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  • Man Dies at HARD Summer Festival
  • Man Dies at HARD Summer Festival

    Updated at the bottom with a statement from HARD 's organizers. First posted at 2:16 p.m. See our latest: HARD Summer Death: Victim Identified as Jonathan M. Reyes. A young man died at the HARD Summer festival downtown last night, a police official told LA Weekly. An overdose was suspected,...
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  • Sydney Leathers Sex Tape is Here
  • Sydney Leathers Sex Tape is Here

    See also: Weiner Sexter Sydney Leathers Offered Porn Gig in L.A. Wow. Steven Hirsch, chief of Vivid Entertainment, is fast. Perhaps that's why he's got the biggest studio in adult video. It's only a week after reports surfaced that he had met with Anthony Weiner sexting partner Sydney Leathers, and...
  • 1 of 3 Hipsters Lives With Parents, Apparently
  • 1 of 3 Hipsters Lives With Parents, Apparently

    We've finally figured out how young hipsters in Los Angeles can afford all that swag, from high-tops to iPads, American Apparel to Coachella tickets. They're living at home! (Duh. Smacks self in head). Yeah, a new study says that more than one in three young adults in America lives with...
  • Porn STD Scare's Potential Patient Zero ID'd
  • Porn STD Scare's Potential Patient Zero ID'd

    An L.A.-based trade group for adult talent agents confirmed that a syphilis test for a porn star could indicate he has the STD. It identified the performer as a man with the stage name Clover. However, the group emphasizes that tests are more "inconclusive" than positive. The Licensed Adult Talent...
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  • Gay Catholic School Teacher Fired After Getting Married
  • Gay Catholic School Teacher Fired After Getting Married

    While gays across the country celebrated the end of Proposition 8, a gay man was fired from his longtime teaching position at a Catholic school in Glendora after he legally married his partner in July. Ken Bencomo taught for 17 years at St. Lucy's Priory High School, where, his attorney...
  • Beverly Hills Talent Agency Evacuated
  • Beverly Hills Talent Agency Evacuated

    When everyday emergencies, like a gas leak, happen in other parts of town, it's pretty ho-hum as far as the news cycle goes. But when a gas line ruptures in Beverly Hills, celebrity connections are almost always in the house! United Talent Agency, the representational home (at least last we...
  • $200K Mercedes SLS Driven Away From Venice Valet Stand
  • $200K Mercedes SLS Driven Away From Venice Valet Stand

    Demonstrating that this is the easiest way ever to steal a car, a thief drove off with at $200,000-plus Mercedes SLS AMG roadster that was left running at a valet stand this week. The fine German two-seater had OnStar or a similar service (Mercedes vehicles come equipped with one called...
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  • Porn's Reported Syphilis Scare Has L.A. AIDS Group Concerned
  • Porn's Reported Syphilis Scare Has L.A. AIDS Group Concerned

    A male porn performer has reportedly come down with syphilis and might have exposed as many as 15 others, a well known adult industry blogger reported over the weekend. The scare has yet to generate the kind of headlines inspired by past HIV and syphilis exposures. And the adult video...
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  • Bicyclist Dies in Valley Hit-&-Run
  • Bicyclist Dies in Valley Hit-&-Run

    See also: Chief Beck's Hit-and-Run Crisis. Another week, another hit-and-run death investigation in the city of Los Angeles. This time 38-year-old Victor Awad, a resident of Canoga Park was fatally struck as he rode his bike in Chatsworth, police said. Now cops are hoping you'll help them track down the...
  • Porn Loses 1 Condom Battle, But War Remains
  • Porn Loses 1 Condom Battle, But War Remains

    The adult video industry and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation have been locked in a bitter battle over mandatory condoms in porn. For the most part, the AHF has been winning, although enforcement of prophylactic rules in the city and county of L.A. has been elusive. Over the weekend the organization...
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  • Actors With Fake Guns Almost Shot by Cops
  • Actors With Fake Guns Almost Shot by Cops

    It was 7:19 a.m., prime time for coffee. But something didn't look right inside the Classic Coffee in Glendora. In fact, what a passerby observed scared her enough to call 911: two armed men in hoodies, wearing bandanna masks and gloves. Officers, of course, rushed to the scene guns blazing:...
  • Car Plows Into Crowds on Venice Boardwalk; 1 Dead, 11 Injured
  • Car Plows Into Crowds on Venice Boardwalk; 1 Dead, 11 Injured

    Updated at the bottom with a man arrested on suspicion of murder. Headline has changed. First posted shortly before 8:30 p.m. Saturday See our latest: Nathan Campbell Charged in Venice Boardwalk Rampage. A rampage in which a black sedan that appeared to purposefully run down several people on the Venice...
  • HARD Summer Death: Victim Identified as Jonathan M. Reyes
  • HARD Summer Death: Victim Identified as Jonathan M. Reyes

    See also: Man Dies at HARD Summer Festival. The L.A. County Department of Coroner this week identified the young man who died after attending the HARD Summer festival downtown as 21-year-old Jonathan M. Reyes of Los Angeles. He "was found unresponsive, pulseless and non-breathing at the venue" about 10:30 p.m.,...
  • Dodgers Looking for Runs in the Windy City
  • Dodgers Looking for Runs in the Windy City

    If you're worried because the Dodgers lost a ballgame -- one whole ballgame -- to the Yankees last night, don't be. If you've allowed the four-runs-in-three-contests-even-though-two-of-them-were-wins thing to give you pause -- menopause, womenopause, any kind of pause -- don't. Because it's absolutely meaningless. Because it's baseball, is what it...
  • 5 Great Hotel Feuds in L.A. History
  • 5 Great Hotel Feuds in L.A. History

    The Huntley Hotel won't be giving the Fairmont Miramar high marks for hospitality on a comment card any time soon. The two Santa Monica-based hotels are having a not-so-private tiff, as first reported by the Santa Monica Mirror. The Huntley, which objects to the Miramar's expansion plans, is accusing the...
  • Children Locked in Trunk of Moving Cadillac, SoCal Cops Say
  • Children Locked in Trunk of Moving Cadillac, SoCal Cops Say

    A dad, a driver and another passenger were arrested over the weekend for allegedly stuffing his kids in the trunk of a Cadillac. In summer. In San Bernardino County. The three had been drinking, cops suspect. Really. That, at least, is what the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department says:...
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Calendar

  • Tasteful hoarder
  • Tasteful hoarder

    One room of Nick van Woert's exhibition "Labyrinth" at L&M Arts is dark and almost medieval, though in a hip, attractive way. Steel and iron shapes that look like dug-up artifacts are affixed to big, black discs. Then, in the gallery across the way, van Woert has built a much...
  • The Rape of Sepulveda Basin
  • The Rape of Sepulveda Basin

    Since when does public safety require demolishing acres of natural verdancy, decimating the animal population that called it home? That's what a growing group of elected officials, journalists, environmental activists and fans of natural beauty want to know -- and so do artists Dawn Kasper, Dino Dinco and Oscar Santos...
  • East Bookstore Heights
  • East Bookstore Heights

    Besides the pure joy of having an excuse to say "Libros Schmibros" a bunch of times, the popular bookshop and lending library's name refers to the layered history of the Boyle Heights neighborhood it has celebrated and called home for three years and counting. Once a predominantly Jewish neighborhood (Canter's...
  • Camp Classics
  • Camp Classics

    If either summer camp or comic books were part of your past, and an affinity for comedy and live music is part of your present, then Captured Aural Phantasy Theater has a treat that will tickle the nostalgic part of your funny bone. Fresh from performing at Comic-Con, this theater...
  • Arsenio's Back
  • Arsenio's Back

    Pop culture has always had a love affair with the sub-guttural -- from KMET 94.7's thrilling rallying cry of "Hoo-yah!" to Tarzan's yell to the "yeah yeah yeah" of The Beatles -- and Arsenio Hall was no stranger to simplicity's siren call, raising the "Roo! Roo! Roo!" from 1989 to...
  • Eat the Runt
  • Eat the Runt

    Playwright Avery Crozier and director Tom Beyer return to Theater of NOTE for more laughs with their raucous satire, which takes a flamethrower to social proprieties, workplace decorum and some sacred PC cows. The format hasn't changed since it was performed in 2010: The audience determines which role the seven...
  • A Lindsey Lohan Project
  • A Lindsey Lohan Project

    Closing out the monthlong "Hardcore: The Films of Paul Schrader" retrospective, director Paul Schrader appears in person for a screening of his latest film, The Canyons. Scripted by Bret Easton Ellis and starring the overexposed Lindsay Lohan alongside the overhyped James Deen, it's a meditation on privacy, communion and --...
  • Lady Windermere's Fan
  • Lady Windermere's Fan

    Inaugurating a new outdoor summer performance series at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, the site-specific specialists at Chalk Rep take Oscar Wilde's quintessential comedy of manners, Lady Windermere's Fan, out of the drawing room and onto the terraces and landscaped gardens of the English Baroque landmark. Apart from providing...
  • The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
  • The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

    Judas on trial! Yes, in playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis' courtroom drama, the man who double-crossed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver is tried for his treachery, with the case being heard in a magical courtroom somewhere in Purgatory. Fiery defense attorney Fabiana (Sarah Ruth Ryan), a recently deceased modern gal,...
  • Star-Crossed Hoofers
  • Star-Crossed Hoofers

    Forbidden passions, blood feuds and two well-armed families jockeying for political advantage. No, not Game of Thrones. It's Romeo and Juliet, the Shakespeare tragedy that choreographers just can't resist. Jerome Robbins used jazz dance in West Side Story to transport the suicidal lovers to the world of midcentury New York...
  • Hurricane Season 2013
  • Hurricane Season 2013

    Now in its 10th year, Hurricane Season is a competition of short new plays. Block Two (reviewed here) continues over this weekend, with Block Three running Aug. 9-18. The audience favorites of the festival will receive awards in an Aug. 23 ceremony, and a jury will give monetary prizes to...
  • El Grande de Coca-Cola
  • El Grande de Coca-Cola

    This comic extravaganza, written by Ron House, Diz White, Alan Shearman and John Neville-Andrews and first produced in 1971, went on to become an international hit. Now the Ruskin Group brings it back, and to insure it retains its original comic glory, two of the original creators have returned: Shearman...

Film

Music

  • Why You Shouldn't Bother Releasing A CD

    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 of Hard Summer 2013
  • The Best of Hard Summer 2013

    Hard happens a lot. The L.A.-based festival series spearheaded by Gary Richards does one-off events in Los Angeles and beyond year round, and their big events Day of the Dead and Hard Summer are highlights on the electronic festival circuit. See also: The Worst of Hard Summer 2013 This weekend...
  • Music Picks: Hard Summer, Sunset Strip Music Festival and Bob Dylan
  • Music Picks: Hard Summer, Sunset Strip Music Festival and Bob Dylan

    fri 8/2 Kitten THE TROUBADOUR Kitten, local kids born in the '90s yet channeling the '80s, are an A&R exec's dream. The group is a collision of vibrant youth and timely nostalgia for a decade that seemingly has been in vogue for, well, a decade now. Above and amongst pulsing,...
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Restaurants

  • Happy IPA Day! 5 Los Angeles-Made IPAs to Help You Celebrate
  • Happy IPA Day! 5 Los Angeles-Made IPAs to Help You Celebrate

    Palate-wreckers. Hop bombs. Bitter Betties. Whatever you call the India Pale Ale, it's undeniable that this once-dormant style has become the veritable face of the contemporary craft beer movement. Born from pale ales bitter by necessity -- a trip from England to India would otherwise ruin the precious nectar), IPAs...
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  • You Could Show L.A.'s Diversity By Mapping Its Desserts
  • You Could Show L.A.'s Diversity By Mapping Its Desserts

    Check out our annual restaurant issue, which this year celebrates desserts, out this Thursday, Aug. 8. You could follow a road map to get around Los Angeles -- or you could simply trust your nose. From the tantalizing aroma of roast duck in the San Gabriel Valley to bacon-wrapped hot...
  • 50,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled
  • 50,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled

    A Kansas meat processor has recalled 50,000 pounds of ground beef, CNN reports. The National Beef Packing Co. products, which were shipped nationwide, may be contaminated with E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says. There have been no reported illnesses. Liberal, Kan.-based National Beef announced the recall in an...
  • Play This Now: The <em>Lucky Peach</em> Game
  • Play This Now: The Lucky Peach Game

    Lucky Peach published its most recent issue -- theme: Travel -- not too long ago, and there are a number of pieces worth the read (among them: travel tips from Jonathan Gold and Bill Buford). But maybe the best bit wasn't in print at all but, rather, a simple but...
  • Now Open: Valerie Echo Park
  • Now Open: Valerie Echo Park

    You can say that Valerie Gordon and Stan Weightman Jr. have had a banner year thus far with the expansion of their gourmet goods business, beginning with the set-up of a stall inside Grand Central Market in May. More recently, they added a new corner café called Valerie Echo Park,...
  • FDA Sets Standard for 'Gluten-Free' Labeling
  • FDA Sets Standard for 'Gluten-Free' Labeling

    The Food and Drug Administration has finally set a standard for what "gluten-free" means on food packaging. Food labeled gluten-free must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Product manufacturers such as General Mills, which has a line of gluten-free...

Theater

Arts

  • 5 Entertaining Things to Do in L.A. This Week
  • 5 Entertaining Things to Do in L.A. This Week

    This week, let L.A. entertain you. From a comic reflection on summer camp to the bizarre entertainment of a movie starring Lindsay Lohan and a porn star, there are plenty of ways to stay amused this week. Here are just five options to tickle your funny bone or blow your...
  • 10 Celebrities' Favorite Places in L.A.
  • 10 Celebrities' Favorite Places in L.A.

    In Jeryl Brunner's My City, My Los Angeles, released in April, famous people in L.A. share their favorite L.A. places. Below are a few excerpts, from the likes of Kim Kardashian, Dustin Hoffman and former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. What's interesting is that these places seem to reflect more on the...

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