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Arts, Public Spectacle 10 Best L.A. Spots for a Girls Night Out

10 Best L.A. Spots for a Girls Night Out

It's bachelorette party season, and after hours of (terribly unpleasant) research, our staff has come up with a list of great places for a night out on the town with your girlfriends. Cheers to that!10. Yamashiro Hollywood Where it is: 1999 Sycamore Ave., Hollywood, yamashirohollywood.com What is it: Historic Yamashiro restaurant...…
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Busted for Off-Leash Dog, Man Ordered Not to Leave Southern California

Chaparral-covered hillsides dotted with oaks surround both sides of a barbed-wire fence with signs reading: "U.S. boundary." John Gladwin, whose Australian cattle dog, Molly, runs freely through the idyllic Simi Hills on a Sunday afternoon, is careful not to cross this border into the federal territory called the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. If he's caught...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Kim Kardashian's New "Hollywood" App Reinforces the Worst Stereotypes About L.A.

Kim Kardashian's New "Hollywood" App Reinforces the Worst Stereotypes About L.A.

Kim Kardashian won't stop calling me. Ever since I let her go shopping after hours at the So Chic boutique in downtown L.A., she's been trying to return the favor by hooking me up with an agent, inviting me to photo shoots and setting me up on awkward dates. Needless to...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 6 L.A. Kickstarters That Wish They Were Potato Salad

6 L.A. Kickstarters That Wish They Were Potato Salad

Do you love potato salad? Maybe you're one of more than 4,000 backers who collectively contributed more than $40,0000 in less than a week to Zack Danger Brown's now infamous potato salad Kickstarter, whose goal was initially set at $10. With ample publicity from nearly every corner of the mainstream media...…
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Calendar, Archive The Un-Private Collection: Eric Fischl and Steve Martin

The Un-Private Collection: Eric Fischl and Steve Martin

Actor-comedian Steve Martin earned his reputation as "a wild and crazy guy" from his 1978 comedy routine and double-platinum album of the same name. Artist Eric Fischl, on the other hand, takes his "bad boy" moniker from his 2013 memoir, the title of which is an allusion to his 1981...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Pepy's Galley, Beloved Mar Vista Coffee Shop, Set to Close

Pepy's Galley, Beloved Mar Vista Coffee Shop, Set to Close

Pepy's Galley, the circa-1960 diner attached to AMF Mar Vista Lanes, lately feels more like a funeral parlor than the friendly neighborhood joint its lifelong customers remember. That's because the nautical-themed coffee shop is facing eviction on June 30, when BowlmorAMF, the country's largest ten-pin bowling center operator, takes ownership...…
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News, The Informer 20 Before-and-After Google Street Views Show L.A.'s Dramatic Changes Since 2007

20 Before-and-After Google Street Views Show L.A.'s Dramatic Changes Since 2007

Google Maps recently rolled out a new feature that essentially lets you travel back in time by accessing street views from as far back as 2007. That wasn't so long ago, but it's pretty remarkable to see how our streets have changed in just seven years. Remember 2007? It was...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Echo Country Outpost Quits Its Glendale Boulevard Location, Plans Next Move

Echo Country Outpost Quits Its Glendale Boulevard Location, Plans Next Move

If you've gone to Echo Country Outpost  -  the Echo Park non-profit music venue on Glendale Boulevard - in the last four years, you may have seen old-timey country rock n' roll acts like Christian Lee Hutson, Blackwater Jukebox and Little Lonely. But the spot shut down in March, after cops learned...…
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News, The Informer The Actors Gang Saves <i>Cat on a Hot Tin Roof</i>, Resurrects Play as NOH8 Fundraiser

The Actors Gang Saves Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Resurrects Play as NOH8 Fundraiser

As an actor in the Santa Clarita production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which was canceled Monday following an incident with a homophobic heckler, John Lacy had more reason to be bummed about the scrapped shows than just about anyone. It wasn't just that Lacy had been the star of...…
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Calendar, Archive Comedy Is Dead

Comedy Is Dead

The comedy group Women - which actually is made up of four men, Dave Ross, Allen Strickland Williams, Pat Bishop and Jake Weisman - makes sketch videos poking fun at death. In one, a murderous wife shares a joint with a coroner; in another, a guy answers the cellphone of...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Starbucks Launches Frappuccino Truck in L.A., Wants to See Your Sip Face

Starbucks Launches Frappuccino Truck in L.A., Wants to See Your Sip Face

There's already a Starbucks on nearly every street corner in L.A., but starting this week, a Starbucks frappuccino truck might be parked on your street corner, too. The brightly-colored truck, which looks like something Urban Outfitters might've designed, made its debut last month in San Diego and hits L.A.'s most...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle An A-to-Z Porn Glossary Inspired by Asa Akira's New Memoir, <em>Insatiable</em>

An A-to-Z Porn Glossary Inspired by Asa Akira's New Memoir, Insatiable

Porn star Asa Akira's new memoir, Insatiable, which is out this month from Grove Press, proves Akira can write more than just X-rated haikus, many of which saturate her popular Twitter feed. Haikus also appear throughout the book, but that's only the beginning: It not only covers her teenage obsessions...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Why Are We Fascinated By Resurrected Musicians?

Why Are We Fascinated By Resurrected Musicians?

Nigerian electronic funk musician William Onyeabor has jumped from obscurity to fame in the past year, due to a Noisey documentary (Fantastic Man - below) and the release of his first album in nearly 30 years, Who is William Onyeabor? by David Byrne's label.  Onyeabor's story is dazzling, but hardly unique...…
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Calendar, Archive Neil Hamburger

Neil Hamburger

The bumbling, bow tie - wearing comedian with a greased comb-over, thick eyeglasses and a near-permanent scowl, Neil Hamburger rose to prominence as a regular guest on the Internet talk show Tom Green's House Tonight, and later as the opening act for Tenacious D's Pick of Destiny tour in 2007...…
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Calendar, Archive Dadaismus

Dadaismus

Michelle Carr probably is best known for co-founding the all-ages Arlington Heights punk club Jabberjaw, which famously booked bands including Nirvana, The Gits and Elliott Smith in the early 1990s. Jabberjaw closed in 1997, but that hasn't stopped Carr from throwing wild parties in unconventional L.A. venues. Now an artist-in-residence...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Jonnie and Mark Houston: The Nightlife Impresarios

Jonnie and Mark Houston: The Nightlife Impresarios

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2014 issue. Check out our entire People 2014 issue. Jonnie and Mark Houston are 35-year-old identical twins who own seven Hollywood bars, each of which feels like a fantastical theme park. The spots are known for their old-timey entertainment -...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Aloe Blacc: The Ethical Superstar

Aloe Blacc: The Ethical Superstar

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2014 issue. Check out our entire People 2014 issue.  In the mid-aughts, Aloe Blacc was laid off from his job as a strategy consultant for hospitals and health care corporations. It was an upsetting setback, but it caused him to...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Michelle Steilen: The Moxi Roller Skates Founder

Michelle Steilen: The Moxi Roller Skates Founder

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2014 issue. Check out our entire People 2014 issue. Inside every box of Moxi roller skates is a quote from Michelle Steilen's mother: "Be passionate about what it is that you are doing and happiness will always fall at your feet."...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Can Robert Egger's L.A. Kitchen Revolutionize the Food Industry?

Can Robert Egger's L.A. Kitchen Revolutionize the Food Industry?

"L.A. is where the future comes to happen" is one of Robert Egger's favorite sayings. The 55-year-old food activist and entrepreneur repeated the phrase several times during a phone interview with the Weekly last week and again during the May 1 groundbreaking ceremony for his ambitious 56,000 square foot kitchen...…
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Calendar, Archive Found Footage Festival

Found Footage Festival

Comedian Nick Prueher rose to Internet celebrity earlier this year when he pranked Midwestern news anchors by posing as a chef on live TV and hosting an absurd cooking show (one recipe was for ice cream cones stuffed with mashed potatoes). The prank, as it turns out, was an elaborate...…
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