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MUSIC 06 Prince Royce Beats All Odds 07 Action Item: A Boy Band with an Edge 07 Simian Mobile Disco Performing Live 08 Music Report

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THE LATEST FROM LOS ANGELES AND BEYOND BY JULIE CHAMBERLAIN LAPD MOVES TO SAVE YOUNG LIVES On Nov. 13, the LAPD and The Saving Lives Drug and Alcohol Coalition announced the start of their Underage Drinking Prevention Campaign. This campaign is being put together in order to stop under aged drinking, prevent adults from giving minors alcohol and reduce the number of alcohol-related injuries within the under-21 community. The first thing that will be put into effect as part of this campaign is multi-lingual in stores, according to the official website of The Saving Lives Drug and Alcohol Coalition. This campaign is being implemented in time to reduce underage drinking right before the holidays, when minors are out of school and more likely to be partying and drinking. BULLET TRAIN: HUGE PROJECT OR HUGE PROBLEM? Since everyone wants to save time on travel, the community has recently voted for a train that would go from Bakersfield to Los Angeles. This train would cut a large chunk of time off of travel. But during a recent evaluation of the site, the train project has run into huge problems. One problem is that the path of the train

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will not only go through two mountain ranges, the Tehachapi Mountains and the San Gabriel Mountains, but also go over more than a dozen earthquake faults. This big project will cost $68-billion and will have to incorporate tunneling machines the size of football fields. The train will shoot east from Bakersfield at 220 mph and have to climb one of the steepest high-speed inclines in the world, soaring over canyons as high as 33-story skyscrapers. CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECTING OUR COFFEE? In college and in life there’s one thing that gets us through those early mornings: coffee. But according to recent research, the change in our climate may bring coffee beans to extinction. According to the Los Angeles Times, by 2080 there could be as little as a 65 percent decrease in coffee bean planting areas at best, and there could be as much as a 100 percent loss in planting area at worse. This may be far in the future, but in as

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SPORTS Despite setting records, Matt Barkley experienced a tough season this year.

MATT BARKLEY’S LEGACY AT USC As USC’s football season comes to an end, what kind of mark has the quarterback left at the school? BY ELISA HERNANDEZ


But the Trojans lost to the Fighting Irish, 22-13, on Nov. 24.

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Bragging rights wasn’t the only thing on the line when USC took on crosstown rival UCLA. Senior quarterback Matt Barkley took the field at the Rose Bowl subconsciously knowing that some will define his legacy at USC by the outcome of that game. Failing to meet expectations this season may have put a dent in his legacy as a Trojan, but it didn’t break it. Despite it being a season that started with Heisman hopes, and it with Barkley not suiting up in (possibly) his last game (if USC receives an invite to a Bowl affair, Barkley could play) as a Trojan.

most prestigious universities in the world, during the offseason he has traveled to Haiti to build homes and transport supplies to orphanages and schools. Along with his family, he’s also volunteered in Nigeria, South Africa and Mexico. He’s given fans some of the greatest games, been a role model for what it means to be a student-athlete (emphasis on student), broken and set Pac-12 and USC records. This proudly represents what it is to be a Trojan. In a Los Angeles Times article, Barkley said the music the Trojan marching band plays is “inspirational,” and there’s no other place he’d rather be than at USC. The support he gives his teammates and his volunteer work during the offseason speaks volumes of his character. While his reputation at USC is tarnished, his character isn’t, and as John Wooden once said, “Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” As Barkley’s era comes to an end at USC, his successor Max Wittek’s is just beginning. Barkley told USC Athletics that once he realized he wasn’t going to play, he texted Wittek, “Get Ready. Let’s go beat the Irish.”

“To not be able to suit up and be with my guys is going to suck,” said Barkley after the Nov. 20 practice, referring to their game against No. 1-ranked Notre Dame. “But I don’t think one game will define my time at USC.” Losses to Stanford, Arizona, Oregon and UCLA have left fans wondering and asking: What was the point of Barkley coming back to play in his final year of eligibility? In a season that was surrounded by a theme of “unfinished business” has left more undone than before. But Barkley knows that although football may be a passion in his life, it doesn’t define it. “I took a chance,” said Barkley. “It didn’t turn out the way I planned, but I think over the last four years, especially this year, I’ve learned so much, grown [and] matured a lot...I don’t regret it one bit.” His legacy as a USC football player may not have ended the way he wanted, but his legacy as a Trojan is still intact and strong. A Trojan is defined as someone who is faithful, scholarly, skillful, courageous and ambitious - a definition Barkley exemplifies. But in terms of football, Barkley has arguably let down USC fans that hoped for a BCS title game; however, he has done a lot more off the field. Aside from having a degree from one of the

UCLA football will rise if they continue to perform. BY MEGAN DUEHRING

Although it took five years, Los Angeles finally saw the fall of the Trojans and rise of the Bruins when UCLA defeated USC 38-28 on Nov. 17 to secure a spot in the Pac-12 title game. Thusly, the Bruins earned respect as Pac-12 South Champions. Now, they will face Stanford (10-2, 8-1) in the Pac12 title game on Nov. 30 at Stanford Stadium. UCLA has a shot at playing in the Rose Bowl game. UCLA (9-3, 6-3) began the season as an unranked team, but Jim Mora has led the Bruins – in his first season as head coach – to a ranking of 17th in the AP Top 25 polls and 16th in the BCS Standings polls. By instilling discipline and leadership skills into his players, Mora has started a new era for UCLA. An era all Bruin fans can be proud of. Mora said his players want to win every week regardless of what team they’re playing. “I think this team’s motivation is to win as many games as they can and go out and perform at a high level every Saturday, and their motivation is to win every week,” he said, according to “I don’t think their motivation ever at any point this year was just to beat USC and just to win the

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Pac-12 South. That’s not the sense I got from being around these guys.” Mora started his relationship with the team by hauling them east of Los Angeles to San Bernardino for part of preseason camp this past summer. By bringing his boys to practice in 120-degree weather, it was apparent he wouldn’t be taking it easy just because he was moving from the NFL to college football. UCLA’s head coach isn’t the only addition the Bruins have to be thankful for this year. Redshirt freshman quarterback Brett Hundley has helped redeem the program’s national spotlight. Last season, the Bruins finished 6-8 and 5-4, respectively. Evolving into a prolific asset, Hundley has developed the composure needed from a quarterback that the Bruins had been missing. His agility has allowed him to pick up yardage when he’s under pressure, while his completion percentage (69.4) and overall athleticism has landed him the fourth overall QB rating in the conference. For the year, Hundley has amassed 2,973 passing yards to go along with 25 touchdowns. Senior running back Johnathan Franklin has been an

impactful player for the Bruins’ success since day one. Franklin, who has scored 10 touchdowns, is up for the Doak Walker Award for the nation’s best running back and ranks sixth in the country for rushing yards with a total of 1,441, while averaging 127 yards per game. He is also one of the 15 “Players to Watch” for the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year award. Anthony Barr is another name that must be mentioned when discussing the Bruins’ success. He began the season by completely switching gears, going from fullback to linebacker. This switch turned out to be the best decision of his career. Now an option for defensive player of the year, Barr leads the Pac-12 in sacks with a total of 12 and has forced three fumbles. If you dared to predict UCLA to have this type of success before the season began, people probably would’ve laughed at you. However, if there is one thing that can be agreed upon about the Bruins this year, it’s that they were highly underestimated, and it looks as though the rise of UCLA football has only just begun. Campus Circle 11.29.12 - 12.12.12


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BACHATA STAR PRINCE ROYCE LIVING PHASE 2 OF HIS LIFE The Bronx native is on his way to becoming an international star and role model. BY MARVIN VASQUEZ Singer-songwriter Prince Royce, 23, provides a fusion of bachata, R&B and pop.

For Prince Royce, nothing has arrived easily. As a kid growing up in Bronx, N.Y., no one believed in him. In fact, people thought he was out of his mind. But he proved every single one of them wrong. “There were so many people growing up that told me that I was never going to make it, that I was crazy and that singing was like winning the lottery, or worse,” said Prince Royce, a 23-yearold bachata singing sensation born Geoffrey Rojas. “I just never let any of that bring me down.” “Even though I grew up in a tough neighborhood, with a lot of negative things around me, I always stayed positive,” he added. “I stayed true to myself, and I think that’s what I still continue to do.” Indeed, he does. Prince Royce, who has two studio albums, Prince Royce (2010) and Phase II (2012) under his belt, discovered his passion for music as a kid. “At 13, I would always sing in the shower. It was a hobby, you know? It was just singing,” he said. “I would then later sing at school, I would sing to the girls at school and I especially said I wanted to be a singer when I was 15 years old. That’s when I started recording myself on my computer. That’s when I started going out and handing out flyers, handing out demos, and really trying my best to promote myself as much as possible.” Over the years, Prince Royce gained a diverse liking and knowledge of music. “I’m just a fan of music…no matter what language or rhythm it is. I just think music is so powerful,” he said. He added that he loves R&B, hip-hop, salsa, merengue, reggaeton and pop, among other styles. Prince Royce’s debut project, Prince Royce, hit the market in a distinctive avenue – led by his cover of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” a track from the 1960s. In it, Prince Royce universally popularized it with a fusion of bachata, pop, and R&B, which was filled with Spanglish lyrics. That was followed by yet another fusion, “Corazón Sin Cara,” which actually received even more attention. Prince Royce solely wrote the lyrics of “Corazón Sin Cara,” a track detailing the low self-esteem and vanity of women. The song peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Tropical Songs chart. Eventually, it reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Latin Songs chart. But more importantly, Billboard named it the best-selling Latin single of 2011. The Dominican-American signaled his inspiration for writing songs. “I think it could be many things. It could be something that I remember from growing up,


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it can be something that happens from my personal life,” he said. “Every time I write a song, I try to think: How can I make a difference today? How could I put a smile on somebody’s face?” But now Prince Royce is living Phase II of his life. The album carries “Las Cosas Pequeñas” and “Incondicional.” Both numbers have escalated to the top of the charts, too. Phase II contains 13 tracks – 11 that Prince Royce wrote or co-wrote. “The concept was to do something different and innovative, but at the same time, continue with that same Prince Royce that everybody fell in love with in that first record,” he said. “It’s a little bit of everything - a little bit of romanticism and a little bit of real life.” Fluent in both English and Spanish, Prince Royce owns a large fan base on Facebook (more than 5.1 million likes) and Twitter (more than 800,000 followers). However, he still manages to stay in touch with his fans daily. Prince Royce said that without the fans, there wouldn’t be a Prince Royce, and it’s a joy to communicate with his fans via social media. “You can stay in touch with those people that really are the ones that take you there. Without the fans, without those people buying the records and going to the shows, there wouldn’t be a Prince Royce,” he said. Prince Royce, who loves playing videos games, sky diving and hitting the gym, also enjoys collaborating with other artists. He provided support to two contagious tracks. With reggaeton megastar Daddy Yankee in “Ven Conmigo,” Prince Royce added a romantic element to the pulsating up-tempo tropical tune. In “El Verdadero Amor Perdona,” Mexican rock group Maná went Prince Royce’s way; the piece, although mellow, is a bachata version. Not bad for a kid no one believed in. Not bad for a singer who is still doubted back-andforth by critics. This young celebrity is now gradually becoming a role model to many people around the world. So how does Prince Royce sum up his past, current and ongoing success? “I think it is like living a dream, but at the same time it’s something that will not happen without hard work,” he said. “It won’t happen by itself. The moment I stop, the moment that I think I’m too good, or the moment that I think I’m the man or the moment that I sleep on it a little bit, is the moment that I won’t be living that dream anymore. So right now, I’m trying to have as strong a work ethic as possible to continue growing as an artist and as a person.”

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MUSIC: FEATURE Action Item has endured ridicule but is now making its way to the top.

Before you dismiss them as a typical pop act, take a closer look at this surprisingly multi-faceted boy group. BY SOLA FASEHUN Imagine you’re on tour for a year, and you have to endure another night where you don’t fit in because of your style of music. While you’re performing, you’re booed off stage, made fun of or ignored. The success that has followed boy band Action Item is well earned. Brian Cag (lead singer) did not hesitate to point out a few important facts that separate this group from other boy bands and give them a little more musical substance that others might be lacking. “All of the members of Action Item grew up playing instruments,” he said. This immediately sets them apart from other famous boy groups of the past and present. Some boy bands were put together after an audition and did not need to play instruments nor write their own songs. This resulted in a formulaic group archetype that we’ve seen over and over again throughout the years. Action Item turns all of that inside out. Not only are they cute, but they also sing, play instruments and write (or co-write) all of their music. They’ve also been featured on MTV’S BUZZ section with their single “Last Day of Summer,” and they’ve collaborated with

some current pop idols. You’d think they’d be signed to a huge record label, right? That’s not the case. “We are unsigned, always have been,” said Cag. “We are looking at a couple of labels…but if we can be with a team similar to the one behind Jay-Z and Rihanna…” Cag left the rest up in the air because it goes without saying that if the people backing Jay-Z and Rihanna want to sign your act to their label, (as a musician) you don’t say no. And a deal like that hasn’t come Action Item’s way…yet. However, obstacles always fill the road to success. Cag acknowledged that these roadblocks have helped Action Item get to where they are now. “I was a sophomore in college when I told my parents I was dropping out, and soon after the group did crappy tours all over the country to support our music and get it out there,” he said. Cag can laugh about it now and explained that his parents were foreigners from Poland and were devastated by his decision to drop out of Rutgers University. But what about now? Cag said he is back at school at Penn State World Campus

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(the online version of Penn State), and he admitted it’s a struggle to balance work and school. In hindsight, he has some very good advice for Campus Circle readers who are hoping to embark on a musical career. “Honestly don’t stop college,” said Cag. “I wish that was the one thing I had finished back then.” Now, back to those crappy road tours that Action Item did for a year, where they were ridiculed and endured obstacles that musicians pray they don’t have to deal with. That year proved that Action Item was not a one-trick pony. They were in it to win it, and their hard work paid off with a very special phone call. “We got a call from Live Nation to open up for Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez…” said Cag. “It was one of those fairy tale things you read in a book.” After that came the Nick Jonas single that he wrote for the group to perform called “Learn How to Fly,” the opportunity to work with music producers Jason Reeves (known for his work with Colbie Caillat and others) and U4L. Action Item, at first glance, would seem like another pop boy group, but they’ve proven that they are more than just pretty faces.

Simian Mobile Disco performs each show completely live – meaning it’s on-the-spot improvisation.


The term “live DJ” is as oxymoronic as the age-old dilemma of jumbo shrimp. And in general, it boils down to the nature of the production. Most DJs are hiding behind a laptop with nary an idea of what they are actually doing there. A couple of button presses and faux hand movements – they make us believe they’re really working for it. There are a few acts that buck the lazy trends of modern live dance music. British duo Simian Mobile Disco is one of them. The group, which actually started off as a novelty side project of rock group Simian, is comprised of James Ford and Jas Shaw two Brits who started the group back in 2005 as a means of making more free form, creative music. The duo focused on traditional electronic house music with heavy doses of psychadelia early on. With a handful of catchy, danceable singles like “Hustler” and “It’s The Beat,” Simian Mobile Disco became a household name. With the release of its latest album and EP Unpatterns and A Form Of Change, the duo strips down its sound to the basic forms. Ford noted that the new direction is primarily influenced by their tastes and what they wanted to hear in a club. “In the beginning, we were really trying to make music we wanted to hear ourselves,” he said. “We got sort of sidetracked into vocals a bit, but now we’re back to doing what we feel like we do best.” This back-to-basics approach is familiar for the group, and it’s refreshingly simple in a genre that seems to overcomplicate itself every step of the way. Ford continued, “Each element kind of has its own personality. It’s not like there’s hundreds of different keyboards, synths or vocals. It’s all about how simple patterns interact to create something

The British electronic duo returns to its roots with new material and a true live performance. BY ZACH BOURQUE more complicated.” This relatively simple approach belies SMD’s intricate live show, one in which the band creates the entire show on the fly. With a rig on stage that wouldn’t look out of place in Apollo 13 era Cape Canaveral, Shaw and Ford layer together a live show with the same gear they use in their very own studio. Ford elaborated, “It’s all created totally live. We can change the structures and create things on the fly; basically, it’s the way we create songs in the studio but in a totally live way.” Producing the music completely live results in a sound that is different and unpredictable. It’s rare – but also risky. “We couldn’t make our shows the same even if we tried,” said Ford. “The nature of our music is that the machines we use need more hands than we’ve actually got. So inevitable things will go wrong or be too loud or be the wrong sound, but that’s just the nature of the performance.”’ Like any live music duo, Simian Mobile Disco really has to rely on each other during every show. “I suppose you build up a kind of language and set of unwritten rules that you become telepathic about,” said Ford. “Especially in a live situation -- I can read what he’s going to do almost on a wink or a nod, which takes quite a long time to develop.” The live appeal of electronic dance music has never been greater. It may have taken a while to explode in the states, a fact Ford described as nothing short of “quite bizarre really.” But no matter what side of the pond you are there is something universally infectious about the appeal of the dance floor. Simian Mobile Disco will perform at the Fonda Theatre on Nov. 30. Campus Circle 11.29.12 - 12.12.12





Rage Against the Machine has come out with a CD box set you’ll want to grab. Lisa Johnson

CD box sets that won’t disappoint.

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FOR REGGAE FANS Reggae Golden Jubilee: Origins of Jamaican Music – 50th Anniversary (VP Records) Edward Seaga, the man who was Prime Minister of Jamaica during the ‘80s when reggae music was blowing up worldwide, personally curated this 4-CD, 100-track compilation. Seaga’s selections begin with the 1959 pre-reggae single “Easy Snapping” by Theophilus Beckford and closes with Mavado’s 2009 cut “I’m On the Rock;” the space in between is packed with hits and favorite cuts from Shaggy, Etana, Black Uhuru, Yellowman, Maxi Priest, Queen Ifrica, Beenie Man, Bob Marley and virtually every other reggae artist you can think of. FOR AMERICANA FANS Johnny Cash The Complete Columbia Album Collection (Columbia/Legacy) Johnny Cash first came to Columbia Records in 1958; he brought the label an album called The Fabulous Johnny Cash that contained the #1 country hit “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town.” His subsequent output for the label, a little mind-boggling by its sheer volume, is all included here on 63 CDs. Previously hard-to-find live albums Johnny Cash pa Osteraker, Strawberry Cake and Koncert V Praze are included as are two new compilation discs put together just for this box: a collection of Sun Records tunes from 1954-58 called Johnny Cash With His Hot & Blue Guitar and The Singles, Plus, a 2-CD set featuring non-L.P. cuts. FOR ROCK FANS Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine - XX (Epic/Legacy) This 2-CD/2-DVD 20th anniversary edition of Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled debut album overflows with cuts and clips that will send fans into a lather; the CD holding the remastered version of the album is appended with live takes on “Bombtrack,” “Bullet in the Head” and “Take the Power Back” while the second CD marks the first official release of the album’s demo tracks, including previously unheard rough versions of “Darkness of Greed” and “Clear the Lane.” The DVDs feature the band’s first-ever live performance, an 11-song set filmed at California State North Ridge in 1991, 13 songs filmed at different locations in the early ’90s and music videos. FOR BLUES FANS B.B. King Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. B.B. King (Universal) King is one of the most endearing and enduring bluesmen of the modern era and this 10-CD box is a career spanning retrospective. Each of the CDs represents an era, sound or theme. The Key to the Highway is full of cheating or breakup songs like “Sinner’s Prayer,” the title track performed as a duet with Eric Clapton and the Christmas blues of “Backdoor Santa.” Other discs carry titles like When Love Comes to Town, Rock Me Baby, Lucille Talks Back and The Thrill is Gone and each has rare tracks appended. Guest players include the Rolling Stones, U2, Elton John and others. Nearly 200 tracks in all. FOR ELVIS FANS Elvis Presley Prince From Another Planet (RCA/Legacy) Elvis performed two shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 10, 1972 and both are presented here in this 2-CD/1-DVD set. The hit-packed set lists are virtually identical for both shows, but the earlier set has a few extra songs, including “Until it’s Time for You to Go,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “I’ll Remember You” and “Reconsider Baby.” The DVD holds a short documentary, footage of Elvis’ pre-show press conference and about 20-minutes of fan-shot video synched to audio from the first show.


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Men in Black 3, 1975’s Zorro and “Ancient Aliens.” BY MIKE SEBASTIAN Action! From the writer-director team behind The Proposition comes Lawless, a bloodsoaked tale of three prohibition-era bootlegger brothers going to war against a corrupt cop and mob competition. Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy lead the ensemble cast. Sylvester Stallone assembles an even bigger collection of action icons for The Expendables 2. The Dream Team of mercenary squads takes what they think will be an easy mission, only to find they have become the world’s last hope. Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris join the all-star shoot ‘em up. The Majors: Bid farewell to Hogwarts with Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 & 2: Ultimate Edition. This box set includes the final two films of Harry’s climactic showdown with Voldemort. It also includes the conclusion of the epic making-of documentary and more. Men in Black 3 follows agent J (Will Smith) back in time to the ‘60s, where he must stop an alien from killing a young Agent K (Josh Brolin doing a dead-on Tommy Lee Jones) and changing the future. Set against a scenic Miami backdrop, Step Up Revolution follows a group of flash mob dancers who use their moves to protect their historic neighborhood from an encroaching real estate developer. In Toon: A ghoulish stop-motion film for the whole family, ParaNorman follows an outcast boy who can talk to the dead. Now with a witch’s ancient curse raising the dead, Norman is the town’s only hope. Anna Kendrick, Jeff Garlin and John Goodman provide voices. Jack Black returns alongside a stellar voice cast, including Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman, in the short film Kung Fu Panda Holiday. Po (Black) has to team up with the Furious Five to throw the prefect winter feast. Stranger Than Fiction: Last Call at the Oasis is a timely and vital documentary tackling the subject of the water crisis already in progress that threatens humanity’s survival. From chemical contaminants that change the sex of frogs to decades-long droughts, myriad issues demand we educate ourselves. The Idiotbox: An incredibly entertaining “what if?” show, “Ancient Aliens” proposes that extraterrestrials visited earth in antiquity and left their mark on humanity. Season 4 uses the Japanese tsunami as a springboard to look into natural disasters. From the Vault: International superstar Alain Delon brings his characteristic verve to bear as the iconic masked freedom fighter in 1975’s Zorro. This Italian swashbuckler comes digitally restored in its complete form, climaxing in one epic sword fight. Blu Notes: The perfect gift for the comic fan in your life, Watchmen: Collector’s Edition contains the ultimate cut (restoring the Tales of the Black Freighter animated sequences to the director’s cut), two hours of bonus features, plus a beautiful hardcover edition of the classic graphic novel. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure follows two metal heads (Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter) destined to bring humanity together with their music—if they can only pass their high school history class. Luckily, George Carlin arrives from the future in a time machine phone booth to give the boys a crash course. A young Christian Bale stars in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun. This adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s autobiographical novel follows an English boy separated from his parents and taken to an internment camp in Japanese-occupied China.

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Brad Pitt as Jackie Cogan in Killing Them Softly

Melinda Sue Gordon © 2011 Cogan’s Productions

Silver Linings Playbook is a comedy, drama and love story wrapped in one.

This crime/drama/thriller will keep you intrigued from beginning to end. BY ARIEL PAREDES

The Hunger Games star develops an entertaining romance with Cooper. BY NATALY CHAVEZ

The Weinstein Company is pumping out films near the end of this year hoping to be a part of the Oscar race. Its latest debut is Killing Them Softly from director Andrew Dominik, who once again is reunited with The Assassination of Jesse James star, Brad Pitt. Adapting the 1974 crime novel Cogan’s Trade, Dominik puts forth a dark and sinister film looking at the underbelly of crime. Filmed in Louisiana but taking place in South Boston, the film follows a seedy mob world that goes awry. Markie Trattman (Ray Liotta) runs a card game that is held up by two near do-wells (Scoot McNairy from Argo and Sam Mendelsohn from Animal Kingdom), who manage to pull off the heist. When word reaches the higher ups, a resolution requires cool-as-a-cucumber hit man Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) to come in and rectify the situation. What unfolds is a real portrayal of how things get “right” again. Immediately, the film opens to contrasting images and sounds creating discomfort. Taking place in September 2008 during the Obama-McCain campaign, this theme remains a constant backdrop for the film. Speeches from then Senator Obama and President Bush play throughout, whether they are in a bar, card game or car. The audience is made very aware of the tension of these times and the hope for a better future. However, this starkly contrasts what we see happening in the film before our eyes. These hopes and dreams of a better world are completely lost on the characters in the film. Killing Them Softly was shot entirely with a muted palette to really give the audience a depressed feeling of their world. You’re drawn into this place with them, and there are no cheery flashes of color because this is not their world. Dominik makes some really artful choices like depicting the experience of an actual heroin user, what that might feel like coming in and out of consciousness and some highly graphic and violent fight scenes. However, at times it felt a little too art house and braggadocios. Also, the film was a male-saturated cast, with only one woman (who was only in a five-minute scene) in the entire film. Although the film was very monologue-heavy, Pitt was a standout in his role as Cogan. There are no bells and whistles when watching this world, and you are taken on a grueling journey. A larger global story is being told while we watch a smaller story unfold before us. Cogan at one point says, “This isn’t a country; this is America. And America is a business.” It was fascinating to watch how this world exists and runs on a different set of rules. Killing Them Softly is worth a trip to theaters.

It all comes down to “excelsior.” Recently released from a mental institution, Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper, The Hangover and Limitless) moves back home as a seemingly sane man trying to win back his ex-wife. Yet, almost as he rejoins society, he fails to hear the voice of reality from his parents, as played by Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver (The Five-Year Engagement and Animal Kingdom). Convinced that his newly found embrace of “excelsior” (which is finding something positive in everything) and his rigorous exercise plan has helped him control his bipolar disorder, Pat blindingly believes it’s enough to get back his old life. Although despondent about Pat’s decision not to take his medication, his parents are nothing but supportive. For his father, it is finally the chance to cxspend time with his son, watching their beloved Philadelphia Eagles team. However, Pat’s lack of verbal and physical restraint begins to break through to the point at which he must go back on his meds. When he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games and X-Men: First Class) things take a turn for the uncontrollable and wonderfully weird. On top of the electric chemistry between them, they soon find out they have one thing in common: They’re both a crazy mess. By far one of the best performances from Cooper, he brings a nice blend of humanness to his brusque character. His stubbornness and no-bullshit approach is refreshing and above all else hilarious. And although he sometimes seems like an overgrown child, Pat is a very tortured human being. Writer/director David O. Russell’s (The Fighter, I Heart Huckabess) brilliant dialogue allows the film to flow as Pat and Tiffany bump heads at every turn. Lawrence demonstrates an incredible maturity in her acting ability (outside of the Hunger Games realm), which adds a fascinating depth to her character. Mysterious and completely fearless, Tiffany isn’t afraid to tell Pat how it is or put her feelings on the line. Though not clear what her intentions are at first and at times coming across as just plain psycho, Pat and Tiffany begin to form a peculiar bond. While entertaining and reflective of having second chances, the film drifts into unnecessary territory as Robert De Niro’s character becomes temporarily obsessed with betting on his favorite team, only momentarily touching upon his guilt for not being more present in Pat’s childhood. In spite of that, De Niro gives a memorable performance in a supporting role. A film to surely win audiences over, Silver Linings Playbook is a dark but uplifting flick that will have you laughing. Movie magic at its best, the true gem is the togetherness of Cooper and Lawrence, who will be working together once more in the upcoming film, Serena (a drama taking place in Depression-era North Carolina. It’s expected to release in 2013).

Grade: B

Grade: A

Killing Them Softly releases in theaters Nov. 30.

Silver Linings Playbook is now playing in theaters.

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- Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES

A MUST-SEE . A profound indictment of mob mentality. Impeccably edited “

and well-wrought, painting a vibrant portrait of a time and place. The sadness it evokes is ultimately it’s most profound gesture.” - Kristopher Tapley, HIT FIX

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- David Edelstein, NEW YORK MAGAZINE

A harrowing piece of investigative work.

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“Incredible!” “It was a complete edifying experience of the human spirit. ... I just feel blessed having been exposed to this level, this calibre of performance.” —Omega Medina, former Senior Manager of the Grammy Awards

“Demonstrating the highest realm in arts, Shen Yun inspires the performing arts world.” —Chi Cao, principal dancer with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, lead actor in Mao’s Last Dancer

“I’ve reviewed over 3,000 shows, none can compare to what I saw tonight. ... Go back and see it six times.”

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Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

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—Richard Connema, renowned Broadway critic

“It was an extraordinary experience…the level of skill, but also the power of the archetypes and the narratives were startling. And of course it was exquisitely beautiful.”

“Absolutely beautiful... It has become this one big poetic event. It was so inspiring, I think I may have found some new ideas for the next AvAtAr.”

—Cate Blanchett, Academy Award-winning Actress

— Robert Stromberg, Academy-Award winner, production designer for Avatar

“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.”

“It was inspirational and educational – a performance that I encourage everyone to see and all of us to learn from.”

— Christine Walevska, cello virtuoso

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Luckman Theatre (at Cal State LA, 5 miles east of downtown)

Tickets: (323) 343-6600 Box Office Hours: Tues 12-6PM Wed-Fri 10-6PM Sat 10-4PM

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Caravaggio and His Legacy

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The LACMA exhibit lets you explore Kubrick’s greatest works in film, photography and art. BY SABINA IBARRA On a perfectly chilly Saturday evening, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) was bustling with guests who eagerly made their way into the lobby of the Kubrick exhibit. As people entered, they sat in a room that projected clips from the acclaimed director’s legacy of films. The sweeping shots of Spartacus, Danny riding his tricycle through the halls of the Overlook hotel, our favorite Droog Alex being reformed to the music of Beethoven - each clip captivated guests who are drawn to Kubrick’s moving artwork. Stanley Kubrick, the mastermind with a repertoire of great films such as, The Shining, A Clockwork Orange and Lolita, has visually reached and impacted audiences at an intrinsic level for generations. This exhibit dissects the man’s process and mind. Each section displayed a different film starting off with his early documentaries and noir films. One of the first major highlights were the models of the War Room in Dr. Strangelove and the notes he had to tread the fine line of creating a satirical film instead of just a straight farcical picture. One of the scenes

Remember these creepy twin girls from The Shining?

that didn’t make it into the movie that still had pictures on display was a cream pie fight in the War Room, which he felt would ultimately not benefit the intention of the story he was trying to tell. As you continue through the exhibit, you almost feel as if you’re wandering the recesses of Kubrick’s mind. Each section is distinctly filled with his thoughts and pieces so integral to the productions of his pictures. In one room, you’re greeted by the music of 2001: A Space Odyssey and come face to face with the creepy fetus and costumes from the film. In another room you see the iconic helmet from Full Metal Jacket on display that reads, “Born to Kill” with a little peace symbol button on the side. The awe in the rooms is palpable but not as much as in the A Clockwork Orange room, which is hands down my favorite. On display at Clockwork are the set pieces of the women milk dispensers and Alex’s costume from the film posing as if he was dancing along to “Singing in the Rain.” Kubrick, no stranger to controversy and ironic social commentary, left a collection

of newspaper clippings in regards to the spur in violence that Clockwork supposedly inspired in youth. These stories from around the world of copycats are right next to the fake newspaper clippings from the movie that mirrored the violence the media exploited for sensationalism in regards to Alex’s tale of reformation from his “ultra-violence” days. The other busy room where people could not help but linger for long periods of time was the one dedicated to The Shining. The centerpieces on display, including the typewriter, axes, dresses of the creepy little girls and even Kubrick’s copy of Stephen King’s novel is sure to delight film geeks more than anything could on Christmas. It’s truly an inspiration to learn from the process of a great film director – don’t miss out on this exhibit. The Stanley Kubrick exhibit will be at LACMA from now until June 30. For more information on museum details and ticket prices, visit or call 323-857-6151.

GET ON THE FACEBOOK DIET Gemini Adams explores Facebook addiction in her new book. BY KATHY LE

Gemini Adams explores Facebook addiction in her new book, The Facebook Diet: 50 Funny Signs of Facebook Addiction and Ways to Unplug with a Tech-Detox.

Tag, like, comment, poke, check in, message, stalk. These are some of the many things that you can spend your time doing on Facebook - and it may be a lot more time than you’ll bear to admit. Gemini Adams, author of The Facebook Diet: 50 Funny Signs of Facebook Addiction and Ways to Unplug with a TechDetox, knows too well about Facebook addiction from personal experience. She was inspired to create the heavily illustrated book after her and her friends’ relocations left her staring at the computer screen, trying to stay connected. Although she is aware that Facebook addiction can be a serious detriment, Adams wanted to keep her book light. “I actually just thought that rather than giving serious ways to detox and get off technology, by making them funny… and being kind of ridiculous…it opens the door for people to get them to actually discuss it and at least perhaps a little of self-reflection,” said Adams.

Hopefully, college students are among those selfreflecting, because a University of Bergen study found that they are among the most at risk for social media addiction. College students remain the largest group of users of the social network, and considering it started on a college campus, Adams said it’s not too surprising. “I think at that age, you’re still so impressionable,” she said. “You’re still trying to figure yourself out, figure other people out. It makes it more attractive because there is an avenue there that allows you to do that. Nobody knows you visited [his or her] Facebook page. So you know, if it’s a guy in your math class that you kind of fancy, you can sort of check out his page and see what’s going on…” Unfortunately, socializing (or stalking) can be quite the time drain, and Adams has seen relationships break up because of it, even a marriage. It can also be a detrimental to your job. Adams shared, “I know a lot of writers, and I think out of many of the professions, they suffer the most because it’s so easy when you sit down to do something creative or to write an assignment and you just sort of hop onto Facebook for a few minutes, and a half hour goes by and another half hour goes by where you didn’t write anything.” However, as long as one knows how to manage time effectively and knows how to use it in moderation, Facebook

can be the useful means of communication it was created to be. Adams reasoned, “I think despite the fact there’s a lot of bad publicity about bullying on Facebook (or people making inappropriate comments) to counterbalance that, there’s an awful lot more positivity in terms of the way it brings people together.” She added, “If you think about what people have done with Facebook during major disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, the immediacy with which people come together and support each other and provide information and donate money and share knowledge is absolutely phenomenal.” Adams also thinks it won’t be going out of style in the same way other social network sites, like Friendster and MySpace, have. “We’re stuck with Facebook,” she said, chuckling. “I think everybody’s usage fluctuates throughout their life according to different life events, different things that they have going on. It’s become so big, and it’s become so intrinsic to society now that I’d be very surprised if it disappeared…I think it’ll just have a changing role for each individual.” The hope is that everyone stays aware of the way they use Facebook and its role remains positive and constructive. The Facebook Diet is set to release Jan. 30, 2013. Campus Circle 11.29.12 - 12.12.12




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The star from ABC’s “The Neighbors” talks about the show and his favorite things to do in Koreatown. As an alien teenager in a show called “The Neighbors” on ABC, Tim Jo has some sort of magnetism that draws many people to him. And in real life, Jo isn’t a whole lot different from his character at all. He is a friendly actor with charisma and is not afraid of taking on difficult new roles. Highly open to new experiences, Jo talked about his role on the show as well as his experiences in Koreatown as a resident. Nominated for a People’s Choice Award in the Favorite New TV Comedy category, “The Neighbors” is a standout amongst the comedy shows in the television market with its fresh plot and exotic characters. “The Neighbors” has an unusual yet imaginative storyline and setting. Marty Weaver (Lenny Venito) and his family move into a fancy neighborhood in Hidden Hills, N.J., hoping for only the best for his children. However, the residents in this perfect community turn out to be aliens from the planet Zabvron, and they are waiting to go back home. At first, the Weavers try to run away from the aliens. But after discovering that the aliens are going through similar dilemmas in life, they become close friends. Jo plays Reggie Jackson, one of the two alien sons of the “leader” of aliens. He thinks the best part about living with humans is Amber Weaver, the human daughter who has become the person of his desire. A teenager who has a crush on “the girl next door” is not an exotic role to play; but an alien who has a crush on the “girl


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next door” in a science fiction comedy is not the easiest role any actor can take on. Jo, however, has had more challenging roles in the past and is not reluctant to new experiences in the future. “I played a musician, a college student in the ‘80s and many more,” said Jo. “I once had to lose 20 pounds for a role I wanted to play, but I love challenging new roles and working with new people.” When first presented with the script, Jo was immediately captivated and decided to play the role of Reggie Jackson. “The writing was good, and I definitely loved my character,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to play in a family comedy, and this character was weird but also innocent in that he trusted everything that anyone said. If he is told that he is not supposed to eat vegetables, he would not even touch a green thing in any circumstance.” Although most of Jo’s time nowadays is dedicated to the show, he did open up about his personal time in Koreatown to Campus Circle – he was full of engaging stories about the exciting spots he visits frequently. Since Jo lives in Koreatown and he can always walk or skateboard to his favorite places, he recommended a few hotspots in Koreatown for high-quality food and an unique atmosphere that is not necessarily Korean-related. “R-bar is an underground bar with good music and the best bar food,” said Jo. “Foreigners are not intimidated because there is a good mix of different people around the world.”

Jo recommended the steamed buns, French fries and duck fat fries at R-bar, which is located on 3331 W. 9th Street. He also pointed out that a password is required to get in. You can find out what the password is on one of its social media outlets such as, Facebook and Twitter. Another place he frequently visits is A-won Japanese restaurant located on 913 S. Vermont Ave. The giant bowl of hwe dup bap, which is rice mixed with Sashimi, is very satisfying to eat. Not only is it healthy, it is more than worth the price. It costs $16 per bowl, but it is so huge that it is enough for two people to share. If you are looking for a bar with an old-school Italian vibe, Jo recommended The Prince, located at 3198 1/2 W. 7th Street. He didn’t forget to mention his favorite item on the menu, which is the roasted chicken. He also said the quiet atmosphere is a perfect place for him and his friends to relax. Lastly, Jo frequently visits (more than four times a week) Han Kook Supermarket located on 124 N. Western Ave. Instead of grocery shopping at the market, he goes to the very back of the store and asks for baked sweet potatoes and Boong Uh Bang, which is a warm pastry filled with red bean. Jo visits these favorite places because of their delicious food and unique atmospheres. But most importantly, he visits to meet new people. Always down for sharing his own stories, he is ready to ask questions, listen to others and welcome new interactions in his life.

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WHO IS L.A.’S PERFECT WOMAN? Surprisingly, she’s not your typical California, surfer-type blonde chick. BY NICKI SPENCER Imagine the perfect L.A. woman. Think of her hair color, her eyes, her level of education and her drinking and smoking habits. According to a study conducted by researchers from, the woman you are picturing in your mind is most likely a non-smoking, green-eyed brunette with a bachelor’s degree who drinks socially. prides itself on being the “only dating website where money can buy you love – or at least a first date.” The site is the third project created by entrepreneur Brandon Wade. Here’s how it works: After entering your information, you must choose to be one of the “generous people” (mainly older men willing to pay for a date) or one of the “attractive people” (mainly 20-something women). People search through the profiles and then the “generous” person offers an amount of money to get a first date with an “attractive” person. The point is to allow ordinary people to get the chance to date good-looking folks who would (supposedly) never give them the time of day. In the study to determine “L.A.’s Perfect Woman,” Wade’s team surveyed 5,000 males from his site and asked them to place a price on their preferences for certain female attributes: hair and eye color, education and drinking and smoking habits. According to Wade, “If a man is not willing to put a dollar amount on what they like, then it is difficult to determine what they want.” The research shows that what they want is the green-eyed brunette mentioned earlier. And they’d be willing to pay $251.11 to go on a first date with her.

However, it is important to point out some of the research’s flaws. For instance, the 5,000 males surveyed for this study were all members of; they are all men who are willing to pay for dates. Thus, it could be argued that these men fail to represent the average L.A. male who doesn’t pay for dates. It is more accurate to call this study: “The Perfect L.A. Woman According To The Men Who Will Pay To Date Her.” Nonetheless, the study provides intriguing results. For example, you might find it surprising that these men prefer a brunette to the quintessential California blonde. “I guess there’s a lot of people in L.A. who walk around with blonde hair, and I think the men have more desire for qualities that are harder to find,” said Wade. Wade hypothesized that men are more attracted to qualities that are taboo or that deviate from the norm. Thus, the high prevalence of blondes in L.A. results in a higher male desire for brunettes. “It’s a supply and demand thing,” he said. Take a look at how L.A. men feel about a woman’s education. The research indicates that they like women to be educated, but not too educated. The bids get higher as the level of education increases, but they begin to decline at the master’s degree level. This is very different from men in Chicago who see the “perfect woman” as a blonde with a master’s degree. This could be because of the idea that Chicago men have a higher selfesteem than men in L.A. and do not feel belittled by women who know more than them.

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CULTURE depicted the perfect woman in L.A. through research and surveys.

Of course, it could also tie back into Wade’s hypothesis that men are attracted to women who are taboo. What could be more taboo than a blonde with a master’s degree? Putting the ridiculous dumb-blonde jokes aside, Wade’s researchers have revealed fascinating concepts, especially in regards to perfection. With each city, the ideal woman is described in many different ways.

MARIA LUISA: A SEER WITH MANY GIFTS This L.A. medium has the ability to see the future and communicate with the dead. Lexington Herald-Leader (MCT)

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Maria Luisa is a Los Angeles-based medium.

Maria Luisa, 49, travels often, meeting requests from people outside of the U.S. She has many clients: housewives, singers and actors. And over the years, she’s executed several predictions, including that Barack Obama would win another term as U.S. President. She has even predicted a World War III, a catastrophic turn of events initiated by a country in the Far East. What follows is an exclusive Q&A session with Campus Circle. Campus Circle: Many people don’t really know what a ‘seer’ and medium are. Tell us what they are? Maria Luisa: A ‘seer’ is a person who sees what others cannot see. It’s another dimension. A medium is a person who can communicate with the dead, with spirits and serves as a liaison between these spirits and the living. CC: When you discovered your gift, what’s the first thing you thought of doing?

ML: The first thing I did was grab my little sister from her crib. We experienced an earthquake that almost leveled an entire city in Perú back in 1970. My little sister had just been born. Her crib was right next to a very large window, and I told my mom she had to move her away from that window. Seconds later, everything started shaking. That large window shattered completely. Had my little sister stayed there, she would have been killed. CC: What is the biggest reward you’ve received in your line of work? ML: Once, I was at a house in Bel-Air, ironing clothes. Suddenly, I noticed a very elegant woman, off to the side, crying. I approached her and told her, “Don’t cry. Your daughter will live. She’s not going to die. It’s not her time yet. Her knees will be fine.” Time passed. Around 20-30 days after, I was walking in Hollywood with a friend who was visiting me from Perú, and a car approached me. The window lowered, and the person asked, “Were you the person who worked at so-and-so’s house?” I said

yes, and the person said, “I have to thank you.” She said I was right. CC: Have you had any bad experiences in your practice? ML: A while ago, a lady politician came to see me, and asked me if I could tell her whether or not her husband was cheating on her. I told her I didn’t interfere in those things, but I also told her she was facing a pregnancy, job loss and a divorce. She became very upset, cursed at me and left. Two months later, she shows up at my doorstep to apologize. She told me at the time, she underwent a procedure to prevent pregnancy, so she didn’t believe me at the time that she was pregnant. She also told me that she had lost her home and her husband. CC: How do you see world events, especially in the U.S., unfold? ML: The government will stay the same. I also foresee much seismic activity, volcanoes, etc…not desirable things, and I really hope I am mistaken. Also, I see the third World War near the end of 2013. Campus Circle 11.29.12 - 12.12.12



The annual boat parade in Marina del Rey is one of the top L.A. holiday attractions.

All the cool places to go and fun things to do. THURS • DEC 6


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 Film Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption: Prometheus The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles Doug and his friends chill on the front row couches, mics in hand and say whatever hilarious thing pops into their heads while the movie unfolds on the screen. When Friday, Nov. 30 Time 11:59 p.m. Price $14

Miramax Films

Pulp Fiction

To celebrate Quentin Tarantino’s 20-year career, in addition to bringing the critically-acclaimed classic back to the big screen, the event will feature trailers hand-picked by Tarantino which influenced his work, and exclusive new interviews. In select theaters nationwide.

When Thursday, Dec. 6 Times 7:00 p.m. Prices Check website for prices


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Expos L.A. Auto Show L.A. Convention Center 1201 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles See the latest cars and everything else car-related, including world and North American debuts, concept cars, alternative fuel vehicles, design challenges, trivia contests and more. When Friday, Nov. 30-Sunday, Dec. 9 Times Weekdays: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sundays: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Prices $12 Theatre Santasia - A Holiday Comedy Whitefire Theatre 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks The perfect blend of Yuletide snark and sentiment is being compared to old time Vaudeville and to the likes of the “Kids in the Hall” and the “Carol Burnett Show.” When Friday, Nov. 30-Monday, Dec. 24 Times Check website for days nd times Prices Tix start @ $24 Comedy Shaquille O’Neal’s All Star Comedy Jam Club Nokia 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles In the last four years, Shaq Entertainment has launched the highly successful All-Star Comedy Jam brand, producing several television specials, a highly successful DVD series and also helped catapult comedian Kevin Hart into the national spotlight. When Friday, Nov. 30 Time 7:30 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $39.50

Drink Holiday Beer Fest Golden Road Brewery 5430 West San Fernando Road, Los Angeles Experience more than 200-plus of the greatest holiday, seasonal and special beers-ciders from more than 100 –plus of the best breweries in the world, along with live music and food for purchase. When Saturday, Dec. 1 Time 1:00 p.m. Price $45 Theatre In The Heights Casa 0101 Theater 2009 E. First Street, Los Angeles This 2008 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical changed Broadway with its focus on Washington Heights’ northern Manhattan’s predominantly Dominican neighborhood and its blend of hiphop, merengue and old-school ballads. With a remarkable young cast and thrilling dancing, “In the Heights” is a moving, funny and uplifting story about a community of hard-working immigrants seeking a better life and trying to find their place in a new country. When Saturday, Dec. 1-Saturday, Dec. 22, Times Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 p.m.; Sundays 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $25 Sports John R. Wooden Classic Honda Center 2695 East Katella Ave., Anaheim UCLA, who returns three starters in 2012-13, including Pac-12 All-Conference performer David Wear takes on San Diego State, who returns four starters and its top four scorers off last season’s squad that finished 26-8 and shared its second consecutive Mountain West Conference regular season title. When Saturday, Dec. 1 Time 7:00 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $20 Music KIIS-FM’s Jingle Ball Nokia Theatre 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles

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WHAT’SHAPPENING11/29/12-12/12/12 The first night features Taylor Swift, Ne-Yo, Ellie Goulding, OneRepublic, The Wonder Girls witha special appearance by Akon and a surprise superstar band. The second night features Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Flo Rida, The Wanted, special acoustic performance by FUN., AfroJack, Owl City, Zedd and Psy. When Saturday, Dec. 1-Monday, Dec. 3 Times Doors @ 6:00 p.m. Festivals Los Feliz Village Holiday Festival Los Feliz’s eclectic annual holiday festival features a trolley and an open-air bus transporting revelers around the streets of Vermont Avenue, Hillhurst Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard to experience the treelighting ceremony, the one-of-a-kind holiday gifts, puppeteers, the antique car show, live music, refreshments and great deals. When Saturday, Dec. 1 Time 6:00 p.m. Price Free

Film Robert Zemeckis Double Feature Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica Two nights of double features of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Back to the Future on Saturday and Flight and Castaway on Sunday. When Saturday, Dec. 1-Sunday, Dec. 2 Times 7:30 p.m. Prices $11, $9 w/ student ID SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2 Music Beastie Boys’ Ad Rock Largo at the Coronet 366 N. La Cienega, Los Angeles Adam Keefe Horovitz (aka Ad Rock) began his music career with a stint in the punk rock band, the Young and the Useless, who would often perform with the Beastie Boys. When Beastie Boys guitarist John Berry quit, Horovitz replaced him in 1982 when he was 16 years old. When Sunday, Dec. 2 Time 8:00 p.m. Price $25 MONDAY, DECEMBER 3 Concerts Aerosmith Staples Center 1111 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles Aerosmith is the best-selling American rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, including 66.5 million albums in the United States alone. They also hold the record for the most gold and platinum albums by an American group. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and were included among both Rolling Stone’s and VH1’s lists of the 100



Film Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival The festival honors truly independent cinema with screenings, Q&As, panels and parties at locations around L.A. When Monday, Dec. 3-Monday, Dec. 10 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4 Concerts Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Honda Center 2695 East Katella Ave., Anaheim Can you believe that they are celebrating their 40th anniversary together this year? Though Springsteen has put together other backing bands during his career, the E Street Band has been together more or less continuously for the past four decades. When Tuesday, Dec. 4 Time 7:30 p.m. Film Reservoir Dogs 20th Anniversary Event aspx To celebrate Quentin Tarantino’s 20-year career, in addition to bringing the critically-acclaimed classic back to the big screen, Reservoir Dogs 20th Anniversary Event will feature trailers handpicked by Tarantino which influenced his work, and exclusive new interviews. In select theaters nationwide. When Tuesday, Dec. 4 Times 7:00 p.m. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5 Book Signing Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay Book Soup 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood A collection of more than 100 short, sweet and achingly truthful stories and childhood photographs of people from all over the world who have known they were gay since childhood. Based on the hugely popular blog of the same name, Born This Way speaks to the hardships of growing up gay and the ultimate triumph of self-acceptance and pride. When Wednesday, Dec. 5 Time 7:00 p.m.

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Festivals Oxnard Tamale Festival There will be live music, cooking contests, carnival rides, eating contests and of course, lots and lots of tamales. When Saturday, Dec. 1 Times 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Price Free

Greatest Artists of All Time. When Monday, Dec. 3 Time 7:30 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $49.50


Staples Center 1111 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles

Aerosmith is the best-selling American rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, including 66.5 million albums in the United States alone. They also hold the record for the most gold and platinum albums by an American group. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and were included among both Rolling Stone’s and VH1’s lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

When Monday, Dec. 3 Time 7:30 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $49.50

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 Film Pulp Fiction aspx To celebrate Quentin Tarantino’s 20-year career, in addition to bringing the critically-acclaimed classic back to the big screen, the event will feature trailers hand-picked by Tarantino which influenced his work, and exclusive new interviews. In select theaters nationwide. When Thursday, Dec. 6 Times 7:00 p.m. Prices Check website for prices SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 Film Alien Marathon

Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles alien-5-film-marathon Prometheus, followed by the four Sigourney Weaver-starring Alien films. When Saturday, Dec. 8 Times 1:00 p.m. Prices $20, $18 w/ student ID Parades Holiday Boat Parade Burton Chace Park 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey After a fireworks display, boat after boat will circle the channel several times, all decorated and all vying for prizes.

When Saturday, Dec. 8 Times 5:55 p.m. Prices Free SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 Film Love Actually ArcLight Hollywood 6360 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson and an all-star cast in love stories showing the serious and foolish sides of love before Christmas in London. When Sunday, Dec. 9 Time 5:00 p.m. Prices $16 Campus Circle 11.29.12 - 12.12.12





Pair leggings with a cute sweater this season, and you’ll be trendy and comfortable.

Dark-wash jeans will match almost any top.

Add a leather jac ket to a girly dress – heads will turn!

BY ANN AU Girls Just like any other season, despite the cold, a lot of females strive to look cute and stylish during the wintertime. As a college student, dressing warm and comfy are equally important since you don’t want to risk getting sick and miss an exam because you were wearing something adorable but light. Based on my observation, here are the staples that can help you to dress warm and look hot on campus at the same time! 1. Leggings Leggings are like the sexier version of sweatpants. They allow you to enjoy amazing comfort that few other pants (besides sweatpants) can provide and still show off your legs. The best is that they go along with almost any kind of shoe - from heels and boots to sneakers, and their prices are inexpensive. Hallelujah for another item that helps students save money! 2. Oversized sweaters They are the best tops to be paired with leggings, and they look flattering on all body types. Wear them with leggings and boots, and you can perfect the sexy, laid-back and seemingly effortless look - even during the coldest days. Their affordable prices may explain their popularity gained among college students. Thrift stores carry an abundance of oversized sweaters in a large variety that cost under $10. 3. Faux leather jacket A real leather jacket may be way out of the budget for most college students. But, a faux one can do the trick as well! I once got a faux leather jacket from Forever 21, and it only costs around $20. Adding a leather jacket to any look you are sporting will instantly give you an edge. For example, I have seen many girls wearing a feminine dress with a leather jacket. So, balance out the hardness of the leather jacket with the softness of a dress. GUYS For college guys, the trend this winter is all about being classy, simple and a little bit preppy. Looks like that have been repeatedly spotted on a lot of my guy friends, as well as guys across campus. To achieve this look, avoid displaying more than three colors on your body. Under many


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We took a look at the trends and styles hitting L.A.’s college campuses.

Skinny jeans will never go out of style; pair it with a soft, simple cardigan.

Photos: Ann Au and Nicholas Au

circumstances, don’t bother to wear flashy watches, statement necklaces, big scarves, etc. You are a college student after all, so, play your part by dressing like one. Many guys have the false perception that wearing brightly colored shirts/jeans/pants will capture attention and make you seem confident. However, in reality, it would easily make you come off as a clown instead. Furthermore, many female college students that I talked to prefer guys that sport a clean and classic look. Preppy staples, such as the following items, will help you look effortlessly fashionable. 1. Cardigans/sweaters Pick one in a basic and solid color: black, grey, deep blue, brown, etc. You can even go for details like buttons or a shawl-collar. Make sure to include these colors in your outfit to complement the cold and chilly weather. 2. Medium or dark-wash skinny jeans Yes! These jeans have held on tightly to another season, and it doesn’t look like they are going to go away any time soon. On top of being in season, you can pair them with basically anything, and this point is definitely attractive to the majority of college students that are living on a frugal budget. 3. Waterproof coat/jackets Making a huge return this year, I have seen countless of college students wearing waterproof coats and jackets. They are great if you are going for a sportier look but still want to look composed. Unlike many other sporty outwear that have the tendency to give off a sloppy vibe, these jackets certainly don’t. Look for the ones that are more fitted, so that people will not think that you are “hitting the gym.” Lastly, there is one more golden rule: Add a pop of bright color (just a pop!) to your outfit. To incorporate bright colors subtly into your look, rock a pair of bright and bold color shoes. Boat shoes are so in this winter. High tops shoes are another good option. They polish your entire outfit while making a big statement. Another way to add color is to wear a bright cap. And to kick your style up a notch, match the color of your cap with your shoes. This will certainly help you to stand out from any crowd!

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LOVE / ROMANCE Not all guys in clubs are filled with “players” and scumbags; you might find a real catch.

IS TRUE ROMANCE POSSIBLE? Theresa Schiffer/Milwaukee Journal Sentine/MCT

Many college girls go to nightclubs to dance, party and unwind from school. And sometimes they have to endure sleazy guys in order to enjoy the night with their friends; most girls never expect to find a boyfriend while out on the town. However, I venture to say that there are indeed decent guys at clubs. I am no love expert by any means, but I am going to share with you my own experience on finding love (unexpectedly) in the club and what to look out for. With the goal of having a good time and washing away the pain of a fairly recent breakup, I stepped into a nightclub with a heavy heart on a random Thursday night. I had no expectations in finding love there at all. I mean, we all know the cliché that guys at nightclubs are generally not a good catch. “Hi, what’s your name?” was the first thing he said to me. We started to talk, and the conversation was good and flowed easily. Even though he gave me a good vibe, due to my

When you’re out with your girls (or guys), what are the chances you’ll find love on the dance floor? This writer tells her story. BY ANN AU preconception that 95 percent of guys in clubs are just trying to arrange a quick hook-up, I told him I had to rejoin my friends. But before we parted ways, he asked for my number. I gave it to him, and I figured that was that. I was surprised when he texted me a while later. He asked where I was and if I wanted to meet somewhere in the club. I was impressed, and it had reinforced the good vibe I got from him earlier. I thought: If he really was a player and just wanted to have a one-night stand, he could easily chat with another girl in the club. I spent the rest of the night dancing and talking to him, and he suggested that we should hang out. We found out that we actually have a lot in common: We are both left-handed, like to write and come from a similar cultural background. His charm and sense of humor captivated me, and I could not wait to hear from him. Everything else went smoothly from there. We hung out, talked on the phone and texted every day, and we got to know each other on a deeper level. We became a couple a few months later. So, I have done the unthinkable and am in a relationship

with someone I met at a club. However, some people have different views on “club love.” “Finding love in a club spells a great recipe for trouble and complex situations,” said Stacey Wretlind, a junior at UCLA. “Just think about why people go to nightclubs in the first place. I know some guys who go to clubs genuinely for fun, but most seek for something extremely short term - something that starts and ends within one night.” Bing Chong Lim, a UC Berkeley senior, shared Wretlind’s opinion. “Well, I don’t really believe that you can find true love in clubs,” he said. “It’s just a place for people to dance, drink and let loose. So, even if you meet someone you are interested in, it is likely to be a temporary feeling.” There is no denying that there may be a lot of “players” in the club. But, like any other places, a club can have a handful of decent guys. Whether the relationship will develop into something more serious is circumstantial. But who knows? You may find yourself actually falling in love at a club.



The chile relleno dish is a favorite Guatemalan dish that includes black beans, rice and plantains.

BY NICKI SPENCER Not many people get the opportunity to visit and soak up the incredible facets of Guatemalan culture. But don’t worry; there is now a new way to experience a taste of Guatemala in Los Angeles. Thanks to Mario Granados and Darwin Amador, two friends who have dreamed of opening a restaurant, Angelenos can now have the complete Guatemalan culinary experience at the new Tikal Restaurant Cocina Maya. When walking into this restaurant, customers are welcomed into a store filled with authentic Guatemalan artistry, crafts and Las Delicias brand candy. Customers can purchase imported goods like wood-carved napkin holders shaped like exotic fruits, vibrant throws and clay pottery. Having this store attached to the restaurant distinguishes this place from other restaurants because customers can take a little bit of their experience home with them. After perusing the exotic items in the store, customers can begin their culinary trip to Guatemala with a refreshing beverage, such as the homemade horchata or the jamarindo. Horchata, a brilliant mixture of milk, rice, cinnamon and other spices, is so sweet and delicious that it feels as if it should be on the dessert menu. For those folks who are already familiar with horchata, the jamarindo is a refreshing way to try something new and different. Jamarindo is a cold, magentacolored drink made with hibiscus and tamarind infused with mint and ginger. The flavors mix together harmoniously, resembling the taste of a sweet, fresh iced-tea. After the drinks, why not start with an appetizer? At the average Mexican food restaurant, it is painfully easy to fill up on tortilla chips before the main dish. However, the Guatemalan twist to chips and salsa at Tikal Restaurant, called tostaditas, provides an appropriately sized way to start the

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Experience Guatemalan food at its finest at the newly opened Tikal Restaurant.

meal. The tostaditas include three fried corn tortillas each with a different topping of guacamole, tomato sauce or black beans. It’s delightful, inviting, and it leaves room for the main event. Speaking of the main event, the enchilada offered at this restaurant is one of the prettiest main dishes one will ever see. It is very different from the traditional enchilada with all the heavy cheese and sauce that Angelenos have come to honor. Instead, the enchilada at this restaurant is more like a tostada topped with beets, cabbage pickle, sautéed beef and veggie stuffing, tomato sauce, parsley and grated cheese. It looks gorgeous and it tastes great. There is a great deal of other authentic Guatemalan dishes on the menu like the chile relleno, which includes black beans, rice and plantains. There is also the pepian, the national stew of Guatemala, which contains roasted chilies, green beans, squash and chicken. Additionally, there are some vegetarian options on the menu like the chilaquilas, which involves steams squash filled with fresh cheese, tomatoes and onion. As customers enjoy the food, upbeat Guatemalan music, such as marimba, plays in the background. 22 tiny frames adorn one of the walls, all of them representing a different dialect of Guatemala, while large photos of the Tikal ruins decorate the wall on the other side of the restaurant. Mexican food is easy to come by in Southern California, but Guatemalan food is not nearly as common. At Tikal Restaurant, the two owners have made a point to provide a complete cultural experience that commemorates Guatemala’s native culture and delicious cuisine. Tikal Restaurant Cocina Maya is located at 4838 E. Huntington Drive North in Los Angeles.  Campus Circle 11.29.12 - 12.12.12



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