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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Idle Worship: Ed Colver's Rare Hardcore Photos

    When your aunt pulls out her forgotten photos of family vacations past, you're probably going to tune out. But when punk rock photographer Edward Colver tells you he's got boxes of negatives he hasn't looked at in years, you drop what you're doing and gather around. Colver is opening up...
  • The 10 People Who Won't Make It in Los Angeles

    We've said it so many times, it's a wonder that it bears any more repeating: L.A. is the greatest city on the planet. Hands down. Fact. People come here every day on buses, trains, planes and hand-made art cars just to bask in our sunshine, taste our tacos, stare at...
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  • Daniele Watts Denounced by Black Leaders

    The tide of public opinion seems to have fully turned against actress Daniele Watts after she suggested racial profiling was behind her police stop in Studio City last week. Her white boyfriend, self-proclaimed "rawk star chef" Brian James Lucas, went so far as to say cops questioned Watts and himself...
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  • Artificial Sweeteners May Raise Blood Sugar

    A new study published Sept. 17 in the journal Nature says that artificial sweeteners found in diet soda, yogurt and other foods consumed by millions of people may actually raise blood sugar levels instead of lowering them, the Wall Street Journal reports, contributing to the development of diabetes and obesity...
  • L.A.'s First Immersive Theater Conference

    Can immersive theater help boost Los Angeles’ perennially struggling stage scene? That was one of the questions on the table at L.A.’s first conference for its fledgling interactive theater “industry,” held on Sept. 6. Submersive: An Immersive Theater Unconference attracted around 30 participants drawn from traditional stage companies, new media producers...
  • Party Pick of the Week: Rocky Horror Bondage Disco 2

    Few films grabbed moviegoers by the fangs like The Rocky Horror Picture Show. So it’s no shock that the erotic cult classic makes for an outrageously fun club theme. September being its anniversary (it was released this month back in 1975!), it’s time to stop dreaming it and “be it,”...
  • Fanatics! Listen To This Show At Least Twice (Three Times Would Be Better)

    RADIO BROADCAST #28609–21–14 Fanatic! Just back from a few sleepless days in Belgium, working on a film. Staggered back into the office not two hours ago. Before that, I was in Chicago for Riot Fest and met Nadya and Masha from Pussy Riot. I was so happy to be able...
  • Gordo the Dog's Leg Is Likely Saved (PHOTOS)

    Surgery was wrapping up this afternoon on Gordo the dog. An official at Advanced Critical Care-Los Angeles said veterinary surgeons were working on saving his leg and that the operation was almost complete. The owners opted to save the pooch's right, rear leg rather than amputate, said hospital representative Shannon Brown...
  • $1.65 Billion Hollywood Tax Giveaway Approved, and It's a Shame

    The moguls of Hollywood are laughing all the way to the bank today as Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a tax giveaway for film and television production that will take $1.65 billion of your hard-earned cashed and give it to producers over a 5-year span. The idea is to...
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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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