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  • Oct 13-19, 2011
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Film

  • Went the Day Well? review
  • Went the Day Well? review

    Went The Day Well? is strange, funny, ironic and violent, a WWII-era film that manages to somehow feel patriotically on-message while also transmitting a not-so-slight suspicion of that same hearth-and-home jingoism. The 1942 film, recently restored and getting a rare week-long run at L.A.’s revival institution the New Beverly, is...
  • Trespass Review
  • Trespass Review

    A home-invasion movie as instantly forgettable as its title, Trespass is not without disturbing images: namely, Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman as spouses. The two Nics play Kyle and Sarah Miller, owners of a sprawling modernist manor and parents of back-talking teen Avery (Liana Liberato). Yet the luxe exteriors cannot...
  • The Woman Review
  • The Woman Review

    Pretentious muddle trumps splattery satire in this high-minded indie button-pusher, which is only fleetingly as transgressive as its infamous Sundance-screening walkout might suggest. (That incident, a video of which is all over the Net, seems at least half-staged anyway.) Picking up where 2009's dopey The Offspring left off, The Woman...
  • Footloose Review
  • Footloose Review

    Footloose, starring dancer Kenny Wormald and directed by Craig Brewer, is an extraordinarily faithful remake, recycling four songs from Herbert Ross's 1984 Footloose, plus plot, characters, and iconography. (The main dude rocks skinny ties and drives Kevin Bacon's yellow Beetle.) A smart aleck city teen (Wormald) moves to a tiny...
  • The Greater Good Review

     Kendall Nelson and Chris Pilaros’s The Greater Good is a social issue doc exploring the politics behind what it suggests is the over-vaccination of American kids, and the harmful side effects the vaccines can cause. Of the many affecting and effective stories relayed, Gabi Swank's is particularly heartbreaking. A high...
  • Hell and Back Again Review
  • Hell and Back Again Review

    Director Danfung Dennis's Hell And Back Again seeks to document the personal experience of war with extreme and sustained intimacy. The nightmare-vivid combat footage Dennis shot over the so-called "Summer of Decision" in 2009, while he was embedded with a Marine battalion behind enemy lines in southern Afghanistan, is only...

Music

  • Best Posts of the Week
  • Best Posts of the Week

    Who needs Snakes On A Plane when you've got a Cobra Starship? This week in his kill-yourself-hilarious column Why This Song Sucks Shea Serrano explored the slick New York band's somehow-popular single "You Make Me Feel...," proving why it blows using science and graphs. (Watch out for the Robin Williams...

Restaurants

  • Men Caught Selling Guns And Meth Instead Of Hot Dogs
  • Men Caught Selling Guns And Meth Instead Of Hot Dogs

    A U.S. District court arraigned two men last week for selling guns and methamphetamine to undercover officers at a San Jose hot dog stand. After multiple drug and weapon transactions, the feds finally arrested 58-year-old Jose Gilberto Ortiz on Sept. 2. His partner in food-stand-crime is alleged to be 23-year-old...
  • $1 Hot Dogs at Dog Haus Tomorrow
  • $1 Hot Dogs at Dog Haus Tomorrow

    To celebrate its 1-year anniversary, The Dog Haus in Pasadena is giving away free hot dogs tomorrow, October 20th. The gourmet hot dog shop is doing so well, owners Hagop Giragossian, Quasim Riaz, André Vener and Robert and Denise Zeilstra plan to open two more locations by the end of...
  • Nibble Bit Tabby Brewery Closing

    Amid all the happy news of L.A. Beer Week -- splashy openings for Golden Road and Sunset Beer Company -- we have some sad news: Nibble Bit Tabby brewery is closing. We talked to brewer and co-owner Brian Lethcoe, who tells us the brewery's last day will probably be October...
  • Listeria Update: 23 Deaths Since September
  • Listeria Update: 23 Deaths Since September

    A listeriosis outbreak first reported last month has now resulted in 23 deaths, making this the deadliest outbreak since 1985, when 52 people died from the Listeria strain contracted via Mexican-style soft cheese. The sad food story began last month when a Colorado produce company issued a cantaloupe recall for...
  • The Want Ads: A Bacon Cheeseburger Bed Of One's Own
  • The Want Ads: A Bacon Cheeseburger Bed Of One's Own

    If you're the sort of person who eats out way too often at Umami Burger, frequently invokes Thomas Keller's well-documented love of In-N-Out as justification for your fast food burger fetish, and spends your weekends in close proximity to your charcoal briquets and hand-ground prime chuck, then you may to...
  • The McDonald's Channel: Fast Food + HDTV
  • The McDonald's Channel: Fast Food + HDTV

    The reprogramming of America just keeps getting scarier. First Oprah launched her own television channel (OWN), and now McDonald's is doing the same. Not on your home HDTV (yet), but in its own restaurants. The McDonalds Channel (McDTV, doubtless) will soon be in some 800 California restaurants. Overseen by ChannelPort...
  • <em>Chef Hunter</em>: The Food Network is Hiring, Sort Of
  • Chef Hunter: The Food Network is Hiring, Sort Of

    Perhaps you think the chef competition show, like the seemingly endless barrage of singing contests on TV, has been overdone. The titles of Top Chef, Iron Chef, Master Chef and even Extreme Chef are doled out left and right, but The Food Network's new show Chef Hunter hands out a...
  • Girl Scouts Offering a "Locavore" Badge
  • Girl Scouts Offering a "Locavore" Badge

    Once upon a time, Girl Scouts received badges for staying fit, enjoying nature, and peddling cookies. Now, for the first time in 25 years, they can also win a badge for achievement in a wide variety of increasingly relevant fields. In an October 12 All Things Considered report, Girl Scouts...
  • October at L.A. Farmers Markets: Your Virtual Grocery List
  • October at L.A. Farmers Markets: Your Virtual Grocery List

    It's October at Los Angeles farmers markets, which means crates of Kabocha and other squash and pumpkins -- Halloween being almost here -- and an increasing number of apples, including some pretty stunning heirloom varieties. Look for persimmons, some tomatoes, celeriac, pears, pomegranates and even, if you're lucky, the exotic...
  • PBS FOOD: PBS Launches Food Website
  • PBS FOOD: PBS Launches Food Website

    Another day, another food website. This latest site, however, was not launched by a grandmother who likes to bake chocolate croissants in her Reseda kitchen, a university food policy center or even a vegan start-up, but PBS. Who, of course, had us at Jacques Pépin. PBS FOOD launched today. The...
  • Culver City Bar Report:  The Backstage Bar & Grill
  • Culver City Bar Report: The Backstage Bar & Grill

    The Place: The Backstage Bar & Grill, 10400 Culver Blvd., Culver City. The Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. The Digs: Why are bars so dark? You may say this to yourself when you step into the 70-year-old Backstage Bar & Grill. If you're drinking during the day --...
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Theater

Arts

  • <em>Busting Out!</em>: Mammary, How I Love Ya How I Love Ya
  • Busting Out!: Mammary, How I Love Ya How I Love Ya

    Also check out this week's Stage Features on John Leguizamo's Ghetto Klown and Catherine Trieschmann's How The World Began; plus all the capsule NEW THEATER REVIEWS and the weekend's COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGS (after the jump) Mammary: How I Love Ya, How I Love Ya BY REBECCA HAITHCOATIn Busting Out!, creator...

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