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Calendar, Archive White Elephant Holiday Party

White Elephant Holiday Party

Normally, white elephant parties are reserved for awkward office gatherings or holiday get-togethers among intimate friends. But TART at the Farmer's Daughter Hotel is hosting the city's only free, public White Elephant Party on its outdoor patio, where you can exchange gifts, sip on some spiked nog and nosh on...…
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Calendar, Archive White Trash Christmas

White Trash Christmas

Are you dreaming of a white trash Christmas? Ever wanted to make a reservation for a boozy jello mold? Then this year, Villains Tavern, which we named one of the best bars in Downtown L.A., is making all your winter-y dreams come true with its first-ever White Trash Christmas. There's...…
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Calendar, Archive Stop and Smell Your Dinner Winter Feast

Stop and Smell Your Dinner Winter Feast

Aroma is one of the most important elements in cooking, whetting your appetite or enhancing the flavor. And, of course, pairing your cuisine with a complementary wine choice is just as important. But what about pairing your food with a perfume-type scent? Castle Gourmet and the Institute for Art and...…
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Calendar, Archive Intronaut


These L.A. sludge-masters are celebrating their 10th anniversary with this show. We've devoted plenty of space in L.A. Weekly over the past few years to these guys, but for this show they are promising to dig deep and highlight some cuts going back to their early days as well. The...…
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Calendar, Archive Jonwayne, Chester Watson, Russ

Jonwayne, Chester Watson, Russ

Passion of the Weiss, the music blog run by L.A. Weekly "Bizarre Ride" columnist Jeff Weiss, presents this evening of up-and-coming hip-hop talent. Headliner Jonwayne is a veteran of Low End Theory, while Nu Age Syndicate co-founder Chester Watson, at just 17, is already being tipped as an Odd Future-style...…
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This past year, hardstyle has become one of the biggest subgenres of EDM, with more and more new artists playing it and more festivals booking it. Headhunterz is one of the artists that pioneered hardstyle’s success. He’s got his own podcast, “HARDwithSTYLE”, where he’s been dropping long mixes and featuring...…
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Calendar, Archive Fireball Ministry

Fireball Ministry

After a seemingly endless absence from local stages, Fireball Ministry finally return to their hometown to save what’s left of our souls. Of course, such salvation comes by way of thunderous Black Sabbath–style riffs, lead singer/guitarist James A. Rota II’s surly howling and the twin-guitar attack of Rota and Emily...…
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The Company You Keep Away and Lawn And Order

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Arts, Public Spectacle Pulling <i>The Interview</i> is the End of Free Speech in Hollywood

Pulling The Interview is the End of Free Speech in Hollywood

Sony's official announcement that the studio will no longer release Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's North Korean comedy The Interview closed with the line, “We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression.” So what's it like when they don't? Even running that statement several times through a...…
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News, The Informer Hackers Incensed Over <em>The Interview</em> Threaten Holiday Moviegoers

Hackers Incensed Over The Interview Threaten Holiday Moviegoers

Hackers incensed over the Seth Rogan film The Interview today issued what could be considered terrorist threats by warning that a "bitter fate" would befall moviegoers who go see the comedy that's scheduled to be released Christmas Day. It's not immediately clear how seriously the threat is being taken by...…
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News, The Informer 1 Dead, 2 Critical in Westside Shooting

1 Dead, 2 Critical in Westside Shooting

One male was killed and two others were critically wounded in a morning shooting in Reynier Village, a South Robertson-area neighborhood on L.A.'s Westside, authorities said. The attack took place in a neighborhood known for a Latino gang called Barrio West Side Locos Halm Avenue, or just Halm, police confirmed to...…
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Gay Mariachis and "20 Best Pop Songs": Readers Respond

Outing the Gay Mariachis The prevailing reaction to Abel Salas' online piece, "L.A.'s Only All-Gay Mariachi Band," a profile of Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles, was summed up by reader Rigo Martinez Jr., who asked: "So what! Do they sound good?" But a larger debate unfolded amidst the massive reader...…
Film, Film Reviews

Timothy Spall Unearths the Man Beneath Mr. Turner's Gruffness

If you've ever loved a terrible person, Mike Leigh's quietly sensational Mr. Turner — a biopic, of sorts, covering the last 25 years of the life of the great 19th-century British painter J.M.W. Turner — is the movie for you. In his seascapes and landscapes, Turner found the perfect visual...…
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Quvenzhané Wallis Might Make You Care About Annie

The original Broadway Annie was a kiddie musical that wasn't for kids. It was a period piece about the Great Depression — both a hooray for Warbucksian success and an elbow-jab making clear that rich folks need to share — with a detour into a Hooverville and a key cameo...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Your <i>Weekly</i> Movie To-Do List: Robert Wagner and Scary Ocean Movies

Your Weekly Movie To-Do List: Robert Wagner and Scary Ocean Movies

Friday, Dec. 19 If none of the endless opportunities to see It’s a Wonderful Life on TV or the big screen appeal to you but you’re still in a semi-festive mood, perhaps the Egyptian’s Ho Ho Hell! double feature of Silent Night, Deadly Night (at 7:30 p.m. in a new...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Long Beach Coffee Roaster Rose Park Opens Brick-and-Mortar Coffee Bar Today

Long Beach Coffee Roaster Rose Park Opens Brick-and-Mortar Coffee Bar Today

Patrons of Roasted Nōtz, the Long Beach community coffee house that dedicated itself to serving the beans of local roasters and hosted BYOV (bring your own vinyl) Sundays, noticed past Sunday that the windows were suddenly papered up and doors were closed. There is, however, a caffeinated lining to the...…
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News, The Informer Payday Loans With 459% Interest Are a Holiday Scourge, and Voters Want Justice

Payday Loans With 459% Interest Are a Holiday Scourge, and Voters Want Justice

If you're desperate for cash this holiday season, there's one easy way to go: payday lenders. The problem here, says the nonprofit Center for Responsible Lending says, is that getting dough from these outfits could set you back many times the cost of the original loan. In California, the organization...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 7 Wine Lover&ndash;Approved Holiday Gifts That Aren't Another Bottle

7 Wine Lover–Approved Holiday Gifts That Aren't Another Bottle

At some point it’s going to happen. You’re going to have to attack that Christmas list of yours. And at some point you’re going to get to the person on the list who’s “into wine." Then you’re stuck in the same spot you were in last year: do you get...…
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News, The Informer Hollywood Takes Your Tax Money and Still Ships Jobs Overseas, Report Says

Hollywood Takes Your Tax Money and Still Ships Jobs Overseas, Report Says

The entertainment industry is L.A.'s bastion of wealthy, white privilege, but our lawmakers recently gave it nearly $1.6 billion of your hard-earned tax money with the hope that Hollywood jobs would stay in Hollywood. At least in one respect, the business has pocketed some of your cash but used a...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Cassell's Burgers Opening Next Week in Koreatown

Cassell's Burgers Opening Next Week in Koreatown

Back in 2012, longtime L.A. favorite Cassell's Hamburgers shuttered their last location with a promise to reopen in Koreatown's Normandie Hotel. The restaurant was originally opened in 1948 by Al Cassell, who died in 2010 at 98. The business had moved a few times and eventually been sold to new...…
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