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Zachary Pincus-Roth 

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Zachary Pincus-Roth is the deputy editor overseeing arts & culture at L.A. Weekly. He also has written for The New York Times, L.A. Times, Slate, Newsday, WSJ magazine, Variety and other publications. He teaches journalism at Loyola Marymount University and wrote the companion book to the musical "Avenue Q."
Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Gloriously Strange Ways to Celebrate Christmas Week in L.A. For $10 or Less

5 Gloriously Strange Ways to Celebrate Christmas Week in L.A. For $10 or Less

From a collage-making brunch to a Krampus-themed cover band, here are five cheap and offbeat ways to celebrate the holiday season in L.A. Eggs and threads Before it opened in 1973, the Craft and Folk Art Museum was known as the Egg & the Eye, a gallery and restaurant. Led...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 4 Festive and Free Things to Do in L.A. This Week

4 Festive and Free Things to Do in L.A. This Week

Celebrate the holidays with free events ranging from a Fiddler on the Roof celebration to a street art auction. See kids films that are better than what Hollywood puts out Now in its 10th year, Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival is a chance to get youngsters hooked on film...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Is This <i>Into the Woods</i> a Bit Too Much? Well, Yes and No (GO!)

Is This Into the Woods a Bit Too Much? Well, Yes and No (GO!)

This is an extreme Into the Woods, where the comedy is over the top and the dramatic parts go straight for your gut. In Amanda Dehnert’s production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s fairy-tale mash-up, Jack is manic, Jack’s mom is loopy, Cinderella’s stepsisters’ wear harajuku dresses and her prince has...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 6 Fun Things to Do in L.A. This Week for $10 or Less

6 Fun Things to Do in L.A. This Week for $10 or Less

These events aren't free, but how bad is giving up $10 in exchange for an amazing night? Check out this weeks list of events, from a Buzzfeed comedy show to an argument about whether we drive too much. Watch one of the best documentaries ever The UCLA Film & Television...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 4 Free and Fun Events Where You Can Buy Unique Holiday Gifts This Week

4 Free and Fun Events Where You Can Buy Unique Holiday Gifts This Week

People, come on. If you're reading this from the line at Best Buy or wherever, just stop. We know the things in there will be cheap. But you probably don't need them. Go to one of these events instead. Give the gift of something made by Southern California Etsy entrepreneursBattling the hot...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 7 Free Things to Do in L.A. This Week That Will Improve Your Mind

7 Free Things to Do in L.A. This Week That Will Improve Your Mind

In this week's list of events, find out about L.A.'s anti-Nazi past and how earthquakes relate to California's contributions to design, plus see the works of a world-famous photographer and learn the history of a beloved magazine. Take a trip to Japan In addition to managing his own publishing imprint,...…
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Calendar, Archive Pop-Up Magazine

Pop-Up Magazine

Pop-Up Magazine has been selling out auditoriums in San Francisco, and now it finally arrives in L.A. The event invites storytellers from journalism, film, radio, photography and illustration to tell a tale in the medium of his or her choice and, indeed, unfolds just like a magazine. The host and...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Cool Free Things to Do in L.A. This Week

5 Cool Free Things to Do in L.A. This Week

This week's list of events includes a brand new comedy show, and two of the smartest people making culture today. There are also two parties for artists, one of which combines Old Master skill with sex (as in the photo above).  A conference on black culture online This year’s annual...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 4 Great Free Things to Do in L.A. This Week

4 Great Free Things to Do in L.A. This Week

From a Day of the Dead fest to a citywide Islamic arts project to a book about Wonder Woman, this week brings a host of quirky events to L.A. — and they're all free. Art of the RevolutionsThe L.A./Islam Arts Initiative is already under way at dozens of venues across...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Can TV Save India?

Can TV Save India?

As a teenager in Bombay, Aamir Khan was a tennis champion. When he came home from a match, his mother would ask if he'd won. Usually the answer was yes. She'd give him a hug. After five or 10 minutes, though, she'd come back and sit next to him. She'd...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Looking for Comedy in the Hindu World

Looking for Comedy in the Hindu World

On a Friday night in September, Aditi Mittal paces on onstage at the Canvas Laugh Club in Mumbai. She's talking about sanitary napkins. "Saying the words 'sanitary napkins' in public is like standing in a Hogwarts common room and saying 'Voldemort,' " quips Mittal, who's 27, with hair down to...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Best of L.A. 2014: A Google Map

Best of L.A. 2014: A Google Map

Our Best of L.A. issue is out, and we've created a handy Google map version. Use it to help you find awesome bars, restaurants, shops, art spaces, theaters, spas and other activities in your area, or to plan a day trip to a neighborhood you find interesting. Or just keep...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Deaf West's <i>Spring Awakening</i> Improves on the Original Broadway Version (GO!)

Deaf West's Spring Awakening Improves on the Original Broadway Version (GO!)

When dancers talk about how their moves express their interior selves, it's easy to be skeptical. But what happens when dance moves are, quite literally, language? At L.A.'s Deaf West Theatre, disability becomes a theatrical advantage, allowing the company to develop a signature blend of song and sign language, as...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 11 People You See at Both Comic-Con and the Gathering of the Juggalos

11 People You See at Both Comic-Con and the Gathering of the Juggalos

The last weekend of July saw both Comic-Con and Gathering of the Juggalos, a coincidence that not only ate up Internet bandwidth but also made clear that the two events are more similar than they may seem. Sure, one took place in the air conditioning of the San Diego Convention Center,...…
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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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News, Features At the World Pun Championships, Victory Is Easier Said Than Punned

At the World Pun Championships, Victory Is Easier Said Than Punned

After Ben Ziek won big at the 2013 world pun championships, his life didn't change. He kept the same job he's had for 13 years, as a night auditor at the Burbank Airport Marriott. He gets in at 11 p.m., helps balance the books, does wake-up calls and deals with...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>Think Like a Freak</i> Teaches <i>Freakonomics</i> Fans to Challenge Conventional Wisdom in Their Own Lives

Think Like a Freak Teaches Freakonomics Fans to Challenge Conventional Wisdom in Their Own Lives

When Freakonomics was published in 2005, it generated controversy for a section about how the legalization of abortion in the U.S. helped reduce crime, because children who are unwanted would be disproportionately likely to be criminals. When its sequel, Superfreakonomics, was published in 2009, it got blowback from environmentalists for asking whether trying to...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle John Ridley: The <i>12 Years a Slave</i> Oscar Winner Isn't Just a Black History Screenwriter

John Ridley: The 12 Years a Slave Oscar Winner Isn't Just a Black History Screenwriter

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2014 issue. Check out our entire People 2014 issue. John Ridley is on his cellphone, talking to his sister for the first time since he won an Oscar for writing 12 Years a Slave. "It's like Excalibur. I should give it...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Jimmy Kimmel: L.A.'s King of Late-Night

Jimmy Kimmel: L.A.'s King of Late-Night

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2014 issue. Check out our entire People 2014 issue. Jimmy Kimmel shops at Costco. The Hawthorne Costco, near his beach house, is different from the Burbank Costco, near his Hollywood Hills home. "There are beach things there, like volleyballs and surfboards,...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>Porgy and Bess</i> Worth Seeing Despite Streamlining (GO!)

Porgy and Bess Worth Seeing Despite Streamlining (GO!)

At both the Broadway version of Porgy and Bess and at its touring production, now at the Ahmanson, purists have been rankled by how fast the songs are, compared to those in the more operatic versions they knew in their youth. During the production's planning stages, Stephen Sondheim famously gave...…
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