At a party at the True offices on Wilshire, three dudes have just finished pitching an app. They look like design students, with black vests and matching haircuts. One of them boasts that the founder had a chance to be the sixth employee at Instagram. But when the founder starts...
Perfect for those looking to stock up for Burning Man, there's the famous Venice Love Shack. With its cool, eclectic, weird, artist-community-meets-thrift-store-meets-yoga-studio vibe that epitomizes Venice Beach, the Love Shack is just one of those places you have to see to believe. Luckily, we took pictures. All photos by Star Foreman.
Even as the latest Step Up movie returns street dance to the screen, this year's installment of the annual J.U.i.C.E. Hip-Hop Festival returns street dance to the stage. The inventive dance organization with the unwieldy name of Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy has the good sense to go by its acronym, and the good sense to keep putting together this summer gathering of local and international street dancers. Now in its sixth year, the festival lineup promises a full evening of street-dance styles, with performers Jacob "Kujo" Lyons, Harry Weston, Breeze Lee, Emiko Sugiyama, Marie Poppins & Pandora, Toogie & Boogie Frantick, The Physical Poets, Lady Cultura, Millennium Dance Complex Tokyo, Open House, Versa-Style Next Generation, and Hok from Quest Crew. The preshow features one-on-one b-boy and b-girl battles at 7 p.m., with the final battle onstage just before curtain (to participate, go to fordtheatres.org/en/about/probreakingtour), as well as DJ Kenzo, host L. Scatterbrain, graffiti and spoken-word artists. Plus, Mari Koda, better known as Jenny Kido from the Step Up movies, will be there for a meet-and-greet. John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hlywd.; Fri., Aug. 22, 8:30 p.m.; $30-$50, $15 students, $12 children. (323) 461-3673, fordtheatres.org.More
Just as organizations such as A/V Geeks and the Prelinger Archives have been busy digitizing Super-8 and 16mm home movies, instructional films, and other forms of celluloid ephemera, Everything Is Terrible (EIT) is dedicated to finding the most god-awful casualties of VHS and virtually every kind of media thereafter. Everything Is Festival is a series of public screenings showcasing some of the most mind-glowingly bad shit out there. This year's fun, five-day film fest, Everything Is Festival: The 5th Dimension, kicks off with EIT's very own Memory Hole, a visual assemblage of rejects from America's Funniest Home Videos, which offers a window into America during the last quarter-century. Ticketed presentations include the 1991 amusing atrocity Samurai Cop (with star Matt Hannon in person!) and the sophomore edition of The Most Outrageous Video Games. Other highlights: Barry Hansen aka Dr. Demento's favorite finds, as well as the Found Footage Battle Royale, a community invitational for anyone hankering to share their own funny and/or disturbing under-recognized gems. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax District; Thu., Aug. 28 to Mon., Sept. 1 (various showtimes); opening night free. All other screenings $12/$15, members free. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org.More
Hosted by Hart Pulse Dance Company, this annual fest, billed as L.A.'s largest dance festival, presents more than 60 dances in hip hop, ballet, tap, modern, tribal, contemporary, jazz, belly, and pole dancing. Each of the four shows has a different line-up, but some groups repeat. The opening show includes A.D.E., Katie Jane Hagen, Stella Melina, Hideen Entropy Movement Project, Hazel Clarke, Maha and Company, Kaleidoscape Dance, Samantha Loui & Cindy Sheng, Embark Dance Theatre, Jessica Harper, Elena Sophia Kozak, Compass Dance Company, OdDancity, Fuse Dance Company, and the host company. For the full festival line up and tickets: www.hartpulsedance.com.More
Ahoy, mateys! Get thee to ye olde Port of Los Angeles for Tall Ships Festival L.A., a five-day boating festival that pays tribute to a time when ports such as ours welcomed not just shipping containers and the occasional cruise ship but also majestic vessels called "tall ships" — classic boats with traditional, complicated rigs. From battleships to schooners to the World's Largest Rubber Duck (yes, really), this year's lineup promises something for everyone. The kid-friendly event includes a Friday-night screening of The Little Mermaid, projected on the sails of the Freda B. Live bands and cannon demonstrations will provide daily entertainment, while those willing to shell out some extra cash can actually ride on one of the museum-quality ships. And because every good captain knows a fed crew is a happy crew, plenty of food trucks, including the Lobsta Truck and Luckdish, will be in attendance. Los Angeles Waterfront, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro; Wed., Aug. 20, noon-8 p.m.; Thu.-Fri., Aug. 21-22, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 23-Sun., Aug. 24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; $7-$85, free viewing for kids under 4. (877) 4FLYTIX, tallshipsfestivalla.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...
Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles became a ramen paradise over the weekend as part of the Japanese cultural festival Nisei Week. Everything was hot -- from the food, to the weather, to the scene. All photos by Danny Liao.
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).
The little girl who appears to live at 2300 Silver Lake Blvd. has been playing cowboys and Indians. She's set up an all-out, hand-to-hand battle on the living room floor. Little figurines face each other. Some stereotypically shirtless Native Americans crawl along the carpet. A cowboy stands watching from the...
Emmy season is the perfect time to focus our attention on the beautiful costumes that make our favorite shows come to life. After all, what would Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones or Mad Men be without the costume designers who make those far-off worlds believable? Once a year, the FIDM Museum & Galleries' "Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design" exhibition gives these costumes the spotlight. Curated by Mary Rose, president of the Costume Designers Guild (as well as a governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which presents the Emmys), the exhibit allows up-close and personal access to 75 designs otherwise only visible on the silver screen. Pick your favorites before the Emmys air on Aug. 25, or come back after watching the show to marvel at the winning designs. FIDM Museum, 919 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; thru Sept. 20; free. (213) 623-5821, fidmmuseum.org.More
Opening reception Aug. 22, 7-10 p.m.
"Neckface: Drinking on the Job" is a show a year in the making — and it sounds like one hell of a year. Inspired by the tenaciously seedy bar culture of his new hometown of L.A., this tagger/painter/phenom immersed himself in alcoholism (and related unsavory behaviors) for an extended bender, during which he somehow managed to work furiously on his art. The result: the dark, witty and hilarious pieces created for this much-anticipated installation. Using a method akin to the surrealists' automatic drawings, Neckface basically worked nightly in a fugue state, awoke to discover the surprises he left for himself in the studio the evening before, and then refined and elaborated on them before starting the process all over again. Well, maybe refined is not the word. Neckface is, after all, known for his exceptionally vulgar, sassy and sophomoric yet insightful observations on human nature — and his new barfly compatriots did not skimp on the material. New Image Art Gallery, 7920 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Fri., Aug. 22, 7-10 p.m.; continues Tue.-Sat., 1-6 p.m., through Sept. 13; free. (323) 654-2192, newimageartgallery.com.More
Pin-up girls, beatnik boys and tiki lovers from L.A. and beyond made a splash at San Diego's Crowne Plaza Hotel, which hosted the annual Tiki Oasis event, this year themed "Beat Tiki" with a groovy "60s beat" thrust. The wild weekender took over the grounds with colorful cocktails, non-stop pool and room parties, fashion shows, seminars, shopping and live entertainment including burlesque, bands and more.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania the Flying Morgans had a Beatle prom this last Friday to celebrate Molly, Bonnie and Gary's Birthday with 400 of their closest friends. All photos by Star Foreman.
Jennifer M. Kroot’s To Be Takei is an affectionate portrait of the hardest-working member of the original cast of Star Trek, George Takei. That’s pronounced tuh-KAY, not tuh-KAI, as so many have misspoken it over the years, including but not limited to William Shatner, whose strained non-relationship with Takei —...
Should grown-ups be spending their time reading young-adult novels, at the risk of missing the supposed riches of fiction written for actual grown-ups? A recent essay in Slate groused about the legions of adults who long ago graduated from the 12th grade but still devour YA fiction at the expense...
Picture a high school civics teacher with a great love for Ken Burns and access to people like Prince Charles and the Dalai Lama -- but no ability to ask them interesting questions -- making his first documentary on a laptop's built-in software.
Martial arts period drama 14 Blades'cartoonish action scenes are so energetic that it's hard to believe they weren't directed by master choreographer Woo-ping Yuen (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Drunken Master).
Vital and vigorous even when its characters feel scraped of vigor/vitality, Philippe Garrel's latest finds boho Parisians facing the ends of marriages, affairs, and the feasibility of bohemian existence itself.
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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.
While you were watching pre-season football over the weekend, Thomas Keller was busy in a field, dumping a bucket of ice water over his head. The French Laundry chef participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Those who accept the challenge douse themselves with a bucket of ice water instead of, or (ideally) in addition to, making a donation to an ALS-related charity, then challenge a few other folks to do the same and so on and so on. So far, the viral ice storm has raised millions of dollars in donations.
For those following the chain letter, Atelier Crenn chef and owner Dominique Crenn challenged Keller. Keller's acceptance of said challenge, after the jump.
Paula Deen is going digital. The Southern food personality, celebrity chef and long-time television cooking show host announced today that she's launching the Paula Deen Network in September. The digital subscription-based network will be accessible by computer, smartphone or tablet, and will feature "exclusive video" featuring Deen and various guests as they cook in front of an audience. The show will be set in a production studio near Deen's home in Savannah, Ga.
Lest you've forgotten, Deen's career was derailed and her Food Network show cancelled after she admitted using racial slurs. Maybe her own network will provide the Georgia native with a comeback, or at least a venue to return her particular brand of Southern cooking to her fans. Deen has left on a 20-city summer tour across the south. Of course she has.
She's been Gourmet Magazine's editor in chief and the chief restaurant critic of both The New York Times and the L.A. Times, and she's got two bestselling culinary memoirs under her belt. Now Ruth Reichl is making her debut as a fiction writer, with a new novel about a young food writer trying to make it in New York City, called Delicious!
On Saturday, May 17, Reichl will be in town headlining the 3rd annual LitFest Pasadena. The event has been christened LitFest on the Prowl and will take place in various locations in Pasadena's Playhouse District, kicking off at 5 with a conversation at Vroman's bookstore between Ruth Reichl and Laurie Ochoa, Arts and Entertainment Editor of the L.A. Times (and former L.A. Weekly Editor).
Reichl is looking forward to the sit-down with Ochoa, who was the managing editor of Gourmet during the magazine's Reichl era.
Like many Angelenos, Erik Sun is serious about his food and big on eating organically - though not necessarily in the same way as most people are. His meats aren't sourced from grocery stores or even local farms. His experience with food is much more visceral. He hunts his meats, spears his fish and skins, butchers and cooks everything himself. And yes, he does all of this in California.
"Once I was hunting a white sea bass in the San Clemente Islands. They're tough to get because they swim in the kelp. I was ten feet under the surface and was stuck," he says, when asked about his most frightening experience under the sea. "And I couldn't see what was holding me down." It turned out a fishing line was stuck on his snorkel. He eventually untangled himself and after grabbing some air, went back down to retrieve his bass.
It's hard to describe what exactly Sun does, because he's involved in so many things. On paper, he's a serial entrepeneur, chef and hunter. He is a partner and occasional cook at Bestia, the owner of Sumora, a spearfishing equipment company and the executive chef of Bos Creek, a grass-fed and pasture-raised meat line from Montana. He does marketing for Republique and is also an avid blogger - chronicling his experience with food on his site, The Pursuit of Food.
British chef Jamie Oliver's food truck is coming to town. This is not a British comfort food truck, serving Oliver's homey versions of the pub grub he learned at his parents' restaurant, although that would probably be exceedingly popular in this town. Nor is it his traveling political action committee bus, though you may be forgiven for thinking so, given the Che Guevara-style art. Instead this is Oliver's Big Rig Teaching Kitchen, a mobile classroom that offers free cooking classes.
From April 8-25, the truck will be in South Los Angeles as part of a 40-week tour through California, having stopped already in Merced, Fresno, Kern County and Sacramento. (After L.A., the truck is heading to San Diego, if caravanning is your thing.)
There are few figures who had greater influence on our idea of French cuisine -- and cooking in general -- as Julia Child. On her 101st birthday, which is tomorrow, August 15, quite a few establishments, especially in her hometown of Pasadena, will honor her with food and drink.
The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association has planned a cocktail party in her honor, which will launch SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail, a competition that pits 32 local bars and restaurants against one another in search of the best cocktail in town. Head to any of the participating bars and restaurants for a cocktail tomorrow and join in a citywide toast to Child at 7 p.m.
It's been a few days since Paula Deen made the front pages of, well, everything. In the wake of the firestorm following her admission that she made racial remarks, lots of things have happened to the Savannah cookbook author and food personality. We thought we'd give you a succinct update, kind of like a CliffsNotes, if you will. Because sometimes one line, or a headline, can pretty much sum things up, can't it. (See: The Huffington Post.)
A Screenshot from the website for Atlanta restaurant Pittypat's Porch
While I was working at a newspaper in Atlanta, one of my co-workers came to me highly agitated. "You won't believe the restaurant my dad took me to last night," she said. "It was so insane. It was like this fake plantation made to look pre-Civil War era. It had all this Gone With The Wind iconography everywhere. And all the waiters were black. They were basically dressed up as slaves."
I knew immediately which restaurant she was referring to -- Pittypat's Porch, named for the slave-owning Gone With The Wind character, which claims to be the longest continuously operational restaurant in Atlanta. It opened in 1967, and hasn't changed much in the intervening decades. It aims for "an atmosphere similar to an old plantation."
Updated: The Food Network has made the decision not to renew Deen's contract at the end of June. Additionally, Deen has released a new video, almost three times as long as the first, where she is much more composed, albeit not much more direct, stating instead that "my family and I are not the kind of people that the press is wanting to say we are."
Paula Deen has found the one problem that can't be solved with butter, y'all. And that problem is her casual racism when planning wedding parties.
As reported first by the National Enquirer (and picked up just about everywhere else), the celebrity chef and patron saint of all things deep-fried gave a deposition in which she is quoted as saying "of course" she has used the N-word (so blasé!). She also reportedly said of racist jokes, "I can't determine what offends another person."
But perhaps the most shocking portion of the 2011 Rose Parade Grand Marshal's three-hour depo was in reference to her brother Bubba Hiers's wedding -- "Bubba" being a nickname for Earl, because in the South, Bubba is a nickname for everything.
All summer long, cocktail-loving Westsiders have been eagerly anticipating Brilliantshine, the new spot from prolific mixology masters Julian Cox and Josh Goldman, and it's finally here. On Tuesday, Aug. 19, the watering hole will officially open its doors in the Santa Monica courtyard behind Tinga, former home of the popular...
Remember last week when we got all giddy over the fact that L.A. had more restaurants than any other city on Bon Appétit's list of 50 nominees for the title of Best New Restaurant in America? Well, today the final list of the ten best new restaurants in the nation...
Have you ever had a seven-minute egg? Wait. Have you ever heard of Nevada County? Well, it’s between Sac and Tahoe, and if you’re up for about a seven-hour road trip and you're willing to believe me that this place is nicer than Tahoe, and about an hour closer, well,...