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  • Sep 26 - Oct 2, 2013
  • Vol. 35, No. 45
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  • Santa Monica Airport Is Dangerous, Rep. Waxman Says
  • Santa Monica Airport Is Dangerous, Rep. Waxman Says

    Santa Monica Airport wasn't really built for jets. But the airport's location on the moneyed Westside has made it a hub for billionaires and Hollywood elites who rock multimillion-dollar private aircraft. See also: Fiery Crash at Santa Monica Airport. It's been a sore spot for neighbors wary of multiple crashes...
  • Californians Turn Against L.A.-to-S.F. Bullet Train
  • Californians Turn Against L.A.-to-S.F. Bullet Train

    You people approved the publicly funded high-speed rail line that's slated to take us from Southern California to the Bay Area ... some day. See also: $100 Billion Bullet Train. But following a comedy of run-ups, including a more than doubling of projected ticket costs from $55 one-way to $120...
  • Meet the Twins Behind <em>Dodgers Fan Weekly</em>
  • Meet the Twins Behind Dodgers Fan Weekly

    They auditioned to be the Doublemint Twins. They played ball with Sam Malone in a Cheers episode. And today they are the women of Dodger Fan Weekly, a weekly episodic web series created by fans for fans -- or, make that, by female fans with an emphasis on the female...
  • Did Dee Gordon and Scott Van Slyke Audition to Play Center Field?
  • Did Dee Gordon and Scott Van Slyke Audition to Play Center Field?

    I attended the team workout at Dodger Stadium this morning, primarily to photograph the players going through their paces in preparation for Thursday's National League Division Series opener in Atlanta, Clayton Kershaw versus Kris Medlen, 5:37 p.m. at Turner Field. I was in search of candid shots, slice of life,...
  • Michael Jackson Trial Verdict: AEG Live Gets Off
  • Michael Jackson Trial Verdict: AEG Live Gets Off

    Updated at the bottom with AEG's claim that it has been vindicated. Jurors in the Michael Jackson civil trial decided in favor of concert promoter AEG Live today after four days of deliberation. See also: Conrad Murray Gets Four Years in L.A. County Jail for Involuntary Manslaughter. Jackson's mother Katherine...
  • Did Banksy Fool L.A.? His Latest Show is in NYC
  • Did Banksy Fool L.A.? His Latest Show is in NYC

    That buzz about a possible Banksy show in Los Angeles this month turned out to be false, it would seem. The British street art superstar says on his website that he will conduct an "an artist's residency on the streets of New York." And a tweet today depicts Banksy art...
  • Obamacare's Biggest Fans in California? The Uninsured
  • Obamacare's Biggest Fans in California? The Uninsured

    Obamacare is coming to an uninsured person near you starting Tuesday. If you were to believe the White House, it is the cure-all for skyrocketing health-care costs and unaffordable premiums. And if you were to listen to the Republican party, which wants to gut funding for Obamacare, it's a socialist...
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  • Pasquale Rotella's Rave Corruption Case Sees Four Charges Dismissed
  • Pasquale Rotella's Rave Corruption Case Sees Four Charges Dismissed

    Added at the bottom: Details on some of the other defendants. A judge today dismissed four embezzlement charges against rave promoter Pasquale Rotella. See also: How Pasquale Rotella Built His Rave Empire. A grand jury indicted Rotella, fellow dance festival organizer Reza Gerami, and ex-L.A. Coliseum events manager Todd DeStefano...
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  • Dodgers Playoff Roster Shakeout: Andre Ethier Will Play
  • Dodgers Playoff Roster Shakeout: Andre Ethier Will Play

    With their original center fielder out for the year -- and the "Matt Kemp is made of glass" bashing having already commenced -- the Dodgers need understudy Andre Ethier to play now more than ever. And he will play. Ethier will play because he has to play. Ethier will play...
  • Fiery Crash at Santa Monica Aiport
  • Fiery Crash at Santa Monica Aiport

    Updated at the bottom: The plane is connected to an area real estate firm. A firefighter indicated there are no survivors. First posted at 8:25 p.m. A twin-engine Cessna Citation crashed at Santa Monica Airport tonight, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor told LA Weekly. See our latest: Mark Benjamin, Noted Developer,...
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  • Keymontae Mackenzie, Transgender Woman, Killed in Hollywood Hit-&-Run
  • Keymontae Mackenzie, Transgender Woman, Killed in Hollywood Hit-&-Run

    A 22-year-old transgender woman is the latest fatality in L.A.'s hit-and-run epidemic. See also: L.A.'s Bloody Hit-and-Run Epidemic. Pedestrian Keymontae Mackenzie was killed in an early-morning collision over the weekend on Santa Monica Boulevard east of Highland Avenue, the LAPD said in a statement. L.A. Fire Department paramedics rushed to...

Calendar

  • Sensitive systems
  • Sensitive systems

    "Ragpicker," artist Steve Roden's new show at Susanne Vielmetter Projects, includes a fantastic suite of smallish drawings. They're in the second gallery, on the westernmost wall. Some are long, some square; they're all surreal and precious-feeling despite the fact that their shapes are systematic. The one dominated by the symmetrical,...
  • Steel Magnolias
  • Steel Magnolias

    Robert Harling's comedy-drama about female friendships has seen many stage incarnations since its debut in 1987, not to mention a popular film version with Dolly Parton. Now comes a sparkling revival from East West Players with an all–Asian-American cast. Hiwa Bourne does the honors as the sassy, opinionated Truvy, whose
  • Hip and historical
  • Hip and historical

    From the late 1950s through the '70s, John Mason made monuments that sometimes riffed on the prehistoric, like his 1957 ceramic Vertical Spear form. Or sometimes he made pop products seem prehistoric, like the 1959 ceramic Blue Wall, which looks like petrified blue jeans spread across a wall. The ceramic...
  • Ode to Joysticks
  • Ode to Joysticks

    This might be the best bonus round ever played. On Friday at the Ford, the Young Musicians Foundation and 50 members of its teen and 20-something orchestra, led by conductor Roger Kalia, will take their love of video games from the couch to the stage to perform the small-screen soundtracks...
  • Steal This Game
  • Steal This Game

    An architect and a game designer walk into the Hayden Tract. … No, it's not the start of a highbrow joke, it's what's up with Interference, an extremely interactive, multiplayer, performance-art game presented by LACE at Track 16's fancy new digs in the architecturally enhanced Culver City neighborhood known as...
  • Humor Abuse
  • Humor Abuse

    As the title indicates, Humor Abuse is no lighthearted evening of sidesplitting laughs. Demonstrating elaborate pratfalls, juggling and elegant comedy bits, Lorenzo Pisoni's solo clown show charts his upbringing as a fourth-generation vaudevillian and performer, focusing mainly on a relationship with his father that was more work than play. Lorenzo...
  • Hollywood-Uh, Could-Uh, Should-Uh!
  • Hollywood-Uh, Could-Uh, Should-Uh!

    Imagine the Godfather shouting "I wish I knew how to quit you!" to Dirty Harry in Brokeback Mountain, or the Divine Miss M whacking James Caan's feet in Misery. Chris Pudlo and Craig Taggart rewrite movie history in Hollywood-Uh, Could-Uh, Should-Uh!, reinterpreting famous film roles as played by other actors:...
  • Dancing in the Rain
  • Dancing in the Rain

    Six bodies dance beneath an enormous, puffy, snow-white, suspended ceiling that eventually erupts, releasing a blizzard of plastic grocery bags that float down to become part of the performance. It's Weather, the opening dance event of UCLA's 2013-14 season, and the calling card for Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin's local debut.
  • Fun and Games
  • Fun and Games

    Has your baby ever uttered the phrase "Don't play games with me!" in the midst of a heated debate? Well, it's time to dump that sad sack and take a new date to IndieCade, the biggest independent game festival in the nation. Arcade games, virtual games, body immersion games, board

Film

Music

  • Wild Records Keeps Rockabilly Fresh
  • Wild Records Keeps Rockabilly Fresh

    Since 2001, Dublin-by-way-of-San Francisco transplant Reb Kennedy has released some of the highest energy rock and roll this side of Little Richard. Under the auspices of Wild Records, he's discovered and developed new, predominantly Latino talent. The "Wild sound," as it's known abroad, isn't rote worship of a bygone age...
  • Here's Why Mos Def Is So Amazing
  • Here's Why Mos Def Is So Amazing

    Mos Def is one of my all-time favorite rappers. But I didn't start listening to him until college. I'd like to say the collegial atmosphere made my caveman brain crave something more substantial than Master P's sloppy fury or SPM's vaudevillian charm. Alas, it's not true. The place where I...
  • Find Any Show in Town
  • Find Any Show in Town

    You want to see a show this weekend, but don't know who's in town. NO PROBLEM -- Check out our concert calendar. You want to see a specific band, but don't know when or where they're playing. NO PROBLEM -- Check out our concert calendar. We won't subject you to...
  • Quit Acting Like This Jacket Is a Big Hairy Deal
  • Quit Acting Like This Jacket Is a Big Hairy Deal

    Check out this jacket. It's, like, authentic punk shit. Urban Outfitters made one -- only one, and it hasn't been purchased yet. It's $375. It's making people mad and sarcastic. But those who think this jacket represents the apocalypse need to get over it, specifically those who think they're somehow...
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  • 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, September 27 Zola Jesus, J.G. Thirlwell HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY Raised in the woods of Wisconsin, Zola Jesus has taken the eerie stillness of nature and put it in her songs, which juxtapose electronic, man-made backing with a funereal and...
  • The Life and Death of Rapper Kevin "Flipside" White
  • The Life and Death of Rapper Kevin "Flipside" White

    By Jake Paine Around 7:30 p.m. Monday, rapper Kevin "Flipside" White was shot dead in what is believed to be an unprovoked attack during a gang conflict at Watts' Nickerson Gardens and Jordan Downs housing projects, according to the L.A. Times. Flipside, 44, was a founding member of Watts' first...
  • Queen Kwong Was Discovered By Trent Reznor
  • Queen Kwong Was Discovered By Trent Reznor

    Carré Callaway's tough-as-nails attitude is mixes oddly with her esoteric innocence. You wouldn't expect the 27-year-old, cat-toting, freckled-face singer to lead a 'visceral rock' band named Queen Kwong. Well, unless you caught a glimpse of her vintage-remake Suicide band tee and combat boots, or saw her growl into a mic...
  • Gene Hoglan on The Early Days of L.A. Thrash Metal
  • Gene Hoglan on The Early Days of L.A. Thrash Metal

    Gene Hoglan is one of the most in-demand drummers in metal. The virtuoso is currently juggling duties in animated metal greats Dethklok and Bay Area thrashers Testament, along with pinch-hitting gigs when other metal greats are in a bind. His drumming style is a dizzying blend of maximum speed and...
  • Depeche Mode - Staples Center - September 29, 2013
  • Depeche Mode - Staples Center - September 29, 2013

    Depeche Mode Staples Center 10/29/13 Last night, as Depeche Mode pummeled through an exhilarating set that had the entire crowd grooving along; we couldn't help but be reminded of that historic 50th anniversary show from the Rolling Stones this past spring in the same arena. See also: Our photo gallery...

Restaurants

  • Peanuts May Protect Against Breast Cancer
  • Peanuts May Protect Against Breast Cancer

    PBJs in childhood could protect girls from developing breast cancer later in life, according to research from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Harvard Medical School. The study showed that young girls with a family history of breast cancer who ate peanut butter or peanuts had...
  • The Stocking Frame: First Look
  • The Stocking Frame: First Look

    Located on the quiet end of Hill Street, The Stocking Frame has been open since early July in the ground floor of an old brick building. The name references the 1917 building's original function as a garment factory -- a stocking frame is a mechanical knitting machine that was widely...
  • Petty Cash Taqueria: This Week's Restaurant Review
  • Petty Cash Taqueria: This Week's Restaurant Review

    This week, our main review considers Petty Cash Taqueria. Read the full review over in the food section, or see below for a quick rundown. Backstory: Petty Cash is in the space formerly occupied by Playa, John Sedlar's Latin restaurant which closed in March. Restaurateur Bill Chait brought in chef...

Theater

  • Richard II, With Only Three Actors

    Theater @ Boston Court's program to its production of R II — what might otherwise be called William Shakespeare's Richard II — makes a point of not referring to the dramatist's work as a play but rather as a text. This is almost as telling as the announcement, in that same program, that the...

Arts

  • The Best of West African Cinema, at LACMA and LMU
  • The Best of West African Cinema, at LACMA and LMU

    Though it's often overlooked on the repertory circuit, West African film has long been a rich and vital voice in global cinema. Mired in tragedy, the region's colonial history has inspired a volatile mix of African tradition and aesthetics, European cosmopolitanism, and fierce political awareness. Throughout October, the Loyola Marymount...

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