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  • Dec 1-7, 2011
  • Vol. 34, No. 2
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News

  • Occupy L.A.: An Arrestee's Story
  • Occupy L.A.: An Arrestee's Story

    Editor's note: Matt Kresling was arrested last Wednesday along with 292 others at the Occupy L.A. encampment. He submitted this first-person account to the Weekly share his reasons for involvement - as well as explain what happened after the arrestees were separated from the watchful eye of the media. BY...

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  • Chicks With Tickets
  • Chicks With Tickets

    Tell a man that a woman travels the world alone, getting into all sorts of adventures and becoming stronger because of it, and he'll act astounded, as though chimps had walked into the room wearing trousers and smoking cigars. So get ready for more astonishing tales as authors Bridget Crocker...
  • Pure Improv: Holiday Edition
  • Pure Improv: Holiday Edition

    A holiday spin on traditional improv games, presented by Improvatorium and Combined Artform. Patrick Bristow (The Groundlings, Ellen) directs a rotating cast that includes Grant Baciocco, Kevin Berntson, Gareth Berrow, Potsch Boyd, Brian Clark, Jayne Entwistle, Peggy Etra, Alison Mork, Carrie Seim, Chris Sheets, Henry Watkins and Vanessa Whitney. Ho!...
  • For Those About to Squeek/Clack/Blurt
  • For Those About to Squeek/Clack/Blurt

    There used to be something of a noise/avant-garde experimental music scene in Los Angeles. Japanese men into bondage who electrified fluorescent lighting fixtures we thought were so beyond hep. I'm not sure if the experimental music scene here died with Il Coral or has been relegated to pretentious juke joints...
  • For Those About to Read
  • For Those About to Read

    You know you love McSweeney's, that big, bad bastion of literary hepness based in the City by the Bay. We're going to turn a blind eye to the fact that they've put out Miranda July's book and concentrate on things written by people not using horribly made-up names who just...
  • On Holy Ground
  • On Holy Ground

    Religion or politics should never be discussed in polite circles, so they say, but Stephanie Liss' world-premiere play does both, focusing on the Israeli-Palestine conflict as seen through the eyes of three interconnected women. Henrietta Szold (Salome Jens), who proposed a binational state in Palestine and was a co-founder of...
  • Bella Lives
  • Bella Lives

    As a dancer, the late Bella Lewitzky began as the muse of modern dance pioneer Lester Horton; she matured into a respected choreographer leading a dynamic dance company that became a training ground for a generation of young dancers who shaped the L.A. dance world and now lead dance companies...
  • Nowhere Man
  • Nowhere Man

    It's always a treat to encounter a work by the amazing Hungarian composer György Kurtág, who, at 85, is still chugging along, one of the last living links to his teachers Olivier Messiaen and Darius Milhaud. Although these seminal 20th-century composers were, along with Bartók and Webern, important influences, Kurtág's...
  • Hoarders: Art Gallery Edition
  • Hoarders: Art Gallery Edition

    There comes a time in every artist's life when they look around their studio, home, parents' garage, or over-priced and inconvenient storage unit, and realize that their vast collection of found materials and unwieldy ephemera is no longer a source of inspiration — but instead, an albatross and maybe even...
  • Matthias Merkel Hess
  • Matthias Merkel Hess

    Like glazed, kitschy stoneware mugs you might find in Denver gift shops, Matthias Merkel Hess' new ceramic work has a speckled, faux-worn, decorative look. But what Hess has made for "Bucketry," his current show at ACME, are ceramic, stoneware and porcelain gas cans, laundry hampers, 10-gallon buckets and replicas of...
  • Who's Your Daddy?
  • Who's Your Daddy?

    In this stand-up act with heart, writer-performer Johnny O'Callaghan takes us on a harrowing, emotional roller coaster as he relates the story of his efforts to adopt a 3-year-old Tutsi in fractious, civil war–torn Uganda. Humorous (though more smiles than laughs), brutally honest and contemptuous of the blatant avarice and...
  • Hosea Nova: A Jealous and Violent Man
  • Hosea Nova: A Jealous and Violent Man

    "You can find her in the Lunatic Choir," says the gray-haired, almost skeletal-faced Jon (Josh Patton), directing Hosea Nova (Sebastian Munoz) to the object of his desire, Theresa Ann (Vanessa Cate). Sure, Jon unintentionally raised her from the dead, and she's blind, but the snarling, lizard-tongued, half-blind Hosea has bigger...
  • "Constant Comment": Eileen Quinlan
  • "Constant Comment": Eileen Quinlan

    Photographer Eileen Quinlan named her current Overduin and Kite exhibition after the orange rind–flavored tea that gave the Bigelow company its first hit, a tea dubbed Constant Comment because it "constantly" generated buzz among the small group of ladies with whom its inventor socialized. Like the tea, Quinlan's show is...

Film

  • <i>Outrage</i> Review
  • Outrage Review

    Takeshi Kitano's latest finds the actor-director returning to the familiar terrain of the yakuza film after recent farces (Achilles and the Tortoise, Glory to the Filmmaker!) dealing with artistic endeavor. Stark and brutal, Outrage is a litany of startlingly violent set pieces filmed in Kitano's decorous, aestheticized style, gunshots blooming...

Music

  • Having A Dollar Sign In Your Name Is Awe$ome

    On his blog Stuff White People Like, author Christian Lander did not include musicians with dollar signs in their names. Why? Because white people hate them! Take Ke$ha. Now, there's a lot to dislike about the rather-coarse poplet, who seems to be encouraging seven-year-old girls to drink a handle and...
  • Porter Robinson: The Libertarian Dubstep Guy
  • Porter Robinson: The Libertarian Dubstep Guy

    See also: *In Defense Of "Fratstep:" An Open Letter To James Blake *Wait, Now Korn Invented Dubstep?! It's fair to say that most political nerds don't know what dubstep is. But last month libertarian sites like The Daily Paul and Lew Rockwell got geeked up about Porter Robinson's track "The...
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  • Iggy and The Stooges - Hollywood Palladium - 12-01-11
  • Iggy and The Stooges - Hollywood Palladium - 12-01-11

    See also: *Henry Rollins: The Column! Is Raw Power the American answer to Exile on Main St.? *Our Iggy and The Stooges and Le Butcherettes slideshow *Le Butcherettes' Teri Gender Bender is the most volatile woman in rock *Le Butcherettes' Teri Gender Bender On Raw Meat And Sexism In Mexico...

Restaurants

  • Short Attention Span Dinner Theater: Your Week in Food, 11/28-12/2
  • Short Attention Span Dinner Theater: Your Week in Food, 11/28-12/2

    In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad. "So there are big, drippy hamburgers, including an oversized In-N-Out-style creature named for Suzanne Tracht's daughter Ida; an herbed turkey burger named for Pressman; and a bacon-avocado-laced Nancy's Backyard Burger, which explodes like a meat grenade...
  • Gjelina Take Away: 30 Sandwiches in 30 Days (Day 21)
  • Gjelina Take Away: 30 Sandwiches in 30 Days (Day 21)

    Even at lunchtime in the middle of the week, the crowds queuing up outside of Gjelina are fierce. Not in an awesome drag queen way, in a focused, discreetly look-at-me, need-to-get-to-my-important-meeting kind of way. Fortunately, the perennially popular restaurant operates a matchbox sized takeout counter next door. Gjelina Take Away...
  • Study Links Eating Fish to Lower Alzheimer's Risk
  • Study Links Eating Fish to Lower Alzheimer's Risk

    Eating at least one serving a week of fish could improve memory function, increase brain volume and stave off Alzheimer's, according to a new study recently presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Health News reports. Note: that's baked or broiled fish, not Filet-O-Fish. While...
  • B&auml;co Mercat: An Exam in Culinary Poststructuralism
  • Bäco Mercat: An Exam in Culinary Poststructuralism

    Some new small-plates restaurants are content to serve you hamburgers and fries. Others bring in influences from Singapore, Copenhagen or Tokyo. But the menu at Bäco Mercat, the new restaurant from Joseph Centeno of Lazy Ox, reads almost like a graduate exam in culinary poststructuralism, mixing flavors from Italy, France,...

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