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December 1, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Tournaments get under way on Monday at Santa Monica, Westchester, Pasadena Maranatha and Mission Viejo. The San Fernando Valley Invitational will take place at Crespi, Alemany, Kennedy and Granada Hills. Top teams making their debut include Loyola and Chaminade in the Santa Monica tournament, El Camino Real, Gardena Serra, Windward and Bishop Montgomery in the Westchester tournament and No. 1 Mater Dei at Mission Viejo. A team from Australia will get its first experience of Southern California basketball by playing the Monarchs.
November 30, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - The musical chairs in California's Legislature continues when voters in a Los Angeles-area Assembly district go to the polls Tuesday in a special election to fill a vacant seat. One of the three candidates in the contest - all Democrats - is Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, who is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father, Mark Ridley-Thomas, who served in the Legislature before being elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The other candidates are former Culver City Mayor Christopher R. Armenta and John Jake, a real estate broker who is president of the Olympic Park Neighborhood Council.
November 23, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
It's the holidays. The relatives are here, and you're tired of cooking and cleaning and then doing it all over again the next day. You need to get them out of the house - for brunch. Please, not a buffet. No mob scenes. You need a restaurant with a chef who has really thought about the meal that bridges breakfast and lunch. How about salmon slow-smoked over foraged "rabbit tobacco" or a sumptuous octopus hash with smashed fingerling potatoes? Maybe a classic omelet or shirred eggs? To start the meal, of course, you'll have a strong cup of coffee from a micro-roaster or perhaps a mimosa stained fuchsia with prickly pear fruit.
November 22, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Death and denial were made for each other, but for those facing tragedy, the raw truth can be a tonic. In "We're Gonna Die," theater artist Young Jean Lee turns the bleaker facts of life into a delightful, hourlong hipster cabaret. The show, a presentation of UCLA's Center For the Art of Performance running through Sunday at the Actors' Gang at the Ivy Substation in Culver City, introduces one of New York's most exciting experimental playwrights to Southern California. Daft, direct, unvarnished and stylishly awkward, Lee's shape-shifting work doesn't try to bowl us over with its polish and professionalism.
November 5, 2013
'The Black Suits' Where: Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City When: 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays. (Call for exceptions.) Ends: Nov. 24 Price: $20 to $55 Contact: (213) 628-2772 or Running time: 2 hours, 25 minutes
November 5, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
You may have seen mixologist Gabriella Mlynarczyk behind the bar at Ink , where's she's been working for almost two years. Before that, she was behind the bar at the now-shuttered Eva in mid-town. You may have even tasted one of her cocktails made with shrubs, maybe her gin cocktail with beet and opal basil shrub finished with a dose of sparkling rosé. The drinking vinegars actually go back to colonial times in this country. And if you're as intrigued with shrubs as she is, sign up for the shrubs class she'll be teaching Nov. 24 at Bar & Garden in Culver City.
November 2, 2013 | By Evan Halper and Cindy Chang
Some 47 million poor Americans who rely on food stamps for their meals will have to get by on less, after their benefits were cut Friday. In California, which struggles with nearly 9% unemployment, local officials are girding for the fallout after the benefit for a family of four receiving food stamps was lowered by $36 a month. About 4.2 million Californians are affected by the drop in benefits, including more than 1.1 million residents of Los Angeles County. And many local businesses will be hurt as well, because California's food stamp recipients will be spending $46million less per month in local stores.
October 30, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
If you attend only one event this year marking controversial real estate practices and epic events in California infrastructure, well, Nov. 5 might be a good day for it. Why? Because it was Nov. 5, 1913, that the Los Angeles Aqueduct opened, diverting water to parched Los Angeles County from the Owens Valley in the Eastern Sierra. Without that water (and the quiet land acquisitions that preceded the opening), Los Angeles as we know it wouldn't exist. At the Cascades area (in Sylmar)
October 22, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
What started out 33 years ago as a cathartic purge of Vietnam combat trauma demonstrates artistic staying power and relevance in the hard-hitting revival of “Tracers” at the AMVETS Post II Building in Culver City. Depicting the fates of infantry soldiers from basic training through deployment in Vietnam to the difficult reentry difficulties they face on their long way home, “Tracers” is as much a visceral experience as a dramatic presentation. Director-author John DiFusco developed the play in collaboration with seven fellow Vietnam War veterans, who originally performed in it as the characters they each created.
October 10, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
Anyone who has visited the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City will recognize in "The Institute" a similar compendium of arbitrarily cherished objects, the transformation of everyday words into indecipherable jargon, and a heartfelt striving to reach humanity's full potential. In Spencer McCall's documentary, the key to unlocking that potential is an algorithm that will eradicate "human conflict, violence and heartbreak. " Easy-peasy. In 2008, McCall began editing "informative" videos for the Jejune Institute, a Scientology-like self-development program in San Francisco that promised "divine nonchalance," or very good luck.
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