp, right fielder Andre Ethier and starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw. The L.A. trio headed to Arizona for the All-Star game, aiming to shine further and help the National League side secure home field advantage for October’s MLB World Series. Kemp, who lost 15 pounds during the offseason and participated in the Home Run Derby as well, has posted MVP-type numbers throughout the campaign. He is beyond focused in comparison to 2010, and he is in top shape; this has guided him to register a .313 batting average with 22 homers, 67 RBI, 47 walks, 103 hits, 55 runs scored and 27 stolen bases. Other than Kemp, the other above-par consistent Dodger has been the team’s pitching ace, Kershaw. At only 23 years old, Kershaw is arguably placing himself in competition for the NL Cy Young honor. Kershaw is 9-4 with an ERA of 3.03, which could likely decrease on a consistent basis because of his nasty stuff as a left-hander. In 19 affairs, he has three complete games and two shutouts, but the 147 fanned batters (most in MLB) are where he has earned his money. Let’s not forget the hometown boy. A native of Phoenix who attended Arizona State, Ethier was happy to go home for the All-Star celebration to play in front of family and friends. Ethier posts a batting average of .311 with nine homers, 44 RBI, 38 walks and 102 hits. The Dodgers (41-51) are sporting a four-game winning streak, fueled by the weekend’s sweep of the visiting San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium.

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