Francisco Real killed people. He smuggled illegal immigrants. He sold drugs and collected taxes for the Mexican Mafia. He ran a gang and family criminal enterprise that made his street in Glassell Park one of the most dangerous in Los Angeles. But L.A. being the city of reinvention, last week...
Now in its sixth year, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride turns the Old Zoo area of Griffith Park into a scare fest you're unlikely to forget. The hayride itself is a 25-minute jaunt through devilish scenes; the attraction will include encounters with massive hydras, a larger-than-death Grim Reaper and even Cerberus, the hellhound that guards the underworld. The In-Between (Dark Maze), where you must fumble through a blackout labyrinth, is back, too. After drawing 50,000 folks per season, Haunted Hayride is expanding. This year, the fright fest includes two new areas: an interactive walking tour, where guests set the scenes into motion, plus an apocalyptic journey through Pestilence, War, Famine and Death. They've also added a Theatre Macabre, with interactive shows that bring classic horror movie scenes to the stage, as well as Blood Drums, the spooky, October incarnation of Street Drum Corps. Still not enough? Jack's Carving Shack's offers pumpkin-mutilating competitions. 4730 Crystal Springs Ave., Griffith Park; Oct. 3-31, Thu. & Sun. and Wed., Oct. 29, 7-10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 7 p.m.-mid.; $30 (Hayride and Purgatory), $42 (all-attraction pass), VIP passes and season tickets available. losangeleshauntedhayride.com.More
Our sense of smell is incredibly powerful — it triggers memories, captures emotions and is key to our experience of food. Smell is what brings tastes beyond the standard — sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami — and into the realm of complexity. That's why the Institute for Art and Olfaction has partnered with Castle Gourmet for Stop and Smell Your Dinner, a four-course tasting menu with scent pairings. Says chef Anne Lee of the all-vegan menu: "This is our favorite time of year, where late summer and early fall flavors are both readily available, and I am taking full advantage of that fact!" In its most recent iteration, the menu featured edible flowers, lavender ice cream and burnt mushroom dust. Hosted by drag performer and Pop tArt Gallery owner Phyllis Navidad and taking place in experimental restaurant/art space Thank You for Coming, this promises to be one event where perfume won't take away from the dining experience. Instead, integrated into the menu, it will enhance and play with the flavors of the food. Now that smells good. Thank You for Coming, 3416 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village; Fri., Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.; $65. (323) 648-2666, thankyouforcoming.la.More
The celebrated contemporary choreographer Garth Fagan gets help from the equally celebrated trumpeter Wynton Marsalis whose music provides the soundtrack for Lighthouse/Lightning Rod. Fagan’s new work receives it West Coast premiere in four performances.More
When it comes to the life of Bruce Haack, separating truth from fiction is not easy. The groundbreaking electronic music composer and inventor is said to have taught himself to play piano by age 3. By 8, he apparently was escaping his abusive mother's wrath by sneaking off to Indian...
Visual allure often isn't a virtue we value when chasing obscure flavors in L.A.'s international neighborhoods. In fact, adventurous diners tend to appreciate the opposite: The grungier the location, the more accomplished we feel for having sought it out. Looks be damned — let the fireworks happen on the flavor...
The Los Angeles art world has been saying a collective "hallelujah" since the arrival in January of Philippe Vergne as MOCA's new director. Although some East Coast commentators condemned the appointment — citing in particular a budget crisis scandal in which Vergne resorted to selling off a number of works...
An undefeated middle-weight from Kazakhstan, boxer Triple G smiles a lot and looks relatively naive even when he's destroying an opponent. In artist Cyril Kuhn's portrait of him, he's even more big-eyed and endearing than in real life. It's hard to tear your eyes away. Kuhn's new show at Jancar, called "Mirrored Face-Off," is full of paintings like this, which turn public figures and pop stars (Hillary Clinton and Madonna also make appearances) into vulnerable characters in some alien fantasy. 961 Chung King Road, Chinatown; through Oct. 4. (213) 625-2522, jancargallery.com.More
Claressinka Anderson and Sonny Ruscha Granade co-curate the newest exhibition and integrated pop-up shop at the Underground Museum, a rather new, utterly experimental, independent exhibition space in what could be thought of as the far east end of Culver City's gallery district. (It's technically Arlington Heights.) "My Self Is an Other" gathers together five contemporary artists for a painting-centric group show that's self-absorbed by design, as each artist takes on a facet of existential philosophy examining where "me" ends and "you" and "everyone else" begin. Alexandra Grant deploys words and social/psychological theory as both composition and content and frequently collaborates with writers (including in her new book with Keanu Reeves). Collaboration and collective authorship also are themes for Kendell Carter, whose woven painting is an unfinished work to be physically completed by the involvement of the other artists in the show. Dennis Koch makes finely constructed drawings that reflect his interest in theoretical math and physics. April Street's sculpturally manipulated and painted hosiery works take a more directly feminist point of view. And finally, painter Rives Granade builds up layered images, re-creating the gradual distortions that accrue in public image and private memory, addressing the chasm of perception between the mind and the world. The curators also take over the store space with a thematic pop-up offering work by artists including FriendsWithYou, Francesca Gabbiani, Matt Merkel Hess, Jow, Polite Society Paper, Robert Minervini, Fay Ray and Eddie Ruscha. So if you're not quite up to finding yourself just yet, you can fill the void with shopping. The Underground Museum, 3508 W. Washington Blvd., Arlington Heights; Sat., Oct. 4, 6-9 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues Wed.-Sat., noon-6 p.m., through Nov. 22. (323) 989-9925, theunderground-museum.com.More
For a lot of reasons that probably have to do with shareholder value maximization, this is an era in which mainstream cinema has been eclipsed by excellent television. You could argue that the people who make TV tend to be more interesting and complicated than those who make films. This...
The tragedy of Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children is that it was released the year it was made. A snapshot of today's cultural disconnection, in which Facebook, texting, World of Warcraft and streaming smut lure people away from dinner with their families, the film's so current that its observations...
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The first natural case of Ebola in the United States was confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Texas Department of State Health Services officials today. The patient arrived from Liberia Sept. 20, sought treatment in the Dallas area Sept. 26 after feeling ill for a couple days,...
This year's Best of L.A. issue pays homage to all the places in the city we're just not ready to say goodbye to yet. But it's not just us telling you our favorites. We also asked you to nominate your favorite places in Los Angeles — and then vote on the finalists. Here are your picks.
The mayor of Bell Gardens, a small city in southeastern L.A. county, was shot and wounded today, a sheriff's official told L.A. Weekly. The municipal website of Bell identifies the mayor as Daniel Crespo. The attack was reported this afternoon in the 6300 block of Gage Avenue in that town,...
Back in August when I reviewed ChocoChicken, one of my main complaints was the chocolate overload of the endeavor. The chocolate-flavored chicken itself wasn't that bad, but the heaping on of more and more chocolate items — from sides to cocktails — made for a wholly unbalanced meal. Now, it...
Step into Garlo's Pies, the new Westwood pie shop, and it's likely a good-looking bloke with a broad Australian accent will bound up to you and happily regale you with all kinds of facts about the operation. "G'day!" he'll bellow. "First time here? Yes? Great! That means I get to...
If the usual experts are to be trusted, the end of the world is definitely coming one of these days. Some say it'll end in fire; some say in ice. Some say global climate change. All — with apologies to Robert Frost — would suffice. So what are we to...
Happy belated National Coffee Day — or not, since every day is national coffee day, isn't it? Just little over a year after it opened its first location on Beverly Boulevard, Andante Coffee Roasters opened a second shop in Echo Park on Monday, taking over the space formerly occupied by...