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
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...
The tragedy of Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children is that it was released the year it was made. A snapshot of today's cultural disconnection, in which Facebook, texting, World of Warcraft and streaming smut lure people away from dinner with their families, the film's so current that its observations...
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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...