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I Contain Multitudes: Brian Martinez

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 10.27.2014 | Arts
Diane Luby Lane

Their team didn't make the finals, or even the semifinals, but there was something about his performance, his intenseness, his citing Emily Dickinson with grit. The clip was so short, just a few words; no one would even know that he was performing Emily Dickinson...but I would know.

FYF: Is the Indie Music Festival Really Dead?

Stephanie Lager | Posted 10.27.2014 | Los Angeles
Stephanie Lager

We've all talked ad nauseam about how music festivals have changed. We've reminisced (and bragged) about the good old days when FYF was at the L.A. Historic Park and before Coachella ever sold out.

The World's Top 5 Cities For Celebrity Sightings

Hopper.com | Posted 08.27.2014 | Travel
Hopper.com

"Where are the best places to see celebrities tonight?" That's the question nobody wants to be caught asking the hotel concierge, because that question is predicated on another question that nobody wants to be asking themselves: Why do I want to see celebrities tonight?

With Eye Toward Equity, Schools Rethink Discipline

Mikhail Zinshteyn | Posted 10.27.2014 | Education
Mikhail Zinshteyn

With the share of white students falling and Latino students rising, school suspension and expulsion figures in the United States risk hitting new highs, unless more districts tackle their discipline policies head on.

Yellowstone in the Backyard: Time to Declare LA's San Gabriel Mountains a National Monument

Frances Beinecke | Posted 10.26.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

As we head into the final days of August, most Americans are looking for one last summer escape. Many people have to travel hundreds of miles to find a refuge from the crush of everyday life. But the 17 million people living in Greater Los Angeles can find wild beauty right in their backyards.

Katsuya Brentwood And Beyond

Olivia Katrandjian | Posted 10.25.2014 | Taste
Olivia Katrandjian

Many restaurants in Los Angeles have been inspired by Chef Katsuya Uechi's signature dishes.

My Medical Evaluation at the Weed Clinic in LA

Nina Camp | Posted 10.25.2014 | Comedy
Nina Camp

Incidentally I didn't come to L.A. for the medical marijuana. I came because I've been unable to fall in love in New York and I have Seasonal Affective Disorder.

The All-Too-Common Story of an Extraordinary Young Man

Tamara Duricka Johnson | Posted 10.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Tamara Duricka Johnson

I've had a slew of thoughts rushing through my head these last few days. I've cried the mother's wail. I've scrolled through old pictures in disbelief of this new reality. Mostly I've sat in shocked silence.

You'll Never Guess What This Car's On Top Of

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 08.25.2014 | Weird News

A car in the Baldwin Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles had an unusual crash landing after it went off the road and came to rest atop a concrete barrie...

3 Dead, 4 Injured Within 1 Hour In Los Angeles-Area Shootings

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 08.24.2014 | Crime

GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three people killed and four others injured within the span of an hour Sunday in the norther...

Our Duty to the Children at the Border

Constance L. Rice | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Constance L. Rice

We endangered these kids and now owe them safe harbor from the danger that we helped to create.

Students Charged For Alleged LA School Shooting Plot

AP | Posted 10.20.2014 | Crime

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Two teenagers suspected of plotting a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school denied charges Wednesday tha...

Vote Now! Win Cash Prizes!

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

It seems somehow un-American to offer citizens the possibility of cash prizes in return for voting. And some observers have argued that uninformed voters will cast their ballots simply for the chance to win some money. My response is "So what?"

After Ferguson, America Still Can't Discuss Race

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

For at least the last two decades, the Democratic Party has been defined both by being the party of African-Americans and by an extraordinary timidity when it comes to speaking out about racism. In this regard, the relative silence is not surprising and is unfortunately exactly what is expected.

Mining Creativity From a Secondhand Store: The Clayton Brothers at Mark Moore Gallery

Annabel Osberg | Posted 10.19.2014 | Arts
Annabel Osberg

The exhibition's color scheme is gaudy and disjunctive like the colors of a thrift store's multiplicity of objects. The Claytons' palette is skillfully mismatched in a tongue-in-cheek nod to the untrained chromatic discord of paintings found in secondhand stores.

Mixologist Rob Floyd Talks Cocktail Secrets and Kama Sutra

Jose Martinez | Posted 10.19.2014 | Los Angeles
Jose Martinez

A fan of the drinks at The Library Bar and Melrose Umbrella Company, it's hard to ever see Rob Floyd not at breakneck pace -- personally I've only seen him in go-go-go mode. And maybe that's why his events are never dull.

Los Angeles Take Steps To Curb Arrests At Schools

AP | MATT HAMILTON | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Students caught misbehaving in the nation's second largest school district will be sent to the principal's office rather than the...

Why Mega-Cities Are Mega-Awesome: 8 Bustling Metropolises We Love

Oyster | Posted 10.17.2014 | Travel
Oyster

Though they may be a bit busier than the countryside, cities are hubs of history, culture, and entertainment. So we suggest you leave the quiet country behind and give the city a whirl. Here are eight megacities we can't get enough of.

Stylist Who Spends Every Sunday Cutting Hair For Homeless: 'Every Human Life Is Worth The Same'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact

Mark Bustos is a hair stylist at an upscale salon in New York City, but not all of his clientele have to be wealthy to get a quality trim. Sometimes,...

Looking Backward; Looking Forward: The Art of Jason Hernandez

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 10.15.2014 | Los Angeles
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

From the architecture, to the window panes, to the bible itself, the religious motifs would leave a lasting impression on the young artist who had already started winning art contests.

Building Plans for Los Angeles County Museum of Art Don't Live Up to Near $1 Billion Pricetag

Joseph Giovannini | Posted 10.13.2014 | Los Angeles
Joseph Giovannini

Suddenly Angelenos are being asked to buy the Brooklyn Bridge. The monumental bill of goods now up for sale is the take-it-or-leave-it design for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, priced somewhere between $650M and $1 billion.

'All Is Lost' Equals Opportunity to Achieve

Jen Grisanti | Posted 10.13.2014 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

I am a story/career consultant for writers. One of the biggest story notes that I give is about understanding the significance of the "all is lost" moment.

Hustler Magazine Turns 40, Parties In L.A.: A Peak Behind the Scenes as Larry Flynt Celebrates in Style

Clay Calvert | Posted 10.13.2014 | Media
Clay Calvert

The black-and-gold JPEG invitation arrived in my inbox back in June, miraculously dodging the spam filter. "You and a guest are invited to join us as we celebrate our 40th anniversary." It was from Hustler magazine.

Cooking Art History: Graff-EAT-i

Maite Gomez-Rejon | Posted 10.13.2014 | Taste
Maite Gomez-Rejon

Yes, street art on museum walls is as cool as it sounds, but combining it with Renaissance manuscripts is groundbreaking.

These Often-Invisible Women Experience Sexual Assault At An Alarming Rate

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact

A new study reflects a troubling reality regarding sexual assault on Skid Row. The Downtown Women's Action Coalition, which aims to improve housi...