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Ragtime: The Musical Sings Its Way Through a Tumultuous Period in American History

3-D Theatrical’s production of Ragtime: The Musical, currently at the Plummer Theater in Fullerton and then followed by an engagement through November 9 at the Redondo Beach Fine Arts Plaza, gives theatergoers a chance to see a lesser-known musical performed … Continue reading

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Review: “A Penny for the Parking Fairy”

Janet Housden hates a lot of things. She hates parking. She hates pop culture. She probably hates you. But what she hates most of all are the pretentious, entitled fucks that accompany gentrification. “A Penny for the Parking Fairy” is … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Monstrous Bodies”

Monstrous Bodies, subtitled “Feminine Power in Young Adult Horror Fiction”, is an academic work by June Pulliam, published by McFarland. When I first saw the cover, I immediately thought of the Ginger Snaps movie trilogy, because the first movie especially … Continue reading

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Sips, Savors, Shopping and Singing at the Tiki Oasis

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Rolly Crump Brings the ‘Enchanted Tiki Room’ to Life at the Tiki Oasis in San Diego this Weekend

Roland Crump was always interested in cartoons. “I was always a cartoonist”, said Rolly. “I always, from the very beginning, everything little thing I drew basically was a cartoon, or in the style of a cartoon, because I was influenced … Continue reading

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Tiki Drinks and Culture Make for a Fun Weekend at San Diego’s Upcoming Tiki Oasis

Rum has been a big part of several cultures for many years. Starting in the 1600′s, rum was a regular part of any sailor’s ration in both Navy and merchant vessels. By the 1900′s, songs had been written about rum, … Continue reading

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Antiques Row: Bearded Lady Vintage

This little cottage in Burbank holds big surprises. Bearded Lady Vintage set up shop on the edge of Magnolia’s antiques row about a year ago. It is not your average grandma’s pearls and doll shop. Kiko and Erick, who are … Continue reading

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Lethal Lunch

  Lydia Lunch, writer and musician, flew to Los Angeles last week to read at Lethal Amounts Gallery’s FRICTION: literary crimes by mutated minds event which took place Friday night (May 30).  Lunch came to support the  impending (next year?) Harper’s release of Jonathan … Continue reading

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Beat Recommends: Louder Than Hell Book Signing This Thursday At Book Soup

Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman, authors of Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal, will be at Book Soup this Thursday, May 1, “presenting and signing” their voluminous and immensely readable tome, which is now available in paperback … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Help For The Haunted”

Help For The Haunted by John Searles begins with the murder of Rose and Sylvester Mason in a church, partially witnessed by their daughter Sylvie who was sitting outside in the car. The three of them had set out for … Continue reading

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