Results tagged “Guest Contributor”

The Record as a Form of Art: Vinyl Mandala at Actual Size Gallery

The current show at Actual Size Gallery explores the realm of the collectivism behind the process of the album. Artists have long been synonymous for clashing the visual world utilizing music as medium. Raymond Pettibon made a career in art when he clashed music and art in the early 1980’s Los Angeles punk scene. The artists in Vinyl Mandala practice art and music as an art form.

Where To Eat After The Game: A Guide to DTLA Restaurants

You just watched Kobe and Pau put in work on that 3-peat the entire city is pining for, now it’s time to find a downtown LA restaurant to satisfy your own cravings. You know what you’re in for at the army of steakhouses surrounding the Staples Center and you know what kind of gutbuster items await you at ESPN Zone. What other restaurant options within walking distance of The Staples Center can feed a Bynum-sized appetite, whether or not you’ve got a Bynum-sized salary?

Philly Cheese Steak on the Westside: Blasphemous? No, Delicious!

Online discussion, countless reviews, and adamant experts seem to only agree on two ingredients: Steak and bread (which sparks a totally new debate: what kind of bread and steak to use). Others argue that an “authentic” Philly doesn't exist--here. You'll have to travel 3,000 miles for authentic Philly cheese steaks, unless you stumble across the Submariner.

Sweet News: Scoops Westside is Open

The sweet suspense is finally over….Scoops Westside is now open! After a couple of pesky delays, the indie ice cream boutique opened its doors to the Overland Ave. masses last week. And already…it has had to close down early for running out of the uniquely flavored frozen goodness! The West L.A extension was made possible by Blogger-turned-Proprietor, Matthew Kang, a long time fan of the flagship shop near L.A.C.C.

All Hail Healthy Cacti! La Feria Del Nopal Fest is Saturday

All hail healthy cacti! A festival in honor of Mexico’s green, staple vegetable is set to take place this Saturday at the three-month-old Juan’s Restaurante in Baldwin Park. La Feria Del Nopal will include over fifteen dishes incorporating the tart and tender vegetable, a recipe contest (must be submitted by 3 PM) and even a green carpet!

Cheese! Tequila! Cause! Celebrating 200 Years of Mexican Cuisine

It was a full church as more than 1,000 tortilla-loving Angelenos gathered at St. Vibiana's Cathedral last Saturday night. They were there not to eat a communion wafer but instead to celebrate 200 Years Of Mexican Cuisine, a tasting event put together by The Taste Of Mexico Association benefiting Heal The Bay Foundation. Just in time, as this year marked the bicentennial celebration of Mexican Independence…not to mention "Traditional Mexican Cuisine” making it to the list of UNESCO’s "Intangible World Heritage."

Holiday Drinks: The Roger Room's Winter Cocktails

Tucked two blocks (yet a world away) from the holiday hysteria of the Beverly Center, you'll find the Roger Room--an intimate speakeasy boasting vintage cocktails and top-notch service. From a traditional Whiskey Cider to a modern take on the Old Fashioned, this season's five winter additions are designed to entice.

L.A.'s Rodarte Designs Killer Costumes For 'Black Swan'

Darren Aronofsky's nine-year-old Grimm brainchild Black Swan is finally being released to the world on December 3. Brutal and beautiful, the film is a visually stunning journey of a not very pretty sight, the gory gorgeousness reaching its pinnacle with the ballet costumes -- particularly the glorious black swan costume -- designed by L.A.'s own Laura and Kate Mulleavy of the much celebrated line, Rodarte.

LAistory: The Los Angeles Herald-Examiner

Before Lindsay Lohan and Mel Gibson, Angelinos of all ages hungrily awaited news of Fatty Arbuckle and the Black Dahlia, and before TMZ and Perez Hilton fit in our pockets, there was the afternoon edition of the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. Trafficking in the salacious and the spectacular and operating out of a building boasting hand-painted gold leaf in the lobby, the Herald-Examiner and its home said ‘LA’ like no other paper could.

The Weekend Round Up: Art in LA

As art galleries gear up for the upcoming December art fairs in Miami and Los Angeles in January, the rest of us welcome the holidays. The Los Angeles art scene slows down, but merely for a week. There’s still plenty to do and still keep up with holiday celebrations. News for one of our top museum institutions did not come lightly this week, as LACMA announces it’s lack of funds that will now slow down advancements of current construction. The museum hopes to raise $100 million dollars in donations to go on with initial plans.

The Weekly Round Up: Art in LA

“Despite the thriving community of artists, Los Angeles has a shitty history of maintaining the kinds of institutions that artists (and the people who care about art) richly deserve.”- Andrew Berardini Through a weekly update, we'll keep you informed of art openings, lectures, performances, new museum shows, and perhaps even an art world rant or two.

Massive Attack & Thievery Corporation @ Gibson Amphitheatre | Live Review, 11/07/10

The “Monsters of Dub” double-bill of Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation wrapped up two months of co-headlining American tour dates in Los Angeles as part of the “LA 101” event at the Gibson Amphitheatre on Sunday night. The inspired pairing pulled an impressively large crowd that ran the gamut including post-rave survivors, music nerds, a thick swath of the city’s creative class and party people just down for heavy beats and heavier vibes (man).

Gary Numan @ El Rey Theatre 11/04/10

If there is any burden that comes with being a seminal artist, it’s the slavish obsession and attention perpetually paid to the seminal art. For pioneering UK electronic artist Gary Numan in America, it all revolves around his timeless hit song, “Cars.” Taken from his 1979 album “The Pleasure Principle,” it’s one of the first songs to introduce electronic music to the American masses, reaching #9 on the US charts in early 1980.

LA Phil's Green Umbrella Concert Series: Music from Bang on a Can Composers

Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Concert Series--dedicated to innovative contemporary music--opened last week with a concert featuring music from Bang on a Can composers: Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe. It seems fitting that Bang on a Can opened the series, because the collective is responsible for a lot of innovative contemporary music in the US.

From Market to Menu: An Interview With Chef Mikey Stern of Michael's

The shy and baby faced Chef Mikey Stern may know his own restaurant’s kitchen better than any other 28 year old executive chef in America. And with good reason: he’s spent more than a 1/3 of his life cooking at Michael’s the 3rd street Santa Monica institution.

New translation of Elektra Continues at the Getty Villa

This weekend, the Getty Villa continues its presentation of the world premiere of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s new translation of Sophocles’ Elektra. [Side note: While the show begins hours after the regular patrons have migrated back home along the PCH, being at the Getty Villa after regular opening hours feels like you’re trespassing on some very rich person’s property. The guards tell you to be quiet and you almost feel obligated to tiptoe through the corridors until you reach the open-air amphitheater. But the production, thankfully, is worth the hassle.]

Know Your Farmers' Market: Wednesdays at Barnsdall Park

The last days of summer may be rushing up behind us, but the season’s harvest still overflows in Los Feliz, thanks to the two (yes, two!) weekly farmers' markets that serve this community. One is the Los Feliz Farmers' Market, while the other is the LA Medical Center Farmers' Market, which visits Los Feliz every Wednesday from 12-6pm in the lower parking lot of Barnsdall Art Park on Hollywood Blvd.

Crepes Bonaparte: Behind the Berets

It’s the hottest day of the year, and Christian Murcia and his crew of the Crepes Bonaparte food truck are hard at work churning out their popular crepes to eager customers, when a woman drives by and yells out her window, “Oh my gosh, it’s you! You’re famous!” Murcia, a contestant on the Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race series, has experienced an uptick in business (and a few rabid fans) since the show first aired on August 15th, and it’s clear why. Crepes Bonaparte’s charming, beret-wearing team serves up incredibly fresh, made-to-order crepes that rival those of a Parisienne café.

The 48 Hour Film Project Takes Over L.A. this Weekend

The 48 Hour Film Project marks its ninth year in Los Angeles with a kickoff event at Cinespace in Downtown Hollywood tomorrow. The project offers filmmakers the chance to create a quick movie over one hectic weekend and show it to an audience of their peers the next week at Laemmle’s Monica 4-Plex in Santa Monica. According to Jimmy Stewart, producer of the festival in LA, “Most ideas never make it out of your head, never mind actually getting developed, shot and projected onto a big screen. Having this kind of structure and deadline can be very exciting and motivating.”

The Next Food Network Star Episode 9: 'Basically, I can die happy.'

The final 4--Herb, Aarti, Aria, and Tom--prepare to take on an Iron Chef America battle (Photo courtesy The Food Network/Used with permission) For its sixth season, The Next Food Network Star was shot in Los Angeles, and among the 12 finalists vying for their very own Food Network show are 3 locals, including food blogger and LAist alum Aarti Sequeira. Each week, Aarti will give us her take on the episode, from her unique...

Theater Review: The Good Book of Pedantry and Wonder Defines Excellence

The world premiere of Moby Pomerance’s The Good Book of Pedantry and Wonder at Boston Court Performing Arts Center is a rare thing—a new play that is already superb which receives a stunning and satisfying staging. You’d be surprised how infrequently those two things occur simultaneously, but it’s happened here in a felicitous co-production by Theatre @ Boston Court and Circle X Theatre Company.

Theater Review: TV Couple Reunites for One Weekend of Love Letters at the Rep East

Repertory East Playhouse revived a popular favorite last weekend, in a weekend-only production of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters. Love Letters chronicles the relationship from grade-school to late middle age between free-thinking artist socialite Melissa Gardner and her respectable, politically ambitious friend Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Taking advantage of resources available by virtue of its L.A.-metro location, the production reunited Tony Dow and Janice Kent who played the title husband/wife duo on The New Leave it to Beaver in the 80s. The story is told entirely through the correspondence the two have kept throughout the course of their lifetime.

The Next Food Network Star Episode 8: Humble, But Grand

The final 5 in the kitchen for Episode 8 (Photo courtesy The Food Network/Used with permission) For its sixth season, The Next Food Network Star was shot in Los Angeles, and among the 12 finalists vying for their very own Food Network show are 3 locals, including food blogger and LAist alum Aarti Sequeira. Each week, Aarti will give us her take on the episode, from her unique insider's perspective. Will she be named...

Steven Sater Speaks Out on Life after Spring Awakening

Perhaps best known for his hit musical Spring Awakening, Steven Sater is an award-winning poet/lyricist/writer whose work spans stage, screen and the recording studio. A rock ‘n roll remake of an 19th century German coming of-age story about teenage sexuality, Spring Awakening won a litany of awards including a Tony Award for Best Book and Best Score, the Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Best Lyrics, the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

The Next Food Network Star Episode 7: 'Girl, your curry was the bomb'

For its sixth season, The Next Food Network Star was shot in Los Angeles, and among the 12 finalists vying for their very own Food Network show are 3 locals, including food blogger and LAist alum Aarti Sequeira. Each week, Aarti will give us her take on the episode, from her unique insider's perspective. Will she be named The Next Food Network Star? We won't know until the finale. Last week the competitors catered a...

The Next Food Network Star Episode 6: Curry is Such a Tricky Beast

Aarti tames the curry beast in Palm Springs (Photo courtesy The Food Network/used with permission) For its sixth season, The Next Food Network Star was shot in Los Angeles, and among the 12 finalists vying for their very own Food Network show are 3 locals, including food blogger and LAist alum Aarti Sequeira. Each week, Aarti will give us her take on the episode, from her unique insider's perspective. Will she be named The...

The Kids Aren’t All Right in Justin Tanner’s New Comedy, Procreation

Procreation, is a funny and ambitious dark family comedy that entertains but ultimately falls short of its potential. The world-premiere production at the Odyssey Theatre can’t be faulted—it has an ace director in David Schweizer, and the cast is talented and ready for whatever the story might throw at them. Unfortunately, the playwright can’t seem to decide on the balance of humor and drama; the work flirts with seriousness but then retreats into more jokes. A bigger issue is that there are 13 characters and the play is only an hour and 20 minutes long. This is frustrating, because they’re intriguing characters portrayed by good actors, and one wants to know more about them. You don’t hear this about plays very often, but this show might benefit significantly by being longer.

Ballet Review: The Sleeping Beauty at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Make no mistake, The Sleeping Beauty is a bona fide ballet: There are tutus, fairies, sparkles, flowers, lots of little girls and even an American Girl Doll you can buy at the T-shirt stand. But, the American Ballet Theater’s (ABT) execution of Sleeping Beauty is an amazing union of the strength, athleticism, grace and precision of the dancers? on stage with the fluff that makes an evening at the ballet both lavish and glorious.

Theater Review: The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a Bloody Good Time

There are two things that the average American audience member might notice about playwright Martin McDonagh’s work. The first is that his characters like to say “feck” a lot--an Irish variation on our much beloved “f-word.” The second is that the people in the plays, from the homicidal brothers of The Lonesome West to the manipulative mother of The Beauty Queen of Leenane, tend to be bastards. All that, however, was just a warm-up for the sanguinary joys of The Lieutenant of Inishmore, a pitch-black comedy that serves up its violence with manic glee. The new production at the Taper is both horrifying and hilarious--not a show for the squeamish--but for the rest of us, it’s a dark delight.

Theater Review: Songs and Dances of Imaginary Lands

Usually, an abandoned car dealership would be on the list of least likely places to ever see contemporary opera. But in the case of Songs and Dances of Imaginary Lands, it is the only place. Directed by O-Lan Jones, the opera was developed over the course of seven years. It is a large-scale production that showcases the work of 13 composers, 21 librettists, a company of more than 20 actors, an orchestra of seven musicians and a list of collaborators that exceeds 100. No one would argue that it was a big production, but Songs and Dances of Imaginary Lands proved to be an example of artistic quantity over quality.

The Next Food Network Star Episode 5: 'Working in a truck is no picnic.'

Aarti does a demo at The Grove (Photo courtesy The Food Network/Used with permission) For its sixth season, The Next Food Network Star was shot in Los Angeles, and among the 12 finalists vying for their very own Food Network show are 3 locals, including food blogger and LAist alum Aarti Sequeira. Each week, Aarti will give us her take on the episode, from her unique insider's perspective. Will she be named The Next...

Theatre Review: Unexpected Humor in this King Lear

King Lear, Shakespeare’s play about an old, unfortunately unwise monarch who learns to value the worthwhile people in his life too late, is generally performed as a simple tragedy, squeezing pathos from the disconcerting velocity of the high being brought low. There’s nothing wrong with that approach—it works and has worked for centuries—but the new production by the Antaeus Company offers something different...

The Next Food Network Star Episode 4: 'It made my plate sing!'

Host Bobby Flay and Episode 4 guest judges (l-r) Jonathan Waxman and LA chefs Susan Feniger and Eric Greenspan (Photo courtesy The Food Network/Used with permission) For its sixth season, The Next Food Network Star was shot in Los Angeles, and among the 12 finalists vying for their very own Food Network show are 3 locals, including food blogger and LAist alum Aarti Sequeira. Each week, Aarti will give us her take on the...

From Market to Menu: An Interview With Chef Akasha Richmond

At 8 am, as many of the inhabitants of Los Angeles sit gridlocked in traffic or languish a few extra minutes in bed before facing a day of waiting tables and waiting for the phone to ring, the Santa Monica Farmer's Market exists as a tranquil gem. As the waves lap the empty beach only a block away, California farmers unpack their vans and trucks at Arizona and 2nd, piling tables high with fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and flowers...

Hollywood Fringe Festival: Shiny White Diamonds

If you’re wondering what happens when an AWOL soldier, his agoraphobic sister, a strung-out artist/socialite, and a life-sized voodoo doll combine, look no further. The Fringe (and world) premiere of L.A.-based Australian playwright Sarah Doyle's Shiny White Diamonds borrows elements from the theater of the absurd to boldly and frankly explore the nature of reality and sanity while maintaining a caustic wit.

Hollywood Fringe Festival: Head Over Heels

Eve eats a polar bear. Ophelia dishes about the other man. A downsized middle-aged woman blackmails her employers to get her job back. Head Over Heels joins the long list of Fringe shows with something to say, but kind enough to allow the audience to have fun while it does so. A laugh-out-loud funny yet thought-provoking piece on what it means to come into existence as a woman, this series of vignettes features an array of characters both infamous and unknown confronting their fears, heartaches and own sense of power.

The Next Food Network Star Episode 3: 'HOT HOT HOT!'

Aarti has her red carpet interview moment (Photo courtesy The Food Network/Used with permission) For its sixth season, The Next Food Network Star was shot in Los Angeles, and among the 12 finalists vying for their very own Food Network show are 3 locals, including food blogger and LAist alumn Aarti Sequeira. Each week, Aarti will give us her take on the episode, from her unique insider's perspective. Will she be named The Next...

Hollywood Fringe Festival: That Great and Dreadful Day: Tall Tales from the American Swamp

The murky swamps of the the Louisiana Bayous brings a surprisingly sweet smell -- and even better music -- to Hollywood as That Great and Dreadful Day: Tall Tales from the American Swamp joins the lineup at this week's Fringe Festival. A soulful, acoustic "swamp operetta," the show is a bluesy journey through the life of musician Laurence Douglas Miner and his band from their Depression-era beginnings into the free-spirited 60s. The production utilizes a narrator format, as an elder Laurence tells tales that are inter-weaved with flashbacks and original songs.

Hollywood Fringe Festival Diary: Three Solo Shows

Fringe festivals around the world, typically abundant in small stages and frighteningly short load-in times, are always especially good venues for one-person shows. The three of these that we've caught so far during the opening days of the new Hollywood Fringe--though very different from one another--are each perfect specimens of the quintessential Fringe solo show genre in all its glory.

Theater Review: The Jesus Hickey

An awkwardly attempted make-out session down by the embankment in the Irish town of Sligo turns into a miracle when the hickey that appears on the girl’s neck the following morning bears a striking resemblance to Jesus Christ himself. Plus: the hickey proves to have a genuine healing effect on anyone who touches it. The girl with the Jesus hickey is cautiously glad that her suddenly-achieved curative powers can help people; her cantankerous, unemployed, hard-drinking father sees a chance to make lots of money off of her.

Breaking Down LA Opera's Ring Cycle, Part 2: Siegfried and Götterdämmerung

The LA Opera has embarked on its final push through the epic undertaking of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle. All four of the operas that comprise the Ring cycle, share the same daring design by Achim Freyer (director, designer), Amanda Freyer (costumes) and Brian Gale (lighting)...

Breaking Down LA Opera's Ring Cycle: A Recap of Das Rheingold and Die Walküre

The LA Opera is days away from beginning its final cycle of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. The entire Ring cycle is comprised of four self-contained operas that run well over 16 hours including intermissions and curtain calls. With our current multitasking lifestyles and short attention spans, it’s amazing that that an event like this is something that attracts us and compels us. But it certainly does.

The Next Food Network Star Episode 2: 'How in the world do you cook for 100 people?!'

Aarti serves up her savory take on Funnel Cake at the Santa Monica Pier (Photo courtesy Food Network/used with permission) For its sixth season, The Next Food Network Star was shot in Los Angeles, and among the 12 finalists vying for their very own Food Network show are 3 locals, including food blogger and LAist alumn Aarti Sequeira. Each week, Aarti will give us her take on the episode, from her unique insider's perspective....

LAist Film Calendar: The Devil Drove Into Whiz Kids

Photo courtesy of Sandbar Pictures If you've ever given or sought consolation for receiving an A- instead of an A, you'll feel right at home in Whiz Kids. The documentary, which opens this weekend at Laemmle's Music Hall, charts three teen scientists as they prepare for the Intel Science Talent Search, high school's equivalent of the Nobel Prize. There's a lot of hard work and a little heart break along the way, but this...

Wagner's Ring Cycle at the LA Opera

After all the buildup, the promotion and the hype, the stakes for the LA Opera’s first performance of Richard Wagner’s complete Ring cycle were equally high to the stakes that characters face within the opera. Do or die. Succeed or fail. Win all or lose everything.

The Next Food Network Star Episode 1: 'Your lentils are burning, Flower Girl!'

Aarti at work (Courtesy The Food Network) For its sixth season, The Next Food Network Star was shot in Los Angeles, and among the 12 finalists vying for their very own Food Network show are 3 locals, including food blogger and LAist alumn Aarti Sequeira. Each week, Aarti will give us her take on the episode, from her unique insider's perspective. Will she be named The Next Food Network Star? We won't know until...

LAist Film Calendar: Explosive '80s-ploitation, Abstract Artists & Dance Camera West

With horror, skin-flicks, sword & sorcery, and even family fare to his (and MANY pseudonyms') credit, Jim Wynorski is a rambunctious renaissance man. Long known (and feared) amongst b-movie lovers, general interest is at a bloody, busty peak thanks to Wynorski doc Popatopolis (which premiered last week)...

CD Review: Experimental Sounds from So Percussion and Matmos on Treasure State

What happens when you trust the Brooklyn experimental ensemble So Percussion's sounds with the electronica innovating masters Matmos? The simple answer is that you get Treasure State, a collaborative album that will be digitally released on June 8th (physical release July 13th) via Cantaloupe Music.

Preview: Downtown Drive-In Hosted by Devil’s Night

Devil’s Night, a Los Angeles production company and radio station, starts its drive-in summer series this Saturday night with the John Hughes’ classic Pretty in Pink. The summer series continues with two films per month into September. Located on an elevated parking lot downtown, the drive-in offers a needful escape from summer in the city. Patrons have the option of driving in and staying in the car or enjoying the film on Astroturf provided by staff. According to Devil’s Night owner Morgan Higby Night, the lot, located on Broadway and Fourth, “has this great feeling of seclusion and a great view of the skyline.”

A Few Seats Left for Last Remaining Seats

Last Remaining Seats (LRS), a classic film series organized by the Los Angeles Conservancy, takes center stage this May and June in downtown’s historic Broadway theatre district. The event includes three historic movie palaces, the Orpheum, Million Dollar and the Los Angeles theatres for six different shows, four of which have already sold out. Since 1987, the series offers an answer to Angelenos seeking out both classic architecture and classy film.

DVD Review: I'm No Dummy

When it comes to ventriloquism, my knowledge is pretty hollow. The only bits I could throw off the top of my head are Charlie McCarthy and the Anthony Hopkins thriller Magic. Enter I'm No Dummy, filmmaker Bryan W. Simon's invigorating introduction to the world of venting (as performers dub it). The loving tribute documentary spotlights puppets, performers, vintage TV clips and even a guided tour of the world's only venting museum to trace the roots...

Theater Reviews: Full Disclosure and second

- by Lyle Zimskind Two plays that just opened in LA are being performed not in typical theater spaces, but rather in fully furnished private homes on quiet streets in unassuming neighborhoods. The Filament Theatre Co. is presenting the west coast premiere of a drama called second in three different rooms of a large house in Echo Park (with spectacular views in two directions from the bedroom, by the way). Full Disclosure, a new work developed by the Chalk Repertory Theatre, is currently playing at a smaller house (but check out the nice-sized swimming pool and putting green in the backyard) near Lake Balboa, way deep in the heart of the San Fernando Valley.

LAist Film Calendar: Hola Mexico, South East European & LA Harbor Film Festivals!

Film festival season approacheth! Since this isn't Phoenixist, we can start with the Hola Mexico Film Festival. The festival opens Thursday at the Arclight with gritty crime drama Bitten Bullet (if you habla Espanol, Edward James Olmos introduces the film in this clip) and, for aficionados, the Opening Night Fiesta featuring Bostich & Fussible of Nortec Collective...

Movie Review: No One Knows About Persian Cats

In an attempt to wipe the slate clean-slash-lower my various chemical tolerances, I am currently abstaining from coffee, booze, sugar and just about anything else worth digesting. With this "cleanse" comes a certain level of manufactured self-pity that I feel entitled to drag around with me like a tacky diaper bag. As I plopped down into the cushy theater seat and unloaded my ammo -- two oranges, one banana and one orange and banana fruit juice -- I opened up my press kit and the internal dialogue began...

LAist Film Calendar: Bollywood & Bloody Good: The Indian Film Festival & 35 Years of Troma

The world's biggest democracy brings the world's biggest films to center stage, as the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles returns to the Arclight. This year, the line-up boasts Bollywood blockbusters My Name is Khan (presented in its international director's cut), 3 Idiots (the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time), Kaminey and...

LAist Interview: Henry Jaglom & Cindy Kleine

Jessie Kahnweiler: Hi Henry, thanks so much for speaking with me today. How are you? (robotic voice saying, "call recording on") Henry Jaglom: Wait, wait a moment, I think someone is trying to say something. JK: Yes, that's just the audio recording beginning. Is that okay? HJ: Of course. (Interviewer begins to praise subjects new play, 45 Minutes from Broadway, to which subject praises interviewers review of the play = this verbal love fest continues...

Movie Review: Breaking Upwards

"You should go to this screening tonight, Jessie. it's right up your alley," my amazing boss offered while downing his daily breakfast of diet coke and movie blog sites. "Cool, what's it about?" I half-ass asked, knowing full well I'd go almost anywhere for free. "It's a new indie about a couple in New York. Made on the cheap - exactly your thing. I'll get you on the list with a plus one." "Perfect!" I...

Thursday is 'Bike Night at the Hammer!'

Tomorrow night (April 8) the Hammer Museum in Westwood presents its very own homage to the bicycle with the program Bike Night at the Hammer! The free event will include valet bike parking, vegan food and a screening of the seminal biking classic, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Also in the works is a “super secret guest,” whose identity remains a mystery even to this reporter.

Theater Reviews: The Wake in Culver City, Lascivious Something [Inside] the Ford

Two different plays that opened their world premiere runs in Los Angeles this past weekend both begin with the news that a Republican is about to become president. In Sheila Callaghan's Lascivious Something a young Greek woman tells...

Theater Review: Blood and Thunder

Photo courtesy of Moving Arts "Hello everyone. Please take your seats and, if you have not done so already, visit the restroom now" the chirpy usher announced from the center of the stage of the cozy Hyperion Station theatre. "If you have to, please go now as there is no intermission and no access to our restroom once the show begins." As I gripped my complimentary ironic cheap beer, panic set in -- "Oh...

Theater Roundup: Recently Opened Productions

Salam Shalom The personal and the political are stuck with each other in actor-playwright Saleem’s 1996 Harvey Fierstein Award-winning Salam Shalom, now running in a new, substantially revised version at the Greenway Court Theater in West Hollywood. Thrown together as roommates in UCLA graduate student housing...

Theater Review: The Black Dahlia Offers Forgiveness

Young Ben is on his way to meet his fiancée Jill’s father Sam, stepmother Penny, and stepsister Jillian for the first time this weekend. As the couple drive down the highway, only a few minutes away from Jill’s childhood home...

DVD Review: Moscow, Belgium

Working mother Matty faces each day with a bleary-eyed scowl and grievance list a mile long. Her children? Completely withdrawn, when they can be bothered to come home. Her housework? Piling higher and higher with no end or help in sight. Her post office job? Literally walling her off from the outside world. Her only friend? A repeat customer who chats her up between shipments of funeral invitations. Her husband Werner? Living across town with an art student young enough to be his daughter. To top it off, her car is rear-ended by a long-haul truck in the grocery parking lot. The truck's driver, Johnny, escapes with a serious tongue-lashing, only to show up at her apartment to repair vehicles and relations. Has Matty finally found a bright spot in her life, or is this budding romance just another trial to join her list?

Theater Review: Just 45 Minutes From Broadway

"Wow, you're really going all out!" my friend Kiel said, giving me the old once-over as we strolled down the Bavarian beer mug image that is Saturday night in downtown Santa Monica. "What do ya mean... I dress up sometimes, when the occasion calls for it," I argued, adjusting the safety pin on my pink polka dot dress and tripping over absolutely nothing at all in my brand-new vintage pumps. "Besides," I pleaded as I...

A Celebration of African American Short Films and Filmmakers at Egyptian on Saturday

by Jon Peters, special to LAist This Saturday night, the Egyptian Theatre is presenting its annual African American Filmmakers Celebration, a collection of shorts curated by Hollywood Shorts, a local film outreach organization. This year features five selections, many of which have already racked up awards on the festival circuit.

Theater Review: Once Upon a Nightmare, the latest Urban Death Extravaganza from Zombie Joe's Underground

You’ll definitely know right away whether you’re about to love the Zombie Joe’s Underground theater group's Once Upon a Nightmare or whether you’d rather be somewhere - anywhere - else once its first shocking image assaults your senses mere moments after the house lights dim.

'Intimate Lighting' at the Silent Movie Theatre on Saturday

Tomorrow night Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre presents a rare gem from the Czechoslovak New Wave, Intimate Lighting, directed by Ivan Passer. (Passer is perhaps best known as Milos Forman’s co-writer on such classics as...

LAist Film Calendar: Bad Biology, Good Awards

Frank Henenlotter is the J. D. Salinger of exploitation cinema - a few game-changers and he's gone. Sure, Brain Damage (about a hallucinogenic space worm), Frankenhooker (a romantic retelling of Frankenstein with dismembered hookers) and the Basket Case series (horror-comedies starring homicidal siamese twins) may not be required reading at your local high school, but his latest, Bad Biology, is required viewing at your local Cinefamily. It's a black-humored, black-hearted love story, with an oversized...

Alive and Well: Better off Dead Celebrated at the Aero

Better off Dead celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica yesterday. In attendance was director “Savage” Steve Holland along with a coterie of stars including Diane Franklin (French exchange student Monique), Curtis Armstrong (snow snorting best friend Charles De Mar), and E.G. Daily (the intoxicating singer at the dance). Sadly, John Cusack, who some think landed his breakout role in this movie, was not in attendance. The rest of the cast, however, provided sometimes illuminating and always funny commentary during the film.

LAist Film Calendar: John Cusack vs. Dave Gahan

Concept art for Dave Gahan's forthcoming French retro anime electro concept album | Photo courtesy of this! As long as he steers clear of movies with numbers for titles, John Cusack's all right with me. Sunday, the New Bev pairs Cusack classic High Fidelity with (500) Days of Summer, both in Scenesteround Sound! The Aero continues the Cusack attack with Better Off Dead, featuring a live commentary from writer-director "Savage" Steve Holland & cast-members...

Theater Review: bobrauschenbergamerica

"Why does a man in a chicken suit cross the stage?" is not the only existential inquiry tackled by Charles Mee’s challenging but rewarding theater piece bobrauschenbergamerica. There’s also: "Does man have the power to forgive himself?" "What’s it like to swim in a giant martini?" "Do men and women deceive each other or themselves when they fall in love?" And, of course, "Did somebody make a mistake with the slide projector before the show started tonight?"

Coral Tree Cafe's Panini-Off Gives Top Honors to Vegan Entry

The stage was set and the pressers positioned. After countless entries were submitted last December, five finalists emerged to go head to head at The Coral Tree Café Panini-Off last Tuesday, January 19. Brentwood would be the setting to determine just who makes the best panini in town. A rainy January night would prove to be the perfect backdrop, as few things are more comforting than hot-pressed sandwiches. Cecilia Fabulich’s fusion-esque Shanghai Spice Pork Loin Panini was the sweet-spicy selection of the night and came with a topping of pickled onions. Michael Haddad’s Breakfast Panini with Egg, Prosciutto, Gruyere and Chive Oil was a perfect morning hangover solution. Firefighters crowded around Tsz Chan and her comforting Holiday Ham Panini to ask for seconds (and thirds and fourths - but who’s counting?).

Scenes from this Weekend's Go Green Expo

This past weekend the Go Green Expo rocked the Los Angeles Convention Center, bringing a diverse array of vendors, activists and entertainers downtown. A traveling tour of all things green, this was the Expo’s second year in Los Angeles. More than 300 booths, grouped into several sections, from “Green Jobs” to “Eco-Pet Expo,” offered options for every stripe of environmentalist. (More than 5,000 attended on Saturday). Activist and actor Ed Begley Jr. gave the keynote address, providing one of the highlights of the fair.

New Theater Company Premieres September 11 Play at the Odyssey

Breadline Productions, a new theater company in these parts that presented more than 20 original plays in a previous Chicago incarnation, is now introducing itself to Los Angeles audiences with the world premiere staging of 11, September at the Odyssey Theatre on Sepulveda Boulevard. Written by and co-starring company artistic director Paul Kampf, 11, September mostly takes place in the New York apartment of a young waitress who hooks up with one of her café customers, an out-of-town professor participating in a conference to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks. Whether by fate, design or coincidence, then, the pair’s respective disclosures reveal that their lives are more tightly, and tragically, entwined than their evidently random initial encounter had indicated.

LAist Film Calendar: Girls Rock While The Boys Get Violent

Girls expressing themselves with bloody bathtubs! | Photo courtesy of After Dark Films If you've got a daughter, take her to Girls Rock! this Sunday at the Echo Park Film Center. It's a pretty inspiring rawk dawc. If you don't have a daughter, take yourself. The funny looks will be worth it, because there's plenty fun for adults too. Then sit tight - because right about the time it sinks in that Rock 'n'...

LAist Film Calendar: Echo Party, Dahmer vs. Gacy & Golden Globes Nominees

What I wouldn't give to be a cup of tea right now... | Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics For one night only, two juggernauts join together for the ultimate music & movie mixtape. To celebrate the release of DJ/MC/producer/psychedelic-master Edan's latest mixtape Echo Party, Stones Throw Records & Cinefamily unite for Echo Party, the... party! With Edan on the decks, Tom Maharajah (the evil genius behind the Cinefamily's "Mondo..." series) on the eyes,...

LAist Film Calendar: The Egyptian Gets Medieval & The Nuart Gets Bitch Slapped

Bloodied girls in tight clothes rule! | Photo courtesy of Epic Slap, LLC The Hammer comes out swinging this week! Thursday, see Youth in Revolt - with your very own Michael Cera & Miguel Arteta! If the line's too long, hike it up to campus for another youthful, revolting picture, when Melnitz Movies hosts Australian Oscar submission Samson & Delilah and director Warwick Thornton. Sunday, Fly Away back to the Hammer for youth in...

LAist Film Calendar: Resolutions for the Revival House

W.C. Fields: A face fit for radio, a persona fit for the pictures. | Photo courtesy of mtsofan via flickr I'm always stuck when it comes to New Year's resolutions. I've already got a great job, a beautiful lady & a weekly soap-box to rave about my favorite theaters. But there's always room for improvement. For instance, I'm not as curmudgeonly as I'd like. Luckily, the Aero has my late lifecoach, W.C. Fields, and...

LAist Film Calendar: Herzog For The Holidays

Holiday dinner before the egg nog... | Photo courtesy of Industrial Entertainment Herr Claus may be the most sought-after German this week, but his countryman Herzog is also comin' to town. He'll see you, sleeping or awake, at the Downtown Independent, for a screening of his latest, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done. If two Herzog films in one season isn't enough of a treat, gorge yourself on the other names in...

LAist Film Calendar: South Korean Genre Meets New Zealand Melodrama Meets Blaxploitation Awesome!

Photo courtesy of Apparition On this icy weekend, nobody's more explosive than Black Dynamite! The blaxploitation tribute lights up Long Beach this Friday, with exclusive giveaways & Adrian Younge, the Dynamite composer who brings more funk than the junk in your trunk! Want even more bang for your buck? The New Beverly has a neo-grindhouse triple-threat of Black Dynamite, Planet Terror & Death Proof sure to make your Sunday sizzle. Or go to LACMA...

LAist Film Calendar: Star Treks, Space Cases & Evangelical Musicals

Santa Claus Conquers the Cardboard Planet. | Courtesy of Niceness via Flickr Weekend plans still up in the air? If 20,000 feet isn't enough elevation for you, boldly go to the Aero for screenings of JJ Abrams' Star Trek, fanboy tribute Free Enterprise, and a Trek triple: Wrath of Khan, The Search for Spock & The Voyage Home. has organized panels reuniting the cast & crew of Free Enterprise, and welcomes writer/director Nicholas...

LAist Film Calendar: Thanksgiving Brings Few Turkeys to LA Theaters

You keep your turkey, I've got BEEFCAKE | Photo courtesy of Props, Inc. This Thanksgiving, classics abound, while the family's in town. The Alex Theatre brings the slapstick with its 12th annual Three Stooges event featuring four Curly titles & 100% pure Shemp, in eye-poking 3D! If that's not rare enough, feast your eyes on the special guests & Stooges memorabilia raffled off at intermission. Nyuck nyuck. The American Cinematheque celebrates 70 years of...

10 Years Later, the Lodestone Takes a Final Bow with Grace

Since its inception in 1999, the members of the Lodestone Theatre Ensemble "have always done the shows we wanted the way we wanted,” asserts company co-founder Philip W. Chung. “We were all young back then, and none of us had any experience running a theater company. Maybe if we knew better, we wouldn’t have done it that way. But we’ve maintained our identity the whole time and we never deviated from our initial mission: to stretch the definition of Asian-American theater."

Film Calendar: Cult Classics, Real Classics & Pirates

I said Caribbean Pirates, not Pirates of the...forget it. | Photo courtesy of Joe Penniston via Flickr A fun bit of trivia for film snobs & martial arts fans: Jackie Chan's Supercop was originally released on laserdisc by the prestigious Criterion Collection. The Nuart pays tribute to this cinematic masterwork with a midnight screening on Friday. The New Beverly features fellow Criterion alum, Krysztof Kieslowski, with two out of Three Colors, and the Aero...

Movie Review: Up in the Air*

Up in the Air is a comedy-drama directed by Jason Reitman (Thank You for Smoking and Juno.) It is an adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name, written by Walter Kirn. According to Reitman, “The movie is about the examination of a philosophy -- what if you decided to live hub to hub, with nothing, with nobody?” Well, what if the “you” was George Clooney? In that case, you would be dressed as...

LAist Film Calendar: Italians, Honey Bunny Redux & D.W. Griffith

WWJD? Mope. | Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures Italia How do you make alt-porn even alt-ier? The Echo Park Film Center knows, with Honey Bunny v2, a video-remix of 2008's Honey Bunny. Re-imagineer Margie Schnibbe is on hand for every moan & groan, and for all the would-be Jeremih's out there, it's her birthday. If you prefer your alt-film on the straight and narrow, EPFC also hosts Los Angeles As A Character, a...

Movie Review: Precious

There was a time, not long ago, when the early hours of Sunday night meant only one thing: Mo'Nique. Yes, when that supremely confident "big girl" hosted Showtime at The Apollo, a good time was had by all. You could be sure that the audience would be left in stitches, and by the end of the show, anyone who wanted could come on stage to do the Electric Slide with her. Oh sure, I could...

LAist Film Digest's Hellish Halloween Edition! With Devilish Dancers & Ghouls-A-Go-Go!

TMZ's exclusive footage of Count Chocula in Rehab | Photo courtesy of -- wait, it's public domain! This is it! The weekend horror hounds have been waiting for all month - everyone & Bates' mother has a Halloween Event, all guaranteed to be a scream! Go old school with Noise-feratu, Downtown Independent & Summer Fun Time Society's live performance of ghoulish grandaddy Nosferatu, featuring hardcore bands Kill Kill Kill, 0rgan Music, 8-bit blooper WMX,...

The Taste of Soul 2009: Cobbler and Bean Pie

The Taste of Soul 2009 was hot, hot, hot. And that’s even before you start talking about feasting on the hot links and Cajun-spiced fare. The festival of food and music that turns Crenshaw Boulevard into a state fair kind of ambience happened during last Saturday's steamy afternoon.

Movie Review: Antichrist

I don't typically review films via print, but Lars von Trier's latest body of artwork, Antichrist, wasn't really a typical film. It was more beautifully shot than some of the most gorgeous movies I've ever seen; it was scarier than any run of the mill horror film, and more disturbing than anything that's ever disturbed me in my life, in a very outside-of-the-spectrum of what-you-would-drop-your-jaw-at-because-of-its-astonishing-shock-value kind of way. I don't know what the normal protocol...

Movie Review: Astro Boy

For a movie about robots, Astro Boy is surprisingly wooden. But that’s not to say it doesn’t have heart. Based on the work of Japanese comic book artist and animator Osamu Tezuka, this CGI version of what’s widely regarded as the first anime is largely faithful to the beloved character. First published in 1952 and animated in 1963, the future-set Astro Boy is the story of Dr. Tenma (voiced by Nicolas Cage), top scientist at the Ministry of Science whose son Toby (Freddie Highmore) dies in a tragic accident...

LA Beer Week: Celebrate Beer Culture in LA

LA Beer Week started October 15th and promises a veritable cornucopia of local beer bars, brewpubs, breweries, beer, cuisine, tasting, events and demos in both LA and Orange County. Celebrate local beer culture at one of many events being held at the great beer establishments of the Southland. LA Beer Week is encouraging individual pubs and breweries to promote their own events through October 24th.

From Market to Menu: An Interview With Chef Neal Fraser

Chef Neal Fraser of Grace and BLD believes the art of cooking needs daily cultivation. Even if he has 10 restaurants, he will always be exactly where he wants to be - in the kitchen. As an LA native he has “a personal vendetta” to elevate LA into the echelon of the best restaurant cities in the world. With the development of a new Grace like fine dining restaurant downtown that will grow at least a third of the produce on site, and a new BLD slated to open in Pasadena early next year, Chef Fraser shows no signs of leaving the kitchen. LAist caught up with the busy chef at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market (as he bought green beans for his daughter) to provide details about moving Grace to downtown, the struggle of when to pull a dish from the menu and how he is inspired by Wonderbread.

The Imbiber’s Ultimate Playboy Fantasy Wine Tour

Santa Monica’s Pourtal Wine Bar and’s Imbiber Dan Dunn have teamed up to present The Imbiber’s Ultimate Playboy Fantasy Wine Tour. A flight of eight wines has been inspired by eight of Playboys classic Playmates. At the October 6th launch party, winosseurs sipped, swirled, and mingled with Dan and his Playboy ‘mates’. Pourtal showed the lineup on their high tech Enomatic Machines. The wines remain available by the taste, glass or bottle at Pourtal through the end of October.

It's a Wrap: Final Thoughts on This Year's Filmmaker Forum

If you haven’t heard of Film Independent's Filmmaker Forum, it's best described as a three-day cinematic tornado of an event, that’s definitely worth getting caught up in, provided you can handle the price of admission, and you’re serious about gaining some kind of a foothold in the world of independent film. The event is thrown each year by the good folks at Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization also in charge of the Independent Spirit Awards, and Los Angeles Film Festival.

LAist Film Calendar: Warning!!! Pedophile, Dr. Horrible & Plenty of Creeps

Photo courtesy of Alter Ego Cinema It's easy to write off Warning!!! Pedophile Released sight unseen as cheap exploitation. Besides all those exclamation marks in the title, there's the convenient release on the heels of Roman Polansky's high-profile arrest for child-rape, an appearance by porn star Joanna Angel & a lead actor coming off of Silent Night, Zombie Night and (ahem) Vaginal Holocaust. Never mind the accompanying Dakota Fanning vehicle Father Xmas (at one...

Scoring at the Filmmaker Forum

If you’re an aspiring filmmaker, and you’ve got the money, get yourself down to the DGA on Sunset, for Film Independent’s FILMMAKER FORUM. Admission for Sunday is costly ($180 for members, $200 for non-members), but rewarding and interesting to say the least.

A Holliday for Dodger Fans

After the stunning conclusion of Game 2 of the NLDS yesterday at Chavez Ravine, Cardinals’ shortstop Brendan Ryan told the St. Louis Dispatch "It makes me sick, absolutely sick to my stomach." Moments before Mark Loretta sent a looping liner into center field for a walk off winner, I knew how Ryan felt. Cy Young candidate Adam Wainwright had been tying Dodger hitters in knots for eight innings. It was a slow death he was dealing us.

Cognac Tasting with Remy Martin

Photo by Greg Thompson for LAist It is natural to think that Champagne Cognac was named to borrow prestige from the famous bubbly. However, it was really "borrowed" from the Romans who planted vineyards all over Europe. Champagne derives from the Latin 'Campagnia' or plains and refers to a layer of chalky soil under the plains. Perfect to grow grapes, absorbing and slowly releasing excess water. and reflecting sun to warm the vines &...

Death of the USC-Cal Rivalry

Sports Ed. note: With USC taking a week off, our guest writer Zack Jerome takes a look at this supposed rivalry. I went to Agoura High School. If you asked any of us back then who our rival was, we’d have told you Westlake High School, home of the Warriors (and a really disturbing wrestling hazing incident). We never beat Westlake. I mean never. I was watching SportsCenter years later while attending USC and...

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