This Week's Most Commented & Recommended
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What's the Mayor smiling about? Most folks thought this LA Live event was LA Lame | AP Photo/Dan Steinberg
So here are this week's top posts, as endorsed by you via the recommend feature, or as indicated by the level of talk going on in the comments:
LA Live Tree Lighting with Britney Spears was 'Uninspired' So there's this thing Downtown called LA Live (heard of it?). And, it's like, Christmastime, right? And Britney Spears is a big star, correct? So why did the tree lighting ceremony there this week tank big time? Well, it was "uninspired" to say the least, prompting LAist to note: "This is Los Angeles after all and we are constantly pointing to our city's talent. So where were they last night? AEG, the main force in organizing last night's event, is the same parent company that puts on Coachella. What went wrong? Maybe it's first year jitters. So next year, we better have something that can compete with New York City or Mayor Villaraigosa can stop calling this a world class city."
Swedish Hip Hop Artist Kills Jazz Pianist in Hollywood Here's what went down: "Jazz pianist John Osnes, 55, was walking across the street last week on November 23rd when an SUV driven by 34-year-old David Jassy crossed/edged/drifted into crosswalk as it came to a stop. Osnes, known as a 'stickler for pedestrian rights,' struck the vehicle with his hands, prompting Jassy to exit his vehicle and punch him, knocking Osnes' glasses off. As he went to pick them up, Jassy kicked him in the head. Witnesses [...] tried to detain Jassy, but he got free and drove off, running over Osnes in the process." Cause of death: Blunt Trauma.
Win Tix to the LA Chamber Orchestra Marimba Concert The marimba tickles LAist readers, it seems! We're running a contest right now to give away four pairs of tickets to the concert on Saturday, December 13th at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. The contest is open until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday December 9th, so if you like marimba (or are "marimba-curious") head over to the post to leave a comment telling us who your favorite composer or composers are and enter to win.
Fufilled: Imagawa-Yaki Japanese Pastries in Beverly Hills Japanese pastries are what's hot right now, according to LAist readers. We scoped out Fufilled, a Beverly Hills "contemporary pastry shop serving sweet and savory versions of the traditional Japanese treat known as imagawa-yaki," and met owner Susumu Tsuchihashu, sampled this Japanese treat, and learned how imagawa-yaki are made. Sweet! (Or "savory!" if you'd prefer.)
ESPN Zone in LA Live Opens Today "The ESPN Zone in LA Live is the newest establishment in the entertainment complex adjacent to Staples Center [which] continues to evolve." LAist scored some great shots of the new bar, eatery and sports fan's mecca of big screens, and checked out the two-floors packed with state-of-the-art amenities.
Eat This: Korean BBQ With the Edge of a Street Taco Oh, how Angelenos cherish their taco trucks. So try this Asian fusion on for size: Taco truck fare made Korean BBQ style. Hello, how can you resist? Kogi BBQ takes their truck chiefly to Westwood and Hollywood to sell their ingenious grub, and they even have a Twitter account so you can find out where you can, well, find them. It's "guerrilla gourmet at its best." Just be ready to wait in line to get this quintessential taste of LA.
Photo of Chef Roy Choi serving up Korean BBQ taco truck fare by Tom Andrews/LAist