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Artist Cole Sternberg on his Ode to TMZ, Perez Hilton, and Celeb Tweets

We caught up with L.A.-based artist Cole Sternberg at the unveiling of his latest exhibition, "the content bleeds through." Take a tour with us and the artist through his "vision for this apocalyptic moment when media and technology have pushed us so far that all the content blurs together."

CES 2011: I Want My Touchscreen MTV

Can MTV.com do what many have tried (and failed) to do over the past decade-and-a-half -- become the MTV of the internet? MTV Networks' head of digital media told us that's exactly what he's set out to do in 2011. We rapped with EVP of MTV.com Dermot McCormack about iPads, Android tablets, Lady Gaga, and the future of MTV programming and he came at us with a three-pronged proposal to cure the world of Justin Bieber... or... to dominate the entertainment industry like Max Headroom always envisioned, long before Jersey Shore.

Cirque Berzerk Takes Over L.A. Live

They're back! The circus has ditched its tent and camped out at the club downtown. AEG and Goldenvoice teamed up Cirque Berzerk to bring the spectacle to the 2,300-capacity Club Nokia at L.A. Live for a 26-show run this month. The show is now in its second week so catch it while it's hot.

Angelenos Co-Create Giant 'Solar Eagle' to Promote Climate Action

Hundreds of Angelenos braved the wet weather Sunday morning to take part in 350 eARTh, the world's first-ever global climate art project visible from space. The installation at Los Angeles State Historic Park formed the shape of a "Solar Eagle Taking Flight," combining solar photovoltaic film sheets and copper, accented with people.

Stuff Your Face for Charity at Cupcake Camp L.A.

Saturday afternoon more than 50 professional and amateur bakers will present their dainty delectables at Los Angeles' first-ever Cupcake Camp.

Common, MTV's Get Schooled Visit Grant High in Valley Village

The Get Schooled 2010 Challenge dropped in on LA on Friday, surprising the students at Ulysses S. Grant High School in Valley Village with a one-hour assembly hosted by MTV's Sway and featuring Common.

Virgin Unite's Rock the Kasbah Gala Benefits Youth, Education

Common, Colbie Caillat, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Robin Thicke, Taryn Manning and Justin Long were among the stars who came out to support Richard and Eve Branson's 4th Annual Rock the Kasbah fundraiser for Virgin Unite at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Thursday night.

Pair of Puppies Stolen at Gunpoint

Sherry Townsend's husband was in the front yard of their E. 106th Street home when a man threatened him with a gun and then took two puppies on Wednesday night. The purebred bulldogs are worth about $3,000 each, according to ABC7. If you see a couple bulldog pups that appear to be freshly stolen, call LAPD Southeast Station at (213) 972-7828....

Pattern Recognition at Subliminal Projects Art Gallery

Tired of the same 'ol? It's time to get inspired if you feel there's not enough change going around. Stop by Subliminal Projects in Echo Park and peel your eyes wide for Pattern Recognition, the current group art exhibition on display through December 4th.

TRON: Legacy Pop-Up Shop Coming to Culver City

In preparation for the long-awaited cinematic release of TRON: Legacy, Royal/T in Culver City is hosting a TRON: Legacy Pop Up Shop where you can indulge in all kinds of merch while shopping for an appropriately metallic outfit to wear to the theater on opening night.

MetroPCS Joins the 4G Mobile Internet Party

Last month we gave you the rundown* on when we can expect 4th-generation mobile internet speeds from the top four carriers. But we forgot about the little guy(s). MetroPCS is not-so-well known as the fifth-largest mobile provider in the U.S and today its 4G high-speed data network was lit up across L.A. (available only on the Samsung Craft 4G). MetroPCS has competitive rates and a map indicating decent coverage across L.A. But does anyone...

Midnight Movie: Über Alles, California

In 1979, before many of us were born, Jello Biafra proclaimed on the Dead Kennedys' first single: "I am Governor Jerry Brown / My aura smiles / And never frowns / Soon I will be president...

Rethink:Green to Celebrate 10 Years of Environmental Charter Schools

Attendees will be privy to a an organic & sustainable wine, spirit and local food tasting and organic food truck cuisine. There will be a silent auction including works of art by Shepard Fairey and others as well as travel, spa, fashion and other lifestyle items from environmentally sustainable businesses.

Max Lugavere Wants to Change the World with Rockdrive

Two years ago Max Lugavere decided to combine two of his passions -- world-changing and music -- to create an event called Rockdrive. Two years later, the event has grown into an entire night of music and fundraising at Troubadour on December 11. With an expanded team of co-producers and advisors, Lugavere has big ambitions for Rockdrive and envisions it turning into a broadly distributed DIY-style event in the coming year. We caught up with him to learn more about Rockdrive 2010.

TrustoCorp's Guerrilla Street Sign Improvements Come to Gallery1988

"ATTENTION: SHIT COULD BE WORSE" "YOU LOOK LOVELY TODAY" "YOU ARE NOT COOL" These may be the kinds of phrases you mumble while driving around Los Angeles wishing the few open parking spots weren't so far away and didn't have $4/hr (incl. Sunday) meters. But what if those six-part, multiple-infraction, day-and-time sensitive parking signs in Hollywood were replaced with something more sensible?

Sprint Finally Set to Rollout 4G Service in L.A.

We've seen the billboards all over town: an oversized phone slathered with the words "first" and "4G." But those of us who don't accept "sometime later this year" for an answer have been left to ask: "So?" "When?" Sprint today announced plans to "officially" launch 4G WiMax mobile internet service across L.A. December 1. Sprint users have been reporting more and more 4G coverage across the metro area since the HTC EVO was released in early June.

'Glee' Meets 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show': Jack, DeVito and TV Cast to Pay Tribute at The Wiltern

Next Thursday, Lou Adler is bringing a hybrid musical production of Rocky Horror to The Wiltern in a tribute to the 35th anniversary of the movie's release, complete with a costume ball. The event is a fundraiser for The Painted Turtle, Adler's summer camp for children with chronic, life-threatening illnesses. He spoke with us last week from his Malibu offices.

Celebrating 10 Years of Prius at Wright Organic Resource Center

With so much ground to cover this past weekend and so many slices of LA to savor with Culture Collide, CicLAvia, Wine Fest and more going on, we knew the best way to cap it had to be a joyride away, up in the hills. Sunday's destination was the Wright Organic Resource Center for a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Toyota Prius. Set on 24 acres with stunning views to all sides, this...

Solar Power Convention is Free to the Public Tonight

Photo by Budd, posted to LAist Featured Photos flickr group by Andy Kennelly The largest B2B Solar Power get together lights up the Convention Center this week and it's not just for engineering geeks, policy wonks, and solar contraptioneers. From 5:30-8:30 tonight, the entire event and exhibit hall opens to the general public for free and it should be worth taking advantage of whether you're curious about the latest solar-powered gadgets or just want...

Pasadena Wine Fest to Feature 125 Wines, Food and Live Music This Saturday

The 2nd Annual Pasadena Wine Fest is Saturday from 2pm - 10pm. Photo by Alexandre Rehbinder The Pasadena Wine Festival returns to the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens on Saturday providing the perfect opportunity and ambience to remind us that we do live in paradise (not London, as the weather may suggest). The festival is not just about wine, taking full advantage of the Arboretum's acreage and natural beauty. Bocce ball, ultimate frisbee...

Angel City Jazz Fest to Showcase Six Nights of Performances

Big sounds will be buzz from multiple venues over the next week as jazz notables Henry Grimes, Wadada Leo Smith, Ravi Coltrane, and John Abercrombie highlight this year's Angel City Jazz Fest. The festival kicks off tonight at REDCAT with a much anticipated performance by bassist Henry Grimes and a formidable combo including trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, Vinny Golia, and LA-based vocalist Dwight Trible. Grimes made a name for himself with the likes of...

113 Degrees! Today is Downtown LA's Hottest Day on Record

The summer of 2010 was bound to be remembered for cool temperatures across Los Angeles and a stubborn El Niño-enhanced marine layer blanketing the west side. And then it became Fall. The mercury hit an unprecedented 113 degrees shortly after noon and we may see hotter temps yet as the September sun bakes the downtown streets into the afternoon.

Interview: TOMS Shoes' Blake Mycoskie on the One Millionth Pair Donated

We caught up with TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie on a return trip to Argentina (where the idea was originally hatched) for TOMS One Millionth Pair Shoe Drop.

Miles Davis' Bitches Brew Turns 40

Don Cheadle, Jeremy Sole, Henry Rollins, Maggie Lepique, Bennie Maupin, Vince Wilburn, Jr., and Erin Davis discuss Bitches Brew on its 40th anniversary at the GRAMMY Museum. Photo: Earl Gibson. When Bitches Brew came out in 1970, the critics were split and many fans were turned off to hear Miles Davis turn toward a definitively more electric sound. But it became Davis' first gold record -- probably because so many people just had to hear...

Yr City's a Sucker: Two Shops Pop Up with Similar Names, Different Games

L.A. is stepping into Fashion Week New York's shadow this week and we're cruising the catwalks, pop-up shops, and parties to see who's got style. Earlier in the week we visited the newly relocated FREECITYsupershop supermat and a pop-up shop that moved into the erstwhile after-hours Freak City storefront. FREECITY had a near-circus feel with bicycles hanging from the rafters and employees wearing pastel-colored T's emblazoned with similar Bohemian epithets. The store, originally located in...

Public [Dis]service Message: Regular People Use Library Computers for Internet EVERY DAY!

LA Public Libraries are closed on Sundays and Mondays due to unruly budget cuts. This includes the historic Central Library - a downtown landmark and one of the largest libraries in the country - in addition to all 70+ LAPL branches. Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Burbank patrons can access their library's resources 7 days a week. How can we fix this?

Indus Valley Civilization Invades California Plaza

It's a serious bummer when the best of Grand Performances' summer series sets fall in the middle of the workday. But in this instance, there's a second opportunity to catch Indus Valley Civilization - if you can get downtown tonight for what's bound to be an inspiring evening of live music, beats, and performance.

PDF of Prop 8 Decision Goes Viral in 24 Minutes

News of U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker's decision to overturn Proposition 8 (today's coverage: 'Overturned', 'What They're Saying', and 'Can't Marry Yet') spread like wildfire online, becoming one of the most rapidly shared documents in internet history.

Rock Out to Benefit Gulf Coast Oil Spill Victims Tonight

Half a dozen Los Angeles music venues are hosting benefit concerts tonight as part of the global Gulf Coast Benefit Concerts. Proceeds from all participating venues will be donated to The Gulf Restoration Network, a nonprofit committed to uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf Region for future generations.

Activision E3 Party Lights Up Staples Center

Last-night's multi-million dollar Activision E3 event at Staples Center included fire, a 60-foot stripper pole, and performances by Eminem, Usher, Jane's Addiction, N.E.R.D., Chris Cornell, and Maynard James Keenan.

Magnitude 4.9 Earthquake Shakes Southern California

[Update: Click here if you're looking for information about the Monday, June 14th 5.9 quake. The below info is from a quake on Saturday, June 12th] At 8:08 p.m. an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 was felt across parts of Southern California. The epicenter of the quake was 3.6 miles below an unpopulated area of the desert 30 miles due south of Palm Springs and 10 miles northwest of Borrego Springs. It...

The Airborne Toxic Event Honors Iranian Hero in 'Neda' Music Video

LA-based Airborne Toxic Event's new song "Neda" is a eulogy for Neda and proceeds from sales of the song are going to Amnesty International's Neda Project (iTunes link). The band's frontman Mikel Jollett (LAist interview) wrote and directed the video, with artwork by Mona Shafer Edwards.

Photos: Lightning in a Bottle Brings a Touch of Music & Magic to Orange County

The Lightning in a Bottle festival returned Memorial Day weekend after a one-year hiatus bigger -- and better -- than before. We've come to expect The Do Lab to only go big, bold, and beautiful in their multi-platform, lifestyle-agnostic, installations and event productions. We've been dazzled by The Do Lab-produced Lucent Dossier Experience, the Do Lab Tent at Coachella and Lucent L'Amour Valentine's love-fest. But Lightning in a Bottle - in it's ninth iteration -...

Tanker Truck Explodes, Shutting Down 91 Freeway

Getting a head start on your long weekend? Steer clear of the 91 near Corona. A tanker truck overturned and exploded around 10:40 a.m. shutting down traffic in both directions on the 91 between Green River and Highway 71.

Fooled Again: Comedy is Dead April Fools' Edition

A standing room-only crowd was treated to just that. What began with an almost too-subdued set by Lou Barlow (of Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh fame) ended with the rollicking hilarity of Al Madrigal and his band of imaginary cholos, with a solid dose of Sarah Silverman shenanigans in the middle.

Local Homeless Advocate Blogger Wins $50K Grant

Via NPR This morning in Austin, Texas, where the annual SXSW conference is being held, Pepsi announced the winner of its Refresh SXSW Challenge, in which three people competed for a $50,000 prize to launch a web-based campaign for good. Mark Horvath, who was once homeless himself on the streets of Los Angeles, won the grant for his blog InvisiblePeople.TV. He even won against SparkHelp, a location-based mobile application that looks to connect people...

Danger Mouse and James Mercer Debut Broken Bells Live at The Bootleg

We were lucky to be among a few hundred people to catch Broken Bells' first-ever live performance Friday night at the Bootleg Theater in Echo Park. Broken Bells -- if you haven't heard yet -- is a collaboration between James Mercer (of The Shins) and Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse). Try to imagine what that might sound like and your expectations would be met and likely exceeded by the first single alone.

Paul McCartney to Play Hollywood Bowl March 30-31, Presale starts Tuesday*

We've been hearing rumors of Paul McCartney's grand return to the Hollywood Bowl for some time. We can now confirm that Sir Paul will visit the Bowl next month, and tickets go on presale tomorrow at 10 a.m. and open to the public at large on Sunday 2/28 at 10am.

LAist Interview: Bakespace.com Founder Babette Pepaj

Last month at Twiistup 7 we had the opportunity to chat with the founder of Bakespace.com -- the social network for foodies. Babette Pepaj was bouncing around the networks as a reality TV producer before she decided to go full-time with her new-found passion for baking. The LA-based Bakespace.com is now one of the top online communities for recipe sharing and more. So before you step into the kitchen, check out Bakespace and be...

Lucent L'amour: A Festival of Art, Music, and Creativity - Saturday Night

The sensual aerobatics of Lucent Dossier at Lucent L'amour 2008. Photo by Kelly C. Gallamore for LAist. The DoLab's annual Valentines extravaganza is here again! Lucent L'amour - A Visionary Lovefest takes over the Shrine Expo Hall (and neighboring parking lot) this Saturday the 13th with a multimedia spectacular to stimulate the senses. A night full of booty-bumpin' beats supplied by the likes of N.A.S.A., Bassnectar, and more will be complemented by the high-flying...

Discounted Tix Still Left for Twiistup 007

Over the years Twiistup has evolved from a blowout meet 'n' greet for startups, entrepreneurs and investors to a can't-miss, day-and-a-half of panel discussions, showcases and mixers featuring the top tech and media innovators and venture capitalists from LA and beyond. Billed "LA's biggest technology event," the agenda and guest list is a stacked who's-who of elite tech talent. But don't let the mature, sit-down nature of Twiistup 7 fool you, as Hollywood's penchant for...

Varsity Brawlers Prevail in Ejection-Laced Derby Dolls Season Opener

Another sellout crowd packed the Doll Factory for the opening bout of the LA Derby Dolls 2010 season and even though several skaters got booted from the rink, the crowd stayed on its feet throughout the 60-minute, banked-track battle. The Varsity Brawlers opened its second season with a dominating defeat of the Sirens. It was all Brawlers early, jumping out to a quick 28-14 lead. The Sirens closed the gap in the 3rd quarter but...

Radiohead Raises $572,000 for Haiti with Oxfam America at the Henry Fonda Music Box

Late Thursday Radiohead announced that it would perform a charity show benefiting the survivors of the devastating January 12th earthquake in Haiti. The tickets were made available via a Ticketmaster auction which ended with a final minimum bid of $475 (meaning many secured their tickets for $450). Some went above and beyond as the proceeds were going to Oxfam America's Haiti Relief Fund and the high bid was $2,000 per ticket (for either 2...

Local Non-Profits Represent at City Labs Community Service Fair

Hundreds of people came out to City Labs' first community service fair Saturday at the California Market Center. The fair showcased nearly 50 Los Angeles non-profit organizations and featured demos and workshops as well as raffles and prizes for attendees. Sonja Rasula, who recently brought Unique LA to the same space and was named one of LA's young community leaders, organized the event to "attract 'the masses' in order to engage community, provide an outlet...

Coachella 2010 Lineup Announced: Jay-Z, Pavement, Muse, Faith No More Top Extensive 3-Day Bill

Goldenvoice managed push out the 2010 Coachella lineup this morning -- a full 3 months in advance of the 3-day festival April 16-18 in Indio -- and before the typical fake Coachella posters made the rounds. Two highly anticipated comebacks are realized with Pavement and Faith No More, but read deep into the small print and you'll see Sly and the Family Stone, Devo, Grace Jones, and other blasts from the past. But really,...

Tornado Warnings Issued for LA and Orange County [Updated]

A waterspout was spotted off Seal Beach and two tornado warnings were issued as severe storm cells rolled in off the Pacific this afternoon. At 12:45 p.m. a tornado warning was issued for Orange County until 1:30 p.m. (extended to 2 p.m.) as the National Weather Service reported a storm cell heading northeast toward the Newport / Huntington Beach coast. The waterspout was sighted at 1:02 pm moving northeast toward the coast, according to NWS....

How has the Online Dating Game Changed?

This Thursday night in Manhattan Beach we'll hear what the online dating game was, is, and what it can be from five distinct points of view. From shameless social media oversharing to sexting, twittercrushes and swingers socials, there's another world of possibilities for all you disgruntled JDaters and eHarmonists.

Fundraiser for Haiti Earthquake Victims at TiGeorges Tonight

Haitian native George Laguerre, owner of TiGeorges' Chicken in Echo Park, is hosting a dinner tonight on behalf of victims of the earthquake that devastated Haiti this week. "There will be several Haitian relief organizations here," he told the Times. Other local benefits include a "Mothers for Africa" fundraiser for Haiti on Saturday, January 16th at 6pm at the Afiba Center located at 5730 Crenshaw Boulevard, according to CaribPress. TiGeorges' Chicken // 309 Glendale Blvd...

CES 2010: 3D This and 3D That but Still No Smell-o-Vision

To find what gadgets we'll want in our living room, car, and back pocket over the course of the year, we needn't look further than The 2010 Consumer Electronics Show last weekend in Las Vegas. Of course, we couldn't buy anything there -- it's a trade show -- and we'll be lucky to afford much at this rate. Check out some of the hits and misses at CES in the photo essay below....

Living in the City: Black Hole Version

That orange question mark on AT&T's coverage map is asking WHY?!? Why does your wireless voice service still suck so bad?!? When I moved into this neighborhood four years ago after driving out from Chicago, one of my first objectives was to test the various cellular phone (that's what we called them back then) providers. I tried each and every carrier available. There may have been five options at the time. Each mobile service...

Amtrak Leaves Passengers Stranded on Broken Down Surfliner for 8 Hours

The Amtrak Surfliner departed San Diego 10:35 a.m. last Saturday -- right on time. But Train 571, a weekend-only train filled with families and weekend adventurers, never made it to its final destination -- Union Station, LA.

CitySourced Launches at TechCrunch50: Fix Potholes with Your Phone

Imagine if you could make urban graffiti disappear with a shake of your iPhone.... It's not that easy -- yet -- but LA-based FreedomSpeaks.com launched a new mobile tool that comes close. CitySourced enables anyone with an iPhone to report to 311 with the click of a button. See a pothole, snap a photo, and send it off.

Doctor's Orders: No NIN Show at the Fonda Tonight

Trent Reznor has fallen ill, forcing Nine Inch Nails' Wave Goodbye tour to be put on hold. Reznor said he had a cold during last night's concert at the Palladium, which included an appearance by Gary Numan joining NIN on Numan's "Cars." Soon after the show ended the band released the following message on its website:

PCH Closed After Tree Falls on Bus in Pacific Palisades

A section of the Pacific Coast Highway was closed this morning after part of a tree fell on a bus around 8 a.m. in the area of Chautaqua Boulevard. The tree fell onto some power lines and a Metro Route 534 bus, knocking out electrical service to about 1,200 customers, according to Kim Hughes of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. No injuries were reported. Eastbound PCH remained closed between Las Tunas beach and Temescal Canyon Road while crews worked to clear the scene.

Twiistup Brings Web and Entertainment Startups Together This Week in Universal City

As new media consumption goes mainstream, so goes the geekfest; this week's Twiistup includes panels featuring the likes of Brooke Burke (of Wild on E! and Dancing with the Stars fame) discussing her new-found success as an online entrepreneur and Chamillionaire (he of the many mixtapes and much Patron) talking digital music. Since 2007, Twiistup, has served as both a memorable party for the entrepreneurs and media savants and a matchmaking event for select SoCal startups and wide-eyed venture capitalists. But this week Twiistup, now in it's sixth version, is expanding to add a day-and-a-half conference with top speakers to complement a night of open bar mingling.

LAUSD Super Fumes Over 'Bruno' Photos

Superintendent Ramon Cortines is going apeshit over photos of Sacha Baron Cohen with Lake Balboa high school football players published as part of a GQ magazine cover story. Cohen's salacious poses with the stars of Birmingham High's football team appear in the middle of this GQ fashion spread.

Nestlé Recall: Don't Eat That Cookie Dough!

Nestlé voluntarily recalled Toll House chocolate chip cookie dough today after an outbreak of illnesses possibly linked to eating the raw delicacy. More than 60 people have fallen ill so far in 28 states. Toll House cookie dough already comes with a warning to not eat the dough raw so in lieu of returning the product for a full refund, you might consider preheating your oven to 350° F and utilizing your nearest cookie...

Cirque Berzerk Opens to LA Audiences

Cirque Berzerk's extended run at the Big Top in the park opened last night to ooh's and ahh's from the 1,750 circus-goers in attendance. This year's show, under a 45-foot tall big top, benefits from a $650,000 budget and a dynamically talented cast of 150 aerial daredevils, firethrowers, burlesque dancers, all in elaborate costume (and body paint)! All that and the music stylings of Vaud & the Villains! LAist reader heathervescent summed it all up...

Big Top Tent Pitched for Cirque Berzerk 20-Show Run

If you've been by Los Angeles State Historic Park in the past week, you've likely noticed a gigantic red-and-white-striped big top tent. Perhaps you wondered why a tent would be necessary in LA, the stationary circus town in which you live. But this time, we implore you to take a closer look. The circus is in town this month and it's not your grandmother's circus. LA-based Cirque Berzerk is returning to the old "Not...

South LA Reporting Project Wins Grant

A USC Annenberg School reporting project was one of eight community journalism initiatives to be awarded $25,000 in grant money from the Knight Foundation's New Voices program, the Institute for Interactive Journalism announced today. Intersections: The South Los Angeles Reporting Project, spearheaded by The Annenberg School at the University of Southern California, features multimedia reporting on south Los Angeles community news and issues. "One of the main things Intersections has been able to do...

Microquakes Roll Through Echo Park, Silver Lake

No that wasn't the neighbors getting it on again... A couple microquakes -- small earthquakes measuring 2.0 and 2.5 on the Richter scale -- rumbled through Silver Lake (at 7:47) and Echo Park (at 10:07) tonight. Didya feel it? Such microquakes are common along fault lines but we're reminded again that earthquakes will rock across the LAist vicinity (remember the Marina boomer earlier this year)?...

Midnight Movie: Saving Newspapers - The Musical

This hilarious video is full of ideas and initiatives that newspapers could employ to shake the print downturn and become more like LAist. the more economical and timely Internet publications of today. Fill the news racks with double-D racks? Open up an LA Times Smoke Shop on Spring Street? Got any better ideas?

LA Tech, Party People Flock to SXSW Interactive

By the time dozens of LA-based bands descend on Austin for South by Southwest next week, LA's greatest freaks and geeks will have already mad an impact at SXSWi. The interactive component of SXSW, which begins tomorrow (along with the opening of SXSW Film) is a long weekend packed with panels and conversations regarding the future of new media, technology, and entertainment. Now in its 16th year, SXSWi has grown more notable in recent...

Modest Mouse at The Palladium, 2/24/09

The latest iteration of Modest Mouse rocked the mid-sized (4,000 capacity) Hollywood Palladium last week leaving most fans -- young, old, industry, walk-ins -- satisfied. But for those waiting to hear the opening notes of the band's radio (and video game) hits "Float On," "Ocean Breathes Salty," and "Dashboard," it was an incomplete night. But "fuck 'em," as frontman Isaac Brock, would say. For those of us who've watched the PNW indie rockers grow from...

2 Killed in Echo Park, Glassell Park Shootings

Two people were killed and one was injured in apparently connected drive-by shootings Sunday evening. The first victim was fatally struck in the 1600 block of Baxter Street in Echo Park just after 5 p.m., according to the LAPD. The second shooting, around the corner on Echo Park Ave, injured one. A third victim was reported dead at the scene on Toland Way in Glassell Park, a few blocks east of the Eagle Rock Fresh...

Midnight Movie: Jane's Addiction @ Echoplex, 2/16/09

Watch great multi-camera video and soundboard audio of about half of last Monday's set at Echoplex was posted today at Pitchfork.tv.

'The Crisis of Credit'

Jonathan Jarvis, a master's candidate at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, kept it more than a little bit real with "The Crisis of Credit Visualized." This 11-minute animation is just one part of Jarvis's thesis. May his grad school debt vanish with great haste....

Chris Brown, Rihanna Cancel Grammy Appearances After Suspected Felony Battery

Chris Brown was sought on suspicion of domestic violence assault after an early morning incident in Hancock Park, according to LAPD. He later turned himself in. Both Brown and Rihanna canceled their Grammy appearances and performances hours before the awards show began.

Possible Pay-to-Play Dealings with Beverly Hills Firm Leads to Richardson's Withdrawal

Even before President-elect Barack Obama nominated New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to be his Secretary of Commerce, a grand jury investigation was under way regarding Richardson's hiring of Beverly Hills-based CDR Financial Products. CDR won a lucrative contract to advise the New Mexico Financial Advisory in 2004, but not before donating $100,000 to two Richardson organizations. He will continue to serve as governor although the investigation may "extend for several weeks or, perhaps, even...

LAist Predictions for 2009

We've spent much of the past few weeks reviewing the year that was, in music, movies, TV, food, and more. We've talked New Year's resolutions but now's the time to get real: What is really gonna go down over the next 12 months? Below are some of our early predictions -- what are yours? MTA installs turnstiles at all Metro subway stations, securing millions of dollars of unrealized revenue from erstwhile freeloaders. Construction begins on...

Photo Essay: X, New York Dolls @ Club Nokia 12/20/08

Saturday night's marquee lineup at Club Nokia of X, New York Dolls, and Cracker was a perfect set up for a reenactment of the evolution of the clichéd rock fan: the MC5 meets Stooges and Stones 70's garage rock of the Dolls; the timeless West Coast iteration of late '70s downtown punk best repped by hometown heroes X; the '90s post-cowpunk, quasi-kitsch alt-rock of Cracker. Throw away the bullshit clichés -- this nearly four-hour show...

Tangier to Close This Weekend

After weeks of speculation, Tangier will shut its doors for the final time Saturday night. It is not known what will replace the restaurant/bar at 2138 Hillhurst, which is in escrow, according to the Daily Dish. Singer-songwriter Brandon Schott (LAist review) will perform the final set in Tangier Saturday night. Click here for more posts about Tangier....

Welcome to Rainy Season

Screenshot of radar showing rain and snow at 6:24 a.m. via weather.com. Are we in for a wet, wet winter ala 2005 or will we see wildfires again in January? You can consult Dallas Raines or even a pig spleen but you likely won't get an accurate answer. One thing's for sure: It's been raining all morning. Mountain High is padded with 6-10 inches of fresh snow, up to a foot is forecast for...

NPR West Bears the Brunt of Layoffs, Program Cuts

National Public Radio is cutting two daily shows and the majority of its Culver City-based NPR West staff as part of companywide layoffs and program cuts announced today. Both Day to Day and News and Notes will go off the air March 20 and the 34 journalists working on the shows -- and 30 more NPR employees companywide -- will lose their jobs....

New LA Gossip Blog Set to 'Wag

Considering the dour state of local gossip blogs predicting who's next to be laid off, how many years OJ will spend in the pen, and the latest word on a SAG strike, we're glad to hear that a fresh LA gossip blog is set to hit the interwebz next week. Ubiquitous Flip-cam wielding LA tech scenester Sean Percival announced that Lalawag -- a snarky tech blog playing off of Silicon Valley's Valleywag -- should launch...

Dozens of Homes Destroyed, Thousands Threatened by 'Tea Fire' Near Santa Barbara

Folks watch a home burn in the hills above Santa Barbara, Calif., on Thursday Nov. 13, 2008. (AP Photo/Phil Klein) At least 100 residences were destroyed by an uncontained brush fire that was spotted in the Montecito hills northeast of Santa Barbara around 6 p.m Thursday and up to 1,200 more remain threatened, according to officials. Firefighters from as far as Orange County and San Luis Obispo were reporting to the scene of the...

Prop 8 March Creates Traffic Nightmare in West LA

Today's rally and protest over the passage of Proposition 8 has spilled into the streets of West LA and Westwood leading to erratic closures. The 405 north and south exit ramps are closed at Santa Monica Blvd, which remains a parking lot. The protest began at the Mormon temple at 2 p.m. where the crowd swelled into the thousands before taking to the streets. The protesters marched westbound from the Mormon temple to Veteran, then...

Red Flag Warning in Effect Thru Friday

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for much of LA and Ventura Counties until Friday at 6 p.m. according to the National Weather Service (all areas colored fuchsia in the map at right). LA City Red Flag parking restrictions are not in effect. Winds with gusts up to 50 mph (especially in passes and canyons) combined low humidity and warm temperatures mean that "critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now... or will shortly."...

Hundreds of Prop 8 Opponents Rally at the Mormon Church

Hundreds of people gathered for a 2 p.m. press conference at the Mormon temple on Santa Monica Blvd. at Overland (map) where LA Gay & Lesbian Center CEO Lorri L. Jean announced the launch of a new website, http://invalidateprop8.org/. The site is soliciting donations to fight Proposition 8, which passed on Tuesday, effectively banning same sex marriage in California. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints raised more than $15 million in support...

'Yes on 8' Sign Spotted at Polling Place

An LAist reader caught some disturbing signage while videoing her vote today at The Aroma of Jesus Mission Church on Pico:the church had put up the sign weeks ago and had lots of literature "left around"...not sure if they should host polls again!After lodging complaints, a "very nice" poll volunteer removed the signs. If you see anything bizarre, illegal, or otherwise noteworthy let us know. If any issues at a polling station require urgent attention,...

Good Morning Rainy LA

Light rain will continue through the morning. Bright side: we need rain. LA is headed into 2009 facing the most severe drought conditions in 15 years, according to the Metropolitan Water District: Expecting another dry winter, state water officials warned Thursday they can deliver just 15 percent of what local water agencies have requested for 2009, raising the possibility of water rationing in the Los Angeles area. "Hope for the best and prepare for the...

Long Lines For Early Voting in Norwalk*

Early voting line in Norwalk, Oct. 30, 2008 at 12:30 p.m. | Photo by Greg Leeper for LAist. The Los Angeles County Clerk's Office in Norwalk is the only place to vote between now and Tuesday, Nov. 4. If you want to vote early, it's advised that you arrive early, give yourself at least an hour, and be prepared to wait. But with early voting at record levels nationwide, LA is feeling the crunch...

Secret Service Says It's OK to Hang Sarah Palin

... as long as it's just a goofy doll in a Neiman Marcus coat dress and it's Halloween in WeHo. "We're not treating it as a threat," said Deputy Special Agent in Charge Wayne Williams on Tuesday. "Halloween presents some interesting challenges for us with the masks and costumes." The effigy was up "for weeks" before being called out on LAist (and elsewhere) earlier this week, according to LAT....

Sarah Palin Effigy Hangs in West Hollywood

digg_url = 'http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Sarah_Palin_Effigy_Hangs_in_West_Hollywood'; How's this for bad taste? If you are not a fan of Sarah Palin, we recommend ignoring her existence entirely. Not only is this lame attempt at a joke in poor taste -- and not only in light of reported Obama effigies (most recently at a Christian university in Oregon) -- but acknowledging Palin in such an extreme way (or any way) only gives her more credibility / recognition. As it...

BarCampLA-6 Takes Over Mahalo / Causecast HQ in Santa Monica

Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis hosts a session on The Economy at BarCampLA-6. "The best investment right now is in yourself," he advised. | Photo by Vaughn Hannon The sixth BarCamp Los Angeles is underway, with discussions, presentations, drinks, games, and more for -- and by -- the nearly 300 freaks, geeks, techies, and media mavens who registered for free via the BarCampLA wiki. Sessions continue through Sunday night at Mahalo / Causecast headquarters in...

Last-Minute Register to Vote Locations

Voters get registered at a Naturalization Ceremony in Los Angeles in late-August | Photo by Korean Resource Center 민족학교 via Flickr Click here to download a voter registration form from the California Secretary of State At this late date, please do not place your registration form in the mail. To ensure that your form is received before the deadline, you must submit your completed voter registration form to one of the "Close of Voter...

History: LA Times Endorses Barack Obama for President

The Los Angeles Times went against its recent tradition of not taking sides in presidential elections and endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, calling him "the competent, confident leader who represents the aspirations of the United States." It marked the Times' first presidential endorsement since 1972 and was the paper's first endorsement of a Democratic presidential candidate in it's 127-year history. The Chicago Tribune editorial board also published its first-ever endorsement of a Democratic presidential nominee today....

Pazzo Gelato's 2-For-1 Economic Stimulant Package

Silver Lake's Pazzo Gelato is promoting its newly expanded hours (they used to open at 11 a.m.) with 2-for-1 coffee and tea items from 7-11 a.m. While you're there, sample the homemade treats -- it's never too early for gelato. Pazzo Gelato / Sunset & Hyperion / 90026 | photo by e-ta-i via flickr....

4 Schools, 210 Freeway Closed as Wildfire Grows

Santa Ana winds whipped up the Marek / Little Tujunga Canyon Wildfire this morning, forcing school and freeway closures. More than 3,000 acres have burned from Lakeview Terrace to Sylmar including a mobile home park in Lopez Canyon. The 210 Freeway is closed from the 2 to the 118 and LAUSD announced the closure of four schools: Broadous Elementary in Pacoima, Hubbard Elementary in Sylmar, Harding Elementary in Sylmar and Fenton Charter School in Lakeview...

'Threat' Letter to Bill Maher Deemed Harmless

The inaugural performance at Palm Desert's McCallum Theater featuring Boz Scaggs was canceled last night after a letter containing a suspicious substance and a threatening message directed at Bill Maher arrived at the venue. Maher, whose pointed, yet hilarious cynicism is now on display at a theatre near you (his deity-doubting documentary Religulous opened Oct. 3) performed at the McCallum Theater tonight as scheduled. The substance was deemed unharmful. An FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force...

Hundreds Evacuated From Marek Wildland Fire; 750 Acres Scorched*

A firefighting helicopter makes a water drop near Kagel Canyon on Sunday October 12, 2008 | © Jonathan Alcorn At least two residences and three motor homes were destroyed this morning in the Marek Wildland Fire, which broke out around 2 a.m. in the rugged Angeles National Forest about 20 miles northeast of downtown LA. More than 1,000 people have been evacuated from Lopez and Kagel Canyons and 900 firefighting personnel are on the...

Angels, Dodgers Division Series Game Times Announced

MLB announced game times for some of the Best-of-5 AL and NL Division Series games tonight. The Angels host the Red Sox on Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. local time. Game 1 of the Dodgers/Cubs series begins at Wednesday at 3:30 PDT (happy hour!), with Game 2 Thursday night at 6:30 PDT. Game 3 is Saturday at 7 p.m. at Dodger Stadium. All Division Series games televised on TBS. Via MLB.com....

LAist Interview: David Berman, Silver Jews

Silver Jews is coming to town. On just the second tour of a 20-year career, DC Berman and his familial touring band will visit LA tonight behind its sixth recording, Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea. Berman answered a handful of questions from the road, via e-mail. How do you write songs? I build their walls and then lay siege to them for weeks. It's a dialectic between the artistic voice and the critical voice in...

Dodgers Postseason Tickets On Sale Now

The idea of October baseball in Chavez Ravine seemed nearly impossible after the Dodgers deflated just weeks ago, but they're rollin' now and if you act fast, you can snag tickets for potential playoff games at Dodgers Stadium. The Dodgers magic number is 5, meaning any combination of 5 Dodgers wins and/or Diamondbacks losses and the NL West will be won. Get 'em here or at 1-800-DODGERS. Tickets start at $26 for the Division Series...

Death Toll at 18 in Metrolink Crash, Expected to Rise

At least 18 were killed and 135 injured (about 100 of those were taken to hospitals) in yesterday's head-on collision between a Metrolink commuter train and a freight train in Chatsworth, according to officials. The death toll was expected to rise as heavy equipment lifts the downed locomotive this morning, said Metrolink spokesperson Denise Tyrrell. Metrolink train 111 bound from Union Station to Oxnard, carrying 225 people, collided with the freight train (4 Union Pacific...

Metrolink Death Toll at 24 and Expected to Rise

Update: The death toll is now 25.Yesterday's horrific train crash claimed 24 lives, authorities confirmed this afternoon. That number is expected to rise as bodies of some victims have yet to be recovered from the twisted remnants of the first car of the Metrolink commuter train. "There is zero chance anyone survived being crushed by a locomotive,'' said Metrolink spokesperson Denise Tyrell. "I wish I could say there was...." There was no official update on...

Kanye West Smashes Photog's Camera, is Arrested at LAX

Last year, Kanye West flipped out backstage at MTV's Video Music Awards and swore he'd never come back. Sunday night he was there and closed out the show, but this morning the books are open after West snapped, smashing a photographers camera at LAX Terminal 4. West was arrested just before 8 a.m. on charges of battery and vandalism and remains in custody at the airport, according to reports. TMZ has video here....

Hollywood Hill to Host Mobile Media Summit This Weekend

Now that the U.S. is catching up with the rest of the world's mobile phone addiction, we can use our nimble thumbs to engage in some quality worldchanging. We've learned a lot about what's possible with mobile from Google, Apple, and Nokia in the past year alone. Now is the time take the baton and move forward. Tomorrow and Saturday, the Big Brain Boy's Mobile Media Summit will feature presentations from some of the world's...

Get Your Ninja Handbook Signed by the 'Ask a Ninja' Ninja Tonight

AskaNinja.com creators Douglas Sarine and Kent Nichols online video has gone old media. The Ninja Handbook, is now out in paperback (read it if you dare) and is also available as an audio download (narrated by the Ninja and recommended in tandem with the illustrated handbook for all you Nonjas). No matter your Ninjaish inclinations, consider this fair warning: The Ninja will make a rare appearance tonight at Vroman's to sign your Handbook (and try...

Man in Critical Condition After Being Knocked Out By Ninja

A 20-year-old man remains hospitalized in critical condition after being struck by a roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia on Saturday. The man lost his hat on a ride and climbed two security fences to retrieve it, according to park officials. He was then struck by the Ninja roller coaster and knocked unconscious. Ninja remains shut down pending an investigation. (Photo via MPR529's flickr)....

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