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USC Events to Look Out For by elisa hernandez Ever find yourself with nothing to do on the weekends? Well, USC has a lot to offer as far as events go. Fall semester is full of student festivities, from tailgating for football games to having an evening with Maya Angelou. Students at USC need to be aware of what they’re missing and take advantage of the events that are put on by USC’s Program Board. Program Board is incorporated by different assemblies and committees dedicated to putting on the best venues for the student population. In the first couple weeks of September alone, Program Board’s committee “Trojan Pride” put on a Fall Sports Rally, which allowed students to be informed of all the Fall Sports. It emphasized the importance of school spirit and supporting student athletes. The event attracted thousands of USC students who were able to win prizes such as a flat screen TV and even a chance to run out with the football team at a game. Just one week later, on Sept. 7, Program Board’s Speaker Committee put on an event called, “An Evening with Maya Angelou” that attracted thousands of USC students, faculty and staff. I myself attended this event, and it was one of the most inspirational moments I’ve had at USC. Ever connected with a professor, but didn’t want to seem
like the class pet by being in their office hours all the time? There’s an event that takes off that pressure. On Sept. 20 Program Board’s Academic Culture Assemblies (ACA) hosted its annual event “Beyond the Books.” This event was at USC Town and Gown from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The evening allowed students to break the classroom barriers with their professors and interact with them in a more relaxed setting. Its goal was for students to establish relationships with their professors and learn things that can’t be taught in the classroom. USC continues to put on events such as these, so to help my fellow Trojans out I decided to give you the scoop on what’s to come. If class gets too stressful, students can take a break on Sept. 23 for the “Night Market” hosted by Program Board’s Asian Pacific American Student Assembly (APASA). This event will be taking place on McCarthy Quad from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Take this opportunity to blow off some steam by enjoying game booths and prizes and free food. It’s a fun way to meet new people and have a safe fun night on campus with classmates and friends. If you want to sit and relax, but don’t have time to catch free movie screening, mark your calendar for Sept. 24 and 25 as the AMBULANTE Film Festival is coming to the Ray Stark Family Theater (SCA108) at USC. AMBULANTE is a film festival hosted by Program Board’s very own Latina/o Student Assembly (LSA). The festival focuses on international documentaries, and this year four documentaries from Argentina, Mexico, France and Colombia will be screened, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers themselves. This is a great opportunity for cinema students to get a different outlook on independent films, as well as other students to see a movie not incorporated with mainstream media. Switching from movie sets to the basketball court, I’m
CURTAINCALL “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” Now-Oct. 9 @ Geffen Playhouse The adrenaline pumps in your veins, and a rush of excitement fills the air. The lights go out, the crowd cheers. The announcer takes his place in the middle of the ring as blue lights flash and dazzle. Fast music begins to pump and vibrate the seats. A stylish, robust man walks forward; hanging from his neck is the word “Deity” written in diamonds. Like any egotistical wrestler who speaks in the third person, he begins to speak of Chad Deity’s greatness. The crowd listens, like disciples, entranced with this man, this prophet. His magnetic force and strength is too great for himself to handle; the crowd demands Chad Deity. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the elaborate entrance of Chad Deity. Making its West Coast debut at Geffen Playhouse, “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” slams racism, globalization and the manipulation of American viewers, in this case, through the wrestling industry. Kicking it off is Macedonio Guerra (a.k.a. Mace), Puerto Rican-born and raised in the Bronx, he looks back on all those Saturday mornings watching WWE with his brothers. It was then that he realized he wanted to be in the big league. Well, he got there, only to be the fall guy for big-shot wrestler Chad Deity – not for lack of talent I can tell you that. Mace divulges a lengthy but brutally honest explanation of the superficial and stereotypical strategy the wrestling industry follows in order to lure fans. Mace never gets a chance to prove himself worthy or to have a signature move, instead he’s the guy that makes the bad guy look good, he’s the guy that sells the bad guy’s image. And he’s happy to do it, all in the name and love of wrestling. When he discovers Vigneshwar Paduar he sees his ticket out. As Mace and his shallow and profit-making boss, EKO,
APASA hosts Night Market Sept. 23 at McCarthy Quad. calling to all my basketball stars. If you think you got game, make sure to check out Program Board’s Black Student Assembly’s (BSA) event, “Somerville Shoot-Out Basketball Tournament.” It will be hosted at the Lyon Center on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. This event is open to all students, so grab four of your closest friends and head out to the court. Teams do have to register before this event at uscbsa.com, but don’t let that scare you off: The winner of the tournament gets to take home $500. These are only some of the events being put on that students and faculty, along with their friends and family, are more than welcome to attend. It’s important to make the best of your experience here at USC, and by broadening your views and attending something you normally wouldn’t, it’s a really rewarding experience. Whether you’re catching a free movie or eating free food, take advantage of every opportunity. Venues are subject to chance, so make sure you keep up to date with upcoming events by visiting Program Board’s Web site at uscprogramboard.com.
Campus Circle > Culture > Theater toss ideas on how to sell this Indian wonder, it is decided he will be called “The Fundamentalist!” Mace leaves the slums and takes a shot as manager. They will walk to the ring, turban and mariachi (Mace is after all Puerto Rican.) hand in hand to win the audience’s hate. Hate always sells. Full of insulting yet hilarious wit, “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” will leave everybody entertained. The audience will soon see this play isn’t about the face of wrestling, it’s about the person that makes it happen, It’s an insightful look into a man’s shattered dream, as he seems to be the only real person left in the wrestling industry. A man, who believes in the community of wrestling, must sell his soul in order to do what he loves. Destroyed by the sport of selling an image and capturing every moment on national television, Mace confronts the thing he loves most and must choose between his dream and his dignity. —Nataly Chavez Geffen Playhouse is located at 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, visit geffenplayhouse.com.
“To Carry the Child” Now-Oct. 16 @ Raven Playhouse I must admit that theatrical dramas can get intense at times, but that does not mean they are not enjoyable. Jon Courie’s “To Carry the Child” is powerful in so many ways. Set in Carapace Isle, N.C., this play is vigorously demanding for an audience member. It requires detailed attention and a true passion for acting. Based on a poem of Steve Smith by the same title, “To Carry the Child” centers on a near dysfunctional family, with parents Bo and Lib and their daughters, Ashley and Sissy. After romantic turmoil in New York, Ashley comes home to her roots. Battling cancer and struggles in her career as a young
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Terence Archie and Desmin Borges star in “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” at Geffen Playhouse. artist, Ashley seeks refuge at home. Nevertheless, she never truly finds it. In fact, more challenges appear on her path to recovery. Ashley, who was abandoned by her lesbian lover, goes through a series of unfortunate events with the family. Her father acts as if he does not care about anything. Sissy is pregnant, and Lib is too focused on the upcoming birth of the grandchild. Ultimately, Ashley gains peace in some areas but is defeated by cancer. Pamela Daly plays Lib, a gorgeous Christine Haeberman is Sissy, Meg Wallace gives an unforgettable performance as Ashley and Cal State Northridge alum Justine Woodford is Diane (Ashley’s lover). Robin Nuyen plays Bo and delivers an above-par performance. —Marvin Vasquez Raven Playhouse is located at 5233 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. For more information, visit collaborativeartistsensemble.com.
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The new “White Knight Chronicles II” brings the best of both the RPG and MMOG worlds. The game’s story takes place one year after the end of the first “White Knight” game. The main character of Leonard seeks to stop Magi from finding the fifth arch knight and thus cause the final awakening. The game invites those new to the series as well as fans with a remastered version of the first game included on the system. Despite the effort to engage new players, the game remains PS3 exclusive for now. Those who already played the first game or who just don’t wish to play it can just as easily skip the first one with or without save data. The largest change to the game is in its battle system, which gives the game a quicker pace. These changes go beyond the action gauge refilling faster. Following true role-playing game mode the type of character will also affect gameplay. The new attention on accuracy is an example of the changes. Distance and range will matter for characters to deal damage as well as what type of weapon the character employs. Attention to areas such as this has even led to new skill sets to meet with the ways of combat, such as lightweight characters being able to dash up to an enemy to strike. Weight class of characters will as well determine how easy it is for them to be knocked down. This method promotes teams, as heavier characters will best for charged attacks, which require build-up time, while lighter characters can attack more often but also be more vulnerable. This becomes increasingly important in the online version of the game. The online component makes an interesting addition to the RPGstyled game. Players cannot play with main storyline characters in the online version, but the studio promises that through abilities and items, one can make similar characters. The game does allow the player to transfer from “White Knight Chronicles,” however, their character along with money, equipment and guild ranks. One of the most interesting parts of online play is that players design their own arch knight with a wide choice of ways to customize – from their choice of weapons, body types, color schemes and looks. Playing along with six others (an upgrade from four) allows players even more choices of how to best battle enemies, as two players in a group can use their knights at a time. Other changes to online play are an increase in the number of guild ranks and online voice chat. It will be interesting to see which becomes more popular: the game’s RPG side or the online MMOG. —Alexandre Johnson
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by tien thuy ho Keeping in mind their struggles to acquire the resources that have aided them to where they are today, good friends Felipe Hernandez and Laura Romo co-founded M.E.N.T.E. (Mentors Empowering and Nurturing Through Education), which became an official organization at the two branches UCI and UCLA in Winter 2011. Because both have worked diligently despite limited resources and are both attending four-year universities, Hernandez and Romo feel that not only do they have the capacity to help high school students carve paths towards higher education but also believe their calling is to aid and counsel students. They are determined to bridge paths between high school students who might have disadvantaged backgrounds and colleges where dreams will be achieved. Hence, M.E.N.T.E.’s mission is to help students engender a vision of their futures; the organization will present resources that bolster each student’s confidence toward transforming a vision into reality. The catalyst that motivated Hernandez and Romo to act on their plans to effectively promote higher education is their own success in college. They first-handedly experience the impact of attending college. They know that having an education puts them a step ahead of others who do not. Hernandez and Romo believe that education should be accessible to everyone. Once they realized that they wanted to create M.E.N.T.E., they establish the foundation of the organization in writing with a program description, proposal, workshop curriculum and constitution. Then they articulated their plans to their networks of support including family members, professors, supervisors, directors, advisors, students, other organizations and principals. Even though at times both felt intimated and discouraged because the process of creating an organization was challenging and strenuous, they kept going. They had volunteer mentors who supported them and demonstrated so much initiative on their own fronts. After researching the high schools around L.A. County and how the college application process works, they set out time apart from their heavy coursework to meet with principals and directors to prove their dedication to M.E.N.T.E. Both believe wholeheartedly that their calling is to help guide as many students to cal-states, UCs, vocational schools and fouryear/two-year colleges as they can. M.E.N.T.E. has evolved into an organization of student and non-student mentors who have an unfeigned passion to support those students who want to attend college. This program is unique because it also targets those students who may not want to attend college, who are unaware, or who are on the fence. In doing so, they change the mindset of these students, their parents and school faculty by making them realize that they (the students) have unlimited potential to obtain their dreams but all they need is a new vision. M.E.N.T.E. is compiled of seven crucial aspects to the process of applying to college: community service, scholarships, tutoring, information sessions and workshops, field trips to college campuses and professional offices, mentorship and support systems. Support systems include parents, teachers, alumni from colleges/respective high school, elected officials and community leaders. During the Fall quarter, The M.E.N.T.E. at UCLA branch will be working with Animo Locke No. 1 High School, a charter school in Watts. M.E.N.T.E. will host 10/11 Saturday academies (Information session and workshop) for 30 to 50 high school juniors and seniors who are on the track to graduating by the summer. These Academies will be held at various locations: UCI, UCLA, the Mendez Learning Center and Locke High School. The Saturday Academy consists of three components that will provide students with comprehensive knowledge, skills and training
regarding higher education, life and their career. The first section will be an interactive lecture the topics covered that day which range from the California university system to life as a college student. The second component will be dedicated to personal development where guest speakers and/or activities that not only will motivate and encourage them to pursue higher education but will serve as soul enriching activities that stimulate civic engagement, analytical thinking, community involvement, leadership development and that ultimately help the students figure out who they are and what their purpose is. During the last interval, the student, alongside their parent and mentor, will work on a “College Action Plan” which includes, in writing, personal statements, financial budget sheet(s), scholarship application(s), proposed class schedule, major/career time line and other important information. M.E.N.T.E’s vision is to create an army of educated, passionate and caring individuals that together will instill positive change in the world through their own mechanisms. M.E.N.T.E. also strives to help to the students’ parents acquire a lucid vision of what entails a college education. Parents can participate in the workshops that will explain the process of applying to colleges in addition to the costs and benefits. The availability of bilingual speakers of English and Spanish will increase the number of parents participating. Significantly, M.E.N.T.E. will match up a current undocumented college student with an undocumented high school student to provide as many resources and training available. Upon financial resources of the organization, transportation to the locations of the Saturday Academies will be provided including supplies, food, scholarships and internship opportunities. Lastly, M.E.N.T.E. will give tours of college campuses and even site visits to places of employment such as engineering, law, medical and research firms. There will be panels of professionals to speak about their experiences in each industry. Interview techniques, resume building, public speaking techniques and leadership strategies will be provided at these workshops as well. Hernandez and Romo are excited to start the program and aver that their program will expand larger and larger as more students will want to join. Their blithe disposition has helped them go a long way from mapping out a structure of the organization to recruiting enough high school students to put their program into action. Both hold a firm belief that the vision of learning should not be ephemeral but rather a lifelong pursuit. Hernandez and Romo are very thankful for the amazing work that their executive cabinets have done at UCLA and UCI as well as all of the volunteers, mentors, advisers, program supporters and school site representatives. With the encouragement of these supporters, M.E.N.T.E strives to establish crucial partnerships within the college community, school site community and California to provide the students not only with education resources but also with career and life services and opportunities. Most importantly, M.E.N.T.E.’s vision is to change the mindset entire communities by empowering all students, parents, school faculty and mentors through education.
Become a CAMPUS CIRCLE Fan on Facebook http://bit.ly/dhFhEE PAGES The Art of Fielding (Little, Brown) Men in groups abound on the campus of Westish College, where Chad Harbach sets his brilliant, intensely readable first novel, The Art of Fielding. Its president, Guert Affenlight, besides being a Melville scholar, is the author of a bestselling historical study of “the cult of male friendship in 19th century America. Boys’ clubs, whale boats, baseball teams.” The book’s own version of such a cult is the Westish Harpooners (fittingly, a baseball team named after men in whaleboats), and the team’s interlocking friendships provide a context for Harbach’s main plot, the story of shortstop Henry Skrimshander’s obsessive struggle not only to become the finest infielder ever to play the game but to attain his “one true wish, the wish to be simple and perfect” in all things. Henry’s particular friends include Schwartz, the team’s catcher and spiritual leader, who is sleeping with President Affenlight’s daughter, Pella; Henry’s gay roommate, Owen, who is sleeping with Affenlight. Hovering over Henry is the presiding spirit of one Aparicio (as in Luis) Rodriguez (as in A-Rod?), a former major-league shortstop whose Zen-like treatise, titled The Art of Fielding, is his bible. But the short, interwoven chapters devoted to these subsidiary stories all lead back to Henry’s quest for perfection. That quest comes abruptly to a halt when Henry develops a malady that’s something like writer’s block in an outdoor setting: Henry almost kills Owen with a wild throw and is suddenly plunged into a state of Prufrockian paralysis every time the ball comes his way. Instead of letting go of the baseball, he lets go of himself: He quits the team, toys with suicide, stops eating, starts smoking dope, becomes reclusive and listlessly allows Pella to seduce him, thus estranging himself from Schwartz, and eventually from Owen and Pella, too. Harbach, whose knowledge of baseball is encyclopedic but never ponderous, resists the temptation to which many other baseball writers – Malamud, Roth, Kinsella – have succumbed: to write not a novel but a version of the core baseball myth, the game as a pastoral vision of America, in which the heroes and villains, the fictional stand-ins for the Babe and the Say-Hey Kid and Shoeless Joe, enact predestined roles. Instead, Harbach finds analogies in other literary genres: the epic, the picaresque, the comingof-age story, the self-scrutinizing memoir. Along with Melville, whose footprints are everywhere, he invokes Homer, Eliot, Emerson and Whitman as guides, though never without undercutting it: Affenlight reminds himself, and us, that dwelling on literature rather than life is a futile practice that turns us into jerks. In the end, in an endearingly traditional way, he subordinates the ironic commentaries and the mirroring influences to the tender, funny, poignant story of Henry’s travails and their unexpected resolution. —Richard Horwich, Newsday (MCT) © 2011 Newsday. Distributed by MCT Information Services.
The Night Circus (Doubleday) Erin Morgenstern’s debut novel, The Night Circus, is quietly, enchantingly perfect. In 1873, two men who may or may not be immortal make a bet. In a world that does not believe in magic, they will stage a grand magical contest. Each will train a student in the magical arts and then set one against the other. The competition will last for years. One man chooses his daughter, Celia. He trains her in a form of magic that draws its power from her emotions – rage, passion, delight. The other man chooses an orphan, Marco. He trains him in a magic that owes its power to the intellect – mathematics, history, physics. The arena for the competition must be one where the average person, expecting sleights of hand, will not recognize real magic: the Circus. And so, across the fin de siecle, cities and towns around the world are visited by a circus. Out of nowhere, blackand-white striped tents appear in a field. A sign hangs on the gate, explaining that visitors are welcome between nightfall and dawn. When twilight arrives, the circus comes to life. “Stretched across the top of the gates, hidden in curls of iron, more firefly-like lights flicker to life ... When the final bulb pops alight, and the smoke and sparks dissipate, it is finally legible, this elaborate incandescent sign. Leaning to your left to gain a better view, you can see that it reads: Le Cirque des Reves.” The Circus of Dreams. Indeed, reading this novel is like having a marvelous dream, in which you are asleep enough to believe everything that is happening, but awake enough to relish the experience and understand that it is magical. Morgenstern is an artist as well as a writer, and her novel is lusciously visual. Every scene is like a medieval painting, saturated with color and detail; each realistic facet only enhances the mystical strangeness of the whole. As the competition between Celia and Marco develops, the circus tents come to house more and more fantastical sideshows. Soon their rivalry gives way to admiration and collaboration. Their sponsors – the two old men who watch from the sidelines – begin to get worried. Will the age-old fight – between mind and body, passion and intellect, male and female – be undone by the affection of one performer for another? But this is and is not a story of love conquering all. The other circus performers also begin to worry. The magic, which they only vaguely recognize, is altering them, leading them further away from reality. The burgeoning mystery of the circus is becoming too top heavy for the humdrum world of railways and factories that it relies on for its existence. Like all good art, including novels that must lead us through to a final, beautiful page, the circus’ triumph lies in its legacy rather than in its survival. —Bethany Schneider, Newsday (MCT) ©2011 Newsday. Distributed by MCT Information Services.
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Sept. 24 @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery by kristina bravo Violent alien movies are fun to watch, but sometimes, it’s nice to see a friendly earth visitor whose M.O. is not to invade the planet and obliterate all of humankind. In comes Cinespia. This year, it chose the perfect movie to close its summer series with: E.T. You know the one, the ’80s movie brimming with overwhelming cuteness that makes you forget all about Drew Barrymore’s troubled childhood (Cigarettes at nine? Check. Marijuana at 12? Check. Cocaine at 13? Oh my. Don’t worry, she’s fine now.) Everyone’s favorite extra-terrestrial, the most adorable alien in the history of film was actually inspired by Steven Spielberg’s imaginary friend that he created after his parents’ divorce. E.T. is also filled with references to the director’s childhood such as Elliott tricking his mother into thinking that he was sick by putting the thermometer near a lightbulb – cunning, but smart. The movie remains timeless from its first release in 1982; who knew a nice, heartwarming film with a great story can be found without all that CGI technology? So if you’re looking for a nostalgic trip down memory lane, head on to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery to see it on a big screen projection amongst other Angelenos. Make sure to bring some snacks (some Reese’s Pieces candy perhaps?) and plenty of thick blankets, because whether you like it or not, cold temperatures are definitely creeping in as summer comes to an end. Movie starts at 8 p.m., and Cut Chemist will deejay before and after the screening. $10 donation tickets will be available at the gate, and picnic reservations and parking passes are also available online. Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. For more information, visit cinespia.org.
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“Bedlam” amps up the scares on BBC America. by hiko mitsuzuka When one moves into a posh apartment complex inhabited by gorgeous 20somethings and run by an attractive landlady (à la “Melrose Place”), one wouldn’t expect evil spirits to be included on the lease. Such is the case with the luxury flats on BBC America’s upcoming horror drama, “Bedlam,” a place where the neighbors harbor sinister secrets, the bathtubs try to drown you and pissed-off apparitions appear in every window – just the type of cozy place one would want settle in, if you’re into that sort of thing. Why no one has brought this compelling premise to television before remains a mystery to me. In fact, while partaking in the geektastic festivities at Comic-Con down in San Diego, I had the chance to sit down with David Allison, one of the creators behind this supernatural soap about an abandoned insane asylum that’s been renovated into residences. Naturally, I had to ask where the idea came from. Turns out, “There’s an asylum in particular where I live,” Allison says. “I started looking at the online records of all the patients, and it was amazing, grim and terrifying, the things
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for several years before it ever made it to air, Allison and his producers had lived with the characters for a long time and had a clear idea of what they were like, particularly Jed. “When we saw the screen test for Theo, we were like, ‘Oh, this is him.’” “Bedlam” looks to blend standalone ghost stories with serialized dramas packed with “Lost”-inspired mythology. “Yes, we have an endgame planned,” Allison promises. “The biggest character is the building and the family who owns the building … so there is lots of history … There are things that we resolve in season one.” And for anyone wondering, season 2 is already in the middle of shooting. “We want it to be a ride, be a thrill, and we wanted to hit the ground running,” Allison tells, “and I think American TV is really good at that. We wanted to be visceral and scare people properly … and to have a proper British sensibility.” But of course. “Bedlam” premieres Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. on BBC America. For more pop cultural ramblings, visit thefirstecho.com and hotterinhollywood.com.
SO INSPIRING YOU’LL STAND UP AND CHEER.” JEFF CRAIG, SIXTY SECOND PREVIEW
“A WONDERFUL, ENTERTAINING AND UNFORGETTABLE MOVIE.” PETE HAMMOND, BOXOFFICE MAGAZINE
“A REMARKABLE TRUE STORY. ‘DOLPHIN TALE’ WILL LEAVE YOU FEELING GOOD.
A MUST-SEE FOR EVERYONE.” JIM FERGUSON, ABC-TV
“ THE BEST FAMILY
FILM OF THE YEAR.” CHLOE MELAS, HOLLYWOODLIFE.COM
“ENTERTAINING AND INSPIRING.” BILL BREGOLI, CBS RADIO
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THE BEST ACTION MOVIE OF THE YEAR!
A KNOCKOUT! FUELED BY WHITE-KNUCKLE ACTION THAT LEAVES YOU BREATHLESS!
IT’S A TOTAL BLAST.” Corinth Releasing
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“ JASON STATHAM PROVES HE’S THE STEVE MCQUEEN FOR A NEW GENERATION.” Marshall Fine, THE HUFFINGTON POST
Marie (Sebastian Urzendowsky) and Gretel (Karoline Herfurth) in Berlin ’36
ROBERT DE NIRO IS SUPERB!”
TOP-NOTCH, ADRENALINE-PUMPING ACTION THRILLER! ” Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV
(Corinth) I was a bit unsure about this German period drama based on the various still shots in the beginning of the film. As the story progressed, I began to appreciate Berlin ’36, which is based on a true story set in 1936 Berlin – where Germany is on the cusp of holding their first summer Olympic Games. Directed by Kasper Heidelbach, Berlin ’36 tells the story of how politics managed to get entangled into sports, especially after the meteoric rise of Adolf Hitler sweeping into power some three years before the games. Following his ascent to power, the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games were used as a platform to further his party’s racial superiority agenda, extending his prejudice and discrimination propaganda campaign toward the Jews by not allowing them to compete for Germany. When the United States threatened to boycott the games, the Germans had to make concessions. This meant that the world’s best high jumper at the time, the Jewish Gretel Bergmann (Karoline Herfurth), is coerced back by the Führer to represent Germany for the games. Although, she finds it near impossible to show love and pride in representing a country that doesn’t love her back. Gretel’s chief rival both in training and the eventual competition is Marie Ketteler (Sebastian Urzendowsky), not that the Germans had any real intent to allow Gretel to make it all the way to the Olympics proper. Their rivalry soon turns to friendship, as both Gretel and Marie find themselves under intense pressure as they’re forced into the media spotlight as poster girls for Germany’s efforts. As their friendship develops, Marie shares a deep, dark secret with Gretel, which, if revealed, could have severe consequences for the Germans. The chemistry between the cast members – especially Herfurth and Urzendowsky – makes the film a success. Heidelbach not only tackles the issue of the Nazis’ extreme discrimination but presents a thoughtprovoking examination of the macro level issues as faced by Gretel by tackling and addressing prejudices from all angles. Grade: B+ —Sean Oliver Berlin ’36 releases in select theaters Sept. 23.
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(International Film Circuit) Do you ever find yourself buying things without any conscious reasoning? Ever wondered if that commercial or movie you were watching was influencing you to buy a certain soft drink? Programming the Nation seeks to answer the question: Are Americans being programmed by the media we are watching? Since the late 1950s, the question has been posed about subliminal content being delivered through all forms of media at an increasingly alarming rate. Director Jeff Warrick’s Programming the Nation does a thorough job of examining the purported uses, influences and potential subconscious side effects of subliminal advertising and what’s going on beneath the surface of advertising, film, music and political propaganda. Programming the Nation even exposes links to the U.S. military, accusing it of using this technology in their Psychological Operations Unit (PSY OPS) campaign and working it into the commercial film and television industries Programming the Nation does an interesting job of spotlighting how media makes a joke of subliminal advertising with shows like “The Simpsons” and its tie-ins with beverage companies and how numerous corporations feel it is commonplace for companies to use this technique. This socially relevant documentary not only traces the history of this phenomenon, but also seeks to determine the validity and potential threats that may or may not exist. Raising new inquiries on the topic, the film educates while sparking our curiosity towards the main questions about subliminal advertising. Questions including why consumer debt in America has risen over 50 percent since 1990; how it’s possible that the United States consumes about 25 percent of the world’s resources while only making up 4.5 percent of the world’s population; and if we are all part of an elaborate psychological scheme, which has been programming the nation. Programming the nation does a great job setting you up for more questions but leaves you short of answers. This of subject will always leave you wondering and questioning because something that you know exists, but as Americans we accept it and just move on with our lives. If these subliminal techniques are the reason why Americans have issues with overspending and for their enormous amounts of debts, then we have been programmed as a nation. Grade: B —Sean Oliver Programming the Nation releases in select theaters Sept. 23.
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The Majors: Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek) picks up the mighty hammer for the latest Marvel adaptation, Thor. Continuing the strange trend of unlikely comic book film directors, Kenneth Branagh brings together a stellar cast including Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins and Stellan Skarsgård for an entertaining summer blockbuster inspired by Nordic myth. Bruce Willis stars alongside Ryan Phillippe and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson in the heist film, Setup. Also available: Barbie: Princess Charm School The Idiotbox: Book ’em, Danno! Hawaii Five-0: The First Season breathes new life into the classic cop show. Alex O’Loughlin stars as the leader of an elite task force of cops tasked with wiping out crime in beautiful locales. Scott Caan (“Entourage”) and Daniel Dae Kim (“Lost”) co-star in this action-packed reboot. One of television’s landmark shows, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” arrives in a new 50th Anniversary Fan Favorites set, featuring 20 classics episodes and tons of extras, including rehearsal footage, the original pilot episode, interviews and more. Long unavailable, “Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer” brought the hardboiled detective to the small screen in 1958. All 78 episodes are now available in The Complete Series. Darren McGavin (A Christmas Story) stars. The controversial miniseries, The Kennedys, sheds light on the relationship between patriarch and political powerhouse Joseph Kennedy (Tom Wilkinson) and sons Bobby (Barry Pepper) and Jack (Greg Kinnear). It’s a fascinating portrait set against a turbulent era. Katie Holmes is Jackie. For decades, Mad Magazine has been synonymous with parody. The new animated series from the people behind “Robot Chicken” and “Crank Yankers,” Mad: Season 1, Part 1 deflates celebrities, the superhero craze and more. Two History Channel specials commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War: “Gettysburg,” produced by Tony and Ridley Scott, sheds light on the pivotal battle, and “Lee & Grant,” profiles the two legendary generals. It’s been 10 years since 9/11, and its impact remains. Rescue Me: The Complete Sixth Season combines the final two seasons of the searing drama, which follows a tortured New York firefighter (Denis Leary) whose comrades died in the rescue effort. Also available: Sanctuary: The Complete Third Season, Ghost Hunters: Season 6, Part 1, Dragon Ball Z Kai: Part Six, Trigun: Badlands Rumble
BRAD PITT NAILS EVERY NUANCE. JONAH HILL SCORES A KNOCKOUT!
‘MONEYBALL’ LEFT ME READY TO CHEER.” “‘MONEYBALL’ IS HILARIOUS. BRAD PITT SHOWS US ONCE AGAIN
get a chance to shine in one of the funniest films of the year, Bridesmaids. “SNL”’s Kristen Wiig stars as a reluctant Maid of Honor for her best friend (Maya Rudolph) who is thrown in with a ragtag group of bridesmaids. Paul Feig, co-creator of “Freaks & Geeks,” directs. Also available: off-Broadway musical Forever Plaid: The Movie
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JUST HOW GOOD HE IS.” BRUCE HANDY
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Under the Radar: hitRECord’s RECollection: Vol. 1 is the first tactile release from Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s revolutionary online opencollaborative project, featuring 36 short films, songs and stories. A star-studded cast, including Joseph Cross, Heather Graham and Danny Glover, takes on religion in the age of the media spectacle in the satire Son of Morning. Also available: comedy 35 & Ticking, Horror flick Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2, documentaries Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World, My Run: The Terry Hitchcock Story, Dutch historical drama Bride Flight
From the Vault: Jeff Lieberman’s genre-blending cult horror flick Blue Sunshine comes to DVD in a 35th Anniversary Edition, featuring a new interview with the writer/director. The film follows a man falsely accused of a string of murders which may have been committed by a group of hippies who took the same LSD years prior. One of the great horror films of the ’70s, Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes hits Bluray. A family on a road trip becomes stranded in the desert and has to fend off an inbred clan of cannibals.
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Campus Circle > Film > Special Features performance by this year’s most ubiquitous (and welcome) onscreen presence, Jessica Chastain. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (Magnet Releasing): Tucker and Dale (Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine) are just a couple of good ol’ boys, hanging out in the mountains of West Virginia having hillbilly fun at their cabin retreat, when a chance encounter with a group of college kids turns into a bloody, deadly misunderstanding. This horror-comedy hybrid made quite a splash during its debut midnight screening at Sundance 2010.
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What’s Your Number? (Twentieth Century Fox): A woman (Anna Faris) unwilling to go over 20 sexual partners and risk being labeled a slut, revisits old flames, hoping one of the men might have been her true love. Luckily she’s assisted in her quest by her super hot neighbor, Chris Evans. Wonder if he’ll be lucky number 21? If you miss this one, you can always rent “The Ex List,” a short-lived TV series with a similar premise.
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Red State (Smodcast): Kevin Smith’s dark, controversial departure from the realm of Jay and Silent Bob, headlined by Michael Parks, Melissa Leo and John Goodman, was inspired by Smith’s fear of fundamentalist religious groups. A twisted and politically charged horror film about a woman who lures three teen boys to her home with the promise of sex, only to capture them for her ultra-violent fundamentalist preacher. The film screens one night only at the New Beverly Cinema.
Abduction (Lionsgate): Can Taylor Lautner headline a movie? Will there be life after Twilight? With this action flick from John Singleton, we’re going to find out. Lautner stars as a man forced to go on the run after he discovers he was kidnapped as a child and may be at the center of a vast conspiracy. Dolphin Tale (Warner Bros.): A heartwarming family film about a boy who befriends a dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap. With the help of Morgan Freeman, a prosthetic appendage is created for the dolphin who becomes an inspiration to people with special needs. Based on a true story, it’s like Free Willy and How to Train Your Dragon and Flipper all rolled into one … and we’re already tearing up! Killer Elite (Open Road): When his mentor (Robert De Niro) is taken hostage, a retired member of Britain’s Elite Special Air Service (Jason Statham) is forced to do what he (begrudgingly) does best: kick ass and kill people. De Niro as a damsel in distress playing second fiddle to Statham? Sadly, Killer Elite looks neither killer nor elite, but rather a continuation of De Niro’s recent trend of picking subpar material (Righteous Kill, What Just Happened, Stone). Machine Gun Preacher (Relativity Media): Based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children forced to become soldiers, the film stars Gerard Butler and was directed by Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Monster’s Ball). Moneyball (Columbia): Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the unorthodox general manager of the Oakland A’s who put together his baseball club on a shoestring thanks to computer-generated analysis. While it could swing toward Major League or The Natural territory, we’re guessing it’ll be closer to the latter considering it was directed by Bennett Miller, in a long awaited follow up to 2005’s Capote, with a screenplay adaptation courtesy of Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network).
Puncture (Millennium Entertainment): Chris Evans stars as a drug-addicted lawyer who takes on the case of a comely young ER nurse (Vinessa Shaw) who was pricked by a contaminated needle while on the job. Taking a turn to The Pelican Brief/ Erin Brockovich territory, as the case deepens a conspiracy emerges, pushing the young lawyer to his breaking point.
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SEPT. 30 50/50 (Summit Entertainment): A well-conceived and moving dramedy about a play-by-the-rules, color-inside-thelines 27-year-old (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who finds out he’s battling a rare form of cancer with a 50/50 survival rate. Also starring Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick. Dream House (Universal): After Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) and his family (including Craig’s new real wife, Rachel Weisz) relocate to a quaint New England town, they discover a mother and her two children were murdered in their new – you guessed it – dream house. While most everyone thinks the killer is the husband who survived the incident, Will works with a local woman (Naomi Watts) to piece together an even more disturbing puzzle. As lamely Amityville as the story sounds, Dream House was directed by six-time Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan (In the Name of the Father, In America, My Left Foot), and that makes it a must see. Margaret (Fox Searchlight): After sitting on a shelf since 2007, Kenneth Lonergan’s tale of a NYC high school student (Anna Paquin), who may have played a role in a fatal bus accident, finally arrives in theaters. Co-starring Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick and Mark Ruffalo, who previously starred in Lonergan’s critically lauded debut, You Can Count on Me. Take Shelter (Sony Pictures Classics): Winner of the Critics Prize at Cannes this year, Michael Shannon stars as a man haunted by visions of a coming storm, a nightmare that drives him to build a shelter in his backyard, an obsession that starts to drive people away. Featuring another standout
Dirty Girl (The Weinstein Company): Road trip! Two high schoolers from Oklahoma – “dirty girl” Danielle (Juno Temple) and closet-case Clarke (Jeremy Dozier) – hit the road for Los Angeles to find Danielle’s dad and to keep Clarke away from being sent to military school. The Ides of March (Columbia): George Clooney directed and co-wrote this political drama about a wunderkind political strategist, played by Ryan Gosling, which is loosely based a play (“Farragut North”) that’s loosely based on Howard Dean’s unsuccessful 2004 presidential run. With a supporting cast that includes Paul Giamatti, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Marisa Tomei, it’s an early Oscar contender across the board. Real Steel (Walt Disney): Remember Rock ’Em, Sock ’Em Robots? Well, imagine they made them about 15-feet high and bouts were as watched as Monday Night Football. Set in the future, where 2,000-pound humanoid robot boxing is as big as reality TV, a struggling promoter (Hugh Jackman) thinks he’s found a champion in a discarded robot.
OCT. 14 The Big Year (Fox 2000): Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin star as bird watchers competing to spot the most rare birds in North America at a prestigious annual event. Footloose (Paramount): If you haven’t kicked off your Sunday shoes with Kevin Bacon (and you really should), then you might not know that Footloose is the story of out-of-towner Ren McCormack (Kenny Wormald, stepping into Bacon’s dancing shoes), who moves to a small town where rock ’n’ roll and dancing have been banned. But once he hooks up with the preacher’s daughter (Julianne Hough) everybody cut loose, footloose. While we’ve seriously hit the wall on remakes, the involvement of director Craig Brewer (Hustle and Flow) gives us the tiniest glimmer of hope that this movie might not suck, unlike the sacrilege known as the recently announced Dirty Dancing remake with Kenny Ortega at the helm. The Skin I Live In (Sony Pictures Classics): A thriller about a plastic surgeon (Antonio Banderas) who has been conducting experiments on a human subject (Elena Anaya) while trying to perfect an artificial skin to use to treat his severely burned wife. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar (Talk to Her, Volver, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) it seems a foregone conclusion that this will be an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film. Texas Killing Fields (Anchor Bay): The Debt co-stars Sam Worthington and Jessica Chastain, along with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Chloë Moretz, star in the debut feature by Ami
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Canaan Mann (a.k.a. Michael Mann’s daughter). A film so dark Danny Boyle, the guy who directed a feature about a dude who cut his own arm off, said it couldn’t be done, the story centers on two detectives in small-town Texas chasing down a serial killer. The Thing (Universal): A prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 classic about an alien life form with the ability to mimic anyone it ingests, this reboot takes place three days before the original kicks off in snowy, secluded Antarctica. Starring poised-on-the-brink Joel Edgerton (also see Warrior) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Trespass (Millennium Entertainment): 8mm cohorts Joel Schumacher and Nicolas Cage reunite for this tale of a husband (Cage) and wife (Nicole Kidman) being held at gunpoint.
Margin Call (Roadside Attractions): Set in a large investment bank in the 24 hours that may or may not have triggered our nation’s economic meltdown, first-time director J.C. Chandor has assembled a cast of heavy hitters, including Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons and Stanley Tucci, but buzz following the film’s premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival was lukewarm. Martha Marcy May Marlene (Fox Searchlight): After Sundance last year, this indie about a girl (Mary-Kate and Ashley’s younger sister, Elizabeth Olsen) haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia after fleeing a sexually abusive cult, turned the youngest Olsen into an industry darling. Paranormal Activity 3 (Paramount): Reportedly, the third film in the Paranormal franchise takes place in 1988, when sisters Katie (Katie Featherston from the first film) and Kristi (Sprague Grayden from the second film) were kids. Kicking it old-school, VHS style, while the girls are making video proof of Bloody Mary, they become the first confronted by the monstrous demon that has haunted them throughout the series. Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who caught heat for what was suspected to be a staged documentary, Catfish. The Three Musketeers (Summit Entertainment): A 3D, steampunk-inspired reimagining of the well-known tale of three inseparable friends who live by the motto, “One for all, all for one!” which has previously inspired seven animated adaptations and over 20 live-action interpretations. This one – directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil) – stars Anderson’s wife, Milla Jovovich, as well as Christoph Waltz, Luke Evans and Orlando Bloom.
OCT. 28 Anonymous (Columbia): Was Shakespeare a hack? This political thriller, set at the cusp of the Essex Rebellion against Queen Elizabeth I, centers on the Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans), who may have been the real author of Shakespeare’s plays. In Time (Twentieth Century Fox): Set in a future where super hot people like Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake die at 25 unless they’re rich enough to buy more time. When a poor young man (JT) is accused of murder after inheriting a fortune in time, he’s forced to go on the run. This is gonna be Surrogates bad or Blade Runner good – seeing as it’s directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, S1m0ne), it’s a toss-up. Johnny English Reborn (Universal): Mr. Bean (a.k.a. Rowan Atkinson, a.k.a. the British Buster Keaton, a.k.a. Johnny English) stars in this follow-up to the 2003 James Bond spoof. This time Johnny, a top agent in the British Secret Service, is dispatched to save the Chinese premier from a pack of
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp star in The Rum Diary. international assassins. Hijinks, no doubt, will ensue. Like Crazy (Paramount Vantage): Winner of the Grand Jury Prize in both acting and dramatic competition at last year’s Sundance, the film stars Felicity Jones (who won the acting prize) as Anna and Anton Yelchin as Jacob, college students in Los Angeles who become a couple. Anna is a British exchange student who overstays her visa after it expires on graduation. She returns home to London, and when she flies back to Los Angeles she is turned away by customs officials, throwing the couple into a long-distance relationship. The Rum Diary (FilmDistrict): Johnny Depp again channels Hunter S. Thompson in this film adapted from the writer’s early novel about a journalist who moves to Puerto Rico and falls in love with a beautiful woman (Amber Heard), who is already entangled with a sleazy real-estate developer (Aaron Eckhart), while drinking a whole hell of a lot of rum. Sleeping Beauty (Sundance Selects): A sexually charged offering that divided critics following its Cannes debut, it stars Sucker Punch star Emily Browning as a college student who answers an ad that lands her the lead role in a sex game. Offering explanation for the title, the idea is she takes a drug that puts her to sleep while paying customers do whatever they want with her limp body with the only rule being no penetration, which isn’t a problem for most customers who prefer to abuse her body.
NOV. 4 My Week with Marilyn (The Weinstein Company): Starring Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe and Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier (naturally), the film is set during production of The Prince and the Showgirl, when Colin Clark (Tony winner Eddie Redmayne), an assistant on the film, spent a week escorting Marilyn around London, giving her the briefest respite from the pressures of Hollywood. Based on the stills alone, which show a transformed Williams, we’re calling early Oscar nominations for this one. Puss in Boots (DreamWorks Animation): The best thing about the last two Shrek movies gets his own franchise. Voiced by Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis, this spin off is set before Puss in Boots met Shrek and his friends, as the feline hero teams up with Humpty Dumpty (Galifianakis) and the street-savvy Kitty (Hayek) to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs. Tower Heist (Universal): When the hard working staff of
a Manhattan high-rise realize they’ve fallen victim to the Ponzi scheme of one of the residents, they conspire to rob his penthouse. Brett Ratner directs a flurry of names including Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (Warner Bros.): Finally, a sequel in 3D we can’t wait to see! You know the drill, stoner buddies Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn), with an assist from Neil Patrick Harris, go on an adventure where things go hilariously off the rails. Set six years after their Guantanamo Bay adventure, this time they’re unleashed on New York on the hunt for a Christmas tree after inadvertently burning down Harold’s father-in-law’s prize pine.
Nov. 9 J. Edgar (Warner Bros.): We couldn’t be more excited to see Leonardo DiCaprio slide into a pair of heels to play J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood’s creative “biopic” about the FBI director, with a script by Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk). Could this be the film that earns DiCaprio his Academy Award? Very possibly. Co-stars Armie Hammer, as Hoover’s right hand man and supposed lover, and Naomi Watts.
NOV. 11 Immortals (Relativity Media): Newly minted Man of Steel, Henry Cavill, stars as a mortal man chosen by Zeus (Luke Evans) to lead the fight against the ruthless, bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke), who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity. We’re hoping this one is more 300 than Conan, but either way, expect abs and togas galore. Jack and Jill (Columbia): Who wants to see Adam Sandler in drag? Well, too bad, because here it comes. Sandler stars as Jack, a successful ad executive with a beautiful wife (Katie Holmes), who dreads one event each year: the Thanksgiving visit of his twin sister Jill (also played by Sandler). Celebrity cameos reportedly include Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Ryan Gosling, Tom Hanks, Jeff Bridges and George Clooney, to name just a few. Melancholia (Magnolia): Perhaps best known as the film which director Lars von Trier was promoting when he made comments that got him banned from the Cannes Film Festival, that performance overshadowed the fact that Kirsten Dunst actually won Best Actress honors for her performance in this film about a woman grappling with the appearance of a nearby planet that threatens to destroy Earth.
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Rediscovers Identity with Hysterical by josh herwitt Alec Ounsworth hasn’t ever tried to fol– low in someone else’s footsteps. Like most musicians nowadays, though, he has had his own collection of influences since he began writing and recording songs as a teenager. “There are certain models that I like to keep in mind as I’m doing this,” he says. “Sort of ‘where do I see myself in 10 years?’ And not to say I want to do precisely what other
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people do, but you gather what you can from people who have come before you.” Maybe that’s why Ounsworth has heard the comparisons before. From the time he started Clap Your Hands Say Yeah with four friends from Connecticut College, the frontman has often been pegged as a David Byrne sound-alike. Truthfully, it’s an analogy that isn’t complete hogwash. Ounsworth’s vocal style is certainly reminiscent of Byrne’s distinctive yelp – with traces of Tom Verlaine (Television), Paul Banks (Interpol) and Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) also interspersed. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t long after CYHSY started touring that Byrne was spotted at some of its shows. But don’t make the mistake of simply classifying the Brooklyn band as some sort of modern-day Talking Heads. The quintet, instead, squashes that notion on its latest studio album, Hysterical, after spending more than two years with producer John Congleton on the project. What materialized on the 12-song LP is a more polished, focused sound that many critics expected to hear in 2007 with the release of Some Loud Thunder. CYHSY’s sophomore effort, however, received mostly mixed reviews after watching its self-produced, self-titled debut spread like wildfire across the Internet and earn sweeping praise just a couple years earlier.
At that point, CYHSY had already proven to the rest of the music industry that it doesn’t take record labels or public relations agencies to gain fame anymore. Online opinion, rather, had become a strong enough vehicle to carry a young indie band’s name from coast to coast. “I was more hoping to find a group of people to play certain songs,” Ounsworth recalls about when he first started CYHSY. “None of us knew what we really had. I didn’t even know it was a band at first.” Yet with Some Loud Thunder struggling to hook listeners in the same way CYHSY’s initial offering did, no one knew what was in store for a band still searching for its identity. Two years later, more questions regarding CYHSY’s longevity were raised when Ounsworth decided to take time off to work on a solo album and the debut release for his other band, Flashy Python. “It sounds sort of ridiculous, but we just weren’t feeling the energy or the passion to make a record together at that particular time,” Ounsworth explains. “If we’re ready to make a record and if it seems to make sense, then we should. And if there’s any doubt, then there’s no reason to go into a studio and force the record. I don’t think that’s fair to anyone.” So in the meantime, the other members of CYHSY began working on their own projects. While keyboardist/guitarist Robbie Guertin and bassist Tyler Sargent formed the band Uninhabitable Mansions, drummer Sean Greenhalgh started producing records for other indie rock outfits such as Takka Takka. Guertin also joined Radical Dads to play drums and sing, and keyboardist/ guitarist Lee Sargent (twin brother of Tyler) took his talents to Hollywood, performing on James Lavino’s score to the Alex Karpovsky film, Woodpecker. Nevertheless, the band’s public hiatus left fans skeptical of an eventual reunion, only to be reassured in May with the announcement of a third album that CYHSY wasn’t headed for a breakup after all. “I didn’t want to dictate the pace of anybody’s life,” admits Ounsworth, who was born and raised in Philadelphia and still resides there today. “But it just so happened that when I was ready [to make another record], everybody seemed to be as well. That sort of set the tone.” On Hysterical, that cohesion Ounsworth speaks of comes through quite clearly. Not only does CYHSY rediscover the melodic energy and spirit that first captivated the blogosphere back in 2005, but it also treads into unchartered territory with sophisticated, provocative balladry on tracks such as “Misspent Youth,” “In a Motel” and “Siesta (For Snake).” “It would have been one thing if we had taken a break and for everybody to just sit around and wait for the next record, not doing anything with music or anything creative,” Ounsworth says. “It’s another thing that everybody remained active and actually saw a lot of new angles of how to approach records in that period.” The album’s singles, “Same Mistake” and “Maniac,” stand out as some of the band’s best material to date. Like early favorites “Let the Cool Goddess Rust Away” and “The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth,” CYHSY fuses thumping rhythms with beautiful harmonies and buzzing synths to make you realize that this isn’t just your typical indie rock fluff. For a control freak like Ounsworth, striking that balance has taken him and his band mates nearly six years to perfect. And now that they’ve found it again, there’s no looking back. “I feel like I really know what this project is,” he says. “Over the years I think I’ve been able to step back, relax and understand that there is something special about this project that I can’t put my finger on, but I’m just going to roll with it.” Hysterical is currently available. For more information, visit clapyourhandssayyeah.com.
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MARC ANTHONY Sept. 24 & 25 @ Gibson Amphitheatre by marvin vasquez Marc Anthony is just like a fine bottle of wine that keeps getting better and better as it gently ages. Of Puerto Rican descent but born in New York City, this prominent music figure is scheduled to deliver two spectacular concerts at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal CityWalk this coming Saturday and Sunday. Arguably the best voice the genre of salsa has ever witnessed, Anthony sports a fabulous musical repertoire. Having already sold over 11-million albums universally, he is truly considered an influence within the industry – and beyond. Anthony is also an entrepreneur and actor, who has appeared in several popular films. He is a minority owner of the Miami Dolphins of the NFL. He can be seen alongside Denzel Washington in acclaimed director Tony Scott’s Man on Fire (2004) and Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead (1999). However, one of Anthony’s unforgettable acting performances comes via his role as salsa legend Héctor Lavoe in El Cantante, where Jennifer Lopez played his wife Puchi. Music made him, though, and it is what has elevated his professional career beyond normal success. Anthony reached triple platinum in 1999 with his first English record titled Marc Anthony. This album featured the hit single “I Need to Know,” which became known the world over. Once recognized in New York Magazine’s Top 10 list of most influential New Yorkers, Anthony has released numerous salsa albums and singles. Starting with “Valió La Pena” (It Was Worth It), a melody that is too rich in rhythm to describe, it is considered one of his most epic songs. And one cannot ignore crowd favorites “Tu Amor Me Hace Bien” (Your Love is Good to Me), “Que Precio Tiene El Cielo” (What’s the Sky’s Price), “Celos” (Jealousy) and “Ahora Quien” (Now Who). All are pieces that Anthony is sure to sing at the upcoming shows. Whether he showcases his traditional salsa tunes, classic covers from Lavoe’s career, popular ballads or his English tracks, Anthony is prepared to deliver unforgettable musical displays to Los Angeles. Saturday’s show is sold out, but there are tickets available tickets for Sunday, which can be purchased at livenation.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.
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by denise guerra All this dire news of wars and a troubled economy, I need a pick-me-up. Give me a heavy rhythm, fast beats, loud horns and a smooth voice, and I’m shaking to Kings Go Forth. Kings Go Forth is a soul and rock jam fest of various instruments smashed together in amazing synchronicity; playing all at once, both loud and funky. You may think that only hardcore fans of the underground soul music subculture may be aware of Kings Go Forth, but their fan base ranges from Sharon Jones to Radiohead listeners. In fact, they have a pretty big following in Europe, where there’s a dress code specifically for going to soul concerts. Even the most incredulous listener will find a little piece of soul in a lot of popular music today. Soul music may have come forth from the Civil Rights movement and with it an integration into the mainstream rock sound as a whole. To many, the stereotype of soul as strictly a black genre may be surprised to learn that Kings Go Forth was born from a white kid from Milwaukee who was inspired by collecting old records from basements, attics and
Setting Passion to Music by marvin vasquez Perhaps it is their passion for music and songwriting, or even their desire to produce good times for their audiences that makes the Script memorable. Most likely you can recall and even identify with their hit single “Breakeven” from their 2008 self-titled debut album. And you are probably already singing the song’s chorus: “I’m falling to pieccceeeeesss.” “Breakeven” has sold over 1.7 million downloads in the U.S. alone. Furthermore, it reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart. Had enough of a refresher course? An Irish alternative rock band from the majestic city of Dublin, the Script is back on the industry’s scene. Consisting of the dark-haired charismatic vocalist Danny O’Donoghue, ebullient guitarist Mark Sheehan and ferociously passionate drummer Glen Power, the Script released their sophomore effort, Science & Faith, last year. The album’s latest prominent single is “Nothing,” a romantic yet gradually up-tempo tune that will truly rock you. “I’m smiling, but I’m dying trying not to drag my feet,” sings O’Donoghue, but he does it in such a manner that can calm your heart and soul. It romantically fuels one’s believes of romance, relationships and life. “It is about what people can relate to and an emotion to connect to,” Power explains, adding that it primarily stemmed from an anecdote from O’Donoghue’s life. “Who has not done
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old shops. “The only difference between this band and all the other bands out there is intrinsically a link to vinyl and old records,” says Kings Go Forth co-founder and bassist Andy Noble. “The Kings Go Forth sound and its mere existence owes a lot to the record store and not the least because I met Black Wolf, the singer, at my store.” Black Wolf is his own character on stage. You can find video clips of the band online and see how his persona is often lifted by the sounds created by the 10-piece band. There’s a tremendous respect Noble has for King’s lead vocalist, who often can improvise and transform his voice to each song’s complex set of arrangements. “The reason why we were friends at first was because we were trying to find all these old records,” says Noble. Keeping true to soul’s past, Noble and Wolf create songs about love and despair, and moving lyrics that inspire motivation past life’s obstacles. Songs such as “Paradise Lost,” (off their full-length debut, The Outsiders Are Back) which is about a prisoner’s lament, a stark contrast to its upbeat tempo. Along with genres like jazz, soul is like one of the founding fathers to today’s contemporary sound. Older listeners will be able to immediately identify Kings Go Forth from a broad palette of classic R&B (mid-’60s Chicago, early’70s Philadelphia and other more obscure sources). “Hip-hop kids got into it because soul was the foundation of sample material, rock kids liked its high energy and old people never stopped liking it,” explains Noble. Noble was born in 1975 and took the music of that decade straight into the 20th century. His vast (let’s stress the word vast) collection is his formidable time capsule keeping the long-forgotten soul singers alive. “I was a child of the ’70s,” says Noble. “Kings Go Forth
is subconscious. A lot of people think I’m trying to create this ’70s-style group, but they were formative years for me because it was the sound I heard around me. I think what I learned about myself musically is that the music I heard from my first years of life really influenced me.” Noble is mellow on the phone, but his music is far from that. He is the group’s main sound arranger, kind of like the composer of the piece who is in charge of layering different musical sets one on top of the other. It can be a complex piece of work for anyone. A typical rock set layers a drum and a guitar, maybe a keyboard. But with Kings go Forth, Noble is in charge of layering several percussion beats, with horns and trumpets, bass, vocals, background vocals and keyboards all together. If you haven’t heard the finished masterpieces, then you’re missing out. Kings Go Forth is not only emotional, but their music creates a force in your body to make you move and shake without notice. And if that ain’t pure soul, than I don’t what it is. Kings Go Forth performs Sept. 27 at the Echo. For more information, visit kingsgoforth.com.
Campus Circle > Music > Interviews that in life?” Another track off the record is “For the First Time,” a melody of the troubles in a relationship because of the poor economy. Yes, the recession has reached the entire world, including Europe. “We all have quite a bit of complaints,” Powers states of this particular tune. “There is the global financial crisis … we had to write it. It is a great song about those events.” The Script has a track record for great songs. Their passion is instilled within each track’s lyrics and musical beats. “Passionate, honest, emotional … those words really describe who we are, but above all honesty,” Power admits. With regards to musical influences, the Script has many, but there is one particular instance with a certain group that instantly comes to mind and can never be forgotten by the band members. “In our home country of Ireland, we got to play along with U2 at Dublin’s Crone Park,” a sincere, yet thrilled Power confesses. “That was humbling … believe me, that was rather monumental for us … of course, we got to meet Bono. It was a crazy, crazy event for us.” Power and the rest of the crew have also taken the stage with Take That and Sir Paul McCartney. The Script opened at New York’s Citi Field for McCartney, and they feel blessed to have performed such an honor. Other influences include the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, Queen, the Neptunes, Timbaland, Van Morrison and the Police. Quite frankly, we can begin to understand why each member of the Script is so intensely passionate and devoted to their music: Their musical influences represent that as well. The Script’s music has been included in video games and several well-known television shows. Some of these are “Waterloo Road,” “EastEnders,” “The Vampire Diaries,”
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“90210,” “Ghost Whisperer” and “The Hills.” The Script, who met years ago on working holiday in the City of Angeles, has an upcoming L.A. concert at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday, Sept. 24, that is part of their Science & Faith Tour. “The American crowd is respectful, and they hang around after our show,” shares Power. “When we visit Los Angeles and New York, we walk around the streets … we are happy to get the opportunity to play there.” Whether or not you partake in their tour or listening to their repertoire, these three Dubliners indeed know how to cultivate the true meaning of music. In that sense, they are beyond powerful. The Script performs Sept. 24 at the Palladium. For more information, visit thescriptmusic.com.
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the brother derek blues band Musical Thoroughbreds by suzi fox They considered calling themselves the Five Blind Boys of Alhambra, but after ESPN ran a special on horse racing, they stole the name “Brother Derek” off a stud in Kentucky. Come to find out that the horse was named after a Mormon missionary. The Brother Derek Blues Band is a collection of professional actors and gifted musicians featuring Chris Flanders on guitar/vocals, Drew Wicks on bass/vocals, Kahlil Sabbagh on drums/vocals and Ginger Smith, vocal performer-extraordinaire/blonde hottie. Each one has an impressive talent rap sheet. Smith is known for her roles in “Loves Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder,” “ASC-DCI StEM,” “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment” and Sister Act 2. Flanders’ acting career has landed him on “24,” “Law and Order,” “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” “The United States of Tara,” “Brothers and Sisters” and more. Wicks has appeared on national ad campaigns for Big Red gum, Budweiser, Mercedes-Benz, Taco Bell, Tropicana and Keystone Beer. He’s been on shows like “Scrubs,” “Angel,” “3rd Rock From the Sun” and “Kisses and Caroms.” Sabbagh, has acted in films such as “ASC-DCI Stem,” Callback, Legend of the Mummy, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, Demolition University and Dissent. As a music consultant he worked on the TV series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and as a composer, writer and producer on the award-winning film “Boyz Up Unauthorized.” As an outside interest, the guys in the band are all triathletes, and together have done the Iron Man and other local races. These guys can play all night. Smith boasts that her marathons involve running around the block. At gigs, the Brother Derek Blues Band runs until midnight to 1 a.m. This is when they allow any brazen drunk to sing on stage with them. Sabbagh clarifies, “It’s our way of giving back to the community.” The drummer, who is Lebanese, fancies himself a “combination of Robin Williams meets Tony Robbins.” If true confessions were to be told Kahlil would tell you, “Blues is only fun for me if I’m playing and really, I feel it is my mission in life to help white people become better musicians.” Wicks shares, “We look forward to playing together because we have a good time going through tunes, and there’s a drive to hit new territory, especially with Ginger whose got a driving ambition to break new ground.” Their first album, Cold Shot, is in homage to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s song. In his somewhat misspent youth, Flanders, a rabid fan of the bluesman, stole one of Vaughan’s guitars. He later named his own son Vaughn. His wife asked him, “So we named our son after a coke-snorting, whiskey-drinking guy?” “Exactly, but he got clean before he died. And it’s better than calling him Dime Bag Flanders,” exclaimed Flanders. Their next album will showcase Smith, who has become the principal songwriting force for their material. Those who have influenced Smith musically include Becky Barksdale, Lou Ann Barton, Ella Fitzgerald, Janis Joplin, Etta James, Suzy Williams and Teresa Tudury. Her vast experience in musical theater, vocal arts performance, voiceover work, R&B and jazz make Smith a powerhouse entertainer. It’s clear they love performing. Smith explains, “We can change our vocals dramatically each time because our style gives us a lot of freedom.” They create an experience for their audiences through their performances on stage knowing they can do something different every time. One evening Sabbagh wanted to share some news publicly about Wicks and turned to get the OK from him before speaking. Wicks, assuming Sabbagh was going to announce the good news of his most recent gig in a Regents Bank commercial gave the nod to go ahead. Little did Wicks realize that the “news” Sabbagh decided to share was the fact that Wicks had just gotten a vasectomy. He just thought the people would want to know. Brother Derek Blues Band performs Sept. 29 at TRiP in Santa Monica. For more information, visit reverbnation.com/brotherderek.
Settle into Success with The Reckoning by stephanie choi Perhaps the most overused and misused word bands choose to describe themselves is understandably “unique,” since novelty often makes or breaks a band. However, considering how long music has been around, originality has thus become a tall order. Still, South Carolina rock band Needtobreathe refuses to be pegged down to a particular musical genre and rocks out its newest album, The Reckoning, hitting stores this week. “The last record we did was called The Outsiders, that was motivated by us feeling that we didn’t really fit into any part of the music industry. The record was about us owning up to that and embracing it,” says drummer Joe Stillwell. “After the release of that record, we gained more recognition; we could definitely feel a lot more anticipation going into the making of this new record. ‘Reckoning’ means a settlement of something, and this album is our way of proving to fans that we can live up to their expectations.” The band was formed when brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart joined with drummer Stillwell and bassist Seth Bolt to form Needtobreathe while attending different colleges. “We had started a band by freshman year, but it wasn’t until maybe my senior year that we realized we could be something more,” comments Stillwell. With Bolt, who had received a degree in recording engineering, they recorded their earliest EPs at Bolt’s Plantation Studios. The band got its break when it came to the attention of Atlantic/Lava Records, with whom they signed in 2005. A year later they released their debut full-length album, Daylight, followed by tours with Train, Collective Soul and Will Hoge. Even with influences from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Radiohead and Coldplay, Needtobreathe manages to hold its own musical flavor, with a heavy southern-ness to it. “We’re like a sponge. Our music doesn’t sound like anything; it’s just good old rock ’n’ roll,” they say. The band is currently on tour with Taylor Swift as the opening act to the North American leg of her Speak Now World Tour, which started in May in Omaha, Neb., after having been handpicked by the country songstress. “One day Taylor contacted our management, out of the blue, and asked us to join her on her tour. We’ve heard from Twitter and some blogs that she was a fan of the band, but it was still a surprise because we’ve never met her in person,” tells Stillwell. “It’s cool that instead of just bringing out another country act, she wanted to bring a band that she really liked and wanted to share with the fans.” Apart from the big shows with Swift, Needtobreathe has been performing at various smaller local venues. “These are little intimate shows, and they’re great. It’s an hour and a half of sweat, energy and just banging out good music. The live shows have been such a big part of how we’ve built ourselves up for the past years, so we put everything into each,” says Stillwell. Indeed, the band has a reputation for putting out amazing live sessions, but what is more impressive is its wide range of fans, in Stillwell’s words, from “teenagers, college students, people in their 50s and 60s, and even little kids listening to [their] music on the way to school in their mom’s car.” “I think that’s an indication of the honesty that we try to put into our music. We just try to write songs that come from the heart and from where we are, and people can genuinely connect with that,” notes Stillwell. Over the past years that Needtobreathe has been around, the band has been playing and experimenting with different styles of sound and has thus modified and refined their music while staying true to their identity. “I feel like we’ve gotten better over the years since we’ve started out; our music has been growing and evolving, and the good thing is that our fans have come along with us. I think we’ve developed a culture with our fans that if we came up with a country song, our fans would still dig it,” says Stillwell. “All in all, it feels really good to be 12 years into it and still doing it and loving it.” The Reckoning is currently available. For more information, visit needtobreathe.net.
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MUSICREPORT by kevin wierzbicki Batman: Arkham City – The Album Panic! At the Disco, Coheed and Cambria and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are among the artists who’ve contributed new original songs to Batman: Arkham City – The Album, the musical companion piece to the videogame of the same name. Each artist approached their contribution to the album with their own unique interpretations of the stories surrounding Batman. Claudio Sanchez, the frontman for Coheed and Cambria says, “I write in a very conceptual format with the stories that surround Coheed and Cambria, but Batman has a much larger defined history and rules that go along with it. My goal was to find universal themes from Batman’s existing history to help give the lyrics legs and dimension so that the song could live within that world.” The Duke Spirit, Blaqk Audio, Daughtry, Serj Tankian and the Damned Things are some of the other acts represented, and buyers of the collector’s edition of the videogame will get a download of the album with the bonus cut “In the Shadow” by A Place to Bury Strangers. The album drops on Oct. 4, and the game drops on Oct. 18.
Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy Ozzy Osbourne is about to release a new book, a follow-up to last year’s best-selling memoir I Am Ozzy. Osbourne has been writing a medical advice column for Rolling Stone for quite some time and Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy: Advice from Rock’s Ultimate Survivor contains some of the best material from those columns along with survival stories not found in the memoir, his answers to celebrities’ medical questions, charts and sidebars and more.
Campus Circle > Music > Music Report Osbourne started writing the Dr. Ozzy columns last year after he had his DNA mapped to determine if science could explain how he’s survived nearly four decades of drug and alcohol abuse. So far the scientists have no explanation, although they did find variants in his genome that they had never seen before. Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy hits stands Oct. 11.
My Chemical Romance Drummer Fired Michael Pedicone, the drummer for My Chemical Romance, has been fired for stealing from the band. The band issued the following statement on its Web site: “The relationship between My Chemical Romance and Michael Pedicone is over. He was caught red-handed stealing from the band and confessed to police after our show last night [Sept. 5] in Auburn, Wash. We are heartbroken and sick to our stomachs over this entire situation. The band has no intention of pressing charges or pursuing this matter any further than we have to. We just want him out of our lives. The people who play in this band are a family, and family should not take advantage of each other like he did. We are currently moving forward and hope to have a new drummer in place [to finish the tour.] The show must go on.” Jarrod Alexander of Los Angeles band Dead Country has since been enlisted as MCR’s interim drummer.
Metal For The Masses Vol. 9 Century Media has just released Metal For The Masses Vol. 9, a specially-priced triple-disc set containing 48 songs. The set’s first disc features Century Media acts like Suicide Silence, Vampires Everywhere!, Arch Enemy, Winds of Plague and Arsonists Get All the Girls, while the second disc is made up of cuts from acts signed to Nuclear Blast including Sepultura, Belphegor, All Shall Perish, Symphony X and Amorphis.
PJ HARVEY wins mercury prize Why You Should Give Her a Listen by eva recinos One of the biggest British singer-song– writers on the American music scene right now is Adele. Her chill-inducing voice, undeniable honesty and heartfelt songwriting have gotten her tracks blasting from hundreds of car radios over the past few months. So it can’t help but come as a surprise that one of the biggest prizes for British music, the Barclaycard Mercury Prize, did not go to the talented nominee Adele. The prize is given to the person with the best album of the year, and if we went by numbers, Adele’s 21 was the first album of the year to sell a million copies. Beyond that, it was difficult to go anywhere without hearing “Rolling in the Deep,” being played from some speaker. Yet despite all these strong qualifications, the award went to another female singer-songwriter: the ever-enigmatic, quirky PJ Harvey. Hers is not a name you’re bound to hear on your pop radio station or even read about in Billboard’s latest
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Batman: Arkham City - The Album hits stores Oct. 4. The third disc is packed with classic cuts from bands like Lacuna Coil (“Heaven’s a Lie”), Eyehategod (“30$ Bag”) and Despised Icon who represent with “Retina.” Metal For The Masses Vol. 9 is available for $8.99 exclusively at Hot Topic.
Array Vol. 1 Autonomous Music is offering an eighteen-track compilation of their artists for free download. The label promises that Array Vol. 1 is loaded with fresh beats, current ideas and massive instrumentals from Empty Space Orchestra, Octopus Nebula, the Polish Ambassador, Dr. Israel, Etheric Double Soundsystem, Natasha Kmeto, Resident Anti-Hero and many others. Autonomous is primarily a management and booking company, but the Autonomous Music label is a 100-percent free label so there’ll be more coming; for now grab your nocharge copy of Array Vol. 1 at autonomousmusic.bandcamp. com.
Campus Circle > Music > Music Notes news. But as the award proves, there is a reason Harvey should remain in the music world’s consciousness. Harvey won the same prize 10 years ago for her honest, haunting album Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea. One advantage Harvey has over Adele is that of experience. Comparing all of her albums to try to define her sound is like taking pieces from different puzzles and trying to put them together. Harvey’s talent for songwriting and her willingness to explore even the most difficult of topics stays constant, but the sounds change from album to album. Let England Shake, the album that won her the Mercury Prize this year, is an album that deals with the ugliest parts of war and the complexities of being of proud of your nation. Some might argue that this is exactly why she was given the award: She created an entire album revolving around her country. But whether or not this skewed the decision of the judges – which is highly unlikely since Harvey doesn’t hold back on describing the horrors of war – there is still a lot to be found in the album besides political statements. Something about the tracks, starting with the eerie and engrossing “Let England Shake,” separate them from a lot of music being created today. These are not safe, easily digested tracks. They are frequently haunting; some tracks have a beautiful delicacy that makes them seem as if they could fall apart at any moment. Even the album cover, a flurry of blackbirds gathering behind chunky white letters, gives the impression that this album might take you to some places you won’t want to go, but it’ll do so with a sincerity and passion that you can’t shake off. Tracks like “The Glorious Land” might make it difficult for all listeners to relate, but the catchiness of the track coupled with Harvey’s distinct voice make it an interesting listen nonetheless.
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PJ Harvey’s unique talents won her a second Mercury Prize. So despite the fact that her winning comes as a bit of a surprise to some, it proves there is a certain brand of talent that Harvey possesses. The U.K. music industry figures who voted for Harvey’s album seem to want to point us in the different of something new, something we perhaps haven’t heard playing everywhere we go. Adele has unremarkable talent, but this win is not about comparing talent but rather about giving a nod to another album, besides 21, that was well-crafted and poetic and left a visible mark on the music critics of the world. As L.A. Times writer Ann Powers, who gave the album four out of four stars, puts it, “Polly Jean Harvey is rock’s master polymorph.” Tracking the career of this highly interesting singer will show us different sides and prove that there is always room for a musician to continue evolving. A quick visit to Spotify will yield you Let England Shake in its entirety and perhaps make you fall in love with something you didn’t think you would even like.
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CDREVIEWS Ape Machine War to Head (Ape Machine) The band’s name conjures the image of some sort of robomonkey, but Ape Machine came about their moniker in a completely simian-free manner. The group prefers to record on vintage equipment, and Ape Machine (“tape machine” with the “t” lopped off) is merely an inside reference to their particular technical bent. There is a thousand pound gorilla in the mix though; Ape Machine plays a kind of heavy rock whose genesis can be traced directly back to one of the genre’s founders – Black Sabbath. Singer Caleb Heinze has a way with his phrasing that indicates he’s picked up plenty from Ozzy Osbourne; you might think the influence is subconscious until you hear the band lurch through “Hold Your Tongue” and “The Sun” like Ozzy’s Iron Man is rampaging through the studio. Not everything is a Sabbath attack though; “Black Night” with its screeching guitar and warbling organ fills sounds like vintage Deep Purple while the brief “No Sugar in My Coffee” demonstrates that Ape Machine, like most early hard rocks acts, realizes that some of their best riffs are derived from the blues. Grade: B —Kevin Wierzbicki War to Head is currently available.
Get Set Go Fury of Your Lonely Heart (Square Tire) It’s a little bit ironic that Get Set Go’s brush with fame, the song “Wait,” isn’t even on one of their own albums; the downt empo, McCartney-esque tune is a one-off that the band placed on the “Grey’s Anatomy” soundtrack that came out in 2005, and the show’s Dr. Bailey character (Chandra Wilson) sang her own version of the song during “Grey”’s “musical event” episode last season. The band has developed a different sound over the past half decade, and a lot of that has to do with moving viola player Eric Summer to the forefront. “Fury of Your Lonely Heart” is a showcase for Summer, where he gets to lead the song’s melody but also take some rock star-style solos; on the Celtic-flavored “Lock Up Your Daughters” Summer plays in the traditional Irish style and on “Stone of Suffering” he puts his classical training to good use. It seems that the musical partnership between Summer and singer Mike TV is much tighter than before; even on the Police-like “We Will Be Stars” TV’s honeyed vocals are pushed to another level backed by the viola. Get Set Go is an American band, but much of this record sounds British, like a Verve/Hollies mash-up, due in part to TV having a voice and relaxed singing style that recalls that of Graham Nash, the Englishman from Crosby, Stills & Nash. Grade: B —Kevin Wierzbicki Fury of Your Lonely Heart is currently available.
Halloween, Alaska All Night the Calls Came In (Amble Down) Listening to the music of a band called Halloween, Alaska is just how it would seem: It sounds like a cross between the kookiness of the supposed freakiest night of the year and cold weather. It’s electronic, ambient, dark and upbeat all at the same time. This band from Minnesota has been around, releasing their first album in 2004, with tracks that have been featured on the television series “The O.C.” Their latest, All Night the Calls Came In, is a solid effort that would sure make its way to the ears of old and new fans alike even without the promotion of a teen drama. The opening track, titled “You Are Not Well,” is just the right amount of moodiness that has a certain quiet, inviting enough to have the listener staying tuned to the rest of the
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Campus Circle > Music > CD Reviews album. The fourth track, “Empire Waist,” is mellifluously catchy, the kind that would play in your head all day. The 10th and last song, “In Your Sleep,” ends the track list on a high note, concluding the album with a masterful blend of haunting vocals, addicting guitar and crisp and clean drum beats, all in their special, understated way. All Night the Calls Came In is refreshing against a sea of in-your-face sounds permeating today’s industry, offering wonderfully fluid and feel-good music that is, well, music to your ears. Grade: A —Kristina Bravo All Night the Calls Came In is currently available.
Kaura That Which Defines Us (Self-released) Kaura plays modern hard rock, the kind that will garner them radio play right along with the Sevendusts and the Seethers of the world, but there are a couple of very noticeable differences that separate Kaura (pronounced kay-aura) from the rest of the hard rock heap. Firstly their music is subtly positive; you would be hard pressed to hear any anger or hopelessness in the voice of singer Malcolm Guess, even though songs like “Apathy” and “Tether’s End” lyrically deal with less than rosy situations. The other thing that Kaura does here that stands out is use a bunch of instruments that aren’t normally heard on hard rock records or on popular records period. The album’s intro cut “Invocation” uses the didgeridoo to eerie effect and “Sera Phi” incorporates hammered dulcimer into the melody. If you listen closely you’ll hear gamelan bells, tabla and tribal drums sprinkled throughout; Kaura picked up the exotic instruments during their world travels. This debut recording comes with a bonus DVD containing videos for some of the album’s cuts along with performance footage showing some of the offbeat instruments in use. Grade: A —Kevin Wierzbicki That Which Defines Us is currently available.
Nurses Dracula (Deep Oceans) Aaron Chapman is the guitarist for Nurses, but he didn’t take that role, as such, in the making of Dracula. Chapman and band mates James Mitchell and John Bowers made Dracula not by writing songs on guitar or keyboard in the typical manner; rather they collected snippets of ideas and moved them around until something formed. The result is a Modest Mouse-y kind of record that displays moments of experimental pop genius like “You Lookin’ Twice” where the song was clearly built around its quirky beat. “So Sweet” with its loping rhythm and airy melody sounds like tropicalia music from outer space, while “Trying to Reach You” heads in the opposite direction with a funky overtone informed by Memphis soul. Chapman is also the band’s singer, and most of his vocal work here is uplifting even though much of the music comes off as moody. Chapman also has an unusual nuance to his voice, an odd sort of helium-esque inflection that he invokes in a couple of places on Dracula; the way he accents “tell” during “Wouldn’t Tell” is an amazing feat that turns one simple word into the song’s most memorable hook. Nurses perform Sept. 28 at the Echo. Grade: B —Kevin Wierzbicki Dracula is currently available.
Mark T. Small Blacks, Whites & the Blues (Lead Foot)
Small is a singer and guitar player with a background in both bluegrass and Chicago-style blues, and he puts a combination of both playing styles to use for this offering of covers of famous blues tunes. A version of Muddy Waters’ “Trouble No More” where Small growls out the lyrics while accompanying himself on Dobro is a perfect example of how the two genres overlap. Small contributes just one of his own tunes, the hotrodding “Boogie Woogie Guitar Man;” otherwise even the most casual of blues fans will recognize many of the numbers here. With almost every song performed acoustically it’s easy to hear Small’s talent, especially on Willie Dixon’s classic “Little Red Rooster” where he squeezes incredible tones out of a 1947 Martin guitar, tossing in lightning-fast flourishes where the song’s spare arrangement allows. Small plugs in only once, cranking up his Telecaster to achieve the scratching buzz required for a cover of John Lee Hooker’s “Bang Bang Bang Bang,” elsewhere its clear-as-abell acoustic picking on chestnuts like “61 Highway,” “Catfish Blues” and “Sweet Home Chicago.” Grade: A —Kevin Wierzbicki Blacks, Whites & the Blues is currently available.
Rachel Taylor Brown World So Sweet (Penury Pop) On Rachel Taylor Brown’s seventh release, World So Sweet, the Portland, Ore., songwriter-singer continues to look at the ugliness in beauty and the beauty in ugliness: the contradictions of the world around us. Brown’s 13 tracks offset often upbeat, danceable melodies with dark tales of child abuse, religious skepticism, the death of friends and surgical addiction. Brown’s unpredictable arrangements range from an album opener, which utilizes 50 massed pianos, to sweet piano pop (the Kate Bush meets the Eels cut “Modesto Waltz”) and onto modest minimalism (“Scotland,” an eloquent elegy to a deceased colleague). Juxtaposition furnishes potency to bouncy rock tune “Sister Jean,” a head-nodding grabber that hides lines about a real-life, teenage girl who died from parental abuse. Impulsively energetic alt-rocker “Taxidermy” applies the scientific presentation of dead animals as a metaphor for people obsessed with plastic surgery. Irony and profanity laces strangely anthemic “Mercy in Nebraska,” about families who used the Safe Haven Law to abandon children to the government. Grade: B —Doug Simpson World So Sweet is currently available.
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Ladytron engages Angelenos with awesomeness at the Wiltern Sept. 24.
Polar Bear Club Sept. 21 @ Chain Reaction Not to start off by saying that everything is going to head downhill from here onward, but ... our first Frequency pick this week is kind of the best show you’re going to see in this seven-day stretch. The Rochester-bred fivesome of Polar Bear Club are easily one of the best up-and-coming punk bands right now who can channel the olden days of classic East Coast punk while still being sonically progressive with their modernization of it. Despite being every bit a gritty piss-and-vinegar style punk band, frontman Jimmy Stadt brings an infectious enthusiasm to the stage and an uncommon intellectualism to his lyrics. Likewise, his band mates can match his energy beat for beat, making for a highenergy set that actually gives you something to think about at the same time. Underneath his perma-smile and skill as a wordsmith though, Stadt is still one of the most intense front man in all of rock. Whether growling out social commentary or getting more introspective with his signature sandpaper-throated crooning, Stadt owns any mic he holds and any stage he stands on. As if that’s not enough, the Club has brought out some very legit opening acts for this outing, with Fireworks, Balance and Composure and Make Do and Mend. All three of these bands bring post-punk to new levels of emotive intensity and put on a killer live show to match their skillful musicianship. Enough that it’s actually worth it to make the drive to Anaheim and stand surrounded by 13-year-olds on a floor that your shoes stick to for three hours, in order to see this show. Seriously though.
Colour Revolt Sept. 23 @ The Wire Sept. 24 @ The Echo So … if Nine Inch Nails and Brand New had a monstrous, angst-ridden antichrist of child together, it would be Colour Revolt. But don’t let that deter you, it’s the most badass demon offspring this side of prog rock. Mixing elements of punk, post-hardcore and industrial for an eerily seamless mix, Colour Revolt go where even their sonic lineage have yet to tread. Concussively hard, while still being unsettlingly raw and unfiltered, the end effect is aggressive rock music that’s as hauntingly atmospheric as it is infectiously catchy.
Sims/Lazerbeak/Cecil Otter Sept. 24 @ Central You can already read about how awesome Sims is elsewhere in this issue, so now I’m going to spend some time talking up his label mates Lazerbeak and Cecil Otter. The former is a master of all things beat and turntable-related, the latter an equally skillful employer of lyrical prose. While we’re only one POS and one Dessa Darling away from having the Doomtree elite council in its entirety, we’ll call it even since the pseudounderground hip-hop trio have gone intimate for this outing, playing a D-market bar venue that’s really more local bar than music venue. And is about the size of my closet. The only thing that could possibly earn more punk cred is if they actually played in my basement. Point being, there’s no better way to get the kind of real talk these three dudes dish out than having them actually delivering it face to face with you.
Ladytron Sept. 24 @ The Wiltern Some things, us Americans just have to concede are done better overseas. Take dark and haunting synth-indie, for example. That’s one thing our UK counterparts have the market cornered on, in a way that we just can’t possibly compete with. Not to disparage all the other great Brit bands of history, but really, some of the best UK imports are the ones who have mastered melancholy and brooding. Ladytron is of course no exception to the rule of general awesomeness and owning of the genre. Frontwoman Helen Marnie’s restrained and dreamy vocal style manages to somehow speak volumes without ever having to go above a low croon. Likewise, her production-inclined band mates are proof that when all members of a band actually know authoritatively how to write, perform and record a good song, you don’t need to furiously attack a stage just to be engaging.
by brien overly Looking at the main– stream hip-hop scene can be a little disheartening sometimes. For all of the industry’s posturing about artists who are supposedly revolutionizing the genre, at the end of the day, it’s the same lyrical clichés with bigger egos and bigger stage effects. Luckily, unbeknownst to MTV and rap radio, there exists a movement of MCs that have something a little more real to say. And though he’s managed to make a name for himself in that movement with the release of this year’s Bad Time Zoo, Minneapolis-bred Sims will be the last one to talk himself up for it. “I’m not a narcissist … to the point that maybe I’m a little narcissistic about it,” he jokes, though not without adding, “And that might hurt my music.” Though he’s atypically light on bravado and hype, there really isn’t much about Sims as a whole that lends to posturing. As a member of the hip-hop collective Doomtree, alongside fellow Minneapolis native POS, Sims has a very different creative mindset than other rhyme-slingers. “I rap about the stuff I think about, and the stuff I think about isn’t necessarily the easiest or lightest content. It can be difficult to make a listenable song from it,” he says. “I don’t feel like I take the easy route when I write songs. For a white hip-hop artist, there’s a lot of easy outs, and I don’t really do those. I’m not one of those ‘I’m a crazy ass white boy who doesn’t give a fuck!’ types,” he says with a laugh. “I wanted to make a record that wasn’t as heavy as my last one. I don’t know if I did that, but like with any piece of art, what you intended it to be is irrelevant when you release it. It becomes the listener’s.” While Sims may have intended to write an album that catered as much to being blasted in headphones as being the background noise at a party with Bad Time Zoo, his lyrical chops have only gotten sharper and less hesitant to bite with the album. An even mix of pointed cultural commentary and sometimes unsettlingly candid emotional introspection, the album is Sims’ poetic elegy of the human condition in modern society, angry and vulnerable as that may be. “I read, I watch movies, I go to museums from time to time, but I can’t say there’s anything that inspires me more than listening to people talk,” he says. “What’s really interesting is when you ask someone a question that may be a little personal and you see these flags go up, these defense mechanisms. I like to try and analyze what led to that defense mechanism, and create a story through that.” For an album that was nearly four years in the making, however, it should be no surprise that Zoo is something of a lyrical master’s thesis on human psychology from Sims’ perspective. “Lazerbeak first sent me some beats while I was on Warped Tour in 2007. We worked on a lot of other projects in the interim, but I started collecting beats that far back. I wasn’t intending to make an album at the time, but some of the songs kicked around for a while,” he says. “‘Sink or Syncopate’ is one where I got the beat, would get my skateboard out after 7 a.m. load-in at Warped, and just skate around the village in that magic hour before doors open when there’s no one there.” Though, true to form, not everything in the Sims oeuvre is sunshine and magic, as he pulls from his own day-to-day life for firsthand inspiration as well. “‘The Veldt’ is a song that‘s reality-based but fantastical in a lot of ways because the environment I’m painting is very metaphorical about what’s going on out on the street.” Rhyming about werewolves, pigs and boars who “help themselves to more,” the imagery isn’t out of place when applied to the microcosm of the music industry either. But with a work ethic to match the hip-hop greats and a commitment to artistry and integrity that might actually put a few of them to shame, Sims is well prepared to navigate the animal park. “I never started making music to have a lifelong job in music. But now that I have a chance at it, the pressure of it being lifelong really starts to stack up. Like, who’s coming to shows gets more important,” he says. “But this may not last forever, so I’d rather just be comfortable and be nice to people, and not let my career get in the way of being the person I want to be.”
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Sims performs Sept. 24 at Central. For more information, visit doomtree.net/sims.
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CUBE CAFé & MARKETPLACE
615 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles by erica carter
Isn’t it fun when you find a restaurant that you’ve never heard of and the food is spectacular? I have to let you in on the secret that is Cube Café & Marketplace. This unassuming space on the constantly traveled street of La Brea just after Melrose has a tomato red exterior with a wine glass painted on the top. It’s been open since 2006, and I’m guessing most of the business comes from the best form of promotion: word of mouth. From the outside it looks like a little run-of-the-mill, trendy wine store, but once you travel through the door, you’ll find it’s not even close. As you step into a heavily Italian themed café with imported pastas, oils and vinegars alongside the wall, the smell of fresh-cut flowers permeates the small space alongside votive candles – so comforting and mildly romantic. There’s also a wonderful bar made just for the over 65 types of cheese they offer alongside salumi and charcuterie. The chefs, like the restaurant, are bright and cheery. Executive Chef Erin Eastland is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute. I attended a party at the institute long ago, and I was so impressed that I decided that I wanted to train to
Campus Circle > Culture > Food be a chef. So when I heard about Chef Eastland’s background I was immediately eager to try her food. Chef Eastland and her sous chefs, Gervais and Henry, are responsible for the seasonal, weekly menu Cube offers, and the way they put together the entrées is spot on. The changing menu is impressive. To be able to change weekly and still offer over 30 things to choose from takes strong dedication, and that work ethic shows through in the food. When I visited last week, the nectarine and beet salad with watercress caught my eye. Fresh and light, the standout for this dish was the single crostini topped with a sharp, creamy bleu cheese. I paired that with a braised octopus dish with char-grilled radicchio and cipollini onion marmalade to add a little sweetness. I could eat that dish all day, while sipping on lemon Pellegrino of course. The panini are simple with basil pesto and farmer’s market tomatoes, which you can add proscuitto, Italian tuna, thick sliced chicken breast or mild buffalo mozzarella to. I like the straightforward ingredients that allow you to appreciate the quality of what you’re eating. Too many times I’ve ordered panini that have so many ingredients that the taste gets lost. Should you fancy a pizza, don’t be surprised to find ingredients like peaches and bacon with mascarpone, spinach and ricotta, or black truffle with fried eggs. Again, simple ingredients in unfamiliar pairings shine through. The pizzas are easily sharable. You can choose from the primi menu with things like gnocchi, sweet corn stuffed pasta and lamb shank tortelloni. Tortelloni goes well with the sweet and sour greens with pine nuts and golden raisins. If what you crave is a good oldfashioned hunk of beef, go for the Piedmontese burger with arugula and shallots, with spicy onion rings or bread-crumb topped mac & cheese.
2011 DODGE CHALLENGER by sean oliver
The 2011 Dodge Challenger Rallye engulfs everything a muscle car has to offer. It has one thing that most cars today lack: heart. The Dodge Challenger is one car that when you step behind the wheel you know your driving experience will be memorable. When you finally reach your destination you can’t help but to take a second look at your Challenger and think, ‘I really do love this car.’ The Challenger offers speed, class and style, and its power is not something to be tested. The icing on the cake is that though the Challenger has a power engine that rivals the big boys I did not spend more time at a gas station than on the road. Not only is the Challenger able to compete with the Camaro and the Mustang, I think it takes the modern muscle car to another level. With its Pentastar system that retains the vehicle’s rear wheel drive accustomed with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and 305 horsepower, the Challenger has a kick for a knockout punch to the competition. The Challenger is a fun ride because not only does it offer speed with a sleek design, it has a relatively safe and comfortable ride. Exterior: The Challenger commands the road with a muscle sports car’s power but in a coupe body, which gives it a mysterious but intriguing look. Ultra cool 18-inch Rallye racing wheels provide a quick and agile ride. A body rear
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Angeleno’s runner up for best pastry chef, Jun Tan, runs the sweet division of Cube. Chef Tan, joined the team in 2007 and has been setting the bar very high. From the market fresh strawberry and peach cobbler duo to the sinful Valrhona chocolate tart with sea salt and fresh cream, you can bet there’s something for every sweet tooth. We had the spoon cake with yoghurt ice cream, which may be the only one I didn’t care for, basically because the cake was a little too spongy, too hot and there wasn’t enough ice cream to make up for it. But one out of six isn’t bad, especially when you’re practically batting a thousand. For more information, call (323) 939-1148 or visit eatatcube.com.
Campus Circle > Blogs > Urban Driver color spoiler that makes the Challenger turns eyes when it sits at the stoplight, and dual chrome exhaust pipes give a roar that will intimidate many cars on the road. Front fog Xenon lights and windshield wipers with variable intermittent wipe provide the Challenger with safety for when you’re in less than accommodating conditions. You can have confidence in any weather. The only thing with the design of the Challenger is that I wish they had more glass in the backside passenger’s view, as it provides a major blind spot. Warning to drivers: You must always be extra careful when it comes to switching lanes. Besides this, the Challenger’s design is a thing of beauty that you enjoy looking at even when you’re not behind the wheel. Interior: The Challenger has a well-designed wheelbase, which gives ultimate control on winding roads. I must suggest that you go with R/T 26G preferred package upgrade. The Challenger’s incredible bargain package includes leather-trimmed bucket seats, heated front seats, six Boston Acoustics speakers, Connect Voice Command with Bluetooth, Bluetooth streaming audio with remote USB port, automatic headlights, Bluetooth hands free calling, heated seats, dualzone automatic climate control and USB iPod integration. The package, however, does not have navigation or a rearview camera available, which would have been icing on the muscle car cake. Performance: The Challenger’s quick speed is assisted by tuning the new Rallye to produce 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Dodge has positioned the Challenger directly between its Chevy Camaro and Ford rivals, which produce 304 hp and 327 hp respectively. The Challenger has both Manual and Automatic transmission available. If you have a strong need for speed, the Challenger certainly does its job to satisfy your hunger. I was shocked at how little time was spent driving back and forth to the gas station. Dodge
has managed to create a quick muscle driving machine that is relatively fuel efficient with the Rallye model having a surprising 18 city/27 highway fuel economy. Safety & Security: The Challenger not only satisfies your need for speed, but you feel extremely comfortable driving it. Extreme precautions were taken by installing the four-wheel anti lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution with brake assist (EBD), all-speed traction control and electronic stability control. The Challenger has the power to hit the roadways, but the intricate braking system can bring you to a stop in a quick hurry. Coupled with an advanced multi-stage air bag system (AABS), seat belt sensors and occupant sensor, front-seat mounted side-impact airbags and front/rear curtain side-impact airbags, you feel a strong sense of safety.
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THE TASTE by erica carter
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Labor Day Weekend turned into a labor of love with the annual Chef Ilan Hall’s beef tongue was a hit. the Taste event. The four-day, threelocation event featured celebrity chefs, local restaurants and all the wine, liquor and alcohol you could think of. Each event – from “Burgers and Beer” in Beverly Hills to the “Food Noir” spectacular on the streets of Downtown – showcased cooking demos from recognizable chefs including Food Network star Giada DeLaurentiis, “Top Chef ”’s Fabio Viviani and more. Burgers and Beer kicked off the festivities with burgers from places like Ford’s Filling Station (lamb burgers) and the Yard (chorizo burger with red cabbage and guacamole), and craft beer pairings from all over the country. On Saturday, the Tacos and Tequila Tryst spiced up Paramount Studios with all things tacos and one big tequila sponsor, Hornitos. I mostly looked forward to Red O’s offerings, since Rick Bayless created the restaurant’s menu. It’s received mixed reviews, but got a gold star from me with their “taco” of grilled shrimp nestled on a tortilla made of jicama. Nothing makes me happier than forward thinking in food. Unlimited choices from over 30 restaurants were featured, and even though it was all tacos all night, the food was not monotonous. Sunday brought the most food of all, from Beverly Hills’ Fashion Bites Brunch to the afternoon Street Eats at Paramount, and if you were lucky, Desserts after Dark or Food Noir. I went to Food Noir, held in front of the Orpheum Theatre, which provided the perfect backdrop for the vintage-inspired food. My favorite of all was “Top Chef ” Season 2 winner Ilan Hall’s beef tongue with croutons and a flavorful romesco sauce. I know tongue is not something most people think of trying, but once you do, I dare you not to be hooked.
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TROJANS STAY PERFECT, Bruins topped by texas
by marvin vasquez
USC: Junior quarterback Matt Barkley and sophomore receiver Robert Woods have been nothing but productive this season for the No. 23-ranked Trojans. In USC’s 38-17 win over the visiting Syracuse Orange at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Barkley and Woods lifted the Trojans. Barkley threw for 324 passing yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns, while Woods caught eight throws for 82 yards and one touchdown. Barkley completed 26-of-39 passes without an interception. He connected with eight different receivers on the night, including five times each with Brandon Carswell and Rhett Ellison, who also had a TD. With five carries, Curtis McNeal led the Trojans in rushing yards with 79. Marc Tyler pitched in 41 yards on 15 carries. The Trojans are now 3-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play. USC travels to Tempe as they face the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7:15 p.m. in a Pac-12 match-up. UCLA: The No. 19-ranked Texas Longhorns took over Pasadena over the weekend, having topped the UCLA Bruins 49-20 at the Rose Bowl. “A year ago, we beat Texas by throwing nine passes,” Bruins head coach Rick Neuheisel says. “I thought we’d be able to run the ball and control the clock, but we turned it over.” Texas used a 14-point lead after one quarter to gain comfortable advantages and never look back. They were up 21-0 by 11:36 in the second quarter. For UCLA, Derrick Coleman had two touchdowns on seven carries for 47 yards. Quarterback Richard Brehaut managed 150 passing yards on eight-of-19 attempts. With the loss, the Bruins are now 1-2 overall. They open Pac-12 play against the Oregon State Beavers this coming Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in Corvallis.
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Looking over the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates it occurred to me that the Dodgers were fielding only two position players from their opening day lineup. James Loney and Matt Kemp, once identified as the “young core,” seem like old-timers when compared to the likes of Justin Sellers, Dee Gordon, Jerry Sands and Tim Federowicz, playing at second, shortstop, right field and catcher, respectively. Not a one of these newbies are older than 25 years of age. And while they have appeared to have proven their salt so far in their minimal big league experience, the real credit for the Dodgers’ offensive outburst of late belongs to the “Big Kids.” According to Dodger manager Don Mattingly the acquisition of outfielder Juan Rivera was just the ticket to “stabilize” the lineup. Mattingly offered that having Rivera’s power bat behind Kemp allowed the center fielder to see better pitches. Mattingly also noted the recent offensive contributions of Loney. The first baseman had been hurting for power and
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Robbie Keane celebrates the Galaxy’s win.
Two Mike Magee goals and one from Robbie Keane propelled the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 3-0 victory over the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps FC at the Home Depot Center in Carson before 22,959 fans on Saturday. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena did not think the result was indicative of the opponent’s performance, but he was pleased with his team. “I don’t think that was an easy game tonight,” Arena says. “I’m pleased by our players’ efforts tonight, obviously it’s been a pretty full week that we’ve just experienced, and we will be experiencing full weeks for a little bit now. I like the attitude of our players, and hopefully we can try to keep a couple of them fresh as we move forward.” With the win, Los Angeles improves to 16-3-10 for a league-best 58 points on the season; additionally, they remain atop of the Western Conference. Magee gave the Galaxy a 1-0 edge at the 40th minute after assists from both Keane and David Beckham. “It was great … He is dangerous at all times and even when we kind of have our backs up against the wall. He’s posing a threat up there,” Magee says of the goal and about Keane’s ability to pass the leather. Keane managed to score his second goal of the campaign in the 64th-minute mark off an assist from Bryan Jordan before Magee added his fifth score 11 minutes later. “It was a fantastic goal,” Keane confesses regarding his goal. “I went to the near post and then pulled back outside so luckily I got picked out. It probably was not my best game, to be honest with you, happy with tonight’s score.” Jordan and Beckham recorded assists on the team’s third score of the night. Beckham now has 14 assists in 2011. After a trip to Costa Rica for a CONCACAF Champions League match against LD Alajuelense on Wednesday, Sept. 21, Los Angeles returns to MLS action on Saturday, Sept. 24, as they travel to Ohio to take on the Columbus Crew at 4:30 p.m.
HOT-HITTING DODGERS HURTING FOR MORE TIME
Campus Circle > Sports > Baseball consistency up until about two months ago when the hits starting coming so that now he has raised his average to .283. And then there is the “little guy,” 35-year-old Aaron Miles who has been the season’s big surprise as he become an everyday player and put up the numbers to justify it. Miles is hitting a National League-leading .362 with runners on base. Of course when it comes to offensive production there is only one guy who immediately jumps to mind. To speak of Kemp’s contributions has become redundant at this point. Through the weekend Kemp connected for his 34th home run as he cruises to a .320 batting average. One instance Saturday night seemed to typify the intensity and perseverance Kemp has demonstrated this season. He had just fouled a ball off his shin and was curled up on the grass in apparent agony with one of the Dodger trainers leaning over him. He recovered to limp back to the box where he promptly banged the next pitch to the gap in left center, on fresh legs Kemp might have gone for two bases. No worries, within several pitches he was off and running to conquer his 41st stolen base. Explaining his quick recovery Kemp offers, “I’m always thinking about getting that extra base. I figured I better try for the steal in before the leg stiffened up.” The Dodgers have been playing much better baseball in the last couple of months. In working themselves back up to the .500 mark they have discovered a confidence which only consistent winning can bring. Just in time to be ... well, too late. As September games dwindle down to a precious few it is all but impossible for the team to remain in contention. While the team has maintained a fighting spirit, it is hard to avoid the sinking sensation that comes with “meaningless” games. Ruminating on the sentiment last Saturday while watching the ball game, my attention was caught by another
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Aaron Miles has been this season’s big surprise at bat. sphere altogether. The moon was rising over the visitors’ bullpen. It had the loveliest honey-color and being not quite full, one side was softly shadowed suggesting that which was unknown. I was not the only one touched by the sight of the rising moon. Fans around me started to point and murmur. At one point even one of the Dodger videographers turned his camera to the moon, and there upon the big screen she was presented, the scarred surface reflecting brightly the light of the hidden sun. This strange beautiful visitation seemed like some kind of mysterious omen. It seemed to speak of shifting seasons, of the inevitable passage of time. Perhaps, the significance was only that we were noticing it and not paying fierce attention to ballgame being played out by two teams all but out of contention. But the sudden appearance of such beauty is difficult to explain away quickly. And you feel like you have to take note, to honor the moment. So here are your 2011 Dodgers, a .500 team packed with young dreamers and a handful of vets led by a first-year manager, playing amongst the heavenly bodies.
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SATURDAYSEPT. 24 Matthew Morrison Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Downtown; grammymuseum.org The Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Awardnominated star of “Glee” will discuss his debut album, his rise to stardom and current success. After an interview with Grammy Foundation and MusiCares Vice President Scott Goldman, Morrison will take audience questions and perform a selection of songs. 7:30 p.m. $20.
Coupa Café, 419 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills; smbla-sept22-autohome. eventbrite.com This month’s topic is Social Media Monitoring and Measurement presented by Dr. Natalie Petouhoff, President of Social Media Club LA and Professor of Social Media, PR, Marketing Measurement and ROI at USC. There will be a Venezuelaninspired breakfast, free parking and free WiFi, and you can network with marketers, PR pros, entrepreneurs, bloggers, pod– casters, new-media fanatics, future SMBLA speakers and more. 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. $15.
FRIDAYSEPT. 23 Italian Feast of San Gennaro 1651 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood; feastofla.org Celebrates Italian culture, enter– tainment and cuisine, with great food, music, genealogy research, bocce, bingo, carnival rides, games and more. Runs through Sunday.
FRIDAYSEPT. 23 Lebowski Fest lebowskifest.com Lebowski Fest celebrates its 10th anniversary by returning to Los Angeles with a screening of the film along with guest cast appearances, special guests and live music by the Kyle Gass Band at the Wiltern on Friday followed by the Bowling Party at the Cal Bowl on Saturday.
FRIDAYSEPT. 23 National Volleyball League thenvl.com The final stop on the NVL tour schedule determines the Players Bonus Pool Cup Champion. The end-of-season points leader earns an extra $15,000 as tour champion. Long Beach features an outdoor concert, beer garden and player party aboard the Queen Mary. The outer courts
Santa Monica Beach; drinkeatplay.com/ septemberfest This Americanized version of Okto– berfest features food trucks, over 150 kinds of beers and live music. Septemberfest supports Take Me Home, a local non-profit animal rescue. 3p.m.-7 p.m. $40 (doesn’t include food).
THURSDAYSEPT. 22 Social Media Breakfast Club
SATURDAYSEPT. 24 Septemberfest
Although her character on “Glee” doesn’t exactly scream “style icon,” Lea Michele always knows how to look good on the red carpet. Her dashing, red figure-hugging Marchesa gown and Manolo Blahnik shoes could not have complemented her complexion better.
SUNDAYSEPT. 25 Abbot Kinney Festival abbotkinney.org The Venice festival is one of the largest community events of its kind. In addition to giving back to the community, the festival is best known for its unique array of local artisan crafts, live music, good food and commitment to the environment. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE..
MONDAYSEPT. 26 Starfish Circus
Kerry Washington Here comes another beauty in red, looking splendid in a sparkly Zuhair Murad gown that reveals just enough skin for the perfect amount of glamour. Her matching red clutch and red lipstick were quite tasteful rather than tacky.
Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd.; largo-la.com Greg Behrendt, the author of the bestselling book, He’s Just Not That Into You, will be joined by Dave Anthony, Jimmy Pardo, Karen Kilgariff, Kyle Kinane and more for a hilarious night of comedy. 9 p.m. $20.
Barnes & Noble, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles; barnesandnoble.com He signs You Are Not Alone: Michael: Through a Brother’s Eyes, his portrait of Michael Jackson. 7 p.m.
Lea Michele feature a collegiate tournament and best of California amateur tournament. Runs through Sunday.
TUESDAYSEPT. 27 Bob Marley: The Untold Story Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; booksoup.com Chris Salewicz, the bestselling author of Redemption Song, the classic bio of Joe Strummer, interviewed Marley in Jamaica in 1979. In this detailed account of Marley’s life and the world in which he grew up, Salewicz illuminates everything from the Rastafari religion and the musical scene in Jamaica to the spirit of the man himself. 7 p.m.
Julie Bowen If there were an award for the hottest mom on TV, it would go to Julie Bowen, no doubt. Channeling a deep cut Oscar de la Renta gown, our dearly beloved Claire Dunphy proved to everyone that she can rock a sequined snake print better than any 20-something girl.
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WEDNESDAYSEPT. 21 jermaine Jackson
While designers lead the fashion world with their beautiful creations each season, it is definitely celebrities who transmit the trends to the wider public. Why else would there be magazines like People Style Watch that detail every outfit a hot star wore, and why else would Lady Gaga take the cover of Vogue instead of Karlie Kloss or Arizona Muse? Thus the reason I always look forward to Award Season: to see how the stars (or more like their stylists) interpret the fashion trends of the moment in their own ways. According to fashion reports and didactic magazines, this fall’s runway has been marked by splashes of primary colors and bold touches. Now that New York Fashion Week has come to a close, it is time to shift our attention to the Emmys to see how our favorite girls are rocking this trend.
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Published on Sep 20, 2011