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  • Dog Rescue In Palm Springs Caught On Video
  • Dog Rescue In Palm Springs Caught On Video

    An animal rights group says it rescued 15 dogs from a Palm Springs home where unsanitary conditions and close quarters added up to a hard-luck life for the pooches. (See video of the rescue after the jump). Because the Labrador and shepherd mixes were held in a small space, rescuers...
  • AK-47 Bandit Is One Scary Bank Robber
  • AK-47 Bandit Is One Scary Bank Robber

    The scariest bank robber ever? The FBI is turning up the heat on the so-called AK-47 Bandit, who has targeted, among other banks in the Western United States, a SoCal California Bank & Trust. Not only that, but the AK isn't fake. He pulled the trigger and injured a police...
  • Bosses Are Jerks, USC Study Confirms
  • Bosses Are Jerks, USC Study Confirms

    If you ever had a boss that gave you a virtual backhanding, you can take solace in new research from USC's Marshall School of Business. Scott Wiltermuth, assistant professor of management and organization, and co-author Francis Flynn of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, discovered that people entrusted with boss-like...
  • Watch Downtown Los Angeles Building Disappear (VIDEO)
  • Watch Downtown Los Angeles Building Disappear (VIDEO)

    The commercial real estate listing service Loopnet made a downtown Los Angeles building disappear live in front of a wowed audience. And we have the video (after the jump) to prove it. Okay, so it was really just a giant, outdoor advertising and P.R. stunt. But it's also pretty cool...
  • Teoing Photos Hit Twitterverse
  • Teoing Photos Hit Twitterverse

    The story of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend Lennay Kekua spread across the globe like wildfire today, and already it has a meme. In honor of Tebowing, the Tim Tebow-inspired kneel-and-prayer, the twitterverse has taken to Teoing. In this case, one must pose with one's nonexistent girlfriend. Really:...
  • Porn's Condom Problem Just Got Worse In City Of Los Angeles
  • Porn's Condom Problem Just Got Worse In City Of Los Angeles

    Porn producers in the city of L.A. might now have to get a county health permit to do their thing. The L.A. City Council voted unanimously yesterday to draft an amendment to the city's mandatory condoms-in-porn ordinance that would force those applying to L.A. for adult film permits to get...
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  • Santa Monica Beach Sex Attack Suspect Described
  • Santa Monica Beach Sex Attack Suspect Described

    It happened again: A man recently grabbed a woman on the beach in Santa Monica and attempted to sexually assault her. In fall a jogger was chased down by a man and raped, police said, but in that case a suspect had been arrested. In the most recent attack, cops...

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  • Chapter Two
  • Chapter Two

    Famous for the broad, mainstream comedies that made him the 20th century's most commercially successful playwright, Neil Simon suffered the shocking loss of his first wife to cancer, leaving him devastated. A new relationship with emerging stage and screen star Marsha Mason pulled him out of depression and into a...
  • Banjo Unchained
  • Banjo Unchained

    From its ancient, straight-outta-Africa origins to American mountain primitivo to the mad, minimalist '60s psych-garage style of The Monks' Dave Day, the banjo has played an invaluable role in our musical style and popular culture. The banjo, after all, was the critical linch pin that first linked the African rhythm...
  • L.A. Art Show
  • L.A. Art Show

    Perennially famous for its opening-night shindigs, but sometimes struggling over the past 18 years to achieve the cutting edge in its exhibited offerings, the L.A. Art Show 2013 returns to the Convention Center downtown under new management and with a new commitment to eclecticism. In addition to an expanded international...
  • Dostoevsky's Notes From the Underground
  • Dostoevsky's Notes From the Underground

    Even transposed from 19th-century St. Petersburg to the urban wilderness of modern-day Los Angeles, Dostoevsky's hilariously unforgiving novella about the extremes of self-consciousness proves an excruciating roller-coaster plunge into hairpin-turned self-abasement. In this Zombie Joe–adapted musical abbreviation (adroitly directed by Josh T. Ryan), Michael Blomgren vividly brings Dostoevsky's self-lacerating antihero...
  • Here Come the Divas
  • Here Come the Divas

    It's spectacular enough to hear one fab soprano like Susan Graham or Renee Fleming. But when they pool their prodigious forces, make sure your seat belts are fastened for takeoff. Not only are these incredible ladies drop-dead gorgeous butthey're also known for their delightful personalities. Fleming, who won the affectionate...
  • Someone's in the Kitchen with Dine L.A.
  • Someone's in the Kitchen with Dine L.A.

    Hundreds of restaurants. Twelve days. Lunch menus are $15, $20 or $25; dinners $25, $35 or $45. The impetus behind dineLA's Restaurant Week is "showcasing Los Angeles as a premier dining destination and highlighting the diversity of culinary experiences L.A. has to offer." Didn't we already know that? So when...
  • Dance in L.A. Is Alive and Kicking
  • Dance in L.A. Is Alive and Kicking

    L.A.'s pop-up dance festivals offer an opportunity to savor small samples from different dance companies without committing a whole evening to one troupe. Noelle Andressen and her Rubans Rouges (Red Ribbons) Dance Company host Awakenings and Beginnings, a new entry on the local festival scene, showcasing 10 SoCal troupes for...
  • The Poetry of Iran
  • The Poetry of Iran

    Ecstasy and the Persian Spirit is that inescapably rare evening during which ancient art is presented in a manner so immediate, so poignant, that you cannot help but feel the power that resonates and remains even after many millennia. Tonight, poets Majid Naficy (1970s Iranian political activist and bard of...
  • Burned
  • Burned

    A Burn Club that meets in Culver City has a logo made to resemble the pink bar of soap that says "Fight Club" in the movie starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. The club has permits to use fire, and any "burn act" must be done with a "safety spotter"...
  • Oh, To Be Young & Gay & Witty
  • Oh, To Be Young & Gay & Witty

    Julie & Jonny at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center promises to be the "gayest comedy of all time." Just how gay -- and damn funny -- are they? Both Julie Goldman and Jonny McGovern, LGBT-themed stand-up comics and actors, were stars of Logo network's much-missed The Big Gay Sketch...
  • Adventures of a UPS man
  • Adventures of a UPS man

    When you look in through the street-facing window of MJ Briggs gallery and see the life-size cardboard cutouts of a delivery man handing a package to a blonde office worker who looks like Amy Poehler, the scene seems fairly mundane and respectable. It's only when you watch the video in...

Film

Music

  • Otep: Powerful and Vicious
  • Otep: Powerful and Vicious

    On a chilly January afternoon in West Hollywood, the heavily tattooed singer Otep Shamaya can't hide her excitement for the release of Hydra, her band Otep's sixth studio album, out today. In the testosterone-fueled genres of aggressive rock and heavy metal, it's not easy to be a lesbian singer, but...
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  • The Best Concerts in L.A. This Week
  • The Best Concerts in L.A. This Week

    Monday, January 21 Baron von Luxxury, Yellow Alex, Yung Skeeter THE SATELLITE Electro-pop comes in splendiferous shapes and sizes. And Baron von Luxxury brings the wicked-wit version, in which DeBarge, ELO, Hall & Oates and other formerly uncool '80s soul stylists float through the disco in super-smoove grooves and madly...
  • Taking Your Local Band to the Next Level

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to...
  • The Best Concerts in L.A. This Weekend
  • The Best Concerts in L.A. This Weekend

    Friday, January 18 Femi Kuti EL REY THEATRE In 2009, the Nigerian government forcefully shut down the Shrine, the home base of Afrobeat originator Fela Kuti. By now, however, not only is the Shrine back, it's a government-endorsed museum -- a sign, Femi Kuti told one reporter, that the revolutionary...

Restaurants

  • Ladyface Ale Companie Celebrates 3 Years as a Top L.A. Brewery
  • Ladyface Ale Companie Celebrates 3 Years as a Top L.A. Brewery

    Though Ladyface Ale Companie will be celebrating its third anniversary this week, it was eight years ago -- during San Francisco Beer Week 2005 -- that salt-and-pepper-haired Cyrena Nouzille first thought about opening up a microbrewery in the unlikely L.A. suburb of Agoura Hills. Back then, there was no Golden...
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  • Wonder Bread Is Saved, Twinkies Likely to Follow
  • Wonder Bread Is Saved, Twinkies Likely to Follow

    We all knew, deep down, that Twinkies were indestructible and Wonder Bread was immortal. Following Hostess Brands' recent bankruptcy, a Georgia-based company has stepped in and purchased several of Hostess' best-known brands, along with 28 bakeries and other locations, NBC News reports. Flowers Foods, Inc., which makes the Nature's Own...

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