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MAN BEHINd the facemask No. 16 Anthony Brown by elisa hernandez ‘The Man Behind the Facemask’ is a series of features dedicated to the USC Trojans whom you love to watch on the field. Two weeks ago, you got to know wide receiver Robert Woods, but now we’re switching over to defense and spotlighting corner back Anthony Brown who got his first start as a Trojan versus Syracuse on Sept. 17 after redshirting last season. Brown, or “AB,” says his nickname stands for not only his initials but for “Absolute Beast,” a moniker that he claims he has no choice but to live up to. Thousands of fans anxiously waited for kickoff against the team that USC hadn’t played in 21 years. To Brown, it was an experience he will never forget. “It felt like a dream. It was a crazy feeling because I was getting my chance in the Coliseum on the big stage,” Brown says. “It was fun to be out there, I was able to make plays … I was blessed to play in [this game] I got to give thanks to God.” Head Coach Lane Kiffin took a chance on Brown, and although it was his first game starting, Brown approached it
Campus Circle > Blogs > Trojan SideLines like any other game. As a pre-game calmer Brown listens to “Never Would Have Made It” by Marvin Sapp. He says it’s a song that speaks to him and relates to him knowing that by putting your faith in God you know everything will be all right. And with that on his mind, he took the field. But even as thousands of fans in the Coliseum and at home were watching him play, there was only one person Brown cared for who was at the game: his 1-year-old son, Anthony Brown Jr. “Everything I’m doing is for him. Every time I don’t want to do something I think about him and then I go do it,” Brown says. “I was 19 when I had him, and I had to grow up and be a father.” Now 21, Brown states that balancing being a college student, athlete and a father has taught him a lot about responsibility. Although home is in Rialto, Calif., only 45 minutes away from USC, it’s hard to be away from his son. “It’s hard, but I have pictures on my phone and computer. He comes to my games, he knows what daddy does … to be honest I’m playing this sport for him,” Brown says. Brown is majoring in Communications at Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. He plans to graduate with his degree from USC as well as go into the NFL. “I want to go to the league. That has been my dream ever since I was a kid, and I’m only one step away from it,” Brown says. “[Also] I want to write about sports and continue to be around football [after my career], kind of like Keyshawn Johnson.” So what has all this success taught Brown? “Stay humble, because you can lose it as quick as you gained it – that’s the main thing [my family] talks about all the time. I’m the very first person to go to a major university
Business-Orientated Bruin by tien thuy ho During the summer, many college stu– dents put what they learn in classes to the test through internships. UCLA prepares their students well on how to land an internship. Terry Li, a UCLA Business Economics major, worked for KPMG as an audit intern. Here are some things he would like to share about his experience.
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Campus Circle > Blogs > Spirited Bruin KPMG offered me a full-time position as an audit associate, and I have accepted. I am grateful and excited to start a fulltime career right away out of college. I just have to make sure I take the CPA exam before 2014. If you were not going to be an accountant, what other occupation interests you? I have a fascination for buses. I think they are extremely interesting. I like the way buses move and how to build buses and even how to buy buses. I just find buses one of the most amazing inventions, so if I were not to be an accountant, I would be a bus driver. Buses have been one of the most useful things and have acted as instruments of mobility for me.
What does a day at KPMG look like? As an audit intern, I basically look at financial statements to make sure they are accurate. I arrive at the office at 8:30 a.m. First I ask around if anyone needs help with researching companies, documentation or verifying numbers. While tax interns work at cubicles, audit interns get to travel to different client sites. Since I worked in San Francisco, I usually took public transportation to go to client sites.
Are you working any jobs right now during the school year? Each year, I have been working with ASUCLA concessions. I am now a student supervisor who trains new workers on how to operate machines and cash registers. I have learned so much at this job like how to direct and communicate with people. I am good at operating the nachos machine and even learned how to properly use a mop. When I first began this job, I got the chance to drive one of the electric cars. Additionally, I am working for Professor Pamara Berges as a tax intern in Woodland Hills. I commute there by bus.
Why did you choose to be an accountant? I researched various industries and decided that accounting is most suitable for me. I think consulting is too open-ended, and i-banking requires intense hours of work each week. As an accountant, I am able to interact with businesses and study how they operate effectively and ineffectively. I also enjoy working in teams and having collaborations.
What is your favorite class at UCLA? I like Economics 106a – Economics in Practice where I learned about the California budget and discussed ways to mitigate it. I really enjoyed the professor Bill Simon as well; he even ran for governor in 2002.
Where do you see yourself in the future? My dream is to become a McDonalds or 7-11 franchisee. Like most kids, I loved to eat McDonalds happy meals. I noticed how every few blocks, there would be a McDonalds, and as I grew older, I started thinking about how one store could expand into a franchise that is so large, not only street to street but also country to country. I became very interested in this business, and now with all I’ve learned at UCLA, KPMG and each job I have had, I would be very content if I could own my own business.
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out of my family, so they encourage me to stay focused,” Brown says. “Best thing about being here is being able to say you played at USC. This university is so powerful academic wise and football wise, saying you played here in the Coliseum is one of the best things.” Aside from football, if you don’t find Brown on the field making plays or at the Palace (a.k.a. his house), you will find him in the classroom. “One of my best memories here was when I got my first ‘A’ on my Writing 140 paper, because I kept getting ‘Cs’, and I was getting mad because I spent so much time on them, and then I got an “A’ and became a good writer,” Brown says laughing. Getting to know him as an athlete is one thing, but Brown shares that his favorite movie is Remember the Titans, he listens to all music, but Drake is his favorite, he loves soul food and his favorite color is purple. Aside from that there is one thing Brown wants his fans especially to know. “It’s going to be a good year; I’m going to give them something they missed last year. I love them, and I’ll never let them down.”
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3250 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown by erica carter How is it that I’ve lived in SoCal for years and never heard of the pirate themed madness that is Crazy Hook? Not only is Crazy Hook all things pirates, but it sits on a block in the raging sea known as Koreatown, you know, where all pirates gather. I think the idea is modeled after all the novelty eateries you find in Korea, where you turn a corner and find yourself having kebabs and falafel or singing German songs during Oktoberfest. But really, Crazy Hook is actually found in Seoul, so it’s appropriate that they opened here. I was pretty excited about finding Crazy Hook, and could only imagine what kind of food awaited me. I figured maybe a mix of Korean deep-fried treats with a twist of American deep-fried things like hot wings. But first, I had to get past the one-eyed pirate staring me down as I approached the plank, I mean, main entrance. The ceiling is covered in sails and netting, just like on a ship. There’s flat screens everywhere, playing the latest and greatest Asian pop videos or sports if there’s a major game on. The first, and perhaps main draw, that I noticed once seated were enormous test tubes with a spigot that sat on the tables. I looked closely to see that these behemoths were full of beer! Of course we had to order the largest one, 5000CC, stat. It came out in a wooden keg – oh, I was already wishing I had
Campus Circle > Culture > Food brought an eye patch. I wasn’t expecting the choices of beers though; Blue Moon is one of my favorites and served mega style, it’s even better. You can also order Hite and OB, Korean beer favorites. And the Soju … oh, the Soju – with so many flavors, you need at least six people to order to sample everything. From yogurt to pineapple, all of the flavors are mixed very well, and if you’re not careful you won’t notice how many you’ve had – so, keep that in mind. Once you get through what drinks you’re having, it’s on to deciphering the menu. I say decipher because most of the menu is written in Korean. But if you ask your server (whom, by the way, you can call to your table by pressing a button) what’s popular or even the guests at the next table, you should be just fine. While you wait for your order, snack on the complimentary sweet fried wontons and pickled cucumbers. The food is actually very approachable, from potato skins, nachos, chicken wings and onion rings to Korean snacks like kim chi fried rice and my favorites: Pajeon (scallion pancake) and Duk Bock Ki, a spicy hodgepodge of rice cakes, beef strips and oyster sauce. The Cheesy Corn was satisfying, as was the spicy sausage and fries. Deep-fried squid (calamari) was probably the weakest dish of all the choices, but when you have onion rings and bacon wrapped mushrooms, it’s OK. The Bulgolgi is pretty standard; it didn’t stand out like the appetizers. We ordered a pasta dish that I’m going to have to recommend you stay away from unless you like your pasta drowned in mass amounts of sauce. We tried the Fire Chicken, and all I can say is it so insanely hot that I will never try it again. I like to taste my food, and also be able to taste other things. The chicken felt like it was singeing off my taste
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by denise guerra Let’s face it, there’s not much diversity on television. I am going to use the cast of “Glee” as a metaphor for what we usually see. First, the amount of whites outnumbers everyone else (Quinn, Brittany, Rachel, Artie, Finn, Mr. Schuester, Coach Sylvester...). Mercedes reps African Americans, Tina and Mike Chang are obvious, Santana is Latina and Puck is ... “ethnically ambiguous.” And something that’s really great to see is the portrayal of the LGBTQ community represented so profoundly by Kurt and Blaine. So yes, I love “Glee,” but I also love to see diverse individuals properly represented on film and television. I do admit that it may be nearly impossible to represent every culture residing here in the United States, especially the many distinct issues facing different ethnic groups today. Something I really loved about college was the opportunity to really delve into what makes my culture unique. You know, really looking at the issues that my community faced in the larger social context of economics and education, as well as the more specific areas of being born second generation. As a Filipino-American, I was fortunate to find that UCLA had a well-established student organization with ties to the
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Campus Circle > Blogs > D-Day university, various community organizations in Los Angeles, union leaders, political groups and other Filipino-based groups throughout Southern California (including USC!). It opened my eyes to the idea that mainstream America ignored us in the media, often lumping us into categories of simply the “Asian Character,” “Mexican-American” or the always ubiquitous “ethnically ambiguous” category. Mostly Filipinos played maids if they were actually identified on screen as a Filipino, but other than that I didn’t see a representation of my community anywhere on TV, in films and yes, even in my U.S. History books. If college is about finding yourself, then for me it was a process of redefining myself as someone who was made more aware of something I took for granted. Everything from the food I eat, my religion and my values have been shaped by the history of Filipinos that have come before me. And I can bet it’s shaped yours too. The humanities really explore this aspect of cultural diversity with many major university departments dedicated specifically to the study of different cultures. At UCLA we have a class that you can take to learn Tagalog, which is what my parents speak (and I unfortunately never learned to pick up). But don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t like UCLA was like, “Hey, let’s offer this because we care about cultural diversity.” Uh, no! It took years of hard-wrought battles, which stemmed from the roots of the 1960s civil rights movement. From there, students and faculty put their careers on the line to creating a curriculum dedicated to teaching our diverse American history often ignored in many of our history classes. I’ve since taken these cultural values to heart with the hope of passing it down to everyone I meet. The idea of live, learn and love where you come from is extremely important. In the context of globalization and the Internet making the
Are casts on shows like “Glee” representative of society? world smaller, ethnic studies helps make sense of the world we live in and can make us more tolerant of other cultures in the process. For example, The Wall Street Journal published an article about how there are less Asians in CEO positions despite higher graduation rates at four-year universities. One area they found interesting was this idea that the west values those who speak up and who are assertive. They quote the adage, “The squeaky wheel gets the oil.” Well, in Asian countries there is another saying, “The loudest duck gets shot.” Those in Eastern countries like China and the Philippines find that you will be rewarded by staying humble, following directions and working hard. The article made it clear that culture had a definite part in who gets the corner office, and it asserts the question: So what are we going to do about it? And that’s the key to everything when it comes to going to college and learning about your culture. Culture may be about history, but equally, it’s about shaping the future.
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Some of you might be thinking, ‘Oh great, another vampire story?” But before I give the review for Anita Blake Vampire Hunter from Marvel Comics, I think it’s important to give some background information. Once upon a time Bella and Sookie Stackhouse did not exist. In the early ’90s there was the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie, which led to the successful TV show. Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire was popular, The Vampire Diaries was also garnering a cult following in the early ’90s, and last but certainly not least, the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton was available. As a novel, the Anita Blake series was ahead of its time. It was one of the few modern vampire novels that combined science fiction, horror, romance, humor, fantasy and mystery. It was also one of the first vampire novels where vampires were legal citizens. In addition the Anita Blake series was one of the first to feature the now famous vampire, human and werewolf love triangle. At the time you had very few novels, movies or TV shows depicting female characters that could kick some serious evil butt. At the heart of the story, there was a rare, tough, female protagonist named Anita Blake, whom one could care about and root for. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures (Volumes 1 & 2) Welcome to the end of the 20th century, where vampires are American citizens with rights and it’s against the law to kill one on sight. In the beginning of this graphic novel, there is a client who approaches Anita to ask for her services in helping to solve vampire murders. Everything that happens after the appointment with the client reads like an action movie. There’s never a dull moment as we get to know Anita, her friends, her enemies and enjoy her wit. Vampires are not romantic in Anita’s world. They are more … realistic. It’s as if Hamilton thought, “If you were a vampire a couple of centuries old, how would you act? What would you become? How would you use your superhuman strength?” Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The Laughing Corpse: Book 1 – Animator, Book 2 – Necromancer, Book 3 – Executioner Blake continues with her day job of meeting with clients who request her zombie raising services. Of course, there are clients who are not so polite with their requests. Unfortunately, Anita has to fend off the mob, a Voodoo Priestess and a master vampire determined to make her his human servant. There is also her night job as a police consultant for supernatural murders. Let’s just say that we’re in for another exciting roller coaster ride as we’re sucked into Anita’s world. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Circus of the Damned Book1: The Charmer Anita can try to avoid trouble, but she can’t seem to hide from it. Vampires not only know her as the person whom the authorities go to if rogue vampires need to be executed (She’s considered one of the top vampire slayers in the country.), but her powers over the dead draw them to her like magnets. Interestingly, Anita’s love life begins to heat up. This is the graphic novel where the infamous Team Jean Claude vs. Team Richard debate begins. If you want to know what happens you have to pick up the graphic novels, and I recommend that you do so. Once you begin reading the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series it is hard to put it down. I also can’t forget to mention the illustrations. Hamilton does such an amazing job with the writing that the characters come to life. It’s an extra treat to see the drawings of all the characters. Let’s just say that the pictures of Jean Claude and Richard are far from disappointing. I can’t wait for Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter to become a movie trilogy, a mini-series or a TV show. Move over Twilight, it’s time for a different vampire tale to come to the silver screen … one with more of a bite.
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john leguizamo in ‘ghetto klown’ Sept. 30-Oct. 16 @ Montalbán Theatre by nataly chavez Fresh from a five-month run on Broadway, John Leguizamo’s latest one-man show, “Ghetto Klown” begins its international tour in Los Angeles. Following in the steps of his previous productions, “Mambo Mouth,” “Spic-O-Rama,” “Freak,” “Sexaholix… A Love Story” and “Klass Klown,” the acclaimed actor and comedian explodes onto the stage with an in-depth and thoroughly entertaining look at the intersection of his personal and professional lives. Leguizamo took time out to share some of his thoughts on “Ghetto Klown” with Campus Circle. You’re no stranger to one-man shows; this time around you’ll be playing yourself and reminiscing about the life you’ve had and people who have inspired you. Why did you wait until now to tell this story? ’Cause of the serious consequences when you are a whistleblower! Talking about famous people in a not so good light can cause lots of beef, so I had to be ready for the consequences, and now I am. I feel I have earned the right to tell tales out of school. Pacino is cool with it, so I have his blessing. Well, not directly, but from his friends. For several years you stopped performing on stage. What finally made you face your stage fright and write/act in “Ghetto Klown”? I felt I missed it so much, and I had a good story to tell. So I tricked myself into performing by just doing college talks. I’d have to be somewhat inebriated, and I’d go in with index cards of my resumé and just talk about each project. Kids dug it, so I’d run home and type it out before I passed out, and that’s how I ended up with “Ghetto Klown.” Why did you choose to write “Ghetto Klown” so close to the heart? Is it because you’re so used to being uninhibited, or is it still nerve-wracking? I think I’m just masochistic, and art is a little self-inflicted pain – but for a greater good. I hope my story inspires the way my heroes Richard Pryor and Spalding Gray inspired me by stripping down and revealing such intimate personal stories. You felt like, “wow, if he’s that guy and he has troubles and can laugh, then what’s my problem? I gotta get off my ass and do something!” And it was nerve-wracking at first, but then it was liberating and inspiring. An artist writes about themes and premises that they are working through!” During your performance, do you stick with a script or do you improvise most of it? Now it’s more of a play. But I do still riff and do go off sometimes. The show is still changing cause I don’t stop reworking and trying stuff ’til that curtain comes down for the final time. How long did it take you to write “Ghetto Klown”? It took about six years. It was the hardest to write ’cause it was about the most difficult subject: my personal issues! My control freakedness and paranoia and my Latin neurosis! Writing “Ghetto Klown,” did you look for something to get out of it – a personal vendetta of some kind? I hope my gain is bigger than that, but I’ll settle for a little payback, as James Brown said. It’s really less revenge than trying to understand who fucked who at the time and how much of a culprit I was. I hope I walk away freer of my demons that drive me! Montalbán Theatre is located at 1615 Vine St., Hollywood. For more information, visit ghettoklownonbroadway.com.
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MOVIEREVIEWS Finding Joe (Balcony Releasing) The most difficult questions most people have a tough time finding an answer to are: what are you afraid of and what do you fear. These were the questions that Joseph Campbell wanted to answer to and spent a major part of his life studying and trying to understand. Finding Joe is an in-depth and memorable documentary directed by Patrick Takaya Solomon. In the documentary, he explores the teachings and readings of famed mythologist Joseph Campbell and their continuing impact on our creative culture. Through interviews with visionaries from a variety of fields ranging from Deepak Chopra and Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) to Rashida Jones (“Parks and Recreation”) interwoven with enactments of classic tales by a sweet and mystic group of kids, Finding Joe navigates the stages of what Campbell dubbed the Hero’s Journey: the challenges, the fears, the dragons, the battles and the return home as a changed person. Campbell’s teachings are rooted in deeply personal accounts and timeless stories, Finding Joe shows how Campbell’s work is relevant and essential in today’s world and how it provides a narrative for how to live a fully realized life or as Campbell would simply state, how to “follow your bliss” because life is short. When we are at the end of life it doesn’t matter how much money we have, life is measured on how we made decisions and if we achieved what makes us truly happy and at peace. Finding Joe is an amazing self-help documentary that spends more time helping you understanding the person inside of you than most works, like The Secret. Finding Joe puts your entire life into perspective; it makes you look deep inside of yourself and finally focus on what you must do in
Campus Circle > Film > Movie Reviews order to truly achieve a perfect balance. You also realize that all the problems in your life can always be changed, but it is up to you to make that happen. Where other self-help documentaries teach you a method to succeed in the world of materialistic goods that will lead to your happiness, Finding Joe chants the mantra that you and only you can make yourself truly happy. There is no one or anything else: Material goods are just temporary solutions, true bliss is creating greatness within one’s self. Finding Joe is an inspirational film that ignites all those doubting themselves to make a change in their lives and aspire for greatness. Grade: A —Sean Oliver Finding Joe releases in select theaters Sept. 30.
Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (International Film Circuit) Very rarely in a documentary do you feel a sense of sheer reality. In Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, there are no coerced or propped-up scenes. Director Pamela Yates ties together two genres – political thriller and memoir – for one great film. Like a crime thriller where the narrative is revealed step by step, the film travels between present and past, uncovering evidence of massive crimes and bringing their accountability to the present. The characters are like detectives seeking to uncover a narrative that could unlock the past and settle matters of life and death in the present for the Guatemalan people. The five main characters whose destinies intertwine are connected by Yates’ documentary When the Mountains Tremble (1982). Yates was given private access to shoot the only known footage of the army as it carried out genocide.
MOLLY TARLOV Not Your Typical Queen Bee by sola fasehun Many people with dreams of being an actor move out to Los Angeles after finishing high school or college. Many actors have dreams of making it: a job on a soap opera, a recurring role on a TV show or being able to land movie gigs. Soon after landing in Los Angeles, most actors find that there’s a certain thinner look that opens doors. Let’s take a closer look at Molly Tarlov who plays Sadie Saxon on MTV’s “Awkward.” She’s not only a healthy looking actress, but she’s a sweet, down-to-earth and talented actress who’s opening the doors for many others who may not be the skinniest in the industry. With her talent and dedication to studying her craft, Tarlov has taken an industry character stereotype of the popular cheerleader and given it more depth. How did you get into acting? Molly Tarlov: I think it’s something you don’t get into, it kind of gets into you. I remember when I was 6 and singing the “Chiquita Banana” song (laughing). I used to force my family to watch over and over again. I got into acting around the age of 10. My first play was “Hello, Dolly!,” and then it’s been uphill from there. The novelty of Molly rhyming with Dolly has worn off (laughing). What are some projects you’ve done in the past that you see
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The same footage has become evidence in an international war crimes case against the very army commander who permitted Yates to film. Granito is a thoughtful and authentic documentary that leaves you feeling compelled to root, cheer and think. The past always finds some way to connect with the future. Grade: A —Sean Oliver Granito releases in select theaters Sept. 30.
Take Shelter (Sony Pictures Classics) Take Shelter is a great example of how a movie can be scary and thrilling without relying on blood, gore and over-the-top, computer-generated special effects. Instead, it relies on strong writing, good acting and an intense musical score to connect with its viewers. In some basic way, the film – from writer/ director Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories) – reminds us of just how effective Alfred Hitchcock’s films were at psychologically – and literally – freaking out an audience. Set in a present-day rural community, the film is told from the point of view of Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road), a husband and father who is beginning to experience some frightening apocalyptic revelations; or are they hallucinations? Curtis is convinced that there is a horrible, seemingly supernatural storm coming into town – one that threatens himself, his wife and daughter, and his community. After seeing some strange cloud formations in the sky, Curtis begins taking some time away from work in order to construct a state-of-the-art storm shelter in his backyard. All the while, though, he begins suffering from CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 >>>
Campus Circle > Film > TV Time as huge stepping-stones to where you are now? I would have to say my training helped to get me where I am now. I know that acting is not a project, but I worked really hard on my craft. I’ve performed in a lot of plays and studied acting. Studying has given me a lot of opportunities that I have now. What are you working on now? Right now I’m working on something I’m writing with my friends. It’s a bunch of little vignettes about being a girl living in L.A. It’s pretty funny, I think, I hope. We’ll soon have a Web site to put it up. I’ll also be shooting an indie film that’s opposite of the Sadie Saxon character I play on “Awkward.” Hopefully there’s another project brewing in the near future. Is there a special moment during your career that you can share? There are so many that’s it’s hard ... The most special moment for me right now is when fans come up to me, to talk about the character Sadie on “Awkward” and when they want a picture of me. Do you have advice for anyone who wants to become an actor? Yes, definitely. I would say the only way we get better is by doing. Make sure to take classes and audition for as many things as you can. The most important thing is to love the craft. Do not just try to do it to get jobs, to become rich and famous. Do it all the time because you love it, and everything will fall into place. Where can fans go to check out your work? No Web site yet, there will be soon. But I tweet about work
and other cool updates. Fans can go to: twitter.com/ mollytarlov. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? I see myself writing and act– ing. Hopefully I’ll be back and forth between L.A. and New York. I also see myself getting married, having kids and a dog. In addition, I hope to by then have appeared on approximately 17 TV shows and obtain 80 movie credits. How does that sound? (laughing) Is there anyone you’d like to work with? Why? Patricia Clarkson is an amazing actress, and Dustin Hoffman is one of my favorite actors. I would also love to be on one of ABC’s comedy shows like “Modern Family” or “Happy Endings.” The ultimate would be to get a role on “30 Rock.” I would also love to work with everyone on “30 Rock” especially Jane Krakowski. I think Jane Krakowski is a genie in a bottle.
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by zach bourque With the name of a World War general and the rapid-fire, no holds barred blasts of laughs akin to a comedic Gatling gun, Patton Oswalt is ready for war. A prominent name in the world of stand-up comedy, Oswalt has slowly and steadily climbed to the ranks into the upper echelon of American comics. He’s lent his voice to Pixar, Showtime and Paul Thomas Anderson, and his seemingly unending list of cameos and bit pieces has helped establish him as a sort of “that guy” of the pop film industry, a fact no doubt confounded by his short stature and cherubic aesthetic. Comic, actor, writer and (lately) father, Oswalt is no doubt a man of considerable talent. His comedy is more or less comprised of everything including, but not limited to, sweatpants, fatherhood, crack heads and comic books. With the release of his fresh Showtime special and comedy album, Finest Hour, Oswalt steps into the spotlight once again. His comedy is seemingly without direction, and in this case, that is a wonderful thing. Frankly it’s all over the place. It’s a kind of stream of consciousness comedy, as if William Faulkner developed a sense of humor and started walking the streets of modern-day Manhattan. It’s sensational and, quite often, hysterically funny. Hailing from a strict military family from Virginia, Oswalt took to comedy early, hitting trendy clubs and developing a name for himself. “I followed where the good rooms were, and that eventually led me out west, from San Francisco to Los Angeles,” he says. Getting in front of thousands and talking about your penis would be seemingly difficult to the general public, but Oswalt serves to exemplify the shameless, hard working and ultimately gifted nature of the successful modern comic. Like anything in life, his career – a seemingly starstruck, highly lucky series of coincidences – boils down to something much simpler. “Get on stage as much you can. It’s the only advice that works. People are always looking for something more complex or mythical, but it’s really that simple,” he shares. “The minute someone asks if there’s something else to it I know they’re not going to make it. How do you become a good football player? You practice all the time. How do you become a good chef? You cook all the time. There is no other way.” Though still somewhat vague to the general public eye, Oswalt has had more of an impact than most would believe. With a breakout performance voicing the culinary bent dreams of Parisian rat Remy in Pixar’s Ratatouille, Oswalt made a voice for himself in one of the more eccentric ways possible, through animation. This fact alone is ironic given the highly animated, amazingly unique nature of Oswalt as an onscreen entity. He’s had bit roles in movies such as Magnolia, Observe and Report and The Informant!, not to mention a myriad of television shows including “Bored to Death” and “Community.” But his role as the lovable Neil in the critically acclaimed but ultimately doomed Showtime drama “United States of Tara,” would stand as a great testament to the power of the ratings board as well as the public eye. “It was a really great show. It was extremely well written, and they gave me a great character that was really developing. But I guess the ratings just weren’t there. At least I had the chance to be part of a brilliant self-contained narrative. I got to work with Toni Collette, and honestly, the experience couldn’t have been better,” he says. Keeping busy regardless, Patton recently wrapped a role in Jason Reitman’s Young Adult, the director’s second collaboration with buzz writer Diablo Cody, who ironically enough was the co-creator of “United States of Tara.” In regards to working with a trendy, popular director like Reitman, Oswalt notes that “it was an amazing experience. He is a huge film geek, so it was really fun to work with another film nerd.” Oswalt’s accessible, highly contagious comedy has made fans out of even the most jaded, stone-faced narcissist around. His cinema career is taking off at a seemingly record pace, and with the release Finest Hour, there’s been no better time than the present to hop on the Oswalt train. Finest Hour is currently available. Patton Oswalt performs Oct. 29 at Largo at the Coronet. For more information, visit pattonoswalt.com.
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The most demented comedy on TV, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 6, includes an extended cut of one of the show’s finest moments, the Lethal Weapon 5 parody. A group of Chicago 20-somethings finds their friendship in jeopardy when the couple that brought them together (Elisha Cuthbert and Zachary Knighton) break up in the new comedy Happy Endings: The Complete First Season. Skeet Ulrich leads a terrific ensemble cast including Alfred Molina, Corey Stoll and @Killer_Elite Terrence Howard in the latest Dick Wolf series Law & Order: Los Angeles – The Complete Series. HBO’s recession-themed comedy Hung: The Complete Second Season stars Thomas Jane as a down-on-his-luck high school basketball coach and divorcée who puts his biggest asset to use as a gigolo. @Killer_Elite A pair of savvy young entrepreneurs use their street smarts and connections to launch a career in New York’s cutthroat fashion industry in How to Make it in America: The Complete First Season. Queer as Folk: The Complete U.K. Collection brings the groundbreaking British series to DVD. Russell T. Davies (“Doctor Who”) created the witty drama about Manchester’s gay scene. @Killer_Elite Gwyneth Paltrow and Carol Burnett are among the guest stars in the musical comedy phenomenon Glee: The Complete Second Season. Ed O’Neill is the head of a quirkily complicated extended family in Modern Family: The Complete Second Season. A 23-year-old guy finds himself a totally inept single father in Raising Hope: The Complete First @Killer_Elite Season. Also available: The Mentalist: The Complete Third Season, Adventure Time: My Two Favorite People, Holly’s World: Seasons 1 & 2, Kendra: Seasons 2 & 3
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A landmark of Swedish cinema, The Phantom Carriage is a beautifully shot, innovative silent film, a ghostly morality tale about one sinner’s redemption in the style of A Christmas Carol. Extras include an interview with Ingmar Bergman talking about director and star Victor Sjöström’s influence.
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Rod Steiger made a career of playing idiosyncratic villains. One of his best is a diabolical war veteran who plants bombs on planes to extort cash in Cry Terror (available online through the Warner Archives). James Mason plays his former platoon mate who is forced into helping pull off his plan. Also available: Ma & Pa Kettle Complete Comedy Collection
Stranger Than Fiction: Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore profiles the pioneer of the splatter film. John Waters and Joe Bob Briggs are among those paying homage. Also available: Vidal Sassoon the Movie Foreign Fare: A disparate group of people converges in Congo’s underground as they vie for a valuable cache of oil in the neo-noir Viva Riva. A street racer turns police informant in order to free his sister from a life of prostitution in the Hong Kong action flick The Stool Pigeon. Also available: Fernando Di Leo’s To Be Twenty
Under the Radar: Charlie Hunnam leads an all-star cast, including Terrence Howard, Liv Tyler and Patrick Wilson, in The Ledge, a thriller tackling lofty themes of Christian fundamentalism gone wrong. Also available: Cockney gangsters vs. vampires in Dead Cert
Blu Notes: One of cinema’s greatest spectacles Ben-Hur comes to Blu-ray in a suitably epic 50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition. The three-disc box set features a stunning new remastering, an all-new feature-length documentary drawing on Charlton Heston’s home movies, a reproduction of Heston’s diaries and much more. Herschell Gordon Lewis’ landmark of drive-in horror, The Blood Trilogy (Color Me Blood Red, Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs) comes to Blu-ray in all its blood-filled glory. Guillermo del Toro made his American debut with the 1997 sci-fi thriller Mimic, starring Mira Sorvino as an entomologist tracking a genetically mutated insect that can morph into human form.
Follow CAMPUS CIRCLE on Twitter @CampusCircle MOVIEREVIEWS <<< CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 some intense nightmares. Between the impending storm and what’s going on in his head, Curtis starts to question his overall health and, as a result, becomes more and more distant from his family. Take Shelter is brilliant in that it uses Curtis as an anchor between the real and imagined, objective and subjective. As the film is told from his point of view, the audience is never quite sure if what Curtis is seeing is what both he and those around him are actually experiencing or what is simply going on in his own state of mind. The oncoming storm does seem real, but its arrival is questioned by the fact that Curtis decides to seek psychiatric help. The film’s intense musical score only makes things more doom-like, as we struggle to understand what is really going on in Curtis’ life. Aside from the film’s effective writing and score, Shannon – taking the lead and accounting for at least three quarters of the film’s success – is nothing short of fantastic. He does both brooding and forceful brilliantly in this role, and seamlessly incorporates both of these elements into his character. Shannon is complemented in the film by Jessica Chastain (Tree of Life, The Debt), who plays his wife. Her character is also dynamic; although she’s scared by what’s going on, she resolves to help and support him all the same. Grade: A—Abbi Toushin Take Shelter releases in select theaters Sept. 30.
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(Magnet Releasing) Who knew one big misunderstanding could create such genius? That’s what I found myself wondering after watching the hilarious horror film Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. Director Eli Craig created a brilliant spin to the horror genre with this refreshing comedy that spoofs the genre but not in the same way the Scary Movie franchise accomplished. Tucker & Dale is something different; it falls between a spoof and a real film, and is utterly brilliant. Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil is one of the most refreshing scary flicks since 2004’s Shaun of the Dead. Craig did a magnificent job directing the great cast of actors that includes Canadian actor Tyler Labine (“Reaper”) as Dale, the nitwitted idiot savant with a genius photographic memory, and his best friend Tucker, played by Alan Tudyk (“Serenity”). The two hillbillies head to their dilapidated mountain summer home, where their lives soon spin into a different direction when they meet a crew of college students on vacation. The students are led by Chad, played incredibly by Jesse Moss (Final Destination 3). Chad manages to put in the heads of his friends that the mountain was the setting of one of the most deadly massacres in U.S history and that Tucker and Dale were the culprits. Allison, played by Katrina Bowden (“30 Rock,” Sex Drive), is accidentally separated from her friends, and in an odd twist – thanks to Tucker and Dale – the confusion goes from a simple misunderstanding to a murderous game of cat and mouse. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is one of the most entertaining films I’ve seen in a while and definitely has cult classic written all over it. I can’t wait to see it again. Grade: A—Sean Oliver Tucker & Dale vs. Evil releases in select theaters Sept. 30.
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(Paladin) Right off the bat, the premise of The Whale seems ridiculous. A baby whale loses his family somewhere near the Canadian coastline then begins to befriend the locals. The story is narrated by Ryan Reynolds, who also serves as Executive Producer with ex-wife Scarlett Johansson. If movies like Free Willy don’t actually bring tears to your eyes then you might have trouble getting through the first 10 or 15 minutes. But stick with it. The Whale is not just an over-the-top docudrama masquerading as a heart-felt exploration of human-animal relationships. There’s more to it. When Luna, the baby orca, finds himself alone off the coast of Canada, he sets off a series of events in the area, and journalists Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm are there to capture and document it all. Luna’s luck comes in waves. After an initial welcoming period, during which he befriends many of the local loggers and shipping staff, the government steps in to prevent human-whale contact. Watching Luna react to being cut off from her human surrogate family while also watching the locals rebel against the ban is one of the genuine heartwrenching moments. The documentary sets all of this against a tear-jerking soundtrack and throws in interviews with people close to tears, but even without the fluff, it’s upsetting. It becomes an issue of right and wrong, not just safety for the animal as outlined by a few government officials and marine biologists. An initial attempt to relocate Luna with his family fails miserably when a third group, local Native Americans, interferes with government officials. The group believes Luna to be the spirit of one of their recently deceased, and this serves as a third faction of people who think they know what’s best for Luna. In the end, the documentary asks the viewer two questions. However unintentional, the first one seems to be: Aren’t whales adorable? Yes, of course. But more importantly, it asks us to explore how we know what is right in the sense of what is the wisest choice and if that is that always the morally right choice as well. Grade: C —Arit John The Whale releases in select theaters Sept. 30.
Have you ever had an uneventful weekend all of a sudden turn Tom Cullen and Chris New in Weekend into one of the best experiences of your life? Well, that’s exactly what happens in Andrew Haigh’s Weekend. Russell (Tom Cullen), a not-quite-out gay man, didn’t have an exciting agenda for the weekend. That is, until he met Glen (Chris New) at a gay club Friday night, and the two reluctantly fall for each other. They unexpectedly spend most of the next 48 hours together in bedrooms and bars, sharing stories and having sex. From the start, they have different views on relationships. Russell is a romantic at heart, and Glen just wants to have fun. Midway through the weekend, Glen reveals that he is moving to the states to pursue his education. This causes both men to keep the other at a distance. However, as their deadline draws near, we’re reminded that regardless of who we are or who we pretend to be, inevitably the heart wants what it wants. Weekend is full of sexually honest scenes. The film’s writer-director explains, “My last film contained a lot of explicit sex, and while it has its place, I think it can often overshadow what is really important in a film.” Don’t be fooled, the film isn’t only about sex. “If you watch most gay-themed films, you would assume that the only story worth telling was about ‘coming out’ or repressed love, but I wasn’t interested in that,” says Haigh. “The intention was that the film would shed light upon the struggle to live an honest and authentic life in whatever form that takes, regardless of sexual preference.” Haigh had previously worked in various editing jobs on films ranging from Ridley Scott’s Gladiator to Harmony Korine’s Mister Lonely. In addition to a number of shorts, he directed his first feature, Greek Pete, a no-budget story of a London rent boy that mixed dramatic and documentary elements, in 2009. Weekend is a beautiful exploration of how two people can come together only briefly yet leave a lasting and profound impression on each other. When we dare to share, love always rules! Weekend releases in select theaters Sept. 30.
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When Gomez first burst onto the scene more than 15 years ago, it didn’t take long for people to notice what was coming out of Southport, England. Brewing a cup of rock, folk, blues and electronica on its award-winning debut, Bring It On, the band was quickly commended for taking an actual “alternative” approach to the status quo. Shying away from the sound of its British counterparts – whether it was the Beta Band, Elbow or Reef – Gomez, instead, showed a disregard for the path those other indie rock outfits were following. “We were bemoaning the fact that music was so tied into genre,” band member Tom Gray remembers when the five-piece first started playing together. “It didn’t feel like people were really experimenting with genre. They were experimenting with sound, but not genre.” Yet that’s what Gomez does best. While they’ve quietly slipped into veteran status these days, Gray (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Ian Ball (vocals, guitar), Ben Ottewell (vocals, guitars), Paul “Blackie” Blackburn (bass) and Olly Peacock (drums, synths, computers) haven’t ever let themselves fall victim to one genre. From its psychedelic tendencies on Liquid Skin to its electronically inspired moments on In Our Gun, Gomez has won over fans with its ability to transition from one musical style to the next without complication. “We just get bored very easily,” Gray confesses. “We’re always looking for the new.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 20 >>>
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Campus Circle > Music > Special Features that hip-hop is, at its core, a cultural statement above all else. Robyn/Royksopp Oct. 22 @ Hollywood Bowl While I wasn’t aware that Robyn had gone from kitchy, cultfollowing fandom status to being an arena-level headliner, I have no issue with that transition. She is proof that not every pop artist is a vapid talking head and that some of them actually do have an understanding of musical artistry. And her songs just happen to also be really catchy and danceable. But that’s beside the point. Integrity! Creative control, etcetera! City and Colour Nov. 3 @ Orpheum Theatre / Nov. 4 @ Fox Theater A lot of people like to get their emo-therapist on and say that it’s OK for dudes to cry, and while I err on the side of “Just get over it already,” a City and Colour show is an acceptable deal-breaker. If ever there was a man who could chisel his way into the dark and hidden corners of your soul via expert lyrical prose, it’s frontman Dallas Green. So take this moment and get your sob on, the venue full of similarly wibbling L.A. hipsters will, for once, not be in a position to judge.
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Jimmy Eat World Sept. 29 @ The Wiltern Every single one of us has a favorite Jimmy Eat World song. Yes, even you. Whether you come from the early Clarity days or were somehow living under a rock and didn’t come on board until more recently, the Jimmy Eat World dudes have written the songs that defined your youth and coming into young adulthood. Whether you’re in the former group or the latter for when you discovered that the band had torn pages from your own diary for their lyrics, “Sweetness” is still your jam. And if it’s not … well, you better learn to love it, since this is their Bleed American throwback tour. Not that you should need any convincing to love that album anyway, though. Blink-182/My Chemical Romance Oct. 1 @ Honda Center / Oct. 8 @ Hollywood Bowl While the concept of either of these bands playing at the Bowl is a bit mind-boggling to me, it’s not like they haven’t both earned it by now. Much as some of us might like our mainstream punk in dark and intimate clubs, if ever there were two bands who put on a show that really needed arenasized venues to try and contain it, it’s these two. Between the anthemic jams that make up the entirety of Blink’s body of work and MCR’s mastery of stage theatrics and visual presentation, both of these bands are equally skilled in bringing the seedy punk dive venue to the massive stage. Elbow Oct. 1 @ The Greek For something a little different than what the rest of the show guide has to offer, we’re going to class things up a bit for a second. An Elbow show is not a raucous, uninhibited rock show. Nor is it a sad sack emo sob-fest, either. Instead, it’s calm and controlled, orchestral-sounding indie. The same variety as the more pretentious bands that one dude in your social circle drops when he wants to sound cool, except Elbow has been around long enough to actually have the musicianship to back up any hype that may surround them. Blondie Oct. 5 @ Club Nokia Another classic band, the fact that Blondie is still around is an amazing and not-unwelcomed fact. The band helped shape the face of rock, punk and pop music in its early days and has endured to be worthwhile even in modernity. When pop acts
seem to get younger by the day, isn’t it time we gave respect to a band that proves there’s life and music after the age of 17? Circa Survive Oct. 7 @ Fox Theater Just listen to Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green sing live, it’ll change your life – or make you want to give up entirely on your pursuit of ever being that good of a vocalist. Either/ or. Regardless, Circa has consistently managed to step up their game with each album they’ve released, having moved far beyond their roots in the Warped Tour post-hardcore scene to actually being a grown up sounding, indie-infused art-rock band. If only Circa would play Warped again, just once even … maybe some of the bands that have overrun that scene might take that aforementioned hint and actually quit. Foo Fighters Oct. 13 & 14 @ The Forum Everyone should just see this band at least once in their lives. Even though they’re not an “old” band or anything, these guys just are rock ’n’ roll. Death Cab for Cutie Oct. 14 @ Fox Theater / Oct. 15 @ Santa Barbara Bowl Ben Gibbard doesn’t put on bad shows. He doesn’t even know what they are. It’s a foreign concept to him entirely. Every single project he’s worked on has set the standard for the right way to be an indie band in a mainstream market, without sacrificing intellectualism. Do you think a Death Cab live show would be anything less than awe-inspiring, knowing that everyone in that band is just that good?
Mayday Parade/There for Tomorrow Nov. 5 @ House of Blues Anaheim Pop-punk for grown-ups may seem like a contradictory statement, but the truth is that there are indeed bands who can write infectious sing-along-worthy songs about the trials of young adulthood without pandering to clichés – that there is indeed potential for honest emotionality beyond the standard tropes of first-world problems. Mayday Parade and There for Tomorrow are two such bands, who despite being young themselves aren’t afraid to show their musical maturity. TFT has also put out one of the best albums this year, showcasing intelligence and an ability to create sonic intimacy that is years beyond both their peers and their predecessors. Lykke Li Nov. 7 @ Fox Theater Equal parts infectiously fun and hauntingly dark, Lykke Li is one of very few who can walk that line of melancholic indie and mainstream pop, pulling the best aspects of each genre without any of the pitfalls. With her unique vocal style and visual aesthetic, the Swedish songstress brings a much-needed artsiness to pop music and flair for performing that makes sure an audience gets their money’s worth at her shows.
Foster the People Oct. 15, 18 @ The Wiltern / Oct. 16 @ Fox Theater Seriously, everyone you know is going to be at this show or awishes they were going to be at this show. Do you want to be in the former category or the latter? At the very least, unlike other more pretentious indie scene darlings, the Foster guys will actually give you an engaging and worthwhile live show to go along with the cool points that attendance gives you.
Thrice/Moving Mountains Nov. 8 @ The Mayan / Nov. 9 & 10 @ House of Blues Anaheim In case you’re not aware, the new Thrice album is possibly one of the best things to have happened to music this year – nay, to the world at large. How many bands can effectively mix post-hardcore, art-rock, southern folk and modern indie into one genetically perfected stylistic niche? And in case you’re again not aware, Thrice is also one of the best live bands in all of rock right now. Put those two facts together, and the band’s fall tour promises to be nothing short of a lifechanging experience. Even if you’ve already had frontman Dustin Kensrue change your life multiple times over the last decade that the band’s been active. Add in that the Irvine foursome have opted to take out worthy successors in the line of legitness with Moving Mountains, and you have one of the top-ranked do-not-miss shows this season.
Grieves & Budo Oct. 20 @ The Troubadour Seriously, mainstream hip-hop is such a downer right now, despite what hip-hop media says and … about half of Twitter. Everything is just “Me, me, me, sob, sob, sob, haters gonna’ hate.” Wash, rinse, repeat, with different Auto-Tune settings. Whatever. If you want something different in your hip-hop than the gruel that the mainstream outlets feed listeners, Grieves is your man. Fluent in the language of Real Talk with the sharp teeth necessary to deliver it, Grieves is a reminder
Jack’s Mannequin Nov. 11 @ El Rey / Nov. 12 @ Fox Theater It’s just not possible to feel anything less than completely and utterly stoked on life while blasting Jack’s Mannequin jams. Even when going into brutal honesty and unsettling vulnerability pulled from his firsthand experiences, front man Andrew McMahon never forgets to remind you of the pending light at the end. The El Rey show will also be his annual Dear Jack charity benefit show, so you can balance your illegal downloading karma by giving to a good cause.
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Oct. 24 Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto (Capitol) You can pretty much rest assured that anything from Coldplay’s studio will make you want to dance, sing, cry or fall in love. The album’s title is also cryptic yet intriguing, and the production as a whole is bound to include some trippy but groovy sounds as producer Brian Eno, who has worked with the likes of U2, will be adding his flavor to the record. And if you manage to snag a limited edition pop-up album version, you get a graffiti art book featuring David A. Carter’s work along with photographs and snatches from the band’s studio notes and diaries. Just to get things even cozier.
Drake – Take Care (Cash Money) Drake has done a good job of merging himself into hip-hop culture, from collaborating with artists like Nicki Minaj to dealing with rumors about a fight with Lil Wayne. Now is the time to see if all the hype from his first album and his persona can stay strong. With the much buzzed-about Kanye West and Jay-Z collaboration, Watch the Throne, Drake’s got to prove he can compete against the most established rappers out there.
Kelly Clarkson only gets Stronger with time.
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Now that the school year is in full swing, most of us wish we could go back to summer. You have papers to write, pages to read and a social life to protect. Luckily for you, a slew of musicians have been in the studio lately creating tracks to keep you dancing or singing along. Take a study break or blast these tunes in the background to stay awake. This fall has releases from many major artists on the horizon, some expected and others a little more surprising.
Available This Week Blink-182 – Neighborhoods (Geffen) Get ready for a trip to your childhood as Blink-182 is back with a new release after eight years. A lot has changed since 2003 so the band has plenty to prove, but first single “Up All Night” proves their energy is still intact. There’s nothing like a few years to let the guys take a break and refresh their energy for this time around. And if you love the album so much that you want to see the band live, Blink is currently on tour with My Chemical Romance – it’s a punk/emo fan’s dream come true. Wilco – The Whole Love (dBpm) After eight albums, these rockers know what they’re doing. The Grammy winners’ latest was recorded completely in their own studio, the Loft. With a diverse range of influences, this sixpiece band – whose career has spanned more than 10 years – is good at bringing something new every time. Leading man Jeff Tweedy explains that his inspiration for the lyrics of “Born Alone,” started with him flipping through a book with Emily Dickinson poems. With such interesting inspiration, the other tracks on the album are bound to follow suit.
Oct. 4 Feist – Metals (Cherrytree/Interscope)
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Yes, this is the cutesy singer who sang the song in that equally adorable iPod nano commercial. But Feist’s strengths extend beyond “1234.” That was 2006, and now Feist has Grammy wins under her belt and a voice that could soothe the anxiety of virtually any college student. Working with producers like Valgeir Sigurðsson, who has also worked with Björk, Feist is bound to craft yet another equally catchy and heartfelt album – and yes, maybe another song that will get stuck in your head whether you like it or not.
Oct. 11 Björk – Biophilia (Nonesuch) Björk is good at surprising her listeners. You can never quite guess what she will come up with next or even what note she will hit. But you can definitely tell when a song is hers. Biophilia is also part of Björk’s attempt at creating something bigger in the form of 10 iPad apps that will include games corresponding to each track. Björk’s single “Crystalline” boasts her trademark voice but also a sound that is very dance-like, fitting in with the current fixation on electronic music. But don’t worry, Björk’s own quirkiness is still very much alive. Evanescence – Evanescence (Wind-up) So Blink-182 is not enough of a throwback for you? Then Evanescence has come to save you. Amy Lee’s powerhouse voice, if pushed to its biggest potential, can surely rival that of any of the pop darlings playing on the radio now. But judging from the photographs of the band, Lee wants anything but to fit in. If the dark vixen has still got a hold on her vocal talents and the band can bring a fresh, compelling sound, then Evanescence might be on the list of successful comebacks. Otherwise, it will at least be a nice flashback into your high school/middle school angst.
Oct. 18 Everlast – Songs of the Ungrateful Living (Martyr Inc./EMI) It’s been three years since Everlast’s last release, but his mind is still very much on the complicated part of life. The rapper has a penchant for creating great rhythms and moving lyrics, and his latest release will hopefully be no exception. He describes the album as “express[ing] the current chaotic human condition
Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (RCA) Riding high on her success from “American Idol,” Kelly Clarkson proved many years ago that she could keep her footing on her own. Having crafted many a post-break-up tune, from the classic “Since U Been Gone” to the feistier “Never Again,” Clarkson still has a pretty solid place in pop music history. So long as Clarkson keeps us arrested with bittersweet songs and a heartfelt demeanor, there might be no stopping her. At least you’ve got Clarkson’s soothing range to help you through it as you sing along. Judging by the title, this will be another album filled with stories about moving on after life’s toughest times.
Nov. 1 Florence + the Machine – Ceremonials (Island) “Dog Days Are Over” was a testament to how quickly a song can gain popularity. The fact that this track yielded so much success to Florence Welch ups the pressure for her newest release. But if the single “Shake It Out” is any indication, she’s got a confidence and spirit that will be difficult to weaken. Welch’s distinct personality and captivating talent are sure to make this release an interesting listen at worst and another collection of haunting tracks at best. Lou Reed & Metallica – Lulu (Warner Bros.) If Watch the Throne was an absolute treat for hip-hop lovers then the upcoming collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica is like an unexpected dream come true for rockers. A performance in 2009 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame got Reed and Metallica thinking, and eventually they collaborated on this album. The idea for the album comes from plays by German expressionist writer Frank Wedekind. With so much thought put in, the album is bound to at least be an interesting trip into the minds of these two rock icons.
Nov. 21 Mary J. Blige – My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1) (Matriarch/Geffen) It’s hard to listen to Mary J. Blige and not be moved to some sort of deep emotion. Her undeniable talent has kept her career going strong, as is obvious with the upcoming release of this album, which is her impressive 10th album so far. The crooner has secured a place in the music world so this album can’t really help but be great, so long as Blige sticks to her guns. Strap in for a ride that will surely include intimate confessions but also plenty of tracks to happily groove along to.
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CDREVIEWS Elks Destined for the Sun (Tee Pee) The band says that Destined for the Sun features an abstract conceptual theme that chronicles the history of a tribe of nomadic space Vikings. There must not be a whole lot known about these interplanetary marauders because the whole album is over in just a little over 20 minutes. Still, fans of hard rock will like what they hear in “Fall of the Starchitect” where grinding guitar and Mastodon-like thunder echoes throughout the galaxy at warp speed as if the space Vikings are frantically on the run from something even more bad than they are. “Two Moons of Mars” initially sounds like a Kiss song, but then singer Don Stewart’s vocals kick in and the song careens into a black hole of thrash. “Destined for the Sun” is good-old stoner rock filled with super-buzzy guitar. Stewart’s vocals seem to be buried in the mix for most of the album so really you can chart your own course lyrically while banging your head along to album closer “Weedwolf ” and the others; this one is just about enjoying some loud guitars. Grade: B —Kevin Wierzbicki Destined for the Sun is currently available.
The Janks Hands of Time (Sprouted) It’s a pretty good bet that when an album is titled Hands of Time that there won’t be a lot of upbeat and joyous music involved, and the notion holds true for about half of this debut from the Janks. The album opens with a couple of melancholy singer-songwriter-style tunes in “Hands of Time” and “Billy the Kid,” singer Zack Zmed sounding not quite defeated but resigned to the fact that life is what life is and it ain’t so great at the moment. “Dead Man,” though, wipes the pallor away; the song’s subject matter is obviously dark but Zmed and his brother, Dylan, mesh so flawlessly with bright harmony vocals that there’s no way the song is going to come off as depressed. A few cuts later the album takes an unexpected left turn as the brothers break loose with a big production; “Rat Racers” is a perfectly-crafted, ’70s-influenced mid-tempo rocker with scathing guitar parts, great harmonies and an occasional reggae beat that sounds like a Supertramp/10CC mash-up. The difference from the album’s first few songs is so drastic that it’s almost like there’s a different group at work for this portion of the album, but that’s all just part of getting to know the Janks; clearly there are far more layers here than can be appreciated with just a couple listens. Grade: B+ —Kevin Wierzbicki Hands of Time is currently available.
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster IV (Ferret) Dallas Taylor doesn’t have a rock ’n’ roll scream that’s quite as unique as that of Axl Rose, but the Maylene and the Sons of Disaster singer channels the power and feel of Guns N’ Roses here on “In Dead We Dream.” “Killing Me Slow” is also structured like a GN’R song, and of all the rock subgenres that the Sons work in this is the one that the band sounds the most comfortable with. Unfortunately, despite good musicianship, too much of IV is non-descript, with songs like “Save Me” and “Open Your Eyes” failing to offer anything to distinguish themselves from dozens of other acts (“Hey, is that Seether…?”). “Taking on Water” adds slide guitar and a southern rock feel to the mix but ends up never reaching its potential. Once you hear “Cat’s Claw,” though, you can almost forgive the band for its lack of originality elsewhere; Taylor really cuts loose on the tune, squalling like said cat’s claw
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Maria Muldaur Steady Love (Stony Plain) Muldaur will probably forever be best known for her 1974 hit single “Midnight at the Oasis,” but her voice has taken on a honeyed raspiness now nearly four decades later that’s well-suited for Steady Love’s selection of electric blues numbers. Highlights include Elvin Bishop’s stomping “I’ll Be Glad” and the traditional “I Done Made it Up in My Mind” where a J.J. Cale-style rhythm turns the gospel number into a full-blown dancin’-on-the-pews choogler. Fans of Little Feat will dig the slinky N’awlins flavor of “Walk by Faith,” while “Rain Down Tears” will win over fans of Bonnie Raitt. Muldaur dips into the catalog of the great Percy Mayfield for a take on “Please Send Me Someone to Love” and closes the album with Rick Vito’s spooky sounding “I Am Not Alone,” made all the more eerie by Vito’s backwoodsy slide guitar playing. It’s hard to imagine Muldaur singing the high-pitched “Midnight at the Oasis” at this point, but Steady Love reflects a richness of something much better – a lifetime of experience and character. Grade: B —Kevin Wierzbicki Steady Love is currently available.
Elvis Presley Young Man with the Big Beat: The Complete ’56 Elvis Presley Masters (RCA/Legacy) Many consider 1956 to be the birth year of rock ’n’ roll, and the reason can be summed up in two words: Elvis Presley. This five-CD box set is made up exclusively of Presley’s 1956 output, including all the tracks from Elvis Presley and Elvis, his first two albums. B-sides from singles are appended to those first two discs, but it is on disc 3, The Live Performances, where things get really interesting. Some of the live material is culled from Presley’s last 1956 show at the New Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas; the crowd’s reaction is not heard clearly while the King rock-a-billys through “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Long Tall Sally,” but what you do hear is polite applause, not the complete hysteria that Presley would bring to Vegas shows many years later. The crowds hearing the same songs 10 days later in Little Rock were obviously much younger and hipper, as Presley has to push to be heard over the shrieks of his female fans. The live recordings are quaint at best, keep in mind it was 1956, but listening to these various early versions of “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Blue Suede Shoes” goes beyond mere entertainment; this is rock ’n’ roll’s biggest phenomenon ever in the making. A full disc of outtakes is included featuring no less than eight takes on “Lawdy, Miss Clawdy” and the final disc features about an hour’s worth of interview segments. Everything here has been released before at one time or another, but this is the only collection presenting such a complete snapshot of Presley in the all-important year of 1956. Grade: A —Kevin Wierzbicki Young Man with the Big Beat: The Complete ’56 Elvis Presley Masters is currently available.
Derek Sherinian Oceana (Music Theories)
Having served with Dream Theater, Yngwie Malmsteen, Alice Cooper and his current band, Black Country Communion, keyboardist Sherinian reigns as an undisputed king of prog metal. Every song on Oceana is an instrumental tour-deforce, but Sherinian hasn’t written this set just to show off his own skills and in fact Oceana is more of a guitar showcase than anything. “Mercury 7” lets the spotlight shine on guest guitarist Tony MacAlpine, playing so fast here that it nearly leaves the listener dizzy, while “Euphoria” finds guitarist Steve Lukather playing in Robin Trower mode over a slow bass throb and ebb-and-flow synth fills from Sherinian. Other featured axslingers include Steve Stevens of Billy Idol’s band who takes the lead on “Ghost Runner” and Joe Bonamassa, Sherinian’s band mate from Black Country Communion, who steps up for the little-bit-funky “I Heard That.” You might expect a Sherinian solo album to be overstocked with keyboard solos but he’s quite content to play sideman here, and fans of any of the hotshot guitarists mentioned above should not hesitate to jump on this one. Grade: A —Kevin Wierzbicki Oceana is currently available.
Various Artists Miles Espanol: New Sketches of Spain (eOne) Former Miles Davis sidemen, Spanish flamenco masters, New York City Latin jazz stars and North African players are among those here reimagining tunes from Davis’ classic Sketches of Spain and Kind of Blue albums or performing originals inspired by those releases. Lots of different arrangements of “Concierto de Aranjuez,” one of the main tracks from Sketches, have been heard but none so exotic sounding as the version here with its melody delicately-picked on the oud, bassoon lurking in the background and Alex Acuna whipping up a storm on bongos. Pianist Chick Corea wrote “Trampolin” just for this session and performs it here in a quartet setting featuring Jorge Pardo, Antonio Sanchez and legendary bassist Ron Carter. Another excellent original is “El Swing;” written by guitarist John Scofield and performed with a quartet rounded out by Corea, Jack DeJohnette and Eddie Gomez; it is one of many songs here very Davis-like in composition even though it is completely devoid of trumpet. Open-minded Davis fans should love this set, especially offerings like the traditional “Solea,” again featuring stellar oud playing from Rabih Abou-Khalil and flamenco guitar work from Jaco Abel. Grade: A —Kevin Wierzbicki Miles Espanol: New Sketches of Spain is currently available.
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by cindy kyungah lee George Harrison: Living in the Material World Oct. 11-Feb. 12, 2012 @ The Grammy Museum On Oct. 11, the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live will debut a new major exhibition focusing on the life of George Harrison, the 12-time Grammy winning musician who passed away in 2001. The exhibit corresponds with two other projects of the same name. First Harrison’s widow, Olivia, releases a book this week that follows the life of the legendary musician. Then, next week is the broadcast premiere of a Martin Scorsese documentary (that will show on HBO in two parts on Oct. 5 and 6). The Grammy Museum, along with the Estate of George Harrison, brings together a rare collection of artifacts from Harrison’s creative life, including several items that were discovered by Olivia Harrison and Scorsese as they completed their respective projects. At the exhibit, prepare to be awed at the group of guitars used by the artist during his years with the Beatles and his solo career, his hand-written lyrics, personal journals and sketches, as well as a collection of stage outfits and personal photographs shot by the musician himself. This is a must-see for any Beatles fan or lover of music in general. Admission to the exhibit is included in your general ticket price to the museum. The Grammy Museum hosts the exhibit through the Grammy Awards (Feb. 12), and then it will travel throughout the United States then on to Europe. The Grammy Museum is located at 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Downtown. For more information, visit grammymuseum.org.
The Feminine Canvas Oct. 1-Nov. 6 @ Beacon Arts Building For a little over a month, the Beacon Arts Building will display a collection of sculptures, paintings, drawings, performance and writings from Bijoux Altamirano, Yolanda McKay, Sara Hunsucker, Meg Cranston, Amy Kaps, Laura Krifka and Zackary Drucker among others, that indulges widely discussed contemporary gender and body issues and questions of gender identity. In a world where gender roles and lines define society, feminism is one of the few great ways of approaching the topic from a collection of point of views of those who have in mind a set and specific ideas of the vast discussion of gender. Today’s world has an ever so blurred line of gender. The Feminine Canvas may provide us with a fresh and clear-cut way of viewing such blurred lines, because it reflects both men’s and women’s contemporary struggles with constraints of gender identity. With texts that support each piece of work (written by notable L.A. writers) the pieces will come to life in even more vivid and at times shocking ways, with a mixture of witty humor and the history of the gender struggle that will continue to be an issue that will be continuously explored throughout our lives. There will be a special reception on Oct. 1, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to celebrate the exhibit’s opening. On Oct. 29, from 8 p.m. to midnight, there will be a Halloween costume party with special performances and video screenings. Beacon Arts Building is located at 808 N. La Brea Ave., Inglewood. For more information, visit beaconartsbuilding.com.
Radical Face: The Family Tree: The Roots: Four years in the making, the new album from Radical Face (a.k.a. Ben Cooper) was recorded in a tool shed. The Family Tree: The Roots eschews the trappings of technological overload because its songs are set in the 1800s; in fact, Radical Face didn’t use any instruments to make the album that weren’t available back in those days. “I’m a storyteller,” says Cooper, explaining why he worked with just his voice, piano, acoustic guitar and a floor tom for the recordings. “I wanted that to be the focus. I looked up genealogy charts and studied American history for a frame of reference and put it all together.” Radical Face live performances are a little different too; for his Bootleg Theater show on Oct. 11 he’ll be joined by the Easterly Singers who’ll provide full choir backing. The Family Tree: The Roots drops on Oct. 4. Italian Hit Week: The sounds of Italy are on the way to Los Angeles but don’t expect to hear “Volare” or Verdi. Staged by promoter Francesco Del Maro, Hit Week is an annual event that affords hip Italian artists a chance to showcase for equally hip music lovers in the states. Hit Week kicks off on Oct. 11 when Erica Mou (“Alanis Morissette’s grit meets acoustic flair and thoughtful intensity”) and the Nicola Conte Jazz Combo play shows at the Catalina Jazz Club. The action moves to the El Rey on the 12th for shows by Apres la Classe and Caparezza, whose sound is described as “the ghost of Frank Zappa hits the Adriatic and makes devilishly clever bohemian pop.” Hit Week wraps up at the Key Club on Oct. 13 with shows by Casino Royale and electro-rockers Subsonica. Tickets are $15 ($20 at the door) per day. The Outbreak Tour: The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour was a success last year and looks to be an even bigger hit this fall with a lineup featuring Of Mice & Men, Iwrestledabearonce, I See Stars and That’s Outrageous. “We’re looking forward to hitting the road this fall to support our friends in Of Mice & Men,” says Iwrestledabearonce singer Krysta Cameron. “We’ll be promoting our latest release Ruining It for Everyone, and this should be a really exciting tour. We’ll be seein’ y’all Bear Brats soon. Don’t forget to bring a jacket!” The Outbreak Tour stops at the Glass House in Pomona on Oct. 28; also on the bill will be For the Fallen Dreams.
Yellowcard Vinyl Box Set: You can now buy your favorite Yellowcard album on vinyl. The band’s latest release, When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes, is now available on wax as are Ocean Avenue, Lights and Sound, Paper Walls and the The Underdog EP. The vinyl titles are available separately or you can pick up the box set where each disc is pressed on a different shade of colored vinyl. Yellowcard plays the Anaheim House of Blues on Oct. 8. Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest: Here’s a good reason to take a day trip to Big Bear Lake – Oktoberfest! The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest happens every weekend from now through the end of October and if you go this weekend or the weekend of Oct. 7-9 you can enjoy music by Die Mainflosser Band, direct from Germany. Toward the end of the month SoCal’s premier German band, the Express Band, takes over and there’ll be a Halloween costume contest mixed in with the beer and polka on Saturday, Oct. 29. For ticket info and a full list of shows and activities, visit facebook.com/bigbearOoktoberfest.
Taylor Swift’s Journey to Fearless: Taylor Swift has a shelf full of Grammy Awards, and she’s the top-selling digital artist in music history. Now fans can look forward to owning a DVD or Blu-ray copy of Taylor Swift’s Journey to Fearless, a live concert and backstage access experience. Besides housing a baker’s dozen of her hits, the film contains footage featuring Swift’s home movies and photographs. The concert footage was shot when Swift embarked on her first headlining tour and the film overall is two and a half hours long. Taylor Swift’s Journey to Fearless drops on Oct. 11. Campus Circle 9.28.11 - 10.4.11
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Supergroup stays open to new ideas. by david tobin Music never dies. As long as you keep it in your soul you can keep creating and sharing with the rest of the world. And just because you might be in one band, it sure as hell doesn’t mean you have to only play with them. Artists have formed what we call “supergroups” long before the days of Audioslave and Velvet Revolver. Look at Temple of the Dog, Mad Season, or even further back, the Yardbirds. Great musicians have always wanted to play with other great musicians because it’s in their blood. So, when I sat down to talk with legend Joe Satriani about the latest offering from his group Chickenfoot, we had a lot to go over. Chickenfoot is comprised of Chad Smith (drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers), Sammy Hagar (Van Halen frontman), Michael Anthony (Van Halen bassist) and, of course, Satriani on guitar. So, with this heavy arsenal of talent, do you think they go on stage and do RHCP or Van Halen songs? Not a chance. “We set the tone for the first album, and we toured clubs beforehand,” says Satriani. “We have to show people that we’re fun, to be a band that you can see in a club, even if they don’t know our music. There’s something there when we play together, and we wanted to prove to ourselves that we could go in front of 400 people and rock the house and share that
feeling with them. And it works.” That is the lure of this band. Seeing them live at the Roxy last year was entertaining and exciting, and they didn’t play one song anyone knew. That’s when you know you’ve got something special: when you can take the stage in Hollywood and get the crowd moving to music they’ve never heard before. The heart is in the songs, and it’s interesting to learn how it all comes to life. “I’ll write the whole thing, bass and drums. Throw everything out there and then wait and get feedback from everyone else,” shares Satriani. “Every once in a while Sam will say he won’t sing a song, and we’re tellin’ him that it’s good. And sometimes I’ll write something, and they wont like it. But we are very open. And we trust each other. That’s why it works. You have to be open to new ideas.” Satriani goes on to another example of the writing process: “The song ‘Different Devil’ on this new album, was one of my acoustic demos that was going in a different direction. But the guys said it was more commercial. Chad took it and played with it, and then Sam said he could sing a chorus over it. After weeks of writing and re-writing, well … who would have thought the drummer would walk in with the chorus?” The new collection of songs on the album, Chickenfoot III, definitely sounds different – in particular, “Three and a Half Letters.” Satriani explains, “We record live. We don’t use clock tracks or sequencers. We just play. Everything about that song is live except in the chorus I added a second guitar.” But when you listen to this brutally intense song, it seems like there’s more to it, and there’s a very good reason as to why. “Our manager, longtime friend and music industry
MUSICINTERVIEWS <<< CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14 Such yearning for the undiscovered is what had Gomez back at work a little more than two years after returning to its free-form roots on A New Tide. This time, though, Gomez was ready to conduct a different experiment. Unlike in the past where genres had been mixed and matched rather seamlessly, the band was ready to focus on another aspect of its songwriting. “We wanted to break with our own clichés,” Gray admits. So when Gomez made its move for Charlottesville, Va., to record its seventh studio album, the band’s members wanted someone who could tame their slapdash approach to song structure. They wanted someone with not only a wealth of experience writing and producing pop songs, but also a familiarity with their entire catalog. That person would be Phantom Planet bassist Sam Farrar, a longtime friend of the band who was asked to act primarily as editorial consultant. “The only thing we don’t twist ourselves to do is to deal with structure,” Gray says. “We wanted someone else in the room to police us and to sort of go, ‘Get your shit together, lads! Stop doing that!’” Months later, and you can feel Farrar’s influence make its way onto the self-produced Whatever’s On Your Mind. At just 38-minutes long, it’s Gomez’s tightest body of work. That doesn’t mean it comes lacking in substance or quality, however. The album’s hit single, “Options,” opens the 10-song LP with a punchy acoustic guitar riff, backed by a barrage of brass that propels it into power-pop territory. The ensuing track, “I Will Take You There,” pursues a similar formula, meshing horns with charming keys and a
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legend, John Carter came to us and said we need to do a song where the guy is saying that he needs a job, not all that material stuff. He just wants to work, just needs a job. And Sam gets these letters from people going through some hard times and gets the idea to put them together. Sammy said, ‘I just want to read these letters, and scream, and I want the guitar to go crazy,’” comments Satriani. “By the time we got to record it, Carter had passed away from cancer very quickly and from out of no where. It was tough dealing with the loss of one of the guys. That song was recorded after we said our goodbyes. And we got a live take of the song. It was an intense moment. I think he would be proud.” So when you go to listen to the album keep in mind that what you’re hearing is live and from the heart. Nothing gets more real than that. Chickenfoot III is currently available. For more information, visit chickenfoot.us.
Campus Circle > Music > Interviews swinging beat on the skins. “This record is the peak of what we can do in terms of writing a pop record, even though it’s not a pop record because it’s far too mashed and scattershot to be a pop record,” Gray explains. “But it’s as close as Gomez can get to that.” Of course, Whatever’s On Your Mind doesn’t come without the typical Gomez trademarks. On the album’s title track, Ottewell’s raspy vocals carry a stringlaced melody from verse to bridge to chorus and back. Ball, meanwhile, can be found searching for introspection on the next cut, “Just as Lost as You,” as the band erupts midway through for a heartwarming finish. It may not be what hooked early Gomez fans back in 1998, but they shouldn’t expect the freewheeling band to follow the same course of action the next time in the studio. “The next thing we do evidently will have to be nonlinear again and a little crazier because we did this now,” Gray says. For now, the band’s latest undertaking has sent it across Europe and over to Australia and the United States, with appearances at the Dave Matthews Caravan in Chicago and Austin City Limits this past summer. But Southern Californians may be the luckiest fans of all as the band closes its tour with back-to-back dates at the House of Blues Anaheim and Sunset Strip on Oct. 4 and 5. It should mark a special moment for Ball, who moved
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to Los Angeles in 2004, as well as the rest of the band, which represents Brooklyn, N.Y. (Peacock), and Brighton, England (Gray, Ottewell and Blackburn), nowadays. Gray, for one, is well aware of the shows’ significance. “It’s going to be a party,” he quips. “We know so many people in L.A. There will be so many friends in the room. Let’s just make it a party.” Knowing Gomez, that shouldn’t be a problem at all. Whatever’s On Your Mind is currently available. Gomez performs Oct. 4 at House of Blues Anaheim and Oct. 5 at House of Blues Sunset Strip. For more information, visit gomeztheband.com.
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As always, Hiroki Kuroda was a solid workhorse in the last home game of the season.
IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD by dov rudnick
There was a certain sentimental feeling in the press box of Dodger Stadium last Thursday night for the team’s last home game of the season. While on the field below the Dodgers smacked around the San Francisco Giants by a score of 8-2, upstairs there were hugs and embraces, some heartfelt handshakes and a few tears. For it wasn’t just the last home game of the season, it was the last time that the Dodgers’ head of communications Josh Rawitch would preside. For a game like baseball with its 81 home games, each lasting around three hours, the world of the press box becomes its own community complete with friendships, petty rivalries, playful ribbing and social hierarchies. The way that community grows and functions has a lot to do with the public relations team and its leader. In recent times that role has belonged to 34-year-old Rawitch, who joined the Dodgers in 1995 as an intern during his freshman year of college. Rawitch saw the team through its various ownership transfers, from the O’Malleys to Fox to McCourt, while working his way up to Vice President and head of communications. Considering how ugly some of the events that have occurred with regards to the ownership, one can only imagine what the drama unfolding in the boardrooms of Dodger Stadium was like. Rawitch, in all likelihood, saw much of it. Still, the young Rawitch has always presented a positive and business-like demeanor as a representative of the team. He took his job seriously but also understood that the game of baseball was still just a game, albeit a game with billions of dollars at stake. Having been part of the O’Malley era, Rawitch seemed to understand the importance of dignity as an essential component to the Dodger legacy. Maintaining that sense of dignity must have become more difficult as things fell apart under current owner Frank McCourt’s stewardship of the team. You started to wonder what Rawitch’s true feelings were outside his professional obligation to defend McCourt. And we may never know unless he decides to write a book, which is beyond doubtful. What we do know Rawitch is leaving to join the Arizona Diamondbacks and with his departure there is one less dignified voice to defend the embattled McCourt. After the seventh inning, I noticed the Dodger organist, Nancy Bea, packing up her bags as she does every game after playing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” But this time as she gathered her belongings, she wept. In a very real way Bea helps keep the spirit of Dodger Stadium alive with her nightly playing of popular and classic tunes, and so she has become a kind of barometer for the mood of the ballpark. Just what those tears were for is her own private business, but I can’t help feeling like they reflect the sentiments of Dodger fans all over. We can all feel a change-a-coming. Whether that appears in the form of a new ownership or the eventual retirement of Vin Scully, nothing lasts forever. It was fitting that on a night like this the man taking the mound for the Dodgers was Hiroki Kuroda. The quiet Kuroda has been a workhorse for the team since joining the club three years ago. In what was likely his last start in Dodger Stadium, he was solid, giving up only two runs in nearly eight innings of work. Despite the Dodgers’ substantial lead, Kuroda offered no resistance when manager Don Mattingly came out to the mound to ask if he wanted to stay in the ballgame. A fighter and a team player to the end, Kuroda’s style of pitching, his way of going about his business was the picture of dignity. He has been a huge part of keeping this team in the fight over the course of this long and troubled season. As center fielder Matt Kemp and pitcher Clayton Kershaw chase Triple Crown prizes in their respective areas, the team has been interesting to watch to the very end despite their elimination from playoff contention. The team will finish this week with a winning percentage in the neighborhood of .500. Considering their struggles on and off the field, this alone is a triumph.
UCLA: The Bruins found light after a 27-19 road win in Corvallis, Ore., over the Oregon State Beavers. UCLA is now 2-2 overall and 1-0 in Pac-12 play. With 1:36 left in the first quarter, the Bruins captured their first scoring advantage of the game, and they never would Richard Brehaut threw 146 yards Saturday. relinquish that. Quarterback Richard Brehaut completed seven-of-11 passes for 146 yards and one touchdown, while running back Derrick Coleman gained 100 yards on the ground on 20 carries. Up next for UCLA is a big test, as they travel to Palo Alto to face the Stanford Cardinal at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1.
USC: The Trojans went into Arizona with several pending questions, and they are coming back to Los Angeles with even more after an embarrassing 43-22 loss to the Arizona State Sun Devils in Tempe. With the defeat, the Trojans dropped to 3-1 overall and moved to 1-1 in Pac-12 action. One of the main reasons as to why USC suffered such a devastating loss is because the Sun Devils (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) forced four turnovers on the night. Junior quarterback Matt Barkley experienced a poor outing in the desert, completing 21-of-33 passing attempts for 227 yards and one touchdown. But the difference came in his two thrown interceptions. USC head coach Lane Kiffin did not sound happy about Barkley’s performance. “I thought Matt did some good things, at times,” Kiffin says. Barkley also suffered a fumble. ASU got off to a fast start against the Trojans, as running back Cameron Marshall delivered a 70-yard rushing touchdown at 13:29 in the first quarter. The Trojans’ first lead came in the third quarter after running back Marc Tyler rushed up the middle for 10 yards and the score. From there on, though, the Sun Devils never looked back against a USC team that seemed confused at times. USC next faces Arizona on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Los Angeles Coliseum at 12:30 p.m.
galaxy surpass 60 points by marvin vasquez
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Chad Barrett lifted the L.A. Galaxy to a 1-0 victory over the Crew in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday. Barrett’s goal came in stoppage time of the second half before the game ended. His fifth score of the year came after he scored on a rebound from a Landon Donovan shot. “We were fortunate to get that goal at the end, and I give Landon and Barrett a lot of credit for teaming up on that,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena says. With the win, the Galaxy are now at 17-3-10 with a total of 61 points, which is a league best. They remain atop of the Western Conference and en route to the best record in the MLS. Barrett acknowledges that the last few minutes of the game were difficult. “They were really starting to pile it on at the end and coming into that game was really tough, really fast tempo,” he says. “Columbus really went for it, they made a lot of attacking substitutions. They were really starting to get exposed at the back since they were going forward so much. Josh Saunders made two unbelievable saves, the team played amazing tonight.” On top of being the first squad to reach the 60-point plateau in 2011, the Galaxy are also unbeaten against Western Conference opponents. They sport a 8-0-8 record that includes a 3-0-4 mark on the road. David Beckham and Robbie Keane, two of Galaxy’s most precious assets, did not dress for the match. Before squaring another MLS match, the Galaxy entertain Monarcas Morelia of Mexico on Sept. 28, at the Home Depot Center in Carson in their final home game in group play of the CONCACAF Champions League. The game is at 7 p.m. Los Angeles then faces Real Salt Lake on Oct. 1, Fan Appreciation Day. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
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L.A. Oktoberfest The Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Blvd., West Los Angeles; laoctoberfest.com Put on your lederhosen and get your stein ready for the L.A. Oktoberfest. Sample traditional foods, beers, wines and spirits with the hottest buxom beer maidens serving Bavarian brews. Bavarian bands will play lively tunes and lead sing-a-longs of old-time drinking songs. Admission includes one 1-liter glass stein and one beer. 1p.m.-5 p.m.
WEDNESDAYSEPT. 28 Darren Carter Comedy & Magic Store, 1018 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach; darrencarter.com Carter stars on the BET sketch series, “The Way We Do It,” has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “Comedy Central’s: Premium Blend,” “BET’s Comic View” and has performed live with Chris Rock and Paul Rodriguez. He will soon be seen opposite Lil Romeo, Master P and Cheech Marin in the upcoming film Uncle P. 8 p.m. $15.
THURSDAYSEPT. 29 Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption: The Happening
CURTAINCALL “Poor Behavior” Craig Schwartz
Now-Oct. 16 @ Mark Taper Forum In Theresa Rebeck’s world premiere play, “Poor Behavior,” two couples who are old friends spend a weekend together in a country home. Peter (Christopher Evan Welch) and Ella (Johanna Day) are Reg Rogers and Sharon Lawrence happily married. Maureen (a hysterical Sharon Lawrence) suspects that her husband Ian (Reg Rogers), an arrogant, pushy and relentless British man is having an affair with Ella. After a night of heavy drinking and arguing between Ella and Ian, mostly about the meaning of “goodness” and American morality, Maureen is convinced the liaison between her husband and her friend is indeed true. She first confronts Ian, a master at dancing around the issue only to frustrate Maureen more. She takes matters into her own hands and proceeds to inform Peter who only thinks she is crazy and would rather not engage in any sort of talk with her. When Ian finally confesses to having started this bit of gossip, Ella looks like a deer caught in headlights. It all becomes one big uncomfortable situation, ultimately asking the question: If people already think the rumor is true, how wrong is it to actually do it? As in, actually “having” this affair. One of the highlights of the show was when Peter out of frustration because Ella is distracted by Ian, forgets to bring scissors out to Peter to cut leaves from a basil plant. He grabs the entire plant from its roots, brings it inside and throws it on the kitchen table without saying a word. It took Ella so long to grow that plant, and he just ripped it out of the ground – very telling of the situation. It was very funny and quite appropriate. Doug Hughes’ direction was beautifully conducted. His cast never skipped a beat and kept their snappy dialogues and loud voices throughout. The scenic design by John Lee Beatty of a modern-day kitchen and living space with the small details of the marble top counter and copper plumbing was impeccable. This show, though dark, is amusing and the characters relatable, often times a mirror of familiar personalities and situations in our own lives. I highly recommend it! —Ximena Herschberg Mark Taper Forum is located at 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown. For more information, visit centertheatregroup.org.
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The Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave.; cinefamily.org Benson and friends chill (“Mystery Science Theater 3000”-style), mics in hand, and say whatever hilarious thing pops into their heads during M. Night Shyamalan’s film. 8 p.m. $12.
FRIDAYSEPT. 30 artLA JW Marriott at L.A. Live, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., Downtown; artla.net Exhibitors present modernist and contemporary furniture and design along with curated installations of early experimental film, architectural innovations and couture. The fair also features lectures, screenings, seminars and panel discussions with artists, collectors and curators. Runs through Sunday.
FRIDAYSEPT. 30 PULSE Contemporary Art Fair L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Downtown; pulse-art.com/losangeles An estimated 65 galleries, along with the fair’s acclaimed original special projects, will take up 100,000 square feet of space with a particular emphasis on California artists and galleries. Runs through Monday.
SATURDAYOCT. 1 AVP Championships Huntington Beach Pier, 400 Pacific Coast Highway; avp.com/avpchampionships-2011 The top four teams (per gender) in the newly developed AVP Cup Standings
earn the right to compete for the largest winner’s prize in the sport. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
SUNDAYOCT. 2 Dine L.A. Restaurant Week discoverlosangeles.com/restaurantweekv2 Over 150 restaurants all over L.A. County are drastically reducing prices on prix-fixe three-course meals. Now’s your chance to get a gourmet meal at a fastfood price (almost). Runs through Oct. 14, except for Oct. 8.
SUNDAYOCT. 2 West Hollywood Book Fair West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vincente Blvd.; westhollywoodbookfair.org Stages with author panels, special guests and live performances, exhibitors and writing workshops from everything to comic books to LGBT themed booths to special guests and panels from the entertainment industry to Russianspeaking authors to political panels. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. FREE.
MONDAYOCT. 3 An Evening with “The League” Paley Center for Media, 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills; paleycenter.org FX’s semi-improvised comedy about five emotionally backwards men and their consuming passion for fantasy football. After a screening of the third season premiere episode, members of “The League”’s cast and creative team will discuss the production of the show, who’s looking good in the Shiva Bowl and why anybody would ever spend more than five minutes with Rafi. 7 p.m. $20.
TUESDAYOCT. 4 Ellen DeGeneres Barnes & Noble, 189 The Grove Drive; barnesandnoble.com The comedienne and talk show host signs her book, Seriously... I’m Kidding. 7 p.m.
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MISSONI FOR TARGET... For eBay?
by erica carter Wow, what a chaotic week Target Style has had with the launch of Missoni for Target. From the pop-up store preview that was supposed to be open for a week but had to close its sold-out doors in just six hours, to the colossal crash of the Web site at 3 a.m. on launch day, depending on how you look it, it’s either a PR company’s dream or worst nightmare. Missoni, an Italian fashion house known for its signature zigzag style prints and exceptionally made housewares, announced their partnership with Target a little over six months ago. While Target has enjoyed success with past collaborations like Zac Posen, Erin Featherstone and Liberty of London, no one was prepared for the frenzy. Thanks to the release of the lookbook in August, I was able to make a list of all the items I wanted, including the prices so I could set a budget. I stayed awake until 4 a.m. to get my hands on the housewares and a pajama set. I knew that if I tried to go to my local store at 8 a.m., I ran the risk of them not having everything. Sure enough, stores across the state sold out in under two hours and just one hour after target.com launched, the site crashed and was down for almost two days afterwards. It hit the news that many shoppers bought the collection and turned it over to eBay. Capitalism! I just received the first of my two orders, the pajamas and a set of wine glasses. The products have lived up to the hype. My wine glasses, the Colore stemless version, are hand-blown, and while they are dishwasher safe, I’m going to use these for special occasions only. My pajamas are jersey material and run very true to size. I think Missoni for Target did a wonderful job with this collection, and I’m truly grateful to have been one of the lucky few to receive my items. The anger over the site crashing, cancelled orders and all items being out of stock has caused many shoppers to give up hope, essentially putting a kibosh on the hoopla. What started at over 41,000 Missoni for Target items on sale on eBay with bids up to $2,500 has now turned into a virtual ghost town with almost no one bidding anymore. Know what that means? Check your local Target early and often for returns, as most of these items will surely end up back on the shelves. Next up for Target, on Oct. 30, a collection from sleepwear and intimates maven Josie Natori.
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