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Who was Skid Row’s ‘Avant Guardian’?

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In the 1980s, Skid Row was still home to the poorest people in Los Angeles, but it also had a thriving avant garde theater scene. Actors like Tim Robbins, John Cusack, and Jeremy Piven got their start at the Wallenboyd, an experimental theater space at the corner of Wall and Boyd St., in the heart of Skid Row.
Another permanent fixture was Clyde Casey, a …

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Tacos, doughnuts, guns: At SXSW, bitcoins buy it all

You can buy guns, t-shirts, and other accessories at Central Texas Gunworks using bitcoin

It’s been a tumultuous month for the virtual currency bitcoin. Last week, Newsweek Magazine ran a cover story unmasking Bitcoin’s founder, Satoshi Nakamoto, only to have the subject of the article deny he’s the guy. And Mount Gox, formerly one of the largest bitcoin exchanges in the world, filed for US Bankruptcy Protection after losing millions of dollars worth of bitcoin.
Bitcoin is difficult to …

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#CouchXSW: How to enjoy the best of SXSW Interactive, without leaving home

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Bummed you’re missing the 21st Annual SXSW Interactive Festival this weekend? Don’t be. You can enjoy the best of what SXSW Interactive has to offer without getting up off the couch. So brew a fresh pot of coffee and prepare to be enlightened. When your friends get back from Austin next week, they’ll be jealous that you learned just as much as they did without having to …

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5 things we learned from Oscar expert Dave Karger and Elvis Mitchell on The Treatment

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Self-professed ‘Oscar nerd’ Dave Karger hosts Fandango FrontRunners, and serves as the official ‘Oscar expert’ for shows like Access Hollywood, E! and TODAY. This week on KCRW’s The Treatment, he and host Elvis Mitchell dish on the most interesting stories coming out of this year’s Academy Awards:

1. “Oscar-nominated” is not always synonymous with “good,” and vice versa.

Inside Llewyn Davis was a favorite among cinephiles …

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Is it time to get rid of ‘Pilot Season?’

Associate Producer, Marshall Boone works 20-hour days during pilot season.

This week, the big five broadcast networks will unveil their fall lineups to advertisers and press at the Upfronts in New York City, hosting star-studded presentations and lavish parties to lure advertisers and press.
The Upfronts also mark the end of pilot season, the frenetic time of year from January to April when the television industry churns out dozens of pilots, which are trial episodes …

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For filmmakers, getting into Sundance is exciting – and scary

Sundance kicked off today in Park City, Utah. Just getting into one of the world’s premiere film festivals is a big deal. This year, only 113 of more than 12,000 submissions were accepted. But for many independent filmmakers, the thrill of getting in quickly turns to panic.
Right after Thanksgiving, director Francesca Gregorini got a call from a programmer at Sundance, telling her her film, …

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