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Sorry New York, California Is Just Better Now - Eater
So collectively, Los Angeles and the Bay Area project out into the world enlightened multiculturalism, casual confidence, quality born from exceptional farming, freethinking (dishes can taste of a specific village in Mexico or a chef’s tinkerings; if it truly hangs together both are okay!), luxury, and accessibility.
food  california  nyc  chicago  losangeles  sanfrancisco  oakland  cooking  restaurant  immigration 
12 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Karaoke industry may be facing the music -
For what was supposed to have been a flash in the pan, the karaoke phenomenon has had a long run. Musician Inoue Daisuke created the karaoke machine in 1971 using a car stereo, a coin box and an amplifier; the first karaoke "box" venue opened in 1984 in a converted freight car in a Japanese rice field.

The 1990s brought a surge in popularity for karaoke, which means "empty orchestra" in Japanese, not "tone-deaf" as urban legends have it.

"In the beginning, karaoke was kind of a gimmicky thing," said Peter Parker, publisher of Karaoke Scene Magazine. "But it's worked its way into all the cracks in the culture."
karaoke  music  drinking  losangeles  ritual  public  alcohol  entertainment  leisure  recession  publishing 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Monopoly mergers, or die? | Steve Greenberg
Would I buy and read the mega-paper? Yes, because I’m a life-long newspaper reader, but there are ever-fewer of us. Would I work for the mega-paper? Not sure… the employment picture at newspapers right now is somewhere between insecure and downright miserable.

Would William Dean Singleton come out well in a mega-paper? No doubt. Hey, there’s at least some good news for somebody in all this.
medianews  media  journalism  newspapers  california  business  losangeles  bayarea  sanfrancisco 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
John Guare: 'Writing is a blood sport' | Stage | The Guardian
It's something about the compression of Manhattan, a space less than five miles by three. All walkable. London is like LA, a series of villages spread over a vast area. Manhattan is the most democratic city because everyone is in the same boat."
london  losangeles  manhattan  nyc  cities  transit 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Pop music notes on the decade: Authenticity takes a holiday | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times
[...] I celebrate the return of glitter and weirdness and fakery in pop. It's opening up the doors to those who didn't fit more constrictive paradigms of authenticity: more women, more gay and lesbian faces, more multiracial and international voices. In general, it's making for a fuller reflection of life in our fragmented, hyper-accelerated time of struggle.

Pop today might seem like a big charade, but it's teasing out deeper truths. Authenticity's bound to make a comeback; after all, Brooks just came out of retirement (not that he doesn't have a showman's flair!) and Lilith Fair returns next spring. But after this decade, even the most sincere expressions of self will have to be multiple and complicated.

We've finally all learned the lesson of the disco prophet Sylvester: only by admitting that nothing is straightforward can we feel Mighty Real.
music  identity  beauty  pop  rock  creativity  writing  losangeles 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Imagine: L.A. bicyclists in the driver's seat, one day a week --
"It can be scary out there," admits cicLAvia's Adonia Lugo, a PhD anthropology candidate at UC Irvine studying bicycle culture in the Southland. "Los Angeles has a very strong bike culture, but I think the casual rider has the perception that this is a dangerous city for cycling."

"I think the best thing about a ciclovia is that it would give people a chance to try biking, without having to feel like they're risking their lives as soon as they leave the driveway," Lugo adds. "This would give people a safe space to travel around their neighborhoods without using a car."
losangeles  bicycling  transit  transportation  urban  cities  cars 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Kurt Vonnegut's 'Look at the Birdie' --
"Shameful days, shameful days," he murmured. "And to think that I was once a respected professional man."
fiction  shortstory  story  writing  losangeles  psychology  photography 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
David Byrne: New York State of Mind
What is it about certain cities and places that fosters specific attitudes? Am I imagining that this is the case? To what extent does the infrastructure of cities shape the lives, work, and sensibilities of their inhabitants? Quite significantly, I suspect. All this talk about bike lanes, ugly buildings, and density of population isn't just about those things, it's about what kinds of people those places turn us into. I don't think I'm imagining that people who move to L.A. from elsewhere inevitably lose a lot of that elsewhere and eventually end up creating L.A.-type work and being L.A.-type people. Do creative, social, and civic attitudes change depending on where we live? Yes, I think so.
cities  urban  newyork  losangeles  work  architecture  demography  bicycling 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
In Los Angeles, Mexican Songs Without Borders -
Narcocorridos make you feel good, Pablo had told me, at a Oaxacan restaurant in downtown Los Angeles over mole and horchata, a sugary rice drink. Pablo has a sweet tooth. He also has a taste for bitter, bloody narco songs.

It has nothing to do with dealing or using drugs yourself, he said. It’s the stories — of power and vengeance, of lust and betrayal — all to that happy beer-hall beat. If you’ve had a bad day at work, you’re sad, or lonely, a jolt of corrido picks you up.

When he hears them, Pablo said, “Oh man, I feel like I don’t give a damn,” using another word for damn. “I feel free.” He laughed.

Pablo’s not a drug dealer or user. He’s not even Mexican. He’s from El Salvador. He was right, I thought — people everywhere have been writing, singing and drawing consolation from desolate songs forever.
songwriting  mexico  losangeles  california  creativity  music  food  beer 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
L.A. buses, rail synced to Google Maps in new partnership [Updated] | L.A. Now | Los Angeles Times
“We have listened to our customers and have provided the Google transit planning resource they have requested,” MTA chief Art Leahy said in a statement. “As the third-largest transportation agency in the United States, it made perfect sense for us to join the Google phenomenon. We are extremely excited to now be a part of the most popular online mapping website in the world, and we have high hopes that a worldwide audience will now be able to more easily plan their Metro trips here in Los Angeles.”
transit  google  losangeles  california  technology  transportation  mobile  mapping 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
gary scott: More furloughs at MediaNews*
All LANG employees will be forced to take five days off between now and the end of September - those with vacation time will be able to collect vacation pay; those without will be forced to take an unpaid furlough.
medianews  work  jobs  losangeles  newspapers  media  journalism  business  corporations 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Online News Association
Registration is now free for Thursday night's ONA LA "Mobile Web: Anywhere, anytime -- but how?"
journalism  losangeles  from twitter
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Ann Powers: Kris Allen beats Adam Lambert. A shock? Nah. | Idol Tracker | Los Angeles Times
In terms of the music industry, he cuts a more contemporary figure than Lambert: Many stars now (specifically rock-oriented, male ones) tend to do better when they draw themselves to scale, offering songs that make fans feel warm and connected, not blown away.

Think Jack Johnson. Dave Matthews. Jason Mraz, who performed on the “Idol” finale. And on the country side, Keith Urban, with whom Allen did a spirited duet early in the show.

This approachable kind of pop figure is one that often naturally emerges from the “Idol” competition. David Cook, last year’s winner, is cut from this natural-fiber cloth. Performing “Permanent,” the song he has dedicated to the brother he recently lost to cancer, Cook epitomized what Allen will likely soon become — a crowd favorite, empathetic and touchable.
music  rock  criticism  writing  losangeles  public  men  songwriting 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
After newsroom layoff: It’s a mystery » Nieman Journalism Lab
"Google is the enemy of newspapers. Agree or disagree?" "Google doesn’t kill newspapers. People kill newspapers."
google  newspapers  media  novels  books  journalism  online  blogging  twitter  social  public  losangeles  writing  fiction 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Daggle: Behind The Scenes Of The Greg In Hollywood Launch
My good friend Greg Hernandez, a veteran Hollywood reporter, was laid off from his job at the Daily News last Monday. In the week since, it's a been an all-hands-on-deck rush to get him established on his new blog, now up at Greg In Hollywood. Below, a look at how it all came together, with a focus on the many details you have to consider when getting a new blog (or web site) up and running.
news  media  journalism  newspapers  losangeles  hollywood  blogging  howto  advice  seo  marketing  online  gay 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Los Angeles Times editor chats about cuts in his newsroom with predecessor who resisted them » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism
Q. And you’ve also said that currently, online revenue covers or could cover the cost of the newsroom alone at the L.A. Times.

Stanton: Mmhm. Just the payroll, not the expense of gathering the news, which is a whole other double-digit, large, million-dollar figure.

Q: So let me ask the devil’s advocate question, which is — and there are plenty of answers to this, of course — why not shut off the presses right now?

Stanton: For a number of reasons. One, in our case, you’d be walking away from hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue that you don’t have to— you know, why part with that until you have to? And that’s one of the strategies that we’re employing and I suspect a lot of others are, which is, we’ve got to slowly— we’ve got to hold on to the paper as long as humanly possible because it is the lifeblood that finances everything else.
journalism  media  losangeles  business  newspapers 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Waiting for death, alone and unafraid - Los Angeles Times
Sometimes he wonders if he is playing at being a tired old man or whether he actually is a tired old man.

Through the blur of his dozing, he hears muffled voices, the memory of the boys running from room to room, the happiest sound in the world. There was a time when he could hear Jeanne breathing beside him after she had died.
death  philosophy  psychology  health  medicine  losangeles  brain 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Seattle Named 'Most Wired' City by Forbes - PC World
Despite its reputation as a hotbed of tech, California didn't land a single city in the top 10. San Francisco came in at No. 11, a significant fall from last year's No. 4 ranking. While the City by the Bay is tops in broadband adoption -- a good indication of a Net-savvy citizenry -- it has relatively few Wi-Fi hotspots or companies providing high-speed Internet access, Forbes reports. San Diego, Los Angeles, and Sacramento were ranked No. 12, 13, and 19, respectively.
wifi  california  web  online  seattle  washingtonstate  sanfrancisco  sandiego  losangeles  sacramento 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
New York Times Economix Blog: New York, New York, America's Resilient City
[...] According to National Association of Realtors data, New York is the only city in the continental United States, outside of San Francisco Bay, where median sales prices remain north of $500,000. [...]

[...] This is not the first time that New York has weathered a downturn well. Between 1950 and 2000, all but 2 of the 10 largest American cities lost 20 percent or more of their populations. America’s older, colder cities were buffeted badly by an exodus of manufacturing jobs, suburbanization and the move to the Sun Belt. Some cities — Cleveland, Detroit and St. Louis — shrank to one-half or less of their former size. New York and Los Angeles were the two cities that grew. While Los Angeles had everything going for it — cars, sunshine, movie stars — New York, then as now, seemed to have everything going against it. [...]
newyork  nyc  nytimes  losangeles  realestate  housing  economics 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
California Media Collaborative: What a Tribune Company bankruptcy could mean for California
Singleton's approach -- which is to buy up newspapers in a single market area, and then share reporters, editing staff, office space, and other costs -- may be the only new potentially viable business model to have emerged from the catastrophic restructuring that the media industry is currently undergoing. This approach does not guarantee journalistic quality -- but it does offer strategy, albeit a despressing one, for how to cut costs.

What's significant is that 29 of Singleton's daily newspapers are in Northern California,and only 16 are in Southern California -- where the majority of Californians live.

Bringing together the LA Times, the San Diego Union Tribune and the Orange County Register would, in effect, replicate in Southern California Singleton's organizational structure in Northern California, but on a more ambitious scale than anything he has thus far attempted.
newspapers  media  news  medianews  california  business  corporations  losangeles  sandiego  bayarea 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Greetings from the energized GOP base - Los Angeles Times
"That family is so American. The pregnant daughter, the baby with Down syndrome, the husband who doesn't have as big a career as his wife." "The boyfriend with the embarrassing MySpace page. That's real life! Go Sarah Barracuda!"
palin  republicans  elections  campaigns  usa  politics  family  social  losangeles 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
LA Weekly - News - Singleton's "Small-Town L.A." Papers Nosedive - Mark Cromer - The Essential Online Resource for Los Angeles
"Journalists were screwed the minute Singleton was allowed to buy nearly every paper within a hundred miles and start squeezing the life out of them.”
medianews  losangeles  newspapers  media  journalism  suburbia  business  corporations 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Raconteurs mess with biz formula -- for the better? - Los Angeles Times
"A commenter on who goes by the name 'SuperUnison' had a cute name for critics: 'the context mafia.' That's one family I'm proud to join."
context  writing  criticism  music  rock  losangeles  corporations  business  marketing  information  blogging 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Read it and weep: the perilous fall of the Press-Telegram - Los Angeles Times
"Company founder, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive William Dean Singleton has left no doubt about what's important to him in what remains of U.S. daily journalism -- profit margins."
medianews  media  journalism  california  losangeles  business  corporations  newspapers 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: They've Got Those Mekong Blues Again
"The underground people are getting hip to world music, and the world music side is getting hip to how you don’t have to have a dreadlock wig and Guatemalan pants to be cool."
music  cambodia  asia  rock  losangeles  identity  aesthetics 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Los Angeles Editor Ousted After Resisting Job Cuts - New York Times
"Newspapers generally have been cutting staff in recent years, especially those in California, which have been hit hard by the downturn in real estate and, in turn, real estate advertising."
newspapers  media  journalism  news  losangeles  california  corporations  business  jobs  work  realestate 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
'The Long Embrace' by Judith Freeman - Los Angeles Times
"I kept the long list of Chandler addresses taped to the wall next to my desk where I could see it every day ... The list read like a plainsong of wandering, the liturgy of a long search for a home."
writing  fiction  biography  losangeles  novels  reviews  books 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
It's 'Dudamelmania' as classical music's future shifts to a new class - CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK - Los Angeles Times -
"The breaking down of the class structure of classical music will be messy. But art is messy anyway. And look at the alternative."
classical  music  losangeles  venezuela  beauty  identity  aesthetics  class  art 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge From the Author - Jonathan Selwood - Lessons from a Hollywood Youth
"The world is going to hell around you, but then again, the world is always going to hell around you when you live in Hollywood — earthquakes, wildfires, mudslides, Paris Hilton. You might as well break out the wine."
wine  celebrity  hollywood  youth  losangeles  california  earthquake  fire  identity 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
LA Observed: Goldstein's killed column
"[T]he piece was spiked on high after sailing through the desk. The banned column fell into our hands and runs in full after the jump [...]"
marketing  media  music  prince  publishing  newspapers  business  writing  losangeles 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Bloggers take aim at city governments -- and hit home - Los Angeles Times
"We want our words to stand on our own, and with anonymity, the only way someone can judge us is by what we write. If we send an e-mail to an elected official, the odds are we won't get a response."
blogging  anonymity  politics  losangeles  newspapers  community  online  activism 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Black isn't enough - Los Angeles Times
"The problem isn't that black people are voting for black candidates, it's that they don't hold their representatives accountable."
losangeles  politics  race  black  latino  government  voting  california 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
I don't care about Antonio's breakup - Los Angeles Times
"When it comes to politicians, it seems there's another dimension. [...] Does it tell you anything about the person as an elected official, as a guardian of the public trust?"
marriage  politics  losangeles  california  attention  reputation 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Some younger U.S. Muslims say suicide bombings could be justified - Los Angeles Times
"[N]ative-born African American Muslims, who make up about 20% of the Muslim community [...] are the most disillusioned [...] tending to be more skeptical of the view that hard work pays off and less satisfied with the way things are going [...]"
islam  black  race  usa  polls  religion  losangeles 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Adventures in Dreamland - New York Times
"[I]ts ubiquity on screen creates a strange sense of familiarity [...] juxtaposed in ways forbidden by traffic and geography, and and framed and filtered by more evocative lenses than the ones on my glasses."
losangeles  california  travel  aesthetics  identity  geography  cities  leisure  traffic  television  film  cinema 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (
"Using a wide variety of contemporary musical styles, the show follows the life of Viveca Stanton, a well-adjusted child in 1963 Los Angeles."
theater  black  losangeles  music  fiction 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Starbucks Nation - Los Angeles Times
"In an odd and, I grant, surreal way, Starbucks may be one of the last remaining venues where Americans of different views can fraternize peaceably, united in their jonesing for caffeine. Put that in a memo."
caffeine  marketing  coffee  business  corporations  identity  food  beverages  losangeles  seattle  culture 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
AP Wire | 03/02/2007 | Country music back on L.A. and S.F. radio
"But while country radio does well in large cities of the South and Midwest and even areas of the Northeast, it has struggled in some of the largest urban centers - no big surprise [...]"
identity  music  country  rural  white  losangeles  sanfrancisco  california  radio 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
PopMatters Music Feature | Meet Stew, the Best Songwriter in America, and His Negro Problem
"One: Stew is the finest songwriter in the United States of America. Two: he will never break through to a wider audience."
songwriting  losangeles 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
LA Weekly: Shades of Brown
"Everyone here interfaces daily with Latinos, speaks some form of Spanish, and knows Mexican culture and cuisine. In effect, everyone in L.A. is Latino. Does your morning paper feel like it’s at all cognizant of this?"
race  ethnicity  black  white  latino  losangeles  california  newspapers  journalism  media  spanish  identity  immigration  mexico 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: HIGH BLACK ARREST RATE RAISES CALL FOR INQUIRY / Range of explanations offered by experts, officials for S.F.'s disparity with other cities
"Today San Francisco, which is 7.8 percent African American, has the second smallest proportion of black people among the state's eight biggest cities. San Jose, with 3.5 percent, has the smallest, and Oakland, with almost 36 percent, has the largest."
cities  black  demography  police  prisons  drugs  politics  sanfrancisco  sanjose  oakland  losangeles 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
LADN: U.S. Jews at home in politics
"There is just such a passion for being in the game, in the process. Jewish life thrives in societies where democracies work, and that is why there is such a heavy buy-in into the American political process."
judaism  losangeles  california  religion  politics  congress  democrats  republicans  gop  usa 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge Clues to family drama's Jewish roots finally add up in 'Numb3rs'
"You can't have the three of us in a frame together, looking the way we do, and not think we're Jewish. It would be just like having the proverbial white elephant in the room."
judaism  television  families  parenting  religion  mathematics  aesthetics  identity  losangeles 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: A Post-9/11 Identity Shift
"I have a few deferred dreams of my own, like learning to fly, or buying a rifle to go deer hunting with friends. But I can't do either of those things without worrying about being reported to authorities. Non-Muslims can do those things. We can't."
identity  islam  usa  california  aesthetics  september11  public  social  religion  losangeles  palestine  ethnicity  immigration 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Come October, Baby Will Make 300 Million or So
"The 300 millionth will be a Mexican Latino in Los Angeles County, with parents who speak Spanish at home and with siblings who are bilingual."
population  statistics  demography  usa  latinos  latino  losangeles  white 
january 2006 by allaboutgeorge
LADN: English bypassed in L.A.: Koreans learning Spanish
"In California, Spanish is more important than English. I haven't found any inconvenience because I don't speak English. ... If you can speak Spanish, you can drive, employers can have clients, you can order in restaurants, you can do anything."
spanish  asian  losangeles  language  english  california  work  jobs  ethnicity  immigration  latino 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
LADN: $70,000 Just to Get By
"For me, man, it's definitely week to week. "All the luxuries, extras, can wait. I can't go to the movies right now, and it's OK. If it came down to buying some school clothes for my son or paying the cable bill, I'd buy the clothes."
poverty  money  work  jobs  losangeles  california 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: Data Reveal Hard Truths for Islanders
"We are invisible unless we have the data that demonstrates the needs of this community. It takes the invisibility from us and identifies us as a group within America … with as much rights as anybody else."
identity  demography  california  asian  losangeles  ethnicity 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
'Constantine' : Heaven Sent? Not Exactly
"Balthazar (Gavin Rossdale) [...] hangs out in a conference room where he plays what could be a karaoke video for a John Ashcroft song -- soaring eagles and rippling flags in an endless loop." Rather well done, this bit
cinema  california  losangeles  politics 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge 'Constantine': To Hell With It, By Kurt Loder
"[A] colorful associate named Midnite (Djimon Hounsou), an inscrutable crime boss and voodoo adept whose purgatorial nightclub, the Tarot, is a neutral cocktail spot for off-duty half-angels and demi-demons alike." Magic negro apotheosis?
cinema  race  black  ethnicity  california  losangeles  religion 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: Straight to hell with you, naughty half-demons!
"He specializes in sending half-demons back to hell, but now he's noticing that full demons -- you know, the ones with tenure -- are crossing the line between hell and earth, in violation of a long-standing truce between God and Lucifer."
cinema  race  latino  ethnicity  california  losangeles 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Wired News: Constantine's Inferno: It Burns
"So when the demons begin raiding Los Angeles, Constantine becomes a one-man border patrol, tracking them down and sending them south." True. The movie was Lou Dobbsing all over the place.
cinema  race  latino  ethnicity  california  losangeles 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge
cityofsound: Los Angeles: Grand Theft Reality
An absolutely essential post about one of my favorite movies of '04 and a videogame I'll probably never play
aesthetics  losangeles  cities  identity  los  photography 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Ghost town
"If we can appreciate documentaries for their dramatic qualities, perhaps we can appreciate fictional films for their documentary revelations."
aesthetics  cinema  cities  class  history  losangeles  usa 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: A Handmaiden's Tale
''In my dictionary, fashion means moment. The women I know don't really wear fashion as much as they think they do. They wear clothes.''
aesthetics  fashion  losangeles 
november 2004 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: Everything must go
"Seven of these boomers turn 50 every minute. They're driving what builders and housing researchers expect to be the fastest growing trend in the housing market during the next decade — smaller homes with better amenities to lighten the load of chores."
aging  housing  losangeles 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: New Seal, Sans Cross, Offers Other Changes
"As far as we were concerned, they could have satisfied their legal obligation by simply removing the cross. But they went a step further and tried to devise a symbol that would really reflect the diversity of the county."
aesthetics  identity  losangeles 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: Rise and fall of the tell-all
"I suppose that confessional writing in some version or another will continue along in tandem with our taste for 'reality,' until we either get entirely bored or there isn't too much more to be confessional about."
losangeles  marketing  memory  writing 
august 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: No-Rush California
A. used to ask about this; we'd better do it while we still can
california  losangeles  oakland  trains  transportation 
august 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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