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  • Aug 4-10, 2011
  • Vol. 33, No. 39

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  • [VIDEO] Goats Devour Downtown L.A.
  • [VIDEO] Goats Devour Downtown L.A.

    One of the best things about living in Los Angeles, as opposed to that other black hole of concrete and emissions: Goats. If you don't know what we're talking about, you chose the wrong neighbors. But there's hope for you yet -- a herd of baying, devouring goatkind has been...
  • Speaker John Pérez vs. Vernon: Who's More Transparent?
  • Speaker John Pérez vs. Vernon: Who's More Transparent?

    Friday update: L.A. Times and Sac Bee sue the Legislature seeking release of budget records. More below...Speaker John Pérez has been making the case for the better part of a year that the city of Vernon is too corrupt to exist.And true enough, the city has been run for decades...
  • Jerry Lewis no Longer Welcome at Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon (Really)
  • Jerry Lewis no Longer Welcome at Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon (Really)

    They were known as "Jerrry's kids," those young victims of muscular dystrophy. They're somebody else's kids now. It appears that Lewis has been kicked out his his own telethon, the annual end-of-summer snooze-fest that happens the Sunday before Labor Day (it airs locally on KCAL9). He's hosted it since 1966...
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  • Farmers Field Downtown Stadium Deal Approved by L.A. City Council
  • Farmers Field Downtown Stadium Deal Approved by L.A. City Council

    With reporting from Simone Wilson. The downtown stadium dreams of Anschutz Entertainment Group, the owners of Staples Center and LA Live, are coming true one spineless bureaucrat at a time. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a deal, negotiated mostly behind closed doors, that would allow AEG to build...
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Calendar

  • Oh, Sandy
  • Oh, Sandy

    Without Sandra Bernhard, we really are nothing, to paraphrase the title of one of her early albums. The supremely sarcastic comedian hasn't performed locally in eons, but she returns with a vengeance in a new, humbly titled show, I Love Being Me, Don't You?, which is also the name of...
  • Freak Machine
  • Freak Machine

    What are the two most dangerous words in the theater? Anyone tempted to answer "performance art" may want to consider the peril and precarious possibilities inherent in the term "open mic." The ultimate in un-curated, vox populi free expression, the open microphone is an engraved invitation to uninhibited exhibitionists of...
  • Go Fish Yourself!
  • Go Fish Yourself!

    We live in a world where the deft combination of single images and pithy captions is a dominant method of personal expression (see: Twitter, Tumblr, etc.), and where an editorial cartoon can earn an artist or publisher death threats as well as a dedicated following. Few individuals are as clued...
  • Rose Cottages
  • Rose Cottages

    With its towering trees, intermittent birdsong and starry ceiling, Theatricum Botanicum's bucolic amphitheater is a wonderfully ironic venue for a play set in a dumpy tourist motel in South Florida. Theatricum's production marks the West Coast premiere of playwright Bill Bozzone's slightly offbeat, somewhat sentimental comedy about the human urge...
  • Gospel According to First Squad
  • Gospel According to First Squad

    Our first mistake was profiling the country's founding fathers as demigods in American history textbooks. Generations grew up believing George Washington was the equivalent of Christ himself — neither did anything wrong, according to the bibles of both church and state. Vietnam veterans learned the hard way that life did...
  • Celebrity Autobiography
  • Celebrity Autobiography

    Here's the thing about celebrities: They become convinced that their every word is fascinating, which makes celebrity autobiographies fascinatingly candid when, say, Marilu Henner doesn't pause before prattling on about how her Taxi co-star Danny DeVito must be a great lover because he's the right height to pleasure a woman...
  • On Golden Pond
  • On Golden Pond

    Ernest Thompson's original play lacks the high drama of its famous film counterpart, but has all the heart. The tale concerns Norman and Ethel Thayer, an aging couple vacationing on a lake for perhaps their last time, returned to some youthful vigor by the arrival of a 13-year-old step-grandson. While...

Film

  • Sion Sono's <i>Cold Fish</i>
  • Sion Sono's Cold Fish

    With his impulse to sensationalize, Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono broadcasts the internal minutiae of his characters as something bolder, transforming Cold Fish from an exploration of jealousy, desire, pride, ego and personal disappointment into a perversely comic Grand Guignol. The owner of a struggling fish store is unexpectedly taken under...
  • Bellflower Review

    Dutifully hipster-hyped at Sundance and South by Southwest, writer-director-actor Evan Glodell's testosterone-fueled fever-dream indie Bellflower impresses less for its screeching take on extended adolescent fury than for its own macho, wacko, pedal-to-metal embodiment of same. Desperate to blast his way into the white-line nightmare of the Mad Max flicks, young...
  • The Perfect Age of Rock 'N' Roll Review

    Amy Winehouse's recent death at 27 grants grim topicality to The Perfect Age of Rock 'N' Roll, a hackneyed saga about two musicians of the same legendarily doomed age: floundering frontman Spyder (Kevin Zegers) and his childhood friend Eric (Jason Ritter), whose songs he stole for stardom and whom he...

Music

  • Nardwuar Takes On Casey Veggies and Josh Homme
  • Nardwuar Takes On Casey Veggies and Josh Homme

    If Narduwar isn't the best music journalist working, he's definitely the most entertaining. First of all, the Canadian legally renamed himself "Nardwuar the Human Serviette" in 1986. He unearths so much buried information on his interviewees he should work for the Feds. He ends every interview by sing-songing "Doot doola...
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  • Deerhunter, The Wiltern, 8/9/11
  • Deerhunter, The Wiltern, 8/9/11

    Who: Deerhunter Where: Wiltern When: 8/9/11 Deerhunter's last show in Los Angeles, at the El Rey, was considered one of the best shows of the quartet's career. But tonight the band was playing a much larger venue, and the results were mixed. For starters, the room was maybe 75 percent...
  • No Age - MOCA - 8/7/11
  • No Age - MOCA - 8/7/11

    No Age MOCA 8/7/11 Better than... A Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Sunday night's show was a strangely modern intersection of corporate invasion and countercultural retaliation: No Age, L.A.'s leading independent experimentalists, closed out MOCA's "Art in the Streets" exhibition by performing at an adjoining film workshop...
  • Monster Movie:  Bob Forrest Talks Rock and Rehab
  • Monster Movie: Bob Forrest Talks Rock and Rehab

    It's one thing for a rock musician to get sober (you can't fling a cigarette butt outside a coffee shop without hitting one in Los Angeles), but it's another to devote your life to helping others wrestle those demons. Bob Forrest was once one of the most promising front men...
  • Hustler's Lady Gaga and Beyonce Porn Movie: A Review
  • Hustler's Lady Gaga and Beyonce Porn Movie: A Review

    Hustler's latest celebrity-impersonating porn parody, This Ain't Lady Gaga, ranks up there with Edward Penishands, Who's Nailin' Palin? and Untrue Hollywood Stories: Miley Cyrus' 18th Birthday. Er, it probably does, anyway. We haven't seen them. In fact, who watches these things? Someone must, because they have big budgets. This Ain't...
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  • What, Exactly, is 8-Bit Music?
  • What, Exactly, is 8-Bit Music?

    Cristina Fuentes is a master of Game Boy beats. She plays "8-bit" music, also known as "chip" music or "chiptunes," whose name references computer chips. What unites musicians of this genre is not so much a specific sound, but rather the technology they use to make it; vintage video games...
  • Summer Darling - Satellite - 8/5/11
  • Summer Darling - Satellite - 8/5/11

    Summer Darling The Satellite 8/5/11 Better Than ... The drive-by shooting that occurred just a block down the street from the nightclub over the weekend. "I've been here before," singer-guitarist Ben Heywood mused coyly between songs, halfway through Summer Darling's show at the Satellite on Friday. "I recognize this place."...
  • Cypress Hill - Troubadour - 8-6-11
  • Cypress Hill - Troubadour - 8-6-11

    Cypress Hill Troubadour 8-6-11 Better than . . . smoking at home. "This is our first time rockin' the Troubadour," said B-Real of Cypress Hill, speaking from the fabled club on the twentieth anniversary of the legendary rap group's multi-platinum self-titled debut. "It took us 20 years to get here."...

Restaurants

  • Raw Milk Controversy Nothing New
  • Raw Milk Controversy Nothing New

    People holding signs supporting raw milk, others giving testimonials of how drinking it has benefited their health. Were these scenes from the Thursday downtown protest over the raid on Rawesome Foods?, no, they occurred in January... of 1969. The recurrence of these events points to the long, contentious history of...
  • Burger Lounge Comes to Sunset Strip
  • Burger Lounge Comes to Sunset Strip

    Checked in with Dean Loring, president and CEO of Burger Lounge, who tells us the first Los Angeles location of the San Diego-based chain should open some time in October. Situated on the Sunset Strip (not far from recently opened Rosa Mexicano), it will feature the same small menu of...
  • Cola Up: Jellied Japanese Soda
  • Cola Up: Jellied Japanese Soda

    If light can be a particle and a wave, why can't cola be a liquid and a solid? Cola Up bridges the chasm between traditionalists who insist that soda should be sipped and hydrocolloidal optimists who believe anything can be slurped down in solid form. We spotted Cola Up in...
  • Farrell's Expands + Maybe Huntington Beach
  • Farrell's Expands + Maybe Huntington Beach

    Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour, our favorite place to eat a 50-scoop sundae served by teenagers in pinstriped vests and fake straw boaters, is expanding. Farrell's yesterday announced it will open two new Southland locations, one in Brea and one in Rancho Cucamonga. The ice cream chain that once boasted locations...
  • Gourmet Product Awards Takes Nominations
  • Gourmet Product Awards Takes Nominations

    Perhaps you make artisanal brandied cherries. Or herbed goat cheese. Or hand-dipped chocolate and cayenne marshmallows. Want a little recognition? Nominate yourself (or your favorite product) for the 1st Annual Gourmet Product Awards. Early entry deadline is August 12th; final deadline is September 15th. There are 36 categories -- including...
  • Going Three for Three: L'Epicerie's Revamped Coffee Bar
  • Going Three for Three: L'Epicerie's Revamped Coffee Bar

    Nearly nine months after opening L'Epicerie Market in Culver City, and, yes, owner Thierry Perez is still there. Perhaps not surprisingly however, the man noted for his "culinary ADD" is still tinkering and improving his French restaurant-slash-market-slash-cafe. His one-stop shop is two-thirds of the way towards being everything he envisioned:...
  • Cookbook Review: <em>Artisan Cheese Making at Home</em>
  • Cookbook Review: Artisan Cheese Making at Home

    For some, those back-to-school commercials instill an insatiable hunger for ballpoint pens and protractors. For us, that instinctual need to buy supplies this time of year usually means we wind up trying out a new kitchen experiment or two. And so we're already stocking up on powdered thermophilic starter (used...
  • 36 Million Pounds of Ground Turkey Recalled
  • 36 Million Pounds of Ground Turkey Recalled

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey in the wake of a multi-state outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella linked to the death of a California man, the Chicago Tribune reports. Seventy-seven people in 26 states reported becoming ill after consuming Cargill brand ground turkey between...
  • Jonathan Gold: Ban Shark Fin Soup
  • Jonathan Gold: Ban Shark Fin Soup

    Like Tracy Morgan on "30 Rock," we try to live every week like it's Shark Week. We don't, however, live every week like it's Shark Fin Soup Week. In today's Los Angeles Times, Jonathan Gold pens an op-ed supporting the passage of the California Shark Protection Act, which would prohibit...
  • Hard Liquor Increases Risk of Pancreatitis
  • Hard Liquor Increases Risk of Pancreatitis

    Candy may be dandy but liquor is quicker, especially when it comes to increasing your risk of pancreatitis. Drinking just 4 cl. (centilitre) of hard liquor, the equivalent of 1.35 US fluid ounces (or a little more than a typical 1-oz. shot), can increase the risk of an acute attack...
  • FDA Cracks Down on Lazy Larry Brownies
  • FDA Cracks Down on Lazy Larry Brownies

    The Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on Lazy Larry (nee Lazy Cakes), a special brownie marketed as a way to reduce stress and facilitate relaxation. (Lazy Larry bears a startling resemblance to "South Park"'s Towelie, but that's another legal issue.) "Relaxing. It's what we're all about," the Lazy...
  • Cheap Eats: 3 Thai Town Lunch Specials
  • Cheap Eats: 3 Thai Town Lunch Specials

    Experience has taught us that there's no such thing as a free lunch -- and the almost free, cheap eats version often verges on inedible. However, in L.A.'s Thai town and Hollywood's eastern edge you can find some lunch plates that defy economics and satisfy for as low as $4.99...
  • Brew at the Zoo:  Craft Beers + Party Animals
  • Brew at the Zoo: Craft Beers + Party Animals

    A dive bar on a bad night can feel like a zoo. Mobs of sweaty and not infrequently hairy folk barrel through spaces designed for fewer bodies. They feed at over-populated troughs: the bar itself, studded with glasses and bottles. They bark at each other, nuzzle, and preen. If your...
  • Rawesome Foods Owner Released on Bail After Raid
  • Rawesome Foods Owner Released on Bail After Raid

    After being frog-marched out of his raw milk speakeasy in a Wednesday morning raid then spending the night in jail, Rawesome Foods owner James Stewart was released yesterday on $30,000 bail under the condition that he cannot sell unpasteurized dairy without a license. (His bail was originally set at $125,000.)...
  • Beerpalooza!  Blue Palms Brewhouse 3rd Anniversary Outdoor Beer Festival
  • Beerpalooza! Blue Palms Brewhouse 3rd Anniversary Outdoor Beer Festival

    Seems like just yesterday, Brian Lenzo opened Blue Palms Brewhouse in the historic Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre. Now Lenzo is about to unleash an outdoor beer festival that will accommodate 1000 beer drinkers to celebrate Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary. The celebration comes complete with one of the best hard-to-get...
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  • Good Food Jobs + A Few Local Opportunities
  • Good Food Jobs + A Few Local Opportunities

    Thanks to Michael Pollan, the mainstreaming of farm-to-table activism, and co-ops, many college students graduate with the hope of working with food -- in the ever-expanding field if not a field itself. While ten years ago, they'd have been at the mercy of Craigslist and their meager connections, as food...
  • Jamie Oliver Restaurant Victim of Rioting
  • Jamie Oliver Restaurant Victim of Rioting

    Dewey-cheeked British chef and would-be L.A. school lunch reformer Jamie Oliver had his restaurant attacked amid the rioting that has erupted in the U.K. following the police shooting of a young man. Jamie's Italian, located in the Bullring shopping center in Birmingham, was in the path of rioters. Yesterday, at...
  • Jonathan Gold on Palestinian Chicken

    Dear Mr. Gold: My colleagues and I are interested to know if Palestinian chicken, as featured in a recent Curb Your Enthusiasm, is really a dish. If so, is it something you have sampled or seen a recipe for? —B Dear B: It's not generally referred to as Palestinian chicken,...
  • Jonathan Gold Reviews the Flying Pig Cafe

    You know the Flying Pig truck — it's the one, run by a Cordon Bleu chef, with the pork-belly buns, the duck tacos with mandarin oranges, the sliders with banana mustard and the peanut-butter carnitas. It's pink; it's cross-cultural; the lines are long. It's also the truck, as our Elina...

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