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  • Mar 21-27, 2013
  • Vol. 35, No. 18
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  • Porn Film <em>Measure X</em> Flouts L.A.'s Adult Video Condom Law
  • Porn Film Measure X Flouts L.A.'s Adult Video Condom Law

    There have been short video clips spoofing Los Angeles County's relatively new condom mandate (Measure B) for porn production. But one brave adult-video house, Zero Tolerance, went ahead an made a full-length XXX film about the most-hated law in Porn Valley. Measure X, the studio says, .....
  • UCLA Basketball Uniforms Universally Hated
  • UCLA Basketball Uniforms Universally Hated

    UCLA's one-off Adidas uniforms, rolled out for the school's bid at Pac-12 basketball supremacy, are supposed to "stun your opponents" and convey a sense of motion that's "crazy fast," according to the sportswear maker. But some fans think they're just plain crazy. The website Deadspin got a hold of emails...
  • Los Angeles Residents Handle Money Well, According To Ranking
  • Los Angeles Residents Handle Money Well, According To Ranking

    Los Angeles' city government might have been on the brink of bankruptcy in recent years, but its residents, at least, are good with their money. Note how we turned down a half-cent tax hike earlier this month. (Good thing, because Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa turned around and, days later, said that...
  • 'Breathing Lungs' Go To L.A. Man In Need At UCLA
  • 'Breathing Lungs' Go To L.A. Man In Need At UCLA

    Fernando Padilla had to have an oxygen tank at his side everywhere he went. He has pulmonary fibrosis, which turn lungs into cardboard and makes assisted breathing a fact of life. Still, at least he had that -- life. But the 57-year-old lifelong carpenter, who actually worked on the construction...

Calendar

  • One Night With Janis Joplin
  • One Night With Janis Joplin

    The seductive appeal of this musical hagiography by writer-director Randy Johnson is no mystery. Nineteen-sixties rock acts have proved effective boomer bait for fundraising PBS stations for years. That the trend should have morphed into the tribute-concert stage musical merely speaks to graying subscriber demographics and the perennial weakness of...
  • Dancing in the Steps of the Master
  • Dancing in the Steps of the Master

    After an electric opening last weekend in the South Bay, the Los Angeles Ballet moves to West L.A. tonight for the second of ten SoCal stops in its three-month Balanchine Festival. Arguably the most important and influential choreographer of the 20th century, George Balanchine was trained in Russia, established his...
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Secret Garden

    With all the bars in Los Angeles, it's easy to get nice and wasted weekend after weekend (or weekday after weekday; we won't judge). But if you take a leaf from drink-making history, you can get good and tipsy in your backyard. That's what author Amy Stewart reveals in her...
  • Tender Napalm
  • Tender Napalm

    Tender Napalm is hardly the first play to conceptualize the ebbs and flows of romantic love as a martial art. Unlike August Strindberg's Dance of Death or Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (this play's direct ancestors), British playwright Philip Ridley's mesmerizing tour de force of the histrionic imagination...
  • Home Is What the Art Is
  • Home Is What the Art Is

    Even by the blenderized standards of today's genre-busting, non-traditional art world, an exhibition promising "movement, music, knitting, books, naps, potlucks, garden-fresh herbal tea infusions, home-baked bread, fresh fruit preserves and yoga" seems off the wall. And it is, literally -- all the art in Fritz Haeg's Sundown Schoolhouse: At Home...
  • Dreamgirls
  • Dreamgirls

    Director Marco Gomez's mostly straightforward but pleasingly intimate staging of Tom Eyer and Henry Krieger's now classic Motown rock musical engagingly captures the ferocious ambition, passion and inevitable disappointments of the story of the rise of a girl band -- a tale whose incidents eerily echo the narrative of The...
  • This Charming Man
  • This Charming Man

    Lie Down I Think I Love You is U.K. artist Charming Baker's first solo show in L.A. in a few years -- a lamentable absence indeed, considering the critical and popular acclaim that attended his last West Coast foray. But it's not like he's been on vacation. There was the...
  • Deep, Deep Dumpster Diving
  • Deep, Deep Dumpster Diving

    The White Lodge, a newly opened alternative space run by Zachary Vidal, is part of a block of industrial art studios in Mid-City, just over the border from Culver City. Tonight, crust punks, "digital nomads" and lovers of EDM come together for A Night Of Time-Based Electronic DUMPSTER Music. The...
  • Melancholia
  • Melancholia

    This ensemble piece from the Latino Theater Lab serves as a disquieting reminder that the fortunate survivors of war quite often become its most heart-rending victims. Directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela, Melancholia tells the story of Mario, an idealistic young man from East Los Angeles who thought a stint in...
  • Eurydice
  • Eurydice

    Playwright Sarah Ruhl's melancholy and slightly surreal drama is a whimsical take on the classic Greek myth of Orpheus, the divinely inspired musician who defied nature and descended into Hades to retrieve his slain wife. This exciting modern interpretation shifts the emphasis throughout the story from Orpheus (an impassioned, romantic...
  • Lord Blackberry's Apocalypse
  • Lord Blackberry's Apocalypse

    Miniature doppelgangers and counter-gender casting are among the novelties offered in this psychosexual drama written and directed by Caitlin Bower, which begins as a critique of cult religions but evolves into something even darker and more complex. Fraying manager Dan (Thaddeus Shafer) employs a motley crew at his faltering puppet...
  • An Exhibitionist's Delight
  • An Exhibitionist's Delight

    A self-proclaimed pervert with a Ph.D, Dixie De La Tour combined her passions for sex and stories by launching the monthly series Bawdy Storytelling, first in her native San Francisco and now in its new L.A. home at the Silver Lake flamenco bar El Cid. The raunchiest show you'll ever...
  • Off to the Emerald City
  • Off to the Emerald City

    Every year, Pantone, the 50-year-old company famous for forecasting which colors will be popular when, names a color of the year. This year, it's emerald green, a color of "elegance and beauty" that enhances "our sense of well-being." Artist Meg Cranston follows such forecasts closely, and, for her current show...
  • Capturing the Carnage
  • Capturing the Carnage

    The Annenberg Space for Photography's new exhibit, "War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath," spans more than 165 years' worth of images of soldiers, civilians and politicians. Iconic images are featured: soldiers raising the American flag on Iwo Jima, by Joe Rosenthal; V-Day in Times Square, by Alfred Eisenstaedt;...

Film

Music

  • Veteran Producer Sir Jinx is the Missing Link
  • Veteran Producer Sir Jinx is the Missing Link

    See also: Edward "Apple" Nelson Is a Legendary L.A. Drummer and 70-Year-Old Yoga Enthusiast Sir Jinx is the missing link. He is a vital nerve. Remove the South Central-raised producer from history, and the space-time continuum of West Coast hip-hop is warped for the worse. Check the resume: Jinx produced...
  • Party Pick of the Week: Galaxy Mission 2
  • Party Pick of the Week: Galaxy Mission 2

    Galaxy Mission 2 Florentine Gardens, 5951 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd. Fri., March 22, 9 p.m.- 3 a.m., $10 pre-sale tickets; $15 at the door. Rave-worthy times have been going down in the heart of Hollywood in recent months, growing/glowing brighter with each event. At Galaxy Mission 2 -- billed as a...
  • Ten GIFs of Ultra Ravers Shaking Their Shit
  • Ten GIFs of Ultra Ravers Shaking Their Shit

    By Jacob Katel We all know that there are lots of ways to become immortalized at a massive outdoor music gathering like Ultra Music Festival. Say, dancing naked while getting arrested. But your momma would probably prefer if you were immortalized among the below ravers shaking their shit at Ultra...
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  • Dawn Richard - Roxy Theatre - 3/26/13
  • Dawn Richard - Roxy Theatre - 3/26/13

    Dawn Richard The Roxy Theatre 3-26-13 Sure, the line was small outside the Roxy, but they were a faithful few. Once inside they got what they came for, as Dawn Richard (formerly of Danity Kane and Diddy - Dirty Money) took her loyal fans on a musical journey from grimy...
  • Ultra 2013: The Fashion Trends

    Photo by George Martinez By Liz Tracy In terms of fashion, there's something so liberating about going to an event like Ultra Music Festival. Certainly, each year, some looks are more in and some are more out, but overall, there is a lax unity, an agreement, that you can get...
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  • The Top 10 Bars in Santa Monica
  • The Top 10 Bars in Santa Monica

    Bordered by the Pacific, the Palisades and the 405, Santa Monica is home and host to every shade of bar and every breed of drinker. Tourists may be our bread and butter, but they're also the bane of our existence, and we prefer our drinking establishments to be minimally invaded...

Restaurants

  • Now Open: M.A.K.E. Out in Santa Monica
  • Now Open: M.A.K.E. Out in Santa Monica

    M.A.K.E. Out, a new juice and snack bar, is opening today as an extension of Matthew Kenney's raw foods restaurant M.A.K.E. at Santa Monica Place's The Market. With items ranging between $2 and $12, the menu is composed of a seasonal selection of fresh juices and smoothies made from ingredients...
  • Top 5 Tiki Bars in Los Angeles
  • Top 5 Tiki Bars in Los Angeles

    Even if it's reborn as part of the newly-imagined Clifton's, many still mourned when aquarium-filled Bahooka tiki bar in Rosemead closed its doors recently. But in NoHo, the Tonga Hut will be celebrating its 55th birthday this year -- and appropriately for such an exotic craze, the phenomenon began right...
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Theater

Arts

  • How to Design an L.A. Opera Production
  • How to Design an L.A. Opera Production

    L.A. Opera's current production of Rossini's La Cenerentola (aka Cinderella) has no glass slippers, no coach that turns into a pumpkin, no evil stepmother and absolutely no bippity boppity boo. But it is a fun visual feast, a comic opera in cartoon colors, thanks largely to the work of set...
  • A New Play About...LAUSD School Lunch?
  • A New Play About...LAUSD School Lunch?

    Cornerstone Theatre Company does not believe in art for art's sake. Nor, for that matter, do they believe in merely putting on plays. At least not in the marbled-restroom, big-ticket-opulent sense of, say, the way the Taper puts on plays. Rather, Cornerstone believes in art as a means of social...
  • 10 Porn Stars Who Could Be the Next Jenna Jameson
  • 10 Porn Stars Who Could Be the Next Jenna Jameson

    See also: *10 Innovative Porn Stars Who Could Be the Next Sasha Grey *Veruca James, Accountant Turned Porn Star: "I'd Always Been Wild" *Top 10 Strip Clubs in L.A. *Porn Star Tasha Reign's Secret Life as a UCLA Student *Marilyn Monroe's Seven Never-Before-Seen Mostly Nude Photos *10 Bars Most Likely...

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