"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 setup certainly sounds like someone went down a certain rabbit hole or nibbled the wrong mushroom: Combine belly dance with street dance to retell the story of Alice in Wonderland. Yet mixing Middle Eastern dance with contemporary dance forms is exactly what the 20-member Bellydance Evolution and choreographer Jillina Carlano are all about. The 5-year-old troupe combines contemporary dance, acrobatics, street dance, theatrical hip-hop and tribal dance to present narrative stories. Here they take on the Lewis Carroll classic with an original score by Paul Dinletir and Ozzy Ashkenazi's live beats. After all, what could be more appropriate than a hip-hop white rabbit? John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hlywd.; Fri., Aug. 1, 8:30 p.m.; $23-$43, $12-$20 students & children. (323) 461-3673, fordtheatres.org.More
In its 53 years of existence, has the International Surf Festival ever been held in a "state of emergency"? We're not sure, but after a swimmer was attacked by a great white shark on Fourth of July weekend (those sharks have such a Hollywood sense of timing), the city of Manhattan Beach ignited a debate about water safety by declaring such a state, which persists to this day. Ultimately, the idea is to regulate fishing on the pier — the powers-that-be are convinced that the problem is less that Jaws is out there picking off victims and more that, by baiting sharks into the shallow waters, fishermen are endangering swimmers. But no matter what happens at City Hall, we're certain local anglers will be on their best behavior during this highly regarded summer tradition. As part of the weekend festival, hundreds of surfers (and body surfers) will compete Saturday, riding everything from short boards to paddle boards along the picturesque South Bay shores. Watch contestants catch a few waves — or come back Sunday at 7:30 a.m. for a sand castle design contest. Manhattan Beach Pier, 2 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach; also at Hermosa Beach Pier, Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach; Sat., Aug. 2, 6:45 a.m.; Sun., Aug 3, 7:30 a.m.; free. surffestival.org.More
It's a comic book battle that even the Avengers couldn't handle. Tonight, four comic book artists and their stand-up comedian sidekicks will duke it out for sketchpad supremacy inside Manhattan Beach shop/hangout the Comic Bug. Presented by Comics and Comics, a group of comedians who perform geek-friendly stand-up at conventions across Southern California, Sketch Fighter is a test of skill and speed. With 60 seconds on the clock, teams will vie to be the fastest, funniest sketch artists in the comic book shop. After the game, an auction for drawing pads features both work from the competition and one other drawing from each artist. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Hero Initiative, a nonprofit that provides financial assistance for comic book creators. The Comic Bug, 1807 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach; Sat., Aug. 2, 8 p.m.; no cover. (310) 372-6704, thecomicbug.com.More
One of the most exciting elements of today's contemporary-dance and movement-based art scene is the way independent artists produce site-specific works in nontraditional spaces (airports, laundromats, cafés, subway cars, even empty jails), often for small audiences. The good people of homeLA take this trend to an intimate level, producing dance works in the private spaces of willing hosts all over town. In preparation for the latest edition, "homeLA:studio // The Brewery," visual artist Michelle Jane Lee has welcomed Ariana Daub, Scott McCabe, Carmela Hermann Dietrich, Ally Voye, Filipa Valente, Terrence Luke John and Eugene Ahn into her home for three months of collaboration on a suite of works. The resulting project responds to the studio's industrial bohemian setting and specific aspects of her art and story. Over the course of three performances, a small number of ticket holders can expect evenings that combine the charms of a studio visit, architecture tour and salon party with a program of close-quarters experimental dance — offering a whole new way to experience the city we think we know. Brewery Arts Complex, 1920 N. Main St., dwntwn.; Sun., Aug. 3, 10 & 17, 6 p.m.; $15, homelahello.com.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...
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
The members of the Single Wing Turquoise Bird collective met at the Hog Farm, a hippie commune in Tujunga, and started doing live video and light shows to accompany rock concerts in 1968. They'd use projectors and mirrors to overlay still and moving images. They've reassembled a few times in the years since, and their current installation at Paul Young's mirror-filled, low-lit Pacific Design Center space is totally immersive. New work by the members appears alongside older work, and everywhere you turn there's compelling, trippy imagery and ethereal sounds. Young Projects at the Pacific Design Center, Space B210, 8687 Melrose Ave., W. Hlywd.; through Aug. 9. (323) 377-1102; youngprojectsgallery.com.More
Comedian, burlesque diva and L.A.'s most fabulous little person, Selene Luna, hosts a wild variety show (no pups or ponies, just great performers) Mondays at Akbar. Recently, the fun featured strip tease from Audrey DeLuxe, standup from Michael Patrick Duggan, Paul Jacek and Mary Kennedy and the smokin' musical stylings of Crissy Guerrero and Kristian Hoffman.
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...
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.
It's been two years since California banned the sale and production of foie gras, and it seemed to be a done deal. But a group of attorneys, as well as 13 states outside of California, are hoping to raise the issue again. In fact, they're hoping to take it all the way to the Supreme Court.
The issue at stake is how the ban impacts interstate commerce. The 13 states (including South Carolina, Missouri, Kansas and Georgia) argue that the ban unconstitutionally interferes with interstate commerce by dictating the farming practices of producers outside the state.
By banning a certain product in California, the attorneys argue, the legislature here is actually restricting production in other states, ones that never agreed to such a ban. California may have the right to bar farmers here from techniques that produce foie gras, the argument goes. But by barring foie gras produced legally in other states, it's also hurting out-of-state farmers.
Just in case you ever wanted to know: Here's what a cocaine sandwich looks like. You're welcome.
The above photo was released yesterday by Spanish police, who took the sandwich from a Colombian man at a bus station in the Mediterranean beach town of Benidorm. He was carrying a sandwich that ham and cheese inside, and also over 100 grams of cocaine.
Updated 11:35 a.m.: The public went apedoody when they heard about General Mills' move to sneakily force consumers to "agree" not to sue the company if they "like" a General Mills product on Facebook, or download a coupon or enter a contest, and, as it turns out, GM has already backed down. "We've listened - and we're changing our legal terms back," the company says in a blog post dated April 19, claiming that its "intentions" were "widely misread, causing concern among consumers." [See editor's note at the bottom of the post.]
"Arbitration would have simply streamlined how complaints are handled. Many companies do the same, and we felt it would be helpful," GM says. See, they were just trying to be helpful! But, they have "reverted back to our prior terms," which do not require you agree to arbitration if you interact with them in any way online.
The phrase "American cheese" still conjures images of processed food in individually wrapped slices, but American-made cheeses have been gaining in popularity among gourmands. Now, just when American cheesemakers are on a hot streak, they may have to rename most of their products as the rights to cheese names are under debate during trade talks between the United States and the European Union.
The EU is on a mission to reclaim the names of cheeses that originated in Europe, such as Gouda, feta, ricotta, brie, cheddar and Parmesan - you know, basically every cheese.
The U.S. Dairy Export Council and the National Milk Producers Federation argue that the fight over cheese names is an important economic battle for the U.S., which last year became the largest single country cheese exporter in the world. Among their concerns is that consumers will find name changes confusing.
Phusion Projects, maker of Four Loko, has agreed to never, ever sell caffeinated alcohol products again.
The "blackout in a can" that specializes in douchey advertising featuring breast-enhanced bikini-clad bimbos, skateboards and palm tree silhouettes is officially joining the ranks of the woolly mammoth, the T-rex and the dodo. After being hit with massive pressure from a consortium of 20 state attorneys general, Chicago-based Phusion Projects LLC has agreed to cease production of all of its caffeinated alcoholic energy drinks. Consumers will be left with the tamer, caffeine-free version, The Washington Post reports.
The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has lots of little hidden provisions that are slowly emerging to try to force you to be healthy. One is a requirement that vending machines list calorie counts for all of their Cheez-Its, Nilla Wafers, alleged "trail mix" and other nutritional detritus that you might otherwise have mistaken as being good for you.
The new law will affect about 5 million machines around the country, causing a major headache for the 11,000 vending machine companies that will have to comply.
If you make people sick because you sell dirty food, the government would like you to know it is no longer playing.
On Thursday, U.S marshals acting on behalf of the U.S. Attorney's Office with the Food and Drug Administration arrested two brothers who owned and operated a Colorado cantaloupe farm directly linked to a 2011 listeria outbreak that killed 33 people and sickened 147 in 28 states, including four in California. It was the deadliest listeria outbreak in almost 90 years.
Eric and Ryan Jensen of the now-bankrupt Jensen Farms were each charged with six misdemeanor counts of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce, according to USA Today. Court documents also state that the cantaloupe "was prepared, packed and held under conditions which rendered it injurious to health." The brothers, who appeared in U.S. District Court in Denver and were released on a $100,000 bond, each face up to six years in prison and up to $1.5 million in fines. Their trial is set for December 2.
There are no Trader Joe's stores in Canada, but there are, apparently, an awful lot of Canadians who love the unique grocery store's Mac & Cheese Bites and lemonade and pasta sauce so much so that they will cross the border just to shop at the nearest store location in Washington. Or, if you're Vancouver resident Michael Hallatt, you cross the border every week or so, spend a few thousand dollars on as many Trader Joe's products as you can pack in your van, then go back across the border and resell the booty at your own store that you've named Pirate Joe's.
Maybe unsurprisingly, Trader Joe's isn't too happy about Pirate Joe's and wants it to essentially walk the plank: According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Trader Joe's recently filed a federal lawsuit against Hallatt, alleging, among other claims, trademark infringement; false advertising; deceptive business practices and unfair competition.
A lawsuit has laid bare the real ingredients in Naked Juices.
Naked Juice Co. has agreed to pay $9 million to settle a class-action suit alleging that it falsely advertised some of its juice and smoothie products as "all natural" and non-genetically modified, according to the website Law360.com.
Under the deal, Glendora-based Naked Juice, owned by PepsiCo., continues to deny that its product labels were misleading or false but has agreed to shell out the money for a settlement fund and to redesign their labels to either eliminate or modify the questionable representations. It will no longer describe its juices as "all natural."
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...
In news that is sure to burst the soda industry’s bubble, a new Gallup poll shows that 63% of Americans now “actively avoid” the fizzy drinks. While 41% percent of those polled in 2002 said that they try to steer clear of soda, 12 years later, that number has now...