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Calendar, Archive Los Angeles Doggie Street Festival

Los Angeles Doggie Street Festival

When economic times are tough, it's not only humans who suffer. Job loss and foreclosure have consequences for four-legged companions as well: The worse off people are, the more family pets are abandoned or turned in to shelters. San Diego documentarian Jude Artenstein got a good lesson on this in...…
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Calendar, Archive Whatever

Whatever

What should you do for entertainment on Sunday? Whatever. How can you get some good laughs in while supporting the arts? Whatever! That's not an expression of ennui - Whatever is a new, monthly stand-up night at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, born of the bromance between comedians...…
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Calendar, Archive The Lavender Menace

The Lavender Menace

While 50,000 people are expected at this weekend's West Hollywood Pride Fest concert, you'll have to fork over $20 to $35 ($65 to $100 if you want to get all VIP about it) to see Saturday night's smokin' sirens Azealia Banks and Jennifer Hudson, or Sunday's girl groups Danity Kane...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Retta: How She Broke Out of the Background on <i>Parks and Recreation</i>

Retta: How She Broke Out of the Background on Parks and Recreation

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2014 issue. Check out our entire People 2014 issue. Since the October 2011 episode of NBC's Parks and Recreation in which Retta's Donna Meagle and Aziz Ansari's Tom Haverford team up to sample all of Pawnee, Indiana's finest scarves, mimosas and...…
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Calendar, Archive Momentum Place: An Uncommon Afternoon

Momentum Place: An Uncommon Afternoon

Circus performers! Aerialists! Quiche! Nothing says "Mother's Day" like a Theatricum Botanicum Mother's Day brunch. This Sunday, what better way to spoil your dear momma silly than by taking her to Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum, the terraced amphitheater paradise famous for its legendary performances of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream?...…
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Calendar, Archive Pasadena Earth & Arts Festival

Pasadena Earth & Arts Festival

For more than a decade, the city of Pasadena has been partnering with the Armory Center for the Arts to celebrate Mother Earth and promote the arts with the annual Pasadena Earth & Arts Festival. This Saturday, two stages, one inside the Armory and one on Raymond Avenue along Memorial...…
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Calendar, Archive Paint-Out & Sculpt-Out

Paint-Out & Sculpt-Out

The original archetype of the outdoors painter, working with an easel to capture live models or luscious scenery, a wide-brimmed hat shielding him from the sun, has been a mainstay almost as long as there's been paint. Today at the Autry in Griffith Park, you can catch dozens of these...…
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Calendar, Archive Clueless

Clueless

"Goddamn, Iggy Azalea is fine as hell," is what anyone and everyone must be thinking after watching the Australian-born rapper's recent music video for "Fancy," which is a spot-on ode to 1995's Clueless. The video is so good, it'll make you want to watch Clueless again - and since the...…
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Calendar, Archive Tacos R Us

Tacos R Us

The soft warmth of the tortilla. The savory sizzle of the meat. The fresh shock of the cilantro. The sweet crisp of the onion. No one makes a better taco than L.A. chefs, and the competition among the best of them is legendary. This Saturday, Grand Park will again be...…
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Carmen 3.0

Everyone knows Carmen. Everyone. Specifically, everyone knows the "Habanera" aria, also know as "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" ("Love is a rebellious bird"), from Georges Bizet's 1875 opera. Hearing it is like falling into a swell of nostalgia and grace - even if you've never seen Carmen in full, the...…
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Boys to Men

What happens when the Grinch, the Virgin Mary and Mrs. Claus team up with members of local bands Jew Cocks and Coup Pigeons? Why, the third annual(ish) Holiday Pehrgeant and Open Bar Mitzvah at pehrspace, of course! This isn't your typically boozy holiday-party scene: "Open Bar Mitzvah" means just that...…
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Calendar, Archive The Night Before Christmas Eve

The Night Before Christmas Eve

Need to get in your final head-banging and belly laughs of 2013 before Baby New Year starts crying? Look no further than Largo's Last Show Before We Go on Monday, where funny man Jeff Garlin has rounded up a cadre of not-uncool talent to help wave goodbye to the last...…
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Calendar, Archive Shop Local

Shop Local

The Renegade Craft Fair is back for its fourth annual Winter Market! Saturday and Sunday at Los Angeles State Historic Park, the self-sewn craft village will offer beautiful and creative handcrafted goods from more than 200 makers. Screw halliburtonurban.com and forget Target, Costco and Cyber whateverdays -- buy your holiday...…
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Calendar, Archive Geek Shit

Geek Shit

It is time. Gather your loved ones, kiss them on the head, and assemble your warriors to go forth as a fellowship. For fate has called upon you to vanquish thy enemy by proving thyself once and for all. Only your kingdom may claim the royal throne of superior knowledge...…
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Calendar, Archive Please Give

Please Give

If you feel that Thanksgiving is a holiday born out of political hypocrisy, yet still enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of cornbread stuffing and roasted birds, here's a charitable event that is right up your cornucopia: Gobble Gobble Give 2013. For the last 10 years, Gobble Gobble Give has...…
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Calendar, Archive Holy Wars

Holy Wars

In his book The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam From the Extremists, Khaled M. Abou El Fadl compares the current divisions within Islam to the religious and ideological transformations that happened in Europe during the Reformation, when Protestants broke away from the Roman Catholic Church. Islam, he argues, is inherently a...…
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Calendar, Archive Home Is Where Your Dog Is

Home Is Where Your Dog Is

It's almost impossible for those of us who have never been homeless to imagine life on the street. But anyone who's ever had a beloved pet can identify with the emotional bond between a man and his dog -- making that relationship the perfect entree to raised consciousness of the...…
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Calendar, Archive Filthy Fur

Filthy Fur

What is it about puppets that enchants us so? From Yoda to the Muppets to Lamb Chop, these colorful, soft characters steal the spotlight with their darling wit and expressive facial features. They're like cartoons we can touch -- they tug at our heartstrings while puppeteers pull at their wires...…
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Calendar, Archive Tales From the Streets

Tales From the Streets

L.A.'s Homeboy Industries is known for its groundbreaking community activism. Focused on providing second chances to former gang members wanting to turn away from violence, the homegrown nonprofit offers everything from tattoo removal to legal services to solar-paneling certification programs. Originally focused on gang members in the Boyle Heights area,...…
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Calendar, Archive Conscientious Objectors

Conscientious Objectors

Long is the list of organizations that supported Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment passed by California voters in November 2008 stipulating that only a marriage between a man and a woman was valid. Many religious groups were among them. But not all -- in fact, some Judeo-Christian communities were staunchly...…
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