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  • Issue Archive for
  • Dec 20-26, 2012
  • Vol. 35, No. 5
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  • Teens In L.A. Say 'Enough' To Gun Violence (Video)
  • Teens In L.A. Say 'Enough' To Gun Violence (Video)

    Thirty-three California teens got together to make a video demanding an end to gun violence. The kids are participants in the California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities initiative, and the video was coordinated by David Valdez, Director of the Youth Institute at the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA. In it, the
  • Top 10 Marijuana News Stories For 2012, <em>LA Weekly</em>-Style
  • Top 10 Marijuana News Stories For 2012, LA Weekly-Style

    If you like drama and marijuana together, then 2012 was the year for you: It was jam-packed with topsy-turvy cannabis news. As the Obama administration cracked down on medical marijuana dispensaries in California, the president himself said pot users in marijuana-legal states shouldn't be prosecuted. Come again? Here's our list

Calendar

  • A Snow White Christmas
  • A Snow White Christmas

    Just in time for the holidays comes writer Kris Lythgoe's delightful reimagining of this fairy tale nicely packaged in the style of British panto, along with pop culture references, songs, music and stagecraft magic. Though it's geared more for children, there is much here for adults to enjoy. Ariana Grande...
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReinDOORS
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReinDOORS

    This spoof of the Burl Ives-narrated, animated holiday classic is in clown troupe Troubadour Theater Company's solid, witty, raunchy and scatological hands. As Sam the Snowman (Paul C. Vogt) pointed out to a child before the show began, "You're gonna grow up real fast tonight." The Troubies now have a...
  • Hair We Come a Caroling
  • Hair We Come a Caroling

    If you missed Cavern Club Theater's holiday drag shows this month with Jackie Beat and Feliz Navi Divas, make sure to catch the Boofont Sisters' Jingling for Jesus. Christmas is the gayest time of year, and the unrelated sisters Ruby and Vicky – who originally hail from Reno – add...
  • It's a Terrible Life
  • It's a Terrible Life

    Sort of like the psychic equivalent of deliberately consuming an oversized hunk of ipecac-laced concrete-based fruitcake, Cinefamily's presentation of deft, daft found-footage freak out "The Everything is Terrible Holiday Special 2012: Cataclysmic Transformation" provides a frantic brain twister of a viewing experience. Most definitely an antidote to rampant commercialism and...
  • Monsters, Inc. 3D
  • Monsters, Inc. 3D

    After a manic morning of Christmas bliss, settle your little monsters into seats at the El Capitan to see real monsters from Disney-Pixar's 2001 animated film Monsters, Inc. The characters of Mike and Sulley appear live on stage prior to the 3D screening. Dec. 19-Jan. 6, 2012...
  • Sherlock's Last Case
  • Sherlock's Last Case

    In Charles Marowitz's comedy-thriller, Dr. Watson (Bert Emmett), fed up with Sherlock Holmes' condescension and superiority, launches a diabolical plot to take revenge. He invents Damian, fictitious son of Holmes' former nemesis, the late Dr. Moriarty, and uses this imaginary figure as a decoy to lure Holmes (Chris Winfield, who...
  • Cymbeline
  • Cymbeline

    In this beautifully clear and powerful production of one of Shakespeare's more densely plot-driven dramas, co-directors Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld chart an assured course through the play's madness, comedy and tragedy. Cymbeline's patchwork quilt of horror and hilarity boasts a Queen (Emily Young, a wonderfully vampy turn) who loathes...
  • Down Around Brown Town
  • Down Around Brown Town

    One good thing about this exuberant jukebox song-and-modern-dance tribute to the legendary soul singer is that nobody tries to "do" James Brown. Instead, we have singers, such as Promise Marks, with powerhouse voices of their own, warbling classic R&B hit tunes such as "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" and...
  • It Paid the Bills
  • It Paid the Bills

    Desperation is the source of inspiration, they say, and nowhere is this better illustrated than in the case of Handel's Messiah. In 1741, the 56-year-old composer was debt-ridden and in the throes of depression when he sat down and banged out what was to become the world's most famous and...
  • But Wait There's LACMA
  • But Wait There's LACMA

    LACMA is on fire this month — in a good way. Their current program is as stuffed as a stocking with an eclectic slate of world-class exhibitions, in a something-for-everyone wonderland that will impress dates, entertain relatives, and better your mind during the long stretch between Boxing Day and New...
  • Cars and shorts
  • Cars and shorts

    Greta Magnusson Grossman, the designer who became famous for designing a cushioned crib for Sweden's Princess Birgitta and went on to design California modern homes, left Sweden in 1940. When asked by a journalist what she would need for her new California life, she said, "A car and some shorts."...
  • In the Heights
  • In the Heights

    It's July 3 in the Dominican-American New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights, and the air is sticky with more than just humidity. Nina, the brainy hope of the 'hood, has returned home for the summer with dream-shattering news. Every business owner and employee on the block is stressed over...
  • A Different Kind of Holiday Variety Show
  • A Different Kind of Holiday Variety Show

    Today you could see It's a Wonderful Life at the Aero, or a double Charlie Chaplin bill at the Egyptian. You could also go skating at any number of outdoor holiday-festooned ice rinks. But wouldn't you rather go to a comedy club and see a wonderfully oddball chick with a...

Film

  • Les Misérables Doesn't Dream Big Enough

    You can hear the people sing — really hear them — in the long-gestating screen version of that Broadway juggernaut Les Misérables. Countering the standard practice of having the actors in a film musical lip-synch their songs to prerecorded tracks (aka "playback"), director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) insisted that...

Music

  • Henry Rollins: Gay Marriage Is Punk Rock
  • Henry Rollins: Gay Marriage Is Punk Rock

    Hats off to Washington state where, recently, hundreds of same-sex couples were legally married. I am elated as much as I am frustrated by why this country refuses to wake up and smell the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. I feel for everyone who wanted to get married for so
  • The Five Best Concerts in L.A. This Weekend
  • The Five Best Concerts in L.A. This Weekend

    Friday, December 21 "Christmas 101" with Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Van Dyke Parks, Emmylou Harris, Carrie Fisher UCLA ROYCE HALL Rufus and Martha Wainwright's late mother, Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle, created the annual "Christmas 101" holiday event, which features carols from around the world performed in French and English

Restaurants

  • Langer's Pastrami Delivery: From L.A. to You
  • Langer's Pastrami Delivery: From L.A. to You

    The pastrami sandwich at Langer's Delicatessen is legendary. So delicious that it made our "100 Favorite Dishes" list. So distinctive that Nora Ephron deemed it "the finest hot pastrami sandwich in the world." So beloved that Angelenos regularly queue up for a taste -- and out-of-towners bemoan their loss. But
  • Holiday Beer Guide: 5 Great California Crafts
  • Holiday Beer Guide: 5 Great California Crafts

    Gone are the long, hot summer days that call our hearts to big, hoppy beers. 'Tis the season for the winter-warming of holiday ales. In this uncharacteristically cold Los Angeles December, a spicey pint or boozey snifter is just the thing to help you make merry. Brewers have a tendency
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