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Dodgers Spring Training Update

The old narrative about the nature of spring training and the beginning of baseball season goes like this: it’s a whole new year! Every team is 0-0! Anything could happen! Maybe this is the season that Player X lays off the high fastball, that Player Y locates his curve, that Player Z learns to move to his left and smother that weak grounder in the hole - the season that it just all comes together! So-and-so is in the best shape of his life! Hope springs eternal!

St. Pawtrick's Pets Of The Week: Kitty Satine & Beagle Charlotte

Every Saturday, LAist will feature an adoptable cat and dog from a different local shelter or accredited 501c3 rescue organization. Take a look at these furry bundles and consider giving them a home, or forward their faces to your friends who may be interested. Today’s pets are from the West Los Angeles Animal Care Shelter.

Framed: 'Three Fragments Of A Lost Tale' Exhibition Opens Today At The Huntington Library

Five years ago, artist John Frame was jolted awake from a dream with an elaborate, still-unfolding story featuring an eclectic cast of characters. Frame’s latest exhibition Three Fragments of a Lost Tale: Sculpture and Story opens today at The Huntington Library, showcasing intricately carved wood sculptures...

Are You A Believer? The Monkees 45th Anniversary Tour

Here we come…again! The made-for-television Pop group The Monkees, who the media once dubbed as the “Pre-Fab Four,” will be going on tour…this time to commemorate their 45th anniversary in show business! Unfortunately, Michael Nesmith will not be taking part in the tour. However, it is rumored that he may perform with the group...

Mom's Bar & Lounge: The "Classy Dive"

Dive bar is used to describe all types of places: from hole in the walls serving cans of light beer out of a dusty Styrofoam cooler to joints with valet parking and velvet rope. Plenty have called Mom's Bar & Lounge a dive bar. But don't look for bottles of Bud Light before breakfast at this West LA hangout.

Santa Monica Has Designs on Their Own Central Park

Attempting to match such iconic landmarks as New York’s Central Park or Chicago’s Millennium Park is no small feat, yet the city of Santa Monica is doing just that with an expansive park overlooking the ocean. City staff unveiled the near-finalized design for the Santa Monica Civic Center Parks combining three varied site plans and input from hundreds of residents since last July.

Farewell Garret Anderson

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim great and Southern California native Garret Anderson has called the curtain on his 17-year playing career after being unable to find work as a 38 year-old free agent. ‘Wait, Garret Anderson played 17 years of Major League Baseball?’ Yes. And don’t be ashamed if you only remember a handful of them.

This Satuday: Fashion, Art, and Music All Under One Roof

It’s no secret that the LA fashion scene has been experiencing a bit of a renaissance lately. From feature exhibitions at FIDM, MOCA and LACMA to the rebirth of GenArt, the celebration of style is back in a big way. The spotlight continues this Saturday, March 12th, as Project Ethos celebrates local artistry with their bi-annual showcase of emerging talent.

Abe Vigoda & Wild Nothings @ NHM First Fridays, 3/4/11

First Fridays at the Natural History Museum have been running 8 years strong, and the folks in charge continue to keep programming fresh and interesting every time, even for the regulars. This month, Dr. Janet Kubler conducted a lecture on biomimicry and explained how it can give humans ideas for improvements of our daily life. For example, the inspiration for velcro came from burrs sticking to a man’s socks. Hopefully in the future we can harness the organizational skills of a swarm of locusts to clear up some traffic on the 405.

Pets Of The Week: Wendy The Pug & Magic The Cat

Magic is an awesome cat! He is 6 years old and came to Stray Cat Alliance because his previous owner passed away. He is very loving and accustomed to being in a loving home. He enjoys cuddling with his human companion and is a purr machine. Magic’s favorite toy is a feather ball and he loves to sit in your lap and be petted and brushed.

Disaster Response: CERT-ainly Better Prepared Now

It snowed last weekend in Los Angeles (okay, in outer LA), and if that’s not a sign of the end times I don’t know what is. Actually, it’s just a sign of shifting weather patterns and maybe global warming, but crazy weather is a good reminder that the potential for natural disaster is ever looming.

Do Hold Your Breath: L.A. Is America's 6th Most Toxic City

Now is not the time for Anglenos to breathe a sigh of relief. In fact, after Forbes released a report yesterday naming Los Angeles the sixth most toxic city in America, they might want to hold their breath altogether. While it is no secret that Los Angeles faces a pollution problem, many residents may not realize just how many toxic elements they are exposed to on a daily basis.

Filmmaker John Lasseter Receives Lifetime Achievement Award, Could Win Best Picture for "Toy Story 3" Tonight

Pixar and Disney animator, director and filmmaker John Lasseter received a lifetime achievement award at Shorts International’s first annual Short Awards in West Hollywood on Friday. The award was presented to Lasseter for his achievements in short filmmaking, which includes all projects under 40 minutes-or-less.

LAist Pets Of The Week: Stevie Chihuahua & Tigger The Tabby

This week's pets are from the Volunteers of Burbank Animal Shelter, a 501(c)(3) animal service agency that is devoted to providing medical, social, behavioral and financial care for animals at risk and determined to eliminate animal homelessness in the Burbank community.

Fashion Leaders Bridge Cultural Divides at NOMAD Two Worlds

The fashion world merged beautiful women with the deep cultural background of Australia's ancient, Indigenous heritage to create a melting pot of modern music, art and fashion. The politically charged exhibit NOMAD: Two Worlds embodies the positive message of Reconciliation from the ashes of a tragic cultural devastation.

One Teacher's Passion for Pet Rescue Offers Unique Inspiration for Students' Success During LAUSD Cutbacks

As staff anxiety builds, LAUSD teachers are left wondering whether they'll be filing report cards, or unemployment documents come next school year. To close the $400 million budget shortfall, Los Angeles school officials' most recent plan is to layoff 5,000 teachers and other staff members. In times of uncertainty, one must wonder how teachers keep ambitions high, spirits up-beat, and their own anxieties quiet while the kids are listening.

The Outcome of Singularity is Unknown: Futurist Ray Kurzweil Greets Sold Out Crowd

The prolific technology guru Ray Kurzweil that foresaw the expansion of the Internet, the possibilities of services such as YouTube, and invented the synthesizer, graced the Westside for two nights for the screening of his documentary, Transcendent Man. Nearly selling out both nights, Angelenos flocked to see a coveted appearance by Kurzweil at the Laemmle’s Royal Theater Feb. 16 and 17.

Fresheast Serves Fresh Eats in West Hollywood

Fresheast in West Hollywood is a newish fast-casual concept featuring a healthful pan-Asian menu. Located in a Pavilions shopping center - which means free parking, a rarity in WeHo - Fresheast offers dishes with Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai and Indian elements, but with a decidedly L.A. flair (quinoa, anyone?).

Montebello's Missing Million Dollars Mystery

Having a large sum of money vanish is a great misfortune for any community, but it is especially difficult for a city already facing a massive budget deficit like Montebello. Nearly $1 million dollars, which was mysteriously placed in an off-the-record account at Union Bank, has now dwindled to just $5,000 with no explanation.

Condos at L.A. Live Scheduled to Open Soon

The much-anticipated condos at L.A. Live are scheduled to open starting this month. The first escrow is set to close on Tuesday in the high-rise, luxury condominium complex located at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, according to the LA Times. Last summer, developer AEG reduced the prices on the condos between 10% to 20%.

What's Brewing: Bru Artisan Coffee + Tea Replaces Psychobabble

After six months of renovations, Psychobabble on Vermont has been transformed into the decidedly sleek and sophisticated Bru Artisan Coffee + Tea. Forget the dark interior, mismatched couches, and Bohemian vibe that defined Psychobabble- the new look is minimalist, complete with high ceilings, stark white walls, and polished cement floors. Bru officially opened in Los Feliz on February 7, with an all-new staff and brand new concept.

A Real Value Meal: Classic Eats at Rae's Restaurant in Santa Monica

If you feel a wave of nostalgia when you pass Rae’s Restaurant on Pico, you’re not alone. The iconic sweep of 1950’s neon, the rows of lunch counter seating, the overstuffed booths, and Rae’s signature mid-century drop lights are the same today as they were five decades ago. Rae’s owners, Teodoro “Teddy” Delgado and his wife Maria, work hard to keep it that way.

There Are Aliens Among Us & They're Wearing Sequins: The Bellydancer of the Universe Competition Is This Weekend

Fill the Long Beach Convention Center with belly dancers and belly dance enthusiasts and it will look pretty much like you’d expect: a sea of glitter, glitz, chiffon, sequins, false eyelashes, fake hair and boundless enthusiasm. Throw in a collection of cash prizes and cheering crowds and you have the 21st Annual Bellydancer of the Universe Competition (BDUC), happening this weekend.

Direct-to-Fan Services Take New Music Seminar By Storm

Major ticketing services will see new players in the market with “direct-to-fan” platforms that allow event organizers and artists to turn to a smaller marketing middle man. Both Topspin and brand-new Gigswiz announced at the New Music Seminar this week marketing tools that artists can use to sell retail and direct ticket sales through their own websites.

Blake Griffin and the Value of the Highlight Reel

The moment of the season has already occurred for the Clippers - but which moment it is, exactly, is unclear. Is it Blake Griffin’s rocketing, ballistic November 20th dunk over (and on) the New York Knicks Timofey Mozgov, the cover page to his diverse and expanding portfolio of highlight plays?

Meet the Pitbull Lady: Lori Weise of Downtown Dog Rescue

It takes patience to really understand our friends and families, it takes kindness to understand a stranger. There are many variables involved in one's thought process, and in Compton, those variables aren't always obvious. Nobody knows that more than Lori Weise, founder of the Los Angeles non-profit group Downtown Dog Rescue (DDR).

LA Might Not Have The New Yorker, But At Least We're Not Pretentious: Spotlight on Local Lit Mags

So maybe our city isn’t host to regal literary journals like Harper’s, Granta, or The Paris Review. And, yes, elite literary parlors with Merlot and Camembert on doilies seem somewhat amiss in a city where flames seize shrubs more often than fireplaces. But that doesn’t mean LA’s literary publications fall short. It just means we’re not stuck up. In truth, several esteemed lit journals prevail in our unassuming city.

Smith Westerns Lose Direction At The Echo, 2/11/11

The sold-out Smith Westerns show at The Echo on February 11 was, like their recent album Dye it Blonde, filled with awesome, George Harrison-inspired riffage. Unfortunately, that's where the awesome stopped. The young Chicago foursome’s 45-minute set was just short of tragic: the drums were too loud, the keyboard didn’t contribute anything, and lead singer Cullen Omori’s vocals were drowned out under the noisy playing of his band mates.

Circus Fans Go 'Behind The Striped Curtain' Tonight In Anaheim

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, for a night of striking artwork and bizarre attractions. Afraid of clowns? Do stay at home. They’ll be ever-present, hanging from the walls and possibly greeting you in person. Rothick Art Haus in Anaheim is hosting featured artist Michael White’s circus-themed group show, Behind the Striped Curtain tonight (Feb. 12), from 7-11 pm. Want to know what exists behind the curtain? Keep reading.

LAist Pets Of The Week: Beautiful Brianna & Sweet Sassafras

Every Saturday, LAist will feature an adoptable cat and dog from a different local shelter or accredited 501c3 rescue organization. Take a look at these furry bundles and consider giving them a home. This week's pets are from Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA). spcaLA is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that has served the LA community since 1877.

Pollan and Schlosser on the Food Landscape, Walmart, School Lunch, the Farm Bill, Food Fights and More

For anyone who has seen the critically-acclaimed documentary Food Inc., the faces of Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan are undoubtedly familiar. In a rare joint appearance, the two authors were joined Wednesday at USC’s Bovard Auditorium by Chef Evan Kleiman in a candid conversation about the current state of our industrialized food system.

‘Outside, Looking In’ at C.A.V.E. Gallery

As the sole gallery in Venice showcasing the new contemporary art movement, C.A.V.E. Gallery’s upcoming show, Outside, Looking In, is a fantastical new collection of this daedal technique. Featuring three prolific multidisciplinary artists - Macsorro (Los Angeles), Patrick Gannon (Tokyo) and Shay Davis (San Diego), the show’s opening reception is this tonight, Feb. 11, from 7-10pm. Macsorro and Davis will be present.

Imagine L.A. Beyond Traffic: Now Get Your Ideas Moving!

The birthplace of cruising and Grease-like fascination for all things with four-wheeled, Los Angeles has become synonymous with its cars and freeways. But what if the roads could become a little less congested and the commute a little less frustrating?

In Bloom: The Huntington Hosts Camellia Show & Sale V-day Weekend

Buying pretty flowers and taking a romantic stroll is par for the course on Valentine’s weekend, and this weekend is no exception at The Huntington gardens. Hundreds of red, pink, and white camellia blooms will compete for top honors at The Huntington’s 39th annual Camellia Show, co-sponsored by the Southern California Camellia Society. A wide selection of camellia plants will also be available for purchase if the mood strikes.

Past the Pole: The New Movement of Art and Dance at Movement Studio LA

Grace, camaraderie and pure celebration of the body are timeless and fundamentals of Movement Studio LA, which features exceptional pole classes--a trend that has lasted--on some of the most majestic silver cylinders LA has seen. Opened just under a year ago, Movement Studio LA is the vision of A-list pilates trainer, Elizabeth Ordway - a place for the woman that wants to reconnect with the little girl inside her that revered the site of a ballet barre and a demi-plie and who celebrates her own feminine power.

'Golden Hippie' John Paul Getty III Dead at 54

John Paul Getty III, an heir to the oil-fortune and once dubbed by the media as the “golden hippie,” who at the age of 16 made headlines when he was kidnapped, passed away on Feb. 5 in Buckinghamshire, England after a long illness. He was 54. Getty’s life was never free from tragedy. He was the grandson of American oil giant J. Paul Getty, whose fortune helped build the J. Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Animal Rescue Goes 21st Century, Sets Tongues, Tweets and Tails A Waggin'

The house is a little too cold and quiet, the winter holidays are over, Valentine’s Day looms like a horror movie villain. You’re tired of watching CSI by yourself, you need something to love unconditionally and your kids need to learn responsibility. It’s clearly time to get a pet. Here's how the Internet once again proves its worth thanks to a slew of forward thinking rescue agencies with a little social media savvy.

2011 Los Angeles Dodgers Pitching Preview

STARTING ROTATION Clayton Kershaw: Let’s not forestall the simple truth: Clayton Kershaw is the best reason to watch the Dodgers. He’s what the old baseball heads call the Real Deal - that rare combination of age, passion, and, above all, ability. His arsenal: a whip-like, stinging fastball; a biting slider that’s gotten better every year; a billowing, sweeping curve; and a changeup that may see a little more action this year.

From Laguna Art Museum with Love

Celebrating Valentine’s Day but still racking your brain for a romantic and unique gift? Laguna Art Museum’s love-inspired auction this Saturday, Feb. 12, is the perfect event to find that special something for that special someone while supporting California artists and the museum. Boasting a reformatted agenda and complimentary food and drinks, the auction promises a “fun party” atmosphere, “punctuated with a lot more entertainment,” according to Bolton Colburn, museum director. Doors open at 6 pm; festivities continue until 10 pm.

It's Library Lovers Month: Consider the Library

World-renowned writer Jorge Luis Borges famously said, “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” In LA, Paradise is closed twice a week, in need of new books, and hard up for hired help. In the wake of City Council’s 2010 decision to cut library resources and employees, while simultaneously enforcing LAPL to pay for their own water and power, the city is experiencing a library crisis.

2011 Los Angeles Dodgers Hitters Preview

If there’s one thing that Dodgers fans can always count on from their beloved Boys in Blue, from season to season, manager to manager, divorce proceeding to divorce proceeding…it’s their inconsistency. Yes, those L.A. Bums never fail to thwart expectations, to show up one year as world-beaters, and the next as would’ve-beens.

Cyborgs--The Wave of the Future: 'The Transcendent Man' Screens Next Week

It’s those times when all meat starts to taste like chicken and the rum and Coke you ordered tastes like Froot Loops, that the notion there is just a glitch in the Matrix starts to seem like a possibility. The sci-fi scenario of robots running amok is not just a thing for the books, according to the theory of singularity, and a documentary called the Transcendent Man.

No More Fee Hikes for UC, CSU Students...Yet

UC Chancellor Mark Yudof and CSU Chancellor Charles Reed announced Monday that they will not seek further tuition hikes this year, instead trimming enrollment and services to meet $1.4 billion in proposed cuts. The leaders warned, however, that if voters don’t approve Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax extensions in June, more cuts and fee hikes may be necessary.

Miguel-Atwood Ferguson At First Fridays @ NHM, 2/4/11

The Natural History Museum’s First Fridays series picked up again last week, celebrating the normally unremarkable date of February 4th and continuing this year’s engaging amalgamation of intellectual, cultural, and musical intrigue. Unlike January’s, in which lines of anticipating concert-goers stretched far out into Exposition Park, this month’s turnout was impressive but modest; it was enough to make you feel like you’re a part of a pretty badass show while still able to escape from the madness in one of the stoic exhibits.

Green Bay Are Champions of the World: A Displaced Fan's Perspective

I wish I could say that I'm hungover this morning. I can't. I'm still drunk. I have no idea where my phone is. I'm not exactly sure how I got home last night. Some random girl is sleeping in my couch. I'm debating whether I should roll her onto the floor or just wake her up and push her out the door. Hell, you only win the Super Bowl once in your lifetime, or at least that's what I'm sure I told myself last night.

Simply Serbian: History in a Bowl & A Recipe for a Vegan Soup

According to the U.S. Census 23.6% of Los Angeles County are known as "some other race." There's no question that Los Angeles is a melting pot of cultures from all over the world. Each culture staking claim to certain areas of Los Angeles, and eventually making it their own. K-town, Chinatown, and Little Ethiopia are just some examples of Los Angeles' colorful identity. Along with the people, of course, comes their food.

He's My Brother She's My Sister @ The Troubadour, 2/3/11

Guitarist and vocalist Robert Kolar frowned and shook his head when his sister and band mate, Rachel, who is He's My Brother She's My Sister's other lead vocalist, said into the microphone that he’d played something in the wrong key, but she was smiling when she said it, accusing him like only a sister can.

Should LA's Schools Provide Healthcare? New Super Says Yes.

The public school system is tasked with educating children, but should it also be responsible for its students’ healthcare? John Deasy, the newly appointed superintendent of Los Angeles schools, believes so. Though he does not take over the schools’ top position until April, Deasy is already making big plans, including a goal of providing all uninsured elementary students with medical, dental, and vision coverage.

Glimpses of Cody Lusby, Our Mustache Wearing Friend

A mysterious mustachioed man has been spotted at several art events in both Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Is this man a threat? Nay. He is ‘Mustachio,’ AKA Cody Lusby, and his knack for mixing street art and fine art is uniquely his own evolution. If asked when he began growing his iconic 'stache, he will tell you, “I was born with it.”

Please Touch the Art: A + D Exhibit Ends Week-long Visit Friday

Perhaps it’s our early exposure to museums, but no matter how beautiful or engaging and exhibition is, visitors always hold themselves back. I wouldn’t blame them; many larger museums often have guards posted by the door keenly watching your every move. If not, motion sensors are set to blare when anyone comes too close (I know, my friend has tripped many of such alarms already). But at the Architecture and Design Museum on Wilshire (A+D), touching and interacting with the exhibition is imperative.

'Paradox Shifts': Mesmerizing Group Show at C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice

Featured among 15 other artists in Paradox Shifts, C.A.V.E. Gallery's current group show, is Taka Sudo's explosive new multimedium collection. Sudo created 13 new pieces for this exhibition, testing a few at a show in Tokyo late last year.

Super Bowl 6-Pack: 6 (Mostly Westside) Bars to Get Your Game On

In less than a week, the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers duke it out for the Lombardi trophy: the franchise whose coach the trophy is named after versus the team with the most Super Bowl wins. Local bars and pubs are also squaring off to entice fans with raffles, game-day food specials, drink deals, costumes and more. After all, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest days for restaurants and bars, with most expecting to be at capacity with raucous football fans.

The Raymond, Reinvented: Creative Cocktails & Cuisine

It's easy to pass up while driving along Fair Oaks Avenue, but The Raymond is one Pasadena restaurant that you wouldn't want to miss. Sure, it's been around for nearly 35 years, but with a recent makeover and the new 1886 Bar, The Raymond is new again while maintaining its old-school feel.

Haute Skillet's Cheese-Stuffed Croissant Burger Backyard Pop Up

Saturday afternoon I had the pleasure of attending a "not so secret" backyard underground dinner event in Hollywood. Young chef Christian Navarro was serving up his variation of the classic Juicy Lucy burger, which was something we had never heard of before. He explained that it was like a cheeseburger, except the cheese was inside of the patty.

Shake Your Tassels! Burlesque Goes Delightfully Mainstream

Whether you want to be Dita Von Teese, Gypsy Rose Lee, or nearly naked Princess Leia, there’s a stage near you just waiting for you to shake your tassels and live your dream. Thanks to the rise of amateur burlesque, pasties are the new black. This rising tide of sexy, saucy stripping as retro art follows a trend of burlesque going mainstream.

Burt Reynolds, Car Crashes, and Suicidal Depression: A Literary Event

Senior citizens, hipsters, and high-schoolers rustled among the crowded conference room of UCLA's Hammer Museum, waiting for the Jennifer Knox and Sarah Manguso reading to commence. The event was part of the Hammer’s New American Writing Series, which showcases notable contemporary writers. David Foster Wallace, John D’Agata, and Mary Gaitskill are among past participants. Curated by Benjamin Weissman, the series is hailed as one of the best in Los Angeles.

US Commerce Dept. Wants You To Shop Safely Without Pants

Online shopping offers many benefits: unprecedented selection, effortless price comparison, and the ability to buy that Kobe beef iPod Nano case you’ve secretly coveted without wasting energy on unnecessary chores like putting pants on. Despite the benefits, online shopping is not without its headaches. In addition to the burden of keeping track of different logins and passwords, cybercrime is a growing threat. According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, US consumers lost $560 million to online fraud last year.

Hold Up: Concerns About Gov. Brown's Prison Spending Budget

Concerns were raised this week over Governor Brown’s budget proposal for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Last year, the CDCR overspent its budget, shifted millions of dollars allocated for rehabilitation programs into prison security, and deferred payments to contractors.

Beers, Brats, and Buns: Wurstküche Preps Westside Debut

Westside foodies will no longer have to pine over the “exotic grilled sausages” of Wurstküche, known to many as the sausage kitchen for its literal German translation. The popular downtown location in the historic Arts District will expand to its own Venice locale. The Westside digs will replace the newly departed Air Conditioned lounge on Lincoln Boulevard.

Art in the Community: Highland Park Cleans Up Their 'History'

A community may not be able to change its history, but as residents of Highland Park are about to discover, it is possible to clean it up. On Saturday, volunteers will work to restore one of the neighborhood’s most cherished murals, “History of Highland Park,” located on the AT&T building on Avenue 56.

Dude, Where’s My Car? New Technology to the Rescue!

When you go shopping at the mall, you assume you’re going to remember the exact location of where you parked your car. Well, sometimes that’s not always the case. There isn’t much you can do except to retrace your steps. And if mall security can’t help you, there is now new technology available to help you locate your parked car.

Budget Troubles Point to More Tough Times in Higher Ed

California’s Legislative Analyst Office (LAO) released a report yesterday with recommendations to address budget reductions for the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems. Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal for 2011-12 includes General Fund reductions of $500 million for the UC and CSU.

Over 100 Galleries & Museums Represented at the Globally-Focused 16th Annual LA Art Show

A wonderfully diverse crowd filled the convention center this Sunday for the last day of the 16th annual LA Art Show. The event is the largest of Los Angeles Arts Month, with over 100 galleries and museums bringing works from all over the world. Editor's note: Two later images in this collection include nudity, and may not be considered SFW.

Food Truckin' Goes Country: Here Comes the Chuck Wagon

There's a new food truck on the streets, but this one slings and sings. Los Angeles country music radio station, Go Country 105 is rolling out the Chuck Wagon, which claims to be "the nation’s first radio station food truck." Food is accompanied by Go Country 105 promotions and giveaways, and the occasional live performance by a "Country superstar."

Suspension of Disbelief: Los Angeles Is (really) Literary

Los Angeles is home to many things "unliterary." Hollywood celebrities, the porn industry, and paparazzi perpetuate this fact. So, when held against definitive bookish cities Seattle, New York, and San Francisco, LA’s literary credibility falls understandably short. But Central Connecticut State University’s recent list of 75 national literary cities banished Los Angeles to number 61. LA’s literary rating fell behind those of Miami, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. No offense intended toward Sin City, but this can’t be right.

Survey Says: 10% of Drivers Distracted by Texting, Phone Use

10% of drivers in Glendale engage in distracting and illegal activities according to a survey conducted by the Glendale Police Department, reports the News-Press. Posting a plainclothes police officer at the corner of Brand Boulevard and California Avenue this past Wednesday, Glendale officials found as many as a dozen motorists improperly using their cell phones in the span of just one minute.

Bruins and Trojans Both Say 'It Gets Better'

UCLA’s Chancellor Gene Block recently took part in a video for the It Gets Better project. In the video, Chancellor Block joins students and professors in expressing their support for the LGBT community and discussing resources available at UCLA. On Nov. 29, 2010, USC released its own It Gets Better video. Since no article about UCLA and USC is complete without mentioning the cross-town rivalry, feel free to take this opportunity to share which video you preferred.

New Initiative Could 'Clean Up, Green Up' LA's Toxic Hotspots

Four Los Angeles City Councilmembers co-introduced a motion today that would transform L.A.’s toxic hotspots into “Green Zones.” The first-in-the-nation initiative would grant the low-income and heavily polluted communities of Pacoima, Boyle Heights and Wilmington access to economic assistance for cleanup efforts.

G2 Gallery Celebrates Photographer Ted Yeager and His Desert Plant Obsession

Step inside Ted Yeager’s black and white world of cacti and succulents on display now at The G2 Gallery in Venice. Photographed at nurseries in Malibu and Fallbrook as well as in his Encino backyard between 2007 and 2010, his collection of thirteen 8” x 10” framed film prints offers stunning shots of these desert plants. His exhibit is part of Nature LA, the gallery’s ongoing fine art photography series.

Why the Green Bay Packers Will Put The Chicago Bears Out of Their Misery

“The Chicago Bears get no respect.” We've heard the refrain a hundred times. You know why the Chicago Bears don't get any respect? Because the Chicago Bears don't deserve any respect. Yes, they have a pretty nice defense. Sure, they have one of the best return men of all time. That doesn't mean they belong in the NFC Championship game, much less the Super Bowl.

Walmart Veg-ing Out With Healthier, More Affordable Food Plan

Walmart announced today a five year plan to provide healthier and more affordable food offerings. The nation’s largest grocer promises to reduce sodium, sugar, and fat content in its own private brand, as well as working with suppliers to improve the nutritional content of national brands. Walmart also plans to work to reduce the price of fresh fruit and vegetables while adding a seal to help shoppers identify healthier options.

Still Developing: A Story of Instant Gratification Release This Saturday

As a follow-up to last year's successful PolaroidParty LA celebrating instant film and the Polaroid 600 Series, ISM: a community project is ready to do it again with the book release of Still Developing: A Story of Instant Gratification. This limited edition compilation of photographs and essays as well as a rare Polaroid exhibition will be on display Saturday night at Deyermond Art + Books, an independent bookstore and gallery in Santa Monica.

Cultural Center Halts Construction After Skeletal Remains Found

A portion of the construction at the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is on hold due to the discovery of skeletal remains. In a statement issued yesterday from LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes President and CEO Miguel Angel Corzo says work in that area has been halted "indefinitely, in light of the unexpected number of human remains uncovered and their great historical significance."

Can a NFL Stadium at LA Live Lure a Team and Be a Moneymaker? AEG and Councilmember Hahn Say Yes.

The push for a new NFL stadium took another step forward today when the Los Angeles City Council voted to form a committee to discuss the proposal, according to the LA Times. Committee members will meet with representatives from AEG to examine the downtown project’s viability and help to expedite the process.

Roving Mammoth Smuggles Burritos So You Don't Have To

It's known amongst California snow birds that while San Francisco and Sacramento snow sport enthusiasts flock to Tahoe, Angelenos looking for more ski-able real estate flock to Mammoth. If your commitment is intact, the choice is clear: The five-to-sixish hour drive rewards you with Mammoth Mountain's over 3500 acres. I couldn't be more surprised, then, that it wasn't a local resort but Mammoth that took cues straight out of Los Angeles culture. Or could I?

Homeboy Hangin' Tough With New Retail Line of Chips & Salsas

Homeboy Industries, the local non-profit that provides rehabilitation and job training for ex-gang members, has experienced some financial turbulence of late, but with help from LA County and other community supporters, they're hanging tough. Today, the organization announced that Homeboy Tortilla Chips and Salsas will be sold at Ralphs stores in Southern California.

A Vegetarian Wedding Feast from LA's First Indian Pop-up, Jan. 29

Indian weddings are extravagant celebrations. Unlike most Western white wedding affairs, these celebrations are marked a rainbow of color, elaborate decorations and sumptuous food. In the latest run of The Un-Curry Table, Los Angeles’ first Indian pop-up, chef Kaumudi Marathe recreates some of that festive atmosphere by serving an authentic Marathi wedding feast at Glendale’s Recess.

Key Club-Goers Get Pinched Before They Could Go Punk

On Saturday night, West Hollywood Sheriff deputies executed a "pro-active" sweep of parking lot partying before the D.R.I. show at the Key Club. The sweep resulted in 14 arrests and 41 citations. The deputies partnered with the Key Club to prevent another punk rock melee, like the one that occurred earlier this month.

Santa Monica Exposed! Photo LA + Art LA Projects 2011

January is synonymous as art fair month in Los Angeles and the oldest fair kickstarts the new season by celebrating it’s 20th anniversary. Photo LA is not your traditional art fair given the eclectic audience the fair attracts, and at the opening reception this past Thursday, artists, art aficionados, collectors, and dealers traversed through the fair grounds at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

Pop Culture: Warhol Art Installation Opens at The Huntington

Andy Warhol famously said everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame, and two of his most iconic pop art pieces are now on display at The Huntington Art Gallery in San Marino. Gifts from the estate of Robert Shapazian, Warhol’s Small Crushed Campbell’s Soup Can (Beef Noodle) painting and Brillo Box from the ‘60s, as well as nine unlicensed Brillo Box copies, are located in the mid-20th-century room alongside works by Sam Francis and Louise Nevelson.

King for 3 Days: MLK Jr. Day Weekend Events Around Town

It's been 25 years since the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was commemorated in America. Now, it's not only a federal holiday, but also a day of community service. Don't fret if Monday isn't a work holiday for you, there's plenty to do this weekend. Whether you choose to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service or a day of leisure, here is a list of things to do.

The Weekly Art Round Up: Art in LA

Art fair season is here, with returning and new contenders. This week, Photo LA celebrates their 20th anniversary at The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and merges Art LA projects which can be a better step at luring a broader audience. The fair runs this weekend, followed by the Los Angeles Art show next week and Art Los Angeles Contemporary’s second year at the end of January.

Last Surviving Member of TV's Famous Nelson Family Dies

Actor, director and producer David Nelson of TV’s “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” passed away on Tuesday due to complications from colon cancer. He was 74. Nelson was the last surviving member of the famous TV family, who along with younger brother Rick (also known as “Ricky”) and parents Ozzie and Harriet, starred in “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet,” which ran on ABC from 1952 to 1966.

A Dog Too Dangerous for West Hollywood is Fine for Venice

Cadillac, DJ Samantha Ronson's Bulldog, has been declared "dangerous" and "exiled" by the City of West Hollywood for attacking a 5 pound Maltese. The dog, Tiger eventually died from the attack. This is not Cadillac's only instance of aggressive behavior, having attacked at least one other dog and human.

The Weekly Round Up: Art in L.A.

Enthusiasm for the Los Angeles art community in the new year is high with expectations from Eli Broad’s unveiling design for his art museum on Grand Avenue corridor or the anticipated Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA: 1945 - 1980 in the fall. As the first week of 2011 unwinds, we are left with an unsettling good taste for art in our vibrant city.

Supporters Rally to Keep Barnsdall Art Park a Public Facility

A press conference and rally was held yesterday morning on the steps of City Hall in support of keeping Barnsdall Art Park a public facility. Tomas O’Grady, a board member of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council who is running for Los Angeles City Council, along with a group of supporters called the Barnsdall Alliance organized the rally.

The Record as a Form of Art: Vinyl Mandala at Actual Size Gallery

The current show at Actual Size Gallery explores the realm of the collectivism behind the process of the album. Artists have long been synonymous for clashing the visual world utilizing music as medium. Raymond Pettibon made a career in art when he clashed music and art in the early 1980’s Los Angeles punk scene. The artists in Vinyl Mandala practice art and music as an art form.

Where To Eat After The Game: A Guide to DTLA Restaurants

You just watched Kobe and Pau put in work on that 3-peat the entire city is pining for, now it’s time to find a downtown LA restaurant to satisfy your own cravings. You know what you’re in for at the army of steakhouses surrounding the Staples Center and you know what kind of gutbuster items await you at ESPN Zone. What other restaurant options within walking distance of The Staples Center can feed a Bynum-sized appetite, whether or not you’ve got a Bynum-sized salary?

Philly Cheese Steak on the Westside: Blasphemous? No, Delicious!

Online discussion, countless reviews, and adamant experts seem to only agree on two ingredients: Steak and bread (which sparks a totally new debate: what kind of bread and steak to use). Others argue that an “authentic” Philly doesn't exist--here. You'll have to travel 3,000 miles for authentic Philly cheese steaks, unless you stumble across the Submariner.

Sweet News: Scoops Westside is Open

The sweet suspense is finally over….Scoops Westside is now open! After a couple of pesky delays, the indie ice cream boutique opened its doors to the Overland Ave. masses last week. And already…it has had to close down early for running out of the uniquely flavored frozen goodness! The West L.A extension was made possible by Blogger-turned-Proprietor, Matthew Kang, a long time fan of the flagship shop near L.A.C.C.

All Hail Healthy Cacti! La Feria Del Nopal Fest is Saturday

All hail healthy cacti! A festival in honor of Mexico’s green, staple vegetable is set to take place this Saturday at the three-month-old Juan’s Restaurante in Baldwin Park. La Feria Del Nopal will include over fifteen dishes incorporating the tart and tender vegetable, a recipe contest (must be submitted by 3 PM) and even a green carpet!

Cheese! Tequila! Cause! Celebrating 200 Years of Mexican Cuisine

It was a full church as more than 1,000 tortilla-loving Angelenos gathered at St. Vibiana's Cathedral last Saturday night. They were there not to eat a communion wafer but instead to celebrate 200 Years Of Mexican Cuisine, a tasting event put together by The Taste Of Mexico Association benefiting Heal The Bay Foundation. Just in time, as this year marked the bicentennial celebration of Mexican Independence…not to mention "Traditional Mexican Cuisine” making it to the list of UNESCO’s "Intangible World Heritage."

Holiday Drinks: The Roger Room's Winter Cocktails

Tucked two blocks (yet a world away) from the holiday hysteria of the Beverly Center, you'll find the Roger Room--an intimate speakeasy boasting vintage cocktails and top-notch service. From a traditional Whiskey Cider to a modern take on the Old Fashioned, this season's five winter additions are designed to entice.

L.A.'s Rodarte Designs Killer Costumes For 'Black Swan'

Darren Aronofsky's nine-year-old Grimm brainchild Black Swan is finally being released to the world on December 3. Brutal and beautiful, the film is a visually stunning journey of a not very pretty sight, the gory gorgeousness reaching its pinnacle with the ballet costumes -- particularly the glorious black swan costume -- designed by L.A.'s own Laura and Kate Mulleavy of the much celebrated line, Rodarte.

LAistory: The Los Angeles Herald-Examiner

Before Lindsay Lohan and Mel Gibson, Angelinos of all ages hungrily awaited news of Fatty Arbuckle and the Black Dahlia, and before TMZ and Perez Hilton fit in our pockets, there was the afternoon edition of the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. Trafficking in the salacious and the spectacular and operating out of a building boasting hand-painted gold leaf in the lobby, the Herald-Examiner and its home said ‘LA’ like no other paper could.

The Weekend Round Up: Art in LA

As art galleries gear up for the upcoming December art fairs in Miami and Los Angeles in January, the rest of us welcome the holidays. The Los Angeles art scene slows down, but merely for a week. There’s still plenty to do and still keep up with holiday celebrations. News for one of our top museum institutions did not come lightly this week, as LACMA announces it’s lack of funds that will now slow down advancements of current construction. The museum hopes to raise $100 million dollars in donations to go on with initial plans.

The Weekly Round Up: Art in LA

“Despite the thriving community of artists, Los Angeles has a shitty history of maintaining the kinds of institutions that artists (and the people who care about art) richly deserve.”- Andrew Berardini Through a weekly update, we'll keep you informed of art openings, lectures, performances, new museum shows, and perhaps even an art world rant or two.

Massive Attack & Thievery Corporation @ Gibson Amphitheatre | Live Review, 11/07/10

The “Monsters of Dub” double-bill of Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation wrapped up two months of co-headlining American tour dates in Los Angeles as part of the “LA 101” event at the Gibson Amphitheatre on Sunday night. The inspired pairing pulled an impressively large crowd that ran the gamut including post-rave survivors, music nerds, a thick swath of the city’s creative class and party people just down for heavy beats and heavier vibes (man).

Gary Numan @ El Rey Theatre 11/04/10

If there is any burden that comes with being a seminal artist, it’s the slavish obsession and attention perpetually paid to the seminal art. For pioneering UK electronic artist Gary Numan in America, it all revolves around his timeless hit song, “Cars.” Taken from his 1979 album “The Pleasure Principle,” it’s one of the first songs to introduce electronic music to the American masses, reaching #9 on the US charts in early 1980.

LA Phil's Green Umbrella Concert Series: Music from Bang on a Can Composers

Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Concert Series--dedicated to innovative contemporary music--opened last week with a concert featuring music from Bang on a Can composers: Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe. It seems fitting that Bang on a Can opened the series, because the collective is responsible for a lot of innovative contemporary music in the US.

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