Journalists do not, as Hollywood might have you believe, spend much time speaking in grandiose terms about the role of a free press in preserving American democracy. In the publisher’s boardroom, the editor’s newsroom and the freelance writer’s favorite coffee shop, the imperative is economic survival, and has been for at least a decade. Los Angeles, which has never been particularly kind to writers of any stripe, is Exhibit A. On Jan. 4, the roughly 400 journalists remaining at the Los Angeles Times — down from a peak of 1,200 in 2001 — voted on whether to form a...Read More
Author: Joe Piasecki
James Intveld, whose rootsy style has been a popular draw for many years, returns to Arcadia Blues Club Saturday The LA-based singer, songwriter and guitarist traces his love for music to his childhood, when he grew up listening and singing along to his parents’ recordings of diverse artists that included Hank Williams, Sr., Dean Martin, Lefty Frizell and Elvis. He parlayed that early taste of music into early involvement into the cow punk movement of the 1980s, when he played some of the same clubs as Dwight Yoakam and Rosie Flores. His rockabilly style has propelled him into a...Read More
At 70, comedy icon Cheech Marin revisits his intoxicating journey from South Central to superstardom
On the cover of his just-published memoir “Cheech Is Not My Real Name … But Don’t Call Me Chong,” comedy and pot culture icon Robert Anthony Marin is smashing a piñata caricature of his old stoner stage persona — the hapless Mexican hippy with an oversized mustache exploding in a shower of lollipops, Chiclets and big fat doobies. The live-action Cheech, now 70, has a lot less hair but a lot more joy on his face. Dave’s not here, man. “It’s just to break out of that stereotypical image or thought of what I can or can’t do in...Read More
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