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César Chávez: An American Legend Remembered

"We need a leader, not a martyr!" pleads the brother of beloved labor leader César Chávez in a memorable scene from the film of the same name. The farmworker movement, largely attributed to Chávez and the United Farmworkers Union (UFW),...Show More Summary

Ask Marcy and Jackie: Should I Cosign a Loan for Private Vocational School?

Each week Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz, educators with over 20 years of experience working with students from elementary to high school, will answer your questions regarding reading strategies, essay writing, homework habits and math challenges. Show More Summary

I Love Lucy: Live on Stage, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Daniel, Ed Krieger, and Justin Barbin. "Luuucy!" She's home, home being the Segerstrom Center for the Arts where, for an excruciatingly brief run, Rick Sparks is directing I Love Lucy: Live on Stage. Set inShow More Summary

Five Things You Should Know About Me

My career has always been devoted to the public interest, whether representing victims of human trafficking and domestic violence or advocating for social justice legislation. A few years ago, I was unexpectedly thrust into the public...Show More Summary

Being Christy Mathewson

Catching Up With Eddie Frierson After a Thousand One-Man Shows It's a cold and drizzly night in L.A., and I have to meet Christy Mathewson at the Coffee Bean in 10 minutes. I mean, I know it isn't really him -- Matty, Big Six, the Christian...Show More Summary

Dum Dum Girls Go Glam in L.A. (CONCERT PHOTOS)

Dum Dum Girls - The Echo - 1/28/14 - Photo by Leonard Drorian If Dee Dee Penny's sequin nylons weren't enough, her Elvis-tinged vocals and gimlet eyed stare mesmerized those of us who expected to see the same garage rocker--torn stockings and Ray-Bans--from the End of Daze tour in 2012. Show More Summary

New Art Hub Emerges Downtown

With Night Gallery, François Ghebaly Gallery's new space, and The Mistake Room all within walking distance around East Washington, a new art hub debuts downtown this weekend. Joel Kyack, Old Sailors Never Die (still from video), video...Show More Summary

Dear Oklahoma and Utah: 'Karma's a Bitch. Love, California.'

Mormons in Utah, who comprise nearly two-thirds of the state, spent an estimated $30 million trying to get Prop 8 passed in California in 2008, as leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) assailed same-sex marriage as a dangerous assault on the traditional family. Show More Summary

Kobe Bryant: Delusional or a Symbol for Change?

Simply put, Kobe Bean Bryant -- i.e. the (self-proclaimed) Black Mamba -- is a basketball legend. Unlike Paul Pierce who gets wheeled off the court with a hurt ego, the Mamba tears his Achilles, sinks two-free throws and walks to the sideline under his own power. Show More Summary

How Will The Golden State Face An Epic Drought?

Since the hellacious Firestorm of 2003 I've followed fires, droughts and water issues akin to a reporter chasing ambulances for the inside track on the latest, greatest stories. Even some of my closest colleagues can't believe that I...Show More Summary

The 10 Most Annoying People You'll Meet While Shopping This Weekend

This is it, guys. The last weekend before Christmas. Malls are open until midnight and there's an abnormal surplus of "safe" last-minute gifts (read: robes, commemorative ornaments and off-brand bath sets) in the front of every store. And everyone you encounter is pretty much a jerk. Except you, of course. Show More Summary

How to Piss Off Your Barista

Here are 10 surefire ways to make an ass of yourself at a coffee shop. I've spent most of my life living in the Pacific Northwest. This means that essentially everyone I know has worked as a barista, including myself. So I understand that the barista is the unsung hero of the service industry -- especially in this part of the country. Show More Summary

The 10 Most Influential Surfers of All Time

From surfing's early beginnings as the "Sport of Kings" in Hawaii, it has held a certain sway over spectators and participants alike. While estimates of the number of surfers worldwide vary wildly (from 5 million to 23 million), there are a select few that, for one reason or another, have left an indelible mark on surfing. Show More Summary

We Tried It: Lacey Stone's Booty Camp Class

What We Tried: The Lacey Stone Booty Camp, an outdoor boot camp class that doesn't require any equipment except your own body. Where: Pan Pacific Park, 7600 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, Calif. For How Long: About one hour, more if youShow More Summary

How to Tell Your Abuela That Your Job Is to Keep People Out of Prison for Using Drugs

If you are a first generation U.S.-born Mexicano like me, you have probably come to realize that there are three things in this world Abuela does not tolerate: missing one of her telenovelas, missing out on some good chisme, and missing the opportunity to send amalcriado, desgraciado, pendejo (misbehaved person) to go to la chingada. Show More Summary

Can Mayor Garcetti Make L.A.'s Streets Great?

In 2009, then New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made one of the biggest changes Manhattan had ever seen. It had nothing to do with Big Gulps. Bloomberg and his transportation czar Janette Sadik-Khan took a congested section of Times Square and closed it to traffic. Show More Summary

Old Town Haunt 2013 Video

Unless some unexpected and unlikely change takes place, 2013 was your last chance to visit the Old Town Haunt Halloween Attraction in Pasadena. The final manifestation of this haunt, which began in 2005, is preserved in this video tour, shot during the final weekend. Why is Old Town Haunt shuffling off to the Graveyard of Lost [...]

Fashion-Forward Pop-Up Disguised as MASH Tent In a Blah Building Downtown? What a N.I.C.E. Idea

The placement and timing of the pop-up 'Mobile Supply Unit' by N.I.C.E. Collective is such a right clothes for the right place at the right time thing, that it seems like its always been on this block in downtown LA tucked between gourmet...Show More Summary

Veteran's Day Musical Magic: LA Rocker Brings Military Spouses in CAMMO on Stage at Hard Rock

It was Veteran's Day weekend and just another magical, crazy night on Hollywood Boulevard where Elvis poses for pictures, stars' names pave the sidewalk, and sometimes the magic is not just special effects. Rock singer Alexandra Starlight...Show More Summary

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