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The Other Side: Silver Lake Piano Bar Closes After 40 Years

After over 40 years in business, Silver Lake piano bar and mainstay of the Los Angeles gay community The Other Side closed its doors for a final time Sunday.

Disney Offers Free Trip to Bullied Bus Monitor

Karen Klein could be going to Disneyland! But her path has been atypical, to say the least. Last week Klein, 68, was supervising on a school bus in the suburb of Greece, New York when she was verbally abused by a group of middle-school boys for over 10 minutes.

Why We Love L.A. Summers: 55 Free Summer Concerts

There’s no shortage of free music events coming up this summer, but leave it to our good ol’ county government to bring us free shows this summer showcasing local musicians. The L.A. County Arts Commission has chosen a broad array of artists, slated to play 55 free concerts beginning June 30 and ending October 27.

Why We Love L.A. Summers: Free Outdoor Indie, Folk, and Pop Concerts at Grand Performances

Summer has arrived, and we're ready to celebrate all that screams 'tis the season in Los Angeles. From sand to summit, from sips to snacks -- we love L.A. summers. Today we're rocking with Grand Performances.

Chinatown Showdown: L.A. Punk Scene Takes on Walmart

If you hate Walmart and love punk rock, it looks like your dream event is coming to town. On June 29, the labor rights non-profit Unionosity is hosting a benefit concert and gathering to protest the retail giant’s plans to bring a Walmart "Neighborhood Grocer" to L.A.'s Chinatown.

Your Guide To Summer Outdoor Movies in L.A.

What more can you ask for than days followed by nights at the pool, late night movies, and a continuous flow of refreshments? Los Angeles is determined to bring this to its favorite people (that's you!) throughout the entire summer.

Pencil This In: Spiked Lemonade Tastings, Belgian Waffles, Free DJ Set & Costume Pageant at LACMA

There's no better way to celebrate the beginning of summer in L.A. than with some local activities. Downtown Culver City celebrates the summer solstice with freebies and discounts, the Aero Theatre will screen a modern Belgian film, Amoeba Hollywood will host a free DJ set, and LACMA welcomes summer in style with a discussion panel about Hollywood costumes.

What You Need to Know About the First-Ever Make Music L.A. Festival

Got any plans for the summer solstice tomorrow? An organization called Make Music Los Angeles is trying to liven up the longest day of the year with an 11-hour countywide music and art festival.

Coachella in the City: 7 Acts You Don't Want to Miss at This Year's FYF Fest

Calling all indie music mavens, hipsters and aspiring hipsters: Dust off your festival duds and bust out that sunscreen you've had since Coachella. Now in its ninth year, FYF Fest will grace Los Angeles for a Labor Day weekend of alternative-minded music.

Calling All Altruistic Mountain Bikers: Come Help Clean Up Malibu Creek State Park

If you’re a mountain biker looking for a great way to give back to the community, here’s your big chance. Heal the Bay and the Mountains Restoration Trust are in search of 20 volunteer bikers willing to get down and dirty this Saturday, June 23, from 8:45am until noon.

Baby, Baby, Baby, No: Could Justin Bieber Be Prosecuted for Paparazzo Brawl?

More than two weeks have passed since a photographer filed a criminal claim against pop singer Justin Bieber. Today the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department finally completed their investigation and handed documents over to the District Attorney’s office. The DA will now decide whether or not Bieber will be prosecuted for the alleged attack.

Lawsuit Seeks "answers for each and every bullet" That Killed Young Man Fleeing Cops on 101 Freeway

The family of Abdul Arian, the 19-year old Winnetka man who was fatally shot by police after a car chase, are filing a $120 million federal lawsuit against the city and the Los Angeles Police Department.

Get Out: Take Your Dad to L.A. Film Fest, Chili-Eating Contest, Autry or South L.A. Bike Ride

Get out so you can eat chili, catch a movie or go on a bike tour.

Body Found Tied to a Tree on Property of Prestigious Studio City Prep School

A man was found tied to a tree this morning across from the exclusive Studio City prep school Harvard-Westlake. The prep school—renowned both for its academics and A-list alumni such as Jamie Lee Curtis, Jason Reitman and both Gyllenhaal siblings—confirmed that the deceased man had no connection to the Harvard-Westlake community.

Get Out: Make Music Pasadena, LACMA ArtWalk, L.A. Film Fest & Silver Lake Talent Show

Get out so you can go to one (or two) film festivals, watch some kick-ass choreography or check out Princess Di's formal gowns or up-and-comer musical acts.

Driver in High-Speed Chase Blames God for the Whole Thing

Claiming that he just wanted "to make history," a suspected drunk driver led police on a high-speed chase last night beginning in Burbank and, four freeways later, ending in a collision under a Hollywood overpass. Driving a black Mercedes-Benz, the suspect 29-year-old Vardan Aslanyan hit a total of three cars and injured five people including a 3-year-old boy.

Photos: Get a Look at the Revamped California Adventure (Without Trekking to Anaheim)

Today's grand re-opening, complete with Mickey and friends (including Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger) is the culmination of a $1.1 billion effort by the Mouse to enhance the overall experience and "timelessness" of the park. Park guests are now greeted by Buena Vista Street, a romanticized vision of 1920s Los Angeles, complete with street cars and a theater that serves as a restaurant and bar.

Google Puts Hiking Trails on Street View, Captures Your Runyon Canyon Workout

Wish you could visually check out a new hiking trail before setting off? Get a sense of the trail's difficulty, scenery and surroundings? Or, maybe just take a peek and see if you'll be burning calories and communing with the outdoors alongside A-list celebrities?

STALKER: See Your Everyday Life Unfold In Solberg's Art

For "STALKER" artist Lisa Solberg has covered the gallery with reflective insulation panels, causing your image to stare back at you as you watch your everyday life unfold in a mix of ink and paint.

How To Score A Free Summer Pass at LACMA

Those who didn't catch a glimpse of the infamous 340-ton granite Levitated Mass on its way to LACMA can soon see it and the rest of the museum for free all summer long with the purchase of a general admission ticket.

Guns From City's Buyback Program Turned Into Sculpture Art

Do you like guns? Do you hate guns? Do you like recycling? Do you wonder what happens to the weapons collected in the city's "Gun Buyback" program?

Yikes! Kings Rally Tickets Going for As High As $250 on Craigslist

Even though the on-ice action has ended, Kings’ fans enthusiasm for their Stanley Cup champions continues to provide opportunities for hucksters and scalpers. Tickets for the championship parade and rally tomorrow afternoon have been sold out since Tuesday evening.

Today: Calling All Yogis for a Free Midday Creativity Boost

Need a little lunchtime body and right-brain boost? ForYourArt is bringing you a "creativity-focused yoga session" today from Noon to 1 p.m. for all artists and the artist in everyone.

'Die Hard' Producer Wants to Buy Historic Venice Post Office

Despite residents' opposition, the historic Venice Post Office has gone up for sale and its new owner will most likely be film producer Joel Silver. Silver has signed a contract to enter escrow.

Your Guide to Watching Shakespeare This Summer

When June rolls around, outdoor amphitheaters and green hills throughout the city become stages for local acting troupes. This summer there is no shortage of opportunities to see live performances of Shakespeare.

'Lightning in a Bottle' Envisions a Greener Festival

The scene after a three-day festival is hell. Strung out, red-eyed soldiers stumbling around in a stupor after 72 hours straight of chaotic madness. But the grounds themselves are the real victim. An orgy of plastic, torn-up grass and urine-soaked mud is hardly the best way to honor the location of the greatest weekend of your life.

"California Right To Know" Campaign Turns in Almost 1 Million Signatures For GMO Label Initiative

Earlier this month, the California Right to Know campaign, which spearheads a State Ballot Proposition that would require labeling of genetically engineered foods, reported collecting 971,126 signatures—nearly double what is required to qualify for placement on the November ballot.

Past & Present: Celebrate 73 years of Union Station with Cocktails and a Free Tour

This week marks the 73rd anniversary of the opening of Union Station, and to celebrate the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles is hosting Cocktails in Historic Places along with a free tour of the downtown landmark this Friday evening, 6 to 8 pm.

Special Delivery: Label GMOs Coalition to Wheel Petitions into Elections Office Via Baby Strollers

A rally to celebrate the California Right to Know GMO labeling initiative and to educate consumers about issues surrounding labeling of genetically engineered foods will take place Wednesday, May 2. Organizers have raised enough signatures to qualify for the California State Ballot in November and will be submitting them in style.

Californians Will Likely Vote on Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Initiative in November

This morning, The Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Initiative in California reported having gathered the target 850,000 signatures needed in order to ensure the initiative makes it onto the November 2012 State Ballot. The grassroots initiative, which seeks to have produce and packaged foods containing genetically engineered ingredients labeled as such, has been gathering signature since early 2012, with hopes of allowing California citizens to decide the issue in November.

Your Guide to Surviving Coachella

Like a fast-spreading benign cancer, Coachella fever has infected Southern California. Your neighbor’s talking about it, your dry cleaner’s talking about it and most importantly, you and your friends are talking about it.

A Tale of Two Hikes: Getting to Fish Canyon Falls in the Foothills The Easy Way

It is the best of hikes; it is the worst of hikes. Fish Canyon Falls, located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains above Azusa, has one of the more interesting and colorful histories among Southern California hiking destinations.

2 Places Where You Can Hike to California's Rare Torrey Pines

Many people have watched golf tournaments, or perhaps even played, at the famous Torrey Pines course in San Diego County. Fewer are aware that the course is named after one of America’s rarest trees, the Pinus Torreyana or Torrey Pine. The pines are noted for their rambling, twisted limbs, the result of exposure to the winds on the coastlines where they grow.

Love and Loss: Eric Erlandson Pens 'Letters To Kurt'

Eighteen years after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in Seattle, former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson is releasing Letters to Kurt, a 52-chapter collection of poetry and prose dedicated to the Nirvana frontman. Set to hit bookshelves on April 8, Letters to Kurt is a candid reflection of Erlandson’s time spent as friend/unofficial caregiver for Cobain during his rapid rise to grunge rock fame, tumultuous marriage to Hole’s Courtney Love, and untimely death in 1994.

Off the Grid in Riverside County: Harford Springs Reserve

The park sits on a plateau at about 2,000 feet above sea level, and it supports a diverse habitat including oaks, eucalyptus trees, spring wildflowers and more. Interesting geology and wide-ranging views (on clear days) that include the Santa Ana Mountains are among the highlights here.

One Cave, Two Names, Three Hikes: Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

It's known as “Dripping Cave,” for the way the sedimentary rock seems to drip from the ceiling, and also as “Robber’s Cave,” owing to its history as a hideout for gangsters. Whatever you call it, this cave in Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park in south Orange County is well worth a visit, and there are three different ways to get there.

The Day of the Year at Mammoth Mountain

My friends and I had our epiphany at breakfast at Cinnamon Bear Inn in Mammoth Lakes. While our Weekend Warrior compatriots had returned to L.A. the day before, my friends and I had chosen wisely to take March 19—a Monday—off. The Inn owner placed our omelette plates in front of the four of us that morning, greeting us with, "Welcome to The Day of the Year!"

The 'Black Dahlia' Revisited: Los Angeles Police Museum Unveils 'Elizabeth' Exhibit

More than 65 years after her mysterious murder in Los Angeles, “Black Dahlia” Elizabeth Short’s unsolved case is now part of the “Elizabeth” exhibit at the Los Angeles Police Museum. The mutilation slaying of 22-year-old Short, nicknamed "Black Dahlia" by reporters, has captivated the public since her bisected body was found on a vacant lot in Leimert Park on January 15, 1947. The exhibit is sponsored by bestselling crime fiction author James Ellroy, who penned The Black Dahlia in 1987.

Hiking in Surf City: 5 Parks to Check Out in Huntington Beach

It’s not exactly a mystery what kind of recreation is king in Huntington Beach, but hikers and nature lovers can also find places to do their thing in “Surf City.” Huntington Beach might not have the longer, more challenging hiking trails found near Orange County’s foothills, but there are a few spots that are well worth a visit.

California Citrus State Historic Park Is No Lemon

While oranges, lemons and grapefruits might not quite command the value that gold does, these commodities have quietly done their part to shape California life. At Riverside's California Citrus State Historic Park, visitors can stroll around the grounds, learn about how fruit helped influence life in California, and enjoy the fragrance of the orchards nearby.

Word on the Street: What Do You Think About the GMO Labeling Initiative?

Currently, some foods may carry the label "non-gmo" and may be certified by third party organizations. However, this is a voluntary measure. We wandered around town this week asking what regular folks think about the prospect of seeing foods labeled "non-gmo." Here's the word on the street.

Lightning in a Bottle Announces 2012 Fest Lineup

If Coachella and Burning Man had a bass addicted, illegitimate love child that creation would be the Do LaB's Lightning in a Bottle. Taking place a short 40 minutes from L.A. in the remarkably desolate Oak Canyon Ranch, the festival is a mix of art, culture and music.

Cocktail, Cupcake, Terrorists: Real Irish Car Bombs Aren't Fun

There is one part of Saint Patrick's Day celebrations here in the US that fill me with anger and disgust: The drink (and now the cupcake) named "The Irish Car Bomb."

Park-Hopping in the Palisades: Hiking From the Temescal Gateway to Will Rogers State Historic Park

You already know about how you can park-hop from Santiago Oaks Regional Park to Irvine Regional Park in Orange County, but a similar 2-for-1 deal exists in Pacific Palisades. It comes courtesy of the Rivas Canyon Trail, a two-mile route that connects two of the most popular L.A. hiking destinations: Temescal Gateway Park and Will Rogers State Historic Park.

Westside Wetlands: Ballona Marshes Offer an Urban Escape

Ballona Creek runs west into the ocean, starting almost ten miles inland. Near the mouth of the creek, it widens and forms both freshwater and saltwater marshes. Runoff from the nearby Baldwin Hills fills the basin. Spring is a particularly attractive time to visit the wetlands, although it’s a nice place to take a break during any season.

Learning By Doing and Loving Every Minute: What It's Like to Judge a 4H Food Competition

UCCE Master Food Preserver Sarah Spitz writes about serving as a judge in a 4H baking competition: "It’s a win-win for everyone involved, judges included—minus the sugar rush we experienced, which fortunately, dissipated in a few hours!"

Meet the Spokesman For All Things Loud Andrew W.K., Playing L.A. March 8

Everyone has a friend named Andrew. No really, check your Facebook. But certain individuals have a real good friend named Andrew. A role model, hero and spokesman for all things loud. Naturally I am referring to Andrew W.K., the front man turned game show host turned motivational speaker who has over the course of the past decade provided the soundtrack for your angst ridden party days.

Park-Hopping in Orange County — Nature's Way

Hey, did you hear about that deal where you pay only $3 to get into an Orange County park and you can also visit the neighboring park for no additional charge? Now, if you think we’re talking about Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure…well, we’re not.

Hikes at the Gas Pump Don't Have to Stop You From Hiking in the Mountains

Many California residents have experienced a big hike lately—and unfortunately, it's not on the trails, but at the pump. We have a couple of tips for the budget-conscious hiker.

So Close, Yet So Far: Anacapa Island Provides Dramatic Scenery Just Off the Coast of Southern California

While Anacapa may cut a harsh profile, it’s also a great place to see flora and fauna in the springtime. The coreopsis flowers that bloom in March and April are so bright that they can be seen from the mainland.

It's Signature Time: Label GMOs Initiative Inches Closer To 2012 Ballot

It's official. Angelenos may be able to vote on a new ballot initiative come November and see a new food label at grocery stores soon thereafter. According to Debra Bowen, Secretary of State, Californians may now add their signatures to a new ballot initiative mandating labeling of genetically engineered foods being sold in raw or packaged form.

Barbara's Lake: Inland Orange County's Only Natural Body of Water

It’s common to joke about how the Los Angeles Lakers play in a city that has no natural lakes. However, while many L.A. residents are aware that the basketball team’s nickname comes from their days in Minneapolis, few realize that an hour’s drive from downtown, in the hills of Orange County, there is in fact a lake.

Overheard in L.A.: Electronic Music and Alien Robots

Have you ever wanted to adopt an alias? It must feel powerful to create a name that people have to call you, one that doesn’t even have to be a real word. Read on for overheard conversation on half-naked men, wingback chairs, and Robin.

Murrieta's Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve: Vernal Pools and Local History

There aren’t many hiking trips in Southern California will show you both a rare natural phenomenon and some of the state’s history, but the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve does just that.

Three Ways to the Hollywood Sign

It's Oscar season, and what better way to celebrate than by visiting the famous Hollywood sign? It may be true that the only way to get to Carnegie Hall is by practicing, but there are several different routes that can be taken to the top of Mt. Lee, where the famous sign is located.

6 Alternative Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in L.A.

If dinner and reruns of Pretty Woman don’t sound appealing to you love birds, here are some alternative options to woo your significant other. To everyone else, these events are a wonderful opportunity to wash out that depression with some hard liquor and like-minded individuals as you try to fall in bed with a stranger.

Overheard in L.A.: Promoting Your Assets

Self-confidence is a universally attractive feature on people. L.A. seems to have its own definition of this trait, though. Read on for overheard conversation on scrapbooking, Carrot Top and wizards.

Culver City Nature Trail: The Westside's No-Excuse Walk

Some of the famous hikes in the L.A. area require physical fitness, acclimation to altitude, tenacity and a willing to tackle the unknown. However, there is only one prerequisite to walk on the 0.25-mile Culver City Nature Trail: a pulse.

Jack Dunster Reserve: the Hidden Long Beach Spot That Makes a Great Valentine's Day Walk

If you and your loved one like sunsets, flowers and walks along the beach, there’s a secluded little spot in Long Beach that might be a perfect addition to your Valentine’s Day plans.

Overheard in L.A.: The Post-Super Bowl Hangover Edition

A boss that acknowledges the realities of Super Bowl Sunday? Refreshing. This week’s Overheard in L.A. round-up includes overheard conversation on Robin Hood, Portia de Rossi and the big-bang theory.

Early Morning Opera's 'Abacus' Explores Fine Line Between Truth & Lies

The Thursday night opening of Early Morning Opera's Abacus at REDCAT felt like a joyful reunion for L.A.'s art scene. Abacus got its start at the REDCAT NOW Fest in 2009 and has since traveled to various residencies and performance venues, including the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Madrona Marsh: Torrance's Secret Urban Oasis (Hiding in Plain Sight)

Mapquest and Google Maps don’t show it. Countless people who live and work in Torrance drive right by it and have no idea. Yet it’s there and very real: the 10-acre Madrona Marsh Nature Preserve, an urban oasis right in the middle of Torrance.

Catch It While You Can: Palos Verdes Peninsula's Seasonal Waterfall

There are a few waterfalls that are unknown even to veteran hikers—such as the small one off the Frascati Trail on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Following recent rains, hikers can see this five-foot cascade and enjoy its musical flow.

Early Morning Opera's 'Abacus' Opens at REDCAT

Fresh from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it was only one of two live performances selected to participate, Early Morning Opera’s Abacus opens tonight at REDCAT and runs through Saturday.

Overheard in L.A.: Serial Killers—They're Just Like Us!

There’s no predicting the shenanigans that can go down at L.A. after parties. One lucky lady has found a fail-proof method to stay safe at such events. This week’s Overheard in L.A. round-up includes overheard conversation on amateur astronomer night, Shiva and serial killers.

Upper Filorium Reserve: the Palos Verdes Peninsula's Newest Open Space

Compared to the Santa Monica Mountains and the Angeles National Forest, the Palos Verdes Peninsula might not be one of Los Angeles’s most famous hiking destinations, but there are many great trails in the area.

Overheard in L.A.: How We Cope Without Wikipedia

College students across the country attempted to cope with Wikipedia’s blackout this week, some faring better than others. This week’s Overheard in L.A. round-up includes overheard conversation on mistaken identities, Escalades and Harry Potter.

Top 10 Weird and Wonderful Finds at the NASFT Fancy Food Show

The NASFT Fancy Food show is a bit of a culinary assault. It’s akin to someone opening every single product at Bristol Farms, Unique LA and the corner store and offering you a bite. We have our best in show picks.

How Hiking in Los Angeles Can Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolution

We’ve already explored how hiking in the incredibly scenic and varied outdoor areas in and around Los Angeles can help you set and achieve New Year’s Resolutions; hiking can also keep you motivated when your spirits are low, and perhaps inspire you to take up the mantle again even if you’ve already given up.

Ascot Hills Park: The Eastside's Newest Outdoor Space

East Los Angeles isn’t generally thought of as a hiking destination—but Ascot Hills Park may change that. The 93-acre park opened in the summer of 2011, and provides a great opportunity for recreation in an area of the city not typically known for its open space.

L.A. Art Show Solidifies City's Place in the Arts and Culture World

The L.A. Art Show is the largest event of L.A. Arts Month and continues to promote Los Angeles as a significant arts destination, while solidifying our place as a relevant hub of arts and culture in the world.

The Old Topanga Fire Lookout: Minimal Hiking Effort for Maximum View

If your idea of a fun hiking trip involves maximum view for minimal effort, the site of the former Topanga Fire Lookout is a good destination. A quick walk on a fire road provides views of the Santa Monica Mountains, the San Gabriels, the Simi Hills, the Palos Verdes Peninsula, downtown L.A., the Santa Ana Mountains and San Gorgonio Mountain.

Gallery: Photo LA Features Work of Masters, Amateurs, the Avant-Garde and Everything in Between

In addition to a good collection of works by master photographers, such as Ansel Adams, Photo LA is the place to see what is new and fresh in the photography world, a world ever-growing and constantly changing. Photography is an accessible art, and Photo LA has done everything possible to make this show accessible as well.

From Seed To Fork: Seed Library Of Los Angeles Thinks Fresh & Local

The Seed Library of Los Angeles - an exciting new addition to the Los Angeles food community - embarks on its second year in lending its seeds to the community. Seed libraries hold seeds in trust for the community, much like literary libraries. Members "borrow" seeds to grow plants in their garden, and at the end of the growing season save some seeds from this stock to return to the library.

Overheard in L.A.: How Movie Concepts Get Recycled

Disneyland: the most magical place on Earth—and in one woman's case, inspiration for cutting-edge ideas. This week's Overheard in L.A. round-up includes overheard conversation on texting while dating, Spanx and what taking a bath has to do with anything.

Gallery: Subway Riders Strip Down to Their Skivvies on No Pants Day

If you happened to ride the Metro rail system in Los Angeles on Sunday, you might have noticed many of your fellow passengers were missing something important—the bottom portion of their wardrobe.

Sandstone Peak's Dramatic Scenery Makes It a Must-Do Hike for 2012

If you only take one hiking trip in 2012, make your destination Sandstone Peak, the highest summit in the Santa Monica Mountains. If you are a veteran hiker, Sandstone Peak is likely to rank among your favorite trips, and if you’ve never been on a hike, this is one that’s worth training for.

Reporter-Turned-Occupy L.A. Arrestee On Why the City Attorney's Office is 'Going for the Jugular'

Bethania Palma Markus, a former staff reporter for the San Gabriel Valley News Group, talks about why she decided to join Occupy L.A. and what her experience getting arrested this Saturday taught her about the politics of our criminal justice system.

Overheard in L.A.: Shopping and Strippers

It could be the excess eggnog or frenzied shopping centers, but some people's careful judgment can be absent during the holidays. This week's Overheard in L.A. round-up includes overheard conversation on sailing, office holiday parties and Momento.

10 Ways That Hiking in Los Angeles Will Help You Keep Your 2012 New Year's Resolution

No matter what your New Year's Resolution is for 2012, there's an excellent chance that hiking can help you achieve it. Hiking has obvious benefits when it comes to health-oriented goals, such as losing weight, but it can play a role in many different kinds of resolutions.

Rodarte’s Fra Angelico Collection Debuts This Weekend at LACMA

This Saturday, LACMA will present the RODARTE: Fra Angelico Collection, a 10-gown installation that will be displayed alongside classic artwork from the Italian Renaissance. Rodarte designers, sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, have drawn inspiration from Italian painter Fra Angelico among others for their Spring/Summer 2012 couture designs, using their signature dressmaking techniques, sculptural details and a soft fresco color palette to round out the refined collection.

Deadmau5. This Weekend. The Palladium. Free.

Tailing on the impending release of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” composer Trent Reznor (as well as corporate giant Sony Pictures) have decided to team up with L.A.’s own Gary Richards (LAist Interview) to sponsor a series of free electronic concerts all around the globe.

Overheard in L.A.: 'Tis the Season For Ugly Christmas Sweaters

We've reached the time of year when ugly Christmas sweater parties are as ubiquitous as faux-snow and festive wreaths. This week's Overheard in L.A. round-up includes overheard conversation on mustaches, Dave Matthews and Siri.

2011 Conejo Open Space Challenge

If you’ve ever hiked in the Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village/Agoura Hills area, chances are it was on a trail managed by the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency. While these trails are most accessible to the residents of the Thousand Oaks area, they are also fairly close to the San Fernando Valley and Ventura.

Tofutti, Tofurkey Or Turkey?

As one of the most popular vegetarian proteins on the market, tofu is a common substitute for the holiday turkey. Angelenos eat tofu for many reasons, one often being the belief that this is better for the environment. Consider, though, that much of the soy used to make tofu is genetically engineered, also known as genetically modified.

Get Trained To Help Combat GMOs In Our Food

Do you want to see genetically engineered foods labeled? Help get the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act of 2012 ballot initiative passed and attend a local training meeting this week.

Overheard in L.A.: Our Favorite Canadian Export

Say what you will about professional sports teams in L.A., we attract players at the top of their game. This week’s Overheard in L.A. round-up includes overheard conversation on post-structuralism, upholstered furniture and movie plots.

Kimonos Meet American Vintage: Fashion Show & Lecture in Culver City

This Sunday, Royal/T will host the Kimono Girl Retro Pop x American Vintage event to showcase Japanese kimonos past and present with a special fashion show and lecture. Kimono stylist/author Rinko Kimino will discuss the historical background from the Taisho era to modern-day kimonos that blend American vintage, retro, and pop fashion with the traditional style.

Top 10 Questions About the Mysterious Black Star Canyon

As popular as it is, Black Star Canyon Falls has an air of mystery about it. Some describe it as a routine, moderately challenging hike; others tell horror stories of rampant poison oak in the canyon and violent drifters who prey on hikers.

Overheard in L.A.: The Brutal Truth

To please people, we sometimes have to soften the truth of our intentions. Our Overheard in L.A. round-up this Thanksgiving week includes overheard conversation on hair trends, exotic fish and Justin Bieber.

Vista Hermosa Natural Park: Exploring Downtown's Newest Open Space

Vista Hermosa means “beautiful view” in Spanish, and on clear days, that’s just what this park provides. When the ten-acre park opened in 2008, it was the first new park in downtown Los Angeles in more than one hundred years.

Overheard in L.A.: The 'EFFING CRAZY' Protest Edition

One thing is for sure: the environment over at Occupy LA is never boring. Our Overheard in L.A. round-up this week includes overheard conversation on such thrilling topics as Occupy L.A. fashion, winter in L.A. and the taste of perspiration.

Nobody Hikes in L.A.: Falls Creek Falls Is So Nice They Named It Twice

Even if Falls Canyon Falls isn’t a true year-round waterfall, and even if reaching it requires a little more than straight trail-hiking, it has the potential to be one of Los Angeles’s premier hiking destinations.

Label GMOs Initiative Filed, Will You Sign?

Californians are one step closer to voting on a ballot initiative requiring labeling of genetically engineered foods. Last week, the coalition It's Our Right To Know filed a ballot initiative with the California Attorney General's office. Volunteers must collect at least 850,000 signatures by April 2012 in order to place the initiative on the November 2012 state ballot.

LA Master Chorale Tackles a 'Mass' and 'passion'

The Walt Disney Concert Hall was packed to the brim on Sunday night for a concert by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The evening’s main draw (for the mostly Baby Boomer and older audience) was a performance of post-minimal composer David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning the little match girl passion, but the evening also featured the U.S. Premiere of renowned jazz flutist James Newton’s Mass.

Overheard in L.A.: Finding That Special Someone

Life's special moments demand the perfect soundtrack. Our Overheard in L.A. round-up this week includes overheard conversation from party-goers, foodies and vegetarians.

From Punk Rock To Soccer Dads: 'The Other F Word' Film Screens in Pasadena

Screening today in Pasadena, The Other F Word documentary explores what happens when some of the L.A. punk scene’s leading men become fathers. Pennywise’s Jim Lindberg, who famously belted out “F--- Authority,” Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, among others, open up about their journey from anti-authoritarian punks to the ultimate authority figures: dads.

Mary's Gone Crackers & Speaks Out Against GMOs

Mary Waldner, founder and owner of Mary's Gone Crackers, is passionate about only using organic, non-GMO ingredients in her gluten-free crackers. She founded the company in 2004 after discovering she had Celiac disease - an extreme allergy to gluten in wheat and other grains - and perfecting a delicious gluten-free cracker recipe.

Lasers, Costumed Kids & Electronic All-Stars: HARD Haunted Mansion 2011

Though slightly lacking from previous year’s sold out shenanigans, HARD Event’s yearly tour de force packed more lasers, pounding techno music and shirtless USC bros than anything else in the Greater Los Angeles area.

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