September 8, 2011
A hearty appetite is encouraged at the Los Angeles BBQ Festival, a three-day celebration of basted and sizzling meats, including spare ribs, pulled pork and beef brisket. Sample delectables from Texas Thunder BBQ, Chicago BBQ Co., Bourbon Q and more, with live music provided by Ticket to Ride, Peter Cash, Sgt. Peppers and Black Crystal Wolf Kids. Santa Monica Pier, 1550 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun. (310) 902-6955. http://www.labbqfest.com.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2013 |
A pilot who twice lost his flying license for buzzing the Santa Monica Pier and illegally selling rides to the public was missing after he crashed his small plane in China, state news media reported. David G. Riggs was reportedly flying a Lancair 320, a high-performance single-engine aircraft made from a kit, when he struck the surface of a lake outside Shenyang, where he was planning to perform in an air show. An 18-year-old woman serving as his translator was killed in the crash, according to the Xinhua News Agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2013 |
The body of stunt pilot David Riggs -- who gained notoriety for buzzing the Santa Monica Pier -- was discovered Friday by search-and-rescue teams diving in a lake in northeastern China where he had crashed earlier in the week, Chinese media said. The body of Studio City-based Riggs was recovered at 12:12 p.m. local time from Caihu Lake on the outskirts of Shenyang after a search that lasted nearly three days, World Now reported. Riggs, a controversial figure whose pilot's license was suspended, flew his plane into the lake Tuesday afternoon while performing a stunt in which the wheels of the aircraft grazed the surface to produce a skiing effect.
July 23, 2012 |
Little things can make you feel more comfortable when you're on the road, but what exactly are those things? DoubleTree by Hilton thinks it knows. The hotel brand launched a marketing campaign called the Little Things Project in January to go to 50 cities to push the brand and dispense "little things" to anyone who shows up at its tent. Next stop: the Santa Monica Pier from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday (as in today). Visitors can pick up freebies such as wristbands for rides on the pier, discounts at local attractions and one of the hotel's signature chocolate chip cookies.
June 11, 2013 |
The storied Newport Folk Festival, which bills itself as “the original music festival” and has delivered historic moments on the East Coast since 1959, will uproot and head west in the fall for Way Over Yonder, a new festival taking place at the Santa Monica Pier. The festival, produced by Newport, will take place on two stages on Oct. 5 and 6, and feature an impressive 10-artist roster that includes soulful country-rock singer Neko Case, songwriter Conor Oberst, Arizona geniuses Calexico and hard Nashville troubadour Justin Townes Earle, among others.
July 9, 2000
Re "Police Link Suspects in Pier Shootout to 3 Killings," July 6: Alleged gunmen brazenly open fire and take hostages at the Santa Monica Pier. Five people are shot but not killed. Fifteen people are held hostage and released after a five-hour standoff. Jan Palchikoff, head of the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp., stated, "While it was tragic . . . in the grand scheme of things it was minor." Excuse me? Perhaps the most chilling reminder will be the photograph of a child "playing a shooting game" after the pier reopened.