Articles about “best_of”

The Best Sports Bars in Los Angeles

Here are a few of L.A.'s best bars for game-watching, where the food and drink often manage to score, too.

10 Great Places in L.A. To Enjoy Craft Beer

Here are 10 of our favorite places to enjoy some craft beer.

The Best Hotel Bars In L.A.

Hotel bars are some of the best places to meet new people. If you're looking to have your very own "Lost in Translation" type evening, here are some of our favorites in the city.

The 7 Best Pizzas In Los Angeles You're Not Eating

Instead of coming up with the list of usual suspects, we thought we'd steer you towards some places you may have never tried.

The Best Jazz Clubs In Los Angeles

Los Angeles was once host to a thriving jazz scene that centered on Central Avenue, especially around the recently-revamped Dunbar Hotel that hosted Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway and Lena Horne. The Central Avenue Jazz Festival has been preserving that legacy each summer since the mid-1990s, but on any given day you can find these clubs all around town keeping that spark alive.

Ballin' on a Budget: Tasting Menus That Won't Break The Bank

Here are some great value tasting menus around town that give you the most bang for your buck, all of which are under $50 per person.

The Best Dance Clubs In L.A. (That Don't Suck)

Keeping tabs on the nightlife scene in L.A. can mean you end up sounding a heckuva lot like SNL's Stefon Meyers. If you don't want to look like a total tool describing your Saturday night, you can head out to one of these dance clubs.

The Best Seafood Raw Bars in L.A.

We've gone fishing for the city's best seafood raw bars. Trust us, you want to take the bait.

The Best Places To Taste Wine In Los Angeles

You don't have to waste gas driving to Sonoma or Santa Barbara to get your wine on. Los Angeles has a multitude of wonderful and relatively inexpensive wine tastings that should satisfy your palate, whether you're a wine aficionado or novice.

The Best Butchers In L.A.

Considering the craziness we know about commercial agriculture and the importance of how animals are raised, its increasingly important to trust your purveyor of protein. Here are our faves.

The Best Places To Bring Kids In L.A.

Sometimes, you find yourself with a child on your hands. Maybe it's your child. Maybe it's your friend's child. Maybe it's some other child that we don't even know about.

6 Unique Dates In Los Angeles

Sometimes you just want to head to the bar or grab dinner with your lady or gentleman friend, but sometimes you want to shake it up. Here are some weird and wonderful date ideas to consider whether it's your first date or your 10th anniversary.

The Weirdest Ice Cream Flavors In L.A.

If there's one thing our city isn't short on, it's creativity. And Lord knows we love our ice cream. Here are some of the wildest flavors around town.

The Best Cocktails In L.A.

We picked our favorite tipples around town to save you the mileage. Here are the cocktails that made the cut.

The Best Tacos in Los Angeles

The simple pleasures of the taco suffice in Los Angeles. Transcending the borders of mere marinated meats, caramelized vegetables, hand-spanked tortillas and motley salsa spreads, here the marriage of these ingredients gets shaped into a point of civic pride, idol of cult (and now mainstream) obsession and de facto dietary staple.

The Best Movie Scenes In Los Angeles

Here are some of our favorite scenes that embody the best, the worst and, of course, all those Hollywood cliches we'll never live down.

Best Places To Watch Fireworks On The Fourth Of July

We've rounded up some of the best places to watch fireworks around town. There's something for everyone whether you want to go back in time on the Queen Mary, tailgate at The Rose Bowl, watch pyrotechnics over the Marina or go country and catch some monster trucks with your show.

The Best LGBT Bars In Los Angeles

Gay bars aren't just for gays anymore. Clubs across Los Angeles are drawing queer, as well as queer-loving crowds. While the June shutter of the Palms wiped lesbian bars off the L.A. map, clubs offer nights dedicated to the ladies. Here are nine of the best spots in the city where you can just be yourself.

The Best Weekend Escapes From L.A.

When it comes to travel, we don't all have the luxury of stacked up vacation days. But that doesn't mean you have to stay within the city limits. We've curated a list of some of our favorite destinations within two hours of L.A.

The Best BBQ In L.A.

Summertime is practically synonymous with smoked meat. But if you're like us, you can't get enough of this down-home American tradition no matter what time of year it is. Here are some of the best BBQ joints that Los Angeles has to offer.

The Best Nail Art Salons In Los Angeles

Nail art: it's everywhere you look. From disco-balls to jingle bells, there's nothing you can't turn into a miniature work of art on your fingertips. While most salons can airbrush a few decorative flowers onto your tips without batting a lash, these are the go-to nail salons with artists ready to transform your nails into Instagrammable works of art.

The Best Cheap Eats In Los Angeles

Sometimes you want a fancy dinner, but sometimes you just want to plunk down a few bucks and get some good, cheap food. Here are some of the best cheap eats in the city. Suggest your favorite places in the comments!

The Best Places In L.A. To Pamper Yourself

You don't have to have your own squadron of personal assistants and stylists to treat yourself. Here are some of our favorite places to primped and pampered.

The Best Rooftop Bars in L.A.

As the weather continues to warm, there's no doubt you'll be drawn outdoors. Thankfully, you can do so while you're drinking at these fabulous rooftop bars. Here are our favorites.

The Best Places In L.A. To Enjoy The Outdoors

We really are blessed in Southern California with some pretty spectacular and dramatic geography and the weather to enjoy it most days of the year. Here are a few of our favorite places to enjoy the sunshine.

The Best Happy Hours in Los Angeles

Happy hour is a very personal thing, and quite frankly one's favorite spot to gather for a post-work tipple likely correlates to the location of your employer and/or your doorstep. But we've roamed around town and found some of the city's best deals for post-work drinking.

The Best Chinese Chicken Salad in Los Angeles

Sure, Los Angeles is home to a robust Chinese community with a bevy of delicious restaurants specializing in all sorts of of dishes. But few things better reflect the well-meaning spirit--bastardization, if you must--of a phenomenon ultimately dubbed Cal-Asian cuisine is the Chinese Chicken Salad. Come on--how much more L.A. can you get than a power lunch favorite that has a Hollywood backstory?

The Best Movie Theaters In Los Angeles

Los Angeles has been blessed with cinephile-friendly multiplexes as well as an amazing repertory scene. Here are some of our favorite places to go for a summer blockbuster, the latest film festival darling or otherwise-obscure shorts that still manage to turn out a crowd because it's Los Angeles and this is what we do.

The Best Diners in Los Angeles

We've picked some of our favorite diners for a slice of Americana (or, you know, pie), bottomless cups of coffee on doilies, vinyl booths, long counters and a place to get cheap, greasy food to fuel after-hours screenwriting or sop up booze after a night out.

The 10 Best Blow Dry Bars in Los Angeles

Blow-on-the-go salons are currently the best trend in affordable luxury, and with new ones popping up in Los Angeles daily, we ask: Why wash and style your own hair, when you can get a professional to do it for you for $35 or under? Here are the top 10 places to get blown in L.A.

The Best Juice Bars in Los Angeles

Few current food fads better reflect life in Los Angeles than juicing. With our bounty of readily available fresh and often organic produce, our perennial rep for being body-conscious, and our penchant for shelling out extra bucks for something trendy that can make us feel and look better, it's no wonder that juice bars and juice cleanses are all the rage in L.A. Here are our picks for the best in town.

The Best Date Bars in Los Angeles

L.A. is a notoriously difficult city to date in, so we thought we'd make it just a little bit easier by gathering a list of some of the best bars to bring the apple of your eye. These spots aren't cheesy or over the top, just intimate spaces with solid drinks.

The Best Local Bands To Watch In 2013

We asked music writers and DJs in Los Angeles which acts to look out for in the upcoming year.

The 5 Best Highbrow Cultural Events in Los Angeles

While Los Angeles certainly is home to a robust concert scene, innovative gallery showings, and top-notch museums with permanent collections worth devoting days to, we are taking a look at some special events, performances, and engagements coming up this year that can help you up your cultural game and go a little highbrow.

The Best Dive Bars in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is famous for the (tired) glitz and glamour of the Sunset Strip, but those of us who've lived here for at least a few years know that the best drinking in the Southland can be done at the grittiest, most down and dirty watering holes, scattered throughout the city like so many rat dens in concrete walls. Our dive bars have provided inspiration to any number of writers (Charles Bukowski) and musicians (Tom Waits), and here, we'd like to sing their praises.

The Best Hangover Foods in Los Angeles

Hitting the clubs (and the bottle) can be fun and all, but the morning after, not so much. Here are 10 of our favorite spots around town that offer the best hangover cures.

The Top 10 LAist Interviews of 2012

This year we got the chance to talk to a lot of people from all walks of life, from Angelenos doing amazing things to talented people paying the City of Angels a visit.

The Best Los Angeles Street Art of 2012

Here are the top 21 pieces, as selected by our resident graffiti enthusiast Jake Dobkin, and as shot by him and Lord Jim, the great L.A. street art photographer.

The 14 Best Stories of 2012: The LAist Editors' Favorites

From eye-opening interviews to exciting experiences and some looks back in time in between, check out the stories we chose as our best of what was an interesting year in L.A.

Top Five Sexiest L.A. Sportswriters

It's easy to do a "Top 10 LA Sports Moments of 2012" list or something equally asinine, although I won't say that I won't do the same exact thing in the final weeks we have in 2012. So I decided to do a top-five list of the sexiest sports writers in Los Angeles.

The 20 Most Popular Stories of 2012: A Year in Review

Los Angeles, it seems you like people best when they're undressed...unless they are in a creative costume. From ball gown finery on the red carpet to burgers, the Rolling Stones (rediscovered) to remembering the riots, 2012 was quite the year. Here's a countdown of our 20 Most Popular stories of 2012.

Agoura Hills' The Lab Brewing Co. Dares You to Name a Better Burger

For all the best burgers is Los Angeles’ talk that gets thrown around the Southern California blogosphere, you’re not likely to hear about many spots outside the city limits. But if The Lab Brewing Company in Agoura Hills has their way, that’ll change soon enough.

Angeleno Mag's 'Best of the Best' Restaurant Picks Previewed

Hope Floats, one of the cocktails from the menu at Playa, designed by mixologist Julian Cox Last year, Angeleno Magazine's furtive food critic, Brad A. Johnson, revealed the publication's picks for their "Best of the Best" restaurants Tweet by Tweet. This year, word is out via an exclusive preview on Feast, and the winners of the 9th annual awards revealed. Here are the winners: Best New Restaurant: A-Frame Best New Dish: Porcetto from Sotto...

The 10 Best Burgers in Los Angeles: 2011 Edition

Go Burger. Photo by Farley Elliott / LAist. Last year, LAist did it. We took a stand. When other sites were making ‘feel good lists’ that gave everybody gold stars just for entering the race, we stood up and said, ‘No’. HERE are the best burgers in Los Angeles. And now, we’re about to do it again. See, 2010 was a great year for burgers in Los Angeles. GQ named local talent Umami Burger...

Are These The 5 Best Pumpkin Pies In LA?

Eyes front, foodies. CBS Local has stared down the beast of the holiday gourd and lived to tell the tale. They think they know the top 5 pumpkin pies in the city. What do you think? Here's what they're chowing down:

  • Maison Richard's "pumpkin mousse"-ish pie in Hollywood.
  • Four’N 20 for the valley's, "massive slice buried under an inch of whipped cream."
  • The $40 Urth Caffé "hungry man" version.

Six Top Art Supply Shops in LA

Color Pencils Photo by lars5 via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr With CalArts, Otis, Art Center College of Design, FIDM and SCI-Arc dotting LA's education landscape, students need the tools to get their art school on and Los Angeles Magazine has named six shops the "best" for art supplies in LA....

Dante Fried Chicken Named Best of the Best at Saturday's Food Truck Rally

Under the sweltering Saturday sunshine over 600 people packed into Siren Studios to support Meals on Wheels West and help Thrillist name "The Best of the Best" of five L.A. food trucks. Parked in an ad hoc "food truck alley" adjacent to an air-conditioned soundstage, Frysmith, Dante Fried Chicken, The Dim Sum Truck, The Lardon Truck, and Komodo exchanged attendees' individually color-coded tickets for sample-sized tastes showcasing the best of their menu. For those who...

$5 for Food from 5 Trucks at Best of the Best Benefit Saturday

"Meat" the all-bacon Lardon Truck (Lindsay William-Ross/LAist) Thrillist is hosting a Best of the Best Food Truck Rally on Saturday, and your $5 suggested donation gets you tastes of the meals from 5 eateries on wheels, and it all benefits Meals on Wheels. The five participating trucks are the Dim Sum Truck [LAist Story], Frysmith [LAist Story], Komodo [LAist Story], Lardon [LAist Story], and Dante Fried Chicken. While you eat, you can enjoy music...

5 L.A. Bands Make Stereogum's Top 40 Best New Acts of 2010

Warpaint at the L.A. Street Food Fest in the Rose Bowl (more photos here) | Photo by Koga/LAist Okay, so UK-based music news magazine NME last month released their list of best new bands of 2010. It, of course, named a handful of local bands. Now today comes music blog Stereogum's 40 best new bands of 2010. Once again, local heroes are named. No surprises with Best Coast and Warpaint making the list. The...

LAist Staff Picks 2009: Music

Recent Skies by Julius Metoyer Molly Bergen This list is in no particular order. I know that it's numbered, but that is only so I could keep track of my thoughts. It is in no way reflective of importance. They are all equal in my eyes. Each one of these albums have deserved a spot because I deeply and truly love them and more miraculously am still not sick of them. Hopefully, you all...

2009: The Adult Industry in Photos

2009 was the biggest thus far for mainstream crossover artist Sasha Grey (Taken @ Busbys East, 12/5/09) With the ongoing recession and continued threat of piracy, 2009 may have been tough for the multi-billion dollar adult industry, but it was also Sasha Grey's most prominent thus far. With the leading role in Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience, she caught the eye of revered film critic Roger Ebert, who admitted, "I haven't seen any of...

The Most Popular LAist Posts of 2009: Octomom Birth Video, Burritos, Road Rage on Bicycles, Indie 103.1 & More

2009 has come and gone and many are thankful that it's gone. That's because 2010 signals, not only a new decade, but a new era for us. Before we get too overly excited about that, let's look back at last year and what it offered, from the good news and the bad news, the ridiculous and odd. The posts listed here reflect the most popular, as determined by you via comments and "likes." Enjoy and...

Kenneth Pattengale's Top Ten of 2008

December is was list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

LAist Predictions for 2009

We've spent much of the past few weeks reviewing the year that was, in music, movies, TV, food, and more. We've talked New Year's resolutions but now's the time to get real: What is really gonna go down over the next 12 months? Below are some of our early predictions -- what are yours? MTA installs turnstiles at all Metro subway stations, securing millions of dollars of unrealized revenue from erstwhile freeloaders. Construction begins on...

LAist Staff Top Tens of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. This year we asked some of the staffers what inspired them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

Professor Lacroix's Top Ten of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

White Hinterland's Top Ten of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

Gangi's Top Five of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

Detektivbyrån's Top Ten of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

Rio En Medio's Top Ten of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

Darker My Love's Top Ten of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

The Henry Clay People's Top Ten of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

Department of Eagles' Top Ten of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

Amnion's Top Ten of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

Thee Oh Sees' Top Ten of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

Red Cortez's Top 20 of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

The Deadly Syndrome's Top Ten of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

Bon Iver's Top Seven of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

The Muslims' Top Ten of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

The Parson Red Heads' Top Ten of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

Chairlift's Top Ten of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

Earlimart's Top Ten of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

Busdriver's Top Ten of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

Broadcast 2000's Top Ten of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

The Western States Motel's Top Ten of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

Nat Baldwin's Top Ten of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

The Monolators' Top Ten of 2008

December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them.

LA Mag Votes Amoeba Best Thing About LA

Photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr The weather? The Getty? The beach? Spaceland? The hills? The light? Hollywood Bowl? The studios? Pink's? All losers, according to the readers of Los Angeles Magazine, who narrowed down a field of 64 to declare Amoeba Music the Greatest Thing About L.A. Not bad, for a music store that isn't even native to L.A. -- this music lover's wet dream opened first in Berkeley, then San Francisco, then...

This Week's Most Commented & Recommended

When you read something you like on LAist, we love it when you hit the "recommend" button, and we love it even more if you put your two cents' worth in the comments. Getting a dialog going with our readers and making sure we're giving you content you can use are top priorities for us. So here's this week's top posts, as endorsed by you via the recommend feature, or as indicated by the level...

Hot Dog! The Stand Comes to Westwood

Hey, you know what's great? Hot dogs! You know what's even better? A new hot dog stand in a college neighborhood! Encino favorite The Stand has just opened a new location in Westwood, bringing a new flavor to UCLA's backyard. As a former Westwood resident, I can definitely tell you that there's always room for another cheap, unique, and fast eatery in town, and The Stand looks like it will deliver the hot doggy...

WakeUp LA: Toast

Enjoying a latte at Toast means getting there early. Early. Here's what you know about Toast whether you've been there or not: it can get insane. Insane. The late breakfast/long lunch crowd swells in proportions that are greater than the restaruant's ability to contain them. If you've never eaten at Toast but have driven by at, well, most hours of the day, you know what we mean. Nuts.The photo at the top of Toast's...

President's Day Box Office Review: It's Jumper

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox While not the record-breaker that Cloverfield and Hannah Montana proved to be, Jumper debuted to a winning $31.7M over the long President's Day weekend. The Spiderwick Chronicles finished second with $24.4M followed by fellow newcomer Step Up 2 the Streets with $21.5M. The rancid Fool's Gold surprised by holding onto fourth with $15M ($43.9M). Clearly, Valentine's couples preferred it to the weekend's other new romantic comedy, Definitely, Maybe...

Box Office Review: America Loves Fools

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers In what can only be seen as a ratification of Mike Huckabee's belief that Satan actually exists, Fool's Gold roared to the top of the box office this weekend with a robust take of $22M. Plans are already underway for a third Kate Hudson-Matthew McConaughey pairing, tentatively titled Shit Sandwich. In further bad news, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins finished second with a healthy gross of $17.1M in its first...

Week Around the -ists

Photograph of Michael Strahan, coach Tom Coughin (holding the Vince Lombardi trophy) and quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning by Tien Mao Gothamist was amazed after the Giants won the Super Bowl, the city went wild, and it witnessed a ticker-tape parade.Barack Obama drew 20,000+ ahead of Seattle's Saturday caucus.Londonist had Super Tuesday too.Elusive guerrilla street artist Banksy revisits Los Angeles.After the Patriots lost the Super Bowl and came this close to making...

DVD Tuesday: One of the year's best arrives

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford didn't exactly set the box-office on fire when it landed in theaters. Something tells me, though, that this superb, meditative neo-Western will enjoy a long life on DVD. Across the Universe is the world's longest music video and a treat for any Beatles fan (and only for Beatles' fans!). Elizabeth - The Golden Age was unexpectedly ripped by critics....

Box Office Review: Cyrus family back on top!

Photo courtesy of Mike Schmid via Flickr Not since 1992 when Billy Ray Cyrus sparked an ill-advised cultural revolution with his tuneless "Achy Breaky Heart" has the Cyrus family experienced a moment of such undeserved triumph. Defying all logic and good taste, Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour crushed all comers at the box-office this weekend. In only 683 theaters, it amassed a staggering $29M and will likely continue playing despite...

Pizza With a Side of Sustainability

There's some great news for pizza fans coming from Pizza Fusion, an all-organic, environmentally friendly pizza franchise: they're setting out to expand throughout California this year, starting with an LEED-certified location in San Diego and moving up through Santa Monica and Thousand Oaks. Why is this cool? Well, the company is setting trends and blazing trails in the sustainability business: Pizza Fusion, whose motto is 'Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time,' practices...

Tonight in Rock: The Blue Mask, Uprock-77, Talib Kweli

It's the last Saturday of the month and that means The Blue Mask at Mr. T's Bowl in Highland Park is back after a little holiday break. LA Weekly describes the all-night music party put on by fellow musicians of Motorcycle Black Madonnas as a venue to catch "some of the city's most respected underground punk, hard-rock and bent-jazz musicians... Best of all, there's almost no chance that the faux-rock glitterati (or celebrity trash like...

Pencil This In: Friday

FILM "Cinema Legacy" - a series in its 7th year by the American Film Institute and the Skirball Cultural Center - brings in filmmakers, actors, writers to discuss the origins of their own artwork. Tonight, director Jason Reitman introduces 1999's Election - starring Reese Witherspoon-Matthew Broderick - as the film that inspired him to become a director. 7:30 pm // Skirball Cultural Center - Magnin Auditorium // 2701 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles // $6-$10. ART...

New Year's Resolutions - Top Places to Work that Aren't Your Office

I didn't want to just do a "best of" list. So this year, I've decided to take a years worth of personal New Year's Resolutions, ask around for those of friends and put a call out to readers (email me here) about things you've always wanted to know, always wanted to do and then take those requests and ask an expert, an insider to help out. The result? Here goes... Today's Resolution: "I work...

New Years Resolutions - Explore Pasadena!

I didn't want to just do a "best of" list. So this year, I've decided to take a years worth of personal New Year's Resolutions, ask around for those of friends and put a call out to readers (email me here) about things you've always wanted to know, always wanted to do and then take those requests and ask an expert, an insider to help out. The result? Here goes... Today's Resolution: "I am...

Lost -- and Found Again -- in Downtown L.A.

Sometimes it seems like this city is out to beat us up, put us down, and lead us terribly astray. Even those of us who have lived here for years can't help but feel let down sometimes by L.A.'s impersonal and often contradictory nature. And we're just talking about transportation. But more often than you might expect, if you just open up and let the city happen to you, you'll find that L.A. is...

New Year's Resolutions - Start Your Own Business Ideas from Amy Swift of Ladies Who Launch

I didn't want to just do a "best of" list. So this year, I've decided to take a years worth of personal New Year's Resolutions, ask around for those of friends and put a call out to readers (email me here) about things you've always wanted to know, always wanted to do and then take those requests and ask an expert, an insider to help out. The result? Here goes... Today's Resolution: "I want...

New Year's Resolutions - Your Guide to Style with Erinn Valencich from Ominarte Design

I didn't want to just do a "best of" list. So this year, I've decided to take a years worth of personal New Year's Resolutions, ask around for those of friends and put a call out to readers (email me here) about things you've always wanted to know, always wanted to do and then take those requests and ask an expert, an insider to help out. The result? Here goes... Today, we're kicking off...

Nate 'n Al's Mish Mash Soup

The weather outside is frightful, but here inside Nate 'n Al it's toasty and warm. The waitress treats you like she's your mom, chiding you if you don't eat enough soup. Nothing takes the chill off like a big, hot bowl of Mish Mash soup (pronounced by most people as "mish mosh"). Matzoh ball soup is usually considered to be the ultimate comfort food, but in this soup you get the best of everything...

Ten Best Movies of 2007

I had originally planned to forgo a "best of" list and just talk about all of the movies I enjoyed in this very deep and rich year. After some consideration, though, I decided I should stick my neck out a little bit and go with the best of the best. I'm sure I went with a few outliers and even ignored some consensus picks, but that's why you do these things, right? The hardest...

Top 100 Albums of 2007 (50-74)

photo by Matt Craig50. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - 100 Days, 100 NightsSharon Jones has been singing since the 70s and was even a prison guard for a short time. Her live performance is unbelievably tight, inspiring feel-good shimmying all throughout the night. There's been a ton of revivalism of outmoded genres this year and Jones is bringin' back the funk! This record sounds like it came from the mid 60s during the height...

Foodie Roundup: Bests, Books, Bonanzas

The LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold names his "Top Ten Dishes of 2007" and curious palates all over the Southland take note. His picks include the porcetta at Brentwood's Vicenti (a rotisserie-cooked piece of pork where the "loin and belly are wrapped into a spiral, seasoned with fennel, and spit-roasted to a crackling, licorice-y succulence"), Donut Man's Strawberry Donut, and My Taco's Barbacoa (lamb), which we fell in love with too, when we checked out Garvanza....

Best of 2007 Weed Reviews

Late in 2007 LAist began weed reviews, a sporadic column featuring a different variety of marijuana while presenting it as though it were a wine review, and of those different kinds of pot 3 stood out as superior to the rest.

Top 100 Albums of 2007 (75-100)

75. The Cave Singers - Invitation SongsAccording to Seattleist, guitarist Derek Fudesco makes "sammiches" during the day and strums hypnotic lines by night. The Cave Singers encapsulate all that I love about the Northwest. Invitation Songs is chocked full of cozy, folk-bluegrass-tinged battle songs. "Helen" is built upon one savory guitar line and handful of reverb. Think Mountain Goats meets Will Oldham.The Cave Singers - "Lena" &righticonhover=0x333232&text=0x333232&slider=0xF2F2F2&track=0xFFFFFF&border=0xFFFFFF&loader=0x838383&soundFile=http://www.box.net/shared/static/7vw3ha90kk.mp3"> 76. Busdriver - RoadKillOvercoatThis madman put on one...

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