Late in 2013, I wrote an article outing Jon Carpenter, a prodigious filer of hundreds of lawsuits against small businesses in Los Angeles, as a convicted child molester who never did his prison time. In March, nearly four months after L.A. Weekly's story, the wheelchair-bound Carpenter traveled to Zurich, Switzerland...
Perfect for those looking to stock up for Burning Man, there's the famous Venice Love Shack. With its cool, eclectic, weird, artist-community-meets-thrift-store-meets-yoga-studio vibe that epitomizes Venice Beach, the Love Shack is just one of those places you have to see to believe. Luckily, we took pictures. All photos by Star Foreman.
Downtown L.A. and many venues and restaurants around town will host the fourth annual L.A. Food and Wine Festival, a massive event that features many local and national chefs. If you have the time and the cash for the marquee events, there are plenty: cooking demos by Iron Chef Morimoto at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion; wine seminars; a cocktail event by Julian Cox; more demos by Lorena Garcia, Graham Elliot, Scott Conant and many others. Check the website for more information and the long list of what's coming. .More
The Women's Center for Creative Work is a cooperative enterprise that's hosting an afternoon doll-making workshop, Women Who Run With the Wolves, with crafting collective Necessary Habits. The event is inspired by the Russian fairy tale "Vasilisa the Beautiful" (also known as Vasilisa the Brave), which begins when a dying mother gives her daughter a doll to console her after she's gone. The doll helps little Vasilisa cope with her subsequently grueling existence, complete with a wicked stepmother and stepsisters à la Cinderella. Just when she thinks all hope is lost, Vasilisa finds her doll pointing her in the right direction. In her 1992 book Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, author and Jungian psychoanalyst Clarissa Pinkola Estés suggests that the narrative is an allegory for women's liberation. Similarly inspired by the piece of Slavic folklore, this workshop interprets the doll as a symbol of feminine intuition and empowerment. Participants are invited to create their own figurines, which they take home at the end, along with a copy of the fairy tale. Echo Chamber Creative Headquarters, 1519 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; Thu., Aug. 21, 6-9 p.m.; $30, $20 for co-op members. firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up at womenscenterforcreativework.com/workshops (click on blue wolf).More
Even as the latest Step Up movie returns street dance to the screen, this year's installment of the annual J.U.i.C.E. Hip-Hop Festival returns street dance to the stage. The inventive dance organization with the unwieldy name of Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy has the good sense to go by its acronym, and the good sense to keep putting together this summer gathering of local and international street dancers. Now in its sixth year, the festival lineup promises a full evening of street-dance styles, with performers Jacob "Kujo" Lyons, Harry Weston, Breeze Lee, Emiko Sugiyama, Marie Poppins & Pandora, Toogie & Boogie Frantick, The Physical Poets, Lady Cultura, Millennium Dance Complex Tokyo, Open House, Versa-Style Next Generation, and Hok from Quest Crew. The preshow features one-on-one b-boy and b-girl battles at 7 p.m., with the final battle onstage just before curtain (to participate, go to fordtheatres.org/en/about/probreakingtour), as well as DJ Kenzo, host L. Scatterbrain, graffiti and spoken-word artists. Plus, Mari Koda, better known as Jenny Kido from the Step Up movies, will be there for a meet-and-greet. John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hlywd.; Fri., Aug. 22, 8:30 p.m.; $30-$50, $15 students, $12 children. (323) 461-3673, fordtheatres.org.More
The punk-rock mortality rate has always seemed disproportionately high (Darby, Stiv, Tomato, Thunders, Black Randy, Lux, Biscuit, Strummer — what a rotten bummer) and the recent loss of Tommy Ramone, the final founding member of The Ramones, struck an achingly ominous chord. The Johnny Ramone Tribute 10th Anniversary at Hollywood Forever Cemetery provides a welcome release for all that pent-up psychic tension. This year's edition is a celebration of The Ramones' achievements and legacy, and it's served up in the traditional blend of Johnny Ramone's two favorite cultural flavors, horror and rock & roll. With emcee Rob Zombie screening his ghastly epic The Devil's Rejects and an in-mausoleum display of Metallica ax man Kirk Hammett's extensive Crypt Collection of monster memorabilia ably manifesting the former, and an explosive, live all-Ramones set from Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones definitely representing the latter, not to mention contributions from comic Fred Armisen, rocker Duff McKagan and punk princess Linda Ramone, this is a most estimable and admirable Ramones-bolstering shebang. Proceeds go to cancer research. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.; Sun., Aug. 24, 5:30 p.m.; $20-$75, free kids 12 & under. (323) 469-6349, hollywoodforever.com.More
fri 7/25 Dierks Bentley GREEK THEATRE For the better part of the past decade, Dierks Bentley has helped usher in a new era of country music. His catalog has spawned seven No. 1 hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs charts and cemented his status as one of mainstream country's superstars...
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...
Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles became a ramen paradise over the weekend as part of the Japanese cultural festival Nisei Week. Everything was hot -- from the food, to the weather, to the scene. All photos by Danny Liao.
Compton-bred, hip-hop bard Kendrick Lamar is singing in his catchy, laid-back way: "All my life I want money and power / Respect my mind or die from lead shower." A lithe guy who's high on life, or maybe high on something else, is strutting along the L.A. River. He is...
Opening reception Aug. 22, 7-10 p.m.
"Neckface: Drinking on the Job" is a show a year in the making — and it sounds like one hell of a year. Inspired by the tenaciously seedy bar culture of his new hometown of L.A., this tagger/painter/phenom immersed himself in alcoholism (and related unsavory behaviors) for an extended bender, during which he somehow managed to work furiously on his art. The result: the dark, witty and hilarious pieces created for this much-anticipated installation. Using a method akin to the surrealists' automatic drawings, Neckface basically worked nightly in a fugue state, awoke to discover the surprises he left for himself in the studio the evening before, and then refined and elaborated on them before starting the process all over again. Well, maybe refined is not the word. Neckface is, after all, known for his exceptionally vulgar, sassy and sophomoric yet insightful observations on human nature — and his new barfly compatriots did not skimp on the material. New Image Art Gallery, 7920 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Fri., Aug. 22, 7-10 p.m.; continues Tue.-Sat., 1-6 p.m., through Sept. 13; free. (323) 654-2192, newimageartgallery.com.More
If you know painter Joe Goode, who road-tripped to L.A. from Oklahoma in 1959 to make his go as an artist, you probably know his drawings of torn paper or paintings of blue skies. They're pretty nonchalant and usually modestly sized, so it's surprising to see how big and majestic the new paintings in his "Flat Screen Nature" show at Kohn Gallery are. They're two-tone expanses of color painted on sheets of fiberglass. Even though you could tumble right into those deep blues, Goode's still not taking himself too seriously. Every piece has weirdly ragged edges and the titles are jokes: Honk if You See Jesus for one with a ghostly shape near the bottom, or Coming Attraction for one that looks like a big-screen sunset. 1227 N. Highland Ave., Hlywd.; through Aug. 29. kohngallery.com.More
Dungeons & Dragons characters seduced D&D fans at Peepshow Menagerie's
monthly theatrical burlesque show this weekend at Fais Do Do. Game Master Micah Cover along with Patrick The Bank Robber hosted the epic quest of heroes and monsters on their role playing adventure. All photos by Nanette Gonzales.
Pin-up girls, beatnik boys and tiki lovers from L.A. and beyond made a splash at San Diego's Crowne Plaza Hotel, which hosted the annual Tiki Oasis event, this year themed "Beat Tiki" with a groovy "60s beat" thrust. The wild weekender took over the grounds with colorful cocktails, non-stop pool and room parties, fashion shows, seminars, shopping and live entertainment including burlesque, bands and more.
Genius is hell, both for the blessed and those stuck in the shadows, cursed to spend a lifetime smashing their heads against the glass. In its presence we find ourselves dwarfed and dumb, like moths. We know we're before brilliance we can't comprehend — and we know we'll never have...
Jennifer M. Kroot’s To Be Takei is an affectionate portrait of the hardest-working member of the original cast of Star Trek, George Takei. That’s pronounced tuh-KAY, not tuh-KAI, as so many have misspoken it over the years, including but not limited to William Shatner, whose strained non-relationship with Takei —...
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As a designer, Desanka Fasiska is not, as she puts it, trying to reinvent
the wheel. You dont need an instructional diagram to put on any of her outfits.
Not that she doesnt appreciate the avant-garde. She wants to be of the moment,
even a little ahead. Respected creatively by her peers. But mostly, she wants
her clothes to be something that a potential customer understands as in Oh,
I love that. I want to wear it. Interesting and comfortable. And, of course,
She is keenly aware that fashion is as much commerce as it is art. It has been
a learning process, Fasiska says, because I do have to answer to the market
ultimately with what is going to sell and what isnt. Im happy I dont have a
partner, because I like calling my own shots. I dont think I could have anyone
telling me what I could design and what I couldnt design except for the market.
Fasiska, who grew up in Ladera Heights and started her flirty, floaty Desanka
line three years ago, projects a kind of pragmatic confidence with a twist of
bubbly Cali girl. But she wasnt one of those kids making outfits for her dolls
she was drawing the clothes. Fashion wasnt a driving force in her life. She
didnt know what she wanted to do other than not go to college after graduating
from Beverly Hills High. Six months of doing nothing, then her mom pushed her
to go to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
And thats where she fell in love with fashion. Once she became an FIDM graduate,
she studied at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and did a semester at the Chambre
Syndicale de la Couture in Paris to study couture sewing, followed by a six-month
internship there with American designer Carrie Rossman. All-night sewing sessions
taught her a lot.
She planned to return to Paris after graduation she had the really cute boyfriend,
was speaking French but on the way back to France, she stopped in New York and
was inspired to stay. But it was just before 9/11, and jobs became hard to come
by. Well, there was the well-paid, if somewhat gross, gig as a receptionist at
an escort agency. At least the hours were good. And there was a two-month internship
with Anna Sui not that she was doing much creative there. Think gofer.
Ultimately, Fasiska known as Desa and named for her Serbian grandmother wasnt
really doing anything fashion in N.Y. Time to come home. Friends from high school
who didnt have as much training as she did, people who took, like, one fashion
class, were starting successful clothing companies. Plus, she was excited by the
possibilities of design in L.A.
With her parents backing dad is a metallurgist and mom is a retired insurance
defense lawyer she launched Desanka, which was featured in Gen Arts Fresh
Faces in Fashion show last October. Detailed illustrations that evince a sense
of discipline and stick-to-itiveness dot the walls of her Garment District studio,
where the line is manufactured. Shes already filled a rolling rack with samples
from her Spring 2006 line, which she says will be for her first big show at this
falls Fashion Week. Shes been able to hire a few people to do some of the business-side
work that her mom has been handling which means, Fasiska says, She can be my
Desanka is available at Sirens & Sailors, 1104 Mohawk St., Echo Park, (213) 483-5423;
Satine, 8117 W. Third St., (323) 655-2142; Diavolina, 156 S. Robertson Blvd.,
(310) 550-1341; Tracey Ross, 8595 W. Sunset Blvd., Sunset Plaza, (310) 854-1996;
Silk velvet bolero with metallic leather piping over rayon jersey tie-dyed
blouse and silk georgette skirt with silk velvet yoke and cabochons
Metallic cashmere sweater with pom-pom trim over silk georgette and
metallic silk blouse and metallic wool shorts
David Lebovitz has the kind of life any foodist would aspire to. Ten years ago, after a long career in the kitchen at San Francisco's Chez Panisse, he up and moved to Paris. And now, with one of the top food blogs on the web and a pile of books under his belt,...
Petit Trois, the long-awaited space next door to Trois Mec, will open tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. Owned and operated by the Trois Mec team — Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo — Petit Trois aims to offer Bar a la Carte, described as the traditional French bar experience. "I...
Congratulations America! We're officially bigger winos than the French. According to the Organization of Vine and Wine, the U.S. became the biggest internal market in the world, volume-wise, as of 2013. We won this coveted title by consuming 29.1 million hectoliters (mhl) of wine - not including vermouth or special wines,...
If your idea of the four food groups is cheese, charcuterie, bread and wine, Milkfarm in Eagle Rock is set to become your new grocery shopping central. Leah Park Fierro, formerly head cheesemonger/manager of the Cheese Store in Silver Lake, opened the cheese-and-charcuterie haven April 7, inspired by the little specialty shops...