After a particularly troublesome trip to the driving range, it occurs to me that the simplest law of life is the very thing I needed to remember: Keep your head down. Just stay in your swing. Do what you know. Don't even think. Just stay solid.


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Friday, June 3
7:00 a.m.
If you feel like waking up this early check out the Black Eyed Peas on The Today Show (NBC).

Brooklyn International Film Festival: By and for independent filmmakers, the eighth annual competitive festival features top-notch features, shorts, documentaries, experimental and animation work submitted from over 70 countries. Running all weekend long. Check listings for times. (200 Eastern Parkway)

7:30 p.m.
Cinderella Man: Go see what critics are calling the best film of the year so far. Hopefully, Giamatti won’t get screwed out of another Oscar nomination.

8:00 p.m.
The Other Network @ M Bar: Go watch unaired TV pilots from big Hollywood talent (intro’d by their creators). Tonight features: Lookwell! by Conan O’Brien and Robert Smigel, starring Adam West; Sick in the Head, starring: David Krumholtz, Andrea Martin and Amy Pohler; and Heat-Vision Jack, directed by Ben Stiller and starring Jack Black and Owen Wilson. Tickets $10. Doors 7pm for dinner/drinks. (1253 N. Vine St. @ Fountain, 323-856-0036)

8:30 p.m.
In Case of Love, Break Glass: Collage Dance Theatre celebrates WeHo’s 20th anniversary with a performance that takes place on the Emser Tile building. Yes, on it. A lush video projection serves as the backdrop & the dancers climb the twin fire escapes in a piece promising to reveal “the twists and turns of love—its rise and fall, risks and promise.” I’d be a nervous wreck watching them; it sounds very Fear Factor-ish. Tix $20. Also at 10 p.m. (8431 Santa Monica Blvd., 818-784-8669)

9:00 p.m.
The Standard, Hollywood: Sure it’s trendy, sure there’s a too-cool-for-school model chick/dude in the glass box behind the desk, sure folks on the patio can see your silhouette while you use the bathroom…we still dig it. Love the blue Astroturf around the pool and view of the city. Food is priced well, drinks are ridiculously overpriced—but hey, it’s the Strip, baby. Hey look, there’s Owen and Vince.

Saturday, June 4
11:00 a.m.

www.flysong.com: Craving a summer getaway? Delta’s way-hip, way-cheap Song Airline is the way to go. Cool planes w/individual TVs offering 24 satellite channels, video games (you can play poker w/passengers), movies on demand & huge music libraries allowing you to create your own playlists. You’ve gotta buy the food, but it’s awesome and all organic. Kate Spade & Jack Spade designed the flight attendants uniforms. Cute.

11:00 a.m.
L.A. Art Fest: With hundreds of booths and participating galleries, more bands than you can take in at one sitting and some mind-scratching left-field art presentations, this might just become one of L.A.'s most rewarding festivals. Fireworks kick off the fest's gala opening, and seven 40-foot helium angels are let loose into the sky, serving notice that something strange is afoot in L.A. Wow, cool!!

12:00 p.m.
Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink in Central Park: This great little amusement park for kids takes over the rink for the summer. There are ten rides and various games and various options for all-inclusive admission or pay per ride options. You can have your kid’s bday party here, too. For Info: www.victoriagardensnyc.com

5:00 p.m.
Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on TNT: This is an elimination game for the Pistons, but the Heat could be without the amazing Dwyane Wade, which would be a bummer for Miami and just as big a bummer for viewers. This series is very hard to predict because home court doesn’t seem to mean anything for either of these teams.

6:30 p.m.
The Mars Volta @ the Greek Theare.

Sunday, June 5
1:00 p.m.

The Five-Borough Battle of the Bands: Watch bands fight it out for a spot at the CMJ Music Marathon. @ Grand Army Plaza (Prospect Park West @ Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, 718-802-3846)

2:00 p.m.
Take your girlfriend to see The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, after all, you owe her—she did go with you to see Cinderella Man!! [Ed note: Jesse is so whipped.]

5:00 p.m.
Wally’s 13th Annual Bubbly Binge: Anyone wanna go get drunk? 50+ champagnes, along w/food from 20 restaurants. @ Le Merigot Santa Monica Beach Hotel till 8 p.m. (1740 Ocean Ave., btwn Pico/Colorado)

8:00 p.m.
The Simpsons (Fox)

8:30 p.m.
The Simpsons (Fox)

9:00 p.m.
Family Guy (Fox): One of Je-c’s favorite shows.

9:00 p.m.
Entourage (HBO): Season Two of this fun Hollywood show kicks off. What—you were expecting Six Feet Under? Moved to Monday, dude. The boys are actually on location in N.Y. now. Either way, I think it’s important to note that I’d sleep with Vince or Ari. My mom would be more into the Ari thing…sounds more Jew-y.

9:30 p.m.
The Comeback (HBO): Lisa Kudrow’s new show premieres. She plays a former sitcom star attempting a comeback with a TV crew following her to document it as a reality series. Love Lisa. Don’t believe the reviews—of course it’s funny.

Monday, June 6
Six Feet Under, Fifth Season Premiere (HBO): Break out the formaldehyde—we’re havin’ a partay! The final season begins.

Jack Nicklaus to Retire After 2005 British Open:
This very weekend, Jack Nicklaus plays at Muirfield Village, representing the last vestige of an age of uncommon grace in an ultimate gentlemen's sport. Dignity was as much a touchstone of the Golden Bear's dominance of the game of golf as his deadly accurate iron play and an ability to roll putts directly to the edge of the cup—and for an icon of this magnitude to orchestrate a final tournament with the apropos tinge of the British Open at the Old Course at St Andrews, the mother church of golf, his sense of meaning remains perfect. We should all know when and how as clearly, for that way our meanings could be elevated rather than diminished with the inevitable passage of time.

Keeping Your Head Down: My sainted father John F Gleason Jr. used to say, "As in golf, as in life," and it has held truer than any conventional wisdom I've ever embraced. He also said, "If you wanna know a man, get him on the golf course," because one can't hide their true nature, along with the ever-ready practice-range admonition that spoke volumes about bigger-picture conduct: "Your fundamentals tell you everything about what you need to be doing." So after a particularly troublesome trip to the driving range, it occurs to me that the simplest law of life is the very thing I needed to remember: Keep your head down. Just stay in your swing. Do what you know. Don't even think. Just stay solid. Don't waver. Your swing will be there. "As in golf, as in life," indeed.

Cinderella Man
Starring: Russell Crowe
, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko, Bruce McGill, and Paddy Considine
Synopsis: Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock is just a regular Joe who starts taking fights to feed his wife and family, but as he piles up unlikely victories, he becomes a national hero whose spectacular comeback inspires the nation.
Thoughts: I really have been looking forward to this movie since I saw the previews awhile back. Russell Crowe seems to be on a roll of late, and this movie looks to continue that streak. The buzz has been incredible—plus it’s directed by Ron Howard. so you know its gonna be good.

Lords of Dogtown
Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, John Robinson, Michael Angaran, Nikki Reed, Heath Ledger, Rebecca De Mornay andJohnny Knoxville
Synopsis: Like the documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys, only in fictional form, Lords of Dogtown chronicles the adventures of the crew of 1970s California skaters who brought their surfing experience to the concrete and revolutionized the sport.
Thoughts: I never saw the documentary, but for some reason I am kind of curious to see this movie. The coming attractions make it look really good. It could be one of those fun summer movies—either that or really suck.