Weekend shorts

  • Ian McKellen frenzy has reached $1,700 a seat for his appearance with the Royal Shakespeare Company in "King Lear" opening Friday at UCLA's Royce Hall. Top list price: $90.
  • Patterico catches the LAT's national politics blog in some weird, must-be-explained edits of a staff-written post about John Edwards' denial of an affair.
  • Steve Lopez devotes his Times column to downtown activist and blogger Brady Westwater, with pictures.
  • The old Rocketdyne test site in the Simi Hills west of Chatsworth will become state park land under a deal negotiated by the Schwarzenegger administration. EnviroReporter.com has more.
  • Judges extended a block on controversial new mandatory background checks at the Jet Propulsion Lab near Pasadena.
  • The L.A. Times is moving the listings content of Thursday's Weekend Calendar to a new tabloid section called The Guide and will resume publishing a regular-sized Calendar on Thursdays.
  • Westside Chronicle's demise is chronicled.
  • This year's Doo Dah Parade in Pasadena has been put off until next year — until Jan. 20.
  • Donna Barstow's cartoon Daily Special has been picked up by the Pasadena Weekly.

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