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  • Jul 4-10, 2013
  • Vol. 35, No. 33
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News

  • Were Asiana Pilots Drinking? We Might Never Know
  • Were Asiana Pilots Drinking? We Might Never Know

    After talking to two National Transportation Safety Board officials and one FAA official, we told you yesterday that the pilots involved in Saturday's fatal Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport were drug-and-alcohol tested per federal regulations. Not so, NTSB chairwoman Deborah A. P. Hersman told reporters today:
  • Phone Store Owner Shot in Cold Blood on Arleta Sidewalk
  • Phone Store Owner Shot in Cold Blood on Arleta Sidewalk

    Updated at the bottom with a photo of the suspect. First posted at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday. Police today were looking for a man who fatally shot a phone store owner in front of witnesses in Arleta last night. The victim, ID'd by the L.A. County coroner's office as 34-year-old Nestor
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  • Opponents at Bay, Dodgers Return to San Francisco
  • Opponents at Bay, Dodgers Return to San Francisco

    Fine, so it's not exactly MacArthur returning to the Philippines. But here we are again; the Dodgers with reinforcements in camp, better prepared for the enemy than when last they met, the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop. Those Dodgers, in the middle of an eight-game losing streak which would take
  • This Dodgers Team Can Flat-Out Play
  • This Dodgers Team Can Flat-Out Play

    As is the case nearly every fifth day, Sunday's blueprint for Dodger victory was presented by Clayton Kershaw. Eight innings of three-hit one-run ball, with an extremely-clutch ninth inning bases-clearing double from A.J. Ellis, was good enough for the individual W, and a series win for Los Angeles. And as
  • Dbacks Take a Bath, Dodgers Take Another Series
  • Dbacks Take a Bath, Dodgers Take Another Series

    Between the compulsive crotch grabbing of one player, the extracurricular near-the-head hit-by-pitch antics of another, and the tripping-over-his-own-two-feet-falling-down-on-the-warning-track-for-no-apparent-reason boner of a play by a third, the Arizona Diamondbacks find themselves a wee bit dirty and in need of a bath. And the men from Southern California have seen fit to
  • Attention Gay Men: Our Choices Are Killing Us
  • Attention Gay Men: Our Choices Are Killing Us

    See also: "Is L.A. Gay Pride an Outdated, Adolescent Mess?" Alan Turing was the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. Harry Hay spearheaded a movement that brought greater acceptance, visibility and equality for millions of queer folks around the world. Simon Nkoli tirelessly fought, and helped defeat, apartheid in

Calendar

  • Ionescopade, A Musical Vaudeville
  • Ionescopade, A Musical Vaudeville

    More than most of his contemporaries, Romanian playwright Eugene Ionesco had a devilishly bleak and irresistibly engaging sense of humor to his vision about the absurdity of the world and human existence. It's clearly on display in Ionescopade, the vaudeville-style musical based on his plays (The Bald Soprano, Exit The...
  • The Sounds of Stravinsky
  • The Sounds of Stravinsky

    The home team goes al fresco as Los Angeles Ballet and the Music Center join the yearlong centennial celebration of Igor Stravinsky in L.A. with Ballet Under the Stars!, a free performance of two ballets choreographed by George Balanchine to Stravinsky scores. With its bejeweled red costumes, Rubies draws on...
  • LL Cool J
  • LL Cool J

    Lauded globally for his pioneering rhyme skills and wicked good looks, LL has enjoyed the type of career longevity that many artists have seldom seen. Bred in Queens, N.Y., the rapper born James Todd Smith endured and witnessed both physical abuse and gun violence in his home. This challenging upbringing...
  • Queer as Film
  • Queer as Film

    Clutch the pearls! Gay couples in California will once again experience the joy of getting married -- and the even bigger joy of getting a divorce. What better way to celebrate the momentous news than at Outfest, L.A.'s freak flag-bearer for gay filmmakers for more than 30 years? The festival...
  • Nicer than The Fountainhead
  • Nicer than The Fountainhead

    Actor Gary Cooper had just played Howard Roark, an indomitable purist of an architect, in the film version of Ayn Rand's Fountainhead when he commissioned A. Quincy Jones to build him a modernist masterpiece. But the home Jones built in Holmby Hills, purchased by art dealer Larry Gagosian in 2010,...
  • Freudian Slips
  • Freudian Slips

    Few pieces of scholarship will leave sordid thoughts in your brain quite like Sigmund Freud's theory of the Oedipus complex. Kill Dad, sleep with Mom? No thanks! Yet Freud did just fine with the ladies, leading us to wonder: What kind of woman could possibly have been attracted to such...
  • Alcestis
  • Alcestis

    How do we live with the fact of our death every moment of every day? According to stage collagist Nancy Keystone's reworking of Euripides, the specter of our end informs everything we do. Not an especially original thought, perhaps, but as presented by Keystone's Critical Mass Performance Group, it forms...
  • Nina Simone: 'Nuff Said
  • Nina Simone: 'Nuff Said

    Nina Simone -- the high priestess of soul, queen of eloquent yearning, badass backlash momma -- was perhaps the best at channeling her difficult life experiences into frank, rhythmic and powerful hymnals. Lines such as, "You give me second-class houses/and second-class schools/ do you think that all colored folks are...
  • Picky Eaters Need Not Attend
  • Picky Eaters Need Not Attend

    The largest Asian night market in the United States is right here in our own backyard, thanks to our huge (and diverse) East, Southeast and South Asian communities. This weekend, the paddock gardens in front of Santa Anita Park -- usually reserved for people on their hands and knees, sobbing...
  • He Was a Zombie Before Zombies Were Cool
  • He Was a Zombie Before Zombies Were Cool

    Forget the moment's annoyingly overhyped zombie craze and dig in with the one and only Ron Athey, a man whose self-proclaimed status as "a living corpse" is anything but facetious shtick. The internationally acclaimed performance artist was diagnosed with HIV back in 1986 -- a presumptive death sentence at the...

Film

Music

  • Lina's Party Pick of the Week: Summertramp's Back!
  • Lina's Party Pick of the Week: Summertramp's Back!

    Summertramp Lot 613 613 Imperial St., dwntwn. Sun., July 7, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Summer's sexiest outdoor dance-o-rama is -- finally! -- back. Luke Nero and Andre Rigal's Summertramp was formerly held in the parking lot of Tony's Saloon but had secured a new, larger location downtown this year in
  • I Can't Pay My Child Support. What Should I Do??

    Photo courtesy of Peter BesteWelcome to Ask Willie D, where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! Dear Willie D: I am a single mother with a small child, clocking 50 hours a
  • Top 20 Punk Albums in History: 10-1
  • Top 20 Punk Albums in History: 10-1

    Those who say punk is dead tend to be those who wish punk were dead, either still somehow threatened by the culture or -- and this is more likely -- chagrined that punks don't give a shit what they think. Punk is, of course, very much alive in 2013, particularly
  • Top 20 Punk Albums in History: 20-11
  • Top 20 Punk Albums in History: 20-11

    Those who say punk is dead tend to be those who wish punk were dead, either still somehow threatened by the culture or -- and this is more likely -- chagrined that punks don't give a shit what they think. Punk is, of course, very much alive in 2013, particularly
  • Doomtree's Dessa Takes Us to School
  • Doomtree's Dessa Takes Us to School

    Twin Cities hip-hop collective Doomtree has sparked a tremendous following, which has extended to its solo artists, including Dessa, the latest to break out to national attention. She has a new album Parts of Speech, and she performs at The Troubadour on Saturday. We spoke to her about whisky, women
  • The Best Concerts in L.A. This Weekend
  • The Best Concerts in L.A. This Weekend

    Don't forget to check our constantly-updated Los Angeles Concert Calendar Friday, July 5 Linda Perhacs & Friends LEVITT PAVILION PASADENA In 1970, now-revered psych folksinger-composer Linda Perhacs made an album titled Parallelograms, the artist's attempt at illustrating the synesthetic connections between color and sound. Perhacs sought to establish a new
  • Jay-Z Bungles Nirvana
  • Jay-Z Bungles Nirvana

    Magna Carta Holy Grail and Yeezus have arrived; somehow, Jay-Z's album has the better production, and Kanye's has the better lyrics. In any case, one of the most polarizing aspects of the former work is how it uses Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in the opening track, "Holy Grail." Between
  • Henry Rollins: Misguided Outrage Over DOMA's Demise
  • Henry Rollins: Misguided Outrage Over DOMA's Demise

    See also: Henry Rollins: Worried About the NSA? What About Google? When I read the Supreme Court's decision on the Defense of Marriage Act last week, I allowed myself a few moments of elation and then started scouring the Internet to read the reaction. The sentiments expressed by longtime marriage-equality
  • The Best Concerts in L.A. This Week
  • The Best Concerts in L.A. This Week

    Don't forget to check our constantly-updated Los Angeles Concert Calendar Monday, July 8 Future Bible Heroes, et al. ECHOPLEX Future Bible Heroes' new album, Partygoing, sounds a bit like Magnetic Fields. Well, probably because FBH are Magnetic Fields, or about 90 percent of them anyway. Let us explain: Future Bible
  • Why Can't My Band Land A Record Deal?

    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
  • Nicolas Jaar: Bleary, Spectral, Alien
  • Nicolas Jaar: Bleary, Spectral, Alien

    Trying to describe Nicolas Jaar's music yields only doughnuts, a string of zeroes, an increasingly round-a-bout dance of adjectives and antecedents. It is dance music inflected with Ethiopian jazz, Chilean techno, '90s trip-hop, and American experimental minimalism. It's full of samples that you can't quite put your finger on. A
  • Hardcore Group ACxDC Are Dead Serious About Their Satanism. Except When They're Not

    Sergio Amalfitano sings for ACxDC, short for Antichrist Demoncore and unrelated to the Australian hard-rock band. The group plays an underground strain of hardcore punk called powerviolence, and he's crafted their aesthetic and ethos: a strange blend of veganism, straight-edge and Satanism, if you can believe that, rounded out with...
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Restaurants

  • 3 Great Venice Beach Boardwalk Restaurants
  • 3 Great Venice Beach Boardwalk Restaurants

    Now that June Gloom is over, Venice Beach and all of its loonies are ready to welcome our swimsuit-clad, SPF-30-smothered bodies for long days in the sand and sun. But what happens when lunchtime rolls around and you're craving something slightly more substantial -- and slightly less artery-clogging -- than

Theater

Arts

  • Norman Rockwell's Boy Scouts, Updated

    After the Boy Scouts of America's national council voted to lift its ban on gay scouts under 18 — anyone gay and over 18 can, awkwardly, still be expelled from the organization — last month, certain papers ran reproductions of Norman Rockwell images alongside their reporting on the issue. The...
  • Yachting in Echo Park Lake
  • Yachting in Echo Park Lake

    By Craig Stephens It's a sunny day at Echo Park Lake, which is finally reopening after its $45 million facelift. Some families stroll its banks; others spread out picnics. The area's signature hipsters frolic, toke weed and play croquet. The vibe is chill, with no oafish territorialism in evidence. On
  • How Mary Tyler Moore Influenced Today's TV Shows
  • How Mary Tyler Moore Influenced Today's TV Shows

    From Murphy Brown and 30 Rock to Sex and the City, New Girl and The Mindy Project, television shows have depicted women starting over, figuring out their lives and juggling their work-life balance. And for this genre, these ladies can thank Mary Tyler Moore. In her new book, Mary and
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