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Chuck Palahniuk

Reverend Chuck Palahniuk grew up in Burbank. Burbank, Washington, that is. His is a pretty remarkable story, one that proves truth is often stranger than fiction, although this man's fiction has been known to cause people to faint. His third novel, Invisible Monsters, was rejected by publisher W.W. Norton &......

Summer on the Plaza

This writer chortles whenever anyone refers to the DTLA arts district (only rubes do, yo), but she's happy to report the revitalized area is making great use of its public spaces for entertaining the populace. Two stand-out series are Grand Performances at Pershing Square and the sixth year of Summer......

The Big Squeeze

If you've lived in Los Angeles for any length of time, you have probably been accosted by banda, also known as norte–o, a genre of music native to Mexico and best recognized for the ever-present oompah-thump of the accordion and tuba. We can thank Emperor Maximilian I for blustering into......

A Summer Wonderland

Whether or not you're a Doors fan, there's no disputing that Wonderland Avenue — the memoir penned by the band's late manager Danny Sugerman, concerning his privileged but troubled L.A. upbringing, entree to the music industry and subsequent near-death junkiehood by age 21 — is a cautionary tale revolving around......
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Shorty Rossi: The Pit Man

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2012 issue. Check out our entire People 2012 issue here. Luigi Francis Rossi -- better known as Shorty, titular star of the Animal Planet "docudrama" Pit Boss -- was not, as some have said, "made for television." His recently released......
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Peter Diamandis: The Doctor Will Wow You Now

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2012 issue. Check out our entire People 2012 issue here. We have a "moral obligation to be thinking of where humanity is going," says entrepreneur and brainiac humanitarian Dr. Peter Diamandis. And if he has anything to do with it,......

Bite Me!

Once a month, the Natural History Museum stays open late, inviting the city to "become scientists for a night," offering a thematic trifecta: scientific discussion, a behind-the-scenes curatorial tour and a hep and happening musical act. This month, First Fridays at the Museum of Natural History announces that spring has......

Gas Leak

Jimmy Carter was a presidential anomaly. On his watch, departments were set up to fund electric-car development, solar energy, even research on a possible connection with the plastic in BPAs to cancer. Then boom — there's an actor in the White House who immediately cuts all of Carter's forward-thinking projects......

Modern-Day Rock Opera

Over the past two years, About Productions has been developing Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe, with Los Lobos' Grammy-winning songwriter, Louie Pérez. Written by Pérez and About's artistic director Theresa Chavez and associate director Rose Portillo, the story is set against the backdrop of the 1968 East L.A. student walkouts......

Art as a Weapon: 99 Poets

The Last Bookstore is a jubilant anachronism, a jewel of downtown, a place to get lost in for hours, until you're snapped out of bibliophilic bliss by that evening's event, reading, workshop or performance. On the heels of their sold-out Occupy This! production, "Art As A Weapon: 99 Poets" will......