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  • Feb 27 - Mar 5, 2014
  • Vol. 36, No. 15
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  • LAPD Can Search Your Place With Roommate's Permission
  • LAPD Can Search Your Place With Roommate's Permission

    The U.S. Supreme Court today said cops can search your home without a warrant - even if you object - if someone else inside gives them permission. The case involved the 2009 LAPD arrest of Walter Fernandez, who was suspected and ultimately convicted of robbery. Police said they chased Fernandez to...
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  • Turn Off Your Damn Lawn Sprinklers, L.A!
  • Turn Off Your Damn Lawn Sprinklers, L.A!

    From the department of No Frigging Duh, we have this public service announcement. L.A. County officials are urging you to turn off your lawn sprinklers until at least next week. You see, we're in the midst of a historic drought that has followed the driest year on record in Southern California...
  • Sriracha Plant Lives to See Another Spicy Day
  • Sriracha Plant Lives to See Another Spicy Day

    The Sriracha hot sauce plant in the city of Irwindale faced its possible demise tonight, but supporters nearly brought the City Council to its knees. In the midst of a sea of red-shirted Sriracha workers, a chili grower who accused the council of "preparing to go to war" with the...
  • California Proposal That Would Have Legalized Anti-Gay Discrimination Nixed
  • California Proposal That Would Have Legalized Anti-Gay Discrimination Nixed

    Even before Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a notorious bill that would have legalized anti-gay discrimination in that state, a California assemblywoman quietly attempted to initiate similar legislation here. It didn't work. A staffer at the office of Bakersfield Republican Shannon Grove told LA Weekly that the language of her "placeholder" bill,...
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Film

  • <em>Stalingrad</em>, Russia's Top-Grossing Film of 2013
  • Stalingrad, Russia's Top-Grossing Film of 2013

    In the admittedly dubious interest of using national stereotypes as a way of understanding human nature, let's posit that while Americans have always emerged from the womb cheerfully, pleased with their right to pursue happiness, Russians were born to suffer. That may help explain why Fedor Bondarchuk's 3-D spectacle Stalingrad...
  • Meet Skinaflix, the Netflix for Aficionados of Old-School Porn

    “Sex films sell, and other stuff doesn't ... or at least not nearly as well,” film preservationist Joe Rubin says. Rubin, 24, is one of the creators of Skinaflix, a VOD-style streaming video service he calls “the Netflix of porn.” At Vinegar Syndrome, a separate DVD/Blu-ray–centric home video company, Rubin...
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Music

  • L.A.'s Raddest Venue Is a Living Room in East Hollywood
  • L.A.'s Raddest Venue Is a Living Room in East Hollywood

    Kyle Barnes, the lead singer of Graf Orlock, is writhing on a living room floor, fighting to keep control of the mic and avoid getting doused with Coke. The setting is a house on Oxford Avenue in East Hollywood, and something resembling a brawl is brewing. The room is reverberating under the sonic...
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  • The Best Concerts to See in L.A. This Week
  • The Best Concerts to See in L.A. This Week

    Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar! Monday, March 3 The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers THE SATELLITE Cynics should be forgiven, so to speak, if they're initially suspicious of a band calling itself The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers. Surely such a group of musicians must be trying...
  • Premiere: The Shrine's "Worship" Video
  • Premiere: The Shrine's "Worship" Video

    Venice power trio The Shrine burst onto the scene with their 2012 debut Primitive Blast. The group's mission statement was to skate, surf, and rock the fuck out. Their infectiously catchy tracks appealed equally to fans of early '80s SST Records hardcore and stoner rock acts like Fu Manchu. See...
  • So Your Guitar Player Is A Total Embarrassment
  • So Your Guitar Player Is A Total Embarrassment

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to...
  • Richie Ramone Gets His Mojo Back
  • Richie Ramone Gets His Mojo Back

    Being a Ramone nearly broke him, but after decades of dormancy Richie Ramone is back with a vengeance. After sitting on a drum throne behind Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee for five years, 1982-1987, Richie quietly quit The Ramones. He took a limousine home after a show in Long Island and...

Restaurants

  • Students Don't Care About Marketing. They'll Still Eat Junk Food
  • Students Don't Care About Marketing. They'll Still Eat Junk Food

    The White House means well. It's always nice to come to that conclusion. Tuesday's news that ads pushing junk food and soda would be banned from all schools participating in the government-subsidized free lunch program might mean that students around our country may no longer, as of next year, be exposed to heinous...
  • Are Strawberries the New (Old) Superfruit?
  • Are Strawberries the New (Old) Superfruit?

    Forget goji, acai, aronia, maqui, noni and all those other so-called superfruits. The most powerful health-boosting berry of them all may just be the humble ol' strawberry. Packed with essential nutrients and potent phytochemicals, strawberries may be a beneficial force in lowering cholesterol, according to researchers from Università Politecnica delle...
  • 9 Fast Food Alternatives for Lent
  • 9 Fast Food Alternatives for Lent

    Who has the power to make a pious Cholo go vegan? Maybe only God. On Fridays during Lent, which starts on Wednesday, L.A.'s millions of observant Catholics are restricted from eating red meat and poultry. Fast Food joints, or Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs), can't afford to turn their backs on...
  • Survivor's Guide to a <i>Top Chef</i> Open Casting Call
  • Survivor's Guide to a Top Chef Open Casting Call

    What happens in a Top Chef casting interview must stay in a Top Chef casting interview. Though the press was invited to cover the Top Chef open casting call that took place Monday at Scarpetta restaurant in Beverly Hills, we could not sit in on any interviews and potential cast members were...

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