Results tagged “Lisa Brenner”

Big Fish: Jackie Tohn Makes A 'Platinum' Splash At Barre

Jackie Tohn may have started the show with a song about wanting a life of confined success on the tune "Big Fish" but she's not fooling anyone. It is tropical-waters clear that the Silver Lake resident has thoroughly outgrown the small pond. Fans and friends from her American Idol days sat in audience harmony with her new castmates from Bravo's upcoming songwriting competition Platinum Hit while industry types held court at the bar and famous...

The Terminator 5: Arnold Schwarzenegger Goes From Governor To Comic Book To Robot Killing Machine

Move over animated comic series, Arnold Schwarzenegger is baaaack "attached to star in a rights package that CAA is shopping today that will revive The Terminator, one of Hollywood's most iconic scifi franchises," reports Deadline. Arnie's package will be humping to studios today with Universal, Sony, Lionsgate, and CBS Films reportedly "looking hard" at what's on the table. Fast Five's Justin Lin is likely to direct and producer Robert Cort is attached. No screenwriter...

More Than A Fashion Statement: 'Denim Day In LA' Promotes Awareness About Sexual Violence

Photo by jimpg2_peace2011 via Flickr Denim Day sounds like fun and games but those wearing jeans today are making more than a fashion statement. Denim Day in LA, and around the country, is part of an awareness campaign about rape and sexual violence stemming from an incident in "1999 when an Italian court overturned a rape conviction partially because the victim was wearing tight jeans - something the justices reasoned the suspect couldn't have...

The Universe Was Created Today In 4977 B.C., Says Kepler

"On this day in 4977 B.C., the universe is created, according to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, considered a founder of modern science," notes History. Listening to Carl Sagan explain Kepler's laws of planetary motion is like listening to Bob Ross paint happy little trees or Kermit speculate about rainbows; each subject matter reasonably confounding with a quiet narrator offering an even voice to soothe the medicine as it goes down.

Fubar Scofflaw Brouhaha: Inadequate Parking Citation Enforcement Is Costing The City Millions

Photo by Atwater Village Newbie via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr In a continuing effort to reduce waste and save money, City Controller Wendy Greuel released the details of a review that examined the Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s parking citation scofflaw enforcement activities showing that the department "failed to adhere to its own action plan, resulting in a decline in enforcement and loss of $5.4million in potential revenue," notes Greuel's press release....

What's Next, The H?! Two Bronze 'Hollywoodland' Signs Stolen From Beachwood Canyon

For months, residents of Beachwood Canyon have been at odds over signs "pointing tourists to a place where the iconic Tinseltown symbol can be viewed and photographed," notes the L.A. Times. The directional aides served some relief to the homeowners near the locked fire road that leads to the historic Hollywood sign by re-routing the headache of sightseers and noisy tour buses to neighboring streets...

Make New Friendster, But Keep The Old: Your Embarrassing Profile Data Will Be Deleted On May 31

Friendster, a key evolutionary step in the creation of a social media species, fell victim to natural selection with the advent of MySpace which in turn drifted from favor in the shadow of its successor, Facebook. In an attempt to adapt to its new surroundings, Friendster will be transforming the site beginning with a total obliteration of existing user data as it morphs more fully...

And The Winner Of The American Lung Association's 'Most Polluted Air In The Country' Goes To... Los Angeles

Photo by TheDailyOrdinary via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr (Pollution chart via OC Register) The 2011 State of the Air report has been released by the American Lung Association and it's enough to make you sick. Literally. The report, ranking U.S. metropolitan areas on ozone, short term particle pollution data, and historic particle pollution data from 2007-2009, places Los Angeles #1 for high ozone days and #4 and #2 in the particle categories....

Progress Made In Olvera Street Lease Agreement

Photo by highervision via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr After a year of "intense negotiations," the Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee passed a motion on Monday that brings the city and merchants of historic Olvera Street closer to a lease agreement that's been missing for 13 years, reports the Los Angeles Independent. The terms of the agreement include a 20-year lease with a 20-year renewal option; a rent scheme that brings all...

Dig It: Man Tunnels Through 4 Motel Rooms To Evade Police

Photo by Chriss_Lott via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A Covina man on parole who barricaded himself inside a motel room early Monday morning "burrowed through the walls of neighboring rooms" in an attempt to evade capture but eventually gave up and surrendered to authorities, reports the Pasadena Star News. Officers received a report from a woman around 3:00 a.m. of a domestic violence incident claiming that 34-year-old Fernando Sanchez "made threats against...

LAPD Pilot Could Smell Jet Fuel, See It On The Windshield

Photo by LA Observer via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr The pilot of the Los Angeles Police Department helicopter hit with gunfire Sunday in Van Nuys knew jet fuel was pouring out from the bullet hole because he could smell it and see it on the windshield of the craft, reports the L.A. Times. According to the police Air Support Division, the pilot "heard a loud thump outside the aircraft and took evasive...

Earth Says Goodbye To Two Musical Ladies: Bluesy Phoebe Snow, Punker Poly Styrene

British punker Poly Styrene, who formed the Sex Pistol-inspired band X-Ray Spex in the mid 70s, died at 53 from cancer, her website said on Tuesday, reports the L.A. Times. Styrene, whose real name was Marianne Elliott-Said, joined the Hare Krishnas in 1980 and largely faded from public view. Bluesy singer and guitarist Phoebe Snow who was nominated for best new artist at the 1975 Grammys, "had a defining hit of the 1970s" with her...

Car Plunges From Sports Club/LA Parking Structure, Lands Upside Down, Driver Killed

Photo by RobeRt Vega via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A car plunged four stories off the Sports Club/LA parking structure in West L.A. on Tuesday killing the driver, a woman in her 70s, when the vehicle she was driving landed on its roof on the sidewalk below, reports LA Now. According to authorities the accident in the 11000 block of West Nebraska Avenue occurred at 9:30 a.m. and city building and safety...

Close Encounters Of The Broke Kind: SETI Hangs Up On E.T.

Photo by sirimiri via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Without the money to pay its day-to-day operating expenses, Mountain View's SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute has been forced to hit the hold button on its 42 extraterrestrial-seeking radio telescopes that scan the deep space skies for signs of alien civilization, reports the Daily News. SETI Institute officials said: "Effective this week, the ATA has been placed into hibernation due to funding shortfalls...

WTF Is Wrong With My Bill, DWP?

Customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are more than a little lit up about some recent billing issues. It seems the DWP has been "issuing late bills to customers and charging exorbitant fees," reports ABC Local. Those affected include L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine and many of his constituents who have allegedly received bills many months late with fees "totaling in the thousands of dollars."

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You're Actin' Kinda Shady: Ex-Destiny's Child Member Arrested

Former Destiny's Child member Farrah Franklin was arrested for disorderly conduct in Culver City, CA this weekend, reports TMZ. Franklin, who reportedly found out via MTV News that she was canned from the band in 2000 after only five months with Beyonce and Kelly Rowland, was arrested at 6:45 AM on Saturday and sources told TMZ alcohol was involved.

Social Media Helped Track Playboy Mansion Illness Outbreak

When taking photos at the Playboy Mansion, be sure to tag yourself on Facebook so the health department will know to contact you in case of an outbreak. Turns out social media may be good for public health. According to Dr. Caitlin Reed during a a recent CDC presentation, social media outlets helped investigators, "identify the outbreak quickly; enabled them to receive responses quickly from attendees, who had traveled from 30 countries; and allowed...

Mexico Travel Warning: U.S. Issues New Expanded Advisory

A travel warning, the highest caution the State Department can issue, has been expanded in Mexico due to an increase in violence over a wider area of the country, reports the OC Register. Northern Baja California is included on the lengthy list of violent regions...

'Fight For Your Right Revisited' w/ Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Elijah Wood, David Cross, Rainn Wilson & Everyone Else Funny In The Universe

The Beastie Boys continue their pre-release hijinx in anticipation of Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2 due to flood the streets on May 3. After floating a five minute 'Make Some Noise' teaser earlier this month, the 30-minute, full version of the Beasties new short film, Fight For Your Right Revisited, has been placed into the internet. Better than Where's Waldo, for today's video lunch see if you can spot...

The Drama Of Actress Fernanda Romero's Marriage Fraud

Sentencing is expected today in case of 28-year-old Mexican-born actress Fernanda Romero who faces federal marriage-fraud charges that allege she entered into a sham marriage "with an American in 2005 to remain in the United States," reports the Daily News. Prosecutors claim Romero, full name Maria Fernanda Romero Martinez, and her musician/pizza store manager friend Kent Ross were living in separate homes and dating other people. They are recommending probation for the 'couple' who...

LAUSD Teachers Marked For Layoffs Speak Out At Hearing

Photo by Hugo90 via Flickr Employees of the Los Angeles United School District set to be laid off are speaking out Monday at a "Reduction in Force" hearing about the impact of budget cuts on students and whether the district followed policy when handing out layoff notices, reports ABC Local. In the shadow of a budget crisis that includes the loss of federal stimulus dollars, more than 5,000 layoff notices were distributed to even...

Perv Out Of Water: Man Convicted Of Lewd Acts In Wave Pool

32-year-old Albert Omar Martinez of Downey was convicted Monday of lewd acts upon a teenage girl for rubbing up against the unsuspecting victim at Knott's Berry Farm's Soak City Tidal Wave water attraction in 2009, reports the OC Register. Martinez, who faces a potential term of three years and four months in prison, was also convicted of "attempted lewd acts" for trying the same maneuver with a different girl the same day.

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Tonight in Extra, Extra! San Diego stores fail undercover 'drunk' test, dolphin in distress dies, Montebello mulls over bankruptcy, LAPD DUI?, and learn what to do with all of your old compact discs. Plus: Keep up with us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter: @LAist @LAistFood @LAistSports.

Get Out: 12th Annual Topanga Earth Day Festival, Machine Project Vocal Workshop, Buster Keaton Double Feature

Escape To Hippie Mountain: The long-running Topanga Earth Day Festival wraps up today with stages, speakers, vendors, music, workshops and art. There's even a bio diesel shuttle to help you get there. Topanga Community House Fair Grounds, 1440 North Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA. 90290, 10:00 a.m. - Sunset.

Emergency Landing For LAPD Helicopter Hit By Gunfire

Photo by A.C. Thamer via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr At least one arrest has been made after a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter was hit by gunfire near Saticoy Street and Densmore in the San Fernando Valley around 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning, reports LA Now. Reports ABC Local: After setting up a perimeter, authorities tracked down the suspected shooter at a home along Saticoy Street. Family members inside the home pinned down...

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Graffiti Vandal 'Revok' Arrested At LAX, Headed To Ireland

Photo by Lord Jim via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A 34-year old "high profile graffiti vandal" was arrested Thursday morning at LAX by sheriff’s deputies as he attempted to board a plane to Ireland. "Suspect Jason Williams, also known as “Revok,” is well known in the graffiti vandalism culture and is a member of the graffiti crew “Mad Society Kings” or MSK," notes a police release. Williams, a white male resident of...

Officer Shot In The Face During Sylmar Standoff Is Released From Hospital In Time For Easter

LAPD K-9 Officer Steven Jenkins was released from the hospital in time to spend Easter with his family after being critically injured in a SWAT standoff at a home in Sylmar earlier this month, reports a department press release. On April 4, 2011, around 3 a.m., Jenkins, a 21 year veteran with the police department was shot in the face and chest while searching for a domestic violence suspect. The officer was transported to...

The Aloof: Sweet Charity Video Lunch Will Turn You To Rubber

Happy Birthday sister of Warren Beatty! In honor of Shirley MacLaine's birthday today we're going out on a limb (wink) with a jaw dropping, spine rubbering, brain exploding Bob Fosse video lunch from the 1969 musical Sweet Charity. Stay tuned for the big finish......

Swastikas And Other Hate Graffiti Found On Campus At Calabasas High School

Large amounts of vandalism including "swastikas and depictions of Adolf Hitler," were found by school maintenance workers around 9:00 a.m. Saturday at Calabasas High School, reports the L.A. Times. The hate graffiti reportedly also "included attacks on blacks and Latinos." The school, located on the 22000 block of Mulholland Highway, has repaired the damage. The incident, which is being handled as a felony vandalism and as a hate crime, is believed to have occurred...

Sheriff's Deputy Placed On Leave For Alleged Sex With Minor

Photo by Chuck "Caveman" Coker via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr A sheriff's deputy in San Bernardino County was placed on leave Friday for allegedly having sex with a minor. The department reportedly received information that morning that the officer in question may have had inappropriate relations with a 16-year-old girl. According to a press release, reports KTLA, 30-year-old Redlands resident Nathan Gastineau, a 10-year veteran, was arrested Friday charged with lewd acts...

Elizabeth Taylor Left More Than $800,000 To Hubby Number 7

Elizabeth Taylor left her seventh hubby, construction worker Larry Fortensky, more than $800,000 in her will. Fortensky, who was given an allowance for years, "insists he was never a gold digger," reports the NY Daily News. The two met in rehab and divorced in 1996 after five-years of marriage. 59-year-old Fortenksy reportedly lives as a recluse in a two-bedroom bungalow outside of LA after a series of "bad investments," and is in in poor health...

7 Pot Shops Ordered To Shut, Too Close To School

Photo by melissssaf via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Seven Lake Forest medical marijuana shops have been ordered to close with a temporary injunction issued by an Orange County judge. The businesses, located in a building on the 24600 block of Raymond Way near the Montessori Children’s School House, allegedly violates a new state law banning pot shops within 600 feet of a school, reports CBS Local. “We are pleased to see state...

Who Has Hastain Trail? Home Development Threatens Longstanding Franklin Canyon Hiking Location

(Zach Behrens/LAist) The Hastain Trail above Beverly Hills in Franklin Canyon is in danger of disappearing as the landowner looks to build homes on the location. 62-year-old Mohamed Hadid, designer and builder of more than a dozen Ritz-Carlton hotels and BH "mega-mansions" owns "97 acres abutting Franklin Canyon Park between the San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills," reports the L.A. Times. The beloved, lasso-shaped trail, in use since the 1960s, "bisects about 45 acres...

Week Around The Ists

This week Seattlest celebrated the 50th birthday of our most recognized landmark, and the feeling of pride continued when City Council actually took decisive action against businesses guilty of wage theft. While Chicago contemplated hiring one of Seattle’s former police chiefs, the current one performed a particularly stunning example of what The Wire fans recognize as ‘juking the stats’.

All In The Family: Father & Son Arrested For Ojai Weapons Theft Of AR-10, SKS Assault Rifle

Photo by simonov via Flickr A father and son and a third man have been arrested in Ventura County for allegedly stealing "two assault rifles, a dozen other firearms and more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition" during an Ojai home burglary in early April, reports LA Now. The cache of weapons, which included an AR-10 and a SKS assault rifle with a high-capacity magazine, had been legally purchased and stored in a gun safe,...

Get Out: Ukrainian Egg Styling, WeSC Warehouse Sale, Hollywood Bowl Tamale-Making Class, Art Weekend

Photo by markowj via Flickr Tamales With Class: Don't put off 'til tamale what you can do today. La Guera will be teaching a class at the Hollywood Bowl on tamale making. Learn to master the vegan version of her blue corn jalapeño & cheese tamales "using organic nonGMO corn masa and vegan Daiya 'cheese.' " The recipe can be easily modified for meat eaters too. Class includes lecture, lesson, materials and lunch. The...

Identity Thieves Target Tommy Lee Jones, Tim Burton, 'Gaylord Focker'

Photo by Andres Rueda via Flickr More than 200 "blank access cards" and fraudulent credit documents for celebrities and characters including Tim Burton, Tommy Lee Jones, and "Gaylord Focker" were found inside a Burbank motel on Wednesday when Christopher Herrick, a 43-year-old on parole for embezzlement, and 42-year-old Traci Godlef were taken into custody on suspicion of identity theft and forgery, reports the Glendale News-Press. Said Glendale Police Chief Ron De Pompa, "This is...

Synagogue Bomb Suspect Brought Back To Los Angeles

(Courtesy Santa Monica Police Department) A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office says Ron Hirsch, the suspect in an explosion earlier this month at a Santa Monica synagogue, has been ordered held without bond after appearing in a Riverside court late Friday on "a federal charge of unauthorized flight," reports the Associated Press notes CBS Local. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office is charging Hirsch with a total of four felony counts that...

LAPD Officer Thrown From Truck, Killed In 101 Fwy Crash

Photo by sfxeric via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr An off-duty Los Angeles police officer died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Saturday morning following a solo crash on the eastbound Ventura 101 freeway. According to police, the officer was thrown from his pickup truck, still belted into the driver's seat, after striking a guard rail at the Van Nuys Boulevard exit at 3:21 a.m., reports the Daily News. A California Highway...

If William Shakespeare Hadn't Died On This Day, This Would Have Killed Him [NSFW ]

William Shakespeare (who may have also been born on this day) died on this day in the year 1616. And it's a good thing because if being 395-years-old didn't kill him, this surely would have. And how sad would that have been to live so long only to die because Jesus and Hamlet got in a time machine. What? Happy Hamlet 2 video lunch....

Body Found On Silver Lake Freeway Ramp

Photo by m kasahara via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Police on Saturday morning were investigating reports of a body on the Silver Lake Boulevard onramp to the southbound 101 freeway. The location was closed for several hours as investigators work to determine cause of death and the man's identity, reports ABC Local. The Eastsider LA reports the victim the as a male in his 20s according to Rampart Division Lt. Wes Buhrmester....

Jackknifed Vons Truck Halts Traffic On 5 Freeway

An accident Saturday morning involving a large Vons truck on the 5 Freeway prompted authorities to shut down all southbound lanes and one northbound lane at Imperial Highway, reports CBS Local. The crash reportedly caused the truck to catch on fire scattering debris across all southbound lanes and closing a northbound lane because of guardrail damage, reports CBS Local.

Special Bicycle Stolen From Boy With Down Syndrome

A special, three-wheel bicycle belonging to a 14-year-old boy with Down syndrome was stolen from his home in Santa Ana, reports the OC Register. The bike was taken from the father's pickup truck overnight Wednesday as it was parked at their home. Said the father of the Special Olympics assisted swimmer, "I almost started to cry, because he loves that bike...He hasn't asked for it yet and I'm afraid at how he is going...

SeaWorld Bags Use Of Plastic Bags This Summer

Photo by motleypixel via Flickr In an effort to reduce ocean pollution, SeaWorld in San Diego will stop giving out plastic bags at its theme-park gift stores on June 18. Park reps said "the move could save more than 1 million plastic bags from being used. They will offer customers paper and reusable sacks," reports the San Diego Union Tribune. The ban coincides with the opening of SeaWorld's Turtle Reef, a new attraction with...

Jewelry Store Owner Kidnapped From Home In Tujunga, Released By Spooked Crooks

Photo by jurvetson via Flickr The owner of a jewelry store was abducted at gunpoint from his home in an attempted holdup on Saturday, however the suspects changed their plans when spooked by police, and let the man go before reaching the business, reports ABC Local. The suspects broke into the owner's home in the 90800 block of Cabanas Avenue about 11:30 p.m. Friday and kidnapped the man, "driving him toward his store near...

Former L.A. School Teacher Sentenced For Wife's Murder

37-year-old Aaron Leonel Raigoza, a former Los Angeles teacher, was sentenced in Alhambra Superior Court on Thursday to life in prison for the 2008 murder of his estranged wife Ana Acosta. Judge Jared Moses sentenced Raigoza to a term of 19 years, plus a consecutive 50 years to life, reports LA NOW. Last August, Raigoza "pleaded guilty to the charge that he 'personally and intentionally discharged' a firearm," that killed his 32-year-old wife, notes...

Crying On The Freeway This Morning? Blame The Spilled Onions

Photo by Lucyrk in LA via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr An early morning crash involving an onion truck has caused a commuting issue on the 710 Freeway in Vernon. The California Highway Patrol reports that a semi-truck hauling a load of onions overturned from the onramp into a ditch before 3 a.m. on Thursday. Drivers may want to avoid the Bandini Boulevard entrance ramp to the southbound 710, according to NBC LA....

'Good Old-Fashioned Police Work' Nabs Freeway Shooter

Photo by drukelly via Flickr A suspect has been arrested in connection with a shooting spree on California Highway 163 that wounded a 21-year-old University of San Diego student on her way to class earlier this month, reports LA NOW. According to the county district attorney Bonnie Dumanis, the CHP was able to identify the suspect from DNA found on the shell casings recovered from the freeway. Said Dumanis in an interview on KUSI-TV,...

The Glendale Hangover: 3 Police Officers Out Of The Wolfpack And Off City Payroll Following Vegas Joyride

Photo by kozumel via Flickr Following an investigation, officials upholding a "zero tolerance" policy for police misconduct have confirmed that three Glendale officers who "took a patrol car on a joyride to Las Vegas," are no longer working for the department, reports the Glendale News-Press. City spokesman Tom Lorenz confirmed that Officers Patrick Hamblin, Fernando Salmeron and Mike Ullerich were no longer employees with the city, but declined to say for what cause. City...

The Giving Trees: UC Irvine Wins Tree Planting Grant

Photo by °Florian via Flickr UC Irvine, recognized recently by the Urban Land Institute and Princeton Review's "Green Colleges" for its sustainability and energy efficiency efforts, has won a tree-planting grant from the ADF and Toyota and will celebrate Earth Day on Friday April 22 with an on-campus, volunteer tree planting in Aldrich Park, reports the UC Newsroom. Last fall, UCI earned a grant and a "Tree Campus USA" designation from the national Arbor...

Baby Bear Shot, Killed Searching For Food Near SoCal Home

Photo by jimbowen0306 via Flickr The Department of Fish and Game is investigating a shooting in San Bernardino County that left one bear cub dead and another possibly wounded. Two men are accused of shooting the two cubs outside a home in Forest Falls early Thursday, reports KTLA. The baby bears were searching for food in the bed of a pickup truck parked outside the house when the men began shooting, according to Sheriff's...

Let's Buy Iggy Pop A Shirt For His Birthday

Today's happy birthday video lunch features the forever chesty Iggy Pop. Here is a brief musical tour of his legendary half nakedness. Don't worry, Joe Perry. You'll get the same birthday treatment in September.

Joshua Tree Rock Climber Fell To Death, Rope 'Gave Out'

33-year-old rock climber David Pinegar of Loomis was killed at Joshua Tree National Park on Monday when his rope snapped and he fell 150 feet, according to authorities, reports CBS Local. Pinegar was climbing with a friend near Saddle Rock off of Ryan Mountain when the accident happened, said a park spokesman

Husband & Wife Teachers Accused Of Sex With Student

(Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's office) Two Orange County teachers, 62-year-old Huntington Beach resident Daniel Shepard and his 59-year-old wife Gay Davidson-Shepard, were arrested at their home on Wednesday accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student, reports ABC Local. Investigators report the couple "had the boy over to their home weekly, gave him alcohol and had sex with him," say starting in March 2009. According to the District Attorney's office, notes ABC...

Don't Hit Your Sister: Duran Duran @ Fox Theater, 4/14/11

It was my fault for kissing them. But to a pre-teen in the 80s, a set of glossy, glamour-shot liner notes are as close to a love letter as, well, a love letter. Uncle Gary, an exceedingly patient man, had been shrieked to the edge of reason by Duran Duran, and threatened to leave us in the desert. It was 1985 and for this family vacation I packed only a pink bandana (reason unknown),...

How Much Money Do Media Moguls Make?

Deadline has been counting other people's money and put together an exclusive list of media moguls and their startling compensation packages compared to averages of other top executives. Often considered a "red flag" to shareholders when a public company pays one of its top bananas three or more times the average of other big cheeses...

Coachella 2011: When Kanye Was In Indio Land, Let My Platform Glow

Coachella 2011 concluded its triple shot, sun-splattered slumber party with Simon Le Bon, Kanye West, Simon Le Bon, Kanye West, Simon Le Bon, Kanye West and Simon Le Bon. And Kanye West. On a glowing platform. Amid rumors of an all-star lineup, West performed defiantly alone against an art-carved stone backdrop while shadowed by 20 or so dancers interpreting his three-act, me me me to mom mom mom tragedy like a personal Greek chorus....

Coachella 2011: We're All Stuck Out In The Desert & We're Gonna Die... With Jeff Goldblum

Serendipity is the mother of exaggeration, nevertheless it really did happen that Jeff Goldblum played a jazz set on day two of Coachella. Manifesting a band and a baby grand piano in one of the campgrounds, big G played a barely announced and certainly unofficial 'Funny or Die' mockumentary gig for those heading into the venue. Saturday rockers met Alison Mosshart's hair n' glare during The Kills early evening set at the Outdoor Theatre,...

Coachella 2011: OFWGKTA=OMGWTFBBQ, Cee-Lo Stops Believin', Lauryn Hill Sails, Kings Of Leon Go Unshirtless, Chemical Brothers Serenade The All-Night Roller Rink

In a fitting prelude to Passover, thousands of chaotic believers seeking musical salvation endured a defining shlep across the desert to celebrate all that freedom and outdoor roller skating had to offer at the 2011 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. The three-day mirage of microtrends, microcosms, and microchipped wrists began on Friday April 15. However, much like the tradition of Jewish holidays, the action actually started the night before. Thursday began the awakening...

Newly Extinct: Cisco's Flip Video Camera

Cisco announcing Tuesday it will "close down its Flip business" only two years after spending $590 million on the camera maker Pure Digital, reports Business Insider. The company, in a statement, revealed plans to "exit aspects of its consumer businesses and realign the remaining consumer business...

$2M Win For Officers Who Alleged LAPD Traffic Ticket Quota

Photo by Mary Lindsay via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Two police officers claiming retaliation after complaining about an alleged Westside quota system mandating each motor officer to write 18 tickets a day, were awarded more than $2 million on Monday in a civil suit against the city and the department, reports the Los Angeles Times. Howard Chan and David Benioff, veteran motor officers in the LAPD's West Traffic Division, sued the department...

San Onofre Nuclear Plant Begins 3-Day Disaster Drill

Photo by exquisitur via Flickr This is only a test. Repeat. Test. On Tuesday, Southern California Edison operators of the San Onofre nuclear plant will be starting a three-day, "radioactive release" simulation exercise to to "test the ability of the facility and local, state and federal agencies to respond to a radiological emergency," says a spokeswoman for the California Emergency Management Agency, reports the LA Times. The on site plant drills will be done...

Space Shuttle Endeavour To Permanently Land At California Science Center

Space Shuttle Endeavour on Pad39A at Kennedy Space Center (Photo by jurvetson via Flickr) With about a dozen facilities vying for the honor, NASA announced today that the California Science Center in Exposition Park has been chosen as the final landing place for space shuttle Endeavour which will be retired after its final mission later this month. The announcement Tuesday coincides with the 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle launch. The shuttle will...

The Civil War Began 150 Years Ago Today. Guns N' Roses Has Something To Sing About It.

On Apr 12, 1861, one hundred and fifty years ago today, the bloodiest four years in American history began with the first shots of the Civil War. In the early 90s, Slash, Axl Rose, and Duff McKagan wrote this video lunch selection before Guns N' Roses had their own personal version in the coming years.

Perry Farrell Has A Plan To Save The Music Bizapalooza

Photo by Joey Maloney via Flickr, Used with permission One word: government. Farrell believes, essentially, that the government and the music industry should totally start a band. The parks and recreation department for sure has a van we can use places to rock out, and your mom and the neighborhood won't mind the ruckus because they'll be so stoked by all the local merch being sold. Notes Billboard: "In partnering with the city of...

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Tonight in Extra, Extra!! A man in a dress, a package on the tracks, the future of smoke breaks, giant sea bass, and a nose dive at Van Nuys airport. Plus: Keep up with us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter: @LAist @LAistFood @LAistSports.

Dry-Ice Bomb Explodes In Long Beach, Injures Officer

Photo by Mr.Thomas via Flickr A crude, homemade dry-ice bomb -- a device that uses water, a bottle and dry ice, or frozen carbon dioxide -- exploded in an alley near the 91 Artesia Freeway on Sunday slightly injuring a Long Beach police officer, reports the Daily Breeze. Officers, responding near Bort Street and Butler Avenue to reports of what neighbors believed were fireworks, arrived on the scene just after noon and found the...

'Blood Alley' May Become A Proper Freeway

(via California Department of Transportation) A series of public hearings are set this week to discus a 63-mile High Desert Corridor freeway connecting Palmdale and Victorville that's proposed as a safer alternative to the existing two-lane road known as "blood alley." The proposed project would link the 14 Antelope Valley Freeway to I-15 at Victorville, and replace stretches of routes 18 and 138 known for large numbers of fatalities. The freeway's median may also...

Bike Bike Revolution! Photos From CicLAvia

If the resourceful can squeeze a mile from an inch, just imagine the possibilities when faced with 7.5 miles. The thousands who rolled out for CicLAvia this weekend knew what to do as they biked, walked, ran, unicycled, rickshawed, and reveled in a car-less Sunday in the City of Los Angeles....

Barbershop Quartet Day vs. International 'Louie Louie' Day

Some days are built for rivalry and competition. How else can you explain April 11 being both Barbershop Quartet Day and International Louie Louie Day? In some parts of the retrosphere, April 11 is also National 8-Track Tape Day. Faced with these opposing forces we felt it best to let this video lunch duke it out for itself. You tell us which of these "Days" reigns supreme. Barbershop Quartet Day VS International 'Louie Louie' Day...

Winklevoss Twins Lose Appeal Over Facebook Settlement

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard classmates Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss "were savvy enough to understand what they were agreeing to" when they inked a 2008 $20 million cash deal over the social networking site, and "can't undo the settlement," reports the Associated Press. The Winklevoss twins alleged they were "misled" about the value of Facebook when they agreed to settle the lawsuit claiming...

Let Sleeping Bobcats Lie, Unless They're On Your Balcony

Photo by goingslo via Flickr I can has naptime? An Irvine man was surprised to discover a baby bobcat asleep under a barbecue on the fourth floor balcony of his apartment in a complex near UC Irvine on Friday, reports KTLA Police believe the baby bobcat may have climbed a nearby parking structure and then leaped onto the balcony, where it decided to take a snooze. When animal services arrived on the scene, the...

Nic Cage's Rare, Stolen $1M Superman Comic Found In Valley Storage Locker

via ComicConnect Stolen ten years ago from actor Nicolas Cage's West Hollywood home, a rare, $1 million copy of the 1938 Superman Action Comics #1 has been found in the San Fernando Valley tucked away in a storage locker, reports the Ventura County Star. A man reportedly purchased the contents of the unit in a liquidation auction, and took the comic for an expert appraisal where it was confirmed that the 1938 copy was...

GTL Minus The T? California's Pending Tanning Bed Bill

Photo by Evil Erinn via Flickr Is GTL on its way to losing a letter? 12 states in the U.S., including California, have bills pending to restrict the use of commercial tanning salons, reports the Huffington Post. In England and Wales, the use of tanning booths for those under 18-years-old is outright banned, and enforced with a fine up to $32,000, notes ABC News . The World Health Organization in 2009, "placed tanning beds...

Prince Shows Announced: '21 Nite Stand' In Los Angeles Starts This Week, Most Tickets $25

Photo by Joey Maloney via Flickr, Used with permission In the coming weeks, the city that bleeds purple and gold will find itself less interested in gold, and extra rich in purple. Following the success of winter residencies, the artist formerly known as the artist formerly known as Prince is bringing his Welcome 2 America Live tour to Los Angeles with a '21 Nite Stand' of performances beginning this week. Three dates have been...

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Get Out: CicLAvia, Bubblefest XV, Monsterpalooza,

The Art Of Monsters: There's something hiding in your closet, under your bed, in the back seat of the car and probably calling from inside the house. You better get to a safe place. How about Monsterpalooza!! -- a stupendous collection of 200 vendors, special presentations, monster museum, model kit contests, lectures, panels, exhibits and a mutant army of artists in attendance.

Man Shot, Killed At Taco Bell Drive-Thru

Photo by compujeramey via Flickr According to authorities, a man was shot dead early Sunday at a Taco Bell drive-thru in Rialto. "The driver and a female passenger were approached around midnight by several men in the drive thru at the Taco Bell located on the 1200 block of Baseline Rd.," reports KTLA. The driver, who reportedly was shot several times while attempting to flee, was transported to a local hospital and died of...

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Shooting At BLVD Hotel & Spa In Studio City

Following an alleged altercation, a gunman opened fire in the parking garage of the BLVD Hotel & Spa on the 10700 block of Ventura Blvd near Universal Studios, striking a hotel customer around 3:00 a.m. Sunday, according to authorities, reports KTLA. The suspect, described by police and witnesses at the scene as "an adult male African-American wearing a blue sweat suit" reportedly "accosted an adult male hotel patron as he exited The Lobby bar,"...

Row Row Row Your Song: L.A. River Song Competition

Photo by Lushbunny via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Got flow? In collaboration with the L.A. River Day of Service, the City of Los Angeles is presenting a youth songwriting competition called the Songs of the L.A. River project where local lyricists and composers aged 6-18 are invited to to write and submit an original musical number inspired by the Los Angeles River. The top two submissions will win a chance to perform...

It Was 41 Years Ago Today. Paul McCartney Said The Beatles Wouldn't Play. Ever Again.

On April 10, 1970, Paul McCartney, due to release his first solo record, chose instead of traditional promotional outlets, to essentially Q&A himself with a little help from Apple's Peter Brown. During the course of the interview, following months of rumors and speculation, he dropped the bomb, stopping just shy of uttering the words, "The Beatles have broken up."

Lone Women Targeted In SGV, Suspect Sketch Released

(via Monterey Park Police Department) Monterey Park police have now released a sketch of the suspect they believe is linked to more than a dozen crimes targeting lone women followed home late at night and robbed of valuables, reports KTLA. Officials are cautioning area residents about incidents reported in Alhambra, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, and Monterey Park in recent weeks. In many cases, victims reported the robber or robbers as a Latino man between...

Ventura Quarantine: Asian Citrus Psyllid Found In Camarillo

Ventura County is under quarantine, according to officials, after an aphid-like citrus pest that can carry an untreatable disease was discovered in Camarillo, reports the Associated Press. This weekend, California's Department of Food and Agriculture is expected to survey the area before beginning two pesticide treatments. The Ventura County Star reports: "An Asian citrus psyllid was found in the Spanish Hills neighborhood of Camarillo Thursday, according to Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales. The...

Is San Pedro Getting A Battleship?

Photo by Marion Doss via Flickr The USS Iowa, a historic battleship that served extensively in WWII and the Korean War, could be setting sail for San Pedro as early as this summer, according to plan supporters, if the Navy decides to relocate the vessel currently berthed near San Francisco, reports CBS. In September, Los Angeles City Council approved a resolution to support berthing the historic battleship at the Port of Los Angeles, and...

Two Injured In 101 Freeway Shooting Near Alvarado

Photo by lovine via Flickr Los Angeles police say a shooting on the 101 Freeway around 2:40 a.m. left two men wounded after a suspect in another vehicle fired on their car near Alvarado Street, reports the L.A. Times. The victims were able to exit the freeway and seek help near Hill and College streets in Chinatown. One man was shot in the arm and the other received a back wound. According to police,...

Week Around The Ists

(via Chicagoist) Chicagoist food editor Anthony Todd dined at Next, the new restaurant from Grant Achatz, and brought back the photos to prove it. A photo of Chicago from the vantage point of the International Space Station had readers in awe. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the ist-a-verse... Seattlest began the week by reminding ourselves why theater matters, then reeled as we found out the proposed state budget would mean cuts to higher education, health programs,...

Get Out: Ren Faire Returns, Noir Fest, Step Off II, Heads You Lose, Snow White Turns 60

Ye Shall Be Ren Faire Aware: It's opening day at The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire in southern California. Grab a mutton leg and puffy shirt and do like the dragon slayers do. Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, Irwindale, CA, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Tickets here. ALSO: rare film noir, book signings with the ex-boyfriend, the biggest step competition in the country, original song-cycles...

It Was A Bomb That Exploded At The Jewish Center In Santa Monica, FBI Seeks Suspect

Initial investigative conclusions have been revised, determining that an explosion at the Chabad House in Santa Monica on Thursday was, in fact, an intentional act caused by a pipe bomb. Officials are now searching for suspect Ron Hirsch (aka Israel Fisher), a transient known by police to frequent Jewish centers in the area...

Saying Goodbye To Sidney Lumet, Iconic Director Dies At 86

One of the cinematic greats, director Sidney Lumet, died of lymphoma at home on Saturday morning. He was 86. The iconic 1957 courtroom drama 12 Angry Men was Lumet's feature debut, and over his lifetime the prolific filmmaker received five Academy Award nominations and was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2005. Here's an extra special video lunch tribute to Lumet's classic films. Click the

Purple Majesty: Lets Get Nuts For 21 Days Of Prince In LA

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called "April." Electric guitars, April. It means 21 days and that's a mighty long time. But I'm here to tell you.. there's something else. May. A world of never ending Purpledom, you can always see the tush, day or night. So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills...

Ice Cube Tears: Record Low Temperatures On Saturday

After setting record high temperatures a little over a week ago, several locations around Los Angeles noted record lows on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. The thermometer hit an icy 28 degrees In Palmdale while Lancaster warmed up to a balmy 29.

Bill To Ban Red Light Cameras To Be Heard

Photo by theilr via Flickr Further to the multifold controversy of red light cameras and the decision of the Los Angeles Police Commission to extend their vendor contract with American Traffic Solutions for another three months, a bill to ban red light monitors across the state is set to be heard by a House committee on Wednesday, reports NBC LA. "AB 1008 would put an end to automated traffic enforcement systems, which employ photography...

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Someone Is Stealing Bronze Headstones At Downey Cemetery

Photo by Eddy Van 3000 via Flickr A $10,000 reward was offered Tuesday by the the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for five bronze headstones that were stolen from Downey Cemetery. Police believe the items may have been taken to recycle for cash, reports the Daily Breeze. The headstones and numerous military plaques were taken about 7:30 a.m. March 30 from the...

This Is What Happens, Larry. This Is What Happens When You Shine A Laser Pointer At A LAPD Helicopter.

Photo by Gisela Giardino via Flickr When you shine a laser pointer at an aircraft, especially a police helicopter, the following things happen: A) They find you. B) You get arrested. Laser pointers were designed to make swirly devil nipples on the Baroness during public screenings of The Sound of Music. They were not designed to harass pilots. They latest person to learn this the hard way was 22-year-old Brandon Hicks who was booked...

Photo Of The Day: The Hollywood Bowl Is Made Of Legos

Photo by millerm217 via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr Legoland is really making a go of it. First Star Wars and now the Hollywood Bowl. And Star Wars in Concert is PLAYING at the Hollywood Bowl! Whoa. I think the Legos are trying to tell us something. And I think that something is that we're only two months away from the official opening night of the Hollywood Bowl season (June 17). Of course...

WHOOO Does This!? Stolen Baby Barn Owls Found In A Bucket

Photo by chdwckvnstrsslhm via Flickr Seven baby barn owls stolen from their nest in a old rocket-testing bunker in the Santa Ana River wash have been returned to their mother after being found in a bucket in the back of a car during a routine traffic stop on Monday, reports the SB Sun. San Bernardino sheriff's notified the Department of Fish and Game, and Lenore Wills, an animal rehabilitation specialist from Yucaipa, was called...

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