On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved ticket-price hikes for the venue, with the largest increases being $9 for some seats at special events and $6 for some seats at certain Saturday performances. The new prices are expected to go into effect at the start of the 2014 summer season, marking the second price increase in three years. CRITICS’ PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat The L.A. Philharmonic, which jointly manages the Bowl with the county, will raise ticket prices across multiple concert series. Saturday pops concerts will have the biggest hikes, with an overall increase of 4.6%. Ticket prices will rise by $6 for pool circle box seats and $5 for garden, terrace and side box seats. Tickets for Sunday world-night concerts and Wednesday jazz concerts will increase by about 3% overall, with prices rising $4 for pool circle box seats and $3 for garden, terrace and side box seats. Pops concerts on Friday and Sunday nights will have hikes of $5for pool circle box seats and $3 for garden, terrace and side box seats. Ticket prices for classical concerts on Tuesday and Thursday evenings will also go up, with pool circle box seats increasing $4 and garden, terrace and side box seats costing $3 more. Some bench seats will go up $1. Parking prices will remain unchanged.
Hollywood vandals deface Lennon star before birthday
View gallery A worker cleans John Lennons star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California on October 7, 2013, that was defaced with graffiti and other markings over the weekend (AFP Photo/Michael Thurston) October 7, 2013 4:54 PM Los Angeles (AFP) – Vandals scrawled graffiti on John Lennon’s sidewalk star on Hollywood’s storied Walk of Fame over the weekend, prompting an urgent clean-up days before fans gather for the Beatles icon’s birthday. The unidentified graffiti artist or artists scribbled a smiley face and various messages on the star, which is next to those of his Fab Four band mates outside the Capitol Records building in downtown Hollywood. Beatles fans are expected to hold an annual candle-lit vigil at the star on Wednesday, which would have been Lennon’s 73rd birthday, so officials wanted to clean it up straightaway. “Somebody came over the weekend — we think it was probably late Sunday — and graffitied the star,” Peter Bermont, manager of office services at the Capitol Records building, told AFP. “It’s John’s birthday on Wednesday, we want to make sure it looks nice and clean for it.” A spokeswoman for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which manages the Walk of Fame stars photographed by millions of tourists every year, said she got a Twitter message about the Lennon graffiti Sunday night. “Capitol Records started the cleanup, as it is in front of their property, and then our star maker finished up and sealed it, and it is ready to go,” spokeswoman Ana Martinez told AFP. “Too bad this person wasn’t caught and arrested,” she added. Celebrities Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama Wednesday announced plans to invite all Republican and Democratic lawmakers to the White House to talk about the bitter impasse which shut the government and could throw the United States into default. AFP21 mins ago Washington (AFP) – An outbreak of salmonella in raw chicken has sickened nearly 300 people in the United States, officials said Wednesday as consumer advocates warned the federal shutdown was hampering a government response. AFP