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PLATES, PAINT AND PEARS Senior lecturer Stephen Lapthisophon creates art out of everyday objects. Page 4B

Nightlife Beer lovers unite under one saucer at local emporium. Page 3B

Gas or Pass Iris Bagels and Coffee House offers welcome environment and organic treats. Page 2B

Review Natalie Portman strips off the tutu for her new film, No Strings Attached. Page 6B. The Shorthorn: Olivia Themudo

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A cup of joe with a side of bagel Iris Bagel and Coffee House offers 26 bagel types with a friendly atmosphere BY ALLEN BALDWIN The Shorthorn staff


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There’s a place where everybody knows your name and no, it’s not the bar from “Cheers.” It’s Iris Bagel and Coffee House, a bagel shop in Arlington that’s known for its friendly service and social atmosphere. “The feel is super comfortable,” shop regular Ashley Keplinger said. “The family The Shorthorn: Aisha Butt gets to know you. They ask you about your day and are genu- Earl Hwang, history and English senior, is a co-owner of Iris Bagel and Coffee House. The coffee shop sells more than 5,000 bagles per week, makes 26 kinds of bagels and inely interested.” has eight different flavors of cream cheese. Hwang uses a family recipe and said they follow a very careful process to make the bagels. Brian Hwang, his wife, Young The owners attribute the inKong, and their kids Nicole, San tomers according to Kong. All open, it’s easy for a lot of people Gas it, don’t pass it crease in business to their sociaand Earl have owned the cafe of the food is made from natural to come and hang out.” for six years. Brian Hwang said the shop ble personalities and the cafe’s ingredients. UTA Earl Hwang, history “The modern trend is to go itself has been in Arlington comfortable atmosphere. N “My father was a businessand English senior, said for food that is made fresh every for almost 30 years. His famPio the restaurant is planning morning rather than use ingre- ily bought it five years ago. The man in Korea and he told me nee r Pa on unveiling at least 10 new dients that have been chemically establishment was named after that in the world of business, rkw ay the most important thing is you sandwiches within the next enhanced,” Earl Hwang said. the former owner’s daughter. month. New sandwiches like “Six or seven years ago, we earn the heart of the people, and In addition to the new sandthe “The Dirty Bird,” a chicken wiches, Earl Hwang said the began looking around and this everything else comes along,” Iris Bagels breast, topped with black beans, coffee house plans to hold movie place came up,” Brian Hwang Brian Hwang said. “If you purand Coffee jalapenos, onions, tomatoes and nights on Fridays. said. “The moment I walked sue money, you’ll end up losing House lettuce on a garlic bagel, and “We don’t want to compete into this place, somehow, I everything else in the end.” 20 Much like the bar in “Cheers,” “The Southside Flamethrower” with Movie Tavern, so we’re knew we’d be fine here. It was customers at the coffee house all which consists of sausage, egg, only showing movies that are 10 an instinct thing.” chopped jalapenos and jalapeno- years old or older.” he said. Chris Holder, a regular cus- seem to know each other. Green Oaks Boulevard “At six in the morning, tajack cheese on a jalapeno bagel. Earl Hwang said the coffee tomer who has come to Iris The Shorthorn: Lorraine Frajkor Iris Bagel and Coffee House house currently is open from before the Hwang family took bles are filled with police offiHours: 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday offers 26 different kinds of ba- 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on week- over, said business has increased cers, teachers and doctors,” Earl through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hwang said. “They all sit togels all made in house. Flavors days. He hopes to start a second in the past five years. Sunday include strawberry, pumpkin, shift that will run from 6 p.m. to “Because it’s family owned, gether and just chat for hours.” Location: 5801 W. Interstate 20 egg and butterscotch. They also 11 p.m. on the weekends. they seem to know almost anysell coffee, espresso drinks, cin“There’s a lot of kids who one who comes in,” Holder said. Prices: Bagels- 75 cents, Cinnamon namon rolls and pumpkin rolls, choose not to go out and drink,” “We tell so many of our friends ALLEN BALDWIN roll- $1.99, Pumpkin roll- $2.10 which are a favorite among cus- Earl Hwang said. “If we stay about this place.” | pulse

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Fort Worth’s Flying Saucer draws in beer enthusiasts with a wide variety of brews BY TESIA KWARTENG The Shorthorn staff

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Jet Poets rock band touched down Saturday night at Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in downtown Fort Worth. “There’s always a great participant crowd,” Rick Garza, Jets Poets’ vocalist and guitarist said. “Downtown Fort Worth has such a great energy. We love playing here.” The Flying Saucer in Fort Worth opened in June 1995 and is the original ‘saucer’. The building once housed Land Mortgage Bank, one of Fort Worth’s oldest historic landmarks built in 1889. The emporium has live music Thursday through Sunday nights of various genres, including oldies, rock’n’roll, reggae and Celtic folk-rock. There are 82 draft beers on tap and a minimum of 200 different bottles to offer patrons. There’s always at least one beer on special and each day one of the 82 draft beers is $3 a pint all day. “Flying Saucer’s massive variety of beers fills a particular niche in the bar business, so we appeal to all sorts of customers,” said manager Landon Amis. The crowd is a mix of people from college students to business professionals who appreciate beer, bar food and the cozy atmosphere. From wall to ceiling, the brewery is adorned with plates and saucers. You can kick back and relax in an arm chair or plop down on a couch for a laid back living room environment. For a little change of scenery, you can go out to the weather-friendly patio and AVATAR listen (3-D) [PG13] to the live[PG13] music, or VATAR (3-D) mosey upstairs to the deck for ® 3D DIGITAL PROJECTION••• •IN REALD® a better view. •IN REALD 3D DIGITAL $2 Upcharge applies toPROJECTION••• all 3D films. $2 Upcharge applies to all 3D films. like Please the ambiance at the No“I Passes Flying No Passes Please Saucer,” adOnlinetickets tickets&&menu menu@ @ www. www.MMovieTavern. ovieTavern.senior om Online ccom vertising major Judith Huni said. “It is a very relaxed environment, and the décor is pretty cool, too.” Don’t worry if you’re not well-versed in your beers, the bartenders stay on top of


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best sellers are Breckenridge 471 IPA, Ace Pear Cider, Real Ale Fireman #4, and anything by the Fort Worth brewery, Rahr & Sons. “I come to the Flying Saucer as often as I can and I usually get the Black and Tan,” patron Wesley Brian said. “It’s a trademark of Fort Worth.”

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Lapthisophon: Art resides more in place of mystery Review

Senior lecturer expresses everyday instances through his works By Tory Barringer The Shorthorn staff

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Stephen Lapthisophon, artist and art senior lecturer, speaks to a gallery crowd about his current exhibit, Spelling Lesson.

If Stephen Lapthisophon, artist and art senior lecturer, could relate one message to the entire world, it would be to get outside of your head and trust your creativity. He may not be able to reach the whole world at once, but his newest exhibit, Spelling Lesson, at Dallas’s Conduit Gallery is a good start. “Some of the change [to my art approach] is more internal, emotional,” Lapthisophon said. “But people who follow my exhibitions don’t really see a change.” Declared legally blind after he was diagnosed with an optic nerve condition in 1994, Lapthisophon can’t see farther than a few feet. His sight problems haven’t kept him from staying active in the arts, though. In 2008, he won the Wynn Newhouse Award, an honor given to artists with disabilities. Lapthisophon maintains that his art has largely stayed the same since his vision failed and continues to pursue similar themes of linguistics and temporality. The exhibit runs at Conduit until Feb. 12. and utilizes a variety of tools including photos, ink, plates and cabinets. Lapthisophon said that combining these everyday objects in such a way presents a unique and challenging experience. Lapthisophon explained that one of his goals was to capture the common bits

of art that people create all the time without among gallery owners. Randall Garrett, the realizing. owner of Plush Gallery in Dallas, expressed “There’s a lot of embrace of everyday life respect for Lapthisophon’s perspective on art in my thinking,” he said. “We spill things, we history. brush up against things, we scribble notes to “I’m a big fan of his work,” Garrett ourselves.” said. “There’s this layering of art-historical One of Lapthisophon’s aims with Spelling references. All these ghosts are floating Lesson was to challenge viewers by disre- through here, through his work.” Ben Miro, UT-Dallas art and performance garding what he perceives to be the current direction of art. The name of the exhibit, he junior, found himself captivated by the work explained, is a play on the “notions of what is on display. “His work is so alarming,” Miro said. “It’s correct” in art. very visceral and emotional, “What I see in the art world rather than technical.” is very packaged. A lot of green, Conduit Gallery Miro described a lot of red, a lot of blue,” LapthiHours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lapthisophon’s approach sophon said. Tuesday through Saturday to teaching as being just as Lapthisophon’s answer to the Address: 1626 Hi Line unorthodox as his art. Rather perceived rut is his mixture of Drive #C than passing out syllabi and different styles and tools, often Dallas, Texas 75207 telling his students what he food related. One piece, called Contact: 214-939-0064 expects to see, Lapthisophon “Saffron Signature,” uses saffron tries to work with them to ink to display Lapthisophon’s “Spelling Lesson” available develop their voices as artists. name in yellow splatters until Feb. 12 He also emphasizes that it’s and skewed letters. Another, alright for their art to turn titled “The Taxonomy of Root out differently than how they Vegetables,” is a row of vegetables laid across a shelf as a representation of the planned. “It’s about how you feel about your “temporary nature of being in the world.” Lapthisophon has a number of subscribers relationship with your work,” Miro said. Lapthisophon is currently preparing for to his philosophy. His work has been featured in galleries all across the U.S., including another show this spring at Chicago’s Hyde Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. He also had his Park Art Center. He is also getting ready to art shown at Zagreus Projekt in Berlin and show a 60-minute film he recently completed. Overgaden Institute for Contemporary He said the work has a layered soundtrack and Art in Denmark. Spelling Lesson will be made up of fragments and found shots. is Lapthisophon’s fifth exhibit Lapthisophon describes it as a documentation of cultural history. at Conduit Gallery. For all of his openness about his work Lapthisophon is a popular name in the and style, Lapthisophon does keep a little to Dallas art scene and himself. “I think there are a lot of things we can’t has garnered a reputation know, shouldn’t know and aren’t supposed to know,” Lapthisophon said. “Art resides more in a place of mystery. I think the unclear is sometimes more meaningful.”

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No strings, nothing new

No Strings Attached is a trite, cliche attempt at comedy by tory barringer The Shorthorn staff

The most offensive thing about No Strings Attached is neither the raunchiness nor the bland plot. What really stands out is the false hope that the movie will deliver wit. There are a few good moments that convince the audience that maybe all elements will finally come together. In the end, they don’t. The movie focuses on a dreamer, Adam (Ashton Kutcher), and a professional who seems incapable of developing a “real� attachment to another person, Emma (Natalie Portman). The two sex-deprived souls decide to pursue a friendswith-benefits relationship — no romance, no emotions. The problem

begins when Adam develops feelings for Emma and seeks more. To say more would be spoiling the plot but the story is nothing that hasn’t been done a dozen times before. All parts of the equation are present. We have Adam’s friends who envy his responsibility-free relationship, and Emma’s stereotypical, loud-mouthed roommates and fellow medicine students. There are potential rival suitors and many moments for misinterpretation and jealousy. This movie hits the marks of romantic comedy clichÊ. It’s as if the writers had a checklist with them while scripting. The overused standards wouldn’t be so obvious if the cast was stronger. Portman, still in the minds of audiences from her compelling per-

formance in Black Swan, is weak in a role that is below her abilities. She told that the role was a “palate cleanser,� but it leaves a bad taste in viewers’ mouths. Kutcher is goofy and charming as always but doesn’t do anything especially interesting or new. He’s right for the character because he’s played it before in My Boss’s Daughter. Kutcher’s “That ’70s Show� cast mate and Portman’s Black Swan co-star, Mila Kunis, will star in Friends with Benefits, a movie with a similar premise set for release later this year. There are a few saving graces. Kevin Kline plays Adam’s father and brings his own fresh approach to the role. For an old man who takes mushrooms and unapologetically sleeps with his son’s exes,

he comes off as surprisingly caring. Lake Bell is strong as Adam’s alternate love interest — Lucy. Her neurotic awkwardness makes her endearing, but she’s underutilized until the last act. Ludacris stars as Wallace, one of Adam’s friends, and his deadpan delivery saves a lot of jokes that probably would have fallen flat with anyone else. No Strings Attached manages to dish out a meager amount of entertainment. The compromise between raunchy sex romp and romantic comedy has entertainment potential, but like its characters, No Strings Attached just can’t commit to being anything more.

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Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher star in a scene from No Strings Attached.

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No Strings Attached Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Natalie Portman, Kevin Kline, Cary Elwes Director: Ivan Reitman Release date: Jan. 21 Rating: R Score: 2 out of 5 stars


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Pulse’s guide to arts and entertainment in the Metroplex this weekend. If you know of a cool Arlington event, let us know at features-editor.


Biutiful Starring: Javier Bardem and Maricel Álvarez When: Opens Fri. Jan 28th Where: The Angelika, Mockingbird Station 5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 230, Dallas 75206 Contact: 214-841-4713 Mexican auteur Alejandro González Iñárritu, director of Amores Perros and Babel, directs Javier Bardem as a man struggling to make sense of life’s absurdities and death’s mystery. Bardem plays a dying father who, by securing a future for his children, is acting out his elegy.


The Rite Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue and Ciarán Hinds When: Opens Fri. Jan 28th Where: Inwood Theater 5458 West Lovers Lane, Dallas 75209 Contact: 214-352-5085 Anthony Hopkins is given another role that allows him to be ridiculously creepy as an expert exorcism priest who becomes possessed.


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hosts community outreach and gardening workshop When: 9 a.m. Saturday Where: Downtown Arlington Farmer’s Market 215 E Front Street Arlington 76001 Contact: 817-449-4255 Cost: Free A meet and greet with community members to get ideas on projects they would like to work on, such as garden installations, aquaponics and cooking workshops. John Hitchcock: Artist Talk When: 6 p.m. Fri. Jan. 28th Where: Fine Arts Building Room 148 Cost: Free Currently displayed UTA Gallery artist, John Hitchcock, will speak on his exhibit, Epicenter. His newest exhibit blends print making, video and installation art to create a kaleidoscope of colors and images that make you think differently about the Lone Star State.

Eclectic Honoring the Spectre of Frankie 45 When: 8 p.m. Sat. Jan. 29th Where: La Grange 2704 Elm St. Dallas 75226 Former frontman of greaser punk band, Specter 45, Frankie Campagna was a staple of the Deep Ellum arts and music scene. The concert will celebrate his life and music, after his death on New Years at the age of 24. Concert- Luna Matto/Menkena/Daniel Folmer When: 8 p.m. Fri. Jan 28th Where: The Kessler Theater 1230 W. Davis St. Dallas 75208

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Cost: $11.50 Dallas-based musician and singer-songwriter, Luna Matto, incorporates opera, folk and alternative rock, for a sound that is full of blistering bars of soulful sass. The Kessler is a great venue to see artists that incorporate numerous mediums into their performances, such as Matto and opener, Menkena.

Events George Acosta When: 9 p.m. Sat. Jan 29th Where: Lizard Lounge 2424 Swiss at Good Lattimer Dallas 75204 214-826-4768 Cost:$10 for 18 and up, $15 for VIP First 102 people get in free The King of Trance, Acosta, is sure to bring in the club kids and old school ravers for an event that will have more ecstasy filled moments than a night at “Burning Man”. Lannie Flowers When: 9:30 p.m. Friday Where: The Aardvark 2905 West Berry Street Fort Worth 76109 817-926-7814 The CD release party for power pop artist Flowers’ new album, Circles.

Know of something cool coming up? Let us know by emailing us at features-editor.shorthorn@uta. edu and we will feature it in an upcoming Pulse.

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