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  • Chef Michael Voltaggio's New Role: Winemaker

    Chef Michael Voltaggio has long placed an emphasis on wine at his restaurant ink., and the wine list there has always veered towards the esoteric. It's probably no surprise then, than when he got the chance to make his own wine, he opted to make an orange wine.  Voltaggio's wine...
  • Bedrocktoberfest Was Like FYF Before It Got Big

    Bedrocktoberfest Bedrock LA September 20, 2014 It was a taxing summer concert season. At various festivals there were long waits to get in, big police presences, arrests, and deaths. But Bedrocktoberfest, held at the go-to Echo Park rehearsal and recording space Bedrock LA, had none of that. Now in its...
  • When Guerrilla Marketing Met the LAPD

    There are many ways to capture the attention of the Los Angeles Police Department. Aiming a massive white light toward the sky can probably be added to the list. At least that's the story of 29-year-old Greg Cayea, a public relations and marketing guru who's producing next month's edgy Carpe...
  • KCRW’S Good Food Pie Contest Returns

    Ladies and gentlemen, start your ovens: It's pie time. KCRW’S Good Food Pie Contest is returning for its sixth year, on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 2-4 p.m. This year, the pie fest moves to UCLA's Fowler Museum, and is adding two new pie categories: Cooked Custard and World Pie (inspired by...
  • Why Fall Is L.A.'s Best Season

    Many people have an almost superstitious hatred of fall in Los Angeles. Admittedly, it hasn't always had a good track record. Fall is the time of merciless Indian summers, apocalyptic brush fires and that natural sandblasting better known as Santa Anas but also referred to, more ominously, as the devil...
  • L.A. Becomes a Battleground in Google's Augmented Reality Game Ingress

    Shadows dance along the vaulted Spanish Colonial-style arches of Pasadena City Hall. It’s 8 p.m. on a Friday last month, and one lone man, then another, then a couple stop on the steps. They ask each other tentatively, “You playing?” Then a whole family arrives, and as the group swells...
  • Joan's On Third in Studio City Is Finally Open

    At 8 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, Joan McNamara is finally opening the doors of her Studio City outpost of Joan's On Third, the much-loved Third Street cafe and market. That sound you hear is the entire San Fernando Valley rejoicing, as well as a lot of people on the...
  • Does Classical Music Sound Better When You're High?

    “Do you have anything that goes well with Beethoven?” The clerk at the Denver Wellness Center looks at me strangely, before motioning me over to a display case full of various THC-infused candies and baked goods. “Well,” he says. “We got weed cookies, gummies, lollipops, chocolate...I think any of them...
  • The Best Concerts to See in L.A. This Week

    Monday, September 22 Drake vs. Lil Wayne HOLLYWOOD BOWL Sponsored by game maker Capcom, the 13-city Drake vs. Lil Wayne Tour finally enters its West Coast phase. The “Street Fighter”–inspired tour features multiple Grammy winners Drake and Lil Wayne battling one another with individual hits, then joining forces to perform...
  • Is the Los Angeles Register About to Go Kaput? Already?!

    That was fast. Rumors have been furiously flying (if anyone has a better verb/adverb combo for "rumors" please email this reporter immediately) about the impending closure of Los Angeles' newest newspaper, the L.A. Register, which joined our fraternity of of local print publications in April. We now understand that its...
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  • Water Slide Is Denied Permission to Happen in Downtown L.A.

    The city of Los Angeles has rejected plans for a giant water slide event on a downtown street. Organizers today informed those who purchased tickets to the sold-out, Sept. 28 happening that it has been canceled. The Slide the City event had received the approval of local city Councilman Jose...
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  • Avant-Garde Performance Troupe Gob Squad Deconstructs a YouTube Video at REDCAT (GO!)

    There’s a lot of playfully provocative interrogation on the REDCAT stage in the U.S. premiere of Western Society, the sardonic and whip-clever video “reenactment” by the Anglo-German “intermedia” performance troupe Gob Squad, and not the least of it is in the evening’s repeatedly intoned, metatheatrical mantra, “What are we doing...
  • Apple Zombies Queue up for New iPhones, as Torrance Robbers Swipe 30

    Hordes of hollow-eyed Apple addicts stood in line overnight for the chance to buy the new iPhone 6. But in Torrance, some robbers decided not to wait. Two men broke into the AT&T store at the Del Amo Fashion Center mall just after 9 p.m. on Thursday, and threatened the...
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  • 20 Ways to Celebrate L.A. Beer Week 2014

    Get ready, Angelenos. The 6th annual L.A. Beer Week starts Sept. 20, kicking off nine days of appreciation of the county’s rapidly growing craft beer scene. Now being organized by the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild, L.A. Beer Week is taking on a more local focus this year, with a...
  • 5 Chill Things to Do in L.A. This Week for $5 or Less

    This week, take time to chill — at artist Oliver Payne's listening party, Chill Out, or at any number of the chill science-meets-art events that are part of Pasadena's AxS Festival, including this super chill fabric dome called SPHÆRÆ. Sit back and contemplate as you listen to the too-often silenced voices...
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  • The Joy of Goat at Mirak in Harvard Heights

    It’s no secret that Koreatown’s restaurants are often a one dish affair. If you find yourself at a restaurant that specializes in cold noodles – say, Yu Chun – you are almost certainly eating nothing but naeng myun and kimchi. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that you may...
  • Neutral Milk Hotel - Hollywood Bowl - September 18, 2014

    I probably don't have anything to say about smartphones at concerts you haven't heard before. And by that I mean, screw smartphones at concerts. If you want to snap a quick picture, sure, whatever, go ahead and manufacture your online persona. But when you raise your arm aloft in a...
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  • Soon You Might Be Able to FaceTime and Text 911

    Don't try this at home, kids, especially if you have a real emergency. According to a motion from city Councilman Paul Krekorian, "Today, in Los Angeles, if residents send a text message to 911 they will receive a return message telling them to call 911." Yeah, and flaming emojis probably won't...
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  • DEA Cracks Down Big-Time on Marijuana Wax

    The popularity of marijuana-derived concentrates, including wax, honey oil, and shatter, has correlated to a rash of extraction-lab explosions across Southern Calfornia over the last two years. But police operations specifically targeting the makers of this potent form of medicine have been few and far between, with authorities often breaking...
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  • L.A. Beer Banter with the Brew Dogs

    Scottish craft brewers James Watt and Martin Dickie, AKA the Brew Dogs, have their own show on the Esquire Network devoted to high-brow beer. Each episode concentrates on a city or region recognized for it's brewing prowess — and this season, one of the cities they chose to profile our is very own...
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    Born to Run So! Gloria Molina is running for office, again ("Molina Targets City Hall's Boys Club," by Jill Stewart and Jessica P. Ogilvie, Sept. 12). Readers had plenty to say about that. Writes LuckyM, "The issue of a lack of women on the council is a red herring. She...
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    Twenty-five years ago, a family of strangely coiffed, yellow cartoon characters scurried home to gather in front of their TV for the first time. The Simpsons has since become an animated thread in the fabric of American pop culture — and, starting from the angelic chord and cascading harp of...
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    Francisco Real killed people. He smuggled illegal immigrants. He sold drugs and collected taxes for the Mexican Mafia. He ran a gang and family criminal enterprise that made his street in Glassell Park one of the most dangerous in Los Angeles. But L.A. being the city of reinvention, last week...
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    The Identical is Elvis slash fiction that could have been written by a spinster church organist. Its premise is intriguing: What if Jesse Presley, Elvis' twin brother who was stillborn at birth, was in fact secretly given to a traveling minister (Ray Liotta) and his infertile wife (Ashley Judd)? What...

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