May 30, 2013 |
Local fashion scene booster Los Angeles Fashion Council has joined forces with fashion-themed Hollywood nightclub Couture Los Angeles to create a showcase and competition for emerging designers in a format loosely based on the open mic nights found on the comedy club circuit. According to the fashion council's Kelsi Smith (whose tireless efforts on behalf of the city's style scene continue to amaze us), the program is intended for "brand-new and barely emerging designers.
May 30, 2013 |
As she entered the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center on Wednesday for opening night of “The Scottsboro Boys,” Paula Abdul said she was excited to see the show. A musical theater fan, Abdul said, “I go to everything in New York,” adding that she wished theater could be a more dominant part of the Los Angeles scene. The crowd also included actors Angela Bassett, Regina King of “Southland,” Kym Whitley of “Sparks,” Dawnn Lewis of “A Different World,” Kearran Giovanni of “Major Crimes,” Calvin Sykes of “Funny People," Jason George of “Grey's Anatomy,” and singer Kenny Lattimore.
May 25, 2013 |
It was a knotty problem that many curators face at some point in their careers: making sure a three-artist exhibition doesn't look like three completely distinct shows in one space. "We need to find a way to connect the artwork; it should flow from one wall to another," said one curator, who wore disposable blue gloves as she carefully held up a painting. "What if we use these images of trees side by side, so the green works as a transition?" asked another, moving an artwork closer to a corner.
May 16, 2013 |
CANNES, France -- The movie world feted an old friend Wednesday night, or at least an old sport. Two weeks after celebrating Baz Luhrmann's big-budget adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel with a throwback party at the Plaza Hotel in New York, Warner Bros. did it all over again with a more modern gathering at the Cannes Film Festival. The occasion, of course, was the festival's opening night and the film's impending opening in France and other European countries. PHOTOS: Cannes Film Festival scene In a theatrical touch Luhrmann himself might have appreciated (or even orchestrated)
May 8, 2013 |
Budget cuts won't force the closure of air traffic control towers during overnight shifts, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday. But the federal agency said it is still uncertain whether it will be forced this summer to close towers operated by contractors at 149 small and medium-size airports, including several in Southern California. Budget cuts called for by the federal sequestration forced the FAA in April to furlough air traffic controllers for one day every two weeks.
May 1, 2013 |
If you go fishing with dynamite, you're bound to get lucky. One diner at chef-owner David LeFevre's new Manhattan Beach seafood restaurant, Fishing With Dynamite, shucked into fortune on opening night when he found a tiny pearl in his clam. The packed 34-seat restaurant (including bar seating) had a party-like atmosphere. Enthusiastic hostesses danced and sang along to pop classics such as Madonna and Michael Jackson to entertain guests while they waited for a seat. LeFevre greeted each guest twice - with a handwritten note in the menu thanking guests for supporting day one and with a tableside greeting during service.
April 26, 2013 |
Once diners add their names to the waiting list clipboard at the entrance of Tsujita Annex, ramen fanatics have accepted the challenge -- to stare down others as they wait for one of the coveted 11 seats at West L.A.'s newest ramen-only restaurant. Thursday's grand opening of Annex on busy Sawtelle Boulevard, right across the street from its nearly 2-year-old sibling, Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle (which serves ramen only at lunch), garnered a diverse crowd of twentysomethings. Many had requested exclusive invites on Facebook.
April 24, 2013 |
Priscilla and her camp crew are set to march into the Mojave Desert as “ Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical ” opens an 11-week run on June 18 at the Venetian in Las Vegas . Fans of the 1994 movie, which morphed into a musical in Sydney, Australia, in 2006, will want to dust off their feather boas and polish up on the lyrics to Gloria Gaynor's “I Will Survive” before opening night. The story features a trio of friends -- two drag queens and a transsexual -- as they traverse the Australian Outback in a battered bus, searching for love during the road trip of a lifetime.
April 13, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant fans weren't the only people in Los Angeles on Friday night looking glum. If you didn't have a reservation on opening night at Paiche, the Marina del Rey Peruvian izakaya from chef Ricardo Zarate, you were in for an hour wait. The packed 12-seat bar greeted diners upon entering the subtly aquatic-themed space. Every seat was filled, including chef tables adjacent to the open kitchen, which provided a view of Zarate and his team of nearly a dozen carefully plating slices of Amazonian fish.
March 22, 2013 |
Conditions on the ground weren't ideal, and "The Flying Dutchman" did not achieve liftoff when Los Angeles Opera opened its gloomy new production of Wagner's gloomy early opera the second Saturday of March at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. But by the first day of spring, a little elevation, if not exactly winged victory, had become possible. As the curtain was about to rise on that uncertain opening night, Portuguese soprano Elisabete Matos felt suddenly unwell, giving her cover and former L.A. Opera chorus member Julie Makerov only 12 minutes to get costumed and made up (with no time left to fit her wig)