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  • News
    We partook this year of the fireworks event at the Rose Bowl, and got a little more of a blaze than we bargained for when some trees behind the stadium caught on fire. The Star-News reports that the blaze was caused by illegal fireworks, rather than the official ones. In any case, the fireworks display was lavish, with lots of big blooming lights like bouquets of chrysanthemums. One of our friends thought to bring...
  • Arts and Entertainment
    The Hammer Museum has free admission all summer. And it's air conditioned. Of course, the galleries are organized around a central courtyard, but last weekend, when the rest of the city was as scorching as it was today, that little courtyard felt like an oasis of shade and calm. Parking in the building costs $3 with the Hammer's validation, or there's a Metro Rapid stop right outside. They've also got some cool nighttime events...
  • Arts and Entertainment
    LAist favorites Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins returned to LA and Spaceland on Thursday night. The show consisted basically of the songs from their album Rabbit Fur Coat. We decided to go after having the album on rotation for weeks, and liking each more each time. The songs are steeped in enough traditonal styles that they feel somewhat timeless. "Rabbit Fur Coat" is in a way a sad inversion of Dolly Parton's classic...
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    We caught the June 8 performance of Grendel at the Los Angeles Opera, which, due to some previous technical setbacks, turned out to be the world premiere. The opera tells the story of Beowulf, a human epic of a battle against a monster, from the point of view of the monster. The production uses puppets with a variety of influences in addition to the human actor/singers -- this production is from many of the...
  • News
    Tuesday, 6/6/06 is Election Day again in California. You can download a voter guide and find your polling place here. You wouldn't know it from the recent run of attack ads, but the two frontrunning Democratic candidates Phil Angelides and Steve Westly have in the past seemed like fairly rational, decent guys. (Disclosure: this LAist contributor volunteered a bit on Angelides's campaign.) They're both state-level finance guys, which seems useful given that California's current...
  • News
    US Senate votes to make English the official language of the United States. Isn't this supposed this a free country? Come on, fellow Americans, you know you don't like to be told what to do. What's next, a literacy test before you can vote? What Voting Rights Act of 1965?...
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    "We put them both on because they both deserved to be on. If they weren't on our air, they'd be on somewhere else." -- Kevin Reilly, president of NBC Entertainment, on the two vaguely-fictional-behind-the-scenes-at-Saturday-Night-Live shows by Tina Fey and Aaron Sorkin in NBC's fall lineup, as quoted in the New Orleans Times-Picayune "Better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside pissing in." -- Lyndon Baines Johnson, 37th President of the United...
  • News
    Everyone who's ever sat fuming at a big gas-guzzling SUV now has the company of California Attorney General Bill Lockyer. California and nine other states are suing the Bush administration over mileage rules for sport utility vehicles and light trucks. The decision is actually made in the Department of Transportation, run by Norman Mineta, but that's in the Executive Branch, so he was appointed by and reports to Bush. In fact, the Transportation people...
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    With divisive leigislation pending in the House of Representatives and the immigrant rights march coming up Monday to protest it, the United States again gets to address the question of who gets to come here and whether they help or unintentionally harm their new country. According to their site, the goals of the coalition organizing the march are "to keep immigrant families together, protect our civil rights, pass comprehensive immigration reform with a path...
  • Food
    Relaxing last night after the Festival of Books, we caught the Dotch Cooking Show, which Lindsay discovered last summer. It was every bit as weird and delighful as she promised. "Beef bowl is in your dreams. You want to eat it now." We don't really care whether a contestant chooses "Deal" or "No Deal," whether or not they become a millionaire, or what's behind door #3, but somehow the question "Beef bowl or pork...

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