"Yo!" A black man in a filthy, yellow, collared shirt lies sprawled out in the middle of the Sixth Street sidewalk, out cold. No more than four inches from his face is a Business Improvement District officer, who shouts again: "Yo!" "Is he breathing?" asks a woman passing by, worried...
On Sunday, Street League Skateboarding touched down in the Galen Center at USC as part of a four-stop tour for SLS's Super Crown World Championship. The L.A. stop determined the roster for Super Crown, airing August 24th on FOX Sports 1. The final eight are Nyjah Huston, Luan Oliveira, Torey Pudwill, Shane O'Neill, Paul Rodriguez, Chaz Ortiz, Matt Berger and Ishod Wair. All photos by Nanette Gonzales.
Fans came out to greet world champion soccer team Real Madrid as they practice at UCLA. This is the first time that soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has practiced with the team this year. All photos by Jeff Cowan.
The Los Angeles Zoo is home to more than 250 animal species, many of which are rare or endangered. It's both educational and emotional to visit the zoo's beautiful inhabitants. But the experience can be ruined by screaming kids (let's face it, they're the zoo's biggest demographic). Thankfully, the fourth annual Brew at the Zoo is 21 and older, affording grown-ups an evening with their peers, including but not limited to elephants, gorillas and reptiles. Check out the new Rainforest of the Americas exhibit before sampling ales and brews from 30 local microbreweries and enjoying live performers including local indie band Indian School, the '80s-inspired Spazmatics and the retro/bluesy Jug or Nots, along with dance-music DJ Johnny Hawkes manning the decks. While local craft and micro breweries are the focus, there also will be a wide array of street food from Latin America, Asia, and the United States, including gourmet burgers, Southern fried chicken and Philly cheesesteak. Apart from making some new friends (human and otherwise), some of the evening's biggest perks include bottomless fountain drinks and a nice discount for designated drivers. Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park; Fri., Aug. 8, 7-11 p.m.; online $45, $40 for GLAZA members, $25 for designated drivers; $50 at door (if available). (323) 644-6042, lazoo.org/brew.More
The most talked-about L.A. gallery show this year, "Twin Visions: Jerome Witkin & Joel-Peter Witkin," pairs two formerly estranged identical twins, each of whom is arguably the most accomplished living artist in his genre, and neither of whom had been particularly interested in exhibiting together before now. It's an unprecedented, years-in-the-making, art-nerd wish-list show of epic proportions, and a testimony to Jack Rutberg's tenacity when art history is at stake. Despite their decades of separation, it turns out, Jerome's portrait, landscape and history paintings and Joel-Peter's hand-crafted photographic portraiture share much more than anyone (except maybe Rutberg) ever expected. Jerome Witkin produces paintings that are evocative and emotional, realistic and fantastical, eccentric and classical — and he's not afraid to take on unsettling themes, most famously his Holocaust cycle. Joel-Peter Witkin is an icon of the Juxtapoz set, whose richly detailed, large-format portraits of individuals with, let's say, unique anatomical and sexual curiosities, can be as hard to look at as Jerome's most visceral scenes. But also like his twin's, they are romantic, surreal and unforgettable. So, yeah, they have a lot in common. A new book on this landmark occasion (with the same title as the show) is the first publication examining them as a pair; it will be signed by both brothers at the gallery tonight. Aside from the profound revelations in this stylistically comprehensive survey, the interaction between these brothers' followings is itself something to behold, as Joel-Peter's alt-culture, goth and punk fan base mixes with Jerome's crowd of art historians and studio painters. Book or no book, the show is up for another month; grab your evil twin and go. Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, 357 N. La Brea Ave., Fairfax; Sat., Aug. 9. 6-9 p.m.; free, book is $40. Exhibition continues Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; through Aug. 30. (323) 938-5222, jackrutbergfinearts.com.More
Long to get away to sunny Spain, with its balmy nights and fiery flamenco dancers? For the next best thing, bring some tapas, grab a bottle of Rioja and enjoy the world of Spanish dance with Forever Flamenco al fresco. For most of the year, this long-running, mostly monthly show presents a rotating cast of six to eight flamenco artists in its 40-seat home venue at Hollywood's Fountain Theater. But once each summer, Fountain Theater producer Deborah Lawlor assembles a larger cast of dancers, musicians and singers to take advantage of the Ford's two-tiered outdoor stage. This edition pays tribute to Roberto Amaral and his nearly five decades as a dancer, teacher and local flamenco pioneer. At 14, Amaral saw the legendary Carmen Amaya dance and he was hooked. At 15, he began flamenco lessons and, after high school, traveled to Spain, beginning a professional career at 17 that included a stint with the famed José Greco's company. Fortunately for L.A., Amaral settled here, continuing to perform while establishing a company and a school. With his elegant bearing and silver hair and beard, Amaral looks more diplomat than pioneer, but his passion, performance and mentoring are credited for much of L.A.'s vibrant flamenco scene. John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hlywd.; Sat., Aug. 9, 8:30 p.m.; $50/$75 ($100 VIP via Fountain Theatre). (323) 461-3673, fordtheatres.org.More
In nearly every society around the world, fruit holds cultural significance, whether as a token of hospitality, sympathy or simple good will. The communal implications of pomiculture are what inspired the artist collective Fallen Fruit to beginning mapping L.A.'s public fruit trees a decade ago. The group is behind a new installation at the Skirball Cultural Center, even as it plans a public Urban Fruit Trail with 150 trees near MacArthur Park. One of Fallen Fruit's most beloved events is the Public Fruit Jam, and after a two-year hiatus, the community-building activity is back, inviting families, friends, couples and singles to Old Town Pasadena for a hands-on experience. If you have a surplus of home-grown, organic and/or store-bought edibles with seeds, bring your own fruit and take part in this community-building activity to learn how to make some tasty jam. Drop-in sessions last about 45 minutes, with groups of three to five people finishing with jam they can either keep, trade or hand over to a tasting table where others can sample their freshly made foodstuffs as well. One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena.; Sun., Aug. 10, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; free. (626) 564-1066, onecolorado.com, fallenfruit.org.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...
We've got so many restaurants, you could eat at a different joint every day of the year -- and probably the rest of your life -- and never go to the same place twice. It would be impossible (both physically and financially) to try them all, but luckily, you have us. Check out The Year in L.A. Food (So Far).
Touring the art collection of Cliff and Mandy Einstein, a longtime ad man and a former tennis pro, is a crash course in world-class collecting. You learn that if you want a collection that impresses contemporary art's biggest patrons (the Rubells from Miami, Dakis Joannou from Athens), you have to...
An enormous steel structure, like a giant birdcage by Escher, rises up from the grounds of Materials & Applications, an independent, progressive design studio off Silver Lake Boulevard. Architect Warren Techentin's installation, La Cage Aux Folles, presents nested helixes in a complex system of small lines and hyperbolic dimensional math, which occupies sculptural space and explores traditions of simple-shelter and decorative architecture — but it turns out it's also a stage. It opened in April with a series of performances that occupied and activated the space in ways linked to its name's semiotic origins: cage and folly, as in "inside and outside, captivity and protection, function and ornament, shape and line, stasis and dynamism." The installation remains open every day through Aug. 29, but this weekend, La Cage welcomes Matt Kivel to celebrate the release of his appropriately named and suitably experimental new album, Days of Being Wild. Known for his complex, subtly asymmetrical, lyrical style, Kivel's work rather echoes the spirit and form of the cage; his afternoon also features solo sets from Sophia Knapp and Kevin Morby (Woods, The Babies), plus beer by Craftsman Brewery. Materials & Applications, 1619 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake; daily thru Aug. 29. (323) 739-4668, emanate.org.More
L.A. Times critic Christopher Knight just scolded MOCA for lending a massive, multicolored, shaped painting by iconic Frank Stella to Honor Fraser Gallery in Culver City, for its historical show on color field painting. He was right that the museum wasn't necessarily doing its part as a steward, making choices that would keep the painting as secure as possible. But the gallery is behaving entirely like a gallery, angling to get the best objects with the most cachet on its walls and keeping them there for just a fleeting moment. The Stella painting, called Ctesiphon I and made up of lots of linked half circles, looks different on walls that so often feature brand new, unmarred work than it looks in the museum space. It's a little raggedy but still majestic. 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City; through Aug. 2. (310) 837-0191, honorfraser.com.More
Sam's Hofbrau presented "Sam Tripoli's Rock N Pole Championship" this week at The Viper Room. Paired up karaoke singers and pole dancers competed for a nice cash prize and Hollywood Hustler gift bags. Entertainment included a special appearance by porn star Tera Patrick, serving as judge, and performing a burlesque number. All photos by Nanette Gonzales.
It's no secret that SoCal knows what it's doing when it comes to make-up and costume design, (hello, Hollywood!) so it makes sense that we would also have the world's best cosplay. Here are our picks for the best of 2014 (so far).
In Calvary, Brendan Gleeson plays a Catholic priest who plods through a rustic Irish village that's more brutal than beautiful. The beach is gray, the waves are choppy, and the wind whips his ankle-length black cassock as though every step were a fight against nature. In some ways, it is...
He couldn't have known it at the time, but James Brown's debut recording and first chart hit — made in 1956 with The Famous Flames — is a question that contains its own answer. The lyrics to "Please, Please, Please" speak, pretty obviously, of sexual desire. But Brown's voice is...
These days when you think Arcade Fire, it's all mirrors and Reflektors. But Arcade Fire wasn't always confetti and dancing. Thirteen years after forming, the Canadian art rockers are pioneers of 21st-century indie music, traversing themes of organized religion, coming of age, hope, nostalgia and death. Their sound is knownRead more about this event
The setup certainly sounds like someone went down a certain rabbit hole or nibbled the wrong mushroom: Combine belly dance with street dance to retell the story of Alice in Wonderland. Yet mixing Middle Eastern dance with contemporary dance forms is exactly what the 20-member Bellydance Evolution and choreographer JillinaRead more about this event
Though dancey and dirty-rockin' with equal aplomb, exquisitely melodic and highly seductive onstage, Echo the Bunnymen never quite enjoyed the success of fellow '80s new-wave counterparts Duran Duran or Depeche Mode. Still, their fan base is nearly as passionate. Influential to everyone from Radiohead to Coldplay to Courtney Love, leaderRead more about this event
Susan Cowsill and Vicki Peterson virtually grew up in public with their first bands, The Cowsills and The Bangles, respectively. But when they put their heads together as The Psycho Sisters, they reveal much more rocking and countrified range than they usually get to demonstrate in their better-known pop groups.Read more about this event
As the reigning first couple of hip-hop and a symbol of coolness and swagger, the Carters bring their rolling extravaganza into Los Angeles as a carefully if not perfectly polished machine. The tour comes a little more than a year after Jay Z played the same stadium with Justin Timberlake,Read more about this event
Sat., Aug. 2, 6:45 a.m. and Sun., Aug. 3, 7:30 a.m.
In its 53 years of existence, has the International Surf Festival ever been held in a "state of emergency"? We're not sure, but after a swimmer was attacked by a great white shark on Fourth of July weekend (those sharks have such a Hollywood sense of timing), the city ofRead more about this event
Burger Records, the prolific, Fullerton-based label and store, continues to release so many CDs, LPs and even cassettes (!) that this daylong festival can barely contain the numerous garage, punk, indie and power-pop bands on its roster. The bill is headlined by Best Coast, with their summer-centric, effusively sunny popRead more about this event
HARD Summer moves out of downtown L.A. to Whittier Narrows Recreational Area for its seventh go-around. With 100 acres of space, the two-day event is more than triple the size of its previous location at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Even so, the 100-artist happening is sold out. Bringing theRead more about this event
It's a comic book battle that even the Avengers couldn't handle. Tonight, four comic book artists and their stand-up comedian sidekicks will duke it out for sketchpad supremacy inside Manhattan Beach shop/hangout the Comic Bug. Presented by Comics and Comics, a group of comedians who perform geek-friendly stand-up at conventionsRead more about this event
Cambodian culture continues to flourish despite the genocidal campaign by the Khmer Rouge government against its own people in the 1970s. That dark era overshadowed a long, rich tradition of music and dance in the Southeast Asian country, and this afternoon's festival reveals some of the vibrant variety of stylesRead more about this event
Sun., Aug. 3, 6 p.m., Sun., Aug. 10, 6 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 17, 6 p.m.
One of the most exciting elements of today's contemporary-dance and movement-based art scene is the way independent artists produce site-specific works in nontraditional spaces (airports, laundromats, cafés, subway cars, even empty jails), often for small audiences. The good people of homeLA take this trend to an intimate level, producing danceRead more about this event
Thursdays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through Aug. 31
While not quite dazzling, director Melissa Chalsma's staging of Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night, about a tangled love triangle, is funny, festive and true to the Bard's spirit. The plot turns around Viola (Kalean Ung), a feisty young woman impersonating a man; her employer, Count Orsino (Ryan Vincent Anderson), whom sheRead more about this event
After five years of hosting stand-up show "Keep It Clean" at Public House, comedian JC Coccoli decided it was time to revamp the Monday late-night concept by booking comedians not just from L.A. but also from around the country and overseas. "Being around L.A. for so long, I see theRead more about this event
Breaking bread among good company is a centuries-old tradition, so it's only fitting that the grain enthusiasts at Common Grains Collective are hosting a "Baker to Baker" discussion at Vibiana — originally the L.A. Archdiocese's first Roman Catholic cathedral. The event will feature the celebrated San Francisco–based indie-boy bread peddlerRead more about this event
As ska devolves further from its Jamaican roots in the late 1950s, the genre these days often replaces soul and imagination with jock-rock conformity, transforming ska's madly insidious rhythms and uplifting messages into mere background music for frat parties. Of course, the Two-Tone revival in Britain in the early '80sRead more about this event
It's not exactly Portlandia, but when it comes to the latest in chortlesome comedy on the fringes, Glendalia is your place to be. Co-presenters Virginia Jones and Dax Jordan have been working hard since April to evolve this monthly stand-up salon with a raucous roster of punchateers. This week's comicsRead more about this event
The three most popular exports out of Cuba are cigars, baseball players and musicians. Cuban versions of those things have this in common: They are rare, of the finest quality, and can take a while to make it to the United States. Pianist Dayramir Gonzalez has been a star inRead more about this event
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 majesticRead more about this event
First Wednesday of every month, 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 6
Love books but hate literary events? That's the tagline for Reza Aslan's monthly conversation series, "The Writer's Room." The third installment happens this week — and it's an accurate hook. For starters, the event happens in a posh, glittery nightclub. There's a house band and a full bar (evenRead more about this event
Thanks to our astonishing local reggae resource Dub Club, this visit by Israel Vibration and Roots Radics is yet another world-class musical showdown. Long-running vocal trio Israel Vibration met in a Kingston medical rehabilitation facility and rose, starting way back in 1970, from a punishing life as polio-stricken ghetto youthRead more about this event
Now that his breakout band Girls is over and behind him, frontman Christopher Owens is finding and refining an ambitious new personal sound. On upcoming solo album A New Testament — a title bristling with meaning, given Owens' history growing up in a traveling Christian commune — he has U-turnedRead more about this event
If nothing else, Haim at least inspire some pretty choice critical gasbaggery: Spin calls their debut album, Days Are Gone, "ruthlessly proficient," while Rolling Stone has determined it to be a "kind of microtriumph." L.A. Weekly rates its own ruthlessly proficient critical skills three thumbs way up when we loudlyRead more about this event
We owe much of the remarkably fecund musical period of the mid to late 1960s to composers such as John Barry, Burt Bacharach, Herb Alpert, Neil Diamond and Jimmy Webb. The hyper-groovy bubblegum visionaries Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart rank right alongside the best of them. With Rachel Lichtman's newRead more about this event
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through Aug. 10
Just when you thought the savagely scabrous sex farce had gone the way of manual typewriters and telephone booths, along comes The Motherfucker With the Hat, Stephen Adly Guirgis' gleefully blasphemous, high-velocity 2011 rumination on man's inhumanity to — and blithe sexual betrayal of — man. The play premiered onRead more about this event
If you're familiar with air guitar but like diddling around with another kind of imaginary instrument, Air Guitar World Championships' slutty sister, the Air Sex World Championships, is back to crown the new top dog of dry humping. Hosted by comedian Chris Trew, and preceded by a comedy show calledRead more about this event