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Seven Questions with Rod Dyer, Designer and Restaurateur

LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." Today's subject is Rod Dyer. The same man who designed iconic logos like Entertainment Tonight, The Disney Channel and local favorite logos like Koo Koo...

Tourney Talk with Jason King of Yahoo! Sports

USC and UCLA are gearing up for the NCAA Tournament | AP Photo/Danny Moloshok We are counting down to the madness. One of the most exciting days in sports and the least productive work days on the calendar, the opening round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championships, is less than 24 hours away. If you haven't filled out your bracket yet, Jason King who covers college basketball and football for Yahoo! Sports just might...

Seven Questions with DJ Solo of the Soul Assassins

LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." Today's subject is DJ Solo. DJ Solo is a member of the Los Angeles-based collective of artists known as the Soul Assassins which includes hip-hop...

Prince Promises a Slew of Events Happening Around Electric LAlaland

Prince has some events lined up for the people of Los Angeles some time around March 24th. At least that's what this message written by the Purple One, passed along to us by Prince's people, suggests. Update: Dr. Funkenberry.com reports, and we have confirmed, that Prince will be appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno three consecutive nights - March 25th, 26th, and 27th.

Seven Questions with David DeCandia, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's Master Tea Blender

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's Master Tea Blender David DeCandia picking tea | Photo courtesy of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." Today's subject is David...

Seven Questions with Sam Simon

LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." Today's subject is Sam Simon. Sam is a renowned television writer and producer who has written for Taxi, Cheers, The Tracey Ullman Show, The George...

Partying with Prince...Sort of

This is a photo of Prince performing at Coachella, not at his Oscar party. | Photo by I Do Shows via flickr While watching the Oscars at home in my bedroom, I got an email informing me that I was invited to Prince's Post-Oscar party. Me? The guy who was sitting in his room watching the Oscars in a sweaty t-shirt and shorts thanks to some much needed time at the gym was now...

Talking with PGA TOUR Players, 'Tour' Being the Key Word, at The Northern Trust Open

This past weekend, the gorgeous grounds of the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades played host to THE PGA TOUR with the Northern Trust Open. While on paper, it may seem like the Northern Trust is just one of 48 stops along the 45 week schedule that is the PGA tour, but this weekend's event was actually quite significant. For one, the Northern Trust was the last event in the Tiger-less tour. On Thursday, Tiger...

Want to go to Prince's Post-Oscar Party? You Can for $100

Prince's Post-Oscar Party at Avalon tonight is open to the public. $100 per person, doors open at 10pm tonight. First come, first serve. | (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Last year, Prince threw an ultra-exclusive invite-only post-Oscar bash that brought out big names like Stevie Wonder, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Javier Bardem and Eva Longoria. This year, the Purple one is opening the doors to his party to everyone. Prince's party, which will include a musical performance...

Seven Four Questions with Snoop Dogg on the Set of 'Dogg After Dark'

LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." Today's subject is Snoop Dogg. Due to time constraints, however, we were only able to ask Snoop four questions. Since he's a busy man (rap...

California Casinos to Nevada Casinos: Beware of Card Counting iPhone Apps

As the iPhone commercial says, "there's an app for just about anything." Want to get bruised up by security guards in a dark room behind a casino for counting cards? Yup there's an app for that. Las Vegas Review-Journal reports, "California gaming authorities tipped off their Nevada counterparts to a blackjack card-counting program that can be used on either the Apple iPhone or the Apple iPod Touch portable music player." Counting cards is not...

Sex Week: Couples + Strip Clubs

Bringing along a significant other to the strip club can be very enjoyable | Photo by pinkmoose via flickr When dudes are together doing what dudes do (playing poker, watching a bloody UFC fight, drafting fantasy baseball teams) the words "girlfriend" or "wife" are bound to come out of someone's mouth once or twice. But rarely will you hear a guy utter the sentence, "This would be more fun if my girlfriend were here."...

Your Path to Playing for America's Team Begins Tomorrow

Michael Irvin wants you to come down to the Citadel Outlet Mall tomorrow for open tryouts of his new reality show. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Much like America, the team commonly referred to as America's Team has fallen on some hard times. The Dallas Cowboys ended a drama-filled 2008 season on the wrong end of a 44-6 beat down courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles in a must-win Week 17 game. The last time the 'boys...

Seven Questions with The Dolce Group

LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." Today's subjects are Lonnie Moore and Mike Malin, partners in The Dolce Group. These very successful restaurant and nightlife entrepreneurs based in Los Angeles are...

LAist Interview: Dan Clark aka Nitro of the American Gladiators

Dan Clark was a brutal force on the football field and in the Gladiator arena. In his book Gladiator: A True Story of 'Roids, Rage and Redemption, which he will be signing copies of tonight at Book Soup, the man better known to many as Nitro, gives a brutally honest account of his life and 20 year love affair with steroids. The former Gladiator's story, which starts with him as a young boy searching...

LAist Interview: Christopher Atkins

Christopher Atkins was first seen walking around an island with Brook Shields in the 1980 hit film, The Blue Lagoon. Now he can be seen hanging out in Hollywood with the likes of David Chokachi and Jamie Walters every Sunday night on VH-1's "Confessions of a Teen Idol." Atkins who describes "Teen Idol" as a "show that isn’t about the comet, it's about the comet tail. Fame is the comet. If the fame were...

Seven Questions with...Diana Miller, Talent Executive - 'Last Call with Carson Daly'

LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." Our first subject is Diana Miller. LA is one of only two cities in the country where you can run into someone who earns a...

Katie Couric Scores Impromptu Interview with Joe Torre

Thanks to the magic of YouTube, the only things aspiring broadcast journalists need to show off their talent are a camera and an Internet connection. That's it. Talent, an ability to read and a studio that isn't your parents' basement are all optional. In such a crowded space, though, it's difficult to stand out among the crowd and bring in the page views, especially with a gifted wordsmith like Kige Ramsey winning over the hearts...

Anjulie @ The Roosevelt, 1/28/09

Anjulie performs at Teddy's. | Photos by Tim Hammer/LAist Already anointed by many as a star in the making, even though the release of her self-titled debut album is still months away, Toronto born singer/songwriter Anjulie proved worthy of the early accolades with a first-rate 40 minute performance Wednesday night. Teddy's, the hot spot housed inside the historic halls of Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel which hosted the performance, may serve as an ideal playground for...

Porn and 3D Together at Last

It was only a matter before someone took Hollywood's hottest technology, 3D, and brought it to the Valley. Today we find out that Tommy Gunn, AVN's Male Performer of the Year in 2007 not Rocky's nemesis in Rocky V, is that someone. Gunn utilized the same technology that was seen in films like Beowulf, Journey to the Center of the Earth and most recently My Bloody Valentine 3D to bring us three dimensional porn....

'Artistic Stimulus Package' Tonight at J Lounge

BLVD headlines tonight's "Artistic Stimulus Package" at the J Lounge Tonight, downtown's upscale patio bar J Lounge plays host to the "Artistic Stimulus Package," an event that is bringing together music, artists, socially conscience brands and from the looks of the people who have RSVP'd on the event's Facebook page - some really good looking people. Aside from the eye candy, event goers can also enjoy the electro hip-hop sounds of BLVD. (pictured above)...

ESPN Zone's Red Carpet Grand Opening Starring Pete Carroll

USC Head Football Coach Pete Carroll, center, poses for a photo with New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush, right, and Titans running back LenDale White, left, during the grand opening of the new ESPN Zone at L.A. LIVE JAN. 15, 2009 in Los Angeles. Photo by Stefano Paltera/ESPN ZONE Just hours after saying goodbye to his quaterback, Mark Sanchez, USC football head coach Pete Carroll walked the red carpet at the grand opening...

Heated High School Hoops Rivalry Packs the House

USC and UCLA, Lakers and Clippers, Angelina and Jennifer, Pink's and Carney's. Rivalries are as much a part of LA as the smog filled air we breathe. Friday night, one of those rivalries was on display before a sold out, standing room only crowd. Students, parents, basketball fans and college coaches a like squeezed into the tight confines of Fairfax High School's gymnasium to watch two of the city's best high school basketball programs...

Shaq Picks Kobe for MVP via Twitter

The NBA season hasn't even reached the All-Star break, yet talk of who is the league's Most Valuable Player is already on the minds of the media, fans, players, twitterers and players who twitter alike. Is it Dwayne Wade and his 28.8 points per game and 7.3 assists per game that has a young Miami Heat team in playoff contention? What about GQ cover boy LeBron James whose Cleveland Cavs currently have the best...

Found in LA: Barack Obama Palling Around with Sea Turtle and Reptile

President Elect Barack Obama featured in a mural found outside a West LA business palling around with a sea turtle and reptile | Photo by Tim Hammer/LAist Barack Obama is still eight days away from moving into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but at 12003 Pico Boulevard, the president elect has already moved in. This West LA location features a mural of Obama palling around with a reptile and sea turtle. When Fox News' Sean Hannity...

World Series of Beer Pong IV: Unlike College Football, Beer Pong Has a Playoff

Downstairs in the sportsbook of the Flamingo, casual fans and degenerates alike are placing their bets on Thursday's BCS Championship game between Florida and Oklahoma, two teams that aren't meeting because they knocked off foes in a playoff system to reach the championship round. Upstairs on the conference room level of the Las Vegas hotel and casino, more than 400 teams from across North America are competing in tournament for a championship. The game they...

A 'Mexican Smurf,' he is Not

While filling in for injured starter Josh Howard, the Dallas Mavericks' Jose Juan Barea surprisingly strung together four straight double-figure scoring efforts including a 22 point performance against the Atlanta Hawks on December 9th. The unexpected output of the 5-11 guard in his third year out of Northeastern University has not gone unnoticed by the NBA media, including Los Angeles Times NBA columnist Mark Heisler. Yesterday, Heisler recognized the play of Barea in his NBA...

Interview: Carolina Guillen, ESPN Deportes

In 2004, ESPN launched a network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day in the Spanish language - ESPN Deportes. To celebrate the its five year anniversary, the network recently announced the launch of ESPN Deportes Replay, a multimedia campaign that will give fans the opportunity to program the network for three consecutive weeks. LAist had the opportunity to exchange emails with someone who has been at ESPN Deportes since its inception, five...

Interview: Christian Scott, Jazz Trumpeter

Christian Scott is in town performing at Catalina Jazz Club tonight through Saturday Before he was old enough to rent a car, trumpeter Christian Scott had garnered a Grammy nomination, played alongside Prince, appeared on the big screen with George Clooney and earned countless accolades from fellow musicians, industry heavyweights and members of the media alike. The 25 year-old New Orleans native who has been called "the new voice in jazz trumpet" and "a...

Motley Crue to Shut Down 'The Joint'

Only in Las Vegas could a venue that opened its doors in 1995 be considered "historic." On February 7th, The Joint, the "historic" music venue located inside Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will close it's doors to make way for a brand new expanded and state-of-the-art Joint. Motley Crue will do the honor of shutting The Joint down with concerts on February 6th and 7th. The new Joint; which according the press release, will be...

CD Review: Aaron Karo - 'Just Go Talk to Her'

Comedian Aaron Karo's latest effort Just Go Talk to Her is available today on iTunes | Photo taken from Aaron Karo's MySpace page "Karo, what the fuck are you doing? There's a code, bro." On his latest effort, Just Go Talk to Her, comedian Aaron Karo uses this line to imitate his male audience members' reaction to one of his jokes. The truth is, however, that those 11 words sum up the album as accurately...

Mirage to Unveil New Volcano Today

Today the results of $25 million upgrade of a Las Vegas Strip icon will be revealed when the volcano outside the Mirage will erupt for the first time since going dormant in February. The new look volcano show will feature music performed by former drummer for the Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart and Zakir Hussain of India. Created by Wet Designs, the team that created the dancing fountains at the Bellagio, the attraction will feature 120...

From Anaheim to NYC: K-Rod Reported to be a Met

Record-setting reliever Francisco Rodriguez and the bullpen hungry New York Mets reached an agreement today. According to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal the former Angel will sign a "three-year, $37 million deal, pending a physical. The deal also includes a $14 million vesting option for a fouth year that would raise the total value of the contract to $51 million."...

LAist Interview: Hunter Weeks, Independent Filmmaker

Much like the way the boom in Fantasy Football has changed the way millions watch football, filmmaker Hunter Weeks is changing the way independent movies are being funded and distributed. The director and producer who made his debut in 2007 with 10 MPH, a documentary about two twenty-somethings hoping on their Segways for a Seattle to Boston road trip, has turned to big brands like CBS Sports, Quiznos, YouTube and Chipotle to help fund and...

DVD Review: Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan

A young RZA is interviewed in the recently released DVD, Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan If $75 is too rich for your blood to see the Wu-Tang Clan tonight at the House of Blues, and most likely it is, consider the recently relesed Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan DVD as a much cheaper alternative to getting your fix of the 36 Chambers. Written, directed and produced by Gerald "Gee-Bee" Barclay,...

Fire at West Hollywood Strip Club, The Body Shop

A fire has erupted at the Body Shop, a famous all nude strip club located on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood. Associated Press reports, "The Los Angeles County Fire Department says the blaze was reported at about 6:46 a.m. Thursday at the one-story club on Sunset Boulevard. Firefighters don't believe anyone was in the building at the time of the fire." "About half a dozen fire engines and trucks were at the scene." KCBS-TV's News...

Body Shop Fire Heats Up Twitter

AP Photo/Nick Ut A fire at the landmark strip club breaks out this morning and memories, jokes and traffic complaints in 140 characters or less ensued. Here's a collection of some of the best reactions to the Body Shop fire found on Twitter: bentoboxx: The Body Shop in WeHo Caught on Fire. Now the Dancers aren't the only ones there with a burning sensation! soozin: Awww. The body shop is gone. I'll always have...

LA Auto Show 2008 Photo Essay

If you're in need of an escape from the forced awkward conversations with relatives that turkey and a day off from work brings, head downtown to the Convention Center and check out the LA Auto Show. All of the manufacturers you've heard of and a bunch you've never heard of, found enough money in their budgets to make the trip and fortunately they brought some of their best new cars with them. Ford premiered the...

LAist Interview: Artie Lange

Telling a story is not easy, especially when the stories are emotional, outrageous and true. Comedian, actor and member of the Howard Stern Show cast, Artie Lange, however, has made a living telling the stories of his life on the air and on stage. Finally, those stories that have made the Stern Nation laugh since joining the show in 2001, along with several other painfully true moments from Lange's life can be found in Too...

Missing Juror in Alaska Sen. Stevens Case Found in SoCal

Her dad didn't die, she was at the Breeders' Cup. Along with the big names and beautiful people, the Breeders' Cup also reportedly brought out the missing juror in the corruption trial of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens. According to the Washington Post Marian Hinnant, the juror who was dismissed from the trial after telling the judge that her father died in California, admitted today that her excuse was a lie. Hinnant told the judge today...

The Breeder's Cup Brings Out Big Names, Beautiful People and Bloggers

On Saturday, the gorgeous grounds of Santa Anita Park in Arcadia hosted sports' second richest day, the Breeder's Cup. Over $17 million in prize money was handed out on Saturday, which is about $16.5 million more than you'd typically find being handed out on pretty much any other Saturday in Santa Anita. The Breeder's Cup, however, is not like any other Saturday at the track. Typical Saturdays at the track do not bring out the...

LAist Interview: The Knux

Krispy Kream and Rah Almillio collectively known as The Knux drop their debut album today. I was first introduced to The Knux on a late Monday night back in June 2007. Instead of staying at home and resting up for the next work day, I decided to take Interscope up on their invitation to check out the latest addition to their roster perform at the Viper Room. That was a brilliant decision. As I said...

Xbox 360 Showcases 'Guitar Hero: World Tour' and 'Call of Duty: World at War' @ Central, 10/23/08

Thursday night Xbox 360 and Activision unveiled two of their most highly anticipated games, "Guitar Hero World Tour" (which hit shelves today) and "Call of Duty: World at War" to a jam packed crowd atCentral. While many of the partygoers were eager to get a glimpse at the latest in the "Guitar Hero" and "Call of Duty" franchises, I was equally as excited for the chance to witness a DJ set by the one and...

Hip Hop Live Tour Featuring Little Brother, David Banner, Talib Kweli w/ Rhythm Roots Allstars @ HOB, 9/30/08

For the second straight year, the Hip Hop Live tour, which teamed up top emcees with the instrumentation of ten plus piece band, rolled into the House of Blues. The lineup for this year's tour featured Little Brother, David Banner and Talib Kweli. Once again the band backing the three acts was the Los Angeles-based Rhythm Roots Allstars. Just like many other hip-hop shows, the stage on this night was very crowded. Unlike your typical...

LAist Interview: Sen Dog of Cypress Hill

Tonight (10pm) marks the fifth annual installment of VH-1's Hip Hop Honors, a program saluting the contributions of the genre's pioneers and players. This year's honorees include: De La Soul, Slick Rick, Naughty by Nature, Too Shot and Los Angeles' own Cypress Hill. For the last 20 years, the Hill has been rocking mics with their Cannabis laced brand of genre twisting music that combined hip-hop with elements or rock and Latin music. Sen...

T.I. @ Key Club, 10/3/08

T.I. performs at the Key Club in West Hollywood | Photo by Michael Park courtesy of MySpace Music Just like many of his peers, T.I. has a roster of nicknames as long as the chain around his neck. One of the most popular of those nicknames is "The King of the South," but on Friday night, at the Key Club T.I. was simply the King. T.I. could have easily mailed this show in. His latest...

The MURS For President Campaign Hits Amoeba Tonight

To promote the release of MURS for President, which hit stores today, the LA native will be signing copies and performing at Amoeba tonight at 6:30 pm. MTV viewers might recognize him as that guy with the crazy hair who has been popping up in between episodes of "The Hills." However, fans of the local hip-hop scene, which LA Weekly recently declared, "for the first time in over a decade, its vital signs are stable,"...

Bow Wow, The Game Play a Game of Madden for Charity

Hip-Hop Heavyweights The Game and Bow Wow battled in a game of Madden on Xbox for charity Friday night in Hollywood | Photos by Konsole Kingz Because there is a Michael Strahan-like gap between the amount of fun had in playing a video game and watching someone else play a video game, the answer I most frequently give when posed with the question "Want to watch two guys play Madden in Hollywood?" is "No." However,...

LA Drops from #3 to #16 on Forbes' List of 'Best Cities for Singles'

Los Angeles drops down to number 16 on Forbes.com's list of Best Cities for Singles. | Photo by Hamed Masoumi via flickr As a city known for its beautiful weather and beautiful people, you'd think it would be difficult to name a more ideal city for singles than Los Angeles. However, Forbes.com, actually found 15 other cities that they think are a better fit for bachelors and bachelorettes in their "8th Annual Best Cities for...

LAist Interview: Rex Lee from HBO's Entourage

This Sunday marks the return of the HBO hit series, Entourage. Nominated for five Emmys, the show is a favorite among fans and critics alike. LAist was able to catch up with Rex Lee, who plays Lloyd, the trusty assistant of Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) to find out what we can expect this season. Did you ever expect this role to go as far as it has? Well I was hopeful in the beginning but...

Doug and Jackie Christie's 13th Wedding is Sure to Make Seattle Forget All About Losing their NBA Team

On Wednesday, the city of Seattle found out that their SuperSonics would be packing their bags and leaving for Oklahoma City. Thanks to owner Clay Bennett, in 2008-09 there will be no pro basketball in Seattle for the first time in 41 years. "He drained the Sonics' joy out of Seattle," said Seattle Times' columnist Jerry Brewer of Bennett. Cheer up Seattle. It's not all gloom and doom. Some good news for the city arrived...

Study Reveals Adult Industry is Enjoying Bush's Stimulus Package

According to an independent market-research firm, AIMRCo (Adult Internet Market Research Company), the porn industry, specifically online properties providing adult content and erotic material are experiencing some swollen numbers in recent weeks thanks to the checks of up to $600 for individuals and $1,200 for married couples that the Bush Administration's Economic Stimulus Plan handed out this spring. In a press release issued today by the firm that "specializes in gathering, interpreting and distributing data...

LAst Night's Action: Baron's Back

As we mentioned earlier today, Los Angeles native Baron Davis is headed home and he's bringing his beard and 21 points per game with him. The former Crossroads School and UCLA standout came to a verbal agreement with the LA's other team, making the Clippers suddenly relevant and a playoff contender. Baron credits the community for his decision telling ESPN, "I'm happy with where I'm going. A big reason is because of the impact and...

Are You Ready to Go Hands-Free Tomorrow?

Tomorrow, this will be illegal Photo by berbercarpet via flickr Tomorrow talking on your mobile phone pressed up against your ear while driving will be just as illegal as running a red light, speeding or driving under the influence. In today's LA Times a spokesman for the CHP, Tom Marshall, said the CHP would enforce the law "fairly and aggressively." What are you planning to do to avoid getting yourself a ticket? The law...

Laughs and Beer for the Price of a Gallon of Gas

Twelve Shiny Nickels offers comedy and beer for about the price of a gallon of gas tonight in Hollywood There's nothing funny about spending nearly five bucks on a gallon of gas, unless you're name is Rex Tillerson or David J. O'Reilly. Those guys and the rest of their big oil buddies are laughing their asses off watching the gas prices rise. Tonight you can slap down an Abe Lincoln and have more to...

Tito Ortiz vs. Oscar De La Hoya: Battle of the Book Signings

Tito Ortiz and Oscar De La Hoya are going head-to-head tonight...sort of. The arenas - bookstores. Tito is signing copies of his book at the Virgin Megastore in Hollywood while Oscar will be signing copies of his book at Barnes & Noble in The Grove. In the last five years, mixed martial arts has experienced a surge in popularity, thanks largely to the mainstream emergence of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. With MMA on the...

LAist Interview: Carlos Mencia

Carlos Mencia is back at it and chances are you're either pumped or pissed about it. The loved/hated comedian's show, Mind of Mencia is back for a fourth season, his new Comedy Central special "Performance Enhanced" is now in heavy rotation on the cable network and he's hitting the road with the Bud Light Presents: Carlos Mencia at Close Range Tour, which hits the Gibson Ampitheater September 26 and 27. The comic who was...

Tokio Lounge to be Transformed into Ecco, 'Hollywood's First Eco-Friendly Lounge'

The Cahuenga corridor/crawl night spot formerly known as Tokio Lounge is undergoing a complete rennovation and being transformed into Ecco. Using natural and environmentally friendly materials and products, Ecco is calling itself "Hollywood's first eco-friendly lounge." Expected to open in July, the new lounge will feature an organic menu, eco-friendly cement (waste materials added to pack cement), an LED lighting system, waterless urinals and air pressure toilets. Power for the club will be supplied by the...

McDonald's New 'Southern Style Chicken Sandwich' will not Stop Me from Driving 25 Minutes for Chick-Fil-A

The new McDonald's "Southern Style Chicken Sandwich" head-to-head with the Chick-fil-a sandwich About once a month, I make the 25-minute trek to Redondo Beach to get a taste of Chick-fil-a (This was the subject of a post I wrote almost exactly a year ago). With the price of gas up around the $4 a gallon mark, this isn't exactly the smartest move, but I believe their chicken sandwich, a piece of chicken on a...

LAist Interview: Jose Canseco

You can find former baseball player Jose Canseco signing copies of his latest book Vindicated today at Costco in Van Nuys Jose Canseco's first book, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big was called "the worst sports book so far in three centuries" by the LA Times. Harsh words like this didn't stop Canseco's tell-all tome from opening at number three on USA Today's bestsellers list and impacting Major...

Talking Baseball with Buster Olney

In 1989 I was chewing on the strings of my glove while patrolling the infield for the North End Little League Tee-Ball Padres in my hometown of Bridgeport, CT. We didn't lose a game. We didn't win either - they don't keep score in tee-ball. That same year, ESPN's Buster Olney began his career as a baseball writer, covering the Nashville Sounds for the Nashville Banner. Rather than get analysis and insight on the 2008...

LAist Interview: Greg Fitzsimmons

LAist had the chance to check in with comedian/radio personality/Emmy Award winning writer Greg Fitzsimmons last night as he drove to Hollywood from the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino where he earned a standing ovation, opening up for Artie Lange. Driving from the desert to Hollywood isn't something the Venice Beach resident does on a regular basis, luckily we had access to Google Maps serving as interviewer/navigator to Greg on his journey. The drive...

LAist Interview: Clinton Sparks

Clinton Sparks smashing it up at Hard Rock Hotel's Body English every Saturday night If you aren't familiar, Clinton Sparks has rapidly risen from the basement of his mother's house in Boston to an elite DJ, producer and on-air personality. Recently, the host of the nationally syndicated Smashtime Radio and producer of numerous classic mixtapes like the first two volumes of the "We Got it 4 Cheap" series by The Clipse and The Re-Up...

LAist Interview: Dan Stock, Co-Founder of Zubaz

Zubaz pants are back! Here's a promotional poster from the first run featuring Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Marino and the Road Warriors rocking Zubaz gear You didn't think LAist would let Fashion Week come and go without at least one interview with a world-renowned designer, did you? Maybe you did. Either way we got one for you. While our interviewee may not be world-renowned, he is definitely renowned among influential fashion plates like...

Saying Goodbye to The Wire

Tonight we say goodbye to McNulty, Bunk, Freaman, Greggs and the rest of the cast of The Wire Back in June 2002, a crime drama from the minds of former Baltimore Sun writer David Simon (who spoke at USC earlier this week) and former Baltimore police officer Ed Burns made its debut on HBO. The Wire was more than just another cop show, it was an examination of both sides of the Baltimore drug...

Atmosphere to Hit the Henry Fonda in May; Tickets on Sale Today

The duo of Ant and Slug are heading back out on the road this spring for a 19 show North American tour to support their highly anticipated sixth official studio album, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold. On May 6th and 7th, Atmosphere brings their unique brand of Midwestern underground hip hop to Hollywood's Henry Fonda for back-to-back nights of backpack rap. Tickets to see the group that has become...

The Roots Jam Session @ The Key Club - 2/9/08

The Key Club in West Hollywood hosted the The Roots Jam Session, Saturday night As we mentioned in our interview with Questlove, LAist was on the red carpet for the 5th Annual Roots Jam Session at the Key Club in West Hollywood. While we were hoping that this post would serve as a review of the best live band in the world jamming the night away with a little help from some of their...

LAist Interview: Questlove

Questlove on the red carpet last night at the Key Club in West Hollywood host of The Roots Jam Session | Photo by John Wayne Maioriello Last night, LAist had a spot on the red carpet of the Key Club in West Hollywood, host of The Roots Jam Session sponsored by Rock the Vote, Okayplayer and Keldof. The Jam Session has become a Grammy weekend tradition, for the last five years, the Philadelphia-based influential...

Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige Announce Tour; Hit Hollywood Bowl April 16

Back in 1996, Mary J. Blige provided vocals to the hook of "Can't Knock the Hustle," the second single off of Jay-Z's debut album, Reasonable Doubt. 12 years, 12 Grammys and 70 million records sold later, Jigga Man and MJB are back at it again, co-headlining 25 shows across North America. Being billed as "The Heart of the City Tour," the former CEO of DefJam records and the Queen of Hip Hop Soul will...

Former Porn Star Would Like to Drop His Load...of Stories on You

Jason Williams the Star of 1974 Porn Flick, Flesh Gordon ("not to be confused with the original Flash Gordon") is looking for a Writer to Tell His Story. Aside from being an incredible source for houses, hookers, haikus and everything in between, Craigslist can also a great source of entertainment. Reading through the listings under the personal section, especially "casual encounters" and "missed connections" can serve as a much needed distraction on one of...

LAist Interview: Will Leitch

Deadspin's Will Leitch will be signing copies of his new book, God Save the Fan tonight at Book Soup Will Leitch, Deadspin editor, New York Times contributor, and author is in Los Angeles today presenting and signing copies of his new book God Save the Fan: How Preening Sportscasters, Athletes Who Speak in the Third Person, and the Occasional Convicted Quarterback Have Taken the Fun Out of Sports (And How We Can Get It...

LAist Interview: Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli is your favorite rapper's favorite rapper. On his first farewell, The Black Album, rap superstar mogul Jay-Z gave Kweli the greatest sign of respect when he spit the following line "If skills sold/Truth be told/I'd probably be/Lyricly/Talib Kweli." The son of two college professors, the Brooklyn native is far from your average emcee. In the fall of 2007, Kweli released the critically acclaimed and commercially successful album Eardrum, the first from his new...

Tonight HBO's Real Sports Investigates Reggie Bush Controversy

Tonight's episode of HBO's "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel," will investigate the Reggie Bush controversy. This segment will include an interview with Lloyd Lake, the man who claims to have given Bush $291,600 in cash, living arrangements and other benefits while he was playing at USC. If these allegations are true, Bush may be stripped of his Heisman Trophy which he won in 2005 as a Junior and the Trojans' may be forced to give...

Soulive @ The Knitting Factory, 1/19/08

Eric Krasno (Guitar), Neal Evans (Hammond Organ) and Alan Evans (drums, not pictured) Collectively Known as Soulive Moved the Knitting Factory Crowd Saturday Night Every January, organ trio, Soulive heads out to Southern California for The NAMM Show. While the trio of Eric Krasno, Neal Evans and Alan Evans take part in the gathering of music industry professionals, they also book themselves a few concerts in Anaheim and Los Angeles to give the SoCal...

Where to Watch: Patriots vs. Chargers

Wall-to-Wall Patriots fans pack Sonny McLean's Every Sunday NFL franchise or not, Los Angeles is filled with football fanatics. Many of these fans have relocated to LA from all corners of the country, bringing with them their devotion for the home team of city they left behind. Rather than sitting in the confines of their living room and watching their boys battle it out on the gridiron, many transplants have found a sanctuary in...

Where to Watch: Packers vs. Giants

We've already told you where the Patriots and Chargers fans will be taking in tomorrow's conference championship games, now we'll let you know where the Cheeseheads and Big Blue will gather to watch their teams fight for a trip to Super Bowl XLII. LA-based Packers fans have had a safe haven in Pickwicks Pub, Woodland Hills (21010 Ventura Blvd.) since 2005 when the bar re-opened after a fire burned down the original bar. Transplant Giants...

LAist Interview: The Wire's Jamie Hector

For those us who don't have HBO on Demand, we are just two days away from the season premiere of the fifth and final season of The Wire. Today, we're closing out our series of interviews, which has included Tristan Wilds and Andre Royo, with Jamie Hector who plays the king of the drug game on Baltimore's West side, Marlo Stanfield. Are you going to miss working on this show? Definitely, I have enjoyed...

LAist Interview: The Wire's Andre Royo

We continue our series of interviews with cast members of HBO's The Wire with Andre Royo. The actor born and raised in the Bronx plays Bubbles, a junkie/entrepreneur/informant who has been a central character to the show since its beginning. Royo, who recently moved to Silverlake, took time to speak to LAist about working on what he calls, "the most intelligent show on TV." This season is about the media, what did you think...

LAist Interview: The Wire's Tristan Wilds

Sunday marks the return of HBO's The Wire. To get you ready for the premiere of the fifth and final season of a show that TIME, Entertainment Weekly, Slate and the San Francisco Chronicle have all called "The best on television" LAist has lined up interviews with three members of the show's incredible cast. Be sure to check back tomorrow and Friday. Our series begins with Tristan Wilds, who we were introduced to in...

LAist Interview: Beanie Sigel

Philly native, Beanie Sigel hit the road for Los Angeles to promote his new album, The Solution which dropped yesterday. The Rocafella representative took a little time in between radio interviews and a late night run to Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles to chat with LAist about his latest effort, his time locked up and the current state of hip hop music. How's the response for the album been so far? Good, you know the album...

Hi-Tek's Top 5 Albums of 2007

The critically acclaimed Black Star album not only introduced the world to two gifted emcees, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, it also opened the world's eyes and ears to the sounds of Cincinnati native, Hi-Tek. Born, Tony Cottrell, Tek has since gone on to become one of hip hop's elite producers working with the likes of everyone from 50 Cent to Snoop to Common to Nas to The Game. Today, the follow up to one...

American Gladiators: A Saturday in the Gladiator Arena

As you may have heard NBC is bringing back American Gladiators. The revamped version of the classic game show of the early 90s will begin to air on January 6. I wish I would have waited until January 6 for my first chance to see the new Gladiators in action. Saturday morning I got up early and headed down to the Sony lot to be a member of the Gladiator audience. I gave up...

Ghostface's 'Big Doe' Does Not Disappoint

Ghostface Killah The Big Doe Rehab Def Jam December 4, 2007 "No time...there's never any time," cried a caffeine pill crazed Jesse Spano in that very special episode of "Saved by the Bell." Ghostface Killah laughs at you and your complaints, Spano. While you can't find the time to balance a geometry midterm, getting into Stanford and covering Pointer Sister tunes, Pretty Toney is having no trouble finding time to spit sick verses on 8...

Ring in the New Year with MF Doom

Besides having the same middle name, Wagstaff, Dick Clark and MF Doom do not have a whole lot in common. This year, however, both will be the main attraction at New Year's Eve festivities. While I lied about MF Doom's middle name being Wagstaff (that really is Clark's middle name), I am not lying when I tell you that the masked man will be headlining the Deep Urban Breaks' New Year's celebration. Just like the...

MC Frontalot @ The Knitting Factory, 11/21

I feel at home at hip hop shows. I am in my element. I am around people who love the same kind of music I love. This past Wednesday night, however, for the first time in my show-going life I was at a hip hop show as an outsider. Nerdcore rap was something that I had only vaguely heard of, all I knew of it was rap with a whole lot of references to...

Photo Essay: LA Auto Show

It's cars! It's girls! It's flashing lights! It's...the LA Auto Show! Feel the excitement! The Infinity girls sure are feeling the excitement! This year's show is two weeks earlier than last year's and longer than it's ever been - 12 days (two press days and 10 days open to the public). Unfortunately, the lengthy show seems to have taken it's toll on most of the booth staffs, most of the guys and girls given...

Brother Ali, Ghostface Killah, Rakim w/ Rhythm Roots All-Stars @ HOB, 10/29

As a life long hip hop fan who's friends are mostly casual hip hop fans, at best, I am constantly being told that a live show that features an emcee rapping over the record is hardly entertaining. To some extent I would agree. On one hand I won't pass up the opportunity to see someone who's lyrics I feel even if they are simply rhyming alongside a DJ who is playing their record, but...

Jay-Z to Get Gangsta at HOB - Nov 6

In celebration of his new album, American Gangster, a collection of songs inspired by the movie starring Denzel Washington and Russel Crowe, Jay-Z is lining up five shows across the country at intimate venues. Luckily for us, Hova is kicking it off right here. On November 6, the same date the album drops, the DefJam CEO takes the stage at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. Tickets go on sale Friday, for the price...

LAist Interview: Neal Brennan

Neal Brennan (center) made a name for himself writing jokes alongside Dave Chappelle. With a sketch comedy show that reached legendary status in the "Chappelle's Show" and a cult classic movie, Half Baked already under his belt, Neal has transitioned into directing. Last year he directed VH-1's Totally Awesome, a hilarious Made-For-TV 80's spoof that he also co-wrote. Neal is currently working on a Will Ferrell produced comedy feature that stars Jeremy Piven. Despite...

Demetri Martin will Tell Jokes Tonight at the Improv

Demetri Martin has taken the deadpan one line style of comedic greats Steven Wright and the late Mitch Hedberg and added his own twist, upgrading the number of comedy accessories from one (just a mic) to three with the addition of a guitar and a large pad (creatively titled, "Large Pad") to his routine. Tonight, the former Daily Show correspondent who wrote a song about his 9,000 friends on MySpace headlines at the Improv. Tonight's...

LAist Interview: HotChicksWithDoucheBags' Jay Louis

Since its launch in March 2006, Hot Chicks With Douchebags has delivered exactly what it promises, "Pictures of hot chicks with total and complete douchebags. With commentary." While the pictures themselves, like the one seen above (fittingly a photo taken in LA) or of our beloved editor here, are incredible, it's the commentary from the site's creator Jay Louis that has helped this blog reach legendary status. HCwDB has become so popular it's been...

50 Cent Vs. Kanye West: And the Winner is...

The numbers are in. My very unscientific hypothesis from last week was correct. Kanye West crushed 50 Cent in the battle of hip-hop heavyweights. According to Nielsen's SoundScan, Kanye's Graduation sold 957,000 copies, the biggest first week total of 2007. 50 Cent's Curtis on the other hand only sold 691,000 copies. While 50's nearly 700,000 copies sold is the second biggest total for week one sales, it is still a considerable drop-off from his two...

See Dave Attell Tonight at the Improv Hollywood

Fans and critics alike love comedian, Dave Attell. It's too bad Dave Attell doesn't love Dave Attell. A New York native with a knack for self-deprecation, Attell has earned critical acclaim and an allegiance of loyal fans. Many of those fans got their first look at Attell from 2001-04, when Dave stumbled his away across the globe with a bottle of beer in one hand, a disposable camera in the other on Comedy Central's Insomniac....

LAist Interview: Vanessa Marquez

Former protégé of super producers The Neptunes, Vanessa Marquez has sang alongside big names like Justin Timberlake, Usher and Nelly. Marquez, best known as the female voice on Timberlake's hit single "Rock Your Body" is on her own and looking to make a name for herself. The Rialto native, who takes the stage tonight at the National Orange Show Fairground in San Bernardino opening for Omarion and Marques Houston, took some time out from a...

50 Cent Vs. Kanye West

As Kanye West says in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, "Hip-hop is the only sport of music. Rock artists aren't thinking about each other to that extent. And these are like the championship moments." Today is that championship moment Kanye is talking about, as both he and 50 Cent, two of the biggest names in hip-hop are dropping albums on the same day. This kind of thing happens a lot, actually it has...

LAist Interview: Playwright Kyle T. Wilson, Writer of "Walking Into Traffic"

Ever wonder how your local news anchor could read the horrifying details of the latest terrorist attack, natural disaster or political scandal without breaking down and screaming their head off? Playwright, Kyle T. Wilson did, and penned a very funny play in the process, "Walking Into Traffic." Directed by Chris Covics who was recently named one of the top ten artists to watch in Los Angeles by L.A. Stage Magazine, "Walking into Traffic" is...

Learn Parkour on Something Softer than Concrete

Many great gifts have come from the French; the Statue of Liberty, "French fries" and of course Gerard Depardieu. None of these gifts, however are going to be much help should James Bond or John McClane come running for you. That's where the urban art form rooted in the streets of Paris known as Parkour, or l'art du déplacement, will come in handy. If you'd like to learn this art form without tasting concrete, PK...

Prisoner of the Pit: Rock the Bells Recap from the Frontline

What would you do to see a newly reunited Rage Against the Machine playing on the same stage and day as Wu-Tang Clan, Cypress Hill, Public Enemy, The Roots, Nas and Talib Kweli? If you said: Drive over an hour, stand in a line for 80 minutes in the 99 degree sun, avoid a restroom for nine hours, sit in possibly the worst parking lot traffic the Western Hemisphere has ever seen and inhale...

LAist Interview: Pharoahe Monch

With his long awaited sophomore album, Desire racking up favorable reviews from the likes of The Source, Pitchfork, USA Today and The New York Times it's safe to say that Pharoahe Monch is back and better than most would have ever expected. Unlike many in the alternative hip hop scene, the Queens native who made rap fans around the world "Get the fuck up" in 1999 remained relevant despite an eight-year gap in between projects....

Yo! Bum Rush the Show: Free Public Enemy Concert Thursday

Did you think $75 for Rock the Bells tickets was too steep? Fight the power, and head over to Hollywood and Highland to catch one of the headlining acts for free. Yeeeeah Boy! Public Enemy will be performing on Thursday night's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live and Chuck D is inviting everyone to bum rush the show. Check out his new blog at ChuckD.tv for details to find out how you can see one of...