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August 10, 2009 | Juliette Funes
Amid a New Wave soundtrack, girls sporting side ponytails and neon, ruffled prom dresses walked into the parking lot of an old Circuit City on Sunset Boulevard on Saturday night in what amounted to a flashback to the '80s. The premises had been transformed into a "Pretty in Pink" prom-themed movie event and an impromptu homage to filmmaker John Hughes, the man who gave a voice to the teen generation of the 1980s and who died of a heart attack last week. The Hollywood "Almost Free" Outdoor Cinema screened the 1986 film, which explores love and the cruelty of high school cliques.
June 19, 2009 | Seema Mehta
A Kansas-based church known for celebrating at the funerals of American soldiers killed in combat plans to protest today at Fairfax Senior High School because the student body elected a gay male teen as its prom queen. Westboro Baptist Church, which has been named a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, says it plans to picket at the school between 12:15 and 1 p.m. Church members also will demonstrate outside a Jewish temple, community center and the Anti-Defamation League's headquarters in Los Angeles.
June 1, 2009 | Tony Barboza and Ari B. Bloomekatz
It was prom night and Jennifer Perla was wearing her beautiful purple dress. But she would never get a chance to show it off at the dance. The cheerleader from Taft High School in Woodland Hills died Saturday night in an accident on the 110 Freeway as she and a group of friends were heading to their prom at the California Science Center. Perla, 16, loved to dance and had been invited to the prom by a senior, said her brother, Mike Perla, 24, in a phone interview from the family's Encino home.
May 30, 2009 | CHRIS ERSKINE
"I'm going to Starbucks," Posh announces. "Want anything?" "No." "Sure?" The way to mess with Posh's head lately is to not want anything. She is so under the gun -- with prom, with graduation, with life -- that when you don't want anything from her, she gets very suspicious of your intentions. I assure you, my intentions are as suspect as the next guy's. But I try not to press it. "You sure you don't want anything?" she asks again. Like many mothers, Posh is a Starbucks aficionado.
May 28, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Sergio Garcia stood in the gymnasium and told the senior class at Fairfax High School not to worry: If he was elected, he wouldn't wear a dress. "I will be wearing a suit," Garcia said, "but don't be fooled, deep down inside, I am a queen!" Garcia, 18, spent most of his years at Fairfax openly gay and wanted to be part of the Los Angeles school's prom court -- but not as prom king.
May 10, 2009 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
Prom-goers might not be willing to break the bank for the formal, but many still plan to spend a sizable amount. That is, if swine flu doesn't get in their way, according to beauty information site A recent survey found that more than half of the female respondents intend to spend at least $300 on hair, makeup and a dress for prom. Most of the 73% of girls planning to get their hair styled said they would spend $50 or more. A quarter of respondents plan to pay for professional makeup application.
May 6, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez and Rong-Gong Lin II
Students at more than a dozen Southern California schools temporarily closed because of the swine flu outbreak will be allowed to return to class this week, after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday that the new flu strain does not appear to be unusually severe.
May 2, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
Years from now, 18-year-old Thomas Hickey wanted to remember this evening: for his black tuxedo with ivory touches, for the laughter of friends on their last big party together before graduation and for the applause and shouts of praise as he climbed onstage to be crowned prom king. Never for swine flu. But this week, the worldwide outbreak reached Lee V. Pollard High School and turned everything upside-down.
April 25, 2009 | Tiffany Hsu
Buddy, can you spare a tiara? The deep recession is taking some of the sparkle out of prom, the high school dance that has become an extravagant rite of passage. Out are $1,000 dresses and salon waxing treatments. In are consignment-store outfits and drugstore beauty kits. Kids are ditching rented limos for the family car, and even clambering aboard school buses in their formal wear -- hardly the dream coach that many had envisioned whisking them to their big night.
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