After years of throwing parties together, L.A. underground luminaries Kushan Fernando and Jose Guzman took their raucous Brownies & Lemonade bash back to where it all began. On Wednesday, May 24, the two UCLA alums hosted a benefit show in the university's Ackerman Grand Ballroom to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. The event, produced in conjunction with campus organizations Campus Events Commission and Message in a Melody, featured a handful of electronic music heavy hitters including Mija, KRANE and Shawn Wasabi.
During his time at UCLA, Fernando began throwing hip-hop parties alongside then-roommate Guzman on and around campus. These same parties would one day evolve into one of L.A.'s most popular nighttime destinations for music lovers from all over.
Wednesday's event was full of pleasant surprises. From the entirely unannounced lineup of fresh, unique talent to the undying energy of the all-Bruin crowd, the sold-out event was more than just another successful club night for Brownies & Lemonade. It was a rare opportunity for someone to be invited back to their alma mater, an honor often reserved for pro athletes, politicians and famous artists. Fernando and Guzman, however, brought their sweat-drenched, thunderous rave back to school. This time around, campus police was all about it.
All photos by Quinn Quasar
In the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, it's sometimes easy to forget that only an hour's boat ride away lies an enchanting island that instantly transports you to bygone era. Though karaoke bars and trendy restaurants now line the bay along Crescent Avenue, the town of Avalon still exudes the opulence of Hollywood's Golden Age.
On Saturday, May 20, enthusiasts of the era descended upon the Catalina Island Casino — opened in 1929 — for the 15th annual Avalon Ball, which is organized by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. Everyone was dressed impeccably as they danced inside the world's largest circular ballroom to music from the 1920s to the 1940s. Dresses lightly twirled on the dance floor as libations flowed heavily from the bar.
All photos by Jared Cowan. Follow Jared on Twitter at @JaredCowan1.
Sultry Sweet Burlesque and Variety Show returned to El Cid on Sunday, April 30, bringing Drop Dead Gorgeous sponsored by Girls & Corpses Magazine. The bloody yet sexy burlesque show featured a wide range of entertainment, with performances by Scott Land, Blanche Bourgeois, Harley Harpurr, Miss May, Angel Baby, Audrey Deluxe, Mystic O'Reilly, Angie Cakes, Maya Papaya, Dolly Danger, Sin Twisted and Erica Snap.
All photos by Ernie Manrique.
At the end of the Summer of Love in 1967, there was a mock funeral to signal the end. Fifty years later we have the end of one of L.A.'s iconic goth clubs, the Monte Cristo. Today they unplug the neon, strip the furnishings, and shutter the doors — but on Saturday, April 15, they partied like it was the end of the world. Hopefully Monte Cristo will find a new home soon (a little birdie told us One Eye Jack is currently available), but until then we can look at these photos and remember the decades of fun we had playing Gother Than Thou at Monte Cristo.
In 1990, Madonna was the biggest female pop star in the world — and her most controversial tour would make her male backup dancers icons for gay pride.
Just off the 10 freeway, in a blighted, heavily industrial part of downtown, there exists a growing paradise in disguise as a nondescript warehouse. The Galactic Garden was on display Tuesday night for a fund-raising party; the goal is to make the Galactic Garden a nightly affair in a 36-foot geodesic dome. The dome will serve as a fully interactive collaboration of the psychedelic arts — live music, dance, theater, burlesque and circus arts — while still holding community activities and parties sponsored by independent vendors.
The Garden's creator, Faeryn Rose, has the potential to create something truly unique in an area of the city that could use some rejuvenation. The outside patio served as a relaxing vendor space, while a stage inside the warehouse hosted a mix of live music, circus, burlesque and various performance arts. Revelers could even grab one of Mondo Med's THC-laced lattes outside.
The stage was a feast for the eyes, featuring a mix of blacklight and projections along with set pieces. It opened with producer-singer Kelleia performing alternative electronica, then moved to more circus acts by Shakti Circus with neo-burlesque (including aerial) by the Rebel Angels. It was the cure for the average Tuesday night.
All photos by Daniel J. Sliwa