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Elise Thompson

  • Last Thursday was the grand opening of Beacon Arts, a new art space in Inglewood. Dubbing itself an "arts laboratory", it will be featuring contemporary innovative and interactive exhibits. Renée Fox "develops and directs" the events and exhibits at the newly christened art space. Beacon Arts premiered with "Ghost Stories: Happenings, Hauntings, & Curiosities." The exhibit will run through Sunday, November 7, 2010.
  • Fresh Bites, Luca Giorgetti's new joint in West Hollywood is a spacious, comfortable oasis from the zooming traffic of Sunset Boulevard. The ceilings are high, an eco design that is smooth and sleek, with a curve on one wall leading effortlessly to the restrooms. A long, glass window allows you to watch food prep from beginning to end.
  • Deep in the earth beneath the hills of San Pedro lie cold cement corridors once used by the military for radio transmissions, to house soldiers, and to arm gun batteries. Sometimes only a few feet in width, and with the danger of sudden drops to the floor below, the bunker doors are now welded shut to discourage intruders. Parts of Fort MacArthur, Battery John Barlow and Saxton, and the Paul D Bunker (added after the...
  • Usually when Angelenos are in the vicinity of 3rd and Fairfax, the obvious stop is The Farmers Market. However, there is a hidden gem just across the street. Hidden in a little nook between buildings at the shopping center on 3rd, Andre's Italian has been pleasing customers since 1963.
  • A History Lesson Part 1 is your standard interview-slash-live performance music film. That is about the only thing about this film that is standard. Each performance is uncut, allowing you to get into the groove without any annoying voice-overs or cut-aways. The film focuses on four popular bands of 1984: the Meat Puppets, the Minutemen, Twisted Roots and Redd Kross. Interviews were conducted by...
  • Last Thursday Alice Cooper revived last year's Theatre of Death Show at the Gibson Ampitheater as part of The Gruesome Twosome Return. Usually you want to see a band at the end of a tour when they are really tight. But this band is practiced and on the mark all the way. Solos were so intense it seemed like they were doing demos at NAMM. The only glitch was the one guitar player who kept bumping into the giant letter "A".
  • Saturday mornings from 10am to 2pm the Americana at Brand hosts Gigi's Farmers Market, which is small but packed full of good stuff. It is not to be confused with the City of Glendale's Farmers' Market, which is held on Thursdays.
  • When people think of the La Brea Tar Pits, they usually think of the outdoors -- the replicas dramatically "trapped" in tar, and Pit 91, where scientists continue to unearth fossils under tourists' watchful eyes. But the George C. Page Museum is where the real action is.
  • On Saturday, El Rey Farms brought their last batch of green chiles from Hatch, New Mexico, to La Puente High School. 38-pound sacks were sold fresh or roasted. The mood was festive, with customers sharing recipes and preparing for the big parties that they schedule around the deliveries.
  • Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. And Georgia O'Keefe was really painting desert blooms. The Disney castle turrets are just turrets. So get your minds out of the gutter, people. Still, the stone statuary at the entrance of Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at LA Live can make you do a second take when viewed from the right angle.

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