Los Angeles can, yet again, boast about having the most variety, if not depth, of something. Home to the most diverse Muslim population in the United States, Los Angeles County is full of halal restaurants. Halal means permitted or lawful according to Sharia (Islamic) laws. In the realm of dining ou ... More >>
How to shuck an oyster
Is this an ALOUD panel discussion of a preoccupation with ancient civilizations as expressed through modern cuisine, or a lunch at Melisse? French chef Brigitte Caland is hosting a series of lunches inspired by literary and historical texts, which just might make all ot ... More >>
This weekend in LA: music.
Three Mile Pilot was one of the oddest avant-punk bands of the 1990s, a San Diego outift whose members went on to gig with Pinback and the Black Heart Procession. They've reunited, and are performing at the Echoplex with Optigonally Yours, which features Rob Cr ... More >>
Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dry ... More >>
There's only one CD that matters in my car right now, and that's Diplo's raucous and sharp recent Santogold mixtape, called Top Ranking. It moves all over the place, from early '60s girl groups -- a stunning reworking of the Dixie Cups "Iko Iko" -- to 60s rocksteady (Desmond Dekker's "Shanty Town" ... More >>