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Chris Hardwick: Nerdism For Fun and Profit

Chris Hardwick is a nerd. He humbly embraces this now, and he’s happier for it. The trick was to align his career with his passions -- even if they’re frowned upon by jocks. The comic/writer/TV personality has a deep affection for science, technology, and his love affair with “Dungeons and Dragons” is in its third decade. While Hardwick isn’t the type of nerd whose busted eyeglasses are fastened with Scotch tape, when meeting with LAist he sported mismatched shoes -- one sneaker, and a blue soft cast.

Midnight Movie: The Wide World of Auto-Tuned Sports

First "Rap Chop," then "Jam Wow," and now "Press Hop." Thank you mad-mashup-genius Steve Porter....

'Electric Daisy Carnival' Set Times Announced

Taking place this Friday and Saturday is the Electric Daisy Carnival, a mega-rave on steroids, or "EDC" if you're in-the-know. USC's football team has been kind enough to take the day off and provide the Coliseum for the bash's main sage, the Kinetic Field. The rest of the stages will be spread around the Exposition Park grounds. A map of the grounds can be found on the EDC website. Remember kiddies, drink lots and lots of water and stay away from the brown acid.

Recession Obsession: Thai Town's Ruen Pair

Thai Town is priced perfectly for our sorry pocketbooks. We know this. One such standout is Ruen Pair, a restaurant LAist visited for our "Thai One On" series. It was both inexpensive and fantastic in '07, and that hasn't changed for '09. The only difference is a sharp coat of paint. Of course it's LAist's latest Recession Obsession.

Meet James Zabiela: Not Your Average Superstar DJ

James Zabiela’s first visit to Los Angeles in 2002 was intense. Trotting the globe with one of its most in-demand DJs, his job was to make 2,000 Sasha fans loose their minds. Thanks to the 21 year-old Zabiela, that’s exactly what happened at the sold-out Mayan Theater.

'Electric Daisy Carnival' Could Feature 200,000 Dancing Feet

Insomniac's events have made people dance through their bedtimes since 1993. Never have they made insomniacs out of 100,000. That’s the goal for this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival, their largest annual event. Seas of people will dance away their economic woes in what should be the largest electronic dance music festival this city has ever seen.

Midnight Movie: New Order Hassels The Hoff

In 1993, New Order performed "Regret" for BBC TV. Of course, that performance featured a cameo from Baywatcher David Hasselhoff, working hard, guarding his beloved Los Angeles County coast. Note that, in this video, no one drowned....

Joe Torre Goes A Few Innings With Conan O'Brien

Dodgers Skipper Joe Torre, not yet done promoting his Yankee tell-almost-all, stopped by Universal City on Monday to visit another New York City transplant. As Conan mentions at the top of the video, the Dodgers have the best record in baseball right now. Hopefully we'll all get to say that in October....

Recession Obsession: Going Greek at Papa Cristo's

Some know my friend Jimmy as Jimmy The Greek. He’s a spanakopita snob, knows the name of that building on Yanni’s album cover, and could write a guidebook on the nightclubs of Mykonos. He’s pretty damn Greek. This, Brooklyn-bred, first-generation said that the best Greek food in Los Angeles can be found at Papa Cristo’s.

Kobe Bryant Continues Victory Parade To Conan's Couch

CoCo's doing a nice job taking advantage of his new couch's proximity to our city's best and brighest. Dodgers skipper Joe Torre appeared early in the week, and last night he brought on the NBA Finals MVP for two segments. Part two appears after the jump......

Spotted In Hermosa Beach: What The Cluck?

If "Smokey and The Bandit" featured Colonel Sanders .... He seems to call The Chicken Shack home. We hear their Peruvian chicken is pretty tasty too. FYI: LAist loves Peruvian chicken. Photo by Caleb Bacon (Twitter) for LAist...

Video Of The Day: UCLA Undie Running

UCLA's end of term, near-nude right-of-passage, The Undie Run (mucho LAist coverage) went off this week. In this video, the stripped-down co-eds can be seen jogging in fleshy unison, like a Discovery Channel special on the salmon migration. LA Times reporter, and LAist contributor, Adam Rose, doing his best Melissa Rivers, wondered "who are you wearing?" An anonymous source told LAist that only one intoxicated person attended this event. However, that party-fouler does not...

Recession Obsession: Randy's Donuts

Growing up on the East Coast I recognized early in life that doughnut culture orbited around the sugary planet called “Dunkin Donuts.” Some of my earliest memories were commercials featuring a gentlemen (who resembled both Super Mario and Hitler) who would exclaim softly through a grin, “it’s time to make the donuts.” Los Angeles didn't seem to have an equivalent character, nor a universally agreed upon doughnut hub. I observed the undiscerning masses finding satisfaction in the city's numerous, tiny independent doughnut shops (whose wares looked to all have rolled off the same assembly line in Palmdale.) But it didn’t take long to figure out that the most prominent doughnut in LA was three stories tall and stale as hell (see picture above.)

Manny Ramirez Claims He's Not A Murdering Rapist

With the recent megasuspension of Dodgers superslugger Manny Ramirez, every American has been wondering: "is Manny Ramirez a murdering rapist?" Speaking publicly yesterday, for the first time in over a month, Ramirez put that to bed, reports MLB.com. "I didn't kill nobody, I didn't rape nobody," said the man with the surprise vacation. "That's it." That really must be it, as Ramirez didn't address his 50 game suspension in a way that got anyone...

DJ Shadow: The Ultimate DJ Hero at E3

It's rare for a DJ to play the Hollywood Bowl. It's even rarer for a DJ to play such a set exclusively of 7" 45s. That sold out show was DJ Shadow and fellow turntable-freak Cut Chemist. Shadow, born Josh Davis, can do things on the wheels of steel that forces other jocks to take notice. As a music maker, he's blended hip-hip, downtempo, soul, jazz into classic works that can only be labeled "great."...

Recession Obsession: El Gran Burrito

A Recession Obsession is, 1) a meal so great that it sticks in your mind long after digestion's end, and, 2) plays nice with your sensitive wallet. Is there a better place than Los Angeles to eat a wide variety of amazing food that happens to be inexpensive? Probably not. We're as lucky as we are well fed. We last obsessed over this series' Greatest Food Hits and Thai Town 2.0's Krua Thai. Today, we obsess...

Martin Landsky Unites Techno And Sunshine

“Martin Landsky is a true jack of all trades,” said Droog’s Andrei Osyka, of the globetrotting DJ/producer/remixer from Berlin. “His music’s equally inspired by deep house and techno, as well as wedded to the timeless and of-the-moment.”

Photo Essay: May Nightlife Redux

After spending a month on Deadmau5 tour bus, LA nightlife photographer Drew "Rukes" Ressler returned home to shoot May's nocturnal action. He paid a visit to his friend Daisy De La Hoya (Wikipedia says that's not her real name,) whose "Rock of Love" reality spinoff, "Daisy Of Love" can be seen on VH1. Rukes' pal Deadmau5 returned to Los Angeles for a soldout gig at the new-and-improved Palladium, and a near-gig at Santa Monica's Apple store. Thanks to a too-large crowd, the gig never happened, much to their chagrin. He also stopped by Giant's Anaheim outpost, Red, where a few star jocks rocked The O.C., and caught rockers Last Exit at Dragonfly.

Welcome To Los Angeles, Conan O'Brien!

Conan O'Brien isn't only The Tonight Show's new host (as of last night,) he's also the best tram guide in the history of Universal Studios (and North Hollywood.)

Midnight Movie: 'Asian Hooters For Coffee' in The O.C.

Say you're a guy that likes attractive Vietnamese gals. You also have a passion for caffeine. You've no doubt been frustrated, and said to your friends time after time, "geez, when will Garden Grove get a Vietnamese coffee shop that offers more sex appeal than Starbucks' green aprons?" Time to get happy. Cafe Di Vang 2 is the spot. They're the "Asian Hooters for coffee," according to one of their bikini-wearing tea-pourers.

Recession Obsession: Greatest Food Hits

The Official Recession has blanketed us for nearly eighteen official months. For the last seven of those shallow-pocketed months, LAist has brought you the weekly Recession Obsession series. We've looked at a some fun things to do, but the focus has been on eating.

Might This Offend You, Yeah?

The latest installment of "Ice Age" is soon to arrive in theaters. To announce this now-trilogy's release, Los Angeles drivers are greeted by an extendo-billboard featuring the film's protagonist. His prominent, elongated nose, and pair of chubby cheeks are impossible to miss. Some may feel that this nut-clutcher offers an uncanny resemblance to the business end of the male reproductive system. His woodland critter pals seem to be snickering at something. What do you think? Comment Below!

Book Review: 'Bought' by Anna David

Anna David (writer/TV personality/Twitteraholic) recently told LAist she’s obsessed with writing about the “seedy underbelly” of “so-called glamorous things.” In “Bought,” her second novel, David does just that, exploring the sexy, dysfunctional world of Hollywood's "kept women." “Bought” follows Emma Swanson, a young journalist who would call herself “up and coming” if her superiors asked, though they're not. As a complacent red carpet reporter, with no luck tracking down important A-list interviews, she finds the only thing less satisfying than her work-life is her dating-life.

Video Food Porn Of The Day: KCRW Goes Taco Trucking

KCRW's Good Food offers a mini taco truck tour in this video podcast. First stopping in Highland Park (home to recent LAist Recession Obsession taco crawl,) this colorful segment ends by getting their Kogi on. We dare you not to salivate....

Recession Obsession: The Other Thai Town's Krua Thai

The Official Recession has enveloped us for seventeen official months. It’s still no reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we have a ton of inexpensive options! A Recession Obsession is truly fantastic, whether you've recently been downsized or are about to cash a large commission check. It's not just a "cheap eat." We last obsessed over ginormous Korean Dumplings in K*Town, and via a Taco Crawl in Highland Park. Today, we obsess...

Staples Center Has A Secret Getaway Tunnel

ESPN Radio's "All Night" host, Jason Smith (LAist Interview) recently received a special tour of the Staples Center. His guide was by AEG's V.P. of Communications, Michael Roth (AEG owns Staples.) In a wonderfully colorful and humorous piece on ESPN Radio's site, Smith wrote of the unique way the pair emerged into the Lakers' home . "We started out by entering the Nokia Theater, where concerts and events like the ESPYS are held on...

Anna David Knows A Lot About Prostitutes

You might recognize Anna David from G4’s “Attack of the Show.” As the popular program’s sex and relationship expert, David gracefully dishes advice that's as entertainingly witty as it is honest. While a go-to answer gal for bedroom matters, her expertise extends further than one might imagine.

Top 10 Songs That Should’ve Been Banned at Prom

Every American teenager knows Prom night begins with more virgins than it ends. Arcadia High’s prom took place Saturday, and if its students had gotten jiggy for the first time, it wouldn’t have been because of sexually-suggestive music from the likes of Lil’ Wayne, P. Diddy or Pitbull.

Meet Rob Long: KCRW's 'Martini' Shooter

KCRW’s “Martini Shot” is TV writer/producer Rob Long's weekly peek into showbiz. Told from his experiences, Long's four-minute commentaries explore Hollywood's inherently humorous dualities, and eccentricities.

Recession Obsession: Big Friggin’ Dumplings in Koreatown

The Official Recession has enveloped us for seventeen official months. It’s still no reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we have a ton of inexpensive options! A Recession Obsession is truly fantastic, whether you've recently been downsized or are about to cash a large commission check. We last obsessed via a Taco Crawl in Highland Park, and Tacomiendo's meaty tacos in West LA. Today, we obsess...

Midnight Movie: Ten Years of 'DEEP' House

Every Sunday a crowd gathers in Hollywood to dance to the best in real house music at DEEP. One of LA's internationally successful house DJs, Marques Wyatt (who gave birth to this weekly,) can be heard most Sundays. DEEP's crowd resembles more of a melting pot than typically seen in Los Angeles and they're there to dance to the soulful sounds of Wyatt and his world-class guest DJs.

Recession Obsession: Taco Crawling in Highland Park

The Official Recession has enveloped us for seventeen official months. It’s still no reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we have a ton of inexpensive options! A Recession Obsession is truly fantastic, whether you've recently been downsized or are about to cash a large commission check. We last obsessed over Tacomiendo's meaty tacos, and Phillippe's classic french dip sandwiches. Today, we obsess...

Video Of The Day: What's In Kentucky Grilled Chicken?

SoCal Diet/Lifestyle Coach/Trainer Sean Croxton has a bone to pick with KFC. In this video he analyzes the ingredients in their new Kentucky Grilled Chicken and he isn't happy with the findings. He's also not too pleased with Oprah Winfrey, typically health-forward, who is pushing this product. One might assume that grilled chicken is a lesser evil than fried. Perhaps, but KFC's new KGC is chocked full of trans fats and MSG. LAist wonders, is KGC finger licking good? [Full ingredient list on the KFC website (PDF.)]

Teresa Strasser Is ‘Exploiting' Her Baby

When KLSX 97.1 FM flipped to Top 40, "The Adam Carolla Show" sank along with the station's talk radio format. Since this February change, Carolla and co-host Teresa Strasser (we interviewed her a few months ago,) have been quite active.

2K by Gingham: Artist-Driven T-Shirts

Los Angeles blazes the trail when it comes to the t-shirt. The lightweight garment wears ideally for our SoCal weather, and it’s casual versatility is locked in a cultural groove. We’re home to the $1,850 t-shirt, numerous eye-sore trendy brands, and a slew of feaux-vintage, nearly-ironic t’s whose wearer looks the butt of a silent joke. Thankfully those aren’t our only options.

Umm... About Your Texts From Last Night...

If you're a reader of the reliable source of laugh, Texts From Last Night.com, you know that whatever happened last night was probably pretty messed up. And probably involved some sort of bodily fluid. In taking a peek at the site, LAist was able to uncover out what the hell went down "last night" in LA.

Recession Obsession: Tacomiendo's Meaty Tacos

The Official Recession has enveloped us for sixteen official months. It’s still no reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we have a ton of inexpensive options! A Recession Obsession is truly fantastic, regardless of whether times are good or you've recently been downsized. We last obsessed over Phillippe's old school french dip sandwiches, and some ramen on the West Side. Today, we obsess...

Photo Essay: Coachella Dances

Friend of LAist, photographer Drew "Rukes" Ressler has clocked a few hours in Coachella's dance tents. Here are some of the DJs and live acts that moved bodies at Coachella 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Rodney King: 17 Years After The Riots

Rodney King’s near-death plunge to infamy began with a twelve-pack of malt liquor. King’s intoxicated, high-speed driving on March 3, 1991 united him a group of Los Angeles Police Department officers. Their boots, billy clubs, and Taser, would beat the 25 year-old King into the history books.

Video Of the Day: Depeche Mode Get 'Personal' With Hollywood

While not as titillating as a dis-endowed Merlin repeatedly Tasered in the desert, it's not everyday that Hollywood Boulevard closes for a minishow from one of LA's most popular bands. (Depeche Mode's summer tour features sold out shows in Orange County, Hollywood and Santa Barbara.) In what seems like a commercial for the W's new hotel and residencies, these experienced Britons perform their hit 'Personal Jesus" and new single "Wrong." Their new album "Sounds of the Universe" dropped this week.

Recession Obsession: French Dipping Like It's 1909 at Philippe's

The Official Recession has enveloped us for sixteen official months. It’s still no reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we have a ton of inexpensive options! A Recession Obsession is truly fantastic, regardless of whether times are good or you've recently been downsized. We last obsessed over some ramen on the West Side, and some real inexpensive Guatemalan fast food. Today, we obsess...

Recession Obsession: Ramen, Yes?

The Official Recession has enveloped us for sixteen official months. It’s still no reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we have a ton of inexpensive options! A Recession Obsession is somewhere that's truly fantastic, regardless of whether times are good or you've been downsized. We last obsessed over Guatemalan fast food, and inexpensive comedy shows. Today, we obsess...

Midnight Movie: Dr. Drew Seminar at USC

Dr. Drew Pinsky and Dr. Mark Young penned the recent book, “The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism Is Seducing America." (LAist Book Review) In this video from 2006, the doctors give a talk at the USC Annenberg School for Communication on celebrity narcissism, and more. Both doctors have Trojan ties. Dr. Young heads the entertainment business program at USC, and Dr. Drew earned his MD from USC Medical School. (The audio sync is a little off -- but not like an old kung fu flick.)

Eye Nosh: A Cuban Lunch in Silver Lake

Silver Lake's Cafe Tropical is a tasty oasis in the rarely-Cuban desert that is Los Angeles. Their Cuban sandwich (sandwich cubano) and Cuban coffee (cafe cubano) do the trick. The sandwich -- where ham, roasted pork, cheese, pickles, mustard, and Cuban bread are dance partners -- is mixture that makes Communism seen tolerable. And the coffee... this espresso-based stimulant, layered with steamed milk, will light your fire and please your palate. Tropical's many oversized deserts are a topic for a future nosh.

Book Review: 'The Mirror Effect' by Dr. Drew Pinsky

Dr. Drew Pinsky wants you to know that narcissists are people too. In “The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism Is Seducing America,” Dr. Drew Pinsky and Dr. S. Mark Young look at celebrity narcissism in a new way. The two doctors science.

Recession Obsession: Guatemalan Fast Food

The Official Recession has enveloped us for sixteen official months. It’s still no reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we have a ton of inexpensive options! A Recession Obsession is truly fantastic, regardless of whether times are good or you've been downsized. We last obsessed over LA's inexpensive comedy shows, and the sweet baked goods at the panderia. Today, we obsess...

Recession Obsession: Live Comedy

The Official Recession has enveloped us for sixteen official months. It’s still no reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we have a ton of inexpensive options! A Recession Obsession is truly fantastic, regardless of whether times are good or you're unemployed. We last obsessed over the sweet baked goods at the panderia, and El Salvador’s pupusas. Today, we obsess over...

Photo Essay: March Nightlife Redux

Thanks to top late-night picture-taker Drew "Rukes" Ressler, we can see what goes bump in the night, and who dances to that bump. Last month we did. This month we present evidence, that despite the cold fist of the economy, SoCal is full of people dancing, led by those DJs who make us dance. That, and Rukes paid a visit to rockers Last Exit.

Midnight Movie: LA Riot Redux

Not much to say here. Viewer's discretion advised.

Recession Obsession: Mexican Pastries at the Panaderia

The Official Recession has enveloped us for fifteen official months. It’s still no reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we have a ton of inexpensive options! A Recession Obsession is somewhere fantastic, whether times are good or not, because it's that damn good. We last obsessed on some Salvadorean pupusas and no-cook, take-home Korean food. Today, we...

Meet Simon Spurr: Designer of Quality Men’s Wear

Londoner-turned-New Yorker, Simon Spurr, started men’s clothing brand SPURR three years ago. Spurr, former designer for Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren’s esteemed Black and Purple labels, has created a high-end brand which is a fast rising star. With timeless design, and notably durable materials, it’s no wonder SPURR can regularly be found on the pages on GQ.

Recession Obsession: The Pupusa

The Official Recession has enveloped us for fifteen official months. It’s still no reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we have a ton of inexpensive options! A Recession Obsession is somewhere fantastic, whether times are good or not, because it's that damn good. We last loved on some no-cook take-home Korean and wood-fired Peruvian chicken. Today, we...

Video of the Day: NCAA Tournament Barack-etology

President Obama (he's in SoCal today and tomorrow) is a known hoops fan. Taking five minutes out of his busy schedule, he offers his Presidential take on how college basketball's annual horserace may start and finish. Sorry Bruins and Trojans, he's not too kind on the Pac-10.

Midnight Movie: Depeche Mode Loves LA

The mutual love-affair between Los Angeles and England's Depeche Mode is long and storied. Remember when they played the Rose Bowl? This video might refresh your memory. Last seen locally at Coachella and the Staples Center, you'll get to see them under the stars this tour when the lads play two at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday August 16, and Monday August 17. Tickets are now on sale.

Recession Obsession: No-Prep Korean Dinner

The Official Recession has enveloped us for fifteen official months. It’s still no reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we have a ton of inexpensive options! A Recession Obsession is somewhere fantastic, whether times are good or not, because it's that damn good. We last loved on Peruvian-style chicken and Leimert Park's Papa West. Today, we...

Francois K & John Tejada, A Pair of Techno Titans This Friday

Top techno night Compression features a double-bill of headliners this Friday at King King in Hollywood. DJing alongside New York’s Francois K will be Los Angeles legend John Tejada. They're two DJ/producers who have walked very different paths to global dance music stardom.

Joe Escalante, Life After Indie 103.1 FM

It seemed the writing was on the wall for Indie 103.1 FM when the plug was pulled on Joe Escalante’s “Last Of The Famous International Morning Shows.” Two months later Indie 103.1's plug was pulled.

Midnight Movie: 'Man In The Box' Hollywood Stage Dive

In this 1992 video from the Hollywood Palladium, Alice in Chains performs their grunge classic "Man In The Box." Frontman Layne Staley shows what can occur when a lead singer is unencumbered by a guitar -- he's free to climb a massive stack of speakers and Superman onto adoring fans. In 2002 Staley lost a long battle with drug addiction. RIP Layne Staley. You're missed. The Layne Staley Fund aims to increase awareness of heroin addiction and its possible recovery.

Midnight Movie: 'Day 'n Nite' in LA With Kid Cudi

Racking up over ten million YouTube views, and signed to Kanye West's GOOD Music imprint, hip-hopper Kid Cudi is well on his way. The recent video for "Day 'n Night" features the lonely stoner meandering around Los Angeles. Can you recognize any of the locations? Comment below!...

Recession Obsession: Peruvian Chicken

The Official Recession has enveloped us for fifteen official months. It’s still no reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we have a million inexpensive options! A Recession Obsession is somewhere fantastic, whether times are good or bad, because it's that damn good. We last loved on Leimert Park's Papa West and Santa Monica's Tacos Por Favor. Today, we...

Flight of the Conchords Eat Fish Tacos in Los Feliz

LAist loves New Zealand/Silverlake's funny folk duo Flight of the Conchords. LAist loves Los Feliz' Best Fish Tacos in Ensenada -- a recent Recession Obsession.

Photo Essay: February Nightlife Redux

Los Angeles is no stranger to globetrotting DJs. We saw some of that last month. February featured more top international jocks, as well a local favorite crowd-surfing his way to club stardom.

Meet Jason Smith: ESPN Radio's All Nighter

Late night radio isn't typically where you'll find an energetic sportstalker -- much less one who would easily reference Brett Favre's retirement to the ‘80s movie “Can’t Buy Me Love.” ESPN radio host Jason Smith does that five nights a week (Sunday through Thursday.) Heard locally on 710AM, from 10:00 at night to 2:00, All Night with Jason Smith is high quality radio at an hour where most station's broadcast as though their audience is half-dead.

Recession Obsession: Soulful Jazz Brunch in Leimert Park

The Official Recession has been upon us for fourteen official months. It’s still not a reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we have a million inexpensive options! A Recession Obsession is meal (or activity) that is fantastic whether times are good or bad -- because it's just that damn good. We last loved on Zankou Chicken and Santa Monica's Tacos Por Favor. Today, we...

LA Radio Heading Toward The Sh*tter, Says Adam Carolla

Gone from KLSX 97.1 FM, Adam Carolla has taken to the Internet. The North Hollywood-native’s first podcast was released today. It spanned a commercial-free 37 minutes. This begins Carolla's promised Monday - Friday daily podcast.

Adam Carolla To Keep Talking, Podcast Starts Monday

Despite KLSX 97.1's recent format change to Top 40, morning-talker Adam Carolla promises to keep his gums moving. Long-time staple of LA radio (he hosted Loveline for ten years with Dr. Drew Pinsky,) Carolla will launch a daily podcast on Monday via his new website. The Aceman says -- For now, it’ll be very stripped down and barebones, but with the help of fans like yourselves, there’s no reason we can’t grow this into...

Recession Obsession: Santa Monica’s Tacos Por Favor

The Official Recession has been upon us for fourteen official months. It’s still not a reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we have a million inexpensive options! A Recession Obsession is meal (or activity) that is fantastic whether times are good or bad -- because it's just that damn good. We last loved on fish tacos, and LA institution Zankou Chicken. Today, we...

Review: A Very Tantric Valentine's Day

My girlfriend and I took our first tantric sex class this past Valentine’s Day. Our collective curiosity was peaked as a new erotic adventure stood before us on the most amorous of holidays. Despite instructor Deva Charu’s tantric explanation -- “contrary to popular belief, Tantra is not all about sex” -- I though yeah, right!

Multiple Mom Susan Pinsky: Triplets Were A Lot of Work, Now Octuplets...

Susan Pinsky had triplets sixteen years ago. The thirtysomething UCLA graduate had health insurance and a loving husband who was a successful doctor. Despite being married to “probably one of the smartest men in America,” she says lovingly of her husband Dr. Drew Pinsky, having triplets was very difficult.

Recession Obsession: Zankou Chicken

The Official Recession has been upon us for fourteen official months. It’s still not a reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we’ve got plenty of inexpensive options! A Recession Obsession is food (or an activity) that is fantastic whether times are good or bad -- because it's that damn good. We last loved on Baja California’s finest fried bargains: fish tacos, and today...

Sex Week: A Very Tantric Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is tyipcally a day of atonement for lousy boyfriends. It's a Get Out of The Dog House card, erasing 364 days of relationship-disinterest. Not a bad deal for the low cost of dinner at The Grove and a grocery store-bought floral arrangement.

Recession Obsession: Fish Tacos, Fish Tacos, Fish Tacos

The Official Recession has now been upon us for fourteen official months. It’s still not a reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we’ve got plenty of inexpensive options! We last ate delicious cheap banh mi. Today's Recession Obsession comes from the sea -- via the deep fryer.

Meet Jennifer Gimenez: VH1's 'Sober House' Mom

Imagine MTV’s “The Real World” on crack. Now imagine “The Real World” with a crack hangover. That’s almost VH1’s “Sober House,” the “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” follow-up.

Photo Essay: January Nightlife Redux

Thanks to New Year's hangovers, clubland in January can be sluggish. However, brave weekend warriors can still be found under the disco ball. They know the only way to fight 2008 hangovers is to dance them off in 2009. Nightlife photographer Drew “Rukes” Ressler (we interviewed him last month) was there to catch this nocturnal revelry.

Recession Obsession: Banh Mi, Vietnam’s Sandwich

The Official Recession has been upon us for thirteen official months. It’s still not a reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we’ve got plenty of cheap options! We last ate our way up and down the Red Line for a few bucks plus Metro fare. Today we'll head East... again.

Meet Teresa Strasser: Co-Host, 'The Adam Carolla Show'

The Adam Carolla Show is a smart, entertaining way to start your morning. Carolla, perhaps the fastest mouth in the west, has been making radio listeners laugh since the mid-90s. Thanks to co-host Teresa Strasser, The Adam Carolla Show isn’t just smart for morning radio. It’s just smart.

Alternative Health: We Dare You To Meditate For 3 Minutes

Meditation is an age-old way to relax your mind. As you slip into mindfulness, nagging thoughts of the cold recession, and tonight’s blind date with your accountant's cousin will dim. Redondo Beach resident Jay Stinnett believes that you can begin this path with only three minutes. Bring a friend, too. Meditation is for everyone.

Map Of The Day: Eating Cheap On The Red Line

Supercool LAist reader BradleyB put together a spectacular Google Map for this week's Metro-oriented Recession Obsession, Eating On The Red Line. Get the map on his Nacho Lover's Anonymous blog....

Recession Obsession: Eating On The Red Line

The Official Recession has been upon us for thirteen official months. It’s still not a reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we’ve got plenty of cheap options! We last enjoyed our pick of big plates of Korean food at the Koreatown Galleria Food Court. Those who bemoan Los Angeles' lack of underground transportation haven't discovered the Red Line. Metro's Downtown-to-North-Hollywood (and back) line stops at a variety of wonderful places. It's...

The Hunt For LA’s Most Expensive T-Shirt

These Probably Aren't The Most Expensive T-Shirts in LA | Photo by Caleb Bacon for LAist I recall a point early in the Bush Administration where I overheard an in-the-know friend dub Los Angeles “home of the $1,000 t-shirt.” I then heard it a few more times. It made me curious. But not curious enough to seek the pinnacle of casual couture. If a four-digit price-tag could be found attached to a t-shirt, I...

Paul Blart 'National Mall Cop' Guards Inauguration

On this historical day Barack Obama will toss his suddenly-dated business card, reading "President Elect," in favor of a new batch. President Of The United States of America. Congratulations Mr. President.

Your Favorite Restaurant Could Have Vermin On The Menu, Says LA Public Health

When my friend’s from Back East visit Los Angeles I like to take them to the San Gabriel Valley for an authentic Chinese meal. They typically note the lone 12” letter featured on the restaurant door and conclude “C is for Chinese.”

Recession Obsession: Koreatown Galleria Food Court

The Official Recession has been upon us for thirteen official months. It’s still not a reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we’ve got plenty of cheap options! We last had our pick of choice, low-cost international cuisine at both the Grand Central Market and Thai Town.

LAist Goes Shopping: '&Still' -- Early '90s Sportswear Emporium

Jeremy Shapiro wanted to open a store that specialized in the bright, fun sportswear that was the rage when he was in high school. Last May the Los Angeles native opened &Still Clothing (And Still.) “I was wearing all of this,” said Shapiro of the 1990-1994 gear which illuminated his high school years in New Jersey. “All of it.”

Ed Espinoza, LA’s Superdelegate: Inauguration Bound

Photo by fotonomous via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr LAist likes to think of Democratic National Committee member Ed Espinoza as LA's Superdelegate. We chatted with him last week. While President-Elect Barack Obama's Inauguration is next week, Washington DC isn't waiting to start the fun. Parties kick off Thursday, five days before the swearing-in. If you're heading out from LA, LAist hopes you have your hotel reservations booked! Ed Espinoza is going...

LA Strips Down For 'No Pants Day 2k9'

Los Angeles’ public transportation can be slow, erratic and, unpleasantly fragrant. But its cast of characters are never dull. This was most true this past Saturday, as many riders chose to leave their pants at home.

Meet Drew 'Rukes' Ressler: Top Nightlife/DJ Photographer

When globetrotting electronic dance music DJs come to town the energy is rock-show thick. The tough, loud music. The sparkling visuals along side layers of multicolored flashing lights. The rabid crowd. These elements unite, and fans are delivered something special. Drew “Rukes” Ressler’s job is to capture that nocturnal magic. Long Island-native Drew Ressler, best known as Rukes (pronounced with a Roo) never planned on becoming a photographer for a living, much less America's top...

Recession Obsession: Downtown LA's Grand Central Market

The Official Recession has been upon us for thirteen official months. It’s still not a reason we can’t enjoy life on the cheap. This is LA -- we’ve got options! We last feasted on Thai Town for just a few bucks, and stopped to smell the daisies for even less.

Meet Ed Espinoza: LA’s Superdelegate

A rollercoaster ride may resemble Democratic National Committee member Ed Espinoza's 2008 but it doesn't paint the whole picture. Rollercoasters don't quite peak like Espinoza's year. He was part of the process which saw his party’s historic candidate elected to the country’s highest office.

Recession Obsession: Eating Thai Town

Los Angeles is home to about a zillion and a half people. This includes, I hear, the largest Thai population outside of Thailand. Perhaps that's why we have a jillion Thai restaurants. Good thing their food rocks. It's pretty cheap too.

Midnight Movie: Let's Sing 'Auld Lang Syne'

Happy New Year! Greetings 2009! LAist is glad to meet you.

The Last Day To Text While Driving, Legally

Today will forever be remembered as The Day The Fun Died for those Californian motorists who revel in texting-while-driving. As we flip the calendar to 2009, that act becomes illegal whether you have an iPhone, a Blackberry, or a hefty Zack Morris phones from 1992.

Text Messaging (SB 28) This new law makes it an infraction to write, send, or read text-based communication on an electronic wireless communication device, such as a cell phone, while driving.

Morgan Page's Top 10 of 2008

Making a living in dance music is supposed to be tough. Apparently Vermont-born, LA-based Morgan Page never heard that one. His moving melodies have stood atop both Billboard's Club Play Chart (a bunch of times,) and iTunes' Dance Chart. The 20something has also done remixes for big guns like Nelly Furtado and Stevie Nicks. If you've not yet heard this scruffy-faced Vermonster, you've probably seen him in traffic. Page is featured on LA city buses as part of KCRW's latest string of ads.

Recession Obsession: Downtown LA's Flower Market

December is The Official Recession's first birthday month. There's no need not to enjoy it on the cheap. We last had some great Mexican food, and bargain massages. Today's inexpensive adventure is sure to please in a different way.

A Musical Holiday: Christmas Rappin'

From the background-friendliness of old standards made barely-audible on aged mall speakers, to the foreground of childhood favorites I've unearthed thanks to iTunes (and can now enjoy while snailing down the 405) -- Christmas music does me right each December. My Christmas faves range from silliness about honking donkeys, to “Merry Christmas” wished in Hawaiian, to John Denver’s sappy/sweet duets with the Muppets.

Droog's Top Ten of 2008

Late-night techno trio Droog (Andrei, Brett and Justin) can be found at Avalon Hollywood where they hold it down Saturdays as well as at their various parties around town. Earlier this year they were the highlight of Beatportal’s LA Claims USA's Dance Music Crown.

Holiday Relief For 12 Steppers

For those in recovery, the holidays can represent the most trying time of the year. Good thing Los Angeles is plenty strong on recovery. All sorts of help can be found, including many 12-step meetings from all sorts of 12-step programs. Perhaps there's something to it. Happy Holidays!

This New Year's Eve in Dance Music: Moby, Armin van Buuren, Sander Kleinenberg, Infected Mushroom, Mark Farina

Moby at Electric Daisy Carnival 2008 | Photo by Drew "Rukes" Ressler/Used with Permission Every year dance music lovers around the world salivate over the DJ talent that drops in on Los Angeles to dance in the New Year. December 31, 2008 makes a strong case for those mouths to continue watering. From trance to house to techno to electro, here's a taste -- The Big Show Giant Maximus -- Downtown LA Giant and...

A Time To Give: Small Loans, Big Help

This holiday season many want to help others but will say: "what can I do to help? I don't have that much money to give." Thanks to Kiva you don't need much.

Morton's Giving Away Free Mini Burgers

To celebrate their thirty year birthday, Morton's (The Steakhouse) will be giving away free Mini-Prime Burgers (aka sliders) this Sunday. One catch though. It's only from 5 to 6 p.m. And sorry large parties, this offer is available only at the bar (I guess that's two catches then.) Available at all Morton's locations....

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