Results tagged “Elise Thompson”

Photo Essay: Happy Canada Day!

First Canada has to beat us to the punch by celebrating their Thanksgiving an entire month before ours. Now their "nation's birthday" is three days before ours? Like that's a coincidence. Way to steal our thunder, neighbor to the north. Today is officially Canada Day, so everyone don your tuques, crack open a Labatt's and let's down some poutine and butter tarts! It's time to party! And to start things off, here is our tribute...

Missouri Governor Signs Cyberbullying Bill

Yesterday Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signed a bill expanding the definitions of harassment and aggravated stalking. It also upgrades the crime from a misdemeanor to a felony when the victim is a minor and the accused is an adult. Senate Bill 818 is in direct response to the public outcry last year when local authorities were unable to find a law with which to charge Lori Drew. Drew was involved in a Myspace hoax that...

Neil Innes at the Egyptian 6/27/08

(Written with Bob Thompson) It was an intimate night of music and comedy as Neil Innes entertained an enthralled crowd in The Egyptian Theater on Friday night, the second of a two-night Innes-Fest at the Mods and Rockers Film Festival. It was more like hanging out in the local pub than attending a rock concert. Switching from guitar to keyboard to ukelele to something resembling a zither, Innes kept stressing it was an "interactive" night,...

Pink Lady and Jeff Exposed!

Pink Lady and Jeff was a kitschy variety show that aired on NBC in 1980 and lives on in the limitless playground of YouTube. Brought to you by Sid and Marty Kroft, the creative geniuses behind such childhood classics as The Bugaloos and Sigmund the Sea Monster, this show falls into the "so bad it's good" category. Keiko Masuda ("Kei") and Mitsuyo Nemoto ("Mie"), singing sensations in their native Japan, and comic Jeff Altman,...

The Seventh Python Premiere 6/26/08

Last night The Mods and Rockers Film Festival started out with a bang. Local magic man Martin Lewis kicked out the jams once again. The evening started with out-takes from The Rutles: All you Need is Cash. There are so many subtleties missed the first time around, it was still enjoyable to watch the clips again. Next up was the main event - Frozen Picture's The Seventh Python. Director Burt Kearns did an amazing job....

LAist Movie Review: The Seventh Python

Last night The Seventh Python, a documentary following the career of Neil Innes, premiered at the Mods and Rockers Film Festival. LAist interviewed Innes Wednesday. There are a number of inherent contradictions in making a film like The Seventh Python. First of all, how do you spend two hours focusing on a person who notoriously shuns the spotlight? Innes expounds upon his distaste for fame in a film that by its very existence could make...

Remembering Dody Goodman

We lost one of our most beloved character actresses when Dody Goodman died Sunday. Dody is perhaps best known by our generation as Blanche, the daffy sidekick to the principal in Grease. We also loved her in Splash, and Diff'rent Strokes. For me, her most memorable role was probably as Louise Lasser's mother in Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Her Southern charm, strawberry blonde hair and loveable goofiness made her a popular and regular guest with...

Keeping up with Domenic Priore

It's going to be a busy weekend for renowned rock author Domenic Priore; let's hope we can all keep up. Tomorrow night at Skylight Books, Domenic Priore will host a symposium, slideshow and Q&A about his latest book, Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood. Read LAist's review. Thursday, June 26, 7:00 p.m. - Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue (323) 660-1175 www.skylightbooks.com FREE On Friday and Saturday, as part of...

CA Director of Prisons Recommends Susans Atkins be Denied Compassionate Release

According to the Associated Press, California's director of prisons is recommending that former Charles Manson follower Susan Atkins' request for a compassionate release be denied. Officials at the Californian Institution for Women in Corona, where Atkins was housed from April 1971 until March, when she was transferred to a local hospital, recommended Atkins for early release due to medical reasons. Her attorney, Eric Lampel, has confirmed that Atkins has brain cancer and that doctors have...

Lori Drew Pleads Not Guilty to MySpace Suicide Hoax

Lori Drew appeared in Los Angeles federal court Monday to respond to charges stemming from the "MySpace suicide" hoax. Drew is accused of setting up a fake MySpace profile that is believed to have contributed to the suicide of 13-year-old Megan Meier. According to the New York Times, the Missouri mother pleaded not guilty to charges of internet fraud and conspiracy to inflict emotional distress. Drew and her attorney declined comment. According to the Associated...

Save Torrance Skate Park!

The city of Torrance spent a big chunk of change to build the South Bay's largest skate park on Torrance city property. But according to local skaters, the city has not properly maintained it. They do manage to maintain the batting cages and hockey rink that share the property, though. Local skater and mom, Karen Rennie, reports, "Torrance had one of the only wood bowls around- and it is currently closed due to giant holes...

Gordon Ramsay at the London: A How-to Guide

How to Dine at the new Gordon Ramsay at the London in West Hollywood: Step 1: Make a reservation This is surprisingly easy. Unlike the restaurants in Ramsay's New York London Hotel, The Gordon Ramsay is practically a ghost town. Maybe it's because Gordon Ramsay is not at the helm. Neither is the chef-who-cannot-be-named winner of this season's Hell's Kitchen. Who is at the helm anyways? For now, Andy Cook, formerly of Gordon Ramsay at...

Portraits of Pride: Dyke March LA 2008

Last weekend LA was home to not one, but TWO dyke marches! If there's one thing dykes love, it's marching! We love marching too! And motorcycles! And music! And sexy women! LAist photographers Elise Thompson and Tom Andrews were on hand Saturday at Dyke March LA in Silverlake to catch all of the action. Check out Monday's coverage of LA Pride, yesterday's coverage of the Friday night West Hollywood Dyke March, and stay tuned after...

Miss Peaches Rolls Out the Barbecue

Miss Peaches on Lankershim has just premiered a new weekend barbecue menu for the summer. This cozy little cafe, formerly known as Angelina's, brings a welcome breath of southern comfort to NoHo. Famous for their fried chicken, Miss Peaches usually only pulls out the barbecue for its popular catering department. But this summer you can get your fix while relaxing at a table surrounded by their white picket fence. Miss Peaches 5643 Lankershim Blvd. North...

15th Annual Dyke March LA Happens Today!

Are you ready, boots? Start walking! The 15th Annual LA Dyke March kicks off at 5:30 pm today at the Vista Theater in Silverlake, just east of the Sunset/Hollywood junction. The walk is short, and the pace is mellow - bring your bikes, rollerskates, and fabulous costumes if you like. Whistles and noisemakers are strongly encouraged. The post-party will be held at the Silverlake Triangle Park If the afterparty is anything like last year's,...

The Cupcake Challenge Winners!

Last Sunday Drink:Eat:Play hosted a Cupcake Challenge at the Montmartre Lounge. The event was sponsored by Fiji Water, K&L Wine Merchants and CozmoDeck. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation. Our own Lindsay William-Ross and Caroline-on-Crack were on the official judging panel, along with Sophie Gayot (who we all just watched frighten the finalists on Hell's Kitchen this week), Tara de Lis from Citysearch, Sam Rubin from...

Simpsons Gala Opening Party

It was a fun-filled day Saturday at Universal Studios in spite of the relentless heat. Stars posed on the yellow carpet, stiltwalkers danced, fireworks exploded, kids feasted on cupcakes and cotton candy, and a human cannonball shot out over the crowd. And all this before the ride even opened! Also check out our ride preview, and videos from the opening gala!...

Videos in Honor of Opening Day of The Simpsons Ride!

Today is the long-awaited official opening of the Simpsons ride at Universal Studios! (See lots of photos of the ride here) Check out the following videos of Kelsey Grammer, Matt Groening, and a human cannonball from the Universal Studios Gala Party last Saturday, Kelsey Grammer was an extremely good sport, humoring our request to do Sideshow Bob's evil laugh. More photos of the festivities, Kwik-E-Mart and "yellow carpet" to come!...

Special Sneak Preview of The Simpsons Ride

Universal Studios has just unveiled Krustyland, a magical theme park within a theme park. Monday will be the official opening of The Simpsons Ride, the area's main attraction. The Simpsons Ride is a virtual adventure much like the Back to the Future ride that previously occupied the location. Dome screens, measuring an expansive 80-ft in diameter, and a groundbreaking digital projection system bring the viewer right into the ride. The vehicles elevate nine feet on...

The Pike - No, Not That Pike

Wandering through an unfamiliar neighborhood, it's important to find a comfortable place to down a beer and get your bearings. The Pike Bar and Fish Grill on 4th in Long Beach is one of those dives that immediately makes you feel at home. With great food, lots of beers on tap and Black Flag on the jukebox, walking into this bar is like finding "your people". It has the feel of a neighborhood joint that...

Lori Drew Indicted in MySpace Suicide Hoax

According to AP, as reported on CNN, Lori Drew was indicted today in the case of the MySpace hoax. Lori Drew and cohorts allegedly set up a fake MySpace profile that romanced and then dumped 13-year old Meghan Meier. These actions are believed to have led to her suicide on October 16, 2006. Drew was charged with one count of conspiracy and three counts of fraudulently gaining access to someone else's computer. Each count carries...

Cooking with a Household Iron: Culinary Sites Offer Exciting New Features

Katz's Deli from last week's Roadfood Meet-Up (Elise Thompson) We will always rely on old standbys like Chowhound, but there are plenty of new happenings on the cyber-epicurian scene lately. Roadfood, a concept launched by Jane and Michael Stern, focuses on truckstops, diners, and the independent restaurants that preserve regional American food. Roadfood.com, whose forums boast a faithful and active following, has just launched a new feature. The Roadfood Digest is a communal blog...

Fun Spiritual Sites for Wasting Time at Work

No one understands the wonder of the Universal World Church better than Jodi Wille of Dilettante Press. I was fortunate enough to witness their Christmas spectacular before the website went down. One day I will have to investigate whether or not the church is still there on Lake Street. Enjoy untold thrills watching Youtube videos of Miss Velma in action, "...watch Miss Velma, who is a crack shot, typify this with a pistol using...

CD Review: Neil Diamond - "Home Before Dark"

Neil Diamond's new album, Home Before Dark, is an intimate portrait of a man. A very intimate portrait. A portrait of every single thought that runs through Neil Diamond's head while he just happens to have a pen handy. This album, which will drop on May 6th, is so depressing and self-indulgent at times that it should be titled Songs to Slit Your Wrists By. The music is simultaneously pretty and intense, with a heavy...

Meet Me at 59th & Lex

Bloomingdale's diner is the perfect spot for ladies who lunch. 59th & Lex appears upon first glance to be only a glorified coffee bar for a quick break from the 40% off sale. This little diner is actually so much more than your typical department store lunch counter. The sandwiches and salads are delicious and the service is sheer perfection. These ladies would expect nothing less. Named after the corner on which the original Bloomingdales...

Surreal Sites for Wasting Time at Work

We always knew Jon was a loser, I mean, he was hanging out with Garfield. But the surreal Garfield Minus Garfield paints a picture of a shockingly depressed and delusional Jon. Even cats as annoying as Garfield are some people's only handhold on their sanity. Miss Lethal was naturally bothered by the "Low Glamour Pageant" concept, but I am much more disturbed by the age-progression-glamour-baby. There are only a few photos on this commercial...

Smoking in Burbank: Ignorance of the Law IS an Excuse

Burbank's ban on smoking on downtown sidewalks has caused quite a stir. But never fear, it turns out ignorance of the law is an excuse, at least if you are an up-and-coming celebrity. Shia LaBeouf's misdemeanor charge of unlawful smoking was dismissed Thursday on the basis of the "That's illegal? Really?" defense. LaBeouf's charge stems from a cigarette-related incident last February. According to the Associated Press, a judge issued a warrant for his arrest when...

Richie Hass Memorial Benefit Tomorrow

To celebrate the life and music of Richie Hass, a local musician who passed away in March from Myeloma, his friends have organized a marathon benefit concert tomorrow at the Echoplex. Many of the bands Richie once played with will be performing, and include some of the best punk, jazz, and experimental bands in LA. Saccharine Trust, one of LA's old school punk bands will be playing their jazz-punk fusion in tribute to Richie, who...

The Virginia City Revival's Grand Entrance

As the red carpet action wound down at the NME awards Wednesday, local band The Virginia City Revival made the entrance of the evening! The band pulled up in a flatbed truck, blasting live music down Wilshire Boulevard. Still rocking, the lead singer, Reverend Josey DeVille and guitar player Gaby Faye Godhead jumped off of the truck and ran around the crowd and into the streets, completely freaking out security. Because security's goal of the...

I Met Alice Cooper! Plus There was Some NME Awards Thing Too

Last night the El Rey Theater was host to British music magazine NME's first US awards. You can find the list of award winners at Twisted Ear, since it seems like the sudden attention has crashed NME's website. For a recap of the awards show, check out MOG. I was all about the red carpet! For those of you who have read my bio, you know it has been one of my life's goals to...

Life Imitates Art: Screwdriver Attack on Grindhouse's Eric Caidin

The Fangoria Convention isn't due to start until Friday, but the gore and the madness have already begun - and this ain't Karo syrup. Eric Caidin, owner of Hollywood Book and Poster, co-presenter of The Grindhouse Film Festival, and a longtime supporter of the horror/comic/film fan communities, was attacked in his store on Hollywood Boulevard last Friday. The alleged attacker was Michael Copner, former publisher of Cult Movies Magazine, who stabbed Caidin repeatedly in the...

Charoset and other Passover Delights

Happy Passover! I may have been raised Catholic, but thanks to my "Jewish Mother" Regina Barton, I can still cook a decent seder. My mother still teases me about my slurred summary of my first Passover, "You say a prayer, you drink some wine. You say a prayer, you drink some wine. You say a prayer, you drink some wine. I'm going to bed." I was twelve. Spelled either Charoset, Haroset, or Charosis, this...

Keeping up Your Strength at Coachella

Outside food and drinks are prohibited at Coachella, but the occasional peanut butter sandwich has been known to slip by security. Even if you can get into the "hospitality area" it's slim pickings as far as decent food is concerned. The options at the cash-only food tents tend to be pretty limited. That doesn't mean you have to spend three days surviving only on kettle corn and Ecstacy. The Coachella Valley is home to...

Coachella: Does that Tent Come with a Blowjob?

Well, ain't we swank? This year, in additional to their usual on-site campground, Coachella is offering fancy-shmancy "On Site Lodging." You still can't bring in your own beer, but at least they sell it there. With On Site lodging, your tent (along with air beds, new sleeping bags and pillows) will already be set up for you. All you have to do is stumble over and collapse after a long, hot day in the pit....

Found in LA: Darth Vader Loose in the City

So, it was just a typical Los Angeles day of running errands. And then I noticed that across the street, Darth Vader was waiting at the bus stop with a group of seemingly oblivious commuters. Still kind of typical, since I live near the studios. Of course I had to get a picture for you guys. I wanted that "everyday people" shot, but as soon as they saw me jaywalking towards them, Darth and his...

Fun Album Cover Sites for Wasting Time at Work

We have been collecting weird Christian Records for a friend for many years. Usually the musical group is just standing on a bridge wearing hideous matching outfits. But this site has found some real gems. Check out the other galleries at Show and Tell Music too. It just goes to show, one man's Worst Album Covers Ever is another's best. Trout Mask Replica? Really? Sure, this site has a few miles on the odometer, but...

Photo Essay: Pow-Wow

Last Sunday, El Camino College hosted their annual Pow-Wow. There were the usual booths and Indian tacos, but the real focus was the dancing (OK, for me, the real focus was the tacos). The dance photos included here are all of the Inter-tribal dance, the last event of the Pow Wow. Most of the various types of dances performed at a pow-wow are descended from the dances of the Plains tribes of Canada and the...

Welcome Back, Writers! We Missed You!!!

True, the strike has been over for awhile now and things have pretty much returned to normal. But I don't want you writers to think we are taking you for granted just because we're not honking anymore. We are honking with our hearts. New television shows are finally trickling down to the TiVo-ed masses, and they are better than ever! Clearly the writers weren't just sitting around eating free breakfasts at Bob's. They were...

Los Angeles' Jazz Community Mourns Ozzie Cadena

Oscar "Ozzie" Cadena (September 26, 1924 - April 9, 2008) Early yesterday morning, Oscar "Ozzie" Cadena passed away peacefully at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance with his family at his side. Music producer, promoter, A&R man and jazz enthusiast, over the years Ozzie Cadena collaborated with some of the best in the business. A longtime jazz lover, Cadena worked at Savoy Records in Newark, New Jersey during the 1950s as a producer and...

So We're Not Exactly Girl Scouts

Sometimes a girl just gets so cranky and angst-ridden, she needs an emergency administration of both chocolate and alcohol. If you don't have Kahlua and ice cream , you will have to rummage through the cupboard and just make do. If you're lucky, you may hit upon an amazing combo. This is a drink I am dubbing The Girl Scout. It will bring you great comfort when the hormones are raging. Men, you can...

Ashley Grills Confesses to the "Myspace Suicide" Hoax and Implicates Lori Drew

On Tuesday, 19 year-old Ashley Grills, who was involved in the Myspace hoax that allegedly led to the October 2006 suicide of Megan Meier, confessed to her participation on Good Morning America. Ashley Grills also stated during the interview that Lori Drew was much more involved in the hoax than she is admitting. Grills stated that Lori Drew said it was a "a good idea" when Drew's daughter and Grills suggested they invent a fake...

Krust: Kranky, Kantankerous and Krude

This post was written by Lindsay William-Ross and Elise Thompson. Here at LAist, we consider our restaurant reviews to be recommendations, not critiques. We only slam a place when our hand is forced. There are just some people who should not go into any industry where dealing with the public is a chief priority. It truly pains us to do this. We so wanted to love Krust. We so wanted to write a glowing review...

Happy Birthday, D. Boon

D Boon April 1, 1958 - December 22, 1985 There was never anyone like you, and there will never be anyone like you again. You were a driving force and a unifying voice when we needed one. You will never be forgotten. You live on in our hearts and in your music. Thanks for the ride....

The Neighborhood Project: Critter Country

Photo by Arthur Moran. Used with permission Critter Country is a breath of fresh county air in the hectic, fast-paced park life. Unfortunately, bucolic is sometimes mistaken for backwards. Many people consider Critter Country to be a "hillbilly" neighborhood inhabited by evil foxes and bears with droopy drawers. The boundaries between Frontierland and Critter Country are somewhat blurry, and Critter Country is often considered the red-headed step-child of Frontierland. The influx of a younger,...

Flat Stanley Works the Red Carpet

Flat Stanley makes a splash on the red carpet After touristing in Hollywood, hanging at the beach and partying like a rock star at Mr T's Bowl, we hit Beverly Hills. Tourists go to Hollywood to see stars, but you won't see a movie star within miles of Mann's Chinese Theater. Stars work in Burbank, glam it up in Beverly Hills, and get in trouble on the Sunset Strip (Oops, is my Chateau Marmont...

Rutlemania!

Friday night was Rutlemania's closing night in Los Angeles. The show is currently headed to New York. Rutlemania is a multimedia extravaganza produced by Eric Idle with all of the Rutles songs performed by the cover band "The Pre-Fab Four". Interspersed between (some rare) clips from All You Need is Cash, and Can't Buy me Lunch, the songs from the film are performed live, like a musical. The theater audience was also entertained by dancing...

Photo of the Day - Easter Arts and Crafts

Lynda Barry has a comic that pokes fun at the ubiquitous use of paper plates as craft fodder for every possible holiday. That particular Ernie Pook's Comeek really hit me where I lived. I too have known the humiliation of the paper plate Easter bonnet. This is a picture of my preschool class. We lived in a 60s version of a condo complex. These weren't real teachers. Residents volunteered as preschool teachers. These were mostly...

Midnight Movie: The Passion of the Peeps

If you don't have the stomache for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, maybe this version using candy Peeps will be easier to handle. Actually, even with Peeps, the music makes it kind of heavy sometimes....

Flat Stanley Does Mardi Gras

After Flat Stanley saw the tourist sights in Hollywood, and hit the beach, we got lucky because Mardi Gras fell on that Tuesday! Time for Flat Stanley to party! Sure, we couldn't make it to New Orleans. But there was no better party in town than Mr. T's Bowl!...

Photo of the Day: The First Day of Spring

These flowering blossoms remind us that today, March 20th, is the first day of Spring. The first day of Spring is also known as the Vernal Equinox. It is one of two days a year (The other being Autumnal Equinox) when there are 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of night. Equinox = equal night. Why? Most descriptions are a little overly complicated, so let's try not to get too Mr. Science about...

Good Friday - What's So Good About It?

Today is Good Friday, the day Christ was crucified. It is a holy day of obligation for people like me, who were raised as strict Catholics. I always liked Mary, especially the poetic memorare prayer and the Queen of the May festival where we sang Bring Flowers of the Rarest and crowned Mary with flowers. But I never quite understood the church's obsession with blood and suffering. Hairshirts? Self-flagellation? Any sin can be forgiven if...

Yummy Cupcakes - We Got the Goods

After discussing the various available Easter cupcakes yesterday, we just had to check them out for ourselves at Yummy Bakery. The Egg Hunt, Pictured on the left, is a coconut cupcake topped with a coconut buttercream and decorated with the standard green-tinted coconut and jelly beans. Although the Egg Hunt is cute as a button, I have to admit I much prefer the chocolate with cream cheese coconut topping. You can always buy a bag...

Easter Cupcakes! Who Needs Chocolate Eggs?

Yummy Cupcakes in Burbank is serving up Easter specialties this week - Carrot Cream Cheese, Easter Bunny, Easter Basket, and the somewhat unusual Egg Hunt. This LAist favorite bakes up an irresistible "Old School" cupcake, a riff on Hostess Cupcakes. The "Old School" will be featuring a pastel palette of curliques this week. (Open 10am to 3pm Easter Sunday) Sprinkles is featuring their HOP box, containing Sprinkles' Spring collection, including dark chocolate, brown sugar praline,...

The Rutles Reunited!

The original Rutles reunited for the first time! Well, they actually reunited for the movie showing previous to this one. And they probably had to have a meeting to discuss things, perhaps they went to tea together beforehand, so actually, this is the one of the first of many first times the Rutles reunited - that day" Monday The Mods and Rockers Film Festival pulled out all the stops, and reunited The Rutles for...

Photo of the Day: Stormy Weather

The weather was strange all over Los Angeles last weekend, with dark, looming storm clouds juxtaposed against bright blue skies. Rain mixed with sunshine, and it seemed like earthquake weather. Then came the winds. This unusual combination made for some interesting light. Here is a photo of dusk in Long Beach last Saturday. Photo by Elise Thompson for LAist...

Los Angeles Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of The Rutles

March 2008 marks the 30th anniversary of the heady days when those loveable moptops - Dirk, Nasty, Stig and Barry conquered America with The Rutles: All You Need is Cash. This week Eric Idle and Lorne Michaels are in town with Rutlemania, a "semi-spectacular tribute concert." The concert/musical features top-notch Beatle tribute band, "The Fab Four", performing as a Rutles tribute band, "The Pre-fab Four". The multi-media experience is an "all-singing, all-dancing, all-laughing, all-jumping up...

How to Cook Perfect Corned Beef and Cabbage

Many people do not find corned beef and cabbage very appealing. That's because most people (and most bars) boil the corned beef and vegetables together, resulting in a greasy, unappealing mess. Remember, it is still a brisket, so you want to treat it as such. Imagine throwing a big T-bone into a boiling pot of water; it would taste like crap too. The secret is to cook the corned beef in the oven, and...

Irish Recipes that are NOT Corned Beef and Cabbage

Rather stay in and celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a quiet dinner at home? Or maybe you need to fill up before a night of serious partying. If corned beef and cabbage isn't your style, here are a few of my favorite Irish dishes. Beef Braised in Guinness 1 beef boullion cube (OXO if you got 'em) 2/3 cup hot water 2 pounds chuck or round steak 2 heaping Tablespoons flour Salt and pepper to...

Shamrock Shake Pong?

Because it's a holiday, we're bringing back the PSA style 4:20 video for you I'm not sure which gets it worse in this video, drunkeness or Shamrock Shakes. Of course, no one ever drank a Shamrock Shake and drove into a tree. So maybe they're not so bad. Plus, there are police stings everywhere. So get a cab or designate a driver tonight. Play safe!...

Flat Stanley Goes to the Beach

I have been having a great time in Los Angeles since last week. These are photos of my visit to Redondo Beach. I played in the sand, watched the sunset on the Pacific, and had a lot of fun in the arcade, The Fun Factory. Like my new shades? Check out my photos after the jump!...

Shamrock Shakes - They're Ba-a-a-a-a-ck!!!

Uncle O'Grimacey! This year there hasn't been any advertising for that horror of horrors, the Shamrock Shake. But curiosity got the best of me. I headed over to the local McDonalds and ordered one up. The employees gathered to stare at me the way people do when I ask for my tacos extra spicy or I'm about to eat something like pig's ears. I heard one of the employees mumble to the other, "Did...

Chinatown Pays Tribute to the "Father of Modern China"

Yesterday, on the anniversary of his death, Chinatown honored the memory of Sun Yat Sen, who many consider to be the father of modern China. One of the local merchants searched for the right words to describe him, "He is like our George Washington." The statue of Sun Yat Sen that sits at the entrance to the East Gate was decorated with yellow flowers, and each ribbon on each arrangement was carefully placed so...

The LAist Irish Coffee Drink-off

Just in time for St Paddy's Day, we check out some of the Irish coffees around town. Screw green beer. That stuff will kill you. After drinking many Irish Coffees in the name of serious scientific research, I have discovered a good Irish coffee relies on two relatively simple elements: the freshness of the coffee and use of real heavy cream #1 Tom Bergin's Tom Bergin's is known as the home of Irish coffee, at...

Just Put Down the Knife - We're All Your Friends Here

The city seems to have gone completely mad. From a 16 year-old shot in Northridge to a 70 year-old stabbed to death in Hollywood, Sunday was just another day in what is starting to feel like an out-of-control crime wave. In just the last few months, a man stabbed people in a movie theater while they watched a horror movie, a woman stabbed her own mother, and a man dressed as a skeleton terrorized...

The First Sign of Spring: Banberries

The first sign of Spring isn't a lavendar crocus gently peeking out of the snow. This is Los Angeles, and it's time for strawberries! Which means strawberry pies are back! The greatest pie of them all is the Banberry Pie at Polly's Pies. Sometimes strawberry pies can be a bit overwhelming, and sometimes they are way too tart. Banana cream pies are just a little dull. The geniuses at Polly's Pies combined them to...

Flat Stanley Does Hollywood

The Flat Stanley project was started in 1995 by Dale Hubert, a Canadian schoolteacher. The project is based on the title character in Flat Stanley, a 1964 children's book. In the book, Stanley Lambchop is squished flat, which gives him unique abilities, like being able to slide under doors and travel in envelopes. The project is intended to increase literacy and educate children about geography. Classes participating in the Flat Stanley Project make their...

My Favorite House in Los Angeles

Everyone needs a place that restores their faith. Not only in a religious sense -- a place that restores one's faith in humanity, in rightness and balance. A place that makes the unseen become momentarily visible. Some people find their place in church, nature, or fellowship. And some people's faith is restored when they stand in the presence of great art. There is something truly special when the place itself is art -- the art...

Satan's Ice Cream Truck

I swear to God I did not pose someone in a creepy frock in front of the truck. They were standing there when I got there. Goths eat ice cream too, you know. Especially when summoned by the music of the dark overlord | photo by Elise Thompson for LAist digg_url = 'http://digg.com/odd_stuff/Satan_s_Ice_Cream_Truck'; I heard it for the first time a week after moving into my new house -- the jangly strains of the...

Sin 34 @ Liquid Kitty 2/24/08

In the 80s, every punker's bedroom wall was papered with flyers from gigs. There were a few bands that always seemed to be at the bottom of the flyer - perpetual openers. Sin 34 was one of those bands. From 81 - 84 they were always there at the major shows, usually somewhere near the bottom of the flyer. They broke up a year before I got to know drummer Dave Markey, guitarist Mike...

Photo Essay: Velvet Hammer Burlesque Book Release Party

La Luz Photo Gallery | All photos by Elise Thompson for LAist Saturday night La Luz de Jesus hosted the the book signing for The Velvet Hammer Burlesque Book, in conjunction with opening reception for the group exhibition of photographs from the book. The beautifully bound and printed coffee table book was worth every penny of the 60 dollar price tag, as you will see in some of the featured artwork after the jump....

Club Fluffer @ Zero One Gallery 02/23/08

Zero One Gallery | All photos by Elise Thompson for LAist Remember the good old days, when you would just end up at a random artspace downtown sometime after midnight? People would be walking around wearing bowler hats and bunny suits while loud noise/music/artistic expression screeched out from the next room. So you would wander into the next room and find someone bellydancing or putting on a burlesque show. And you would think to...

Liquid Kitty's Winter Punk Rock BBQ Reunites Sin34

Liquid Kitty's annual punk rock BBQs have been such a success, this Sunday they are hosting a special Winter BBQ. What better to chase away the rain than with colorful drinks and hard-core thrash? Some dogs on the grill? Done! And all for the low, low, price of FREE. Liquid Kitty's BBQs are famous for reuniting long-lost 80s classics and this one is no exception. This year is marked by the return of old-school locals,...

Wake Up LA: Millie's

The fruit is just right | All photos by Elise Thompson for LAist Once upon a time Millie's was the only game in town. Sure, there was the House of Pies and the coffee shop on Sunset that is now some kind of brewpub -- but no one ever went there. Millie's had a strong family vibe. Everyone in the neighborhood considered it home. Most of the servers were local musicians, and everyone knew...

Just One Plate. One Gorgeous, Mouth-watering Plate.

Launched last October by Neil Kohan, Max Wanger, and Margaux Elliott, Just One Plate is pretty self-explanatory. They select one plate from some of the top restaurants in town, including Grace, Fraiche, Bastide and La Cachette. They glam things up with some professional-quality food photography, and include a detailed recipe for each dish. It is one beautiful and classy-looking website. The goal is to update the site weekly. Upcoming restaurants include the Saddle Peak Lodge...

Found in LA: The Missing Chair

I discovered this street art on 8th, just west of Grand in downtown LA last week. But where is the chair? It looks like Brooklyn chalk artist Ellis Gallagher has decided to grace Los Angeles with his presence and art. His cryptic signature, "© Ellis G. 2007" seems to be barely decipherable on the other side of the parking meter, along with "NYC". Well-known artist Michael Neff has identified it for me as an authentic...

Why Does Everyone Hate Hipsters Assholes?

The main theme of the seminal grunge documentary Hype! is how something that by its very nature was anti-commercial became commercialized. One thing that particularly struck me about Hype! was the grunge scene's intense resentment against the greater culture for appropriating the look and style elements of their subculture. Anti-fashion became the fashion. It lost all meaning. It fell victim to something I call the "Punk Rock Quincy" phenomenon. That feeling of resentment strikes a...

Sometimes You Just Really Need a Taco

A Fontana man was robbed at gunpoint Sunday night, according to The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. The suspect escaped with a bag of tacos. The victim, a 35-year-old Fontana man, had just bought about $20 in tacos from a stand at San Bernardino and Fontana avenues and was riding home when the bandit confronted him. "He approached him from behind, saying, `Give me your tacos,"' said police Sgt. Jeff Decker. "He grabbed the bag of...

Missing Woman Found Dead In Police Employees' Parking Space

Photo provided to the press by the family of Eileen Orta For the second time in two months, police and rescue workers overlooked a woman's dead body in a vehicle that was in their possession. The Pomona Police Department announced today that the body of 22-year-old Eileen Nicole Ponce-Orta was discovered inside of her van on Friday. Police initially summoned the Orta family to remove the illegally parked vehicle before it was impounded. In...

DineLA: The Other Side of the Story

We've spent the last two weeks critiquing the DineLA restaurants. Last week I just happened to run into a restauranteur who was participating in DineLA. Being the ever-prepared girl reporter that I am, I whipped out my digital recorder and did an on-the-spot interview. It seems only fair that the restaurants get the last word. (Names of specific dishes have been omitted to help protect the innocent). How has DineLA changed the type of...

The Eagle has Landed

At the Movie Guide Awards last week, I had the chance to quiz Buzz Aldrin on a number of topics, including his statement that he saw a panel fly off of the spacecraft. I asked him if he gets tired of people asking him about the moon landing, or if he gets annoyed by people repeating Armstrong's famous phrase, "The Eagle has landed." I guess I assumed people shout that at him from cars,...

DineLA: Baleen

For my final DineLA menu, I thought I should try something in my home town. For years, Redondo Beach was known for fantastic breakfasts and Mexican food, but not much else. For fancy dining you were looking at standard surf-and-turf - Tony's The Chart House, etc. Only in the early 90s when the Westside had filled up did gentrification move down the coast, bringing nouvelle cuisine along for the ride. Sometimes it seems like...

Edelweiss Chocolates: Sweets With Heart in Beverly Hills

Remember that episode of I Love Lucy where Lucy and Ethel get a job in a chocolate factory? Of course you do! Along with the grape-stomping scene, it is one of the classics of physical humor. The conveyor belt in the Edelweiss Chocolate Factory, located right in the center of downtown Beverly Hills, was the inspiration for that scene. Edelweiss has a huge selection of chocolate-dipped fruit, including some unusual selections like mango and...

Eso Won's Selections for Black History Month

Since February is Black History month, we asked our friends at Eso Won Books in Leimert Park to recommend ten history books that would provide a balanced overview of black history, filling in any gaps in the American educational system. Included are a number of books that specifically focus on the history of African-Americans in Los Angeles. Before the Mayflower Lerone Bennett "The black experience in America--starting from its origins in western Africa up to...

DineLA: Cobras & Matadors - Hollywood

Cobra Pork Sushi The second location of Cobra & Matadors is a warm, inviting restaurant that invites lingering. Diners share small plates and feed each other delicious bites that are exotic, yet comfortingly familiar. It is hip enough for your most fashionable friends, but cozy enough that you always feel at home. The DineLA menu provided a wealth of options that made it difiicult to choose. My companion decided to order from the main...

Mmmmm Marshmallows!

Why not surprise your Valentine with a homemade treat this year? Fresh, pillowy marshmallows are a refreshing change from the usual chocolate, and surprisingly addictive. My nephew's girlfriend, Julianna, whipped up a batch of these last Christmas and people are still talking about them. Check out The Brownie Points Blog where Julianna found the recipe. It is also reprinted here after the jump for your convenience. Marshmallows will keep for several weeks at room temperature...

Pencil This In: Saturday

GUNG HAY FAT CHOY! Come celebrate at LA's annual Lunar New Year Festival! Today the Golden Dragon Parade featuring lion and dragon dancers will thrill over 100,000 spectators along North Broadway. The festival continues until 8pm tonight, and runs from 10am to 3pm tomorrow at Broadway and Cesar Chavez. Parade 2pm-5pm Festival 10am-8pm // Chinatown // N. Broadway & College Street // Free THEATRE The Kinsey Sicks, a "Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet" perform their critically...

Memories of Mardi Gras

It's Mardi Gras! And no one does Mardi Gras like New Orleans! Here are some photos and a few choice blog entries from Mardi Gras 2005 in The Big Easy: In New Orleans, "It's Mardi Gras!" is the standard answer to every single question from "Why isn't the toilet working?" "It's Mardi Gras!!!" to "What song are they doing next?" "It's Mardi Gras, Baby!!!" I would interpret it as basically, "Chill out. All hell...

DineLA: The Happy Ending Restaurant and Bar

The Happy Ending is the perfect place for your bachelor party to grab a bite to eat on the way to the strip club. It's also the perfect place for your divorced dad to park you in front of the video trivia game while he drinks too much and hits on a waitress half his age. I couldn't believe it the first time I saw the name of this restaurant. I thought perhaps it was...

DineLA: Ciudad

Last week I put on a fancy dress and hit Ciudad. Of all the DineLA restaurants so far, this was the highlight. The open expanse of the room seemed a little chilly and impersonal at first, but little touches like homestyle drinking glasses and retro 1950s accents warmed the room. This restaurant runs with Disneyland-like efficiency. You know those musicals with dancing waiters twirling through the room in perfectly choreographed symmetry? That is what...

DineLA Vermont

Vermont was my favorite neighborhood "upscale" joint when I lived in Los Feliz. Not only was the food outstanding, but the service was attentive to the point of obsequiousness. Once during a particularly romantic meal, a waiter casually dropped a large cloth napkin on my table and gave it a few pats, then continued on his way with great aplomb. I was confused by the intrusion until I realized that I had set the...

Leimert Park Eats: Mama's House

I think I have found it. I have found The One. True, I have not eaten at every soul food restaurant in LA (yet), but if I had to pick the one to settle down with, Mama's House would be it. Hidden away in an old-fashioned strip mall on Crenshaw Boulevard, Mama's House has been quietly gaining fans for the last seven years. The room is comfortable, filled with family photos and bric-a-brac. It...

Photo Essay: Robbie Burns Night

Being Scottish means you are part of a great and noble heritage. Here in America, it is also a little like being a Trekkie. We gather in large masses wearing strange clothes while participating in strange rituals. I grew up in the center of it all. My family went to every Highland Games. I took Highland dance classes. My brothers played bagpipes and drums and competed in caber tossing competitions. But as far as...

Midnight Movie: Jerry O'Connell's Sendup of Tom Cruise

the parody video Tom Cruise WANTS you to see! on FunnyOrDie.com Jerry O'Connell is hilarious in this sendup of Tom Cruise's recently unearthed Scientology video. I like the insane laughter the best. O'Connell really has that down. He must kill at cocktail parties. Hahahaa!!! Hahahaa!!! Hahahaa!!! Hahahaa!!!...

Hersheys to Discontinue Nickel Bags of Breath Freshener

Hersheys announced Thursday that it will stop production of Ice Breakers Pacs in response to complaints by law enforcement that the nickel-sized bags resemble drug packets. Associated Press writer Peter Jackson reports on Hershey CEO David West's announcement: "Some community and law-enforcement leaders have expressed concern" about the shape of pouch and the Xylitol sweetener inside, and about the possibility of the mints being mistaken for illegal substances, West said. "We are sensitive to these...

dineLA Restaurant Week's Big Kickoff

Mayor Villaraigosa serves the city / Photo by Elise Thompson dineLA Restaurant Week kicked off in style yesterday at Neal Fraser's Grace on Beverly Boulevard. Neal Fraser is the only Angeleno ever to have won Iron Chef, against none other than Cat Cora. The Two Hot Tamales, Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, were the belles of the ball. I just had a moment to chat with them regarding a funny story they had...

That's One Sexy Jaguar!

I never liked the word "cougar" to refer to sexy middle-aged women because it has such a predatory connotation. But because of its usefulness, I have let go of my distaste and accepted it. Now Retirement Living TV has a new show called Another Chance for Romance that hooks up sexy seniors. It made me realize that we need a new word for sexy seniors. We already have the name "silver fox" for gentlemen...

I Have a Dream

We have all heard quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream" speech. Few people have had the opportunity to hear the speech in its entirety. Delivered at the 1963 March on Washington, this speech helped to establish King as a national figure and proponent of ending social injustice through civil disobedience and nonviolence. The following year, in 1964, King won the Nobel Peace Prize. It is worth taking the time...

The Gumbo Pot's Red Beans and Rice

Red Beans and Rice from The Gumbo Pot/ Photo by Elise Thompson In Louisiana, red beans and rice are traditionally served on Mondays. Monday was wash day, and once all of the ingredients were thrown in, you could ignore the beans all day while you tended to the laundry. I am obsessed with red beans and rice. The only version I've eaten that beat my own recipe was made by Mike Anderson's in New Orleans....

Photos from Yesterday's Doo Dah Parade

Dooh Dah Parade. Many thanks to reader and LAist Featured Photos contributor Movie Lover for contributing these fantastic photos of yesterday's Doo Dah Parade. The normal-looking man nursing a hangover in the middle of all this lunacy is Tom Coston, who's become Doo Dah's P.T. Barnum since his nonprofit arts organization, The Light Bringer Project, bought the parade 12 years ago from founder and legendary Pasadena barfly Peter Apanel for $2. " ... It's...

Canter's Matzoh Ball Soup

When it comes to straightforward chicken broth, Canter's on Fairfax is the broth to beat. It is so hot and soothing, so flavorful. They must put the chicken feet in to get that kind of flavor. You can have chicken or carrots as ad-ins. I chose chicken, and big, moist, chunks of chicken peeled off in strings at the touch of the spoon. It is the best chicken soup around. I know I am...

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