Late in 2013, I wrote an article outing Jon Carpenter, a prodigious filer of hundreds of lawsuits against small businesses in Los Angeles, as a convicted child molester who never did his prison time. In March, nearly four months after L.A. Weekly's story, the wheelchair-bound Carpenter traveled to Zurich, Switzerland...
This isn't your high school chemistry class. Nerd Nite, which hosts events in cities from Vancouver to Auckland, eschews the bunsen burners for beer in a night of short lectures on topics designed to pique your scientific curiosity. This month, there will be no napping on the desk or staring out the window when Nerd Nite Los Angeles brings together talks on airborne beasts, space exploration and sex. USC's Dr. Michael Habib will discuss long-gone winged reptiles known as pterosaurs. Brent Sherwood, a "space architect" from JPL, will tackle the political and practical as he explores how space flight can improve Earth. Meanwhile, Nicole Prause, from UCLA's Sexual Psychophysiology and Affective Neuroscience Lab, will lecture on how brain stimulation affects sex drives and what that means for the future. Last month's edition of Nerd Nite sold out, so don't wait to get your tickets. The Mint, 6010 W. Pico Blvd., Mid-City; Wed., Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.; $10. themintla.com, facebook.com/NerdNiteLA.More
Just as organizations such as A/V Geeks and the Prelinger Archives have been busy digitizing Super-8 and 16mm home movies, instructional films, and other forms of celluloid ephemera, Everything Is Terrible (EIT) is dedicated to finding the most god-awful casualties of VHS and virtually every kind of media thereafter. Everything Is Festival is a series of public screenings showcasing some of the most mind-glowingly bad shit out there. This year's fun, five-day film fest, Everything Is Festival: The 5th Dimension, kicks off with EIT's very own Memory Hole, a visual assemblage of rejects from America's Funniest Home Videos, which offers a window into America during the last quarter-century. Ticketed presentations include the 1991 amusing atrocity Samurai Cop (with star Matt Hannon in person!) and the sophomore edition of The Most Outrageous Video Games. Other highlights: Barry Hansen aka Dr. Demento's favorite finds, as well as the Found Footage Battle Royale, a community invitational for anyone hankering to share their own funny and/or disturbing under-recognized gems. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax District; Thu., Aug. 28 to Mon., Sept. 1 (various showtimes); opening night free. All other screenings $12/$15, members free. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org.More
With more than 60 performances on offer in hip-hop, ballet, tap, modern, tribal, contemporary, jazz, belly and pole dancing, the Mix Match Dance Festival returns with its annual terpsichorean tasting menu of local dance troupes. Billed as L.A.'s largest dance festival, the Hart Pulse Dance Company–hosted event has some repetition in groups and dancers over its four days, but each of the four shows has a distinctive and different lineup. Friday's groups include Ashley L. Jones, Lexi Stillanos, Hazel Clarke, Kelela Batinga, Diane McNeal Hunt's Elevate, Merge Dance Theatre, Amaterasu Dance Company, Gabriela Hernandez Cardenas, J.J. Dance, Brooklyn Hughes Melton, Julianna LaRosa, Sara Kempa-Leon, OdDancity, Rosie Trump (With or Without Dance), Reach Dance Academy Burbank and the host company. Now in its eighth year, Mix Match Dance Festival is a weekend of shows offering an unmatched chance to measure the temperature of current SoCal dance. For the full lineup and tickets, go to hartpulsedance.com. Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica; Thu.-Sat., Aug. 28-30, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 31, 2 p.m.; $17. (661) 755-2182, brownpapertickets.com/event/239532.More
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
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...
Compton-bred, hip-hop bard Kendrick Lamar is singing in his catchy, laid-back way: "All my life I want money and power / Respect my mind or die from lead shower." A lithe guy who's high on life, or maybe high on something else, is strutting along the L.A. River. He is...
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
Genius is hell, both for the blessed and those stuck in the shadows, cursed to spend a lifetime smashing their heads against the glass. In its presence we find ourselves dwarfed and dumb, like moths. We know we're before brilliance we can't comprehend — and we know we'll never have...
Sin City, population unknown but dropping every minute, is a gorgeous place, but you wouldn't want to live there. Even the shadows and broken glass are beautiful in this black-and-white world. Only the women — all gorgeous — give the streets a pop of color. That is, only the women...
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If the Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative gets its way, we'll soon see a grand shift in the way L.A. residents view the notorious city parking enforcers who issue a staggering 2.5 million tickets per year.
A vision pushed by advocates Jay Beeber and Stephen Vincent would transform parking enforcement work into a public service role rather than a public punishment role. The initiative has piqued the interest of Mayor Garcetti, who has established a "Working Group on Parking Reform."
About to get metered: The now-free lot on Electric Avenue serves Abbot Kinney's shops and restaurants.
Venice's Abbot Kinney Boulevard is one of the few shopping districts anywhere in L.A. offering close-by parking that's 100 percent free -- just find a spot in the mostly unpaved lots running along the east side of the street, fronting Electric Avenue, and you won't have to worry about meter maids or parking lot attendants.
But you'd best enjoy it while it lasts. Beginning next March, the city is launching a project to finish paving the lot, adding landscaping and a perimeter wall -- and 66 parking meters.
The project was announced to its neighbors in a brief letter from the California Coastal Commission, which helpfully noted that if any of them wished to fight it, they'd be welcome to attend a public meeting Nov. 15 in Newport Beach. Gee, thanks, guys!
(Also contributing to this report were Elisa Losson, Jennifer Swann, Ali Trachta and Ben Westhoff.)
You know what sucks? Circling a block for twenty minutes, burning the gas in your car and watching someone slip into a space right as you turn the corner to claim what you dreamed was yours.
As Los Angeles comedian Stephen Wright said, "When I get real bored, I like to drive downtown and get a great parking spot, then sit in my car and count how many people ask me if I'm leaving." You don't need to be a parking shark, no matter how many "Stephen Wrights" there are in the world.
Because we too feel the pain, we present a list of 5 Los Angeles parking secrets, plus a map of over 100 sweet spots to park:
On August 28, the Department of Trasportation (LADOT), who consistently claims to have Aneglenos' best interests in mind, started to enforce a city-wide ban on "apron" parking. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this L.A. staple, "apron" parking is when a car is parked on the long section of driveway from the street to the sidewalk.
The City has been handing out $60 tickets all over the city since the ban, and residents are getting angry.
We might find this amusing, if we hadn't ourselves felt so many times the unmatchable pain that one feels when one dashes out of the house, late for work, only to find a $55 red-and-white day ruiner tucked under one's windshield wiper within yards of one's own home. It's violating, really.
Now imagine how that pain must multiply when there isn't even a street sweeper coming through to justify your ticket.
That's what's been happening on Riverside Terrace, a winding little side-street snuggled up to two freeways and an elementary school in Silver Lake, according to resident Silvia Cerna [The Eastsider]. This is her story:
Embittered parking-enforcement officers all over Los Angeles are being outperformed by a steely army of 15,000 one-legged cash cows, KPCC radio reports.
The new solar-powered parking meters accept credit cards in addition to coins, and avoid breaking down by sending an alert back to the station if there's ever a malfunction.
When the city began installing the hi-tech meters last June, the Los Angeles Times reported that officials did "not expect parking collections to jump." However, a quarter million bucks a month far exceeds anything those rusty old coin meters were pulling in -- even though the price to park ($1 to $4) hasn't gone up.
They've turned a metered parking spot into a mini park, for Park(ing) Day.
Today is Park(ing) Day, a worldwide event during which people transform metered parking spots into mini parks, an act of civil disobedience designed to point out that we need more open space in our cities.
Here's the local Web site where you can find a nearby "park." Here's Stephen Box running down some of the highlights. And Streetsblog LA. The Weekly's intrepid interns will be out and about checking out some parks and will report back this afternoon.
In a city known for traffic, bad drivers, car theft and parking hassles, there's always been one respite from it all, like a magical open bar in some overpriced club: The broken parking meter, bestowing upon the finder free parking.
The cash-strapped City Council will move closer today to partially privatizing 10 city-owned parking garages, including Pershing Square downtown. The city hopes to ease its cash flow problems to the tune of $100 million to $200 million by receiving money, including an up-front lump sum, for allowing private companies to operate and profit from the garages for 50 years.
In the process, the council could wind up angering everyone: Neither car lovers nor car haters like this plan.
In a surprising reversal, L.A. Unified Superintendent John Deasy has abruptly halted the district's billion-dollar technology program, which aimed to put an iPad into the hands of every student and teacher by the end of, yes, this year. It's a rare retreat for the headstrong superintendent intent on getting the...
A man named as a suspect in random San Fernando Valley shootings Sunday that took the lives of three people was charged with murder in an earlier attack in Pacoima, the L.A. County District Attorney's office announced this afternoon. The revelation confirms that authorities believe 34-year-old suspect Alexander Hernandez could be...
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...