"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...
The July Kamikaze Exhibits at downtown studio gallery PØST are a staple of the summer season for art lovers attracted to places and practices that are still somewhat off the beaten path. Although the neighborhood around this industrial side-alley venue has seen exponential changes as the Arts District moniker attracted fancier denizens, its doggedly independent character has remained intact — and another full month of its now-infamous, artist-curated, one-night shows is in the offing. On 31 consecutive nights, the space hosts 31 different solo or group shows organized by artists who are given free rein to be as minimal or ambitious as they want to be, as long as they can manage to install, open and de-install in the course of a single day. The results are every bit as eclectic and insane as that sounds. While the curators aren't showing their own work, their organizing efforts surely provide insight into their creative practices. The diverse crew of artists in charge includes installation/performance artists JEFF&GORDON (July 1), painter Jay Erker (July 8), sculptor and installation artist Margaret Honda (July 11), painter and video artist Annie Wharton (July 14), illustrator and collagist Sarajo Frieden (July 16), sculptor Eric Johnson (July 20) and cosmic interdisciplinary conceptualist Dani Tull (July 28). Don't think about it, just do it. PØST, 1904 E. Seventh Place, dwntwn.; receptions nightly, Tue., July 1-Thu., July 31, 7-9 p.m.; free. (213) 488-1280, postlosangeles.org.More
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
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...
In May, the two Long Beach rappers released a music video for the song — an anthem to their shared Cambodian heritage, in the style of Jermaine Dupri’s “Welcome to Atlanta” or Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind.”
In the video (below), the two emcees stand near a rooftop pool in downtown Long Beach wearing flat-billed hats and tank tops, rapping over a club-ready beat similar to YG’s “Who Do You Love?” as slow-motion clips from Long Beach’s Cambodian New Year parade flicker past.
As with any good summer anthem, the chorus comes hard, fast and often. It’s a little rough, but its phrasing is infectious, and its message is at once a rallying cry for those who understand what it means to be a Cambodian in Southern California and an aggressive introduction for those who don’t. I’m a motherfuckin’ Cambo/Go hard in the paint/Hennessy is all I drink/I’m a motherfuckin’ Cambo ...
Back in 2011, long before Yeezus and Skrillex's song on the A$AP Rocky' album, Seattle-based hip hop collective Shabazz Palaces put out Black Up, a powerhouse that heralded the coming love affair between rap and EDM.
Pairing Digable Planets' Ishmael Butler's verging-on-pretentious lyrics (how many other guys could pull off the word "sepulcher"?) with gauzy loops, psychedelic crescendos and Tendai Maraire's Zimbabwe-infused percussion, the duo quickly garnered critical acclaim and artsy fans.
Last night, two days after releasing their much-anticipated sophomore studio album, Lese Majesty, Butler and Maraire treated a multicultural crowd at the Roxy to their first L.A. concert since 2012.
I am in the back of an SUV, the seat in front of me almost against my knees. The great wide open of southeastern Colorado rolls by the window. Except for Kerri, who’s driving, everyone has a laptop open. Phone calls are coming in, logistics are being hammered out, something about a hot air balloon. This is our rolling production office between locations.
We are in the homestretch of shooting 10 Things You Don’t Know About for H2. Only another month or so left to go. Our remaining locations will be in Colorado, Nevada and California. The next few weeks will be extremely hot.
Last night, we were in Lamar, Colorado. It was 98 degrees when we pulled in in the early evening. The multihour drive from the Denver airport was quite moving. Small towns with closed theaters, gas stations and department stores appeared out of nowhere. As quickly, they vanished.
Arcade Fire THE FORUM
These days when you think Arcade Fire, it’s all mirrors and Reflektors. But Arcade Fire wasn’t always confetti and dancing. Thirteen years after forming, the Canadian art rockers are pioneers of 21st-century indie music, traversing themes of organized religion, coming of age, hope, nostalgia and death. Their sound is known for being lush and dramatic, celebrating true musicianship in complex instrumentals with everything from harps to xylophones and even a hurdy-gurdy. Their enthusiastic nature, led by husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, empowers their audience, both live and recorded, with an unforgettable experience. While this tour glitters with their most recent release, longtime fans will be graced with a mix of older songs, some even dating back to the band’s first EP, reworked and revitalized with dance-paced tem and pos. Also Saturday, August 2. —Britt Witt
It's official: The 1933 Group, who "design and build fancy drinkeries" in L.A., will soon be remodeling Mr. T's Bowl in Highland Park into the new and more glamorous "Highland Park Bowl."
"At Highland Park Bowl, we plan on continuing the legacy of live music when it was Mr. T's," says Dimitri Komarov, co-owner of the 1933 Group. "We'll be restoring the original eight vintage bowling lanes and will bring the space back to its original glory when it was Highland Park Bowl."
[Editor's note: Weekly scribe Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. Follow him on twitter and also check out his archives.]
No one could decipher Clipping. While recording last year’s Midcity, the noise-rap trio emailed feelers to friends and labels. The response was as meek as the music was loud.
“Everyone wrote me back and said, ‘I don’t know who this is for,’ ” Jonathan Snipes reflects amidst the clutter of his Mid-City living room, overlooking the rush-hour clank of the westbound 10 freeway.
Board games, vinyl records and cassettes are everywhere. An empty snake tank lurks in a corner. “Indie-rock guys, breakcore, techno or noise labels — none of them got it or liked it.”
The druid-bearded producer and sometime sound designer huddles around a coffee table next to his partners. Daveed Diggs is Clipping.’s rapper. William Hutson is the other pin in the production nail-bomb squad behind last month’s CLPPNG, their debut on respected indie rock–leaning imprint Sub Pop.
Hard Summer goes down this weekend at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, and it has a more stacked lineup than ever. The event is sold out, and ravers everywhere are tweeting their excitement. But with so many options, how do you decide which acts to see?
Below are the five must-see acts for the weekend. Make sure to check back in with West Coast Sound on Monday for a full recap of the event.
Pacific Ocean Park profiles the former Venice Beach theme park that, for a time in the early-to-mid-'60s, rivaled Disneyland in innovation, if not appeal.
Pacific Ocean Park (P.O.P.) closed in 1968 and was razed into the sea by 1975. But in its heyday, acts like Sam Cooke, Johnny Cash, Ritchie Valens, The Doors and The Byrds all played the pier's legendary Cheetah Club.
When Los Angeles rock quartet The Eeries' brash song "Cool Kid" was played on KROQ last month, it was the first time in two years the influential Los Angeles radio station had added an unsigned band to its rotation. After discovering the cheeky ode to outsiders via tweets by Courtney Love and My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way, KROQ Music Director Lisa Worden said the song's '90s influence and snarky lyrics ("You're so hip it makes me sick") make it "totally 'KROQ'."
Almost immediately, The Eeries, who have also received public accolades from Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx and Oasis' Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, were snatched up by Interscope Records.
I am a devoted video-game fan and a constant cheerleader for them to be considered art, but honestly I would give up most of the compelling stories and high-definition graphics in the world for the simple pinball machines. They're crafted and mechanical, and when done with a loving hand can turn almost anything into a game of skill that homages your favorite pop-culture icon.
It's like themed slot machines, but with less crying...usually.
Today we look at some of the tables that have been based on our favorite musicians.
I am in the back of an SUV, the seat in front of me almost against my knees. The great wide open of southeastern Colorado rolls by the window. Except for Kerri, who’s driving, everyone has a laptop open. Phone calls are coming in, logistics are being hammered out, something about...
Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar! Friday, August 1 Arcade Fire THE FORUM These days when you think Arcade Fire, it’s all mirrors and Reflektors. But Arcade Fire wasn’t always confetti and dancing. Thirteen years after forming, the Canadian art rockers are pioneers of 21st-century indie...
Shabazz Palaces The Roxy July 30, 2014 Back in 2011, long before Yeezus and Skrillex's song on the A$AP Rocky' album, Seattle-based hip hop collective Shabazz Palaces put out Black Up, a powerhouse that heralded the coming love affair between rap and EDM. Pairing Digable Planets' Ishmael Butler's verging-on-pretentious lyrics (how many...