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iPHONE 5: NEW CHARGER PORT SIZE TO BRING ABOUT NEW BUSINESS According to Reuters, Apple’s newest generation of the iPhone, expected to go on sale in October, will include a smaller charger port. The iPhone 5 will have a 19-pin connector port at the bottom of the phone rather than the normal 30-pin port found in previous iPhones. The decrease in size is meant to make more room for the earphone port to move to the bottom, and can allow for more options for designs or perhaps even a bigger battery. This would mean more business for accessory vendors, since customers would have to invest in new accessories to accommodate for the change, upsetting some Apple fans who will have to purchase new docks, speakers and more. However, dedicated Apple fans will most likely accept this change and remain a loyal Apple user, regardless of the size of the charger port. SHARK WEEK MAKES A SPLASH THIS YEAR WITH ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY The shark hype begins again this August 12, with the kickoff of Discovery Channel’s 25th Anniversary of Shark Week. Starting in 1988, Shark Week is cable’s longest-running programming event. This Silver Anniversary will be sharkier than ever, with eight brand-new shark specials. Some bitingly good episodes this year include the new “Sharkzilla,” “How Jaws Changed
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BY SUSAN DENG Ai Weiwei is taking a stand against China’s suppression of free exchange.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry exposes
freedoms in China. First-time director Alison Klayman inspires and encourages free expression in her documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, a film about one of China’s biggest rebels, Ai Weiwei. Weiwei, 54, is a Chinese contemporary artist as well as an outspoken political activist. He was named by ArtReview as the most powerful artist in the world, and was runner-up for TIME magazine’s 2011 Person of the Year. Klayman got the ultimate access into Weiwei’s life and followed him for two years, documenting both the accomplishments and struggles Weiwei encountered. Weiwei’s personality and the risks he took made Klayman realize what a great documentary his life would make. Klayman describes Weiwei as charismatic, courageous and entertaining. It’s these traits that keep audience members engaged and rooting for him throughout the entire film. “My real interest in the beginning was having the feeling that people would enjoy watching Ai Weiwei for 90 minutes, and that it would expand their thinking of China in one way or another,” Klayman states. And while most films showcase the main character in only the brightest of light, this documentary does a great job in revealing a full 360-degree view of Weiwei –flaws and all. That was Klayman’s intention: She wanted the audience to see him as a human being, and to get to know him on a personal level. All sides of Weiwei are shown throughout the movie, from his evasive actions that prompt him into arguments, to the discovery that he has a son with another woman who isn’t his wife. Klayman states, “It makes more of a point when you see someone as a real human.” Audience members really do get to know Weiwei in the film, as well as his family members and friends. Exclusive interviews with Weiwei’s younger brother, wife and mother of his child, as well as many prominent cultural figures are in the film. Perhaps the most emotional interview is with his mother, Gao Ying, who genuinely shares both her support and concern for her son. A good amount of Weiwei supporters are also filmed, and it’s clear that he has a strong band of followers forming globally. Weiwei reaches out to his followers through various social
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media tools. He started with a blog, but when it got shut down by the Chinese government turned to Twitter illegally by beating what Weiwei calls “the Great Firewall of China.” Through Twitter, Weiwei shares updates, photos and inspiring messages with his followers. Throughout the movie, Weiwei is seen taking photos and engaging in social media endlessly. Klayman emphasizes the importance of social media, and says that the internet is the reason she has hope that things in China will get better. “The internet is an unstoppable force. You can silence one person, but if the next person shares or retweets it and then the next person and so on ... once someone is exposed to an idea, you can’t take it away from them,” Klayman says about the digital age today. One of Weiwei’s biggest projects shown in the movie was a success thanks to the internet and social media. When the Sichuan earthquake of 2008 hit, many students were either killed or missing as a result of the poor construction of the Chinese public school buildings. The Chinese government didn’t reveal the names or number of the students killed from the disaster. Weiwei started a student casualties investigation, and worked hard to uncover over 5,800 student names. Weiwei formed a team via the internet, and they worked long hours to bring justice to the students and their families. Weiwei then had followers and people around the world submit a recording of themselves saying one of the names from the list. He compiled all the recordings together and played it during the Sichuan earthquake’s anniversary. It is these defying projects that have made Weiwei such a target for the Chinese government. Throughout the movie, Weiwei is followed, harassed and even hit by various police officers. Near the end of the movie, Klayman shows the moment when Weiwei was detained for 81 days by the Chinese government. Klayman described this time as scary, and says that she didn’t know what it would mean for her movie. No one knew what had happened to Weiwei or where he had gone. Worried fans and family members sparked a “Free Weiwei” revolution; his disappearance was of international concern. Weiwei was eventually released after 81 days, though
he refused to speak about his whereabouts or give interviews. Weiwei is now on watch by the Chinese government more than ever before. Klayman states that, “what will happen to Weiwei next is unfortunately not in the hands of Weiwei, but it’s the result of a collaboration of what the Chinese authorities allow him to do and what he chooses to do given those conditions. My film has this important service of raising awareness of him, because he’s not completely free.” Klayman believes her film will impact China by allowing the authorities to see the flaws in their ways of running the country. She hopes that the large number of international students from China in the United States will see her film in an official capacity and help spread its word. “The internet is a force of change, and the important issues that China still needs to work on have to do with freedom of expression –there are so many people who agree with Wei and you can see it in the film, through his fans … this will have a huge impact.” Through Weiwei’s battles with the Chinese government to his impressive artwork (you get a look into most of his exhibits and art throughout the movie), Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry is a movie that inspires and deals with real issues that are occurring globally. Klayman does an excellent job in revealing the issues of China through the eyes of such a likeable and daring artist as Weiwei. “I want people to be inspired by the courage and creativity displayed by Wei and others in the film,” explains Klayman. “I want people to think, ‘What am I doing in my own context to change things I believe in?’” Klayman wants her audience to inspire change through their own outlet, whether it’s through art, music, movies or anything else. “The universal message of this film can unleash so much potential. That’s what Wei does. The end point is not for his own glory or benefit at all.” Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry releases in L.A. on August 3. For a full list of theatres and more information, visit aiweiweineversorry.com.
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JONES AND SAMBERG BRING LAUGHS AND HEART TO CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER BY NATALY CHAVEZ
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Remaining friends with your ex is strange. Remaining friends with your college sweetheart and soon-to-be ex-husband is even stranger. But for Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) it’s nothing out of the ordinary, as they continue being the freakishly funny and perverted couple they’ve always been even though it’s been months since their separation. In this witty and quirky rom-com, Celeste, a savvy trendspotter for a high-end Los Angeles firm, has had enough of Jesse’s lack of motivation and his long history of unemployment, and decides it’s best to end their six-year marriage and try to remain friends. Although both still have lingering feelings for each other and secretly believe they will get back together, they take the adult approach and try to see other people. Co-written by Jones herself along with her writing partner, Will McCormack, who stars as Skillz, her pot-smoking, ladies man of a friend, the film spans through a familiar pattern couples sometimes fall into after a breakup: the inability to let go of each other. “It definitely is a collection of relationships that I’ve had, that he’s had and people we know have had,” says Jones. “We used a lot of ourselves in it.” Having met years ago after McCormack’s sister set them up, McCormack and Jones remained close friends and embarked on the idea of Celeste and Jesse Forever nearly four years ago, allowing them to have a clear perspective for the script. “We dated very briefly, but it was very intense,” adds McCormack. “We knew that we were meant to be in each other’s life in some capacity, it just wasn’t that. We were meant to maybe write movies together, and we’ve always wanted to be writers, and [we were] always encouraging each other to write. [For this movie], we were writing six days a week, in her backyard, on one computer, side-by-side for four months.” Jones as the business-orientated woman with an under-achieving boyfriend is a topic many female viewers will be able to relate to. Yet, her choice to get ahead soon makes her realize her selfishness, driven by her need to always be right. After having more than her share of failed romantic encounters herself, Jones admits Celeste’s flaw is ultimately the most important lesson she’s learned in keeping a relationship strong. “It’s all about not having to be right; to just communicate in a way with your partner where you guys don’t have to agree upon something, but you respect each other’s decisions and opinions enough to live and co-exist in a respectful manner,” says Jones. The film does a beautiful job of delving into the deeper, emotional depths of reaching the next step of adulthood, which will only come by letting go and moving towards your own happiness as individuals. While the movie is definitely full of laughs, its true success lies in the incomparable chemistry Jones and Samberg share. Samberg, who gives a great performance in a role unlike anything he’s ever done, managed to reach a higher level through this film. First-time director, Lee Toland Krieger expressed nothing but gratitude to have been able to discover Samberg’s potential to perform outside of comedy. “Andy is so incredibly smart and such a talented performer, but hasn’t been given an opportunity to play a part like this,” says Krieger. “He personifies that 30-year-old man-boy, but yet he’s so vulnerable and sophisticated. He’s got a lot to offer besides comedy.” In an effort to break away from the usual romantic-comedy conventions, Celeste and Jesse Forever steers away from your typical relationship clichés and gives a fresh outlook on adulthood and relationships and all of the idiosyncrasies in between. The film really belongs to Jones, who shows her range of acting as well as demonstrating her talent as a writer. “Being the co-author of the script, there is a lot of Rashida in Celeste: she’s bright, driven, successful, and I think a lot of that comes through in the writing,” comments Krieger. “I think the product is better because she brought a lot of herself into it.” Already working on another script with McCormack, Jones wouldn’t be surprised if she found herself directing next. “I have a similar relationship with directing that I do writing: I’m intimidated by it. I think it’ll take me a little bit of a jump to get there,” Jones says.
Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg have an incomparable on-screen chemistry.
LOL, “Star Trek,” The Three Stooges and more. BY MIKE SEBASTIAN The Majors: Miley Cyrus stars in LOL, a coming-of-age comedy for the Facebook generation. Lola has to juggle complicated high school relationships in the digital age, with an overprotective mother (Demi Moore) who reads her diary. The Idiotbox: Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton bring America’s most legendary feud to life in “Hatfields & McCoys.” This epic western miniseries follows two Confederate soldiers who return home, only to watch as their friendship dissolves over rising tensions, eventually breaking out into all-out war. The solid ensemble cast includes Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe and Jena Malone. A star-studded cast, including Eddie Izzard, Elijah Wood and Donald Sutherland, star in the action-packed update of the classic pirate adventure “Treasure Island.” The miniseries follows a young lad who finds a treasure map and enlists a crew of sailors, only to discover they’re a bunch of backstabbing mutineers. Kelsey Grammer commands the screen as Tom Kane, the head of a powerful Chicago political machine in “Boss:” Season 1. Diagnosed with a fatal illness and with his political enemies closing in, Grammer increasingly runs the city more like a gangster than a politician as he tries to maintain power. In honor of its 25th anniversary, “Star Trek: The Next Generation:” Season 1 comes to Blu-ray in a beautifully restored set packed with bonus features for diehard Trekkers. The series follows the continuing adventures of the Starship Enterprise, with Captain JeanLuc Picard (Patrick Stewart) at the helm. A fantastic ensemble cast and socially relevant stories made this series live up to the original. The final season of Aaron Spelling’s other classic ‘90s series, the racy primetime soap “Melrose Place” hits DVD. The show follows the residents of a trendy West Hollywood apartment building as they try to make it in the big city while falling in and out of love with each other. Alyssa Milano and Heather Locklear star. In the tradition of “Addiction,” HBO’s latest documentary series “The Weight of the Nation” sheds light on perhaps the country’s most pressing public health issue: obesity. From heart disease to diabetic children, obesity is robbing Americans of their lives and draining the resources of our medical institutions. Funny Business: The Farrelly brothers revive everyone’s favorite knuckleheads in The Three Stooges. The trio of simpletons set out to save their childhood orphanage only to find themselves in the middle of a murder and the stars of a reality show. Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso are Moe, Larry and Curly. Stranger Than Fiction: Foodies will rejoice in the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, the story of master sushi chef Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old Japanese artist who operates from a 10-seat restaurant in a Tokyo subway station. The Horror! The Horror!: Elizabeth Olsen is proving herself to be one of the most engaging young actresses around. She single-handedly carries Silent House, a tense thriller about a young woman who becomes trapped in her parents’ lakehouse and finds there is another presence there. Under the Radar: Mel Gibson returns to what he does best in the action flick Get The Gringo. Gibson stars as Driver, a career criminal who just made a big score. But a high-speed chase with the Border Patrol leads him to crash his car in Mexico and lands him in a hardcore prison known as “El Pueblito.” Now in order to survive, he has to rely on a 10-year-old kid.
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Naama Kates has transitioned from indie actress to a Fiona Apple-like crooner.
By Kevin Wierzbicki FLEA: HELEN BURNS Red Hot Chili Pepper bassist Flea has released a six-song E.P. called Helen Burns to benefit the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. “This is not a Chili Pepper record,” says Flea. “Helen Burns is a mostly instrumental, weird and arty record and certainly not for everyone. It’s just me tripping out at home.” Fans can download Helen Burns on a “name your own price” basis through August 9 at silverlakeconservatory.com/helen_ burns. The conservatory works to provide free or reasonablypriced music lessons and instruments to underserved youth. NAAMA KATES: THE UNEXAMINED LIFE Like so many other hopefuls, Naama Kates moved to Los Angeles to give acting a try. Since her arrival a mere four years ago, she’s registered on the starlet meter with lead and supporting roles on “NCIS” and in indie films The Ten Commandments of Chloe, Eden and Cookies N’ Cream. “But Hollywood was lonely and I never really owned a television set,” Kates says somewhat cryptically now that she’s turned her efforts to music and the release of her debut album The Unexamined Life. Kates wrote a ton of songs on a little Yamaha keyboard and got a bit of exposure for them at open mic nights, but it wasn’t until a chance meeting (she was bartending at her day job, he wanted a beer) with producer Cyrus Melchor (Nappy Roots, J Dilla & Busta Rhymes, Bell Biv DeVoe) that things really took off, and
now critics are comparing her work to that of Fiona Apple. Find Kates’s live show schedule at naamakates.com. KCRW’s MALCOLM: A REAL TOOL Indie bands have long coveted airplay on KCRW, the hip NPR affiliate based in Santa Monica. Now there’s a tool that makes it super easy for artists to submit new music for airplay consideration and its name is Malcolm. Malcolm is an interactive website where musicians can create a profile and upload their music so that all of the station’s DJs have access to it. “It’s fast, easy, and allows KCRW to do what we do best – support and share artists’ work,” says Anne Litt, KCRW’s music program director. Find Malcolm at malcolm.kcrw.com. FREE SAMPLER FROM BULLET TOOTH Bullet Tooth Records has a sampler out that spotlights their summer releases, and you can download a copy for free. The 10-song freebie features contributions from Affiance, the Paramedic, Throw the Fight, Serianna, Deception of a Ghost, Memphis May Fire, Dead Icons and I, Omega. Grab your copy at bullettooth.com/download. HALF NOTES Long standing Los Angeles band Redd Kross has a new album called Researching the Blues, their first in 15 years, dropping
August 7, and they’ll play an album release show that night at the Roxy. Nima Kazerouni escaped from war-torn Iran as a child, and it was the anxiety that resulted from that experience that nudged him into songwriting. Now Kazerouni’s band, So Many Wizards, has a debut album called Warm Nothing due August 14 on the JAXART label. Want to learn how to play the suddenly cool ukulele? The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Playing the Ukulele is now available from Alpha Books. L.A.’s Beta Wolf has a new E.P. called Just Before Morning, and they’re currently showcasing the new music on tour in the Midwest. SoCal hardcore band Xibalba is back with their sophomore release; Hasta La Muerte drops August 14 on the Southern Lord imprint.
HARD SUMMER BRINGS MUSIC LEGENDS AND TODAY’S STARS TO L.A. BY DAVID TOBIN Skrillex, Bloc Party and Bootsy Collins will be performing during the massive two-day festival, brought to you by Gary Richards aka DESTRUCTO. Summertime in Los Angeles is possibly the best place in the world to be for music lovers. Every single major band comes through town, as well as the heavy local stream of musicians and acts just starting out. Now add to that all of the festivals, art shows and one-off events that are generated for a city of over 8 million, and it all adds up to the most exciting time of the year to be an Angeleno. Born out of this diversity comes one of the most anticipated and largest festivals in Los Angeles, HARD Summer. Launched in L.A. in 2007 by Gary Richards – whose history of involvement in the world of events is long and tried – the inaugural festival was such a success that it kicked off a huge line of events including a tour and the upcoming cruise. This year, HARD is bringing a diverse set-up to town for two nights featuring everything from funk to house to dubstep to dance. Giving a chance for audiences to be exposed to other sounds is a big part of what makes HARD events unique. They take a general category of music and show you all sides. Richards comments, “Our goal is to introduce people to the newest of the new, and that’s what separates us from other festivals. Plus we have different styles. It’s not all techno; it’s indie rock, hip hop, funk and techno.” Headlining Friday night is Bloc Party. “I’m a huge fan of Bloc Party, and with these events a lot of the same people come through. They haven’t played the U.S. in four or five years, and they have a new album coming out,” explains Richards of their inclusion on the line-up. Also featured at this event is the legendary Bootsy Collins. “I just feel that Bootsy brings the party, and we wanted to show the younger generation what the party is all about,” says Richards. “I want live instruments in the festival any chance I get.” It’s that kind of vibe –educating the masses about where the music has come from and then
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bringing them the biggest that are doing it today, including Skrillex, who will be headlining the show Saturday night. “Skrillex and I have been friends for a long time, so we will always have him on the bill.” Even Richards will be taking the stage –after all, he is DESTRUCTO. “I’m on the main stage to cover the changeovers. That way I can be more mobile and do what I need to do,” he adds. I can’t think of many festivals where the person literally organizing the whole thing is also taking Skrillex will bring his dubstep time to perform sets throughout the night, let alone beats to HARD Summer. multiple sets. Dispersed among his sets there will also be guest sets from musicians in bands like Foster the People. So, how big is this thing going to be? Last year they hit 30,000 people, and this time around they are prepared to handle an additional 5,000. With the increase in capacity also comes other improvements, like more ATMs and more water stations, and they even moved the stages to prevent noise bleed. That means you can listen to one stage and not have it sound like the act is sampling from the stage next to them. Other acts set to perform are Miike Snow, A-Trak, Zedd, Nero, Chromeo, Little Dragon, Datsik and a ton of others. HARD Summer will be taking place Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4 in Downtown L.A. at the L.A. Historic Park. Tickets are still on sale, but going very fast. For more information about the event, visit HARDfest.com.
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TUNE IN TO SPEAKERS
The L.A.-based duo is making sound
BY MARVIN VASQUEZ
There is no question that the music industry is changing and growing exponentially. There is also no question that music duo speakers are an imperative part of this evolving industry. So what defines these emerging artists from the rest of the pack? Is it their youth? No. Their desire? No. Well, then their… chemistry? Perhaps, but it is something more elusive than just that. The duo, composed of Keon B and Blair Taylor, are a match made in heaven –for lack of a more musically appropriate term. What they do in terms of creating original beats, sounds and lyrics represents an immense natural talent. More importantly, the combination of the two puts forth a profound passion and ability to create sonically eclectic tunes. A singer, rapper and lyricist, Keon is originally from Augusta, Ga. Meanwhile, Blair, a musician and producer, hails from New Orleans. Now, speakers are a Los Angeles-based sensation en route to stardom and imminent success. Both are finding living in their new city to be an adjustment. “I miss the food, man,” remarks Blair. “I haven’t found a place out here with food like back home. The people here are different, too.” Keon adds, “It is just a different culture.” The rising musical talents, who are both 21 years old, fuse elements of dance, R&B, hip hop and electronic pop to create a sound that is truly all their own, which is showcased on their four-track debut E.P., New Frequency. Each song on the album is like its own mini-party. “Bass”
– arguably one of the most contagious tracks ever – shines in speakers’ unique way to produce a hot, thrilling set for listeners everywhere. “Just give me that bass,” Keon joyfully chants throughout. “Two and a half years ago, we were in the studio just playing around with beats, trying to make sounds,” Keon says, adding that “Bass” is the result of pure creativity. “At that time, I was just writing about how I felt. It was a cool experience to record that.” “Bass” is a big song with a big beat, which is typical of their sound. “They call us speakers, because our sound is big,” Blair says. “[Our name] just flows well because we need each other for that creation. When we are in the studio, we feed off of each other, and in turn, you need two speakers to hear correctly. The name represents who we are.” The E.P. also carries two collaborations: “Right Right” (an infectious and upbeat track) features the hard-hitting dance and R&B singer NiRé AllDai, a West Los Angeles native, and Travie McCoy, the lead vocalist of the alternative hip-hop band Gym Class Heroes, appears on “Runnin’ It.” Both Keon and Blair have been involved with music for a long time, since their hunger for creating it began as kids. While growing up in Augusta, Keon wrote melodies for his church choir as a boy; following a tragic family situation, the murder of a beloved aunt, Keon experienced an epiphany. His aunt had always supported Keon’s dream of pursuing a music
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career, and it was that event that made him determined to succeed in this industry. At age 17, four years after the unexpected death of his aunt, Keon moved to New Orleans in hopes of chasing the music career he had so much wanted. It was there that he met Blair, another dreamer and soon-to-be music producer. Blair didn’t immediately want to collaborate with Keon. Patience and persistence are virtues, and those proved to be essential to Keon; after a year or so, Blair finally returned his numerous calls, voicemails and text messages. Blair, who attended the Grammy Foundation’s Grammy Camp on a full scholarship after his family lost their home in Hurricane Katrina, began to see his encounter with Keon as an opportunity, and a chance at something golden. Speakers’ music is at times futuristic and at other times old school. “We want to give people that sound that they have never heard of before,” Keon says. Both Keon and Blair truly put their minds together as one to release their ideas through the waves of music. Soon, speakers’ music will be in high demand thanks to their quickly expanding fan base. Keon notes, “We just want [our fans] to party and have fun.” New Frequency is available now. To find out more about speakers, visit speakersmusic.com.
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BEST PLACES IN L.A. TO CATCH AN OUTDOOR MOVIE
Enjoy a warm summer night with a screening at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Take advantage of these summer events while you still can! BY OLIVIA STIGLICH West coast rapper Lil Rob sang “ain’t nothing like them summer nights,” and I couldn’t agree with him more, especially here and now in L.A., where when the sun goes down, the weather stays up. What better way to enjoy all this great nighttime weather than by throwing together some fast and easy picnic foods, drinks, throw blankets and lawn chairs and venturing out to one of L.A.’s many outdoor movie screenings. It’s perfect for a night out with friends, family or a special date. Summer’s winding down, but it’s not too late to catch one of these outdoor screenings.
Oscars Outdoors Located at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ swanky new open-air venue, Oscar Outdoors delivers a motley line-up of film’s greatest classics and newer releases. Roaming Hunger provides food trucks for hungry patrons, and free parking is provided with purchase of a ticket. Picnic baskets, beer and wine are permitted.
Cinespia Watch classic films as well as new releases in the same setting as the late John Huston and Rudolph Valentino at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. DJs spin before and after the movie, and food and drinks are allowed (this includes alcohol). Tall chairs not recommended as a courtesy to other guests.
Upcoming screenings: North by Northwest, Young Frankenstein and more. Screenings run weekly on Fridays and Saturdays through August 18. Gates 6:30 p.m. / Screenings at sunset Cost: General $5 / Students and Academy members $3 Academy Hollywood, 1341 Vine St., Hollywood oscars.org/events-exhibitions/outdoors/index.html
Upcoming screenings: Sunset Boulevard Last screening Saturday, August 4. Gates 7:30 p.m. / Movie 9 p.m. Cost: $10 Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles cinespia.org Street Food Cinema Street Food Cinema is the entertainment trifecta, offering a mouth-watering roster of L.A.’s most tasty food trucks (Kogi BBQ, A ROCKin ICE, The Munchie Machine, etc.), live music by talented emerging artists and a hit movie every night.
Devil’s Night Drive In Devil’s Night is technically a drive in located in the heart of Downtown L.A., but they also offer seating on astroturf to accommodate those walking (or biking) in. Cult favorites are a staple at Devil’s Night. DJ Morgan spins for guests before each feature, while car hops conveniently come around with popcorn and other snacks. The event is BYOB.
Upcoming screenings: Bridesmaids, Alice in Wonderland, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science and more.
Upcoming screenings: Pulp Fiction, Sixteen Candles and more. Screenings run weekly on Saturdays through September 8.
Screenings every Saturday now through September 1. Gates 5:30 p.m. / Band 6:30 p.m. / Movie 8:30 p.m. Cost: General $10 / Children $5 Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles streetfoodcinema.com
Gates and show times vary; see site for details. Cost: Pre-sale $10 / At the gate $12 240 W. 4th St. (at Broadway), 2nd Floor, Los Angeles devilsnight.com/drivein.htm Eat | See | Hear Eat | See | Hear boasts having the “largest outdoor movie screen West of the Mississippi,” a 52-foot widescreen that projects films in crisp quality digital HD. Each Saturday Eat | See | Hear visits different venues, accompanied by some of L.A.’s best up-andcoming musical artists and tasty food trucks, including Nom Nom, Border Grill and Grill ‘Em All, just to name a few. Eat | See | Hear placed 3rd in L.A. Times’ “100 Days of Summer” list, 4th on Vogue. com’s “30 Days of Summer” list, and has been featured on Thrillist, LAist, LA.com, Where LA and The Huffington Post. Upcoming screenings: Friday, Ghost Busters, Pretty in Pink, Kill Bill and more. Screenings run weekly on Saturdays through September 15. Gates 5:30 p.m. / Band 7 p.m. / Movie 8:30 p.m. Cost: General $10 / Kids 12 and under $8 Locations vary; see site for details. eatseehear.com
RISE & SHINE GATHERING OFFERS PLACE FOR INSPIRATION AND MEDITATION
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festival. There will be an emphasis on yoga and meditation and the importance of it in our daily lives. With Lightning in a Bottle reaching its capacity with around 16,000 guests this year, Shannon says that Rise & Shine will be on a much smaller scale, with about 5,000 expected guests. This will allow people who want to focus on spirituality to come out and experience it on a more intimate
background may be. Many alternative views and ideas will be offered, and Shannon emphasizes the importance of having speakers that “present ideas that aren’t mainstream view.” This ties in perfectly with what he and his co-creators want the audience to get out of the festival: “A lot of us come from the normal American way of life, with corporate jobs and trying to be successful by making money … but this is a way of life where we get to live more creatively and have a decent relationship with the environment and each other.” He continues by saying how Rise & Shine is meant to inspire people to see outside of their normal everyday lives and live in a more spiritually engaged way. And the best aspect of Lighting in a Bottle will still carry over to Rise & Shine: it’s the people and the overall vibe. “The most important part of Lightning in a Bottle will be there: the feeling that everyone gets from the gathering, the welcoming and happiness of it. Truly what makes this different from other festivals is the way everyone walks around; it’s very friendly and there are smiles everywhere. Everyone takes care of each other.” So get your yoga mat ready, and be sure to partake in the ultimate spiritual experience this autumn.
level. And while Lightning in a Bottle kicked off the summer in late May, Rise & Shine is appropriately scheduled during the autumn harvest time of October. Shannon says that autumn is more of a settling-down time, which fits in with the overall theme of the event. A very important aspect of Rise & Shine is welcoming in the spiritual way of living into our lives –no matter what our
Rise & Shine will take place at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley on October 19-21. Weekend passes as well as day passes will be available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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Participants and fans of the Do LaB’s summer event Lightning in a Bottle rejoice: a new festival, Rise & Shine, is in the works for autumn, and offers an even more intimate place of gathering for spirituality and mediation. The Rise & Shine Gathering is a conscious living event that is meant to inspire and allow us a better understanding of our place on Earth. We spoke with Jesse Shannon, one of the creators of the event, for an insider’s look into this up-andcoming festival. Following the success of Lightning in a Bottle, Shannon says the Do LaB wanted to create an event that was similar, but had a more educational side to it. Lightning in a Bottle, held annually for the past six years, is a music festival celebrating art, music and life. While Lightning in a Bottle has a focus on partying, Shannon says that Rise & Shine will be a more mellow and spiritual version of the popular event. “We will still have music and it’s still a celebration, but with a focus more on educating the audience in a non-party aspect,” Shannon says of the event. He states that the goal is to “expose the audience to yoga, mediation and a more engaged lifestyle, where we find ways to live more in harmony with each other and the world we live in.” Rise & Shine will include many well-noted speakers and instructors, workshops and music. Shannon says you will be able to get information on topics such as urban gardening, growing your own food, energy workshops, bio fuels and more. “People have read about these ways of living and are interested, but this event is taking the next step and putting it into action,” Shannon says of the various workshops at the
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Full music line-up and guest speakers will be announced midAugust. For more information, visit thedolab.com/blog/event/ rise-shine-gathering-a-conscious-living-event/.
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A HAPPY ACCIDENT While acting may not have been India de Beaufort’s first choice, she Benny Haddad/www.bennyhaddad.com
is thriving in an industry known for being difficult to break into. By Sola Fasehun
The “Jane By Design” actress has a refreshingly realistic outlook on life.
Usually during an interview, I ask for advice to give to anyone who wants to have a career in Hollywood. India de Beaufort’s answer surprised me, not just because she talked about how hard it is to make it, but because she mentioned the importance of doing other things that make you equally happy. She didn’t just say, “Go for it and be positive;” de Beaufort mentioned a reality that many come to face sometimes a bit too late in their quest to make it in Hollywood. But to begin with: Who is India de Beaufort and why would she say such a thing?
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India de Beaufort’s interview begins with the usual introductory questions such as how she got her start. De Beaufort reveals that her parents were in the entertainment industry in England, and she originally went into the direction of the music industry. “I kind of got into acting by accident,” she explains. “I ended up being on a children’s show. I would sing and do a little bit of acting.” At the age of 19, de Beaufort obtained an acting role in a film that would change her life. Run Fat Boy Run was directed by notable “Friends” alum David Schwimmer in addition to starring Thandie Newton and Hank Azaria. De Beaufort is not only modest when she describes her role as “small,” but she is very humble when she talks about what is was like working on such a set at a young age. “It was a dream come true. David was incredibly kind. It set me up to see how professional and kind people work.” De Beaufort soon began to smoothly transition into landing other roles. Although “One Tree Hill” recently ended after nine seasons, de Beaufort was cast for the seventh season. It can be difficult to join a long-running show as the new cast member, and de Beaufort admits to feeling extremely nervous. “I was excited to move to a new place … North Carolina. It was frightening to join a new cast, but after day one it wasn’t frightening anymore. Everyone was great.” But what about music? Music was de Beaufort’s first passion, and she was even signed to a record label a while ago. Will she ever pursue it again? After all, we’re in an age where we have actors who sing and singers who act… “Musically, I found it tougher and filled with colder people. With acting, it’s a more comfortable industry. I’m happy where
I am.” But de Beaufort does mention that she’d like to return to music in the future. Now back to the industry advice that surprised me. “I would say that if there’s anything else you can do that will make you equally happy, do that first.” Why would a successful working actor give that advice? “I’ve had a wonderful time, but it can be such a struggle. A false image can be projected, but in reality, 1 percent [of people who pursue acting] make enough of a living to get by.” Why do I appreciate de Beaufort’s answer? Because it’s realistic. So many people come into the industry thinking they will be rich and famous immediately. The reality is that it may take many years before you get to that point. De Beaufort’s point is that the decision to be a working actor should not be taken lightly. The interview ends with theater productions she’d like to star in (“Chicago”) and directors she’d love to work with (Judd Apatow). It seems as if those dreams have an excellent chance of coming true. Currently, she’s starring on “Jane By Design” where she plays the villain, and gets to show off her comedic chops. I asked the question: Who is India de Beaufort? To answer, she is a beautiful, talented and down-to-earth actress who doesn’t go through life with a veil over her eyes. She is someone down for an adventure, who apparently doesn’t seem to mind the struggle or the unexpected roads that life can lead to. De Beaufort has turned her acting career, which she labeled a “happy accident,” into a successful journey. For more on India de Beaufort, visit indiadebeaufort.com, or find her on Twitter, @indiadebeaufort.
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“Where Everybody Knows Your Name” The newly reopened neighborhood staple offers classic Irish fare and a charming bar atmosphere. What does it take to become a “regular” at a restaurant? It takes a commitment to frequently and consistently attend the establishment. It takes the ability to say, “I’ll have the usual” enough times that the bartender knows exactly what “the usual” is. It takes knowing the names of the bartenders, hosts, waiters, waitresses and owners, and it also takes being known by all of those people. However, at Tom Bergin’s, the Irish pub located on Fairfax Avenue, there is one extra step that must be taken before one is truly seen as a regular: putting your name on a four-leaf clover cutout that is then stuck to the wall or ceiling. It is a tradition that began when the pub first opened in 1936, and now the interior of this historic L.A. haunt is covered with the names of its most devoted customers throughout the years. About a year ago, Warner Ebbink and Brandon Boudet bought Tom Bergin’s, adding to their list of other L.A. restaurants including Little Dom’s and Dominick’s. After acquiring Bergin’s, Ebbink and Boudet decided to restore the old pub, which had not been physically revamped since its second owner purchased it in 1973. In their restoration of Bergin’s, Ebbinks and Boudet took on a challenge similar to the one faced by the creators of the Harry Potter films: to construct something new, but still stay true to the original source in order to keep the fans happy. Thus, most of the updates in regards to the atmosphere inside Bergin’s focused more on refurbishing
instead of restyling. For instance, in order to restore the ceiling, all of the glued-on four-leaf clover cutouts were removed and then put back after it was repainted. The next challenge to tackle was revamping the menu. They did this by using higher quality ingredients to create cherished Irish staples such as the cottage pie, Irish stew and fish & chips. Furthermore, with options such as the 100% grassfed beef baseball steak and the Wagyu New York strip steak, the updated menu also stays true to the old days when businessmen would go to Bergin’s to stuff their stomachs with steaks while discussing the latest numbers, a tradition that continues on to this day. There are also some appealing vegetarian options on the menu, such as the portobello steak, which is marinated with garlic rosemary, and the “Colcannon” salad, which has kale, grilled potatoes and a roasted spring onion crème fraiche. There are a couple of dishes at Bergin’s that are a definite must. Firstly, no individual should leave the restaurant without tasting the Bergin’s version of corned beef and cabbage. The meat is cooked so tenderly that it is easily pulled apart with a fork, so there is no need for a knife. The juicy meat combined with a delightful cinnamon flavor will cause the corned beef to disappear from the plate faster than a pot of gold does at the end of a rainbow. Another worthwhile dish is the Irish breakfast, which is done in true Irish fashion and includes two fried eggs, chicken sausage, rashers, roasted tomato, sautéed
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mushrooms, grilled soda bread and a very tasty black pudding that even a native Irishman would try to replicate. In order to revamp the cocktail menu at Bergin’s, Ebbink and Boudet got the help of Marcos Tello, the mixologist for popular downtown bars like The Edison and Seven Grand. One of the most popular drinks is the Irish Maid, which has mint, cucumber, Bushmill’s whiskey, sugar and limejuice. The combination of flavors in this cocktail makes it a very refreshing drink, and establishes an unlikely way to drink whiskey. For those who want to enjoy a more traditional pub drink, Bergin’s also has a wide range of beer on tap and a large selection of Irish whiskeys. And, of course, they have the classic Irish coffee, which is always a pleasant way to finish off a hearty Irish meal. Though the paint is renewed and the copper on the U-shaped bar has been replaced, Bergin’s still carries the atmosphere of a historical place that has lasted through many years. The faded, tobacco stained clover cutouts on the walls represent the old regulars from the restaurant’s rich past, and the brighter green clover cutouts represent the new regulars who eat there today. Overall, with its rich history, tasty pub food, and the luck of the Irish on its side, it looks like Tom Bergin’s has a promising future. Tom Bergin’s is located at 840 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 936-7151 or visit tombergins.com. Campus Circle 8.2.12 - 8.15.12
“What Not To Wear’s” Ted Gibson Shares His Summer Hairstyling Tips
Hairstylist to the stars Ted Gibson recommends top knots for an easy up-do.
The hair guru tells us how to perfect beachy waves
BY KATHY LE You know that idea that your hairstylist or your barber can become your trusted friend? That you can sit down in their chair and tell them about your day and they’ll listen? Don’t scoff; Ted Gibson is living proof that that idea has merit. Still, as genuine, warm and just plain nice as he is, Gibson is no ordinary hairstylist. “I’m living my dream,” he says humbly as he rattles off all his accomplishments, which include having an A-list celebrity clientele that trust him with their tresses for performances, the red carpet (from the Oscars to the SAG Awards), and magazine covers, as well as owning two salons (one in New York City, the other in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) plus his own line of products. A staple of TLC’s hit “What Not To Wear,” now into its 10th season, this dimpled hairdresser doesn’t have much left under things he hasn’t accomplished on his “vision board.” When asked about what’s next on his list, he deadpans, “I want horses. I don’t have horses yet.” I can’t help but laugh at this, and he too breaks and laughs heartily. He then admits, “I haven’t gotten a cover of Vogue yet.” “That’s it?” “That’s it.” Definitely not your typical hairdresser. Gibson was kind enough to share his hair expertise with Campus Circle, giving readers tips on taking care of their hair, and tells us why he loves his job so much. Campus Circle: It seems the biggest trend in hairstyling right now is effortless-looking beachy waves. How can readers achieve the look at home? Ted Gibson: If you’re not at the beach, use two products: The first product would be [a styling cream like my] Tame It Shine lotion, and then a medium- or large-barrel curling iron. Take 2-inch sections, wrap your hair around, leave it on for about three seconds and then release. What that does is it gives you a soft wave like Gabrielle Union, or Ashley Greene, or Reese Witherspoon, when you see them have beachy hair. What happens is that the ends are a little softer and [they] aren’t curly; you just have a really soft wave to them. And then spray with a light control hairspray. CC: Now that summer’s here, how can we best protect our hair from the sun? TG: There’s one product in particular, one of my products, and it’s called Hair Sheet. It’s great because it has a UV absorber in it, and it also has vitamins and antioxidants. You know the towelettes to take your make up off? [These are the] same kind of idea but for hair. It helps you protect your hair from the sun, and it’s great for traveling! CC: Any other summer hair care tips? TG: If you’re concerned about flyaways or not shampooing as often during the summertime, I would rinse your hair with a cool water rinse. That helps to fill the cuticles, and it also helps to add shine to the hair. CC: How can you protect your hair from chlorine or the ocean?
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and what trends to avoid.
TG: Using a hair sheet before! But if you want something a little more than that, then I would put conditioner on your hair while you’re at the pool. CC: Can you give us some ideas for easy up-dos for hot days? TG: Top-knots are really hot at the moment. Start off with a ponytail on top of your head, wrap your hair around that ponytail, pin and then spray with hold hairspray to hold it in place! Topknots are genius, especially in summer. If you’re going from day to evening, you can put a headband on, put accessories that have a little sparkle to them, add a barrette –there are many great things you can do. CC: What’s the one hair product that’s really worth splurging on? TG: Tools are really important to have. A flat iron is really great [because] you can straighten or wave hair with a flatiron; it’s two things in one. I would splurge on a flat iron that has a dial on it so you can dial up how much heat you need. If you have coarse hair, you want maybe up to 400. If you have fine hair, you can have up to 250 or maybe 300. CC: What do you think is the worst hairstyle or trend right now? TG: My tag line is about the individual: “Beauty is the individual.” It’s about knowing what the trend is, but not necessarily being a slave to it. Know what it is, and adapt to who you are. If ombre is a little too much, make it not as drastic. The only thing I would say that wouldn’t necessarily be right would be the bi-level haircut, shorter in the front and longer in the back. CC: You’re on TLC’s “What’s Not to Wear,” so you’ve dealt with a lot of women in need of a hair overhaul. What’s the biggest mistake women make when styling or taking care of their hair? TG: They don’t use the right tools, from products to the right shampoo and conditioner. There are many things that are important. CC: How did you get started in hair? TG: I am an artist. I do a lot of painting. Hair seems to be the right vehicle for me. CC: What’s your favorite aspect of your job? TG: I love the transformation. It can be a woman on my show “What Not To Wear,” to Ashley Greene, Chloe Moretz, Elizabeth Olsen, Gabrielle Union, Zoe Saldana, Anne Hathaway. All of those girls that I mentioned and the everyday women I work with on “What Not To Wear” feed my soul. [I love] helping women discover their individual beauty. CC: Do you have any advice for aspiring hairstylists? TG: I think being in the beauty business and being a hairdresser is one of the most incredible things in the world. To have the opportunity to make people feel better about themselves every single day, there’s nothing more rewarding. It’s a great business; tell all of them to do it!
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Marley gives a candid look into the life of an icon.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 Music Hard Summer Music Festival Los Angeles State Historic Park 1245 N. Spring St., Los Angeles hardfest.com The largest ticketed music festival in Los Angeles features four stages of 60+ of the most cutting-edge, innovative electronic artists on the scene accompanied by trailblazers from both hip hop and rock ‘n’ roll. When Friday, August 3, 2012-Saturday, August 4, 2012 Times 6 p.m.–2 a.m.
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Film Feel Good Film Festival Laemmle’s Noho 7 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood fgff.org These films highlight positive themes, happy endings and the beauty of our world, while making audiences laugh. Features, shorts and student films will be screened. When Friday, August 3, 2012-Sunday, August 5, 2012
Ziggy and Karen Marley Best Buy 11301 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles bobmarleymovie.com
Ziggy and Karen Marley, two of Bob Marley’s children, will be on hand to sign copies of Marley, the definitive life story of the king of reggae, in celebration of its release on DVD and Blu-ray.
When Tuesday, August 7, 2012 Times 6 p.m.
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Sports International Surf Festival surffestival.org The Hermosa Beach Pier, the Manhattan Beach Pier and Torrance Beach will host championships for lifeguarding, bodysurfing, sand soccer, running, volleyball, paddleboarding, swimming and, of course, surfing. When Friday, August 3, 2012-Sunday, August 5, 2012 Price Free Sports Nike 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament L.A. Live 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles nike3on3.com Basketball players of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to sign up. Plus, experience the Nike Basketball fan fest, Slam dunk contest, Celebrity Shoot Out and more. When Friday, August 3, 2012-Sunday, August 5, 2012 Comedy Star Wars Saga in 60 Minutes Beverly Hills High School
241 Moreno Dr., Beverly Hills brownpapertickets.com/event/261282 Expanded from the wildly popular, criticallyacclaimed comedy “Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes,” this production now includes for the very first time all six episodes of the epic Star Wars saga. George Lucas called “Star Wars in 30 Minutes” “extremely funny,” the Los Angeles Times said it recalled “the glory days of Second City, if not the earlier funny episodes of ‘Saturday Night Live,’” and Variety declared it a “smash hit” and “unflailingly imaginative!” When Friday, August 3, 2012-Sunday, August 19, 2012 Times Fri. & Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Price $20 Theater The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Theatre Banshee 3435 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank brownpapertickets.com/event/258670 The show’s Tony Award-winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. When Friday, August 3, 2012-Sunday, August 12, 2012 Times Fri. & Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 3 & 8 p.m. Price $20 SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 Sports Free Dodger Snapback Cap Dodger Stadium 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com The first 30,000 fans in attendance get a free snapback cap when L.A. takes on the Cubs. When Sunday, August 5, 2012 Time 1:10 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $10 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8 Concerts Nicki Minaj Nokia Theatre 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles mypinkfriday.com She became the first female solo artist to have seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time.
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WHAT’SHAPPENING8/2/12-8/15/12 When Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Times 8 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $49.75 Film Pretty in Pink Westfield Century City 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles westfield.com/centurycity/news-and-events/ movies-on-the-terrace The classic coming-of-age story that reteamed John Hughes and his muse, Molly Ringwald. When Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Time At sunset Price Free THURSDAY, AUGUST 9 Book Signing D.L. Hughley Barnes & Noble @ The Grove 189 Grove Dr., Los Angeles barnesandnoble.com The comedian signs his book, I Want You to Shut The F#ck Up: How the Audacity of Dopes Is Ruining America. When Thursday, August 9, 2012 Time 7 p.m. Food Los Angeles Food & Wine lafw.com Headquartered at L.A. Live, additional locations throughout Los Angeles will play host to the country’s premier gathering of culinary, beverage and entertainment talent during the second annual weekend-long event, including the return of the Lexus Grand Tastings and Lexus LIVE on the Plaza. Expect unique and unprecedented culinary experiences, demonstrations and mixology showcases from an exclusive gathering of internationally-renowned chefs and wineries. Los Angeles Food & Wine benefits the St. Vincent Meals on Wheels Foundation. When Thursday, August 9, 2012-Sunday, August 12, 2012 Music Twilight Concert Series: Cirque du Soleil Santa Monica Pier 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica twilightseries.org The concert will feature 19 Cirque du Soleil musicians from three Las Vegas-based shows, “O,” “Mystère” and “Zumanity,” performing an eclectic mix of numbers ranging from pop and rock to Latin jazz, funk, neo-soul and afro-pop. When Thursday, August 9, 2012 Times 7 p.m. Prices Free FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 Comedy 30 Minute Musicals: Top Gun Celebration Theatre 7051 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood brownpapertickets.com/event/261741 The fast and furious romp features original songs and choreography, and clocks in at a breathtaking 30 minutes. Singing, dancing naval aviators! Don’t miss your chance to reclaim “that loving feeling!” When Friday, August 10, 2012 Times 10:30 p.m. Prices $10 Festivals
Sunland-Tujunga Watermelon Festival Sunland Park Recreation Center 8651 Foothill Blvd., Sunland lionswatermelonfestival.com Free watermelon to cool down on hot summer days along with a watermelon carving display, watermelon eating contest, seed spitting contest and the Watermelon Festival Queen Coronation. There will also be an international food court, dining tent, bazaar marketplace, beer garden, carnival rides, arcade games, live entertainment and more. When Friday, August 10, 2012-Sunday, August 12, 2012 Times Fri., 5-11:30 p.m.; Sat., noon-11:30 p.m.; Sun., noon-10:30 p.m. Prices $5 Film The Descent The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles cinefamily.org One of the most effective fright films of the early 2000s, and arguably the best cave horror movie of all time. When Friday, August 10, 2012 Times 11:59 p.m. Prices $12 SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 Music Red Hot Chili Peppers Staples Center 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles redhotchilipeppers.com The band has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and they currently hold the record for most No. 1 singles on the Alternative Songs chart. When Saturday, August 11, 2012-Sunday, August 12, 2012 Times 7:30 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $39.50 MONDAY, AUGUST 13 Comedy Comedy for a Cause Laugh Factory 8001 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles brownpapertickets.com/event/261505 My Friend’s House Foundation is a fundraiser to benefit the homeless and poverty-stricken in Skid Row and other impoverished Los Angeles areas. Featuring celebrity comedians Earthquake, Guy Torry and others along with celebrity guest DJ/ NBA veteran Cedric Ceballo, plus free giveaways and special celebrity guests. When Monday, August 13, 2012 Times 7:30 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $25 TUESDAY, AUGUST 14 Concerts Kiss & Mötley Crüe Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 8808 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine livenation.com/event/090048709A473E2A The tour by these two legendary rock acts, who haven’t shared a stage since 1982, is being called “summer’s biggest, baddest rock tour.” When Tuesday, August 14, 2012 Times 7 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $15
SAT • AUG 11
Eat, dance and experience culture at this free and fun event.
Chinatown Summer Nights Chinatown Central Plaza 947 N. Broadway, Los Angeles chinatownsummernights.com
Experience the many culinary offerings of Chinatown through Iron Chef-style cooking competitions, great dining by local restaurants serving authentic Chinese and Asian cuisine, and non-stop noshing at L.A.’s best gourmet food trucks. Music combined with interactive art pulses—from dancing on Chinatown’s large outdoor dance floor with KCRW DJs Jason Bentley, Jeremy Sole, Anthony Valadez, Valida and more, to curated large-scale outdoor video projections. You can also take part in hands-on, Chinese cultural activities and watch some of the best local music acts in LA.
When Saturday, August 11, 2012 Times 5 p.m. Prices Free
Music Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour Staples Center 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles staplescenter.com This electrifying production will combine Michael Jackson music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil creativity. When Tuesday, August 14, 2012-Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Times 8 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $50 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15 Lectures Heroes, Villains, Jedis Los Angeles Central Public Library 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles photofriends.org Photographer Kevin Knight discusses Heroes & Villains, his series of remarkable portraits
of “cosplayers” (costume players) from sci-fi/ comic fan conventions. When Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Times 12:15 p.m. Price Free Exhibits Whitney! Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston Grammy Museum 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles grammymuseum.org In cooperation with the family of Whitney Houston, this will be the first major museum exhibition to explore the extraordinary career of the six-time Grammy Awardwinner. “Whitney!” will provide an in-depth look at all aspects of Houston’s creative life by bringing together a collection of diverse artifacts, rare photographs and footage. When Wednesday, August 15, 2012-Thursday, February 28, 2013 Prices $12.95 Campus Circle 8.2.12 - 8.15.12
FASHION MUST-HAVE: BODYCON SKIRTS This staple piece can be styled to take you from the office to the night club!
BY ANN AU
Camisole: theoutnet.com, collared shirt: newlook.com, bodycon skirt: topshop.com, pumps: republic.co.uk, flats: asos.com
Trying to spruce up your do. One suggestion is to wear wardrobe? If so, you will the skirt with a dressy ruffle definitely want to consider blouse, as ruffles remain to adding a few bodycon skirts be big this season. A sheer to it, as these form-fitting button down blouse also pieces are definitely one of serves as a nice pick for the the hottest trends this season. office. However, make sure to Judging from the number of wear a neutral color tank top celebrities wearing bodycon underneath it, as you don’t skirts and the amount they want to be too risqué! Lastly, have been featured on the don’t forget to tuck your shirt runway recently, it’s safe to into the skirt to make it a say that this piece of clothing more professional look. has definitely topped the list of summer essentials this Styling Tips for an year! This is a trend perfect Everyday Look: for those fashionistas who want to look stylish, yet still For a casual day out, lightfeel comfortable. colored bodycon skirts, as Whoever says that well as the popular patterns I looking good and being mentioned above, floral and comfortable is mutually stripe, are the ones to go for. exclusive has definitely not These colors and patterns come across a bodycon skirt will present you as very fun, in his or her life. Most figurerelaxed and flirty. Pair the Pair a bodycon skirt with a neutral colored camisole and pumps for a night out, or wear with a tucked-in collared shirt and flats for an office-appropriate ensemble. hugging bodycon skirts do skirt with a sheer or loose not only provide slimming and flowy light-colored top. effects and accentuate your curves, but they are also extremely leopard prints have defied time and held on to another season, The sheerness and looseness will give you a very laid back vibe, comfortable to wear! It is because most of them are made out and makes you seem like an easy-going person. Tie shirts are so look for these patterns when you are shopping for bodycon of soft and stretchy cotton material with an elastic waistband. skirts. Sport one of those colors/patterns at a club or a party, another good choice to pair with a light bodycon skirt. It allows These skin-tight skirts fit so well that they can be mistaken as a and you will definitely capture some good attention and make you to show a little skin, which blends in a more summery and second skin. a fierce fashion statement. One last thing to note: try to keep fun tone to the whole look. If you are bored of light-colored Another reason that contributed to the widely gained the top as simple as possible. This will balance out the loudness shirts and want to spice things up a little, dip-dyed denim shirts of your skirt. Pair your bright and bold bodycon skirt with a are an alternative for you. They are very popular this summer as popularity of bodycon skirts perhaps is because of their appropriateness for various occasions. You can rock different neutral color tank top or bustier, and you are ready to own the well. Finally, leave the shirt untucked, and finish the look with a dance floor or the party. denim jacket or a vest for a more casual look, and tuck the shirt kinds of looks with a bodycon skirt, ranging from going to a job and complete the look with a sequin or leather jacket if you are interview to having a night out at the club. With diverse styling aiming for a dressier look. These outfits are especially perfect for Styling Tips for the Office: techniques, you can transport the same bodycon skirt from picnics, boat trips, tea parties and more. club-appropriate to work-appropriate. Since offices are a more traditional and conservative Styling Tips for a Night Out: environment, a black bodycon skirt seems to be the best fit for The suggestions above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how to pair and style a bodycon skirt. With a skirt of the occasion. Black bodycon skirts are the best thing to wear if such a simple cutting, there are unending possibilities to style Clubs and parties usually take place in a dark atmosphere. you want to look professional and still be comfortable. For one, it. Be creative and don’t be afraid to play around with different Therefore, in order to stand out and be the center of the the visual image of black bodycon skirts resembles that of the color combinations or patterns! On a last note, this is a very rare attention, a bodycon skirt in a bold pattern or bright color is traditional pencil skirts, which makes it appropriate to wear for the perfect clothing choice. Try on-trend colors, like coral (with an office environment, but, since bodycon skirts are made from fashion trend that suits almost all body types. One can be either skinny or curvy and still look good in it. Let’s hope for more a pink undertone), any neon colors (especially orange), mint stretchy and soft material, they won’t give you that confined or green or red, as all make good color choices for bodycon skirts restricted feelings that a tradition pencil skirt might. As for the universal fashion trends like this one, one that embraces and for a night out. Also, popular patterns such as stripes, florals and top, any dressy top of a neutral color or black and white will celebrates all body types and figures!
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FASHION: DESIGNER Taylor Jewell
Stucky utilizes leather in many of her looks.
Neon bras from the Fall 2012 collection
FIDM ALUMNA LAUREN STUCKY IS RISING IN THE FASHION RANKS The L.A.-based designer creates looks that are “chic with an edge.” BY ANN AU For fashionistas looking to perfect the chic and glamorous rocker girl image, look no further than the designs of talented up-and-comer Lauren Stucky, an L.A.-based designer and FIDM alumna. Stucky made her fashion world debut in Spring 2011 with a line she describes as “classic chic with an edge.” “I want my designs to be beautiful and timeless, but also capture the inspiration and that particular moment in fashion,” she explains. “My designs are for confident women who use fashion as an empowerment. Leather day-to-night, bold fur, lace and sheer tops –my designs are tailored to make women feel special and sexy.” With her pieces being distinguished by an extensive use of leather and a luxurious European-inspired glam-rock vibe, Stucky explains that her designs are most appropriate for “going out attire, nighttime glam. Although some outfits are badass during the day! I love leather for day!” Determined to realize her dream as a fashion designer, the Portland native moved to Los Angeles right after high school in order to further her education at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and to live in a big city where she could experience and learn something new every day. The decision to leave home and attend FIDM was certainly a great career move, and it may even be a life-changing one: while attending FIDM, Stucky has gained the basic skills that she can carry with her and build upon throughout her entire life. “[The best part about attending FIDM was] seeing the change within myself over the course of my degree there,” she reflects. “I started out very tepid, and my confidence grew as I was learning new stuff. I didn’t feel pressure about grades; I just wanted to learn and finesse my craftsmanship.” When asked about why she chose to pursue this particular career path, one simple reason explains it all: “I just do what I love! I’ve always been passionate about fashion and haven’t felt the same about any other profession. I am very blessed to be able
Lauren Stucky recently showed her collection at Avalon Hollywood.
to live out my dream.” Stucky has an innate inclination towards fashion, and has been an avid reader of fashion magazines since a very young age, so this always seemed the natural path for her to take. About one year after graduating from fashion school, after working as a design assistant and interning for a few companies, she decided to follow the dream that she has always had: launching her very own line. Deciding to launch a line seems to be the easy part; always coming up with refreshing and innovating design ideas for the line is probably the harder part. So where do her inspirations come from? “I get my inspiration from literally everything!” explains Stucky. “Nature, everyday people, music, art, different cultures and societies, world affairs, etc. My inspiration is endless, really.” As for the designers she admires most, Stucky cites YSL, Celine, Prada, Givenchy, Alexander Wang and Alexander McQueen. “Alexander McQueen can do no wrong,” she gushes. “The romanticism and impeccable craftsmanship is always there, and anyone who can invest in buying McQueen should. Sarah Burton has done a tremendous job since she stepped in at keeping the brand alive.” Given her numerous sources of inspiration, designer’s block does not seem to be posing a problem for Stucky. In fact, her biggest challenge is, “not feeding into the pressure,” she explains. “There are millions of amazing designers in the world. It’s a tough competition! Just focusing on doing my own thing can be a struggle at times. On the flip side, this disconnection can lead to my greatest ideas and inspiration.” Nonetheless, it seems that she has risen to the challenge! Stucky recently showed her designs at Avalon in Hollywood at an event organized by Project Ethos, which showcases emerging and top design talents via live events as well as the
World Wide Web. “They emailed me about their fashion show, and I loved the idea and the people behind it so I agreed. The rest is history.” She believes her involvement in Project Ethos has helped her as a designer. “Doing any fashion show is always a new experience,” says Stucky. “I’ve been involved in three fashion shows now, and each one was so different! The shows help because you can see the people’s reaction: what pieces they love or don’t like as much.” Stucky is sure to rise even further in the fashion world, as she has managed to strike the perfect balance between edginess, femininity and trendiness with her designs. In her latest collection, chiffon and tie-dye, along with other popular trends of the year, are seen repeatedly, and are blended in with her signature leather separates, which include vests, pants, tops and even bras. As a fresh graduate from fashion school, Stucky may potentially inspire many aspiring fashion designers and fashion school students, for whom she has some advice: “Never give up, and always believe in yourself and what you are doing. Where there is a will there is a way. Also, fashion is art, so there is no wrong way to do it. Never design what you think someone else might like; create what you want.” With her amazing fashion sense and her never-cliché designs worthy of a stylish rock goddess, along with her rapidly growing fan base among the young rock ‘n’ roll Hollywood throng, Stucky’s ultimate career goal doesn’t seem to be too farfetched. Stucky exclaims, “I would love to show in New York Fashion Week someday, hopefully soon! Of course, Paris is the ultimate. I’ve gone to several seasons of NYFW and it’s always a blast. It is so encouraging to see the shows and how it’s all put together.” But most importantly, she hopes “to be successful and happy at what I love doing. I think that is essentially the ultimate goal.”
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SPORTS: OLYMPICS Kobe Bryant is one of the leaders for USA’s men’s basketball team in this year’s Olympics in London.
With the London 2012 Summer Olympics underway, the United States men’s basketball team came together just in the nick of time. With injuries to several key players, including Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard, the complete roster wasn’t even finalized until July 7. Hall of Famer Mike Kryzewski once again serves as the team’s head coach, with former NBA coaches Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan serving as assistants. The guard position features stars Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook in the mix. James Harden and Andre Iguodala figure to play both guard and forward. The world’s two best players, Lebron James and Kevin Durant, highlight the forward position, while Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony and Anthony Davis will also step into the rotation. Finally, the team’s only true center will be anchored by reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Tyson Chandler. As with every Olympic team, Coach K will have to be able to manage his team’s egos in order to be successful. With so many big names and strong personalities together on one team, there is always the possibility of problems arising. Each player is used to being a superstar in the NBA and having his team rally around his ability: He is the main option, he gets the most minutes, and he is the center of attention. With a team of 12 superstars, the most common issues that rise are due to disagreements in playing time or usage while on the floor. Coach K is plenty capable of handling this, but needs to constantly manage every ego appropriately. Team USA has to remember that it is playing as one for the country and not individually. If the team loses then the United States as a whole is affected as well. While the public may not expect a blowout every game, the gold medal is an obvious must. With so many different types of players on the team, it is interesting to see what role each player is going to play. Olympic veterans Bryant and James will bring the scoring, team leadership, veteran savvy and defensive tenacity we are all used to seeing year in and year out. This is their team, and they will be the face of Team USA. Paul will be the starting floor general, and will be much more of a facilitator rather than scorer. With so much offensive talent around him, Paul really can focus on creating open shots
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Team USA has a shot at the medal if the players can keep their individual egos in check. Harry E. Walker/MCT
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AMERICA’S BEST BASKETBALL PLAYERS AIM FOR OLYMPIC GOLD
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first and creating his own opportunities second. Anthony will most likely start due to his experience on the team, though Durant figures to get the bulk of the small forward minutes. Anthony is as explosive of a scorer as any, but Durant is just as unstoppable, and contributes far more in other categories such as rebounds and assists. Chandler will constantly log big minutes as the only real center on the team. He’s expected to be a monster on the glass, contributing his defense, shot-blocking ability and rebounding. Westbrook and Williams will back up Paul interchangeably, with each one playing the shooting guard at times as well. Westbrook is the far more explosive of the two, and can bring the instant offense. Williams, however, is the much better defender, and his size will come in handy against bigger guards. Love will occasionally spell Chandler and play center, but will mostly play the power forward position. As such a versatile player, he will dominate the glass while also opening up the floor with his threepoint shot. Love will be the biggest “x-factor” of Team USA’s success, considering his immense talents in multiple categories, including scoring, rebounding and three-pointers, among others. Iguodala has the role of a defensive specialist, and the nod as the best perimeter defender on the team. He can even guard players bigger than him with success, as seen in these last playoffs. Finally, Harden and Davis are expected to play limited minutes, mostly to spell the other players when they need rest. Neither, especially Davis, stacks up to the talent level of the other superstars. Harden will come into most use against smaller guards, as his size and speed can create difficult matchups. Due to the lack of Team USA’s size, Davis will log most of his playing time against bigger frontcourts such as Spain. Overall, Team USA is undoubtedly stocked with some of the best players in the entire world. The guard and forward positions have extremely deep rotations that utilize the strengths of each individual player. Coach K has the opportunity to make multiple personnel lineups that will create matchup nightmares for opposing teams. For example, a smaller lineup consisting of Paul, Westbrook, Durant, James and Love would run teams to the ground by means of fast-break points and transition baskets. On the other side of the spectrum, a large lineup could
include Williams, Harden, James, Love and Chandler. These five would play a whole different game focusing on a half court offense, rather than running and gunning the ball. Whether it’s on offense or defense, Coach K has a multitude of lineups that he can create depending on the makeup of the opposing team. When comparing Team USA to the rest of the world, most people would agree that the United States is the clear best. Individually, its players are almost all superior in ability, athleticism and basketball knowledge. It’s about being able to successfully put this package together in a functioning manner; if it all comes around, Team USA will be unstoppable. The only real issue for Team USA is the size of the frontcourt. With Chandler as the only true center, the depth behind him is clearly lacking. The next two tallest on the team are Davis and Love, who are both 6’10”. Both figure to be lining up primarily as power forwards with occasional spurts as center. At times, James will almost certainly be placed at the four as well. No one questions the physical and fearless nature of these players, but with that being said, raw size will still play a major factor in the frontcourt. Especially considering the uncertainty surrounding Davis’s transition into professional basketball, the size of the team could be in an even larger mess come the Olympics. Team USA will have to continually rely on its superior athleticism to not only overcome this problem, but also reach the height of its ability. While Team USA seems a shoe-in to win the gold, if they are not careful, the gold medal could slip out of reach. A healthy team featuring Howard and Bosh would absolutely tear through the Olympics with little competition. Without that height however, the United States could be vulnerable in the frontcourt especially against Spain. While Argentina is worth mentioning, Spain is the United States’ only real worry. Despite the fact that the United States did beat Spain during exhibition play, there are still concerns. In the game against Brazil, in which Team USA squeezed out an uninspiring 80-69 victory, they were dominated down low. If Brazil’s Tiago Splitter, Anderson Varejao and Nene can outplay Team USA’s frontcourt, then Spain’s Serge Ibaka and the Gasol brothers can certainly do that on any given day as well.
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TECH: SOCIAL MEDIA
THE TWITTER AND TUMBLRS
BY KATHY LE
One of the many very useful charts on ilovecharts.tumblr.com.
YOU SHOULD BE FOLLOWING NOW
Mindy Kaling’s tweets are charming and witty.
Follow these accounts for plenty of chuckles –and some somewhat useful information too. Tweet, tweet…
my computer screen.
Mindy Kaling @mindykaling You may recognize Mindy Kaling from her role as scene-stealer Kelly on “The Office,” and she’ll appear on your small screens this fall with the highly anticipated “The Mindy Project.” However, her resume also includes the title Culturally Aware and Super Witty Tweeter. Her past experience and abilities that have earned her this title include being a writer for “The Office,” penning a hilarious book (Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?) and watching “Breaking Bad” religiously. As a bonus, she spars with BJ Novak occasionally and it’s the best.
Sample tweet: I find the best way to avoid having to talk to other people on the bus is to drive my own car.
Sample tweet: I don’t care, I’m still gonna make a run at Anderson Cooper
Sample tweet: Minnesota man accidentally destroys 40,000-square-foot lawn http://yhoo.it/MAWjbf
Tim Siedell @badbanana It was very difficult to go through his page and try to find an exemplary one to showcase because I actually “LOL” when I read them, and no one really likes to explain why they’re cackling at their computer screen. His tweets have appeared in a book, been performed onstage, printed on shirts, read on television and posted online at the Washington Post and New York Times. How am I supposed to pick? So I closed my eyes and pointed at
Campus Circle @campuscircle This goes without saying! Still, I’ll say it. Follow our Twitter so you can keep up with the newest articles that hit our site.
Weird News @weirdnews This twitter will give you short one-liners about and links to, you guessed it: weird news. Apparently, they’re based out of Japan, so you know they’re on the up-and-up and have a good handle on what’s weird and what’s not. By the way, it looks like most of the weirdest news comes from Americans, so I don’t know what that says about us.
Stumble across these Tumblrs… ilovecharts.tumblr.com Who could have guessed a tumblr full of charts could be so
awesome? Some are seriously detailed, some are funny, some are informative and all are worth your time. surisburnbook.tumblr.com If Suri Cruise, daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, is a judgmental, cold-hearted little toddler, no one would be surprised. (Sorry, but this little girl enjoys wearing heels and has a $635 dress in four different colors.) This tumblr puts captions under pictures of Hollywood progeny and their parents in the voice of the little girl, and the best part about it is that all of it sounds like something Suri would say. It’s believable that she has it out for Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and is deeply disappointed by the way Willow Smith carries herself. Don’t think the parents escape ridicule, either. One of her latest posts belittles Seal’s choice of shoes. whenparentstext.tumblr.com Parents are just really funny. justlittlethings.net If you’re ever having a bad day, this tumblr is the cure. They’re just simple one-line texts that list “life’s simple pleasures that are commonly overlooked.” You’ll smile just reading through a page and thinking about those small things that make life great, some you may have forgotten about in all the chaos.
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ZIGGY AND KAREN MARLEY
SIGNING FOR THE RELEASE OF MARLEY AUG. 7 TH – 6PM BEST BUY – 11301 W. PICO BLVD., LOS ANGELES, CA 90064
“MARLEY DOES WHAT IS PROBABLY THE BEST POSSIBLE JOB OF DOCUMENTING AN IMPORTANT LIFE.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Best Buy Exclusive Limited Edition Bonus Disc DVD or Blu-ray™ release of Marley available starting August 7 TH! The limited edition bonus disc includes three rare concert performances and a photo gallery slideshow featuring the song “Trench Town Rock.”
Starting Tuesday, August 7th, individuals purchasing either the DVD or Blu-ray™ of Marley will receive a wristband to attend the signing event to meet Ziggy and Karen Marley, two of Bob Marley’s children. The signing event will begin at 6:00 PM and conclude at 8:00 PM. Note that wristbands cannot be replaced. Time is subject to change. Due to anticipated attendance, autographs are on a first-come, first-served basis.
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