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Calendar, Archive Jenny Slate With <em>Obvious Child</em>

Jenny Slate With Obvious Child

Comedian Jenny Slate is awkward. But huggably awkward. She over-shares on social media and she’ll happily use caps lock when it ISN’T REALLY NEEDED. That adorable discomfort plays out nicely as the voice of web sensation Marcel the Shell, a character whose smokey, childish husk has been heard by tens...…
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Calendar, Archive Dinner Party Download Holiday Frolic

Dinner Party Download Holiday Frolic

Hours of listening to public radio can give people all the ammunition they need to be an engaging dinner party guest, but few people have time for that (unless they take the 405 to work). Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam provide the Cliffs Notes version with their weekly KPCC...…
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Dawn Wells booksigning

Fifty years after the debut of the television show Gilligan’s Island, the debate over Mary Ann or Ginger still plays out nightly in bars around the world. The hypothetical question can define someone’s character and priorities, but really the only person who probably got to make the decision was the...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Metallica's Robert Trujillo Honors a Bass Legend with <I>Jaco: The Film</i>

Metallica's Robert Trujillo Honors a Bass Legend with Jaco: The Film

The name Jaco Pastorius looms large in the brief history of the electric bass. In just a few years, the wild child musician showed the limitless potential for the instrument with his fleet-fingered technique and insatiable appetite for boundary-busting experimentation. He was also an emotional firecracker who died at the...…
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Calendar, Archive Truth & Soul Inc: The Films of Robert Downey Sr.

Truth & Soul Inc: The Films of Robert Downey Sr.

Before there was enfant terrible Robert Downey Jr., there was the much more subversive and controversial père terrible: Robert Downey Sr. The elder filmmaker made his biggest impression with the outrageous Putney Swope — a film that has never not been relevant since it first skewered race and advertising in...…
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Calendar, Archive Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

When it was announced that producer T Bone Burnett, writer Stephen King and songwriter John Mellencamp had collaborated on a project, it was hard to imagine a creative middle ground for those disparate minds. The resulting “Southern gothic supernatural musical,” Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, took 16 years to complete...…
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Calendar, Archive Andrew Dice Clay

Andrew Dice Clay

In the 1980s, comedian Andrew Dice Clay was quite successful at helping people form very strong opinions about him. His chauvinist Brooklyn shtick amused and angered the appropriate groups and Clay went on to a briefly successful Hollywood career, which flamed out shortly after he starred in 1990’s The Adventures...…
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Music, West Coast Sound A <i>Schoolhouse Rock!</i> Nostalgia Fest Took Over the Echoplex Last Night

A Schoolhouse Rock! Nostalgia Fest Took Over the Echoplex Last Night

Bob Dorough Presents: Schoolhouse Rock! The Echoplex November 24, 2014 Better than…paying attention to the real world for a few hours. Songwriter Bob Dorough will be 91 years old in less than a month. Has anyone older ever headlined the Echoplex? If they have, they certainly weren’t performing for audience...…
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Calendar, Archive John Cleese in Conversation With Eric Idle

John Cleese in Conversation With Eric Idle

Last summer, the five surviving members of Monty Python reunited for the first time in decades. They sold out their first performance at London’s 20,000-seat O2 Arena in less than one minute. Two of those members will appear in Glendale to slightly less fanfare in John Cleese in Conversation With...…
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Calendar, Archive The Secret History of Wonder Woman

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

William Moulton Marston is not a household name, but maybe he should be. Born in 1893, he earned a doctorate in psychology from Harvard, helped invent the polygraph and authored more than a half-dozen books. But for all of that, his greatest legacy is the invention of Princess Diana of...…
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Calendar, Archive Chelsea Peretti

Chelsea Peretti

There are times in comedian Chelsea Peretti’s delivery when it feels like she just might walk offstage before finishing a joke. She can embrace a pause, seemingly scanning the audience to determine whether the joke is worth the effort, or if maybe there’s something better everyone could be doing. Her...…
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Calendar, Archive Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock

Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock recorded his first hit record in 1962. It was a funky instrumental Blue Note album called Takin’ Off, and it couldn’t have been more appropriate. The next year he was swooped up by Miles Davis, where he spent the bulk of the 1960s, and he hasn’t...…
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Calendar, Archive Bob Odenkirk

Bob Odenkirk

Bob Odenkirk must have the strangest interactions with fans. Comedy nerds fawn over his cult HBO program Mr. Show, drama fans hound him about Breaking Bad and cinephiles praise his work in Alexander Payne’s Academy Award–nominated Nebraska. Since the end of Mr. Show in the late 1990s, Odenkirk has branched...…
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Calendar, Archive James Ellroy

James Ellroy

If James Ellroy sat next to you on a bus, you'd probably consider moving your seat. In nearly every publicity photo, he looks severely disappointed in the photographer and on the verge of a well-worded put-down. Ellroy probably is upset in those photos simply because the act of being photographed...…
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Calendar, Archive Jet Propulsion Laboratory Open House

Jet Propulsion Laboratory Open House

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory took its name in 1943 in La Canada Flintridge after a few madmen set off some homemade explosives in the Arroyo Seco and managed to get a government funding contract out of it. JPL, as we call it today, is now a NASA field center containing...…
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Calendar, Archive Nate Bargatze

Nate Bargatze

Sleepy, schlubby Nate Bargatze is an absurdly observant stand-up comedian and, at least professionally, clean. But comedy without f-bombs doesn't necessarily mean it's without teeth. The son of a professional clown, Bargatze has a Southern charm that has likely gotten him banished to the couch by the missus more than...…
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Calendar, Archive Lost & Found at the Movies: The Art of Adapting

Lost & Found at the Movies: The Art of Adapting

Although it has been more than 30 years since he did it, Buck Henry has hosted Saturday Night Live 10 times (that's twice as many as Justin Timberlake). The versatile comedian co-wrote The Graduate, co-created Get Smart with Mel Brooks, and was nominated for an Oscar in 1979 for directing...…
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Calendar, Archive Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe

Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe

Pigs roll in mud because they have so few sweat glands. It's cooling. Humans, however, have plenty of ways to sweat, so what excuse do we have to roll around in the mud? Why, our own entertainment, of course. Long Beach's Rancho Los Cerritos, a historic home–turned-museum, has found evidence...…
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Calendar, Archive Mick Foley: Tales From Wrestling Past

Mick Foley: Tales From Wrestling Past

Most performers who stand on the Ice House stage have not been hit repeatedly with folding chairs or had their head trauma broadcast on television, but former WWE wrestler Mick Foley has the scars (and the paycheck stubs) to back up his physical resilience. Thankfully, the 49-year-old Foley won't be...…
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Calendar, Archive Nisei Week Parade

Nisei Week Parade

"Nisei" are the first generation of a Japanese family to be born outside of Japan. It's a unique title that helps to instill cultural pride in a generation that typically wants to assimilate and distance itself from the homeland as soon as possible. The first Nisei Week in Los Angeles...…
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