"Skid Row Ricky" has his system down: He sets up shop outside rehab centers and sells beers to homeless people for $2 a tall boy ($1 if you're his buddy). He used to store his merchandise in a big, blue recycling bin. After about five years and dozens of arrests,...
Above are photos from the the Euromaidan protests centered around Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainians involved are vying for their country's closer integration into the European Union after its leadership has been accused of widespread corruption.
Photos by C.S. Muncy for the Village Voice over the weekend of February, 22, 2014.
The Fremont Street district was known as the "original Las Vegas Strip" over 50 years ago. Within the last decade, Fremont Street East and its surrounding neighborhood has been under revitalization, and has introduced an updated look to bring people back into the area.
This includes the much awaited opening of Container Park, an open area of locally owned retail shops and eateries all constructed of recycled shipping containers; the Inspire Theater, a two-story structure featuring a theater, a full bar, a cafe, and a conference-style screening room; and the Emergency Arts building, which supports local artists and businesses. All photos by Aimee Candelaria.
Bring on the food coma, because this is the foodie event of your dreams. This Sunday, L.A. Weekly will host its annual food and wine event, The Essentials, with a new name, new downtown location and better restaurants than ever. Now christened in honor of our 99 Essential Restaurants special issue, the event will feature some of the top eateries in the city: Animal, Lucques, Hinoki & the Bird. We're talking 44 of our city's best chefs preparing delicious dishes, along with (for the first time) specially chosen wine pairings by Wally's Wine & Spirits. Unfortunately this event is sold out, so if you don't already have your tickets, you're out of luck. But hey, there's always 2015! L.A. Mart, 1933 Broadway, 2nd floor; Sun., March 9, VIP entry at noon, general admission 1 p.m.; $45 general, $65 VIP. (310) 574-7380, laweekly.com/essentials.More
That clatter of castanets and quicksilver, percussive footwork announce Gala Flamenca led by a quartet of flamenco stars who strut into town with a clutch of supporting dancers, live musicians and rave reviews from last year’s Flamenco Festival in London. (Yes, London hosts a significant flamenco festival.) The show opens with the stars, Antonio Canales, Carlos Rodríguez, Karime Amaya, and Jesús Carmona, displaying their prowess in solo turns before the program erupts with more competitive duets.More
The audience gave a standing ovation at the first of four performances of Los Angeles Ballet’s Quartet with two world premieres and two 20th-century masterpieces. Choreographer Sonya Tayeh (So You Think You Can Dance) returns for her fourth LAB commission, Beneath One’s Dignity. The second world premiere is the company’s first commission for Christopher Stowell, former artistic director of Oregon Ballet Theatre, who teamed with composer Noah Agruss for Cipher. The two classics are Jirí Kylián’s exquisite Return to a Strange Land and Balanchine’s rousing Stars and Stripes set to John Phillip Sousa marches.More
This month’s edition of the ongoing flamenco series features José Tanaka and Company with dancers Mizuho Sato, Oscar Valero and special guest Carola Zertuche from San Francisco. They get help from cantaor (singer) José Cortes and guitarists Gabriel Osuna and Tanaka.More
Thirty-two-year-old tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington has been playing for nearly two decades with 10-piece band West Coast Get Down. A little more than a year ago, they went into a Silver Lake studio and recorded six albums in 30 days. Washington's contribution to that effort is called The Epic, a...
The Country Music Hall of Fame held their "All For The Hall - Los Angeles" benefit concert at Club Nokia on Tuesday night featuring performances by Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Ann and Nancy Wilson, Jason Mraz, Holly Williams and Rita Wilson. All photos by Timothy Norris.
On Sunday, March 2, Beverly Hills' Saban Theater hosted the first annual So-Cal Drum Bash. The only one of its kind in Los Angeles, the So-Cal Drum Bash featured seven drummers who ranged from world renowned to street artist. Giving away thousands of dollars worth of gear including top-of-the-line Meinl cymbals and a drum kit by DW, the evening left the city eager for its return next year. Drum roll please...
A young, brooding Marco Pierre White stares out over the bustling dining room of République. The huge black-and-white photo above the bar catches the legendary London chef at his most intense: cigarette dangling, brow heavy with genius. République chef Walter Manzke put the picture up just a few weeks ago,...
It's unfortunate that we sometimes lose our most beloved and most frequented neighborhood restaurants. Why does a well-established eatery, with years of operating experience and a loyal customer base behind it, simply close? Sometimes gentrification in a neighborhood makes the rent skyrocket to a price the owner can longer afford. Owners sometimes wish to retire and there's no family to pass the business on to. What may be harder to answer is why some of these long-standing (some historic) Los Angeles restaurants sit empty and vacant for months, sometimes years. It's a rare thing to find in a city that's not particularly known for preserving the past.
Here's a look at some such restaurants we've lost: Buggy Whip Steakhouse, El Conquistador, Bahooka, Fung Lum Restaurant and Rubin's Red Hot. All photos by Jared Cowan.
Espresso lovers, drinkers, and connoisseurs alike celebrated all things coffee this past weekend at the “Big Western” U.S. Barista Championship in Downtown L.A. It was a proud showing of the Los Angeles coffee community and all of the rich flavors, textures, and brilliant baristas that decorated the event. All photos by Sammi Cohen.
Architects Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph stand amidst the scaffolding and concrete dust as they discuss electrical wiring locations with their contractor and client, Andre Guerrero. By springtime, this dumpy former sushi joint will morph into the Hollywood location of Guerrero's Oinkster, the next restaurant in his growing empire of...
Because they switch intermittently from Super 8 to HD and from black-and-white to color, and because one character has a satyr's face and pours red wine on his naked lover, the 17 vignettes in Dara Friedman's film Play are eerie. Each features a different couple. Agam, braless in a white T-shirt, tells Juan, in only boxers, about how her mother kept her on a 1.5-meter-long leash. Juan thinks that's actually a lot of freedom. Ashish and Kimberly practice embraces in a dimly lit cabin. It's as if the scenes are building up to or taking a break from something scary, which can sometimes make the film, screening in Kayne Griffin Corcoran's back gallery, seem too absorbed in its own significance. But mostly, the couples are awkward, eccentric or charming enough to engross you. 1201 S. La Brea Ave., Mid-City; through March 8. (310) 586-6886, kaynegriffincorcoran.com.More
The dining booth Joel Kyack installed alone in a dim room of François Ghebaly's new space doesn't move, but the light above the table and the painting behind the seats do, going back and forth, emulating the rocking of the sea. Everything in Kyack's show "Old Sailors Never Die" has a nautical theme — there's a boat upright on scaffolding, made to look like a face, with foam nose and tongue protruding from its seats. It has the irreverent energy typical of Kyack, but in these big sculptures especially, the irreverence feels competent and unapologetic, like an old sailor who doesn't give a damn. 2245 E. Washington Blvd.; through March 8. (310) 280-0777, ghebaly.com.More
The Amazing Acro-Cats have gone Hollywood! Along with trainer Samantha Martin, these cool kitties have been rocking, jumping and rolling around town the past two weeks, and there's only a few more chances to see them in Tinseltown. The small production features felines doing big-top feats, ending with a climactic band jam as "The Rock Cats," complete with a "chick" on Tambourine, and the show's star, Tuna, adding "more cowbell" to the mix. Brian Setzer and Peter Criss, eat your fiddles out! See here for more info on upcoming shows.
Fearless photog Austin Young, known for his "Tranimal" workshops and pop-tacular "Your Face Here" show from a couple years ago, threw another interactive photo shoot, exhibit and shindig this past weekend at China Town's Good Luck Gallery, this time inspired by the shopping mall "Glamour Shots" of yore. Saturday night was the packed opening party, but Sunday afternoon was quite a soiree as well, with a mix of eccentrics, androgynous types, kids and even dogs getting transformed and captured by Young's lens. Everyone loves a makeover, and Lina in L.A. is no exception! Here, a sneak peek at Young's glam squad, some of the people who shot with him and our own fairy-esque styling and photo shoot, which ended up a fabulous family affair.
Art may not be more important than human lives. But on the list of things that mean something to human lives, across centuries, it ranks pretty high. That's what's so compelling about the story of the Monuments Men, a group of people from 13 nations who volunteered to protect cultural...
Arie Posin's romantic drama tips its hand when we see that protagonist Nikki (Annette Bening), a widowed interior decorator, has chosen posters for Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia and Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo for the house she's currently sprucing up.
This might be the most convincing of all the praise heaped on the Trappist monk who gives Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence its name: "He is not speaking Catholic doctrine — he is using Catholic doctrine to speak universally."
The past decade has seen a boom in the number of marijuana dispensaries, with estimates placing the number within L.A. city limits at over 1,000. A recently approved ban by the city council could mean the end of marijuana dispensaries, though medical marijuana activists are fighting back. Our gallery of some of the marijuana dispensaries of Los Angeles. All photos by Susan Slade Sanchez.
Whether you think of 4/20 as a celebration for an oppressed minority or just another day for layabouts to get high, this weekend stoners across the country got baked. So from the east to west, from states with legal access to medical marijuana to states without, here are the highest people across America.
Men are pigs. And to prove it, an L.A.-based website about all things masculine has unleashed a poll of some of its readers showing that most guys show up on dates ill prepared, e.g. without condoms. Of course, this could just mean that ..
The prospect of a 4 a.m. last call for alcohol in California had some of you jumping off your well-worn couches and professing never to be sedentary about politics again. Woo-hoo, you said. Sorry to spill our mojito on your new American Apparel t-shirt, but the 4 a.m. bill by
Tommy Chong Tommy Chong is perhaps the biggest celebrity on this list, as a longtime comedian, movie star and half of the still-working duo Cheech & Chong. He is both a hero, as a longtime marijuana advocate, and a martyr, as a veteran of nine months in federal prison for
More L.A. runners are banding together to support the people of Beantown following last week's tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon. Angeleno runners will participate in a nationwide series of #bostonstrong runs promoted on Twitter. The L.A version happens today:
New York has its taxis. San Francisco has its trolleys and bicycles. In Los Angeles, perhaps no other mode of transportation is as emblematic as our limousines and town cars. Over the weekend we had not one but two limo-related accidents, one of them tragically fatal. The first happened ..
Updated at the bottom: Health experts say only some types of bacterial meningitis are spread person-to-person, these types are not as contagious as flu and are not sexually transmitted. The CDC says there is no increased risk among gays and no rationale for county officials to alter their approach. Brett
On Sunday, a handful of L.A. Times reporters participated in a panel at the Festival of Books on the mayor's race. Of the many titles that could have been used for the event -- "Who will win?", "What does it mean?" -- the organizers chose "Why should you care about
Updated at the bottom: A government ethics expert has tough questions about how Lieutenant Mayor Eric Garcetti could wear two hats. What is Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti thinking? Garcetti says that if elected mayor of the country's second largest city -- which is broke, has crumbling roads and
For every good thing in L.A. history -- raves at the Coliseum, Raiders at the Coliseum, Art Walk, the boardwalk -- there's a raucous and/or overcrowded dark side. It's the nature of our town. Has CicLAvia jumped this shark? Sunday's ride from downtown to the beach was phenomenally popular, more
Can you share with your buds a bit more marijuana than you should legally have and get away with it? Can you have weed for, say, a small party and still not have to face deportation for felony "intent to distribute?" In an amazing sign of the country's changing attitudes
Ever wonder where marijuana candy comes from? Apparently, authorities have to. Those confections that give you more than a sugar high are available at quite a few dispensaries in L.A. They call the treats "edibles." Despite California's medical marijuana law, some cops call them illegal:
Tobias Summers, the gang member wanted in the horrific abduction of a 10-year-old Northridge girl, was captured in Mexico this morning, officials said. After getting nowhere by waiting him out, Mexican authorities yesterday launched a campaign to plaster his mug in public. It worked:
Looking to change the dynamics in a mayor's race that has her trailing, perhaps by double digits, Controller Wendy Greuel today launched a fresh assault on Councilman Eric Garcetti, calling on him to return contributions from a real estate developer who was convicted of fraud in the 1990s.Garcetti attended a polo fundraiser
If you go to UCLA, you can sign up for military service and die for your country. You can vote (if you're at least 18). You drink (if you're 21). And you can take THC semi-legally, if you have a doctor's blessing (and keep it to yourself). But you can't
See also: "LAUSD Supe Fires Lemon Teachers" and "Firing the Bad Teachers." A few days ago, the teachers union wing of the California Democratic Party tarred the growing numbers of breakaway Democrats who, in sync with President Obama, point the finger at teachers unions as a big obstacle to fixing
About 20,000 Californians illegally possess as many as 40,000 handguns and assault weapons. And authorities know who most of them are. Wait, what? Read it again: About 20,000 Californians illegally possess as many as 40,000 handguns and assault weapons. And authorities know who most of them are. A little scary,
If you were to plot a "sextortion" scheme to milk people for money in exchange for keeping their dirty photos secret, would you pick World Poker Tour players? Pros with the L.A.-based poker series were indeed the targets of a plot that had three defendants plundering nude photos and then
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health says a meningitis vaccine campaign is not needed for gay men in the Los Angeles area, but AIDS Healthcare Foundation president Michael Weinstein is still questioning the county's handling of meningitis cases among gay men. On Friday, Public Health sent out a
Updated at the bottom: It's over. First posted at 1:25 p.m. Another day, another bomb scare. After the terrorist bombings in Boston last week, police in the L.A. area have had their hands full with fake threats and unattended bags. Today, it's Santa Monica's turn:
From papers to pipes, bongs to bowls, filter tips to vaporizers, what are the latest in smoking accessories? Undoubtedly the most iconic way to consume marijuana is by smoking a marijuana cigarette. But no one ever says that. They say, "smoking a joint." Or a blunt. Or a fatty. Or,
Updated at the bottom with an ID. Headline has changed. First posted at 5:17 p.m. Tuesday. Rancho Palos Verdes is one of the most elite communities in the Unites States, and it's certainly a place where murder is quite foreign. Not today, it would appear: Sheriff's deputies responded to a
One of the continuing wonders of the L.A. mayor's race is watching Eric Garcetti -- the silicon-coated, Donald Shoup-reading, fair-trade-smartphone-toting utopian -- recasting himself as the "back to basics" candidate. What's even more amazing is that Wendy Greuel -- who built a career on pothole-filling -- lets him get away with
See also: Traffic Experts Crap All Over Eric Garcetti's Million-Dollar Gridlock Prize. Once again L.A. is the traffic nightmare capital of America, and much of that can be blamed on our own damn selves. We chose to live in a city with limited public transportation, far-out suburbs and already-stuffed roads
Illegal immigrant. The New York Times, the grand, gray lady of journalism, is sticking with it, the paper announced today. That despite Associated Press' decision to nix the term in favor of describing people as being here illegally (as opposed to being an inherently "illegal" person because of one illicit
Los Angeles is the second largest city in the nation and the biggest in California, by far. It's arguably the entertainment capital of the world. We have swimming pools. We have movie stars. Not to mention beaches and pretty people. But, according to housing information firm Movoto Real Estate, there's
By Paul Teetor Two playoff games -- plus some frantic tweeting from Kobe Bryant -- are all LA hoops fans needed to know which way the postseason is headed: the Clips are getting picked up for the second round while the Lake Show will soon be canceled. The sample size
Do homeless people have the right to sleep in their cars overnight, take up space on a sidewalk for extended periods of time, or access public restrooms? In many cases, police have said no. Cops in L.A. have rousted the homeless for sleeping overnight on sidewalks, for example, leading to
How do sperm swim? Any way they can, you answer with a pu-dum-pum added on for effect. But seriously, UCLA researchers used some of your public support to answer this burning question. And the result is surprising:
Councilman Eric Garcetti has a 10-point lead in the race for mayor, according to the USC Price / L.A. Times poll out this morning.According to the survey of 500 likely voters, Garcetti leads his opponent, Controller Wendy Greuel, by a margin of 50 percent to 40 percent.The margin is the
See also: Black Lung Lofts: Children in hip new housing within 500 feet of L.A. freeways get permanent lung damage. On some crisp, spring mornings you can almost taste the ocean, even as far inland as downtown. L.A.'s air is magnitudes cleaner than it was in the 1950s, '60s, and
See also: 5 Ways To Solve L.A. Traffic, Including Immigrant Driver's Ed. Among the numerous declarations that Los Angeles has the worst traffic in America, this is arguably the most definitive. Traffic information provider INRIX, which tracks real-time congestion, looked at its data for last year and concluded that L.A
As the porn industry flees Los Angeles in search of a better life, one free of condoms, it's also simultaneously battling a proposal that would make prophylactics the law on adult video sets across California. The industry lobbying group known as the Free Speech Coalition reached out to supporters this
In Beverly Hills, they do everything big. Mansions are big. The retail prices on Rodeo Drive -- huge. The Mercedes-Benz G Class SUVs -- massive. So it's no wonder then, when road rage happens in the gilded city, it can be off the Richter scale:
Sure to spark debate, a number of outlets in recent days are noting that Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a marijuana user. Already, West Coast cannabis proponent Russ Belville of the "Russ Belville Show" podcast is defending weed and calling out others for calling out pot:
The guy said it was a joke. But the LAPD's bomb squad doesn't play around. And so, after a man entered Hooters in Hollywood today and said he had bomb in his lunchbox, the area was evacuated and Hollywood Boulevard was shut down, police say:
Well, the news on Chad Billingsley couldn't be worse for the Dodgers. Here is the statement from the club, issued this afternoon: "Chad Billingsley will undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow, April 24, at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the surgery. Chad had
So you're driving down the street delivering newspapers and all of a sudden police open fire on you without much if any warning. You're wounded and your delivery truck is finished. What's your damage? You get a new truck, sure. But there's a lot of medical treatment and emotional stress
With a spirit-crushing doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Orioles Saturday, followed by the announcement that Chad Billingsley was being scratched from his start with a recurrence of elbow pain Sunday morning, it looked for all the world like Friday night's rainout was going to be the highlight of
Football announcer Al Michaels committed a major foul over the weekend. At least according to Santa Monica police, who stopped him in a dicier part of town and soon discovered, they say, that the NBC Sunday Night Football caller was drunk behind the wheel. It all happened ..
A cat that had its snout and paws covered in red tape was having trouble breathing when it was abandoned at an L.A. area animal shelter today. (See a disturbing photo of the cat bound up after the jump). Vets from the county's Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and
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There's always a danger of toppling into sentimentality when retelling a story as uplifting and inspirational as the saga of blind, deaf and dumb Helen Keller and her tough, determined teacher, Annie Sullivan. Playwright William Gibson avoids that pitfall by emphasizing the humor in the situation, the stubborn cantankerousness of...
When artists celebrate the first big museum survey of their career, it's an opportunity to regard the entire sweep of their creative evolution. Seeing early works along with curious side projects, sketches, photographs and other work-process materials lends a deep level of insight, taking the event beyond the already exciting...
"Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits' L.A." is Esotouric's exhaustive triptych of all the places the singer-songwriter hung his hat and his head over the decades he existed on the fringes of the greater Los Angeles area. Hosts David Smay (who wrote a fairly well-received book about Swordfishtrombones in 2007 in...
It's rare that an artist reaches the heights in such disparate worlds as gritty independent comics and British psychedelic music, but Oxnard-born cartoonist Gilbert "Beto" Hernandez has for more than 30 years taken his experiences from life and punk rock and distilled them into an ever-evolving universe that readers ignore...
If the sight of a pelican with a plastic pull tab wrapped around its neck gets to you, or if you want to know why the extinction of bees will dramatically diminish the quality of human life, join other folks who care about the planet at Santa Monica College's Earth...
That twilight period before the sun is officially up takes around 20 minutes most mornings. Minneapolis-based artist Cameron Gainer's Sunrise/Sunset takes 18 minutes every time. His video installation plays out in a darkened room at Ambach and Rice Gallery, with pink and yellow light shining from a projector with an...
There's a reason that Trio Sonnerie is widely considered the cream of the baroque music crop: The group is good. Really, really good. And there's another reason: Monica Huggett. The famed violinist, who's been held in worldwide esteem since her days as leader of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra back in...
The rare (or the country's first?) trilingual play -- in English, Spanish and American Sign Language -- draws on playwright Mercedes Floresislas' personal history, which involves another trifecta, this one of woes: As a young woman, Floresislas fought off domestic abuse while scrounging a living as an illegal immigrant and...
In his haunting, solo adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness, playwright-actor Brian T. Finney navigates his craft directly through the work's core themes of madness, imperialistic exploitation and, well, the horror. Finney reimagines the story as monologue, artfully orchestrated by director Keythe Farley's psychologically nuanced and ferociously energetic...
Ed Wood's 1959 sci-fi flop, Plan 9 From Outer Space, is considered one of the worst films ever made, but that hasn't stopped the cult classic from being referenced by everyone from punk band The Misfits to the writers of Seinfeld to Tim Burton, whose 1994 Ed Wood celebrated the...
Defying the world of Photoshop, those beautiful, ripped bodies on banners announcing the return of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater are the real thing. Alvin Ailey created beautiful dances and nurtured his namesake company, considered among the most popular dance troupes in America if not the world. He also inspired...
If folk illustrator Grandma Moses collaborated with pop realist David Hockney, the result might look like Eric Ernest Johnson's loosely rendered townscapes and landscapes. His paintings hang all over Here Is Elsewhere gallery at the Pacific Design Center. It's easy to read stories into the work, like the Next Door...
Stephen Prina's show at LACMA, called "As He Remembered It," is full of built-ins -- built-in bookshelves, closets, cabinets, counters. Prina had these made to replicate built-ins from houses built by architect R.M. Schindler in the 1930s. This means they have a spare, midcentury refinement to them -- or, rather,...
Tonight's soiree is sort of like any other festival after-party -- except it starts at dinnertime and the VIP list is all … writers. A benefit for the L.A. Public Library's Young Literati (a smart and stylish group of super-supportive book lovers), the Book Drop BASH combines reading, mingling, music...
Burbank may be reeling from a wrongful-death suit brought by the family of a Burbank Police Department veteran who shot himself on a public street, ongoing FBI and grand-jury investigations into police malfeasance and (of course) the upcoming loss of The Tonight Show, soon headed to New York and that...
The good news: Here's a lavish, serious science-fiction picture, one that on occasion transcends big-budget hit-making convention to glance against grandeur. Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion, based on his own graphic novel, is one of those futuristic puzzlers whose dramatic energies are most invested not in the characters or their fates, exactly,...
Even in an age of DVD proliferation and Internet dialogue, many major filmmakers — especially those hailing from the developing world — remain neglected. Since the 1950s, Nelson Pereira dos Santos has been a model for independent filmmaking in Brazil, where he both predated and later participated in its celebrated...
Alejandra LoeraHave you heard of Coachella? We've been writing a lot about it! Though most of you are there to, um, see the music (and, of course, smuggle in drugs) sometimes you want to take a break from all that and roam around. So here are five spots you might
See also: Henry Rollins: Joe Cole and American Gun Violence I use music to keep my life in check. Really, I do. I can get through almost any tough situation if I have the right soundtrack. I become genuinely excited when I find out about a new release. I often
It's the last day of Coachella. Your last chance to smuggle in drugs, possibly get caught, possibly make things easier on yourself in court later, and possibly be out on bail in time to see some more good shows. But which stages are the best? The sound quality varies widely,
This year's lineup for Hard Summer is out. Headliners include Knife Party, Duck Sauce, Dog Blood (ie Skrillex and Boys Noize), and Bassnectar See also: Our Hard 2012 slideshow This sixth annual edition of the two-day, EDM-focused festival takes place in downtown's Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 3
Here's everything that bothered us about Coachella's second weekend. Hey, at least there was no dust storm! Native American Headdresses These have still not gone away. In fact, one particularly irritating woman (not pictured) wore a towering feather mohawk weave, a sartorial statement that combined racism with rave gaudiness. On
Nate JacksonCollapsing at the campsiteCoachella can be brutal: Dry desert heat, sand storms, endurance tests. It's hard for folks to survive with their health intact. That is, unless you're in the Marine Corps. Jimmy English and Tidas Friday (not their real names) repair tanks and other military vehicles. They recently
If you're under the age of 40 and have head-banged to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" -- which came out in 1975 -- you've probably been influenced by the 1992 classic (?) SNL-spin-off comedy Wayne's World. But that's not its only banger; in fact, seemingly the entire soundtrack infiltrated the musical culture
Today, likely while you are reading this, my students will be taking the state-mandated test that we've prepared all year for, a 60+ question nightmare that, at least for some of them, is going to feel like the first few minutes of Saving Private Ryan. I'm feeling at least
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
The Visual Stimulations for People Who Were High Coachella's art installations -- the ones designed to impress you while you're high, aka all of them -- were particularly impressive this year. There was the tesla coil, the crane that was formerly a flower but now a praying mantis, the giant
If you're at Coachella, chances are you experienced full throttle security measures attempting to snatch any drugs you might have. As usual, these include three tiers of security checkpoints, at which eventgoers are frisked and searched. It can all feel a bit personal, particularly considering that drugs and Coachella are
Rheteric Ramirez raps like a welterweight prizefighter. His flow bobs and weaves. Double-timed uppercuts of words follow methodical chants. Rhyme schemes ring bells like a flurry of jabs. It is his rap-a-dope technique. This is no coincidence. Over the last decade, the philosophical pugilist born Eric Betances has earned a
The crowds at Coachella this year have been by and large well-behaved. Still, between the heat and the beer, there's a tendency for crowds to get reckless, and we've seen a slew of downright disrespectful behaviors this year. Here are five of the worst -- as well as some tips
The EDM-focused Sahara tent is twice as tall this year, and much wider and longer too. It's now roughly the size of an airplane hangar. The arched mega-tent is not just a dubstep paradise, but a behemoth of truss and LED panels. The visuals are otherworldly, with kaleidoscopic light and
Creative CommonsWe told you earlier about the ways folks try to sneak drugs into Coachella. Also, we told you about how to avoid trouble with the police. But what if, despite your best efforts, you're arrested? Or even taken to Coachella jail? Yes, it is a real place. See also:
10:10 p.m.: Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath passes me as he exits the Whisky a Go Go. Two girls in their mid-20s wearing cutoff shorts and Nirvana T-shirts hold posters for him to sign. One is a large, cheesy photo of his mug with the frosted blonde tips that he
The lights on the main stage went dark and Coachella was over. As folks headed toward their cars (and their demolished tents) I went in the opposite direction, to the press tent. A high wind had caused its imitation canvas flaps to buck in the wind. The tent was empty
Lindsey BestAndrew Youssef I am happy to report that I survived Coachella. It wasn't without some close calls and numerous trips to the bathroom. I'm still sore from walking around the polo grounds and have a few bumps and bruises to prove it. My feet also despised me for a
Keyshia Cole Club Nokia 4-19-13 Better than: Selling fish plates On Friday night, a long line of mostly women wrapped around Club Nokia for the Keyshia Cole concert. Devoted fans of the Oakland bred R&B star came out in full force with tight spandex dresses and too-sexy-to-be-comfortable heels. It was
Having long, long ago secured his place in the rap pantheon, Ice Cube today is, to the average Dlisted reader, a man to be both mocked (for his Are We There Yet period) and possibly feared -- if, say, confronted in the type of bar where denizens consume Coors Light
Courtesy of Jorge Meza PhotographyThe Sahara Tent at CoachellaThe first weekend of Coachella was packed with EDM revelers; in fact, dance music lovers are growing in numbers so much that every other car in line at the campgrounds checking in was blasting some sort of EDM anthem. The festival even
The brunette in the backward pink mesh trucker hat and booty shorts grabs a megaphone and addresses her fellow campers. "WECOME TO COOOOACHEELLLA." The congregation of twenty 20-somethings lustily applauds. It's Thursday night, a dozen hours before the festival officially begins, and the rules are being outlined in this corner
Gibson Amphitheatre, the mainstay mid-size concert venue at Universal City, will close its doors in September, according to its operator Live Nation Entertainment. As announced in December 2011, the 6,200-capacity amphitheatre is expected to be demolished to make way for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park area
Not enough cash for Coachella this year? Too burnt out from sandstorms and empty-Daft Punk promises to try round two? Perhaps you don't care about any of that and just enjoy drinking outside. Whatever your reason, Brokechella might be what you are looking for. Now in its third year, this
It's hard to take seriously, this new wave of "healthy" fast food, these McWraps and Wendy's flatbread sandwiches. It's as if fast food chains are throwing Michelle Obama an "egg white delight" in the hope that she'll just leave them alone. Or maybe they think that health-conscious consumers will rejoice...
By Sarah Bennett and Erika Bolden When we went looking for all-day happy hours, geographic diversity was a priority. But striking patterns emerged -- namely, the bars most likely to discount booze beyond the typical late-afternoon hours were located mostly in 9-5 work destinations. In fact, from Santa Monica to
Check out Anne Fishbein's slideshow of the 2013 GSI. This post, originally published at 7:27 a.m., has been updated to include the winners. The 11th annual Grilled Cheese Invitational, held this past Saturday, had something for everyone. It's almost impossible to express the level of silliness and the abject joy
Place: Hyperion Public, 2538 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 761-6440. Hours: Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Deals: There is a range of drinks at this Silver Lake gastropub, including three beer-and-shot combos from $8 to $10. Tall glasses of Pabst Blue
BlueGreen Earth Party Golden Road is debuting its Heal the Bay IPA at the BlueGreen Earth Day Party in honor of the non-profit organization. The IPA is described as bright and citrus-forward. It will be available for sale in 16-ounce cans at select retailers like Whole Foods Markets by mid-June
The Chef's Library is a series in which we ask chefs around town to tell us about their favorite cookbooks. Today, we talk to Joshua Whigham, chef de cuisine at The Bazaar. As chef de cuisine at José Andrés' The Bazaar, Josh Whigham has a lot to stay on top
Rice and beans, pork, pupusas, fried plantains, cheese and tortillas. These might be the core of most of the Latin food you're familiar with, at least in many of the Mexican, Central and South American joints in this town. Ingrid Hoffman takes the rustic cooking styles of these hearty Latin
This week, we turn our reviewing pen to LYFE Kitchen, the new health-conscious would-be chain in Culver City. We urge you to read the full review here, or look after the jump for a condensed version, plus some extras
Diamond Plaza Food Truck Fest Waffles de Liege, Slummin Gourmet and Dogzilla are among the food trucks gathering at the Rowland Heights plaza -- a convenient location given nearby options like Ten Ren's Tea Time, Tokyo Shabu Shabu and New Capital Seafood. WHAT: Diamond Plaza Food Truck Fest WHEN: Saturday,
Check out Anne Fishbein's photo gallery of Assaf Granit and Uri Navon's Israeli dinner. On their first trip to Los Angeles, Israeli chefs Assaf Granit and Uri Navon wasted no time in getting to know some of this town's culinary habits. They shopped at the Santa Monica Farmers Market, partnered
Patio season is upon us, and one of L.A.'s most beloved and loveliest patios is the one belonging to Cliff's Edge, a space that's more like a magical tree house hideaway than a traditional restaurant patio. A lot has been going on at Cliff's Edge in the last six months
There are two compelling reasons why you should head to Atwater Village tonight, Thurs. at 7:00 p.m. To have unlimited access to Jeffers Richardson, Firestone Walker's "Barrelmeister" on one of the most exciting new barrel programs in craft beer. And to do your brainpicking at Golden Road's exclusive pub, Chloe
Most happy hours around town can seem like an afterthought, geared toward filling in the gap between lunch and dinner. At Mercato di Vetro, it's the other way around. Chef Danny Elmaleh is launching a food and drink menu, centered on a love of oysters, with help from bartender Rob
For the second installment of his new CNN show Parts Unknown, which aired last night, Anthony Bourdain explored L.A.'s Koreatown. The show was insightful, revealing and pretty much spot-on, giving an accurate depiction of both the fraught history of K-Town and its current status as one of our city's culinary
Sandra Cordero has been presenting food with art in Los Angeles since her days at Royal/T. She moved from New York City to help open the now-closed art gallery café, eventually stepping away from the front as general manager to helm the kitchen as chef. This Thursday, April 25, through
If you're out on the town and you've got a drink in your hand, chances are that it's been made with a spirit you didn't ask for by name. Instead, the booze likely was selected by the bar manager as the place's go-to spirit for its class -- part of
For many bars, happy hour means rock-bottom prices for stiff well drinks that could peel paint off the walls. But plastic-bottle vodka isn't for everyone. Besides, any two-for-one deal on Kentucky Gentleman is likely to leave you stuck calling a cab. Instead, take advantage of beer-focused happy hours, where you
In less than two decades, wine has gone from sideshow to main attraction at dinner parties in China. According to a The Wall Street Journal article, "China as a Vast Wine Market," wine sales grew by 20% between 2011 and 2012 -- to about $41 billion. Meanwhile, as highlighted by
Ever notice that squish of small Russian restaurants on the corner of Sunset and Fuller? Probably not, considering all the oddball people watching you can do at the Rock N' Roll Ralph's across the street. Well, the next time you're crawling along Sunset (say, on your way to Cochon 555
Naming a neighborhood restaurant after its own neighborhood, or what's perceived to be its neighborhood, can be dicey business in greater Los Angeles. Take AltaEats, located on North Allen Avenue near New York, for example. Chef and co-owner Paul Ragan notes that the restaurant he recently opened with his co-owner
Last week, the news came out that nearly half of all meat in the US is contaminated with superbugs. Unsurprisingly, this information was met with a huge reaction, and much of the chatter was around whether the abundance of grossness in our country's meat supply was a reason to give
Did you even know that Chipotle serves margaritas? I didn't. But apparently they do, made with Sauza and sour mix. But, as Nation's Restaurant News reported last week, they'll soon be serving a premium margarita, made with Patrón and fresh juice. At $6.50 to $8 (depending on location -- my
Gingerbread cookies may be a traditionally English snack, but the spice was introduced to the West through Asia. Ruth and Ruby Olvido, who are ethnically Filipino, wanted to capitalize on that fact. The sisters are the founders of Ginger Cakettes, a start-up bakery that opened in January of 2012. "We
At 11 a.m. yesterday, Osawa opened to the public in Pasadena. The restaurant is owned by Sayuri Tachibe, who is the wife of corporate executive chef Shigefumi Tachibe of the Chaya Restaurant Group, though he isn't involved in this project, nor is Chaya. The chef at Osawa is Norio Yoshikawa
Where The Chefs Eat is an ongoing series in which we ask a local chef to give us his or her favorite dining options. This week, we check in with Red Medicine's chef, Jordan Kahn. Jordan Kahn says he hasn't taken a regular day off since October. And since his
In many parts of Mexico, the pig is king. From fried skin to chopped ears to ground chorizo, puerco is the carne of choice for millions of Mexicans every day. And, as our southerly sister nation goes, so too do the culinary interests of Los Angeles. We are a city
Use the phrase gin jay (eat vegetarian or vegan in Thai) the next time you're at a Thai restaurant if you want to make certain your dish is free of animal product, chef Jet Tila of The Charleston advises. "We're so conditioned to using fish sauce. The idea of seafood
The opening of Pedalers Fork was still three days away when cyclist Keith Michaels rolled up to ask for a screwdriver -- not the drink but the tool, which he needed to fix a tire. Bicycle guru Mike Kalenda was already at work in the Calabasas restaurant's on-site bike repair
If you need an illustration of how much the early writing of Harold Pinter influenced the early writing of David Mamet, you need only check out Randall Arney's staging of Mamet's 1975 American Buffalo at the Geffen Playhouse, which opened last week. It's then worth perusing Pinter's 1960 one-act The...
"It won't work," artist Refik Anadol says of Google Glass, those newly introduced "augmented reality glasses," which have a battery behind the ear, a touchpad above the right temple and a little screen in the right-hand corner of the right lens. You can use them, Google's promo site says, to...
Adapter-performer Brian T. Finney has adapted Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness in what Paul Birchall describes as "hypnotic." It's this week's pick of the week. Neal Weaver found charm and passion in Actors' Co-op's revival of The Miracle Worker. See below for all the latest new theater reviews. David Mamet
Last week, Sonos Studio presented the Los Angeles premiere of the new Green Day documentary ¡Cuatro!, and the band's followers enthusiastically turned out to the screening. The documentary, which chronicled a new beginning of sorts for the band, was an appropriate fit for the launch of a new line of
This week, two artists dance with hula-hoops, another uses graffiti to obscure paintings of high-heeled, made-up models and a third installs hairy bronze statues in WeHo. 5. Just say no In 1962, Judson Dance Theater started at the Judson Church in Greenwich Village. Programming was informal; writers and artists contributed
See also: *5 Artsy Things to Do 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 events include the return of the ever-popular Alvin American Dance Theater, dances about desire and a body to be discovered at
L.A.'s Cultural Heritage Commission met at City Hall Thursday morning to determine whether to designate Tujunga's Verdugo Hills Golf Course a historic-cultural monument, not because it's a golf course, but because it was the site of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, Immigration, and Naturalization Service -- a World War II
See also: *Five Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week *Is This 500-Year-Old African Sculpture Worth $1 Million? For three days last summer, as the August heat rose across Los Angeles, Lisa Adams saw nothing in her right eye but black. What she felt was pain: her swollen forehead,
When I was 16 years old, about a week or two after the planes crashed into the twin towers in 2001, I went to a Red Sox game with my father and my little brother. My father refused to give the tickets away, even though the Sox weren't playing well
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See also: *D3, an Artist Collective That Will Destroy the '90s Mixtape Your Ex-Boyfriend Made You *Five Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week *Best L.A. Novel Ever: The Tournament When writer Colin Dickey goes to the Arctic this summer, he will be bringing two pairs of long underwear,
See also: *ThunderCats to Appear at San Diego Comic-Con Before Cartoon Network Premiere Teen Titans are heading back to Cartoon Network beginning tonight. This time around, though, the young DC superheroes are up for a different kind of adventure. Teen Titans Go! is an animated comedy centered around Beast Boy,
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Right now, Swiss artist Urs Fischer's Skinny Afternoon, a life-size sculpture of a skeleton bending over to get close to a mirror, is installed in the courtyard above MOCA's Grand Avenue building. The mirror, permanently fogged where the skeleton's mouth nearly touches it, is attached to a dresser with ill-fitted
Mercedes Floresislas may not know how to cook, but her new play Tamales de Puerco, running through April 28, otherwise cuts awfully close to home. The unusual trilingual production at Boyle Heights' Casa 0101 Theater uses English, Spanish and American Sign Language to piece together the story of Norma, an
See also: *The Five Most Culturally Significant Wayne's World Songs Last night, the cast and crew of the SNL sketch-turned-feature Wayne's World gathered at the Academy -- of all places -- to celebrate the film's 21st anniversary. (It probably helped that host Hawk Koch, executive producer of Wayne's World, currently
In Marble Season, Gilbert Hernandez creates a world that is as detailed as it is vague. The setting is suburban America, in a neighborhood similar to the one the famed cartoonist knew as a child in Oxnard. The exact year is intentionally unspecified, but it's sometime during the 1960s. "I