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  • Aug 15-21, 2013
  • Vol. 35, No. 39
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  • The Most Interesting Man in the Baseball World
  • The Most Interesting Man in the Baseball World

    When strolling the boulevard accompanied by his mother, babies stop to admire him. While visiting a gentleman's club, it is he who gives the table dance. When he hits a screaming line drive far into the night, the baseball actually screams. He is the most interesting man in the baseball...
  • L.A. Is Nation's 2nd Hottest Real Estate Market
  • L.A. Is Nation's 2nd Hottest Real Estate Market

    See also: Another SoCal Housing Bubble Already? All-cash offers. Bidding wars. Overpriced property. Southern California property sales have been insane lately. A new report by online real estate agency Redfin says Los Angeles has the nation's second-hottest home-buying market, with nearly 8 out of 10 (79.9 percent) deals resulting from...
  • Porn Stars Face New Testing For Hepatitis
  • Porn Stars Face New Testing For Hepatitis

    Following a performer's claim that a man she was scheduled to work with might have tested positive for Hepatitis C, the organization in charge of the industry's STD testing protocols announced the addition of Hepatitis tests starting today. That means performers who work for legit, mostly L.A.-based producers will have...
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  • 4 Dead in L.A. Hit-&-Runs This Weekend
  • 4 Dead in L.A. Hit-&-Runs This Weekend

    Updated at the bottom with an additional death. Headline has changed. First posted at 7:01 a.m. See also: Chief Beck's Hit-and-Run Crisis. Three people, including a 3-year-old, died in hit-and-run collisions over the weekend, police said. In the case of the toddler, a 50-year-old unlicensed driver identified as Froebel Sanchez...
  • $3 Billion Solution for L.A.'s Atrocious Potholes
  • $3 Billion Solution for L.A.'s Atrocious Potholes

    We have some of the worst roads in the nation. How bad are they? They cost everyone of us about $750 a year extra to repair wheels, tires, suspension and other vehicular maladies, according to L.A. City Hall. They're so bad we even have a potholes website. They're so bad...
  • Streaking Dodgers Conjuring Images of Tinker Bell
  • Streaking Dodgers Conjuring Images of Tinker Bell

    By now, you know the numbers. Perhaps you are even keeping a running total, simply adding to the win column after each game, like I am. The Dodgers have won eight straight. They are a stunning 40-8 in their last 48 contests. The last team to accomplish such a thing?...
  • Porn's Condom Rule Stays, But it Might Be Hard to Enforce
  • Porn's Condom Rule Stays, But it Might Be Hard to Enforce

    A federal court today ruled that a November voter initiative that requires condom use on porn sets in most of L.A. county is constitutional, but U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson appeared to make the rule difficult to enforce. In fact, in the ruling Pregerson said authorities couldn't sneak up on...
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  • Another SoCal Housing Bubble Already?
  • Another SoCal Housing Bubble Already?

    There's no better sign of an economy on the mend than stupid money being thrown around like "rain" at a strip club. We told you yesterday how home buyers last month put $5.39 billion in cash down on homes in what was the hottest July for residential real estate around...
  • Porn Production Likely to Shut Down as a Result of HIV+ Performer
  • Porn Production Likely to Shut Down as a Result of HIV+ Performer

    The porn industry was facing another HIV scare this week as the adult-business lobbying group known as Free Speech Coalition has called for a halt to production. A performer has turned up HIV-positive, and the Free Speech Coalition wants to pause things "for the protection of performers," FSC chief Diane...
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  • 'Little' Santa Monica Blvd. Could Be No More
  • 'Little' Santa Monica Blvd. Could Be No More

    Updated at the bottom with what the City Council did. First posted at 8:03 a.m. One of the quirky and beloved aspects of life in Greater L.A. has to be our road names, oft roasted in the "Saturday Night Live" skit called "The Californians." We hardly knew the alliteration of...
  • Ride App Uber Defies City Hall, Expands in L.A.
  • Ride App Uber Defies City Hall, Expands in L.A.

    See also: Ride-Sharing Apps Fight Back. So the City of Los Angeles says your business is illegal and it needs to shut down ASAP. What do you do? You expand, of course. Displaying some brass, the ride-app company Uber announced today that it's adding the San Fernando Valley, the South...
  • California Is Not America's Medical Marijuana Capital?
  • California Is Not America's Medical Marijuana Capital?

    We always like to say L.A. is the medical marijuana capital of America, and it's true. We have an estimated 1,000-plus pot retailers, which pretty much blows everything else out of the water. But the Massachusetts Medical Society's "Answer Page" recently crunched the numbers on medical cannabis patients across America...

Calendar

  • Relentlessly useless
  • Relentlessly useless

    Artist Richard Artschwager made his first "blp" circa 1967, when graffiti was just starting to appear in the United States. The charcoal-colored marks looked like lozenges standing upright, and they'd show up on outside walls, subway cars, shop windows or, once, the ceiling of the Whitney Museum. Iconic gallerist Leo...
  • Mike Judge's Home Movies
  • Mike Judge's Home Movies

    If your write-in candidate for the 2008 presidential primary was "U.S. President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho," and you can't eat a Double Western Bacon Famous Cheeseburger in public without wanting to utter the phrase, "Carl's Jr. -- fuck you, I'm eating," then Cinefamily is the place you need...
  • Climb on the Peace Chain
  • Climb on the Peace Chain

    If you've been past the Santa Monica Convention Center anytime in, oh, the last several decades, you've seen Chain Reaction, the monumental sculpture of a mushroom cloud constructed of metal chains. The work is by Paul Conrad, better known as the Pulitzer Prize–winning chief editorial cartoonist of the Los Angeles...
  • The Funny City
  • The Funny City

    Imagine, for a second, if every one of your high school classmates turned out to be a comedian. Just spend a few minutes reveling in the hilarity that undoubtedly would ensue at your reunions. Oh, what wouldn't you give to be a fly on the wall at that comedy-laden soirée?...
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    This polished and entertaining adaptation of Mark Twain's coming-of-age classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a rare case of family entertainment done well. Skillfully directed by Aaron Lyons from a streamlined narrative by Laura Eason, the story tracks the transformation of title character Tom (Mike Rosenbaum) from mischievous kid...
  • The Sound of Sounds
  • The Sound of Sounds

    In the world of American underground experimental sound/noise, Aaron Dilloway and Jason Lescalleet rule. Dilloway, who has been releasing and recording music since the age of 16, is a former guitarist and tape manipulator for the experimental band Wolf Eyes. Lescalleet's aural universe, a mesmerizing sonic domain utilizing post-EAI, tape...
  • Mojo Rising
  • Mojo Rising

    When Sunset Junction was canceled in 2011, Echo Park Rising came out of nowhere with a free neighborhood festival packed to the sidewalk's edge with local music. Now in its third year, the shindig is more colossal and arguably more awesome than ever, and still free to boot. Now spanning two days and 20...
  • Blistered Hands and Bloody Mouths
  • Blistered Hands and Bloody Mouths

    Stage horror can be many things. In the hands of a master, it can tap the unspoken nightmares of an audience to power an allegory about life's dystopian realities. Then there's the kind presented here by playwright-actor Sam LaFrance -- a Grand Guignol thrill ride of ratcheting grotesquerie, viscerally shocking...
  • Blue satin streamers
  • Blue satin streamers

    The house Richard Neutra built in the 1930s across the street from the Silver Lake Reservoir, which his son rebuilt in the late 1960s after a fire destroyed it, is almost all windows. Light shines in from all sides of most rooms, which makes the house's open-air walkways and balconies...
  • Sink or Win
  • Sink or Win

    Life is but a dream when kids and adults can row, row, row their handmade boats in the very pool in which Marion Davies once submersed herself. The second annual Cardboard Yacht Regatta is a weird and wacky race for two-person teams who have constructed their own watercraft from corrugated...
  • Contorted, broken and miscellaneous
  • Contorted, broken and miscellaneous

    Georg Herold's Mount Parnass is a towering, jagged, fuchsia figure made of wood, canvas and lacquer. One of its legs reaches up toward the skylight in Perry Rubenstein's current group show, while the other bends below its body in a contortionist pose. The show also includes Paul McCarthy's Drop Head/Bounce...
  • Spumoni!
  • Spumoni!

    Like the titular Italian dessert, this compilation of three one-act comedies features three different flavors. In the solo piece "Booby Prize," writer-performer Lizzie Czerner brings a Tracey Ullman-like flamboyance to the tale of a woman cursed and blessed with a very buxom figure, which brings her both ridicule and lascivious...
  • The Only Music That Makes Them Dance
  • The Only Music That Makes Them Dance

    Starting a ballet company in L.A. has never been easy, but new companies keep popping up. There's much to admire about how American Contemporary Ballet has approached that task, starting with its partnership with the respected Da Camera Society, known for presenting live music in historical and architecturally interesting venues...

Film

Music

  • Air Guitar National Finals - House of Blues - 8/17/13
  • Air Guitar National Finals - House of Blues - 8/17/13

    U.S. Air Guitar National Finals House of Blues 8/18/2013 Neon spandex, fake blood, dick bulges, and such luminaries as "Cold Steel Renegade" and Peter "Stiff" Dickens were all in effect at the U.S. Air Guitar National Finals on Saturday night. There was also plenty of head banging, jumping in the...
  • The Decoders Re-Imagine Classic Soul
  • The Decoders Re-Imagine Classic Soul

    "We're not just covering songs. We're rearranging them and making them fresh for new audiences to carry them on," says Itai Shapira of The Decoders, a group that started out as a studio project but took on a life of its own. The concept is this: Each song the act...
  • Behind the Scenes of Las Cafeteras' New Video

    Piero F. GiuntiEastside Luna LuvBy Gabriel San Roman Las Cafeteras, a seven-piece son jarocho inspired ensemble from East Los Angeles, are beaming after the release of their latest music video "Luna Lovers," which we debuted last week. The song is the second single off the band's It's Time debut. Directed...
  • Vanessa Fernandez Sings the Singapore Blues
  • Vanessa Fernandez Sings the Singapore Blues

    From this spot in Silver Lake, you can walk to four medical marijuana dispensaries in a two-block radius. Anywhere in Singapore, meanwhile, a joint in a cigarette pack can land you two years in prison. The Southeast Asian city-state boasts the world's highest percentage of millionaires (one in six), but...
  • Coolio's Entire Catalog Is For Sale!
  • Coolio's Entire Catalog Is For Sale!

    Coolio has brought so much happiness to your life already, but that's potentially just the beginning. How would you like to retire off of his music? See also: Little Known Facts About Coolio, Who Is 50 (!) Today That could happen, should you decide to buy the performance royalties from...
  • Stop and Frisk Needs to Stop
  • Stop and Frisk Needs to Stop

    This week New York City's "stop & frisk" tactics were deemed by Federal judge Shira A. Scheindlin to be unfairly slanted towards minorities and therefore unconstitutional and struck down. New York mayor Michael Bloomberg was not at all happy about the decision and vowed to appeal. He warned, "You're not...
  • H20 Festival - L.A. State Historic Park - Aug 17. 2013
  • H20 Festival - L.A. State Historic Park - Aug 17. 2013

    H20 Festival L.A. State Historic Park Aug 17. 2013 The H20 Festival, held Saturday at L.A. State Historic Park, was meant to appeal to the largely untapped market of Latino hip-hop fans. Featuring Pitbull, Tribe Called Quest, Big Boi, La Santa Cecilia and others, it succeeded on some counts and...
  • Top 10 Bars in Venice
  • Top 10 Bars in Venice

    From the glossy, international beach dream of tobacco titan Abbot Kinney, to an oilfield slum for half a century, Venice's history has been turbulent. Because of its affordability the neighborhood attracted a diverse counterculture population in the '60s, followed by the skateboarding Z-Boys who used derelict elements of Venice as...

Restaurants

  • Scandal! Oreo's Double Stuf Only Have 1.86 Times the Stuf(f)
  • Scandal! Oreo's Double Stuf Only Have 1.86 Times the Stuf(f)

    It was the high school math class experiment that rocked the very foundations of our trust in cookies, a discovery so shocking it would change the way we think about slick marketing from huge companies forevermore: A high school class in upstate New York has uncovered the terrible truth about...
  • 7 Great Kouign-Amann in Los Angeles
  • 7 Great Kouign-Amann in Los Angeles

    Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (due out Oct. 3), we'll be bringing you periodic lists of some of the best things we've found to eat and drink around town. Ice cream sandwiches and bowls of tsukemen, fish tacos and dan dan mian, cups of boba and...
  • Does Budweiser Lead in Alcohol-Related ER Visits?
  • Does Budweiser Lead in Alcohol-Related ER Visits?

    In a word, no, Budweiser is not necessarily the number one drink when it comes all alcohol-related ER visits. But an NBC News might make you think otherwise. The news outlet reported that Budweiser constituted 15% of alcohol-related injuries treated at the emergency room, compared to other alcohol, such as...
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  • L.A.'s Two Newest Breweries: Congregation Ales and Timeless Pints
  • L.A.'s Two Newest Breweries: Congregation Ales and Timeless Pints

    The first six months of this year have been a whirlwind of growth for the L.A. beer scene. Strand and Beachwood and El Segundo now regularly bottle their beer, breweries are experimenting with everything from session beers to pickle weisses, and Smog City Brewing opened its doors, making Torrance the...
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  • Soda Makes Children Attack!
  • Soda Makes Children Attack!

    Kids who drink soda are more violent than children who don't, according to a new study. Those who imbibe the fizzy stuff tend to score slightly higher on scales that measure aggressive behavior than children who refrain. And the more soda they drink, the higher they score, according to Reuters...
  • Urth Caffé Opening Soon in Pasadena
  • Urth Caffé Opening Soon in Pasadena

    Early next month, Urth Caffé will officially open to the public in the Playhouse District on the corner of Madison and Colorado in Pasadena. It's one location of the organic coffee roaster and café chain that has been five years in the making. Co-founder Shallom Berkman says they've received numerous...

Theater

Arts

  • Now Angelenos Can See Art While Waiting for the Bus
  • Now Angelenos Can See Art While Waiting for the Bus

    In Los Angeles, art resides on concrete walls, buildings, billboards and more. So it's no surprise that you can now see it around Downtown LA and Boyle Heights on another public surface -- the bus bench. Through a collaboration between the non-profit organizations DoArt Foundation and Make Art Public (MAP),...
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