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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Neil Young's Nose

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Neil Young's Nose

This week, an obelisk gets covered in handmade bricks, and an artist looks closely at whether Neil Young did or did not have a coke flake on his nose. 5. Family labor This past spring, artist Michael Parker dug out a trench in the shape of an obelisk along the L.A...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Public Transpo Is Getting Good in L.A. and I'm Proud

Public Transpo Is Getting Good in L.A. and I'm Proud

I consider myself a connoisseur of public transportation. My mother worked for MTA when I was a kid, which kept my young neck draped those in those yearly bus pass lanyards. I took the Red Line on the first day it opened; I was proud that my city had gotten...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Movies to See in L.A. This Week, From Eli Wallach to Edith Head

Movies to See in L.A. This Week, From Eli Wallach to Edith Head

Friday, Aug. 22 This weekend, the American Cinematheque honors the late Eli Wallach with a showcase at the Aero of his works, which earned him the epithet of “the quintessential chameleon” from the Academy. Friday’s 7:30 p.m. screening is The Magnificent Seven, featuring Wallach as the bandit leader who terrorizes...…
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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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Music, West Coast Sound Check Out <i>Our</i> Metro Gold Line Bar Crawl

Check Out Our Metro Gold Line Bar Crawl

Recently Thrillist published a Metro rail bar map. This heroic effort identifies a watering hole within a 10-minute walk of each station in the entire Metro rail system, minus a few that, tragically, lack any booze within walking distance. We’re big fans of public transportation and efficient drinking, so we decided to...…
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Music, West Coast Sound What to Expect at FYF

What to Expect at FYF

In the 11 summers since it sparked its first mosh pit, FYF has morphed from a free and feral punk festival into a beloved August ritual within the L.A. music archipelago. Its 2014 lineup might be the strongest yet. Headliners The Strokes and Phoenix are signed to major labels, but...…
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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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