Results tagged “a Guest Blogger”

Film Review: 50 Years Later British Classic 'The Servant' Is Still Dizzying And Resonant

Fifty years after it was released, Joseph Losey's 'The Servant' is back in theaters in limited release with a sparkling digital restoration by StudioCanal.

Photos: Despite Early Wrap-Up, HARD Summer Fest 2013 Rocked

With impressively short lines, moderate temperatures and one of their best lineups to date, HARD Summer 2013 was one for the books.

Hollywood's Barnsdall Art Park Up for Grabs. Can a Public-Private Partnership Succeed?

It’s the first night of Aaron Donovan’s beginning still-life painting class at Barnsdall Art Center, an eclectic community art center on the southeast edge of Barnsdall Art Park in East Hollywood. Adult students arrive with canvases and brushes at the ready. One woman brings persimmons from her garden for the class to paint. Donovan is carefully placing the fruit on bright-colored plates as a middle-aged gentleman with a cell phone on his hip arrives. Donovan asks him if he’s a painter.

Photos/Review: Gorillaz @ Gibson Amphitheatre 10/27/10

“This is so much fun!” A sweaty Damon Albarn beamed from the crowded stage towards the end of the outrageously triumphant Gorillaz show at the Gibson Amphitheatre Wednesday night, surrounded by a mob of musicians including founding members of the Clash, Paul Simonon and Mick Jones. Given the rapturous response of the packed venue, he could have been speaking for a majority in attendance.

Fashion Week with a Twist: Live Drawing at Dr. Sketchy's

Summer may be over but not all of the fun is. This weekend hosts a special edition in the art of the anti-artist: Dr. Sketchy’s. On Saturday, October 16th, from 2 to 5 p.m., event goers can experience more than just fashion for fashion week. For those not familiar, Dr. Sketchy’s Los Angeles edition is a monthly event put on by Baby Tattoo that blends art, fashion, and oftentimes gratuitous nudity for local artists to practice life drawing.

Interview: Poet Doug Kearney, Author of 'The Black Automaton' and 'Fear, Some'

This Sunday and the next, poet Douglas Kearney presents a staged reading of his award wining poetry collection The Black Automaton. Kearney is renowned as much for his exciting, charismatic reading style as he is for his vivid craft on the page. I had a chance this week to catch up with him and ask about this very different poetry event, a mix of circus and oratory at Theater-Theater on Pico.

This Weekend: Fashion in LA

This year, LA Fashion Week is bringin' their A-game with nearly two weeks of fashion-related showcases, pop-up shops, salons, presentations and parties, happening from downtown all the way to the coast. When we think of Fashion Week, other major metropolitan cities like Milan, Paris, London, and NYC immediately come to mind.

Tom Morello To Perform in Los Angeles at the One Nation Event Tomorrow

Tom Morello If you follow filmmaker, writer, and activist Jason Pollock on Twitter, then you probably know he's all about getting involved and taking part in democracy (after all, he's the guy behind the documentary The Youngest Candidate). He approached us today and asked if he could share a post about an event tomorrow and we thought it was worth passing along. Thanks, Jason! One Nation Marches are taking place tomorrow all over America...

Checking in at Covell, Los Feliz's Newest Wine Bar

Having built it with his own two bartending hands, 30-year-old Oklahoma native Dustin Lancaster has created a polished yet rustic ambience he calls “flea market chic” with his new hit Los Feliz wine bar, Covell. On any given night, it is packed with locals, celebs, and those who have driven to Los Feliz exclusively to enjoy its latest hip, but attitude-free drinkin’ spot. Covell's momentum hasn't slowed since its July 2nd opening, with some patrons frequenting the delightful wine bar up to 4 times a week -- talk about alcoholism....er, I mean, customer loyalty.

Solar Waste Recycling: Can the Industry Stay Green?

Clean-tech firms seek to reuse a variety of rare, potentially toxic materials. New businesses emerge as manufacturers prepare for modules' end of life. In recent years the electronics industry has gained notoriety for creating an endless stream of disposable products that make their way at life’s end to developing countries...

Four Places or Four Hells? Drama Brings to Light Family Secrets

An uncomfortably familiar drama about navigating the minefield of family secrets, Four Places will extend its run in Theatre Theater through July 25. A West Coast premiere from playwright Joel Drake Johnson, Four Places invites the audience along as two adult children confront their septuagenarian mom about what happens behind closed doors when nobody else is home.

Taking Dreams to the Heights in L.A. Premiere of Broadway Favorite

A sassy amalgamation of New York street smarts and Latin soul with a little Spanglish thrown in for authenticity, In the Heights makes its Los Angeles premiere at the Pantages with a recently extended run through July 25. A Broadway favorite and winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best New Musical, In the Heights is a light-hearted examination of the hopes and dreams of a mostly Dominican Republic and Puerto Rican community in the upper Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights.

Preview: A Tribute to Dennis Hopper at Cinefamily

Cinefamily is presenting a retrospective of the late film and art legend Dennis Hopper at the Silent Movie Theatre this July. A series of screenings will pay tribute to both Hopper’s work as actor and director. Such rare gems like “The Last Movie” (showing July 31), Hopper’s underappreciated follow-up to “Easy Rider” (July 9), and “Mad Dog Morgan” (July 16), a seldom seen Australian cowboy flick from the seventies will be on display.

Review: CalArts Character Animation Producers Show

Last night, CalArts put on their annual Producers Show, showcasing some of the best work created by the school’s character animation students. CalArts has cultivated the premier program in animation and to watch this show is to glimpse the future of the field. Little wonder industry types and students alike packed the expansive Leonard H. Goldenson hall to catch the 24 shorts included on the bill.

Checking Out Antigua Coffee House at its New Cypress Park Location

It may not seem possible to read a review of yet another coffee shop on the eastern end of Los Angeles and find something you have not already read a couple of dozen times. Yet somehow there is something new to read because Antigua Coffee House is not just another place to get a caffeine fix. Sure it has amazing coffees, which they roast themselves, teas, and smoothies with a Mayan flavor (they come in three sizes, ce, ome, and yei) and an awesome selection of muffins, biscotti, cakes, and other baked goods.

You Rise, They Shine… Breakfast on Santa Monica’s Montana Ave.

In a town filled with people who “work from home,” “work the dinner shift,” enjoy expensive expensed breakfast “meetings,” or simply “don’t work,” you’d think that, like coffee shops, breakfast spots would be one of the most popular eateries to open. Sure there are great places around town in random locations with zero atmosphere aside from the amassed a.m. crowd lingering outside for a table. But come on, LA is the place to see and be seen--right?

Theater Review: Richard Montoya and Culture Clash’s ‘Palestine, New Mexico’ at the Mark Taper Forum

As you might have read, we are stepping out to hear Wagner’s Ring Cycle reprised at the LA Opera House sometime during its run this spring, because it’s easy for non-actors and non-drama majors (known also as regular people) to forget where the Hollywood green screen got its start. Which is also why we attended the new play from Culture Clash, ‘Palestine, New Mexico’ by famed Latino playwright Richard Montoya and directed by Lisa Peterson.

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A Welcome Addition to Manhattan Beach: Mr. Cecil's California Ribs

Who is Selig? The young European immigrant was called Seelegs (Sea Legs?), Felix, Skeezix, and Cecil by fellow studio employees who had difficulty pronouncing or remembering Selig Burrows’ name. Later showing respect for his increasing age and position he became ‘Mr. Cecil’. That name graces his producer/director son’s Rib joints. The third and latest is a very welcome addition to Manhattan Beach, especially the night scene. Open until 2am Thurs-Sat, Cecil’s gives the bar...

A Vision of Empowerment & an 'Exit from Homelessness' for L.A. Families

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times claims that the rate of homelessness in L.A. County has dropped 38% since 2007. Despite the somewhat promising numbers, Los Angeles continues to sustain the largest homeless population in the United States, along with the unfortunate status as “homelessness capital” of the country. In the face of this dire situation stands a robust little warrior, the two-year-old non-profit organization Imagine LA, whose central idea is to match each of the 8,000 homeless families in Los Angeles with one of its 8,000 faith communities.

What Would Don Draper Tweet?: Ad Man Integrates Social Media Into Coursework

If “Mad Men” has taught us anything, it’s that advertising is all about the client and the product. But a “Mad Man” for the technology age urges ad firms to put the Don Draper era behind them and consider the consumer in a new manner: through the lens and the interactive venue of today’s social media tools.

James Ellroy in the Spotlight at Zócalo Tonight

If he does say so himself, LA’s own iconic chronicler of 20th century American crime James Ellroy has just published his “ultimate masterpiece." Following American Tabloid (1995) and The Cold Six Thousand (2001), Blood’s a Rover completes Ellroy’s “Underworld USA” trilogy of novels exploring the dark side of the dark side of our country’s political madness circa 1958-1972.

Review: Dexter Dalwood at Gagosian Gallery

In his new series of paintings, Endless Night, on display at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills through November 7th, British artist Dexter Dalwood continues to draw from celebrity and pop culture in his depiction of famous suicides and deaths, both from reality and fiction. With less detail and looser bush work than found in works like Kurt Cobain’s Greenhouse or the Ophelia-referencing Sunny Von Bulow, the paintings included in Endless Night tend towards larger fields of color, flat perspectives and some cartoonish detailing in the vein of Philip Guston.

Interview: Kevin West Talks about Blogging, Canning and Saving the Season

Looking for Mason jars at Target a few weeks ago in preparation for batches of preserved lemons, homemade yogurt, jam and pickled beets, a number of employees responded with blank looks when I asked where to find canning jars. This temporarily led me to believe that canning was a foreign concept in farmers’ market and Whole Foods-laden Los Angeles, work best done by Midwestern grandmothers still influenced by Depression-era frugality. But Angelino Kevin West’s blog Saving the Season makes it very clear that canning is still a relevant and if not strictly necessary than undoubtedly delicious means of preparing food.

Where the Boys Are: the 5 Gayest Beaches in Southern California

As many Americans are preparing to bid adieu to the season with Labor Day weekend, those of us lucky enough to live in this part of the country have several more weeks of warm weather to frolic in. Even so, there are some of you who have thought, “I should go to the beach this summer” and it’s still not too late. With the holiday weekend around the corner, we at LAist figured that you same-sex loving guys out there would appreciate info on where gaze upon gym-toned bods without fear (Lady-loving ladies, we’re open to a similar post just for you).

Os Mutantes: 'Haih or Bara`una'

If you are already familiar with the music of Os Mutantes, the Brazilian Tropicalia band, you will be very pleased to know that Sérgio Dias Baptista has again unleashed his eclectic sensibilities in sound, instrumentation, music and themes to produce an album, Mutantes' first new music in 35 years, that fits like a velvet glove around the throat of today's cultural, political and economic necrophilia. And if you aren't, imagine an alternate universe in which Devendra Banhart, Frank Zappa and Tom Waits join Sérgio Mendes for a drink, then invite Sinead O'Connor and Lani Hall over to join them, and they decide to write music that will make everyone want to dance while they paint murals representing peace, love and justice on the government buildings. Something like that, anyway.

You Going? Free Outdoor Music in MacArthur Park 5 Nights a Week

One of the most eclectic and lively musical venues in Los Angeles is probably one of the least known. In the north-west corner of MacArthur Park is Levitt Pavilion, a band shell built at the bottom of what was 100 years ago a reservoir and now whose banks now form a natural amphitheater. Over the last three summers the Levitt Family Foundation has funded perhaps the most exciting and diverse musical programs at here. Every Wednesday through Sunday concerts of every imaginable type of music .

Brew Haw Haw 2009: Can You Think of a Better Reason to Drink?

The second annual Brew Haw Haw last Saturday attracted a medium-sized but lively (not rowdy) crowd 'Drinking for a Good Cause' to benefit of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It was nice to not have to wait in big lines for the food or beverages as the weather wasn't as blisteringly hot as last last year or days just prior.

LAPD Questioned About Treatment of Cyclists

After being no-shows at last week’s Transportation Committee meeting, LAPD appeared before councilmembers and cyclists yesterday, only to be met by harsh criticism for their “distinct bias towards bicyclists” and their response to a hit-and-run accident in late April in which a Hummer sideswiped a rider in downtown L.A. At the meeting, cyclists were “deeply disappointed” and scoffed at the conflicting details police gave regarding the incident.

Good Grocery Stores Have Wine Bars

When the new Whole Foods that opened in Venice, I figured it would be like the other Whole Foods. Cramped. Packed. Expensive. Sometimes worth going to but an endurance. This Whole Foods is different in that it is gigantic (see the photo below) and even has clothing. That is all fine and good, but you can buy food and clothes many places.

City Panel Explores the Idea of Banning Bicycle Sidewalk Riding

Bicyclists quickly shot down the city’s idea of possibly making it illegal to ride on sidewalks. During the Transportation Committee meeting last Wednesday, advocates said changing the vehicular code won’t ensure that all cyclists will be aware of the law. Instead, the city should develop safety education programs to inform casual or less experienced riders of the dangers posed by cycling on sidewalks.

What's Next for Bicycle Licenses? City Panel Discusses

Although City Council repealed the bicycle license law earlier this month, the issue continued to be a point of discussion between officials and bike advocates. At the Transportation Committee meeting earlier this week, some cyclists said they don’t completely oppose a licensing program, but they would like to see a more efficient and easier process that would be “voluntary.”

City's Bicycle Plan is 'Flawed,' Cyclists tell Transit Panel

At the Transportation Committee yesterday, the city presented its Bicycle Plan proposal, which maps potential fixes to L.A.’s streets to make riding easier and safer for cyclists. The verdict? “Flawed,” pretty embarrassing” and an “egregious waste of money” were among some of the comments from bike and community advocates, Sierra Club members and neighborhood councilmembers. “No matter what people tell you, we are not involved in the process,” said bike activist Stephen Box, who also commented on several other items discussed at the meeting. “I’m calling on you to…call it dead,” he told Transportation Committee Councilmembers Wendy Greuel and Bill Rosendahl.

Marionette Theatre Now a Cultural Landmark

L.A.'s master of puppets officially became a part of history as the Bob Baker Marionette Theatre was declared an historic cultural monument by the city of Los Angeles yesterday. "At age 85, he’s still the star of his company," Steve Meltzer, president of the L.A. Guild of Puppetry, told the LA Times. "There are performances where his presence is requested.”

LAist Interview: Liz Devin of the Andy Lecompte Salon on The Brazilian Blowout

By Gareen Darakjian Apparently, “smooth” is a way of life for Brazilians as evidenced by their two most significant contributions to the aesthetics industry. Unlike its more painful counterpart, the Brazilian Blowout, developed by celebrity stylist and native Sao Paoloan Mauricio Ribeiro, is a virtually painless chemical straightening and de-frizzing process that actually improves the condition of your hair. The single application treatment offers an alternative to more caustic and inconvenient hair straightening such as...

Standout Wines from the Shade Wine Tasting

Photo by Elise Thompson for LAist By Greg Thompson, Exclusive to LAist The Shade event last Sunday at Shade saw over 50 medium to large and boutique wineries poured some their best selections, many not usually seen at these events! There were too many to review, or even list, but standouts included Acacia. BV, Cambria, Chappelet, La Crema, and Plumpjack. It was a classy touch having Fiji bottled water available Organic wines were popular,...

Interview: UB40's Saxophonist, Brian Travers

Music of the 80’s ushered in groups like Roxy Music, Sex Pistols and UB40 that gave us “Red, Red Wine” and “If It Happens Again.” Saxophonist Brian Travers has been to UB40 to that of Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen’ Band or Roxy’s Music Andy Mackay and whether listening to UB40 debut album “Signing Off” or 2009 compilation album “Love Songs,” its musical odyssey has been surreal to that of Salvador Dali, dada to that of Hugo Ball, and neoclassical to that of Nicolas Poussin. He spoke to us about the history, longevity and musical legacy of the band as he prepared for Thursday night concert at the Sunset Strip House of Blues.

Interview: Michael Salerno on this Weekend's Brewery Art Walk

Michael Salerno By Daood Obaid, Special to LAist The Brewery Artwalk, now in its 27th year taking place this weekend, is a twice annual open studio event at the world’s largest art colony with over 150 resident artists participating. During the event, you will have the opportunity to see new works, discover new favorites, and speak with the artists and purchase work directly from the artists at studio prices. Michael Salerno is an artist...

LAist Goes Shopping: New High (M)art in Chinatown Showcases One-of-a-Kind Objects from Around the World

Story by Gareen Darakjian, Special to LAist Renewable energy is a phrase that has been dancing on everyone’s lips these days. Its physical (and metaphorical) incarnation, however, has taken the form of a super funky retail store in Chinatown - New High (M)art - where fashion and art are displayed gallery-style in thematic exhibits that owners Miho Ikeda and James “T-RIK” Brewer curate. The 6-9 week long high concept installations called “store moments” allow for...

Where to get Your Super Trendy Drinks These Days

New style dirty martini with brine foam and sphericated olive | Photo by John Oliver The recent opening of the SLS Hotel on La Cienega added another super-trendy bar and restaurant to the scene in Los Angeles. Although the under-age Chris Brown hung out there until about 3 a.m. a week after the Rihanna incident, it hasn't turned into one of the celebrity charade bars (at least not yet). So, what is it like?...

Meet Clara Shih, Author of 'The Facebook Era'

Clara Shih debuted her new book, The Facebook Era, last week at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco. We caught up with her to her talk about the conference, social media and the book, which delves into how social media tools are changing people's behavior, expectations, and relationships. Other Interviews at the Web 2.0: - Lucian Tarnowski on Getting Jobs through Social Media - Asya Shein of Fusicology - Dr. Natalie Petouhoff, Customer...

Design a T-Shirt, Get $2500: An Interview with Jeffrey Kalmikoff of Threadless

Jeffrey Kalmikoff is a partner and the Chief Creative Officer at Threadless/skinnyCorp, the Chicago based site that let's everyone submit t-shirt designs--if you're chosen, you get $2,500. Over at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco last week, we met up with Kalmikoff who gave us the low down on his company, building customer trust and his views on communities motivated by passion instead of profits. You can find him on Twitter at @jeffrey...

Interview: Lucian Tarnowski on Geting a Job Through Social Media

Last week at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, we met up with Lucian Tarnowski (his Twitter is @luciantarnowski), the founder and CEO of BraveNewTalent.com. The social media and youth leadership evangelist speaks to us about the ambitious new project that is inspired by Obama's social media campaign. Other Interviews at the Web 2.0: - Asya Shein of Fusicology - Dr. Natalie Petouhoff, Customer Service and Social Media Consultant - William Marc Salsberry,...

Meet LA Tech Photographer, William Marc Salsberry

We met up with local photographer William Marc Salsberry at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco last week and asked what he feels is the difference between the technology scenes in Los Angeles and San Francisco and about his photography work. As he mentions in the video, his Twitter is @wmmarc and his work can be found on his Flickr page. Other Interviews at the Web 2.0: - Alexia Tsotsis of LA Weekly...

Two Great Cheap Eats in Monterey Park

By John Oliver, Special to LAist It's time to eat and the place to be is Monterey Park. Over a couple visits to the San Gabriel Valley city, we tried two excellent restaurants that had very flavorful food at very economical prices. First was Lucky City (415 W. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park), which is easy to get to from I-10. There is ample parking and although reviews have said the service is brusque, it really...

Meet Dr. Natalie Petouhoff, Customer Service & Social Media Consultant

Up at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco last week, we met Dr. Natalie Petouhoff, a Los Angeles based Senior Analyst at Forrester Research. She has a lot of good ideas regarding how social media is changing the world of customer service, and for good, too. After all, a customer can ruin your brand in seconds these days. "Customer service is the new sales," she said in the interview. "If you don't get...

Meet Asya Shein of Fusicology

Asya Shein is the founder and owner of the locally owned website Fusicology, which focuses on progressive music and culture through events and content in 18--soon to be 22--cities around the North America. Over at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco last week, we learned about her website and asked her what we've been asking everyone--what's the difference between the Los Angeles and San Francisco tech scenes? Other Interviews at the Web 2.0:...

Meet Alexia Tsotsis, LA Weekly's Tech Reporter

SF and LA Weekly's tech and business reporter Alexia Tsotsis is up here with us at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco. She talks to us about the difference between the tech scenes in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, what she's covering for her readers and what the heck Web 2.0 is and where it's going. By Mark Dienger, Special to LAist...

Catching up with Sean Percival, LA Tech Blogger, at Web 2.0

We bumped into Sean Percival, founder of lalawag, at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco and here is what he had to say about the conference and the possible next step for the web's future. By Mark Dienger, Special to LAist...

Meet Mike Prasad, Kogi BBQ's Twitter Master and CEO of Girl Gamer

Here at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, lots of Los Angeles based web entrepreneurs are here for the annual and popular--although less attended this year--event. Here is Mike Prasad, who just launched GirlGamer.com. He's also the brand/social media guy for the all popular Kogi BBQ and is head of tech for the exclusive Black Card Circle. Earlier, we interviewed Sean Percival. By Mark Dienger, Special to LAist...

A Scavenger Hunt throughout all of Los Angeles

Scavenger contestants celebrate at the end of the day | Photo by Mark Dienger By Mark Dienger, Special to LAist In the never-ending quest to find fun things to occupy my weekends, a friend turned us on to Race/LA They organize a number of events from urban scavenger hunts to a simulated leg of the "Amazing Race." Having personally participated in two Race/LA events (one CityRace and a special one-off event called "The Quest"),...

Interview: Alicia Estrada, Founder and Head Designer of Stop Staring!

A model shows off some Alicia Estrada designs By Gareen Darakjian, Special to LAist Now that the future is looking grim, maybe embracing the past isn’t such a bad idea. While fashionistas look to ultramodern silhouettes for inspiration, Stop Staring! founder and head designer Alicia Estrada sees her visions in black and white. With a retro sensibility stitched through every piece, the vintage-inspired label which launched in 1996 samples from every era starting with...

Oh Crap. My Parents Joined Facebook: Meet the Local Ladies Behind The Hilarious New Website

Guest Blogger Esther D. Kustanowitz is a freelance writer and creative consultant who recently relocated from New York to Los Angeles. She wears a lot of sunblock, and blogs at My Urban Kvetch and JDaters Anonymous, among other places. Imagine you threw a party and invited all your friends. You’re goofing around, taking silly pictures, totally having a great time. And then your parents walk in…not to bust you, but to join the party....

CRANK Mob, the Hedonistic Bacchanal, Don’t Hold Anything Back, Screaming, Drinking, Smoking, Screw Everybody Else, Bike Ride around Los Angeles.

Guest writer Teddy Leshnick often rides with the part-time fun, part-time rebellion group Crank Mob. Last Saturday, he and photographer Nathan Nowack took to the streets on the ride and took note of what they observed. A typical CRANK is a party on wheels, where the participants visit various parks and supermarkets around West L.A. downing booze and causing a ruckus. Last Saturday was the monthly bike mob, where hardcore commuter cyclists on tall bikes,...

Interview: Biagio Black, POP Goes the Easel

Photo courtesy of Biagio Black. By Gareen Darakjian, Special to LAist Biagio Black is quite possibly the luckiest son-of-a-gun in LA. He struck gold soon after earning his BS in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union as the creator/designer of one of the most successful online games to date, an accomplishment which contributed to his various projects in the digital as well as fashion realm. He then started his own new media studio and...

Max's in Glendale: For Filling Up on Filipino Food

Post and photos by Michael Ngim for LAist Max's in Glendale is that type of establishment where the "locals" go for real authentic food. From the outside, the restaurant resembles a log cabin that should be in the middle of a forest and not across the street from the Glendale Galleria. The inside is full of Filipinos satisfying a craving for familiar food. I went with a friend who is no stranger to Max's; she...

What is the Sound of Walt Disney Turning in His Grave?

The It’s a Small World attraction has Disneyland’s most annoying song, yes, but also its most enlightened message. Originally created by Disney artist Mary Blair for the 1964 World’s Fair, the ride partnered with UNICEF to make a statement about shared humanity using images of doll children around the world. Created at the height of the Cold War, it was refreshingly free of both political posturing and Disney product placement. But no more. Today,...

New to West Hollywood: Food + Lab Cafe and Marketplace

Anyone who lives on or just off Santa Monica Blvd between the streets of Fairfax and La Brea knows great joy and equally great frustration. It is a tremendous area to live in, centrally located, rent controlled West Hollywood, quiet side streets, a plethora of parks and supermarkets and even the honest to goodness one up on Wal-Mart, Target. But while Melrose to the south and Sunset to the north flourish with cafe's, restaurants and...

Lanes Open on Sluggish 405 Construction

Photo by California CPA via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr With no fanfare, last week Caltrans opened lanes and onramps that had been off-limits during the 405 Freeway’s lengthy construction through Culver City (.pdf). Barriers were removed on the Culver Boulevard onramp and on new right-hand lanes, all part of the expansion to make way for High Occupancy Vehicle (you know, car-pool) lanes in the center of the freeway. At one point, construction, which...

Finally, Some Prop 8 Leaders Who Aren't Afraid of a Little Fight

Back in October, the Yes on 8 "people" challenged California's Superintendent of Schools, Jack O'Connell, to a debate about gay marriage. According to Yes, even the remotest possibility of learning anything about gay marriage is harmful to children. Nothing hateful about that! Anyway, the No side refused to debate. In fact, not only did (self-described) Campaign Manager Steve Smith hide from the debate, but his response was obscured from public view in a hard-to-find...

What Kind of Green is Hollywood Really Interested in?

Photo by Hot Meteor via Flickr In recent weeks, Los Angeles seems to be the "it" city when it comes to becoming eco-friendly. First, Gov. Schwarzenegger held the Global Climate Summit in Beverly Hills. Shortly thereafter, Mayor Villarigosa announced plans for Solar LA in his continued effort under GREEN LA. And then, earlier this week, iHollywood Forum hosted "Hollywood Goes Green", inviting industry and advertising personnel to attend and learn what has been done,...

A Series of Explosions Puzzle Officials in Canoga Park

A series of explosions rocked the residences of Canoga Park, within a block of the intersection of Jordan Avenue and Saticoy Street Monday night. There were three explosions heard at 7:30, 9:30, and 11:30 p.m. The Los Angeles Fire Department was on the scene twice canvasing streets, looking for fires and smoke. The firemen on scene reported no fire, and no damage. When we went to look later ourselves, we found a blast mark and...

Man Goes to ATM, Gets Shot at, has Car Stolen

A family of four were irate and shaken last night after one of them had his car stolen after being shot at a Washington Mutual bank branch, on the corner of Sherman Way and Vassar Avenue in Canoga Park. Kami, a resident of the area, said he was approached at the bank's street-front ATM by a man holding a gun demanding money. When Kami explained that he was only checking his account to confirm that...

Air Quality in Long Beach, Chemicals in Beverly Hills are a Concern for Schools

In probably the most comprehensive study of its kind, a series from USA Today--The Smokestake Effect: Toxic Air and America's Schools--pinpoints toxic hotspots near schools in over 34 states. Working with the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, they looked at over 127,000 public, private and parochial schools, ranking them by air quality. Thirteen thousand schools across California were involved, with 3,266 schools residing in Los Angeles County. The worst school? Stephens Middle School in Long...

Climate Changes, the Colorado River & LA's Water Supply

Colorado River's Horseshoe Bend | Photo by Matt York/AP Los Angeles is in a drought. Without more rainfall, this city will be starting rationing very soon. New data was released today about our water shortage: Seven Western states will face more water shortages in the years ahead as climate change exacerbates the strains drought and a growing population have put on the Colorado River, scientists say. Without fundamental shifts in water management, the result...

5 Tips For An Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving

Marc Sahara of The Inconvenient Bag at a California Green TV filming. The episode airs on Thanksgiving Day at 8:30PM on KCET (left to right: Marc Eco, Huell Howser, World Famous Artist Greg Pnut Galinsky & Morgan Pharoh - VP of The Inconvenient Bag). Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for the challenges we have met thus far, and to be at peace knowing that people are becoming more open to our green...

Governor Scwharzenegger: Environmental Villain or Hero?

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was named the villainous winner of the 2008 Heroes & Villains Face-Off in the just-released Holiday issue of Field & Stream magazine. His faults were closing state recreation areas in the midst of budget cuts while taking away funding for steelhead and salmon restorations. Then again, the magazine also named Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as a hero for being an active hunter and fisherman. But we saw the other side of Schwarzenegger...

Ready, Set Vote: Preparing for Election Day

Photo by tom.arthur via Flickr Dean C. Logan is the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk for LA County and has released this basic, but helpful op-ed. Although he has a controversial past in his previous post in Washington state, LAist has found Logan to be one of the most accessible politically appointed officials in the region. He and his office are easy to work with, return calls (he makes most of them) and is always looking to make...

LAist Interview: Teresa Wang of Roots of Equality

LAist reader Kristi Nicole who blogs at Pico and the Man had a chance to interview Teresa Wang from Roots of Equality about this Sunday's rally that will include specials guests such as Chastity Bono and Robin Tyler and Diane Olson, the couple whose court case paved the path for legal gay marriage in California. Here's what she learned... Tell me about Roots of Equality, whose idea was it and how did you guys...

Celebrate Halloween and other Festivals this Weekend

Believe it or not, Halloween's right around the corner. Isn't that right Mr. Bones? / Photo by Atwater Village Newbie via LAist's flickr pool. by Mindy Magaña It's almost the end of October in LA LA land and we know you're counting down the days until Halloween! Here are some festivals to help you prep for the Great Pumpkin's arrival: Enjoy the last night of Diwali 2008. The Indian New Year Festival of Lights...

The Ting Tings and Santogold @ The Wiltern on 10/14

While The Ting Tings were headlining the Wiltern Tuesday night, LAist left the multi-act show being mesmerized by Santogold, the funky lady-pro from Philly who stole the show. Three preceding acts were all in enjoyable in their own right: LA-based Low v. Diamond, who were definitely worth showing up early for; Alice White, whose soulful croonings stirred the growing cattle crowd; and indie-pop's married twosome, Mates of State. But after these great opening acts,...

LAist Festival Watch Continues

We want to make sure you pack your schedule with as many cool events as possible this October...so here's a few festival picks for this weekend. PasadenART Head down the 134 and cultcha yourself at this cleverly named event...you get to see Pasadena + Art. The three-day event kicks off this Friday with 'Art Night' where 11 museums in the area open their doors after hours, free to the public. The weekend includes live rock,...

Olin & The Moon, Sept. Residents at Tangier

September is here, which means a slew of great residencies around town are launching their first week. That's right, people. Rock shows for free! What a magical concept. In a town where there are so many great acts to go and see the LAist will try and guide you through the best of the best. This week we're featuring Olin and the Moon an amazing up and coming local alt-country act. Blending classic gritty country...

Photos from the Long Beach Blues Festival

Photos and post by Matt Cohen Thousands of die-hard fans packed Rainbow Lagoon Park on Saturday and Sunday for the 29th Annual Long Beach Blues Festival. Blues lovers were treated to performances by legends Chuck Berry, Taj Mahal, Pinetop Perkins, and other headliners on the main stage, while local favorites Johnny Mastro & The Mama's Boys, The Average Johnsons and The Robert Francis Band and more kept the vibe alive on the second stage....

Checking Out Bar Pintxo in Santa Monica

Submitted by Brooke Burton/Food Woolf Bar Pintxo, the Spanish love child of Chef Joe Miller (of Joe's in Venice) offers tapas and main courses just seconds away from the beach. With the help of a few glasses of crisp Spanish wine (try a zesty Albarino or a salty Txakolina by the glass), a plate of grilled whole shrimp in a rustic, garlic and citrus sauce (gambas al ajillo) or lamb chops in a chorizo crust...

Meeting up with Saint Motel

Saint Motel plays at Spaceland tonight | Photo by skampy via Flickr It is not often you see a gaming trophy being hoisted onto the stage of the Viper Room. Staring deep into the eyes of a dead deer, I asked the young man standing in front of me again, "You said you shot this yourself?" Lead singer A/J Jackson just smiled at me and joined his band mates, lugging some small trees on...

Shopping at the Bangkok Market

LA is the home of the strip mall. You can't go more than a two blocks without finding a slab of concrete sprinkled with a mash-up of unrelated storefronts and an ethnic restaurant that delivers its country's culinary traditions in Styrofoam and plastic containers. For the person whose recycling container holds more to-go containers than grocery bags, there will always be another Los Angeles strip mall ethnic restaurant to try. But for those of us...

The RX Bandits of Long Beach

Photo by Emily Ibarra via RX Bandits' MySpace The RX Bandits, everybody's favorite progressive/reggae/rock band from Long Beach, are back in town. Playing two nights at the Troubadour, this is the perfect opportunity to whip out your dancing shoes and skank your way onto the dance floor. Their explosive live show will blow you away. I first saw them when I was sixteen and haven't gotten over it since. We caught up with Steve...

Warped Tour: An Assault on the Senses Sure to Leave Lasting Memories

Going to the Warped Tour is kinda like a combination between going to Disneyland and Las Vegas in the same day. A crowd of people, young and old converged upon Home Depot Center in Carson for the final show of the tour then scattered in all directions once the gates opened. The choices included watching a live band at one of nine stages or visiting one of many swap meet style vendor booths to buy...

Celebrate National Rum Day Every Day

Saturday may have been the official National Rum Day, but who says we can't celebrate whenever the hell we want (and who gets to make up these national days? Do these people get paid? How do I get that job?)? So, in celebration, we propose you consider making the seriously delicious and easy drink, the Dark and Stormy. Thought to originate from the sea-faring shores of New England, this cocktail is a mixture of spicy...

Starry Decisis: LAX Confidential

In the days before 9/11, the biggest hassle in airport travel was having to turn down the pleas of the old women in nurses costumes standing by the escalators. Now, after 9/11, the fake nurses are still there, but they move down the long security lines that line the curbs. In this age of strict airport regulation, it's surprising that airport solicitors and proselytizers didn't get the steel-toed boot a long time ago. Instead,...

Starry Decisis: Our Bodies, Our Cells

As anyone who's seen Doc Hollywood knows, Los Angeles has a fairly secure footing in the medical community, or at least the cosmetical medical community. The city is also home to one of the world's premiere research hospitals, the UCLA Medical Center, which recently benefited from a $200 million donation by David Geffen. Last year, the hospital suffered a PR blow when one of the workers in its morgue was arrested for selling body...

Starry Decisis: The Ex Files

Cynics of the world will not be surprised to find out that divorce became a whole lot easier thanks to a Los Angeles case. Citizens of this city of exes have a bad rap for treating marriage like, well, a bad wrap - chucking it easily into the nearest trash can. Yet, the legal decision that makes divorce doable evinces nothing but the highest respect for institution of marriage. It's a case worth revisiting,...

Starry Decisis: Los Angeles's Lusty Legal History

This column is the first in a series of articles on important Supreme Court cases that have developed out of events in Los Angeles. "Stare Decisis" is the guiding principle of the American legal system - the court should "let the decision stand" and respect precedent for the sake of the rule of law. Even though it is known for shaping American pop culture, Los Angeles has shaped American legal culture in more ways...

Yahoo! Picked LAist

We're proud to announce that LAist was a Yahoo! Pick of the Day last week! We hope any new readers enjoy our take on life in LA......

Letter from the Publisher

Today marks the beginning of public beta for LAist.com. If all goes well, after a week or so we'll take off the beta label and launch the site officially. We're thrilled to be bringing the Gothamist brand of optimistic, city-centric blogging to the West Coast. Los Angeles means a lot to Gothamist- in fact, we're moving the whole Gothamist operation over to LA for two weeks in August, when one of us will be getting...

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