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Kid in America
On the cover
Corey Woods couldn't have done any worse. Out of five candidates in last week's election for the Tempe City Council, Woods, a 27-year-old ASU graduate student, came in dead last.

Back to School: The 27-year-old Undergrad
Adult re-entry students don't want to hear about how many beers you shotgunned last night, who you're sleeping with or where you bought your new lipstick. Sitting in the back of the class, the girls behind me are having a heated debate about the difference between "vodka-drunk" and "tequila-drunk." In front of me, a guy is discussing his sexual adventures with "what's her name." To both my right and left, there is some furious Blackberry texting going on.

Sitting in the back of a 200-plus student lecture class is the collegiate equivalent of the elementary school back-of-the-bus ride. It's where all the cool kids sit, and nothing good can come of it.

Judging Covers: The Sound of Art
Art and music combine forces to revitalize the Interdisciplinary Gallery, proving that inspiration for songs can come from just about anything. If a paint brush were a musical instrument, what would your favorite painting sound like? This question may unfortunately never be answerable, but in the meantime, a new exhibit at the ASU Art Museum offers a chance to look at how the visual and aural arts may be related.

The exhibit, simply titled "Art Inspires Music," will feature paintings from the museum's permanent collection side-by-side with songs written by local musicians. They aren't just any songs, though -- each song was written over a period of two months by the musicians after choosing a painting to work with.

Fashion: Viva La Dolce
If you're a vintage lover you know it.

It's the pox of the fashion world, an itch you can never fully scratch. The clothes you find are yours and yours alone, and there is nothing that can replicate the triumph of finding that one perfect piece.

Theater: Border Dreams
Teatro Bravo
The play A little boy sits with his mother in a theater in Santiago, Chile, absorbing every moment of old Hollywood movies on the screen with his dark brown eyes.

"The Sound of Music," "My Fair Lady," "Ben-Hur," "Romeo and Juliet" -- he watches all these movies one after the other, over and over again. But it's never enough for young Guillermo Reyes.

Music: The British Are Coming
Good-looking Brits, the Arctic Monkeys think you look good on the dance floor. We think it's a shame more Americans can't write more music this fun to shake it to. DJ William Reed leans over his decks, a bottle of Stella Artois in hand. "Listen to this," he commands over the Rogue Bar's grainy PA system. Immediately, the frantic punk rhythm of U.K. rock phenomenon, Arctic Monkeys, reverberates around the venue.

Joining a packed dance floor, the impish Reed dances like a madman to debut hit single "I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor," stopping only to rearrange the record needle to "When the Sun Goes Down," another hit from the British post-punk quartet.

Local Limelight: Q & A With French Quarter

Photo courtesy of French QuarterFrench Quarter is really just Stephen Steinbrink, a 17-year-old singer songwriter who performs without a mic. The first time I saw Stephen Steinbrink, otherwise known as French Quarter, play alone, I was sitting on the ground with 50 or so other people, not knowing what to expect from the guy with the acoustic guitar seated at the edge of the stage at Modified Arts without a microphone.

What I heard was a half hour of songs that inspired much of the same emotions as my visit to the pre-Katrina locale that is Steinbrink's stage name -- a place of beauty and elegance that still managed to fit in with the swamp it inhabited.

It's All Relative: Meeting your Match Online
I have a love-life confession to make.

We all do things that we aren't proud of, and at a certain point in our lives, it's time to come clean and admit the lengths that we've gone to in order to find a date.

I once posted a Yahoo Personals profile.

Gadget Corner: Man's Best Digital Friend
Otoizm is a digital pet that literally rocks. And as a musical upgrade on the electronic pets that were popular back in the day, it's way cooler than the Giga Pet you had in '93.

Konami debuted the portable device that houses a digital pet at the 2006 Toy Forum in Tokyo. It connects to any MP3 player and "eats" a steady diet of music. More than 30 unique pets can be created based on what types of music Otoizm "eats."

Top 5: Cheap date spots on campus
1. The ASU Art Museum at Nelson Fine Arts Center:
This architecturally fascinating building located on 10th Street and Mill Ave. is one of the cheapest spots for date on this list, considering admission is free. For you art snobs, here's your chance to seem like a true intellectual spouting off knowledge about one of the artists. Museum hours are 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Off Key: Gimme Noise
Sometimes, when I consider the sheer number of songs that exist (even within my own record collection), I start to wonder about the first man or woman to play an instrument. What possessed them to do it? Was it a hot date or a lucky day on the hunt?

These days, musicians seem to pick up their guitar, or sit down at their piano, or do whatever it is one does when playing the flute, for an infinite number of reasons.

Liner Notes: CD Reviews
Kickball's live performance is something like music class in elementary school. When they played in Phoenix a month ago, they passed out tiny percussion instruments to a handful of people in the audience and asked them to play along. On record, their songs are described by promoters as experimental pop -- which I guess is a nice way of saying "comfortably weird."

Editorial: From the Edge
I've been thinking a lot about age lately. Probably because one of my new best friends is a six-year-old. Sounds a little weird, I know, but I'm lucky I have this person in my life. She might be small, but this kid teaches me something new every time I see her.

Age is a strange thing. When you tell someone your age, they're likely to make certain assumptions about you -- your experience, your intelligence, your ability to perform certain tasks are all defined by the number of years you've walked on this planet. We assume the older a person is the smarter they must be, the more they must understand about the way the world works.

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