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  • Dec 11-17, 2008
  • Vol. 31, No. 4

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  • Cliche Watch
  • Cliche Watch

    Among the hundreds of times the expression "Chickens have come home to roost" appeared in American newspapers this year, the following subject categories, gleaned through a Nexis-Lexis search, caught our attention. Government: 236 timesRepublican Party: 51Bailouts: 34Islam: 6Immigration: 5OJ Simpson: 1(Photo from Andre Niemimaki)...
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  • L.A. Burlesque
  • L.A. Burlesque

    Today in Photographs: December 16, 1977(Photo by Michael Haering/L.A. Public Library)Los Angeles has always been the envy of the world for the study in contrasts it offers: surf and snow, mind and body, richest and poorest. Here we see the Ivar Theatre when it was home to burlesque -- right...
  • Chrysler: DOA?
  • Chrysler: DOA?

    Today Chrysler announced it was shutting down all of its 30 North American manufacturing facilities for a month. Tight credit was cited, along with the fact that the Big Three car maker will be able to save lots of money by not paying people for the next month, along with...
  • South L.A. Report Card: Zero for Conduct
  • South L.A. Report Card: Zero for Conduct

    Town Without Pity -- And HospitalsEveryone knows South L.A. has problems -- even its civic moniker had to be changed from "South Central L.A." a few years ago, so synonymous had those words become with crime and poverty. A new study by the Community Health Councils, however, shows just how...
  • Colin Powell Upstaged by West Covina Car Crash
  • Colin Powell Upstaged by West Covina Car Crash

    You've got to hand it to CNN.com for scheduling savvy -- on Saturday it tailgated an excerpt from the cable TV network's highbrowed GPS program with a flaming-car pursuit down Orange County freeways, taken from KABC. Colin Powell had just concluded a sober postmortem on the Republican party's 2008 performance,...
  • Hollywood Ten Anniversary
  • Hollywood Ten Anniversary

    Sixty one years ago today, screenwriter Dalton Trumbo surrendered to U.S. Marshals, charged with contempt of Congress following hearings held by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Trumbo, who'd written scripts for Kitty Foyle and A Guy Named Joe, was among nine other Hollywood writers and directors who refused to name...
  • Trash Talking
  • Trash Talking

    Just before dawn this morning I lay awake trying to talk myself into getting up. There would be, I promised myself, a newspaper waiting in the driveway, a choice of toast or bagel. My favorite coffee mug would be hanging from a hook. I may even turn the heat on...
  • Bernard Madoff & White-Wing Blogs
  • Bernard Madoff & White-Wing Blogs

    The answer to the question, Is Bernard Madoff good for the Jews? has become painfully obvious during the past week as Jewish charities and individuals take stock of the $50 billion damage allegedly wrought by the investment titan. Their misfortune has kicked off an anti-Semitic Oktoberfest of gloating over Madoff...
  • Today in Photographs: December 17, 1938
  • Today in Photographs: December 17, 1938

    Protesting members from one of showman Earl Carroll's "Vanities" musical extravaganzas parade past Musician's Union Local 47's old headquarters. The Earl Carroll Theater on Sunset Boulevard presented classy risque dance productions performed by scantily clad women who were billed as "The Most Beautiful Girls in the World." In the 1938...
  • SEIU's Brush With Blagogate & Other Sorrows
  • SEIU's Brush With Blagogate & Other Sorrows

    It seems like only yesterday that Andy Stern, who heads the giant Service Employees International Union (nearly two-million members), shocked the labor movement when, in July, 2004, he told the Washington Post's David Broder that both organized labor and the Democratic Party might be better off with John Kerry losing...

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Music

  • Weiss' 25 Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2008

    25. Prafit-"Nice Weather" The nice weather is long gone--the ostensibly immutable Los Angeles sun blotted by kidney colored clouds and cold rain. So Prafit's ode to the sizzle of July feels like an antique postcard documenting endless light, chicken breasts smothered in BBQ sauce, and basement parties. Disco Vietnam's beat...
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  • The Cure to Play Secret MySpace Show Tonight at the Troubadour

    Yep, it's true. Robert Smith and company have been doing these little shows all over the place, and tonight they're playing a show at the Troubadour, sponsored by MySpace Music. The site's been debuting albums non-stop for the past few months, have delivered first listens of the new Guns n...
  • Weiss' 50 Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2008 (#50-26)

    Over the next two weeks, myself and a very talented cadre of contributors will be emulating the book above. Unlike said tome, it won't cost money and you'll get free MP3s--which, presumably, serve a tangible purpose. Now go cry into your near-beer, Phillip Ardagh, you lovable rogue. 50. Redman ft...
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Arts

  • Stage Raw: Babes in Toyland
  • Stage Raw: Babes in Toyland

    BABES IN TOYLAND is this week's Theater Pick. Writes Tom Provenzano: "While visions of nutcrackers and victorian misers dance through the yuletide entertainment listings, this production offers a delightful alternative. Forty kids, age 9 to 19 romp, through Alice Hammerstein-Mathias and William Mount-Burke's contemporary version of Victor Herbert's operetta. But...
  • WORN OUT- From Bands to Beads: Joseph Brooks
  • WORN OUT- From Bands to Beads: Joseph Brooks

    We've known and admired Joseph Brooks from afar and later as a friend for over 20 years now. From his stints spinning at our first and maybe all-time fave rock club, Scream in downtown LA circa 1986 to his seminal record shop Vinyl Fetish (subsequently sold to Scream creators Michael...
  • Stage Raw: New Troupes on the Block
  • Stage Raw: New Troupes on the Block

    NEW TROUPES ON THE BLOCK Under the umbrella of Cornerstone Theatre Company, a new company called Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras (Day Laborer Theater Without Borders) launches at the Hollywood Community Job Center, 5669 De Longpre Avenue; December 20 at noon. The 15-member troupe will voice the stories and concerns of...
  • Cat Riding a Roomba

      This cat is either deaf or very much at ease in the modern world.And how about kittens riding a Roomba? Not to be outdone, here is a bunny rabbit riding a Roomba. Oh my god, has it come to this? Yes. Yes, it has. A lot of the time...
  • Stage Raw: ArtBash
  • Stage Raw: ArtBash

    Check back on Monday after noon for New Theatre Reviews of Babes in Toyland presented by the Pasadena Playhouse; Smokey Joe's Cafe at the El Portal; Cy Coleman's The Life presented by Jaxx Theatricals at the Stella Adler; It's Just Sex at Two Roads Theatre; the West Coast premiere of...

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