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New Noise Festival To Debut in Downtown SB

Featuring a beautiful beachside locale, tons of reggae, a number of jam bands and copious amounts of ganja, the West Beach Music & Arts Festival pretty much embodies the Santa Barbara image, love it or hate it. If that’s not your scene, however, there’s another local festival looking to cater to your musical needs. The ambitious first-annual New Noise Santa Barbara runs Oct. 8 through Oct. 10, and features a number of panels with industry insiders as well as a diverse roster of artists performing all over downtown Santa Barbara’s numerous venues.

Student Aid Reform Bill Awaits Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill last Friday that would facilitate the restructuring of the federal student loan system and potentially save taxpayers $87 billion over the next 10 years.

‘Chos Welcome Foes

After winning two of their last three games, including a 2-0 drubbing of Cal State Bakersfield in Bakersfield last Thursday, the UCSB women’s soccer team returns to Harder Stadium to continue their brutal nonconference schedule.

This Friday, the Gauchos (3-4-1 overall) play host to an Arizona squad (2-5-1) looking for a bit of payback after Santa Barbara handed them a 1-0 overtime defeat in Tempe last year. That game precedes another Pac-10 showdown the following Sunday, when UCSB takes on #3 UCLA (6-1-1) in a rematch of last year’s confrontation in Westwood, a match the Bruins won 2-1.

Turning Down Busta for Buduburam

On Friday, I was invited to attend a Busta Rhymes concert in Accra the next night by the hiplife group whose music video I was in (which is a long story for another blog post).

Deficit Clips Newspapers

As California’s education funds continue to get slashed, many college newspapers statewide have been forced to shut down production or employ desperate measures to keep printing.

UCSB Treads Water Early

After taking fifth place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament last year, the #6 UCSB men’s water polo team (5-3 overall) is poised to have a strong 2009 campaign and expectations are high.

“Jennifer’s Body” Doesn’t Need Any Work ***1/2

Walking in to see “Jennifer’s Body,” I was prepared to experience something similar to that which was depicted in the first shot of the film: picking at a scab. After all, Megan Fox really hasn’t shown any acting potential beyond her ability to pose on a motorcycle and pout for Shia LaBeouf. Well, that and her affinity for saying each and every inane thought that comes to mind. This, incidentally, bares striking resemblance to the film’s titular character, and turns the movie into an engrossingly addictive piece of entertainment.

“Meatballs” Provides Large Serving of Fun ****1/2

In the fall of 2002, MTV premiered “Clone High,” a deliriously funny spoof of teen dramas and world history. Less than 4 months later the show was canceled due to the fatal combination of mediocre ratings and a hunger strike protesting a comedic depiction of Gandhi.

Off The Beaten Path: “Brain Damage”

This year, Artsweek will be trying out some new columns and features as a way to better serve you, the student. This column is the first in a series designed to alert students to films that they might otherwise miss. Generally, the films discussed in this column will correspond with one of the week’s major releases and act as an alternative.

Local Politicians Debate Reopening Oil Drilling

Forty years after a destructive oil spill, Santa Barbara County shores may open to new offshore drilling sites.