August 24, 2012 |
Bartender Calixto Hernandez has a wrist as loose as Steven Tyler's tongue, so the results can be menacing if you're not careful. Every Sunday, Hernandez lords over one of the most popular build-your-own Bloody Mary bars in the city on the back patio of La Cita in downtown Los Angeles. He provides a pint glass half full (or more) of vodka and you go to work mixing and garnishing it from the movable feast of condiments, crisp bacon, sauces and pickled veggies he lines up on the side of the bar. Thanks to the oppressive August heat, which mandates a healthy amount of escapist day drinking, the Enabler has lately been obsessed with build-your-own Bloody Mary bars.
August 19, 2011
SING-ALONG: RAT PACK NIGHT Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S. Grand Ave. 6:30-8 p.m. Friday (213) 972-3660 NEW VENICE BAR Larry's restaurant 24 Windward Ave., Venice 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday (310) 399-2700 ART OPENING "Art From a Galaxy Far Far Away" Hold Up Art, 358 E. 2nd St. 7-11 p.m. Saturday http://www.holdupart.com GOURMET MUSIC CARNIVAL LA State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday $12-$50 truckitfest.com DANCE PARTY John Cameron Mitchell's "Mattachine" La Cita, 336 S. Hill St. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday (213)
August 26, 2011 |
It's been two years since DJ Dave Nada spawned a dance genre that propelled him from Washington, D.C., nightclub fixture to unwitting sire of a rhythmic revolution. Since 2009, moombahton — Nada's woofer-rattling concoction of Dutch house and reggaeton — has become a rapidly mutating force in DJ culture, collecting piles of fans and eclectic sub-genres. So, when Nada decided to relocate to Los Angeles in 2010 to further his DJ career, the monstrous music movement he hatched in D.C. wasn't far behind.
April 29, 2013 |
By now you may have heard that a certain four-member band known for its colorful stage persona is going to be kicking off a national tour by playing an intimate L.A. gig. What's that you say? Mick, Keith, Ronnie and Charlie ? Never heard of 'em. Pop & Hiss is referring to Pepe, Alex, Miguel and La Marisoul, the quartet otherwise known as La Santa Cecilia. The bilingual, pop-fusion, Latin Grammy-nominated L.A. band, which got its start many moons ago at La Cita, will perform a free show Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Amoeba Music on Sunset, a set that will showcase the new album "Treinta Dias.
August 30, 2011 |
Before she morphed into the ruby-lipped, hip-shaking diva La Marisoul, Marisol Hernandez lived in alternate musical realities as an L.A. teenager. She spent weekends among the tourist emporiums of Olvera Street, where her grandfather owned a shop, singing traditional Mexican boleros for spare change. Then, during the week, as a Hollywood High School student, Hernandez says, "I would dress in black, I was all about the Doors and the Beatles, and I was all dark. It was like two different lives.
May 6, 2011 |
Ricky Garay was in his car, like many Angelenos are when inspiration strikes, when he first got the idea for Mucho Music — the weekly Latin dance party now moving to the Echoplex in Echo Park after three years at downtown's La Cita club. "My friends and I would drive around passing out fliers and listen to Latin pop and we would always say, 'Man, wouldn't it be great if there was somewhere we could go and listen to Latin pop all night?' There were places that played Brit pop and hip-hop but no Latin pop. " Garay, who was the day manager at La Cita, pitched the idea to owner Carl Lofgren, who had purchased the longtime Ranchero bar with his three partners in 2006.