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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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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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Arts, Public Spectacle On the Run: L.A.'s Best Spots for Outdoor Running

On the Run: L.A.'s Best Spots for Outdoor Running

Whether you need two hands to count the number of marathons you've completed, or just purchased your first pair of running shoes, L.A. has some terrific trails that will make you sweat while showing off some of the more beautiful parts of our city. Take a lap along the California...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Giving Away Brownies at Border Grill For No Good Reason

Giving Away Brownies at Border Grill For No Good Reason

Some of you may recall that Chris Knight — the Iowa-born, Paris-based journalist who started a project called Darn Brownies — came to town recently, to continue his mission of making and giving away free brownies just to make people happy and, hopefully by example, to so something good for their...…
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News, The Informer America's "Greenest College" Is Right Here in L.A.

America's "Greenest College" Is Right Here in L.A.

You chose your place of higher education based on price, prestige and professional connections, sure. But do you make this life-changing decision based on which university is "greener?" Apparently, some of you do. According to the website EarthTechling, "colleges across the U.S. have been making headlines for environmentally conscious polices."...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Cambodian Rap Is Starting to Blow Up in Long Beach

Cambodian Rap Is Starting to Blow Up in Long Beach

In May, the two Long Beach rappers released a music video for “I’m a Cambo” — an anthem to their shared Cambodian heritage, in the style of Jermaine Dupri’s “Welcome to Atlanta”...…
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News, The Informer Californians Die Hard

Californians Die Hard

Californians spend more in federal taxes than they receive back in services. And the same can be said for healthcare. According to an analysis by personal finance site WalletHub, California barely makes the top 20 (number 19) among states when it comes to "return on investment" (ROI) for healthcare costs...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Shabazz Palaces - The Roxy - July 30, 2014

Shabazz Palaces - The Roxy - July 30, 2014

Shabazz Palaces The Roxy July 30, 2014 Back in 2011, long before Yeezus and Skrillex's song on the A$AP Rocky' album, Seattle-based hip hop collective Shabazz Palaces put out Black Up, a powerhouse that heralded the coming love affair between rap and EDM. Pairing Digable Planets' Ishmael Butler's verging-on-pretentious lyrics (how many...…
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News, The Informer 20 Million Gallons of Drinking Water Lost in UCLA Flood

20 Million Gallons of Drinking Water Lost in UCLA Flood

The L.A. Department of Water and Power said that gusher of a "trunk line" break that caused massive flooding on the UCLA campus cost Angelenos 20 million gallons of perfectly good drinking water. See also: UCLA Flooded by Tons of Water (PHOTOS) What's perhaps more amazing than that figure is that...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink What Makes a Wine Bar a Wine Bar? A First Look at Marvin in Beverly Grove

What Makes a Wine Bar a Wine Bar? A First Look at Marvin in Beverly Grove

What makes a wine bar a wine bar? Generally, there has to be a bar, and an emphasis on wine. But is that enough? When is a place a wine bar and when is it a restaurant with a good wine list? I considered all this during a recent visit...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Ramen Yokocho Festival Returns to Little Tokyo, With a Gyoza-Eating Contest

Ramen Yokocho Festival Returns to Little Tokyo, With a Gyoza-Eating Contest

Yeah, yeah, we know it's not ramen weather, nor is it likely to be on the weekend of August 16-17, when the next Ramen Yokocho will be taking over Little Tokyo. Suck it up, literally, and just have an umbrella and a jug of ice water handy. Because ramen transcends minor...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle A Camp Combines Krav Maga With Surviving in the Middle of Nowhere

A Camp Combines Krav Maga With Surviving in the Middle of Nowhere

On a blistering hot, summer Friday night, 65 people arrived at a campsite in the scrubby foothills of Brea for a wilderness survival camp called Krav vs. Wild. On the first evening, they learned how to maneuver in the dark, did hand-to-hand combat in the sand, practiced taking down an...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Cheesecake Factory Leads "Fanny Pack" of Highest-Calorie Meals

Cheesecake Factory Leads "Fanny Pack" of Highest-Calorie Meals

In case you’re an efficient eater and want to get all of your daily calories in just one meal – not to mention a week’s worth of saturated fat – the Center for Science in the Public Interest has helpfully released a list of the highest-calorie restaurant meals. In generous...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Dance Shows to See in L.A. This Week: A Bellydance/Hip Hop Alice in Wonderland

5 Dance Shows to See in L.A. This Week: A Bellydance/Hip Hop Alice in Wonderland

This week's dance events include a new production of Hair, a belly dance Alice pursuing a hip hop white rabbit, and new dance NOW. 5. Wonderland goes bellydance and hip hop The setup certainly sounds like someone went down a certain rabbit hole or nibbled the wrong mushroom: Combine belly...…
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Calendar, Archive Omar Souleyman

Omar Souleyman

When Syrian techno star Omar Souleyman began playing his hyper shaabi street sound at weddings in his home region of Jazeera, locals were jazzed — and word soon spread to the West, where he became a YouTube sensation. A frantic flash of traditional dance-party tunes, electro beats and slang-filled poeticisms...…
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Calendar, Archive DEEP

DEEP

For the last five years, KCRW has been making Los Angeles' cool summer evenings even cooler with its Summer Nights series in various outdoor spaces throughout the city. As part of that series, City of Angels native son Marques Wyatt shepherds summer 2014's final Made in L.A. evening at the...…
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