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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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Week of July 10th

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News, The Informer EDC Vegas Raver Montgomery Tsang Died From an Ecstasy Overdose

EDC Vegas Raver Montgomery Tsang Died From an Ecstasy Overdose

A young man who collapsed outside Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas died from an ecstasy overdose, the Clark County Coroner's office announced today. Following the results from toxicology tests, coroner's investigators determined that 24-year-old Montgomery Tsang of San Leandro, California died from "acute methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) toxicity," a coroner's official told...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Movies to See in L.A. This Week, Including Two <i>Grease</i> Sing-Alongs

Movies to See in L.A. This Week, Including Two Grease Sing-Alongs

Friday, July 11 As the World Cup rages on in Brazil, UCLA launches a celebration of contemporary Brazilian documentaries at its Billy Wilder Theater via a film series titled Cruzamentos (Portuguese for “crossings”). On Friday at 7:30 p.m., the series opens with Twenty Years Later, which follows director Eduardo Coutinho...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Melrose Umbrella Company Says L.A. Has "Many Wet Days to Come"

Melrose Umbrella Company Says L.A. Has "Many Wet Days to Come"

In life, some things are sheer contrivance and others are full of such serendipity that they almost seem contrived in their coincidence. Such is the story behind Melrose Umbrella Co. — which opened in February in the former Foundry space on Melrose — a locale where Prohibition, wet weather and family history all collide...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Elysian "Night In" Dinner Series Relaunches

Elysian "Night In" Dinner Series Relaunches

Is it a restaurant? Is it an event space? Is it a home for cutting edge cultural programming? These are the questions that arise when the multipurpose venue known as Elysian in Frogtown comes up in conversation. The answer is: all of the above, and then some. Any attempt to...…
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News, The Informer Here Are L.A.'s Top 5 Promiscuous Neighborhoods

Here Are L.A.'s Top 5 Promiscuous Neighborhoods

Which neighborhoods see the most hook-ups in Los Angeles? The app Spreadsheets, which helps singles track sexual performance, record their bedroom "achievements," log the duration of intercourse, and parse other data crucial to users in 133 countries across the globe, crunched its local user data just for L.A. Weekly. And so,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Kush Sake Bar Now Open in Echo Park

Kush Sake Bar Now Open in Echo Park

The space formerly occupied by Cortez in Echo Park has a new tenant: Kush Sake Bar, an izakaya-type establishment serving yakitori, Japanese small plates and sake.  The tiny Allison Ave space has been empty since Cortez's owners (who also own Cookbook about a mile away) sold the spot back in April. Kush opened quietly...…
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News, The Informer The Valley Could Get its Own Metro Light-Rail Train

The Valley Could Get its Own Metro Light-Rail Train

If you think about it, L.A.'s light-rail revolution, which includes the Red and Purple subway lines, has pretty much passed up the vast, car-dependent San Fernando Valley. The Valley gets a little taste of the Red Line, which has stops in Universal City and North Hollywood, and it has a...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 4 Events: DineL.A. Restaurant Week, Taste of Farmers Market, Claremont Restaurant Week + L.A. Garagiste Festival

Top 4 Events: DineL.A. Restaurant Week, Taste of Farmers Market, Claremont Restaurant Week + L.A. Garagiste Festival

DineL.A. Restaurant Week DineL.A.'s restaurant week, a recurring event, is back for another week, or rather weeks. Organized by the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board and presented in partnership with American Express, DineL.A. showcases more than 300 restaurants, who create prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. There are no tickets...…
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News, The Informer Despite L.A. Cruelty Ban, Circus Returns to Face Animal Rights Protesters

Despite L.A. Cruelty Ban, Circus Returns to Face Animal Rights Protesters

In April the L.A. City Council in spring enacted a ban on cruelty to elephants that, some predicted, would put circus shows out of business, at least in our town. See also: The Circus Probably Has No Future in L.A. After Bullhook Ban The ban covers bullhooks, bats, axe handles and...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Where to Find <i>Khao Soi</i>, The Excellent Thai Noodle Dish You're Not Ordering

Where to Find Khao Soi, The Excellent Thai Noodle Dish You're Not Ordering

If America’s Thai food trend is heading toward the model set by Pok Pok, Andy Ricker’s famous Portland-based project, then the trend is heading northward, away from the familiar Bangkok street food that most Americans have grown accustomed to  – the likes of massaman curry, pad Thai and tom yum soup...…
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News, The Informer Bicycling Can Be Deadlier in L.A. Than in Mumbai, Shanghai and Other Heavy-Traffic Cities (VIDEO)

Bicycling Can Be Deadlier in L.A. Than in Mumbai, Shanghai and Other Heavy-Traffic Cities (VIDEO)

At first, riding a bicycle through Mumbai seemed like a death wish. I saw lines of cars, scooters, rickshaws, horses, oxen, and even human-pulled carts lurch into intersections before the light turned green. I hesitated at the crosswalk, holding up traffic and setting off honking from behind. I was petrified...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Taste of the Farmers Market: Happy 80th Anniversary!

Taste of the Farmers Market: Happy 80th Anniversary!

It was 1934, and when Blanche Magee arrived at a patch of the Gilmore family’s land and served sandwiches to hungry fruit and veg growers at the new “Farmers Market,” she couldn’t have imagined it was going to turn into one of L.A.’s biggest attractions. Magee gambled on good food...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Jurassic 5 Is Somehow More Popular Than Ever

Jurassic 5 Is Somehow More Popular Than Ever

In 2013, seminal L.A. hip-hop group Jurassic 5 united at Coachella. Founder Zaakir Muhammad had been working at Nordstrom. In the year since, they've toured the world, playing headlining shows and festivals, and when we spoke to them not long ago at member Cut Chemist’s house in Glendale, their collective mood was bright...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Celebrating Terrorizer's Legacy, 25 Years Later

Celebrating Terrorizer's Legacy, 25 Years Later

Terrorizer’s 1989 debut album World Downfall showcased what would become trademarks of the grindcore genre. That is, extremely short bursts of aggression similar to punk, but amped up by distorted death metal riffs and the fastest blastbeat drumming imaginable, with all of it a backdrop for politically-conscious lyrics. The album is...…
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