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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2010 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has argued for weeks that his acceptance of free tickets to concerts, awards shows and athletic events is not subject to state gift disclosure law because his attendance is part of his official duties. Yet beyond the thorny legal issues, Villaraigosa faces a political question: Can he drive a hard bargain with entities that do millions of dollars in business with the city if they are also giving him access to pricey entertainment? Villaraigosa has been spotted in a box behind home plate singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" with Frank McCourt, owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, at one of 15 games he says he attended free of charge since 2005.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
It turns out Elmo is more popular than Pitbull among staffers at the state Capitol. Companies that lobby state government have filed reports listing the gifts they gave state workers during the three months ending June 30 and, as usual, AT&T, is one of the biggest givers. Legislative staffers accepted 13 free tickets from AT&T to a concert by rapper Pitbull  at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. The tickets were worth nearly $2,000 But there was one show that was more popular.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. The first opportunity to buy tickets for three Eagles shows that will open the reinvigorated Forum in Inglewood in January begins Friday before they go on general sale on Sept. 28. Those who  register online  by Thursday for a “fan invitation” program will be eligible for an e-mail offer to buy tickets starting Friday.  Instructions state that “select fans will receive invitations by email to purchase tickets.” Those who buy tickets through the random selection process also will receive a commemorative poster from the shows.
NEWS
April 15, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Trois Mec, the new restaurant from chefs Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, opens Thursday in the space that was Raffallo's Pizza & Italian Foods (the sign's still there) in a strip mall on Melrose Avenue. And to get reservations? You'll have to buy nonrefundable tickets upfront online. People buy tickets for basketball games, movies and concerts. And "people buy a lot of things online before they get them," points out Lefebvre. So would you buy tickets for dinner? Here are a few of the dozens of comments from readers who responded to Sunday's L.A. Times story: Good idea.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2013 | By Susan King
Cinespia and the Los Angeles Historic Theater Foundation's screening Saturday of Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi classic "Blade Runner" at the Million Dollar Theater in downtown L.A. is currently sold out. But 200 additional tickets will go on sale Tuesday (March 1 9) at noon. There will be a limit of two tickets per person. The Million Dollar Theater, one of the first movie palaces built in the United States, opened in 1918. The venerable Broadway theater was one of the locations featured in "Blade Runner," which stars Harrison Ford.
NEWS
May 3, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Vegas Uncork'd , Bon Appétit magazine's four-day feast for the palate, returns to Las Vegas May 9-12 with a variety of food-related activities at various resorts along the Strip. Two dozen world-class chefs whose restaurants hold a combined 84 Michelin stars will participate. Although more than half of the 29 events are sold out, tickets are still available for several activities, including: Three Margarita Lunch with Border Grill's Mary Sue Milliken. The event, noon to 2p.m.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday (today) for singer Darius Rucker's October concert at the Red Rock Resort. Rucker has made a splash in country music since his days as the lead singer of pop band Hootie & the Blowfish . In 2008, Rucker's single, “Don't Think I Don't Think About It” soared to the top of the country charts, making him the first African American with a   No. 1 country song since Charley Pride in 1983. His latest album, last year's “True Believers,” reached No. 1 on Billboard's top country albums list.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
The jackpot for Wednesday night's Powerball drawing was at an estimated $425 million, sparking a dash to buy tickets in Southern California. Since California joined the game in April, lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said, enormous jackpots have become more common. About a month after California joined the $2 game, a Powerball jackpot climbed to about $600 million, setting a record for the game. Quiz: Test your knowledge of Powerball  The massive jackpot up for grabs Wednesday has been rolling since late June.
NEWS
July 18, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Coachella music fest without the food trucks, portable potties and camping? A mini version of the annual multi-day concert will feature British pop band Pulp, Sleigh Bells, Girl Talk and others aboard two Caribbean cruises in December. Cruises seem way too upscale for what's officially known as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which was born in the 1980s in Indio, Calif., as a gritty punk rock fest. Still, fans are faithful to the brand, and they may pony up to hear 20 bands during four-day cruises aboard the SS Coachella, a.k.a.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe
Los Angeles school police have sharply curtailed the number of tickets issued for truancy to L.A. Unified students by 93.7% over the last four years, reflecting a step back from punitive disciplinary practices, according to a new report . The report, by the Community Rights Campaign, an organizing effort to shift student disciplinary actions from police to schools and communities, also found that tickets for all offenses plunged by 54.8% from...
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