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  • Issue Archive for
  • Mar 17-23, 2011
  • Vol. 33, No. 19

News

  • Are Hipsters in Downtown L.A. Pushing Out The Homeless?
  • Are Hipsters in Downtown L.A. Pushing Out The Homeless?

    Is the new wave of hipsters, yuppies and loft-dwellers who have moved en masse to downtown L.A. in the last decade pushing out the longtime locals known as the homeless? It sure looks like it. At least on paper. Recent U.S. Census figures parsed by blogdowntown show that the area...
  • National Health Group Urges Mandatory Condoms For Porn
  • National Health Group Urges Mandatory Condoms For Porn

    A major health professionals' group this week weighed in on the ongoing battle over condoms in porn, and the industry probably isn't going to like it's, er, position. American Public Health Association just posted an apparently long-simmering, uh, "position paper" (no joke), in which it states that it wants federal...
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  • Plastic Surgery for Men is Not Just Celebs Anymore
  • Plastic Surgery for Men is Not Just Celebs Anymore

    When it comes to facelifts, liposuction, breast reduction and other cosmetic surgeries, women have always been more willing than men to go under the knife. Pain in the name of beauty, or some twisted version of it. But that trend is slowly dying, as more men than ever are trying...

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Film

  • The Desert of Forbidden Art

    GO  THE DESERT OF FORBIDDEN ART At its core, Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev's engrossing documentary is a hero's tale: Archaeologist and frustrated painter Igor Savitsky rescued more than 40,000 Soviet artworks (mainly paintings) from obscurity — tucked away in family closets and under beds, used as patching for roofs...
  • Monogamy

    MONOGAMY The romanticized commitment-phobia that keeps Judd Apatow in gilt-fixtured man caves is brought down to earth (or Park Slope, anyway) in this inventive indie thriller from Murderball co-director Dana Adam Shapiro. Monogamy follows 30-something Brooklynite Theo (Chris Messina) as he simultaneously slogs through his day job as a wedding...
  • Win Win

    WIN WIN Paul Giamatti continues contemporary cinema's longest pre-midlife crisis in Win Win as Mike, yet another schlubby 40-something flummoxed by mundane personal problems. Mike is the coach of the county's worst high school wrestling team, and his failing small-town law practice has accrued a mountain of debt, which he's...
  • Winter in Wartime

    WINTER IN WARTIME Updated for a skeptical age, this new World War II movie comes impeccably groomed in period-attentive tans and grays; is written in nonheroic dialogue to suggest ambiguities in the good-evil dichotomies of war stories past; and is sufficiently hopped up with thrills to warrant the interest of...

Music

  • Raphael Saadiq, Quadron at The Music Box: Live Review
  • Raphael Saadiq, Quadron at The Music Box: Live Review

    Before Saadiq took the stage, electrified soul duo Quadron's Coco, sans producer Robin Hannibal, charmed its pants off. Stepping out of her heels early (to the sure envy of the many women who were six-inch-stilettoed), she sang the 1960s-styled "Pressure," as well as a slowed remix of "Simili Life" that...
  • Behind the Mash-Up: Girl Talk Talks!
  • Behind the Mash-Up: Girl Talk Talks!

    Deciphering every sample in a Girl Talk mash-up can be like trying to find your lost contact lens in the middle of a dance party. Dozens of lists exist online that pinpoint each snippet he lays down, but in a recent chat with the Pittsburgh native, we found ourselves more...
  • Lina in L.A.: West by Westwest

    We don’t wanna hear the phrase, “Everybody’s at South by” this week, OK? Yes, Austin’s megamusic fest South by Southwest is well under way and many L.A. promoters, bands, DJs and “industry people” are there BBQ-ing and boozing their brains out. No doubt, many turntablists and producers are still recovering...

Restaurants

  • The Spudnuts Saga: A Bite of Donut History
  • The Spudnuts Saga: A Bite of Donut History

    What was the first nationwide donut chain to reach Los Angeles? Krispy Kreme? You're not even trying. Dunkin' Donuts? Not from around here, are you? Winchell's?, Yum Yum? Getting closer, but no. The answer: Spudnuts. Brothers Al and Bob Pelton were working as an appliance salesman and drug store clerk,...
  • Angel City Brewing Debuts Downtown This Weekend
  • Angel City Brewing Debuts Downtown This Weekend

    For the last two weekends, Michael Bowe has been hosting beer tastings outside of his new Angel City Brewing complex in the Arts District downtown. But this weekend it's the real deal: The official grand opening takes place on Saturday, with a blowout that includes beers, barbecue and live music...
  • Brown Bag it at Blue Palms Brewhouse: A Blind Stout Tasting
  • Brown Bag it at Blue Palms Brewhouse: A Blind Stout Tasting

    Craft Beer is on the rise in Los Angeles, thanks largely to places like Eagle Rock Brewery, Bootlegger's Brewery, The Bruery (the one and only thing behind the Orange Curtain that is worth claiming for Los Angeles), Tony's Darts Away, and the Surly Goat, among many others. However, with all...
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  • Starbucks in Talks to Buy Peet's
  • Starbucks in Talks to Buy Peet's

    Because Starbucks coffee isn't finished running every decent coffee company into the ground, the caffeinated behemoth is in talks to buy Northern California-based Peet's. The two have been quietly dating for months, but the relationship recently grew serious with the two companies now considering marriage. Peet's stock closed up 9.4%...
  • SoCal Beer Co. Launches: Doctors Drink Beer and Open Breweries Too
  • SoCal Beer Co. Launches: Doctors Drink Beer and Open Breweries Too

    Add another California craft brewery to your Friday afternoon tasting rounds. Emergency room doctor Reza Jadvar and his brother, USC radiology professor Nader Jadvar, are quietly gearing up for their SoCal Beer Company launch next month. Currently, the beers are produced out of their Northern California facility, but the two...
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  • Weird Science: Bad Hare Day
  • Weird Science: Bad Hare Day

    Enormous bunny rabbits, six times the size of today's rabbits, roamed Minorca three to five million years ago, reports Discovery News. Too big to hop, the well-marbled creatures, ominously known as N. rex, dragged their cottontails around the Catalan island like twitchy-nosed Barcaloungers, exerting themselves only to harvest the roots...
  • $80 Wine Beats $5,000 Wine in Blind Pinot Noir Taste Test
  • $80 Wine Beats $5,000 Wine in Blind Pinot Noir Taste Test

    Proving that price is no guaranteed determiner of quality, an $80 bottle of 1998 Martinborough Vineyard Reserve beat 19 other wines, including a $5,500 bottle of 1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tache, to take first place at the "World's Top 20 Pinot Noirs." We have no proof that these...
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  • 30 Burgers in 30 Days: The Aftermath
  • 30 Burgers in 30 Days: The Aftermath

    "You're not nearly as fat as I expected." That's about the nicest thing anyone can say to a reporter who has spent over a month embedded in Burgerville, a metaphorical landscape spanning LA's vast burger sub-culture. Extra Calories Consumed: 16,000 (approx.) Pounds Gained: 5. Money Spent: $1107.25. Number of Times...
  • Jack in the Box Launches Food Truck
  • Jack in the Box Launches Food Truck

    Fast food chain Jack in the Box is hopping on the food truck trend, launching Jack's Munchie Mobile (@munchiemobile) -- not to be confused with L.A.'s own Munchie Machine (@munchiemachine1). Which of the four horsemen of the apocalypse is this? We've lost count. The 34-foot-long truck debuts next Friday in...
  • Top 10 March Madness Food And Drink Picks
  • Top 10 March Madness Food And Drink Picks

    Despite the buzz over Obama's NCAA picks (Duke, Kansas, Ohio State, Pitt), which are either perfectly practical or ridiculously boring depending on how you call your political shots, we focus our March Madness betting headaches elsewhere. For us, game days are all about having the right tools on hand to...
  • 2011 James Beard Finalists: The L.A. Edition
  • 2011 James Beard Finalists: The L.A. Edition

    Moments ago, the James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for the 2011 JBF Awards, often called the Oscars of the food world. Los Angeles nominees include: --Michael Cimarusti (Providence) for Best Chef (Pacific) --Suzanne Goin (Lucques) for Outstanding Chef --Dahlia Narvaez (Osteria Mozza) for Outstanding Pastry Chef. Announced in February,...
  • Zin City: This Weekend in Paso Robles
  • Zin City: This Weekend in Paso Robles

    There's no sin in Zin--particularly the cozy, relatively smooth sort frequently produced in Paso Robles. This coming weekend, March 18-20, the region will celebrate vines both old and new at the Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival where more than 50 wineries will play host to a variety of events. Spicy zin-heads...
  • Jontahan Gold Reviews Frysmith

    Dear Mr. Gold: Is there anywhere local that serves poutine? I have seen pictures of the dish, which apparently includes fries, cheese curds and gravy, but I have never seen it in a restaurant. Have you ever tried poutine? It looks like a french fry sundae. —Elmer Dear Elmer: Have...

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