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                  Anders aren’t musicians, but you can
                  find them at almost every local show.
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                  10 THINGS
7                 Local artist Elliot Burke, also known as
                  Lesbian Poetry, picks out the 10 best
                                                                                 WHERE TO GET IT

                  Iowa music labels.                                            CAMPUS                                            Perfect Games, 1320 Dickinson Ave.
                                                                                Memorial Union Food Court                         Tan World, 4518 Mortensen Road
                                                                                The Hub                                           Burgie’s Coffee, 2400 University
                                                                                Parks Library                                     Blvd., No. 105
8                 What’s up this week? Here’s a glance
                                                                                Union Drive Marketplace
                                                                                Seasons Marketplace
                                                                                Conversations Dining
                                                                                                                                  Burgie’s Coffee, 110 Airport Road
                                                                                                                                  Ames Racquet and Fitness
                                                                                                                                  Center, 320 South 17th St.

                  at all the entertainment events going                         Transit Hub                                       WEST
                  on around Mid-Iowa.                                           Hawthorn Market & Café                            Capanna Coffee, 3329 W.
                                                                                University Village laundromat                     Lincoln Way
                                                                                Ross Hall                                         Hy-Vee, 4018 W. Lincoln Way
                                                                                CAMPUSTOWN                                        Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits, 3615
10                                                                              AREA
                                                                                Arcadia Café, 2712 W. Lincoln Way
                                                                                                                                  W. Lincoln Way

                  From “To Rome With Love” to “The                              Jeff’s Pizza, 2402 W. Lincoln Way
                                                                                                                                  Black Market Pizza, 2610
                  Artist,” it seems like nobody makes                           Battle’s BBQ, 218 Welch Ave.
                                                                                                                                  Northridge Parkway, No. 107
                                                                                Welch Ave. Station/Pizza Pit,
                  American movies in America anymore.                           207 Welch Ave.
                                                                                                                                  Walmart, 3015 Grand Ave.
                                                                                                                                  Valentinos, 823 Wheeler St.
                                                                                Sizzlin’ Cabana, 4611
                                                                                                                                  Electric Beach Tanning Center,
                                                                                Mortensen Road, No. 104
                                                                                                                                  809 Wheeler St., No. 101
                  GAMES                                                         Laundromat, 223 Welch Ave.

                                                                                Stomping Grounds, 303 Welch                       DOWNTOWN
                                                                                Ave, No. 101                                      Café Diem, 229 Main St.
                  The year’s half over, so the Game Dork                                                                          Vinyl Café, 303 Kellogg Ave.
                  takes a look at the best video games                          SOUTHWEST                                         Downtown Deli, 328 Main St.
                                                                                The Grove Apartments, 1407
                  of 2012 so far.                                               South Grand Ave.
                                                                                                                                  Little Caesars, 539 W. Lincoln Way
                                                                                                                                  Della Viti, 323 Main St.
                                                                                West Towne Pub, 4518
                                                                                                                                  Ames Tribune, 317 Fifth St.
                                                                                Mortensen Road, No. 108
                                                                                                                                  London Underground, 212 Main St.

Ames resident Bob Anders has been to countless live music
shows both local and national.                                   a
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Billboard Hot 100
For the week of July 21
 1   Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae
 2   Payphone, Maroon 5
     featuring Wiz Khalifa
                                          By Dylan Boyle                                                                         Anders, who attends many
 3   Wide Awake, Katy Perry              SPECIAL TO AMES OUT LOUD         MEET BOB ANDERS                                    local shows around town and
 4   Somebody That I Used to                                                                                                 sings choral music at his church,
     Know, Gotye featuring Kimbra             ew may notice Andrew        (LEFT) AND ANDREW                                  said when he sees local music
     Lights, Ellie Goulding
     Where Have You Been,
                                     F        Smith at concerts in Ames
                                              and Des Moines.
                                         He’s a slim and shy guy who
                                                                          SMITH, TWO OF THE
                                                                          MOST DEDICATED LIVE
                                                                                                                             now, it has the same feeling as
                                                                                                                             seeing Jagger and the Stones.
                                                                                                                                 “It’s the idea of seeing the artist
                                     can usually be found hoping from                                                        perform in person,” he said. “And
 7   Whistle, Flo Rida               venue to venue on the weekends       MUSIC FANS IN AMES                                 I’ve reconnected with that.”
 8   Titanium, David Guetta          catching as many acts as he can                                                             Since seeing Styx at the age of
     featuring Sia                   – sometimes eight to 10 a night.                                                        16, Smith has become a live music
 9   Blow Me (One Last Kiss), P!nk   He saw The Ramones in 1981 and                                                          aficionado who can tell countless
                                     saw Rage Against the Machine                                                            stories of shows, a sort-of history
10   Scream, Usher                   and Tool years before they were                                                         of the Des Moines and Ames
11 We Are Young, fun.                famous. He’s seen everything                                                            music culture.
   featuring Janelle Monae           from Sonny and Cher to Slayer,                                                              His favorite show, though, was
12   Starships, Nicki Minaj          and used to have John Darnielle,                                                        Lollapalooza in 1993 at the State
                                     of the Mountain Goats, babysit                                                          Fair Grounds in Des Moines,
13   Wild Ones, Flo Rida             his kids.                                                                               which was headlined by Primus
     featuring Sia
                                         “The guy drank coffee like a                                                        and featured Alice in Chains,
14 What Makes You                    maniac,” he said. “He’d have two                                                        Dinosaur Jr., Rage Against the
   Beautiful, One Direction          or three pots during the eight                                                          Machine and Tool, who he said
15 Mercy, Kanye West, Big            hours he was there.”                                                                    played on the second stage during
   Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz               While many musicians                                                                the middle of the day.
                                     regularly attend shows each                                                                 When choosing shows to
                                     weekend to support friends in                                                           attend, Smith said he considers
Billboard 200
For the week of July 21
                                     bands, there a few people who                                                           which bands are playing, how
                                     aren’t in bands that try to make                                                        they will sound in the venue and
 1   Uncaged, Zac Brown Band         every show. Meet Andrew Smith                                                           what their performance is like. If
 2   channel ORANGE, Frank Ocean     and Bob Anders.                                                                         bands put on a good show, that
     Believe, Justin Bieber
                                         Smith and Anders both grew                                                          usually seals the deal.
                                     up with music-loving parents                                                                “I don’t particularly like rap
 4   Fortune, Chris Brown            and were quickly hooked on live                                                         music, but bands like Mumford’s
 5   Overexposed, Maroon 5           music.                                                                                  and Little Ruckus are just such
                                         One of the first concerts                                                           good performers,” he said.
 6   Living Thing, Linkin Park
                                     Anders can remember attending                                                               Anders shared the same
 7   Up All Night, One Direction     was The Rolling Stones at the UNI                                                       sentiment, and said since he
 8   21, Adele                       Dome in Cedar Falls on their                                                            started going to shows in the
                                     Tattoo You tour, a concert he said                                                      community, he has been exposed
 9   Teenage Dream, Katy Perry
                                     was “astonishing.”                                                                      to a much larger spectrum of
10 Welcome to the                        “I remember that we were                                                            music and has been able to watch
   Fishbowl, Kenny Chesney           standing on the floor; we were                                                          the development of bands such as
11   Tailgates & Tanlines,           very close. I remember the over-                                                        Doctor Murdock.
     Luke Bryan                      powering wall of sound that came                                                            Both Smith and Anders said
     Old School New Rules,
                                     out and the showmanship of the                                                          they enjoy intimate shows where
     Hank Williams Jr.               Rolling Stones, (Mick) Jagger par-                                                      they feel a more personal connec-
                                     ticularly and his ability to draw                                                       tion with the artists.
13   Maybach Music Group             the crowd in,” he said. “Although                                                           “As much as the quality of
     Presents, various artists       there were thousands of people                                                          music, it was the people,” Anders
14 Looking 4 Myself, Usher           there, it seemed like he was                                                            said. “I was just charmed not only
15 Chief, Eric Church                speaking to you as an individual.”                                                      by the talent, but the openness.”
                                                                            PHOTOS BY DYLAN BOYLE/SPECIAL TO AMES OUT LOUD

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    By Ezgi Ustundag
           AMES OUT LOUD                    BOOKENDS AT THE
         ibraries are quiet. Ames cit-      Where: Sixth Street and

L        izens armed with plastic
         cards are welcomed by peo-
ple silently browsing the shelves,
                                            Duff Avenue
                                            When: 11:30 a.m. Friday,
                                            July 27 (Trigger-Fish,
not guitarists and drummers blast-
ing music out of huge speakers.             Kick Like A Lion), 6 p.m.
    Yet these two seemingly opposite        Sunday, July 29 (Trouble
worlds — the tranquility of a library       No More)
and the overwhelming din at rock            Admission: Free
concerts — have managed to meet
in the middle with the Ames Public
Library’s annual Bookends at the
Bandshell concert series. Bookends        booking was just after I joined
at the Bandshell was founded by           Ames Parks & Recreation as the
the library and Ames Parks and            Auditorium & Activities Supervisor.
Recreation in 2000 to promote the
library’s joint missions of promoting     DESCRIBE THE
lifelong learning and building            BOOKING AND
community.                                PLANNING PROCESS
    This year’s lineup of free            FOR EACH YEAR.
Friday afternoon (and occasion-               Mike: The first season was
ally, Sunday evening) concerts            mostly people who had appeared
has included local musicians The          at APL Unplugged. Each year after                                                                                                            CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Gatehouse Saints, Bella Soul, Holly       that, whoever had the highest atten-     Ames Public Library Information Services coordinator Mary Logsdon and Bandshell manager Mike King joined
Figueroa & Sean Huston, Home              dance got an invitation to come          forces to increase the community’s musical literacy through the “Bookends at the Bandshell” concert series.
Grown Tomatoes and Doug Rees.             back. We also did audience surveys
Ames Public Library Information           and the rest of the acts were based           Mary: There’s immediate satisfac-   HOW DOES BOOKENDS                       how this has changed in recent
Services coordinator Mary Logsdon         on the responses of the surveys of       tion in being outdoors with others       HELP PROMOTE THE                        years.
and Bandshell manager Mike King           type of music suggested. Sometimes       in the community listening to great      LIBRARY’S MISSION TO
with Ames Parks and Recreation            we also pick up a regional or            music. And, there are many young         INCREASE LITERACY                       HOW DO YOU TWO
discussed the six-week concert            national act that is touring through.    families picnicking in the park and      IN OUR COMMUNITY                        WORK TOGETHER TO
series, which attracted 1,200 music           Mary: I try to contact bands         children enjoying the swings and         IN ADDITION TO                          ENSURE A SUCCESSFUL
fans last summer.                         soon after the New Year to check         other equipment while we’re there.       PROMOTING THE                           CONCERT SERIES?
                                          on their interest and availability for   It’s really a pleasant scene.            LOCAL MUSIC SCENE?                          Mary: I think we work really
HOW DID YOU END                           June/July. Because many people are                                                     Mary: Our mission statement        well together and it doesn’t take
UP ORGANIZING                             aware of Bookends at the Bandshell,      WHAT ARE YOUR                            is “we connect you to the world         a lot of time to pull this together
BOOKENDS?                                 they contact me, too, to see if they     GOALS FOR FUTURE                         of ideas.” Ideas are expressed in       each year. I need to give Jillian
    Mary: I don’t have any particular     can get on the schedule. I like to       SUMMERS?                                 many ways, through books, music,        Ocken, the community relations
background in planning concerts.          give bands a few dates to consider,          Mike: Continuing the series          art, film and conversation. All of      specialist at the library, credit for
When I took on adult program-             then, if all goes well, I have the       and keeping people out in the park       it is important to literacy and it’s    preparing such great publicity each
ming at APL about four years ago,         lineup ready no later than May.          enjoying music would be great.           available at Ames Public Library.       year.
I just jumped in. I was fortunate to                                                   Mary: I agree with Mike about        We’re definitely helping promote            Mike: We have a lot of help in
have picked up where Lynne Carey,         WHAT IS THE MOST                         keeping the series. It would be a        the local music scene. Many of          the park from library staff and
Assistant Director, left off. She and     CHALLENGING ASPECT                       good thing to continue to partner        our concerts have featured bands        volunteers during the concerts,
Mike conceived of Bookends at the         OF YOUR JOB? THE                         with Ames Parks & Recreation             that are fairly new to our area. It’s   and, of course, Charlie and Joan
Bandshell and had this series well        MOST REWARDING?                          to continue to give musicians an         nice to encourage them to share         Burg who set up the sound for
underway when I joined the effort.            Mike: The challenge is worrying      opportunity to play in this great        their talents and reach different       each concert. Did I mention the
    Mike: I toured with a musician        about the weather, but I do have my      space and for community members          audiences. When Bookends began,         great bands and all the people
for a couple of years, first as a tech-   lucky shoes (we’ve only cancelled        to have fun listening. A goal would      there were not nearly as many           who come out to the park to
nician, then as a storyteller weaving     once and moved two indoors in the        be to continue to expand our             opportunities to listen to live         listen?
my stories with his music. My first       first 11 years).                         audience.                                music outdoors. It’s great to see

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          ne of the best parts                                    the ever-hustling electron-      to Eight Ten’s impeccable      have a radio show on KHOI       good thing that he started,

O         of the local music
          scene are the small
private music festivals that
                                    When: 2 p.m.
                                                                  ic artist The Olsen Twinns.
                                                                  Elliot Burke, a.k.a. Lesbian
                                                                  Poetry, even contributes
                                                                                                   taste and enormous music
                                                                                                   collection. His specialty
                                                                                                   is curating a tasteful and
                                                                                                                                  Community Radio in
                                                                                                                                  Ames, which goes on the
                                                                                                                                  air in two weeks. Prepare to
                                                                                                                                                                  because it turns out that
                                                                                                                                                                  he’s one of the most inno-
                                                                                                                                                                  vative guitar players in the
take place throughout the                                         some horn parts to the EP.       rich listening experience      fall in love with his musical   community.
year. These can range from          Saturday                      Alex will release the disc       that draws on many strains     selection. It will appeal to        He recently released an
raging parties to chill family-     Where: 2620 380th             at The Space for Ames on         of indigenous American         a broad cross-section of        album entitled “Redshift
like gatherings.                    St., Jewell                   August 2.                        music. His emphasis is on      music fans.                     Summer” which was
    One particularly                Cost: Free,                                                    soul, old R&B and early                                        recorded by Matthew Dake
well-run festival on the                                          SEEDLINGS ALBUM                  rock and roll. He takes care   DANIEL REDSHIFT                 (of You Are Home, MRPF3,
family-gathering side of the        donations taken for           RELEASE SHOW                     to expose his listeners to                                     Stratum and more) at his
scale is Cornstock in Jewell.       The Space for Ames                Staying on the Urbandale     hidden tracks and forgotten       Daniel Redshift is the new   home studio Thou Art
    Cornstock is returning                                        music beat for a moment,         artists that they may not      moniker of a local artist who   Stronghold. The album
for a second year after                                           the Des Moines folk unit         have the chance to experi-     has been keeping his music      captures the range of Daniel’s
a wonderful debut last            and Deb wanted to do to         Seedlings is set to release      ence otherwise. Catch the      to himself for the past few     guitar skills and also his
summer. The event features        support the scene.              their new album on August        upcoming Pressure Drop         years and has only recently     arresting vocal style. It’s a
a 12-hour schedule of live            So come on out to Jewell    2 at Wang’s Piano Lounge         this Friday.                   begun to play live shows        hidden gem and a good
music on a beautiful hand-        for a lovely, family-friend-    (otherwise known as Ryan             DJ Eight Ten will also     out around Ames. And it’s a     listen.
built stage followed by           ly, all ages music festival     Stier’s House) in Urbandale.
an open fireside jam and          that celebrates Iowa’s under-   The venue is used for occa-
camping. The festival takes       ground heritage and furthers    sional house concerts. In a
place on private land owned       that legacy with class and      pretty incredible coup, the
by Deb Lininger O’Brien and       professionalism.                house hosted David Bazan
Brad Lee Engelby, a couple                                        (of Pedro the Lion) for an
who play together in the          ALEX KINTZLE EP                 intimate house show a few
local soul band Echo 18.          RELEASE SHOW                    months ago, which had to
    Brad and Deb also run             Urbandale singer-song-      be a life-changer for those
their own music produc-           writer Alex Kintzle wears       who were lucky enough to
tion company and home             his love of Ben Folds on his    attend.
recording studio called           sleeve. If you follow him on        This should be a great
Screen Door Studio. Local         Twitter, you will know this     show. Seedlings is an
guitar wizard Will LaPietra,      for sure, and he’s not afraid   excellent band fresh off of
easily one of the best and        to let that influence show      their 80/35 debut. They nail
most innovative guitarists in     on his new EP “The Broken       their balanced and well-
Ames, records out at their        Record.” But he takes that      orchestrated folk pop sound
studio.                           influence and runs with it      and are stellar individuals to
    You can catch Will at         to create his own charming      boot. This concert will be a
the festival alongside a big      lo-fi style that is totally     warm affair. In addition to
lineup of local talent that       sincere and winning. The        music, there will also be a
includes high school indie        songwriting on the release      chill backyard grill-out.
rock prodigies Trigger            is fantastic. My personal
Fish, slamming blues-             favorite is super-catchy        DJ EIGHT TEN
rock combo Risky Revival,         “Mirror Mirror.” His lyrics     PRESENTS
charming husband-and-             can be inward and sad, but      PRESSURE DROP
wife duo The Sandvigs,            the music is always upbeat          DJ Eight Ten is about
Iowa Falls classic rock unit      and anchored in his solid       to become a familiar
The Mudpuppies, Ames              piano playing.                  name in Ames. He’s
rock gods Doctor Murdock              His backing band on the     already well-known in Des
and many more.                    album is the sibling duo        Moines, where he hosts
    The event is free. There      The Davis Brothers, Luke        a monthly dance party
will be an option of making       and Mickey Davis. You           called Pressure Drop at
a freewill donation to The        know Luke as the powerful       the Beechwood Lounge.
Space for Ames (of which I        frontman of Rebel Creek         The series has gained a sig-
am the director), which Brad      and you know Mickey as          nificant following thanks

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                                                                              PHOTOS BY DYLAN BOYLE/SPECIAL TO AMES OUT LOUD

                      IN AMES...
                      The Alexander Recording Kompany produces a concert series called
                      Ames City Limits where bands come into the studio and record a live
                      set in front of an audience. Last Friday’s edition featured Deadnote,
                      Jeff Koithan and Peace, Love & Stuff. Above, Cody Fedeler and Will
                      Bartz perform with Deadnote. Left, Koithan strums during his solo
                      set. Koithan also plays with Old Road Riot.

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         s Iowa’s relevance in the Amer-

A     1.     4.     7.
         ican indie music scene grows
         (have you seen the Maximum
Ames Fest lineup?), its homegrown
                                                    PUBLIC SCHOOL
                                              This is a record label started by Zachary
                                           Lint of Coolzey and Grism. He has put out
                                                                                                         SWEAT POWER
                                                                                                   This is a DIY tape label run by two brothers
                                                                                               from Fairfield. Dominic and Philip Rabalais
                                                                                                                                                          URSINE JUGGERNAUT
                                                                                                                                                      This is a new label that has only one
                                                                                                                                                  release as of yet. It is a wonderful album by
record labels are also attracting atten-   his own albums as well as releases from some        are both in multiple bands. They occasionally      the wonderful Iowa City/ Des Moines band
tion for their diligently produced and     great bands from the eastern part of Iowa such      release tapes from smaller named musicians in      Hanwell. This is definitely a label to keep an
marketed releases. Some, like the late-    as Lipstick Homicide, the Coralville punk-pop       Iowa such as Maid Marian, Tall Too, and their      eye on for the future.
1990s, early-2000s Bi-Fi Records, have     band and the classic Iowa City rockers              own band, Utopia Park.
come and gone, while others, like          Miracles of God.
Maximum Ames Records, are up-and-
coming labels with huge ambitions.                                                             5.       BI-FI                                     8.        OUR LADY OF
                                                                                                                                                            GUADALUPE RECORDS
    Des Moines native Elliot Burke,
who performs under the moniker
                                           2.       NIGHT PEOPLE
                                              This is an Iowa City label that puts out vinyl
                                                                                                  Bi-Fi has unfortunately stopped releasing
                                                                                               albums. It was started by Ames music heros
                                                                                                                                                      This is a collective of young bands from
                                                                                                                                                  Des Moines. They have put out great albums
                                                                                                                                                  by some of the best musicians and songwrit-
Lesbian Poetry, identified the 10          and tapes from musicians from all over the          Aaron Hefley and Patrick Tape Fleming              ers who are teenagers or people in their early
most influential record labels in          nation and world. It is headed and was started      from Pookey Bleum. They put out many               20s. Last year they put out The Chatty Cathys’
Iowa. Although each label focuses on       by Shawn Reed from the band Wet Hair. They          great albums from bands such as The Poison         “Cradle Rock” and Pocket Aristotle’s “Flexible
different artists and styles of music,     have been featured in Pitchfork, the music          Control Center, Frankenixon, Joe Terry and         Architectures,” which are two of my personal
they all share a common goal of            magazine.                                           The Envy Corps.                                    favorites.
promoting Iowa artists through pro-
fessionally produced and marketed
                      — EZGI USTUNDAG
                                           3.      MAXIMUM AMES
                                               Max Ames is headed up by Chris Ford,
                                                                                               6.        MISSION
                                                                                                   Mission Freak was started by Andre
                                                                                                                                                  9.       WAR ELEPHANT
                                                                                                                                                     This is an up and coming label from Ames
                                           of central Iowa pop band Christopher the            Perry and Tanner Illingworth, members of           run by college students. They will release tapes
ELLIOT BURKE is a Des Moines                    q                   g
                                           Conquered, and Nate Logsdon, of Ames band           the recently disbanded Datagun. In the past,
                                                                                                           y               g           p          and CDs from p         y
                                                                                                                                                                 primarily electronic bands.
                          native           Mumford’s. They release albums only on vinyl        they have put tapes and CDs out by bands
                                           and only bands with Iowa ties. They have            like Porno Galactica, Ex-Action Model and
                                           recently released a 7-inch by the Blues Pills, a
                                           new band from Sweden with ties to Iowa and
                                                                                               Emperor’s Club. These days it seems as if they
                                                                                               are mostly focused on Mission Creek, a great
                                                                                                                                                  10.          UNIVERSITY OF
                                                                                                                                                     This is an all-tape label I have started based
                          Roosevelt        members from the band Radio Moscow.                 yearly festival in late                            out of Central Iowa. So far, I have released the
                          High                                                                                  City.
                                                                                               March in Iowa City.  y                              first EP from Nate Logsdon’s project Beef
                          School                                                                                                                   Cake and a reissue of the first album from
                          graduate                                                                                                                 my own project, Lesbian Poetry.
Poetry and with the band
Dandelion Tamers. Burke’s
acoustic/folk act has taken him
to several venues in Iowa and all
around the country during his
tour last summer with Mumford’s
and Utopia Park.

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  THURSDAY                                             FRIDAY                                                                                       SUNDAY
  MUSIC                                                MUSIC                               THEATER                                                  THEATER
  Keith McCaulley and Friends, 5:30 p.m.,              Trigger Fish and                    Rent, 7:30 p.m., Des Moines Playhouse Mainstage,         Rent, 2 p.m., Des Mo
  Tune In To Main Street, Tom Evans Plaza, Main        Kick Like a Lion, 11:30 a.m.,       831 42nd St., Des Moines, $20 to $35 adults, $20 to      42nd St., Des Moines,
  Street and Burnett Avenue                            Bookends at the Bandshell,          $33 seniors, $20 students                                seniors, $20 students
  Ames Municipal Band (featuring the                   Bandshell Park, Sixth Street and
  “1812 Overture”), 8 p.m., Bandshell Park,                                                MOVIES                                                   DANCE
                                                       Duff Avenue
  Sixth Street and Duff Avenue                                                             Friday Feature: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,       Argentine Tango,
                                                       Teen Special: Rock the
  Nachtmystium, 5 p.m., Vaudeville Mews, 212                                               2 p.m., Farwell T. Brown Auditorium, Ames Public         Union, $40 public, $3
                                                       Library, 7 p.m., Bandshell Park,
  4th St., Des Moines, $10                                                                 Library, 515 Douglas Ave.                                punches
                                                       Sixth Street and Duff Avenue
  Grace Potter and the                                 The El Dorados, 8 p.m., West        DANCE                                                    AUDITIONS
  Nocturnals, 7:30 p.m., Nitefall on the               Towne Pub, 4518 Mortensen Road      Kids Co’ Motion: Working It!,                            Tomfoolery, 7 p.m.
                 River, Simon Estes Ampitheater,       The Workshy, Thumbs, 2816           7:30 p.m., Ames City Auditorium,                         Dr., ages 18 and up, lo
                    75 East Locust St., Des            West Street, Des Moines             Sixth Street and Clark Avenue, $5                        prepare song and 1 to
                       Moines, $32                     Belin Quartet Summer                Dance Social, 7:30 p.m., Gallery                         prepared to learn cho
                         Scott Lucas and the           Concert Series, 10:30 a.m.,         Room, Memorial Union,
                          Married Men, 10 p.m.,        Downtown Library Lawn, 2559         Indoor shoes and socks                                   MUSIC
                           Vaudeville Mews, 212        Hubbell Ave., Des Moines            required                                                 Joey Wilgenbusch
                            4th St., Des Moines, $7    Hay Perro, 5 p.m., Vaudeville       Scottish
                                                       Mews, 212 4th St., Des Moines,      Country dance
                           THEATER                     $5                                  class, 7:30 p.m.,
                           Rent, 7:30 p.m., Des        Infusion, 6:30 p.m., Snus Hill      second floor
                            Moines Playhouse           Winery, 2183 320th St., Madrid

                                                                                           dance studio,
                            Mainstage, 831 42nd        MUYT at the PBR Bar, 9 p.m.,        Octagon Center                                                   Sensati
                               St., Des Moines,        Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St.,    for the Arts,                                            Winery, 3801 West 19
                                  $20 to $35           Des Moines                          427 Douglas                                              Trouble No More,
                                    adults, $20 to     Kasey Anderson and the              Ave., call                                               Bandshell, Bandshell P
                                     $33 seniors,      Honkies, 9:30 p.m., Vaudeville      Gayle at                                                 The Jason Daniels

                                       $20             Mews, 212 4th St., Des Moines,      (515) 233-                                               Summer Sundays Con
                                         students      $7                                  6841                                                     Avenue
                                                                                                                                                    Our Sunday Best:
                                                                                                                                                    Lutheran Church, 350
                                                                                                                                                    JEFF the Brotherho
  SATURDAY                                                                                                                                          212 Fourth St., Des M
  MUSIC                                Bootytronic Suite at the PBR        Birthday Suits, 9:30 p.m.,         THEATER
  Paul Hertz, 8 a.m., Main Street      Bar, 6 p.m., Vaudeville Mews, 212   Vaudeville Mews, 212 4th St, Des   Rent, 7:30 p.m., Des Moines
  Farmers’ Market                      4th St., Des Moines                 Moines, $5                         Playhouse Mainstage, 831 42nd
  Four Mile Creek                                                                                             St., Des Moines, $20 to $35
                                                                                                              adults, $20 to $33 seniors, $20
  Band, 8 a.m., Main Street                                                                                   students
  Farmers’ Market, Tom Evans Plaza,                                                                            dance
  Main Street and Burnett Avenue                                                                                   Kids Co’ Motion: Working
  Golden Jazz Jackals, 7                                                                                            It!, 7:30 p.m., Ames City
  p.m., Cafe Northwest, 114

                                                                                                                     Auditorium, Sixth Street and
  Des Moines Ave.                                                                                                     Clark Avenue, $5
  Slaughter Survivors
  Tour 2012, 4:30 p.m.,
  Vaudeville Mews, 212
  Fourth St., Des Moines, $12

8 |
                                                                                                                       WHERE IS IT?
                                                                                                                       AMES                             ZEKE’S
                                                                                                                       COMMUNITY                        3329 Lincoln Way
                                                                                                                       THEATER                          (515) 232-6290
                                                                                                                       120 Abraham Drive      
                                     TUESDAY                                                                           (515) 292-2073

                                     MUSIC                          MOVIES                                                                    
                                                                                                                       AMES PUBLIC
 oines Playhouse Mainstage, 831      Open Jam, 8 p.m., DG’s         Winnie thehe                                       LIBRARY                          DES MOINES
 , $20 to $35 adults, $20 to $33     Tap House, 127 Main St.                                                                  515 Douglas Ave.
                                     Bear Hands, 9 p.m.,            Pooh, 10 a.m.,                                             (515) 239-5656           CIVIC CENTER
                                                                    North Grand 5,                                       OF GREATER
                                     Vaudeville Mews, 212                                                                                               DES MOINES
                                     Fourth St., Des Moines, $10    2801 Grand                                         DG’S TAP HOUSE                   221 Walnut St.
                                                                    Avenue, $1                                         127 Main St.                     (515) 246-2300
 4 p.m., The Workspace, Memorial
                                                                                                                       (515) 233-5084         
30 ISU, for punch card good for 5                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                        DES MOINES
                                                                                                                       HEADLINERS                       PLAYHOUSE
                                                                                                                       2430 Lincoln Way                 831 42nd St.

 , ACTORS studio, 120 Abraham                                                        WEDNESDAY                         (515) 292-3328                   (515) 277-6261
ooking for 6 men and 4 women,                                                                                          THE
                                                                                     MUSIC                             MAINTENANCE                      HOUSE OF
o 2 minute monologue, come                                                           Slut River, 8:30 p.m.,            SHOP                             BRICKS
 reography                                                                           Vaudeville Mews, 212 4th          1530 ISU Memorial Union          525 E. Grand Ave.
                                                                                                                       (515) 294-3847                   (515) 727-4370
                                                                                     St., Des Moines, $5
                                                                                     theater                           Note: $2 extra day-of-show
h Memorial Gala, 2 p.m.,                                                                                                                                PEOPLE’S ON
      Martha-Ellen Tye Recital
                                                                                     Rent, 7:30 p.m., Des              THE SPACE FOR                    COURT
                                                                                     Moines Playhouse Mainstage,       AMES                             216 Court Ave., third floor
       Hall, Music Hall, Iowa                                                                                          118 Hayward Ave., Suite 3        (515) 244-0038
                                                                                     831 42nd St., Des Moines,
      State campus                                                                                                     (515) 523-0731         
                                                                                     $20 to $35 adults, $20 to
  Burnin’                                                                            $33 seniors, $20 students                                          IOWA EVENTS
                                                                                                                       C.Y. STEPHENS                    CENTER
ions, 3 p.m., Prairie Moon                                                                                             AUDITORIUM                       730 3rd St., Des Moines
90th St.                                                                                                               Iowa State Center                (515) 564-8000
 6 p.m., Bookends at the                                                                                               (515) 294-3347         
Park, Sixth Street and Duff Avenue                                                                           
 on Quartet, 7 p.m., Roosevelt                                                                                         THE WORKSPACE                    MEWS

ncerts, Ninth Street and Roosevelt                                                                                     East basement, Memorial Union    212 Fourth St.
                                                                                                                       (515) 294-0970                   Des Moines
                                                                                                                     (515) 243-3270
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                                     ON THE RADAR
                                     MUSIC                                                     Little Ruckus, 5,        Maximum Ames Music Festival,
                                     Sophistafunk, 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3,                                       Vaudeville
                                                                                              Tuesday, Aug. 14, Vaud            Thursday, Sept. 20, to Sunday, Sept. 23
                                     DG’s Tap House, 127 Main St., $5                       Mews, 212 Fourth St., DeDes
                                     Matisyahu and The Dirty Heads,         ,              Moines, $5                           MOVIES
                                     7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 12, Nitefall on the                                       Tu
                                                                                          Mumford’s, 9:30 p.m., Tuesday,        DCI 2012: Big, Loud & Live 9, 5:30
                                     River, Simon Estes Ampitheater, 75 East              Aug. 14, Vaudeville Mews, 2212        p.m., Cinemark Movies 12, $17 adults,
                                     Locust St., Des Moines, $30                         Fourth St., Des Moines, $5             $16 seniors and students, $15 children

                                                                                                                                                                                  7.26.12 | 9
Weekend box office
For the weekend of July 20               By Tom Shone
  1    The Dark Knight Rises,                   SLATE

                                          o Spiderman is a Brit and

  2    Ice Age: Continental
       Drift, $20,416,978                 Batman is Welsh. Woody
  3    The Amazing Spider-                Allen sends postcards home

       Man, $10,887,111
       Ted, $10,011,310
                                 from Paris, Barcelona, London, Rome.
                                 After collecting hosannahs on the inter-

  5    Brave, $6,024,987
       Magic Mike, $4,291,432
                                 national festival circuit, Wes Ander-
       Savages, $3,398,880
                                 son recently made his first film set
       Tyler Perry’s Madea’s
                                 on American soil in 10 years; next
       Witness Protection,       he shoots a movie inspired by
       $2,253,074                his love of Europe. For his lat-
  9    Moonrise Kingdom,         est movie, Martin Scorsese
       To Rome With Love,
                                 came over all Parisian. James
       $1,420,891                Cameron is looking to
                                 shoot Avatars 2 and 3 with
iTunes Movies                    Chinese money. Oh, and
Tuesday, July 24
                                 the French cleaned up at
  1    Friends with Kids
                                 the Oscars last year.
  2    21 Jump Street
                                    America is having
  3    The Dark Knight
                                 a moment at the
  4    Lockout (Unrated)
                                 movies — an absent
  5    Batman Begins
                                 moment. It used to
                                 be one of the great
Amazon Movies
Tuesday, July 24                 advantages of being a
  1    The Dark Night            filmmaker working in
  2    Batman Begins             North America: North
  3    21 Jump Street            America. As a setting
  4    Friends with Kids         and a subject, a material
  5    Lockout                   source and myth bank,
                                 America was in a class of
Upcoming Movies                  her own. Hitchcock used to
July 27
                                 bill studios for his American
Step Up Revolution
                                 vacations, so certain was he
The Watch
                                 of turning up new locations. He
Aug. 3
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
                                 first thought of dangling a man from
                                 Lincoln’s nose on a trip in 1951, almost a
                                                                               IT SEEMS AMERICAN
Total Recall
Aug. 10
                                 decade before he came up with the plot of
                                 “North by Northwest.”
                                                                              MOVIES AREN’T SET IN
The Bourne Legacy
The Campaign                               CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
                                                                               AMERICA ANYMORE
Hope Springs

10 |
    By that time the Western had                                                                                                                                 ’80s and ’90s, Hollywood still bore a
picked up a nasty cough, and we                                                                                                                                  passing resemblance to the industry
had all moved to the suburbs to                                                                                                                                  that had made “Stagecoach,” “Cas-
sink in front of our TV sets. Film-                                                                                                                              ablanca” and “The Godfather”: a
makers, meanwhile, staked out                                                                                                                                    film industry indigenous to North
claims in America’s big cities as                                                                                                                                America, making American films
eagerly as prospectors in the Cali-                                                                                                                              for American audiences.
fornian panhandle: Elia Kazan’s                                                                                                                                       That all changed with Jurassic
waterfront, Scorsese’s Little                                                                                                                                    Park in 1993, the first year in which
Italy, Allen’s Manhattan, Spike                                                                                                                                  Hollywood’s foreign earnings
Lee’s Brooklyn, Michael Mann’s                                                                                                                                   outpaced its domestic ones — a
downtown Los Angeles, mapped                                                                                                                                     historic tip of the seesaw. Execu-
out as mythically in “Heat” and                                                                                                                                  tives’ ears pricked up: The new
“Collateral” as Ford’s wild country.                                                                                                                             Wild West was overseas. Since then,
Who can match that level of                                                                                                                                      it’s been a story of rapid, expo-
embeddedness today? Nobody talks                                                                                                                                 nential growth: Foreign revenues
of David Fincher’s Colorado or                                                                                                                                   counted for 64 percent of the total
Spike Jonze’s Maryland.                                                                                                                                          in 2009, 66 percent in 2010, 69
    Today’s hip, young auteurs are                                                                                                                               percent in 2011 — pushed up there
not neighborhood boys. Alexander                                                                                                                                 by Avatar, tellingly a remake of
Payne and Jason Reitman take                                                                                                                                     “Dances With Wolves” in space —
pot shots at flyover country from                                                                                                                                and now rests at a staggering 70
the ironist’s Mile-High Club.                                                                                                                                    percent, an industry-reconfiguring
Darren Aronofsky couldn’t wait                                                                                                                                   statistic.
to get out of Brighton Beach after                                                                                                                                    In a recent piece for The New
his portrayal of the place as the                                                                                                                                York Times, Michael Cieply
seventh circle of hell in “Requiem                                                                                                                               observed, “Last year Hollywood’s
for a Dream.” In truth, he and                                                                                                                  STUDIO IMAGES    top 20 domestic box office per-
Fincher still feel holed up in their   Woody Allen’s latest project                                                                                              formers included just two movies
bedrooms, staring into the abyss       was a paean to all things                                                                                                 — ‘The Help’ and ‘Bridesmaids”’
like Christopher Walken in “Annie      European — “To Rome With                                                                                                  — with realistic stories about
Hall”: Venture up there alone and      Love,” above. And in case you                                                                                             American life, contemporary or
                                       forgot, last year’s Academy
there is a high chance they will be    Award ceremony was little
                                                                                                                                                                 otherwise, according to boxoffic-
there a week from now, a polite        more than a big French toast                                                                                     The rest took place in a
smile on their faces as they show      to “The Artist,” which was                                                                                                fantasy world, like ‘Thor,’ or abroad,
you their medical dictionary of        directed and produced by                                                                                                  like ‘The Hangover Part II’ and ‘Fast
flesh wounds.                          Frenchmen and had French                                                                                                  Five.’ In 1992, by contrast, 15 of the
    Among their generation, maybe      actors, Jean Dujardin and                                                                                                 20 best-selling American films were
only the Coens are out there taking    Bérénice Bejo, in the two lead                                                                                            rooted in realistic, if sometimes
soil samples, with Mississippi in      roles. The film was nominated                                                                                              twisted, American experiences.
the 1930s (“Oh Brother, Where Art      for ten Oscars and won five:                                                                                               Those included ‘Sister Act,’ ‘Lethal
Thou?”), Arkansas in the 1880s         best picture, best director, best                                                                                         Weapon 3,’ ‘A League of Their Own,’
                                       actor, best costume design and
(“True Grit”), L.A. in the 1940s                                                                                                                                 ‘Unforgiven’ and ‘Boomerang,’ all of
                                       best original score.
(“Barton Fink”), Minnesota in the                                                                                                                                which were released from May to
1960s (“A Serious Man”),Texas in                                                                                                                                 August of that year.
the 1980s (“Blood Simple,” “No         on-screen — “Once Upon a Time                Gray is currently at work editing   you have to make a four-quadrant              In other words: Forget “Stage-
Country for Old Men”) and the          in America,” “The Godfather,” “Do        his first period melodrama, set in      movie that appeals to everyone, it’s     coach.” It’s when “Sister Act” disap-
Greenwich Village folk scene of the    the Right Thing” — but these days,       the vaudeville of 1920s New York        very difficult to be specific in terms   pears that we need to be worried.
1960s (“Inside Llewyn Davis”).         anyone hungry for any view of New        and starring Marion Cotillard,          of your setting. The more generic             The ironies here are legion.
    But the backyard movie — the       York that doesn’t consist of seeing it   Jeremy Renner and Joaquin               the better for box office. It cuts to    There were the French in 1993, up
one made in a filmmaker’s backyard     smashed to smithereens by super-         Phoenix. “The disconnected-             the heart of what ails movies.”          in arms about “Jurassic Park,” with
using every last crumb of personal     heroes must watch “Mad Men.”             ness that you’re talking about,             We’ve heard this story before        Gerard Depardieu claiming “the
autobiography, every last neighbor-        Nobody’s complaining exactly,        part of it is on purpose because        in books like Peter Biskind’s “Easy      movie industry in the United States
hood character and piece of local      but among today’s filmmakers,            the studios want to appeal to a         Riders, Raging Bulls”: how the           is like a war machine,” and casting
apocrypha — is a dying breed. Lena     maybe only James Gray has shown          global audience,” he told me when       summer blockbuster de-cored the          Steven Spielberg’s film as a Trojan
Dunham made “Tiny Furniture”           any interest in drawing strength         I caught up with him recently.          American film industry like an           horse filled with Hollywood infan-
and was immediately snapped up         from his roots, drawing up loamy         “The foreign box office is more         apple, with the executives spitting      trymen, all bearing checkbooks and
by HBO, which has largely stepped      goodness from the pebbly subsoil         important now. The studios have         out auteurs like pips. In Biskind’s      smiles and eager to infiltrate heads
into the breach.                       of Brighton Beach in “Little Odessa,     been purchased by much larger           book, the conflict was intergen-         of the little lycée children.
    TV is our national chroni-         Two Lovers” and “We Own the              multinationals who demand that          erational, a tale of two Americas:            Well, it was a Trojan horse, but it
cler now. Americans used to go to      Night.” It may also be the reason he     a movie makes a billion dollars.        straights versus the squares, auteurs    was bearing down on Los Angeles,
movie theaters to see themselves       is not better known.                     When you make a franchise, when         versus the suits. But for most of the    not Paris.

                                                                                                                                                                                          7.26.12 | 11
 MOVIES PLAYING THIS WEEKEND                                                                                                                                                         *Friday to Sunday only
                                                                                                                                                                              **Thursday midnight showing

Film             Rating Length Stars                                 Synopsis                                                           Ebert   Flixster Showings
The Dark                         Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway,      Eight years after becoming a fugitive, Batman is forced to         ★★★      87%    Movies 12: 11:40 a.m., 12:35 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:25
Knight            PG-13   2:45   Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Gary          come out of his self-imposed retirement to battle masked                           p.m., 3:20 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 6:05 p.m., 7:00
Rises                            Oldman, Tom Hardy                   terrorist Bane.                                                                    p.m., 7:55 p.m., 8:50 p.m., 9:45 p.m., 10:35 p.m.*
The                              Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone,         After finding a long-lost briefcase of his father’s, Peter Parker   ★★★      74%    Movies 12: 1:00 p.m.*, 4:05 p.m.*, 7:10 p.m.*,
Amazing                          Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell   goes on a mission to learn about his disappearance. Along                          10:15 p.m.*
                  PG-13   2:15
Spider-Man                       Scott                               the way, Spider-Man must confront his father’s old partner Dr.
                                                                     Curt Connors and his alter-ego, The Lizard.
Abraham                          Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper,    The 16th President of the United States was known for many         ★★★      37%    North Grand 5: 12:00 p.m.*, 2:40 p.m.*, 5:15 p.m.*,
Lincoln:                         Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth      things. Now vampire hunting can be added to that list.                             7:45 p.m. (3D)*, 10:20 p.m. (3D)*
                   R      1:45
Vampire                          Winstead
The Hunger                       Jennifer Lawrence, Josh             Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from      ★★★      84%    North Grand 5: 12:15 p.m.*, 3:50 p.m.*, 7:00 p.m.*,
Games                            Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth,         the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television,                      10:10 p.m.*
                  PG-13   2:22
                                 Woody Harrelson                     Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place
                                                                     for the latest match.
Snow White                       Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron,   After training in the art of war with the huntsman ordered         ★★★      49%    North Grand 5: 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.*, 6:50 p.m.*,
and the           PG-13   2:07   Chris Hemsworth                     to kill her, Snow White must defend herself against the evil                       9:45 p.m.*
Huntsman                                                             queen.
Moonrise                         Bruce Willis, Edward Norton,        Two twelve-year-olds fall in love and run away together into       ★★★      94%    Movies 12: 12:03 a.m.**, 12:25 p.m.*, 2:50 p.m.*,
Kingdom           PG-13   1:33   Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jason   the wilderness. As authority figures try to hunt them down, a                       5:20 p.m.*, 7:40 p.m.*, 10:00 p.m.*
                                 Schwartzmann                        violent storm approaches their island.
Step Up                          Ryan Guzman, Kathryn                When Emily’s wealthy father threatens to displace thousands                        Movies 12: 12:02 a.m. (3D)**, 12:04 a.m.**, 12:05
Revolution                       McCormick, Misha Gabriel, Peter     by building over their homes, she must band together with                          p.m.*, 2:35 p.m. (3D)*, 5:05 p.m.*, 7:35 p.m. (3D)*,
                  PG-13   1:39
                                 Gallagher, Stephen Boss             dancer and love interest Sean and his band of flash mob                             10:05 p.m.*
                                                                     dancers to protest the development.
Rock of                          Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise,         Small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew meet in Hollywood        ★★★      42%    North Grand 5: 12:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:10 p.m.,
Ages              PG-13   2:03   Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-      and share a rock ‘n’ roll romance to the songs of Journey, Def                     9:55 p.m.
                                 Jones                               Leppard, Foreigner and more.
The Watch                        Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah    Four suburban men form a neighborhood watch group to                               Movies 12: 12:01 a.m.**, 11:35 a.m.*, 2:10 p.m.*,
                   R      1:38   Hill, Richard Ayoade, Rosemarie     escape their boring lives, but discover their town is being                        4:45 p.m.*, 7:20 p.m.*, 9:55 p.m.*
                                 DeWitt                              overrun by aliens in disguise.
Magic Mike                       Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer,      Set in the world of male strippers, Mike spends his nights         ★★★      79%    Movies 12: 11:45 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7:50
                                 Matthew McConaughey, Joe            working his magic at Club Xquisite, and soon takes a new                           p.m., 10:30 p.m.
                   R      1:50
                                 Manganiello                         member under his wing and teaches him the ways of dancing
                                                                     and making easy money.
Ted                              Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth     John Bennett made a childhood wish for his cherished teddy         ★★★      69%    Movies 12: 11:30 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 7:30
                   R      1:46
                                 MacFarlane, Joel McHale             bear to come to life, and he’s been dealing with it ever since.                    p.m., 10:10 p.m.
What to                          Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz,       Five interconnected couples experience the challenges of           ★★       43%    North Grand 5: 2:30 p.m., 7:35 p.m.*
Expect                           Matthew J. Morrison, Elizabeth      having a baby. The film is based on the New York Times
                  PG-13   1:50
When You’re                      Banks                               bestseller of the same name.
Dark                             Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer,     A vampire is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where     ★★       38%    North Grand 5: 11:55 a.m.*, 5:00 p.m.*, 10:05
                  PG-13   1:53
Shadows                          Eva Green                           his descendants need his protection.                                               p.m.*
Ice Age:                         Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Denis Manny, Diego and Sid are separated from the rest of the herd          ★★       39%    Movies 12: 11:55 a.m.*, 2:20 p.m.*, 4:35 p.m.*,
Continental        PG     1:34   Leary, John Leguizamo, Chris     after their continent is set adrift. They must use an iceberg as                      6:55 p.m.*, 9:15 p.m.*
Drift                            Wedge                            a ship to try to return.
Brave                            Kelly MacDonald, Emma               While she tries to make her own path in life, courageous           ★★★      77%    Movies 12: 11:25 p.m., 2:05 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:15
                   PG     1:35   Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie     Princess Merida must discover the meaning of true bravery to                       p.m., 9:50 p.m.
                                 Walters, Craig Ferguson             undo a curse.

12 |

    By Christy Lemire

          he contradiction inherent

T         to all Wes Anderson films
          — the juxtaposition of the
meticulous artificiality of the set-
tings and the passionately wistful
emotions that are longing to burst
free — is at its most effective in a
while in “Moonrise Kingdom.”
    The director and co-writer’s
tale of first love, filled with rec-
ognizable adolescent angst and
naive fumblings, feels at once
deeply personal (and, indeed, it
was inspired by a boyhood crush of
his own) and universally relatable.
Of course, it features the fetish-
istic obsession with production
and costume design that is his
trademark; nothing ever happens
by accident in Anderson’s films,
which are frequently and accu-
rately described as dollhous-
es or dioramas. Despite its rigid
structure, which includes exact                                                                                                                                     ‘MOONRISE
tracking shots from room to room                                                                                                                                    KINGDOM’
or person to person, the look of the                                                                                                                                Director: Wes Anderson
film is alive and inviting, the work                                                                                                                                Rating: PG-13
of Anderson’s usual director of pho-                                                                                                                                Length: 1 hour, 34
tography, Robert Yeoman.                                                                                                                                            minutes
    If you love Wes Anderson, you’ll
                                                                                                                                                                    Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara
love this: The best of what he can do                                                                                                           FOCUS FEATURES

is vibrantly on display. The screen-     Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward star as Sam and Suzy, 12-year-old loners who find each other and run away                     Hayward and Bruce Willis
play, which he co-wrote with Roman       together in “Moonrise Kingdom.”                                                                                            Synopsis: A pair of
Coppola, has resulted in his sweetest                                                                                                                               young lovers flee their
and most sincere live-action movie       it has precocious, misunder-               Trouble is, these two have          (his) and plenty of books, a record         New England town, and a
since the one that remains his best,     stood young people at the center       nowhere to go — they live on the        player and a kitten (hers). Gilman          local search party fans out
1998’s “Rushmore.”                       of its precise yet off-kilter world.   insular New England island of New       and Hayward nicely underplay their          to find them.
    But beneath all the midcentury       Newcomers Jared Gilman and             Penzance, a rocky, rugged place with    emotions at first as two sad, socially
nostalgia, the tightly framed shots      Kara Hayward star as Sam and           no paved roads and only one phone       awkward kids tenderly feeling each
of quirkily decorated rooms, lies an     Suzy, 12-year-old loners who find      — and a storm of epic proportions       other out, but the way Anderson and           You almost long to protect these
innocent and vulnerable beating          each other and run away together       is on its way. We know this because     Coppola unveil their back stories in      two once you get to know the adults
heart. In his post-“Rushmore”            at the end of summer 1965. Sam,        every once in a while, Bob Balaban      time gives them unexpected com-           who are scrambling around trying
films, Anderson seemed too pre-          an orphan, flees his Boy Scout-        pops up, bundled in weather-appro-      plexity. These flashbacks are among       to find them, including Bruce Willis
occupied with all the clutter, all the   style troupe of Khaki Scouts           priate gear as the film’s narrator      the elements that infuse “Moonrise        as the island’s lonely sheriff and
idiosyncratic doodads that defined       (Edward Norton plays their loyal       who explains not only the history of    Kingdom” with both absurd humor           Tilda Swinton as the all-business
his characters at the expense of         leader); Suzy, the only daughter       this remote, beautiful place but also   and an engrossing fluidity; the letters   social services worker known only
character development itself. With       and eldest child of married lawyers    what’s in store.                        Sam and Suzy wrote to each other          as Social Services. The grown-ups
“Moonrise Kingdom,” he’s recap-          who ignore each other (Anderson            Still, Sam and Suzy have packed     over the year they planned their          don’t provide much heft, but maybe
tured that perfect balance of style      regular Bill Murray and Frances        up all the items they think they        escape are filled with a breathless       that was intentional to make the
and substance.                           McDormand), feels neglected and        need to start a new life together.      excitement, as if they can’t wait for     kids’ relationship stand out that
    And, similar to “Rushmore,”          has been acting out.                   This includes camping supplies          forever to start now.                     much more.

                                                                                                                                                                                        7.26.12 | 13

Video Game Sales                                                                                                                        By Doug Elfman
For the week of July 8                                                                                                                          GAME DORK

  1   LEGO Batman 2: DC

                                                                                                                                             don’t know why the

      Super Heroes, Wii
                                                                                                                                             year in games (so far)
  2   Pokemon + Nobunaga
      no Yabou, DS
                                                                                                                                             gives me a case of the
                                                                                                                                      sads. Maybe it was my disap-
  3   LEGO Batman 2: DC                                                                                                               pointment in “Max Payne 3”
      Super Heroes, X360                                                                                                              and “Twisted Metal.” They
  4   Theatrhythm: Final                                                                                                              taught me not to get excited for
      Fantasy, 3DS                                                                                                                    sequels.
  5   Anarchy Reigns, X360                                                                                                                Whatever. Today, I’m going
                                                                                                                                      to turn my frown upside-down
      Diablo III, PC
      MLB 12: The Show, PS3
                                     VIDEO GAMES                                                                                      and look at the best games
                                                                                                                                      of 2012 so far, since we’re in
  8   Skylanders: Spyro’s
      Adventure, Wii
                                    OF 2012, SO FAR                                                                                   mid-summer.

  9   The Amazing Spider-
      Man, X360
10    LEGO Batman 2: DC
      Super Heroes, PS3
11    Anarchy Reigns, PS3
12    Zumba Fitness 2, Wii
13    NBA 2K12, X360
14 Spec Ops: The Line, X360
15    The Amazing Spider-
      Man, PS3
16 Call of Duty: Modern
   Warfare 3, X360
17    Wii Sports, Wii
18    Spec Ops: The Line, PS3
19    Kinect Adventures!,
20    Just Dance 3, Wii
21    Just Dance 3, Wii
21    Max Payne 3, X360
22    Mario Party 9, Wii
23    Battlefield 3, X360
24    Tom Clancy’s Ghost

      Recon: Future Soldier,
      Mario Kart 7, 3DS
      Battlefield 3, PS3
      Super Mario 3D Land,
                                    “MASS EFFECT 3”
                                        I can’t imagine anyone arguing              movies, all of which is very fun to game.   the game sort of wrapped up, and I was
                                    against “Mass Effect 3” (Electronic Arts)           You portray Commander Shepard as        happy — until there came a final five
28    Call of Duty: Modern          for best game of the first half of 2012. It’s   a man or woman. Gender is your choice.      minutes of terribleness.
      Warfare 3, PS3                phenomenal. I miss playing it.                  (I made Shepard a woman, and she dated          Fortunately, the game makers recently
29 Mario Kart Wii, Wii                  It took me something like 48 hours          ladies.)                                    released a bunch of long “fix” endings to
                                    to finish the whole thing. It’s a sci-fi,           Weirdly, “Mass Effect 3’s” multiple     soothe angry legions of fans. But I loved
30 Super Smash Bros.
   Brawl, Wii
                                    fantasy, action-adventure that feels like       endings were awful. I played this game      “Mass Effect 3” even with the crappy
                                    a few novels, fused within engaging             for 48 hours. It was incredible. Then       initial endings.

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                                                                                                                                                “MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

                                                                                                                                                    I don’t even enjoy baseball games very
                                                                                                                                                much, but “Major League Baseball 2K12”
                                                                                                                                                (2K Sports) has perfect mechanics. It’s a
                                                                                                                                                very intuitive outing.
                                                                                                                                                    I understood immediately how to pitch,
                                                                                                                                                field, bat, run and steal bases. It’s not too
                                                                                                                                                hard. It’s not too easy. Visuals are only
                                                                                                                                  bo e a erage
                                                                                                                                    But you can play a season. You can play real-time

                                                                                                                                 games-of-the-day, if you’re online. You can compete
                                                                                                                                 against other gamers online. You can hit the home run
                   The latest Ghost Recon game (from Ubisoft) is a splendid war shooter in which you portray a U.S. special
                ops soldier, accompanied by three comrades.
                   The four of you are dropped into missions on the ground in dangerous lands overrun by warlord thugs.
                   This is the best “Tom Clancy” game in years, or maybe ever. It’s intense, difficult and finely illustrated.

                “LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW”
                    Yes, you’re
                about to hear
                me correctly:
                I loved
                Bros. Games)
so much that I played it a
second time immediately

after finishing it.                                                                                                                              “HOT SHOTS GOLF WORLD
    You portray a barely                                                                                                                         INVITATIONAL”
legal cheerleader who slays                                                                                                                          This game from Sony is a great-looking,
zombies, while her boy-                                                                                                                          and silly, addicting golf outing for the new
friend’s decapitated (but                                                                                                                        PlayStation Vita.
alive) head is attached to her                                                                                                                       Yes, I could tell you to buy “Uncharted:
belt, and he talks.                                                                                                                              Golden Abyss” (Sony) for the Vita instead.
    This game is funny,                                                                                                                          In fact, yes, do that.
engaging, creative, silly,                                                                                                                     want
                                                                                                                                    But if you w a good Vita game to play in 20 minute
stupid, sexist, action-feminist                                                                                                  bursts (a typical handheld routine), I recommend “Hot
and packed with good gaming once you get past the easy beginning.                                                                Shots.”

DOUG ELFMAN is an entertainment writer for the Las Vegas (NV) Review-Journal. Contact him at

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