Results tagged “Nick Wilson”

Escape To Argentina With 'Evita' At The Pantages

“I’m their product, it’s vital you sell me… They need their escape, and so do I.” If you are like Eva Peron and are seeking an escape, an evening with Evita at the Pantages Theatre might serve you well.

Tales from the Back Room: L.A. Competes in the US Barista Championship in Boston

This year, the competition took place on April 11-14, and Angeleno baristas showed up strong.

Social Media Guru & Thruzt Founder Marcus Hirn Talks the 'Game of Social Media Networking'

LAist sat down with Marcus Hirn -- web developer and social media guru with over 17 years of experience in IT, both front and back end web development, networking, law, and marketing -- to discuss the decline of sites like Digg and Reddit and why he thinks his new social network, Thruzt, may be able to fill the resulting void.

Sex, Drugs, and Roller Skates: "Boogie Nights" Comes Alive in Los Feliz

If you are like Floyd Gondolli in Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 masterpiece Boogie Nights and looking for simple pleasures, look no farther than "For The Record: Boogie Nights." Singing, dancing, cocktails, and a whole lot of sex appeal - Los Feliz's best date spot just got a whole lot edgier.

Cognoscenti Coffee Brings Mystery Roasts to KTown's Normandie Hotel

Architect and Cognoscenti Coffee founder Yeekai Lim has a new pop-up in Koreatown at the Normandie Hotel. It's a mission to get in, but his masterfully-pulled espresso is worth it.

Los Lobos Rocker 'Evangeline, The Queen of Make-Believe' Debuts at Bootleg Theater

Civil rights. Rock and roll. Women’s liberation. Vietnam. The 1960s was one of the most disruptive periods in US history, and is constantly being explored in film, television and theater. One chapter of the story that has been neglected in popular culture is the challenges and great changes the Chicano community faced in East LA during the 1960s. Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe, a new play at the Bootleg Theater, hopes to fix this omission.

UCLA JazzReggae Fest Returns Memorial Day Weekend

The two-day JazzReggae music festival at UCLA's intramural field returns for the 26th year this weekend to entertain those of us not hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend. As always, Sunday May 27 is Jam Day and Monday is billed as Reggae Day.

Long-Awaited L.A. Arrival of "Billy Elliot the Musical" Will Make You Want to Dance With Abandon

Fellow musical theater fans, Billy Elliot has finally arrived! If you are like me and watch the Tony Awards every June in order to make a mental list of shows to catch when they make their journey to our coast, last week’s opening night at the Pantages has been a long time coming. The musical, based on the 2000 film of the same name, swept the Tony Awards in 2009, taking home 10 awards, including best musical.

Big Hit in Little Osaka: Burgers, Cocktails, Donuts & More at Plan Check

Nestled in West LA’s Little Osaka, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is a neighborhood restaurant that will make you wish you called this stretch of Sawtelle home. The inviting atmosphere and mouth-watering comfort food courtesy of former Umami corporate chef Ernesto Uchimura has made Plan Check an instant hit.

The Refinery Brings Ritual Coffee to Downtown Santa Monica

Downtown Santa Monica residents, office workers, and tourists no longer need to leave the Third Street Promenade and trek to Main Street's Espresso Cielo to get a proper cup of coffee. The Refinery started brewing San Francisco's Ritual Coffee three weeks ago, replacing the shuttered EarthBar on 4th and Santa Monica Blvd.

Lucent Dossier Experience Returns For 2 Palace Shows

Last time we checked in with the "unique, elaborate, and electric" Lucent Dossier Experience, we eagerly wondered where they'd show up next. Theatergoers craving more than the usual song and dance are in luck. The 20+ person avant-garde circus is bringing their magic back to the Palace Theatre Friday and Saturday night.

Tom Mueller & Laurent Halasz On The Olive Oil Industry's Grave Future

Fig & Olive founder Laurent Halasz wants to change the way we use and regard olive oil. In December, Laurent and Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil author Tom Mueller teamed up for a 4-course olive oil and wine pairing.

Destination Vegas: 48 Hours in Sin City

There are countless ways to enjoy Vegas. You can go to Sin City to escape — party hard for two days straight and get caught up in the intoxicating rush of the neon city. But after a few raging trips that test your youthful stamina, it comes time to try Vegas another way

Bust a Move with Show at Barre's 'For the Record: John Hughes (Holiday Road)'

The music featured in John Hughes’s films is currently getting a delightful cabaret tribute with “For the Record: John Hughes (Holiday Road)” at Show at Barre.

Stimulation Overload at Lucent Dossier Experience's Twisted Dubstep Circus

Before theatergoers even picked up their tickets, they were immersed in the exciting and twisted world of the Lucent Dossier Experience. On Oct. 21 and Oct. 22, performance troupe Lucent Dossier Experience packed the recently renovated Palace Theatre downtown to raise money for critically injured artist and “Burning Man icon” Brent ‘Shrine’ Spears.

Candy Detox With National Fig Week

Admit it, you dipped your hand into the Halloween candy bowl more times last night than you're proud of. You enjoyed the immediate gratification that comes from processed sugary food-stuff, but if you're anything like me, now you crave a wholesome treat. Thankfully, National Fig Week is here to remind you that mother nature can satisfy that sweet tooth with this often overlooked fruit.

Soaking in the Sun and Wine at Los Angeles Magazine's Annual Food Event

Food lovers flocked to Malibu on Sunday for Los Angeles Magazine's sixth annual The Food Event. Unlike last year, the weather cooperated beautifully as 2,500 Angelenos enjoyed the rolling green hills of Saddlerock Ranch.

Los Angeles Magazine's 2011 "The Food Event" Not to Be Missed

Following last weekend's Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival and September's The Taste, it's understandable if food lovers in our fair city are experiencing "event" fatigue. It would be a shame if you let that deter you from attending Los Angeles magazine’s The Food Event 2011 this Sunday.

Reprise Theatre Presents A Safe Night of 'Cabaret'

Whether it's film, live theatre or cabaret, all forms of entertainment can serve as a temporary escape from the daily challenges of modern life. In Reprise Theatre’s production of the classic American musical “Cabaret” at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse, the audience is made keenly aware of the dangers of ignoring changing society's unpleasant realities.

Geffen Playhouse Presents A Knockout Production of 'The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity'

Shuffling down the Geffen Playhouse aisles to find your seats for "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity," the first indication that this won't be a typical night of theatre is the music of Notorious B.I.G. and M.I.A. playing while the audience waits for the performance to begin. The second clue: a large wrestling ring takes up most of the stage.

Spoons Up! Celebrate National Pots de Crème Day

It seems like every sweet treat gets its own holiday. Whether it's donuts, coffee cake, pie, waffles, or even taffy, we'll take any excuse no matter how flimsy to indulge in something delicious. Today is national pots de crème day, and to help you celebrate the dessert custard, we've compiled a list of popular pots de crème around town.

Ramen Bull: Not Your Corner Ramen Shop

Finding the “perfect” bowl of ramen is a never-ending quest for devotees of this Japanese and Chinese noodle dish. In Los Angeles as well as Tokyo, ramen slurpers take to message boards to share their latest finds as well as rehash the same debates over which shop reigns supreme.

Happy Birthday Obama, Here's Some Cash

With the time suck that was the debt ceiling deal finally signed, it's time for President Obama to get back to raising money for his re-election campaign. Fortunately for the campaign, President Obama is celebrating his birthday today (the big 5-0), which provides ample opportunity to celebrate his accomplishments while collecting campaign cash.

A Park a Day: Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, Culver City

July is National Parks & Recreation Month, and all month long LAist will be featuring a hand-selected park a day to showcase just a few of the wonderful recreation spaces--big or small--in the Los Angeles area.

National Grilling Month: Special Events to Get Your Meat On

Independence Day may be long gone, but don't put the grill away quite yet. July is National Grilling Month and when the weather is this good, there's no reason to heat up the house with your energy-sucking oven. If the summer's got you feeling lazy and you don't want to stand over the BBQ in the heat, here are a few grilling events worth checking out.

Loss, Manipulation, and Compromise: 'Extraordinary Chambers' at the Geffen Playhouse

Marin Hinkle and Francois Chau in the world premiere of David Wiener's Extraordinary Chambers at the Geffen Playhouse (Photo by Michael Lamont) In order to be successful in relationships, business, or politics, willingness to compromise is a necessity. But what happens when you suspect that a series of small compromises has trapped you in a morally questionable place that you don’t quite understand? This is one of many unsettling questions addressed in the world...

'The Mistakes Madeline Made' Proves Intensely Funny

Kiki Lambden, Troy Blendell, and Kimberly Yates in the Los Angeles premiere of The Mistakes Madeline Made Ten minutes into the Los Angeles premiere of Elizabeth Meriwether's 2006 play Mistakes Madeline Made, you may find yourself relaxing comfortably in your seat ready to spend the next 65 minutes laughing about having a lousy job working for rich people. We are introduced to Edna, starting a new job as a personal assistant to a wealthy...

Escape Your Comfort Zone: "The Escort" at the Geffen Playhouse

James Eckhouse and Maggie Siff in the world premiere of "The Escort" (Photo by Michael Lamont) In a cosmopolitan city such as Los Angeles, we like to think of ourselves as open-minded. More importantly, we want people we interact with to perceive us as liberal and accepting. Despite this desire, every person has a limit to what they consider to be acceptable and proper behavior. The Escort at the Geffen Playhouse brilliantly explores the...

More Depressing News Courtesy of CA Budget Negotiations

Photo by Franco Folini via Flickr After days of intense negotiations, budget talks between Governor Brown and Republicans have once again reached an impasse. The suspension of negotiations casts doubt on a proposed special election to extend tax increases, a key feature of Brown’s budget proposal. In order to put the proposal before voters, support from two Republicans from the Assembly and two from the Senate is required. The LA Times reports that over...

Caltech & UCLA Boast Global Reputations, USC - Not So Much

Another study means another strong showing for California universities. The London-based Times Higher Education just released their first rankings of universities based on global reputations for research and teaching. The results are based on a survey of 13,388 academics in 131 countries.

Second Unflattering NPR Video Released, NPR & KCRW Respond

Just a day after NPR CEO Vivian Schiller was forced to resign following the release of a hidden camera video, James O'Keefe released a second video targeting Betsy Liley, NPR's Senior Director of Institutional Giving. In the 44-minute video below, Liley discusses the details of a potential $5 million gift with O'Keefe operative Simon Templar, who claims to represent a fake Muslim charity.

Meet The Candidates: Bernard Parks, Council District 8

To prepare for the upcoming March 8, 2011 elections, LAist has contacted each candidate on the City of L.A.'s Official Candidate List to participate in a Q&A. All candidates received the same set of questions, with the exception of West Hollywood city council candidates, who received a WeHo-specific list of questions. In this edition of "Meet the Candidates," we hear from Council District 8 Councilmember Bernard Parks

Meet The Candidates: Lindsey Horvath, West Hollywood City Council

To prepare for the upcoming March 8, 2011 elections, LAist has contacted each candidate on the City of L.A.'s Official Candidate List to participate in a Q&A. All candidates received the same set of questions, with the exception of West Hollywood city council candidates, who received a WeHo-specific list of questions. In this edition of "Meet the Candidates," we hear from West Hollywood City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath.

Meet The Candidates: John Heilman, West Hollywood City Council

To prepare for the upcoming March 8, 2011 elections, LAist has contacted each candidate on the City of L.A.'s Official Candidate List to participate in a Q&A. All candidates received the same set of questions, with the exception of West Hollywood city council candidates, who received a WeHo-specific list of questions. In this edition of "Meet the Candidates," we hear from West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman.

Meet The Candidates: Abbe Land, West Hollywood City Council

To prepare for the upcoming March 8, 2011 elections, LAist has contacted each candidate on the City of L.A.'s Official Candidate List to participate in a Q&A. All candidates received the same set of questions, with the exception of West Hollywood city council candidates, who received a WeHo-specific list of questions. In this edition of "Meet the Candidates," we hear from West Hollywood City Councilmember Abbe Land

Meet The Candidates: Mito Aviles, West Hollywood City Council

To prepare for the upcoming March 8, 2011 elections, LAist has contacted each candidate on the City of L.A.'s Official Candidate List to participate in a Q&A. All candidates received the same set of questions, with the exception of West Hollywood city council candidates, who received a WeHo-specific list of questions. In this edition of "Meet the Candidates," we hear from West Hollywood City Council candidate Mito Aviles.

Meet The Candidates: Scott Schmidt, West Hollywood City Council

To prepare for the upcoming March 8, 2011 elections, LAist has contacted each candidate on the City of L.A.'s Official Candidate List to participate in a Q&A. All candidates received the same set of questions, with the exception of West Hollywood city council candidates, who received a WeHo-specific list of questions. In this edition of "Meet the Candidates," we hear from West Hollywood City Council candidate Scott Schmidt (Facebook)

Meet The Candidates: Lucas John, West Hollywood City Council

To prepare for the upcoming March 8, 2011 elections, LAist has contacted each candidate on the City of L.A.'s Official Candidate List to participate in a Q&A. All candidates received the same set of questions, with the exception of West Hollywood city council candidates, who received a WeHo-specific list of questions. In this edition of "Meet the Candidates," we hear from West Hollywood City Council candidate Lucas John.

10 Lessons From the Annual Los Angeles Wild Mushroom Fair

Cooking demonstrations, guided walks, and children's activities were available to mushroom lovers at Arcadia's Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia last Saturday. Hundreds of attendees of all ages enjoyed a full day of activities at the 27th Annual Los Angeles Wild Mushroom Fair sponsored by the Los Angeles Mycological Society. The morning began with guided walks through the beautiful grounds of the Arboretum, where visitors could learn about a variety of mushrooms growing in the...

Governor's Budget Contains 'Ugly and 'Painful' Cuts for Angelenos

Labor leaders, business interests, and concerned citizens gathered downtown Tuesday afternoon to learn about how Governor Brown’s proposed budget will affect Los Angeles. The newly reinvigorated Horizon Institute gathered a diverse line-up of speakers to discuss how the budget could affect health and social services, redevelopment agencies, and criminal justice systems.

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