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oor Kathleen Parker. All she’s trying to do is explain why West Virginians won’t vote for people who aren’t “full-blooded Americans,” and everybody’s trying to censor her by stating their disagreement! Just because she talks about “blood equity”! And natters on about how Hillary “Clinton’s own DNA is cobbled with many of the same values that rural and small-town Americans cling to. She understands viscerally what Obama has to study”! (You remember him? Raised for several years by his maternal grandparents, from Kansas?) And says that not liking people for being black doesn’t make them racist at all! So Kathleen Parker is a Nazi and an idiot. Focus on blood purity pretty much makes that a given. Thousands have commented on Parker’s column at one blog or another, but it’s Memorial Day, and I’m thinking of my own veteran grandfather, the one who’s buried at Punchbowl Cemetery (the “Acres of Honor” military resting place) in a volcano on Oahu because he captained a ship during World War II. He comes in handy when I’m crashing a Rush Limbaugh Club breakfast and need to allay suspicion and ensure free talk at my table, and so I serve up offhandedly my own American bona fides and the mean old white people thaw and smile, and I am full-blooded and blood-equitied enough. At Rush Limbaugh Club breakfasts, I rarely mention that my grandfather’s daughter is a communist, or that she married a succession of Jews. Last time I went to Hawaii, I stopped to lay a lei on his grave, and I sat down and chatted at him. He died in 1953, when my mom was a little girl, and I caught him up on 50 years of family news. His son Johnny, for instance, was now Annemarie, and I apparently will gossip even with the dead. But here I am calling Kathleen Parker a Nazi – and I probably should be careful with that. Last week’s travel issue featured the opening sentence, “Did you know Hitler managed to give every German man, woman, and child a yearly vacation at either the mountains or the sea?” and I was accused of being a Nazi myself. My kinder defenders argued that it wasn’t anti-Semitic per se, just a “crappy” attempt at “dumb” humor. Actually, I wasn’t joking; what I was doing was stating a fact. Is mentioning Hitler in any other context than “Did you know that evil Hitler managed to evilly give every German man, woman, and child a yearly vacation at either the mountains or the sea, with evil?” pro-Hitler or racist in some way? I honestly can’t see how. And maybe that’s what’s wrong with me, that I can’t even see that it’s wrong. (I’m sure Parker too is wondering, “What’s the fuss?”) But no, really, I think it’s just you. ✶
EDDIE LOVES FONZIE Regarding Third Degree (May 1): Even if I’d not been a teenager in the “nifty fifties,” my “happy days” (with Carnation Ice Cream on Wilshire as our Arnold’s hangout and my buddy Lov as the Fonz), I would appreciate Henry Winkler, having been impressed with his cool New York personality in the film Lords of Flatbush, with another virtual unknown, Sylvester Stallone, and also in Crazy Joe. Unlike other young actors who have their moment of glory then fade into obscurity, it’s refreshing to see that Henry Winkler is still very much around. --EDDIE CRESS SYLMAR
ROGER DODGER Neal Pollack’s article [“The Old Ball Game,” May 8] helped organize a lot of my dissatisfaction with the team. I grew up watching the Dodgers in these last 20 years and never had a problem with their mediocre play, and apparently not many others did either as they still drew three million people a year, always among the tops in the league. I think one reason why going to Dodger games now feels strange is because your attention is constantly being diverted AWAY from the game. Neon wrap-around message screens, asinine Jumbotron games, worse Jumbotron commercials, bad “best of” music blaring out of the speakers, an all-you-can-eat pavilion ... c’mon, man! You can’t go 10 seconds
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I don’t want to sound like an apologist for the team, but it’s just wrong to perpetuate the myth that the Dodgers kicked Chavez Ravine residents out of their homes and uprooted that vibrant community. In the early 1950s, before the Dodgers even thought about moving to the West Coast, the city of Los Angeles used eminent domain to remove Chavez Ravine residents from their homes with the eventual aim of building low-cost housing to be designed by architect Richard Neutra. Residents were none too happy about it, of course, but they were promised that they could return and live in the new houses and apartment complexes. That never happened due to real estate interests and red-baiting tactics used against Housing Authority chief Frank Wilkinson, and the land, cleared of houses, lay for the most part empty until the Dodgers arrived in 1958. Yes, O’Malley did get a sweetheart deal and yes, some remaining residents were forced out of their homes, but the damage to the Chavez Ravine community was largely done before the team arrived here. --D.M. GOODSTEIN VIA E-MAIL CITYBEAT
BIKETOPIA Past bike plans have called for the right kind of changes in L.A.’s infrastructure [“A Rough Ride,” May 15], but then left the measurements of a bike lane’s success up to automobile traffic engineers. I hope Alta Planning is able to come up with something that will require the LADOT, Planning, and other agencies to properly measure the effects of bike planning. I also hope they pick a few projects deserving of funding that will best demonstrate the benefits of bike planning. Take the focus off of bike lanes, and onto the positive impact planning for cycling can make in a community. Bicycle-friendly commercial corridors have slower car speeds. Slower car speeds mean more customers in local shops. Why is there no provision for the measurement of retail sales tax income vs. car speeds? This would allow probike policies to become more visible. Lower automobile speeds, and a lower volume of cars on a street, make it more likely that residents on a street will know one another, will feel safer, and will perceive their “home” to extend outside the walls of their dwelling. This can be measured using a social survey of residents along a street. These two measures can objectively show how bicycle planning can benefit a community, and not just serve some sort of moral point about cycling. --“UBRAYJ02” VIA LACITYBEAT.COM A clarification: In addition to the four recent public meetings, we are currently analyzing over 1,000 surveys and over 600 unique
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The DWP’s King of Water Seeking conservation tips at David Nahai’s $4.6 million Benedict Canyon mansion with seven bathrooms ~ BY ALAN MITTELSTAEDT ~
WHAT A PERFECT WILLIAM Mulholland day – searing hot and dry enough to fuel the near-hallucinatory fervor and deceptive powers of public officials trying to sell a controversial policy. On this day, at the Japanese Garden in Van Nuys, Mayor V gathers his entourage to talk up the latest grand plan for water supremacy. With the sour smell of a nearby sewage treatment baking in everyone’s nostrils, Mayor V calls to the podium the modernday Mulholland, a.k.a. David Nahai, the top dog at the Department of Water and Power, to explain how we can conserve enough water and recycle enough crappy water to somehow fill the taps of the gazillions more headed to our desert paradise over the next few decades. I can’t help but wonder whether Nahai might be willing to sacrifice any part of his share of the California Dream so that others can drink. But I will have to wait to find out later. Sweat beads on Nahai’s glacial forehead as he talks up his goals to retain L.A.’s water might by using top technologies that would bring us current with Australia and Singapore and even Orange County. It all sounds ingenious and probably more realistic than my idea to order people to drink from their swimming pools and turn golf courses into orange groves before the water runs out. We should all be open-minded to the idea of replenishing our aquifers with treated bathroom water; instead of the inaccurate slogan toilet-to-tap that helped defeat a similar plan seven years ago, think of this as the Save the Aquifers campaign. The treated water is further cleansed by the
earth’s natural filters before it flows to your tap. It’s nowhere near as scary as the alphabet soup of chemicals that have seeped into groundwater supplies since the advent of the industrial and space ages in Southern California. If we can cleanse trichloroethylene from the water supply, we can remove bacterial demons from sewage water. If only Mulholland could be here today. He would be proud of the latest water wizard to take the controls of the DWP. Yet aside from their acute knowledge of water works, these two water masters would have little in common. Their styles are as different as a rain forest is from a volcano. The coarse Irishman who talked the people of Owens Valley out of their water rights has been replaced a century later by a man with a gift of refined speech. Born in Iran and educated in London, the King of Water talks with a patrician accent and blends words better than anyone in public office in L.A. “We should not be deterred or defeated by demagoguery or ignorance,” he says. “We should not allow ourselves to fall prey to catchy, facile phrases. This is serious business. We will be mounting a very extensive communications campaign with the people of Los Angeles in order to tell them the facts.” Like all good politicians, Nahai can keep the truth from percolating out when he thinks it’s in his best interests to do so. As he speaks, I try to imagine what the King of Water’s own conservation measures might be at home. Does he have lowflow toilets? Does he abide by the fiveCITYBEAT
minute shower rule? Do succulents fill his garden? Does he rush out to fix leaking faucets before they produce enough water to fill a reservoir? When asked if his deeds back up his words, Nahai says, “We could do better. We’re a family of five. We try to conserve and I think we’re doing better. I try to enforce in my family an ethic of water conservation.” Certainly he must have a yard full of succulents, right? “I like desert plants. At some point, when I get back to gardening, I’d like to replant my garden with all California native plants.” At this point, I’m starting to picture a den of water licentiousness, with an outdoor mister running 24/7 to keep alive a jungle of ferns, epiphytes and equatorial vines. Oh, come on, how much is your water bill every month? “I don’t know,” he said. “You’d have to ask my wife.” I made sure I heard him correctly and took his words as an open invitation to visit the Nahai residence and see for myself how the King of Water uses the most precious resource. I found his address and was soon soaring over his modern Mediterranean-style palace high up in Benedict Canyon via Google Earth. It’s a nice spread, big enough to house a legion of the newcomers he says are headed our way in the next 20 years. OK, it’s massive – 6,012 square feet, with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Set on a narrow lot, with homes sandwiched in close on both sides, the property stretches back a third of an acre. From the air, it looks like a large MAY 22-28, 2008
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swimming pool is within a few steps of a stone patio. Maybe this is just the sort of abode a water visionary should have in 21st Century Los Angeles, where smart planners must consider each raindrop to be the last, and the odds of an abundant sierra snowpack next winter to be as long as the straggler in the ninth race at Santa Anita. How 19th Century of me to think that it might take an ascetic to lead us to conservation or that someone must renounce the profligate ways of the California Dream to chart a more responsible course. I set out for a visit to this mountainside laboratory of water science. Maybe I could learn some water-saving gardening tips. The King of Water’s mansion is three or four miles north of Sunset in Benedict Canyon. The most striking architectural feature is the three-car garage, a design flaw that can be blamed on our sick love affair with the automobile as much as a necessity dictated by the cramped street frontage. Off to the side of the tile driveway is a staircase leading up to the double front doors. Several ficus trees shroud the house valued at $4.6 million by zillow.com. A handful of white Iceberg roses and bougainvillea fill the narrow planting area next to the street. Boring, but not abysmal choices. But dude, toss the tired, water-sucking Ficus benjaminas that look so sad on your front porch. Some stately Euphorbia ingens or Aloe bainesii – or my favorite, Pachypodium lamerii from Madagascar – would save water and be more in keeping with a man of cultivated tastes. I ring the doorbell and the water king’s son comes to the door. Standing on the sec-
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ond step of a nearby staircase is Gina Nahai, the water king’s wife and bestselling author, most recently of Caspian Rain last year. I find them delightful people who shouldn’t have to deal with the prying questions of an obnoxious columnist invading their private space. I apologize profusely for barging in on them with my mundane request to inspect their water bill. I try to blame the water king for setting me on this little treasure hunt, but Gina sets me straight. “Did you tell David you were coming here? It would have been a good idea to do so.” They promised that the water king would call me back when he got home that night. But he never called. Instead, I heard from the public affairs department at the DWP. To make a long story short, I ended up sending in a public records request for the past year’s worth of water and electric bills for the water king and his wife.
If the bimonthly water and electric bill for a family home is $120, I’m figuring Nahai’s is close to $1,000 or more. Let’s see what he’s willing to do without before he asks the rest of Los Angeles to give something in return. And, what about Brian D’Arcy, the union boss who gets away with calling many of the shots at the giant utility? Is he willing to conserve water in the name of the higher good? Back at the press conference in Van Nuys, I asked one final question of the King of Water David Nahai: Do you have any idea what kind of garden Brian D’Arcy has at his house? “I don’t,” responds the water king. “Call him up and ask him.” Now that sounds like a challenge. ✶
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FBI vs. Bell Gardens’s Police Chief The feds want answers on towing contracts ~ BY ALEX COMISAR ~ THE FBI MADE A VISIT TO BELL Gardens City Hall last week. They served Police Chief Keith Kilmer and two other officials with subpoenas for records in connection with charges against Councilman Mario Beltran and others accused of embezzlement in their dealings with the United Motor Club, a tow company whose contract with the city was renewed in 2005, city sources said. Officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI have declined to comment on the nature of the subpoenas delivered to Kilmer, Finance Director Misty Cheng and City Manager John Ornelas. A yearlong investigation recently ended with the indictment of Beltran, a Bell Gardens city councilman. Beltran is charged with seven counts of felony theft, one felony count of perjury and five misdemeanor campaign disclosure violations. Neither Cheng nor Kilmer returned several calls left at their offices. Ornelas said he did not receive a subpoena, and said “I’m not going to deal with you or CityBeat.” At issue is the tow company with which Bell Gardens contracted in 2005 – the United Motor Club – at the behest of Councilman Beltran, Mayor Jennifer Rodriguez and Chief Kilmer himself. Beltran and Rodriguez were adamant about giving United the lucrative exclusive towing contract in 2005, even suggesting that the length of the contract be extended from three years to five, but Kilmer had said he thought employing two towing companies would better assure quality service to the community. United’s self-proclaimed manager and spokesman, Sharam Shayesteh, is a
three-time felon. Shayesteh has also been served with a restraining order for apparent threats made against Bell Gardens City Councilman Daniel Crespo, a longtime political rival of Beltran’s. Shayesteh had also been charged with money laundering, as he was accused of depositing $64,000 into the account of a drug kingpin. Those charges, however, were dropped. Beltran and Rodriguez said they had no knowledge of Shayesteh’s criminal record when they awarded United the contract, although Shayesteh by that time had already built a lengthy record, which included three felonies in three states. Since the beginning of the contract, Shayesteh has given the city $50,000 in franchise fees and made a $1,000 donation to a police boxing club. Upon hearing of Shayesteh’s criminal past, the city of Bell Gardens promptly suspended United’s exclusive contract with the city, but Chief Kilmer reinstated it thereafter, saying he did not see any reason why the tow company’s shady past was relevant. Kilmer insisted that he was interested only in quality service. Kilmer also told reporters he was assured that Shayesteh was no longer associated with United as of the suspension. Officially, United Motor Club is owned by brothers Seyed and Bahran Madaen, who are linked financially with both Shayesteh and Beltran. One of the brothers, Bahran, is also a registered agent for Beltran’s consulting firm. Beltran confirmed that Bahran Madaen was an agent for his firm, but denied that he knew of his position as vice president of the towing company. ✶ MAY 22-28, 2008
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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF left-as-hell Massachusetts, the California Supreme Court last week overturned the state’s ban on gay marriage. Online message boards buzzed with approval over the landmark decision. Gay couples’ tender kisses and awww-inducing hugs ran rampant up and down the state, notably in our darling gay villa of WeHo. For a good number of the gay community (and many others), Thursday was a heady cocktail of romance, liberation and pride. But many is the key word here. The opposition’s one step ahead; they’ve already submitted a ballot measure aimed at derailing the decision. In a few weeks, we’ll learn whether their measure obtained enough signatures to put the amendment on the November ballot. Jennifer Pizer is a senior counsel for Lambda Legal, a major coalition of activists pushing for equality in the GLBT community. As a civil rights lawyer, she’s advised same-sex domestic partnerships and people who have been discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation. Over the phone last Friday, her voice rang with triumph and pride. Despite last week’s victory, though, the road’s still rocky. Pizer remains optimistic. To her, it’s just a matter of time and understanding before that trail can smooth over. –Sylvia Masuda CityBeat: Anti-gay marriage advocates are already biting the heels of this result. Feels a bit rabid, really. Give me some history on what they’ve done. Jennifer Pizer: In 2005 and 2006, multiple far-right groups submitted proposals to the attorney general to place constitutional amendments on the California ballot for the 2006 election. These different groups trying to put an initiative on the ballot were unable to raise much money and unable to bring together many volunteers, and they did not gather enough signatures to put a measure on the ballot. That was heartening to all of us because it was a good indication that California is generally not supportive of amending the state Constitution.
Give an example. I represented a man whose domestic partner was a flight attendant on the first American Airlines plane that was crashed into the World Trade Center. This horrific tragedy that struck those people and New York and the country – you know how many people came together in their grief. It was so shocking and terrifying and awful. And yet, for gay and lesbian people who lost a loved one, generally, the legal system treated their horrifying loss as insignificant or like it didn’t even happen. This relationship wasn’t legally recognized. My mind can hardly grasp what that felt like. It’s almost inhuman. Humanity’s off the wall sometimes. All these people aren’t really looking at what they’re doing. They’re not understanding the pain they’re inflicting on other people. It’s an unacceptable message of society’s that we’re not good enough to get married and, in many states, we’re not good enough to have any legal recognition.
3rd DEGREE And what of them now? There are alarmists who claim that domestic partnerships have caused problems in the state and that providing legal protection to gay and lesbian couples would have negative repercussions. The state has had an opportunity to see that that is completely untrue, that when the law includes everyone, it makes our society more orderly, stronger and safer, and that benefits everyone. It’s just a process of people coming to understand that gay and lesbian people aren’t so different. Marriage is important to us for the same reasons it’s important to other couples. In recent years, support for same-sex marriage has gone up in California. That’s a big change from earlier this decade, when California was split almost 50-50 on the issue. Every day, more people decide that they want to stop hiding who they are and come out to the people who know them and care about them. The process of social change is
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as simple as one-to-one conversations that take place at work, at church, and around dinner tables. Each conversation leads to more conversations, and human understanding moves forward from there. Understanding spreads wider and wider. Yeah. I mean, so many people say that the process of sharing who they are is very freeing and very positive. For many people, that experience is met with warm support and affirmation. You have extensive experience interacting with gays and lesbians working to fight discrimination against sexual orientation. What is it like to be the victim? I’ve represented a number of people who have had a legal problem that arose upon the sudden death of their partners. We’re talking about relationships that lasted decades. When that committed relationship was suddenly severed because of some kind of tragic event, society or an employer or
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the government disrespected and disregarded that relationship in a way that most heterosexual people would be shocked and appalled.
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How do you respond to foes of gay marriage who say they are doing the same thing as are supporters of gay marriage: standing up for what they believe in? People have many different views and our state constitution protects each and every one of us. The government respects the fact that each person is free to fall in love and make a commitment with the person of his or her own choosing. It’s not up to the state government, it’s not up to a committee or [gay individuals’] neighbors whether they can or can not marry the person that they love. That’s how it should be. Those who do believe in marrying someone only of the same religion, of the same ethnicity, and so on – I guess they just have to deal? Many people have come to understand and accept that divorce is legal under California law whether or not the Catholic Church approves. Interfaith marriage is legal whether or not some people approve. They do not have the right to inscribe their beliefs into the family code. So for one, this ruling’s just passed. For another, there’s a possible ballot measure that may try to block that right. What’s the next step here? Heterosexual marriages are not threatened by gay and lesbian couples being able to marry. Over time, people will come to see that. Modern life involves lots of challenges. But this change is a really nice one and I think people will come to see that. ✶
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In September 2006, he bested ďŹ ve Internet and print critics in the boxing ring. More recently, he challenged Michael Bay to a ďŹ ght, but Bay has demurred. â€œI got an e-mail ďŹ rst ... from his fan club, I guess. They said he will do it, he kicks your ass, and so I said the ďŹ ght was on. Then he wrote me â€“ or, actually, his attorney wrote me â€“ that he will not do it now. And I have to face legal consequences if I say anymore that he will do it.â€? Boll cultivates being a provocateur. Postal opens in the cockpit of one of the 9/11 planes, with the hijackers arguing about how many virgins theyâ€™ll be given in the afterlife. Six and a half years after the fact, you want to yell, â€œToo soon! Too soon!â€? Much of the action takes place at the Little Germany theme park, where Boll â€“ playing himself as the parkâ€™s owner â€“ admits the Nazi gold rumors are true and pays celebrity guest Verne Troyer with a handful of gold teeth. Six and a half decades after the fact, you still want to yell, â€œToo soon! Too soon!â€? (Troyer is later raped by a hundred monkeys.) Boll explains, â€œThe videogame is cultish and funny .... I mean, itâ€™s totally absurd in a way. I felt that it was an opportunity for me to make something that was funny, but also to put a lot of my frustration in the script â€“ the frustration about myself, and how I get bashed in the Internet about my career and ... the frustration about the whole political landscape since September 11, like weâ€™re all running in between fundamentalist terror and George Bush craziness, in big danger. â€œAnd I wanted to make a comedy like my personal favorites, like Naked Gun or Life of Brian or The Blues Brothers. And I felt like this is all missing in the last few years ... . The Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell comedies have their moments, but overall they are all kind of clichĂŠd, with happy endings where families are back and weddings are the best, and itâ€™s all about being nonpolitical. I wanted to make a ruthless movie and hit everybody with a hammer.â€?
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rthur Dong is best known for his trilogy of gay-themed documentaries â€“ Coming Out Under Fire (1994), Licensed to Kill (1997), and Family Fundamentals (2002). His latest, Hollywood Chinese (opening in Los Angeles May 30), represents a change in focus: It looks at Chinese-Americans and their relationship to Hollywood ďŹ lmmaking, both as participants and onscreen subjects. During an interview a few weeks ago, I ask him about the shift. â€œIâ€™m a ďŹ lm lover,â€? he says, indicating the collectible posters on the wall. â€œWhen I was a kid, I didnâ€™t go play in the playground and play kickball or whatever; I watched movies. Itâ€™s always been a part of my life. â€œBut, also, having worked on a trilogy of pretty hardcore gay issues â€“ killers of gay men, fundamentalist Christians with gay kids, gays in the military â€“ it was time for a break. That was a 10-year chunk of time on some heavy-duty stuff. So it was a welcome break from all of that.â€? Nonetheless, Dong says, â€œItâ€™s all about perception. In some ways, Hollywood Chinese is pretty gay. I mean Hollywoodâ€™s just ... itâ€™s Hollywood. You canâ€™t be â€˜not gayâ€™ in Hollywood and tell the story of Hollywood. Even if itâ€™s not blatantly gay, or overtly gay, itâ€™s gay ... because itâ€™s Hollywood. Studio heads will differ with me ... but then a lot of the studio heads are gay.â€? Dong did exhaustive research for Hollywood Chinese, discovering the existence of forgotten landmarks like Marion Wongâ€™s 1917 The Curse of Quon Gwon and James B. Leongâ€™s 1921 Lotus Blossom. He interviews leading ChineseAmerican directors like Justin Lin and Wayne Wang; authors Amy Tan and David Henry Hwang; stars Joan Chen and Nancy Kwan; and ubiquitous characters actors James Hong, Lisa Lu, and James Shigeta. He also speaks to white actors with experience playing in â€œyellow faceâ€? â€“ Turhan Bey (Lao Er Tan in the 1944 Dragon Seed); nonagenarian Luise Rainer, who won the 1938 Best Actress Oscar for The Good Earth; and, of course, Christopher Lee, who played Sax Rohmerâ€™s Dr. Fu Manchu several time in the â€™60s. In and among the other stories, itâ€™s the career of Nancy Kwan â€“ not to mention the radiant Kwan herself â€“ that provides the blend of glory and frustration that still dogs Chinese-American performers in todayâ€™s Hollywood. Kwan was the ďŹ rst Chinese-American to star in a major Hollywood production ... in fact, in two â€“ The World of Suzie Wong (1960, opposite William Holden) and the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song (1961). But her breakthrough turned out to be a one-off; no one was as successful following in her
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Going Back to Indiana Spielberg raids his own ancient artifacts one more time ~ BY ANDY KLEIN ~
DON’T KNOW IF YOU’VE HEARD – AFTER all, a few of you may have spent the last several weeks in a sensory deprivation chamber – but Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Harrison Ford have made a new Indiana Jones film. Cue the John Williams fanfare. Twenty-seven years after Indy’s debut in Raiders of the Lost Ark ... 19 years after his adieu in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade ... America’s favorite non-X-rated whipwielding hero returns in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Let’s get the thumb-orientation, star-quantity business out of the way first: thumbs up firmly but unenthusiastically; two and a half stars out of four. That is to say, it’s pretty good. Of course, it has to go up against a very high standard – our collective memories of Raiders. And even Raiders itself doesn’t seem to match up to that standard any more. If KotCS never reaches such heights, it also never comes close to the embarrassing depths of George Lucas’s other series resurrection. This time around, it’s 1957 – which means that Ford has aged exactly the right amount to match up with his age in Last Crusade. (Viewed together, the chronology of all four films doesn’t quite jibe, but big deal.) Indy is kidnapped by a band of Soviet military thugs, led by dragon lady Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett). (“Stalin’s fairhaired girl,” we are told, although her hair is black and Stalin had been dead for three years.) They drag him and sidekick Mac (Ray Winstone) into a warehouse to locate a mysterious, immensely valuable collectible, before things turn into a pretty neat fight/chase/escape sequence. Indy ends up in an absolutely fatal situation but saves himself through a bit of shtick that is very clever, if totally implausible. Of course, plausibility has never exactly been an issue in this series: Didn’t Raiders have our hero hanging onto the outside of a submarine as it crossed an ocean? During these opening scenes, Spielberg et al. introduce a stronger, mildly more controversial dollop of social context than in the earlier Nazis-vs.-good-guys episodes. Despite having just evaded a group of Communist operatives, Indy is accused by a pair of FBI crewcuts of having Red sympathies. In no time flat, he’s forced out of his university job. By coincidence, he is then approached by rebellious 18-year-old Mutt (Shia LaBeouf), the son of some former acquaintance named Marion. Okay, I can accept liberties with history, liberties with
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logic, even liberties with Newtonian physics in these films. What I can’t accept is that Indy shrugs this off with a crack about “a lot of Marions under the bridge” in 20 years. Dude, remember Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen), the love of your life? When Mutt identifies his mom as Marion Williams, it’s not going to enter your mind that Williams might be her married name? You’re not even going to ask her maiden name? Criminy, Marion wasn’t even that common a name in that era (or now); it’s not exactly Mary or Sue or Debbie or Nancy. No no no no no! That I cannot accept. Of course, everyone in the audience who’s either glanced at the poster on the way in or paid attention to the opening credits will already know that it is Marion Ravenwood. From there, it takes no more than a rudimentary knowledge of arithmetic and reproductive biology to predict the film’s next big “surprise.” (I’m not suggesting that Spielberg expects anyone but Indy him-
FILM self to be surprised, but then why not goose up the road to the revelation with some comic foreshadowings or something?) Most of the film involves Indy and Mutt – eventually joined by Marion and a temporarily deranged old friend (John Hurt, in mutter mode) – running around foreign landscapes, competing with Spalko and her Red Army second-in-command (Igor Jijikine, looking more than a little like Vladimir Putin) to decipher a bunch of riddles and locate the titular kingdom ... in short, it’s a series of chases, fights, and ridiculously narrow escapes. The action sequences may be largely retreads of ancient ideas, but they’re still exciting and well-handled. Without giving much away, the solution – like the back story of Stargate – more or less retreads the concept of my beloved Five Million Years to Earth, a.k.a. Quatermass and the Pit. (Go rent it today!) Is it possible that one sound effect was deliberately designed to reference that underappreciated 1967 sci-fi film? Or do I need to get out more? Ford looks every bit of 65, but he’s still a handsome, charismatic 65, so it’s great to see him, even when it’s clear that he can’t be doing his own stunts. (Hell, it’s the seemingly gaunt, 58-year-old Jim Broadbent – playing CITYBEAT
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Indy’s academic superior at the beginning – that I’m worried about.) The movie acknowledges Ford’s age amusingly a few times, and he’s romantically paired off with the relatively age-appropriate (nine years younger) Allen, who looks great. (Her face is almost too devoid of age.) So, if the movie’s mostly action stuff, and the action stuff is well-done, what’s my beef? First of all, the law of diminishing returns: Even after a nearly two-decade hiatus, there’s still a sense of beenthere-done-that. The series is a victim of its own success. It became so ingrained in the culture and so influential on popular filmmaking that it can’t possibly feel as fresh. (I suspect this is why Raiders has lost some of its zing with time, as well.) But there’s also the gimmickry of the plot, which depends too heavily on verbal riddles, as though this were Da Vinci Code 2: Peruvian Posers. The details here are simply pointless plot hinges, and the actors don’t really seem any more interested than we are. This is in contrast to the brilliantly clever shtick in Raiders – the betraying monkey, the burnt image on Toht’s hand, all the little explanatory devices that made us go, “Whoa! Cool!” ... things that we might have been able to figure out ourselves. Instead we get a lot of archaeological/mystical mumbo jumbo, whose significance is suddenly revealed by Indy’s exclaiming, “Aha! This must refer to the burial fetishes of the ancient Biftec Indians and their development of veeblefetzer runes!” (Or something like that.) Like: Huh? And: Who cares? There’s not much one can do about the problems with extending a series (though every 15 years or so, the Bond producers seem to figure out a way to energize things). But the plot-device problem is simply a matter of the quality of the shtick the filmmakers come up with – and, after the early sequences, it feels uninspired. ✶ Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Screenplay by David Koepp; story by George Lucas and Jeff Nathanson; based on characters created by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. With Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Shia LaBeouf, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Jim Broadbent, and Igor Jijikine. Citywide.
Digital Asia One of the greatest Hong Kong films arrives on DVD, and a recent Bollywood dazzler makes it to Blu-ray ~ BY ANDY KLEIN ~
ONG KONG ACTION fans can check another long-awaited DVD release off their “Why isn’t this out?” lists: This week, Dragon Dynasty will release King Hu’s 1966 Come Drink with Me, starring the great Cheng Pei-Pei, who decades later found her broadest audience as the villainous Jade Fox in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). In Hu’s breakthrough hit, the 19-yearold Cheng plays Golden Swallow, a female martial artist, who works together with a drunken, retired swordsman (Yueh Hua) to free her brother from kidnappers. The movie has that joyous, inescapable sense of a cinema artist discovering his true voice in one blinding flash of energy. Even after his career went into eclipse in the ’80s, Hu remained the greatest influence on the generation of “New Wave” Hong Kong filmmakers who became popular in America. (The notable exception is John Woo, who cites Chang Cheh as his mentor.) DVD When Celestial Films started rolling out the massive Shaw Bros. catalog on DVD in 2002, Come Drink with Me was unsurprisingly their first release. For me (and at least a half-dozen friends), this Region 3 Hong Kong disc was the final impetus for buying a region-free player. Dragon Dynasty, having bought the American video rights, didn’t include it in their first batch, but now it’s arrived in a terrific edition. Unlike the HK transfer, the image on the new release is properly presented “enhanced for widescreen TVs,” so, on newer sets, it fills the entire width of the screen, where the earlier version showed it shrunken in the middle of the screen, with thick black bands on all four sides. (On old-style standard TVs, both discs display the same way.) And it seems to preserve a tiny bit more of the originally intended widescreen image on the sides, perhaps 5-10%. The extras include interviews with Tsui Hark (Once Upon a Time in China) (14 minutes), Cheng Pei-Pei (16 minutes), and Yueh Hua (17 minutes), as well as A Classic Remembered: A Retrospective with Hong Kong Cinema Expert Bey Logan (18 minutes). Most of these sound like repackagings of many of the extras on the Celestial, but in fact all are from brand new interviews and in English, where their equivalents on the older disc were primarily in Chinese, with English subtitles.
More importantly, there is a new commentary track from Logan and Cheng. The commentary on the older release was a technical disaster; Logan and Cheng were joined by the latter’s daughter, the talented American-born actress Eugenia Yuan (Charlotte Sometimes). Unfortunately, Yuan must have been the closest to the mike and her mother the farthest, because every time she giggled, she totally drowned out Cheng and Logan. This time around, Cheng and Logan are properly balanced; they repeat much of the same info, but (obviously) more audibly, including, once again, a refutation of the rumor that the 12-year-old Jackie Chan appears in the film’s chorus of children. Come Drink with Me is so visually striking that I wish it had received a high-definition Blu-ray release as well, but we’ll have to wait with fingers crossed for that one. In the meanwhile, Sony has issued one of the first Bollywood Blu-rays – last year’s spectacular Saawariya from director Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Devdas). EYE I have my problems with Saawariya’s story – adapted from Tolstoy, no less – but the neon/candy production design and cinematography are dazzling, among the most gorgeous I’ve yet seen in hi-def ... Moulin Rouge times two. Ranbir Kapoor, from the latest generation of one of the leading Bollywood families, makes a simply terrific debut, with instant star quality. The extras are trivial: These two 20minute shorts – one about the music, the other about the big premiere – actually include a lot of the same footage. ✶
Come Drink with Me. Directed by King Hu. Written by King Hu and Yang Erh. With Cheng Pei-Pei, Yueh Hua, and Chen Hung Lieh. Genius/Weinstein/Dragon Dynasty, $19.99. Saawariya. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Written by Prakash Kapadia & Sanjay Leela Bhansali; based on the story White Nights by Leo Tolstoy. Original music by Monty Sharma. With Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee, Zohra Sehgal, and Salman Khan. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, DVD, $26.96; Blu-Ray Disc, $38.96.
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LATEST REVIEWS THE CHILDREN OF HUANG SHI In 1937, amid the chaos of Japan’s invasion and occupation of China, English journalist George Hogg (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) helps orchestrate an exodus of young, male orphans to save them from inevitable conscription and certain death. Arguably veteran director Roger Spot-
tiswoode’s most accomplished film to date, this old-fashioned wartime melodrama is very much intended to feel like a throwback – the kind of earnest, unabashedly humanistic heart-thumper for which filmmakers like Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger were rightly renowned. Rhys Meyers and costars Radha Mitchell, Chow Yun-Fat, and Michelle Yeoh all do excellent work, but the real stars are the film’s boys, scrappy urchins who – ably aided by David Hirschfelder’s evocative score and Xiaoding Zhao’s sterling photography – evolve into heroes before our very eyes.
For some the film will inevitably feel like too much of a throwback, old-fashioned in ways that seem more dusty and dated than charming and nostalgic. There’s also the rather obvious and unfortunate influence of the Chinese government (an apparent precondition to shooting in China) in soft-pedaling the politics and unfairly demonizing Chiang Kai-shek’s Chinese Nationalists. But Spottiswoode’s passion for the project, which consumed close to ten years of his life, erases whatever rough edges might otherwise have seemed cloying, contrived, or unduly manipulative. In this
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case, they really don’t make ’em like this any more – and more’s the pity. (Wade Major) (Landmark West Los Angeles, Laemmle’s Town Center 5, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7)
THE COOL SCHOOL In the late 1950s, as the postwar rise of Abstract Expressionism became the new wave of painting in the United States, a small but determined band of California artists, curators, and collectors exercised impulse over calculation and, in the process, created their own scene. Eschewing the trickle-down influence of the New York City set, and battling an apathetic public and the L.A. Board of Supervisors – who derailed citywide arts fairs using communist infiltration as an excuse, at one point claiming a painting of a sailboat nefariously concealed a hammer and sickle – these headstrong Left-Coasters brought a new and vigorously American slant to contemporary painting, as this lively documentary details. Director Morgan Neville, who has to his name a smattering of excellent serial biography small screen credits, imbues The Cool School with a style at once engaging and unpretentious. Using Walter Hopps, co-owner of the influential Ferus Gallery, as its nexus, the film shows how art of the time came to be informed by the laid-back, anything-goes culture of the Southland and particularly Venice Beach. Similar in perspective to Dogtown and Z-Boys and Riding Giants, which documented the origins and rise of skate and sur f culture, respectively, The Cool School is a fascinating stor y of outsiders cracking the mainstream. Jeff Bridges narrates, and interviewees include critic Peter Plagens, dozens of artists, and scenester benefactors Dennis Hopper and Dean Stockwell. (Brent Simon) (Laemmle’s Grande 4)
HEAVY METAL IN BAGHDAD The members of Acrassicouda – Latin for Black Scorpion – have had a slightly rougher ride than most metal bands. As this engaging documentary shows, these young Iraqi men hoped to succeed as a recording and touring group, despite societal pressures and hardships under Saddam ... and still after the U.S. toppled him. Get this, dudes: You can’t wear T-shirts of your favorite Western bands in Baghdad these days – that shit will get you shot in the streets. Heck, your band’s practice space might even get leveled by a mortar round. (Theirs did.) Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi’s film was inspired by an article that appeared in a 2003 issue of Alvi’s magazine, Vice, and the duo managed to get around the streets during some pretty hairy moments ... with the help of a cadre of guides and guards. (Still, you have to commend the filmmakers for repeatedly placing their lives on the line to simply chat with a bunch of decent, if struggling, guys.) Filming took place over the last three years in Baghdad and, later, Damascus, and the tension and danger out-
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side the Green Zone are ever-present. But it’s Acrassicouda themselves who provide the clarity in the chaos: Alternately hopeful, despairing, frustrated, and exhausted, their faces palpably show the terrible uncertainty of living in wartime, haunted by the memories of a country that they currently fail to recognize. (Joshua Sindell) (Laemmle’s Sunset 5)
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POSTAL When one of the less offensive moments in a comedy features Verne Troyer getting gang-banged by a hundred transvestite chimpanzees, you know you’re in for, well, something. German cinemantagonist Uwe Boll – a director more proud of his detractors than his fans – knows that most of America regards him with disgust or apathy. The firstperson-shooter videogame that inspired his latest movie gives him the chance to return the favor; surprisingly, the obese trailer park wife (Jodie Stewart), the use of a cat as a silencer, and the decadent religious cult headed by Dave Foley and a cast of bimbos aren’t his invention. (The flourish of casting himself as a pedophile Nazi filmmaker is all his own.) Into this murky land of murderous cops, dolls shaped like testicles, and Osama bin Laden (Larry Thomas) plotting jihad from a secret lair in a mini-mart, wades Dude (Zack Ward), a loser in search of his inner Rambo. Twice as violent and half as funny as anything resembling a good movie, it’s still a hell of a ride as it coasts on the universal appeal of booing George Bush (Brent Mendenhall) and relishing the naughty catharsis of schoolchildren getting mowed down by machine gun fire. (Amy Nicholson) (Laemmle’s Monica 4, Culver Plaza)
SANGRE DE MI SANGRE With Under the Same Moon still on L.A. screens, another illegal immigrant story arrives with a similar setup but decidedly different tone. His mother dead, 17-year-old Pedro (Jorge Adrian Espindola) sneaks across the Mexican border to reunite with his father, who’s lived in Brooklyn for two decades. Along the way, he meets Juan (Armando Hernandez), a smooth talker to whom the naive teenager reveals his connection in the city and the sealed letter from his mother that will serve as his introduction. When they arrive at their destination, Pedro awakens to find his belongings – including the missive – missing. Posing as Pedro, Juan tracks down Diego (Jesus Ochoa), who turns out to be a dishwasher – not the French restaurateur Pedro believes him to be. In stark contrast to Moon’s sentimentality, first-time director Christopher Zalla goes for gritty realism. None of the characters in this 2007 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner are wholly angelic or villainous: Pedro’s innocence is compromised by his desperate bid for survival on the streets, and Juan’s ill intentions are offset by his charm. Diego, too, harbors bitterness beneath a cantankerous, hard-working exterior. Deeply felt performances are rendered all the more real by documentary-like handheld camera and natural lighting. (Annlee Ellingson) (Laemmle’s Sunset 5, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7)
SURFWISE The nine children cranked out by surfing legend Dorian Paskowitz and his Mexican-American wife, Juliette, had an upbringing any kid would envy. The eight boys and one girl never set foot in pub-
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lic school, instead spending their entire childhood driving around North America in a camper with their parents, surfing, playing, and eating fish they caught themselves. It sounds idyllic, but in crafting this engrossing documentary, director Doug Pray slowly turns the narrative around to reveal how Dorian’s passively dictatorial fathering methods begat nine troubled adults. The family’s 24-foot camper was so cramped the kids couldn’t escape the sound of their parents having sex nor the bodily odors that prompted Juliette’s reminders to “wash your asshole.” Dorian – a Stanford-educated doctor and proud Jew, who went off the grid in the ’60s to pursue sex and surfing – is a wise and cantankerous fellow, who proudly flaunted his lack of money to his children. But his mantra of “eat clean, live clean, surf clean,” while shiny and happy, was ultimately a poor parenting guide. Although the film includes the estranged family gathering for a rather contrived reunion, Prey’s documentary is a gem, the story of a hippie tyrant who lived a fascinating life of fullbodied idealism and, as a result, ruined his family. (Mark Keizer) (Nuart)
TUYA’S MARRIAGE You may think you have it tough when your latte gets cold while you’re stuck in traffic on the 405, but if you compare
your travails to those of the heroine in director Wang Quan An’s utterly compelling drama, set in the desert wilderness of Inner Mongolia, you’ll realize you have nothing to worry about. The beautiful Tuya (Yu Nan) tends her flock of sheep while also taking care of her invalid husband and two kids. When her back forces her to give up shepherding, she is no longer able to support her clan. So she pragmatically does what she has to do: With her husband’s permission, she gets a divorce and coolly sets about trying to find a new hubby. Tuya inter views several loathsome candidates over ceremonial cups of milk tea – but most are understandably taken aback by her insistence that her new mate will also have to take care of her first husband. It takes a while to get used to the almost impenetrable canvas of the film’s near-otherworldly Mongolian customs and sensibility, but the intensity of the emotions underlying the occasionally bizarre (to a Westerner, anyway) situations are moving and universal. Yu’s performance as the headstrong, yet desperate Mongolian housewife is unusually powerful and subtle. Yet, the real star of the film is the unbearable expanse of the bleak Mongolian landscape, which is both beloved home and tormentor to the suffering characters. (Paul Birchall) (Laemmle’s Music Hall 3, Laemmle’s One Colorado)
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ALSO OPENING THIS WEEK Maiko Haaaan!!! Nobuo Mizuta directed this wacky comedy about a Japanese office worker (Sadawo Abe), who believes he is destined to fall in love with a “Maiko” – that is, an apprentice Geisha. Shinichi Tsutsumi and Kou Shibasaki costar. (AK) (ImaginAsian Theatre, 251 S. Main St., downtown L.A., 213-617-1033. Theimaginasian.com/la) Refusenik. Laura Bialis directed this documentary about the 30-year international movement to free Soviet Jews, as told through the eyes of activists on both sides of the Iron Curtain – many of whom survived life in the Soviet Gulag. Interviewees include Natan Sharansky and L.A. Country Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. (AK) (Laemmle’s Music Hall 3, Laemmle’s Town Center 5)
SHOWTIMES May 23-29 Note: Times are p.m., and daily, unless otherwise indicated. All times are subject to c hange without notice.
BURBANK AMC Burbank 16, 140 E Palm Av, (818) 953-
9800. Baby Mama Fri-Sun 11:25 a.m., 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30, midnight; Mon 11:25 a.m., 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Fri-Sun 9:30 a.m., 10:10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:55, 1:35, 2:55, 4:20, 5, 6:20, 7:50, 8:25, 9:50, 11:10, 11:50; Mon 9:30 a.m., 10:10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:55, 1:35, 2:55, 4:20, 5, 6:20, 7:50, 8:25, 9:50, 11:10. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri-Sun 10 a.m., 12:35, 3:10, 5:50, 8:30, 11:15; Mon 10 a.m., 12:35, 3:10, 5:50, 8:30. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay Fri-Mon 9:55 a.m., 12:20, 3, 5:25, 8, 10:35. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Fri-Sat 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:45, 1:45, 2:45, 3:45, 4:45, 5:45, 6:45, 7:45, 8:45, 9:45, 10:45, 11:45, 12:40 a.m.; Sun 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:45, 1:45, 2:45, 3:45, 4:45, 5:45, 6:45, 7:45, 8:45, 9:45, 10:45, 11:45; Mon 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:45, 1:45, 2:45, 3:45, 4:45, 5:45, 6:45, 7:45, 8:45, 9:45, 10:45. Iron Man Fri-Sun 10:40 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:40, 2:25, 4:50, 5:30, 7:55, 8:35, 11, 11:40; Mon 10:40 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:40, 2:25, 4:50, 5:30, 7:55, 8:35, 11. Made of Honor Fri-Sun 11:35 a.m., 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:45, 12:10 a.m.; Mon 11:35 a.m., 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:45. Sex and the City Thur only, 12:01 a.m. Speed Racer Fri-Mon 9:50 a.m., 1, 4:15, 7:30, 10:40. What Happens in Vegas Fri-Sun 12:50, 3:30, 6:05, 8:40, 11:20; Mon 12:50, 3:30, 6:05, 8:40. AMC Burbank Town Center 8, 210 E Magnolia Bl, (818) 953-9800. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Fri-Sun 10:15 a.m., 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15. AMC Burbank Town Center 6, 770 N First St, (818) 953-9800. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Fri-Mon 12:10, 3:35, 7, 10:25. The Forbidden Kingdom Fri-Mon 11:20 a.m., 2, 4:55, 7:45, 10:40. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Fri-Sun 11:15 a.m., 12:15, 2:15, 3:15, 5:15, 6:15, 8:15, 9:15, 11:15; Mon 11:15 a.m., 12:15, 2:15, 3:15, 5:15, 6:15, 8:15, 9:15, 11:05. Iron Man Fri-Mon 12:35, 3:40, 6:45, 9:50. What Happens in Vegas Fri-Mon noon, 2:30, 5:10, 7:40, 10:20.
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-Sun 11:45 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45, 12:15 a.m.; Mon-Thur 11:45 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Fri-Sun 10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:15, 1:15, 1:45, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 6:15, 6:45, 7:15, 7:45, 8:15, 9:30, 10, 11, 11:30, 12:30 a.m.; Mon 10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:15, 1:15, 1:45, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 6:15, 6:45, 7:15, 7:45, 8:15, 9:30, 10; TueThur 11:45 a.m., 12:15, 1:15, 1:45, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 6:15, 6:45, 7:15, 7:45, 8:15, 9:30, 10. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay Fri-Sun 12:15 a.m. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Fri-Sun 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 12:50, 1:20, 2:20, 2:50, 3:40, 4:10, 5:10, 5:40, 6:30, 7, 8, 8:30, 9:20, 9:50, 10:50, 11:20, 12:10 a.m., 12:30 a.m.; Mon 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 12:50, 1:20, 2:20, 2:50, 3:40, 4:10, 5:10, 5:40, 6:30, 7, 8, 8:30, 9:20, 9:50, 10:50; Tue-Thur noon, 12:50, 1:20, 2:20, 2:50, 3:40, 4:10, 5:10, 5:40, 6:30, 7, 8, 8:30, 9:20, 9:50, 10:50. Iron Man Fri-Sun 11:25 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:20, 2:20, 3:15, 5:15, 6:15, 8:10, 9:05, 10:35, 11, 11:55; Mon 11:25 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:20, 2:20, 3:15, 5:15, 6:15, 8:10, 9:05, 10:35; TueThur 11:50 a.m., 12:20, 2:20, 3:15, 5:15, 6:15, 8:10, 9:05, 10:35. Sesame Street: Dinosaurs Sat-Sun 10 a.m.. Speed Racer 12:15, 3:15, 6:15, 9:15. What Happens in Vegas Fri-Sun 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10:10, 12:30 a.m.; Mon-Thur 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10:10. Culver Plaza Theatre, 9919 Washington Blvd, (310) 836-5516. Call theater for titles and showtimes. Loews Cineplex Marina Marketplace, 13455 Maxella Av, (310) 827-9588. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri 2, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05; Sat-Mon 11:15 a.m., 2, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05; Tue-Thur 1:30, 4:20, 6:50, 9:20. Iron Man Fri 1:45, 3:15, 4:45, 6:15, 7:45, 9:15, 10, 10:35; Sat-Sun 11:30 a.m., 1:45, 3:15, 4:45, 6:15, 7:45, 9:15, 10, 10:35; Mon 11:30 a.m., 1:45, 3:15, 4:45, 6:15, 7:45, 9:15, 10; TueThur 1:45, 2:30, 4:45, 5:30, 7:45, 8:30, 9:50. Made of Honor Fri 1:25, 4:15, 7:20, 10:15; SatSun 11:05 a.m., 1:25, 4:15, 7:20, 10:15; Mon 11:05 a.m., 1:25, 4:15, 7:20, 9:50; Tue-Thur 1:25, 4:15, 7:05, 9:25. Speed Racer 1, 4, 7.
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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 11 a.m., 1:30, 4:25, 7:15, 9:45; Tue-Thur 1:15, 4:25, 7:15, 9:35. Pacific Culver Stadium 12, 9500 Culver Bl, (310) 855-7519. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Fri-Mon 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:35, 2:35, 4:15, 4:55, 5:45, 7:30, 8:15, 9, 10:40; Tue-Thur 11:45 a.m., 12:45, 1:45, 3:05, 4:10, 5:10, 7:05, 7:50, 8:35, 10:15. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri-Mon 10:40 a.m., 1:20, 4:35, 7:20, 10:10; Tue-Thur 1:25, 4:05, 7:20, 10. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Fri-Mon 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1, 1:45, 2:20, 4, 4:45, 5:20, 7, 7:45, 8:20, 10:05, 10:45, 11:10; Tue-Thur 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:20, 3:20, 4:20, 5:20, 7, 7:45, 8:30, 10:10. Iron Man Fri-Mon 10:20 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:30, 2:30, 4:25, 5:25, 7:25, 8:25, 10:20, 11:15; TueThur 11:50 a.m., 12:50, 2:45, 4, 5:40, 7:10, 8:40, 10:05. Speed Racer Fri-Mon 10:30 a.m., 1:40, 4:40, 7:55, 10:55; Tue-Thur 1, 4:15, 7:25, 10:20. What Happens in Vegas Fri-Mon 11:25 a.m., 1:50, 4:20, 7:10, 9:35; Tue-Thur 12:05, 2:35, 5, 7:30, 9:55. UA Marina, 4335 Glencoe Av, (310) 823-1721. Baby Mama Fri-Mon 9:40 a.m., noon, 2:30, 5, 7:40, 10:20; Tue-Thur 11:50 a.m., 2:30, 5, 7:40, 10. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Fri-Mon 9:20 a.m., 9:50 a.m., 12:30, 1, 3:40, 4:10, 7, 7:30, 10:10, 10:40; Tue-Thur noon, 12:30, 3:10, 3:40, 6:30, 7, 9:50, 10:20. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Fri-Mon 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:10, 12:50, 1:20, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 6:50, 7:20, 7:50, 10, 10:30, 11; Tue-Thur 12:10, 12:50, 1:20, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 6:50, 7:20, 7:50, 9:40, 10:10, 10:40.
DOWNTOWN & SOUTH L.A. Laemmle’s Grande 4-Plex, 345 S Figueroa St, (213) 617-0268. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Fri 5, 8:10; Sat-Mon 1:30, 5, 8:10; TueThur 5, 8:10. The Cool School Fri 5:30, 7:40, 10; Sat-Mon 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:40, 10; Tue-Thur 5:30, 7:40. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Fri 4:10, 7, 9:50; Sat-Mon 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:50; Tue-Thur 5:10, 8. Iron Man Fri 4, 10; Sat-Mon 1:10, 4, 7:10, 10; Tue-Thur 5:20, 8:20. Magic Johnson Theaters, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 4020 Marlton Av, (323) 290-5900. Baby Mama Fri-Mon 9:55 a.m., 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:30; Tue-Wed 4:45, 7:05, 9:30; Thur 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:30. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Fri-Sun 9:50 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 10:50 a.m., 1:10, 3, 3:40, 4:20, 6:45, 7:15, 7:45, 10:10, 10:50; Mon 9:50 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 10:50 a.m., 1:10, 3, 3:40, 4:20, 6:45, 7:15, 7:45, 10:10; Tue-Wed 4:20, 6:45, 7:15, 7:45, 10:10; Thur 1:10, 3, 3:40, 4:20, 6:45, 7:15, 7:45, 10:10. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Fri-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, 10:30, 11; Mon 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, 10:30; TueWed 2, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 10:30; Thur 1:30, 2, 2:30, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 10:30. Iron Man Fri-Sun 10 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1, 1:40, 2:20, 4, 4:40, 5:20, 7, 7:40, 8:20, 10, 10:40; Mon 10 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1, 1:40, 2:20, 4, 4:40, 5:20, 7, 7:40, 8:20, 10; Tue-Wed 4, 4:40, 5:20, 7, 7:40, 8:20, 10; Thur 1, 1:40, 2:20, 4, 4:40, 5:20, 7, 7:40, 8:20, 10. Prom Night Fri-Mon 10:25 a.m., 12:55, 3:25, 5:45, 8:10, 10:45; Tue-Thur 5:45, 8:10, 10:45. Speed Racer Fri-Sun 9:45 a.m., 12:25, 1:05, 3:30, 4:10, 6:50, 7:20, 9:55, 10:35; Mon 9:45 a.m., 12:25, 1:05, 3:30, 4:10, 6:50, 7:20, 9:55; TueWed 4:10, 6:50, 7:20, 9:55; Thur 1:05, 3:30, 4:10, 6:50, 7:20, 9:55. Street Kings Fri-Mon 11:10 a.m., 1:50, 4:35, 7:10, 10:05; Tue-Wed 4:35, 7:10, 10:05; Thur 1:50, 4:35, 7:10, 10:05. What Happens in Vegas Fri-Mon 11:50 a.m., 2:35, 5:10, 7:50, 10:25; Tue-Wed 5:10, 7:50, 10:25; Thur noon, 2:35, 5:10, 7:50, 10:25. University Village 3, 3323 S Hoover St, (213) 7486321. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Fri-Sat noon, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30, 12:30 a.m.; SunThur noon, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Fri-Sat 11 a.m., 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20, 12:45 a.m.; Sun-Thur 11 a.m., 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20. Iron Man Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:50, 12:30 a.m.; Sun-Thur 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:50.
HOLLYWOOD ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Bl, (323) 464-4226. The Fall 11:20 a.m., 2:20, 5:10, 8, 10:45. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri-Mon 11:30 a.m., 2, 4:50, 7:50, 10:50; Tue-Thur 11:10 a.m., 1:50, 4:50, 7:50, 10:50.
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Fri-Sun 10 a.m., 10:01 a.m., 10:35 a.m., 10:36 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 11:46 a.m., 1:10, 1:11, 1:25, 1:45, 1:46, 2:10, 2:45, 2:46, 4:10, 4:11, 4:25, 4:45, 4:46, 5:20, 5:55, 5:56, 7:20, 7:21, 7:35, 7:55, 7:56, 8:30, 9, 9:01, 10:15, 10:30, 10:31, 11:05, 11:06, 11:40, 12:05 a.m., 12:06 a.m.; Mon 10 a.m., 10:01 a.m., 10:35 a.m., 10:36 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 11:46 a.m., 1:10, 1:11, 1:25, 1:45, 1:46, 2:10, 2:45, 2:46, 4:10, 4:11, 4:25, 4:45, 4:46, 5:20, 5:55, 5:56, 7:20, 7:21, 7:35, 7:55, 7:56, 8:30, 9, 9:01, 10:15, 10:30, 10:31, 11:05, 11:06, 11:40; Tue-Thur 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30, 1:10, 1:45, 2:10, 2:45, 3:30, 4:10, 4:45, 5:20, 5:55, 7, 7:20, 7:55, 8:30, 9, 9:40, 10:20, 10:55, 11:30. Iron Man Fri-Mon 10:10 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 1, 1:50, 2:30, 4, 4:40, 5:15, 7:10, 7:40, 8:15, 10, 10:40, 11:15; Tue-Thur 11:10 a.m., noon, 1:30, 2:30, 4, 4:40, 5:15, 7:10, 7:40, 8:15, 10, 10:40, 11:15. Son of Rambow Fri-Mon 10:50 a.m., 1:40, 4:40, 7:30, 10:10; Tue-Thur 11:30 a.m., 2, 4:30, 7:30, 10:10. What Happens in Vegas Fri-Mon 11:25 a.m., 2:35, 5:05, 7:45, 10:35; Tue-Thur 11:35 a.m., 2:35, 5:05, 7:45, 10:35. Grauman’s Chinese, 6925 Hollywood Bl, (323) 464-8111. Speed Racer 12:30, 3:50, 7, 10:20. Los Feliz 3, 1822 N Vermont Av, (323) 664-
2169. The Fall 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30. Forgetting Sarah Marshall 4:30, 9:30. Iron Man 2:45, 5:30, 8:30. Young at Heart 2, 7. Mann Chinese 6, 6801 Hollywood Bl, (323) 4613331. Baby Mama 11:20 a.m., 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:30. The Forbidden Kingdom Fri-Sat 4:10, 10:10; MonThur 4:10, 10:10. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay 11:50 a.m., 2:20, 4:50, 7:30, 10. How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer Fri-Sat 1:10, 7:10; Mon-Thur 1:10, 7:10. Made of Honor 11:30 a.m., 2, 4:30, 7:20, 9:50. Speed Racer 11:40 a.m., 2:50, 6, 9:20. Pacific’s El Capitan, 6838 Hollywood Bl, (323) 467-7674. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 10 a.m., 1:20, 4:40, 7:55, 11:15. Pacific’s The Grove Stadium 14, 189 The Grove Dr, Third St & Fairfax Av, (323) 692-0829. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 9:25 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 10:25 a.m., 12:35, 12:55, 1:40, 3:50, 4:20, 4:55, 7:10, 7:45, 8:10, 10:25, 11:05, 11:25. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri-Mon 10:55 a.m., 1:55, 4:45, 7:50, 10:45; Tue-Wed 10:55 a.m., 1:55, 4:45, 10:45; Thur 10:55 a.m., 1:55, 4:45, 7:50, 10:45. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Fri-Sun 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 4, 4:30, 5:05, 5:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30, 12:25 a.m.; Mon-Tue 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 4, 4:30, 5:05, 5:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30; Wed 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 4, 4:15, 5:05, 5:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30; Thur 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 4, 4:30, 5:05, 5:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30. Iron Man Fri-Wed 10:15 a.m., 11:05 a.m., 1:10, 2:05, 4:10, 5, 7:20, 7:55, 8:20, 10:20, 10:55, 11:15; Thur 11:05 a.m., 2:05, 5, 7:55, 10:55. Made of Honor 10:10 a.m., 1:05, 4:05, 7:15, 10:05. Speed Racer Fri-Tue 9:45 a.m., 12:50, 3:55, 7:05, 10:10; Wed 9:45 a.m., 12:50, 3:55, 10:40; Thur 9:45 a.m., 12:50, 3:55, 10:10. What Happens in Vegas 10:45 a.m., 1:45, 4:40, 7:40, 10:15. Regent Showcase, 614 N La Brea Av, (323) 934-2944. Up the Yangtze Fri 7:30, 9:30; Sat-Mon 5:30, 7:30, 9:30; Tue-Thur 7:30, 9:30. Vine, 6321 Hollywood Bl, (323) 463-6819. Call theater for titles and showtimes. Vista, 4473 Sunset, (323) 660-6639. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Fri 3:45, 6:45, 9:45; Sat-Mon 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:45; Tue-Thur 3:45, 6:45, 9:45.
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Century 8, 12827 Victory Bl, (818) 508-6004. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 10:45 a.m., 12:30, 2, 3:45, 5:15, 7, 8:40, 10:15. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6, 7:30, 9, 10:30. Iron Man 10:25 a.m., 11:55 a.m., 1:25, 2:55, 4:25, 5:55, 7:25, 8:55, 10:25.Speed Racer 10:20 a.m., 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 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-Mon 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:40; Wed-Thur 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:40. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Fri-Sun 10:20 a.m., 11:20 a.m., noon, 12:45, 1:35, 2:50, 3:30, 4:05, 4:50, 6:10, 6:45, 7:15, 8:15, 9:25, 10:10, 10:45, 11:30, 12:35 a.m.; Mon 10:20 a.m., 11:20 a.m., noon, 12:45, 1:35, 2:50, 3:30, 4:05, 4:50, 6:10, 6:45, 7:15, 8:15, 9:25, 10:10, 10:45; Tue-Wed 12:15, 12:45, 1:35, 2:50, 3:30, 4:05, 4:50, 6:10, 6:45, 7:15, 8:15, 9:25, 10:10, 10:45; Thur 12:15, 12:45, 1:35, 2:50, 3:30, 4:05, 4:50, 6:10, 6:45, 7:15, 8:15, 9:25, 10:10. The Forbidden Kingdom 12:25, 3:20, 6:10. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri-Mon 10:35 a.m., 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 9:55; Tue-Thur 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 9:55. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay Fri-Sun 11:15 a.m., 1:50, 4:30, 8:10, 11:10; Mon 11:15 a.m., 1:50, 4:30, 8:10, 10:50; Tue-Thur 1:50, 4:30, 8:10, 10:50. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Fri-Sun 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3:15, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6:15, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:45, 9:15, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:40, 12:15 a.m.; Mon 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3:15, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6:15, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:45, 9:15, 10, 10:30, 11; Tue-Thur 12:15, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3:15, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6:15, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:45, 9:15, 10, 10:30, 11. Iron Man Fri-Sun 10:40 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 12:30, 1:45, 2:20, 3:40, 4:40, 5:20, 6:30, 7:45, 8:25, 9:30, 10:55, 11:20, 12:25 a.m.; Mon 10:40 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 12:30, 1:45, 2:20, 3:40, 4:40, 5:20, 6:30, 7:45, 8:25, 9:30, 10:55; Tue-Thur 12:30, 1:45, 2:20, 3:40, 4:40, 5:20, 6:30, 7:45, 8:25, 9:30, 10:55. Sex and the City Thur only, 12:01 a.m. Speed Racer Fri-Mon 11:50 a.m., 3, 6, 9; TueThur 3, 6, 9. Speed Racer: The IMAX Experience IMAX 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:20. What Happens in Vegas Fri-Sun 11:05 a.m., 1:40, 4:15, 6:50, 9:40, 12:20 a.m.; Mon 11:05 a.m., 1:40, 4:15, 6:50, 9:40; Tue-Thur 1:40, 4:15, 6:50, 9:40.
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Mann Granada Hills, Devonshire St & Balboa Av, (818) 363-3679. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 11:20 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:20, 2:40, 3:10, 3:40, 6, 6:40, 7, 9:10, 9:50, 10:10. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:20. Iron Man 10:40 a.m., 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:30. Speed Racer 12:40, 3:50, 6:50, 10. What Happens in Vegas 11:10 a.m., 1:50, 4:20, 7:10, 9:40.
Pacific’s Northridge Fashion Center All Stadium 10, 9400 N Shirley Av, (818) 501-5121. Baby Mama Fri 2:20, 4:55, 7:25, 10; Sat-Sun 11:30 a.m., 2:20, 4:55, 7:25, 10; Mon 11:30 a.m., 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10; Tue-Thur 1:35, 4:55, 7:30, 10. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Fri-Sun noon, 1, 3:25, 4:20, 7, 8:05, 10:15; Mon noon, 1, 3:25, 4:20, 7, 8:05, 10:05; Tue-Thur 12:40, 1:05, 3:45, 4:20, 7, 8:05, 10:05. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri 1:25, 4:10, 7:05, 9:45; Sat-Mon 10:50 a.m., 1:25, 4:10, 7:05, 9:45; Tue-Thur 1:25, 4:10, 7:05, 9:45. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Fri 12:30, 1:30, 3:55, 4:35, 7:10, 7:35, 10:10, 10:40; Sat-Sun 10:45 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 3:55, 4:35, 7:10, 7:35, 10:10, 10:40; Mon 10:45 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 3:55, 4:35, 7:10, 7:35, 9:55, 10:25; Tue-Thur 12:30, 1:30, 3:55, 4:35, 7:10, 7:35, 9:55, 10:25. Iron Man Fri-Sun 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:25; MonThur 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:10. Made of Honor Fri 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:55; SatSun 11:10 a.m., 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:55; Mon 11:10 a.m., 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50; Tue-Thur 1:50, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50. Speed Racer Fri-Sun 1:20, 4:25, 7:30, 10:35; MonThur 1:20, 4:25, 7:25, 10:20. What Happens in Vegas Fri 2:30, 5, 7:40, 10:30; Sat-Sun 11:40 a.m., 2:30, 5, 7:40, 10:30; Mon 11:40 a.m., 2:30, 5, 7:40, 10:15; Tue-Thur 2, 5, 7:40, 10:15. Pacific’s Winnetka All Stadium 21, 9201 Winnetka Av, Chatsworth, (818) 501-5121. Baby Mama Fri 1:45, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50; Sat-Mon 11:10 a.m., 1:45, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50; Tue-Thur 1:45, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Fri 12:35, 1:15, 1:35, 2, 2:35, 3:55, 4:35, 4:55, 5:30, 6:05, 7:15, 7:55, 8:15, 8:55, 9:30, 10:45, 11:15; Sat-Sun 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:35, 1:15, 1:35, 2, 2:35, 3:55, 4:35, 4:55, 5:30, 6:05, 7:15, 7:55, 8:15, 8:55, 9:30, 10:45, 11:15; Mon 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:35, 1:15, 1:35, 2, 2:35, 3:55, 4:35, 4:55, 5:30, 6:05, 7:15, 7:55, 8:15, 8:55, 9:30, 10:40; Tue-Thur 12:35, 1:15, 1:35, 2, 2:35, 3:55, 4:35, 4:55, 5:30, 6:05, 7:15, 7:55, 8:15, 8:55, 9:30, 10:40. The Forbidden Kingdom Fri 2:30, 5:25, 8:10, 11; Sat-Sun 11:40 a.m., 2:30, 5:25, 8:10, 11; Mon 11:40 a.m., 2:30, 5:25, 8:10; Tue-Thur 2:30, 5:25, 8:10. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri 2:40, 5:35, 8:20, 11:10; Sat-Sun 11:45 a.m., 2:40, 5:35, 8:20, 11:10; Mon 11:45 a.m., 2:40, 5:35, 8:20; TueThur 2:40, 5:35, 8:20. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay Fri 1:10, 4:25, 7:40, 10:35; Sat-Mon 10:35 a.m., 1:10, 4:25, 7:40, 10:35; Tue-Thur 1:10, 4:25, 7:40, 10:35. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Fri noon, 1, 1:45, 1:46, 2:15, 3, 3:40, 4:20, 5:20, 5:21, 5:55, 6:30, 7, 7:45, 8:30, 8:31, 9:15, 9:45, 10:10, 10:55, 11:30, 11:31; Sat-Sun 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 1, 1:45, 1:46, 2:15, 3, 3:40, 4:20, 5:20, 5:21, 5:55, 6:30, 7, 7:45, 8:30, 8:31, 9:15, 9:45, 10:10, 10:55, 11:30, 11:31; Mon 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 1, 1:45, 1:46, 2:15, 3, 3:40, 4:20, 5:20, 5:21, 5:55, 6:30, 7, 7:45, 8:30, 8:31, 9:15, 9:45, 10:10, 10:45; Tue-Thur noon, 1, 1:45, 1:46, 2:15, 3, 3:40, 4:20, 5:20, 5:21, 5:55, 6:30, 7, 7:45, 8:30, 8:31, 9:15, 9:45, 10:10, 10:45. Iron Man Fri 12:15, 1:40, 3:20, 4:45, 6:45, 8, 9:55, 11:05; Sat-Sun 10:30 a.m., 12:15, 1:40, 3:20, 4:45, 6:45, 8, 9:55, 11:05; Mon 10:30 a.m., 12:15, 1:40, 3:20, 4:45, 6:45, 8, 9:55; Tue-Thur 12:15, 1:40, 3:20, 4:45, 6:45, 8, 9:55. Speed Racer Fri 12:30, 1:55, 3:50, 5:15, 7:05, 8:25, 10:25; Sat-Mon 10:40 a.m., 12:30, 1:55, 3:50, 5:15, 7:05, 8:25, 10:25; Tue-Thur 12:30, 1:55, 3:50, 5:15, 7:05, 8:25, 10:25. What Happens in Vegas Fri 12:40, 1:30, 3:15, 4:15, 5:50, 7:25, 8:40, 10:05, 11:20; Sat-Sun 10:50 a.m., 12:40, 1:30, 3:15, 4:15, 5:50, 7:25, 8:40, 10:05, 11:20; Mon 10:50 a.m., 12:40, 1:30, 3:15, 4:15, 5:50, 7:25, 8:40, 10:05; Tue-Thur 12:40, 1:30, 3:15, 4:15, 5:50, 7:25, 8:40, 10:05.
SANTA MONICA AMC Santa Monica 7, 1310 Third Street Promenade, (310) 395-3030. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Fri-Sun 11 a.m., 12:05, 1, 2, 3:30, 4:10, 5, 6:40, 7:20, 8:10, 9:50, 10:30, 11:15; Mon 11 a.m., 12:05, 1, 2, 3:30, 4:10, 5, 6:40, 7:20, 8:10, 9:50, 10:30; Tue-Thur 12:30, 1:15, 3, 3:40, 4:20, 6:10, 6:50, 7:35, 9:20, 10, 10:40. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri-Mon 11:10 a.m., 2:05, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10; Tue-Thur 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Fri-Sun 10:45 a.m., 12:15, 1:45, 3:15, 4:45, 6:15, 7:45, 9:15, 10:45, 12:15 a.m.; Mon 10:45 a.m., 12:15, 1:45, 3:15, 4:45, 6:15, 7:45, 9:15, 10:45; Tue-Thur 12:15, 1:45, 3:15, 4:45, 6:15, 7:45, 9:15, 10:45. Speed Racer Fri-Mon 10:55 a.m., 1:55, 4:55, 7:55, 10:55; Tue-Thur 1, 4:05, 7:05, 10:10. Laemmle’s Monica 4-Plex, 1332 Second St, (310) 394-9741. Bloodline 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:50. Postal 1:40, 4:30, 7:10, 9:40.
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Son of Rambow 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 9:55. The Visitor 1:30, 4:20, 7:20, 10. Loews Cineplex Broadway, 1441 Third Street Promenade, (310) 458-1506. Baby Mama Fri-Sun 10:15 a.m., 12:45, 3:10, 5:40, 8, 10:30; Mon 10:15 a.m., 12:45, 3:10, 5:40, 8, 10:20; TueThur 1:15, 3:50, 6:30, 9. The Fall Fri-Mon 2, 7:20; Tue-Thur 1:30, 6:45. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay Fri-Sun 11:15 a.m., 4:45, 10:15; Mon 11:15 a.m., 4:45, 10:10; Tue-Thur 4:15, 9:30. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Fri 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:25, 5:25, 7, 8:25, 10, 11:20; Sat-Sun 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:25, 4, 5:25, 7, 8:25, 10, 11:20; Mon 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:25, 4, 5:25, 7, 8:25, 10; TueThur 1, 2:25, 4, 5:25, 7, 8:25, 10. Mann Criterion, 1313 Third Street Promenade, (310) 395-1599. Iron Man Fri-Sun 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2, 3, 4:05, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11; Mon-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 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. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 11:15 a.m., 12:15, 1:05, 2:25, 3:25, 4:15, 5:35, 7:25, 8:05, 9, 10:35, 11:15. Forgetting Sarah Marshall 11:20 a.m., 2, 4:40, 7:20, 10:15. Grease Mon only, 7:30. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Fri 10:30 a.m., 10:31 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 12:01, 12:30, 12:31, 1:10, 1:45, 1:46, 2:10, 3:15, 3:16, 3:45, 3:46, 4:20, 4:50, 4:51, 5:20, 6:30, 6:31, 7, 7:01, 7:30, 8, 8:01, 8:30, 9:40, 9:41, 10:10, 10:11, 10:40, 11:10, 11:11, 11:40; Sat 10:30 a.m., 10:31 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 12:01, 12:30, 1:10, 1:45, 1:46, 2:10, 3:15, 3:16, 3:45, 3:46, 4:20, 4:50, 4:51, 5:20, 6:30, 6:31, 7, 7:01, 7:30, 8, 8:01, 8:30, 9:40, 9:41, 10:10, 10:11, 10:40, 11:10, 11:11, 11:40; Sun 10:30 a.m., 10:31 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 12:01, 12:30, 12:31, 1:10, 1:45, 1:46, 2:10, 3:15, 3:16, 3:45, 3:46, 4:20, 4:50, 4:51, 5:20, 6:30, 6:31, 7, 7:01, 7:30, 8, 8:01, 8:30, 9:40, 9:41, 10:10, 10:11, 10:40, 11:10, 11:11, 11:40; Mon 10:30 a.m., 10:31 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 12:01, 12:30, 12:31, 1:10, 1:45, 1:46, 2:10, 3:15, 3:16, 3:45, 3:46, 4:20, 4:50, 4:51, 5:20, 6:40, 7, 7:01, 7:30, 8, 8:01, 8:30, 9:40, 10:10, 10:11, 10:40, 11:10, 11:11, 11:40; Tue-Wed 11 a.m., noon, 12:30, 1:10, 1:45, 2:10, 3:15, 3:45, 4:20, 4:50, 5:20, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9:40, 10:10, 10:40, 11:10; Thur 11 a.m., noon, 12:30, 1:10, 1:45, 2:10, 3:15, 3:45, 4:20, 4:50, 5:20, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9:40, 10:10, 10:40, 11:10, 11:40. Iron Man Fri-Sun 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:35, 4, 5:30, 7:05, 7:45, 8:25, 10, 10:45, 11:20; Mon 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:35, 4, 5:30, 7:05, 8:25, 10, 11:20; Tue 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:35, 4, 5:30, 7:05, 7:45, 8:25, 10, 10:45, 11:20; Wed 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:35, 4, 5:30, 7:05, 8:25, 10, 11:20; Thur 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:35, 4, 5:30, 7:05, 7:45, 8:25, 10, 10:45, 11:20. Sex and the City Thur only, 12:01 a.m. Speed Racer 11:10 a.m., 2:15, 5:25, 8:35, 11:30. What Happens in Vegas 11:45 a.m., 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:50. Laemmle’s Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Bl, Encino, (818) 981-9811. The Children of Huang Shi 1, 4, 7, 9:55. Refusenik 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:45. Roman de Gare 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10. Then She Found Me 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 9:40. The Visitor 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 9:55. Mann Plant 16, 7876 Van Nuys Bl, Panorama City, (818) 779-0323. Baby Mama 11:20 a.m., 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:20. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 10:50 a.m., noon, 12:50, 2, 3:20, 4:10, 5:10, 6:30, 7:20, 8:50, 9:40, 10:30. The Forbidden Kingdom 2:40, 7:40. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay 12:10, 5:15, 10:20. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 4:05, 4:45, 5:30, 6:15, 7, 7:45, 8:30, 9:15, 10, 10:40. Iron Man 10:30 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:45, 1:30, 2:50, 3:45, 4:30, 5:50, 6:45, 7:30, 8:50, 9:50, 10:30. Speed Racer 12:40, 1:15, 3:40, 4:15, 6:40, 7:15, 9:40, 10:15. What Happens in Vegas 11:40 a.m., 12:20, 2:10, 2:50, 4:40, 5:20, 7:10, 7:50, 9:50, 10:20. Pacific’s Sherman Oaks 5, 14424 Millbank St, Sherman Oaks, (818) 501-5121. Baby Mama 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:50. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 1, 4:05, 7:15, 10:20. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
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10; Tue-Thur 5, 7:30, 10. Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theatre, 8000 Sunset Bl, (323) 8483500. Heavy Metal in Baghdad 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:35, 9:50. Reprise 1:30, 4:10, 7:10, 9:50. Roman de Gare 1:30, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55. Sangre de Mi Sangre 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45. The Visitor 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40. Beverly Center 13 Cinemas, 8522 Beverly Blvd., Suite 835, (310) 652-7760. 21 1, 4:10, 7, 9:40.Baby Mama 11:50 a.m., 12:30, 2:10, 3, 4:30, 5:40, 7, 8, 9:30, 10:20. The Bank Job 12:40, 3:20, 5:40, 8, 10:30. 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, 3:10, 5:30, 7:50, 10:20. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50. Nim’s Island 12:10, 2:20, 4:40, 6:50, 9:10. Redbelt 12:50, 3:10, 5:30, 7:40, 10. Stop-Loss 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:10. Street Kings noon, 2:30, 5:20, 7:40, 10:10.
WESTWOOD, WEST L.A. AMC Avco Center, 10840 Wilshire Bl, (310) 475-0711. Baby Mama Fri 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:15, 9:35; Sat 10 a.m., 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:15, 9:35; Sun 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:15, 9:35; MonThur 2:40, 5, 7:15, 9:35. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri 2, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45; Sat 11:25 a.m., 2, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45; Sun-Thur 2, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45. Iron Man Fri 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:45; Sat 10:30 a.m., 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:45; Sun-Thur 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:45. What Happens in Vegas Fri 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:20, 9:40; Sat 10 a.m., 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:20, 9:40; Sun 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:20, 9:40; Mon-Thur 2:35, 4:55, 7:20, 9:40. Laemmle’s Royal Theatre, 11523 Santa Monica Bl, (310) 4775581. Up the Yangtze 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10. Landmark’s Nuart Theater, 11272 Santa Monica Bl, (310) 2818223. The Rocky Horror Picture Show Sat only, midnight. Sixteen Candles Fri only, midnight. Surfwise Fri-Sun noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10; Mon-Thur 5, 7:30, 10. Landmark’s Regent, 1045 Broxton Av, (310) 281-8223. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 1, 4, 7, 10. The Landmark West Los Angeles, 10850 W Pico Bl, (310) 2818223. Before the Rains 11:30 a.m., 2:10, 4:50, 7:20, 9:45. The Children of Huang Shi 11 a.m., 1:50, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25. The Fall 11:40 a.m., 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:20. Made of Honor 12:20, 2:50, 5:30, 8, 10:25. OSS 117: Cairo: Nest of Spies Fri-Wed 12:35, 3, 5:25, 7:50, 10:15; Thur 12:35, 3, 10:15. Reprise 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20. Roman de Gare noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 9:55. Son of Rambow 12:30, 3, 5:20, 7:45, 10. Then She Found Me Fri-Mon 11:40 a.m., 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:35; Tue 11:40 a.m., 2:10, 4:40, 10:10; Wed 11:40 a.m., 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:35; Thur 11:40 a.m., 2:10, 4:40, 10:10. The Visitor 11:45 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:30, 9:55. War, Inc. 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15. Young at Heart 11:10 a.m., 1:45, 4:20, 7, 9:30. 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. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Midnight Fri-Sun. Made of Honor 11:30 a.m., 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30. Mann Festival 1, 10887 Lindbrook Av, (310) 208-4575. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay 10:20. Speed Racer 1:20, 4:20, 7:25. Mann Village, 961 Broxton Av, (310) 208-5576. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 10 a.m., 1, 4, 7:15, 10:30.
WOODLAND HILLS, WEST HILLS, TARZANA AMC Promenade 16, 21801 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, (818) 883-2262. Baby Mama Fri-Sun 10:15 a.m., 12:50, 3:20, 5:45, 8:15, 10:35; Mon 10:15 a.m., 12:50, 3:20, 5:45, 8:15, 10:30; Tue 12:50, 3:20, 5:45, 8:15, 10:30; Wed 12:50, 8:15; Thur 12:50, 3:20, 5:45, 8:15, 10:30. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Fri-Sun 10:25 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:05, 12:40, 1:45, 2:20, 3:15, 4:05, 5, 5:30, 6:30, 7:20, 8:20, 8:50, 9:45, 10:45, 11:25; Mon 10:25 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:05, 12:40, 1:45, 2:20, 3:15, 4:05, 5, 5:30, 6:30, 7:20, 8:20, 8:50, 9:45; Tue 12:40, 1:45, 2:20, 3:15, 4:05, 5, 5:30, 6:30, 7:20, 8:20, 8:50, 9:45; Wed 12:40, 1:45, 2:20, 3:15, 5, 5:30, 6:30, 8:20, 8:50, 9:45; Thur 12:40, 1:45, 2:20, 3:15, 4:05, 5, 5:30, 6:30, 7:20, 8:20, 8:50, 9:45. Forgetting Sarah Marshall Fri-Sun 11:20 a.m., 2:10, 4:45, 8, 10:35; Mon 11:20 a.m., 2:10, 4:45, 8, 10:30; Tue 2:10, 4:45, 8, 10:30; Wed 4:45, 10:30; Thur 2:10, 4:45, 8, 10:30. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay 2:25, 4:55, 7:35, 10. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Fri-Sun 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., noon, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3, 3:45, 4:35, 5:20, 6:05, 6:50, 7:40, 8:25, 9:10, 9:55, 10:50, 11:30; Mon 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., noon, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3, 3:45, 4:35, 5:20, 6:05, 6:50, 7:40, 8:25, 9:10, 9:55; TueThur 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3, 3:45, 4:35, 5:20, 6:05, 6:50, 7:40, 8:25, 9:10, 9:55. Iron Man Fri-Sun 10:10 a.m., 10:50 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:15, 2, 4:20, 5:05, 7:30, 8:10, 10:40, 11:20; Mon 10:10 a.m., 10:50 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:15, 2, 4:20, 5:05, 7:30, 8:10, 10:25; Tue-Thur 1:15, 2, 4:20, 5:05, 7:30, 8:10, 10:25.
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SPECIAL SCREENINGS THURSDAY, MAY 22 American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Av, Santa Monica, (323) 466-3456. Aerotheatre.com. Kevin Thomas' Favorites: Heaven's Gate, 7:30; restored and uncut. Film critic Kevin Thomas to introduce screening. American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood, (323) 466-3456. Egyptiantheatre.com. Why Be Good? Pre-Code Hollywood Films – Night Nurse, 7:30; followed by Three on a Match. CineFamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N Fairfax Av, Hollywood, (323) 655-2520. Silentmovietheatre.com. Music Thursdays: Folk Americana – John Cohen Films – The High Lonesome Sound, 8; followed by The End of an Old Song, Sara and Maybelle, Musical Holdouts, and Post Industrial Fiddle. Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N Alvarado St, Echo Park, (213) 484-8846. Echoparkfilmcenter.org. PXL This 17, 8. Festival composed entirely of films made on the PXL 2000 Fisher Price toy video camera. Filmmakers in attendance. Info: Indiespace.com/pxlthis. Hammer Museum, UCLA Film & Television Archive at the Billy Wilder Theatre, 10899 Wilshire Bl, L.A. Info: (310) 206-3456 or Hammer.ucla.edu. Unburied Treasures: Classic Films Preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive – The Man I Killed (a.k.a. Broken Lullaby), 7:30; followed by The Scoundrel. Shown with newsreel Hearst Metrotone News, Vol. 4 No. 226. New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Bl, L.A., (323) 9384038. Newbevcinema.com. Psycho, 7:30; Frenzy, 9:40.
SATURDAY, MAY 24 American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Seeing the Big Picture: 70 mm – Apocalypse Now, 7:30. American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Why Be Good? Pre-Code Hollywood Films – Beast of the City, 7:30; followed by Skyscraper Souls. Angel City Drive In, 240 W Fourth St, second floor, downtown L.A. Myspace.com/angelcitydrivein. The Boondock Saints, gates at 7:30, show at 9. Cinespace Dinner & a Movie – The Wedding Singer, 8. Film in a restaurant/bar setting; call for reservations. CineFamily at the Silent Movie Theatre Noir Matinees: Femme Fatale Hall of Fame – Born to Kill, 1. Maysles: Direct Cinema – Maysles Short, Program 2 (Hollywood), 7. HolyFuckingShit: The Straight Dope – The People Next Door, 10:15. Fine Arts Theatre, 8556 Wilshire Bl, Beverly Hills, (310) 360-0455. Studioscreenings.com/FAT. No Place Like Home. Call for showtimes. Hammer Museum, UCLA Film & Telivision Archive at the Billy Wilder Theatre Visualizing Visualizing the Sacred: Islam on Film/Family Matinee – Muhammad: The Last Prophet, 2. The Picture Starts in Heaven: James Stewart's Centennial – It's a Wonderful Life, 7:30; followed by The Shop Around the Corner. L.A. County Museum of Art, Leo S. Bing Theatre Fasten Your Seat Belts: The Essential Bette Davis – The Star, 7:30; The Catered Affair, 9:10. Landmark’s Nuart Theatre The Rocky Horror Picture Show, midnight; with live performance by Sins O’ the Flesh. New Beverly Cinema Next Stop, Greenwich Village, 3:05, 7:30; Harry and Tonto, 5:15, 9:40; Amoeba Midnights – The Creature from Black Lake, midnight. Old Town Music Hall Laurel and Hardy Festival – silent and sound comedies, 2:30, 8:15; with shorts and live musical accompaniment for silent films.
Made of Honor Fri-Sun 10:05 a.m., 12:30, 3:05, 5:35, 8:05, 10:30; Mon 10:05 a.m., 12:30, 3:05, 5:35, 8:05, 10:25; TueThur 3:05, 5:35, 8:05, 10:25. Speed Racer Fri-Mon 10 a.m., 12:55, 4, 7, 10:05; Tue-Thur 12:55, 4, 7, 10:05. What Happens in Vegas Fri-Sun 10 a.m., 12:25, 2:50, 5:25, 7:55, 10:25; Mon 10 a.m., 12:25, 2:50, 5:25, 7:55, 10:20; Tue-Thur 2:40, 5:15, 7:55, 10:20. Laemmle’s Fallbrook 7 Cinemas, Fallbrook Mall, 6731 Fallbrook Av, West Hills, (818) 340-8710. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 1:30, 4:50, 8:10. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Fri-Mon 1, 4, 7, 10; Tue 2, 5, 8; Wed 11:10 a.m., 2, 5, 8; Thur 2, 5, 8. Iron Man Fri-Mon 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10; Tue 2:10, 5:10, 8:10; Wed 11:20 a.m., 2:10, 5:10, 8:10; Thur 2:10, 5:10, 8:10. Redbelt Fri-Mon 12:10, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15; 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. Son of Rambow Fri-Mon 12:20, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10; 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. The Visitor Fri-Mon 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10; Tue-Thur 12:20, 2:50, 5:40, 8:30. Young at Heart Fri-Mon 1:30, 4:20, 7, 9:40; Tue-Thur noon, 2:30, 5:20, 8.
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SUNDAY, MAY 25 American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Seeing the Big Picture – Playtime, 5:30. American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre Art Directors Society Screening – A Tribute to William Creber – The Detective, 5:30; followed by discussion with art director William J. Creber, in person. Ten minute clip reel before film. New Beverly Cinema Cabaret, 2:45, 8; Sweet Charity, 5:10. Old Town Music Hall Laurel and Hardy Festival – silent and sound comedies, 2:30; with shorts and live musical accompaniment for silent films.
MONDAY, MAY 26 AFI at ArcLight Cinemas Sherman Oaks, 15301 Ventura Bl, Sherman Oaks, (818) 501-7033. Arclightcinemas.com. Summer Drive-In – Grease, 7:30. New Beverly Cinema Cabaret, 7:30; Sweet Charity, 9:55.
FRIDAY, MAY 23 American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Seeing the Big Picture: 70 mm – Tribute to Arthur C. Clarke – 2001: A Space Odyssey, 7:30. American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre Why Be Good? Pre-Code Hollywood Films – Why Be Good? Sexuality and Censorship in Early Cinema, 7:30; followed by Forbidden and Madam Satan. CineFamily at the Silent Movie Theatre Solid Gould – The Silent Partner, 7:30. Psychedelia Italiano – Dillinger Is Dead, 10:15. Cinespace Dinner & a Movie – The Wedding Singer, 8. Film in a restaurant/bar setting; call for reservations. Echo Park Film Center Garment Worker Center Benefit – Made in L.A. 7. Hammer Museum, UCLA Film & Television Archive at the Billy Wilder Theatre The Picture Starts in Heaven: James Stewart's Centennial – Vivacious Lady, 7:30; followed by Born to Dance. L.A. County Museum of Art, Leo S. Bing Theatre, 5905 Wilshire Bl, L.A., (323) 857-6010. Lacma.org. Fasten Your Seat Belts: The Essential Bette Davis – Dark Victory, 7:30; Marked Woman, 9:30. Landmark’s Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Bl, West L.A., (310) 281-8223. Landmarktheatres.com. Sixteen Candles, midnight. New Beverly Cinema Next Stop, Greenwich Village, 7:30; Harry and Tonto, 9:40; Reservoir Dogs, midnight. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St, El Segundo, (310) 322-2592. Otmh.org. Laurel and Hardy Festival – silent and sound comedies, 8:15; with shorts and live musical accompaniment for silent films. Regency Fairfax Cinemas, 7907 Beverly Bl, L.A., (323) 655-4010. Insomniaccinema.com. Insomniac Cinema – Enter the Dragon, midnight.
TUESDAY, MAY 27 CineFamily at the Silent Movie Theatre Psychedelic Healing Visions: A Celebration of Lavender Diamond's Film Imagine Our Love, 8. With live variety show, a sneak preview of the film, raffle, limited edition poster sale, etc. L.A. County Museum of Art, Leo S. Bing Theatre Tuesday Matinees – Juarez, 1. New Beverly Cinema Cheerleaders' Wild Weekend, 7:30; Escape from Women's Prison, 10. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Bl, L.A., (310) 440-4500. Skirball.org. Classic Films: Imagining Dylan – King Creole, 1:30.
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A bravura week in operaland ~ BY DONNA PERLMUTTER ~
NCE IN A GREAT WHILE there comes a genuine singing actor to the opera stage. You know this when suddenly a whole characterization unfolds before you in moment-to-moment, faceted, idiosyncratic ways – not in those generalized, mappedout moves we most often see. So here was Neil Shicoff, who, for all the world, seemed to be Al Pacino – same size, same body type – remonstrating while his jealous girlfriend, a grand diva, suspects another woman. Ever-so-subtly, he slapped his head, hunched his shoulders, slid his hands into his pockets or thrust them resignedly in the air as if to say “madon, madon.” A city boychik, Roman-style. I couldn’t take my eyes off him – because I knew who this Mario Cavaradossi was: not some paper cutout with a voice. Yes, you guessed it, Los Angeles Opera again revived its 1989 JudgeGunter production of Puccini’s political potboiler Tosca a few nights ago with cast original Shicoff, that nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn who, for the record, still lets out a dazzling cantorial cry, forces his bright tenor somewhat and often sacrifices good phrasing for polished notes. But not bad for the longtime resident of Vienna and renowned singer who’s been walking the boards since the 1970s and is scarcely seen anymore in the U.S. Adrianne Pieczonka, his Floria Tosca, made her role debut opposite him – perfect casting, as we could imagine, based on the elegant Canadian soprano’s fine fit as the company’s Marschallin and Countess and quite commanding vocally as well as for her stage presence. But she was not in a league with this staging’s original – the fascinatingly vulnerable and tiger-like Maria Ewing. Juan Pons sang Scarpia capably without effacing the more slinkily sinister police chiefs we’ve seen. Sir Richard Armstrong conducted, supporting his cast well while keeping the pot aboil with this score that plays so convincingly on the drama. s But now a question: What’s the difference between a singer’s sold-to-thewalls, glory-filled celebration of 40 years before his Los Angeles public and an uproarious victory speech following a political campaign? And now an answer: not a lot. The
fans scream and holler and jump to their feet in either case. Take Plácido Domingo, for instance, our internationally beloved tenor who graces this city sometimes as starry eminence onstage, sometimes as conductor-in-the-pit and always as general director of the Los Angeles Opera. Well, pure revelry is what he inspired at his recent Music Center gala concert – striding before Hollywood-prominent local VIPS who studded the crowd. And guess what? Everyone’s fave gave as good as he got. Undaunted at 67, Domingo was in superb voice – one that still rings thrillingly to the rafters in numbers like “Winterstürme” from Wagner’s Die Walküre and coos ever so softly in Federico’s Lament from Cilea’s L’Arlesiana. But just as much to the point was the spirit of this lovefest. Domingo’s passionate singing drew a flood of adoration from the audience and his hearty appreciation of it lit up the music-making. Not least in all this was the quite wonderful soprano Patricia Racette, his evening’s partner and one who strictly avoids diva-isms. Their duets were so tenderly intimate, their waltzing in The Merry Widow so gemütlich and, in the case of Don Giovanni, the scena between his Don and her Zerlina simply oozed with flirty sophistication. What’s more, it yielded a nifty baritone role for our hero. s Another hero, Jessye Norman, recently made the point that age for a singer (she’s 62) can be the same as for wine – risky past the peak but enjoying a leisurely lead to that moment (thanks to carefully husbanded resources).
CLASSICAL It was UCLA/Live that brought the sweepingly magnetic and gorgeous soprano to Royce Hall again in yet another incarnation – this time much-slimmeddown and able to etch onstage, even to the last rows and more effectively than ever, whole universes with her body, her oh-so-eloquent arms, hands; this time in a mix of arrestingly clever material. Who would think, for instance, of juxtaposing Alban Berg (he of Viennese musical pointillism) with Michel LeGrand (he of Hollywood romantic splendor) and making us hear their connection? How odd, but how apt then CITYBEAT
was the sadly mysterious “Sommertage” next to “The Summer Knows” (the theme of Summer of ’42); the Wesendonck song “Träume” nearby to Harold Arlen’s “Sleepin’ Bee.” Oh, Jessye, keep coming back! We can forgive your sometimes wandering pitch and such – a small price to pay for grand artistry and the deep knowledge of how to navigate tricky vocal shoals. s Tricky, though, is not in the realm of Mahler. Instead, I can imagine singers bowing at the prospect of Das Lied von der Erde – so exquisite is the psychic pain of his symphonic song cycle. Arguably no other composer has wrought such a palpable sense of loss, such a poignant leave-taking of life – alternated with outbursts of remembered youth in all its sensual vigor. The work is to the music literature, perhaps, what Bergman’s Wild Strawberries is to cinema. So even if Anthony Dean Griffey – with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Esa-Pekka Salonen – knew the tall order he had to fill, the American tenor left us a tad disappointed vocally. (After all, audiences here remember how,
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under the revered Carlo Maria Giulini’s baton, the great Jon Vickers’s voice rang out with deliriously lusty, swelling excitement.) But mezzo Lisa Paasikivi, singing the poetic farewell in burnished tones, brought out Mahler’s resigned, heavenly pathos. And while Salonen observed the score’s emotional outlines he did so with a certain computerized efficiency. For Lisa Gasteen, though, who, in an earlier concert, sang Brünnhilde’s Immolation scene from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, the conductor unfurled his accompanying orchestral forces big time but always with wonted control. Her voice, which seems to have all the right components as a dramatic soprano, came punching out machine-like but lacked the ideal amplitude. What always amazes, though, is how this composer’s fairy-tale world presupposes Harry Potter, when considered out of theatrical context. Just imagine, here’s Brünnhilde singing in pure ecstasy while being burned alive – as opposed to Mahler’s all-too-humanly introspective departure from the earth. ✶ L.A. Opera performances run through June 21; (213) 972-8001 or laopera.com.
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Everything Goes to Hell Scarlett Johansson buries Tom Waits ~ BY CHRIS MORRIS ~
DON’T LIKE WRITING negative reviews. There are still more than enough good and interesting records to keep me occupied. But sometimes an album is so overwhelmingly bad that it represents an immediate threat to the public health and safety. Scarlett Johansson’s Anywhere I Lay My Head is such an album. As some of you already know, the busty film starlet’s debut foray into music is, save for one original “song,” a recital of material by Tom Waits (and his co-author, wife Kathleen Brennan). We knew this was a bad idea to begin with, right? What a notion: The oeuvre of one of our most eccentric and highly stylized writers, essayed by a 23-year-old actress whose musical know-how doesn’t extend beyond her stint in the karaoke bar in Lost in Translation. The record lives up to the terrified expectations. Where to begin? Consider this: The songs of Waits, that most urban of American writers, were recorded in the middle of nowhere in Maurice,
SONIC NATION Louisiana, which would account for the silly wood-nymphet poses Johansson strikes in the album art. Produced by David Andrew Sitek of the momentarily au courant group TV on the Radio, and featuring his band mates Jaleel Bunton and Tunde Adebimpe and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ guitarist Nick Zinner, the set sounds as mossy as the locale. In Sitek’s hands, the junkyard clatter of Waits’s records has been incongruously transposed into a dank deep-pile approximation of This Mortal Coil’s lush 4AD cover collections. Listening to it, your feet stick to the floor. Anywhere I Lay My Head begins with a portentous instrumental version of Waits’s “Fawn,” as if the band is afraid to let Johansson onstage. Maybe they were. When she finally arrives for a cluttered rendition of “Town With No Cheer,” it is immediately obvious that we are in the presence of a tr ue non-singer.
Waits’s voice sounds like a rusty sled falling down a disused incinerator; Johansson’s voice, which is low, mannish, and affectless, will conjure memories of Nico after an especially bad dope burn. She could not carry a tune if she had an 18-wheeler to transport it: Her range is maybe half an octave, and she betrays no ability to remain on key or on pitch for an entire song’s duration. Worse, she appears to have no idea what these tunes of vagabondage and hardwon experience are all about. She strains to find meaning in a lyric like a fourthgrader fumbling through “This Land Is Your Land” in music class. Tom Waits is a graduate of the School of Hard Knocks; Scarlett Johansson matriculated at the Encino College of Beauty. It’s difficult to say which songs here are the worst, but I have some nominees. David Bowie, certifying the fact that his career has seen far better days, weighs in with background singing on a blank, pointlessly ornamented version of “Fannin Street.” On “I Wish I Was in New Orleans,” solo music box accompaniment (precious enough for ya?) accentuates every dying, uncertain note in Johansson’s vocal. The great atrocity may be a discofied take on “I Don’t Want to Grow Up”: The liner notes claim it was inspired by Johansson’s love of New Order, but it sounds like a tuneless swipe at “Heart of Glass.” Really, there’s no reason for anyone, be they Tom Waits fan (beware!) or curious moviegoer, to purchase this album. I get paid to hear this shit; it’s my job. You shouldn’t bother. My great regret is that I’ll never get back the hours I fruitlessly spent trying to find any virtue whatsoever in Anywhere I Lay My Head. I have Tom Waits’s home phone number, but I resisted the urge to call and ask him what he thought of this album. I hate to hear a grown man cry. As for Johansson’s future in music: Scarlett, your call time on the set is 5 a.m. ✶ Chris Morris hosts Watusi Rodeo every Sunday at 9 a.m. on Indie 103.1. MAY 22~28, 2008
EAT Bites One Night in Kuala Lumpur … Carol Selva Rajah’s book Heavenly Fragrance is an intriguing exploration of the scents of Asian cooking. If you’re planning to try cooking any of the recipes and want to know if you’re getting them right, you should go to Tanzore in Beverly Hills tonight, May 22 – she will be cooking some of the foods described in the book, and of course autographing copies. At 30 bucks a person, it’s an incredible deal. Call (310) 652-3894 … . Does the TV Café Serve Giraffe Burgers? ... While driving down Alameda in downtown, I noticed the roof of the TV Café, which features a giant fiberglass hamburger flanked by statues of an elephant and a giraffe. The symbolism is a bit obscure – I’m presuming that no exotic African creatures have found their way into the grinder, but I can’t figure out any other reason for the animals to be next to that burger. Both species are vegetarian, so they’re certainly not going to eat any burgers themselves. And what do the burger or the critters have to do with watching TV? Verily, L.A. is a place of mysteries … . Sangria, Cigars, and a Pretty Patio … As the mercury climbs past the 80s, a pitcher of iced sangria looks better and better. The folks at Café La Boheme in West Hollywood have figured this out, and are serving both a traditional red and a distinctly modern white sangria (modern as in it actually doesn’t contain any wine, but uses infused vodkas instead). On Sundays, beverages are served in the courtyard with a live DJ and a Cuban cigar roller, which sounds like a recipe for a lively afternoon … . 390 Years of Practice … The M Café De Chaya location in Culver City doesn’t look almost 400 years old, but it is the latest flowering of a restaurant dynasty that began in 1618. That original location offered tea, sweets, and a place for your horse to rest. The tea and sweets are still available at 9343 Culver Blvd., Culver City, and if you show up on horseback they’ll probably fetch some salad for the poor beast. The new venture is a “European style café and deli, featuring macrobiotic cuisine,” an intriguingly modern concept for an offshoot of such a venerable company. The phone number is (310) 838-4300, in case you’d like to call for reservations or take-out ... . Scrape the Rust off the Barbecue … You’re going to be grilling this summer, so why not learn to do it right? Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feininger will demonstrate the art of grilling June 7 at the Border Grill in Santa Monica, and while you learn, you can demonstrate the art of eating the food you’ve just seen prepared. The menu includes cucumber jalapeño mojitos, fish tacos, grilled cactus salad, skirt steak, and grilled corn with cayenne and lime – with a tres leches cake for dessert, which I don’t know how they’re going to grill. Reservations? (310) 451-1655. -Richard Foss
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Listen to Your Dinner The gentle sound of Shabu-Shabu at Nabe ~ BY RICHARD FOSS ~
LISTENED CAREFULLY, but couldn’t hear an actual swishing sound as I twirled thin strips of rib eye steak in soup stock. The shrimp, crab, scallops, and octopus were inaudible too. Maybe, I thought, this shabu-shabu stuff is misnamed. You see, shabu-shabu means swish-swish in Japanese, and was supposedly named for the sound meat makes when you briefly swish it in boiling water. The lively buzz at Nabe restaurant might have covered any gentle susurrus from our pot in any case. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Mycompanion and I were actually heading for another Little Tokyo restaurant, but the only place to park was a few blocks from our destination – right next door to a Japanese tavern and a restaurant called Nabe. We looked at the menu, at the modern but welcoming interior, and at the fact that they accepted credit cards and our original destination didn’t, and walked in. Tables were available, but we sat at the bar so we could watch the kitchen (both to ascertain cleanliness and learn techniques) – and when we saw the Cordon Bleu logo on the chef’s apron, we knew there were things to learn. We started with fried tofu with bonito shavings and sweet sesame ($6) and a calamari salad with lemon-soy vinaigrette ($9). The tofu starter is all about technique–when done right, the fried tofu has a soft, almost molten interior surrounded by crunch with a hint of tanginess. That’s exactly what this was – not a drop of oil present, all the flavors clean and separate. The calamari salad had a similar masterful technique, the squid in crisp tempura batter over a lightly dressed salad with just a hint of citrus and vinegar. The technique was impeccable, the flavors true to Japanese culture even while using Western ingredients and ideas. For main courses we chose seafood shabu-shabu ($19) and beef “sukiyaki”
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($14.35). Sukiyaki is usually a simmered or stir-fried dish, but at Nabe it’s just a shabu-shabu with a sweet soy broth rather than the usual water with seaweed base. The sukiyaki was a plate of beautiful thin-sliced beef, the seafood a carefully arranged assortment with two large crab leg sections, three scallops, five medium shrimp, and a lot of octopus. (You can get a seafood shabu without octopus for an extra few dollars, which I assume gives you more of the expensive stuff.) Both plates of meat were served with an array of vegetables and two types of noodles, udon and clear glass noodle. When we asked what order was traditional to add everything, we were told, “However you like.” Some people add the vegetables first, some the meat, and some drink the broth while others just use it to cook everything else. We compromised, cooking some of the meat before adding the vegetables and finishing it off. The thin slices of beef cooked almost instantaneously in the water, infusing the stock in the process, and the vegetables and noodles were delicious. The seafood was less impressive; not bad at all, but I’ll order the meat next time. Unusually, some good wines are offered with dinner; I’m interested in the art of pairing wines with Asian food and will consider experimenting next time. This time I drank Ohyama sake, a dry, fruity, and aromatic beverage I’d happily order again. Our total was $85.14 for a very full dinner, and it was well-spent – we departed relaxed and content, and any gentle swishing we heard was the wind through the trees in Japantown. ✶
Nabe, 356 1/2 E. Second Street in Little Tokyo, (213) 808-1211. Open Thurs.-Sat. for lunch, and Mon.-Sat., 5:30 -10 p.m. Parking adjacent structure, no validation. Wine and beer, wheelchair access good.
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HE TITLE OF DAVID Mametâ€™s latest play, Keep Your Pantheon, is presumably meant to suggest â€œKeep your pants on.â€? In this extended, vaudeville-style sketch set in ancient Rome, many of the jokes are about the attempts by the leader (Ed Oâ€™Neill) of a three-man acting troupe to get inside the pants of the companyâ€™s young intern (Michael Cassidy). Yet the play is so negligible that I wonder if Mamet might also be tacitly acknowledging that he doesnâ€™t belong inside the pantheon of Americaâ€™s great playwrights â€“ and that he doesnâ€™t care. If so, Mametâ€™s assessment of his stature is more realistic than those of many of his admirers. In March, after he proclaimed that heâ€™s no longer â€œa braindead liberalâ€? in a Village Voice essay, the conservative Andrew Klavan in an L.A. Times piece and the liberal Michael Billington in The Guardian wrote very different responses. Mamet is â€œAmericaâ€™s best living dramatist,â€? wrote Billington, while Klavan â€“ who isnâ€™t a theater critic like Billington â€“ was slightly more circumspect: â€œI donâ€™t know if heâ€™s Americaâ€™s greatest living playwright, but Iâ€™m hard-pressed to think of a better one.â€? Iâ€™m hard-pressed to think of a reason why anyone would still consider Mamet Americaâ€™s greatest living playwright. Sure, I like the â€™70s/â€™80s plays that made him famous â€“ American Buffalo, A Life in the Theatre and Glengarry Glen Ross. The latter seems to be revived every few months at different L.A. theaters. Although Speed-the-Plow and Oleanna arenâ€™t on the same level, they can be interesting under the right circumstances. But most of Mametâ€™s other plays are hardly ever revived. Those who saw the revival of his Squirrels last year in Santa Monica would certainly understand why. Mamet apparently still has the ability, however, to get his new-to-L.A. plays scheduled at the mere drop of his name, regardless of their merits. That certainly seems to be true at Center Theatre Group. It produced his tired Romance in 2005, as well as the current bill of Two
Unrelated Plays â€“ The Duck Variations and Keep Your Pantheon â€“ which replaced Mametâ€™s twice-announced, twice-postponed A Waitress in Yellowstone. Geffen Playhouse offered the lame Boston Marriage in 2006. When will we see his recently panned Broadway opus November? If Mamet offered to introduce a new play at your theater, you probably wouldnâ€™t turn him down either. His name is still likely to draw theatergoers who want to be able to say they saw the latest Mamet, even if they didnâ€™t like it. Still, itâ€™s likely that much better plays donâ€™t make the cut at CTG or the Geffen because a slot was taken by Mametâ€™s latest mediocrity. Mamet certainly isnâ€™t alone in being a playwright whose early success wasnâ€™t sustained. You could say the same for Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and August Wilson. Edward Albee, however, is one exception â€“ his The Goat was a latecareer revelation. Iâ€™m not saying Albee is â€œthe greatest living American playwrightâ€? â€“ I donâ€™t like such generalizations. But I wonder if the difference between Albee and Mamet has something to do with the fact that Mamet, unlike Albee, devotes more attention to the movies now than he does to the stage. Lower your expectations if youâ€™re going to see the Mamet one-acts, and maybe youâ€™ll have a tolerable time. Keep Your Pantheon isnâ€™t nearly as funny as the Getty Villaâ€™s Roman comedy Tug of War last September, but itâ€™s on the same level as a fairly sharp collegiate effort. Its partner at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, The Duck Variations, at least features the always enjoyable Harold Gould as one of two geezers who sit on a park bench, chatting. Of course, you could also wait for the next rendition of Glengarry Glen Ross. âœś
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In the Buff derty Saturday promises to be just another evening for Santa Monica’s arts community, complete with Malaysian food, cocktails, live music – and, of course, naked people. At Santa Monica’s DCA Fine Art, eight artists, including Alejandro Gehry and Katina Zinner, will each draw and paint three nude models in front of a live audience. The event – dubbed Live Draw! – will also feature music by DJ S.I.M.O., and benefits the Santa Monica Alternative Schoolhouse, a local alternative school led by working artists. DCA Fine Art founder Delia Cabral explains the creation of the event was inspired by a desire to re-incorporate the general public into the artistic community. “Some people think that if they can’t draw, they aren’t creative,” she says. “I believe that everyone is creative. I really want Live Draw! to be an invitation back into the creative process.” For Zinner, Live Draw! will mark the first time she has ever painted models in front of a live audience. “I think that it’s a very original way to present art to people who are not as familiar with it,” she says. “And it’s an opportunity to bring it in an environment that is very eclectic.” But Zinner also expects the experience of drawing with people and music in the background to be something of a pressure cooker. “You already have to be really focused when drawing a model,” she says. “Now it’s magnified by all the people and the music. I think it’s a very intense realm in which to create.” Cabral adds that she hopes to foster an atmosphere of immediacy. “People are going to be buying these sketches right off the pad,” she says. “Everyone is really going to be a part of this art.” What really prompted Zinner’s participation in the event was its cause, SMASH. “This [school] gets kids away from the video games,” Zinner says. “It gets them outside into nature and gives them an opportunity to create.” According to Cabral, 15 percent of the proceeds will be donated to SMASH, the K-8 school that her youngest child attends. “It really places the responsibility of the curriculum back onto the child,” she enthuses. “They aren’t studying archaic, fossilized history. It’s about what’s going on today.” –Alexander Comisar “Live Draw!” Sat., 7-10 p.m. $45 presale, $55 at door. DCA Fine Art, 3107 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 770-2525. Dcafineart.com.
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The El Rey’s marquee tonight should include a “Not for Casual Fans” disclaimer. First off, headliner El-P is as close as hiphop has gotten to some kind of sci-fi apocalypse, having made a storied career out of remolding the genre into dense, unfriendly assaults full of kitchen-sink atmospherics and robot stepfathers. Bill-sharer Dizzee Rascal has leaned more and more mainstream ever since debuting with grime classic Boy in da Corner, but that doesn’t mean it’s gotten easier to understand a word the frenetic East London rapper is saying. Doors at 8 p.m. $21.50. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., (323) 936-6400. Theelrey.com.
FRIDAY 23 S T R I N G S AT TA C H E D The Puppet Show is an art exhibit and not marionette-acted theatre, an exhibition of 28 contemporary artists explorCITYBEAT
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ing the imagery of puppets in sculpture, film, video, animation, and 2D work. So, if I understand correctly, it’s more of a show about puppet shows, which are pretty meta in the first place. In addition to the works of participants, a collection of historic puppets is housed “backstage,” and there’ll be a workshop at tonight’s opening reception where the little ’uns can create their own. 7-9 p.m. Santa Monica Museum of Ar t, 2525 Michigan Ave., G-1, Santa Monica, (310) 586-6488. Smmoa.org.
SATURDAY 24 BLOWIN’ UP No one at the Aero tonight cares about your home theatre system, not when they have the sweet glor y of 70-mm to sink into. After last weekend’s stint at the Egyptian, the American Cinematheque’s “Seeing the Big Picture” series comes out to the Westside, with a rare 70-mil print of Apocalypse Now in tow. The real gem might be tomorrow,
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in the smile-inducing form of Jacques Tati’s massive, exquisite Playtime. That film was transferred to 35-mm for U.S. release, before being restored to the larger format it was originally shot in some 30 years later. 7:30 p.m. $9. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. Info: (323) 466-3456 or Americancinematheque.com.
SUNDAY 25 IN C(ONCERT) Decades after capturing hearts, blowing minds, and helping usher in that, um, little thing called the minimalist movement, Terry Riley is still writing music. He’ll premiere latest composition Universal Bridge at Disney Hall, having created it especially for the hall’s pride-and-joy of an organ. Riley may no longer be spry enough to throw his once-infamous all-night concerts – but it’s still Terry freakin’ Riley on organ, which I think we all can live with. 7:30 p.m. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A., (323) 850-2000. Laphil.com.
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MONDAY 26 H E Y, B I G S P E N D E R Bob Fosse brought more than sex into the movie musical – even his earliest films reveal him jumping headfirst into the medium’s possibilities, all stark lighting and dynamo angles. Relive the choreographer and director’s first two bold strokes at the New Beverly, which hosts a Fosse double feature (for the price of one, per the New Bev norm) of Cabaret, perhaps his best known work, and 1969 debut Sweet Charity. 7:30 & 9:55 p.m. $7; $6 students. New Beverly Cinema, 7165 W. Beverly Blvd., L.A., (323) 938-4038. Newbevcinema.com.
TUESDAY 27 GONE BOWLING Nothing like opening up your brand-spanking new summer season with a bunch of old rockers. The Hollywood Bowl says hello to ’08 starting tonight with two evenings of the Police, fresh off a tour celebrating their 30th anniversar y, and Elvis
Costello. Is it a good thing or a bad thing at this point that half the Bowl’s lineup looks like possible Coachella headliners? I’m not sure either. Tues.-Wed. at 7:30 p.m. $54.50 and up. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, (323) 850-2000. Hollywoodbowl.com.
WEDNESDAY 28 I M I TAT I O N O F L I F E Speaking of old rockers at the Bowl – stillkicking R.E.M. is next in line on Thursday, May 29 (followed by the Cure and whatever’s left of Robert Smith and his possibly already-decomposing body). But a night before serenading Hollywood with new material from Accelerate, Michael Stipe makes an in-store appearance at Book Soup to sign R.E.M. Hello: Photographs along with photographer David Belisle. The book is largely a collection of photographs by Belisle, who’s traveled with the band for the past seven years. 7 p.m. $29.95 for book. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 659-3110. Booksoup.com. MAY 22~28, 2008
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No event signifies the current L.A. big band renaissance like the L.A. Jazz Institute’s biannual festivals at the LAX Four Points Sheraton (9750 Airport Blvd., L.A., 562-9857065). “Stage Door Swings” – Thursday afternoon to Sunday night – looks at how jazz has used music of the American musical theater. Helen Merrill, Annie Ross, Mark Murphy, Tierney Sutton, and scores of others will interpret memorable arrangements of Porter, Arlen, Rodgers & Hart and many other composers. The Bill Potts charts for Porgy and Bess, Merrill singing the Gershwins, Bill Mays playing Pal Joey, and Kenton’s take on West Side Story are just a few of the highlights. No current jazz singer has the majestic pipes that Dianne Reeves possesses. At Royce Hall on Thursday, she sings with the sublime guitarist Romero Lubambo, among others. The marvelous trombone choir, BoneSoir, will fill the cavernous acoustics of the open square at LACMA Friday night, for the free soiree. Sunday at the Jazz Bakery, pianist Marcin Wasilewski, another sublime interpreter, debuts locally with his trio. Their new ECM album, January, is full of intimate sonorities, smart readings (like Carla Bley’s “King Korn”) and elastic interplay. Tuesday, ukulele virtuoso (don’t laugh ’til you’ve heard him) Jake Shimabukuro lights at the Temple Bar. He can coax more feeling from those four strings than you’ve ever heard. –Kirk Silsbee
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â€˜Pippinâ€™ Tim Dangâ€™s fascinating revival updates the style of this Stephen Schwartz/Roger O. Hirson musical about the prince (Ethan Le Phong) who finally discovers that lifeâ€™s simpler values should take precedence over the extraordinary achievements that he has pursued so unsuccessfully. Before Pippinâ€™s epiphany, the show bombards us with glamour and glitz. This time around, the visual design is distinctively flavored with anime and other Asian strokes. The choreography is hip-hop-influenced, with a few remnants of the original Fosse, and the musical arrangements add a dose of punk to the song â€œExtraordinary.â€? Le Phongâ€™s performance is extraordinary in itself, especially considering that he replaced Daniel May only a week before opening night. Marcus Choi slithers through the role of the Leading Player like a hit man from a Taiwanese gangster movie, Jenn Aedo is the worldâ€™s most eye-catching stepmother, and Gedde Watanabe does an amusing turn in drag as Pippinâ€™s grandmother. â€“Don Shirley
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STAGE OPENING THIS WEEK April Fools Pig. Abstract per formance show in which everyone must either be a fool, a pig, or April. Written and directed by April Hava Shenkman. Theater Asylum, 6320 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood, (323) 960-7780. Plays411.com/aprilfoolspig. Opens Fri at 8:30. Fris-Sats at 8:30; Suns at 7. Closes May 31. El Ruco, Chuco, Cholo, Pachuco. Pepe Serna per forms his interpretation of the Chicano experience, portraying a wide range of characters and archetypes from various time periods. Written by Pepe Serna. The New LATC Theater, 514 S Spring St, L.A., (213) 489-0994 x107. Thenewlatcstore.com. Opens Fri at 8. Sat at 8; Sun at 3. Closes May 25. The Hiding Place. A struggling novelist and an aspiring actor meet at a secret location in Midtown Manhattan and, through a series of letters, develop a passionate affair in the heart of New York City. Written by Jeff Whitty. The Attic Theater, 5429 W Washington Bl, L.A., (323) 525-0600. Attictheater.org. Opens Fri at 8. Fris-Sats at 8; Suns at 2. Closes June 28. I Gelosi. Taking place in the 16th century, the play tells the story of Italyâ€™s first traveling theater troupe and their mocking satire that began a defiant clash with the pope. Written and directed by David Bridel. The Powerhouse Theater, 3116 Second St, Santa Monica, (310) 396-3680. Latensemble.org. Opens Fri at 8. Thurs-Sats at 8; May 25 at 8. Closes June 14. Jen and Angie. Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Jennifer Aniston, are the only survivors of a plane crash on an island in the South Pacific, and must overcome their differences to survive. Written by Laura Buchholz and Christina Casa. The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, 5919 Franklin Av, Hollywood. Myspace.com/jenandangieshow. Two per fs only: May 28 & June 5 at 8. March on, Dream Normal. Lucid by Proxy presents a new play about a Midwestern family with a son who has just returned, psychologically broken, from the war in Iraq. Written by Jeanette Scherrer. Directed by Patty Ramsey & Jeanette Scherrer. Paul E. Richards Theater Place, 2902 Rowena Av, L.A. Info: (800) 8383006 or Lucidbyproxy.com. Opens Sat at 8. Sats at 8; Suns at 7. No per f June 1. Closes June 22.
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Knitting Factory AlterKnit Lounge, 7021 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood, (323) 463-0204. Knittingfactory.com. See also Knitting Factory. Thur: MC Lars, K Flay, Peachcake, Rocket, 8. Fri: Pride of Kenya, Charts & Maps, The Nocturnes, Cinder Cone, 8. Sat: Go West Young Man Fun Tree, Fawnhawk, 7:30. Sun: Club Beat It, 9. Tue: A&R Knights: Heartstop, Bluebox, 7. Wed: Raleigh Holmes, The Boxcar 5, 6. Kulakâ€™s Woodshed, 5230 1/2 Laurel Canyon Bl, North Hollywood, (818) 766-9913. Kulakswoodshed.com. Thur: My Record Label Showcase, 8. Fri: Randy Sharp, 8. Sat: James Lee Stanley, 8. Mon: Open Mic, 7. Wed: Acoustic Jam Session, 8. Largo, 432 N Fairfax Av, L.A., (323) 852-1073/1851. Largola.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: Film School, West Indian Girl. Fri: Ringside. Sat: Shwayze and Cisco, Lisa D Amato. Sun: E3PO, International Farmers, 6; HyperCrush, 10. Tue: Locals Night. McCabeâ€™s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Bl, Santa Monica, (310) 8284497. Mccabes.com. Thur-Wed: Call for info. Mr. Tâ€™s Bowl, 5621 1/2 N Figueroa St, Highland Park, (323) 2567561. Mrtsbowl.tripod.com. Call for showtimes. Thur: Auto-Erotix, Zoopy, Demonika and the Darklings, International Espionage. Fri: Crooked Cowboy, Dogweed, Lungbutter, The Gobshites, The Sly Digs. Sat: Firethorn Record Release Party, Heard, Skywreck, The Sirens. Sun: Ana Lasso, Benefit for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Mon: JMrs. Brownâ€™s Lovely Daughter, Surrender the Pink, The Pocket Rockets, 9. Wed: Unraveled, Earth at Night, Master Cylinder. Portfolio Coffeehouse, 2300 E Fourth St, Long Beach, (562) 434-2486. Portfoliocoffeehouse.com. Sat: Matt Kallish, 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: Ry Jarred, Ariana Hall, 8. Wed: Sonia Leigh, Emma Burgess, Tony Lucca, Gabriel Mann, Jay Nash, 7. The Roxy, 9009 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood, (310) 276-2222. Theroxyonsunset.com. Thur: Camp Freddy, Darling Stilletos, Moving Picture Show, 8; In the Rox: Jesse James Kinston, 8. Fri: Teitur, Jessie Baylin, Helgi, 8; In the Rox: Ivan Colon, Steven Luczy, Ry and Cal, Franchot Tone, 8:30. Sat: Mt. Helium, Floater, Chameleon Conductor, Vas Defrans, Valley Circle, 7:30; Dubconscious, Cipes and the People, International Farmers, E3PO, 9. Sun: Russell Brand, 6:30; Late Show: DJ Questlove, 10:30. Wed: Lizz Wright, 8. Safari Samâ€™s, 5214 Sunset Bl, Hollywood, (323) 666-7267. Safari-sams.com. Thur: Lemon Drop Kick, HDR, Supergiant, LoFI Man. Fri: The Von Bondies, Die! Die! Die!, The Shys, Io Echo. Sat: Battle of the Bands. Sun: Brunch Americana with The Honkys, Exotiki, Pep Torres; Custom Made, Concrete Guerillas, Brothaz Bent, Thirsty Fish, The Crux, 8. Mon: Blackbird, 7. Tue: Virtual Tuesdays, 8. Wed: Dirty, 9. Scene Bar, 806 E Colorado St, Glendale, (818) 241-7029. Thescenebar.com. Shows at 9. Thur-Wed: Call for info. Silverlake Lounge, 2906 Sunset Bl, Silver Lake, (323) 666-2407. Foldsilverlake.com. Thur: Greasy Beats, The Jane Doeâ€™s, 9. Mon: Porterville, The Fizzies, Roseâ€™s Pawn Shop, Sugar Panda, 8:30. Wed: Windy City Gentleman, Globes on Remote, Derek Halet, Manhole and the Manly Men, 8. The Smell, 247 S Main St, L.A., (213) 625-4325. Thesmell.org. Shows at 9. Thur: Bad Dudes, CPC Gangbangs, Experimental Dental School, Wounded Lion. Fri: Vivian Girls, Pocahaunted, Black Black, White and the Writing, Zombelle. Sat: Japanther, The Pharmacy, Bad Dudes, Bipolar Bear. Sun: Nanda Devi, Ox vs. Thunderbird, Green & Wood, Suns Beneath. Wed: Abe Vigoda, Parenthetical Girls, The Pwrfl Power, AU. Spaceland, 1717 Silver Lake Bl, Silver Lake, (213) 833-2843. Clubspaceland.com. Thur: Les Blanks, Amateurs, The Monolators, Correatown, 8:30. Fri: Illegal Substance, Hockey, The Growlers, 8:30. Sat: You Me and Iowa CD Release Party, 8:30. Sun: Big Bang, 8:30. Mon: Mezzanine Owls, The Quarter After, Exit Music, Asteroid #4, 8:30. Tue: Gran Ronde, 8:30. Wed: Club NME, 8. Tangier Lounge, 2138 Hillhurst Av, L.A., (323) 666-8666. Tangierrestaurant.net. Sun: Wisely, Ben Pringle, Alex and Sam, Mount Righteous, 7:45. Wed: Colorforms, Learning Music. Temple Bar, 1026 Wilshire Bl, Santa Monica, (310) 393-6611. Templebarlive.com. Thur: Jane Carrey Band, Christopher Hawley Rollers, 8:30. Fri: March Fourth Marching Band, Wylde Bunch, Medusa, 9. Sat: Future Funk Ensemble, Hope Kumasi, Steph Jones, Tilly Key, Malik Yuself, 9. Sun: Soul Nights, 9. Mon: Jake Shimabukuro, 8:30. Tue: Suzy Williams and her Solid Senders, Thelonious Dub, 8. Wed: Simply Kat, New Kingdom, Uncle Enrique & The Mariachi Seven, 8:30. Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Bl, West Hollywood, (310) 2766168. Troubadour.com. Thur-Fri: Daryl Hall & John Oates, 9. Sat: Foals, Maps & Atlases, 9. Wed: Superdrag, Kay Hanley, Senry, 8:30. UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 W Pico Bl, Santa Monica, (310) 3150056. Unurban.com. Fri: UnUrban Open Mike, 7:30. Viper Room, 8852 Sunset Bl, West Hollywood, (310) 358-1880. Viperroom.com. Thur-Sun: Closed. Mon: Ride on Rides, Foreign Born, Restaurant, Willoughby, 8:30. Tue: AI, She Died. Wed: Ride On Rides, St. Motel, Vauxhaul Broadcast, Rose Rossie, 8:30. Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Dr, Burbank, (818) 845-2425. Viva-
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Norman’s Ark. Post-Katrina retelling of the Noah’s Ark story that takes place on a roof in the middle of a devastating flood. Music by Glen Roven. Book by Jerome Kass. Directed by Peter Schneider. Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Bl E, Hollywood, (323) 461-3673. Fordtheatres.org. Opens Wed at 8:30. Tues-Suns at 8:30. Closes June 8. Taking Steps. British farce takes place during the pending sale of an old Victorian home that depends on who comes out of which of the home’s doors. Written by Alan Ayckbourn. South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, (714) 708-5555. Scr.org. Opens Fri at 8. Tues-Weds at 7:30; Thurs-Sats at 8; SatsSuns at 2:30. Closes June 15. –Alexander Comisar
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Thursday • May 22 • 6pm
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!
Wednesday • May 28 • 7pm
It won’t be quite the same, seeing homocore New Yorkers Mindless Self Indulgence headlining their own show, in front of their own baying fans, as it is when they open for anyone else … like supporting some macho metal group, for example. (There’s nothing like the sheer spectacle of this quite swishy electro-punk band baiting a bunch of hostile knuckle-draggers out for a night in the mosh pit.) Taking elements of Soft Cell, Atari Teenage Riot, and PiL and throwing them all into a jarring industrial mélange, MSI has somehow thrived for a decade, leaving their dozens of doubters with gaping, yet strangely inviting, mouths. –Joshua Sindell With the Birthday Massacre, and London After Midnight. 8 p.m. Sat. at the Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., (213) 388-1400. Info: avalonhollywood.com.
ISEE HAWKS IN LA Returning to Amoeba to celebrate their new CD Hallowed Ground — out May 20th! “Their songs are rife with mournful social commentary, environmental tragedy, wily humor, outsider guile, and political undercurrent.” — No Depression
Saturday • May 31 • 2pm
LENI STERN Jazz guitarist and musical explorer Leni Stern visits Amoeba to perform songs from her latest release Africa (out now). “...Stern fingerpicks gorgeous, subtle guitar solos that blur the lines between blues, jazz and African sounds.” — Downbeat Magazine Playing live at Cafe Metropol (cafemetropol.com), May 30th & 31st.
★★★ THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS ★★★ THURSDAY, MAY 22 Camp Freddy: The ego-stroking continues as the all-star lineup rolls on. The Roxy. El-P, Dizzee Rascal, Busdriver: Modern American indie hip-hop (El-P, Busdriver) joins forces with Dizzee, London’s mush-mouthed rapper. El Rey Theatre. French Kicks: Art-punk from the home of art-punk, New York City. The Echo. Daryl Hall and John Oates: Back to the clubs, eh? Those chart-topping Philly soul boys make an intimate appearance. Also Fri. The Troubadour. Eugene Mirman, Andy Kindler, Marc Maron: Alternative comedy with Mirman (Flight of the Conchords), Kindler (The Daily Show), and Maron (formerly of Air America Radio). Echoplex. Radar Bros.: Desert-dry space-rock from these local studio rats. Knitting Factory.
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AIMEE MANN The highly esteemed and always amazing singer-songwriter Aimee Mann returns to Amoeba for a live in-store performance and CD signing in celebration of her new CD @#%&*! Smilers — available June 3rd on Superego Records. Playing live June 2nd & 10th at Largo and June 6th at Anaheim House of Blues.
Tuesday • June 17 • 7pm
DEVON WILLIAMS Performing a special live set (w/ string quartet!). His new CD, Carefree is out now on Ba Da Bing Records!“...Williams is unique in that he refuses to be another psych-folk-blues musician in Los Angeles. He’s just not having it. Instead, Williams writes refreshingly light tunes tinged with Westerberg-like self deprecation that could have been fitting on the soundtrack of any My So Called Life episode: songs for being distraught, but laughing about it.”— LA Weekly
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FRIDAY, MAY 23 Oliver Future: Experimental, indie-pop charmers formerly of Austin, Texas, and now they’re locals! Echoplex. The Phenomenauts, The A.K.A.’s: Oakland wackos the Phenomenauts mix ’70s punk, surf rock, and rockabilly; Philly’s the A.K.A.’s are always an enjoyable punk blast as well. Knitting Factory. The Von Bondies, Die! Die! Die!: Detroit’s Von Bondies mix sex with garage rock for cheap thrillz; New Zealand’s Die! Die! Die! meld dissonance and raw fury to mind-warping effect. Safari Sam’s.
SATURDAY, MAY 24 Death Angel: The venerable Bay Area head-bangers have returned with a blazing new disc, Killing Season. With worthy support from God Forbid, and Soilent Green. House of Blues, Sunset Strip. Foals: Oxford, England-based crew with a nice line in minimalist dance-rock. The Troubadour. Jordan Zevon, The Living Sisters (Inara George, Eleni Mandell, Becky Stark): Just two of the names playing this year’s Topanga Days Fair, day one. Topanga Community House.
SUNDAY, MAY 25 Marc Ford & the Neptune Blues Club, Gary Louris, Johnathan Rice: More artists performing at the Topanga Days Fair, day two. Topanga Community House. The Roots, John Densmore’s Tribal Jazz, and more: The first day of the Jazz and Reggae Festival is heavily slanted toward jazz. UCLA Intramural Field. Russell Brand: British TV personality Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) closes a month of shows. The Roxy.
MONDAY, MAY 26 Chevy Metal (Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters), Venice, Everest: Topanga Days Fair, day three. Topanga Community House. Stephen Marley, Capleton, Mr. Vegas, and more: It’s “reggae day” of the Jazz and Reggae Festival. UCLA Intramural Field.
TUESDAY, MAY 27 Jaguar Love: The sound of cats being strangled sounds better than this whine-punk offshoot of the Blood Brothers. The Echo.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 Superdrag: Knoxville power-poppers stage a comeback from major-label dumpage. Also Thurs., May 29. The Troubadour. White Rabbits, Happy Hollows: Acclaimed “honky-tonk calypso” sextet White Rabbits are from New York; high-energy local trio the Happy Hallows might just blow them off the stage. The Echo.
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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 opposition from neighbors and relatives. Jerry Mayer’s meatier-than-usual autobiographical tale achieves considerable pungency, despite a few clunky components. The Other Space, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St, Santa Monica. Info: (800) 838-3006 or Santamonicaplayhouse.com. Sats at 8. No perfs May 24. Closes May 31. (Don Shirley) Blue Night in the Heart of the West. Brit writer James Stock’s semi-coherent 1991 play is a foreigner’s funhouse view of a bitter, gun-totin’, religion-clinging America. The caricatures of a casually incestuous mother (Hepburn Jamieson) and son (Benjamin Burdick) provide the most vivid moments in Amanda Weier’s enterprising staging. Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood, (323) 882-6912. Openfist.org. Fris-Sats at 8; Suns at 7. Closes June 21. (DS) Coffee Will Make You Black. A black Chicago girl (irresistible Diona Reasonover) wanders precariously through the racial and sexual revelations and revolutions of the ’60s in Michael Shepperd’s adaptation of April Sinclair’s novel, directed by Nataki Garrett. Although the male roles are cast too old, the play’s many awakenings feel fresh and vital. Celebration Theatre, 7051-B Santa Monica Bl, Hollywood. Info: (323) 957-1884 or Celebrationtheatre.com. Thurs-Sats at 8; Suns at 3. Closes May 25. (DS) Compleat Female Stage Beauty. The new Rogue Machine company rearranged this venue for Jeffrey Hatcher’s account of the 1660s rise of actresses on the London stage and the fall of an actor (Michael Traynor) who previously played women’s roles. John Perrin Flynn’s staging seldom flags, but the mix of modern and period design falls flat. Rogue Machine in Theatre Theater, 5041 Pico Bl, 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) 838-3006. 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 quasi-modernist staging of Richard Nelson’s translation. Elijah Alexander and JD Cullum, per fectly cast as Don Juan and his skeptical valet, and the entire cast deliver savvy timing and perceptive per formances. 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 June 1. (DS) The Glass Menagerie. Tennessee Williams’s great memor y play springs to vibrant life yet again in Brian Kite’s atmospheric interpretation, narrated with tender care by Toby Meuli as Williams’s alter ego. Lori Berg plays his domineering mother, Tawny Mertes his sensitive sister, and Stephen Van Dorn is a Gentleman Caller with a calculated laugh. Actors Co-op at Crossley Terrace Theatre, 1760 N Gower St, Hollywood, (323) 4628460. Fris-Sats at 8; Suns at 2:30. Closes June 8. (DS) Hillary Agonistes. President Hillary Clinton (Priscilla Barnes) – whose daughter is now a Muslim by marriage – is stumped by the inexplicable disappearance of 65 million people, including Bill. Nick Salamone’s fantasy seems awfully arbitrary, and its shelf life has expired, despite Jon Lawrence Rivera’s meticulous direction for Playwrights’Arena. Playwrights’ Arena at studio/stage, 520 N Western Av, L.A. Info: (213) 627-4473 or Playwrightsarena.org. Fris-Sats at 8; Suns at 7. Closes June 1. (DS) A House With No Walls. Thomas Gibbons’s perceptively probing drama is set in two eras: among George Washington’s slaves in 1796 and in the present, when a controversy erupts during the construction of a museum on the site of Washington’s presidential home in Philadelphia. Ben Guillory’s staging for Robey Theatre Company is 90% solid. The New LATC, Theater 2, 514 S Spring St, downtown L.A. Info: (213) 489-7402 or Robeytheatrecompany.com. Thurs-Sats at 8; Suns at 3. Closes June 15. (DS) I’d Rather Be Right. In this pleasantly daffy Rodgers/Hart/Kaufman/Hart musical satire, a time capsule from 1937, FDR (Joe Joyce) encounters a couple in Central Park who can’t wed until he balances the federal budget. FDR and his cabinet put on their thinking caps. William Mead’s little production for By George captures the show’s sunny spirit. Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Bl., Hollywood, (323) 960-4429. Plays411.com/bygeorge. Thurs-Sats at 8; Suns at 3. Closes June 1. (DS) Lady. Craig Wright depicts three longtime friends, now bitter and armed, hunting in Illinois. Dyson (Shawn Michael Patrick) resents Graham (Mark Doerr), whom he helped elect to Congress, for inspiring Dyson’s son to join the Marines. Kenny (Matt Kirkwood) escapes a sick wife via weed and TV. Scott Alan Smith achieves the requisite tension. The Road Theatre Company, 5108 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood, (866) 811-4111. Roadtheatre.org. Fris-Sats at 8; Suns at 2. Closes June 14. (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) 8607300. Lagaycenter.org. Thurs-Sats at 8; Suns at 7. No perfs May 30-June 1. Closes June 15. (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 ar tfully 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)
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To watch a political drama on TV in which the story is simply told without any mendacious attempts at quasi-fairness or faux-balance is as refreshing as a breeze from a spring mountain, and this is exactly the case with HBO’s Recount. Recount is the story of the nightmare five weeks during which the ruthless James Baker (played by a close-to-Satanic Tom Wilkinson) combined with the near-insane Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris (a majestic portrayal of psychotic vanity by the perfect Laura Dern), and the Supreme Court of the United States to steal the 2000 presidential election from Al Gore and initiate these eight long years of the George W. horrorshow. Facing off against these seemingly impossible odds are a bitterly desperate Kevin DENIS LEARY AND Spacey as Ron Klain, Gore’s fallen-from-favor Chief of Staff, and the loudly cursing Denis Leary as Michael Whouley, the Gore campaign’s national field director. The stoKEVIN SPACEY ry is, of course, a forgone conclusion. We only have to look to the White House to ~ know how it all came out, but writer Danny Strong and director Jay Roach are able to maintain a wholly plausible tension, and, as we go back to the nightmare of court battles over hanging chads and disputed Pat Buchanan votes, we can still suspend disbelief and believe the good guys might just win in the end, even when we know in our hearts and our recent history that it’s completely impossible. –Mick Farren HBO, Sun. at 9 p.m.
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 Bl, Glendale, (818) 240-0910 x1. Anoisewithin.org. Call for per formance schedule. Closes May 25. (DS) Of Mice and Men. Paul Lazarus turns John Steinbeck’s California farm workers into Mexican migrants in 1942, as the bracero treaty draws Mexicans northward. But why do the Mexicans have Anglo names and speak only a few Spanish phrases? George (David Noroña) and Lennie (Al Espinosa) jerk a tear or two, but the concept is half-hearted. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S El Molino Av, Pasadena, (626) 356-7529. Pasadenaplayhouse.org. Tues-Fris at 8; Sats at 4 & 8; Suns at 2 & 7. Closes June 8. (DS) 1001. Jason Grote’s dreamscape morphs a contemporary Manhattan couple – Palestinian woman and Jewish man – into Scheherazade and her king, supplemented by a parade of minor characters and images. Like most dreams, it’s vivid in the moment but easy to forget in the absence of more coherent realworld connections. Michael Michetti directs. Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Av, Pasadena, (626) 683-6883. Bostoncourt.org. Thurs-Sats at 8; Suns at 2. Closes June 8. (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) 4364610. Ictlongbeach.org. Thurs-Sats at 8; Suns at 2. Closes May 25. (DS) Pest Control. An exterminator (Darren Ritchie) in 1979 New York is mistaken for a hit man in this strained, pointless musical. Three composers added too many pop and rap songs (lyrics by Scott DeTurk) to John Jay Moores’s cluttered book (lyrics by Scott DeTurk). James Mellon’s cast includes top talent (Cleavant Derricks, Beth Malone). NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Bl, North Hollywood, (818) 508-7101. Thenohoartscenter.com. Thurs-Sats at 8; Suns at 3. Closes June 15. (DS) Point Break Live! The New Rock Theater takeoff on the 1991 Hollywood thriller Point Break adds a tsunami of comedy to the original story, about an FBI agent (who’s cast nightly from the audience and gets to read cue cards) investigating a gang of bankrobbing L.A. sur fers. Wicked caricatures and bare-bones action sequences abound. Charlie O’s in the Alexandria Hotel, 501 S Spring St, downtown L.A., (866) 811-4111. Theatermania.com. Sats-Suns at 7. (DS) Red Dog Howls. A 91-year-old woman (Kathleen Chalfant) is found by a grandson (Matthew Rauch) who never knew about her and eventually tells him a story from the Armenian genocide that feels about as real as a Grimm’s fairy tale in Alexander Dinelaris’s earnestly melodramatic script. Michael Peretzian’s staging is relentless. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Bl, North Hollywood, (818) 508-2400. Elportaltheatre.com. Weds-Fris at 8; Sats at 3 and 8; Suns at 3. Closes June 15. (DS) Saturday Night at the Palace. In apar theid-afflicted South Africa, two young white guys (Shawn Lee, Eric Pargac) invade a
burger joint just as the Zulu owner (Sean Blakemore) is trying to close. Be patient as you decipher the accented English, Zulu, and Afrikaans in Paul Slabolepszy’s play. The ending is combustible, as staged by Dámaso Rodriguez. Carrie Hamilton Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S El Molino Av, Pasadena, (626) 7927116. Furioustheatre.org. Thurs-Sats at 8; Suns at 7:30. Closes May 31. (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 25 at 7 only. 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. Thurs-Sats at 8; Suns at 3. Closes June 8. (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 free-spending protagonist. Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice, (310) 822-8392. Pacificresidenttheatre.com. Thurs-Sats at 8; Suns at 3. Closes June 1. (DS) Trying. Alan Mandell is unforgettable as former bigwig Francis Biddle, approaching death in 1967-68 in his Georgetown office. Rebecca Mozo is wonder ful as his new, 25-year-old secretary, trying to get along with her querulous boss while sorting out her own life. Cameron Watson’s staging of Joanna McClelland Glass’s play is utterly engaging. Colony Theatre, 555 N Third St, Burbank, (818) 558-7000. Colonytheatre.org. Thurs-Sats at 8; Suns at 2 and 7. Closes May 25. (DS) Two Unrelated Plays. See Stage feature review. Wicked. New actors occupy four major roles in the Stephen Schwartz/Winnie Holzman musical steamroller about the form-
ative years of Oz’s witches. Most important are Caissie Levy as a crackerjack Elphaba and Jo Anne Worley, per fectly suited to the overbearing cackles of Madame Morrible. I like the show more each time I see it. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Bl, Hollywood, (213) 365-3500. BroadwayLA.org. Call for performance schedule. Closes Jan 11. (DS)
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY
By Rob Brezsny
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(July 23-Aug. 22)
After working for years in various jobs at San Francisco TV station KTVU, Frank Sommerville was promoted to the top of the heap -- lead anchorman of the 10 o'clock news program. He promised that his new power wouldn't make him lazy or complacent. "Nobody will out-curious me," he bragged. I hope you will adopt the same motto for the foreseeable future, Aries. Your world needs you to be intensely inquisitive about what's transpiring. Uncoincidentally, asking lots of smart questions (and even some dumb ones) will also be the best possible thing you can do for your mental health.
Guerrilla gardening is my favorite kind of prank: a benevolent one. The practitioners of this growing global movement are fertility agitators who sneak onto unused fields under cover of broad daylight, often in urban landscapes, and cultivate flowers, herbs, and food crops. In accordance with the astrological omens, I recommend that you experiment with a metaphorically similar project in the upcoming weeks. Without necessarily seeking permission or expecting appreciation, cultivate beauty and value in a place that's neglected or going to waste.
(April 20-May 20)
"The Irish don't know what they want and are prepared to fight for it," said British attorney Sidney Littlewood. I don't endorse that assertion, since it's an offensive ethnic stereotype, but I do want to borrow it to create a cautionary message for you. Please make sure that in the upcoming weeks no one can say to you, "You don't know what you want and yet you are prepared to fight for it." I definitely hope you aggressively champion an idea you believe in or a dream you care about, but you should get clearer about what exactly it is.
(May 21-June 20)
Giuseppe Rebaudi and Silvie Basain started dating in 1952. This year they finally decided to take the next step. After a 56-year courtship, the 101-yearold Italian man wed his 98-year-old girlfriend. I predict that a comparable event will bless your love life in the second half of 2008, Gemini. Some romantic development that has been in the works for a long time will finally ripen into its full expression. Expect news about this soon.
(June 21-July 22)
If you're normal, you periodically feel little surges of anger that you don't express. Over time they may accumulate into a mass of blind rage that can hurt innocent bystanders, damage your relationships, and tempt you to punch holes in walls. Is there a way to keep this from happening? Yes, there is: It's my patented Laughing Tantrum Release Therapy, a five-minute ritual that you perform once a week in a private place with no witnesses. For four minutes, you fume, seethe, curse, and yell. For the final 60 seconds, you compel yourself to laugh uncontrollably. This week would be an excellent time to start integrating Laughing Tantrum Release Therapy into your routine.
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
"Dear Star-Reader Brezsny: You are the only wizard who can save me. I have a bad job -- just $72,000 a year -- plus a lover who's not all that cute and a home that's not worth as much as it used to be. My health is good but I hate my nose and ass. Can't afford a BMW or a vacation to Spain. My world is unraveling! Hope is fading! Please tell me what to do! - Virgo on the Verge." Dear On the Verge: I suggest that you temporarily suspend your strident yearning. This is one time when it's important to cultivate more appreciation for what you actually have. I urge you and all Virgos to turn your attention away from what you think you lack, and devote your psychic energy to loving what is.
you don't believe everything it tells you. In conclusion, Scorpio, get ready for entertaining adventures that will range from being a bit creepy to totally delicious.
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
During America's first war on Iraq in 1991, I prophesied that one day there'd be a Disneyland in Baghdad. It was a surrealistically sardonic send-up of my native country's imperialism. But now, 17 years later, my absurd prediction is coming true. The same American company that designed the original Disneyland has announced plans to build the Baghdad Zoo and Entertainment Experience. If workers survive bombing, looting, and sniper fire, the first part of the 50-acre amusement park will open this year. While I question whether building a monument to fun is a good idea in an actual war zone, it's an excellent metaphor for you to apply to your personal life. Even if you can't extinguish a certain conflict that has been raging, try to introduce a spirit of play into the proceedings.
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
I'm issuing a too-much-of-a-good-thing warning. Soaking up too much pleasure could dilute the value of your bliss. Expressing too much personal power could scare away valuable allies who are competent but not entirely confident. Pushing too hard on behalf of your creative pragmatism could subtly undermine the labor of love you've worked so hard on. Therefore, Capricorn, please accept my invitation to enjoy a period of rest and assimilation. You can return later for another round of pure intensity.
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Studies show that at least half the population would give up sex for a few months if they'd be rewarded for their abstinence with a free 60-inch plasma TV. But if you're offered a deal like that anytime soon, Aquarius, I suggest you reject it. According to my analysis of the omens, it will be crucial to your mental, physical, and spiritual health to have regular erotic experiences during the coming weeks. If you don't have a partner, have fun with your invisible muse, the angel in your dreams, or your personal version of God or Goddess.
(Feb. 19-March 20)
A professional dominatrix I know says that many of her clients are men whose jobs give them excessive authority over other people. When she's bossing around these honchos, she sees herself as an agent of karmic correction, counteracting a dangerous lopsidedness in their psyches. I bring this up, Pisces, because you're in a phase when you should rectify any imbalance of power that exists in your own sphere. If you're a swaggering alpha male or female, put in a stint as a humble servant. If you're normally a timid soul, flex your willpower with feisty abandon. If you're neither a control freak nor a doormat -- and thus have no karma to balance -- spend quality time meditating on how to gain more power over the wild ebbs and flows of your imagination.
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Even if you're not sick, you need some medicine. What kind of medicine? The kind that can transform what's pretty good about your life into something that's really great; the kind that will super-animate your merely average efforts and blast you free of any lackadaisical attitudes you've come to accept as reasonable. This medicine won't come in the form of a pill or a potion, but rather will be produced by your own body if and when you slip away from your comfort zone and go out to play in the frontier. Be your own doctor, Libra. Break your own trance. Crack your own code. Escape your own mind games.
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Your life in the coming weeks may resemble a dream of sailing deep beneath the waves in a yellow submarine where a nonstop party is going on. It'll be as if you're plowing through deep, heavy, murky waters inside a brightly-lit high-tech vessel that is controlled by slightly chaotic connoisseurs of fun. You may feel a bit claustrophobic, but that could encourage your imagination to run wild, which will be a good thing as long as
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