Romances that capture the comedy and tragedy of love


The new film Valentine’s Day, which opens today, offers audiences “a day in the life of love,” but, as most could easily predict, the film will not be offering anything new. Most Hollywood films about romance tend toward the same dull conventions of narrative and form — as is the case with Valentine’s Day. This […]

‘Intimate Moments’ with Aziz Ansari


Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari performs his hilarious stand-up act at USC’s Bovard Auditorium on Monday night to promote his new CD and DVD, ‘Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening.’

Experimental efforts and pop sounds don’t fuse on band’s new album


Apparently, the sophomore slump does not affect all young upstart bands in today’s evolving music industry. Yeasayer, the talented trio from Brooklyn, has crafted a follow-up to its successful 2007 debut — All Hour Cymbals — that is impossibly fun and brilliantly executed. The band exudes all the irresistible charms that indie groups offer but […]

Weekend Picks


thursday, february 11 Downtown Art Walk Noon – 9 p.m. > Various Locations > FREE Everything is conveniently planned for you to enjoy Los Angeles’ Downtown Art Walk: the free artwalk DASH shuttle, a participating venue right here on Grand Avenue and free museum admission for three hours. There’s no legitimate reason not to appreciate […]

Shakespeare’s classic gets better with each line


Performing Shakespeare is notoriously difficult to pull off — even more difficult than listening to it. So when the USC School of Theatre’s Masters of Fine Arts in Acting Program class of 2010 learned that it would be staging Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre as one of a series of three student performances, it must […]

Valentine’s Day tricks for late planners


Valentine’s Day is upon us once again, this time with a well-earned three-day weekend. For many students, this means extra wallowing and maybe a one-night stand or two, but, for those who actually have relationships, the weekend holds a bit more significance and a chance for a romantic evening. But for busy college students, planning […]