Francisco Real killed people. He smuggled illegal immigrants. He sold drugs and collected taxes for the Mexican Mafia. He ran a gang and family criminal enterprise that made his street in Glassell Park one of the most dangerous in Los Angeles. But L.A. being the city of reinvention, last week...
Now in its sixth year, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride turns the Old Zoo area of Griffith Park into a scare fest you're unlikely to forget. The hayride itself is a 25-minute jaunt through devilish scenes; the attraction will include encounters with massive hydras, a larger-than-death Grim Reaper and even Cerberus, the hellhound that guards the underworld. The In-Between (Dark Maze), where you must fumble through a blackout labyrinth, is back, too. After drawing 50,000 folks per season, Haunted Hayride is expanding. This year, the fright fest includes two new areas: an interactive walking tour, where guests set the scenes into motion, plus an apocalyptic journey through Pestilence, War, Famine and Death. They've also added a Theatre Macabre, with interactive shows that bring classic horror movie scenes to the stage, as well as Blood Drums, the spooky, October incarnation of Street Drum Corps. Still not enough? Jack's Carving Shack's offers pumpkin-mutilating competitions. 4730 Crystal Springs Ave., Griffith Park; Oct. 3-31, Thu. & Sun. and Wed., Oct. 29, 7-10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 7 p.m.-mid.; $30 (Hayride and Purgatory), $42 (all-attraction pass), VIP passes and season tickets available. losangeleshauntedhayride.com.More
Our sense of smell is incredibly powerful — it triggers memories, captures emotions and is key to our experience of food. Smell is what brings tastes beyond the standard — sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami — and into the realm of complexity. That's why the Institute for Art and Olfaction has partnered with Castle Gourmet for Stop and Smell Your Dinner, a four-course tasting menu with scent pairings. Says chef Anne Lee of the all-vegan menu: "This is our favorite time of year, where late summer and early fall flavors are both readily available, and I am taking full advantage of that fact!" In its most recent iteration, the menu featured edible flowers, lavender ice cream and burnt mushroom dust. Hosted by drag performer and Pop tArt Gallery owner Phyllis Navidad and taking place in experimental restaurant/art space Thank You for Coming, this promises to be one event where perfume won't take away from the dining experience. Instead, integrated into the menu, it will enhance and play with the flavors of the food. Now that smells good. Thank You for Coming, 3416 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village; Fri., Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.; $65. (323) 648-2666, thankyouforcoming.la.More
The celebrated contemporary choreographer Garth Fagan gets help from the equally celebrated trumpeter Wynton Marsalis whose music provides the soundtrack for Lighthouse/Lightning Rod. Fagan’s new work receives it West Coast premiere in four performances.More
In After It Happened, nine dancers, two musicians and a raft of blue trash bags mourn the trauma and celebrate the resilience of a community grappling with their upended world following a natural disaster. Choreographer Laura Karlin takes a page from the percussive performance group Stomp to showcase the transformational theatrical possibilities of commonplace objects, in this case blue trash bags. Tickets at 424-229-2141 or www.invertigodance.org/aih.More
When it comes to the life of Bruce Haack, separating truth from fiction is not easy. The groundbreaking electronic music composer and inventor is said to have taught himself to play piano by age 3. By 8, he apparently was escaping his abusive mother's wrath by sneaking off to Indian...
Visual allure often isn't a virtue we value when chasing obscure flavors in L.A.'s international neighborhoods. In fact, adventurous diners tend to appreciate the opposite: The grungier the location, the more accomplished we feel for having sought it out. Looks be damned — let the fireworks happen on the flavor...
The Los Angeles art world has been saying a collective "hallelujah" since the arrival in January of Philippe Vergne as MOCA's new director. Although some East Coast commentators condemned the appointment — citing in particular a budget crisis scandal in which Vergne resorted to selling off a number of works...
An undefeated middle-weight from Kazakhstan, boxer Triple G smiles a lot and looks relatively naive even when he's destroying an opponent. In artist Cyril Kuhn's portrait of him, he's even more big-eyed and endearing than in real life. It's hard to tear your eyes away. Kuhn's new show at Jancar, called "Mirrored Face-Off," is full of paintings like this, which turn public figures and pop stars (Hillary Clinton and Madonna also make appearances) into vulnerable characters in some alien fantasy. 961 Chung King Road, Chinatown; through Oct. 4. (213) 625-2522, jancargallery.com.More
Claressinka Anderson and Sonny Ruscha Granade co-curate the newest exhibition and integrated pop-up shop at the Underground Museum, a rather new, utterly experimental, independent exhibition space in what could be thought of as the far east end of Culver City's gallery district. (It's technically Arlington Heights.) "My Self Is an Other" gathers together five contemporary artists for a painting-centric group show that's self-absorbed by design, as each artist takes on a facet of existential philosophy examining where "me" ends and "you" and "everyone else" begin. Alexandra Grant deploys words and social/psychological theory as both composition and content and frequently collaborates with writers (including in her new book with Keanu Reeves). Collaboration and collective authorship also are themes for Kendell Carter, whose woven painting is an unfinished work to be physically completed by the involvement of the other artists in the show. Dennis Koch makes finely constructed drawings that reflect his interest in theoretical math and physics. April Street's sculpturally manipulated and painted hosiery works take a more directly feminist point of view. And finally, painter Rives Granade builds up layered images, re-creating the gradual distortions that accrue in public image and private memory, addressing the chasm of perception between the mind and the world. The curators also take over the store space with a thematic pop-up offering work by artists including FriendsWithYou, Francesca Gabbiani, Matt Merkel Hess, Jow, Polite Society Paper, Robert Minervini, Fay Ray and Eddie Ruscha. So if you're not quite up to finding yourself just yet, you can fill the void with shopping. The Underground Museum, 3508 W. Washington Blvd., Arlington Heights; Sat., Oct. 4, 6-9 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues Wed.-Sat., noon-6 p.m., through Nov. 22. (323) 989-9925, theunderground-museum.com.More
For a lot of reasons that probably have to do with shareholder value maximization, this is an era in which mainstream cinema has been eclipsed by excellent television. You could argue that the people who make TV tend to be more interesting and complicated than those who make films. This...
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It was a twisted-sister ride on the road to becoming a clothing designer
for Jeffrey Sebelia, whose line Cosa Nostra is infused with rebel wit and messed-up
elegance a glamorously decadent rock & roll spirit. Oh, he was always interested
in fashion. In awe, really. He even learned to sew when he was a tyke after his
parents split up and he was dividing time between Pasadena, where he was born,
and New York and Alabama.
I was a 9-year-old with no friends. My grandmother in Monrovia would take care of me, and the sweet old lady who lived next door taught me to sew. I would make bags, almost like little treasure bags for coins and things, and sweaters and jackets with her.
But then he discovered punk rock the 80s made me everything I am and Sebelia started learning guitar. And like any righteous punker kid, he tricked out his clothes with patches, spray paint and some judicious scissor work.
Next thing you know, its the early 90s and hes the bass player for the heavy power-pop trio Lifter, who had an indie hit with 402. The song led to the band getting signed by Interscope in that frenzied time of the Silver Lake scene, when Beck, Extra Fancy, Possum Dixon and the Geraldine Fibbers were scoring major-label deals.
But rock god-dom was not to be, although they gave it a heck of a try for five years. It was fun but theres nothing worse than three guys in a van circling the country, just hoping to make it big and everyone telling you that youre going to be huge and then at the end of the day realizing that it doesnt matter to them whether youre huge or not. Youre a tax write-off.
Still, all that driving around did give Sebelia plenty of time to sit in the back and read fashion mags a pastime not shared by his very macho bandmates.
Fast-forward through six years of him doing art direction and production design for music videos, and we find Sebelia burned out. He decided to investigate what fashion was all about, enrolling in L.A. Trade Tech to see if he still liked to sew.
I loved it. More than music and more than any other design I have ever done.
After two semesters at Trade Tech, he won a contest in fall 2002 to be in a fashion show and started making samples reconstructed leather, fur and denim coats. He partnered up with stylist Michel Berandi the two were part of Gen Arts The New Garde show in April 2004 who co-designed the line until last fall (they were briefly joined by Nashville Pussy bassist Corey Parks, who was designing her own line, for a few months in the beginning).
He and Berandi showed the samples to a friend who got the pieces into Fred Segal, where all sold as one-of-a-kinds. A business was born. Two, you could say.
While dropping off an order of womens pieces at Fred Segal, the mens buyer caught up with Sebelia who was then working out of his living room in Highland Park and asked if he had any menswear. I didnt, but I said, Oh, yes, but its all out. Two weeks later, he did. Production work was boot camp for doing anything. The line, now manufactured in a downtown Garment District studio with six employees, is evenly split between mens and womens, and he makes some footwear and jewelry.
Sebelia exudes a kind of Cali-cool dudeness, complete with post-ironic shag and an armful of tats (which his mom has been known to airbrush out of the family Christmas photos), but he radiates in an understated way, of course when recounting a phone call he got from a salesperson at Maxfield: John Galliano, his biggest design inspiration, had just bought one of his jackets. It made me really feel good.
So why the name Cosa Nostra? It came from one of my favorite albums by Johnny Thunders The Cosa Nostra World Tour. And from knowing my sordid family history and background with Jewish-Italian crazy fuckers on the East Coast. It means this thing of ours in Italian. At the time, there wasnt a lot of this crazy reconstructed stuff happening. I felt like I was doing that frame of mind for fashion. It was rock, it was Johnny Thunders, it was a little fucked up and it seemed to make sense.
Cosa Nostra is available at Maxfield, 8825 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood;
(310) 274-8800 or www.cosanostrainc.com.
Leah wears a leather jacket with knit trim and denim shorts (boots model's
own). Joshua is in a leather jacket with rabbit-fur lining, cotton velvet
pants, cotton tank top, and silver charm, dagger and skull necklaces.
Joshua wears a wool and leather trench coat with zipper trim, cotton
T-shirt with appliqué, denim pants, and silver skull and charm
Leah is in a wool-blend jacket with hand-painted lace ruffle, wool-blend
pants with custom patches and hand-stitched details, and a silver charm
necklace. Joshua wears a wool-blend jacket, vest and pants with custom
patches and hand-stitched details, and silk-rayon shirt.
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A mob-connected drug trafficker was living right under our noses in Beverly Hills, helping to stash kilos of cocaine, make deals with the Sinaloa drug cartel and move millions of dollars worth of drugs for the Rizzuto organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra. Those are the facts of the...
Leah wears a suede, lace silk and tulle dress with safety-pin details,
a tulle shawl, silk-and-tulle veil.
Leah is in a wool and tulle trenchcoat with silk lining, and leather
and cotton velvet motorcycle boots.
Leah is in a silk jacket with tulle overlay and collar button details,
wool and tulle skirt with vintage knit, a silver dagger necklace, and
leather and cotton velvet motorcycle boots.
Photographs by Michael Powers
Hair/makeup: Alma Anguiano (MK Artists)
Models: Leah Fitzgerald (Photogenics) and Joshua Lasater (Q)
Fur felt riding cap (on Leah, third photo), and velour fedora with grogram and feathers (on
Joshua, third photo); fur felt hat with quail feathers (on Joshua, first photo) all
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