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MEN’S BASKETBALL: UCLA, USC MAKE NEW HIRES USC head basketball coach Andy Enfield is from Florida Gulf Coast University where he made the basketball team the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16 round in the NCAA tournament.
Steve Alford has been named the 13th head coach of UCLA’s basketball program. Don Liebig/ASUCLA Photography
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What’s in store for the two basketball programs now that they hired Steve Alford (UCLA) and Andy Enfield (USC)? BY MARVIN VASQUEZ Both the UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans made new head coaching hires for their respective men’s basketball program. UCLA named Steve Alford as its new head coach, while USC selected Andy Enfield. The hires were finalized after each school’s Director of Athletics implemented a national search. UCLA Steve Alford signed a seven-year, $18.2-million contract to become the head coach of the UCLA Bruins. Alford replaces Ben Howland, who was fired in March. Though Howland struggled late in his coaching career at UCLA, Alford still has some shoes to fill. UCLA athletics director Dan Guerrero said Alford respects UCLA. “We found a coach who not only represents and honors and respects the treasured history of college basketball and UCLA’s place in it, but also a coach who can bring a brand of exciting basketball with unselfish and talented student athletes,” he said. Alford is ready for the next chapter in his life, one that he also called “a great, humbling, honorable position.” “This is a challenge that I think I’ve been patiently waiting for and now that the opportunity has come my way, I’m ready,” said Alford. “At the age of 48, and 22 years into coaching, I think I’m as prepared as I’m ever going to be prepared.” Prepared or not, Alford knows what’s expected of him and the program. “You walk around and you get to see what’s expected here. You get to see the high level of excellence that comes with this basketball job,” he said. In order for Alford and the Bruins to excel, he really needs to take care of recruiting on a local basis. Los Angeles has a lot of talent, but some don’t even consider UCLA as a top program
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anymore. Alford has some work to do, but Guerrero considers the coach’s recent gig at New Mexico as a positive. “Steve was successful bringing in some guys at New Mexico,” said Guerrero. “And I feel as he puts the rest of his staff together, knowing full well there’s obviously excellent talent in Southern California, that the emphasis will be on keeping quality players who can make the grade here at home.” Alford, who is known to let his players just play on the court, suggests that he will focus on recruiting locals. “Everywhere I’ve gone, connecting to high school coaches and programs has been instrumental to what we’ve done,” he said. “We’re going to try to do that here as well. You visit high schools, you get on the phone and you let them know how important they are, whether they have players or not. And of course, if they have a player, that gives it a little more urgency.” In Alford, UCLA hired a figure to lead its program for years to come. Will it be successful? That remains to be seen, but it’s a step in the right direction. USC Simply put, Pat Haden and the Trojans made a fabulous hire in Andy Enfield. After an extremely disappointing season that saw the team registered a record of 14-18 overall and 9-9 in conference play, Enfield is the right guy for the job. He’s young (43 years old), outgoing and a rather articulate man – that proves to be an essential package of tools when it comes to recruiting talent while rebuilding the Trojan program. During his introductory press conference, Enfield made two things clear. First, he plans on transforming the program into a “national brand.” USC, an institution that sports a rich history in athletics, deserves just that. Last time I recall, the Trojans last received true national exposure when Tim Floyd was the head coach. Floyd
guided the team to a 25-12 mark in the 2006-07 campaign and an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16. Enfield, however, also said he wants his players to enjoy playing the game. “My coaching style, I like to enjoy my team and I want my players to have fun,” he said. “I know that word – fun – is kind of a generic term sometimes, but I really mean that. We enjoy ourselves.” During the 2012-13 season, Enfield lifted the Florida Gulf Coast University program into national exposure. FGCU compiled a 26-11 overall record and reached the NCAA Sweet 16. Can Enfield do the same at USC? “We really need to, and want to, make basketball relevant at USC,” said Haden, acknowledging his desire and vision. “We’ve had starts of good programs, but never really had a sustained program for a long period of time, which is what we’re trying to build here. We’re trying to build a very credible basketball program.” While at FGCU, Enfield installed an up-tempo pace of basketball. It was known as “Dunk City.” “I think it is an added bonus,” said Haden. “I think his style of play was certainly attractive to me and to us, as long as it’s a winning style.” Enfield is also a preacher of academia, as seen in his scholarly work; this is always a plus. He earned a degree in economics at Johns Hopkins (where he played college basketball) and went on to complete his MBA at the University of Maryland. Enfield is very happy to be at USC. “This is an opportunity to build something special,” he said. “It doesn’t get any better for me. USC is, I think, one of the best basketball jobs in the country.” Those are the right words from the person who is the right man for USC.
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MEET POP-ROCK SONGSTRESS
SABRINA ANTOINETTE With Chris Brown as her mentor, expect this singer to go straight to the top.
Sabrina Antoinette has been featured on Chris Brown’s album, Fortune.
BY MARVIN VASQUEZ Sabrina Antoinette found her passion for music as a teenager. When she was 13, her cousin passed away. She was asked to sing at the funeral, and from then on music became her life. “I realized that music touches people, and that’s when I got serious about what I’m doing,” she said. Antoinette is now signed under Chris Brown’s label, Chris Brown Entertainment. She’s becoming a hit with her debut single, “I Know You’re Out There.” She also attained significant recognition as a featured artist on Chris Brown’s Grammynominated album, Fortune. Campus Circle: What have been some of your musical influences throughout your career? Sabrina Antoinette: I used to be absolutely obsessed with Elvis (Presley), and I loved Michael Jackson. Now, I can’t pinpoint any one particular influence because music is so broad, and there are so many sounds. I definitely listen to sounds more, sounds that give me feeling. CC: How important is fashion for you in transcending who you are to the public? SA: It’s one of the most important things. When I find out I have an event or an appearance, I’m already thinking about what I’m going to wear. I think fashion is very important: nails, hair, all things you can do to express yourself and who you are, and I’m a bit obsessed with it…I also love working with fashion designers and coming up with things for my style and things like that. They’re noticing that I dress differently than most people, which I like. CC: Let’s talk about your single,
“I Know You’re Out There.” Discuss your experience with composing the song and making the video. SA: This has been a great experience. I had been working on my album and had been writing a lot of songs. One day I was with a friend, and we were in between sessions…he asked me if he could play a song for me, and it was that song. After hearing it, I thought this song was very special and asked if I could have it. We recorded it, and we thought it was amazing…we decided this would be the single. A month later, we got together, threw some concepts around and started shooting the video. I couldn’t sleep the night before because I was so excited about shooting. We started very early in the morning, and the whole time I was running on pure adrenaline, and I was fortunate enough to have Chris [Brown] in the video. CC: How did Chris Brown’s participation come about? SA: Well, Chris normally likes us to be on our own and do our own thing, but he is always paying attention and was with us the whole time. And one day, we were at the beach, and we were looking at the final cut for the video, and he said, ‘You know what? I want to be in the video. Is that ok?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He put my friend’s leather jacket on and just made it happen. CC: Would you describe Chris Brown as a sort of mentor? How has it been working with him? SA: Yes, and I would say not just to me but to all of us who work with him as well. He’s influenced me so much. He practically
changed the way I write. It’s difficult to describe what it’s like to actually work with him and see him create, and I thank him all the time for all that I’ve learned from him. He’s also very involved, and I feel very fortunate for all the freedom he gives you. CC: Where do you draw your inspiration from when you’re writing songs? SA: I definitely use personal experiences. It’s all drawn from my life, and I share it. I feel this way people can actually relate to your music because everyone goes through the same shit. And so everyone can always relate to something. Someone can always say, ‘I went through that! That sucked!’ CC: What are some of your hobbies? SA: Painting my nails, and I don’t do a very good job of it… like right now, I’m trying to draw things on my nails, and I’m failing horribly…also messing with my hair. I love going out on the fly, not knowing what I’m doing, then a bonfire on the beach. CC: What advice would you give the youth out there who might want to follow in your footsteps? SA: Don’t stop. There will be many people who will try and change you and your art, tell you that it’s wrong or that it should be done a certain way. You have to be yourself. A lot of people won’t get you, but all that matters is that you get you. So don’t stop. Take criticism constructively, but don’t let negativity get you down. Campus Circle 4.11.13 - 4.24.13
TRANCE IS A HYPNOTIZING BLEND OF ACTION, MYSTERY
Vincent Cassel as “Franck,” James McAvoy as “Simon” Rosario Dawson as “Elizabeth” in Trance.
The director and actors talk about the film’s complexities. BY NICK GOLDEN
Hypnotism: it’s something that’s often talked about but seldom understood. In Trance, the new film from Oscar-winner Danny Boyle, we learn just how powerful the process can be. James McAvoy plays Simon, who works at an art auction house. As it turns out, he has joined forces with several gangsters to steal a painting. Unfortunately, he is hit on the head during the process of stealing the painting, and this causes him to lose his memory of what he did with it. After trying to beat the answer out of him, Vincent Cassel’s character Franck hires a beautiful hypnotherapist named Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson) to figure out what has happened to the painting. In an effort to help the film’s main cast understand the process, a trained hypnotist was brought to London. There, Dawson, McAvoy and Cassel were treated to their very own hypnotherapy sessions. “We were all very much wanting to go under,” explained Dawson with a laugh. “But we were also very distracted, trying to see if anyone else had gone under. James had a moment where he couldn’t pry his fingers apart, but Vincent doesn’t believe it at all.” Whether or not the actors were actually hypnotized, the film has no trouble entrancing the audience. Boyle takes a somewhat simple story and turns it into a brilliant masterwork - a skill other directors should take note of. Among the many things that make Trance a great film, the greatest aspect has to be the cast. Never has a group of actors understood their characters so completely, and it shows on
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screen. There isn’t a single moment that they don’t fully sell, and it makes the viewing experience all the more enjoyable. “It was really fun playing someone whose cleverness was her strength,” said Dawson of her character. Where many female characters today use only their sexuality, Elizabeth uses her intelligence as her main weapon. Is there a point where she must use her body in order to achieve her goals? Yes, but there is never a single moment where she seems any weaker or less important than her male counterparts. “The dynamic of power keeps shifting between the three of them, and I think that’s what makes it a really compelling film,” said Dawson. “You don’t have that obvious protagonist and antagonist back-and-forth. The sands keep shifting.” When we are introduced to Franck, it seems that he is the typical one-dimensional gangster character. Obviously, he’s still pretty close to that since he decided to rip off Simon’s fingernails before hiring a hypnotherapist. Still, as the film progresses, his walls come down – he falls in love. “I really think that Franck is actually the closest character to the audience. He doesn’t know anything. He doesn’t have to lie,” said Cassel. Indeed, it seems the most truthful character in the film is the one you’d least expect. Everyone has his or her own agenda, but Franck isn’t hiding anything from anyone. Near the end, you actually may find yourself rooting for him. Simon, who begins the film as the well-meaning protagonist, seems to have undergone the biggest
transformation throughout the film. The audience wants to like him, but as the story progresses, more and more of his ugly personality is revealed. Boyle has made it clear that he wanted the characters of this film to seem real. In everyday life, no one is truly good or evil in his or her own minds. Most people do what they think is the right thing, and that is what Trance so beautifully illustrates. You want to dislike certain characters so much for what they do, but in the end, can you? People make mistakes, and in the film, even the technical protagonist is far from perfect. “You start off and think: ‘Okay, he’s [Simon] the reliable narrator guy!’ Then it begins to change. That’s what’s wonderful about this film and these characters - they’re not what they seem,” said Boyle. “It’s lovely to twist the characters around like that, and obviously James is the biggest example of that.” On the surface, Trance is a kind of hybrid, spanning several genres, and it keeps the viewer in the dark for the majority of the runtime. The mystery is what makes the film feel so fresh in comparison to many other movies that have tried to accomplish the same thing and failed. Every time you think you’ve got the film figured out, it throws you for a loop. It’s been awhile since a film was able to ensnare an audience in its story like Trance. The mystery makes it what it is. You can try desperately to understand it, but all you can really do is sit back and watch the story unfold. Trance is currently playing in theaters.
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At the start of Disconnect, Max Thieriot’s character Kyle is walking through a disheveled house delivering packages to its teenage occupants. As he reaches a room on the final stairwell, he disrobes to a pair of extra tight speedos and turns on a webcam. It’s then we learn that he, along with the other young residents, are sex workers for an adult-only website. The movie then starts promisingly with a series of vivid vignettes, and we’re quickly introduced to an assiduous lawyer (Jason Bateman) who is constantly on his cell phone much to the chagrin of his family, a widowed ex-cop (Frank Grillo) who is unaware his mischievous son is a cyber-bully, and a woman (Paula Patton) who finds solace online after the loss of her infant son. Now we start to recognize the shape Disconnect is going to take: a movie that explores the modern technology’s consequences and how it affects and defines our relationships. The film marks the first fiction feature from Henry Alex Rubin, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Murderball. Expect to uncomfortably squirm in your seat throughout the film’s duration, for this articulate and particularly relatable drama offers a brutally honest look at the way we sometimes try to connect but wind up distancing themselves from one another. What makes the movie so engaging is the way Rubin moves seamlessly between all these stories. He has a profound understanding of these characters, their emotions and the path of their circumstances. The director structures them in such a way that his characters reach a crisis point simultaneously, followed by melancholy clarity although none of them achieve anything resembling an easy sense of solace. “When I read the script, I was moved by each of the intertwining stories,” said Rubin in a prepared statement. “I find myself drawn to people’s emotions, and I was really drawn to these people and their situations.” With several intersecting stories and characters crisscrossing and relationships revealed along the way, Disconnect works because it offers a relatable story occurring in today’s society in terms of human interaction, communication and loneliness. Patton’s character, Cindy, is a frustrated and unhappy spouse whose chat with an online stranger leaves her vulnerable to a computer hacker with drastic results. Through the use of social media, cyber-bullies pick on an oddball classmate with dire consequences. There’s plenty of texting, sexting, emailing, webcams and electronic gadgets on display, which makes Rubin’s film relevant to the times we live in. Written by Andrew Stern, who wanted to pen a multi-story film about how technology is connecting us in one way, Disconnect weaves a tale of dissimilar, disconnected individuals and reflects how technology both unites and divides us. What’s going to happen to each of these characters and how are their lives are going to unfold? That’s what keeps you invested in this smart drama. “I wrote the screenplay when I noticed that at the dinner table people had their phones out and were emailing and texting – that people were present and strangely not present with one another,” said Stern in the statement. “I decided I wanted to write a multi-story film about how technology is connecting us in one way but also disconnecting us at the same time. Because of the way we’ve all accepted living online, texting, tweeting, emailing and so forth, somehow face-to-face personal communication and real human interaction has become less and less important. The film deals with this.” Also starring Andrea Riseborough, Jonah Bobo, Haley Ramm and Hope Davis, the eclectic ensemble cast is extraordinary. The actors give their characters authentic individuality.
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Hyde Park on Hudson, Lost Angels and “Kingdom:” The Complete Series. Nicola Dove
Bill Murray stars as FDR in Roger Michell’s historical tale, Hyde Park on Hudson.
BY MIKE SEBASTIAN The Majors: Bill Murray embodies one of our great presidents, Franklin D. Roosevelt, in Hyde Park on Hudson. Set on the eve of WWII, it’s the true story of the first visit to America by a reigning British monarch. When the King and Queen pay a call to FDR at his country home, they discover a rather un-British domestic situation. Roger Michell (Notting Hill) directs the fine cast, which includes Laura Linney and Olivia Williams. Under the Radar: A group of strangers are assembled in a bar only to discover that they all share the same ex-girlfriend in Sexy Evil Genius. Unfortunately for them, their former lover, Nikki, is criminally insane and out for revenge. This original dark comedy features a stellar ensemble cast, including “Buffy” alumni Seth Green and Michelle Trachtenberg, and William Baldwin. The Idiotbox: A legendary romance comes to life in the HBO film Hemingway & Gellhorn. Set during the Spanish Civil War, the film follows Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen) as he rubs shoulders with various larger-than-life characters in the tumultuous war zone. Among them is trailblazing war correspondent (and future wife of Hemingway) Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman). Soon, the two strike up a romance that is almost as fraught as the revolutionary backdrop. David Strathairn co-stars as John Dos Passos. British comedy favorite Stephen Fry stars as the titular solicitor of an eccentric small town in “Kingdom:” The Complete Series. With the help of his earnest young legal intern and secretary, Peter Kingdom helps out the various residents of his
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small town while dealing with his crazy sister. It’s simultaneously heartfelt and hilarious. Kelsey Grammer is frighteningly good as a power-mad Chicago mayor struggling to keep control of his crumbling empire in “Boss:” Season 2. This season picks up after Mayor Kane narrowly survived a coup attempt by rival ward bosses and his own inner circle. Now with a new staff, he sets his sights on rebuilding a crime-infested housing project. Perhaps the definitive record of America’s most disastrous military campaign, “Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War” premiered in 1981 and ran for 26 episodes. Utilizing original onthe-ground footage, much of it from North Vietnamese sources, and CNN correspondent Peter Arnett’s in-depth analysis of the big picture, the series traces the history of the conflict, from its roots to its lasting legacy. Stranger Than Fiction: Gear up for the soon-to-be-released Jackie Robinson biopic 42 with Jackie Robinson: My Story. This docudrama takes an original approach to tell the first-person tale of a monumental figure in the civil rights struggle and baseball’s history. As Robinson, Stephen Hill narrates his story, set to classic footage and rare photos, along with guest appearances by Robinson’s teammates. Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home is an affecting look at Los Angeles’ homeless population—the largest in the country. Narrated by Catherine Keener, the film follows eight people who live on Skid Row. The result is an incredible collection of portraits, with individuals like a former Olympian and recovered
drug addict that put a face to homelessness and mental illness. Actor Josh Duhamel narrates the stunning eco documentary Planet Ocean. Directors Yann Arthus-Bertrand (Home) and Michael Pitiot traverse the globe and dive beneath the surface of the oceans to bring home the importance of humanity, learning to live in harmony with what makes up 70 percent of the planet. The film features breathtaking cinematography from some of the planet’s least seen places. From the Vault: Two under-seen gems are now available M.O.D. via the Warner Archives website. Key to the City is a charming romantic comedy with a picturesque San Francisco backdrop. At a convention for mayors, a rough-around-the-edges former longshoreman (Clark Gable) meets and falls for a proper, respectable New England mayor (Loretta Young). But their romance soon causes a scandal. Cheyenne, directed by the great Raoul Walsh, follows a gambler (Dennis Morgan) who is forced to track down a stagecoach robber known as “The Poet” in order to avoid a jail sentence. To catch his prey, he has to pose as the outlaw and infiltrate his gang. Jane Wyman co-stars. Blu Notes: Legendary song-and-dance man Gene Kelly directed Barbra Streisand in Hello, Dolly! Streisand stars as a turn-of-thecentury New York matchmaker who sets her sights on a wealthy curmudgeon (Walter Matthau). Based on Thornton Wilder’s play The Matchmaker, it’s full of lush period detail and showstopping numbers by Streisand.
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A THRILLER AS RIVETING AS IT IS CONTROVERSIAL. IT WILL LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS. A DAZZLING DISPLAY OF PERFECT PERFORMANCES. REDFORD HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER A MASTER FILMMAKER AT THE TOP OF HIS FORM.” -Rex Reed, NEW YORK OBSERVER
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Get the 411 on some of the artists, check out Record Store Day and visit Palm Springs. BY KEVIN WIERZBICKI THE FESTIVAL It’s time once again for the mighty Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio. For the second consecutive year, the festival expands to two weekends: April 12-14 and April 19-21. The way it’s going to work is like this: bands that play on opening day, Friday, April 12, will also play a week later on April 19, and so on with the Saturday and Sunday line-ups. That means that if you choose, you can see headliners like the Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix and the Red Hot Chili Peppers twice. And if you should miss them the first weekend, you have a second opportunity to check out New Order, Wu-Tang Clan, Vampire Weekend, Modest Mouse, Bassnectar and all the others. The number of acts appearing is delightfully overwhelming, but here’s what’s going on with a few select Coachella artists so have a little bit of background information coming into their performances: JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE – The legendary front man from the Dead Kennedy’s will be showcasing material from his new album White People and the Damage Done. BIFFY CLYRO – Band’s new album Opposites went straight to #1 in the U.K. and has just been released stateside by Warner Bros. GHOST B.C. – Lead singer Papa Emeritus II wears a skeleton mask and dresses like the Pope while the rest of the “nameless ghouls” in the band (also masked) wear hooded monk robes. They’re from Sweden, and they play “sweet satanic music.” For a preview, seek out their new video for “Year Zero,” a cut from justreleased album Infestissumam. LITTLE GREEN CARS – These Dublin-based folk/rockers have a new album out called Absolute Zero that features harmony-laden
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songs about, amongst others, John Wayne and Harper Lee. JAMES McCARTNEY – James is the only son of Beatle Paul McCartney and the late Linda McCartney. Between Coachella appearances, you can catch him at the Hotel Café on April 16 and 17. THE NEIGHBOURHOOD – This Los Angeles band is building up a massive fan base in the U.K. and has a debut album I Love You dropping on April 23. POLIÇA – In between their two Coachella appearances, the band will be playing a show April 16 at the Observatory in Santa Ana. SMITH WESTERNS – Their new album Soft Will won’t drop until June 11, but first single “Varsity” will be available digitally and on vinyl May 14. Also appearing April 16 at the Echo. SPACEGHOSTPURRP – This south Florida MC and producer is an integral and prolific part of the underground hip-hop scene; his latest effort, out now, is an E.P. called BMW (Black Money World.) RECORD STORE DAY Record Store Day falls on Saturday, April 20 this year, but you don’t have to miss all the fun if you’ll be at Coachella that day. Indie chain and Record Store Day participant Zia Records will have a store set up at the festival; look for these limited edition collectible vinyl releases on the second weekend: 7” Singles MOBY & MARK LANEGAN “The Lonely Planet” colored vinyl WILLIE NELSON “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” green vinyl SUPERCHUNK “Void”/”Faith” Coke bottle clear vinyl WALLA/SOMBEAR “Never Give Up”/”Incredibly Still”
Albums and 12” Pressings AVENGED SEVENFOLD “Carry On”/”Carry On” instrumental version (Picture disc) CALEXICO Spiritoso (Live) DEFTONES Live Volume 1 – Selections from Adrenaline (12” E.P.) BRIAN ENO/GRIZZLY BEAR “Lux”/”Sleeping Ute” (12” pressing) THE FLAMING LIPS Zaireeka (Four disc, different colored vinyl) FOALS Holy Fire FRIGHTENED RABBIT The Midnight Organ Fight (2-LP) SARAH JAROSZ Live at the Troubadour LINKIN PARK Hybrid Theory Also: Various vinyl goodies from Surfer Blood, the Punch Brothers, Taj Mahal, Iron & Wine, Gary Clark Jr., Tegan and Sara, Jimi Hendrix, Built to Spill, Bombino, Cream, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Aerosmith, Mad Season, Dust, Miles Davis, Cypress Hill, the Black Keys/the Stooges, Eli “Paperboy” Reed and many others. PALM SPRINGS IS NEARBY Palm Springs is not far from the festival site, and there is a threeday shuttle pass for either weekend that is good for unlimited round trip travel from Palm Springs to Coachella is $50 (some routes are $80.) Shuttles will run continuously from 11 a.m. until one hour after the music ends each night. There are eight different routes, and many pick-up spots are adjacent to hotels like La Quinta and the Marriott. Shuttle tickets must be purchased in advance at www.valleymusictravel.com More information about planning a visit to the greater Palm Springs area is available at www.palmspringsoasis.com
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Dancing at Coachella is totally fine – just make sure you don’t overdo it on the drinking and get caught doing something embarrassing on camera.
Make Coachella an experience you want to remember – not an experience you want to forget. Read our tips below! BY NEHA SHAIDA If you’ve already attended Coachella in the past, then these tips and warnings might be old news to you. However, if you’re going to Coachella for the first time ever, then take note of the “dos” and “don’ts” you need to watch out for at this nonstop music festival and party! DO Pre-Game When its over 100 degrees outside, that beer garden on the festival grounds offering ice-cold drinks calls your name. But be warned you can end up paying a hefty amount of cash for a tiny drink. You already spent your whole bank account trying to get to Coachella; save some money and drink beforehand by boozing it up at your hotel before making your way to the event.
in mind these people are strangers. With all the drugs going around, be careful what you take. Coachella is filled with a wide variety of people whose intentions you may not know. DO Take Lots of Photos Pictures are a must! After all, it’s the only time this year you can relish in your inner hippie and wear your Coachella finest. Every annual Coachella-goer needs that quintessential Coachella picture. Take pictures and capture memories. You’ll look back on them years from now when you’re way too old to go to Coachella.
DON’T Be the Crazy Drunk With that said, don’t be the “drunky” everyone is slowly easing away from mid-concert. Being too drunk cannot only turn a fun day into a forgettable one, but it’s also dangerous. You risk a) becoming a Youtube star, referring to the hundreds of “wasted guy at Coachella” videos, b) wake up somewhere lost or c) get all your stuff stolen. Drink cautiously.
DON’T Be the Person that Loses Everything You need your camera to take pictures. You need your phone to find your friends. You need you wallet to buy drinks. Take care of all of these items, and be smart. Every year, a countless number of lost cameras and phones are found. Don’t be that person. You and your friends will have to waste valuable Coachella time helping you look for your lost item and well – it’s a pain! Don’t put your phone or camera in your back pocket, and don’t put them down: Keep them on you at all times.
DO Make New Friends It’s Coachella. People are here from all over the world, and if you’re waiting to see the same band, you already have one thing in common. Bonding with perfect strangers is part of the Coachella experience and is so much fun. Who doesn’t want to chat about Radiohead with a good-looking Aussie?
DO Stay Out All Night What kind of Coachella would it be if you didn’t make the most of your nights? Not a very good one. Part of Coachella is having non-stop fun for three days, so stay out late! Enjoy the activities and games Coachella provides for campers, and make memories with your friends.
DON’T Take Anything from Them Just say “no.” While making friends is perfectly fine, let’s keep
DON’T Forget to Wake up the Next Day The biggest mistake people make at Coachella is not waking up
for the afternoon performances because of a previous night’s partying. Sacrifice sleep; get yourself out of bed! These smallname performers are there for a reason, and they’ll most likely be big name performers by next year. You paid $400 to see them, so watch them. DO Wear Your Hippie Finest Let’s be honest: we all turn a little hippie-ish at Coachella. Embrace it. Wear that flower headband and Lennon sunglasses. You won’t get to do it any other time of the year. DON’T Go Dressed Like an Idiot Somewhere along the way, it became a thing for people to wear outrageous outfits to Coachella. Don’t do it. People will stare, laugh and take pictures of your ridiculous wizard hat. DO Feel Free to Wander on Your Own With the countless options and schedules, it’s hard to do everything you want if you stay in a big group. This is just as much your Coachella experience as anyone else’s, so feel free to separate from the group to catch a band no one else wants to see. DON’T Lose Your Friends Forever If you want to go off on your own, that’s fine. But don’t be the main character of the endlessly told story of the person whose phone died and never found their friends again. Have a plan or a meeting spot so eventually you can touch base with some familiar faces. The endless sea of people can start to look a little like a zombie movie when the faces staring back at you are unfamiliar and drugged up. Campus Circle 4.11.13 - 4.24.13
BRING OUT YOUR BEST BOHO-HIPPIE CHIC AT COACHELLA Clothing Photos: Caroline Aghajanian
Coachella fashion is one-of-a-kind, so get in the spirit! BY CAROLINE AGHAJANIAN Every year, a festival comes along bringing together people with the same love for music and arts. The three-day Coachella Music Festival takes place in a desert in Southern California. Not only are people there to celebrate and embrace talent, but many times to make a fashion statement as well. Many of the styles spotted on attendees and celebrities become the season’s hottest trends. Most of the clothing is in resemblance to bohemian fashion, from denim shorts and breezy dresses to flowers in the hair. In the hot desert climate during Coachella, you’ll need something light and comfortable to get you through the day. Here are some cute boho-style ideas that you should wear to Coachella this year! High-Waisted Shorts Spending three days in the desert, you cannot go wrong with nice shorts. For the Coachella indie/bohemian look, definitely get some high-waisted denim shorts. These shorts will look best if they’re worn-out with tears and holes (enough to look appropriate, of course), having a vintage vibe to it. These shorts can be any color: tie-dye colored, black or just a basic denim material. Places to find high-waisted shorts are stores such as Free People, Urban Outfitters or any vintage shop near you. Crop Tops Break away from the plain and boring T-shirts and camisoles at the festival. Crop tops match perfectly with your highwaisted shorts. There are many types of crop tops to choose from: baggy off-shoulder ones, tight body-hugging ones and
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regular tops that are cut short. This festival isn’t a time to cover up your body, but to embrace it. Plus, IT’S GOING TO BE VERY HOT! These tops can be great because it will provide you with the best comfort. If you’d like to get the body-fitting ones, try some with the back open cuts and designs to show a little bit of skin. Fringe Tops A fringe top would add some flavor to basic, plain shorts. These tops can be regular length all the way to the stomach then fringe out on the bottom, or they can start fringing a little bit above the stomach. A bonus thing about fringe is that it takes a revealing outfit and covers it up to an extent, while still looking unique and cute! Denim Jackets and Vests You probably won’t need a jacket during Coachella, but bring one just in case. Pack one that will accommodate well with all of your outfit choices. You cannot do wrong with a light denim jacket. These, like the shorts, can be any color or style: blue or white, worn out or basic, colored or tie-dyed. Also, bring one vest you can throw on and off easily. What I would suggest is a vest with more than one material. The vest shown in the photo has a combination of light material denim in the front and a lace design on the back. A vest like this can be worn with any type of shorts, regular length or high-waisted. Plus, this vest ties in the front, which looks great with a bikini top underneath to wear either at the festival or at the hotel pool.
Crochet Material Crochet will be your best friend at Coachella. At least have one or two things in your wardrobe with crochet stitching: shirts, tanks, shorts, dresses, hats, bracelets, etc! What’s so good about crochet? Well, for starters it makes the give you the boho style. Second, it will keep you cool you down in the burning heat as the breeze flows through it. The crochet top shown here has been worm with jeans, shorts, maxi skirts bathing suits. Breezy Summer Dresses Coachella is not a time to wear your hottest party dress; instead, bring out your summer, breezy dresses! Wear a dress that is above the knee that doesn’t reveal too much cleavage. For the Coachella look, try to buy printed dresses with subtler, natural colors rather than bright, flashy colors, like the one shown here. You can also take a light poncho to throw on over your shorts for when it gets a bit chilly at night! Your best pick for a poncho would be one that is lightly knitted and a neutral color to go with any outfit choice. Jewelry Bring lots and lots of jewelry! Flood your wrist and hands with bracelets and rings –not expensive diamonds and pearls, though. Wear beads, fabric-stitched bracelets, stone and rock rings, etc. You can also style your hair with flowers, headbands and beads. Sunscreen Last but not least, in your suitcase you MUST have sunscreen – no exception! Come on, you’re going to a desert.
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HOW TO PROPERLY PROTEST COACHELLA BY ALISA DWYER
If you can’t afford to go to the musical festival of the year (or you just don’t want to attend), don’t worry – there are many other L.A. events to hit up!
Brokechella returns to Downtown L.A. with its third edition of packed crowds, DJ’s, live bands and surprises! Courtesy of Brokechella
Like all good OG L.A. hipsters, I will not be attending Coachella this year.
However, my lack of pilgrimage to the desert in April will not be due to any sort of moral problem I find with the festival’s commoditization of music or lack of affordable, high quality liquor on the grounds. Nor will it be due to the fact that for two straight weeks Indio, Calif. looks as if it’s hosting the world’s largest convention for a trashy Forever 21 bohemian line (clearly I’m not bitter). In reality, I long for the convenience of being able to see Janelle Monáe, the XX and Portugal. the Man all in the span of a few hours. However, I’m faced with another reality – it’s called “my credit limit.” I’m willing to bet that many of my fellow Angelinos share my lamentations over not being able afford the steep ticket price for this year’s line-up, and thus will be subject to the confines of L.A.’s city limits during those two fateful weeks mid-April. Luckily, Goldenvoice has provided some “Localchella” shows in L.A. for those that can’t make it out to Indio for the weekend. I’m not sure whether I should feel offended and shamed for wanting to attend a Goldenvoice pity show or deeply thankful that they even thought of me during this extremely stressful time for them. Either way, select artists will be playing at venues all around L.A. during April. If you find that you can’t resist, just quietly indulge and cite ignorance when confronted with the fact that the Coachella promoters saved you some leftovers. However, if you are insatiably committed to the anti-Coachella agenda, I am fully ready to support you in this. True commitment means devoting two whole weekends to excavating all of the untapped and underground local music L.A. has to offer.
WEEKEND 1: Norton Records Benefit & Glow Marrow After sifting through the masses, I found a couple of upcoming shows that are totally worth the gas and modest ticket price, starting with the wallet-friendly shows at the Echo. This place features tons of new artists as well as DJ residencies that are usually under $10 and sometimes even free if you get in the door early enough. If you’re looking to get the most musical bang for your buck, you should clear your schedule for April 13: the Echo will host a benefit for Norton Records, the New York-based label with a focus on retro rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly music. The benefit will feature some of Norton’s top artists such as the Untamed Youth and the Phantom Surfers, and what better way to object to the over-commoditization of festival music than supporting an independent label such as Norton? Tickets are currently sold out online but will be available on Saturday when doors open at 11:30 a.m. for just $18. Another place to check out is the free show at the Satellite Sunday night on April 14, where up-and-comer Glow Marrow will perform alongside Tic Tic Boom and Young Empress. Glow Marrow is a little surfer rock, a little Beach House-esque electro pop and perfect for a mellow Sunday night in Silver Lake. If you can’t make the show, be sure to check out their newly released EP, Braver Days. WEEKEND 2: Kill Paris, Sigur Rós & Brokechella After the commotion of weekend one of anti-coachella festivities, I suggest you take the week to recover, center yourself and reinvigorate your rage/passion to support more equally awesome acts. Speaking of, if you can find the strength to make the small trek to the Observatory Friday night, you might just find an unexpected gem for the price of a $10 ticket.
Kill Paris is an EDM up-and-comer that throws a softer edge on traditional House with adorable and dance-worthy tracks such as “Baby Come Back” and “The Love We Shared.” If you’re not feeling the energy for a breakbeat night, try checking out some of the mellow, dream poppy goodness from Sigur Rós, who will be also be performing Friday at the Santa Barbara Bowl (although Sigur Rós will be appearing at Empire Polo Club grounds this year, their SB show is part of a world tour and in no way sponsored by Goldenvoice, thus allowing us to justify the purchasing of tickets). However, if you really want to protest in a way that’s grandiose as possible, this requires attendance at one of L.A.’s underground, anti-Coach festivals. Brokechella, the self-proclaimed “music fest for the rest of us,” will shut down an entire street in downtown on April 20 at Six01 Studios. The day festival is a music initiative from cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA and will feature three stages, visual artists and all the food truck noms your little “4/20” heart will desire. The indie, EDM and hip-hop areas will feature local new talent to check out, including Mystery Skulls, Hello Echo and Fly Guys. Apart from the eclectic pick of L.A. music, the day festival will also include art installations, giveaways, an outdoor Carlsberg bar and a “Vendor Row” that will consist of food, art, comics and clothing for sale. Tickets are $10 online and at the door, but make sure you get yours as soon as possible – they will definitely sell out. Even if you spend the rest of the two weekends sulking and listening to Modest Mouse on repeat via iTunes, attending Brokechella along with the other angst-y, bitter music fans will totally absolve you of skipping that one overpriced music thing in Palm Springs that probably wasn’t even that good anyways. Campus Circle 4.11.13 - 4.24.13
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Book Signing Andy Cohen Barnes & Noble @ The Grove 189 Grove Drive, Los Angeles barnesandnoble.com/event/79206 The ubiquitous guest host, and host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” signs his book “Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture.” When Friday, April 12 Time 7:00 p.m.
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Food An Evening with Anthony Bourdain The Pantages 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles broadwayla.org Join Anthony Bourdain (host of Travel Channel’s “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and “The Layover,” chef and author of Medium Raw and Kitchen Confidential) and local chef, author and entrepreneur Roy Choi as they share stories and muse on the place of food in our personal, community and global life. It’s an evening of storytelling and observation, providing frank and provocative insight into what really goes on behind the kitchen doors. When Tuesday, April 16 Time 7:30 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $35
Comedy Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew Loveline Reunion Tour Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach laughstub.com/buyTicket.cfm?showTimingID=200956&buy Enjoy the great stories and antics of “Loveline” and have the opportunity to participate in a live audience interaction with Carolla and Dr. Drew, just like in the great days of the “Loveline” program. When Saturday, April 13 Time 8:00 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $40 SUNDAY, APRIL 14
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with the inaugural Formula DRIFT Super Drift Challenge on Friday and Saturday nights during race weekend and is expected to feature 16 of the sport’s top cars and drivers. In addition to the Super Drift Challenge, the 2013 Grand Prix will again be headlined by the IZOD IndyCar Series®. Also featured will be the Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series, the fan-favorite
Music Grand Ole Echo The Echo 1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles thegrandoleecho.com See some of the best country/roots bands in L.A. Dance, drink and meet up at the friendliest free show in town. Relax out back on the patio and enjoy the warm weather while eating delicious BBQ and listening to acoustic music. Come back inside and listen to DJ Cuz’n Roy spinning some great old classic country in between the main acts. Don’t miss this series of the best local and not-so-local country acts around. When Every Sunday through Sept. 29 Times 5:30 p.m. Price Free
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, Firestone Indy MONDAY, APRIL 15
When Friday, April 19-Sunday, April 21 Times Check website for times Prices Tix start @ $25
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Lights and Pirelli World Challenge.
Sports Jackie Robinson Night Dodger Stadium 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com A statue of Robinson, Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella will be unveiled when L.A. takes on the Padres. When Monday, April 15 Time 7:10 p.m.
Theatre Billy Elliot: The Musical Segerstrom Center for the Arts 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa scfta.org The winner of 10 2009 Tony Awards® including Best Musical features music by Elton John. When Tuesday, April 16-Sunday, April 28 Times Check website for times Prices Tix start @ $20 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 Dance Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles musiccenter.org Paying homage to traditional modern dance techniques blended with the new, the Ailey company will perform three different programs of mixed repertory with classic Ailey works and contemporary masterworks of our time. When Wednesday, April 17-Sunday, April 21 Times Wed.-Sat. @ 7:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. @ 2 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $28 Comedy Mike Birbiglia
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WHAT’SHAPPENING4/11/13-4/24/13 Largo at the Coronet 366 N. La Cienega, Los Angeles birbigs.com Birbiglia has starred in three Comedy Central specials and has released three albums with Comedy Central Records: Two Drink Mike (2006), My Secret Public Journal Live (2007) and Sleepwalk With Me Live (2011). My Secret Public Journal Live was named one of the best comedy albums of the decade by the Onion AV Club, and Sleepwalk With Me Live debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard magazine Comedy Charts. When Wednesday, April 17 Times 8:30 p.m. Prices $25
Times 8:00 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $49.50
Music Public Enemy House of Blues Sunset Strip 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood publicenemy.com In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Public Enemy number 44 on its list of the Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Acclaimed Music ranks them the 29th most recommended musical act of all time and the highest hip-hop group. When Wednesday, April 17 Time 9:00 p.m. Price $30
Film The Big Lebowski The Nuart 11272 Santa Monica, Los Angeles landmarktheatres.com Before filming a scene, Jeff Bridges would frequently ask the Coen Brothers, “Did the dude burn one on the way over?” If they said he had, he would rub his knuckles in his eyes before doing a take. When Friday, April 19 Time 11:59 p.m. Price $11
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Theatre The Laramie Project/The Laramie Project Ten Years Later Chance Theater 5552 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills chancetheater.com “The Laramie Project,” adapted from a collection of real-life interviews, is a cultural pulse-taking play that examines the murder of Matthew Shepard and its aftermath. Ten years later, its companion piece explores how Laramie has changed, asking us to look at a town - and a nation - wrestling with its legacy and its place in history. When Thursday, April 18-Sunday, May 19 Times Tues.-Fri. @ 8 p.m., Sat. @ 3 & 8 p.m., Sun. @ 2 & 7 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $25
Festivals L.A. Times Festival of Books USC festivalofbooks2013.usc.edu The largest and most prestigious book festival in the country attracts more than 140,000 book lovers, not too mention dozens of best-selling authors, each year. When Saturday, April 20-Sunday, April 21 Times Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Prices Free
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Theatre Marriage of Figaro Miles Memorial Playhouse 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica pacificoperaproject.com A mash-up of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s comic opera and Brian De Palma’s Scarface. When Friday, April 19-Sunday, April 21 Times Friday & Saturday @ 8 p.m., Sunday @ 4 p.m. Prices $30, $20 w/ student ID
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Citizens Business Bank Arena 4000 Ontario Center Pkwy., Ontario luchalibreusa.com
Fueled by renewed interest in the immigration debate, the high-flying, epic battles between good and evil will have a political edge. The
FRIDAY, APRIL 19 Concerts Bon Jovi Staples Center 1111 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles bonjovi.com They have had four No. 1 hits and have sold more than 130 million albums worldwide. When Friday, April 19 Time 7:30 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $49.50 Music Keyshia Cole Club Nokia 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles keyshiacole.com Since her 2005 platinum debut, The Way It Is, Keyshia Cole has released four albums, all of which have debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard charts and has had three No. 1 singles and four Grammy nominations. When Friday, April 19
the ring with the larger-than-life, legendary Luchastars Blue Demon Jr. and his former nemesis Solar taking on their American counterparts RJ Brewer and his associates “The Right.” The matches pit Mexican and
Festivals Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival Barnes Park 350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park ci.monterey-park.ca.us/index.aspx?page=812 Japanese dancing, taiko drums, martial arts demos, sumo wrestling, tea ceremonies, arts and crafts, games, food and displays ring in the spring. When Saturday, April 20-Sunday, April 21 Times 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Prices Free
American wrestling styles as well as churning up conflicts over border crossings—a “hot button” issue in Border States.
When Sunday, April 14 Time 6:30 p.m.
Food The Grilled Cheese Invitational Los Angeles Center Studios 450 South Bixel, Los Angeles grilledcheeseinvitational.com It’s the largest, craziest and most exciting Grilled Cheese cooking contest in the country and is the best thing to happen to sliced cheese since sliced bread! The GCI promotes an almost scary pursuit of perfection in a Grilled Cheese Sammich and allows for amateur and professional chefs to compete side-by-side in the hopes of becoming a true Grilled Cheese Champion. When Saturday, April 20 Times 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Prices $12 advance, $15 day of SUNDAY, APRIL 21 Festivals CicLAvia ciclavia.org CicLAvia is 10 miles of car-free streets filled with art, performances, music and interactive activities to entertain and engage participants of all ages. From dance troops to yoga workshops, a mobile DJ booth and a life-size chess game, CicLAvia will be a citywide festival celebrating L.A.’s creativity and diversity. Neighborhood guides will highlight the many architectural, cultural and culinary gems along the route. Food
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Music Vampire Weekend Fox Theater 301 S. Garey Ave., Pomona vampireweekend.com They chose the name Vampire Weekend from the title of a short film project by band member Ezra Koenig. Koenig believes that the vampire imagery of their band name helped spread their work across the Internet, attracting people who might otherwise never have listened to their music. When Thursday, April 18 Times 8:30 p.m. Prices Tix start @ $36
fight over the immigration issue spills into
trucks, restaurants and neighborhood watering holes will all be providing food and beverages for the day of the event. The route runs from East Hollywood to Boyle Heights. When Sunday, April 21 Times 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Prices Free TUESDAY, APRIL 23 Film Wayne’s World Samuel Goldwyn Theater 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2013/04/waynes-world. html Not only was this Mike Myers’ film debut, but the use of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” propelled the song to No. 2 on Billboard singles chart nearly 20 years after its first release. Featuring an onstage discussion hosted by producer Lorne Michaels, with stars Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, and director Penelope Spheeris. When Tuesday, April 23 Times 7:30 p.m. Prices $5, $3 w/ student ID Campus Circle 4.11.13 - 4.24.13
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DOES TOPSHOP L.A. LIVE UP TO THE HYPE? With initial excitement finally dying down, let’s analyze the pros and cons.
BY ANN AU Angeleno Topshop fanatics’ dreams were realized in February. Judging from the copious fashion mavens (more than 10,000 people) that attended the Topshop opening at The Grove – the largest opening at the shopping center to date – it is safe to say that the British invasion has returned...at least in the fashion world. Tucked in the peaceful corner across from The Original Farmers Market, there lies the fourth Topshop in the U.S. and the first on the west coast (if you don’t include Las Vegas). It is hard to miss the store when passing by: not only are there big, fat and bold letters that spell out the shop’s name on the multilevel building, but also the entire building literally glows. It is sleek, white, silver and accented with a touch of neon orange. The illumination is even more prominent and pretty to look at when the sky darkens. The store’s interior is consistent with its outside; it’s almost completely white. The clothes burst with funky bright colors and are a great contrast against the walls. As the new-wave dance beat music plays in the store, you fall in love with the ambience before even giving the clothes a close look. THE PROS Topshop is divided into different sections according to the clothes’ styles. There is something for everyone, no matter how distinct their tastes may seem: rocker, vintage, party, casual, girly, hipster, edgy, dressy – they have it all. This is totally in alignment with the L.A. fashion spirit that allows you to go for the preppy look one day and sport the grunge look the next. Even though each item’s style may vary drastically from piece to piece, there are several unifying elements found at
Topshop: the evident playfulness with colors and patterns (think lime green giraffe print sweatshirts featuring tiger embroidery. Or, burgundy floral batik skinny pants for men), designs that are reminiscent of ‘80s and ‘90s fashion (including flared skirts and a lot of overalls) and the overwhelming fashion forwardness that screams “freedom” and “individuality.” Simply slip on one of their designs, and you are well on your way to make some fierce and unconventional fashion statements. In order to tailor towards various local demands, all of the different Topshops around the world are infused with a dash of local style that is in compliance store’s location. For example, cotton jersey and denim are in full focus at this L.A. branch – there are sections solely devoted to cotton jersey pieces in vibrant sherbet and neon colors, as well as Topshop’s Leigh Jeans line. Other lines that are featured at this flagship include the Topshop x J.W. Anderson collaboration; Topshop Unique, which is a line shown during London Fashion Week; Boutique, a premium limited-edition line; and, of course, the brand’s trenddriven main line. THE STANDOUTS -A tailored dungaree jumpsuit in an allover elephant print ($110). The white elephant print makes a very rigid contrast against the black dungaree. The quality is very sturdy yet comfortable. The print and cut will definitely help anyone stand out from a crowd. With the numerous overalls/jumpsuits/rompers seen repeatedly in the store (they don’t only come in denim; they are also available in leather, velvet, corduroy, flannel), it seems like Topshop is attempting to push these one-piece garments back into the mainstream.
-The second item is much more girly and casual. It is a light blue Aztec Strappy Sun Dress with subtle geometric shapes all over ($72). While the first item may not be everyday wearable, this one definitely is. You can wear it to the classroom, beach or mall. -The third and final is the Bright Floral Jacquard Trousers ($100) – pink and navy floral jacquard print premium cigarette trousers. For fashion fanatics, what’s a better way to ring in the season than by rocking a pair of bright, poesy pants that radiates spring? Really, all of the items at Topshop are so unique and distinct that you may forget that they are mass-produced. THE CONS The store’s only major downside is that it is on the pricier side. Since many compare the brand with H&M and Forever 21, one may easily think the three stores have similar prices, which apparently is not the case. However, unlike the other two fashion chains, Topshop does not sell “throwaway” fashion, and the pieces are made to last. Because of this and the fact that the merchandise is of high quality, shopping here is worth every bang for your buck. Another one of Topshop’s shortcomings is that most of the items are very trendy, and that might be a tad too much for some people. But, those who are fashion forward will definitely find some treasures here. Pay a visit to Topshop next time when you are at The Grove, and judge for yourself if it lives up to the hype. Topshop is located at 189 The Grove Drive in Los Angeles. Campus Circle 4.11.13 - 4.24.13
L.A.’S BEST CULTURAL EATS
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Looking for the perfect Italian food restaurant? What about Mexican food? Below is our list of the best of the best. BY NEHA SHAIDA It’s no secret that Los Angeles is a land of many cultures. On any given day, you can walk down a main street and find everything from Italian to Japanese food. The question is: in a place of many options, what are the BEST options? After doing some homework (and some eating), here are a few of my favorite cultural eats. ITALIAN Bottega Louie 700 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles 90014 213. 802.1470 www.bottegalouie.com Located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, Bottega Louie serves some of the best Italian food and French desserts. Does this place have the most authentic Italian food in all of L.A.? Probably, not. But what it lacks in authenticity it makes up for in everything else. Its stone fire-cooked pizzas are favorite items on the menu, and their macaroons taste like they’re straight from Paris. The margherita pizza is a personal favorite; it has just the right ratio of mouth-watering cheese and tomatoes with a hint of basil and oregano. You’ll even enjoy eating the crust that isn’t too hard or soft. The ambiance is trendy with high ceilings, marble floors, floor-to-roof windows and white lighting. Bottega Louie truly sets a new standard for ambiance. Any hipster in the L.A. area has almost certainly tried this place. There’s a full bar and a dessert counter if you just want to pick up some macaroons to go. The down side: Bottega Louie gives loud and crowded a new name. Get there early and be prepared for noise. However, this part of Bottega Louie works in its favor, giving it a hustling and bustling New York feel. Bottega Louie is a great choice for a high-end, mid-priced Italian meal.
The Counter serves up delicious custom burgers and fries in Downtown L.A.
SUSHI Sushi Gen 422 E 2nd Street Los Angeles 90012 213.617.0552 www.sushigenla.com If you like sushi and live in L.A., this place is a must try. It has a casual ambiance with Japanese décor on every corner. The best time to come is during lunch when you can get the $15 lunch special (it becomes a bit pricey during dinner). The sashimi platter is a popular favorite you won’t go wrong with. After your first bite, you will taste the difference between true fresh fish and average fish. The yellow tail will melt your mouth, with its jelly-like texture you will never enjoy more. The lunch special comes with miso soup, tofu, pickled salad and white rice. AMERICAN The Counter 725 West 7th Street Los Angeles 90017 213-228-7800 www.thecounterburger.com Is it still possible to make an American burger place one of a kind? Well, if you’ve ever been to The Counter, you know the answer is “yes.” With multiple locations across Los Angeles, including Downtown, Sunset Boulevard and Century City, The Counter offers the unique experience of a custom-built burger with endless possibilities. When you first arrive, you are given a clipboard with categories such as “Cheeses,” “Toppings,” “Buns,” “Sauces” and so on. Each category contains anywhere from seven to 32 different possibilities, plus vegan and vegetarian options. You
then build your custom burger or salad bowl, or you can just order a signature burger. The burgers taste wonderful. You can’t really go wrong with burgers, but the endless options make every burger taste different and unique. If you want a southwest chipotle-like taste, you can opt for the Jalapeño jack cheese, chipotle sauce, sautéed peppers and onions, mixed greens, lettuce and chicken on a normal bun. Oh, and the topping options aren’t just the traditional tomatoes, lettuce, American cheese – they range from Danish blue cheese to marinated artichokes. MEXICAN Guisados 100 East Cesar E Chavez Ave. Los Angeles 90033 323.264.7201 www.guisados.co If you’re craving tacos, come here, period. Located on Cesar Chavez Avenue, Guisados captures everything that makes Mexican food so lovable: the warmth, that homemade feeling and that wonderful flavor! The tacos range from non-traditional options, like squash and mushroom, to more traditional options, such as mole. The mole taco tasted delicate and warm, with a slightly smoky taste and a bit of spice. All the tacos were oozing with flavor, each one more distinct from the other. If you’re having trouble deciding what to eat, don’t worry - the staff is welcoming and more than happy to help you decide. Also, their horchata is just the right amount of sweet and the ideal Mexican beverage to accompany your meal. The lunch hour is super busy, so make sure you have enough time and finding parking becomes a hassle, but the meal Guisados offers is worth the wait.
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FOOD: REVIEW Nicki Spencer
GREEN HUT CAFÉ: FROM LUNCH HOT SPOT TO DINNER DELIGHT The downtown L.A. café is becoming a tasty dinnertime destination while still serving fresh and healthy meals.
The Braised Short Rib Sandwich comes with a baby arugula salad.
BY NICKI SPENCER
It’s lunch hour at the Green Hut Café on 808 7th Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Hoards of corporate businessmen and women from the nearby buildings of Ernst & Young and other corporations swarm this small eatery with nothing but fresh, tasty cuisine on their minds. For them, Green Hut Café is the ultimate lunch spot with its friendly and efficient staff, healthy foods and great location. However, what most of them do not know is that Green Hut Café is also a great place to grab dinner with a friend, date or coworker since they added a full oyster bar (a natural aphrodisiac?) as well as beer and wine to their appetizing list of menu options. With these new additions, Green Hut Café is a great stop for any Los Angelino who lives near downtown. Though the restaurant is small inside, it has a warm, inviting atmosphere with dim lights and simple interior designs. During the daytime, customers are meant to order their food at the register and then sit down. But at night, they adopt the traditional restaurant-style service with a waiter who brings you food. They also have a TV that plays the most popular game of the night, so fans can stay up to date while sipping beer and eating coconut shrimp. Considering Green Hut Café’s appreciation for healthy foods, it is no surprise that they offer a number of appealing
salad options such as the Herb Teriyaki Chicken Salad that features grilled chicken teriyaki baby greens, julienne beets and carrots, and balsamic vinaigrette and their Very Berry Salad, which includes baby greens strawberries, blueberries, dried cranberries, grapes, apples, cucumbers, candied walnuts and crumbled blue cheese. What is perhaps their most unique salad on the menu, however, is their appropriately titled Asian Energy Salad. Right when this plate hits the table, you will be pleasantly surprised by how the vibrant colors of the green tea soba noodles, carrots, yellow beets, mixed greens and cherry tomatoes create a hypnotizing rainbow of food like a culinary version of a Monet painting. But it’s not just this salad’s looks that make it so appetizing – the tangy flavors of the dressing combined with vegetables’ freshness provide a clean dish that has a sweet and citrus kick (hence “Asian Energy”). Other than salads, Green Hut Café has many other appealing options, including burritos, sandwiches, spinach tortilla wraps, vegan options, sausages and soups. For a truly empty stomach, the braised short rib sandwich is a must. With its flavorful wine braised ribs, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese and baby arugula, it will keep both your taste buds and your stomach satisfied.
Additionally, their wraps are a healthy and tasty dish to eat as well, especially for a quick and satisfying lunch. As for the sausages, they offer two appealing options: Smoked Chicken Apple and Spicy Italian. There are so many great options on the menu, but if you could only order one thing, it would have to be the Brie & Pear sandwich. This sandwich combines melted Brie cheese, fresh pears, candied walnuts and pesto sauce to create a harmony of sweet and savory. The Brie’s creamy richness paired with the light, crisp pears balance the textures and flavors, and the pesto adds an unexpected addition. Overall, the Green Hut Café is adding to their reputation as a reliable lunch stop by making their dinnertime experience more inviting. It’s also good to note that customers can order fresh food online and have it delivered to their house as long as they live within a 3-mile radius of the restaurant. So whether you eat Green Hut Café cuisine during the busy lunch hour, for an intimate dinnertime meal or for an easily delivered meal, you will be satisfied. Green Hut Café is located in Downtown L.A. at 808 W. 7th Street, 90017. For more information, visit greenhutcafe.com or call 213.627.8166.
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