Lots of Roar in Mr. Wolf, But is There Much Bite?

Categories: Culture, Theater

Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.
Tessa Auberjonois, Jon Tenney, Emily James and John de Lancie in Mr. Wolf
Rajiv Joseph is a playwright making a lot of noise in American theater. The 40-year-old (who served in the Peace Corps in Senegal for three years and what have YOU done with your miserable life?) was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize with his Benghal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, which starred the late, great Robin Williams in its Broadway run. And while one can argue over whether a distinction like that truly merits respect (isn't it possible that some years, plays just suck?) as Southern California's most prolific, and terrifically curmudgeonly critic, Tony Frankel wrote last year, there's no denying that theaters love producing his work, as his plays have been mounted at a score of top theaters across the country and he has two world premieres this spring, one next month at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York City, and Mr. Wolf, commissioned by South Coast Repertory.

Based on the tight and taut work, it's clear that Joseph has a strong and unique voice. What isn't so clear is whether he has that much of interest to say. Some of that in Mr. Wolf may lie in the fact that he's not interested in delivering answers. He's just asking questions--more than 400 according to the program. Those questions range from the first principle of ancient astronomy to why people get divorced, and most of them are posed by Emily James (a current theater student at Cal State Fullerton in a leading role at a professional theater, and if you're a current college student, what are YOU doing with your life?), a 15-year-old who, after her abduction at age 3, has never interacted with another human other than her abductor, a mysterious Mr. Wolf (John DeLance). It begins and ends with questions and along the way are heady issues of God and existence, probed against the backdrop of child abduction and the junction between astronomy and metaphysics.

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OC DIY Fundraiser Shows Support the Building of a New DIY Venue in OC

Categories: local bands

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OC DIY show at Beatnik Bandito record store in Santa Ana
The south Orange County music scene is getting a breath of fresh air, due in large part to local music collective OC DIY. A combined effort of artists and musicians who aim to connect bands in the area a place to play, they've organized shows throughout all of Orange County including skate shops, art supply stores, DIY venues like Can U Not/Top Acid, Table 87, and various small businesses in the Laguna area, not to mention their ongoing Friendship Trail concerts in scenic nature locations. Now the group are striving towards their own DIY venue, and instead of going the crowdfunding route, they're throwing a series of shows to raise their first goal of $5000.

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Mike Patton Explains Himself, In Illustrated Form

Categories: quotes

Jena Ardell
Mike Patton is known for inviting fans to encourage his crazy stage antics. In fact, it's difficult to imagine what the lead singer of Faith No More hasn't done on stage.

There is a laundry list of shocking things Patton has allegedly done on stage; highlights include: drinking urine; inviting fans to spit in his mouth; inviting fans to throw garbage on stage and then eating some of it; exposing himself; eating and regurgitating a shoelace; urinating on security guards--and we can't forget Patton's perverse preoccupation with sharing his fecal matter.

Faith No More fans are eagerly awaiting the release of Sol Invictus, the band's first album in 18 years, to be released on May 19. The band will also release expanded edition reissues of 1989's The Real Thing and 1992's Angel Dust on June 9. (Vinyl lovers will have to wait until August). The reissues will include the original album artwork and a collection of rarities, including some kick-ass covers.

You can catch Faith No More during their two-night stint at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on April 23-24, or at The Observatory in Santa Ana on April 25. Tour dates from the band's full 2015 world tour can be seen here.

Here are some eloquent quotations from the FNM's bold frontman. We're hoping the eccentric Patton has mellowed with age. Quotation above via abc.net.au.

See also: The Return of Faith No More is Beyond Epic

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Five Facts about Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo That Will Pop and Lock Your Mind!

Categories: Film

Shout Factory
The Cast of Breakin
This week, Shout! Factory brings us the long-awaited blu-ray debut of classic early '80s hip-hop films Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. The classic tales of the magic street dancing can do, whether against a rival dance crew or to save a rec(reation) center, the fast pace and fun tone makes the movies a great time capsule of when breakdancing ruled the world. This edition also contains one of the most fascinating audio commentaries we've heard in some time on Breakin' 2, with director Sam Firstenberg, editor Marcus Manton and the film's iconic star Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quiñones. It's through both this commentary as well as research spawned from our own fandom that we present to you Five Facts about Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo That Will Pop and Lock Your Mind!

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The Best Concerts in OC This Weekend

Categories: this weekend

Dustin Rabin
Faith No More--See Saturday
Don't forget to check out our constantly updated OC Concert Calendar

Friday, April 24

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular
House of Blues Anaheim
Once you put your 3D glasses on at the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular, you'll experience Pink Floyd classics like Dark Side of the Moon the way they should be experienced: with visuals and sound married together. For the past two decades, this laser show has given a face to songs like "Us and Them" and "Money," whether that's with dancing purple and green lights or laser animations. Among the melody and beat-driven light choreography is also video art and holographic elements - because, you know, there can never be too much visual stimulation. With so much going on for your eyes and ears alike, you gotta admit: this is a pretty great way to appreciate Pink Floyd. (Kristine Hoang)

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Los Tigres Del Norte Tackle Controversial Subjects, From Immigration Reform to Gay Rights

Categories: Español Music

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Los Tigres Del Norte
By: Pablo Chacon Alvarez

There is very little that Mexican norteño band Los Tigres del Norte haven't done. With over 30 million records sold, the ensemble has earned six Grammy Awards, six Latin Grammys, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Active since 1968, Los Tigres Del Norte have released over 20 albums, with the most recent one, Realidades, coming out in October 2014.

From the very beginning, lead vocalist and accordion player Jorge Hernandez has been the group's creative director. The Weekly spoke with Hernandez (in Spanish -- all direct quotes have been translated) about the band's new album, their ongoing U.S. tour and the song "Era Diferente," which recently earned Los Tigres Del Norte a Special Recognition Award at the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards. The track, a cut off of Realidades, tells the story of a lesbian teenager who falls in love with her best friend.

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Should Waka Flocka Flame Really Be Our Next President?

Categories: LOL, Rap, politics

"I'm dead ass running for president in 2016."
The Internet has been on fire with news that rapper Waka Flocka Flame wants to run for president. He actually said it back in 2012 on Twitter and even when we caught his official statement on April 20th (aka 420) that included, "The first thing that I'll do when I get in office is legalize marijuana," well, we still had a hard time believing it was true. Upon hearing from Rolling Stone (a reputable source, no?) that Waka's decision to launch a presidential campaign is in fact reality, we started thinking and questioning, how stoned was he when he thought this up? Is this "campaign" making a mockery out of the race for presidency? Will 'Murica take this satire in stride? How hard is it for a celebrity to get 5,000 signatures anyway?

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Top 10 Musicians Whose Artwork Doesn't Suck

Categories: Top 10, top 10

You'll never guess who created the artwork featured in our #1 spot...
Art begets music and music begets art; we're pretty sure that's in the Bible. Musical ability and visual art skills usually coincide, but rarely does someone carry enough talent in both media to be recognized for each art form--unless celebrity is involved.

We'll be the bad guys and say it: some musicians' artwork could spawn a career in the arts and some musicians' artwork is recognized because the person who painted it is famous and an art gallery wants to profit. Not to knock creative expression, but have you ever seen a painting by Paul Stanley? Yikes. Ditto for Ringo Starr's digital artwork and for Courtney Love's And She's Not Even Pretty series (that we discredited after watching her process), which is a shame because she creates great titles (i.g.: "Suicide Fuck Bomber," "I Can't, I Can't, I Didn't, I Didn't," and "Valentine Menstrual").

What makes judging artistic ability difficult is that art is subjective. We might never fully appreciate Kazimir Malevich enough to salivate over a black canvas, but that doesn't stop someone from paying $60 million dollars for one of his works.

While it's true the artist will forever be more famous than his art, we've curated a list of contemporary musicians whose work we'd actually hang on our walls--even had Jane Doe on Etsy painted it in Minnesota, not David Bowie.

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10 Rock Classifieds That Changed Music History

Eleven Seven Music
Guess which one of them answered a classified ad?
By: Matt Wake
A few things you can easily find in classified ads: phone sex, apartment rentals, tarot card readers, telemarketing jobs, and a used Toyota Camry with low mileage. Look a little closer, and you might also find your path to rock 'n' roll glory.  

OK, answering most musician classifieds won't automatically punch your ticket to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's more likely to result in an awkward jam session at some stranger's residence with three dudes who are twice your age but only know one song all the way through.

Still, the seeds for many very successful bands were sown in the classifieds section. Here are some of them.

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Wordsmith Mark Gonzales Asks Us to Wage Beauty Amid Terror in New Book

Categories: books, interview

Mark Gonzales, chief storyteller
A better world begins with a better story for Mark Gonzales. The acclaimed poet, teacher, and writer has traveled the globe's five continents over the years witnessing the trauma of displacement and the human spirit of survival that defies against all odds. These experiences are folded into the pages of his new book In Times of Terror, Wage Beauty. Gonzales finely crafts prose that reads like a manifesto for the wounded warriors of the world. An elder in the making, he subversively sculpts ideas that ask us to consider anew what we thought we knew about power, language, values and healing on both an individual level as well as a collective one inherited through generations.

Gonzales recently returned to Riverside City College where he attended as a non-traditional student in his late 20s. The campus brought him back, this time as a closing keynote, to talk with youth from different community colleges about leadership. He expanded on the thoughts of his new book with the Weekly before taking the stage.

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