"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 Sunday, Street League Skateboarding touched down in the Galen Center at USC as part of a four-stop tour for SLS's Super Crown World Championship. The L.A. stop determined the roster for Super Crown, airing August 24th on FOX Sports 1. The final eight are Nyjah Huston, Luan Oliveira, Torey Pudwill, Shane O'Neill, Paul Rodriguez, Chaz Ortiz, Matt Berger and Ishod Wair. All photos by Nanette Gonzales.
Fans came out to greet world champion soccer team Real Madrid as they practice at UCLA. This is the first time that soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has practiced with the team this year. All photos by Jeff Cowan.
The Los Angeles Zoo is home to more than 250 animal species, many of which are rare or endangered. It's both educational and emotional to visit the zoo's beautiful inhabitants. But the experience can be ruined by screaming kids (let's face it, they're the zoo's biggest demographic). Thankfully, the fourth annual Brew at the Zoo is 21 and older, affording grown-ups an evening with their peers, including but not limited to elephants, gorillas and reptiles. Check out the new Rainforest of the Americas exhibit before sampling ales and brews from 30 local microbreweries and enjoying live performers including local indie band Indian School, the '80s-inspired Spazmatics and the retro/bluesy Jug or Nots, along with dance-music DJ Johnny Hawkes manning the decks. While local craft and micro breweries are the focus, there also will be a wide array of street food from Latin America, Asia, and the United States, including gourmet burgers, Southern fried chicken and Philly cheesesteak. Apart from making some new friends (human and otherwise), some of the evening's biggest perks include bottomless fountain drinks and a nice discount for designated drivers. Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park; Fri., Aug. 8, 7-11 p.m.; online $45, $40 for GLAZA members, $25 for designated drivers; $50 at door (if available). (323) 644-6042, lazoo.org/brew.More
The most talked-about L.A. gallery show this year, "Twin Visions: Jerome Witkin & Joel-Peter Witkin," pairs two formerly estranged identical twins, each of whom is arguably the most accomplished living artist in his genre, and neither of whom had been particularly interested in exhibiting together before now. It's an unprecedented, years-in-the-making, art-nerd wish-list show of epic proportions, and a testimony to Jack Rutberg's tenacity when art history is at stake. Despite their decades of separation, it turns out, Jerome's portrait, landscape and history paintings and Joel-Peter's hand-crafted photographic portraiture share much more than anyone (except maybe Rutberg) ever expected. Jerome Witkin produces paintings that are evocative and emotional, realistic and fantastical, eccentric and classical — and he's not afraid to take on unsettling themes, most famously his Holocaust cycle. Joel-Peter Witkin is an icon of the Juxtapoz set, whose richly detailed, large-format portraits of individuals with, let's say, unique anatomical and sexual curiosities, can be as hard to look at as Jerome's most visceral scenes. But also like his twin's, they are romantic, surreal and unforgettable. So, yeah, they have a lot in common. A new book on this landmark occasion (with the same title as the show) is the first publication examining them as a pair; it will be signed by both brothers at the gallery tonight. Aside from the profound revelations in this stylistically comprehensive survey, the interaction between these brothers' followings is itself something to behold, as Joel-Peter's alt-culture, goth and punk fan base mixes with Jerome's crowd of art historians and studio painters. Book or no book, the show is up for another month; grab your evil twin and go. Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, 357 N. La Brea Ave., Fairfax; Sat., Aug. 9. 6-9 p.m.; free, book is $40. Exhibition continues Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; through Aug. 30. (323) 938-5222, jackrutbergfinearts.com.More
Long to get away to sunny Spain, with its balmy nights and fiery flamenco dancers? For the next best thing, bring some tapas, grab a bottle of Rioja and enjoy the world of Spanish dance with Forever Flamenco al fresco. For most of the year, this long-running, mostly monthly show presents a rotating cast of six to eight flamenco artists in its 40-seat home venue at Hollywood's Fountain Theater. But once each summer, Fountain Theater producer Deborah Lawlor assembles a larger cast of dancers, musicians and singers to take advantage of the Ford's two-tiered outdoor stage. This edition pays tribute to Roberto Amaral and his nearly five decades as a dancer, teacher and local flamenco pioneer. At 14, Amaral saw the legendary Carmen Amaya dance and he was hooked. At 15, he began flamenco lessons and, after high school, traveled to Spain, beginning a professional career at 17 that included a stint with the famed José Greco's company. Fortunately for L.A., Amaral settled here, continuing to perform while establishing a company and a school. With his elegant bearing and silver hair and beard, Amaral looks more diplomat than pioneer, but his passion, performance and mentoring are credited for much of L.A.'s vibrant flamenco scene. John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hlywd.; Sat., Aug. 9, 8:30 p.m.; $50/$75 ($100 VIP via Fountain Theatre). (323) 461-3673, fordtheatres.org.More
In nearly every society around the world, fruit holds cultural significance, whether as a token of hospitality, sympathy or simple good will. The communal implications of pomiculture are what inspired the artist collective Fallen Fruit to beginning mapping L.A.'s public fruit trees a decade ago. The group is behind a new installation at the Skirball Cultural Center, even as it plans a public Urban Fruit Trail with 150 trees near MacArthur Park. One of Fallen Fruit's most beloved events is the Public Fruit Jam, and after a two-year hiatus, the community-building activity is back, inviting families, friends, couples and singles to Old Town Pasadena for a hands-on experience. If you have a surplus of home-grown, organic and/or store-bought edibles with seeds, bring your own fruit and take part in this community-building activity to learn how to make some tasty jam. Drop-in sessions last about 45 minutes, with groups of three to five people finishing with jam they can either keep, trade or hand over to a tasting table where others can sample their freshly made foodstuffs as well. One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena.; Sun., Aug. 10, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; free. (626) 564-1066, onecolorado.com, fallenfruit.org.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...
Visual allure often isn't a virtue we value when chasing obscure flavors in L.A.'s international neighborhoods. In fact, adventurous diners tend to appreciate the opposite: The grungier the location, the more accomplished we feel for having sought it out. Looks be damned — let the fireworks happen on the flavor...
We've got so many restaurants, you could eat at a different joint every day of the year -- and probably the rest of your life -- and never go to the same place twice. It would be impossible (both physically and financially) to try them all, but luckily, you have us. Check out The Year in L.A. Food (So Far).
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.
Touring the art collection of Cliff and Mandy Einstein, a longtime ad man and a former tennis pro, is a crash course in world-class collecting. You learn that if you want a collection that impresses contemporary art's biggest patrons (the Rubells from Miami, Dakis Joannou from Athens), you have to...
An enormous steel structure, like a giant birdcage by Escher, rises up from the grounds of Materials & Applications, an independent, progressive design studio off Silver Lake Boulevard. Architect Warren Techentin's installation, La Cage Aux Folles, presents nested helixes in a complex system of small lines and hyperbolic dimensional math, which occupies sculptural space and explores traditions of simple-shelter and decorative architecture — but it turns out it's also a stage. It opened in April with a series of performances that occupied and activated the space in ways linked to its name's semiotic origins: cage and folly, as in "inside and outside, captivity and protection, function and ornament, shape and line, stasis and dynamism." The installation remains open every day through Aug. 29, but this weekend, La Cage welcomes Matt Kivel to celebrate the release of his appropriately named and suitably experimental new album, Days of Being Wild. Known for his complex, subtly asymmetrical, lyrical style, Kivel's work rather echoes the spirit and form of the cage; his afternoon also features solo sets from Sophia Knapp and Kevin Morby (Woods, The Babies), plus beer by Craftsman Brewery. Materials & Applications, 1619 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake; daily thru Aug. 29. (323) 739-4668, emanate.org.More
L.A. Times critic Christopher Knight just scolded MOCA for lending a massive, multicolored, shaped painting by iconic Frank Stella to Honor Fraser Gallery in Culver City, for its historical show on color field painting. He was right that the museum wasn't necessarily doing its part as a steward, making choices that would keep the painting as secure as possible. But the gallery is behaving entirely like a gallery, angling to get the best objects with the most cachet on its walls and keeping them there for just a fleeting moment. The Stella painting, called Ctesiphon I and made up of lots of linked half circles, looks different on walls that so often feature brand new, unmarred work than it looks in the museum space. It's a little raggedy but still majestic. 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City; through Aug. 2. (310) 837-0191, honorfraser.com.More
Sam's Hofbrau presented "Sam Tripoli's Rock N Pole Championship" this week at The Viper Room. Paired up karaoke singers and pole dancers competed for a nice cash prize and Hollywood Hustler gift bags. Entertainment included a special appearance by porn star Tera Patrick, serving as judge, and performing a burlesque number. All photos by Nanette Gonzales.
It's no secret that SoCal knows what it's doing when it comes to make-up and costume design, (hello, Hollywood!) so it makes sense that we would also have the world's best cosplay. Here are our picks for the best of 2014 (so far).
In Calvary, Brendan Gleeson plays a Catholic priest who plods through a rustic Irish village that's more brutal than beautiful. The beach is gray, the waves are choppy, and the wind whips his ankle-length black cassock as though every step were a fight against nature. In some ways, it is...
He couldn't have known it at the time, but James Brown's debut recording and first chart hit — made in 1956 with The Famous Flames — is a question that contains its own answer. The lyrics to "Please, Please, Please" speak, pretty obviously, of sexual desire. But Brown's voice is...
Orson Welles' 1958 film, Touch of Evil, is revered by film geeks for its three-minute, single-take opening sequence, which follows Janet Leigh and Charlton Heston as they traverse a seedy Mexican border town.
"I can't say for sure, but I think this place might be heaven."
That, from an early 20s production assistant fresh out of USC, trying to make his OKCupid date laugh, as they stood in a line that stretched out the front door of Glazed Donut Bistro in West Hollywood and threatened to choke the pedestrian traffic on the sidewalk. She did laugh, and then they both looked down at their iPhones until something else funny came up.
You've got to admit this much when it comes to L.A.'s latest over-the-top, simple-but, you know, DIFFERENT, man eatery: Glazed Donut Bistro does hyperbole well. The fried chicken beignets are pretty good too.
A woman stands at the counter of the newly opened Donut Friend in Highland Park and points at a familiar plastic bottle. "What do you do with the Sriracha?" she asks.
"Anything you want," the woman behind the counter responds.
They settle on a chocolate doughnut with chocolate glaze and a squiggle of Sriracha to top it off. "It smells so good!" the woman behind the counter cries as she adds the Sriracha.
Donut Friend is a new shop on York Ave. that takes the doughnut game to the extreme, adding unexpected fillings and toppings such as manchego cheese, thyme, bacon and olive oil to more traditional components like jams, creams and glazes.
It's been about three months since the cronut entered our culinary lexicon, introduced by Dominique Ansel at his bakery in Manhattan, and the fervor doesn't seem to have dampened. In Los Angeles, there are sightings from DK's Donuts in Santa Monica to Frances Bakery in Little Tokyo, coming in various names suggestive of the original.
Yesterday, Kettle Glazed Doughnuts, which just opened Wednesday, Aug. 7, added its own version to the growing list. It's spelled "croughnut," the legal rights to which, according to consulting chef Marjorie Ohrnstein of Fun Food Catering, now belong to shop owner Sami Anz.
Los Angeles is, as we recently noted, a town that happily -- and proudly -- gets its doughnut (or donut) fix from independent shops. Giving us another reason to maintain this tradition, Kettle Glazed Doughnut will open tomorrow, Aug. 6, at the busy intersection of Frankln and the 101.
It was a deep sense of nostalgia that drove owner Sami Anz's vision of a doughnut shop that's been three years in the making. "I wanted to go back into my early years when I'd hang out outside, having a doughnut while sitting on a big tree," Anz says. "I wanted to re-create that."
The native Angeleno decided to name the shop Kettle in part after a gift of an old French cast-iron kettle, presented by a good friend, that symbolized to Anz both versatility and durability. "Her family came on the Mayflower and this kettle was used to make beignets. They made everything in that kettle. You can see the history. And it also goes to how doughnuts are cooked in frying kettles."
These days, a maple bacon doughnut is about unexpected as the standard rainbow-sprinkled variety -- and in the midst of the red velvet craze, it's not surprising to find a fried rendition of the ruby cake amongst the glazed, the twisted, and the old-fashioned.
Still, though L.A. has been dubbed the Doughnut Capital of America, not every corner doughnut shop carries these and other non-traditional creations, so we've hunted down the best spots for unique high-end doughnuts: everything from green tea and orange pistachio to Fruity Pebbles and Irish car bomb. Oh yeah, we also caught a bite of the cronut along the way.
It's important to remember that strip malls can happen any time, anywhere. Sure, you might be used to catching miles and miles of them as you reach towards the suburbs, but sometimes there's a strip mall right under your nose.
For example, take a look at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Washington Boulevard in Marina Del Rey. The intersection of these two major westside thoroughfares should mean a boon of commerce, particularly with the marina-side luxury condos that exist just down Lincoln and the upscale beachcombers at the end of Washington. Yet there's there's the blocky 7-11 that anchors one end like a strip mall version of a department store, selling everything for cheap and driving in most of the business. There's a dry cleaner on site, a check advance storefront and a locksmith shop that's exactly the size of one parking space. This is classic strip mall stuff, in the shadow of exactly the sort of urban planning that seeks to kill off strip malls altogether.
While financial analysts speculate about the not-so-sugar-coated demise of the cupcake industry, another sweet pastry is experiencing its own renaissance, at least maybe in the art world. The doughnut, a traditionally symmetrical, doughy ring of frosted near-perfection, is the cupcake's delightfully modern alternative, and tomorrow it's being honored for the second year in a row at the LACMA-adjacent pop-up art gallery, ForYourArt.
The chocolate doughnut and vanilla cruller from Spudnuts
L.A. graffiti artist Manny Castro made a name for himself by addressing fast food trends with his spray can. In August of last year, he was under investigation for vandalism after he tagged the words "tastes like hate" on a Torrance Chick-fil-A in response to the fast food chain's stance on same-sex marriage. Now, Castro is once again making art in response to fried food, but this time it's a food trend we can all get behind: doughnuts.
Los Angeles reportedly claims more doughnut shops per capita than any other American city, and Castro has turned our collective pastry obsession into a street art movement he's dubbed #donuting. His doughnut-saturated art show, featuring neon-painted doughnut sculptures made from recycled tires, opens tonight at FactoryLA during the downtown art walk.
Firenze Osteria, Fabio Viviani's North Hollywood restaurant, will close tomorrow, July 31. The restaurant will reopen some time in the future with Viviani as chef, but with new ownership. Viviani opened Firenze in late 2009, right after his initial ascent to fame on Bravo's fifth season of Top Chef. At...
In the six years since Blue Palms Brewhouse opened on Hollywood Blvd., just east of the tourist-trap chaos at Highland Ave., much of the neighborhood has changed. The Music Box next door is now called The Fonda Theatre. Bars and clubs along the stretch have come and gone with the seasons. And the...
Richard Larios, Timothy Cam and Philip Ozaki understand you don’t have to be an Angeleno to enjoy bacon-wrapped hot dogs. They also understand L.A.’s desire to eat dirty dogs during daylight. Thus on Friday, August 1, the three men are opening Dirt Dog, a small but heartfelt hot dog shack...