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  • Issue Archive for
  • Feb 9-15, 2012
  • Vol. 34, No. 12
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  • UCLA vs. USC: The Meme War
  • UCLA vs. USC: The Meme War

    Surely, by now, you've heard of the "college meme" trend that has America's university kids trying their hand at campus-specific Internet humor -- and OG 4chan nerds crying a "forever alone" river about how everyone is butchering their meme babies. (Even more annoying than the former.) Of course, USC and...
  • 'Flash Occupation' of Los Angeles Banks Planned Today
  • 'Flash Occupation' of Los Angeles Banks Planned Today

    And you thought the occupation of Los Angeles was over with the raid on Occupy L.A.'s City Hall lawn encampment at the end of November. Oh no. The occupy nation is getting ready to confront a series of banks today regarding their take-our-bailout-money-and-our-houses tendencies:...
  • LAUSD Might Eliminate Adult Ed Today
  • LAUSD Might Eliminate Adult Ed Today

    When it came time to make cuts for the 2012-13 LAUSD budget, Superintendent John Deasy passed on the scalpel, opting for a chainsaw to hack away at a $557 million deficit. LAUSD's youngest and oldest students are targeted in the wide-ranging cuts that aim to protect the most vital organs:...
  • Valentine's Day Is Actually May 3, Says UCLA Researcher
  • Valentine's Day Is Actually May 3, Says UCLA Researcher

    If you ever wondered why we celebrate love and romance in the middle of winter, with fresh spring-like flowers, no less, a UCLA professor has the answer: We're wrong. The director of UCLA's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Henry Ansgar Kelly, says we got the date mixed up (wouldn't...
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  • As If There Isn't Already Enough Sex in This Issue
  • As If There Isn't Already Enough Sex in This Issue

    Once a month in various venues around NYC, Dirty Looks presents a program of "queer experimental" short films to a diverse audience of art and film enthusiasts, sparking lively dialogue in an engaged community. Just over a year old, this underground-style series is already way above ground, bringing its adventurous,...
  • The Pharoahest of Them All
  • The Pharoahest of Them All

    As if being one of history's great, exotic femme fatales was not enough, pundits and historians recently began reconsidering Cleopatra's talents beyond the bedroom and acknowledging her underappreciated intelligence, political, organizational and management skills. In Cleopatra, CEO, L.A.'s site-specific maven Heidi Duckler has expanded on the legendary Egyptian's newfound leadership...
  • The Nerdist Writers Panel
  • The Nerdist Writers Panel

    Ben Blacker hosts a weekly salon featuring a panel of writers talking about writing. Proceeds benefit 826LA. This week: Bill Lawrence (creator, Scrubs and Cougartown), Maurissa Tancharoen & Jed Whedon (Spartacus; Dr. Horrible; Dollhouse), and Tami Sagher (How I Met Your Mother; 30 Rock; Psych). Sundays, 5 p.m. Starts: May...
  • Pie a la Modem
  • Pie a la Modem

    When you round up the best and brightest of L.A.'s cutting-edge pianists and hook them up with People Inside Electronics, aka PIE, aural visions abound. Founded by pianist-composer and USC prof Aron Kallay and composer Isaac Shankler, PIE has been presenting concerts focusing on innovative uses of electronics in music...
  • Witchy Woman
  • Witchy Woman

    You may have eyeballed this happening lady at any number of hep arts and music events around town, an ethereal, statuesque blonde clad all in white, playing the part of the Oracle. Perhaps you've popped into the House of Intuition in Echo Park and found this expert in Oriental medicine,...
  • Elemeno Pea
  • Elemeno Pea

    Exposure to excessive wealth warps reality for one member of a sister duo in Molly Smith Metzler's lively play. Hailing from blue-collar Buffalo, 20-something Simone (Melanie Lora) has fled to Martha's Vineyard to play personal assistant to Michaela (Katrina Lenk), an intensely neurotic, love-starved woman-child prone to fits of rage...
  • Two White Chicks Sitting Around Talking Funny
  • Two White Chicks Sitting Around Talking Funny

    Amy Poehler's steady rise from the only female member of the O.G. Upright Citizens' Brigade, to cult comedy mainstay, to longtime SNL lynchpin and now the star of one of TV's most critically acclaimed sitcoms has rarely seen her deliver a performance where she was off her game. Hell, she...
  • She'll Be Your Mirror
  • She'll Be Your Mirror

    You may have thought that Nico — the eyelinered, somewhat racist Velvet Underground singer, Warhol superstar and film actress — is dead ... but you'd be wrong. She's been reincarnated by Tammy Faye Starlite, a New Yorker who's also known for sending up two other Tammys — Wynette and Baker...
  • Short Eyes
  • Short Eyes

    As Dostoevsky keenly observed, "The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons." By that measure alone, playwright Miguel Pinero's Short Eyes, an unflinchingly brutal and surprisingly poignant scapegoating drama, remains just as relevant and unflattering to American pretensions of moral leadership today as when...
  • Carrie Fisher
  • Carrie Fisher

    Is there anyone more deserving as L.A.'s honorary Mayor of Coolness than Carrie Fisher? Formerly and currently, she's been a badass, rock star–marry-er, princess, celebrity spawn, druggie, actress, damn fine wordsmith, mother and mental health patient. And she's funny as hell: "I was street-smart, but unfortunately the street was Rodeo...
  • The Lonesome West
  • The Lonesome West

    Martin McDonagh's comedy is set in a village in western Ireland, which seems to be a hot-bed of murder, suicide and rampaging Irish eccentricity. It centers on two brothers, Valene (Jonathan Bray) and Coleman (Jason Paul Field), who are locked in implacable hostility. Coleman has shot their father in what...
  • Los Amigos Invisibles, La Vida Boheme
  • Los Amigos Invisibles, La Vida Boheme

    It's a Venezuelan invasion. Two of the Caribbean nation's biggest acts were nominated for Grammys in the Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album category this year, and they're giving L.A. a preview before Sunday's awards show. La Vida Boheme are the young'uns. The dancy punkers like to show audiences a...

Film

  • Dziga Vertov Retrospective at UCLA
  • Dziga Vertov Retrospective at UCLA

    The greatest red documentary filmmaker of the 1920s, the greatest documentary filmmaker of the '20s, the greatest filmmaker ... ever? In the alternate universe where vision trumps commerce and formal innovation displaces narrative, Dziga Vertov (1896–1954) rivals Stan Brakhage and Oscar Micheaux as supreme inventor of motion-picture form. Vertov —...
  • Oscar Nominated Shorts Reviewed
  • Oscar Nominated Shorts Reviewed

    This year's Academy Award–nominated shorts offer a little something for every viewing temperament — though some categories require sitting through a lot of mediocre to get to the good. Of the five documentaries, Saving Face and God Is the Bigger Elvis were sadly not made available for critics, but the...

Music

  • Why the Grammys Stink
  • Why the Grammys Stink

    See also: *2012 Grammys: The Best, the Worst and the Weirdest *Deadmau5, Rihanna - House of Blues - 2/13/12 *Dan Wilson: From "Closing Time" to Adele's "Someone Like You" So, our Grammy credentials were fairly limited last night. In fact, we were trapped in a room for eight hours, with...
  • 2012 Grammys: The Best, the Worst and the Weirdest
  • 2012 Grammys: The Best, the Worst and the Weirdest

    See also: *Why The Grammys Stink *Deadmau5, Rihanna - House of Blues - 2/13/12 *Dan Wilson: From "Closing Time" to Adele's "Someone Like You" Adele won everything. Kanye didn't show. Nicki Minaj out-Gaga'ed Gaga by showing up with a Pope imitator as her escort. Shouldn't he have led the prayer...
  • Goldenvoice Reportedly Taking Over Music Box
  • Goldenvoice Reportedly Taking Over Music Box

    Additional reporting by Dennis Romero See also: *The Music Box Shuttered *Top 10 Live Music Venues in L.A.: The Complete List Those saddened by the recent closing of the Music Box have reason to be cautiously hopeful: Goldenvoice reportedly has taken over the legendary Hollywood venue. A concert industry veteran...
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  • Lady Danville's Van Flipped Over. It Was Inspiring
  • Lady Danville's Van Flipped Over. It Was Inspiring

    Trio Lady Danville formed in 2007 by two former UCLA a cappella boys and a musical theater major. Capturing the yearning harmonies and earnestness of college scene bands like Guster and Fleet Foxes, they've ridden that wave around the country, opening for Ben Folds, pop-punk band Jack's Mannequin and the...

Restaurants

  • Buy This Now: Apple Wood From Ha's Apple Farm
  • Buy This Now: Apple Wood From Ha's Apple Farm

    It's that lateral-management time of year. But unless you're an apple or pear farmer, this is about as important to you as doing your taxes early. All you need to know is that proper lateral management ensures efficient fruit production, focusing a tree's energy where it counts -- building strong...
  • Top 5 Crops NOT in Season at the Farmers Markets
  • Top 5 Crops NOT in Season at the Farmers Markets

    Farmers markets are locavore magnets, true. And we have these absurdly expansive seasons complete with weather-defying microclimates tucked into coastal hillsides. They're like little agricultural Brigadoons, weaving their misty trickery to bring us year-round local blueberries, asparagus and artichokes. So even though it tweaks our seasonal sensibilities when we hear...
  • Colorado Wine Company Celebrates 7 Years
  • Colorado Wine Company Celebrates 7 Years

    There is no seven-year itch for the Colorado Wine Company. The Eagle Rock wine shop is more popular than ever with customers who are drawn to owner Jen Morgan and John Nugent's all-inclusive approach to selling wine and the unpretentious vibe of their weekly wine tastings. "I would say it's...
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  • Now Open: Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar
  • Now Open: Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar

    Blue Cow, the latest project from an expanded team behind the string of Mendocino Farms sandwich shops, opened Feb. 13, bringing a brimming kitchen agenda to California Plaza. Leave it to a restaurant that comes bundled with a suite of sustainable/locavore/farm-to-table values, and an interior full of nods to California...
  • Trader Joe's Cookie Butter, aka <em>Speculoos</em>, Is Back!
  • Trader Joe's Cookie Butter, aka Speculoos, Is Back!

    If you've never experienced the creamy, crackalicious wonder that is Trader Joe's Cookie Butter, it might be because the shipment imported late last year caught on like wildfire. It's been sold out since before the end-of-year holidays, in fact. We confirmed with the Monrovia store location nearest the company's headquarters...
  • Train Shoots New Music Video at Shafer Vineyards
  • Train Shoots New Music Video at Shafer Vineyards

    Here's something to add to the list of unexpected wine pairings. The late-1990s pop band Train ("Meet Virginia") recently took over one of the top wineries in Napa, Shafer Vineyards, for the day to film a new music video for their new single, "Drive By." Shafer is more the sort...
  • Reality Show Seeks Pastry Chefs
  • Reality Show Seeks Pastry Chefs

    What happens to a dream deferred? It ends up on reality TV. USA Network is looking for pastry chefs, chocolatiers and private chefs for The Moment, a reality show hosted by former quarterback Kurt Warner. The hopey-sounding show is casting applicants from all walks of life, but we're told they...
  • gr/eats Giant Robot Cafe Closing
  • gr/eats Giant Robot Cafe Closing

    It looks to be an un-lovely Valentine's Day for gr/eats. Even as the stretch of Sawtelle between Santa Monica and Olympic experiences a raft of restaurant openings -- ramen shop Tsujita, cafes Balconi Coffee Company and Coffee Tomo, shaved ice shops Blockheads and Brian's Shave Ice, and the impending opening...
  • Organic Food Deal Between U.S. and EU Signed
  • Organic Food Deal Between U.S. and EU Signed

    Officials from the United States and the European Union signed a deal today in Nuremburg, Germany, that will allow organic food products to be sold as such in both regions. As it stands now, food labeled as organic has to conform to different standards according to place of origin. The...
  • Roy Choi + Mark Peel: Together at Last
  • Roy Choi + Mark Peel: Together at Last

    Here's a post-Valentine's Day love affair to whet your appetite. Kogi/A-Frame/Chego/Sunny Spot impresario Roy Choi and Campanile/Tar Pit maven Mark Peel will join forces for a one-night food and music mashup on Feb. 29. While Pollyn's Adam Jay Weissman spins tunes in the Tar Pit lounge, Choi and Peel will...
  • Best Lunchbag Art Ever
  • Best Lunchbag Art Ever

    Some parents, at least in TV commercials, draw a heart in their kid's PBJ. Peter Balogh elevates lunchtime art to a higher plane with his brilliant, whimsical, amusing drawings. The method? Freehand drawing with a Sharpie. The medium? His daughter's lunchbags. (He also posts them on his blog.)...

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