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Calendar, Archive People Get Ready

People Get Ready

In 1964, the Civil Rights Act prohibited prejudicial treatment based on race, religion, sex or ethnicity. President John F. Kennedy had introduced the bill five months before his assassination, and it took Lyndon Johnson's mastery of Congress to push it through after Kennedy's death. But it wasn't just the presidents...…
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Calendar, Archive Sketch Fighter

Sketch Fighter

It's a comic book battle that even the Avengers couldn't handle. Tonight, four comic book artists and their stand-up comedian sidekicks will duke it out for sketchpad supremacy inside Manhattan Beach shop/hangout the Comic Bug. Presented by Comics and Comics, a group of comedians who perform geek-friendly stand-up at conventions...…
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Calendar, Archive Hard Summer Music Festival 2014

Hard Summer Music Festival 2014

HARD Summer moves out of downtown L.A. to Whittier Narrows Recreational Area for its seventh go-around. With 100 acres of space, the two-day event is more than triple the size of its previous location at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Even so, the 100-artist happening is sold out. Bringing the...…
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Calendar, Archive Burger a-Go-Go!

Burger a-Go-Go!

Burger Records, the prolific, Fullerton-based label and store, continues to release so many CDs, LPs and even cassettes (!) that this daylong festival can barely contain the numerous garage, punk, indie and power-pop bands on its roster. The bill is headlined by Best Coast, with their summer-centric, effusively sunny pop...…
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Calendar, Archive The Psycho Sisters

The Psycho Sisters

Susan Cowsill and Vicki Peterson virtually grew up in public with their first bands, The Cowsills and The Bangles, respectively. But when they put their heads together as The Psycho Sisters, they reveal much more rocking and countrified range than they usually get to demonstrate in their better-known pop groups...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Want to Go to a Pancake Painting Party?

Want to Go to a Pancake Painting Party?

There are few things in life better than a good pancake, but if that pancake portrays a scenic landscape in full color and is followed by hors d’oeuvres and whiskey cocktails, things just got better. This is exactly what’s happening at Marine Projects this coming Saturday, Aug. 2, as they...…
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News, The Informer Sexual Predator Is Targeting Females in Eastside Park

Sexual Predator Is Targeting Females in Eastside Park

A sexual predator is on the loose in an Eastside park, police warned today. Cops say the creep has targeted "lone females" walking in Ernest E. Debs Regional Park three times between January and July. He has groped, exposed himself and even attacked with a knife, the Los Angeles Police...…
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News, The Informer Foster the People's Downtown L.A. Mural Is Coming Down

Foster the People's Downtown L.A. Mural Is Coming Down

The controversial Foster the People mural downtown is coming down, the office of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today. Despite claims by the pop band that it had necessary permits and that the artwork was legitimately produced, the mayor's office states what we reported previously: The piece is on a...…
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News, The Informer "Great Bull Run" Is Run Out of Town by Animal Rights Activists

"Great Bull Run" Is Run Out of Town by Animal Rights Activists

If you ever dreamed of seeing a local Running of the Bulls like they have in Pamplona, Spain, keep dreaming. An American outfit that organizes an event it calls the Great Bull Run says it has been shut out of its Los Angeles area venue. The L.A. County Fire Department...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Timothy Hollingsworth Pops Up at Short Order With BBQ and Frito Pies

Timothy Hollingsworth Pops Up at Short Order With BBQ and Frito Pies

The Broad Contemporary Museum isn't set to open until 2015, but they already have chef Timothy Hollingsworth onboard to run the museum restaurant. Hollingsworth is a big deal: He worked for years as chef de cuisine at The French Laundry. He stepped down from that position in 2013, and moved to...…
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News, The Informer Woman Attacked, Injured by Knife-Wielding Man at UCLA

Woman Attacked, Injured by Knife-Wielding Man at UCLA

It has been a rough week at UCLA. First 20 million gallons of drinking water flooded campus Tuesday, damaging Pauley Pavilion, athletic facilities and some offices. See also: UCLA Flooded by Tons of Water (PHOTOS) Now an unheard of nighttime attack has been reported on campus. A woman who attends UCLA...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 4 Free Things to Do in L.A. This Week (Plus One for $15!)

4 Free Things to Do in L.A. This Week (Plus One for $15!)

This week we have four great free events, from a family-friendly beach-fest to a musical celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Looking to get some laughs? There's a battle between comic artists (with their comedian buddies) on Saturday, and a live comedy show called Glendalia (spoofing the...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 6 Great L.A. Peanut Butter Cookies

6 Great L.A. Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate chip may be the top choice for American cookie lovers, but peanut butter is still a strong contender in that popularity contest. Introduced widely by George Washington Carver as part of a plan to promote peanuts, the cookie has remained a bakery staple since the 1910's. The beauty of...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Film Podcast: The Over-Stuffed End-of-Summer Edition with <I>Guardians</I>, <I>Lucy</I> and <I>Get on Up</I>

Film Podcast: The Over-Stuffed End-of-Summer Edition with Guardians, Lucy and Get on Up

On this week's , Stephanie defends her Guardians of the Galaxy review against internet trolls who tell her to go suck eggs, and we touch on Scarlett Johansson in Lucy and the excellent James Brown biopic Get on Up. There's a lot to be had in this one. Enjoy. Follow...…
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News, The Informer Judging Neel Kashkari's Week of "Homelessness": 5 Reactions

Judging Neel Kashkari's Week of "Homelessness": 5 Reactions

Running for office can be grueling, but it's usually not this bad. Neel Kashkari, the Republican contender to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown, spent a week living on the streets of Fresno to underscore his jobs message. Voluntary hardship is becoming a Kashkari trademark. Whether he's taking a beating on Capitol...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink More Americans "Actively Avoiding" Soda Than Ever

More Americans "Actively Avoiding" Soda Than Ever

In news that is sure to burst the soda industry’s bubble, a new Gallup poll shows that 63% of Americans now “actively avoid” the fizzy drinks. While 41% percent of those polled in 2002 said that they try to steer clear of soda, 12 years later, that number has now...…
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Cosplay at Comic-Con: Watch a Regular Woman Transform Into a Famed Video Game Character (Video)

OO.ready(function() { OO.Player.create('ooyalaplayer', 'hhcHlibzq8otGGHXEChAKuM33J0fDY9H'); });Please enable Javascript to watch this video Rana McAnear had responded to a post on Model Mayhem, the social network that connects artists with models. The request came from Bioware, the video game company, and was for someone with "strong features." McAnear has plenty of those:...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Dirt Dog Team on Their New Topping-Crazy Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog Shack

Dirt Dog Team on Their New Topping-Crazy Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog Shack

Richard Larios, Timothy Cam and Philip Ozaki understand you don’t have to be an Angeleno to enjoy bacon-wrapped hot dogs. They also understand L.A.’s desire to eat dirty dogs during daylight. Thus on Friday, August 1, the three men are opening Dirt Dog, a small but heartfelt hot dog shack...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Diamond Light: Unironic Rockers

The Diamond Light: Unironic Rockers

Dateline, L.A. 2014: Tweeness rules. Experimental indie bands are a dime a dozen. But the Diamond Light aren't about that life. They're purveyors of good old-fashioned blues rock. And it's kind of refreshing. They've been featured in Blind Blind Tiger's Speakeasy Sessions, in Nylon Guys playing a stripped-down version on Daft Punk's "Lose...…
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Calendar, Archive Bellydance Evolution: Alice in Wonderland

Bellydance Evolution: Alice in Wonderland

The setup certainly sounds like someone went down a certain rabbit hole or nibbled the wrong mushroom: Combine belly dance with street dance to retell the story of Alice in Wonderland. Yet mixing Middle Eastern dance with contemporary dance forms is exactly what the 20-member Bellydance Evolution and choreographer Jillina...…
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