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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Former Intelligentsia employees Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski — that's the "G" and "B," respectively, in G&B Coffee — have had a busy year, opening not just one but two coffee shops within the span of just a few months.
Even as a child, I knew Easter chocolate sucked. Those foil-wrapped eggs and bunnies were so pretty and compelling, peeking out from their hiding places or on the end of the bed in an Easter basket, but once unwrapped the chocolate was strange, waxy, tasteless. There's not much sadder in the world than crappy chocolate.
These days, Easter chocolate is exponentially better, or at least it has the potential to be. Lindt Easter chocolate has become ubiquitous in supermarkets, and even the regular foil-wrapped eggs don't seem to be as bad as they once were. But still, many of us would rather have one gorgeous piece of chocolate than a whole big basket of the lesser stuff. Thankfully, there is plenty of high end Easter chocolate around to save you from the doldrums of the barely passable eggs and Peeps and bunnies out there. Here are five great alternatives to supermarket chocolate for your Easter needs.
Who exactly was this Patrick guy? Why the 17th? Where is the "corn" in corned beef? Whether or not you can answer these questions, March 17th is a day where binge drinking on a weekday, consuming unnatural amounts of green food dye, and eating copious amounts of corned beef is perfectly acceptable, and even encouraged. Read below for 10 St. Patrick's Day parties in L.A.
All is not rainbows and unicorns in Candyland. Some things that seem sweet on the outside actually have an insidiously bitter filling.
To wit: For a limited time, See's Candies is offering St. Patrick's Day Potatoes: "Our famous See's Divinity filling is hand-shaped and enrobed in creamy milk chocolate ... then rolled in a special blend of cinnamon and cocoa powder, and completed with pine nut 'eyes.'" Six individually boxed potatoes nestled in emerald-green paper sell for $22.50.
"Top o' the morning to you!" See's mailing blares, which also promises "chocolate leprechauns and treasure coins."
Valentine's Day is like a lot of food holidays: Whether it is relevant to you really depends on whether you believe in the thing that's being celebrated. And thus if you (or your partner) believe in Valentine's Day, no doubt you already have something sweet and romantic and lovely planned - a nice, low-key dinner at home, maybe, far removed from the holiday traffic. If, on the other hand, you have yet to plan anything and are bound to the theatrics of today for one reason or another and so absolutely must go out, this flowchart might help.
Valentine's Day goodies at Little Flower Candy Co.
You'd think buying Valentine's gifts for your special foodie friend would be easy - but not so fast! Were you thinking a nice box of chocolate truffles? Yawn. A bottle of Champagne? Snore. But, it's really fancy Champagne! Filing nails. Oh, how about a gourmet picnic? I'm sorry, I forgot I have to flat-iron my hair tonight, it takes several hours.
If you're going to impress your foodie friend with a little Valentine's Day token, you've got to get creative. And no, we don't mean bacon roses, either.
As you know, next Friday is Valentine's Day. You may celebrate this holiday or you may not, but either way it's a good day for pie. It's a good day particularly for pastry chef Valerie Gordon's Valentine's Pie, a stunningly pretty creation that manages to be both pâtisserie elegant and reassuringly homey at the same time.
If you only know Gordon from repeated trips to her Valerie Confections (three shops now in L.A.), and are thus somehow unaware that she recently published her first cookbook, Sweet, maybe you might give a copy to your beloved along with this pie.
Valentine's Day approacheth, and despite its falsely soothing imagery of baby-faced cherubs and sweet posies, it is in reality a Day of Judgment that strikes terror into any reasonable man. Now, a gentleman could always give his lady love such tokens as a framed baby picture, chocolate-covered [insert trendy fruit here], a hand-written haiku, a cronut tied with a bow, a Venn diagram drawn in crayon of your cute compatibilities or a personalized pink cocktail served in a Mason jar with one floating red rose petal (snore). And while she doubtless would find any such humble gestures slightly endearing, she would almost certainly enjoy one of the following experiences more.
It's February, folks, and you know what that means: Valentine's Day, a day dedicated to rom-coms, fuzzy feelings and commercialized tokens of affection. Whether you're looking to celebrate with your sweetheart or surrounded yourself with other singles, L.A.'s food scene is ramping up their romance factor for a night of sweet dinner deals. They say money can't buy love - but a thoughtful reservation for two won't hurt.
Tết marks the beginning of the new year in the lunar calendar and its attendant rituals read like a list poem. A spray of peach blossoms for the returning spring; a platter of satsumas to invite wealth; a garland of firecrackers to chase out misfortune. To insure that your own year is a good one, look no further than the Hollywood farmers market, which abounds with metonyms and metaphors for courting the triplets felicity, prosperity and fortuity.
The holiday season doesn't end with the ringing of a new year for those celebrating El Día De Los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day), also known as the Feast of the Epiphany, on Monday, Jan. 6. It will be the 12th day of Christmas, marking the arrival of the three Magi and in the Latino Christian community, this will call for rosca de reyes, or King's Ring.
It's a sweet breadlike cake, shaped into an oval ring and dotted with multi-colored candied fruit and, sometimes, trinkets. A figurine of baby Jesus is typically baked inside the ring and, depending on the culture, whoever finds it will either have to throw a party with tamales and atole or gets to be king or queen of the feast.
At some bakeries, this seasonal pastry is best ordered in advance to guarantee that you'll have one in time for the holiday. Check out the following three bakeries, with locations from Santa Monica to Downey, for a king's ring of your own.
"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,...
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...
A year after being promoted to lead Patina s fine dining kitchen, chef Charles Olalia was asked to confront one of his professional fears. Joachim Splichal, who owns the venerable Walt Disney Concert Hall restaurant, wanted him to spend less time in the kitchen saucing Durham Ranch rabbits and grilling Mediterranean sardines...