Author: Joe Piasecki

Los Angeles media begins 2018 in turmoil

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...

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Roots rocker James Intveld visits Arcadia Blues Club Saturday

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...

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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...

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Upcoming Events

Feb
24
Sat
all-day Barbara Morrison’s I Wanna Be Loved @ Pasadena City College, Sexton Hall
Barbara Morrison’s I Wanna Be Loved @ Pasadena City College, Sexton Hall
Feb 24 all-day
Barbara Morrison's I Wanna Be Loved @ Pasadena City College, Sexton Hall |  |  |
Award-winning Jazz and Blues Musical “I Wanna Be Loved,” the story of Dinah Washington, Queen of the Blues, starring three-time Grammy-Nominee vocalist and two-time NAACP Theatre Award Winner Barbara Morrison as Dinah Washington. With an[...]
10:00 am Baseball Reliquary Event, Comput... @ Pasadena Public Library, La Pintoresca Branch
Baseball Reliquary Event, Comput... @ Pasadena Public Library, La Pintoresca Branch
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am
Guests of all ages can learn basic computer skills from 10 to 11:30 a.m. In honor of Black History Month, the Baseball Reliquary and the library present a lecture and slide presentation, “From Monarchs to[...]
1:00 pm Guided Tour, Teen Arts Academy a... @ Norton Simon Museum
Guided Tour, Teen Arts Academy a... @ Norton Simon Museum
Feb 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A guided tour visits works of bronze sculpture from ancient India to the 20th century, from 1 to 2 p.m. The Teen Arts Academy invites kids to join artist Michelle Antonisse to explore Rembrandt’s “Self[...]
4:00 pm Readings at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Readings at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Feb 24 @ 4:00 pm
The UC Irvine MFA Reading Series showcases the work of first and second-year fiction and poetry students, poet Lauren Swift and fiction writers Sarah Beth Rhyther, Gareth Seigel and Lara Fitzjarrald at 4 p.m.
7:00 pm Alex Theatre Fundraiser @ PIRCH Glendale
Alex Theatre Fundraiser @ PIRCH Glendale
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Illuminate Dinner fundraiser benefits and celebrates the Alex Theatre art deco neon tower and marquee, featuring food by a guest chef and specialty wines, plus a wine auction, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets[...]

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