Outing the Gay Mariachis The prevailing reaction to Abel Salas' online piece, "L.A.'s Only All-Gay Mariachi Band," a profile of Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles, was summed up by reader Rigo Martinez Jr., who asked: "So what! Do they sound good?" But a larger debate unfolded amidst the massive reader...
SMOG, the dubstep label of producer 12th Planet, celebrates its eighth anniversary at the Regent Theatre in DTLA with Antiserum, Starkey, Flinch, Son of Kick, Taurus Scott, and Pavarotti in what will be a night of true underground dubstep. For those who are looking for the European dubstep scene in the U.S., this is about as close as you can get. This isn’t watered-down dubstep, so fans should get ready for a night of headbanging and some seriously gnarly drops. For L.A. bassheads, SMOG’s anniversary will be Christmas come early.More
Following the release of his debut album, Money Sucks, Friends Rule, Dillon Francis embarked on a world tour of the same name. Friends Rule has so far looked to be an epic event, with current “it” guy Francis playing for massive crowds in some of the largest venues, showing off the “Gary,” his new and impressive production set up from V Squared labs, and promoting himself in the best way he knows how: with funny Instagram videos. Friends Rule is a little bit moombahton, a little bit trap, and a little bit electro house—which makes it perfect for a giant, sweaty dance party.More
Normally, an invitation to check out a tribute band should be met with a polite decline. But when the opportunity arises to check out tribute bands that twist the templates of their namesakes into a Krampus-themed celebration, we have to accept. Krammpstein uses elaborate costumes and a wild stage show to set the mood for a dark celebration of the season, with Krampus-themed reimaginings of popular cuts from German industrial-rock giants Rammstein. We have yet to experience openers Marilyn Krampson, but go anyway — the whole night is guaranteed to be one of the most surreal holiday events of 2014.More
The late Larry Sultan, whose LACMA retrospective just opened, photographed his father and mother with the same curious distance he employed when photographing porn stars in the valley, which says a lot about his work. It’s all about style, posture and personality, but it’s best when those personalities have some moral ambiguity to them, so that the humanity of a subject doesn’t distract you from Sultan’s fantastic eye for detail. Hours vary, closed Christmas and Thanksgiving.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...
Once the art-music group Amra’s “multisensory art show” begins at Human Resources this weekend, doors will close and no one else will be allowed in. Late entries might ruin “Set the MOOD,” which is what Amra’s show is called. There will be altars, paintings, aromas and a choir. Guests are asked to relax.More
Baroness Else von Freytag-Loringhoven, an often overlooked German artist, acquired her title by marrying an impoverished aristocrat and had a style of painting that seems, in retrospect, far too raw, loose and comic for her 1920s era. But in “Artificial Complexion,” the group show up at Various Small Fires, the Baroness comes off as a subversive godmother. Her painting of a urinal leaking behind an unopened umbrella, with pink streaks and cursive text in the background, belongs next to Liz Craft’s ceramic lips from 2013. The lips have coins between their teeth and text bubbles on the wall beside them, including one that says “nice panties.”.More
The funniest and most incisive show on television is ending this week — so let's look back at how it began. On Oct. 17, 2005, a power-suited Stephen Colbert furrowed his eyebrows and showed off highlights of his new set. Red letters above him shouted "The Colbert Report." The title...
Twitter is doublestuffed with check-your-privilege messages for entitled men, but I've rarely seen one as potent as this singular line from Nuri Bilge Ceylan's out-of-time masterwork Winter Sleep, a Chekhovian drama of marriage and class and the way both can inspire insulated cluelessness.
he Dardenne brothers, Luc and Jean-Pierre, are known to explore characters trapped by social and economic circumstance, challenging with curiosity and compassion the assumptions attached to the lives of less fortunate others.
In Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) — an astoundingly talented marksman credited with over 160 confirmed kills in Iraq — runs into a fellow veteran at a mechanic's shop between deployments.
A ménage à trois promises freedom and joy but ultimately leads to misery and heartbreak in Beloved Sisters, Dominik Graf's sterling opus about the real-life affair between late-18th-century German poet Friedrich Schiller (Florian Stetter) and sisters Charlotte (Henriette Confurius) and Caroline (Hannah Herzsprung) von Lengefeld, the latter of whom is, at the time of the trio's meeting, trapped in a loveless financial-arrangement marriage.
The big selling point of Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen's doomed comedy The Interview was a jaw-dropper: When the producer and the star of a sensationalistic talk show -- played, respectively, by Rogen and James Franco -- get a chance to interview wackbird North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the CIA butts in and persuades them to assassinate him.
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The cheese-and-charcuterie-intensive inspiration for L.A.'s new generation of wine bars, Suzanne Goin's pan-Mediterranean A.O.C. is a fantasy of a modern small-plates restaurant, the kind of place you drop into for a glass of Friulian Tocai and a plate of sliced prosciutto, a Cairanne and some bacon-wrapped dates with Parmesan -More
Brilliantshine in Santa Monica is certainly a bar, but it's also very much a restaurant, and is perhaps the first indication of a new breed: one where the drinks come first. Here is a place owned and run by bar professionals but with ambitions to be more than a drinkingMore
When chef Tom Colicchio's original Craft opened in Manhattan's Gramercy Park neighborhood, it was a fantasy restaurant, a place where customers were invited to construct their meals from scratch, or rather from gleaming copper pots of prepared meats, sauces, starches and vegetables all ordered à la carte. At Craft inMore
The sharpest Chinese seafood house in town at the moment is Elite, which used to be the local branch of a Chinese-owned chain called New Concept, and which still serves a few of the funkier dishes from that restaurant, including suckling pig with foie gras, fried prawns served in aMore
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This grand old downtown hotel is like a fascinating puzzle box, with each lavishly decorated room leading to an even more ornate bar or lounge area. Formerly a YMCA when it opened in 1925, the Figueroa was converted into a hotel after the Depression and has since been the siteMore
Fish, man — raw fish — from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market and jetted right to you, careful slabs of yellowtail, tuna, fluke, sprinkled with salt and drizzled with olive oil, Italian sashimi on a pretty glass plate. Il Grano’s crudo, Italian sashimi, hasn’t the pleasure in it that you’ll find at,More
To get into this speakeasy-themed Cuban oasis (in the space that used to be Blacklite), reservations are recommended and you'll need to wear somewhat dressy attire (no baseball hats, shorts or flip-flops). But La Descarga's dramatic details make it worth the trouble. If you make it past the guard outside,More
Lock & Key is not exactly in a glitzy location, and it's easy to miss the pink neon sign outside this Koreatown speakeasy. The entrance walls are covered with countless doorknobs, handles and locks -- but it's worth scrabbling for the right one. Heavy black wood, green leather, silver chainMore
It would be hard to overestimate the importance of John Sedlar, who introduced the idea of new Southwestern Cuisine 25 years ago at the late St. Estephe, marrying classical French technique to the flavors imprinted onto his palate as a kid in New Mexico -- at this remove, it's hardMore
Like so many other restaurants on the Westside, the food at the wine bar Rustic Canyon owes less to the standard bistro playbook than it does to the kind of cooking that French guys don't consider cooking at all: basically a compendium of what happens to be on the farmersMore
Don't believe the rumors – Westlake's famed Haitian restaurant TiGeorges' Chicken isn't going anywhere, according to George Laguerre himself. The native Haitian has made his famous chicken for more than a decade, and despite whispers of impending closure, the perfectly seasoned cluckers with a side of rice and beans willMore
Valentino has long been L.A.¹s ultimate special-occasion Italian restaurant, a bells-and-whistles place where you reserve a table weeks in advance. But it turns out that even Valentino wants to be not just admired, but loved. Its V-vin Bar is a little awkwardly situated within the restaurant, and the grouping ofMore
Owner Elizabeth Fischbach renovated the longtime Filipinotown/Echo Park joint Lupita's and transformed the narrow, brick-walled room into a hip wine and craft-beer bar. Entertainment ranges from DJs to acoustic buskers. 21 & over.More
The latest restaurant project from the O.C.-based team that brought us Dakota, Whist and Meson G is a bordello-style, flocked-wallpaper saloon with a big list of wines by the half-bottle, the chance to have Red Hawk or Crescenza on your cheeseburger instead of ordinary cheddar, and big Chinese takeout containersMore
Get on your knees and pray at the Abbey, a sprawling 16,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor drinking establishment that attracts a consistently fierce crowd of choirboys (and the clergymen that love them). Named "Best Gay Bar in the World" by the Logo channel, the Abbey is fun whether you're gay, straight or undecided,More
Silver Lake's Moroccan-themed gay grotto is a long-running fave, as much for its stiff, reasonably priced drinks as for its vivacious, open-to-all atmosphere. When the adjacent dance room was added a few years ago, it became a full-fledged club. The dark and sweaty pit pumps and pulsates on weekends thanksMore
Whether it’s the always-lively beer garden, the quaint shops that sell lederhosen and dirndls or the market and deli that specialize in European imports, even kitsch-phobic snobs have to succumb to Alpine Village’s faux Bavarian charm. They especially can’t deny its status as the largest host of Oktoberfest in L.A.More
Based in a sprawling warehouse in Little Tokyo, Angel City Brewery is downtown L.A.'s only active brewery. You can sip pints or flights at the bar or at community picnic tables inside or outside, where you'll often find a fleet of food trucks. Angel City Brewery hosts tours every hourMore
This bar is part of Thomas Keller's Beverly Hills complex, which includes a restaurant on the second floor and a little walk-up bakery. Bar Bouchon is a cute bistro-ish place on the ground floor that spills out to the patio, serving oysters and cocktails and classic French small plates.More
A modern Spanish tapas bar, restaurant and lounge, Bar Celona, owned by local entrepreneurs Jack and Karen Huang, resides in Old Town Pasadena. Painted with rich crimson red and hues of mellow mustard, the space is modeled after traditional tapas bars in Spain, with handcrafted murals of "The Running ofMore
Sometimes a burger and fries is enough to sustain you through a night of serious drinking, and sometimes it's got to be boozy bacon prunes. It is at those latter times that you hope you have the pull to get past the doorman at Bar Marmont, whose list of regularMore
You may be familiar with the sensations provided by good prosciutto or Kentucky ham, but Ibérico ham is something else entirely. Slightly chewy, it dissolves slowly into a rondelay of flavors - hazelnuts, sweat, caramel, smoke, amber, and Parmesan cheese. Advocates of the Spanish ham say that the fat isMore
In the age-old debate over dry-vs.-wet rub when barbecuing, Beachwood BBQ and Brewery in Long Beach fiercely makes a strong case for dry – although defiant diners will nonetheless find a variety of sauces on their tables. The younger sister of the original Seal Beach location is hog heaven ifMore
With rams' heads mounted on the walls and display cases of Native American artifacts, Bigfoot West sometimes seems like a museum, but it's actually one of the Westside's hippest bars. Whereas the Bigfoot Lodge, its sister location in Atwater, has more of a kitschy vibe, with sasquatch signage and aMore
Neal Fraser, best known for his restaurant Grace, has long been a bwana of complexity in fourth-stage Los Angeles restaurants, mixing so many national idioms on a plate that his customers are never quite sure whether they are reading a menu or looking at a departures board at LAX. ButMore