Faced with presenting at a Star Chefs event in New York last October, Red Medicine chef Jordan Kahn called upon filmmakers Natasha Subramaniam and Alisa Lapidus to collaborate on a film they eventually titled Reverie. They had previously showcased his technique in their stop-motion animation film As ... More >>
Rapper Serengeti has a new album out next week called Saal. After a string of works on Anticon, this is the arty and introspective MC's first for Savannah label Graveface. It features less rappity-rapping and more spare beats with singing. As is often the case when he's not rhyming as his alter ego ... More >>
If you count Black Sabbath's 1970 self-titled debut as heavy metal's birth, the genre is now over 40. It can no longer be called a fad. It can have adult children, and it can run for president. (Insert "presidental metal of freedom" joke here).
See also: Top 20 L.A. Metal Albums: The Complete List ... More >>
Outside Sassafras, the new Hollywood bar that aims to capture the spirit of the South, two men with very different demeanors hover near the door. One stands guarding the door, mustached and bow-tied. The other paces a few steps away, complaining loudly into his cell phone. "They won't let me in beca ... More >>
In anticipation of the remake of the 1976 girl-group melodrama Sparkle --Â Whitney Houston's posthumous film appearance and her return to movies after a 15-year absence -- we look back at the handful of celluloid performances by the woman once known as "the Voice."
Houston's pipes certainly get a w ... More >>
The third annual Hollywood Fringe festival is now history, and this L.A. Weekly best of award goes to Eric Davis' demonic Red Bastard. Also check out this week's stage feature on Theatricum Botanicum's production of Shaw's The Heartbreak House, and Guy Zimmerman's The Black Glass.
Our critics were ... More >>
Adam Richman spends the first several minutes of our interview discussing the best way to get places in L.A., as most Angelenos do. He can't count himself one anymore, but he used to live here, coincidentally, one block from this writer's current residence.
Now, however, Richman is a citizen of the ... More >>
Twitter turned six years old this past Wednesday, which means six years of communicating via intermittent bursts of 140-character sound bytes and six years of convincing ourselves that even the most mundane of thoughts are worthy of a megaphone. According to the official Twitter blog, there are now ... More >>
-- The Spam Factory's Dirty Secret. [Mother Jones]
-- More fun with Rioja: "Overcoming my squeamishness, I drew my finger across the grim black mold that clung to one of the bottles." [Zester Daily]
-- Prehistoric BBQ Leftovers Found. 8,000 years ago. Aurochs. Proving that summer grilling season ... More >>
If you've ever been to Asheville, North Carolina, a stunning city known for its quietly elegant beauty but also for its cultural diversity (fueled in the early days by Black Mountain College, a Depression-era progressive arts education institute), then you know what writer Elizabeth Sims and ... More >>
If you haven't tried the salty, greasy, cheesy culinary triumph of a vampiros taco from the much-blogged about Boyle Heights stand Tacos Guanajuato... Bad news, you're not going to any time soon. Those addictively delicious vampiros (or volcanes, depending on which region of Mexi ... More >>
January 1st will be the time for resolutions. For losing weight. For spending less money, and more time with your family. For getting a job, or quitting one. Yes, January 1st you will start again. And that's good. Because tonight, December 31st, New Year's Eve, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., the lovely peop ... More >>
Over the Top
Eyes open and ears bleeding, Phil Freeman loads up on the year's best metal.
This year was such a good one for heavy music, we wound up having to cheat when putting this list together. We just couldn't settle on ten albums that kicked my ass the hardest in 2009; there were dozens of ca ... More >>
THE LATEST NEW REVIEWS ARE EMBEDDED IN THIS WEEK'S COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGSAlso see this week's STAGE FEATURE on Polish theater unmaskedNEW REVIEW GO AS YOU LIKE ITAs You Like It Photo courtesy of Aquila TheatreSummer is in full heat across the Southland, which brings out amphitheater producti ... More >>
THE LATEST NEW REVIEWS ARE EMBEDDED IN THIS WEEK'S COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGSNEW REVIEW THEATER PICK CLOWNTOWN CITY LIMITSPhoto by Ed RachlesImagine a personable, grimy, makeup-smeared, cigar-chomping guy in a tank top, not unlike Tommy Lee Jones, playing cards outdoors on the porch of some tra ... More >>
COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGSBREAKING NEWS: The entire staff of Stage Raw was disappointed that Mr. Merkin missed the filing deadline for his first column: a review of Spamalot at the Ahmanson. Mr. Merkin apologized profusely, but explained that it was impossible to file electronically from the pol ... More >>