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Universal Studios Unveils The Creature

Last week Universal Studios unveiled its newest attraction, The Creature from the Black Lagoon: A Raging Rocking Show". The show is a "Broadway-level contemporary musical adaptation" of the original Universal horror film. It features an original score and will be featured exclusively at the Hollywood Universal Studios. LAist was there at the press event along with Julie Adams, the original "Kay" in the 1954 film to witness the arrival of The Creature. But as the...

Real Party Animals at The Beastly Ball

The LA Zoo's annual Beastly Ball is known to be one of the hottest tickets in town. The benefit held this year on Saturday, June 20th raised $1,226,000 for the zoo. This year, the 39th Beastly Ball, honored philanthropist and GLAZA Trustee Laura Z. Wasserman. Guests were encouraged to dress in "safari casual" attire and were gifted with handmade tote bags crafted by artisans in a co-op for widows of genocide in Rwanda. Vans carried...

Summer Tequila Tasting at The San Antonio Winery

Los Angeles' only working winery, with its mediterranean/mission architecture was the perfect setting for a tasting of Super Premium Tequilas matched with 6 courses de Nueva Cucina on June 19. San Antonio Winery was founded in 1917 by Santo Cambianica. It is still owned and run by his nephew Stephano Riboli, wife Maddalena and children Santo, Cathy and Steve as well as Santo's son, Anthony.

The San Antonio Winery: It's Tequila Time!

In spite of being well off the beaten path, the San Antonio Winery has long been a destination for locals and tourists alike. Now in addition to their famous tour, popular restaurant, banquet facilities and wine shop, the winery is offering special events. Last night A Summer Tequila Tasting was held at the winery. In addition to innovative and delicious food and a wide array of quality tequilas, guests were treated to an informative lecture....

Great American Food and Music Fest: Lines, Lines, Everywhere a Line

It was the best of fests; it was the worst of fests. Last weekend Mountain View was home to the Great American Music Fest. It was a grand idea - combining music and food, much in the way that blues and barbecue have successfully married, bringing in the best of local cuisine from all over the country. You want pastrami? Only Katz's from New York will do. Cheesecake? We got Junior's iconic red and white...

Can't Touch This! Well, Maybe the LAPD Can

OK, it's a promotion. And for a reality show at that. It's all about MC Hammer’s new show “Hammertime” which will air on Sundays on A&E. But they're still dang cool. The Hammer pants dancers who flash-mobbed the Sunset Live store last week were back to entertain club-goers on Santa Monica Boulevard. Now if they really wanted some publicity, they would put MC Hammer in the line-up. Woah woah woah woah!...

Neil Innes at the Secret Policemans Opening

Thursday night was the premiere of the two-week Secret Policeman's Ball Film Festival. Festivities at the Egyptian were rolicking fun, with a Q&A between Martin Lewis and "Seventh Python" Neil Innes, clips from the decades of fundraisers, and various musicians getting up to rock the house at the after-party. The film festival's purpose is to raise awareness of Amnesty International. It is strange to watch the musicians of thirty years ago self-rightously look down their...

Favorites from the LA Winefest

Post by Greg Thompson/Special to LAist Last Saturday's LA Winefest brought a number of vintners to Raleigh Studios. We have already checked out some of our favorite products from the event. Here are some of our favorite wines. 2004 Cobblestone Napa Cabernet was my first taste chosen among 500 wines, spirits, beers and other beverage offerings. It was a bold garnet Cabernet Sauvignon from a family estate vineyards high atop Atlas Peak. A blend of...

Where to Eat after the Angels Game: Taqueria Mexico

Driving around Anaheim after an Angels game or a concert at The Grove of Anaheim can feel like you are driving around a ghost town -- wide, empty streets with nothing but Taco Bell signs as evidence of life. But there is a haven for your beer-soaked belly. Cruise on down Katella to the strip mall lights of Taqueria Mexico. They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In fact, one patron...

The Great American Food & Music Fest Rocks Mountain View Tomorrow

Shoreline Ampitheater in Mountain View, just outside of San Jose, will be the site of the national Great American Food and Music Fest. The one-day event kicks off on Saturday at noon and runs until 10pm. All ages are welcome. Featured chefs are Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri, who will be signing books and presenting cooking demos. Local San Francisco chefs like Nate Appleman (A16), Nancy Oakes (Boulevard), Bruce Aidells, June Taylor (June Taylor...

Simply Wrong Food: The KFC Mashed Potato Bowl

Bowls are all the rage right now; it seems like every fast food joint has some kind of bowl. There are even weird-ass breakfast bowls. If we can't pop it, dip it or wrap it, goddammit, we're gonna put it in a bowl! The KFC bowl almost sorta kinda works. The mashed potatoes and gravy are the standard, then the addition of corn is OK; a lot of people mix their corn into their...

Nonalcoholic Favorites from the LA Winefest

Last weekend the LA Winefest rolled into town with a carnival of vintners, liquor, and lots of bright shiny things. The popular event, held at Raleigh Studios drew a huge crowd. We often had to peek over shoulders and elbow our way up to the tables. In spite of the bacchanalian drinking, many of the things that caught our eye and our palate were low-octane drinks, nibbles and interesting contraptions. We especially dug the SanTasti,...

Susan Atkins Parole Hearing Postponed

Convicted killer and former Manson follower Susan Atkins was due for another parole hearing May 28th after being denied a compassionate release last year. According to Associated Press, the parole hearing was abruptly postponed until September. The debate over Atkins' potential release has been raging. After all avenues to request compassionate release were exhausted, the bid for parole appeared to be Atkins' last chance at freedom. Last summer Atkins was given a year to live, so maybe it is just a matter of biding time.

Previewing the LA Zoo's Beastly Ball

Yesterday to gear up for the annual Beastly Ball, the LA Zoo hosted a special event where the California bears were treated to special preparations by chefs from top L.A. restaurants. Chefs included Jason Park, chef, Yamashiro Restaurant; Erik Ritter, chef, Malo; Calogero Drago, chef/owner, Celestino Ristorante; Jack Rogers, chef, Spitfire Saloon; Patrick Luechai, chef, Typhoon; Akira Hirose, owner/chef, Maison Akira; Gerardo Ochoa, chef, El Cholo; Francoise Koster, La Poubelle, and Gloria Pink, Beverly Pink...

On the Street Where Susan Feniger Lives

I have often walked down this street before, but there was no Kaya toast or Moldavian meat before... Finding Susan Feniger's Street is a little bit like the headiness of a new romance. Your friends love it, your mom loves it, they can go from casual to fancy, they give you exactly what you want when you want it, and they are always full of surprises. The high ceilings make the room feel open and...

Get Your Wine On This Weekend

LA Winefest will be taking place at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood this weekend. Along with countless wines, sakes, beers and spirits available for tasting, there will be a number of presentations with speakers including Anthony Riboli and Ken Volk. The Winefest is pouring a wide variety of imported wines as well as the kosher wine Hagafen. Microbrews from Firestone Walker Brewing Company and Karl Strauss Brewing Company will be featured. The event will offer the high end ginjo and daiginjo sakes. All tequilas will be 100% agave.

Exene Cervenka Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

Exene Cervenka released a statement on her website yesterday that she has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Usually abbreviated as MS, Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks the nerve cells, affecting communication between the spinal cord and the brain. Although there is no cure, there are treatments to lessen the possibility of disability. It is not life-threatening although it can be debilitating. Other public figures who have...

Èple: It's Norwegian for 'Refreshing'

OK, it's not really. It's Norwegian for "apple" but that is just too obvious. Èple's fun fruit stand at The Original Farmers Market on 3rd and Fairfax is definitely not limiting itself to pedestrian fruit like apples, though. Dragonfruit, cherimoyas, and a variety of other exotic fruits are the stars of the show. And employees assure us that in spite of being owned by Pinkberry, there are no mystery ingredients -- everyday they are peeling...

David Lynch, Sparklehorse and Dangermouse: Dark Night of the Soul

Despite the fact that he is by far the most well-known and successful avant-garde film maker in the United States, David Lynch is rather notorious for sidestepping questions about any deeper meaning—or even the very basic logic—of his films. For example, Lynch described his last release, Inland Empire, as "a mystery about a woman in trouble,” which is far beyond an understatement, considering that the film arguably out-convoluted Mulholland Drive. This very pared-down synopsis, not to mention to the lack of director commentaries on his DVD releases, should tell you what kind of responses to expect from Lynch when faced with any common query—What’s in the box? What’s with the rabbits? What happened to Agent Cooper? Details should not be expected.

Tequila! A Primer, a Tasting, a Journey to the Dark Side

Sipping tequilas have come into their own recently, evidenced by the release of Maestro Dobel's Diamond Tequila and Centenario's hibiscus-infused Reposado. LAist decided to host an evening of tequila-tasting and get the low-down on some of the new products. Careful notes were taken, which eventually degenerated into Hunter Thompson-like scribblings. Apologies for the Zagatesque quote writing, but when we get to bat country, you will be amazed Zagatness was even possible. Tequila is distilled from...

Eat a French Dip Before it's too Late!!!

Pork French Dip With Swiss, Pre-Spicy French Mustard/Photo by Caleb Bacon for LAist Roadfood pioneers Jane and Michael Stern's new book, 500 Things to Eat Before it's too Late: and the Very Best Places to Eat Them has just hit the bookstores. Don't worry, the title is not a reflection upon the state of your health or a dire prediction of the apocolypse. It's more of a statement on the homogenization of the country's...

A French Fry Burrito? Eat the Amazing Spuderito!

Rick's Drive-in in Pasadena serves old-style burgers, shakes, and fries, but those in the know go there for one thing - the spuderito. Stuffed with french fries, tomato sauce, cheese, onions and salsa, this messy burrito comes with a huge handful of napkins. Really, it is so spicy it is almost more like a salsarito. If you like, you can add meat for a dollar ten, but that really isn't what the spuderito is all...

The Wunder Weiner

Finally! Just in time for Memorial Day! A way to cut hot dogs! It was such a mystery before. I simply could not figure out how to keep my hot dog from exploding in the microwave until this marvel came along. OK, actually, this thing is kind of scary. It may even make certain people of the male persuasion wince. Remember, Mom and Dad, this is not for kids. But your friends will love it! Thanks to Allee Willis for turning us on to this wunder of wunders.

826LA's Seminar Series: Food Writing!

(L to R:) Christine ``Little Flower'' Moore; Jeanne ``Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes'' Kelley; Colleen ``Eat L.A.'' Dunn Bates; Jessica ``Daily Dish'' Gelt; Jonathan Gold, Patty "EatingLA" Saperstein/Photo by Elise Thompson for LAist Thursday night 826LA presented a seminar titled, "Food Writing!" And as fans of punctuation know, anything with an exclamation point has got to be good. 826LA is a community organization offering free tutoring, workshops, desktop publishing and all-around grooviness to the...

Simply Wrong Food: Wienerschnitzel's Sea Dog

Good news for those of you who don't eat beef, pork, or pig's anus! Wienerschnitzel has just introduced the amazing new sea dog. Now you can gorge yourself on Alaskan pollock - and fish anus. It wasn't weird enough that Weinerschnitzel (when did they drop the der anyways?) started serving pastrami and Angus chipotle chili dogs. They had to go dredging the ocean. The sea dog must be in a testing phase right now,...

Paintings Stolen from La Luz de Jesus

The two works that were stolen According to Lee Joseph, publicist for La Luz de Jesus art gallery in the back of Wacko on Sunset, two paintings were stolen from the gallery today. The works by Lauren Gardiner are worth $1750 total and were already sold to patrons. "There were only a few customers in the store this morning--none of them carrying bags or wearing loose clothing," explained Joseph. "It is our store policy...

Spy on LA: New Webcams Provide Glimpses of Life

The TommyCam keeps an eye on the Tommy Trojan statue at USC Today EarthCam launches its new live streaming video webcams using up-to-date video compression technology to provide videos with with H.264 flash quality. This site has webcam sites from all over the world conveniently mapped for you, along with informational pages and viewer-voted “Hall of Fame” videos. This is only phase one, so more locations will be added over time and upgrades are...

Team Wonderall with Eva Longoria-Parker Wins Rally for Kids

On Saturday over a dozen teams including celebrities like Gene Simmons, Eva Longoria Parker, Bai Ling and Stephen Baldwin took off on an all-day race/scavenger hunt around Hollywood. The starting line for the rally was at the Hollywood Roosevelt. Clues led celebrity navigators and their rally drivers to six unique pit stops where they could earn points by competing in various challenges. Pit stops were at Universal Studios, The Americana, Dodger Stadium and other Los...

Susan Feniger's Unexpected Temporary Street Closure

Tonight just before 7pm the fire detector in the kitchen of Susan Feniger's popular new restaurant, "Street" malfunctioned. It detected a nonexistent grease fire and the sprinkler system sprayed a hot chemical down on the kitchen from behind the chefs, coating much of the food and sending everyone running out of the kitchen. Not only is the food a loss, but there are strict rules about this kind of thing both from the Health...

Eva Longoria Waves the Checkered Flag at The Rally for Kids

Video taken by Elise Thompson for LAist If you were wandering around The Hollywood Roosevelt, Universal Studios, or the Americana Saturday and thought you saw Gene Simmons drag racing with Eva Longoria, Bai Ling, and the guy from "Chuck" it was not a hallucination. Welcome to Hollywood. The event was the Rally for Kids Scavenger Hunt, hosted by Eva Longoria. The Rally was to benefit Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and PADRES Contra El Cancer....

Ciao Cristina! Howdy Salumi! And Hello Fantastic Pizza!

There are certain signs that you can recognize as harbingers of great Italian food. Men greeting each other with hugs upon entering Ciao Cristina was a very good sign, as was the lyrical sound of Italian being spoken by nearby diners. The menu is standard, everyday Italian fare -- panini, pizza, and pasta. But upon closer inspection, the pizza is NY/Neopolitan style, the lasagne is pastisso, and the panini are stuffed with fillings like bresaola,...

Cruise Night at Bob's Big Boy

Every Friday night from 5 to 10pm Bob's Big Boy in Burbank is the location of The Burbank Road King's cruise night. In addition to car hop service on weekends, it is part of the MacDonald Family's plan to restore Bob's to its glory days. It is a popular event amongst locals and gearheads alike, and very once in awhile you just might spot Jay Leno wandering amongst the classics. According to my classic car...

Found in LA: On the Skids in Style

You know those movies, where there is a serial killer out there, and only one man who can catch him? But that one guy is an ex-cop who got on the bottle after a serial killer murdered his wife. And he's living in some cheap apartment putting whiskey on his cornflakes now. So the one guy on the force who believes in him has to go hunt him down and clean him up and...

It's a Regular Sausage Fest at Wurstkuche!

Third and Traction in downtown LA has long been the unofficial town square for punkers, loftdwellers, artists, and the slightly unbalanced denizens of LA's outer reaches. With the closing of Al's Bar, and the more recent closing of Bloom's General Store, the corner has had little more than a sushi place, a Mexican hole-in-the-wall and a proliferation of guerilla art keeping it alive. Wurstkuche, which opened last November in the former location of the Wolfskill...

Bring the Thunder, Taste the Fire, Get Free Chicken

Maybe there is such a thing as a free lunch after all, if you don't count their promotional value. In order to combat the threat of KFC's new grilled chicken. 400 El Pollo Locos will be offering free chicken today from 9am until 8pm. Only two restaurants across the country will not be participating, including the Universal Studios location. According to their press release, "Customers who ask to Taste the Fire will be given...

Condor - It's What's for Dinner! The Carnivore Panel

Photo by Elise Thompson for LAist (L-R Jonathan Gold, Mark Peel, Octavio Becerra, Susan Feniger and Vinny Dotola) Yesterday Jonathan Gold moderated the Carnivore! panel at the LA Weekly Festival held at The Ricardo Montalban Theater. The panel consisted of Mark Peel, Octavio Becerra, Susan Feniger and Vinny Dotolo. The panel members were not only representative of some of the finest chefs in LA, but they were well-informed, witty, and thoughtful. It seemed like...

Shade's Charity Wine Event Drinks us Under the Table

On Sunday night Manhattan Beach's boutique hotel, Shade, hosted their Fifth Annual Charity Wine Event in conjunction with local restaurants Mucho and Rockin Fish to benefit Manhattan Beach Middle School. Over 50 vineyards participated, with a nice cross-section of larger vineyards and small, independent wineries. Viogniers and organic wines such as Paul Dolan were popular at the tasting. Catering was provided in cooperation with Zinc Lounge of Shade, Mucho and Rockin' Fish. The cold seafood...

Carnivore! Tomorrow at the LA Weekend!

Photo by kazamatsuri via Flickr The LA Weekend hosted by The LA Weekly and sponsored by Nike has a wide variety of free events happening at The Ricardo Montalban Theater tonight and tomorrow, including music, film, dance, readings, book signings, and even a visit from the Kogi Korean taco truck. But one event has us giddy with anticipation. At noon tomorrow, Jonathan Gold will be moderating a panel called Carnivore! Other heavy hitters on...

Susan Atkins up for Parole Next Month

After being denied a compassionate release last July, Susan Atkins may have one more shot at freedom. Atkins comes up for her 18th bid for parole May 28. According to her legal team: Under California law the Parole Board must find Susan suitable for parole unless they determine her release would constitute a danger to society. Though Susan...is now paralyzed over 85% of her body, can not sit up in bed, and can not...

The Gelato Bar's New Spring and Summer Flavors

Photo by Elise Thompson for LAist With this latest heat wave, everyone is looking for ways to cool off. Studio City's Gelato Bar on Tujunga is one of our favorite summer spots. The flavors not only change according to the season, but by the day, so sometimes you have to take what you can get. Luckily there is always something exciting on the menu. New flavors in rotation right now are acai berry, pear,...

Sable Starr has Left the Scene 1958-2009

According to her friends Phillipe Marcade, Bebe Buell, and Legs McNeil, Sable Starr passed away in her sleep last Friday of cancer. She was 51 years old. Her death has not yet been confirmed by official sources, but those closest to her have been posting tributes to her since yesterday on the internet. Most people learned the sad news in a posting on Legs McNeil's Facebook, which was in response to an email sent...

Wente Vineyards' Discover the Wine, Discover the Music

Post by Greg Thompson. Special to LAist Every year, Wente Vineyards presents a summer concert series on their 2,000 acre estate in Livermore Valley. Wente embraces what the Hollywood Bowl taught us years ago -- great wine makes beautiful music. Karl Wente’s "Discover the Wine, Discover the Music" program is promoting music in wine terms and vice versa, pairing wines with songs like one might do with foods. Karl compares wine tannins and weight with...

Creme that Egg!

We all remember Mousetrap. It was a hard game to set up, but if you got it just right there was nothing like it. less advanced players may want to imagine dominoes instead. Whatever the game, we love chain reactions. And things rolling, breaking and burning. This is an entry from Cadbury's "Creme that Egg!" contest. It is mesmerizing....

Leonard Cohen @ the Nokia 04/10/09

Photo by MuzikSpy at New York's Beacon Theater via flickr Leonard Cohen owns the stage at the Nokia Theater. Cohen is dapper in his grey suit, fedora and bolo tie, a look few men can pull off without it being obvious they are trying too hard. Cohen does not fit the suit. The suit fits him. He looks like he would be equally at home in either a smoky bookie joint or at the...

Interview: Michael Stern of Roadfood

Jane and Michael Stern coined the phrase "Roadfood" over 30 years ago to describe ”...great regional meals along highways, in small towns, and in city neighborhoods. It is non-franchised, sleeves-up food...", or as they put it so succinctly at a recent roundtable, Roadfood is food “that is true to itself and true to its location.” With three James Beard journalism awards for their monthly Gourmet magazine atricles, a series of successful books under their...

Versailles Unveils New Appetizers

Most people don't even have to look at the menu when they sit down at Versailles, the popular local Cuban restaurant with a handful of locations around town. Ironbeer, chicken/pork combo, and you're good to go. Maybe check out the specials board for the delicious braised oxtails or leg of lamb on a weekend. But two weeks ago Versailles added a little extra pizzaz. Although they served limited appetizers before, they now offer stuffed...

The Most Awesome Chili Fries ...Ever

Cartoonist B. Kliban once advised, "Never eat anything bigger than your head." But what did he know? He also thought cats should play banjos. The Hat has been serving up deliciously greasy pastrami sandwiches since 1951. They are so old-school, they only recently started accepting credit cards. Although pastrami dips are the main attraction, locals know to go there for the chili fries. The massive mound of junk food is a sight to behold,...

Midnight Movie: An Atheist Anthem

Is Barbara Bush Aleister Crowley's daughter? Is Arnold Schwarzenegger a nazi? Set to Non-Phixion's song, "God is an Athiest", Los Angeles-based film-maker Claude Zachary's atheist anthem posted on YouTube last August doesn't pull any punches. (Warning: not for the faint of heart). Zachary tells LAist, "I made it by google-image searching for 'evil (fill religion name in here).' I guess I tried to show the connection between Satanism, Western religions and the US government. I...

It's Always Manson, Manson, Manson!

You've got to wonder if the other serial killers get jealous sometimes. Convicted killer Charles Manson made the news twice last week, once just by having his picture taken. The photograph released by California Corrections officials March 19, showing an aging Manson at 74, quickly spread throughout the media. More obscure, and far more interesting, is the theory posited by the British Daily Mail March 20, that the unsolved 1969 murder of Joel Pugh...

Desperately Seeking Thin Mints

Photo by Elise Thompson for LAist. Yes, you can buy Thin Mints by the case. Don't judge me. It used to be impossible to diet during Girl Scout Cookie season. They were everywhere. Then slowly the munchkins stopped going door to door, and the cookie stands at shopping centers have limited hours. Nowadays unless you have a coworker taping an order form up in the lunchroom, hunting Girl Scouts can be a major undertaking....

Midnight Movie: Mark Day's Guide to Saint Patrick

Scottish expat Mark Day has made his name as a comedian posting clips on MySpace and Youtube. Here he clears up the confusion regarding England and Scotland, A-list celebrities and Catholic saints, as well as geography and war. Try not to notice the spot on the wall behind his head. Just ignore it. It's driving you insane now, isn't it?...

Eat Me! I'm Irish!

This post is in no way meant to malign corned beef and cabbage, which is actually really good when made properly. But it's always nice to try something new. Last year the Beef Braised in Guinness went over well. This year we are here to bring you even more Irishy goodness. Irish coddle, also known as Dublin Coddle is a pork-based stew with - surprise - potatoes! This recipe is a combination of various...

Map of the Day: Irish Pubs, English Pubs, Your Pubs

Here is our handy dandy guide to finding your car tomorrow morning when you wake up covered in green glitter wearing a stranger's golf shoes with nothing but a smudged taxi receipt in your pocket. Now here's the fun part. Anyone can edit this map. And that means you. Did we miss your favorite Irish watering hole? Does one of the bars on the map totally suck? You have the power.

The Return of the Guinness Cupcake

No one really likes green beer or Shamrock Shakes. And corned beef and cabbage is iffy at best. Luckily Yummy Cupcakes has brought back their Guinness cupcakes this year, available today and tomorrow at both store locations, in Burbank and in Santa Monica. The Guinness is added with a light hand, so the mild cake tastes mostly of buttermilk, cocoa and brown sugar. The glazed topping holds the strongest taste of ale, topped with...

Spinal Tap Goes Unwigged & Unplugged

Yesterday The House of Blues on Sunset was host to a press conference with Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. The trio, known as both Spinal Tap and The Folksmen, announced their upcoming Unwigged & Unplugged tour and offered a little taste of what to expect. For the upcoming shows, the musicians come "out from behind the hair, the facial hair, and the absence of hair" to perform songs including hits from Spinal Tap...

Oscar Nominees: Our First Impressions Pt. 2

Earlier this month The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences held its annual luncheon for the Oscar nominees at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. LAist was there in the interview room while nominees such as Penelope Cruz. Mickey Rourke and Kate Winslet fielded questions from the press. In our first round of interviews, we heard from Richard Jenkins, Kate Winslet, Frank Langella, Robert Downey Jr. and Taraji P Henson. Today we feature...

Rodney King Forgives Officers Who Beat Him

At first glance, VH1'a Sober House, like its predecessor, Celebrity Rehab, appears to be exploitative reality TV at it's worst -- stars hitting their bottoms and relapsing, going on drama-fueled drug binges. But there are moments on Sober House that are not only real and touching, they are even cathartic. In the most recent episode with Rodney King, the moment is downright historic. In this clip King revisits the site of his infamous beating. He...

This Week's Most Popular

Photo of Bulldog Beauty Pageant/Tom Andrews for LAist When you read something you like on LAist, we love it when you hit the "recommend" button, and we love it even more if you put your two cents' worth in the comments. Getting a dialog going with our readers and making sure we're giving you content you can use are top priorities for us. So here are this week's top three posts, as endorsed by...

How Do I Love Thee? Like Crispy, Crispy Bacon

Just in time for Valentine's day, Paperwhite Studio, which is run by Laureen Moyal and Yuliya Gorlovetsky, presents I Love You More Than..., an online project to determine how we calibrate love. According to the website: “i love you more than ‘blank’. ” is a little project with a big heart. We believe that you can never really evaluate the value of something unless you measure it up to something else, so we wanted...

DineLA 2009: Circa 55

Circa 55, our first DineLA lunch, was pure serendipity. After covering the Oscars luncheon at the Beverly Hilton, I wandered downstairs to my old standby, Trader Vics. But my commitment to DineLA soon lured me over to the classy yet casual Circa 55. The design is reminiscent of a mid-century modern living room, uncluttered and airy, with sunlight streaming through the windows. The way the chatty server fusses over you makes you feel like you...

Eating Around Town: Vegan Food in Griffith Park, Umami Burger & More...

Photo by tkksummers via Flickr To Live and Eat in LA celebrates the new vegan options at Trails Cafe in Griffith Park in Happy Trails to You! A Forest of Vegan Goodies. Especially exciting are the savory vegan pie, made-from-scratch cornbread and chili. Gridskipper coins the phrase No Frills Watering Holes which sounds much classier than "dive bars". There are some of the usual favorites on their uber-cool map. We have spent many a...

DineLA 2009: Dakota

The Dakota is decorated in a style that harmonizes with the old Hollywood glamour of the Roosevelt Hotel, but without the creepiness. The rich chocolate tones keep the room hip and dark but much warmer than the usual black and white decor. The suede chairs are comfortable, although I am still pondering the leather tablecloths. The room is divided by large columns that break up the vastness and give each area a sense of privacy....

The Genius of Miles Davis

Last Wednesday Zune Space LA in partnership with Sony Music's Icon Collectibles presented "The Genius of Miles Davis - the Columbia Years". The photography exhibit contained works by Don Hunstein, Bob Cato, Sandy Speisner, Charles Reilly and Urve Kuusik. The evening was relaxed and elegant. The Davis family is as friendly and welcoming as if they were greeting you in their own home. Mile's Davis' nephew, Vince, is particularly jovial. Then a bunch of South...

Gary Leonard’s Pictures Are Worth a Million Words

Photographer Gary Leonard opened a gallery for his rare archival prints last month. The Apparel News has a mini-profile of the prolific photographer, who has documented most every Los Angeles ribbon-cutting, political ruckus or cool concert since the 1970s. The name of Leonard’s downtown L.A. space is Take My Picture, Gary Leonard, which was also the title of his weekly columns which ran for years in the Los Angeles Reader, New Times and CityBeat....

Watt Spiels about Miles Davis, Coltrane and Walt Whitman

Last night Zume hosted the opening of a photographic exhibit celebrating "The Genius of Miles Davis...The Columbia Years". Musicians from all genres packed the club, a testament to the wide-ranging influence of Miles Davis. Stay tuned for our upcoming photo essay. For now, listen in as LAist contributors Bobzilla and Mike Watt discuss the photography, the music, and especially the musicians. Video shot by Elise Thompson for LAist...

Macallan Presents The Masters of Photography

Last Thursday night "The Masters of Photography Collection" was unveiled at M + B Gallery in West Hollywood. The world-renowned, not to mention charming and hilarious photographer Rankin shot 1,000 unique Polaroids that will each grace 1,000 bottles of limited edition Macallan Fine Oak 30 Years Old. There are only 150 of these bottles in the United States. The primarily black and white photographs were shot on the Macallan estate over six days. The gorgeous...

Lux Interior October 21, 1946 - February 4, 2009

Early this morning the Cramps' lead singer Lux Interior passed away in Glendale due to a pre-existing heart condition. I was truly saddened to learn of his death, and had I not been in a room full of people I might have burst into tears. Even before my first Cramps gig at the age of 15, Lux Interior had a profound effect on my understanding of music and showmanship. Grimacing and posturing, Lux interior would...

The Oscar Nominees: Our First Impressions Pt. 1

Monday The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences held its annual luncheon for the Oscar nominees at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Approximately 120 nominees were on hand, including Fifteen of the twenty nominees in the acting categories. LAist was invited into the interview room where nominees such as Richard Jenkins, Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, and Kate Winslet took questions from the press. The interview room was exactly like the presidential...

DineLA 2009: Asia de Cuba

Asia de Cuba in the Mondrian is one swank spot. The table wasn't ready, as we were being squeezed in, so we hung out in the bar. My nephew said, "I don't know if I've ever felt quite this cool before." After trying to seat us in a cramped spot between a hilariously large potted plant and the bussing station outside, we were given a table by the window with a stunning view of the...

There's No Free Lunch, but Today at Denny's There's Free Breakfast!

Today Denny's Restaurants all across America are offering free Grand Slam breakfasts between 6am and 2pm. The only two nonparticipating restaurants are in Baker, CA and Las Cruces NM - spoilsports! Nelson Marchioli, President and CEO of Denny's told the Dallas Morning News that Denny's hopes to recover the market share they have lost, and called 2009 is “the year of the Grand Slam,”

Drag Race at World of Wonder: The View from Outside

Tonight RuPaul's Drag Race premieres on LOGO. World of Wonder in Hollywood threw a wild opening party for the show last week filled with drag-themed artwork. The turnout was tremendous and the room quickly went from "SRO" to Fire Marshall at the door". The event was at capacity and under threat of being shut down even before the red carpet was finished. Which left the stars of the show, RuPaul, A-list invitees and certain (cough)...

DineLA 2009: Thousand Cranes

Nostalgia brought us to the door of Thousand Cranes in Little Tokyo. There was a time in the 80s when nightfall turned downtown LA into a wasteland dotted with random nightclubs and loft parties, It was a punk rock playground, inhabited by night owls, homeless people and junkies. One oasis in the sea of cement and alleyways was the New Otani Hotel. It never ceased to amaze us that a well-tended Japanese garden even existed...

DineLA 2009: Campanile

Compared to the crowd at Simon LA the night before, Campanile was packed. After a short wait in the bar we were seated in an overflow room upstairs. Compared to the high ceilings and open space of the main dining hall, the room was cozy and uncluttered. In spite of the age of the historic building, there is a pristine cleanliness about everything. Even the butter that arrives with the famous La Brea Bakery bread...

And the Smoked Salmon Oscar Goes to...

For 15 years Wofgang Puck has been the official caterer of The Governors Ball, the celebration that follows the Academy Awards. And this year, LAist was there for the preview. This time we get to show you pictures of Oscar-shaped chocolate statues. We also had the opportunity to test-taste a few of the treats and the cocktails that will be served at the Ball. Wolfgang Puck Catering will be serving 1,500 Ball guests, which will...

DineLA 2009: Simon LA

Simon LA was chosen as the first stop on our Dine LA blitz because of the impressive appetizers we sampled at the Behind the Unseen event held there. Simon Kerry, who is known as the rock and roll chef, stood in the kitchen staring intently at the dining room, which was not empty but definitely not bustling. The servers were bursting with enthusiasm and friendliness. They responded to our bad jokes by adding their own...

Urban Design: A Tale of Two Downtowns

by Jack Skelley How hard has the housing slump hit Downtown L.A.? Two buildings tell two different stories. The Rowan in the Old Bank District has scheduled an auction to unload 79 lofts on February 8. Whereas Evo in South Park has closed sales on a dozen condos in the last eight weeks: This includes a $3 million, all-cash penthouse deal last week - the largest purchase price for a single residential unit in Downtown,...

Academy Award Nominees Announced: Heath Ledger for 'Dark Knight,' Richard Jenkins a Surprise for Best Actor, 'Benjamin Button' Big Winner

In the wee hours of the morning today phones were ringing off the hook all over Hollywood. At 5:30 a.m. the nominees were announced for the 81st Academy Awards. Academy President Sid Ganis and Actor Forest Whitaker made the announcement at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. LAist was there. Heath Ledger predictably received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In fact, most of the nominations were as predicted although there were a...

Limited Edition Blue Drum Unveiled at NAMM

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, Blue Drums® in conjunction with Miles Davis Properties, LLC unveiled a limited-edition snare drum at the Vic Firth booth during the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention last Saturday in Anaheim. Only fifty (50) Kind of Blue (KOB) 50th Anniversary snare drums are being produced by Blue Drums® in association with Miles Davis Properties, LLC. Blue Drums® is a company of musicians that...

Simply Wrong Food: The Bacon Cheddar Gordita Crunch

You know how deep fried Mars bars were supposedly invented by drunken chip shop workers? I think that is how Taco Bell's Bacon Gordita Crunch came about. Now don't get us wrong, here at LAist we are bacon people. In fact, we are official Facebook fans of bacon, and it doesn't get any more real than that. We have eaten bacon in ice cream, covered in chocolate, and illegally wrapped around hot dogs. But...

LAist at the Oscar Nominations: At Least We Got Bacon

Nomination day is an early day in Hollywood. Media outlets arrive at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater as early as 12:30 in the morning to start setting up. The rest of the press corps arrives at 3:30 a.m. for the press breakfast, and some stragglers creep in as late as 5 a.m. Jockeying for position is not as aggressive in a room full of mixed media. But once it is the photogs' turn to rush the...

What Would Obama Eat?

If you want to celebrate the Obama way today, you might want to cook up a big pot of presidential chili. Although it is not quite as renowned as Hillary Clinton's chocolate chip cookies or Lady Bird Johnson's lemon cake, Obama's chili recipe has been all over the internet. It's got a few surprise ingredients. Red wine vinegar, OK...but turmeric? Really? Really? We will just have to trust our new commander-in-chief on that one....

The First Bite of DineLA

It was standing room only at the wildly succesful launch of DineLA yesterday at SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. More than 100 of Los Angeles' finest chefs filled the rooms of The Bazaar, chef Jose Andres restaurant in the brand spanking new hotel. The building is dazzling with blinding white walls and lots of shiny shiny chrome; the interior design accented is by unusual and exotic pieces. It was like a high school reunion as...

LAist Interview: Jon Wolfe Nelson of the L Word

The L Word is finally coming back! After what seems like forever, the last season of The L Word will premiere tomorrow. LAIst sat down with Jon Wolfe Nelson, who plays the love interest of Max (Daniela Sea), to dish about the final season, the other cast members, and what really went down during that man on Max love scene. So the new season of the L word starts Sunday. Are you excited? Of...

Dismissal Motion Heard, Sentencing Date Set in Lori Drew MySpace Suicide Case

Lori Drew's sentencing for charges related to the precedent-setting MySpace Suicide Case has been scheduled for April 30th in Los Angeles According to Associated Press. Lori Drew, who was not present at the hearing, was convicted November 26 of three counts of accessing computers without authorization. It is believed that the suicide of 13 year-old Megan Meier was a result of Drew setting up a fake profile on MySpace of a boy who romanced and then dumped Meier in 2006.

New Year's Resolution: Get out of Debt

If you can't absorb Suze Orman's sage advice because it gets lost in the shrillness, this video may be the answer. Steve Martin and Amy Pohler ponder getting out of debt the obvious way....

A Carol from the Harry Shearer and Judith Owen Singalong

There was a warm communal vibe at Harry Shearer and Judith Owen's singalong December 5th. It was held in the Steve Allen Theater, which is small and homey enough to remind you of being in a high school auditorium. In fact, it was almost like being at your kid's high school holiday chorale -- if your kids were all over 40 and went to the most awesome high school ever. The first half of...

Universal Studios is Open Today

Tired of the same old movie for Christmas? A traditional white Christmas and an encounter with the not-so-traditional green Grinch await guests at Universal Studios. "Grinchmas" is included in the entry fee, with "tons of powder-fresh snow, meetings with The Grinch, Cindy-Lou Who and Max the Dog and a "Whoville" jubilation at the original movie sets where the classic "Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" was filmed." Hours of operation Christmas day are 10:00...

Pie r Round: Bumbleberry Pie

Photo by Elise Thompson. Disclaimer: This is a mixed berry pie, not a bumbleberry A long-time family favorite of my good friend David Peeps, this recipe is originally from The Buffallo Mountain Lodge in Banff, Alberta. The apples mellow out the tartness of the berries, and the berries liven up the sometimes humdrum flavor of the apples. Recipe after the jump!...

Pie r Round: Peanut Butter Pie

Photo by Elise Thompson. Pie by The Wheel Inn This one is an unusual take on a holiday classic. For years a personal obsession has been the peanut butter pie at the Wheel Inn at Cabazon. There have been many disappointments along the way to a duplicate recipe, with versions full of Cool Whip and broken dreams. This recipe seems to really hit the mark and is the closest you can get without a...

Pie r Round: Lemon Meringue Pie

Photo by Elise Thompson. Pies by Dee Thompson Some pies are traditional for Christmas -- like pumpkin, pecan and mincemeat. Why not try something new this year? The bright tartness of a traditional lemon meringue pie can bring a litle sunshine to the holiday table and really wake up the palate. Fresh-squeezed lemon makes all the difference in the recipe. Some people are intimidated by meringue but if you follow one rule you can't...

Stop Txting & Driving! New Laws Go in Effect Jan 1st

Photo by Senor Codo via Flickr This week the DMV released a reminder list of the new laws taking effect January 1, 2009. It was a busy year, according to the DMV website. 772 bills were signed into law, including over 80 changes to the vehicle code. The change that will probably affect the most people is an attempt to stop all of the busy little fingers on the road. Text Messaging (SB 28/Simitian)...

Impatient Snowbound Motorist Injures Caltrans Worker

Trucks parked along south-bound Interstate 15 at Roy Rogers Drive waited until roads could be cleared on yesterday in Victorville (AP Photo/The Sun, Eric Reed) There's one in every crowd. Yesterday one of the thousands of motorists stranded on the southbound side of the Grapevine repeatedly rammed into a barricade injuring a Caltrans worker before driving away starting a police chase, the Daily News reported. Fortunately, the worker only "suffered minor injuries. The driver...

Late Night Elves Decorate Metro Tree Sculpture

Once again, mysterious elves have taken it upon themselves to decorate the tree sculpture at one Gold Metro stop. Under cover of darkness, they work every December to bring a little holiday cheer to Metro riders. No tape or other permanent adhesives are ever used. They only use string and ribbon that does not harm the tree. After the holidays, the same elves sneak back and quietly take down the decorations like the good citizens...

AC/DC w/ the Answer @ The Forum, 12/6/08

It's no big revelation that high school kids bond in cliques. The cheerleaders never cross paths with the trenchcoat mafia. My high school was small, so the punkers and the metal kids banded together over a shared love of vandalism and recreational drugs. I hated most of the metal bands the Beavis and Butthead-type kids wrote on their Peechee folders, but one band stood out - AC/DC. Mainly because of Angus Young. With his schoolboy...

Amazon.com Deliveries are Waaaaaay Behind Schedule This Year

If you were planning on leisurely filling out your one-click holiday shopping list this year, too bad. Amazon.com is running way behind. Or maybe they are blackmailing you into joining their new membership club, Amazon Prime. If you place an order today, December 8th, and pay for 2-day shipping, you can't trust your items will arrive by Christmas, much less in time for Hanukkah. They warn you: Estimated delivery date for these 7 items:...

Il Moro Fetes its MoroAngeleno Cocktail

Last Tuesday Modern Luxury magazine Angeleno and Il Moro restaurant got together to celebrate the prizewinning MoroAngeleno. No one could tell us exactly what award it had won. When we asked the mixologist he mumbled, "The Mixologists". Angeleno Magazine has been running a series called The Summer Cocktail Tour featuring local restaurants that invented a new cocktail with Angeleno in the name. Genius cross-marketing. So perhaps this cocktail was the best out of of the...

Midnight Movie: Willie Nelson on a Colbert Christmas

It's hard to beat Elvis Costello singing from inside of a bear's stomache, but this clip comes pretty darn close. Happy holidays everybody!...

The Cocktail that Dares Not Speak its Name

The Edendale Grill may fall in and out of favor, but its bar has never wavered as a solid local watering hole. We recently discovered mixologist Kelly O'Hare has an ace up his sleeve. A drink so good it doesn't even need a name. It's his fallback for people who don't know what they want to drink. Lets just say we wanted to drink more than a couple of them. It's not too rough and...

LAist Interview: Melissa Grego of Mel's Diner

The Mel's Diner blog over at Broadcasting & Cable magazine (not to be confused with the actual diner of the same name) includes posts on everything from who dines where (see their 'Fly on the Wall' sightings series) to proper etiquette for working meals. But the most interesting feature has to be the live interviews. Broadcasting & Cable magazine Executive Editor Melissa Grego reports on her dining excursions with the TV industry's players at their...

Iron Chef Cat Cora at The Paley Center

November 19, the Paley Center for Media hosted an evening with Iron Chef Cat Cora. During an interview with Broadcasting and Cable's Stephanie Robbins, Cora hints at the possibility of a sixth iron chef, but stays vague on the posibility of another installment of The Next Iron Chef. She also talks politics. The economy isn't the only issue on Cora's mind. As an openly gay woman, she recently participated in protests against California Proposition 8...

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