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Calendar, Archive Man or Astro-man?

Man or Astro-man?

Man or Astro-man? supposedly come from Alabama, but the quartet's soaring instrumentals sound as if they emerge from somewhere in deep space. There are strong riptides of Earthly surf music pulling new tracks such as "Electric Arc" and "Antimatter Man" far out to sea, but the tempos are pushed along...…
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News, The Informer EDC Vegas Raver Anthony Anaya Died of Ecstasy, Cocaine, Alcohol

EDC Vegas Raver Anthony Anaya Died of Ecstasy, Cocaine, Alcohol

A young man who attended Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas last month died because he consumed ecstasy, cocaine and alcohol, the Clark County Coroner's office told us today. Anthony Anaya, a 25-year-old from Everett, Washington, died June 21 at the Vdara Las Vegas resort on the city's famed strip...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Maria Irene Fornes' Classic, Brutal Play <i>The Conduct of Life</i> Comes to Santa Monica

Maria Irene Fornes' Classic, Brutal Play The Conduct of Life Comes to Santa Monica

A compact but brutal tour de force about the human capacity for violence, Maria Irene Fornes’ 1985 Obie award-winning play The Conduct of Life has a timeless relevance to it. The violence in question is perpetrated by Orlando (George Villas), an ambitious Latin American military officer who “must eliminate all obstacles”...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Why Did <i>Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles</i> Become So Popular?

Why Did Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Become So Popular?

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and iam8bit was ready to pay homage to the underground comic that begat a kid-friendly cartoon, which in turn spawned a pop culture phenomenon. Paintings and prints depicted those "heroes in a half shell" — all of whom are...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Adventures in Veganism: Organic, Raw, Vegan Fun at NV-DA Market

Adventures in Veganism: Organic, Raw, Vegan Fun at NV-DA Market

The best part about having breakfast at San Pedro raw vegan eatery NV-DA (pronounced "nuh-dah," which according to their site means "the sun and the moon" in Cherokee) is the way you feel after you eat there. Opened in December by former Cru employee Stacey Jackson, NV-DA Market serves smoothies, smoothie...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink The Booze World Trend No One Saw Coming: Health and Wellness

The Booze World Trend No One Saw Coming: Health and Wellness

Tales of the Cocktail, now in its 12th year, has a reputation for being the drunken bacchanal to end all parties. Held in New Orleans every July, the five-day event brings tens of thousands of bartenders and drinking enthusiasts to a city that already delights in excess. It's a recipe...…
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News, The Informer Innovative Condom Is Crowdfunding Its Way Into Your Bedroom

Innovative Condom Is Crowdfunding Its Way Into Your Bedroom

An innovative condom that only covers the tip of the penis is one step closer to reality. We last told you about local inventor Charles Powell's Galactic Cap in May, when he was using Indiegogo to try to raise $100,000. That cash would be used to launch clinical trials and start the U.S. Food and...…
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News, The Informer 10 Secret Ways to Outsmart L.A. Pitfalls

10 Secret Ways to Outsmart L.A. Pitfalls

You're so smart, you know how to avoid L.A.'s urban booby traps and tap its big-heartedness. You're so good, you share this wisdom with friends and family. Special knowledge like that godsend, the easy-peasy shortcut between the Westside and DTLA — Slauson Boulevard. And the fact that Sprouts has "double...…
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News, The Informer SoCal Cop Says She Was "Hoping" to "Run Over Some" Bicyclists (VIDEO)

SoCal Cop Says She Was "Hoping" to "Run Over Some" Bicyclists (VIDEO)

A Southern California volunteer reserve police officer resigned over the weekend after video (on the next page) of her saying she'd like to "run over some" bicyclists went viral. Santa Paula police Chief Steven McLean said in a statement that "I have accepted the resignation of Volunteer Reserve Officer Laura...…
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News, The Informer Cops Allegedly Beat Mentally Ill Man in Compton Park Bathroom

Cops Allegedly Beat Mentally Ill Man in Compton Park Bathroom

How bad to have to be beaten for the L.A. County Sheriff's Department to look at your injuries and say, Hmm, this deserves an internal investigation? Must have been bad, because over the weekend the department said the man's condition inspired a higher level of inquiry. And it admitted that...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 10 Best Gluten-Free Pizzas in L.A.

10 Best Gluten-Free Pizzas in L.A.

Pizza is something that invariably inspires heated debate.  Lately, it seems only one other thing invites such passionate argument: gluten. The gluten protein is what gives wheat dough its structure, loft and elasticity.  Which is why trying to find a really good gluten-free pizza has always been like looking for unicorns...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle We Wish We All Could Be Caprice's Kind of California Girl

We Wish We All Could Be Caprice's Kind of California Girl

“This is myself with my best friend at the time, frying my skin," says the across-the-pond celebrity Caprice Bourret while looking at old photos, nibbling a scone at high tea at the Culver Hotel. "I used to be such a California girl. I used to fry. Hawaiian Tropic, no sunscreen at all."...…
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Calendar, Archive The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th Anniversary

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th Anniversary

Like 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of those films that really does live up to all the hype. Cinefamily presents The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th Anniversary, with director/co-writer Tobe Hooper in conversation with William Friedkin, talking about the film that redefined the horror...…
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Calendar, Archive Vieux Farka Touré

Vieux Farka Touré

Vieux Farka Touré really is a master of his magical ax. When plugged in, the Malian guitarist stirs up swirling Saharan dust storms of sound, flecked with shiny, metallic ribbons of raw sunlight. When he's unplugged, as he is for much of his new album, Mon Pays (My Country) ,...…
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Calendar, Archive Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Since she first burst onto the scene and into the hearts and minds of her little monsters, Lady Gaga has become a genre unto herself. Beyond her hit-laden catalog, featuring many of the biggest songs of the past half-decade, Gaga is known for her over-the-top onstage antics, making her one...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Things Got Weird at the Echo with One-Man Guitar Party Bob Log III

Things Got Weird at the Echo with One-Man Guitar Party Bob Log III

Bob Log IIIThe Echo July 18, 2014 About five songs into his set, Bob Log III lifted a shot glass full of Scotch and addressed the crowd. “Who wants to get weird?” he hollered. Things at the Echo had already gotten pretty weird. Bob Log III is a self-described one-man...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>Cave</i>, a Play That Takes Place in a Cave

Cave, a Play That Takes Place in a Cave

Located near Griffith Park’s Camp Hollywoodland, the Bronson Caves are actually more of a tunnel, about 50 foot long with three entrances, dug by a quarry company around the turn of the last century. Everyone from John Wayne to Batman has used it as a film location since. Next weekend,...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Were MC Daylyt's Total Slaughter Antics Good for Battle Rap?

Were MC Daylyt's Total Slaughter Antics Good for Battle Rap?

On Saturday, July 12, Total Slaughter became the first battle rap offered by means of traditional terrestrial pay-per-view carriers. The event was headlined by mainstream recording artist Joe Budden, who stepped in against battle mainstay Hollow da Don, and also featured the long-awaited rematch of one of the all-time great...…
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Music, West Coast Sound The Best Concerts to See in L.A. This Week

The Best Concerts to See in L.A. This Week

Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar! Monday, July 21 Lady Gaga STAPLES CENTER Since she first burst onto the scene and into the hearts and minds of her little monsters, Lady Gaga has become a genre unto herself. Beyond her hit-laden catalog, featuring many of the...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Alice Cooper's Words of Warning to Guitarist Nita Strauss

Alice Cooper's Words of Warning to Guitarist Nita Strauss

At age 27, new Alice Cooper touring guitarist Nita Strauss is younger than many of the fans in the audience. But gigs playing guitar with acts as diverse as reunited ‘80s rockers Femme Fatale, video game tribute band Critical Hit, and Jermaine Jackson – yes, that Jermaine Jackson – have...…
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