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Calendar, Archive Marvin Gaye's What's Going On with John Legend, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Marvin Gaye's What's Going On with John Legend, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter John Legend teams with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and American funk darlings Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings to perform Marvin Gaye's highly political 1971 concept album, What's Going On, in its entirety. The timely masterpiece, for which Motown founder Berry Gordy initially expressed disdain, discussed structural inequality, corruption...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Brilliantshine Opens in Santa Monica

Brilliantshine Opens in Santa Monica

All summer long, cocktail-loving Westsiders have been eagerly anticipating Brilliantshine, the new spot from prolific mixology masters Julian Cox and Josh Goldman, and it's finally here. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, the watering hole will officially open its doors in the Santa Monica courtyard behind Tinga, former home of the popular...…
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News, The Informer Justin Bieber Takes Over Notorious L.A. Party House

Justin Bieber Takes Over Notorious L.A. Party House

This party house has already been the target of neighbors' complaints, so we wonder how things will go with Justin Bieber reportedly renting the place. See also: Weidlake Party House Gets MTV Show Despite Neighbors' Complaints The Weidlake residence in the Hollywood Hills has been the site of parties, porn shoots...…
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Music, West Coast Sound R.I.P. Drew Bernstein, Freak Fashion Pioneer

R.I.P. Drew Bernstein, Freak Fashion Pioneer

Drew Bernstein, the creator of popular rock and roll clothing lines Lip Service and Kill City, was found dead yesterday of an apparent suicide by gunshot. His body was discovered on a hiking trail in the Hollywood Hills off of Mulholland Drive. He was 51.  The L.A. native came up...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Grand Central Market Makes It Onto <i>Bon Appétit's</i> Best New Restaurants List

Grand Central Market Makes It Onto Bon Appétit's Best New Restaurants List

Remember last week when we got all giddy over the fact that L.A. had more restaurants than any other city on Bon Appétit's list of 50 nominees for the title of Best New Restaurant in America? Well, today the final list of the ten best new restaurants in the nation...…
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News, The Informer War Machine Pulled a Knife on Christy Mack, Sexually Assaulted Her, Cops Say

War Machine Pulled a Knife on Christy Mack, Sexually Assaulted Her, Cops Say

There's way more to the story of mixed martial artist Jonathan "War Machine" Koppenhaver's alleged attack on porn star Christine "Christy Mack" Mackinday and her male companion earlier this month. Police say in their arrest warrant request for the fighter, who was captured Friday at a Simi Valley hotel, that victim...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Bartender Charles Joly Talks Cocktails, Competition and Curry

Bartender Charles Joly Talks Cocktails, Competition and Curry

A funny thing happened over the last few weeks on Facebook. Many bartenders changed their profile photo to a common image: that of a debonair-looking man, with piercing eyes, a beard and tattooed arms. His name is Charles Joly and, in the bartending community, he is the current hero at...…
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Music, West Coast Sound John Legend Seduced Us at the Greek Theatre Last Night

John Legend Seduced Us at the Greek Theatre Last Night

John Legend Greek Theatre August 18, 2014 John Legend looked me straight in the eyes and told me he loved me last night, you guys. Well, maybe he didn't mean me, personally, but it sure felt that way. On stage at the Greek Theatre, the R&B crooner seduced an entire...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Events: PigOut 3.0, The Taste + L.A. Food and Wine Festival

Top 3 Events: PigOut 3.0, The Taste + L.A. Food and Wine Festival

PigOut 3.0  This is the third edition of this annual pig-centric event, which features chefs, specialty pork, cocktails, a pig-deconstruction demo, a pig farmer Q&A and a knife-skills demo. This year's main attraction will be a  250-pound Templeton Rye Duroc pig from the Templeton Rye Heritage Pork Project. Among the...…
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News, The Informer Cops Say "Potential Mass Shooting" at SoCal High School Thwarted

Cops Say "Potential Mass Shooting" at SoCal High School Thwarted

Details were thin but South Pasadena police say they thwarted a "potential mass shooting" at South Pasadena High School. Two students of the institution were arrested, and "enough evidence was discovered" to make authorities believe the alleged threats were legit, the South Pasadena Police Department said in a statement overnight...…
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News, The Informer BuzzFeed Aims at Latino Audience With L.A. Hires

BuzzFeed Aims at Latino Audience With L.A. Hires

For decades, journalism groups have pressured news outlets to hire more minorities, particularly Latinos in Southern California. The idea, says the American Society of News Editors, "is to have the percentage of minorities working in newsrooms nationwide reflect the percentage of minorities in the nation's population by 2025."  The results...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Your Google Map to Asian Noodles in L.A.

Your Google Map to Asian Noodles in L.A.

You pick up a few lessons when you pack away bowls and bowls and bowls of noodles — often one right after another — in the name of Asian noodle research. You quickly discover the elasticity, or lack thereof, of your stomach. You learn to bring at least one buddy along...…
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News, The Informer L.A.'s 10 Most Pervasive Stereotypes: True or False?

L.A.'s 10 Most Pervasive Stereotypes: True or False?

Has there ever been a more misunderstood American city than Los Angeles? Despite being the nation's second most populous metropolitan area, despite being the entertainment capital of the world, and despite having near-perfect weather 300 days out of the year, L.A. is routinely reduced to the most banal of stereotypes...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Josef Centeno Takes Over Pete's Cafe

Josef Centeno Takes Over Pete's Cafe

Three Josef Centeno restaurants all within walking distance of one another not enough for you? Well lucky you: There will shortly be a fourth restaurant with Centeno's stamp on it, and this one will serve breakfast.  Pete's Cafe, the downtown diner that's been open on Main St. since 2002, is...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>Seinfeld</i>’s Jason Alexander Directs Neil Simon’s <i>Broadway Bound</i> (GO!)

Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander Directs Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound (GO!)

The third installment of Neil Simon’s trilogy about the Jerome family from Brighton Beach, Broadway Bound stands on its own as a humorous and wistful examination of working class Jewish-American culture during changing times. Toward the end of the pre-television era in 1949, brothers Eugene (Ian Alda) and Stanley (Noah...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle When Four Very Different Women Try Out for the Same TV Role

When Four Very Different Women Try Out for the Same TV Role

Meet and Greet — co-written by longtime TV veterans Stan Zimmerman (Roseanne) and Christian McLaughlin (Married with Children) and directed by Zimmerman — is set in a casting office in the San Fernando Valley. The play revolves around the competition among four middle-aged actresses for a plum role on a new...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle John Adams Explains Why His Northridge Earthquake Opera Took 19 Years to Reach L.A.

John Adams Explains Why His Northridge Earthquake Opera Took 19 Years to Reach L.A.

It’s not a musical — there’s no dialogue between the songs. It’s not a traditional opera — there are no musical transitions from one emotional moment to the next. Composer John Adams calls I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky a “songplay.” Librettist June Jordan...…
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Calendar, Archive A Tribute to The Replacements with The Henry Clay People

A Tribute to The Replacements with The Henry Clay People

If there's one rock band that's impossible to imitate, it's The Replacements. Plenty of bands have been influenced by the Minneapolis alt-rockers and followed in their gloriously sodden wake, but precious few come anywhere near to approximating Paul Westerberg's notoriously self-lacerating wit and morosely hopeful worldview. Tonight's bill, the latest...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Trends, a Bedroom Recording Project, Make "Queer Punk Trash"

Trends, a Bedroom Recording Project, Make "Queer Punk Trash"

What happens when you give a high schooler a Le Butcherettes album, a guitar, music production software Logic Express, a cheap snowball mic, and a $20 Peavey amp?  In the case of 18-year-old Duarte artist Marina Paiz, you get Queer Punk Trash. Duh. At least, that's how Paiz describes Trends,...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Chainsmokers Are Blowing the Eff Up

The Chainsmokers Are Blowing the Eff Up

Two years ago DJ Alex Pall and producer Drew Taggart were pretty much unknown. Yet when we talked to them earlier this month, the duo had just lunched with Tïesto in Las Vegas.  Pall and Taggart are better known as NYC-based EDM up-and-comers The Chainsmokers. They were one of our...…
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