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June 28, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti will hold a free public party in downtown's Grand Park as part of his inauguration festivities on Sunday. Hollywood, a major backer of his campaign, will be on hand. Jimmy Kimmel is emceeing, and techno master Moby, accompanied by a choir, will kick off the event with a song. The event will include Steampunk carnival games, multicultural music and an oath of office administered by the 13-year-old daughter of a janitor. "We've been saying this transition is less about symbolism and more about work," said Yusef Robb, Garcetti's chief spokesman.
June 27, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti is taking his power-to-the-people pitch to Sunday's inauguration festivities, planning an event that includes Steampunk carnival games, multi-culti music and an oath of office administered by the 13-year-old daughter of a janitor. Hollywood, a major backer of Garcetti's campaign, will also be on hand. Jimmy Kimmel is emceeing, and techno master Moby, accompanied by a choir, will kick off the event with a song. For the most part, though, Garcetti has planned a ceremony with little pomp followed by a free public party in downtown's Grand Park.
June 19, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
The five Los Angeles-area "pre-emerging designers" competing in Saturday's first-ever Open Runway event at Hollywood's Couture Los Angeles nightclub have been announced. According to the Los Angeles Fashion Council's Kelsi Smith, the inaugural crop of catwalk contenders will include labels  Sabel , Veltimera , Undercover Lover , Samantha Eng and the Paulettes. Each label will showcase up to 12 looks from current and previous collections, with one look from each participant going to the organization's Facebook page where it can be voted on by the public.
June 17, 2013 | By David Zahniser and Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
When it comes to glitz and showmanship, L.A.'s next mayor is taking things down a notch. Since his victory last month, Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti has made few major announcements. He abandoned the idea of a transition team studded with big civic names. And he has ruled out plans for a black-tie inaugural ball, opting instead for a public party in Grand Park with music and food. The biggest attention-grabber so far has been Garcetti's "back-to-basics" listening tour, with residents in Boyle Heights, Northridge and elsewhere dutifully gathering in groups and putting their ideas for the city's future on Post-It notes.
June 15, 2013 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
In traditional Native American belief, spirits can inhabit seemingly inanimate things. Can paintings, sculptures, decorative objects and handicrafts also be infused with the spirits of their subjects, and of the people who made them? If so, the new Irene Helen Jones Parks Gallery of Art, which opens Saturday at the Autry National Center of the American West in Griffith Park with the exhibition "Art of the West," is 4,000 square feet of haunted space where the gathered ghosts may be in tumult.
May 28, 2013 | By Susan King
Santa Monica's Edgemar Center for the Arts is the host of the first Cinema at the Edge Independent Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday and continues through Sunday. “We're delighted to give independent filmmakers an opportunity to screen their films in a community setting on the Westside,” artistic director and festival founder Michelle Danner said in a statement. The festival will present screenings, parties and artists' programs that celebrate indie film. Movies competing in the narrative feature, documentary and short film categories will be eligible for the Jury and Audience Awards.
May 6, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn and Booth Moore
Otis College of Art and Design added a new element to the mix for its 31st annual scholarship benefit and fashion show Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton -- an honor called the Style Icon Award, which was presented to Sally Perrin, L.A.-based creative director of luxury leather goods brand  Perrin Paris . The inaugural award was presented by costume designer Bob Mackie (one of this year's senior design mentors) who noted: "Personal style has no age or social status, and can exist anywhere in life.
April 22, 2013 | By Matea Gold, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama's second inaugural committee raised a little more than $43 million to put on the official festivities surrounding his January swearing-in, backed by major donations from some of the country's biggest corporations, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission. The total brought in by the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee was $10 million less than the amount raised in 2009 for Obama's first inauguration, a reflection of the scaled-down nature of this year's event.
April 12, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The Producers Guild of America honored nine people for their contributions to the advancement of digital entertainment and storytelling in an event held in the Bel Air mansion of entrepreneur Elon Musk. The Digital VIP awards celebration attracted some Hollywood notables, including Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman and Bill Westenhofer, the visual effects supervisor whose team at Rhythm & Hues won an Academy Award this year for work on "Life of Pi. " But it was an acrobat dubbed "Champagne Girl" who arguably received the most of the attention at Thursday's night celebration, dangling upside-down from a chandelier and pouring bubbly as the 100 or so guests snapped photos.  Indeed, the whole event had the atmospherics of a Baz Luhrmann film.
March 19, 2013 | By Henry Chu
VATICAN CITY - Huge crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square and spilled into side streets Tuesday morning as Pope Francis prepared for his official inauguration as leader of the Roman Catholic Church and its 1.2 billion followers. Up to a million people are expected to jam into and around this tiny city-state to witness the highly ceremonial event, which will also be attended by royalty, government leaders and religious figures from around the world. Pilgrims began camping out overnight to claim a spot from which to watch the installation of the 266th pope in the church's history and the first from the Americas.
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