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The Last Jimmy: A Hip-Hop Musical

10 Great Free Things to Do in L.A. This Week

Michelle Alexander's book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness inspired Karl "Dice Raw" Jenkins' 2013 album, Jimmy's Back, which evolved into The Last Jimmy: A Hip-Hop Musical. Choreographed by Rennie Harris and directed by Ozzie Jones, the show is about the intersection of private profit......
The Last Jimmy: A Hip-Hop Musical

10 Great Free Things to Do in L.A. This Week

Michelle Alexander's book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness inspired Karl "Dice Raw" Jenkins' 2013 album, Jimmy's Back, which evolved into The Last Jimmy: A Hip-Hop Musical. Choreographed by Rennie Harris and directed by Ozzie Jones, the show is about the intersection of private profit......
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Henry Rollins: Snapshots From a Lifetime of Collecting Singles

[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Sunday KCRW broadcast.] As much as I enjoy listening to music, I like searching for it almost as much. The Internet has brought a lot......
Magic Gate co-founders Todd “Too $hort” Shaw and Monica Payne.; Credit: Photo by Rebecca Haithcoat

Inside the Magic Gate, Too $hort's High-Tech Production House

Todd “Too $hort” Shaw is sitting beside his partner Monica Payne, a powerhouse with a pixie cut, in the belly of their brand-new baby — a 5,000-square-foot digital production facility in Studio City called the Magic Gate. Dave Hampton, who renovated Prince’s Paisley Park, designed the space, which the couple......
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The Music Editor's Goodbye

Some sad news: Today is my last day as L.A. Weekly music editor. Ok, so for some of you that's terrific news. Nonetheless, I am horribly sad about the whole thing and will miss everyone terribly. I'm leaving to embark on a project that's not ready for prime time, but......

Why is My Obscure, Vinyl-Only Band So Obscure?

Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to......
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