Morning Brief: L.A. Averts Further COVID-19 Shutdowns, For Now

Also Dodgers opening day, a lawyer’s alleged murder spree, and more

» Mayor Eric Garcetti says no additional businesses or activities will be shut back down this week. “We are not moving to red,” the mayor said, referring to a color-coded COVID-19 threat indicator, which has been hovering on orange in recent weeks.  [ABC 7]

» At last night’s home opener against the San Francisco Giants, newly signed Dodgers star Mookie Betts took a knee during the national anthem, as Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy rested their hands on his shoulders as a show of support. Members of teams across the league, including the Dodgers, were photographed wearing Black Lives Matter shirts during warmups yesterday. [Yahoo Sports

» Some Los Angeles County school districts may apply for a waiver that could allow them to open elementary schools for in-person instruction in the fall. While LAUSD appears to still be committed to online-only, some smaller districts within the county have not yet confirmed their plans. [KTLA]

» The LAPD is assessing how to make due with a reduced budget. Chief Moore has asked unit commanders to deliver proposals for reorganizations and cost-cutting. [Los Angeles Times]

» Two killings–one in New Jersey, one in the San Bernardino County community of Crestline–may be linked, the FBI says. Both deaths appear connected to a single suspect, “anti-feminist” activist and attorney Roy Den Hollander. [Los Angeles Times]


» Environmentalists Grapple with the Racist History of John Muir The Sierra Club attempts to address the ”deeply harmful” elements of its co-founder’s legacy

» Things to Do (Inside and Outside) in L.A. This Weekend Drive-in movies, drive-in concerts, and some things that don’t require a car

» The Best Things to Stream Right Now On our must-watch queue: We Are the Radical Monarchs, Amulet, and more


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25 Years Later, Showgirls Is Enjoying a Long Second Life as a Cult Classic

As a select few bad movies do, Showgirls went on to become a cult classic, screened and celebrated ad nauseum in the 25 years since it was released. The new documentary You Don’t Nomi explores how a panned movie about Vegas strippers became the ultimate “masterpiece of shit.”

“The following, and the cult and queer fandom that it has, basically allowed space for it to be revisited and reevaluated,” filmmaker Jeffrey McHale says. “People are tuning in and checking it out again. Maybe back in the day it was harder to digest the satire that I think Verhoeven was aiming to achieve, but people can step away and look at it a little more objectively now.”


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