Hollywood Protest Targets Carnivores

Hollywood’s culture of indulgence comes with a price

Comments 2 The ticket increases at the Hollywood Bowl range from $1 to $9, while some tickets will stay the same price or decrease in price slightly. (Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times / July 25, 2013) Also By Seema Mehta October 8, 2013, 5:35 p.m. The price of many tickets to see the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl will increase for the 2014 season, according to a pricing plan approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The ticket increases range from $1 to $9, while some tickets will stay the same price or decrease by $1. Overall, the price changes are expected to bring in an additional $30,000 of revenue, which will be used to fund “increased production, labor, marketing, and artists’ costs,” according to a staff report prepared by the county Department of Parks and Recreation. Two county critics faulted the move, saying such ticket price increases are too common. “This should be accessible to ordinary residents,” Eric Preven testified. “We need to hold the line on some of these ticket prices.” Arnold Sachs questioned whether parking and food costs would increase in the future. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky , whose district includes the bowl, countered that the price increases were “de minimus,” and noted that there were still many low-cost ticket options. “It is still the people’s amphitheater,” he said. “There is no place [else] in the world where for $1 or $2 or $5 you can go hear one of the world’s great orchestras.” The ticket changes vary by section and event type, with the closest seats seeing the greatest increases. The most expensive tickets, in the pool circle and garden boxes during special events, are increasing $9 to $310.

rex on a rooftop. So many things compete for tourists’ attention on the boulevard. So who could blame most on the bustling pavement, just before lunchtime Monday, for barely registering the protesting vegans and vegetarians? They held signs featuring photos of animals in pairs: a kitten with a fluffy yellow chick, a puppy with a piglet. “Why love one but eat the other? Choose Vegetarian ,” the signs said. Popeye, in dirty white track pants, stumbled by, slurring something about spinach. The self-proclaimed Queen of Darkness in tiara, eye mask, black gown, black cape and elbow-length black lace gloves paused just long enough to lecture. “God made cows, deers, pigs, goats and lambs for food and lambs are for sacrifice,” she told the demonstrators in a tone that brooked no argument. Then she pointed to the blow-up puppy and said, “These guys are for pets.” The protest was organized by Mercy for Animals, whose dozen or so volunteers handed out pamphlets decrying the treatment of animals farmed for food. “All animals care about their lives,” the pamphlets said. “Meat is cruelty on your plate.” Nora Kramer, 37, who works for the group, brought her dog along. Kramer said she had been vegan for 15 years “ever since I found out how the animals were treated.” Daiya, she said, was a rescue dog, named after a “really delicious” brand of vegan cheese. “Eat cats!” shouted a tattooed young man in a tank top and shorts as he passed Kramer and her fellow protesters.

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And itas difficult to ignore evidence that Monteithas colleagues on Glee, including producers, had for some time been aware of his drug and alcohol dependency and continued to look the other way. So there remains a culture of tolerance in the entertainment industry. Itas one shared by a large chunk of the media, which on the one hand will treat the antics of a Charlie Sheen or Paris Hilton in train-wreck mode as a spectator sport or, on the other hand, will show surprising restraint in scrutinizing some of the more respected celebrities on the circuit. In 1992, Robert Downey Jr. confronted reporters in a Beverly Hills Hotel suite and declared that he was free of drugs. Maybe he was telling the truth at that time. Certainly, we wanted to believe him. Certainly, as well, his confident demeanour was far removed from the vacant-eyed young actor who had faced the media a few years previously. We were still giving him the benefit of the doubt three years later when he sat down with reporters to talk about his movie Restoration. Yet, he looked terrible, with an unhealthy pallor and bleary eyes. Slumped in his chair, he launched into a pointless spiel about being up half the night relooping lines from the movie. We wanted to take him at his word a he was pathetic in his eagerness to convince us he was fine. But a few months later, police stopped him for speeding on the Pacific Coast highway and found cocaine, heroin and a pistol in his car. Another downward spiral was underway a and this one almost destroyed him.