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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>Choir Boy</i> Looks at Homosexuality in a Black Prep School (GO!)

Choir Boy Looks at Homosexuality in a Black Prep School (GO!)

At first, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s study of five, black prep-school students (Jeremy Pope, Nicholas L. Ashe, Donovan Mitchell, Grantham Coleman and Caleb Eberhardt), along with their stern headmaster (Michael A.Shepperd) and a visiting white professor (Leonard Kelly-Young) from the Civil Rights era, might seem schematic. The “group drama” about opportunity...…
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Calendar, Archive A John Williams Celebration

A John Williams Celebration

The most recognized, most loved and most Oscar-nominated film composer in history will share the spotlight with the Walt Disney Concert Hall as the L.A. Philharmonic kicks off its 96th season — and its 10th year in the Gehry-designed musical space(ship). A John Williams Celebration won't be just another greatest-hits...…
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Calendar, Archive Cibo Matto

Cibo Matto

When Cibo Matto first surfaced in the mid-'90s, at the height of grunge and alternative rock, their mix of quirky, food-themed lyrics and noise-rock/avant-pop music caught on not only in their native New York's underground scene but worldwide. After two albums, Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori decided to take a...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Joel Jerome Is the Behind-the-Scenes Indie King

Joel Jerome Is the Behind-the-Scenes Indie King

The hot sun beats down on the iron gate leading into the Psychedelic Thriftstore, the Glassell Park recording studio of Joel Jerome. "I spend most of my time here," says Jerome. In fact, he almost never leaves. Jerome's real name is Joel Morales, but if you ask the 20 or so...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>The Trip to Bountiful</i> Stops in L.A. With a Stellar Cast Led by Cicely Tyson (GO!)

The Trip to Bountiful Stops in L.A. With a Stellar Cast Led by Cicely Tyson (GO!)

Like other American masterworks such as Our Town and Buried Child, Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful finds universal profundity in the goings on of small town life. But unlike the original 1953 teleplay, or the many revivals since, this touring production of the Tony-nominated Broadway revival features an African-American...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Afrika Bambaataa on Early L.A. Hip-Hop

Afrika Bambaataa on Early L.A. Hip-Hop

Not long ago, turntablists DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist went all the way up to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where they picked through the 40,000-piece-strong archived vinyl collection of Afrika Bambaataa. On Friday, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist will show off their findings, along with a full lineup of...…
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Music, West Coast Sound My Band Is Trying to Play Shows at Colleges

My Band Is Trying to Play Shows at Colleges

Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 4 Things We Learned Bar Hopping with Firestone Walker

4 Things We Learned Bar Hopping with Firestone Walker

On Saturday, Sept. 27, Firestone Walker Brewing Co. celebrated the end of LA Beer Week with their third annual Wild Ride. In a 1964 Series 2A Land Rover named Olivia, they delivered kegs of specialty sour beer from their Barrelworks brewery in Buellton to four different bars throughout Los Angeles...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle D*Face Tackles Death and Celebrity in His Biggest Solo Show Ever

D*Face Tackles Death and Celebrity in His Biggest Solo Show Ever

It's just a few days before Saturday's opening of "Scars and Stripes," British artist D*Face's biggest solo show to date, and the finishing piece is still lying on the floor of the pop-up gallery at 315 S. Robertson Blvd., a former American Apparel outpost. Large chunks of D*Dog, a round-faced...…
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News, The Informer Powder Cocaine Dealers Are No Longer Special Under the Law (Sorry)

Powder Cocaine Dealers Are No Longer Special Under the Law (Sorry)

Used to be that being successfully prosecuted for holding a decent quantity of crack could put you behind bars for up to five years. No longer. California Gov. Jerry Brown last night signed a bill that will make possession of crack and possession of powder cocaine for sale the same...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Thirty Artists Took Over Greystone Mansion for a Gala on Saturday Night

Thirty Artists Took Over Greystone Mansion for a Gala on Saturday Night

Costumed performers with masks over their eyes and black clothes draped over their arms were standing at the foot of the grand stairway or out back near the pool at Beverly Hills’ Greystone Mansion Saturday night. “Would you like to dance?” they’d ask in a softly mechanical way and then...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Larry David Was Live at the Ace Hotel Last Night, and Everybody Went a Little Nuts

Larry David Was Live at the Ace Hotel Last Night, and Everybody Went a Little Nuts

There are things people want from Larry David. The show business strivers are looking for professional help — an encouraging word for the low-maintenance types, an actual job for the pushier iterations. Everybody else can be just as needy. They want to tell him about their personal connection with his...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Banksy's "Haight Street Rat" at the U.S. Bank Tower: This Is Where I Draw the Line

Banksy's "Haight Street Rat" at the U.S. Bank Tower: This Is Where I Draw the Line

“This’ll look nice when it’s framed” read one of the massive pieces of satiric graffiti Banksy painted on public walls across San Francisco in April 2010. Brian Greif, a retired television executive turned art preservationist, must’ve thought the same thing when he raised more than $10,000 on Kickstarter to professionally...…
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Music, West Coast Sound While Making Her New Album, Lili Haydn Suffered Brain Damage

While Making Her New Album, Lili Haydn Suffered Brain Damage

Lili Haydn was an honorary member of George Clinton's band. He nicknamed her the "Jimi Hendrix of the violin." Born in Toronto and now based in L.A., her father was a famous LSD dealer, and she was raised for a time in a cult before he rescued her. Now a...…
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News, The Informer Full Legalization of Marijuana Could Come to California in 2016

Full Legalization of Marijuana Could Come to California in 2016

Legal marijuana isn't hard to get in L.A. Just go to a doctor who advertises in certain weekly publications (ahem), tell her you have back pain, get a piece of paper, show it to the dispensary nearby, and buy some bud. But pro-marijuana activists in California have been envious of...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Foster Farms Chicken Strips Recalled for Listeria

Foster Farms Chicken Strips Recalled for Listeria

Guess Foster Farms missed being in the spotlight. A mere two months after the Centers for Disease Control declared the company's 16-month-long salmonella outbreak finally over, Foster Farms chicken is now being recalled for listeria. About 40,000 pounds (1,223 cases) of Foster Farms' frozen, pre-cooked Chicken Breast Grilled Strips have...…
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News, The Informer "Yes Means Yes" Sexual Consent Law Coming to College Campuses

"Yes Means Yes" Sexual Consent Law Coming to College Campuses

A bill that would require affirmative consent by California public college students about to engage in sex was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, his office announced over the weekend. Campus adjudication panels weighing sex-assault allegations will be required to determine if accusers actually said yes, verbally or otherwise,...…
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News, The Informer Assemblyman Isadore Hall Spent Campaign Funds at a Strip Club in Las Vegas

Assemblyman Isadore Hall Spent Campaign Funds at a Strip Club in Las Vegas

After four years fighting the D.A.'s office, Sen. Rod Wright has finally been chased from office. Wright's offense — failing to live in his district — was minor compared to the allegations against his colleagues Leland Yee and Ron Calderon, deserving of only a footnote in the annals of Sacramento...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Yes, Tsujita Does Sushi as Well as Ramen and Tsukemen

Yes, Tsujita Does Sushi as Well as Ramen and Tsukemen

Maybe the city planners who oversee Sawtelle Blvd. north of Olympic — that stretch of Japanese-intensive shops and restaurants many people call Little Osaka — should just hand over the keys to the folks who operate Tsujita. Of course we've all been lining up for bowls of noodles at Tsujita...…
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News, The Informer How <i>Kill the Messenger</i> Will Vindicate Investigative Journalist Gary Webb

How Kill the Messenger Will Vindicate Investigative Journalist Gary Webb

This one has all the ingredients of a dreamed-up Hollywood blockbuster: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist uncovers a big story involving drugs, the CIA and a guerrilla army. Despite threats and intimidation, he writes an explosive exposé and catches national attention. But the fates shift. Our reporter’s story is torn apart by...…
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