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The House I Live In

Eugene Jarecki’s award-winning documentary, “The House I Live In,” is necessary viewing for anyone who mistakenly thinks continuing our disastrous War on Drugs, declared by Richard Nixon in 1971, is a good idea. The genius of this film is that it examines the toll our national folly and hypocrisy takes not only on entire communities...

To Protect and to Serve and to Text

Terminal 3 at LAX is where we go when booked on Alaska Airlines. We’re familiar with the terminal’s passenger screening area, where, last week, an angry white male drew a gun and began shooting TSA agents, killing one, wounding many others, and sending hundreds of terrified bystanders running for safety out of emergency exits and...

Why I Died

The solo performer Katie Rubin works in the theatrical comedy tradition of Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg, portraying multiple characters, often at the same time, in the same scene. In her new show, “Why I Died,” playing through November 23 in Hollywood’s Hudson Theater, Rubin applies her considerable acting chops to a confessional memoir of spiritual...

Money Well Spent

California’s overseers of worker’s compensation awards have determined that Lt. John Pike, the University of California cop who pepper-sprayed non-violent student protesters as they sat peaceably on the ground, is entitled to $38,000 from state taxpayers in light of the actual pain and acute stress suffered as a result of the incident. Seems Officer Pike got...

The Tomorrow Show

If you’re able to be awake and sentient at Midnight on Saturdays in Hollywood, you can experience the most wonderfully weird variety show in Los Angeles: “The Tomorrow Show.” Hosted by the incomparable Ron Lynch, a comic genius who Duke Ellington would have complimented with his highest praise “beyond category,” TTS is unpredictable — a fictional...

Poem: News from the Home Front

We learned this week that being the Governor of California requires extraordinary quotients of shamelessness. Jerry Brown is not embarrassed to be the Prison Industry’s boy in Sacramento, and so we should not be embarrassed to have elected him to lead us and protect us from druggies, who Brown prefers to leave behind bars, the...

Muzzle the Bums!

The government shutdown didn’t last long enough last week to stop a federal judge from overturning an Arizona anti-begging law. He said it was unconstitutional. He said it infringed on the “free speech” rights of beggars. Since when do beggars have rights? (We already know they don’t have choices, since beggars can’t be choosers.) The...

TJ and The TIMES

We still have a subscription to the Los Angeles Times. The print edition. Seven days a week. And we read it cover-to-cover. We’re old school that way. One of the abiding reasons to continue paying for something that can be enjoyed largely for free on the Interweb is to vote monetarily, to support some excellent writers whose...

Late Quartet

Despite being handicapped by a complete absence of CGI natural disasters, murderous firearms, or human bloodshed, the feature film “A Late Quartet” is surprisingly interesting. You could say it’s an adult film — about four adults (members of a world-famous string quartet) playing adult music (Beethoven, Shostakovich), grappling with adult concerns (mortality, fidelity, honesty). Writer-director Yaron...

Very Special Yoga People

Yoga People come from all walks of life, with a million different back stories and life journeys. Nonetheless, Yoga People generally share certain admirable and desirable traits: physical flexibility, mental mindfulness, and a spirit of focused discipline. They tend to possess a figurative openness of heart that mirrors the literal openness of their limbs spread...