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Tommy, can you sell me? Buoyed by a clutch of Tonys and an ocean of hype, "The Who's Tommy" has been raking in an estimated $600,000 a week at Broadway's St. James Theater. And while the musical has yet to recoup its $6-million capitalization, a growing school of pilot fish is already thrashing expectantly in the show's wake.
August 13, 1994 | ED BOND
Malibu Grand Prix, where kids rode miniature race cars and businessmen slapped pinball machines on their lunch hour for more than 20 years, closes for good Sunday after losing its lease. "I can't believe that!" said Andrew Caspary of Hidden Hills, after finishing his last go-cart ride. "It's terrible. I always look forward to coming here." Officials of Malibu Grand Prix Corp., which runs 30 amusement centers across the country, said this week the company lost its lease on the Northridge site.
March 4, 2012 | Mary Forgione, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For those who want to spend more time than money in Las Vegas, here are 21 things to do for less than $21, all aimed at keeping the bottom line low and the fun factor high. 1. Springs Preserve. Forsake the fake pyramid and fake Statue of Liberty for a power walk through the real Vegas: 110 acres of pre-Bugsy Siegel desert. There are miles of cactus-filled trails, botanic gardens and a museum that pays tribute to the city's Mojave Desert roots. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
December 25, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
SAN LUIS OBISPO - Jake Devincenzi was thrilled to get his hands on Google's new Nexus 4 smartphone. He admired its sleek black case and large touch screen - and he couldn't wait to tear it apart. In a small room cluttered with discarded computer parts, Devincenzi picked up a blue plastic stylus and eased the tool into a seam on the side of the phone as three co-workers watched. Minutes later, a pop. The tear-down had begun. "We're in," he said, and grinned. Each time Devincenzi plucked a part from the Nexus 4, he took a high-resolution photo and posted it online.
October 22, 1993
Jenna Hubbard, 8, of Colfax, Wis., plays "Hungry, Hungry Hippos" game at the trade show. Makers and owners of video games, pinball machines, kiddie rides, compact-disc jukeboxes and other coin-operated amusements are holding their annual meeting this week at the Anaheim Convention Center. This is the 40th year of the convention, which is organized by the Amusement & Music Operators Assn., based in Chicago. New this year: several virtual reality games.
May 26, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
As CD sales have declined, bands have turned to something that was once relegated to the back of the auditorium next to the beer and hot dogs: merchandise. It's not just T-shirts. These days, band "merch" includes a host of sometimes bizarre items including dolls, toothbrushes, pinball machines and sunglasses. With major artists such as Madonna and Dr. Dre leading the way — Madonna with her H&M limited-edition clothing line and Dr. Dre with his Beats headphones — dozens of lesser-known bands have found lucre in selling things other than music.
September 21, 1993 | MIMI KO
The City Council has renewed entertainment permits for two businesses that had been monitored by police for several months. Police reviewed four calls for service at B & E Saloon between May and September and five calls at La Habra 300 Bowl between June and September and recommended that the entertainment permits for both establishments be renewed.
September 30, 1995 | KAY HWANGBO
The Hard Rock Cafe was granted a conditional use permit this week by the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission to serve liquor at its new restaurant under construction at Universal CityWalk. Members of the Studio City Residents Assn. and the Cahuenga Pass Property Owners Assn. spoke at the hearing Wednesday against issuance of the county permit, saying there already are too many CityWalk establishments that have liquor permits.
June 20, 1997
It's a Taj Mahal for teens, a dream home away from home for Duarte youngsters. The doors officially open Saturday on the $1.2-million Duarte Teen Center, which has everything from a boxing ring to pinball machines to a computer lab. As city workers completed the final touches on the social and recreation center this week, high school students began checking out the 6,640-square-foot facility's weight room, game room and lounge.
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