The Regent Theater downtown opened its doors on Saturday, March 3, to one of the most unique shows on the road: the Black Hearts Burlesque Show. Put together by alternative ladies the Suicide Girls, the evening put a spin on the classic burlesque show by offering several themed dance routines sure to please everyone's inner fetish. Also on offer were comedy acts and, of course, audience participation.
All photography by Shane Lopes
The festival will also feature tributes to Alice Coltrane and Uncle Jamm's Army, and talks by Alice Bag, Edgar Wright and Ice-T.
While you were spending your Fourth of July at the beach or with friends grilling in the backyard, Big Mike from Advanced Nutrients decided to try something a little different. Deep in the heart of Malibu, Big Mike hosted a marijuana mansion party right off the coast. Unlimited drinks and every kind of munchies could be found, and of course lots and lots of the ganja was present in every shape and form, including a 99 percent pure sativa oil.
All photography by Shane Lopes.
Never mind festival season — with Coachella, spring fashion season has sprung. The festival brought out plenty of black crochet and metallic macramé, and the coordinating outfits of BFFs appear to have been cut from the same cloth — literally (like, the threads are so scanty that it appears one outfit was cut and restitched into two). What we mean to say is, some of these looks would make even Gaga gawk. And some of the looks were even weirder than her weirdest get-ups. All photography by Shane Lopes
Since it opened to the public in Pasadena in 1998, the Bunny Museum's collection of rabbit-related objects has swelled to 33,000. To give everyone a little more space to breathe, married proprietors Candace Frazee and Steve Lubanski recently relocated their record-breaking rabbit hoard to a brand new space (that also serves as their home) in Altadena. On Monday, they hosted a Grand Hoppenin' Party, inviting people to peek around the new space and admire the collection, which includes everything from former pets (taxidermied bunnies) to famous bunnies to bunny puzzles and plush dolls. For the meager sum of $8, you too can experience the bunny business going on at the museum.
All photos by Star Foreman
Late last month, Angelenos had the rare opportunity to check out Peter Lai's Secret Japanese Cultural Village. The fashion designer and dancer hosted tours of his 5,000-square-foot masterwork, along with a sale of his original designs and selections from his vast collection of books, art and kimonos.
Peter Lai comes from a distinguished family of Chinese Opera, film and stage costumers, and until his retirement in 2013 ran a beloved boutique in San Marino. After retiring, Lai was able to fulfill his lifelong dream: the creation of a Japanese artist village. Lai spent more than a year creating the Cultural Village, a collection of themed vignettes, inside his massive loft in the Arts District. Lai gave L.A. Weekly a private tour.
Photos by Star Foreman.