Memoirs to a ‘Riot Girl’

By Chris Valles Former Elan Alice Bag’s first book “Violence Girl” reveals violent experiences and real life-struggles. Subtitled East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage: A Chicana Punk Story, “Violence Girl” serves as a memoir about Alice’s experiences growing up in East L.A. and coming of age in the 1970’s Hollywood punk scene. The book also details her short-lived career as vocalist for The Bags, a pioneering punk band whose influence…

October 6, 2011
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Poor script kills ‘Killer’

By Thy Lam Regardless of its big names such as Jason Statham, Robert De Niro and Clive Owen, “Killer Elite” disappoints with a poorly written script. Based on a true story, “Killer Elite” is a cat and mouse game between Danny (played by Jason Statham), a former special agent of Britain’s Elite Special Air Service (SAS), and a leader of a secret military society, Spike (played by Clive Owen). While…

September 28, 2011
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‘Brown and Out’ spotlights Latino community

By Vivian Ramirez CASA 0101 was greeted with much success during its opening weekend of the Brown and Out Play Festival, representing the Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The Festival was a series of short plays authored by six people. All 10 plays vary from humorous to serious and touch base with nearly every emotion in between. Brown & Out tells the stories of a wide spectrum of Latinos…

September 28, 2011
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Big dishes fill small ‘Cocina’

By Amanda Mayberry Big portions and big flavor are what separates Mama’s Cocina on Mednik Avenue from other Mexican restaurants. They give students that are on a budget more for their money. Students could easily get there by train, car, or even walking, though the latter might take a little longer. The walk is about 15 to 20 minutes. The area is becoming increasingly popular thanks to the Gold Line’s Civic…

September 28, 2011
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‘Straw Dogs’ does not disappoint

By Erik Luna If audience reaction accounts for anything, the new thriller, “Straw Dogs”, does not disappoint its suspense-crazed viewers. The movie utilizes many effective techniques to progress its intriguing storyline, such as foreshadowing and suspense. The suspense created by the main character’s unease is very noticeable and sets the mood for the movie. James Marsden plays the lead, David Sumner, who is married to a famous actress named Amy, played…

September 23, 2011
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