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  • Jul 26 - Aug 1, 2012
  • Vol. 34, No. 36
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  • Anaheim Police Chief John Welters Has a MySpace Page
  • Anaheim Police Chief John Welters Has a MySpace Page

    Hacker group Anonymous came through on its promise to target Anaheim police today by publishing not only the home address of Chief John Welters but, more embarrassingly, his MySpace page info. Lulz? Reacting to clashes between mostly white cops and mostly Latino protesters weary of three officer involved shootings in
  • Stacie Halas, Fired Porn Star Teacher, Takes on Gloria Allred as Attorney
  • Stacie Halas, Fired Porn Star Teacher, Takes on Gloria Allred as Attorney

    Our favorite porn-star-turned-teacher, SoCal's own Stacie Halas, is chillin' like a villain, apparently, despite having been fired from her job as an Oxnard middle school instructor. That's because she's on paid administrative leave, kickin' back like a Teamster on disability, according to the Ventura County Star. The next hearing challenging
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  • E3 Convention, Gamer Geeks' Heaven, Stays in L.A. Through 2015
  • E3 Convention, Gamer Geeks' Heaven, Stays in L.A. Through 2015

    Geeks rejoice. It might not be Comic-Con, but it's the "largest annual conference that the city hosts," according to L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. And the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo is staying in town for another three years (through summer 2015), despite some chatter that conventions would not be happy coexisting
  • Energy Drinks Lead to ... Casual Sex?
  • Energy Drinks Lead to ... Casual Sex?

    Besides classing up your appearance like a an Ed Hardy cap worn backward, energy drinks can also apparently erase any of the potential gains of a college education in the span of just one night. That's because new research suggests that mixing the likes of Red Bull, Monster or Rockstar
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  • Chick-fil-<em>Gay</em> Gets Spoofed, Clowned in L.A. (VIDEO)
  • Chick-fil-Gay Gets Spoofed, Clowned in L.A. (VIDEO)

    So, ah, Chick-fil-A supporters are declaring that the chicken chain has a right to free speech after its CEO declared opposition to the freedom of gays to marry. (Scratches head. Are these the same people who say liberals should have never opposed the war in Iraq and instead "supported our
  • Meth Candy Bars Seized at LAX; Rogelio Mauricio Harris Arrested
  • Meth Candy Bars Seized at LAX; Rogelio Mauricio Harris Arrested

    Updated at the bottom with details, including the possibility the suspect was a former military cop. First posted at 2:06 p.m. Kids, we know you're hooked on the energy drinks. But have you ever tried a meth bar? Just wait. U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today that one Rogelio
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  • Prop. 8 Sent to U.S. Supreme Court by 'Protect Marriage' Camp
  • Prop. 8 Sent to U.S. Supreme Court by 'Protect Marriage' Camp

    They're like potato bugs who refuse to die. After four yeas of rejection, ProtectMarriage.com and four other individuals in the pro-Prop. 8 camp have taken California's gay-marriage fight to the highest court in the land: They submitted a nearly 500-page petition to the U.S. Supreme Court this morning, asking justices..
  • LAX Could be America's Next Top Disease Magnet
  • LAX Could be America's Next Top Disease Magnet

    Ah, beautiful L.A., home of beaches and billionaires and Playboy bunnies. And now we are a top American gateway ... for disease. Wonderful. New research from MIT says that LAX and New York's John F. Kennedy would be ground zeroes for outbreaks, such as the next ..
  • Marijuana's Legitimacy as Medicine Heads to Federal Court
  • Marijuana's Legitimacy as Medicine Heads to Federal Court

    Is marijuana medicine? That's the question before a federal court this week as medical cannabis advocates celebrate a 10-year journey to overturn the government's classification of pot as an outlaw drug worse than cocaine. A challenge to a Drug Enforcement Administration denial of a petition to reschedule marijuana as a
  • LAPD Officers Lied About DUI Case, Says D.A.
  • LAPD Officers Lied About DUI Case, Says D.A.

    Update: One of the officers has been fired. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says: "I do not believe that their intent was evil, just extremely misguided." Read his full statement at the bottom. Originally posted July 25 at 5:15 p.m. So badly did two Los Angeles traffic officers want to prove
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  • Villaraigosa Wants to be Governor of California
  • Villaraigosa Wants to be Governor of California

    As mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa gets a D. Maybe a C. Blame constant multimillion-dollar deficits, a do-nothing City Council, the specter of municipal bankruptcy, corruption in Building and Safety, increased taxation through parking and traffic tickets, and the worst roads in America. But as a politician, Villaraigosa gets

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  • Some Velvet Painting
  • Some Velvet Painting

    Velvet paintings are to art what romance novels are to literature. But unlike a tawdry book, you don't have to read a velvet painting, because a picture of Elvis or a unicorn or Jesus flipping the bird is worth a thousand words. And Bruce White's acrylic on velvet works are...
  • A Work of Shrek
  • A Work of Shrek

    Doesn't it make you feel good when Jeffrey Katzenberg is proud of something? You always read those news articles where he talks about being honored about this and that, but it's not like he calls you up all excited to tell you about it. The opening of the "DreamWorlds: Behind...
  • One Day of Hard Labor
  • One Day of Hard Labor

    If Dorothea Lange and Marina Abramovic had a baby, it might look like "American Realism." A durational performance for eight people exploring the tedium of the average workday, it physically takes place in the galleries at LACE and is simulcast nearby into the fashion and art store Space 15Twenty. As...
  • The Wild Side of Ballet
  • The Wild Side of Ballet

    As a dancemaker, Harlem-born-and-bred Darrell Grand Moultrie draws on a background that includes training at Julliard, performing in Broadway shows including the recent Billy Elliot, and garnering a coveted Princess Grace choreography award. Earlier this year, his Jazzin' for the Sacramento Ballet was a standout in a new choreography program...
  • Mel Brooks Meets Al Fresco
  • Mel Brooks Meets Al Fresco

    This weekend, the Germans win WWII as the Hollywood Bowl re-stages one of Broadway's biggest shows of all time, The Producers: A New Mel Brooks Musical, with the help of creators Brooks and Thomas Meehan, and director-choreographer Susan Stroman. The story of a schlock Broadway producer and his spineless schnook...
  • Alaev in the Family
  • Alaev in the Family

    You could call them the Waltons of the music world. Or maybe Israel's version of the Von Trapps. They're the Alaev Family, and from Grandpa on down, they all perform the music of Central Asia, Turkey, Persia, Russia and Israel on the ancient instruments of these countries. There's 80-year-old patriarch...
  • Lorca in a Green Dress
  • Lorca in a Green Dress

    During one flashback in Nilo Cruz's play Lorca in a Green Dress, about Spanish poet-playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, Lorca's friend Salvador Dali pronounces, "We have just seduced reality." Even if Cruz's tribute to one of Spain's great creative minds isn't the strongest theatrical work Ñ it's less about telling a...
  • It's a Black, Gass Gas
  • It's a Black, Gass Gas

    They may be chubby and not much to look at, but ever since Flight of the Conchords retired and started winning Oscars, Tenacious D is the only great musical comedy duo we have left. A lot has changed since actor-singer Jack Black and singer-actor Kyle Gass sang about the devil,...

Film

  • <i>Dark Horse</i> Review: Why It Might Be Todd Solondz's Best Film
  • Dark Horse Review: Why It Might Be Todd Solondz's Best Film

    Todd Solondz's strange, oddly moving new film stars Jordan Gelber as Abe, a fat, mid-30-something who lives with his parents and works for his dad (Christopher Walken). Garishly uncool, he wears horrible novelty T-shirts and drives a yellow Hummer; socially inept, he alternates between suspiciously easygoing politeness and petulant rage...

Music

  • The Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2012 Thus Far
  • The Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2012 Thus Far

    *Top Ten Rap Albums For People Who Don't Know Shit About Hip-Hop *Top 20 Greatest L.A. Rap Albums of All Time Only ten days into January we jokingly picked the year's top rap albums of 2012. But it turns out that 2012 has in fact shaped up as a pretty
  • Fiona Apple - Hollywood Palladium - 7/29/12
  • Fiona Apple - Hollywood Palladium - 7/29/12

    Fiona Apple Hollywood Palladium 7-29-12 See also: Our Fiona Apple slideshow It's hard to be a Fiona Apple fan sometimes. Half a decade can go by between tours, and the notoriously reclusive singer-pianist has released only four albums since emerging as a teenage phenom in 1994. Apple's latest album, The

Restaurants

  • Rates of Foodborne Illnesses Rising, CDC Reports
  • Rates of Foodborne Illnesses Rising, CDC Reports

    In the wake of the massive Trader Joe's salad recall comes a new government report that says the U.S. is falling short of its goals to reduce foodborne illness outbreaks, Bloomberg reports. According to preliminary Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data for 2011, the foodborne pathogens Salmonella, Listeria and
  • Life of Pie: L.A. Celebrates Its Pizza Moment
  • Life of Pie: L.A. Celebrates Its Pizza Moment

    From our 2012 Restaurant Issue, celebrating everything pizza in L.A. On a Wednesday evening, 10 students sit along the counter at the Scuola di Pizza, the, yes, "School of Pizza" at L.A.'s premier pizza joint, Mozza. I'd like to say we're a varied lot, but that wouldn't be true --
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  • The Undercover Vegetarian: Mezze
  • The Undercover Vegetarian: Mezze

    It's a slight paradox for a vegetarian, this menu at Mezze. On the one hand, it's an extremely vegetarian-friendly menu. On the other, the things vegetarians usually count as tried-and-true safe zones are, at Mezze, decidedly not. The tabbouleh has bacon in it. The falafel comes over a stew of
  • Eats at the London 2012 Olympics
  • Eats at the London 2012 Olympics

    LONDON -- Game on for eating well during the Olympics, which begins today, July 27, and run through Aug. 12. Already one of the best dining cities in the world, London has been spiffed mightily up for the Olympic Games. Billions have been spent on new athletic venues; streets have
  • 3 Tons of Trader Joe's BBQ Chicken Salad Recalled
  • 3 Tons of Trader Joe's BBQ Chicken Salad Recalled

    Nearly three tons of prepared barbecue chicken salads sold at Trader Joe's have been recalled, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. The recall comes after the announcement of possible Listeria contamination at Oxnard-based Gills Onions, Trader Joe's onion supplier, Medical Daily reports. (Bet you
  • Cafecito Organico: Point Dume + the World
  • Cafecito Organico: Point Dume + the World

    Cafecito Orgánico, the coffee shop and roastery that began life as a farmers market stall and once operated out of a back room of Mama's Hot Tamales near MacArthur Park, is expanding. Not like a little expansion, but the kind of proliferation that makes you think everybody just needs access

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