Feb. 2, 2007

Moz the Cat: In which Steven Patrick Morrissey speaks of ghosts, glam rock, Obama . . . and why squirrels like him. By KATE SULLIVAN Chest of Lies: Identity theft, self-promotion and the search for laminates at Sundance. By JOSHUAH BEARMAN

A Considerable Town

JUDITH LEWIS finds, at last, a reason to say no.

A first for JOHNNY ANGEL — star for a day.

In SEVEN McDONALD’s 24 SEVEN Meet Me at (the Doughnut Side Of) Third and Fairfax

Photos from a Santa Monica high school protest against the war by MARK THE COBRASNAKE HUNTER

¡ASK A MEXICAN! deciphers ridiculous nicknames from seemingly normal names. By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

JUDITH LEWIS posts from ANOTHER GREEN WORLD on why all ethanol is not created equal.

and a cartoon by BRUCE ERIC KAPLAN.


Death of the Snow-Cone Man: Norberto Castro made a good life here, but a witch doctor spelled his doom, by CHRISTINE PELISEK.

The Times They Are a-Changin’: In DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD, NIKKE FINKE interviews new Times editor James O’Shea and gives you the dish on Dean Baquet.

In MARC COOPER’s DISSONANCE, the Times sends a Valentine to the LAPD.

Plus, KATE COE on the Long Beach hate-crime verdict.

And a cartoon by MR. FISH.

LA Vida

The Way We Wore: Our unofficial guide to vintage rock T-shirts, by SIRAN BABAYAN.

Plus, LIBBY MOLYNEAUX's HOOPLA with a week's worth of stuff to do around town.


Eat & Drink

Chili con Carney’s: JONATHAN GOLD rides the hot dog express.

Plus, ASK MR. GOLD about Hungarian wieners and sweet-hot pickles.



Not Starbucks: Where do Goya, Samuel Pepys, L.A. graffiti and Monique Prieto meet? By HOLLY MYERS.

ART PICK: John Mason, John M. Miller by PETER FRANK Books

Cartoonist Mr. Fish visits Paul Conrad and sort of interviews him. By DWAYNE BOOTH.


Corps Values: The Marines in Defiance face tough choices, by STEVEN MIKULAN.

Plus, new reviews,

ALAN RICH’s A LOT OF NIGHT MUSIC on Elisabeth Schwarzkopf’s singing.



In SURF REPORT, ROBERT ABELE on the survival of the kitschiest in the reality competition show Grease: You’re The One That I Want.


Kiddie Porn: SCOTT FOUNDAS finds that from Dakota Fanning’s rape to John Cusack’s daddy issues, Sundance 2007 was all about child exploitation.

A Controlled Performance: United 93’s Ben Sliney, as played by an actor who understood the role by SCOTT FOUNDAS

Getting the Ghost: In Requiem, Sandra Hüller turns heads, just not her own by ADAM NAYMAN

Dissent for Sale: Opposition is a commodity in Sundance docs by ROB NELSON Plus, reviews of new film releases, including Epic Movie, Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?, Blood and Chocolate and more.

Signal to Noise: The Moral Museum: Selections From the Bick Archive

In GOOD REP: The Best of James Bond, Agent 007 by JOHN PATTERSON


And a final note from SCOTT FOUNDAS on Once, this year's Sundance standout.


THE PSYCHIC HIPSTER: Hip-Hop Is Dead... and other reports that have been greatly exaggerated, by ALEC HANLEY BEMIS.

In KATE SULLIVAN’s ROCK & ROLL LOVE LETTER: Mercy, Mercy Me — Smokey Robinson on Dreamgirls.

Plus, ERNEST HARDY on Sondre Lerche's new album Phantom Punch, in which he channels his inner Thomas Dolby.


LIVE IN L.A. Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party, Gram Rabbit at Spaceland by JOHN PAYNE

Also, Midnight Movies at Safari Sam’s by ALIE WARD

And The Bird and the Bee at The Troubadour by MIKAEL WOOD


ROCK PICKS: Your best bets for live music in L.A. this week

In Letters standing up for the ladies and means to an electoral end Rockie Horoscope

In Savage Love, "I’m sure you’ve answered a question like this before or have refused to answer on principle, but... where can you find down-to-earth, laid-back gay men?" By DAN SAVAGE

Also, CECIL ADAMS' The Straight Dope


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