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  • Quick Take: The Black Box by Michael Connelly

    LAPD detective Harry Bosch is working a cold case from the 1992 riots: the shooting of a female journalist in South-Central. If only he could uncover the metaphorical “black box” that would explain her death. Once the murder weapon is traced to Operation Desert Storm, it unleashes a Sherlockian flurry of deductions. Note to Bosch fans: He’s still at war with authority and still at the mercy of a moody daughter.

    Little, Brown and Company, 416 pages, $30

    Ann Herold / Redirected: Culture Files
  • Thanks For A Good Time: An Especially Heartfelt Thanksgiving Edition of PartyScope

    Dear Social Circuit: In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are the five party favors for which I am truly most grateful. Amen.

    My hoop-dee has sputtered more times than Lind- say Lohan’s career. Thanks, fellas, for all the postparty car CPR.

    A serious actress who slings funnier red-carpet one-liners than Joan Rivers. She’s always game for a good quote—no repeats. 

    Honey, it’s a Malibu fund-raiser, not a Paris catwalk, so the sour puss is funny, not fierce. Plu...

    Kari Mozena / Redirected: Culture Files
  • It Happened This Week in L.A. History: Silver Screen Thrills

    November 21, 1983

    Michael Jackson premieres his iconic 14-minute video for Thriller in a Westwood theater for a week to qualify for the Oscars. The film, directed by John Landis of An American Werewolf in London fame, opened for Disney's Fantasia. Landis' 1981 film was the main inspiration for the video, which was filmed throughout L.A. and at the Palace Theatre downtown. The famous zombie dance sequence by “Beat It” choreographer Michael Peters took place at the junction of Union Pacific Avenue and South Calzona Street in East L.A....

    Virginia Isaad / Redirected: CityThink
  • GATZ: Great Gatsby Redux

    Brooklyn theater troupe Elevator Repair Service gave itself a challenge in 2004: Could it stage The Great Gatsby with actors speaking every word of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel of love and acquisition? “The thinking,” says director John Collins, “was that it was impossible, but out of the failure we’d do something interesting.” They somehow succeeded, and this month the show that has wowed and befuddled audiences around the country comes to Los Angeles. Gatz, a Jazz Age Mahabharata, dreamily immerses us i...

    Steven Mikulan / Redirected: Culture Files
  • Exclusive: Style Tips From Grove Style Director Marina Monroe

    Last week, I visited membership-based boutique Stylehaüs to interview its creative director, Marina Monroe. In addition to giving me the full Stylehaüs experience complete with a private consultation and makeover, Marina answered a few burning questions: 

    What is the philosophy behind Stylehaus? I wanted to create a space where everyone that works here is a stylist.

    What is the key to shopping smarter? I will use a piece in a lot of different outfits.

    What are some staples that every closet needs? A leather jacket, a great blazer...

    Trixie Pacis / Redirected: Haute List
  • Q&A: Eric Greenspan Talks Grilled Cheese and Jewish Tater Tots

    We asked chef Eric Greenspan, who is opening Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese this month: why go gooey?
    Two years ago somebody asked me what I’d do beyond the Foundry, and I just said “grilled cheese” on the fly. Then I realized, “Oh! Now I have to do a grilled cheese restaurant!” As it turns out, of all the projects I’ve done, this one has been the most joyful. It’s fun to take the high-end perspective and apply it to something that’s $10 and under.

    So will you really be serving only grilled chees...

    Lesley Bargar Suter / Redirected: Digest
  • Rachael Yamagata: Baroque Pop and Incisive Lyircs

    The best singer-songwriters expose complex emotions with the simplest lyrics. While Rachael Yamagata’s music dances between folksy guitar plucking and baroque pop, it’s her words that make you take notice. Giving voice to oft unspoken feelings, the Virginia-raised troubadour will catch you off guard with her wafting vocals. Her music, she says, is “meant for the after-party, when you’re slightly wavery, walking outside by yourself, staring at the stars, and letting yourself be sad before you head back in to greet your fr...

    Drew Tewksbury / Redirected: Culture Files
  • Behind the Bartender: Zahra Bates of Providence

    Upon first meeting Providence’s Zahra Bates, one would mistake her for a shy, little thing. But once you get to know the soft-spoken bartender, you learn of her wicked sense of humor, so naughty it would even make Lenny Bruce run and hide. And although she appears a mild-mannered bartender in uniform behind the bar at the two-Michelin-star restaurant, Zahra is actually a wildcat in the cocktail department. She was trained by Vincenzo Marianella (2012 Spirited Awards nominee for American bartender of the year) and ...

    Caroline on Crack / Redirected: Digest
  • This Week in L.A. Food: November 16, 2012 edition

    It's Friday afternoon. The clock is ticking slower than ever and you're already mentally checked out at work. To help pass the time, we present you with a weekly recap of some of the food-focused gems we've mined from our own site and from friends around teh interwebs, to help keep you in the know. Read on and try to enjoy your last few hours of office thumb twiddling... that drink will be in your hand soon enough.

    The Good:
    L.A. City Council Approves Meatless Mondays [LA Weekly] 
    Barbecued Meat with a Filipino Twist [Eating LA]&nb...

    Randy Clemens / Redirected: Digest
  • The Day the Twinkie Dies: Hostess Files for Bankruptcy

    Whether you're of the camp that's saddened by the news or more in the good riddance mindset, today's news that Hostess was filing for bankruptcy and liquidating its assets did come as a bit of a surprise. In addition to Twinkies, Hostess has been churning out what have (unfortunately) become iconic American foodstuffs like Wonder Bread and Ho Ho's for the past 82 years.

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Hostess was a “victim of changing consumer tastes, high commodity costs and, most importantly, strained labor relations...

    Randy Clemens / Redirected: Digest
  • You Can't Spell Grouplove without L-O-V-E

    Grouplove knows exactly what’s in a name. Although they hail from different corners of the world, the five members of the Los Angeles rock band were brought together by their love for music -- and for one another. Love is a word that comes up a lot when trying to describe the band’s six-degrees-of-separation origin story and its anthemic, high-energy sound. Here’s the simple version: Christian Zucconi (guitar, vocals), Hannah Hooper (keyboards, vocals), Sean Gadd (bass, vocals), Ryan Rabin (drums, producer) and Andrew Wessen (...

    Sonya Singh / Redirected: Culture Files
  • ink. Hosts James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner

    The über-respected culinary powerhouse that is the James Beard Foundation has announced that it’s putting on a celebrity chef tour (now that they’re not busy giving our Dine Editor big fancy awards) that will be making a stop at Michael Voltaggio’s ink. restaurant on December 2. Per the James Beard Web site:

    “The Celebrity Chef Tour began in 2004 as a way to bring the unique experience of dining at New York City’s historic James Beard House to cities around the country. [S]ome of ...

    Randy Clemens / Redirected: Digest
  • Et Tu, Rodarte? The Mulleavy Sisters Design For Starbucks

    Jonathan Adler designed some sippy straws for Diet Pepsi, Isaac Mizrahi created a fashion line inspired by a Chevy Malibu. Now, Starbucks snags Rodarte. The Pasadena-based Mulleavy sisters— known for high-concept, high-fashion couture collections (and recently took on Don Giovani, designing costumes for the L.A. Phil), have created a line of travel mugs, cup sleeves, and tote bags. Well, pixilating the logo won't hide the shame, ladies!

    Linda Immediato / Redirected: Haute List
  • The SEEN: Ben Stiller—schmuck, schlub or neither?

    Tonight, Ben Stiller is receiving the American Cinematheque Award at a hotel ballroom in Bev Hills. All his pals (aka people he’s been in movies with) will get up and say funny and sometimes touching/nice things about him in a steady stream. I’m about to put on my evening gown and join them. Every time I run into the petit actor, I cannot help but remember the first time we met.

    I was covering the prem of Neil LaBute’s Your Friends & Neighbors (1998) which stars Stiller, Aaron Eckhart, Catherine Keener, Jason Patric, etc. ...

    Kari Mozena / Redirected: Culture Files
  • Coffee Clutch: Why We're Sitting Down With The Mayor and Local Fashion Designers For Breakfast Tomorrow

    Was anyone surprised when it was discovered that this years’ US Olympic Team uniforms were made in China?  Some members of Congress were shocked and outraged, even demanding the outfits be burned. Clearly, these officials don’t shop at Target or read clothing tags.

    And so the rumblings of a Made in the USA zeitgeist began. Creating jobs in America and boosting the nation’s economy became a hotly debated topic during the presidential race and it was on my mind heavily when I attended this years’ MAGIC trade show (the...

    Linda Immediato / Redirected: Haute List
  • Liquid Chicken & Waffles: The Flavor Syrup of Your Dreams (or Your Nightmares)

    What happens when you’ve gone as far as you can with bacon? You get crazy with chicken and waffles. Torani, a company that produces syrups—mostly in benign flavors like hazelnut, strawberry, and peppermint—is now making Chicken ‘N Waffles syrup. It started as an April Fool’s joke, but it’s real.

    The syrup is only available on the company’s website for an unspecified but limited period of time and sells for $6.95 for a 12.7 ounce bottle. Here at the Los Angeles magazine nerve center, we were lucky enough...

    Elina Shatkin / Redirected: Digest
  • The Thursday Afternoon Cram: Happy Dwight Howard Day!

    Everything you need to know from today's front pages

    10 Local Courthouses To Shutter Due to Budget Cuts
    The days of celebrities going on trial in Beverly Hills come to a close.

    Magic Johnson: “I Don’t Believe in Jim Buss”
    The former Laker calls for a public foul against the team owner.

    5-Hour Energy Linked To More Than a Dozen Deaths
    Maybe stick to a handful of almonds.

    L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested on Suspicion of Murder
    Francisco Gamez had been assigned to the West Hollywood station since 2005.

    Shayna Rose Arnold / Redirected: CityThink
  • Watch out, Dylan’s! There’s a New Candy Store in Town

    Holy cavities! Los Angeles is in the midst of a candy craze. Hot on the heels of September’s Dylan’s Candy Bar opening at the Grove, Sweet! Hollywood opened inside the Hollywood & Highland complex on Tuesday. The 30,000 square foot shop is part tourist attraction, part all-out candy extravaganza, and puts that New York transplant to shame. Tucked in an odd corner of the mega-mall, the place is visually stimulating to the point of overwhelming, and packed to the sugar-coated brim with candy and memorabilia. At a recent grand open...

    Skyler Okey / Redirected: Digest
  • Salsify? It's New to Me!

    Now that pop-up Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing has gotten a permanent landing place in the former Lilly’s space on Abbot Kinney in Venice, I was giving the dinner menu a once-over when an ingredient caught my eye: roasted salsify

    Now, I don’t claim to know anywhere near everything about food, but I’ve never had salsify, let alone heard of it, so I reached out to Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing executive chef Kevin Kathman (French Laundry, NYC's Daniel)—who is currently serving it alongside a trio of roasted, raw, an...

    Randy Clemens / Redirected: Digest
  • An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Roy Choi at the Pantages

    Anthony Bourdain, the culinary world’s favorite badass, is coming to Los Angeles on April 16 for a one-night event at the Pantages Theater. Seeing it was called “Guts and Glory: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain” got our hopes up for some kind of wicked 12-hour bender laced with illicit drugs, loud taxi rides, and multiple preparations of curried sheep balls, but an intimate seated interview with our beloved Roy Choi (Kogi, Chego, A-Frame, Sunny Spot) will probably be just as awesome.

    But uh, hey Tony! If by some chance you are...

    Randy Clemens / Redirected: Digest
  • Top Chef 10: What We Learned from Last Night’s Episode 2

    In honor of the 10th season of Bravo’s beloved cooking competition show—and the continual stream of L.A. restaurants spawned by its contestants—we shall, every week, outline the 10 (get it?) things we learned from watching each episode. Last night’s episode of Top Chef Seattle taught us plenty. Here, our top 10 learnable moments:

    1. C.J. is huge

    We almost forgot how tall our hometown boy is. The Space Needle was all, “Hey, back off dude!” 

    2. The Broncos Rule

    At least according to Tyler, w...

    Lesley Bargar Suter / Redirected: Digest
  • Cantinho Brasileiro Helps Culver City's Camaguey Meat Market Rise Again

    Tucked in the back of the pan-Latino Camaguey Meat Market in Culver City, there once stood a little restaurant called Cocina del Camaguey, run by Dominican chef Ilonka Garcia. Ever since the restaurant’s much-lamented departure, I’d still check in to the market from time to time while shopping for dende (palm) oil, Catupiry (Brazilian cheese spread), and picanha (sirloin cap) to see who might fill the void where the cocina once stood. Needless to say, it made perfect sense when news came that Cantinho Brasileiro (“little Brazi...

    Bill Esparza / Redirected: Digest
  • 1886 Bar at The Raymond: 2nd Anniversary Party

    Before Bar 1886 opened inside of the Raymond in 2010, not many folks considered Pasadena a cocktail destination. But thanks to dynamic drink duo Aidan Demarest and Marcos Tello (of Liquid Assets cocktail consultation firm fame), the charming back bar within the restaurant easily enticed adult beverage enthusiasts far off the beaten bar hop path with its well-crafted, alcohol-fueled punches. Cut to now and 1886’s bartenders continue to raise the bar with some of the best beer and coffee cocktails I’ve ever tasted, as well as unique t...

    Caroline on Crack / Redirected: Digest
  • Joshua Radin Comes Up for Air

    Until this year, Joshua Radin had never been underwater. Told he had a hole in his eardrum as a child, the singer-songwriter’s ear eventually mended on its own, enabling him to take a plunge he had never thought possible. Relocating from New York to Los Angeles last year, the Ohio native’s fourth album, Underwater, alludes to the literal act of submersion as well as the metaphyiscal act of conquering one’s fears and moving forward.

    “On my last record, I felt there were too many cooks in the kitchen. I had to get back to ...

    Sonya Singh / Redirected: Culture Files
  • Addicted to Sobriety: My Five Favorite Moments From The Fix’s Recovery Fair

    Recovery Fair was not something I could have imagined when I first got sober in 2000 and thought sobriety meant talking about the good old days with a bunch of tattooed losers and never having fun again (I assumed sober people got their kicks by holding hands and singing Kumbaya). Once I cleaned myself up, however, I saw that addiction had prevented me from learning some of the basics about how to live, and it made me think that creating a day that showed just how much fun sober people could have—and also introducing them to the people, s...

    Anna David / Redirected: CityThink
  • Hulk Smash! Your Perfect Thanksgiving 'Tater

    For years, Thanksgiving potato mashers have had to make a choice: Do you opt for the hardy starchiness of a Russet, or the toasty butteriness of a Yukon Gold? No longer! Such quandaries have been brought to an end by the Sierra Gold, a delicious hybrid between the two popular varieties, which came onto the market less than ten years ago. The smallish round potatoes have the dark skin of a Russet with the creamy interior of a Yukon Gold, and somehow taste sweeter than both. The folks at Ruitz Farms who grow Sierra Gold’s outside the Arroyo...

    Lesley Bargar Suter / Redirected: Digest
  • Dishing on L.A.: Wil Wheaton

    You may know Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Gordie from Stand by Me, or a fictionalized version of himself on The Big Bang Theory. Maybe you’re one of the millions (literally) of folks who celebrate his many layers of geekdom—homebrewing, tabletop games, comics, etc.—with him on Twitter, Google+, or his blog. But ask Wil Wheaton who he is, and he’ll likely tell you, “I’m just this guy, you know?” That simple question aside, I reached out to him to learn a little more a...

    Randy Clemens / Redirected: Digest
  • The Wednesday Afternoon Cram: We Are Happy To Report The World is Not Ending

    Everything you need to know from today's front pages

    Cal State Chancellor Asks For Pay Cut to Reduce Costs
    He’ll see his salary drop from roughly $450,000 to $ 410,000.

    Strippers Win $13 Million Settlement in Spearmint Rhino Class Action Suit
    They’re gonna need thongs with really deep pockets.

    Arrests Made At Flux Pavilion Concert in Santa Monica
    A man and a woman were nabbed for public intoxication.

    Justin Bieber Cited For Unsafe Left Turn in West Hollywood
    This is how it starts.

    NASA Does Not Thin...

    Shayna Rose Arnold / Redirected: CityThink
  • Vietnamese Thanksgiving from Tiato in Santa Monica

    Tiato in Santa Monica is preparing a Vietnamese take on Thanksgiving dinner, available to pre-order through the 19th. The centerpiece is an organic, free-range, brined turkey that’s seasoned with citrus, herbs, and five-spice powder, served with a gravy that’s thankfully generous on the garlic. (Baked ham and roasted Jidori chickens are also available.)

    The all-important stuffing is prepared in one of three ways: turkey-apple sausage and leek, Mama’s sticky rice with shiitake mushrooms, Chinese sausage and chestnuts, or a glut...

    Eddie Lin / Redirected: Digest
  • Coachella 2013: Your First Fake Lineup

    This poster for the 2013 Coachella music festival is fake. Repeat: This poster for Coachella 2013 is FAKE. As in made up. Not real. A lie. But it's still awesome.

    With fewer than 150 days until the first Coachella weekend, here's the music nerd equivalent of fantasy football: creating fantasy Coachella lineups. (Like robots and fake breasts, they keep getting more realistic.) We spotted this one on Consequence of Sound. It isn't as amazing as last year's hologram edition of Coachella, but it's actually a pretty great lineup.

    Headliners include ...

    Elina Shatkin / Redirected: Culture Files
  • Signs of the Times: You've Already Driven on this Freeway, Haven't You?

    We love when street art meets civic betterment. Recently spotted somewhere in Los Angeles (first commenter to correctly pinpoint the location wins our eternal admiration), this freeway onramp sign has been modified in a way that forces drivers to not only ponder the act of driving and the repetition hidden in L.A.'s landscape but the very nature of existence itself. Because every traffic jam is different yet utterly the same.

    [Photo by Robert Takata]

    Elina Shatkin / Redirected: Culture Files
  • Stop Asking Me: Valley Pho Edition

    This column is where Dine Editor Lesley Bargar Suter usually shares her restaurant recommendations that she gives to inquiring friends and/or coworkers. But today, I’m hijacking it, and making it my own. I too get hit up for advice on where to dine out from time to time, and despite the title of this post, I’m always truly happy to help.

    Who are you?: Madeleine, a dear friend of mine since high school

    What do you want?: A pho restaurant in the Valley

    My reply: Phở Số 1 in Van Nuys. Accept no substitutions. It’s at Victory and ...

    Randy Clemens / Redirected: Digest
  • Dive Bar Spotlight: Lost and Found in West Los Angeles

    At the 39-year-old West L.A. bar Lost & Found, no matter how good your intentions, a quick stop can easily turn into an all-nighter. But that’s true of any great dive bar. Blame it on the cheap drinks, the foul-mouthed but entertaining bartender with a decent pour, or your friends who are really trying to make something happen with those two girls who unwittingly took the bar stools next to them. Sure, the bar closes at 2 a.m. but the hard-core can take a nap in the parking lot and wait ‘til it opens its doors again at 6 a.m.


    Caroline on Crack / Redirected: Digest
  • Tasty Read: Classic Dining: Discovering America’s Finest Mid-Century Restaurants

    Because starched tablecloths are so out, they’re in … Silver Lake historian Peter Moruzzi roamed the country in search of restaurants that offer a vintage night out. Classic Dining: Discovering America’s Finest Mid-Century Restaurants (Gibbs Smith, $30) is a culinary history and travelogue that stops in New Orleans, Chicago, and Vegas. Back in L.A., he pays homage to Lawry’s carving cart, the Dresden’s Blood and Sand, and the Dal Rae’s Caesar. 

    Chris Nichols / Redirected: Digest
  • Penn Jillette: The Faithful Atheist

    Penn Jillette, the vocal half of deconstructionist magic duo Penn & Teller, writes about one of his other abiding interests, secularism, in his new book, Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! Jillette will discuss the collection of essays at “Live Talks LA” on November 15 at the Aero Theatre.

    Which holidays do you abhor and why?
    I can’t say Christmas because I love giving my children presents. I can’t say Easter because I love chocolate rabbits and hard-boiled eggs. I can’t say Ash Wednesday because I love to wear a...

    Drew Tewksbury / Redirected: Culture Files
  • Stylish Bears & Thieving Fish: The Grown-Up Kid Lit of Jon Klassen

    You can only read Goodnight Moon so many times before it starts to put you to sleep – even if it doesn’t work on your kids. With his children's book This Is Not My Hat, Silver Lake resident Jon Klassen has the necessary corrective to treacly kid lit. It’s already on the New York Times list of best selling children's books, following in the footsteps of his first book, I Want My Hat Back. Both feature a simple but charming writing style and expressive illustrations. Both also end in revenge.

    Klassen, who just came off a nationa...

    Jackie Adams / Redirected: Culture Files
  • My Stylehaüs Makeover

    Few of us can brag about having a personal stylist but when I visited Melrose membership-based boutique Stylehaüs for an interview, I got a behind-the-scenes look and the ultimate makeover.

    “I don’t really wear dresses. I’m obsessed with separates,” says Marina Monroe, Creative Director of Stylehaüs and Executive Style Director at The Grove. Casually perched on a display table wearing a floral blouse and leather shorts over tights, Marina describes exactly how Stylehaüs has separated itself from other...

    Trixie Pacis / Redirected: Haute List
  • Die Antwoord: The Only Interesting Thing Happening in Music

    Punk is no longer edgy. Hip-hop and heavy metal have been relegated to a retirement home for once underground art forms. Three decades have passed since music on the fringe began rustling the feathers of parents everywhere. In fact, plenty of former punkers are now parents themselves. But post-everything parents circa 2012 have a new cause for alarm: Die Antwoord.

    Last weekend, the bleach-blonde South African duo bounded onto the stage of Shrine Auditorium, just a bong’s throw away from USC’s fraternity row. This was the first North...

    Drew Tewksbury / Redirected: Culture Files
  • Your 2012 Thanksgiving Grub Roundup

    Why not give thanks for all of the people who want to cook our big holiday meal for us. Whether dining in or taking to go, here’s how to leave Thanksgiving to the pros. 


    Café Pinot

    Give thanks from the enchanting outdoor patio at Café Pinot, surrounded by downtown’s skyscrapers. A unique Thanksgiving menu complements this unique setting, including pumpkin soup with cardamom spiced marshmallow, pepitas and mitake mushrooms, stripe bass in a spiced lemon verbena quince broth, and pumpkin pie or your choice o...

    Skyler Okey / Redirected: Digest
  • Celebrity Pick of the Day: Wren's Chartreuse Kimono Sleeve Dress

    Chartreuse was all over the red carpet at the Emmys and the color shows no signs of dimming down any time soon. We featured Wren's chartreuse kimono sleeve dress in our Made in LA fashion feature (November issue), now we're spotting lots of starlets in the same bright yellow-green number—like Candice Accola of The Vampire Diaries (on left) and Olivia Munn of The Newsroom (middle). On the right,  our model shows off the open back of the same dress.


    Linda Immediato / Redirected: Haute List
  • The Tuesday Afternoon Cram: More School Days, No More Super Bowl Ads

    Everything you need to know from today's front pages

    Teenager Bitten By Rattlesnakes 6 Times While Trying To Get Cell Service
    Add “Rattlesnake nest in Jamul” to the map of places your provider drops calls.

    Man Shot While Waiting to Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
    Since the shooting appears to be gang related, the incident may be less ironic than it sounds.

    ABC Buys Script For Show Based on Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    We hope a goat bleats in the finale.

    LAUSD Rescinds Fuloughs!
    The school...

    Shayna Rose Arnold / Redirected: CityThink
  • The Barefoot Contessa Gets in the Hot Seat with Evan Kleiman on Thursday

    Ina Garten, aka The Barefoot Contessa, is coming to L.A. this Thursday for a live interview at the Wilshire Ebell Theater. Questions will come from KCRW’s Evan Kleiman, with some time reserved for audience Q&A as well. (Jennifer Garner was originally supposed to be the moderator, but it’s been changed with no official word as to why. Perhaps another instance of Garten snubbing Garner?)

    If you make it down and do somehow get called on for a question, think outside the box and ask her about her pre-culinary life, when she was a nu...

    Randy Clemens / Redirected: Digest
  • The Best Damn Espresso I've Ever Had: G&B Coffee at SQIRL in Silver Lake

    A few weeks ago, my buddy Josh Lurie from FoodGPS asked if I’d like to join him at G&B Coffee, a coffee pop-up of sorts, using a counter at the recently relocated SQIRL kitchen in Silver Lake. True too that the food was ridiculously good, but the espresso is what I really haven’t shut the hell up ever since my visit.

    Why, you ask? Because it was the best damn demitasse of espresso I’ve ever had. The crema on top was a deep shade of yellow, thick with oils that I’d never seen above an espresso shot before. The beans we...

    Randy Clemens / Redirected: Digest
  • Video Village With Ask Chris: The Heimlich Helper AKA Don't Spend Thanksgiving Alone

    Marc Price, who played Skippy the wacky neighbor on Family Ties, is promoting a new wonder product out of Canoga Park. From the makers of Big John jumbo-sized toilet seats, comes the Heimlich Helper. The safety tool looks like a cross between a pogo stick and a sledgehammer and is used as a “Self Assist Choking Emergency Device.” Price stars in this promotional video and provides a great gift idea for those who might be enjoying a... solitary Thanksgiving. “It’s a potential life saver,” says company president Scott...

    Chris Nichols / Redirected: Ask Chris
  • Gary Clark Jr.: Splicing the Blues with Modern Funk

    In the midst of his quartet’s primal, soulful (and earsplitting) two-hour-concert at KCRW's Berkeley Street Sessions last night, the Texas blues guitarist Gary Clark, Jr. sat down onstage with KCRW DJ Anne Litt for a brief live interview. Clark revealed in a soft, contemplative voice the mix of his influences that have made people like Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton perk their ears up at his arrival on the stagnant blues scene: Al Green, Prince, Snoop Dogg, 2PAC Shakur, even Tito Jackson. Growing up in the musical melting pot of Austin d...

    Matthew Duersten / Redirected: Culture Files
  • There's Nothing Small About Petty Fest West

    A New York tradition finally comes to Los Angeles. The Best Fests—Dylan Fest, Petty Fest, or Stones Fest—are a series of annual shows that have been equal parts concert and celebration, where all the proceeds benefit the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Tomorrow and Thursday night at the El Rey, the tradition comes to Los Angeles for the first time with Petty Fest West, celebrating the classic rock anthems of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. There are plenty of songs to choose from in Petty’s impressive 30-year career.

    The list of ...

    Julia St. Pierre / Redirected: Culture Files
  • Keep On Truckin: Holy Crap! There’s A Soup Truck

    Finally. It’s called the Souper Truck (@soupertruck), it launched last week, and it’s run by the dudes who own the Green Truck (one of the oldies but still one of the goodies among luxe loncheras). So new that its streetside face still boasts graphics from the previous occupant (a smoothie purveyor), the Souper Truck has been parking in front of 5900 Wilshire Blvd. (a.k.a. Los Angeles magazine HQ) nearly every weekday, ladling out bowls of clam chowder, vegan tomato bisque, and cheeseburger soup. Yes, cheeseburger soup.

    Imagine the ...

    Elina Shatkin / Redirected: Digest
  • Vitamina T: "Sweaty Tacos" at El Atoron in Vernon... No, Really. They're Good.

    Even more delicious than Taco Tuesday, our weekly segment showcases the best doses of Vitamina T, or vitamin T, to celebrate the beloved comfort foods of Mexico that begin with the letter T. (Tacos, tortas, and tostadas, oh my!) This would have been great on Sesame Street, but we beat them to the punch—here’s this week’s taste of vitamin T from the streets of L.A.

    There has been a slow influx of tacos de canasta, or basket taco, vendors over the past five years. Tacos de canasta are a thinner style of taco, usually f...

    Bill Esparza / Redirected: Digest
  • The Essential Movie Library #5: The Lady Eve (1941)

    Over the last quarter century an argument has gathered force among some cinephiles that not Humphrey Bogart or James Stewart or John Wayne but Cary Grant is the greatest male movie star, so in the same way let us here and now advance the case that not Bette Davis or Katharine Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe but Barbara Stanwyck is the greatest of female stars. With Stella Dallas, Union Pacific, and Golden Boy behind her, nonetheless Stanwyck was only starting to hit her stride in 1941: a ball of fire, as the title of one of her hits had it, with her ...

    Steve Erickson / Redirected: Culture Files
  • MSQ Review: Barbra Streisand at The Hollywood Bowl

    To paraphrase the old Chiffon margarine commercial, “It’s not nice to mess with Mother Nature.” That is unless you are Barbra Streisand who willed it not to rain on the first of her two concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. While she couldn’t keep the cold away, she warmed the hearts of the nearly 18,000 fans in attendance.

    Opening with the appropriate “On a Clear Day,” Ms. Streisand proved that at age 70 with her voice not what it once was, she is still a force to be reckoned with. Unlike Liza Minnelli, who earlie...

    Macho Show Queen / Redirected: Culture Files
  • Beatlemania Returns to L.A.

    The Beatles are hitting the long and winding road again -- at least in the form of 180-gram vinyl LPs on custom double-decker buses that will roam Los Angeles tomorrow. It’s a special one-day promotion for the release of the band’s remastered studio albums in stereo. There will be 14 vinyl LPs including the 12 original UK albums available individually or in a collector’s edition boxed set along with a 252-page hardbound book. The mobile shops will make stops throughout L.A. with a variety of Beatles items including DVDs of the...

    Virginia Isaad / Redirected: Culture Files
  • How It's Made: Paige Denim [VIDEO]

    I must admit that I’m a sucker for the magic of stop-motion films, but it’s not the only exciting thing about Uncharted, Paige’s new denim line for men. We’ve been identifying exciting local designers in light of Mayor Villaraigosa’s recent Made in L.A. initiative and this denim label is absolutely full of local flavor. Not only is the brand manufactured in L.A. by an Angeleno (former model Paige Adams-Geller, right)--it is also inspired by none other than our Southern Californian coastline.

    Those of us who get...

    Trixie Pacis / Redirected: Haute List
  • Mumford & Sons: A Secret Show That's Even Better Than Seeing Them at the Hollywood Bowl

    Instead of taking the night off between their two sold-out Hollywood Bowl gigs on Saturday and tonight, Mumford & Sons taped a private episode of TV series Live from the Artists Den in downtown last night. We were fortunate enough to attend the secret show at the gorgeous Belasco Theater, a newly renovated slice of early 1900’s Los Angeles.

    Taking the stage shortly after 7:30 p.m., the British quartet was backed by brass and strings for an invitation-only, 16-song set. They played much of their new album, the chart-smashing Babel, but...

    Sonya Singh / Redirected: Culture Files
  • Moving On: Meet the Lakers' New Head Coach Mike D'Antoni

    Within the span of 72 hours, the Lakers divorced Mike Brown, rebounded with old flame Phil Jackson, and settled down with new coach Mike D’Antoni. What are we to think about all this promiscuous hoopla? Opinions may vary and confusion may linger, but one thing is certain: D’Antoni’s job description is clearer than Jack Nicholson’s passion for the team: Bring a 17th NBA Championship to Staples Center, and this year would be nice.

    So who is D’Antoni, exactly? And what does the sports world make of his sudden hiring? ...

    Greg Boss / Redirected: CityThink
  • My Farmers’ Market Haul

    My trip to the farmers market (usually Atwater Village, sometimes Hollywood, occasionally Altadena) is the highlight of my week. Behold, my loot!

    Where: Atwater Village Farmers’ Market

    When: 11/11, 10:30 a.m.

    1. Organic onions, shallot, and garlic from the same farmers who bring excellent potatoes and eggs. I don’t know the farm name but they carry excellent staples. 

    2. Asian pear from the same folks I buy my citrus from. My husband hates apples (downright un-American, I say!) but he’ll eat an Asian pear like nobody&rsqu...

    Lesley Bargar Suter / Redirected: Digest
  • A Koreatown Guide to Kimchi

    Former Angeleno Lauryn Chun’s The Kimchi Cookbook comes out November 27, with recipes for funky fermentations with cabbage, squash, and more. In the meantime, here’s where to taste up some of L.A.’s best.

    Kae Sung Market
    The most popular variety at this kimchi boutique is mak, which is made with napa cabbage, sweet ginger, briny shrimp, and a kick of fermented chili paste. » 1010 S. St. Andrews Pl., 323-737-6565.

    Ttu Rak
    Offsetting the fiery stews here are mellow versions of dong chi mi—radish and cabbage in a cl...

    Garrett Snyder / Redirected: Digest
  • The Monday Afternoon Cram: Good Sams Save a Life, a New Lakers Coach, and More

    Everything you need to know from today's front pages

    L.A. City Council Proposes “Meatless Mondays”
    Local leaders would like you to eat more veggies today, please.

    Suspect Booked in Fatal North Hollywood Hit-and-Run
    Police found the victim’s property in the car of a driver involved in a second accident hours after the hit-and-run.

    Thousands Ski At Mountain High on Opening Day
    Going to the beach is so yesterday. Literally.

    Good Samaritans Help Driver After 405 Crash in Encino
    Two witnesses saved the 23-year-old&r...

    Shayna Rose Arnold / Redirected: CityThink
  • "What's That Jacket, Margiela?" (Video)

    If you recognize the word “Margiela,” it will spark one of two thoughts. You will either recognize it as an obscure lyric in Kanye West’s infamous song about Paris, or the word will symbolize decades of artistic and unconventional design by a French fashion house. Whichever category you fall into, a re-edition of iconic Maison Martin Margiela pieces will be available to you at H&M stores worldwide this Wednesday, November 15.

    In 1990, Margiela made a waistcoat out of Parisian metro posters (right) and though the collaborat...

    Trixie Pacis / Redirected: Haute List
  • Food Truck Fashion: Natasha

    Style editor Linda Immediato grabs lunch on the go and hunts for stylish food truck patrons outside the LA Mag office in Miracle Mile...

    TRUCK: Green Truck

    WHO: Natasha Noorvash, stylist and costume designer

    WHAT'D THEY ORDER: Fish tacos

    WEARING: "Boots from Anthropologie, glasses from a shop in Amsterdam, California-made handbag bought at a vintage shop in Paris, vintage cape from Vintage Williamsburg, and shorts from Urban Outfitters."

    Linda Immediato / Redirected: Haute List
  • Eat Me Now: Chanterelle Mushrooms

    A recent stop by the West Hollywood Farmers’ Market had me jumping for joy as I stumbled upon foraged chanterelle mushrooms from the beloved L.A. Funghi booth. Chanterelles, aka Cantharellus cibarius, have a beautiful yellowish-orange tint and an earthy flavor, matched in greatness only by their exquisite texture. (And all too often, price.) 

    While they can be found growing wild year-round, fall is their peak season. Delightful when simply sautéed in olive oil or butter, chanterelles lend themselves well to heavier dishes like ...

    Randy Clemens / Redirected: Digest
  • November Surprise: Buzzfeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith on Last Week’s Most Eye-Opening Outcomes

    The election may have been last Tuesday, but to us, this is the true morning after--when the Sunday pundits have finally gone breathless, the Sunday papers have stamped their "last word" on the outcome of the day, and the rest of us can quietly evaluate the impact of what went down. Despite Nate Silver's stellar analysis, lots of genuine surprises did occur last week, so we thought we'd ask Ben Smith, Buzzfeed editor-in-chief, to share a few. Practically no one is media has weighed in as much as Smith on one of the most partisan fights for the ...

    Shayna Rose Arnold / Redirected: CityThink
  • Hurricane Sandy Relief: Cupcakes, Burgers, Beer, and Poutine

    Los Angeles restaurants are stepping up to help our East Coast brethren and sistren who were affected by the ravages of Hurricane Sandy. Wanna do your part? Here’s the scoop we’ve gotten from around town, but if you know of another benefit, please do leave it in the comments section!

    Sprinkles Cupcakes will be donating 100% of the proceeds from their red velvet cupcakes (adorned with red crosses) to the Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. » 9635 S Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills

    Library Alehou...

    Randy Clemens / Redirected: Digest
  • Where's Chris? 11/12/12

    Hello friends! Your Ask Chris columnist here. I've been poking around L.A. County and spotted this neat place. Where was I? Be the first to guess correctly and win a one-year subscription to Los Angeles magazine for yourself or a friend. Post your answer in the comments section (and please include your email on the form so that I can reach you) then come back to see where I've been

    Chris Nichols / Redirected: Ask Chris
  • Vinh Loi Tofu or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mock Meat

    There was a time when I firmly believed that vegetarians and vegans with their mock meats were themselves a mockery to the culinary world. I distinctly recall being invited by a young lady who practiced veganism to a vegan Asian restaurant in Garden Grove. When it was time to give the waitress my order, I mockingly raised my fingers and put up air quotes as I requested the “duck.” Both my date and the waitress were visibly unamused by my mockery, and as a result, there were no more dates after that. Not even mock ones.

    I’ve gr...

    Eddie Lin / Redirected: Digest
  • It Happened This Week in L.A. History: The 99% Take to The Streets

    November 17, 2011

    Angelenos took to the streets of L.A. protesting the Wall Street bailouts in what was designated as the National Day of Action by the social movement Occupy L.A. The protesters began gathering at 7 a.m. and shut down the financial district, marching from Bank of America Plaza through Wells Fargo Center Plaza in downtown L.A.

    The movement included several hundred Occupy L.A. activists alongside the Good Jobs L.A. organization members, and union workers. Some blocked the intersection on 4th and Figueroa Street, building three te...

    Virginia Isaad / Redirected: CityThink
  • The Friday Afternoon Cram: Two High-Paying Jobs Have Opened

    Everything you need to know from today's front pages

    Lakers Fire Mike Brown as Coach
    He takes the fall for the team’s 1-4 season start.

    A Woman’s Body Was Discovered in a Mid-City Driveway
    Detectives are looking for witnesses and clues.

    3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Newhall
    Is everyone prepared for the big one? Here’s what you need to know.

    LAUSD Likely to Rescind Furlough Days
    Prop. 30 is at work already.

    Daniel Craig: James Bond is Not Gay
    Clearing up what was never in question.

    ... Shayna Rose Arnold / Redirected: CityThink
  • DispL.A. Case #21: Rose From The Rose Parade

    The history of Los Angeles as told through 232 objects.

    Los Angeles was founded on September 4, 1781. Between now and the 232nd anniversary, we are gathering the stories behind iconic objects that help explain our city. Los Angeles is older than Chicago, Atlanta or Washington, D.C. In fact, when L.A.’s founders were gathering at El Pueblo, New York City was still occupied by the British army. We have a long story to tell, let’s take a look back and see where the city came from. Feel free to add to this exhibition. Email yo...

    Chris Nichols / Redirected: Ask Chris
  • Dinner to Die For: Zombie Apocalypse Survival Workshop & Craft Beer Pairing

    Not to be confused with this weekend's "Dinner To Dye For," next month's zombie apocalypse preparedness seminar at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach will indeed be a dinner to die for.

    Beachwood BBQ chef Gabe Gordon was contemplating the seemingly imminent end of days (seriously, it’ll only be a matter of time), and commented to Gev Kazanchyan—founder of the famed food and drink pairing series DioNicEss—how great it would be to host a zombie-themed beer pairing dinner, with all sorts of imaginative ...

    Randy Clemens / Redirected: Digest
  • Top 10 Weekend Events: Killing Machines, Ice Skating Dreams, and More!

    With the uncommonly hot weather we've had lately -- so wrong for November! -- it may not seem like it's time to bundle on and lace on the ice skates, but it wouldn't be Los Angeles without an ice rink by the beach.

    Terminator Too: Judgment Play
    From the people who brought you Point Break Live!, this interactive spoof of action movie The Terminator features a terminator chosen by the audience, from the audience. Prepare yourself for an evening of Super-Soakers and He-Man actoin figures as you embark on a journey of epic proportions. (Viper Room; ...

    Elina Shatkin / Redirected: Culture Files
  • Oh My Dinner: Pig’s Ear Nachos by Walter Manzke

    Date: 11/8

    Time: 9 p.m.

    Place: The Walter Manzke République preview at Test Kitchen

    Dish: The plate of pig’s ear nachos was among the featured ‘bar bites’ prepared by chef Manzke in addition to a four-course $75 prix fixe menu. “They said to make bar food,” Manzke explained with a grin when my dining companion asked how he came up with nachos. Sure, why not? Chewy, gooey strips of fried pig’s ear joined pickled red chiles, salsa verde, and a 63-degree egg atop a pile of crispy, thin tortilla chips...

    Lesley Bargar Suter / Redirected: Digest
  • This Week in L.A. Food: November 9, 2012 edition

    It's Friday afternoon. The clock is ticking slower than ever and you're already mentally checked out at work. To help pass the time, we present you with a weekly recap of some of the food-focused gems we've mined from our own site and from friends around teh interwebs, to help keep you in the know. Read on and try to enjoy your last few hours of office thumb twiddling... that drink will be in your hand soon enough.

    The Good:
    A Photographic Guide to Great Grains Around L.A. [LAist]
    Travel: Oxnard -- L.A.'s Affordable Beach Community [My Daily Find...

    Randy Clemens / Redirected: Digest
  • Skyfall, Daniel Craig, and the James Bond Gender Gap

    While pundits dissect the Republican Party's dearth of women voters, there's an even more polarizing figure who splits the vote along gender lines. His name is Bond. James Bond. Specifically, we're talking about Daniel Craig as James Bond. This is based largely on anecdotal evidence, but while almost all women love Daniel Craig as James Bond, almost all men don't. Skyfall, his third go-around as the super spy, hits screens today, and it’s sure to widen the gender gap. Among the reasons men say Craig is not their Bond: He's too hunky and h...

    Elina Shatkin / Redirected: Culture Files
  • The F-Stop: Climate Change On Film

    L.A.-based photographer and Los Angeles magazine contributor Spencer Lowell has directed a beautiful short documentary, Tara Oceans. I'm not sure why Étienne Bourgeois, the company director for the fashion house agnes b. owns a scientific vessel named Tara, but she does. Why not take that baby to sea and check out the critical environments of Greenland, Antarctica, and other places deeply impacted by climate change?

    Tara Oceans on

    Amy Feitelberg / Redirected: CityThink
  • Stone Brewing Co. CEO Greg Koch Discusses New Pasadena Store

    “He’s very serious about beer,” the Stone Brewing Co. P.R. specialist explained after my unexpectedly business-like interview with Stone CEO and co-founder Greg Koch. He is probably the most serious beer guy I’ve ever met, which is surprising considering the last time I saw him he was standing atop the bar at Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach yelling, "No longer will we put up with the fizzy yellow beer!" into a bullhorn to kick off the 2011 L.A. Beer Week. I almost figured this would be an interview of crazy...

    Caroline on Crack / Redirected: Digest
  • Dinner to Dye For: Eat, Drink, and Make Art with Natural Pigments

    Most people don’t give much thought to the color of their clothing, or how its dyes were produced. But Bay Area artist Sasha Duerr certainly does. She’s become a preeminent authority on using seasonal, foraged flowers, herbs, berries, barks, nuts, and more to create natural pigments and mordants that are renewable, biodegradable, and free of toxic petrochemicals.

    Further tying edibles into her art, she has developed a “Dinner to Dye For” series, which allows guests to fashion their own naturally dyed textile art whi...

    Randy Clemens / Redirected: Digest
  • Savory in Malibu Closes Suddenly

    Something must be in the water this week. Monday night, Eater LA reported on chef Jeremy Fox's sudden departure from the very soon-to-be-opened and highly anticipated Barnyard Venice, and now we receive the news that chef-owner Paul Shoemaker has closed Savory in Malibu effective immediately, citing irreconcilable differences during a “long and hard battle with Point Dume Village Landlord.” In a statement, Shoemaker says:

    “We would like to thank the entire community and the City of Malibu, all of our guests that have...
    Randy Clemens / Redirected: Digest
  • Meet the Bloggers: Bill Esparza

    All this week we’re celebrating the debut of our four new Digest blog contributors. Sure, we know about their accomplishments, their publications, and their resumes—but who are these fine foodie folks, reeeeally? We asked each a few probing questions to find out more.

    Next up in the hot seat is Mexican food master and tequila aficionado Bill Esparza:

    Favorite restaurant or bar right this minute? 
    My favorite restaurant these days isn't a restaurant. It's the Mercado Olympic, where I can find excellent Mexico City style...

    Lesley Bargar Suter / Redirected: Digest
  • The Thursday Afternoon Cram: Gas and Movie Prices are Down and The Weather is Seasonal. Amen.

    Everything you need to know from today's front pages

    ‘Bling Ring’ Celebrity Theft Case Coming to a Close
    We imagine this means production on some Lifetime version can commence.

    Suspected Kidnapping in Fullerton Was Actually a Runaway Recovery
    So that’s good.

    It Rained Today

    Gas Prices Down to $3.96/Gallon Average
    Driving gets slightly more affordable.

    Movie Tickets Down About 4%
    Driving to see a flick must be the steal of the week.

    Boeing Cuts Back in SoCal, Will Close Seal Beach Fac...

    Shayna Rose Arnold / Redirected: Culture Files
  • Who's Your Bubbie?

    Even if you don’t know what a bubbie is, you probably have one. Originally the Yiddish word for grandmother, a bubbie can be any loved one—an aunt, a roommate, a teacher—with whom you share special memories, particularly of food. The Beyond Bubbie project is an online community designed to preserve the culinary legacy of these individuals, and to share their recipes and the stories behind them.  

    On November 13th, the website will officially launch with “Who’s Your Bubbie?,” an evening of reflecting, sto...

    Skyler Okey / Redirected: Digest
  • Haute Event: Trina Turk Weekend Sample Sale (Video)

    No plans for the weekend? With samples starting at $20, you're guaranteed to find great pieces for your wardrobe and home at the Trina Turk Sample Sale.

    Who: Trina Turk is a California native with a flair for retro-chic designs. She was one of the artists featured in our November issue’s “Made in L.A.” spread (see video below).

    What: Womenswear. Residential, and Mr. Turk

    When: Friday, November 9 9:30AM-6PM and Saturday, November 10 10AM-5PM

    Where: 3025 West Mission Road, Alhambra, CA 91803

    Cash, Visa, Mastercard, AMEX. No stro...

    Trixie Pacis / Redirected: Haute List
  • Robert Goulet's Golden Weenie Up For Auction

    This is breaking my heart. Robert Goulet’s golden weenie is being offered for sale at Julien’s Auctions. Goulet, who died in 2007, created the 14K gold hot dog as a gift for his aunt Alice. Auntie believed in the starving young performer and helped him out in the years before his breakout role in Camelot. The auction catalog tells the story of the young Goulet visiting the aunt and scarfing down one of her apple pies. She told him he still looked hungry, slipped him $10 and told him to “buy yourself a hot dog.”  Whe...

    Chris Nichols / Redirected: Ask Chris
  • La Caridad: Got My Mojo Working

    When I first heard La Caridad (named after the Virgin of Charity, Cuba’s most important religious site) was closing until they got a new location, a moderate level of panic coursed through my garlic-infused veins. (A natural reaction since this was going to put a damper on my weekly visits.)

    La Caridad has been an L.A. institution since 1971, operating continuously under several different owners until Havana-born Orestes Garcia purchased it in 1988. Ownership changes aside, many of the restaurant’s recipes have remained the same sin...

    Bill Esparza / Redirected: Digest
  • Top Chef 10: Ten Things We Learned from Last Night's Premier

    In honor of the 10th season of Bravo’s beloved cooking competition show—and the continual stream of L.A. restaurants spawned by its contestants—we shall, every week, outline the 10 (get it?) things we learn from watching each episode. Last night’s premier of Top Chef Seattle taught us plenty. Here, our top 10 learnable moments:

    #10: We feel old

    Wait, there have been ten seasons of Top Chef? Ten?! Jeeeeze…

    #9: Only one exuberant mustache allowed per cast

    Jorel and Joshua both rocked some serious lip hair, but in the...

    Lesley Bargar Suter / Redirected: Digest
  • Spago's Christopher Miller on Being a Master Sommelier

    As a wine enthusiast, you probably love geeking out at boutique wine shops, can easily pick the perfect wine to go with dinner, and have even memorized a handful of Wine Spectator’s 100-point wines. But can you blind taste a wine and correctly pick out its grape varietal, identify where it was grown, and name which vintage it’s from in under four minutes?

    Yeah, not many people can. But those select few that think they have what it takes undergo tough testing from the Court of Master Sommeliers, an examining body for wine service pro...

    Caroline on Crack / Redirected: Digest
  • International Stout Day Legitimizes Mid-Week Drinking

    Big, dark, and roasty, stouts are the perfect way to help you keep warm during our blistering cold SoCal winter. And while it’s true that I celebrate stouts throughout the year, they’ve gone ahead and gotten themselves a real life day of their own. That’s right! Today is the second annual International Stout Day, which sounds like the perfect reason to crack one at your desk right now! 

    And while you're part of the party no matter where you choose to imbibe, the founder and organizer of this glorious holiday, Erin Peters,...

    Randy Clemens / Redirected: Digest
  • Nightlife: For The Record, A Thoroughly Post-Modern Musical

    The Place
    Billed as a “theatrical concert,” For the Record is more like The Rocky Horror Picture Show set in a cabaret. In the last two years the series of micromusicals has riffed on the films of P.T. Anderson, the Coen brothers, and Quentin Tarantino. Since the reopening of Record’s venue, Rockwell: Table & Stage, the productions—complete with a live band, dance numbers, and the occasional roller skate—have become more elaborate. Tickets cost $20 to $40, and there’s a two-item minimum (food or drink). Fi...

    Elina Shatkin / Redirected: Culture Files
  • DispL.A. Case #20: The Golden Spike

    The history of Los Angeles as told through 232 objects.

    Los Angeles was founded on September 4, 1781. Between now and the 232nd anniversary, we are gathering the stories behind iconic objects that help explain our city. Los Angeles is older than Chicago, Atlanta or Washington, D.C. In fact, when L.A.’s founders were gathering at El Pueblo, New York City was still occupied by the British army. We have a long story to tell, let’s take a look back and see where the city came from. Feel free to add to this exhibition. Email yo...

    Chris Nichols / Redirected: Ask Chris
  • The SEEN: Chrysalis Expands Downtown

    I’ve been covering Chrysalis’s big fundraiser, called The Butterfly Ball, for years in the SEEN. It is an uber-fancy affair set at impressive manses all over town that raise dough for the non-profit. Chrysalis is dedicated to helping homeless and low-income people by providing job training and the resources needed to find and retain employment. Their fundraising galas are fancy, star-studded affairs. The shindig for the multi-million dollar expansion and renovation of the org’s Downtown facility was definitely a smal...

    Kari Mozena / Redirected: CityThink
  • The Wednesday Afternoon Cram: Late Breaking Election News and More

    Everything you need to know from today's front pages

    L.A. Council Backs Creation of City ID Card for Illegal Immigrants
    The card could be used to: open bank accounts, pay utility bills, and borrow library books.

    El Segundo Workplace Stabbing Suspect Now in Custody
    At least two people were attacked.

    Alan Jackson Concedes Race to Jackie Lacey
    She’s now District Attorney Lacey.

    This Berman-Sherman Thing Is Finally Over
    Brad Sherman wins, bringing the most tiring local campaign to a close.

    The Dow is Down
    Way do...

    Shayna Rose Arnold / Redirected: CityThink
  • Hot Knives: The Men, The Myths, The Legends

    One of my favorite blogs on the planet is Hot Knives, the brainchild of Evan George and Alex Brown, a strange if not hilarious vegetarian duo that make me laugh almost as hard as they make me want to cook everything they post. And even though I plan on destroying them when I go up against them (and several others) at the Tony’s Darts Away Vegan Chili Cook-Off Face-Off this Sunday, I have to seriously admit how much I dig what they do. As we gear up for the competition, I caught up with them via email to learn more about these fine fellows...

    Randy Clemens / Redirected: Digest
  • Food Network Star: Season 9 Casting Call

    Think you've got what it takes to have your culinary talents exploited showcased on national television? The Food Network is hosting an open casting call for season nine of Food Network Star on Monday in Burbank. While we still haven't made up our minds about the show—season six did bring us the delightful Aarti Sequira, but season two spawned the amuse-douche that is Guy Fieri—we're putting it out there anyway in the hopes that one of you would do us proud. So, if you've got cooking skills that are matched only by your "captiv...

    Randy Clemens / Redirected: Digest
  • Gingerbread Oreos Hit Shelves, Santa Stoked

    OK, it’s more than a little weird when it’s 93 degrees outside and the Grove has its Christmas tree up. But there is a plus to celebrating the Holidays way, way too early, and it comes in cookie form. Yes, hot on the heels of Halloween’s Candy Corn Oreos—which I proudly dubbed the greatest food ever (judge me as you will)—comes Nabisco’s gingerbread flavored variety. We have yet to get our paws on a pack—they’re available only at Walmart, for now—but where Candy Corn tasted precisely like Fu...

    Lesley Bargar Suter / Redirected: Digest
  • bashi: Pan-Asian Cuisine at Rancho Palos Verdes' Terranea Resort

    When you think of destination restaurants in Los Angeles, what do you imagine? Spago? Providence? The Bazaar? How about an actual destination destination like bashi at the Terranea Resort, former home of L.A.’s long gone Marineland of the Pacific aquatic theme park?

    Terranea offers a few dining options, but bashi fits best with the Palos Verdes Peninsula’s Japanese farming heritage, offering a contemporary, pan-Asian restaurant with killer panoramic views of the coast and regal Catalina Island crowning the distant wat...

    Eddie Lin / Redirected: Digest
  • Made in L.A.: Carmella Designer Katheryn Rice’s Old Hollywood Inspirations

    Demand for Made in the USA goods spiked in the wake of the controversy caused by our outsourced US Olympic team uniforms earlier this year. To celebrate the many talented fashion designers who create jobs and boost the economy by manufacturing here in L.A., we decided to showcase them in a special style section in our November issue (on newsstands now!). Here’s a sneak peek at one of the many we feature in the issue.

    Photo: Singer-Songwriter Ciscandra Nostalghia front woman for the Gypsy punk band Nostalghia wears Carmella

    About the Desig...

    Linda Immediato / Redirected: Haute List
  • The F-Stop: The Story of Polaroid

    My old pal Chris Bonanos, erudite senior editor at New York magazine, has just dropped a new book, Instant, The Story of Polaroid. If this video doesn’t make you want to read about one of the most iconic innovations in the history of photography I don't know what will. Watch as the company founder, Edwin Land, practically invents the iPhone in 1970.  

    Amy Feitelberg / Redirected: CityThink
  • Meet the Bloggers: Eddie Lin

    All this week we’re celebrating the debut of our four new Digest blog contributors. Sure, we know about their accomplishments, their publications, and their resumes—but who are these fine foodie folks, reeeeally? We asked each a few probing questions to find out more.

    Next up in the hot seat is extreme cuisine expert Eddie Lin:

    What’s your favorite restaurant or bar right this minute?
    The Corner Door in Culver City. It's one of those places "where everybody knows your name," or at least it feels like it. Plus, the Mez...

    Lesley Bargar Suter / Redirected: Digest
  • Todd Zuniga Wants to Make L.A. the Center of the Literary Universe

    Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." In Todd Zuniga's case, that shouldn’t be a problem. Described as a "bug-eyed, whippet thin P.T. Barnum" (okay, he was described that way by us), the 37-year-old is the founder, head cheerleader, and emcee of Literary Death Match, a pseudo-competitive reading series. Imagine an MMA octagon -- metaphorical, of course -- populated not by shirtless muscular dudes reeking of sweat and adrenaline but by writers more commonly bathed in the pale glow of a laptop scree...

    Elina Shatkin / Redirected: Culture Files
  • 007 Goes XXL: Introducing Taschen’s The James Bond Archives

    When Skyfall opens on November 9, Taschen will debut The James Bond Archives, a 600-page, $200 megabook with 1,100 photos and arcane details about the superspy’s 23 films

    1. Heartbreak Hotel
    For all the exotically named women he bedded, even James Bond had the One Who Got Away: his wife, Tracy Draco. The marriage was short-lived—about six hours. She was gunned down on their wedding day in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. 

    2. Shaken, Not Stirred
    Although he played the suave British spy seven times over the course of 12 years, R...

    Elina Shatkin / Redirected: Culture Files
  • Blind Donkey Opens Tonight in Pasadena: Crafty Boilermakers and Whiskey Flights

    L.A. beer guy Ryan Sweeney could never be accused of being a one-trick pony. And yet, he’s obsessed about never becoming one. To branch out from his beer-focused bars around town (the Oktoberfest-esque Verdugo Bar, WeHo’s lounge-y The Surly Goat, and the Belgian-intensive Little Bear), he decided to open the Blind Donkey, a new whiskey bar in Pasadena that debuts tonight. But he stood back and let someone else take creative charge of this project for a change: John Bower. Bower is the whiskey guy and, according to Sweeney,...

    Caroline on Crack / Redirected: Digest
  • Get a Sneak Peek of UCLA’s Brand New Pauley Pavilion

    Bruins and sports fans alike can rejoice in the reopening of the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion at UCLA. The $136 million project to upgrade the arena started in May 2010 and took approximately 33 months to complete. The doors will finally open for two games this weekend, with the men and women’s basketball teams being the first to compete in the revamped center.

    The pavilion, which originally opened in July 1965, now holds 1,000 more seats (for a total of 13,800) all in shades of blue, with one golden seat honoring beloved UCLA basketba...

    Virginia Isaad / Redirected: CityThink
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