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Review: Albums

Amy Correia

Carnival Love



""Carnival Love"" sounds a little like one of Lilith Fair's smaller stage acts revisited. Amy Correia's poetic, fresh lyrics are perhaps the only saving grace in this selection of otherwise static boardwalk songs.

She establishes a somber carnival atmosphere on the opening track, ""Angels Collide."" Hawaiian guitars and Correia's half-sober voice provide a folksy feel to many of the tracks, especially ""He Drives It,"" a humorous take on unrequited love. A couple of exceptions -- the more upbeat ""Daydream Car"" and ""The Bike"" -- flirt with pop potential. Otherwise, the album rarely rises above the tone of a slightly flustered little girl.

-- Charlene Perez

The Wallflowers




The Wallflowers are back into their comfortable, sulky rock style. As the follow-up to 1996's ""Bringing Down the Horse,"" the new album stays true to the mellow movement that made the band famous; there are no new tricks.

In Wallflower fashion, laid-back guitars play second string to Jakob Dylan's soft voice, and the band's good-tempered alternative sound plays second string to Dylan's somber lyrics. In ""Hand Me Down,"" Dylan sounds like the frustrated son of a demanding father -- almost certainly a song directed at his real-life, rock icon father. ""I've Been Delivered"" offers the album's first sign of optimism, even though a majority of its lyrics play to a dark atmosphere.

Dylan humbly sings his dreary lyrics over a backdrop of sympathetic guitars throughout the album, but, in its own bleak way, his musical expression is resolved and satisfying.

-- Charlene Perez

Oct. 19, 2009

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Rumors Postpone Dining-Dollar Option

Miscommunication among A.S. councilmembers regarding the Grove Cafe’s health rating temporarily obstructed plans to allow dining dollars to be used as a form of payment at the struggling eatery earlier this month.

Bringing dining dollars to the Grove is part of the council’s ongoing attempt to revitalize its lagging enterprise, which reopened in January after a brief remodeling period.

At the final student council meeting of Winter Quarter, Vice President of Finance and Resources Peter Benesch announced that dining dollars would be accepted at the cafe beginning Spring Quarter.

However, rumors that the Grove had received a ‘B’ health rating postponed the council’s efforts.

In spring of 2009, the Grove — which is currently about $130,000 dollars in debt — received a ‘B’ rating from the UCSD Environment, Health & Safety Department due to sanitation issues, according to UCSD health inspector Jeff Eisnert. EH&S is responsible for UCSD’s food-facility inspection program, which is designed to protect the public from food-borne illnesses.

Permanent food facilities on campus are inspected and rated by EH&S four times a year.

During a health inspection last Winter Quarter — one year after the ‘B’ rating — councilmembers were worried the cafe would again receive a ‘B’.

This sparked a rumor that such a rating had already been assigned. According to Eisnert, the Grove earned a ‘B’ during its Feb. 10 inspection, but has restored the grade to an ‘A’ by a March 1 inspection.

However, councilmembers were unaware of the results, allowing rumors to eventually reach Housing, Dining & Hospitality Director Mark Cunningham. Because HDH has a strict policy of only allowing dining dollars to be accepted by eateries with an ‘A’ health rating, the misunderstanding stalled the project indefinitely.

“We are trying to figure out why we were told something that doesn’t seem to be true anymore,” Benesch said of the misunderstanding.

Associate Vice President of Enterprise Operations Rishi Ghosh attributed the confusion surrounding the Grove’s situation to poor communication between the council and Thomas Frank, student manager at the cafe.

“There has been a lack of communication from Tom Frank, a lack of communication with [the A.S. Council], and repeated attempts by [the council] to make that communication with him,” Ghosh said. “In [the council], we are all very concerned with his performance and his lack of response.”

Benesch said that, by working with Cunningham, he has already resolved the logistical problems facing the Grove — such as conversion between cash, dining dollars and Triton Cash — and that the health rating is the sole remaining factor preventing the dining-dollar program from being implemented.

Benesch, who has not yet communicated with Ghosh on the situation, added that once Eisnert officially clarifies the health rating and assesses a report, the Grove will have a dining-dollar option implemented within a week.

“The only thing that slowed down our progress was the health rating,” Benesch said. “If it wasn’t for that, we literally already had a document ready to be signed between HDH and the Grove. All it would take is just a quick visit from some of HDH’s engineers, and dining dollars would have been in there in a day or two.”

Frank could not be reached for comment.

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hiatus calendar

10/25 Thursday

Get closer to the energy of Mardi Gras with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. These masters of jazz play a distinctive New Orleans style of music and it can't be missed. They will perform at the Belly Up Tavern at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

10/26 Friday

Tha Liks (a.k.a. The Alkoholics), Young M.C. and local hip-hop act Voice of Reason will be at the Price Center Plaza at 7 p.m. With a student I.D. you can catch the sounds of old-school hip-hop for free. In case of rain, the concert will be at RIMAC Arena.

The Konk Pack will showcase their avant-garde style of free-form jazz at the Spruce Street Forum. The concert starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10 for students. Call (619) 295-0301 for reservations.

The hip-hop-flavored jazz group Spaceman Spiff will be at Redfish in downtown San Diego. This local band was nominated for a San Diego Music Award and puts on one of the best live shows in the area. Call Redfish at (619) 234-7226 for more information. They will also be at Blind Melons on Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

10/27 Saturday

Check out The Ultimate Halloween Party at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the Satellite Wagering Facility. There will be a $3,000 costume contest, three rooms featuring Top 40, hip-hop, '80s, house and trance. Tickets are $19 and the event is from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The admission also includes free entry to the Blue Tattoo Halloween Party on Halloween Night. The event is 21 and over.

Lost at Last creates a beautiful electronic landscape with a very danceable beat. Live instruments, vocalists and percussion give the group a very ""real"" sound. The concert starts at 9:15 p.m. and tickets are $10. The concert will be at The Belly Up Tavern.

10/28 Sunday

Jane's Addiction is back! They have been coming and going since the 1980s but for now they're back and they're at the Coors Ampitheatre. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $26. Electronic act Stereo MCs will be the support band.

10/29 Monday

Punk band Dropkick Murphys will be at 'Canes Bar and Grill. Hailing all the way from Boston, this band flavors its sound with Celtic melodies and good ol' late 1970s punk rock.

Were you going to the Butthole Surfer's concert at 4th & B? Well they canceled, and tickets can be refunded at your respective point of purchase.

10/31 Wednesday

Off-beat rhythms, dark melodies, powerful and agressive guitars and deep snyths have defined Tool as they redefined rock music. They will peform at the Cox Arena. Tickets are $35 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Trip-hop master Tricky will open.

The Monster Bash in the Gaslamp features great cover bands and, of course, a costume contest that can yield $1,000 in prize money. The event will be held on 5th Avenue between J and K Streets. The event starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information call (619) 233-5008. This event is 21 and up.

The Casbah presents its 15th annual Halloween party at The Westin Horton Plaza. This festival will have sideshows, costume contests, multiples stages and DJ rooms. Local San Diego bands such as Rocket From the Crypt and El Vez will perform. The event starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25. This event is 21 and up.

You can celebrate Halloween at 4th & B at its annual Halloween Costume Ball. The party features DJ Richard ""Humpty"" Vission along with David Alvarado spinning dance music. The show starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are $15. This event is 21 and up.

Take a walk through Satan's Playground at the Belly Up Tavern. DJ Jalil will be spinning house and hip-hop while thousands of dollars in cash and prizes are distributed to the costumed crowd. All those in attendence are encouraged to dress up in red. The event starts at 9 p.m and tickets are $15. There will not be any tickets sold at the door. The event is 21 and up.

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