Results tagged “Elise Thompson”

Cheese is the New Wine

I love food. I love talking about food. I can spend hours discussing the merits of different mustards, or trying to figure out the mystery flavor in a pasta sauce. But I think food should be accessible. It should not be intimidating. I avoid saying things like "flavor profile". I am more likely to say things like, "This gravy is so good I want to fill a jacuzzi with it and jump in naked."...

Get out There and Light that BBQ!

Why aren't you barbecuing right now? What are you, a commie? Here are a few favorite barbecue recipes to help you celebrate our freedom from living under a regime that taxed the hell out of us! Freedom from a regime where the rich and politically connected were treated differently than the average citizen! Umm...here's to drinking beer with our friends instead of being at work! (BBQ Recipes after the jump!)...

Welcome to Kwik-E-Mart!

The 7-11 at the intersection of Olive and Verdugo in Burbank has temporarily been converted into a Kwik-E-Mart. It was re-done late Saturday night and will remain a Kwik-E-Mart for the next month to promote the upcoming Simpsons movie. Eleven 7-11s in the United States and two in Canada have been converted into Kwik-E-Marts as part of the promotion. DCist has their very own Kwik-E-Mart in Bladensburg, MD. Golam, Burbank's friendly counterman, was having a...

The Reinactors - a Sneak Peek

Imagine the opening scene of Midnight Cowboy. Now imagine that John Voight is in a Superman costume. And Ratso Rizzo is Marilyn Monroe. Surround them with a cast straight out of Pink Flamingos, and set it all to the soundtrack of a sweet 10-year-old German girl singing "Hotel California" This might give you some idea of what Dave Markey's long-anticipated film, The Reinactors, is like. In this documentary, Markey delves into the lives of...

Throw a Vegan-friendly BBQ!

Like most people, I have gone through my vegetarian phases, my vegan phases and the worst of all - my low-carb phase. So my cooking is pretty versatile. I have a lot of vegan friends who love barbecues, and it only takes a few minor changes to make them more comfortable. Even if you are super-carnivorous, you can still host a barbecue that will make your vegan friends happy. First of all, you want...

Prince fans - Check your credit card receipts!

Looks like the Hollywood Roosevelt has some explaining to do. Here is the story from my husband, Bob: If you requested Prince tickets for the Roosevelt and never heard back, check your credit card statement! Prince just cost me a thousand freaking dollars and I didn't even SEE the guy. When I saw the announcement to email the Roosevelt for ticket details, I did so immediately. They emailed back an order form, which had...

Over-rated in Beverly Hills

Aaaah, Beverly Hills - Los Angeles' beacon of wealth and privilege. I don't think I've been there in over ten years. But on Tuesday I had an entire day to just wander the streets. Normally, I don't trust popular opinion. Maybe it's because I grew up in the 80s, when popular opinion gave us big shoulder pads, bigger hair, the Star-Wars defense system, Hall and Oats and Chubacca-like eyebrows. But that mistrust caused me...

Who Do You Think You're Calling Retarded?

This may seem like a moot point in the wake of the horror that is the Benoit murder-suicide. I do not mean to minimize the tragedy by nit-picking. But I cannot believe that in this day and age I am seeing headlines like this one from Fox News: WRESTLER CHRIS BENOIT, WIFE ARGUED OVER RETARDED CHILD BEFORE MURDER- SUICIDE And here it is again. And again. Retarded child? Retarded? Are you kidding me? This poor...

When Worlds Collide - What We Do is Secret Afterparty

Last night's afterparty at Element for What We do is Secret was like a study in culture conflict. What We do is Secret is a movie about a punk rock band called the Germs. Punk rock was not just a form of music. It was a form of rebellion. Punk rock was rebelling against the mainstream music industry. So how do you hold a commercial event for something that by its very nature is...

The Blasters at the King King

Monday night, rumor had it there would be a top-secret Blasters reunion at the King King. They needed footage for something they are filming about drummer Bill Bateman. The Blasters fronted by Phil Alvin still play gigs, but this is the first time the original band has played together since I don't know when. I got there just in time to see them do Marie Marie and two other songs before the Alvins drifted...

What We Do is Secret

What if someone made a movie about your high school? Maybe it was a movie about the class that graduated the year before you started school. But even if you didn't know some of the characters, you are only one degree of separation away. What We Do is Secret, a film about the life and death of Germs frontman Darby Crash, was kind of like that for me. I almost feel like I should...

Fun on the Red Carpet at LAFF

This thing is named Kabluey. This costume is impossible to see out of, which made things kind of interesting. (More Pics after the Jump)...

Bayou Fest Long Beach Second Line

This is a Quicktime video of the second-line parade at last weekend's Bayou Festival in Long Beach. I was kind of taken aback by the 30-dollar entrance fee. They did not have as many booths or food vendors as in previous years. But they did have first-rate performers, including CJ Chenier and Geno Delafose. And this was one hell of a second-line. Thank goodness we finally have a kick-ass brass band in Los Angeles!...

Lip up, Fatty! Exclusive interview with Bad Manners

There will be a rare performance of ska legends Bad Manners Monday night at Safari Sam's. One of the few original ska musicians still performing, frontman Buster Bloodvessel is a survivor in more than one way. This is their first U.S. performance since Buster's near-death experience six years ago. He has managed to not only bounce back, but is in incredible shape and ready to continue spreading the joy of skanking around the world....

Cafe Boogaloo's Key Lime Pie

This is the recipe for a perfect summer pie. Not only is it light and citrusy, but the oven only needs to be on for 20 minutes. For parties, I buy pre-made graham cracker tart crusts to make individual servings. I like to decorate the center of each tart with a single curled strip of lime zest. This recipe makes one pie, or about a dozen tarts. Key lime juice is sold in bottles...

WHAT in tarnation IS IT?

Crispin Glover's 2006 directorial debut, "What is It?" is being trotted out once again this year, along with the Crispin Glover Show, complete with exclusive interviews and curious media hype. Today I deliver to you a slightly more critical perspective than the review that accompanied last year's LAist interview. I also attended last year's screening of "What is It?" and after seeing the film, I think that it has been mis-titled. "What is it?" is...

A Cajun 3-way in Hermosa: Cafe Boogaloo

Cafe Boogaloo arrived on the scene in Hermosa Beach in 1995, around the same time I moved back to my hometown. It was the perfect place to meet up with old friends or to have a drink with first dates. The decor is upscale down-home and filled with one-of-a-kind folk art, somewhat similar to the House of Blues. Dim lighting, large westerly facing windows and lazily rotating ceiling fans keep the interior cool on...

A Cajun 3-Way in Hermosa - New Orleans

I Just a block down from Ragin Cajun, New Orleans occupies a space that used to be a 50s cafe, and you can still see traces of that design. The interior is a long diner counter, with tables lining the wall. The restaurant is extremely dark inside, so it is a little unwelcoming at first. I have been there a few times, but never managed to actually sit down and eat before. My dining companions...

A Cajun 3-way in Hermosa - Ragin Cajun

Hermosa Beach is one lucky town. Not only do they have the beautiful beach and the ocean breezes, but they have lucked out in the restaurant department. They are home to not one, but three New Orleans-inspired eateries: Ragin Cajun, New Orleans, and Café Boogaloo are all within two blocks of each other. This week, to gear up for the big Bayou Festival in Long Beach, I am going to cover all three restaurants....

The Real Punk Lives of Orange County

Saturday night the Long Beach Art Theater was host to the premiere of the documentary, "One More for All my True Friends", the story of Orange County punk band Channel 3. The film was produced by Erik Carreon of Homeschool Productions. Channel 3 opened the bill at the very first gig I ever attended. Perennial openers, Channel 3's logo is prominent on many classic flyers. Other than that, there is not much that was...

Cafe 322 - Dinner and a Show

Remember the good old days, when Italian restaurants had opera-singing waiters? Mario and Larry Lalli grew up in the good old days, in one such restaurant. Mario and Larry's family has been in the restaurant business for over 50 years. The two cousins have continued the tradition begun by their fathers, previously with a pizzeria in Palm Springs, and now with Café 322 in Sierra Madre. Larry tears it up in the kitchen while...

Oh Bondage, Up Yours!

Last weekend, I was at a daytime event at the Eagle (formerly The Gauntlet II). As the night wore on, the regulars started showing up - the leatherboys. Someone asked, "Why is there so much security in here?" I overheard one of these guys saying, "So I went in there to buy my Dr. Pepper, like I always do, because that's where I get my Dr. Pepper, but this time I'm wearing my SWAT uniform,...

il Capriccio Pizzeria

Last March, one of my favorite Los Feliz restaurants, il Capriccio, opened up a pizzeria. It's located at the Sunset Junction, on Hollywood Boulevard next to the U-Haul, or a block up from the strip joint, depending on your frame of reference. When people talk about California pizza, they usually mean gourmet toppings, a la Wolfgang Puck, with a sweet, bready crust like California Pizza Kitchen's. While I am a fan of adventurous toppings,...

Paris' New Music Video

Well, that was fast. Omovies.com got this Paris Hilton music video spoof out in record time. I just couldn't wait for 4:20, knowing how long it's been since everyone's last fix (Paris TV: All Paris! All the Time!)...

Dyke March LA 2007

I know it may come as a shocking revelation to some of you who know me, but yes, last night I actually put on comfortable shoes and - exercised. OK, I still wore my mules. I always wear my mules. But I walked. Really fast too - it is impossible to keep up with those dang bikes! (Photo essay of the DYKE March down Sunset blvd. during Pride Week after the jump. A few pics...

Dyke March After-Party at the Eagle

I couldn't stay for every performance, but enjoyed the onstage and offstage antics. Photos after the jump....

Joan Jett Headlines LA Pride Tonight

MAINSTAGE SATURDAY JUNE 9, 2007 2:30 PM - MC's BEN PATRICK JOHNSON & MARCELLAS REYNOLDS 2:40 PM - 3:00 PM NANCY RANCOURT 3:10 PM - 3:30 PM JUSTIN LANNING 3:40 PM - 4:00 PM TAXI DOLL 4:10 PM - 4:35 PM DEBBY HOLIDAY 4:45 PM - 5:05 PM ANN MAGNUSON MC's BILLY MASTERS & MOMMA 5:15 PM - 5:40 PM THE START 5:50 PM - 6:15 PM BITTER: SWEET 6:25 PM - 6:55 PM ROUGH...

Punk Rock Kids These Days

Last night we went to the Knitting Factory's punk rock cover band night. Going to all-ages shows with little modern punks always trips me out. I don't mean Green Day punks or whatever the hell they are calling punk this week. I mean kids who put on a costume of what we were wearing back in 1981. They mix it up with some new wave and metal crap that would have branded them a poseur...

Vitello's

After flirting with local hipsters Aroma and Alcove, I thought maybe what I needed was someone older, more distinguished. A real gentleman. Someone who would pay for my valet parking and make sure my glass was never empty. Someone who would ply me with wine and sing to me. I wouldn't have far to look since Vitello's was right there, waiting across the street for me to wise up. Yes, I'm talking about THAT...

Dyke March ...Make That Marches (Plural)

Put on your comfortable shoes, girls, because there will be not one, but TWO Dyke Marches this weekend. Friday night Christopher Street West's LA Pride will be sponsoring the "traditional" WeHo Dyke March, which has been an annual event since around 1994. However, original founders of the WeHo Dyke March, former members of Act Up! including Cindy Crogan and Judy Sisneros, splintered off in 2003 to form Dyke March Los Angeles. They felt the...

Grand Guignolers de Paris

Sunday night I crept down an alleyway, drank a bunch of absinthe and watched a girl get her eyes gouged out with a knitting needle. The gouging wasn't real, but the absinthe was. Welcome to Los Angeles' theatre du Grand Guignol de Paris. The Grand Guignol was a theater in the Pigalle district, the seamy underbelly of Paris. The theater's focus varied slightly with shifts in management, but the subject matter of its short...

Bikini Dance Lessons!

It's officially bikini season....

BBQ - And There's the Rub

A rub is simply a mixture of herbs and spices that can be rubbed into the meat before grilling or smoking. The longer the rub is on, the more the flavors will permeate the meat. But it can also be put on at the very last minute. If you are cooking a large cut of meat for a long time, you may also want to baste the meat every hour or so. For a...

Tonight! Big Daddy Roth Art Opening at La Luz

Are you old enough to be nostalgic for "Car Toons" comics? Or young enough to wonder what the deal is with Rat Fink? Tonight's art opening for original Big Daddy Roth artwork at La Luz De Jesus is a can't miss event for children of all ages. Big Daddy Roth's characters fathered a movement Howie Pyro refers to as lowbrow/pop surrealism. Roth mentored and inspired artists such as Robert Williams and Ed Newton, not...

Stop the Presses!

Charles Nelson Reilly is STILL dead. By special request, one more tribute to a great man....

Alcove - On the Rebound

While I was deciding whether or not to break things off with Aroma, I thought I might go check out their sister restaurant, Alcove. It was only in Los Feliz. I mean, it was right there on the way to Wacko. It would almost be rude not to stop. I had my nephew along for the ride too, so it wasn't like a date or anything. I mean, I'm still getting over Aroma. No...

Praise Dancing

Although this art form has been developing in churches for many years, Praise Dancing is just starting to filter out into the secular community. Churches from a variety of denominations, but primarily African-American Baptist churches, have been starting dance ministries all across the country. Mixing a variety of dance forms with mime and occasionally with American Sign Language (ASL), Praise Dancing is sometimes called Worship Dance or Praise Mime. The use of mime make-up...

Three Days - Three Festivals

Cajun-Creole Fest (See Photo Essay after the jump!)...

The New Zoo Review

The scariest children's show ever....

Weekend Festivals

There is no reason to fight traffic to get away this Memorial Day weekend. There is plenty of traffic right here in L.A. Between all of the barbeques and festivals, it's going to be hard to decide where to go first. Here is a taste of some of the festivals happening around town: Fiesta Hermosa May 26, 27, 28 (The festival formerly known as Fiesta de las Artes). This Hermosa Beach festival is primarily an...

What Have You Been Smoking?

This weekend marks the official start of barbeque season! If you've already mastered grilling, and are ready to move up to the next level, welcome to the world of smoking. Just remember, grilling is like a one-night stand and smoking is like a marriage. You should prep the ribs the night before and start smoking them six hours before serving. It requires a certain level of commitment. But the commitment is only one of...

Why Do You Think You Are Nuts?

This is why men have a fear of commitment....

The Knitters at the Getty

The Knitters, with vocalists John Doe and Exene Cervenka, guitarist Dave Alvin, bassist Johnny Ray Bartel, and drummer D.J. Bonebrake were born as a side project of the quintissential American punk band X....the group named its rockabilly-flavored offshoot the Knitters as an homage to legendary late 1940s folk group the Weavers. In 1985, the Knitters released their first album, Poor Little Critter in the Road, to critical acclaim and are recognized as one of...

Riding the Getty Tram with Exene

This video was recorded after the Knitters' "Friday Nights at the Getty" performance last night. Although I got permission from everyone to post this, I forgot to ask for the Knitter's fan/mystery interviewer's name. If you're out there, let me know who you are so I can give you credit. Unfortunately, the tram makes some of the audio difficult to hear. At first, everyone is talking about Exene's aprons, which are the trademark of...

Aroma Hasn't Called Back Yet?

Have you ever gone out with someone who was so attractive that you were never really sure if you were good enough for them? And sometimes they treated you like shit because they knew they could get away with it? But you kept going back, no matter what, because they were really, really good in bed? I think that is what is happening between me and Aroma Coffee and Tea. Aroma is my bad...

The Politics of Restaurant Photography

My name is Elise and I take pictures of food. There, admitting the problem is the first step towards recovery. I know my hobby borders on the peculiar, if not the insane. I was recently snapping a few shots of a take-out carton behind a bar. The drunken regulars pointed and laughed, "Har, har! That girl just took a picture of a SANDWICH!" I am certain that's what will be engraved on my gravestone....

Meat Puppets at the Troubadour

The Meat Puppets are back with a vengeance! Last night the Troubadour hosted the Los Angeles performance of the Meat Puppets' reunion mini-tour. Brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood have not shared a stage since the debacle that was supposed to be their tour opening for REM back in 1996. Since then, Cris' personal struggles have been no secret to anyone, reaching their crescendo when he was shot by a post office security guard in...

At Least I Have Chicken

If you play World of Warcraft, you already know all about Leroy. My favorite part is not the infamous kamikazee attack, but the complex, nerdish planning beforehand....

Crowded House: Farewell to the World

Listen in with Bob and Elise as we check out the new Crowded House release: E: Did you read the liner notes? B: Not yet. E: This is Crowded House's 1996 "farewell" concert performed live six months after drummer Paul Hester quit in the middle of their last tour. It says he left suddenly because he missed his family. But who suddenly leaves mid-tour from homesickness? Sounds more like he left in a huff. B:...

Do You Know What You Want?

It seems like good restaurants tend to cluster together. Maybe it is an ancient herding instinct. One neighborhood that is happening of late is Crenshaw and Adams. To see it today, you would never know that this corner has an infamous drug-laden past. Check out Jerry Stahl's book, Permanent Midnight, for the whole sordid story. Nowadays, it's all about the food. On the west side of Crenshaw, just next to the gas station, stands...

Saturday Night in Echo Park

How can you resist Taix's Kitschy Decor?...

Martini Republic - Shaken, and Stirred

If you missed your soaps this week, and if your ex is actually complying with that restraining order, you may be missing out on your daily dose of drama. Well, if the three-dimensional world has been too uneventful of late, I can assure you the fur has been flying in cyberspace. And if I may be so bold to ask, please grant me one giant, all-encompassing (sic) for this post. This week, Martini Republic,...

Do the Freddie!!!

The great Freddie and the Dreamers I predict this will be the next dance craze to sweep the nation!...

Live Interview with The Chuck Dukowski Sextet

The Chuck Dukowski Sextet, May 5, 2007. This interview was recorded outside of the very glamorous rock-and-roll Big Lots next to Suzy's in Redondo Beach, where the live footage was recorded. The Chuck Dukowski Sextet is made up of Chuck, his wife Lora Norton, guitarist Milo Gonzalez, and drummer Tony Tornay. Chuck and Nora founded Nice & Friendly Records. Chuck was a founding member and driving force behind Black Flag, SWA, and Fishcamp. In...

Don't Drink and Newscast

My favorite thing about this video is that she has clearly been grappling for the mike with the newsman before the clip even starts....

Folliero's - A Real Family Value

It was always a special occasion when my parents took us out for pizza. We always went to the same little family-run restaurant where we were allowed to climb on the chairs and run in the aisles. I can still remember playing "Billy Don't be a Hero" on the jukebox while drinking root beer out of one of those pebbled plastic glasses. When the pizza finally arrived, it was always presented with a flourish,...

PHO - A Long, Long, Way to Run

It's 2am. You've closed the bar down and you need something to soak up the alcohol. If you're on the Westside, you might hit a coffeeshop. If you're on the Eastside, it's a taqueria. But if you are in Koreatown, it's all about the Pho. This Vietnamese noodle soup has taken Koreatown by storm, almost surpassing Korean BBQ in popularity. All night long, the brightly-lit noodle shops that line Western Avenue are jumping. The people-watching...

Patti Smith at the Roxy: Pushin Too Hard

Last night Patti Smith put the rock in the Roxy. Then she tore it back out, spit on it, stomped on it a bunch of times, punched it in the face and put it back. Patti was in her element last night, backed up by a band comprised of family and long-time friends. Supported by one of her earliest collaborators, guitarist and legendary rock journalist Lenny Kaye, Patti Smith had heart and soul to spare....

Chicken Boy is Coming!

Chicken Boy, who once stood proudly atop the Chicken Boy restaurant in downtown LA, may finally have found a permanent home. Measuring around 22 feet tall, this statue is impressive not only for its height, but because it is a statue of a man with the head of a chicken. Or a chicken with the body of a man. I'm not sure which is better. Plus, he cannibalistically holds a bucket of chicken parts. He...

Be There or be a Poseur!

Have a beer with Fear! Slam at the Cuckoo's Nest! Grab an Oki Dog with Pat Smear! Thursday night at 7:30 pm., The Silver Lake Film Festival will be screening Dave Markey's seminal punk rock film, The Slog Movie. The Slog movie isn't an outsider's documentary of punk rock as a movement. It isn't a bunch of grainy, archived clips edited into interviews with punk rock legends reminiscing about the Masque. When you are...

Happy Aluminum Anniversary, Fred 62!

Is it possible to love a creation in spite of its creator? You have to admit that "Live Through This" rocked, even if Courtney Love is not the most likeable person on the planet. And Picasso wasn't exactly a nice guy. The same holds true for Fred Eric, one of the most controversial personalities on the LA food scene. I cannot say my one run-in with him, in which he almost ran me over...

Coachella: Where to Eat

Don't even bother trying to slip that contraband jar of peanut butter into your backpack. Outside food and drinks are prohibited at Coachella. And 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 some excellent eats. If you do manage to escape the festival, here are some places to...

A Real Cool Time

Iggy & The Stooges The Wiltern April 23, 2007 Last night we managed to get in to see Iggy and the Stooges rock the Wiltern. We are very grateful to a certain bass player for this, because the tickets sold out in like a minute. The Wiltern is still gorgeous, but it is really weird the way they took out all of the seats downstairs. They have plenty of bars and bartenders, clean bathrooms,...

Colombian Gold in North Hollywood

Sick of sushi? Tired of Thai? Want to impress your friends by turning them on to an exciting new cuisine? Try a little Colombian! La Maria Restaurant on Victory Boulevard in North Hollywood is one of those little holes-in-the-wall that foodies dream about - undiscovered and unspoiled, with reasonable prices and an experienced chef. Chef Antonio Prado worked in such Los Angeles favorites as Hugo's and Joan's on Third before opening La Maria. The...

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