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  • Dec 18-24, 2008
  • Vol. 31, No. 5

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  • Today in Photographs: December 24, 1952
  • Today in Photographs: December 24, 1952

    Happy Holidays, John Huston! The maverick director of The Maltese Falcon and The African Queen gets razzed by anti-communist picketers. Huston was attending a premiere screening of his Moulin Rouge biopic at the Fox Wilshire Theater in Beverly Hills.  (Guys, the film was about Toulouse Lautrec, not the Khmer Rouge!)...
  • Big Bang Theorists
  • Big Bang Theorists

    Gun politics make strange bedfellows -- ask the Fullerton-based California Rifle and Pistol Association. CRPA strictly monitors all perceived threats to Californians' right to bear arms -- and sometimes finds itself cheering on court case whose litigants it might otherwise cross the street to avoid. Take CRPA's reaction to the...
  • Queer Town: Gays Outraged Over Obama Invite to Rick Warren
  • Queer Town: Gays Outraged Over Obama Invite to Rick Warren

    President-elect Barack Obama has outraged the gay community by inviting Rick Warren, a highly influential evangelical minister, to deliver the invocation at his January 20, 2009, inauguration. Warren, whose Saddleback Church is located in Lake Forrest, Orange County, is the author of Purpose Driven Life and came out strong for...
  • Lesbian vs Bible-Doc Smackdown
  • Lesbian vs Bible-Doc Smackdown

    Cannick, whose column originated on her own blog, is a vocal critic of voter passage of California's anti-gay marriage Proposition 8. Carr tends to take a Biblical approach (and an Old Testament one at that) to issues such as AIDS and homosexuality. "Why Blacks Get AIDS," his column that so...
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  • Goth on Wheels
  • Goth on Wheels

    They say it's the niche companies that will survive the recession. Better make that "crypt companies," as can be seen by a couple of Goth-oriented Southland outfits that are drumming up business in the middle of a dying economy. Gothic Limos offers transportation in vintage hearses "for gothic weddings, Halloween...
  • Queer Town: Obama Insider Tells Gays to See 'The Big Picture'
  • Queer Town: Obama Insider Tells Gays to See 'The Big Picture'

    Last Friday, Obama insider and spokeswoman Linda Douglass called Frontiers News Editor Karen Ocamb out of the blue, telling the longtime lesbian journalist that gays need to see the "big picture" when it comes to the Rick Warren invitation.  Right: Linda Douglass(Photo: HuffingtonPost)Ocamb wrote about the conversation for the Huffington...
  • Star Trek's Number One Dies
  • Star Trek's Number One Dies

    Majel Barrett, the tall beauty who appeared in 33 episodes of the original Star Trek series, died of leukemia today in her Bel Air home; she was 76. After portraying the ill-starred Captain Christopher Pike's Number One officer in the show's pilot, Barrett more often played USS Enterprise Nurse Christine...
  • Queer Town: L.A. Prop. 8 Protest Targets Obama, Warren
  • Queer Town: L.A. Prop. 8 Protest Targets Obama, Warren

    This Saturday night President-elect Barack Obama will continue to get an earful he probably never expected.Join the Impact, an Internet-based grassroots group that organizes national protests against Proposition 8, will host candlelight vigils in Los Angeles and other cities to denounce the passage of Prop. 8 and Obama's tone-deaf decision...
  • Coffee, Cream or Botox?
  • Coffee, Cream or Botox?

    Fake Botox -- now there's a concept. But that's what Beverly Hills Dr. David Cary Hansen is accused of shooting into his patients'  faces, according to an L.A. grand jury indictment handed down Thursday. It brings to mind Fake Plastic Surgeon  Patricia Villegas, the enterprising Queens, N.Y. quack who earlier...
  • Jerry Brown to Rescue L.A.'s Public Access TV?
  • Jerry Brown to Rescue L.A.'s Public Access TV?

    As L.A. Weekly's Patrick Range McDonald reported in a cover story two weeks ago, telecom giants, with City Hall's complicity, are working to shut down L.A.'s richly diverse cable-access TV environment by year's end. Today Leslie Dutton's Full Disclosure Web site announces that veteran free speech advocate and L.A. political...

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  • Prince Rumored to Be Playing the Conga Room Tonight

    (since Prince removed all his stuff from YouTube, this will have to do -- which is fine) Tonight at the newly opened Conga Room downtown, Brian Culbertson's 'A Soulful Christmas' 2008 featuring Amanda Maiden, Tony Maiden of Rufus and Mike Phillips, will be offering smooth Christmas sounds starting at 7:00...
  • Tune in Tokyo: Where Jpop and Jrock Rule
  • Tune in Tokyo: Where Jpop and Jrock Rule

    Inside Second Street Jazz Club on December 18, a floor full of dancers cleared to make way for a spritely trio who took their places in a straight, horizontal line in front of the stage. As DJ Yuki mixed hyper Eurobeat-style music, similar to what one might hear during a...
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  • Darker My Love Live @ Echoplex, December 19
  • Darker My Love Live @ Echoplex, December 19

    By Paul Rogers If an Eastside indie show was portrayed in a mainstream movie it might look like Friday night at Echoplex. Bearded 'n' baseball-capped Brite Spot brunchers politely gathered in the Echo's low-slung basement to witness a psychedelic pop band deftly meld shoegazer staples Jesus and Mary Chain, My...

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