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New year, new gym

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Student Recreation Center offers myriad of equipment, courts and classes

The Student Recreation Center’s grand opening event starts today at 10 a.m. and will continue throughout the day. Construction for the SRC took two years, cost $62,354,790, and resulted in a facility that is 118,000 square feet and a Rec pool that is 20,000 square feet. The building cost came out a 2007 referendum that was approved by students, and an SRC fee of $130 per semester will be included in students’ current USU fee of $250. Faculty, staff and alumni membership is currently $163. Almost all services are free to students.

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CSUN sophomore and rock wall staff member, Phylemon George Taylor V, climbs up the new 3 story tall rock wall, part of the new Student Recreation Center (SRC), which is opening Thursday Jan 26.


In “Remembering Colye-Thompson” Professor Cathy Coyle-Thompson’s name was misspelled and the article said she earned her master’s degree at UCLA. Coyle-Thompson actually earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree’s at CSUN and her PhD at UCLA.

SUN’s new three-story Student Recreation Center offers a wide variety of classes, services and flexible hours available to students, faculty and alumni. Programs offered include; group exercise classes, intramural activities, sport clubs aquatics, open recreation, wellness trainers and outdoor activities. It’s open Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to midnight, Fridays 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Intramural sports organized at the SRC create a competitive atmosphere where CSUN students can play against other CSUN students in a relaxed atmosphere. An alternative to competing on a collegiate level, students can stay in shape while

still participating in fun group sports activities. Students pay $5.00 a semester to join and the program offers a wide range of sports. · Basketball · Inner Tube Water Polo · Floor Hockey · Outdoor and Indoor Soccer · Badminton (singles and doubles) · Table Tennis (singles and doubles) · Volleyball · Softball Sport clubs provide students with the opportunity to compete with other students in regional and national sports, games and recreational activities. The aquatic center offers a selection of services for students to take utilize. Admission to the pool is $1.00 for students and children, $2.00 for faculty, staff and alumni and $3.00 for the

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local community. Free private and group lessons are available including an Adult Stroke Technique Class. Registration for the Adult Stroke Technique Class begins 30 minutes prior to beginning and holds a maximum of 15 people per class. Visitors can also participate in group aqua aerobic classes and lap swimming. Wellness trainers are available to members as well. They can measure individuals’ overall fitness level and provide information and make recommendations to help maintain a healthy body. SRC also coordinates outdoor adventures. Activities include kayaking, hiking, rock climbing and camping; trips range in price from $20-$100 depending on the activity. The facility offers an extensive list of classes held in three studios on the first and second floors.

Group Exercise Classes Group exercise classes are offered at the new facility. The following classes are free of charge, and fall in a few categories, suiting diverse needs. · Cardio Dance – With empowering instructors, dancers can move to tunes like; jazz, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, funk, Brazilian and Ballet. · Zumba – combines both Latin and contemporary pop music. Classes include training with intervals of intensity. · Hip-hop – A fast-paced class that keeps energy levels up while learning fun hip-hop moves. · Belly Dancing – Improves cardiovascular fitness while strengthening core muscles to fun dance moves. · Strength and Conditioning – Mixture of kinetic movement

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Continued from page 1 styles to increase strength and flexibility in a high-intensity delivery. · Matador Boot Camp – A moderate to high intensity, whole-body workout including weights and cardio excercises. · X-Treme Boot Camp · Rockin’ Body Sculpt – Strength training using different equipment to tone up. · Spinning – Cycle on a stationary bike

to music. Instructors take individuals through a series of challenging speeds and resistance combinations while in the saddle. · Mat Pilates – Offers a series of movements that lengthen and strengthen. · Yoga – Move through poses and breathe while connecting mind and body. Stress relieving and effective in toning, the class focuses on traditional yoga poses and meditation. Specialty Group Exercise Classes SRC also offers some specialty group exercise classes for an additional fee of

$2.00. Advanced registration is necessary for these classes as there are limited seats available for each session. · TRX Suspension Training – Class suspends arms or legs to use body-weight building stability, strength and flexibility. Maximum capacity 18. · Fit Wall – Body weight exersises utilizing Fit Wall equipment. Maximum capacity six. · Pilates Reformer – Maximum capacity 10. · Pilates Chair – Maximum capacity 10.

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F*ck 'em! January 26, 2012

Government indecency regulations are unfair Joe Tomaszewski daily sundial


ontent advisory! Do not read on if you will be offended by the words shit, piss, tits, fuck (it gets worse), motherfucker, cocksucker and cunt. Late comedian George Carlin read these words for an afternoon WBA-FM Pacifica radio broadcast in 1973, sparking a battle over content regulation between the Federal Communications Commission and radio and TV broadcasters. Since then, broadcasters have pushed limits with profanity and nudity, and the FCC has pushed back by imposing fines for content it judges indecent. The courts have played referee in this convoluted battle, sometimes siding with broadcasters, and sometimes backing the FCC. It's a battle that continues to this day. In early January, ABC and Fox argued before the Supreme Court that the FCC unfairly fined them for broadcasts of profanity and nudity. The FCC claimed it had the right to impose fines for incidents such as when Cher said "fuck 'em" at the 2002 Billboard Awards and also for a 2003 broadcast of a naked woman's buttocks in an "NYPD Blue" episode. Fox and ABC argued that moral standards have changed, and that the FCC regulations are too vague, and that fines were imposed arbitrarily. Fox and ABC have a point. There have been several other incidents where the FCC didn't impose fines for profanity and nudity, such as in broadcasts of "Saving Private Ryan" and "Schindler's List." Furthermore, the FCC does not actually have a list of prohibited words or images. The FCC's definition for indecency comes from the 1978 Supreme Court case FCC v. Pacifica Foundation in which Pacifica radio was sued for broadcasting Carlin's

"Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" comedy routine. The court suggested indecency is "language or material that, in context, depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast media, sexual or excretory activities or organs." This doesn't give broadcasters a clear definition of what is or is not OK to broadcast. The narrow question the Supreme Court

must decide is whether the FCC fairly imposed fines against Fox and ABC. But the larger question is whether it still makes sense to hold the four TV broadcast networks to a different standard of decency than cable, satellite TV and the Internet. I agree with Justice Samuel Alito who said that the FCC's rules apply to such a dwindling fraction of the media landscape that perhaps they should be allowed to "die a natural death." Holding broadcast television to a different standard than cable or the Internet no longer makes sense. The number of people who still receive television from a signal broadcast over the airwaves is dwindling toward non-existence. Many TV viewers no longer understand the difference between the broadcast networks, Fox, ABC, NBC and CBS, and the hundreds of other channels packaged with their cable or satellite service. Justice Antonin Scalia and Chief Justice John Roberts said that the broadcast networks should still provide a safe haven where parents can be assured their children will not be exposed to nudity or profanity during prime time. However, there is no such thing as a safe haven. Children will hear George Carlin's seven words and see naked bodies, on TV or elsewhere, no matter what the Supreme Court decides about the FCC's regulations of broadcast media. That was true even in the good-old-days when there were a handful of wholesomely regulated TV channels. The reasons why broadcast TV has been held to different standards than cable are outdated. The Supreme Court should end this double-standard.


What we do and why we do it Part four of a four-part series on the responsibilities of student press When You’re a Source As journalists, our goals are to be honest, accurate, fair and reduce harm. When conducting interviews, we want to be sure that we are respectful of our sources. We will ask questions that are relevant to the situation and not superfluous curiosities. However, we are pursuing the news and want to be sure that our reporting is credible. Unless otherwise arranged with the reporter, everything a source says is “on the record,” and publishable. We understand that pursuing honest reporting does not always come easily, and we may have to ask questions or report on subjects that may put sources in compromising positions. We do not allow anonymous sourcing for frivolous reasons, but it can be arranged with the reporter if a source is providing us with vital information that could put them in harm’s way. Minors and victims of sexual assault are never named in our stories. Reporters are often faced with the ethical dilemma of reducing harm without compromising their journalistic integrity. That being said, it is important for sources to know that once something is published on the web it's permanent. While we appreciate our sources, we also understand our responsibility to give our readers accurate news, so we do not retract names from articles once they are published. Exceptions are made if the publication of a source’s name has potential to bring harm to them, but these requests are thoroughly evaluated. We do not omit names if a source is embarrassed or upset by a quote, but if they are quoted inaccurately we do run corrections.

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Passing time at UCLA no fun CSUN’s poor passing gives it little chance at No. 3 Bruins alonso tacanga sports editor


estwood – Despite just having gotten swept emphatically by No. 3 UCLA, CSUN outside hitter Julius Hoefer showed a lot of conviction in expressing most of the credit for the Bruins’ victory Wednesday night belonged to the Matadors. “They (the Bruins) didn’t really beat us, we beat ourselves,” said Höefer, who led the Matadors with nine kills during the 25-18, 25-15, 25-12 Mountain Paficic Sports Federation loss at the John Wooden Center. “We were passing badly, we didn’t kill anymore. We beat ourselves.” It certainly didn’t look as if UCLA (8-1, 3-0 MPSF), one of the top teams in the country, needed any help. The Bruins got better on the attack as the match went on and also made it difficult for No. 9 CSUN (2-5, 1-3) to get into any kind of offensive rhythm. By game’s end, the Bruins had hit .435 while limiting the Matadors to .058. CSUN hit .000 in the second set and -.036 in the third. CSUN head coach Jeff Campbell echoed Höefer’s sentiment that passing wasn’t at its highest level for CSUN on this night. He, however, chose to give UCLA some credit for his team’s struggles on offense. “A big reason was the way UCLA served. They served very well,” Campbell said. “We didn’t pass well enough for us to compete. We have to

pass at a high level. In order to do that, we’ve got to handle these tough serves a lot better.” Knowing they had their work cut out for them, the Matadors got off to an auspicious start, battling back from an early first-set deficit to tie the score at 16-16 and forcing the Bruins to take a timeout.

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Following the pause, however, UCLA went on a 9-2 set-finishing run. There were few positives after that. “We kind of got a little nervous because we didn’t win that first game,” said CSUN senior outside hitter Matt Stork, who was limited to three kills. “It kind of went downhill from there.” As UCLA got more comfortable on its home floor, the second and third sets weren’t close at any moment. And with CSUN not on its best passing night, the Bruins’ defense took over. Contributing to the Matadors’ negative hitting percentage in the third were UCLA’s 8.5 blocks. “We had only one or two options on offense and they knew where the ball would come,” Hoefer said. “That’s why they always had a good block against us.”

Höefer felt the Matadors “gave it away,” but the Bruins clearly had something to do with forcing the gift their way. Their serves were as potent as their offense, which hindered the Matadors’ ability to set their own offense up. All in all, it was just a match between a young CSUN team starting four freshmen against an experienced powerhouse starting five seniors. At times, it didn’t even seem to matter how many CSUN players went up to challenge the Bruin attackers at the net. The ball would always find a way through the Matadors’ outstretched ghostly arms. “It definitely seemed like that … they’re just a really good team,” said Stork, whose team recorded no blocks. “They kept us out of system.” With Cal Baptist paying a visit to CSUN Friday night, there will be little time to dwell on this loss, which might the best for the Matadors. It certainly seems like a sweep by a team like UCLA did little to shake some of the players’ confidence. “We proved we can beat them,” Höefer said. “But Kat Russell / Senior Photographer we got to play hard, and we CSUN’s Kyle Stevenson tries to get a kill through the UCLA defense Wednesday. didn’t do that.”

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Coming off rough loss, Matadors host Titans gilberto manzano senior reporter


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Vinnie McGhee and CSUN will face the Titans tonight.

wo years ago, the Matadors had an overall record of 11-21, their worst season under Bobby Braswell’s 16 years as head coach. Throughout that 2009-10 season, Braswell lost patience with the lack of leadership and chemistry the team displayed. With 17 games gone by, this year’s Matadors, who have a record of 5-12, are on pace to finish with more than 21 losses. To make matters worse, CSUN lost by 46 points to Cal Poly Saturday and allowed the Mustangs to make 11 consecutive 3-pointers, which tied an NCAA record. Braswell should be ready to explode before CSUN faces Cal State Fullerton Thursday night at the Matadome in Big West Conference play. However, he’s actually pleased with the team’s effort. “I think Saturday was the strangest game I have ever been a part of. We went back and looked at tape and we actually played pretty good,” Braswell

said. “I explained to my guys that some days you can be really good and the other guys are just better. Overall I wasn’t disappointed in our effort. Our effort and energy was really good.” Braswell didn’t compare this year’s team to the 2009-10 one since there’s many reasons for optimism, including leadership. “Is the leadership perfect? No,” said Braswell about his squad, which is the youngest team in the nation. “We’re so young and I realize that leadership needs to come from us (coaches). I think we’re in the process of developing some great leaders next year.” After losing to UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly on their central coast road trip last week, the Matadors dropped to eighth place in the Big West standings and now look to bounce back against the second place Titans (12-6, 4-2 Big West). CSUN has had its deficiencies on offense throughout the year, but atop the Big West in scoring is Fullerton. The Titans lead the league in points scored (77.8), field goal percentage (.481) and three-point field goal

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percentage (.396). “They’re pretty good (Titans) and they’re going to be hungry; we swept them all three games last year,” said Braswell about the Matadors defeating Fullerton twice in Big West play and in last year’s conference tournament quarterfinals. “They have three transfers who sat out last season and all three are Pac12-caliber players.” The Titans have four players averaging 10 points or more while CSUN only has one ( Stephan Hicks 15.9 ppg). Fullerton is led by junior guards D.J. Seeley (16.2 ppg) and Kwame Vaughn (16 ppg), which are

fourth and fifth in scoring in the Big West respectively. Both players sat out last year, after Seeley transferred from Cal Berkeley and Vaughn from the University of San Francisco. Senior guard Vinnie McGhee, who is a Bay Area native, knows both players well. “It’s a new team with Kwame (Vaughn) and D.J. (Seeley). Those two guys are like brothers to me,” McGhee said. “Me and Kwame have been playing with each other since the sixth grade on the same team. His mom is like my auntie, I grew up with him. It’s going to be a fun and competitive game.”

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Women's basketball

Duarte's treys put Fullerton away anthony carpio sports editor


t has been a season of nail-biters for the Matadors so far, and they didn’t disappoint Wednesday night during their 62-56 win over Fullerton. Down by two points after a free throw made by Titan guard Kathleen Iwuoha, CSUN (11-9, 6-2 Big West) was down 47-45 with 1:41 left in the second half. Then, 31 seconds later, Matador forward Jessica Duarte sank a 3-pointer to put her team up by one. But Fullerton wouldn't go away, splitting a pair of free throws to tie and send the game into overtime. But this is where Duarte, an Orange County native, would come through in the clutch for her team again. CSUN had a one-point lead (57-56) with 22 seconds left on the clock and decided to go to Duarte again. Duarte nailed another trey to give the Matadors the edge and the eventual win against the Titans (8-11, 1-6) at Titan Gym.

“Coach (Jason Flowers) told me to be ready to catch and shoot and that’s what I did,” Duarte said. With the win, Northridge pulled away from UC Irvine again to take the No. 1 spot in the Big West Conference. The 3-pointers made by Duarte were her only field goals of the game, but she said it was a great feeling to get the win for her team in front of her family. “All my family and extended family came and a bunch friends from high school came,” she said. “It was a nice homecoming game for me and also a good win.” It was rather a slow game offensively for both teams, with CSUN shooting 39.5 percent from the field and Fullerton shooting 30.4 percent. But what the Matadors lacked in field goals, they made up with free throws again, making 25-of-30 from the charity stripe. The Matadors had a strong rebounding game, outrebounding the Titans by 24 (47-23). “It was something that we talked about. At the

beginning of the year I thought we did a very good job of rebounding the basketball,” Flowers said. “As some things have improved, (rebounding) hasn’t been one of them. It’s something we addressed after the Santa Barbara game, and the kids came out and responded.” Though Northridge came out strong on the boards, they failed to take care of the ball, accumulating 30 turnovers for the night. The Matadors tallied 17 turnovers in the first half alone. “It was almost like one of those zombie movies where they kind of come in and take over someone’s body and they act differently,” Flowers said. “I don’t know what we were thinking about on some of the stuff that we were doing as far as turning over the basketball and some of the passes we made.” CSUN center Jasmine Erving had another solid night to add to her career statistics, scoring 14 points and collecting 12 rebounds. Freshman guard Janae Sharpe filled the stat box as well, with 10 points, seven rebounds and four steals.

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Violet Alama, left, and the Matadors got another close win Wednesday night at Fullerton.


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Monday marked the start of the Chinese New Year, one of the most important traditional holidays in Chinese culture. Los Angeles’ historic Chinatown is preparing to welcome the new year this weekend with the annual Lunar New Year Festival.

The Chinese New Year is said to have begun with a lion-like monster named Niam, who preyed on and ate villagers. To scare off the monster, a wise old man advised the villagers to make loud noises with drums and firecrackers and dress in red. And it was with the advice of the old man that they were able to drive away Niam. The anniversary of Niam’s defeat has since been transformed into the Chinese New Year. Over time, the

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event has become a time of honoring the household, deities and ancestors. People continue to wear the color red and hang red lanterns outside their homes, since it was said to have scared off the monster. The color is also said to keep away evil spirits and bad fortune. This year marks The Year of the Dragon, one of the most prosperous and most powerful of the 12 zodiac

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Continued from page 1 signs, said Nicki Ung, executive director of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles. The 113th Golden Dragon Parade, hosted by the CCCLA, will kick off the Chinese New Year Festival on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. The parade will begin at Hill and Temple streets and endat the intersection of Broadway and Temple streets; a detailed map of the parade route is available on CCCLA’s webpage. The parade is predicted to attract more than 125,000 people with its floats, dancers and bands, according to a CCCLA news release. “We incorporate a lot of the community in all of our events,” Ung said. Local high school bands and drill teams always participate in the parade. Middle and elementary schools are also welcomed and contribute to the marching aspect of the parade. This year’s grand marshals include Disney’s Mulan and Mushu and Lisa See, an international bestselling author whose books include “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” and “Shanghai Girls.” Honorary Grand Marshals are David Lee, Collin Lai and James B. Wong, according to the Chinatown Business Improvement District (BID). The Lunar New Year Festival, sponsored by BID, follows the parade. Cultural and musical performances, as well as non-Asian food trucks, will adorn Chinatown during

the festival. The Los Angeles Craft Experience will be there to present crafts, designs and apparel vendors. Some of the vendors confirmed to attend include: Paper Flavor, a design and print industry; Enchanted Leaves, a design, craft and jewelry company; and Nail Tree Love, a company dedicated to promote important issues through apparel, accessories and films, according to Linh Ho, BID’s Marketing and PR Consultant. Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” will be on site to distribute 1,000 Chinese New Year-themed cupcakes during the parade and festival and set up next to the Grand Stand to watch the parade and do some recording, as well, according to Ung. The Shaolin Warriors of Chinatown, a martial arts group, will also be performing at the festival. Entertainment stages will be set up on 727 N. Hill St. on Saturday and at Central Plaza at 943-951 N. Broadway on Saturday and Sunday, according to BID. Events at Central Plaza include L.A. Food Trucks, L.A. Craft Experience and “Cupcake Wars.” West Plaza will hold cultural artisans, storytelling, art and craft workshops and more. “Chinatown of all places has a lot of history. So, coming here and seeing all the festivities is going to be better than just being at home and not being able to try being a part of the culture,” Ung said. “Being able to try the culture and see the culture without knowing it is an educational perspective that you can take in.”

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Not ‘witchy’ but still worthwhile matthew ashman daily sundial

When you first lay eyes upon The Witches Brew Cocktail Lounge you really aren’t sure what to think. From the outside you are greeted with just a lit up sign and a door with no windows and no way to look inside to see if this is the type of place you want to spend your evening. If you are anything like me and are wondering how themed this place is, and hoping that it lives up to its namesake, you might just be disappointed. I was personally hoping to see cauldron filled drinks and drink specials with such names as “The Cackling Brew,” but unfortunately this did not exist. The only thing that resembled anything ‘witchy’ were two brooms that hung over the bar. When you step in it looks very similar to what you would expect a dive bar to look like. Granted it seemed cleaner than most. A long bar with various alcohol? Check. Darts? Check. Lounging area? Check. A quaint stage to have a tiny band play or for patrons to sing karaoke? Check.

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The Witches Brew Cocktail Lounge in North Hills is “not just any old dive bar,” according to bartender Mishelle DeLong. She said, “We’re like a family here.” What I was not expecting to see though was a slow cooker by the stage that had fried chicken in it from the Popeye’s Chicken next door. While it was free for whoever dared, I’m still not sure what to make of it except to say it was unique. When I go to a bar I prefer more ambiance in order to get me to stay, coupled with some sort of food menu to go along with whatever drink I have. Seeing as it had neither of these amenities, I’m surprised I stayed for a couple of drinks, but that’s

where the good aspects of the bar came into play. The staff have great personalities and they know how to pour stiff drinks at a reasonable price. For any dive bar guru this combination is usually what will bring them back. Good conversation mixed with strong drinks at a great price AND karaoke! The night started off with a DJ playing classic rock, rock and oldies. It seemed to me that they play for an older crowd but as the night continued they started up the karaoke which got

everyone out of their seats. You could tell right off the bat that this place has a lot of regulars. The bartender knew about half of the customers by their names, which tells me a lot about this place: it’s consistent. For me that’s a great thing.

I would give this place 3 1/2 stars out of five. If I lived down the street from this watering hole, I would probably come back. But I think I could get this type of service almost anywhere and maybe even find a place that had more of the things I am looking for.

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Art festival and performances to benefit Skid Row tanya ramirez daily sundial

Cardboard boxes, homelessness and shattered dreams are common images that come to mind when Los Angeles’ Skid Row is discussed, but behind the facade is a vibrant community of artists, talent and rich culture. On Jan. 27-28, the Los Angeles Poverty Department is producing its second annual Festival for All Skid Row Artists at Gladys Park. The festival started last year as a response

to an LAPD report that studied art’s positive influence on downtown culture. The two-day festival will feature dozens of artists, poets and performers in a celebration of the talent and inspiration found at Skid Row. “We want to give a new outlook on Skid Row,” said Henriette Brouwers, Los Angeles Poverty Department director. “Not many people know about all the art and culture born in the neighborhood, and the festival is a good way to

showcase that.” The festival offers an eclectic selection of art, performance, poetry and music. Performers include poet Michelle Yvonne and Sunny Newman, a Stevie Wonder cover artist. Uncle Bean, Crushow, Khalif-A and other aspiring hiphop artists will also perform 15-minute sets. The festival is also an opportunity for guests to learn more about and become involved in nonprofit organizations that benefit Skid Row. Nonprofits

such as the United Coalition East Prevention Project, which helps the homeless and less fortunate overcome substance abuse, will have information booths and sign-up sheets available. Fun Zone Reading Club, an organization that aims to help homeless children learn how to read, will also have a booth available. Children can come to the fun zone to hear stories read aloud and participate in activities. At the festival, both children and adults will have

the opportunity to make their own paintings, take part in collaborative graffiti, sign up for open mic or poetry slams and participate in many of the art stations open to the public. This festival will take place

at Gladys Park between noon and 4 p.m. on Jan. 27 or 28 is a free event put on for a good cause. “There’s so much talent and good being done in Skid Row,” Brouwers said. “It’s a shame we

Festival for All Skid Row Artists When: Saturday, Jan 27 - Sunday, Jan 28 Time: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Where: Gladys Park Cost: Free


Newest “Underworld” film not exactly “Awakening” trisha sprouse daily sundial

In a world where humans have discovered the existence of vampires and werewolves and have launched a genocidal “cleanse” against them, what’s a Lycan-slaying Death Dealer to do? Exactly what she’s done in the previous “Underworld” films – shoot lots of guns, of course. Kate Beckinsale reprises her role as the vampiric heroine Selene in “Underworld: Awakening,” the fourth

installment of the undead franchise. Captured during “The Purge” and cryogenically frozen in a laboratory facility called Antigen, Selene awakens 12 years later only to discover that humans are the enemy now, and both vampires and Lycans border on extinction. Back on the streets after a convenient escape from the research lab, Selene lurks around, confused by what’s happened to her and slaying all who cross her path. After she encounters a handsome vampire named David (Theo James), the

two join forces to protect a young girl named Eve (India Eisley), a vampire-werewolf hybrid who was also frozen in the same lab. What’s back from the prior “Underworld” films are the bluish-hued gloom, Selene’s black latex bodysuit, the expository voice overs and the ubiquitous gunfire. What’s new to this sequel are the 3D special effects and an entirely different cast of characters. Beckinsale’s performance is equivalent to that of the previous flicks, that is, somewhat monotone but convincingly tough.

The addition of James seems like a convenient replacement for Scott Speedman as the film’s sidekick hunk. Eisley’s transformation from angelic ingenue to killing-machine monster hybrid is not very convincing. Her characterization seems more suitable for “The Exorcist” than an “Underworld” film. Stephen Rea plays Dr. Jacob Lane, a mad scientist type and the film’s main antagonist, while Michael Ealy rounds out the cast as the unneeded Detective Sebastian. Sometimes, less is more –

but the minimal dialogue in this story leaves the audience bereft of care or concern for any of the characters. There simply is no connection or rapport established between any of them. I give the film 2 out of 5 stars. Co-directors Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein maintain the action and violence of the former films with myriad werewolf vs. vampire fight scenes and car chases. The Lycans have been super-sized, and the weapons seem fancier. But the mythology is missing, and so is Michael Corvin – the

central link between the vampire and Lycan war. And the 3D effects do not make up for the lackluster plot. It’s basically a search and rescue movie that ends rather abruptly. Expect a fifth film.

Starring: Kate Beckinsale & Michael Ealy Directed by: Len Wiseman Opened January 20th




January 26, 2012 Culture Shock






What: Ramsey Lewis with Nnenna Freelon why: Composer, pianist and jazz legend Ramsey Lewis. Where: VPAC Time: 8 p.m. Price: $70 / $55 / $40 / $25

What: Guest Artist Recital: Denis Azabagic (Guitarist) Where: Cypress Recital Hall Time: 7:30 p.m. Price: $10 / $7 / $5




VPAC Calendar of Events sponsored by valley performing arts center

For the first issue of the semester here are the events happening next month at CSUN’s very own performance halls! Come back next week to see new events happening all over Los Angeles.




What: Jazz Faculty Recital Where: Cypress Recital Hall Time: 7:30 p.m. Price: $10 / $7 / $5



What: Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra: Garrick Ohlsson on Piano why: Established in 1954 and from the beginning of its existence has drawn on the rich traditions of its home city. Where: VPAC Time: 8 p.m. Price: $70 / $55 / $40 / $25



What: Chamber Opera, David Aks, music director and Maurice Godin, director. (Runs from Feb 24 - Feb 26) Where: Cypress Recital Hall Time: Feb 24 - 25; 7:30 p.m. Feb 26; 2 p.m. Price: $10 / $7 / $5

What: Diavolo why: Diavolo company members are dancers, gymnasts, actors, athletes and, above all, teammates. Where: VPAC Time: 8 p.m. Price: $70 / $55 / $40 / $25







What: Hal Holbrook in MARK TWAIN TONIGHT! why: Hal Holbrook has toured Mark Twain Tonight! in some part of every year since 1954. Where: VPAC time: 8 p.m. Price: $70 / $55 / $40 / $25

What: An Evening of Small Group Jazz - Jazz “A” Combos Where: Cypress Recital Hall Time: 7:30 p.m. Price: $10 / $7 / $5

What: Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Moulin Rouge why: Set to a French soundtrack, the ballet features a passionate story of love, ambition and heartbreak. Where: VPAC Time: 8 p.m. Price: $85 / $70 / $55 / $40

What: CSUN Symphony, John Roscigno, conductor why: The CSUN Symphony is regarded as one of the finest University Orchestras in the Western U.S. Where: Plaza del sol Performance Hall Time: 7:30 p.m. Price: $10 / $7 / $5

VPAC SPOTLIGHT: DIAVOLO Thursday, February 2, 8:00 PM / (818) 677-3000


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