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Move Over, Rocky Horror: The Girl Scouts Are Coming

First, there was Rocky Horror. And in recent years, moviegoers have recited favorite lines and lyrics from such campy musical romps as The Sound of Music, Mamma Mia, and the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And now, the looming 20th anniversary of an 80s cult classic begged for an exuberant celebration of fans publicly displaying an affection so epic it would be deemed a fan flick phenomenon. Enter Troop Beverly Hills: The Experience, which is described by its organizer as a” sing-a-long, dance-a-long, quote-a-long, and if we're lucky, Shelley Long!”

Historic Filipinotown Tours

For a time, the neighborhood squeezed between the Hollywood Freeway and Temple Boulevard seemed to be filled with sharp dressed men in Macintosh suits, Fedoras on their heads and little money in their pockets walking up the hilly streets serenading women on their balconies. Through the magic of UCLA’s Hypercities and ReMap mobile technologies and a partnership with the Pilipinos Workers Center, more than 200 Angelenos were able to experience Historic Filipinotown like never before.

Banned at Home: Belarus Free Theatre Comes to REDCAT

Banned in its own country, its participating artists imprisoned and removed from their jobs, the underground Belarus Free Theatre troupe challenges the repressive powers of “Europe’s last dictatorship” with clandestine productions staged in private apartments, bars, and other inconspicuous locations around the nation’s capital city of Minsk. On occasions when the Belarusian KGB has been tipped off to these performances, state police raids have culminated in the arrests of company members as well as those who just came to see the show.

LAist Film Calendar: Trick 'r Treat, John Hughes & Living People Too!

He sticks pumpkin; I'll stick Paquin | Photo courtesy of Warner Home Videot A wise man was once misquoted: "Beer is proof that God loves us". May I further bastardize: "And so are horror movies!" It's no coincidence both are celebrated in October, the most wonderful month of the year. Par ejemplo: long-awaited horror anthology Trick 'r Treat. Scheduled for release years ago, the film was instead shelved in a nasty trick, despite a...

Man’s Best Friend Goes Off the Grid in Long Beach

By Willy Blackmore/Special to LAist Other than some tote bag-carried celebrity dogs whose personal grooming budget may exceed the average Angelino’s paycheck, canines aren’t likely to have large carbon footprints. But when it comes to dog parks—those off-leash heavens for owners and dogs alike—the lighting, the expanses of often half-dead grass, can be a drain on resources. Today, however, with the grand opening of the K9 Corner in Long Beach, a new style of dog...

Wines from "A Taste of the Americas"

It was a beautiful day and a great turnout for the San Antonio Winery's "A Taste of the Americas" Festival Sunday. The 200 plus people in attendance seemed pleased with the quality of these reasonably priced New World wines. Let's look at the wines in greater detail. We'll start with our host winery and our home state.

Historic Filipinotown Tour Launches Tomorrow

Don’t be ashamed if when you hear the term Hi Fi you still think of a 1980s stereo playing R.E.O. Speedwagon. But it’s a new millennium and going forward Hi Fi is now short for Historic Filipinotown. In August of 2002, Los Angeles designated the neighborhood south of the 101 Freeway and north of Beverly Boulevard, between Glendale Boulevard and Virgil Avenue, as Historic Filipinotown. It’s Echo Park adjacent.

Movie Review: Coco Before Chanel

When one thinks of the fashion label Chanel, one generally thinks of high-priced clothes and the long-running commercials for Chanel No. 5 perfume that featured The Ink Spots' song "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire." In the movie Coco Before Chanel, we're reminded that the label began with fashion icon Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, who fought her way up from being born in a poorhouse to founding an empire. And though the movie...

LAist Film Calendar: Conspiracies Real & Imagined (Plus Spies! In Technicolor!)

I can't tell you where or how I first learned of Damon Packard, but his experimental-nostalgic-acid-horror-collage Reflections of Evil melted my brain forever. Packard excels at melding "borrowed" footage from '70s TV, science fiction & God knows what else with his own paranoid fantasies for pure cinematic psychosis.

ESPN Throws LA Under the Bus

Sometimes I wish I had a job at ESPN. This wish stems from the hope of saving something I love. I grew up with ESPN. I watched it evolve from amateur hour. Remember Charlie Steiner being a Sportscenter host long before calling games for the Yankees and Dodgers? Remember how he’d spontaneously burst into uncontrollable laughter sometimes like Adam Sandler did during SNL skits with Chris Farley?

Infinite Summer Party at Skylight Books Tonight

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace by Lyle Zimskind for LAist Because even the Infinite Summer must come to an end, Skylight Books is throwing a party on this first day of autumn, as readers participating in the season-long virtual book club reading of David Foster Wallace’s magnum opus, Infinite Jest, finally reach page 981. Literate revelers, whether they’ve finished the book or not, are invited to sample the same cookies that Wallace himself...

Beefeater Tea Party

Written by Greg Thompson/Special to LAist Any dapper young man who ordered a "Beef Up' at a venue like the Playboy club in the 70's was likely to be met with an approving nod and maybe the single pistol hand gesture. Shortly following would be a refreshingly icy Beefeater gin with a thimbleful of vermouth poured up in that classic triangular stemmed glass. It would be garnished, if at all, with a squeeze of lemon...

Perry Hates Dodgers Eighth Inning Tradition

Earlier this season, I wrote a post that chronicled the absolutely awful decision to feature Journey’s karaoke jam “Don’t Stop Believin’” during the 8th inning of Dodger games. Feel free to read back for the laundry list of reasons why this song and the Dodgers go together worse than an handful of glass and a slap in the face.

Movie Review: Deadgirl

In its conception, Deadgirl plays like a long lost Twilight Zone episode, revolving around the perfect kind of conflicted fall guys who make questionable moral choices as influenced by certain dark forces. The difference, of course, is that Deadgirl is fucking perverted. Playing hooky one sunny afternoon in Nowheresville, USA, high school juniors J.T. (Noah Segan) and Rickie (Shiloh Fernandez) decide the best place to take cover from the sun while they polish off their...

Oaks Christian Lives Up To Hype Against Alemany in Season Opener

It’s sort of a cliché, but only because it’s so often true. In the Oaks Christian-Alemany high school football season opener Friday night, the well-known position players got the glory, but the game was won on the line of scrimmage. In other words, it was the biggest players—players like six-foot, five-inch, 288-pound Cassius March—who came up biggest for Oaks Christian of Westlake Village on Friday as the Lions opened their 2009 season with a 28-17 win at Alemany in Mission Hills.

USC’s Anyone, Anywhere Attitude

This morning posted a chart containing some very telling team-by-team statistics that certainly confirm a belief many West coast college football fans have had for years: the SEC is in the “cupcake” business when it comes to out of conference opponents. The chart is essentially a simple listing of nonconference games versus ranked opponents. Bear in mind the vast difference between a team ranked 25th and a team ranked 5th.

3 Generaciones on Cloud 9

Last week the beautifully restyled pool area of Westwood's sleek W hotel was the backdrop for two nights of tequila tasting and cocktails. The event was part of Sauza's campaign to introduce three newly designed bottles for the expanded line of three Tres Generaciones triple distilled 100% blue agave Tequilas.

Movie Review: The Baader Meinhof Complex

Some people just say they want a revolution. During West Germany's tumultuous late 1960s and 70s, the Red Army Faction delivered. The Baader Meinhof Complex, directed by Uli Edel and based on the book by Stefan Aust, chronicles the RAF and its leaders, including Andreas Baader (Moritz Bleibtreu), his partner-in-crime Gudrun Ensslin (Johanna Wokalek) and reporter-turned-revolutionary Ulrike Meinhof (Martina Gedeck). It was a Golden Globes and Oscars Best Picture nominee this year, but is only...

Orlando Hudson Always an All-Star

Baseball is often used as a metaphor for life. In so many ways, it is about the moments. Not just the moments on the field, but every moment from the time you enter the stadium gates until you leave. Some are content to gloss over these details, fixated on box scores and home runs and batters charging the pitcher’s mound. To leave it at that is to miss the more human side of the game, the side that makes you ignore the bloated player salaries and the excessive cost of beer and hot dogs at the stadium. There’s humanity in the tiniest moments.

Broxton Finally Gets His Intro

While I stand by my previous claim that Journey’s "Don’t Stop Believin’" as our 8th inning anthem is a bigger mistake than putting mayo on french fries, I must give credit where credit is due. Recently, the Dodgers finally gave Jonathan Broxton his customized intimidating 9th inning intro. Despite his recent injury woes, the hefty Dodgers closer is an All-Star. All-Star closers are supposed to have a 9th inning intro to intimidate the opposing team and to whip the home crowd into a frenzy.

Movie Review: Beeswax

On his third album Graduation, Kanye West opines "everything I'm not may be everything I am". While the glitzy, slick musician couldn't be more different than understated, "mumblecore" filmmaker Andrew Bujalski, West's sentiment is most appropriate for Bujalski's third film Beeswax. It's Bujalski's own graduation of sorts; his no-fi camerawork has expanded to colorful scope, and his awkward 20-somethings have grown into even more awkward 30-somethings. Maintaining a fiercely independent lifestyle has real stakes for...

LAist Film Calendar: Anniversaries Aplenty: Temple, Blair, Sirk & Priscilla...of Doom!

You're once, twice, three times an Indy...and I loooooove you! Temple of Doom turns 25 this year, and serves itself up every day this weekend. Friday, Temple's a la carte at Cafe Minuit Fairfax, Sunday nets you a side of Raiders at the New Bev, or an organic Indy combo (hold the cubic zirconium) Saturday at the Aero! Surprisingly, not a single guest is in sight (come on, what's Short Round really up to these...

A Taste of Small Town USA: A Day at The Watermelon Festival

If you’re in the mood to get a taste of small town America, The Watermelon Festival presented by the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club at Sunland park, with its game booths, watermelon seed spitting contest and all the carnival food a glutton can handle, is the place to be this weekend. Though today is the last day for the festivities, there’s still plenty of action left, including a watermelon eating contest, greased watermelon relay race, music by 60s and 70s cover band The Heist, and a drawing for a $500 grand prize.

Please Stop Believin'

For as long as I remember, the Dodgers always did one thing very right. When the Dodgers win a game, Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.” blared through the stadium speakers with the lyrics on the scoreboard accompanied by palm trees. The song is a little silly, but it’s our tune. It’s by a guy who does movie music. He calls out street names in it. They play it when the L.A. Marathon starts (I know, I ran in it). Even the Lakers play it when they win.

LAist Film Calendar: Cinefamily's Crafty, It's Just My Type!

The Cinefamily regularly makes movie-going an event, with mega-rare film screenings, musical performances, crazed clip compilations & backyard barbeques. This weekend, the group goes beyond even their usual gusto for those proud souls stitching & hoisting the DIY flag. Thursday, their "Don't Knock The Rock" series features I Need That Record!, a documentary tribute to the independent record store...

LAistory: The Battle of Santa Monica Bay

On August 1, 1939, California Attorney General Earl Warren sent 250 local and state officers to raid four gambling ships anchored off the coast of Santa Monica and Long Beach. The Tango and Showboat idled off Long Beach while the Texas and the Rex anchored off Santa Monica. Local and state authorities, riding in Fish and Game boats and 16 rented water taxis, easily boarded the Tango, the Showboat and the Texas. Once aboard, raiding officers eagerly threw roulette wheels, dice tables, black jack tables and slot machines into the Pacific Ocean. Upon approaching the S.S. Rex, officers were greeted with armed gunmen and high-pressure fire hoses. A nine-day standoff ensued, which newspaper men dubbed "The Battle of Santa Monica Bay."

Movie Review: A Perfect Getaway

How did a movie called A Perfect Getaway get away with having a script so manipulative, so self-aware as to be cloying and so bad in terms of its dialogue? I'll admit that writer/director David Twohy had me going for a while. The awesome jungle setting of Hawaii (with Puerto Rico and Jamaica standing in) and the beautiful Milla Jovovich (Cydney) and Lost's Kiele Sanchez (Gina) were nice to look at. Steve Zahn (Cliff) at...

Manny's Missing Mouthguard

Last night after the game, I was listening to Dodger Talk with co-hosts Ken Levine and Josh Suchon. I was trying to get any added insight to the retaliation pitch Dodger reliever Guillermo Mota bounced off of Milwaukee Brewer Prince Fielder’s sizable gut. During the broadcast, a caller shifted gears and asked the hosts, “Why doesn’t Manny wear his custom mouthguard anymore?” I knew the answer and decided I’d call in.

Movie Review: Julie & Julia

The genre of "foodie movies" demands that the Los Angelean viewer have an after-movie plan. If you're seeing Tampopo, make haste for Daikokuya. If it's Soul Food, M&M Soul Food better be no farther than 20 minutes away. And now with Julie & Julia... well really, is there any place in Los Angeles where you can find the exquisite French food featured in the movie? Oh sure, there's Kendall's Brasserie or Church & State. But the best thing about Julie & Julia is that you're gonna wanna cook. Maybe not like Julia Child, but you'll be inspired to break out the pots and pans, and maybe even the pen and paper.

LAist Film Calendar: Joe Dante Returns, Wesley Willis Jams & Quentin Tarantino Mugs

Studio found it cheaper to re-make Gremlins and Bullitt into one film. | Photo courtesy of brokentrinkets via flickr Joe Dante returns to the New Bev, and this time he's brought company! Living legend Roger Corman joins Dante for a double-feature of his films St. Valentine's Day Massacre (Corman's first directed for a major studio) & Not Of This Earth (far from his first directed for a schlocky drive-in). The inferno rages all-day Saturday,...

Dodgers Bolster Bullpen, Trade Deadline Looms

Intent on adding arms to a very tired bullpen, the Dodgers finalized a trade bringing them left-handed relief pitcher George Sherrill from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor leaguers Josh Bell and Steve Johnson. Sherrill, the Orioles All-Star closer, became available when the Orioles fell out of playoff contention sometime between Spring Training and Opening Day when it was confirmed the team was still in the AL East alongside the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays.

The Dodgers Are Buying, But Who Is Selling?

With the Friday trade deadline rapidly approaching for Major League Baseball, teams are looking at themselves in the mirror asking the perennial question: “Are we buyers or are we sellers?” With a one-game lead on the New York Yankees for the best record in baseball to coincide with their eight-game lead over the Colorado Rockies in the NL West, the Dodgers are clearly buyers.

They Came From the Deep: The Mermen Resurface in Redondo

Post by Jack Skelly/Special to LAist/ Photos by Blake Ferris and Chris Kim A for LAist The Mermen are not your everyday psychedelic surf band. Returning to L.A. last Thursday for the first time in half a decade to play Brixton at Redondo Beach pier, the San Francisco trio offered gleaming, kaleidoscopic, hard-edged, instrumental pearls. Several numbers stretched up to 10-minutes or more, but you'd never call The Mermen a jam band. The songs are...

From Market to Menu: An Interview With Chef Ben Ford

Ben Ford, head chef and owner of Culver City’s Ford’s Filling Station speaks of the farmer’s market and its farmers with great reverence. Chef Ford grew up with his hands in the soil, gardening from a very young age so his respect for the food grown by the farmers comes naturally.

Winners of the LA Int’l Wine And Spirits Competition Announced

Post by Greg Thompson/Special to LAist (Photo by Greg Thompson) On June 19th, the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition announced the winners of the 2009 competition. This annual event showcases the finest in both domestic and international vintages. Categories include traditional and innovative new wines, ranging from light. crisp and dry to sweet 'Late Harvest' styles. There is an award for the best Organic, and a Wine World of sports category for...

City Exploring What to do about Abandoned Bicycles on City Racks

The Department of Street Services doesn’t have the authority to remove abandoned bikes on the 3,000 city-owned bike racks in L.A., officials say. Many business owners complain about the eyesore of bicycle skeletons left on racks in front of their stores, but current laws don’t allow the city to touch them. During this week’s Transportation Committee meeting, cyclists suggested creating a system for bikes similar to car parking meters and time limit enforcements, and doing away with the ban on parking bikes on meters.

8 Ounces of Burger Pleasure

The thought of an 8 oz burger sounds off-putting for some reason. Why advertise the size of the meat? Like they say, it’s what is in it that matters. Well, 8 oz Burger Bar has hit it spot on and at reasonable prices. In a homey bar-like atmosphere worlds away from the Melrose that intersects Robertson, the burgers here deserve a pilgrimage. The patty consists of a blend of four different cuts of meat that have been dry-aged in the restaurant's Himalayan salt-tiled cellar.

A New Gin for the Martini

Post by John Brooks/Special to LAist The launch party for a new super premium gin named Oxley was held at 8 oz Burger Bar on Sunday. There was a lively group who got to hear how this Bombay-backed independent enterprise makes gin a new way. Yeah, yeah. It’s gin. But it is different. 14 different botanicals are macerated in grain spirits and then spooned by hand into a kettle. Then, rather than heating mixture, a...

There’s a New Bag in Town: Hammitt at Cami in Manhattan Beach

Long known as a beach volleyball Mecca, Manhattan Beach has, over the last several years, also been cultivating itself as a destination for boutique shopping akin to trendy locales like Robertson Blvd. and Sunset Junction further north, but with the laid back feel of the beach. We stopped in at Cami on Highland Ave. this weekend and found a treasure trove of jeans (marked down to $70), maxi dresses ($175-390) & gauzy summer shirts ($69-125) on offer, as well as eye-catching jewelry and accessories, including a wall of handbags worth making the trip down to the South Bay for.

School of Seven Bells at the Troubadour: Just This Side of Bliss

Brooklyn’s School of Seven Bells returned to L.A. last night with their tribaldelic dream-pop. If you haven’t been initiated into this cultish trio, School of Seven Bells is guitarist Ben Curtis (formerly of Secret Machines) and identical twin vocalists Claudia and Alejandra Dehaza (formerly of artsy vocal group On! Air! Library!). The sisters intertwine harmonies in styles tough to pigeonhole, except to say they are exactingly crafted (with hints of everything from The Roches to the Bulgarian Women’s Choir). Curtis jabs heavily processed chords and splashes bright colors. And everything rests on electronic beats that feel one step ahead of trends.

Support Independent Booksellers! Today is Buy Indie Day!!

Los Angeles, as many metropolitan areas around the country, has lost a number of independent bookstores over the past few years. They have closed for a variety of reason—many spurred by financial difficulties or other unavoidable events, such as Long Beach’s literary institution Acres of Books which met its end after being forced out by a redevelopment project.

Don't Miss Deep Sea Diver Tomorrow!

Post by Willy Blackmore, Special to LAist If you’re planning on catching Conor Oberst and Mystic Valley Band at the Glass House in Pomona on Wednesday, we suggest you plan on arriving early. Long Beach’s Deep Sea Diver will be the opening act and even if you don’t realize it yet, you don’t want to miss it. Fresh off the release of her debut EP “New Caves” and a tour of Japan, Deep Sea...

Finding Bukowski: Don’t Try

Photo by Willy Blackmore for LAist Post by Willy Blackmore for LAist Living in Los Angeles, it is very easy to cross paths with the former poet laureate of Skid Row, Charles Bukowski. From the most mundane daily task of sending a letter at the USPS Terminal Annex in Downtown L.A. to drinking in any of the numerous dive bars scattered throughout the Southland, you may find yourself living some shades of Bukowski novel...

St Paddys in the South Bay

Along with the Westside, the South Bay is one of the best places to bar-hop on St. Patrick's Day. Auld Dubliners in Long Beach was already packed by 3pm on Tuesday. The 'Dub' is a fave where I've often toasted the Irish New Year (3pm pst). Last Paddy's Day we gave up even trying to get in. This year without my 72-year-old mother along I could be more aggressive. Having friends in low places helped...

Comme Ça: A Real Bistro on Melrose

Brunch at Comme Ça (Chef David Myers of Sona) is quite a treat. I had not done DineLA Restaurant Week there as they had priced themselves in the $44 category, which would have cost $1-4 more than the menu. Even so, I could not resist the temptation of eating here at lunch. The atmosphere is nice, though their heat was turned a bit high the day I was there. They have several nice cocktails for...

Burger King Can't Give Away their New Burgers?

For the past week or so Burger King has been stickering their bags with a small announcement that burger shots would be free yesterday between11am-2pm The promo has been reported across the country from Honolulu to Manhattan. Just after 2pm Santa Monica's lone Burger King on Pico showed no signs of a mob scene- no post Woodstock like trash strewn about the lot. Just business as usual. It seems that one free shot wasn't...

The Best Sushi in Los Angeles? Trust Sasabune!

SUSHI. delicate snowflakes rest on warm, sweet rice beds flavors intertwined. Translucent jewel - (sliced) natural perfection - slide into my mouth. TRUST ME! A direct quote from the chopstick wrapper at Sasabune. I do not kid. Sasabune moved a while back (from what I do not know, nor do I care) into this rather oddly modernistic and large-ish space on Wilshire near Centinela. Upon entering, one sees what is becoming almost obligatory in better...

Punk Rock BBQ @ Liquid Kitty 2/27/09

Today’s budget-conscious music lover has a good home at the bi-annual Liquid Kitty Punk Rock Barbecue. Where else but this Westside alterna-bar can one experience awesomely rocking bands for no cover, gobble free hotdogs from the sidewalk grill, and gulp $2 Pabsts? Last Sunday afternoon’s edition of the LKPRBBQ featured four very different groups. Unfortunately, headlining hard-core legends The Stains cancelled at the last moment. But who cares when you’ve got: Toothcore, enacting goofy, one-minute,...

Champagne vs. Bubbly

It's Valentine's Day and that means it's time to break out the bubbles. You take your valentine to a nice dinner, and are confronted with a confusing array of choices. It's easy to get confused. Champagne is bubbly, true, but there are lots of bubbles out there. You look at the wine list next to the Valentine’s Dinner menu and see your Favorite French Champagne names… Piper, Chandon, Mumm, Roederer…. in the ‘California’ section....

Prop 8 Protest-Fatigue and Message-Dilution to Continue in 2009

What busy times these are for homosexuals and their sympathizers! Protests aplenty loom in the coming weeks and months. An unofficial list of upcoming events can be found at the Against8 blog; and an official list can be found, well, nowhere, since nobody's really in charge. This decentralized, informal, grassrootsy approach has been fun, but it's also increasingly confusing -- and, we worry, irrelevant. Dan Savage observed last week that the movement is still crippled...

The LADs of Summer (Review and Giveaway!)

Even the most casual of Dodgers fans knows that we are fortunate enough to have here, in our beloved City of Angels, one of the most storied franchises in all the sporting world. In the new DVD from MLB Productions, Dodger Blue - The Championship Years, we are treated to a 60-minute retrospective that includes colorful-yet-concise vignettes on the world championship teams of 1955 (the famous "Boys of Summer" and the only Brooklyn team...

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