"Yo!" A black man in a filthy, yellow, collared shirt lies sprawled out in the middle of the Sixth Street sidewalk, out cold. No more than four inches from his face is a Business Improvement District officer, who shouts again: "Yo!" "Is he breathing?" asks a woman passing by, worried...
On Saturday, spectators of all ages were out in multitudes on a beautiful summer night in Glendale to celebrate the 21st annual Cruise Night. Brand Boulevard, one of the main streets through downtown Glendale, was closed to traffic and lined with over 250 classic, pre-1979 cars. There was plenty of food to be had and many of the businesses on Brand stayed open late for the festivities The evening ended with fireworks and a 50th anniversary concert from The Kingsmen, who performed their ultimate party hit, "Louie, Louie." All photos by Jared Cowan.
The World Cup has taken Los Angeles by storm. With viewings beginning at 9 a.m., soccer fans have congregated at some of the best bars in the city including The Village Idiot, Goal, The Parlour on Melrose, Big Wang's and more. Whether they're cheering for their native country, favorite players or mourning the USA's loss, Angelenos have paid close attention to the Cup, showing that soccer is becoming more than a fad. All photos by Daniel Kohn.
The 11th annual "hybrid vision" New Original Works Festival at REDCAT debuts eight new pieces, a varied batch of multidisciplinary works by mostly early-career artists intent on shaking up creative traditions. For the first weekend of three, the festival kicks off with a bill featuring choreographer-dancer Wilfried Souly in Saana/The Foreigner, a solo to live music by multi-instrumentalists, while the Rosanna Gamson/World Wide dance troupe's Still interprets "the neuroscience of dreams." Finally, with a 20-member cast, a choir and chamber orchestra, Overtone Industries' ICELAND is an experimental opera/work of musical work conceived and directed by company main man O-Lan Jones in collaboration with singer-songwriter Emmett Tinley. REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., dwntwn.; Thu., July 24-26, 8:30 p.m.; festival continues through Aug. 9; $20, $16 for REDCAT members/students, $14 for CalArts students/faculty/staff; three-weekend festival pass $40. (213) 237-2800, redcat.org/event/nowfest-2014-week-one.More
Best known as the NOW Festival, the 11th annual celebration of new original dance and other performing arts opens with dancer Wilfried Souly collaborating with Senegalese Kora player Amadou Fall and multi-instrumentalist Tom Moose, choreographer Rosanna Gamson and her troupe World Wide with Still, and contemporary opera from Overtone Industries. Next Thursday, program II opens with Carole Kim’s multi-media work with dance by Oguri and Roxanne Steinberg, table-top puppetry by Marsian De Lellis and new dance and music by d. Sabela grimes. Program III closes the series with a new theatrical work by John Fleck and new dance by Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY.More
She is considered by many to be the reigning ballerina dancing today and he is equally stellar. Established stars in Russia, they left to guest with American Ballet Theater and others, mostly in the classical ballet. Originally scheduled for January with a classical emphasis, in the interim the program took on a more contemporary mode with works by big-name modern choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Ohad Naharin and Arthur Pita. On a prior visit, Osipova and Vasiliev were ferocious in a contemporary pas de deux. They don't just do tutus.More
Grab your dancing shoes and head downtown to join choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance for this year's National Dance Day. Founded by SYTYCD's Nigel Lythgoe and Dizzy Feet Foundation, its free events will have feet flying in several U.S. cities. In L.A., the Music Center is a co-sponsor for an all-day event inviting everyone, no matter their age or agility, to enjoy the chance to dance as the action moves from Grand Park to the fountains to the Music Center Plaza. But first! Go online (musiccenter.org/ndd) to learn the routines, which range from easy to advanced. Then on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., join the dancing throngs in Grand Park led by Lythgoe and SYTYCD choreographer Chris Scott. At noon, cool down at the Grand Park fountain as Baby Loves Disco hosts a family-friendly dance party, or mosey over to the Music Center and spend the afternoon learning repertoire in specific styles from top-notch local companies including CONTRA-TIEMPO (urban Latin, from 12:15 to 1 p.m.), Lula Washington Dance Theatre (contemporary/Afro-Cuban, from 1:15 to 2 p.m.), and Culture Shock (hip-hop/street dance, from 2 to 3:15 p.m.). Now in its third year, the day brings so much fun, it's easy to forget that its goal is to highlight the health and wellness benefits of exercising through dance. Dancers know that already; National Dance Day lets the rest of us in on the secret. Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn., and the Music Center Plaza, 135 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Sat., July 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; free. musiccenter.org/ndd.More
fri 7/25 Dierks Bentley GREEK THEATRE For the better part of the past decade, Dierks Bentley has helped usher in a new era of country music. His catalog has spawned seven No. 1 hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs charts and cemented his status as one of mainstream country's superstars...
The Sunset Strip burned up the music scene as Nico Vega launched their Lead to Light record release bash Monday night at The Roxy. Dark Waves played an amazing debut performance, while Queen Caveat broke open the the jammed packed club. Nico Vegas frontwoman Aja Volkman danced in the crowd, brought the party on stage, and painted dots on fans foreheads. Good times as always on the Strip! All photos by Michele McManmon.
It has all the elements of a tall tale told in a Mississippi barroom: Have you heard? Bob's wife went out to Los Angeles and says a restaurant there is serving Hoppin' John for $14!! Can you imagine? Naaaw. It couldn't be. Hoppin' John: that murky side dish found at...
Milo's Kitchen, a part of California-based Big Heart Pet Brands, is taking its homestyle dog treats on the road this summer with the "Treat Truck." The dogified food truck is making stops all over the country, ending up in New York early September. The truck stopped at Redondo Beach Dog Park Friday morning entertaining the pups with treats, a photo-booth and play zone. Milo's Kitchen Treat Truck offered samples of the line's six flavors, all with chicken or beef as the first ingredient, and all made in the U.S.A. with no artificial colors or preservatives. All photos by Nanette Gonzales.
On June 28th, more than 40 of L.A. and Mexico's hottest taco makers gathered at El Pueblo de Los Angeles downtown to showcase the best of Southern California's taco scene. Curated by the World's First Tacorazzo, Bill Esparza, Tacolandia attendees enjoyed music, drinks, a tequila tasting and of course, plenty of taco goodness. All photos by Anne Fishbein.
Prominently squatting near the head of a long bridge connecting an archipelago of four small islands to the mainland, Panama City's new Biomuseo looks from a distance like an abstract turtle painted in bright colors. As you draw nearer to the building, the fragmentation of the design becomes clearer, and...
The first Queer Biennial is a national survey focusing on the current moment in out/queer/LGBT visual culture — a salient idea, and one that's sure to be expanded upon in the future. Though its curator, Ruben Esparza, and its first venue, Coagula Curatorial, are both L.A. institutions, the Biennial has elements planned for New York, Mexico and Europe and includes artists from the American West, East and Mid, and even a little bit of Canada. Contributions come from bondage-friendly photographer and director Rick Castro; jewelry designer and metalworker Angela Gleason; filmmaker, writer, photographer and mixed-media artist Bruce LaBruce; photocollagist and neon sculptor Lili Lakich; and portraitist, muralist and illustrator Miguel Angel Reyes. Musicians and performers include Themegoman, Crystal Powers and Devan M, along with photographer and indie-erotica provocateur Dave Naz; Austin Young, champion of transgender fabulosity in photography, performance, film and public spectacle; and conceptualist and curator Esparza, whose pun-laden mixed-media work mashes up commercial and alternative cultural signifiers. As you might expect, the exhibition (and related happenings both at the opening and during the July 26 Perform Chinatown festival) is provocative in its ideas and inclusive in its style, with artists sharing only a sensibility that Esparza describes as "not shying away from sexuality, identity, the body and all-around queerness." What you might not have anticipated? The familiarity and accessibility on display here. After all, the show is fundamentally just about the human experience. Coagula Curatorial, 974 Chung King Road, Chinatown; Sat., June 28, 7-11 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues Wed.-Sat., noon-5 p.m., through July 26. (424) 226-2485, queerbiennial.com.More
The July Kamikaze Exhibits at downtown studio gallery PØST are a staple of the summer season for art lovers attracted to places and practices that are still somewhat off the beaten path. Although the neighborhood around this industrial side-alley venue has seen exponential changes as the Arts District moniker attracted fancier denizens, its doggedly independent character has remained intact — and another full month of its now-infamous, artist-curated, one-night shows is in the offing. On 31 consecutive nights, the space hosts 31 different solo or group shows organized by artists who are given free rein to be as minimal or ambitious as they want to be, as long as they can manage to install, open and de-install in the course of a single day. The results are every bit as eclectic and insane as that sounds. While the curators aren't showing their own work, their organizing efforts surely provide insight into their creative practices. The diverse crew of artists in charge includes installation/performance artists JEFF&GORDON (July 1), painter Jay Erker (July 8), sculptor and installation artist Margaret Honda (July 11), painter and video artist Annie Wharton (July 14), illustrator and collagist Sarajo Frieden (July 16), sculptor Eric Johnson (July 20) and cosmic interdisciplinary conceptualist Dani Tull (July 28). Don't think about it, just do it. PØST, 1904 E. Seventh Place, dwntwn.; receptions nightly, Tue., July 1-Thu., July 31, 7-9 p.m.; free. (213) 488-1280, postlosangeles.org.More
Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix and Dominic's Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale hosted a jubilee featuring skating stars and world champions performing in a variety of costumed musical acts. The best part? An post-show all-skate party! All photos by Star Foreman.
Philip Seymour Hoffman is an island of rumpled calm in Anton Corbijn's urgent A Most Wanted Man, a glum-out-of-principle espionage story based on a John Le Carré novel. The role demands that Hoffman be quiet, steady, occasionally frustrated, and that he hold secrets — often from us, which is a...
"The heart wants what it wants," Woody Allen has taught us, and apparently what his heart wants these days is not to have to bother with writing second drafts of film scripts. His latest, Magic in the Moonlight, plays like a sumptuous vacation, its stars larking about in 1920s finery...
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.
For the last 15 years, Victor Novak has been one of Southern California's best brewers, quietly making award-winning European-style lagers and classic craft styles at an otherwise little-known upscale brewpub called TAPS Fish House, which has two locations, one in Brea and one in Corona. And now, the industry veteran will be leaving one of the oldest brewing operations in the region for one of the newest: Golden Road Brewing announced last night that Novak will be joining the Los Angeles-based operation as its Head Brewer.
July is national ice cream month, so OBVIOUSLY you've been out eating ice cream all month because not to do so would be unpatriotic or something. No? You don't give a crap about national blah blah month? Oh. OK. Neither do we, really. But we do really like ice cream.
Thankfully, the next few (insanely hot) days give us a chance to see out July and start up August with ice cream-smeared faces. Many special ice cream happenings are taking place around L.A.: pop-ups, events, special offers and even a brand spanking new ice cream shop, as McConnell's in Grand Central Market officially, finally, opens on Monday. See below for six ways to celebrate the sticky, sweet heat of summer.
Petit Trois, the long-awaited space next door to Trois Mec, will open tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. Owned and operated by the Trois Mec team — Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo — Petit Trois aims to offer Bar a la Carte, described as the traditional French bar experience.
"I want Petit Trois to feel like every neighbor bar in France," Lefebvre says. "I miss the life around food in France. Our hope is to create a true bar a la carte feeling — come into the bar to get a cocktail and a plate of food. Petit Trois just makes me happy, it is simple, the life I miss in France."
Tonight on the Esquire Network, Best Bars in America explores the country's best bar food, which naturally brings them to a couple of usual suspects right here in Los Angeles.
Best Bars in America launched earlier this summer, hosted by comedians Jay Larson and Sean Patton. Each episode sees the pair tackling a new city — or a new theme — focusing on the finest watering holes of the various, relevant regions.
Their hour-long profile of the best pub grub in America begins, of course, with Sang Yoon's legendary Father's Office. Although a trip to the Santa Monica original would have been preferable, they elect to hit up Father's Office "2.0" in Culver City, most likely because a production crew would find it difficult to squeeze into the classic gastropub on Montana avenue.
While there, they meet up with Yoon, who explains the unlikely inspiration behind his famous burger: French onion soup. Cue Larson and Patton ribbing the chef, of course, about his infamous no-substitution policy.
If Tacos Villa Corona were open reasonable hours, this list probably wouldn’t exist — what point would there be in seeking out other cheap and hearty lunch options in a neighborhood already blessed with such spectacular burritos? But thanks to their abbreviated schedule, we have found ourselves on an island, stranded and starving in the middle of Atwater in the early afternoon, far more times than we care to recall. But though it may seem initially like no backup lunch could possibly suffice, Atwater is home to a wealth of great sandwich options — the perfect way to recover from a burrito letdown.
The sandwich shops in Atwater are eclectic but accessible, interesting but not necessarily challenging, and exciting while staying family-friendly, much like the neighborhood itself. There is house-baked bread and slow-roasted pork, garlic and vinegar and meat carved to order. There are sandwiches so big you may not be able to get your mouth around them.
We’ve composed a guide to get you straight to your perfect spot. Below you will find, listed alphabetically, five of our favorite places to get a sandwich in Atwater Village.
Some of the recalled peaches that were sold at Trader Joes
Updated, July 23, 8:55 a.m.: The recall of stone fruit has expanded to include fruit from Ralphs and Food 4 Less, Wawona Packing Co. said in an updated statement. The recalled fruit includes peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots. Wawowa says that the recalled products were shipped directly to retailers and wholesalers who resell the products, and "we do not know the locations of the companies that purchased the products from our direct customers." That's reassuring. If this recall looks anything like previous ones, expect it to expand again, so take all reasonable precautions.
July 22, 11:39 a.m.: Peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots sold at Costco, Trader Joe's, Sam’s Club and Walmart stores are being recalled for potential listeria contamination.
The fruit was processed by Wawona Packing Co. at its Cutler, Calif. warehouses between June 1 and July 12. The recall is nationwide, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The blue bottle logo is up, the New Orleans-style iced coffee is on bar, the lovely pastries are in the case: Blue Bottle Coffee is now officially open in Los Angeles. Located in the Arts District in the space formerly known as Handsome Coffee Roasters, this is the Oakland-based coffee roaster's first (of several) L.A. shops; as you may recall, Blue Bottle acquired Handsome earlier this year and since then has been slowly but surely retiring the Handsome brand (indeed, Handsome's website now points you to Blue Bottle).
And while it's very exciting that Blue Bottle is finally pulling shots in L.A., it also feels somewhat bittersweet to see the company in Handsome's space: Handsome, after all, opened its doors just over two years ago. You get the sense that, like Pushing Daisies and Veronica Mars, its run may have ended just a little too soon, before it really had a chance to bloom. Alas.
The transition from Handsome to Blue Bottle means little in terms of aesthetic — so far, the cafe still looks very much like a shop that once was called Handsome Coffee Roasters — but quite a bit in terms of what you'll find behind the counter.
Every year, Charlie Boghosian, aka Chicken Charlie, tries to outdo himself with his deep-fried concoctions sold at California fairs. The man began his arterial onslaught modestly several years ago with deep-fried Twinkies and deep-fried Snickers bars.
Seeking ever greater challenges, he took on deep-fried Oreos, deep-fried cookie dough, deep-fried Spam, deep-fried Pop-Tarts and of course, the Zucchini Weeni. Many thought he had reached the apex of his hot-grease powers in 2011 with deep-fried Kool-Aid.
If you want it, there are plenty of options to get Indonesian or Malaysian food in L.A. these days. Indo Café, which was widely regarded as the best place to get Indonesian on the Westside, closed a couple of years ago, but there’s still Simpang Asia across the street, which does passable versions of dishes that are downright hard to find not just in L.A. but pretty much anywhere else in the United States.
For Malaysian, the PappaRich Café chain recently opened in K-Town, and Penang in West Covina is still serving the best roti canai in greater Los Angeles. Hong Kong Plaza, also in West Covina, has more Indonesian food crammed into its food court than what’s available in most U.S. cities. There are more than a few Singaporean, Indonesian and Malaysian spots around San Gabriel – there’s even Borneo Kalimantan Cuisine for those who specifically crave the brand of laksa served in Sarawak.
But Ramayani, the longest-standing Indonesian restaurant in L.A., specializes not just in Indonesian food but also rijsttafel, one of the culinary remnants of the colonization of Indonesia. Rijsttafel is the Dutch translation for “rice table,” and it’s an accurate description: a true rijsttafel dinner is essentially a rice-centric feast with as many as 30 or 40 small Indonesian dishes, a sort of Indonesian dim sum.
A random act of kindness starts like this: a rain of cocoa powder, dark and rich and intensely chocolatey, poured into a big ceramic bowl with sugar and butter, then creamed with vanilla and eggs, then flour and salt (a very simple recipe; use excellent chocolate; don't forget the salt). You stand in your kitchen, wooden spoon in hand, probably eating batter from the bowl. After the brownies come out of the oven — the room clouded with the aroma of chocolate, the surface of the brownies like geology — you let them cool, try not to eat them all — and then give them away.
To whom? Does it matter? Life is good and you're reminding the world, and yourself, that it is. And that it's even better, of course, with chocolate.
This is what Chris Knight, an Iowa-born journalist in Paris, decided to re-enact, repeatedly, this summer, making and bestowing free brownies upon total strangers through his project Darn Brownies. "The goal is to give away brownies for free for no reason at all," says Knight, "and to encourage other people to do the same thing or something similarly ridiculous every now and then." And this week, he's here in Los Angeles. With brownies. Maybe for you.
July is national ice cream month, so OBVIOUSLY you've been out eating ice cream all month because not to do so would be unpatriotic or something. No? You don't give a crap about national blah blah month? Oh. OK. Neither do we, really. But we do really like ice cream. ...
Peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots sold at Costco, Trader Joe's, Sam’s Club and Walmart stores are being recalled for potential listeria contamination. The fruit was processed by Wawona Packing Co. at its Cutler, Calif. warehouses between June 1 and July 12. The recall is nationwide, according to the U.S. Food and...
If Tacos Villa Corona were open reasonable hours, this list probably wouldn’t exist — what point would there be in seeking out other cheap and hearty lunch options in a neighborhood already blessed with such spectacular burritos? But thanks to their abbreviated schedule, we have found ourselves on an island, stranded and...
At Ladies Gunboat Society, the new operation out of the restaurant that used to be Flores on Sawtelle Boulevard, the Hoppin’ John is served as an appetizer or a small plate rather than a side, and the price is the stuff of comedy.
Malibu Pier Restaurant and Bar, with chef Jason Fullilove at the helm, is in the two buildings at the pier’s entrance that used to be Beachcomber Cafe and Ruby’s Diner. Those buildings, which have been overhauled completely, reflect both the pier’s 109-year-old history and the cultural import of Malibu itself.
In Los Angeles especially, but increasingly across the country, restaurants are either switching to tasting menus, putting a greater focus on a tasting-menu option (while offering à la carte items as well), or opening as tasting-menu operations from day one. The format that used to be the calling card of only the fanciest of restaurants is becoming ubiquitous, even at places where the waiter calls you “dude” and there isn’t a white tablecloth in sight.