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.
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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"What is KCON, you ask? KCON is the first convention dedicated to “All Things Hallyu”. The convention was created so that fans could have the opportunity to interact with Korean entertainment and culture as a community." LA Weekly will be there for both days of the two day event. Come meet your favorite K-Pop idol.
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.
Once upon a time, there were people who liked good food. Then they became "foodies." And now those people are an entire demographic that the giants of industrial food desperately want to capture. People are talking about you - a lot - in board meetings and the results are frightening.
Enter U.S. Taco Co., a new concept from Taco Bell that aims to cater to an audience that wouldn't usually eat at Taco Bell. It's an audience willing to pay more for food, who want a better atmosphere, and who take pictures of their food. No, really - part of the idea is to serve food that specifically will look good on Instagram. The look of the place is also supposed to be photogenic - renderings of the restaurant show brightly colored tile walls and bright pink Day of the Dead-themed imagery.
The first U.S. Taco Co. is set to open in Huntington Beach, with a second location in the works for L.A. If all goes well, the concept could go national.
In recent days, the food-flavored interwebs have been buzzing with news of powdered alcohol, a product that seemed primed to hit the shelves of liquor stores by fall of this year. The boozy powder, made by a company called Palcohol, was approved by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Which seems totally insane given the potential snorting/smuggling/general idiocy this product seems literally made for.
But today news broke that the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau said that they basically approved the product by mistake, and they're rescinding the approval. Which is maybe good but also kind of disturbing that they could accidentally approve something. And it seems as though the backtracking could be in part because of the blatantly stupid marketing Palcohol was toying with. But let's take a few steps back. What is this miraculous powdered alcohol and what, if it ever came to be, would it look like?
A real logo for a restaurant that's going to be real
Sorry folks, it's way too early for April Fool's posts. Adam Fleischman, known mainly as the guy behind Umami Burger and 800 Degrees (along with various partners), has decided it's a good idea to open a chocolate-flavored fried chicken restaurant. Once again: You are not reading TheOnion. Unless Fleischman is playing an elaborate joke on all of us (and I wouldn't put it past him), there is really about to be a "chocolate/chicken hybrid" restaurant (actual words from the press release) in downtown Los Angeles.
The place will be called ChocoChicken and will be located at 403 W. 12th St. downtown. Lest you think this is actually not really going to be a chicken fried in chocolate batter, maybe more of a mole situation, let us disabuse you of that notion.
Making a mad dash through Whole Foods Market, buying ingredients for a holiday dinner, I didn't bother to read labels. It wasn't until later, about to shake some "365" brand garlic powder into a pot, that I took a closer look at the jar and saw these words: "Product of China." My first instinct was to return the garlic powder, but then I wondered -- was I overreacting?
Consumers have been understandably alarmed in recent years after scandals in China involving dangerous chemicals in milk, frozen fish and pet food, as well as widespread pollution and farmland contaminated with heavy metals.
Bloomberg News put it bluntly: "For more than a decade, China has earned a reputation as one of the world's worst food-safety offenders."
If you've been following the vicissitudes of The Spice Table, Bryant Ng's downtown restaurant, since its opening in the spring of 2011, you'll know a few important things. Here's the catalog. Bryant and Kim Ng have been serving a glorious mash-up of the cuisines of their respective home cultures, Singapore and Vietnam, which has included perhaps the best pig tail ever. For which food Ng won a 2012 Food & Wine Best New Chef award. And, thanks to the MTA, the restaurant has been under a kind of death watch pretty much since it opened, as the city planners have long decided that the gorgeous brick building should be demolished and replaced by a shiny new train station. Hence the above picture.
Ng now reports that the train whistles have finally blown, and thus the Spice Table will be serving its last supper (his words) on the final day of this year, Dec. 31, 2013. Go book a table, or a few of them, as there's no telling exactly when Ng will be cooking again. The chef has been looking for a new place to put his much-loved (by everybody, it seems, but the Metro Transportation Authority) restaurant, as he's intent on reopening it downtown. For which we are very, very grateful.
In addition to its annual list of America's 101 best restaurants, the The Daily Meal this year decided to one-up itself and publish an alternate slideshow of the nation's 10 worst restaurants (click bait, anyone?). The list was compiled from restaurants with "the most consistently terrible reviews on the Internet," and also those that were so filthy that their citations often made local news headlines. While strip mall buffets like Nanay Gloria's Filipino Buffet in Las Vegas and Sunrise Chinese Buffet in San Diego are unsurprising choices, Los Angeles' Sun Taco landed the #2 spot for worst restaurant in America.
It's a weird choice considering Sun Taco isn't some mom-and-pop operation barely making rent in a Mid-City strip mall. It's a brightly-lit Mexican-Korean joint tucked into the food court of the Hollywood and Highland Center -- the same monstrous tourist mecca where the Academy Awards are held. We beg to differ: Shouldn't this place have been crowned the worst eatery in L.A.? To follow-up on The Daily Meal's claim, we decided to do some investigating of our own.
The organizers behind the 626 Night Market are embarking on a brand new feat: to create the largest boba cup in the world. They've already started a Kickstarter campaign for the cause. The goal: to raise the money needed for a plexiglass cup that is expected to hold 320 gallons of tea.
The cup itself will be six feet tall and situated on a 2.5 feet high platform. The straw will extend its height an additional 3.5 feet resulting in a grand total height of 12 feet. The expected cost of the venture -- a whopping $9,000.
Coffee: For many of us it's the last great vice of our lives. After we've given up everything else -- cigarettes, drugs, binge drinking -- coffee is the one thing we hold onto, the one drug we allow ourselves as we become old and boring. But recent weeks have held some depressing news for coffee lovers.
Ever wanted your food to fly at you on a whirling automated tray? Not really? No, me either. But if you're in London, you can have this fine experience, at a restaurant called YO! Sushi. They've developed a flying waiter tray called the iTray.
There's a video of the waiter-copter (posted below), but it raises more questions than it answers. The obvious one: WHY? But also: Isn't it kind of dangerous? It's propelled by a "quadcopter" -- four spinning propellers. What happens if someone touches them? At the very best, wouldn't your food go flying? And then, what if the food hit the copters? I kind of hope that has happened, actually, it sounds awesome and hilarious.
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,...
What does in mean to top a national magazine's "best of" list? Just ask Ari Taymor and Ashleigh Parsons, who's restaurant Alma last year was named Bon Appétit's Best New Restaurant in America. The accolade turned the low key modernist spot in downtown L.A. into a bona fide international destination. Bon...
A funny thing happened over the last few weeks on Facebook. Many bartenders changed their profile photo to a common image: that of a debonair-looking man, with piercing eyes, a beard and tattooed arms. His name is Charles Joly and, in the bartending community, he is the current hero at...