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  • A brush fire in Riverside prompted a mandatory evacuation in some neighborhoods this afternoon.
  • The LADWP is offering free California friendly landscaping workshops over the next four Saturdays.
  • Environmentaland has opened its doors at Hollywood & Highland. It's a theme park of sorts... an interactive environmental one, they say.
  • Cobras & Matadors shut their doors to the Los Feliz restaurant last Sunday leaving the original Beverly location as their last. Some may cheer this move, actually, because Umami on La Brea is expanding and moving in!
  • Los Angeles Magazine interviews former City Councilman Jack Weiss on LAPD Chief William Bratton's departure. Noted except: "A: His principal innovation in the field of policing was introducing management techniques that you would learn in any business school into the department, including computer statistics. The police departments of America are among the last institutions to adopt modern management techniques, and he changed that."
  • Good local film industry news: 'All My Children' Moves to Glassell Park.
  • Tenacious D (Jack Black's funnyman rock 'n' roll shtick) will replace the ailing Beastie Boys at the upcoming Outside Lands Festival. LAist interviewed sideman Kyle Gass back in 2007.
  • And speaking of Jack Black, "Activision Blizzard this afternoon confirmed it has settled with Bay Area game developer Double Fine over the release of a highly anticipated heavy metal music title, Brutal Legend, featuring actor Jack Black," reports the LA Times.
  • Extended for another round for tickets to a show next week Friday! Enter our contest for a pair of ticket so the current show, "The Pain and the Itch," at the Boston Court in Pasadena!