Morgen Sighted

April 18, 2004 at 9:31 am in Uncategorized

Morgen, who used to write here, moved to Chicago and started his own blog where he can talk about living in LA.

“Though it was never a goal, I came across my fair share of celebrities while living in LA. Of course everyone who lives there claims to be friends with one or two celebrities. From the bartender who’s “great pals” with Stiffler from Dude, Where’s My Car (“who might come by the bar later”) to the random LA wannabe who “hangs out” with the guy who is in those Cingular commercials (“he’s actually really cool”), everyone is obsessed with celebrity out there. When you see someone famous out there, you have to pretend that it’s no big deal. I was once told that celebrities deserve to have LA where they can go without feeling hounded all the time. I was unaware there were rules to the whole thing, but I inadvertently adhered to them, not out of respect, but because I just didn’t care.

Having said that, yesterday I briefly considered pulling a u-turn after I noticed John Cusack driving past in the other direction.”

John Cusack is on Caryn’s “list” and when we lived in Chicago they were filming High Fidelity right around the corner from our house. I made sure not to tell her who was in the movie until after they’d packed up and moved on, knowing for sure she would have packed up and moved on with them. In fact, that might have secretly been one of my reasons for moving out of Chicago to LA, less chance of losing my wife to Layne Meyer.

Cemetery Cinema

April 17, 2004 at 7:49 pm in Uncategorized

cinespia.jpg When I was a kid growing up in H’wood I spent several a serene summer’s afternoon at the Hollywood Memorial Cemetery on Santa Monica at Gower, now called Hollywood Forever. I would bike over there just to wander around the crypts, hang out among the remains of the likes of Tyrone Power and Jayne Mansfield, and occasionally catch guppies in Douglas Fairbanks’ reflecting pool.

Now I’m gonna go back to see movies, not dead people.

Cinespia is getting set to commence its third season of outdoor film screenings upon some of Hollywood’s most hallowed ground, beginning April 24 at 8 p.m. with Roman Polanski’s “Chinatown.” Tickets are $10 a person and reservations aren’t needed. Just bring yourselves, a picnic dinner, a blanket or beach chairs, cocktails, and a cinematic sense of adventure. Gate opens at 7 p.m. with a DJ spinning tracks before and after the movie.

L.A. Weekly wrote about it here; and DailyCandy, here

Opening @ sixspace Tonight!

April 17, 2004 at 10:34 am in Uncategorized

inv.jpgmoonboots and barrettes, elves and cigarettes opens tonight at sixspace ( 549 west 23rd street, 90007) from 7-10PM with work by Megan Whitmarsh and Rachell Sumpter. Details and images can be found here. If you don’t already have plans swing by, or if do already have plans, blow them off and swing by.

Why don’t they deliver?!

April 16, 2004 at 7:50 pm in Uncategorized

I just found out that the Palms Thai Restaurant in Hollywood doesn’t deliver…


I was first introduced to this pleasant restaurant when I met up with Marc Brown for lunch one day. Their lunch specials are really reasonably priced ($3.95) and it’s a pretty nice environment with friendly (if sometimes slow) service. It’s also a great place to go if you’re out at 1am in Hollywood and need something to eat (they’re open ’til 2am).

Of course, the best thing about this place is Thai Elvis (certain evenings only), but still… WHY DON’T THEY DELIVER!?!

Bake Back the White House

April 16, 2004 at 4:37 pm in Uncategorized

According to MoveOn, on Sat., April 17, all across the country, thousands of people will organize bake sales to raise money for MoveOn PAC’s campaign to Take Back the White House. If you’re a Kerry supporter, or a Bush, um, opposer (boy does that sound dorky) then be sure to stop by one of these tomorrow and pick up a cookie or some kind of bread made out of old bannanas. Here’s a list of the ones near me, but you can check your own zip code for something more convenient. If you’re a Bush supporter, I don’t have any recommendations for you, but have a nice weekend.

A Bazaar of Hidden Gems

April 16, 2004 at 4:23 pm in Uncategorized

That’s their quote, not mine. I don’t know anything about these people, but Find is having a sample sale/art show tomorrow that sounds pretty nifty and has some cool sponsors (like American Apparel and Black Market) and participants (like Mear One and SITUATIONORMAL). Mostly I’m just digging the type design on their front page. Anyway, if you’re a clotheshorse, or just bored, this might be an interesting thing to hit tomorrow between all the other goings on:

Find is assembling a group of independent, L.A. designers/creatives under one roof on April 17th for its first Fashion Sample Sale. One-of-a-kind garments and accessories will be available at 40 to 70% off retail.

DJs, art, free goodies, great door prizes, and more are part of the lineup, so come hang out, SHOP, absorb fashion, music, and design. The drinks are on us.

April 17, 2004 (Saturday)

3:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Deja Design Gallery
4823 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90019

Gallery opening in Marina del Rey

April 16, 2004 at 2:06 pm in Uncategorized

Going down to Marina del Rey tonight to the Julia Dean Gallery for an “Alternative Photography” exhibit that my friend Wendy Marvel is exhibiting in. If you’re in the hood drop by. It’s right at 3111 Ocean Front Walk and runs from 7pm to 10pm.

Dine, Mnemosyne

April 16, 2004 at 11:46 am in Uncategorized

Eating is one of those activities that can latch into your memory like a goathead thorn on a bicycle tire. I can remember meals and occasions from when I was a kid with great clarity, so much so that at times, I think Vonnegut was more right than he knew. Partly, of course, this has to do with special occasions celebrated with food, especially dining out.

Yet my memories aren’t limited to those. I think it may have to do with how going to a restaurant to eat, rather than eating at home, interacts with the five senses: the taste and smell and texture of the food, naturally, but also the atmosphere, what it looks like, sounds like. Sort of like how a campfire is profound in some way because all five senses are affected meaningfully: its light fighting back foreboding shadows, the logs crackling and shifting, its heat warming you, the smell and taste suffusing your attention.
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More Celeb Web

April 16, 2004 at 9:13 am in Uncategorized

New shit has come to light, man – Rance points out Jeff.

Shake It Like A Polaroid Picture

April 16, 2004 at 8:41 am in Uncategorized

Doc wants to remind us that we might feel the earth move before too long. The internet says:

earthquake-socal-map-bg.jpgA US geophysicist has set the scientific world ablaze by claiming to have cracked a holy grail: accurate earthquake prediction, and warning that a big one will hit southern California by Sept 5.

Russian-born University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) professor Vladimir Keilis-Borok says he can foresee major quakes by tracking minor temblors and historical patterns in seismic hotspots that could indicate more violent shaking is on the way.

And he has made a chilling prediction that a quake measuring at least 6.4 magnitude on the Richter scale will hit a 31,200-square-kilometre area of southern California by September 5.

Make sure to stock up on your brooms and dustpans.

What A Novel Concept!

April 16, 2004 at 7:54 am in Uncategorized

cahbranch.jpg So I’ve lately been itching to read “The Da Vinci Code” but not so itching to fork over any of my hard-earned Di Nero for Da Pleasure. I also wasn’t really eager to do the crapshoot that comes with traipsing around to the various city library branches (such as the Cahuenga Branch, pictured, on Santa Monica a couple blocks east of the Vermonica installation Cybele profiles below) hoping a copy would be available. So first I paid a visit to the Los Angeles Public Library website a couple weeks ago to peruse its online catalog and minimize my traipsing options by finding out who had what and where. Turns out at that time the closest branch with a copy was in that distant and foreign place known as Canoga Park. But I didn’t care how good a story it might tell, CP was a mountain range too far to go.

But ho! Little did I know (and pardon me for surely being way behind the times on this; hopefully I’m not the last person in town to discover it) that our city’s glorious public library system allows you to reserve a book online so that once it becomes available at the branch of your choosing they dial your digits and tell you to come on down!

Somewhat skeptical, I personally inaugurated this feature and sure enough the call came yesterday alerting me that the Cahuenga Branch had my copy ready and waiting, which I picked up after work without a hitch. Looks like the beginning of a beautiful symbiosis.

Need a good laugh?

April 15, 2004 at 10:42 pm in Uncategorized

Go read LA Observed right now. This is part of a letter being discussed:, for instance, is more of a hybrid magazine and city guide than just a guide. It has a fresh, opinionated editorial voice (they hired a veteran style reporter as editor in chief) and delivers new information around the clock…it even has a blog, LA.COMfidential. The goal is to have people visit not just when they’re planning a trip or a night out, but on a regular basis to get their “fix.”’s president, Lynda Keeler, and editor in chief, Laurie Pike, will be in New York next week, April 21-23. Would you be interested in meeting with them? They can give you a “tour” of and explain what they’re doing to make “relevant.” They can also tell you about some other online city guides they think are getting it right.

As if the letter itself isn’t good enough, it was sent to the Los Angeles bureau chief at who, like all Los Angeles bureau chiefs, is based IN Los Angeles, not NY. Damn that’s funny.

Back On The Air America

April 15, 2004 at 10:33 pm in Uncategorized

Follow up to Robert’s earlier post: Yahoo is reporting that Air America will be back on the air in LA and Chicago shortly:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York judge ordered the owner of two radio stations on Thursday to put the 2-week-old, liberal radio network known as Air America back on the air.

MultiCultural Radio Broadcasting Inc, which owns radio stations in Chicago and Los Angeles, pulled the plug on Air America on Wednesday. MultiCultural’s owner, Arthur Liu, told the Chicago Tribune the radio network “bounced a check” and was in default.

Air America, which leases radio stations in 16 cities, filed a complaint in New York State Supreme Court demanding it be restored to the air and compensated.

Judge Marilyn Diamond issued a temporary restraining order on the condition that Air America post a $156,000 bond. The judge will hold a hearing on the dispute on Monday.

“We won the first round. We’ll be back on the air sometime before the end of the day on Friday,” Air America Chairman Evan Cohen said.


April 15, 2004 at 5:03 pm in Uncategorized

Von Iva!Months upon months ago, I saw Von Iva at Spaceland. They went on unannounced when Low Flying Owls cancelled. I don’t know Low Flying Owls, but good lord, did Von Iva kick ass.

Since then, I have haunted the band’s site waiting for the announcement of another L.A. gig. As it happens, Von Iva will be appearing at M Bar, 1253 N. Vine, this very Saturday night. M Bar’s site isn’t particularly helpful from a scheduling point of view, so I gave them a call. That was even worse. But after insisting that the band, at least, seemed to have the gig scheduled, I was put on hold, asked to give my number for a callback and, in an uncharacteristic move for a nightclub, actually did receive a callback. The verdict? Von Iva goes on at 10 p.m.

I’ve never been to M Bar, but Daily Candy seems to like it. (I’ve never known a publication, on- or offline, to use the royal “We” quite as much.) Anyhoo, I’ll be there. Early. So I can find a big, cushy seat. I’m inclined to rock reclined.

Cleanliness is next to Mall-liness.

April 15, 2004 at 3:50 pm in Uncategorized

Every time I visit the shiny new West Hollywood Gateway at Santa Monica and La Brea, I’m transfixed by this bizarre sign that hangs in the courtyard area. Is there a new variation on the urban redevelopment scheme that includes free showers? Is it an attempt to make the local homeless population more palatable? Whatever the reason, I want my free shower and I want it now!