"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...
The past decade has seen a boom in the number of marijuana dispensaries, with estimates placing the number within L.A. city limits at over 1,000. A recently approved ban by the city council could mean the end of marijuana dispensaries, though medical marijuana activists are fighting back. Our gallery of some of the marijuana dispensaries of Los Angeles. All photos by Susan Slade Sanchez.
Whether you think of 4/20 as a celebration for an oppressed minority or just another day for layabouts to get high, this weekend stoners across the country got baked. So from the east to west, from states with legal access to medical marijuana to states without, here are the highest people across America.
If the history of the world had a playlist, it would run the gamut from Bach to Big Boi. The folks at the History Channel are putting out another of Rick Beyer's The Greatest Music Stories Never Told series on June 7. We picked up the book expecting to inflate our egos, reinforcing the myth that we know everything there is to know about music history. Short answer- we were wrong, very wrong.
This is everything they leave out of the music classes that left you drooling on your notebook. And just like Cliffs Notes, we've read the book so you don't have to. Now all you have to do is rattle off these fun facts to your closest friends and sound like the music nerd you really are. Here are our Top Ten Greatest Music Stories Never Told:10. Lenin Loves Electronica
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You can thank Communism for all the pills, back rubs, and glow sticks at every rave. Leon Theremin was mediocre musician who gained overnight fame thanks to a little invention of his, the first popular electronic instrument considered to be the predecessor of all synthesizers. He modestly named it the "theremin," and the instrument's spacey alien-like sounds have been featured in the Beach Boys hit "Good Vibrations" as well in countless science-fiction movies. You're welcome, every electronic musician ever.
9. Brought To You By Satan
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Giuseppe Tartini was a famous Italian composer and a violinist in the 1700's (yeah, we're going that far back). Tartini lived in a time were most of the music was composed to praise God. You could say that Tartini was way ahead of his time, because it was not God but Satan who inspired him. In a dream, Satan played a solo for him that "surpassed all the music I had ever heard." He woke up and wrote a piece that would be often called "The Devil's Trill." Today it is regarded as one of the most challenging pieces to play on the violin. Satan doesn't play around.
Before Charlie Daniels' "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" or Tenacious D's "The Greatest Song In The World," or any black metal band burned down any church in Norway, Tartini dabbled in the dark arts. In other words? Tartini is the Adam and Eve for Black Sabbath, Gorgoroth, and Mayhem.
8. Footloose: Dance, Go to Hell
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Evangelist Bob Jones said New Yorkers were tangoing themselves to "the brink of hell," and added, "The only difference between Manhattan and hell is that Manhattan is surrounded by water." Taking the world by storm in 1913, the tango was so popular that the French quarter in New Orleans became known as the "Tango Belt." We can replace "tango" with a number of other things that scared society to the brink of culture wars like this one. They all subside and turn into something lame that our parents think is groovy, swell, and so on.
7. "Hey, you're doing that wrong."
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We're sure that's what they were saying to Clive Campbell when he began isolating and repeating instrumental breaks in funk records while DJing at parties in the Bronx. Clive Campbell not only made a name for himself, but also with the help of Africaa Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash gave name to a new genre of music. Hip Hop. Clive Campbell more commonly goes by the name Kool Herc. Not one of the weirdest stories on the list but one of the more important ones.
6. The First Reality TV Show
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John Roberts and Joel Rosenman planned to pitch a television sitcom about two naïve young venture capitalists with more money than brains who get involved in wacky antics. Humor and drama follow. The two men ended up being the main characters in their own real life sitcom. They invested money in the idea of a recording studio in upstate New York, which turned into a idea for a Dylan concert, which turned into Woodstock. Not a bad investment.
Tomorrow night, July 31, your favorite Christian hair metal act Stryper plays Whisky-A-Go-Go. Say what you will about the Orange County collective, but you have to admire them for sticking to the script for three decades — or is that scripture? Putting out new music as recently as last year,...
Saturday, August 2nd Morbid Saint The Black CastleWhen the beer ran out at last year’s Thrasho De Mayo festival, hundreds of metalheads were incensed. But their anger subsided when Wisconsin thrashers Morbid Saint hit the stage, unleashing a relentless fury in their first SoCal appearance after a 20 year hiatus...
RADIO BROADCAST #279 08–03–14 Fanatics! Good radio is what it’s all about on this show and tonight, we again deliver the goods. You will notice the slightest of concepts here as we rock Omar Souleyman on both hours. He will be in LA on Sunday night. I will be interviewing...