Results tagged “Guest Writer”

Overheard in L.A.: Words You Can't Say in Beverly Hills

Parents have a thankless mandate — to teach children right from wrong. In Beverly Hills especially, it must be exhausting to keep up with all the words children are supposed to steer clear of. Our Overheard in L.A. round-up this week includes snippets of conversation from the school pick-up line, one Wookiee's chance for break-out stardom and how to express emotions ironically in city limits.

Bringing Canned Food for the Hungry Will Get You Free Parking at OC Regional Parks This Weekend

Fresh air, exercise and recreation...all for a good cause: on Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 4pm, Orange County's parks are giving free parking to anyone who brings a can of food. This is a great opportunity for Orange County residents to get out and explore some of the natural areas just beyond the suburbs. Non-O.C. natives might also take this chance to come down and get a look at the huge variety of scenery in these parks.

Overheard in L.A.: Why We Don't Live at the Beach

Arguably one of the best things about living in Los Angeles is the proximity to its gorgeous beaches. As it turns out, not everyone is a fan. Laura Malcolm sent us this gem from Venice Beach: "See? This is why I don't live at the beach. Because sand is like dirt, and now I'm covered in dirt."

The Return of Gen Art: 'Fresh Faces In Fashion' Makes a Comeback in LA

After an 18-month absence from the LA fashion scene, Gen Art returns with its first major event Fresh Faces In Fashion to close out Style Fashion Week LA this Saturday. Hosted by actress Zoe Saldana at Vibiana downtown, seven ready-to-wear designers will make their runway debut, including 71 STANTON, Dear Creatures, Funktional, ODYLYNE, Stand and Deliver, swimwear designer We Are Handsome and menswear designer CHAMBERS.

The Tropical Terrace: Malibu's Haunted House

The story has a familiar ring to it. A young man from humble Midwestern beginnings moves west, seeking the fame and fortune that those before him have found in California. He starts a grocery store, builds a successful chain, and after selling it, plans his retirement. But there's a dark side to the California dream.

The Dearly Departed: Dia de los Muertos Descends on Hollywood

Day of the Dead comes early this year, with Hollywood Forever hosting the 12th annual Dia de los Muertos celebration this Saturday. Traditionally celebrated in Mexico on the two days after Halloween, Hollywood Forever’s festivities will include altars honoring the dead, ancestral processions, traditional Mexican cuisine, and performances by international singers Astrid Hadad (best known as “La Tequilera”) and Ruben Albarran of Café Tacuba.

Caught Up In Spiderwebs: Natural History Museum Hosts Spider Pavilion

Arachnophobes beware: Spiders have invaded the Natural History Museum's South Lawn for Spider Pavilion. Free to spin their webs for all to see, arachnids of all kinds - from common orb weavers to jewel garden spiders - will safely be on display for the rest of October.

Hiking and Apple Pie at the Oak Glen Preserve

It’s easy to feel as if you’ve seen it all when you live in Los Angeles. After all, Angelenos have access to the some of the best entertainment, restaurants and recreation on the planet. But there are a few places in Southern California that can still surprise and delight, if you know where to find them. Case in point: Oak Glen.

HARD Haunted Mansion Founder Talks Halloween Techno

It's nearly impossible to live in Los Angeles without hearing at least a passing mention of HARD Haunted Mansion. The two-day Halloween-themed event is now in its fourth year running and always manages to meet its 20,000-person capacity with stunning ease. The man behind the madness is Gary Richards, founder and orchestrator of HARD Events and an ally of the L.A. electronic scene for the past two decades.

Exercise Democracy at The World Food Day Rally

This Sunday, October 16, Angelenos can participate in democracy by attending the World Food Day Rally at the Westwood Federal Building. Regular folks will be gathering from 12pm to 4pm to show their support for food security locally and worldwide.

Occupy Together: The American Autumn Gets Heated

About 50 or so people wave signs and shout into bullhorns as cars drive by honking loudly in support. This is Santa Monica in front of the Bank of America with the median adult age is most likely 55. This is part of the 99 percent that no one is talking about.

The Spice Table Heats Up Little Tokyo

The Spice Table in downtown Los Angeles' Little Tokyo is a welcome distraction from the neighborhood's Japanese food. The restaurant at the corner of 1st Street and Central Avenue combines Singaporean and Vietnamese flavors, the culinary heritages of chef and owner Bryant Ng and his wife Kim, respectively.

Hidden in Our Food: GMOs & Your Right to Know

Local residents can learn more about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) popping up on their dinner plates at a special event on Thursday, October 13, hosted by Co-Opportunity Natural Foods at the Santa Monica Library Auditorium from 6:30pm to 9pm. At "Hidden in our Food: GMOs and Your Right to Know," guests will join the discussion on the issues surrounding GMOs and inform their decision on whether or not to eat GMO-free food.

Fall Colors: Visit the Aspens of the San Gorgonio Wilderness

How about a trip to Aspen this weekend? Even better, you don't have to get on the plane or pack your skis or fight your way through the crowds at an overpriced hotel.In the San Gorgonio Wilderness, near Big Bear Lake, a rare grove of quaking aspens provides spectacular colors in October. It's unusual to see the trees this far south, but with a long drive and a short hike, residents of the L.A. area can do just that.

Boys and Dogs: Beastie Boys' 'Licensed To Ill' Tour Exhibition Premieres in L.A.

Known for her iconic Beastie Boys photographs during their "Licensed To Ill" tour, Hold Up Art will present "Boys and Dogs," a retrospective of rock photographer Sunny Bak, with an opening reception this Saturday. Sunny's love of animals, especially dogs, led her to create a best-selling People magazine parody and both collections will be on display through November 1.

POST NO BILLS Promotes POPaganda

The Abbot Kinney gallery space Post No Bills hosted its first solo show Thursday featuring the dark side of pop culture jabbing at children's sugary cereal to the tragic Marilyn Monroe. ENGLISH 101 is a signature mash-up of pop culture and societal satire by multi-media artist Ron English, who lays claim to the term POPaganda.

New Feature: Overheard in L.A.

We're rolling out a new weekly feature here at LAist that relies on reader participation. Overheard in L.A. will feature the humorous, puzzling or just plain weird quips you hear around our fair city.

Tips for Safe Hiking During Fire Season

Fall is fire season in southern California. People who are thinking of getting out into nature for a hike may be intimidated by dramatic reports of devastating wildfires on television and online, and obviously, a healthy respect for fear can be a life-saver. That being said, there are several easy precautions that can make exploring the outdoors in SoCal safe and enjoyable, even during fire season.

It's All About the Crust at Urbano Pizza Bar

What goes nicely with beer and other libations? Pizza, of course! Urbano Pizza Bar, conveniently located next to Library Bar at 6th and Hope streets, offers a great food option. With pizza crust that’s perfectly chewy and crisp at the same time, as well as good side dishes and respectable beer and wine lists, Urbano is a new go-to for downtown revelers.

Is California Poised to Change the Nation's Food Landscape?

In 2012, Californians may have the opportunity to vote on a grassroots ballot measure requiring food purveyors to label food when it contains genetically-modified organisms, or GMOs. GMOs are organisms that have been genetically engineered to include genes from other organisms.

Which of These 5 Bartenders Will Be Named L.A.'s Best?

Angeleno cocktailians, start your engines. The five finalists of the 2nd Annual L.A.’s Best Bartender Competition have been announced. Now, we knew last week that Joseph Brooke of Next Door Lounge won as People’s Choice and therefore automatically earned a spot as a finalist. But who are the other four he’ll be going up against in the final showdown?

Friday Flashback: Gallery1988 Kicks It Old School with Video Game Art Show

Staying true to its theme of Childhood Items We Miss The Most Month, Gallery1988 will debut its Old School Video Game Art Show tonight with an opening reception in Venice. More than 90 artists will give their creative spin on ‘80s favorites, including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Donky Kong, MegaMan, PacMan, Metroid and many more.

Another Look at 'Beauty CULTure'

We are all members of the church of beauty. We worship the long legs and skinny waists of Vogue models, and while maybe 2 percent of the general public can look that way, the quest to gain this unattainable appearance drives people to buy the newest diet book or eye shadow.

The Garbage Pail Kids Invade LA this Weekend

Bony Joanie, Snotwich Sandra, Charred Chad…Garbage Pail Kids were all the rage for kids in the ‘80s. This Friday, Gallery 1988 is hosting a tribute to “the grossest trading cards ever” with more than 100 artists giving their individual spin on the iconic stickers as part of their Childhood Items We Miss The Most Month.

A+D Museum Rethinks LA's Future

What will Los Angeles look like in 50 years? The Architecture + Design Museum’s latest exhibit Rethink/LA presents this question with a series of 20 photographs of present-day LA juxtaposed with 20 collages of a future LA. From Dodger Stadium to the LA River, the sprawling city’s landscape has been interpreted by forward-thinking volunteers with the goal to inspire a sustainable vision for the post-oil future.

Norwegian Could: Singer-Songwriter Thomas Dybdahl Gets Crowd Dancing at The Satellite 7/30/11

It’s no easy feat to get an L.A. crowd to sing along and dance with an indie, folksy singer-songwriter. Unless you’re Thomas Dybdahl. The Norwegian singer performed at The Satellite in Los Angeles on Saturday night, for the last stop on his North American tour.

Comic-Con 2011: A Little Less Hollywood, A Little More Awesome

Crowds. Sun. Parties. Crazy promotional programs. Strange outfits. Studios and indie scenes. These are the ingredients for events in Hollywood, but they also came together for this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Chicks Rule: Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls to Showcase 70 Young Rockers at Echoplex Tomorrow

Tomorrow afternoon, 70 girl musicians will take the stage at the Echoplex to show off their musical prowess after attending the second annual Rock n’ Roll Camp For Girls in LA. Over the past few days, campers aged 8 to 17 have picked up instruments and learned to rock without fear. Campers learn an instrument, form a band, write a song, and cap it off with a rock-fueled showcase for the public.

Exploring the Tastes of Northern Italy at Locanda del Lago

There's an elegance to Locanda del Lago's cuisine that makes it a solid spot to experience Northern Italian. They do it so well that it's a beautiful representation should you be conducting a study in The Differences Between Northern and Southern Italian.

Laid Back, Playful & a Little Rock n' Roll: Checking Out Chef David LeFevre's New MB Post

When we first heard that Chef David LeFevre left downtown’s Water Grill late last year, we freaked out a little. Where else could we enjoy LeFevre’s sublime cooking? And how long would we have to wait? But almost immediately LeFevre announced that he would be opening his own restaurant, so our fears were allayed. That new place turned out to be MB Post in Manhattan Beach, and it hasn’t disappointed.

Secrets of The Veggie Grill: Menu Items You Might Not Know About

Just when you thought you had The Veggie Grill figured out - it's tasty, but no, the meat isn't real - The Veggie Grill surprises you. There's a secret menu!

NBA Joins the NFL in Lockout

With the NFL on hold, it appears as if pro basketball has followed suit. The NBA imposed a lockout of its players at 9:01 p.m. PST Thursday following the expiration of the league’s collective bargaining agreement. Both owners’ representatives and union leaders were unable to reach a new labor deal following a three-hour meeting in New York earlier in the day, putting the 2011-2012 season in jeopardy as a result.

Faile Adorns Abbot Kinney with (Legit) Street Art

Not to be detoured by artist vandalism the newly opened Post No Bills working print shop and gallery space in Venice is redefining the perception of street art, making it even more accessible and print designs affordable.

What the Lakers Need on Draft Day

Today’s NBA draft might be the last chance to satisfy your pro basketball fix as the likelihood of a work stoppage threatens to cut next season’s slate of games short to some degree at least. The Los Angeles Lakers do not have a first round pick after trading guard Sasha Vujacic to New Jersey for forward/center Joe Smith in mid-December.

Dumplings, KBBQ, Cocktails & S'mores: MoKo Brings Real Modern Korean Cuisine to Culver City

The new kid on the block in Culver City, MoKo, quietly slipped in to town in late April when it took over the former Gyenari space.

L.A. and Cairo, Separated at Birth?

Waking up to loud noises and looking out your window, it's easy to think you're in L.A. The crowds, the cars, the sun, it's all there. But Cairo isn't Los Angeles. But it could easy be its separated-at-birth twin. When it comes to attitude, culture and living, it's very L.A. Well, L.A. on steroids.

A Chat With 'Top Chef Masters' Finalist Mary Sue Milliken of L.A.'s Border Grill

Chef Mary Sue Milliken is an institution in the Los Angeles culinary world. As a partner with Chef Susan Feniger for over 25 years, she has opened two Border Grill restaurants in LA (and one in Las Vegas) in addition to owning the wildly successful Border Grill food truck. As a chef, cookbook author and TV personality on “Too Hot Tamales”, she has introduced thousands of people to high-end modern Mexican and Latin American food.

Pets Of The Week: Sunny Dakota & Cuddle-Bug Baldwin

This week's pets are from spcaLA -- an independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California since 1877. Donations run programs and services including Cruelty Investigation, Disaster Animal Response Team, education and other shelter services.

Indie Designers at THREAD Show on Sunday

Craving an excuse to spiffy up your summer wardrobe? Well you're in luck, as the bi-annual THREAD Show takes over the Cooper Design Space in downtown LA this Sunday. The one-day show will feature over 100 hand-picked indie designers, giving us all a great reason to shop locally from prices marked well below retail.

Angels Roster Construction Still Puzzling

Angels' GM Tony Reagins’ latest efforts haven’t necessarily been the crowning achievement of his career. With just over one-third of the 2011 season in the books, the Angels hold a rather mediocre 30-31 record.

Pets Of The Week: Chihuahua 'Pappas' Has Personality & Sweet Tortoise Shell Kitty Named 'Doubles'

This week’s adoptable pets are from the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, an independent, donor-supported, non-profit agency that provides care for abandoned and homeless animals. PHS welcomes and cares for all animals in its service area regardless of age, medical condition, breed or any other criteria.

It's All About "D" for Mike Brown's Lakers

The Mike Brown era officially began for the Lakers on Tuesday, and well, you better like defense. “I gotta preach it, I gotta talk it, I gotta teach it,” Brown said. The Lakers officially announced the hiring of the former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tuesday with an ensemble of reporters present at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo.

Pets of the Week: Meet Webster & Jessie Pearl

This week’s pets are from the Bill Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that rescues primarily dogs and sometimes cats from the Los Angeles City Shelter System and places them into loving homes. The Bill Foundation is a tribute to Bill, a rescued Golden/Lab who succumbed to cancer in August 1998. Bill Foundation founders, Jo and Peter Forman, chose to focus their grief into a positive channel by saving the shelter pets in peril.

Beyond Burbank: 'Tim Burton' Retrospective Opens at LACMA This Sunday

LACMA will present Tim Burton this Sunday, a major retrospective that explores the full range of his work as an artist, director, photographer, and writer respectively. Perhaps best known for his dark, creative vision in the films The Nightmare Before Christmas and Edward Scissorhands, the Burbank native’s exhibit features over 700 drawings, paintings, photographs, moving-image works, storyboards, puppets, costumes, movie props, and more.

Knotted Up: Where, Why & How To Get Your Crafter Groove On

Trust me when I tell you this: you know someone who does it. That shiny object sticking out of your best friend’s bag? Knitting needles. That weird stick you found in your sister’s (or brother’s) drawer? Crochet hook. The funny spool of pink thread you saw tucked up into the bookshelf? Classic sign of a DIY seamstress or tailor. Fabric and yarn based crafting is everywhere, and the reasons for its popularity may be different than what you expect. So why do we do it?

Pets Of The Week: Beautiful Bibi and Dashing Dewey

This week's pets are from Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles. spcaLA is an independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California since 1877. Donations run programs and services including Cruelty Investigation, Disaster Animal Response Team, Humane Education and a variety of shelter services. There is no national SPCA, parent organization, or umbrella group that provides financial support. Each SPCA and Humane Society is a completely unrelated organization.

Manny Pacquiao And All His Men

Roads were closed. Traffic was stopped. The routine morning hustle and bustle down Santa Monica Boulevard, for some reason, had come to a complete standstill. “Aw damn,” I thought frantically, “What am I missing? Are they actually starting to build a rail system? No, never. Is it Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s? Nope, that was last week.”

Following the Muse: LACMA's Annual Muse ArtWalk Saturday

LACMA will host their major annual event, Muse ArtWalk, this Saturday, featuring free general admission to LACMA and more than 20 participating museums/galleries along Miracle Mile. From 11 am to 8 pm, guests can check out live painting, performance art, dance, film, and interactive activities for all ages throughout LACMA’s campus.

Hands and The Goldberg Sisters Take Over the Bootleg Theater Tonight

Adam Goldberg is best known as an actor in the war epic Saving Private Ryan--or, going back a bit farther, for his role as a bumbling yet endearing nerd in Dazed and Confused. Goldberg is a self-proclaimed man of all trades, including a purveyor of fine meats, and most recently embarked on the musical venture The Goldberg Sisters. The band appears tonight at the Bootleg Theater as part of a musical lineup that dares you to “put your money where you mouth is.”

'Searching for Elliott Smith': Lo-Fi Docu Takes Pilgrimage Through Musician's Life

This past weekend the documentary Searching for Elliott Smith continued its travels through the festival circuit with a stop at the Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival. In the film, first-time director Gil Reyes takes the pilgrimage through Smith’s life.

Pets Of The Week: 'Lulu' The Loving Orange Tabby & 'Layla' The Friendly Chihuahua/Jack Russell

If Lulu or Layla catch your eye, the centers are having a Mother's Day special with reduced adoption rates! Until May 8th, Dogs are available for adoption for $50.50; Cats for $83.50. Adoption fees include vaccinations, spaying/neutering, microchipping, and the first year license fee for dogs.

Palestine & Israel in Crisis: A Talk with Noam Chomsky

The Middle East has been a hotbed of sociopolitical activities as of late, from the uprisings in Egypt--spawning similar uprisings in countries such as Libya--to the continued conflicts surrounding the “war on terror,” which reached a pinnacle this past weekend with the killing of Osama bin Laden. However, some issues, including the Palestinian and Israeli conflict, have been put on the back burner in the media. This Saturday, May 7th, Noam Chomsky will be giving a talk at UCLA discussing the Palestine-Israel conflict.

New Hair Salon On Melrose Features...Street Art?

It's not everyday we're able to experience something as functional as, say, getting a haircut, while getting a full-on quality art experience at the same time. The new Galvin Benjamin Hair Salon in West Hollywood aims to do just that—provide a well-curated and creative environment while offering all the traditional services of a salon. Founded by the recently-relocated British duo of James Galvin & Benjamin Mohapi, the 2,300 square foot space was created with the intent to explore relationship between art and the inherent creative beauty of hairdressing.

Pets Of The Week: Pippin The Chihuahua & Tabby Destiny!

This week, the LAist pets are from the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter, an animal service agency that is devoted to providing medical, social, behavioral and financial care for animals at risk and determined to eliminate animal homelessness in the Burbank community.

Don't Get Left Out, Sit in the Left Field Pavilion

Jerry Sands is a lucky man. A baby in the Dodgers starting line-up, Sands is fortunate to have his crib placed in the most exciting location in Dodger Stadium, left field. Unlike other position players surrounded by empty seats, in left field, Sands is not alone.

The L.A. River Wild: Annual Clean-Up Day is Tomorrow

At times, the LA River can look more like a dump than a storied waterway, due largely to the litter that amasses in it. Fortunately, an effort is underway to help beautify and revitalize the river. Tomorrow from 9am to noon, Friends of the Los Angeles River, along with support from Mayor Villaraigosa, will host the annual River Clean-Up day, and the public is welcome to sign up and participate.

Beer & Bikes: 2 Great Things Combined in the Name of Charity on Saturday

As gas prices keep rising and pollution levels are at their worst (congrats again to greater Los Angeles for having the lousiest air quality in the U.S. according to the American Lung Association) it’s time to get out of your car and get back on a bike. What better way to spend a Saturday then by the beach and on a cruiser in the name of something good--beer and bikes good.

Pets Of The Week: Handsome Poochie & Beautiful Quicksilver

This week’s adoptable pets are from the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, an independent, donor-supported, non-profit agency that provides care for abandoned and homeless animals. PHS welcomes and cares for all animals in its service area regardless of age, medical condition, breed or any other criteria.

Yahoo! Says They'll Be Keeping Tabs on You for 18 Months

They’re watching you! Two years after Yahoo! pledged to protect its users privacy, the company is now backpedaling. Rather than dumping search records after just 90 days, Yahoo! will keep tabs on your browser’s tabs for six times as long, according to the Daily News.

Pets of the Week: Get Attached to Staples and Doogie

Every Saturday, LAist will feature an adoptable cat and dog from a different local shelter or accredited 501c3 rescue organization. Take a look at these furry bundles and consider giving them a home, or forward their faces to your friends who may be interested. This weekend, meet Staples the cat and Doogie the dog(gie).

K9s Only: This Food Truck for Dogs Is On a Mission

Is there room on the road for another food truck? With everything from pancakes to pupusas, what’s left to vend? K9s Only, a doggie resort that provides daycare, grooming and training for their customers has the answer. But the treats they’re giving away are exclusively for your furry friends.

Eat Your Heart Out, Coachella: A Food Guide For The Desert

Set times have been released which means you are most likely coordinating frantically with your group of friends about when to arrive and in what order you’ll race from stage to stage over the course of the three-day festival. Amidst the arguing over whether to see Gogol Bordello or Foals (answer: Gogol Bordello*) or The National or Duck Sauce (answer: Duck Sauce*) you’ll need to stop and eat some food right?

Flying Lotus, Abe Vigoda @ USC Free Outdoor Concert Series

While USC may have been getting plenty of negative press as of late, it didn’t stop the Trojans from celebrating over the weekend when Flying Lotus came to the campus as part of this yea's KXSC Fest, a free outdoor concert put on by USC’s independent student-run radio station. Students and friends gathered at the small grassy knoll in Founders Park to watch eight acts including sets by Dublab and KXSC DJs.

Pets Of The Week: Fall In Love With Snow & Beautiful Betty

Are you Spring Cleaning? Those old blankets, towels or sheets you’re tossing can find a new life at your neighborhood animal care center! They’ll also take newspapers, dog and cat toys, treats and food, so when you're buying food for your pet, think about getting an extra bag or can to donate to the homeless pets of Los Angeles. These LAist Pets of the Week are from Los Angeles Animal Services with six facilities...

Walk A Mile... TOMS 'One Day Without Shoes' Event Sees Record Attendance

To most Angelenos the idea of going without shoes means missing out on the latest design, not walking barefoot to reach necessary resources such as water or medical care. Tuesday, April 5 marked the annual One Day Without Shoes event where people around the world opted to go barefoot to raise awareness and funds for the millions of children that go without shoes every day.

Creature Comforts: The Lu Parker Project Gets Shelter Dogs Into New Beds

For many impounded dogs, the animal shelters is the last stop on their journey between life and death. Separated by cold steel fencing and concrete floors, each dog awaits their fate. Although the dogs did nothing wrong, the quarters are similar to a jail cell. It's easy to understand why sympathetic volunteers spend so much time confronting such a grim reality.

Three Yips for the Ritz: Yappy Hour Starts April 7th

Little is better than hanging out in the lap of luxury with your favorite canine companion. Doing so with a glass of wine in hand while your pooch frolics with new friends pretty much makes the occasion perfect. The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel is making the fantasy a reality with the launch of its “Yappy Hour,” a monthly event created to raise money for the Pet Project Foundation.

Pets Of The Week: Siamese Finnegan & Rocket The Bulldog

The LAist cat of the week is Finnegan, a five year old flame point Siamese put up for adoption by his original owner who lost her home due to foreclosure. She found him as a tiny baby in front of a feed store, where someone left him in a box that was labeled "snake food.” He's lucky an animal lover found him first!

Hurley and Brandon Boyd are Saving the World One Shirt at a Time

The world's oceans are home to more than 97 percent of all life on Earth. Those resources are dwindling thanks to over-fishing and pollution— a majority from land-based activities. Activist and Incubus front man Brandon Boyd has partnered with surf brand Hurley to raise funds and awareness about ocean conservation with a limited edition clothing line.

Don't Regret Not Reading This Article About Regret

What's your biggest regret? According to a recent telephone survey of 370 American adults conducted by Neal Roese, a Kellogg professor of marketing at Northwestern University and Mike Morrison of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ROMANCE was the most common area of regret for Americans, followed by family, education, and career.

Pets Of The Week: A Pair Of Labs & Spuds The Kitty

This past Wednesday was National Puppy Day. Often times people who want a pet can only imagine getting a puppy or kitten, but there are many reasons to consider older pets. Older pets are usually house-trained, have fully-formed personalities, and have grown into their looks. In other words, you know what you’re getting. It can be hard to resist the cuteness of baby animals (baby feet!) but older pets will love you just as much, maybe even a little more.

Safety First? Budget Cuts Mean No More New Cops for LAPD

Last night, LA City Council approved a hiring freeze for the LAPD over the next three months. The freeze is designed to help decrease the city’s budget deficit by saving the city more than $4 million in the coming fifteen months, reports LA Now.

Pets Of The Week: Staffordshire Sage & Sabrina The Calico

This week's pets, Sage and Sabrina are from Santé D’Or Foundation. Santé D’Or a is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2003. It is a donor-supported, no-kill animal rescue. Run by an executive director and a staff of volunteers, Santé D’Or rescues and provides holistic care and sanctuary to animals, while working to secure them permanent homes.

For the Angels, Brightest Halos Roam Outfield

Seventeen years after the film Angels In The Outfield exposed the secret of the then California Angels divine defensive assistance, the season has finally come where the Angels have a good enough outfield to relieve the loyal spirits of their duties. With Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells, and touted 24 year-old rookie Peter Bourjos roaming the outfield in Anaheim, there will be no need to summon “Al” (Lloyd’s character in the historic film) and his angels.

Be a Patriot, Drink American: Small-batch Bourbons for Your Budget

Bourbon: you keep hearing about it, reading about it, watching Don Draper slug it back like it’s the Four Loko of the 1960’s. But where to start? Fortunately, when it comes to bourbons, there’s a great one out there for every budget - both for at-home sipping and an evening out.

Last Chance to View Art Center's "Made Up: Design's Fictions" Exhibition

Problem. Solution. That’s the staid framework of designers everywhere. But that dynamic well… isn’t dynamic at all. In fact, it’s downright boring. In their latest exhibition, "Made Up: Design's Fictions," The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena spices it up by presenting designs created by and for the outlandish, the silly and sometimes outright cuckoo, which might—just might—give birth to some tangible real world solutions. After all, weren’t Star Trek communicators the forefathers of today’s mobile phones?

Some Of The Best Things In Life Really Are Free: Folk Rock Band honeyhoney At The Bootleg

The guy-girl duo Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo comprises the band honeyhoney that defies a strict genre while creating foot-stomping music from an era long ago. Honeyhoney is in the midst of month-long a residency at the Bootleg Theater, located at 2220 Beverly Boulevard. Every Monday in March the two grace the stage with a full band, offering a free show, you heard me right…free.

CA Emission Standards Threatened By New Federal Legislation

Thanks to its massive air pollution problem, California currently enforces the strictest car emission standards in the country. These stringent practices may be in jeopardy, however, due to the Energy Tax Prevention Act, newly proposed legislation at the federal level, according to SFGate.

From Farm to Street: Meet the Flatiron Truck

Up until a few weeks ago, Chef Timothy Abell had never cooked anything in a food truck. Several days ago, Abell and his wife, Heather, debuted their Flatiron Truck to a hungry crowd lined up in front of Bolt Barbers Monkey House on Melrose in West Hollywood. By building their menu around locally farmed produce and ingredients inspired by the diversity of Southern California, the Flatiron Truck takes the “farm to table” movement one step further: to the streets.

Dodgers Spring Training Update

The old narrative about the nature of spring training and the beginning of baseball season goes like this: it’s a whole new year! Every team is 0-0! Anything could happen! Maybe this is the season that Player X lays off the high fastball, that Player Y locates his curve, that Player Z learns to move to his left and smother that weak grounder in the hole - the season that it just all comes together! So-and-so is in the best shape of his life! Hope springs eternal!

St. Pawtrick's Pets Of The Week: Kitty Satine & Beagle Charlotte

Every Saturday, LAist will feature an adoptable cat and dog from a different local shelter or accredited 501c3 rescue organization. Take a look at these furry bundles and consider giving them a home, or forward their faces to your friends who may be interested. Today’s pets are from the West Los Angeles Animal Care Shelter.

Framed: 'Three Fragments Of A Lost Tale' Exhibition Opens Today At The Huntington Library

Five years ago, artist John Frame was jolted awake from a dream with an elaborate, still-unfolding story featuring an eclectic cast of characters. Frame’s latest exhibition Three Fragments of a Lost Tale: Sculpture and Story opens today at The Huntington Library, showcasing intricately carved wood sculptures...

Are You A Believer? The Monkees 45th Anniversary Tour

Here we come…again! The made-for-television Pop group The Monkees, who the media once dubbed as the “Pre-Fab Four,” will be going on tour…this time to commemorate their 45th anniversary in show business! Unfortunately, Michael Nesmith will not be taking part in the tour. However, it is rumored that he may perform with the group...

Mom's Bar & Lounge: The "Classy Dive"

Dive bar is used to describe all types of places: from hole in the walls serving cans of light beer out of a dusty Styrofoam cooler to joints with valet parking and velvet rope. Plenty have called Mom's Bar & Lounge a dive bar. But don't look for bottles of Bud Light before breakfast at this West LA hangout.

Santa Monica Has Designs on Their Own Central Park

Attempting to match such iconic landmarks as New York’s Central Park or Chicago’s Millennium Park is no small feat, yet the city of Santa Monica is doing just that with an expansive park overlooking the ocean. City staff unveiled the near-finalized design for the Santa Monica Civic Center Parks combining three varied site plans and input from hundreds of residents since last July.

Farewell Garret Anderson

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim great and Southern California native Garret Anderson has called the curtain on his 17-year playing career after being unable to find work as a 38 year-old free agent. ‘Wait, Garret Anderson played 17 years of Major League Baseball?’ Yes. And don’t be ashamed if you only remember a handful of them.

This Satuday: Fashion, Art, and Music All Under One Roof

It’s no secret that the LA fashion scene has been experiencing a bit of a renaissance lately. From feature exhibitions at FIDM, MOCA and LACMA to the rebirth of GenArt, the celebration of style is back in a big way. The spotlight continues this Saturday, March 12th, as Project Ethos celebrates local artistry with their bi-annual showcase of emerging talent.

Abe Vigoda & Wild Nothings @ NHM First Fridays, 3/4/11

First Fridays at the Natural History Museum have been running 8 years strong, and the folks in charge continue to keep programming fresh and interesting every time, even for the regulars. This month, Dr. Janet Kubler conducted a lecture on biomimicry and explained how it can give humans ideas for improvements of our daily life. For example, the inspiration for velcro came from burrs sticking to a man’s socks. Hopefully in the future we can harness the organizational skills of a swarm of locusts to clear up some traffic on the 405.

Pets Of The Week: Wendy The Pug & Magic The Cat

Magic is an awesome cat! He is 6 years old and came to Stray Cat Alliance because his previous owner passed away. He is very loving and accustomed to being in a loving home. He enjoys cuddling with his human companion and is a purr machine. Magic’s favorite toy is a feather ball and he loves to sit in your lap and be petted and brushed.

Disaster Response: CERT-ainly Better Prepared Now

It snowed last weekend in Los Angeles (okay, in outer LA), and if that’s not a sign of the end times I don’t know what is. Actually, it’s just a sign of shifting weather patterns and maybe global warming, but crazy weather is a good reminder that the potential for natural disaster is ever looming.

Do Hold Your Breath: L.A. Is America's 6th Most Toxic City

Now is not the time for Anglenos to breathe a sigh of relief. In fact, after Forbes released a report yesterday naming Los Angeles the sixth most toxic city in America, they might want to hold their breath altogether. While it is no secret that Los Angeles faces a pollution problem, many residents may not realize just how many toxic elements they are exposed to on a daily basis.

Filmmaker John Lasseter Receives Lifetime Achievement Award, Could Win Best Picture for "Toy Story 3" Tonight

Pixar and Disney animator, director and filmmaker John Lasseter received a lifetime achievement award at Shorts International’s first annual Short Awards in West Hollywood on Friday. The award was presented to Lasseter for his achievements in short filmmaking, which includes all projects under 40 minutes-or-less.

LAist Pets Of The Week: Stevie Chihuahua & Tigger The Tabby

This week's pets are from the Volunteers of Burbank Animal Shelter, a 501(c)(3) animal service agency that is devoted to providing medical, social, behavioral and financial care for animals at risk and determined to eliminate animal homelessness in the Burbank community.

Fashion Leaders Bridge Cultural Divides at NOMAD Two Worlds

The fashion world merged beautiful women with the deep cultural background of Australia's ancient, Indigenous heritage to create a melting pot of modern music, art and fashion. The politically charged exhibit NOMAD: Two Worlds embodies the positive message of Reconciliation from the ashes of a tragic cultural devastation.

One Teacher's Passion for Pet Rescue Offers Unique Inspiration for Students' Success During LAUSD Cutbacks

As staff anxiety builds, LAUSD teachers are left wondering whether they'll be filing report cards, or unemployment documents come next school year. To close the $400 million budget shortfall, Los Angeles school officials' most recent plan is to layoff 5,000 teachers and other staff members. In times of uncertainty, one must wonder how teachers keep ambitions high, spirits up-beat, and their own anxieties quiet while the kids are listening.

The Outcome of Singularity is Unknown: Futurist Ray Kurzweil Greets Sold Out Crowd

The prolific technology guru Ray Kurzweil that foresaw the expansion of the Internet, the possibilities of services such as YouTube, and invented the synthesizer, graced the Westside for two nights for the screening of his documentary, Transcendent Man. Nearly selling out both nights, Angelenos flocked to see a coveted appearance by Kurzweil at the Laemmle’s Royal Theater Feb. 16 and 17.

Fresheast Serves Fresh Eats in West Hollywood

Fresheast in West Hollywood is a newish fast-casual concept featuring a healthful pan-Asian menu. Located in a Pavilions shopping center - which means free parking, a rarity in WeHo - Fresheast offers dishes with Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai and Indian elements, but with a decidedly L.A. flair (quinoa, anyone?).

Montebello's Missing Million Dollars Mystery

Having a large sum of money vanish is a great misfortune for any community, but it is especially difficult for a city already facing a massive budget deficit like Montebello. Nearly $1 million dollars, which was mysteriously placed in an off-the-record account at Union Bank, has now dwindled to just $5,000 with no explanation.

Condos at L.A. Live Scheduled to Open Soon

The much-anticipated condos at L.A. Live are scheduled to open starting this month. The first escrow is set to close on Tuesday in the high-rise, luxury condominium complex located at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, according to the LA Times. Last summer, developer AEG reduced the prices on the condos between 10% to 20%.

What's Brewing: Bru Artisan Coffee + Tea Replaces Psychobabble

After six months of renovations, Psychobabble on Vermont has been transformed into the decidedly sleek and sophisticated Bru Artisan Coffee + Tea. Forget the dark interior, mismatched couches, and Bohemian vibe that defined Psychobabble- the new look is minimalist, complete with high ceilings, stark white walls, and polished cement floors. Bru officially opened in Los Feliz on February 7, with an all-new staff and brand new concept.

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