By Nanette Gonzalez and Sarah Fenske
In just two short months, Charles and David Koch's dreams of purchasing the L.A. Times have gone from a well-sourced rumor, first reported on this blog, to the catalyst for outraged essays in newspapers across the country to a protest song by none less than Ry C ... More >>
We're tickled, of course, that CNN thinks "L.A. Is a Heavenly Place." We do, too!
But as so many L.A.-ophiles discovered upon actually reading the meat of the article, writer Jennifer Wolfe thinks of L.A. like a postcard, not the smoggy grimy wasteland we've come to call heaven.
The piece is part ... More >>
Keep it classy, Santa Monica!
Patch is reporting that Anastasia Atwil, a 40-year-old blonde charged with assaulting a stranger last December at Miyako Restaurant, has plead "no contest" (aka, guilty without really admitting it) and is now on probation.
She allegedly cracked a wine glass over fello ... More >>
The musician and songwriter Ry Cooder is lamenting lost Los Angeles.
"Local human experience isn't a thing you can commodify, if you follow what I'm saying," he says. "If you lived in Chavez Ravine or East L.A., it's not worth anything -- even though that was your store or your movie theater. Beca ... More >>
Obituary by Jonny Whiteside
Tenor sax veteran Gil Bernal died on Sunday of congestive heart failure. He was 80. Bernal was an incomparable Los Angeles jazz musician who began his professional career with swing kingpin Lionel Hampton in 1950, and played and collaborated with everyone from Ray ... More >>
Here's a scoop for you:
We hear from very reliable sources that Stax Records (the current version of the classic Southern Soul label recently revived by Concord Records) will be releasing a completely restored version of Otis Redding's legendary 1966 appearances on LA's very own Sunset Strip ... More >>
Anna WebberRobert Francis at the Wiltern.
22-year-old blues singer Robert Francis performed as part of a three musician line-up at the Wiltern Saturday, and had a tough space to fill among Grace Potter and Brett Dennen. The fans dug all of them separately despite the non-sequitur of the bill ... More >>