AMES OUT BOB ANDERS AND AMES’ MOST
DEVOTED LOCAL MUSIC FANS
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JULY 26, MOVIES MUSIC
2012 ‘MOONRISE FESTIVAL IS BACK
KINGDOM’ PAGE 5
10 THINGS 7
IS A SWEET GAMES
LAST WEEKEND 6
ESCAPE BEST GAMES OF THE
FIRST HALF OF 2012
INSIDE AMES OUT
Superfans Andrew Smith and Bob
Anders aren’t musicians, but you can
ﬁnd them at almost every local show.
LOUD SECTION STAFF
Q&A of the
4 Ames Tribune
What do you get when you cross a
librarian with a musician in a park?
Bookends at the Bandshell, that’s what. GET OUT Geoff Schumacher PUBLISHER
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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
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
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.
COVER PHOTO BY DYLAN BOYLE/SPECIAL TO AMES OUT LOUD
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
“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
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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CHECK OUT LOCAL MUSIC
LIBRARY, PARKS & RECREATION TEAM UP TO PRODUCE ‘BOOKENDS AT THE BANDSHELL’
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,
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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MUSIC THE AMES SCENE BY NATE LOGSDON
CORNSTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL
RETURNS FOR SECOND YEAR
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
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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IOWA RECORD LABELS
YOU’VE GOT TO GET TO KNOW
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
This is a record label started by Zachary
Lint of Coolzey and Grism. He has put out
This is a DIY tape label run by two brothers
from Fairfield. Dominic and Philip Rabalais
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
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,
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
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
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
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
Tour 2012, 4:30 p.m.,
Vaudeville Mews, 212
Fourth St., Des Moines, $12
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WHERE IS IT?
COMMUNITY 3329 Lincoln Way
THEATER (515) 232-6290
120 Abraham Drive zekesames.com
TUESDAY (515) 292-2073
MUSIC MOVIES ticketmaster.com
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, amespubliclibrary.org 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 civiccenter.org
30 ISU, for punch card good for 5 dgstaphouse.com
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 peoplesdm.com
$20 to $35 adults, $20 to thespaceforames.org
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 iowaeventscenter.com
Park, Sixth Street and Duff Avenue center.iastate.edu
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
sac.iastate.edu/workspace (515) 243-3270
The Fiscus Family, 3 p.m., Elim email@example.com vaudevillemews.com
0 Fourth St., Randall
ood, 9 p.m., Vaudeville Mews, GET ON THE CALENDAR
Moines, $12 Send a brief description, time, date, location,
cost, phone number and a photo if available.
Events must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday to
appear in the following Thursday’s publication.
Mail: 317 Fifth St., Ames Iowa, 50010
Questions? Call Anthony Capps at 663-6925 or
ON THE RADAR
MUSIC Little Ruckus, 5 p.mp.m., 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
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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
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-
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
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
bill studios for his American
Step Up Revolution
vacations, so certain was he
of turning up new locations. He
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
decade before he came up with the plot of
“North by Northwest.”
MOVIES AREN’T SET IN
The Bourne Legacy
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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 emojo.com. 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.
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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.*
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)*
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.*
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.*
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)*,
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.
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
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
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
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.
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WES ANDERSON REDISCOVERS
BALANCE IN ‘MOONRISE KINGDOM’
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.
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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
OF 2012, SO FAR mid-summer.
9 The Amazing Spider-
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-
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.
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
“TOM CLANCY’S GHOST RECON: FUTURE SOLDIER”
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.
about to hear
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 DElfman@reviewjournal.com.
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