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Calendar, Archive Nina Diaz

Nina Diaz

As leader of San Antonio trio Girl in a Coma, Nina Diaz possesses one of the more stirringly powerful voices in punk rock. Of course, GIAC are more than a punk band, as Diaz's singing frequently crosses over from thunderous, hard-rock workouts to melodically beguiling pop ballads, but she's taking...…
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Calendar, Archive White Fence

White Fence

Maybe you thought Live in San Francisco was the White Fence album you'd been waiting for, and maybe that was because you were one of the many awestruck people who end up flattened against the back wall when Fence mainman Tim Presley and pals seize the stage. But now Presley...…
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Calendar, Archive Utopia, A Double Feature

Utopia, A Double Feature

Bergamot Station is a fantastic place full of free art shows and free parking and lovely people, but it doesn't exactly top the list of utopian social experiments and spiritual collectives in Southern California history. No, there are many more candidates for those top spots — among them, the 1970s-era...…
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Calendar, Archive Nightmare & the Cat

Nightmare & the Cat

Brothers Django and Sam Stewart, the centerpieces for L.A. quintet Nightmare and the Cat, are more inspired by each other than by their notable pedigree. The 20-something-year-old sons of Eurythmics' Dave Stewart and Bananarama's Siobhan Fahey have been making their mark on the late-night talk show circuit, as well as...…
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News, The Informer L.A. Teens Fast For Central American Immigrants

L.A. Teens Fast For Central American Immigrants

When you were a teenager you hung out at the mall, made mixtapes and ate McNuggets. These here L.A. kids are going without food this week to support the children coming to the United States illegally from Central America. The young people "will be drinking water only" through Friday, a...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Genesis Emerging Artist Showcase Coming to the Theatre at Ace Hotel in September

Genesis Emerging Artist Showcase Coming to the Theatre at Ace Hotel in September

The Art of Elysium is a cool charity that helps artists, musicians and other creative types give back to their communities by participating in artistic workshops at children's hospitals and other places with "populations in need." For years, one of their major fundraising events has been Genesis, a showcase of...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>Once</i> Musical Lets the Audience Go Onstage and Drink (GO!)

Once Musical Lets the Audience Go Onstage and Drink (GO!)

The difficulty of bringing an intimate musical to Hollywood’s supersized Pantages Theatre manifests itself even before Once starts. The gimmick is that audience members can go onstage, buy beer and wine, and hang out until the performers enter for a charming preshow concert. That may have been easier to manage...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Stone Fruit from Trader Joe's, Costco, Sam's Club and Walmart Recalled for Listeria

Stone Fruit from Trader Joe's, Costco, Sam's Club and Walmart Recalled for Listeria

Peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots sold at Costco, Trader Joe's, Sam’s Club and Walmart stores are being recalled for potential listeria contamination. The fruit was processed by Wawona Packing Co. at its Cutler, Calif. warehouses between June 1 and July 12. The recall is nationwide, according to the U.S. Food and...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Where to Eat Indonesian Food Like a Dutch Colonist in L.A.

Where to Eat Indonesian Food Like a Dutch Colonist in L.A.

If you want it, there are plenty of options to get Indonesian or Malaysian food in L.A. these days. Indo Café, which was widely regarded as the best place to get Indonesian on the Westside, closed a couple of years ago, but there’s still Simpang Asia across the street, which...…
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Music, West Coast Sound Mötley Crüe Says Goodbye at the Hollywood Bowl

Mötley Crüe Says Goodbye at the Hollywood Bowl

Mötley Crüe Hollhywood Bowl July 21, 2014 Whether we are to believe all the fanfare about Mötley Crüe calling it quits forever, last night’s Los Angeles stop of their “All Bad Things Must Come to an End” tour at the Hollywood Bowl was undeniably poignant, even while it bombarded the senses with...…
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News, The Informer So Far, 2014 Is the Hottest Year Ever Recorded in California

So Far, 2014 Is the Hottest Year Ever Recorded in California

With the first six months of 2014 behind us, federal weather experts crunched the numbers and concluded that it was the hottest first half of any year ever recorded in California. Not only that but the 2-season average rainfall for downtown Los Angeles was the driest ever, said Stuart Seto,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Giving Away Brownies For No Good Reason

Giving Away Brownies For No Good Reason

A random act of kindness starts like this: a rain of cocoa powder, dark and rich and intensely chocolatey, poured into a big ceramic bowl with sugar and butter, then creamed with vanilla and eggs, then flour and salt (a very simple recipe; use excellent chocolate; don't forget the salt)...…
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News, The Informer Veteran Visited by CHP After Tweeting That a Controversial Cop Should be "Executed"

Veteran Visited by CHP After Tweeting That a Controversial Cop Should be "Executed"

A U.S. Army veteran says he was visited by a California Highway Patrol threat assessment investigator after he tweeted that a CHP officer caught on video pummeling a homeless woman in Mid-City "deserves to be executed." See also: CHP Officer's Videotaped Beating of Woman Sparks Calls For Federal Investigation The vet,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Top 3 Events: BierBeisl Pop-Up Dinner, Mélisse Protege Dinner + Luckyrice L.A.

Top 3 Events: BierBeisl Pop-Up Dinner, Mélisse Protege Dinner + Luckyrice L.A.

BierBeisl Pop-Up Dinner at Si Laa Chef Bernhard Mairinger of the much-lauded Austrian restaurant BierBeisl is popping up at Si Laa Thai Restaurant, joining the folks there to create a five-course dinner of the cuisines of both Thailand and Austria. It's a pretty cool conceit, in which each of the...…
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News, The Informer The Old Cocaine-in-the-Surfboard Trick Didn't Work for One Smuggler

The Old Cocaine-in-the-Surfboard Trick Didn't Work for One Smuggler

It sounds, on the surface, like a genius way to get large quantities of cocaine to your desired destination: Stuff the drugs inside a surfboard. Most surfboards are comprised of a powdery white polyurethane foam core that's sealed in fiberglass and resin. One could, theoretically, replace some of that foam with Bolivian marching powder...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink How to Make a Cheap Bottle of Wine Taste Better

How to Make a Cheap Bottle of Wine Taste Better

Okay, we’ve all been there. You’re going to a party or a picnic, or maybe you’re going to check out the Twilight concert at Santa Monica Pier on Thursday night, and you don’t want to bring a really nice bottle of wine, but all the inexpensive bottles of wine just...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle A Rabbi Remembers His Relationship With Michael Jackson

A Rabbi Remembers His Relationship With Michael Jackson

Five years to the day that his friend Michael Jackson died, Shmuley Boteach, 47-year-old Orthodox rabbi and relentless self-promoter, is sitting at a cafe in Malibu contemplating the nature of fame. It is an overcast, gloomy summer afternoon — unusual but appropriate, he says. What he feels today is "sad,...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Queen's Music Is Awesome. <i>We Will Rock You</i> Is Definitely Not Awesome

Queen's Music Is Awesome. We Will Rock You Is Definitely Not Awesome

We Will Rock You, now playing at the Ahmanson, is proof positive that great songs do not necessarily make for a great rock musical. Unlike the much better The Who’s Tommy before it, and Green Day’s American Idiot after it, the Queen jukebox piece flounders around, hampered by one of...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle She's Israeli. He's Assyrian. They're Putting on a Comedy Show Together

She's Israeli. He's Assyrian. They're Putting on a Comedy Show Together

Comedians poking fun of the Middle East isn't the minefield it used to be. The Axis of Evil comedy tour helped spread post-9/11 humor, and clubs now devote entire nights to comics of Middle Eastern heritage. If all good comedy comes from pain, what better material than war, terrorism and...…
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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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