It was a lucky shot, some say of Nick Ut's famous Vietnam War photo The Terror of War, or Napalm Girl, as it is more commonly known. Less lucky, of course, was the little girl in the photo, Kim Phuc. She was running down the street, naked, after a napalm...
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
Zachary Hose was born and raised in southeast Tucson, Arizona, an area plagued by poverty, gangs and drug cartels. Tempted by addiction, in constant trouble with the law, he somehow persevered. Today he's better known as experimental electronic musician Zackey Force Funk. A month before the release of new album...
The Southwest Semifinals of the US Air Guitar Championship were held last Saturday at the historic Troubadour Club in West Hollywood. The event determined who would compete as regional representatives at the 2014 National Finals in Kansas City on August 9th. The colorful contestants (many of whom opted for elaborate codpieces) were judged by comedians Kristen Schaal and the Sklar Brothers. The top score was awarded to crowd-surfing guitarist Kingslayer, the mother of a teenage son who also competed wearing little more than an American flag bathing suit. All photos by Gustavo Turner.
It's a question for the ages: Why isn't there any good food in Malibu? The query is based on a generalization — certainly, there are some good things to eat in Malibu — but the pickings are notoriously slim. (VICE recently dubbed the place "a culinary wasteland.") For such a...
Milo's Kitchen, a part of California-based Big Heart Pet Brands, is taking its homestyle dog treats on the road this summer with the "Treat Truck." The dogified food truck is making stops all over the country, ending up in New York early September. The truck stopped at Redondo Beach Dog Park Friday morning entertaining the pups with treats, a photo-booth and play zone. Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck offered samples of the line's six flavors, all with chicken or beef as the first ingredient, and all made in the U.S.A. with no artificial colors or preservatives. All photos by Nanette Gonzales.
On June 28th, more than 40 of L.A. and Mexico's hottest taco makers gathered at El Pueblo de Los Angeles downtown to showcase the best of Southern California's taco scene. Curated by the World's First Tacorazzo, Bill Esparza, Tacolandia attendees enjoyed music, drinks, a tequila tasting and of course, plenty of taco goodness. All photos by Anne Fishbein.
The most impressive thing about Drumroll by Steve McQueen, the video artist who became an Oscar-winning director with 12 Years a Slave, is the way in which it gives an almost omniscient view of a big city without making that city seem any less dense and unwieldy than it is...
Emmy season is the perfect time to focus our attention on the beautiful costumes that make our favorite shows come to life. After all, what would Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones or Mad Men be without the costume designers who make those far-off worlds believable? Once a year, the FIDM Museum & Galleries' "Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design" exhibition gives these costumes the spotlight. Curated by Mary Rose, president of the Costume Designers Guild (as well as a governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which presents the Emmys), the exhibit allows up-close and personal access to 75 designs otherwise only visible on the silver screen. Pick your favorites before the Emmys air on Aug. 25, or come back after watching the show to marvel at the winning designs. FIDM Museum, 919 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; thru Sept. 20; free. (213) 623-5821, fidmmuseum.org.More
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
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.
Mood Indigo is bitter candy, a heartbreaker that uses sugar as a trap. The director, Michel Gondry, has a brilliant, contradictory brain. He's a swoony pessimist, a big-dreaming romantic who believes in love at first sight but never lets his films end with a kiss. Instead, his idea of a...
Wish I Was Here, partially funded with money raised through Kickstarter by actor and second-time director Zach Braff, isn't nearly terrible enough to satisfy all the grumblers who are hoping to see it fail. When Braff couldn't secure traditional financing for the film, he appealed to the fan base he'd...
Based out of the Cal State Northridge campus, public radio station KCSN (88.5) gives other local FM stations a run for their pledge-drive money with inventive era- and genre-spanning music programming.
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.
The real estate market is finally starting to heat up in Southern California. But for some, times are still hard. Consider this bear, who attempted to squat in a home in Bradbury (a community in the foothills north of Baldwin Park) like a meth cook looking for a new, temporary
Mexicans, the Irish and living veterans only get one holiday. But stoners apparently need two. That's right. Move over, 420, meet 710. Today is your day, and we bet there will be some toking across Los Angeles at 7:10 p.m:
See also: Shooting of Dog by Hawthorne Police Caught on Video. The hacker group Anonymous warned this week that it would go after the Hawthorne Police Department to retaliate for the officer-involved shooting of a dog caught on tape. And now it appears that the city's site has been down
After talking to two National Transportation Safety Board officials and one FAA official, we told you yesterday that the pilots involved in Saturday's fatal Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport were drug-and-alcohol tested per federal regulations. Not so, NTSB chairwoman Deborah A. P. Hersman told reporters today:
See our latest: Arrest in Shocking Topanga Mall Kidnap, Sex Assault. A teenager working at the Westfield Topanga mall in Canoga Park was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and essentially robbed after work on the 4th of July, police announced today. The 19-year-old woman was standing near her car in a parking
A suspect who allegedly robbed a marijuana dispensary opened fire on police, riddling an LAPD cruiser with bullets in Northridge, police said. (See a photo of the cruiser on the next page). Police last night said two suspects had been arrested and another was detained in connection with the robbery,
See also: 4th of July Weekend Checkpoints, DUI Patrols Start Tonight. You prepare for 4th of July by stocking up on cases of the cheapest brew you can find and breaking out your beer guzzler helmet. We can find you in a beach parking lot chasing bikinis while holding sparklers
See also: Drivers for Ride Apps Face Arrest in L.A. Lyft, one of three car ride apps ordered by the city to stop operating in L.A., is holding a community meeting in Culver City tonight in an attempt to fire-up public support to "Save the Stache in LA!" Lyft, Uber
Summer is prime raving season. But the L.A. County Sheriff's Department has in recent months been using social media to crack down on raves and house parties. This weekend deputies announced that they busted two events with the help of social media:
See also: 4th of July Weekend Checkpoints, DUI Patrols Start Tonight. The 4th of July holiday always brings out the drunk idiots, but when it kicks off what for many will be a four-day weekend, the true amateurs come out of the wood works to vie for DUI supremacy. It
Christopher Hubbart raped 40 women between 1971 and 1982. In fact, after he was released from a hospital's supervision in 1979, he added 15 victims to his count. In fact, after another bout behind bars in 1990, he added yet another victim to that tally. And so, it is with
When you're on the run, it's probably best not to taunt law enforcement. It's sort of like pouring Worcestershire sauce on your head as you flee a ravenous pit bull. But that's what authorities say Wanda Lee Ann Podgurski did to San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis with this tweet
See also: Are the Koch Brothers Trying to Buy the Los Angeles Times? The Los Angeles Times would be a money maker if it wasn't shackled to Sam Zell's disastrous scheme to find synergy with television properties while taking on mad debt. That era is over now. And today the
So the Florida Department of Health recently warned men who have sex with men to use "extra caution" when traveling to Los Angeles, where, according to Florida health officials, there have been "higher incidences" of bacterial meningitis. It's an odd advisory when you consider that the L.A. County Department of
Twenty-eight people were hurt when a Southern California fireworks display literally went sideways and pyrotechnic devices hit a crowd, causing some if not many to sustain facial injuries, authorities said. It happened shortly after the show began at 9 tonight at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park in Simi Valley, a
See also: Fireworks Explosion in Simi Valley Injures 28 (VIDEO). The New Jersey company that produced last night's injurious fireworks show in Simi Valley today expressed regret for the accident. It was the second mishap in as many years that involved East Coast companies producing 4th of July displays in
The water is warm and inviting earlier in the season than usual. And it seems like summer heatwaves began back in May. So we don't blame you for heading west. That's why this is really bad news for beach lovers: The L.A. County Sheriff's Department says one of its helicopter
Brush fire season seems to be coming to Southern California earlier and earlier each season. Normally late summer into late fall is when you need to keep your head up, but this year we were ready for the worst by May. Some are looking at greenhouse gas–fueled global warming as
Updated at the bottom with the latest numbers. First posted at 9:07 a.m. Don't let anyone tell y'all you're not winners. Even after we warned you that SoCal cops would be on the hunt for drunk drivers this 4th of July weekend -- we even told you where they'd be
Turns out that this isn't true, according to NTSB chairwoman Deborah A. P. Hersman. See our latest: Were Asiana Pilots Drinking? We Might Never Know. Pilots behind the controls if the Asiana Airlines passenger jet that crashed over the weekend at San Francisco International Airport were tested for drugs and
The two teens killed in the San Francisco plane crash, Ye Mingyuan and Wang Linjia, 16, were best friends at the top of their class at highly rated Jiangshan High School in China's southeastern Zhejiang province, where Wang was class president. In China, a huge story is unfolding. A cascade
The 4th of July holiday is not a license to ill. And yet it remains one of the top amateur drinking holidays in America, right up there next to New Year's Eve, St. Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo. Catching drunks behind the wheel is too easy for cops. Sheesh
Updated at the bottom with officials confirming 2 dead, 130 injured. See also: Asiana Crash Victims Were Headed to L.A. Summer Camp; Vigil Planned. Dozens were reported injured after an Asian Airlines Boeing 777 crashed at San Francisco International Airport shortly at 11:36 a.m. today. The fiery accident closed the
Updated at the bottom with a photo of the suspect. First posted at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday. Police today were looking for a man who fatally shot a phone store owner in front of witnesses in Arleta last night. The victim, ID'd by the L.A. County coroner's office as 34-year-old Nestor
The L.A. riots of 1992 were about the acquittal of four LAPD officers who pummeled motorist Rodney King in a "use of force" caught on tape. Or were they? Keen watchers of L.A. news remember that the fatal shooting of 15-year-old South L.A. girl Latasha Harlins by a Korean American
We misread the data and had to fix this post, including the headline. We originally said L.A. had the highest home prices on the coast, period, which isn't the case. Apologies. Forget what you heard about San Francisco and its tech-mogul-fueled real estate market. If you want to find the
See also: L.A.'s Bloody Hit-and-Run Epidemic. An enraged hit-and-run driver targeted two bicyclists for destruction in the San Gabriel Valley over the 4th of July weekend, police say. He also targeted a pair of witnesses who followed him in a car by striking that vehicle, too, cops said. The suspect
Fine, so it's not exactly MacArthur returning to the Philippines. But here we are again; the Dodgers with reinforcements in camp, better prepared for the enemy than when last they met, the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop. Those Dodgers, in the middle of an eight-game losing streak which would take
See also: Chief Beck's Hit-and-Run Crisis. The daughter of an LAPD sergeant was in hot water for allegedly killing a man in a hit and run and then filing a false police report in connection with the case. Her father attempted to block a news crew from videotaping his daughter
As is the case nearly every fifth day, Sunday's blueprint for Dodger victory was presented by Clayton Kershaw. Eight innings of three-hit one-run ball, with an extremely-clutch ninth inning bases-clearing double from A.J. Ellis, was good enough for the individual W, and a series win for Los Angeles. And as
Will Governor Jerry Brown protect transgender students from discrimination? That's the big question now that the California state senate passed AB 1266 on July 3, with the bill heading to Brown's desk. Called the "School Success and Opportunity Act," AB 1266 will "allow transgender students to fully participate in all
Between the compulsive crotch grabbing of one player, the extracurricular near-the-head hit-by-pitch antics of another, and the tripping-over-his-own-two-feet-falling-down-on-the-warning-track-for-no-apparent-reason boner of a play by a third, the Arizona Diamondbacks find themselves a wee bit dirty and in need of a bath. And the men from Southern California have seen fit to
See also: "Is L.A. Gay Pride an Outdated, Adolescent Mess?" Alan Turing was the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. Harry Hay spearheaded a movement that brought greater acceptance, visibility and equality for millions of queer folks around the world. Simon Nkoli tirelessly fought, and helped defeat, apartheid in
See also: Asiana Flight From Seoul Crashes at San Francisco International (VIDEO, PHOTOS). Two 16-year-olds who died in the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport Saturday were headed to Los Angeles for summer camp. In fact West Valley Christian School in Canoga Park says 35 of 307 aboard
Antonio Villaraigosa is vacationing in Martha's Vineyard, where he may or may not be reflecting on his career in public office. In an exit interview posted today on the L.A. Times' website, the former mayor was hazy on that point, and on most others."I definitely want to reflect on the
His ears were a good conversation starter. Misshapen, the cartilage calcified by years spent scraping against sweat-soaked wrestling mats, they looked alien, possibly malignant. Ask about them and he'd tell you: two-time freestyle All-American from Salina, Okla. Runner-up in the nationals. It was one of the few stories he told...
Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve is among the last of scores of tidal wetlands that once graced Los Angeles County. Its 640 surviving acres are owned by the people, thanks to scores of environmentalists including Rex Frankel, Susan Suntree, Marcia Hanscom and Bruce Robertson, who years ago fought to curtail development...
The Rape of Occidental Jessica P. Ogilvie's cover story about the wave of rapes afflicting Occidental College stirred up serious conversation last week ("The Rapist Next Dorm," June 28). Lauren Doyel writes, "Wow. That was really well-written, and as a parent of a student there, you hit the nail on...
More than most of his contemporaries, Romanian playwright Eugene Ionesco had a devilishly bleak and irresistibly engaging sense of humor to his vision about the absurdity of the world and human existence. It's clearly on display in Ionescopade, the vaudeville-style musical based on his plays (The Bald Soprano, Exit The...
The home team goes al fresco as Los Angeles Ballet and the Music Center join the yearlong centennial celebration of Igor Stravinsky in L.A. with Ballet Under the Stars!, a free performance of two ballets choreographed by George Balanchine to Stravinsky scores. With its bejeweled red costumes, Rubies draws on...
Lauded globally for his pioneering rhyme skills and wicked good looks, LL has enjoyed the type of career longevity that many artists have seldom seen. Bred in Queens, N.Y., the rapper born James Todd Smith endured and witnessed both physical abuse and gun violence in his home. This challenging upbringing...
Clutch the pearls! Gay couples in California will once again experience the joy of getting married -- and the even bigger joy of getting a divorce. What better way to celebrate the momentous news than at Outfest, L.A.'s freak flag-bearer for gay filmmakers for more than 30 years? The festival...
If you think slam poetry is relegated to a small, East Coast subset of urban youth complaining about their ex-lovers, think again. For three days starting today, the West Coast is where it's at. The fifth annual inkSlam: L.A.'s Premier Poetry Festival will take place at the Greenway Court Theater,...
Zach Harris' layered, chiseled, carved paintings look as if they could have been made by an obsessive hippie working out of a cabin in Topanga Canyon. They have to be seen in person, so you can lean in close, back away and lean in again. The nine paintings in Harris'...
While racing through the city on a Sunday might seem like the worst possible way to escape the previous week's cycle of toil and traffic, CityRace is a welcome alternative to those stultifying 9-to-5 days. It takes place in West Hollywood, where teams of two to four players investigate a...
If you've ever walked down Hollywood Boulevard, you may have noticed there's more attention given to bucket drummers than to even the most action-packed Superman-versus-Batman pigfight -- and for good reason. The rhythms produced by those talented street drummers -- the heartbeat of what used to be known in early-20th...
The monthly Downtown Art Walk can be a little daunting, what with its scores of venues, packed sidewalks and somewhat overstimulating sensory chaos (think: parties, people watching and food trucks). Into this cultural fray sashays Allison "Hueman" Torneros, whose unique and ambitious solo project, RITUAL, opens during this month's Art...
Actor Gary Cooper had just played Howard Roark, an indomitable purist of an architect, in the film version of Ayn Rand's Fountainhead when he commissioned A. Quincy Jones to build him a modernist masterpiece. But the home Jones built in Holmby Hills, purchased by art dealer Larry Gagosian in 2010,...
Vladimir Petrovich Demikhov, the Soviet scientist who pioneered the technique of transplanting the head of one dog onto the body of another in the 1950s, may well have been flummoxed and disturbed by the L.A. comedy troupe known as 2 Headed Dog, which for the better part of two decades...
Few pieces of scholarship will leave sordid thoughts in your brain quite like Sigmund Freud's theory of the Oedipus complex. Kill Dad, sleep with Mom? No thanks! Yet Freud did just fine with the ladies, leading us to wonder: What kind of woman could possibly have been attracted to such...
How do we live with the fact of our death every moment of every day? According to stage collagist Nancy Keystone's reworking of Euripides, the specter of our end informs everything we do. Not an especially original thought, perhaps, but as presented by Keystone's Critical Mass Performance Group, it forms...
Nina Simone -- the high priestess of soul, queen of eloquent yearning, badass backlash momma -- was perhaps the best at channeling her difficult life experiences into frank, rhythmic and powerful hymnals. Lines such as, "You give me second-class houses/and second-class schools/ do you think that all colored folks are...
The largest Asian night market in the United States is right here in our own backyard, thanks to our huge (and diverse) East, Southeast and South Asian communities. This weekend, the paddock gardens in front of Santa Anita Park -- usually reserved for people on their hands and knees, sobbing...
Forget the moment's annoyingly overhyped zombie craze and dig in with the one and only Ron Athey, a man whose self-proclaimed status as "a living corpse" is anything but facetious shtick. The internationally acclaimed performance artist was diagnosed with HIV back in 1986 -- a presumptive death sentence at the...
The great movie Westerns are about honor, dignity, the majesty of the landscape. But they're also about beautiful men — charismatic, sometimes dangerous-looking demigods like Robert Ryan, James Stewart, Franco Nero, Randolph Scott and, of course, John Wayne. The Lone Ranger has Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp, the former a...
The Way, Way Back is a crowd-pleasing summer treat, predictable in its sweetness but satisfying all the same. It's like the multinationally branded ice cream sandwich you get on any pier in the western hemisphere — market-tested to appeal to as many people as possible (but you don't mind gobbling...
Gay, straight, whatever your background or belief — humans are messy, unpredictable, scary, loving creatures. Playwright and actor Kit Williamson's web series, the dark comedy Eastsiders, captures this idea with stark, surprising beauty. Eastsiders follows the relationship of Silver Lake–based Cal (Williamson) and long-term boyfriend Thom (Van Hansis) after Thom...
Pop punk is enjoying some nostalgic attention these days. Lists crop up here and there, delineating the gems of the genre. However, they all share one subtle flaw: A focus on the major label feeding frenzy that followed Green Day's seminal 1994 word Dookie. (It's on our survey of best
Those who say punk is dead tend to be those who wish punk were dead, either still somehow threatened by the culture or -- this is more likely -- chagrined that punks still don't give a shit what they think. Punk is, of course, very much alive in 2013, particularly
Most of the men of K-pop share similar traits: perfect complexions (almost always with the aid of makeup), chiseled faces (often with the aid of plastic surgery), and an image that is steamy-yet-conservative. Still, the genre's heartthrobs run the gamut from impossibly ripped to androgynous. In any case, here are
The running joke about L.A. metal band White Wizzard is that they've gone through more lineup changes since 2007 than Deep Purple did in 45 years. At last count, 16 musicians have been among Wizzard's ranks, and the only founding member who remains is bass player and chief songwriter Jon
Summertramp Lot 613 613 Imperial St., dwntwn. Sun., July 7, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Summer's sexiest outdoor dance-o-rama is -- finally! -- back. Luke Nero and Andre Rigal's Summertramp was formerly held in the parking lot of Tony's Saloon but had secured a new, larger location downtown this year in
Photo courtesy of Peter BesteWelcome to Ask Willie D, where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! Dear Willie D: I am a single mother with a small child, clocking 50 hours a
Those who say punk is dead tend to be those who wish punk were dead, either still somehow threatened by the culture or -- and this is more likely -- chagrined that punks don't give a shit what they think. Punk is, of course, very much alive in 2013, particularly
Those who say punk is dead tend to be those who wish punk were dead, either still somehow threatened by the culture or -- and this is more likely -- chagrined that punks don't give a shit what they think. Punk is, of course, very much alive in 2013, particularly
Twin Cities hip-hop collective Doomtree has sparked a tremendous following, which has extended to its solo artists, including Dessa, the latest to break out to national attention. She has a new album Parts of Speech, and she performs at The Troubadour on Saturday. We spoke to her about whisky, women
Don't forget to check our constantly-updated Los Angeles Concert Calendar Friday, July 5 Linda Perhacs & Friends LEVITT PAVILION PASADENA In 1970, now-revered psych folksinger-composer Linda Perhacs made an album titled Parallelograms, the artist's attempt at illustrating the synesthetic connections between color and sound. Perhacs sought to establish a new
Yesterday, the video for "Black Skinhead," a gorgeous track from Kanye West's Yeezus, escaped the gravity of the Kanyeniverse and found its way onto the Internet. People lost their shit. I was standing in line at the grocery store scrolling through my Twitter timeline when it happened. I saw it
You awkwardly danced to "End of the Road" at your middle school dances. You sang along to "I'll Make Love to You" on the radio, even if you didn't fully understand the subject matter. "Motownphilly" will always be back again. After taking a break for several years, the Boyz behind
Magna Carta Holy Grail and Yeezus have arrived; somehow, Jay-Z's album has the better production, and Kanye's has the better lyrics. In any case, one of the most polarizing aspects of the former work is how it uses Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in the opening track, "Holy Grail." Between
There's nothing left of Jack Burnside's English accent. But what you will hear from the dashing, erstwhile Londoner -- who moved to Los Angeles when he was 8 -- is an occasional stutter, mid-sentence or in response to a question, as his lips issue a series of record-skips and he
See also: Henry Rollins: Worried About the NSA? What About Google? When I read the Supreme Court's decision on the Defense of Marriage Act last week, I allowed myself a few moments of elation and then started scouring the Internet to read the reaction. The sentiments expressed by longtime marriage-equality
Don't forget to check our constantly-updated Los Angeles Concert Calendar Monday, July 8 Future Bible Heroes, et al. ECHOPLEX Future Bible Heroes' new album, Partygoing, sounds a bit like Magnetic Fields. Well, probably because FBH are Magnetic Fields, or about 90 percent of them anyway. Let us explain: Future Bible
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
Trying to describe Nicolas Jaar's music yields only doughnuts, a string of zeroes, an increasingly round-a-bout dance of adjectives and antecedents. It is dance music inflected with Ethiopian jazz, Chilean techno, '90s trip-hop, and American experimental minimalism. It's full of samples that you can't quite put your finger on. A
The women of K-pop are a formidable force: the biggest selling acts in the genre, after all, are female, and they appeal to guys and girls alike. From bubbly girls, to sex pots, to empowered ladies and divas, it's truly a mixed bag of incredibly sexy women. Here are our
Sergio Amalfitano sings for ACxDC, short for Antichrist Demoncore and unrelated to the Australian hard-rock band. The group plays an underground strain of hardcore punk called powerviolence, and he's crafted their aesthetic and ethos: a strange blend of veganism, straight-edge and Satanism, if you can believe that, rounded out with...
On the trend of L.A. chefs opening New England–style seafood joints, my mother is incredulous. "Why would they do that?" she asks. "New England seafood places aren't even that good." Born in Los Angeles and raised mainly in New England, my mother's opinion could be less informed, though I'm sure...
For decades, New York City has been considered the de facto culinary capital of the country. And not without good reason; the Big Apple always had the stats to back up the reputation. Used as a standard by which all other cities are measured, aspiring chefs were compelled to head
Wine Tasting Class The tasting class will cover notable French wine regions, including Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace, the Loire Valley and the southern Rhone Valley, with wines such as cabernet sauvignon, merlot and pinot noir. Reservations are recommended. WHAT: Wine Tasting Class WHEN: Thursday, July 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. WHERE: Redondo Beach
After work, it's usually time head home, enjoy dinner, watch something on Netflix and hit the hay. Other nights, perhaps you'll go out for a couple of stiff beverages. Of course, a few drinks can easily lead to handfuls, and before you know it, you're waking up in the suit
There are all kinds of ways to improve your diet, but drinking skim milk may not be one of them. In fact, according to some studies, skim milk may be adding to the obesity epidemic. A story published last week in the U.K.'s Daily Mail cites multiple sources that throw
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 Jeff Mahin, chef/partner of Stella Barra Pizzeria and M Street Kitchen, for the six spots he frequents when he's not
Now that June Gloom is over, Venice Beach and all of its loonies are ready to welcome our swimsuit-clad, SPF-30-smothered bodies for long days in the sand and sun. But what happens when lunchtime rolls around and you're craving something slightly more substantial -- and slightly less artery-clogging -- than
Lots of meat eaters already know the name Adam Perry Lang. After all, this is the man who brought his best-selling cookbook Serious Barbecue down from the smoked-meat mountaintop. His pedigree is perhaps even more well known: Culinary Institute of America, stints at Le Cirque, Daniel and Guy Savoy, with
The Original Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax is already a varied dining experience, with everything from Korean BBQ and Brazilian sausage to brisket, tofu and gumbo. For dessert, there's tiny chocolate mousse, warm donut holes, root beer floats and lots, lots more. But at the 5th annual Taste of
Are you an avid Yelper but you know your critiques are somehow lacking? A blogger who wants to up your game? An aspiring restaurant critic? Well Hanna Raskin has the book for you. Raskin, who was until recently the restaurant critic at the Seattle Weekly and has worked as a
Kickstarter has changed the game. A touring musician disinclined to waste valuable songwriting time on a dreary day job can ask her friends for $20 apiece and end up subsidizing the next three months of her life. An artist with a big idea doesn't have to win a grant when
You could, if you really wanted to, create a Harper's Index of sorts based just on Takeru Kobayashi's culinary feats: Number of eggs eaten in 1 minute: 32. Number of Twinkies eaten in 1 minute: 14. And, of course, the one that made him famous in 2001: Number of hot
Mahattan Beach gets a new bistro featuring a cross-section of Southeast Asian cuisines this Thursday, July 11 when Jed Sanford and chef Tin Vuong open Little Sister on Manhattan Avenue. It'll be the second restaurant they've opened this year, after launching their Neapolitan pizzeria WildCraft Pizza in downtown Culver City
No worries if you're like us and you missed the first tapping of Los Angeles Ale Works' second-ever released beer at City Tavern on Sunday night. Not only are kegs of the Thai-tea-infused Karma Kolsh already on tap at bars from Downtown to Santa Monica, but the rest of July
It's not hard to sit down in front of a tasty steak in this town. Upscale options abound, with prices that quickly reach into the triple digits once you tack on a side of asparagus and that all-important glass of red wine. So what's a hungry carnivore without big bucks
Along with painful sunburns and chlorine-stung eyes, a towering cone of ice cream signifies summer in all its glory. Japanese retail monstrosity Uniqlo is tapping into everything that a drippy dessert can evoke with a new line of 31 beach-appropriate bottom-wear designs inspired by Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavors. Considering that
After a Fourth of July spent celebrating America's greatest cultural landmarks (and drinking lots of beer), Los Angeles is set to lose an institution of their own. With none of the fireworks or bunting, a simple post on the Tom Bergin's Tavern Facebook page announced their impending closure on Sunday
There's at least one vegan in my life I've been able to convince to happily eat oysters, guilt-free. Oysters, I argued, are no more a living, feeling animal than a zucchini. They have no central nervous system, no face, no brain. They are basically a lump of protein -- that
Chef Josiah Citrin may be best known for his two Michelin-starred French restaurant Melisse in Santa Monica. At home, his two teenage kids are more familiar with his Monday dinners, which for about eight months was meatless every week from last October until about June. It started as a way
One week before our own dineLA launches on July 15, Claremont kicks off its first-ever Restaurant Week from today through July 16th. Home to the seven Claremont Colleges, a botanic garden covering 86 acres, a bustling Sunday farmers market and Ben Harper's Folk Music Center, Claremont is looking to expand
Iced boba milk tea is as close to a youth elixir as we may ever get. It's a simple recipe: Your choice of tea, plus milk and simple syrup shaken vigorously with ice until frothy, then poured over black tapioca globules slightly smaller than a marble known colloquially as boba
With the help of chef Frankie Sawatdikiat, Kunche Vorabuta has been putting forth Northern Thai-style small plates at her restaurant, RICE Thai Tapas, since its soft open in mid-June. The restaurant has been quietly serving guests -- quite a few knew Vorabuta from her days at Sushi of Naples --
If you've been driving around the intersection of La Brea and Wilshire, squinting to find the original 985-square foot home of Umami Burger, you can rest your eyes: It's gone. In its place is True Burger, which took over the space earlier this year and quietly began grilling burgers a
When Lou Amdur sold his wine bar LOU last year, wine lovers mourned the loss of one of the city's true bastions of wine geekery. Since then, Amdur has made no secret of the fact that he was on the search for a new space that would allow him to
In the heart of Little Osaka -- just steps away from all the ramen, shave ice and okonomiyaki you could eat -- is Flores, a modern American small-plates restaurant chef'd by the husband-and-wife team of Rob Lawson and Angela Hernandez. The space, formerly Sawtelle Kitchen, has had a complete redo
Bread, mashed potatoes, pasta, muffins, cake, cookies and other high-glycemic foods might be as addictive as you think they are, according to a new study. Boston Children's Hospital researchers found that eating such forms of carbohydrates can actually make you hungry for more and stimulates areas of the brain involved
It's a Tuesday night at the Clubhouse, a black-box theater on the second floor of a condo located down an alley from the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and El Centro Avenue. At the weekly improv show TNT, the group Call Waiting, comprised of Upright Citizens Brigade alums Mark Rennie,...
After the Boy Scouts of America's national council voted to lift its ban on gay scouts under 18 — anyone gay and over 18 can, awkwardly, still be expelled from the organization — last month, certain papers ran reproductions of Norman Rockwell images alongside their reporting on the issue. The...
It was a live television drama in 1949. It was a two-part TV series in 1959. It was even, improbably, turned into a lavish Broadway musical in 1964. But a feature film of What Makes Sammy Run? Never happened. Never gonna happen. See also: And The Best L.A. Novel Ever
See also: *Our Calendar Section, Listing More Great Things to Do in L.A. *5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week Feeling cooped up in your apartment? Need to get the kids out of the house? Bored of your usual routine? Summer's no time for staying trapped in your
See also: *Our Calendar Section, Listing More Great Things to Do in L.A. On a Tuesday afternoon, Max Russo is chatting with friends at 41 Ocean. Warm and welcoming, Russo, one of the founders of the membership club, takes time to make sure his friends have everything they need while
L.A. Weekly has been holding a tournament to find the best L.A. novel ever, featuring 32 of our favorites in head-to-head matchups. For further reading: *Best L.A. Novel Ever: The Tournament Begins *Best L.A. Novel Ever: More Matchups *18 L.A. Literary Figures Pick Their Favorite L.A. Novels *Why Has the
In the foreword to Fred Stoller's new memoir, Maybe We'll Have You Back: The Life of a Perennial TV Guest Star, Ray Romano recalls being referred to in his early New York stand-up days as "the healthy-looking Fred Stoller." Romano went on to star in his own show and become
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By Anthony Mostrom It's one of the biggest horror stories of old L.A., yet it never seems to get told by anyone (least of all by the Los Angeles Times): the 1910 midnight dynamite bombing of the newspaper's imposing stone building at First and Broadway. The blast killed 21 Times
For the last nine months, L.A. Weekly has conducted a tournament to determine the best L.A. novel ever -- but we wanted to know what others thought as well. We asked a number of our favorite writers, booksellers, publishers and critics to tell us about their favorite L.A. novel. Here's
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From a distance, the bunny looks ordinary. But a closer look reveals that it is actually some sort of human cartoon dressed in a bunny outfit. More often than not, you might see this little caricature holding up a stick with a white sign emblazoned with a black smiley face
Updated, with a comment from the L.A. Times, below Recently laid-off L.A. Times arts reporter Jori Finkel is L.A.'s most wanted woman -- by museum directors, at least. After Variety first broke the news that Finkel would be one of 11 employees laid off as the paper looks toward potentially
See also: *More L.A. Weekly Film Coverage Friday, July 12 Experience summer heat in the air-conditioned Warner Grand Theatre at 8 p.m. with Under the Tuscan Sun, the romantic comedy-drama about a recently divorced writer (Diane Lane) who, while on a tour in Tuscany, spontaneously buys a villa and decides
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 includes Balanchine ballets from Los Angeles Ballet and American Ballet Theater, plus flamenco two ways. 4. Los Angeles Ballet's Balanchine
This week, a river made of wood planks runs through a museum and an artist turns severed feet into amusing mascots. 5. Like a chicken with its head cut off "He journeyed from France to the crappy land of online UFO videos and single-highhandedly raised the bar on realism," said
By Craig Stephens It's a sunny day at Echo Park Lake, which is finally reopening after its $45 million facelift. Some families stroll its banks; others spread out picnics. The area's signature hipsters frolic, toke weed and play croquet. The vibe is chill, with no oafish territorialism in evidence. On
Just stepping into the Center for Land Use Interpretation's space in Culver City gives viewer a little shiver. Is it excitement, or the fact that they have chilled the space and added refrigeration flaps at the door to keep the cold from escaping? Maybe both. The chilled-out atmosphere sets an
See also: *More L.A. Weekly Film Coverage Friday, July 5 What's up, doc? The famously mischievous rabbit graces the screen in the Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II event with live musical accompaniment by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl tonight at 8 p.m., conducted by George Daugherty
From Murphy Brown and 30 Rock to Sex and the City, New Girl and The Mindy Project, television shows have depicted women starting over, figuring out their lives and juggling their work-life balance. And for this genre, these ladies can thank Mary Tyler Moore. In her new book, Mary and