The Weekly�s MARGARET WERTHEIM was the National Science
Foundation�s visiting journalist to Antarctica for the 2004�05
season. In the first of two articles on her recent trip, she
reports on the daily life and work of a group of young women
Stop the Reign? The Aryan Brotherhood is the most murderous
prison gang in the country. Mild-mannered assistant U.S. Attorney
Gregory Jessner is about to face off against gang leaders
with the largest death-penalty indictment in the history of
the American justice system. BY MATTHEW DUERSTEN
Control "Hawk and Dove," by MR. FISH. Plus,
The Long and Winding Road... to an Exit Strategy and Looking
Out for You, Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy in FILTERED.
Advances: It may be clinical when it comes to the governor
and messy budgets. BY BILL BRADLEY
in the Rain: U.S. Iraqis visit the polls twice to vote.
BY STEVEN MIKULAN
Cards of Intolerance: The Bush administration once again
bows to the Christian-inspired attack on gays. BY DOUG IRELAND
Summits: Laura Chick summons Hahn�s challengers to her
home for scandal talk. BY JEFFREY ANDERSON
With the Homeless: Spending a night with two who helped
with the L.A. count. BY CHRISTINE PELISEK
JEFFREY ANDERSON on the end of Empire, the
lucrative DWP contract under fire.
Iraq�s triumph: Lessons from a shaky democracy.
BY MARC COOPER
Creating California: Pat Brown knew how to build a great state;
Arnold knows how to dismantle it. BY HAROLD MEYERSON
Hollywood Hollywood reporters and Gatsby envy: Why do
journalists lust after the trappings of Tinseltown? BY NIKKI
Considerable Town At Sundance, RON STRINGER encounters
a self-promoting, filmmaking priest . . . during mass; DAVE
SHULMAN watches Dennis Miller and Bill Maher play nice; and
PAUL KRASSNER says, "Grammys, Shrammies."
MARK "THE COBRASNAKE" HUNTER�s Snake
We write, you write...
acts: ELLA TAYLOR finds that fragmented identities abound
at Sundance 2005. Plus, SCOTT FOUNDAS on why Sundance
is for independents � authentic and otherwise.
fish fall from the sky:
The magic of Murakami.
BY SARAH CHUNG
GREG GOLDIN on The
Next Los Angeles.
and Flight: Charlayne Woodard�s play about getting through
the dark. BY STEVEN LEIGH MORRIS
"Thing": Emerging L.A. sculptors at the Hammer.
BY DOUG HARVEY
Requiem for a heavyweight: ELLA TAYLOR weighs in on Shola
Chisholm �72 � Unbought and Unbossed.
love: The Game and Daz bring gangsta back where it belongs.
BY BEN QUIÑONES
Zorn is where you find him. BY GREG BURK.
in L.A. Psychedelic Furs; Richard Divine, Edit, Bus Driver;
François K�s Deep Space; Thalia Zedek, Visqueen; Dianne
Reeves, Misa Justa.
Lot of Night Music: Roméo et Juliette; recent
chamber music. BY ALAN RICH
BY BRUCE ERIC KAPLAN
Grace under fire: Indo Kitchen. BY JONATHAN GOLD
Mr. Gold The Turkish lover. BY JONATHAN GOLD
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disaster relief: For a list of aid agencies
accepting contributions to help those affected by the earthquake
and tsunami in South Asia, please see the "Do Good"
column in Calendar.
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For those who never caught Coppola�s revisionist Dracula, Vlad the
Impaler, a 15th-century Carpathian king who skewered and mutilated his victims,
is thought to be the real-world model for Bela Lugosi�s bloodthirsty alter ego.
Vlad � involving four good-looking, underdressed grad students pursued
across darkest Romania by the restless ghost of the Impaler � marks the cheerfully
absurd debut of writer-director Michael D. Sellers, whose previous credits include
10 years in clandestine operations in the CIA. Billy Zane and Brad Dourif start
off the proceedings as loyal Romanians trying to lay Vlad�s ghost to rest by
returning an amulet . . . Oh, never mind. Time travel, lifts from Rosemary�s
Baby and Tolkien�s Rings cycle, hot babes speaking Chaucerian Middle
English, Brad Dourif rolling his eyes like Elisha Cook Jr. � it all adds up
to pleasantly nonsensical mayhem. The loopy screenplay is surprisingly historical,
in the same wonky style as the recent King Arthur, only with a few Sesame
Street jokes thrown in. Round that out with a couple of sons of famous people
� Francesco Quinn, son of Anthony, all piercing eyes in the title role, and
Nicholas Irons, son of Jeremy, as a dissolute Cambridge man � and it�s a debut
to make Langley proud. (Jon Strickland)|
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