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The Last Book Review

Courageously risking the same kind of false-advertising lawsuit that befell the makers of The NeverEnding Story, comedians Caitlin Bergh and Ever Mainard launch their inaugural storytelling salon, The Last Book Review. From your willing suspension of disbelief hang comedians Moses Storm (of Hulu’s Subway-produced 4 to 9ers), Shauna McGarry (a...…
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Calendar, Archive Tosh Berman

Tosh Berman

In addition to managing his own publishing imprint, TamTam Books, Tosh Berman has penned a book that was first published in 1990 and now is being reissued by Penny Ante Editions. The Plum in Mr. Blum’s Pudding features a series of poems that reflect Berman’s alienation while living in Japan...…
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Calendar, Archive Purling Hiss

Purling Hiss

On their newest album, Weirdon, Philadelphia’s Purling Hiss — the solo project–gone-band of guitarist Mike Polizze, also a member of the mighty Birds of Maya — go bouncing between the sounds of the weirder guitarists who’ve made their mark across American indie rock, from J Mascis to Joey Santiago back...…
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Calendar, Archive Marc Ribot, Los Cubanos Postizos

Marc Ribot, Los Cubanos Postizos

Guitarist-composer Marc Ribot is an inspired polymath whose bravely speckled pursuits, over a three-decade career, span just about everything from avant-jazz and no-wave punk noise to power-trio post-rock and Cuban dance sounds. And that’s not even mentioning his pop-shifting session work with the likes of Tom Waits, Robert Plant, Elvis...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink James Beard Comes to the Desert With Chefs Jimmy Schmidt and Eduardo Ruiz

James Beard Comes to the Desert With Chefs Jimmy Schmidt and Eduardo Ruiz

The James Beard Foundation has continued to make inroads into the Southern California market over the years, picking up on Los Angeles’ years of producing quality culinary talent and unrivaled restaurants while doling out lifetime achievement awards to the city’s biggest chefs (read: Nancy Silverton). They’ve even begun to migrate...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Chef Ben Ford's 10 Favorite Places to Eat in L.A.

Chef Ben Ford's 10 Favorite Places to Eat in L.A.

Ford's Filling Station L.A. LIVE finally has an official opening date: Dec. 3. Chef Ben Ford's new downtown restaurant, which will be similar in concept to the Ford's Filling Station that closed over the summer in Culver City, will anchor the Marriott hotel at L.A. Live, and there's even been...…
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Music, West Coast Sound This New EDM Book Looks Awesome, But Will Anyone Actually Read It?

This New EDM Book Looks Awesome, But Will Anyone Actually Read It?

Today, HarperCollins Publishers and their Dey Street Books imprint announced the impending arrival of a new book on American EDM culture. Written by highly regarded journalist Michaelangelo Matos, it's called The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America and is due out in March of next year. We're...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink What the Hell Is a Book Bar? Soon There Might Be One in Long Beach

What the Hell Is a Book Bar? Soon There Might Be One in Long Beach

Long Beach’s newest bar, The Brass Lamp, won’t really be a bar at all — at least not in the traditional senses of the word. It’s not a dive bar where the well drinks are over-poured and there’s still carpet on the walls. It’s not a sports bar lined with...…
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News, The Informer Man Pretended to Be a Girl in Order to Meet and Bed 15-Year-Old, D.A. Says

Man Pretended to Be a Girl in Order to Meet and Bed 15-Year-Old, D.A. Says

A 23-year-old Southern California man pretended to be a girl on a social media app in order to woo a 15-year-old girl and ultimately have sex with her, L.A. prosecutors alleged this week. Michael Anthony Byrne of Canyon Country was arrested Monday and remains behind bars downtown in lieu of...…
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News, The Informer Obama's Immigration Amnesty Is Good for Your Wallet, UCLA Says

Obama's Immigration Amnesty Is Good for Your Wallet, UCLA Says

UCLA researchers said this week that President Obama's widely expected initiative to expand amnesty for those in the United States illegally is good for the pocketbooks of Americans. The UCLA North American Integration and Development Center (NAID) says in a summary of its new report, "From the Shadows to the...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink This L.A. Man Is Drinking 10 Cans of Coke a Day For a Month

This L.A. Man Is Drinking 10 Cans of Coke a Day For a Month

For the past month, George Prior has been drinking ten cans of Coca Cola every day, all to prove a point that 50 percent of all Americans ingest that same amount of sugar every day. If you're doing the math, that equates to nearly a half-pound of sugar entering your...…
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News, The Informer Cat Tossed 15 Feet to the Ground by L.A. DWP Worker (VIDEO)

Cat Tossed 15 Feet to the Ground by L.A. DWP Worker (VIDEO)

Recently posted YouTube video (below) captures an L.A. Department of Water and Power worker tossing a cat more than a story to the ground after the feline was rescued from a power pole recently. The imagery is disturbing for some animal lovers, and it has prompted questions about why the...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Donuts, Cocktails and Lamb: 5 Restaurants Elevating the Persimmon This Season

Donuts, Cocktails and Lamb: 5 Restaurants Elevating the Persimmon This Season

Janis Joplin’s “Get It While You Can” would be a good anthem for persimmon season, which is happening right now. The urgency of eating and appreciating this oft-overlooked fruit is underlined by its relatively short season, which begins in October and ends in February. One of the most popular varieties...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle In This Comedy Show, Someone Breakdances, Someone Plays Violin and Someone Might Vomit

In This Comedy Show, Someone Breakdances, Someone Plays Violin and Someone Might Vomit

Trueth is 30 minutes of brief, comedic scenes. That's the simplest explanation. The flyer for the show, which has upcoming performances tonight at 9:30 p.m. at the Upright Citizens Brigade's Franklin Theatre and on Dec. 4, further describes it as "comedy and social experiments." It's definitely not improv. And it's...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The 10 Most Underrated Guitarists in the History of Rock

The 10 Most Underrated Guitarists in the History of Rock

While traveling from Denver to Texas a few weeks ago, I could not stop listening to Mutiny on the Bay, the searing collection of '80s Dead Kennedys performances released in 2001; East Bay Ray, it occurred to me, is one of the most underrated guitarists in the history of rock...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Want to Go Back in Time and Fly First Class in a Pan Am 747? Now You Can

Want to Go Back in Time and Fly First Class in a Pan Am 747? Now You Can

On Saturday, for the first time in decades, Rick Collins put on his Pan Am captain's uniform with four gold epaulettes on the shoulders and boarded one of his airline's Boeing 747s.  The jacket was a bit snug but Collins hardly minded, given the evening's nostalgia factor. Collins met his...…
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Calendar, Archive Andrew Dice Clay

Andrew Dice Clay

If you remember the dirty versions of “Hickory Dickory Dock,” “Little Miss Muffett” and other nursery rhymes, you remember Andrew Dice Clay. The Diceman chronicles Dicemania in his new memoir, The Filthy Truth, from his Brooklyn childhood to his appearances on mentor Rodney Dangerfield’s HBO specials to his popularity as...…
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Calendar, Archive Geoff Dyer and Ricky Jay

Geoff Dyer and Ricky Jay

Sleight of hand meets sleight of mouth as author Geoff Dyer and prestidigitator Ricky Jay converse about their mutual interests in the extremes of the human experience. Dyer’s 2011 essay collection, Otherwise Known as the Human Condition, meshes well with Jay’s 2011 volume, Celebrations of Curious Characters. They’ll probably also...…
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Calendar, Archive Gruff Rhys

Gruff Rhys

Like many of his Welsh kinsmen, Gruff Rhys can often be found standing on a cliff overlooking the sea, with the wind blowing in his hair. The singer/chief technicolorist of rock exploders Super Furry Animals and electro team Neon Neon thinks big and fresh with his critically acclaimed American Interior...…
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Calendar, Archive Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Grammy Award–winning rap posse Bone Thugs-N-Harmony were a mainstay on urban music charts throughout the 1990s. Their melodic, G-funk–inspired sound, characterized by Bizzy’s unorthodox speed-rapping can be heard on such hits as “Thuggish Ruggish Bone,” “1st of tha Month” and “Tha Crossroads.” But after more than 20 years in the...…
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