At a party at the True offices on Wilshire, three dudes have just finished pitching an app. They look like design students, with black vests and matching haircuts. One of them boasts that the founder had a chance to be the sixth employee at Instagram. But when the founder starts...
Perfect for those looking to stock up for Burning Man, there's the famous Venice Love Shack. With its cool, eclectic, weird, artist-community-meets-thrift-store-meets-yoga-studio vibe that epitomizes Venice Beach, the Love Shack is just one of those places you have to see to believe. Luckily, we took pictures. All photos by Star Foreman.
Ahoy, mateys! Get thee to ye olde Port of Los Angeles for Tall Ships Festival L.A., a five-day boating festival that pays tribute to a time when ports such as ours welcomed not just shipping containers and the occasional cruise ship but also majestic vessels called "tall ships" — classic boats with traditional, complicated rigs. From battleships to schooners to the World's Largest Rubber Duck (yes, really), this year's lineup promises something for everyone. The kid-friendly event includes a Friday-night screening of The Little Mermaid, projected on the sails of the Freda B. Live bands and cannon demonstrations will provide daily entertainment, while those willing to shell out some extra cash can actually ride on one of the museum-quality ships. And because every good captain knows a fed crew is a happy crew, plenty of food trucks, including the Lobsta Truck and Luckdish, will be in attendance. Los Angeles Waterfront, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro; Wed., Aug. 20, noon-8 p.m.; Thu.-Fri., Aug. 21-22, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 23-Sun., Aug. 24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; $7-$85, free viewing for kids under 4. (877) 4FLYTIX, tallshipsfestivalla.com.More
Downtown L.A. and many venues and restaurants around town will host the fourth annual L.A. Food and Wine Festival, a massive event that features many local and national chefs. If you have the time and the cash for the marquee events, there are plenty: cooking demos by Iron Chef Morimoto at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion; wine seminars; a cocktail event by Julian Cox; more demos by Lorena Garcia, Graham Elliot, Scott Conant and many others. Check the website for more information and the long list of what's coming. More
The Women's Center for Creative Work is a cooperative enterprise that's hosting an afternoon doll-making workshop, Women Who Run With the Wolves, with crafting collective Necessary Habits. The event is inspired by the Russian fairy tale "Vasilisa the Beautiful" (also known as Vasilisa the Brave), which begins when a dying mother gives her daughter a doll to console her after she's gone. The doll helps little Vasilisa cope with her subsequently grueling existence, complete with a wicked stepmother and stepsisters à la Cinderella. Just when she thinks all hope is lost, Vasilisa finds her doll pointing her in the right direction. In her 1992 book Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, author and Jungian psychoanalyst Clarissa Pinkola Estés suggests that the narrative is an allegory for women's liberation. Similarly inspired by the piece of Slavic folklore, this workshop interprets the doll as a symbol of feminine intuition and empowerment. Participants are invited to create their own figurines, which they take home at the end, along with a copy of the fairy tale. Echo Chamber Creative Headquarters, 1519 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; Thu., Aug. 21, 6-9 p.m.; $30, $20 for co-op members. firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up at womenscenterforcreativework.com/workshops (click on blue wolf).More
Even as the latest Step Up movie returns street dance to the screen, this year's installment of the annual J.U.i.C.E. Hip-Hop Festival returns street dance to the stage. The inventive dance organization with the unwieldy name of Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy has the good sense to go by its acronym, and the good sense to keep putting together this summer gathering of local and international street dancers. Now in its sixth year, the festival lineup promises a full evening of street-dance styles, with performers Jacob "Kujo" Lyons, Harry Weston, Breeze Lee, Emiko Sugiyama, Marie Poppins & Pandora, Toogie & Boogie Frantick, The Physical Poets, Lady Cultura, Millennium Dance Complex Tokyo, Open House, Versa-Style Next Generation, and Hok from Quest Crew. The preshow features one-on-one b-boy and b-girl battles at 7 p.m., with the final battle onstage just before curtain (to participate, go to fordtheatres.org/en/about/probreakingtour), as well as DJ Kenzo, host L. Scatterbrain, graffiti and spoken-word artists. Plus, Mari Koda, better known as Jenny Kido from the Step Up movies, will be there for a meet-and-greet. John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hlywd.; Fri., Aug. 22, 8:30 p.m.; $30-$50, $15 students, $12 children. (323) 461-3673, fordtheatres.org.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...
Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles became a ramen paradise over the weekend as part of the Japanese cultural festival Nisei Week. Everything was hot -- from the food, to the weather, to the scene. All photos by Danny Liao.
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).
The little girl who appears to live at 2300 Silver Lake Blvd. has been playing cowboys and Indians. She's set up an all-out, hand-to-hand battle on the living room floor. Little figurines face each other. Some stereotypically shirtless Native Americans crawl along the carpet. A cowboy stands watching from the...
Opening reception Aug. 22, 7-10 p.m.
"Neckface: Drinking on the Job" is a show a year in the making — and it sounds like one hell of a year. Inspired by the tenaciously seedy bar culture of his new hometown of L.A., this tagger/painter/phenom immersed himself in alcoholism (and related unsavory behaviors) for an extended bender, during which he somehow managed to work furiously on his art. The result: the dark, witty and hilarious pieces created for this much-anticipated installation. Using a method akin to the surrealists' automatic drawings, Neckface basically worked nightly in a fugue state, awoke to discover the surprises he left for himself in the studio the evening before, and then refined and elaborated on them before starting the process all over again. Well, maybe refined is not the word. Neckface is, after all, known for his exceptionally vulgar, sassy and sophomoric yet insightful observations on human nature — and his new barfly compatriots did not skimp on the material. New Image Art Gallery, 7920 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Fri., Aug. 22, 7-10 p.m.; continues Tue.-Sat., 1-6 p.m., through Sept. 13; free. (323) 654-2192, newimageartgallery.com.More
If you know painter Joe Goode, who road-tripped to L.A. from Oklahoma in 1959 to make his go as an artist, you probably know his drawings of torn paper or paintings of blue skies. They're pretty nonchalant and usually modestly sized, so it's surprising to see how big and majestic the new paintings in his "Flat Screen Nature" show at Kohn Gallery are. They're two-tone expanses of color painted on sheets of fiberglass. Even though you could tumble right into those deep blues, Goode's still not taking himself too seriously. Every piece has weirdly ragged edges and the titles are jokes: Honk if You See Jesus for one with a ghostly shape near the bottom, or Coming Attraction for one that looks like a big-screen sunset. 1227 N. Highland Ave., Hlywd.; through Aug. 29. kohngallery.com.More
Pin-up girls, beatnik boys and tiki lovers from L.A. and beyond made a splash at San Diego's Crowne Plaza Hotel, which hosted the annual Tiki Oasis event, this year themed "Beat Tiki" with a groovy "60s beat" thrust. The wild weekender took over the grounds with colorful cocktails, non-stop pool and room parties, fashion shows, seminars, shopping and live entertainment including burlesque, bands and more.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania the Flying Morgans had a Beatle prom this last Friday to celebrate Molly, Bonnie and Gary's Birthday with 400 of their closest friends. All photos by Star Foreman.
Jennifer M. Kroot’s To Be Takei is an affectionate portrait of the hardest-working member of the original cast of Star Trek, George Takei. That’s pronounced tuh-KAY, not tuh-KAI, as so many have misspoken it over the years, including but not limited to William Shatner, whose strained non-relationship with Takei —...
Should grown-ups be spending their time reading young-adult novels, at the risk of missing the supposed riches of fiction written for actual grown-ups? A recent essay in Slate groused about the legions of adults who long ago graduated from the 12th grade but still devour YA fiction at the expense...
Picture a high school civics teacher with a great love for Ken Burns and access to people like Prince Charles and the Dalai Lama -- but no ability to ask them interesting questions -- making his first documentary on a laptop's built-in software.
Martial arts period drama 14 Blades'cartoonish action scenes are so energetic that it's hard to believe they weren't directed by master choreographer Woo-ping Yuen (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Drunken Master).
Vital and vigorous even when its characters feel scraped of vigor/vitality, Philippe Garrel's latest finds boho Parisians facing the ends of marriages, affairs, and the feasibility of bohemian existence itself.
You may have missed seeing them play in real life, but you can visit several jazz and blues greats in their final resting places, at the Inglewood Park Cemetery, including Ray Charles, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Big Mama Thornton, T-Bone Walker, Billy Preston and Richard Berry.
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Nice Peter is the mastermind behind the hit YouTube series Epic Rap Battles of History, which, on the off chance you haven't seen it, pits famous characters rapping against each other - say, Dr. Seuss vs. Shakespeare, or Justin Bieber vs. Beethoven - with Peter himself usually playing them.
The L.A. based MC and musician born Peter Shukoff has a pretty cool life. He's made a living off of these videos, which are an absolute phenomenon; his channel has over 2 million subscribers, and the average battle gets, oh, 50 million views or so. We talked to him over the phone before the Troubadour show last night, and he didn't want to get into detail about just how hard he's balling off of that YouTube money; "I drive a nice car" is all he would say on that subject. But he added that he went from a series of shitty jobs to spending his days doing something he loves.
His Troubadour show kicked off a month-long tour, and the big question was: Would the fun of his internet clips translate to a live setting?
M.I.A.: "Is your Dad a dealer? / Cause you're dope to me."
It's Valentine's Day! Whether you're in a loving relationship (you know, like if you were dating Drake) or single and looking to mingle, you're surely in need of some choice words to get some action going.
Ian Rubbish is the alter-ego of comedian Fred Armisen, he of Saturday Night Live, Portlandia and, yes, actual punk bands.
Armisen, in fact, knows his punk, which is what makes Rubbish so much fun. He got every obsessive detail correct in the SNL skit where he re-enacts the day the Sex Pistols said "dirty fucker" on a British talk show, for example.
Tomorrow night, Armisen plays as Rubbish at the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock. In the meantime let's delve into "fake punk" -- which has a real punk sound but plays for laughs.
As you'll see, it's kind of a real thing. Here are the top five fake punk songs:
Who's performing tomorrow at Vitello's Italian Restaurant in Studio City? You guessed it, Frank Stallone. Along with being Sylvester Stallone's acting and singing brother, Frank is probably best remembered as a frequent punchline during Norm Macdonald's stint as Weekend Update host on Saturday Night Live.
Macdonald was inspired by the above photo, and so constantly mocked him as an excuse to keep showing it. But he chilled on the jokes once Frank's brother Sylvester hosted the show and asked him to "take it easy" on him, adding that Frank has had a tough time of things ever since his attempt to break in as a boxer coincided with Rocky, making everybody want to "beat up Rocky's brother."
"HURRY UP WITH MY DAMN CROISSANTS" - King Joffrey Baratheon
Twice last week people the world over stopped what they were doing to quote Kanye West via Twitter. First from his interview with The New York Times; "I am the nucleus," "I just want dopeness," "It's only led me to complete awesomeness at all times" being the particular favorites. Then, after Yeezus leaked Friday, his lyrics: "I be speaking Swag-hili," "Have you ever asked your bitch for other bitches," and, of course, "Hurry up with my damn croissants!'
All of it got us thinking about other megalomaniacs/Big Achievers, and how their declarations of grandeur hold up next to Kanye's. Quite well, it turns out. So play our fun game below. Who said it: Kanye, Donald Trump, Steve Jobs, Joffrey Baratheon from Game of Thrones,?
If you're over the age of 30, you probably have at least a few songs from Free to Be You and Me engraved in your memory. Conceived by '60s-era TV actress Marlo Thomas and produced as a project of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the 1972 album jumped on the progressive feminism wave via catchy tunes for kids. Songs like "William's Doll" and "It's Alright to Cry" challenged male/female stereotypes and encouraged the expansion of gender roles. Big deal stars of the era including Harry Belafonte, Alan Alda, Carol Channing, Michael Jackson, and Diana Ross contributed to the recording.
This is DJ Douggpound -- the picture is definitely worth a click
At gatherings with extended family, Doug Lussenhop has a hard time explaining what he does. They might be familiar with Portlandia, the show for which he's an editor. They may have even seen Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, which he edited and co-wrote, though he prefers if they haven't, if only for its scene where Eric Wareheim sits in a bathtub being filled by young boys' diarrhea.
"But when they find out I tour as a comedian, my comedy is impossible to explain," he notes on a recent afternoon over a bowl of rice with short ribs in Silver Lake. "I tell jokes, and I remix them."
On the increasingly fractured multimedia range, Lussenhop -- who goes by DJ Douggpound, which is a play on, you know, Tha Dogg Pound -- is a lone cowboy. He DJs at clubs and does a stand-up routine where he uses audio clips to punctuate jokes, but his most inspired gig is his sui generis role on an L.A.-based podcast called The Champs, co-hosted by Neal Brennan (co-creator of Chappelle's Show) and ascending comedian Moshe Kasher.
For all the seriousness of today's rock, a good joke is often in order -- especially if it's a poop joke. Jack Black, one-half of seminal frat rock act Tenacious D, isn't too far removed from his goofy School Of Rock character in real life. He cautions that those who come to see them tonight at the Wiltern won't leave with clean pants. "When we come out onstage and the lights shine, it's like witnessing us come back from the dead," he tells us. "People are just shitting themselves."
I consider myself a connoisseur of public transportation. My mother worked for MTA when I was a kid, which kept my young neck draped those in those yearly bus pass lanyards. I took the Red Line on the first day it opened; I was proud that my city had gotten...
Drew Bernstein, the creator of popular rock and roll clothing lines Lip Service and Kill City, was found dead yesterday of an apparent suicide by gunshot. His body was discovered on a hiking trail in the Hollywood Hills off of Mulholland Drive. He was 51. The L.A. native came up...
Recently Thrillist published a Metro rail bar map. This heroic effort identifies a watering hole within a 10-minute walk of each station in the entire Metro rail system, minus a few that, tragically, lack any booze within walking distance. We’re big fans of public transportation and efficient drinking, so we decided to...