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  • Vol. 31, No. 2

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  • Base Heads: "Army Wives" Do Gitmo
  • Base Heads: "Army Wives" Do Gitmo

    I guess I've never understood the allure of Army Wives, the Lifetime Channel hit filmed on a real Army base in South Carolina. It's not because most of the adult characters are far more gorgeous and sensitive than the grumpy old potato sacks I remember growing up with on military...
  • Dog Day Evening
  • Dog Day Evening

    I gotta say: Living in a time when the ice caps are melting, bees are dying out and the end of the Chevy is nigh, it's as reassuring as a glass of Makers by the fireplace to know that New York playwrights still hate L.A. I was reminded of this...
  • You've Got Hate Mail!
  • You've Got Hate Mail!

    One of the unexpected reminders provided by yesterday's arrest of Fabian Nunez's son, Esteban, in connection with the stabbing death of a San Diego college student, is just how unhinged a certain segment of white people become any time a nonwhite appears in the news. Especially if that person is...
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  • South L.A.: London's Future

    South London or South L.A.? Reporting on a drive-by murder in London's West Croydon neighborhood, the Croydon Guardian today quoted former South Los Angeles resident Dion Gibbs, 23, as saying the shooting of his friend was "just like L.A." Gibbs described the attack as something he thought he'd left behind...
  • DNA "Familial" Search Can't Find Elusive Serial Killer
  • DNA "Familial" Search Can't Find Elusive Serial Killer

    The Los Angeles Police Department's search for the Grim Sleeper, an extremely elusive serial South L.A. killer, suffered a big blow Tuesday when a long-shot effort to identify the man through DNA "familial" testing came up empty-handed. The existence of the murderer, who is  the longest-operating serial killer West of...
  • Braceros Rally Outside Mexican Consulate
  • Braceros Rally Outside Mexican Consulate

    They were old men wearing cowboy hats, some leaning on canes, others holding hand-lettered signs. Today they gathered across the street from the Mexican consulate near MacArthur Park to pressure the government of Felipe Calderon to cough up money owed them. Between 1942 and 1964 these men had been part...
  • Spector Retrial Has Its Diarist
  • Spector Retrial Has Its Diarist

    "Why isn't anyone covering the Spector trial?" asked Marc Germain, the veteran talk-show interviewer. Phil Spector photo by Ted Soqui I had no answer, other than that assignment editors across town deem it to be a pale sequel to the first trial, the B-side of a mid-chart hit. It's not...
  • Statutory Tape: Nixon Library Unspools More Recordings
  • Statutory Tape: Nixon Library Unspools More Recordings

    Marx had Bismark in mind when described the "shallowness characteristic of all successful statesmen," but he may as well have been looking ahead to Richard Nixon. Today the Nixon Library has released a new batch of White House tapes and for my money the thrill is not in listening to...

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Film

Music

  • Wale-"Nike Boots" Video

    Give Wale credit for knowing how to fall back. The D.C. rapper/Mark Ronson bid for street cred has laid low since The Mixtape About Nothing led the blogosphere to declare him "real and spectacular." Now with every Internet dork hunkering down to craft their year-end lists, flagon of Merlot and...
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  • Smashing Pumpkins at the Gibson, Night One
  • Smashing Pumpkins at the Gibson, Night One

    Night one of the Smashing Pumpkins at the Gibson (Text by Jeff Miller, photos by Timothy Norris. Click on images for entire Smashing Pumpkins slideshow.)As the Smashing Pumpkins took the stage to a surprisingly funky new song called "Everybody Come Clap" for their first proper L.A. show since reuniting last...
  • The Promo Problem: A Publicist's Perspective
  • The Promo Problem: A Publicist's Perspective

    A few months back in a feature, I addressed the proverbial Elephant in the Room among music writers: the vast and never ending stream of compact discs that flows into mailboxes, so many that it's physically impossible to listen to them all. The piece struck a nerve in an inside-baseball...

Restaurants

  • Every Reuben Is a Work of Art's

    Dear Mr. Gold: My favorite sandwich by far is the Reuben, but so far I’ve been unimpressed by L.A.’s offerings. I’ve even been served Reubens made with coleslaw instead of sauerkraut, which I find offensive. I’m originally from New Jersey. Is there any place around here to get a decent...

Theater

Arts

  • Hilary Duff Bites Depeche Mode
  • Hilary Duff Bites Depeche Mode

    Oh, Depeche Mode, how could you? Are times so tough that you're letting the Duffster karaoke a version of your iconic "Personal Jesus"? This reminds me of the time Tatu covered "How Soon Is Now," which okay, fine, yes I rather enjoyed. The Duff told MTV she was 2 years old...
  • Stage Raw: The Little Dog Laughed
  • Stage Raw: The Little Dog Laughed

    >NEW REVIEW THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED As Gertrude Stein once put it (but not about this play), "It's almost about something, and then it's just not." Douglas Carter Beane's comedy brings with it the New York cast that put the play on the map, and secured Julie White a Tony...
  • Stage Raw: Cocks of the Walk
  • Stage Raw: Cocks of the Walk

    COCKS OF THE WALK The same people who brought us Naked Boys Singing are at it again -- this time showing considerable more restraint with a musical revue subtly named Hangin' Out -- described as "a celebration of the human body . . . exploring different aspects of nudity in...
  • WORN OUT- Love (Mis) Matches
  • WORN OUT- Love (Mis) Matches

    Not sure if these two are a couple or not, but how cute are the color-coordinated layers here? Her plaid shirt and green tank perfectly complement his shirt with green striped vest. Speaking of which, let's talk about the mustard/puke green men's vintage shirt for a moment shall we? It's...
  • Stage Raw: Lodestone Says Goodnight and Good Luck
  • Stage Raw: Lodestone Says Goodnight and Good Luck

    Check back here Monday after noon for the upcoming weekend's NEW THEATER REVIEWS of The Little Dog Laughed, Douglas Carter Beane's comedy about being oneself in Hollywood and elsewhere, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre; Deborah Pryor's mystical Appalachian one-act The Love Talker at Son of Semele Ensemble; Ionesco's The Killing...

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