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  • Jun 20-26, 2013
  • Vol. 35, No. 31
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  • <em>L.A. Weekly</em> Wins Big at the L.A. Press Club
  • L.A. Weekly Wins Big at the L.A. Press Club

    The L.A. Weekly's Gene Maddaus was named Print Journalist of the Year at last night's L.A. Press Club's banquet, while a half-dozen Weekly staffers took first-place honors in other categories. Of Maddaus' work, the judges wrote, "Maddaus' investigative stories were thorough and interesting. He knows how to write a story...
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  • LAPD Detectives Shot in Ambush at Wilshire Division
  • LAPD Detectives Shot in Ambush at Wilshire Division

    Updated at the bottom with the search being scaled back; 10 detained for questioning were released. First posted at 7:18 a.m. See also: Another Officer Shot, This Time in South L.A. Area. A man in black opened fire on two undercover detectives as they returned to the LAPD's Wilshire Division...
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  • U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA
  • U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

    See also: Prop. 8 Dismissed by U.S. Supreme Court: Gay Marriage to Return to California. In a prelude to its decision on California's own anti-gay marriage law, the U.S. Supreme Court today struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. In a 5-4 vote DOMA was overruled. The court says:...
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  • Drivers for Ride Apps Face Arrest in L.A.
  • Drivers for Ride Apps Face Arrest in L.A.

    See also: Ride App Services Told to Shut Down in L.A. It looks like two of three hipster ride apps that have been told to leave town will defy the L.A. Department of Transportation's order and possibly have their drivers face arrest. Both Lyft and Uber told the Weekly they...
  • Winners of Four Straight, Dodgers Make Their Pitch
  • Winners of Four Straight, Dodgers Make Their Pitch

    This feels a bit better now, doesn't it? Buried in last place, 12 games under .500 and 9.5 out of first place just four days ago, L.A.'s Dodgers have won four straight to improve to 34-42 and seven games back. Most importantly, they've won within the division, beating the Padres...
  • L.A. Is a Top 10 City for Young People?
  • L.A. Is a Top 10 City for Young People?

    Is L.A. a mecca for young adults? With Hollywood, beaches and star-spangled nightlife, it sure is. A new look at "The 20 Best Places for 20-Somethings" in America ranks the L.A. metro region, including Long Beach and Santa Ana, as a top-10 draw for young hipsters:...
  • Dodgers Escape From New York With a Split, Puig a Hit
  • Dodgers Escape From New York With a Split, Puig a Hit

    What a difference a day makes. Or half a day. After a rainout Tuesday, the long-anticipated Los Angeles-New York interleague series finally materialized yesterday. And it wasn't long before the Dodgers looked like they hadn't appeared at a place called Yankee Stadium -- or even touched a baseball -- since...
  • Transgender Beating in Hollywood Not a Hate Crime?
  • Transgender Beating in Hollywood Not a Hate Crime?

    The horrific beat-down of a transgender woman that was caught on video turned out not to be a hate crime. That, at least, is according to the conclusion of prosecutors who have charged 21-year-old Nicol Shakhnazaryan in connection with the May Walk of Fame assault, one of two crimes that...
  • 2 More Officers Shot, This Time in South L.A. Area
  • 2 More Officers Shot, This Time in South L.A. Area

    Updated at the bottom with a suspect dead, a fourth officer hit, and other details. Headline has changed. First posted at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. A third police officer was shot today in a incident apparently unrelated to the attack on two detectives outside the LAPD's Wilshire Division station this morning...
  • Queer Folks More Likely To Be Poor, Except in California
  • Queer Folks More Likely To Be Poor, Except in California

    Think queer folks have fat bank accounts and all kinds of disposable cash? Think again. Throughout the country, according to UCLA's gay think tank, the Williams Institute, gays, lesbians, and bisexuals are more likely to be poor than straight people. California's gay residents, though, are less likely to be living...
  • Marijuana Smoking Leads to Lung Cancer? Maybe Not
  • Marijuana Smoking Leads to Lung Cancer? Maybe Not

    Lung cancer is, well, serious as cancer. It's the winner for cancer-related deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In 2009, 205,974 American residents were diagnosed with it, and many of them will die: It can kill more than 150,000 people a year stateside. It's...
  • Scottie Pippen Questioned in Nobu Malibu Beat-Down
  • Scottie Pippen Questioned in Nobu Malibu Beat-Down

    Somebody walked up to 6 foot, 7 inch NBA legend Scottie Pippen and asked for an autograph only to be marked up by the player's fists. That at least was the allegation facing Pippen as he volunteered to have a chit-chat with L.A. county sheriff's deputies yesterday following the Sunday...
  • How 6 SoCal Places Got Their Really Weird Names
  • How 6 SoCal Places Got Their Really Weird Names

    There are all sorts of unusual places names in this part of the country we call "The Southland." We have names of historic English derivation, not so unlike what you'd find back in the civilized East (Whittier, Torrance, Hawthorne, Glendale). We have place names of Spanish derivation (Tujunga, Reseda, Calabasas,...
  • Gay Marriage in California: What Happens Next?
  • Gay Marriage in California: What Happens Next?

    Updated at the bottom with state Attorney General Kamala Harris essentially saying she wants marriages to start ASAP. First posted at 9:28 a.m. See also: Prop. 8 Dismissed by U.S. Supreme Court: Gay Marriage to Return to California. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has kicked California's ban on gay...
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Calendar

  • True-grit fairy tale
  • True-grit fairy tale

    Entering "Fleeting Diversions," Jasmine Little's current exhibition at Jancar Gallery, is like walking into a fairy tale, but the dense kind the Brothers Grimm originally wrote, where forests are haunted in stomach-churning ways, and betrayals and perversions abound. This doesn't make the fairy tale any less magical. Little's deep orange-brown...
  • One Night in Miami
  • One Night in Miami

    Although rooted in a historic event, Kemp Powers' period piece about a meeting between Sam Cooke, Jim Brown, Malcolm X and Cassius Clay is less about these gentlemen per se than it is about the struggle of African-American men in general to deal with the ubiquitous racism that continually challenges...
  • Some Enchanted Evening
  • Some Enchanted Evening

    The great Cole Porter, master of both music and lyrics, once snidely remarked about Rodgers and Hammerstein, "Since when does it take two people to write a song?" Stephen Schwartz might agree -- after all, he's written both the music and lyrics to umpteen Broadway and screen hits. This weekend,...
  • Exploiting Haiti
  • Exploiting Haiti

    In a world roiled by such dire threats as religious extremism, killer tornadoes and untreatable new viruses, one danger invariably outstrips all of them combined: greed. The massive January 2010 earthquake that reduced Haiti to a sea of mud, misery, rape and rubble generated an almost equally seismic tide of...
  • Random Access Artworks
  • Random Access Artworks

    When San Francisco's Gauntlet Gallery showed "ReDiscovery: An Art Show Inspired by Daft Punk" earlier this month, a parade-like queue of fantastical hipster haircuts snaked around the block. Fans of Daft Punk's quirky intelligentsia-rock demonstrated a dazzling range of styles and interpretations of the band's infectious, futuristic, nerd-sexy aesthetic. And...
  • Earn a Merit Badge in Popular Art
  • Earn a Merit Badge in Popular Art

    Norman Rockwell and the Boy Scouts of America have a lot in common. Rockwell's beloved illustrations helped shape America's view of itself as it faced a rapidly changing world, and the Scouts were frequently Rockwell's subjects. Back in the day, the two shared the same wholesomely nostalgic, all-American image. But...
  • Shake a Tail Feather
  • Shake a Tail Feather

    At some point, each of us must ask ourselves the fundamental question: Am I as groovy as Ricki Lake? Many will try but few will be able to fill the shoes of the racism-conquering, plus size-modeling, big hair-sporting teenage heroine of John Waters' classic 1988 film, Hairspray. But that doesn't...
  • Tacos Supreme
  • Tacos Supreme

    Americans have a long tradition of celebrating important things. With Mother's Day and Father's Day to celebrate ma and pa, Valentine's Day honoring candy and St. Patrick's Day worshipping beer, it's baffling that we have yet to create an official holiday to pay homage to one of our most beloved...
  • Beyond Camp
  • Beyond Camp

    Roger Ebert, who died in April, was best known for his thumbs-up/thumbs-down film reviews alongside fellow TV critic Gene Siskel. But Ebert also wrote the screenplay to sexploitation king Russ Meyer’s X-rated Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970), a near-plotless, sort-of sequel to 1967’s Valley of the Dolls, filled...
  • Rainbow colors out of whack
  • Rainbow colors out of whack

    Nine longish, rectangular strips of subdued color painted on a large sheet of paper lean to the right in Molly Larkey's Amplify, while seven smaller squares of color lean to the left. One more rectangle of color, a deep blue, has been drawn with chalk pastel onto a separate, much...
  • The Lady Teases
  • The Lady Teases

    Much as C. Montgomery Burns is the face of nuclear power and Pablo Picasso is the face of unrecognizable faces, Dita Von Teese has become the personage representing the resurgence of burlesque as a force in popular culture. Performing her latest extravaganza, Burlesque: Strip, Strip Hooray! , the Los Feliz...

Film

Music

  • She & Him - Hollywood Bowl - 6/23/13
  • She & Him - Hollywood Bowl - 6/23/13

    She & Him Hollywood Bowl 6/23/13 Better than...Watching Failure To Launch on basic cable When Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward first joined forces for what was supposed to a fun side project in 2007, they couldn't really have thought they'd eventually be playing the Hollywood Bowl for a second time...
  • Why EDM Matters
  • Why EDM Matters

    At last week's two-day EDM Biz conference in Las Vegas, DJ/producer/electro-world shaman Tommie Sunshine broke down mainstream EDM's current youth-market popularity in terms of what's to come. There are kids right now listening to electronic music, he said, who are too young to go to a club. There are children...
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  • Seven Mosh Pit Techniques
  • Seven Mosh Pit Techniques

    The mosh pit lives! Here in Los Angeles, in particular, you can get down and dirty at venues across the city, both legal and not-so-much. Whether it's punk, hardcore, ska, metal or a show in another genre, there's a pit with your name on it almost every night of the...
  • Father John Misty - The Glass House - 6/22/13
  • Father John Misty - The Glass House - 6/22/13

    Father John Misty The Glass House 6/22/2013 The past weekend's "super moon" (the biggest and lowest full moon of the year), created a feeling of strangeness perfectly suited to the vibe of freak folk singer Father John Misty, who played for a sold out crowd at Pomona's Glass House on...
  • Should Your Band Shop A Demo or a Finished Album?

    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 to See in L.A. This Week
  • The Best Concerts to See in L.A. This Week

    Don't forget to check our constantly-updated Los Angeles Concert Calendar Monday, June 24 Justin Bieber STAPLES CENTER Can millions of Justin Bieber fans be wrong? Yes! But the point is, those panting hordes exist; they're not going away (not just yet, anyway), and neither is The, uh, Man himself: Justin...

Restaurants

  • Dine At Melisse for $75
  • Dine At Melisse for $75

    Admit it: even though you can't afford it, you've always been curious about Mélisse. As temples of fine dining disappear and casual small plates take over the world, Josiah Citrin's modern French restaurant perseveres. Its hushed room is still as glamorous as ever, its style of service still as formal...
  • Twinkies Are Back!! (In Two Weeks)
  • Twinkies Are Back!! (In Two Weeks)

    Twinkies have proven themselves as indestructible as cockroaches. In what Hostess is billing as "The sweetest comeback in the history of ever," the spongey cake-like object with the cream-like filling will be back in stores July 15. Which means no more buying the overpriced pre-Hostess-bankruptcy leftovers on eBay and hoarding...

Theater

Arts

  • Mary, Queen of Scots and Indie Rock Star
  • Mary, Queen of Scots and Indie Rock Star

    Back in 2007, stage director Becca Wolff and composer Byron Kahr got to talking. They had just been to see Spring Awakening, the smash, musical Broadway reworking of the 1891 Frank Wedekind play to an alt rock-ish score by Duncan Sheik that had the New York critics scouring their thesauruses...
  • North Hollywood Arts District: An Insider's Guide
  • North Hollywood Arts District: An Insider's Guide

    In the 1972 BBC documentary Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles, the film's titular late British architectural critic lectures a class of USC students: "Come the day when the smog doom finally descends, when the traffic grinds to a halt, and the private car is banned from the streets, quite a...
  • The Fascinating Tale of a Literary One-Hit Wonder
  • The Fascinating Tale of a Literary One-Hit Wonder

    In musical terms, author Charles Jackson was a one-hit wonder, the literary equivalent of Right Said Fred or Sir Mix-a-Lot. Put under the microscope, however, one-hit wonders can make a better story than superstars — huge early success followed by unending failure is potentially more dramatic than an unbroken series...
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  • Directors Discuss the Obscure, Bizarre Films They Love
  • Directors Discuss the Obscure, Bizarre Films They Love

    Robert K. Elder, a writer and editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, is a veteran of crowdsourced cinephilia, having written The Film That Changed My Life, featuring discussions with film directors on the subject. His new book is The Best Films You've Never Seen, which discusses those films that never received...
  • The First Feature Filmed Entirely on an iPad
  • The First Feature Filmed Entirely on an iPad

    See also: *Our Calendar Section, Listing More Great Things to Do in L.A. *5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week Aaron Mento's career needed a kick-start. Working a 9-to-5 job after graduating Loyola Marymount University's graduate film production program in 2008, Mento had plenty of scripts he'd written,...

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