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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5 Spots Enterprising L.A. Girl Scouts Should Set Up Shop

5 Spots Enterprising L.A. Girl Scouts Should Set Up Shop

Girl Scout Danielle Lei is 13 years old, and she's a goddamn genius. As reported widely (but first by Mashable) last Friday, Lei set up shop to sell Girl Scout Cookies in front of The Green Cross, a dispensary in San Francisco. She promptly sold 117 boxes in two hours - just...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle GameHaus Cafe, a New Glendale Hangout Spot With 700 Board Games

GameHaus Cafe, a New Glendale Hangout Spot With 700 Board Games

If you're an Angeleno looking to take a Risk, break monotony's Monopoly on your life and say "Sorry!" to the usual weekend routine, have the guys behind GameHäus Café got an offer for you. Robert Cron and Terry Chiu have thrust themselves into a new venture in Glendale that opened…
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Arts, Public Spectacle How Do You Translate <em>Menopause The Musical</em> Into Spanish?

How Do You Translate Menopause The Musical Into Spanish?

When playwright Jeanie Linders interviewed translator Vivis Colombetti for the job of translating her 2001 show Menopause The Musical into Spanish, Colombetti couldn't get the scribe to laugh. Linders was "very no-nonsense," Colombetti explains. As the interview wound down, Linders asked why Colombetti should be hired to translate Menopause into…
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Arts, Public Spectacle A Hulu Series Goes Inside the World of Sports Mascots

A Hulu Series Goes Inside the World of Sports Mascots

When Josh Greenbaum was a kid, he wasn't too excited by the actual gameplay at sporting events. His attention was always on the sidelines -- the giant bird, or the goofy lion. "I was always just intrigued," Greenbaum says of his interest in mascots. "As I got older...the question started…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <em>Crimes of the Heart</em> Writer Beth Henley Revisits Play With Loyola Marymount Production

Crimes of the Heart Writer Beth Henley Revisits Play With Loyola Marymount Production

Over three decades ago, playwright Beth Henley completed her play Crimes of the Heart. Two years later, it debuted in New York City. A year later, Henley won the Pulitzer Prize. Six years after that, Henley wrote the film version's screenplay, earning an Academy Award nomination. Now, Henley is revisiting…
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Calendar, Archive Have a Grand Birthday

Have a Grand Birthday

Even L.A. landmarks deserve a great first birthday -- and Grand Park is no exception. The downtown venue is turning a year old in style, with a One-Year Anniversary Celebration Picnic that's free to the masses. With live blues featured for the park's annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days concert,...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Sammy Obeid Performed 1,001 Days of Stand-Up Comedy in a Row

Sammy Obeid Performed 1,001 Days of Stand-Up Comedy in a Row

Stand-up comedy is testing in many ways: a test of wit, of confidence, of adaptability and of timing. But three years ago, comic Sammy Obeid decided to add a fifth element to that test: endurance. "I was in this place in my life where I was like, 'Either I'm gonna…
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Calendar, Archive Get Your Yacht On

Get Your Yacht On

If you previously thought of Yelp solely as a vehicle for posting harsh reviews of that awful sushi place you just went to, you're missing out on a much better use for the site: party planner! In Marina del Rey this weekend, Yelp is throwing a party on a yacht...…
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Calendar, Archive Sculpted Culture

Sculpted Culture

As the Music Center kicks off its new season, World City, so launches the first program, a sculpture: Exxopolis. This isn't your garden-variety sculpture, of course -- instead of being admired from afar, Exxopolis seeks to be interactive. You experience it by walking through, making for a veritable mazelike experience...…
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Calendar, Archive Fair Game

Fair Game

Ready to "unleash your inner fair"? That's the slogan for this year's L.A. County Fair, and though it's not immediately clear what an "inner fair" is, we suspect it involves some combination of silly music, Ferris wheels and funnel cakes. For kids, there are the usual hits: a carnival, a...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Ways to Sing and Laugh Your Week Away in L.A.

5 Ways to Sing and Laugh Your Week Away in L.A.

It's a highly musical week here in L.A., with a live music and ballet fusion, an Echo Park music fest and even an art exhibition opening with live music. But for all those beat-phobic Angelenos worried about having to stay inside, have no fear! Chicagoans are on their way with…
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Arts, Public Spectacle The Pickup Line, West Hollywood's New Free Trolley Service, Is WeHo Incarnate

The Pickup Line, West Hollywood's New Free Trolley Service, Is WeHo Incarnate

For more photos from Friday's unveiling, check out our slideshow. Partying in West Hollywood this weekend means opening yourself up to a big, cheesy pickup line headed right towards you. Luckily, this one doesn't have to be avoided by a quick trip to the bathroom or an S.O.S. signal to…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Scott Sternberg and Kevin West on the Space of L.A., Nostalgia and Transformation

Scott Sternberg and Kevin West on the Space of L.A., Nostalgia and Transformation

In the courtyard of UCLA's Hammer Museum, patrons are gathered during a dwindling happy hour. They're waiting to be seated in the Billy Wilder Theater for that night's Hammer Conversations event -- a talk between Band of Outsiders designer Scott Sternberg and writer/"canning evangelist" Kevin West. Sternberg and West's talk…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Meet the Catholic Priest Who's Bringing Card Tricks to the Magic Castle This Week

Meet the Catholic Priest Who's Bringing Card Tricks to the Magic Castle This Week

Fr. Jim Blantz was busy this past Sunday. At 8:30 a.m., Blantz presided over Mass, wrapping up a three-week stint filling in at Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills. Less than seven hours later, Blantz was beginning his class in Hollywood. But Blantz wasn't teaching Sunday School. The…
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News, The Informer 5 Great Hotel Feuds in L.A. History

5 Great Hotel Feuds in L.A. History

The Huntley Hotel won't be giving the Fairmont Miramar high marks for hospitality on a comment card any time soon. The two Santa Monica-based hotels are having a not-so-private tiff, as first reported by the Santa Monica Mirror. The Huntley, which objects to the Miramar's expansion plans, is accusing the…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Crave = Secret Underground Comedy Show + Late-Night Dance Party

Crave = Secret Underground Comedy Show + Late-Night Dance Party

The lights are out onstage. Comedian Alex Hooper is powering through the technical glitch. He's dressed in nothing but a cape and Cookie Monster boxers. His scream-filled comedy style has presumably left him red-faced, though the audience can't tell -- it's pitch-black, after all. A man in lion print dashes…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Entertaining Things to Do in L.A. This Week

5 Entertaining Things to Do in L.A. This Week

This week, let L.A. entertain you. From a comic reflection on summer camp to the bizarre entertainment of a movie starring Lindsay Lohan and a porn star, there are plenty of ways to stay amused this week. Here are just five options to tickle your funny bone or blow your…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Great Things to Do Outdoors in L.A. This Week

5 Great Things to Do Outdoors in L.A. This Week

August is the sign that the sunny summer months are coming to an end -- or it would be if this wasn't L.A., where the sun shines 300 days a year. Yet there's something special about being outdoors in the summer months that goes beyond good weather or the potential…
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Calendar, Archive Wrap Your Heart Around It

Wrap Your Heart Around It

Polka star LynnMarie Rink describes herself as "the Susan Lucci of the Grammys" -- after the soap star who often lost at the Daytime Emmys -- in her solo show, Wrap Your Heart Around It. But Rink is nothing short of winning in this production, which mixes her music with...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle The Most Bizarre <em>Chicago</em> Cast Ever?

The Most Bizarre Chicago Cast Ever?

It's the fifth day of rehearsals for Chicago, and the director is presenting two numbers to the press, "All That Jazz" and "We Both Reached for the Gun." She's noticeably nervous as she gets things started, apologizing for any potential lack of preparedness. The cast just got these numbers yesterday…
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