Classic Eats #15: It’s Back!

Classic EatsIn the spirit of the season of things coming back to life, I thought it was time to bring back Classic Eats and continue our enjoyment of L.A. restaurants and bars that have been around longer than most of us have lived here. From my calculations, this will be Classic Eats #15 and it’s going to be a fast and simple one. By that, I mean it’s happening later this week and there’s no voting because I already decided on the location.

The Red Lion Tavern in Silver Lake is a German Gasthaus and Beer Garden that was established in 1959 as an English pub. When the ownership changed in 1963, it took on its German theme. There’s food, lots of beer, and atmosphere at the Red Lion. Come out this Friday, November 4th at 7pm to have a bite to eat, a drink, and hang out with writers and readers of If you missed a chance to celebrate Oktoberfest, now you can!

Classic Eats #15
Friday, November 4th at 7pm

Red Lion Tavern
2366 Glendale Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA 90039-3209

The Red Lion Tavern is about 5 miles north of downtown L.A. It’s located just south of Silver Lake Boulevard. Limited parking is available in lots on either side of the building. There is also plenty of street parking in the vicinity. Leave a comment or drop me a line if you plan to attend.


Chance to win tickets to a Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas Premiere

John Cho and Kal Penn
John Cho and Kal Penn as Harold and Kumar

The folks over at 8 Asians is running the contest.  Pretty simple rules you ask a question of John Cho and Kal Penn, they’ll read them, answer them and pick a winner.  All the details HERE at the 8 Asians post.  Its very important you ask the questions on their post as they won’t be looking here.  Seriously, ask the actors not the character (like my knuckle-headed kids insisted on).

While you are at it take a look at the 8 Asians blog.  They look at numerous issues, serious and humorous that affect the Asian American community.  The humorous ones are the most fun, but its all good.

Just a simple plug and we are cross posting with permission.  As well as using their publicity photo with permission.



Santa Monica Sniffs Around at Dog Beach Idea

Sand castle
Future dog houses on Santa Monica beach?

Will Santa Monica’s sand castles turn into dog houses? Will dogs kick sand in the faces of 98-pound weaklings on Santa Monica’s beaches? Or will the dogs end up in the pound? Those are some of the questions Santa Monica residents may be asking, after the Santa Monica City Council voted yesterday to come up with a pilot program for designating a dog beach, and to present the program to state officials in Sacramento.

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This video needs to go viral and L.A. County Sheriff officer involved needs to be fired

Photographer “discarted” whom I have at least heard of, had a really unfortunate run in with an L.A County Sheriff on the Red Line. Watch the video and try to hold your lunch down. The Sheriff quickly jumps from civility to hostility and accuses the photographer of being a terrorist and stops short accuses him of being an Al Qaeda operative out to blow up the L.A. Subway system.  Next thing we know the dude is cuffed and carted away.  For taking pictures.

Devils advocate for a moment.  When I’ve been asked what I’m doing with a camera I explain its personal use, artistic use and am usually left alone.  Maybe if he answered the same this would not have escalated the way it had?  Regardless of what he could have done differently CrimeScene blog reports the ACLU is involved and suing L.A. County Sheriff over this.

The core of “discarteds” innocence lies in the “Photographers Bill of Rights“.  I carry a copy in my camera bag just in case.

Win Tix to Tiger Army, Octoberflame IV, Friday Night!

Tiger Army are performing their 15th Annual Octoberflame show!

And I Have a Pair of Tickets to Give Away!

Send an email with your Full Legal Name as it appears on your Legal ID*, and I’ll pick Winners at Random. I need them by Right Away! So send me an email and then watch your Inbox!

Send Email To [email protected]

Tiger Army
With Swingin’ Utters and Reckless Ones
City National Grove of Anaheim
Anaheim, California
Show time: 8:00pm
Door time: 7:00pm
Age: All Ages+

*See, you show this ID at Will Call when you Pick up your Tickets. Makes sense, huh?

Sex Nerd Sandra at NerdMelt

2 weeks ago, friend of the blog Jordan Harbinger from The Art of Charm invited me out to see him talk on the Sex Nerd Sandra podcast at NerdMelt. The NerdMelt space is technically in the back of Meltdown Comics on Sunset but the theater is a 3-way collaboration between Meltdown, Chris Hardwick and Geek Chic Daily where they basically film live podcast tapings. As a long time fan of the Nerdist podcast I was excited to go.

The theater is in the back of Meltdown so the first thing I did was put my head down and stare directly at my shoes as I made my way to the back to avoid any impulse buys before I even got to the show. I’m terrible in comics shops and never make it out without my bag being heavier and my wallet extremely lighter. The theater also doubles as an art gallery which is nice since it gives you something to do when you get there too early and desperately don’t want to step foot in the store and spend all your lunch money for the week.

I do have a few complaints about the theater but not many. The damn bathroom door wouldn’t close which some twat had to figure out in the middle of the show by repeatedly slamming the door which was partly the theaters fault for having such a shitty door and the twats fault for being so twatty. There was also no AC or fans which made it a bit too hot. PRO-TIP: Sitting by the door in the back definitely helps. Lastly the chairs were really crappy and after sitting in them for 2 hours straight really put a hurting on the old ass parts. Definitely not enough to keep me from coming back but something they should really fix. Especially that bathroom door!

The podcast taping actually ran for 2 hours total and was a really good time. Besides Sandra and Jordan they were joined by comedian Dave Ross who is a seriously funny guy. You really have to check his stuff out. It was a sex podcast but sadly no one was having any so they just talked about it a lot. As far as podcast tapings go I was a little more sober than I usually am (I’ve only ever been to Diggnation tapings and you tend to never remember those) so it was pretty cool to actually remember the whole thing the next day ;-) The panel shared advice and funny as hell stories that I definitely encourage you to check out. The mix of humor along with the sex and relationship talk make for a great combo. All in all it was a great time and cheaper than a movie. You can check out the episode here and the NerdMelt calendar here. Go grab some tickets and catch a show!

Win Tix to The Lemonheads Thursday Night!

The Lemonheads will be performing the album “It’s a Shame About Ray” in its entirety,

And I’m Giving Away Tickets!

Send an email with your Full Legal Name as it appears on your Legal ID*, and I’ll pick Winners at Random. I need them by Right Away! So send me an email and then watch your Inbox!

Send Email To [email protected]

The Lemonheads
performing It’s A Shame About Ray
With The Shining Twins and Street Chant
Thursday October 27, 2011
El Rey Theatre
Los Angeles, California
Show time: 9:00pm
Door time: 8:00pm
Age: All Ages+

*See, you show this ID at Will Call when you Pick up your Tickets. Makes sense, huh?

Blogging (in) LA: Nutty Nomads

Nutty Nomads

Perhaps this one would be more accurately described as “Vlogging” (in) LA, but I think it still applies. I had the pleasure of meeting the Nutty Nomads at the Kalbi Burger Challenge, and have been planning to write them up ever since. Their LA-based videos cover a variety of cultural events and popular attractions, such as the Japanese Obon Festival, Ciclavia, and the San Diego Zoo. (Okay, so they’re not all LA-based videos, but it’s still entertaining!)

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Win Tix to Cyndi Lauper’s November 4 Club Nokia performance.

Its “Showvember” over at Golden Voice and they have really hooked us up this time.

I have 4 pairs, yes FOUR PAIRS of tickets to Cyndi Lauper’s November 4, 2011 show at Club Nokia.  What to do to win a pair so you can see her in the Memphis Blues Tour?  Simple, tell me why you want to go and the best 4 answers that I pick at random will each win a pair of tickets.  Please be sure to enter a legit email addy so I can contact you for your tickets.  I’ll announce winners Monday afternoon (10/24).

What to do if you aren’t a lucky winner or want to have prestige seats up in the balcony level?  Simple visit Golden Voice and purchase your own set.

Tip o the hat to our own Queequeg for finding this video for me.

Venice Vintage Motorcyle Rally this Saturday

Venice Vintage MC Rally Poster
Rally event poster, used with permission

If you’re a fan of engineered machinery as I am, the words “Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally” may be among your favorites. This Saturday, October 22, the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club will hold its annual Vintage Motorcycle Rally on the Venice Farmers Market lot at 400 Venice Blvd. South, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature vintage bike judging, live music, a barbecue, beer garden, pin-up girl contest, and vendors.

Admission to the rally is free. If you want to enter a vintage bike in the judging, the cost is $10 and includes VIP parking. Others arriving by motorcycle can park for $5. According to The Argonaut newspaper, proceeds from the rally will benefit the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA). I plan to arrive on foot, but if there are bikes for sale, then who knows, I may be leaving in a different manner.

Last Minute Opportunity: Grammy in the Schools Programs

GRAMMY in the Schools websiteWho doesn’t love music? And who doesn’t love stories about band camp? Well, the fine folks over at the GRAMMY Foundation are offering a couple band camp options right here in Los Angeles in the coming year for high school students interested in learning more about having a career in the music industry. (You know, for students who aren’t able to find drugs in their own high schools.) Continue reading Last Minute Opportunity: Grammy in the Schools Programs

Win Last Minute Tix! See Morris Day with The Original 7ven!! (The Band Formerly known as “The Time.”) TOMORROW!

This is the Real Deal!

Morris Day, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Jesse Johnson, Jerome Benton, Jellybean Johnson, and Monte Moir.
That’s right, the Original Seven Members of The Time. (Hence the name.)

But I need names, NOW!! Show is tomorrow, Wed. Oct 19th. Wanna go?

Send an email with your Full Legal Name as it appears on your Legal ID*, and I’ll pick Winners at Random. I need them by Right Away! So send me an email and then watch your Inbox!

Send Email To [email protected]

*See, you show this ID at Will Call when you Pick up your Tickets. Makes sense, huh?

The Original 7ven:
The Band Formerly Known as The Time
Wed October 19th
Club Nokia
800 West Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Doors at 7:30

Get Your Fix in Studio City

Coffee Fix Studio City

Here at Blogging.LA, we’ve always got an eye out for a good cafe to #occupy while we bang out our freelance writing, novels, screenplays, and even an occasional blog entry. We Valley-dwellers don’t have much to choose from, and the list gets even shorter when you knock off the places that lock up for the night when it’s still early evening. Sure, there’s the mandatory minimum 1.0 Starbucks/square mile ratio, but we all know that doesn’t really count. Studio City’s Coffee Fix, on the other hand, does qualify. Continue reading Get Your Fix in Studio City

Sierra Madre Playhouse presents To Kill A Mockingbird

We all know the story for required reading in High School.  To Kill A Mocking bird is set in 1935, the rural south and told from a child’s point of view.  It is about a black man accused of raping a white woman and exposes the racism of the period.  This cast gave a wonderful rendition of the play on their small intimate stage.

What I didn’t know is what a great little venue the Sierra Madre Playhouse is for such a play. It is small enough that you have an up close and personal view of the stage no matter where you are in the room.  The seats are nice and comfy stuffed theatre seats…though they are covered in bright red mouse fur.  Parking is ample and free near the theater.  One caveat, they don’t do assigned seating, rather its by cattle call Ala Southwest so you do need to be in line early in order to get the best seats.

I’ve been here in the SGV for many years and often heard of the Sierra Madre Playhouse, just never had the time to get there until last night for the short trek up the hill to see them.  If To Kill A Mockingbird is an indication of the quality production they do I’ll be back.  More information on Sierra Madre Playhouse’s presentation of To Kill A Mockingbird just pop onto their web link HERE.