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NEWS 04 The Latest from L.A. and Beyond AROUND L.A. 05 Perfect College-Friendly Cafés REAL 911 Calls sure to make you...

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The latest from Los Angeles and Beyond. BY CAMPUS CIRCLE STAFF Students consider location to be an important factor when it comes to choosing housing.

STUDY: STUDENTS PREFER LIVING CLOSE TO CAMPUS For college students, the distance between campus and housing does matter. A study from Ball State University shows the students are willing to pay more to live within a one-mile radius from their campus. The cost for those apartments is 16 percent more than the cost of living four miles away. There are several benefits students recognize to living close to campus: it could be a short walking distance to classes; car, gas and parking are not issues; and there is easy access to the campus environment. The students who live between one and four miles away are more likely to commute, and driving is not a factor for them. However, the cost of living four miles or more away averages a 13 percent discount in rent. Student housing is a competitive business, and there are college students paying more than $500 per month per bedroom. Some apartments provide nice luxuries such as a private bathroom per bedroom, swimming pools and high-speed Internet. While these luxuries are nice, this study proves that there is a No. 1 factor students consider when choosing housing: location.

MISSING YOUR FAVORITE NFL FOOTBALL GAMES? DESKSITE PROVIDES SOLUTION When moving away to college, we sometimes wish that we can take our favorite NFL teams with us! The city that houses our college might not broadcast our hometown team’s games, which is a total bummer. However, a new digital video platform called DeskSite can solve this problem. NFL fans can now enjoy a great football experience with DeskSite’s new “Big Screen” app. These Big Screen apps -- called “DeskSites” -- are designed for laptops, tablets, game consoles and smart TV’s. Basically, any user can customize the app to pick their favorite NFL team to watch. It’s like a DVR for the Internet, where football fans can instantly rewind, fast-forward and play back

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video in slow motion. Different NFL participating teams will provide 25 to 40 hours of high-definition videos per month. The videos are exclusive to the users, and there are several teams that are taking part in this app: the Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, New York Giants and many more as the football season continues. SCIENTISTS DISCOVER INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT POPULAR FOOD, DRINKS In October, scientists have found mind-puzzling results from various studies that involve some of our favorite junk foods and drinks. Here’s a rundown of what they found out: 1. Sprite = Great Hangover Cure: Apparently, this lemon-lime flavored soda (and even just soda water) is successful at helping cure hangovers. Chinese researchers found out that Sprite is great at helping ease hangovers by speeding up the process of how our bodies absorb alcohol. 2. Oreos Are Like Cocaine: A Connecticut College professor and his students discovered that Oreos and cocaine are not really that different when it comes to their addictive levels in an experiment that involved lab rats. In the study, they found that Oreos “activated more neurons in the rat’s brain’s ‘pleasure center’ than exposure to cocaine or morphine.” 3. Red Wine Can Kill Cancer Cells: This isn’t necessarily a license to drink more, but a professor at the University of Maryland is learning new ways to use a red wine compound to make radiation treatment more effective at killing cancer cells. He believes the compound can help prevent a cancer cell’s ability to recover after a dose of radiation. We’ll cheers to that!

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AROUND L.A.

L.A.’S TOP CAFES These gems hit the spot with their coffees, teas and flavorful dishes. Café Gratitude

BY KAI CHAN Nothing beats warm drinks on a chilly day and maybe a sweet treat or quick meal to accompany the drink. Los Angeles is filled with various cafés. Read what this city has to offer! Blu Jam Café 7371 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles 90046 blujamcafe.com This is the perfect place for breakfast or brunch. The menu is quite extensive, ranging from dishes such as egg benedicts and French toast to gourmet sandwiches and burgers. For sweets, ask the server what treats the café has that day. The drink list includes coffee, lattes, tea blends and juices. My favorite is the White Peach Tea, which they serve in a pot with flowers and tealeaves. You pour it into your cup and sip the day away. There are vegetarian and gluten-free options available as well.

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Café Dulce 134 Japanese Village P/2 Bldg. E Los Angeles 90012 cafedulce.co For sandwiches, try the Spicy Korean Cheesesteak and Honey Glazed Spicy Chicken at this Little Tokyo Café. There are non-spicy options also, such as the Pesto Chicken and Apple Tuna sandwiches. Café Dulce’s main attraction, however, is the dessert menu; this café is seriously full of sweets! Walk in and see all of their goods: blueberry roti buns, green tea and bacon donuts. Their colorful Pebbles cereal-covered donut holes are even sweeter. I’ve also heard their coffees are quite exceptional. They even have interesting teas, including the Organic White Pomegranate and Japan Pineapple Papaya teas.

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Café Gratitude 639 Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles 90004 cafegratitudela.com With interesting dish names such as Bright-Eyed (a cereal blend of coconut milk, pecans, seasonal fruit, vanilla and cinnamon) and Grounded (roasted potatoes with your pick of spicy nacho cheese or chipotle ketchup), this place is quite a surprise, especially since they don’t have any meat on the menu. Café Gratitude is a vegan and raw café, but their dishes are protein-loaded and will fill you up so you won’t even miss the meat. They serve organic teas and coffees along with beers, juices and smoothies. Their desserts are made fresh every day, so ask to see what’s available on the day you visit. Lady Chocolatt Café 12008 Wilshire Blvd., #101 Los Angeles 90025 chocolatt.com This café is literally full of chocolate. It’s the perfect café for coffee and sweet chocolate treats to satisfy your chocolate craving or pick out some pieces as gifts for your friends or family. However, don’t let the chocolate grab all of your attention; Lady Chocolatt Café also serves Belgian waffles with your choice of syrups and ice cream. If coffee is not your thing, they have a list of different kinds of hot chocolate for cold days and fruit or ice cream-blended drinks for warm days. Whether it’s hot or cold outside, cafés are the best places to wind down while sipping teas or coffees and munching on sweets or hearty meals. You can enjoy these places by yourself or share some snacks with friends. Just make sure you check the hours because some cafés close early!

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MUSIC: FEATURE Mark Liddell

SHE JUST WANTS TO ROCK ‘N’ ROLL She’s back with a new album, and Campus Circle talked to the punkprincess herself to get all of the details. BY VANESSSA WILKINS

The punk-rock princess is back!

She was the rebel, the anti-Britney, the girl that was too cool for school. I’m talking about Avril Lavigne, the feisty tomboy who burst onto the scene more than 10 years ago and created her own rules. With Top 40 hits like “Sk8r Boi,” “Complicated” and “Girlfriend,” Lavigne left a permanent mark in the music industry, and she shows no signs of stopping with a new album release just around the corner. Lavigne has been working on her new self-titled album, Avril Lavigne, for more than a year and said that even though she didn’t go into the recording studio with a specific vision, she loves how the album turned out and is “really looking forward for everyone to hear [it].” “I went into the studio and I didn’t really know what I was going to do, but I just started writing,” Lavigne said. Lavigne collaborated with co-producers Chad Kroeger (the front man of Nickelback and Lavigne’s husband), Martin Johnson (producer to the stars, as well as the lead singer of Boys Like Girls) and David Hodges (who has worked with singers such as Evanescence, Kelly Clarkson and Christina Perri) at Henson Studios in the spring of 2012 to develop the concept of the album. Avril Lavigne will be the singer’s fifth studio album, and as she reflected with Campus Circle on the process of creating the album, Lavigne revealed what her biggest takeaway was. “I’m always reminded that you have to work really hard at what you do,” she said. Lavigne’s hard work is definitely paying off, as the already released singles from the album are doing exceptionally well on the airwaves. The lead single of Avril Lavigne, “Here’s To Never Growing Up,” is already Platinum-certified by the Recording Industry Association of America. Campus Circle got an exclusive listen to the new album, and Lavigne explained that the

“I went into the studio and I didn’t really know what I was going to do, but I just started writing…” diversity of the songs on Avril Lavigne is what makes this album so different from her others. “I’m really excited for everyone to hear the album because there’s a lot of new content for me,” she said. Lavigne listed “Give Me What You Like” and “Bad Girl” as her favorite songs, and she also raved about the guest artists who are featured on two of her tracks: Marilyn Manson appears on “Bad Girl,” and Kroeger sings with Lavigne on “Let Me Go.” “Let Me Go” is a very meaningful song to Lavigne and Kroeger, because they are married in real life. With lyrics like, “I let it go, and now I know, a brand new life is down this road. And when it’s right, you always know, so this time I won’t let go,” the song speaks to the powerful bond that the couple shares. Lavigne recalled a funny story about the creation of this particular track: “Ironically enough, ‘Let Me Go’ was the first song we wrote, and we weren’t even together, so it was kind of like a breakup song!” she said.

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Lavigne lit up as she explained that after she and Kroeger got engaged, they “rewrote the chorus at the end of the song, and changed the lyrics so that there is a twist,” and the couple finds love with each other in the end. The two got married in July 2013, but when we asked if they ever listen to their duet at their home, Lavigne simply laughed and responded, “We listened to it enough when we were in the studio.” Songs on her previous albums such as “Anything But Ordinary” from Let Go and “What The Hell” from Goodbye Lullaby have always encouraged self-empowerment, and Lavigne’s newest work stays true to that form, with multiple songs advocating being true to yourself and following your own rules. Lavigne labeled “Rock N Roll” the new album’s girl power anthem and said, “It’s about being rebellious and not worrying about what other people think, and just keeping it real.” While music is Lavigne’s biggest claim to fame, it is definitely not her only successful endeavor. Lavigne is an entrepreneur; she owns lifestyle apparel brand, Abbey Dawn, as well as three fragrances -- Forbidden Rose, Black Star and Wild Rose. The singer is also a philanthropist, and in 2010 she created her own charity called the Avril Lavigne Foundation, which supports children and youth living with serious illnesses or disabilities. With all of the projects that she is juggling, I assumed that Lavigne’s next stop would be world domination. When asked what she would like to do in the future, her answer caught me off guard. “I want to make a Christmas record!” she said. Lavigne also revealed that she wants to try out acting, and when asked if she is planning to audition for anything soon, Lavigne’s only response was a coy “maybe.” She may be a celebrity, but Lavigne’s hobbies are the far from being diva-status. “I’m domestic; I like to cook, I like to decorate, I paint and I like four-wheeling,” said Lavigne. If she wasn’t one of the biggest stars on earth, Lavigne could easily be a classmate, a neighbor or a friend. Achieving so much success at such a young age, one most wonder if she has her some words of wisdom. For young adults and college students, she advised, “It’s important to really follow your heart and do what you want to do… and don’t do it for anybody else but yourself.” Avril Lavigne will be in stores everywhere on Nov. 5, so mark your calendars, and get ready to “Rock N Roll.”

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A One-of-a-Kind Competition, Donna Summer & Christmas Albums in the Works. BY KEVIN WIERZBICKI Kirk McKoy/Los Angles Times/MCT

BREAKOUT ARTIST MUSIC COMPETITION Now underway, the Breakout Artist Music Competition is an online music competition in search of aspiring bands and artists. Entrants can submit one song for free (additional entries are $20 per song), and there are nine categories to choose from, including rock/alternative/punk, rap/hip-hop/R&B, Christian, indie/folk and electronic/experimental. The grand prize winner will get a package that includes a management contract, photo shoot, full-production music video, three-song E.P. made with a nationally-known producer, 1,000 copies of the finished CD, $1,000 cash and more. Prizes will also be awarded to a winner and runner-up in each of the nine categories. Judging the competition will be Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, Rick DeJesus of Adelitas Way and other luminaries. Entries must be in by Nov. 30, and winners will be announced in December. Details at http://breakoutcompetition. com/enter/

being at the L.A. House of Blues on Nov. 24. ORBE ORBE Not many artists can claim that they’ve produced a shadow puppet opera and been featured on a host of hip-hop recordings by the likes of Abyssinian Creole, Moko Only and Gabriel Teodros. Spoken word poet, songwriter, folk band front woman and pop queen Cristina Orbé has indeed accomplished these things, and now the multi-talented singer has her first album out. Released under her stage name Orbé Orbé , the eclectic Invisible Kingdom features nine tunes highlighted by whimsical numbers such as “Circus Star” but also Alanis Morissette-recalling rockers such as “Escape.” www.orbe-orbe.com BAD RELIGION, FEARLESS RECORDS READY FOR CHRISTMAS Epitaph Records has announced an Oct. 29 release date for Christmas Songs by Bad Religion. The album will contain punk rock interpretations of classics such as “White Christmas,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” along with an Andy Wallace mix of the band’s own “American Jesus.” Dropping on Nov. 5 will be the Punk Goes Christmas compilation from Fearless Records. Among the contributors will be New Found Glory, Yellowcard, the Ready Set, Crown the Empire, All Time Low, Man Overboard and Jason Lancaster of Go Radio.

FREE SAMPLERS FROM PARTISAN AND RELAPSE RECORDS Here’s some free music for you. Partisan Records has an 11-track sampler available for download at Amazon that includes songs by Deer Tick, Treetop Flyers, Emily Wells, Lumerians, the Dismemberment Plan, Heartless Bastards and others. The Relapse Records sampler, also available at Amazon, holds 26 tracks from the likes of Red Fang, Toxic Holocaust, Exhumed, Obliteration, Windhand, Baroness, Wolvserpent, Howl, Unkind, Coffins and Horseback.

L.A. BANDS MAKING NEWS They’ve been garnering a following based on their live performances; now you can listen to THE VIM DICTA anytime thanks to their just-released E.P. Von Tango. Hard rockers GEMINI SYNDROME have a new album out called Lux and a new lyric video for current single “Stardust.” Underground scenesters DANCE HALL PIMPS will release their sophomore effort The Dead Don’t Walk on Nov. 5. Identical twins Fletcher and Wyatt Shears, the O.C.-based duo also known as THE GARDEN, have a debut album out called The Life and Times of a Paperclip. Also from Orange County, electro poppers NEO GEO have released a single called “One Night Stand” to preview their album Digital DNA, due Oct. 29. Psychedelic rockers SPINDRIFT have just released a new one called Spindrift: Ghost of the West. And congratulations to THE CEREMONIES -- their new self-titled E.P. has just dropped, and MTV has named them an Artist to Watch.

DONNA SUMMER REMIX ALBUM A selection of songs made famous by late disco queen Donna Summer have been remixed by some of today’s hottest producers

Dir En Grey sings mostly in Japanese, but that won’t stop them from tearing down the House of Blues in late November.

for a just-released album called Love to Love You Donna. Included are Afrojack’s take on “I Feel Love,” Hot Chip’s interpretation of “Sunset People,” Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kuppe’s reimagining of “Hot Stuff ” and Laidback Luke’s remix of “MacArthur Park.” The legendary Giorgio Moroder tackles the classic “Love to Love You Baby.” Duke Dumont, Gigamesh, Benga and Jacques Greene are among the other contributors.

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DIR EN GREY MEET AND GREET Japanese band Dir En Grey will participate in a meet and greet Nov. 24 at 1:00 p.m. at SoundCheck Hollywood, located at 8872 Sunset. The first 120 people who purchase the band’s new E.P. The Unraveling (for $22.50) will be able to meet the band and get their CD autographed. To see Dir En Grey play live, plan on

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Donna Summer performing in L.A. in 1995. The Queen of Disco died in 2012 after a battle with cancer.

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MUSIC: INTERVIEW

CHARLI XCX SEES RED IN HER NEXT ALBUM An artist by nature, this British songstress combines her artistic

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creativity with her music.

Watch out for Charli XCX – her sophomore album is expected to blow your mind.

Charli XCX is bringing back the British girl pop era in full throttle. Her passion for art and music makes for a bold, but dark edge. She is ready to give her fans the raw girl power jams that they are looking for. Campus Circle: Let’s start by telling me what your name is all about? Charli: So my name is Charli XCX. It’s Charli because that’s my name and XCX because it was my MSN screen name when I was, like, 14, so I picked that because it was just there in front of me, and it means “Kiss Charli Kiss.” CC: You got started at a young age from MySpace. How would you explain your journey after that, and did you ever think you’d get this famous? C: So up to the MySpace days I got picked up by this promoter who was working on lots of raves and cocktail parties in London, and I’d play them for a while and I got into that scene. Then my record label started contacting me, and I started writing songs and albums. I didn’t really know what I was doing, but I knew that I liked what I was doing so I just kept doing it. CC: You loved art and hated music. Do you find those both influencing each other now? What kind of art do you do? C: Well, at the moment my art that I make is concentrated in my music videos. I do all my music videos with Ryan Andrews, and we work on all of our concepts together and everything in the video together. That’s my main artistic outlet at the moment,

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besides my music, as well as photo shoots, like directing my own photo shoots and artwork. That’s where I get my visual creative outlet right now. CC: Who are your musical influences? C: When I was younger, it was the French electro music scene in Paris around 2007 (all of the Ed Banger Artists like Uffie, Justice, Feadz). Now, I’m really inspired by French Yeah Yeah pop, ‘60s pop like Johnny Holiday, French Gal, Brigitte Bardot, also nuwave dance like The Waitresses, Bow Wow Wow, as well as French Plastic punk, like Plastic Bertrand. Kind of a wide range, but at the moment I’m really enjoying ‘60s French music. CC: It seems that you have become inspired from movies such as The Craft and Clueless to artists such as David LaChappelle. How would you say that plays a role as an artist yourself? C: I’m so visually inspired when I’m creating music, that’s why I do love the directors like Pierre et Gilles and David LaChappelle, and that’s why I’m more drawn to music videos and movies when I’m making it rather than music itself. I feel like I see everything in colors like my first record True Romance…this record that I’m writing at the moment feels like the color red for me. I feel like I connect more to visual artists and music videos than I do to actual musicians. CC: How was working with Icona Pop? Was there some girl power going on? C: It was cool. We actually didn’t get in the studio together, but

we wrote [“I Love It”] beforehand, and they were into it, and then they came down and sang over what we did and were really feeling it. They breathed this new life into it and made it what it is. It was cool…to have played it live with them and that felt like a real girl power moment – when we did it live. CC: With your debut album True Romance and your sophomore album coming out, how would you explain the new sound and theme? C: Like I said, the theme of the record is definitely the color red. It is much more live, there’s much more guitar. It’s very feminine in both a beautiful way and an angry, aggressive way because I feel like femininity is very beautiful, but also angry, aggressive, strong, sexy and shy. It’s everything. CC: Who is your dream band to tour with? C: I feel like it would be cool to go on tour with Gwen Stefani. That would be awesome. CC: What’s a typical day like for you? C: Right now, it’s either being on a plane or in a car for a while and then going to the studio. At the moment, I’m just writing all the time – that’s all I want to be doing right now. So, lots of studio time at the moment; that feels kind of where I’m meant to be right now. With her North American tour taking off, Charli XCX will be bringing all her glitz, glam and cutting edge pop to the stage at the El Rey in Los Angeles on Nov. 4, 2013.

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BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR COMBINES LOVE, SEX & INTIMACY

HEAD-SCRATCHING REVERSE GHOST STORY, HAUNTER, KEEPS YOU GUESSING

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Some argue that Hollywood has recently gone sex-crazy.

Lisa discovers a harrowing truth in the film Haunter.

BY ARIEL PAREDES

BY SYDNEY CHAMPION

French director Abdellatif Kechiche dives head first into his newest film, Blue is the Warmest Color, starring newcomer Adéle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux. Loosely adapted from Julie Maroh’s graphic novel Blue Angel, Kechiche and co-writer Ghalia Lacroix bring this story to life. Winner of the Palme D’or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Blues is the Warmest Color has people talking and for good reason, too. The film focuses on Adéle (Exarchopoulos), a 15-year-old high school student who has a chance encounter in the streets with a young woman who meets her gaze. Even though she has fallen into her first romance with a handsome boy at school, she can’t shake this young woman who caught her eye. She eventually meets the elusive woman named Emma (Seydoux) and falls in love. The story unfolds, following the ups and downs of their relationship over the next 10 years. There are two widely talked-about aspects of this film that have spread like rapid fire since its win at Cannes: its three-hour running time and very intimate sex scenes shared between the two young women. Where these two young actors have to go for these raw moments is extremely brave. There are many points throughout the 20-minute graphic sex scene where the line between acting and what’s real is exceedingly blurred. Kechiche shoots much of the film with a wide frame but zoomed very tight on the actors’ faces. This can be a bit distracting at times, especially when the viewer is simply watching someone asleep breathing or chewing his or her food with open-mouth vigor. Trying to capture every nuance with close-ups tended to be frustrating. The slow-moving pace at which the film unfolds following heroine Adéle requires patience. There are so many sweet moments that the audience gets to watch; we literally see Adéle grow up and figure out who she is. Meeting Emma rocks her world and consumes her thoughts and life. Witnessing their love unfold can be quite intoxicating. When following a relationship over a decade, issues inevitably start to rear their ugly head. While love and passion are what can unite them, foundational differences in upbringing and careers come to the forefront. This being a point Kechiche likes to touch upon in his films. The young actresses really brought tenacity to their characters, which many actors tend to shy away from. With beautiful camera work and angles that flatter them, the young women look like works of art in certain moments. The film could have been a bit shorter for a broader mass appeal, and the NC-17 is definitely going to shrink the audience even more, but kudos to Kechiche for sticking to his guns. Adéle is in search of her authentic self and what it means to be in love, alone and immersed in someone else. The films original French title is Adéle: Chapters 1 & 2, leaving it open-ended. Her story could go on; hopefully we’ll get to see where her next journey in life will take her.

How many reverse ghost stories, where the living sort of haunts the dead, can you think of? The Others and Beetlejuice are a few that kind of, maybe fit this description, but Haunter is perhaps truly the most original reverse ghost story film. In Haunter, teenager Lisa (Abigail Breslin) is stuck in her family’s house with her father, mother and little brother after they have all died. In this after-life, purgatory-like stage, Lisa and her family experience déjà vu every day. Every. Single. Day. Each day is the day before Lisa’s sixteenth birthday. She wakes up, goes downstairs, her mom makes pancakes, she’s asked to do laundry, the family has meatloaf for dinner, and she plays “Peter and the Wolf ” on the clarinet before she goes to bed. The dialogue and the actions are almost completely repetitious. Although Lisa is aware that she and her family are dead and “living” a fake life, her mother, father and brother are completely clueless. As far as they know, every day is a new day. It is as if they are sleepwalking. One night, Lisa interacts with the living: a family of four that presently resides in Lisa’s house. As she begins to uncover why she has been able to contact the family’s oldest daughter, Olivia, Lisa discovers unimaginable truths of how she and her family died and the sinister haunter that presides over her house. As she realizes what’s really going on, Lisa must find out a way to save Olivia’s family from suffering the same fate as hers before it’s too late. Haunter is more puzzling than anything. There aren’t any earth-shattering twists, but I was definitely scratching my head the whole time, asking a bunch of questions: “How is Lisa able to connect with Olivia?” “What’s happening to Olivia’s family?” “What happened to Lisa’s family?” “Who’s that strange telephone repair man?” The film slowly answers each question, but it’s good fun to sit there and guess the reasons for each spooky incident. As for the scary factor, there are a couple of “gotcha!” moments where you won’t expect sudden, fast movements or screams. There are also a few unsettling images. However, it is the actual storyline that is most disturbing and frightening. Imagine living in a déjà vu world where you’re forced to live the same day, day after day. That’s true horror; that would be my own personal hell. Breslin has done scary (Signs, 2002) and thriller, suspenseful films (The Call, 2013) before, and it’s not a surprise that she performs fairly well in this new film. Quite frankly, it’s incredible to see Breslin as a young adult actor. Her focus and commitment to her character, Lisa, is remarkable. There is one emotional scene where Lisa believes she has lost her family for good – your heart might break a little as she collapses to the floor and starts bawling. With talented writing and impressive acting, Haunter is a film I wouldn’t mind seeing with a group of girlfriends before Halloween. Even though it won’t necessarily scare the living daylights out of you, the film is an enjoyable puzzler that many will undoubtedly appreciate.

Grade: B

Grade: B+

Blue is the Warmest Color releases in L.A. on Oct. 25 and in Orange County on Nov. 1.

Haunter releases in theaters on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.

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MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY LEADS WITH HIS HEAD, NOT HIS CROTCH The actor talks about his upcoming film, Dallas Buyers Club. BY FREDERICK MINTCHELL

Matthew McConaughey stars as Ron Woodroof in JeanMarc Vallée’s fact-based drama, Dallas Buyers Club. Anne Marie Fox / Focus Features

After breaking through in 1993’s Dazed and Confused and then being the surprise choice to play the lead in 1996’s A Time to Kill, Matthew McConaughey, whether by choice or happy accident, has built a career by defying our expectations. With his seemingly effortless charm and good looks, he wouldn’t have been the first actor to be stuck on mediocre rom-com purgatory. Sure, he would have made a pretty successful living by continuing to star in films such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch and Fool’s Gold, but that’s like living on a diet of Snickers and Doritos: it’s satisfying in the short term, but you either end up with a stomachache or raiding the refrigerator in an hour wanting more. And he did want more. He successfully navigated his way from big-budget popcorn movies (Contact, Sahara) to riskier art house choices (Frailty, The Paperboy) to more prestigious, “serious” movies such as Martin Scorsese’s upcoming The Wolf of Wall Street. His newest film, Dallas Buyers Club, is a combination of risky art-house film and prestigious Oscar bait. In it, McConaughey plays real-life Ron Woodroof, a Texas gold old boy who’s an electrician and rodeo cowboy by day and a hard partier and womanizer by night. His world is turned upside down when he’s diagnosed with HIV in 1985, a time when HIV was widely accepted as just a gay man’s disease. The movie had been in development hell for years, but McConaughey was drawn to the script. “I’ve been able to read a few scripts and think ‘it might get made, it might not get made’ and keep them around and kick them around every now and then. This [the script], I kept on top of my desk for years and every time I revisited it, I thought, ‘this is the one I want to make,’ but nobody wanted to make it.” Dallas Buyers Club doesn’t exactly have “feel-good movie of the year” written all over it, so financing the movie proved

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to be an arduous process. Director Jean-Marc Vallée informed McConaughey that the financing was almost complete, so the actor began his transformation of starting to lose the 40-something pounds for the role before filming was given a green light. After four weeks of extreme dieting, the film ended up receiving the budget it needed to be green lit. Not only did McConaughey transform himself physically, but he also immersed himself in Ron’s life by reading his journals and speaking to his family and friends. “Before he had HIV, he was sort of lost. I know a lot of those guys who are kind of stuck, not going anywhere. Ironically, when he [contracted] HIV, he found purpose in his life, and that’s when he came to life, so to speak,” he said. “I read his diary [that he started before he had HIV] and he was lonely…and he wanted out, but he had nowhere to go. His family would say that he would sometimes dress as a gangster and I asked, ‘for Halloween?’ but it would just be a [random] Tuesday.” You never know when life is going to hand you a lemon, and Ron’s pill was a particularly bitter pill to swallow. Not only was he homophobic, but he was also only given 30 days to live after his diagnosis. “He’s just trying to survive by any means necessary and ends up being a crusader,” said McConaughey. “That’s original. Here’s a guy with a seventh grade education who became a scientist almost, an expert on a disease that many people didn’t know about yet, about how to prolong your life in a healthy way.” Ron’s extensive research into the government red tape involving the FDA, CDC and the many other government agencies that approve new drug therapies inspired him to become a crusader in the war on AIDS -- not because he was a martyr, but because he wanted to live. He was soon traveling to Mexico and then Germany, Israel and China to retrieve drugs that weren’t approved yet in the U.S. and were less harmful than

the widely used anti-AIDS drug AZT, which was the drug of choice in the U.S. at the time. To avoid government sanctions against selling non-FDA approved medicine, they established a “buyers club,” where HIV-positive people paid monthly dues for access to the newly acquired supplies. With his soon-to-be discussed weight loss for the role, McConaughey could relate to Ron’s energy. “Let’s say I lost about 40 percent of my energy and power from the neck down. I gained that 40 percent of that power from the neck up. Some guys lead with their head. Some guys lead from their midsection – their heart. Some guys, and Ron included at first, want to lead with their crotch. Ron did lead with his crotch and that’s both the humor and tragedy of the story,” he said. With Ron leading with his head, he not only changed the treatment options for generations of people suffering from HIV, he changed the way the government agencies work together to treat people with all kinds of terminal illnesses. With his challenging role in Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey is on the short list of actors who could hear their names when the Best Actor Oscar nominations are announced. Awards talk isn’t new for McConaughey, however, as he was also on the short list for a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his, literally, flashy role in last year’s Magic Mike. He seems to be both humble and unfazed by the acclaim. “It’s wonderful to be in the conversation right now. It’s a wonderful time in my career. I’m excited to get up for work every day,” he said. If McConaughey keeps pursuing roles with his head and not his crotch, he may be on more Oscar short lists in the years to come. Dallas Buyers Club opens in select theaters Nov. 1, 2013.

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HALLOWEEN

BECOME THE GHOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS

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Halloween 2013: How to throw a spook-tacular party Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s time to throw your own Halloween showdown! After reading this article, you can be the host of the coolest party on the block. Campus Circle has created a party-planning checklist to make sure that this year, your Halloween party will be the talk of the town. This will be a party that will surely make people scream!

It takes seconds to make and is guaranteed to be a hit. Witch’s Hat: Make the cutest dessert ever with just three ingredients! Squeeze a little bit of icing to the bottom of a Hershey’s Kiss, stick the Kiss on the fudge side of a round fudgestriped shortbread cookie and voila! You’ve made a witch’s hat in your own kitchen!

DECORATIONS Create an eerie atmosphere by placing electric candles inside of jack-o-lanterns and setting them up around the room. Cobwebs are also a quick and easy prop to decorate the walls and furniture with. Add a funny door decal, like a tombstone or a BEWARE: HAUNTED HOUSE-ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK sign as a finishing touch. These decorations will make your pad unrecognizable and will give your party an ambiance that is sure to give your guest the creeps!

DRINKS Get creative making “concoctions” for your party! If you are serving punch, serve it from a large bowl or a plastic cauldron, and label it “witches brew” or “magic potion.” To make your drinks more holiday appropriate, you can place fake eyeballs or plastic spiders in the punch bowl as well. And of course, make sure to serve apple cider, this season’s most timeless beverage. Worm Jell-O Shots: Take your party to the next level with this slimy spin on the traditional recipe for Jell-O shots. Boil water and mix in Jell-O powder. Stir in chilled liquor and water mix. Instead of pouring the Jell-O mixture into Dixie cups, pour it into straws, and after they have chilled in the refrigerator, they will slide out of the straws and look just like worms!

FOOD Some people might argue that food is the most important aspect of a party, and themed foods are always crowd pleasers. Here are some spooky snack ideas that are easy to make and taste devilishly delicious! Mummy Hot Dogs: Strategically wrap hot dogs or mini hot dogs in pastry dough, bake until ready, and then poke two holes at the top of the dog. Your guests will drool over this tasty treat. Monster Munch: This is a very simple snack that can be eaten from a communal bowl or handed out in individual cups for party guests. Mix up popped popcorn, M&M’s and candy corn.

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ENTERTAINMENT Music: If you want to get people dancing, you’re going to need a top-notch Halloween playlist. What comes out of your speakers can make or break a party, so Campus Circle recommends Halloween classics like “Monster Mash,” “Thriller” and “The Time Warp,” mixed with modern hits like “Heads Will Roll” by A-Trak, “Monster” by Kanye West and “Scary Monsters And

BY VANESSA WILKENS Nice Sprites” by Skrillex. Tunes like these will have your guests out on the dance floor, not up against the wall. Games: 1) Costume Contest: Give guests an incentive to dress up by holding a Halloween costume contest! You can give out prizes for scariest, funniest, most creative and best homemade costumes! You’ll be surprised to see how full-out people will go with their costumes when a little competition is involved. 2) Mystery Bowls: This classic Halloween game is just as fun for adults as it is for kids! Blindfold a party guest, and have them reach into a bowl of a mystery item. The guest then has to try and guess what they are touching. Is it spaghetti or brains? Eyeballs or peeled grapes? Anything is possible on Halloween! 3) Pumpkin Decorating: Buy miniature pumpkins and a few packs of colorful Sharpies, and let guests show off their inner Picasso! It is the perfect souvenir for your guests to take home with them. FAVORS A party isn’t complete without goodie bags, and thankfully, Halloween makes goodie bags as easy as pumpkin pie! Fill up small Zip-Lock Baggies with various Halloween candies, and use a Sharpie to write a thank you message on the bags. Leave the thank-you gifts in a big basket by the door for people to pick up before they leave. Now that you’ve learned how to throw an epic Halloween party, there’s only one thing left to do…find the perfect costume! Happy Halloween, everyone! Campus Circle - October 24 - November 6, 2013

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MONSTERS TELL ALL

Two monsters from Knott’s Scary Farm sit down with Campus Circle to talk about their experiences.

PHOTOS: Courtesy of Jill Mansolino

BY JENNIFER BOUCHER Jillian Mansolino, 21, and Jack Horne, 24, appear to be normal, everyday people. By day, Mansolino is a student at California State University Fullerton, works at a restaurant and has an internship at a daycare. Meanwhile, Horne spends much of his time hunting for jobs and hanging out with friends. However, they have one secret they haven’t publicly shared until now: they’re both monsters at Knott’s Scary Farm. Knott’s Berry Farm turns into Knott’s Scary Farm on designated nights where it provides guests with horror festivities. On these nights, Mansolino and Horne arrive at 6 p.m., get their makeup done and adopt a new persona as a monster. When the park reopens later in the evening, there’s a different vibe as monsters wander around the premise, mazes tempt daring guests and shows with blood and gore come into play. Ghost Town is drenched in fog, cobwebs decorate much of the park, and some rides are revamped with frightening decorations. Mansolino and Horne usually work all four days, eight hours per day with a half hour break. They are both tricksters, which is a new kind of monster Knott’s Scary Farm has to offer this year. As tricksters, they are allowed to touch guests lightly and have the freedom to roam around the entire park. They can even going on rides. Horne described tricksters as “brats you didn’t want to be seen with that cause mayhem and trouble. We’re the kids who go around toilet papering houses and stuff.” These monsters don’t have a hard time scaring guests because, as Horne explained, “When you get your makeup on, if you wear your mask, you can be whoever you want.” Monsters arrive two hours early to get ready for the park’s opening. Knott’s provides professional makeup artists that apply makeup and prosthetics to the actors’ faces, making them look completely different. “My friends don’t even recognize me when I’m in character,” said Mansolino. At the park, Horne dresses in a full, one-piece skeleton outfit. To describe his character, he said, “I’m a bully. I go around and ruin everyone’s fun, and [I] don’t like having fun. I’m always straight faced. I’m always serious, always. You get in my way for the most part, I’ll shoulder chuck you out of my way. It doesn’t matter to me. We’ll take maps, straws, rip them up in front of you just because I don’t care.” Mansolino laughed as she described her sexier character. “I’m pretty much El Vira, but purple, so I have a slit on my dress all the way up to my upper thigh. I’m a vampire, so I have teeth, and we’re like undead zombies.” Mansolino originally became a monster at Knott’s Scary Farm because Knott’s needed to hire someone who looked like her friend’s mom, an entertainment employee. Horne, on the other hand, said, “I was dragged into it by my best friends.”

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The application process to become a monster has changed since Horne’s first year as a monster. He said, “It used to be if you could work the hours…and you had a clear background, they had no problem working with you, and they’ll give you a spot. Now, there are actually auditions.” There are several different positions to audition for, and each audition varies. To be tricksters, Mansolino and Horne had to perform a monologue and improv a scenario. With their experience in acting in a theatre, this was no problem for them. A typical night for all the monsters involves venturing together around the park, interacting with guests and creeping them out. Mansolino explained, “We’re acting-based because we don’t focus on scares. We’re not really meant to scare.” Even though these “acting-based” monsters aren’t meant to scare, they occasionally do. Horne recalled his most memorable scare when he was working as a clown on the boardwalk: “I’ve actually had someone wheeled out in a wheelchair. Like, she wouldn’t move because she was psychologically scarred.” On that night, a couple of guests came up to Horne and asked him to scare one of their friends. He snuck up behind the friend and whispered her name. When the girl turned around, she was so scared that she started crying and froze. She then proceeded to curl into a ball and lift her legs. Horne recalled, “She had the most amazing ab workout because she wouldn’t move for an hour.” Sometimes, celebrities even grace the park to get spooked. “I got to hang out with Neil Patrick Harris,” said Mansolino. “He’s adorable. I didn’t scare him last year. It was good to hang out with people.” Although scaring people usually produces laughs and screams, it can also make guests react unpleasantly. “You don’t want to mess with that one person who’s just going to come up and deck you in the face,” said Mansolino. If the monsters provoke and scare the wrong person, things can take a turn for the worst. Horne revealed, “I’ve had a knife pulled on me before.” As scary as that might sound, he and Mansolino both agreed that sometimes you just have to take risks as monsters. “…People throw punches at me, kicks, some people try to tackle me. It’s all part of the game, though,” he said. Even with the risks, long hours and preparation it takes to become a monster, Mansolino and Horne thoroughly enjoy being tricksters at Knott’s Scary Farm. For any college student looking to make a little extra cash next fall, work on their acting skills or just have fun scaring the sh** out of people, he or she should consider Knott’s Scary Farm. “Now, some people, they’ll be a little bit shy. They’ll get used to it…once they start getting into character, that’s when it’s a lot more fun,” said Horne.

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HALLOWEEN

THIRTEEN CREEPY CUPCAKE IDEAS

Hello, cupcake. It’s showtime. Halloween is nearly upon us, and the Free Press Test Kitchen dares you to give this beloved treat a taste of the macabre. From witches to bloodshot eyes to skulls and worms, there are plenty of decorating ideas that kids and adults can really sink their teeth into. You can make cupcakes from a standard mix or try our Spiced Pumpkin Cupcake recipe. Plus decorating inspiration is everywhere — from Halloween stores to candy supply stores. You’ll find skull and bones candies, bat and spider gummies and Halloween molds featuring ghosts, witches and more. Let your imagination run wild ... you won’t be alone. This year, according to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend more than $8 billion on Halloween, from costumes, to candy to decorations and more. So here are 13 creepy cupcake ideas to get you started. They’re a scream. 1. Ghoulish graveyard: Frost a cupcake. Select a cookie with a rounded end to use as a tombstone. With black icing, write R.I.P. on the cookie. Position the tombstone on top of the cupcake, pushing it in slightly. Sprinkle green-tinted coconut on the top of the cupcake. Then sprinkle with chocolate cookie crumbs to simulate dirt. 2. Witch’s cauldron: Make orange or lime gelatin by dissolving it in the boiling water required.

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Do not add the cold water. Pour the gelatin into a 10-by-15-inch pan with 1-inch sides. Chill for 3 hours or until firm. Hollow out the center of a cupcake about 1 inch deep, to within about a quarter-inch of the sides. Pipe black icing along the top, about one-quarter inch high. Cut firm gelatin into chunks and place in the hollowed-out cupcake. Add candy skulls and bones or other creepy shapes. Attach a piece of black lace licorice for the cauldron’s handle. Insert a piece of black licorice for the spoon that stirs the brew. 3. Witch’s finger: Frost a cupcake. Place a small, snack-size piece of flat taffy about 2 inches long between pieces of plastic wrap. Roll with your hands to shape into a finger. Make an indentation in the fingertip and place a small red or black jelly bean into the indentation for the nail. Bend the finger to make it look crooked and position it on the cupcake. 4. Bloodshot eyeball: Use a puffy cupcake. Frost the top with vanilla frosting. Attach a sugared eyeball from a candy supply store. In a small bowl, tint a small amount of icing red. Pipe lines of icing out from the eyeball. 5. Spider’s web: Frost a cupcake. Melt semisweet dark and white chocolate candy melts in separate bowls. On a piece of parchment or wax paper, pipe concentric circles of chocolate, alternating dark and white. Lightly drag a toothpick through the chocolate starting at the center and continuing around every quarter-inch or less. This creates a spider web. If the chocolate hardens, microwave it for about 5 seconds to soften it enough to drag the toothpick through. Remove it from the paper and place on the top of the cupcake. Add cinnamon raisins to simulate bugs caught in the web.

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HALLOWEEN

FOR YOUR HALLOWEEN TABLE

BY SUSAN M.

Detroit Free Press (MCT) SELASKY

PHOTOS: Andre J. Jackson/Detroit Free Press/MCT

SPICED PUMPKIN CUPCAKES

Makes: 36 / Prep time: 15 minutes / Total time: 50 minutes Ingredients: 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (see Editor’s Note) 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (see Editor’s Note) 1 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup chopped walnuts 1 cup raisins 1 can (15 ounces) pure pumpkin (about 1 3/4 cups) 1 cup sugar 1 cup dark brown sugar 1 cup canola oil 4 eggs

Editor’s Note: If desired, substitute 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice for the nutmeg and cloves.

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 3 standard muffin tins with paper liners. 2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Add the walnuts and raisins and gently toss with the flour mixture. This will help prevent the nuts and raisins from sinking to the bottom. 3. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, sugars and oil. 4. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Add the flour mixture in three batches, stirring with a wooden spoon just until combined. 5. Fill muffin cups about three-fourths full. Bake until the cupcakes are golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes. Cool tin on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove cupcakes and cool them completely. 6. Frost and decorate as desired. Adapted from Williams-Sonoma and tested by Susan M. Selasky for the Free Press Test Kitchen.

RECIPE 6. Ghosts in the graveyard: Melt white chocolate or white candy melts. Use a mold to make the ghost (or other scary design) and place the molded chocolate ghost on top of a frosted cupcake. You also can pipe melted chocolate in the shape of a ghost on top of a frosted cupcake. Sprinkle with flaked coconut tinted green for grass. 7. Witch’s hat: Pipe a thick layer of green tinted frosting on top of a cupcake, at least one-half inch high. Use a whole ice cream cone for a large pointed hat or cut a section off a cone with a serrated knife for a shorter hat. Use Red Hots candies for eyes, a chocolate chip for the nose and a piece of licorice for the mouth. Use rope black licorice for hair or cut flat licorice into shreds. Stick hair under the hat. 8. Ghosts on broomsticks: Frost a cupcake with fudge or black frosting. Unroll a fruit roll strip. On the long side cut ½-inch long fringe. Cut the roll into 2-inch pieces. Wrap a piece around one end of a pretzel stick and press so it holds together. Place broomsticks on parchment or waxed paper. Melt white chocolate candy melts. Spoon melted chocolate onto the pretzels to resemble ghosts. Use miniature chocolate chips for eyes and mouth. Freeze for 5 minutes or until set. Place the broomstick on the cupcake. (Adapted from Woman’s Day Halloween Celebrations, 2005.) 9. Spooky spider: Use a puffy cupcake and frost with black or fudge frosting. Cut black licorice into 8 pieces about 2-3 inches long for the legs. Insert four legs on each side of the cupcake. Use Red Hots for the eyes. Sprinkle the top with chocolate sprinkles. 10. Wicked worms: Frost a cupcake. Attach several gummy worms to the top, pressing them

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Analysis per cupcake: 164 calories (44% from fat), 8 grams fat (1 gram sat. fat), 22 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams protein, 171 mg sodium, 21 mg cholesterol, 1 gram fiber.

into the frosting. Sprinkle with chocolate cookie crumbs to simulate dirt or flaked coconut tinted green for grass. 11. Ghoulish gums: Use two sets of gummy teeth for edible fangs. You may need to trim the teeth to make them look more fang-like, but try not to handle them too much because the teeth will become sticky . Slice the top of the cupcake horizontally, almost all the way through. Use melted candy melts or frosting to glue the top teeth to the slice and the bottom teeth to the cupcake. Place a gummy worm or other ghoulish item in the teeth . Frost the top slice with dark frosting. 12: Debonair devil: Tint frosting bright red with food coloring and frost a cupcake. Add mini chocolate chips for eyes and a Red Hots candy for a nose. Cut red gum drops into quarters for horns. Pipe on eyebrows, a mustache and goatee using melted chocolate. Use chocolate sprinkles for hair. (Adapted from “A Ghostly Good Time: The Family Halloween Handbook,” Woman’s Day Special Interest Publications, $10.99.) 13: Sugar skulls: Mound black or fudge frosting on top of a cupcake. Scatter chocolate sprinkles and green -tinted flaked coconut on top. Make another mound of frosting and attach a sugared skull in the mound of frosting. ©2013 Detroit Free Press Visit the Detroit Free Press at www.freep.com Distributed by MCT Information Services Campus Circle - October 24 - November 6, 2013

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Dimension Films

Scream is the classic horror movie, perfect for Halloween.

WHAT’SHAPPENING All the cool places to go and fun things to do. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25

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Parties Night of the Living Zoo L.A. Zoo 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles lazoo.org/nightofthelivingzoo/ This frightful bash will transform the Zoo into a theater of mysterious and macabre delights: enjoy the spine-chilling stunts of the Sideshow Sirens, while ghouls and ghosts roam about the grounds in search of contenders for the night’s costume contest. The Night of the Living Zoo also features hair-raising decorations and special effects, fortunetellers, DJ Johnny Hawkes spinning at the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel and live musical performances by Batwings Catwings and Edgar Allan Poets. Creepy cocktails and food truck favorites, including Coolhaus and Trailer Park Truck, will be available for purchase. When Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 Times 7:00 p.m. Prices $45 pre-sale

Lucha VaVoom Halloween

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26

Mayan Theater 1038 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles luchavavoom.com

Pure madness. That might be the only way to describe Lucha VaVoom--the high-octane mix of Mexican-style lucha libre wrestling, traditional burlesque and outrageous blowby-blow comedic commentary. But even calling it “pure madness” doesn’t begin to describe the no-holds-barred wrestling excitement, sultry burlesque goddesses and gut-busting comedy that the acclaimed

When Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 Times 8:00 p.m. Price $35

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show is known for.

Film Annual Dusk-to-Dawn Horrorthon Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica americancinemathequecalendar.com Six of the most shocking and schlocky movies - Amityville II: The Possession, Kingdom Of The Spiders, The Fly, Hell High, The Car and The Sentinel - many of them unseen on L.A. screens in decades! Complete with between-film free food, snacks, coffee, giveaways, crazy shorts and surprises. When Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 Time 7:30 p.m. Prices $20, $18 w/ student ID Music Kanye West Staples Center 1111 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles staplescenter.com At the age of 10, Kanye moved with his mother, an English professor, to Nanjing, China, where she was teaching at Nanjing University as part of an exchange program. According to her, Kanye was the only foreigner in his class, but settled in well and quickly picked up the language, although he has since forgotten most of it. When Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 & Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 Times Saturday @ 8 p.m. & Monday @ 7:30 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $32.50 Film The Evil Dead The Cinefamily (Silent Movie Theatre) 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles cinefamily.org

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The blood is a combination of Karo syrup, non-dairy creamer and red food coloring. At one point, Bruce Campbell’s shirt that he wears in the film was so saturated with the fake blood that after drying it by the fire, the shirt became solidified and broke when he tried to put it on. When Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 Time 11:59 p.m. Price $12 Concerts Zac Brown Band Hollywood Bowl 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles hollywoodbowl.com Zac Brown Band received four nominations for the 2009 CMA Awards: New Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year and Music Video of the Year for their No. 1 single, “Chicken Fried.” That same year, they received three Grammy nominations for Best Country Album, Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals and Best New Artist and won the Grammy award for Best New Artist. When Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 & Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 Times 7:00 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $29.50 MONDAY, OCTOBER 28 Theatre The Rocky Horror Experience Dragonfly 6510 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles brownpapertickets.com/event/482394 Join this Halloween Carnival, and the Usherettes will take you on a WILD rid through another dimension with voyeuristic intention...you may lounge as you like with the other earthlings or sit in the front row for a close-up view of the show. Or relax by the bar...don’t worry, any seat is a good seat, for you will be included wherever you may wander... When Monday, Oct. 28, 2013-Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 Times Monday & Tuesday @ 8 p.m., Wednesday @ 7 & 10 p.m. Price $20 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 Music Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton Nokia Theatre 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles nokiatheatrelalive.com The program includes newly created suites from all 15 of the composer and director’s film collaborations. Elfman himself will perform his songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas. He was the singing voice of Jack Skellington in the 1993 classic film. The concert will be accompanied with large screen film clips and Tim Burton’s artwork. This will be Elfman’s first live U.S. performance since his Farewell: Live from the Universal Amphitheatre concert with Oingo Boingo in 1995.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30 Film The Shining ArcLight Hollywood 6360 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles arclightcinemas.com/Movies/Arclight-Presents For the scene in which Jack breaks down the bathroom door, the props department built a door that could be easily broken. However, Jack Nicholson had worked as a volunteer fire marshal and tore it apart far too easily. The props department was then forced to build a stronger door. When Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 Time 8:00 p.m. Price $14 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 Film Scream Exposition Park 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles sfc-scream.eventbrite.com In Scream, Casey [Drew Barrymore] claims that all of the sequels to A Nightmare on Elm Street “sucked.” Wes Craven, who directed both Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street, sold the rights to sequels to A Nightmare on Elm Street before the film was released and became a success and disliked many of the sequels. When Thursday, Oc. 31, 2013 Time Gates @ 5:30 p.m. Price $10 Halloween Zombie Crawl Rusty’s Surf Ranch 256 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica zombiecrawlsm.eventbrite.com Starting on the Santa Monica Pier, crawlers will moan and growl their way through the city for spooky drink and food specials all night with the pub-crawl wristband. You must follow specific Zombie Crawl rules to get through the streets: keep an authentic zombie appearance, keep arms extended outward, drag a limb and deliver vicious snarls and moans without talking. Makeup artists will be on-site at the starting location at Rusty’s Surf Ranch on the Pier, to assist with the zombie-fying process, and an official zombie group photo will be staged under the Pier sign at 8 p.m. to magnify the zombie takeover. When Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 Time 6:00 p.m. Prices $10 advance, $15 day of FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Comedy Christopher Titus Flappers Comedy Club 102 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank christophertitus.com Time magazine called the stand-up & TV veteran “brutal, hilarious and audacious,” while Newsday called him “TV’s most original comic voice since Seinfeld.” When Friday, Nov. 1, 2013-Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 Times 8 & 10 p.m. Price $20 Sports Ice at Santa Monica Ice at Santa Monica 1324 Fifth Street, Santa Monica downtownsm.com/ice Downtown Santa Monica brings a little skate to the surf and transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into a premier outdoor ice skating rink. The 8,000-square-foot rink by the beach offers residents and visitors a little taste of winter without the bite. When Friday, Nov. 1, 2013-Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

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Price $12 (includes skate rental) Expos Stan Lee’s Comikaze L.A. Convention Center 1201 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles comikazeexpo.com Los Angeles’ largest comic, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, horror and pop-culture convention promises a larger premier experience with an amazing line-up of attractions from vendors, exciting interactive contests, tons of celebrity autograph signings, the addition of movie screenings, incredible panel sessions and all new gaming tournaments. When Friday, Nov. 1, 2013-Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 Times Friday: 1-8 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $25 Concerts The Pink Floyd LaserSpectacular Club Nokia 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles laserspectacular.com Even after 25 years, new elements are added to the show every year. When Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Time 8:30 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $22.50 Sports Woodland Hills Ice Westfield Promenade 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills woodlandhillsice.com The rink features more than 7,000 square feet of real ice beneath towering pine trees and the California sun and stars. Woodland Hills Ice offers daily recreational ice skating where you can skate and get a tan by day or enjoy skating under the sunset and stars by night. When Friday, Nov. 1, 2013-Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 Prices Tix start @ $8.50 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Book Signing Anne Rice Barnes & Noble @ The Grove 189 Grove Drive, Los Angeles store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/81421 She’s moved on from vampires to werewolves in her latest book, The Wolves of Midwinter: The Wolf Gift Chronicles. When Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 Time 2:00 p.m. Festivals Grand Park’s Downtown Dia De Los Muertos Grand Park 210 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles grandparkla.org Altars, food trucks, free face-painting, awesome bands and a full bar by La Cita en el centro de Los Ángeles. When Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 Times 3:00 p.m.-midnight Price Free Parties Hard Day of the Dead Los Angeles State Historic Park 1245 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles hardfest.com With Skrillex, Nero, Boys Noize, Zeds Dead, Bloody Beetroots (Live), Deadmau5, Calvin Harris, Pretty Lights, Eric Prydz, Cut Copy and many more. When Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013-Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 Times Noon-midnight Prices Check website for prices SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Food Taste of Venice

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Passion Pit

Greek Theatre 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles greektheatrela.com

The band culled their name from the Variety Slanguage Dictionary, a glossary of Variety’s frequently-used slang, which was provided by the Hollywood Insider publication to help not-so-savvy readers decipher its content. The magazine used the term to refer to drive-in theatres, because of their privacy and romantic allure for teenagers.

When Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 Time 7:30 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $35

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When Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013-Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 Time 8:15 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $45

insideoutca.org/get-involved/attend-an-event/taste-of-abbotkinney The Taste of Venice supports Inside Out Community Arts and celebrates some of Venice’s best restaurants. The event focuses on Abbot Kinney’s culinary talent and features a restaurant walking tour where you can sample signature dishes from your favorite chefs as well as enjoy wine and beer tastings. When Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 Times 4:30-6:30 p.m. Prices Check website for prices MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Film The Thing (1982) ArcLight Hollywood 6360 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles arclightcinemas.com/Movies/Arclight-Presents This film opened on the same day as Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. The similarities don’t end there; both movies met with unfavorable reactions at first, but became widely loved sci-fi classics in the years to come. When Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 Time 8:00 p.m. Price $14 Campus Circle - October 24 - November 6, 2013

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BOOKS

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Eisenberg proves them all wrong (again) with her hysterical Screw Everyone. Read it and weep from amusement.

Fiction Moving and propulsive (an excellent combo), Larry Watson’s Let Him Go takes a potentially sensational subject and makes it sing. The story of the Blackledges, a normal couple driven by extraordinary circumstances to take it upon themselves to retrieve their grandson no matter the consequences, grabbed my heart and wrung it out. It’s hard to conjure up the lost country that was Yugoslavia in Courtney Angela Brkic’s The First Rule of Swimming. This mystery, about a missing sister, is filled with loss, pain and violence that must resonate for an entire population of people displaced by violence.

delving into the unexpected reasons why the little guy often comes out ahead, Gladwell uncovers connections, both obvious and unexpected, that may surprise you. California history sparkles with interesting and often under-appreciated stories of the pioneers who built the state. Junipero Serra, by Steven W. Hackel, attempts to rectify this gap in knowledge with an authoritative look at a controversial figure. Graphic Novel Vibrant and funny, Brian Ralph’s Reggie-12 sends up Osama Tezuka’s Astro Boy. In the mold of classic Japanese manga, this tale of a hapless robot and his motley crew is a great adventure. Young Adult Everyone’s trolling for the next, Harry Potter, Twilight or Hunger Games series. It may turn out to be Jasper Fforde’s Chronicles of Kazam. Look for the latest, The Song of the Quarkbeast, and get your fantasy on.

Personal Tales Cruising to various quirky attractions can make or break a good road trip, but imagine growing up in one. Tanya Ward Goodman does and lives to tell the tale in Leaving Tinkertown, a fascinating glimpse inside the world of wonder and near insanity that her father hath wrought. Melding memoir with mystery, Justin St. Germain’s Son of a Gun can’t help but be riveting. The author’s quest to delve into the details surrounding his mother’s murder will simultaneously give you pause and keep you reading. Twain, Salinger--who’s next, Shakespeare? The release of posthumous works is thrilling, and The Autobiography of Mark Twain Volume 2 is no exception. The author’s wit, keen eye for satire and original point of view are all on display for (most likely) the last time.

Entertainment An underappreciated original gets the accolades he deserves in The Culture and Philosophy of Ridley Scott. The director of such classics as Alien, Blade Runner and Thelma & Louise is both more visionary and versatile than he is given credit for. Fashion A towering figure in the world of New York fashion, Vogue’s creative director, Grace Coddington, got thrust into a larger spotlight in the documentary, The September Issue. In her memoir, Grace, you get even more of this spectacular and unique individual with a creative streak as wide as a Mack truck.

Sci-Fi-Horror Mystical and otherworldly, Jason Mott’s The Returned, imagines a world where the dead come back to life. Focusing on one family, bereft over the loss of their young son and confounded to find him back after 50 years, this work of science fiction overflows with humanity. In Doctor Sleep, storyteller 5par excellence Stephen King gives us the long-awaited sequel to one of his greatest achievements, The Shining. Dan

Music 27 explores the bizarre coincidence of so many musicians dying at the same, tragically young age. Howard Sounes looks at the myths and truths that surround the early deaths of such disparate legends: Kurt Cobain, Jimi Is being 27 a curse in the music industry? Examine the myths and truths around stars’ deaths. Hendrix and Amy Winehouse. Billy Joel sings, “Only the good die young,” and Non-Fiction Elliot Smith is no exception to the rule. Torment Saint, by Humor Malcolm Gladwell does it again with David and Goliath: William Todd Schultz, reminds us why we fell so fast and hard How can men still insist that women aren’t funny? Ophira Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. Adeptly for this unique talent.

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