Best Friends Animal Society's 24-hour newborn kitten nursery in Mission Hills is where kittens as young as a week old are fed, weighed and loved by volunteers and staff alike. This year the nursery expects to see around 3,000 kittens and hopes to find good homes for every single one of them. In 2015, 4,300 kittens were euthanized in L.A. for lack of a loving home. Best Friends only accepts kittens, cats, puppies and dogs from L.A. animal shelters and their goal is to some day have no more euthanized pets in L.A.. To that end they also offer a low cost spray/neuter clinic to help curb the population of unwanted pets.
This weekend's Kitten Shower was a sort of open house that gave visitors the opportunity to tour the nursery, play games and learn more about volunteering, adopting one cat or fostering an entire litter. Here are just a few of the cute, loving, warm, happy friends waiting for their forever homes and the loving men and women who care for them until that forever home comes to be.
A hundred percent of the proceeds from the March 16 concert at The Fonda will support the ACLU. Tickets go on sale March 1.
Silversun Pickups, Yacht, James Supercave, Bloodboy, Nick Waterhouse, Expo 86 with Ari Herstand, Disco Shrine and Grant Owens of WFNM performed at the Bootleg Theater as part of Love Trumps Hate, a benefit for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. The event, created by Ralph Torrefranca (A&R man at Angry Mob Music Publishing) and Kyle Wilkerson (talent buyer for the Bootleg), also featured a silent auction with autographed items from other artists supporting the cause, including Fitz & The Tantrums, Leon Bridges, Mac DeMarco and Counting Crows.
DJ Rainbow Jail played in front of a crowd of 13,446 Jerry Maguire VHS tapes Friday night when Everything Is Terrible! opened the first (and last) Jerry Maguire Video store in Echo Park. The storefront is devoted to Jerry on VHS, while the back is filled with XXX Jerry Maguire Uncut (just kidding). With 13,446 copies of the film on VHS, and more coming in every day, the EIT! Jerry Maguire project is finally almost able to build its planned pyramid in the desert. It's an ever-lasting monument to Jerry — or at least until acid rain dissolves the last of our manmade structures.
The show runs from Jan. 13 to Jan. 29, noon-10 p.m., at iam8bit in Echo Park, with special ticketed events planned for each night.
Photos by Star Foreman.
We Rock With Standing Rock was a concert benefiting the Oceti Sakowin Camp (Seven Council Fires) Fund, the Seeding Sovereignty Project, Native Children's Survival and Give Love, following the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's latest victory preventing an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The concert featured performances and appearances by TV on the Radio, Fiona Apple, Riley Keough, Patricia Arquette, Devendra Banhart, Robby Romero, Sky Ferreira, Bobbi Jean, Moses Sumney, Benjamin Booker, Kimya Dawson, NAHKO, Jolie Holland, Valerie June, Holly Miranda, Bouquet, The Chapin Sisters, Becky Stark, Laura Burhenn and others.
All photos by Mathew Tucciarone. Follow him on Instagram: @mathewtucciarone.
Sexy superheroes strutted their super stuff as Hard Heroes 13 returned to the Eagle L.A. on Saturday, Aug. 20, with its annual cosplay and erotic superhero contest. Contest categories included Best Hard Heroes Costume and Best Erotic Body Painted Costume. Unfortunately, there were no entries in the Best Group Theme category.
Marky Make Up and his assistant were on hand to paint up attendees both in and out of costume. Guest comic-world judges were Geek Pride Entertainment's Chris Riley and fantasy author Cyn Duby. Emcee of the evening was the fabulous Sister of Perpetual Indulgence, Bearonce Knows.
The annual event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit agency Being Alive, which focuses on the mental health and wellness of people living with HIV and AIDS. The organization's mental health program, Antioch Alive, provides psychotherapy counselors extensively trained in dealing with people with HIV.
Friends John Mohr, Ron Rose and Rick Ewing created Being Alive in 1986 in response to a need for services free of red tape and bureaucratic entanglement.