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September 13, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Let's peel back the layers of L.A., the Big Onion - past the skin lotions, the spray tans, the unnecessary piercings, down so close that you can tickle this lovely city's soul. Wait, that's not a soul. That's another layer. Or maybe it's bulletproof long johns. I feel like Philip Marlowe sometimes. Just when I think I've found the essence of Los Angeles, I discover yet another veneer. A city without essence? Or pity. Keep peeling, pal. “This is what Rome was like just before it fell,” notes a Times photographer at this club.
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HOME & GARDEN
September 13, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Let's peel back the layers of L.A., the Big Onion - past the skin lotions, the spray tans, the unnecessary piercings, down so close that you can tickle this lovely city's soul. Wait, that's not a soul. That's another layer. Or maybe it's bulletproof long johns. I feel like Philip Marlowe sometimes. Just when I think I've found the essence of Los Angeles, I discover yet another veneer. A city without essence? Or pity. Keep peeling, pal. “This is what Rome was like just before it fell,” notes a Times photographer at this club.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2005 | Richard Abowitz, Special to The Times
NEXT month will mark the second anniversary of the night promoter Jeff Beacher introduced himself here with a literal splash. The Billboard Music Awards were taking place at the MGM, and Beacher snuck into the casino disguised as a maintenance worker. At around 250 pounds, he stripped down to a Speedo and plunged into a fish tank near the popular nightclub Studio 54 with a sign promoting the opening night of his show "Beacher's Comedy Madhouse" at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2005 | Richard Abowitz, Special to The Times
NEXT month will mark the second anniversary of the night promoter Jeff Beacher introduced himself here with a literal splash. The Billboard Music Awards were taking place at the MGM, and Beacher snuck into the casino disguised as a maintenance worker. At around 250 pounds, he stripped down to a Speedo and plunged into a fish tank near the popular nightclub Studio 54 with a sign promoting the opening night of his show "Beacher's Comedy Madhouse" at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2006 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
They might be pint-sized performers onstage, but offstage they're in a giant-sized dispute. Joey Fatale, the 4-foot, 4-inch New Yorker who heads the all-dwarf KISS tribute band MiniKiss, is denying published reports that he tried to sneak past security last month at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to confront a rival band leader, 4-foot "Little" Tim Loomis of Tiny Kiss, for allegedly ripping off his idea for such a group.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2007 | Richard Abowitz, Special to The Times
There are few in Vegas who command more juice than native son and retired tennis star Andre Agassi. And Agassi uses his local pull completely for charity. In fact, he calls in all favors for this one night a year: the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation's Grand Slam for Children. This was the 12th year of the event, and the headliners were again Grand Slam's trademark mix of only-in-Vegas eclecticism: Jerry Seinfeld, the Goo Goo Dolls, Tony Bennett, Kelly Clarkson and Hall & Oates.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2008 | Robert Lloyd, Times Television Critic
Paris Hilton has gone on television to find not just a new best friend but a new best friend forever. Tuesday night, MTV premiered its latest reality series, "Paris Hilton's My New BFF," in which 18 complete strangers vie to fill that empty spot in Paris' life. There are some kinds of celebrity that are apparently immune to scandal -- neither sex tapes, nor jail time, nor a catalog of youthful indiscretions posted permanently on the Internet have significantly sullied the star's reputation or made her less of a figure of fandom.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2009 | Richard Abowitz
Even Criss Angel seemed a little creeped out, a point he made in introducing a wax likeness of himself to the audience at Madame Tussauds at the Venetian: "This is the ultimate mindfreak," he said. As the wax Angel, covered in matching bling, stared straight ahead, the real Angel repeatedly circled it -- just a short time before he had to run to a memorial for impressionist Danny Gans at Encore this month.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2009 | Charlie Amter
Don't look now, but in the middle of a recession, night-life players are doubling down, Vegas style, on Hollywood's return. Despite a brutal winter that forced smaller area lounges to shut their doors (see Play, S Bar and Hush Lounge) and pushed several others to open fewer nights per week, several operators -- some from out of town -- are betting that Hollywood's season of discontent might be coming to an end soon. They're positioning new venues to catch the crowds if indeed things turn around.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2006 | Richard Abowitz, Special to The Times
AT the CineVegas Film Festival last month, where the stars present included Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburne, Christina Ricci, Sylvester Stallone and Helen Mirren, nobody drew a crowd like rotund comedian and Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange. Fans followed Lange around the Palms and turned out in the hundreds to scream as he walked the red carpet drink in hand for a screening of his film "Beer League." (The movie will be released Sept. 15.
NEWS
December 5, 2006 | Andrew Malcolm and Brian Hanrahan, Times Staff Writers
New fire chief to battle hazing Los Angeles' incoming fire chief, Douglas Barry, the first African American to head the department, says his bureau's problems of hazing and discrimination are limited in nature. But the 53-year-old assistant chief pledges nonetheless to eradicate them from the troubled department. Barry, who is a 31-year veteran of the fire department, takes over as interim chief Jan. 1 during a maximum year-long formal search for a permanent chief.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2007
DEPENDING on how you look at it, Las Vegas was either the creation of Mormons or the mob, and the town they willed out of the Nevada desert was either the city of God or the temple of mammon. Either way, the plain facts are these: In the mid-1800s, Mormons traipsed through this area, establishing a route from Utah to California and requiring a pit stop in between.
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