Profile photo of la_xeni

by la_xeni

Mysterious celebrity-themed posters plaster LA streets

February 18, 2004 at 8:02 am in Uncategorized

Click thumbnail for full size image. A mysterious epidemic of posters is reported in LA this week. They’re Robbie Conal-esque, and we know they’re some sort of sneaky underground campaign for some Hot New Thing Which Shall Be Revealed Shortly, and that posters sending up Wynona, Courtney, and Moby are also in the works, but we’re told we’ll be sent on a one-way ride to Naked Scientology Boot Camp for extensive botox torture if we reveal their true origin and purpose. (Thanks, Susannah!)


February 16, 2004 at 9:58 pm in Uncategorized

This Thursday, James Tracy will be speaking at UCLA. It shall be fun; we can riot together! Here’s the press release:

1pm on Thursday, Feb. 19
Kerckhoff Grand Salon
University of California, Los Angeles
Free of charge and open to the public.

Talk and Civil Disobedience/Direct Action training with James Tracy Editor
of “The Civil Disobedience Handbook: A Brief History and Practical Guide
for the Politically Disenchanted.”

With the upcoming Republican and Democratic National conventions, many
thousands of people, many of them students, will converge on New York and
Boston in protest of war abroad and economic injustice at home. Some will
choose to use direct action tactics for the first time-a time honored
tradition in American politics.

Join James Tracy, Editor of The Civil Disobedience Handbook: A Brief
History and Practical Guide For The Politically Disenchanted. The
presentation will consist of a short “State of the Movement” speech and
hands on, participatory civil disobedience Basic Training workshop.
Read the rest of this entry →


February 16, 2004 at 7:05 pm in Uncategorized

Damn, is it just me or is every other post about eating something in K Town. Well, who am I to break the chain. Marc Brown just pointed out a Top 40 list from the Weekly of places to get your food on. I think I’m going to pass on the Bone Soup though.

Profile photo of la_xeni

by la_xeni

Where to study conversational Spanish in LA?

February 13, 2004 at 5:55 pm in Uncategorized

A friend of mine is looking for a good place to study conversational Spanish in LA. Berlitz is lame. Hunting and pecking through ads at the Coffee table isn’t working out for her, either. Any suggestions? The purpose is to be able to speak fluent, conversational Spanish with friends and business associates in Southern California, Mexico, and Central America. Post any pointers in the comments section, and thanks!

Profile photo of la_xeni

by la_xeni

Griffith Park: phonecamming while running

February 13, 2004 at 3:52 pm in Uncategorized

Phonecammed while running through Griffith Park, in LA.

Art shows this weekend

February 12, 2004 at 1:07 pm in Uncategorized

Check out because I’ve been posting a lot on some art events that are happening this weekend you should check out. Everything from a drawing show at Kontainer Gallery to a group show at Meltdown Comics is being posted this week!

Fire Fire!

February 12, 2004 at 12:57 pm in Uncategorized

Driving to the gallery today, as I turned on Parkman from Sunset, I noticed HUGE flames in the air. As I got to Silver Lake Blvd., I could see someone’s lawn and maybe front of their house on fire (Parkman and SLB). Does anyone know about this? I tried to get Sean to drive down and take pictures but he didn’t. Now I know why I need a camera phone!

nothing at all to do with LA

February 12, 2004 at 8:11 am in Uncategorized

I promised to post, but I’ve been too busy popping enough pills to force Al Gore to re-invent the Internet and more than enough to make the bloated Rush Limbagh’s head spin.

And yet I’m still committing domestic self-battery.

Tapas, japanese style

February 12, 2004 at 3:54 am in Uncategorized

The Spaniards have tapas, the Brits have their pubs with fish and chips, and the Japanese have izakaya. These restaurants specialize in tasty tidbits (Musha, a Santa Monica restaurant that came highly recommended by former Tokyo denizens. Small plates of slow roasted pork with sweet potatoes and egg, japanese pizza-omelettes, and japanese gourd dip all made for a memorable meal.

Musha: 424 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.576.6330

*Since I don’t want to clog up with the many photos I took, if you’re interested if checking out the tasty plates more closely, take a detour over this way.

6 days

February 11, 2004 at 11:26 am in Uncategorized

Holy shit! Has it really been 6 days since anyone posted anything here? Does LA really shut down when I leave the city limits? I always assumed that was just my ego but maybe not. No worries, I’lll be back soon.


February 5, 2004 at 11:40 pm in Uncategorized

As I was walking out of my favourite local chicken mole spot here on the Eastside (Alegria on Sunset) tonite, I was surprised and pleased to see the cover story of the most recent LA Weekly is about the amorphous cultural landscape known as KoreaTown. Apparently its in style now, with both the nightlife and food destinations now on the Angeleno barometer of places to see and be seen (did you know that KoreaTown claims the largest nightclub in all of Los Angeles?). I don’t really have a craving for korean clubbing and the practice of “booking” (a practice where club waitstaff play matchmaker and introduce men and women almost forcefully over $300 bottles of scotch), but I think Jonathan Gold’s list of Koreatown’s Top 40 eateries is quite keen.

Calling all Pilots!

February 5, 2004 at 11:09 pm in Uncategorized

I live up the road from the Van Nuys airport and I have a hankering to get my pilots license. Anyone out there learn to fly there and can you recommend a school? I have a few in running but am looking for personal recommendations at this point. I’m going to go meet the teachers soon and see who I like but would really like some input. Any Flyboys/gals out there???

Recommended by Rabbi Xiao

February 5, 2004 at 3:22 am in Uncategorized

“Mandarin Deli?” Yes, as perplexing of a picture that combination of two words seem to paint, this small chain of LA chinese restaurants are indeed delis of a sort. No gefilte fish, Moishe. But can I offer you some boiled fish dumplings instead? Knishes? No can do, but they make a fantastic scallion cake that disappears quickly once one has married the flaky, oily pancake with a splash of vinegar and soy sauce. Tofu salad, made of “noodles” made from soy, slices of cucumber, and dressed in a refreshing cilantro dressing is a perfect prelude to any meal here. Or slices of cured beef and duck accompanied by preserved duck eggs, the asian persuasion take on classic cold cuts are an interesting and tasty appetizer. A personal favourite on the menu are the dozen or so noodle dishes, some dry (without soup) and others in rich broths. Almost every one of my visits include an order of the spicy chile noodle soup. The pork based broth’s coloration seems to signify the threat of a three-alarm fire. Like the feigned naughtiness of a Britney dance number, in actuality the soup’s hot factor is more imagined than real. The deep red broth is only caliente enough to induce a pleasing heat in the mouth, and the medium thickness noodles’ chewiness balance out the flavour to a slurp worthy experience.

But the real star of the Mandarin Deli menu is the fried potstickers. Somehow each potstickers is uniformly slightly golden brown and crisped on the flat bottomed side, while the top portion glistens in a moistened oily state that is the culinary equivalent of an aroused, baby-oiled Brooke Burke laying in a bed with the come hither look. In both cases, they’re going to get eaten. And eat them I do, splashed with more of the vinegar and soy sauce combination, sometimes with a healthy dollop of hot chile oil to take the experience to another level. Potstickers like these are meant to be scarfed down hot, burning your mouth the whole way down. But you’ll do it without regard because the taste makes each blistering bite worth it. Best of all, two people can walk away quite full for about $19. Now that’s a price that both LÈi Fong and Shlomo both can appreciate!

Mandarin Deli Restaurant, 9305 Reseda Blvd – Northridge, and, 356 E. 2nd St. – Little Tokyo

Gallery hopping

February 4, 2004 at 10:39 pm in Uncategorized

I just made a ridiculously long post about six galleries I visited today while playing hooky from my own gallery. It was fun. Read all about it on the fabulous

native transplants

February 4, 2004 at 9:42 pm in Uncategorized

When my oral surgeon asked how long I’d been in California I told him 10 years.

I have no idea if that’s true because living in paradise, we have no clocks, calendars or passage of time at all.

It’s almost always summer, 70 degrees and sunny.

Everyone stays young forever. Even if you are 117.

All women have perfect large breasts, flawless hair, clothing and cars most people in fly-over country can only dream about.

My surgeon told me, “Oh, I would have thought you were a native by the looks of you.

And that’s when I knew he was lying.

But I do feel like a native — at least I’ve got the dream car even if I lack the saline filled hacky-sacks and swanky wardrobe.

Back when I first moved to California about ten years ago…I asked someone how to get to the highway. Their eyes crossed and they had a seizure.

Correcting myself quickly I said, “I need to find THE 101, where is the on-ramp to the freeway?” But it was too late. The EMT guys were very handsome, if anyone wonders.

These things quickly became rote to me.

Well at least two things that I can remember and only because my out of town guests always mention these particular Los Angeles speech oddities.

Namely, the “highway vs the freeway” and even more obvious that it’s not “I went to Ralph’s,” it’s I went to “THE Ralph’s.”

Being a virtual California native at this point, I’m sure I’ve forgotten the rest — or are we just immune to awareness of our own California speak?