Results tagged “Elise Thompson”

Los Angeles International Tamale Festival

You still have until 6pm tonight to get over to MacArthur Park and hit the tamale festival! I'm even thinking about going back again for the one treat I missed, and then I realized that I would have to be crazy to do that. So, I will probably see you there! The tamale eating contest is at 1pm. If things go the way they do on TV, I'm sure it will make you never...

Mike Webber Anniversary Memorial Tribute

One year ago today the South Bay lost a punk rock legend and I lost one of my oldest friends. Michael James Webber Dec 1, 1962 - Nov 11, 2006. Michael James Webber, a life long resident of Torrance, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2006 in Torrance. Born in Inglewood, CA, Michael was 43 when he died. Born on December 1st, 1962, he attended Saint Lawrence Martyr followed by South High School. He went...

Jumping

Osamu Tezuka's classic animated short was always one of my favorites, back when I was hitting animation film festivals. It doesn't quite have the punch of the bigscreen, but is stunning nonetheless....

The Screamers

Let's start getting excited for the Masque event with some Screamers. Tomata was one of the greatest frontmen who ever lived. Look at that stiff posture and screaming face. He was to accidentally inspire horrible bands like the Buggles, Gary Neuman and other new wave crap to come. But at the time, this approach was revolutionary. This is the year of disco and Mick Jagger. Sadly, we have have lost Tomata, so the Screamers will...

Watt's Pic of the Week

As I previously mentioned, the red thing is a recurring subject of Watt's photos. Here it is hanging from his handlebars. So I asked Watt what the deal was with the red thing. I asked him if it had some kind of symbolism or if it was a good luck charm. He told me the package said it has no magical properties, it just claimed ...but it make you look good......

Live at the Masque Book Release Party Sunday

For those of you who remember the Masque (and those of you wishing you remembered the Masque), Brendan Mullen, The Echo and Swindle Magazine will be presenting Punk Veteran's Day 2007 Sunday at the Echo. Come celebrate the release of Live at the Masque: Nightmare in Punk Alley, a book of previously unreleased photos, posters and flyers compiled and edited by Brendan Mullen and Roger Gastman. Sunday, November 11, 2007 3pm til ? Echoplex +...

Taix: Dinner and a Show

Sometimes it seems like the only people who actually eat at Taix are the musicians. Taix is kind enough to actually give the performing bands drink and meal tickets. I've never even eaten in the restaurant itself, but I've spent a lot of time in the homey wine bar, where I can listen to local bands while I dine. Whenever I cozy up in the warm brick-interior listening to the edgy jazz, I wonder...

Photo Essay: Sunrise over Lake Balboa

When you drive north on Balboa from the 101, you may notice a constant stream of joggers and runners passing on the right. If you turn in the driveway there, you will stumble upon one of the valley's hidden gems. Lake Balboa was built in the 1990s (in Encino) and attracts a surprising array of birds and other small wildlife. Just before sunrise, a heavy fog blankets the area. As the sunrise approaches, the...

The Office Explains the Strike

For those who aren't sure what the fuss is about, The Office writers clarify things while giving us some much-missed entertainment....

The Hottest Mugshots Ever

This could be an album cover. Really, how does Bowie manage to never look uncool, ever? He is constantly styling, even in the jail cell. I would totally be his prison bitch. Not to rip off The Smoking Gun once again, but this one called out to me. I am going to hang it over my bed....

Five Reasons I Love Photoshop

1. Model Evolution 2. The Colbert Nation's FACESTRONG campaign 3. The bacon placemat 4. Best Celebrity Mugshots (I like Hilary Clinton and Mother Theresa) 5. Planethiltron.com What celebrities would look like if they were everyday people...

Seeing Things : Ghost Polaroids

I spent last Halloween on a sort of ad hoc art crawl. Our first stop was John Matkowsky's dkrm Gallery, located in the Capitol Studios Building in Glassell Park. This cool old building is also home to Another year in LA and Shotgun Space so you can hit more than one opening at a time. We mostly hung out in the gallery, chatting with other people there. It was a nice place, and could...

Ann Coulter: Perfect Me

Leah Kauffman's hilarious and scathing love song to Ann Coulter. A few lines of this satire had me rolling. Of course, Coulter makes it so easy....

Watt's Pic of the Week

Since Watt is just coming off of a mini-tour, having just played the Vegoose Music Fest and playing a gig with Thurston Moore, it seemed appropriate to post a photo of his boat. Actually, it's a picture of the red thing in the boat, which is a recurring subject, like the red couch, but smaller. In case you didn't know, the boat is Watt's van. Watt has his own language. It's a combo of Pedro...

Watt's Pics of the Week

MIKE WATT AND THURSTON MOORE, HALLOWEEN 2007 IN VISALIA Oh man, these were too good to wait for Saturday. Watt just sent me these, fresh off the road. Thurston Moore asked him to do a 10-minute Bass solo version of Young Man Blues at a pizza place in Visalia last night. (More pics after the jump)...

What to do tonight?

CIA the CIA in North Hollywood WILL BE JUMPING with Haunted Cologne, the McDaniels, and special mystery guests??? Doors open at 8pm, all ages (ps. We suspect THE RADIOACTIVE CHICKEN HEADS!!!) THE BIGFOOT LODGE will be showing scary movies, plus drink specials and DJ Lee will be spinning a scary assortment of Halloween themed records from the 50s - now. Starting at around 9:00 PM! 410 BOYD 410 Boyd (410 Boyd St) combines the...

Late Night Creeps

You know those cheesy voice or action-activated Halloween novelties? You pass by, and a hand moves, or a ghost cackles. I have always found them ridiculous. Tonight there was this life-sized girl in a cage, and I swear to God, it just about scared the shit out of me....

Upcoming Dia de los Muertos Events

Although some Dia de los Muertos events were held last weekend, most notably Hollywood Forever and Festival de la Gente, most events will take place on November 2nd, following the traditional date. Self Help Graphics & Art November 2nd 3pm - 11pm 3pm exhibition opening 4 - 8pm children's art workshop 4 - 5pm Procession to Self Help Graphics (Gather at Cesar Chavez and Lorena) 6pm Aztec Blessing and Ceremony 6 - 11pm entertainment...

Photo Essay: Novenario at Olvera Street

Olvera Street's Novenario has all of the pageantry and all of the colorful calaveras characters as similar Dia de los Muertos events, but there is something more. Something sacred. The rituals honoring the dead combine Catholic and indigenous blessings, bringing a solemnity to the occasion. The traditional pre-Columbian Novenaria (nine-night) procession is a traditional ceremony to remember deceased loved ones. It is a moving experience, even more poignant this year because the merchants lost...

Midnight Music: Witches' Brew

SONICS - The Witch &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://aprodxn.com/laist/16 The Witch.mp3"> CREAM - Strange Brew &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://aprodxn.com/laist/Cream - Strange Brew.mp3"> DONOVAN - Season of the Witch &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://aprodxn.com/laist/Donovan - Season Of The Witch.mp3"> KINKS - Wicked Annabella &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://aprodxn.com/laist/Kinks - Wicked Annabella.mp3"> SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS - I Put A Spell On You &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://aprodxn.com/laist/Screamin' Jay Hawkins_Choice Rock Cuts_09_I Put A Spell On You.mp3"> FUNKADELIC - March To The Witch's Castle &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://aprodxn.com/laist/03 March to the Witch's Castle.mp3"> LEON REDBONE - Witch Queen of...

Watt's Pic of the Week

I don't know when I've seen a picture with such intense colors. The zig-zagging of the breakwater makes such a balancedcomposition, and the tanker in the distance is the only sign that you are not on an island in the south seas. The breakwater is 9,250 feet long and contains nearly three million tons of rock, brought over from Santa Catalina Island. (Pedro Chamber of Commerce) The initial western section of the breakwater, called...

LAists Costumes: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Who says there's anything we wouldn't do for our readers? Here we are in all of our glory and humiliation for your viewing pleasure. We start off with our fearless leader, Mr. Tony Pierce, as Jack White. He has a very cute Meg, so he must be doing something right. Other LAist's memorable costumes: Ryan Jesena: When I was 11 years old, i was Chuck Norris for Halloween, and no I'm not sending pictures An...

Photo Essay: Muse Halloween Party @ LACMA

Saturday night's huge LACMA Halloween party sold out so quickly I had to buy my tickets on Ebay. Even then, 40 bucks a ticket for an entire night of drinking, hors d' ouvres, DJs, and entry into the Dali exhibition sounded too good to be true. It was definitely clear where corners were cut to make the event affordable. But I don't know anywhere you will find more creative costumes. Even WeHo has some...

Photo Essay: LACMA Party's Best Costumes

I guess if I were the Lord and Savior I'd appear a little smug too. I have already written up my impressions of the LACMA Halloween event. Now for the best of the best costumes! Also after the jump is my personal prize for nakedest costume. Safe for work!...

Halloween Events This Weekend

Liquid Kitty's 11th Annual Halloween Bash Saturday, Oct 27th 6pm-2am 11780 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064 (Between Bundy and Barrington) 310-473-3707 Come celebrate Halloween in style with the strongest drinks and one of the best DJs in town. Costume contests. Blue Mask Halloween Party Saturday Oct 27th Doors at 9pm At Mr. T's Bowl (5621 ½ Figueroa, Highland Park, Ca. 323-256-7561) With: Backbiter Thrills and chills in Highland Park with The Motorcycle...

Dia de los Muertos Events this Weekend 27th & 28th

8th Annual Festival de los Gente Saturday the 27th 11am - 10pm and Sunday the 28th 11am - 8pm On the streets of LA at the historic 6th street bridge Festival de la Gente is a community-based Event in a Historic Venue featuring Live Entertainment, Arts and Crafts altars, in a carnivale-like atmosphere for families with children. The event will feature live music, art exhibits, teatro performances, storytelling, arts and crafts demonstrations and traditional latin-American...

Photo Essay: Highgate Cemetery, UK

There is something bittersweet in the crumbling monuments that have fallen into disrepair. Moss creeps over the stones, vines tangle, and the tombs are engulfed by overgrowth as they are reclaimed by the earth. Nothing is permanent. These photos were taken in Highgate Cemetery in London, which is remote and virtually abandoned. There is a feeling of mystery and a slight sense of danger - not from the dead occupants, but the live ones...

Daytime Halloween Events this Weekend

Here are a few events for people who like to leave the house before sundown. A few of them are even family-friendly and some involve dogs wearing costumes. Historical Society of Long Beach Annual Cemetery Tour Saturday, October 27, 2007 Sunnyside and Long Beach Municipal Cemeteries, 1095 E. Willow St., Long Beach The dead come to life to tell you about the lives they lived and the way they died at the neighboring Long Beach...

Midnight Music: Creepy Crawlies

Here are some Halloween songs that will make your skin crawl! ALICE COOPER - Black Widow &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://aprodxn.com/laist/Alice Cooper - Black Widow.mp3"> THE WHO - Boris the Spider &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://aprodxn.com/laist/The Who - Boris The Spider.mp3"> HALF JAPANESE - Monkey Hand &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://aprodxn.com/laist/01 Monkey Hand.mp3"> ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT - Who Let the Snakes In? &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://aprodxn.com/laist/14 Who Let The Snakes In.mp3"> THE RESIDENTS - The Beekeeper's Daughter &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://aprodxn.com/laist/The Residents_Demon's Dance Alone_08_Beekeeper's Daughter.mp3"> MISSION OF BURMA - Spiderweb &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://aprodxn.com/laist/02 Spider's...

Late Night Eats: Johnny's Pastrami on Adams

If you are on the Westside and thinking pastrami, you are probably thinking about Johnnie's on Sepulveda. If you are in South Los Angeles and you are thinking pastrami, you are definitely thinking about Johnny's on Adams. That's Johnny's with a "Y". Two blocks East of Crenshaw, Johnny's is conveniently located just a few blocks off the 10 freeway. This neighborhood stand has been serving up giant, monolithic pastrami dips since 1956. Even though...

Best Martini in LA - Liquid Kitty

For the fifth year in a row, Liquid Kitty on Pico has won Citysearch's title of Best Martini in LA. Liquid Kitty harkens back to LA's dark, Chandleresque side, with dim lights and strong drinks. It reminds me of both the rat pack martini bar Olive, and a little bit of Yee Mee Loo's, an historic Chinatown bar. The Hollywood speakeasy feel is enhanced by the lack of any kind of sign out front with...

Photo Essay: Brompton Cemetary, UK

Like most people, proximity to death frightens me. Somehow the beauty of the headstones and obelisks overshadows my fear. To me, cemetaries are like museums. The mediums themselves - cool white marble, wrought iron fences, cracked bricks and mortar speak to me. But what really entrances me is the statuary, especially the angels. Their serene countenance and peacefulness somehow embraces penultimate sorrow. They have the ability to show respect for loss while still offering...

Photo Essay: Talking Board Exhibit

Saturday night the Copro Nason gallery hosted the Talking Board exhibit (more popularly known as Ouija boards - how do I do the little TM trademark symbol on this keyboard?). The show was held in Bergamot Station, a really cool grouping of galleries in Santa Monica, known for great art spaces (and great parties). The talking boards were unbelievable, even down to the creative pointers, which ran the gamut from a crow skull to...

Talking Board Exhibit: Mark Weston's Photography

Mark Weston was very cool in letting me post his photos of the Ghastly Ones from the Talking Board exhibit last Saturday night. Check out his stuff. His work is fantastic....

Late Night Eats: El Indio

Sometimes I think the sign out front ought to read: EL INDIO: PROUDLY HELPING DRUNKS SOAK UP THE ALCOHOL FOR OVER 30 YEARS! 24-hours a day, this Northridge taco stand buzzes with a steady stream of policemen, students, and blue collar joes. But El Indio really starts hopping after the bars close down. Everyone in the valley knows this is the hotspot for post-party tacos. I secretly enjoy eavesdropping on packs of club-hopping young...

Watt's Pic of the Week

"This historic lighthouse has marked the entrance to the port since 1913. Designed differently than any other California lighthouse, Angel's Gate is situated on a forty-foot concrete square. Built to withstand rough seas, the framework is structural steel, with steel plates to the second floor. The lighthouse is so well-constructed that, after a five-day storm in 1939 sent violent seas smashing into the building, the 73-foot Romanesque tower leaned slightly toward shore, but still...

Halloween Events this Weekend

Saturday, October 20th The Ghastly Ones at the Talking Board Art Show COPRO NASON GALLERY 2525 Michigan Ave. T5, Santa Monica, Ca 90404 310.829.2156 Artist Chet Zar has assembled over 30 artists to create their own version of the Ouija Board. The opening reception at the CoproNason gallery will also be a Halloween party, so come in costume! There will also be a live, spooky, surfy musical performance by The Ghastly Ones! Free. 8pm-...

Midnight Music: Zombies

We love Halloween and we love music! What a great combination. All month long, we'll be helping you get your party mixes ready! ALICE DONUT - I Walked with a Zombie &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://aprodxn.com/laist/05 I Walked with a Zombie.mp3"> GROOVIE GHOULIES - Zombie Crush &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://aprodxn.com/laist/06 Zombie Crush.mp3"> HALF JAPANESE - Zombie Eye &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://aprodxn.com/laist/04 Zombie Eye.mp3"> THE HUMPERS - Zombie &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://aprodxn.com/laist/11 Zombie.mp3"> MISFITS - Astrozombies &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://aprodxn.com/laist/Misfits - Astro Zombies.mp3"> RED AUNTS - Sex Zombie &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://aprodxn.com/laist/14 Sex Zombie.mp3">...

Photo Essay: Forest Lawn

Forest Lawn in the Hollywood Hills has a variety of gardens, stained glass and art exhibits that attract a lot of attention. However, the Court of Liberty and the Birth of Liberty Mosaic don't hold much interest for me as a photographer. I am touched by the juxtoposition of beauty and sorrow in the marble statuary. I find peace in the serene faces, and I marvel at the way people are always able to...

Watt's Pic of the Week

The majestic California sea lion. I like this photo because the sea lions are so interested in Watt's kayak. They are almost posing. Just imagine the sea lions as drunk sorority girls, and this photo could be on any Myspace page. I was just reading about sea lions on Wikipedia and I came across this curious fact, "Non-breeding populations live as far north as British Columbia." Non-breeding populations? Of course, they could be protecting...

Haunted Houses, Parks, Ships, Even a Haunted Bank

My high school drama club participated in our local haunted house, and we were merciless. One woman had to be taken away in an ambulance after an actor concealed in a hole in the ground grabbed her foot. So these things really freak me out. I don't believe in zombies and monsters, but I do believe in unpredictable aspiring actors. THE BIG ONES: Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights looked so intense I turned down an...

Halloween Events This Weekend

If the department stores can put their Christmas merch out already, we can sure as hell start celebrating Halloween! Friday, October 12th Rosemary's Billygoat, who always put on a special-effects extravaganza along with some serious rocking, will be playing at The Haunt at the Northridge Fashion Center. There will also be three haunted houses and a Fall Festival. Rosemary's Billygoat plays at 9pm. The CIA (California Institute of Abnormal Arts) in North Hollywood's Fright Night...

Halloween Tricks and Treats

October is my favorite month of the year. Pumpkin Pie ice cream finally shows up. The weather is not too hot. It's not too cold. It's just right. Of course, the best part of October is Halloween. It may seem a little early to be thinking about it, but it's good to get a jump on things if you are going to order anything off of the internet. Here are a few once-a-year favorites to...

Scary Movies: Dolls (1987)

A car breaks down on an isolated country road. It is not only a dark and stormy night, it is the longest night in the world. The occupants, little Judy and her dysfunctional parents, are forced to seek shelter for the night in a remote old mansion. The mansion comes into view as it is illuminated by a flash of lightning, of course. Dolls pokes fun at the formulaic haunted house cliche while also providing...

All My Children has Shape-shifters

All My Children (AMC) is really starting to piss me off. I am not a big soap fan, but my mother started me watching AMC when I was a little kid. So I have watched the characters grow up, get married and have kids in their little imaginary town of Pine Valley. Over the years, I have learned the basic rules of life in Pine Valley: 1. No wedding goes uninterrupted 2. No one stays...

Watt's Pic of the Week

I think a lot of people imagine San Pedro as a gray town at the end of the freeway. Oil tankers, canneries, and smokestacks make up the landscape of Pedro. What I like about Mike Watt's pictures is that they show you the color. When I look at this photograph, I can smell the ropes, damp with saltwater. It makes me think about my dad's Chinese junk he kept docked in San Pedro. It...

Safari Sam's: Dinner and a Show

When your husband is in four bands, you become kind of selective about going to his gigs. But when a show is going to be at Safari Sam's, I always say yes. Because I know I'm going to have a good time and leave well-fed. I really like the club's layout. There is a large hall for watching the bands, and the outdoor smoking area is like being at a cocktail party. My favorite...

Scary Movies: The Haunting (1963)

There is a moment just before fear takes over when you freeze, when the body pauses to assess the danger. What was that noise? Was it just the wind? Could something be out there? The Haunting mirrors that experience of hearing a bump in the night. The film uses a vague sense of uneasiness to allow the tension to slowly build, without ever giving us the release of screaming. Camera angles are used to make...

Watt's Pic of the Week

My friend Mike Watt is many things. Most of all, he is a man who loves San Pedro. As he walks (hoofs), bikes (pedals) and kayaks (paddles) around this beautiful but under-appreciated part of our city, he takes the occasional photograph. It could be anything that catches his eye - a pelican, a sunrise, or a shoe he finds lying on the ground. Watt has an unerring eye for zeroing in on that one interesting...

DVD Review: The Lost Room

I confess to being somewhat of a geek. I read Zapp comics, collect vinyl records and can recite Monty Python sketches verbatum. Which I guess makes me a "stoner-variety" geek. I am not a "braniac-geek" of the chess club, sci-fi variety. I don't watch the Sci-Fi channel unless TiVo decides I have to watch Outer Limits. Because TiVo is my god and must be obeyed. I picked up The Lost Room in the video store...

Herbal Essence - I mean "Elements"

I know, this joke has been done to death. But in spite of the cheesy laugh track, I think this video beats out all competition - even Will Farrell's take. This guy just holds nothing back....

Bad Brains @ House of Blues 09/26/07

The last time I saw DC punk icons Bad Brains play live was in a big hall somewhere in Long Beach or Pedro circa 1987. HR still plays solo projects, and sometimes they come around billed as Soul Brains, playing mostly reggae. Wednesday night was a rare opportunity to see the original lineup play their punk rock catalog. Their new record, Build a Nation, produced by Adam Yauch, is definitely reminiscent of their early...

Photo Essay: Rally Against Injustice

Yesterday, September 20th, was the day that Mychal Bell was to be sentenced after being found guilty as an adult on the charge of aggravated battery. Prosecutors were asking for a sentence of 22 years at one point, then reduced it to 15 years. Last Friday the appeals court overturned his conviction. The court determined that Bell, who was 16 at the time, should not have have been tried as an adult. In spite...

It's All Happening on Pancake Mountain!

Not since Pee Wee's Playhouse has there been a children's show that grown-ups can enjoy as much as kids. Washington DC's local cable-access show, Pancake Mountain, has been attracting rockers like Deerhoof, Scissor Sisters, and Arcade Fire since 2003. Scott Stuckey's concept for the program was to have a children's show that is focused on fun, not on marketing. It's all about the music, and their live dance parties invite local kids to join...

It's Taser Tuesday!

I try to avoid rants here, but some of the cavalier responses to the recent taser stories have made me feel like I need to go above and beyond a simple comment. Accusations were made that the agonized screams of people being tasered were just the person being "dramatic". One commentor actually said, "Torture?" LOL! LOL? Are you kidding me? Try getting tasered LOL! Of the three recent incidents, there is not a single...

Mudhoney, The Melvins @ The Music Box, 9/16/07

I am loving this ATP-inspired idea of playing entire albums from beginning to end. Tonight we hit the Music Box to see The Melvins play Houdini and Mudhoney play Superfuzz Big Muff plus Early Singles. Sadly, we missed Flipper. We were late because I fell down the back steps as we rushed out the door. Bob wanted me to stay home and ice my foot, but no way was I missing this gig! We...

E! Emmy Coverage Only Semi-pusses Out.

I couldn't wait to rush home and watch my TiVo of the Creative Arts Emmy awards! I would never even have watched those awards if not for the fabulous Kathy Griffin. Above is the entire, unedited version. (Thanks, Youtube! Finally!!). This Youtube video starts after they bleeped her clearly saying, "Can you believe this shit(BLEEEP) ? The only sentence they edited out was, "Suck it Jesus!" I was surprised. As someone who was raised...

Listen to Kathy Griffin Telling Jesus to Suck It!!!

After not receiving a Creative Arts Emmy last year, Kathy Griffin stormed out, flipping off the winners from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, while shouting, ''I was robbed and you all know it! Everybody can suck it!'' You would think that would be a hard one to top. Especially this year, when she won. But Griffin is never one to disappoint. During her acceptance speech Saturday night, she shocked pious Catholics with the statement, "A lot...

Give KXLU Your Money or Suffer The Wrath of Top 40!!!

Call this number and give them some money right now! 310-338-5958. Or do it online! Come on, who doesn't want a KXLU toothbrush? It could be yours for a measly 5-dollar donation. When have you ever even seen a black toothbrush before? How much cooler could a toothbrush get? Not good enough for you? You need a reason? Alright, fine. Then you force my hand. I'm going to make you listen to a scary,...

Health Department Closes Major LA Eateries this Summer! Pinkberry, Doughboys, Cold Stone Creamery, and More!

No! This just can't be happening! I scrupulously avoid reading anything published by the LA County Department of Health, because otherwise I would never be able to eat anywhere ever again. Unfortunately, my friend Donna just alerted me to the fact that Doughboy's, provider of our red velvet cake fix, made the Health Department's Food Facility Closure List for the period 05/31/2007 through 08/31/2007. Due to vermin infestation. Quelle horreur ! In reality, I...

Mugshot Mania

Our feet can all breathe a sigh of relief knowing that this one is behind bars! And our eyes can rejoice at what may possibly be the winner of the greatest mugshot ever! The amazing Smoking Gun has done it once again: SEPTEMBER 11--Meet Carlton Davis. The Minnesota man, 26, is facing felony charges for allegedly stealing a cell phone and purse from a woman he mugged on a St. Paul street early Saturday...

George Bush At Emma E. Booker Elementary

September 11, 2001 9am EST Some people have said that George W. kept his calm in order to avoid alarming the children. I think a simple, "Excuse me. I'm needed elsewhere right now." would have sufficed. Split screens have synched up Bush sitting there like a deer in the headlights with the footage of the towers. I feel like this country doesn't need to wake up to that trauma again. So open your books to...

I'd Like to Send this Dedication Out to Everyone

There was an urban legend floating around after 9/11 that certain songs were banned from radio airplay, including the classic, "What a Wonderful World." Somehow the following song is not only eerily prophetic, but sums up the arc of my emotions. The opening riff seems relaxing, but is fraught with droning tension. The lyrics lead us into an awareness of the mass confusion and ennui that surround us all. The song builds to a crescendo...

You Can Take the Girl Out of Thai Town

I have just spent the last two weeks researching and cataloging every single Thai restaurant in Thai Town. I have driven up and down Hollywood Boulevard more times than a horny john. I have eaten every kind of Thai food. I have eaten boar, crunchy frog, durian, horrible purple salted crab and some things I cannot even pronounce. So this morning I finished my last graveyard shift for the weekend, and with some relief, I...

X at the House of Blues Anaheim 8/31/2007

Posted on behalf of the lovely Diana Bonebrake. Diana's photo essay after the jump!...

Smile and Dial

"Hi, this is Jackie Payne with Impact Distributers...I'm just calling to let you know that you have won one of FIVE fabulous prizes!" Yes, I worked phone sales...I was the lowest of the low. In fact, it was not only phone sales - it was a phone scam. When I was 18 I used to work at a place called Impact Distributers in a high-rise in Marina Del Rey. My ex-boyfriend Harlan got me...

Instant Review: Saturday's Long Beach Blues Festival

Saturday I decided to go for the $130. "Premier Pass" at the Long Beach Blues Festival. It was money well-spent. Not only did it get me into the same area as the $1500 pass package, but I was able to get right up in front of the stage. They also had free beer, water and sodas. The free food was just OK, but the hot links were pretty good. I was 2 feet away...

Senator Craig to Step Down with his Dirty, Dirty Feet

Republican officials have announced that Senator Larry Craig of Idaho will be resigning today in the aftermath of his August 1st guilty plea. He was arrested June 11th during a lewd conduct police sting and pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeaner charge. Craig's spokesman, Dan Whiting, said the senator would be announcing his "career plans" but did not elaborate. Craig was busted during a police sting in a men's airport bathroom. On Tuesday at...

A Great Lineup at The Long Beach Blues Festival

The Long Beach Blues Festival On Saturday and Sunday, Sept 1st and 2nd, the Long Beach Blues Festival at Cal State Long Beach will celebrate its 28th year. The Juke Joint stage provides music between sets on the main stage. Although event producer, station KKJZ 88.1 FM, is now operated by Global Jazz, Inc. they are continuing the tradition. Music starts at 10:15am and ends at 6pm. On Saturday, the lineup includes Buddy Guy, Dr....

Labor Day Weekend Festivals

Fiesta Hermosa This weekend Hermosa Beach will once again host it's 3-day arts festival formerly known as Fiesta del Artes. It's going to be a hot one, so the cool breezes will make this festival the place to be. The arts and crafts on sale are irresistable, so bring money. The food vendors are not that impressive; I prefer the local restaurants, and the beer garden really gets out of control. That can be...

Music to Help New Orleans - Yes We Can

We were all emotionally affected by Hurricane Katrina. And I'm sure we are all frustrated by the lack of progress in rebuilding New Orleans. But like me, you are probably wondering, "What can I do about it?" Well, right now, you can buy a CD or a download. Enjoy some rightous music while doing what's right. Our New Orleans: A Benefit Album This is one of my favorite CDs of all time, with every track...

The Neighborhood Project: Northridge

Northridge has become famous for Cal State University Northridge, and infamous for the Northridge quake. In reality, the earthquake's epicenter was beneath Reseda. Although the San Fernando Valley is very particular about each neighborhood's boundaries, the history of one area sometimes bleeds over into the next. It would be easy to paint the Valley with a single brush. But that would be a gross oversimplification. What makes Northridge stand out from its neighbors? Its...

Hey Buddy, Can You Spare a Nut? Wildlife in the City

I live in a suburb. But our house is on an alley near some busy intersections, so the only wildlife around are sparrows and feral cats. Oh, and once I saw a flock of wild parrots. I work nearby in an office park that is a sea of concrete next to a huge shopping center. Imagine my surprise recently when someone came into the office and insisted, "Elise, you'd better come outside. Your truck...

Zappa Plays Zappa at the Wiltern 8/23/07 She Says

Unlike Bob, who is a fan of Frank Zappa's, I am a superfan. I am a devotee. I have every album, as well as imports and bootlegs, and I have played them over and over and over. Some people tire of his Foley-esque Edgar Varese-inspired noise explorations, but for some reason I always found the humor in them. And I'm not usually very patient with masturbatory jams. My friend Dez and I used to...

San Francisco: LA Dishes Back Part 3

At last, the final installment of LA Dishes Back. I promise there will be no "Son of LA Bites Back" or "LA Bites Back: Jason's Returns". A few readers have asked, "How did you pick these restaurants?" People felt like there has been no rhyme nor reason to my choices, or that these places are not representative of the finest the city has to offer. I plead guilty on both counts. My selections were...

What I did on Vacation - San Francisco

I don't care if the Golden Gate Bridge gets all of the attention. It's actually an orange vermillion anyways, as folk-rocker David Dondero reminds us. I have much love for the Oakland Bay Bridge, with its geometric patterns, sweeping lines and panoramic view of the city. By the way, they will be closing the bridge down for the long weekend, so beware. Cyberspace has given me the virtual ability to drag the entire world down...

San Francisco - LA Dishes Back Part 2

If you have not yet read part one of LA Dishes Back, you may want to check it out. We now continue our San Francisco adventures where we left off. Three days into the conference, everyone was exchanging horror stories about shoddy restaurant service. A few people had actually left restaurants crying after being berated by harried servers. Most of these experiences were in hotel cafes and chain restaurants within blocks of Union Square....

Griffith Park Fire near Observatory Appears to be Contained

Around 4pm today a one-acre fire broke out within sight of the Griffith Park Observatory. ABC has been running indepth coverage, although there is very little news online and no photos available at this time. Hikers have been evacuated. If anyone knows anyone who may be hiking in the park, they are being asked to contact them on cell phones. Visitors to the Observatory were evacuated from the building and were being kept in...

Dining in San Francisco: LA Dishes Back

As timing would have it, my trip to San Francisco last week came right on the heels of Michael Bauer's controversial article, The Dish on Los Angeles. Unlike many Angelinos, I did not get the impression that his article was maligning our entire restaurant scene. I thought it was a pretty standard assessment of a certain class of restaurant - the good, the bad, and the Patina Group. As I prepared for my trip...

Inland Empire Screening Party - Slow Start, Great Finish

LAists Elise and Heath arrived at the screening party for David Lynch's Inland Empire last night with an hour and a half to spare, thinking that would be plenty of time to get a good seat. We had forgotten that David Lynch's fans put the cult in cult movie. There was a line stretching around the entire courtyard, with some people having arrived early in the day to stake their claim. It was not...

Pamela Des Barres Book Party at the Wiltern

The Wiltern makes everything more glamorous. Its golden art deco designs transport you to another world. Add some beautiful women wearing shimmering dresses, and the night will sparkle. At Pamela Des Barres' party last night to celebrate her new book, Let's Spend the Night Together, my friend Donna Lethal and I just had to stand aside and watch the fashion show go by. Miss Pamela was practically floating in an ethereal pale lavender gown...

Safari Sam's Wants Your Opinion

Tomorrow night Safari Sam's will be doing something so unusual that it kind of confused me at first. Yet upon second glance, it seems so obvious that it makes me wonder why clubs have not been doing this kind of thing all along. Sam will be holding a "town hall" meeting to allow members of the community to ask questions and voice their opinions. For those who are wondering, both the bar and the...

The Mysteries of Dinah's Fried Chicken

When Alan Arkin freaks out in the beginning of Little Miss Sunshine, shouting, "Again with the fucking chicken! It's always with the goddamn fucking chicken!" all I could do was stare at the instantly recognizable bucket and think, "How could anyone ever get sick of Dinah's?" The fried coating is so highly seasoned and crispy. The meat is so juicy and tender. Alan Arkin should consider himself lucky. Dinah's Fried Chicken has been a Glendale...

Gardena Women's Sauna - a Refreshing Experience

If you search "Korean massage" or "Korean women's spa" on the internet, hundreds of sites pop up about prostitution and modern slavery rings. Because of the "ambiguity" of massage terminology, I have always been nervous about wandering into strange spas for fear of accidentally stumbling into the wrong kind of place. Luckily, my friend Lori is in the know, and she took me to the Gardena Women's Sauna last weekend. FYI: Places that are...

Sonic Youth @ The Greek, 7/20/07

The double-header of Redd Kross and Sonic Youth completely blew my mind Friday night at the Greek. I had fantastic tickets (because my husband's online kung fu is the best), a photo pass (Thanks to the kind people at Nederlander Productions) and I was even on the list for the after-party (Thanks to Saccharine Trust and Dave Markey). I have seen Sonic Youth a number of times, starting with the Gila Monster Festival in 1984,...

Redd Kross Sonic Youth Afterparty

After the amazing Redd Kross - Sonic Youth show at the Greek, we all headed over to an afterparty at El Cid. Thurston had asked punk legends Saccharine Trust to perform their classic album, Pagan Icons. The album thing was kind of a theme. If you want to know where bands like Nirvana got their inspiration from, in addition to Daydream Nation, you really need to add Pagan Icons and Born Innocent to your...

Redd Kross at The Greek 7/20/2007

If I had to make a list of my top 100 albums of all time, Redd Kross' Born Innocent would at least make the top 20. I can't even begin to describe how excited I was to learn that this album was going to be performed live as the opening act for Sonic Youth at the Greek. I had to get tickets for the show. Nothing against Sonic Youth, who would have rocked the roof...

My Week in Quicktime - Wicked Lotus Ska

I often take short, random Quicktime videos with my camera. The uploads are limited, so they are sometimes abrupt. Here is a little entertainment from Wicked Wednesdays, the Lotus Festival. and Mods and Rockers. Let's start things off with a clip of Emily Rozek singing the hit showtune, Popular. Many more after the jump!...

Mods and Rockers Film Fest - Films of Steve Whitehead

Last weekend LAists Elise and Bob attended the Mods and Rockers Film Festival at the Egyptian to see some of the early films of Steve Whitehead. We arrived in time to catch Spencer Davis perform his hits I'm a Man and Gimme Some Lovin during the free live concert in the courtyard. He was backed up by The Ravers, a band comprised of world-class session musicians, including illustrious bassist Phil Chen. (Photos, film reviews...

Danger, Will Robinson!

I'm not saying that a woman's genuine feelings should ever be invalidated by accusations of hormonal instability. And maybe it would be a good idea to pick your fucking socks up off the fucking floor just this ONCE. But I did used to live in a house full of redheads, and I had to find some way to keep them from killing each other once a month. I invented this milkshake/mudslide that is guaranteed...

AWOL in Universal Studios

After covering Wicked Wednesday, I realized that I didn't have to work until later that night. The PR person had said, "Just go wherever you want." I think she meant within the stage area, but I thought I'd wander around a little. The last time I went to Universal Studios they had just gotten Jaws, and they were still doing an avalanche with big cheesy-looking styrofoam boulders. I went on "Back to the Future"...

Photo Essay - The Lotus Festival

This weekend Echo Park is hosting its annual Lotus Festival, featuring a variety of entertainment, booths, and food vendors. The event encourages a sharing of the cultures of Asian and Pacific Island communities, and is timed to coincide with the blooming of the lotus blossom. Festivities continue Sunday from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles, California, located on Park Avenue between Glendale Avenue and Echo Park Boulevard, just north...

A Sampling of Burbank Bars

Burbank is not exactly known for its nightlife. Most people head into Hollywood and Los Feliz when the weekend comes. But Burbank is not completely devoid of watering holes should the need for a stiff drink or a little bit of entertainment hit you midweek. (More after the jump)...

The Neighborhood Project: Burbank

Beautiful downtown Burbank was the butt of many a Johnny Carson joke. Sometimes one does get the sense that Burbank is a little podunk town, caught in a time warp. It's like living in Mayberry. People in the higher tax-brackets live in the hills, and around the The Equestrian Center. This post is going to focus on the flats, particularly around the neighborhood called "Magnolia Park" by Real Estate agents trying to make it...

Diana Bonebrake Art Opening Saturday!

Diana Bonebrake's new show, Land and Sky, opens on July 14th at the Orlando Gallery in Tarzana. There will be munchies, cheap wine, and the opportunity to discover a whole new perspective on things. Orlando Gallery 18376 Ventura Blvd. in Tarzana, CA 91356. 818-705-5368. The opening reception is Saturday July 14, 2007 from 6-9PM. The show runs July 14 - August 3. I often find beauty in everyday objects. They are blessed with a...

Wicked Wednesdays at Universal Studios

This summer, Universal Studios has been presenting a special series called Wicked Wednesdays, featuring performers from the hit musical, Wicked. It is a rare opportunity to hear the hit songs performed in an intimate venue. The Wizard and I, Popular, As Long as You're Mine and For Good were sung yesterday by Julie Reiber (in the role of Elphaba) Emily Rozek (in the role of Glinda), and Adam Lambert (Fiyero). The Wizard, John Rubinstein...

Playing Dress-up at La Scala

When I was a little girl, my dad didn't have the means for fancy restaurants, but his boss sure did. Every once in awhile, he would take my parents out for a special dinner in Beverly Hills. My mom would have her hair sprayed into an immovable up-do, and slather herself with Avon products. Dressed to the nines, my parents would leave behind the squalor and police sirens of Wilmington and disappear into a world...

LAist interviews Miss Pamela Des Barres

Pamela Des Barres, of Frank Zappa's girl group, The GTOs, gained national attention with her first memoir, I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie. This best-seller was followed by Take Another Little Piece of My heart: A Groupie Grows Up and Rock Bottom: Dark Moments in Music Babylon. Des Barres also teaches writing classes, performs wedding ceremonies, and according to her website, can even be hired out for the weekend as a (purely platonic)...

We're Gonna Have a Tiki Party Tonight!

Yesterday I attended American Cinematheque's tiki festival at the Egyptian. The television clips segment was an episode of Hawaiian Eye, a cheesy wanna-be Hawaii 5-0 with some of the most camp moments imaginable. Interspersed between the "commercial breaks" were B-movie coming attractions and hilarious ads ("Salem makes your taste fresher!"). There were a variety of vendors selling tiki wares, and after the movie, King Kukelele and his Friki Tikis got the courtyard hoppin' to...

Come to the Luau at the Egyptian!

American Cinematheque heats up the Egyptian this weekend when they expand their annual Tiki Sunday to fill three days with films and events. Friday night the festivities were kicked off with a screening of George Roy Hill's epic film, Hawaii, starring Julie Andrews. Saturday July 7th at 4pm there will be a can't-miss screening of rare, 1960s tiki-themed television clips from the collection of artist Kevin Kidney. Stay after the screening for a Luau...

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