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Roller Derby Battle of Endurance: Too Legit to Quit

It was a roller derby battle of endurance at the Doll Factory, as our own LA Ri-ettes and the all-star Team Legit were knotted at 73-73 after exchanging leads for the first three quarters of the bout on Saturday night. Team Legit had plenty of gas still left in the tank though, to easily rack up some points in the final stanza and coast to a 125-96 victory....

LA Kings Ice Girls Holiday Pics

Every year at Holiday time the LA Kings Ice Girls put on their shiny snow bunny outfits....

Photos: Classical Violins and Hip-Hop Beats Collide in Long Beach

The free Summer and Music concert series continued in Long Beach over the weekend with "Classical Beats"; a fusion of hip-hop and classical violin provided by Paul Dateh and DJ Inka One. If the name sounds familiar, it's probably from their wildly popular (over 4.5 million views) YouTube video. The Kogi Truck was there to accompany the music with great grub, and the line was an hour long from the time they pulled up until...

Photos: Long Beach Funk Fest 2010

The second annual Long Beach Funk Fest was held in the streets of the Queen City on Saturday and thousands of locals came out to celebrate and dance. The cornerstone of the Long Beach Summer and Music free community concert series, the Funk Fest spanned two solar-powered stages and showcased performances by Jimmy Castor and the Bunch, The Original Stone City Band (Rick James Band), The Big Ol' Nasty Getdown, Bloco Nove featuring Delta Nove,...

Photos: Roots and Blues in Long Beach

For the 3rd installment in Summer and Music concert series, locals were treated to "Roots and Blues" music on the streets of Long Beach on Saturday. Pocket harp prodigy James Harman represented the "Blues" genre with a scathing set reminiscent of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Legendary local showman King Cotton represented the "Roots" portion of the festivities with his own brand of throwback funk that had the entire street bopping to the infectious grooves....

Rockabilly on the Streets of Long Beach

The Long Beach Summer and Music Concerts continued on Saturday with "Rockabilly on Pine" starring James Intveld and also featuring Miguel Garcia and the Vaquetones. The 13 free outdoor events are staged right in the streets amongst some of the cafe's and bars of Downtown Long Beach, making it easy to drink and dine while checking out the array of musical genres showcased in the summer-long festival.

Long Beach Summer and Music Festival 2010 Kickoff

It was a smooth-groovin', fun-flowing day of live music on Saturday June 12 as the Summer and Music Festival kicked off it's 2010, 13-concert series. The first show of the summer was called Future Legends and featured local, up-and-coming acts such as Deep Sea Diver, Jay Buchanan and So Many Wizards (see video). Saturday's concert took place on a closed-off section of First Street between Elm and Linden in Downtown Long Beach. The sound and...

Summer And Music (SAM) Returns to Long Beach

There was a Thursday night kickoff party at Gladstone's in the Long Beach Marina for the return of Summer And Music (SAM) to the streets of Long Beach. SAM is "downtown Long Beach's homegrown, sustainable concert series providing an entire summer of free music to the public". Many of the events will take place in the actual streets of the Queen City that will be closed off and fitted with stages and sound equipment....

Swarm Sting Fight Crew 118-115

In one of the most exciting finishes in LA Derby Dolls history, the up-and-coming Swarm stung the Fight Crew during the closing moments on Saturday night in front of a packed house at the Doll Factory. Fight Crew's Chargin' Tina was ejected from the game by the referees with just 9 seconds remaining and the score tied, leaving her team with no jammer. The Swarm took advantage of the opportunity with a 3-point jam to...

Skinny Puppy at Club Nokia

cEvin Key on electronics and Justin Bennett on drums pounded out a steady barrage of electro-goth beats as Ogre growled through some of their vast 25+ year catalog including old classics "Assimilate" and "Worlock". The band treated it's devoted dark throng to a lengthy encore before smashing up the elaborate stage props to celebrate the end of the tour.

Tough Cookies for the Swarm: 107-91

The Los Angeles Derby Dolls' Tough Cookies became two-time champions on Saturday night when they challenged the previously-undefeated Swarm at the packed Doll Factory. Final score: Cookies 107 - Swarm 91....

Warped Tour 2009 at Home Depot Center

The 15th annual Vans Warped Tour rolled into Home Depot Center in Carson for the final show of the long summer trek that showcases everything from old school punk rock to the latest screamo bands. It seems like a lot of the older punkers listed on the ads were missing in action, including TSOL, Flipper, Bad Religion, Fear, Pennywise, the Dickies and others. There were plenty of new-age punkers to pick up the slack though,...

Peter Murphy at House of Blues in Anaheim

Monday nights aren’t normally supposed to be notable. You’re supposed to go to work and catch up on the paperwork that you slagged off Friday afternoon and do your best to wear your stoic face, knowing you’ve got four more days of it. Maybe that’s why Monday night’s show at the Anaheim House of Blues featuring Peter Murphy proved to be a paradox.

The Prodigy Invades SoCal

Highlight of the show had to be extended mix of "Firestarter". Maxim Reality left the stage and Keith took over like a man possessed. If there were a portion of the show that could be compared to Rock and Roll this was it. I don't think anyone will ever compare Flint to any of Rock Music's great front men, but watching him standing in the middle of the stage and whipping the crowd into a frenzy, I couldn't help but think the pale skin and blond hair echoed a tougher, sharper version of Johnny Rotten.

Long Beach Pride Parade 2009

The 26th Annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Celebration happened over the weekend, and along with it came the Sunday parade that runs along Ocean Boulevard for a mile or two to the main event at the Marina Green Park and Rainbow Lagoon. Many of the participants are from family service organizations and churches, along with local businesses who dress up for a celebration of diversity. Thousands of locals lined the streets in what's...

2009 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Along with the world-class Indy Cars there were other races, including the Firestone Indy Lights, Team Drifting, Speed World Challenge and the American Le Mans Series that pits state-of-the-art BMW's, Acuras, Porsches etc. against one another. Huge crowds filled the stands on Sunday for the final event and were treated to some beautiful weather and intense competition as Dario Franchitti's Target car took the big prize.

Bamboozle Left 2009 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Highly-anticipated sets by Metro Station, Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday, the Deftones and dozens of others were delivered with great sound and clock-like precision as the two main stages ping-ponged back and forth, leaving only a few seconds of silence between acts. The artists followed through with great performances and plenty of reconizable hits and classics in the mix. Metro Station's "Shake It" and Ashes Roth's "I Love College" represented some of the current hits as nostalgic performances from the Deftones, Adolescents and Vandals dished up some old classics,

Lil Wayne, T-Pain and Gym Class Heroes at Gibson Amphitheater

The multi-Grammy-winning rapper kept the crowd standing for the entire show by cranking out hit after hit, accentuated by elaborate stage pyrotechnics including fire blasts, smoke and plenty of amazing dancing.

Irie Vibes and Great Food at Ragga Muffins Festival in Long Beach

The 28th Annual Ragga Muffins Festival in Long Beach was a celebration of the diversity of Reggae Music. From the classics by legendary performers like Michael Rose (formerly of Black Uhuru), the Wailing Souls and Lee "Scratch" Perry to the electronic doodlings of Heavyweight Dub Champion to the near Hip-Hop stylings of K'Naan, there was something for everybody. Despite the wide range of reggae stylings, the message was universal --- "Love One Another"! (Well, that...

It's a Bird, It's a Chupacabra, It's Lucha Va Voom!

Story by Sheri Zampelli Valentine's celebrations started early this week at the Mayan Theatre when Lucha Va Voom came to town with a "Super Sexy Show". There was something for everyone including female dancers the likes of Bonita Labelle and Cherchez Lafemme who shook their hips and tassle-covered breasts in synch with exotic music. There was Roxy Roulette, a man on a pogo stick who stripped down to his skiveys then took off three pairs...

Roller Derby Saturday: New Season, New Players, a Dramatic Ending

Story: Sheri Zampelli Saturday night's Los Angeles Derby Dolls bout was an unfolding series of unique derby experiences. Yes, there was the normal spectacle: Krissy Krash and Tara Armov taking skaters to the rail, jammers slipping through the pack and plenty of falls in the infield. The announcers set a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek tone and the DJ pumped out a high-energy soundtrack. However, this weekend's conclusion was so unusual that first-time attendees probably thought it was...

Rosemary's Billygoat Desecrate the Doll Factory

LA's own Rosemary's Billygoat manage to be unique in a city that's seen it all. On Saturday night at the Doll Factory they displayed their over-the-top theatrics, reminiscent of Gwar, the Residents or Peter-Gabriel-era Genesis. Their outrageous showmanship combined with their infatuation with all things Satanic results in an eye-opening and ear-shredding experience. The electric chair, pizza of death and casket stroller are not all that make Billygoat so special. The music... the songs... the...

Kings 4 - Bobby Ryan 3

The Kings were riding a comfy 3-0 lead late in the second period on Thursday night, and were ready to cruise to a victory, but they didn't account for Anaheim's Bobby Ryan. The rookie who began his season in the minors and was called up in November put on a clinic, scoring a hat trick (three goals) against Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick in the span of 2:21 to set a new franchise record and also...

Kings Beat Flyers 2-1 in Shootout

The Kings newest goaltender, Jonathan Quick, continued his stingy ways during his fifth NHL start by holding the Atlantic Division leading Philadelphia Flyers to just one goal on Saturday night. Scott Hartnell scored the lone tally for the Flyers three minutes into the middle period, but was matched by rookie Wayne Simmonds during a Kings' power play late in the period. The game stayed tied through overtime and resulted in a shootout. The Kings traded...

Is it Christmas?

Is it Christmas?...

Roller Derby's L.A. Ri-Ettes Reign Victorious Over Santa's Little Helpers

by Sheri Zampelli "It's about time the Jews win," said a roller derby fan while leaving Saturday night's match between the L.A. Ri-Ettes and Santa's Little Helpers. The L.A. Ri-Ettes are "A-team" skaters chosen from the Los Angeles Derby Doll league. They adopted a Jewish theme for the evening wearing blue t-shirts and sporting a star symbol with a skate in the middle. Fans and Derby Doll volunteers put stickers with menorahs and dreidels on...

Quiksilver Old-School Vert Throwdown featuring Tony Hawk

Loud neon fashions and iconic 80's skaters including Tony Hawk and Christian Hosoi collided head-on for a nostalgic day at the Quiksilver Headquarters in Huntington Beach on Saturday. Skating legend Tony Hawk participated in his first competition in eight years and showed that hasn't lost a step by winning the contest with style. Not just style, but class, as he forfeited his $1,980 winnings by giving $200 to each non-placing competitor. There was a fashion...

ESPN Zone in LA Live Opens Today

The ESPN Zone in LA Live is the newest establishment in the entertainment complex adjacent to Staples Center that continues to evolve. As the adjoining massive Ritz-Carlton high rise is being covered with mirror-like glass, the various clubs and eateries in it's shadow are opening one by one. The Nokia Theater was first, and more recently Club Nokia and the chic Lucky Strike bowling lanes opened their doors. ESPN Zone sits on a prime location...

Weezer's Rivers Cuomo Jams with Fans in Long Beach

by Sheri Zampelli Fans lined up outside Fingerprints in Long Beach an hour in advance for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to jam with a rock star. Meanwhile, Rivers Cuomo and his Batman-suit clad sound engineer, Ken, poured over fine details of the event such as drum-set placement and the ultimate height at which to hang the dry-erase board for the set list. Cuomo scrawled a headline across the top of the board: "Rivers Cuomo - Home...

Kings Reveal New Jerseys, Lose 4-3 in SO

The Los Angeles Kings new alternate jersey was revealed on Saturday night as the Kings faced the Colorado Avalanche at Staples Center. The team will wear the jerseys for limited number of home games this season. The new look is silver and black with a simple bold logo that harks back to the old Gretzky heyday from the 80's. One good thing about the striking new logo is that, with the prominent "LA" featured, nobody...

Kings Bust Caps, 5-2

Los Angeles Kings fans were a bit apprehensive about seeing their team face superstar Alex Ovechkin and his red-hot Washington Capitals on Thursday night. On one hand, it was a rare chance to see the Capitals, who haven't visited L.A. since Dec. 14, 2005. On the other, the Kings were on a two-game slide and the Caps were riding a streak of six wins in seven games, including a thrashing of the Ducks on the...

Kings Lose Two in Two Nights

The Los Angeles Kings were only able to muster one lone goal in their two games over the weekend, which resulted in a pair of losses. On Saturday night they dropped a home game against the Nashville Predators by the score of 3-1, and on Sunday they went scoreless to lose to the Anaheim Ducks, 2-0. Their next test comes on Thursday, when superstar Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals skate into Staples Center at...

LA Kings Win Third Straight

Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown showed how he leads his team on Tuesday night, which is by example. He did what he does best by delivering some bone-crunching checks at crucial moments that helped the Kings on their way to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Dallas Stars. The check of the night (and possibly the year) came midway through the second period, when he sent Stephane Robidas flying over the barrier where he...

Underdog Tough Cookies Win 2008 Derby Dolls Championship

Story by Sheri Zampelli The LA Derby Dolls 2008 Championships were like an emotional replay of last week's presidential election. The Tough Cookies, who have never won a championship, faced off against the 2007 champion Sirens. "Cookie's in '08" election-style posters have been plastered around the Doll Factory for nearly a year, and as attendees filed into the building for Saturday night's bout they received "I voted Cookies '08" lapel stickers. The Tough Cookies skated...

Prop 8 Protest in Long Beach

About 2000 Long Beach opponents of Proposition 8 gathered at the corner of Redondo and Broadway at about 7PM tonight, chanting and waving signs. Following prompting from organizers with bull horns, the crowd took to over the street and marched west on Broadway, headed for Alamitos Ave. (2 miles away) while being closely watched by LBPD as well as news crews from major TV networks....

LA Kings Lose Fourth Straight

19-year-old rookie Oscar Moller scored two goals for the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night, but it wasn't enough to prevent their fourth straight loss as the Calgary Flames scored three of their own for the win. Moller's second tally of the game evened the scoring at two apiece, but the Flames' Daymond Langkow put the game-winner away with 3:37 remaining to seal the victory. The Kings will try and stop the bleeding when they...

Canucks Shut Down Kings, 4-0

It was a party atmosphere at Staples Center on Thursday night, with Bailey the mascot and all of the new LA Kings Ice Girls dressed in Halloween costumes. Unfortunately, the Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo wasn't in the mood to give the Kings any "treats" and stopped every shot they sent his way. Even after Alexander Frolov was awarded a penalty shot, the Kings luck didn't change as the puck slipped off his stick and...

Red Wings Burn Kings in Shootout

The Los Angeles Kings were hanging tough against the 2008 Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings on Monday night, and it looked like they might steal a victory as the game entered the final minutes. But it wasn't to be, as Kings Denis Gauthier attempted an ill-advised clearing pass that ended up on the stick Valtteri Filppula and in the back of the Kings net. The giveaway goal tied the score, sending the contest into...

Newest Derby Dolls Showcased at Baby Doll Brawl

The LA Derby Dolls showcased their up-and-coming skaters on Saturday night with a rare "all-ages" Halloween-themed battle called the Baby Doll Brawl. Aspiring Derby Dolls, who participate in the weekly "Fresh Meat" practices, were formed into two teams named "Toil 'n Trouble" and "Witch Slap" and given a chance to show their stuff. The real "treat" for the fans was a mini-bout at halftime amongst the Junior Derby Dolls, who are the next generation of...

Avalanche Engulfs Kings, 4-3

The Los Angeles Kings' strategy of spotting the opponent a two-goal lead before surging to a thrilling comeback (that worked so well in the last two games) let them down on Monday night against the Colorado Avalanche. Despite inaugural NHL goals by Kings' rookies Oscar Moller and Drew Doughty, the Kings came up just a little short thanks to Colorado's Ryan Smyth burying two goals and Milan Hejduk scoring his sixth goal in six games,...

Kings Defeat Canes in OT, 4-3

Michal Handzus stickhandled around a prone Carolina defender before snapping home the game-winning goal in overtime at Staples Center on Friday night to beat the Hurricanes 4-3. Handzus started the scoring with a goal in the opening minute of the game, but the 'Canes responded with three straight in the second period to put LA at a 3-1 deficit. Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar evened the score with their first respective goals of the season,...

Kings Crown Ducks 6-3

The Los Angeles Kings fell behind by two goals in the opening period of Tuesday night's meeting against their crosstown rivals, the Anaheim Ducks. A fight between tough guys Raitis Ivanans and George Parros seemed to spark Los Angeles, who came storming back with five unanswered goals to eventually win the contest by a 6-3 margin. The Carolina Hurricanes will blow into Staples Center on Friday for a game against the Kings at 7:30 PM....

Los Angeles Kings Blanked in Home Opener

The Los Angeles Kings hosted a street party to welcome the 2008-09 NHL hockey season on Sunday at Staples Center. It was their first home game and the first chance for fans to see some new faces in the line-up including first-round pick Drew Doughty, rookie Matt Moulson and newcomer Jarret Stoll. The team also introduced their new "Ice Crew" of hot females who scrape excess snow off the ice during breaks. The San Jose...

Kings Extend Kopitar for 7 Years

The Los Angeles Kings have signed star center Anze Kopitar to a seven-year $47.6 million contact extension that will carry into the 2015-16 season, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Saturday morning. (Kopitar has one remaining year on his current contract). "This is really exciting and a little overwhelming to be honest," Kopitar said Saturday morning in San Jose (where the Kings open their 2008-09 season at 7PM). "I am happy to be apart of...

Rude Awakening for Varsity Brawlers

The L.A. Derby Dolls introduced a new roller derby team called the Varsity Brawlers to another packed house at the Doll Factory on Saturday night. The new kids in town were welcomed opponents for the battered Fight Crew, who have suffered through a disappointing season plagued by losses and injuries. Fight Crew vented their pent up frustrations by running up the score early and soundly thrashing the Brawlers. The Varsity Brawlers debut was also the...

New Roller Derby Team Hits the Banked Track in L.A. Tonight

Gameday preview: Sheri Zampelli - Photo: Michael Zampelli/LAist Tonight, the L.A. Derby Dolls expand their all-female roller derby league with the debut of a new team called the Varsity Brawlers, who will pair up against formidable veterans in the Fight Crew. (Pump up video) Fight Crew, who have been hampered by injuries all season, are after redemption and will look to haze the freshmen and end their winless season on a sky-high note. Varsity...

Ducks Beat Kings Twice in 2 Nights

The Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks just completed a home-and-home series with the Ducks taking away the victories in both of the pre-season contests. On Tuesday, Chris Kunitz score the game-winner in a shootout for a 2-1 win and last night Chris Pronger scored the game-winner at 3:04 into overtime for a 3-2 Ducks decision. We were at Staples Center on Tuesday and captured some photos on a brand spankin' new Canon EOS...

LA Kings come up short at Frozen Fury XI

Los Angeles Kings fans ventured into the desert to celebrate the annual pre-season ritual known as Frozen Fury where their beloved Kings faced off against the Colorado Avalanche at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night. The atmosphere at these games is always insane because nobody has to drive home, giving fans all the more reason to get completely wasted. The Avalanche jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage, but the Kings responded with...

Hockey's Back!

Oscar Moller scored during a power play goal-mouth scramble with 1:17 remaining to give the Los Angeles Kings a 6-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night in the opening day of their pre-season competition. Meanwhile, in Kansas City, the other half of the Kings beat the St. Louis Blues, putting the Kings in first place. But don't get too used to it since this is a rebuilding season, and the Kings are on...

Nine Inch Nails Illuminates Inglewood

Story by Sheri Zampelli | Photos by Michael Zampelli Nine Inch Nails filled the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday night as part of their "Lights In The Sky Over North America" tour. This crowd came for Nine Inch Nails, and in fact, about half of the concert-goers didn't even bother to show up until moments before NIN was about to begin their set. The hardcore fans showed their enthusiasm by arriving more than an hour...

Old School Punk Reunion at Warped Tour

Our previous photo essay from the Warped Tour left some people feeling incomplete. "Where are the pictures from the Old School Stage?", underground music enthusiasts asked. Well, here's the deal. Old School is so cool, it requires it's very own story. In fact, Old School IS the story and many people, young and old understand that. The Old School has a message to send because it speaks to the spirit of DYI culture. The big...

Rockin' Good Times at Alex's Bar in Long Beach

It's difficult to determine what rocked the most on Friday night at Alex's Bar in Long Beach. Was it Sun Trash's suggestive singer or guest percussionist, Sexual Chocolate, that made their set a highly entertaining mix of live performance theatre and rock and roll? Was it the way Zeke singer took a pause between lightning fast punk rock guitar coupled with almost inaudible, screaming rap-like lyrics to bemoan his Union job that gets him up...

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