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Laura Mandaro

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    If the theatrics of this summer's Copa Mundial have you hooked, three movies playing this week serve up enough passion, pique and soccer-inspired drama to put the fake-foul antics of today's players to shame. On Tuesday July 4th, the enthusiasts at the Hollywood Football Association put on a special InterFootball Day at the Egyptian Theatre. They'll screen Goal! World Cup 1966, which tells of the glorious -- if you're a English football fan --...
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    D.J. and producer Danger Mouse, a.k.a. Brian Burton, made musical waves two years ago when he layered music from the Beatles' White Album with vocals from rapper Jay-Z's Black Album -- and then sent about 3,000 copies of the resulting Grey Album out as promos. Before long, critics were gushing, and collectively minded Web users had posted the album onto free-download sites. EMI, which owns the rights to the White Album, was less enthusiastic:...
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    It seems perversely fitting that a group committed to poking holes in our most cherished beliefs would set up shop here in la-la land, spiritual home of New Age America and breeding ground for some of the nation's creepiest cults. But that's exactly what the Pasadena, California-based Skeptic Society sets out to do every quarter in its magazine and through the writings and lectures of director Dr. Michael Shermer. Recent subjects have included artificial...
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    Paris, 2010. The French government, plum out of ideas about what to do with its crime-ridden housing projects, has surrounded them with a high concrete wall topped by razor wire. Drugs have taken over the ghetto. Except for one apartment block, where wiry Leïto is fighting to keep the nasty dudes at bay -- even if it means stealing a load of cocaine and washing it down the tub. That's when la merde really...
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    When LAist thinks of John Lithgow and food, some kind of a shiny extra-terrestrial pear pops into our head. We suggest you put that image out of your mind, however, if you're so inclined to see the former "3rd Rock from the Sun" star read aloud short-stories — about food — at this weekend's Food Fictions! at the Getty Center (Friday- Sunday, May 19-21). He's one of several actors who will be orating culinary-inspired...
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    Mom wants to be hip. She's tired of silk scarves from Nordstrom's and Liz Taylor handbags. What she wants this Mother's Day is a monster-appliqué purse and a set of robot-stencilled tea towels, all made by local hipster craftspeople. Who happen to be selling iridescent cupcakes in the parking lot of a comic book store. Ok, maybe not. But you might — and you can tell yourself you're shopping for mom. This Saturday, Felt...
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    "You'll never believe what I'm looking at." That was the comment of one downtown commuter, speaking into her cell phone, as she walked by the corner of 7th and Hope St. at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday evening. The source of her incredulity? A Los Angeles DOT bus had plowed into a Rite Aid store after an untimely run-in with a speeding BMW, said bystanders. There were apparently no passengers on the bus. By the time...
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    Who said running was a loner sport. Niketown has been sponsoring jogs-about-town from its mammoth Beverly Hills location for years. When a race is upcoming, it sponsors group runs at other locations throughout the city and South Bay, as well. The sneaker seller has just launched a new batch of training runs ahead of the Brentwood 5k/10k Run on Sunday May 28th, Memorial Day weekend. They're all free. As a lure, Nike is offering...
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    In some ways, French artist Orlan resembles many LA women of a certain set. She's vague about her age. She favors trim black suits. She's not afraid to undergo a little nip 'n tuck to improve her God-given form. A little might be an understatement. In the 1990's, Orlan underwent a series of plastic surgeries-cum-video performances that reconstructed her face a la Old Masters. In one, she gained Mona Lisa's forehead; in another, Psyche's...

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