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February 7, 2012 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
In its heyday, World Famous VIP Records in Long Beach had a full-time disc jockey playing music for customers, and clerks learned their clients' tastes so well they knew what to put on as soon as customers walked in the store. Over the years, VIP became a family owned chain, with 14 locations across Los Angeles County, the Long Beach store eventually emerging as the flagship. Now owned by Kelvin Anderson, VIP in Long Beach midwifed the careers of some of America's best-known hip-hop stars.
November 17, 2012 | By Melinda Fulmer
If time is short and you want to start burning calories quickly, try the up and over. This uncomplicated cardio drill helps you work on your balance and turn a strength workout into a sweaty cardio circuit. Amy Dixon, personal trainer and head of group fitness at Equinox Santa Monica, uses it on her "Breathless Body, Vol. 2: The Edge" DVD and demonstrates it here. Add this cardio drill between strength exercises or anytime you have five minutes for a mini cardio workout. Why you should try it More cardio = less love handles.
March 20, 2013 | By John Verive
After reworking the brewery's flagship Point the Way IPA, Golden Road Brewing's new Brewmaster Jesse Houck set his sights on Golden Road's Wolf Among Weeds double IPA , and the reimagined beer is hitting taps Wednesday. The original Wolf Among Weeds was the first release in Golden Road's "Custom IPA" series, and when it was released in August 2012, "The Wolf" became a fan favorite for the Atwater brewery. The beer had an intense hop aroma and the rich malty body needed to support all those hops, but the Golden Road crew wasn't happy to leave the formulation alone.
April 14, 2001
Exactly what are we to make of Soren Baker's assertion that the group OutKast "has constantly pushed hip-hop's stylistic envelope" by "including a harmonica" on one of its singles ("OutKast Proves It's No Johnny-Come-Lately," March 26)? Is it evidence of the genre's paucity of ideas (that such a move could be hailed as a bold creative stroke) or Baker's ignorance of pop music history? My guess is that, to justify hip-hop as a totally original music, Baker conveniently ignores all non-hip-hop antecedents in pop. Really, this this envelope was shredded years ago by Dylan, Lennon and Wonder, to say nothing of Borrah Minevitch & His Harmonica Rascals.
October 24, 2010
I have been to more than 50 countries, and I'd suggest readers do the double-decker hop on/hop off bus tours. We found these available in major cities — Paris, London, Rome, Copenhagen (even stopped at all cruise terminals). I even took one in San Francisco and found out all sorts of great info I never knew, despite living there 27 years. All buses have tour guides or headsets in all languages. Many include a river cruise. Great spot from which to take photos too. Prices usually $20 to $35 per day Loretta Ferraro Indian Wells
March 12, 1988
I enjoyed the article "At the Hop: A Lesson in Staying Power" (Calendar, March 6) as it showed the other side of being a rock 'n' roll singer, the less glamorous, uglier side, the side you don't often hear about. Being a rock 'n' roll singer isn't all it's cracked up to be. Along with the fleeting fame and temporary big bucks, there is the loneliness, the despair, the uncertainty, the perpetual struggle to survive and make ends meet, the exhaustion of the never-ending travel from nameless town to nameless town, more often than not appearing in small, broken-down bars and clubs, rather than spacious, elegant nightclubs and outdoor arenas.
December 20, 2012
Odd Future's ethic of rowdy, self-aware antagonism extends across genres and subcultures. The variety of its young misanthropic fans — skate rats, hip-hop heads, hipsters and some tweens who probably lied to their parents about their night-out plans — mirrors Odd Future's mashed-up style, with its rap-scene in-jokes and riffs on Internet troll culture. But its main event is a showcase for the charisma and skill that have kept Odd Future the most exciting hip-hop ensemble since Wu-Tang Clan stalked Staten Island's Shaolin.
June 14, 2008 | David Reyes
To encourage commuters to leave their cars in the driveway, free one-day bus passes are being offered during "Dump the Pump" week, beginning Monday. Passes are available on the Orange County Transportation Authority's website, The free pass gives residents an opportunity to hop on a bus as an alternative to using their vehicles, said OCTA Chairman Chris Norby. -- David Reyes
May 13, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
May marks the beginning of moonlight tours at the Colosseum in Rome . From now through October, the Archaeological Heritage of Rome takes visitors on night tours to see the arena and the amphitheater as well as the underground rooms and passages where animals and gladiators awaited their fate. Illinois-based TourCrafters has designed a four-night Rome Midnight Dream package that includes the moonlight tour as well as admission to "Constantine 313 AD," an exhibition on display at the Colosseum until Sept.
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