November 12, 2010
Saturday Sanrio's "I Heart Nerds" Party with Hello Kitty Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica $15 Sanrio.com/smallgift A Club Called Rhonda with Tensnake, Lovefingers and Goddollars El Cid, 4212 W. Sunset Blvd., $10 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.; rhondasays.net Serenade Sunset BBQ: music, food trucks, readings and comedy Mi Alma Gardens, 4016 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. $5 Silverlakejubilee.com Sunday Madame Chou Chou, new French bistro 2518 Main St., Santa Monica (310)
November 12, 2010
Saturday Sanrio's "I Heart Nerds" Party with Hello Kitty Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica $15; 8:30 p.m. Sanrio.com/smallgift A Club Called Rhonda with Lovefingers and Goddollars El Cid, 4212 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. $10 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.; rhondasays.net Serenade Sunset BBQ: music, food trucks, readings and comedy Mi Alma Gardens, 4016 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. $5; 2 to 6 p.m. Silverlakejubilee.
September 15, 2013 |
A federal lawsuit to stop the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways could be good for penny-pinching fliers. The legal challenge filed in August by the U.S. Department of Justice says that the deal to create the world's largest carrier would cut competition and lead to higher fares. Until the lawsuit is settled or won by either side, don't expect the two airlines to raise fares and give federal authorities more reason to fight the merger, said Rick Seaney, chief executive of the fare monitoring site Farecompare.com.
December 22, 2012 |
When a toy designer's young daughter becomes fascinated by the gel-like beads in a flower vase, there is only one conclusion to draw: "There has got to be a toy in here somewhere," says Ron Brawer, a partner in the Maya Group and a toy industry veteran. The fast-growing Torrance company has gone on to develop dozens of playthings based on those transparent polymer pellets. One of those toys, a modified water gun called the Xploderz XBlaster 200, was a finalist for the 2012 Outdoor Toy of the Year Award from the Toy Industry Assn.
March 23, 2001 |
What do you do when your parents file restraining orders against you? In the case of one 6-foot-2 redhead, you make an educational, multimedia show. In his "The Very Worst of Varla Jean Merman," at the Hudson Avenue Theatre, Jeffery Roberson gives cross-dressing and self-absorption a good name.
HOME & GARDEN
March 18, 2004 |
Like hip-hop and Madonna, graffiti would never last, they said. They were wrong. Spray paint, doodles and block lettering have become part of the vocabulary of contemporary art, from paintings at L.A. galleries such as New Image Art to the logo of Burbank's Urban Outfitters. These vibrant graphics are also making their way from public places to private spaces.
July 14, 2002 |
'Eccentric' doesn't begin to describe Magic Cat, Michiko Kishimoto's 4-year-old shop in Little Tokyo. Along with nearly every conceivable cat collectible under the sun, the 67-year-old proprietor also stocks Elvis memorabilia and Kurosawa videos because, well, she can. Granted, the two entertainers had cat-related nicknames (Elvis was often referred to as the 'Hillbilly Cat,' while she says some called director Akira Kurosawa 'Kool Kat').
September 2, 2007 |
Say goodbye to Hello Kitty. Leave the Homies at home. Thanks to an L.A.-based toy company, there's a new world order in the collectible universe, and at least some of these characters aren't just bad -- they're pure evil. (Insert evil "hmmmwaah" laugh here.) Designed by local pop-culture artist Plasticgod for Super Rad Toys, the Axis of Evil are 5-inch, news-inspired characters: Saddam Hussein, Tony Blair, Kim Jong Il, George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden.
October 12, 2003 |
Forget about killing zombies or racing away from a hit man in a flashy car -- the biggest crowds in Japan's video game arcades are gathered around Taiko no Tatsujin (Drum Master), an innocuous-looking rhythm game that is insidiously addictive. Two fat little drums make faces on the screen, calling out shrill encouragement as two human opponents beat on two drum-shaped consoles with attached sticks, trying to follow the increasingly complex beat of the traditional Japanese enka music.