Photo by Pandora YoungPin-up artist Olivia had a rare showing of her work. Girl Next Door Bridget Marquardt and Hugh Hefner showed up, as did the 2007 PLaymate of the Year.
See more of the show, including a lot of Bettie Page art here.
Photo by Christine PelisekThousands of people and police officers from across the country tunred out to pay respects to fallen SWAT Officer Randal Simmons.
Above, a young member of Simmons' Glory Kids Ministries. Simmons founded the organization 11 years ago and offered a sidewalk church program for at-risk kids living in various low-income housing projects.
For more from Officer Simmons' funeral, click here.
Photo by REVOKIn the early morning hours in mid-December, an amazing masterpiece of epic pink proportions appeared above the Melrose strip. Not MOCA's Murakami billboard itself, but rather a young curator's fantasy art show: "Murakami/AUGER/REVOK." The spectacle lasted two days, and then it was gone. For most of us who missed it entirely, the billboard became art-opening gossip - already a mythic achievement - and yet another coup pulled off by a couple of L.A.'s most prolific and talented AWR/MSK writers.
Read more about the billboard's fate by Shelley Leopold at Lurker.
Photo by Timothy NorrisLucha Va Voom returned to the Mayan Theater for three Valentine's Day-themed nights of sexo y violenica.
Mexican wrestling, dancing ladies (and gentlemen), and lots of tequila made up the recipe for love. Many more photos here.
Daniel Richter, D.P. II (2007-08). Read Christopher Miles' update of L.A. gallery shows at laweekly.com/art+books
Photo by Nicole CamposGeorge Romero surrounded by his adoring throngs, who didn't even try to eat his brains.
From Nicole Campos' entry on Style Council:
Few directors in any genre draw as loyal, faithful and loving a crowd as the maestro of the undead, George Romero. And they turned out in droves the big names, the bloodied faces, and everyone in between at the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian on Wednesday night for a sold-out preview of his latest chapter of zombie lore, Diary of the Dead.
Photo by Timothy NorrisHowlin' Pelle of Sweden's garage-rock monsters, The Hives.
It helps that Howlin' Pelle Almqvist's energy seems limitless. He crossed the stage from one end to the other every ten seconds. He climbed a stack of amplifiers, made his way into the crowd ("If anyone finds my button, please return it to the lost and found, ok?") and made some impressive leaps in the air from the drum kit.
Read Mark Mauer's full review here
Photo by Rena Kosnett(Jessie Evans went on around midnight on Jan. 31, so it's technically February.)
Never has a country-western marching band leotard been put to such good use as it was last night on the body of Jessie Evansshe was all tassels and glitter and screaming red satin in an outfit so snug it may as well have been painted on.
Read more here.
Photo by Scott SchultzGirl in A Coma at the Knitting Factory.
Read the full review on our music blog, Play.
Nina Diaz, whose voice resembles a Tex-Mex Patsy Cline has added some Morrissey mannerisms such as the dramatic, sustained vocals and yodels and the homage to their mentor complements the bands sound nicely.
Photo by Lina LecaroFrom Nightranger
Filmmaker John Roecker's antiProject Runwaythemed house party in Los Feliz a couple of weeks ago demanded fashion faux pas of all attendees, and after deep clothes-minded contemplation we narrowed it down to three so-wrong-they're-right style statements: "Ghetto Un-fabulous" (press-on nails, Mr. T gold, designer knockoffs, cheap extensions), "Cobrasnake babe" (headbands, Day-Glo Ray-Bans, mismatched American Apparel, tube socks) and "Pretty Ugly/Makeup maven circa 1998" (Serious- or Lip Servicebrand anything, glitter makeup, sparkly scarves).
Photo by Mitch HandsoneVanna White at the Julian Schnabel art opening at Gagosian.
Just a couple of days before the Academy Awards,
In which he had a nomination for Best Director, Schnabel debuted his latest colelction of X-ray themed paintings. Among the guests were Werner Herzog, Tilda Swinton, Matthew Modine and many others.
See the full set of photos here.
Photo by Mark MauerVelvet Hammer Burlesque Photo Show
La Luz de Jesus hosts the exhibit and signing of Michelle Carr's sexy new book of photos of her retro dance troupe vixens.
Many more pictures here.
Photo by Timothy NorrisWillie Nelson at the Nokia Theater.
There's an impatient quality about Nelson's playing and singing - to say nothing of his recording over the past several years. For being a Zen cowboy, Nelson's in a race. He's still doing concept albums and writing excellent new songs like "Superman," and "Still is Still Moving." But time isn't on anyone's side, and it's staring directly at Willie Nelson and checking the calendar regularly... Nelson's not wasting a moment.
Photo by Mark MauerA new mural on Melrose depicts blood-thirsty hyenas wearing oil company bling.
New work by the Seventh Letter Crew's SEVER, RONS, VICIOUS, and DAME.
More photos here.
Photo by Gregory BojorquezThe Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog: So Good It's Illegal By Daniel Hernandez
Not quite Mexican and not quite American, the bacon-wrapped hot dog, like the city that so fervently embraces it, has a curious romance about it. You can smell one from blocks away. The grilled bacon, twisted around a wiener, is topped with grilled onions and a mountaintop of diced tomatoes, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise. Then one whole grilled green poblano chile is plopped impossibly on top. You take a bite and think, This is so good, no wonder it's illegal!
Photo by Mark MauerPor El Suelo on Virgil
New work by Retna, AWR, Dame, Werc
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