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Music, West Coast Sound For Smog, Dubstep Goes Beyond the Drop

For Smog, Dubstep Goes Beyond the Drop

On a rainy Los Angeles morning, Daniel Johnson — Danny to pretty much everyone who knows him — is giving a tour of the downtown pad where he and roommate John Dadzie, aka DJ/producer 12th Planet, live and work. There are Pioneer CDJs hooked up to a club-style speaker system...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Gorgeous Ballet Tutus Emerge from a Woman's Flying Fingers (VIDEO)

Gorgeous Ballet Tutus Emerge from a Woman's Flying Fingers (VIDEO)

Sara Bacon pulls out a nearly-finished tutu and lays it on her dining room table in the San Fernando Valley. She spent the last night working in front of her TV, carefully sewing on hooks and eyes. Zippers are not part of the process. For a dancer, a zipper could...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle The Next Generation of Elite Video Game Creators Shows Off Its Talents at USC

The Next Generation of Elite Video Game Creators Shows Off Its Talents at USC

Inside a small gallery in a building named for Steven Spielberg, USC senior Larissa Schiavo hands over an iPad and talks me through a round of King Basil's Quest. It's an uncomplicated game; once you get the hang of using your fingers instead of a joystick, it's no more difficult...…
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Calendar, Archive Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival

Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival

Now in its 10th year, Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival is a chance to get youngsters hooked on film early. The weekend-long event continues on Sunday with screenings of I Am Eleven, Genevieve Bailey’s documentary about 11-year-olds in different parts of the world, and Dutch animated flick Pim and...…
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Calendar, Archive <em>Star Wars Holiday Special</em> Life Day Celebration

Star Wars Holiday Special Life Day Celebration

There are few television abominations that match the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. Centered around the Wookiee celebration of Life Day, this attempt at a variety show has been virtually erased from the franchise’s legacy. Fans, however, never forget. This year, the Star Wars fanatics at Glendale bar Complex are...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle A Landmark San Fernando Valley Head Shop Stays Relevant By Embracing Pipes as Art

A Landmark San Fernando Valley Head Shop Stays Relevant By Embracing Pipes as Art

Crammed in among the faded façades that line Reseda Boulevard, Captain Ed's Shoppe stands out as a relic of an idealized, counterculture past. On the shop's wall, an anthropomorphic sun winks at passersby, its message "Get up, stand up" surrounding it. Next to the sun, a grinning crescent moon and...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle In "Temple of Art," Allan Amato Photographed Artists, Who Then Got to Mess With the Picture

In "Temple of Art," Allan Amato Photographed Artists, Who Then Got to Mess With the Picture

It started out as an ordinary project for L.A.-based photographer Allan Amato. He met David Mack, a writer and artist who created the comic book series Kabuki. Amato took some portraits — "I like photographing people if I want to get to know them better," he says — and then...…
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Calendar, Archive Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Feeling a little retro this holiday season? Head to the Tonga Hut for their ninth annual Winter Wonderland party. The North Hollywood tiki bar has been around since 1958 and the vibe is distinctively ’60s cocktail party. Sip on a Zombie or Blue Hawaiian as you browse vendor booths for...…
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Krampus Ball

If you relate more to Krampus than to St. Nicholas, head to Highland Park to celebrate the demon that has a habit of frightening bad children. Saturday night’s Krampus Ball is just one in a series of events organized by Krampus Los Angeles and dedicated to the ferocious character from...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Hodor Threw Down an Epic DJ Set at "Rave of Thrones"

Hodor Threw Down an Epic DJ Set at "Rave of Thrones"

At midnight inside Exchange L.A., "Rave of Thrones" was in full swing and DJ/Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn was about to hit the stage. A digital snowfall poured down the projection screens. Over the sound system, Old Nan, a character from HBO's hit series, talks about White Walkers. Soon,...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>Bee & PuppyCat</i>, the Rare Cartoon About an Adult Woman

Bee & PuppyCat, the Rare Cartoon About an Adult Woman

In the new web series Bee & PuppyCat, Bee is a young women with employment issues. PuppyCat is a feline-looking creature with a canine smell. Together, they go on fantastic space adventures. But, there's more to the Frederator-produced show than that. Bee loves food. She's a little immature. She screws...…
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Calendar, Archive An Evening With Judd Apatow and Friends

An Evening With Judd Apatow and Friends

Comedy master Judd Apatow heads to Largo on Monday for An Evening With Judd Apatow and Friends. While the full lineup has yet to be announced, it’s a fair guess that the producer of zeitgeist-hitting entertainment from Superbad to Girls will bring some major comedy talent into the club. Already...…
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Music, West Coast Sound For Some, DFA Records Night at Avalon Was a Religious Experience

For Some, DFA Records Night at Avalon Was a Religious Experience

Last call had come and gone at Avalon on Saturday night, but the dancers were still on the floor for the 2 Bears, a British dance music duo featuring Joe Goddard of Hot Chip. The party had reached that point when the names of the songs played didn't matter so...…
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Calendar, Archive We Heart Eagle Rock Block Party

We Heart Eagle Rock Block Party

Small Business Saturday takes over Colorado and Eagle Rock boulevards with the We Heart Eagle Rock Block Party. Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, Owl Talk Clothing and Milkfarm L.A. are just a few of the quirky and fashionable shops that are in on this year’s action. Head behind “family resource” the Green...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle A Family Print Shop Where Everything Is in 3-D

A Family Print Shop Where Everything Is in 3-D

Inside a small shop on Alhambra's Main Street, Andy Co and sister-in-law Jewelyn Co demonstrate how a 3-D scan is made. Andy picks up a scanner that looks more like an iron and cradles a laptop in his arms. Jewelyn strikes a pose — hands on hips, one knee bent...…
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Calendar, Archive What a Riot!: An Earthquake, Two Mudslides and a Girl on Fire

What a Riot!: An Earthquake, Two Mudslides and a Girl on Fire

From concert posters to movie advertisements to just about everything connected to Disneyland, many of the brightest moments in 20th-century graphic design have emanated from California. Designer and CalArts professor Louise Sandhaus has spent years exploring the state’s aesthetic contributions, and her book of Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Manga Series <i>Dragon Ball</i> Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Manga Series Dragon Ball Celebrates 30th Anniversary

It starts as many stories do, with young people ready to embark on an adventure. In Dragon Ball, though, the adventures last for years, encompassing two manga series, multiple anime series, several movies and video games and a lot of other related items. When it comes to comics and animation...…
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Calendar, Archive Dragon Ball 30th Anniversary Tribute

Dragon Ball 30th Anniversary Tribute

Thirty years ago, manga artist Akira Toriyama embarked upon a hero’s journey with his warrior-in-training Goku. The result, Dragon Ball, became a global phenomenon that launched multiple TV series and films. Decades later, the franchise remains one of the staples of anime conventions. Even the critically reviled, live-action flick Dragonball:...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle The Fascinating World of Filipino Martial Arts

The Fascinating World of Filipino Martial Arts

There's an odd, slightly unpleasant smell passing through a conference room inside the Los Angeles Hilton. We are told that it's the wood. When two sticks rub together, you can build a fire. When two thin, wooden poles go at it in battle, you get the smell of a singe...…
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Calendar, Archive Bent-Con

Bent-Con

The premiere LGBT pop culture convention, Bent-Con, returns to Burbank this weekend for three days of art, entertainment and education. Play some games, or check out how-to panels on subjects like puppetry and writing genre fiction. Hit up the artist reception and check out the convention’s gallery, featuring Clive Barker’s...…
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