Results tagged “Mia Bonadonna”

More Than Tacky Bar Drinks: 5 Cool LA Cinco de Mayo Events

LUCHA VaVOOM Luchadores. Photo courtesy of LUCHA VaVOOM. Cinco de Mayo commemorates a victory by the Mexican army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is a minor holiday in Mexico, but in the United States, it has evolved into a celebration of Mexican pride and heritage. Regardless of ethnic origin, Cinco de Mayo is heartily embraced by Angelenos. Here are some of the interesting Cinco celebrations going on around town: Mexican Institute...

The Really Real Housewife of New Jersey: 'Mr. Marmalade' at Garage Theatre

Callie Dunaway and Angel Correa in 'Mr. Marmalade' Photo by FreshFrameFoto.com Noah Haidle's absurdist comedy, Mr. Marmalade is currently playing at Garage Theatre. The little Long Beach theatre-that-could presents the tumultuous relationship between the sick and twisted four year old Lucy and her imaginary friend Mr. Marmalade, with added quirky flourishes and audience participation. Lucy and Mr. Marmalade play at house, tea party, domestic abuse fight, pretend 12-step games, and Barbie. While the Mr....

Self Proclaimed: Erica Watson in 'Fat Bitch' at Greenway Court Theatre

Erica Watson's funny and enlightening one-woman show, Fat Bitch, finishes out a short Los Angeles run at Greenway Court Theatre with one last show tonight at 5PM. Watson, most famous for her role in the film Precious, not only wrote and performs in this biopic show, but has taken on the directorial reigns as well.

Empirical Evidence: 'House of the Rising Son' with Ensemble Studio Theatre

Tom Jacobson's incalculably and exceptionally well written new play, House of the Rising Son, is playing at Atwater Village Theatre. This Ensemble Studio Theatre Los Angeles production leaves no room for critical complaint through strong un-cliched performances, fluid direction, and an atmospheric set.

Upper East Side, Stage Left: Jason Alexander in 'Prisoner of Second Avenue'

Jason Alexander in "Prisoner of Second Avenue." Photo by Michael Lamont Yet another production of the ironically bittersweet Prisoner of Second Avenue, is playing in Los Angeles. Neil Simon's play lets audiences peer into a middle class and middle aged New York couple's living room to witness the rapid decline of their mental stability after facing personal and economic tragedy. In a smart differentiating move, the latest addition to this Simon storm has high...

Not in Canada Anymore, Toto: Cirque du Soleil at Long Beach Convention Center

Famous for high production value and seductive charm, Cirque du Soleil's Quidam is currently playing at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. The show follows Zoe, a young, unhappy girl that runs away to an imaginary town of eccentrics where all of the residents, coincidentally, just so happen to have circus skills.

Contra Fiction: 'Devil's Advocate' at LATC

Robert Beltran and Tom Fitzpatrick in 'Devil's Advocate. Photo by Ed Krieger. On the heels of Manuel Noriega's extradition to France to serve a seven year prison sentence, Latino Theater Company presents a theatrical account based on true events of his 1989 surrender to the United States in Devil's Advocate. The show features intense performances, calculated direction, and politically-charged script on a foreboding set. Robert Beltran leads the Devil's Advocate cast of two as...

Herbert Siguenza was Never Called an Asshole: 'A Weekend with Pablo Picasso' at LATC

Herbert Siguenza's crowd pleasing one-man biopic, A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, is currently playing at Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) in conjunction with the Latino Theater Company. Both written and performed by Siguenza, this cheery show features a well rounded and researched script with stunning multi-media visuals that invites the audience to be Picasso's house guests in the South of France for a weekend in 1957.

Wallowa: The Vanishing of Maude LeRay at Son of Semele Theater

Gabriel Liebeskind, Dee Amerio Sudik, Alex Smith, Jonathan CK Williams, and Daniel Getzoff in 'Wallowa: The Vanishing of Maude LeRay.' Photo by Matthew McCray. Son of Semele Ensemble's new collaboration project, Wallowa: The Vanishing of Maude LeRay, is an eerie and ominous dramatization of the real-life disappearance of a 76 year old woman in Oregon's bodingly dangerous Wallowa Mountains. Oliver Mayer's script tells LeRay's story through a constantly revolving spectrum of perspectives through action-oriented...

Toxic Algae Causing Outbreak of Sick Sea Lions on LA Beaches

After yesterday's Los Angeles Times report of the rescue of seven sick sea lions from the shores of Santa Monica Bay, an eighth ailing sea lion beached itself on the sand near Seaside Walk in Long Beach. Numerous residents witnessed the young Long Beach sea lion experience heavy eye-discharge, epistaxis (a heavy nose bleed), multiple grand mal seizures, and lower body paralysis as the mammal took large gasping breaths with sand stuck to its frothing...

Ultrasound Economy: 'Hell Money' at Agenda Loft

Chalk Repertory's latest unconventionally contextualized theatrical offering, Hell Money, is currently running at Agenda Loft. Ruth McKee's hilarious and touching script follows two nineteen year old veterans of the Los Angeles foster care system as they try to navigate through life with very limited means of social and financial support.

Somewhere Between Heaven and Hallucinogens: 'DaddyO Dies Well' at Electric Lodge

DaddyO Dies Well, Murray Mednick's fifth play from his "Gary Plays" series, is currently running at Electric Lodge in Venice. Drawing on references from previous Gary Plays, the production takes the audience through the pre-mortem hallucinations and memories of DaddyO, an old hipster patriarch, while simultaneously guiding Gary through a family ayahuasca rite of passage.

Cocteau Hour: 'The Human Voice' at Elephant Space Theatre

Ho-Jung in The Human Voice. (Photo by Ed Krieger) The Human Voice, an English translation of Jean Cocteau's La Voix humaine, is currently playing at Elephant Space Theatre on Hollywood's Theatre Row. Cocteau's play turns the audience into voyeurs spying on a telephone break-up between lovers during the hello operator days in 1930s Paris. Ho-Jung performs this classic avant garde monologue loved by the likes of Roberto Rossellini, Francis Poulenc, and Robert Rimbaud. Ho-Jung...

Foursquare and Seven Beers Ago: 'Small Engine Repair' from Rogue Machine

Small Engine Repair, Rogue Machine's latest dark and edgy comedic thriller about a near-fateful reunion of thee working class heroes is currently playing at Theatre Theater. Small Engine Repair is so exceptionally engrossing, entertaining, funny, and true-to-life that it is easy to forget that you are watching...

Fission Impossible: 'Copenhagen' at Attic Theatre

Copenhagen is an ambitious lecture-within-a-drama about the working and political climate surrounding historically significant World War II era physicists during the development of the first nuclear weapons. Playwright Michael Frayn imagines a fictional post-mortem debate that pits Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr against...

The Young and the Feckless: 'Ruffian on the Stair' at Whitmore-Lindley Theatre

Joe Orton's one-act farcical tragedy, Ruffian on the Stair, is playing at Whitmore-Lindley Theatre in North Hollywood's invigorating theatre district. This black comedy focuses on the impacting complexities of the outside world on the unromantically simple, yet greatly appreciated love between a middle-aged couple with a sketchy past, Mike and Joyce.

Rebels With Applause: 'Offending the Audience' at Velaslavasay Panorama

The cast of 'Offending the Audience.' (Photo by Mackenzie Hoffman courtesy of Emily Mast.) Peter Handke's cerebral anti-play Offending the Audience has a short run this weekend at Velaslavasay Panorama. This staged meta-narrative of consciousness raising interjections is an experimental theatre piece that aims to be as untheatrical as possible while transforming the audience into a self-conscious spectacle to be observed and judged by the performers on stage. Handke's work has been performed for decades throughout...

Geek Tragedy: Sci-Fi Drama 'Birthday Present 2050' at Skylight Theatre

Janet Hoskins, Jossara Jinero, Elyssa Davalos, James Black, Salome Jens, Juan Carlos Cantu, and Cheyenne Hanes in 'Birthday Present 2050.' (Photo by Ed Krieger.) Birthday Present 2050 is currently playing at Skylight Theatre in Los Feliz. This speculative utopia-gone-dystopia science-fiction piece by Tania Wisbar follows events that unfold at a family gathering in the year 2050. Conflict arises over the pressing need to confront large ethical issues related to privacy, ageism, government, death, human...

Psychological Miller: 'Broken Glass' at Pico Playhouse

Michael Bofshever and Susan Angelo in Broken Glass. (Photo by Hope Oklahoma courtesy of West Coast Jewish Theatre) Broken Glass, Arthur Miller's retrospective look at Jewish identity, pre-war psychology, and dysfunctional small group dynamics is currently playing at Pico Playhouse. Presented by the West Coast Jewish Theatre, the plot follows the disintegration of two marriages in Brooklyn at the time of Germany's 1938 Kristallnacht. Broken Glass is a doctor-driven whodunit with a thick, waxing...

LA Opera Goes Esoteric With 'Turn Of The Screw'

Michael Kelper Meo and William Burden in 'Turn of the Screw.' (Photo by Robert Millard courtesy of Los Angeles Opera.) Benjamin Britten's potent adaptation of the classic Henry James ghost story Turn of the Screw is currently playing at the Los Angeles Opera. The production features a flawless cast, stunning set, disturbing plot, intriguing score, and a twelve year old casanova with an angelic voice. Turn of the Screw is a psychological thriller with...

'Oh, You Are Sick...' Art Homage to David Lynch

Phone Booth Gallery's current collection of dark humored art, Oh,You Are Sick... is a group exhibition featuring 34 pieces inspired by the iconic, penetrating, jewel-toned surrealism of David Lynch's films. Nestled among the Victorian-era craftsman bungalows of Bluff Heights in Long Beach, Phone Booth is a modest, unpretentious, and welcoming space frequented by...

Dark Humor and Disturbing Plot Twists in 'Five Uneasy Pieces'

Todd Waring and Lyman Medeiros in 'Five Uneasy Pieces.' (Photo by Virginia Anzengruber) Five Uneasy Pieces is currently playing at Santa Monica Playhouse. Written and performed by Todd Waring, this series of aptly titled one act monologues is full of dark humor, disturbing plot twists, and satisfying ambivalence. Under the direction of Don McManus, the show is visually stark and minimalist, although moody upright bass accompaniment by Lyman Medeiros or Steve Pandis fosters a...

Disturbingly Good: 'Daddy' at Hudson Mainstage

Gerald McCullouch and Dan Via in 'Daddy.' (Photo by Eric Krieger) Daddy, currently playing at Hudson Mainstage, is Dan Via's superbly crafted and touching play about the convergent complexities of defining love, friendship, and family in an anti-equaity political arena. Daddy examines a plethora of finely intertwined themes, but what what makes Via's play so engaging is the acknowledgment of the painful uncertainty and emergent joys that accompany the transition to an era of...

Theatre Review: 'Chinese Coffee' at Flight Theatre

Guy Camilleri and Matt Chait in 'Chinese Coffee.' (Photo by Eric Krieger) Currently running at Flight Theatre, Ira Lewis's Chinese Coffee is a weighty examination of a heated argument that treads a range of themes including the blurred boundaries of an old friendship, poverty for the sake of art, regret, and the ethics of intellectual property through the lens of two perpetually disagreeable and jealous old friends. Lewis's drama is a barrage of quick...

Cat Lovers Don't Feck Around in 'Lieutenant of Inishmore' at Long Beach Playhouse

The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Martin McDonagh's dark and blood-bathed comedy of errors, is currently playing at the Studio at Long Beach Playhouse. The show is a bit off the beaten path of Hollywood's Theatre Row, but it is tucked away in a surprisingly charming performance space furnished with an elegant bar, tastefully curated art gallery, and a live pianist banging out concerto movements in the lobby at every show.

Stunning Visuals and Stellar Performances in 'Great Expectations'

Jaime Paige, Deborah Strang, and Jason Dechert in Great Expectations (Photo courtesy of A Noise Within) A Noise Within is rounding out the last few weeks of 2010 with Neil Bartlett’s stage adaptation of Great Expectations. Bartlett’s rehashing of the pithy Charles Dickens classic is a threadbare blitz of plot snapshots flanked by a blaring Greek chorus. This progressive presentation rapidly undulates with graceful visual gratification and an outstanding performance from Los Angeles stage...

Cheeky Ghosts and Post-Mortem Slapstick in Blithe Spirit

Scott Lowell and Abby Craden in Blithe Spirit. (Photo courtesy of A Noise Within.) Blithe Spirit is currently running as part of A Noise Within's 19th season. Cheeky physical comedy drives Noel Coward's story of a pre-war ecoplasmic menage a trois peppered with quirky characters and domestic disputes. Coincidentally, the play aptly takes place amid the stoic shadows of the Historic Masonic Temple in Glendale -- a perfect contextual setting for a high-brow ghost...

Sex and Politics in Measure for Measure at A Noise Within

Karron Graves and Geoff Elliott in Measure for Measure. (Photo courtesy of A Noise Within.) Measure for Measure is currently running as part of A Noise Within's 19th season. Sex, politics, and sexual politics drive William Shakespeare's characters to coup and clique amid moody corruption and tender sympathy. Under the sleek and shadowy direction of Michael Murray, this postmodern-before-its-time classic is an urbane stew of contemporary flare thick with the harnessed energy of veteran...

Blood, Guts, and Battle Scenes in Shakespeare's Macbeth

Lauren Parkinson, Nicole Fabbri, and Lana Inderman in Macbeth. (Photo by Amanda Marquardt) Amanda Marquardt's minimalist adaptation of Macbeth is a fast-paced, late-night adrenaline-raising rush of gore, seductiveness, and quirky, dark-humored fun. The show is energetic, engaging, and perfectly contextualized within the underbelly of the Los Angeles theatre scene at Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group. The production is bare bones, highlighting skilled performance and fight choreography.The cast does not fit the plasticized images common...

Theater Review: Scandal and Sultry Incendiaries in Still Standing

Nichelle Hines and Venessa Peruda in Still Standing. | Photo: Vitality Productions Still Standing is Shyla Martin’s melodramatic chronicle of two women brought together by a chance posthumous discovery of a scandalous family secret. While this production has an unfortunate and disconcerting made-for-television feel, it is harmoniously cast and offers some undeniably impressive performances. Under the direction of Nick Mills, Still Standing effectively illustrates longing as a both a human driving force and boundary-breaching...

Poetry and Post-Trauma in Not About Heroes

A still from Not About Heroes. Bright Eyes Productions pensive staging of Stephan MacDonald’s Not About Heroes is an epigraphic presentation of the friendship and poetry of British World War I poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. As promised by its title, the play is indeed “not about heroes,” although its scenes do occur within the context of contemplated heroism. This drama presents several tough-to-tackle themes including collective memory; the art and craft of...

Hollywood Fringe Festival: A Report to the Academy of A Report to an Academy

Frank Kafka's A Report to an Academy from American Theater Project Mention of Franz Kafka seems to induce indignant literary banter that pits psychological introspection against sociological observation; evolutionary theory against ethical philosophy; and worst of all, pretentious mispronunciation of guttural German phrases. Thankfully, American Theater Project’s stage-adaptation of Kafka’s A Report to an Academy for the Hollywood Fringe Festival avoids engaging in the repulsive discourse of stubborn pseudo-intellectual vacuity and instead presents live...

Countrywide is Just Part of the Mortgage Problem...

Attorney General Jerry Brown recently announced that the State of California has filed a legal suit against Countrywide home mortgage lender for deceptive lending practices that has caused thousands of foreclosures. Brown cites that Countrywide routinely failed to explain complicated and expensive mortgage terms to consumers -- a practice that encouraged borrowers to agree to completely unaffordable mortgage terms. But according to several lending professionals working in California State (who requested that their anonymity be...

BioBlitz Gave Volunteers a Rare Look at Griffith Park

Last weekend, National Geographic, the National Parks Service, California State Parks Department, and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy sponsored a BioBlitz biodiversity census to count the many different plant and animal species living in the Santa Monica Mountains. During the 24 hour non-stop species inventory, 200 scientist-lead teams of volunteers from the greater Los Angeles community documented 1,364 species of flora and fauna. Among the different species inventory teams was a Griffith Park bat-seeking expedition...

Lunar New Year Events in LA: Happy 4706!!!

The Lunar New Year has officially started, and pigs are like soooo last year. To usher in the Year of the Mouse and Rat, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles is hosting the 109th Annual Golden Dragon Parade and festival on February 9th and 10th. Performers from Beijing will lead the parade, followed by assorted city officials (Villaraigosa et al.), Mickey Mouse as grand Marshall, flower drum dances, a plethora of beauty queens,...

The Neighborhood Project: Jewelry District

These neighborhood projects are a heck of a lot of work. All of the writing, research, fact-checking, map-making, walking around, metro-riding, photographing, uploading, downloading, sun-block wearing, and image re-sizing is not easy. Trying to maximize my lazing potential, I volunteered to document the Jewelry District figuring that the neighborhood's mere six square blocks shouldn't be too much work. I got off the Metro thinking "I've been here a million times, I know where the...

LAist Cookie Exchange: Subversive Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies are light and yummy. But that isn't why I make them. I make them because the recipe calls for decorative icing. Which means I can write subversive sayings and cuss words on them in viscous sugary goodness. Cookie Ingredients: 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup butter, softened 3 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 of an egg yolk, slightly beaten (save the...

I'm Thankful for this Stuff

Photo by blueiron9 via Flickr. I'm thankful that my mom always confuses Thanksgiving with Columbus Day, and then makes lasagne instead of turkey and pumpkin pie, and then says: "Puritans. Columbus. They're both genocidal land-thieves. Now shut-up and eat your lasagne or I'll tell all your progressive friends that you came over for Thanksgiving dinner." I'm also thankful for my Mommy Dearest DVD....

"Curled eyelashes are a very professional look."

"Welcome to My Home." Written, directed, produced, and starring Brenda Dickson. Part I... ...and Part II. Last Autumn I ate so much Halloween candy, Thanksgiving Tofurkey, and Happy Birthday Jesus grocery store sheet cake that I gained five pounds in two months. This year I'm determined not to let that happen again, so I have decided to start a preemptive diet and exercise plan right now before the holiday fattening season is in full...

Damn You WeHo City Planners!!!

While it is hard for most to understand or imagine, once you have become entrenched in the archipelagic enclave of skyscrapers and bona fide mass transit that is Manhattan Island, it is difficult to leave. For a New Yorker, geographic displacement can fester into a self-induced internalized affront (even if just for a few short days). But the compelling lure of a free trip to Los Angeles to accompany my aunt on a business trip...

Photo Essay: Make Doves Not War

Last Sunday, September 23rd, Dr. Jane Goodall head-lined the International Day of Peace with Roots and Shoots, a global network of youth dedicated to protecting human rights through environment-centered campaigns. Children marched with giant home-made peace puppets as environment and human rights organizations were on hand to provide information and network with locals. Goodall mingled for a while, greeting children and petting dogs before leading the Peace Dove marchers through Griffith Park. After demonstrating...

Presidential Election Odds and Ends

The TelePromTer-readers and out-of-touch-hate-mongers of the mainstream media thought that they were being super-cool by discussing/bitching about the presidential candidate debates that were posted on YouTube. So since that new, interesting, and youth-vote promoting aspect of the next election has been talked to death by the talking-heads, I have found these candidate related webpages to occupy me during my early in the ante meridian down-time: At SuperBook.com, you can go to their "Exotic Lines"...

Peace in the Park with Dr. Jane Goodall

Dr. Jane Goodall. Photo courtesy of Roots and Shoots. This Sunday, September 23rd, Dr. Jane Goodall (primatologist, ethologist, author, researcher, and United Nations Messenger of Peace extraordinaire) be speaking at Griffith Park as part of the Roots and Shoots Fifth Annual Peace Day. Dr. Goodall, who is most famous for her research on chimpanzees in Gombe, will be leading a parade of giant home-made dove puppets and speaking at this free all-ages event. Roots...

How to Commemorate 9/11: Watch Loose Change

Loose Change, 2nd Edition So here it is. The sixth anniversary of September 11th. I don't know how you feel about that. I was raised in lower Manhattan, so I am, as I am sure you can imagine, very sentimental and sad today to say the least. But saying that I am "sad and sentimental" is an understatement. I am also angry and frustrated. Even after six years and one cross-country move to get...

Ha-Ha! The Joke is on You MTV!

I am not a fan of Britney Spears, but I do have respect for her. No really. I do. I think it was pretty damned smart of her to totally whore herself out to the entertainment industry like there was no tomorrow, make loads of money, and then happily retire after a few short years of work. The Britney business model let her quit working while she was still young so she could have...

Aurigids After-Party One-Question Quiz

Quiz Question: So it is four in the morning, September 1st, the bars have long since stopped serving alcohol for the night, and you've had too many of those in-lieu-of-booze Red Bulls, and you are wide awake. What should you do next? Should you...? a) go home and watch television until you pass out on the sofa b) go to the after-party of your friend's friend c) stumble around the streets of West Hollywood for...

Upcoming Events to Help Solve the Traffic Problem

"Constance" by Mr. J. Medeiros of Echo Park Being stuck on the Hollywood Freeway during rush hour, trapped in a metallic expanse of automobiles, counting the minutes of your life that you will never get back on the dashboard clock is a nasty predicament to be in...But that isn't the kind of traffic I'm talking about here. I'm talking about the human traffic -- the trafficking of people. Human cargo. Coerced labor. The exploited...

Eyeballing Tonight's Eclipse

I lived in New York my whole damned life up until l made the move to Los Angeles in 2006, and even though I've been here at least a year already, I still get harassing phone calls from my friends that entail the sentence "yo, what you got over there in la-la land that we ain't got here in the greatest city in the world?" I've gone through the natural beauty, beaches and mountains,...

"he was a really great fuck, after all."

Today is what would have been the anniversary of Charles Bukowski's 87th year on this planet, had he not passed away in 1994. I really wish I had it in me to writing something amazing in honor of the man, but I'm not sure it can be done. What can you write about a man who revolutionized literature with a style that has yet to be rivaled? All I can think to do on...

Theatre Review: Do Do Love

I don't know who first said "never judge a book by its cover," but I think it is safe to assume that for a theatre junkie such as myself, that a play should never be judged by its title. I mention this because as I go through my weekly play-picking ritual, I tend to avoid attending any and all plays that are about love and romance. It just seems to go against my bitter,...

Shower Power and Shooting Stars Tonight!

Tonight marks the first night of the Perseid meteor shower's peak viewing season in North America. Up to sixty meteors per hour will steadily begin appearing in tonight's August 11th sky around 10:00 PM, and will continue to make their presence known at least until Monday's dawn on August 13th. The Perseid meteor shower is named after the Perseus constellation and is essentially just a really long trail of cosmic debris. The shower is expected...

Theatre Review: The Idiot Box

The Idiot Box portrays the structural demise of a group of Friends-esque roommates living in an alternate realm of televised situational comedy (complete with predictable jokes, stereotypes, accepted sexism, and laugh tracks) that slowly collapses under the weight of the crude reality of the modern human condition. This Open Fist Theatre production has all of the traditional markers of a really good drama: Michael Elyanow's new play is a carefully crafted quagmire of complex, yet...

Q & A at the Hammer's Inland Empire Event

Filter Magazine and the Armand Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Blvd.) sponsored a free screening last night of Inland Empire followed by a Q & A with the film's director, David Lynch. Here is a rundown of the event for the folks who could not be there: Me: It is really crowded here, where do I go to see Inland Empire? Mr. Anonymous Hammer Museum Usher (Mr. AHMU): We are filled to capacity. We have...

Help This Man Stick It to the Man

A welcome home celebration/legal aid fundraiser is being held for Agustin Aguayo this Friday, July 27th, at 7:00PM. I'll give the event details, but first let me tell you a little bit about Agustin: Agustin Aguayo served a one-year tour in 2004 as a medic for the United States Army in Tikrit, Iraq. En route to his place of deployment, he was told by his superiors in the Army that serving as a medic...

Cherry-Popping the Becks

David Beckham's historic first game as a Major League Soccer (MLS) player is now over. At a loss for words, I have decided to take a cue from the Chelsea Soccer Club fans that often relate soccer to sex and am going to do doing the same here. Having paid for a $120 ticket to see Beckham play for 12 minutes was sort of like visiting a sex worker and being charged a whole...

The Neighborhood Project: Fairfax Village

Stores on Fairfax Avenue. Photo by Terry Stamatis. The first time I saw it over a year ago, I thought it was fluke, a coincidence, a mis-hap. But no, it is true, on Saturday mornings in the Fairfax District, Orthodox Jewish families en route to synagogue share the sidewalks with Gay couples walking hand-in-hand on their way to brunch. There are no contemptuous faces or grunts. Instead, they pass each other on the street,...

My Neighborhood is Sooooo Shitty

Living in Los Angeles with my dog Skeela has made me keenly aware of shit. Every day I wrap my hand in some sort of petro-chemical barrier, scoop up whatever solid matter has fallen out of my canine, tie a knot in a hand-to-shit barrier bag to seal off the stench, and then proceed to dispose of it cleanly in the nearest appropriate receptacle. My dog eats a well-balanced diet with plenty of whole...

Last Chance to See These Two Lovelies!

Last week I saw Monster of Happiness, a multi-media staging of philosophy, enviable costumes, and gracefully mechanistic dances, all wrapped-up in a primitively-futuristic limbo. But seeing Tina Kronis and Richard Alger do their thing just once was not enough to sate my inner-thinker. So I'm going again in hopes that my Kino-eyed eyes will be able to absorb enough of their happiness-protocol to pull me out of my George-Bush-is-gonna-get-us-all-killed kinda blues. Monster of Happiness...

Dear Mr. Bay, What Planet are You From?

Dear Mr. Bay, I have been waiting for a kick-ass Transformers movie to come out since I was a little kid. I love the Autobots. At one point, I even had plans to marry Optimus Prime, except that he died during one of the Transformers episodes before I had the chance to tell him of my love. When I turned five, I had a Transformers birthday cake. Sometimes I would pretend that my Malibu...

Rabbit Hole Realism

If there is one thing to be learned from the current Sitham Theater Company production of David Lindsay Abaire's Rabbit Hole, it is that there is a very fine line between dramatic theatrical realism and overdone Lifetime TV-style icky-ness. Granted I am a part of that jaded, selfish, and not quite old enough to remember the happy Clinton-years crowd, so my perception of bearable and unbearable dramatic palpability is surely skewed in the direction...

The United States of America Apathy

This montage by Kelly Gallaher is upsetting enough to make me want to storm Capitol Hill and Wall Street to begin a mass boycott of the products sold by all of the big campaign-donating corporations until our Congress is forced to get American soldiers out of Iraq. Given that something drastic like a true boycott has not yet happened, I am going to agree with the Gallaher's montage accusation that we are all too...

For a Good Time Call 1-800-JOURNAL

Do you want to get screwed? I know this sell-out whore who will screw anybody for five billion dollars. All you gotta do is call this number: 1-800-JOURNAL (1-800-568-7623). Just ask for Dow Jones, or Wall Street Journal, as that sell-out whore is known as on the street. But be careful because Dow Jones is crazy and could turn on you at any time. Everyone says that Down Jones used to be pretty honest...

SiCKO Dissects US Health Care System

After traveling for an hour to sit in a crowded room of angry and crying people, I had a big fight with my partner right on the middle of the street. We were not assaulting each other for any of those men are from this planet, women are from some other planet reasons. Feeling dejected and bitter, we could not contain our emotions because we had just heard the stories of people who had...

Deep in the Heart of Texas...is a Murderous Mob

Deep in the Heart of Texas...is a murderous mob. Don't mess with Texas...because if you do, you will be beat to death with Texan fists. That's right folks. That is exactly what can happen. According to the Associated Press, two men Victor (last name currently unknown) and David Morales, were driving in a crowded parking lot on June 19th on their way home from work when they accidentally hit a toddler with their car....

Rosie O'Donnell, Come On Down!

The Associated Press wrote today that Rosie O'Donnell is meeting with CBS to discuss potentially becoming the next host of the Price is Right. All she has to do is beat out the likes of cable entertainment news show hosts Todd Newton and Mark Steines. I don't know about you, but just the thought of Rosie O'Donnell moving to Los Angeles and taking over this iconically glittery game show makes me giddy. Even Bob...

Bend It Like Who?

Yesterday marked David Beckham's last day as a respectable European footballer before he makes his move to the Los Angeles Galaxy. Given the high caliber of the European soccer teams as compared to the naïve American Major League Soccer (MLS), this last game is surely the beginning of the end for the legendary Beckham. He is now doomed to a life of over-done, over-rated, Hollywood middle-brow trashiness. The poor man has already begun to...

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

Last night my friend and I had a debate regarding why we liked the bands that we listened to in the 1990s. My friend claims that we liked them because they were good, or at least because they had some magnetism. I say that we liked them just because we didn't have enough musical diversity and choice to have the luxury to discriminate. Sources for new music were limited to MTV and...well...MTV was it...

Enough Already!

LA Pride booked 30 bands. None of them were to my liking. I know this for a fact. I live one block away and have heard every single alternative-style-rock-is-so-not-relevant-anymore note. Okay, maybe I'm being a little harsh. That isn't totally true. Regardless, having had enough, I'm off to the Henry Fonda Theater (6126 Hollywood Boulevard) to hear Cansei de ser sexy. They are like the Jem and the Holograms of my 1980s childhood, except...

I Heart WeHo Dykes

Last night I put on a white "I Love WeHo Dykes" t-shirt, merged with the throng of Dyke March 2007 attendees, and paraded down Santa Monica Boulevard, a street coincidentally named in honor of the patron saint of abused, victimized, and neglected women. It may seem strange to some that I would do such a thing given that I am not Dyke, Lesbian, or Queer. But as a woman, a West Hollywood resident, and...

Starry Decisis: LAX Confidential

In the days before 9/11, the biggest hassle in airport travel was having to turn down the pleas of the old women in nurses costumes standing by the escalators. Now, after 9/11, the fake nurses are still there, but they move down the long security lines that line the curbs. In this age of strict airport regulation, it's surprising that airport solicitors and proselytizers didn't get the steel-toed boot a long time ago. Instead,...

Starry Decisis: Our Bodies, Our Cells

As anyone who's seen Doc Hollywood knows, Los Angeles has a fairly secure footing in the medical community, or at least the cosmetical medical community. The city is also home to one of the world's premiere research hospitals, the UCLA Medical Center, which recently benefited from a $200 million donation by David Geffen. Last year, the hospital suffered a PR blow when one of the workers in its morgue was arrested for selling body...

Starry Decisis: The Ex Files

Cynics of the world will not be surprised to find out that divorce became a whole lot easier thanks to a Los Angeles case. Citizens of this city of exes have a bad rap for treating marriage like, well, a bad wrap - chucking it easily into the nearest trash can. Yet, the legal decision that makes divorce doable evinces nothing but the highest respect for institution of marriage. It's a case worth revisiting,...

Starry Decisis: Los Angeles's Lusty Legal History

This column is the first in a series of articles on important Supreme Court cases that have developed out of events in Los Angeles. "Stare Decisis" is the guiding principle of the American legal system - the court should "let the decision stand" and respect precedent for the sake of the rule of law. Even though it is known for shaping American pop culture, Los Angeles has shaped American legal culture in more ways...

Yahoo! Picked LAist

We're proud to announce that LAist was a Yahoo! Pick of the Day last week! We hope any new readers enjoy our take on life in LA......

Letter from the Publisher

Today marks the beginning of public beta for LAist.com. If all goes well, after a week or so we'll take off the beta label and launch the site officially. We're thrilled to be bringing the Gothamist brand of optimistic, city-centric blogging to the West Coast. Los Angeles means a lot to Gothamist- in fact, we're moving the whole Gothamist operation over to LA for two weeks in August, when one of us will be getting...