This Weekend: Cinema Food Fest, Topanga Days, Greek Fest, Wine Fest, E-Waste, Memorial Day Parade, Fabio, Poker Tourney, Music Fest and more!

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COMPILED BY KAREN YOUNG Outdoor Cinema Food Fest: The  Outdoor Cinema Food Fest summer event series kicks off this Saturday with a screening of "Something About Mary." This series features gourmet food trucks and free movies every Saturday this … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Hot Tuna, Steady As She Goes

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BY BILL BENTLEY Hot Tuna, Steady As She Goes, Red House Records When you wait 20 years between studio albums, you better blast out of the gate with plenty of gusto, have some great new songs and sound like you are ready to conquer the world. … [Read more...]

THIS WEEKEND: Festivals Galore, Funny Biz and a Shopping Deal

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COMPILED BY KAREN YOUNG 2nd Annual Champsfest: It's CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts' own Coachella this Saturday from noon to midnight — 12 hours of music hosted by the school’s Internet radio station AER (Arts Entertainment Radio). … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Mark "Pocket" Goldberg, Off The Alleyway

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BY BILL BENTLEY Mark "Pocket" Goldberg, Off The Alleyway, MPG Records Some albums seem to defy description. They don't quite fit in any one category, no matter how much some might try to put them there. Mark "Pocket" Goldberg's alluring Off The … [Read more...]

Canoga Park Kicks Off 100th Anniversary with Monthly Art Walk, Food Trucks, Music and Photo Contest

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Sherman Way in Canoga Park circa 1930.

BY MY DAILY FIND STAFF Canoga Park is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, the city is hosting events throughout the year until the official anniversary on March 12, 2012. Kicking off tomorrow, May 19, is the  Canoga Park … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Semi-Twang, Wages of Sin

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BY BILL BENTLEY Semi-Twang, Wages Of Sin, ST Records In Milwaukee it's often said that there's a bar on every corner. And in those bars, most likely, a band will end up playing sooner or later. That's a lot of bands, so the city was known for a … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Brett Dennen, Lover Boy

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BY BILL BENTLEY Brett Dennen, Lover Boy, Dualtone Records There are a handful of young singer-songwriters now who feel like they're redefining the style, bringing fresh blood to it in a way which electrifies that crowd. Brett Dennen is one of the … [Read more...]

This Weekend and Beyond: Festivals, Food, Fundraising and Fashion

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COMPILED BY KAREN YOUNG LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS: It's USC over UCLA for this year's annual festival.  Make a trip to Trojan Land on Saturday and Sunday. For or all age lovers of books, this one is for you —140,000 attendees, 450+ … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Dengue Fever, Cannibal Courtship

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BY BILL BENTLEY Dengue Fever, Cannibal Courtship, Fantasy Records The sound of Dengue Fever is like an hallucination, spurred on after spending a week riding the city buses around Los Angeles. Take all those audio elements, throw them in a blender, … [Read more...]

Bentley's Bandstand: Paul Simon, So Beautiful or So What

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BY BILL BENTLEY Paul Simon, So Beautiful Or So What, Hear Music By now, Paul Simon has proven everything one person needs to prove. He has written songs that will live forever, made recordings likely never to be equaled, and shown a creativity that … [Read more...]