It Tastes Like Pretty

April 10, 2004 at 1:08 pm in Uncategorized

Who knew that a simple ice cream parlor would miss me if I stopped going there? About two or three years ago I developed a passion for Mashti Malone’s ice cream. What’s so special about it? Sure, green tea ice cream can be had anywhere, but Mashti’s has such beautifully flavored selections: Ginger Rosewater, Orange Blossom with Pistachios and Rosewater & Saffron. For those watching their weight they have some spectacular sorbets including Rosewater or Pomegranate. Of course they have other flavors, including a kick-ass almond praline and chocolate fudge. Everything is made fresh by Mashti and his cohorts, including his younger brother, Medhi.

Well, Will and Susan and I happened by (well, were driven by my strong desire) on Thursday night (before the Red Lion) and no sooner had we been dished our selections did Mashti tell me that he missed me, he had car payments and I needed to come back. He even promised me my super secret special recipe ice cream if I came back, a special flavor he made for a restaurant on La Cienega (he didn’t say which) that was Saffron and Cardamom with Pistachios, pure scoopable heaven to me.

Mashti also imparted the great news, that you don’t have to travel to La Brea (between Hollywood & Sunset) much longer. They’re expanding and will have parlors on the westside, the valley and Glendale (on Brand Blvd. near the Jamba Juice). And for those further away, they ship through their online store.

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$20 Club Soda

April 10, 2004 at 11:50 am in Uncategorized

To everyone we got to meet last night, thanks for the memories. To everyone we didn’t get to meet last night, thanks for not killing me when I announced we were going somewhere to eat.

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by la_xeni

To do: Sculpture from living Oysters, Mushrooms

April 10, 2004 at 11:45 am in Uncategorized

Artist Philip Ross makes sculpture out of living oysters and mushrooms. A show of new work launches in Los Angeles this weekend.


Machine Project announces the opening of “Organized” by artist Phillip Ross, on Saturday April 10th from 5-8 pm. Mr Ross will give a talk on his work at the gallery the following Sunday, April 11th at 3pm. Artist, amateur bio-engineer and member of the San Francisco mycological society, Mr. Ross uses living organisms as the inspiration and means by which he makes his work. Through the design and creation of highly controlled environments, Mr. Ross manipulates, nurtures and transforms a variety of living species into sculpture.

Mr. Ross’s work lies at the disparate intersection of homegrown technologies, folk art, materials science, and D.I.Y. cultivation techniques. The show includes a series of Reishi mushrooms grown into highly artificed forms, the aforementioned sculpture grown out of oysters, and a self-contained survival capsule for one living plant. These sculptures are at once highly crafted and naturally formed, skillfully manipulated and sloppily organic.

Link (Thanks, Mara!)

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by la_xeni

Free film preview — documentary on ex-Squeeze Glenn Tillbrook

April 10, 2004 at 11:43 am in Uncategorized

Rock-n-roll legend bassgoddessgreta (Moby, Debbie Harry, The Nuns, etc.) sends word of an offbeat new documentary film starring former Squeeze frontman Glenn Tilbrook. Twenty years ago with Squeeze, touring meant 18 wheelers, hotel suites and police-escorted limos. Now Tilbrook’s music now finds its audience through a more independent route — which involves a big mobile home and a new indie sensibililty.

In November 2001, to support the release of his debut solo CD, The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook, Glenn embarked on a different kind of independent route as he took to the road in America: One man, two guitars and a mobile home.

Glenn Tilbrook: One for the Road follows him on every step of that journey: arriving in the States; picking up his mobile home; performing the shows; meeting the fans; packing away his guitars; camping at campgrounds; traveling in the RV: All access, all of the time. It’s an intimate look at how an established musician adjusts to his new independent surroundings. It’s a commentary on the current state of the music industry. But, most importantly, it’s a human interest story that transcends its musical base.

Link to movie homepage, and check it out in LA at a free preview screening on Tuesday, May 11th, 8:00pm at CineSpace, 6356 Hollywood Blvd. 2nd Floor. 323 817 3456.

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En Garde!

April 9, 2004 at 8:27 pm in Uncategorized

I was going to write a post about how I took this fencing class at Westside Fencing Center and how it was pretty fun, except that my instructor, a former French Olympic team member, spoke little English and it was kinda hard to understand him, which is important when your noggin is encased in a smelly metal cage and someone’s lunging at you with a semi-sharp and pointy implement.

Um, that didn’t come out the way I meant it.

Anyway, as it turns out, the Westside Fencing Center lost its lease at the Helms Bakery, and as far as I can tell, shut up shop, so I couldn’t really recommend it to blogging.la readers. Still, if you want to learn how to fence, I guess you could try the Los Angeles Fencing Center. It features classes using the sabre. In sabre fencing, you can whack people in the head, which is off limits in foil fencing.

Be warned, however: If you just want to wale at someone with a sword (fair enough, really), fencing is probably not for you. You and your opponent have to take turns waling on each other with swords, and you can be penalized if you attack out of turn. When you’re starting out, it’s kind of hard to remember who has the right of way. Plus, it’s murder on the quads. But it’s something to do. In Los Angeles. And that’s what counts. I think it’s going to be the new knitting!

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Owen Wilson? George Clooney?

April 9, 2004 at 3:21 pm in Uncategorized

This is one of of those tid bits of info that I wish some one had just tipped me off to on the sly rather than finding out about it on a public website because cool things like this tend to go away when they become too public. Yes I know I’m just making it worse with this post but if the cat is out of the bag, there’s no use in pretending it isn’t. What the hell am I talking about? BoingBoing just spilled the beans that this might just be Owen Wilson’s or George Clooney’s blog. (this post hints at the authors identity) Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t, but it’s great reading regardless. Hey Owen/George, if all the hype ruins that one for you and you need a new place to blog, let me know, I think we can hook something up for you.

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by la_bill

Grasshopper sighting

April 9, 2004 at 2:26 pm in Uncategorized

peew peew

Los Angeles is an odd place to be sometimes. I’m hanging out in hollywood at the ivar club when david fucking carradine comes over and says “hey your zippers down, let me pull it up for you”. I said “ok”. The guy behind him, not too happy, I think he’s trying to be cyclops and blast me with his optic blasts. Too bad it only turned his eyes red.

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Head2Toe (starting with the hair)

April 9, 2004 at 10:57 am in Uncategorized

Joz & Aubrey!  That's John Cho behind us in the left of the picture.
Makeover shows have a fresh new face – it’s my friend AUBREY LOOTS. I last ran into Aubrey after he did the hair for the models at the Pre-Oscar Fashion Show at Bliss. Here’s a photo of us from that night… (he did NOT do my hair. It looks all nappy because I had been running around in the rain.)

Tune in tonight (or TiVO) Lifetime’s very popular show “Head2Toe,” a makeover show that does it all (except cut flesh) to make women look their best.

And in the Hairstylist Corner is Aubrey Loots (and several other stylists that he recruited to ESP Salon, the salon he was managing at the time). He is now working out of Studio 210 in the Brentwood Gardens, 11677 San Vincente Blvd #210, Brentwood. 310-826-5522.
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Trends in L.A. Real Estate (aka – Dislocation! Dislocation! Dislocation!)

April 9, 2004 at 2:55 am in Uncategorized

If I wasn’t so busy pulling my hair out from packing furiously for our move, I’d be doing some research on trends in the L.A. real estate market.

Since we got the news just about a month ago that our landlords were selling the house and that we had to find a new place to live, we’ve run into at least 3 other people who are in situations similar to ours. And a good number of people I’ve told our situation to have said, “The same thing is happening to my friend/brother/sister/co-worker/my favorite American Idol singer!” It sounds like property owners are trying to cash in and sell while the market is still crazy hot.
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Tonight’s Playlist

April 8, 2004 at 11:04 pm in Uncategorized

Red Lion again tonight. Here’s what Rob graced us with in his first set:

robredlion.jpgDark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd)
Behind Blue Eyes (The Who)
Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden)
Lullaby (The Beatles)
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (Elton John)
Penny Lane (The Beatles)
Don’t Fear the Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult)
Fame (David Bowie)
Total Eclipse of the Heart (Bonnie Tyler)
Heart of Gold (Neil Young)

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by la_koga

Bling Bling!

April 8, 2004 at 1:00 pm in Uncategorized

What’s the most ghetto of rides?

The Cadillac Escalade?

The Mercedes Benz G-Class?

The Toyota Scion xB?

I’ve seen all three around town, but I’m curious what the opinions are here.

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Reminder: Get together Friday!

April 8, 2004 at 12:11 pm in Uncategorized

Just a reminder that we’re planning a blogger get together tomorrow (friday April 9) night @ the Millenium Biltmore Hotel Bar – 506 South Grand Avenue (downtown) from 8pm – ????? (Valet parking available for $3 but street parking is around if you look). We’ll be on the couches and will throw some kind of a sign on the table. Open to everyone so show up and say hi, it should be fun.

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Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

April 8, 2004 at 9:40 am in Uncategorized

The second annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles starts up next Thursday the 14th and runs through the 18th. As India West puts it, “The role of a woman – be she a 10th century queen, a village rape victim, a young performer in a rural circus, an upper-class Kolkata intellectual or a Pakistani widow struggling to keep her family from being destroyed by religious fundamentalism – is explored in a series of films just announced by the [IFFLA].” Tickets are available at the ArcLight Cinemas box office (6360 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood) or on the ArcLight website. (Thanks to Cinema Minima for the head’s up.)

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Zipper Madness

April 8, 2004 at 12:05 am in Uncategorized

Whilst idling at that corner of Broadway & 42nd Street, Disney & Commerce, Retail Hell & Tourist Mecca, Hollywood & Highland, I took this photo of the zipper sign.

zipper.jpg

I can only imagine the panic and chaos that must have been reigning inside the control booth that day: “Where’s the ANY key!!! Does anybody know where the ANY key is?!?!”

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Are You Prepared?

April 7, 2004 at 11:15 pm in Uncategorized

Has anyone else noticed these billboards yet? They’re put up by the Los Angeles Department of Health and direct you to their site which then sends you to a site identified as LABT.org – the Los Angeles Bioterrorism Unit.

Yes, we have our own bioterror unit. Read the FAQ and you find out what the LABT is doing to prepare for bioterror and what you can do.

And what can you do? Prepare as if there were going to be an earthquake. Yes, in addition to having plenty of clean water on hand, make sure you anchor all paintings and pictures on the walls and bolt your house to its foundation, this will keep you from getting some dreaded disease. It goes on to warn you not to lay in stocks of antibiotics and those gas masks will do you no good against viruses like smallpox Ö I don’t feel better. Great job health department.

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