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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 has written about entertainment, business and technology for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, Slate, Newsday, Los Angeles magazine, WSJ magazine, Variety and other publications. He has taught journalism at... more
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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Arts, Public Spectacle Cards Against Humanity: Los Angeles Edition

Cards Against Humanity: Los Angeles Edition

Compiled and edited by Eve Weston and Zachary Pincus-Roth, with contributions from Ali Trachta, Lisa Horowitz, Jennifer Swann, Hillel Aron, Jill Stewart and Katie Buenneke What does Lance Armstrong's missing testicle have in common with Michelle Obama's arms? The answer is: They're both white cards in Cards Against Humanity, a "free...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Shakespeare With Hipster Puppets

Shakespeare With Hipster Puppets

"Shakespeare with puppets" may sound like a kiddie gimmick, but the Bristol Old Vic's A Midsummer Night's Dream, now at the Broad Stage, should not be so easily dismissed. The mortal characters are purely human, while the fairy characters are portrayed using masks and puppets created by South Africa -...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>L.A. Weekly</i>'s April Fools Day Issue 2014

L.A. Weekly's April Fools Day Issue 2014

Yesterday brought the return of L.A. Weekly's annual April Fools Day issue. To re-live the experience, click on the image above to see it larger, and click on these links to the stories: L.A. Man Solves Drought With "Just Use Ocean Water" Plan 16,751 People Found Using One Westside Rentals Account...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 9 Amazing Romantic Weekend Getaways Near Los Angeles

9 Amazing Romantic Weekend Getaways Near Los Angeles

Don't want to spend an hour battling traffic to get to an overpriced meal? This Valentine's Day, use that hour to get out of town. Here are a few of the most romantic getaways convenient to L.A., and the most romantic things to do once you're there. Idyllwild Idyllwild is...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle When You're On Your Way Home, and You Come Upon an Opera

When You're On Your Way Home, and You Come Upon an Opera

It's 10:20 p.m. on a Friday in November when Kevin walks into Union Station, pumped for his bus ride home and a little buzzed from beers with dinner. That's when he stumbles upon an opera. The show, Invisible Cities, involves 175 audience members wandering the station, following singers and dancers…
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Arts, Public Spectacle <i>L.A. Weekly</i> Seeking Arts Writers in Dance, Classical Music, Opera and More

L.A. Weekly Seeking Arts Writers in Dance, Classical Music, Opera and More

L.A. Weekly is seeking new freelance arts critics and reporters for both print and online, in these particular areas: dance classical music opera comedy television fashion video games architecture and design We're looking for writers whose prose is clear and fun to read, who can identify interesting people and trends…
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Arts, Public Spectacle The <i>L.A. Weekly</i> Podcast: Alien Abductions

The L.A. Weekly Podcast: Alien Abductions

We are pleased to announce the launch of the L.A. Weekly Podcast, where we will conduct interviews with our writers about their stories, along with other L.A. figures. Our first podcast is an interview with staff writer Gendy Alimurung about her two-part series on alien abductions…
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News, Features Slash Fiction: A Fantasy World in Which Male TV Characters Find Romance &mdash; With Each Other

Slash Fiction: A Fantasy World in Which Male TV Characters Find Romance — With Each Other

Racked with pleasure, it was all Obi-Wan could do to keep his feet as he came, that large warm hand milking every drop of semen from his body. —Keelywolfe, "Sacred Flames Within" Calysta Rose discovered slash fiction in 1998, when she was 23. In her office at an oil company,...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Emmys 2013: Live Report From Backstage

Emmys 2013: Live Report From Backstage

This post is our live report from backstage at the Emmys press room, where the winners answer questions after they walk off stage. Please also follow our Tweets at @laweeklyarts. 8:47 PM Bryan Cranston: "I wore a Walter White mask and walked the floor of Comic-Con" 8:44 PM James Cromwell…
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Fall TV Preview 2013

Here in L.A., it's hard to ignore the changes in how we watch television. Most of our Facebook friends have a Kickstarter for their web series. CBS goes blank on Time Warner Cable boxes — but you can still watch full episodes of Under the Dome on cbs.com. Netflix's "For...…
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How USC Grads Freddie Wong and Ryan Coogler Became the Future of Filmmaking, Via Two Very Different Paths

A road diverged for two 27-year-old USC film school grads, and each went a different way: one the Sundance/Harvey Weinstein path that has been a young filmmaker's dream for two decades, the other through new-media outlets such as YouTube and Kickstarter. One became the toast of the indie-film world after...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including Watson and Holmes, Together Again

Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including Watson and Holmes, Together Again

This week in L.A. theater, Jaime Robledo's Watson and the Dark Art of Harry Houdini was our pick of the week, while ModRock at the El Portal also got a "Go." All new theater reviews are below. Our stage feature is an interview with Val Kilmer about his new Mark…
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Arts, Public Spectacle What's It Like to Bring a Magic Show to the Geffen Playhouse? Helder Guimaraes and Derek DelGaudio Have Nothing to Hide

What's It Like to Bring a Magic Show to the Geffen Playhouse? Helder Guimaraes and Derek DelGaudio Have Nothing to Hide

In November, L.A. Weekly ran a cover story on Helder Guimarães and Derek DelGaudio, two L.A. magicians who created the most popular show at the Magic Castle in years, and then transferred it to the Geffen Playhouse. Along the way they got help from Magic Castle President Neil Patrick Harris,…
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Arts, Public Spectacle A Documentary About Music's Greatest Backup Singers, Bred in the Churches of South L.A.

A Documentary About Music's Greatest Backup Singers, Bred in the Churches of South L.A.

Morgan Neville initially interviewed about 50 backup singers for his new documentary on the subject, Twenty Feet From Stardom, but the one who first convinced him he was onto something was Darlene Love. Love did backup work for the Beach Boys, Elvis and Sonny and Cher, among others, and also sang lead…
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