One of the best things about being a kid? The freedom to leave the house in those cozy footie pajamas. One of the lamest things? Not being able to bar hop. This weekend's Onesie Pub Crawl through Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade let grownups be kids again while also allowing them to enjoy some of that sweet, sweet silly juice. Minions were well represented, as were cows and giraffes.
All photos by Brian Feinzimer.
Fans of all things sweet joined the professionals at at the L.A. Cookie Con and Sweets show at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19. Hundreds of baked goods and pastries were for sale. Presentations, hands-on demos and give-aways were all part of the fun over the weekend. Edible art pieces made a big appearance with steak and potatoes, an E.T. model, a tiny table full of tiny food, a mystic cosmos wedding dessert table and a turtle. All photos by Brian Feinzimer.
Chicano art, classic cars and vintage fashions made for a colorful day at L.A. Retro Fest in Long Beach on Sunday, Feb. 12. The event at the Museum of Latin American Art was in conjunction with the museum's opening of "Dreamland: A Frank Romero Retrospective," featuring a comprehensive look at the works of the East L.A. artist. Models took the stage in styles from the '40s to the '60s for a fashion show, classic cars gleamed in the sunlight, and Cutty Flam, Thee Midnighters and Amoeba Boys played everything from surf rock to Chicano rock.
All photos by Ed "The Animal" Carrasco.
Masked Mexican wrestling and sexy, striptease-y burlesque extravaganza Lucha VaVOOM got especially amorous for its annual Twisted Valentine show at the Mayan on Feb. 8 and 9. Performers including comedians Dan Harmon and Ron Funches, mustachioed and merkined madman Dirty Sanchez, contortionist Kristina Nekyia, a poodled-out Prince Poppycock and others wowed the crowd with a unique combination of sex, violence and comedy. Much more exciting than a dozen roses or a heart-shaped box of chocolates.
All photos by Timothy Norris
Before the boring vinyl-bound or plastic coated menu became the norm, Los Angeles restaurants had menus with style and flair. From the archives of the Los Angeles Public Library, we've drawn a selection encompassing tiki, maps, mid-mod, even nudes, all in the service of encouraging eaters. Some of these places are still around — see how the menu card has evolved at Spago, Du-Par's, Dinah's or Taix.
All images courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.
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Adulthood. Yeah. That. But you can still meet your friends in front of the lockers at lunch, play board games and munch on Rice Krispies treats at Art Major, a gallery/bar/hangout in Koreatown that's designed to let you go back in time.
Games, art supplies and beer make this a unique L.A. hang. Art Major is located at 636 S. Mariposa Ave. in Koreatown.
Photos by Shane Lopes.