Arts & Entertainment

Hiatus Calendar

Look to the Hiatus Calendar for events in and around UCSD. All tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (619) 220-8497 or by going to http://www.ticketmaster.com, unless otherwise noted. Tuesday, Sept. 18 You only have to travel to The Park at Viejas Outlet Center to watch Chicago perform. The show starts at 8 p.m. The band performs again Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the same location. Tickets are a painful $50 but at least you don’t have to go to Chicago, right? (619) 659-2077 will get you the info you need. Vocalist Lila Brown-Smith with Myron Ross on drums, Dave Milard on sax and flute, Bob Boss on the guitar, Ben Wanicur on bass, and Roy Gonsalez on percussion will be at Dizzy’s from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Cover is $8. Call (858) 279-7467 for more information. Indie-rock group Bahamadia will be at ‘Canes Bar & Grill. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call Canes for more information at (858) 488-9690. Wednesday, Sept. 19 Los Angeles-based Buckcherry will perform at ‘Canes Bar & Grill. The group has been playing hard and aggressive rock since 1995 and have a new release titled “”Time Bomb.”” Tickets are $10. For more information dial (858) 488-9690. Punk band Dewey Defeats Truman will headline at The Casbah. Woke Up Falling, The Landslide, and The Dempsey Project will support. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Call The Casbah for details at (619) 232-4355. Thursday, Sept. 20 Jazz fusion group Spyro Gyra reached its peak in the late 1970s but it’s still hot at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay. Tickets start at $33 and the show starts at 7 p.m. You can buy tickets at http://www.humphreysbythebay.com New York City quartet Clem Snide might be the new sound of country. Named after a William S. Burroughs character, the group is here at The Casbah to show off its alt-country sound. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Call The Casbah for details at (619) 232-4355. Friday Sept. 21 The DJs and Vinylphiles Club present its first event of the year, Hop on Pop, in the Price Center Ballroom. The event is free to UCSD students. DJs will spin house, trance and drum ‘n’ bass. Hop on Pop starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m. Log on to http://djclub.ucsd.edu for more information. Crooked Fingers is the project of Archers of Loaf guitarist and vocalist, Eric Bachmann. He plays The Casbah at 8:30 p.m. Lo-fi production and electronic atmospherics color the sound. Jack’s Broken Heart and Jim White will also perform. The Casbah has all the details, (619) 232-4355. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy pushed its way into the music world when swing and rockabilly hit it big. Even though swing isn’t the thing these days, you can still catch them at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay. You can buy tickets and get more information at http://www.humphreysbythebay.com Saturday, Sept. 22 The Embrooks from Britain will entertain you with a retro 1960s sound at The Casbah at 9 p.m. Local bands, The Loons and The Lories will play too. DJs will perform all styles of music to round out the evening. Cover is $8. Call The Casbah for more information at (619) 232-4355. Sunday, Sept. 23 After the death of TSOL drummer Todd Barnes in 1999, the band eventually reunited with a new set of band members but the same Orange County punk sound. It has been involved in the O.C. punk scene since the early 1980s. TSOL will play ‘Canes Bar & Grill at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and you can call (858) 488-9690 for more information. Monday, Sept. 24 Danilo Perez and the Motherland Project will fill the Neurosciences Institute Auditorium with traditional and Latin jazz. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $23. Call (858) 454-5872 for more information. Tuesday, Sept. 25 Would you walk 500 miles for The Proclaimers? Well, you don’t have to. They will perform at ‘Canes Bar & Grill at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (858) 488-9690 for information. Wednesday, Sept. 26 The incomparable Janet Jackson performs at the San Diego Sports Arena to promote her most recent release, “”All for You.”” The title track is No. 1 on the singles chart. Prepare to get nasty with Janet at 7:30 p.m. There are still tickets on sale, starting at $34.75 ...

Blue-Ribbon, Red-Let'-

Whether this is your first year of navigating a campus or you’re a fifth-year thinking of adding yet another major, UCSD’s enormity and complexity can sometimes seem too much to bear. During these daunting moments, students have many resources that can provide assistance or plain old entertainment. However, there are a handful of campus businesses, organizations and nearby getaway spots that stand above the rest. These, which are reviewed below, together represent the best of UCSD. Lyon Liew Guardian Best Student Organization: [email protected] The lackluster party scene at UCSD takes a lot of heat from students seeking that famed college experience they first saw in “”Animal House.”” There is, however, one oasis of craziness among the libraries and lecture halls: [email protected] This student organization truly is a meeting of the minds — the surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding minds, that is. Lyon Liew Guardian Before thinking “”I don’t surf, skate or snowboard. Forget it,”” know that [email protected] is responsible for more than just snowboarding trips to Big Bear and Mammoth Mountain resorts. Even if you aren’t graceful on a board, make sure to hang out with those who are — attending their crowded, crazy meetings and parties might earn you a free snowboard or free T-shirts, or you could find that kegstand insanity you’ve been dreaming of. Contact the craziness directly at [email protected] Best Place to Study: CLICS It’s ninth week, and unless you find a quiet spot where you can absorb the genius that your professor insists is within the pages of your reader for Dimensions Of Culture – or Making of the Modern World, Warren Writing, Revelle Humanities, Muir Writing, whatever – you’ll fail the final. The Center for Learning and Instructional Computing Services in Revelle college should be of help. CLICS rocks for many reasons. For one, it boasts the latest hours and the most free-use computers of any UCSD library. Macs and PCs rest atop almost all of the super-sized desks, meaning you’re free to check your e-mail or browse the Internet during study breaks. Furthermore, the soft humming of computers and low-level chatting contribute to a perfect balance of background noise. Finally, caffeine addicts are treated well here — a Peabody’s Coffee cart sits outside the entrance. During finals week, show up in person — and early — to reserve one of the private study rooms designed for study groups. For more information regarding the UCSD libraries, visit http://libraries.ucsd.edu. Best Workout Facility: Main Gym Besides the colossal RIMAC weight room shown to every campus tour group, UCSD has other on-campus workout facilities for students. The Main Gym’s weight room stands apart from the others. Admittedly, RIMAC has the greatest variety of weights and machines, and it has the most floor space, but the Main Gym boasts the newest workout equipment. What it lacks in floor space and variety is made up for with its central location and its snazzy, well-maintained equipment. We all know that bigger isn’t necessarily better, so sweat your stuff at Main Gym instead of RIMAC and fight the freshman 15. For more information, visit http://recreation.ucsd.edu. Best Eatery: Porter’s Pub Hands down, Porter’s Pub has the best food on campus. No day-old cafeteria cuisine can compare to this menu of drippy submarine sandwiches, frothy and frosty beers, and grease-laden, perfectly spiced curly fries. However, there are a few rules of engagement one should know before stopping by the Student Center to indulge. First, never attempt to use a fake I.D. at the pub. The employees are like hawks when they check your legality, and not even the slickest fakie will do you any good — it’ll only get taken away. Second, call in your order 10 minutes ahead so you only have to wait in line to pay — instead of waiting to pay, then waiting for your food to be made. Finally, it is a given that the employees here will not greet you, ask you how you’re doing, or check that your food is up to par. Leave them a tip and leave them alone. Rumor has it that the Price Center is getting a Rubio’s, however, so keep your eye out for that too. Porter’s Pub can be reached at (858) 587-4828. Best Annual Event: Sun God Every spring, UCSD hosts the Sun God Festival. For the hard-core Sun God loyalists, this is a day on which UCSD students imbibe alcoholic beverages or other intoxicating substances, attend class wasted, visit the student organization booths set up near Sun God field, and then party even more at the concert that takes place on RIMAC Field that evening. For less-than-hardcore Sun God enthusiasts, be warned that this pattern of activity is unavoidable, so prepare yourselves. After all, without the uncharacteristic prevailing attitude of peace, love and drunkenness, it would not be the best annual event. For more information on the festival, call (858) 534-4450 or visit http://as.ucsd.edu. Best Date Restaurant: Forever Fondue Forever Fondue, located on the second floor at 1295 Prospect Ave. in downtown La Jolla, offers a menu and an atmosphere that are unique enough to break even the most awkward silences. For appetizers, visitors can dip fluffy chunks of dark and light breads into rich, melty cheeses that cook at each party’s table. For the main course, waiters bring a boiling broth to your table, into which you can plunge salmon, filet mignon and shrimp. For dessert, sink sweet morsels of fresh fruit into a smoothly melted chocolate of your choice. If you haven’t experienced fondue, keep the mood light by letting your date teach you how to perfectly dunk these goodies. If you’re a fondue freak, take on the role of teacher and dole out a few lessons of your own. If neither you nor your date have a clue about the world of fondue, even better – learning together is a great way to keep those awkward first-date silences at bay. For reservations, call (858) 551-4509. Best Local Beach: La Jolla Shores La Jolla Shores, though crowded during peak season, gives sun seekers a package that can’t be found at any other beach near campus. Surfers may want to stick to the Scripps Pier or Blacks Beach areas, but those looking for a relaxing spot to spread out their towels will appreciate the regularly combed, soft, deep sand here, and the impressive view of downtown La Jolla. Shores has a handful of fire pits and barbecues, and the adjacent residential neighborhood site hosts plenty of eye-catching architecture. Sounds touristy, yes, but if you’re new to San Diego, so what? Hop in your car and you’re there in five minutes. Overall, compared to the rowdiness of beaches farther south and Del Mar’s lack of anything but a family scene, La Jolla Shores stands alone as the best beach of the area. For more information, visit http://www.sannet.gov/lifeguards/beaches/shores.html. Best Place to Get Experience: The Academic Internship Program The Academic Internship Program, located on the second floor of Warren college’s Literature Building, collects information on hundreds of local and non-local organizations and helps UCSD students to secure internships at those organizations. The office’s computer database of opportunities is free to UCSD students who complete a brief application, and its listings are diverse enough to ensure a match with almost any student’s interests. AIP is well-established, the staff is personally connected to many people involved with the offered internships, and earning academic credit for your internship hours is simplified by the AIP’s policies. For more information, visit http://aip.ucsd.edu. Best Bookstore on Campus: The UCSD Bookstore Groundwork Books doesn’t accept credit cards. Revelle Bargain Books maintains only a minimum-sized selection. The General Store Co-Op’s long lines are intolerable, and it sells only the most commonly used texts. Ordering your books from online vendors can result in huge delays if your books are back-ordered, plus there’s the cost of shipping. The UCSD Bookstore, on the other hand, accepts cash, checks, credit and ATM cards, has a plethora of readily available books for almost every course, and it maintains enough staff to keep the lines a little less daunting. Early morning is the best time to avoid crowds. Visit the UCSD Bookstore in the Price Center, or find more information at http://www-bookstore.ucsd.edu. Best Class: Contemporary Issues 22, Human Sexuality Take it. We promise that you’ll learn something. Best Intercollegiate Sport To Watch: Women’s Soccer Ah, women’s soccer. It’s a great sport to watch to begin with, and at UCSD, it is especially exciting. Led by head coach Brian McManus, UCSD’s team is now feared by schools nationwide, and hasn’t lost a match in 17 games. With five national titles in the past six years, these athletes are top-notch. They even took the title last year — their first in Division II — compiling an astonishing 21-2 record. Besides its winning record, the team has some of the most loyal, enthusiastic fans. Home games at misty RIMAC Field are well-attended, and there’s nothing like watching the Triton women dismantle their foes under the lights at night. Get there. With nine returning starters, it should be a show. For more information on Triton sports visit the UCSD Athletics Web site: http://athletics.ucsd.edu. Best Place To Get A Job: Monstertrak.com You like buying things. But your parents don’t realize the importance of that enormous bean-bag chair from Ikea you want, and are no longer cooperating by making those deposits into your account. Well, it had to happen sometime. Get a job — it’s easier than you think. Log onto http://career.ucsd.edu/ studentsalumni/relogin.htm to sign up for Monstertrak.- com through UCSD’s Career Services Center Web site and you’re set. UCSD students can post their resumes on the site, look through hundreds of job listings and even check out online job fairs. Just enter what type of job you’re looking for — whether you’re looking for a job on or off campus, part or full-time, or a summer internship — you can filter the results with a few mouse clicks. You can even send your resume and cover letter electronically to employers. Earn some money, get some experience and build up that pathetic excuse for a resume. Monstertrak.com is as close to a sure thing as you will get, even in a tight job market. Best Coffee Cart: Art of Espresso It seems as if every quarter a new coffee cart laden with little boxes of tea, muffins and other quaint confections springs up somewhere on campus. Though the vast majority of them feature mediocre food and coffee, there is one that doesn’t. Located outside the entrance to Mandeville Auditorium, The Art of Espresso truly lives up to its name. This cart sells the best coffee on campus. The organic Sumatra is to die for. The best thing about the cart is its impeccable service. The people who work there are friendly and helpful to the point where you actually notice — even at 8 a.m. So, caffeine fiends, head over to The Art of Espresso and sate your joe addiction. Best Nearby Grocery Store: Trader Joe’s It’s no Ralphs or Albertsons in terms of size, but Trader Joe’s is the best place to pick up healthy, inexpensive food. Located just a few blocks from campus in La Jolla Village Square at Nobel Drive and Villa La Jolla Drive, TJ’s prides itself in stocking the shelves with premium food without the premium price. For the health-conscious shopper, this place is heaven. With almost half an aisle devoted to nutrition bars, half-dozen kinds of granola and every kind of dried fruit you can imagine, it’s easy to go home with food that won’t leave you malnourished or overweight. Its freezer section is stocked with college essentials such as frozen pizzas and rolled tacos, and they carry all the staples, such as milk, cheese, produce and fresh meat. You can even get fresh-cut flowers for your boyfriend or girlfriend for surprisingly cheap. Beware: If you crave your boxes of Lucky Charms and cases of Coca-Cola, you will be disappointed. Those with stubborn brand loyalties and no sense of adventure need not apply. Luckily, Ralphs is right next door. And no, beaver pelts are not a valid form of payment at Trader Joe’s, though cash, check, credit and ATM cards are gladly accepted. Check out http://www.traderjoes.com for cool stuff. Best Intramural Sports Teams Coed: Innertube Water Polo It’s easy to see why this is the best coed intramural sport on campus: Men and women in bathing suits splashing around in a pool. As nice as this sounds, the game of innertube water polo is actually a fierce, competitive sport. Because of the use of innertubes as floatation devices, not as much action can occur underwater. This, however, does not prevent aquatic treachery, as tube-flipping and plenty of arm wrestling occurs outside the referee’s sightlines. If you’re looking to get some exercise or just love water polo, give this one a try in the fall and spring quarters, when it’s in season. The cost is $35 per seven-person team. Men: Flag Football Flag football conjures up fond memories of childhood, calling out “”alligators”” before rushing the quarterback who is invariably looking at least 20 yards downfield for the long bomb. Forget it. IM flag football at UCSD can be more brutal than an XFL playoff game, and the level of play can be extremely high. If you’ve played casually in the past, join a single or even a double-A team. If you think you can hang, join a triple-A team, but plan on practicing your multiple defensive sets and pre-designed plays that you’ll need to have a chance. One last word of advice: Buy a mouthpiece. There are seven men per team and the entry fee is $35 per squad. Women: Soccer Picture yourself shirtless, on your knees in the middle of a field beating your fists in the air in pure euphoria. All you Brandi Chastain wannabes can fulfill this worthwhile fantasy by joining an intramural soccer team. Those who love the game but just missed the cut to the UCSD women’s Division II national championship team can feed their competitive hunger, or just get out there and get some exercise. If you’re really good, you can go for the triple-A league, which is very competitive. Double-A is intermediate and single-A is for beginners. So strap on your shin guards, wash your sports bras and go for the goal. For more information on intramural sports at UCSD visit http://recreationucsd.edu/im.htm or pick up a UCSD Recreation Guide from one of several locations around campus. Best Club Sport: Ultimate Disc This one is very close. Though men’s lacrosse and ice hockey club teams were league champions, men’s and women’s crew are always solid and rugby is, well, very psychotic, ultimate disc gets the nod as best club sport. The Squids and the Psychos — the men’s and women’s teams, respectively — are extremely popular, and the game is fast-paced and exciting. And if you’re looking for some “”extracurricular activities”” to go with your extracurricular activities, it is rumored that the team knows how to put on a decent shindig after a long game. If you’re not too confident on your disc-wielding skills, they even have teams for beginners and intermediate players to cut their teeth on. Best Recreation Class: Intro to Indoor Rock Climbing UCSD’s indoor rock-climbing facility, the Outback Climbing Center, is located at the Canyonview Athletic Complex, and this class gives beginners a crash course in how to climb large, man-made rocks. Rock climbing can be a great form of stress relief, and you even get to wear funny shoes. Indoor rock climbing builds strength and coordination in a fun and safe environment. With Outback employees staffing the climbing facilities, there’s little risk of becoming a pancake. The two-hour class costs $15 for students, and consists of one hour of instruction, and one hour of free climbing. For more information on Outback Adventures visit http://recreation.ucsd.edu/outback.html For information on all of UCSD’s myriad recreation classes visit http://recreation.ucsd.edu. Best Commuter Lounge: Revelle College Commuter Lounge Libraries are great if you’re looking for a quiet place to do your chem homework, but they’re not the most relaxing place to just chill out, and sleeping is frowned upon. If you have a couple of hours between classes and don’t live on campus, a great place to relax is at one of the commuter lounges. The best is on the bottom floor of Blake Hall in Revelle Plaza right next to CLICS. It has plenty of comfortable chairs and a television, so you can check the latest CNN reports and just unwind. They also have lockers so you can stash all that stuff you don’t want to carry around with you. You can also check your e-mail from one of the computers. And best of all, they don’t care if you snooze. For a complete listing of all on-campus commuter lounges and their hours, visit the University Centers Web site at http://theuniversitycenters.ucsd.edu/commuter_lounge.html. Best Dining Hall: OceanView Terrace Thurgood Marshall college’s OceanView Terrace isn’t usually considered one the top places to eat on campus, but after its recent renovation, it is UCSD’s best. It now has a coffee house lounge a la “”Friends”” and even Internet-capable computers. The place is actually worth frequenting by more than starving Marshall dormrats. As its name suggests, there is an ocean view — which can be enjoyed from the patio that is now partially enclosed with plenty of windows. The new decor is pleasing to the eye, and the food is much improved. Of the new food options, the open-hearth fired pizza is the best. They cook these delicious, cheese-smothered pies right before your eyes. OVT serves the classic dining hall fodder such as salads, sandwiches and food off the grill as well. If you have meal points, you should check out the new OVT at least once, even if you’re not a Marshall student. For more information including locations and hours of all on-campus dining facilities, visit the UCSD Housing & Dining Services Web site at http://hdsu.ucsd.edu. Best On-Campus Restrooms: AP&M, Price Center Let’s be honest: The best place to do your business is at home, but unfortunately, sometimes that’s just not feasible. Every so often, you have to drop anchor at school. The best men’s bathroom is located on the second floor of the Applied Physics and Mathematics building in Muir college. Always well-stocked with ample paper supplies, this fine facility also features a full-length mirror. Enjoy! The best women’s bathroom is located on the second floor of the Price Center. Average in most respects, what sets this one apart is its dispenser of free feminine products0. So if you’re in a bind, you know where to go. ...

Fall films provide plenty of entertainment

Summer movies are similar to buttered popcorn: They tend to give you a savory taste but not much substance. Summer 2001 had few high-quality movies and few bright spots. That’s why fall films, which tend to take more chances, are more worthy Oscar contenders. The fall 2001 lineup is remarkably diverse and includes comedies, period pieces and fantasy escapes. Here is a look at the no-popcorn-necessary films that are coming out this fall. “”Training Day”” Sept. 21 Who’s in it: Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. What it’s about: Jake Hoyt (Hawke), a young and ambitious undercover investigator, is assigned to an anti-drug squad led by decorated veteran Sgt. Alonzo Harris (Washington). Harris is a corrupt official who is as terrible as the criminals he is chasing. Hoyt is faced with a problem as his morality is challenged by the decadent ways of his boss. Outlook: Two great actors are paired well in this drama. The plot is overdone by Hollywood, but whenever you get Washington in a good role, he usually steals the show. “”Zoolander”” Sept. 28 Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Christine Taylor, Jerry Stiller and Milla Jovovich. What it’s about: Derek Zoolander (Stiller) is the world’s most famous supermodel. Trouble ensues when male models are being brainwashed by an organization to assassinate world leaders. Derek must work with his archrival, Hansel (Wilson), to stop the plan and save the world. Outlook: Stiller has been on a roll since his charming performance in “”Meet the Parents.”” “”Zoolander”” looks like another movie that will make it big the theaters. Although silly and childish, expect much laughter not only from Stiller but also from the promising Wilson. Also look for Stiller’s dad, Jerry, who plays a modeling agent. “”Serendipity”” Oct. 5 Who’s in it: John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. What it’s about: Fate seems to be shining down upon Cusack’s and Beckinsale’s characters as a chance encounter leads to a wonderful night on the town. They like each other, but Beckinsale decides to let destiny decide the future of their affection and leaves a possible second meeting to chance. They next meet a decade later when Beckinsale’s character is about to be married. Outlook: “”Sleepless In Seattle”” redux? This is a nice date movie or chick flick, but unfortunately the far-fetched plot lacks both the charisma and charm of “”Sleepless In Seattle.”” Cusack is an excellent actor with great range, but this looks like another “”America’s Sweethearts”” fiasco. “”Corky Romano”” Oct. 12 Who’s in it: Chris Kattan, Peter Berg, Chris Penn and Peter Falk. What it’s about: Kattan plays a vegetarian obsessed with 1980s music. When his mobster family gets into trouble with the law, they ask him to infiltrate the FBI to destroy any incriminating evidence. Outlook: Some films were born to be funny and witty. This lackluster movie should have been stillborn. Kattan’s annoying comedy is unfortunately the main attraction. Like most “”Saturday Night Live”” skits that are transferred to the big screen, this movie’s minimal appeal will cause it to die out faster than you can drop an o-chem course. “”From Hell”” Oct. 19 Who’s in it: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham and Robbie Coltrane. What it’s about: In Victorian London, the streets are ominous as Jack the Ripper goes on a killing rampage. Psychic inspector Abberline (Depp) suspects a conspiracy and is determined to solve the mystery and identify the serial killer. In his hunt, he falls for a Cockney prostitute (Graham) who is in imminent danger. Outlook: The Hughes brothers, who have directed many urban street dramas, are an awkward fit for this period drama, but it will be interesting to see if their expertise can make it something gripping. This is not another “”Sleepy Hollow,”” but expect a great performance from Depp. Unfortunately, this cannot be extended to Graham, whose acting abilities, like Jack’s identity, are unknown and missing. “”K-PAX”” Oct. 26 Who’s in it: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack and Alfred Woodard. What it’s about: In a mental hospital, Prot (Spacey), a mysterious patient, claims to come from the planet K-PAX. A doctor (Bridges) who monitors Prot tries to convince him otherwise, but the further he delves into Prot’s mind, the more he starts believing that Prot may be an alien after all. Outlook: Remember “”Don Juan Demarco?”” If not, you’re missing out on a film with a similar plot to “”K-PAX.”” Spacey has played quirky characters in “”American Beauty”” and “”The Usual Suspects,”” and it looks like he’s displaying his excellent acting abilities once again. The movie seems like an Oscar-contender with a cast that also includes the venerable Bridges. But be warned: Although the movie looks promising, it may be a dud (remember “”Pay it Forward?””). “”Novocaine”” Oct. 26 Who’s in it: Steve Martin, Laura Dern and Helena Bonham Carter. What it’s about: Martin plays a fairly normal doctor with a thriving practice. He lives a predictable life with his obsessive-compulsive fiancee (Dern). After meeting a drug-addicted patient (Carter), his once-normal life is turned upside down and he is accused of several crimes involving bizarre murders. Outlook: This is a different step for Martin as this film is much more awkward and darker than his previous films. However, there is no one better than Martin to bring life to awkward screwball-comedy. If you’re willing to step outside the norm, this eccentric film should be a joy to watch. “”Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”” Nov. 16 Who’s in it: Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Daniel Radcliffe, Richard Harris, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. What it’s about: Based on the first book of J.K. Rowling’s series, 11-year-old Harry (Radcliffe) begins his travels in a magical world of fantasy and delight. An explanation of his mysterious childhood and his training as a sorcerer are guided by his mentor, Professor Dumbledore (Harris). While at his new school, Hogwarts, mysterious occurences trouble him. Outlook: This is one of fall’s most anticipated films. A variety of viewers, even college students, will be delighted. With spectacular special computer and graphic effects, Harry’s world is now visualized. Read the books, then see the movie. You’ve been warned. ...

Ben Harper Lights Up RIMAC Field

San Diego showed its pretty side Monday as gray clouds gave way to blue skies for Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Jurassic 5 and Jack Johnson at RIMAC Field. David Pilz Guardian A laid-back crowd accompanied the pleasant weather. I might be pushing it, but there was a 1960s Woodstock vibe to the entire concert. People were relaxing on blankets and enjoying the company of the thousands who showed up for the concert. As some concertgoers put it, there was a “”communal”” feeling surrounding everyone. The golden sun of Memorial Day cast the perfect lighting for the acoustic groove of Jack Johnson. Smooth bass riffs and acoustic guitar rounded out a sound that was reminiscent of headliner Ben Harper. As dusk settled, Jurassic 5 took the stage and played an incredible set. For those in the audience unfamiliar with Jurassic 5, this set was the perfect crash course to their eclectic sound. Jurassic 5’s improvised rhymes and clean harmonies were fabulous, and their beats kept everyone on their feet with their hands up in the air. J-5 effectively charged the audience for the triumphant appearance of Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals. Night fell and the bright lights on the stage glowed like jewels. Harper and the rest of the band took the stage to a crowd that simply went mad for them. Harper and the rest, who have performed at UCSD twice before, did not waste any time going through a set that ranged from lighter acoustic material to hard-edged jams with Harper’s solo work paying tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Harper’s wide range of musical styles match the wide range of guitars that he brought onstage. Slide guitar is his signature instrument, but the way he handled his acoustic guitar and the rest of his electric guitars made many a jaw drop with amazement. He played a passable cover of Stevie Wonder’s “”Superstition,”” but the highlight of the show came when he played “”Burn One Down.”” With the first few chords of the song, a curious plume of thick, fragrant smoke drifted over the crowd. What else could you expect? Harper finished his set with a rousing rendition of his recent hit, “”Steal My Kisses,”” but he later reappeared for the encore. He started with a couple of intimate acoustic songs by himself and was later joined by the vocal group Blind Boys of Alabama, who added a soulful gospel sound to the last songs of Harper’s encore. This mellow part of the evening kept much of the audience quiet as they listened in awe. This was by far one of the best concerts that UCSD has hosted recently. Jack Johnson and Jurassic 5 were both incredible, but if Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals played any better, they would be guilty as charged. I know you saw that line coming. ...

Film Review

In his classic poem, the “”Aeneid,”” Vergil describes the coast of Libya, where Aeneas lands his beleaguered crew for a breathtaking view filled with lush forests, towering cliffs and sparkling water. “”There are high cliffs on this side and on that, and twin peaks towering heavenward …. Over these, against a forest backdrop shimmering, a dark and shaggy grove casts a deep shade, while in the cliffside opposite … there is a cave with fresh water ….”” This must be the scene that people see when they visit the tropical island of Fuga, located at the northernmost tip of the Philippines. Tropical forests, coral reefs, wondrous cliffs overlooking the deep, blue sea. That is, he or she would see these things if visitors were allowed onto the island. You see, beneath this beautiful surface of a virtual paradise island lie dark, macabre secrets: the plight of the indigenous people, subjected to the abuse of the corporation that “”owns”” the island, the natives’ suffering from diseases with no aid from the Philippine government, and a 50 percent infant mortality rate. As the promotional poster so adequately decries, “”Fuga Island – A Paradise for Whom?”” The documentary, called “”The Silent Natives of Fuga,”” put together by artist, photographer and filmmaker Karie Garnier, critically examines the beauty of the island and the harsh realities beneath it. Garnier, one of the few outsiders to have visited the little-known island and whose wife, Violeta, is from Fuga, fell in love with the beauty of the island and with the 2,000 persecuted people. “”The Silent Natives of Fuga”” “”is a call to awareness, both of the plight of these people and the nature of globalism in Third World countries,”” as Executive Producer Svend-Erik Eriksen stated. The film itself is composed of 675 still photos and is narrated by Garnier. The narration and photos follow the sequence of events that Garnier and his wife go through as they return to the island to visit Violeta’s family. The pictures remove the complexity of a rolling film and unobtrusively lay out the truth. If there is ever a time when a picture is worth a thousand words, it is when a person watches this documentary. As Garnier’s pictures capture the intense beauty of the island, he likewise encapsulates the poverty and crises that the people endure. For every photo of the perfect, sandy beach, there is a picture of a malnutritioned child, whose stomach is bloated with parasites. For every picture of a glowing sunset, there is a picture of an old woman suffering from rickets. For every still photo of a beautiful flower, there is a picture of the grave of one of the 12 to 14 babies who die each year in this tiny community of 400 families. The documentary was shown free to the public on Monday, May 21 at UCSD. However, Garnier plans to take his documentary to other campuses and to national organizations in the United States and Canada to garner permanent support to assist the natives of Fuga. He hopes to eventually show this documentary in the Philippines and to affect President Gloria Arroyo enough to fulfill “”her dream to visit Fuga island”” and to address the needs of its impoverished people. The spread of globalization has threatened the livelihood of the people. The “”owner”” of the island, Chinese billionaire Tan Yu, is planning to build “”the model city of the 21st century,”” complete with 17 golf courses, an airport, 12,000 hotel rooms and “”the biggest gambling casino on earth.”” However, in this conglomeration of corporate greed, the 2,000 poor natives have been forgotten and ignored, often threatened into silence. The natives, suffering from malnutrition, disease and humility, are forced by the guards, many of whom look more like Viet Cong peasant soldiers than guards, to live in utter despair. As one native put it, “”Over the decades, the guards forced us to live this way.”” Many who try to leave by boat are beaten, while those who do make it to the main islands of the Philippines are shunned because of their illiteracy. Garnier seeks to expose harsh reality and to bring attention to the troubles in Fuga. With his documentary “”The Silent Natives of Fuga,”” Garnier hopes to spread the issue to all corners of America and to garner what he calls “”positive support.”” Go to http://www.sfu.ca/fuga for more information and history. Despite the support Garnier and the natives will obtain, they still face an uphill battle. It is indeed what Garnier considers a “”fight between Goliath and David.”” ...

Price of Flesh

From the edges of El Cajon and Chula Vista, a black Honda Accord is speeding down Interstate 8. Its dropped-down body and 17-inch rims have traveled far tonight, starting with an early 10 p.m. call in North Park, then to another date in Escondido by midnight. A call from home makes sure that the two girls inside are safe and that they have their money. A crying baby can be heard over the receiver. By 4 a.m., the girls have already visited four johns, or clients. There are two more waiting in Oceanside and Normal Heights. Brian Moghadam Guardian Their night will end around 7 the next morning with a last stop at their escort agency. They have grossed over $1,000 tonight, but more than half will go to the agency. A receptionist at the office informs one of the girls that a party has been scheduled for the next night at 9 p.m., and that most of the people there will be officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. After nine hours of sleep, one hour for breakfast, one hour with the baby, 30 minutes to get dressed, 10 minutes to smoke a joint and five minutes to mix the Tanqueray and OJ, the girls are ready to start their business day. Sasha and Nalia are escorts, also called “”adult entertainers”” or “”in-call masseuses.”” Living by their stage names, only a handful know them by their actual given names. They dance. They mingle. They massage. And with the right face and a gracious tip, they will loan their bodies for one or two hours, sometimes the whole night, to a client. At the ages of 21 and 19, respectively, they have spent most, if not all, of their adult lives as escorts. Pride and shame are relative factors; survival becomes their mantra for life. Yet neither girl ever exhibits any need for sympathy or compassion, especially from each other. Both hope to retire in three to four years, but an uneasiness rests inside them, wondering if they’ll ever get to exhale. Consequently, it becomes easy to victimize the two girls, and to view them as products of a broken home or society. In reality, their lives are a cocktail of glamour and isolation. They live and cry like rock stars, locked behind their seductive masks. As a result, they can only find solace with those in the same industry, those who see the world in the same black-and-white, pimp-and-ho light. The following is an excerpt from a series of interviews with Sasha and Nalia that began at a Denny’s on Miramar Road and ended at a photo shoot in Del Mar. Both women have lived in San Diego their whole lives; in fact, they grew up in the same neighborhood. Aware of each other, but never close friends, their paths did not truly cross until each inadvertently became involved with the same man. It was this same man that would impregnate both women. Sasha had the baby, Nalia aborted hers. And it would be the same man who would convince them to start escorting. In the end, his persuasion was more practical than romantic. Sasha had just completed adult school, while Nalia was supporting a family of 10 by working at Subway. He wanted both of them; he offered money, security and independence. But this article is not about him, nor about their neo-urban love triangle. It is about two girls who made a choice and the price they have paid. HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR “”EMPLOYMENT?”” Sasha: “”Adult entertainer,”” because I love to come over to people’s houses and give them some company. And it’s cool that I get paid [laughs]. HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? Nalia: I knew someone that worked and she used to tell me stories about it and everything, but it wasn’t until I met [her] that I got into it. HOW OLD WERE YOU? Nalia: When she was working, I was 15. Yeah, and she was 19. But I knew her through somebody else. Like, it was my friend’s boyfriend’s girlfriend. She lived in the same house as my neighbor. She use to tell me stories — like some guy wanted to lick shit and stuff off her shoes [giggles]. It was really gross. She would tell me some freaky stories, and at first I was a little discouraged, but then I realized it was safe enough. WHY DO YOU DO IT? Sasha: At first I started for the money, but now, well, it’s still for the money, but it’s exciting, actually. You get to meet all kinds of people. And you get to meet the side they don’t share with people — their secret side. Like somebody might be cool up front, but you get them in a room alone and they like to get freaky. I like that. HOW DO YOU MAKE TIME FOR LOVE? Sasha: I can make time for it, but nobody would understand. And ever since I had my child, I really can’t have other relationships with other people. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE FATHER OF YOUR CHILD. Sasha: Let’s not. WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM? Sasha: Well, he’s the father of my child. We’re not like boyfriend and girlfriend in the typical way, you know. On another level, we are … he understands and respects, I understand and respect. I get out of line sometimes, but with what I do — I turn into a bitch [laughs]! Well, a female needs attention, you know, so when you don’t get that attention and you don’t get that attention for a minute, it’s kinda like, “”Either you love me or I’m gonna go somewhere else.”” DEFINE THE SYSTEM. Nalia: The particular agency I’m at, they’re actually pimpin’ me instead of me trying to pimp other people. I mean, they’re making it really hard for me to make my money, because they charge a good $225 right off the bat. And out of that $225, I’ll get maybe 40 percent. It wasn’t always like that, the reason being because I was at this other agency that I was doing real good at, but I got into trouble with my IDs and all kinds of other stuff. It’s just a real long story and I couldn’t work there a little bit. When I got back and had everything situated, the lady who was giving me work before decided she didn’t want to give me work anymore, and then, on top of that, she’s going to tell people from other agencies that I steal calls, that I’m not a good worker, and then she’s gonna tell family members that I’m the reason that they don’t get calls [laughs]. Yes, and I never spoke to this lady that way. I don’t like her at all. She killed me real bad. ARE THESE AGENCIES PRIVATELY OWNED? Sasha: They’re usually privately owned, a lot of the times by women. HOW MANY GIRLS USUALLY WORK AT AN AGENCY? Nalia: It varies, really. You can get anywhere from 20 girls or more. But then you can get some with 15 or less. But they really don’t let the girls know about each other, because if there’s only 10 girls working at the agency and you’re never getting calls, then the girl will wonder why she’s not getting enough work. Actually the people who run these businesses kind of get a little more personal than just having it just business. Like the people they hire, they don’t tell them to just keep it business and not let their personal feelings get in the way with what you’re doing. A lot of receptionists won’t give you calls if you don’t tip them. And hey, I understand you’re making your money — whatever, whatever — but that’s your job. I don’t always get tips when I go out. Sometimes I have to deal with the nastiest people, and I get nothing out of it. Sure, I get my $60 for showing up, but $60 doesn’t even pay my phone bill [laughs]. I got bills to pay for every day and a lifestyle to keep up. HOW DOES A JOHN SOLICIT YOU FOR SEX, SASHA? Sasha: I actually don’t do that ever unless I get personal enjoyment out of it, like if the guy is cute or if he has a big, nice dick [laughs]. So they’ll ask and I’ll say either yes or no. They usually ask if you’re “”full service.”” WHAT DO YOU USUALLY SAY? Sasha: “”No.”” I can help, though [laughs]. I help everybody. I’m more into touching. I’m a flesh person. HOW DOES A JOHN SOLICIT YOU FOR SEX, NALIA? Nalia: A lot of johns think they’re going to have sex just because they paid their agency fees. Then they get pissed when you tell them you’re going to leave. Then they’ll usually offer you another 100 bucks. But shit, I might consider touching you for 100 bucks, but sex? No. The young ones think like that especially. They think I’m young and cute, and they think it’s just going to happen like a fucking movie. I’ve had a lot them. They know that’s not what they’re paying for, and they actually think you’re going to sleep with them just because they’re cute and young. They say shit like, “”Don’t you think I’m cute?”” or “”Did we not connect? Did we just not share something special there?”” I actually laughed in that guy’s face. He really thought there was something between us, like he wanted to save me. ANY BAD EXPERIENCES? Sasha: Not real bad, but uncomfortable. One time I was at this guy’s house, and he thought he was going to get more than a massage. But I told him when I showed up that for the price he was paying he was only getting a massage. And he said, “”Fine.”” Well, I was almost done, and he said, “”So we’re not going to have sex.”” And I said no. And he said, “”Well I’m not going to pay for the whole hour,”” and he just flipped. I mean he was a cool guy at first, but his whole attitude just flipped and he turned crazy. And I’m like, “”Well, that’s not what’s going to happen. We’re not going to have sex. If you want a little bit more, then I can help you with that. But if you’re not willing to give me what I’m asking, I’m not going to take your money, because I feel I’m worth a certain amount because I have been doing this for a while, and I am very good at what I do, and I’m not going to take any chump change.”” I charge $150, and that’s just for touch. But I do it well because I do the whole body, and I make it a relaxing situation. And I try to get it all together at first so I can do my thing, but he just got crazy, and I called the cops because my boss told me to call the cops and tell them that a guy solicited me for sex. So I called, and I really didn’t want them to come over. I just wanted someone to talk to this guy so I could get out of there, but he wouldn’t let me leave. So I was talking on the phone with the lady, and I explained the situation, and she told me that I could leave. But I told her he wouldn’t let me. He was just standing by the door and kept pushing me while I tried to walk out. But he wouldn’t push me with his hands, just with his body. He made sure not to touch me with his hands. So I said, “”Dude, you paid, I’m done with my service. I’ve been here for an hour. I’m out of here.”” And he got all mad, yelling, “”No, no, no.”” And he hung up my phone. I gave the lady my address, and he pushed my phone, and I hung it up, and then he dug his hands in his pockets for his money while I was screaming “”Hey, I need that money,”” and pushed me out the door and slammed the door in my face, and all I could really say was “”alrighty”” at the door. But that’s about it with confrontations. I’ve had jerks, though. Oh my God. There’s all kinds of jerks. I had this guy call me an asshole because I wouldn’t have sex with him. He said, “”No, ‘escort’ means ‘prostitute.’ That means you’re coming over to fuck me, so you’re an asshole.”” What did he say? False advertisement? The guy was this 6-foot-5, big-ass old man and getting pissed. And I just wanted him to leave me alone. I told him to take it up with the agency and I just walked out. There’s a lot of guys like that. Because that’s what they expect: sex. It’s because a lot of them are businessmen coming in from out of town. So they just want a quick little [snaps fingers] whatever. Ties mean nothing, I guess. So I offer something a little more intimate. ANY BAD EXPERIENCES? Nalia: There were once these big-ass Italian guys … I really don’t know what they were, just fucking big European guys. They ran after me and this girl I had a call with and began chasing us in their underwear to our car. They wanted to get into our car and get their money back. They had paid the agency fees and thought they were going to get sex. Me and the girl were fairly new and thought the men knew the fees were only for dancing and massaging. We thought they knew what they were getting. But when they asked for sex, and we told them that for the money they paid, we only danced, they demanded their money back, saying strange-ass shit to each other, while me and the other girl were looking for the right moment to run. So they chased us, these four or five hairy-ass European fuckers in their tighty-whities, banging on our car door and screaming for their money back. I kept on screaming that we were going to call the cops while the other girl was fidgeting with the keys. I remember saying, “”Do not drop the keys,”” while she was panicking with tears in her eyes. I wasn’t crying myself, but I was definitely shaking. HOW LONG DO YOU WANT TO KEEP DOING THIS? Sasha: I don’t want to work here anymore [laughs]. I’ve been working here too long. This is not a career. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING THIS? Sasha: Two years. Nalia: Nine months. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “”IT’S NOT A CAREER?”” Sasha: It could be, but it’s not a lifelong career unless you take it to the next level. SO WHEN DO YOU WANT IT TO END? Sasha: I give another three years to be on top and stable so I don’t have to work anymore. And I can just take off and go to school and do what I want to do. WILDEST EXPERIENCE? Sasha: Threesome! Oh my lord, it gives me chills just thinking about it. I got paid $1,500. Two guys, three hours of pure pleasure for me. Oh my god, these guys pampered me like I was the only queen there. I was the only one. It was beautiful. They were both nice and stacked, and they both knew what to do with their stuff [laughs]. Well, one of the guys got into a car accident and he got a settlement of $7,000. It was so funny how it happened. I was giving him a massage, and I was sitting next to him and curled up next to him, and he was lying on his stomach, and he tried to feel for me and he finally felt my leg and he said, “”Wow, you’re really small.”” And I said, “”Yeah, well, isn’t that a good thing?”” And he just laid back down, and he finally turned around and said, “”You know what, I know I’m a white boy and everything, but I can break you.”” And I said, “”Huh? Whatever, guy.”” And there was two other guys there, and I knew one of them. And he said, “”Yeah, me and Billy too.”” And I first said no. And he asked me how much it was going to cost. And I asked him how long he wanted me to stay, and he told me, “”The rest of the night,”” so I said, “”Well, it’s going to be a good $1,000.”” And he was like, “”Well, for us to really have fun, we’ll give you 15. Is that all right?”” And that’s when I agreed [laughs]. But he kept saying, “”Me and Billy too.”” And they had painkillers. Lots of painkillers. Vicodin. Seminoles. Those kept them going, though. He kept telling me that his girlfriend was out of town and that he was really horny, but shit, three hours. And the whole time I did this, I didn’t open my eyes once. I was lost. But it was strange. I didn’t really come. But I think the whole time I was — I don’t know, it was too much. I guess there was a point I was yelling and they stopped to ask me if I was OK. And I told them I was OK. Then they just started taking turns while the other would just stroke or kiss my face. It was cool. WILDEST EXPERIENCE? Nalia: I got attacked by some girl once [laughs]. She threw me on the bed at a hotel party I was working at and just attacked me. I guess the wildest thing was that I didn’t stop her. There are a lot of parties like that. Ten people, maybe two or three dancers at a hotel room. Once, there was this college basketball team of 30 or 40 people, and the coach was the one that was paying for it. I got picked up and thrown over. But parties are just about dancing. Anything more is always one-on-one. MISCONCEPTIONS? Sasha: People think you’re stupid. They come at you thinking you’re doing what you’re doing because you don’t have brains to do anything else. I have brains. But I’m also a lazy person [laughs]. What I do is comfortable. And you can’t be stupid doing this. You have to know how to read people. You’ve got to be quick on your toes. You can’t be a dummy, or you’ll be run over and ran through. But that’s what people think of me: dumb. Nalia: How they think we need all this help. Like we need to be saved, saying things like, “”You’re too good for this.”” They’re usually clients, and if I’m too good for “”this,”” then I must be too good for them, since they are what I do. And women. Men might be stupid to us, but women are cruel. DESCRIBE THE COMMUNITY. Sasha: I know some of the girls, but you usually just see the receptionist. So if it’s cash, you’re supposed to take your cut out and you give them their piece. The particular agency I’m at, they get 60-40. That’s what a lot of the agencies are doing now. They’re not doing half and half anymore. And the ones that are doing half and half is the place that lady burned me at. And I’m barely starting to get back into it. I’ve been doing this for two years, but I stopped for a good four months. I took some vacation off because I did real good. We got out of our house. I was living at a three-bedroom house, paying a good $1,200 a month alone with one, two, three, four other people living with me — well, five, but that extra five is bringing in money as well. But I got this chick, her man, her pregnant ass, her kid, plus my kid with me. Homeboy helps too, but that girl was just lazy. HOW MUCH DO YOU MAKE? Nalia: On a good day, $1,000. And it varies. It could be two calls or seven calls, if I get good calls, men who appreciate that I’m there for the company. They appreciate that I come over with a smile and am not a bitch about the money. I come to have fun. I’m not going to have sex with you, but I’m here to have fun. Because I always make that clear, I hate getting myself into situations I can’t get out of. So in a good week I can make a good $3,000 or $5,000. I once made a grand each night for two consecutive nights with one client. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE SEASONS? Nalia: Income tax season isn’t great for the expected reasons. Holidays like Thanksgiving are slow because they’re with their families. But Christmas picks up just a little bit, because of all the lonely guys out here with nobody to call. Last Christmas I got five calls Christmas day. All of them wanted sex but weren’t willing to pay what I wanted. So I just helped them and they were cool with that. They just wanted someone to hang out with on Christmas. I guess it does make you feel special, feel loved [laughs]. OTHER INTERESTS? Sasha: Parties. I have an addiction. I’m 21 and I still call up party lines. I love it. It’s cool, the connection you can make over the phone. WHAT HAVE CLIENTS OFFERED YOU? Sasha: I had one client offer to take me around the world because he was a treasure hunter. The guy who played the guitar. He was older. Tall. Hippie. Balding. He wore boots, cowboy boots. Typical older man. He wanted me to be his girl, and in return, show me around the world. But I declined. HAVE YOU EVER FALLEN FOR A JOHN? Sasha: Actually, yes. He’s not even a client any more, he’s more of a friend. I’m not falling for him, but I’m developing feelings for him I shouldn’t be feeling. He never paid for sex. But he’s got a girl now. I once asked him if he wanted to be my boyfriend. [laughs]. But I’m not asking for a monogamous relationship because of the situation. And he asked me if I wanted to move in, but I had package — well, not package, he’s my pride and joy. That’s OK, I don’t want people to think I’m looking for a daddy. He already has one. WHAT ARE CLIENTS LOOKING FOR? Nalia: Sex [laughs]. It’s actually half and half. Half of them are just looking for a quick little come. But the other half is looking for someone to chill with, get to know: a girlfriend for the night. IS IT HARD FOR YOU TO RELATE TO PEOPLE? Sasha: Very. Actually, no. It’s not hard for me to relate to other people because I’m not as judgmental since I started doing this. How can you be? It’s hard for them to relate to me. And I meet crazy people. I meet colonels in the Army and Navy that wanted to get banged in the butt with fucking triangle dildos and stuff. And half of the time, these men carry the toys themselves. I don’t carry any toys. I had one guy that wanted me to tie him up, and I wanted to leave. He was being nasty and I couldn’t take it anymore. He was holding his feet like he was pregnant, screaming “”Yeah, fuck me in the ass.”” And he had this lace ribbon stuff, and I said, “”I’m not going to tie you up,”” and I was really getting mad at this guy. And he kept saying, “”Oh yeah, tie me up.”” So I tied him up at the bed real tight, and he kept putting up his legs. And I said, “”If you keep pulling up your legs I’m going to leave you here for the security guard to find you.”” And he said, “”Oh you know, my girlfriend did that to me once.”” And he kept on getting off! You meet some freaks. I also had this guy that wanted me to call him a “”skank.”” He had this fishnet one-piece that was crotchless. It was brand new. He gave it to me, and he wanted me to wear it and walk around. He said, “”I want you to walk around, and I’m going to play with myself. And while I’m playing with myself, I want you to call me ‘skank’ and ‘bitch.'”” And he didn’t want me to touch him, and he gave me a good amount of money. WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL LIFE? Sasha: I don’t know. I think sooner or later I would have ended up doing this. Well, I do want to open up a club. Go back to school and get my business license. Three years is how much longer I want to do it. Oh, plus I want to learn how to DJ for the people [laughs]. Drum and bass. I want to do something different. WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL LIFE? Nalia: My own fashion line. I sketch out outfits almost every night. And hey, with what I do, fashion is a must. I know what men like and what women want. And computers [laughs]. It’s funny, but I’m a computer nerd. LIVE ANYWHERE? Sasha: Netherlands. Amsterdam. Everything’s more open. Plus, I love my Mary Jane, you know — pot smoker. Nalia: Probably still here in San Diego. I love looking at the downtown skyline at 6 in the morning. The way the beach looks, so still and calm, like you’re in a picture. I guess I’m just into nature and scenery. The pattern of the sky, purple and pink, driving through the trees on the 163 and seeing the light come off them. I’m not talking about life on the streets, just the earth and what it is. No one’s trying to take anything from you, it’s just giving beauty. You understand? DO PEOPLE EVER CALL YOU BY YOUR REAL NAME? Sasha: I do have people that call me by my real name. Actually, this lifestyle killed her. She was a sweet quiet little thing in the corner. Sometimes, she still peeks out. But it’s a lifestyle. I feel mature, and my body feels old. I think I’m getting carpal tunnel in my hands from jerking so many guys off. ANYTHING YOU WON’T DO FOR MONEY? Sasha: Blow jobs. Because I have to do them without rubbers. I like the taste of skin. And I can’t do it to everybody, because they have to first meet a certain size criteria. Second, they have to be rock hard — otherwise it feels like a big pile of flesh in your mouth. Bleh. HOW DO YOU BALANCE EVERYTHING? Nalia: I’m not doing anything I’m being forced to do. I do what I want to do. But, I don’t know. It’s really weird on the mind. It can either kill you or make you stronger. I take it day by day. I see one client tonight and forget about it tomorrow. Doesn’t everyone? ...

Swing Kids!

There was a time not too long ago — about five years ago, in fact — when you could hardly walk down the street without seeing something about swing, the newest dance craze to sweep pop culture. The neo-swing fad of the late ’90s quickly made household names of such swing things as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Brian Setzer and even the Gap, with its omnipresent “”jump and jivin'”” commercial. But times have changed and I am sure most of us are left to wonder, “”What the hell happened to swing?”” Well, for anybody out of the groove, rest assured that swing is alive and kicking, albeit in the underground. One of the most vibrant forms of swing just happens to have the strongest presence right here in San Diego. What could I be talking about, other than that unabashedly joyful dance with its constant eight-count rhythmic pulse flowing to the music of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s? Lindy hop. This original swing dance of the ’20s began at the famed Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, N.Y. Although lindy hop existed before the opening of the club, it was not until dancers such as “”Shorty George”” Snowden, Leroy “”Stretch”” Jones and the legendary Frankie Manning revolutionized the scene that the dance really began to soar. Snowden is often credited for naming lindy hop after Charles Lindbergh’s triumphant 1927 “”hop”” across the Atlantic. According to myth, shortly after Lindbergh’s famous transatlantic flight, New York City hosted a charity dance marathon. Among the many people in attendance that day was Snowden. After seeing Snowden performing an eye-popping maneuver, a reporter covering the event asked him, “”What was that?”” to which the dancer replied, “”The lindy hop.”” The rest is history. One fundamental thing to remember about swing is that there are distinctions between the different dances. By now, most people are probably familiar with the terms West Coast and East Coast swing. A myriad of other styles exists — far too many to list. At the risk of making too gross a generalization, all other forms of swing dancing are simply variations on lindy hop, since it was the original swing dance. San Diego’s current lindy scene traces its origins directly from the neo-swing fad of the mid ’90s. Swing had always been around, but you would be more likely to find your grandfather carrying on the tradition instead of your dormmate. The dramatic resurgence of youth in the culture did not occur until after the media embraced swing. Before you knew it, swing was everywhere — on television, in the movies, even in clothing. Clubs existed in San Diego, most notably the rockabilly club Tio Leo’s, but ones that were lindy-friendly were either rare or nonexistent. Not until the efforts of two pioneer dancers — Johnny Lloyd and Lisa Conway — did the lindy scene in San Diego take flight in the late ’90s. Following their lead were other prominent instructors who cranked out even more dancers. Among these teachers were the self-proclaimed “”swing jack of all trades”” Meeshi Sumayao; instructors and current managers of the Rocket swing club Jim Cruzen and Margie Adams; and UCSD’s very own distinguished recreation class instructors, Tan Huynh and Valerie Yau. In many ways, UCSD has played a large part since the beginning in contributing to San Diego’s lindy community. The rec. classes constantly feed dancers into the scene. Indeed, on any given night, the majority of people in one of San Diego’s many swing clubs is often made up of UCSD students. Presently, the swing scene in San Diego remains small but loyal. So loyal, in fact, that the dedicated ones would never let swing die. Most local lindy hoppers are in their late 20s to mid-30s. Unlike other cities that serve alcohol at swing clubs, San Diego typically does not. The reason is not hard to figure out. Dancing while drunk, especially to something as challenging as lindy, is dangerous. Practically every dancer knows this and prefers to remain sober on the dance floor. The vast majority of the city’s venues are sponsored by dancers instead of bars, making big-time marketing an impossibility. This may explain why swing has become such an underground culture. Unlike San Francisco and Los Angeles, San Diego has a more diverse mix of music and style. The City by the Bay is known traditionally for its slower tempos. Los Angeles, by contrast, is famous for its fast and frenetic rhythms. San Diego’s music varies greatly from fast to slow, allowing dancers of all levels of expertise to enjoy the experience. This is unique to our city. Not surprisingly, out-of-town dancers appreciate the mix, regularly commenting on how much variety San Diego has in terms of its music and dancers. They never fail to remark on the genuine friendliness of our small yet dedicated swing scene. With the neo-swing fad came a record number of new dancers, particularly when the craze was at its height. However, today’s swing regulars would attest that most newbies left the scene rather quickly. A lot of them found the dance too difficult and intimidating, while others were more interested in the superficial “”Swingers”” style, which did not embrace dancing at all — its participants chose instead simply to dress up and go out, martini in hand, mingling old ’40s style. Nowadays, while some dancers still get dressed up and play on all of swing’s nostalgia, the opposite is usually more common. The current scene in San Diego is far more laid back. Over the years, the swing scene has made a progression from bars, where people dressed up in vintage outfits, to today’s underground clubs, where comfortable attire is preferred. Without all the frills, dancers today choose to focus more on the dance alone. The emphasis is on feeling the music and connecting with one’s partner. Everything else is just details. Only a few dancers ever get beyond the beginner’s hump, but those who do master the basic steps eventually stick with it. Dancers often remark on how they like the dance for its complexity and athleticism. Of course, there’s also the social aspect. Few dances are as playful but at the same time as complicated as lindy hop. Some liken it to playing chess with a partner. Another interesting feature of modern lindy is its many influences. Lindy hoppers like to spice things up by incorporating other dances, including Latin, tap, jazz and hip-hop. Although not as visible as it once was, the swing scene in San Diego continues to resonate. Most lindy hoppers are certain of one thing — while it is true that fads come and go, swing will continue to live and evolve. ...

Hiatus Weekly Calendar

All tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling (619) 220-8497 or by going to http://www.ticketmaster.com, unless otherwise noted. 24 Thursday Get a frosty umbrella drink in your hand and take in the tropical sounds of Jimmy Buffet at Coors Amphitheatre. Buffet is sure to play all the favorites such as “”Margaritaville”” and “”Cheeseburger in Paradise.”” Tickets start at $28.50 and the show starts at 8 p.m. Celebrate Bob Dylan’s 60th birthday at Dizzy’s with a night of Dylan music by Steve White, Chuck Perrin, Berkley Hart, Joel Rafael and Steve Maris. Cover is $10 and the show starts at 8 p.m. For more information call (858) 270-7467. 25 Friday California pop-punk group The Dragons will be at The Casbah, along with Furious IV and THE Malakas. The Dragons will be promoting their most recent release, “”Live at the Casbah.”” Call (619) 232-4355 for more information. Celebrate the birthday of jazz great Miles Davis with an evening of his music at Dizzy’s by the tribute group ESP. The sets start at 8:45 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The cover is $8. Call Dizzy’s at (858) 270-7467 for more information. 26 Saturday Check out Reggae At The Bay with headliners Eek-A-Mouse. Reggae At The Bay will be at the Navy Pier, which is on Harbor Drive just south of Broadway. Tickets start at $30 and the event starts at 5 p.m. Barrington Levy, Don Carlos, Morgan Heritage and Sanchez will also perform. Indie rockers No Knife will perform at The Casbah. This San Diego group has built a large and devoted following since getting together in 1993. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Call (619) 220-8497 for ticket prices. The Goldfish have been known to add their own twist to ’70s funk and dance songs. You can catch their wild stage antics at the Belly Up Tavern. Show starts at 9:15 p.m. and tickets are $7. Another music festival with big-name DJs comes to the San Diego Sports Arena. The Love Festival features Armand Van Helden, DJ Dan, Christopher Lawrence and Kimball Collins on the main stage. Scott Hardkiss and Thomas Michael are on Main Stage 2. Tickets start at $25, and the event starts at 9 p.m. 27 Sunday Juan Gabriel has been in the Latin music business for over 25 years, and is known for his incredible three-hour sets. Gabriel will perform at Coors Amphitheatre and play the songs that made him a legend in Mexico. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $24.50. Slightly Stoopid sing songs about surfing and drinking. What more do you need? Their blend of hip-hop and reggae is sure to please the crowds. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10. Enjoy poetry and jazz with Tomas Gayton, Joey Carano, Tim Maglione and Paul Hormick. The event takes place at Dizzy’s and runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cover is $5. For more information call (858) 270-7467. 28 Monday Burn one down with Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals. Harper and company will be at RIMAC field with their eclectic sound, which ranges from hard-bluesy pieces to tender acoustic folk songs. Jurassic 5 will open for Harper. The show starts at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $29.50 and can be purchased through the UCSD Box Office at (858) 534-4559. 30 Wednesday The hard-hitting punk sound of The Locust will be showcased at the Che Cafe. Black Dice and Teacher’s Pet will also perform. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $5. Call (858) 534-2311 for more information. ...

Album Review

Weezer “”Weezer”” Geffen A Though the album appears plain, decked in green and simply titled “”The Green Album,”” Weezer’s new and long-overdue record is anything but ordinary. Rising out of bed from an extensive hiatus, frontman Rivers Cuomo drives the reins of his geeky-metal band with a heavy snap. About five years have passed since Weezer’s last outing, the commercial flop but critically acclaimed “”Pinkerton.”” Its sporadic sound and haunting lyrics were a far cry from their original, platinum debut aptly titled “”The Blue Album,”” which spawned such hits as “”Buddy Holly”” and “”Undone (The Sweater Song).”” “”The Green Album”” effectively melds both records together, creating melodies appropriate enough for commercial pop and with words to please analytical critics. Cuomo continues to croon over girl troubles in “”O Girlfriend,”” as open chords serve only as backup to his weeping voice. Lyrically simplistic and slightly cliched, songs like “”O Girlfriend”” and “”Smile”” show that “”The Green Album”” lacks the emotional punch of “”Pinkerton.”” But still, the album is adorned with catchy power chords and easily digestible riffs that hook you onto a slew of dorky punk tunes. The songs are more complex than your average brand of punk, sliding between hammering notes and gentle rhythms. Tracks such as “”Crab”” lie in the gray area between simplicity and psychedelia with wah-distorted guitar nuggets and repeated vocals. Cuomo’s compatriots, guitarist Brian Bell, bassist Mikey Welsh and drummer Patrick Wilson, complete the barbershop quartet, singing background vocals. The four belt out the “”whoaaa-woooas”” and “”hey heys.”” The songs wouldn’t be the same without their choral roles, which are reminiscent of early Beach Boys songs. Reminiscent, yes, but still original and true, Weezer continue to rock in an alternative era most critics deem dead and most companies claim unmarketable to the new century’s audience. Weezer is a breath of fresh musical air to everything else around and should be welcomed back with open arms and ears. — Randy Lie ...

Film Reviews

Although this movie may seem like a pathetic attempt to employ an attractive Australian hunk as a knight in shining armor, “”A Knight’s Tale”” is a surprisingly good film about courage and social rebellion in the Middle Ages. Heath Ledger plays the lead character, William Thatcher, an English squire determined to become a knight who does so by fooling the French nobility. The movie revolves around tournaments and jousting, the sport in which two men on horseback run at each other with huge wooden sticks and try to knock each other down, in case you didn’t know. It is through these tournaments that Thatcher gains popularity and comes into contact with his enemy Count Adhemar, played by Rufus Sewell. Both actors are exemplary as they play two men motivated by their competitive spirit. Newcomer Shannyn Sossamon plays Jocelyn, the object of both men’s affection. Although completely unheard of before this film, Sossamon plays her role with realism. The noteworthy supporting cast also adds humor and vitality to a surprisingly humorous and modern take on medieval times. Although the story is a bit contrived, it is a great combination of modern pop music with everlasting themes of courage, love and honor. The impressive horsemanship and sportsmanship in this movie make it appealing to males as well as females, for obvious reasons. Ledger, unlike many other Hollywood hunks, can actually act, and his skill makes this film realistic and human. This movie is great if you want to see an entertaining film with a respectable degree of depth. It will keep you entertained and thoroughly satisfied. — Anne Cong-Huyen ...