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  • Issue Archive for
  • May 29 - Jun 4, 2008
  • Vol. 30, No. 28

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  • Confronting food shortages in Mexico
  • Confronting food shortages in Mexico

    Mexican President Felipe Calderon announced an ambitious plan last week to confront rising food costs in Mexico and to prevent the type of shortages and inflation surges that threaten the stability of developing countries in other parts of the world. In Mexico, already hit hard by the rising cost of...
  • QUEER TOWN: Obama and the Gays

    On Tuesday, the Democratic Party will finally wrap up its long, hard fought primary season. There will be a lot of talk about who will ultimately be the best candidate to defeat Senator John McCain on Election Day, but gays and lesbians--in California and anywhere else--may want to consider something...
  • Villaraigosa's Mini-Me, John Perez

    Who needs voters? The fix was in on the Eastside last night By Max Taves Waiting for a full vote count didn’t get in the way of a good time at the John Perez for Assembly HQ late last night. After the polls closed, the party—al estilo Mexicano—began: There was...
  • Get Your Book On: Book Expo America 2008
  • Get Your Book On: Book Expo America 2008

    It was so deserted at the Book Expo America at the Convention Center today, I was beginning to despair about the state of the book industry. But it turns out I showed up a day early. I was not the only one. "But the website said it was open today...
  • More Books Than You Can Shake A Dead Indie Bookstore At
  • More Books Than You Can Shake A Dead Indie Bookstore At

    The Book Expo America convention has come and gone. Here are 12 things I saw on the last day, in absolutely no order whatsoever. 1. The Independent Publishers Group Alley Standing strong! 2. Self Help Books on Murder and Drugs "Buy your kids educational toys. Like a metric scale and...
  • Philanthropist Daphna Ziman's War for Foster Kids

    Sacramento's politicians created a fat budget deficit. Then, local bureaucrats misspent state funds meant for foster kids. Now, foster kids might pay dearly. By D. Heimpel When wealthy philanthropist Daphna Ziman, wife of real estate magnate Richard S. Ziman, walked into the meeting room of the Los Angeles County Board...
  • Queer Town: The Fat is in the Fire

    The court has not only ignored the will of the people and imposed a redefinition of marriage on Californians, it has inflicted years of legal chaos, quite possibly on the entire country. Glen Lavy, senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, in the New York Times These are not happy...
  • Laurence Tribe v. City of Los Angeles

    It looks like the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office may have its hands full on June 4 when it goes up against leading First Amendment attorney Laurence Tribe in the case Metro Lights v. City of Los Angeles. Tribe, who is nationally recognized as one of the foremost liberal constitutional...
  • Was the Universal Studios Fire an accident?
  • Was the Universal Studios Fire an accident?

    Early reports are calling the fire that gutted three acres of Universal Hollywood's back lot an accident. However, it is unclear what caused the June 1 fire and whether the studios antiquated sprinkler system hampered the firefighters' efforts to save its famous tour relics, including its gargantuan "King Kong," and...
  • Laurence Tribe Tangles with CBS and L.A. City Hall

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s Courtroom 3 - a miniature auditorium with comfortable, smoked salmon-colored seats - was mostly filled with law students who seemed to be interested in just one thing: listening to Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe argue constitutional law. It was...
  • The Ambassador Forty Years After RFK
  • The Ambassador Forty Years After RFK

    I drove by the Ambassador last night inadvertently, trying to find some way to shave a couple of minutes off of my commute. The last bit of the hotel's signage faces south-west and caught the setting sun. On the radio, commentators talked about the historic nature of Barack Obama's win...
  • Universal Fire Triggered by Worker's Blowtorch
  • Universal Fire Triggered by Worker's Blowtorch

    Los Angeles County Fire investigators found that three employees repairing a roof on one of the studio’s back lots caused the Universal Studios fire. The June 1 fire gutted 3.5 acres including the “King Kong” attraction and a video library. Two workers and a supervisor were using a blowtorch to...
  • MBW All Over LA
  • MBW All Over LA

    Mr Brainwash is on fire. His solo art show opens in just two weeks, and he's been pasting and painting his icons all over LA. So which gallery is he showing at? None. Try the recently abandoned CBS TV studio in Hollywood on Sunset Blvd. MBW has been holed up...
  • Clinton Street Art in NYC
  • Clinton Street Art in NYC

    After posting a couple of different Obama art pieces (Iron Man, Obey and Kofie'One), I said that I would happily post photos of pro-Clinton art if only I could find any around town. Well, I didn't find one, but Andrew Sullivan did. And uh, yeah - It's not exactly from...

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Music

  • F YEAH FEST Announces Summer Tour

    The Yeah Fest formerly know as Fuck has announced its summer tour across the Eastern, Southern, and Middle United States, and a little bit of Canada. Bands touring are Matt & Kim, Circle Jerks, Dillinger Four, The Death Set, Monotonix, Dan Deacon, Paint it Black, Team Robespierre, Brother Reade, Crystal...
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  • Bo Knows Death

    Like many people my age, I learned about Bo Diddley not from any unremembered nostalgia for British Invasion swipes of the ancient bluesman's slippery guitar technique, but from the myth-making "Bo Knows" Nike commercials of the late 80s. See the above YouTube clip and marinate on the '88 cameos from...
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  • Lil Wayne to Play House of Blues on June 16

    I'll post Lil Wayne's incendiary anti-Bush song, "Georgia Bush," any chance I get, as most people don't know one of the best protest songs of the 21st century. Released as the last track on DJ Drama and Lil Wayne's Dedication 2 mixtape that dropped in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,...
  • Wale Realizes the Full Potential of the Mixtape

    Last November, Zeus wrote a post dissecting the differences between albums and mixtapes for the benefit of crits and fans who had been mistakenly conflating Pusha-T rhyming over old G-Unit beats for high art. It happens. The post may have been a tad heavy-handed, but its point was salient. More...
  • The Cure, The Shrine, June 1

    The Cure The Shrine Auditorium, June 1, 2008 By Rita Neyter Last Sunday was an absolutely bright and beautiful day, but as the sun slowly descended over the Shrine Auditorium, the Cure cast a powerful spell of June gloom over the sold-out capacity crowd. Captivating the audience with almost three...

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Theater

Arts

  • KHAAN! The Greatest Syllable Ever Told
  • KHAAN! The Greatest Syllable Ever Told

    It's funny the first time Shatner yells it out. It is, after all, the named-turned-curse heard throughout a galaxy. That one word - that one syllable - that Kirk bellows is maybe the most quoted line that one could ever associate with any version of Star Trek. But it's still...

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