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Bitter Lawyer delivers attorney comedy, new Web series

As a comedy nerd, I sometimes come across some very specialized comedy, and the example of that I'm enjoying today is Bitter Lawyer. It's a comedy site created by, well, bitter lawyers.

Bitter Lawyer just posted the first episode of their new Web series, "The Bottom Rung." It focuses on the lawyers who, rather than signing to a big law firm, end up graduating from law school and doing the grunt work of document review.

It gets into the weeds a bit of the experience of law school graduates, but its also relatable enough for anyone who's ever had an office job they didn't enjoy. The first episode also sets up a relationship story, so it's got elements of romantic comedy. Writer/producer Matt Ritter stars as Dave, opposite Jess Garvey as love interest Paige. You can read Ritter's story of leaving law and moving out to L.A. that ultimately inspired the series.

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Jackson Browne spikes the guacamole in Hermosa Beach concert

“How do you know?” shouted a fan at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse Theatre on Monday night as Jackson Browne swapped out one of the baker’s dozen acoustic guitars on stage for another. Browne was making the switch to accommodate a song request that someone else had shouted from the audience, and the questioning fan just wanted to know how he could tell so quickly which axe went with which song.

Well, Browne explained a bit mystically, “There are songs in the guitars.” Each one has a different sounds, a different feel, he said. The array allowed him to have a selection of different tunings at hand. And while he could retune on the fly and make a go of it with just a couple guitars, he admitted that he’s guilty of a materialistic pride of possession over his collection (there are many more at home) and wanted to “bring enough out that I win.” 

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Wu Man's Ancient Dances Will Bridge Chinese Centuries at Royce Hall

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“I haven’t seen other pieces like that,” says Wu Man of Ancient Dances, the suite that will be the centerpiece of her concert Saturday at UCLA’s Royce Hall

Normally we’re dubious about such declarations. And given Wu Man’s career and credentials, it’s hard to imagine there’s anything she hasn’t seen, musically speaking. She’s arguably the world’s leading virtuoso of the pipa, the mind-bogglingly demanding Chinese lute. She’s certainly the most famous and wide-ranging practitioner of the instrument. 

No one is even close, given her collaborations with composers and artists including Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Lou Harrison, Tan Dun, the Kronos Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, jazz innovator Henry Threadgill and English folk guitarist Martin Simpson, to name a handful. Her 2010 album Immeasurable Light, featuring Kronos, mixes original, very modern classical approaches with intensely-researched reconstructions of tunes dating form the 8th to 12th century, uncovered in caves in Western China. In contrast, her 2005 album Wu Man and Friends she applied her towering talents to music from Appalachia and Uganda -- and various points in between, whichever direction you would go to make that trip.

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Michael J. Fox really plays guitar, rocks Back to the Future's 'Johnny B. Goode'

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Michael J. Fox onstage at the 2011 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's event at The Waldorf-Astoria on November 12, 2011 in New York City.

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Michael J. Fox onstage at the 2011 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's event at The Waldorf-Astoria on November 12, 2011 in New York City.

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Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett onstage at the 2011 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's event at The Waldorf-Astoria on November 12, 2011 in New York City.

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Michael J. Fox onstage at the 2011 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's event at The Waldorf-Astoria on November 12, 2011 in New York City.


The Michael J. Fox Foundation held its annual fundraiser this weekend, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's. The highlight of this event: Michael J. Fox closing the show by playing "Johnny B. Goode," a la the scene from "Back To The Future" where Marty McFly inspires a young Chuck Berry through his guitar at the Enchantment Under The Sea dance.

Fox simulated playing guitar good enough to pass on camera in the original film, but apparently he does it for real now. Fox also rocked out with Joan Jett; at the 2008 event, he played with the Who.

Watch Fox lay it down below on what the Daily What points out was the 56th anniversary of when the dance takes place in the film:

Unlike the film, he doesn't deliver the vocals, and he experiences the curse of pretty much any event with a microphone — feedback.

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Street busker Chelsea Williams breaks out with 'Billionaire' in new Chevy commercial

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Chelsea Williams plays in Santa Monica, Sunday, April 4, 2010.

Have you watched TV recently? Well, then chances are high you may have noticed Miss Chelsea Williams, a singer featured in a new Chevrolet Cruze commercial singing the Travie McCoy/Bruno Mars song "Billionaire."

Turns out that she's an L.A. local, making her living for years playing on the streets at places like Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade and Universal CityWalk. She's managed to sell 75,000 CDs on her own through her less than traditional methods, after finding that she sold more and grew her fanbase more on the streets than in coffee houses or in clubs. She's performed four days a week around L.A. for years.

She's gotten attention from musicians and Hollywood stars; Crosby, Stills and Nash even sent her flowers when they saw her cover of "Helplessly Hoping" on YouTube.

Her songs have also started showing up on various television shows, and with the new commercial, she's getting some more featured face time. She also plays with a group, the Salty Suites.

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