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  • Mar 22-28, 2012
  • Vol. 34, No. 18
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  • Vernon Looks Into Alleged Voter Fraud, As Council Election Nears
  • Vernon Looks Into Alleged Voter Fraud, As Council Election Nears

    Updated below. The city of Vernon has launched an investigation into whether non-residents have registered to vote in the upcoming City Council election.Two candidates are running in the April 10 election: incumbent Councilman Daniel Newmire and challenger Michael Ybarra. The scandal-plagued city has about 70 registered voters, so even a...

Calendar

  • The Illusion
  • The Illusion

    "The art of the illusion is the art of love," explains cave-dwelling magician Alcandre (Deborah Strang) after she unveils to Pridamant (Nick Ullett) visions of his long-lost son (Graham Hamilton). Love and illusion naturally take center stage in Tony Kushner's lyrical adaptation of Pierre Corneille's 17th-century comedy. What makes those...
  • L.A. Is an Open Book
  • L.A. Is an Open Book

    A beautiful object and an indispensable tool for Angeleno book-lovers, the Literary Los Angeles Road Guide is a map, a poster, and a piece of history lesson rolled into one. Produced to benefit the bibliophiliac mission of the 826LA operation, the Road Guide is an oversized fold-out that on one...
  • May Contain Edginess
  • May Contain Edginess

    Film+Music, kissing in a tree! First comes love, then comes a misunderstood multimedia phase, then comes the 2nd LA Film+Music Weekend! Co-founded by Indie Film Depot owner Brandon Stevenson with Daniel Lisberger and David Thomas, last year the Weekend hosted more than 2,000 people watching more than 100 hours of...
  • Shoah
  • Shoah

    Claude Lanzmann's epic 1985 Holocaust documentary Shoah stands as neither film, nor art nor storytelling but, as critic Roger Ebert best called it, "an act of witness." The French director's effort at describing one of the most horrific periods of history is itself historic: more than nine hours long, 11...
  • Shelf Life 2: A Big Day for Small Press
  • Shelf Life 2: A Big Day for Small Press

    Organized by Ewa Wojciak from the USC Roski School of Fine Arts, Shelf Life 2 is "a one-of-a-kind, historically charged event that brings together influential independent publishers, writers, artists, designers and others whose voices and images have questioned and pushed the limits of popular culture. There will be dynamic speaker...
  • Cages
  • Cages

    First-time playwright Leonard Manzella based this affecting drama on his experience as a psychotherapist working in the California prison system. Tom (John Nielson) is a recovering alcoholic assigned to run therapy sessions for the mentally ill. The group, an assortment of schizophrenics and psychotic killers, is caged in "therapeutic modules"...
  • Diary of a Madman
  • Diary of a Madman

    A lacerating satire of the self-abnegating and dog-whipped Russian soul under the Czarist boot heel, Nikolai Gogol's 1834 short-prose masterpiece about a petty bureaucrat's dizzying plunge into the lowest depths of madness isn't exactly the stage-friendliest of texts. Which makes Ilia Volok's fevered and fascinating one-man turn as Gogol's delusional...
  • Who's Your Goddess
  • Who's Your Goddess

    One could consider this a night of music. After all, it features a rare performance by Glen Meadmore, everyone's favorite, seven-foot-tall gay Christian cow punk, and an even rarer appearance by incomprehensibly notorious aural abusers Beyond Joy and Evil. Wrangled by Jon Aes Nihil — a cryptic, demented fellow as...
  • Alan Zweibel
  • Alan Zweibel

    Vicki Abelson's "Women Who Write" literary salon has attracted such big names as Jackie Collins, Marlee Matlin, Carol Leifer, Laraine Newman Bruce Vilanch. This week, comedy writer extraordinaire Alan Zweibel reads from his latest book, Lunatics, a novel co-written with Dave Barry. Zweibel — an original Saturday Night Live writer,...
  • Working
  • Working

    In a period of high unemployment and assaults on unions and public service pensions, this revival of Working, a musical homage to the proletariat, couldn't be timelier (an "Occupy" banner hangs above the stage). The inspired book is adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso from Studs Terkel's original nonfiction...
  • Pop Goes the Geezer!
  • Pop Goes the Geezer!

    There are countless ways fathers embarrass their kids — telling a certain joke, wearing a certain hat, saying "chillax" — but forming an a cappella singing group and performing classic rock songs in public is surely one that could force their offspring into exile. But if your pop was one...
  • Hey, Baby, Wanna See My Home Swinger?
  • Hey, Baby, Wanna See My Home Swinger?

    A workshop by Dutch avant luthier Yuri Landman doesn't happen every day. Even in this age of instant communication and superficial détente, artistic collaboration still involves a good deal of sweat and the burning of raw ideas. Presented by Brian Miller of Foot Village, Landman — inventor of cracked electronics...

Film

Music

  • Big Sean, Kid Ink  - Club Nokia - 3/27/12
  • Big Sean, Kid Ink - Club Nokia - 3/27/12

    Big Sean, Kid Ink Club Nokia 3/27/12 Better Than... hanging out with the people who went to the Lady Antebellum show at Staples Center. Since 2008, XXL Magazine has anointed a group of up-and-coming rappers as their freshman class in order to show fans what the future of hip-hop will...
  • Ask a Teen Raver
  • Ask a Teen Raver

    See also: *Interview With a Raver Who Wears Electrical Tape on Her Boobs *DJ Gets Death Threats for Playing Dubstep *World's Douchiest DJs: The Top Five Welcome to our new column, Ask a Teen Raver! Kerah Rose is a 19-year-old college student from Riverside who plays basketball and plans to...

Restaurants

  • Study: Regular Chocolate Eaters Are Skinnier
  • Study: Regular Chocolate Eaters Are Skinnier

    Katharine Hepburn once attributed her slim figure to "a lifetime of chocolate." Now a new study from UC San Diego has found that people who eat chocolate on a regular basis are indeed thinner than those who don't. The findings from the study, funded by the National Institutes of Health,...
  • Food Myths Busted With Mensa Member JJ Virgin
  • Food Myths Busted With Mensa Member JJ Virgin

    JJ Virgin (shortened due to the unfortunate pronunciation of Julie while living in Japan) is smarter than you. She's a member of Mensa, and she seems to have an addiction to academia. After graduating from UCLA, she went on to graduate school for biomechanics, then sports medicine, then took doctorate-level...

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