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  • Dec 5-11, 2013
  • Vol. 36, No. 3
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  • SoCal Dominates U.S. Facebook Check-Ins For 2013
  • SoCal Dominates U.S. Facebook Check-Ins For 2013

    They like us. They really like us. We're talking about the rest of the world. Despite the fact that travelers have ranked Los Angeles as one of America's top 10 unfriendliest cities, they still come. They can't help themselves. See also: L.A. Is a Top 10 "Unfriendly" City? The latest...
  • Paul Walker Porsche Theft Puts Suspect Jameson Witty in Jail
  • Paul Walker Porsche Theft Puts Suspect Jameson Witty in Jail

    See our latest: Paul Walker Porsche Theft Suspect Posted Pic of Part on Instagram?! Cops say a suspect followed a tow truck that was carting off the remains of the wrecked Porsche involved in Paul Walker's deadly crash Saturday and pulled a part from the sports car after the truck's...
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  • MS Gang Federally Busted on its Core L.A. Turf
  • MS Gang Federally Busted on its Core L.A. Turf

    More than a year after the federal government declared that the L.A.-born Mara Salvatrucha gang is a "transnational criminal organization" with ties from Canada to South America and Virginia to Spain, the FBI cracked down on MS-13 in its old neighborhoods. See also: Mara Salvatrucha, Koreatown Gang, Is Now An...
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  • Stolen Jewelry Could Lead Cops to Silver Lake Killer
  • Stolen Jewelry Could Lead Cops to Silver Lake Killer

    Detectives believe that whoever participated in the shocking Silver Lake murder of Joseph Gatto last month might have tried to pawn some of the custom jewelry Gatto crafted. See also: Assemblyman Mike Gatto's Father Murdered in Silver Lake. The LAPD is distributing a community alert asking for people to be...
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  • Feds Indict 18 Sheriff's Officials in Wide-Ranging Jail Probe
  • Feds Indict 18 Sheriff's Officials in Wide-Ranging Jail Probe

    Updated at the bottom with info on two officials who are at large.Federal authorities have indicted 17 18 current and former members of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department on a range of charges, including obstructing an investigation of abuse in the county jails, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.The...
  • Porn Industry to Shut Down After Star Turns up HIV+
  • Porn Industry to Shut Down After Star Turns up HIV+

    A performer has tested positive for HIV, and the porn industry's L.A.-based trade group is calling for an immediate production shutdown as a result. See also: Porn Defends the Money Shot. The Free Speech Coalition today called for a moratorium on adult filming "while we do research to determine if...
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  • California Sours on Obama & Obamacare
  • California Sours on Obama & Obamacare

    Californians, like many of their fellow Americans, are turning against President Obama and his signature legislation, Obamacare. The latest Public Policy Institute of California survey shows that 51 percent of likely voters in the Golden State view the Affordable Care Act in a negative light. Forty-two percent like it. The...
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  • Monterey Park's Emergency Alert FAIL Violated Federal Rules, Source Says
  • Monterey Park's Emergency Alert FAIL Violated Federal Rules, Source Says

    That emergency alert message (and audible squawk) received by many Angelenos yesterday via their smartphones was just one big mistake. While Monterey Park Fire Department officials blamed "testing" of the " Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) through FEMA," that's not really the whole story. See also: Monterey Park...
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  • 8 Ways It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas in L.A.
  • 8 Ways It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas in L.A.

    You know how every single action movie from the '80s that takes place in Los Angeles begins with wide shots of sunny, palm tree-laden streets and ironic Christmas music? Well, Christmas in L.A. isn't really like that. It's cold. It's damp. And the CVS by your house won't stop playing...
  • Kobe Bryant's Not-So-Triumphant Return
  • Kobe Bryant's Not-So-Triumphant Return

    Kobe Bryant barely slept last night. His private helicopter didn't land in Orange County until almost midnight. Then the 35-year old Lakers legend stretched, soaked in an ice bath, and watched video of last night's ransacking until the sun glared back through the blinds. Kobe detailed his insomniac plans in...
  • Kobe Bryant Returns to the Court Sunday
  • Kobe Bryant Returns to the Court Sunday

    Kobe Bryant, the centerpiece of the Lakers, announced that he'll return to the court Sunday for the team's home game at Staples Center against Toronto. See also: Kobe Bryant's Return: A Reality Check (But an Encouraging One) from El Segundo. The star who last month signed a two-year, $48 million...

Calendar

  • Degrees of support
  • Degrees of support

    Artist John Burtle probably is less known for studio work than for the frequency with which he shows up for friends and does things with other people -- the "gallery" he had on his arm with different proposed designs tattooed into his skin, his work with free-ranging radio station KChung,...
  • I Want My MPTV
  • I Want My MPTV

    Here in Tinseltown we take our golden-age royalty seriously -- and the legendary glamour of the stars of those heady postwar days lives on in our imagination thanks largely to the era's photographers. Images of James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor are instantly recognizable even to people who'd never dream of...
  • Toy Cameras
  • Toy Cameras

    The 23rd edition of PXL THIS, one of Los Angeles' longest-running film festivals and a gloriously offbeat realization of Marshall McLuhan's theory that "the medium is the message," is all about movies shot in black-and-white with '70s-era Fisher-Price toy camcorders. Spawned by freewheeling "media ecologist" Gerry Fialka, it's a wildly...
  • Hair-raising
  • Hair-raising

    Hair stands on end in Jim Shaw's current exhibition at Blum & Poe. It's thick, sandy blond and stiff, thanks to fabric hardener, and more than 5 feet long, which means the hair would reach at least someone's calves were it actually hanging from a head. But there's a see-through...
  • Papa
  • Papa

    The band is named Papa, but really it's founder Darren Weiss' baby -- the one constant through years of his participating in other musicians' projects, including a much-loved band called Girls, and now finally the total focus of Weiss' musical life. Recent debut full-length Tender Madness is a crazy-but-it-works mix...

Film

Music

  • Party Pick of the Week: Jiggle and Jingle
  • Party Pick of the Week: Jiggle and Jingle

    Hayworth Theatre 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake, Fri., Dec. 6-Mon., Dec. 9, After-parties at 3 Clubs, 1123 N. Vine St., Hlywd. Skinny's Lounge 4923 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hlywd., Tues., Dec. 10, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $12, 21 and older Get ready for a bevy of beauties shaking booties and tassled boobies alike at...
  • Best Jazz Albums of 2013
  • Best Jazz Albums of 2013

    Assessing the jazz world every year is a challenge, and the following albums can at times sound like George Duke, Wendy Carlos Williams, Bill Evans and Radiohead. That's a hell of a wide net. This was supposed to be a list of five, but there were so many good ones...
  • The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2013
  • The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2013

    This past year had just about everything when it came to metal: Pioneers making monumental comebacks, bands taking huge risks progressing their sound, and groups stripping things down to bare bones. Picking our 10 best metal albums of 2013 -- from anywhere, not just L.A. -- was extremely difficult. Here...
  • 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, December 9 Jay Z STAPLES CENTER Jay Z is a busy man these days. When he's not steering the ship of his latest venture, Roc Nation Sports, he's the operating force behind the Made in America festival in Philadelphia,...
  • Shitty Band Names: A History
  • Shitty Band Names: A History

    It's widely known that band names, which once were mainly nouns and sometimes even gave you a sense of what the artist's music sounded like, have devolved into an apocalypse of in-jokes, cleverness, punctuation, and strange capitalization. It's almost impossible these days not to look at a festival lineup without...
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  • KROQ Christmas - The Shrine - 12/8/13
  • KROQ Christmas - The Shrine - 12/8/13

    KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night One The Shrine 12/8/13 The holiday concert extravaganza season has begun, and KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas is the first out the gate, offering two nights of the long-running rock station's most popular and most played artists this weekend. We attended night one, on Saturday, which...
  • These SoCal Bros Are the Latest Big-Time EDM Players in L.A.
  • These SoCal Bros Are the Latest Big-Time EDM Players in L.A.

    As if electronic dance music wasn't already bursting at the seams with huge concert promoters buying a piece of the pie -- Live Nation and SFX Entertainment have hundreds of millions of dollars invested in DJ culture -- there's yet another player in Southern California. San Diego's LED has partnered...
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  • Cherry Glazerr: High School Rockers
  • Cherry Glazerr: High School Rockers

    While most rockers would be chugging beers backstage or schmoozing with fans over the merch table, Clementine Creevy, the just-turned-17-year-old frontwoman of Cherry Glazerr, is hurriedly typing an assignment to her teacher on her phone. She wishes she had brought her backpack to the show, but didn't think she'd have...

Restaurants

  • Urban Flour Mill Grist & Toll Now Open in Pasadena
  • Urban Flour Mill Grist & Toll Now Open in Pasadena

    For bread bakers, the locavore movement means something extremely basic, more basic even than sourcing produce from nearby fields or animals from neighboring farms. It means flour and water, two of the most essential of ingredients. For the water, that's up to you and your well. For the flour, now...
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  • 5 Winter Beers To Drink Now
  • 5 Winter Beers To Drink Now

    The holiday season brings with it a smattering of specialty beers from every corner of the beer-making world. Rare, small-batch releases are just as anticipated as seasonal favorites that return to us like old friends. Styles run the gamut, but rich, heavy beers and those with delicate spices really shine...
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  • Foodie Gift Subscriptions: Knoshbox vs. A Kitchen Box
  • Foodie Gift Subscriptions: Knoshbox vs. A Kitchen Box

    Looking for a special something for your food-oriented family members this time of year? Avoid the crush at Sur La Table, quell the urge to stick a restaurant gift certificate in an envelope -- a whole slew of companies have popped up with food-related gift box subscriptions. It's a gift...

Theater

Arts

  • 5 Festive Holiday Things to Do in L.A. This Week
  • 5 Festive Holiday Things to Do in L.A. This Week

    Christmas is coming! You can tell because FM radio has been playing holiday carols since late October. Get into the Yuletide spirit early with a classic ballet or seasonal cocktail party, or explore the city's burgeoning culture of interactive theater. From a pub-set A Christmas Carol to a sing-along chorus...

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