Results tagged “Guest Writer”

A Real Value Meal: Classic Eats at Rae's Restaurant in Santa Monica

If you feel a wave of nostalgia when you pass Rae’s Restaurant on Pico, you’re not alone. The iconic sweep of 1950’s neon, the rows of lunch counter seating, the overstuffed booths, and Rae’s signature mid-century drop lights are the same today as they were five decades ago. Rae’s owners, Teodoro “Teddy” Delgado and his wife Maria, work hard to keep it that way.

There Are Aliens Among Us & They're Wearing Sequins: The Bellydancer of the Universe Competition Is This Weekend

Fill the Long Beach Convention Center with belly dancers and belly dance enthusiasts and it will look pretty much like you’d expect: a sea of glitter, glitz, chiffon, sequins, false eyelashes, fake hair and boundless enthusiasm. Throw in a collection of cash prizes and cheering crowds and you have the 21st Annual Bellydancer of the Universe Competition (BDUC), happening this weekend.

Direct-to-Fan Services Take New Music Seminar By Storm

Major ticketing services will see new players in the market with “direct-to-fan” platforms that allow event organizers and artists to turn to a smaller marketing middle man. Both Topspin and brand-new Gigswiz announced at the New Music Seminar this week marketing tools that artists can use to sell retail and direct ticket sales through their own websites.

Blake Griffin and the Value of the Highlight Reel

The moment of the season has already occurred for the Clippers - but which moment it is, exactly, is unclear. Is it Blake Griffin’s rocketing, ballistic November 20th dunk over (and on) the New York Knicks Timofey Mozgov, the cover page to his diverse and expanding portfolio of highlight plays?

Meet the Pitbull Lady: Lori Weise of Downtown Dog Rescue

It takes patience to really understand our friends and families, it takes kindness to understand a stranger. There are many variables involved in one's thought process, and in Compton, those variables aren't always obvious. Nobody knows that more than Lori Weise, founder of the Los Angeles non-profit group Downtown Dog Rescue (DDR).

LA Might Not Have The New Yorker, But At Least We're Not Pretentious: Spotlight on Local Lit Mags

So maybe our city isn’t host to regal literary journals like Harper’s, Granta, or The Paris Review. And, yes, elite literary parlors with Merlot and Camembert on doilies seem somewhat amiss in a city where flames seize shrubs more often than fireplaces. But that doesn’t mean LA’s literary publications fall short. It just means we’re not stuck up. In truth, several esteemed lit journals prevail in our unassuming city.

Smith Westerns Lose Direction At The Echo, 2/11/11

The sold-out Smith Westerns show at The Echo on February 11 was, like their recent album Dye it Blonde, filled with awesome, George Harrison-inspired riffage. Unfortunately, that's where the awesome stopped. The young Chicago foursome’s 45-minute set was just short of tragic: the drums were too loud, the keyboard didn’t contribute anything, and lead singer Cullen Omori’s vocals were drowned out under the noisy playing of his band mates.

Circus Fans Go 'Behind The Striped Curtain' Tonight In Anaheim

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, for a night of striking artwork and bizarre attractions. Afraid of clowns? Do stay at home. They’ll be ever-present, hanging from the walls and possibly greeting you in person. Rothick Art Haus in Anaheim is hosting featured artist Michael White’s circus-themed group show, Behind the Striped Curtain tonight (Feb. 12), from 7-11 pm. Want to know what exists behind the curtain? Keep reading.

LAist Pets Of The Week: Beautiful Brianna & Sweet Sassafras

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. This week's pets are from Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA). spcaLA is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that has served the LA community since 1877.

Pollan and Schlosser on the Food Landscape, Walmart, School Lunch, the Farm Bill, Food Fights and More

For anyone who has seen the critically-acclaimed documentary Food Inc., the faces of Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan are undoubtedly familiar. In a rare joint appearance, the two authors were joined Wednesday at USC’s Bovard Auditorium by Chef Evan Kleiman in a candid conversation about the current state of our industrialized food system.

‘Outside, Looking In’ at C.A.V.E. Gallery

As the sole gallery in Venice showcasing the new contemporary art movement, C.A.V.E. Gallery’s upcoming show, Outside, Looking In, is a fantastical new collection of this daedal technique. Featuring three prolific multidisciplinary artists - Macsorro (Los Angeles), Patrick Gannon (Tokyo) and Shay Davis (San Diego), the show’s opening reception is this tonight, Feb. 11, from 7-10pm. Macsorro and Davis will be present.

Imagine L.A. Beyond Traffic: Now Get Your Ideas Moving!

The birthplace of cruising and Grease-like fascination for all things with four-wheeled, Los Angeles has become synonymous with its cars and freeways. But what if the roads could become a little less congested and the commute a little less frustrating?

In Bloom: The Huntington Hosts Camellia Show & Sale V-day Weekend

Buying pretty flowers and taking a romantic stroll is par for the course on Valentine’s weekend, and this weekend is no exception at The Huntington gardens. Hundreds of red, pink, and white camellia blooms will compete for top honors at The Huntington’s 39th annual Camellia Show, co-sponsored by the Southern California Camellia Society. A wide selection of camellia plants will also be available for purchase if the mood strikes.

Past the Pole: The New Movement of Art and Dance at Movement Studio LA

Grace, camaraderie and pure celebration of the body are timeless and fundamentals of Movement Studio LA, which features exceptional pole classes--a trend that has lasted--on some of the most majestic silver cylinders LA has seen. Opened just under a year ago, Movement Studio LA is the vision of A-list pilates trainer, Elizabeth Ordway - a place for the woman that wants to reconnect with the little girl inside her that revered the site of a ballet barre and a demi-plie and who celebrates her own feminine power.

'Golden Hippie' John Paul Getty III Dead at 54

John Paul Getty III, an heir to the oil-fortune and once dubbed by the media as the “golden hippie,” who at the age of 16 made headlines when he was kidnapped, passed away on Feb. 5 in Buckinghamshire, England after a long illness. He was 54. Getty’s life was never free from tragedy. He was the grandson of American oil giant J. Paul Getty, whose fortune helped build the J. Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Animal Rescue Goes 21st Century, Sets Tongues, Tweets and Tails A Waggin'

The house is a little too cold and quiet, the winter holidays are over, Valentine’s Day looms like a horror movie villain. You’re tired of watching CSI by yourself, you need something to love unconditionally and your kids need to learn responsibility. It’s clearly time to get a pet. Here's how the Internet once again proves its worth thanks to a slew of forward thinking rescue agencies with a little social media savvy.

2011 Los Angeles Dodgers Pitching Preview

STARTING ROTATION Clayton Kershaw: Let’s not forestall the simple truth: Clayton Kershaw is the best reason to watch the Dodgers. He’s what the old baseball heads call the Real Deal - that rare combination of age, passion, and, above all, ability. His arsenal: a whip-like, stinging fastball; a biting slider that’s gotten better every year; a billowing, sweeping curve; and a changeup that may see a little more action this year.

From Laguna Art Museum with Love

Celebrating Valentine’s Day but still racking your brain for a romantic and unique gift? Laguna Art Museum’s love-inspired auction this Saturday, Feb. 12, is the perfect event to find that special something for that special someone while supporting California artists and the museum. Boasting a reformatted agenda and complimentary food and drinks, the auction promises a “fun party” atmosphere, “punctuated with a lot more entertainment,” according to Bolton Colburn, museum director. Doors open at 6 pm; festivities continue until 10 pm.

It's Library Lovers Month: Consider the Library

World-renowned writer Jorge Luis Borges famously said, “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” In LA, Paradise is closed twice a week, in need of new books, and hard up for hired help. In the wake of City Council’s 2010 decision to cut library resources and employees, while simultaneously enforcing LAPL to pay for their own water and power, the city is experiencing a library crisis.

2011 Los Angeles Dodgers Hitters Preview

If there’s one thing that Dodgers fans can always count on from their beloved Boys in Blue, from season to season, manager to manager, divorce proceeding to divorce proceeding…it’s their inconsistency. Yes, those L.A. Bums never fail to thwart expectations, to show up one year as world-beaters, and the next as would’ve-beens.

Cyborgs--The Wave of the Future: 'The Transcendent Man' Screens Next Week

It’s those times when all meat starts to taste like chicken and the rum and Coke you ordered tastes like Froot Loops, that the notion there is just a glitch in the Matrix starts to seem like a possibility. The sci-fi scenario of robots running amok is not just a thing for the books, according to the theory of singularity, and a documentary called the Transcendent Man.

No More Fee Hikes for UC, CSU Students...Yet

UC Chancellor Mark Yudof and CSU Chancellor Charles Reed announced Monday that they will not seek further tuition hikes this year, instead trimming enrollment and services to meet $1.4 billion in proposed cuts. The leaders warned, however, that if voters don’t approve Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax extensions in June, more cuts and fee hikes may be necessary.

Miguel-Atwood Ferguson At First Fridays @ NHM, 2/4/11

The Natural History Museum’s First Fridays series picked up again last week, celebrating the normally unremarkable date of February 4th and continuing this year’s engaging amalgamation of intellectual, cultural, and musical intrigue. Unlike January’s, in which lines of anticipating concert-goers stretched far out into Exposition Park, this month’s turnout was impressive but modest; it was enough to make you feel like you’re a part of a pretty badass show while still able to escape from the madness in one of the stoic exhibits.

Green Bay Are Champions of the World: A Displaced Fan's Perspective

I wish I could say that I'm hungover this morning. I can't. I'm still drunk. I have no idea where my phone is. I'm not exactly sure how I got home last night. Some random girl is sleeping in my couch. I'm debating whether I should roll her onto the floor or just wake her up and push her out the door. Hell, you only win the Super Bowl once in your lifetime, or at least that's what I'm sure I told myself last night.

Simply Serbian: History in a Bowl & A Recipe for a Vegan Soup

According to the U.S. Census 23.6% of Los Angeles County are known as "some other race." There's no question that Los Angeles is a melting pot of cultures from all over the world. Each culture staking claim to certain areas of Los Angeles, and eventually making it their own. K-town, Chinatown, and Little Ethiopia are just some examples of Los Angeles' colorful identity. Along with the people, of course, comes their food.

He's My Brother She's My Sister @ The Troubadour, 2/3/11

Guitarist and vocalist Robert Kolar frowned and shook his head when his sister and band mate, Rachel, who is He's My Brother She's My Sister's other lead vocalist, said into the microphone that he’d played something in the wrong key, but she was smiling when she said it, accusing him like only a sister can.

Should LA's Schools Provide Healthcare? New Super Says Yes.

The public school system is tasked with educating children, but should it also be responsible for its students’ healthcare? John Deasy, the newly appointed superintendent of Los Angeles schools, believes so. Though he does not take over the schools’ top position until April, Deasy is already making big plans, including a goal of providing all uninsured elementary students with medical, dental, and vision coverage.

Glimpses of Cody Lusby, Our Mustache Wearing Friend

A mysterious mustachioed man has been spotted at several art events in both Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Is this man a threat? Nay. He is ‘Mustachio,’ AKA Cody Lusby, and his knack for mixing street art and fine art is uniquely his own evolution. If asked when he began growing his iconic 'stache, he will tell you, “I was born with it.”

Please Touch the Art: A + D Exhibit Ends Week-long Visit Friday

Perhaps it’s our early exposure to museums, but no matter how beautiful or engaging and exhibition is, visitors always hold themselves back. I wouldn’t blame them; many larger museums often have guards posted by the door keenly watching your every move. If not, motion sensors are set to blare when anyone comes too close (I know, my friend has tripped many of such alarms already). But at the Architecture and Design Museum on Wilshire (A+D), touching and interacting with the exhibition is imperative.

'Paradox Shifts': Mesmerizing Group Show at C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice

Featured among 15 other artists in Paradox Shifts, C.A.V.E. Gallery's current group show, is Taka Sudo's explosive new multimedium collection. Sudo created 13 new pieces for this exhibition, testing a few at a show in Tokyo late last year.

Super Bowl 6-Pack: 6 (Mostly Westside) Bars to Get Your Game On

In less than a week, the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers duke it out for the Lombardi trophy: the franchise whose coach the trophy is named after versus the team with the most Super Bowl wins. Local bars and pubs are also squaring off to entice fans with raffles, game-day food specials, drink deals, costumes and more. After all, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest days for restaurants and bars, with most expecting to be at capacity with raucous football fans.

The Raymond, Reinvented: Creative Cocktails & Cuisine

It's easy to pass up while driving along Fair Oaks Avenue, but The Raymond is one Pasadena restaurant that you wouldn't want to miss. Sure, it's been around for nearly 35 years, but with a recent makeover and the new 1886 Bar, The Raymond is new again while maintaining its old-school feel.

Haute Skillet's Cheese-Stuffed Croissant Burger Backyard Pop Up

Saturday afternoon I had the pleasure of attending a "not so secret" backyard underground dinner event in Hollywood. Young chef Christian Navarro was serving up his variation of the classic Juicy Lucy burger, which was something we had never heard of before. He explained that it was like a cheeseburger, except the cheese was inside of the patty.

Shake Your Tassels! Burlesque Goes Delightfully Mainstream

Whether you want to be Dita Von Teese, Gypsy Rose Lee, or nearly naked Princess Leia, there’s a stage near you just waiting for you to shake your tassels and live your dream. Thanks to the rise of amateur burlesque, pasties are the new black. This rising tide of sexy, saucy stripping as retro art follows a trend of burlesque going mainstream.

Burt Reynolds, Car Crashes, and Suicidal Depression: A Literary Event

Senior citizens, hipsters, and high-schoolers rustled among the crowded conference room of UCLA's Hammer Museum, waiting for the Jennifer Knox and Sarah Manguso reading to commence. The event was part of the Hammer’s New American Writing Series, which showcases notable contemporary writers. David Foster Wallace, John D’Agata, and Mary Gaitskill are among past participants. Curated by Benjamin Weissman, the series is hailed as one of the best in Los Angeles.

US Commerce Dept. Wants You To Shop Safely Without Pants

Online shopping offers many benefits: unprecedented selection, effortless price comparison, and the ability to buy that Kobe beef iPod Nano case you’ve secretly coveted without wasting energy on unnecessary chores like putting pants on. Despite the benefits, online shopping is not without its headaches. In addition to the burden of keeping track of different logins and passwords, cybercrime is a growing threat. According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, US consumers lost $560 million to online fraud last year.

Hold Up: Concerns About Gov. Brown's Prison Spending Budget

Concerns were raised this week over Governor Brown’s budget proposal for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Last year, the CDCR overspent its budget, shifted millions of dollars allocated for rehabilitation programs into prison security, and deferred payments to contractors.

Beers, Brats, and Buns: Wurstküche Preps Westside Debut

Westside foodies will no longer have to pine over the “exotic grilled sausages” of Wurstküche, known to many as the sausage kitchen for its literal German translation. The popular downtown location in the historic Arts District will expand to its own Venice locale. The Westside digs will replace the newly departed Air Conditioned lounge on Lincoln Boulevard.

Art in the Community: Highland Park Cleans Up Their 'History'

A community may not be able to change its history, but as residents of Highland Park are about to discover, it is possible to clean it up. On Saturday, volunteers will work to restore one of the neighborhood’s most cherished murals, “History of Highland Park,” located on the AT&T building on Avenue 56.

Dude, Where’s My Car? New Technology to the Rescue!

When you go shopping at the mall, you assume you’re going to remember the exact location of where you parked your car. Well, sometimes that’s not always the case. There isn’t much you can do except to retrace your steps. And if mall security can’t help you, there is now new technology available to help you locate your parked car.

Budget Troubles Point to More Tough Times in Higher Ed

California’s Legislative Analyst Office (LAO) released a report yesterday with recommendations to address budget reductions for the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems. Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal for 2011-12 includes General Fund reductions of $500 million for the UC and CSU.

Over 100 Galleries & Museums Represented at the Globally-Focused 16th Annual LA Art Show

A wonderfully diverse crowd filled the convention center this Sunday for the last day of the 16th annual LA Art Show. The event is the largest of Los Angeles Arts Month, with over 100 galleries and museums bringing works from all over the world. Editor's note: Two later images in this collection include nudity, and may not be considered SFW.

Food Truckin' Goes Country: Here Comes the Chuck Wagon

There's a new food truck on the streets, but this one slings and sings. Los Angeles country music radio station, Go Country 105 is rolling out the Chuck Wagon, which claims to be "the nation’s first radio station food truck." Food is accompanied by Go Country 105 promotions and giveaways, and the occasional live performance by a "Country superstar."

Suspension of Disbelief: Los Angeles Is (really) Literary

Los Angeles is home to many things "unliterary." Hollywood celebrities, the porn industry, and paparazzi perpetuate this fact. So, when held against definitive bookish cities Seattle, New York, and San Francisco, LA’s literary credibility falls understandably short. But Central Connecticut State University’s recent list of 75 national literary cities banished Los Angeles to number 61. LA’s literary rating fell behind those of Miami, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. No offense intended toward Sin City, but this can’t be right.

Survey Says: 10% of Drivers Distracted by Texting, Phone Use

10% of drivers in Glendale engage in distracting and illegal activities according to a survey conducted by the Glendale Police Department, reports the News-Press. Posting a plainclothes police officer at the corner of Brand Boulevard and California Avenue this past Wednesday, Glendale officials found as many as a dozen motorists improperly using their cell phones in the span of just one minute.

Bruins and Trojans Both Say 'It Gets Better'

UCLA’s Chancellor Gene Block recently took part in a video for the It Gets Better project. In the video, Chancellor Block joins students and professors in expressing their support for the LGBT community and discussing resources available at UCLA. On Nov. 29, 2010, USC released its own It Gets Better video. Since no article about UCLA and USC is complete without mentioning the cross-town rivalry, feel free to take this opportunity to share which video you preferred.

New Initiative Could 'Clean Up, Green Up' LA's Toxic Hotspots

Four Los Angeles City Councilmembers co-introduced a motion today that would transform L.A.’s toxic hotspots into “Green Zones.” The first-in-the-nation initiative would grant the low-income and heavily polluted communities of Pacoima, Boyle Heights and Wilmington access to economic assistance for cleanup efforts.

G2 Gallery Celebrates Photographer Ted Yeager and His Desert Plant Obsession

Step inside Ted Yeager’s black and white world of cacti and succulents on display now at The G2 Gallery in Venice. Photographed at nurseries in Malibu and Fallbrook as well as in his Encino backyard between 2007 and 2010, his collection of thirteen 8” x 10” framed film prints offers stunning shots of these desert plants. His exhibit is part of Nature LA, the gallery’s ongoing fine art photography series.

Why the Green Bay Packers Will Put The Chicago Bears Out of Their Misery

“The Chicago Bears get no respect.” We've heard the refrain a hundred times. You know why the Chicago Bears don't get any respect? Because the Chicago Bears don't deserve any respect. Yes, they have a pretty nice defense. Sure, they have one of the best return men of all time. That doesn't mean they belong in the NFC Championship game, much less the Super Bowl.

Walmart Veg-ing Out With Healthier, More Affordable Food Plan

Walmart announced today a five year plan to provide healthier and more affordable food offerings. The nation’s largest grocer promises to reduce sodium, sugar, and fat content in its own private brand, as well as working with suppliers to improve the nutritional content of national brands. Walmart also plans to work to reduce the price of fresh fruit and vegetables while adding a seal to help shoppers identify healthier options.

Still Developing: A Story of Instant Gratification Release This Saturday

As a follow-up to last year's successful PolaroidParty LA celebrating instant film and the Polaroid 600 Series, ISM: a community project is ready to do it again with the book release of Still Developing: A Story of Instant Gratification. This limited edition compilation of photographs and essays as well as a rare Polaroid exhibition will be on display Saturday night at Deyermond Art + Books, an independent bookstore and gallery in Santa Monica.

Cultural Center Halts Construction After Skeletal Remains Found

A portion of the construction at the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is on hold due to the discovery of skeletal remains. In a statement issued yesterday from LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes President and CEO Miguel Angel Corzo says work in that area has been halted "indefinitely, in light of the unexpected number of human remains uncovered and their great historical significance."

Can a NFL Stadium at LA Live Lure a Team and Be a Moneymaker? AEG and Councilmember Hahn Say Yes.

The push for a new NFL stadium took another step forward today when the Los Angeles City Council voted to form a committee to discuss the proposal, according to the LA Times. Committee members will meet with representatives from AEG to examine the downtown project’s viability and help to expedite the process.

Roving Mammoth Smuggles Burritos So You Don't Have To

It's known amongst California snow birds that while San Francisco and Sacramento snow sport enthusiasts flock to Tahoe, Angelenos looking for more ski-able real estate flock to Mammoth. If your commitment is intact, the choice is clear: The five-to-sixish hour drive rewards you with Mammoth Mountain's over 3500 acres. I couldn't be more surprised, then, that it wasn't a local resort but Mammoth that took cues straight out of Los Angeles culture. Or could I?

Homeboy Hangin' Tough With New Retail Line of Chips & Salsas

Homeboy Industries, the local non-profit that provides rehabilitation and job training for ex-gang members, has experienced some financial turbulence of late, but with help from LA County and other community supporters, they're hanging tough. Today, the organization announced that Homeboy Tortilla Chips and Salsas will be sold at Ralphs stores in Southern California.

A Vegetarian Wedding Feast from LA's First Indian Pop-up, Jan. 29

Indian weddings are extravagant celebrations. Unlike most Western white wedding affairs, these celebrations are marked a rainbow of color, elaborate decorations and sumptuous food. In the latest run of The Un-Curry Table, Los Angeles’ first Indian pop-up, chef Kaumudi Marathe recreates some of that festive atmosphere by serving an authentic Marathi wedding feast at Glendale’s Recess.

Key Club-Goers Get Pinched Before They Could Go Punk

On Saturday night, West Hollywood Sheriff deputies executed a "pro-active" sweep of parking lot partying before the D.R.I. show at the Key Club. The sweep resulted in 14 arrests and 41 citations. The deputies partnered with the Key Club to prevent another punk rock melee, like the one that occurred earlier this month.

Santa Monica Exposed! Photo LA + Art LA Projects 2011

January is synonymous as art fair month in Los Angeles and the oldest fair kickstarts the new season by celebrating it’s 20th anniversary. Photo LA is not your traditional art fair given the eclectic audience the fair attracts, and at the opening reception this past Thursday, artists, art aficionados, collectors, and dealers traversed through the fair grounds at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

Pop Culture: Warhol Art Installation Opens at The Huntington

Andy Warhol famously said everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame, and two of his most iconic pop art pieces are now on display at The Huntington Art Gallery in San Marino. Gifts from the estate of Robert Shapazian, Warhol’s Small Crushed Campbell’s Soup Can (Beef Noodle) painting and Brillo Box from the ‘60s, as well as nine unlicensed Brillo Box copies, are located in the mid-20th-century room alongside works by Sam Francis and Louise Nevelson.

King for 3 Days: MLK Jr. Day Weekend Events Around Town

It's been 25 years since the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was commemorated in America. Now, it's not only a federal holiday, but also a day of community service. Don't fret if Monday isn't a work holiday for you, there's plenty to do this weekend. Whether you choose to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service or a day of leisure, here is a list of things to do.

The Weekly Art Round Up: Art in LA

Art fair season is here, with returning and new contenders. This week, Photo LA celebrates their 20th anniversary at The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and merges Art LA projects which can be a better step at luring a broader audience. The fair runs this weekend, followed by the Los Angeles Art show next week and Art Los Angeles Contemporary’s second year at the end of January.

Last Surviving Member of TV's Famous Nelson Family Dies

Actor, director and producer David Nelson of TV’s “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” passed away on Tuesday due to complications from colon cancer. He was 74. Nelson was the last surviving member of the famous TV family, who along with younger brother Rick (also known as “Ricky”) and parents Ozzie and Harriet, starred in “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet,” which ran on ABC from 1952 to 1966.

A Dog Too Dangerous for West Hollywood is Fine for Venice

Cadillac, DJ Samantha Ronson's Bulldog, has been declared "dangerous" and "exiled" by the City of West Hollywood for attacking a 5 pound Maltese. The dog, Tiger eventually died from the attack. This is not Cadillac's only instance of aggressive behavior, having attacked at least one other dog and human.

The Weekly Round Up: Art in L.A.

Enthusiasm for the Los Angeles art community in the new year is high with expectations from Eli Broad’s unveiling design for his art museum on Grand Avenue corridor or the anticipated Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA: 1945 - 1980 in the fall. As the first week of 2011 unwinds, we are left with an unsettling good taste for art in our vibrant city.

Supporters Rally to Keep Barnsdall Art Park a Public Facility

A press conference and rally was held yesterday morning on the steps of City Hall in support of keeping Barnsdall Art Park a public facility. Tomas O’Grady, a board member of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council who is running for Los Angeles City Council, along with a group of supporters called the Barnsdall Alliance organized the rally.

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.

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