Results tagged “Andy Sternberg”

Apple Cuts Price on iPhone, Introduces iPod Touch, New Nano

Were you dismayed and confounded by the iPhone madness of June 2007? Did it disgust and disturb you to see your friends and colleagues giddily wait in line to drop $600 for the most-hyped mobile phone in history? Well that sniveling trickster, Steve Jobs is back, and he may be the only one laughing this time. Jobs' announcement of a new iPod came as a surprise to nobody. It looks and functions exactly like an...

Thunder... Lightning... Rain?!?

These are the last days of summer. At least that's what they say on the news and in the marketplace. But here in Southern California, it only gets hotter as the days grow shorter. (At least the pools won't close just yet). But -- Holy Dallas Raines -- early this morning, with temps stuck in the mid-70s, we've got thunder and lightning! Unfortunately, the electricity in the air has no bearing on California's energy supply,...

Tonight in New Media in LA: Creative Commons Salon

Tonight is the first-ever Creative Commons Salon in Los Angeles. Entertainment peeps, techies, and creatives of all walks are encouraged to check it out. Drinks, networking, and short multimedia presos. LAND 366 E. 2nd Street (MAP) Los Angeles 7-9 p.m. FREE Animated short describing the Creative Commons Licensing Project after the jump. photo by Dawn Endico via flickr using CC license....

Bloc Party, Justice, Satellite Party, Celebrity Skin Confirmed for Detour Fest 2 - Good as the First?

LA Weekly's inaugural Detour music festival rocked downtown last October, with frenzied dancing, drinking, and dope smoking on the downtown streets, City Hall lawn, and even St. Vibiana's Cathedral with the likes of Beck, Blonde Redhead, !!!, Queens of the Stone Age, Basement Jaxx, and Nortec Collective. The second Detour is a day-long music extravaganza that's set up to be quite the, um, party, with headliners: Bloc Party, Satellite Party, Justice, Celebrity Skin, and...

How Paul Frank Lost His Name

Poor Paul Sunich. First he lost his monkey. Now he's lost his middle name. Costa Mesa-based Paul Frank Sunich, creator of the ubiquitous Julius the Monkey icon, can no longer put his name on T-shirts, according to a 16-page ruling yesterday by an Orange County U.S. District Court judge. Paul Frank Industries (PFI) prevailed in a trademark infringement lawsuit against the designer, who last year after a falling-out with the company he co-founded ten years...

Arr! We're All Pirates Now

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pissed about the "hundreds of billions" of dollars swallowed by piracy and counterfeiting and it has taken the outrage to our fair City of Angels ("...and Demons," as the press release says). The Chamber has released results of a Gallup survey, coinciding with this week's Counterfeiting and Piracy Awareness shenanigans claiming that one-quarter of all Angelenos are admitted pirates. But we're certain that percentage is far greater. In fact,...

Elvira Arellano Deported to Mexico by ICE in LA

To some, Elvira Arellano is a leader among pro-immigration rights activists who think the federal government' immigration and trade policies are unfair. To others, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Arellano is just another attention-grabbing, "criminal alien and immigration fugitive," unfairly using her American-born son as an Elián González-like prop for pro immigration activism . Arellano spent an entire year inside Adalberto United Methodist Church on Chicago's West Side, defying a federal order to report...

Dear Media: Help Prevent the Next Unnatural Disaster

Stop the presses. The horror story unraveling in central Utah just lost the plot. Tragically. The doomed efforts to assess the fate of six miners missing after a cave-in was the daily go-to lead for news outlets of all media for nearly two weeks. The "race to save trapped Utah miners" [LA Times, August 9] never quite seemed real -- a human interest spectacle rivaling that of serial programs such as "Lost" -- with...

R.I.P. Max Roach

Maxwell Lemuel Roach was born on Jan 10, 1924 in New Land, NC. He would go on to become one of the all-time great masters of rhythm. Max Roach's command of instrument, and his musicality as a drummer -- anchored and accelerated the evolution of jazz and moreover everything that is good music. A primary catalyst of the progression of bebop to hard bop -- Max Roach made the drums the hottest instrument on...

Free Rock: Midnight Movies, Irving, Gore Gore Girls

Hurry up and relax -- the weekend is within reach. Echoplex is set to prep you for a hot weekend at Sunset Junction with a solid lineup tonight including local dahlinks Midnight Movies and Irving as well as Detroit's Gore Gore Girls and Architects from Kansas City. You'll sweat, you'll scream, you'll cry... but you won't spend a cent to get in the door. Carry on for music video offerings....

The Week in Weeklies

By week's end, LA is littered with dozens of free rags. LAist reads the weeklies so you don't have to. If there's anything we missed, let us know, or better yet drop it in the comments section below. LA Weekly reviewed the gaffe-filled Q & A between Democratic presidential hopefuls and Hollywood gays. While not one candidate came out clearly in support of gay marriage, Bill Richardson slipped so hard as to insinuate that...

Mayor Tony's Gopher Issue

Mayor Villa (will his soon-to-be-ex-wife really let him keep the Raigosa?) is proving to be quite the crafty politician this summer, weaseling his way through some rather public, personal crises. We can now add the Gopher Issue to the list of Tony V's lamest and greatest excuses. In spite of his call this summer for Angelenos to consciously conserve 10% more water, the LA Times scoured DWP records and found that the mayor and...

The Week in Weeklies

By week's end, LA is littered with dozens of free rags. LAist reads the weeklies so you don't have to. If there's anything we missed, let us know, or better yet drop it in the comments section below. Downtown News dedicated about half of its July 30 issue to the long-awaited opening of Ralph's at Ninth and Flower. The cover story is here with more here, here, and here. Kathleen Nye Flynn examined the...

Shake With Me

It's a full moon and the earth is shaking. Three small quakes within a hundred miles of Los Angeles in the past hour alone, according to the U.S. Geological Survey Web site. Perhaps unscientific -- though seemingly never "gamed" or exagerrated -- is the USGS "shake map" at right. Within 30 minutes of tonight's 3.2 magnitude shaker centered near Granada Hills, over 700 people went to the site to report shaking intensity. Hover over the...

How Do YOU Rank the Best of '07?

The Downtown News is out with its annual Best of list. In the spirit of the awesome map that appears each week in the Downtown News, we're mapping the DTNews Editors' "Best of" picks. Play along by clicking on any placemarker below and adding your rating/photos/comments. MapKit.display();...

Virgin in the Sky: Now Boarding

Sir Richard Branson's SFO-based harem of nubile air carriages wants you on board. Beginning this morning, cut-rate tickets are on sale for LAX-SFO flights on Virgin America. 5 flights daily are scheduled to shuttle between the two airports starting August 8 -- with coach seats going for $44 each way (before tax). First-class Virgin tickets are also offered at the introductory price of $149 each way. While numerous airlines have been grounded, bought out, or...

How the LAFD Keeps Us Connected: An Interview with Brian Humphrey

Using the latest and greatest Internet tools, the Los Angeles Fire Department is setting an example for public communication and ubiquity in the information age. After being notified via text message of a "traffic collision with entrapment on Sherman Way," we paid a call to LAFD for an update on their ever-expanding Web endeavors. We caught up with veteran LAFD firefighter and public service officer Brian Humphrey during one of his 24-hour shifts in...

Spinal Tap with Metallica + 'Gypsy' Madonna @ Live Earth

The greatest surprise performance at the 24-hour Live Earth was not Kanye West and John Mayer joining the Police on "Message in a Bottle." Hell, no. It was Spinal Tap (reunited) with some help from Metallica (they actually laugh) bringing down London's Wembley Stadium with hits like "Stonehenge" and "Big Bottom." Madonna's gypsy-hobo-punk performance -- fully choreographed -- of "La Isla Bonita" with Eugene and Serge from Gogol Bordello was also surprisingly excellent (watch...

Live Earth: Live Online

The biggest international benefit concert since Live8 Live Aid of all time is ON. The 24-hour affair began around 10 p.m. PDT Friday and concludes late Saturday in Jersey. And we must rock because... why? Whelp... Al Gore said so. Yes, the former Veep who let some derelicts pickpocket his presidency before performing an Academy Award-winning PowerPoint presentation in An Inconvenient Truth is taking green global. Why not turn "can rock 'n' roll save...

Please Unclog Our InterTubes

The Communications Workers of America released their initial (small) data sample revealing the molasses-slow pace of U.S. broadband connectivity. And tech-savvy, forward-thinking California clocks slower-than-average speeds. Blaming your new AT&T or Time-Warner or Verizon or Al Gore simply isn't going to fix the Internet, the union warns. Even Canada ranks significantly higher in broadband speeds. Take the speed test, play with the interactive data, or grab the PDF. Hmm. Maybe if we just just...

5 Reasons to See Architecture in Helsinki Tonight

5. The Melbourne, Australia-based sextet will perform a high-energy, boogie-inducing set featuring songs from their third LP, "Places Like This" (due August); so if you've seen them before, it's time to go back for more. AIH incorporates what's best described as Australian bush yelping reminiscent of early Midnight Oil while managing to sound at times like the B-52s, Gang of Four, Devo, and Talking Heads. Oh, and vocalist / multi-instrumentalist Kellie Sutherland has a most...

LA to the Bay via Freeway 99 w/ Cheese

State Route 99 cuts straight through the Central Valley to Sacramento via Bakersfield and Fresno (see map below). And if you get too lost in your audiobook after the 5 skirts Angeles National Forest and meanders into the middle of nowhere, you might accidentally end up on it as we did yesterday. We didn't realize our mistake until we took note of the multicolored flowering bushes lining the median of the freeway, obscuring a great...

LA Times' Steve Lopez Speaks at USC Annenberg Commencement

The inspiring and occasionally hilarious Points West columnist delivered the commencement address to graduating undergrads and graduate students of USC's Annenberg School of Journalism (and Strategic Public Relations) on Friday....

Get Out of Our Life, Nancy Grace

The Good News: Nancy Grace will no longer be on Court TV, at least not until she finally gets to sit in the defendant's seat herself. The Bad News: The diminutive Southern blond rabble-rouser will continue her work as a nightly nuisance on the one-time news channel known as CNN Headline News. In her career as a talking head taking on all kinds of imagined and otherwise biased and inaccurately portrayed wrongdoers, Nancy Grace has...

Was the Greek Theatre Damaged by the Fire?

While we're unaware of any specific damage to the Greek Theatre, we're certain it's littered with ash and smells-like-burning. So is Nederlander, the production company that books shows at the Greek. Tomorrow night's Loreena McKennitt concert has been moved to the Gibson Amphitheatre. Today's cooler temps helped firefighters get the Griffith Park fire under control. After consuming over 800 acres, the fire is 50 75 percent contained and will hopefully be entirely contained within...

The Day Paris Died and Went to the Art Gallery

If Paris Hilton is allowed to leave the state, she'd surely be on her way to the Capla Kesting Fine Art gallery in Brooklyn, where Daniel Edwards' "Paris Hilton Autopsy" will be on display through the end of May. According to our Mothership, Gothamist, Hilton is said to have commissioned Edwards to create a sculpture of her for the Sunset Strip. Surely, she'd blame this sculpture of her untanned body on her fired and...

Arbor Day Festival Canceled + Weekend Fun Guide

The 10th Annual Los Angeles Arbor Day Festival is the latest casualty of the Griffith Park Fire. In a tragic irony, California Wildfire Awareness week will not be ending with a celebration of LA's 4,000-acre urban forest as originally planned. The fest was scheduled as part of the Million Trees LA initiative. Saturday IS Fire Service Recognition Day. Tons of options for family fun on what's forecast to be a beautiful spring weekend after...

LAist Interview: The Daily Reel's Alexandra Delyle

A couple weeks back we interviewed Alex Delyle, managing editor of the West Hollywood-based startup The Daily Reel at the Economics of Social Media conference. "[The Daily Reel] covers online video the way Variety covers Hollywood and the entertainment business," explained Delyle. We also got some tips on making a hit viral video (hint: forget the felines) and that, if you've got what it takes to be the next big Ze Frank or Lonelygirl15,...

LAist Interview: Craftsman Brewmaster Mark Jilg

all photos by Wathana Lim for LAist. Los Angeles may not be know for it's beer. Yet. But if you roll up to a bar with Craftsman on draft, you're about to drink the freshest and most flavorful beer around. So fresh, that it may have found it's way from the fermenting tank to the keg earlier that day. That keg of Craftsman was delivered by Mark Jilg or one of his two full-time...

A Craaazy Week in Media

In like a fox and out with a yodel? Microsoft wants to buy Yahoo for $50 billion. Many have speculated that Microsoft would eventually spring for big Y, as a marriage with the online media giant increasingly appears to be the most viable option to compete with Google in the great war of search and online advertising. Always a fun rumor to kick around, but today it's being corroborated by the WSJ, and considering...

Of Riot Gear and Rubber Bullets

Wilshire & Alvarado - May Day The presence of a police force lined up with riot gear presupposes trouble. And when someone supposedly threw a bottle near MacArthur Park Tuesday evening, it was a call to action. Or as Chief Bratton later rationalized: "Missiles were being thrown at the officers, and officers [were] responding." Last year's May Day march down Wilshire featured amiable members of LA's finest police and fire squads lined up on...

Coachella: The Free, Air-Conditioned Version

Can't make it out to the desert this weekend? No worries, AT&T's Blue Room broadcasts live streaming video from select performances at Coachella beginning at 3 p.m. today. So kick back with some brews, crank up the A/C and turn the speakers up to 11. Coachella streams via this link. Read on to check out the Blueroom schedule, subject to change. photo of the Coachella DJ Dome, Thurs. night, by Dave Bullock (eecue)....

LAist Interviews Carson Daly

The inaugural EconSM conference, produced by Rafat Ali's ContentNext Media Network (parent of the excellent PaidContent site) is rockin' the Beverly Hilton with entertainment and new media heavies. EconSM addresses the present and potential economy of the social media marketplace in regards to online news, Hollywood, music, mobile media, and more. The amusing "Social Media Meets Hollywood" panel, in which Carson Daly sat alongside The L Word executive producer Ilene Chaiken, preceded lunch. Daly...

LAist Interviews Newsvine CEO Mike Davidson

We interviewed Mike Davidson, CEO of Newsvine, at the EconSM conference at the Beverly Hilton today. We discussed everything from how anyone can make a cit-journalism hit on Newsvine (and take 90% of the revenues), to the details of the 13-month-old Web site's re-launch this week to Davidson's longing for the now-shuttered Mort's Deli in Pacific Palisades, where he grew up. This interview is not rudely cut-off, despite the distraction of the pool area below....

Downtown Named 3rd Bloggiest 'Hood in U.S.

According to a recent study by the neighborhood blogging aggregator Outside.in (backed by Netscape and Ning cofounder Marc Andreesen, among others), Downtown LA is #3 on the list of "America's Top Ten Bloggiest Neighborhoods": "The common themes are real estate prices and local politics," Outside.In CPO John Geraci told CNET. "People also post reviews about restaurants and other local businesses." Well-earned congrats to our friend Eric Richardson for being singled out per below:3. Downtown...

Echo Park Lake, You're a Star!

It's well known that before there was "Hollywood," there was Edendale, home of Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios but lately the indie film shooting hot spot in 90026/39 seems to be Echo Park Lake. It's not like Echo Park suddenly reemerged on the live set scene following the excellent, filmed-throughout-Echo-Park Quinceañera, in fact, we're sure that numerous films have filmed key scenes at the home of the Lotus Fest and Dragon Boat Races. Last month,...

LAist Interviews MSN.com Daily Editor Dave Herman

Today we interviewed a top online news editor and wanted to share the goods. This interview was conducted by LAist during the Knight New Media Centers Politics and Cyberspace conference. Does anyone really still call it "cyberspace?" Dave Herman is the daily editor of the MSN.com homepage. We discussed the hits and misses on the evil empire's Redmond, WA-based portal, including the Janet nip-slip and the Virginia Tech massacre, before we were rudely cut off......

LAist Interviews OutsidetheBeltway.com's James Joyner

Yesterday we interviewed John Amato of Crooks and Liars and today we take it to Right Blogistan to pick the brain of Outside the Beltway's James Joyner. (Amato and Joyner are pictured on the left and right, respectively.) While Amato was pulled away after a few minutes yesterday, we had an entire 15-minute break with Joyner at the Westin Bonaventure (we're covering the Knight New Media Center's Covering Politics in Cyberspace conference) to rap...

LAist Photos in Rock

Concert review in brief: The Ponys tore the roof off The Echo the other night. Photos by Tom Rippe for LAist: more photos of the Ponys and opening band Deerhunter, plus aural fulfillment after the jump......

LAist Interviews John Amato of CrooksandLiars.com

John Amato, once known as the sax-man for the likes of Duran Duran, Goo Goo Dolls, and Ringo Starr, is recognized today as the man behind one of the most popular blogs on Earth, Crooks and Liars. We stole the LA resident and LAist reader for a couple minutes before he sat on a panel at the Knight New Media Center's Covering Politics in Cyberspace seminar. Click here to subscribe to the LAist podcast and...

Turbo Tax'd to the Maxx

You know that nagging feeling that maybe that online tax filing software didn't fully do the trick? I'm nearly certain I filed my taxes weeks early (which felt weird in itself) only to continually receive e-mails from TurboTax with subjects screaming "TIME IS RUNNING OUT!" and "12 Days Left, User ID enclosed." I'm pretty sure these are the result of the "free version" I sampled at TurboTax online before biting the bullet and installing...

The Week in Weeklies

By week's end, LA is regularly littered with a handful of free rags. Combined, these publications put the Tribune Company's Spring Street operation LA Times to shame as far as reporting on the dozens of municipalities that make up this metropolis of more than 12 million people. LAist reads the weeklies so you don't have to. If there's anything we missed, let us know, or better yet drop it in the comments section below....

Taking Back LA: Free Culture & DIY

USC Free Culture is hosting a panel discussion this evening on reinvigorating Los Angeles' open space. What we can do with artistic expression, do-it-yourself technology and the public domain to preserve and enhance LA's 500 square miles of diverse culture before our greatest spaces are swallowed up by thinly veiled corporate interests? What type of "knowledge ecology" is possible in a city devoted to fame, celebrity and image? USC's Taper Hall, Rm 301 3501...

Google 411: No Foolin'

Google Voice Local Search, or Google 411 Experimental -- as the robot's greeting would have it -- is live. In Google's ongoing efforts to take over the world, this service is free, no ads and it connects you directly. The Googleplex also managed to push the product live (experimental) less than a month after Microsoft announced their acquisition of voice query software developer TellMe. 1-800-GOOG-411 It's all computerized on their end, however, with no human...

The Week in Weeklies

By week's end, LA is regularly littered with a handful of free rags. Combined, these publications put the Tribune Company's Spring Street operation LA Times to shame as far as reporting on the dozens of municipalities that make up this metropolis of more than 12 million people. LAist reads the weeklies so you don't have to. If there's anything we missed, let us know, or better yet drop it in the comments section below....

LAist Crashes the Year of the Dog Red Carpet Premiere

Year of the Dog's Laura Dern and Molly Shannon with writer/director Mike White OK, so we were invited to the Paramount lot -- but wouldn't it be more dramatic if we crashed it? Could additional drama even be necessary at the premiere of a movie about relationships, work, death, and dogs, with a tagline begging the question: "Has the world left you a stray?" Year of the Dog hits theaters next Friday, the 13th....

Hellraising in LA With Andrew W.K.

Andrew W.K.'s Highway Party Cruiser Tour slammed into Safari Sam's last night for Check Yo Ponytail's weekly mashup of live rock; dance-punk, retro, and new wave dance floor action; and mindbending video projection. We knew we were in for some wildness, considering the promise of a solo set and DJ'ing from wild child Andrew W.K. We were also a bit concerned, not knowing what to expect after recently hearing him on All Things Considered...

The Week in Weeklies

By week's end, this town is regularly littered with a handful of free rags. Combined, these publications put the Tribune Company's Spring Street operation to shame as far as reporting on the dozens of municipalities that make up this metropolis of more than 12 million people. LAist reads the weeklies so you don't have to. If there's anything we missed, pretty please let us know, or better yet, drop it in the comments section...

New Rule: Tom Cruise Diplomacy

We're big fans of Bill Maher and his weekly Real Time on HBO. The hour-long show features a panel of distinguished guests discussing politics and pop matters of the day with Bill, but the highlight of each show is the "New Rules" segment, in which Maher introduces a set of hilarious new rules. (Also, highly recommended is the book, or audiobook of the same name.) The "New Rules" above are from Friday's episode --...

Google Reinvents Paper, Free Wi-Fi

And, what more, to counter the old media GPaper vibe (have your e-mail sent via snail mail, complete with targeted ads), Google also announced the beta release of TiSP:Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system that provides in-home wireless access by connecting your commode-based TiSP wireless router to one of thousands of TiSP Access Nodes via fiber-optic cable strung through your local municipal sewage lines. Finally, we can wirelessly flush our overflowing...

Jenny Lewis: Pioneer Woman

Girl's got mad skillz. And that's why we f'in heart Jenny Lewis. We couldn't say it better than our city council president, however. Pass the mic to E. (Garcetti):Jenny is a third-generation Angeleno and was well known locally before her career took off. She dedicated her award, as she put it, "to all of my neighbors who, for all these years put up with the musical racket coming from my tiny apartment in Silver Lake."...

Mark Cuban vs. Fred von Lohmann on Online Video Sharing

The keynote at the Electronic Frontier Foundation's 16th Annual Pioneer Awards featured two highly knowledgeable new technology blabbermouths debating the future of online video sharing sites and copyright. EFF attorney Fred von Lohmann and Dallas Maverick's owner, HDNet founder, etc, Mark Cuban sparred on safe harbor rights, YouTube/Google infringement suits and the possible futures of Internet video distribution, and, well, kitties. At least we think Cuban said "kitties." The awards ceremony was a supplement...

BarCamp is in Session

The third iteration of BarCamp LA is in full effect with a record number of attendee/participants. BarCamp is an ad-hoc un-conference produced, attended and presented by enterprising media/tech/Internet junkies, worker-monkeys, and inquiring civilians as an alternative to the overly-corporate, overpriced mega-conferences that commonly occur at the Convention Center, Loews Hotel, or somewhere-in-the-Bay Area. Still don't get it? Just come on down, BarCamp is free (thanks to sponsors) and its fun. Day one is winding down...

LA Times Digs Deep to Keep Current

Stopping just short of demanding abstinence from its Opinion column contributors, the LA Times most likely paid a pretty price to scrounge together today's "Current" section. Case in point: The lead column is by the venerable Daniel Hernandez, the 26-year-old LA Weekly staff writer who left the Times last year. Why? Because, as he told us last August, the culture of the Times was exhausting and unfulfilling. He felt he was "challenging the institutional and...

Midnight Movie: Rock Over Baghdad

We hear about Iraq everyday but we don't hear enough from real Iraqis. On the cusp of the first weekend of Spring we bring you the fifth and most recent episode from Hometown Baghdad, a vlog featuring documentaries shot by a group of young Iraqi filmmakers. The first episodes took us into the streets of Baghdad and into living rooms with high-fiving soccer fans glued to the tube -- as long as the 3-hrs on/...

This is a Safe Harbor Zone

The Daily Show's Demetri Martin examines the legality of watching him discuss the legality of watching The Daily Show on YouTube. For the full effect, watch it illegally via this embedded YouTube player before Viacom submits its takedown notice. If the YouTube video doesn't work, watch legally via Comedy Central's videoplayer, embedded after the jump....

LAist Reviews: Modest Mouse - We Were Dead...

We don't care what you think about Isaac Brock and by the tone of the psychotic laughter punctuating We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank's opening track ("March Into the Sea"), neither does he. Brock grew up in Issaquah, Washington, where he lived in a (reportedly not-so-shabby) trailer home with his parents, who were part of the Grace Gospel Church, which in some way was affiliated with the infamous Waco Branch Davidians. As...

5 Reasons to Boycott the Arrival of the Airbus A380

5. Airbus was actually going to dis LAX until a few weeks ago because the airport was so far behind on the infamous ~$50 million modifications needed to accommodate the 8-story tall village-in-the-sky. So while 550 Lufthansa passengers will arrive simultaneously (9:30 a.m. PDT Monday) at New York's JFK, the LAX-bound A380 is practically a test flight, with only handful of Airbus techs and some heavy equipment (although it's rumored that Samuel L. Jackson...

Never Too Cloudy For a Catered Meal at the Lake

We couldn't drive by without finding out what could possibly necessitate a fully table-clothed catered lunch at Echo Park Lake at 2 p.m. on a Monday. Turned out to be cast and crew from the independently produced The Last Word starring Ray Romano and Winona Ryder, which is being tagged as a romantic dramadey. No word on whether or not Winona rises from the depths of Echo Park Lake as a mermaid to tantalize...

Extra, Extra - Who Let the Dogs Out?

- LAPD seeks felony charges against a 13-year-old alleged dogfight organizer caught in South LA on Monday. The injured pitbulls are expected to recover. The kid, however, may be another story. - LA Times. - Claiming a victory in mission:gangbusters 2007, LAPD central division Capt. Andrew Smith reports, "We really believe we have taken the head off the 5th and Hill Gang." - Daily News. - The transcripts are out on the Khalid Sheikh...

Listen Up: Finetune is Fun

At LAist, we've done everything to convince ourselves that we're not missing out (tho we could use the rain) by steering clear of SXSW (did somebody say 5 weeks 'til Coachella?). Enter our new buddy Finetune. This music-streaming app, a veritable iPod shuffle for the world to share, combines Pandora's music recommending capabilities with Last.fm's social scene and takes the "Web 2.0" look, tagging and sharing mechanisms a step further. So take a break from...

Stardust Goes Down in Smoke

No, this is not the set of Casino 2. After 49 years, the hotel that helped modernize the glam-it-up, get-you-drunk, take-your-money Vegas we know and love is kaput. Stardust was imploded in grand fashion early this morning to make room for the $4.4 billion Boyd's Echelon Place megaplex. AP photo by Darrin Bush. More at Yahoo! News' slideshow....

Early Bird Special: Hollywood Bowl

There are countless reasons to love the Hollywood Bowl: the outdoor ambience tucked in the so-close-yet-so-far-away Hollywood Hills; bring your own... whatever you want; great sound and big screens that you can see no matter where you're seated. Best of all, if you act quickly you'll get to many more shows for far less money. Here's how: You can purchase tickets RIGHT NOW (as long as you purchase for at least 5 events). General...

Extra, Extra - 'Hey Mister' You're Under Arrest

-- 15 teams of sheriff's deputies and undercovers nabbed 58 people across Southern California Saturday on suspicion of providing alcohol to minors. It was the was the largest one-day "hey mister / shoulder tap" sting operation in state history. - MyFoxLA.com. -- A wildfire north of Anaheim charred 2,000+ acres and threatened homes. It's still burning, as is a smaller fire near Corona. Do your best to not burn down your neighborhood -- it's hot,...

LAist Salutes: Boston Frontman Brad Delp

R.I.P. (Some touching comments at Bostonist)....

This Week in Weeklies

By week's end, Los Angeles is regularly littered with a handful of free rags. Combined, these publications put the Tribune Company's Spring Street operation to shame as far as reporting on the dozens of municipalities that make up this metropolis of more than 12 million people. LAist reads the weeklies so you don't have to. If there's anything we missed, pretty please let us know, or better yet, drop it in the comments section...

USC Group Fined For Using 'Free Speech Zone'

In a display of supreme irony, the USC Free Culture group is being fined for every flier posted in the campus' so-called "Free Speech Zone." Campus officials sent an e-mail to the group yesterday, warning: There is a 1$ fine for every flyer posted in violation of policy and at at the moment 14 flyers reading "This is not a free speech zone" have been collected. [...] The fine for chalking is determined by Facilities...

Fox News. We Lie. You Laugh.

Not a TOTAL lie, as Irve Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Jr. actually was found not guilty of one of the 5 charges leveled against him. FoxNews.com has regressed from the "fair and balanced" schtick to an even more ridiculous "We report. You Decide." Now that's pretty commanding when spoken by apes. Anyway, for those of you keeping score at home, the Libby trial has gone the Martha Stewart route, as in, he lost, although he...

Cat in the Hat Turns 50; Dylan Hears a Who

Friday was the 50th birthday of Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat. A few area schools honored the occasion with special events including the release of "THE SEUSS IS LOOSE!: Young Lil' Hats, Writing All That," at The Watts Learning Center charter school. Cabrillo Elementary in Hawthorne went all out for the good doc with a Read-a-Thon and a Green Eggs and Ham Cookoff, and the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library served birthday cake while hat-wearing...

The Eclipse That We Missed

While we basked in the warm afternoon sun, much of the rest of the world witnessed the first total lunar eclipse in nearly three years. Luckily, many photos were taken. Good lookin' out, rest of the world! We won't have to wait long to get ours -- the total lunar eclipse on August 27/28 will be fully visible from LA, assuming skies are clear. Photo composite (above) by swissrolli, Wolverhampton, England. Photos of tonight's...

5 Reasons You're Never Too Cool For School

(Or too geeky. Or too broke. Or too old. Or drunk.) As long as you've got access to a computer, you needn't leave the house or spend another dime to get some university enrichment.Your friend the Internet is here to provide the ultimate in affirmative action at the click of a mouse. Here are 5 choice picks to enrich your commute, impress your friends, inspire hallucinations, or maybe even help you get smart: 1) Sci-Fi...

Oscar Says: 'Los Angeles, I'm Yours'

BONUS: Santa Monica-based Yahoo! Media Group presents: pre-Oscars video / hype; latest Oscar news/gossip, and MORE....

Spirit Awards: Definitely NOT The Oscars

Last night, about 15 miles west of the Kodak Theatre -- a veritable light year -- Taylor Dayne and Doogie Howser starred in film awards gala skits of their own. Little Miss Sunshine took Best Picture, Director, and Supporting Male honors at Film Independent's Spirit Awards. Half Nelson took consolation for losing Best Picture by capturing Best Male (Ryan Gosling) and Best Female Lead (Shareeka Epps) awards. And America Ferrera set the bar for Oscar...

Flushed Away... Cartoon Justice?

This is your last warning. Don't go posting those Oscar screeners on the Internet. Not now, and not ever! After all, you could end up like Salvador Nunez Jr., a 27-year-old Norwalk resident who was charged today with copyright infringement. Nunez allegedly got DVD copies of Flushed Away from his sister, who has the privilege of reviewing cartoons for the Academy. The MPAA knows this because they imprint digital watermarks on all screeners in...

'24': Torturing Your Television?

The New Yorker's Jane Mayer looks inside the mind of Joel Surnow, co-creator and producer of "24," and at the goings on behind-the-scenes of his San Fernando Valley production shop and LApocalypse (relax... it's only TV) incubator. Whatever it takes, yo. Happy Friday!...

LAist Interview: Obama 2008 Rally Attendees

Thousands attended the Obama 2008 rally yesterday at Rancho Cienega in Crenshaw. We spoke to several Barack Obama supporters and found a variety of interests and goals bringing people together. To nobody's surprise, we found one common theme: Hope. Watch the video for more from the crowd and from Senator Obama himself....

Does Hollywood Heart Obama?

The New York Times seems to think so. We can confirm that among the 800 or so who paid $2,300 a head to rub elbows with Barack Obama for a minute or two at the Beverly Hilton were: Jennifer Aniston, Burt Bacharach, Mario van Peebles, Stephen Spielberg, Arianna Huffington, Ben Stiller, Morgan Freeman, Zach Braff, Eddie Murphy, Ron Howard, Taye Diggs, Norman Lear, JJ Abrams, Paul Reiser, Christine Lahti, Jackson Browne, and Natalie Maines....

Top 5 Candidates for USC Annenberg Dean

USC's Annenberg School for Communication has narrowed its search for a new dean to five candidates and will conduct meetings with the candidates -- open to students and faculty -- over the next few weeks. Last year Dean Geoffrey Cowan announced that he would step down after two five-year terms as dean of the Annenberg School, leading many to speculate on a qualified successor. He was endowed with the inaugural Annenberg Family Chair in Communication...

Grand Ole Opry Revival in Hollywood

(l-r): Billy Bob Thornton, Marty Stuart, Porter Wagoner, and Dwight Yoakam perform a surprise set before Neko Case @ The Henry Fonda Theatre. Photo courtesy Ice Cream Man. For the first time in recent history, Hollywood was rattled by bonafide foot-stomping. Many in the audience at the Music Box last night had no idea what was taking place when Neko Case announced Porter Wagoner's intention to take over Hollywood. But a historic buzz took...

Mardis Gras at Farmers Market

The Big Boys (pictured) kicked off a weekend of Mardis Gras festivities at Farmers Market LA at the Grove. Nothing crazy was in effect early -- but the bands and beads carry on through 9:30 tonight. Tomorrow from 12-8 the following bands perform: San Fernando Valley Banjo Band, 2nd Line Saviour's Parade Band, Lisa Haley & The Zydekats, Eddie Baytos & Nervis Brothers (schedule). Plus, the jambalaya at Gumbo Pot is damn tasty. Professor...

Is Kobe Ready For His Pippen?

The NBA goes to Vegas for the weekend and we're blinded by the sideshow even before Charles Barkley takes the court to challenge 67-year-old NBA ref Dick Bavetta in a sprint-off. First, Timmay, and now... 41-year-old Scottie Pippen wants to return as a player?!? Coincidentally, the Lakers are in the midst of their roughest stretch of the season having dropped 7 of 10. Phil and friends are definitely in need of a little somethin' somethin'....

Nude as the News

We trust that all Angelenos had a better Valentine's Day than Cleveland's 19 Action News weatherman, Jon Loufman. While the LA metro area saw clear blue skies, temps in the mid-70s, and no reports of fat, dancing naked men, it seems a blizzard was hardly the most blinding part of Loufman's live on-the-street report. This, of course, begs the question, WWDRD (What would Dallas Raines do?)...

Police to Announce Tour at Whisky, 11am

A live rehearsal and news conference to announce the Police Reunion World Tour is set for 11 am at Whisky a-Go-Go. Click here to watch the live webcast. The Police will start a world tour in Vancouver in May 28th, continuing through North America through the first week of August, then to the U.K. and Europe, returning to North America in late October. They will then continue on to Mexico, South America, Japan, Australia...

Hey YouTube -- Viacom's Knockin'

We were certain that the ol' suits at Viacom were just out for cash when they demanded that YouTube take down 100,000 videos last week. But it seems the Big 'V' has something else up its sleeves. If you've already got a destination site with regular programming, (as Comedy Central does), who really needs the Tube? And what to do if you don't have TiVo? ShareTV presents torrents of your fave shows, downloadable soon after...

Trojan Telephony?

For as long as Pete Carroll's been head coach, the USC Trojans have consistently attracted the top high school football recruits. But Leinart and Jarrett shared a castle, Bush got his God-knows-what, and now this:Southern California is looking into whether it may have violated NCAA recruiting rules while pursuing highly rated recruit Joe McKnight, a university official said. McKnight signed a national letter of intent with USC on Wednesday and made comments during a...

Anna Nicole's Mom Blames Drugs

Anna Nicole Smith's mother told Good Morning America: "I think she had too many drugs, just like Danny (Smith's late son)." The video is here. Also, check this cool interactive slideshow from Yahoo! An autopsy is under way. LAist full coverage and reactions. photo from the 2006 film Illegal Aliens....

Watch Anna Nicole's Final Video

Fox reports that a paparazzi company sold video of paramedics working on Anna Nicole Smith for the outrageous price of $500,000. Splash News & Picture Agency quickly sold the video a few hours after Smith's death in a media bidding war. It aired this morning on German television. (Vid may be slow-loading as everybody is checking it out.)...

Colts Players React to Snickers 'Mechanic Kiss' Commercial

The original Super Bowl ad (which Snickers has now pulled after receiving complaints from Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) after the jump....

'Dirty' How?

spotted outside Chango in Echo Park....

Web 2.0 Files: 'The Machine is Us/ing Us'

Enjoy this excellent and inventive video short on recent evolution of the Web by Michael Wesch, an Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University. Web 2.0 Files is a series of occasional posts highlighting the added value aspects of so-called Web 2.0 land. Enjoy your ride on the InterTubes™ and let us know what we're missing......

Web 2.0 Files: How Ya Feelin'?

The first in an occasional series of posts in which we highlight some added value aspects of so-called Web 2.0 land. Enjoy your ride on the InterTubes™... To better understand the Web 2.0 world, one must be in touch with the specific feelings across online content-generating demographics at a particular point in time and place. Enter WeFeelFine.org, the excellent real-time visualization developed by Internet artist Jonathan Harris and Google personalization tech Sep Kamvar. Basically,...

David Hiller, Fall Guy

David Hiller may be the most pessimistic man in the newspaper business. The Tribune Company exec who took over as publisher of the Times when Jeff Johnson was forced out for refusing to roll heads down Spring Street, appears neither ambitious, nor comfortable. His rambling rhetoric (listen below) largely expressed that he "just doesn't get it" and that even he can't wait to get his butt kicked back to Chi-town after the TribCo pinches itself...

Cruise v. Christ

It's been widely reported this weekend that Tom Cruise is the "Jesus Christ of Scientology." Indeed, church leader David Miscavige told a UK paper: "Tom has been told he's Scientology's Christ-like figure.... Like Christ, he's been criticised for his views. But future generations will realise he was right." Without getting ideological, not only do we doubt that Jesus ever got down in his tighty-whities to Bob Seger, we're pretty sure that Tom Cruise left the...

Diamonds, Finches, and Flowers (Oh My)

LA's Lavender Diamond has headlined shows in London and supported the Decemberists on their U.S. tour last fall. But tonight is their first-ever headlining gig in Los Angeles, with The Finches and Winter Flowers at Safari Sam's. We last caught up with Becky Stark, Lavender Diamond's 25-year-old frontwoman with the delicate voice in June 2005. Last weekend, we were lucky to chase her down near chicken corner for an update. So, what's up with you...

LAist Guide to State of the Union Drinking Games

Seriously, folks -- friends don't let friends sit through State of the Union addresses sober. In fact this year, we fear that the more SOBER you are, the more sick you might get. Here are a few SOTU drinking games to help keep it real. Play one or play them all. DrinkingGames.us: The State of the Union Drinking Game 2007 Notes: This long guide is very easy to reference but will undoubtedly require a...

Da Super Bowl Shuffle

(If YouTube vid is missing, click here to watch via Yahoo!) We think LA should have its own football team -- in fact, it's the perfect added-value for whomever is lucky enough to win the bid on the LA Times. In the meantime, we will be watching -- and we'll give credit where credit's due. Peyton Manning, it's amazing how you can be in all those commercials AND burn the Pats at the same...

Prelim Coachella Lineup: Rage, RHCP, Bjork...

Those are the headliners, other confirmed acts via the preliminary lineup ("subject to changes and additions") posted this morning at coachella.com: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Tiesto, the Arcade Fire, Interpol, Manu Chao, Willie Nelson, Air, Happy Mondays, Decemberists, Faithless, Gotan Project, the Good, the Bad and the Queen, Paul Van Dyk, Arctic Monkeys, Roots, Jarvis Cocker, Sonic Youth, Crowded House, Placebo, Satellite Party, Stephen Marley feat Jr. Gong, Kings of Leon, DJ Shadow,...

Coachella Presale Ends Tonight: Put On the Red Light

The password for Goldenvoice's presale is... roxanne. Could there possibly be any more of a hint at a Police reunion? Also allegedly reuniting -- Rage Against the Machine, The Stooges (again)... Not a whole lot is confirmed but all we can say is THREE DAYS -- can you handle it? Presale ends at 8 PM for the 3 Day pass @ $199. April 27-29. UPDATE: Kevin at the Times' Buzz Bands blog sez: Damon...

Does the Times Have the Best Iraq Coverage?

Lately it seems that the LA Times' A Section has at least one Iraq-related article on nearly every page. While the rest of the media world speculates on the fate of the TribCo and the designs the Times' potential suitors may have in mind, is the paper covering Iraq better than anyone else? The general trend of newspapers focused on cost-cutting and boosting readership is to expand local coverage. But as recently as last...

Coulter: Iraq is Like LA

Not to pooh-pooh the gang sitch in LA, as yes, Coulter is a bimbo, but it was only yesterday that Mayor Tony said the following (regarding the 204th Street gang -- not WeHo's licensed weed vendors) with FBI Director Robert Mueller at his side:"We have a message for these gang leaders: We are coming with everything we have. We are coming with services and suppression, and we are putting you out of business." See...

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