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Calendar, Archive Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland

Canadian author Douglas Coupland studied sculpture in art school, only to become a writer - and it's lucky for us he did. In his 1991 debut novel, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, Coupland explored the growing disillusionment of a disenfranchised demographic coming of age at the dawning of...…
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Calendar, Archive Dum Dum Girls

Dum Dum Girls

Dum Dum Girls' latest record, January's Too True, has won plaudits from both fans and critics alike. The quartet's third full-length is one of their strongest to date, with Dee Dee Penny's vocals powering the band above a wall of reverb and guitars that has been favorably compared to The...…
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Calendar, Archive Tinariwen

Tinariwen

When it comes to guitar armies, Tinariwen has everyone else beat. The Malian collective features a multitude of brilliant guitarists whose multilayered interplay seamlessly blends psychedelic hypnosis, bluesy solitude and traditional West African influences. But many band members also fought in an actual army, as rebel Tuareg soldiers against the...…
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News, Features Homeless for 14 Months, WeHo News Publisher Ryan Gierach Fought Shelter's Brutality

Homeless for 14 Months, WeHo News Publisher Ryan Gierach Fought Shelter's Brutality

The food was terrible, the men said. Never mind that it was free. Or that they were homeless, and beggars can't be choosers. The grumbling among residents at the PATH L.A. shelter — People Assisting the Homeless — at 340 N. Madison Ave. in the Rampart area might have gone...…
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News, Letters Defending L.A. Theater and a Troubled Mom: Readers Write

Defending L.A. Theater and a Troubled Mom: Readers Write

Fighting for Her Family Gene Maddaus' cover story about a young woman fighting one of L.A.'s richest families for the right to see her daughter filled our mailbag this week ("Gone Baby Gone," April 11). Some wrote in to support Crystabel Funes; others questioned the actions of her late boyfriend's...…
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Music, Music Picks: Brokechella, Death and Xiu Xiu

Music Picks: Brokechella, Death and Xiu Xiu

fri 4/18 Circe Link EL CID The Greek goddess Circe has been reincarnated as a local singer-songwriter, but she doesn't need magic potions to lure unwary travelers. Instead, Circe Link entrances with breezy vocals and a winning blend of jazz-pop swing and rootsy folk on her seventh album, Dumb Luck...…
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Theater, <em>My Name Is Asher Lev</em> Shows the Fight Between Tradition and Artistic Freedom

My Name Is Asher Lev Shows the Fight Between Tradition and Artistic Freedom

When you've got a reclusive Hassidic kid in 1950s New York City who speaks, often annoyingly, through his sketches and paintings, you've got a provocative clash of cultural assimilation and artistic expression. Aaron Posner's stage adaptation of Chaim Potok's novel My Name Is Asher Lev brings an absorbing, retrospective story...…
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Film, Wally Pfister, Christopher Nolan's Oscar-Winning Cinematographer, Goes Out on His Own

Wally Pfister, Christopher Nolan's Oscar-Winning Cinematographer, Goes Out on His Own

When Wally Pfister won an Oscar for Inception, his sixth film with Christopher Nolan, he went home and put the statuette on his mantel. "And then it moved to the corner, and then my office, and then the closet because you go away for a few months, and then it...…
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Arts, Art Mike Kelley Exhibit at MOCA: Our Review

Mike Kelley Exhibit at MOCA: Our Review

Banners on buses and along streets show artist Mike Kelley's awkwardly vulnerable, youthful face alongside portraits of worn, handmade stuffed animals. These advertisements for MOCA's current Kelley survey compel people who already know to love Mike. They reveal his interest in sentimentality's strangeness. "The street-lamp banner is killing me," an...…
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Film, In <em>Hateship Loveship</em>, Kristen Wiig Plays a Debbie Downer

In Hateship Loveship, Kristen Wiig Plays a Debbie Downer

Watching Kristen Wiig on Saturday Night Live, you maybe sometimes wondered if she was from outer space, perhaps some planet where women have big foreheads and tiny hands, and sing like chickens on helium. As sheltered housekeeper Johanna in Liza Johnson's proudly frustrating Hateship Loveship — a pun on the...…
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Film, Woody Allen and John Turturro Charm in Brooklyn Sex Comedy <em>Fading Gigolo</em>

Woody Allen and John Turturro Charm in Brooklyn Sex Comedy Fading Gigolo

One of the great pleasures of regular moviegoing isn't seeing great films. It's finding the little oddballs, the modest entertainments that miss just as often as they hit,but leave you with the feeling that someone poured heart, soul and a sense of humor into the work at hand. Fading Gigolo,...…
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News, The Informer Wu-Tang-Affiliated Rapper Reportedly Cut Off His Own Penis

Wu-Tang-Affiliated Rapper Reportedly Cut Off His Own Penis

Attempting suicide is the ultimate act of self-hatred (or self-pity). But cutting off one's on penis is downright insanity. Allegedly. Cops confirmed to LA Weekly they went to a North Hollywood residence early today to check out an attempted suicide report. The rest of the story, according to TMZ, is...…
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News, The Informer Jay Z's Downtown L.A. Fest Could Gouge Taxpayers

Jay Z's Downtown L.A. Fest Could Gouge Taxpayers

We hate to be a Debbie Downer, but Mayor Eric Garcetti's claim today that a two-day, Jay Z-curated concert on the streets of downtown would "inject millions of dollars into the Los Angeles economy" is dubious at best. It appears that most of the revenue from $155, 2-day passes for the...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5 Fancy Alternatives To Waxy, Bad Easter Chocolate

5 Fancy Alternatives To Waxy, Bad Easter Chocolate

Even as a child, I knew Easter chocolate sucked. Those foil-wrapped eggs and bunnies were so pretty and compelling, peeking out from their hiding places or on the end of the bed in an Easter basket, but once unwrapped the chocolate was strange, waxy, tasteless. There's not much sadder in...…
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News, The Informer Two Theories About Why L.A. Just Became a Three-Newspaper Town

Two Theories About Why L.A. Just Became a Three-Newspaper Town

Today, the number of daily newspapers (news-pa-per, n: a publication issued at regular and usually close intervals, especially daily or weekly, and commonly containing news, comment, features, and advertising) increased by exactly 50 percent, as the Los Angeles Register hit newsstands everywhere in certain places.  The Los Angeles Times is for sale, and...…
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News, The Informer All Hell Breaks Out Over Centinela School Superintendent Who Earns $660,000 (VIDEO)

All Hell Breaks Out Over Centinela School Superintendent Who Earns $660,000 (VIDEO)

Quiet Lawndale was a raucous L.A. burb last night (see VIDEO, below) as KFI TalkRadio's John and Ken broadcast live and a furious parents shouted "You must Go!" to the Centinela Valley school board. Residents insisted it explain how Superintendent Jose Fernandez got $663,365 for his modest job overseeing a...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink <i>House of Food</i>, Episode 3: The Heat Is On + Salmon Eyeballs

House of Food, Episode 3: The Heat Is On + Salmon Eyeballs

Monday night's episode of House of Food began with an extended scene of the cast getting the royal Hollywood treatment: a double decker bus tour where they continuously got smacked in the face by low hanging trees, also an appropriate metaphor for the reality television industry. Afterwards, the cast of...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Can You Identify These Rock Stars' Hats? Take Our Quiz

Can You Identify These Rock Stars' Hats? Take Our Quiz

These days everyone's talking about Pharrell and his wacky hat. But he's far from the only musician known for his signature head wear. Can you ID famous musicians by their hats? Take our illustrated quiz, below, to find out. The answer key is provided on the last page. 1. It's not a...…
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