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Brother Ali

Brother Ali's grooves may float like a butterfly, but his incisively caustic words sting like a full hive of bees. "No, I'm not a prophet, nor am I proselytizing," the Minneapolis rapper explains on his recent EP, Left in the Deck. "My assignment: to take my little light and shine...…
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Rosanne Cash

Rosanne Cash is coming to town, touring on her first album of original material in more than six years, and she brings a formidable load of heritage and artistry. The new record, The River & the Thread, characterized by minor keys, Southern Gothic grooves and deftly wrought lyrics, is an...…
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Film, Film Reviews

David Fincher's Gone Girl Is Smartly Crafted But a Bit Too Slick

Everything about Gone Girl, David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's enormously popular 2012 thriller about a deteriorating marriage and a wife gone missing, is precise and thoughtful — it's as well planned as the perfect murder, with its share of vicious, shivery delights. But at the end of the perfect...…
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Best of L.A. 2014

If the usual experts are to be trusted, the end of the world is definitely coming one of these days. Some say it'll end in fire; some say in ice. Some say global climate change. All — with apologies to Robert Frost — would suffice. So what are we to...…
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Best Barber Shop

Vinny's Barber Shop has a sort of unofficial slogan: "It's a haircut." And indeed, it is that. In a world where a million salons try to pose as the real McCoy, you need look no further than this East Hollywood spot for an old-school barber shop with a modern, contemporary...…
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Best Pizza

Don't let Nancy Silverton's puffy-edged pies at Mozza sway you: The city's best wood-fired pizza may well be across town at Mother Dough in Los Feliz. At the least, the tiny brick storefront space along Hollywood Boulevard has more soul than perhaps any other pizza place in Los Angeles, thanks...…
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Best Day-to-Night Bar

Zinque is the Diane Von Fürstenberg wrap dress of restaurants. During the day, its airy interior resembles an Apple store, considering how many Mac laptops are in use. But at night it's a different story: Wine glasses, oysters and occasionally live music make you feel as if you're in a...…
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Best Beach Yoga

The same folks who decided that people should be able to ride a Ferris wheel where they fish have come up with, arguably, an even better combination. The Santa Monica Pier offers ROGA — running plus yoga — workouts on Saturday mornings for free at various times throughout the spring,...…
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Best Eastside Yoga

A yoga studio for the real Eastside was embraced almost as the second coming. Finally, yoga for the people. And that's almost what Leah Gallegos and Lauren Quan-Madrid call their new space: People's Yoga. Bringing the chi to Chicanos means "Yoga y Luz" classes in Spanish, prenatal yoga, yoga for...…
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Readers' Choice Los Angeles 2014

This year's Best of L.A. issue pays homage to all the places in the city we're just not ready to say goodbye to yet. But it's not just us telling you our favorites. We also asked you to nominate your favorite places in Los Angeles — and then vote on the finalists. Here are your picks.…
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Film, Film Reviews

Hey Everyone, iPhones May Be Hurting Our Relationships! The Obviousness of Men, Women & Children

The tragedy of Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children is that it was released the year it was made. A snapshot of today's cultural disconnection, in which Facebook, texting, World of Warcraft and streaming smut lure people away from dinner with their families, the film's so current that its observations...…
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Best Antique Shop

Open just a few hours a week (Wednesday through Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.), this dusty, signless storefront is easy to miss. But if you glance through the window, you'll see an ancient wheelchair and crutches, old cans and bottles, and a selection of shiny silver toasters and waffle makers. Inside...…
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Best Taco

Every single day of the year, including holidays, you can find Mariscos Jalisco parked on the eastern stretch of Olympic Boulevard; thus every day of the year, especially holidays, you'll find folks from as far away as San Diego in line for the truck's near-legendary taco dorados de camaron. This...…
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Best Arcade Bar

Unlike what you might imagine an adult arcade to be like, EightyTwo is not the sweaty domain of grown-up nerds. Rather, it's a video game paradise that's as sleek as it is chic. Housed in a metallic, 2,000-square-foot warehouse, this Arts District cocktail bar boasts 15 pinball machines — which...…
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Best Spin Class

Joe Wolf, a massage therapist and nursing student by day, fills the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA's spin studio Tuesday through Thursday evenings with a crowd ready for a fast, fun and absolutely grueling workout. When he's not making the rounds to personally pump up participants, he seems to channel Andre the...…
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Best Kids Yoga

An entertainment producer and mother of three, Antonia King was startled to realize that L.A. had no yoga studios for children. So in 2012, she launched Zooga Yoga, a studio offering yoga classes to kids of all ages, from babies to teenagers. Naturally, the younger ones are not adept at...…
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Best New Comedy Club

In just two years, Christian Chavez has created an oasis of chill under the Sunset Boulevard bridge in Echo Park. Echoes Under Sunset is nothing like the Laugh Factory or the Comedy Store. No comic's friends laughing too much at his lame jokes, no two-drink minimum, no limits on obscenity...…
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Best Podcast

If someone had told you 10 years ago that the brightest and funniest minds of our generation soon would be offering up free radio shows every week — which you could hear on your phone whenever you wanted — would you have believed him? In our opinion, the best podcast...…
Film, Film Reviews

In the Great Road Trip Movie Harmontown, the Community Creator Tries to Grow Up

For a lot of reasons that probably have to do with shareholder value maximization, this is an era in which mainstream cinema has been eclipsed by excellent television. You could argue that the people who make TV tend to be more interesting and complicated than those who make films. This...…
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Best Bookstore, Westside

The paucity of bookstores on the Westside can be disheartening, but Santa Monica's Angel City Books & Records has been a sanctuary for book-buying locals since 1998. Though small and narrow, the store is easily navigable and feels more cozy than cramped. Filled with a meticulously curated selection of used...…
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