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by tien thuy ho This year, winter break is a few weeks long, which is enough time for a real vacation. If you are a freshman or sophomore, this really will be a great time of rest and play. However, if you are a junior or senior, it is still a trying time as many summer internships, graduate school programs and full-time job applications are due. It is difficult to take a break when there are so many deadlines everywhere, but here are some ways Bruins will celebrate their well-deserved break. Sarah Hoffman: I am staying in Westwood and working at my job for most of winter break. Then I will be going home to Oceanside for Christmas. I love the holidays because I get to spend them with family and just relax without having to think about school for a while. Xinran Cui: I am going to rush home to Sacramento right after my final to make my mom’s 50th birthday celebration that day. I look forward to some quality family time and catching up with my friends. And my parents promised they would finally teach me how to cook some more fancy Chinese dishes, which should be a thrilling experience given my tendency for launching kitchen disasters. Michael Daniel: The end of this past year has been one of

Campus Circle > Blogs > Spirited Bruin the hardest I have ever faced. I have been met with multiple challenges and letdowns, but they all help keep me focused on what I have ahead. During this time, throughout the stresses and pressures of medical school applications and of daily life, my family and friends have helped pull me through so I could see the light at the end of my tunnel. By the end of the year I will know the course for the next eight years of my life in the eventual MD/PhD program of my choosing, which prompts an indescribable feeling. In that time we will see where life takes me, the people I will be around and what I will do for the rest of my life. And so for winter break, I will try to have as much relaxation and fun with my family and friends as possible. Mark Reyes: I usually take winter break to reflect and relax and spend time with family and loved ones. Since everyone is back home, I take time to spend with old friends who come back home. I like the weather during winter too. And it is a time to become close with friends. Since the holiday spirit is always high, I notice that people try to get along with each other more often then they usually do. Neesha Patel: I am going to India for the whole break because my brother is getting married! I have never been to India during the winter, so this will be an exciting trip. I am looking forward to visiting my extended family and the villages where my parents are from. Also, I will be able to purchase more Indian clothes, as they are much less expensive in India. If you are looking for something to do, there are many sporting events occurring during winter break. On Saturday, Dec. 17, men’s basketball will host UC Davis at the Honda Center at noon, and women’s basketball will host Tennessee at the John Wooden Center at 2 p.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 20, men’s basketball will host UCI at the Los Angeles Sports



by elisa hernandez As the final Trojan SideLines Man Behind the Facemask segment for this year, I highlighted cornerback Nickell Robey, 19. Robey is going to be a junior next year. He is majoring in Public Policy, Planning and Development, in hopes of one day owning his own redevelopment company. This Frostproof, Fla. native took his talents to Southern California and has quickly become one of the most dominant cornerbacks in the Pac-12. Robey has been playing football since he was 6 and fell in love with the game. Following in his father’s footsteps, Robey played defensive cornerback. “My dad put a football in my hand at a young age, and it became my culture. [Football] grew with me, and I grew with football. It was something everybody did, and I wanted to be a part of something special,” he says. Robey is the true definition of a Trojan “fighting on.” Besides facing adversity on the field, he faced an even bigger obstacle in his life. Robey’s mother passed away last year from a heart attack, but even with that he uses her as a motivation to succeed not only on the field, but in the classroom too. “It was hard, but being away from home and all the memories and all the stuff that reminds me of her helps me cope,” he says. “But [what keeps me motivated is] knowing


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See pieces like Charles White’s Love Letter #1 at the Hammer Museum’s Now Dig This! exhibit. Arena at 7:30 p.m. The Los Angeles Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker will show at Royce Hall on Dec. 17. You can visit the Hammer Museum on Friday, Jan. 6, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the open courtyard to kick off a three-day closing celebration for the exhibition called Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980. For more information on the schedule of events, visit Have an idea for a future Spirited Bruin? E-mail

Campus Circle > Blogs > Trojan SideLines that 1) I got to get my degree. I told my mom I was going to get my degree … I promised her. Also, I want to be able to have a better life in the future. Having a degree is something that can’t be taken away, you earned it and it’s yours.” No matter how far away from home he is, his sister and family always come first. Robey has had big highlights this season including, intercepting Stanford QB Andrew Luck and returning the ball for a touchdown. But to Robey, there was an ever better moment this season. “Most memorable moment is when my sister came out here on my mom’s birthday, and we beat Washington badly. It was one of the best weekends I’ve ever had. I played great, my family was out here and we did some shopping, ate InN-Out; we did a little bit of everything, and I just can’t wait to be home.” The Trojans will get a small break before getting back to work for next season. For Robey, he is counting down the days. “My plans are to go back to Florida and do some working out, but more importantly be with the family and do family activities; I want to kick it with the people that I always kicked it with in high school, and I have time to be with those people. I’m pretty jacked up to be going home.” When he returns, he has a lot to work for next season as the Trojans will finally be lifted from their bowl ban sanction. The Trojans will be able to reclaim the reigns of the Pac-12 and contend for their first Pac-12 Championship. “I’m looking forward to an undefeated season. I take every year seriously. We’re going to come in with the right planning and pick up where we left off from this season. I hope [Matt] Barkley stays. I want him to stay, we need him bad,” he says. “The odds were against us in every opponent we went against. We must manifest in this moment of beating

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Oregon, and shutting out UCLA. USC is back. I said it, I been said it and now I’m saying it again.” With all the success, Robey states that he stays humble by knowing why and whom he is playing football for, and he just tries to stay in his boundaries of keeping a level head. So where can you find Robey when he’s not on the field? “You can catch me at my spot. I chill at the crib and watch movies. You might catch me at the mall, might catch me eating at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles on a good day. I don’t know, you might find me anywhere. There’s no telling with me.” Have an idea for a future Trojan SideLines? E-mail editor.


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Jose Espenoza and Moses Mendez work behind the counter to serve up a dish of Thai stir fry pork with long beans at UCLA’s FEAST at Rieber.

upscale, ethnic FaRe Is On the Menu at More Universities by larry gordon los angeles times (MCT)

Don’t look for macaroni and cheese, hamburgers or tuna melt sandwiches at the renovated dining commons at UCLA’s Rieber Hall dormitory. Instead, a hungry student will find such dishes as spinach and seaweed roll, pork ramen with miso, Buddha’s delight and chicken tikka masala. The 600-seat facility offers exclusively Asian-style food from seven national cuisines. And in case visitors don’t realize that something different is going on, hosts welcome them in several Asian languages, and video screens broadcast cable news shows from Japan, South Korea, India and other countries. The upscale dining hall is part of a trend by colleges nationwide to replace old-style cafeterias and “mystery meat” offerings with innovative, often ethnic fare more likely to appeal to undergraduates’ increasingly sophisticated palates and desire for healthier food. The changes reflect a broad push at many schools to improve campus housing, recreation and other amenities in order to attract students. Critics say the trend drives up costs unnecessarily, although officials say that is not the case with the UCLA project. The changes at Rieber are also a response to demographics: About 40 percent of UCLA’s 27,000 undergraduates are Asian American or international students from Asia. “They are all coming with dining experiences that they remember as good food and authentic food for their culture, and that’s what we want to celebrate and deliver in a very authentic way,” says Peter L. Angelis, assistant vice chancellor of housing and hospitality services. He and other officials emphasize that the new facility is designed to appeal to students of all backgrounds. Those who

do not want to eat there can use their campus meal cards for American, Mexican, Italian and other fare at nearby dining halls and cafes. Compared to previous generations, today’s college students “are much more food-savvy. They are more used to going out to eat and more used to restaurant environments and restaurant-quality of food,” says Daryl Ansel, UCLA’s residential food and beverage director. As a result, many schools are “upgrading their ambience and the menus to get more of a restaurant feel and experience for the students,” says Nona Golledge, president of the National Association of College & University Food Services. Experiencing good food in a nice setting can influence a student’s choice of a college and continuing relationship with it, says Golledge, who is dining services director at the University of Kansas. Nationwide, campuses big and small, private and public have joined the “foodie” trend. At the University of San Diego, a dining hall has Mexican, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and vegetarian stations. Harvey Mudd College in Claremont rotates sushi, Mongolian wok dishes and a Brazilian-style grill among its menus. Wellesley College in Massachusetts has a vegetarian dining hall and the University of North Texas has one for vegans and another for Southern home-style and Cajun cooking. At the University of Notre Dame, a new cafe features low-sodium, low-fat fare with local, seasonal ingredients. And the University of Missouri, Columbia, boasts of one where chefs prepare each order individually. Today’s students “know what a portabello mushroom is,” explains Scott Meyer, food service director at the University of Texas, where a recently redone dining hall offers blackened catfish, Mexican wraps and pho noodles. One of a cluster of high-rise dorms in an area of the UCLA campus known as “the hill,” the 1963 Rieber building recently underwent a major renovation. Administrators figured it was a good time to give its ground-level dining hall a new look and focus. It appears to be one of the most ambitious featuring ethnic food at any U.S. college, experts say. Its name, “FEAST at Rieber,” is a wordplay about food from the East. Dishes from China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, India and Hawaii are offered, pairing two countries for each meal. UCLA chefs sampled ethnic restaurants around Southern California and asked students to be tastetesters, recommending spice levels that are authentic but not

overwhelming. At first, about 300 dishes rotated, including Japanese soba noodles with asparagus, Chinese eggplant with garlic sauce, a Vietnamese fried fish sandwich, Hawaiian pork flatbread, Indian potato croquettes, Thai red curry fries and Korean ginger and rice punch. With a multiethnic student body, UCLA wanted to provide home-style Asian food that might otherwise be available only off campus, Angelis says. Learning about the foods of other cultures may also have a positive social effect, helping students to be more respectful of one another, he says. Alice Li, a Chinese-American sophomore from Monterey Park, says she enjoyed the pork baguette, the ramen and green tea ice cream. “I grew up in a really Asian town and so then being at college, I get homesick and I always want Asian food,” says Li, a women’s studies major. “So it’s really nice to have this. And they have really good food.” Briana Jones, an African-American student and resident assistant in Rieber, predicts that the commons would be popular among students of all ethnicities. “It might take a little getting used to, but I think a lot of people will wind up liking it,” says Jones, a third-year political science major from Sacramento. Some student leaders have questioned whether this was a good time for the project while UC is in the midst of a budget crisis. The $5.1 million renovation included new equipment such as rice cookers and a stone oven for flatbreads and was paid for with reserves from dorm and food plan payments, not state money or tuition, Angelis says. Although it costs slightly more to prepare the Asian dishes, that will be balanced by lower-cost items, he says. He does not expect students’ room and dining bills to rise beyond the average of two percent to three percent each year. Asked whether students might appear spoiled with fancy campus amenities, Angelis points out that many live three to a room in spaces designed for two. As a result, he says, dining halls are an important communal space. “When they look back at their college experience, a big part of the memory is the social experience of who your friends were and where did you eat,” he says. © 2011 the Los Angeles Times. Distributed by MCT Information Services. For more information, visit

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Campus Circle > Film > Movie Reviews McDonagh and Joyce clans, which provided for quaint humor and brutal scenes of sheer, raw, hand-to-hand combat. His most interesting subject and a large part of the story was Michael’s brother, James McDonough. He was the most feared and talented bare-knuckle brawler in the traveler camps, and though he seems to be a nice and quiet family guy, when the lights are on he turns into a violent brawler, providing some interesting character transformation. Knuckle is a refreshing, humorous, heart-pumping documentary that gets your adrenaline going. Most people have different views on traveling street brawlers – mostly negative in nature. However, Knuckle shows that travelers are normal people; they just have different personality quirks and settle their quarrels in a non-traditional way. This documentary is a fascinating look into a side of life that non-travelers very rarely see. The McDonaghs and the Joyces are extremely passionate and unique people whose passion has pushed them to fighting. They have a genuine hatred for each other yet maintain a strong mutual respect for how the separate clans fiercely protect their family’s honor. Director Ian Palmer does a good job of capturing that in this unique film. Grade: A—Sean Oliver Knuckle releases in select theaters Dec. 9.

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Director Ian Palmer’s Knuckle pulls you into the world of bare-knuckle boxing.

I Melt With You (Magnolia) Hearing that I Melt With You was a film like no other spiked my anticipation. I couldn’t wait, and after seeing it I definitely agree it’s not quite like any movie that I have reviewed before. I really don’t know if that’s a bad or good thing because I Melt With You is a lifestyle film for a certain kind of X-generation audience A star-studded cast was assembled, including Thomas Jane (“Hung”, Rob Lowe (“Parks and Recreation”), Christian McKay (Me and Orson Welles) and Jeremy Piven (“Entourage”). I thought I was about to experience a fratboy party movie, and I Melt With You starts off as a raw and more adult version of The Hangover. It centers around four best friends in their mid-40s: Richard (Jane), the stereotypical womanizer who was once published author turned bitter, renegade teacher and lives for the chance to escape his boring and plain life; Ron (Piven) and Jonathan (Lowe), two guys who have reached the top of their careers but not without a steep price; and Tim (a strong performance from McKay), whose back-story is the most unclear of the group. Tim’s storyline drags early on, drags but as the film progresses he become’s the center of the entire film. The four different yet successful friends are assembling together for a yearly week of extreme debauchery intent on going harder than you could ever imagine with a slew of legal and illegal drugs, alcohol and rock ’n’ roll. The guys seem as if they are partying for the last time when Tim makes good on a promise the four best friends made 20 years ago, turning the fun times sour, leading the viewer on an adventure of destruction and devastation. I Melt With You is a film that you truly can’t figure out, and it leaves you feeling a bit confused. The confusion makes you ask yourself if this is what you have to look forward to in life – depression and constant complaining. All of the


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characters in the film have achieved success in their careers yet are filled with feelings of regret and are still immature. I suggest if you’re going to check out I Melt With You, plan a fun and entertaining event before you go, because it’s a definite downer. Either a person will love or hate it. Grade: C+ —Sean Oliver I Melt With You releases in select theaters Dec. 9.

Knuckle (Arc Entertainment) By far one of the most pulse pounding and heartfelt documentaries I have seen in a long time, Knuckle is sure to make Fight Club seem like amateur hour. Knuckle tells an amazing story of a bare-knuckle fight war that has been raging for years between two families. It all began in 1997, when director Ian Palmer was asked to film a wedding for a then 18-year-old, Michael Quinn McDonagh. The documentary presents a wide array of footage that follows the cross-family feud between the McDonaghs and the Joyces over more than a decade up to 2009. Both the McDonaghs, and Joyces are related. Although we are taught to believe that blood is thicker than water, it does not stop the ensuing battles filled with angry tirades and crazy antics that rage on between the families. In one of the anger-filled tirades between the two families, both the McDonagh and the Joyce families create humorous but graphic videotapes to taunt the opposing family into sending representatives to fight. Most of the antics occurred before the YouTube boom, and that site’s popularity only worsened the family’s beef ’s and spread the notoriety of the fights, which are graphically documented – some ended in violent fashion, while others ended in a mutual agreement for a draw. Palmer made sure to capture both sides of the bloodfilled sparring matches, interviewing members of the

(Focus Features) Based on the best-selling John le Carré novel (which has already been turned into a TV miniseries), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is an interestingly intertwining espionage film that delights in focusing on the hunt rather than the end result. It looks as though it was shot in the ’70s – which is appropriate, as this is the time period in which it is set – and features an amazing cast, led by the always-intriguing Gary Oldman as MI6 spy George Smiley. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is set mostly in 1973 London, during the height of the Cold War. The weather outside is gray and wet, and this definitely lends to the weighty feeling of what’s going on in the film; which begins when a man named Control (John Hurt), the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS, otherwise known as MI6 and nicknamed “The Circus”), is planning a mission in Budapest which goes terribly wrong. When Jim Prideaux (Mark Strong), the agent he sent abroad, is supposedly killed in action, Control is forced out of the SIS; and Smiley, his esteemed counterpart and expert spy in his own right, is forced into early retirement as a result. Before his ousting, Control made it known that he believed one of the agency’s key players (Colin Firth, Toby Jones, Ciarán Hinds, David Dencik) was a Russian mole, secretly trading information with the Soviets. When The Circus receives a phone call from a rogue agent, Ricki Tar (Tom Hardy), claiming he has vital information about a possible mole, a couple of higher-ups at SIS begin to take Control’s theory seriously. They decide to rehire Smiley to help locate the leak within The Circus. Once Smiley is on board, the film slows its pace, bouncing between the current investigation in London (Smiley is helped by Peter Guillam, played by Benedict Cumberbatch) as well as events which have unfolded in Budapest and Turkey in the recent past. We see Smiley go out for a swim nearly every morning; and then there’s tension as he tries to learn what he can about the ill-fated Budapest mission, and who in MI6 is a possible traitor. Even though the film is slow, and somewhat confusing at times, it does manage to lead the audience on an intriguing – and sometimes evasive – hunt; which proves to be more rewarding then the end result. This is a testament to not only le Carré’s novel, but also the adept direction of Tomas Alfredson, who also helmed 2008’s Let the Right One In. Grade: B —Abbi Toushin Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy releases in theaters Dec. 9.


















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Former Bruin Nick Brown specializes in 3D. by kristina bravo Look up ‘stereographer’ in your computer’s built-in dictionary and you’ll be accused of subpar spelling skills: “Did you mean … stenographer?” The name of the profession may not be on the New Oxford Dictionary just yet, but don’t expect Nick Brown, a UCLA graduate, to be offended. No, he doesn’t take dictation in shorthand for a living but instead, he works as a 3D specialist for 3ality Technica, a leading innovator of 3D production in movies, television programs and live broadcast shows. Now one of the youngest, most experienced stereographers in the world, Brown recalls how he got started in the field: “I kind of lucked out between the summer between junior and senior year at UCLA when I got a job at this company through a friend.” The English literature major admits, “I knew nothing about 3D before then and all of a sudden, I was thrown into it. I had a unique opportunity in an emerging field … It was stuff that you can’t learn anywhere else, as none of the schools were teaching it. At that point, I realized it would be a good idea to focus on it completely.” Brown’s feature film debut as lead stereographer is

Campus Circle > Film > Interviews Step Up 4, which is set to release in July 2012. He describes the experience as “fun and exciting,” saying that “from the beginning, the director and VP made it a point to make a good 3D movie, and not just a normal movie shot with a 3D camera. The imagery is unbelievable. It’s some of the best 3D that’s ever been made because they were open to trying new things.” Besides Step Up 4, 3ality Technica has got a big year ahead with their involvement in the following films among many others: Prometheus (in theaters June 8, 2012): One of the most buzzed about movies of 2012, Prometheus has been rumored to be a prequel to the 1979 classic Alien, but Fox Filmed Entertainment CEO Tom Rothman will have you know that although definite influences can be spotted, it’s a film almost entirely on its own. Regardless, fans will be excited about director Ridley Scott’s (Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise) return to the science fiction genre. Prometheus will star Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce and Charlize Theron. The Amazing Spider-Man (in theaters: July 3, 2012): Although Tobey Maguire has done a splendid job as Peter Parker in the past three Spider-Man films (let’s just forget that dance number), it’s time to inject some fresh energy into the franchise in the form of The Social Network’s Andrew Garfield as the web-slinging superhero and Emma Stone as his love interest Gwen Stacy in the upcoming The Amazing SpiderMan. This time, we get to follow teenage Peter Parker as he develops his superpowers while fighting lizard man Dr. Curt Connors played by Rhys Ifans (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1). The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (in theaters Dec. 14, 2012): Director Peter Jackson is back with an adaptation of The Hobbit, a prequel to The Lord of the Rings. It will take us along the adventures of Bilbo Baggins as he goes on a quest to reclaim



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The opulent picture palaces and vaude– ville halls of downtown Los Angeles may be monuments to a bygone era, but they are still keeping their ties to Hollywood. Theaters in the historic Broadway district, including the Orpheum, the Palace Theatre and the Los Angeles Theatre, are featured in several current and upcoming movies, including The Muppets, J. Edgar, The Dark Knight Rises and The Artist. The elegant structures are popular among location managers and set designers because of their rich and varied architecture, which ranges from Art Deco to French Baroque and Spanish Gothic – sometimes all in the same venue. “These theaters constitute a local treasure trove of historic show palace interiors and exteriors,” says Harry Medved, coauthor of the book Location Filming in Los Angeles. “They can double as live theaters, nightclubs, casinos, hotel lobbies or music halls in London, New York, Detroit and Paris.” Another selling point: because they are no longer used to show first run-movies, the buildings are readily available for dressing up as movie sets. “They are an incredibly valuable resource for filming in Los Angeles,” says John Panzarella, location manager for


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3ality Technica stereographer Nick Brown on a film set the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug. Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom will reprise their roles from the trilogy. Split into two parts, An Unexpected Journey is set to be released next year and There and Back Again in December 2013. The Great Gatsby (in theaters: Dec. 25, 2012): We’ve all read The Great Gatsby in high school (or at least skimmed over the Cliff ’s Notes) and now, we get to watch the story unfold before our 3D spec-equipped eyes in a new adaptation set to release this time next year. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and An Education’s Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, as well as Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway. Baz Luhrmann, who directed the oddly amazing ’90s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, is at the helm of the project. For more information, visit

Campus Circle > Film > Special Features In Time, the recently released sci-fi thriller starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. Panzarella booked the grand lobby of the Los Angeles Theatre to depict a European casino. In Time is among more than a dozen movies that have filmed at the Broadway district landmark, which was designed by architect Charles Lee and opened in 1931 for the gala screening of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights. The building, now listed with the National Register of Historic Places, was the last and most extravagant of the downtown movie palaces built between 1910 and 1931. Together, they formed the core of the city’s entertainment district, which also hosted live performances by artists as diverse as Judy Garland and Miles Davis. Later, they hosted puppets. Producers of The Muppets also shot a scene in the same lobby, where Kermit the Frog makes his final speech on the grand staircase. Most of the original 19 theaters have long since closed. A handful – including the Million Dollar Theater and the Palace – remain open for special events, screenings and concerts. (Loew’s State Theatre, at 7th Street and Broadway, is a church.) Several rent their auditoriums, lobbies and ballrooms to film crews, which may be the reason they’re still around. “Their use as film locations is one of the main reasons they are still here and intact,” says Hillsman Wright, co-founder of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation, which has been working to preserve the storied real estate. “They are very powerful buildings that were designed to take you away from the troubled world, particularly during the Depression. They were built to inspire and they still have that quality.” Richard Middleton, executive producer of The Artist, says the old movie houses are an asset to a city that has suffered from runaway production. The Oscar contender is set in the 1920s and tells the story of a silent movie star struggling to adapt to the advent of the talkies. It was filmed on location

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Steve Needleman, owner of the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, at the Los Angeles Theatre and the Orpheum. “It’s pretty hard to find period-correct theaters that can give you the look from that time,” Middleton says. “Luckily for us, these theaters are in good condition and have maintained their architecturally integrity.” In addition to The Artist, several other movies have filmed at the Orpheum, including Funny People, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Dreamgirls. The theater has also been a location for commercials, music videos, live concerts and even performances of “American Idol.” Owner Steve Needleman has invested more than $4 million in improvements to renovate the theater, which he heavily markets as a film location. He says that up to 60 percent of his business comes from film and TV productions, which pay as much as $10,000 a day to shoot there. “We’re offering a production value to them that you just can’t get in other places,” Needleman says. “It’s getting back to that old- time look of Los Angeles.” © 2011 the Los Angeles Times. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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The Majors: After killing a mother and child in a car crash, a young woman (Brit Marling) starts a relationship with the grieving widower as the world projects its hopes and fears onto the mirror Earth that has appeared in the sky in Another Earth. A stellar ensemble cast, including Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson and Jessica Chastain, stars in the original espionage thriller The Debt. Taking place in two parallel time periods, the story follows the secret mission to hunt down a Nazi war criminal. Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess star in the adaptation of the best-selling romantic novel One Day, following the 20-year romance between an idealistic working class girl and a slick rich guy. Emma Roberts and Freddie Highmore find young love in New York in The Art of Getting By. Neil Patrick Harris and Sofia Vergara voice ’80s cartoon favorites transported to Central Park on the run from an evil wizard in The Smurfs.

The Idiotbox: Carol (Matt Damon) loses it on Liz when his plane is stuck on the tarmac for hours. A gas leak in the building causes everyone to hallucinate. It’s business as usual in the world of sketch comedy shows in 30 Rock: Season 5. It remains one of TV’s sharpest comedies. Joel, Mike and the Bots eviscerate four new-to-DVD classics, Time of the Apes, Mighty Jack, The Violent Years and The Brute Man, in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XXII. Based on his critically acclaimed film of the same name, Adam Rifkin’s Look: Season 1 is a drama shot entirely from security camera footage, which paints a cold and creepy picture of vanishing privacy in a post-9/11 security state. Available online through the Warner Archives: The Ricky Gervais Show: Season 2 brings the comedian’s podcast to animated life as Gervais and his two friends wax philosophic about life, kidney stones and film plots. Also from the Warner Archives: everyone’s favorite futuristic family in The Jetsons: Season 2, Vol. 2.




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Funny Business: The Wolfpack reunites for more over-the-top insanity, Thailandstyle in The Hangover Part II. The director of Zombieland re-teams with Jesse Eisenberg for 30 Minutes or Less. Danny McBride and Nick Swardson are two aspiring criminals who kidnap a pizza delivery guy and force him to rob a bank. With the help of his estranged best friend (Aziz Ansari), Eisenberg tries to get out of it alive. Paul Rudd stars as a guileless dolt who invades his sisters’ lives after his girlfriend kicks him out in Our Idiot Brother. Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer try to contend with the havoc he wreaks.

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Werner Herzog brings his trademark poetic perspective to bear in crafting Cave of Forgotten Dreams, an enchanting journey into France’s Chauvet caves, home of the oldest pictorial art known to man. Ecuador: Rainforest vs. Globalization follows the courageous mission of Ecuador’s President to take on the powerful IMF and protect the nation’s indigenous people and resources, while developing his country’s future. Also available: Sons of Perdition, Becoming Chaz




Under the Radar: A dark trailer-trash comedy, Mangus!, follows one teenager’s quest to play Jesus in an annual high school production. Also available: Renny Harlin’s 5 Days of War with Rupert Friend, Flypaper with Patrick Dempsey and Ashley Judd, Cheaper to Keep Her, Pound of Flesh

Foreign Fare: Hong Kong action maestro Tung-Shing “Derek” Yee follows up Double Tap with Triple Tap, an action-packed battle of wits about a marksman who foils a bank robbery but soon comes under suspicion as masterminding the whole thing.

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Lamorne Morris, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield and Zooey Deschanel star in “New Girl,” airing 9 p.m. Tuesdays on Fox.

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Can we stop the sweet? by christopher borrelli chicago tribune (MCT)

We need to talk about twee. Twee is pervasive, genteel and hard to bear, pixie-haired, wide-eyed and precocious. Twee is also out of hand, and more complicated than it seems. See, though being twee is often regarded as a negative quality, tweeness is not necessarily insufferable. Your cat is twee. Otters are twee. Scarves are twee. Mittens are twee. Connecticut is twee. The Hobbit is twee (though The Lord of the Rings is not). Whistling as a musical instrument is twee; therefore whistler/musician Andrew Bird is quite twee. Paul Simon is prototypical singer-songwriter twee; cutesy


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Japanese pop (Hello Kitty, etc.) has been bedrock twee for years; traveling minstrels are ancient twee; and Oscar Wildelike affectations are seminally twee (though Wilde himself was too darkly snide to be twee). Intensity and geniality always matter here. The holidays are theoretically twee; holiday anxiety is not. Likewise, Apple Store employees are twee, while Comcast customer service is not. What is twee? Twee, as defined by Merriam-Webster, means “affectedly or excessively dainty, delicate, cute or quaint.” On the other hand, twee, as defined by the cultural landscape of 2011, means Zooey Deschanel, our twee highwater mark, our über-cutie pie. Those supercool bangs of hers are a line in the twee sand – on one side, the cold, hard universe, jaded and eyeballrolling in the face of excessive cuteness; on the other, Tweetopia. Which, at the moment, is found Tuesday nights on Fox, in the form of “New Girl,” Deschanel’s new hit comedy. On it, she embodies all that is mannered and precious, and weirdly hard to resist, about this confusing quality called twee. Deschanel plays Jess (a twee name), a woman-girl long out of college but so relentlessly childlike and adorable – or

in series parlance, “adorkable” – she’s like a dithering Mary Poppins. It is a performance so cheerful and comfortable with its own sickening sweetness, Deschanel – who also sings in twee indie rock duo She & Him and started a twee Web site named Hello Giggles – has single-handedly caused those who wouldn’t normally wonder to ask themselves: How twee is too twee? “I have a friend who says ‘twee’ all the time now,” says Whitney Kerr, co-owner of Rotofugi, a designer-toy store and art gallery. “As a matter of fact, last time I heard the word was in a conversation about Zooey. But I like the oversweetness of (‘New Girl’). Why are people mad about people being nice?” Because twee culture often revels in sweet naïveté for its own sake. Which can feel soulless and superficial. And also, because twee generally comes wrapped in protective layers of indie cred and thoughtfulness, it can seem vaguely disingenuous, denying you even the mild thrill of a guilty pleasure. (In fact, the anger you feel toward twee things is inversely proportional to the provocativeness of the thing itself.) On the other hand, twee culture traffics in a cleverness that comes off so earnest, it seems churlish to sneer. I like many of the hallmarks of modern twee – director Wes Anderson, indie rock, cupcakes – because these things often suggest a distinctive and handmade touch. The result rarely feels routine, even when it is. Does everything have to come with a side of agitation? Does being angry mean being good? On the other hand, quirks often resemble substance in twee culture. Filmmaker-author-performance artist Miranda July’s most recent movie, The Future, was narrated by a cat named Paw Paw. That’s pretty frickin’ twee. Even worse, though, is that the cat thing was kind of charming. See? Twee is confusing. For the record, by Kerr’s estimate, “a good 60 percent” of what Rotofugi sells is twee-ish. But there is no test for it. You know twee when you see twee. Kiddie beauty pageants are too icky to be twee, though actress Carey Mulligan in a baby-doll dress is twee. These shades of twee, however, are a recent occurrence. The word “twee” dates back a century and has British origin. It was derived from “sweet,” and no snark was attached. The word rebounded in the 1960s, with the rise of AM bubble-gum pop and big-eyed clown paintings; then it returned in the ’80s, in the form of sincere-minded, melodic U.K. rock like the Smiths and Orange Juice. “But twee now is almost a value set,” says Lisle Mitnik, guitarist for Very Truly Yours, Chicago’s best-known twee offering to the latest resurgence of twee-inflected rock. “It’s a rejection of societal pressures, a denial of coolness, punk without anger. It can be precious, but a precious moment can also be beautiful.” Indeed, if there’s a reason for our current twee proliferation, it’s probably here: When every other innocuous TV show and commercial and pop song and animated movie requires the kind of “edge” once associated with a more cantankerous strain of pop culture, what could be more contrarian than a hand-stitched, sunshiney smile delivered without an ounce of detectable irony? Incidentally, Mitnik and a bandmate recently began a side project: “It’s called Tiny Fireflies,” he says. The good news is that twee eventually wears off. A decade ago, Gwyneth Paltrow was Zooey-level twee, but in the past few years (despite launching a Web site named GOOP) she somehow shed the pretense associated with her, and with it, the twee fell off too. Probably because pretense and twee are two sides of the same coin. I interviewed Zooey once, years ago. She was chilly and hard to talk to and definitely not yet twee – so unresponsive I never did write a story. In retrospect, she was perfect.

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A Second Chance at Life for the Soulful Survivor

Mary J. Blige blinked back tears and buried her head in her hands when she recently heard “Need Someone,” an emotional ballad off her new album My Life II ... The Journey Continues (Act 1). The song, says Blige, is actually an ode to her younger, more troubled self. “From where you stand there’s no way to change it, no way to make it make sense and it’s lonely there in the spotlight,” she sings over lush strings and piano. “Well honey, don’t I understand you need someone to love you.” Blige is revisiting – and comforting – her 23-year-old self for a reason. She recently released her 10th album, a sequel to 1994’s My Life, the classic that catapulted her to R&B stardom and exposed her seemingly endless personal turmoil. Back then, she struggled to overcome a well-documented battle with drugs and alcohol, clinical depression and a tumultuous, tabloid-making relationship with K-Ci Hailey of Jodeci. “This is the Mary from My Life and the Mary today that still has challenges,” Blige says, referring to herself while perched in an oversized chair in her suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel. “We all have a moment where we’ve slipped into darkness ... and at the end of the day, like the song says, the only person who we need to love us, is us.” Since being branded the “queen of hip-hop soul” some 17 years ago, Blige has delivered on the moniker. She’s found crossover success in the pop world while continuing to deliver R&B anthems that pair gut-wrenching lyrics with hard-knocking hip-hop beats. While the emotional tumult made for gripping music, it wreaked havoc on her personal life. “I knew at some point I was going to die,” says Blige.”I was starting to feel like I didn’t want to be here. You start to feel like you slip away no matter how much you’re on stage. You’re there, but you aren’t really there. I didn’t want to die, but I wanted to die.” After hitting bottom, she turned to her Christian faith, abstained from drugs and drinking and released No More Drama in 2001. She found love and in 2003 married record executive Kendu Isaacs, who now manages her career. She credits him as a saving force. So why revisit the album that earmarked her lowest point? “I was in so much pain and I had no idea that so many people were in pain with me,” says Blige, who’s forged an unusually deep connection with fans. At her shows, male and female fans can still be seen weeping and chanting every word of her songs – especially the older material. “The thing that remained even after the evolution of No More Drama, Share My World, is pain. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to channel this again. Things got better, they got great, but the challenges got greater.” Blige isn’t trying to compete with My Life II’s predecessor. When My Life debuted in 1994, it was a public cry for help. Produced by rap kingpin and mentor Sean “Diddy” Combs and peppered with samples of Curtis Mayfield, Roy Ayers, Teddy Pendergrass, Marvin Gaye and Rick James, Blige’s raw, heartbreaking vocals stood out among her more subdued R&B peers. She begged, she cried and she hurt – but most of all, she hit a personal chord with listeners. As a result, My Life was named the most successful R&B album on Billboard’s year-end chart in 1995. Blige admits she initially didn’t want to look back at that painful time, and when asked if she realized how deeply the disc would touch others, she shakes her head in disbelief. “I was so messed up,” she says. “I needed it to help me. I really needed to be happy. I wasn’t thinking it would end up as an anthem. It was very self-centered for a reason. Maybe because I was in so much pain.” In recent years Blige has caught flak for not returning to the depths of despair that characterized her earlier works. Though Blige has enjoyed fairly positive reviews with each new CD, online reviews by fans show a growing dissatisfaction with her healthier, happier self. “Ever since mary has been happy her music has been lame,” wrote one former fan on the Amazon Web site. “I enjoy her older albums when she was mad and going through things. ... I wish she would get divorced so she can start making good music again.” Blige is visibly uncomfortable with the barbs from disgruntled listeners. “First I was hurt,” she says. “There’s a lot of areas in my life that I’m stuck in, so I can’t get angry at them for saying, ‘We love you, Mary, but we’re kinda miserable still.’ I was a little hurt but I understood – they haven’t moved. So many people were angry that I changed [but] so many people stayed with me.” © 2011 the Los Angeles Times. Distributed by MCT Information Services. For more information, visit

Nov. 30 @ The Avalon Every year there are several concerts to help support good causes, but rarely do you get this caliber of musicians to come forward to support a cause. Hosted by legendary frontman, Henry Rollins this event had credibility right off the bat. Rollins doesn’t get involved with just any cause. And when he asks for favors on top of that, you know it’s important. Rollins reached out to one musician above all to help headline the show, and he flew out on his own dime at a moment’s notice. Corey Taylor at Drop in the Bucket Benefit Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour helmed an all-star lineup that belted out cover songs and entertained all of the donors who helped support the cause, Drop in the Bucket, which raises money to construct wells in Africa. The giddy Taylor took the stage and could barely contain his excitement to be on stage playing cover songs with some of the hardest rocking musicians in the biz. His vocals filed the Avalon with positivity instead of angst and social frustration. This was a night that seemed to let him just have fun with a few friends for a good cause. On guitar, he had Scott Ian of Anthrax and Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction, as well as Rob Zombie’s John5. Drums were beat to a pulp by Dave Lombardo from Slayer, Roy Mayorga from Stone Sour and Ginger Fish – not to mention, local legend on bass and vocals, Jason Christopher. This event showed that metal isn’t just a outlet for anger and frustration, but that rock ’n’ roll can care and support one of the most worthy of causes to be taken up by the music community. —David Tobin

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My Morning Jacket Dec. 1 @ Gibson Amphitheatre It’s a true sign of a great live performer, when technical problems arise yet the show never falters. My Morning Jacket suffered equipment problems as soon as they hit the stage at Gibson Amphitheatre, but didn’t let that stop them from giving the crowd one hell of a show. Maybe all of the stage equipment was jostled too much from all of Sharon Jones’ strutting earlier in the evening. The funk/soul diva led the crowd through a slew of 1960 dance moves set to the instrumentation of her superfly Dap-Kings, constantly shaking her thang, because “I’ve got on fringe, and I’ve got on Spanx!” It was a shame the crowd was so sparse during their set, but the venue filled out in time for My Morning Jacket’s arrival. Even as vocalist Jim James apologized and cursed the “technical demons we all have to deal with,” the Louisville quintet kept the energy flowing, capturing the audience’s attention with a setlist consisting of new songs off the Grammy-nominated Circuital (like “Victory Dance,” “First Light,” “Circuital,” “Holdin’ on to Black Metal”) as well as favorites from their five previous albums: “Evelyn Is Not Real,” “War Begun” (1999’s The Tennessee Fire); “Phone Went West” (2001’s At Dawn) “Golden” (2003’s It Still Moves);”It Beats 4 U,” “Off the Record” and “Wordless Chorus” (2005’s Z); “I’m Amazed,” “Smokin from Shootin” and “Highly Suspicious” (2008’s Evil Urges). Whether he was strumming his acoustic, belting out with his amazing set of pipes, shredding on his Flying V or dancing around in his signature blue cape, James has grown into an impressive frontman. Along with guitarist Carl Broemel, bassist Two-Tone Tommy Blankenship, drummer Patrick Hallahan and keyboardist Bo Koster, James had the crowd singing and rocking out up until the final encore of “One Big Holiday,” proving that despite early tech issues, they are truly one of the best live bands out there today. — Yuri Shimoda

Tito Rojas Dec. 1 @ The Conga Room Nothing could be better than a salsa show to begin the month of December. Also known as “El Gallo Salsero” (the Rooster of Salsa), Tito Rojas delivered an energetic performance at L.A. Live’s the Conga Room in support of his latest album, Independiente (Independent). Active since 1978, Rojas is a charismatic and rather flirtatious performer on stage, which drives the ladies crazy. The audience enjoyed the nearly one-hour display of his repertoire. Rojas, who before the concert admitted he loves coming to Los Angeles, sang “Por Mujeres Como Tu” (Because of Women Like You); originally of another genre, he made this song completely his with gusto. “Senora” (Lady) and “Por Que Este Amor” (Because This Love) were also performed. A native of Puerto Rico, Rojas suggested he will spend the upcoming holidays with family while eating, partying and performing in Latin America. —Marvin Vasquez

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MUSICREPORT by kevin wierzbicki Zack de la Rocha: Poetry for the Occupy Movement If you know Zack de la Rocha from his role as vocalist and lyricist with Rage Against the Machine and One Day as a Lion you probably also know that he is a committed political and social activist. The Occupy protests taking place around the world lately have inspired the singer to write a poem. “This poem is dedicated to the Occupy movement whose courage is changing the world,” says de la Rocha. “Stay strong. We are winning.” Read de la Rocha’s words at

Andrea Balestra: Fine Arts Avenue Italian instrumental guitar wizard Andrea Balestra is now based in Los Angeles, and he has a new album out called Fine Arts Avenue. The album features a stellar cast of guest musicians including Deacon Jones from Santana, Ron Battle from Solomon Burke’s band and rock guitar legend George Lynch, famed for his stints with Dokken and Lynch Mob. Balestra will be showcasing the new album when he plays the Oyster House Saloon in Studio City on Dec. 18.

New Holiday Music If your copy of Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” is worn out, well, you should probably buy another copy; the classic by the late crooner has sold more copies than any other Christmas song ever. In the meantime, look for these new releases to brighten your holidays: Celtic Christmas – This various artists compilation from Putumayo features acts like Druid Stone, Aine Minogue, the Albion Christmas Band and David Arkenstone interpreting

Campus Circle > Music > Music Report familiar songs like “Good King Wenceslas” and not-sofamiliar songs like “Manx Jezebel Carol.” There’s even a version of “White Christmas” sung in Gaelic. Joey + Rory – A Farmhouse Christmas (Sugar Hill/ Vanguard) There’s a version of “Away in a Manger” on this first Christmas offering from the young married couple but mostly these are songs you haven’t heard before like “Come Sit on Santa Claus’ Lap” and “Let it Snow (Somewhere Else).” There’s also a nice duet with Merle Haggard on his “If We Make it Through December.” Gregorian – The Dark Side of the Chant (Nemo) Not specifically a holiday record but Gregorian chants are always appropriate for the worshipful season. Or are they? Here Gregorian uses the vocal technique and a full rock orchestra to interpret songs by Depeche Mode, Madonna, AC/DC, Evanescence and many others. From the mind of Frank Peterson formerly of Enigma (MCMXC A.D.) Peter, Paul and Mary – The Holiday Concert (Shout! Factory) This one is a DVD; watch and listen as the popular early folk trio run through more than a dozen familiar holiday tunes as well as some famous folk chestnuts like “Puff the Magic Dragon,” “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “This Land is Your Land.” The vintage show also features the New York Choral Society and Orchestra. This Warm December: A Brushfire Holiday Volume 2 – Jack Johnson, G. Love, Matt Costa, ALO, Money Mark and several others present original holiday tunes here but you’ll also hear familiar songs in “Jingle Bell Rock” by Rogue Wave and “Frosty the Snowman” by Zee Avi. A percentage of profits from the album go to Little Kids Rock and the Silverlake Conservatory.

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TAYLOR SWIFT What will be her key to longevity? by eva recinos Taylor Swift has been given quite the award from Billboard. And hopefully this time Kanye West won’t interrupt her thank you speech. The Billboard Woman of the Year award goes to Swift, who has racked up quite an impressive list of accomplishments, from being the youngest to get this prize to making the album that stayed on the Billboard 200 list for the longest time any record had since 2000. Past winners of the Woman of the Year award include Beyoncé Knowles and the Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie, which means Swift is now joining the ranks of female singers who’ve shaken up the industry. This is yet another title to Swift’s already-long list of awards. But what is probably the most interesting part of all this is the fact that she is only 21 years old, a fact that probably helped Billboard make its decision. It’s rare that anyone can boast of more than 20 million albums sold worldwide and 40 million digital downloads, but it’s even more impressive when this someone is barely of legal drinking age. Swift is setting the bar high and joining other famous Top 40 acts, like the ever-popular 17-year-old Justin Bieber, in creating hits before even reaching the basic milestones of life. Of course, Britney Spears is the perfect example of the child star making it big, and she set that precedent two


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Merge is offering a free download of their 2011-2012 Winter Sampler. Among contributors are Lambchop, the Rosebuds, Stephin Merritt, Archers of Loaf, Wild Flag and the Mountain Goats. Grab your copy at WinterSampler. If prog and Zack de la Rocha supports Occupy symphonic power metal are to your liking then visit to pick up a free download of Nightmare’s latest sampler featuring Lance King, Vangough, Halcyon Way, Anubis Gate, Andromeda and others.

Half Notes Rammstein has a new retrospective album, Made in Germany 1995-2011, due Dec. 13. A super deluxe version featuring lots of “making-of ” videos and a booklet packed in a steel box will be available in limited edition for big fans of the Berliners. Dinosaur Jr. has reissued their first three albums on cassette. Look for Cassette Trilogy at the merch table when the band plays the Music Box on Dec. 14. Five Finger Death Punch has released a version of American Capitalist with alternative artwork. The new design features the band’s Knucklehead “mascot” looming over Times Square.

Campus Circle > Music > Music Notes decades ago. But the fact that today’s stars are still shockingly young proves that hasn’t gone out of fashion. You don’t wait to graduate high school to start your music career anymore; if you have the right talent or good connections, nothing should stop you – the sooner, the better. The catch is that if you are explosive at a young age, you have to stay just as interesting when you’re older. Swift can’t always keep up the image of innocent youth she has now. If you trace 23-year-old Rihanna’s career, there came a point where she cut her hair and named her next album Good Girl Gone Bad in an attempt to create a completely different image. Ri-ri was suddenly a much more aggressive, overtly sexual singer that could appeal to older listeners. She’s now still quite young for her success, but she’s at the point where her youth is not so much a factor as is her overall persona. She’s sexy and bold, and by this point she’s crafted an image that doesn’t really fit a certain age. Swift’s songs mostly do a good job of being universal and surpassing any age barrier, but keeping the same identity might only hold for so much longer. Yet too drastic of a change might turn off fans and make her lose popularity. When you start off so young and market such a specific personality, things get a little risky. Should Swift chop off her hair too and get a little more risqué to get more fans, or stay the way she is to keep her many fans? The only certain thing is that audiences are fickle, and the fame of artists lies in their audiences and also who becomes the next big thing. Swift, Bieber and similar artists prove that it’s not impossible for youngsters to get famous. So the next big act might just be plucked from her bedroom where she sung her heart out until a record label found her. Swift’s accomplishments are admirable, but they prove that the competition for stardom is even fiercer today, especially

with teenagers’ savvy use of the Internet to expose their talents to the world. Yet the Woman of the Year award goes to Swift not only for her accomplishments as a singer but also for equally important accomplishments, such as the fact that she composed all the songs on Speak Now. Billboard also stresses that she gave $1 million dollars to charities this past year. Swift is smart enough to not just do what she does but to also give back, and she’s talented enough to not just sing something she is fed but to create her own music. It’s never certain that any one type of music of any one artist will stay popular. Even if Swift’s fame does not stay strong, she’s at least leaving young musicians with a goal to reach towards: If you’re going to start off your career at a young age, you better make that career a multi-platinumselling one.

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ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONS Dec. 10-20 @ Seyhoun Gallery by kathy leonardo Contemporary artist Sona Mirzaei is set to show her latest collection in her solo exhibition at Seyhoun Gallery beginning Saturday, Dec. 10 in West Hollywood. This highly anticipated solo show will feature Mirzaei’s Abstract Expressionism and Figurative works of art. Mirzaei will include the latest pieces from In Search of Splendor in addition to her collection Tales of Copenhagen completed during her time in Denmark. Splendor builds on Mirzaei’s love of the ancient historical record and comprises works exploring events and personalities from ancient Rome, Persia and Europe in oils, abstract, figurative and mixed media forms on canvas. They’re powerful, complex and richly beautiful works of art that keep within the place and time they evoke. Tales of Copenhagen, on the other hand, demonstrates the range evident in her work by capturing a lighthearted and sweepingly colorful representation of that enchanting part of the world. Mirzaei recently participated in the Elephant Parade in Copenhagen this year, along with Danish artist Per Hillo. The Elephant Parade is an open-air art exhibition of 100 fiberglass elephant statues painted by 100 artists. Asian elephant populations are drastically reducing due to the loss of rainforest as well as being killed by trains, land mines and poachers. The Elephant Parade was created out of a need to encourage an impressive array of notable artists to contribute to the public awareness and conservation of Asian elephants. Out of over 100 elephants painted, Mirzaei and Hillo were part of an elite group of artists chosen to display their elephant, Triumph of Unity, as part of the Singapore Elephant Parade. Triumph of Unity is now on exhibition at the Asian Civilization Museum in Singapore where it will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s auction house on Jan. 8, 2012, benefiting saving Asian elephants through the magic and power of art. Mirzaei has been incredibly busy since her return, doing commissions and exhibiting her work in the San Francisco Convention Plaza, as well as Hotel des Arts. In addition to working on these projects, Mirzaei has been working on completing a new collection of work called the Thirteen Commandments inspired by the actual Ten Commandments in a pop art, mixed media adaption. A free spirit who was raised in Los Angeles, Mirzaei left a career in finance in 2008 after choosing to embrace her calling as a professional artist. As she notes, painting has been part of her life since she was 5 years old, so it was little surprise to her family and friends when she made the bold decision to make creating art her full time career. Her first notable success as an artist was to be chosen as a finalist for the 2009 London International Creative Competition. Mirzaei has been consistently exhibiting her work ever since. She is already busy planning her next solo show and has agreed to participate in several upcoming group shows. Although Los Angeles is one of the most competitive of markets, Mirzaei’s persistence and determination to explore her craft and use her work in support of charitable causes, while making her art accessible to others, has gained her the respect of her peers and art lovers. The elements of diversity and variety are regularly featured in her work combining her outlook on life with the creative expression of her many interests including music, classic literature, world history, international politics, philosophy and cinema. Mirzaei is a true visionary, and her passion for art transforms and transcends virtually any given idea. Her work is timeless and reflects a hybrid of depth, emotion and aesthetic appeal that always leaves one wanting to see more of what she has to offer. Don’t miss the chance to meet Mirzaei and experience a true Hollywood art happening. The opening reception is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Seyhoun Gallery (9007 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; DJ X- Vertigo will be spinning a live set. Wine, cupcakes and refreshments will be served as well. For more information, visit

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the most transformative events in 2011 by denise guerra

For me, 2011 seems to be one of the most profound years in the history of my lifetime. The expansion of technology seems to be growing at an exponential rate. Everyone’s developing some kind of app or device meant to do everything for us. Revolutions began at the cusp of 140 characters, and Mother Nature seemed to be really (I mean really) pissed at us. These events were not isolated. It could be said that the Arab Spring may have indirectly provided the spark for the Occupy movements worldwide. My niece turned 1 in the beginning of this year, and she probably has no idea that she’s lived through so much. This list could be expanded to include what you think is the most memorable moment of 2011, but these are mine. The world was supposed to end in May, but mankind stuck around for these life-changing events to be remembered forever. 1) The Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami – I couldn’t even imagine the feeling of living in Japan when a 9.0 magnitude earthquake devastated scores of people throughout the region. The worst part was it just kept getting worse. After having lost loved ones and everything they owned, residents had to start worrying about radioactivity from a failing nuclear power plant. Across the Pacific, communities throughout Southern California held vigils and collected supplies to help. Worldwide, the dialogue regarding nuclear energy shifted. The effects of the earthquake and tsunami reverberated to all corners of the globe and probably beyond our lifetime. 2) Post 9/11 – I’m cheating on this one because I’m lumping two important events that offer a partial closure to the events of Sept. 11, 2001: The death of Osama bin Laden and the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. When 9/11 happened I was a freshman in high school, on the opposite side of the country. My friend told me (incorrectly) that it was Trump Tower that was hit, which pretty much shows how unaware I was of the events unfolding; events that would change everything. Ten years later I remember it was at this point that my awareness of U.S. policy, economics, fear and death seemed to taint the happy-go-lucky innocence of my childhood. Ten years later, Osama bin Laden was finally caught, and in cheers we all chanted, “USA! USA! USA!” It was a bittersweet moment to be an American. 3) The Arab Spring – I was, in all honesty, only a spectator of this event. But the way it played out seemed to mimic the occurrences only seen in my history books. I remember I was taught that revolutions can spread like wildfire around the globe, as people see the fervor, passion and success against oppression in one country are inspired to do the same in their own homeland. News reports say that one man who set himself on fire in Tunisia in protest against the government was the spark for protests in Egypt and other countries across the globe. It really does make for a good metaphor. Everyone around the world watched in sheer awe at thousands of people successfully coming together with the help, of all things, social media. Yup, the same mediums we used to tag our friends drinking and tweeting the latest updates about Lady Gaga were actually being used for something far more important. The outside world relied on the personal messages sent from the protest, pictures of bloody battles against police to know what was going on and how to help. It was so pervasive the Egyptian government shut down the Internet. We saw how that turned out. 4) The death of Steve Jobs – This guy was like the Walt Disney of my lifetime. At his passing, the whole world mourned, their iPads and iPhones lit in vigil. His leadership made Apple the catalyst for how we live. No, this is not a bold statement, especially if you’re using an Apple product to read this. He was the music-maker, the dreamer of the dream – changing the world forever. It begs the question: Who will be the next Steve Jobs? As he said in his Stanford commencement speech: “[Death is] life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” So here’s to 2012.

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TRAVEL NEWS, TRIPS & TIPS by kevin wierzbicki Win a Trip to Norway Visit Oslo and Visit Norway are giving away a trip for two to attend the World Snowboarding Championships that’ll be taking place in Oslo Feb. 10 through 19. The prize includes roundtrip economy airfare, four nights hotel in Oslo, tickets to the Championships and entry to the Santos party house. Get your entry in by Dec. 15 at While you’re there create an “imaginary Norway trip” itinerary and you may win a Dale of Norway sweater.

Airline Food: Ugh! has just released the results of their Airline Food Survey where eight airlines were rated based on snack/ onboard food service, number of healthy offerings, airline cooperation, fruit and vegetable offerings and improvements since last year’s survey. Air Canada and Virgin Airways came out on top for healthy offerings, and United/Continental was not far behind. US Airways, JetBlue, Delta and American all got so-so ratings while Southwest and Spirit were named the least desirable. The site name-checked some of the best onboard munchies (Air Canada’s vegetarian sandwich, Virgin’s Portobello mushroom wrap), but in the end DietDetective recommended that you bring your own food, stuff like soy chips, dried or freeze-dried fruit and vegetable snacks and

Campus Circle > Culture > Travel peel-and-eat tuna and salmon cups.

Don’t Pick That Bug Bite, Therapik It! Let’s face it, some of the most desirable vacation spots have pesky mosquitoes (or worse) in residence and nothing ruins a good time faster than having to stop everything and get your scratch on. Therapik to the rescue! Therapik is a drug free, clinically proven way to stop the pain and itching of mosquito bites and bee, wasp and hornet stings. Barely bigger than a nutrition bar, Therapik easily fits in a backpack or pocket, runs on a 9V battery and works by delivering concentrated heat to the affected area in 20-to 30-second bursts. Also works on jellyfish stings. (about $13 at

Barbados: Free Wi-Fi The Caribbean island of Barbados has long been a leader when it comes to showing people how to have fun in the sun. It’s hard to beat the country’s beautiful beaches, friendly people, and, well, the fact that rum was pretty much invented there doesn’t hurt either. But now Barbados has scooped the whole world by being the first country to offer free Wi-Fi nationwide. So go ahead and take your iPad to the beach, bus stop or rum shop so you can instantly show your friends back home all the fun you’re having.

Close to Paradise If a trip to Southern Italy is in your future you might consider picking up the new book from Robert I. C. Fisher, Close to Paradise: The Gardens of Naples, Capri & the Amalfi Coast. The 200-page, hardbound coffee table-style book is full of photos of lush green gardens and all that surrounds them: villas and monasteries, ancient statuary, seaside views and much more. This is not a book about gardening though; Fisher thoroughly



Serves Up Positive Affirmations by erica carter We’ve made it through the Thanksgiving holiday! Of course, most of us might be a little heavier, but it’s all over … until Christmas anyway. I usually try to eat healthier between these monster caloric ingestion holidays, and that includes visiting restaurants that offer lighter fare but don’t make me feel like I’m grazing grass and will be hungry later. Vegan cuisine can be hit or miss in Los Angeles, especially because sometimes vegan and/or organic is attached to the connotation of being über expensive and terribly overpriced. A new chain of restaurants, Café Gratitude, is on the way to bucking that idea, offering wholesome feel-good food that won’t break your wallet. This spot, originally started in the Bay Area, is fully dedicated to providing guests with a positive, upbeat experience every time you visit. The best way to describe Café Gratitude might sound like I’m describing a fairy tale, but it’s literally like stepping into Happy Town, USA. You walk in and through the flower lined patio is a board that asks you a poignant question of the day, my visit being “What are you grateful for?” I thought to myself, “Hopefully for this meal I’m about to consume.” The menu options continue the positive affirmations with


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describes the settings, but then he goes on to expound on what went on in these places where everyone from Goethe to Verdi to Lord Byron to Oscar Wilde hung out.

Fly “Cuddle Class” on Air New Zealand Air New Zealand has Enter a sweepstakes to win introduced what they call Visit Norway’s trip to Oslo. “Cuddle Class;” a trio of economy seats that form a Skycouch where passengers can relax and stretch out. The airline is known for liberal use of humor in its advertising and they’ve made a series of amusing Skycouch-promoting videos that feature the conjoined twin “sheep” Mason and Jason and celebrities David Hasselhoff and Playboy bunny twins Karissa and Kristina Shannon. See the videos at AirNewZealand then hop on a flight from LAX to Auckland or London.

National Parks of Canada National Geographic has published a new guide to the National Parks of Canada. The book has 42 maps of the parks showing sites, trails and campgrounds along with suggested itineraries and a list of nearby historic sites and lodging facilities. The chapter for each park also includes a “special advisories” section that details things like which parks require good orienteering skills to navigate and what to do if you encounter a bear. Includes more than 200 photos.

Campus Circle > Culture > Food titles like I Am Whole, I Am Awesome and I Am Magnificent. I like that Café Gratitude offers raw and cooked options for those of you who need a little extra warmth, via a hot plate. And just when you thought you wouldn’t have anything to drink in the alcohol realm, Café Gratitude steps up your visit with their organic options of beer and wine. From chocolate stout and blond ales, Prosecco and a crisp Pinot Noir you can pair many of these with your food selections, just ask your eager-to-help server what’s best. Speaking of the service, this is a full interaction style restaurant, with even the bussers who clean your table asking you how your experience is. Everyone takes pride in his or her ability to provide you with the utmost care; it’s about making you feel better about yourself – setting you up for success. My starter, I Am Local, featured fresh farm-to-table baby arugula, sweet roasted beets and walnuts all tossed with a surprisingly tart fig balsamic dressing. I’m typically not a fan of cashews blended into cheeses, but this feta version spread on crostini was pretty good, and the soft saltiness contrasted well with the peppery arugula. Next was I Am Whole, a nice portion of homemade kimchee, kale, carrots and vegetables with a drizzle of tahini-garlic sauce over your choice of brown rice or quinoa. I opted to add avocado to enhance the creamy factor. The kimchee is the star of this macrobiotic bowl of flavor, and the perfectly cooked quinoa melded with my added avocado. I Am Extraordinary, their toasted version of a BLT with crisp romaine, tomato and coconut glazed in chipotle, is my go-to dish. Something about that meld of smokiness with avocado makes me feel like I could not eat meat ever again and be totally fine. I know meat is really not a necessity of a balanced diet, but I love it and there are not too many foods I would give up for it. This dish is truly a star.

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I Am Warm-Hearted is also a game changer, as I am a huge fan of polenta, and this one features it grilled with fresh tangy puttanesca and Brazil nuts ground up to make a wonderful parmesan. It’s so good. The desserts are not to be missed – that’s a mighty big opinion from one who doesn’t like desserts. But come on, not only are they delicious, they’re guilt free! No dairy or flour to mess up the digestive system, just imaginative pairings of fruits and nuts to produce chocolate mousses, ice cream and truffles. Try I Am Bliss, the chocolate hazelnut mousse or the appropriately titled I Am Magnificent made from raw cacao beans. At the end of the meal when our server asked the question of the day, “What are your grateful for?” I was able to honestly answer that my eating experience was above and beyond anything I’ve ever experienced. Here’s to eating healthy and feeling great about it, inside and out. Café Gratitude is located at 639 Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 580-63683 or visit


Campus Circle > Culture > Special Features Big Bear Mountain Resorts 43101 Goldmine Drive, Big Bear Lake; 880 Summit Blvd., Big Bear Lake; Big Bear is a tale of two facilities: Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, situated two miles apart and accessible with a single lift ticket. Snow Summit, with its varied terrain parks, is ideal intermediate fare, while Big Bear is probably the best place for beginners and younger kids. Snow Summit features more challenging runs, as well as some of the most serene and picturesque night skiing to be found in California. Big Bear, predominately teaching terrain, houses novice-level parks and Southern California’s only Superpipe, according to its Web site. Tip: Buy your lift tickets at Snow Summit, where they’ll run you about $10 less. Adults over the age of 22 pay $40 for a day pass to both resorts; under-21s, just $35, making this resort one of your wiser options if you’re planning to stay a while.

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Mountain High’s the perfect destination for a day of ski sports with your friends during Winter Break.

SCHOOL’S OUT FOR WINTER by Kastalia medrano

It’s a student’s painful pleasure to fAN– atasize about vacation at the height of exam season. And for those staying in the L.A. area over break, there’s a delectable choice of events and destination resorts vying to occupy your soon-to-be-recovered free time. No need for exclusive reservations or a spacious budget – this holiday season, SoCal’s got you covered.

THE HOT Maybe you’re a native Angeleno set in your warm-weather ways. Maybe you came to Southern California because, after 18 years spent braving ice storms in the Midwest, you absolutely hate the cold. Luckily in SoCal, even the arrival of the holiday season won’t threaten your aversion to wintertime. Joshua Tree National Park 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms; A hundred and forty miles east of Los Angeles lies the desert from whence all campground legends spring. Even if you’ve never been to J Tree, as it’s affectionately known among students, odds are many of your friends and neighbors have. A staggering landscape, host to countless trails framed by the distinctive silhouette of the park’s eponymous tree, is accessible by car for just $15 a week. While you’re there, make sure to check out Hidden Valley, a secluded campground perfectly encircled by vast boulders (and a refuge favored by many a 19th Century cattle rustler) and Lost Palms Oasis Trail, an eight-mile hike with an arresting view of the oasis from atop a canyon bluff. Coronado Island Coronado Visitor Center, 1100 Orange Ave., Coronado; A short drive across the playful San Diego-Coronado Bridge will land you on the sun-drenched peninsula of Coronado. Long considered a decadent resort capital, with its trademark

luxury hotels and stretches of high-end restaurants, the Crown City is home to a surprising number of more economical attractions. The timeless ‘island’ – connected to the mainland by a wispy strand of beachhead – makes for a paradisiacal daytrip, longer if you have a friend to stay with or the budget for lodging (Don’t be put off by the spray of lucrative hotels; Coronado has a Best Western just like everywhere else.). Stroll the quaint beachfront walks and the Ferry Landing Marketplace, or take a scenic turn up Orange Avenue. If you’re there Dec. 11 or 18, you can watch the annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights from the shoreline.

THE COLD The skiing-and-boarding crowd has long since discovered that California isn’t all beaches. If you’re of the athletic persuasion, pack up your friends and your SpiritHoods and head east this holiday break. If you’re not, pack a Snuggie and head up anyway. Mountain High Ski Resort 24510 State Highway 2, Wrightwood; The nearest skiing destination for many staying in SoCal over break, Mountain High features predominately intermediate runs spread across three resorts. The park, located a little more than an hour north of Los Angeles and Orange County, is celebrated for its exquisite Faultline Terrain Park. Adventurous resort-goers will find night skiing available seven days a week, while non-skiers can delight in the sedentary joys of the expansive North Pole Tubing Park. A regular eight-hour adult ticket will run you $59. Got a birthday over break? You’ll ski (or board) for free. Mt. Baldy Ski Lifts 8401 Mt. Baldy Road, Mt. Baldy; Promising the “largest and steepest resort in Southern California,” Mt. Baldy is a particularly beloved destination for experienced skiers and boarders; more than half the runs are classified Black Diamond or above. Emile’s, SoCal’s longest mogul run, and a reputation for the state’s best powder draw faithful snowriders each and every season and make it an ideal resort for students who might be staying in Los Angeles for the holidays but grew up on slopes farther east. Try this resort toward the end of break – snowfall at Baldy does its best work after Christmas. Regular adult tickets go for $59 ($49 if you’re under 20).

You’re the sentimental friend. When the holiday season trumpets its arrival, you bake festive cookies, swathe your tiny dorm in a canopy of lights and wistfully muse that, if people would just squint, the smog over the mountains might pass for distant snowfall. While a SoCal Christmas might be more of an off-white, there remain sufficient tidings of comfort and joy around Los Angeles to keep you merry this winter break. Downtown on Ice at Pershing Square 532 S. Olive St., Downtown; At $8 total for skates and rink admission, holiday cheer doesn’t come much cheaper than at Pershing Square. Downtown on Ice is a mixture of music, charity events and family-friendly skating on Los Angeles’ largest outdoor rink, which stays open on Christmas and New Year’s Day. On Dec. 10, the Square presents a free Winter Holiday Festival that boasts an ice train ride, photos with Santa and what has been only described as a ‘Snow Zone.’ From Dec. 12 to 23, Pershing Square puts on its annual 12 Nights of Christmas (tactfully extended to also be the 12 nights of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa), featuring a different live concert each night. Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Newport Landing, 309 Palm St. #A, Newport Beach; Not all yuletide celebrations are confined to dry land. Known alternately as the Tournament of Lights, the Christmas Boat Parade is one of the nation’s great holiday traditions. Pre- and post-parade cruises, running from Dec. 14 through 18, begin at a surprisingly agreeable $17, and general parade tours at $36. While the boat rides are the main draw, it’s worth a trip to Newport any time in December simply to see every house, ship and pier decked in holiday lights. 52nd Annual LA County Holiday Celebration Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown; Christmas Eve is a night of song and dance at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The free three-hour event has long been a fan favorite; this year’s performance features 25 local bands and artists, and you can come and go as you please if you want to take in the rest of the Downtown splendor. Bonus: free parking. Farmers Market L.A. 6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles; On Third Street, the week leading up to Christmas is a throwback to every happy childhood memory of the holidays we have. Radio Disney, Menorah lighting, Santa hatdecorating workshops and caroling – it’s difficult to imagine a more appealing range of festivities packed into one location. Beginning Dec. 17, head to the L.A. Farmers Market in the afternoons to get in the holiday spirit. Dec. 20 rings in the Hanukkah celebration: a live DJ, dreidel-making and a rather unforgettable giant Lego Menorah.

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Film and television star Patrick Dempsey and Urban Driver’s Sean Oliver at the Bentley exhibit at the L.A. Auto Show.

L.A. AUTO SHOW HIGHLIGHTS by sean oliver

The L.A. Auto Show had a lot of pressure riding on it, as the automobile industry is still recovering from the meltdown of ’08. The show lived up to the pressure going far beyond my expectations. The industry has definitely moved into the 21st century thanks to its amazing barrage of beautiful cars. General Motors, Audi, Chrysler and Bentley stole the show with their large array of new and customized models. General Motors introduced the award-winning Chevrolet Spark with Richard James, Product Communications Manager of General Motors Western Region, proclaiming “the Spark is a great car for young drivers of today and the future.” General Motors previewed its new Chevrolet Camaro XL1, the Hot Wheels customized car that should give brand endurance to the already superstar model. Chrysler showed it’s truly going overboard with Fiat, which I was somewhat unsure of in its original debut. However, sales have been brisk, and at the show, the Fiat line grew stronger with the debut one of the coolest sport cars I’ve seen: the Fiat Abarth. I got a chance to speak with Product Market Specialist from Fiat, Andrew Waterhouse, who told me that “the Abarth is not a just a car for the racing enthusiast but everyone who enjoys a fun car, and it will steal attention on the road.” Adding to Chrysler’s presence at the show was the Beats by Dre 300S luxury sedan. It was the focus of many visitors’ attention because of one the greatest sound systems I’ve ever heard and a beautiful interior. I predict that we’ll be seeing this car at almost every L.A. street corner. Audi introduced its S-Line, which according to Product and Motorsports Communications Manager Mark Dahncke, “will be a strong competitor to the Mercedes S550 and E-Class


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series, and along with the R8 Spyder, which is in a class by itself, shows that it’s going to be a strong decade for Audi.”

Dream Cars A highlight of the show was the special high-end section, which was an entertaining experience that brought together the Hollywood superstar appeal of Patrick Dempsey (“Grey’s Anatomy,” Transformers: Dark of the Moon), who “loved the cars from Bentley,” including the Continental GTC with its beautiful look, sharper and sleeker, more aerodynamic design. Alasdair Stewart, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for Bentley Motors, said, “The GTC matches power and performance; it hits 60 miles per hour from standstill in just 4.5 seconds, which most high-end luxury sports cars don’t satisfy.” Bentley also featured the Mulsanne, a must-see. If you check out the backseat, you will feel as if you’re in a technological dream. The double iPad tray-style tables and a large monitor that can be controlled by an Apple Bentley app make you feel as if you are at home. Not be outdone, Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin rolled out special cars that commanded attention. Rolls-Royce showed a beautiful Ghost model which garners stares the road. Oleg Satanovsky commented, “The new Ghost is a car that steals attention wherever you drive it.” He also mentioned the Phantom, with its longer body, has a backseat ride that is a heavenly experience. Aston Martin showcased its nearly two million-dollar One-77 speedster, which looks very similar to a true-life Batmobile, and for the price tag you have to feel like Bruce Wayne. Lotus also had strong showings with Evora, a beautiful, sleek car with strong performance and fuel emissions. Marketing and PR Communications Director Kevin Smith said that this is Lotus’ strongest showing of yet and that he has a great outlook of the vehicles for the next couple of years.

Green Cars Honda may have won the Green Car award with the Honda Civic Natural Gas car, but Toyota led the green way with the Prius lineup. Big and small, Prius has something for everyone, according to National Small Car Marketing Manager of Toyota, Ed La Rocque.

The Honda Civic turned heads, though; Even Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had to steal a couple of photos with it. Volkswagen had strong showings with the TDI lineup and a 43 mpg (highway) Passat. Nissan’s Leaf still truly commands lots of buzz and is quite a beauty for a zero-emissions vehicle.

Future Cars Many say that the reason the car industry’s earlier failure was because of inefficient planning, but manufacturers are making sure they are not going to make the same mistake twice. Several had concept cars that definitely made you realize we are officially in a new car age. Nothing made this more apparent than Croatia’s DOK-ING XD, which is a unique three-seat smart car with the coolest drive ejector seat ever. Talk of new models also surrounded Mexican high-end sports car company, Mastretta that introduced the XRC. Company President and General Manager Carlos Mastretta also commented, “The MXT was Mastretta’s first model, but is a great sports car without the high price tag.” For $60,000 you get the look and feel of a true high-end sports car. I think Mastretta will be a commodity in the near future. BMW introduced their ultra-cool i8, which was aptly titled the most progressive sports car ever. It will be seen in the new Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol film, and attendees said it is almost close to a flying car. Nissan/Infiniti introduced the Essence, which was one of my favorites. It was an unusual car but extremely cool and unique. I felt like I was looking at a Nissan Murano Cabriolet – a sort of weird looking SUV convertible. I really think this is going to catch on. Cadillac introduced the Ciel, which appeared to be a modern take of the 62 El Dorado convertibles. Jaguar introduced the C-X75, which showed that the brand is capturing its stride once again and should regain its dominance in the near future. Kia showed that its continuing its journey into the future with a concept car that showed it is going to be a strong competitor in the years to come.

There were many strong showings at the Auto Show, and they proved that car companies are finally paying attention and giving the public what it wants.

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BY FREDERICK MINTCHELL Reel to Reel: Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live at the Isle of Wight Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd.; See Murray Lerner’s Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live at the Isle of Wight, filmed just three weeks before Hendrix’s death. His sister, Janie Hendrix, will introduce the film. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with bassist Billy Cox, Lerner and John McDermott, Producer and Catalog Director of the Experience Hendrix catalog. 7:30 p.m. $10.

WEDNESDAYDEC. 7 Elite Squad: The Enemy Within Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Jose Padilha’s sequel to his popular 2007 crime thriller, Elite Squad, is Brazil’s official submission for the 2012 Oscars. A discussion with the director will follow the screening. 7:30 p.m. $11, $9 w/student ID.

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Pasadena Holiday Gift Show Pasadena Civic Center, 300 E. Green St.; Visit exhibit booths filled with jewelry, brand name apparel, souvenirs, fashion accessories, gour– met foods, novelties, electronics and more. There will also be surprise guest appearances, live cooking and martial arts demonstrations, door prizes, raffles and more. Bring an unwrapped toy to the Toys for Tots drop-off area. A portion of the proceeds benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Greater Los Angeles Chapter. Runs through Sunday. $7.

highly anticipated joint venture highlighting the unique and dynamic visions of these young, vivacious dance companies. The performances mark the first time that these two modern dance companies have performed together. Also Sunday. $20, $15 w/student ID.

17 14 18 15 19 11 20 12 16 13 SATURDAYDEC. 10 Aimee Mann Christmas Show

THURSDAYDEC. 8 Erykah Badu


The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; Badu, aka Erica Abi Wright, is sometimes referred to as the “First Lady of Neo-Soul.” See her perform songs from her five studio albums, spanning from 1997’s Baduizm to last year’s New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh).

The Nuart, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles; The original that inspired the phrase, “Die Hard on a (blank)” when referring to an action movie plot. See Bruce Willis in all his glory. 11:59 p.m. $10.50.

The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; Featuring Aimee Mann (of course) plus Paul F. Tompkins, Michael Penn and Tim Heidecker. And who knows what other comedians, musicians and special guests might drop by in what The New York Times calls, “a Santa-stupefying balance of naughty and nice?”

THURSDAYDEC. 8 George Harrison: Living in the Material World

FRIDAYDEC. 9 Ozomatli

SATURDAYDEC. 10 Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice

Club Nokia, 800 E. Olympic Blvd., Downtown; In their 14 years together as a band, celebrated L.A. culture-mashers Ozomatli have gone from being hometown heroes to being named U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors. 8 p.m.

Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd.; Did you know that the UCLA grad won the UCLA Spring Sing twice? And “The SingOff ” judge was acquainted with fellow UCLA students, Maroon 5, whose lead singer, Adam Levine, was a judge on “The Voice”? 7:30 p.m. This downtown double feature tour brings alive old ghosts and memories including legendary locales like where Night Stalker Richard Ramirez liked to stay, the hotel that saw a visit from the Skid Row Slasher and where two traveling chocolate salesmen laughed so hard they fell backwards out a window to their deaths. Included are some lighthearted stories to help the blood and gore go down. The Main Street Vice portion is a social history tour celebrating the ribald, racy, raunchy old promenade where the better people simply did not travel – revisiting the scenes of some more unforgettable debaucheries and sharing stories of crime, smut, passion and commerce. Noon.

SATURDAYDEC. 10 2001: A Space Odyssey

SATURDAYDEC. 10 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa, Downtown; Get discounted tickets with your student ID when the Kings take on the Minnesota Wild. 7:30 p.m.

Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi classic, which inspired a generation of sci-fi filmmakers including J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Fringe,” Super 8) who recently named it his favorite sci-fi movie. 7:30 p.m. $11, $9 w/student ID.

FRIDAYDEC. 9 Adultcon

SATURDAYDEC. 10 Across Connections

L.A. Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa, Downtown; Since 2001, Adultcon has been America’s erotic, naughty and provocative adult fan fair and sexual lifestyle expo and

ARCpasadena, 1158 Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; The Pennington Dance Group (PDG) teams up with the British Modern Dance Company, Yorke Dance Project (YDP), for a

Gibson Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Blvd.; Two nights of performances by Blink-182, Bush, Chevelle, Incubus, New Found Glory, Social Distortion, 311, Young the Giant, the Black Keys, Cage the Elephant, Death Cab for Cutie, Florence + The Machine, Foster the People, Grouplove, Jane’s Addiction, Mumford & Sons, the Naked And Famous and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Night One benefits Para Los Niños, a non-profit family service agency designed to raise at-risk children out of poverty. Night Two benefits the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center, providing a safe after-school environment where hundreds

Barnes & Noble, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles; The “quiet” Beatle’s widow signs her book which is a personal archive of photographs, letters, diaries and memorabilia and also includes stories and reminiscences from Harrison’s friends including Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and many others. 7 p.m.

THURSDAYDEC. 8 Go Country 105’s Winter Fest Gibson Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Blvd.; Trace Adkins will headline with Brantley Gilbert and Craig Campbell as special guests.

THURSDAYDEC. 8 L.A. Kings Student Night

of boys and girls in South Central Los Angeles participate in tutoring, learn important social skills and are guided to succeed in school. Also Sunday.

FRIDAYDEC. 9 Sara Bareilles

SUNDAYDEC. 11 Watch the Throne: Jay-Z & Kanye West

Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa, Downtown; watchthethrone Hip-hop heavyweights Jay-Z and Kanye West have joined up in this super-duo of sorts. Also Monday and Tuesday.


Unurban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; Who says you need expensive equipment to make films when this annual festival features films made with the Fisher-Price PXL 2000 toy camcorder? Celebrating “cinema povera” moving image art, it evokes Marcel Duchamp’s axiom “Poor tools require better skills.” 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. FREE.

TUESDAYDEC. 13 Food Network’s Justin Willman

Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; The “Cupcake Wars” host, who happens to be a pretty funny magician, presents this old-fashioned variety show with magicians, comedians and bizarre acts presented in a new way. $8 advance, $10 at the door.

TUESDAYDEC. 13 Handel’s Messiah

Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Downtown; One of the most beloved of all holiday traditions, this concert will be especially notable for the tremendous freshness and energy that the Philharmonia Baroque and its ebullient conductor bring to all their performances. 8 p.m. Also Wednesday.

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by marvin vasquez

The Trojans men’s basketball team gar– nered a win against University of California, Riverside (25), but suffered a defeat at the University of Minnesota (8-1). USC’s record is now 4-5 overall as they prepare to continue their non-conference schedule versus some strong competition. With 11,762 fans in attendance at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, the Gophers produced a 55-40 victory over the visiting Trojans on Saturday. “We just couldn’t score,” USC head coach Kevin O’Neill tells the Los Angeles Times via phone. “If you told me we’d only give up 55 points and have only 12 turnovers, I thought we were going to win.” For the game, USC shot just 32.7 percent, making 16 of 49 field goals. Minnesota had three players score in double figures to lead the way offensively. Julian Welch contributed 16 points, Rodney Williams contributed 12 and Austin Hollins had 11. Additionally, Williams blocked three shots, to go along with four steals and nine rebounds. Meanwhile, Welch had six assists. “It was a good win for us, a team like Southern Cal, a team

that has some things going on. It was good to get a win today no matter who we play,” Gopher head coach Tubby Smith says during the postgame press conference. “Solid effort all the way around. I thought our defense was outstanding, we rebounded the ball well, we played together.” Before the first half ended, the Gophers went on a 12-1 run. They utilized that stretch to distance themselves from USC and, eventually, to close out the match. “We definitely want to go into halftime strong, because it takes a little bit of pressure off of us,” Williams says of the scoring run. “You always want to start the second half well, but it takes a little bit of pressure off of us to not have to come out and fight back from being down.” For USC, guard Maurice Jones scored 14 points, had three assists and made two steals in Minnesota. Earlier in the week, the Trojans traveled to the Inland Empire for a showdown against the UC Riverside Highlanders. USC easily came away with a 56-35 victory. Two Trojans saw score production in double figures, led by Greg Allen’s 11 points; Alexis Moore had 10. Moreover, Aaron Fuller scored nine points and had seven rebounds, while Byron Wesley and Garrett Jackson each made eight. UC Riverside only had two players in double figures with Phil Martin having 13 points and Kareem Nitoto 11. On the other side of town, the Bruins are battling to reach the .500 mark. UCLA defeated the Pepperdine Waves (4-3) by a score of 62-39 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena before losing, 69-59, to the Texas Longhorns (5-2) on Saturday. UCLA is now 2-5 overall. For Texas, J’Covan Brown played well, netting a total of 22 points, including four threepointers in 38 minutes. “Brown came in with the mindset he was going to take over in the second half, and he did,” UCLA head coach Ben Howland says.

USC’s Aaron Fuller grabs a rebound against Minnesota. Additionally, Longhorn Myck Kabongo scored 13 points, had eight assists and collected five rebounds in 32 minutes on the court. For the game, Texas made 54.7 percent of their field goals. The Bruins saw two players collect double figures, led by Lazeric Jones’ 21 points; he also had five rebounds and two steals. Travis Wear had 18 points, four rebounds and two steals. UCLA did gather a win, however, and it came earlier in the week versus the Waves. In that affair, three Bruin players had double figures, and two others almost did as well. Jones had 14 points; David Wear and Norman Powell each scored 10. Also, Jones contributed six steals and four assists, while Wear had seven rebounds and two blocked shots. “UCLA’s size and physicality was a huge difference at both ends,” Pepperdine head coach Marty Wilson admits. “That’s the one thing we talked about with our team, matching their physicality to offset their advantage in size, and we didn’t do that. They took advantage of it at both ends.” The Trojans face New Mexico (6-2) on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Galen Center at 4 p.m. Meanwhile, the Bruins entertain the University of Pennsylvania (4-5) at the Honda Center in Anaheim at 4 p.m.


bruins lose pac-12 championship

“Christmas 4 Bukowski” Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/MCT


by marvin vasquez

UCLA QB Kevin Prince

For now, the answer is yes. The Oregon Ducks still rule in the football category of the new Pac-12. With a 49-31 victory over the visiting UCLA Bruins in Eugene, the Ducks showed why they should make an appearance in the 2012 Rose Bowl. The win improved the Ducks to 11-2 overall while ending the Bruins’ season at 6-7. UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel was fired days before the game, but that did not stop him from wholeheartedly coaching the team in his last game at the throne of the Bruins’ football program. “Say what you will about how we got here, so on and so forth, but looking up at those banners and seeing Oregon and UCLA on that deal was a treat for me, something that I’ll have for a long time,” Neuheisel tells the media. “We didn’t get to where we needed to be, but they can’t take this away from us.” Quarterback Kevin Prince produced somewhat of a solid evening for the group, passing for 164 yards and two touchdowns, but he was sacked four times and that hurt the Bruins all game long. Prince also rushed the ball 15 times for 31 yards and a TD; he will certainly be the leader next season. Nelson Rosario had eight catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns, but that wasn’t enough for the visiting team. The Ducks were just too strong offensively, defensively and with special teams. The Bruins, however, managed to score in each of the four quarters. One of the main reasons the Ducks won was running back LaMichael James, who had 25 carries for 219 yards and three TDs. Quarterback Darron Thomas had 20 completed attempts for 219 yards and three TDs.


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Now-Dec. 16 @ Zombie Joe’s Underground Very few preconceived notions can be had in anticipation of seeing a theater production named “Christmas 4 Bukowski.” Some presence of the yuletide spirit? Sure, it can be heard in the familiar carols performed by a young and hip singer/guitarist. Revenant poet reciting his diatribes against the realities of life? How about in the form of six brilliant thespians? But really, as the oxymoronic title asks, how does director Josh T. Ryan equate Charles Bukowski with the season of joy and celebration? With dim lighting and jet-black walls for a background, Jessica Lynn Verdi serenades the audience with her guitar and seraphic voice as they trickle into the cozy theater of Zombie Joe’s Underground. There are no noticeable stage props, not even real costumes worn by any of the performers (except for a Santa hat and a feather boa) as spectators later learn. But who needs them? As Verdi starts to belt out Christmas lyrics six Bukowskis take stage, and one by one, they deliver the poet’s grimy, pragmatic tales from the Santa Anita tracks to an unattended funeral. The juxtaposition of holiday anthems and Bukowski’s cynical rants is genius on Ryan’s part, and the delivery, most notably by Wasim Nomani’s funny and heartstring-tugging performance of “Death of a Father,” is affecting if not piercing. Stripped of its contrived accoutrements, especially pronounced in the holidays, what’s really left of humanity? It’s some dark and serious, kind of harrowing stuff. But what else do you expect from a drunk poet who was played by Mickey Rourke in his biopic? This isn’t the usual holiday production – those in search for one are better off wandering into a nearby elementary school auditorium. This is Christmas for the grownups, the ones clued in to Santa’s possible whereabouts after the kids had left the mall with their parents (probably at home watching the 10 o’clock news; hopefully not a liquor store somewhere, but definitely not feeding reindeers). The show is a must-see for the poet’s fans or even just enthusiasts of words found in other than a blog post. A more stirring incarnation of Bukowski’s poetry would be hard to find elsewhere. —Kristina Bravo Zombie Joe’s Underground is located at 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. For more information, visit

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“This show is really out of this world! There is no word to describe it… If I had to describe it, the words might be ‘divine’, ‘reborn’ and ‘hope’… It’s Beauty from beginning to end. You have to see it to believe it.”

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