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  • Could a City-Wide $15 Minimum Wage Be Coming to L.A.?

    You may have heard that Seattle passed a citywide $15 minimum wage last month, highest of any city in the U.S. You could even feel a little jealous of our northern neighbors, given how expensive rent is in Los Angeles. Well, brace yourself, because the "fight for fifteen" has arrived in L.A., with...
  • World Cup Projected on Downtown L.A. Wall For Immigrant Inmates (VIDEO)

    A group of demonstrators concerned with societal inequality, the deportation of those who came to the United States illegally, and the rights of homeless people celebrated the World Cup in a unique way this weekend. They projected Saturday's third-place game between the Netherlands (which won) and Brazil on a wall...
  • L.A. Beer Week Announces 2014 Dates and New Organizers, L.A. Brewers Guild

    In 2008, a dedicated group of passionate beer advocates launched the 10-day craft beer celebration known as L.A. Beer Week  At the time, the County had only two production breweries, a few beer bars and a sea of untapped market potential. Without a local beer culture to speak of, LABW organizers...
  • Insidelands at Los Globos Was Like a High School Party, But With Better Music

    Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar! Insidelands Los Globos July 12, 2014 Saturday marked the first full-day festival held by Lost Dog, a music collective that started up in March and is run by three (recently graduated) high schoolers. With the help of Danger Collective Records and SACALA, two other...
  • Mayor Garcetti Saves Foster the People Mural Downtown, Band Says

    A downtown L.A. mural produced as a backdrop for an album-promoting show by the band Foster the People has been saved by none other than Mayor Eric Garcetti, the pop trio announced overnight via Twitter. The band had previously stated that it was informed by the city that the multistory...
  • Real Food Daily Does Vegan Airport Food

    Vegan cuisine, such as it is, at Los Angeles International Airport is no longer confined to bananas and over-salted peanuts as Real Food Daily, owned by Ann Gentry, has been operating a fourth location at Terminal Four since December. As expected, the menu is a bit smaller than the other three Real...
  • Westside Subway Contract Has Losing Bidder Crying Foul

    After decades of planning, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is finally set to award a $1.6 billion contract for the first phase of the Westside subway extension. But it appears that nothing on this project can happen without controversy. One of the losing bidders, Dragados USA, is crying foul over the...
  • 6 Best Tres Leches Cakes in L.A.

    If you live in L.A. and have even a modest sweet tooth, chances are you've tried a tres leches cake. And if you've tried a good one, you know it's one of the dreamiest cakes on earth. Drenched in three milks — sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream...
  • Marc Maron's Guide to Highland Park

    Marc Maron is a well-known comic, author and host of the popular twice-weekly podcast, WTF with Marc Maron. He's also the creator, executive producer, writer and star of the weekly TV show Maron on IFC, which counts Denis Leary among its executive producers as well as Maron's fellow comic Bobcat Goldthwait as one of the series directors. IFC is...
  • A Star Trek Parody Meets British Bedroom Farce

    Playwright-director Jonas Oppenheim is one clever, funny guy. Among his past treasures is a site-specific interactive/guerrilla performance piece, I’m Going to Kill the President, in which a prank call to the White House resulted in a police raid on the venue – was it real or was it theater? Oppenheim’s...
  • The Best Concerts to See in L.A. This Week

    Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar! Monday, July 14 Arum Rae HOTEL CAFÉ “It looks like the tide is calling/Sendoff is drawing near,” Arum Rae confides amid a slowly unfolding series of chords that emerges like a sunrise. “I don’t know … if this is love...
  • SZA Crashes the Top Dawg Boys' Club

    When I reach SZA on the phone, she is just about to get naked with her friends and smoke a blunt on the beach, an experience that almost perfectly approximates the vibe of her music: cozy but exposed, sensual but funny, and deliberately fuzzy around the edges. It hasn't been...
  • Shots Fired at Westwood Pro-Israel Rally (VIDEO)

    A car-to-car beef preceded an officer-involved shooting today at a Westwood pro-Israel rally attended by Palestine sympathizers, authorities said. A "verbal and physical altercation" took place between the occupants of two vehicles at the end of the protest outside the Westwood Federal Building, an L.A. County Sheriff's Department official told...
  • Remembering Tommy Ramone, the Original Punk Rock Drummer

    Thomas Erdelyi, better known to his friends and the world as Tommy Ramone, died at his home in Queens this past Friday. His death came from a battle with bile duct cancer, an illness that he kept relatively quiet. Tommy was best known as the original, pioneering drummer of The...
  • Linsanity Comes to L.A.

    Point guard Jeremy Lin is reportedly coming to the Los Angeles Lakers.  Even if the news turns out to be false, the prospect of getting the 6 foot, 3 inch point guard's electric smile to L.A. set off a round of so-called Linsanity on social media. The Houston Rockets star...
  • Three Words: Bacon Cronut Burger

    Relax, Los Angeles. We now have a bacon cronut burger.  This is thanks to chef Marc Elliot and his new restaurant Old School Eatery, which opened this past Tuesday on the very eastern edge of Pasadena. The theme is retro cuisine with clever twists and local ingredients.  Elliot is quite the character...
  • Wine And Food Pairing Questions Answered

    Pair It!, a food and wine-pairing app, recently told me that for $4.99 I could have great pairing suggestions at my fingertips. As a sample, it suggested that a rich, ripe and earthy Italian wine is the perfect pairing for chocolate truffles and blue cheese. As a wine professional, I can...
  • 5 Edgy-Fun Things to Do in LA This Week for $11 or Less

    This week is full of opportunities for summer fun, with a twist. This Saturday, go to the Natural History Museum — at night. Revisit one of the greatest albums of all time, Michael Jackson's Bad, with the Spike Lee-directed documentary that goes behind the scenes of its creation. Check out two...
  • Creepster is Underpantsing Women in the Valley, Cops Say

    There's pantsing, and then there's underpantsing. Police this week circulated security images (on the next page) of a man they say has taken pantsing to a new low: He has allegedly pulled down not just the pants of his female victims, but also their underwear. The women were attacked as...
  • ACLU Sues Government For Tracking Innocent Citizens

    In the post-9/11 world, you can be questioned by federal agents simply for taking photos of what they believe are security-sensitive buildings. Not only that, but that questioning is often preceded by a "suspicious activity report" (SAR) that stays in your federal file. The ACLU of California is suing the...

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  • Boyhood's Crazy Experiment: Shoot a Film Over 12 Years

    "It's the secret films you have to watch out for," Richard Linklater jokes about his new movie, Boyhood, a furtive experiment that he kept quiet for more than a decade. In 2002, he chose a first-grader named Eller Coltrane, the 6-year-old son of two Texas artists; cast Patricia Arquette and...
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    Hayley Fox's cover story about the FBI's takedown of Armenian Power was a big hit with readers ("The Unusual Suspects," July 4). Yupper writes, "THANK GOD. I was beginning to think even the cops were afraid of these losers. They speed around in their flashy cars, no respect for anyone,...
  • Afternoons: On the Rise, Then Their World Collapsed 2

    At the beginning of 2008, Steven Scott and Brian Canning were on a bit of a roll, having just returned from touring Europe with their indie band, Irving. Over the course of the act’s 10-year career, they also had opened for Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand and The Polyphonic Spree, and...
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    In Anton Chekhov's play The Seagull, about the theater and its ambiguous relationship to life, neurotic young playwright Konstantin Treplev speaks about the calcification of theater and of the necessity to create "new forms." As Treplev ages, he evolves and devolves into a long-suffering, modestly successful author of quasi-inventive plays...
  • Tasting Menus Are Everywhere in L.A. Right Now

    When Alma opened in June 2012, it served as a beacon for the possibilities of the new food movement. Debuting with little fanfare on the quiet, scuzzy end of Broadway, it was a restaurant where you could taste the promise of one of the city's brightest young chefs, without a...
  • Steve McQueen at MOCA

    The most impressive thing about Drumroll by Steve McQueen, the video artist who became an Oscar-winning director with 12 Years a Slave, is the way in which it gives an almost omniscient view of a big city without making that city seem any less dense and unwieldy than it is...
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    Charlie "Bird" Parker has been called the greatest saxophonist who ever lived, a jazz legend who not only spearheaded the bebop movement but also laid the foundations of modern jazz. He was also a party animal. In 1952, Los Angeles would play host to one of Parker's wildest exploits. The...
  • Outfest Preview 2014

    There can be little doubt that we are at (maybe even just past) the tipping point of a global shift in awareness of LGBT issues. Heightened activism related to trans visibility, gay marriage, workplace protection and bullying is taking place around the world. That doesn't mean the news is all...

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