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Calendar, Archive My Lunch With Kobayashi

My Lunch With Kobayashi

Most of us would be full and ready for a nap after downing two or three hot dogs. The men and women in Barry Rothbart and Jeff Cerulli's 2014 documentary, Hungry, are never full. In fact, they've turned overeating into a competitive sport, or even a job, and it has...…
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Calendar, Archive John Knuth: Base Alchemy

John Knuth: Base Alchemy

John Knuth is a painter, and like many artists throughout history, he employs a robust staff of studio assistants — only his number in the hundreds of thousands, and this army of apprentices consists entirely of houseflies. Knuth raises them from larvae, feeds them sugar and nontoxic acrylic pigment, and...…
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Calendar, Archive The Great Summer Pokémon Festival

The Great Summer Pokémon Festival

Remember Pokémon? Released in 1996 for Game Boy, the Nintendo game featured lovable "pocket monsters," which you could catch, train, battle and trade. It spawned a TV series, movies, books and countless plush toys, and Pokémon is still going strong, even if some fans bemoan the expansion to 719 monsters...…
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Calendar, Archive The Mormons

The Mormons

This Eagle Rock quartet's missionary garb is a symbol of its dedication to "rock out," not preach gospel. So no, they're not part of the LDS church but they're just as pesky. Since 1998, until its recent closure, they were the unofficial house band at Mr. T's Bowl. They're also...…
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Calendar, Archive Made in America Festival

Made in America Festival

After spending two successive Labor Day weekends in Philadelphia, the Jay Z–curated, Budweiser-sponsored Made in America makes an ambitious leap westward. Despite all the apprehension by locals and what has been at times tepid support from city officials, the festival's first incarnation features some of the biggest names in pop...…
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Calendar, Archive Retro Futura

Retro Futura

This paradoxically named tour points out the contradiction of once-forward-thinking new wave bands touring now on the oldies circuit. In the early '80s, groups such as Thompson Twins and Ultravox generally ditched the guitar-heavy approach of '70s classic-rock bands in favor of adventurous synths riding over postpunk and disco rhythms,...…
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Calendar, Archive Ty Segall

Ty Segall

On the title track of his seventh album, Manipulator, Ty Segall takes the punk fuzz guitars and garage-rock keyboards of his early days and braids them together into a newly psychedelic swarm of sounds, his ethereal voice riding coolly above it all. By the very next track, "Tall Man Skinny...…
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News, The Informer L.A. Porn Production Shuts Down Over HIV Report

L.A. Porn Production Shuts Down Over HIV Report

The adult video industry's trade group today called for a moratorium on production after a performer might have tested positive for HIV. The Los Angeles-based Free Speech Coalition said in a statement that one of the facilities used by porn stars under the industry's voluntary, twice-a-month STD testing protocol "reported...…
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News, The Informer Venice Boardwalk Beat-Down Caught on Video

Venice Boardwalk Beat-Down Caught on Video

A brutal beating next to the Venice boardwalk this week was captured on video (on the next page). Los Angeles Police Department detectives are asking for your help in tracking down not only the suspect, but the victim, who "we haven't been able to locate," Officer Nuria Venegas told us...…
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News, The Informer Woman Fatally Struck by Vehicle at Burning Man

Woman Fatally Struck by Vehicle at Burning Man

A woman was fatally struck by a vehicle at Burning Man today, organizers said. The Pershing County Sheriff’s Office in Nevada identified the deceased as 29-year-old Alicia Louise Cipicchio of Jackson, Wyoming. Burning Man spokesman Jim Graham said she fell under a bus or "large vehicle" that was carrying participants early today. See...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Henry Rollins: American Bigotry Is Alive in Ferguson

Henry Rollins: American Bigotry Is Alive in Ferguson

While most of America gets on with its business, Ferguson, Missouri, burns in archaic flames of exasperating, unresolved anger, for all to see. Once again, the world watches America roil in the mortifying echo of Jim Crow law brutality. Meanwhile, U.S. firepower explodes bodies of ISIS militia thousands of miles...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle A Secret Art Farm in Glassell Park

A Secret Art Farm in Glassell Park

It's 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday, and the sun has just risen over eastern Los Angeles. One by one, people ascend the stairs to Fritz Haeg's home, high in the hills of Glassell Park, overlooking the city. They are here for Haeg's latest project: the L.A. Seminary for Civic and...…
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News, The Informer Uber Drivers Team Up With Teamsters Union

Uber Drivers Team Up With Teamsters Union

A group of Los Angeles area Uber drivers has teamed up with Teamsters Local 986. The affiliation doesn't mean the drivers are unionizing. At this point, they couldn't do so if they wanted to because they are not technically employees. But Joseph DeWolf Sandoval, a member of the California App-Based Drivers’ Association (CADA)...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 8 Terrific (and Ice Cold) Los Angeles Popsicles

8 Terrific (and Ice Cold) Los Angeles Popsicles

Popsicles are having a moment in the spotlight, just in time for the next heat wave (otherwise known as our permanent summer). More sophisticated than the classic ice pops bought off your local ice cream truck, this new breed of frozen treats showcases luxurious ingredients (Valrhona chocolate), farmer’s market finds...…
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News, The Informer The 10 People You Meet in Tinder Hell

The 10 People You Meet in Tinder Hell

Tinder, man. Tinder. For all the single folks out there, it has largely replaced reading for pleasure and most other hobbies, now occupying roughly 99 percent of all human downtime (guesstimate). You Tinder on the toilet, you Tinder at Grandma's wake, you Tinder anywhere there's a good signal and some...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5 Things I Learned As a Beer Judge on the L.A. Episode of <i>Brew Dogs</i>

5 Things I Learned As a Beer Judge on the L.A. Episode of Brew Dogs

Last night I made my national primetime television debut—which, as a print journalist, are words I specifically went to school to avoid ever having to say. But as much as I've tried to hide behind my bylines, pseudonyms and nom de plumes, it was only a matter of time before...…
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News, The Informer Made in America Fest Will See Massive Police Presence

Made in America Fest Will See Massive Police Presence

There will be a massive police presence at the Made in America festival downtown this weekend.  Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Rick Stabile says there will be about 270 city officers dedicated to patrolling the perimeter outside the two-day concert that starts Saturday. Another 200 Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink L.A.'s Best Indian Food Has No Meat

L.A.'s Best Indian Food Has No Meat

The first time you enter Surati Farsan Mart is a potentially overwhelming experience. The place resembles a Jewish deli more than a restaurant, and during peak hours, the line can stretch out the door. The clientele are loud and almost entirely Indian. There are more women dressed in saris than...…
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News, The Informer Here are the Winners and Losers in California's $330 Million Film Tax Subsidy

Here are the Winners and Losers in California's $330 Million Film Tax Subsidy

Jerry Brown, California's skin-flint governor, acceded Wednesday to an increase in the film tax credit to $330 million. Brown is a well-known skeptic of Hollywood subsidies, but the combined forces of organized labor, multinational entertainment conglomerates, and B-list celebrities proved too powerful to resist. The industry didn't get the $400...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink <i>The 12 Bottle Bar</i> on Ice: An Excerpt + Recipe

The 12 Bottle Bar on Ice: An Excerpt + Recipe

Squid Ink contributor Lesley Jacobs Solmonson and her husband David Solmonson wrote The 12 Bottle Bar "with the hope of offering an inexpensive and accessible approach to classic cocktails," Lesley Jacobs Solmonson says. The book is not meant to be a complete guide to spirits or cocktails. "Instead, we like to call...…
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