In 2011, much of the inaugural edition of Radar L.A. -- the biennial festival of new works by renowned international and L.A.-based theater companies and artists -- was centered around downtown's LATC on Hill St. and REDCAT in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex beneath Bunker Hill. Radar 2013 inc ... More >>
It is said that one shouldn't speak ill of the dead. No proverb, however, seems to proscribe writing about the dead with a dark, cutting sense of humor and a jaundiced appraisal of their worldly accomplishments. Mourning Remembrance: A Collection of Mocking Obituaries Ripped From the Headlines is t ... More >>
See Also: Only in LA: Les Paul, W.C. Fields, Groucho Marx and the Invention of Multi-Track Recording Les Paul died about three years ago. He was 94 and still gigging every Monday night in Manhattan. If you don't know much about him other than the guitars that bear his name, know that he was "withou ... More >>
Bullets, Lynch and dinosaurs
Goodbye Ben Gazzara, Hello Malcolm McDowell
It's high time to brave the Pasadena Freeway, thanks to four landmark Pacific Standard Time shows with ambitious curators, catalogues, and historical reach in Pasadena. Pasadena/San Marino has its PST "focus" weekend this Saturday and Sunday, which means lots of extra events. Michael Duncan's "LA R ... More >>
Debbie Reynolds held Hollywood's largest garage sale at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills on Saturday. In case you missed it on Oprah, Ms. Reynolds had one of the largest private collections of classic Hollywood memorabilia and most of it was up for grabs this weekend in front of a ... More >>
An economic stimulus from the last Depression
The Marx Bros. meet W.C. Fields at the New Bev
A history of cinematic LOLs in Saul Austerlitz's latest
W.C. Fields on the legendary innovator: The music youre making sounds like an octopus. Like a guy with a million hands
Yesterday after learning of Les Paul's death at 94 years old, L.A. Weekly caught up with Slash, a guitar legend in his own right, for an exclusive chat about the loss of not only a brilliant musician and innovator, but also a friend and mentor.
A few years ago, longtime LA Weekly writer John Payne interviewed Les Paul, who died yesterday, as part of a comprehensive overview of his career. We'll be publishing Payne's remembrance on the guitar and recording innovator in next week's paper. Below is an excerpt of that piece. He was w ... More >>
Also, Brothers at War, The New Twenty, The Skeptic, The Brothers Bloom and Next Day Air
Plus some high-brow stuff to do, February 27-March 5
Also, Morning Light, Secrecy and more
Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland
If you write for TV or film in Hollywood, your check might never be in the mail
It’s only time on the boulevard
Faster, Speedycat! Thrill! Thrill!
When dying is downright dirty, these guys clean up the mess
The essential Lenny Bruce
Surfing The Ranch with Step Into Liquid’s Dana Brown and Endless Summer’s “Wingnut” Weaver
Former members of the Pixies and Possum Dixon have a little punk up their sleeves
Savoring the Jack Amster living-vaudeville experience
Hahn goes out like Yorty; Villaraigosa, like Al Smith
The subversive comedy of Gregory La Cava BY
Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; filming Charles Dickens
The craps-shooting cop, the hungarian brawl and other stories from Steve Boardner's bar
The Eric von Essen you never knew
The Mullinax Report chronicles incompetence in high places. And retells an old story.
The Führer as model tyrant
Pickled garlic, hot bread, gallons of rice and kebab's your uncle. Did somebody say fatwa?