February 18, 2010
Gawky and sickly, Joey Ramone might not have been the brother anyone would've pegged for rock stardom during his youth in Queens, New York. But his younger sibling Mickey Leigh watched from the sidelines -- his own bands always falling apart -- as the Ramones helped define punk rock. Leigh will be joined by Alan Arkush, P.J. Soles, Howie Pyro and others for a group reading and signing of his new book, "I Slept With Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir." La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd.
June 25, 2013 |
Ed Hardy -- the tattoo artist who spawned a multimillion-dollar lifestyle brand that put his name on items as varied as air fresheners and wine -- will be signing copies of his memoir "Wear Your Dreams: My Life in Tattoos" at 7 tonight at West Hollywood's Book Soup, and at 6 p.m. Wednesday at La Luz de Jesus Gallery on Hollywood Boulevard. Hardy's book, written with Joel Selvin and published by Thomas Dunne Books, covers Hardy's life and career from his '50s childhood in Corona del Mar to his relationship with legendary tattoo artist and mentor Sailor Jerry, his studies in Japan, the first -- and last -- tattoos he inked and his relationship with Christian Audigier, the branding juggernaut who fanned Hardy's flash art into a household name (and, based on an advance reading copy here in the office, merits his own chapter)
November 18, 2011 |
It's just another day at the office for Billy Shire, but his work space is anything but routine. In a dimly lighted backroom that serves as headquarters for the godfather of Los Angeles' "lowbrow" art scene, three decades' worth of eye-gouging artifacts joust for attention. Here's a bug-eyed 3-foot princess doll encased in a shadowbox. There's a circus banner emblazoned with squirming serpents. A bass guitar and a surfboard, each embellished with red flames, lean against the artful clutter while a glittering pink- and turquoise-beaded skull perches inside a cherry-topped cage pretty as a birthday cake.
June 7, 1990 |
Imagine stumbling into a restaurant that at first glance seems like all other restaurants of its type, only to realize that you found the real thing, tap-tap-tapping ladies and all. The last place you'd expect to find a real Mexican joint is among the Maraca vendors and befuddled German tourists of Olvera Street, but there it is, La Luz del Dia, stuffing soft tacos with delicious picadillo and serving cactus salad to the hordes.
October 7, 2011
EVENTS Haunted Hayride This year's all-new 25-minute hayride is based on the nightmarish journals of the Clifton twins, daughters of zookeeper Ferdinand Clifton. It makes trepidatious guests prey for 15-foot-tall mascots of death, 400-year-old children and terrifying clowns. Additional highlights include the spooky In Between Maze and the Human Menagerie slide show. Griffith Park Old Zoo, 4730 Crystal Springs Ave. 7 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, 7-10:30 p.m. Sunday. $25-$50.
October 7, 2010
The second annual Beyond Eden Art Fair fetes Los Angeles' under-the-radar art scene with a two-day exhibition, a screening of the art documentary "New Brow," live painting, a cocktail reception and a lifetime achievement award ceremony for artist and Juxtapoz magazine founder Robert Williams. Participating galleries include Carmichael Gallery, C.A.V.E. Gallery, CoproGallery, Crewest, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, LeBasse Projects and Thinkspace. L.A. Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd.