"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 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 Jillina Carlano are all about. The 5-year-old troupe combines contemporary dance, acrobatics, street dance, theatrical hip-hop and tribal dance to present narrative stories. Here they take on the Lewis Carroll classic with an original score by Paul Dinletir and Ozzy Ashkenazi's live beats. After all, what could be more appropriate than a hip-hop white rabbit? John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hlywd.; Fri., Aug. 1, 8:30 p.m.; $23-$43, $12-$20 students & children. (323) 461-3673, fordtheatres.org.More
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 of Manhattan Beach ignited a debate about water safety by declaring such a state, which persists to this day. Ultimately, the idea is to regulate fishing on the pier — the powers-that-be are convinced that the problem is less that Jaws is out there picking off victims and more that, by baiting sharks into the shallow waters, fishermen are endangering swimmers. But no matter what happens at City Hall, we're certain local anglers will be on their best behavior during this highly regarded summer tradition. As part of the weekend festival, hundreds of surfers (and body surfers) will compete Saturday, riding everything from short boards to paddle boards along the picturesque South Bay shores. Watch contestants catch a few waves — or come back Sunday at 7:30 a.m. for a sand castle design contest. Manhattan Beach Pier, 2 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach; also at Hermosa Beach Pier, Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach; Sat., Aug. 2, 6:45 a.m.; Sun., Aug 3, 7:30 a.m.; free. surffestival.org.More
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 conventions across Southern California, Sketch Fighter is a test of skill and speed. With 60 seconds on the clock, teams will vie to be the fastest, funniest sketch artists in the comic book shop. After the game, an auction for drawing pads features both work from the competition and one other drawing from each artist. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Hero Initiative, a nonprofit that provides financial assistance for comic book creators. The Comic Bug, 1807 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach; Sat., Aug. 2, 8 p.m.; no cover. (310) 372-6704, thecomicbug.com.More
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 dance works in the private spaces of willing hosts all over town. In preparation for the latest edition, "homeLA:studio // The Brewery," visual artist Michelle Jane Lee has welcomed Ariana Daub, Scott McCabe, Carmela Hermann Dietrich, Ally Voye, Filipa Valente, Terrence Luke John and Eugene Ahn into her home for three months of collaboration on a suite of works. The resulting project responds to the studio's industrial bohemian setting and specific aspects of her art and story. Over the course of three performances, a small number of ticket holders can expect evenings that combine the charms of a studio visit, architecture tour and salon party with a program of close-quarters experimental dance — offering a whole new way to experience the city we think we know. Brewery Arts Complex, 1920 N. Main St., dwntwn.; Sun., Aug. 3, 10 & 17, 6 p.m.; $15, homelahello.com.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...
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
The members of the Single Wing Turquoise Bird collective met at the Hog Farm, a hippie commune in Tujunga, and started doing live video and light shows to accompany rock concerts in 1968. They'd use projectors and mirrors to overlay still and moving images. They've reassembled a few times in the years since, and their current installation at Paul Young's mirror-filled, low-lit Pacific Design Center space is totally immersive. New work by the members appears alongside older work, and everywhere you turn there's compelling, trippy imagery and ethereal sounds. Young Projects at the Pacific Design Center, Space B210, 8687 Melrose Ave., W. Hlywd.; through Aug. 9. (323) 377-1102; youngprojectsgallery.com.More
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...
His budget proposal for the fiscal year that starts July 1 includes money to hire 50 more part-time traffic officers. But there was, of course, a backlash. And Garcetti this week had to deny to CBS Los Angeles' Dave Bryan that this was about a de facto parking tax.
Now Parking Freedom Initiative honcho Jay Beeber, a chief critic of the budget plan, says the mayor has agreed to create a "working group on parking reform." Sounds promising:
A new video spoofing the sad state of L.A.'s sidewalks has hit YouTube, and already it has been tweeted out to the followers of Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Garcetti said, "Love this video parody."
The clip shows a number of young people tripping and falling as a result of cracked and raised sidewalks. One woman in a wheelchair gets stranded by a steep section that apparently won't let her wheel away:
A still of last summer's boardwalk tragedy via @Snapchat
Less than seven months after a car drove onto the Venice boardwalk and plowed into crowds of beach-goers, killing a tourist from Italy, several temporary barricades placed at key locations have been damaged or vandalized to the point of ineffectiveness.
Following the horrific crash at Austin's SXSW festival in which two people died after a car burst through temporary barricades and collided with music lovers early yesterday, we learned that efforts to protect boardwalk users from another such tragedy in Los Angeles have been slow-going.
A plan to improve four blocks in Westchester -- hailed by former L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and Congresswoman Maxine Waters as they posed at its "groundbreaking" last March -- has completely stalled, leaving severely buckled sidewalks that a gymnast might have trouble safely negotiating.
Rosendahl and Waters praised the $1 million "Westchester Streetscape Improvement" project, in which 16 big shade trees, blamed for ruining the sidewalks, were chopped down. And then, nothing. The roots were left exploding from the ground, but no improvements ever came.
The world's largest public relations firm, Edelman, announced today that Antonio Villaraigosa is coming on-board as a "senior advisor." By our count that makes five gigs for Mayor V. since he left office in July:
The gentrification of inner-city neighborhoods in Los Angeles is bulldozing through at a such a pace that we wouldn't be surprised if a national publication were to name the hypodermic homeland known as San Julian Street on Skid Row as America's next great shopping strip.
As it is, you can't thumb through the pages of a New York-based magazine these days without reading about the wonders of surfboard furniture on Abbot Kinney Boulevard or the insane coffee brewed from beans found in rare Guatemalan rat droppings that you can find on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park:
The political hot potato that is the LAPD's towing policy when it comes to unlicensed drivers just got a new topping.
The L.A. City Attorney's office today announced that a state appeals court ruled in City Hall's favor, allowing cops to not tow and impound the vehicles of unlicensed drivers stopped by officers or ensnared in DUI checkpoints.
The LAPD policy known as Special Order 7 is a big deal because ...
Ojai banned chain stores long ago, and that lovely valley town is packed with crowds seeking art, jazz and fine food. Old Town Pasadena welcomed every tony chain and lots of crap ones, erasing Old Town and its hip crowds to lure dazed suburban families and professionals who spend wildly. To each his own.
Malibu -- artsy, salty, get-away-from-Rodeo Drive Malibu -- surprised us. It went with Newport Beach teetering on glam high heels. It forklifted parts of South Coast Plaza to Cross Creek Road so it needn't drive down there. Now, the City Council is -- once again -- considering a chain store ban, so bored is it with Sephora, Kitson, Juicy Couture, Missoni, Ralph Lauren, True Religion and Crapster (just kidding) where ballet and book shops once were. Developers now want Whole Foods, which means Costco and Malibu Jiffy Lube can't be far behind.
The companies -- we talked to two of them -- claim they don't need permission. Now a Change.org petition is backing their side and urging the city to back off on its cease-and-desist order against the ride apps:
Running for office can be grueling, but it's usually not this bad. Neel Kashkari, the Republican contender to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown, spent a week living on the streets of Fresno to underscore his jobs message. Voluntary hardship is becoming a Kashkari trademark. Whether he's taking a beating on Capitol...
It has been a rough week at UCLA. First 20 million gallons of drinking water flooded campus Tuesday, damaging Pauley Pavilion, athletic facilities and some offices. See also: UCLA Flooded by Tons of Water (PHOTOS) Now an unheard of nighttime attack has been reported on campus. A woman who attends UCLA...
A group of local U.S. representatives wants the Federal Communications Commission to help end Time Warner Cable's blackout of Dodger games for competing cable and satellite providers. Negotiations to bring the team's games to AT&T U-verse, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Dish Network, Mediacom, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon FIOS have gotten...