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July 5, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
This was the last year that BET staged its annual awards spectacle at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, where it'd been held since 2006, and Sunday's telecast lived up to its "Too big to miss" tagline. The three-hour-plus production saw the highly antcipated return of D'Angelo, over-the-top performances by Kanye West (and his G.O.O.D. Music clan), Nicki Minaj and an emotional tribute to the late Whitney Houston led by her mother, Cissy. Though not a ratings smash -- it drew 7.4 million viewers, down slightly from last year's 7.7 million --  next year's telecast could change that.
November 26, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
They call La Tienda the home of the "Utah Lottery," but the convenience store is in Idaho, in the border town of Franklin. And as Powerball's jackpot swells to a record $425 million, Utah residents hoping to strike it rich are fleeing their state's lottery ban for this ticket-selling store in droves. "This weekend we had four registers running, and they were going 15 or 20 [people] deep," said La Tienda owner K.C. Spackman, who guesses that 90% of his customers are from Utah and who sold a winning $1-million ticket to a Utah mother and daughter last year.
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.
September 18, 2009 | Michael Rothfeld
State officials who regulate boxing have used their positions to gain admission to big-ticket events for friends -- actor Sylvester Stallone among them -- relatives and other associates who sit ringside for free, records show. One member of the California State Athletic Commission directed state employees to obtain free passes for his wife and pastor. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who appointed all but one of the commissioners, attended an event gratis, as did one of his high-ranking aides.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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