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August 25, 2005
photo It's old, it's dirty, it's funny

It's coming to a theater near you

"The Aristocrats" is probably the most star-studded film in Hollywood history. But surprisingly, what's drawing critics and audiences alike to this homemade film is its reputation for being one of those indescribable films that you have to see for yourself to understand.

This may be because it is a film of another color, one that doesn't quite fall into any category of cinema. It centers around one joke, the oldest and coincidentally the dirtiest joke in history, told and performed by some of the best-known comedians in the world. [Read article]

photo Tucson and campus calendar


Coldplay Cricket Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. The Brit superband's new album X&Y may be on the top of the charts, but all we care about is catching a glimpse of Lady Gwyneth cheering on hubby and lead singer Chris Martin. Hey, Phoenix may be a bit of a drive, but it's closer than London! With Black Mountain. 7:30 p.m. 602-254-7200. $35.50-$70.50

Blues Traveler Casino Del Sol's AVA, 5655 W. Valencia Road. John Popper shows that you don't have to go to prison in order to play the harmonica. You can go to the reservation instead. 7:30 p.m. $15-$35 [Read article]

photo Free Rufio show tonight in union Grand Ballroom

Punk music has changed. And there's nothing you or even Johnny Rotten can do about it. Unlike the golden years of the movement (where rebels and outsiders played at dive clubs night after night, bringing in salaries of beer and ragged patches with band names on them) today's punks have a somewhat different lifestyle.

Take the band Rufio for example. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., quartet's touring schedule over the past few years probably looks more like the Kelly Clarkson world tour than anything underground. If Rufio had a map in their living room (or private estate?) you would see thumbtacks placed over Japan, Australia, Canada and England. And that's just for their last tour. [Read article]

photo Think onion: It's all about the layers

Torn out notebook paper is strung upon crisscrossed lines of twine like clothes hung out to dry. Cutouts from children's books from the '60s are juxtaposed next to blocks of bold color, and from all angles my eyes are confronted with a series of these gestalt images. I finally settle on a cutout of baby pasted next to a woman in a '50s housedress vacuuming the child's diaper.

"All these collage elements were in my studio and they just fit together and it just worked, it felt right," fine arts graduate student Chris Dacre said. [Read article]

photo Harvey and Bonnie Brooks present a musical market

On the surface, Harvey and Bonnie Brooks appear to be your average married couple. They tend to discuss the things that married couples do, like finances, recipes and the time Miles Davis teasingly told Harvey to take a hike during his first day of work on Bitches Brew.

"I walk into the control room," Harvey said. "And Miles says to me 'Hey, you fat motherfucker, what are you doing here?'"

OK, so Harvey and Bonnie Brooks are not quite your average married couple. Their remarkable resumes speak for themselves. Harvey formed the seminal folk-rock-soul group The Electric Flag with big-time players like Mike Bloomfield (The Butterfield Blues Band) and Buddy Miles (Hendrix, Santana). He also managed to fit in time to handle bass duties on classic albums like Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited and The Doors' The Soft Parade, as well as Miles' seminal album, which is notable for being one of the first to mesh rock and jazz into a wholly original sound. [Read article]

photo 'Virgin' proves Carell a star

With Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell and the Wilson brothers flooding the market for the last couple of years, it was about time we saw a new face carrying a comedy. The only thing that puzzles me is why it took so long to get Steve Carell a starring role.

Carell had memorable turns in "Anchorman" and "Bruce Almighty," but made his biggest splash in his years as a correspondent on "The Daily Show." Given that it's his first lead role in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," he is nothing short of brilliant. [Read article]

photo 'Broken Flowers' delivers the goods

Considering that Jim Jarmusch's last film, "Coffee and Cigarettes," consisted of 11 vignettes starring an array of actors and musicians musing on a variety of subjects from fame to science, his latest picture, "Broken Flowers," is indeed markedly more mainstream. However, it is far from the typical Hollywood fare, despite starring Bill Murray. In other words, the film will still disappoint those looking for fast-paced storytelling or unambiguous endings. [Read article]

Joining the circus is always an option

There's something about the first week of college that reminds me of summer camp. Maybe it's the sun beating down, resulting in backpack-shaped sweat stains and a not-quite-pleasant musky smell. Maybe it's the girls walking around the UA Mall in outfits better suited for hanging out by the pool than listening to lectures. Or maybe it's just the fact that everything feels new and exciting. Whatever it is that is creating this crazy energy within a mile-radius of school, it's telling me that I need to do something. [Read article]

photo The Bled find their sound

The Bled are further proof that the future for the Tucson music scene looks brighter by the day. A local hardcore act that cut their teeth on the burgeoning Tucson punk scene, The Bled now have major backing with their latest release Found in the Flood. The album was just released on Vagrant and boasts the talents of punk-legend producer Mark Trombino (Blink 182, Jimmy Eat World) behind the boards. [Read article]

photo Death Cab makes tentative "Plans"

Thanks to "The O.C." culture and the Postal Service, Death Cab For Cutie signed to major label Atlantic Records before recording their fifth full-length album, Plans.

When a band signs to a major label, the band usually assures its fan base that nothing will change, except more money will be spent on marketing. That's hardly ever the case, of course. Undoubtedly, a band will change its sound, be encouraged to write a "hit" and find a new fan base full of MTV-adoring teens. [Read article]

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