It was the happiest day of Phillip Cho's life. Shortly after New Year's Day in 2005, he learned that he had acquired a fortune of $600 million — a windfall from his brother, who had won a settlement in a corporate espionage lawsuit, and who planned to give Cho access...
Game lovers will be gathering at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport over Labor Day weekend for Gateway 2014. Part of the Strategicon family of holiday weekend gaming events, this four-day convention features tournaments, demos and more, for board game lovers and card sharks alike. A full roster of events is planned every day right up until Monday afternoon, so check out strategicon.net for the schedule. For those who want to simply play with friends, head to the library. It's stocked with old favorites and more recent titles. Whether you're looking for something with zombies, Cthulhu or Dungeons & Dragons, there is something here you can take on loan for a few hours. Hilton Los Angeles Airport, 5711 W. Century Blvd., Westchester; Fri., Aug. 29-Mon., Sept. 1; $60 weekend pass ($50 in advance), day pass $30 (Sat.-Sun.)/$15 (Fri., Mon.)., $5 kids under 12 with adult admission. strategicon.net.More
The Los Angeles Times kicks off its annual food festival, the Taste, on Labor Day weekend. The folks from that paper's Food section join local chefs for a weekend of discussions, cooking and cocktail demos, wine seminars — and actual food and drink. Among the many activities: cooking demos by Nancy Silverton, Jimmy Shaw, John Sedlar, Karen Hatfield and Casey Lane, among many others; a butchery demo by Amelia Posada; Russ Parsons chats with Thomas Keller; Jonathan Gold and Betty Hallock host a mixology demo; and a farmers market cooking panel with Roxana Jullapat, Jessica Koslow and Josiah Citrin. A weekend pass goes for $299; tickets for individual events run from $175 down to a kids' brunch for $5. Check out the website for details and to buy tickets. (LAT subscribers get a $25 discount.).More
This Eagle Rock quartet's missionary garb is a symbol of its dedication to "rock out," not preach gospel. So no, they're not part of the LDS church but they're just as pesky. Since 1998, until its recent closure, they were the unofficial house band at Mr. T's Bowl. They're also notorious for taking their show to the streets like punk-rock guerrillas, crashing Coachella and the storefront of Amoeba with two battery-powered amps, a megaphone and a sound influenced by Devo, Dead Kennedys and The Voidoids. On Saturday, they celebrate 16 years of being a DIY punk band that's wacky enough to write an anthem for fleeing authorities. Badtown Boys, The Black Widows and Bloody Brains join L.A.'s geek-punk misfits for a Sweet Sixteen celebration that should get weird.More
Most of us would be full and ready for a nap after downing two or three hot dogs. The men and women in Barry Rothbart and Jeff Cerulli's 2014 documentary, Hungry, are never full. In fact, they've turned overeating into a competitive sport, or even a job, and it has become so big that the contests are held in stadiums and covered by ESPN. Equal parts engrossing and just plain gross, the movie follows top-ranked eaters from Huntington Beach to Coney Island as they compete and train, which involves drinking gallons of water to expand their stomachs, and then vomiting gushing amounts over toilets and trash cans. They have nicknames such as "The Lunatic," "Crazy Legs" and "El Wingadore." The most notable is Japan's Takeru "Kobi" Kobayashi, and today, you can meet the human Hoover at Cinefamily's My Lunch With Kobayashi, followed by the L.A. premiere of Hungry, with the directors in attendance. At only 132 pounds, the sport's biggest star has won the famous July 4th Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest six years in a row, and he holds loads of other world titles and records: 110 hot dogs, 93 hamburgers, 337 wings, 106 tacos, 57 cow brains. Now that's food for thought. Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax, Fairfax District; Sat., Aug. 30, 11:45 a.m.; $12. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.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...
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...
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 majestic the new paintings in his "Flat Screen Nature" show at Kohn Gallery are. They're two-tone expanses of color painted on sheets of fiberglass. Even though you could tumble right into those deep blues, Goode's still not taking himself too seriously. Every piece has weirdly ragged edges and the titles are jokes: Honk if You See Jesus for one with a ghostly shape near the bottom, or Coming Attraction for one that looks like a big-screen sunset. 1227 N. Highland Ave., Hlywd.; through Aug. 29. kohngallery.com.More
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
Weep at another whiff of an Elmore Leonard adaptation, one that nails down neither the peppery laughs nor the street-crime desperation that are key to the writer's work. Instead, the comedy is too broad to take the characters seriously, and the vibe is breezily aimless, a mistake in a story...
After The Princess Bride made Robin Wright a star, she shocked Hollywood by saying no. No to The Firm and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. No to Jurassic Park, Dirty Dancing, Born on the Fourth of July and Batman Forever. She even said no to the cover of Vanity Fair...
The Hollywood Museum is billed as having the most extensive collection of show business memorabilia in the world, and after spending hours wandering four floors containing more than 10,000 artifacts, the exhausted visitor would have to agree (at least until the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences opens its...
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Autumn in L.A. is nothing to get depressed about. The weather's still gorgeous; the sun still shines. We'll enjoy plenty more 80 degree days as August turns to September.
And yet ... you can feel the days getting shorter, the nights getting cool. There's a bittersweet note in the morning air. Another summer, it tells us, is coming to an end.
Soon, it will be time for pumpkin lattes and TV marathons and fall sweaters. But for now, it is summer's final hurrah — the energetic last push to squeeze every last minute out of the day while it's still long and the sun is still hot. Here are 10 things to get cracking on now — this weekend, before it's too late.
10. Visit that favorite Malibu restaurant.
We all have one, a place where we've made great memories drinking a glass of Prosecco (or maybe a really overpriced glass of beer) while the dolphins frolic (yes, frolic!) below. Whether you're into the deep-fried fun of Neptune's Net, the elegance of brunch at Geoffrey's or making a new favorite at the Weekly-recommended Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar, now is the time to take that trip down the PCH. So what if everyone else has the same damn idea? It's not like the traffic is ever going to get better.
Which leads us to ...
9. Get thee to the Hollywood Bowl.
If not for the first time this summer, at least for one last time. From Elvis Costello this weekend, to the L.A. Phil's final summer appearance on Sept. 26 with Trey Anastasio, to The Simpsons tribute Sept. 12-13, the options are plenty. Yes, it's a pain the ass to get in and out. No, it's not cheap. But what would you rather have come fall — a few extra bucks in your pocket, or memories of a night with Neutral Milk Hotel?
8. Work on your tan.
Yeah, yeah, you'll want to wear sunscreen. But a little glow is not the kiss of death; scientists now believe many people don't get enough Vitamin D. And you'll be glad for a little color come fall, pasty people!
7. Stock up on seasonal beer. Drink some of local beers released this summer now before they're gone, possibly forever. Draft brews like El Segundo's Mosaic IPA, Highland Park's Enter the Future IPA and King Harbor Brewing's Swirly Chocolate Brown Ale won't be around much longer. For bottles/cans, Golden Road's Pamplemousse Saison was a 2014 summer one-off sold only at Whole Foods. Don't miss it.
Turn the page for more summer fun to squeeze in now, before it's too late
Photo by Lina Lecaro
Say goodbye to summer with a pool party
6. Go to a pool party. Sure, you can lay out here practically year-round, but the shorter days and weaker sunshine of the fall and winter mean that you might well be shivering by many rooftop poolsides even when the mercury professes to be at 70. The Standard's Afternoon Delight pool party, held on Sundays, only runs through Sept. 21, while the W Westwood has its last Sunday soiree Sept. 1. Bag the hottie of your choice before they start hiding that smoking bod under layers of wool. (Seriously, what is with L.A. people and scarves?)
5. Take a weekend trip. Camp. Visit a national park — from the Channel Islands to Joshua Tree, amazing ones are in every direction. Plus, a little romantic trip might help carry that summer fling into the fall.
4. Take a long run — after work. Long-distance runners will tell you that the worst part about summer ending is the steadily encroaching nightfall — who has time to squeeze in a 5-mile run after work when it gets dark by 6 p.m.? It's not your imagination; every day now, sunset comes about two minutes earlier. Tonight the sun doesn't set til about 7:24 p.m; by month's end, that'll be a depressing 6:38 p.m. Pound out your frustrations now before it's too late.
3. Wear white pants.
There are things one just doesn't do in civilized company come autumn. Our mother drilled this one in our heads, and we're sticking to it, damn it.
Photo by Jeanne Kelley
2. Indulge in late-summer tomatoes — and maybe a fig or two.
Greenhouses give us tomatoes year-round, but you don't have to be a food-enthusiast to know they're at their best when grown the old-fashioned way. Sun-warmed, juicy, perfect alone or with a dash of olive oil and sea salt, a good tomato is the taste of summer. And don't forget figs. They're ripe now, locally grown, and delicious.
1. Spend the day at the beach The light is amazing this time of year, with bright days followed by stunning sunsets. Yes, you can go to the beach in December, but it's really not the same. Pack a beachbag, put on your suit, and play hooky for a day. You have all of fall to atrophy in your cubicle.
Hollywood won big this week, as Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to fork over $330 million per year to subsidize film and TV production. This did not seem like a sure thing as recently as last fall, when Sen. Ron Calderon was caught allegedly taking $60,000 in bribes from an independent film producer who wanted to expand the film tax credit.
But the scandal turned out to be a speed bump. It didn't dampen the enthusiasm in Sacramento for handing out public money to film studios. And it certainly didn't stop Hollywood from handing out hundreds of thousands of dollars to lawmakers in the form of (perfectly legal) campaign contributions.
After the jump, a rundown of who took how much from Hollywood.
The adult video industry's trade group today called for a moratorium on production after a performer might have tested positive for HIV.
The Los Angeles–based Free Speech Coalition said in a statement that one of the facilities used by porn stars under the industry's voluntary, twice-a-month STD testing protocol "reported a possible positive HIV test for an adult performer."
In the past, the FSC's moratoriums have been honored by most of the well-known adult studios:
A woman was fatally struck by a vehicle at Burning Man today, organizers said.
The Pershing County Sheriff’s Office in Nevada identified the deceased as 29-year-old Alicia Louise Cipicchio of Jackson, Wyoming. Burning Man spokesman Jim Graham said she fell under a bus or "large vehicle" that was carrying participants early today.
A group of Los Angeles–area Uber drivers has teamed up with Teamsters Local 986.
The affiliation doesn't mean the drivers are unionizing. At this point, they couldn't do so if they wanted to because they are not technically employees. But Joseph DeWolf Sandoval, a member of the California App-Based Drivers’ Association (CADA) leadership counsel, says that could change if future court challenges are successful.
In the meantime, the formal alliance means that CADA will benefit from the "organizational and lobbying assistance" of one of America's most-powerful and iconic labor organizations:
Tinder, man. Tinder. For all the single folks out there, it has largely replaced reading for pleasure and most other hobbies, now occupying roughly 99 percent of all human downtime (guesstimate). You Tinder on the toilet, you Tinder at Grandma's wake, you Tinder anywhere there's a good signal and some time and space to move your hard-won-by-evolution opposable thumb.
You swipe right if you like someone. And of course any good game theorist would tell you that, since there's no cost to swiping right and lots of potential benefit, you might as well just swipe right for everyone. But with all that swiping, you're bound to come upon some duds. A lot of duds. All the same duds, in fact.
Here are the 10 who typically provide the most frustration:
There will be a massive police presence at the Made in America festival downtown this weekend.
Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Rick Stabile says there will be about 270 city officers dedicated to patrolling the perimeter outside the two-day concert, which starts Saturday. Another 200 Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies will be inside the venue, comprised of Grand Park as well as the closed downtown streets next to it, he said.
That deployment outdoes the 450 officers assigned to police raves at the L.A. Sports Arena following gatecrashing and drug-related crime at a 160,000-strong party at its sister venue, the L.A. Coliseum, in 2010:
Jerry Brown, California's skin-flint governor, acceded Wednesday to an increase in the film tax credit to $330 million. Brown is a well-known skeptic of Hollywood subsidies, but the combined forces of organized labor, multinational entertainment conglomerates, and B-list celebrities proved too powerful to resist.
The industry didn't get the $400 million it wanted, but the final figure is closer to that number than to Brown's offer of $200 million. It's also more than triple the current $100 million tax incentive.
So who are the big winners and losers from this deal? A rundown:
A woman was fatally struck by a vehicle at Burning Man today, organizers said. The Pershing County Sheriff’s Office in Nevada identified the deceased as 29-year-old Alicia Louise Cipicchio of Jackson, Wyoming. Burning Man spokesman Jim Graham said she fell under a bus or "large vehicle" that was carrying participants early today. See...
The annual Burning Man festival in Black Rock, Nevada was shut down today after light overnight rains left the area known as the Playa flooded and muddy, officials said. Organizers advised festival-goers heading to the annual event to postpone their arrival until at least midday tomorrow. Burning Man was providing...
The adult video industry's trade group today called for a moratorium on production after a performer might have tested positive for HIV. The Los Angeles-based Free Speech Coalition said in a statement that one of the facilities used by porn stars under the industry's voluntary, twice-a-month STD testing protocol "reported...