"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."
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. If you're interested in taking the first bite, you can purchase VIP tickets for an early entrance at noon; otherwise, prepare your taste buds along with everyone else for general entrance at 1 p.m. Although you must be 21 or older to drink, all ages are welcome to appreciate the culinary styling of the Los Angeles food scene. Tickets should be purchased in advance online, since it's not clear if there will be any left at the door. 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.
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.
Thirty-five years since pioneering the genre with his former band Tubeway Army, Gary Numan retains a haunting electromagnetism. Last year’s Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind) throbs with the android aura of neon-flecked alienation, a style that built Numan’s rep and, however cartoonish it occasionally gets, always seems utterly, wonderfullyRead more about this event
Although its main inhabitants are sheep, New Zealand is rather progressive. (For example, prostitution and gay marriage are legal — though not with those sheep.) It’s no wonder that so much innovative music has recently come from the other Down Under. The Myele Manzanza Trio features three Kiwis, not theRead more about this event
You might call Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, a DJ, but that doesn’t quite cover it. The London multigenre-ist takes leaps from project to project, having graced us with everything from pastoral acoustic ambiance to funky blends of house raveups and backpack-hiphop grooves. He has teamed with jazz drummer SteveRead more about this event
Alain de Botton is a cultural theorist from Switzerland by way of Great Britain, where he’s a member of the U.K.’s well-regarded Royal Society of Literature. He’s written a range of essays, literary fiction, and nonfiction about everything from Marcel Proust and Western philosophy to sex and architecture. De Botton’sRead more about this event
Anny Celsi is one of this city's smartest and catchiest pop songwriters but, as is the case with so many talented musicians, she's far more popular in Europe than in her hometown. She might even be too clever for her own good, adapting the lyrics of such early songs asRead more about this event
Nick Waterhouse is more retro-minded than many musicians, but the singer-guitarist has turned his love of the past into a way of discovering who he is in the here and now. "You become something on the way there," he says about the various ways he's incorporated the influence of idolsRead more about this event
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Everyone knows Carmen. Everyone. Specifically, everyone knows the "Habanera" aria, also know as "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" ("Love is a rebellious bird"), from Georges Bizet's 1875 opera. Hearing it is like falling into a swell of nostalgia and grace — even if you've never seen Carmen in full, theRead more about this event
From his early days with San Francisco band Red House Painters to his more recent solo albums and work with Sun Kil Moon, Mark Kozelek has always been an unpredictable musician, crooning his tales of tragic boxers in a distinctively wounded baritone. This is the man, after all, who onceRead more about this event
UCLA and USC might be cross-town rivals, but if there's one thing the two universities can work together for, it's the preservation and projection of rare 16mm films about Los Angeles' cultural history. This Saturday at DIY cinema space Echo Park Film Center, UCLA's Dr. Allyson Nadia Field, assistant professorRead more about this event
Though playing the Wiltern for many is a promising sign of things to come, for Datsik, it's just another notch on the accomplishments belt. When the 25-year-old Canadian DJ hits the stage at one of Los Angeles' most hallowed concert halls, he'll bring with him the experience that comes withRead more about this event
Gardens & Villa's second album, Dunes, starts with "Domino," a burst of synth pop that instantly puts the listener in a mood better than the one he was in before the song started. That's the whole aesthetic of Dunes, which got its start in Gardens & Villa's hometown of SantaRead more about this event
In light of our status as the major touring destination outside of New York City, it's almost unfair to ask local companies to compete with underwritten major national and international companies, who bring their best when they visit. Don't tell that to Jamie Nichols, producer of Celebrate Dance, who believesRead more about this event
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 specialRead more about this event
Few things in life are as satisfying as twisting a couple of sticks and a strip of fabric into a flying object. The thrill of sprinting like a goon while a trusty sidekick matches your pace from the other end of a string is unmatched — but the trick isRead more about this event
Oz meets L.A. today with an event featuring 22 bands hailing from the land Down Under. A local SXSW showcase, the Aussie BBQ returns to L.A. for its sixth year, landing at the Bootleg Theater and featuring a boatload of top-of-the-line Australian acts making a stopover on their way toRead more about this event
Tonight's Zócalo Public Square asks the burning-if-not-faintly-quaint question, "What Kind of Newspaper Does Los Angeles Deserve?" While L.A. has always been blessed with newspapers it truly needed — this very Weekly among them — at this point in our media-saturated fever dream, it's good to consider the newspaper as aRead more about this event
The Chicago trio's recent LP Memorial is a brontosaurus-heavy rock stomper guaranteed to bum you out in the most righteous ways. Misery: Our ugly times seem to call for it, and there's nothing fancy about the brutal way Russian Circles dole out their dark, unforgiving sonic punishment. Memorial is likeRead more about this event
A near-perfect poppy rock band, England's Kooks conjure relentless melody, hook-making harmony and just enough stylish perversity — flecks of pallid reggae and off-the-cuff acoustic doodles — to keep it all intriguing. Two and a half years since Kooks' confused, bet-hedging third album, Junk of the Heart, most fans areRead more about this event
Pablo Bronstein built oversize, rough replicas of 18th-century obelisks, cupboards and other things, and then painted them maroon, badly. When you first enter the gallery at REDCAT, these objects are offputtingly garish, with their formality and flourishes. This changes, though, when a dancer — either Jos McKain or Rebecca Bruno,Read more about this event
The five guys behind New Jersey-born band Real Estate are heading directly toward an overtly Wilco-esque spot in the pantheon of classic indie rock, and they wouldn't balk at the comparison. In addition to the interest and influence it has found in Wilco, Real Estate recorded its newest album, thisRead more about this event
All kinds of celebrities come to Los Angeles when they need a face lift — even paintings. When important canvases start to sag or fade, they check into the Getty Conservation Institute to rediscover the allure of their youth. The difference is, these masterpieces are proud to show off notRead more about this event
Psychedelic music has taken on many forms over the years, from the classic acid-rock excesses of the late 1960s to the less literal, but no less engrossing, passages of world-music bands like Tinariwen. British duo Shpongle, featuring Simon Posford and Raja Ram, takes the old trippy traditions and gooses themRead more about this event
When rebel collective Pussy Riot took its "Punk Prayer" into Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior two years ago, it was not a gimmicky stunt but a legitimate act of revolution. Prompted by Vladimir Putin's cynical, ongoing and deeply manipulative embrace of the church and its national congregation — essentiallyRead more about this event
Given L.A.'s reinvigorated interest in studying and preserving its architectural history, it's only fitting that the city is playing host to the Architecture and Design Film Festival — a five-day symposium of films, discussions and book signings for the edifice-minded. The site is the Los Angeles Theatre Center, itself aRead more about this event