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  • Councilman Jose Huizar Faces Sexual Harassment Complaint
  • Councilman Jose Huizar Faces Sexual Harassment Complaint

    New York has Anthony Weiner. San Diego has Mayor Bob Filner. And now Los Angeles City Hall might have a sex scandal of its own. City Councilman Jose Huizar denies the allegations made by his former deputy chief of staff, Francine Godoy, who said in a recently unveiled complaint obtained...
  • Men in Dodgers Gear Rip Dodgers Artwork From Wall of Eatery
  • Men in Dodgers Gear Rip Dodgers Artwork From Wall of Eatery

    Three drunk men in Dodgers gear came into the Echo Park Guisado's restaurant, ripped a beloved piece of Dodgers artwork off the wall, and made off with it, the man who runs the eatery told LA Weekly. It happened Saturday about 3:50 p.m. after the blue team's win over Tampa...
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  • Proposition 8 Is Dead, 2008 - 2013
  • Proposition 8 Is Dead, 2008 - 2013

    Proposition 8 is dead. The California Supreme Court pulled the plug Wednesday on any last hopes for anti–gay marriage proponents to resuscitate the law that banned same-sex marriage in the Golden State. "Today's decision reaffirms that all loving, committed couples, regardless of their sexual orientation, have the freedom to marry...
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  • L.A. Is a Top 5 City for Making Friends
  • L.A. Is a Top 5 City for Making Friends

    See also: L.A. Is a Top 10 "Unfriendly" City? It was only a few weeks ago that L.A. was ranked as one of America's top 10 unfriendliest cities by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler. The tourists found Los Angeles to be "dirty and crowded," the mag said. Well, a...
  • L.A. Beach-Goers Go Topless This Month
  • L.A. Beach-Goers Go Topless This Month

    See also: National Go Topless Day in Venice (NSFW). There is a horrible injustice in this here so-called land of the free, and it requires your immediate, undivided attention. Yes, we're talking about top inequality. We live in a world where men, some of them quite unattractive, are able to...
  • SoCal Buyers Spent $5.39 Bil of Their Own Cash on Homes in July
  • SoCal Buyers Spent $5.39 Bil of Their Own Cash on Homes in July

    See also: New Report Says Your L.A. Dream Home ... Is an Apartment. Yes, it's 2006 all over again. Let's just hope this doesn't end in another Great Recession. Southern California's home-buying market has gone bonkers. Flippers and wealthy investors are back, and purchasers are putting "near-record amounts" of cash...
  • Car Show Flash Mob Feared Tonight in Burbank
  • Car Show Flash Mob Feared Tonight in Burbank

    Updated at the bottom with what happened. First posted at 2:55 p.m. The last time a flash mob of car aficionados came to the area, Burbank police had to shut down the southbound 5 freeway. It was, true to its name, a mob scene, cops say: More than 1,200 cars...
  • Matthew G. McKnight: LAFD Capt. Collapses on The Job, Dies
  • Matthew G. McKnight: LAFD Capt. Collapses on The Job, Dies

    An L.A. Fire Department captain collapsed on the job today and was pronounced dead at a hospital, the LAFD says. Capt. Matthew G. McKnight, a 31-year veteran of the department, collapsed at the end of a 5-hour watch shift at the Metropolitan Fire Communications Center early this morning, according to...
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  • Car Texting More Popular After It's Outlawed
  • Car Texting More Popular After It's Outlawed

    California's texting-while-driving ban took effect at the beginning of 2009. Did that make you put the phones down? No way. Of course the period since 2009 has seen the introduction of the most-popular, inexpensive iPhones yet, the 4 and 5 series, as well as the emergence of Samsung's popular Galaxy...
  • Do You Live on the Active Hollywood Fault? (Interactive Map)
  • Do You Live on the Active Hollywood Fault? (Interactive Map)

    The controversial Millennium Hollywood skyscrapers, which were rushed through approval by L.A. City Council amid intense opposition from community groups, prompted scrutiny of other new developments near the Fault Zone. It turns out two other major projects were partially approved by Los Angeles city officials, and another is, alarmingly, already...
  • New Report Says Your L.A. Dream Home ... Is an Apartment
  • New Report Says Your L.A. Dream Home ... Is an Apartment

    If you think the home buying scene in Los Angeles is nuts, as in mid-'00s nuts, you're right. Those all-cash buyers and real estate investment trusts hovering over the newest for-sale signs have ruined it for middle-class house shoppers with only minimal down payments and loans in-hand. And that's not...
  • Villaraigosa Goes to Harvard
  • Villaraigosa Goes to Harvard

    For a minute there it was unclear what our none-too-camera-shy ex-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was going to do with his bespoke-suited self after leaving office last month. Well, turns out he'll be taken care of by a $97,380-a-year pension for his years as a public servant, the folks at the Los...
  • Why Don Mattingly Gets Credit for the Dodgers' Success
  • Why Don Mattingly Gets Credit for the Dodgers' Success

    The Dodgers of April and May 2013 and the Dodgers of June and July are two entirely different animals. And I'm a writer with a brilliant grasp of the obvious, aren't I? Well, here's what I'm grasping this August: The skipper gets the lion's share of the credit for the...
  • "Lavish" NYC Trips Drag Irwindale City Officials Into Court
  • "Lavish" NYC Trips Drag Irwindale City Officials Into Court

    Go to New York on the taxpayers' dime, go to jail? Maybe. Four current and former Irwindale city officials were charged with misappropriation of public funds, embezzlement and conflict of interest, the L.A. County District Attorney's office announced this afternoon. What's strange about this case to us is .....
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  • E-Cigarettes Headed For a Smoking Ban
  • E-Cigarettes Headed For a Smoking Ban

    We hope you're enjoying puffing on those electronic cigarettes in the club while you can, hipsters, because it's not going to last. Not at this rate. A proposal that has been breezing through the California legislature would treat e-cigarettes just like cigarettes, subjecting their users to no-smoking rules, despite the...
  • Schools and Institutions Are Failing Queer Youth of Color, Says UCLA Study
  • Schools and Institutions Are Failing Queer Youth of Color, Says UCLA Study

    Not only do queer youth of color deal with life-altering issues, says a new UCLA study, but schools and institutions are not adequately addressing their needs. "GBTQ youth of color struggle with homelessness, poverty, family rejection and bullying," says Ilan H. Meyer, the study's principal investigator and Williams Institute Senior...
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  • 'Millionaire' Credit Guru Arrested For ... Credit Fraud
  • 'Millionaire' Credit Guru Arrested For ... Credit Fraud

    When you're a guy who calls himself "the credit line millionaire," of course you're going to get arrested for alleged credit fraud. Federal authorities say Christopher Robert Wise, 34, was arrested at LAX this week after he was indicted on suspicion of credit fraud. The suspect had returned from a...

Calendar

  • Chicken Delight
  • Chicken Delight

    Want to fall head over heels for beautifully appointed words, caressed by the lips of the poets who composed them? Then run, don't walk, to the Red Hen Press Poetry Series, sponsored by L.A.'s largest independent literary publishing organization. The publisher brings only beyond-exceptional writers to the printed page --...
  • Robots and Donuts and Bears, Oh My
  • Robots and Donuts and Bears, Oh My

    "I am inspired by quaint shops, trees, robots, misunderstanding and absurdity." So says painter Eric Joyner of his most recent exhibition, opening this weekend at Corey Helford Gallery. "First World Problems" sees the man best known for his perennially appealing robots-and-donuts series exploring another corner of the parallel robot universe...
  • Let 'em Eat Pancakes
  • Let 'em Eat Pancakes

    Just how much can you pack in for breakfast? Let's see. If you're being good, a yogurt, a banana and a piece of multigrain bread should do it. But if you're being bad, consider dropping by Vibiana for the L.A. Weekly Pancake Breakfast, a gastronomical extravaganza that includes a sampling...
  • The Artist Currently Known as Prince
  • The Artist Currently Known as Prince

    In American pop culture, no artistic figure is more exciting than a black man with a guitar. Yet as we've degraded from Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley to Lenny Kravitz and Darius Rucker, the single most significant voice in the wilderness has remained Minneapolis mystery man Prince. A musician of...
  • Garbo's Cuban Lover
  • Garbo's Cuban Lover

    Writer-director Odalys Nanin's fictionalized bio-play Garbo's Cuban Lover zeroes in on Mercedes De Acosta, who in the 1930s was celebrated as a poet, playwright and novelist, though nowadays she's remembered mostly for her lesbian affairs with famous actresses including Eva LeGallienne, Alla Nazimova and Tallulah Bankhead. In Nanin's play, De...
  • Seeing Stars
  • Seeing Stars

    What's that in the air? It's a bird, it's a plane, it's -- the astronomical wonders of the universe! This Saturday ditch the cinema for real-life special effects at the Summer Star Festival, the National Park Service's seasonal celebration of the Milky Way. At 7:30 p.m., the Ranger Band, composed...
  • Dayna Stephens Quintet
  • Dayna Stephens Quintet

    It would be a headline tailormade for 60 Minutes or Nightline: Talented Jazz Saxophonist Has Rare Kidney Disease. This story has been Dayna Stephens' reality for 15 years, and it has earned him an outpouring of love from thousands of musicians and fans alike. This illnesss, however, unfairly shifts the...
  • Intrinsic logic
  • Intrinsic logic

    There is sometimes a sous chef in New York-based artist Darren Bader's exhibition at Blum & Poe, and sometimes not. Or so an official-looking sign set up on a Persian carpet in the middle of the gallery announces -- I have not yet seen a chef, and it's hard to...
  • Point Break Live!
  • Point Break Live!

    Creating a raucous, rocked-out party atmosphere by blasting preshow music (think "Welcome to the Jungle" at ear-splitting volume), the hilarious spoof show Point Break Live! offers super-soaked excitement in a grungy Hollywood nightclub setting. What do we mean by "soaked"? Let's just say you'd be wise to take them up...
  • White Fence
  • White Fence

    Until just a few weeks ago, there were two recent brilliant albums that were so unjustly out of print it almost caused me physical pain. (Ah, who am I kidding with that "almost"?) One was King Tuff's 2008 debut, thankfully and perfectly now back out on Burger. The other was...
  • Start Joking!
  • Start Joking!

    Iron Comic, the comedy brainchild of Moshe Kasher and Nato Green, is an audience-participation game in which five comedians -- Sarah Silverman, ursine chortler Ron Funches, Variety's fair-haired boy Pete Holmes, stone-faced wunderkind Brent Weinbach and one other TBA -- do their damnedest to craft sparkling comedy routines in eight...
  • Funny face in a serious case
  • Funny face in a serious case

    Shayne Ehman's sculpture The Dead Bodies of Humanity looks, sounds and initially feels darker than it actually is. It's a wooden box with a blue velvet interior, which has small magnifying glasses evenly spaced inside. The specimens are too small to make out until you lean forward and put your...
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • The Taming of the Shrew

    The slapstick, or batacchio, which originated in the commedia dell'arte of 16th-century Italy, is a wooden device used to create a loud, smacking sound. So it seems fitting that in staging Shakespeare's contemporaneous tale of a headstrong woman who finally meets her match, director Ellen Geer plays its physical comedy...
  • A Dance for Trayvon
  • A Dance for Trayvon

    Usually seen downtown at the venerable Music Center, New York's celebrated Complexions Contemporary Ballet enjoys a more al fresco environment this week in a joint concert with L.A.'s own Lula Washington Dance Theater. Built around the compelling choreography of Dwight Rhoden and the extraordinary dancer Desmond Richardson, Complexions brings a...

Film

Music

  • The Best Concerts to See In L.A. This Weekend
  • The Best Concerts to See In L.A. This Weekend

    Don't forget to check our constantly-updated Los Angeles Concert Calendar Friday, August 9 The Standells THE SATELLITE Although it's easy to erroneously associate savage, stomping garage-rock innovators The Standells with Boston (thanks to their 1966 hit "Dirty Water"), make no mistake, these guys were puro Los Angeles, a shaggy gaggle...
  • 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, August 12 Raw Geronimo BOOTLEG THEATER Raw Geronimo reveal a new side of themselves on "Magnetic Love," from their debut album, Dream Fever. In a short, 2½-year career, the local sextet has already moved back and forth from caffeinated...
  • Major Lazer's Walshy Fire Breaks Down Twerking
  • Major Lazer's Walshy Fire Breaks Down Twerking

    Mad Decent's block party hits our town today September 14 at L.A. Center Studios. The event features Riff Raff, Matt & Kim, Sasha Go Hard and headliners Major Lazer. You know what a Major Lazer party is like, right? Women rush the stage, express themselves. There is a lot of...
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Restaurants

  • 2 Top Chefs, 1 Pig: A Whole-Pig Dinner at Jar
  • 2 Top Chefs, 1 Pig: A Whole-Pig Dinner at Jar

    Sometimes roasting a pig well, so that the skin is crisp and the meat unyieldingly rich, is best left to a trained professional. On Sunday, Aug. 18, there'll be not one but two highly skilled chefs -- both Top Chef alums, no less. Suzanne Tracht and Nyesha Arrington will collaborate...
  • Cast Your Vote in Snoop Lion's Adopt-A-Garden Contest
  • Cast Your Vote in Snoop Lion's Adopt-A-Garden Contest

    We've seen Snoop Dogg Lion, née Calvin Broadus, Jr., transform from a rapper who helped put G-funk permanently on the sonic map into a multi-hyphenate entertainer. Through his non-profit organization Mind Gardens with John Paul DiJoria (Paul Mitchell, Patrón), we can add local food activist to the range. Bringing its...
  • [Updated] Cyclospora Outbreak Linked to Bagged Salad
  • [Updated] Cyclospora Outbreak Linked to Bagged Salad

    Updated Aug. 13, 2013, 10:15 a.m.: Taylor Farms de Mexico, the company that produced the bagged salad mixes linked to a cyclospora outbreak in at least two states, has suspended its operations, CBS News reports. The company informed the Food and Drug Administration Monday that it has halted all of...

Theater

Arts

  • How Brancusi Revolutionized 20th Century Sculpture
  • How Brancusi Revolutionized 20th Century Sculpture

    In the middle of the Norton Simon Museum's 20th century gallery stands a six-foot-tall sculpture from 1931 called Bird in Space (above). It's by Romanian artist Constantin Brancusi, who lived and worked in Paris, where he redefined the meaning of sculpture for his contemporaries and future generations of artists alike...

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