"Skid Row Ricky" has his system down: He sets up shop outside rehab centers and sells beers to homeless people for $2 a tall boy ($1 if you're his buddy). He used to store his merchandise in a big, blue recycling bin. After about five years and dozens of arrests,...
Above are photos from the the Euromaidan protests centered around Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainians involved are vying for their country's closer integration into the European Union after its leadership has been accused of widespread corruption.
Photos by C.S. Muncy for the Village Voice over the weekend of February, 22, 2014.
The Fremont Street district was known as the "original Las Vegas Strip" over 50 years ago. Within the last decade, Fremont Street East and its surrounding neighborhood has been under revitalization, and has introduced an updated look to bring people back into the area.
This includes the much awaited opening of Container Park, an open area of locally owned retail shops and eateries all constructed of recycled shipping containers; the Inspire Theater, a two-story structure featuring a theater, a full bar, a cafe, and a conference-style screening room; and the Emergency Arts building, which supports local artists and businesses. All photos by Aimee Candelaria.
Bring on the food coma, because this is the foodie event of your dreams. This Sunday, L.A. Weekly will host its annual food and wine event, The Essentials, with a new name, new downtown location and better restaurants than ever. Now christened in honor of our 99 Essential Restaurants special issue, the event will feature some of the top eateries in the city: Animal, Lucques, Hinoki & the Bird. We're talking 44 of our city's best chefs preparing delicious dishes, along with (for the first time) specially chosen wine pairings by Wally's Wine & Spirits. Unfortunately this event is sold out, so if you don't already have your tickets, you're out of luck. But hey, there's always 2015! L.A. Mart, 1933 Broadway, 2nd floor; Sun., March 9, VIP entry at noon, general admission 1 p.m.; $45 general, $65 VIP. (310) 574-7380, laweekly.com/essentials.More
That clatter of castanets and quicksilver, percussive footwork announce Gala Flamenca led by a quartet of flamenco stars who strut into town with a clutch of supporting dancers, live musicians and rave reviews from last year’s Flamenco Festival in London. (Yes, London hosts a significant flamenco festival.) The show opens with the stars, Antonio Canales, Carlos Rodríguez, Karime Amaya, and Jesús Carmona, displaying their prowess in solo turns before the program erupts with more competitive duets.More
The audience gave a standing ovation at the first of four performances of Los Angeles Ballet’s Quartet with two world premieres and two 20th-century masterpieces. Choreographer Sonya Tayeh (So You Think You Can Dance) returns for her fourth LAB commission, Beneath One’s Dignity. The second world premiere is the company’s first commission for Christopher Stowell, former artistic director of Oregon Ballet Theatre, who teamed with composer Noah Agruss for Cipher. The two classics are Jirí Kylián’s exquisite Return to a Strange Land and Balanchine’s rousing Stars and Stripes set to John Phillip Sousa marches.More
This month’s edition of the ongoing flamenco series features José Tanaka and Company with dancers Mizuho Sato, Oscar Valero and special guest Carola Zertuche from San Francisco. They get help from cantaor (singer) José Cortes and guitarists Gabriel Osuna and Tanaka.More
Thirty-two-year-old tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington has been playing for nearly two decades with 10-piece band West Coast Get Down. A little more than a year ago, they went into a Silver Lake studio and recorded six albums in 30 days. Washington's contribution to that effort is called The Epic, a...
The Country Music Hall of Fame held their "All For The Hall - Los Angeles" benefit concert at Club Nokia on Tuesday night featuring performances by Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Ann and Nancy Wilson, Jason Mraz, Holly Williams and Rita Wilson. All photos by Timothy Norris.
On Sunday, March 2, Beverly Hills' Saban Theater hosted the first annual So-Cal Drum Bash. The only one of its kind in Los Angeles, the So-Cal Drum Bash featured seven drummers who ranged from world renowned to street artist. Giving away thousands of dollars worth of gear including top-of-the-line Meinl cymbals and a drum kit by DW, the evening left the city eager for its return next year. Drum roll please...
A young, brooding Marco Pierre White stares out over the bustling dining room of République. The huge black-and-white photo above the bar catches the legendary London chef at his most intense: cigarette dangling, brow heavy with genius. République chef Walter Manzke put the picture up just a few weeks ago,...
It's unfortunate that we sometimes lose our most beloved and most frequented neighborhood restaurants. Why does a well-established eatery, with years of operating experience and a loyal customer base behind it, simply close? Sometimes gentrification in a neighborhood makes the rent skyrocket to a price the owner can longer afford. Owners sometimes wish to retire and there's no family to pass the business on to. What may be harder to answer is why some of these long-standing (some historic) Los Angeles restaurants sit empty and vacant for months, sometimes years. It's a rare thing to find in a city that's not particularly known for preserving the past.
Here's a look at some such restaurants we've lost: Buggy Whip Steakhouse, El Conquistador, Bahooka, Fung Lum Restaurant and Rubin's Red Hot. All photos by Jared Cowan.
Espresso lovers, drinkers, and connoisseurs alike celebrated all things coffee this past weekend at the “Big Western” U.S. Barista Championship in Downtown L.A. It was a proud showing of the Los Angeles coffee community and all of the rich flavors, textures, and brilliant baristas that decorated the event. All photos by Sammi Cohen.
Architects Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph stand amidst the scaffolding and concrete dust as they discuss electrical wiring locations with their contractor and client, Andre Guerrero. By springtime, this dumpy former sushi joint will morph into the Hollywood location of Guerrero's Oinkster, the next restaurant in his growing empire of...
Because they switch intermittently from Super 8 to HD and from black-and-white to color, and because one character has a satyr's face and pours red wine on his naked lover, the 17 vignettes in Dara Friedman's film Play are eerie. Each features a different couple. Agam, braless in a white T-shirt, tells Juan, in only boxers, about how her mother kept her on a 1.5-meter-long leash. Juan thinks that's actually a lot of freedom. Ashish and Kimberly practice embraces in a dimly lit cabin. It's as if the scenes are building up to or taking a break from something scary, which can sometimes make the film, screening in Kayne Griffin Corcoran's back gallery, seem too absorbed in its own significance. But mostly, the couples are awkward, eccentric or charming enough to engross you. 1201 S. La Brea Ave., Mid-City; through March 8. (310) 586-6886, kaynegriffincorcoran.com.More
The dining booth Joel Kyack installed alone in a dim room of François Ghebaly's new space doesn't move, but the light above the table and the painting behind the seats do, going back and forth, emulating the rocking of the sea. Everything in Kyack's show "Old Sailors Never Die" has a nautical theme — there's a boat upright on scaffolding, made to look like a face, with foam nose and tongue protruding from its seats. It has the irreverent energy typical of Kyack, but in these big sculptures especially, the irreverence feels competent and unapologetic, like an old sailor who doesn't give a damn. 2245 E. Washington Blvd.; through March 8. (310) 280-0777, ghebaly.com.More
The Amazing Acro-Cats have gone Hollywood! Along with trainer Samantha Martin, these cool kitties have been rocking, jumping and rolling around town the past two weeks, and there's only a few more chances to see them in Tinseltown. The small production features felines doing big-top feats, ending with a climactic band jam as "The Rock Cats," complete with a "chick" on Tambourine, and the show's star, Tuna, adding "more cowbell" to the mix. Brian Setzer and Peter Criss, eat your fiddles out! See here for more info on upcoming shows.
Fearless photog Austin Young, known for his "Tranimal" workshops and pop-tacular "Your Face Here" show from a couple years ago, threw another interactive photo shoot, exhibit and shindig this past weekend at China Town's Good Luck Gallery, this time inspired by the shopping mall "Glamour Shots" of yore. Saturday night was the packed opening party, but Sunday afternoon was quite a soiree as well, with a mix of eccentrics, androgynous types, kids and even dogs getting transformed and captured by Young's lens. Everyone loves a makeover, and Lina in L.A. is no exception! Here, a sneak peek at Young's glam squad, some of the people who shot with him and our own fairy-esque styling and photo shoot, which ended up a fabulous family affair.
Art may not be more important than human lives. But on the list of things that mean something to human lives, across centuries, it ranks pretty high. That's what's so compelling about the story of the Monuments Men, a group of people from 13 nations who volunteered to protect cultural...
Arie Posin's romantic drama tips its hand when we see that protagonist Nikki (Annette Bening), a widowed interior decorator, has chosen posters for Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia and Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo for the house she's currently sprucing up.
This might be the most convincing of all the praise heaped on the Trappist monk who gives Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence its name: "He is not speaking Catholic doctrine — he is using Catholic doctrine to speak universally."
The past decade has seen a boom in the number of marijuana dispensaries, with estimates placing the number within L.A. city limits at over 1,000. A recently approved ban by the city council could mean the end of marijuana dispensaries, though medical marijuana activists are fighting back. Our gallery of some of the marijuana dispensaries of Los Angeles. All photos by Susan Slade Sanchez.
Whether you think of 4/20 as a celebration for an oppressed minority or just another day for layabouts to get high, this weekend stoners across the country got baked. So from the east to west, from states with legal access to medical marijuana to states without, here are the highest people across America.
While much of the country and the world woke up on November 5 relieved or even joyful at the previous day's election results, the day dawned bittersweet for many others here in Los Angeles and across the state. "It's one of the most exciting days because of, clearly, Barack, and...…
by Joe Donnelly
November 5, 2008 @ 11:22 pmTags: Election '08