Charlie "Bird" Parker has been called the greatest saxophonist who ever lived, a jazz legend who not only spearheaded the bebop movement but also laid the foundations of modern jazz. He was also a party animal. In 1952, Los Angeles would play host to one of Parker's wildest exploits. The...
The World Cup has taken Los Angeles by storm. With viewings beginning at 9 a.m., soccer fans have congregated at some of the best bars in the city including The Village Idiot, Goal, The Parlour on Melrose, Big Wang's and more. Whether they're cheering for their native country, favorite players or mourning the USA's loss, Angelenos have paid close attention to the Cup, showing that soccer is becoming more than a fad. All photos by Daniel Kohn.
Starting June 28th, The Page Museum once again proudly unveils the museum's Observation Pit, which originally opened in 1952 but has spent most of the last half century closed. Now visitors can get an up-close look at Pit 91, which is currently under excavation. The La Brea Tar Pits, home of the Page Museum, is one of the world's most famous ice age fossil locations, known for range of fossils from saber-toothed cats and mammoths to microscopic plants, seeds and insects. The new "Excavator Tour" is free with museum admission if purchased online at tarpits.org
. All photos by Nanette Gonzales.
The Santa Monica Pier is perhaps the most iconic beachside monument in all of Los Angeles, and as a designated city landmark more than 100 years old, it certainly deserves the attention. Not only does the manmade jetty boast a 1920s carousel, aquarium, trapeze school and arcade, it's nearly as attractive to tourists as the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In what has become a summertime tradition, the Thursday Twilight Concerts at the Pier invite visitors and locals alike to hit the sand for some of the best established and up-and-coming acts in town. Indie duo Cults, L.A.-based James Supercave and KCRW DJ Marion Hodges help kick off the festivities tonight. The 2014 season features a sizzling summer lineup, with headliners ranging from classic British rockers The Zombies to soul maestro Charles Bradley. World musicians include adult-contemporary artist Yuna (who was featured in L.A. Weekly's 2014 People issue), Syrian electronic artist Omar Souleyman, Latin band La Santa Cecilia and West African reggae artist Lee "Scratch" Perry. Then there are the straight-up rock musicians, such as Santa Monica's own Zach Yudin, aka Cayucas, and Australia's Jagwar Ma. An assortment of KCRW DJs spins throughout the season as well. So pack a picnic and sit back and relax on the sand while listening to the lazy, hazy, crazy tunes of summer. Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica; Thu., July 10-Sept. 11, 7 p.m.; free. (310) 458-8900, santamonicapier.org/twilightconcerts.More
Star-crossed lovers, two heavily armed families vying for political dominance — long before Game of Thrones, Shakespeare branded the enduring appeal of these elements with Romeo and Juliet. However luscious its language, it's the play's physicality that lends itself to dance — the lovers' passionate meetings, the deadly swordfights erupting between the families' armies, the doomed timing of the sleeping potion. Those physical possibilities and the timeless appeal of the love story have enticed choreographers to put their own stamp on the tragedy ever since Sergei Prokofiev composed the score in the 1930s. The latest to take on Prokofiev and Shakespeare is Alexei Ratmansky, the former Bolshoi Ballet director and one of the most important classical ballet choreographers working today. Now choreographer in residence at American Ballet Theatre, Ratmansky continues to work with other major international companies, including the National Ballet of Canada, which commissioned a new Romeo and Juliet in 2011. Southern California gets its first look at it this week when the company arrives for five performances. Unlike choreographers such as Angelin Preljocaj, who set the lovers in a militaristic, Blade Runner–esque future, or Mark Morris, who inserted a happy ending, Ratmansky's is steeped in the traditions of classical ballet yet tweaked to bring more individuality to Verona's populace. He also has Juliet awaken just after Romeo has taken the poison but while he still has a few moments to live — just enough time for one last pas de deux. Music Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Thu.-Sat., July 10-12, 7:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., July 12-13, 2 p.m.; $34-$125. musiccenter.org.More
Nick Cave has numerous ways of delivering his fire-and-brimstone sermons from atop various pulpits and stages. He's written novels and appeared in films, and these days Cave has at least two ways of propelling his music forward — he splits his time between Grinderman, whose angular aggression evokes the junkyard clamor of his first band, The Birthday Party, and the venerable Bad Seeds, who back him tonight. On Thursday, July 10, he performs a (sold-out) solo set at the Egyptian Theatre for the local premiere of 20,000 Days on Earth, a pseudo-documentary focusing on a fictional day in his life. If Cave's creaky murder ballads and eternal lyrical obsession with God and the Devil occasionally become repetitive, pianist Conway Savage and the rest of The Bad Seeds pick him up with a compulsively moody, late-night allure. Also Saturday, July 12, at the Theatre at Ace Hotel.More
Every summer for three decades, the grassy banks of Echo Park Lake transformed into an enchanting promenade called the Lotus Festival, in honor of the blooming of the lotuses on the north side of the pond. Paddle boaters pedaled around fountains as crowds examined handmade crafts, snacked on delicious street food and listened to exotic tunes. But then the festival quietly disappeared. The paddle boats were grounded, Echo Park Lake was drained for a multimillion-dollar renovation and the lotuses wilted, seemingly refusing to blossom until the festival returned again, too. Fortunately, after the festival's three-year hiatus, the Philippines has stepped up to be host country of the 34th edition of the Lotus Festival and, just like the lotuses, the festival is back in full bloom. In its 2014 comeback, the festival features the signature dragon boat races as well as a range of cultural dances, martial arts demonstrations, a 1920s-themed drill-team routine and live music, including Latin jazz, rock and stress-relieving ancient sacred sounds. Since the lotus is a prominent symbol in Asian art and religion, the eastern continent's myriad cultures have always been the theme of the festival, but in practice, the summertime tradition appeals to all cultures. That's so L.A. Echo Park Lake, 751 Echo Park Ave., Echo Park; Sat., July 12, noon-9 p.m.; Sun., July 13, noon-8 p.m.; free. (213) 413-1622, facebook.com/lalotusfestival or cd13.com/2014_lotus_festival.More
In the very early hours of the morning on April 30, in a parking lot connected to Hollywood nightclub Supperclub, a patron was shoved to the ground and surrounded by a handful of hulking guards. One of the guards, wearing a jacket reading "Security," took a hop back, jogged forward...
When Alma opened in June 2012, it served as a beacon for the possibilities of the new food movement. Debuting with little fanfare on the quiet, scuzzy end of Broadway, it was a restaurant where you could taste the promise of one of the city's brightest young chefs, without a...
Milo's Kitchen, a part of California-based Big Heart Pet Brands, is taking its homestyle dog treats on the road this summer with the "Treat Truck." The dogified food truck is making stops all over the country, ending up in New York early September. The truck stopped at Redondo Beach Dog Park Friday morning entertaining the pups with treats, a photo-booth and play zone. Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck offered samples of the line's six flavors, all with chicken or beef as the first ingredient, and all made in the U.S.A. with no artificial colors or preservatives. All photos by Nanette Gonzales.
On June 28th, more than 40 of L.A. and Mexico's hottest taco makers gathered at El Pueblo de Los Angeles downtown to showcase the best of Southern California's taco scene. Curated by the World's First Tacorazzo, Bill Esparza, Tacolandia attendees enjoyed music, drinks, a tequila tasting and of course, plenty of taco goodness. All photos by Anne Fishbein.
The most impressive thing about Drumroll by Steve McQueen, the video artist who became an Oscar-winning director with 12 Years a Slave, is the way in which it gives an almost omniscient view of a big city without making that city seem any less dense and unwieldy than it is...
Photographer Fred Lonidier made some of the images in his show at Michael Benevento gallery while still a student at UC San Diego, where he would later teach. He didn't know the term "male gaze" then but, in retrospect, thinks that might be what he was exploring. It was 1972 and he took photos of "parts" of girls on campus — a butt in corduroys, a chest through a turtleneck, an arm. These he paired with images of glamorized, sexualized women from men's magazines. He calls the project "Girl Watcher Lens" and it's creepy, imagining him with his camera, catching girls unaware, but that's the point: Any project that reduces people to parts should be unsettling. 7578 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd.; through July 12. (323) 874-6400, beneventolosangeles.com.More
"JonOne: West Side Stories" is the latest solo exhibition from this New York–based, L.A.-appreciating street art star — and the first solo show in Fabien Castanier's fancy new digs in Culver City. The gallery relocated after years of being the coolest thing in Studio City, so not only the artist but also the dealer has a Westside story to tell. In any case, you can expect plenty of the big, bold, bright, brand new and emotional from both of them, as JonOne has been making exceptionally vibrant compositions in his signature style, combining explosive, calligraphic abstraction with florid color fields and art-historical elegance. In his confident and zesty brushwork and mysterious almost-language, JonOne uses influences as disparate as his youth in 1980s New York City and later exposure to the less-mean streets of the Paris art world at the turn of the new century. And lately, to that cocktail of inspirations, the artist has added the unbridled freedom, sunny spirit and penchant for experimentation that Los Angeles famously affords to artists. How does that number go again? "The air is humming, and something great is coming…" Fabien Castanier Gallery, 2919 La Cienega Blvd., Culver City; Sat., June 7, 7-10 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., through July 12. (310) 876-3529, castaniergallery.com.More
Ringo Starr's 74th Birthday celebration was held at Capitol Records Monday. The birthday boy, along with fashion designer John Varvatos, launched the #peacerocks campaign to raise funds for Starr's Peace & Love fund, which is a part of David Lynch's non-profit organization. Starr's wife Barbara, and countless musician friends, showed up to support Starr and his fundraiser by posting selfies galore on social media with #peacerocks hashtags, raising $1 per hit. After blowing out candles and greeting fans, Starr handed out bracelets and cupcakes for all to join his celebration. All photos by Michele McManmon.
The dream of the '90s was alive at the Anime Expo and we've got the photos to prove it. From Pokemon to Porco Rosso we tracked down some awesome cosplayers that celebrated '90s anime, video games and live action TV shows. All photos by Shannon Cottrell.
"It's the secret films you have to watch out for," Richard Linklater jokes about his new movie, Boyhood, a furtive experiment that he kept quiet for more than a decade. In 2002, he chose a first-grader named Eller Coltrane, the 6-year-old son of two Texas artists; cast Patricia Arquette and...
A mere 10 minutes of The Battered Bastards of Baseball will have you convinced that its namesake — the ragtag, minor league Portland Mavericks, active in the 1970s — must have served as the inspiration for the Bad News Bears.
After Savannah Badalich was raped in her sophomore year at UCLA, an experience she wrote about for both her campus newspaper and the Huffington Post, she's become the face of sexual assault victims at her school.
She's received rape threats in the comment section of articles she's posted online. An anonymous student on UCLA's Reddit page called her a hypocrite for wearing makeup and skirts on campus, saying they made her "look provocative." And her dating life? It's difficult; the nice guys are often too shy to flirt with her.
UPDATE: Tuck has succeeded in forcing incumbent Torlakson into a November runoff last night, with 99.4 percent of the vote counted. And that means an all-out Education War on the November ballot. See below.
The early vote-by-mail ballots are in, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is in the lead with 49 percent, followed by well-known charter school proponent Marshall Tuck with 27.4 percent and teacher Lydia A. Gutiérrez with 23.4 percent.
If Tuck and Gutierrez keep Torlakson below 50 percent in this June 3 primary (an unknown at this point), California will see a massive, nationally-funded war between teachers union ally Torlakson and a growing reform movement (in this case, in the person of Tuck) that believes teachers' unions are part of the problem facing failing schools.
UPDATE: With 100 percent of precincts reporting, George McKenna and Alex Johnson are the top two winners who will face each other in August. See below.
Super-principal George McKenna and school reform advocate Alex Johnson have jumped out in front of a big pack in the L.A. Unified Board of Education special election to replace District 1 representative Marguerite LaMotte. McKenna has 38.79 percent, Johnson 25.19 percent, and relative unknown Sherlett H. Newbill has 9.44 percent.
But these figures count only the early, vote-by-mail ballots, so take them with a grain of salt. Having said that, former LAUSD Board of Education member Genethia Hudley-Hayes and reality TV star Omarosa Manigault are far back, with about 7 percent each.
Assuming no candidate finishes with more than 50 percent in tonight's June 3 primary, the top two face each other in August - that's right, August, when no other race is happening, and everyone in L.A. will be on vacation. Turnout will likely be only a few thousand souls deciding who joins the powerful if obscure LAUSD board.
Until she was 12, Maria Klawe had exactly one piece of new clothing that was bought especially for her and not a hand-me-down from an older sister: a stretchy, royal blue, knit T-shirt the same color as her piercing eyes, which she loved and wore like no other item in her wardrobe.
She's made magnificent leaps since her humble beginnings, but that shirt still has an impact. Looking around her office at Claremont's Harvey Mudd College, of which Klawe is president, its color is reflected in sofas, in the cover of a tissue box and even in her clothes and their several shades of blue.
Angeles Echols Brown refers to the kids of Educating Young Minds as her "babies." And when her digital platform Access/No Excuse launches, she'll be able to educate them from preschool all the way through college and into the job search.
Since its start nearly 30 years ago, EYM has grown from a one-woman operation run out of Echols Brown's one-bedroom apartment into a multifaceted nonprofit that has helped more than 3,500 at-risk students excel thanks to tutoring and support, both academic and emotional.
Raised by a single mother in Memphis, Echols Brown credits her faith, and the help of her mother and others - "whatever she couldn't provide, she kept us surrounded by people who could help us" - for her admission to Cornell University. As a premed student who loved the arts, she laughs, "I didn't go to Cornell to do this - I wanted to be a singing physician."
A former campus safety officer at Occidental College tells L.A. Weekly that from 2009 to 2013, administrators never gave him any reports of sexual assaults made anonymously - even though college officials are required by federal law to give these reports to the safety office. "Nothing ever came to our department," Edward Cunje says, raising questions about whether reports were, in some cases, omitted from the official record.
Cunje's revelation comes as Oxy tries to emerge from a national controversy that erupted last year when college administrators were accused by a group of students and professors of covering up sexual assaults on campus.
But it's rare that a UC Riverside or a Cal State Long Beach makes the top echelon of any such ranking. Until now.
You see, the Obama administration has proposed its own system of assessing schools based on graduation rates, affordability, and the number of students who receive federal grants. Time magazine recently went ahead and did its own ranking of universities based on White House criteria:
Two male students were arrested following a videotaped classroom brawl with a science teacher at Santa Monica High School on Friday. One of the two had a box cutter and marijuana on him the day of the fight, cops allege.
Despite reports claiming charges have been filed, a District Attorney's spokeswoman said that was not the case, at least not yet. Santa Monica police told us the same.
But cops were recommending that prosecutors throw the book at the two teen suspects:
Caltech, a perennial top school for Times Higher Education, came in ninth. And UCLA came in 10th. The Westwood school dropped two spots after ranking eighth last year (which was up from ninth in 2012).
If you've been reading L.A. Weekly, you know that there's a housing crisis in Los Angeles. Rents are some of the highest in the nation, and housing prices are just ridic. See also: Owning a Home in L.A. Is a "Pipe Dream" For Most Basic bungalows are going for $1 million plus is some...
We're pleading here for straight talk on both sides of the illegal immigration debate, so we'll start this party with some brutal honesty: Illegal immigration isn't necessarily good for Latino Americans, and many of us don't always welcome it. Why would we ask for the clock on our U.S. assimilation...
In an infamous ruling last month a divided U.S. Supreme Court said that family-owned corporations with religious objections did not have to pay for contraceptive coverage under so-called Obamacare. The decision had some feminists fuming because it will allow employers to duck paying for what they believe is a key part of their...