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10 The OldTM Ball Game. Neal Pollack wouldn’t hit the Dodgers, baby, if they didn’t make him so mad. A look from a true-blue Dodger lover at (the last 20 of) the last 50 years.
14 Sonic Nation. Chris Morris leaves Stagecoach two days in and with one to go, to chill with Gram Parsons’s ghost.
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7 May Day. Hey, hey, PDLA! How many Mexicans did you shoot today? Oh, that’s right, you didn’t. Ron Garmon says good job!
15 Print. Anthony Miller searches out Michael Chabon’s Maps and Legends, finds himself a treasure trove. And your new road map to the month in books, Pages!
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Third Degree. Ashley Archibald talks to new Congresswoman Laura Richardson about that sexxxy (with three x’s!) Subway to the Sea.
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have Bush Fatigue. The president could ask Angela Merkel to pull his finger – and in fact, he probably has – and I’d just say, “Oh, that George!” The bombing of Iran might pull me out of my stupor a bit, but they will do what they will do, and all we can do is hunker down and wait. But we can not fall into apathy and malaise just because, like Courtney Love, we’ve lived through this. We must remain vigilant, our blood pressure high, our faces red with shrieking and apoplexy. When I want to get my hate on, there’s no better way than gauzy, Vaseline-lensed, slomo memories of the woman who spawned the president, a woman I accidentally once called a “cunt” in a poli sci class I teach at UC Irvine. (It may have been the single most appropriate sentence I’d ever spoke.) In this same class, the assigned reading included the very fine journalism of Miss Kitty Kelley’s The Family, a tour de force that followed the money back through generations of filthy Bush dealings. (Sadly, Kelley either missed or couldn’t nail down Poppy’s up-to-his-neck involvement in the Bay of Pigs and killing of Kennedy.) In honor of Mother’s Day, and having already covered the teachings of my own mama for our communastic May Day issue, I give you but a few of the gentle murmurs and life lessons of Barbara Bush, of whom no less a personage than Richard M. Nixon said, “That is a woman who knows how to hate.” Here is what she has taught her son. * “Why should we hear about body bags and death? It’s not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on that?” * “And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this, this is working very well for them.” * “I can’t say it, but it rhymes with ‘rich.’ ” (In Grandma Bush’s defense, regarding her prim-‘n’-coy name calling of Geraldine Ferraro, history may have accidentally borne her out.) * Going to Jerusalem’s Holocaust museum? Why not wear a flowered housedress and sandals! * You should totally be all up in “literacy,” and then when The New Yorker’s Brendan Gill comes to your compound in Kennebunkport and wants something to read late at night, there should be exactly one book in the whole damn place: The Fart Book. * Why show affection to your children as long as you’ve got dogs? * But totally make sure your rich friends all give them money. * And when you’re making contributions to a Katrina charity, be sure to earmark them for Neilsie’s latest scam. * Any emotion can be stuffed down with a good game of tennis or a nice round of golf. * Love your mother (of all evil). ✶
IF YOUR MOMMY IS A COMMIE Comrades, Demographically speaking, I fall into a good many of Rebecca Schoenkopf’s Mother’s list of evils [“My Mama the Communist,” May 1]. I’m white, a fan of Reagan from my halcyon days as an ’80s adolescent male, a moderate conservative, and though I’m not by any means “the Man” (at least not by my earned income), I’m fairly sure my father is but I was most amused by the congruities I found between Rebecca’s Red mother and my own beliefs, so I thought I’d jot down a short list of them ... . $ Blame America First (if by America you mean the jackasses in Congress and especially the person in the Front Office, no matter what party they subscribe to. The rest of us are just along for the ride). $ En Boca Cerrada No Entran Moscas. $ I don’t regret my vote for Nader for one second. $ Catch-22 is in my top five reads of all time. $ A Prayer for Owen Meany isn’t bad either. $ Weed will certainly save you from alcoholism, but that said, what will save you from weed? (Answer: AA and Christ and all that Kool-Aid.) $ I’d bitch about Stalin and Mao and the Butcher of Santiago but it wouldn’t bring anybody back and it wouldn’t save one cent of suffering here and now. We gots to save each other, brother and sister. $ The Contras raped nuns? And Reagan = 666? If you say so ... . $ I dunno about Best President, but Jimmy Carter definitely wins the prize for
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“Best Smile,” and in my book that counts for something. $ Pronouncing primer with the soft “I” is Sexxxy. $ My friend and I were discussing the correct pronunciation of mauve RIGHT BEFORE we read this article. Thanks for sorting that out for us, Rebecca’s mom. $ I didn’t know about the UFOs in Topanga, but I Am a Believer. $ I’ll look into the Eighteenth Amendment, but since you say it was repealed it’s not on the top of my list of windmills to tilt at. $ Why burn good flags when there are children without diapers in Darfur? $ Can’t we all just get along? --RED, WHITE AND SCREWED LOS ANGELES The perfect follow-up to All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. What a great world it would be if everyone followed the advice of Rebecca Schoenkopf’s mother – and a helluva lot more fun. Rebecca, if you mother is interested in adopting someone, please send her my way. --DR. SCOTT SCHUELE LOS ANGELES I was already going to nominate you for cuteoverload.com after I read your very funny interview with Henry Winkler [“Aaaaayyyy,” May 1], and then I read your May Day cover article. I don’t know how you turned a piece about socialism into the sweetest Mother’s Day card I’ve ever read, but you did. Thank you, and keep up the excellent work! --ELIZABETH HERNDON VIA E-MAIL CITYBEAT
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AND BREZSNY FOR THE WIN! As I waited for my to-go tortilla soup at 4 and 20 at 11:30 p.m., I chanced upon your paper, attracted by your “My Mama the Communist.” I read first the letters to the editor – perhaps it was the “BRAZEN VAGINA” in bold that caught my eye – and learned that first and foremost, someone was saying you jumped the shark. Oh, dear friends in print, it is not so. You have restored my faith in the city rag. I loved the title article, the reviews, the interview with Henry Winkler (God, I felt it keenly), but it was finally my horoscope that won me over forever. We shall meet again, frequently, I am sure, CityBeat, if you will always prove to have such a brazen vagina, good communist anecdotes, love forever the Fonz and the antiFonz, and give me an anecdote with a free Crazy Pass as my astrological due. --LAURA BAHR STUDIO CITY While your mama taught you mostly good things, her statement that “Jimmy Carter was the best president” was not saying a hell
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of a lot. I voted for Carter, but then read (and researched) some very nasty things about him. Carter, through Zbigniew Brzezinski, initiated the funding of the Mujahideen back in 1979, to instigate the Russian invasion of Afghanistan so as to embroil them in their own version of a Vietnam quagmire. In fact, Mr. Brzezinski bragged about it in a 1998 interview with Le Nouvel Observateur. Q: “ ... do you regret having supported the Taliban, and having given arms and advice to future terrorists?” Brzezinski: “What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirredup Muslims or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?” Zbigniew Brzezinski would have fit well into the Bush administration. He sounds about as profound as Rumsfeld when he predicted the Iraq war wouldn’t last six months. Carter also initiated the funding of the Contras, those lovely people that Reagan called “Freedom Fighters,” who tortured innocent villagers in Nicaragua. Other than that, enjoyed the article. --MARTA VIA E-MAIL
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Steve Cooley Is Not a Taco Truck ★
The D.A. deserves at least as much respect as your lunch ~ BY ALAN MITTELSTAEDT ~ yearlong investigation, several weeks of grand jury hearings and testimony from more than 54 witnesses. If convicted on all 13 counts – seven felony theft counts, a felony perjury count and five misdemeanor counts for campaign disclosure violations – Beltran could go to prison, since he was already on probation for filing a false police report. Even if he’s acquitted, his career as an elected official, even in the sleazy netherworld of southeast L.A. County, is likely over. Bel-
tran’s attorney, Jorge Gonzalez, said similar cases often warrant a “slap on the wrist. It’s clear to us that Mario isn’t being treated fairly.” The indictment is remarkable mostly for what is not contained in its eight pages, considering what the public already knows about Beltran and his associates. It also shows the D.A.’s limitations in chasing down allegations of election fraud, criminal threats, and intimidation of those who politically oppose a ca-
THE D.A. MAN NEEDS YOUR HELP bringing to justice the “gangsters in suits,” as one prosecutor describes some of the people who run the corrupt cities southeast of downtown L.A. Even if Steve Cooley were firing on all cylinders, he couldn’t do it alone. He’s tried. He’s in over his head. And, for good and for bad, he is coasting to his third fouryear term in the largely ignored June 3 election. Big Bad Steve should pick up the phone today and ask the FBI to help him put together a sting operation to target elected officials he’s heard reams of complaints about over the years. Wire a straw man in one of the cities – Cudahy, Maywood, Bell Gardens – and see what trouble you can document. Make it part of a joint county-fed task force. If Big Bad Steve does it right, Angelenos, who get a bad rap for being apathetic about issues that really matter, could show as great an interest in public corruption as they do in a crackdown on taco trucks. Instead, the D.A.’s office announced an indictment last week that most of the 12 million people in the region probably didn’t even notice. Bell Gardens Councilman Mario Beltran faces embezzlement charges after a
May Day ! Could the LAPD handle Burning Man? ~ BY RON GARMON ~
TO ANGELENOS CHERISHING ANY corkscrew kink of anarchy, the news that local cops are breathing easier after this May Day must afford a flicker of exhilaration. Back in the bad ol’ days of rambunctious proles, police throughout the Western world sweated the International Worker’s holiday balefully – and it spells bad news yet in those few precincts left with an energetic labor movement. In Los Angeles, however, May Day laurels go to the LAPD for the heroic continence of not going batshit crazy and attacking random citizens at this year’s march. You can see the vid on YouTube recorded by onlookers at last year’s MacArthur Park fracas: scores of J.Q. Laws in riot gear shoving their way through the park, clubbing and firing tear gas into crowds of families. This incident was widely televised and universally condemned, with MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann – a man little given to understatement – calling it part of local law
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enforcement’s “long, complex and lessthan-happy relationship” with the city they police. For a haul of nine arrests, offthe-leash cops injured and gassed hundreds of citizens and journalists, outraging what’s left of the civil liberties community and dismaying Chief William J. Bratton, another man not inclined to half-measures. An LAPD Board of Inquiry fingered 29 as-yet-undisciplined officers and more than 200 damage claims are left unsettled,
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but the city thankfully bought no such trouble this year. Somebody put fear of the smokehouse into police assigned to the march, with the L.A. Times hyping the changed attitude in the days before the march. One long, well-informed story told the public of departmental preparations at Dodger Stadium, with Deputy Chief Michael Hillmann making sure officers understood procedure and chain-of-command, with no room for misinterpretation. “Last year, it just wasn’t organized. It
bal of Latino politicians who run Bell Gardens and its neighboring cities. Beltran placed a bull’s-eye on his own chest in June 2006, when he passed out drunk in a skid row hooker hotel and lied to police about how he lost his wallet, city badge and cell phone. His conviction for filing a false police report, in March 2007, was his first, despite a 2004 arrest for attempting to evade police – an embarrassing incident that ended with him hiding in the bushes in Alhambra. Even after his wild night on skid row, Beltran wound up on Cooley’s radar only after a complaint from a fellow councilman that Beltran set up a phone call with a convicted felon and accused drug trafficker named Shahram Shayesteh that led to alleged criminal threats. Shayesteh faces trial in the matter; Beltran will not likely be charged. The incident raised alarming issues about the stability of Beltran, an enterprising immigrant from El Salvador who was raised in Mexico and became the protégé of state Senator Gil Cedillo, later working as a field deputy for state Senator Ron Calderon. Cooley’s investigation began with revelations, exposed by CityBeat writer Jeffrey Anderson last year, that Beltran had ➽
was a disaster,” he was quoted as saying. “It was as if the people involved went into it with the idea that the event would work itself out. Crowds do not manage themselves.” The deputy chief has obviously never been to Burning Man, or even Coachella, where I’d caught the nasty flu still wracking my frame on May Day. Determined to cover the impending massacre, I tottered down to Olympic and Broadway, where a sizeable festival crowd had already gathered by noon. I passed a knot of old men, dignified and serene in the heat. They were braceros: veterans of the racist contract-labor program of the 1940s-1960s that swindled and exploited tens of thousands of Mexican migrant workers. Their signs, in English and Spanish, were pleas for citizenship, with the homemade banners held by nearby kids detailing the fear and disrespect shown their brown skins by pretty much everyone in power. Other kids held placards telling of returning home from school to find their parents had been hauled away in a federal ICE raid. As the crowd thickened inside the cordon, vendors pushed carts through the crowd and a chant of “¡ Si se puede! ” (“Yes, we can!”) went up. Volleys of air horns and high-pitched shouts competed with the mariachi band in the sound truck. There was a sea of American and Mexican flags, as well as banners from Sal- ➽
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met with Shayesteh before awarding him a lucrative tow truck contract, while also having a business relationship with one of the tow company’s owners of record, Bahran Madaen. According to Deputy District Attorney Max Huntsman, additional reports that Beltran had failed to file campaign disclosure documents in Sacramento led to a subpoena for bank records, which allegedly show that Beltran stole more than $11,000 in campaign funds to pay his legal bills in the sad hooker hotel case. Yet the D.A. was not able to find evidence of provable criminal conduct in Beltran’s sleazy tow truck company dealings, or in his alleged facilitation of a criminal threat, despite efforts by LAPD Detective Marcella Winn, who looked deeper into the matter. Nor can the D.A. do much about more than $100,000 in campaign funds funneled to some of the state’s most prominent Latino officials – including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – by the tow truck company and a sister company in Maywood, which remains under federal investigation for alleged kickbacks, as Anderson wrote last fall. “If I could, would I do it in a minute? Sure,” Huntsman told Anderson last week, of his desire to probe deeper into the pay-to-play politics in Bell Gardens and its neighboring cities that bring street elements into city government. “But then we can’t predict what the future might bring, either.” Neither Cedillo nor Calderon will talk about Beltran or their longtime support of him. Last year, in CityBeat, Cedillo all but dared Cooley – and the FBI – to go after Beltran. Cedillo even came to Bell Gardens pushing an initiative on behalf of unlicensed immigrant drivers, and stood by Beltran’s side to lend the young councilman an air of credibility. In the coming weeks, it will be interesting to see who, besides his lawyers, will stand beside Beltran and claim he is a good public servant worth saving. To do that could require one to ignore the following associations, also likely beyond Cooley’s reach: Besides Shayesteh, Beltran has ties to other questionable figures. On the night he passed out in downtown L.A., he was imbibing at the 740 Club, whose owner, Ralph Verdugo, was run out of Whittier in 2004 for running a nuisance nightclub called Ibiza, where Beltran was an employee. The 740, which opened on South Broadway in late 2005, soon became a magnet for gangs and crime, according to police reports and interviews with law enforcement. L.A. Councilman José Huizar is no stranger to the place: He called for an abatement action last year after the club’s questionable reputation surfaced, though he held fundraisers there. Lawyer-lobbyist Francisco Leal, who has served as city attorney in a number of cities, including Huntington Park and Maywood – which always seem to be attracting attention from federal law enforcers – also sponsored political events at the 740 with Beltran, who moonlighted at the club while working for a former state assemblywoman. Most troubling is that the club’s building per-
mit expediter, Steve Carmona, a former L.A. planning and public works commissioner, has been indicted for taking a bribe from accused racketeer and grocery store magnate George Torres, one of L.A.’s most notorious figures. Steve Cooley knows all of this. So does the FBI, according to sources close to ongoing federal investigations in Cudahy, Maywood and Bell Gardens. The question is, how much of life in that part of the county is a reflection of the struggles of working class communities with inexperienced leaders? And, how much is attributable to a cancer growing out of the barrios and into the little city halls known for corruption and the occasional criminal probe by Steve Cooley?
IN CONTEMPT OF TRAFFIC It feels like the 1970s all over again. Just as one of the best solutions to L.A. gridlock – the carpool lanes on the Santa Monica Freeway – got creamed then by a judge who hated the project because it lacked an EIR, now we have a judge interfering with Mayor V’s plans to address Westside gridlock on Pico and Olympic boulevards. Superior Court Judge John Torribio may know his law books, but he’s too bogged down with measuring traffic on side streets and weighing the effect of removing parking along the east-west P&O thoroughfares to see the big picture. The more serious environmental effects the judge should worry about are the killer fumes belching from the additional tens of thousands of cars stuck in traffic on those roads today compared, say, to the 1960s. Why not order up an EIR on the respiratory illnesses caused by the rushhour crawl? Maybe the judge should close the streets because they are operating over capacity? Mayor V should fight back and appeal the ruling and, to make up for time lost in court, jump to the final phase of the project and make the two boulevards mostly one-way as soon as possible. It’s not right to use environmental law against the environment. Somewhere, the traffic gods must be laughing through the smog. Mayor V would not find himself in this spot had he not stolen the idea – without credit – from his nemesis, county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. And Westside traffic would not be quite so bad today had Zev, as a naive member of the L.A. City Council in 1976, not joined the shortsighted lawsuit that halted the Diamond lanes on the Santa Monica Freeway seemingly forever. Mayor V and Zev, whose role in L.A.’s transportation history is more complex than any politician’s, should call a news conference to commiserate over three decades of broken dreams and ever-lengthening commutes. And perhaps they should announce that red lights on P&O will incrementally grow longer until they stay red forever. Wanna see an EIR about anarchy in the street, your honor? ✶ With reporting by Jeffrey Anderson. Send insults and ammo to BigAl@lasniper.com.
(May Day cont’d) vadoran, Filipino and other workers’ organizations. Attendees did a fine job of policing themselves, as officers kept their distance and micromanaged traffic. The clock on the eastern tower read something after 2 when the march finally crept forward. Scores of smiling, friendly police officers slowly guided this now-immense worker’s parade down Broadway, CITYBEAT
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where it met with another massive procession at Fifth Street before proceeding to City Hall. Estimates vary as to size, with organizers claiming vague “tens of thousands” in turnout, while the Times lowballed attendance at 8,500. All noted the amicable, festive nature of the event, a good-time vibe that flourished and spread luxuriantly in the absence of tear gas. ✶
The new member of Congress wants to be a champion for L.A. transit projects and the Subway to the Sea AN ARGUMENT COULD BE MADE that Los Angeles exhibits a few characteristics of a Third World city: The levels of inequality are staggering, the crime oppressive, and yard sales run rampant. An exception: Most Third World cities have better public transportation, “better” being here defined as little things like access and use and maybe even efficacy. The irony is disturbing. The move to shake up the status quo on the L.A. transportation scene is getting some major play at City Hall, with talk of the Subway to the Sea gaining momentum to jump over some of its bigger hurdles, the biggest of which is dollars to keep our hearts, minds, and attention focused in the right place: the actual construction of the nice dream. Freshman Congresswoman Laura Richardson has positioned herself nicely, and serves on the congressional committee that will be sorting all of this out in the coming year. And, using words we haven’t heard since the late Congressman Julian Dixon worked with Mayor Tom Bradley to bring about the start of L.A.’s subway system in the 1980s, Richardson would like to be L.A.’s next champion of transportation. Richardson spoke to CityBeat about what she’s been up to in our corner of the fight for funding. –Ashley Archibald CityBeat: So what’s with you and transportation? Laura Richardson: My support of transportation is very high, considering my entire career I’ve dealt with this issue. Just to give you a bit of my background, I was on the Long Beach City Council Transportation Committee, the Assembly Transportation Committee, and now the Committee of Transportation and Infrastructure. Do you consider Los Angeles to be a poster child for our sick transportation system? Is it a poster child? Sure. Given the vibrant urban community that it is, we have every imaginable transportation issue in L.A. County. Absolutely we are an example of infrastructure needs. Los Angeles hasn’t had a lot of support for its push to improve its infrastructure and transportation. Would you want to step up as L.A.’s new champion of transportation? Oh absolutely. I have been serving the community over transportation issues for more than eight years now. I have some experience. I fought very hard to get on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. There’s only one other member from Los Angeles, and that’s Grace Napolitano. Los Angeles has a population of 10 million people. It’s critical that we have adequate representation. I plan to lead the charge. It seems like you’re very pro-transit-projects. How does that jibe with people who aren’t nec-
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DEGREE essarily as supportive of transit, like Henry Waxman? I agree with Representative Waxman that we have to explore other modes of transportation. Wait … I thought that Waxman was not much of a cheerleader for transit projects, like subways and trains. I cannot speak for Mr. Waxman. As for my position, I do support alternative transportation like the Blue Line and light rail. It’s important to continue to give money to make sure those are successful. I do support us doing adequate maintenance on existing highways and roads. Do you see any possibility of the feds getting behind our $6 billion Subway to the Sea with some real money? The possibilities for federal funding for the Subway to the Sea are strong. There is a Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act – Legacy for Users (SAFETY-LU) meeting coming up. These funds are not just about the average one traffic light or signal, but rather to the degree we can address regional problems. It’s extremely important. Interest has been stronger because we have a reauthorization coming up very quickly. The lobbying effort has been very strong as well. I’ve personally had several visits from Metro, Councilwoman Wendy Greuel and Assemblyman Mike Feuer. Everyone has come to a consensus about the need for a Subway to the Sea. Yes, I do think it could happen. Are there any other projects you would like to see happen? There is also a discussion of connecting MAY 8~14, 2008
the Westside to the Los Angeles Airport. Obviously, LAX is one of the busiest airports in the nation. If we could enable them to not hop on the 405, that would be great. Sometimes it can take an hour to go two to 10 miles. Another line to the LAX area would be extremely beneficial. There is also some call for an Alameda corridor going East. The North-South is already in place, and it would be great if we could make the connection from Los Angeles to the Inland Empire and take trucks off highways. I would also like to see improvements to the 710. Anybody from the L.A. area knows how many trucks and how many accidents and how dangerous that highway is. When do you expect the budget in? Isn’t the clock ticking? I hope August or September, but my money is on later this year. There is a significant budget deficit in the state. Budget issues here stem from the fact that we’re spending $300 million a week for the war in Iraq. There isn’t adequate funding, and that makes fights more intense and coming to compromise more difficult. It’s very common for the budget process to run late, but I would expect we would follow the same pace. Where are we seeing the effects of that budget crisis? We had the collapse of the bridge in Minnesota. When that happened, there was a report circulated of the safety nets of all bridges in the nation. There are many bridges in dire need of repair. We cannot afford to fix the bridges and the highways and all the problems we have. Infra-
structure is aging, and for every year you don’t make the investment, it gets worse. So instead of minor repairs, you have to tear up the road and pave it all over again. The bridge situation in Minnesota is the perfect example. With this kind of deficit, is it harder to get funding for your projects, or is there more of a priority for transportation? The fact that we have SAFETY-LU as the funding mechanism shows that people do see transportation as a priority. How does your presence on this committee help Los Angeles’s subway project? Being on a committee, you already have a relationship with the chair. You’re very involved with the process from beginning to end. I think I have a better opportunity to make sure the concerns are addressed, through policy or through projects and programs. When the safety reauthorization begins, we’ll have discussions on how the meetings will go. All the issues facing us right here in Los Angeles, those are the top committees. For field hearings on transit projects in particular, I’ll be very sure that these hearings will be in Los Angeles. Everyone’s heard of earmarked funds. I have received many earmark requests not only for my district but for regional issues. Joe Baca in the Inland Empire is trying to connect the Alameda Corridor East, so I work with him to make sure that when that project comes up, he gets adequate funding. You have to make sure that your area is represented when the talks begin and that your area is represented when it’s beneficial to them. ✶
THE OLD BALL GAME
By Neal Pollack
ur beloved Los Angeles Dodgers began their celebration of 50 glorious years in California by abandoning their longtime spring-training home in Florida in favor of a glitzy new complex in Arizona, traversing a geographical labyrinth that’s as confusing as everything else surrounding the team. Yes, Dodgertown had developed a sort of ghost-town pallor, and, yes, most of the East Coast fan base is either dead or unable to travel outside more than a 50-mile radius. I, like many fans, have already blocked off 10 Arizona days in March so I can attend my first spring wearing the blue; I won’t miss Dodgertown very much, especially because I never got to go there. Still, this typically hazy bait-and-switch gave an ignominious send-off to our team’s very
own field of dreams: A classy Vin Scully speech, a little Tommy Lasorda shuckand-jive, some platitudes from management, and then Joe Torre was off to China with the B-list players while the A-listers went to play the Milwaukee Brewers in Maryvale. Then came a late-spring exhibition against the Red Sox in the Coliseum, the Dodgers’ first L.A. home, where the home-run alleys were something like 75 feet away from home plate. Vinnie told a lot of stories about the old days, while over on the radio, Charlie Steiner and Rick Monday blathered on about whether or not players still get Opening Day butterflies. Meanwhile, fights broke out in the stands and fans waited for hours for team-operated free buses to take them back to the Dodger Stadium parking lot. At last, Opening Day arrived. Scully unleashed another beautiful torrent of his seemingly inexhaustible supply of gold-
en words, and then former Dodgers old and middle-aged came trotting out of all corners of the Stadium. This ceremony, all the team’s paid cheerleaders agreed, was classy beyond measure, even if it did involve Eric Karros. Year 50 was upon us. And Dodger management won’t let us forget it. Every televised game, we have to watch Lasorda and the Blue Man Group blow noisemakers during commercials. We have to see pasty dudes recount their memories of going to the ballpark with their dads, and we have to continually hear the “when did you fall in love with baseball?” jingle, which isn’t good enough for an Inland Empire car dealership, much less for one of professional sports’ most venerated franchises. All professional baseball is built on a multi-billiondollar foundation of half-remembered childhood memories, but even given that reality, the Dodgers have crafted a silly,
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if not repulsive, carnival of gauzy manufactured nostalgia. I’ll say it if no one else will. The Dodgers’ 50th anniversary in Los Angeles celebration is irretrievably lame. hough I’ve spent half of my adult T life, it seems, at Dodger Stadium, when I was a kid, I saw the Padres play live more often than the Dodgers. But the Blue was always first in my thoughts, and I treasure the Dodgers more than most things in the world. Pretty much my entire childhood involved floating on a raft in my parents’ pool in Phoenix, listening to Vinnie, Ross Porter, and Jerry Doggett narrate one of the team’s most glorious eras. Because of their announcers’ Iliadlike efforts, the Dodgers existed almost purely in my imagination. My bedroom walls were dominated by two things: a huge poster of Heather Thomas with shaving cream over her nipples, and a framed LeRoy Neiman
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print of my favorite player, Steve Garvey. My taste in celebrity women was as bad as my taste in ballplayers. At the time, Garvey, a durable lineup-filler with betterthan-average power, was considered one of the best first basemen who ever put on a uniform, a Hall of Fame lock. Now, he’s mostly remembered as a serial philanderer who drew more palimony suits than he did walks. My phony hero, a quintessential Dodger of his time, had big fat feet of clay, so I’m very skeptical of any invocation of “Dodger tradition.” I always wonder: What are they trying to sell us this time? Really, the 50th anniversary celebration isn’t celebrating all the team’s five decades in L.A. It mostly celebrates the Dodgers first 30 years, you know, when they won all those championships, the years of Sandy Koufax, the epic battles against Reggie Jackson and the forces of evil, Fernandomania, Orel Hershiser’s shutout-inning streak, and the single greatest moment in baseball history, Kirk Gibson’s game-winning home run in Game One of the 1988 World Series. After that, the highlight reels mostly go dark. Renta-player Steve Finley cracks a grand slam to launch the Dodgers into the 2004 playoffs, where they lose in the first round to the Cardinals. In 2006, the team hits four miraculous homers in a row to catch the Padres, and then Nomar wins it in extra innings. This again inspires the team toward the playoffs, where they’re swept by the Mets. There’s a reason that Dodger Blues, the funniest baseball website in existence, hasn’t yet reset its “Last Great Dodger Moment” clock, which starts after Gibson’s homer. For the last 20 years, we’ve had little to commemorate. We don’t hear a lot of talk on the commercials about the darkness of the 1990s, when Fox owned our souls and our team, when management shipped Mike Piazza to the Marlins for no good reason, when we were forced to root for surly, overpaid jerks like Gary Sheffield, Raul Mondesi, and Kevin Brown. In the world of sports, the Dodgers became a petty afterthought, a faceless corporate tool of a team, a pale simulacrum of what they’d once represented. Then again, some of us realized, what they’d “once represented” was a bit of a snow job itself. A recent HBO documentary details how the team abandoned Brooklyn when Robert Moses wouldn’t give Walter O’Malley a prime piece of real estate, and about how there are still thousands if not millions of graying East Coast men with thick accents who still weep at the loss of their beloved bums. The movie also reminds us that O’Malley, a lifelong racist, sold Jackie Robinson to the Giants, for pity’s sake, because Jackie, no longer content to just endure the foul taunts of Cincinnati hicks, had started to race-agitate by daring to talk the talk of the civil-rights movement. That little detail also calls to mind the specter of Ted Koppel’s 1987 Nightline interview with Dodger GM Al Campanis. Koppel asked why there weren’t any African-American managers or general managers. Campanis responded that they lacked certain “necessities.” He continued: “They are outstanding athletes, very God-gifted and wonderful people … . They are gifted with great musculature and various other things. They are very fleetof-foot, and this is why there are a number of black ballplayers in the major leagues.” You’re not seeing that replayed in this year’s highlight reels. Even the Dodgers’ magnificent Chavez Ravine temple is built on cruel, faulty history. When the city gave the O’Malleys a sweetheart deal, it also doomed a
‘HOLY SHIT,’ JEROD SAID.‘THIS IS AWESOME! THE DODGERS ARE THE CHARLESTOWN CHIEFS!’ ★
bucolic community of thousands, forcing the cops to drag old Mexican ladies out of their homes and jailing them so their shantytown could get sold to the Dodgers. The creation of Dodger Stadium is one of American history’s great tragedies of urban renewal, sad enough to inspire a book of photographs, a PBS documentary, an endlessly pretentious Heather Woodbury one-woman show, and a Ry Cooder album, in which Cooder condemns the Dodgers for helping to create “a town that’s flat ... a street that’s tame.” peaking of real estate, because when you speak honestly about the Dodgers, S you always must, it’s time to discuss the team’s current owner, Frank McCourt, a New England-based Trump manqué, referred to by the L.A. Times’ always-bilious T.J. Simers as the “Boston Parking-Lot Attendant.” When McCourt bought the team in 2004, many suspected he didn’t have the credit to support his ownership beyond two or three years. He got this blistering welcome from Simers: “Few in this town have talked the talk more and walked the walk less. McCourt is strong on vision. Doing is his problem. Cooperative is not a word often associated with the man. For years he has presented countless slide shows with his vision of the New Boston on the other side of the Fort Point Channel. No other plan was ever grand enough for McCourt. He was going to buy the Red Sox. He was going to build a new Fenway on the waterfront. Instead, 25 years after McCourt bought his South Boston land from a bankrupt Penn Central, what we have down there is acres of parking lots.” McCourt arrived and immediately began praising the team’s loyal fan base and telling them that he’d arrived to restore the Dodgers to their former glory. It hasn’t quite worked yet. McCourt’s tenure has been largely distinguished by the continual dismissal of long-serving front-office executives, by the trendy hiring and speedy firing of hotshot young general manager Paul DePodesta, and by the ludicrously wasteful free-agent signings perpetrated by Ned Colletti, DePodesta’s incompetent successor. On the field, McCourt’s team has alternated catching moderate lightning in a bottle and staging complete clusterfuck meltdowns. The team made the playoffs in 2004 despite manager Jim Tracy’s arrogant intransigence, and then completely tanked in 2005 because of it; in 2006 Grady Little chewed his cud while his team squeaked into a Wild Card slot, and in 2007, he wandered the dugout cluelessly while his team faded in August and washed-up old grouch outfielder Luis Gonzalez waged a public media war with Matt Kemp, one of the team’s most exciting prospects in decades. CITYBEAT
Of course, all baseball teams have a history of bad trades – though few as bad as the 1993 swap of Pedro Martinez for Delino DeShields – and in the age of 24-houra-day blog-based sabermetric lineup analysis, perhaps we know more about management vagaries than is healthy for us. We may not like the fact that the Dodgers have only won one playoff contest (a complete game thrown by a journeyman pitcher with syphilis) in the last 20 years, but them’s the breaks. Who knows if an owner besides McCourt would have done it better? What we do know about McCourt is this: He replaced all the seats in Dodger Stadium, restoring the seating arrangement to its original early-’60s pastels. That’s good. He bumped back longtime season-ticket holders 10 rows, installing luxury premium field boxes with padded cushions for the really high rollers. That’s not so good. He brought Canter’s Deli in as a concessionaire on the field level, but the loge level has to suffer Carl’s Jr. and CPK cardboard. He’s raised ticket prices, and now parking costs $15 for the privilege of being waved around a maze by dazed-looking high-school dropouts. Some fans don’t feel quite so loved. Here’s Patty Hayes, quoted by T.J. Simers on Opening Day 2007: “I complained to a Dodger executive about increased prices and decreased benefits (a while back) and said the Dodgers appear to no longer appreciate season-ticket holders. He said, ‘Oh, we appreciate you, we just don’t show it.’ I had ample time to contemplate the truth of that statement during my 1 hour and 50 minute exit from preferred parking on opening day.” A lot of Dodger fans still feel that way, even as the team relentlessly markets its legacy to us this year. On April 24, McCourt announced plans for the most significant real-estate development in the Ravine since the great bulldozing of 1959. The “new” Dodger Stadium will include, according to team propaganda, “Dodger Way,” a “dramatic, new tree-lined entrance” that “will lead to a beautifully landscaped grand plaza where fans can gather beyond center field. The plaza will connect to a modern, bustling promenade that features restaurants, shops and the Dodger Experience museum showcasing the history of the Dodgers in an interactive setting.” There’s also the “Green Necklace,” which is also the name of a lesswell-known 1940s superhero. Please don’t moan too loudly at the previous joke as I let the Dodgers’ alwaysbusy PR department describe The Green Necklace: “The vibrant street setting of Dodger Way links to a beautiful perimeter around Dodger Stadium, enabling fans to walk around the park, outdoors yet inside the stadium gates. This Green Neck-
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lace will transform acres of parking lots into a landscaped outdoor walkway connecting the plaza and promenade to the rest of the ballpark.” Part of me thinks, well, the Stadium is getting long in the tooth, and the scale drawings of the new park look really appealing. Another, somewhat larger part thinks, what the hell is McCourt trying to pull now? In the promotional video to promote the Stadium expansion, Vin Scully conveniently reminds us that the Dodgers have won more pennants and more championships than any other in the last 50 years, and that Dodger Stadium has remained “a house of excellence” and a “home filled with powerful personal memories.” From there, it’s a quick transition to the sell-job. “The McCourts love Dodger Stadium,” the narration goes. “They care about it. They respect history and tradition.” The McCourts are making this rehab commitment, “this private investment,” to “preserve what we all love about Dodger Stadium while enhancing the fan experience.” I’m sure that they’re in no way concerned about the yearlong environmental and public review process for the plan. There’s no possible way that the “50th anniversary celebration” that they’ve almost arbitrarily shoved down our throats is actually a PR cover for a big-leaguesized real estate transaction. The Dodgers would never do that to their fans. midst all my complaining about A hypocrisy and artifice, I’ve neglected to mention that the Dodgers currently field an entertaining and exciting team. Even though fans still cheer loudest for Nomar, because that’s who’s been oversold to them on the rare days when he’s not on the DL, the team has rarely had a core of young players as talented and cool as Russell Martin, Matt Kemp, James Loney, and Andre Ethier, among others. They’re full of personality and are fun to watch. A couple of weeks ago, I went to my first game of the season, a 6-4 loss against the Diamondbacks, an excellent team with no tradition whatsoever. My friend Jerod, an East Coaster who, for some reason, has suddenly become a huge Dodgers junkie, kept me company as we skipped around the one-third empty Loge section. I had a memorable time for a couple of reasons, none of which had to do with beach balls or The Wave. First, we sat in front of a fat, bearded guy who, while we watched, consumed an entire fennel bulb. It’s not a day at the old ballpark if you don’t hang out with an eccentric forebear. Second, late in the game, rookie pitcher Cory Wade, just called up from AA, plunked D’Backs shortstop Stephen Drew in the head. Drew jawed at Wade as he grumbled down the baseline. Wade turned toward Drew, grabbed his own crotch, and said, “Suck my dick.” This happened in the same inning that Joe Torre and Jeff Kent got tossed for arguing a bad umpire call from the previous inning. “Holy shit,” Jerod said. “This is awesome! The Dodgers are the Charlestown Chiefs!” We want to see our team as the gritty, hilarious bad-asses from Slap Shot, not as some sepia-toned billboard for fading memories. As I write this, the Dodgers are just bidding farewell to an enjoyable eight-game winning streak. They did it without Nomar, without sentiment, without fake memories, and without a land grab. Despite their racist, eminent-domain-and-palimony strewn past, capped by 20 years of incessant choking, I love this team. If you can wade through the murk of endless anniversary B.S., the Dodgers are still playing baseball. ✶
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Little Bit Country Two days of Stagecoach, one day with Gram Parsons’s ghost ~ BY CHRIS MORRIS ~
~ Yoakam? Yes’m! ~
S I TOOLED INTO INDIO ON Thursday for the second Stagecoach Festival, a jock on Riverside’s contemporary country station K-FROG (“Ribbit!”) croaked from the car radio, “Here’s hot new country from Jewel!” Proving today’s Nashville maxim: You can call just about anything country if its tits are nice enough. Goldenvoice, the organizers of Stagecoach – which again followed the Coachella rock hoedown by a week – appeared to embrace that maxim in 2008. While high-caliber popcountry guns like Kenny Chesney were rolled out in ’07, the premiere Stagecoach also offered a full platter of top alt-country acts – everyone from Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, and Emmylou Harris to John Doe and the Drive-By Truckers – on its second stage. Last weekend, with the bill extended from two to three days, the emphasis was on the main-stage draw: The Eagles, John Fogerty, the execrable Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Tim McGraw, and Carrie Underwood (one of two American Idol grads on board) were the headliners. The amortization of the resultant mega-guarantees for this shindig entailed the sale of big-ticket reserved seats in front of the main stage (in contrast to the SRO floor plan at Coachella). This didn’t sit well with an intransigent performer like Shelby Lynne. Surveying several acres of empty VIP chairs at 5 p.m. on Friday, the fiery vocalist said, “All you people taking pictures of me, take a picture of me saying FUCK this festival!” Pissed-off as she was, Lynne still rose to the occasion with a set that ranged from her subdued renditions of Dusty Springfield’s repertoire to stormy rockers from her back catalog like “Jesus on a Greyhound.” But she was the only truly “alt” performer vouchsafed a stand on the big stage all weekend, and there were far fewer of her ilk on the Empire Polo Field this year. Though the pickin’s were comparatively very slim this year, there were just enough acts eschewing the middle of the country road on board to make Stagecoach ’08 a livable experience for a couple days. (Emphasis here on “just enough” and “a couple.”) Friday afternoon, Waylon’s kid Shooter Jennings kicked up some cowboy-rock dirt (though he was also responsible for the weekend’s first Bon Jovi cover, of “Wanted Dead or Alive”), and punkeroo Mike Ness of Social Distortion, backed by a tuff-enuff band that included the invaluable Chris Lawrence on guitar and pedal steel, roused the young ’uns with a mix of Dylan, Carl Perkins, and Hank Williams covers and originals
like “Dope Fiend Blues.” That night, I caught a snatch of Fogerty’s typically rambunctious set on the way to Glen Campbell’s secondstage show. Despite a track record comprising several mammoth country crossover hits in the late ’60s and early ’70s, Campbell couldn’t seduce more than 400 people into his tent. (Everyone was queueing up for the Eagles across the way.) But the 72-year-old wowed diehard fans with smoothly sung versions of “Wichita Lineman,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy”; previewing his June return to Capitol Records, he essayed surprising covers of U2 and Tom Petty songs, à la late-period Johnny Cash. The onetime studio session man also played a ton of guitar: His Fender solo on “Galveston” left the pickers in the house gaping. Much ground was covered to little avail on Saturday. Two Texans made an impression on the second stage. Furry Houston-based Hayes Carll charmed with his wry tunes and selfdeprecating patter, while New Braunfels-born Lost Highway label mate Ryan Bingham pounded the house with an epicsounding set enhanced by the guitar work of his producer, ex-Black Crowes member Marc Ford. After a looong impasse (Taylor Swift: Pedophile country, anyone?), enlivened only by a sharp set on the small Mustang stage by the virtuosic family bluegrass band Cherryholmes, Dwight Yoakam headlined the second
SONIC NATION stage. Inspired by the Bakersfield sound and bred during L.A.’s punk era, Yoakam has attained grand-old-man status, and an overflow crowd screamed loudly as he and his hot, bespangled band ranged through a set of Buck Owens covers and his own chart hits. His jeans fit as tight as they used to, he swiveled his hips with the usual abandon, and his flexible baritone is better than ever. (However, even Yoakam’s set wasn’t untouched by the weekend’s prevailing winds: He covered the Eagles’ “Peaceful Easy Feeling.”) The house was packed with an uncommon mix of old-school honky-tonk fans and newbies drawn to the flame of true primordial country. CITYBEAT
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But Yoakam’s hardcore brand of country was an anomaly in the frankly dumbed-down mix at Stagecoach this year. Sure, there were pioneering talents in the lineup, but these pathfinders were often relegated to the third stage (as bluegrass banjo titan Earl Scruggs was), usually at an hour when folks were buying their corn dogs and dragging their lawn chairs over to the main stage. Moreover, even the second-stage performers seemed more cautious this year. L.A. locals like David Serby, who opened the festival in ’07, were nowhere to be found. And instead of credible, well-traveled No Depression types Alejandro Escovedo, Raul Malo, and the Old 97’s, who trod the Stagecoach boards last year, attendees were treated to boogierockers like the Kentucky Headhunters, whose version of “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” got me heading for the exit, or Bonnaroo refugees like Cross Canadian Ragweed, whose jam-down action got the cretins hopping but left country-hungry souls like me unfulfilled. OK, call me a graying, trad-loving pussy if you wanna, but there was very little on display at the big stage that made me want to risk heatstroke and cross the polo field for a look-see. For listeners weaned on a diet of Hank, Merle, and Willie, the mainstream is a pretty unsafe place to be these days. In fact, it has been since Garth Brooks dumped his affectless but tuneful brand of country-smarm at the top of the pop charts during the ’90s. Little has changed since: The new breed may sport the hats and the duds, but they sound like Night Ranger. Commercial country today is little more than musical cross-dressing – except the cross-dressers you see on Santa Monica Boulevard have some balls. Sunday, I wearily opted out. A friend reported that Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin drew a total of 70 to his afternoon set; I never heard how many the legendary George Jones pulled opposite Carrie Underwood. I headed for Joshua Tree to commune with the spirit of departed cosmic cowboy Gram Parsons, whose body was burned there. It seemed like the righteous thing to do. ✶ Chris Morris hosts Watusi Rodeo on Indie 103.1 every Sunday at 9 a.m.
Pages Before the onslaught of authors, editors, and publishers descends on Los Angeles for the 2008 BookExpo America on the last weekend of May, here are some suggestions of authors well worth making the time to see read. Augusten Burroughs, author of the best-selling Running with Scissors and Dry, reads and delves further into his troubled yet darkly funny world with his latest harrowing personal account A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father (St. Martin’s Press) at a Book Soup event at The London Hotel (Fri., 7 p.m., 1020 N. San Vincente Blvd.,West Hollywood) … . Jim Krusoe, creative writing teacher at Antioch and Santa Monica College and author of the wonderfully surreal novel Iceland, reads from his second novel Girl Factory (Tin House), a fantastical tale of a man who discovers six women in the basement of a yogurt parlor – and of beauty trapped not in amber but in acidophilus – at Skylight Books (Sat., 5 p.m., 1818 Vermont Ave., Los Angeles). If you want to hear more about Krusoe in advance of the reading, he will be Michael Silverblatt’s guest on Bookworm today (Thursday) at 2:30 on KCRW, 89.9 FM … . After listening to Nina Revoyr on a panel at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books pondering the complexities of memory and identity within The Age of Dreaming (Akashic Books), I wanted to know more. The new novel from the author of the Watts Riots-era mystery Southland is a narrative
from another side of Los Angeles, centered on a Japanese silentfilm actor whose star has faded but whose past starts to come back into sharp focus, inspired in parts by the unsolved murder of Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor and the life of Oscar-nominated Japanese actor Sessue Hayakama. Revoyr reads Tues., 7 p.m., at Vroman’s, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, with special guest Janet Fitch … . Shor t stor y writer, screenwriter, and novelist David Benioff (The 25th Hour, When the Nines Roll Over) reads from and discusses his latest novel City of Thieves (Viking), an expansive account of an expedition undertaken by two men across German-occupied Russia during the time of the siege of Leningrad based upon Benioff’s grandfather’s own personal experiences, Sun., May 18, 4 p.m., at Book Soup (8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood) … . For underground comics fans and those with a jones for Jimbo, cartoonist, rock poster artist, and Pee-Wee’s Playhouse production designer Gary Panter will be at Skylight Books, with Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Tues., May 27, 7:30 p.m., to celebrate the publication of Gary Panter (PictureBox), a lavishly comprehensive two-volume look at Panter’s work with essays by writers including Robert Storr, Mike Kelley, and Richard Gehr … . With free events such as these, you might even wish to skip the crowds at BookExpo and see if you can’t find out where the good parties are so you can talk about those readings you attended before all those literary scenes from other cities found their way into town. --Anthony Miller
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NUMBER OF WRITERS have begun to exult in print about the uncanny realms where the influences of pulp and pop (comic books, science fiction and fantasy, mysteries, rock & roll) meld with those “higher” and more established echelons of literature. Michael Chabon, the author of Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, relishes secret transactions between authors and their readers. When I realized that the two Japanese students Takeshi and Ichizo in The Mysteries of Pittsburgh bore the same names as the kamikaze pilots in Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow, the shock of recognition ushered me into yet another story. Here was a lesson about how one kind of fiction could subtly and surprisingly infiltrate another. Maps and Legends (McSweeney’s, $24), Chabon’s first essay collection, unearths some of the author’s source texts and offers his exuberant ruminations on the role of the writer as protector and defender of artistic ancestors. His intention to cast us out and off into alternate worlds is made clear from the outset with a deft touch to the book’s epigraph, transforming the way we read a Melville quotation about those who have written about whaling before him merely by appending the mischievously explanatory phrase “on the writing of fan fiction.” Chabon’s 16 essays ponder those landscapes, whether mythological, alternate-historical, or post-apocalyptic, where entertainers and tricksters, ghosts and golems dwell. He is an exacting cartographer of those speculative spaces where only the genre of nurse romances (like Cynthia Ozick’s Ruth Puttermesser, R.N.) was allowed to flourish or where one might catch a glimpse of a zeppelin (“that colophon of alternate-world fiction from Ada to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”) screaming across the sky. In an essay on Sherlock Holmes, Chabon writes: And yet there is a degree to which, just as all criticism is in essence Sherlockian, all literature, highbrow or low, from the Aeneid onward, is fan
fiction. That is why Harold Bloom’s notion of the anxiety of influence has always rung so hollow to me. Through parody and pastiche, allusion and homage, retelling and reimagining the stories that were told before us and that we have come of age loving – amateurs – we proceed, seeking out the blank places in the map that our favorite writers, in their greatness and negligence, have left for us, hoping to pass on to our own readers – should we be lucky enough to find any – some of the pleasure that we ourselves have taken in the stuff we love: to get in on the game. All novels are sequels; influence is bliss.
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As he roams across literary and cultural borderlands, Chabon investigates comic-book deity Will Eisner, Road warrior Cormac McCarthy, the urban sprawls of Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg! and Ben Katchor’s Julius Knipl, the supernatural tales of M.R. James, and the contrarian cosmology of Philip Pullman. Sadly, there is only brief mention of August Van Zorn, the littleknown acolyte of H.P. Lovecraft so beloved of Chabon that he includes him in Wonder Boys. Chabon also provides observations on his own literary endeavors, from the Sherlock Holmes story he wrote at age 10 and the place where he penned his first novel to his problematic second novel, Fountain City, which, although uncompleted, provided essential inspiration for the runaway magnum opus Grady Tripp toils on in Wonder Boys. His final two essays contemplate artistic approaches to questions of exile and faith. The last essay is the text of a public talk Chabon delivered in 2003 and 2004 about the author’s stumbling upon a writer and Holocaust survivor named C.B. Colby, resulting in a peculiar inquiry into history and storytelling. Maps and Legends is swathed in a marvelous Jordan Crane dust jacket with three blue, green, and yellow-gold layers, populated with storybook characters scattered within the scenery, each of which can be peeled back to reveal – what else? – the letter x to mark the title. Maps and Legends is a treasure trove of intriguing and revealing looks at where Chabon goes to make up his worlds and how he tells his fables of the reconstruction. ✶ MAY 8~14, 2008
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T WAS THE DR. JEKYLL SIDE of Don Bachardy who came out to hang his portraits at Craig Krull Gallery last month, in what was said to be the show of his career. Bachardy paints from life every day, his facile hands moving through three images: Your Pretty Portrait, one a little bit off, and the third betraying what he really thinks of his sitter in sunken, shadowed glory. One’s Dorian Gray can come as a bit of a shock. Bachardy’s portraits at Craig Krull were names and faces beyond my ken – and they were the nice ones. Without a bit or a boatload of starfucking or spite, the portraits, though master ful, couldn’t hold my attention. His abstractions, though, in the front room, were Light & Space wrought in watercolor, their translucent bands evoking the best fluorescent gizmos of MOCA in a sweet, nostalgic homage. We wandered from Craig Krull on a stultifying afternoon just across the asphalt to Mark Moore, and got all the spite we could carry. There, the “New London School” showed a crabbed, monstrous view of the world just perfect to warm my lack of a heart. I don’t know enough about the British art scene to point to Dame Thatcher as impetus, or pinpoint it to the Saatchi Gallery and “Sensation.” I could talk about Genesis P-Orridge and the cannibalistic influence, but again, I would be lying. All I know is that everything I see coming out of England is horrid and obscene – in the most delightful way – but it’s probably just the company I’m keeping. For all I know, Great Britain is awash in seascapes of frolicking children and I’m just happening to show up to the right galleries at the right time. Still, Mark Moore Gallery is filled with fetching ugliness like Richard Moon’s Tyranni, which has a slit-faced smile straight from R. Crumb or MAD, while Pearls takes a perfectly pretty someone – she looks like a typical politician’s wife, and I feel we’re supposed to know who she is – and just with eyeliner and a lack of lipstick zombies her up like Shaun of the Dead. David Hancock takes his urban aboriginal, punk rock friends and sometimes paints them straight, sometimes sticks
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them naked in what at first could be a shooting gallery, except the mattress on the floor has sheets. Gavin Nolan’s portraits are the most unsettling. His Our Madonna Is Not Functioning takes a woman in a headscarf and bloodies her teeth. She looks like she could be lovely, with her gigantic green eyes, but she’s sweaty and sallow instead. She is like looking in the mirror on mushrooms; you can almost see beneath the skin. Madonna feels vaguely racist, too. Is it a slap at Muslim women? With a head but no body and her huge, tarnished lips, she looks like a cracky, post-traumatic muppet, like if Janice had been gangraped by the rest of Dr. Teeth’s band. The only nice allowed in “New London School” are the works of Cathy Lomax, oils on paper that have the sheen and sheerness of watercolor or ink wash. They are a series of beautiful black women with strong black hair – and one Asian woman and one white with some big damn hair of their own. In each of the small portraits, such subjects as Minnie Riperton, Lauryn Hill and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio from Scarface are framed and haloed by their fabulous afros. They are walking exclamation points, their earthly bodies perfect vessels for their pride and strength of personality – even Mastrantonio turned away from the doe side, at least once Tony up and killed her lover. There’s more at Mark Moore – tiny portraits of double penetrations, a lovely series of paintings that are copies of newspaper obituaries of such luminaries as Divine and Peter Boyle and James Dean. It’s monsters and ugliness everywhere, and if it came from the darkness of growing up in Dame Thatcher’s recession – and I’m not saying it did – we’ll be lucky enough to have our own, and soon. ✶ “New London School” at Mark Moore Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., A-1, (310) 453 3031. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. “Don Bachardy: Portraits and Abstractions” at Craig Krull Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., B-3, (310) 8286410. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.5:30 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Both shows through May 10.
Not on the List Festival of New American Musicals is noteworthy for whatâ€™s absent ~ BY DON SHIRLEY ~
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AKE WAY, COACHELLA AND Stagecoach. Look out, L.A. Times Festival of Books. Those just-completed events drew several hundred thousand people. Now itâ€™s time for the Festival of New American Musicals, which is claiming just as much significance. Itâ€™s â€œone of the most important cultural events ever to hit the Southland,â€? says Jason Alexander in a video on the festival web site. It will â€œblanket our theater community with fully staged productions, workshops, readings, concerts, lectures and master classesâ€? involving â€œmajor theaters, smaller theaters, colleges and high school campuses.â€? Gee, that sounds great, and itâ€™s happening primarily in the next two months. So letâ€™s see whatâ€™s available. Click on the list of participants on the web site â€“ and start looking for L.A.â€™s major theater companies. Hmm, no Center Theatre Group? Whereâ€™s Pasadena or Geffen Playhouse? How about the main specialists in musicals â€“ Broadway/LA, Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities, Musical Theatre West, Theater League, even Alexanderâ€™s own Reprise (which was created and formerly run by Marcia Seligson, now the festivalâ€™s executive producer)? Not one of them is on the list. True, the biggest theatrical companies in Ventura and Orange counties â€“ the Rubicon Theatre and
South Coast Repertory, respectively â€“ are represented. Scott Schwartzâ€™s My Antonia, opening Saturday at the Rubicon, is part of the festival, even though Schwartz is quoted in the showâ€™s press release saying that itâ€™s â€œa play with music, and not a musical.â€? Still, the music for the show was written by his father, Stephen Schwartz, who is the festivalâ€™s â€œcreative advisorâ€? and also one of the most successful composers in musical theater â€“ witness his Wicked (not part of the festival, even though itâ€™s playing in Hollywood). The Rubicon will open another fully staged festival show in June, and South Coast will present a new kidsâ€™ musical next month with a festival tag attached. Thirty-three scheduled events are listed at lafestival.org (one additional entry, still on the list, was canceled). But most are concerts, readings, student productions, or collections of ver y short shows. Depending on how you define your terms, there are only 8 to 10 fully staged and professional musicals, mostly in small venues. That many musicals, over two or three months, is nothing more than standard operating procedure in L.A. Most of the bigger companies stage new musicals on their own timetables, including the recent Mask at the Pasadena Playhouse and Center Theatre Groupâ€™s upcoming 9 to 5. The festival offers no central ticketing. Itâ€™s hard to discern how this is an actual â€œfestival,â€? which normally suggests something that reaches far beyond business as usual.
I donâ€™t want to pick only on this festival. The late Edge of the World Festival, which focused on small, edgy productions â€“ most of them non-musicals â€“ had the same problem of being unable to distinguish itself from any given weekend in the L.A. theater scene. The urban festivals that do seem sufficiently different, such as the Olympic Arts Festival of 1984 and its several descendants or the annual UCLA Live Theatre Festival, rely on international imports for that sense of being something special. Of course any fully staged theater festival faces certain logistical issues that arenâ€™t problems for the organizers of Coachella or the book fair. Design elements are usually more elaborate in theater than they are in concerts and fairs. Plays â€“ whether musical or not â€“ require more rehearsal time in the festival venue. Itâ€™s hard to find a group of venues that can host the components of a theater festival within walking distance of each other. Yet downtown L.A. might be such a site. If more of the former movie palaces on Broadway could be restored to theatrical purposes and then combined with performances at the Music Center, LATC and Union Center of the Arts â€“ and lots of philanthropic and moral support â€“ L.A. might have a theater festival thatâ€™s truly festive. âœś For Don Shirleyâ€™s theater reviews, see Stage listings, page 36.
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The Oracle Will See You Now Delphi in Westwood delivers no prophecies about Greek cuisine ~ BY RICHARD FOSS ~ HEN MY BROTHER AND I have a free evening, we go out for Greek food, a commemoration of a whimsical trip to Athens that we took together. An airline that will remain nameless (because I’m not mad at them anymore) screwed up a flight so badly that they gave me two tickets anywhere they flew, so we decided to take a week rambling around the south of Greece. We spent sun-drenched days studying antiquities and cool nights investigating tavernas, and developed a lasting fondness for Greek cuisine. There aren’t many Greek places serving anything but fast food in Los Angeles, so we’re always looking for those that are a little more ambitious. We headed for Delphi in Westwood on a recent Wednesday, eager to recapture memories of Attica amid the jumble of Persian restaurants and bookstores. First, of course, we had to find the restaurant – not easy, since it has a tiny frontage and the sign is behind a tree. Once we got inside, the atmosphere was much like the little cafés we remembered – whitewashed walls with blue trim and dramatically lit replicas of amphorae and statues. The menu was a list of greatest hits, including pastas, roast lamb, moussaka, dolmades, and the iconic Greek salad of tomatoes, onions, and feta. One of the only unusual items was “Emam Baldi,” a variant on a traditional Turkish dish of roasted eggplant with tomato, onion, and cheese. Unfortunately, they were out of this starter, so we decided to start with an “Ionian salad” ($10.50) and keftedakia, the traditional pan-fried herbed meatballs ($8.75). The Ionian salad is different from the usual Greek salad and usually served as an entrée, but our waiter graciously allowed us to substitute it for the standard salad that was included with our meals. The mix of romaine with Belgian endive, artichoke hearts, olives, red bell pepper, and scallion with dill dressing used non-traditional ingredients to good effect – it was topped with good-quality feta cheese and had tangy, zesty flavors. The pan-fried meatballs had the real Greek flavor too, thanks to a healthy shot of green herbs, pepper, and a judicious amount of garlic. Real Hellenic cooking isn’t afraid of big flavors, and this had the authentic boldness.
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Our waiter also brought cups of avgolemono soup, a tasty chicken stock with lemon that was a bit one-dimensional, but a little pepper livened it right up. The starters raised expectations that weren’t met by the rest of our meal. We had decided on lamb souvlaki ($19.75) and the Delphi breast of chicken ($15.25), which was described as chicken stuffed with mushrooms and zucchini topped with avgolemono sauce. What actually arrived was a chicken breast that had been grilled, cut into chunks, and then topped with sautéed vegetables and sauce – not the same thing at all. If the breast had actually been stuffed and baked as described, it would have been a much more interesting presentation and flavor. It was good, but it wasn’t as described on the menu. The souvlaki had been well-marinated with wine, oil, pepper, garlic, and oregano, but was served very rare when we had ordered medium rare. The flavor was very good, but the center of each piece was barely warm – it would have been a turn-off to people who don’t like rare meats as much as we do. Our side dishes – peas in a cheese sauce, roasted potato, and rice – were all unremarkable. Two Greek wines are offered by the glass, Kouros and Semeli, neither of which is in the same league as Boutari, Hatzimichalis, or others that are generally available in L.A. We tried glasses of the white with our starters, the reds with our main courses, and found all but the Semeli red to be dull. At over $7 a glass, all were overpriced – I’d have happily paid that or more for better wine, but this was unsatisfying. We briefly considered dessert, but neither baklava nor galaktobouriko charmed us, and we had noticed a Persian ice cream store on the same block. The service at Delphi had been friendly, the atmosphere pleasant, and we’d consider a return visit, but we’ve found better ways to satisfy our Greek craving around L.A. ✶
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ROM THE COUNTRY that brought you Godard and Resnais! ... Children of Paradise and The Grand Illusion! ... Sartre and Genet! ... comes OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies! – which may just be the silliest movie I’ve ever seen. I mean that in the best way: Frankly, they had me at the title. OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies is a deliberately retro spy thriller, located on the reality scale a tad closer to The Pink Panther than to Top Secret! – with a hero a good deal closer on the stupidity scale to Maxwell Smart than James Bond. Based on a series of 250-plus novels written by Jean Bruce (and then by his widow and then by their children), Michel Hazanavicius’s broad farce centers on Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath (Jean Dujardin), a former OSS agent of Gallic descent, now (that is to say, 1955) working for the French government under the code name “OSS 117.” Hubert is suave, brilliant, and sexually irresistible ... at least in his own mind. In the minds of most of the other characters, he is inexcusably arrogant and provincial, with a condescending attitude toward women and other cultures that gives new depth to the various meanings of “chauvinism.” So of course his superiors send him to Egypt, where his utter ignorance of things Arab and Muslim is sure to cause disaster. Hubert is supposed to investigate the disappearance of his former partner Jack (Philippe Lefèbvre), who has been undercover in Cairo posing as the head of SCEP (Societe Cairote d’Elevage de Poulets, a.k.a. Cairo Chicken Breeding Company). His contact is the sultry Larmina (Bérénice Béjo), whom he constantly manages to offend. “You’re very ... French,” she tells him at one point, which he mistakenly assumes to be a compliment. The main comic mechanism driving Cairo, Nest of Spies is the tension between the Western cultural assumptions of its
period and our perspective on them 50 years later. It inevitably evokes, and comments on, the Bond movies, the universal touchstone of the genre. In Goldfinger, it seemed – in terms of the dominant culture in 1964 – really cool and studly when 007 saved the world by “converting” lesbian Pussy Galore to healthy, upright heterosexuality through his mighty prowess (or size or something). Forty years later, even Goldfinger’s most rabid fans – count me among them – have to wince at this one plot device. (Even 10 years later, it was wince-worthy.) One can imagine OSS 117 trying the same thing, being rebuffed, and failing to see the look of utter loathing on the woman’s face. But we see it. OSS 117 views the characters around him through the eyes of a Eurocentric colonialist circa 1955, while we react to them with hindsight sharpened by the Algerian revolution, Vietnam, the crumbling of the British and French empires, and, yes, even the lessons of our current imperial blundering in Iraq. When OSS 117 “shuts up” a muezzin calling for prayer because it strikes him as incredibly rude for some old man to disturb his sleep with nonsensical caterwauling, are we that far from the misunderstandings and bullheaded stupidity detailed in Redacted? I’d hate to overload such a goofy flick with heavy interpretation. Even as it derives much of its humor from the contrast between OSS 117’s perspective and our own, it also gets a lot of mileage from mocking other elements of its genre. In addition to Bondish music and ’60s-style animated credits, the filmmakers have gone to nearly ridiculous lengths to reproduce the look of its forebears, researching what lenses and film stocks were used in the early Bond movies and in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and The Man Who Knew Too Much, both of which are consciously invoked. (Likewise, a pre-credit sequence about Hubert and Jack’s World War II experiences looks like Casablanca, presented in black-and-white with antique studio logos.) MAY 8~14, 2008
Regardless of its interesting thematic concerns, the main goal here is yuks and boffs. Hazanavicius and his collaborators haven’t hesitated to go outside the genre spoof for laughs: Every time his ex-partner is mentioned, Hubert has flashbacks to their jolly days together, playing and wrestling nearly nude on the beach – in (Hubert would certainly insist) a strictly manly, heterosexual, Sean Connery way. And there is another incredibly dumb gag that is so funny it is repeated several times ... and could have been repeated a few more times without losing its potency. Dujardin has the same blank handsomeness as Hitchcock veterans John Gavin (Psycho) and Frederick Stafford (Topaz), both of whom played OSS 117 in the ’60s, but he sweetens it with a flash of Jean-Paul Belmondo’s crooked grin. He pulls off the considerable feat of keeping us tolerant of the most culturally insensitive lout in the world. The subject of colonialism gets a much heavier – and less interesting – workout from director/cinematographer Santosh Sivan (The Terrorist) in Before the Rains, which is so much in the vein of Merchant/Ivory productions (Heat and Dust, The Golden Bowl) that it’s no surprise the company got involved in its release. Linus Roache (Priest, Batman Begins) stars as Henry Moores, a thirtysomething Englishman with ambitious plans to build a road to a spice-rich mountainous region in India. But it’s 1937, and the native populace is beginning to clamor for independence from the British Empire. Moores’s strength lies in his trusting relationship with his foreman, T.K. (Rahul Bose), born in a local village but educated in English-speaking schools. T.K. is the classic man in the middle – optimistically embracing the modernization represented by Europe, while trying not to disown or dishonor the traditions of his village. Moores’s weakness lies in his covert relationship with Sajani (Nandita Das), his housekeeper. While his wife (Jennifer
Ehle) and son (Leopold Benedict) are visiting London, he has fallen in love – or perhaps only in lust – with Sajani, who is most certainly in love with him. But Sajani is married, and she will be executed if her infidelity is discovered. This is familiar turf from any number of oft-adapted W. Somerset Maugham works, like The Letter and The Painted Veil, except that, despite Bose’s second billing, the focus is on T.K.; Moores serves more as a plot device to push T.K. into an increasingly untenable position. The first third is frankly plodding, though the story begins to engage us by the midpoint. While there is nothing wrong with Roache’s or Das’s work, Bose’s performance gives it whatever power it has. What is more interesting than the film itself is its history: It may feel like Maugham, but it was adapted from an episode in a 2001 Israeli anthology film. The original had to do with an Israeli farmer and his Bedouin employees. That it translates so readily to India seven decades ago says volumes. ✶ OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies. Directed by Michel Hazanavicius. Written by Jean François Halin; adaptation and dialogue by Jean François Halin and Michel Hazanavicius; based on the OSS 117 novels by Jean Bruce. With Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Béjo, Aure Atika, and Philippe Lefèbvre. Opens Friday at the Nuart.
Before the Rains. Directed by Santosh Sivan. Screenplay by Cathy Rabin; based on the film Red Roofs, part of The Desert Trilogy: Yellow Asphalt by Dany Verete. With Linus Roache, Rahul Bose, Nandita Das, Jennifer Ehle, John Standing, and Leopold Benedict. Opens Friday at the Landmark West Los Angeles, Laemmle’s Sunset 5, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7, and Laemmle’s Fallbrook 7.
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HE SUMMER I WAS eight years old, I was driven to camp every day – along with five or six other kids – by one of the counselors. In order to keep us in line, “Uncle Bernie” Snyder would give (or withhold, if we were bad) stories of the swashbuckling hero Ben Gurin, his Cloak of Invisibility, his Magic Ring, and his loyal sidekicks. I can no longer remember many details, but it was several years before I realized that most of the plot elements were adapted from The Arabian Nights (with bits of Saturday matinee serials mixed in) and his hero’s name – perhaps ironically, in hindsight – from the then-prime minister of Israel. I have no idea whether everyone has an Uncle Bernie somewhere in their past, but I hope so, because my fragmentary memories of his stories still hold a magical place in my imagination. I assume the experience was not unique, since The Fall, the new film from director Tarsem Singh (who professionally goes by first name only), is built around a similar idea. In the period before World War I, fiveyear-old Alexandria (Romanian actress Catinca Untaru) is in a Los Angeles hospital, recuperating from a broken arm. Among the other patients is Roy (Lee Pace), a movie stuntman paralyzed from a fall and depressed over the loss of his girlfriend, who has taken up with the very actor (Daniel Caltagirone) he was doubling for. Roy knows that Alexandria has the run of the hospital, so he starts spinning her a fantastical tale and then threatens not to continue unless she fetches something for him – the pills he needs to kill himself. Roy tells of a band of six warriors, seeking revenge against the evil Governor Odious (Caltagirone again) – an Indian (Jeetu Verma), an explosives expert (Robin Smith), an escaped slave (Marcus Wesley), Charles Darwin (Leo Bill), the Mystic (Julian Bleach), and their leader, the Masked Bandit. As the little girl visualizes the story, each of these characters bears a striking resemblance to someone she knows; tellingly, the Masked Bandit at first looks like her late father (Emil Hostina) but then turns into Roy. That the version we see is in her mind, not Roy’s, is driven home by the film’s best joke: The Indian in Roy’s narration has a squaw and a wig-
wam, but Alexandria sees him as the turban-wearing Indian who works with her family in the orange groves. Tarsem started out directing commercials (Nike) and music videos (“Losing My Religion”) before making his first feature, 2000’s The Cell, with Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn, in which it was clear that his central concern was visuals, not narrative. It received mixed-to-negative reviews, but was championed by Roger Ebert. Whatever its flaws, it displayed a prodigious visual imagination. Tarsem clearly chose to make The Fall – which he adapted with Dan Gilroy and Nico Soultanakis from the 1981 Bulgarian film Yo Ho Ho (directed by Zako Heskija and scripted by Valeri Petrov) – as an excuse to splash more beautiful images across the screen. And splash he does, from the gorgeous black-and-white of the pre-credit sequence to the desert landscapes of Roy’s story. The only problem is that the story is precisely the hodgepodge a young amateur might realistically improvise; it has little of the wit or invention of the most obvious cinematic comparison, The Princess Bride. There are some other narrative problems: Late in the movie, one seemingly important bit of exposition is so unclear that no one leaving my screening was quite sure what had happened. And, more significantly, the last half hour, as Roy’s bitterness turns the story into a nightmare, becomes downright sadistic; his behavior toward a sick little girl is so brutal that we lose all sympathy for him. My colleague Ray Greene points out that this plot curve is identical to J.D. Salinger’s “The Laughing Man,” one of my favorite short stories. I can only argue that Salinger effects it swiftly, whereas Tarsem attenuates it torturously. But, even then, the visuals hold us rapt, as does Untaru’s amazingly natural performance. ✶
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so dark it will take nine days of quiet contemplation to face them. The nature of Vipassana makes each prisoner’s transformation totally internal and impossible to dramatize, meaning a disappointingly (if understandably) incomplete picture of what the experience was like. Still, when these convicted murderers admit that Vipassana led to a cathartic release of anger and an acknowledgment of responsibility for past misdeeds, it’s emotionally stirring. And, when the prison chaplain, maneuvering to maintain power over his incarcerated flock, lobbies the state to prohibit the inmates from meditating, we realize that the prisoners are more open-minded than their religious leaders and fellow Alabamans. (Mark Keizer) (Laemmle’s Sunset 5)
I FOR INDIA Director Sandhya Suri’s charming, slightly melancholy documentary tells the story of her father Yash, who emigrated with his wife and children from India to England in 1965 to take a job as a doctor at a major Manchester hospital. With unusual forethought, Yash bought a Super-8 camera to film personal movie “letters” to his relatives back home, who would send back films of their own. Sandhya’s compilation of the videos provides an astonishing family portrait, as well as a document of two incredibly different cultures. Even though Yash prospers in his new life, he is never able to escape the feeling of being an exile – and when, in 1982, he decides to return to India to open his own clinic in his native town, he discovers that he has changed too much to fit in there either. The clips of poignant “progress reports” and the snippets of home movies showing the family attempting to connect with their two cultures suggest a desperate pining for “home.” Admittedly, Suri’s documentar y occasionally possesses the feel of your Great Aunt Ramayana’s vacation photos, but the scenes of Yash interacting with elderly cotton-haired British spinsters, juxtaposed with those of relatives at an Indian wedding, are fascinating. Many families in the world must surely have a similar stor y to tell, but the comprehensiveness of Sandhya’s collection of images is an unusually effective meditation on where we choose to live our lives, and where we leave our hear ts. (Paul Birchall) (Laemmle’s Grande 4)
MADE OF HONOR For ten years, dating back to an embarrassing college incident, Tom (Patrick Dempsey) and Hannah (Michelle Monaghan) have been best friends. Lately, though, life as a womanizer is wearing thin for Tom, who’s beginning to realize he wants something more ... and that something has been right in front of his eyes all along. But before he can say “I’ve grown accustomed to her face!” Hannah returns from a Scottish business trip with a fiancé in tow – a husky Highland nobleman named Colin (Kevin McKidd) – and only further complicates matters by asking Tom to be her Maid of Honor. Will Tom and Hannah find true love? Will it all come down to the moment of “let them speak now or forever hold their peace,” when all doomed weddings seem to crumble? Is there air? The literal antithesis to My Best Friend’s Wedding – which it aims to “fix” by reversing genders and providing a more conventional conclusion – Paul Weiland’s romantic comedy programmer nonetheless wrings enough charm from its leads to keep from being completely unbearable. Monaghan is a delight, the usually weighty McKidd surprisingly light on his toes, and Dempsey every bit as fluffy and amiable as he was when chasing older women in the ’80s. (Wade Major) (Citywide)
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dictable. (The production makes Waiting for Guffman’s “Red, White & Blaine” look polished.) Both Morton and Luna are quite touching, and Korine occasionally manages some humor or at least whimsy, but at nearly two hours it’s a long haul for some brief pleasures. Points, however, for reuniting Anita Pallenberg (as the Queen) and James Fox (as the Pope) in bed, nearly forty years after Performance. (Andy Klein) (Laemmle’s Sunset 5)
A PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT A pact between youthful lovers to reunite 25 years later on the isle of Malta is complicated when librarian Julia (Juliet Stevenson) drags along her goofy insurance salesman husband Jack (Daniel Stern), and suave Frenchman Alex (Tcheky Kar yo) shows up with a younger girlfriend (Kate Miles). As if that weren’t messy enough, Jack’s discover y of the romance sends him into a loveseeking odyssey of his own, hot-hoofing it with an ex-chorus girl named Grace (Valerie Mahaffey). Suddenly, Julia’s long-gestating fantasies don’t seem quite so fantastic as the men she thought she knew force her to reevaluate the life she always imagined she wanted to have. The beautiful Maltese backdrop is probably reason enough to see this film, despite its flaws. A labor of love for writer/director Joan Carr-Wiggin and her husband, producer David Gordian, both of whom segued into filmmaking later in life, it’s a well-intentioned but clunky picture whose pacing and tone never really get on track. Nonetheless, the filmmakers are to be congratulated just for having the courage to make a film for a fiftysomething demographic that remains inexplicably underserved by Hollywood. It would have been nice if it were less shrill and more accomplished, but given the general dearth of pictures in this category it’s hard to be too choosy. (Wade Major) (Laemmle’s Music Hall 3, Laemmle’s Town Center 5)
SPEED RACER As his name would suggest, the pure thrill of driving is everything to young Speed (Emile Hirsch). The mechanical skill of his father (John Goodman) and the support of his mom (Susan Sarandon) and longtime gal pal Trixie (Christina Ricci) have helped lay a sturdy foundation for success, even if Speed is haunted by the memory of his deceased older brother. It’s against this backdrop, and after turning down sponsorship from the egomaniacal owner of a huge conglomerate, that Speed finds himself grappling with the realization that racing isn’t just about honest competition, and teaming with the mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox) to unmask corrupt corporate interests. The first dip behind the camera for Andy and Larry Wachowski since all the grumbling over the distended conclusion of their Matrix series, this hyper-charged, gumball-colored family flick won’t accomplish much except widening the divide between those who see the brothers as visionary collagists and those who view them as slick recapitulators. Well, that’s not quite true: it also sets a record for screen wipes. Always first and foremost a movie-movie, the exclamatory Speed Racer has a verve factor that’s off the charts. And it somehow manages, through a well-structured script and some earnest performances, to create enough of an emotional throughline that one can, with a hard squint, almost take its cardboard-thin story seriously. Yet, for all its visual pop and technical wizardr y, there’s an emotional distance during the supposedly thrilling race scenes. They’re so glossy they induce a shrug: it’s like watching a cartoon in which any mistake can be simply drawn over and reanimated. (Brent Simon) (Citywide)
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A professional Michael Jackson imitator (Diego Luna) in Paris runs into a Marilyn Monroe imitator (Samantha Morton), who invites him to the Scottish Highlands, where she is part of an entire commune of imitators, including her husband, Charlie Chaplin (Denis Levant), and clones of Madonna, Sammy Davis Jr., Buckwheat, Shirley Temple, James Dean, the Three Stooges, Little Red Riding Hood, Abe Lincoln, Queen Elizabeth, and the Pope. Michael pitches in, as the group builds a theater for their grand debut, and internal conflicts begin to simmer. Meanwhile, in an unrelated storyline, a missionary (Werner Herzog) discovers that the nuns at a remote outpost can fly. The latest from filmmaker Harmony Korine (Gummo, Julien Donkey-Boy) begins and ends with a wonderful, striking image – Luna gliding by a red and white wall, riding a very low bike with a toy monkey suspended from the back. Nothing in between is nearly as effective. Most of the goings-on at the commune’s castle feel like improv scenes by actors without much training or knack for the technique. The climactic scene in the “Hey, kids, let’s put on a show!” plot thread is pre-
ALSO OPENING THIS WEEK: The Babysitters. A babysitter (Katherine Waterston) becomes a sort of madam for her schoolmates, arranging dates with the friends of one kid’s father (John Leguizamo). Cynthia Nixon, Andy Comeau, and Lauren Birkell costar in this comedy written and directed by David Ross. (AK) (Laemmle’s Grande 4, AMC Loews Cineplex Broadway, Culver Plaza) Vice. Raul Sanchez Inglis wrote and directed this crime flick, with Michael Madsen as a cop investigating the murders of his par tners. Dar yl Hannah, Mykelti Williamson, and Mark Boone Junior costar. (AK) (AMC Burbank) What Happens in Vegas ... Two drunk strangers (Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher) in Vegas wake up to find themselves married ... and co-holders of a winning lotter y ticket. Tom Vaughan directed from a script by Dana Fox; the suppor ting cast includes Rob Corddr y, Treat Williams, Deirdre O’Connell, Dennis Farina, Zach Galifianakis, and Queen Latifah. (AK) (Citywide)
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BURBANK AMC Burbank 16, 140 E Palm Av, (818) 9539800. Baby Mama Fri 10:40 a.m., 1, 3:25, 5:55, 8:30, 11:05; Sat 1, 3:25, 5:55, 8:30, 11:05; Sun 10:40 a.m., 1, 3:25, 5:55, 8:30; Mon 1, 3:25, 5:55, 8:30. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Thur only, 12:01 a.m. First Blood Thur only, 7:30. The Forbidden Kingdom Fri 10:10 a.m., 12:45, 3:20, 6:20, 9:05, 11:45; Sat 12:45, 3:20, 6:20, 9:05, 11:45; Sun 10:10 a.m., 12:45, 3:20, 6:20, 9:05; Mon 12:45, 3:20, 6:20, 9:05. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri 10:20 a.m., 12:50, 3:30, 6:05, 8:40, 11:20; Sat 12:50, 3:30, 6:05, 8:40, 11:20; Sun 10:20 a.m., 12:50, 3:30, 6:05, 8:40; Mon 12:50, 3:30, 6:05, 8:40. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay Fri 10:50 a.m., 1:25, 4, 6:35, 9:15, 11:50; Sat 1:25, 4, 6:35, 9:15, 11:50; Sun 10:50 a.m., 1:25, 4, 6:35, 9:15; Mon 1:25, 4. Iron Man Fri 10 a.m., 11:25 a.m., noon, 1:05, 2:30, 3:05, 4:10, 5:35, 6:10, 7:15, 8:45, 9:20, 10:20, 11:45; Sat 1:05, 2:30, 3:05, 4:10, 5:35, 6:10, 7:15, 8:45, 9:20, 10:20, 11:45; Sun 10 a.m., 11:25 a.m., noon, 1:05, 2:30, 3:05, 4:10, 5:35, 6:10, 7:15, 8:45, 9:20, 10:20; Mon 1:05, 2:30, 3:05, 4:10, 5:35, 6:10, 7:15, 8:45, 9:20, 10:20. Made of Honor Fri 10:30 a.m., 12:20, 1:10, 3, 3:50, 5:40, 6:30, 8:20, 9:10, 11, 11:50; Sat 1:10, 3, 3:50, 5:40, 6:30, 8:20, 9:10, 11, 11:50; Sun 10:30 a.m., 12:20, 1:10, 3, 3:50, 5:40, 6:30, 8:20, 9:10; Mon 1:10, 3, 3:50, 5:40, 6:30, 8:20, 9:10. The Metropolitan Opera: La Boheme Encore II Wed only, 6:30. Redbelt Fri 11 a.m., 1:40, 4:15, 7:05, 9:50; Sat 1:40, 4:15, 7:05, 9:50; Sun 11 a.m., 1:40, 4:15, 7:05, 9:50; Mon 1:40, 4:15, 7:05, 9:50. Speed Racer Fri 10 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 12:40, 1:15, 1:55, 3:55, 4:30, 5:10, 7:10, 7:45, 8:25, 10:25, 10:55, 11:40; Sat 1:15, 1:55, 3:55, 4:30, 5:10, 7:10, 7:45, 8:25, 10:25, 10:55, 11:40; Sun 10 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 12:40, 1:15, 1:55, 3:55, 4:30, 5:10, 7:10, 7:45, 8:25, 10:25, 10:55; Mon 12:40, 1:15, 1:55, 3:55, 4:30, 5:10, 7:10, 7:45, 8:25, 10:25. The Visitor Fri 10:25 a.m., 1:20, 4:05, 7, 9:45; Sat 1:20, 4:05, 7, 9:45; Sun 10:25 a.m., 1:20, 4:05, 7, 9:45; Mon 1:20, 4:05, 7, 9:45. What Happens in Vegas Fri 10:15 a.m., 12:10, 12:55, 2:50, 3:35, 5:30, 6:15, 8:10, 9, 10:50, 11:40; Sat 12:55, 2:50, 3:35, 5:30, 6:15, 8:10, 9, 10:50, 11:40; Sun 10:15 a.m., 12:10, 12:55, 2:50, 3:35, 5:30, 6:15, 8:10, 9, 10:50; Mon 12:55, 2:50, 3:35, 5:30, 6:15, 8:10, 9. AMC Burbank Town Center 8, 210 E Magnolia Bl, (818) 953-9800. Call theater for titles and showtimes. AMC Burbank Town Center 6, 770 N First St, (818) 953-9800. Baby Mama Fri-Sun 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:25; Mon-Thur 2:40, 5:10, 7:50. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:20; Sat-Sun 11:55 a.m., 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:20; Mon-Thur 2:30, 5:05, 7:40. Iron Man Fri 1:50, 5, 8, 11; Sat 10:45 a.m., 1:50, 5, 8, 11; Sun 10:45 a.m., 1:50, 5, 8; Mon-Thur 1:50, 5, 8. Made of Honor Fri 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10; Sat-Sun 11:30 a.m., 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10; Mon-Thur 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10. Speed Racer Fri-Sun noon, 3:15, 6:30, 9:45; MonThur 3:15, 6:30, 9:45. What Happens in Vegas Fri 2:15, 4:55, 7:35, 10:15; Sat-Sun 11:35 a.m., 2:15, 4:55, 7:35, 10:15; Mon-Thur 2:15, 4:55, 7:35, 10:15.
CULVER CITY, MARINA DEL REY The Bridge: Cinema De Lux & IMAX Theater, The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center, 6081 Center Dr, Westchester, (310) 568-3375. Baby Mama Fri-Sat 11:45 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45, 12:15 a.m.; Sun-Thur 11:45 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Thur only, 12:01 a.m. The Forbidden Kingdom Fri-Sat 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10, 12:25 a.m.; Sun-Thur 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri 1:50, 4:50, 7:45, 10:25; Sat-Sun 11:05 a.m., 1:50, 4:50, 7:45, 10:25; Mon-Thur 1:50, 4:50, 7:45, 10:25. Frontier(s) Fri-Sat noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10, 12:25 a.m.; Sun-Thur noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay Fri-Sat noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10, 12:30 a.m.; SunThur noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10. Iron Man Fri 12:10, 1:10, 1:40, 2:10, 3:05, 4:05, 4:35, 5:05, 6:05, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:55, 9:55, 10:25, 11, 11:45; Sat 10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:10, 1:10, 1:40, 2:10, 3:05, 4:05, 4:35, 5:05, 6:05, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:55, 9:55, 10:25, 11, 11:45; Sun 10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:10, 1:10, 1:40, 2:10, 3:05, 4:05, 4:35, 5:05, 6:05, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:55, 9:55, 10:25; Mon 12:10, 1:10, 2:10, 3:05, 4:05,
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BEVERLY HILLS Beverly Center 13 Cinemas (310) 652-7760 Daily: 12:30 • 3:10 • 5:30 • 7:40 • 10:00 F UNIVERSAL CITY CityWalk Stadium 19 with IMAX (800) FANDANGO #707 Fri.- Sun.: 11:20 • 2:10 • 4:40 • 7:00 • 9:45 Fri. & Sat. Late Show: 12:15am Mon.- Thurs.: 2:10 • 4:40 • 7:00 • 9:45 G SANTA MONICA Laemmle’s Monica (310) 394-9741 Tickets available @ laemmle.com Daily: 1:20 • 4:10 • 7:00 • 9:30 F WEST LOS ANGELES The Bridge Cinema De Lux (310) 568-3375 Daily: 12:15 • 2:45 • 5:15 • 7:45 • 10:15 Fri. & Sat. Late Show: 12:30am F LOS ANGELES AMC Magic Johnson Crenshaw 15 (800) FANDANGO #703 Fri. & Sat.: 11:45 • 2:20 • 5:05 • 7:35 • 10:10 Sun.: 11:45 • 2:20 5:05 • 7:35 • 10:15 Mon.- Thurs.: 2:20 • 5:05 • 7:35 • 10:20 L SHERMAN OAKS ArcLight Cinemas At The Sherman Oaks Galleria (818) 501-0753 Fri.: 1:45 • 4:45 • 7:20 • 10:20 Sat.: 1:10 • 4:45 • 7:20 • 10:20 Sun.- Thurs.: 1:45 • 4:45 • 7:45 • 10:20 F ALHAMBRA Edwards Atlantic Palace 10 (800) FANDANGO #115 F ALISO VIEJO Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20 (800) FANDANGO #116 F ANAHEIM AMC at Downtown Disney® District (714) 769-4AMC F ANAHEIM HILLS Edwards Anaheim Hills 14 (800) FANDANGO #117 F ARROYO GRANDE Regal Festival Stadium 10 (805) 481-7553 F BAKERSFIELD Edwards Bakersfield 14 (800) FANDANGO #119 L BAKERSFIELD Reading Valley Plaza 16 (877) 789-MOVIE (6684) F BREA Edwards Brea Stadium 22 (800) FANDANGO #120 L BUENA PARK Krikorian’s Metroplex 18 (714) 826-SHOW F BURBANK AMC Burbank 16 (818) 953-9800 F CAMARILLO Edwards Camarillo Palace 12 (800) FANDANGO #123 G CATHEDRAL CITY Mary Pickford 14 Cinemas (760) 328-7100 CERRITOS United Artists Galaxy Theatre At Los Cerritos Center (800) FANDANGO #499 F CHINO HILLS Harkins Chino Hills 18 (909) 627-8010 G CLAREMONT Laemmle’s Claremont 5 (909) 621-5500 Tickets available @ laemmle.com F CORONA Edwards Corona Crossings Stadium 18 (800) FANDANGO #1723 F COVINA AMC Covina 30 (626) 974-8600 L CULVER CITY Pacific’s Culver Stadium 12 (310) 360-9565 (#065) F EL MONTE Edwards El Monte 8 (800) FANDANGO #133 L FONTANA UltraStar Fontana 8 (951) 341-5720 F FOOTHILL RANCH Regal Foothill Towne Center Stadium 22 (800) FANDANGO #135 F FULLERTON AMC Fullerton 20 (714) 992-6000 F GARDEN GROVE Regal Garden Grove Stadium 16 (800) FANDANGO #137 F HEMET Regal Hemet 12 (800) FANDANGO #138 L HUNTINGTON BEACH Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach at Bella Terra (800) FANDANGO #987 F INDIO Regal Metro 8 (800) FANDANGO #695 F IRVINE Edwards University Town Center 6 (800) FANDANGO #143 F IRVINE Edwards 21 MegaPlex Cinemas (800) FANDANGO #140 F JURUPA VALLEY Edwards Jurupa Stadium 14 (800) FANDANGO #157 F LA HABRA Regal La Habra Stadium 16 (800) FANDANGO #145 F LANCASTER Cinemark 22 (800) FANDANGO #1103 F LA VERNE Edwards La Verne Stadium 12 (800) FANDANGO #146 F LONG BEACH AMC Pine Square 16 (562) 435-4AMC F LONG BEACH Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26 (800) FANDANGO #148 LONG BEACH United Artists Marketplace (800) FANDANGO #509 F LONG BEACH Cinemark@The Pike (800) FANDANGO #1181
MARINA DEL REY United Artists Cinemas (800) FANDANGO #510 F MISSION VIEJO Edwards Kaleidoscope Stadium 10 (800) FANDANGO #149 G MORENO VALLEY Harkins Moreno Valley 16 (951) 686-FILM #118 G NORTHRIDGE Pacific’s Northridge Fashion Center Stadium 10 (818) 501-5121 (#092) F NORWALK AMC Norwalk 20 (562) 864-5678 F ONTARIO AMC Ontario Mills 30 (310) 289-4262 F ONTARIO Edwards Ontario Mountain Village Stadium 14 Cinemas (800) FANDANGO #154 F ONTARIO Edwards Ontario Palace Stadium 22 (800) FANDANGO #153 L ORANGE Cinemark CineArts @ Century Stadium 25 (800) FANDANGO #913 F ORANGE AMC 30 at the Block (714) 769-4AMC G OXNARD Plaza Stadium 14 (805) 487-8380 F PALM SPRINGS Regal Cinemas Palm Springs Stadium 9 (800) FANDANGO #694 G PASADENA Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 Cinemas (626) 844-6500 Tickets available @ laemmle.com G PICO RIVERA Krikorian Pico Rivera Metroplex 15 (562) 205-3456 F PUENTE HILLS AMC Puente Hills 20 (626) 810-5566 F RANCHO MIRAGE Regal Rancho Stadium 16 (800) FANDANGO #693 G RANCHO MIRAGE Cinemark Century River 15 (800) FANDANGO #917 F REDONDO BEACH AMC Galleria at So. Bay 16 (310) 289-4262 F RIVERSIDE Regal Riverside Plaza Stadium 16 (800) FANDANGO #1722 F RIVERSIDE Metropolitan’s University Village Cinemas (951) 784-4342 F SAN JACINTO Regal Metro 12 (800) FANDANGO #696 G SAN LUIS OBISPO Downtown Center Cinema (805) 546-8600 F SAN PEDRO Regal Cinemas Terrace 6 (800) FANDANGO #155 F SANTA BARBARA Fiesta 5 (805) 963-9503 F SANTA CLARITA Edwards Canyon Country Stadium 10 (800) FANDANGO #124 F SIMI VALLEY Edwards Simi Valley Plaza 10 (800) FANDANGO #165 F SIMI VALLEY Regal Civic Center Stadium 16 (800) FANDANGO #164 F SOUTH GATE Edwards South Gate Stadium 20 (800) FANDANGO #166 F TORRANCE AMC Rolling Hills 20 (310) 289-4AMC F TUSTIN AMC Tustin 14 (714) 769-4262 G VENTURA Cinemark Century 16 (800) FANDANGO #939 F VICTORVILLE Cinemark Mall of Victor Valley (800) FANDANGO #2135 F WEST COVINA Edwards West Covina Stadium 18 (800) FANDANGO #171 L WEST HILLS Laemmle’s Fallbrook 7 (818) 340-8710 F WESTMINSTER Edwards Westminster 10 (800) FANDANGO #172
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4:35, 5:05, 6:05, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:55, 9:55, 10:25; Tue 12:10, 1:10, 1:40, 2:10, 3:05, 4:05, 4:35, 5:05, 6:05, 7:30, 8, 8:55, 9:55, 10:25; WedThur 12:10, 1:10, 1:40, 2:10, 3:05, 4:05, 4:35, 5:05, 6:05, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:55, 9:55, 10:25. Made of Honor Fri-Sat 11:45 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45, 12:15 a.m.; Sun-Thur 11:45 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45. Redbelt Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15, 12:30 a.m.; Sun-Thur 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15. Sesame Street: Dinosaurs Sat-Sun 10 a.m. Speed Racer Fri 1:15, 2:15, 4:15, 5:15, 7:15, 8:15, 10:15, 11:15; Sat 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15, 2:15, 4:15, 5:15, 7:15, 8:15, 10:15, 11:15; Sun 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15, 2:15, 4:15, 5:15, 7:15, 8:15, 10:15; Mon-Thur 10:15
a.m., 1:15, 2:15, 4:15, 5:15, 7:15, 8:15, 10:15. What Happens in Vegas Fri-Sat 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10:10, 12:30 a.m.; Sun-Thur 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10:10. Culver Plaza Theatre, 9919 Washington Blvd, (310) 836-5516. 21 Fri-Sun 2:30, 7:25, 10:05; Mon-Thur 3:10, 8. The Babysitters Fri-Sun 11:45 a.m., 1:55, 4:05, 6:15, 8:20, 10:15; Mon-Thur 1:10, 3:20, 5:35, 7:40. The Bank Job Fri-Sun 2:35, 10; Mon-Thur 3:10. The Counterfeiters Fri-Sun 1:40, 6, 10:10; MonThur 1:05, 5:35. Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! Fri-Sun 11:40 a.m., 1:30, 3:20; Mon-Thur 1:25, 3:30. The Forbidden Kingdom Fri-Sun 12:15, 5:10, 7:40; Mon-Thur 12:45, 5:35, 8.
Nim’s Island Fri-Sun 5:20, 7:30, 9:35; Mon-Thur 5:30, 7:45. Smart People Fri-Sun 11:35 a.m., 1:35, 7:20, 9:30; Mon-Thur 1:20, 7:20. Street Kings Fri-Sun 12:10, 5:05; Mon-Thur 12:50, 5:40. U, Me Aur Hum 3:40. Under the Same Moon Fri-Sun 11:30 a.m., 3:50, 8:05; Mon-Thur 3:25, 7:50. Loews Cineplex Marina Marketplace, 13455 Maxella Av, (310) 827-9588. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri 2, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05; Sat-Sun 11:15 a.m., 2, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05; Mon-Thur 2, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50. Iron Man Fri 12:15, 1, 1:45, 3:15, 4, 4:45, 6:15, 7, 7:45, 9:15, 10, 10:45; Sat 10:45 a.m., 12:15, 1, 1:45, 3:15, 4, 4:45, 6:15, 7, 7:45,
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9:15, 10, 10:45; Sun 10:45 a.m., 12:15, 1, 1:45, 3:15, 4, 4:45, 6:15, 7, 7:45, 9:15, 10; Mon-Thur 12:45, 1:30, 2:30, 3:45, 4:30, 5:30, 6:45, 7:30, 8:30, 9:45. Made of Honor Fri 1:25, 4:15, 7:20, 10:15; Sat-Sun 10:30 a.m., 1:25, 4:15, 7:20, 10:15; Mon-Thur 1:25, 4:15, 7, 9:25. What Happens in Vegas Fri 1:30, 4:25, 7:15, 10:10; Sat-Sun 11 a.m., 1:30, 4:25, 7:15, 10:10; Mon-Thur 1, 4:25, 7:15, 9:35. Pacific Culver Stadium 12, 9500 Culver Bl, (310) 855-7519. Baby Mama Fri-Sun 12:05, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10; Mon-Thur 12:25, 3, 5:30, 7:55, 10:15. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri-Sun 11:05 a.m., 1:45, 4:50, 7:35, 10:15; Mon-Thur 1:25, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay Fri-Sun 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:50, 10:20; Mon-Wed 12:10, 2:40, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10; Thur 7:45, 10:10. Iron Man Fri-Sun 11:15 a.m., 12:45, 1:35, 2:30, 4, 4:45, 5:30, 7, 7:45, 8:45, 10:05, 10:45; MonThur noon, 1, 2, 2:55, 4, 4:55, 5:45, 7, 7:50, 8:40, 10. Made of Honor Fri-Sun 11:35 a.m., 12:35, 2:05, 3:05, 4:40, 5:40, 7:15, 8:15, 9:50, 10:40; Mon-Thur 12:15, 1:15, 2:45, 4:10, 5:10, 7:15, 8:15, 9:45. Speed Racer Fri-Sun 11 a.m., noon, 2, 4:20, 5:05, 7:30, 8:30, 10:35; Mon-Thur 12:30, 1:30, 4:05, 5, 7:05, 8, 10:05. What Happens in Vegas Fri-Sun 11:25 a.m., 1:50, 4:15, 7:05, 9:45; Mon-Thur 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 9:55. UA Marina, 4335 Glencoe Av, (310) 823-1721. Baby Mama 11:30 a.m., 2:10, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50. The Forbidden Kingdom 11:20 a.m., 2, 4:40, 7:20, 10:10. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay 11:40 a.m., 2:20, 5:10, 7:40, 10:20. Redbelt 11:50 a.m., 2:30, 5, 7:50, 10:40. Speed Racer noon, 1, 3:30, 4:10, 7, 7:30, 10, 10:30.
DOWNTOWN & SOUTH L.A. Laemmle’s Grande 4-Plex, 345 S Figueroa St, (213) 617-0268. The Babysitters Fri 5:40, 8, 10:15; Sat-Sun 1:10, 3:25, 5:40, 8, 10:15; Mon-Thur 5:40, 8. I for India Fri 5:30, 7:40, 10; Sat-Sun 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:40, 10; Mon-Thur 5:30, 7:40. Iron Man Fri 4:20, 7:10, 10; Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10; Mon-Thur 5:10, 8. What Happens in Vegas Fri 5, 7:30, 9:55; SatSun 1:40, 5, 7:30, 9:55; Mon-Thur 5, 7:30. Magic Johnson Theaters, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 4020 Marlton Av, (323) 290-5900. Baby Mama Fri-Sun 9:50 a.m., 12:05, 2:25, 4:40, 7, 9:45; Mon-Thur 12:10, 2:25, 4:40, 7, 9:45. The Forbidden Kingdom Fri-Sun 11:15 a.m., 2:10, 4:55, 7:50, 10:30; Mon-Wed 2:10, 4:55, 7:50, 10:30; Thur 4:55, 7:50, 10:30. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay Fri-Sun 11:35 a.m., 2:05, 4:45, 7:20, 10:25; MonThur 2:05, 4:45, 7:20, 10:25. Iron Man Fri-Sat 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 2, 2:30, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 10:35, 11:10; Sun 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30, 2, 2:30, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 10:35; Mon-Thur 1:30, 2, 2:30, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 10:20. Made of Honor Fri-Sun 11:40 a.m., 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10:10; Mon-Thur 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10:10. Meet the Browns Fri-Sun 11:20 a.m., 1:50, 4:15, 7:05, 9:50; Mon-Wed 1:50, 4:15, 7:05, 9:50; Thur 1:50, 7:05, 9:50. Prom Night Fri-Sun 10 a.m., 12:20, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05; Mon-Wed 12:25, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05; Thur 12:25, 2:45, 7:40, 10:05. Redbelt Fri-Sat 11:45 a.m., 2:20, 5:05, 7:35, 10:10; Sun 11:45 a.m., 2:20, 5:05, 7:35, 10:15; Mon-Thur 2:20, 5:05, 7:35, 10:20. Speed Racer Fri-Sat 9:45 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 10:50 a.m., 12:45, 1:15, 1:55, 4:05, 4:35, 5:10, 7:15, 7:45, 8:20, 10:20, 11; Sun 9:45 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 10:50 a.m., 12:45, 1:15, 1:55, 4:05, 4:35, 5:10, 7:15, 7:45, 8:20, 10:20; Mon-Thur 12:45, 1:15, 1:55, 4:05, 4:35, 5:10, 7:15, 7:45, 8:20, 10:15. Street Kings Fri-Sat 11:55 a.m., 2:40, 5:20, 8:05, 10:50; Sun 11:55 a.m., 2:40, 5:20, 8:05, 10:35; Mon-Thur 12:15, 2:40, 5:20, 8:05, 10:30. What Happens in Vegas Fri-Sun 9:55 a.m., 12:15, 2:45, 5:25, 8:10, 10:40; Mon-Thur 12:15, 2:45, 5:25, 8:10, 10:35. University Village 3, 3323 S Hoover St, (213) 748-6321. Iron Man Fri-Sat noon, 1:20, 2:50, 4:10, 5:40, 7, 8:30, 9:50, 11:20, 12:30 a.m.; Sun-Thur noon, 1:20, 2:50, 4:10, 5:40, 7, 8:30, 9:50. Speed Racer Fri-Sat 11:15 a.m., 2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15, 12:45 a.m.; Sun-Thur 11:15 a.m., 2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15.
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ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Bl, (323) 464-4226. Baby Mama Fri-Wed 11:20 a.m., 11:55 a.m., 2:25, 4:20, 4:45; Thur 11:55 a.m., 2:25, 4:45. The Fall 11:15 a.m., 2:15, 5:15, 8:05, 10:55.
l MAY 8~14, 2008
Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri-Wed 1:40, 7:10, 9:50. Iron Man Fri-Sat 11 a.m., 12:05, 1:05, 1:30, 2, 3:05, 4:05, 4:30, 5, 7:05, 7:30, 7:45, 8, 10:05, 10:30, 10:45, 11; Sun 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:05, 1:05, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3:05, 4:05, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 7:05, 7:30, 7:45, 8, 8:30, 10:05, 10:30, 10:45, 11, 11:35; Mon-Thur 11 a.m., 12:05, 1:05, 1:30, 2, 3:05, 4:05, 4:30, 5, 7:05, 7:30, 7:45, 8, 10:05, 10:30, 10:45, 11. Made of Honor 11:25 a.m., 2:35, 5:05, 7:55, 10:25. Redbelt Fri-Tue 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:10; Wed 12:10, 2:40, 5:10; Thur 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:10. Son of Rambow 11:10 a.m., 1:50, 4:40, 7, 9:40. What Happens in Vegas 11:05 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:15, 1:45, 2:10, 2:45, 4:15, 4:50, 5:25, 7:15, 7:40, 8:15, 9:35, 10, 10:45. Grauman’s Chinese, 6925 Hollywood Bl, (323) 464-8111. Speed Racer noon, 3:30, 7, 10:30. Los Feliz 3, 1822 N Vermont Av, (323) 6642169. Baby Mama 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30. Forgetting Sarah Marshall 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30. What Happens in Vegas 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30. Mann Chinese 6, 6801 Hollywood Bl, (323) 461-3331. 21 1:20, 7:20. 88 Minutes 10:30 a.m., 4:20, 10:10. The Forbidden Kingdom 11:10 a.m., 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50. Frontier(s) 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:20. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay 11:50 a.m., 2:20, 5, 7:30, 10. Speed Racer Fri-Sat 10:20 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30, 2:30, 4:40, 6, 8, 9:20, 11:20; Sun-Thur 10:20 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30, 2:30, 4:40, 6, 8, 9:20. Pacific’s El Capitan, 6838 Hollywood Bl, (323) 467-7674. The Little Mermaid Fri-Sun 10 a.m., 12:30, 3, 5:30, 7:45. Pacific’s The Grove Stadium 14, 189 The Grove Dr, Third St & Fairfax Av, (323) 692-0829. Baby Mama Fri-Sun 10:10 a.m., 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:15; Mon-Thur 10:10 a.m., 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 9:45. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri-Sun 10:55 a.m., 1:45, 4:50, 7:50, 10:45; Mon-Thur 10:55 a.m., 1:45, 4:50, 7:50, 10:30. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay Fri-Sun 10:45 a.m., 1:40, 4:45, 7:40, 10:40; MonThur 10:45 a.m., 1:40, 4:45, 7:40, 10:10. Iron Man Fri-Sun 10:05 a.m., 10:35 a.m., 11:05 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:05, 1:35, 2, 2:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 7, 7:30, 8:05, 8:30, 10:10, 10:30, 11:05, 11:30; Mon-Thur 10:05 a.m., 10:35 a.m., 11:05 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:05, 1:35, 2, 2:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 7, 7:30, 8:05, 8:30, 9:55, 10:25, 11:05, 11:25. Made of Honor Fri-Sun 10:20 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:20, 2:20, 4:20, 5:20, 7:20, 8:20, 10:20, 11:10; Mon-Thur 10:20 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:20, 2:20, 4:20, 5:20, 7:20, 8:20, 9:50, 10:55. Speed Racer Fri-Sat 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1, 2:05, 4:05, 5:10, 7:15, 8:15, 10:25, 11:20, 12:25 a.m.; Sun 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1, 2:05, 4:05, 5:10, 7:15, 8:15, 10:25, 11:20; Mon-Thur 10 a.m., 11:05 a.m., 1, 2:05, 4:05, 5:10, 7:15, 8:15, 10:20, 11:20. What Happens in Vegas Fri-Sat 10:15 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 1:15, 2:10, 4:15, 5:05, 7:05, 8, 10:05, 11, 12:35 a.m.; Sun 10:15 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 1:15, 2:10, 4:15, 5:05, 7:05, 8, 10:05, 11; Mon 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:15, 2:10, 4:15, 5:05, 7:05, 8, 9:40, 11; Tue-Thur 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15, 2:10, 4:15, 5:05, 7:05, 8, 9:40, 11. Regent Showcase, 614 N La Brea Av, (323) 934-2944. House of Usher Fri 7:30, 9; Sat-Sun 6, 7:30, 9; Mon-Thur 7:30, 9. Vine, 6321 Hollywood Bl, (323) 463-6819. Call theater for titles and showtimes. Vista, 4473 Sunset, (323) 660-6639. Iron Man Fri 3:45, 6:45, 9:45; Sat-Sun 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:45; Mon-Thur 3:45, 6:45, 9:45.
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, UNIVERSAL CITY Century 8, 12827 Victory Bl, (818) 508-6004. Baby Mama 10:30 a.m., 12:50, 3:10, 5:35, 7:55, 10:15. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay 11:10 a.m., 2, 4:30, 7:05, 9:50. Iron Man 10:25 a.m., 11:55 a.m., 1:15, 2:45, 4:10, 5:40, 7:05, 8:35, 10. Made of Honor 11:40 a.m., 2:20, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05. Speed Racer 10:20 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 1:20, 2:50, 4:20, 5:50, 7:20, 8:50, 10:20. What Happens in Vegas 11:30 a.m., 2:15, 4:40, 7:15, 9:55. Loews CityWalk Stadium 19 with IMAX, 100 Universal City Dr at Universal CityWalk, (818) 5080588; IMAX Theater (818) 760-8100. Baby Mama Fri 2:20, 5:20, 7:50, 10:10, 12:30 a.m.; Sat noon, 2:20, 5:20, 7:50, 10:10, 12:30 a.m.; Sun noon, 2:20, 5:20, 7:50, 10:10; Mon-Thur 2:20, 5:20, 7:50, 10:10. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Thur only, 12:01 a.m. The Forbidden Kingdom Fri-Sat 12:15, 3, 5:55, 8:35, 11:20; Sun 12:15, 3, 5:55, 8:35; MonThur 12:35, 3, 5:55, 8:35. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri-Sun 11:50 a.m., 2:45, 5:30, 8:15, 10:55; Mon-Thur 2:45, 5:30, 8:15, 10:55.
MAY 8~14, 2008
Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay Fri-Sat 10:30 a.m., 12:50, 3:20, 5:45, 8:30, 11:10; Sun 10:30 a.m., 12:50, 3:20, 5:45, 8:30, 10:55; Mon-Thur 12:50, 3:20, 5:45, 8:30, 10:55. Iron Man Fri-Sat 10:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:10, 1, 1:40, 2:15, 2:40, 3:10, 4, 4:35, 5:15, 5:50, 6:10, 6:50, 7:30, 8:10, 8:45, 9:20, 10, 10:40, 11:15, 11:50, 12:30 a.m.; Sun 10:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:10, 1, 1:40, 2:15, 2:40, 3:10, 4, 4:35, 5:15, 5:50, 6:10, 6:50, 7:30, 8:10, 8:45, 9:20, 10, 10:40; MonThur 1, 1:40, 2:15, 2:40, 3:10, 4, 4:35, 5:15, 5:50, 6:10, 6:50, 7:30, 8:10, 8:45, 9:20, 10, 10:40. Made of Honor Fri-Sat 10:50 a.m., noon, 1:20, 2:30, 3:50, 5:10, 6:30, 7:40, 9:30, 10:15, midnight; Sun 10:50 a.m., noon, 1:20, 2:30, 3:50, 5:10, 6:30, 7:40, 9:30, 10:15; Mon-Wed 1:20, 2:30, 3:50, 5:10, 6:30, 7:40, 9:30, 10:15; Thur 1:20, 2:30, 3:50, 5:10, 6:30, 7:40, 9:30. Prom Night 3:25, 8:20. Redbelt Fri-Sat 11:20 a.m., 2:10, 4:40, 7, 9:45, 12:15 a.m.; Sun 11:20 a.m., 2:10, 4:40, 7, 9:45; Mon-Thur 2:10, 4:40, 7, 9:45. Speed Racer IMAX Fri-Sat 11 a.m., 2, 5, 8, 11 Fri-Sat 11:40 a.m., 12:20, 12:55, 2:50, 3:30, 4:10, 6, 6:40, 7:20, 9:10, 9:50, 10:30, 12:20 a.m. IMAX Sun 11 a.m., 2, 5, 7:55, 10:45 Sun 11:40 a.m., 12:20, 12:55, 2:50, 3:30, 4:10, 6, 6:40, 7:20, 9:10, 9:50, 10:30 IMAX Mon-Thur 2, 5, 7:55, 10:45 Mon-Thur 12:30, 12:55, 2:50, 3:30, 4:10, 6, 6:40, 7:20, 9:10, 9:50, 10:30. Street Kings Fri-Sat 12:30, 5:40, 10:45; Sun-Wed 12:30, 5:40, 10:50; Thur 12:30, 5:40. What Happens in Vegas Fri-Sat 10:35 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:05, 1:50, 3:40, 4:30, 6:20, 7:10, 9, 9:40, 11:35, 12:25 a.m.; Sun 10:35 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:05, 1:50, 3:40, 4:30, 6:20, 7:10, 9, 9:40; Mon-Wed 1:05, 1:50, 3:40, 4:30, 6:20, 7:10, 9, 9:40; Thur 1:05, 1:50, 3:40, 4:30, 6:20, 7:10, 8:50, 9:40.
NORTHRIDGE, CHATSWORTH, GRANADA HILLS Mann Granada Hills, Devonshire St & Balboa Av, (818) 363-3679. Baby Mama 10:50 a.m., 1:30, 3:50, 6:40, 9:10. Forgetting Sarah Marshall 11:50 a.m., 2:30, 5,
7:30, 10. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay 12:10, 2:40, 5:30, 7:50, 10:40. Iron Man 11:10 a.m., 1:10, 2:10, 4:20, 5:10, 7:10, 8, 10:10. Made of Honor 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:40, 10:20. Speed Racer 10 a.m., noon, 1, 3:10, 4:10, 6:20, 7:20, 9:30, 10:30. What Happens in Vegas 11:30 a.m., 2, 4:30, 7, 9:40. Pacific’s Northridge Fashion Center All Stadium 10, 9400 N Shirley Av, (818) 501-5121. Baby Mama Fri 2:20, 4:55, 7:40, 10:15; Sat 11:45 a.m., 2:20, 4:55, 7:25, 10:05; Sun 11:45 a.m., 2:20, 4:55, 7:25, 9:45; Mon-Thur 2:45, 4:55, 7:25, 9:45. The Forbidden Kingdom Fri 1:25, 4:10, 7:20, 10:10; Sat 7:50, 10:35; Sun 10:35 a.m., 1:25, 4:10, 7:20, 9:55; Mon-Thur 1:30, 4:10, 7:20, 9:55. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri 1:55, 4:40, 7:35, 10:25; Sat-Sun 10:40 a.m., 1:55, 4:40, 7:35, 10:25; Mon-Thur 1:50, 4:40, 7:35, 10:25. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay Fri noon, 2:30, 5:15, 8, 10:35; Sat 11:40 a.m., 2:30, 5:15, 8, 10:35; Sun 11:40 a.m., 2:30, 5:15, 7:50, 10:15; Mon-Thur 2:25, 5:15, 7:50, 10:15. Iron Man Fri 12:30, 1:20, 3:30, 4:20, 7, 7:30, 10, 10:30; Sat 10:25 a.m., 12:30, 1:20, 3:30, 4:20, 7, 7:30, 10, 10:30; Sun 10:25 a.m., 12:30, 1:20, 3:30, 4:20, 7, 7:30, 9:50, 10:20; Mon-Thur 12:30, 1:20, 3:30, 4:20, 7, 7:30, 9:50, 10:20. Made of Honor Fri 1:50, 4:35, 7:10, 9:50; Sat 11 a.m., 1:50, 4:35, 7:10, 9:50; Sun 11 a.m., 1:50, 4:35, 7:10, 9:40; Mon-Thur 1:45, 4:35, 7:10, 9:40. Speed Racer Fri 12:15, 2, 3:45, 5:30, 7:15, 8:45, 10:20; Sat 10:30 a.m., 12:15, 2, 3:45, 5:30, 7:15, 8:45, 10:20; Sun 10:30 a.m., 12:15, 2, 3:45, 5:30, 7:15, 8:45, 10:10; Mon-Thur 12:45, 2, 3:45, 5:30, 7:15, 8:45, 10:10. What Happens in Vegas Fri 2:10, 4:45, 7:45, 10:40; Sat 11:15 a.m., 2:10, 4:45, 7:45, 10:40; Sun 11:15 a.m., 2:10, 4:45, 7:45, 10:05; MonThur 2:15, 4:45, 7:45, 10:05. Pacific’s Winnetka All Stadium 21, 9201 Winnetka Av, Chatsworth, (818) 501-5121. 88 Minutes Fri-Sat 2:05, 4:55, 7:35, 10:15; Sun-Thur 2:05, 4:55, 7:35, 10:20.
Baby Mama Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:10, 5:10, 7:20, 10, 11:05; Sun 1:30, 4:10, 5:10, 7:20, 9:50, 10:40; Mon-Thur 1:35, 4:10, 5:10, 7:20, 9:50, 10:40. The Forbidden Kingdom Fri-Sat 2:20, 5:10, 7:55, 10:50; Sun-Thur 2:20, 5:10, 7:55, 10:35. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri-Sat 1, 2:25, 4:15, 7:30, 8:05, 10:10; Sun 1, 2:25, 4:15, 7:30, 8:05, 10:15; Mon-Thur 1, 2, 4:15, 7:05, 8:05, 10:15. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:20, 7:05, 9:45; Sun 1:30, 4:20, 7:05, 9:40; Mon-Thur 1:25, 4:20, 7:05, 9:40. Iron Man Fri 11:45 a.m., 12:15, 12:45, 1:15, 2, 3, 3:45, 4:30, 5:05, 5:35, 6:30, 7:15, 7:45, 8:15, 8:45, 9:40, 10:20, 10:50, 11:20; Sat 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:15, 12:45, 1:15, 2, 3, 3:45, 4:30, 5:05, 5:35, 6:30, 7:15, 7:45, 8:15, 8:45, 9:40, 10:20, 10:50, 11:20; Sun 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:15, 12:45, 1:15, 2, 3, 3:45, 4:30, 5:05, 5:35, 6:30, 7:15, 7:45, 8:15, 8:45, 9:30, 10:10, 10:45; Mon-Thur noon, 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, 3, 3:45, 4:30, 5:05, 5:35, 6:30, 7:15, 7:45, 8:15, 8:45, 9:30, 10:10, 10:45. Made of Honor Fri-Sat 11:15 a.m., 1:20, 2:15, 4:25, 5:20, 7:25, 8:25, 10:05, 11:10; Sun 11:15 a.m., 1:20, 2:15, 4:25, 5:20, 7:25, 8:25, 10:05; Mon-Thur 1:20, 2:15, 4:25, 5:20, 7:25, 8:25, 10:05. Speed Racer Fri 11 a.m., noon, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:35, 4:15, 5:15, 5:55, 7, 7:50, 8:25, 9:20, 10:15, 11, 11:30; Sat 10:20 a.m., 11:10 a.m., noon, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:35, 4:15, 5:15, 5:55, 7, 7:50, 8:25, 9:20, 10:15, 11, 11:30; Sun 10:20 a.m., 11:10 a.m., noon, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:35, 4:15, 5:15, 5:55, 7, 7:50, 8:25, 9:20, 10:20; Mon-Thur noon, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:35, 4:15, 5:15, 5:55, 7, 7:50, 8:35, 9:20, 10:20. Street Kings Fri-Sat 11:50 a.m., 2:40, 5:25, 8:05, 11:05; Sun 11:50 a.m., 2:40, 5:25, 8:05, 10:40; Mon-Thur 2:40, 5:25, 8:05, 10:40. What Happens in Vegas Fri 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:20, 2:05, 3:05, 4:05, 4:55, 5:45, 7:10, 8, 8:50, 9:55, 10:45, 11:35; Sat 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:20, 2:05, 3:05, 4:05, 4:55, 5:45, 7:10, 8, 8:50, 9:55, 10:45, 11:35; Sun 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:20, 2:05, 3:05, 4:05, 4:55, 5:45, 7:10, 8, 8:50, 9:30, 10:30; Mon-Thur 12:30, 1:15, 2:05, 3:05, 4:05, 4:55, 5:45, 7:10, 8, 8:50, 9:30, 10:30.
SANTA MONICA AMC Santa Monica 7, 1310 Third Street Promenade, (310) 395-3030. 21 Fri-Sun 1, 4, 7:05, 10; Mon-Thur 1, 4, 7:05, 9:50. Baby Mama Fri-Sat 10:50 a.m., 1:15, 3:35, 6, 8:20, 11; Sun 12:15, 2:40, 5, 7:40, 10:10; MonThur 2:30, 5:10, 7:40, 10. The Forbidden Kingdom Fri-Sat 10:45 a.m., 1:30, 4:10, 7, 9:40; Sun 10:50 a.m., 1:30, 4:10, 7, 9:40; Mon-Thur 1:30, 4:10, 7, 9:40. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri-Sat noon, 2:35, 5:15, 8, 10:45; Sun noon, 2:35, 5:15, 8, 10:40; MonThur 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:10. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay Fri-Sun 11:30 a.m., 2, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45; MonThur 2, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45. Speed Racer Fri-Sat 11 a.m., 1:10, 2:10, 4:20, 5:20, 7:30, 8:30, 10:35, 11:35; Sun 11 a.m., 1:10, 2:10, 4:20, 5:20, 7:30, 8:30, 10:35; Mon-Thur 1:10, 2:10, 4:20, 5:20, 7:15, 8:30, 10:15. Laemmle’s Monica 4-Plex, 1332 Second St, (310) 394-9741. Redbelt 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:30. Smart People 1:55, 4:40, 7:35, 10. Then She Found Me 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55. The Visitor 1:30, 4:20, 7:25, 10. Loews Cineplex Broadway, 1441 Third Street Promenade, (310) 458-1506. The Babysitters Fri 1:20, 3:30, 5:40, 7:50, 10:05; Sat-Sun 11:15 a.m., 1:20, 3:30, 5:40, 7:50, 10:05; Mon-Thur 12:55, 3:05, 5:15, 7:25, 9:35. The Fall Fri 2:05, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15; Sat-Sun 11:25 a.m., 2:05, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15; Mon-Thur
1:15, 3:55, 6:35, 9:25. Nim’s Island Fri 1:55, 4:30, 7, 9:30; Sat-Sun 11:35 a.m., 1:55, 4:30, 7, 9:30; Mon-Thur 1:45, 4, 6:25, 9. Speed Racer Fri 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:55; SatSun 12:10, 3:20, 6:30, 9:45; Mon-Thur 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:45. Mann Criterion, 1313 Third Street Promenade, (310) 395-1599. Iron Man Fri-Sat 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2, 3, 4:05, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, midnight; Sun-Thur 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2, 3, 4:05, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Made of Honor 11:50 a.m., 2:20, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10. What Happens in Vegas Fri-Sat 11:10 a.m., 12:10, 1:40, 2:40, 4:15, 5:10, 6:40, 7:40, 9:20, 10:20, 11:50; Sun-Thur 11:10 a.m., 12:10, 1:40, 2:40, 4:15, 5:10, 6:40, 7:40, 9:20, 10:20.
SHERMAN OAKS, ENCINO ArcLight Sherman Oaks, 15301 Ventura Bl, Sherman Oaks, (818) 501-0753. American Graffiti Mon only, 7:30. Baby Mama Fri 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:40; SatMon 11:10 a.m., 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:40; TueThur 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:40. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Thur only, 12:01 a.m.. Forgetting Sarah Marshall 1:20, 4:25, 7:25, 10:15. Iron Man Fri 1:05, 1:35, 2:05, 2:06, 2:35, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:01, 5:35, 7:05, 7:35, 8:05, 8:06, 8:45, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:01, 11:45; Sat noon, 1:35, 2:05, 2:06, 2:35, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:01, 5:35, 7:05, 7:35, 8:05, 8:06, 8:45, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:01, 11:45; Sun 11:40 a.m., 1:05, 2:05, 2:06, 2:35, 4, 5, 5:01, 5:35, 7:05, 7:35, 8:05, 8:06, 8:45, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:01, 11:45; Mon 1:05, 1:35, 2:05, 2:06, 2:35, 4, 5, 5:01, 5:35, 7:05, 8:05, 8:06, 8:45, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:01; Tue-Wed 1:05, 1:35, 2:05, 2:06, 2:35, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:01, 5:35, 7:05, 7:35, 8:05, 8:06, 8:45, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:01; Thur 1:05, 1:35, 2:05, 2:06, 2:35, 4, 5, 5:01, 5:35, 7:05, 8:05, 8:06, 8:45, 10, 11, 11:01. Made of Honor Fri 1:15, 2:15, 4:10, 5:10, 7:15, 8:15, 9:45, 10:45; Sat-Sun 11:30 a.m., 1:15, 2:15, 4:10, 5:10, 7:15, 8:15, 9:45, 10:45; TueThur 1:15, 2:15, 4:10, 5:10, 7:15, 8:15, 9:45, 10:45. Redbelt Fri 1:45, 4:45, 7:20, 10:20; Sat 1:10, 4:45, 7:20, 10:20; Sun-Thur 1:45, 4:45, 7:45, 10:20. Son of Rambow 1:25, 4:40, 7:30, 10:10. Speed Racer Fri 1, 1:30, 2:10, 4:05, 4:35, 5:20, 7:45, 8:30, 10:55, 11:40; Sat 11 a.m., 1, 1:30, 2:10, 4:05, 4:35, 5:20, 7:45, 8:30, 10:55, 11:40; Sun 11 a.m., 1, 1:30, 2:10, 4:05, 4:35, 5:20, 7:50, 8:30, 10:55, 11:40; MonThur 1, 1:30, 2:10, 4:05, 4:35, 5:20, 7:40, 8:30, 10:40. What Happens in Vegas Fri 1:10, 2, 4:15, 5:05, 7, 7:40, 8:10, 9:35, 10:05, 11:05; Sat 11:20 a.m., 1:45, 2:25, 4:15, 5:05, 7, 7:40, 8:10, 9:35, 10:05, 11:05; Sun 11:20 a.m., 1:10, 2, 4:15, 5:05, 7, 7:40, 8:10, 9:35, 10:05, 11:05; Mon 1:10, 2, 4:15, 5:05, 7, 7:40, 8:10, 9:35, 10:05, 10:50; Tue 1:10, 2, 4:15, 7, 7:40, 9:35, 10:50; Wed 1:10, 2, 4:15, 5:05, 7, 7:40, 8:10, 9:35, 10:05, 10:50; Thur 1:10, 2, 4:15, 5:05, 7, 7:40, 8:10, 9:35, 10:05. Laemmle’s Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Bl, Encino, (818) 981-9811. Fugitive Pieces Fri 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10; Sat 1:40, 4:30, 10; Sun 1:40, 10; Mon-Wed 1:40, 4:30, 10; Thur 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10. Jellyfish Fri-Sun 3:40, 5:45, 7:50; Mon-Thur 3:40, 5:45, 7:50, 7:30, 9:30. A Previous Engagement 1:10, 4, 7, 9:45. Standard Operating Procedure 1, 9:50. Then She Found Me 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 9:45.
“AN INSPIRED PIECE OF SILLINESS.” John Powers, VOGUE
“JOYOUS NONSENSE... AN UPROARIOUS SEND-UP.” Scott Foundas, LA WEEKLY
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The Visitor 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 9:55. Mann Plant 16, 7876 Van Nuys Bl, Panorama City, (818) 779-0323. Baby Mama noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10. The Forbidden Kingdom 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20. Forgetting Sarah Marshall 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20. Iron Man 10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:15, 12:45, 1:15, 1:45, 3:15, 3:45, 4:15, 4:45, 6:15, 6:45, 7:15, 7:45, 9:15, 9:45, 10:15, 10:45. Made of Honor 11:40 a.m., 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40. Prom Night 6:50, 9:20. Speed Racer 10 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:30, 1, 2:10, 2:50, 3:30, 4:10, 5:20, 6, 6:40, 7:20, 8:30, 9:10, 9:50, 10:30. Under the Same Moon 11:20 a.m., 1:50, 4:20. What Happens in Vegas 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 2, 3, 4:30, 5:30, 7, 8, 9:30, 10:30. Pacific’s Sherman Oaks 5, 14424 Millbank St, Sherman Oaks, (818) 501-5121. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay 1:25, 4:30, 7:30, 10:10. Iron Man 1:10, 4:15, 7:20, 10:15. Smart People 1:30, 4:20, 7, 9:55. Speed Racer 1, 4:05, 7:10, 10:15. Young at Heart 1:15, 4:10, 7:15, 10:05.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, BEVERLY HILLS, CENTURY CITY AMC Century City 15, 10250 Santa Monica Bl, (310) 277-2011. 21 Fri-Sat 10:05 a.m., 12:55, 4:05, 7:10, 10:05; Sun 10:05 a.m., 12:55, 4:05, 7:10, 10:20; Mon-Wed 1:15, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20; Thur 12:55, 3:40, 9:55. Baby Mama Fri-Sat 9:45 a.m., 12:20, 2:50, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10; Sun 9:30 a.m., 12:20, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:55; Mon-Thur 2:40, 5:25, 8, 10:25. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Thur only, 12:01 a.m. First Blood Thur only, 7:30. The Forbidden Kingdom Fri-Sat 10:45 a.m., 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:35; Sun 10:45 a.m., 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:25; Mon-Thur 1:25, 4:15, 7:25, 10:15. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri-Sat 10:30 a.m., 1:20, 4:15, 5:15, 7:15, 8:05, 10, 10:55; Sun 10:30 a.m., 1:20, 4:15, 5:15, 7:15, 8, 10, 10:40; Mon-Tue 1:50, 4:35, 5:10, 7:15, 7:50, 9:55, 10:30; Wed 1:50, 4:35, 5:10, 7:15, 7:50, 9:45, 10:30; Thur 1:50, 4:35, 5:10, 7:15, 7:50, 10:30. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay Fri-Sat 9:35 a.m., 12:25, 2:55, 5:35, 8:25, 11:05; Sun 9:35 a.m., 12:25, 2:55, 5:35, 8:05, 10:35; Mon-Thur 2:10, 4:50, 7:35, 10. Iron Man Fri-Sat 9:40 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 11:05 a.m., noon, 12:45, 1:30, 2:10, 3:05, 4, 4:40, 5:20, 6:20, 7:05, 7:45, 8:30, 9:35, 10:20, 11, 11:40, 12:30 a.m.; Sun 9:40 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 11:05 a.m., noon, 12:45, 1:30, 2:10, 3:05, 4, 4:40, 5:20, 6:20, 7:05, 7:45, 8:30, 9:25, 10:15, 10:50; Mon-Tue 1:05, 1:45, 2:25, 3:15, 4:05, 4:45, 5:30, 6:20, 7:05, 7:45, 8:35, 9:25, 10:05, 10:40; Wed 1:05, 1:45, 2:25, 3:15, 4:05, 4:45, 5:30, 7:05, 7:45, 8:35, 9:55, 10:20, 10:40; Thur 1:05, 1:30, 2:25, 3:15, 4:05, 4:30, 5:30, 6:20, 7:05, 8:35, 9:25, 10:05, 10:55. The Metropolitan Opera: La Boheme Encore II Wed only, 6:30. Nim’s Island Fri-Sun 9:50 a.m., 12:15, 2:35; MonThur 2:30. Speed Racer Fri-Sat 9:55 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:10, 1:05, 2:45, 3:35, 4:30, 6:05, 7, 7:55, 9:25, 10:25, 11:20, 12:25 a.m.; Sun 9:55 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:10, 1:05, 2:45, 3:35, 4:30, 6:05, 7, 7:40, 9:15, 10:10, 10:50; Mon-Wed 1, 1:35, 2:45, 4, 4:40, 6:05, 7, 7:40, 9:15, 10:10, 10:40; Thur 1, 1:35, 2:45, 4, 4:40, 6:05, 7, 7:40, 9:15, 10:10. What Happens in Vegas Fri-Sat 9:30 a.m., 10:35 a.m., 12:05, 1:25, 2:40, 4:25, 5:25, 7:25, 8:15, 10:15, 11:10, 12:35 a.m.; Sun 9:30 a.m., 10:35 a.m., 12:05, 1:25, 2:40, 4:25, 5:25, 7:25, 8:10, 10:05, 10:45; Mon-Thur 1:40, 2:35, 4:25, 5:15, 7:10, 7:55, 9:50, 10:35. Laemmle’s Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Bl, (310) 274-6869. The Counterfeiters Fri 5, 7:30, 10; Sat noon, 2:30, 5, 10; Sun noon, 10; MonWed 5, 10; Thur 5, 7:30, 10. Flight of the Red Balloon Fri 5:30, 8:10; Sat-Sun 12:10, 2:50, 5:30, 8:10; Mon-Thur 5:30, 8:10. A Previous Engagement Fri 5:35, 8:20; Sat-Sun 12:05, 2:50, 5:35, 8:20; Mon-Thur 5:35, 8:20. Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theatre, 8000 Sunset Bl, (323) 848-3500. Before the Rains 1:45, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50. The Dhamma Brothers 1, 3:10, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45. Jellyfish 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40. Mister Lonely 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45. Standard Operating Procedure 1:15, 4:05, 7, 9:50. Beverly Center 13 Cinemas, 8522 Beverly Blvd., Suite 835, (310) 652-7760. 21 1, 4:10, 7, 9:40. The Bank Job 12:40, 3:20, 5:40, 8, 10:20. Bra Boys 12:30, 2:30, 4:40, 7:10, 9:10. Deception noon, 2:40, 5:10, 7:30, 10. Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! 12:50, 3, 5, 6:50, 8:50.
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed 12:40, 2:40, 5, 7:10, 9:20. The Forbidden Kingdom 12:20, 2:50, 5:30, 7:50, 10:20. Nim’s Island 12:10, 2:20, 4:40, 6:50, 9:10. A Plumm Summer 12:50, 3:10, 5:20. Prom Night 12:10, 2:20, 4:30, 7, 9:20. Redbelt 12:30, 3:10, 5:30, 7:40, 10. Stop-Loss 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:10. Street Kings noon, 2:30, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10. Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? 7:30, 9:30.
WESTWOOD, WEST L.A. AMC Avco Center, 10840 Wilshire Bl, (310) 475-0711. Call theater for titles and showtimes. Laemmle’s Royal Theatre, 11523 Santa Monica Bl, (310) 477-5581. Fugitive Pieces 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:35. Landmark’s Nuart Theater, 11272 Santa Monica Bl, (310) 281-8223. Grindhouse Fri only, midnight. OSS 117: Cairo: Nest of Spies Sub-Titled Fri-Sun noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10; Sub-Titled Mon-Thur 5, 7:30, 10. The Rocky Horror Picture Show Sat only, midnight. Landmark’s Regent, 1045 Broxton Av, (310) 281-8223. Priceless 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45. The Landmark West Los Angeles, 10850 W Pico Bl, (310) 281-8223. Before the Rains FriSat 11:30 a.m., 12:50, 2:10, 4:50, 6:10, 7:20, 9:45; Sun 11:30 a.m., 2:10, 4:50, 6:10, 7:20, 9:45; Mon-Thur 11:30 a.m., 12:50, 2:10, 4:50, 6:10, 7:20, 9:45. The Fall Fri-Sat 11:40 a.m., 2:20, 3:30, 5, 7:40, 8:45, 10:20; Sun 11:40 a.m., 2:20, 5, 7:40, 8:45, 10:20; Mon-Wed 11:40 a.m., 2:20, 3:30, 5, 7:40, 8:45, 10:20; Thur 11:40 a.m., 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:20. Made of Honor Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m., 12:20, 2, 2:50, 4:30, 5:20, 7:15, 8, 9:40, 10:25; Sun 11:30 a.m., 12:20, 2, 2:50, 4:40, 5:20, 7:15, 8, 9:40, 10:25; Mon-Thur 11:30 a.m., 12:20, 2, 2:50, 4:30, 5:20, 7:15, 8, 9:40, 10:25. Placido Domingo 40th Anniversar y Gala Concert Sun only, 11:15 a.m., 2, 2:15. Redbelt 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10. Smart People Fri-Sat 12:45, 3:10, 5:35, 7:50, 10:05; Sun 3:10, 5:35, 7:50, 10:05; Mon-Wed 12:45, 3:10, 5:35, 7:50, 10:05; Thur 12:45, 3:10, 10:05. Son of Rambow 12:30, 3, 5:20, 7:45, 10. Standard Operating Procedure Fri-Wed 11 a.m., 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50; Thur 11 a.m., 1:50, 10:20. Then She Found Me 11:40 a.m., 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:35. The Visitor 11:45 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:30, 9:55. Young at Heart Fri-Sat 11:10 a.m., 1:45, 4:20, 7, 9:30; Sun 12:45, 4:20, 7, 9:30; Mon-Wed 11:10 a.m., 1:45, 4:20, 7, 9:30; Thur 11:10 a.m., 1:45, 4:20, 7. Majestic Crest Theater, 1262 Westwood Bl, (310) 474-7866. Redbelt 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45. Mann Bruin, 948 Broxton Av, (310) 208-8998. Made of Honor Fri 11:50 a.m., 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10; Sat 7:30, 10; Sun-Thur 11:50 a.m., 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10. Mann Festival 1, 10887 Lindbrook Av, (310) 2084575. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay Fri 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10; Sat 7:40, 10:10; Sun-Thur 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10. Made of Honor Sat only, 2:30, 5, 11:50. Mann Village, 961 Broxton Av, (310) 208-5576. Speed Racer noon, 3:30, 7, 10:30.
WOODLAND HILLS, WEST HILLS, TARZANA AMC Promenade 16, 21801 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, (818) 883-2262. 21 Fri-Sun 10:40 a.m., 4:10, 7:10; Mon-Tue 4:15, 7:10. 88 Minutes Fri-Sun 1:35, 10:10; Mon-Tue 1:35, 9:55. Baby Mama Sat 10:20 a.m., 12:50, 3:20, 5:45, 8:20, 11; Sun 10:20 a.m., 12:50, 3:20, 5:45, 8:20; Mon-Tue 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 10. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Thur only, 12:01 a.m. First Blood Thur only, 7:30. The Forbidden Kingdom Fri-Sun 10:35 a.m., 1:30, 4:15, 7:05, 10:05; Mon-Tue 1:30, 4:20, 7:05, 9:45. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Sat 11:20 a.m., 2:10, 5, 8, 10:55; Sun 11:20 a.m., 2:10, 5, 8, 10:30; Mon-Tue 1:40, 4:30, 7:30, 10:10. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay Fri-Sat 11:50 a.m., 2:35, 5:15, 7:55, 10:45; Sun 11:50 a.m., 2:35, 5:15, 7:55, 10:25; Mon-Tue 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50. Iron Man Fri 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30, 1:15, 2, 3:35, 4:20, 5:05, 6:45, 7:30, 8:15, 9:55, 10:40, 11:20; Sat 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30, 1:15, 2, 2:45, 3:35, 4:20, 5:05, 5:50, 6:45, 7:30, 8:15, 9, 9:55, 10:40, 11:20, 11:55; Sun 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30, 1:15, 2, 2:45, 3:35, 4:20, 5:05, 5:50, 6:45, 7:30, 8:15, 9, 9:55, 10:30; Mon 1:15, 2, 2:45, 3:10, 4:20, 5:05, 5:45, 6:15, 7:20, 8:10, 8:45, 9:15, 10:15; Tue 1:15, 2, 3:10, 4:20, 5:05, 5:45, 7:20, 8:10, 8:45, 9:45, 10:15. Made of Honor Fri 12:10, 2:50, 5:25, 8:05,
10:50; Sat 10:30 a.m., 12:10, 1:05, 2:50, 4:05, 5:25, 6:50, 8:05, 9:30, 10:50; Sun 10:30 a.m., 12:10, 1:05, 2:50, 4:05, 5:25, 6:50, 8:05, 9:30; Mon-Tue 1:50, 3:15, 4:25, 5:55, 7, 8:25, 9:30. The Metropolitan Opera: La Boheme Encore II Wed only, 6:30. Speed Racer Fri 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:10, 2:40, 4:30, 6:05, 9:25; Sat 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:10, 1:55, 2:40, 4:30, 5:10, 6:05, 7:45, 8:25, 9:25, 11:05, 11:40; Sun 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:10, 1:55, 2:40, 4:30, 5:10, 6:05, 7:45, 8:25, 9:25; Mon-Tue 1, 1:55, 3, 4:10, 5, 6:10, 7:15, 8:15, 9:20, 10:15. What Happens in Vegas Fri 10:50 a.m., 11:55 a.m., 1:25, 2:30, 4, 6:35, 7:50, 9:10, 10:30, 11:45; Sat 10:50 a.m., 11:55 a.m., 1:25, 2:30, 4, 5:10, 6:35, 7:50, 9:10, 10:30, 11:45; Sun 10:50 a.m., 11:55 a.m., 1:25, 2:30, 4, 5:10, 6:35, 7:50, 9:10, 10:20; Mon-Tue 1:25, 2:30, 4, 5, 6:35, 7:35, 9:10, 10:05. Laemmle’s Fallbrook 7 Cinemas, Fallbrook Mall, 6731 Fallbrook Av, West Hills, (818) 340-8710. Before the Rains Fri-Sun 12:20, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10; Mon-Tue 1:20, 3:40, 6:10, 8:40; Wed 11 a.m., 1:20, 3:40, 6:10, 8:40; Thur 1:20, 3:40, 6:10, 8:40. Bhootnath Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30; SunThur noon, 3, 6, 9. Dheewari Sat only, 10 a.m. Iron Man Fri-Sun 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10; MonTue noon, 2:20, 5, 8; Wed 11:20 a.m., noon, 2:20, 5, 8; Thur noon, 2:20, 5, 8. Kuruvi Fri only, 10. Made of Honor Fri-Sun 1:20, 4, 7, 9:25; Mon-Thur noon, 2:20, 5, 8. Redbelt Fri-Sun 12:10, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15; Mon-Tue 1:10, 3:50, 6:20, 8:50; Wed 11 a.m., 1:10, 3:50, 6:20, 8:50; Thur 1:10, 3:50, 6:20, 8:50. The Visitor Fri-Sun 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10; MonThur 12:20, 2:50, 5:40, 8:30. Young at Heart Fri 1:30, 4:20, 7; Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:20, 7, 9:40; Mon-Thur noon, 2:30, 5:20, 8.
SPECIAL SCREENINGS THURSDAY, MAY 8 American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Av, Santa Monica, (323) 466-3456. Aerotheatre.com. These Mad Places: The Epic Cinema of David Lean – A Passage to India, 7:30. Asian Pacific Film Festival Info: (213) 6804462 or Vconline.org. CineFamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N Fair fax Av, Hollywood, (323) 655-2520. Silentmovietheatre.com. Music Thursdays: Folk Americana – Alan Lomax: Songhunter, 8. Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N Alvarado St, Echo Park, 213 484-8846. Echoparkfilmcenter.org. Experimental Video Night, 8. Experimental shorts by Catherine Forster, Carole Kim, Xhiang Zhi’, Chelsea Tonelli Knight and Kim Collmer. Curator Forster, in person. Fine Arts Theatre, 8556 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills, (310) 360-0455. Studioscreenings.com/FAT. Alien Secrets, 10. Landmark’s Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Bl, West L.A., (310) 281-8223. Landmarktheatres.com. United Artists’ 90 Year Anniversar y – The Pink Panther, 5:15, 10; Some Like It Hot, 7:30. Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Info: (323) 938-2531 or Lajfilmfest.org. New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Bl, L.A., (323) 938-4038. Newbevcinema.com. Slaughterhouse-Five, 7:30; Fahrenheit 451, 9:35.
FRIDAY, MAY 9 American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre These Mad Places: The Epic Cinema of David Lean – Lawrence of Arabia, 7:30. 70 mm print. American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood, (323) 466-3456. Egyptiantheatre.com. Egyptian Theatre 85th Anniversar y Screening – My Fair Lady, 7:30. In the Spielberg Theatre: Cult Cinema Club, 7:30; double feature of Italian crime/juvenile delinquent films. CineFamily at the Silent Movie Theatre Solid Gould – Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, 7:30. Psychedelia Italiano – A Quiet Place in the Countr y, 10:15. Cinespace Dinner & a Movie – Call for info. Film in a restaurant/bar setting; call for reser vations. Echo Park Film Center New Indie – Carbuncle, 7:30. Fine Arts Theatre Alien Secrets, 10. Hammer Museum, UCLA Film & Television Archive at the Billy Wilder Theatre, 10899 Wilshire Bl, L.A. Info: (310) 206-3456 or Hammer.ucla.edu. Visualizing the Sacred:
Islam on Film – The Message, 7:30. L.A. County Museum of Art, Leo S. Bing Theatre, 5905 Wilshire Bl, L.A., (323) 8576010. Lacma.org. Fasten Your Seat Belts: The Essential Bette Davis – The Letter, 7:30; Beyond the Forest, 9:15. Landmark’s Nuart Theatre Grindhouse, midnight. Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Info: (323) 938-2531 or Lajfilmfest.org. New Beverly Cinema Forbidden Planet, 7:30; The Time Machine (1960), 9:30; Reser voir Dogs, midnight. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St, El Segundo, (310) 322-2592. Otmh.org. It Star ted With Eve, 8:15; with shor ts. Regency Fairfax Cinemas, 7907 Beverly Blvd, L.A., (323) 655-4010. Insomniac Cinema! Presents Plan 9 From Outer Space in color. Midnight.
SATURDAY, MAY 10 American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre These Mad Places: The Epic Cinema of David Lean / Family Matinee – Oliver Twist, 3; Doctor Zhivago, 7:30. American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre Forever Hollywood, 11:40 a.m.; preceeded by guided tour of the Egyptian Theatre. Scavenger Hunt; 3:45-6 – movie/scavenger hunt combination. Screening of Midnight Madness, 7:30, to accompany the hunt; followed by discussion with co-director David Wechter and other special guests. Angel City Drive In, 240 W Fourth St (at Broadway), second floor, downtown LA. Myspace.com/angelcitydrivein. Family Night – The Princess Bride, gates at 7:30, film at 9. CineFamily at the Silent Movie Theatre Noir Matinees: Femme Fatale Hall of Fame – Criss Cross, 1. Maysles: Direct Cinema – Salesmen/Berks of Georgia, 7. HolyFuckingShit: The Straight Dope – Blue Sunshine. Cinespace Dinner & a Movie – Call for info. Film in a restaurant/bar setting; call for reser vations. Echo Park Film Center New Indie – Carbuncle, 7:30. Fine Arts Theatre Shor t Rex Buster, 3-6; screening ever y half an hour. Pablo Escobar: Angel o Demonio, call for showtime. Followed by Q&A with director Jorge Granier; with Carlos Hoyos and Claudia Concha, in person. Shown in conjunction with art exhibit “Unidos con Uribe.” Hammer Museum, UCLA Film & Telivision Archive at the Billy Wilder Theatre Visualizing the Sacred: Islam on Film – Times and Winds (Bes Vakit), 7:30. L.A. County Museum of Art, Leo S. Bing Theatre Fasten Your Seat Belts: The Essential Bette Davis – Now, Voyager, 7:30; Old Acquaintance, 9:40. Landmark’s Nuart Theatre The Rocky Horror Picture Show, midnight; with live performance by Sins O’ the Flesh. Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Info: (323) 938-2531 or Lajfilmfest.org. New Beverly Cinema Forbidden Planet, 3:25, 7:30; The Time Machine (1960), 5:25, 9:30; Amoeba Midnights – Smokey and the Bandit, midnight. Old Town Music Hall It Star ted With Eve, 2:30, 8:15; with shor ts.
MONDAY, MAY 12 AFI at ArcLight Cinemas Sherman Oaks, 15301 Venutra Bl, Sherman Oaks, (818) 501-7033. Arclightcinemas.com. Summer Drive-In – American Graffiti, 7:30. CineFamily at the Silent Movie Theatre Nicky Katt’s Mug Melter Monday, 7. Echo Park Film Center Filmmakers Alliance Showcase, 7:30. Filmmakers in attendance. Hammer Museum, UCLA Film & Television Archive at the Billy Wilder Theatre Archive Previews – The Edge of Heaven, 7:30. Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Info: (323) 938-2531 or Lajfilmfest.org. New Beverly Cinema Where’s Poppa? 7:30; A Thousand Clowns, 9:15. Santa Monica College Humanities & Social Science Building, Room 165, 1900 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, (310) 434-4588. Smc.edu. Political Film Series – The War Room, 6:30; followed by discussion moderated by Political Science Professor Alan Buckley and Film Studies Professor Josh Kanin. UnUrban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, (310) 315-0056. Unurban.com. Skin Cancer Fundraiser – The Ground Floor, 7:15; shor ts from filmmaker Steve DePena’s Cable TV show of the same name. Documental / 7 Dudley curator Gerr y Fialka to host. Live music from Kathy Leonardo pre-show. Half of proceeds will go to The American Cancer Society in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Wadsworth Theatre, Veterans Administration grounds, 11301 Wilshire Bl, bldg 226, Westwood, (310) 479-3636. Wadsworththeatre.com. Reel Talk with Stephen Farber – Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, 7; followed by discussion with producer Mark Johnson.
(323) 938-2531 or Lajfilmfest.org. New Beverly Cinema Two Thousand Maniacs! 7:30; Tender Flesh, 10. 7 Dudley Cinema at Sponto Gallery, 7 Dudl e y Av, Ve n i c e , ( 3 1 0 ) 3 0 6 - 7 3 3 0 . 81x.com/7dudley/cinema. Potter-Belmar Labs, 8; live cinema per formance with audience participation by PBL founders Leslie Raymond and Jason Jay Stevens. Live music from glass harpist Doug Lee, 7. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Bl, L.A., (310) 440-4500. Skirball.org. Classic Films: Imagining Dylan – The Girl Can’t Help It, 1:30.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 AFI at ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Bl, Hollywood, (323) 464-1478. Arclightcinemas.com. The Wild West – The Searchers, 8. American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre These Mad Places: The Epic Cinema of David Lean – The Bridge on the River Kwai, 7:30. CineFamily at the Silent Movie Theatre Silent Wednesdays: Bob Mitchell’s Favorite Westerns – The Great K&A Train Robber y, 8. Hammer Museum, UCLA Film & Television Archive at the Billy Wilder Theatre Visualizing the Sacred: Islam on Film – A Door to the Sky (Bab Al-Sama Maftuh), 7:30. Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Info: (323) 938-2531 or Lajfilmfest.org. New Beverly Cinema Bananas, 7:30; Sleeper, 9:15.
TUESDAY, MAY 13 L.A. County Museum of Art, Leo S. Bing Theatre Tuesday Matinees – Front Page Woman, 1. Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Info:
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SUNDAY, MAY 11 American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre These Mad Places: The Epic Cinema of David Lean – Ryan’s Daughter, 7:30. American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre Mother’s Day Screening – The Sound of Music, 7:30. CineFamily at the Silent Movie Theatre The Man Who Laughs, 8; with shor t A Trip to the Moon. With live musical accompaniment by Plastic Crimewave, Ariel Pink and Jimi Hey for both films. DJ sets by Frankie Delmane of the Teenage Frames before and after screening. Co-presented by Arthur Magazine. Echo Park Film Center Works in Progress: Documentar y, 7. Informal public workshop/lecture series. Hammer Museum, UCLA Film & Television Archive at the Billy Wilder Theatre Unburied Treasures: Classic Films Preser ved by UCLA Film & Television Archive – Sapppho, 7; followed by The Saint and Her Fool (Die Heilige und Ihr Narr). Preceeded by period news reel International News, Vol. 2 Issue 5. With live musical accompaniment by Michael Mor tilla. Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Info: (323) 938-2531 or Lajfilmfest.org. New Beverly Cinema Where’s Poppa? 3:25, 7:30; A Thousand Clowns, 5:10, 9:15. Old Town Music Hall It Star ted With Eve, 2:30; with shor ts.
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Another Side of Bob ppppp That folk rockers Andy Hill and Renee Safier have found inspiration in Bob Dylan should be no surprise, but the impetus behind their 18th annual “Bob Dylan Birthday Fest” actually came from his liner notes. The South Bay duo got the idea after reading about a celebration of the singer in those of his retrospective set Biograph. “There was an event in New York City, and they had everyone dress up in costume as an interpretation of Bob Dylan’s lyrics,” recalls Safier, who along with Hill has recorded a 14-song tribute to Dylan called It Takes a Lot to Laugh. What began as a four-hour gig of Bob Dylan covers and a costumed audience at the Hermosa Saloon has been cultivated into an annual birthday bash hosted in venues throughout the South Bay, from the now-closed saloon to Hill’s own backyard. This Saturday, the tribute kicks off at Club 705 in Hermosa Beach. The concert will include more than 60 performers, including Hill and Safier’s band, Hard Rain, and Marty Rifkin, who has toured and recorded with Bruce Springsteen. The set includes 65 selections from Dylan’s halfcentury-long songbook. “We contact the list of per formers, and we let them know when the party’s going to be,” Safier explains. “We ask them what songs they want to perform, and we go into the work of setlists of the day so there are no repeats.” But the most interesting thing about the concert are the costumes. In previous concerts, musicians and some of the attendees have taken cues and dressed up in their interpretations of Dylan songs. For instance, Hard Rain’s guitarist dressed up as Highway 61, wearing black pants, a black shirt, and a design to look like a road. At another concert, an attendee dressed up as William Shakespeare, a nod to the lyric “Well, Shakespeare, he’s in the alley ” from Blonde on Blonde’s “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again.” The event continues to be a manyfaced celebration of a fittingly absent Dylan. “We have a few people within one degree of separation (of Dylan), but we don’t know if he knows about it,” Safier says. –Ed Carrasco “18th Annual Bob Dylan Birthday Fest.” Sat., 1-9 p.m. $20. Club 705, 705 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, (310) 372-9705. Andyandrenee.com.
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THURSDAY 8 N E W S T O D AY, O H B O Y It could be an insightful look into the troubles behind a famously challenged newspaper – or it could be the most boring car crash you’ve ever seen. Tonight’s participant in Zócalo’s lecture series is Los Angeles Times editor-in-chief Russ Stanton, who speaks with NPR correspondent David Folkenflik about the status of the paper. It’s part of the guy’s job description to have well-prepared and unconvincing answers about staff cuts and Sam Zell, so you’ll have to press him about something else to make the night interesting. 7:30 p.m. Free. Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Wy., L.A. Info: (213) 403-0416 or Zocalola.org.
FRIDAY 9 JUDGIN’ ITO Shinjo Ito’s most renowned sculpture, the Great Parnirvana, is one of Buddha on his deathbed – except ol’ Siddhartha looks like he’s having a pretty good time. CITYBEAT
Depicting spiritual transcendence as a man calmly lying on his side, with his head propped up by one hand and a slight smile on his face, speaks to the core of cer tain Buddhist principles, but “The Vision and Art of Shinjo Ito” takes the late Ito’s art out of its traditionally religious context for a first-time tour of art spaces outside of Japan. It’s on display in Westwood from Thursday through June 29. Free. Westwood Art Forum, 1028 Westwood Blvd., Westwood. Info: Shinjoito.com.
SATURDAY 10 REVISITING HOURS Give them points for trying. Gallery Revisited says it’s canceling all solo shows for the rest of the year – instead, 12 artists will work all year long, simultaneously exposing works there at four different times. The point of “Internal Environments: Project Forefront and Ongoing,” apparently, is to break out of the current gallery cycle where artists try to show as much art at as many galleries as possible, in order to avoid being out of sight. The Silver Lake gallery also attempts to
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turn the tables on journalists with “Project Journalism Revisited,” which features in-house editorial essays by Stacy Elaine Dacheux on the artists being shown. Opening reception 6-10 p.m. Free. Gallery Revisited, 3204 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, (626) 253-5266. Galleryrevisited.com.
SUNDAY 11 COME TOGETHER It’s a night of energizing pairings: Counterculture periodical Arthur magazine cohosts at the geeked-out Silent Movie Theatre, presenting live scores to 1928 German Expressionist flick The Man Who Laughs and silent Georges Méliès short A Trip to the Moon – which back in 1902 displayed more imagination and wonder than the processed sci-fi extravaganzas of today. The soundtracks will be performed not by an orchestra, but by local lo-fi experimentalist and all-around ridiculous guy Ariel Pink, drummer Jimi Hey, and Chicago’s Plastic Crimewave. 8 p.m. $12. Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., (323) 655-2510. Silentmovietheatre.com.
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Written and edited by Alfred Lee ON EDGE The success of last year’s Cannes was welcomed as an affirmation of the health of world cinema, and Fatih Akin’s The Edge of Heaven marks one of the last of that heralded class to make an appearance on these shores. Akin is the Turkish-German director who’s been on the radar since 2004’s Head-On, a despairing romance between two mixed-up German Turks, and The Edge of Heaven is said to again confront transnational issues – like Babel, hopefully, only not terrible. Preview at 7:30 p.m. $10. Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, (310) 206-8013. Cinema.ucla.edu.
TUESDAY 13 INTERVIEWING BARBARA What does it mean, you ask, that Barbara Walters had an affair with a U.S. senator? It means she’s on a book tour. Which in turn means that, for a cool $20, you can see the author of Audition:
A Memoir in discussion with journalist Judy Muller about all kinds of aspects of her life (7:30 p.m.; Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., L.A.; info: 213628-8141 or Townhall-la.org). Wednesday’s appearance at Vroman’s is free, but only a no-frills signing of the book, which sells for $29.95 (7 p.m.; free; Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626-449-5320; Vromansbookstore.com).
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BICYCLE! BICYCLE! It’s hard to argue with the bicycle, unless you happen to be driving behind one on the patience-thinning streets of Los Angeles. Up in Pasadena, they’re trying to take things easier: “Bike Week Pasadena 2008” highlights the undeniable benefits of spinning pedals – health, traffic, pollution, etc. – to the public. This evening’s event, “Tour de Pasadena,” is a co-ed ride through the neighborhoods of that city. 6 p.m. Free. One Colorado Courtyard, Old Pasadena. Info: (323) 478-0060 or Cicle.org. MAY 8~14, 2008
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Alex’s Bar, 2913 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, (562) 434-8292. Alexsbar.com. Call for showtimes. Thur: Year Long Disaster, Sex N Violence, Longway, Dirty Eyes. Fri: The Figgs, Underground Railroad to Candyland, Bobot Adrenaline, Jail Weddings. Sat: The Generators, Psychostar, Blackmarket Radio, Thee OutMods. Sun: Warlocks, The Meek, Stevenson Ranch Davidians. Avalon Hollywood, 1735 N Vine St, Hollywood, (323) 462-8900. Avalonhollywood.com. Thur: Club Tigerheat. Fri: Elbow; Spider After Dark with DJ Medi eM. Sat: Infected Mushroom. Tue: Tokio Hotel. Boardner’s of Hollywood, 1652 N Cherokee Av, Hollywood, (323) 462-9621. Boardners.com. Thur: Karaoke. Fri: Dekada. Sat: Bar Sinister. Mon: Blue Mondays. Tue: Institution Tuesdays. Wed: Club Moscow. Bordello, 901 E First St, downtown L.A., (213) 687-3766. Bordellobar.com. Thur-Wed: Call for info. Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, (310) 398-2583. Boulevardmusic.com. Call for showtimes. Fri: Del Rey. Sat: Stephen Bishop. Café-Club Fais Do-Do, 5257 W Adams Bl, L.A., (323) 954-8080. Faisdodo.com. Thur-Wed: Call for info. The Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Dr, Agoura Hills, (818) 879-5016. Canyonclub.net. Shows at 8 unless otherwise noted. Fri: Blue Oyster Cult, Bluebeard, Feisty Piranhas, 7. Sat: Andrew “Dice” Clay, Walking Phoenixes, Red Muffs. Sun: The Fab Four, 5:30. Cat Club, 8911 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood, (310) 657-0888. Myspace.com/thecatclub. Shows at 8. Thur: Spin, Alan Powell, RATM Tribute, Whole Lotta Roses, Kite to the Moon, Starfuckers. Fri: Stefano Giorgini, The Maension, Ballerina Black, Watson 66, Matt Toka,
Zep with Mitch Perry & Chas West. Sat: George Josephs, Cambridge 5, Run, Follow, Texas Rifles. Mon: Freak Missy, Leada Atomica. Tue: Crumb, Taylor Cornell, Julie Alexander, Effects of CTV, Whiskey Circus, Irish Goodbye, Gene Wilder. Wed: Silvia Soul, Jeff Urquart, Anna Troy, Megan Moreaux, Daysleeper. CIA, 11334 Burbank Bl, North Hollywood, (818) 506-6353. Ciabnormalarts.com. ThurWed: Call for info. Cinema Bar, 3967 Sepulveda Bl, Culver City, (310) 390-1328. Myspace.com/thecinemabar. Shows at 9 unless noted. Thur: Rich McCulley, Amy Farris, Grant Langston. Fri: Mike Stinson. Sat: Tom Gramlich and Mystic Miles. Sun: Adam Smith, Matt Ellis. Wed: David Serby, Grant Langston. Cobalt Café, 22047 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, (818) 348-3789. Cobaltcafe.com. Thur: Eight Track Rodeo, Tom Kalina, Dead or Judge, Steezy D, Lovers Make Liars, 7:15. Fri: Shoot ’em Up, Rebels from the Waist Down, From Lion’s Heart, Break Free!, Knives Exchanging Hands, Thick as Blood, 6:30. Sat: Killing Regime, Ten Hole Boot Boys, Rompe Cabezas, C.I., Devious Public, Last Priority, 6:30. Sun: Brainfreeze, Ballistic Rounds, Vicious Threat, Bad Bruno, Machinery. Mon: We Got Guns, Fire on the Plains, A Dreadful Fall, The Miles Between, Unite and Conquer, American Me, 6. Tue: Open Reading. Wed: Magnuson, Siberian Summer Camp, 9:30. The Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Bl, Altadena, (626) 398-7917. Cof feegallery.com. Thur: Eric Taylor, 8. Fri: Jim Stubblefield’s Guitarra Exotica, 8. Sat: The Tumbling Tumbleweeds, 7. Sun: Trio Gonzalo, 7. Mon: The Riders of the Purple Sage, 8. Cowboy Palace Saloon, 21635 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, (818) 341-0166. Cowboypalace.com. Call for showtimes. Thur-Wed: Call for info. The Derby, 4500 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz, (323) 663-8979. Clubderby.com. Thur: Scarlet Sun, Lynx Technique, Broken Ocean, Analog Smith, Immigrant Gypsy, Last Real Deal, 8; In the VIP Lounge: Chris Opperman, Rob Grad, Beth Jean, Carnevel Kings, Mallory Trunnel, Lyn-
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Brothers and Other Mothers Trombonist Curtis Fuller, one of the last practitioners from the golden age of Blue Note Records, leads a quintet at the Jazz Bakery through Saturday. His frontline work on John Coltrane’s “Blue Trane” remains iconic, and Fuller’s tenures with the Jazz Messengers and Dizzy’s big band make him a valued veteran. Friday at the Metropol, keyboardist Steve Lockwood, flutist Ellen Burr, and guitarist Ken Rosser conjure an evening of improvised chamber music. The L.A. Latin Jazz Fest is a blockbuster show, Saturday at the Greek Theatre. The great composer/pianist Eddie Palmieri headlines, with a bouquet of virtuosi: flutist Dave Valentin, violinist Alfredo de la Fe, timbaléro Orestes Vilato. The Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars – competitive with any of the New York big bands – adds the tremendous Cuban conguero Francisco Aguabella for the night. In a Mother’s Day jam? Take mom to hear Janis Mann at Betty Hoover’s A Frame jazz salon (310-659-9169; 2-5 p.m.). She’s one of our best jazz vocalists and in the company of a stellar trio today: pianist Bill Cunliffe, bassist Chuck Berghofer, drummer Peter Erskine. The subtle and swinging pianist/singer John Proulx serenades a Mother’s Day brunch at the Westin LAX (5400 W. Century Blvd., L.A., 310-216-5858; 11 a.m.). Monday at the Bakery, the gifted young composer/orchestrator Chris Walden leads his big band. Alto saxophonist Med Flory will reconstitute his Charlie Parker-inspired Supersax band, Monday at Charlie O’s. The recent passing of Supersax alumni Ray Reed will add poignancy to this gig. –Kirk Silsbee For info, see Jazz, Blues, Latin listings.
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The Echo, 1822 Sunset Bl, Echo Park, (213) 413-8200. Attheecho.com. Thur: The Morning Benders, 8:30. Fri: Underground with Lemon Sun, The Rosewood Thieves, 9. Sat: Dark Meat, Restaurant, 8:30; In the Echoplex: Descarga!, Boogaloo Assassins, 9. Sun: Dave Gleason, Tornado Magnet, The Fallen Stars, The Holler Dopers, 5; Part Time Punks, 10. Mon: Le Switch, Division Day, The Henry Clay People, Princeton, 8:30. Tue: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Port O’Brien, The Black Watch, 8. Wed: In the Echoplex: Dub Club, 9. El Cid, 4212 W Sunset Bl, L.A., (323) 6680318. Elcidla.com. Thur: Almardiente Flamenco Dinner Theater, 6:30; Victory Variety Hour, 10. Sat: Flamenco Dinner Theatre, 6; Club Macondo, 10. Sun: Flamenco Dinner Theater, Flamenco Dinner Show, 5. Mon: Garage Comedy, 8. Tue: Open Mic, 7. Wed: Rob Z’s Lounge, 9:30. El Rey, 5515 Wilshire Bl, L.A., (323) 9366400/4790. Theelrey.com. Shows at 8. Wed: Yoshida Brothers. 14 Below, 1348 14th St, Santa Monica, (310) 451-5040. 14below.com. Call for showtimes. Thur: Cannonball Fun. Fri: Boombash!! 9. Sat: Chinese Democracy, Cast of Kings, Resident Cain, RIPT, James Sudakow, 8. Sun: Sorry Nelson, Kris Karlsson, Jason Arimoto, Julia Albert. Wed: Bikini Science, Within the Eddy, Prognosis Negative, Copernicus Rex. Genghis Cohen, 740 N Fairfax Av, West Hollywood, (323) 653-0640. Genghiscohen.com. Thur: Kristi Martel, Cherish Alexander, Gina, 8. Fri: Elizabeth Nicole, Isaac Johnson, Lindsey Harper, 8. Sat: LaTina Webb, Luis Oliart, Lo Roberts, 7:30. Mon: Josh Nelson, Michelle Citrin, Justin Grounds, Bonnie Piesse, Nathaniel Castro, 7. Tue: Lisa Sanders, Gregory Page, Mario Matteoli, 8. Wed: Andy and Renee, Karen Nash, Orlando Napier, 8. The Gig, 7302 Melrose Av, L.A., (323) 9364440. Liveatthegig.com. Thur-Wed: Call for info. Hallenbeck’s General Store & Café, 5510 Cahuenga Bl, North Hollywood, (818) 9855916. Hallenbecks.net. Tue: Open Mike, 7. The Hotel Café, 1623 N Cahuenga Bl, Hollywood, (323) 461-2040. Hotelcafe.com. Thur: The Rescues, Sally Jaye, The Northstar Session, Dave Lichens and The Heavy Steadies, Reed KD, 7. Fri: Honeyhoney, Porcelain, Rosey, The Fresh, 8. Sat: Ryan Hanifl, The Life of Riley, The Quiet, Andrew Deerin, Ryan Dilmore, 7. Sun: Ben Taylor and David Saw, Schuyler Fisk, Molly Jenson, 7. Mon: William Fitzsimmons, Lukas Haas, Nikki and Aaron Embry, Kimberly Linn, 7. Tue: Dr. Dog, Willoughby, The Billionaires, The Western States Motel, 8. Wed: Call for info. House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood, (323) 848-5100. Hob.com. Thur: Ensiferum, Turisas, Tyr, Eluveitie, Suidakra, 8. Fri: The Dan Band, Necro with Sabac, Mr. Hyde,
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Q-Nique, Rivera Regime, Nems, NGP, Sick Jacken, Danny Diablo, 8. Sat: Belanova, 9. Sun: Gospel Brunch, 9:30 a.m., 12, 2:30. Mon: Bandemonium Tour 2008, 8:30. Wed: Paul Gilbert, 9. Key Club, 9039 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood, (310) 274-5800. Keyclub.com. Call for showtimes. Thur: Adore, The Variance, Endrone. Fri: Ryan Cabrera. Sat: Atomic Punks, The Binges, Dirty Kings. Mon: Steel Panther with Bullets & Octane. Tue: Ruby, 8. Wed: 286, Suicide Holiday, National Dust, Pigmoney. King King, 6555 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood, (323) 960-9234. Kingkinghollywood.com. Thur: The Sick Puppies, Feelgood, The Brandon James, Brian Buckley Band, DJ Jacquie Jack, 7:30. Fri: Effeks. Sat: DJ Kemal, 10. Tue: Descargo con Timba with Adonis Puentes and DJ Saoco, 10. Wed: The Mortified After School Orchestra, 9. Knitting Factory, 7021 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood, (323) 463-0204. Knittingfactory.com. See also Knitting Factory AlterKnit Lounge. Thur: Canibus, 8; In the Front: Nearvana, Gabba Gabba Heys, Mommies Little Monster, Clash City Rockers, Raw Power Rangers, 7:30. Fri: Halifax, Panima, Halos, Stella Vicarious, 7; In the Front: The Lady Tigra, The Atoms, Crucial, Chris Whyte and Kevy Kev Preston, 8. Sat: Northern State, The Dollyrots, Killola, The Trucks, 8; In the Front: Nightlife, 9. Sun: Geologic, Kiwi, 8; In the Front: Michale Graves, Cosmic Creeps, Murderland, Bidwells Ghost, Long Halloween. Wed: Cloud Cult, Kid Dakota, 8. Knitting Factory AlterKnit Lounge, 7021 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood, (323) 463-0204. Knittingfactory.com. See also Knitting Factory. Thur: Villain City, Dead Panda, 7:30. Fri: The Ignorant, Electric Blondes, Some Dudes, Fail!, Ashtray Babies, 7:30. Sat: Ak & Zuie, 1157, Moose Honey, 8. Tue: A&R Knights: The VLA, This Century, 7. Kulak’s Woodshed, 5230 1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood, (818) 766-9913. Kulakswoodshed.com. Thur-Wed: Call for info. Largo, 432 N Fairfax Av, L.A., (323) 8521073/1851. Largo-la.com. Call for showtimes. Thur-Wed: Call for info. Little Temple, 4519 Santa Monica Bl, L.A., (323) 660-4540. Littletemple.com. See also Temple Bar. Shows at 9. Thur-Wed: Call for info. The Malibu Inn Bar and Restaurant, 22969 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, (310) 456-6060. Malibu-inn.com. Shows at 8. Thur: Sugarbitch, Virginia City Revival, 8. Fri: Agent Orange, Billy Bones, Noise Attack, Faluujah 71, Disaster Zone, 8, 8. Sat: Pato Brandon, 8. Tue: Flowmotion, 8. Wed: Harptallica, 8. McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, (310) 828-4497. Mccabes.com. Fri: Everest, 8. Sat: Hirth Martinez, 8. Sun: Syd Straw & the People, 7. The Mint, 6010 W Pico Bl, L.A., (323) 9549400. Themintla.com. Thur: Quactus, Meagan Walsh, Simone DeBlasio, 9. Fri: JGB, Melvin Seals, MojoW & The Vibration Army, DJ Drez, 8. Sat: Stanton Moore Trio, Wil Blades, Will Bernard, Big Organ Trio. Sun: Sherr y Kinison, Ginger Kinison, 8. Mon: The Groove Pocket, Christopher Wray, Teresa Michalina, 7:30. Tue: Matt Haimovitz, Lisa Delan, Kristen Pankonin, Gordon Getty After Reading Shakespeare, Dark Horse, 7. Wed: Stefano Giorgini, Whitey Johnson Band, Gary Nicholson, Ghostwriters, 8. Mr. T’s Bowl, 5621 1/2 N Figueroa St, Highland Park, (323) 256-7561. Mrtsbowl.tripod.com. Call for showtimes. Thur: Codpiece, The Deepsea Goes, Clark 8, Teen Wolf!. Fri: Todd Nicodemus, Roady Skaggs Kills, The Sundowners, Ojos Rojos, Rover’s Pinky. Sat: Chupacobra, The Black Widows, Wild Weekend, The Blessings. Sun: Jay Fuckcisco, Kid Infinity, E n E, Luna is Honey, Michael Nhat. Mon: Surrender the Pink, Fire at Play, Mahi Gato, 9. Wed: Jeff Ramuno, Charts and Maps, Ars Poetria. Portfolio Coffeehouse, 2300 E Fourth St, Long Beach, (562) 434-2486. Por tfoliocoffeehouse.com. Fri: Steve Harris, 9. Sat: Lisa Jones, Poor Richard’s Press, 9. Wed: Open Mic. Room 5 Lounge, 143 N La Brea Av, second floor, Hollywood, (323) 938-2504. Room5lounge.com. Thur: Mark Franco, 8. Fri: Acoustic Playhouse, 12. Sun: Brad Stewart, Mark Franco, 7. Mon: Acoustic Mondays, 8. Tue: Mare Wakefield, Nicole Gordon, Kelly Fitzgerald, 8. Wed: Alyssa Suede, Emma Burgess, Krister Axel, Fill Krohnengold, 7. The Roxy, 9009 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood, (310) 276-2222. Theroxyonsunset.com. Thur: Camp Freddy, Darling Stilettos, Melotia, 8; In the Rox: Sub Rosa, Lunar Fiction, The Vibrants, 8:30. Fri: Soja, Rebelution, Latch, 8. Sat: In the Rox: Sun Engine, Super Creep, Everywhere, Buddha Chili, Rhythm and the Method, Slick Rick, Receive, Ruler Rah, Street Dreams, LER$, 8. Sun: Russell Brand, 8. Wed: The Last Goodnight, Crash Kings, La Rocca, 8. Safari Sam’s, 5214 Sunset Bl, Hollywood, (323) 666-7267. Safari-sams.com. Fri: Emergenza Festival, 8. Sat: Junkyard, Rhino Buck-
JAZZ, BLUES, LATIN Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E Huntington Dr, Ar cadia, (626) 447-9349. Ar cadiabluesclub.com. Fri: Cash McCall, Alex Dixon. Sat: Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers. Babe’s & Ricky’s Inn, 4339 Leimert Bl, Leimer t Park, (323) 295-9112. Bluesbar.com. Thur: Jam Session with Mama’s Boys. Fri-Sat: Mighty Balls of Fire. Mon: Jam Night, Mickey Champion. Back Room at Henri’s, 21601 Sherman
Way, Canoga Park, (818) 348-5582. Shows at 8. Thur-Wed: Call for info. The Baked Potato, 3787 Cahuenga Bl, Studio City, (818) 980-1615. Thebakedpotato.com. Shows at 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Thur-Wed: Call for info. B.B. King’s Blues Club, 1000 Universal Center Dr, Universal City, (818) 622-5464. La.bbkingclubs.com. Thur-Wed: Call for info. Blue Café, 210 Promenade, Long Beach, (562) 983-7111. Thebluecafe.com. Thur: The Good Fiction, Deep End of the Pool, 9; BR: Live Music. Fri: The Pharcyde; BR: Cat’s Bday Luau. Sat: As Iz Band, 8; BR: Francesca CD Release. Sun: Live Music; BR: Fayuca, 10. Tue: National Hip-Hop Tour; BR: Live Music. Wed: Flow Motion, Al Howard, K23 Orchestra; BR: Live Music. Café Boogaloo, 1238 Hermosa Av, Hermosa Beach, (310) 318-2324. Boogaloo.com. Thur: Shari Puorto. Fri: Omar Torrez. Sat: The Delgado Bros. Sun: Doug Macleod & The Doola Devils. Wed: Kirk ‘Eli’ Fletcher, Ronnie James. Café Metropol, 923 E Third St, downtown L.A., (213) 613-1537. Roccoinla.com. Shows at 8. Fri: Steve Lockwood Trio. Sat: Seconda Prattica. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 Sunset Bl, Hollywood, (323) 466-2210. Catalinajazzclub.com. Shows at 8:30 & 10:30 unless noted. Sun: Janis Siegel, Alan Pasqua Trio. Tue: Harvard Westlake Jazz Explorers. Wed: Mayuto Correa & Sounds of Brazil. Charlie O’s, 13725 Victory Bl, Van Nuys, (818) 994-3058. Charlieos.com. Thur: Midnight Jazz Band. Fri: Zane Musa, John Heard Trio. Sat: Lanny Morgan, John Heard Trio. Sun: Ron Anthony, Barr y Zweig & Friends. Mon: Med Flory’s Supersax Jazz Wave Big Band. Tue: Jack Sheldon Quartet. Wed: Emil Richards, Joe Porcaro Quartet. Cozy’s Bar & Grill, 14058 Ventura Bl, Sherman Oaks, (818) 986-6000. Cozysblues.com. Thur: The New Corvairs, 9. FriSat: Eric Sardinas, 9:45. Mon: Pro Blues Jam, 9. Tue: Evan Lionel, 9. Wed: Soul Nation Jam Session, 9. Csardas, 5820 Melrose Av, Hollywood, (323) 962-6434. Thur-Wed: Call for info. El Floridita, 1253 N Vine St, Hollywood, (323) 871-8612. Elfloridita.com. Fri: Jam Sessions with Orquesta Charangoa. Sat: Salsa bands. Mon: Johnny Polanco y Su Orquesta Amistad. Wed: Cuban Jam Session with Conjunto Guama. JAX, 339 N. Brand Bl, Glendale, (818) 500-1604. Jaxbarandgrill.com. Thur-Wed: Call for info. The Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Av, Culver City, (310) 271-9039. Jazzbaker y.com. Shows at 8 & 9:30 unless specified. ThurSat: Curtis Fuller Quintet. Sun: M-Pact, Sixth Wave, 4; Scott Oakley. Mon: Chris Walden. Tue: Mike Gurrola Trio. Wed: Francisco Aguabella. La Granada, 17 S First St, Alhambra, (626) 227-2572. Letsdancela.com. Thur: Salsa Dance, 10. Fri-Sat: Salsa Central. Sun: Ballroom Dance, 5:30. Mon: Cha Cha, Samba, 7. Tue: Salsa Dancing, 10. Wed: Disco Hustle & West Coast Swing, 8:30. La Vé Lee, 12514 Ventura Bl, Studio City, (818) 980-8158. Laveleejazzclub.com. Shows at 8:30 & 10:30. Thur: Kirk Covington, Scott Tibs, Dan Lutz. Fri: Korla Wygal & Friends. Sat: Marco Mendoza, Joey Heredia, Renato Neto. Tue: Marco Mendoza, Joey Heredia, Renato Neto. Wed: Scott Kinsey, Steve Tavaglione, Jimmy Earl, Gary Novak. Mama Juana’s, 3707 Cahuenga Bl W, Studio City, (818) 505-8636. Mamajuanas.com. Shows at 7. Thur-Wed: Call for info. Miceli’s, 1646 N Las Palmas Av, Hollywood, (323) 466-3430. Micelisrestaurant.com. Live performances at 6. Thur-Wed: Call for info. Spazio, 14755 Ventura Bl, Sherman Oaks, (818) 728-8400. Spazio.la. Shows at 8. Thur: Teka New Bossa. Fri: Bill Cunliffe Trio. Sat: Carolyn Martinez Quartet. Sun: Judy Chamberlain, Mika Krstic, Terry Harrington Quartet. Mon: Scott Martin Quartet. Tue: John Pisano’s Guitar Night with Pat Kelley. Wed: Joe Bagg Trio. Vibrato Grill Jazz, 2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Bel Air, (310) 474-9400. Vibratogrilljazz.com. Thur: Llew Mathews Quartet. Fri: Ron King Quartet. Sat: Barbara Morrison. Sun: Josh Nelson, Pat Senatore duo. Tue: Tom Scott. Wed: Tom Garvin Duo. World Stage, 4344 Degnan Bl, Leimert Park, (323) 293-2451. Theworldstage.org. Call for showtimes. Thur: Jazz Jam Session, 9. Fri: World Stage Stories, 8. Sat: Saturday School, 9:30 a.m.; Jazz workshop, noon; Concert Series, 8:30 & 10. Sun: Sisters of Jazz, 7:30. Mon: Drum workshop, 7. Tue: Vocal workshop, 6:30. Wed: Anansi Writers Workshop, 7:30. –Ashley Archibald
et, Little Caesar, Vera Lynn, 8. Sun: Brunch Americana with West of Texas, Brian Jay and the Last Call Boys, noon; Yak Ballz, Slow Suicide Stimulis, Tame-One, 5th Element, Sirah-One, DJ Handprints, 7. Tue: Virtual Tuesdays, 8. Scene Bar, 806 E Colorado St, Glendale, (818) 241-7029. Thescenebar.com. Shows at 9. Fri: Western States Motel, Death to Anders, Solar Powered People, Layer. Silverlake Lounge, 2906 Sunset Bl, Silver Lake, (323) 666-2407. Foldsilverlake.com. Thur: Fern Knight, Lion of Panjshir, Ex Reverie, Eagle Winged Palace, Ben Sollee, 7:45. Mon: Porterville, Aanchors Aaweigh, Daniel Ahearn, Legs on Sale. Tue: Avi Buffalo, I Make This Sound, The Breakups, Los Trendy, 8:30. Wed: Spider Problem, Queen Kwong, Rattt, Big Stone City, 8. The Smell, 247 S Main St, L.A., (213) 6254325. Thesmell.org. Shows at 9. Thur: Hawnay Troof, Car Clutch, URXED, Winners. Fri: Abe Vigoda, Mutators, Modern Creatures. Sat: Captain Ahab, Juiceboxxx, I.E., Small Breed. Sun: Bad Dudes, Mute Socialite, Polar Goldie Cats, Howl. Tue: The Carrots, Softboiled Eggies, The Muslims, Stammer Famine. Spaceland, 1717 Silver Lake Bl, Silver Lake, (213) 833-2843. Clubspaceland.com. Thur: The Figgs, Bobot Adreneline, Francisco the Man, Jonny Polansky, 8:30. Fri: The Parson Red Heads, The Movies, J. Tillman, The Monohans, 8:30. Sat: Air Traffic, Sky Parade, 8:30. Sun: The Show is the Rainbow, Captain Ahab, 8:30. Mon: Mezzanine Owls, We Barbarians, Eagle & Talon, Black Kites, 8:30. Tue: Gran Ronde, Sleepercar, 8:30. Wed: Efterklang, Slaraffenlnd, 8:30. Taix 321 Lounge, 1911 W Sunset Bl, L.A., (213) 484-1265. Taixfrench.com. Shows at 10:30. Thur: The Singers & Players Socieety, Good Ole Country Railroad. Fri: Bob Woodruff, Michael Whittmore. Sat: Paul & Oates, Nutty. Mon: Eduardo Aguero, Marc Wise. Wed: Madame Pamita, Marc Miller, Duane Jarvis. Tangier Lounge, 2138 Hillhurst Av, L.A., (323) 666-8666. Tangierrestaurant.net. Sun: Alex & Sam, February Fifths. Wed: Kassia Conway, Marcus Very Ordinary, 8:45. Temple Bar, 1026 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica, (310) 393-6611. Templebarlive.com. Thur: Mohacar Flamenco Jazz, Sonoclip, Chana, 8:30. Fri: Wordsmith, Fresh City, Akadmiks, El Prez, 9. Sat: Trinidadian Night, Kes, Maximus, Ms. Triniti, Island Sounds, 9. Sun: Sacrificial Lambz Tour, 9. Tue: Laura Bradley, Renee Sebastian, 8:30. Wed: Ava Nahas, Sefani Valadez, Ist-West, 8:30. Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Bl, West Hollywood, (310) 276-6168. Troubadour.com. Thur: Tapes ’n Tapes, White Denim. Fri: Tapes ’n Tapes, White Denim, Ben Sollee. Sat: The Duke Spirit, Oohlas. Mon: Poi Dog Pondering, Abra Moore. Tue: Dracula Mountain. Wed: Langhorne Slim, Ferraby Lionheart. UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 W Pico Bl, Santa Monica, (310) 315-0056. Unurban.com. Fri: UnUrban Open Mike, 7:30. Viper Room, 8852 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood, (310) 358-1880. Viperroom.com. Thur: Million Dollar Mouth, Krissi Moses, Melodee Lynn, 8:30. Fri: The Donnas, Veins of Jenna, Mack Winston and the Reflections, 8:30. Sat: The Ground Beneath, Warner Drive, Myzewell, Adelita’s Way, 9. Sun: Free Form Orchestra, Philieano, Toko Tosi, 8:30. Mon: The Savages, Film School, Everest, Castaneda, 8:30. Tue: Impel, Superficial Saints, Modified by Man, Starving for Gravity, 8:30. Wed: The Ringers, ST Motel, Satisfaction, The Union Line, 8:30. Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank, (818) 845-2425. Vivacantina.com. ThurWed: Call for info. Whisky a Go-Go, 8901 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood, (310) 652-4202. Whiskyagogo.com. Thur: The Antix, Street Chaos, Ghostdance, A Longshot, NIRF, The Silent Bullets, Seenless, The Affairs, Silencio de la Noche. Fri: Fleshsuit, End the Silence, The Shifted, Too Close for Comfort, The 430’s. Sat: OTEP. Mon: Michael Bruce Group, Stolen Hearts, The Summer Monologue. Tue: Positive Approach, The Wretched, Victims of Suburbia, Faded Memory. Wed: Druid. Zeropoint, 1049 E 32nd St, L.A. Zeropointspace.org. Thur-Wed: Call for info. –Ashley Archibald
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Saturday • May 10 • 2pm
THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS ★★★
Superstars in their native Japan, Tsugaru-shamisen virtuosos Ryoichiro and Kenichi Yoshida have effected a cultural revolution with their reinvention of the ancient three-stringed instrument. Their latest CD Hishou is out now on Domo Records. “Their set, like a shredding heavy-meal solo- was all about speed and twang. They played fast unisons that would have ruthlessly revealed any mistakes; they played solos that stayed close to the tunes and built pitiless crescendos. It was music of pure sinew.” — Jon Parales, New York Times Playing May 14th at the El Rey!
THURSDAY, MAY 8
Tuesday • May 20 • 7pm
Camp Freddy: The all-star hard-rocking covers band becomes a weekly event this month. The Roxy. Rush: Canuck progressive-rock vets return to showcase recent (and rather uninteresting) album, Snakes & Arrows. Nokia Theater/LA Live. Also Sun. at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Tapes ’n Tapes, White Denim: Minneapolis indie rock with elements of Pixies/Spoon/Modest Mouse-type pop; support act White Denim making plenty o’ hipster noise too. The Troubadour. Also Fri. Turisas, Ensiferum, Tyr: Man the battlements! Here be European folk-metal at its most medieval! House of Blues, Sunset Strip. Also Sat. at Vault 350, Long Beach. Year Long Disaster: Daniel Davies (son of the Kinks’ Dave) leads one of L.A.’s best heavyrock trios. Alex’s Bar, Long Beach.
ELI “PAPERBOY” REED & THE TRUE LOVES
The Duke Spirit, with the Oohlahs. Sat. at The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 276-6168. Troubadour.com.
FRIDAY, MAY 9 The Donnas, Veins of Jenna: Those “bad” girls from Palo Alto hit the strip, get down ’n’ dirty with their hesher rock. Glam boys Veins of Jenna support. Viper Room. Elbow: Brit art-rockers celebrate release of current album The Seldom Seen Kid. The Avalon. The Kids in the Hall: Famed Canadian troupe of comic geniuses reunite to perform beloved characters in sketches old and new. Orpheum Theatre. Necro: White-boy metal-rap crossover. With gross, horror-film lyrics, too. House of Blues, Sunset Strip.
SATURDAY, MAY 10 Northern State, The Trucks, The Dollyrots: Rappin’ New York femmes Northern State headline a night of girls with big guitars. Knitting Factory. OTEP, Anew Revolution: L.A.’s own heavy-metal poet Otep Shamaya returns to blow eardrums with her ferocious crew. With Anew Revolution (former members of Slaves on Dope and Unloco). The Whisky. Six: Bruising, Pantera-style metal from Orange County musclemen. And it’s sponsored by Jägermeister! The Dragonfly.
SUNDAY, MAY 11 Russell Brand: English television personality-cum-comic actor Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) attempts to outperform his hair at this first of several local appearances. The Roxy. The Warlocks: Psychedelic freak-out sounds comin’ atcha from local garage rockers. Alex’s Bar, Long Beach.
Their new CD Roll With You is out now on Q Division Records! “Mr. Reed invokes the stylish and muscular R&B of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke with convincing suavity.” — New York Times “A whole-hearted son of soul ... Amy Winehouse better watch her back.” — Village Voice Catch their full set at Spaceland, May 19th!
Wednesday • May 21 • 6pm
ADAM GREEN Adam Green’s fifth solo album, Sixes & Sevens is out now on Rough Trade. His music is reminiscent of Bacharach and Brel, and he’s created his own brand of playful pop while refining it with each release. “A queasy mix of super-sharp realism, clammy surrealism, and elegant melody.” — Mojo Playing live at the Troubadour May 21st!
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MONDAY, MAY 12 Princeton: Young Eagle Rock-based trio with influences ranging from Serge Gainsbourg, John Cale and the Kinks. The Echo.
TUESDAY, MAY 13 Gran Ronde: Angular guitar rock is the forte of this rising L.A. group, continuing its Tuesday residency in Silver Lake. Spaceland. Joe Jackson: The classy crooner is out promoting Rain, his first studio album in five years. Orpheum Theatre. Tokio Hotel: These German metal kidz, with a new album, Scream, might be their country’s biggest export since the Scorpions or Rammstein. The Avalon.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 Kate Nash: The London thrush appeared to be melting in the Indio heat at Coachella. Being indoors might be a bit more comfy for the sprightly lass with the clever lyrics. Music Box @ Fonda.
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MAY 8–MAY 14 Note: Unless other wise indicated, tickets are available through Ticketmaster, (213) 480-3232 or Ticketmaster.com. Juanes, Fri-Sun, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, 777 Chick Hearn Ct, downtown L.A., at 8. (213) 763-6000. Lisa Lampanelli, Fri, The Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E Katella Av, Anaheim, at 7:30. (714) 712-2700. Charlie Wilson & The Gap Band, Keith Sweat, One Way, The Emotions, Fri, Greek Theatre, 2700 N Vermont Av, Los Feliz, at 7. (323) 665-1927. “Israel 60 at the Kodak,” Sat, Kodak Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood, at 8:45. (323) 308-6363. Los Angeles Latin Jazz Festival featuring Eddie Palmieri, Sat, Greek Theatre at 7. “Music of the Balkans Ensemble,” Sat, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Bl, Westwood, at 2. (310) 443-7000. “Music of Korea Ensemble,” Sat, Ham-
mer Museum at 3:30. “Wango Tango 2008” featuring Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Snoop Dogg, Sat, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Dr, Ir vine, at 2. (949) 8558095/6111. Yoshida Brothers, Sat, Amoeba Music, 6400 W Sunset Bl, Hollywood, at 2. (323) 245-6400. Phil Lesh & Friends, Sun, Greek Theatre at 5. Mohammad Reza Shajarian & Ava Ensemble, Sun, Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, at 8. (818) 622-4440. “Mother’s Day Jazz & Blues Extravaganza,” Sun, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Bl East, Hollywood, at 3. (323) 461-3673. Rush, Sun, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at 7:30. Kate Nash, Wed, Music Box @ Fonda, 6126 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood, at 8. (323) 464-0808. –Emma Gallegos
STAGE OPENING THIS WEEK Anatomy of a Slap. A young writer produces a play about her mother, and everything goes well, until her mother calls moments before the curtain opens. Son of Semele Theatre, 3301 Beverly Bl, L.A., (323) 469-4680. Anatomyofaslap.com. Opens Fri at 8. FrisSuns at 8. Closes May 31. And Her Hair Went With Her. Comedy exploring the lives of two friends who run a beauty salon. Written by Zina Camblin. Directed by Diane Rodriguez. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Av, L.A., (323) 663-1525. Fountaintheatre.com. Opens Fri at 8. WedsSats at 8; Suns at 2. Closes June 15. Enemy of the People. Henrik Ibsen’s drama about a doctor who discovers that a town’s celebrated new bathing complex is being polluted by a local tannery. Adapted by Paul Wagar. Directed by Kelly Ann Ford. Ark Theatre, 1647 S La Cienega Bl, L.A., (323) 9691707. Arktheatre.org. Opens Thur at 8. Thurs-Sats at 8; Suns at 7. Closes June 14. Hillary Agonistes. A year from today, Hillary Clinton answers that 3 a.m. phone call to find
65 million people have disappeared. Written by Nick Salamone. Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera. Playwrights’ Arena at studio/stage, 520 N Western Av, Hollywood. Info: (213) 6274473 or Playwrightsarena.org. Opens Fri at 8. Fris-Sats at 8; Suns at 7. Closes June 1. Hot & Ready. Two one-woman plays about the pursuit of love and sex. Directed by Denise Yvonne Dowse. Elephant Theatre, 6322 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood, (323) 960-7721. Plays411.com/lillianshow. Opens Fri at 8. Fris-Sats at 8. Closes June 7. A House With No Walls. Robey Theatre Company presents a play about a conservative black historian who locks horns with an oldschool radical activist, over a museum planned at the site of George Washington’s Executive Mansion. Written by Thomas Gibbons. Directed by Bennet Guillory. The New LATC, Theater 2, 514 S Spring St, downtown L.A. Info: (213) 489-7402 or Robeytheatrecompany.com. Opens Fri at 8. Thurs-Sats at 8; Suns at 3. Closes June 15. My Antonia. Play based on Willa Cather’s novel about a spirited Eastern European immigrant girl on the Nebraska plains in the late 1800s. Written and directed by Scott Schwartz. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E Main St, Ventura, (805) 667-2900. Rubicontheatre.org. Opens Sat at 7. Weds at 2 & 7; Thurs-Fris at 8; Sats at 2 & 8; Suns at 2. Closes June 1. Of Mice and Men. John Steinbeck’s tale of two men’s quest for the American dream, now set at the time of the 1942 Bracero treaty between the U.S. and Mexico. Directed by Paul Lazarus. Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S El Molino Av, Pasadena, (626) 356-7529. Pasadenaplayhouse.org. Opens Fri at 8. Tues-Fris at 8; Sats at 4 & 8; Suns at 2 & 7. Closes June 8. 1001. Modern retelling of One Thousand and One Nights, in which a man emerges from a New York City subway tunnel and finds himself in ancient Baghdad. Written by Jason Grote. Directed by Michael Michetti. Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, (626) 683-6883. Bostoncourt.org. Opens Sat at 8. Thurs-Sats at 8; Suns at 2. Closes June 8. Pippin. East West Players present the Stephen Scwartz/Roger O. Hirson musical, incorporating anime and hip-hop, about the story of Charlemagne’s eldest son. Directed by Tim Dang. David Henr y Hwang Theater, 120 Judge John Aiso Way, downtown L.A., (213) 625-7000. Eastwestplayers.org. Opens Wed at 8. Weds-Sat 8; Suns at 2. Closes June 8. –Ed Carrasco
THEATER CRITIC’S CHOICE
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‘Saturday Night at the Palace’ Don’t be intimidated if you can’t decipher some of the Zulu, Afrikaans, or even the South African-accented English in Paul Slabolepszy’s apartheid-era drama. I couldn’t either. But somehow director Dámaso Rodriguez has made sure that most Americans will understand what’s going on. Two young white guys arrive at an isolated burger joint on an apparently broken motorcycle, just as the stand’s black employee (Sean Blakemore) is trying to close. Vince (Shawn Lee) almost immediately reveals his racist colors in barbs against the harried worker, while Forsie (Eric Pargac) tries to mediate. But there’s more to Forsie’s agenda, and less to his sense of justice, than we realize at first. Patience in the first half will pay off at the end. This is the same play, cast, and director that launched Furious Theatre in 2002, but now the play’s combustible ingredients are mixed in a more intimate caldron. –Don Shirley Carrie Hamilton Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, (626) 792-7116. Furioustheatre.org. Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m.; Sun. at 7:30 p.m. Closes May 31.
★★★ CONTINUING ★★★ Black & Bluestein. In 1963, a black doctor offers to buy a house in a white, mostly Jewish St. Louis suburb. The house is owned by the developer and his liberal wife, who face op-
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L.A., (323) 960-7726. Roguemachinetheatre.com. Thurs-Sats at 8; Suns at 3. Closes June 1. (DS) The Concept of Remainders. A middle-aged couple (Dan Gilvezan, Suzanne Ford) agrees to permit infidelity for 10 days, not suspecting that they might try out the same partner – or emerge with no one. One key coupling is announced, not seen, in Richard Martin Hirsch’s script, which lowers the plausibility of Mark L. Taylor’s likable staging. The Chandler Studio Theatre Center, 12443 Chandler Bl, North Hollywood, (800) 8383006. Theprodco.com. Fris-Sats at 8; Suns at 3. Closes May 30. (DS) Don Juan. Molière’s version of the legendary rake’s story is boldly admiring, and it seems fairly up-to-date in Michael Michetti’s quasimodernist staging of Richard Nelson’s translation. Elijah Alexander and JD Cullum, perfectly cast as Don Juan and his skeptical valet, and the entire cast deliver savvy timing and perceptive performances. A Noise Within, 234 S Brand Bl, Glendale, (818) 240-0910 x1. Anoisewithin.org. Call for performance schedule. Closes May 24. (DS) Emergency. Within 80 minutes, Daniel Beaty plays 43 characters who react to the sudden emergence of an old slave ship from the river next to the Statue of Liberty. Beaty’s a convincing chameleon, but his script is awfully shallow, largely neglecting the character who should be the protagonist so that Beaty can show off his actor’s versatility. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Av, Westwood, (310) 208-5454. Geffenplayhouse.com. Tues-Thurs at 7:30; Fris at 8; Sats at 4 & 8:30; Suns at 2 & 7. Closes May 25. (DS) Henry IV Part One. Shakespeare’s history play receives a sturdy, intelligent staging by Geoff Elliott – who doubles as Falstaff – and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, but it never quite surprises with unexpected insight. Freddy Douglas is an amused Prince Hal, perhaps a bit too centered from the get-go, while J. Todd Adams is a blisteringly hot Hotspur. A Noise Within, 234 S Brand Bl, Glendale, (818) 240-0910 x1. Anoisewithin.org. Call for performance schedule. Closes May 18. (DS) The Injured Party. Richard Greenberg’s comedy about a would-be artist/heir (hilariously irascible Reg Rogers) awaiting loot from his rich grandma (Cynthia Harris) is clever, with a design partially inspired by Christo’s The Gates (a topic in the script). But it finally feels too fleetingly airy. South Coast Repertory, Julianne Argyros Stage, 655 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, (714) 708-5555. Scr.org. TuesFris at 7:45. Sats-Suns at 2 and 7:45. Closes May 11. (DS) Klüb. Nine desperate performers are forced to audition their over-the-top shtick for an unseen tyrant (director Michael Schlitt) in Mitch Watson’s satire. They aim not to get into a show but to escape the audition room, which
is more expansive and atmospheric than in the 1992 original. Energetic performances enliven an inherently repetitive script. The Actors’ Gang Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Bl, Culver City, (310) 838-4264. Theactorsgang.com. Thurs-Fris at 8; Sats at 8 & 10:30. Closes May 11. (DS) The Lost Plays of Tennessee Williams. In Jack Heller’s staging of the writer’s most explicitly gay-themed script, And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens, a ’50s French Quarter designer (Brian Foyster) tries to seduce a ruggedly straight sailor (Chris Rydell). The brief curtain raisers are Mister Paradise and The Palooka. All are well done. Davidson/Valentini Theatre, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, 1125 McCadden Pl, Hollywood, (323) 860-7300. Lagaycenter.org. ThursSats at 8; Suns at 7. No perfs May 30-June 1. Closes June 8. (DS) The Mission (Accomplished). Charles Duncombe injects material about the American “mission” in Iraq into Heiner Müller’s play about three French revolutionaries whose mission was to instigate a slave rebellion in 1798 Jamaica. Frederíque Michel’s staging is more artfully coordinated than the wandering narratives, which lack a cumulative power. City Garage, 1340 1/2 4th St, Santa Monica, (310) 319-9939. Fris-Sats at 8; Suns at 5:30. Closes June 1. (DS) Nevis Mountain Dew. A lethargic family drama, set in 1954 New York, about how a debilitated man’s confinement to an iron lung affects his family. They’re Caribbean immigrants, but that doesn’t count for much in steve carter’s 1978 script, which Nancy
Cheryll Davis directs dutifully, without surprises, for Towne Street Theatre. Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood. Info: (213) 624-4796 or Townestreet.org. FrisSats at 8; Suns at 3. Closes May 18. (DS) The Night of the Iguana. An ex-minister turned tour guide (Geoff Elliott), a newly widowed hotel proprietor (Deborah Strang), and a genteel pair of entrepreneurial wanderers (Jill Hill and Tom Fitzpatrick) enliven a Mexican outpost in Michael Murray’s impeccable staging of the Tennessee Williams play, complete with German tourists. A Noise Within, 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, (818) 240-0910 x1. Anoisewithin.org. Call for performance schedule. Closes May 25. (DS) Park Your Car in Harvard Yard. A dying, retired teacher (Joseph Ruskin) unwittingly hires an ex-student he flunked (Jacqueline Schultz) as his housekeeper in Hope Alexander’s revival of Israel Horovitz’s two-hander. Horovitz recorded a deejay’s amusing voiceovers. Ruskin replicates the old man’s halting speech a little too closely. International City Theatre at Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E Ocean Bl, Long Beach, (562) 436-4610. Ictlongbeach.org. Thurs-Sats at 8; Suns at 2. Closes May 25. (DS) Prelude and Liebestod. A conductor (Larry Eisenberg, resembling Leonard Bernstein) tackles Wagner, with the audience in the position of the wind players. We hear his unspoken thoughts and those of his wife, a lascivious young fan, the concertmaster, and a singer, courtesy of Terrence McNally. It’s droll but over-extended and melodramatic. Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre, 10900 Burbank Bl, North Hollywood, (818) 7004878. Lcgrt.com. Sats at 5; Suns at 7. Closes May 18. (DS) The Sunshine Boys. Jeffrey Hayden’s intimate revival brings out the best in Neil Simon’s comedy about two estranged ex-comedy partners (Hal Linden, Allan Miller) who are encouraged to re-unite for a TV special by the grumpier geezer’s agent and nephew (Eddie Kehler). Linden’s impeccable timing is a thing of beauty. Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, 2055 S Sepulveda Bl, L.A., (310) 477-2055. Odysseytheatre.com. Thurs-Sats at 8; Suns at 2. May 11 & 25 at 7 only; May 7 at 8. Closes June 1. (DS) The Sweetest Swing in Baseball. A suicidal artist (CB Spencer) enjoys her time in a mental hospital so much, she pretends to believe she’s Darryl Strawberry so her insurance will extend her stay. Yeah, right. Credibility aside, Ross Kramer’s staging of Rebecca Gilman’s script is a lively housewarming for West Coast Ensemble’s latest home. El Centro Theater, 804 N El Centro Av, Hollywood, (323) 906-2500. Wcensemble.org. ThursSats at 8; Suns at 3. Closes June 8. (DS) Testosterone: How Prostate Cancer Made a Man of Me. UCLA screenwriting prof Hal Ackerman portrays himself in his witty, affirming chronicle, assisted by professional actors Lisa Robins and Randy Oglesby in the other roles and director Michael Arabian. Ackerman’s not a polished actor, but his personal touch adds compensator y charm. The Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 Second St, Santa Monica, (310) 396-3680. Powerhousetheatre.com. Fris-Sats at 8; Suns at 4. Closes May 10. (DS) The Time of Your Life. Matt McKenzie’s revival of William Saroyan’s panoramic look at a seedy barroom in 1939 San Francisco has some fine per formances and moments but loses steam in some of the logier scenes, at least when compared to last year’s Open Fist production. Robb Derringer is gruffly authoritative as the freespending protagonist. Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice, (310) 822-8392. Pacificresidenttheatre.com. Thurs-Sats at 8; Suns at 3. Closes June 1. (DS)
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Are you fully prepared for your showdown with The Machine? Are you as confident as you need to be in order to fight for the rights of soulful beauty? Of course not. None of us is ever perfectly prepared as we go up against the Big Lies of the mechanical thinkers. But I do have great faith in your ability to prevail -- especially if you strengthen yourself with this meditation from the book Less Than One, by Joseph Brodsky: "The surest defense against evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality -- even if you will, eccentricity . . . Evil is a sucker for solidarity. It always goes for big numbers, for confident granite, for ideological purity, for drilled armies and balance sheets."
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
My songwriter friend Darius has created some fine music, but he periodically goes through phases when everything he produces sounds contrived. It's not writer's block he suffers from. During his bouts with bad composing, he's often teeming with ideas. The problem is that he gets caught up in a vortex of too much thinking. He can't stop his mind from tinkering endlessly with every raw impulse that wells up. Recently he joined the Immersion Composition Society, an organization that helps "talented basket cases" and "tortured geniuses" cut through their tendency to over-analyze and thereby reconnect to their pure inspiration. One technique: Musicians agree to take on firm deadlines that compel them to create songs wicked fast. I hope you find the equivalent assistance for your own field of expression, Virgo. The time is ripe for you to dissect less and build more.
inside the mind of someone you care about and see the world through his or her eyes. 3. Every day, take at least one action that will in some way beautify your environment, contribute to the well-being of strangers, or help save the world.
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Traditional astrologers say that Sagittarians are the master travelers of the zodiac; no other sign roams as far and as wide as yours. But if that's true, how do you explain William Blake and Emily Dickenson, two of history's greatest Sagittarian poets? They barely left their neighborhoods, content to explore a narrow sampling of the planet's wonders. The answer is that they covered vast distances in the inner realms, seeking out adventures in exotic territories of the imagination. I'm thinking their approach would work really well for you in the coming weeks.
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
It's an excellent time to make yourself more magnetic to blessings. You might want to experiment, therefore, with good luck charms or magic invocations -- anything that you imagine might attract benevolence into your life. How about the potion that is popular in South Africa right now? It's a concoction cooked up from ground-up vulture bones. Or maybe the kind of mystic jewelry I saw advertised in one of the tabloids, a necklace made of meteorite chunks? Both of those would pale in comparison, however, to the thing I consider the very best attractor of blessings. It's the sacred metaphorical talisman that Tom Waits recommends in his song "Get Behind the Mule": Always keep a diamond in your mind.
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
When the spell is broken, Aquarius, you will be able to tap into resources that you've been cut off from. When the spell is broken, you will finally notice three big, beautiful secrets that have been staring you in the face. When the spell is broken, you will slip down off a clean, lofty perch where it has been hard to relax and arrive at a low, funky spot where you'll be free to feel things you haven't felt in a long time. When the spell is broken, it will be because you have decided to break it.
(Feb. 19-March 20)
"Don't eat any food that's incapable of rotting," says Michael Pollan in his book In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. In other words, highly processed foods with a long shelf life don't contribute to your optimum vitality. I'd like to expand this rule to make it an all-purpose guideline for life. Try out this hypothesis: If you're involved with any person or situation that never decays, or if there is some part of you that never decays, that's highly suspicious and may be a problem. Like growth, rot is a natural phenomenon. Indeed, every advancement requires or brings the disintegration of whatever it replaces. You can't grow if you don't rot! The "perfection" of stasis can be hazardous to your health! So let me ask you, Pisces: What's due to rot in your world?
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
"What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn't have any doubt," wrote columnist Hal Boyle. "It is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn't want to go anywhere else." Your assignment for the rest of 2008, Libra, is to do whatever's necessary to make yourself fit this description. The next eight months will provide unprecedented opportunities to turn yourself into a river flowing toward your destiny with surprisingly sublime freedom.
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You're not any more narcissistic and egotistical than the rest of us, but this week happens to be your special time to make amends for being that way. Therefore, I recommend that you try the following corrective measures: 1. Every day, do three things motivated by compassion that are helpful to people you know. 2. For a few minutes each day, use your imagination to get
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