The food was terrible, the men said. Never mind that it was free. Or that they were homeless, and beggars can't be choosers. The grumbling among residents at the PATH L.A. shelter — People Assisting the Homeless — at 340 N. Madison Ave. in the Rampart area might have gone...
Palm Springs doesn't stop the party between Coachella weekends. Tachevah celebrated its second year as a free festival at The Spa Casino. Headliners Fitz and the Tantrums played with L.A.'s CLASSIXX, Coachella Valley's ONE11 and CIVX. Dancing at The Copa, listening to songs by piano man Martin Ross at Riviera and hanging at Ace Hotel & Hard Rock Hotel were all other hot spots happenings in this balmy desert area. All photos by Michele McManmon.
The weekend before Coachella, Palm Springs is taken over by an awesome all-girls party called Dinah Shore. Here are some of our favorite moments of music, fashion and pool partyin'. All photos by Colin Young-Wolff.
Landlocked between Russia and China, Mongolia has absorbed influences from those two countries into its own distinctive culture, which dates back to its assertions of empire under Genghis Khan in the 1200s. The dance troupe Khukh Tenger’s name translates to “Blue Sky” and references the nomadic indigenous people’s deep connection to nature and Mongolia’s harsh climate, sweeping plains and three stark mountain ranges. Led by choreographer Batzorig Dorj, these dancers offer a rare chance to see unfamiliar dance from this remote and mostly unfamiliar part of the world. The troupe is performing with the musicians of Huun-Huur-Tu, who practice khoomei or “throat-singing,” in which a single vocalist can simultaneously produce two distinct pitches and sing the chord in harmony. The family-friendly show is part of the World City performance series at Disney Hall and includes related child-friendly art activities. W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Sat., April 19, 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m., free with tickets distributed at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Grand Avenue at Second Street. (213) 972-4396, musiccenter.org.More
Koreatown, Koreatown — when the lights are low: The KTOWN Night Market is that heady and headstrong manifestation of Asian night markets, which are a part of that cosmopolitan experience falling squarely between the celebratory and the revelatory. More than 100 street vendors will purvey a gustatory experience anchored in Korean cuisine but spanning the Asian continent, to turn on your tastebuds’ receptors for umami, which you’ve heard so much about. There will be DJs and K-pop singers, art exhibits, a K-pop workshop and “Food Truck Alley,” which will include three seasons’ worth of winners of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race, plus mainstays such as Jogasaki Sushi Burrito and Cool Haus. Because there’s not much better after spicy food than ice cream. Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, 701 S. Catalina St., Koreatown; Fri., April 18, 4 p.m. to mid.; Sat., April 19, 2 p.m.-mid.; free. ktownnightmarket.com.More
Our feverish culture of conspiracy angst — be it obsessions with chemtrails, the FDA and GMOs or Agenda 21 — grips millions of Americans, and with triple-threat brainstorm Hollywood, Drugs and Mind Control, expect a torrent of provocative, Freedom of Information Act–fueled, shock-and-awe revelations. Authors Daniel Hopsicker (his fascinating Barry and “the Boys”: The CIA, the Mob and America’s Secret History examines the career of top-level CIA agent/dope smuggler Barry Seal, who had George H.W. Bush’s private phone number in his wallet when he was fatally machine-gunned), Kris Millegan (editor of stunning exposé anthology Fleshing Out Skull & Bones: Investigations Into America’s Most Powerful Secret Society) and Cheri Seymour (whose The Last Circle: Danny Casolaro’s Investigation Into the Octopus and the PROMIS Software Scandal exposes global collusion between the feds and organized crime) convene today to drop a mind-bending dose of shocking insider reality. These crusaders will provide a wake-up call of harsh, long-obfuscated truths, each as riveting as it is horrific. As the old adage says, “If you aren’t paranoid, you aren’t paying attention.” La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Sun., April 20, 6-9 p.m.; free. (323) 666-7667, laluzdejesus.com.More
Like a Record Store Day, only for people who enjoy silence, World Book Night is part of a campaign to encourage more people to pick up a book and maybe even read it. On April 23, volunteers will make that task even easier by distributing tens of thousands of specially selected books to friends and neighbors. The international bid for a wider reading audience began in 2011 and this year will include more than 20 author events in the United States the evening before the big giveaway. Five of those events will be scattered around Los Angeles, from downtown’s Last Bookstore (featuring Ransom Riggs of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) to Malibu’s Diesel bookstore (Jesse Andrews) to Leimert Park’s Eso Won Books (Terry McMillan). Highest profile of the April 22 events may be at the Grove’s Barnes & Noble, which hosts prolific crime novelist Michael Connelly. The former Los Angeles Times reporter has been running his reoccurring character Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch up and down Los Angeles in thrillers including Angels Flight and Echo Park for more than 20 years. Barnes & Noble at the Grove, 189 Grove Drive, Miracle Mile; Tue., April 22, 7 p.m.; free. (323) 525-0270, www.us.worldbooknight.org.More
Fresh off the Outdoor stage at Coachella, Blood Orange performed to a sold out house at The El Rey Theatre on Monday night in support of their latest release Cupid Deluxe. All photos by Timothy Norris.
To truly understand DeSano, the new Neapolitan pizza place in East Hollywood, you must first understand a different pizza restaurant in a different city. To truly understand DeSano, you must first understand Antico. Antico opened on a side street of a residential neighborhood in Atlanta in 2009. Run by a...
Angelenos always make a strong showing at Coachella, but this year we had some of our city's best food and drink to thank for repping L.A. the hardest. We found respite from the crowds in the Craft Beer Barn, curated by Tony's Darts Away and Mohawk Bend, and sampled fare from some great L.A. chefs -- including Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market and Esdras Ochoa of Mexicali Tacos & Co -- at the pop-up restaurants in the Rose Garden VIP area and Terrace. The bites and brews proved to be a major treat for concert-goers looking for good eats. All photos by Colin Young-Wolff.
Have you heard this one? Two Philly cops walk into an L.A. cheesesteak joint...
When Captain Jim Kimrey and Lieutenant Lou Liberati, both veteran officers of the Philadelphia Police Department, traveled to L.A. for a convention, did they take a Hollywood tour in their free time? No. They ventured out to sample what our town has to offer in the way of Philly cheesesteaks. Jim and Lou were born and raised in South Philly, the home of Pat’s and Geno’s, the two most well-known cheesesteak places. Can any of the sandwiches from our L.A. joints even partially live up? We went to four of them to get Jim's and Lou’s personal opinions. All photos by Jared Cowan.
On Wednesday, Jan. 22, artist and curator Galo "Make" Canote stood outside Muzeo, downtown Anaheim's art museum. Inside sat pieces of bold graphic art, waiting to be hung. Also waiting inside were the museum's executive director and a detective from the Anaheim Police Department's gang division. Canote took a deep...
Math Bass' performances, paintings and sculptures often have an unpretentious lightness, soundness and rhythm to them, which accompanies a feeling of impending doom, though not necessarily an end-all-be-all sort of doom. It's more like an acknowledgment that the world's not always sunny and we're all navigating that. In her current show at Overduin & Co., paintings done in a graphic, stenciled style show alligators with mouths wide open, ready to eat other alligators, and smoking cigarettes floating and falling through space. The gates, bent steel arches and ladders that also populate the space are like escape routes that don't actually take you away. 6693 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd.; through April 19. (323) 464-3600, overduinandco.com.More
The too-attractive-to-be-true, bashfully happy look of the model in Zoe Ghertner's photograph Her Smile is genuinely arresting. She has her hand resting on her hair, and sunlight, shining through what must be a fence, casts gridded shadows across her face and perfectly starched blazer and blouse. Since Ghertner installed the photo upside down, the blazer's collar is at the top, and the model's fingers and hair at the bottom, which compels you to pay more attention to the components of what would make perfect sense as a Calvin Klein ad. Other work in "Lens Reflex," curated by artist Steven Baldi at Thomas Duncan Gallery, tries to turn smooth stylishness on its head, too. 6109 Melrose Ave.; through April 19. (310) 494-1177, thomasduncangallery.com.More
If L.A. was dead last weekend thanks to Coachella, that certainly wasn't the case during the week. It was an action-packed few days filled fashionable fetes, funky art parties and more. Here, snaps from Levi's Haus party in WeHo with DJ Big Boi and the Odd Future crew, Club 90s Spring Break bash at Los Globos, Shepard Fairey's "50 Shades of Black" exhibit and party at Subliminal Projects, and Austin Young's Glamour Shots portrait pick-up party at Good Luck Gallery.
Adidas and Jeremy Scott teamed up for their annual Coachella party at the Frank Sinatra house in Palm Springs. The party featured a surprise performance by A$AP Rocky and DJ set by A-Trak. Katy Perry, Diplo and Rita Ora were amongst the star studded guests. All photos by Colin Young-Wolff.
"I've interviewed a lot of nasty characters over the years," a cheerful Errol Morris says over lunch on a bright Los Angeles day. "I'm a connoisseur of bullshit." He's sampled some of the finest: Holocaust deniers, murderers swearing their innocence, a beauty queen who claims she only kidnapped and raped...
During an Ask Me Anything session held on Reddit last year, Ethan Hawke praised a fellow thespian by calling him "the only actor since Marlon Brando that's actually done anything new with the art of acting," adding that the performer in question has "successfully taken us away from an obsession...
"No class of people should have to sacrifice their lives and their heritage for somebody else to get rich," says one of the men interviewed in Nailah Jefferson's wrenching Vanishing Pearls, a must-see documentary.
Ellie Kanner's Authors Anonymous concerns a writing workshop for aspiring novelists, but on the strength of the film you get the sense that Kanner would benefit from attending a few workshops of her own.
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.
Where Roy Choi goes, people will follow - this has been well-established. Because if the legions of the hungry are willing to follow his Kogi trucks when they alight in deserted motel parking lots or alongside Orange County topless clubs, it stands to reason that they will go where theyMore
Much of young chef Miles Thompson's food astonishes. In the crudo section, a shimaji dish with miso, blood orange and kiwi is bright and standard if you like fruit with your fish, but the live scallop tartar knocked me on my ass. Served with strawberries, black truffle and elderflower vinaigrette,More
On a barren corner of Broadway and Olympic in downtown L.A. sits Alma, chef Ari Taymor's fantasy-come-to-life. Taymor makes beignets with seaweed and tofu, a totally next-generation donut that is as fun to eat in its fried umami glory as it is tasty. Sablefish, lightly smoked and slick, comes onMore
Where my favorite osterie in Italy find purpose in the repetition of classic dishes, in menus that may not change for decades, Gino Angelini is by nature a creative chef who likes to mark dishes as his own. A regular at his restaurants could tell the difference between Angelini's saltimboccaMore
The first thing you should know about Animal is that it is practically a shrine to bacon, which appears everywhere on the short, seasonal menu, up to and including a chocolate dessert. The chefs, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, former Food Network stars who call themselves the Food Dudes, areMore
The cheese-and-charcuterie-intensive inspiration for L.A.'s new generation of wine bars, Suzanne Goin's pan-Mediterranean A.O.C. is a fantasy of a modern small-plates restaurant, the kind of place you drop into for a glass of Friulian Tocai and a plate of sliced prosciutto, a Cairanne and some bacon-wrapped dates with Parmesan -More
An Attari sandwich is close to a perfect thing, a length of toasted French bread, a layer of main ingredient, and a dressing that includes fresh tomatoes, a handful of shredded lettuce and a smattering of spiced, supertart Iranian pickles that somehow manage to give the impression of a goodMore
The menu at Baco Mercat reads almost like a graduate exam in culinary poststructuralism, mixing flavors from Italy, France and western China, Georgia (U.S.) and Georgia (Eastern Europe), Tuscany and Peru. Josef Centeno's take on posole includes a chile-red pork broth, crisps of beef and pork and house-made noodles thatMore
In some respects, Chef Jose Centeno's Bar Ama is two restaurants in one. The first serves giant mounds of guacamole, oozy bowls of queso dip and gut-bomb enchiladas smothered in cheese. It's slutty Mexican-American food made with better ingredients than is typical of the genre but with the same emotionalMore
At Bestia downtown, Chef Ori Menashe's presenting rustic Italian dining, often taken to its cheffy extremes. Instead of beef tartare, there's beef-heart tartare; rather than the trendy but now widely accepted sautéed chicken livers, there are chicken gizzards. They're served with beets for a Halloween-worthy effect, a plate smeared withMore
Surprisingly, for the most part the food at Kevin Bludso's new Bludso's Bar-&-Que in Hollywood is a pretty amazing representation of what you might get at a barbecue shack — in the South or in Compton. The meats are smoky; the sides taste honest. Collards are funky and imbued withMore
Bludso's is known for its barbecue beef brisket, which comes in a foam and foil container, dripping with meaty juices. The small, Texas-style joint, with simply a counter and few stools, is big on brisket ribs, rib tips, hot links, chicken. The Texas Sampler ($25.50) is a plate that canMore
Braised meats play a major roll in many of Chef Funke's dishes, and several mellow, soothing ragus appear each night — perhaps lamb over fat yellow pappardelle, perhaps tight rolls of strascinati with supple, juicy duck. Aside from pasta and bread, Bucato's menu features sputini, which translates approximately to "snacks,"More
On Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock, this charming neighborhood restaurant specializing in Mexican cuisine is many things: a deli, a market, a fantastic breakfast spot, and a Mecca for one of the best dishes in town, the duck carnets taco. With outdoor patio dining and friendly service, you can dineMore
Elvirita is a small double storefront just up the hill from El Mercado and across the street from a big cemetery. A decade or so ago, the original Cemitas Poblanas, a café in the same location, was probably the first Puebla-style restaurant in Los Angeles, the first place specifically devotedMore
It has always been worth the drive south of USC to the Mercado la Paloma, if only to order a few of chef Gilberto Cetina's fantastic cochinita pibil tacos. After Cetina closed his Macarthur Park restaurant and the little market stall became the only place to get his Yucatecan cuisine,More
On what must have been my thirtieth or fortieth visit to Chung King, the redoubt of ma po doufu, smoked chicken leg and house-smoked Chinese bacon stir-fried with fresh chiles, I was introduced to a new dish, beef in small pot. Or rather, the dish wasn't new - it hadMore
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The Church Key in West Hollywood bills itself as an "American dim sum" restaurant, with Steven Fretz in the kitchen. Falafel croquettes and pig ear Cheetos make the rounds on dim sum carts, and if you take up the offering, the card on your table is stamped to tally whatMore
Ricardo Diaz's Colonia Taco Lounge in El Puente might teach you a lot of things: the possibilities of cauliflower, how to fall head over heels in love with a flour tortilla, how to eat far too much and somehow still want more. Let's begin with the tortillas: Would it beMore
There are steamed shrimp, shrimp with black pepper, and shrimp battered and fried to tempura-like crispness. If you can get past the name, there are even shrimp cucaracha — tiny, thin-shelled creatures, deep-fried whole, which do in fact curl up into insect-like objects that have the odd brown gloss ofMore
At Chef Michael Cimarusti's West Hollywood restaurant, executive chef Sam Baxter has created a menu of incredibly straightforward, classic American seafood dishes. There's a lobster roll, served hot or cold on an excellent brioche roll, made with giant chunks of tender lobster meat, the sandwich relying on barely anything otherMore
If you are of a certain bent, you have probably spent many mornings milling around the parking lot outside the original Din Tai Fung, checking off too many items on the clipboard menu issued with your queue number, waiting for your shot at a steamerful or three of the renownedMore
In Mexico City restaurants like El Huarache Azteca may be thick on the ground, but in Highland Park, there is nothing like it on a Saturday afternoon, a cramped storefront filled with families guzzling house-made horchata, tepache and watermelon drink out of huge foam cups, hovering over the few oilcloth-coveredMore
Until a local website praised its carne asada, El Parian was best known for its birria, Guadalajara-style roasted goat in broth, and when you sat down at one of the well-battered tables, the waitress didn't offer you a menu, she asked whether you were having a full order or wereMore
Factory Kitchen, a Northern Italian trattoria from chef Angelo Auriana and Matteo Ferdinandi, features an open kitchen largely dedicated to hte making of pasta. Auriana focuses on deceptively simple sauces and preparations that allow the noodles to shine. There are long, wide, parsley-studded noodles with meaty wild boar cooked withMore