CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2010 |
New Year's Eve celebrations were a bit brighter this year with a blue moon shining in the sky Thursday night. A blue moon -- the second full moon in a month -- isn't really uncommon, occurring on average every 2 1/2 years. But "on New Year's Eve it is very rare," said Scott Kardel, a spokesman for the Palomar Observatory in San Diego County. The last one was in 1990. The name is a bit misleading -- the moon does not appear blue. Rather, the name refers to the expression "once in a blue moon."
December 28, 2009 |
Attention L.A. hipster-parents: New Year's Eve isn't just for grown-ups anymore. And apparently, neither is alternative comedy, that awkward, absurdist brand of humor so popular with the skinny jeans-and-cardigan crowd. So take note of "The Not Inappropriate Show" on Thursday afternoon at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood. The show is curated by Bob Odenkirk, one of the alternative-comedy scene's godfathers, and his talent-manager wife, Naomi, and features sketches written for adults but "not inappropriate" for kids.
December 27, 2009
ALAMEDA, CALIF. New Year's Eve on the USS Hornet When, where: Dec. 31, USS Hornet Highlights: Aboard this historic aircraft carrier, three dance floors come alive with big-band music as attendees get dance lessons, party favors and a panoramic view of San Francisco's skyline from the flight deck. There will also be a midnight countdown and a silent auction; the event is black-tie optional but period, swing and formal military attire are encouraged. Cost: $48 in advance, $55 at the door, optional buffet dinner is $55; proceeds benefit the USS Hornet Museum Info: www.uss-hornet.
December 27, 2009
Fireworks Where: Las Vegas Strip Highlights: After last year's fizzle -- when the pyrotechnics were launched from parking garages instead of hotel rooftops -- the midnight show will be up top once again. Seven hotels, including the new Aria at CityCenter, will host the midnight show in the sky. Info: www.lasvegasevents.com Supernova 108 Where: Stratosphere Highlights: Watch the fireworks from the indoor/outdoor party at the top of the tall tower.
December 25, 2009 |
Weren't we supposed to be partying with robots on Mars by 2010? While someone's working on that, L.A.'s finest night owls have prepared some stellar parties for us to celebrate the beginning of this new decade. Here are a few of the best. But before you read further, please note: Lineups and ticket prices are subject to change, so call ahead before heading out Thursday night. Twenty Ten: A Space Odyssey L.A. Center Studios The club kingpins at Dolce Group have teamed with the event producers at Pandora Nightlife to take over L.A. Center Studios, an 18,000-square-foot soundstage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2009 |
The deputy chief of staff for City Councilman Jose Huizar was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence, authorities said Monday. Henry Casas, 40, Huizar's deputy chief of constituent outreach, was booked in lieu of $50,000 bail at the LAPD's Van Nuys jail on New Year's Eve, authorities said. He later posted bond and is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 23. Police officials did not provide details of the incident, including the relationship of the alleged victim to the council aide, but confirmed that the arrest took place at his San Fernando Valley home.
December 30, 2008 |
The beat is slowing on the Sunset Strip, muffled by a less-than-festive economy. For the first time in years, clubs in this night-life mecca on Sunset Boulevard and nearby will be ringing in 2009 on Wednesday by slashing cover charges or offering special incentives, such as open bars and free hors d'oeuvres. A night out on New Year's Eve will still cost a premium, of course, but many club operators say they are purposely keeping a lid on prices even though they might be able to charge more.