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January 17, 1992 | DENNIS ROMERO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"DANGER ACID." "Lunatic." "hip hop * underground * life." The signs on the wall do tell: This is no office-proper for an L.A. magazine publisher. There's no secretary, coffee maker, fancy framed art or even carpeting. "This place is raw," says Raymond Leon Roker, satisfied. "A raw warehouse." It's perfect.
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January 17, 1992 | DENNIS ROMERO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"DANGER ACID." "Lunatic." "hip hop * underground * life." The signs on the wall do tell: This is no office-proper for an L.A. magazine publisher. There's no secretary, coffee maker, fancy framed art or even carpeting. "This place is raw," says Raymond Leon Roker, satisfied. "A raw warehouse." It's perfect.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 1997 | HEIDI SIEGMUND CUDA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Say goodbye to your eardrums and equilibrium, and so long to any semblance of clubland ennui, because it's time to dive into Science, an empirically electric dance club schooling its students in drum-and-bass theory. Science, which takes place at the Pink in Santa Monica every Sunday night, isn't for the rave of heart. It's a lean and loud pulsating machine, with promoters intentionally keeping the small club very dark, offering no distracting light shows or swirling video screens.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 1996 | DENNIS ROMERO
Dance music is an American stepchild, created stateside yet cast aside in a sea of culture, only to wash back ashore. However spaced out and alien modern dance music has become for many Americans, it indeed comes back to its roots--U.S. urban culture. It took an Englishman, two turntables and a microphone to prove that point Saturday night at the Glass House in Pomona.
NEWS
July 7, 2005 | Heidi Siegmund Cuda, with Steve Baltin
An empire that keeps growing If the success of Adolfo Suaya is any indication, good prices and value can build an empire. It all started in 1986 with the Gaucho Grill on Sunset Boulevard, where Suaya served up fab food at fair prices. He now owns eight Gaucho Grills and a real estate company, and his stake in Hollywood nightlife keeps growing. Among his ventures: Dolce, Geisha House and the upcoming Bella, an Italian-themed spot set to open next month near Hollywood and Las Palmas.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 1997 | HEIDI SIEMUND CUDA
President Clinton was in the house at Billboard Live on Monday night (we know this because the Secret Service would not allow anyone to use the handy Bank of America ATM on the Sunset Strip--the most popular one in the area). The rumor was that U2 was going to perform but it didn't pan out. Instead, the president himself played sax with a jazz trio. . . . There's just something cool about rock stars making the scene, i.e., it usually means there's a scene to be made.
NEWS
January 16, 2003 | Justin Hampton, Special to The Times
Before there's creativity, there's energy. It can be frozen on a canvas, displayed on a stage or expended upon a dance floor. These expressions of energy traditionally have been mutually exclusive, but leave it to a few nightclub refugees with something to prove to attempt a little cultural fusion. That's what Christian Manchester and Robert Diaz have done in creating the downtown L.A. art space Club Mobius.
NEWS
January 1, 1997 | D. JAMES ROMERO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When England's Mixmag, the world's largest club culture magazine, did a special issue on "International Clubbing" in 1996, L.A. was not mentioned. Why? No one has created a noteworthy dance club space in more than a decade. City laws make it difficult to put together a legitimate dance venue. And clubs cater to the whim of a film industry more concerned with the guest list than the playlist. L.A. does have dance music leaders--record labels (Quango, Moonshine), media (Groove Radio, 103.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2002 | Geoff Boucher
It's been a long, glum summer for the Southern California rave scene, and the party won't get any happier this week as a grim anniversary arrives. Three years ago Wednesday, five young people died on a Sunday morning when their car plunged over a steep embankment on Angeles Crest Highway about 35 miles northeast of La Canada Flintridge.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 1996 | DENNIS ROMERO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a world of rock superpowers, Jason Bentley is a diplomat of dance music. In the last five years, Bentley has risen from underground clubs and the dusty consoles of college radio to become a golden boy of bootie-shaking sounds. With a jazzman's radio voice, the 25-year-old transmits tunes that are urbane and sophisticated. Whether's it's Goldie's mystic break-beats or a downbeat Ruby remix, Bentley, a boy-next-door-type with an affinity for Adidas, celebrates dance music for the cerebral.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2001 | HESEON PARK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The word is out, finally, on the underground scene at Firecracker in Chinatown, a spirited tribal gathering that transcends genre or trends. Once a strictly word-of-mouth gathering at the Grand Star lounge in old Chinatown, Firecracker is a revolution of sorts in a city rife with clubs built on image and attitude.
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