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Calendar, Archive Basement Jaxx

Basement Jaxx

Basement Jaxx got the ingredients right for their multiflavored house music seven albums ago: bumping beats, Afro rhythms, carved-out vocals. On their latest, Junto, house music is the framework but style mixture remains a Jaxx tradition. Steel drums on "Power to the People," breakbeats and ragga vocals on "Buffalo," sped-up...…
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Calendar, Archive Summer Nights in the Garden

Summer Nights in the Garden

We'll admit it: Sometimes we go to the Natural History Museum just to hang out in the garden. With the Rose Garden and the museum's own collection of California native plants, not to mention the abundance of flowers gracing the Butterfly Pavilion, we don't always make it into the museum...…
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Calendar, Archive Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

Nick Cave has numerous ways of delivering his fire-and-brimstone sermons from atop various pulpits and stages. He's written novels and appeared in films, and these days Cave has at least two ways of propelling his music forward — he splits his time between Grinderman, whose angular aggression evokes the junkyard...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Want a Great Piña Colada?

Want a Great Piña Colada?

The Piña Colada is the national drink of Puerto Rico, where the name means "strained pineapple." While several bartenders claim ownership of the drink's creation, it can most likely be traced back to the 1948 invention of Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut (emulsifiers and all) in Puerto Rico, which meshes...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Exclusive: Watch a Nightmare and the Cat Studio Performance of "Alvarado"

Exclusive: Watch a Nightmare and the Cat Studio Performance of "Alvarado"

After generating all kinds of buzz with their debut EP Simple, L.A.-based rockers Nightmare and the Cat are gearing up for the release of their debut album of the same name. Due out July 22 on Capitol Records, the Simple album further establishes brothers Django (vocals) and Samuel Stewart (guitars)...…
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News, The Informer Porn Star Shows How to Craft Contraception at Hobby Lobby

Porn Star Shows How to Craft Contraception at Hobby Lobby

In an infamous ruling last month a divided U.S. Supreme Court said that family-owned corporations with religious objections did not have to pay for contraceptive coverage under so-called Obamacare. The decision had some feminists fuming because it will allow employers to duck paying for what they believe is a key part of their...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 4 Places to Get Good Poke in L.A.

4 Places to Get Good Poke in L.A.

While even poke stalwart Sam Choy isn’t sure of poke’s exact origin, it's apparent that the current form of Japanese-influenced poke became pervasive throughout the “grindz” culture in the 1970s. Since then (and even more so since President Obama’s win), poke has become one of the go-to island food memories...…
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News, The Informer Stop the Anti-Immigration Hysteria: Murrieta's Obama Haters Need a Fact Check

Stop the Anti-Immigration Hysteria: Murrieta's Obama Haters Need a Fact Check

We're pleading here for straight talk on both sides of the illegal immigration debate, so we'll start this party with some brutal honesty: Illegal immigration isn't necessarily good for Latino Americans, and many of us don't always welcome it. Why would we ask for the clock on our U.S. assimilation...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink The <i>Eat-A-Bug Cookbook</i> Author Wants You to Eat More Insects

The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook Author Wants You to Eat More Insects

Cricket orzo and spider tempura are on the menu at Chef David George Gordon's cooking demonstration. "Make sure you get a cricket," he advises, as assistants dish up samples. Gordon, 64, is known in entomophagy circles as "the bug chef," and his demo is taking place at the Natural History...…
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News, The Informer Maybe Now's the Time to Buy a House in L.A.

Maybe Now's the Time to Buy a House in L.A.

If you've been reading L.A. Weekly, you know that there's a housing crisis in Los Angeles. Rents are some of the highest in the nation, and housing prices are just ridic. See also: Owning a Home in L.A. Is a "Pipe Dream" For Most Basic bungalows are going for $1 million plus is some...…
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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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Arts, Public Spectacle Podcast: Why You Should See <I>Dawn of the Planet of the Apes</I> and <I>Boyhood</I>

Podcast: Why You Should See Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Boyhood

On this week's Voice Film Club episode, film critics Alan Scherstuhl, Amy Nicholson and Stephanie Zacharek recommend seeing Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (12:00) and Richard Linklater's Boyhood (20:00), a movie filmed over twelve years with the same cast. Follow @VoiceFilmClub...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 100-Year-Old Yingst Fruit Ranch Closing

100-Year-Old Yingst Fruit Ranch Closing

For more than 28 years, the Yingst family — headed by Nancy and her late husband Charles — have grown some of the finest heirloom fruit in Southern California. Sadly, due to a combination of factors, including the  family urging a move to Arizona, Mrs. Yingst, who is 80, has...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle This <i>Romeo and Juliet</i> Pits the Hearsts Against the Chandlers

This Romeo and Juliet Pits the Hearsts Against the Chandlers

Los Angeles has never been particularly renowned as a town conducive to festival-grade professional Shakespeare. Whether it’s the city’s proximity to Hollywood and its blind ambivalence to what is in its own backyard, the collective trauma of force-fed, high school field-trip Bard, or a simple scarcity of seasoned directors and...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Dance Shows to See in L.A. This Week: A Street Dance Troupe Turns 20

5 Dance Shows to See in L.A. This Week: A Street Dance Troupe Turns 20

This week's dance shows include the last chance to see a new Romeo and Juliet, the first chance to see a Bessie-award winner and street dance in concert. 5. Sharpening the edge The challenge of being cutting-edge is keeping that edge honed. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, urban dance collective...…
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Calendar, Archive Twilight Concerts at the Pier

Twilight Concerts at the Pier

The Santa Monica Pier is perhaps the most iconic beachside monument in all of Los Angeles, and as a designated city landmark more than 100 years old, it certainly deserves the attention. Not only does the manmade jetty boast a 1920s carousel, aquarium, trapeze school and arcade, it's nearly as...…
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Calendar, Archive Jesika Von Rabbit

Jesika Von Rabbit

Jesika Von Rabbit is perhaps California's ultimate postmodern, intergalactic pop provocateur. First thrust upon this unsuspecting world as co-founder of groundbreaking freakno rock oddballs Gram Rabbit, the buxotic blonde vixen became such an inescapable force in her Joshua Tree–adjacent headquarters that she even has her own menu item (Nachos Von...…
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Calendar, Archive Beautiful Noise

Beautiful Noise

Before grunge and Britpop's rock-star antics took over in the mid-'90s, shoegaze was alternative music's gentle giant: soft-spoken, noncommercial and, depending on the band, unbearably loud. For fans of the era, from its inception in the late 1980s to its resurgence with newer artists, L.A. filmmaker Eric Green's new documentary,...…
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Calendar, Archive Wye Oak

Wye Oak

Wye Oak conjures an unusually full and mesmerizing sound considering the Baltimore group is just a duo composed of singer-guitarist Jenn Wasner and drummer Andy Stack. But Stack helps stack their songs with other layers of mystery when he somehow simultaneously plays drums and keyboards onstage. Wasner belies the title...…
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