Masked monsters -- or actors -- may be screaming and grunting for our attention at theme park-style events around town this Halloween, but there are plenty of places in Los Angeles for a trip into the city's past. Back in the days when "trunk murders" caught the public imagination and it was easy t ... More >>
"We can forget all our troubles, forget all our cares and go downtown ... everything's waiting for you!" When Petula Clark sang this line in 1964 -- albeit about New York -- who could have known she was she forecasting the future of downtown Los Angeles as a culinary destination? Numerous chefs have ... More >>
Occupy L.A.'s plan last night was to use the popular Downtown L.A. Art Walk as a stage for their own "Chalk Walk" -- the most high-profile demonstration so far in their ongoing crusade to prove chalking is a Constitutional right. Although much chalking was accomplished (messages ranged from "arrest ... More >>
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Fresh Frame FotoLOLPERALOLPERA at Long Beach's Garage Theater is this week's Pick of the Week, with recommendations for a number of Southland performances, including Pulp Shakespeare at the Asylum Theatre, Henry Murray's Monkey Adored, presented by Rogue Machine, Virginia Grise's lyrical new ... More >>
Lina LecaroChloe and Nao at Night Moves. Outfest concluded in a suitably outlandish way this weekend: with a sweaty, crafty and homo-sexy happening called Night Moves at the Alexandria Hotel downtown, courtesy of Platinum, the performance-based offshoot series created 10 years ago by art pion ... More >>
DROP THE LIME photo from topbillinmusic.comAnother worry this weekend: Will DJs get stuck in traffic going to gigs? It's unavoidable: This weekend marks the loudly and terrifyingly touted CARMAGEDDON in Los Angeles. The 405 freeway will be shut down, and chaos will ensue on surrounding freewa ... More >>
COMPLETE THEATER LISTINGSNEW THEATER REVIEWSStage FEATURE : A Case for Small TheaterThe Groundings' Crazy Uncle Joe Show has a one-night only tenth anniversary performance (Wed., June 22, 8 p.m.) featuring (pending cast availability) Kristen Wiig, Kevin Nealon, Maya Rudolph, Michael Sheen, Will ... More >>
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Brook Bobbins via Village VoiceOdd Future with Mos Def in NYC earlier this monthThe headline earlier this month in the New York Times read: "Young, Gifted and Outrageous: Can Odd Future Survive Popularity?" Which is a fair question. The outrageous L.A. hip-hip crew whose unabbreviated monik ... More >>
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COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGSNEW THEATER REVIEWSTheater Feature on Polish punk and Glendale's classicistsNEW REVIEW GO HELLO Photo by Mark Bennington You may not find logic in this quirky tale about love, marriage and the enigma of sexual attraction but you'll recognize a lot of human truth. ... More >>
James Murphy of LCD SoundsystemHope you don't feel slighted, Los Angeles. Two weekends ago on That Other Coast, LCD Soundsystem brought the house -- or, rather, Terminal 5 -- down with an eye-popping, ear-decimating, 2 1/2-hour show that wound up with "New York I Love You" and a cover of Alic ... More >>
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COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGSNEW REVIEWSSTAGE COVER STORY ON "WHY THEATER MATTERS" STAGE COVER PROFILES ON A SAMPLING OF OUR EDGIEST THEATERS THE 31ST ANNUAL L.A. WEEKLY THEATER AWARDS coming March 29! Nominees RSVP now to (310) 574-7208. Public tickets available at http://laweekly.comTHEATER COMMU ... More >>
It is hard to overestimate the appeal of a good hog in this town, the charismatic pull of a whole roasted animal with crisp skin and heat-singed ears, an apple jammed gaily between its teeth. During Thursday's Downtown Art Walk, a celebration of galleries and the taverns that surround them, the big ... More >>
Ilan Hall likes pigs. So much so that he roasted a whole pig outside his downtown restaurant The Gorbals before it even opened. Tomorrow night, Hall will do it again, roasting a whole pig on a spit outside the Alexandria Hotel where the restaurant makes its home during Downtown Art Walk. Instead of ... More >>
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In which we continue our interview with The Gorbals' chef-owner Ilan Hall (part 1 was yesterday). Hall spends a lot of time in motion, navigating his open kitchen and the slightly cavernous space around the downtown restaurant, which is in the Alexandria Hotel, circa 1906. The Gorbals often seems in ... More >>
Going beyond drag with Tranimals Squeaky and Fade-dra and shutterbug Austin Young
COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGSNEW THEATER REVIEWSSTAGE FEATURE on Rachel Rosenthal at 83ALL CAKE, NO FILE Photo by Jonathan KalanDonna Jo Thorndale's Johnny Cash tribute with live cooking, All Cake, No File, continues this weekend as part of the WTF? Festival at the Actors' Gang/Ivy Substation in ... More >>
COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGSNEW THEATER REVIEWSSTAGE FEATURE on Rachel Rosenthal at 83MICHAEL KEARNS GETS INTIMATEL.A. Weekly's 2007 "Queen of the Angels" Michael Kearns performs his solo performance piece, Intimacies, at the drkrm Gallery and Performance Space in Eagle Rock, 2121 San Fernando ... More >>
COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGSThe latest NEW REVIEWSSTAGE FEATURE on Annette Bening in Medea at UCLAINTERVIEW with Medea's director, Lenka Udovicki, and UCLA's David SeftonLEONARD NIMOY TREKS INTO LOCAL THEATER HISTORYLeonard Nimoy (right) in a 1953 production of Sholom Aleichem's It's Hard to Be ... More >>
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By Daniel Hernandez Peres Projects, Berlin Los AngelesDetail from untitled collage, 2006The artist Dash Snow promised me an interview, over and over. Every time I ran into him during his 2007 stay in L.A., he'd say, "We still gotta talk, man." The last time he said so was at the after-party to ... More >>
The latest NEW THEATER REVIEWS are embedded within this week's COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGS; also, see this week's THEATER FEATURE on Elephant Man at Andak Stage CompanyGROUNDLINGS ENCHANTED FOREST Groundlings Enchanted Forest is one of 11 plays being reviewed this week. Photo courtesy of The G ... More >>
Also, The Last Hippie: A Western Novel, Doomsday Kiss and more
AT YOUR FINGERTIPS, THIS WEEK'S COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGS NEW REVIEW: THE SEAFARER at the Geffen PlayhouseJohn Mahoney and Andrew Connolly in The Seafarer Photo by Michael LamontNEW REVIEW GO THE SEAFARER If you're seeking innovation in the theater, look elsewhere. Conor McPherson's I ... More >>
Crack addicts gather outside downtown's Alexandria Hotel, once the home away from home of presidents and movie stars.Photo: LA Times/UCLA CollectionClick image to enlarge
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It looks as though the combative former tenants of the 463-room Alexandria Hotel will be compensated for their displacement. An undisclosed settlement has been announced, about a year and a half after the legal war began. When the San Diego-based Amerland Group bought the century-old building on Spr ... More >>
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