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Jake Dobkin

  • Arts and Entertainment
    Here are the top 21 pieces, as selected by our resident graffiti enthusiast Jake Dobkin, and as shot by him and Lord Jim, the great L.A. street art photographer.
  • Arts and Entertainment
    We polled the LA graffiti community for a list of the most interesting pieces put up in the last year. Here is the list they gave us. For alternate opinions, most with a less local focus, check out the lists at Unurth, BSA, and Street Spot. From the year in Street Art on LAist - Street Art: The Unwhitewashed Version (Dec. 10, 2010) - MOCA Announces Street Art Show, Whitewashes Mural it Commissioned (Dec. 10,...
  • News
    We would like to take a moment to thank this week's advertisers on LAist. Dewars Repeal Day, because you shouldn't take the right to have a drink for granted. Go Eight, a banging Hanukkah party tomorrow night at the Echo Plex. Mazel Tov! The Sasquatch Gang a comedy from the guys who brought you Napoleon Dynamite. Love is a Mix Tape, Rob Sheffield's book about women, music, and love. Busted Tees, where they've got naughty...
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    We can't stop-- we won't stop posting these Banksy pieces. This one was on Beverly, and was sent in by Abram Makowka. Thanks, buddy! Is that it, or do more remain out there somewhere?...
  • Arts and Entertainment
    A couple of more Banksy sightings in LA-- the top one was sent in by graf fan James Vogel-- we think it's from somewhere over by Beverly. The bottom one is definitely on Beverly-- very close to another Banksy stencil of a woman that we couldn't get a good shot of. If you happen to snap one, please send us a link or email the picture!...
  • Arts and Entertainment
    Looks like the justifiably famous British graffiti artist Banksy has recently been visiting our fair city-- we spotted these three rats on Melrose a few blocks north of Fairfax. You may remember Banksy from his world-reknown punking of three New York museums-- check out more of his art at his website, or at Streetsy. Have you seen Banksy anywhere else around town? We'd love to take some more pictures. [Note: the correct spelling of Banksy's...
  • News
    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,...
  • News
    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...
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    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,...
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    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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