12 Tiger - Thursday, March 18, 2010
My Taco, where my taco is your taco
By Sabrina Ketel
atmosphere. Painted with bright colors and
hung with festive gourds and vivid paintings,
My Taco puts you in a beachside restaurant in
These days, it seems like there are only Enseñada, sipping horchata and enjoying the
ever two types of Mexican food—greasy, pre- lively ambiance. Many sailors used to wear
cooked fast food or over-priced, unauthentic The restaurant even boasts a couple claims gold earrings so that they
sit-down meals. But for those looking for a to fame—pictures of the Black Eyed Peas could afford a proper burial
healthy medium between Taco Bell and Aca- hang proudly on the walls. If Will.i.am. and when they died!
pulco, My Taco comes to the rescue. Fergie eat here, then clearly so should you.
Nuzzled between Super Panda China But as good as My Taco is to black eyed peas,
Buffet and an education center, My Taco is it’s even better to students—for those night The Nobel Prize resulted
Mexican-food-heaven on earth, specifically owls who find their stomach rumbling while from a late change in
located on the corner of York and Garvanza in the midst of cramming for tomorrow’s the will of Alfred Nobel, who
in Highland Park. The home of carne asada Econ test, My Taco reopens from midnight to did not want to be remem-
fries, lamb tacos and amazing enchiladas, My two o’ clock just to make those after-hour taco bered after his death as a
Taco offers what seems like infinite options— runs possible. propagator of violence - he
each more delicious than the last. While there may only have been two types invented dynamite!
But what sets My Taco apart is more than of Mexican food before, My Taco is adding a
just the barbacoa beef or the delicious Agua third: cheap, delicious, and authentic. To go,
Turkeys have heart attacks.
del Día—never a disappointment—it’s the or not to go—it’s not even a question.
When the Air Force was con-
Sam Gurley ducting test runs and break-
Shutter Island doesn’t disappoint
ing the sound barrier, fields
of turkeys would drop dead.
King George III was declared
violently insane in 1811,
By Jim Wood the two to create a unique sense of 9 years before he died!
Staff Writer tension throughout the film.
One of the largest problems with
There’s no word for “Yester-
While The Hurt Locker and Avatar the movie is that it has a running time
were the big names at the Academy of 136 minutes. Fortunately, the music day” in the Eskimo language.
Awards, the Gothic thriller Shutter Island and sound effects, combined with su-
has been making a big run at the box of- perb cinematography, make even the The magic word
fice. The film has already broken $100 blandest of scenes both captivating “Abracadabra” was originally
million, and continues to be one of the and disturbing. In addition, DiCaprio intended for curing hay fever!
top 5 weekly grossing films. The movie delivers a stellar performance, fully
stars Leonardo DiCaprio and is directed capturing Daniels’ feelings of love, The parachute was invented
by the masterful Martin Scorsese, direc- fear, confusion and insanity. The sup- by DaVinci in 1515!
tor of The Departed and Taxi Driver. porting cast, while not on DiCaprio’s
The story is set in 1954, as U.S. level, still does an excellent job of
Marshals Teddy Daniels (Leonardo Di- furthering the story. Ben Kingsley Chimps are the only animals
Caprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) does a great portrayal of the chilling that can recognize
arrive at Shutter Island, a high security head psychiatrist Dr. John Cawley, themselves in a mirror!
prison for the criminally insane. Dan- filmofilia.com and Ruffalo backs up DiCaprio’s star
iels and his partner were sent to Shutter Director Martin Scorsese works with DiCaprio, performance with a solid one of his Japan’s literacy rate
Island to search for the missing Rachel star of the mind-bending thriller. own. is almost 100% !
Solando, who was sent to Shutter Island While Shutter Island isn’t Scors-
Lehane’s book is influenced heavily by B-
after drowning her three children. During ese’s greatest work, it still is a classic thriller It is illegal to be a
movie mystery films and pulp, and Scorsese
the investigation, a troubled Daniels must that is a must-watch for fans of Scorsese or
carries this feel over onto the big screen. prostitute in Siena, Italy,
also deal with the loss of his wife Dolores DiCaprio. If you’re looking for 2 hours of
While it can be hard to mix the predictable if your name is Mary!
and the search for her killer. heart-pounding, twisted drama, then Shutter
aspects of Gothic mystery into a major mo-
Shutter Island is based on Dennis Le- Island is the movie for you.
tion picture, Scorsese flawlessly combines When Albert Einstein died,
hane’s best-selling novel of the same name.
his final words died with him.
The nurse at his side didn’t
Personality Profile: Hank Mehren understand German!
By Kait Feldmann ter to the passionate pianist. “He’s which only recently disbanded. So
Feature Editor the most musically talented person far it’s been “just the two, nothing
I’ve ever known,” says friend Oliver else official,” says Mehren, though
In this year’s talent show, a group Kinnoin. When Hank plays, those he does get together with fellow mu-
of students pulled together a modest listening pray that he’ll find no rea- sicians to play from time to time.
but musical group to sing “Home,” son to stop. On top of his talents as a skater
a cover of Edward Sharpe & The And lucky for us, he doesn’t and a musician, Mehren is also an
Magnetic Zeros. “We just did it for plan to. Though Mehren tries not artist. This year Mehren is taking
fun, it wasn’t anything serious, but to think too far into the future, he AP art, a class he’s been using to
in the end it turned out well.” Not knows that he wants to go to a good experiment with different mediums
only did it turn out well, it won third music school to major in music com- and concentrations. Recently he’s
place. The boy who was in it just for position. “I want to compose music been focusing on a unique style that
fun? That’s Hank. A boy who doesn’t for commercials and movies,” says he discovered, “I color in a sheet of
seem to realize the extremity of his Mehren, who admits he’d also enjoy paper and leave it in the rain, then
talents. owning his own skateshop, “Just a outline the rain splashes. You can
Born in Hollywood and raised small one in a small town, when I’m still see where I wrote, so it creates a
in South Pasadena, Hank Mehren old.” cool effect.”
is one of those people you secretly Mehren joined his first band in On the weekend Mehren plays
would love to get to know. He’s been 8th grade, Wild Youth. In the couple it low-key, skating, chilling with
playing piano for ten years, since of years that Mehren took part, the friends, and playing music. His life
his friend’s mom gave him his first band played at Henry Fonda with isn’t charted or graphed, he just
set of keys, which still reside in his Midlake (an indie band), as well as “goes with the flow as they say.” But
room today. Mehren started off self- at the Roxy (twice), and performed don’t mistake this for lack of moti-
taught, but was soon signed up for shows on Sunset Strip. The youths’ vation. Mehren is inherently driven
weekly lessons, and learned fast. biggest spotlight came in the form by his own abilities—his passion to
And though Mehren recently at- of a music recorder who took inter- do what he loves, and what he is for-
tained his license, he remains loyal est in the group, and arranged to fly tunately talented at. “It’s just fun,”
to his trusty skateboard as his main them out to Chicago to record a few shrugs Mehren, “I don’t know. I
mode of transportation. songs. don’t know why I do the things I do,
One would never connect the After Wild Youth, Mehren I just do them. It feels nice to land a
half-shy skater with a charming stut- formed a second, called Local Oak, trick, and play a song.” Sam Gurley