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Lasse Marhaug

Norwegian sound artist Lasse Marhaug got his start in the mid-90s as part of the international noise underground, releasing dozens of hard-to-find cassettes produced with effects pedals and cheap tape recorders. His stuff was harsh, loud, and violent, with no regard for melody or rhythm. But that’s changed quite a bit since he started Jazzkammer […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story In September an LA Weekly writer spent several days at Disneyland with Benji Breitbart, Doug Marsh, and other “Disneyana enthusiasts,” all of whom visit the park five or six times a week. (One woman, whose special obsession is the Indiana Jones Adventure, received a crystal bowl from its staff to commemorate her 1,000th […]

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Dancing in the Dust

Unable to repay money he’s borrowed for a divorce, a young Iranian (Faramarz Gharibian) stows away in the back of a van driven by a taciturn snake hunter (Yousef Khodaparast in a masterful performance) and soon finds himself trapped in a terrifying desert landscape that recalls Erich von Stroheim’s Greed. This debut feature by Asghar […]

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The Alternative Universe

Milk It! Collected Musings on the Alternative Rock Explosion of the 90’s by Jim DeRogatis (Da Capo) To Jim—Now It’s Your Turn. Best, Lester This brief inscription, scrawled across the inside cover of his quickie bio of Blondie, were Lester Bangs’s parting words to fledgling rock critic Jim DeRogatis. It was mid-April 1982, and the future […]

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Veritas

Veritas, My Naked Friends, at ImprovOlympic. Director Jimmy Carrane seems to have instilled an appreciation of Sanford Meisner’s acting techniques in this young ensemble: Veritas gels during the opening scene once the cast members develop their characters by recognizing and fleshing out their surroundings. It’s a risky approach, but it’s also invigorating to watch My […]

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Our Town

Our Town, Writers’ Theatre. The company inaugurates its elegant, intimate 108-seat thrust stage with Thornton Wilder’s consummate tribute to democracy and decency. Though no one would confuse Glencoe with turn-of-the-20th-century Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, the immediacy and universality of this 1938 Pulitzer winner comes through in every minute of William Brown’s fluid, sterling revival. Few […]