Crystabel Funes is parked outside the house on Woodland View Drive, letting the memories return. It's a gorgeous house — a master bedroom over a two-car garage, a cavernous living area under a sloped roof, a jacuzzi — much nicer than any place she had lived before. Yet Jimmy made...
The weekend before Coachella, Palm Springs is taken over by an awesome all-girls party called Dinah Shore. Here are some of our favorite moments of music, fashion and pool partyin'. All photos by Colin Young-Wolff.
Slime debuted on Nick in 1981, says Network executive Jay Schmalholz, on the comedy sketch show You Can’t Do That On Television. It fell from the sky, thoroughly soaking its prey, every time a character (including a young Alanis Morissette) said, “I don’t know!” The gag caught on with viewers and quickly spread to other shows. Read the full story on Nickelodeon Slime below!All photos by Nanette Gonzales.
Canadian author Douglas Coupland studied sculpture in art school, only to become a writer — and it's lucky for us he did. In his 1991 debut novel, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, Coupland explored the growing disillusionment of a disenfranchised demographic coming of age at the dawning of the World Wide Web. Coupland has continued to write about the dehumanizing effects of technology and mass culture, as well as the way a WiFi-enabled society affects individual spirituality. His touching, thought-provoking and often biting prose examines the boundary between analog and digital worldviews, with characters caught in the crossfire of consumerism and the practical application of scientific knowledge.Some of Coupland's books are sympathetic character studies; others are cunning satires. Some take yet another direction entirely, featuring profound chunks of wisdom in the form of guidebooks for the soul. The beauty of Coupland's writing is that you never know what to expect. That's true, too, of his new novel, Worst. Person. Ever. The gifted author and accidental cultural critic makes his way down to L.A. for a conversation with Neil Strauss, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood; Thu., April 17, 8 p.m.; free. (310) 440-4500, skirball.org/programs/readings-talks/douglas_coupland.More
The big box of candy known as Coachella is stuffed again with an assortment of familiar flavors, although there are fewer exotic confections overall this year than in previous editions. A couple of the more notable surprises occur on the first day, when André 3000 and Big Boi realign as Outkast for the first time in seven years, and a version of The Replacements reappears out of the misty haze. It should be a thrill to hear laid-back balladeer Paul Westerberg finally crank it up again (albeit, sadly, without key 'Mats members Chris Mars and the late Bob Stinson), but it isn't clear yet if Outkast is an organic entity again or merely two separate speaker boxes paired together for a nostalgia cash-in. Friday's other wonders range from Chromeo's goofy electro-funk and Neko Case's fiery vocal contrails to The Knife's electronic propulsion and Wye Oak's stormy, swirling melodicism. Saturday alternately rocks harder with Queens of the Stone Age, slinks strangely with Muse's dynamic waves, impresses with Pharrell Williams' pop-hop savvy and enchants via Lorde's gauzily contemplative dance pop. Sunday features the ubiquitous Arcade Fire and Beck, but highlights include Lana Del Rey's dreamy romanticism, Disclosure's engrossing electronics and a reunion of alt-rockers Neutral Milk Hotel.More
Koreatown, Koreatown — when the lights are low: The KTOWN Night Market is that heady and headstrong manifestation of Asian night markets, which are a part of that cosmopolitan experience falling squarely between the celebratory and the revelatory. More than 100 street vendors will purvey a gustatory experience anchored in Korean cuisine but spanning the Asian continent, to turn on your tastebuds’ receptors for umami, which you’ve heard so much about. There will be DJs and K-pop singers, art exhibits, a K-pop workshop and “Food Truck Alley,” which will include three seasons’ worth of winners of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race, plus mainstays such as Jogasaki Sushi Burrito and Cool Haus. Because there’s not much better after spicy food than ice cream. Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, 701 S. Catalina St., Koreatown; Fri., April 18, 4 p.m. to mid.; Sat., April 19, 2 p.m.-mid.; free. ktownnightmarket.com.More
Landlocked between Russia and China, Mongolia has absorbed influences from those two countries into its own distinctive culture, which dates back to its assertions of empire under Genghis Khan in the 1200s. The dance troupe Khukh Tenger’s name translates to “Blue Sky” and references the nomadic indigenous people’s deep connection to nature and Mongolia’s harsh climate, sweeping plains and three stark mountain ranges. Led by choreographer Batzorig Dorj, these dancers offer a rare chance to see unfamiliar dance from this remote and mostly unfamiliar part of the world. The troupe is performing with the musicians of Huun-Huur-Tu, who practice khoomei or “throat-singing,” in which a single vocalist can simultaneously produce two distinct pitches and sing the chord in harmony. The family-friendly show is part of the World City performance series at Disney Hall and includes related child-friendly art activities. W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Sat., April 19, 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m., free with tickets distributed at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Grand Avenue at Second Street. (213) 972-4396, musiccenter.org.More
Fresh off the Outdoor stage at Coachella, Blood Orange performed to a sold out house at The El Rey Theatre on Monday night in support of their latest release Cupid Deluxe. All photos by Timothy Norris.
Some say Coachella isn't about the music anymore -- that people don't care who's playing and just want to be part of the scene. Well, these festival-goers certainly care. Here's to Coachella's biggest, baddest music fans.
To truly understand DeSano, the new Neapolitan pizza place in East Hollywood, you must first understand a different pizza restaurant in a different city. To truly understand DeSano, you must first understand Antico. Antico opened on a side street of a residential neighborhood in Atlanta in 2009. Run by a...
Angelenos always make a strong showing at Coachella, but this year we had some of our city's best food and drink to thank for repping L.A. the hardest. We found respite from the crowds in the Craft Beer Barn, curated by Tony's Darts Away and Mohawk Bend, and sampled fare from some great L.A. chefs -- including Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market and Esdras Ochoa of Mexicali Tacos & Co -- at the pop-up restaurants in the Rose Garden VIP area and Terrace. The bites and brews proved to be a major treat for concert-goers looking for good eats. All photos by Colin Young-Wolff.
Have you heard this one? Two Philly cops walk into an L.A. cheesesteak joint...
When Captain Jim Kimrey and Lieutenant Lou Liberati, both veteran officers of the Philadelphia Police Department, traveled to L.A. for a convention, did they take a Hollywood tour in their free time? No. They ventured out to sample what our town has to offer in the way of Philly cheesesteaks. Jim and Lou were born and raised in South Philly, the home of Pat’s and Geno’s, the two most well-known cheesesteak places. Can any of the sandwiches from our L.A. joints even partially live up? We went to four of them to get Jim's and Lou’s personal opinions. All photos by Jared Cowan.
On Wednesday, Jan. 22, artist and curator Galo "Make" Canote stood outside Muzeo, downtown Anaheim's art museum. Inside sat pieces of bold graphic art, waiting to be hung. Also waiting inside were the museum's executive director and a detective from the Anaheim Police Department's gang division. Canote took a deep...
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Subliminal Gallery transforms into a listening party for its new exhibition, "Shepard Fairey: 50 Shades of Black," the third in an ongoing obsession — er, project — in which the artist imagines his work in the context of old-school, 12-inch record album covers. Fairey has created an all-new series of 50 such images, channeling, honoring and reimagining the design aesthetics that make for both great covers and successful visual art, because it's all about a gift for immediate, visceral communication. Parts one and two — "Revolutions" and "Sound & Vision" — happened in 2011 and 2012, respectively; now Fairey is ready to bring the experience closer to home. In addition to an opening-night performance from "Sound & Vision" collaborator Z-Trip, the gallery installation features vintage record players and selections from the Fairey household's own music collection, all free to play and jam out to. Fairey is, of course, best known for his striking visual style, but even from an early age, it's been all about the vinyl. "Music has been one of my biggest influences because it's democratic, visceral, and can be intellectual as well," he says. "There's a lot of great art that has been created for music, by artists like Raymond Pettibon, Jamie Reid, Winston Smith, Storm Thorgerson, John Van Hamersveld and so on. My favorite is Smell the Glove by Spinal Tap, but Rock 'n' Roll Over by KISS is still the best!" Keep the show in mind as you celebrate Record Store Day on April 19. Subliminal Projects, 1331 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. Wed., April 16, 8-11 p.m.; free with RSVP: email@example.com. Exhibition runs through May 17, Wed.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. (213) 213-0078, subliminalprojects.com.More
West Hollywood's Gallery 825 invited nearby gallerist and colleague Martha Otero to jury its florid spring group show this year — and found no media left behind. The resulting bounty of painting, sculpture, photography and their many cousins, "The New Baroque," explores the ornamental style's content, narrative and legacy, with expressions of modern-day mixed-media maximalism that signal an enduring love for embellishment, even in today's hyperfast world. At the same time, the gallery presents three small but salient solo installations by members Keiko Inoh, Robert Nelson and Osceola Refetoff. Inoh's unique 3-D light projection shadow-puppet cities, Nelson's advanced classical draftsmanship applied to subversive subjects, and Refetoff's complex constructed images of memory and decay of the wild Wild West (or at least our idea of it) together form a poetically and psychically aligned counterpart to the optical cornucopia tumbling through the main gallery. LAAA (Los Angeles Art Association)/Gallery 825, 825 N. La Cienega Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Saturday, March 22, 6-9 p.m.; free; continues through April 18. (310) 652-8272, laaa.org.More
Media, fashion bloggers and friends attended the private launch party of Poolside Store, a beachwear and swimwear online store. The mixer took place in the Hollywood Hills on a picturesque spring Saturday. On hand were samples of Poolside's summer line and jewelry by Rack and Sack.. All photos by Nanette Gonzales.
GBK Productions held it's fabulous 2014 MTV Gifting suite at the SLS hotel last weekend. With countless celebrities, products and musical acts in attendance, the event certainly did not disappoint. All photos by Star Foreman.
"I've interviewed a lot of nasty characters over the years," a cheerful Errol Morris says over lunch on a bright Los Angeles day. "I'm a connoisseur of bullshit." He's sampled some of the finest: Holocaust deniers, murderers swearing their innocence, a beauty queen who claims she only kidnapped and raped...
During an Ask Me Anything session held on Reddit last year, Ethan Hawke praised a fellow thespian by calling him "the only actor since Marlon Brando that's actually done anything new with the art of acting," adding that the performer in question has "successfully taken us away from an obsession...
"No class of people should have to sacrifice their lives and their heritage for somebody else to get rich," says one of the men interviewed in Nailah Jefferson's wrenching Vanishing Pearls, a must-see documentary.
Ellie Kanner's Authors Anonymous concerns a writing workshop for aspiring novelists, but on the strength of the film you get the sense that Kanner would benefit from attending a few workshops of her own.
Government officials prematurely declared the outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella poisoning that began in March 2013 over in January. But since then, new infections have continued to develop - most of them in California, where Foster Farms is headquartered.
The group analyzed "solved" outbreaks over a 10-year period (2002-2011). They found that more than 1,610 outbreaks in restaurants were responsible for sickening over 28,000 people, compared to 893 outbreaks sickening roughly 13,000 people in private homes.
One in 6 people in the U.S., or about 48 million, suffer from foodborne illness every year, according to CSPI. As many as 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die as a consequence.
The five-second rule is actually legit, according to a new study by scientists who are laughing that they got research money to test this.
The "rule" goes, if you drop food on the floor, it's OK to still eat it as long as you pick it up within five seconds. That is actually pretty accurate, say researchers at Aston University's School of Life and Health Sciences in the U.K.
Remember how everybody freaked out last month because they suddenly realized Subway was using a chemical also found in yoga mats in its bread? Well, guess what? Subway may have been unfairly singled out, as the chemical in question, azodicarbonamide (ADA), is included in hundreds of food products.
Subway quickly reassured the public that it would no longer use ADA in its bread. But at least 500 more food items on the market contain the compound, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group, which reassures the public that there are "Nearly 500 ways to make a yoga mat sandwich."
Today Dr. Richard Pan, chair of Assembly Health Committee (D-Sacramento), announced emergency legislation (AB 2130) that would repeal the section of the Retail Food Code prohibiting bare-hand contact with food. If their legislation passes, the current law - which has been interpreted to affect everyone from sushi chefs to bartenders - would be replaced with the law as it existed in 2013.
Renowned rancher Bill Niman, pictured here on his ranch with wife Nicolette and son Miles, has several hundred thousand dollars worth of pasture-raised product tied up in the massive Rancho Feeding Corp. recall. [photo courtesy Bill Niman]
Rancho Feeding Corp., a slaughterhouse in Petaluma, California, has suspended operations indefinitely and is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of meat that has reached 30 states. In the words of the U.S. Department of Agriculture: The meat is "unfit for human food." The facility has "processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection."
A rancher who's worked for 40 years with the mega-slaughterhouse speculates that the recall has to do with its dairy cows, and New York butchers say USDA's number is a political exaggeration.
Remember that giant beef recall we reported last week? Did you happen to muse about where that 8.7 million pounds of "diseased and unsound" cow parts might have ended up?
Well, some of it made its way into Hot Pockets! (That thud you just heard was every stoner in L.A. fainting.)
Glendale-based Nestle is voluntarily recalling two of its Hot Pockets products: Philly Steak and Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese in certain sizes. The Hot Pockets were distributed nationwide. For the complete list of recalled products, click here.
The beer is ready for dry hopping. Diego Benitez unscrews the bar clamps that keep a massive metal lid fastened to the top of one of his brewery's handmade fermenting vessels. As he pries up the lid's rubber lip, breaking a pressure seal that for the last week has kept...
"What's the best restaurant in L.A.?" It's the question I get more than any other, the thing people most want to know from a critic. "What's your favorite restaurant? If I were to only eat at one restaurant in L.A., what should it be?" I tend to dodge these questions,...
We give protected designation to buildings, to natural wonders and to battlefields. We do not, for the most part, bestow such honors on bars. This is a shame - especially in L.A., where our vintage bars hold a wealth of culture in their booze-soaked floors and sticky vinyl booths. One...