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March 17, 2014 | By David Ng
Janis Joplin - the musical, that is - lives on, thanks to Live Nation. After a tour that took it to Southern California and other venues, and a run on Broadway that closed in February, "A Night With Janis Joplin" will transfer off-Broadway to the Gramercy Theatre in New York, with the opening set for April 10. The new engagement is in partnership with concert promoter Live Nation and is expected to be a new staging to fit the concert-like venue...
March 17, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
The new documentary "Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert" uses the story of one 30-year-old single mother in Chattanooga, Tenn., to shed light on the struggles faced by the estimated 42 million American women living at or near the poverty level.  Gilbert, whose 10-year marriage fell apart when her husband developed a painkiller addiction, makes $9.49 an hour as a nursing assistant at an extended-care facility....
March 16, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
) The largest lunar impact ever caught on camera took place last Sept. 11, when a small asteroid 2 to 4.5 feet in length slammed into our moon's pockmarked surface at 37,900 mph. The resulting explosion caused a flash of light that briefly burned as bright as the north star, Polaris, and lingered for 8.5 seconds. It also left a new crater on the moon that scientists estimate to be about 130 feet in diameter.  On Sunday, at 6 p.m. PDT, the website Slooh will point its telescopes at a part of the moon known as Mare Nubium where the recent impact occurred, and you are invited to watch the show live, right here.
March 16, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
After a hoax report that Wayne Knight had died in a traffic accident near the New York - Pennsylvania border, the actor who played Newman on "Seinfeld" and a treacherous techie in "Jurassic Park" took humorously to his Twitter account to dispel the rumors of his sudden demise. “Some of you will be glad to hear this, others strangely disappointed … but I am alive and well!” tweeted Knight, 58, taking a wry view of some folks' tendency to confuse him with the characters he has played.
March 15, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
"I felt a creative spirit the first time I walked in this house," says Rina Welles of the 1921 Santa Monica house that was once home to renowned German playwright Bertolt Brecht. "I liked the energy. " The foursquare house was where Brecht penned "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" and other plays during the 1940s. Today the house is one component in a multigenerational family compound for Welles, husband David Golubchik, her mother, Joanna, and their children, Leah, 10, and Alek, 6. The home, which has been renovated and complemented by a new addition by Dub Studios , also stands as a success story for preserving cultural landmarks in fresh and inviting ways.
March 14, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Summer Dreams" (CBS, Saturday). A vivid, elegantly made, two-hour documentary centering on the NBA Summer League, a 10-day yearly event, held in Orlando, Fla., and Las Vegas, where pro-ball hopefuls and rookies run and dribble, pass and shoot before a worldwide array of coaches and executives -- a kind of last-chance marketplace for some, and a pre-season workout for contracted others. ("The 'American Idol' of basketball," Dallas Mavericks General Manager Donnie Nelson calls it. "It's a little stepping stool, man," says undrafted outsider Dwayne Davis.)
March 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Join Times staff writer Jean Merl at 12:30 p.m. for an L.A. Now Live discussion on the race to succeed longtime Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills). Waxman's district is one of the state's most politically active and wealthy areas, and no fewer than 21 people have filed to appear on the June 3 primary ballot. With no limit on how many terms a representative can serve, an open House seat is relatively rare and likely to draw a crowd - just not usually this big. PHOTOS: Henry Waxman through the years The hopefuls include 11 Democrats - not surprising in a district with a vivid blue wash - four Republicans, one Libertarian, one Green Party member and four independents.
March 14, 2014 | By Henry Chu
BERLIN - The last time she checked, Katya Tasheva had the normal number of limbs and eyes. So she feels a nasty shock of non-recognition, she says, when German news reports warn of a coming invasion of people like her - Bulgarians - as if they were aliens from space. "It's all of a sudden like we're these three-eyed, five-legged people who are all going to steal stuff," said Tasheva, 27, a singer who has lived in Berlin for nine years. "Normally when I listen to these comments, I just laugh and switch the channel or turn the page….
March 13, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Like the put-upon pharmacist at its center, the neo-noirish suburban comedy "Better Living Through Chemistry," co-written and co-directed by Geoff Moore and David Posamentier, is a bit of a cheat - and goes soft in the clutch. Said druggist Doug Varney (Sam Rockwell) is the henpecked hubby of a scornful fitness nut (a misused Michelle Monaghan), with an angry 12-year-old son (Harrison Holzer) and a controlling father-in-law (Ken Howard). But Doug goes from doormat to Don Juan when new customer Elizabeth (Olivia Wilde)
March 13, 2014
Join Times staff writer Robert Faturechi at 12:30 p.m. for a L.A. Now Live discussion on the second debate between candidates vying to be the next L.A. County sheriff.  Unlike at their debate last month, Faturechi  reported  that the candidates this week sharpened their attacks and directed multiple barbs at the men sitting beside them. Some of the jabs were veiled, others more direct, and it's unclear if the debate represents a nastier campaign path ahead. Full Coverage: BEHIND THE BADGE During the discussion, Faturechi will answer questions and respond to comments about the candidates and how they presented themselves during the debate.  Readers can tweet questions or comments ahead of time to moderator @aribloomekatz, or submit them directly on the chat interface when it goes live on the L.A. Times homepage at 12:30 p.m. ALSO: LAPD mourns the loss of one of its own at downtown funeral Manson family killer Bruce Davis gets parole grant, but may not walk FBI ramps up Hawaii search for suspected terrorist in Calif.
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