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LES & ANNIE CLAYPOOL: Echo Park’s Last And Truest Bohemiansnew

Little more than 50 years ago, a guy named Les Claypool lived with his lovely wife Annie at the top of Echo Park Avenue in what may be the most Bohemian section of Los Angeles. They lived in a home built on the steep hillside out of giant redwood lumber and lots of glass and sunshine. It was a lovely place to wake up in after a great night of partying.
Random Lengths News  |  Lionel Rolfe  |  04-06-2012  |  Commentary

Nearly 30 Detroit Ex-Pat Artists Living in NYC Tell Us to Stay Putnew

For any cognizant creative whose finger is on the pulse of this ailing city, the news of one relocating to New York is a cliché. And other places too. Want to move to L.A.? Good luck.
Metro Times  |  Travis R. Wright  |  03-23-2010  |  Art

Pee-Wee's Big Comeback: 18 Years After a Fall, Paul Reubens Returnsnew

Pee-wee Herman is a fey and infantile parody of an awkward child circa 1961, even though the movie Pee-wee’s Big Adventure is set in the 1980s. When called names by the neighborhood bully, he chirps back, “I know you are, but what am I?”
L.A. Weekly  |  Steven Leigh Morris  |  01-22-2010  |  Performance

Jonathan Gold's 99 Essential L.A. Restaurantsnew

Between a tweet and a truck: This year especially, an essential L.A. restaurant may not even be a restaurant at all -- it may be a tweet telling you which street corner to hang around at, or a cart parked in the same location from the hours of 11 to 2.
L.A. Weekly  |  Jonathan Gold  |  08-28-2009  |  Food+Drink

Jimmy On the Edge of Townnew

A homeless Christian-Muslim from Palestine pitches a tent behind Bed Bath & Beyond in Northridge. Then come the railroad men and feral cat activists.
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range McDonald  |  07-31-2009  |  Culture

After Nearly 50 Years, Bob Fisher's Ice House Remains L.A.'s Top Comedy Spotnew

The show has gone on -- for almost half a century now. Next year the Ice House will celebrate its 50th year in business, making it the oldest comedy club in America, and on Saturday the club welcomes its four millionth customer.
Pasadena Weekly  |  Bobby Pollier  |  07-20-2009  |  Performance

The New Cocktailiansnew

The farmers market–loving, sleeve garter–wearing ladies and gentlemen of the bar are taking over L.A.'s restaurants one glass at a time.
L.A. Weekly  |  Jonathan Gold  |  03-05-2009  |  Culture

The Day the Music Died: The End of Indie 103.1new

Henry Rollins, music director Mark "Mr. Shovel" Sovel and DJ Darren Revell talk about the shutdown of LA's improbable and consistently surprising rock radio station.
L.A. Weekly  |  Randall Roberts  |  01-23-2009  |  Media

SantaCon 2008's Rein(deer) of Terrornew

The gathering of the Santas at the boathouse was on a comedy level somewhere closer to the Firesign Theatre, as nearly 300 crowded the park. There were hippie, hipster and biker Santas; Santas in Lucha Libre and green gorilla masks; and some tall St. Nick with a star on his eye like Paul Stanley from KISS. All moved in cheery circles around red-suited and tinsel-daubed ladies, some of them too slinky and sexed-up for lap-sitting shifts at any department store.
Los Angeles CityBeat  |  Ron Garmon  |  12-12-2008  |  Culture

Jonathan Gold's 99 Essential L.A. Restaurantsnew

If there were such a thing as a Los Angeles cuisine, I suspect it would be like what they serve at Houston's, which is to say a market-tested version of the grill-happy, salad-intensive cooking pioneered decades ago at places like the original Spago.
L.A. Weekly  |  Jonathan Gold  |  11-14-2008  |  Food+Drink

Fab's Brings America's Best Hot Dogs to LAnew

Fab's, a labor of love curated by hot-dog scholars Joe Fabrocini and wife Susie Speck Mayor, could serve as a three-table museum of American wiener culture.
L.A. Weekly  |  Jonathan Gold  |  08-11-2008  |  Food+Drink

Zen and the Art of Cougar Huntingnew

They practice picking up young men at the grocery store, these older women who have never been married, or whose husbands have left them for younger stock, or whose soul mates have died of heart attacks or in car accidents. On a balmy Thursday at a hotel in Pasadena, life coach Zen Kern, simply Zen to his clients, instructs the ladies in his Cougar Class to pretend they've just spotted a cute guy contemplating the cereal at Ralphs.
L.A. Weekly  |  Gendy Alimurung  |  07-07-2008  |  Culture

The Death of Raven, a Hollywood Beautynew

LA's noir streets made her the star of her own tragedy, then took it all away.
L.A. Weekly  |  Christine Pelisek  |  06-20-2008  |  Culture

Roses Are Greennew

Money talks -- loudly -- when it comes to the Rose Bowl, but those who gave the most to the NFL ballot bid remain secret.
Pasadena Weekly  |  Joe Piasecki  |  04-14-2006  |  Sports

What We Might Kill If We Kill 'Tookie'new

Perhaps the best argument against capital punishment is the story of how the judicial system mistreated Stanley "Tookie" Williams, who has spent half of his 51 years on San Quentin's Death Row.
North Bay Bohemian  |  Peter Byrne  |  12-12-2005  |  Commentary

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