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  • Letter From Moscow: Back in the USSR

    You can't rely on the official media to learn much of what's going on in Russia. The government owns all Russian TV stations, on which never is heard a discouraging word. Jon Stewart-style political satire has disappeared from the airwaves. Those pundits who dared to challenge government policy haven't been...
  • Richard Koshalek Out at Art Center

    Amidst waves of student, faculty and alumni protests over soaring tuition rates and alleged capital mismanagement, trustees of the Art Center College of Design announced yesterday that Richard Koshalek's contract as president won't be renewed when it terminates at the end of next year. The move was a bit of...
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  • Note From the Gay Marriage Wars: Bombing Innocent Civilians

    Robert Weiss was outraged upon reading Tim Rutten's Op-Ed in the L.A. Times that Howard Ahmanson had contributed $400 million to California Protect Marriage – the organization sponsoring the State ballot initiative on the November ballot that will attempt to reverse the California Supreme Court's recent ruling giving legal sanction...
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  • Mural Capital of the World or the City of Blights?
  • Mural Capital of the World or the City of Blights?

    Instead of cracking down on illegal commercial signage, the Department of Building and Safety is going after…murals? “When I think of how to describe L.A., I think of the Thelonious Monk song,” says former City Councilman Michael Woo. “It’s an Ugly Beauty.” Woo’s is an apt description of a city...
  • Back at the K-Car lot
  • Back at the K-Car lot

    Ahh, the K-Cars lot on Santa Monica... After it closed some nice pieces popped up that we posted here, like this one: They got painted over and were replaced by these: Now these are gone too. These shots were taken a few months ago. Last time I drove past the...
  • More Gorillas and Girls at Ghettogloss
  • More Gorillas and Girls at Ghettogloss

    Ghettogloss pretty much understands what's going on in the subconscious depths of an urban-dwelling 21st century human when it's 100 degrees outside. It's this: (Photo by: Magda Wosinska Model:Jenny Mollen) Or something like the above. They also sent the best press release of the week, beating the 6 pm cut-off...

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Film

  • Los Angeles Film Festival Guide 2008
  • Los Angeles Film Festival Guide 2008

    THE AMAZING TRUTH ABOUT QUEEN RAQUELA (Iceland/Philippines) In a documentary that often feels stagy, director Olaf De Fleur Johannesson follows Raquela, a transsexual streetwalker in the Philippines, who becomes an online sex star and is then swept away to Paris by Michael, her Manhattan-based porn boss. What’s weird is that...

Music

  • Live in LA: Rilo Kiley, Greek Theatre, June 18
  • Live in LA: Rilo Kiley, Greek Theatre, June 18

    Rilo Kiley, with Benji Hughes and Lavender Diamond, the Greek Theatre, June 18, 2008 By Chris Martins Photos by Timothy Norris Rilo Kiley can be a touchy band for discerning denizens of this city. The oft-exaggerated Hollywood ties (“a band full of child actors!”), the early jump to a successful...

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Theater

  • Sanctuary

    Righteous indignation gets a full-bodied and -bloodied airing in David Williamson’s intense drama about a lefty ideologue, Mick Thyer (John Alderston), who comes crashing into the luxury Australian apartment of renowned and now retired international journalist Robert “Bob” King (David Ross Paterson). Thyer has come to fact-check his biography of...

Arts

  • Savage Steve Times Two
  • Savage Steve Times Two

    Better Off Dead... and One Crazy Summer American Cinematheque at the Aero, June 23 Left to right: Armstrong, Franklin, Holland An Open Letter to John Cusack: Don't Be A Dick Hey, Cusack - let's just level with each other, OK? We know you are a smart guy. We know you...
  • LAFF 2008: Not the Dakota Fanning Rape Movie
  • LAFF 2008: Not the Dakota Fanning Rape Movie

    I’d like to thank the festival for admonishing audiences against texting during the films. May the major theater chains take their lead and run with it. It’s funny, because when I was picking up my credentials, I said something about how when I see that little blue light on someone’s...
  • LAFF 2008: Red Rum! Red Room!

    I'm taking the day off from the festival today due to other business (L.A. Press Club Awards and L.A. Film Critics Association stuff, all in one day), so to tide you over before I talk about BAGHEAD and X-CROSS (maybe by tomorrow morn, if you're lucky), I have a couple...
  • LAFF 2008: Whiskey Wanted
  • LAFF 2008: Whiskey Wanted

    What to make of a film festival that made its name on indie fare now opening and closing with big-budget summer blockbusters from Universal? In fairness, the folks behind the Los Angeles Film Festival have thought that one out, noting that both WANTED and HELLBOY II are directed by critically...
  • LAFF 2008: Boogeymen are coming to get'cha!
  • LAFF 2008: Boogeymen are coming to get'cha!

    No, not this guy. But he makes a better visual than the “stars” of the two documentaries I’m about to discuss. One is BOOGIE MAN, a story about the life and influence of the late Republican campaign manager Lee Atwater. The other features the closest thing to a real-life bogeyman,...
  • Glamour Shots
  • Glamour Shots

    Shameless self-promotion alert: Yours truly will be deejaying tonight at the 5th Annual All Girl Hang the DJs event at the Echo. Peep the flyer below. An illustrious roster of mix mamas indeed, three of whom will also be manning the decks at the LA Film Fest's Target Red Room,...
  • LAFF 2008: Bagging on the Fest
  • LAFF 2008: Bagging on the Fest

    The absolute best way to see BAGHEAD is at a film festival after you’ve seen a few other movies, because the opening scenes perfectly skewer the universal truths of indie fests, from the pretentious film being viewed (a black-and-white number entitled WE ARE NAKED) to the Q&A host plugging the...

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