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People Get Ready

In 1964, the Civil Rights Act prohibited prejudicial treatment based on race, religion, sex or ethnicity. President John F. Kennedy had introduced the bill five months before his assassination, and it took Lyndon Johnson's mastery of Congress to push it through after Kennedy's death. But it wasn't just the presidents...…
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Calendar, Archive Sketch Fighter

Sketch Fighter

It's a comic book battle that even the Avengers couldn't handle. Tonight, four comic book artists and their stand-up comedian sidekicks will duke it out for sketchpad supremacy inside Manhattan Beach shop/hangout the Comic Bug. Presented by Comics and Comics, a group of comedians who perform geek-friendly stand-up at conventions...…
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Calendar, Archive Hard Summer Music Festival 2014

Hard Summer Music Festival 2014

HARD Summer moves out of downtown L.A. to Whittier Narrows Recreational Area for its seventh go-around. With 100 acres of space, the two-day event is more than triple the size of its previous location at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Even so, the 100-artist happening is sold out. Bringing the...…
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Calendar, Archive Burger a-Go-Go!

Burger a-Go-Go!

Burger Records, the prolific, Fullerton-based label and store, continues to release so many CDs, LPs and even cassettes (!) that this daylong festival can barely contain the numerous garage, punk, indie and power-pop bands on its roster. The bill is headlined by Best Coast, with their summer-centric, effusively sunny pop...…
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Calendar, Archive The Psycho Sisters

The Psycho Sisters

Susan Cowsill and Vicki Peterson virtually grew up in public with their first bands, The Cowsills and The Bangles, respectively. But when they put their heads together as The Psycho Sisters, they reveal much more rocking and countrified range than they usually get to demonstrate in their better-known pop groups...…
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Cosplay at Comic-Con: Watch a Regular Woman Transform Into a Famed Video Game Character (Video)

OO.ready(function() { OO.Player.create('ooyalaplayer', 'hhcHlibzq8otGGHXEChAKuM33J0fDY9H'); });Please enable Javascript to watch this video Rana McAnear had responded to a post on Model Mayhem, the social network that connects artists with models. The request came from Bioware, the video game company, and was for someone with "strong features." McAnear has plenty of those:...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Dirt Dog Team on Their New Topping-Crazy Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog Shack

Dirt Dog Team on Their New Topping-Crazy Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog Shack

Richard Larios, Timothy Cam and Philip Ozaki understand you don’t have to be an Angeleno to enjoy bacon-wrapped hot dogs. They also understand L.A.’s desire to eat dirty dogs during daylight. Thus on Friday, August 1, the three men are opening Dirt Dog, a small but heartfelt hot dog shack...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Diamond Light: Unironic Rockers

The Diamond Light: Unironic Rockers

Dateline, L.A. 2014: Tweeness rules. Experimental indie bands are a dime a dozen. But the Diamond Light aren't about that life. They're purveyors of good old-fashioned blues rock. And it's kind of refreshing. They've been featured in Blind Blind Tiger's Speakeasy Sessions, in Nylon Guys playing a stripped-down version on Daft Punk's "Lose...…
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Calendar, Archive Bellydance Evolution: Alice in Wonderland

Bellydance Evolution: Alice in Wonderland

The setup certainly sounds like someone went down a certain rabbit hole or nibbled the wrong mushroom: Combine belly dance with street dance to retell the story of Alice in Wonderland. Yet mixing Middle Eastern dance with contemporary dance forms is exactly what the 20-member Bellydance Evolution and choreographer Jillina...…
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Calendar, Archive Echo & the Bunnymen

Echo & the Bunnymen

Though dancey and dirty-rockin' with equal aplomb, exquisitely melodic and highly seductive onstage, Echo the Bunnymen never quite enjoyed the success of fellow '80s new-wave counterparts Duran Duran or Depeche Mode. Still, their fan base is nearly as passionate. Influential to everyone from Radiohead to Coldplay to Courtney Love, leader...…
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Calendar, Archive Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

These days when you think Arcade Fire, it's all mirrors and Reflektors. But Arcade Fire wasn't always confetti and dancing. Thirteen years after forming, the Canadian art rockers are pioneers of 21st-century indie music, traversing themes of organized religion, coming of age, hope, nostalgia and death. Their sound is known...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Stryper Tribute Bands We Feel Should Exist

Stryper Tribute Bands We Feel Should Exist

Tomorrow night, July 31, your favorite Christian hair metal act Stryper plays Whisky-A-Go-Go. Say what you will about the Orange County collective, but you have to admire them for sticking to the script for three decades —  or is that scripture? Putting out new music as recently as last year,...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Bryan Singer and Felicia Day's New Horror-Comedy Series

Bryan Singer and Felicia Day's New Horror-Comedy Series

When YouTube started funding premium channels in 2012, among the chosen was quirky, nerd-centric Geek & Sundry, from Felicia Day (The Guild, Supernatural). The channel launched with typical unscripted YouTube fare but was one of the first to branch out into long-form content, such as half-hour gaming show TableTop, then...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Best Los Angeles Metal Shows to See in August

The Best Los Angeles Metal Shows to See in August

Saturday, August 2nd Morbid Saint The Black CastleWhen the beer ran out at last year’s Thrasho De Mayo festival, hundreds of metalheads were incensed. But their anger subsided when Wisconsin thrashers Morbid Saint hit the stage, unleashing a relentless fury in their first SoCal appearance after a 20 year hiatus...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Party Picks of the Week: Jarvis Cocker Alert!

Party Picks of the Week: Jarvis Cocker Alert!

Summer fun is burning hot about now with a slew of big bashes, many of them marking the not-so-timid Leo birthday contingent. Here, the best of the batch, kicking off what is sure to be an action-packed August. Party with ninjas: Studio 69’s Pirates vs. Ninjas dance and dress-up affair is always...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Fanatics! Rock the Omar

Fanatics! Rock the Omar

RADIO BROADCAST #279 08–03–14 Fanatics! Good radio is what it’s all about on this show and tonight, we again deliver the goods. You will notice the slightest of concepts here as we rock Omar Souleyman on both hours. He will be in LA on Sunday night. I will be interviewing...…
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News, The Informer Dodgers Keep the Kids, Come Up Empty at Trade Deadline

Dodgers Keep the Kids, Come Up Empty at Trade Deadline

Twenty-six years is a long time between pennants. Unacceptably long; the longest period without a World Series appearance in Dodgers franchise history. That’s L.A. and Brooklyn. Of course, 1988 was glorious, but there is a large and growing continent of L.A. fans who just cannot look at the brake lights...…
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News, The Informer Is "Louis Slungpue" a Firefighter? He Says So on KFI

Is "Louis Slungpue" a Firefighter? He Says So on KFI

"Louis Slungpue," the fake DWP spokesman who briefly convinced reporters at ABC7 on Tuesday that flooding at UCLA might have been caused by a cherry bomb down a toilet, or "a real large dump," is an instant prankster folk hero. We weren't the least bit surprised to learn that the man...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Botulism Leads to Recall of Pesto and Other Sauces

Botulism Leads to Recall of Pesto and Other Sauces

In case you were getting all worked up about ebola, we’ve got something a little closer to home to worry about: A local produce company has voluntarily recalled several of its products after two cases of food-borne botulism were reported, according to the California Department of Public Health. That’s right,...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle We Survived (and Even Enjoyed) the New <i>Sharknado</i>. Here's How to Prep for the Next One

We Survived (and Even Enjoyed) the New Sharknado. Here's How to Prep for the Next One

Near the beginning of Sharknado 2: The Second One, a portly man wearing tighty-whities with "naked cowboy" printed across the rear strums a guitar on the streets of New York. He is only a passing caricature, but he unwittingly serves as a metaphor for the whole movie, in which absurdity...…
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