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August 11-17, 2010 \ Volume 20 \ Issue 30 \ Always Free
Film | Music | Culture
GO VEGAN
Turn Over a New Leaf
JULIA ROBERTS
in Eat Pray Love
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04 NEWS CAMPUS NEWS
04 BLOGS D-DAY
05 CULTURE TV TIME
06 FILM ANIMAL KINGDOM
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06 FILM PROJECTIONS
07 FILM DVD DISH
08 FILM JULIA ROBERTS
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08 FILM SCREEN SHOTS
10 FILM MOVIE REVIEWS
12 MUSIC VERSAEMERGE
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12 MUSIC EVERY TIME I DIE
Remind Us That “Shit Happens”
14 MUSIC OZZY OSBOURNE
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14 MUSIC CD REVIEWS
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16 MUSIC FREQUENCY
16 MUSIC REPORT
17 CULTURE L.A. MOVES
17 CUTURE EXHIBITIONS
18 CULTURE ON THE MENU
Vegan Dining in Los Angeles
22 SPORTS THE DIAMOND DISPATCH
22 SPORTS GALAXY KICK
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23 BLOGS THE ART OF LOVE
23 EVENTS THE 10 SPOT
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CAMPUSNEWS
DITCHING
DORMS
For Home Ownership
by ebony march, NEWS EDITOR
Sharon Nilsson has twin sons entering
college this fall. One son is attending New York University;
the other won a partial scholarship to study at Fordham
University uptown. Although the family is elated that both
boys have accomplished academic success, one thing really
threw Nilsson for a loop.
“God, it costs a fortune to pay for college,” she says.
“There’s books and tuition, for sure. But there’s the other
stuff – the room and board and the food costs. My boys can
eat you out of house and home.”
Nilsson is like many parents who are faced with the tough
cost of financing a high-end education. Only instead of the
fears and worries that most moms and dads experience with
one college-age child, she has to budget for two, as well as a
daughter who is about to enter her junior year of high school
(and will be starting college in 2012).
“I’m thankful that my boys decided to pick schools in the
same city. It makes things a lot easier,” she says.
Nilsson decided to take a proactive stance and cut corners
by any means necessary. Instead of paying the hefty $6,000
to $15,000 per year cost of undergrad housing, she and her
husband decided to cut costs in a rather unorthodox way.
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“We spend a lot of time out that way and my boys know
their way around fairly well, so we went ahead and got them
a place in Jersey City,” she says.
Nilsson, her current husband and ex-husband (the
boys’ father) pooled their resources and purchased a twobedroom, 1.5 bath within a brownstone in the historical city
located less than 10 minutes outside of Manhattan by way of
the PATH train.
“It was listed for $215,000, but we got it for $194.9,” she
says.
That’s smart math in today’s economy. The projected
cost to house Nilsson’s sons for four years of undergrad
study could run upwards of $120,000, depending on which
dormitory they draw at their respective schools. For this
family, keeping an apartment that the entire brood can enjoy
during holiday visits to the Big Apple as well as providing
her sons with a home as they brave the (post-graduate) job
market was a gift she couldn’t resist passing on to them.
“They’ll take over the mortgage when they get jobs and
pay roughly the same amount each month that they’d have
to pay in rent. Not only that, but we aren’t throwing away all
that money. This stays in the family and can be sold should
we need the money.”
As innovative as Nilsson is, she’s not alone. Parents
have been crunching the numbers and coming to similar
conclusions about cutting college costs for their children. The
movement is so popular that it has sparked several books,
including Profit by Investing in Student Housing: Cash In On
the Campus Housing Shortage by Michael Zaransky. Zaransky
notes that the current system of on-campus housing has its
drawbacks, such as full-capacity rooms and suites as well as
unexpected lodging cost increases.
But cost-cutting isn’t the only impetus for forging into
D-DAY
A LITERAL
BUG-A-BOO
by denise guerra
A couple of nights ago, I moved into my new
apartment in the semi-trendy Los Angeles neighborhood of
Los Feliz. My new place isn’t quite an apartment attached to
several other buildings raised above the ground. Instead, it
acts more like a stand-alone studio on a somewhat slanted hill
near fruit trees, squirrels and neighborhood cats.
My very first night staying in this place didn’t start off so
well since I had to move in late at night. People were asleep, no
cars were passing by and I was left to move in and out amidst
the dark shadows of brush and trees.
As I turned on the light, I quickly saw a spider spinning
its web on a bag of clothes I had left while trying to slowly
move in my stuff little by little. I’m not usually afraid of the
occasional Charlotte’s web, but I did get a little nervous, being
in such a quiet, secluded place, in a part of town I barely knew.
As I shut the door and wandered around the place, I saw
something near my bed that looked small and intricate. About
two inches long, flat and spread out like a sunburst. I stared at
it for a while until it scurried under my mattress.
“HOLY (expletive, expletive, expletive).”
It was like hearing the huge booming sound when you
spot the killer in a horror movie. I turned around and another
one of the creepy crawlies scuttled through the floor under
the bed.
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Think of all the fun you could have – and money they
would save – if your parents bought you a house/condo!
the real estate market. While many students enjoy the fun
and camaraderie associated with residence hall life, for some,
it can be overrated and rife with distractions.
“I hated the dorms,” says Sherika Johnson. “Mine were
co-ed. All they ever did was party. A girl almost died down
the hall from my room. I’m serious! Ooh, it was bad.”
Johnson would have loved having the opportunity to
move into a private residence as she completed her degree
in accounting.
“It would have made a big difference, I assure you.
I remember calling my mama and just crying because I
couldn’t get any sleep and I was stressed out and couldn’t get
peace and quiet. That’s probably why I live by myself now,”
she says, laughing. “I am not about sharing my private space
these days.”
Meanwhile, Nilsson and her family have said their
goodbyes. She and her husband moved the boys into their
new digs in July, giving them ample opportunity to enjoy
their new town before their freshman years get underway.
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“How many of these things are in here, bloody hell!”
I started dialing the phone as if my best friend 70 miles
away could possibly do something about this situation. As I
stood there, still as a rock, crying, she seemed annoyed.
I was paralyzed, and she was telling me to go to the store
and buy bug spray, as if that’s all I needed, ending the call with,
“Well, umm, I have to go take a shower.” How did this person
become my best friend? I’m about to get chewed and molested
by two-inch bugs with 100 legs and all she wants to do is take
a shower?
Since that person wasn’t going to help me, I tried calling
my sensible sister in San Diego, who would probably be up at
this time of the night. Her advice, “Why don’t you just move
out?”
Yeaah ... it’s midnight. I’m going to take all my stuff and
drive, where? So what did I end up doing?
In all its hilarity, I turned on the lights and fans, and
basically had to tough it out. Mind you, I did not sleep that
night. I needed something to make me happy and distracted,
so a marathon of “How I Met Your Mother” brought me back
to a more comfortable place. The paranoia was still there, but
so was Neil Patrick Harris.
The next morning, I woke up to bright sunshine and to a
cold, crisp morning. I HAD SURVIVED. I was so happy to be
leaving my new home (and “roommates”) to go to work, but
even there the remnants of last night haunted me.
As a girl, it may be natural to stereotype me into the
category of an elephant seeing a mouse, but in reality, spiders,
ants, roaches, these insects suck but they don’t scare me. The
creatures I saw the night before would probably scare Alfred
Hitchcock’s Birds into submission. I was shaking and afraid,
but I needed to know what it was I was afraid of. Though I
should have been working, I researched online and found
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exactly the type of insect I was dealing with. This insect was a
house centipede. Talk about freaky. No seriously.
Short of moving out after just signing a lease, I needed
to be logical about this situation. What I was really afraid
of (besides ugly things) is if I would be physically harmed:
Would it bite me or rape me or whatever (a million thoughts
ran though my head)? It turns out that a house centipede
is classified as a beneficial pest (pest because really the only
thing anyone can really say about it is that its fugly, and no one
wants fugly things in their house). It’s paradoxical because
this pest is actually a natural form of pest control, with its
main diet being other insects. So this calmed my nerves a bit,
but it’s still not enough for me to go Bruce Lee if they decide
to show their face again. The sad thing about this tale is that
in the end, I’m just going to have to learn to get along with my
new “best friends.”
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TVTIME
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JOEY
LAWRENCE
by stephanie forshee
Joey Lawrence is heading back to the sitcom world. Fittingly,
he’s co-starring with ’90s teen sensation Melissa Joan Hart in the ABC Family comedy,
“Melissa & Joey.” On returning to a sitcom, Lawrence shares, “It was something I wasn’t
sure I was ever gonna do again.”
“Melissa & Joey”’s storyline is complex yet enticing. When Wall Street whiz kid Joe
loses his job, he seeks answers from his former boss’ sister, Melissa. Upon meeting, he
discovers she has two kids and is in need of a little help. And so the story unfolds.
“I don’t think there’s anything like it on TV. There’s no young romantic comedy on
TV right now,” says Lawrence.
Lawrence describes his character as “a little cocky, but for some reason you like him.
He’s a fun character.”
The casting for this cute duo came to be thanks to their hit TV movie on ABC, My
Fake Fiance.
Lawrence is also the executive producer for “Melissa & Joey.”
“It’s something that I have a lot of creative control over. Whether it fails or succeeds,
you had a little more control over what it ends up being than if you just got hired,” tells
Lawrence.
In addition to his new sitcom, Lawrence also stars in the upcoming film Hit List,
about a hit man who can’t find true love. Leading lady Charlotte (Shirly Brener) goes
online and comes across Lyle (Lawrence), but she doesn’t know what he does for a living.
“It’s pretty quirky,” Lawrence says with a laugh. “It’s a pretty wicked little dark movie.”
He appears in Sinatra Club, a brutal tale about the night in 1973 ex-mobster John
Gotti took over New York.
“Melissa & Joey” premieres Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.
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FILMINTERVIEWS
ANIMAL
KINGDOM
David Michôd’s Pet Project
by sasha perl-raver
Pound for pound, Animal Kingdom is the
best film of 2010.
Made for a fraction of Inception’s catering budget, writerdirector David Michôd’s gritty, enthralling, casually brutal
Australian crime drama took top honors at Sundance earlier
this year and opens this week amid a cluttered summer
weekend. But don’t let this indie get lost in the shuffle because
missing out on Michôd’s debut feature would be to deny
yourself one of the year’s best filmgoing experiences.
Entrenched in a family of Melbourne criminals, Animal
Kingdom stars a slew of exceptional Australian actors,
including Guy Pearce, Jacki Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel
Edgerton, Luke Ford and Sullivan Stapleton, but the film
centers around newcomer James Frecheville, who was cast
through open call auditions after competing with over 500
kids. Plucked out of high school in the last semester of his
senior year, MichГґd knew the success of his project hinged on
finding a young unknown who would be the film’s nucleus.
“When you cast a kid at the center of your film, it feels
a little like you’re on a high-wire when you go into [the
auditions] because you have no idea if you’re going to find the
kid that you need,” Michôd explains.
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MichГґd says he was searching for someone who was
capable of creating a character so emotionally stunted they
seemed autistic.
“I needed an actor who could create that blankness [and
still be] interesting to watch,” he says. “It wasn’t like with
James there were 12 close contenders and we had to make a
decision. It became quite apparent early on that James was the
only contender. It was the level of detail in his performance
that thrilled me.”
The details of Animal Kingdom are well-tread territory
for MichГґd, who has been working on the film for almost a
decade. While 2010 is a big year for him, with both Animal
Kingdom and Hesher (a film he co-wrote that stars Natalie
Portman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt) debuting at Sundance
and making their way into theaters, Kingdom has been his pet
project since he graduated from film school.
“It took eight years to write,” Michôd admits, smiling a
little sheepishly. “I taught myself to write over those years.
I was fresh out of school when I started writing, and I just
had this idea of a big Melbourne crime film. That first draft
is laughably infantile. It’s just full of cool, crime-y shit. I look
back on it now and there’s not a single line of dialogue, not
a single scene, that’s still in the movie. I can observe how the
script improved as my writing matured and as I matured
personally.”
Part of that maturation was realizing no one was going to
let him direct his own script simply on the merits of his eager
charm or screenwriting abilities, so he directed a short film to
prove he had the visual chops as well.
“I went and made a short film called Crossbow, which, like
Animal Kingdom, was an attempt to represent a world that
was sort of dark and dangerous but yet had a poetry to it, a
contemplative beauty,” he says.
PROJECTIONS
LATIN
AMERICAN
SHOWCASE
Aug. 13-19 @ Sunset 5
by candice winters
I’m not sure what has gotten into me. YOU
know when you go to see a movie just because you like to
watch the previews of films coming out soon? No? Well, I do,
and lately nothing has made me look ahead at release dates
and become giddy with anticipation. Last year’s Academy
Awards was disappointing enough. The summer season
scraped by on the skin of its bad comedy. Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows, Part 1 won’t be released until November, and
The Social Network is the only one in between that will get me
through the rest of summer and most of autumn.
More and more, foreign films have been the staple of
my week, the stuff that my waking dreams are made of (yes,
I loved Inception), and it seems to have become more than
just subconscious because I can’t help but drag these subtitled
audience winners kicking and screaming from the small arthouse theaters into my columns. A few weeks ago I mentioned
The Secret in Their Eyes, the movie from Argentina that, it’s no
secret, kept my eyes glued to the screen for the never-ending,
one-shot scene of skill and perfection.
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Guy Pearce and David MichГґd on the set of Animal Kingdom
The short was a huge hit at film festivals, including Venice
and Sundance, and MichГґd quickly found his career taking
off.
“One of the beautiful things about Hollywood is that
when you’ve done something new that gets attention, it
can transform your career overnight, even if it’s a short
film. On the back of [Crossbow], Animal Kingdom started
to feel inevitable, which was scary in itself. From that point,
everything happened really quickly.”
He says throughout the pre-production and filming
process, it was fear that propelled him and made him a better
filmmaker.
“The terrifying thing and the exhilarating thing about
shooting,” he smiles, “is you live in a state of adrenalized semianxiety for the whole duration of the shoot. But it’s kind of
necessary. That anxiety produces a kind of critical rigor from
which better work comes.”
Animal Kingdom releases in theaters Aug. 13.
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Yesterday, I re-watched City of God from Brazil, a movie
that swept numerous international awards back in 2002. In
a gritty depiction of life in the lower class quarter of Rio de
Janeiro, the film’s quick-cut editing and scorching imagery
makes it a real classic, one I would watch leisurely on my
couch over hitting the theaters for The Revenge of Kitty Galore.
And have you met the Trio? Alejandro GonzГЎlez IГ±ГЎrritu,
Alfonso CuarГіn and Guillermo del Toro are the three lovers
in my life whom I can trust with everything, particularly any
given two-plus hours of my day. Del Toro helmed one of my
favorite films of all time, Pan’s Labyrinth, which was robbed
of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film a few years ago. He’s also
notorious for the Hellboy franchise and for dropping out of
production of the highly anticipated The Hobbit. CuarГіn
directed my favorite of all the Harry Potter films, the Prisoner
of Azkaban, as well as a childhood fave, A Little Princess. And
IГ±ГЎrritu is famed for hard-hitting, award-happy films like
Babel and 21 Grams.
All three directors extraordinaire are from just south of
the border in the land of Mehico. I could convincingly argue
that the quality of foreign film has noticeably gone up thanks
to the efforts of these three cine-gods. But it’s not just Mexico
that is producing the talent. All of Latin America is severely
underrated and lacking North American recognition for their
recent endeavors.
This naturally leads to my projections for the week. (Isn’t
it convenient how that happens each week?) Well, the Latin
American Showcase consists of two films from Argentina, one
from Mexico and one from Colombia.
Presented by Laemmle Theatres and Outsider Pictures,
the showcase screens each film once a day starting Aug. 13 at
the Sunset 5.
Mundo alas is a concert movie from Argentina that is
LeГіn Geico performs before each evening screening of Mundo alas.
the only film to screen twice per day. The evening screening
is preceeded by a half-hour performance from Argentinean
folk-rock legend LeГіn Geico.
Meet the Head of Juan Perez is a comedy from Mexico
about a low-life magician who inadvertently decapitates
himself in the hopes of surviving the current economic crisis.
Music On Hold is an Argentinean romantic comedy about
a guy who finds the answer to his writer’s block on the phone
with the assistant manager of the bank.
Finally, Crab Trap is set in the Afro-Colombian
community of La Barra on the Pacific coast and depicts the
clash of modernity and tradition in the constantly growing
South American country.
Jump on the bandwagon I’m forming in support of our
neighbors to the south. Es muy bueno.
Laemmle’s Sunset 5 is located at 8000 Sunset Blvd., West
Hollywood. For more information, visit laemmle.com.
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DVDDISH
SPECIAL
FEATURES
by mike sebastian
Funny Business: Two of the funniest people in Hollywood, Steve Carell and Tina
Fey, team up for a disastrous night out in Date Night. Taking a page from The Out-ofTowners and After Hours nightmare book of comedy, nothing goes right as the New Jersey
parents try to enjoy a night in Manhattan.
Also available: Multiple Sarcasms with Timothy Hutton, Loose Screws: Screwballs II,
Finding Bliss
The Idiotbox: Eighties pop culture icon Max Headroom finally comes to DVD in Max
Headroom: The Complete Series. This ambitious, ahead-of-its-time cyber punk comedy
takes place 20 minutes into the future, where TV viewing is mandatory. An investigative
reporter, with the help of his computer generated clone, fight crime and get the story.
Robert Carlyle and Lou Diamond Phillips lead a crew of civilians and military
personnel stranded in deep space aboard an aging ship programmed to explore the
farthest reaches of the galaxy in Stargate Universe SG-U: 1.5.
An FBI Agent (Rob Morrow) teams with his genius mathematician brother (David
Krumholtz) in combining traditional investigative methods with number theory to track
down criminals in the continually inventive Numb3rs: The Sixth Season.
In Toon: From the creators of “Robot Chicken” comes “Titan Maximum,” a hilarious
parody of animated Japanese imports from the ’80s like “Voltron.” Seth Green leads a cast
of teens who pilot a giant robot in fighting evil. Season One is now available.
Fifteen previously unavailable theatrical shorts are remastered for the Looney Tunes
Super Stars collections, Bugs Bunny: Hare Extraordinaire and Daffy Duck: Frustrated Fowl.
Stranger Than Fiction: The ugly truth about the bottled water industry is exposed
in Tapped, a new documentary from the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car? From
the environmental effects to the lack of regulation to the raping of communities and
absurd price gauging, there’s plenty of evidence here to make you think twice before
buying that Evian.
Michel Gondry crafts an intimate and highly personal documentary with The Thorn
in the Heart. Combining old Super 8 home movies, new interviews and animation, Gondry
paints a portrait of the fraught relationship between his aunt, a former schoolteacher, and
her son.
Based on the best selling book The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein: The Rise of Disaster
Capitalism shows how neoliberal capitalism exploits war, terrorism, and natural disasters
to survive and flourish.
Blu Notes: Peter Bogdanovich was doing genre pastiche long before Quentin Tarantino.
His ode to the screwball comedies of the ’30s, What’s Up, Doc?, stars Ryan O’Neal and
Barbra Streisand as a comically mismatched pair.
The misadventures of everyone’s favorite family,
the Griswolds, come to hi-def in National Lampoon’s
Vacation and the sequel, European Vacation. Chevy
Chase stars as the hapless patriarch leading his family
on an ill-fated cross-country road trip to Wally World.
John Candy and Randy Quaid co-star. John Hughes
wrote the script, while Harold Ramis directed this
modern classic.
The Horror! The Horror! Liam Neeson and
Christina Ricci star in the macabre psychological
thriller After.Life. Ricci wakes up from an accident to
find a funeral director (Neeson) preparing her body
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Julia Roberts finds more than
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Julia Roberts is getting a puppy, and she’s
christened him Javier. No, not really, but working with
sexy Spanish hunk Javier Bardem might be a comparative
experience.
“It was like deciding to get a puppy,” says the dark-haired
actress. “[You think], �Oh my life is so settled, so fixed. I will
get that puppy.’ Then the puppy comes in, and you’re like,
�OK, I’m too tired to have a puppy.’ He came in with all this
gusto and enthusiasm. His excitement was so contagious.”
Like any good doggy trainer, Roberts has Bardem
following where she walks and licking her face in Eat Pray
Love, which is based on the novel of the same name by
Elizabeth Gilbert, who accounts her quest to find herself in
Italy, India and Indonesia. But don’t assume that it was all
beaches, pasta and puppies on set.
“It was well reported that I was terrified to be around
him after No Country for Old Men,” recalls Roberts about
Bardem. “He pulls out a picture from [the movie], and I was
like, �My eyes, my eyes!’ I had just got a really good grip on
the way he really looks, and then he gets it back in there.”
Roberts stars as on-screen Liz, whose marriage crumbles
when she realizes she’s out of love with doting husband
(Billy Crudup). After an unsuccessful tryst with a younger
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man (James Franco), the New York writer finds herself in her
bathroom on her knees, praying to a God with whom she has
never had a working relationship. And so she’s off to Italy
first, where images of pasta and gelato tantalizingly flood the
screen. Director Ryan Murphy hopes to inspire an appetite in
an audience of the undernourished public.
“In our culture, there’s so much guilt around food,” he
enthuses. “Everyone’s on a diet. Just to have a scene where a
woman eats with unabashed joy is amazing and lovely.”
Roberts was all for the full-bellied sentiment when she
was shooting in Naples where real-life Gilbert visited.
“We got there at 8 a.m. and proceeded to start my day
with eight slices of pizza in 45 minutes,” says Roberts. “The
deliciousness of something wears a tiny bit after piece seven.”
Like the novel, that even Bardem has read and admits,
“wasn’t a woman’s book at all,” the film has something for
everyone. Because it was shot in chronological order, the
actors were given room to enjoy the journey that was so
beautifully described in text. It was also shot entirely on
location, which made for an interesting experience.
“Wherever Ms. Roberts goes are the screaming throngs
and paparazzi,” jokes Murphy. “That’s what happens with
a movie like this that was shot so much outdoors in real
locations. It was challenging at times, but I don’t think there
were any obstacles. I gained seven pounds. I think that was
an obstacle. I was drunk every night in Rome; that was an
obstacle.”
In India, Gilbert learns the power of prayer. She befriends
Richard from Texas (Richard Jenkins), who has an amazingly
lengthy and emotional one-shot monologue on the rooftop
overlooking the scenic country. For the actor who was raised
in small-town Illinois, this is what moviemaking is all about.
“I grew up watching movies, and that’s how I saw the
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world in a small Midwestern town,” says Jenkins. “When I
became an actor, I thought, �Man, I’m going to go everywhere!’
I ended up seeing Toronto and Vancouver. This [film] is what
I thought it would always be like. You would go everywhere,
not just the sound stage.”
Bali is the last stop and, fittingly, where she finds more
than puppy love in the form of Bardem. Although each stop
in the journey is different from the next, Roberts has found
(or stolen) the tie that binds them together, a message that
ultimately wins over the reader and audience member alike.
“I think that if you have gotten to a place in your life
where you have found a capacity to eat and nourish yourself
in that way, and love and nourish your life in that way, that
somewhere along the way you’ve figured out your own
identity and how to pray and relate to an energy or creation
that’s more than you. Or else you can’t accomplish those
other things. And Javier told me that once. I’m just repeating
it.”
Eat Pray Love releases in theaters Aug. 13.
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2) Which film does not feature one of Batman’s vehicles
getting destroyed?
A) Batman
B) Batman Returns
C) Batman Forever
D) Batman Begins
3) What film does Quentin Tarantino borrow the opening
credit sequence from for 1997’s Jackie Brown?
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B) Psycho
C) Le SamouraГЇ
D) The 400 Blows
4) What film by the Coen brothers is loosely based on one of
Homer’s epic poems?
A) Miller’s Crossing
B) Barton Fink
C) O Brother, Where Art Thou?
D) Raising Arizona
5) What film was almost directed by Sergio Leone?
A) Mean Streets
B) The Deer Hunter
C) The Godfather
D) Chinatown
6) Which film was passed on by several studios as a
completed film, then went on to win multiple Academy
Awards?
A) Slumdog Millionaire
B) Little Miss Sunshine
C) Juno
D) The Hurt Locker
7) Which Marvel superhero film did not get a sequel?
A) The Hulk
B) Daredevil
C) The Punisher
D) Blade
8) Which film by Steven Spielberg was originally going to be
directed by Stanley Kubrick?
A) War of the Worlds
B) Minority Report
C) Catch Me If You Can
D) AI: Artificial Intelligence
9) Which Alfred Hitchcock film takes place in real time?
A) The Man Who Knew Too Much
B) Strangers on a Train
C) Rope
D) The Birds
10) Which one of these films directed by Tim Burton does
not star Johnny Depp?
A) Sleepy Hollow
B) Big Fish
C) Ed Wood
D) Edward Scissorhands
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Kerry Hayes
Natha becomes bombarded with lavish gifts that serve no
purpose in helping to save his farm and do not deal with the
real issues at hand. Why are farmers resorting to suicide in
order to save their land?
Natha is a man of few words, but there is something very
relatable and accessible about him. No one really seems to
actually care about rectifying the root problem to prevent
farmers from killing themselves. This film looks at a group
of society that has not been valued and tossed aside.
The film opens your eyes to a country that has many
social and economic problems with overpopulation, while
showing you a part of society that has been completely
disenfranchised. Peepli Live doesn’t pound you over the
head with a message but accurately gets the point across and
makes you think.
Grade: A—Ariel Paredes
Peepli Live releases in select theaters Aug. 13.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in one romantic slacker’s quest to power up with love: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Lebanon
(Sony Pictures Classics)
Once you’ve seen Lebanon, you’ve seen war. The film gives a
stunning glimpse into the First Lebanon War in June 1982.
Lebanon follows four young men in one lone tank: the
gunner Shmulik, the commander Assi, the driver Yigal and
the loader Hertzel. They are sent to search a town that has
already been attacked by the Israeli Air Force. Because all four
men are novice soldiers, the film shares the oft-overlooked
perspective of the new soldier confronted with a multitude
of uncertainties. The men must not only survive war, but
each other. As pressures elevate, more hardships arise with
their fellow crew.
Yoav Donat (Shmulik) gives a stellar performance as a
gunman who is struggling to make right from wrong. He
invites you in to the crucial moments that open your eyes to
the courageous strength of a soldier.
Itay Tiran (Assi) stands out as the conflicted leader
fighting for his life and integrity. Oshri Cohen (Hertzel) and
Michael Moshonov (Yigal) also capture the harshness of
their characters magnificently.
The film’s cinematography is original and brilliant.
Writer-director Samuel Maoz effectively chose to show only
the perspective of the four crewmen. In the film, the viewer
only sees the interior of the tank; anything shown outside is
seen through the lens of a periscope gunsight.
Maoz provides a realistic account for those who will
never face the cruelty of combat. He fought in the 1982
Lebanon War as an Israeli soldier and began writing the
script 25 years after the start of the Lebanon War, basing the
film on his experiences.
Grade: A
—Stephanie Forshee
Lebanon releases in select theaters Aug. 13.
Mugabe and the White African
(First Run Features)
Can you survive losing everything – your friends, family
and all your worldly possessions? Yes, provided you don’t
lose hope and dignity. That’s the message of this emotional
documentary, which follows a white Zimbabwean farmer
who challenged President Robert Mugabe.
A notable piece of filmmaking, Mugabe and the White
African tells the story of Michael Campbell, one of the few
white farmers left in Zimbabwe since President Mugabe began
his land seizure program in 2000. Initially a policy instigated
to reclaim white-owned land and redistribute it to the poor
blacks in Zimbabwe, Mugabe’s land reform – according to
the documentary – has violently evicted 400 white farmers,
displaced local farm workers and illegally distributed many
of these lands to his loyal supporters instead.
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Through the personal account of Campbell, the 75-yearold mild-mannered grandfather, and his son-in-law, Ben
Freeth, filmmakers Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson
covertly follow the plight of this resilient family who are
determined not to lose the land that Campbell claims to
have rightfully owned since 1974. Armed with his title
deed, a dose of Dutch courage and, on one occasion, a
camcorder, Campbell takes on the Zimbabwean president in
an international court citing illegal racial discrimination and
a violation of basic human rights.
Filmed over 12 months, the film follows Freeth and
Campbell back and forth to an international tribunal court
in Namibia in constant fear of retaliation from Mugabe’s
henchmen. It’s a case that has made national headlines in
Southern Africa. A story of resilient people fighting under
conditions few of us could imagine in a country where
people are playing by their own rules, it’s a moving portrayal
of a family who had the vision and courage to fight the
Zimbabwean regime.
“Is it possible to be a white man and an African?”
questions a defeated Freeth as the case is postponed yet again.
“If you ask Mugabe, the answer is no. And there is something
very wrong in that.”
Grade: B
—Samantha Ofole
Mugabe and the White African releases in select theaters Aug 13.
Peepli Live
(First Look)
When we think of Indian films, we picture a lavish Bollywood
set with people breaking into song and dance in the middle
of a conversation. Peepli Live is an Indian film that is anything
but that. The film takes a satirical look at bureaucracy, media,
politics and Indian life and culture today.
Peepli Live, produced by famed Bollywood star Aamir
Khan, begins with two brothers, Natha and Budhia, coming
back to their small Indian village of Peepli feeling distraught.
They just found out that their farm will be auctioned off
because they are unable to repay a loan. Natha supports
not only his wife and three children, but also Budhia and
their elderly, crotchety mother. They reach out to their local
politician for help only to be rejected. They are told about
a government program that is offering 100,000 rupees
($2,000) for every farmer that commits suicide. Budhia
convinces his younger brother to take up this offer in order
to save the farm.
A local reporter catches wind of Natha’s plan and it
garners more and more attention. Large media outlets, local
government, politicians and the state government all take
notice, placing Natha at the center of a much larger debate.
The film gives you real social insight on Indian society.
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If the words “Zelda,” “Tetris” or “Duck Hunt” have ever held
a special place in your heart, then Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
is the movie for you. From the moment Universal’s logo
appears, roughly animated into glorious 8-bit pixilation,
the kind known all too well by members of a generation
who once thought “Pong” was the pinnacle of technology,
it’s clear that you’ve stepped into a film that embodies the
ultimate in hipster chic; a hyper-referential genre piece that
has perfected the affect of nonchalance despite exerting
exhaustive efforts to be cool.
Hipster poster boy Michael Cera stars as Scott Pilgrim,
a 23-year-old wannabe rock star meandering through life in
Toronto, dreaming of greatness with his band, Sex Bob-omb,
and dating the trifecta of porn fantasy girls: an underage,
Asian catholic school girl (Ellen Wong). But after meeting
the girl, quite literally, of his dreams, Ramona Flowers (Mary
Elizabeth Winstead), Scott finds himself under siege. In
order to win her heart, and keep his beating, he must battle
Ramona’s seven evil exes – who range from a studly vegan
rocker (Superman Returns star Brandon Routh, ’member
him?) to an experimental lesbian fling (Mae Whitman) – to
the death.
Based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s beloved six-volume
graphic novel, Scott Pilgrim is an allegory for all romantic
relationships. You may not physically fight anyone’s exes when
you start dating, but there’s no denying that psychological
warfare is always waged with your partner’s past.
It’s a simple concept, dynamically captured by director
Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead), who festoons
the movie with adorable hallmarks, visual witticisms and
cinematic in-jokes for Generation Xbox. In many ways,
Wright has created what might be this decade’s Reality Bites,
a time-capsule film fluently speaking the language of a
generation, couched in what appears to be a fluffy romance.
Similarly, this movie is an assembled legion of some
of the most talented young actors working today. Cera is
predictably a-dork-able, leaving the door wide open for
scene stealing from the supporting cast who jump at the
chance to dazzle. Up in the Air’s Anna Kendrick crops up
briefly as Scott’s sister, proving her Oscar nod was no fluke.
An exceptional comedienne, even her most momentary
appearances are commendable. Similarly, Alison Pill, Mark
Webber and Johnny Simmons as Scott’s Sex Bob-omb band
mates turn minimal screen time into memorable, tasty
side dishes. But the largest heaping of praise goes to Kieran
Culkin as Scott’s gay roommate, Wallace Wells. Pitch perfect
in every way, Culkin has barely acted since his attentiongrabbing turn in 2002’s Igby Goes Down, a lamentable
absence as proven by this performance. With any luck, next
time audiences might get to see Wallace Wells vs. the World.
Grade: B
—Sasha Perl-Raver
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Turning Zero up to 11
by brien overly
“�What’s it feel like being compared to
other girl bands?’” says VersaEmerge frontwoman Sierra
Kusterbeck in a mocking tone followed by a laugh, a teasing
jab at the interviewers who have made the question an
interview staple of late.
Though she jokes that she’s sick of hearing it asked, and
it was most definitely not asked during this interview, the
significance of the question remains. Not so long ago, the goto question for band-fronting songstresses was, “How does it
feel being a girl in a band?” Nowadays, members of the fairer
gender are as commonplace on stage as they are in audiences
within the modern rock scene. In a genre where seemingly
any girl can pull on some Chucks, weave in some platinum
extensions, hire backing musicians and call herself a band
leader, it takes a special one to stand out from the pack.
Kusterbeck is indeed one such frontwoman.
“I want to be a good lyricist,” she says. “I think that’s lost
a lot now, so I really want to work hard on getting better, and
I think trying new things is what makes you better.”
The Florida-bred melodic pop-punk band’s debut fulllength, Fixed at Zero, sees Kusterbeck putting the proverbial
money where her mouth is, with a collection of songs
that are anything but the usual pop clichГ©s. Kusterbeck
specifically cites the slow-building track “You’ll Never Know”
as a personal favorite on the album for challenging her
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songwriting ability.
“I kind of stepped out of my box and went a little more
vulnerable with writing lyrics,” she says of the song. “I’m
usually very coded. I use a special �Sierra-code’ of writing so
people can take it out of context and make it mean whatever
they want for them, so I feel kind of proud of that one.”
Not to be outdone, the album likewise showcases
guitarist Blake Harnage and bassist Devin Ingelido as skillful
musicians of their own right, creating a songwriting trifecta
with Kusterbeck of widely varied influences and technical
approaches. From the anthemic lead single, “Fixed at Zero,”
to the car-chase-soundtrack choruses of “Fire,” to the dark
and haunting grittiness of “Redesign Me,” each of the three
shows the full expanse of their capabilities on the album
while maintaining the songs’ cohesiveness.
“Each song on the CD I think has its own purpose in
making the album full-circle, making all the songs tie
together rather than just having the same song over and over
again,” says Harnage.
“We started writing and demoing before Warped last year,
so it was a pretty long time ago, over a year ago,” Harnage says
of beginning the process for Fixed. “We were kind of afraid,
like, all the pressure’s on us. This is our debut full-length and
the first time we could define what our band is.”
With a final product that proves to be as sprawling and
cinematic as it is hard rocking, though, the key to the album’s
success was in the sonic dynamics.
“When I first met Blake and Devin and joined the band,
they made it very clear, even for the EPs, that we want this
to be a whole, to have a flow, to have its ups and downs, no
flatlining,” says Kusterbeck.
“It’s like, you’re driving down the road, and then, bear
right. Actually, it’d be �bear left,’ because we’re more left of
VersaEmerge are only going to get bigger from here.
center,” she says, adding with a laugh, “Screw the right.”
Truly, a girl after our collective hearts.
Just as the mood and tone of their songs can veer from
dark and emotive to aggressive and high energy at a moment’s
notice, so too has audience response been all over the map.
Not that such a thing would discourage either Harnage or
Kusterbeck, though.
“You can’t cater to everyone’s likings in the end,” says
Harnage. “I think you need to have just as many people
hating your band as liking your band. Because the people
who like your band are going to like you a lot more than if
everyone kind of likes your band.”
Luckily, the numbers seem to overwhelmingly favor
those in the former category, rather than the latter. And
they’re only getting bigger from here on.
Fixed at Zero is currently available. VersaEmerge perform
Aug. 11 at Warped Tour Pomona. For more information, visit
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EVERY
TIME I DIE
When in Rome...
by brien overly
Every Time I Die play it fast and quick.
For those familiar with Every Time I Die, the band’s name has
come to be nearly synonymous with “party.” They like cheap beer, they ride motorcycles
and they thrash and shred harder than you do.
So what’s frontman Keith Buckley’s latest indulgence?
“I pride myself on my tweets,” he says.
Oh, OK.
“[Twitter] was just a good forum to write random thoughts and have them all saved.
If you have attention deficit disorder or are a narcissist, it’s perfect.”
One listen to the band’s sixth album, last year’s New Junk Aesthetic, and some of
Buckley’s more long-standing vices are more readily available.
“Maker’s Mark and water is what got me through writing the record,” he says.
Unlike Twitter, however, this habit ended up yielding some of the album’s best tracks.
“I was drinking in my living room, and the first line of �Marvelous Slut’ just came to
me,” Buckley says, “It all followed real quick afterward and kind of wrote itself, but that
was one that kind of came out of nowhere thanks to alcohol.”
With New Junk quite possibly being their most raw, gritty and ambitious to date,
Buckley’s fast-living approach to life and music seems to be the key to his band’s success.
“People that care less about their lives have the best ones,” he says. “If you’re willing
to give up everything to pursue what you love, even if you’re sleeping nine deep in a van,
it’s the best way to make memories and get life experience.”
Every Time I Die perform Aug. 11 at Warped Tour Pomona. For more information, visit
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OZZY OSBOURNE
Returns with Ozzfest
by mari fong
“I had my transistor radio by the side of
my head, walking down the street and I heard �She Loves
You’ for the first time,” says Ozzy Osbourne about a musical
inspiration that changed his life. “That was such an amazing
experience for me. From then on, I wanted to be a Beatle.”
A Beatle he wasn’t, yet Ozzy Osbourne’s success rivals the
Fab Four, having sold over 100 million albums during his
solo career and with Black Sabbath. Top it off with Grammy
Awards, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
and garnering a whole new generation of fans by starring in
the popular MTV show, “The Osbournes.” In 1996, Osbourne
and wife, Sharon, kicked off the first national heavy metal
music festival, Ozzfest, now in its 14th year.
“We had no idea, in the first place, it was going to take off
as big as it did,” he shares.
The idea was inspired when Osbourne was rejected by
Lollapalooza. In true Ozzy style, he and Sharon developed
their own touring festival, infused with heavy metal bands
and promising up-and-comers. In the past, Ozzfest featured
names like Pantera, Tool, System of a Down, Slipknot,
Incubus, Metallica, Iron Maiden and Rob Zombie. Ozzfest
2010, which hits the San Manuel Amphitheater Aug. 14,
boasts more stellar metal gods such as Osbourne’s former
guitarist Zakk Wylde with Black Label Society on the second
stage and Osbourne, Rob Halford, DevilDriver, Nonpoint
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and rock’s bad boys Mötley Crüe on the main stage.
“I haven’t been on set with Mötley Crüe since 1984,” says
Osbourne with a nostalgic glint in his eye. “It was one of the
most intense tours I ever did, in the respect that we were all
fucking crazy, you know?”
Being the poster children for rock’s “sex, drugs and rock
’n’ roll,” both Mötley Crüe and Osbourne were kindred
spirits; spirits being in the form of alcohol and other
addictive drugs.
“When I discovered alcohol and drugs, it lifted me up. It
made me feel better,” recalls Osbourne.
Yet drug addiction has led to some of his most imagesearing moments. Who hasn’t heard of the time when
Osbourne bit off the head of a dove during a record label
meeting? Or when he bit off the head of a live bat during
a show? And how about when he, in a drunken stupor,
urinated near the famed Alamo in Texas, got arrested and
was subsequently banned from San Antonio for a decade?
All true.
Osbourne is painstakingly honest about his battle
with addiction and its horrendous consequences in his
autobiography, I Am Ozzy.
“I have an addictive personality, but I don’t do that
anymore,” he admits. “I want to live a little longer.”
Osbourne now gets his best high from playing live.
“When everything’s in its right place and my voice is
on form and the crowd is giving me some craziness, there’s
nothing in the world to come close – love, sex, drugs – there’s
nothing that can touch it,” he says of the euphoric feeling
when a show goes off. “It’s just amazing. It’s the best feeling
you can ever have in your life.”
Performing for the first time at this year’s Ozzfest are
songs from Osbourne’s latest CD, Scream. His set also
CDREVIEWS
Elsinore
Yes Yes Yes
(Parasol)
Yes Yes Yes snatches you from
track one with “Landlocked,”
a fast-paced, sunny tune that
immediately gets you up
on your feet. Elsinore keeps
their lyrics visual, and by the
time you arrive at track 10,
it feels as though you’ve listened to a short audio book – its
beginning is the delightful intro, and its ending reveals the
unexpected conclusion.
Elsinore have been out of the music scene for a while, and
it seems to have done them good. They sound more refined.
Ryan Groff ’s voice is clear, controlled and full of impact. Dave
Pride (drums), Mark Woolwine (piano) and Chris Eitel (bass)
also help with vocals, and when they do, they show how easily
they can step up their game. During the slow songs especially,
the band holds it neatly together with crooning harmonies
and detailed arrangements.
Should you grab a copy if you listen to the likes Augustana
or the Pains of Being Pure at Heart? Yes, yes and yes.
Grade: B
—Christine Hernandez
Yes Yes Yes is currently available.
Snake! Snake! Snakes!
Self-titled
(Common Wall/Modern Arts)
For some, songs tend to call forth hidden emotions, and the
indie, folk rock band Snake! Snake! Snakes! are certainly on
top of that. One run though their debut self-titled EP and
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includes favorites like “Crazy Train” and “Paranoid,” along
with songs from his Black Sabbath days. Speaking of his
former band, Osbourne says they are in talks about possibly
doing another record together.
“To be honest with you, I would love to do a killer Black
Sabbath album. It would make my life! The whole thing
would round up perfectly for me. I’m not saying it will or
it won’t [happen]; I don’t know. But if it did come together,
it’d be great.”
After surviving almost four decades in the music, what
more could the Prince of Darkness want to achieve?
“I’ve never had, believe it or not, a No. 1 record in the
United States ever, even with Black Sabbath,” he says. “That’s
about the only thing I’ve got to achieve.”
Yet after a moment in thought, Osbourne shares a secret.
“One person I’d like to do a song with, you’d probably
be surprised,” he says. “And that’s Lady Gaga. I’d love to do a
song with her.”
Scream is currently available. Ozzfest is Aug. 14 at San Manuel
Amphitheater. For more information, visit ozzy.com.
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Jonathan Messenger (vocals/guitar), Christopher Sanchez
(vocals/bass), George Rodriguez (piano) and David Cooper
(percussion) get you right in the gut. Their music is a potent
force to twist loving thoughts and shake up fragile hearts.
The Arizona band lists Interpol, Bob Dylan, Muse,
Radiohead, Bloc Party, Bright Eyes and Death Cab for Cutie
as influences. If you like any of the aforementioned musicians,
then let Snakes! slither their way into your heart. Just listen to
“City on Fire” and “We Come Out at Night.” These songs show
that this band, much like the limbless creature, is capable
of considerable extension. They’ve produced an EP with
mesmerizing, provoking melodies and expressive lyrics that
might even get Indiana Jones to reassess his reptilian phobia.
Grade: A
—Christine Hernandez
Snake! Snake! Snakes! is currently available.
Toadies
Feeler
(Kirtland)
Feeler is the great “lost” Toadies album; it was supposed to
drop 15 years ago as the follow-up to the band’s breakthrough
effort, Rubberneck. But Interscope didn’t like Feeler and
refused to put it out, nearly causing the end of the band and
putting the rejected material into limbo. Now, Toadies have
re-recorded most of the songs from the original recording
sessions, added a few tunes and finally turned Feeler loose. Has
it been worth the wait?
Absolutely. The overall feeling of the album is grunge-y; no
surprise since that is the era in which the songs were written.
Opening cuts “Trust Game” and “Waterfall” in particular
reflect the ’90s sound, but there are lots of songs here that’ll
quickly resonate with fans who are looking for something like
the big Toadies hit “Possum Kingdom.”
The guys thankfully don’t recycle “Possum”’s riffage
but strike similarly playful chords with the instantly catchy
“Dead Boy,” “City of Hate” and “Mine.” A couple of the tunes
probably should have remained lost, but for the most part,
Feeler certainly deserves this second chance.
Grade: B
—Kevin Wierzbicki
Feeler is currently available.
Claudio Valenzuela
Gemini
(Accidental Muzik)
Claudio Valenzuela has begun his solo career with Gemini. A
former vocalist of rock group Lucybell, Valenzuela offers the
disc in English and Spanish. The Chilean wrote the songs over
the course of three years in three different countries: Chile,
Mexico and the United States.
“It is a way of transforming myself,” he says of the 11
featured tunes.
Valenzuela utilized a variety of instruments, but the
acoustic and electric guitars are most prominent.
“After creating the songs, I used as many instruments as I
could,” he states.
“La Aguja En Tu Ropa” is the CD’s first single, and it
displays a romantic view from Valenzuela. “Si El Rio Suena”
is perhaps the most intriguing, both musically and lyrically.
“It was the first song of the disc I worked on,” Valenzuela
points out. “We need to be attentive about certain things that
happen. It is about making decisions and change.”
Grade: A—Marvin G. Vasquez
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J. Tillman
July 27 @ The Troubadour
J. Tillman is enrapturing when you give
him the chance. But when you place him
in between a high-energy indie party like
Grouplove and the toe-tapping bluesinspired Phosphorescent, Tillman’s style
seems like a complete halt to the party.
However, take his performance by itself,
and there’s something entrancing and
beautiful in the way he plays a solemn
guitar with only a microphone and stool
as his companions.
J. Tillman can completely transform a
His first tune, “Three Sisters,” takes
moment with a song.
on a very slow rhythm with long beats
of silence to accompany a modern take on what I interpret as the Greek myth of the
judgment of Paris, the sisters being a metaphorical premonition of Aphrodite, Hera and
Athena.
As the unimpressed seem to dwindle backward behind the crowd to mingle and chat,
those who remain with Tillman seem to understand the story-like quality of his musical
tales with philosophical queries like, “How do you love a loveless thing?”
While the other acts on the bill rely heavily on the power of their instruments and
lung capacities, Tillman stands like a lone wolf telling tales of lost loves and cabin fables.
His voice transforms him into a traveling storyteller – reminiscent, weary and brooding.
There’s a reason why his music resonates with some and not with others; to truly
enjoy his music requires resigning yourself to the songs’ passionate and mystical lyrics,
almost as if putting on your headphones to get away from the world. The problem is
that many in the audience need something to dance to, and Tillman grinds the crowd’s
rhythm to a steaming halt.
Tillman’s solo work is smart and reflective just like his contributions as a member of
Fleet Foxes. Like all great musicians, he is able to completely transform the moment, to
which everyone at the venue can attest.
—Denise Guerra
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by brien overly
Vans Warped Tour
Aug. 11 @ Pomona Fairplex
It already came and went just a couple weeks ago, but that
doesn’t mean you can’t still do round two of Warped. Or
three, if you’re that dedicated. If this is round four or greater,
though, you may or may not be bordering on excessive. Not
that that’s necessarily a bad thing, just as long as you don’t
take the next step and post videos on YouTube of you trying
to break into Ollie Sykes’ house or something while there’s
construction going on. Or something.
Point being, there are a whole lot of bands on the second
half of the tour who weren’t around for kick-off at the end
of June. So even if you were totally un-stoked about the
lineup then (not that you could’ve been), there’s a plethora
of reasons to get re-stoked on this date. Most importantly,
the Buffalo-native shredders of Every Time I Die are back in
SoCal this time. If you remember from my essential Warped
guide, these dudes were my top-ranked band on the lineup,
and you’ll see exactly why that is if you make the trek out to
Pomona. They and old school punk icons Dropkick Murphys
are reason enough to skip out on work for a day, but a second
helping of bands like Alkaline Trio, Fake Problems, Mayday
Parade, Dillinger Escape Plan and VersaEmerge doesn’t hurt
either.
Lady Gaga
Aug. 11, 12 @ Staples Center
If you don’t love Gaga, you are a soulless, hollow, blackhearted shell of a person who doesn’t like happiness or fun
in any form. If you disagree, please, attempt to refute this
statement of truth.
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Queens of the Stone Age
Aug. 12 @ Club Nokia
If there’s a Josh Homme project that isn’t rife with badassery
and cooler-than-you-ness, I’ve yet to hear it. And if there’s a
musician who can front such a band without coming off like
a d-bag better than Homme, I’ve yet to meet him. The dude
is just quintessential rock ’n’ roll.
My Morning Jacket
Aug. 12 @ The Greek
After many attempts over the years, I’m still a bit at a loss for
how to attempt to pin down this band’s shtick for anyone
who’s not already familiar with their work. Psychedelic-jamindie-folk … ish, kind of …? These guys are all over the
place with their sound, but somehow manage to make their
genre-hopping legitimately cohesive. Whether you like your
rock Southern-fried classic style or progressively spacey and
atmospheric, these guys have a jam for you.
The Ataris
Aug. 12 @ Chain Reaction
Aug. 13 @ The Whisky
There was a time when pop punk was simple. A time when
it was pure, where bands mastered the art of the on-stage
sing-along jam, rather than the on-stage asymmetrical
hair flip and guitar swing. A time when there was no neon
involved. A time when it and Disney pop were diametrically
opposed and mutually exclusive genres that would’ve been
blasphemous to mix. A time when it wasn’t terrible, basically.
The importance of the Ataris for being a part of those
early days may be lost on current youth culture, but that
means there’s all the more reason to see these dudes live and
prove that no one should have to endure a Demi Lovato duet
MUSICREPORT
by KEVIN WIERZBICKI
Lady Gaga Leads VMA Noms
The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards show will be broadcast
live from the Nokia Theatre Sept. 12, and you’ll probably be
seeing a lot of Lady Gaga during the ceremonies. And I’m not
talking about the fact that Gaga’s outfits often reveal plenty of
skin. The singer has been nominated in an unprecedented 13
categories, including Best Pop Vocal, Best Female Vocal and
Best Dance Music Video.
“I’m so honored for all the little monsters and selfprofessed freaks of the universe to have more VMA
nominations in a single year than any other artist in MTV
history,” says Gaga. “Ironically, I’m even more proud it’s an
unlucky number 13. God put me on Earth for three reasons:
to make loud music, gay videos and cause a damn ruckus.”
First-time nominees this year include Justin Bieber, Drake,
Ke$ha, B.o.B, Florence + the Machine and Mumford and
Sons. Fans can cast votes in many VMA categories, including
Best New Artist at vma.mtv.com.
Remembering Patrick Swayze
The one-year anniversary of actor Patrick Swayze’s death
is only about a month away now, and the date will be
commemorated with the release of previously unheard music
from the recording sessions for the soundtrack to the film
Dirty Dancing. Dirty Dancing: The Original Demos contains
two alternate versions of the No. 1 smash hit “(I’ve Had)
The Time of My Life,” a demo version of “Hungry Eyes” and
a vocal version of “Someone Like You,” a tune that’s used in
instrumental form in the Broadway-bound Dirty Dancing:
The Musical.
The release has the blessing of Patrick’s wife, Lisa Niemi
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Brandon Flowers flies solo at the Troubadour Aug. 17.
with their pop punk. Nearly 15 years after starting up as a
band, and their early work still sounds as epic and anthemic
as ever. How many of these new schoolers will be able to say
the same 15 years from now?
Brandon Flowers
Aug. 17 @ The Troubadour
Is it bad that I kind of like Brandon Flowers’ “Crossfire”
song better than some of his Killers work? No? Well … is
it bad that I like the singular song better than the last two
Killers albums combined? It kind of is, isn’t it? It just feels so
straightforward and simple, in a good way, almost harkening
back to the Killers’ Hot Fuss-era days. No posturing, no
pretension, no gloss, no campy schmoozy-ness, just stripped
down indie vocals mixed with big-sounding melodic rock
instrumentation. If B.Flo can get me this stoked on his
work again on only one listen of one song of his upcoming
debut, I’m willing to go out on a limb and reinvest my faith
in him. The fact that he’s playing one of the best small club
venues Los Angeles has to offer isn’t hurting his chances of
recapturing my good will either though.
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Swayze, and proceeds help support the Patrick Swayze
Pancreas Cancer Research Fund at Stanford. Swayze died of
complications from pancreatic cancer Sept. 14, 2009; Dirty
Dancing: The Original Demos drops Sept. 8.
GuitarTown
Did you happen to see a 10-foot tall guitar on the Sunset Strip
lately? No, you weren’t hallucinating. The giant fiberglass
instruments are part of Gibson Guitar’s GuitarTown public
arts project, an effort to showcase the Strip and unify
businesses.
About 25 of the sculptures, all created by local or
nationally acclaimed visual artists, are placed along a mileand-a-half stretch of Sunset, including adjacent to landmark
businesses like the Whisky A Go-Go, the Roxy Theatre and
Sunset Marquis. Each guitar celebrates a musician, personality
or artist unique to the Sunset Strip’s history and will be
auctioned off for charity after the exhibit ends.
Slayer DVD X 3
When it rains (blood), it pours! After a long dry spell with no
Slayer DVDs in print, the band is popping with three titles:
reissues of 2003’s War at the Warfield and 2004’s Still Reigning,
and for the first time on DVD, 1995’s Live Intrusion. Still
Reigning features a performance of the Reign in Blood album
in its entirety, including the infamous set-ending stunt where
the band, their instruments and the entire stage is drenched
with a downpour of 150 liters of “blood.” Live Intrusion has
been digitally remastered from its original VHS release and
features fan favorites like “War Ensemble,” but also some of
the band’s early repertoire like “At Dawn They Sleep” and
“Captor of Sin.” The DVDs, available individually or in the
limited edition Slayer Live DVD 3-Pak, drop Aug. 17.
Half Notes
The new My Life with
the Thrill Kill Kult
compilation, Sinister
Whisperz
Volume
One: The “Wax Trax”
Years
(1987-1991),
gathers music from
four of the band’s
early releases and
includes the pre–
viously unreleased
“Satana Rising.” A
very limited box set
edition contains the
bonus CD Live in San
Antonio 6/10/90.
The new one
from Secondhand
Serenade
(singer
John Vesely) has
dropped and you can
hear music from the
appropriately titled
Hear Me Now when
Gaga leads the 2010 VMA noms.
Vesely appears at the
Anaheim House of Blues Sept. 4.
The Ghetto Blaster E.P. is the new release from Street
Sweeper Social Club; the Tom Morello/Boots Riley
collaboration is out now, and SSSC plays the Rock the Bells
Festival Aug. 21.
Tay Dizm has a new mixtape called Point ’Em Out; grab a
download exclusively at grooveshark.com.
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Aug. 13 @ Ford
Amphitheatre
Bobbie Rich is one of the artists featured in VOCA’s upcoming exhibit.
by danielle lee
Martin Cohen
Nehara Kalev and C. DerRICK
Jones are two extraordinarily artistic
people who express themselves beautifully
as a unit. They stray from the norm of
the 21st century couple. There are many
C. Derrick Jones and Nehara Kalev
couples in which each party works in a
very different setting. Then there are couples like Jones and Kalev, who spend their days
collaborating, creating and honing the crafts they learned as singulars until they’re fully
ready to debut these works to awaiting audiences.
“In our work, we cross the genres because we are not solely dance, theater or aerial
dance,” explains Jones. “We are very much multidisciplinary, and it’s hard to pigeonhole
us. We call ourselves dance, theater and reality performance as a name that we know
people will have questions about.”
The craft they show to the world is also an aerial act. Their performances at times
involve either party acting as a counterbalance to the other, which can be a daunting feat
in itself.
Kalev is a New York City native whose mother immersed her and her sister in the
arts at a very young age. Kalev went on to study dance during her formative years at the
High School of Performing Arts, renowned for cultivating scores of young students into
professional stage performers and artists. Though Kalev had given up dance upon leaving
New York, she continued her academic career at Oberlin College, a small liberal arts
college in Ohio, and found the environment to be supportive of contemporary dance,
thus reigniting her passion.
Jones is a Pasadena-born product of the Berkshires in Massachusetts, known for its
cultural and artistic life and culture. Jones’ life was enriched at a young age via trips to
ballets, theater, Shakespeare plays and orchestra performance, which sparked his interest
in dance. He began studying dance at the University of Vermont, moving into movement
and theater. He then came to Los Angeles and fell under the tutelage of Rachel Rosenthal,
who would serve as a mentor to the couple. After meeting Kalev at the UCLA’s MFA
program in dance choreography, the duo went on to travel and work together with
Diavolo Dance Company.
“We create aerial dance, and we like the aerial spectacle because it speaks so truthfully
and honestly about the focus that two people have to have externally and internally
towards each other,” says Jones. “That’s such a strong metaphor for relationships and for
our marriage.”
The couple proves to their audiences yearly how dedicated and syncopated two
people can be with their wedding anniversary shows serving as public demonstrations of
their enduring love for each other and the crafts they spend their lives perfecting. Their
current show, “Iron,” not only serves as a presentation of their work, but also as the sixth
wedding anniversary for the couple. As an aerial act, Jones and Kalev incorporate their
respective expertise, which can be an overwhelming task to accomplish for some, but not
a power couple like this.
“People understand how much we trust each other,” Jones starts, “but the depth to
which we have to be in tune with each other is not really spoken about.”
There is a definite level of trust that is needed when your loved one is hovering yards
above your head and the only thing keeping them in balance and suspended is you.
“These two people need to really trust each other, and to trust themselves, to take care
of everything in every moment,” assures Kalev.
The performance of “Iron” is a beautiful amalgamation of two beyond-talented
people who would probably be creating and brainstorming ideas even if there wasn’t an
audience anywhere in sight. Kalev and Jones’ show is a beautifully crafted performance
incorporating theater, dance and reality pieces. It is definitely a show that is not to be
missed. However, please try not to recreate any of the maneuvers you see on stage. Leave
that to the professionals: the loving, dynamic duo of Jones and Kalev.
Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. For more information,
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WOMEN PAINTERS
WEST GROUP EXHIBIT
Aug. 14-Sept. 12 @ VOCA Gallery
by danielle lee
After calling cities like Duluth, Ga., Richmond, Va., Barrington,
Ill., Amherst N.H., and Clinton, N.J., home, Bobbie Rich has carved out quite a niche
for herself as an artist in Los Angeles. She collaborates with and draws inspiration from
Women Painters West, a group of women artists who are based in the L.A. area.
Rich began to express herself artistically at a young age. She even won a drawing
contest with the crazy submission of an amalgamation of two of the most unlikely animals:
a unicorn head on a crab’s body. During high school, when Rich wasn’t creating artistic
works, she was participating in musical theater and performing in classic productions
like “Fiddler on the Roof.” Though she enjoyed the stage life, there was no denying she
gravitated toward her artwork. She began to take interest in all types of art and a plethora
of artists, settling on surrealism and Dali.
“I remember I would make these trees really detailed with pen and ink, but the trees
would just be made up of body parts, like eyeballs. It wasn’t gory at all. They were very
refined and made out of little dots that took patience,” she says.
After completing high school, Rich attended USC, which allowed her to study both of
her interests: art and broadcast journalism. As a broadcast journalism and fine arts major,
Rich attended USC’s prestigious Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
for one semester where her interest for advertising was peaked.
“I thought advertising would be the more intelligent way to go about art, so I studied
advertising as well as art,” she says. “I worked in advertising a little, but I was not cut out
for a desk job. I liked coming up with the ideas, doing the thumbnails and pitching to
clients, but I did not like sitting at the computer and doing it on my own.”
Before graduation magna cum laude from USC, Rich volunteered her time to the
Hollywood Beautification Team, painting murals with children at inner-city schools.
“I enjoyed interacting with them, how excited they would get about the art and that’s
what they would look forward to in the day,” she says. “I liked working with people and
sharing art.”
Not only is Rich an artist and painter; she’s a teacher. She offers in-home private and
group art classes to adults as well as kids.
Diane Karpel and Andrea Raft are Rich’s mentors at Women Painters West. They
took Rich under their wings when she joined, and now she is part of this very thriving,
creative, close-knit group of women who come together to lend support, discuss and
mentor new entrants into the 90-year-old legacy. Each woman has submitted two pieces
for a collective exhibit that opens Aug. 14 at VOCA Gallery on the Venice Boardwalk.
Rich’s style of painting is a beautiful mixture of the two focuses she had during her
college years: She blends photographs with art. She also incorporates beautiful patterns,
vibrant colors and friends of hers in her paintings, which adds a personal touch.
Rich gives the best advice to those attempting to break into the art field or just
wanting to dabble in it.
“It’s important to try all different styles so that you know that you can do them and
that you’re confident,” she says. “There’s no way you can know what you’re best at or what
you enjoy the most if you haven’t tried the spectrum yet. Be persistent about trying to
show your work. Keep putting yourself out there.”
The opening reception for Women Painters West Group Exhibit is Saturday, Aug. 14,
from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at VOCA Gallery.
VOCA Gallery is located at 215 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. For more information, visit
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B.L.T.A. (A for avocado and B for tempeh bacon). They have
traditional deli style food, some Angeleno-flaired Mexican
items and quite a few raw shakes and smoothies for the
healthy vegan.
Follow Your Heart
21825 Sherman Way, Canoga Park (818) 348-3240;
followyourheart.com
This long-standing market and restaurant has been a mecca
for vegans and anyone seeking natural remedies, ingredients,
care products and guidance. Follow Your Heart is also a
homegrown brand featuring the famous natural flaxseedinfused Vegenaise, which is distributed to health food stores
nationwide. There are four versions of the egg-free mayonnaise
substitute, and each has a unique oil base that accounts for the
different flavors and health benefits.
Shopping here is educational and taking a moment to
absorb the atmosphere in the restaurant is quite an experience.
The original wooden architecture from the ’70s coupled with
the casual atmosphere of people in organic cotton attire and
hemp jewelry makes going green seem like the norm rather
than a newly discovered last resort for saving the planet.
Follow Your Heart is one of the few places to offer vegan
breakfast. Make your first meal of the day Mexican with their
vegan version of chilaquiles: organic corn tortillas sautГ©ed
with scrambled, seasoned tofu and topped with Mexican salsa,
vegan guacamole and their homemade dairyless sour cream
that hints of onion. During lunch and dinner, soy, seitan,
mushroom and tofu are offered as alternatives to meat.
Samantha Minton
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Follow Your Heart offers many vegan dishes, including a Wok Stir Fry, meatless chili and nachos with dairy-less sour cream.
THE VEGAN
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BY samantha minton
Vegan. The sheer mention of the word
often provokes controversy and confusion for the average
person and even vegans.
Someone who follows a vegan diet does not eat meat or
animal products. Yes, that means no poultry, dairy, fish or
honey can be eaten by a true vegan. But a vegan’s diet can
waver when you take into account the individual’s reasons for
choosing veganism and their practicing lifestyle.
Consider who would choose such extreme dietary limits.
There are those dedicated to the lives and rights of animals,
those against inhumane farming and slaughter practices and
those who want to be healthy by eating more vegetables, hence
eating less animal fat.
Don’t forget about the vegan-minded group who do it to
save resources. After all, it takes less money, time and effort to
grow and harvest a garden of fruits and veggies than to raise
an animal and butcher it.
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So depending on a vegan’s purpose, some vegans may
have exceptions as to what they eat. For example, bees aren’t
harmed when making honey, so some “vegans” may eat it.
However, an animal rights activist vegan may not eat honey to
protest the farming of bees.
Regardless of purpose, a true vegan by definition of the
word refrains from eating any animal or animal byproduct.
Being a vegan can be a form of self-discipline that becomes
very rewarding. Famous vegans like comedian and talk show
host Ellen DeGeneres and various athletes have said they have
more energy since going vegan.
“Digesting most produce is easier on the insides than
processing many carbohydrates, tough meat and dairy,”
DeGeneres has said on her show.
Many vegan dishes are light and steer you away from a
sugar coma or feeling too full. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of
junk food, breads and imitation meat and seafood to calm
your cravings as you make the transition. Just one trade-off
of enjoying a faux beef and fakin’ bacon burger is that you get
great taste with fewer calories.
If you’re interested in being vegan and exploring the hot
spots and new places that cater to vegan taste buds, check out
these L.A. restaurants.
Flore Vegan
3818 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 953-0611; florevegan.com
This restaurant and delicatessen looks very inviting and puts
a new twist on an old-fashioned candy shop. The brown
and bright red counter out front combined with a matching
awning overhead and glass canisters along the wall inside add
intrigue to this place.
The extensive menu makes it difficult to decide what to
try – wraps, salads, pizza, burgers, sandwiches, breakfast or
soup? It’s comforting to know they can’t go wrong with their
37 South Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena (626) 584-0268;
greenearthveggie.com
This place gives off a modern and serene vibe as it celebrates
its grand opening in Old Town Pasadena. It proudly debuts
Asian- and Thai-inspired plates that use protein-packed
veggie and soy-based faux meats and little to no seitan.
Co-owner Thuong U says their most popular dishes
include the Grilled Portabella Burger with avocado and pesto
made with organic pine nuts, the Tom Yum spicy Thai soup
with basil, lime, lemongrass and chilis and the Chick’un
Parmigiana featuring soy imitation breaded “chick’un breast”
served with brown rice.
To drink, choose from an assortment of tropical fruit
smoothies, fresh squeezed mixed veggie juices or agavesweetened lemonade. Green Earth is very affordable, even
compared to a non-vegan menu, and offers agave-sweetened
desserts, such as a popular chocolate cake, two types of
cheesecakes and even Thai Banana Rolls with ice cream.
Juicy Ladies
22423 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills (818) 716-0800;
juicyladies.com
This juice bar and lunch cafГ© proudly serves everything vegan,
tasty and organic. It’s tucked away and almost hidden except
for its hilariously cute sign that boldly showcases the three
“juicy” ladies over a patio with bright orange chairs, green
umbrellas and a beautiful garden. The inside is like a colorful
clash of Jamba Juice and Starbucks, but their menu offers
more than those two combined.
The Un-Tuna Salad looks fresh with dark mixed greens,
and its tuna disguise on top works. The perfectly rounded
heap is concocted of raw nuts mixed with seaweed and other
“sea vegetables,” carrots, tomato and raw tahini dressing. The
Juicy Ladies get a plus for developing a creative kids’ menu
with French fry cut apple sticks and vegan PB&J. They don’t
stop there. They cater their food and drinks at a bargain price
and hold events like their upcoming Detox Retreat.
LA Vegan
4507 S. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles (310) 574-9888;
laveganthai.com
LA Vegan is a trendy, green joint with all types of hot and spicy
curry on tofu, seitan, soy fish and imitation chicken or steak.
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Green Earth Vegan Cuisine offers Vietnamese, American and Mexican dishes.
Each curry is served mixed with a sweet hint of either coconut
milk or pineapple and sometimes is given an extra kick with
chili paste.
The grilled mock salmon is a rare vegan treat if you’re
missing your seafood fix. Be sure to try one of their generously
decorated American pancakes or their Latin-motivated
guacamole burritos, lentil burgers or tempeh alfalfa wrap.
Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Ice Cream
Various health food stores; coconutbliss.com
This pint-sized “nondairy frozen dessert” is code for coconut
milk ice cream that lives up to its name of all-organic Coconut
Bliss. The Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor is primarily coconut
milk with agave syrup, peanut butter and fair trade cocoa with
a hint of vanilla for balance.
All Coconut Bliss desserts use coconut milk from
Thailand as a creamy base that makes it freeze exceptionally
well, giving it a much smoother and more dense consistency
when compared to a traditionally more sloppy and quickly
melting ice cream. The coconut milk provides a burst of flavor
at first lick and then becomes subtle behind the chocolate taste
as you discover the thick swirls of natural peanut butter.
M CafГ©
7119 Melrose Ave., Hollywood (323) 525-0588
9343 Culver Blvd., Culver City (310) 838-4300
9433 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills (310) 858-8459;
mcafedechaya.com
The M stands for macrobiotic. This “contemporary
macrobiotic cuisine” created by chef Michio Kushi is another
name for simple, wholesome food that pays tribute to Chayastyle cooking by using unrefined sugar and vegan ingredients.
M Café calls itself a “chic yet casual European style deli.”
It proves itself to be modern and clean cut with exceptionally
good-looking and equally appetizing creations that could pass
for food at a wedding.
You can fill your plate cafeteria-style or pick a pre-filled
The Juicy Ladies’ Un-Tuna Salad blends the right texture of nuts with sea vegetables.
bento box or salad from the cooler and dig in on their snazzy
outdoor patio lined with plants.
You can tell a professionally trained chef with love and
passion designed each meal meticulously.
Whether at breakfast, lunch or dinner, food is never
boring at this place.
Madeleine Bistro
18621 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana (818) 758-6971;
madeleinebistro.com
This truly vegan, classy bistro serves brunch, lunch and dinner
from three long menus designed by the Oprah-acclaimed
Chef David Anderson.
Each menu highlights a sweet section that suggests such
goodies as Bananas Foster with Belgian waffles, caramel sauce
and whipped cream or a yellow carrot cake Twinkie with
raisin puree and cinnamon ice crГЁme Г la carte.
Chef Anderson makes anything seem possible because he
can make cappellini from raw cucumber and a tartare with
red beets. Madeleine Bistro has had much success in its first
five years, and you won’t be disappointed.
The Meet Market
3206 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake (323) 667-0116
The trendy and hip little diner and market is known for its
all-you-can-eat vegan brunch buffet for only $10 per person.
Feast on sweet cinnamon pancakes, French toast, thick
tempeh bacon, sausage, scrambled tofu, chewy waffles and
sautГ©ed potatoes complete with fresh squeezed orange juice
and ripened fruit.
The menu is quite affordable and has delicious vegan
hot or cold sandwiches. For example, they serve a panini-like
focaccia grilled cheese with Daiya brand mozzarella, grilled
onions, fresh basil leaves and tempeh bacon.
Gorgeous, gourmet cupcakes line the glass cases inside
where a few popular vegan and health food sauces, drinks and
snacks are sold so diners can keep it vegan at home.
Mrs. Winston’s Green Grocery
1999 Avenue of the Stars, Ste 132, Century City (310) 553-4100
2450 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica (310) 315-2777
3150 Ocean Park Blvd., Ste A, Santa Monica (310) 452-7770
This market advertises that it has the best salad bar in town.
And it is definitely a contender.
The pay-by-weight salad bar is truly a genuine and unique
offering – not just your typical salad bar that exists to halfheartedly satisfy the lone vegetarian at any given restaurant.
They put forth non-vegan and vegan pickings such as yellow
tomatoes, artichoke hearts, pepperoncinis, a variety of nuts
and grains like cashews and quinoa, various marinated tofu,
chipotle ranch dressing, soy chips, plantain chips, fresh-cut
herbs, just torn bits of bready croutons, mandarin oranges
and more organic goodness.
There is an equally satisfying sandwich, burger, juice and
smoothie bar – each with naturally vegan and imitation vegan
offerings. This market and lunch hot spot has three locations
with two in Santa Monica and another in Century City.
Pizza Cookery
6209 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills (818) 8874770; pizzacookery.com
This Pizza Cookery is proud to provide enough vegan options
to have a three-course meal, including oversized salads tossed
at the table.
The Vegan Philly actually features vegan chicken rather
than steak with traditional Philly-style green bell peppers,
thinly sliced onions, mushrooms and casein-free, soy cheese
on your choice of whole wheat or a French roll with sesame
seeds.
The same cheese tops the vegan pizza crusts with either
creature-free pepperoni or smoked “chicken-free chicken.”
Also available are a mix of vegan cookies from the Sunflour
Bakery and natural drinks by Zevia and Honest Kids. Be sure
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you go to the Pizza Cookery on Topanga because others with
the same name are actually operated by a different company
and don’t offer vegan selections.
Pizza Fusion
7950 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 104, West Hollywood (323) 3753390
2901 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 123, Santa Monica (310) 5812901; pizzafusion.com
This organic and eco-friendly restaurant is green from the
ground up and tries to be as natural and accommodating as
possible with gluten-free and vegan options from drink to
dessert. You can style your own vegan pizza with soy, caseinfree cheese and venture from traditional tomato sauce with
barbecue sauce, pesto or olive oil.
Their original Very Vegan pizza boasts a fresh, thin crust
pizza layered thick with organic crimini mushrooms and
roasted garlic slices on top of soy cheese and organic tomato
sauce. This isn’t the first time Campus Circle has tasted their
trademark oval pizza. It’s that good. Be sure to finish with
their vegan and gluten-free brownie. It’s warm from the oven
and is the best vegan brownie I’ve tasted.
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Sugar Beets Bakery officially makes beets irresistible.
fruit in place of meat. Their unusual Tacos de Platanos are
stuffed with fried plantains, onions and sweet cream leaving
you with a sweet yet hearty crepe-like taco.
A funky side of sweet potato fries or not-so-sour fried
pickle chips are a nice change from raw veggies.
Pure Luck is a microbrewery that shows off several local
beers and ciders. It caters to the sweeter taste buds with Iced
Oolong Tea, cane sugar-sweetened Coke from Mexico and
organic fair trade coffee for when you stay until midnight.
Purgatory Pizza
1326 E. 1st St., Los Angeles (323) 262-5310; eatpurgatorypizza.com
This vegan-friendly pizza place has some memorable specialty
pizzas named to personify themselves, like the Sloppy Pig
with ripped pepperoni and splashed sauce. Pay extra for
vegan ingredients like Daiya cheese and faux-Italian sausage,
sundried tomato loaf and Gardein Chicken.
They have a traditional and simplistic house salad, but be
sure to try it with their hot, vegan Grilled Cheddar Cheese
and tomato sandwich on sourdough and the vegan Pesto
Gardein Chicken Sandwich with cheese, tomato, spinach and
basil leaves and creamy Vegennaise. You can avoid Purgatory
by having them deliver to your place for free with orders over
$10.
Pure Luck Restaurant
Real Food Daily
707 N. Heliotrope Drive, Los Angeles (323) 660-5993;
pureluckrestaurant.com
A smiling, lucky pig is the logo for this restaurant and pub
that’s hidden in a neon green hippie-style house. It doesn’t
bring much luck though as the front sign is left to only
illuminate “uck”.
Vegans adore the signature jackfruit used in the carnitas
tacos and barbecue sandwich filling – ingeniously utilizing
514 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica (310) 451-7544
414 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood (310) 289-9910;
realfood.com
RFD is the premiere place for first-time vegans to get a tasty
first impression of “organic vegan cuisine.” This beautifully
decorated, chic and sustainable sit-down restaurant was started
by the personal chef Ann Gentry, who now is internationally
recognized and has written a cookbook named after the place.
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The cleverly named menu is always changing. The creative
specials change weekly from Mexico City Tacos with tempeh,
red chili beans, smoky chipotle cheese and jicama slaw to their
Naples-inspired Caponata Estiva bean and roasted eggplant
dish with fresh basil, greens, toasted pine nuts and olive
vinaigrette.
The food is as real as it gets with almost all of it being
locally grown, unprocessed, natural and preservative free.
The Sensitive Baker
10836 1/2 Washington Blvd., Culver City (310) 815-1800;
thesensitivebaker.com
New ownership from the Follow Your Heart family has
revamped this kosher and gluten-free bakery to offer more of
a selection, and soon it will offer a quaint sit-down cafГ©. All of
their bready goods are casein and peanut free, and some are
purely vegan.
Make a meal out of their soft Sliced Vegan Oat Loaf made
from amaranth, millet and hearty brown rice or take home
their personal-size vegan pizza crusts. For a snack, try their
vegan Morning Glory or pumpkin muffins or their glazed
Vegan Snickerdoodles with cinnamon sugar topping that’s
reminiscent of a fresh churro.
Take advantage of the economical “Take & Bake” products
like the vegan sugar cookie dough by the pound or the oat loaf
mix. The Sensitive Baker is a refuge for those with multiple
dietary restrictions, but check the hours before you go.
Starbucks Coffee
starbucks.com
Believe it or not, Starbucks offers vegan frappuccinos and
packs of pre-made vegan friendly cookies! Simply request
your frap to be made with soy milk and refuse the whipped
cream. Avoid the “light” low calorie frap or any caramel drizzle
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A Taste of Life’s breakfast sandwiches rival a McDonald’s Sausage Egg McMuffin.
topping and java chips. Double check for an “S” on the side
of your cup before gulping down that sweet and infamous
caramel, mocha, strawberry or vanilla blended iced coffee.
You may want to dunk a few vegan cookies in there just
because you can. Lucy’s cute little packets each contain four
mini crunchy chocolate chip, sugar or cinnamon thin cookies
for only $1.50. Lucy’s products have also taken up the shelves
at Whole Foods and other alternative grocery stores.
Stuff I Eat
114 N. Market St., Inglewood (310) 671-0115; stuffieat.com
Stuff I Eat doesn’t list much on their menu, but it’s all they
need to keep diners coming back for more.
The breakfast on the weekends serves up rustic, organic
yellow corn polenta and sweet raisin toast in addition to more
commonly known breakfast options like scrambled tofu and
tofu sausage.
This Inglewood gem is known for its hefty portions of
Soul food and Mexican fusion style kale quesadilla, soul food
platter, nacho salad and UnTuna & Chips. Try the gourmet
sweet corn or sundried tomato pГўtГ© and black eye pea soup
with a cornbread muffin for an eclectic experience.
Sugar Beets Bakery
(909) 731-5562; sugarbeetsbakery.com
You can find goodies from this new faraway vegan, gluten-free
and organic bakery being sold in health food stores and cafes
like Juicy Ladies and Mrs. Winston’s Green Grocery.
Their very moist Chocolate Chip Brownie is topped with a
thin layer of chocolate fudge-like frosting and tastes great with
any type of milk. It creatively masks the often-strong flavor of
fava bean and arrowroot flour by using potato starch as a base
and organic agave to sweeten. The applesauce, coconut and
sunflower oil make it fluffy, soft and fresh tasting.
Tofurkey and Yves are popular alternative meat brands.
As if their sugary snacks don’t make you feel good enough,
the “certified vegan” bakery donates to the Best Friends Society
& Endangered Species Preservation. Follow them on Twitter
(@russog22) for the latest retailer updates in Los Angeles.
A Taste of Life
grilled ham and chicken nuggets from scratch by using soy,
gluten or tofu. There are a ton of different vegan and glutenfree noodles to choose from, too: rice, flat rice, spinach wheat,
clear mung bean, yellow wheat, dry and udon. You must try
the homemade green-tinted soymilk. How rare is that?
Hollywood Farmers’ Market (at Ivar Ave. and Selma Ave.)
Sundays 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (424) 209-0017; atasteoflifellc.com
This beloved vegan hot spot closed their dining room doors
and switched to distribution, catering and weekly farmers’
market sales for now, and they still have quite a following.
Their well-known Breakfast Biscuit sells out quickly every
Sunday morning along with their warm chocolate cookies
that are only a dollar each. The biscuit has been compared to
a McDonald’s Sausage Egg McMuffin, except it’s made from
grilled imitation sausage that even looks greasy, a grilled tofu
patty in place of egg and a thick yellow slice of creamy, melted
soy cheese sandwiched between a fluffy, homemade vegan
biscuit.
Ever heard of vegan soul food? They have that, too. Try a
plate of black-eyed peas, kale cooked collard green style and
sweet potato pie with thick nutmeat chili or moist chunks of
barbecue tofu. A Taste of Life can provide a hearty full feeling
with their heavy, meaty and American-style food. Their Web
site lists about 20 places (including Whole Foods) where you
can buy their creations.
For more information about living a kind
of vegan lifestyle beyond your diet, consider the Web sites
listed below for guidance.
Learn about seitan, tofu, gluten, soy and rice imitations
and vegan nutritional yeast. They can steer you toward a
greater purpose and really make you think.
For example, if you don’t eat beef in order to keep cows
alive and happy, then you must try to avoid buying leather
or milk from caged cattle or contribute to any company who
supports such an industry.
A personal choice can lead you to a greater cause joining
others who may agree with you.
Remember to be safe and make your health a top priority.
Be good to your body, and it will be good to you.
Vinh Loi Tofu
Blogs/Reviews: quarrygirl.com, famousveggie.net, vegan.com
18625 Sherman Way #101, Reseda (818) 996-9779;
vinhloitofu.com
This busy place is almost always open and is known for their
authentic vegan take on gourmet Vietnamese that pinpoints
unbelievable meatless meat flavor. Their mock meat specialties
imitate prawns, abalone, shrimp, beef pork, barbecue duck,
Recipes: veganbaking.net, livingwithout.com and also try
veganfamily.co.uk.kitchen.html
Lifestyle and Communities: vegspace.com, wellsphere.com/
vegan-community/375 and coolvegan.com/comm.html
Dining and Grocery Directories: veggieparadise.com, peta.
org/accidentallyvegan, lizlovely.com and mothersmarket.com
Associations & Information: goveg.com, famousveggie.com/
news, peta.org and veganoutreach.org
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Real Madrid proved to be too much for the L.A. Galaxy
Saturday night at the Rose Bowl after coming back from two goals down en route to a
3-2 victory. The Spanish club has been on a preseason tour through California for the
last two weeks, and this was their second match after having beaten Mexican club squad
AmГ©rica by a similar score.
Everything seemed right for the Galaxy in the first half. Both defender Todd Dunivant
and midfielder Landon Donovan collected goals, but the second half was a different story.
“For me, the second half was fantastic in every aspect,” indicated Real Madrid head
coach Jose Mourinho.
A revitalized Real Madrid appeared determined to capture the victory, and they
started right away, six minutes into the second period as Argentine forward Gonzalo
Higuaín scored off of substitute Cristiano Ronaldo’s pass. Higuain then matched the
score 10 minutes later.
“His pace surprised me. He outran a couple of players who could at least run well. He
went right by them,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena remarks. “I was impressed with him
in the World Cup, but after watching him tonight, I’m much more impressed.”
Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso fired the game-winning shot and recorded the goal
in the 72nd minute to lift the merengueros.
“We went down by two [goals] and were able to turn the game around, and we are
very pleased with the victory,” Real Madrid midfielder Pedro León says.
“For this trip, everything was perfect. We trained hard, the players were together 24
hours and the environment was perfect for them to grow as a group,” Mourinho states.
“Tactically we cannot be perfect, but they are growing step by step”
After the international club friendly, Los Angeles now returns to MLS action. They
face the Red Bulls in New York Saturday, Aug. 14, at 3 p.m.
17401 Ventura Blvd.,
Courtyard B13, Encino
by erica carter
BY dov rudnick
With the Dodgers struggling to stay out
of fourth place in their division and a whirlwind of bad press
about the ownership in recent days, it seems only natural
to have thoughts about the end days and be troubled with
existential crises. You find yourself asking, what does it all
mean to be a Dodger fan, or simply even a baseball fan in
this world of gluttony and greed, waste and want. At a recent
ballgame, the thought struck me:
Being a fan of Major League Baseball is a lot like eating
meat. You know there are heinous practices behind the
product you consume, but it tastes so damn good. There is
cruelty, heartbreak and moral outrage, and yet you can’t resist.
A good ballgame is like a strip of filet mignon or a seared tuna
steak; rich in flavor, savory to taste, physically fulfilling. And
yet every meal is tainted by lurking thoughts of environmental
decay, of burning rainforest, of depleted fish populations. The
world is in peril you know, but you go right on eating. The
question is: How do we reconcile our passion for the game
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Unwind on dtox’s outdoor patio.
Encino just got more relaxing with the arrival of dtox day
spa. The name may sound familiar to Eastsiders since the flagship haven is nestled in Los
Feliz (3206 Los Feliz Blvd.), and the amenities have been taken up a notch in the Valley.
If you’re new to the dtox story, it began with two spa aficionados with in-the-know
experience. Cary Mock, a reputable interior designer, and entrepreneur Kenneth King
put their heads together to create the luxury a lot of spas seemed to lack. The duo set to
create their spas with renewable and eco-friendly textiles and textures, as well as provide
an experience that is not only inviting, but also memorable.
They did a great job of extending this vision into the Encino space. Located on busy
Ventura Boulevard, if you blink you’ll miss it, so make sure you pay close attention. Once
you arrive, the ambiance is light and airy, perfect for settling down after a long day.
It gets hotter in the Valley than anywhere else, except the Inland Empire, and dtox
has you covered with a refreshing cucumber elixir to start your spa experience. Once you
receive your locker, change into your robe and sandals and then head over to the lounge,
or if you prefer to get really relaxed, the sauna or steam room. Treasures abound at dtox,
be it a tub treatment of green algae, skin rejuvenating goat’s milk, an organic mud wrap
or the always-needed massages, dtox provides almost anything you could want in a spa.
After you are done with your spa experience, go out and lounge in one of the cabanas
in the outdoor patio. You will be treated with refreshments like hot tea and brownies,
especially satisfying while watching the sunset over the San Fernando Valley.
For more information, visit dtoxdayspa.com.
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with those ugly practices of major league sports, which are
destroying our planet?
Baseball is unique among sports. Is there any other game
that excites the imagination and inspires visions of glory quite
like it? It is a strange game involving so much anticipation, so
much steady worry; a game of patience, of waiting, a game
that some mistake for being slow. When things happen in
the game, they happen lightening quick – the 95-mile-perhour pitch, the 120-mile-per-hour ricochet of the ball of the
bat. In these moments of sudden action, the attention of all
is focused. Baseball is, above all, a game of fixed points of
attention. When dozens, hundreds, thousands or millions of
people focus their attention simultaneously on a little white
ball, there is a mysterious unity.
Then there are the curious rituals of the game: the singing
of the anthem, the rules of engagement carefully observed by
the players and upheld by umpires in dark suits. If an alien
were to stumble upon a game in play he/she/it might mistake
it for a religious ceremony.
Indeed, there is something about the game that inspires
a kind of religious mania, a sensation of something sacred
at hand. Fans can resemble zealots complete with a desire
to convert the uninitiated. I know that whenever I go to a
ballgame with friends, I am secretly hoping they will be as
captivated as I am, that the game will come to one defining
climactic moment and seduce yet a few more fanatics.
The Dodgers have a history of using religious references
to describe their home field. The road that travels around the
stadium is called Elysian Park Avenue, a reference to Greek
mythology’s notion of paradise. The inner confines of the
stadium are commonly referred to as “Blue Heaven on Earth.”
Even the stadium itself, with its highly praised classic design,
has been playfully called the Taj Mahal of ballparks.
There is something sublime about the game that calls to
mind a vision of paradise and was not lost on the people who
built Dodger Stadium. The point seems particularly urgent
today as corporate interests increasingly dominate the game
and the modern stadium. Dodger Stadium is a perfect case
in point.
I can still recall my first impressions of the stadium as
a child and pinpoint the moments I was converted to the
baseball faith. Like a peasant in medieval Europe stumbling
into a gothic cathedral, I was dumbstruck by the grandness
of it all. The massive green field, the multiple levels, the hills
around the stadium. Dodger Stadium was a very different
place back then. Looking out toward the outfield you could
count exactly two circular orange logos for 76 Gasoline above
the scoreboard and big screen. At present there are 43 fixtures
of advertising selling everything from Kaiser health insurance
to gambling at San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino. These
don’t include the two screens built into the fences, which
shine in bright lights multiple adds throughout the game.
There is an electronic strip over a thousand feet in length
that wraps around the field along the length of the grandstands
above the field section seats. Brightly lit graphic ads run all
throughout the game. LED screens have even been installed
on the sides of the field and behind home plate. These also
run during the game. Then, of course, there is the big screen
television that runs its ads continuously. To watch a game at
Dodger stadium these days is to be bombarded by advertising
on all sides. The sacred unity of attention which baseball
possesses is disturbed by all the noise of advertising. In this
time of change, when questions abound about the future of
the Dodger organization, it seems worthwhile to remember
where they’ve been, see the present for what it is and dream a
little about what the future might be.
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Going on Now!
BY FREDERICK MINTCHELL
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Apparel and Lubes throughout the store!
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FRIDAYAUG. 13
Sunland-Tujunga Watermelon
Festival
Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Blvd., Sunland;
lionswatermelonfestival.com
A watermelon carving contest, carnival rides,
waterslides, contests, games, prizes, food court,
marketplace, pony rides, petting zoo, clowns, face
painting, laser tag, sports cage, music, dancing,
poetry and, of course, free watermelon! Runs
through Sunday. $2.
THURSDAYAUG. 12
L.A. Connection Live Film Dub
SUNDAYAUG. 15
Martin Scorsese Double Feature
Laemmle Royal Theatre, 11523
Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles;
laconnectioncomedy.com
The actors sit in the front row armed
with microphones and a live sound
musician. LAC then eliminates the original
soundtrack, and the actors dub in a brand
new hilarious comedy soundtrack live.
Tonight’s film is The Blob followed by a
half-hour episode of the cult hit TV series
“Mad Movies with the L.A. Connection.”
10 p.m. $10.
New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd.,
Los Angeles; newbevcinema.com
Two of Scorsese’s classics – the 20th
anniversary of Goodfellas and Mean Streets.
Also Monday. $7, $6 w/student ID.
FRIDAYAUG. 13
IMAX Grand Opening
AMC 30 at the Block; 20 City Blvd. West,
Orange; amcentertainment.com/theblock
The inaugural film is Inception: The
IMAX Experience, which has been digitally
remastered into IMAX’s format. The IMAX
theater at this location has been custom
designed for a multiplex.
FRIDAYAUG. 13
Mundo alas
Laemmle Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd.,
West Hollywood; mudoalas.com.ar
Mundo alas is playing as part of an awardwinning, four-picture Latin American
Showcase. Mundo alas is a concert/road
movie depicting a journey of initiation
by a group of young musicians, singers,
dancers and painters who present their
work accompanied by León Gieco –
Argentina’s most important folk-rock
singer-songwriter – on a tour through
Argentinean
provinces,
culminating
with a big concert at the Luna Park in
Buenos Aires. Screens daily at 1 p.m. & 7
p.m. through Thursday. Gieco performs
a 30-minute set before each nightly
screening.
SATURDAYAUG. 14
Ink ’n’ Undies
Ecco, 1640 N. Cahuenga Blvd.,
Hollywood; undershare.org/events/inkn-undies
This SuicideGirls lingerie fashion show
event benefits UnderShare, Inc., which
provides new undergarments and toiletries
to L.A. shelters that assist the homeless and
women and children escaping domestic
violence situations. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. $20.
Summer
SALE
MONDAYAUG. 16
WWE Monday Night RAW
Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa
St., Downtown; wwe.com/shows/
smackdown
The weekend’s WWE festivities at
L.A. Live culminate tonight when you can
witness, live in-person, the fallout from
WWE SummerSlam. Plus, tonight features
two Monday Night Raws. 5:30 p.m. Tix
start at $20.
TUESDAYAUG. 17
Matt Kemp Bobblehead Night
Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave.,
Los Angeles; losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com
The first 50,000 fans in attendance
receive a Matt Kemp bobblehead as the
Dodgers take on the Colorado Rockies.
7:10 p.m. Tix start at $12.
TUESDAYAUG. 17
Girls Night Out
Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St.,
Downtown; wnba.com/sparks
Enjoy free manis and pedis while
watching the Sparks play the Phoenix
Mercury. 7:30 p.m. Tix start at $5.
TUESDAYAUG. 17
Tim Kring and Damon Lindelof
Book Signing
Renberg Theatre at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian
Center, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood;
booksoup.com
The “Heroes” and “Lost” creators
discuss Kring’s new novel, Shift. Admission
price includes entry into the event, a signed
copy of Shift and a photo op with Kring
and Lindelof. 7 p.m. $35.
For more events, visit
campuscircle.com/calendar.
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consideration, e-mail
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THEARTOFLOVE
Q&A
by lucia
I have been [talking] online with a gentleman for about
five weeks. We have sent hundreds of e-mails, photos,
music etc. We talked about finally meeting, but because
he travels two and a half weeks per month we haven’t yet.
A week ago we got into an argument because I told him I didn’t want to answer any
more questions, and I had been burned before online. He made it all about him and
said that I was comparing him to a loser.
I really feel that he wasn’t ready to meet and since then I apologized and I sent him
a song and him several to me ... but no real e-mails and no plans. I have decided to not
comment on his songs anymore, and unless he is ready to meet me and go forward
there is no point. Am I correct?
—Lynn
You are 100 percent correct. I see many red flags here. First, what’s with the “hundreds of
emails, etc.” in only five weeks? Is he looking for an “e-pal” or someone to date?
Secondly, instead of being understanding when you let him know you didn’t want to
be burned again, he got inappropriately defensive. This usually means someone is trying
to deflect the attention from the truth – that is: He’s still not willing to meet you.
Finally, if someone is willing to chat, e-mail, etc. but doesn’t want to meet, it’s not
because they’re not ready. More often than not, it’s because they’re already involved –
married, living together or girlfriend.
So, it’s ultimatum time. Tell him that if he wants to communicate with you, it will
have to be in person. Don’t fall for any, and I do mean, any excuses. I’m willing to bet
you’ll never meet.
Write to Lucia at theartoflove.net. Read an excerpt from Lucia’s Lessons of Love at
lessonsoflove.net. Listen to Lucia live every Sunday at 3 p.m. PST on latalkradio.com.
Remember: Love inspires, empowers, uplifts and enlightens.
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