August 5, 2011
'The Future' MPAA rating: R for some sexual content Running time: 1 hour, 31 minutes Playing: At the Landmark, West L.A.; Laemmle's Playhouse 7, Pasadena
June 9, 2011 |
The tagline for Coffee Tomo, a cafe that opened a few weeks ago off the main drag of Sawtelle Boulevard's mini Japan Town, might be: coffee specialists and slightly manic pretzel innovators. Think fresh-baked, intricately structured pretzels stuffed with red beans and cheese. The walls of the brand new, immaculate shop are clean white and dark brown wood — "the color of coffee," explains owner Kibum Sung. Sung is a former landscape architect who designed every element of the shop.
May 20, 2011
'L'Amour Fou' MPAA rating: Not rated Running time: 1 hour, 43 minutes, French with English subtitles Playing: At Royal Theater, West L.A.; Playhouse, Pasadena; Town Center, Encino
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2011 |
My friend Lisa Morocco of the Westside Neighborhood Council knows first-hand that in this era of tight budgets, lots of people are feeling the pinch. She and the all-volunteer members of her council have tried their best to help out, even as the distress calls outrun the supply of available cash. The council has bought books for libraries, crayons for schools and even handcuffs for police. I kid you not. But Morocco thought a firefighter at Station 92, on Pico Boulevard near Overland Avenue, was joking when he gave her this nugget: The station's old, portable air-compressor system is useless for inflating firetruck tires, and fixing it or getting approval for a new one could take half a century.
March 31, 2011 |
Among food-obsessed Angelenos, shawarma isn't as much a point of contention as, say, ramen or carne asada . At too many of the city's Levantine restaurants, flaccid, flavorless strands of meat pass as properly shaved shawarma almost without protest. But there are few pleasures as hypnotic as flame-licked shawarma . Behold the spit stacked with lamb or beef or chicken spinning in slow, mesmerizing circles, flecks of caramelized fat basting the meat below. In deft hands, even the bluntest knife will shear the meat as if carving clay.
February 25, 2011
'Vanishing on 7th Street' MPAA rating: R for language Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Playing: At the Nuart Theatre, West L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2011 |
Accusing the federal Department of Veterans Affairs in Los Angeles of not doing enough to help homeless veterans, the ACLU of Southern California is calling for an investigation into the VA's stewardship of its sprawling Westside campus, which includes leasing portions of land for use as private tennis courts. In letters to VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, the U.S. Department of Justice and California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, the ACLU's managing attorney, Peter J. Eliasberg, said the VA was failing to abide by the terms of an 1888 deed that created the West Los Angeles veterans campus.