Articles about “best_of”

LAist Zach's Top 10 Best Songs Discovered in 2006

One of my favorite technocratic pastimes is cruising the iTunes store and finding new bands by the "Listeners Also Bought" feature. Joining forces with LAist last year brought me new avenues to discovering music and I am always excited to share my zeal for something. And in no specific order... 1. Nearer Than Heaven by The Delays I discovered these guys on one of the best shows on INHD called London Live. 2. Plan...

Londonist's Top 10 Film-Related Brit List of 2006

Our pals at Londonist are the first to jump on the orgy of Best Of lists, so heres what they have to say... A list for LA? Got to be film related, but because we don't have a film industry anymore I've had to alternate between a great flick of 2006 (with a British connection) and an associated great Brit. Don't worry you'll see what I mean. So in reverse order: 10 - Steve...

Theron Parlin's Top 10 Best Designed Websites of 2006

If you use Wordpress and your blog looks good, you probably have Theron Parlin to thank. One of the most downloaded designers of Wordpress themes, Theron is currently at Start Us Up, a start up based in Framingham, MA that writes and releases cool web applications and helps other companies bring enterprise level success to their ideas while building lots of relationships. Theron recently gave away his Technorati Top 10 blog, Thought Mechanics, and...

Brooke Hogan's Top Ten Best Singles of 2006

Hulk Hogan's gorgeous teenage daughter had a hard time getting out of the grasp of those 24 inch pythons, as was evident in the VH-1 hit reality series "Hogan Knows Best". We saw her get tracked via the internet when her brother placed a LoJack-like device on her car when she went on a date and when she turned right instead of turning left the Hulkster rang her up on the phone and immediately...

Frank Warren's Top 10 Best Websites of 2006

With the year winding down, LAist is asking famous celebs, local politicians, and other movers & shakers of LA to tell us what they thought were tops of 2006. Before founding PostSecret, Frank Warren grew up in the Valley and attended Colfax Elementary School with Adam Carolla. If you missed his book signing last month, you can catch him on January 15th at Borders Books in Torrance as he signs the next PS book, "The...

Mark Frauenfelder's Top 10 LA Painters of 2006

With the year winding down, LAist is asking famous celebs, local politicians, and other movers & shakers of LA to tell us what they thought were tops of 2006 Mark Frauenfelder is the co-founder of the wildly successful blog BoingBoing, which many charts rank as the most popular blog in the galaxy. When he's not telling people where to go on the blogosphere, he's helping people create amazing things via MAKE magazine, for which...

Xeni's Top 10 Best Consumer Electronics Stores in LA

Xeni Jardin is a long-time contributor and co-editor of the mighty BoingBoing. She's a Contributing Writer for Wired and you can also hear her quite often on your radio if its tuned into . Recently she traveled to Guatemala (just getting back home this week) and blogged about it beautifully on her travel blog. Because she's perfect, when we asked her to compile a list, she chose "Top ten places to buy things that...

Colin Meloy of Decemberists' Top 10 CDs of '06

Colin Meloy might look like just another guy in line at Radio Shack, but he knows no fear. After being called out by Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report for utilizing his trademarked Green Screen effect, Meloy upped the ante -- and on December 20th on Comedy Central, we will all benefit from the "Decemberists vs. Stephen Colbert Guitar Solo Challenge." Meloy also accepted LAist's dare of handing over a Top 10 best CDs...

LACityNerd's Top 10 Events in 2006 that Impact the Future of the City of Los Angeles

As the year comes to a close, LAist is asking famous celebs, local politicians, and other movers & shakers of LA to tell us what they thought were tops of 2006. LACityNerd hit the blogging scene earlier this year and this cat has blown us away with the knowledge and history that is spewed upon the blog. Who is it? We will never know. At least we are allowed to ask questions. Lots of...

LAist Interview: Josh Radin

Two phrases come to mind to describe Josh Radin (and opener Schuyler Fisk's) show. Smitten kitten and waxing nostalgic. The show started with his playing songs from his new album We Were Here but really Josh has not been here before. Selling out the Troubadour is quite a feat. His connections to fellow Northwestern alums Cary Brothers and Zach Braff have helped him along, but the Troubadour was all Josh Radin. And we were...

Another week of 365 Plays at The Elephant Asylum

She: I love a gray day. I forgot how much. He: Me too. She: I hope we dont move out there and miss this gray. And the view from here. He: The view from here is great, yeah. She: Like you said, remember? "Sometimes, nothing beats standing in the shadow of a tall building." He: Yeah. I couldn't be more pleased with the state of Los Angeles theatre these days. 365 is showing us the...

New Release Wednesday: Ciara, Gwen, Lil Scrappy

Ciara - The Evolution (comes with limited-edition DVD; LaFace) Billy Cobham's Glassmenagerie - Stratus (MVD Audio) Danny Elfman - "Charlotte's Web" soundtrack (Sony Classical) Dreamgirls soundtrack (two-CD deluxe edition also available; Columbia/ Sony Music Soundtrax) "Fast Food Nation" soundtrack (Park the Van) James Horner - "Mel Gibson's Apocalypto" soundtrack (Hollywood) Lil Scrappy - Bred 2 Die, Born 2 Live (Reprise) Brian McKnight - 10 (Warner Bros.) Gwen Stefani - The Sweet Escape (Interscope) Eminem...

Fire Chief Bamattre Steps Down

After weeks of focus on the Los Angeles Fire Department over a "culture of hazing" and in particular, one incident where a fireman was fed dog food in his pasta, Chief Bamattre has stepped down from his post that he has held since 1995. He speaks through the LAFD blog: I will be stepping down as your Fire Chief on January 1, 2007. As firefighters we pledged, through a formal oath, to "faithfully serve"...

It's a bird, it's a plane...

The Leonid Meteor Shower will be visible late tonight (around midnight) to early dawn on Sunday. While our pals at Londonist and Gothamist will catch the best of the show, with scientists predicting 100s of meteors an hour, us West Coast folks have to settle for a paltry 10 meteors an hour. Every November Earth passes through the debris left behind by the comet Temple-Tuttle, with more dense debris trails resulting in spectacular showers....

New Release Tuesday: The D, The Clash, The Game, The PoPo

(+44) - When Your Heart Stops Beating (Interscope) Ali B - Ali B Presents ... Air Breaks (Air) And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - So Divided (Interscope) April Wine - Roughly Speaking (April Wine) Bad Astronaut - Twelve Small Steps, One Giant Disappointment (Fat) Johnny Cash - At San Quentin (two CDs and one DVD; Columbia) Cassettes - 'Neath the Pale Moon (Buddyhead) Cee-Lo - Closet Freak (Arista/Legacy) Depeche...

Noel Gallagher and Gem @ Wadsworth Theater

Watching Noel Gallagher playing on stage at the Wadsworth Theatre Thursday night was like hanging out with an obnoxious, older brother you haven't seen in a few years. He definitely looked older, more mature, with an increased abundance of life experience under his belt, but once he opened his mouth, the same obnoxious jerk you remembered from years ago never left; Noel is still that same bratty Brit, and it's comforting to know that...

Noel Gallagher and Gem @ Wadsworth Theater

Watching Noel Gallagher playing on stage at the Wadsworth Theatre Thursday night was like hanging out with an obnoxious, older brother you haven't seen in a few years. He definitely looked older, more mature, with an increased abundance of life experience under his belt, but once he opened his mouth, the same obnoxious jerk you remembered from years ago never left; Noel is still that same bratty Brit, and it's comforting to know that...

Classic Old Signs

I'm not a sign maker, so maybe what I'm about to say is simplistic or misguided. But the old, classic neon scripted signs that decorate so many pre-WWII buildings are remarakably elegant....and don't look all that difficult to replicate. "Chinese" "Cinegrill" "Roosevelt"...all these electric signs instantly give an identity that is historical, regional and aesthetic. Part of what makes them so magical is that they also defer, ever so politely, to the buildings on...

Vegoose Preparation

Countdown to Vegoose is on! LAist is so excited for this year's performances and to see what Vegoose has to offer. Check out the video on highlights from last year (including an on-site Wedding Chapel, let's hope the gin isn't free flowing or we might be in trouble!) We're expecting quite the mixed crowd, ranging from hippies to rock stars, people in Halloween costumes and just about everything in between so get ready for...

A Tale of Two NHL Cities

(AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc) It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity -- That's all I remember. I didn't actually read the book. I was probably watching hockey instead. Last night we saw tales of two California cities....

Roger Ebert to Read today at Dutton's

Go ahead, call it a comeback. The world's most famous film reviewer Roger Ebert, on the heels of recovering from cancer surgery will be reading from his latest book "Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert". Although we haven't always been a huge fan of the guy, much preferring Gene Siskel, how can't you give a guy some props while on his road to recovery? A true lover of film and a...

Los Angeles' Buried Treasure

Though this LAist usually sneers at "best of" issues I was delighted by this week's pirate-themed LA Weekly. Brilliant illustrations by artist Ronald Kurniawan accompany the articles with kooky yet appropriate headlines like "The Cardboard Scalawag's Guide to Pirate's Cove." Its perfect bound magazine format gives it a nice heft and guarantees a place on your bookshelf for the next year. This exhaustive resource covers all the basics-- the homey diner, a dive bar,...

Win an Emcee

I know we all spend way too much time raiding MySpace (come on, we all see those crazy drunken profile pictures of virtually everyone we've ever met), but my endless journey through procrastination has not gone in vain. The PLUGG CITY TOUR is enough for me to admit to my (more than) sporadic scavengers around the MySpace realm. Imagine this: you send a message to the rapper Rhymefest via MySpace with a subject line...

CLOSING NIGHT - Sweethearts of the Rodeo

Where: Molly Malone's When: Tonight, 9pm ($5 cover) What: Sweethearts of the Rodeo All Star Jam Why: Ok listen up people. There is a steady and strong country scene in LA and it's called Sin City All Stars. It's called Shiloh Morrow and Lisa Jenkins. It's called the first Wednesday night of the month since Y2K! It's ending tonight to move onto bigger and better things (and believe us, we'll be there when it...

New Music Tuesday - Fergie, Clay Aiken, Bob Forrest

"Artie Lange's Beer League" soundtrack (Lakeshore) A Shoreline Dream - Avoiding the Consequences (LateNight WeekNight) Clay Aiken - A Thousand Different Ways (RCA) Joseph Arthur - Nuclear Daydream (digipak; Megaforce) Black Crowes - Freak 'N' Roll ... Into the Fog (two CDs; Eagle) Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Thug Stories (Koch) Canada - This Cursed House (digipak; Quite Scientific) Kenny Chesney - Live (BNA) Chingy - Hoodstar (Capitol) Damnation - Resist (Metal Mind) Chris Difford -...

Around the Globe with the Ists

As we sat down to write this week's Best of the -ists post, a car blaring "21 Questions'" passed by our house. And that started us thinking about how some of the best -ist posts out there have at their hearts questions, some of which are answered, and some of which are left open. Check out the Best of the -ists from this week, and see if you agree. Londonist answers the questions "How much...

Fat-girl-nightclub hungry for trouble

If you are a "large lady" or "one of the men who loves them", the odds are that you've already heard of Club Moxie, located on the Redondo Beach Pier. For the rest of you who haven't had the opportunity to familiarize yourself, it is a night club that caters to obese chicks, and has a bunch of thuggy chubby-chasers who go there and stir up trouble for our fine beach city.Because I live...

Thanks Scion

What do the Roxy, Scion and Too $hort have in common? Besides all having O's in their names, they will bring a fun, free, night to everyone on the guest list. Representing both Los Angeles and Oakland, Too Short was the first West Coast rap star, with five platinum-selling albums under his belt. Dropping wax like Gettin' It and Shorty Pimp, Too Short definitely ranks as one of the most successful solo rappers of the...

Win Four Box Seats at the Hollywood Bowl, plus Food, and Free Parking

Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl have a way of becoming historic, if you ask us. Maybe it's the rich history, or the casual class of the whole place, or the handpicked and careful bookings that have pretty much only given us the best of the best of musical performers. One of the nicest charms of the Bowl is the freedom to bring your own picnic basket or small cooler, which makes up for the...

Dance Right at La Cita

photo by Brian Kittlety Not that the citizens of LA need any more reason to go out on a Thursday night, but La Cita, the newest eastside bar soon to be inhabitated by hipsters sick of The Shortstop, is hosting Dance Right, a new Thursday night party. There's good parking, an outdoor patio for all you smokers, and best of all, cheap drinks and good dancing. Plus, Shepard Fairey of Obey Giant fame spins...

Dance Right at La Cita

photo by Brian Kittlety Not that the citizens of LA need any more reason to go out on a Thursday night, but La Cita, the newest eastside bar soon to be inhabitated by hipsters sick of The Shortstop, is hosting Dance Right, a new Thursday night party. There's good parking, an outdoor patio for all you smokers, and best of all, cheap drinks and good dancing. Plus, Shepard Fairey of Obey Giant fame spins...

Giant Recovery

After a good two weeks, we think it's safe to say that we've sufficiently recovered. At least, enough to post pictures from five? Six? Was it seven hours (?) of big bad bass, booming beats, and best of all, babes in furry boots at Giant Village. Yes, while LAist was pretty focused on the breakbeats thrown down by Hybrid and The Crystal Method on the Community Service Stage, we leave the music reviews for...

Giant Recovery

After a good two weeks, we think it's safe to say that we've sufficiently recovered. At least, enough to post pictures from five? Six? Was it seven hours (?) of big bad bass, booming beats, and best of all, babes in furry boots at Giant Village. Yes, while LAist was pretty focused on the breakbeats thrown down by Hybrid and The Crystal Method on the Community Service Stage, we leave the music reviews for...

what to do in the whale's vagina

for a truly authentic dive bar experience in san diego, check out scolari's office: democratic karaoke, a lively and rowdy non-hipster crowd, and best of all the strongest fucking drinks i have had outside my home. the karaoke jockey was super quick on the lineup and let everyone from chubby birthday boys to frightened midgets sing about two songs after they put in a ticket. plus there was a wireless mic so you can...

Straight from the Skin Horse: The Velvet Teen @ Knitting Factory

here are two kinds of people: those who love the velvet teen and those who haven't heard of them yet. happily i fall into the former, and caught the july 28 show at the knitting factory. at one point i was so overcome by the lush and unique vocals and the masterful drumming (and the beers) that i entered a zen-like trance right there on the side couches. i was not the only one...

Here Comes the Judge

There's a sex-scandal case going on in Oklahoma which makes LA look tame. A Federal judge allegedly used a penis pump on himself while on the bench during a trial. And yes, that's illegal, and best of all, funny. Over the past few days, the jurors have watched a defense attorney and a prosecutor pantomime masturbation. A doctor has lectured on the lengths the defendant was willing to go to enhance his sexual performance....

LA's favorite movies

Critics come up with Best Of movie lists all the time, but today we wanted to see what the people want. The people who get their home movies from Netflix, that is. It's easy enough: Netflix has a feature that lists the movies that are tops with members in one city that don't do so well elsewhere. Here in LA, we're self-obsessed — Steve Martin's LA Story, from 1991, tops the list — we...

Tu Ciudad's Best of Latino LA

The magazine Tu Ciudad has taken on the monumental task of discovering the best of Latino Los Angeles — it's all packed into their June/July issue, on newsstands this week. To celebrate, if you bring your copy of the magazine to Ciudad, Loteria Grill (in Farmer's Market) or Porto's Bakery in Glendale you can score free food. Congrats to our friends at La Bloga, which the magazine has named the Best Blog for Latino...

It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Veronica Mars

May isn't just a television sweeps month, it's also a do-or-die time for shows "on the bubble." Those shows have a 50-50 chance (or less) of getting renewed by their networks. It's an especially precarious time for the shows on the WB and UPN because those two networks are merging to become the CW in September, so all the old shows can't possibly fit on the prime time schedule. While we're kind of hoping...

The week in -ist

Shanghaiist probably knows a little more about China than the Chicago Sun-Times. Giving them the benefit of the doubt on that one. The city does to have a music scene. Don't even front like they don't. They also have Dorito bananas and white guys shopping for wives. What they don't have is any more tolerance for jaywalkers. Bostonist sees Boston and Somerville each whip out their art and face off. A plagiarized novel is the...

Living in Sin: like a virgin

Every week in Living in Sin, Jen Sincero provides advice to LA's sexually curious. Now you can see her column in print, too, in the LA Alternative Press. Ask Jen your questions: all are posted anonymously. Dear Jen, I'm a virgin who's never slept with a man or a woman (though I'm interested in both). I want to save my, um, penetration virginity until I get married, and am thinking my best bet would...

AM news: a fall, some brains and sailing fun

drop like a Stone Rolling Stone Keith Richards was airlifted to a New Zealand hospital after falling out of a palm tree in Fiji, where he was vacationing. It's serious, but it looks like he'll be OK. author! author! LAist's own Adrienne Crew will be signing her book Blogosphere: The Best of the Blogs at LA Times Festival of Books today from 10am-12 nooon. Look for her at Booth 530, where the 2000 Plus...

Eve of Destruction

We live in an extremely delicate era, beset by forms of danger so horrific and inescapable, even the best of us can barely function through the Fear. We're all aware by now that virtually everything we do in the world upsets the ecological balance we need ultimately to survive. Some of us do our best to mitigate that damage; some of us seem not to care nearly enough. And some of us move to...

Officer who shot Elio Carrion to be prosecuted

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos has filed attempted manslaughter charges against deputy Ivory Webb, who shot Elio Carrion 5 times at close range on January 29. After the car Carrion was riding in was pulled over, a bystander pulled out his video camera. It is almost unbelievable that victim Elio Carrion, an airman home from Iraq, survived. It's miraculous that the shooting was caught on tape. But most amazing of all is...

Elsewhere in -ists

After Wired ran a story documenting the GoogleCenter of the United States a bunch of ists jumped on the opportunity to figure out their own middle. Gothamist, Chicagoist, Bostonist and Seattlest all zoomed in on their creamy GoogleCenters. A crack cartography team is hard at work determining the GoogleCenter of the Ist-a-verse as you read this... Austinist read a book about Olympian Bode Miller and liked it. They also took a few pictures of the...

Extra extra! Heart attack and prime time

The 78-year old man who was shot by Vice Prez Dick Cheney had a heart attack today. But, doctors say, it's not that bad, really; "heart attack" is the lay term. Uh, right. We're just glad we're not having one. A tranformer fire blacked out 30,000 homes in Long Beach today; power was restored by lunchtime. Good thing for them, because a major TV battle is on tonight for those avoiding the Hallmark-mandated public...

Plantations: First Hillary, Now the LA Weekly

Hillary Clinton caught flack last week for saying that the U.S. House of Representatives "has been run like a plantation." But was that the start of some sort of trend? We were reading the LA Weekly's review of Jamie Foxx's CD Unpredictable. Writer Ernest Hardy first gives props to Foxx... The problem here is not a lack of talent. From his days as Ugly Wanda on In Living Color to his eponymous sitcom, and...

LAist loves: books books books

When we're not living on the internet LAist contributors love to read. We love fiction, we love comics, we love short stories, we even love books about the internet. Kevin, Carolyn and Adrienne want to share our favorites of '05. But first, two LAist contributors actually wrote books this year: Adrienne Crew co-authored Blogosphere: Best of the Blogs and Jen Sincero penned The Straight Girls' Guide to Sleeping With Chicks. Huzzah! Our book favorites...

His tune is heard on the distant hill

Long before at-home technology made everyone and their mother a record producer, Los Angeles based musician/composer, Vinny Golia founded Nine Winds Records in 1977. His goal: to capture the best of West Coast New Jazz, Contemporary Classical, and Improvised music. Friday, one of the record label's younger jazz quartets - The Empty Cage Quartet (formally MTKJ Quartet) - will play at Café Metropol for the release of their Day of the Race album. Not...

Wednesday news: jobs, rents, cigarettes

Apparently lots of LA employers are paying their people cash to duck the tax burden. The Daily News has a preview of a Milken Institute report out later today: those 680,000 "underground" jobs are costing Los Angeles $2 billion. There are recommendations in the report to help bring these workers into the, um, aboveground economy; the LA Times focuses on that optimistic angle. Also in the LA Times: State attorneys general (the weirdest plural...

LAist Essential Listening

Sample these tracks and let us know what's in your iPod playlist this week. Cary Brothers | Local Rock Ride [download] Brothers garnered exposure on the Garden State soundtrack. After one listen to his new EP, you'll see he is more than a one hit wonder. Though comparisons to Pete Yorn are appropriate, Brothers' vocals are richer. He plays Hotel Cafe on December 6. Amy Jo Johnson | Local Pop Puddle of Grace (live)...

Blog Angeles

It's rivalry week and a cursory view of our blogroll shows the Trojan/Bruin war rages on. Boi From Troy is, obviously, almost all USC all the time this week while Loteria Chicana and Ultratart both wax nostalgic with dreams of past glory. Caroline on Crack wants you to visit Hunky Santa at the Beverly Center. Hunky Santa? What, no Hot Hannukah Harriett dancing the horah for the lovers of ladies? Was that enough alliteration...

A Bit of a Hugo's Disappointment

Studio City's Hugo's pops up as the Citysearch's pick for Best Breakfast this year, so when a friend of ours popped up for breakfast, we thought we'd give it a try. The menu is eclectic and inventive, with vegetarian, Italian, and healthy twists to accomodate the best of the actors and studio execs laying low in the Valley. We were feeling particularly indulgent, and opted for their Eggs Benedict, if only to satisfy that...

The Best Best of LA Ever: LA Weekly's Stories of Survival

The LA Weekly's annual Best of LA issue came out Thursday. This year's version, Best of LA 2005: Look Homeward, Angeleno, is edited by theater critic Steven Mikulan and features a compilation of creative nonfiction shorts on Los Angeles. Last year's Seven Deadly Sins version provided a mind-numbing number of recommendations - bars, clubs, restaurants. It was a useful guidebook but overwhelming. Here, Mikulan gives the writers room to expand. Rather than a list...

LAist Watches: Sci-Fi TV

After being able to sit with the big three network forays into sci-fi this season, it is safe to say that we'll probably only be sticking with one: Threshold. The Carla Gugino led show isn't a winner firing on all cylinders like the best sci-fi on TV right now, Battlestar Galactica, but its powerful cast and fast moving episodes with a slow-burning alien problem is the best of the bunch. It does feel a...

Last Minute Opportunities

Already bored by the new TV season? There's still lots to do around town. Check out these live events tonight: Bryan Price, Jim Ruland, Scott O'Connor, Daryl "Duke" Haney will read new and upcoming works at 8 PM at the Tribal Cafe, 1651 W. Temple Street. The Quarterly Report performance group launches its "Best Of" show at 8 PM at The EvidEnce Room 2220 Beverly Blvd, LA CA 90057 (between Rampart and Alvarado). Susan...

Native Foods' Suggestion: "Eat Different."

The biggest problem with being a Vegan or vegetarian is finding variety. Sometimes we feel like an insomniac switching past the same channels at 3 am... everything looks/tastes the same. "Healthy" shouldn't be synonymous with "boring." If it is, the chef is usually stubborn or ignorant. Thankfully, Westwood's cramped, but creative Native Foods shatters two myths at once: (1) Vegan food tastes bad and (2) it's expensive. Their entire [non-dairy] menu includes earth- and...

Tapas for Two

American restaurants, for the most part, favor the ample portion. Giant salads, sandwiches the size of your head, mounds of mashed potatoes holding up something big and meaty. Sometimes a person doesn't want to eat that much--maybe it's late at night, maybe you had something super-sized for lunch and only want a small dinner. But a taste of something...now that would hit the spot! Enter tapas, the Spanish version of bar hopping and snacking...

Popularity Contest

Los Angeles Citysearch is having voting for its "best of list" right now. You can vote, and possibly help direct business to your favorite local establishments, in such categories as best burrito, best "conversation bar," and best spa....

LA Mag's Gone Fishin' for the City's Best Sushi

We're beginning to feel a deep kinship with the food folks over at Los Angeles Magazine. Recently they've raised our eyebrows with the "Best of L.A." issue, and before that it was their "Cheap Eats" feature that got our tongues wagging. Now they've gone so near and dear to our heart that we can't help but mention it here. In their September issue, LA Mag is talking sushi-- and if there's anything we love...

The Quest For The Perfect Waffle Begins

New! Updated Roscoe's Edition Have you ever had a perfect waffle experience (PFE)? Not to be confused with the GFE (girlfriend experience) offered by the rotund Dennis Hof and his girls on call at the Cat House. Nor is this what graces your backside after a long time sitting in a pool chair. And we don't mean having John Kerry change his mind on you. (Whoops, LAist sets us back many months by working...

Flavors of Asia on the Eastside

In addition to the Lotus Festival at Echo Park Lake, Angelenos can also enjoy South Asian culture at the 6th Annual ArtWallah Festival at Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood this weekend, from July 7 to July 10th. Best of all, it's accessible via the Red Line. Exit the Vermont station. ArtWallah is part of a movement to build artistic forums that showcase the South Asian diaspora's search for belonging, the shifting of identities, and...

Inauguration/Resignation

We want to be really excited going into our long weekend that celebrates our nation's independence. We have a new Mayor in Antonio Villaraigosa who, immediately and willingly, becomes a national political figure and may, if his rhetoric at the progressive conference is to be believed, help push American government to look forward instead of backwards in its urban planning, renewal and management and keep LA in the national conversation. We want to be...

Non-Festival Adventures

Don't have tickets to any LA Film Festival screenings this weekend and feeling left out? Not to worry, there are movies and parties for you as well. Cinespace is having their Friday night Anti-Club party with a midnight screening of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. They are serving late night food and having drink specials plus Jason Stewart DJing in the main bar area. Best of all, No Cover. The NuArt is showing Purple...

Shimmy Shimmy Ya

We totally forgot to mention that the Miss Exotic World Pageant (and Reunion) was happening this past weekend in Helendale at the Burlesque Museum. Michelle L'Amour (pictured) took home the crown as Pageant winner. Local burlesque star Venus DeMille was named Legend in the Making. Don't fret about missing all the sexy boom boom action. Tonight is the 1 year anniversary of Bella Beretta's Burlesque Mondays at The Derby and it is also the...

I'm Sorry, Can You Repeat That?

So we admit that we were skeptical. When Arrow 93.1 suddently went off the air (which we never actually found out; we only deduced this by the curious inclusion of Sheryl Crow and Berlin in the "Arrow" playlist the day the station went black), we were unsure what to make of the new station. It seemed to us there were echoes of Star 98.7 back when it started (when it really was the best...

How to Have an Artsy Fartsy Weekend

At any given time there are hundreds of things going on in LA that may be worth checking out. Now that spring has our fair city under its sunny-skied spell, the weekends are blooming as wildly as the flowers with outdoor events. This weekend, May 14th-15th, there are a couple of arts-themed events going on that we think are worth mentioning. The NoHo Theatre & Arts Festival is the largest and longest running festival...

Have Your Say, LA!

Voting has opened over at Citysearch-Los Angeles for their Best of Citysearch in a multitude of categories. Put your two cents in about the city's restaurants, nightlife, and spa and beauty spots, and contribute to the city-specific database of where to go, what to do, and what to eat. While being an LA resident may mean you know the city well enough to not have to check things out on Citysearch, it's still good...

Sin City: Digital or 35 MM?

Like most other movie goers this weekend, we saw Sin City. We loved it. As unashamed comic book nerds, the idea of a direct graphic novel adaptation of the Frank Miller classics was simply spectacular to watch. Cinematical thinks "The Hard Goodbye" was the best of the stories and we agree although it did run a little longer than necessary. We can forgive that though because of Carla Gugino. Mmmm, Carla Gugino. We're highly...

LAist Interview: Charles Zembillas

Animators are a breed apart. Their refusal to accept limitations in space, time and conventional wisdom constantly amaze us. But we don't mind because the imaginations of these playful geniuses often first inform our dreams as children and reawaken our playful sides when we are adults. Charles Zembillas is the consummate animator, creative entrepreneur and visual developer: he's funny, fiesty and energetic. He not only works on his own projects but also runs an...

Goodbye, Mr. Puerner

It looks like the Los Angeles Times is changing hands. The New York Times reported today that LA Times' publisher John P. Puerner will step down on May 31, citing the need to take "a self-imposed career break." Jeffrey M. Johnson, current executive vice president and general manager, has been named to succeed Puerner. The Chicago Tribune reports that editor John Carroll will remain with the paper. Despite five Pulitzer Prize wins last year,...

Goodbye, Mr. Puerner

It looks like the Los Angeles Times is changing hands. The New York Times reported today that LA Times' publisher John P. Puerner will step down on May 31, citing the need to take "a self-imposed career break." Jeffrey M. Johnson, current executive vice president and general manager, has been named to succeed Puerner. The Chicago Tribune reports that editor John Carroll will remain with the paper. Despite five Pulitzer Prize wins last year,...

Pump Up The Volume

Here's something you don't know about LAist: we used to advise a college newspaper. You probably wouldn't know that, though, considering how many times we get a story wrong or only sort of right around here. But enough about us. Waxy.org's mom, Toni Allen, is fighting to save the college newspaper at Oxnard College. Waxy, whose given name is Andy Baio, notes that thenewspaper and the college administration have clashed in the past over...

Introductions

My name is Jason Toney and I'm the new editor of LAist.com. Hi there. Happy Valentine's Day. I've been a contributor here for just a little over three months. I wasn't born in LA but I've spent most of my life here and in the San Fernando Valley in particular. I work in television. I also have a personal blog. LAist currently has 11 regular contributors covering news, sports, events, art, architecture, and the people...

The Chronic

Not to be outdone by Master P, Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested over the weekend. In a surprise twist, Suge wasn't in trouble in connection with a violent incident but for driving fast and carrying the chronic in Barstow. One can only imagine that Mr. Knight will use the incident to help increase sales of the upcoming Tha Row release, The Very Best of Death Row. Part of the proceeds of the sale of...

Coachella 2005

Every year, we say we're not going to battle the heat and the crowds and the traffic on the 10 to spend a weekend at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio; and, every year, Coachella puts together a list of acts that we'd kick ourselves if we missed. This year, we'd made a deal with ourselves. We'll only go for one day. We'll drive up and arrive around three or four, catch the cool...

Words From the Wise

Is it us or is Variety.com becoming more accessible? Well, it's Oscar Nom eve and those Hollywood-types still left in town are counting down the hours til actor Adrien Brody joins Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Frank Pierson in announcing the 77th Academy Award nominations on Jan. 25th at 5:38 AM out at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Wilshire in Beverly Hills. Scott Robson quizzed Industry vets about surviving the...

Local Radio's Season of Giving

It's rare that we actually listen to LA's commercial radio stations. KCRW and the faux-indie 103.1 usually do us just fine. While downing large amounts of tofu pad see ew at our favorite hole in the wall Thai restaurant today, however, the usually vanilla 94.7 The Wave said something that excited us. Throaty voiced DJ Talaya Trigueros announced that they were giving away a trip an hour (between 8 AM and 5 PM) from...

LAist's Bottom of the Barrel: Restaurant Edition

LAist has noticed lately that all types of publications bend over backwards to tell you about the Best of this and the best of that, and personally, we're getting a little tired of hearing about it. The reality is this -- if you live in Los Angeles there are more "great places" to go (i.e. restaurants, clubs, bars, malls, et al) that you'll probably never have to waste your time in the bad places....

Holly Daze II

Still looking for that perfect gift? Check out some mall-ternatives happening this weekend: Sembradores de Aztlan presents "Tianguis de la Communidad" The Tianguis supports community-based vendors as an alternative to mainstream commercial holiday shopping. Your purchase also helps raise funds for Los Angeles youth to attend the 2005 Chicana/o Indigenous Youth Leadership Institute. Date: Saturday, December 11, 2004, from 11am-5pm. Location: Tierra de la Culebra 240 S. Avenue 57 Highland Park, CA 90042 -Cultural...

Miracle Drug

If you are not among the ranks of those leaving town tonight, nor trapped at home preparing for a house full of relatives, LAist has compiled the best of tonight's entertainment below. At the House of Blues on Sunset, catch the wonderful wackiness of Kool Keith at 9:00 PM. Tickets are $20.00 at the door. At Spaceland, pop phenom AC Newman (of The New Pornographers) will be performing with Something for Rockets. Doors open...

There's No Place Like Someplace Else

There's something about a long weekend--whether you take a day off of work or are mercifully granted a Monday holiday--that begs for a trip somewhere else. One of the greatest benefits of living in LA is that there are so many places to go to get away from it, and the best of them are right here in California. If you're inclined to stay close to home, you can spend the weekend in Long...

There's No Place Like Someplace Else

There's something about a long weekend--whether you take a day off of work or are mercifully granted a Monday holiday--that begs for a trip somewhere else. One of the greatest benefits of living in LA is that there are so many places to go to get away from it, and the best of them are right here in California. If you're inclined to stay close to home, you can spend the weekend in Long...

Online Coupons at the LATimes.com

Like everyone else, we're still pondering the results from yesterday's national and state elections, but we've still gotta eat. So we actually we bothered to read the admail we received from LATimes.com and have learned that TBTB have introduced real functionality to the LATimes.com's shopping channel. We must admit that we kinda like the channel's "ShopLocal" feature, which helps readers research sales and specials at local stores by customizing sales information based on local...

Civic Duty Free

For you LA denizens too busy clawing your way up the "Y" of the Hollywood sign, impaling your souls on the spire of the Capitol Records building, or tending bar at the Saddle Ranch, weeping during smoke breaks, your political apathy is understandable. The LA Weekly (LAW) understands too. On the heels of their bound and bountiful "Best of LA" issue, the LAW keeps on kicking out the jams with their action packed "Holy...

Civic Duty Free

For you LA denizens too busy clawing your way up the "Y" of the Hollywood sign, impaling your souls on the spire of the Capitol Records building, or tending bar at the Saddle Ranch, weeping during smoke breaks, your political apathy is understandable. The LA Weekly (LAW) understands too. On the heels of their bound and bountiful "Best of LA" issue, the LAW keeps on kicking out the jams with their action packed "Holy...

Rancorous Ratings

The annual Zagat Survey of restaurants has just been released. The Southern California portion of the 2005 edition, which includes evaluations of 1,744 restaurants by 6,621 participants in Los Angeles and surrounding areas (Orange County, Palm Springs and Santa Barbara) contains a few changes this year that are certain to be intensely debated across tables all over town. For starters, the 2005 Zagat reveals some interesting trends. Angelenos eat out more frequently than the...

Rancorous Ratings

The annual Zagat Survey of restaurants has just been released. The Southern California portion of the 2005 edition, which includes evaluations of 1,744 restaurants by 6,621 participants in Los Angeles and surrounding areas (Orange County, Palm Springs and Santa Barbara) contains a few changes this year that are certain to be intensely debated across tables all over town. For starters, the 2005 Zagat reveals some interesting trends. Angelenos eat out more frequently than the...

Fast Food Friendships

LAist has nothing against fast food and the cholesterol-clogged arteries it produces simply because, well, it tastes damn good. But the recent trend of two fast-food powerhouses (in reality, one taking over another for their lack of success) joining forces and combining under one roof makes us question which food items are safe to eat. Take the Carl's Jr./Green Burrito merger. All across the country, where Carl's Jr. and/or the Green Burrito once stood...

Save Ross Porter NOW!

As if choking away a division lead wasn't enough to rile up Dodgers fans (now just two and a half games), this will really get everyone upset. Today's nugget of lunacy comes in Larry Stewart's column, where he reports the Dodgers are considering dropping Ross Porter from its broadcast team next year. Stop right there! Getting rid of Ross Porter would be an absolutely tragic mistake. For 28 years, Dodgers fans have listened to...

Save Ross Porter NOW!

As if choking away a division lead wasn't enough to rile up Dodgers fans (now just two and a half games), this will really get everyone upset. Today's nugget of lunacy comes in Larry Stewart's column, where he reports the Dodgers are considering dropping Ross Porter from its broadcast team next year. Stop right there! Getting rid of Ross Porter would be an absolutely tragic mistake. For 28 years, Dodgers fans have listened to...

From the Dark Side

As the Domino's commercial on TV last night pointed out, Tuesday is the least popular night of the week. It isn't the dreaded Monday, nor that Happy Hump Day Wednesday, nor even the nearly-Friday Thursday. It is just a day where we all sit around contemplating the better part of the week left ahead and all the commuting, laundry, car washing, marketing and other inanities that need to be taken care of during the...

Mostly Adventurous

In support of the day that is—at least in some circles—the highlight of the week, check below for new releases in music, film and television. CD 213—Hard Way The Court and Spark—Witch Season Head Automatica—Decadence Bruce Hornsby—Halcyon Days Rilo Kiley—More Adventurous Little Wings—Magic Wand  S Northern State—All City Presidents Of U.S.A.—Love Everybody Talking Heads—The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads (re-issue) Talking Heads—The Best of the Talking Heads (re-issue) V/A—Future Soundtrack for America For...

Four-Day Weekend

It's going to be a wild-and-crazy weekend in the city as festivals descend upon us. Both begin tomorrow and run through the weekend, so keep reading for a heads-up on all the details. "The second annual Don't Knock the Rock Film And Music Festival launches a three-day/four night film and music event celebrating the historic rock 'n' roll/cinematic roots of Hollywood. DKTR is a journey of classic and new rock 'n' roll films which...

Fresh Starts

Good day, LAist readers. Welcome back to another work week, filled with alarm clocks and paper clips—and interesting amusements, courtesy of your very favorite metro blog. Keep reading for details. Enjoy a trip back to the mid-90s with Hootie & the Blowfish at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Tickets are $42.50 and $68.50, but you get to enjoy the best of what pop music of the last decade had to offer....

Barbed Wire Love

The weekend overfloweth with all kinds of interesting events to keep our dear LAist readers busy. Continue reading below to get the skinny on hot spots for Saturday and Sunday. SATURDAY Summer is fruit season—this summer being an exceptional year for fruit trees—and The Huntington Library & Gardens in Pasadena is hosting a special gardening workshop this Saturday from 1:00–4:00 PM. "Tropical Fruit Trees" will teach gardeners at any level how to grow exotic...

Fool's Silver

The LA Alternative Press chimes in with its annual best of L.A. list, and it's kinda hilarious. Best Neighborhood? Los Feliz. Best local politician? Tom LaBonge. Best public park? Griffith Park. Best event? Sunset Junction. Best Musical venue? The Echo... with Spaceland as the runner-up. Best bookstore? Skylight on Vermont. LAist thinks it's time to change the Alternative Press' name to the Silver Lake Reader. Obvious picks like Amoeba Music and In-N-Out Burger take well-deserved...

Fool's Silver

The LA Alternative Press chimes in with its annual best of L.A. list, and it's kinda hilarious. Best Neighborhood? Los Feliz. Best local politician? Tom LaBonge. Best public park? Griffith Park. Best event? Sunset Junction. Best Musical venue? The Echo... with Spaceland as the runner-up. Best bookstore? Skylight on Vermont. LAist thinks it's time to change the Alternative Press' name to the Silver Lake Reader. Obvious picks like Amoeba Music and In-N-Out Burger take well-deserved...

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