Results tagged “Elise Thompson”

Verdict is in for Lori Drew in the 'MySpace Suicide' Case

Lori Drew, left, and her daughter Sarah, arrive at federal court | AP Photo/Nick Ut Lori Drew was cleared of felony charges today in Los Angeles. However, she has been convicted of three misdemeanor counts in the "MySpace suicide" case. Drew had plead not guilty to all counts. She now faces up to three years in prison and a $300,000 fine. It is believed that Drew's invention of a fraudulant MySpace profile used to...

Sunrise in Pedro

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! And thanks to Mike Watt for this amazing sunrise in his hometown of San Pedro. Watt has done a lot for LAist, sending us photos, news, updates, and the occasional post. So thanks for the rocking, thanks for the beautiful sunrises, and most of all, thanks for Double Nickels on the Dime!!!...

The WKRP Turkey Drop

One of the greatest moments of WKRP in Cincinatti. In fact, one of the greatest moments in Thanksgiving television history. Yes, it's in terrible taste, but that is part of what makes it so hilarious. Enjoy Les Nessman's play-by-play. Happy T-Day!...

Cooking Tips: From our House to Yours

LAist at Home / Photo by Elise Thompson for LAist Whenever we cook, there is a little voice that occasionally admonishes, reminds, and keeps us from cutting off a finger. (What? You guys don't hear the voices too???). Whether it was your mom, dad, neighbor or Hints from Heloise, or if you had to learn the hard way, these tips are invaluable and keep the ambulance away. Here are a few tips from LAist...

What I am Grateful for this Year

I am grateful that for the first time in my life I felt a twinge of patriotism and real hope for the future of this country. I am grateful that when there is injustice, thousands of Angelenos are willing to take to the streets, protest, raise funds, and make their voices be heard. And that they will continue to do so until there truly is equality in this land. I am grateful that I have...

Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Will Make You a Star

Did you just remember that you promised to bring a "side dish" to Thanksgiving dinner? Don't even think about green bean casserole. People will snicker at you behind your back. I'm sorry, but it's true. I've witnessed it on more than one occasion. Even if you tell them you were being ironic. So here are a few ideas for side dishes that will save your reputation. Bring along a chilled bottle of champagne and...

REDCAT Celebrates 5 Years of Progressive Art

Last Wednesday night ForYourArt and The Standard, Downtown LA Art Series celebrated REDCAT`s 5th Year Anniversary and the recent appointment of curator Clara Kim as Gallery Director with a party on the roof of the The Standard. It was the premiere event of The Standard, Downtown LA Art Series' collaboration with ForYourArt. Performances featured Ann Magnuson, Carl Hancock Rux and Kristina Wong. The scene-stealer of the night was definitely the underwater opera by Juliana Snapper...

Great Chefs of Los Angeles @ CBS 11/09/08

Last Sunday the 22nd Annual Great Chefs of Los Angeles took place on the lot at CBS Studios to benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California. Some of the city's best chefs were in attendance, serving up their finest fare. Vintners, liquor companies and non-alcoholic beverage companies also donated drinks to the event. This year’s "Go Green, Go Organic" theme promotes eco-friendly and recyclable products as well as conscious living and sustainability, and emphasizes...

Red Carpet for Rock & Bowl 3: Hosts and Personalities

At VH1 Classic's Rock & Bowl last night, hosts from a variety of shows, especially those airing on VH1 also made a strong showing to support the cause. So let's hear it for the people who bring us our gameshows and clip shows. You know you'd be lost without them. Let's just call them "nonfiction" shows....

Wish Trees for Pasadena Move to their New Home Today

Today the crepe myrtles that were part of the Wish Tree for Pasadena installation at One Colorado will be planted at their new, permanent home at Arlington Garden. Dedication is 10:00 A.M. ...The trees are being dedicated as a permanent contemplative grove at Arlington Garden in Pasadena. Arlington Garden is a demonstration Mediterranean climate garden located at 275 Arlington Drive. In just three-and-a-half years since its founding, the Garden has become home to 2,300 trees...

Genlux Holiday Issue Release Party @ Luxe Hotel 11/08/08

Time to drag out the silver sequins and red velvet -- the holiday party season is already upon us! Last Saturday night Genlux magazine threw a glam bash on the roof of the Luxe Hotel on Rodeo Drive to celebrate the release of their holiday issue. Paris Hilton, who graces the December issue, was on hand, along with a few of her BFFs (admit it, you've seen it - blame TiVo). Onch was really friendly...

Looking to be Jesse's Rebound Girl?

Did you swoon over snowboarder Jesse on The Bachelorette? The recent announcement that he had been dumped by Deanna was posted online last week by Jesse in true 21st century fashion. You know what that means. Girls, Jesse is single and it's time to get in line. But that line starts in Colorado, and it may be awhile. At least according to LAist's video interview with Jesse at tonight's VH1 Rock & Bowl. Where to...

Red Carpet for Rock & Bowl @ All Star Lanes 11-13-08

VH1 definitely knows how to throw a party! Remember that pizza-addled dream about Corey Feldman, Scott Ian and Billy Gibbons? It really can come true! Here is the first batch of red carpet photos from VH1 Classic's Rock & Bowl event last night at All Star Lanes to benefit autism charities. It was a mellow red carpet in such an intimate setting that we could even chat a little with the celebs and ask them...

Red Carpet for Rock & Bowl 2: Reality Star-o-Rama

Last night VH1 Classic's Rock & Bowl event took over the All Star Lanes to benefit autism charities. In addition to the rock stars and actors, there was a large contingent of reality stars. Not like we ever watch those shows. OK, maybe TiVo records them for us. And TiVo must be obeyed....

Rock & Bowl with the Stars Tomorrow Night!

Photo by urbanshoegirl via Flickr Did you ever eat too much pizza before going to bed and have one of those really weird dreams where you were bowling with Slash, Scott Ian and Billy Gibbons while Greg Brady and Corey Feldman cheered you on? Well, that dream can become a reality tomorrow night. Tomorrow night VH1 Classic Rock invites you to Rock & Bowl with the Stars to benefit three autism charities. Hosted by Dave...

Dia de los Muertos @ Self Help Graphics

Sunday, November 3rd, Self Help Graphics in East LA held one of Los Angeles' most entertaining and visually exciting Dia de los Muertos festivals. It could even be argued that Self Help, which started out in 1970, was instrumental in reviving the once-obscure holiday of Dia de los Muertos. This year was their 35th annual festival. Self Help Graphics & Art began celebrating Day of the Dead on November 2, 1972. Two artists met in...

Proposition 8 March Footage

This footage was posted on YouTube at 11pm tonight as an estimated crowd of 2,500 people marched in protest of the passage of Proposition 8. MyFoxLA has also posted footage on their website. The YouTube poster comments, "Thousands of gay marriage supporters march in four large groups throughout West Hollywood and other parts of Los Angeles as Prop 8 passes in California. Taken near the corner of Sunset Blvd., and Crescent Heights. There [sic] message...

Dia de los Muertos @ Olvera Street 11/02/08

Sunday was the final evening of the Olvera Street Merchant's Dia de los Muertos celebration. It seemed like the entire city showed up, crowding the narrow streets and gazebo. Blessings were given in the street center, cleansing the faithful with smoke that billowed from small clay pots. Shops sold sugar skulls, mariachis played, and the lines at taco stands grew as the hour of the procession neared. At 7pm, after a blessing by a parish...

Halloween with Feed a Model @ Ecco

On Halloween night, the model/artists of Feed A Model hosted an eco-friendly evening of art, fashion, and charity. Feed a Model benefits Global Green USA. All of the artwork uses Low & Zero VOC paints, and natural and recycled materials. The models who created the art were dressed by eco-friendly designer Deborah Lindquist as different themed princesses Some of the larger artworks were auctioned off live. According to the press release, "The lucky winners of...

Halloween @ The Farmer's Market

The slow realization that not a single Halloween party provided refreshments on Friday led to a stop at The Gumbo Pot, which in turn led to the serendipitous discovery of a total rager at the Farmer's Market at Third and Fairfax. Who knew? It was family-friendly, and the booths served food until at least 10pm. The bar also served into the night, which made for some serious partying. "Mr. Rogers" won the extremely close costume...

Wednesday Night Halloween Party @ The Rainbow

The Rainbow Bar and Grill on the Sunset Strip kicked off the Halloween festivities early Wednesday night. Manager Tony kept the vibe cool, the drinks were flowing and the costumes were interesting. Late-night munchies, especially pizza, are always popular at The rainbow. Of course, there was plenty of hard partying and skimpily-dressed hot chicks. It is the Rainbow, after all. Rock stars may not be getting blown under the table these days, but there was...

A Pumpkin We Can All Believe In

This jack o' lantern was carved and photographed by Eddie North-Hager of Leimert Park Beat, who, along with blogger Jasmyne Cannick, was featured on KCRW last night (KCRW Link). For the Barack o'lantern I used a stencil from YesWeCarve.com to make this pumpkin and show a little patriotic/Halloween spirit. The pumpkin is sitting on Martin Luther King Boulevard as it enters the African American arts and culture district, the Leimert Park neighborhood just southwest...

Preparing an Altar for Dia de los Muertos

November 1st and 2nd are the days set aside to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Originally celebrated in Mexico, it is becoming increasingly common in Los Angeles. The origins of Dia de los Muertos have been traced back as far as Aztec festivals dedicated to the godess Mictecacihuatl. It is now celebrated on the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. It is believed that during this time it is easier...

Giada De Laurentiis @ The Paley Center

Tuesday night The Paley Center for Media hosted and evening with Giada De Laurentiis. Often you leave events like this thinking, "If only I could have asked a question, if I only I could have met her, if only I could have tried the food I saw prepared onscreen..." Well, the Paley Center granted every wish you could possibly have and more. The evening began with a preview of her new show, At Home with...

Halloween Party Time: Hotter than Hades

When we got tired of orange, sugary, pumpkin-related party foods, somehow spiciness became a popular Halloween party theme. Maybe it has something to do with the fires of hell. Why question it? Just enjoy! This drink is made with Cachaça (ka-SHA-sa), which is a Brazilian spirit classified as rum, but distilled with pure cane juice rather than molasses. It is the main ingredient in the mojito-of-the-future, the Caipirinha (kai-pur-EEN-ya). The Cucumber Jalapeno Caipirinha 2 oz....

Torn Between Two Bitches @ The Unknown Theater

Written by Brian M. Clark If you've ever sat through one of the unfunny sketches featured on Mad TV or Saturday Night Live, wherein a mediocre actor lampoons a famous politician or celebrity to whom they bear no resemblance whatsoever; caricatures said politician or celebrity poorly and exaggeratedly, and brings zero insight or real humor through the cartoonish parody of said politician or celebrity - and the whole thing drags on well beyond the point...

Halloween Party Ideas: The Vampira

Neccessity is the mother of invention. Camping in Mexico is a great time to discover that the only thing left in the cooler - mango nectar, is delicious with tequila. It is also conveniently bright orange, making it a perfect Halloween drink. It's a little sweet, so the blood orange cuts the sweetness (and adds the fun!) If you don't have Centenario, substitute another white tequila like Don Julio Blanco. The Vampira 1 ounce Centenario...

Found in LA: It's the Season of the Witch

This 1967 Cadillac Hearse was tooling down the 5 near Los Feliz a few weekends ago. If you want to trick out your own and don't mind picking it up in Arkansas, there is one for sale. Be prepared to shell out for a lot of gas at the pump. In high school I dated a guy who owned a '66 Cadillac hearse and it only got 5 miles to the gallon. Oh, and...

Have You Ever Been Tempted to Drink Axe Bodyspray?

Written with Greg Thompson There are always rumors of winos drinking aftershave just for the alcohol. Thursday night at the elegant LA/Beverly Hills area Sofitel Hotel, the idea went markedly upscale. Every year since 1983, when Axe was launched in France by Faberge (now part of Unilever - as is Axe), a key part of Axe's success has been staying current with the release of new fragrances. This year's premiere fragrance is Bergamot. Along with...

Better Angels Art Event at Beyond Baroque Tonight

Beyond Baroque in Venice was the hip spot in the 80s for great music, literary events, arts, and performance. Tonight's all-star lineup proves the venue is still hosting exciting events. Tonight Beyond Baroque will be presenting Better Angels, an art exhibit by Diana Bonebrake, whose amazing skyscapes are nothing less than entrancing. Her work has been featured on book covers as well as on the album covers of bands like The Knitters and Skip Heller....

AXE Proximity & 944 Magazine Present Behind the UnScene

On Thursday night, Randy Gerber's Stone Rose at Hotel Sofitel hosted Behind the UnScene, an event touring the country presented by Proximity and 944 Magazine. Behind the Unscene is a 2-part project, part promotion, and part charity. The first part of the event is a contest in which up-and-coming photographers submit photographs that embody all that is Bergamot, the new Proximity body spray by Axe. The second part of Unscene is a fundraiser in which...

Douchebag Sites for Wasting Time at Work

It's Friday again! Is your patience wearing thin? Is your boss a total douchebag? Are all of your customers douchebags? Well, don't try to fight douchebaggery, celebrate it!!! Rock And Roll Confidential's Hall Of Douchebags. The site that started it all. Which led to Funniest Looking Black Metal Dudes Then things started getting interactive. Send in your own douchebag! Rate their douchebagginess! Speaking of infinite, God always has to elbow his way into everything somehow....

Let's Go Halloween Shopping at the 99-cent Store!

It's holiday time again, and you know what that means! The stores are loaded with exciting serving platters that look like tombstones and little devil horns. There are just no funner themes than death and Satan. Let's go shopping!!!...

You Can Still Get Tickets to See Giada!

I know what you are all thinking whenever you see Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis. Sorry, she's married, and that cool "camping outside your house" demonstration of love from Valley Girl has been outlawed since the 80s. No, what you are all thinking is, "Oh God, I wish I could taste that food!" Well, this is your lucky day! The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills is presenting an evening series titled...

The Most Interesting Show in the World Red Carpet

Last Friday Dos Equis brought The Most Interesting Show in the World to the Music Box in Los Angeles. Hosted by Jim Rose, the show presented acts of feat and daring to the stage. Today we bring you the red carpet photos from the event. The photo essay for the performance is upcoming, so we will keep you on tenterhooks for now -- actually, tenterhooks are the one thing they didn't do on stage!...

Sesnon Fire Update: High Winds Cause Fire to Jump Sesnon

For updated and continuing coverage, click here to see all related wildfire posts. According to CBS2 News, at 1:30 this morning the Sesnon fire jumped Sesnon Boulevard, "a major artery" for evacuations and firefighting efforts, and is heading towards homes in Granada Hills. As of 4:30 this morning, approximately 18 structures have burned, 8 or 9 of those were homes. The fire is burning on three fronts, and embers continue to ignite new fires....

Fire Update: Changing Winds Make Sesnon Fire Difficult to Predict

The Santa Ana winds will worsen over the next few hours, then finally mellow out around noon. Northridge View at the 11800 block of Reseda is now under mandatory evacuation as the fire licks at the road. Edelston Park has been completely destroyed. In spite of the proximity of the fire, Cal State Northridge will be open today. The 118 West was just reopened. The Marek Fire: The 210 is now opened, but onramps and...

Protecting Animals from the Fires

As people are dealing with the effects of the local wildfires, there are also organizations making sure the four-legged victims are being looked after. Especially since there are so many horses in the fire-stricken neighborhoods. The LA Times reports on the evacuation of animals from the Porter Ranch and Marek wildfires. "One person said 100 to 150 horses had been turned loose in Brown's Canyon as the flames neared because they could not be...

Live Near the Fires? List Yourself as 'Safe and Well'

The American Red Cross maintains an online "Safe and Well List". This list allows friends and relatives of people who live in areas affected by a disaster, like the current fires, to check on their well-being. To conduct a search, the person needs either a phone number or a complete home address. If you have been affected by the recent evacuations, you can stop at a local Red Cross shelter to register your well-being...

Canter's Celebrates Anniversary with 60-cent Sandwiches Today

Photo of Canter's anniversary in 2006 by Zach Behrens for LAist Who needs roses? To celebrate their 60th year, Canter's Deli will be offering their famous corned beef sandwich on rye, pickle, "taste" of potato salad and a chocolate rugelach for only 60 cents! It is one per customer, but that's OK. You can just bring us a couple of black & white cookies. The 60-cent sandwich will be offered between 12 noon and...

Standing in Two Circles signing @ La Luz

Saturday night La Luz de Jesus hosted the book signing for Boyd Rice's Standing in Two Circles. If you are unfamiliar with everyone's favorite creepy boy next door, Boyd Rice first recorded avant-garde music as NON in the late 70s, toying with themes as varied as fascism and children's music. Although perhaps those themes aren't always polar opposites. He has worked in collaboration with Re/Search Publications, and recorded an unforgettable version of "Bonnie and Clyde"...

Son of Fun Sites for Wasting Time at Work

It's Friday. You want to bail but you still have to look busy, and we're here to help with the amazing wonderfulness that is the internet. From making weird things to collecting themed photos, these are people with a mission. You thought you were the only one? Statue molesters. A favorite is the Free Tempurpedic Bed Project. The site says it was last updated in 2007, but maybe we can get this guy happening again....

See Love Psychedelico before they Return to Japan!

Love Psychedelico, who have been rocking out Tokyo since 1997, recently released their US debut, This Is Love Psychedelico, on HackTone Records. This week they will be bringing the thunder to the Troubadour will their full band, then bringing it on down low for an acoustic set at The Apple Store in Santa Monica. Here is a photo essay from August, when Love Psychedelico played the Royal/T, Culver City's new "maid cafe". The acoustic set...

Drag out that Crockpot and Let's Party!

Our generation was never quite as obsessed with kitchen gadgetry as our parents were. Most people never seem to venture beyond a blender and a George Foreman Grill. After all, Margaritas and paninis can get you through your 20s just fine. But maybe you are starting to get a little curious about those wedding presents, leftover gifts from Aunt Doris, and all of that shiny, shiny, chrome in the back aisle of Crate and...

How About a Sarah Palin Drinking Game?

OK, Everybody ready? Drink in hand? TV on? Let's get ready to get trashed!!! According to the odds makers at www.betonline.com, the over/under on the number of times Palin mentions 'Russia' is currently at 2 1/2, with the site favoring the over. Everyone take a shot every time Palin says "Russia" and hang on to your barstool! If you're not sure where to drink, check out our earlier post....

Wolfgang Puck's 26th Annual American Wine & Food Festival

Saturday night was the main event in the three-day American Wine and Food Festival festival that started with Red Hot @ Red Seven Friday and culminated in a chef's dinner on Sunday, Saturday evening's event was a full-blown extravaganza. Held at The Universal Backlot, guests were given the opportunity to party amongst rarely-seen sets, such as Spartacus Square, European Square, European Streets, Court of Miracles, and East of Denver Street, I will admit I don't...

Red Hot @ Red Seven Part 2

American Wine and Food Festival's Red Hot party at the Red Seven restaurant in the Design Center was too rocking for just one post. Usually as an event hits its last hour, things start to wind down, but this party was just getting revved up. Hors d' Ouvres were passed with the same regularity, fresh steaks were thrown on the grill, and even cigars made a quick turn around the patio. The event, which was...

AWFF Red Hot @ Red Seven Part 1

Friday night American Wine and Food Festival started off with a rager called Red Hot @ Red Seven. Only in its second year, Red Hot is a celebration of red meat, alcohol, cars, and everything else that made this country great. An expensive but doable $150 guaranteed unlimited kobe beef and caipirinhas -- a definite bargain. The event was subdued at a fashionably late 8pm, made a little later by road construction and aggro drivers...

Lori Drew's Trial Date in MySpace Case Postponed Again

Lori Drew's trial date, which was scheduled for October 7, has been postponed once again. U.S. District Court Judge George Wu decided Tuesday to postpone the trial in order to to consider the defense's motion to dismiss the case. The trial was already postponed once from July 29 to Oct. 7. In the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, Drew's attorney "predicts the trial date will get pushed back to December." The charges against Drew stem...

What's Frying at the LA County Fair

"If it's slower, smaller and stupider than I am..." batter it up and throw it in the fryer! As we entered the second week of the LA County Fair, LAist decided it was time to answer the eternal question: What are they deep-frying this year? We took one for the team last weekend, downing all manner of deep-fried goodies, including the good, the bad, and the ugly. A Food Guide, which can be found at...

Raymond Pettibon Exhibit at Regen Projects

Raymond Pettibon's name may forever be linked to SST Records, especially the Minutemen and his brother Greg's band, Black Flag. Pettibon got his start drawing up flyers and album covers for 1980s South Bay punk bands. The collection currently showing at Regen Projects is drawn from this era, when Pettibon's work was particularly raw and intense. The deceptively simple pen and ink drawings push the limitations of black and white, exploring light and shadow along...

Photos from the Red Carpet: Stand Up to Cancer

Stand Up To Cancer announced on Sunday that "from its launch on May 28, 2008, through September 5, 2008's historic simultaneous commercial-free telecast, the initiative has raised more than $100 million to accelerate ground-breaking research and bring new therapies to patients more quickly." ABC, CBS and NBC simultaneously ran the special television event commercial-free last Friday, donating the airtime. LAist was there Friday to bring you these pics straight from the red carpet. Ever wonder...

Stand up to Cancer

Tune in tonight at 8pm for a landmark televised event that will simultaneously be broadcast on ABC, NBC, and CBS . The fundraising event will include filmed segments, and performances by some of the biggest names in show business. Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, James Taylor, Scarlett Johansson, Meryl Streep, Jack Black, Kirsten Dunst, Charles Barkley, and Keanu Reeves will be answering the phones themselves to take pledges. The event was organized by Stand up to...

Extra, Extra: Wouldn't You Give Your Hand to a Friend?

Photo by Manny! via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr On the heels of a small plane crash in Burbank, a banner-towing plane has crashed in Camarillo, killing the pilot. News reports have not disclosed what it said on the banner. Don't you hate it when you're just trying to enjoy your Grand Slam and the guy at the next table tries to saw off his own arm with a butcher knife? Yelp...

It's Festival Time Again!!!

Photo by Elise Thompson for LAist What are you kids doing indoors on a beautiful day like this? Go outside and play! Fiesta Hermosa Hermosa Beach's 3-day arts festival formerly known as Fiesta del Artes is the place to be in the South Bay this weekend. Cool breezes, local crafts, killer food, kids' rides, live music by trippy cover bands and a seriously out-of-control microbrew beer tent are to be expected. Sat 8/30, Sun...

5th Annual Fuck Yeah Fest and Scavenger Hunt Schedule

The Fuck Yeah Fest, curated by Sean Carlson and Keith Morris has definitely had its troubles this year. The original financial backer pulled out just days before plans to announce the line up, and there was that little incident at the Hollywood Bowl. But the show must go on! Doors open today at 2:30. There are four event locations, but they are all within a few blocks of each other. The entry fee will get...

Wish for the Day

Every day LAist will be sharing wishes from Wish Tree for Pasadena with you. Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for Pasadena is an interactive installation at Colorado One. The Wish Trees will remain there until November 9 when it will join other wishes from around the world at the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavík, Iceland One of the best things about of Wish Tree is that you get to...

Wish for the Day

Every day LAist will be sharing wishes from Wish Tree for Pasadena with you. Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for Pasadena is an interactive installation at Colorado One. The Wish Trees will remain there until November 9 when it will join other wishes from around the world at the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavík, Iceland One of the best things about of Wish Tree is that you get to...

Wish for the Day

Every day LAist will be sharing wishes from Wish Tree for Pasadena with you. Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for Pasadena is an interactive installation at Colorado One. The Wish Trees will remain there until November 9 when it will join other wishes from around the world at the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavík, Iceland One of the best things about of Wish Tree is that you get to...

Wish for a Day 8/21

Every day LAist will be sharing wishes from Wish Tree for Pasadena with you. Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for Pasadena is an interactive installation at Colorado One. The Wish Trees will remain there until November 9 when it will join other wishes from around the world at the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavík, Iceland One of the best things about of Wish Tree is that you get to peek...

Wish for a Day 8/20

Translation of Wish (if it's too blurry for ya): "I wish Yoko Ono would call me." Every day LAist will be sharing wishes from Wish Tree for Pasadena with you. Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for Pasadena is an interactive installation at Colorado One. The Wish Trees will remain there until November 9 when it will join other wishes from around the world at the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavík,...

Wish for the Day 8/19

Every day LAist will be sharing wishes from Wish Tree for Pasadena with you. Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for Pasadena is an interactive installation at Colorado One. The Wish Trees will remain there until November 9 when it will join other wishes from around the world at the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavík, Iceland One of the best things about of Wish Tree is that you get to peek...

Wish for a Day 8/18

Every day LAist will be sharing wishes from Wish Tree for Pasadena with you. Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for Pasadena is an interactive installation at Colorado One. The Wish Trees will remain there until November 9 when it will join other wishes from around the world at the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavík, Iceland One of the best things about of Wish Tree is that you get to peek...

Wish for a Day 8/15

Every day LAist will be sharing wishes from Wish Tree for Pasadena with you. Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for Pasadena is an interactive installation at Colorado One. The Wish Trees will remain there until November 9 when it will join other wishes from around the world at the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavík, Iceland One of the best things about of Wish Tree is that you get to peek...

Wish for a Day 8/14

Every day LAist will be sharing wishes from Wish Tree for Pasadena with you. Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for Pasadena is an interactive installation at Colorado One. The Wish Trees will remain there until November 9 when it will join other wishes from around the world at the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavík, Iceland One of the best things about of Wish Tree is that you get to peek...

Wish for a Day: 08/13

Every day LAist will be sharing wishes from Wish Tree for Pasadena with you. Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for Pasadena is an interactive installation at Colorado One. The Wish Trees will remain there until November 9 when it will join other wishes from around the world at the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavík, Iceland One of the best things about of Wish Tree is that you get to peek...

Wish for the Day 08/12

Every day LAist will be sharing wishes from Wish Tree for Pasadena with you. Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for Pasadena is an interactive installation at Colorado One. The Wish Trees will remain there until November 9 when it will join other wishes from around the world at the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavík, Iceland One of the best things about of Wish Tree is that you get to peek...

Brew Haw Haw: Drinking Beer for a Good Cause

For beer lovers tired of all these wine tasting events, your time has finally come! A couple weekends ago, the Pine Meadows Lawn of the Autry National Center was the site of the first annual Brew Haw Haw. A few dozen microbreweries and brewpubs represented at the beer tasting festival, and some great catering was provided to soak up all the beer. Live entertainment was provided by Bill Dwyer, who you may know from watching...

Wish for the Day 08/11

Every day LAist will be sharing wishes from Wish Tree for Pasadena with you. Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for Pasadena is an interactive installation at Colorado One. The Wish Trees will remain there until November 9 when it will join other wishes from around the world at the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavík, Iceland One of the best things about of Wish Tree is that you get to peek...

Wish for the Day 08/09

Every day LAist will be sharing wishes from Wish Tree for Pasadena with you. Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for Pasadena is an interactive installation at Colorado One. The Wish Trees will remain there until November 9 when it will join other wishes from around the world at the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavík, Iceland One of the best things about of Wish Tree is that you get to...

Wish for the Day 08/10

Every day LAist will be sharing wishes from Wish Tree for Pasadena with you. Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for Pasadena is an interactive installation at Colorado One. The Wish Trees will remain there until November 9 when it will join other wishes from around the world at the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavík, Iceland One of the best things about of Wish Tree is that you get to...

Wish for the Day 08/08

Every day LAist will be sharing wishes from Wish Tree for Pasadena with you. Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for Pasadena is an interactive installation at Colorado One. The Wish Trees will remain there until November 9 when it will join other wishes from around the world at the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavík, Iceland One of the best things about of Wish Tree is that you get to peek...

Wish for the Day: 08/07

Every day LAist will be sharing wishes from Wish Tree for Pasadena with you. Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for Pasadena is an interactive installation at Colorado One. The Wish Trees will remain there until November 9 when it will join other wishes from around the world at the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavík, Iceland One of the best things about of Wish Tree is that you get to...

The Launching Allee Party

Things were jumping last night at "Willis Wonderland", Allee Willis' super-cool party pad. The party was in celebration of the launch of "Bubbles and Cheesecake's" new video, "Editing is Cool". "Bubbles" is Allee's singing, painting alter-ego, and "Cheesecake", Bubble's collaborator, is the alter-ego of Holly Palmer, who recently spent some time on the road with Gnarls Barkley. The video is a follow-up to their YouTube sensation, "It's a Woman Thang". Check out the video after...

Wish for the Day 08/06

Every day starting today, LAist will be sharing wishes from Wish Tree for Pasadena with you. Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for Pasadena is an interactive installation at Pasadena One. The Wish Trees will remain there until November 9 when it will join other wishes from around the world at the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island, off the coast of Reykjavík, Iceland One of the best things about of Wish Tree is that you get...

Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for Pasadena

Last Saturday morning marked the opening of Yoko Ono's Wish Tree for Pasadena. It was an easy, family-friendly event with children climbing on the installation and adding their whimsical dreams of talking animals to those wishing for world peace. The day turned into a bit of a scorcher as morning slid into afternoon, and Johnny Rockets kindly provided free lemonade. Wish Tree for Pasadena is an art installation that consists of 21 living crape myrtle...

Premium Rums - Yo Ho Ho!

Rum has long been relegated to second-class status in bars. Its flavor is typically masked by strong mixers like grenadine, coconut, pineapple and lime juice. Really, it's no wonder considering the harshness of the standard rums available. That is, until now. On the heels of upscale vodka, distributors are experimenting with upscale sipping rums. It makes sense. The premium rums are aged like whiskies to mellow the infamous burn. Still, they remain sweeter than whiskies,...

Gibson Through the Lens Reception with Stevie Wonder @ The Sunset Marquis 07/30/08

This post is written in three parts: Event reporting and photography by Elise Thompson; Photography exhibit review by Bob Thompson and concert review by Sarah Ardalani. Let's hear it for teamwork! When people dream about glamorous Hollywood parties, they must imagine something like Gibson's event at the Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas on Wednesday night. To celebrate a major expansion and upgrade, The Sunset Marquis is hosting a photography exhibit, "Through the Lens", a collection...

Hey, Ryan Seacrest, Guess What? It's Shark Week!!!

Shark week started off with a bang yesterday! Sharks really know how to pull off a publicity stunt! If only sharks had fingers to dial the news outlets. Luckily, Ryan Seacrest was happy to blab about his recent shark attack in 4 feet of water 8 feet from the coast. Yes, you heard me right. Ryan Seacrest was attacked by a shark. You are not dreaming. Seacrest told the dramatic (cough) tale yesterday on his...

Simply Wrong Food: Jack in the Box's Cheesy Macaroni Bites

Having PMS and being drunk have a lot in common. You get horny and/or aggressive, and end up alienating everyone around you. And then there's the food. Nothing makes you want fatty, fried, carb-laden, crazy drunk food like PMS. Jack in the Box was definitely counting on this demographic when they came out with "Cheesy Macaroni Bites". Fried macaroni and cheese is nothing new. They have been serving it at Cafe 50s for awhile now,...

Flat Stanley Sells Out! Save the Flat Stanley Project!

Flat Stanley makes a splash on the red carpet Children's book character Flat Stanley has become a symbol of world peace, promoting international relations and literacy across the globe. Sadly, the Trust of late author Jeff Brown is in danger of ruining Flat Stanley's reputation in the name of a quick buck. In 1995 Dale Hubert, a schoolteacher in Ontario, Canada started the Flat Stanley Project, for which he received the Prime Minister's Award...

LAistory: Lions Drag Strip

Lions Drag Strip was opened in October of 1955 in an abandoned trainyard in Wilmington. The racetrack was one judge's attempt to cut down on criminal street racing by giving the wayward youth a place to race legally. Teaming up with the local Lion's Club to obtain financing, and leasing land from the Harbor Commission, the city opened Lions Associated Drag Strip. The strip was also referred to as "LADS" by locals, and as "The...

Welcome to Universal Studios' Kwik E Mart

The Simpson's Ride at Universal Studios takes up a large section of the park, almost making it Simpsons-land. The exterior section is carnival-barker-themed, and as Sideshow Bob warns, "Silly Simpsons. Don't you know every ride has to end by the gift shop?" The Kwik E Mart gift shop sadly does not sell Squishees (or those hideous pink donuts) but it is fun to browse around in anyways....

Motions to Dismiss Indictment Against Lori Drew Cause Debate

According to Associated Press, Lori Drew has moved to dismiss her indictment related to the MySpace suicide hoax. "The new defense motions argue the indictment violates constitutional due process, fails to state an offense as required by federal rules of criminal procedure and alleges no crime, but is instead vague." The Washington Post examines the line between "wrong" and "illegal", interpreting the motions as implying that if Lori Drew is guilty, then everyone is breaking...

Los Angeles Attacked by Giant Locusts!!!

Call out the National Guard! Swarms of unidentified insects are on the attack! Well, maybe two. But they're really, really big. The other night I was sitting here in Burbank typing at the computer when I heard the cat walk across some newspaper. The only problem was that the cat was sitting in front of me. What on earth could be so big that I could hear it moving? Later that same night I...

GLOW: The Aftermath

"Ain't no party like a West Coast party 'cause a West Coast party don't stop" Some arrived early, and some arrived late, but the true die-hards at GLOW hung on until the bitter end. You can't really claim Westside cred until you've woken up face-planted on the beach....

GLOW: One Reporter's Opinion

The GLOW festival started at sundown Saturday night and didn't stop until after sunrise Sunday morning. The event was hosted by the City of Santa Monica and The Santa Monica Arts Foundation. It was sponsored by local businesses including The King's Head Pub as well as larger corporations. There were various installations, performances and exhibits scheduled throughout the night, so the experience changed drastically as the event progressed. Earlier arrivals had many more entertainment options,...

An LA Mystery: 1912

This mysterious shot was found amongst my father's belongings. The marker appears to be concrete, so we can assume he probably didn't find the Titanic, It would be safe to assume this shot was taken somewhere in the Los Angeles Harbor or Catalina, his favorite dive spots. Coincidentally, the LA Harbor was undergoing improvements in 1912. Businesses like canneries, oil drilling and shipbuilding were growing so quickly that the city decided to dredge and...

Sportsmen's Lodge: Reports of its Death Greatly Exaggerated

This week the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City seems to have opened and closed more times than Homer Simpson's refrigerator door (The light goes on; the light goes off; the light goes on; the light goes off). On Tuesday, the Sportsmen's Lodge director, Linda Scott, told ABC News that the lodge is "destined for the wrecking ball." The story was picked up on AP and widely reported yesterday. Not so fast. According to the...

Susan Atkins Denied Compassionate Release

A 12-member State Board of Parole panel in Sacramento unanimously denied Susan Atkin's request for an early release today according to AP reports. This was the third in a four-step process. The next and last step would have been to face a judge in Los Angeles, but the board declined to refer the request to the court. Atkins, who has one leg that is paralyzed and one that has been amputated, has only months to...

Neighborhood Project: Leimert Park

Old men smile at each other's stories over games of dominoes played on card tables set up on the street corner. Ladies in their Sunday best daintily nibble cake at outdoor cafes, and children run laughing around the fountain in the park. People stop to chat as they meander along the boulevard. This is not a scene from another era; it's a typical Sunday afternoon in Leimert Park....

Lori Drew's Trial Rescheduled

According to the St Charles Journal, Lori Drew's trial has been postponed from July 29 until Tuesday, October 7. Drew pleaded not guilty on June 16th to charges of internet fraud and conspiracy to inflict emotional distress. Drew also consented to a ban on all internet access or possession of devices with internet access as well as agreeing not to apply form a passport. Charges stem from a MySpace hoax that is believed to have...

VH1 Rock Honors: The Who Red Carpet

Saturday VH1 held its Rock Honors concert for The Who at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. VH1 had everything running like a well-oiled machine. Photographers were assigned numbers and led onto the carpet in small groups, kind of like boarding Southwest airlines. I was assigned the very last number of the very last group. There was none laster than me. We were led to the back row of a riser, which caused some photographers to insist upon...

I Love the Dead (but Only in 30 out of 50 States)

Photo by d_neeses_pix via Flickr, used with permission Decades after Alice Cooper sang his ode to necrophilia, Wisconsin has finally banned the practice. The Wisconsin supreme court had to get involved after a lower court determined that there was no law on the books prohibiting sex with a dead body. Bad news for a trio of Madison teens who took the bonds of friendship to a whole new level. "Nicholas Grunke... asked the others...

Flickr to Start Photo Pimping

According to Yahoo! Tech Flickr (which is owned and operated by Yahoo) has signed a deal with Getty Images to allow users to license its photos for commercial purposes. Jonathan Klein, CEO of Getty told the British Journal of Photographers that Getty will be searching through user photos to select an undisclosed number of photographers who will be signed under the standard Getty contract. Getty told the New York Times that photographers will probably earn...

Multi-tasking on the 405

Comparisons to more dangerous activities are frequently made whenever the hands-free cell phone law comes up, like the post yesterday about women painting their nails. Personal sightings of questionably safe activities include drivers reading, eating cereal, doing the crossword puzzle, and masturbating. But the greatest feat of them all has to be the guy who used to commute on the 405 while playing the trumpet. Can anyone top that? Photo by tm_marcello via Flickr...

Across the Universe with Buzz Aldrin

Last night Mods and Rockers screened Space Movie. Before the film, astronaut Buzz Aldrin gave a brief introduction to the evening, encouraging us to continue space exploration. Then director Tony Palmer did a Q&A with organizer Martin Lewis about the making of the film. Brit Palmer encouraged Americans to have more pride in their space heroes. The lagniappe that has become Martin Lewis' trademark was the NASA footage of "Across The Universe Day" - an...

Come On! Let's Go Space Truckin!

The Mods and Rockers Film Festival continues tonight with a rare screening of The Space Movie. Directed by Tony Palmer. This 1979 film celebrated the 10th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon. The spacy soundtrack is provided by Mike Oldfield ("Tubular Bells"). The movie will be preceded by footage from NASA's launch this year of the Beatles' song "Across The Universe" into Deep Space. Tony Palmer will be on hand for a discussion...

LAistory: The Wreck of the Dominator

The Dominator ran aground on March 13, 1961 at the point between Lunada Bay and Malaga Cove, near Rocky Point. Carrying a load of wheat and beef from Vancouver, B.C, the vessel was trapped by the current after coming too close to the cliffs. Residents have watched over the years as the sea slowly destroyed the wreckage, until finally just a few bits of the hull and bow remain scattered on the shore. More of the boat is visible at low tide. There are two routes by which to access the wreckage today. Experienced hikers and climbers can make their way down the steep cliffs, but must be cautious of the rocky terrain. It is recommended you go at low tide, be prepared to get wet, and keep an eye out for interesting tide pools.

Celebrate American Music this Weekend at the Egyptian

Fourth of July weekend is all about beaches and BBQ. If you want a break from the unrelenting sun, why not cool down in a dim, air-conditioned theater enjoying a salute to American music? Starting Saturday at noon, the Mods and Rockers Film Festival continues with All You Need is Love, a 1977 series tracing the history of American music from vaudeville to rock 'n' roll. Directed by Tony Palmer, the series was conceived by...

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