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  • Issue Archive for
  • Dec 29, 2011 - Jan 4, 2012
  • Vol. 34, No. 6
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News

  • Los Angeles Fails to Rank as Drinking Hot Spot: What Gives?
  • Los Angeles Fails to Rank as Drinking Hot Spot: What Gives?

    We sometimes relish the salty sting of L.A.'s poor-performing ways when it comes to city rankings that range from traffic to penis size. We can take it. But we have to call b.s. on this particular list. The Daily Beast's latest "America's Drunkest Cities" roundup, just published, does not even...
  • L.A. Arson Fires: Suspect Under Arrest, LAFD Says
  • L.A. Arson Fires: Suspect Under Arrest, LAFD Says

    Updated at the bottom with an official arrest (the third since Thursday). Fire officials now count 53 blazes in the arson spree. First posted at 2:48 a.m. Monday. The L.A. arson fires have sated the city's everlasting expectation for the criminally bizarre, but so far there's no Michael Connelly ending...

Calendar

  • The Rose Parade -- We Love It!
  • The Rose Parade -- We Love It!

    We don't mean to make Macy's Thanksgiving feel bad, but the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena is truly king of the parade world. It's the crown jewel of the Rose Bowl, in which the Wisconsin Badgers are back to avenge last year's defeat. So the game is big, but the...
  • MAKE US LAUGH, FUNNY BOY
  • MAKE US LAUGH, FUNNY BOY

    If you don't follow Eddie Pepitone on Twitter, you really should. He's brilliant. Pepitone performs his Bloodbath this week at the Lab at the Improv. "We're all just a piece of corn in God's shit-pipe" — that's a classic. You should put them in a book like that Shit My...
  • History Hoarder
  • History Hoarder

    Artist Aaron Wrinkle transferred his studio into Actual Size's small Chinatown gallery, installing his own ceiling tiles, paintings and worn Persian rug. It looks like a shrine to 20th-century art history — you think of Miró, Picasso, Matisse, and then skip ahead a few decades to pop minimalist Baldessari and...
  • 2012 Will Just Be Ducky!
  • 2012 Will Just Be Ducky!

    Obsessed with Boardwalk Empire? Yeah, so are we. And so is LACMA apparently, since it's throwing its first New Year's Eve party in Nucky Thompson-esque, roaring '20s style. That means with booze, of course. None of that Prohibition nonsense. There are two ways you could go with the Golden Stag...
  • Are You Kiddie Me?
  • Are You Kiddie Me?

    It's a shame The Not Inappropriate Show only comes just around once a year. Parents who want to enjoy absurd, original and non-pandering comedy with their kids will find that most live kiddie sketch shows will make them want to throw themselves under the wheels of the bus. But this...
  • The Art of a Complex Military Industry
  • The Art of a Complex Military Industry

    Simultaneously using photography to document societal change while questioning the limits of veracity in the documentary stance itself is a neat trick, and one which artist, professor, and public intellectual Allan Sekula has managed to pull off for decades. "Allan Sekula: California Stories" at Christopher Grimes Gallery is really two...
  • Close Up on Venice
  • Close Up on Venice

    The Venicessance is here and it kicks off with the 9th Annual Venice Film Festival. The cornerstone of the festival as it moves toward its second decade of life is the loosely configured documentary Venice Film History (2011), a collection of footage from the archives of Venice historian Mary Jane...
  • On the A-Liszt
  • On the A-Liszt

    Yikes! It's hard to believe that the bad boy of the ivories — who bears a definite resemblance to another former bad boy, Sean Penn — turned 50 this year. Jean-Yves Thibaudet may be eligible for AARP, but he's still got the style, personality and techno smarts that make him...
  • Times Square New Year's Eve
  • Times Square New Year's Eve

    With a "World Famous Ball Drop at Midnight" and NYC food carts. Performances by DJs Jonny James, Junior Costa, Steve Elektro, Muri, and more. Sat., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., 2011...
  • Hey, Hey They're the Marx Bros
  • Hey, Hey They're the Marx Bros

    You could do worse than to start 2012 with a resolution to laugh more — and you usually have! Usher in the eventual destruction of the planet with the double-bill of Horse Feathers (1932) and Animal Crackers (1930). Beforehand, author Robert Bader will sign copies of the newly released paperback...
  • Cinderella Christmas
  • Cinderella Christmas

    There's lots of magic to delight the kids — who are invited to boo the ugly stepsisters — and a live miniature horse to pull Cinderella's pumpkin coach. There are jokes, some raunchy, to amuse the grown-ups — about the Kardashians and their ilk. The sex-crazed stepsisters, played in grotesque...

Film

Music

Restaurants

  • Top Hops: Best 5 New Craft Beer Bars of 2011
  • Top Hops: Best 5 New Craft Beer Bars of 2011

    Over the past few years, sales of mass-produced beer (Bud, Miller, Coors and the like) are down along with housing, investments and other barometers of economic growth. Guess what is not down? Craft breweries. Craft beer bars. Craft beer sales. According to the Brewers Association, which represents the artists who...
  • M&M Donuts: Is This Doughnut Worth a Two Hour Wait?
  • M&M Donuts: Is This Doughnut Worth a Two Hour Wait?

    Anaheim's M&M Donuts is about two and a half miles west of Disneyland Park, but the line that snakes outside it each night has been known to rival the switch-backing queue for Space Mountain. Some Yelpers claim to have waited as long as two hours for a box of the...
  • Soupsmith Soup Truck to Hit the Streets
  • Soupsmith Soup Truck to Hit the Streets

    Soupsmith, a pop-up soup truck from Frysmith, will roll out later this month -- but only for one week. During the third week of January, Frysmith will "power down the fryers and pull out the stock pots" for a soup-only menu inspired by the flavors in their usual baroque selection...
  • Evan Kleiman's Farewell Tour + Angeli's Last Days Extended
  • Evan Kleiman's Farewell Tour + Angeli's Last Days Extended

    Last week we reported that Evan Kleiman would be shuttering her Angeli Caffe on January 8th. The response was so overwhelming -- since the announcement they've been serving roughly 200 or so dinners a night -- that the door-closing has been extended to Jan. 13th. Then, yesterday, Kleiman threw out...
  • Saveur's Annual Foodie Giveaway is On
  • Saveur's Annual Foodie Giveaway is On

    Saveur's annual Foodie Giveaway is on. As usual, the month-long contest is a mishmash of nifty gifts (a set of Shun Reserve knives, a cookie sampler from Elsylee) and second-rate schwag (an ugly belt, a leather recipe organizer). The vacation prize packages, however, look good...

Theater

  • L.A. Theater's Most Memorable Moments of 2011
  • L.A. Theater's Most Memorable Moments of 2011

    Lighting Design by Mother Nature Playwright-director Sharon Yablon toured local stages in September with 24 Hours on Sunset, a collection of one-acts thematically tied to Sunset Boulevard. The free performances boasted a stellar ensemble (Michael Bonnabel, Eugene Butler, Adrian A. Cruz, Jacqueline Wright) in a poignant and comic portrait gallery...

Arts

  • Bodhi Tree Bookstore's Final Hours
  • Bodhi Tree Bookstore's Final Hours

    After four decades as Los Angeles' unofficial spiritual/metaphysical hub, the Bodhi Tree Bookstore closed its doors at 5:30 p.m. this past New Years' Eve. Co-owner and co-founder Stan Madson, in a red beret, shook hands and accepted thanks from customers old and new, celebrities and non-celebs, authors and readers, believers...

Columns

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