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  • Yesterday, The Hudson Block Party took over the corner of Santa Monica and Crescent Heights for 12 hours of fashion, food, music, and spirits. We were invited to attend and we had a blast! Here are five things we learned at yesterday's event.
  • Have you heard about The Hudson Block Party? Well it’s back for round two on Sunday, May 20th. After last year’s hugely successful but ‘crazy’ year, the organizers have doubled the block party’s capacity and have also brought in bigger musical acts. Check out what bands we're excited to see.
  • This year marked the first time the festival duplicated itself on two back-to-back weekends. So just what did artists do with their valuable time in Southern California between weekends? Some bands played by the rules while some skirted them.
  • Since 2008, every third Saturday in April has been known worldwide as Record Store Day. The fifth-annual Record Store Day, a celebration of record store culture and its community, will take place on April 21, and various independently-owned record stores across L.A. are hosting all-day parties featuring performances, DJs, giveaways, prizes, and other fun stuff.
  • On Saturday, April 7, World Famous KROQ personalities Kevin and Bean brought together a group of goofy dudes for a jocular night of laughs at The Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City. With all ticket sales benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project and Cedars-Sinai Maxine Dunitz Children’s Health Center NICU, Kevin and Bean’s fourth-annual April Foolishness was a sold out affair.
  • Staying true to his musical ethos with The Beastie Boys, pioneering hip hop artist and rapper Mike D will curate a 17-day festival at the Geffen Contemporary in Downtown L.A. Hosted by The Avant/Garde Diaries, a global online interview magazine, and under the creative direction of Mike D, "Transmission LA: AV Club" will serve as a platform for an exciting array of installations and exhibitions showcasing the innovative perspectives of visionary artists in the fields of music, food, film, fashion and art.
  • In the days before 9/11, the biggest hassle in airport travel was having to turn down the pleas of the old women in nurses costumes standing by the escalators. Now, after 9/11, the fake nurses are still there, but they move down the long security lines that line the curbs. In this age of strict airport regulation, it's surprising that airport solicitors and proselytizers didn't get the steel-toed boot a long time ago. Instead,...
  • As anyone who's seen Doc Hollywood knows, Los Angeles has a fairly secure footing in the medical community, or at least the cosmetical medical community. The city is also home to one of the world's premiere research hospitals, the UCLA Medical Center, which recently benefited from a $200 million donation by David Geffen. Last year, the hospital suffered a PR blow when one of the workers in its morgue was arrested for selling body...
  • Cynics of the world will not be surprised to find out that divorce became a whole lot easier thanks to a Los Angeles case. Citizens of this city of exes have a bad rap for treating marriage like, well, a bad wrap - chucking it easily into the nearest trash can. Yet, the legal decision that makes divorce doable evinces nothing but the highest respect for institution of marriage. It's a case worth revisiting,...
  • This column is the first in a series of articles on important Supreme Court cases that have developed out of events in Los Angeles. "Stare Decisis" is the guiding principle of the American legal system - the court should "let the decision stand" and respect precedent for the sake of the rule of law. Even though it is known for shaping American pop culture, Los Angeles has shaped American legal culture in more ways...

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