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See cutting-edge companies from Latin America, Japan and the U.S. this week in L.A.
06/13/2011
RADAR L.A. | REDCAT

See cutting-edge companies from Latin America, Japan and the U.S. this week in L.A.

RADAR L.A. - REDCAT serves as one of several venues for this groundbreaking festival, which will feature more than 15 productions that are fueling the dialogue about the evolution of contemporary theater. The festival and its accompanying symposium coincide with the national conference of Theatre C

How to Beat June Gloom
06/13/2011
How to Beat June Gloom

How to Beat June Gloom

Matt Kemp is making the Dodgers worth watching, plus you've got one more chance to catch the hot double bill of Bruno Mars & Janelle Monae.

06/10/2011
5 Things You Need to Know Today

5 Things You Need to Know Today

Katherine Archuleta was picked by President Obama to lead his reelection campaign. • The California Redistricting Commission releases the first public draft of its new recommended district lines today. • AEG’s proposal for Farmers Field and a football team in L.A. has legs. • If you missed Diego Gar...

Make Your Weekend Plans Here
06/09/2011
Make Your Weekend Plans Here

Make Your Weekend Plans Here

A double bill of Bruno Mars and janelle Monae, plus the Playboy Jazz Festival are just a couple of the cool events awaiting your commitment.

5 Things You Need to Know Today
06/09/2011
5 Things You Need to Know Today

5 Things You Need to Know Today

Parents object to naming L.A. arts high school after former superintendent Ramon Cortines. • Anti-abortion billboards targeting Latinos will go up throughout California. • Watch this CNN profile of Latina director Carmen Marron who made her first movie with no prior film making experience.

5 Things You Need to Know Today
06/08/2011
5 Things You Need to Know Today

5 Things You Need to Know Today

Mayor Villaraigosa appoints Borja Leon to head his America Fast Forward plan. • Cities of Lancaster and Palmdale are accused of trying to “oust” Latinos and African Americans. • Check out the new video “Jardinero” by Ozomatli. • Laurence Fishburne is done with CSI. • The U.S. national soccer team be...

An L.A. Art Treasure Out of the Public Eye
06/08/2011
An L.A. Art Treasure Out of the Public Eye

An L.A. Art Treasure Out of the Public Eye

John Valadez's "Broadway Mural," originally commissioned for downtown's Victor Clothing Co. building, hangs inside the Rand Corporation headquarters in Santa Monica.

5 Things You Need to Know Today
06/07/2011
5 Things You Need to Know Today

5 Things You Need to Know Today

The Citizens Redistricting Commission created by voters last year to redraw Congressional Districts throughout the state will release their first draft on Friday. An early draft of Orange County district lines completely eliminates Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s Latino majority district. This early draft wi...

A New Week Is Here
06/06/2011
A New Week Is Here

A New Week Is Here

Musical offerings include Diego Garcia (pictured), Little Willie G, Gaby Moreno, and a star-studded benefit for Los Straitjackets guitarist Danny Amis.

5 Things You Need to Know Today
06/03/2011
5 Things You Need to Know Today

5 Things You Need to Know Today

Ex-Black Panther Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt has died in Africa after serving almost 30 years in jail for a crime he denied committing. • Mario Lopez is not a cabana boy, but he got in trouble for trying to make his cabana bigger, in Glendale (of all places). • Ruben Navarrette Jr. questions why we keep ...

The West Adams Heritage Assn. is featuring the Golden State building on its annual tour of cultural landmarks this Satur...
06/02/2011
Golden State Building Declared a Cultural Monument

The West Adams Heritage Assn. is featuring the Golden State building on its annual tour of cultural landmarks this Saturday. It’s a rare opportunity to see the murals commissioned for the interior in 1949.

The building, at the corner of West Adams Blvd. and Western Ave., was designed by noted architect Paul Williams.

The First Weekend in June
06/02/2011
The First Weekend in June

The First Weekend in June

(Almost) Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. Fill your weekend with this slate of events

06/01/2011
Sarah Palin Slams The DREAM Act At Ellis Island

Sarah Palin Slams The DREAM Act At Ellis Island

Today, Sarah Palin visited Ellis Island and the “Statute” of Liberty as part of her One Nation tour. “It’s one of the symbols of course of our country, and it’s a reminder too that immigrants built this country,” Palin stated at a press conference. “So we want to make sure that we’re highlighting th

Hispanics now the majority in 28 major U.S. cities
06/01/2011
Hispanics now the majority in 28 major U.S. cities

Hispanics now the majority in 28 major U.S. cities

Washington, May 31 (EFE).- Hispanics now make up the majority of the population in 28 U.S. cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, most of them located in California, Texas, Florida and New Jersey.

Shaq Calls It a Career
06/01/2011
Shaq Calls It a Career

Shaq Calls It a Career

The big man who had more self-given nicknames than Sean Combs has decided to retire after 19 seasons.

5 Things You Need to Know Today
06/01/2011
5 Things You Need to Know Today

5 Things You Need to Know Today

Giovanni Ramirez claims ill-timed hair cut is proof he isn’t Bryan Stow’s attacker. Meanwhile, Ramirez may be wanted in Nevada for attempted murder. • Speaking of dumb: some Latino activists have chosen the Tequila Party (you know, like the Tea Party but with no patriotic or historic references) as ...

The Autry National Center is now seeking to donate the Southwest Museum to another nonprofit organization.
06/01/2011
Determining Fate of the Southwest Museum

The Autry National Center is now seeking to donate the Southwest Museum to another nonprofit organization.

The future of the Southwest Museum continues to be in doubt, even as its parent organization, the Autry National Center, seeks approval to renovate galleries at the Autry Museum for Native American artifacts formerly displayed at the Southwest Museum.

05/31/2011
Los Angeles cultural activist claims Salvadoran consul trying to silence his criticsm

Los Angeles cultural activist claims Salvadoran consul trying to silence his criticsm

A tiff has blossomed between a Los Angeles cultural activist who runs a 16-year-old Salvadoran cultural institution and El Salvador’s representative in L.A. The quarrel reveals local Salvadoran-Americans’ displeasure over the way their native country’s new administration treats its citizens abro

Where Did May Go?
05/31/2011
Where Did May Go?

Where Did May Go?

Summer is unofficially here. Get it started with Earth, Wind & Fire (pictured), Usher or Flavor Flav(!)

Max Benavidez weighs in on a significant addition to LA's cultural world
05/27/2011
A Game Changer for L.A.’s Art Scene

Max Benavidez weighs in on a significant addition to LA's cultural world

East Los Angeles College’s new Vincent Price Art Museum is a mark of destiny. For generations, the Eastside was usually seen as an add-on to L.A.’s cultural world, “that” place over there where the Mexicans lived. But, now, due to VPAM’s opening, there is a sleek space in East L.A. that can show the...

Funeral Services Held for Cali Swag District Rapper
05/27/2011
Funeral Services Held for Cali Swag District Rapper

Funeral Services Held for Cali Swag District Rapper

Services were scheduled to be held today for Montae Talbert, aka M-Bone, who was shot on May 15 while sitting in a parked car in front of a liquor store in Inglewood. Talbert was a member of Cali Swag District, whose “Teach Me How to Dougie” became a pop culture sensation last year. No arrests have ...

05/27/2011
5 Things You Need to Know Today

5 Things You Need to Know Today

The MTA votes to add Leimert Park Metro stop (but not new funding). • L.A. School Board election is official. Bennett Kayser wins over Luis Sanchez. • The nation’s first Latina governor, New Mexican Republican Susana Martinez, will give the keynote address at the Orange County GOP’s annual Flag Day ...

05/26/2011
Can Radical Art Be Taught in the Classroom?

Can Radical Art Be Taught in the Classroom?

Performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña didn’t always take a shine to academia. But he agrees with the creators of “South Park” who maintain that “politicians have hijacked our imagination and replaced it with fear.” He sees this as a particular problem for young artists, so the self-proclaimed “Bor...

05/26/2011
5 Things You Need to Know Today

5 Things You Need to Know Today

The U.S. Supreme Court upholds an Arizona law that would strip businesses of their licenses if caught hiring undocumented immigrants.

Community leaders are demanding a Metro stop in Leimert Park. The MTA will decide today. • Scotty McCreery is the first Latino (part, at least) “American Idol” winne...

TV tip: interesting reality show from Al Gore's cable network, which has hired a former MTV exec to head programming. Pr...
05/25/2011
This Season on '4th and Forever' // Current

TV tip: interesting reality show from Al Gore's cable network, which has hired a former MTV exec to head programming. Premieres tonight at 9 on Current TV (channel 142 on Time Warner LA)

"4th and Forever" chronicles the 2010 football season of Long Beach Polytechnic High School, touted by Sports Illustrated as the "Sports School of the Century"

5 Things You Need to Know Today
05/25/2011
5 Things You Need to Know Today

5 Things You Need to Know Today

Oprah, Oprah, Oprah. The madness is finally over today. • The man arrested in suspicion with the Dodger Stadium beating is being held in jail as more evidence is sought. • The LA Weekly’s Dennis Romero asks: “What the hell race are you?” • Proof that the Groupon social coupon concept has jumped the ...

05/24/2011
5 Things You Need to Know Today

5 Things You Need to Know Today

Happy Immigrant Day! Hug an immigrant today! •
Dove soap can make you cleaner and “whiter.” Subconscious or deliberate racism? You be the judge. • Naya Rivera’s “Glee” character comes out. • System of a Down is at the Forum tonight, but, sorry, it’s sold out. Tickets are still available for tomorro...

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