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Calendar, Archive Utopia, A Double Feature

Utopia, A Double Feature

Bergamot Station is a fantastic place full of free art shows and free parking and lovely people, but it doesn't exactly top the list of utopian social experiments and spiritual collectives in Southern California history. No, there are many more candidates for those top spots — among them, the 1970s-era...…
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Calendar, Archive Nightmare & the Cat

Nightmare & the Cat

Brothers Django and Sam Stewart, the centerpieces for L.A. quintet Nightmare and the Cat, are more inspired by each other than by their notable pedigree. The 20-something-year-old sons of Eurythmics' Dave Stewart and Bananarama's Siobhan Fahey have been making their mark on the late-night talk show circuit, as well as...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Giving Away Brownies For No Good Reason

Giving Away Brownies For No Good Reason

A random act of kindness starts like this: a rain of cocoa powder, dark and rich and intensely chocolatey, poured into a big ceramic bowl with sugar and butter, then creamed with vanilla and eggs, then flour and salt (a very simple recipe; use excellent chocolate; don't forget the salt)...…
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News, The Informer Veteran Visited by CHP After Tweeting That a Controversial Cop Should be "Executed"

Veteran Visited by CHP After Tweeting That a Controversial Cop Should be "Executed"

A U.S. Army veteran says he was visited by a California Highway Patrol threat assessment investigator after he tweeted that a CHP officer caught on video pummeling a homeless woman in Mid-City "deserves to be executed." See also: CHP Officer's Videotaped Beating of Woman Sparks Calls For Federal Investigation The vet,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Events: BierBeisl Pop-Up Dinner, Mélisse Protege Dinner + Luckyrice L.A.

Top 3 Events: BierBeisl Pop-Up Dinner, Mélisse Protege Dinner + Luckyrice L.A.

BierBeisl Pop-Up Dinner at Si Laa Chef Bernhard Mairinger of the much-lauded Austrian restaurant BierBeisl is popping up at Si Laa Thai Restaurant, joining the folks there to create a five-course dinner of the cuisines of both Thailand and Austria. It's a pretty cool conceit, in which each of the...…
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News, The Informer The Cocaine-in-the-Surfboard Trick Didn't Work for One Smuggler

The Cocaine-in-the-Surfboard Trick Didn't Work for One Smuggler

It sounds, on the surface, like a genius way to get large quantities of cocaine to your desired destination: Stuff the drugs inside a surfboard. Most surfboards are comprised of a powdery white polyurethane foam core that's sealed in fiberglass and resin. One could, theoretically, replace some of that foam with Bolivian marching powder...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink How to Make a Cheap Bottle of Wine Taste Better

How to Make a Cheap Bottle of Wine Taste Better

Okay, we’ve all been there. You’re going to a party or a picnic, or maybe you’re going to check out the Twilight concert at Santa Monica Pier on Thursday night, and you don’t want to bring a really nice bottle of wine, but all the inexpensive bottles of wine just...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle A Rabbi Remembers His Relationship With Michael Jackson

A Rabbi Remembers His Relationship With Michael Jackson

Five years to the day that his friend Michael Jackson died, Shmuley Boteach, 47-year-old Orthodox rabbi and relentless self-promoter, is sitting at a cafe in Malibu contemplating the nature of fame. It is an overcast, gloomy summer afternoon — unusual but appropriate, he says. What he feels today is "sad,...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Queen's Music Is Awesome. <i>We Will Rock You</i> Is Definitely Not Awesome

Queen's Music Is Awesome. We Will Rock You Is Definitely Not Awesome

We Will Rock You, now playing at the Ahmanson, is proof positive that great songs do not necessarily make for a great rock musical. Unlike the much better The Who’s Tommy before it, and Green Day’s American Idiot after it, the Queen jukebox piece flounders around, hampered by one of...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle She's Israeli. He's Assyrian. They're Putting on a Comedy Show Together

She's Israeli. He's Assyrian. They're Putting on a Comedy Show Together

Comedians poking fun of the Middle East isn't the minefield it used to be. The Axis of Evil comedy tour helped spread post-9/11 humor, and clubs now devote entire nights to comics of Middle Eastern heritage. If all good comedy comes from pain, what better material than war, terrorism and...…
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Calendar, Archive Man or Astro-man?

Man or Astro-man?

Man or Astro-man? supposedly come from Alabama, but the quartet's soaring instrumentals sound as if they emerge from somewhere in deep space. There are strong riptides of Earthly surf music pulling new tracks such as "Electric Arc" and "Antimatter Man" far out to sea, but the tempos are pushed along...…
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Music, West Coast Sound "Moving Through Space Toward You" Celebrates That Otherworldly Instrument, the Theremin

"Moving Through Space Toward You" Celebrates That Otherworldly Instrument, the Theremin

The sound of the theremin is the sound of another world — of the UFO landing or the spirits speaking or the mystery that won’t ever let itself be solved. You’ve heard it even if you don’t know you’ve heard it, whether in the opening credits of some black-and-white sci-fi...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Marcus Haney Snuck Into Festivals and Became an Acclaimed Music Photographer

Marcus Haney Snuck Into Festivals and Became an Acclaimed Music Photographer

Sitting outside Angel City Brewery in the Arts District, Marcus Haney shakes his head in disbelief. A makeshift photo gallery is being set up by his team of interns, displaying four years of his improbable career as a concert photographer and documentary filmmaker. The Arcadia native had nearly completed his...…
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Music, West Coast Sound What to Do About the Overconfident Manbaby in Your Band

What to Do About the Overconfident Manbaby in Your Band

Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to...…
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News, The Informer EDC Vegas Raver Anthony Anaya Died of Ecstasy, Cocaine, Alcohol

EDC Vegas Raver Anthony Anaya Died of Ecstasy, Cocaine, Alcohol

A young man who attended Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas last month died because he consumed ecstasy, cocaine and alcohol, the Clark County Coroner's office told us today. Anthony Anaya, a 25-year-old from Everett, Washington, died June 21 at the Vdara Las Vegas resort on the city's famed strip...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Maria Irene Fornes' Classic, Brutal Play <i>The Conduct of Life</i> Comes to Santa Monica

Maria Irene Fornes' Classic, Brutal Play The Conduct of Life Comes to Santa Monica

A compact but brutal tour de force about the human capacity for violence, Maria Irene Fornes’ 1985 Obie award-winning play The Conduct of Life has a timeless relevance to it. The violence in question is perpetrated by Orlando (George Villas), an ambitious Latin American military officer who “must eliminate all obstacles”...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Why Did <i>Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles</i> Become So Popular?

Why Did Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Become So Popular?

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and iam8bit was ready to pay homage to the underground comic that begat a kid-friendly cartoon, which in turn spawned a pop culture phenomenon. Paintings and prints depicted those "heroes in a half shell" — all of whom are...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Adventures in Veganism: Organic, Raw, Vegan Fun at NV-DA Market

Adventures in Veganism: Organic, Raw, Vegan Fun at NV-DA Market

The best part about having breakfast at San Pedro raw vegan eatery NV-DA (pronounced "nuh-dah," which according to their site means "the sun and the moon" in Cherokee) is the way you feel after you eat there. Opened in December by former Cru employee Stacey Jackson, NV-DA Market serves smoothies, smoothie...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink The Booze World Trend No One Saw Coming: Health and Wellness

The Booze World Trend No One Saw Coming: Health and Wellness

Tales of the Cocktail, now in its 12th year, has a reputation for being the drunken bacchanal to end all parties. Held in New Orleans every July, the five-day event brings tens of thousands of bartenders and drinking enthusiasts to a city that already delights in excess. It's a recipe...…
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News, The Informer Innovative Condom Is Crowdfunding Its Way Into Your Bedroom

Innovative Condom Is Crowdfunding Its Way Into Your Bedroom

An innovative condom that only covers the tip of the penis is one step closer to reality. We last told you about local inventor Charles Powell's Galactic Cap in May, when he was using Indiegogo to try to raise $100,000. That cash would be used to launch clinical trials and start the U.S. Food and...…
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