"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 Saturday, spectators of all ages were out in multitudes on a beautiful summer night in Glendale to celebrate the 21st annual Cruise Night. Brand Boulevard, one of the main streets through downtown Glendale, was closed to traffic and lined with over 250 classic, pre-1979 cars. There was plenty of food to be had and many of the businesses on Brand stayed open late for the festivities The evening ended with fireworks and a 50th anniversary concert from The Kingsmen, who performed their ultimate party hit, "Louie, Louie." All photos by Jared Cowan.
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.
The 11th annual "hybrid vision" New Original Works Festival at REDCAT debuts eight new pieces, a varied batch of multidisciplinary works by mostly early-career artists intent on shaking up creative traditions. For the first weekend of three, the festival kicks off with a bill featuring choreographer-dancer Wilfried Souly in Saana/The Foreigner, a solo to live music by multi-instrumentalists, while the Rosanna Gamson/World Wide dance troupe's Still interprets "the neuroscience of dreams." Finally, with a 20-member cast, a choir and chamber orchestra, Overtone Industries' ICELAND is an experimental opera/work of musical work conceived and directed by company main man O-Lan Jones in collaboration with singer-songwriter Emmett Tinley. REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., dwntwn.; Thu., July 24-26, 8:30 p.m.; festival continues through Aug. 9; $20, $16 for REDCAT members/students, $14 for CalArts students/faculty/staff; three-weekend festival pass $40. (213) 237-2800, redcat.org/event/nowfest-2014-week-one.More
Best known as the NOW Festival, the 11th annual celebration of new original dance and other performing arts opens with dancer Wilfried Souly collaborating with Senegalese Kora player Amadou Fall and multi-instrumentalist Tom Moose, choreographer Rosanna Gamson and her troupe World Wide with Still, and contemporary opera from Overtone Industries. Next Thursday, program II opens with Carole Kim’s multi-media work with dance by Oguri and Roxanne Steinberg, table-top puppetry by Marsian De Lellis and new dance and music by d. Sabela grimes. Program III closes the series with a new theatrical work by John Fleck and new dance by Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY.More
She is considered by many to be the reigning ballerina dancing today and he is equally stellar. Established stars in Russia, they left to guest with American Ballet Theater and others, mostly in the classical ballet. Originally scheduled for January with a classical emphasis, in the interim the program took on a more contemporary mode with works by big-name modern choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Ohad Naharin and Arthur Pita. On a prior visit, Osipova and Vasiliev were ferocious in a contemporary pas de deux. They don't just do tutus.More
Grab your dancing shoes and head downtown to join choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance for this year's National Dance Day. Founded by SYTYCD's Nigel Lythgoe and Dizzy Feet Foundation, its free events will have feet flying in several U.S. cities. In L.A., the Music Center is a co-sponsor for an all-day event inviting everyone, no matter their age or agility, to enjoy the chance to dance as the action moves from Grand Park to the fountains to the Music Center Plaza. But first! Go online (musiccenter.org/ndd) to learn the routines, which range from easy to advanced. Then on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., join the dancing throngs in Grand Park led by Lythgoe and SYTYCD choreographer Chris Scott. At noon, cool down at the Grand Park fountain as Baby Loves Disco hosts a family-friendly dance party, or mosey over to the Music Center and spend the afternoon learning repertoire in specific styles from top-notch local companies including CONTRA-TIEMPO (urban Latin, from 12:15 to 1 p.m.), Lula Washington Dance Theatre (contemporary/Afro-Cuban, from 1:15 to 2 p.m.), and Culture Shock (hip-hop/street dance, from 2 to 3:15 p.m.). Now in its third year, the day brings so much fun, it's easy to forget that its goal is to highlight the health and wellness benefits of exercising through dance. Dancers know that already; National Dance Day lets the rest of us in on the secret. Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn., and the Music Center Plaza, 135 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Sat., July 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; free. musiccenter.org/ndd.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...
The fifteenth-annual Gathering of the Juggalos kicked off on Wednesday, July 24, 2014 at Thornville, Ohio's Legend Valley Music Venue, marking a move away from the more remote setting of Cave-In-Rock, Illinois for the Pyschopathic Records-sponsored festival that attracts Insane Clown Posse fans ("juggalos") from all walks of life. Headlining the opening night was Tech N9ne. Photos by Nate "Igor" Smith.
It has all the elements of a tall tale told in a Mississippi barroom: Have you heard? Bob's wife went out to Los Angeles and says a restaurant there is serving Hoppin' John for $14!! Can you imagine? Naaaw. It couldn't be. Hoppin' John: that murky side dish found at...
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.
Prominently squatting near the head of a long bridge connecting an archipelago of four small islands to the mainland, Panama City's new Biomuseo looks from a distance like an abstract turtle painted in bright colors. As you draw nearer to the building, the fragmentation of the design becomes clearer, and...
The first Queer Biennial is a national survey focusing on the current moment in out/queer/LGBT visual culture — a salient idea, and one that's sure to be expanded upon in the future. Though its curator, Ruben Esparza, and its first venue, Coagula Curatorial, are both L.A. institutions, the Biennial has elements planned for New York, Mexico and Europe and includes artists from the American West, East and Mid, and even a little bit of Canada. Contributions come from bondage-friendly photographer and director Rick Castro; jewelry designer and metalworker Angela Gleason; filmmaker, writer, photographer and mixed-media artist Bruce LaBruce; photocollagist and neon sculptor Lili Lakich; and portraitist, muralist and illustrator Miguel Angel Reyes. Musicians and performers include Themegoman, Crystal Powers and Devan M, along with photographer and indie-erotica provocateur Dave Naz; Austin Young, champion of transgender fabulosity in photography, performance, film and public spectacle; and conceptualist and curator Esparza, whose pun-laden mixed-media work mashes up commercial and alternative cultural signifiers. As you might expect, the exhibition (and related happenings both at the opening and during the July 26 Perform Chinatown festival) is provocative in its ideas and inclusive in its style, with artists sharing only a sensibility that Esparza describes as "not shying away from sexuality, identity, the body and all-around queerness." What you might not have anticipated? The familiarity and accessibility on display here. After all, the show is fundamentally just about the human experience. Coagula Curatorial, 974 Chung King Road, Chinatown; Sat., June 28, 7-11 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues Wed.-Sat., noon-5 p.m., through July 26. (424) 226-2485, queerbiennial.com.More
The July Kamikaze Exhibits at downtown studio gallery PØST are a staple of the summer season for art lovers attracted to places and practices that are still somewhat off the beaten path. Although the neighborhood around this industrial side-alley venue has seen exponential changes as the Arts District moniker attracted fancier denizens, its doggedly independent character has remained intact — and another full month of its now-infamous, artist-curated, one-night shows is in the offing. On 31 consecutive nights, the space hosts 31 different solo or group shows organized by artists who are given free rein to be as minimal or ambitious as they want to be, as long as they can manage to install, open and de-install in the course of a single day. The results are every bit as eclectic and insane as that sounds. While the curators aren't showing their own work, their organizing efforts surely provide insight into their creative practices. The diverse crew of artists in charge includes installation/performance artists JEFF&GORDON (July 1), painter Jay Erker (July 8), sculptor and installation artist Margaret Honda (July 11), painter and video artist Annie Wharton (July 14), illustrator and collagist Sarajo Frieden (July 16), sculptor Eric Johnson (July 20) and cosmic interdisciplinary conceptualist Dani Tull (July 28). Don't think about it, just do it. PØST, 1904 E. Seventh Place, dwntwn.; receptions nightly, Tue., July 1-Thu., July 31, 7-9 p.m.; free. (213) 488-1280, postlosangeles.org.More
Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix and Dominic's Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale hosted a jubilee featuring skating stars and world champions performing in a variety of costumed musical acts. The best part? An post-show all-skate party! All photos by Star Foreman.
Philip Seymour Hoffman is an island of rumpled calm in Anton Corbijn's urgent A Most Wanted Man, a glum-out-of-principle espionage story based on a John Le Carré novel. The role demands that Hoffman be quiet, steady, occasionally frustrated, and that he hold secrets — often from us, which is a...
"The heart wants what it wants," Woody Allen has taught us, and apparently what his heart wants these days is not to have to bother with writing second drafts of film scripts. His latest, Magic in the Moonlight, plays like a sumptuous vacation, its stars larking about in 1920s finery...
You know what we love about L.A? Its vast diversity. It's just amazing. From the Bangladeshi store keepers to the Oaxacans along Venice Boulevard. You want Thai tacos? We know a place ... But before we break out in "Kumbaya," there is this little story about a Korean guy who
Teen marijuana use continues to rise, according to the latest annual Monitoring the Future survey. Some, including the Associated Press, are noting that the popularity of pot on high school campuses correlates with the increasing legality of cannabis across America. The survey found that nearly 1 in 4 (23 percent)
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says there's no legit use for marijuana. But British researchers say they have verified via MRI brain scans that the active ingredient in cannabis can ease pain. That's proof positive, innit? Well, not just yet:
Updated at the bottom: Authorities say the found her. First posted at 2:03 p.m. Wednesday. Headline has changed. The Homeland Security Investigations folks at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement today are looking for an alleged child pornographer who looks to us like a "girl next door" or even a pro
The folks who brought you mandatory condoms in porn wants the industry to give back cash it took from an adult-content kingpin arrested recently on suspicion of tax fraud. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation says the No On Measure B campaign took $220,000 total from the mostly online juggernaut known as
The economy sucked and some news just made you want to bury your head under a pillow. But if you're in the journalism game, 2012 was the gift that kept on giving, from the worst bands (of all time) to Tom Cruise's relationship woes to awkward dance moves. Yes, awkward
Marijuana advocates are trumpeting a recent study that says a majority of people smoke weed as a substitute for something else that could be harmful, including alcohol, prescription drugs and street narcotics. The conclusion, or at least suggestion, is that, instead of being a so-called "gateway drug" to poisons such
Updated at the bottom with IDs. City News Service says an FBI agent was involved in the chase. Headline has changed. First posted at 8:01 a.m. Two people were killed on Christmas night when a minivan was hit by an SUV being chased by police in Pasadena, according to reports
Former Olympic runner Suzy Favor Hamilton might have worked as an "escort" on a summer trip to Southern California during which she was appear on behalf of the Disneyland Half Marathon, according to The Smoking Gun. That revelation appears to have inspired Disney officials to un-invite her to next year's
The school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has put gun control back on the national agenda. Over the last two days it's also become an issue locally, as the candidates for L.A. city attorney jockey to prove how tough they are on guns.It started on Wednesday, when incumbent Carmen Trutanich wrote
Thirty-three California teens got together to make a video demanding an end to gun violence. The kids are participants in the California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities initiative, and the video was coordinated by David Valdez, Director of the Youth Institute at the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA. In it, the
If Santa didn't bring you everything you wanted, consider how bad his week had been. Old St. Nick had a run in with the wonderful city employees at the L.A. Department of Transportation. And you know who was naughty. TMZ reports that Santa Claus' car was actually issued a parking
Food trucks, those ubiquitous attractions along Wilshire Boulevard's Museum Row for hipsters and tourists alike, are getting the boot. The L.A. City Council voted last week to prohibit the trucks from parking on Wilshire between Fairfax Avenue and La Brea Avenue between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Is this a
If you like drama and marijuana together, then 2012 was the year for you: It was jam-packed with topsy-turvy cannabis news. As the Obama administration cracked down on medical marijuana dispensaries in California, the president himself said pot users in marijuana-legal states shouldn't be prosecuted. Come again? Here's our list
Sheriff's officials say Michael Wieczorek is a Grinch who stole Christmas. Literally. After busting him Wednesday for allegedly swiping a delivered package from the porch of a home on Redondela Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes, cops say they found more pilfered holiday goods in his possession, including Christmas cards and
Hundreds of people showed up at the Sports Arena this morning to turn in their guns in exchange for grocery store gift cards. But they faced a very long wait -- and the possibility that they would walk away empty-handed.A man who gave his name as "Monster" said he wanted
Remember car pooling, flexible work schedules and "telecommuting." Yeah, none of that worked as far as our traffic goes. L.A. still has the worst congestion in the nation. Will anything bring relief? Researchers at UC Berkeley and MIT think they might have come up with something:
The brazen murder of Angeleno Brandon Woodard in Manhattan earlier this month might have been payback for a major drug-deal gone sideways, the website DNAinfo.com is reporting. Citing law enforcement sources, the news organization's Murray Weiss reports that Woodard might have been a mid-level courier blamed for failing to deliver
See our on-the-scene report, including an account of a two-hour wait, here. If you got a gun for Christmas and you don't like guns, take it back. If you got a gun for Christmas and you're not quite sure where it came from or where it's been, turn it into
By Hillel Aron Call it Not-So-Elegant-Density. On Robinson Street in Silver Lake, a short walk from Dusty's Bistro on Sunset Boulevard, Richard Kaye can stand on his rickety balcony, reach out, and touch the massive, ultra-modern house rising next door. Literally. "I can't even go home anymore," says Kaye, who
A crazy lady has allegedly been stalking the wife of LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. The suspect called her and said, "I'm going to ... kill you," according to a restraining order filed against the woman yesterday. The department had nothing to say. The suspect was named as Veronica Roberts, a
After the longest summer ever (extending through two, massive heat waves in early fall) it's actually, finally cold in Los Angeles. And not that fake 50-something-degree cold that East Coasters laugh at us about. Real cold. Lancaster, which, to remind you, is technically in Los Angeles County, albeit a couple
More than a year after an invasion of LAPD troops cleared the L.A. City Hall lawn of a months-long Occupy encampment, the city and county are being sued over the action. The federal, class-action suit filed on behalf of about 300 occupiers claims their "rights to assembly, association, freedom from
We were pretty skeptical when Fernando Guerra of Loyola Marymount University put out an "exit poll" showing Eric Garcetti with a lead over Wendy Greuel in the race for L.A. mayor. Guerra did not screen out unlikely voters, which made the results -- in our view -- unreliable.But now we have
Like a walking stereotype, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, once accused of cheating on his wife with a Spanish-language TV news reporter, is a man of many women. The latest? Star magazine says he's going out with none other than Eva Longoria:
Just in time for the holidays comes writer Kris Lythgoe's delightful reimagining of this fairy tale nicely packaged in the style of British panto, along with pop culture references, songs, music and stagecraft magic. Though it's geared more for children, there is much here for adults to enjoy. Ariana Grande...
This spoof of the Burl Ives-narrated, animated holiday classic is in clown troupe Troubadour Theater Company's solid, witty, raunchy and scatological hands. As Sam the Snowman (Paul C. Vogt) pointed out to a child before the show began, "You're gonna grow up real fast tonight." The Troubies now have a...
If you missed Cavern Club Theater's holiday drag shows this month with Jackie Beat and Feliz Navi Divas, make sure to catch the Boofont Sisters' Jingling for Jesus. Christmas is the gayest time of year, and the unrelated sisters Ruby and Vicky – who originally hail from Reno – add...
Sort of like the psychic equivalent of deliberately consuming an oversized hunk of ipecac-laced concrete-based fruitcake, Cinefamily's presentation of deft, daft found-footage freak out "The Everything is Terrible Holiday Special 2012: Cataclysmic Transformation" provides a frantic brain twister of a viewing experience. Most definitely an antidote to rampant commercialism and...
While emigre snow bunnies may bemoan the absence of a white Christmas, Laura Karlin's Invertigo Dance (pictured) celebrates SoCal's invariably warm sunny winter with Christmas light-bedecked dancers, one of five L.A. dance companies in the spotlight at this year's Music Center Holiday Celebration. Adriana Gainey's Pacifico Dance Company contributes Mexican...
After a manic morning of Christmas bliss, settle your little monsters into seats at the El Capitan to see real monsters from Disney-Pixar's 2001 animated film Monsters, Inc. The characters of Mike and Sulley appear live on stage prior to the 3D screening. Dec. 19-Jan. 6, 2012...
In Charles Marowitz's comedy-thriller, Dr. Watson (Bert Emmett), fed up with Sherlock Holmes' condescension and superiority, launches a diabolical plot to take revenge. He invents Damian, fictitious son of Holmes' former nemesis, the late Dr. Moriarty, and uses this imaginary figure as a decoy to lure Holmes (Chris Winfield, who...
In this beautifully clear and powerful production of one of Shakespeare's more densely plot-driven dramas, co-directors Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld chart an assured course through the play's madness, comedy and tragedy. Cymbeline's patchwork quilt of horror and hilarity boasts a Queen (Emily Young, a wonderfully vampy turn) who loathes...
Throw tradition overboard and indulge in a holiday buffet on a Hornblower yacht, departing Christmas Day from Marina del Rey's Fisherman's Village. The three-hour cruise includes a boarding glass of champagne, an all-you-can-eat Christmas dinner, live entertainment, and a cash bar. Tue., Dec. 25, 3 p.m., 2012...
One good thing about this exuberant jukebox song-and-modern-dance tribute to the legendary soul singer is that nobody tries to "do" James Brown. Instead, we have singers, such as Promise Marks, with powerhouse voices of their own, warbling classic R&B hit tunes such as "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" and...
A telling admission in Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimarães' magic show Nothing to Hide is that shows such as this should be antiquated by now. One of them comes right out and says it: We already live in an era of technological magic, so how can card tricks possibly compete?...
Desperation is the source of inspiration, they say, and nowhere is this better illustrated than in the case of Handel's Messiah. In 1741, the 56-year-old composer was debt-ridden and in the throes of depression when he sat down and banged out what was to become the world's most famous and...
When former Stray Cats leader Brian Setzer convenes his big band orchestra for their Ninth Annual Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks Extravaganza, one can safely anticipate a glittering cornucopia of fast-moving, high-gloss Yuletide favorites, tightly controlled technical perfection and, at the performances core, an intense dose of revivalist fetishism and...
LACMA is on fire this month in a good way. Their current program is as stuffed as a stocking with an eclectic slate of world-class exhibitions, in a something-for-everyone wonderland that will impress dates, entertain relatives, and better your mind during the long stretch between Boxing Day and New...
In one of Bonnie Camplin's small new paintings, two black-haired men in business suits are deep into a seance, caressing a stonelike blob of gray. In one of her graphite drawings, a warrior with a long sword and bulky below-the-knee boots wears a snowman mask while a rack of ties...
Greta Magnusson Grossman, the designer who became famous for designing a cushioned crib for Sweden's Princess Birgitta and went on to design California modern homes, left Sweden in 1940. When asked by a journalist what she would need for her new California life, she said, "A car and some shorts."...
In case you haven't heard, the world comes to an end on the 21st. Made-for-TV movies, parties, and unpaid credit card bills abound because, you know, the apocalypse, this time courtesy of the Mayan calendar. But most of those whose belief is sincere are speaking metaphorically in other...
It's July 3 in the Dominican-American New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights, and the air is sticky with more than just humidity. Nina, the brainy hope of the 'hood, has returned home for the summer with dream-shattering news. Every business owner and employee on the block is stressed over...
Today you could see It's a Wonderful Life at the Aero, or a double Charlie Chaplin bill at the Egyptian. You could also go skating at any number of outdoor holiday-festooned ice rinks. But wouldn't you rather go to a comedy club and see a wonderfully oddball chick with a...
'Just so you know, it's going to take a while," says the CIA officer to his newly arrived colleague at the start of Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty. The year is 2003, the place a secret prison (or "black site") somewhere in the deserts of the Middle East or Asia,...
Watching Django Unchained, it's easy to imagine that Quentin Tarantino had such a blast making his last picture, the ebullient Holocaust fantasia Inglourious Basterds, that he decided to take his whole blood-spattered historical tent show on the road, this time putting down stakes in antebellum Dixieland. Although not technically a...
Sadly, country songwriters stand as nearly the only entertainers in our popular culture who craft memorable art on the subject of marriage, the state in which just less than half of Americans spend the majority of their lives. A few years back, Brad Paisley, one of Nashville's best, wrote and...
You can hear the people sing — really hear them — in the long-gestating screen version of that Broadway juggernaut Les Misérables. Countering the standard practice of having the actors in a film musical lip-synch their songs to prerecorded tracks (aka "playback"), director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) insisted that...
KCRW Broadcast #195 for Saturday, December 22, 2012 See also: Henry Rollins: Gay Marriage Is Punk Rock Fanatics! It is week four (fo!) of our month of Bowie. Of the five albums we are checking out, for me, Lodger is the most interesting. Over the years, I keep listening to
The term "electronic dance music" means so many things to so many people, and this year things only got more complicated. Dubstep continued its dance floor takeover, mainstream pop-oriented EDM ruled the radio, and the beat scene pushed on. Although divergent in style and ethos, here are the ten dance
Kendrick Lamar attributed L.A.'s primacy to the women, weed and weather. He was quoting Biggie, who consecrated the left coast via song, despite his long-standing enmity toward Tupac, the city's patron saint. And both rappers were (very) loosely paraphrasing 19th-century civic booster ads attempting to convince Iowans to move to
10. My Morning Jacket The Wiltern, September 11-13 The ever-electrifying My Morning Jacket held a three-night stint at the Wiltern this past September and didn't repeat a single tune. That's right. Three nights and no repeats. It takes one heck of a repertoire not just to have that many songs,
So you're looking for a way to celebrate Christmas without having to sacrifice your metalhead cred in the process? If the guys from Immortal caught you tapping your foot to Mannheim Steamroller, you'd lose all corpse paint privileges with no questions asked. So to help you save (painted) face, we've
Los Angeles based producer Dillon Francis is 25; after his track "Masta Blasta" found its way to Diplo's computer, and he was signed to Mad Decent. He's now working to help evolve Moombahton, a fusion of house and reggaeton invented by Dave Nada. He's had massive support from Diplo (whom
Many so-called Christmas songs don't celebrate Christmas so much as the act of shopping. Other holiday tunes confuse that warm Christmas spirit feeling with that warm feeling in your pants. So, which of these songs are genuinely talking about the holidays, and which are just talking about raking in crap?
Boy band Allstar Weekend are Poway's answer to One Direction. The San Diego county-bred group got its start on the Disney Channel music competition Next Big Thing back in 2009. They took second place on that show, but the exposure helped the band ink a four-album deal with Hollywood Records,
So, I rode in a car with a baby for about five hours today, and here's what happened. 12:50 p.m.: Today, here in about ten minutes, Wife, Boy A, Boy B, Boy C and I will attempt to travel in a car from Houston to my parents' house in San
As Max Bell noted in his round-up of L.A. rap earlier this month, it was a very good year for hip-hop in our city, with all corners of the varied scene -- from Open Mike Eagle's smart 4NML HSPTL to Odd Future's rambunctious The OF Tape Vol. 2 to Ty$
Tuesday, December 25 Cody Bryant VIVA CANTINA Believe it or not, there are actually a few clubs open on Christmas. Over at Liquid Kitty in West Los Angeles, DJ Charlie X is spinning a no-cover mix of punk rock and various hits from that lost decade, the 1980s. Across town,
If you're over the age of 30, you probably have at least a few songs from Free to Be You and Me engraved in your memory. Conceived by '60s-era TV actress Marlo Thomas and produced as a project of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the 1972 album jumped on the
Hats off to Washington state where, recently, hundreds of same-sex couples were legally married. I am elated as much as I am frustrated by why this country refuses to wake up and smell the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. I feel for everyone who wanted to get married for so
Long Beach-based metal band Hirax has a unique sound, blending the galloping beats of the new wave of British heavy metal with the intensity of thrash. Katon W. De Pena's operatic and aggressive vocals lead the way. Since 1984 De Pena, who is 49, has fronted the legendary thrashers. See
Friday, December 21 "Christmas 101" with Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Van Dyke Parks, Emmylou Harris, Carrie Fisher UCLA ROYCE HALL Rufus and Martha Wainwright's late mother, Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle, created the annual "Christmas 101" holiday event, which features carols from around the world performed in French and English
Ian WitlenYes, this happened.By Liz Tracy Most of the people we met on the S.S. Coachella had never been on a cruise before. Like us, they weren't so sure what to pack or how to dress for three days of awkwardly saying hi to their favorite bands on a floating
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to
Update: The flyer appears to be a fabrication. Could the below be the leaked line-up for Coachella 2013? Or is just another fake like we get every year? Some signs point to the possibility that this flyer, which is going round the internets, might have at least a grain of
The Power of the Riff Fonda Theater 12/20/12 Better Than... counting down your Mayan advent calendar at home alone. Despite the US Government's attempt to convince us otherwise, we attended metal festival The Power of the Riff last night hoping that the end was, to quote 28 Days Later, "extremely
If you're reading this, then the world hasn't ended. Yet, anyway. And so, even though NASA confidently released a helpful, if pre-emptive, video entitled, "Why the World Didn't End Yesterday," it still wouldn't hurt to borrow a bit from panicked Russians and have some sort of food-related contingency plan anyway
No matter what tradition you subscribe to, you still might want to eat out on December 25th. But, you know the drill, the stores are closed and you might not want what's in the fridge or on the table or at your mothers house and aren't planning a feast. The
This week and next, we'll be featuring the holiday food traditions of L.A. chefs. Today, Remi Lauvand, chef at the new downtown restaurant Le Ka, talks about his holiday traditions. "I have some great friends who make sure I don't have to do too much during the holidays. I don't
This week and next, we'll be featuring the holiday food traditions of L.A. chefs. Today, we talk to Border Grill's Mary Sue Milliken about her December traditions. "It can't be December without my stollen -- a fantastic buttery yeast dough studded with the best Farmer's Market dry fruit (cognac infused) and
Christmas is known as the season of excess -- and excess counter space, and judging by the proliferation of silly, useless and just plain dumb kitchen appliances that seem, like egg nog, only to appear on store shelves during the spendiest time of the year. Aunt Ethel might be a
Exploring the LAPL menu collection is an ongoing project in which we'll take a close look at the menus owned by the Los Angeles Public Library. Read about the project here. The tradition of New Year's Eve Champagne dining extends back at least as far as the menu archives at
In most cities, when scripted well, grabbing a bite before a show makes for a satisfying, full evening, and if all goes well, by the final curtain call, you're ready for round two: dessert. In L.A., that pre-theater dinner agenda comes with a stressful, time-pinched commute. On a particularly bad
It's something of a pity that most Americans think of sparkling wines as wines of celebration -- that extraordinary act of niche marketing has rendered these complex and versatile wines into an unfortunate pigeonhole, when they can, and should be enjoyed anytime, anywhere. Nevertheless, here we are, in the thicket
One of the biggest legislative surprises of the year was the California Assembly's passage of the California Homemade Food Act, which was officially signed in to law by Governor Brown in September. The act legalized the sale of homemade "non-potentially hazardous foods," which, according to the bill, included things like
The pastrami sandwich at Langer's Delicatessen is legendary. So delicious that it made our "100 Favorite Dishes" list. So distinctive that Nora Ephron deemed it "the finest hot pastrami sandwich in the world." So beloved that Angelenos regularly queue up for a taste -- and out-of-towners bemoan their loss. But
Huntington Park-based La Monarca Bakery, which now has four locations in the L.A. area, debuted its newest branch in Pasadena today. The sprawling home-grown Mexican bakery, home to as wide an array of bollios, pan dulces, quiches, postres, tortas and any other Pan-Latin baked good you could hope for, is
There's nothing quite like a drop dead deadline to inspire you to contemplate all the things you always wanted to eat in this city before it was too late. And so, with the apocalypse scheduled for sometime on Friday, we put together five food-related things to do before the Four
Gone are the long, hot summer days that call our hearts to big, hoppy beers. 'Tis the season for the winter-warming of holiday ales. In this uncharacteristically cold Los Angeles December, a spicey pint or boozey snifter is just the thing to help you make merry. Brewers have a tendency
There are many reasons to stop by Copenhagen Pastry, the bakery and retail shop in Culver City owned and operated by Danish native and longtime Angeleno Karen Hansen. The dark, seed-covered loaves of rye bread. The little bags of holiday sugar cookies. The LAMill coffee. The trays of freshly baked
For the past week or so, we've been featuring the holiday food traditions of L.A. chefs. Today, we talk to Animal and Son of a Gun chef Jon Shook (who is expecting a wee babe in the spring -- mazel tov) about latkes, brisket, ham and casserole. "I grew up
First True Blood got it's own drink, now comes news that HBO's newest action-packed hit Game of Thrones will be getting its own signature beverage, with some help from New York-based craft beermaker Brewery Ommegang. According to The New York Times, the first beer will called the "Iron Throne Blonde
This week and next, we'll be featuring the holiday food traditions of L.A. chefs. Today, Sotto's Steve Samson tells us about his family's Christmas tortellini. "My mom is from Bologna so practically every special occasion meal, especially Christmas Day and Easter Sunday, is centered around tortellini. It's become a family
Some call it East Hollywood, but many more know it as Thai Town, a glowing, neon causeway of great late-night restaurants, karaoke bars and slingers of Chang beer towers. It's an area of town that not only welcomes after-hours consumption but glorifies it --- filled with brimming bowls of pungent
Remember that filthy peanut butter factory that the feds shut down last month? You know, the one responsible for the massive peanut butter recall that sickened at least 42 people in 20 states and eventually expanded to nearly 300 different nut and seed products the company produced? Every single product
See also: Martha Stewart's Cooking School archives Perhaps you noticed Squid Ink was covering Martha Stewart's Cooking School on PBS -- watching her program each weekend and employing her expertise in our own kitchens, learning to make salad dressings and emulsions, stocks, and getting terrorized by the occasional chicken. And
People with a genetic susceptibility to colon cancer increase their risk by eating junk food, according to a new study published in the journal Cancer on December 17. "These patients have this very high risk because of this mutation they have, but it might be that they could reduce the
There I was, around 10 p.m. on a school night, driving up and down Fairfax Boulevard, squinting to spot a food truck that I had only learned the whereabouts of earlier that day, hoping that the kitchen's supplies hadn't run out, the cops hadn't chased everyone off, or the location
Umami Burger New Year's Special Umami Burger locations in Los Feliz, Pasadena and Hollywood as well as Umamicatessen downtown will all offer $5 glasses of Champagne, $3 Singha and discounted burgers and food specials all night until closing. WHAT: Umami Burger New Year's Special WHEN: Monday, Dec. 31, 6 p.m
The watermelon radish, or shinrimei -- a drab celadon on the outside and fuchsia fireworks inside -- is winter's agricultural thermometer. From sow to harvest is about two months, and during that time both the soil and air temp should hover between the upper 60s and 50s. Major shifts in
Body scrubs made with coffee and sugar, bath salts scented like cinnamon, facial peels crafted from crushed papayas, makeup palettes packaged like chocolate bars, face powder made from ground rice -- foodie hysteria has clearly infiltrated the beauty/cosmetics market. If the idea of rubbing cookie batter all over your body
Here's some news for fans of Santa Monica's Ozumo: Early next year, the sushi bar will be relocating from its space in Santa Monica Place to a beachside sort just east of the Pier, where it will "evolve" in a new Izakaya restaurant called Bamboo, run by much of the
For the past couple of weeks, we've been talking to L.A. chefs about their holday food traditions. Here's a roundup of all of those great chefs and what they do for the holidays, food-wise, plus a couple of extras thrown in for good measure
In Stavanger, Norway, every September for the past 12 years, Nuart, one of the largest street art festivals in the world, transpires. Closeted in the beautiful Fijords, Stavanger is a quaint, oil-rich community with a high standard of living, sometimes making the list as most expensive in all of Europe
See also: *Our Latest Theater Reviews *5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week Whatever else it might entail, making live theater begins with real estate -- a plot of land and a building to accommodate both a stage and an audience. And as any veteran of the cramped,
L.A. Weekly is determining the best L.A. novel ever by holding a tournament featuring 32 of our favorites in head-to-head matchups, until there's only one novel standing. For further reading: *Best L.A. Novel Ever: The Tournament Brackets *Best L.A. Novel Ever: More Matchups Two stream-of-consciousness, first-person narratives told by lost
See also: *10 Tips for Surviving the Apocalypse *10 Bars Most Likely to Get You Laid in L.A. We're sure you've heard, on December 21, 2012 -- merely a day from now -- we're all fucked. According to the latest scientifically astroreligious analysis, the gates of Xibalba, the Mayan Underworld,
L.A. billboards advertise all sorts of things -- upcoming films, non-profit organizations or strip clubs. But in an earlier time, more billboards were all about music. Robert Landau's new book Rock 'n' Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip displays the rise of that music genre and its influence through hand-painted
We spend most of the year criticizing http://blogs.laweekly.com/arts/fugly-buildings/">Los Angeles' ugly buildings and other unfortunate aspects of the local built environment. Here's our chance to rundown some of the thoughtful, inspiring and downright stellar projects that make us L.A. proud, and that make our burg a better place in general
"Why is no one laughing?" the actor asks. He's sitting under stage lights, wearing a robe and a pair of pajama bottoms. "Have you earned it?" the teacher responds, sipping from a fast-food coffee. The audience murmurs with understanding. This is the scene Thursday night at the Beverly Hills Playhouse
This week, a frenetic, 40-minute-plus video airs on MOCAtv, a photo show gives famous and anonymous photographers equal play, and a short film brings together 21st-century preteens and a slavery-era hymn about deliverance. 5. Spirituals and sea creatures Artist Lili White organizes the Another Experiment by Women Film Festival annually
We'd Like to Help the Academy is our Oscar column highlighting the outliers that should be nominated (but probably won't be). See also: *More L.A. Weekly Film Coverage When I decided on Rachel Weisz in The Deep Blue Sea as my Best Actress pick for this column, her chances of
See also: *5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week *5 Best Comedy Shows to See in L.A. This Week *Our Latest Theater Reviews *Our Calendar Section, Listing More Great Things to Do in L.A. This week's dance highlights include a quintet of L.A. dance companies coming to the
See also: *More L.A. Weekly Film Coverage *Our Calendar Section, Listing More Great Things to Do in L.A. Our weekly list of special event movies: Friday, Dec. 21 Those excited for Django Unchained, the new film from our cover boy, Quentin Tarantino, should check out Django, the 1966 Sergio Corbucci
A strong production of In the Heights at Boyle Heights' Casa 0101 is this week's Pick of the Week. For all the latest New Theater Reviews, see below.It's a dirty job but everybody has to do it: This week's Stage Feature is our 2012 Top Ten list for memorable stage
Our weekly list of special event movies to see: Thursday, December 27 The Rambo movies weren't always standard-issue action. One need look no further for proof than First Blood, the first entry in the series--not to mention the only one directed by Ted Kotcheff, whose Wake in Fright enjoyed a
5. Chop Schtick 2012 Oh, holy night! All Jewish comics on Christmas Eve -- and egg rolls, too! Wendy Hammers hosts, with Eric Schwartz, Monica Piper, more special guests and a sing-along. Genghis Cohen, Mon. Dec. 24, 7 & 9 p.m
Motoi Yamamoto couldn't be there for the last day of his exhibit, "Return to the Sea." The show, at Loyola Marymount University's Laband Gallery, consists primarily of one large installation, Floating Garden. It is made entirely out of salt. It is a piece of exquisite beauty and involved many hours