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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, The Informer Guy With Crazy Face Tattoos Arrested for Alleged Stabbing (PHOTO)

Guy With Crazy Face Tattoos Arrested for Alleged Stabbing (PHOTO)

The is the alleged face of weekend evil in the Inland Empire. And if you faced off with this guy at a bar you probably would have frozen in place and just surrendered right there. But cops say one brave soul tried to stop a fight involving 29-year-old Jonathan Schmidt,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Meet the Latinos Driving L.A.'s Craft Beer Revolution

Meet the Latinos Driving L.A.'s Craft Beer Revolution

The beer is ready for dry hopping. Diego Benitez unscrews the bar clamps that keep a massive metal lid fastened to the top of one of his brewery's handmade fermenting vessels. As he pries up the lid's rubber lip, breaking a pressure seal that for the last week has kept...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Events: Cupcake Decorating, Earth Day Cocktails + A Cocktail Workshop

Top 3 Events: Cupcake Decorating, Earth Day Cocktails + A Cocktail Workshop

Easter Cupcake Decorating at Duff's Cakemix On Easter Sunday, decorating instructors at Duff's Cakemix will lead a cupcake decorating event for families and children (ages 4 and up). Participants will receive an Easter decorating kit that includes four cupcakes per person and decorating supplies. Sign up at info@duffscakemix.com.   WHAT:...…
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News, The Informer Afgoo_Head: Mystery Man of Medical Marijuana Creates Giant Weed Cigars

Afgoo_Head: Mystery Man of Medical Marijuana Creates Giant Weed Cigars

This past February, at the Los Angeles Cannabis Cup at the NOS Center in San Bernardino, High Times writer Cesar Soriano, 24, waited patiently backstage as weekend headliner B.o.B. finished performing his hit "HeadBand." Then, just as the song ended, Soriano strolled onto stage with what appeared to be an enormous...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Patina's Charles Olalia: A Young Chef Heads Up an Even Younger Kitchen

Patina's Charles Olalia: A Young Chef Heads Up an Even Younger Kitchen

A year after being promoted to lead Patina s fine dining kitchen, chef Charles Olalia was asked to confront one of his professional fears. Joachim Splichal, who owns the venerable Walt Disney Concert Hall restaurant, wanted him to spend less time in the kitchen saucing Durham Ranch rabbits and grilling Mediterranean sardines...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Movies to See This Week: A Film on the History of Porn

Movies to See This Week: A Film on the History of Porn

Friday, April 18 Starting on Friday at UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater is the film series Stages: Norman Lloyd and American Television. Since beginning his career as a child actor in the 1920s, Lloyd has done it all, from stage to film to television. Kicking off the six-part series through June 8 is...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including a Rooster in Uniform

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including a Rooster in Uniform

Some compellingly gritty vintage artworks hang in a cavernous West Adams space and an artist mines acronyms and emoticons for all they're worth in Koreatown. 5. Video changes everything Art historian Gavin Butt's documentary This Is Not a Dream treats video art as thrillingly inspirational, something of a lifeline for artists who...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink 5 Great Recipes For English Peas

5 Great Recipes For English Peas

Sometimes it's hard to tell exactly what season it is in Los Angeles, what with our permanently sunny skies and mostly blissful weather. Which is yet another good reason to frequent the many farmers markets we have, since one look at their loaded tables will tell you. Right now many...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Bowlarama! An Exhibit About Midcentury California Bowling Architecture

Bowlarama! An Exhibit About Midcentury California Bowling Architecture

Bowling is an age-old sport that dates back to ancient Egyptian civilization, but in the United States, it wasn't until 1895 when the rules of the game were drawn up in New York City, and ten years later, the International Bowling Board was formed. In Southern California, the postwar-era economic...…
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Music, West Coast Sound What Music Do Frat Guys Like?

What Music Do Frat Guys Like?

Frat guys were once thought to be the Neanderthals on campus, particularly when it came to their cultural tastes. But you'd be surprised the kind of music you hear at fraternity parties today - it's often more Low End Theory than fratstep.  To wrap our heads around what the bros are into, we...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Music Venues Should Give Out Free Earplugs

Music Venues Should Give Out Free Earplugs

As reported in our sister paper City Pages, starting this weekend, all Minneapolis bars and clubs hosting live music will be required to provide free earplugs to concertgoers.  This is an outrage! How dare the intrusive arms of the Minneapolis City Council erode our freedoms by groping our eardrums with their...…
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Calendar, Archive MGMT

MGMT

With childlike wonder permeating its quirky potpourri of decades' worth of pop influences, MGMT's 2007 debut album, Oracular Spectacular, has become a blueprint for indie-rock bands everywhere. On last year's self-titled third full-length, the Brooklynites grope for Oracular's mercurial magic, returning to that record's producer, longtime Flaming Lips knob twiddler...…
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Calendar, Archive Celebrity Autobiography

Celebrity Autobiography

For the past 15 years, Emmy-nominated writer-actor Eugene Pack and award-winning playwright Dayle Reyfel have been gathering their actor friends to read the grandiose, mundane and (often) ghostwritten words of celebrity memoirs, further proving that most stars should stick to writing autographs. Celebrity Autobiography went on to become a Bravo...…
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Music, West Coast Sound You Can See, and Even Taste, Teebs' Music

You Can See, and Even Taste, Teebs' Music

In an alternate 2014, Mtendere Mandowa's creative fusion could have made him one of L.A.'s most famous young chefs. Maybe he'd sling Chambo fish and hibiscus tacos in an Arts District pop-up, or integrate Caribbean cuisine into tsukemen ramen in Little Tokyo. Had he stayed in culinary school at Cal...…
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News, The Informer Jay Z Grand Park Concert Is Official as Mayor Plans Announcement

Jay Z Grand Park Concert Is Official as Mayor Plans Announcement

It looks like Mayor Eric Garcetti is going to officially announce that a two-day "Budweiser Made in America" festival is taking place  at downtown L.A.'s Grand Park. The mayor's office said today he " will make an announcement with Shawn "JAY Z" Carter, Supervisor Gloria Molina, City Council President Herb...…
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