LA Weekly

LA Weekly

Infobox_Newspaper
name = LA Weekly


type = Alternative weekly
format = Tabloid
foundation = 1978
owners = Village Voice Media
editor = Laurie Ochoa
publisher = Beth Sestanovich
headquarters = ???? Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA ?????
USA (LA Weekly moved to Culver City a few months ago)
circulation = 208,548 [cite web |url=http://aan.org/alternative/Aan/ViewCompany?oid=oid%3A44 |title=LA Weekly |accessdate=2007-02-23 |publisher=Association of Alternative Newsweeklies ]
ISSN =
website = [http://laweekly.com/ laweekly.com] |

"LA Weekly" is a free weekly tabloid-sized newspaper (a so-called "alternative weekly") in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1978 by Editor/Publisher Jay Levin and a board of directors that included actor-producer Michael Douglas. It is currently owned by Village Voice Media (formerly New Times Media), the parent company of other major weeklies such as the New York City's "Village Voice", San Francisco's "SF Weekly", and the "OC Weekly" of Orange County, California. It is distributed every Thursday.

According to their website, "LA Weekly has been the premier source for award-winning coverage of Los Angeles music, arts, film, theater, culture, concerts, [and] events." The LA Weekly also recognizes outstanding small theatre productions (99 seats or less) in Los Angeles, with their annual "LA Weekly Theater Awards", established in 1979. [ [http://www.tcg.org/publications/at/awards_listing.cfm?ID=5 Awards listing at TCG online] ]

A major source of financial support for the "LA Weekly", as for many alternative weeklies, is advertising by "adult" services, such as phone sex providers, escort services and other sex workers, and strip clubs.

Some of its most famous writers are Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold, classical music writer Alan Rich, and Nikki Finke, who covers the entertainment industry. It is also known for well-written film criticism: "The New York Times'" Manohla Dargis was the film editor at the "Weekly" before she moved first to the "The Los Angeles Times" and then "The New York Times"; while the "Weekly" retains articulate critics such as Ella Taylor. On November 19, 1992, it ran the cover story by Keith Fitzgerald entitled "Death Takes a Meeting."

In the Los Angeles market, "LA Weekly" competes against "LA Metromix" (a weekly newspaper published by the daily newspaper the Los Angeles Times and is produced by a crew that includes former "LA Weekly" staffers) and "LA CityBeat", a smaller alternative weekly newspaper owned by Southland Publishing, which also owns the "Pasadena Weekly" (helmed by veteran LA-area newsman Kevin Uhrich). "LA Weekly" remains a dominant force in the Los Angeles media market.

Starting in 2006, LA Weekly has hosted the LA Weekly Detour Music Festival every October. The entire block surrounding Los Angeles City Hall is closed off to accommodate the festival's three stages. The Detour Festival has been confirmed to return in 2008, but the lineup has yet to be announced. Attendance in 2007, was widely reported to be substantially less than it was in 2006. [ [http://www.laweekly.com/detour/ La Weekly Detour ] ]

References

External links

* [http://www.laweekly.com Official website]


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