In late August 2012 right before Hurricane Isaac hit Louisiana, I discovered Amanda Shaw and The Cute Guys at the New Orleans Slobsterfest. Amanda Shaw who can be described as a Cajun rocker was in the middle of a national tour, and made a detour to play before a home crowd at the Slobsterfest in Metairie, just north of New Orleans near Louis Armstrong airport. Amanda who recently turned 21 has been performing for over ten years, and is well known locally in New Orleans. In fact, if one is in New Orleans and Louisiana in October, you can catch her at several Lousiana festivals, and then in San Francisco on October 7 at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. But for Southern California, her only appearance this Fall is up in Ventura on Saturday October 13, 2012 at the first annual Ventura Oysterfest, although she has played in the Los Angeles area earlier this year.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Swan Lake. A million ballerinas have danced a version of it, the hauntingly grand Tchaikovsky music is unmistakeable aaaaand who can forget 2010's The Black Swan? Seriously. Well, that's all about to change.
The Silverlake Contemporary Ballet (SCB) is re-inventing the story once again and just to make it that much more LA, each act will be played by local legends...live...on stage. Yep, you heard that right. Awesome sounds by Races, The Young Romans and Holly Conlan will each play a rock rendition of the centuries-old ballet score. In addition, a collection of large scale paintings curated by Edgar Varela Fine Arts will set the scene, American Apparel will donate the costumes and, together, all tell their depiction of a love story 'tested by Hollywood morality'.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Tonight at L.A. Live's Club Nokia at 7 pm are The Revivalists, a New Orleans based band, that is on a national tour, opening for Gov't Mule (who are doing two sets at 8:30 pm and 10:00 pm). I happened to catch a performance of The Revivalists at a recent New Orleans music and food festival - Slobsterfest. Originally I was not planning on staying for the Saturday night closing act, but in talking to the fans of The Revivalists, I was intrigued. Many of them were seeing David Shaw and his band for the tenth time, several having even traveled to Florida to see them again. The band has been around for five years.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Chefs Suzanne Goin and David Lentz, along with Suzanne's business partner Caroline Styne, for the third year are assembling some of the best celebrity chefs and mixologists from Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, Miami, Chicago, Seattle, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and New York City to raise funds for pediatric cancer research on behalf of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade event on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the Culver Studios from noon to 4 pm will again be among the best food events occurring in Los Angeles. A general admission ticket is $175 with a significant portion ($100) of that amount tax deductible. The story of the creation of ALSF by Liz and Jay Scott is heartbreaking, as they watched in amazement how their very young daughter Alex raised over a million dollars to find a cure for pediatric cancer, such that they captured her passion by creating ALSF after her passing. Having the opportunity to talk with Liz and Jay in 2010 was a cherished moment, and I was fighting back tears.
Just like Suzanne, David, and Caroline masterminded this Los Angeles foodie event, my late wife Karen Gibbs and I also became enchanted with the mission of ALSF and we volunteered four shifts (working all day and into the night doing cleanup) during the initial 2010 event in which over $300,000 was raised. Unfortunately, Karen was battling for her own life during November 2011 for the second one that cleared $400,000. I so much wanted to make a token volunteer appearance,. but with the stormy weather, I could not afford to be sick, and thus be kept out of the ICU. When Karen lost her own battle, I encouraged our friends to donate to ALSF along with several other non-profit organizations close to our hearts.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
|Women and children sampling strawberries.|
Farmers Markets in Los Angeles are year-round adventures. With their colorful piles of fruits and vegetables from local farmers to delectable treats and baked goods, they are places that evoke the senses and call to people to stop on by. Wilshire/Vermont Metro Station is home to a Farmers Market on Friday morning. These photos were taken just as I was about to hop on a train.
Photos and Text by Charity Tran
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During last year's closure of the I-405 (aka Carmageddon!) we were promoting "good carma" and how to Experience LA in new ways. With this year's I-405 closure on September 29-30, 2012, our mission statement is the same, but simplified: Go Local!
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Thursday, September 06, 2012
|Central Library in Focus|
One of my favorite libraries is Central Library in Downtown LA. It is home to some of my favorite LA experiences and here is why:
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