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…

WHAT?!

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.

When:
April 17, 2004 (Saturday)

Time:
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Where:
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:

LA.com, 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 LA.com “fix.”

LA.com’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 LA.com and explain what they’re doing to make LA.com “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 Forbes.com 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.


VIVA VON IVA

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

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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!


I've got the power!

April 15, 2004 at 2:00 pm in Uncategorized

Tuesday night I was in need to some serious boozin so myself and Mr. R.G. Fogarty headed down the street to one of our favorite dive bars in Hollywood. The Powerhouse! It’s about half a block north of Hollywood Blvd on Highland. Directly across the street from the overpriced bowling alley “Lucky Strike” and the utterly annoying Ryan Seacrest show. They have cheap beer. An amazing jukebox and darts. It’s all about the darts! Usually we get there early enough to juke-block the entire evening but missed the window that night so we were tortured by the Bon Jovi and Prince tunes. But the darts are all important. Celeb sighting of the night was “Angel” actor Christian Kane playing darts with his friend at the board next to us for pretty much the entire evening. Too bad he’s in a Country band. Evil! If you aren’t scared of clown art and crappy beer add it to your dive-tastic list.


A Milkshake with My Sharona

April 15, 2004 at 1:19 pm in Uncategorized

Tonight from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. is karaoke night at the Mel’s Drive-In on Highland. A friend of mine hosts the weekly event, but I must add this disclaimer: Mel’s is a very strange place for a karaoke night. The performers are positioned inside the U-bend of the bar facing the front door, so folks sitting at the bar get an up-close and personal experience, plus the wait staff often has to move around them to take orders or retrieve cutlery from the bins under the counter. Combine this with the fact that the seating at Mel’s on Highland doesn’t lend well to seeing anything except the people you are dining with, and you have a recipe for weird.

Still, it’s my understanding that this particular karaoke night is very popular with the post-bar crowd, allowing them the opportunity for a drunken chorus of “I Will Survive” and a coupla patty melts.


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Adultcon 6

April 15, 2004 at 2:19 am in Uncategorized

UPDATE: I had a major brain fart. Adultcon 6 takes place on Sunday, May 16th. My bad!

WARNING: All links except for the first one in this post are NSFW.

Coinciding with the news earlier this week in the porn industry that a male pornstar has tested HIV positive, this Sunday is Adultcon 6 at the Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills from 2:00 PM-8:00 PM, with a post convention party at VIP Showgirls in North Hollywood from 8:00 PM-12:00 AM.

Unfortunately, the roster of porn stars scheduled to be in attendence is extremely lacking in star wattage, especially considering the fact that past attendees have included Jenna Jameson, former gubernatorial candidate Mary Carey, and the hedgehog himself, Ron Jeremy. But that could be an advantage as this Sunday’s convention should be nowhere near as crowded and chaotic as their past conventions.

While there is usually a charge for an autograph, there is no charge to take photos. And if you do go, get ready to be creeped out by the guys taking upskirt shots of the pornstars without the pornstars realizing it. :o