Stanley Donwood doesn't have the slightest objection to the term "commercial artist." Often considered the sixth member of the band Radiohead, the 44-year old Essex native is responsible for all of the band's artwork since 1994 and has the commercial marketplace to thank for part of his success. "It ... More >>
"Why are cowboys cooler than knights?" Gary Kuchan asks himself, cradling the plastic pint of beer he's just picked up at a Honda Center concession stand. "Knights got their fair share of tail, don't get me wrong, but not like a cowboy."
Over ten thousand spectators clad in Wranglers and Stetsons l ... More >>
L. BallaFive Guys
In recent weeks, two popular out-of-state chains have announced their L.A. debuts: Five Guys opened last week and Papaya King is opening on May 18. But was the frantic blog surfing and twitter tracking worth it? After reading about the opening online, an L.A. secretary, who ... More >>
Essex Public HouseEssex, when it was still up and running
When a new bar is about to open in Hollywood, we can't help but imagine the scene in Back to the Future III when Marty McFly gets his coffin size measured before a showdown with Mad Dog Tannen. With such a high turnaround it's no surpr ... More >>
Fuego at the Hotel Maya brings a coastal oriented, pan-Latin menu and a non-chain option to the Long Beach waterfront. The restaurant, bar and lounge incorporates an indoor/outdoor flow, faces expansive views of the port and beyond, and shows off a mixture of polychromatic materials and textures des ... More >>
Spacecraft, the design group headed by Kristopher Keith, has practically become synonymous with the revitalization of Hollywood's nightlife and dining scene. The firm's signature black and white signage, with its bold use of courier font, is a visual fixture around the neighborhood. Keith is the des ... More >>
Yaz, Orpheum Theatre, July 8, 2008.
(all photos by Timothy Norris)
Near the end of Yaz's triumphant Los Angeles debut -- 27 years after they recorded one of history's great synth-pop albums, Upstairs at Eric's -- vocalist Alison Moyet, visibly moved, thanked the crowd for "a brilliant, brilliant we ... More >>