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This summer, Sarah Chong had the chance to live her dream of traveling to Paris. Through UCLA’s study abroad program, Sarah had the opportunity to take two courses to fulfill her history major requirements while surrounding herself in the romance of Paris. Fortunately, she shares her experience with Campus Circle. Why did you decide to partake in the study abroad program? Mainly because college is the time to experience new things; one of the greatest opportunities in college is traveling. Studying abroad is a unique experience that is accessible for each college student. It is also the perfect time to travel when you are learning more about yourself and enriching your mind through experiencing other cultures. The Paris program, led by Teo Ruiz, is geared towards history majors like me; however, the non-history major students enjoyed it just as much. Did you have any expectations for Paris? This was my first time traveling to Europe, so I kept an open mind towards everything. I was nervous and excited. When I stepped out of the airport, it was raining and very overcast. It did not even feel like Europe because it really felt like Los Angeles still!

As I was sitting in the train to go to my hotel, I saw graffiti everywhere, and the people I saw through the windows looked no different from Americans. The diversity of those individuals dazzled me so much; I was almost tempted to speak American English to them. My hotel even resembled some in LA. But when I glanced outside my hotel window, I saw the Eiffel Tower! Immediately, I forgot my first impression of Paris, and started to walk farther into Paris. As I strolled along, the stark differences between Europe and America surfaced. I began to visit buildings whose architecture seemed to fall right out of my history textbooks. It was unbelievable to see all the places I have been watching in the movies. I felt like I was in a movie because my surroundings were so beautiful and sublime. What is your impression of the culture in Paris? One of the things that Professor Teo drilled into our minds is that we were not tourists but Parisians. He wanted to show us how to live like Parisians. So all 40 of us in the program would sit for three hours to eat a meal unlike how quickly we Americans eat. In Paris, company during a meal is greatly valued. Parisians will spend time – whether they are sitting in cafés or on the streets – to chat with friends for hours. At cafés, chairs are facing toward the streets so customers can look to the streets and watch people pass by. There is an energy and a love for life that is so distinct in Paris. The street culture is incredible. As I stroll down the streets, I wondered how one city could embody all this amazing talent. People are so good at what they do – drawing, singing, playing music, etc. Along a few streets, you will find about six galleries, and in each gallery, you will see all the artists there talking about their artworks.


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by elisa hernandez ‘Shh … quiet please the movie is on.’ That’s what most students at USC say to each other while getting an exclusive look at films that haven’t even hit the theaters yet. Free movie screenings are one of the many luxuries USC students get to experience, thanks to the School of Cinematic Arts. The School of Cinematic Arts hosts events screening movies for USC students to attend. Events are open to all students regardless of majors; meaning even if you’re an economics major, you can still enjoy a free movie with your friends. “I think it’s awesome that they invite any student involved in USC without being a cinematic major to come,” says Susan Deng, a junior at USC studying broadcast journalism. “You have to be a USC student, but your guest doesn’t. So I take my friends all the time.” Most recently USC screened The Help, starring Emma Stone, which premiered earlier this month, as well as the recently releases horror film Fright Night, starring Colin Farrell. “I think it’s really cool that they’re remaking Fright Night. It’s a classic movie, and I’m happy that I get to get a first look

UCLA’s Sarah Chong studied abroad in Paris this summer. What is something else you love about Paris? In Paris, everyone loves reading. I go on the metro and everyone has a book in their hands, reading. My favorite place is a bookstore called Shakespeare and Company, which is actually featured in the movie called Midnight in Paris. In this bookstore, there are a myriad of English versions of great classics. The bookstore used to be a place for writers to drop in to write. Many antiques adorn the spaces, and as I ventured upstairs, a pianist will play music without any sheet music. Crawling with lovers of reading, it is the perfect atmosphere to read. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 >>>

Campus Circle > Blogs > Trojan SideLines at a horror classic,” says Joel Garrison, a junior at USC. The films are screened at USC Norris Cinema Theatre and Frank Sinatra Hall next to the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. Students show their school ID in order to get access and can sometimes even bring nonUSC student guests to the screening. “I saw a screening of Toy Story 3 before it came out in theaters, and it was awesome,” says Josh Anderson, a sophomore at USC. “I got an exclusive look before anyone else.” At the School of Cinematic Arts they believe students find a combination of factors that “make the USC Cinematic Arts experience truly unique.” By opening the door to all students everyone gets to experience just that. “The School of Cinematic Arts is everything I want, plus seeing movies for free is only icing on the cake,” says Jessica Morales, a student majoring in cinema and theater. Students such as myself have attended these events more than once. A good thing about these events is that there is no limit to how many times one can go. It’s a fun event that one can attend with their friends and even fellow classmates. “I have attended four times, [I’ve seen] Friends with Benefits, Cowboys and Aliens, Oceans and The Help. I definitely recommend people to go; it’s a good size theater, and it’s a free movie,” says Deng. “So far my favorite film has been Friends with Benefits. It was so good.” All students have to do is RSVP on the school’s Web site to attend. Some even post these events on Facebook inviting people to attend as well. The school promotes its events through flyers, Twitter, Facebook and word of mouth. These screenings are good for students who live far from home and don’t have ways to get around the city. Granted students can go to the University Village to go

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Fright Night is just one of many recent films to screen at USC. see a movie, but the great thing about this experience is that one can see films before the general public. The School of Cinematic Arts gives an exclusive look at the movies to come. Another great thing about it is that Cinematic Arts hosts guest panels and screenings of upcoming television shows as well. On Aug. 26 they will be screening a sneak preview of the new Fox comedy “New Girl” at the School of Cinematic Arts Complex. It’s a new experience that some students at USC never know about, so this is a chance to spread the word. Even if movies aren’t your thing you can learn more about the programs offered at the school. Next month they will also host a SCA Graduate Online Information Session, where they will talk about overviews of the school, programs and facilities, the application process and even a Q&A with the admission staff of the school. These are opportunities that students shouldn’t miss. For more information, visit Have a student group or idea for a future Trojan SideLines? E-mail

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Kim (Katie Holmes) comforts Sally (Bailee Madison) in Guillermo del Toro’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.

don’t be afraid Of the dark Katie Holmes in One of Guillermo del Toro’s Scariest by kristina bravo “Hola!” exclaims director Guillermo del Toro as he makes a grand but warm entrance in the Four Seasons suite where he sits down for an interview alongside the posh and sylphlike Katie Holmes, one of the stars of his latest endeavor Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. It’s based on a 1973 telefilm of the same title that del Toro believes to be “the scariest TV production ever made.” “I remember the movie fondly. I loved it, and it was the scariest movie I saw as a kid,” del Toro reminisces. The Pan’s Labyrinth director explains, however, that he has always had different ideas in mind about the film. Before starting the project, he thought that they “can completely change the story, [let it be] the same anecdote but make it a fairy tale gone wrong … about a character that is powerless because of her age.” Holmes plays Kim, girlfriend of architect Alex Hurst (Guy Pearce) who takes in his young daughter Sally as they move into Blackwood Manor. While Kim and Alex restore the Gothic mansion, Sally begins to hear rasping voices calling out her name from the basement.


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“When I was reading the script, I was terrified. I thought, ‘wow, this is going to be amazing.’ I love the world that he [del Toro] creates, and I wish I could think that way,” Holmes raves. “I learned how extremely hardworking Guillermo is and how smart he is with his script, with structure and pacing and the discipline it takes in order to really communicate these incredible visions that are unique to him.” In playing her character, she explains, “I think that being a mother myself only gave me more insight. I think when you’re a parent you can’t really turn things on and off. Any child in peril means something different to me now that I’m a mother.” “It is different, however, when the child in danger is a skilled diplomat like Bailee!” del Toro adds. “We were all very shocked hearing Bailee scream. As a parent, you know, we’re like, ‘what are we doing, we’re monsters!’” he says with laughter. Eleven-year-old Bailee Madison plays the movie’s young heroine, Sally. Incredibly poised and articulate indeed, Madison has the presence of someone wise beyond her years.

“When I was reading the script, I was terrified. I thought, ‘wow, this is going to be amazing.’” —Katie Holmes “The cool part of working with Guillermo is definitely his passion. Seeing all of his vision come to life was really fascinating to watch,” she says. When asked about her co-star, she recalls, “[Katie] really just took care of me on and off set. She made the set light and

bubbly and fun. There was always a lot of energy there. It was such an honor to work with her!” Madison adds that it was “exciting to be in [her] own scary movie” and that she “liked being scared.” In fact, the MPAA thought that the movie was so scary that it gave Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark an R-rating despite the movie production’s efforts to be PG-13. What is it about del Toro’s imagination that enables him to create such intricately beautiful worlds with the most frightening creatures? Del Toro explains, “I really think that [monsters] show the imagination of human beings ... We started talking about angels and demons at the same time. The universe is dual: night and day, cold and hot. One is as powerful as the other in terms of myth. There is the same compulsion, if not more, in the carving of a gargoyle and in the carving of a saint in the same cathedral. “Fantasy is a rebellious, malleable nature. Conformists normally reject fantasy. And we love them because they are in a way the freest part of our spirit.” To have Guillermo’s caliber of genius is definitely rare. “My dreams are the most boring dreams. I’ve had maybe four interesting dreams in my life, but I’m never bored anywhere. I can be alone in a place waiting in a restaurant and see a guy. What if all of a sudden there’s blood on the floor? I notice that he’s bleeding and then he’s sweating, someone’s going to come in through the door to kill him. “I get all caught up,” del Toro smiles, “and then I look up and of course he’s not bleeding. You know, I entertain myself.” This could very well be the understatement of the year, because it’s safe to say that his imagination entertains more than himself.

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Vera Farmiga shines in directorial debut. by marvin vasquez Her mystical light blue-green eyes re– minded me that true beauty still does exist in this world. But her charisma, eloquence and intelligence go beyond any character in any film she has made. This is truly who she is. Yes, this undeniable description is of New Jersey-born Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed), who appears as the lead actress in her directorial debut, Higher Ground. The film, which was predominantly shot in Kingston, N.Y., premiered in January 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival and received solid reviews and also screened at this season’s Tribeca Film Festival. It’s based on the memoir This Dark World: A Story of Faith Found and Lost by author Carolyn Briggs, who co-wrote the screenplay alongside Tim Metcalfe. The film details the main character’s, Corinne Walker (Farmiga), turmoil to keep her faith and spirituality in a religiously integrated community in the rural areas of a Midwest farm. “It was extremely challenging,” Farmiga says of directing while playing the lead role. But Corinne’s struggles with belief, love and trust are just not with God, but in human

relationships as well. Higher Ground tells this incredible biographical story filled with a talented cast that includes Joshua Leonard as Ethan Miller, John Hawkes as CW Walker, Donna Murphy as Kathleen Walker and Dagmara Dominczyk as Annika. “I loved the people I was working with. I loved my actors,” Farmiga says. Farmiga’s younger sister, Taissa Farmiga, makes her acting debut in Higher Ground. Taissa plays a young Corinne and immediately showed that she holds a very promising future in the film industry. “Seeing her develop in this role, we became closer to each other as sisters because we were playing the same person,” Farmiga shares. “There are 21 years between us, and I have often been a parental figure to her; it was nice to get close.” Higher Ground is not your usual book-turned-movie adaptation, for it sports intensely powerful scenes from beginning to end, unexpected consistent comedy and extremely sexy and sexual related moments. The young Corinne battles family dilemmas after her mother, Kathleen, experiences a stillborn birth. As a result, Kathleen’s grief becomes sour discontentment while CW engages in heavy alcoholic drinking. While at Vacation Bible School, the Holy Spirit penetrates Corinne en route to proclaiming her saved. However, as the years go by, Corinne questions life and its aspects, but settles into faith and church. As a teenager, she becomes a poet and dates Ethan. By the age of 18, Corinne is pregnant and married while she instills religion in her immediate family. Time passes, and trouble begins as the marriage begins to dissolve. More importantly, Corinne deviates from church and its followers, faith itself and her family at times. Still, she remains a loving mother, daughter and sister, but other relationships no longer exist.



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Vera Farmiga stars as Corinne Walker in Higher Ground. “I felt such a compassion for her,” Farmiga says of Corinne. “But I think her candor of a state of being, we all at some level, can identify with disillusionment with an idea that may have meant something.” How did Farmiga get involved with this project? At first, this was just another film she would appear in. Gradually, she became more profoundly attached to the script. At one point, Farmiga, her husband and newborn baby flew to Iowa to discuss and rewrite the screenplay with Briggs. Within a Q&A session on her Web site, Briggs says, “I owe even more to Vera Farmiga who risked a great deal in making this film. She was brave beyond words to take on the massive job of acting and directing – while pregnant, no less. She has made a movie that is unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and I see a lot of movies, indie and otherwise. She’s an artist of the highest caliber.” In 2010, Farmiga received nominations for Best Supporting Actress for an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for her role in Up in the Air. Not bad for someone who once desired to become an ophthalmologist. Higher Ground releases in select theaters Aug. 26.

SPIRITEDBRUIN <<< CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 Is there another amazing place to visit if we’re in Paris? There cannot be a spot more worthy of picnics than the field right in front of the Eiffel Tower called Champ de Mars. The view is indescribable, with musicians, artists and street vendors. As I sat there, eating some bread and cheese and drinking wine, I saw the Eiffel Tower light up.


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How did living in Paris while you studied history help you learn better? Traveling has helped me gain perspective to study history as I am challenged to visualize the information and dates that textbooks present in action. I began to realize that what I am studying called history is the reality of those who lived in the past. Their reality has influenced and encouraged our reality. I see everything around me as a result of what occurred in the past. When I returned to L.A., I began to see how it is engrossed in its history. Do you think traveling has helped you grow personally in addition to academically? When you travel, you are placed out of your comfort zone; you experience new cultures. Travels stretch your mind to be open to different ideas, beliefs and feelings. I believe I grew a lot in my time in Paris. I see new perspectives. I see how many people there are in our world. I am now more focused on others and different experiences rather than me and my needs. Not to say that I realized how small I actually am in this world, but that the world has so much to offer that if I only focus on myself, I am missing out on so much more. There are lots more places I wish to travel, and I am thrilled that I can proudly say I ventured through Paris. Have a student group or idea for a future Spirited Bruin? E-mail



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France Goes Pop! Now-Sept. 2 @ The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater Oh to be French in the ’60s and ’70s – those wispy bangs, the incessant chain-smoking (not that I’m in any way condoning it) and untamed sexuality casually out in the open (again, not condoning it). There’s a reason the word “nonchalant” is used beyond the boundaries of France. Experience it all through the screen at the France Goes Pop! film series hosted by the Cinefamily and co-presented by Cinespia. It celebrates the “golden era of super-fun French fashion, tunes, art, architecture and a brilliant whirlwind of cutting-edge filmmaking – all tied together with by a funky backbeat and a wispy ribbon of cigarette smoke.” Still not convinced? Just google images of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, and it would be hard for you to find any current celebrity that screams “très cool” as much as they do. On Aug. 26 at 8pm, there will be a free sneak preview of Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, the latest biopic about the late French poet, singer-songwriter, actor and director. The film will surely be a visual delight, as it was directed by celebrated comic book artist Joann Sfar based on his own bestselling graphic novel. Gainsbourg is played by Eric Elmosnino, as he lives a life filled with beautiful women, including Brigitte Bardot, France Gall, Boris Vian, Juliette Greco and of course, Jane Birkin, while treading on various musical genres in his career as a European pop musician. DJ Andy Votel will be there to provide music before and after the film, in addition to a live set by Paris Loves L.A. Can’t get enough of beautiful ’60s and ’70s European pop stars? Gainsbourg was a pretty talented guy, but he is not without the ladies who sung his songs over the years. He had Birkin, Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, Anna Karina, Françoise Hardy, Gall, Greco, Isabelle Adjani, Marianne Faithfull, Vanessa Paradis and the list goes on. Gainbourg and the women in his life are chronicled in the documentary, Gainsbourg and His Girls, which will have its Los Angeles premiere on Aug. 27 at 6:15 p.m. The film was the hardearned baby of writers Didier Varrod and Pascal Forneri who searched the archives of the Institut National Audiovisuel for nationally-owned French TV footage and interviews of Gainsbourg throughout the length of his career, some of which were conducted by other artists like Hardy and Birkin. Forneri will be at the Cinefamily for a Q&A after the screening. If you can’t make the premiere, there will be additional showings on Aug. 30 through Sept. 2. The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre is located at 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, visit

Psycho Aug. 27 @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery Summer is nearing to an end and before you know it, you’ll be needing an actual sweater to experience the evening out in the great outdoors. Celebrate the remnants of summer sans yards of wool at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and catch a screening of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho. Load your picnic baskets with food and drinks, bring your most comfortable blankets and watch Anthony Perkins murder Janet Leigh amongst famous graveyards and headstones underneath the stars. There will also be a DJ spinning before and after the showing to complete a fun, summer night out. Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. For more information, visit

Gus Van Sant’s Restless Aug. 30 @ Landmark Theater Let’s face it, summer is for watching fun, really entertaining films that are sometimes lacking in profound, life-changing-type substance. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, why not gain a little bit of balance by attending a special screening of Gus Van Sant’s Restless at Landmark Theater? He has directed other great films like Milk and Good Will Hunting, and this film stars Henry Hopper and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are Alright). Restless is about the story of two outsiders, one regularly sees a World War II Kamikaze pilot and the other a cancer patient, who meet at a funeral. Van Sant will be present for a Q&A after the screening, which is free for Film Independent members. Landmark Theater is located at 10850 Pico Blvd., West Los Angeles. For more information, visit


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Stranger Than Fiction: Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) continues his personal-stunt-as-muckraking style of documentary filmmaking with The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, a tongue-incheek look at the ubiquity of product placement in movies. Martin Scorsese is among the luminaries who appear in Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff, a tribute to the legendary cinematographer behind such films as Black Narcissus and The African Queen. Life After Django Reinhardt is a French documentary highlighting the annual festival honoring the pioneering gypsy jazz guitarist, with performances by, among others, Django’s grandson. Go inside the burgeoning movement to decriminalize marijuana with A NORML Life. The Majors: In a role which seems a bit too close to reality, Mel Gibson plays an executive and father on the brink of a breakdown who starts using a prescription puppet to communicate in The Beaver. Jodie Foster directs and co-stars in this original and quirky drama. The latest from multitalented writer/director Thomas McCarthy (The Visitor), Win Win stars Paul Giamatti as a desperate lawyer/high school wrestling coach who forms a bond with the troubled teenage grandson of a client. The fantastic Amy Ryan co-stars.

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LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell go deep undercover to catch Los Angeles’ threats to national security, from missing nukes to human trafficking, in the action-packed drama NCIS: Los Angeles: The Second Season. “24” meets “Lost” in the entertaining but short-lived The Event: The Complete Series. A man (Jason Ritter) searches for his missing girlfriend only to stumble onto a massive government conspiracy. There’s plenty of intrigue and special effects-infused action. Blake Lively and Leighton Meester return for more scandalous hookups among Manhattan’s upper crust in Gossip Girl: The Complete Fourth Season. Red Zone Cuba and Unearthly, the latest releases from the vaults of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” feature “MST3K” favorites director Coleman Francis and Tor Johnson (of Ed Wood fame). Each episode includes gut-busting PSAs about posture and speaking. Also available: Nickelodeon’s The Angry Beavers: Seasons One & Two

Foreign Fare: Trollhunter is an original horror-comedy about a group of students who team with a troll hunter to track down the monster that has been wreaking havoc in the Norwegian countryside. Jackie Chan returns to what he does best, martial arts comedy, with the Chinese period film Little Big Soldier. Chan wrote the script about a pair of mismatched soldiers who have to join forces to survive. Under the Radar: Cult director Monte Hellman (Two-Lane Blacktop) returns to filmmaking after 20 years with Road to Nowhere, a hypnotic, beautifully shot neo-noir. Mark Ruffalo makes his directorial debut with the original dramedy Sympathy for Delicious. Screenwriter Christopher Thornton stars as an up-and-coming DJ who is left paralyzed by a motorcycle accident and starts down a strange path of faith healing and rock ’n’ roll stardom. Orlando Bloom and Juliette Lewis co-star. A cold-blooded killer arrives at a country house to visit divine retribution on a family with a dark secret in The Bleeding House. NEDS is a gritty coming-of-age tale set in working-class 1970’s Glasgow from Peter Mullan (The Magdalene Sisters). Also available: Elvira’s Movie Macabre: The Terror/Eegah!, The Brain that Wouldn’t Die/The Manster, Gone, Super Hybrid Blu Notes: Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood created a new kind of western with their first two films together, remakes of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo and Sanjuro. A Fistful of Dollars and the sequel For a Few Dollars More are now available on Blu-ray. Also available: Roger Corman triple-feature The Women in Cages Collection (The Big Bird Cage, Big Doll House, Women in Cages)







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Financial analyst Harry Markopolos in a scene from Chasing Madoff

Chasing Madoff (Cohen Media Group) Answering questions to the world’s biggest financial mystery, Chasing Madoff provides an intimate portrait into the shaded area, which was the hunt for the world’s biggest con artist Bernard Madoff. Chasing Madoff is surprisingly fun and entertaining and its cinematography gives it the appeal of an action suspense film not your common documentary. Told through the narration of Harry Markopolos, who truly shines as a storytelling superstar as we see him go from investment manager to gun-toting financial whistleblower. Chasing Madoff includes interviews with Markopolos and fellow investigators Frank Casey, Neil Chelo, Michael Ocrant and Gaytri Kachroo over how they pursued and exposed Madoff and his elaborate Ponzi scheme for bilking investors out of $18 to $50 billion (The number will always remain a mystery.). Chasing Madoff tells the story of Markopolos who started his career as an investment analyst and stumbled onto the biggest financial Ponzi scheme in history, when he started to notice the numbers of one financial options manager always continued to steadily rise within the rollercoaster world of finance. Markopolos took it upon himself to warn the SEC of the mysteriously large numbers of this one options manager, Madoff, who was one of the biggest money managers in the world, handling hundreds of the world’s most wealthy financial institutions. Markopolos graphically details his uphill fight to take down one of the most powerful people in the world. Markopolos risked everything for the truth, only to be ignored for nearly a decade. Through Markopolos’ fight he would create many enemies, the biggest being Madoff. Markopolos also had to worry about his family’s safety; his fear would serve as graphic entertainment for audiences.


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Markopolos has a knack to make you laugh and feel engulfed in his stories of making his home into a lock-down zone and his wife standing with a riffle ready to take down any SEC personnel trying to steal Markopolos’ paperwork. Facing personal risks and fighting against overwhelming obstacles, this is a great story of a lone man who stood up for what he believes in. Even in a time of great doubt Markopolos stood true to his beliefs. Now thanks to Markopolos there will be change brought to the corrupt world of finance. Director and producer Jeff Proserman details Markopolos’ amazing journey with poise. Though I wasn’t as shocked and appalled then when I saw other films detailing the rampant corruption of financial banking institutions, I was titillated and amused by the suspense filled Chasing Madoff, and you will be too. Grade: A —Sean Oliver Chasing Madoff releases in select theaters Aug. 26.

Circumstance (Roadside Attractions) The runaway hit of the Sundance Film Festival was Iranian film Circumstance, which won the Audience Award. I entered the theater with much enthusiasm and heavy anticipation to sit and watch this extremely unique coming-of-age story about two young girls, Atafeh and the orphaned Shireen. The characters were played strongly by newcomers Nikohl Boosheri and Sarah Kazemy who have a definite future in cinema. Atafeh and Shireen are two friends from two completely different backgrounds but share in common the disdain and angst growing up in the extremely religious and strict country of Iran. All the while, the girls hold on to their dreams of being free and having a fun lifestyle as they have seen in television and movies about America.

Atafeh is growing up in an extremely wealthy and powerful family, while Shireen is growing up in a moderate household being raised by her adoptive uncle who has one dream: seeing his niece get married. Atafeh and Shireen’s unusual friendship is unclear at first. As the film goes on there is some clarity, and we see that theirs is not just a friendship, but something more. Atafeh and Shireen must keep their relationship a secret. Through the entire film you know someone is spying in on the girls and you really don’t know the ultimate purpose. Atafeh’s and Shireen’s lives get turned upside down when Atafeh’s brother, Mehran (played creakingly by Rezo Sixo Safai), returns from drug rehab and has a second coming in the strict religious community of Iran. He feels he owes his life to Allah and his country and will do anything to protect it, even if he must turn on his family and friends. Atafeh and Shireen contemplate leaving the pious city of Tehran for the more lenient Dubai and as they make plans to leave the morality behind, police bust the girls and their safety is jeopardized. Suddenly, the girls must make choices or face dire consequences. Circumstance has a plot and theme that made it a hit for the Sundance and indie crowd. For some reason, for me, it doesn’t translate on screen. I felt like I was wanting or waiting for something more. I couldn’t quite figure out what it was; I was just left feeling empty at the end. Circumstance compared to other indie coming-of-age classics such as Better Luck Tomorrow, Maria Full of Grace or The Virgin Suicides doesn’t measure up. It does, however, show a seemingly accurate picture in the controversial Iranian society and will educate American audiences to the angst facing people in the country. The cast was superb, and the two leads were quite strong and graceful. Grade: B —Sean Oliver Circumstance releases in select theaters Aug. 26.










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Sam Riley takes a risk. by ricardo quinones Brighton Rock is a movie that disguises itself as a crime drama but is actually a love story. The movie takes place in the 1960s in Brighton Beach, England, during a time in which 20-somethings are rebelling against the government, and chaos rules over civility. Mopeds, the primary mode of transportation, are prevalent in the movie, as are scenes of mobs congregating to fight with the police with sticks and knives. Rowan Joffe directed the film and adapted the story from a book by Graham Greene, although the book (and its 1947 film verson) was set in the 1930s. Sam Riley plays the lead role of Pinkie who is a gangstertype character. He talks about the director’s decision to change the time period for the movie: “I was a little bit skeptical. Rowan had the right ideas, I think. He keeps it in a time frame where there was the death penalty, which is important to the part [in the story]. Revolution was going on at the time, and it also plays a part in the story.” Riley is known for his previous role in Control, which was received rather well. “When asked about playing a dark character, if everything is one dimensional or just nice or just sensitive,

Campus Circle > Film > Interviews then it’s not very realistic. I think they [his characters] are dark, but I always find something likeable in them,” he says. “Maybe it’s my face. Maybe I just got one of those faces that looks miserable.” Being in Brighton Rock alongside Helen Mirren and John Hurt has garnered him some insights into the fickle yet exciting movie industry. “I’m not formally trained,” he says. “When you’re actually doing a scene with somebody like that, you have got to have your eye on the ball. You don’t think for a second that it’s Helen Mirren or John Hurt or Andy Serkis. You’re in the moment, and then it’s when you go home at night that you think, ‘fuckin’ hell, I’ve just slashed John Hurt across the face.’” In between projects, Riley works hard to keep spirits high. “In the sense of switching off in the life of an actor looking for work, you quite often get called [but] you’ve got the wrong face or you’re too tall or you’re not good enough.” His career has had its ups and downs but that does not deter him from taking risky roles such as that of Pinkie. “I’m trying to do more exercise. I’m working on my magnum opus, a post-apocolyptic movie, and I was writing short films and things. I don’t know whether I’m going to do anything [with them], but it keeps me busy. I also watch a lot of films, just to keep my eye on the competition. I’m bored when I’m not working,” he shares. The love story of Pinkie and Rose (played by Andrea Riseborough) is exquisitely embedded into the gritty outer shell of the film but requires patience from the audience, which is typical of an independent film. The action sequences make up for the scenes that are filled with dialogue and emotion.



The Sitcom Star Replacement by hiko mitsuzuka While the American television audience gets ready to see Ashton Kutcher make his debut on the (ahem) retooled “Two and a Half Men,” inquiring minds want to know how it’ll all go down. The burning questions on the minds of millions of fans are heating up: How will the former “That 70s Show” star, who’s playing an immature Internet billionaire, be written into the show’s premise? What’s happening to Charlie Sheen’s character? Is he really being killed off in a fiery accident, a plot development that can only be concocted by a writer scorned? (See” “The Hogan Family” below.) I, for one, was never a regular viewer of “Men.” In the eight years it has been on the air, I probably caught a total of 20 minutes of the show, most of that time against my will as I had most likely been sitting on my grandmother’s couch during any given holiday visit. However, the brouhaha surrounding this recent casting headline has made me think about similar switch-ups on sitcoms past. Much like the Let’s-Have-A-Baby ploy that’s used whenever sitcom children grow older and less cute (See: “The Brady Bunch,” “Growing Pains,” “Family Ties”), the Sitcom Star Replacement tactic isn’t anything new. For decades, television producers and writers have been coming up with ways to


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Sam Riley as Pinkie in Brighton Rock Mirren plays Ida Arnold who is a proprietor of a tea house and is thrown into the belly of fire that involves two gangs at war with each other because of Rose’s employment in the tea house. The character lends itself well to the film due to Ida’s determination of pinning Pinkie to a murder. The complex relationship between Rose and Pinkie makes for some teeth grinding as the audience will be frustrated with Pinkie’s evil deeds, but there is room for sympathy as well which makes the film end nicely – so to speak. Audiences may be delighted with Andy Serkis’ character of Mr. Colleoni who is a mob boss. The mood is murky throughout the film with an opening sequence that shows waters of the ocean moving violently against the shore. The editing is done well, which is a triumph because of the way the story unravels itself. Brighton Rock releases in select theaters Aug. 26.

Campus Circle > Film > The Channel Surfer switch out prominent characters with new faces ... sometimes playing the same character (I’m looking at you, “Bewitched” and “Roseanne”). This television strategy has been used with the hope of keeping an audience’s interest and the ratings stable enough to carry the series into lucrative syndication. Networks execs may call it “revamping,” but boob tube fanboys like myself call it “jumping the shark” or just plain desperation. Here are a few of those recorded-in-front-of-a-live-studioaudience laughers that attempted to replenish their creative juices when they were faced with some untimely departures: “The Facts of Life” (1979-1988): By the eighth season of this Saturday night sitcom, Cloris Leachman took over for Charlotte Rae whose role as Mrs. Garrett had been reduced throughout the two prior seasons. Why? Seeing as this all took place during that pre-TMZ, pre-Twitter era known as the glorious 1980s, fans can only guess and believe whatever Wikipedia now tells them. *PS – Look up “Seven Little Indians,” my favorite episode of the series, the one where Natalie gets strangled to death by a pair of fuzzy dice. To my hardcore Facts of Lifers out there, you know which one I’m talking about. “The Hogan Family” (originally titled “Valerie”) (19861991): TV history books tell us sitcom legend Valerie Harper demanded an impossible salary hike after the second season, and when producers refused, she walked out. Enter Sandy Duncan, who arrived just in time for the 1988-89 season to play cheery Aunt Sandy, consoling the men of the family after Mama Val was killed in a fire (oh those writers!). After going through an awkward title change to “Valerie’s Family: The Hogans,” network execs detected that no one really missed poor old Val and settled on the abbreviated “The Hogan Family” halfway through the third season. “Step by Step” (1991-1998): Cast regular Sasha Mitchell, who played doofus cousin Cody, got into some legal trouble



Ashton Kutcher (center) joins the “Two and a Half Men” cast. back in the mid-’90s for allegedly beating the crap out of his wife. And the fact that the well-built dude had a black belt in Tae Kwon Do (and starred in those low-rent Kickboxer films) probably didn’t help his case. Enter, Bronson Pinchot, the former “Perfect Strangers” star who returned to this TGIF roots on ABC as Jean-Luc Rieupeyroux, a male beautician who becomes business partners with Carol (Suzanne Somers) in the show’s sixth season. “Spin City” (1996-2002): Looking back now, the irony is loud and clear: 11 years ago Charlie Sheen stepped in to replace Michael J. Fox, who had to leave in order to deal with his Parkinson’s disease. Sheen arrived at the top of the fifth and penultimate season when production moved its operations from manic Manhattan to schizophrenic Los Angeles. He joined Heather Locklear, who arrived during the season prior (conveniently after bidding adieu to “Melrose Place”), and the chemistry was apparently so great ... it only lasted those two final seasons. For more pop cultural ramblings, visit and


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BACK-ToSchool FASHION by dana jeong

Campus Circle > Blogs > Trend Blender Now that fall semester is right around the corner, it’s officially time to cash in those checks from your summer job and head straight to the mall for a complete wardrobe makeover – if you’re lucky, that is. For those not-so-lucky ones, including myself, a new school year means scrambling to earn some last-minute cash for new books, new furniture and outrageous rent for ridiculously overpriced school housing. All of these money eaters rarely leave room for a single outfit update let alone a complete makeover, so we have no choice but to resort to our own closets. I can already hear some of you groaning at the thought of wearing the same thing you wore all summer, but don’t you worry, dear fashionistas, I’m here to guide you through the secrets of outfit recycling that will make old seem new and right on trend, with real examples from my very own closet.

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A maxi skirt is a perfect way to transition your summer tanks into fall. Tone down the girly and toughen up your outfit with a pair of laceup boots.

Get in touch with your inner country girl with a denim shirt in a relaxed fit and a floral maxi. A statement bag is a must!

Deathfully afraid of the A/C in the classroom? Throw a cardigan or jacket over your shoulders – a royal-like way of keeping warm.

Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you have to stop wearing your favorite summer dresses. Your wide range of bright jackets from spring will keep them wearable all winter.

More Tips: – Join in on the crazy lace trend by sporting a lacy sweatshirt on top of your favorite denim shorts. – Add some statement socks and a cute mini backpack to your usual tee-and-shorts combo. – Don’t let your crazy party outfits go to waste just because festival season is over! I turned my favorite party dress into a top by wearing it under a soft pink maxi – totally class-appropriate.

The rise of bright colors takes preppy to a whole new level. Give your outfit some energy by throwing on a bright coral blazer.


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Sick of boring old maxi skirts? Cut it up and show some skin – totally DIY-able!

Instant chic outfit recipe: stick with the same color all over, and add a cute tote in a totally different color. Ready in three minutes.


Driven By Ambition

by richard castaÑeda The last five years have been crazy for Casey Crescenzo, frontman of Rhode Island’s the Dear Hunter. He juggled five albums with two bands and many ideas for the ambitious 36-song, nine-EP collection, The Color Spectrum. “I do my best to not just listen to other artists and steal what they’re doing,” Crescenzo says. “Musically, my inspiration is always just going from my head and trying to be as natural as possible.” The concept for The Color Spectrum came to him five years ago when he wanted to challenge himself as a songwriter, producer and performer. The goal was to attain something that might be unattainable for one person alone. “I love approaching a body of work as a body of work and not just shitting out 100 songs for the sake of doing it and then whittling it down to 10 and saying ‘I guess that’s a record,’” Crescenzo admits. Crescenzo felt that the only way to do his project justice was to do a cross-country trip in as many different settings as he could afford. He felt it would allow the ideas to present themselves instead of forcing his hand. “Why don’t I just put myself in different settings and see

what happens?” Crescenzo asked himself. “I definitely took in the surroundings and interactions I had with people. I let the differences in geography inspire me.” He contacted musicians across the country and made plans to stop by for a night, jam and then leave for the next city. His nine-day road trip took him from Alameda, Calif. to Salt Lake City; Des Moines, Iowa; Chicago; Akron, Ohio; State College, Pa. and finally Rhode Island. Crescenzo didn’t travel alone. He brought his wife and another friend to document the recording process. All the footage recorded is meant for a future release. “Everyone that I got a chance to collaborate with is so talented that we, in different ways, fit like puzzle pieces,” Crescenzo says. The production value is top notch with contributions from Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra, Mike Watts and Mike Poorman. Crescenzo says that each person brought a unique flavor to the myriad of influences on The Color Spectrum. With Hull, Crescenzo related on a songwriter level and approached songs from that perspective. With Watts and Poorman, Crescenzo was challenged as a producer. The experiences and different music styles shaped the project in such distinctive ways, that they merited an EP of their own. Comprised of black, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet and white, each four-track EP features aspects of the Dear Hunter people might not otherwise have expected. Recognizing that only hardcore fans would purchase the entire nine-EP collection, Crescenzo created a retail version that serves as a cross section of the entire project. The CD version includes a track from each EP, with the exception of the green and white EPs that feature two songs, respectively. “The acoustic and folky nature of the green EP isn’t really explored in Dear Hunter music very often, [neither is] the

LIVESHOWREVIEWS Outside Lands 2011 Aug. 12-14 @ Golden Gate Park Outside Lands returned to its three-day format this year, and it seems like it was what the masses wanted. Saturday’s turnout was by far the most I’ve ever seen at this event since it started three years ago. The weather was good, and the lineup as eclectic and diverse as ever; hipsters, hippies and techno kids all had something to look forward to. I got started Friday with the Original Meters on the Lands End main stage. Although they haven’t played together much since 1977 you wouldn’t have guessed it. Their classic New Orleans sound mixing funk and R&B was great. I didn’t know much of their material, but it was hard to keep from tappin’ your foot and shaking your hips. You could tell these guys had a long musical relationship, and they quickly resumed where they left off in 1977. Next on the big stage was MGMT. They had just played a show earlier in Big Sur at the Henry Miller Library and made reference to it as being one of the highlights of their lives. I have seen them a few times and never been that into it, but the thousands of kids in face paint and headbands seemed to help me out. They powered through their big hits and were tight as usual. Any band that has a song referring to Brian Eno is OK in my book! Then came Phish; by the amount of tie-dyes and hulahoops in the crowd, SF was ready for this band. They played two sets back to back, and well, that a lot of Phish. Not really being a fan, I have to say these guys ripped! Trey Anastasio was amazing on the guitar and his famous “O” face made more than one appearance. I wish I knew more about them because their shows feel like one big inside joke that I wasn’t in on. Their lyrics are hilarious. Songs like “Fluffhead” and “Possum” had the whole field chanting along. They really

more uplifting tonality of the white EP,” Crescenzo admits of the track selections. “I tried to show those two sides and give them a little more visibility on this project, knowing that the CD is a cross section of the entire project, but that it should also stand on its own.” For now, Crescenzo intends to enjoy the success of finishing another ambitious pro– ject and tour the hell out of the album. He acknowledges the persistent inquiries about “Act IV.” For those unfamiliar, the band is based on a story Crescenzo wrote about a fictional character (The Dear Hunter). The story follows this fictional character from life to death. He wrote the story when he was 20. “I purposefully wrote it with a lot of wiggle room. There’s pillars of important things that happen along the way,” Crescenzo adds. “I didn’t think that I knew enough or that I experienced enough at 20 to flesh out the entire story, so I gave myself all of the important plot points.” The fourth chapter in the six-part story might still be unclear, but Crescenzo is adamant that the story will be completed. It’s just a matter of when. The Dear Hunter performs Aug. 27 at the Glass House. For more information, visit

Campus Circle > Music > Live Show Reviews turned it on during the second set, and it was now dark so you got the full experience. From there, I headed to Best Coast. They were playing on the smallest stage at the venue, Panhandle, but should have been on one of the larger ones. It was beyond packed for this; I seriously had to do some pushing and shoving to get anywhere close. Their sound was awesome and even though I only knew the radio hits, I loved it. Bethany Cosentino’s voice is great. They make you just want to lie on the grass and soak up their laidback tunes. The crowd went nuts for their hit “Sun Was High,” as I assume most of them were as well. My favorite set by far was the Black Keys on Saturday – had to be 60,000 people for them, more than any other band I’ve ever seen at OL, even for the great Radiohead. The stage was adorned with a giant dream catcher and a huge blow-up tire, dwarfing the two men on stage. In classic Black Keys tradition they started the set with just the two of them ripping into “Grown So Ugly,” and the place exploded. They soon brought in a bassist and keyboardist to do the newer stuff, including “Howlin’ For You” and “Tighten Up.” I’ve seen them many times before, and they are at their peak without a doubt. To keep the old-school fans happy they stripped back down to a two-piece and finished the show off with more classics. Honestly, they could have played all night and I would have been happy – an American classic in the making. At the end of the night I watch the first few songs of Muse – great light show and good sound, but it wasn’t my thing. I had heard the buzz about Girl Talk and thought I’d check it out. By the time I got to the stage a few songs into the set, it was packed. I was stunned by the riffs of Black Sabbath with Beyoncé mashed over the top. It was like a dance party on steroids; thousands of people dancing, the equivalent of

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Matthew Bellamy of Muse performs at Outside Lands. a packed nightclub on a Saturday night. It reminded me of sitting in front of your TV with the remote control, watching 20-30 second clips of songs we all know and love in a fun and exciting arrangement. As much as I’m not into DJs, it was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. I can’t recommend Girl Talk enough. He had at least 30 people onstage from the crowd dancing with balloons and toilet paper rolls flying through the crowd. It was an adult birthday party with all your favorite hits – truly something for everyone. —Greg Cherry

The Wilderness of Manitoba Aug. 16 @ Hotel Café One of my favorite venues has become the Hotel Café, CONTINUED ON PAGE 21 >>>

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Final Show at Sunset Junction by zach bourque Every now and then a band comes along that surprises, delights, insults and altogether makes people sit up and notice. Mainstream or not Gayngs has more or less filled the shoes of all of the aforementioned adjectives. Some love them, some hate them and most are just wondering where the “Y” in the name came from and why the music makes them want to have intercourse. Self-proclaimed band “wrangler” Ryan Olson is similarly perplexed with his band’s success. Their debut full length, Relayted, was recorded with no less than 24 members, a feat more akin to a movie producer than a musician whose main musical aspirations are expressed through his main project, Marijuana Deathsquads. Most notable among members is Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. Gayngs’ sound straddles the boundary between self referential and outrageous; low key and highly strange. Recorded entirely at 69 BPM, Relayted is an amalgamation of guitars, keyboards, drums, saxophones and sexy vocals. The low-key nature of the music takes some getting used to as the entire album sounds as if it is filtered through a Nyquil and Kenny G cocktail. The self referential, ironic nature of Gayngs has pleased and pissed off people left and right. Fresh off an East Coast tour and appearances at Coachella, Olson comments, “Some people just hated us. The very ironic nature of the sound

Campus Circle > Music > Interviews brought out hipster haters from all around.” To their defense, it’s hard not to apply the term for a soft rock throwback band, comprised entirely of long haired, neon wayfarer-wearing musicians. However, there is something wildly refreshing about Gayngs. Olson says the band’s unique sound was inspired almost entirely from a local radio station that specialized in nothing but cheesy soft rock: “We wanted each track to meld into each other with the tempo we set with the first track ‘Gaudy (Side of Town).’” As one might imagine, the recording process for such an ordeal was nothing short of a chore. “When you have that many members you can’t just record like normal. We had people just stopping over at my house to record whenever they could. We also recorded in Justin [Vernon]’s studio whenever possible. “ Naturally, the live show is a bit less of a cluster. “We normally have around nine to 12 members live. There are a lot of other bands happening within Gayngs. I don’t want to stop the other bands from existing.” Like the band’s unorthodox sound, Gayngs’ first live show ever was equally as strange. All 24 recording members were present for an event Olson describes as “The Last Prom on Earth … a post-apocalyptic event with mosh pits full of make out sessions.” The buzz behind the event even brought a special guest. “Prince definitely showed up. He existed. It was pretty wild having a guest like that for our first show,” Olson notes. It became immediate that this was more of an impassioned, strange side project for all parties involved. “We’ve played five- or 10-stop tours on either coast and a bunch at South By South West as well as Coachella. But this is a side project. Sunset Junction will be our last hurray, our


NATALIA KILLS Channels her Dark Side with Perfectionist by stephanie nolasco When a lady croons about making love to zombies, you know listeners are bound to hunt her down and find out whom this strange siren is. In a music industry dominated by blonde European exports, British-Jamaican singer Natalia Kills demands your attention. The 24-year-old femme fatale, who’s rarely spotted without heart-stopping pumps, a blood-red pout and floor-caressing cloaks shielding her flawless caramel skin, doesn’t want to be a flavor of the week. Rather, she’s launching a new genre, dark pop, an homage to her rugged Bradford upbringing in England. Yet it’s this same place that would serve as fuel to music-hungry Kills, who as a child, wanted to join “a bad bitch girl gang.” “Bradford is an odd place,” describes Kills. “It’s mostly famous for serial killers and factories. There are bodies buried all over the moors. Growing up there was interesting in the sense that it’s so vacuous and bland. You have nothing but freedom. With that is the fear of being kidnapped and never seen again. I suppose it made me a thrill seeker. I don’t look for trouble, but I’m not afraid of the dark.” At age 13, a time before any of Kills’ classmates even considered college, she was chosen to join the National Youth Theatre, which would eventually lead to a choice that, to this day, she has no regrets in making. Just a year later, then


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last show.” That’s right. Aug. 28 is supposed to be Gayngs’ last show as a band. Anyone antsy to get in on one of the band’s trademark make out mosh pits will have to drag themselves out to the Sunset Junction Street Fair, which features one seriously diverse lineup. Hanson, Butthole Surfers, Bobby Womack, Lil Jon and … you get the picture. Music fans from all walks of life will get a taste of everything at the two-day festival. Whether or not they’ll enjoy the eccentric lineup is yet to be seen. Gayngs’ final show will mark the end of a strangely wonderful experiment for all parties involved. The relative success of such an interesting musical experiment provides all the proof needed that even a strange Midwestern musical orgy can turn some heads with the help of some word of mouth. “We certainly didn’t see any of this coming. I think we’re all ready to get back to our own bands,” notes Olson. Gayngs are scheduled to perform Aug. 28 at Sunset Junction. For more information, visit

Campus Circle > Music > Interviews 14-year-old Kills would leave behind a city of riots and tension to find salvation on the streets of London. While she learned the ins and outs of television sitcoms and filmmaking, she wasn’t satisfied with being an actress. “I always knew I had to be creative,” explains Kills. “[But] I wanted to be myself. I wanted to be a creator, not just someone who expresses some writer’s creation.” Kills would then begin a new project, one that would ultimately pave the way for a starring role in a new career. After four years on BBC television, Kills found a way to ease her creative itch by uniting her filmmaking background and desire to sing. Rather than make the usual demo and mail it out to countless record labels, she produced and directed a Web series, titled “Love, Kills xx,” where she unveiled her seductive goth pop with a hint of hip-hop. For the first time, audiences were exposed to “Zombie,” a horror dance anthem that shows Kills marching on cold, dark streets in spiked stilettos and a black gown, a modernday bride of Frankenstein, only with a more alluring Bettie Page ’do. While many of today’s artists are fighting to keep their private lives a secret, Kills relishes in the exposure of being discovered on the Internet. Kills’ intent may have been to unveil an “invitation to her imagination,” as she insists, but she also proved to listeners and critics alike that artists could indeed have more control of their art online. “The Internet is great,” explains Kills. “It allows you to be as mysterious or intimate as you choose. If you want to connect with your fans, you can upload a blog or photo in seconds, and the world can feel closer and more in love with you. If you don’t want to tweet for two weeks you don’t have to. Sometimes it’s best to leave them wondering.” There was no doubt that the Bradford native was ready for her close-up. “Love, Kills xx” not only became an Internet

sensation, but its sinister dance melodies are what made of the Black Eyed Peas want to instantly sign Kills in 2008. After moving to Los Angeles and collaborating with several producers who have worked with artists ranging from Snoop Dogg to Lady Gaga, Kills finally completed her debut album, Perfectionist, in 2010. That same year, the songstress became the It-girl of New York Fashion Week. Even though Kills is signed to Cherrytree Records, she’s no Gaga carbon copy. Kills is dead set on proving to critics that there’s more to women in pop than couture and theatrics made fit for Page Six. With Perfectionist having just been released, she ultimately hopes that listeners will finally hear what she’s been wanting to say since leaving behind Bradford. “My album is a celebration of all the feelings we’re not supposed to have,” says Kills. “I want to dance through the ‘fuck him he didn’t deserve me anyway’ moments and sing along to ‘I’m in trouble and I don’t know how I’m going to pay my rent’ times. Perfectionist is about desire – wanting everything and having nothing.” Natalia Kills is scheduled to perform Aug. 28 at Sunset Junction. For more information, visit

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Atmosphere keeps it raw and real at the Greek Aug. 26.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Aug. 24 @ Club Nokia Come on, the Chili Peppers play arena venues like the Forum on regular days. Do you really think seeing them play a tiny place like Club Nokia isn’t going to be worth whatever effort it takes to get into the show? I mean, if you didn’t already buy tickets, have fun trying to find them now, but again, whatever it takes, these guys will make it worth your while. Every member of this band is iconic within the field of their respective instruments, with decades of experience under their belts. Frontman Anthony Kiedis has one of the most recognizable voices in all of rock, and his signature vocals have lasted the test of time and a formerly tumultuous lifestyle. Likewise, bassist Flea is one of few guys wielding a four-stringed instrument who manages to effortlessly steal the spotlight instead of quietly blend into the background. Restoring the honorable name of the bass guitar for over two decades, Flea is the reason that all your new favorite bands even have a bassist at all right now. Now, granted, it’s still a little weird to have a Chili Peppers lineup that doesn’t include guitarist John Frusciante, given that he had a hand in what is arguably the band’s most well-known work and for just how good he was on an axe, but nothing lasts forever, right? Even though it’s not the most historically definitive RHCP roster, there’s still no way these dudes won’t put on an explosive show in a venue this intimate.

Atmosphere Aug. 26 @ The Greek For a dude who seems kind of perpetually pissed off at the world, hip-hop aficionado Atmosphere sure has a talent for bringing out the deepest, innermost emotions within himself and his listeners. While other arena venue rhyme-slingers are hailed as the “saviors of modern hip-hop” just because they don’t turn the AutoTune up to 11 on every track, Atmosphere actually brings legitimacy, integrity and intellectualism back to hiphop. Because let’s be clear about something, an angry white dude yelling at a camera in music videos doesn’t equate to being groundbreaking by virtue of those qualities alone. Lyricism that is both introspective and externally critical of culture and society, that isn’t afraid to show vulnerability while still being unfiltered and raw, and that can read like both diary pages and literary prose at the same time, that’s what hip-hop should be about. Please don’t let any hip-hop TV or radio stations tell you otherwise. Frontman Slug will happily tell it like it is instead.

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The Dear Hunter/O’Brother Aug. 27 @ The Glass House Just to make things even more eclectic for this week’s picks, the Dear Hunter and O’Brother are my do-not-miss show of the week for their respective brands of progressive melodic art-rock. Evolving from a mix of post-punk and southern rock in their early days, the Dear Hunter have grown into an epically big sounding rock band without sacrificing the spacey and atmospheric quality that set them apart. Frontman Casey Crescenzo’s vocals are powerfully emotive at best and viscerally heart-wrenching at worst, but his most impressive skill is his ability to write straight up retro pop songs that still have 100-percent indie authenticity. It shouldn’t be possible, and yet, the band’s latest, The Color Spectrum, proves otherwise. Like “MythBusters” … with tighter jeans and more pretentiousness. Slightly on the darker and more aggressive side, the Atlanta natives of O’Brother are masters of setting a mood instrumentally. Frontman Tanner Merritt can go from soft and delicate crooning to gritty, whiskey-soaked howling with no hesitation, all for a viscerally emotive effect. Likewise, Merritt’s band mates are similarly skillful storytellers with their respective instruments, to the point that the band probably wouldn’t even need vocals to have the same sonic impact. Not that having them hurts their case either, though. Both intimate and epic at the same time, the band brings a cinematic quality to their music that raises the bar for artistry in their genre of rock.



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MUSICREPORT by kevin wierzbicki Shwayze & Cisco Adler: Island in the Sun Island in the Sun is the name of the forthcoming new release from Shwayze & Cisco Adler, and you’ll be able to get a hold of it in just a couple weeks. But the duo has already loosed a couple of teasers including the single “Drunk Off Your Love” featuring Sky Blu of LMFAO and a video of “You Could Be My Girl.” “It’s California to the max – hot chicks and cool brews,” says Cisco of the video. “It’s a day in the life as we return to Malibu and hit the beach to get the word out. It’s just us being us. The video was shot by Talkboy TV, and they did an amazing job creating the perfect visual for this beach party jam.” Island in the Sun drops on Sept. 13 on Adler’s own Bananabeat Records and Shwayze & Cisco will perform live on Sept. 17 at Verizon Amphitheatre in Irvine; that’s the last stop for the Seedless Summer 2011 Tour, also featuring Slightly Stoopid and Rebelution.

It’s Kind of Like a Free Sampler Kind of Like Records is celebrating the fact that they’ve put out five vinyl and CD releases since they opened their doors last year, having recently hit that mark with the Domesplitter album from party-punk band Direct Hit! The celebration includes the release of a free sampler, Kind of Like a Sampler 2011, featuring cuts from Mixtapes, Direct Hit!, Timeshares, Candy Hearts and Masked Intruder. All you have to do to get your copy is “like” the label on their Facebook page.

Aldo Leopardi Video Contest Denver-based modern rocker Aldo Leopardi has just released a new EP called Villains & Heroes, and label Backslash Records

Campus Circle > Music > Special Features is having a contest that offers creative fans a chance to win one of two iPad2s. To enter, contestants create a music video for the song “My Parade” and then upload it to YouTube, with a link to the video posted at Leopardi and his band will pick a Grand Prize winner from the top five most-viewed entries and a second Grand Prize winner will be selected based on originality and creativity. Clips from the best entries will also be used to create the official video for “My Parade.” Entries must be in by Oct. 16.

Putumayo’s Got the Beat Putumayo World Music has announced the first two releases in their new Putumayo World Beat series wherein world music is blended with contemporary styles such as hip-hop, soul, electronica and more. For African Beat, African beats and western rhythms are fused by groups like Vieux Farka Toure of Mali, 9Ice from Nigeria, Lex Sen from Senegal and Busi Mhlongo from South Africa. Latin Beat features upbeat grooves performed by rising Latin pop, R&B and salsa stars like Colombia’s Profetas, Ecuador’s Sarazino and Cuba’s Moneda Dura whose contribution, “Goza,” features the late Ibrahim Ferrer. Putumayo releases will continue to be available on CD, but when these two 11-cut compilations drop on Aug. 30 the label’s music will become available through digital retailers for the first time.

Moby’s Destroyed Now an e-Book When Moby released his Destroyed album earlier this year, a companion book featuring 93 of his photographs was also released. “I hope that somehow in these pictures I’m able to convey the mundanity of touring juxtaposed with those moments of the strange and/or sublime,” says Moby. “One minute on



It’s that time again. The time when you can’t go to a single Target without seeing signs about backto-school shopping. The time when your book list is up and excited teachers are e-mailing you about what you can start reading to a get a kick-start on their course. If all this is making you absolutely groan and you could time-travel back to the beginning of June, now is the time to squeeze in the last good dose of music-related fun. During the last few weeks of summer vacation, check out these events that will have you rolling into the school year relaxed and ready to tackle anything that might come your way. Most of the events are completely free, so they’re a great way to check out some new music without having to pay a hefty fee for a ticket. Poncho Sanchez Aug. 25 @ Culver City Music Festival; The Culver City Music Festival is already in its 17th year, and the free concerts are something you should definitely take advantage of. This summer had a variety of acts blasting their sounds out onto the lawn of the Culver City City Hall, and on Thursday the final act will take the stage. As part of the Jazz Bakery Moveable Feast, you can witness the talent of percussionist Poncho Sanchez. Sanchez will be joined by a Latin Jazz band, and there is always a small area near the stage


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Get ready for the new Shwayze & Cisco Adler album, Island in the Sun. tour you’re by yourself in a soulless air–port; the next minute you’re flying over the most beautiful landscapes on the planet. One minute on tour you’re by yourself in a soulless backstage area; the next minute you’re on stage pouring your heart out to 75,000 people. Touring is all contrasts and strangeness, and that’s what I’m trying to convey in these pictures.” The e-book version of Moby: Destroyed contains bonus materials including three music and documentary videos and 16 previously unpublished photographs; find it exclusively at iTunes.

Attention, Dio Fans! Fans of the late Ronnie James Dio are in for a treat this week; Eagle Rock Entertainment has just reissued Rainbow’s Live in Germany 1976 album. The two-CD set features Dio singing eight tunes including the classic “Man on the Silver Mountain.”

Campus Circle > Music > Music Notes reserved for those with the itch to dance. So bring along a blanket, dinner and a few friends and enjoy a free and exciting show. Jessica Fichot Aug. 26 @ Levitt Pavilion; The Levitt Pavilion concert series is also closing out its long list of free concerts. Having recorded plenty of children’s songs and having the dexterity to play the accordion and toy piano, Jessica Fichot is quite a quirky act with sounds that range from jazz to folk. Taking inspiration from her upbringing in the American, Chinese and French cultures, her music infuses different sounds to create tracks with snippets of each language. And the Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park makes for a cozy and very fun venue to see her perform. Snacks and blankets are also completely welcome. Charles Bradley Aug. 27 @ The Getty Center; If you’re in the mood for some funk or soul music, you can find it perhaps in the least likely of places – the Getty Center. The Getty’s Saturdays Off the 405 program lets you discover new music while taking full advantage of their food and “Getty-tinis.” One of the last acts in the series will be Charles Bradley, a singer whose distinctive voice hails back to decades back when soul music was first taking root. Bradley’s husky, soulful voice is captivating on his tracks and will most likely sound even better live. Justo Almario Afro-Colombian Ensemble Aug. 27 @ LACMA; The Getty Center isn’t the only place merging art with music. LACMA’s series “Latin Sounds” will next introduce Justo

Catch John Doe live at the Grammy Museum Aug. 31. Almario, a composer and saxophonist who combines sounds from genres like Afro-Cuban and jazz. His ensemble is sure to bring a variety of sounds that will make it hard for you to stay in your seat. With more than 40 years in the music industry, you can rest assured Almario is a talented and experienced musician who knows how to give a good show. John Doe Aug. 31 @ The Grammy Museum; Despite rock band X having been founded a few decades ago, bassist and vocalist John Doe is still very active in the music world. Doe will visit the Grammy Museum to discuss the founding of X, his acting career and much more. He will also perform after the discussion, so this is a sure way to catch a rare, intimate performance. His new solo album, Keeper, will be released the day before his appearance and is his first solo album since 2007. While you’re at the museum, you can also peruse the various exhibitions currently housed there and explore L.A. Live.

Follow CAMPUS CIRCLE on Twitter @CampusCircle CDREVIEWS Active Child You Are All I See (Vagrant) Active Child’s debut full-length album, You Are All I See, is a mix of spiral sounds and cooing synths pulling in your ears and overflowing them with ambience. The album, produced by Active Child’s Pat Grossi, bridges the gap between the musician and the audience. Acting as a follow-up to 2010’s acclaimed Curtis Lane EP, You Are All I See has been a much-anticipated release for all Active Child fans. Taking two years to craft the album, Grossi has penned songs that reflect love, loss, relationships and heartbreak. Tracks to take in and absorb include “Hanging On,” “Way Too Fast” and “Playing House.” Download your copy of You Are All I See from iTunes, or catch the band live in support of their album. The band currently has a Monday night residency at the Echo, and they’ll kick off a tour through the south to the northeast until the end of September. Grade: B —Mary Broadbent You Are All I See is currently available.

Campus Circle > Music > CD Reviews hard-hitting deliveries, they completely expose their main arteries in “Sorry For It All,” shifting the momentum towards an emotional course of power ballads that left Armstrong howling for more. Dead Sara’s grunge-rock-like sound with a modern splash is exactly what radio stations everywhere have been waiting for. Grade: A —Jacob Gaitan Dead Sara is currently available.

Icon For Hire Scripted (Tooth & Nail) Icon For Hire’s debut album, Scripted, quickly establishes the irony reflected in today’s radio waves by combining sarcastic, tongue-in cheek lyrics with lifestyles and cultural society. Frontwoman Ariel’s pop-driven voice arrives clear and solid from beginning to end, layering multiple vocals into every track. The fast paced guitar riffs are surrounded by heavy instrumental melodies consumed with pop and rock energy. Synthesizers add an important role to their musical core, bonding the crashing cymbal drumbeats with aggressive undertones. Their lyrical content expels encouragement and confidence with a strong optimistic outlook. Ariel’s colorful and animated personality bleeds through each song, highlighting her chant-driven style in “Make A Move” and “Off With Her Head.” The bulky basslines are easily identified without becoming redundant. “Scripted is equipped with enough momentum to carry itself into a wider audience and stay trapped inside head banging minds long after the 11 songs end. Grade: B —Jacob Gaitan Scripted is currently available.

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Jeff Bridges Self-Titled (Blue Note) Crazy Heart Oscar winner Jeff Bridges can beautifully portray a grizzled country star on-screen, but that doesn’t make him a country singer. Although his self-titled album starts on a winning Buddy Holly note with the late Stephen Bruton’s “What a Little Love Can Do,” and he adds a certain understated pathos to his own “Falling Short,” his friendly and familiar voice ultimately proves one-dimensional. This shortcoming is especially evident on meandering, atmospheric tracks such as “Maybe I Missed the Point” and “The Quest.” Grade: C —Steve Knopper, Newsday (MCT) Jeff Bridges is currently available. © 2011, Newsday. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

Dead Sara Self-titled (Self-released) Dead Sara’s self-titled album comes across as a diamond in the rough. The passion and emotion embedded in every note is quickly detected in Emily Armstrong’s vocal range. The musical outbursts expelled by the band come across as an unpredicted ticking time bomb, releasing chaotic moments of energy and destruction into an unstable environment. A thick presence of vulnerability and overexposure is easily distinguished in their lyrics while pressing the limits of anarchy and disorder through music. “Weatherman”’s volatile environment epitomizes their unique sound. The strong and distorted guitar riffs radiate havoc while following Armstrong’s maniacal screaming paths. Aside from their

Outside Society (Arista/Columbia/Legacy) Few could have imagined upon the release of Horses, Patti Smith’s first album in 1975, that some 36 years later the punk poetess would be celebrating a best-of album culled from a 10-album body of work. Not that Smith wasn’t instantly a critic’s darling and a hipster’s delight; her reworking of Van Morrison’s “Gloria” from the debut album began with a lengthy bit of her own poetry (“Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine…”) and demonstrated that she knew her way around rock ’n’ roll but had no intentions of being confined by anybody’s definition of such. The genius tag was liberally applied, and excited insiders waited with bated breath for each new release, hoping Smith wouldn’t flame out too soon. Smith instead has delivered a delicious decades-long slow simmer, occasionally coming to a boil and a brush with the mainstream as she did with the Bruce Springsteen collaboration “Because the Night” and with her interpretation a year later of the Byrds chestnut “So You Want to Be a Rock ’n’ Roll Star.” This collection cherry-picks one, two or three tunes from each album and includes many of Smith’s signature songs like “Ain’t it Strange,” “Pissing in a River,” “Dancing Barefoot” and “Frederick” along with goodies like “Summer Cannibals” from her Gone Again album, the title cut from the Trampin’ release and a take on Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” where once again Smith shakes things up with improvised lyrics. Grade: A —Kevin Wierzbicki Outside Society is currently available.

Status Quo Pictures: Live at Montreux (Eagle Rock) One of the hits of the late-’60s psychedelic era that radio loves to play over and over is “Pictures of Matchstick Men,” the only

song that British band Status Quo has ever managed to break in America. The band plays the trippy sing-along about midway through this show that was recorded in Switzerland in 2009, but Status Quo moved along from the psych sound a long time ago, opening with their own rhythmic, guitar happy rocker “Caroline” before launching into a cover of Dion’s “The Wanderer” and then back to their own material for guitarist Rick Parfitt’s blues-rocker “Rain.” Status Quo has survived this long (They’re still active today.) not only because of superior musicianship but also because they are not afraid to change styles; “Don’t Drive My Car” leans towards disco-era rhythm and blues, “The Oriental” buzzes like Texas blues filtered through Chuck Berry and “Mean Girl” features a Rockpile-style rockabilly beat. It’s a little odd then that the band has failed to gain much of a following in the states since most of their music has an American genesis. But bless ’em anyway; Status Quo is gonna keep rockin’ and those lucky enough to have already climbed on board will dig this seventeen song concert performance. Grade: B —Kevin Wierzbicki Pictures: Live at Montreux is currently available.

Various Artists Download for Good: Music That Changes the World (DLF) Film director David Lynch used his considerable pull to corral an eclectic group of performers and have each contribute a unique one-off song for this compilation, the proceeds from which benefit the work of his charitable foundation. The David Lynch Foundation promotes stress reduction and good health through Transcendental Meditation and serves at-risk inner city youth, veterans with PTSD, Native Americans, the homeless and prisoners. So you can feel good about your money going to a good cause when you purchase this set and do a little unwinding of your own while you listen to Iggy Pop’s slow and ominous take on “Milk Cow Blues” and a live version of Slightly Stoopid’s “Wiseman” that includes guest vocals from Don Carlos and an homage to Bob Marley via a few lines of “Roots Rock Reggae.” Au Revoir Simone covers Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer,” Moby re-imagines “The Poison Tree” as a Hawaiian-flavored blues and Ozomatli opens the smooth “Monster” with a funky burst of scat singing. It’s difficult to make such a lengthy compilation a stunner all the way through but Download For Good flows nicely, even with oldies acts like Nancy Sinatra, Donovan and Peter & Gordon placed alongside Neon Trees, Band from TV, the Charlatans and Pink Jaffee. Available exclusively at iTunes. Grade: A —Kevin Wierzbicki Download for Good: Music That Changes the World is currently available.

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2141 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park by scott bedno I have to admit I have been anxiously await– ing the opening of this week’s On the Menu restaurant, Mohawk Bend, for some time now. The fact that it is less than a mile from my place means I’ve had to patiently watch the progress from “under construction” to “grand opening.” Well, a little over a year in the making, Mohawk Bend has opened, and I’m glad to say, it was worth the wait. Mohawk Bend (located on the place where Sunset Boulevard “bends” to meet Mohawk Road, get it?) was built in a former one-off movie theater, and the owners wisely retained the marquee out front, which gives the impression of attending a movie premiere in the 1930s. The interior space is beautiful with a bar (featuring 70 beers on tap!) running along the right side. We were seated in the back section, which gives the illusion of being outdoors but actually isn’t. Large glass windows separate you from the front, and exposed brick replaces finished walls. The ceiling rises to an A-frame, huge potted trees are placed strategically and the lights are dimmed to create a cozy environment even though the room is fairly large. Before food, there must be drinks, of course. As I mentioned there are 70 beers on tap, all sourced from the United States of California. That’s right, no imports here, not even with the liquors (Sorry Jack and coke, fans.) A key word at Mohawk is “local,” not just with the food but with the

Campus Circle > Culture > Food spirits as well. We decided on two specialty drinks, the Mildred Pierce (a fruity gin concoction) and the Fire Station 20 (a rum, lime and soda libation). Not only were the drinks delicious, but they serve for good causes as well. For example, for every Mildred Pierce ordered, a group called Greenbar Collective plants a tree in South America. For every Fire Station 20 ordered, $1 goes to a local firefighters organization. Who said drinking isn’t good for you? Later we ordered the Absinthe Spritzer, this was the drink winner of the night. Refreshing and strong, it is served with a black licorice stick, which you could use as a straw – a nice touch of whimsy for a potent drink. The food menu is still evolving and changes daily. We ordered three of the five starters to get us going. Two were outstanding. First, the Eggplant Rolls: thin slices of eggplant rolled with Serrano ham, smoked mozzarella and basil. The first bite was an explosion of flavor, with the smokiness of the cheese blending perfectly with the saltiness of the ham. The other hit was the Spanish Stuffed Dates: dates, stuffed with chorizo and wrapped in bacon. I mean, need I say more? It’s a sweet, spicy, salty ball of love. Not so inspiring was the Cazuela, a shrimp and Bilbao chorizo ragu on soft cheese and corn polenta. When ordering, I thought this would be the clear winner, but while it was good, it lacked the “wow” factor I was expecting. The remainder of the menu is divided into mainly salads, three seafood options, “pub grub” and flatbread/pizzas. So while the look of the restaurant is upscale, the menu is kept approachable, no item is priced over $15. There are a lot of vegan options, and we partook in the kale salad, served with garlic and chili with balsamic vinaigrette.


Treadmill hamsters AND OUTDOOR RUNNERS by victoria gu

Running is almost anyone’s go-to method of losing weight, aside from dieting of course. People dive fervently into running but find themselves quitting and abandoning their new pairs of Nike Free. When you are not a seasoned runner, the thought of propelling yourself forward at a faster rate, even for a period of mere 20 minutes, seems like a humanly impossible feat (Although 20 minutes never seems too short when watching an episode of “Friends.”). One thing I learned in physics class is that objects need a great amount of energy to overcome the inertia, and this law is parallel to why it is comparatively hard for a sedentary person to begin exercising, such as incorporating running into his or her daily routine. Beginning on the wrong footing can cause the pursuit of health to go awry, discontent, bitterness and worst of all, the continuation of the person’s health status quo (They wanted to begin exercising for improvement right?). There are two types of runner you typically see: the hamster runner and the wild-bred runner. A hamster runner is the one


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For every Fire Station 20 ordered, Mohawk Bend gives $1 to local firefighters. We ordered the Pig Newton pizza, featuring locally cured Serrano Ham, goat cheese, fig and rosemary tapenade. The pizzas are thin crust and use only California ingredients (naturally.) My preference is a wood-burning oven, but the pizza was very good and a perfect size for sharing. We also ordered the Carlsbad Mussels, steamed to perfection with a light curry and cream sauce – with extra bread for dipping, of course. The dessert options are limited, but I would suggest having a scoop of gelato, sourced from Pazzo Gelato, just down the street. Also, there is a “secret dessert” that is not on the menu. Tell them you read this article, and you will be one of the select few to partake! Mohawk Bend is a fun, lively place, with great food and an amazing beer selection, and is a welcome addition to this reporter’s neighborhood. For more information, call (213) 483-2337 or visit

Campus Circle > Blogs > Ex Couch Potato forever trapped running on the narrow footing platform of the treadmill machine, where the wild-bred runner is emancipated from any externally imposed factors that influence the runner’s speed and endurance. It’s important to identify the type that fits you the most in order to maximize the likelihood that you will continue running. The hamster runner usually has less discipline and gets tired very easily. The hamster (abbreviated purely for the convenience of writing) usually needs external force and pressure to get them to finish tasks. These might be the kids who grew up with their mothers as their personal assistant, reminding them about deadlines for tasks from college applications to scheduling a haircut. They need someone, human or machine, to force them to keep moving. The danger of refusing to move in collaboration with the treadmill is the risk of falling over on a treadmill, bleeding and things that won’t be too pretty. Hamsters can also be the people who focus on the physical output of running. They are efficient, and they are out there to get the task done as fast as possible. Seeing the stats on the machine and tracking progress are essential to hamsters, and running becomes reduced to its core essence – to stay in shape. In the other camp, you find the wild-bred runners who derive most joy from a fresh 5 a.m. run outside. They may seem crazy to many, but they are overly proud that they get pure enjoyment from running, and any form of exercise that resembles an entrapment device, such as a treadmill, should not be considered real forms of running. These wild-bred runners count on their ability to really enjoy running and hence, love the pure essence of running. They scoff at the row of runners on treadmills that you find within gyms, who all run in monotonous and offbeat rhythm in accordance with one another.

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Are you a hamster or wild-bred runner? Outdoor running also requires great self-confidence. Oh yes, people do judge you on your poor running form. People also judge you on your running shoes, so wearing a pair of Chucks for your morning run screams “I just started being fit” to people. The most horrible thing is that people also judge you by your body and appearance. People also judge you by your body shape to identify whether you are a regular or someone who just got started. But again, outdoor running is supposed to be a form of therapy, so if you worry about the world such as other people’s judgments when you run, then you might not yet have the mindset of a real runner. Outdoor running requires greater discipline. You don’t constantly have a conveyor belt to keep you moving forward. The earth is immobile. You can stop running anytime. This is the cause for why many people feel ambitious and go out for a run but only come back with one mile under their belts. Identifying what type of runner you are is important and perhaps you can evolve and change your style of running! But knowing yourself is the first step to conquering your inner enemy. After all, people always say that your biggest enemy is yourself.

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The Wilderness of Manitoba shined at Hotel Café. and for good reason: The bands that they bring in never disappoint. The Wilderness of Manitoba fit in perfectly at the intimate venue. Truth be told, from the music I listened to before the show and the timid way they approached the stage, I was expecting a very quiet performance. I was happily surprised though when their music was all encompassing and filled the venue with resounding and powerful beats. Citing chamber folk as their genre, the band does not seem to fit into just one milieu and they skillfully take on many instruments throughout their show. The group’s melodies and songs seem to have a sad and melancholy undertone to them and tell stories in keeping with their folk background. Each song was followed by a quiet “Thank you” from vocalist, Melissa Dalton who shielded her eyes to see the fans in the audience. “When You Left the Fire,” my personal favorite, is also the name of their album, which is currently available. At the beginning of the set, two band members literally kicked off their shoes to play. Their set began with what sounded like being in an enchanted forest and went on to include every instrument from a cello, a banjo and unconventional guitar picking. The band – made up of Dalton, Stefan Banjevic, Will Whitwham, Scott Bouwmeester and Sean Lancaric – hails from Toronto, Canada. They will be making their way up the West Coast through the rest of this month and will be off to Europe in the fall, touring in support of When You Left the Fire. —Tamea Agle


adjustments in human augmentation by alexandre johnson

Series are the lifeblood of the video game industry. Think of a great game, and it will probably have been part of a series, either having a sequel or being a sequel. “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” is a prequel to the games “Deus Ex” and “Deus Ex: Invisible War,” dealing with mechanical augmentation, a less technologically advanced cybernetics than the first games. In the world of “Deus Ex,” humans have been able to use biotechnology in order to create superhumans. This has left the world divided between those who can afford them and those who can’t. A mysterious force also plans on shaping the direction that these changes take, leaving a world full of treachery in their wake. Players gain a new character to play in the dark, middle-aged Adam Jensen. Adam, an ex-SWAT specialist works security for a large biotechnology firm. Once the firm faces an attack, a wounded Adam is forced to become mechanically augmented in order to search for answers around the world. Decision-based gameplay allows the player to decide how the story unfolds. The game features an open-ended experience for players, allowing them to take different methods to accomplish task. The game uses four main gameplay elements, which the developers, Eidos, call the “pillars of gameplay” to achieve this. These elements are: Combat, Stealth, Hacking and Social.

Campus Circle > Culture > Gaming The multiple choices idea shows up often in the game from extracting information to battling enemies. This attention to actions even goes into what the player says in conversations he has with characters. Enemy fighters will react in real time, even to what weapon Adam is using. Every choice thus has its consequence and takes players on a branching path. As with other “Deus Ex” games, Human Revolution is meant to be a challenge. Players will not go up against weak opponents even on the normal level. Fortunately, the player gains a variety of augmentations and upgrades for weapons. Augmentations cater to the types of gameplay, thus, players can determine how they want Adam to evolve based on how they decide to play the game. While it may at first look like a shooter game, players would do well to not forget the stealth element of the game. Despite the weighted realistic feel of the game, it features a great stealth component with its movement and cover systems. The realistic feel, in fact, gives the player more control and excitement in the execution of sneaking past or up to enemies. While the player is highly capable of bringing death on his enemies, the player is not forced into acts of lethal violence. A well-rounded game, “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” leaves the player with choices that may have them question how they play the game. The focus on decisions that has expanded since the first “Deus Ex” game creates the gaming environment that makes a player want to play the game several times through to see the changes they see and provide hours of enjoyment. “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” is currently available.

ANTONIO’S Mexican Independence Day


Antonio’s will celebrate the holiday on the 16th of September, which is the day that Mexico celebrates their independence. There will be a special menu with the traditional dish of Chiles En Nogada representing the colors of the flag. Also there will Beef tamales and Carnitas, the leg of pork in red a Chile sauce, spicy and delicious! There will be goodies and music for the celebration. Enjoy the special tequila drinks, and make your reservations!

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Robbie Keane celebrates first Galaxy goal. Just days after signing with the L.A. Galaxy, Irish forward Robbie Keane scored his first MLS goal. After a Mike Magee goal during stoppage time, the Galaxy went on the capture a 2-0 victory over the visiting San Jose Earthquakes Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson before a sellout crowd of 27,000. With the triumph, Los Angeles’ record improved to 14-3-9 on the season. Their 14 wins and nine ties have secured 50-plus points (the first team in MLS to do so this season), which has been reached 16 total times in club history; they remain atop of the Western Conference standings. “…I think it’s a positive. The three points is real good,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says of the match. In the 21st minute, David Beckham connected with Keane and collected his 11th assist of this campaign. Beckham placed a long ball over the San Jose defense, where a running and attentive Keane managed to fool the goalkeeper and scored on a left-footed shot. “It was nice to get the first goal, and hopefully there is a lot more to come,” Keane confesses. “When you play with good players, it’s always easy. I think you’ve seen that with my goal with David’s quick thinking, and I was ready for it.” Magee later penetrated the back of the net well over stoppage time for his third goal of the year. Both Sean Franklin and Landon Donovan received individual assists. Los Angeles continues its quest in the CONCACAF Champions League tournament, hosting Costa Rican club LD Alajuelense on Thursday, Aug.25, at 7 p.m. The team will then fly to the East Coast for a showdown against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 4 p.m.


MUSIC FESTIVAL FOOD Elevated at Outside Lands

TEXT & PHOTOS by adam Turpcu Even though we’re in the midst of one of the world’s worst economic crises, the rise of gourmet-food lovers is rampant. It seems like a new food blog or food photo site sprouts up on the Web every day, chefs and food critics are huge celebrities and organic/specialty food shops are abundant. It’s no wonder that the state of food offerings at summer music festivals has vastly improved. Nowhere is this more apparent than Outside Lands, since it calls one of the country’s foremost culinary leaders, San Francisco, home. Not only is Outside Lands a rock concert, it’s an annual gathering of some of the best local restaurants, bakeries and food trucks that the city has to offer in the Taste of the Bay Area. Rows of food tents lined the area around the Lands End main stage and Panhandle Stage, and a mega food metropolis took up McLaren Pass, which was divided into a food truck forest, Choco Lands (desserts) and the Mission (Mexican cuisine). There was also a Wine Lands area. Even if you had a whole month, you wouldn’t be able to sample it all. Some of the highlights were: Salumeria by Flour + Water’s Roasted Porchetta Sandwich with chili, caramelized onions and arugula was really good. It had just the right amount of spice. The Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon was amazing; one of the best I’ve ever had. Even though I was already quite full when I started on Pica Pica Maize Kitchen’s Maize’wich Pabellon (shredded skirt steak, sweet plantains, black beans and cheese), but I still finished the whole thing. This was easily the most memorable dish I ate all night. A popular snack for many festivalgoers was Q Restaurant’s Tater Tots with Blue Cheese Dressing and Bacon Bits. Mission Minis’ Hazelnut Chocolate Mini Cupcakes were a great way to cap off the night. To view more photos, visit

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Los Angeles wanted a winner. The fans, the city, the media and the organization The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw wanted a winning team prior to the season beginning in April. What each entity has received has been more than what they could bargain for. Legal ownership battles, hateful crimes, sub-500 play and a bankrupt club have been no easy time for Los Angeles. But then there is Clayton Kershaw, who at 23 years of age could become the next National League Cy Young Award winner and the first for the L.A. Dodgers since Canadian Éric Gagné won it in 2003. Gagné posted a record of 2-3, but his relief work did the talking when amassing 55 saves with a remarkable 1.20 ERA. In 1988 when the Dodgers last won the World Series, Orel Hershiser was the last starting pitcher to secure such honors. Hershiser unanimously earned the award with a 23-8 mark, including a 2.26 ERA. A left-hander with nasty stuff that includes a potent fastball and a devastating curveball, Kershaw has controlled his mound outings since opening day. Currently, Kershaw sports a noticeable 15-5 record filled with brilliance. The 15 victories are tied for best in the NL, while his 2.60 ERA is fifth and the 1.01 WHIP is second only behind the Philadelphia Phillies’ Cole Hamels. Kershaw has also surrendered fewer hits (140) and total against batting average (.211) than Roy Halladay. Kershaw’s bread and butter, however, has derived from the strike out statistic. His 199 fanned batters are tops in the NL and second in Major League Baseball behind the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander. A game dominated by right-handed pitching, baseball has not seen a left hander win the NL Cy Young since Randy Johnson last did it in 2002 to cap his fourth-straight. Quite frankly, if Halladay still pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays, we could easily begin calling Kershaw this year’s Cy Young.

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Mountain High Season Pass Party Mountain High Resort, 24510 St. Hwy. 2, Wrightwood; Live music from Unwritten Law, DJ Filth and more. The Mountain High Pro Snowboard Team will be signing autographs along with Miss Mountain High, plus sports demos, a bikini contest, tattoo artists, vendors, art exhibitions and giveaways every hour, food, drinks and more. Noon-6 p.m. FREE.

WEDNESDAYAUG. 24 Social Media Breakfast Club Coupa Café, 419 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills; This month’s event features Pauline Malcolm-John, Executive Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for WeeWorld, who will discuss Social Gaming 101. Plus you can network and mingle with marketers, PR pros, entrepreneurs, blog–gers, podcasters, new-media fanatics, future SMBLA speakers and more. 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. $15.

Broadway and Yale Street, from College to Bernard Street. 5 p.m.-midnight. FREE.

SATURDAYAUG. 27 Star Wars Day L.A. Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park; Go on an adventure that takes you to a galaxy far, far away and meet your favorite Star Wars characters while you learn about creatures from other galaxies as well as our own. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

THURSDAYAUG. 25 Thelma and Louise

SUNDAYAUG. 28 Writers Faire

Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; A 20th anniversary screening featuring a new print. Hosted by film journalist Anne Thompson with an onstage cast-and-crew reunion. Confirmed panelists include actress Geena Davis, producer Mimi Polk Gitlin and writer Callie Khouri. 7:30 p.m. $5, $3 w/student ID.

UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave.; This festive day features 24 free miniclasses and panel discussions in creative writing and screenwriting, hosted by fall Writers’ Program instructors. Students get free writing instruction, chat with instructors, register for most fall courses at a 10-percent discount, learn more about the Writers’ Program, discuss goals with advisors and visit with graduate writing programs, community and professional organizations, and writing-allied businesses. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE.

FRIDAYAUG. 26 eXXXotica Expo L.A. Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa, Downtown; The country’s largest adult event is coming back to Los Angeles continuing the brand’s tradition of bringing the biggest stars in a party-like atmosphere and “celebrating sexy.” Runs through Sunday.

FRIDAYAUG. 26 Manhattan Beach Open Manhattan Beach Pier, 10 Manhattan Beach Blvd.; The Manhattan Beach Open, considered the Masters of beach volleyball, is the sport’s premier event, with winners memorialized on bronze plaques in the “Volleyball Walk of Fame,” which spans the length of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

SATURDAYAUG. 27 Chinatown Summer Nights Taste the culinary offerings of Chinatown and gourmet food trucks, experience cultural performers and largescale outdoor video projections; take part in hands-on, cultural activities; sip on Chinese beer and dance all night to KCRW DJs. At the Central and West Plazas between

MONDAYAUG. 29 Thriller & This Is It Station Hollywood at W Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Blvd.; Celebrate Michael Jackson’s birthday by taking advantage of one of the city’s only 35-foot outdoor screens. You can order off of Station’s small plates menu which starts at $6 and receive a complimentary mini manicure by BLISS Hollywood throughout the evening. There might even be a surprise celebrity Q&A. 8p.m.-11 p.m. FREE.

TUESDAYAUG. 30 Red Hot Chili Peppers Select theaters will be showing their concert from Cologne, Germany in hi-def where they will be playing hits and their new album, I’m With You, in its entirety.

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117 W. 9th St., #918, Downtown by erica carter In the name of all clothes vintage, you have got to stop by Clever Vintage Clothing. My first exposure to this vintage wonderland was at the Santa Monica Vintage Fashion Expo last year. I loved the quality, and a lot of the items looked like they had been worn maybe once. The next time I came across Clever Vintage was for a fitting for a vintage show they hosted Downtown. Once I walked down the hall of the Anjac Fashion Building’s ninth floor and saw the racks and racks of gorgeous dresses, capes and accessories of yesteryear, I knew my wallet would soon again be in big trouble, in a good way. Owner Dave Temple’s beginnings start in the most modest of ways. He purchased a $3 1950’s suit from Goodwill for a school play and pretty much never looked back. He explains in his bio, “Soon the young actor in me gave way to a young costumer and while studying at FIDM, I costumed shows in regional theatres throughout Los Angeles – hunting down fabulous vintage creations up and down the coast. Eventually the ‘business side’ of the business became more appealing to me, and I paired up with a friend to open the famed Get Lost vintage boutique with locations in Fullerton and Long Beach.” After the success of his vintage flagships, Temple traveled across the country and worked in fashion before coming home to his native Los Angeles and opening up Clever Vintage. Today, Clever Vintage has served as the home for many fashionistas, offering unique, nostalgic and inspired wear for costume designers, stylists and more. As most vintage shoppers know, shopping is an artform that takes a great deal of patience and an active imagination. It’s important to be able to strike a balance with vintage, hair and accessories. You can find all of that at Clever Vintage. Just last week Clever Vintage Clothing produced a 1960s fashion show to coincide with the Los Angeles Wine Tasting’s 1960s Soiree at Downtown’s Los Angeles Theatre Center. The party celebrated famed photographer Phil Stern, whose photographs of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and others chronicled the 1961 JFK inaugural gala. Amongst these precious photographs, guests sampled wine and viewed authentic ’60s fashion offered by Clever Vintage Clothing. From Emma Domb gowns to an Ellen Kaye full skirt dress and a splash of furry-bottom columned dresses, the 1960s were well represented. You owe it to yourself to visit the showroom, but make sure to call first as Clever Vintage is only open by appointment. They offer an online shop via one of the best online handmade and original sites ever, Etsy. With new posts every week, you could easily snag a dress like the early 1960s Dress de Ville Chicago, made from sheer cotton voile. My favorite item on the site right now is the pin-up appropriate shift dress in tones of black, yellow and silver daisy brocade. Or you could always stop by one of the many expos Clever Vintage can be found at, including the Helm’s Design District Vintage Boutique. There, you can find things for $50 and under!

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