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  • Issue Archive for
  • Dec 12-20, 2013
  • Vol. 36, No. 4
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News

  • Porn Production is Back Following HIV Scare
  • Porn Production is Back Following HIV Scare

    The porn industry's L.A.-based trade group announced that production could resume today following an HIV scare that triggered a voluntary moratorium. See also: Porn Industry to Shut Down After Star Turns up HIV+. The Free Speech Coalition said in a statement today that only one performer has turned up positive...
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  • Los Angeles is a Giving City, Believe it or Not
  • Los Angeles is a Giving City, Believe it or Not

    Los Angeles has a reputation for being a cold and unfriendly big city filled with type-A a-holes and those three other Hollywood executives. See also: L.A. Is a Top 10 "Unfriendly" City? But, lo and behold, a PayPal report that dropped just in time for the holidays says that we...
  • Huge Holiday DUI Crackdown in Hollywood & Beyond
  • Huge Holiday DUI Crackdown in Hollywood & Beyond

    Happy holidays. Peace. Noel. All that crap. Just remember this: No matter how jolly and giving you're feeling, there's no invisible force field of good will that will protect you from the cops if you get a little too red-nosed behind the wheel this season. The LAPD and other agencies...
  • Thai Town: A Photographic Tour
  • Thai Town: A Photographic Tour

    A trip to the Far East may be out of reach, but if you can make it to the far east of Hollywood you'll find the vibrant neighborhood of Thai Town, where Thai traditions meld with urban trends on a six-block stretch of Hollywood Boulevard between Normandie and Western. Photographer...
  • World's Largest Wave Tank is Coming to L.A.
  • World's Largest Wave Tank is Coming to L.A.

    In the next few years an old, unused pier in San Pedro will be transformed into a half-billion dollar ocean research campus with the world's largest seawater wave tank. It's called AltaSea. This week the L.A. City Council unanimously approved a 50-year lease between the Port of Los Angeles and...
  • Driest Year Ever For L.A.
  • Driest Year Ever For L.A.

    Blame global warming. Or, if you're not a believer, simply point to the long-term ebb and flow of SoCal's stormy-or-mild winters. But it's dry out there. And we're not just talking about the recent beach days we've seen in SoCal. (LAX tied 1985's record high temperature of 85 yesterday). We're...
  • Here's Where to Avoid the Bourgeoisie on New Year's Eve
  • Here's Where to Avoid the Bourgeoisie on New Year's Eve

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Calendar

  • Geek Shit
  • Geek Shit

    It is time. Gather your loved ones, kiss them on the head, and assemble your warriors to go forth as a fellowship. For fate has called upon you to vanquish thy enemy by proving thyself once and for all. Only your kingdom may claim the royal throne of superior knowledge...
  • A Visit to Ooo
  • A Visit to Ooo

    Cartoon Network's popular animated series Adventure Time tracks the story of intrepid human Finn and his magical canine sidekick Jake, but the Emmy-winning result is significantly less tear-jerking and more bonkers than fellow boy-and-his-dog classics like Old Yeller. (Think less Where the Red Fern Grows and more Where Literally Anything...

Film

Music

  • Dawes -  The Wiltern - 12-13-2013
  • Dawes - The Wiltern - 12-13-2013

    Dawes, Shovels & Rope The Wiltern 12-13-2013 As soon as Shovels & Rope took the stage and announced they were from Charleston, South Carolina, the crowd, mostly made up of Angelenos who, one would imagine, haven't been to a hoedown, began attempting to square dance. Despite their minimal instrumental set-up,...
  • 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 16 Jeff Tweedy LARGO Fun fact: Wilco is now 20 years old. That might make you feel old, but it just makes Jeff Tweedy, the band's disheveled, occasionally cantankerous and regularly charming creative core, seem that much wiser...
  • Party Pick of the Week: Afex Live
  • Party Pick of the Week: Afex Live

    The Roxy 9009 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd., Wed., Dec. 18, 8 p.m.-mid., 21+; $20 DJ Adam 12's weekly Thursday night dance club, which celebrates hip-hop, classics and breaks from 1979 to 1999, is always an anything-can-happen experience, with a stellar lineup of DJs (both announced and un-) popping in each...
  • Rapper Quelle Chris Is Relateable
  • Rapper Quelle Chris Is Relateable

    See also: Jeff Weiss' Favorite Albums From the Second Half of 2013, In Haiku Form After I leave the Highland Park apartment that Quelle Chris shares, the Detroit-raised producer-rapper sends me a text: "Feel free to superimpose some knock-knock jokes into that interview. I just realized I was mad depressing."...
  • Take the Ultimate Kanye West Illustrated Quiz
  • Take the Ultimate Kanye West Illustrated Quiz

    This game is very simple: Look at the pictures and guess what Kanye West song each one represents. Boom. That's it. That's all. You're done. That's a little thing called respecting your time. That's a little thing called sometimes Christopher Nolan works a little too hard. I'm saying, because I...
  • How <em>The Aquabats Super Show!</em> Came to Be
  • How The Aquabats Super Show! Came to Be

    The Aquabats were on a mission. They wanted to be on TV and, after almost two decades, it finally happened. You may have seen their compellingly-silly The Aquabats! Super Show!, which has become a surprise hit on the Hub Network. "There was really no goal, there was really no vision,"...

Restaurants

  • Watch Ludo Cry on <em>The Taste</em> U.K. Promo Ad
  • Watch Ludo Cry on The Taste U.K. Promo Ad

    Either the U.K. version of The Taste, the cooking competition show starring Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain and our own Ludo Lefebvre, is way better than the U.S. version, or it just has a better marketing department. The new promo for the U.K. version's second season -- which starts in Britain...
  • Now Open: The Wallace in Culver City
  • Now Open: The Wallace in Culver City

    There's a new kid in Culver City, nestled in snugly on Main Street amid the taverns and restaurants that make up the area's burgeoning food scene. The Wallace was opened over the weekend by husband-and-wife team Michael and Carol Teich: She runs the front of house, he runs the kitchen...
  • Kuishimbo Restaurant in Koreatown Celebrates 35th Anniversary
  • Kuishimbo Restaurant in Koreatown Celebrates 35th Anniversary

    Kuishimbo is a Koreatown mainstay, cranking out Japanese grilled, deep-fried and stir-fried basics in a no-frills strip mall on the northwest corner of Wilshire and Wilton since 1979. While a visit to the restaurant might suggest it has remained mostly untouched by the neighborhood's relentless evolution, longtime customers recall a...
  • L.A.'s Best Local Cookbooks of 2013
  • L.A.'s Best Local Cookbooks of 2013

    The best cookbooks of 2013? Make that the best cookbooks by Los Angeles-area authors. And no, we don't mean those with television deals. In years past, two, maybe three, notable titles typically made our local "best of" cut. But this year, an impressive number of thoughtful recipe testing notes have...
  • Craft Brewing Coming to the San Fernando Valley
  • Craft Brewing Coming to the San Fernando Valley

    The craft brewing trend in Los Angeles County has all but ignored a significant metropolitan area: the San Fernando Valley. Never mind that more than 1.75 million people call the Valley home. Other than a handful of nanobreweries and that imposing Budweiser plant just off the 405 in Van Nuys,...
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  • 3 Great Mugs of Hot Chocolate
  • 3 Great Mugs of Hot Chocolate

    A well-made mug of hot chocolate, using quality cocoa and cream and often with plenty of marshmallows, is a glorious thing. There's the immediate thrill of sipping your dessert, at once decadent and practical in its liquid form. While milk chocolate may remain everyone's childhood standard, we've since grown just...
  • 13 Best Brownies in Los Angeles
  • 13 Best Brownies in Los Angeles

    A chocolate brownie is one of those desserts that, depending on the vicissitudes of your particular childhood, can take on mythic proportions. Halfway between a wedge of cake a square of fudge, when done right a brownie is a perfect calibration of very good chocolate -- a baker's edible geometry...

Theater

Arts

  • Why Is Theater Not Diverse Enough? SoCal's Stage Leaders Discuss
  • Why Is Theater Not Diverse Enough? SoCal's Stage Leaders Discuss

    The artistic directors of Southern California's regional theater powerhouses came together Monday night on the Pasadena Playhouse stage for what was billed as a panel discussion "on the state of diversity in Southern California theater." On hand were Michael Ritchie of L.A.'s Center Theatre Group, Barry Edelstein of San Diego's...
  • 21 Movie Romances We Loved in 2013

    In 2013, love came in many forms: girl on zombie, boy on smartphone, and James Franco on -- count 'em -- two hot bikini babes at the same damn time. Sure, romantic comedies are as extinct as Oprah Winfrey's chances of winning Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes, but...

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