The two teens killed in the San Francisco plane crash, Ye Mingyuan and Wang Linjia, 16, were best friends at the top of their class at highly rated Jiangshan High School in China's southeastern Zhejiang province, where Wang was class president. In China, a huge story is unfolding. A cascade of tri ... More >>
Most of the men of K-pop share similar traits: perfect complexions (almost always with the aid of makeup), chiseled faces (often with the aid of plastic surgery), and an image that is steamy-yet-conservative. Still, the genre's heartthrobs run the gamut from impossibly ripped to androgynous. In any ... More >>
One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2013 issue. Check out our entire People 2013 issue here. Jorge Cham got his introduction to cartoons as a child in Panama. His parents were engineers who worked on the Panama Canal. When an American family they knew moved away, they l ... More >>
No matter how much new art continues to appear, an age-old question remains: what makes something art? No one knows that question better than art historian, author and professor Richard Meyer. The Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History at Stanford University recently released a new book ... More >>
Read L.A. Weekly feature story "Meet Emanuel Pleitez." Los Angeles mayoral candidate Emanuel Pleitez, a 30-year-old Stanford grad and technology executive who grew up on the mean streets of El Sereno, pushed forward a three-point immigration plan yesterday, attempting to further connect with Latino ... More >>
Elected board members of the Los Angeles Unified School District -- the second largest public school system in the country -- unanimously approved a Parent Trigger for the 24th Street Elementary School in West Adams. It's a first for L.A. Unified, and Los Angeles mayoral candidates are weighing in o ... More >>
With a new poll for the Los Angeles mayoral race in his back pocket, underdog candidate Emanuel Pleitez (pronounced "play-tez," in case you were wondering) has come out swinging, telling rivals Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel that the Latino vote is "not for sale." Pleitez, whose mother is Mexican a ... More >>
Nods this week for Laguna Playhouse's production of Neil Simon's Chapter Two and Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground at Zombie Joe's Underground in North Hollywood. For the latest new reviews and comprehensive stage listings, see below. Tanna Frederick and Robert Standley star in N. Richard Nash's T ... More >>
Our critic Lovell Estell was entranced by Vickilyn Reynolds' performance in a show based on the life of Hattie McDaniel, Hattie -- What I Need You To Know. For all the latest New Theater Reviews, and comprehensive stage listings, see below.This week's Stage Feature takes a look a three shows th ... More >>
A few weeks ago, Emanuel Pleitez called up Fernando Guerra -- a veteran political analyst -- and asked whether he should run for mayor. Pleitez is just 29, with a resume that includes Stanford and Goldman Sachs. He has no shortage of ambition, but Guerra told him to hold off."I don't think he stands ... More >>
The trial for Pedro Espinoza, illegal immigrant accused of murdering 17-year-old footballer Jamiel Shaw Jr. in March 2008, finally got underway today. It's been highly politicized thus far -- delayed by raging controversies over Espinoza's undocumented status, Shaw's own gang affiliation and whethe ... More >>
Long before studios, hippies, method actors and reality-show wannabes headed out west, the Pacific Coast was a destination for farmers, miners, prospectors and other wagon-wheeling homesteaders who were looking for a new way of life. Two years after California struck gold in 1848, it became a part o ... More >>
"Where are the stars?"Riffat Masood, the consul general of the Pakistani Consulate in Los Angeles, has hushed the crowd gathered in the living room of her palatial home in Beverly Hills. Now she just needs to find the guests of honor. "Where is the director? Where is the famous doctor?"As the tw ... More >>
As you probably know, Ruth Reichl was recently in town for a launch party at Mozza for Gilt Taste, the shopping-as-literature site of which she's the editorial advisor. We caught up with her over coffee at JosÃ© AndrÃ©s' Tres: frilly patisserie, coffee urns, decor like Monty Python meets Versailles ... More >>
An upstart suburban legislator outfoxes California Speaker John Perez
A new State Board of Education might be Brown's way of pulling the trigger on chartersJerry Brown announced his California Board of Education appointments yesterday -- and they're sure to throw a wrench in the spokes of the Parent Trigger movement. For a group of parents in Compton, this wil ... More >>
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Sooner or later it had to happen, we suppose. Echo Park graphic artist Shepard Fairey, whose haunting poster illustration of Barack Obama became the defining image of Obama's successful presidential campaign, is being accused of copyright infringement and asked to pay royalties for the source image. ... More >>
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