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This week's dance highlights include major figures in improvisational dance.
5. Organized Improvisation a ... More >>
This week, the ghost of a long-defunct society hosts a concert in Culver City, a video artist channels allergy-drug commercials and a sculptor pumps water through a maze of PVC pipes.
5. Renaissance meets RoboCop
Peter Weller starred in the 1987 film RoboCop, about a robotic police officer ("part ... More >>
Centuries ago, opera was more affordable, not just something thought to be for the country club set when the dained to put on their long silk gloves and gold-rimmed glasses.
Several companies in Los Angeles have strived to recreate this custom, but it hasn't always been easy. Ticket prices are one ... More >>
A few months ago, a friend returned home from Italy with a gift for us. When we first unwrapped it, we were totally befuddled. "What is this,?" we wondered. "Is it a paddle for badminton on Mars? A space shuttle heat shield with a handle? A fan for a robot Geisha?" As it turns out, it was for maki ... More >>
If you have read Bill Buford's terrific book Heat, in which the New Yorker writer plays out his very creative mid-life crisis at Mario Batali's pasta station at Babbo, you of course know all about Dario Cecchini, the most famous butcher in the world. You may know about Cecchini anyway, as well you s ... More >>
When it comes to tattooing, we are fortunate to have an enormous wealth of talent in Los Angeles. Though tattoo culture erupted in mainstream popularity several years ago it was a vital part of L.A. long before that and remains so today. There are artists in every corner of the city, with faithful c ... More >>
(c) 2011 Museum Associates/LACMADetail of an orange dress by Rodarte, in LACMA's new exhibitIt is the most unusual of pairings -- a 14th century Italian monk and two fashiony young sisters from Los Angeles, 2011. Yet the devout Fra Angelico was the perfect muse for couturiers Kate and Laura M ... More >>
B. HansenJudy Zeidler and booksWestsider Judy Zeidler has written what seems like a zillion cookbooks, but she's found a new angle for her latest, Italy Cooks (Mostarda Press, $32.95). It's a personal travelogue as well as a collection of recipes.
For decades, Zeidler and her husband Marvin ... More >>
Sophie DuvernoyGeorge Herms: Xenophilia, 2011
George Herms: beat legend, assemblage artist, free jazz enthusiast, Mexican marijuana fan. At a sprightly 75, he's still producing vast amounts of work in his Topanga Canyon studio. He's also the focus of a new show that opened last Friday at the ... More >>
A. Scattergoodgood pizza
In case the world needed another reason to hate us, the Jersey Shore kids have been deported (okay, not exactly, but we wish) to Italy to film the fourth season of their hit MTV reality show. The Guidos and Guidettes, some of whom aren't even Italian, will be roaming ... More >>
Fearing an influx of pot shops from municipalities, like the city of Los Angeles, that have cracked down on their very existence, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in its unincorporated areas, which include communities s ... More >>
Ben CalderwoodCappuccino duly noted
The Virginia Park Farmers' Market has thus far escaped the hipster cataclysms of the Ocean Park and Hollywood Markets. There are no fixie valets to be found and bedhead hair is nominal. The scrum of prep chefs hustling after first-pick produce that marks ... More >>