"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...
If you look hard enough, finding a vegan Caesar salad in Los Angeles isn't that hard to do. However, finding a good vegan Caesar salad often is. In fact, not many restaurants serve vegan Caesars worth mentioning, and of this select few, perhaps none are better than the plate called Dazzling at Cafe Gratitude.
The Dazzling does in fact dazzle, thanks to an oil-free dressing made from cashews, capers and ground pumpkin seeds. This dressing distances itself from other vegan Caesars not by what's in the recipe, says Cafe Gratitude executive chef Dreux Ellis, but by what's intentionally left out.
The best part about having breakfast at San Pedro raw vegan eatery NV-DA (pronounced "nuh-dah," which according to their site means "the sun and the moon" in Cherokee) is the way you feel after you eat there. Opened in December by former Cru employee Stacey Jackson, NV-DA Market serves smoothies, smoothie bowls, coconut yogurt, coffee, granola and parfaits that'll leave you with a pep in your step, but not the caffeinated one you're used to. Instead, you marvel at a fresh, satiated-yet-not-stuffed feeling.
The size of the (organic, raw, vegan) bowl of goldenberry granola — made on-site with almond butter, coconut nectar, buckwheat groats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, Himalyan sea salt, goldenberries, banana slices and homemade almond mylk (yes, with a "Y") — looked like something off the children's menu before you ordered, but once you finish, you realize you're full. And not in that "I can't move for the next half hour" sort of full, but in the way that makes you want to walk to Long Beach, just because. An hour later, you're alert, aware and satiated, which makes you think a granola bowl might be a better start to your day than bagels and coffee.
Vegan cuisine, such as it is, at Los Angeles International Airport is no longer confined to bananas and over-salted peanuts as Real Food Daily, owned by Ann Gentry, has been operating a fourth location at Terminal Four since December.
As expected, the menu is a bit smaller than the other three Real Food Daily eateries (West Hollywood, Pasadena and Santa Monica). That said, the menu is more than enough for any traveler as RFD LAX serves four smoothie flavors, six juices, coffee, tea, a breakfast burrito, No Huevos Rancheros, a kale Caesar salad, a Southwest salad, not-chos, a spicy BLT, a tofu veggie wrap, a club sandwich, the RFD burger and four bowls. In addition, similar to the other locations, you can pick two, three or four items to create your own bowl.
But you're at LAX, which means you should order the LAX bowl.
Some say vegan cabaret singer, dancer and actress Mistress Ginger is nothing more than a stage persona created by someone named Justin Leaf. That same rumor also says Leaf - a 37-year-old Minneapolis, Minn., resident with a degree in dance performance from Juilliard - is the real author of a recently released cookbook titled Mistress Ginger Cooks! Everyday Vegan Food for Everyone.
But if that's the truth, then how did the person claiming to be Mistress Ginger know so much about the book? Recipes for stuff like Swoop-me-up smoothies and Gingersnatch cookies aren't common knowledge. And her answer regarding her stint as a dominatrix is specific enough to convince even the most skeptical skeptic.
Based on her answers, it's safe to say Mistress Ginger exists - and she's got a new vegan cookbook. In it, we learn how to follow a vegan diet that allows for sweets such as Pound-Me Cake while still allowing us to fit into our tights.
The Help/Contact Us portion of Dodgers.com has a form to fill out that allows people to ask questions about baseball. Or something like that. Who knows, really, because an email sent in the early portion of May asking for help with information regarding vegan options at Chavez Ravine was never returned. Thankfully, when baseball teams don't respond to emails, there's the Internet.
A Google search of "Dodger Stadium vegan" brings up a site called VeggieHappy.com that details the herbivore options at major league ballparks. According to the Los Angeles Dodgers listing - updated in 2013 - vegan sloppy Joes, called Sloppy Janes, and veggie burgers are available "at Field Level Aisle 22."
However, VeggieHappy.com needs updating because Sloppy Janes and veggie burgers are no longer available at Field Level Aisle 22. At least that's what the cashier explained during the May 10 day game against the San Francisco Giants. This sucks because if you aren't sitting in Field Level Aisle 22 but you think there are vegan sloppy Janes waiting for you at Field Level Aisle 22, you'll make the trek from wherever your lame seats are to Field Level Aisle 22 only to discover you walked down a bunch of stairs and sideways through a sea of drunkards, children and slowpokes only to purchase a veggie dog that you could have got 20 yards away from your section.
As if holding a doctorate degree in neuroscience from UCLA, starring on the hit television shows The Big Bang Theory and Blossom and being mother to two sons wasn't enough, Mayim Bialik has just published a cookbook. Titled Mayim's Vegan Table, the book includes more than 100 recipes. Bialik celebrates the release of her book with an appearance Monday at Mohawk Bend. The event - part of the restaurant's Authors Worth Celebrating series - features four courses from the book and some discussion from the now 38-year-old Los Angeles native about each dish.
We caught up with Bialik to ask how her cookbook came about and whether she's nervous about having her recipes cooked for a large group of strangers. Sadly, we never answered any of her responses with "whoa."
Thai Vegan's website describes its Santa Monica location as a "kiosk," but the restaurant is more like a food truck without wheels. Which is to say you order from a tiny window, there's a chalkboard menu, you can eat either in the sun or under the shade and if you aren't careful you can walk right past it.
That said, you should not walk right past the restaurant - opened in 2011 by by owner Ratree Boonpatara - because then you wouldn't get to try the pineapple tofu fried rice, which is pretty much the greatest four-word combination in the English language. Not surprisingly, this dish doesn't disappoint.
Being vegan sucks for lots of reasons, but nothing sucks more than having that first conversation with a potential mate regarding your diet. Sadly, there's not an app that can teach you how to explain what seitan is without sounding like a freak. But now there's a book for that as, chef Ayinde Howell and writer Zoe Eisenberg have teamed to create The Lusty Vegan: A Cookbook and Relationship Manifesto for Vegans and the People Who Love Them. The 80-recipe book includes tips for how to create vegan meals that meat-eaters won't complain about.
Lusty Vegan is slated for an October release, but those looking to form an inter-dietary relationship need not wait that long, as the authors are hosting a pop-up diner at G2 Gallery in Venice tomorrow, Thursday, June 5.
The evening includes a five-course meal featuring balsamic and truffle mac-and-yease; citrus and salt-pickled fennel salad; hearts of Baltimore crab cake with garlic dill aioli; filet de soy with blood orange and Napa cabbage slaw; and fresh biscuit strawberry shortcake with vanilla ice cream. All of the courses except for the mac-and-yease, Howell says, are included in the book. Also included are stories about how Howell and Eisenberg (both vegan) have never dated another vegan, which seems sort of impossible when you consider Howell's parents went vegan before his conception, meaning he has never consumed meat or dairy.
A vegan café is perhaps a cliche of gentrification, but the block on which Kitchen Mouse just opened in Highland Park already had a vintage clothing store, so was well on its way to being an oasis for the neighborhood's newer residents. But it would be hard not to love Kitchen Mouse, a café in an old storefront that does the shabby/cute/almost vintage thing very, very well.
Kitchen Mouse, which opened on Figueroa St. on May 13, is owned by Erica Daking, who also owns a catering company of the same name. Daking worked in a small restaurant outside of Rome after culinary school, then turned to private cheffing when she moved back to Los Angeles. For the past two years, she's been doing mainly production catering, and has grown her business to employ 20 people. The next logical step for her was a café.
It's not that there's anything wrong with ciabatta bread; in fact, there's plenty right with it. However, when you order the avocado jalapeño cheeseburger at Ahimsa Vegan Café in Long Beach, don't expect to taste avocado, jalapeño, Daiya cheese, tomato, the homemade patty, romaine or mayonnaise on the first bite. Or the second. Or maybe the third. That's because the La Brea Bakery ciabatta bread that the avocado jalapeño burger is served on is so large it takes a while before you get to the patty.
Thankfully, the trip to Ciabattaville is worth the wait, as the homemade patty has a smoky richness definitely not found in the freezer section at your local grocery store. In fact, the garbanzo-based burger kind of has a meat-esque flavor to it, which at other restaurants can be either delicious or disgusting. As someone who hasn't eaten flesh since Thanksgiving 1997, I'm here to say it's the former.
In case you’re an efficient eater and want to get all of your daily calories in just one meal – not to mention a week’s worth of saturated fat – the Center for Science in the Public Interest has helpfully released a list of the highest-calorie restaurant meals. In generous...
Richard Larios, Timothy Cam and Philip Ozaki understand you don’t have to be an Angeleno to enjoy bacon-wrapped hot dogs. They also understand L.A.’s desire to eat dirty dogs during daylight. Thus on Friday, August 1, the three men are opening Dirt Dog, a small but heartfelt hot dog shack...
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...