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An Interview With Alice Bag

In the earliest years of LA’s punk scene, Alice Bag was one of its leading lights. The Bags – or Alice Bag Band, as we on the east coast whose only exposure came via the Decline Of Western Civilization on … Continue reading

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‘Liquid Vacation’ Tells the Story of Tiki Drinks in Las Vegas with Recipes Too

Liquid Vacation—-77 Refreshing Tropical Drinks from Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas is much more than a recipe book. It tells the story of Tiki culture in Las Vegas, a place where the over-the-top South Seas décor and kitsch was … Continue reading

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See! Hear! Read! Local Author Desiree Zamorano at LitFest Pasadena, Saturday, May 9

Novelist Desiree Zamorano may be una bruja—though definitely of the glistening, Glinda good-witch variety. Her luminous writing reminds us that the shoes we are wearing right now are in fact the ruby slippers that will take us home—not necessarily where … Continue reading

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Gary U.S. Bonds talks about music, his life and his book, ‘By U.S. Bonds, This Is My Story’

Long before his successful collaboration with Bruce Springsteen on the hit song This Little Girl, Gary U.S. Bonds was admired and used as inspiration for many of the top musicians from the ’60s on up to the present day. Gary … Continue reading

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Death Positive with “Memento Mori” at La Luz de Jesus

The vibe was anything but solemn at La Luz de Jesus, although liturgical calendars marked April 3rd as Good Friday and Passover. LA-based art historian, author and scholar Paul Koudounaris, decked out in signature Baroque splendor, received swarms of old friends … Continue reading

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A Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Alan Ginsberg’s HOWL

Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at 7:30pm, Hal Willner will present a celebration of Allen Ginsberg’s HOWL, featuring a cast of characters almost as surreal as the poem itself. The event is billed as “part comedy show, part concert.” Performers as diverse … Continue reading

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LA Beat Interview: Craig Ibarra, Author of “A Wailing of a Town”

Friday, April, 17th, END FWY is hosting a two-part book release party for “A Wailing of a Town: An Oral History of Early San Pedro Punk and More.” The 416-page softcover was released on April 1, 2015, D. Boon’s birthday. This … Continue reading

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Community Writers’ Space “The Hatchery” Grand Opening

The Hatchery is a new communal workspace for writers that provides its members 24/7 quiet studio access, a communal kitchen, wifi, free printing and copies, a library, free tea and coffee, and much more. Located off of Larchmont, the space … Continue reading

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MEMENTO MORI: A Last Dance with Death at La Luz de Jesus Gallery

“Memento Mori: The Dead Among Us” is the new book from Paul Koudounaris, the world’s leading photographer of the visual culture of death. The exhibition of the same name will open with a book signing on Friday, April 3, at La … Continue reading

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Book Review: CLOTHES CLOTHES CLOTHES MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC BOYS BOYS BOYS by Viv Albertine

If you are a fan of 70s English punk, then you know all about the Slits. At the very least, you will remember their shocking album cover for CUT – three topless girls slathered in mud wearing only loincloths. Rather than … Continue reading

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