Cool Stuff & Good Times

A Time-Worn Question, Finally To Be Answered! (FREE)

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Reading the snippets about this event, against all odds our curiosity was officially piqued.

First there was some philosophizing from the A.V. Club:  “It is the question that has beguiled and bedeviled mankind for 17 years: Who let the dogs out? Who let the dogs out? Who let the dogs out? Who? Who? Who? Who? Long have we petitioned the universe and sports stadiums, and now that quest will finally be laid bare for archivists to, hopefully, piece together an answer.”  

And from Time Out New York:  “Artist Ben Sisto is the world’s leading expert on “Who Let the Dogs Out,” as evidenced by his collection of over 250 pieces of memorabilia and artifacts. In this multimedia presentation, he tells the stories of musicians, lawyers and fans from all around the world, shining a light on the origins of that catchy pop abomination you’re ashamed you can’t stop yourself from singing along to.”  

So, now we’re curious, the way some people are curious when they hear the screeching sound from a car accident. “Where will this ‘research’ lead to?” we quietly wonder. And we hope for one thing:   Everybody having a ball. Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof.

 

WHO LET WHO LET THE DOGS OUT OUT? (LIVE + DJ)

7PM – TUE MAY 01, 2018
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – UPSTAIRS, ACE HOTEL, DTLA

 

07:00 PM – Doors
07:30 PM – Live Presentation
09:00 PM – DJ set w/ guest Etwombs

RSVP encouraged.

 


CONTEST – Show Us Your 6th Dimension!

***ENTRIES DUE BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!!!!***

Calling all fans of The Mystic Knights of The Oingo Boingo
have we got a contest for YOU! (Scroll down for details!) [youtube width=”590″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBDqd7rHhLg[/youtube]

WHAT YOU CAN WIN: A pair of tickets to The 30th Anniversary Screening of the 1982 cult film, Forbidden Zone. (more…)


EVENT – An April Fool’s Day Fundraiser for ModCom

shine WHAT: April Fool’s Day Fundraiser benefiting the LA Conservancy Modern Committee (aka ModCom).

WHERE: The most uniquely awesome shop in Farmer’s Market… The Shine Gallery! 6333 W. 3rd St., #134, (323) 954-4700

WHEN: Thursday, April 1st, 7-9pm

COST: Freeee! 30% of all sales made during the event will go directly to benefit ModCom.

DETAILS:

Owner Bernie Shine is an eclectic and eccentric collector, a treasure hunter of sorts. But he does not seek sunken ships, buried treasures, or archeological ruins. Rather he recovers GENUINE VINTAGE MEMORABILIA from dusty warehouses, old factories, and closed stores. He searches the world over for quantity finds from bygone eras, all in unused condition.

Shine Gallery is a collector’s paradise for bona fide period items mostly from the 1910s through the 1950s, all guaranteed to be AUTHENTIC & VINTAGE. Named by Los Angeles Magazine as Best of LA® 2009.

Bernie will be presenting an amusing look at the history of joyful junk, featuring vintage jokes, novelties, tricks, pranks, prizes, trinkets & treasures from the incredible inventory of Shine Gallery.

Please join us at Shine Gallery on Thursday, April 1, 2010, between 7 PM and 9:00 PM for this special meet and greet. Shine Gallery will donate 30% of gross sales made during this event to the Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee. It’s a FUN FUNDRAISER!

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE . . .they have a FREE gift for the first 50 guests, a mystery GRAB BAG containing a genuine vintage item from Shine Gallery! Lots of FUN and SURPRISES!


HLA EVENT – Be Our Accomplice!

What would Neil Patrick Harris do? Well, we can guarantee you that he would tell you to read the following post very carefully and do *exactly* as it says within the next four days, and nobody will get hurt…

accompliceHiddenLA and the wonderful people of Accomplice would like to invite you to join us and experience one of the most fun things going on the streets of Hollywood! (Scroll down to read more information.)

For the next four days (March 22-25), use the code HIDDENLA during checkout for a $20 discount on each ticket. While the discount code is valid for any future date, Sunday, April 11th is Accomplice’s official Hidden Los Angeles Day. For that date, Accomplice will ONLY be accepting reservations from HiddenLA fans… 80 people in all. Tickets should go fast so hurry up and RSVP! The show itself features light drinks and food, but we’ll be holding a no-host day-long cocktail gathering for all our participating HLA fans to hang out together and share their experiences when the show is over! Good times. No, seriously, this will definitely be good times. NPH wouldn’t steer you wrong and neither would we. (more…)


CONTEST – Scavenge for Wine at Farmer’s Market!!!

NOTE: THE HUNT IS ON UNTIL 8:45PM OR SO ON FRIDAY AND TOMORROW MORNING UNTIL PRIZES RUN OUT!!!
Hey you lushy HLAers of legal drinking age!!!! Guess what? We have THREE pairs of tickets to give away to this weekend’s Spring Wine Fest at Farmer’s Market. WOO HOO!!! (For more info, see flyer after the jump)

hardyboysAs usual we aren’t about to just HAND them to you though… you’ve gotta WORK for your vino, people! So here’s the deal… between now and the start of the Wine Fest (Saturday at 1pm sharp!), there’s a scavenger hunt goin’ down at Farmer’s Market. There will be four clues to solve. We will give you the first, and when you solve it, you will find the second… which will lead to the third… and… oh, you get the idea.
The first people to solve all four will win tickets to the event (a $60 value!). Only ONE pair of tickets per group please, because we want everyone to have a chance. I’m told if the tickets are already claimed when you solve the fourth clue you will *still* receive a consolation prize though, so EVERYBODY WINS!
Ready to put your thinking caps on and head on over to Third and Fairfax? Okay, here’s clue number one…

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NICE PEOPLE RULE! And so does a good fish taco.

I’m someone who firmly believes that kind behavior should be rewarded and mean people should be kicked to the curb. There’s a misconception about Los Angeles that people here are all self-absorbed jerks who are only out to get each other… and while there were times in my life where I bought that script, I’ve learned over the decades that I was wrong. There are bad people everywhere in the world, and when all is said and done I’ve found the majority of Angelenos to be solid, hard-working, good people who are often far warmer to strangers than you’ll find in many other cities large and small.
I’ve explained many times that the “hidden” in HiddenLA isn’t about being elitist, but rather it’s referring to the heart of this place that many people are oblivious to. In my mind, the good people of Los Angeles are a very large part of that heart.

besttacoSooo, let me tell you a little story. Tonight I was driving through Los Feliz and realized my blood sugar was a little low and I needed something quick. I passed Best Fish Taco in Ensenada, thinking to myself that I’d seen it mentioned many times on HiddenLA’s Foodie page on Facebook. Thanks to too much quality time in San Diego I’m a Baja Mexican food snob, but I decided to put my fish taco elitism aside and give it a try because you guys have yet to steer me wrong. I may have a Team Rubio’s t-shirt in a drawer somewhere, but I wanted to finally taste for myself if these tacos lived up to the hype.

I parked across the street and walked inside. It wasn’t until the customer in front of me stepped away from paying that I noticed the sign saying “CASH ONLY” and realized I had none, just my well-worn check card. I apologized and began to walk away, but then I heard a voice say, “Hey!” a few times. I turned around and the man behind the register motioned me forward. He was owner Joseph Cordova.

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YAY – Angel’s Flight is Running!

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angelsflight- The historic Angels Flight funicular will resume regular service today, more than nine years after being closed because of a fatal accident.
The California Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday approved the replaced cable system and a new automatic brake system for what has been dubbed “the shortest railway in the world.”
Demonstration rides were conducted Sunday on the hillside track connecting Hill Street near the Grand Central Market to California Plaza on Grand Avenue.
Angels Flight will operate from 6:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The fare is 25 cents. (more…)


ADVENTURE – The Giving Tree

Fellow HLA Facebook fan Taylor says she has a fun little treat for you twirling canyon explorers out there…

CLUES AND DIRECTIONS:

    givingtree

  1. Off of Franklin turn left on Canyon Rd. or right depending on which way you come from….
  2. Follow Canyon Rd. until you reach the gates to Griffith Park. Keep driving until you can’t drive any further…
  3. Start walking the trail…
  4. You are on the right track when you pass the dragon on the right. Kudos to the artist…
  5. Keep on past the potential kickball field on the right…
  6. Ahead you will see a small brook…I don’t recommend drinking the water.
  7. Follow the path as it winds around…if you look up you will see the Hollywood sign…admire.
  8. Keep walking but go slow because the view is quite pretty.
  9. The trail seems open at this point but keep going… just as you go around another corner on the right, on the side of the cliffs edge you will see a tree…the branches are overgrown and touch the trails path. Look for the red box and you have reached “The Giving Tree”…
  10. Give it your thoughts and prayers or anything laying heavy on your heart. Then twirl… Peace and Love! Taylor ;-)

Just remember… the joy is in the journey, not the destination. We haven’t followed the directions to find the box ourselves, so please let us know what you find if you do! (And whatever you do, *please* don’t litter along the way.)

Happy Saturday, folks!



EVENT – Avast! It’s Thursday Night Cocktails!!!

hms**OFFICIAL FACEBOOK EVENT LISTING**
(Please RSVP there if you can so we know what to expect.)

WHEN: Thursday, February 25, 2010, 7:30-9:30pm
WHERE: HMS Bounty, 3357 Wilshire Blvd. (213) 385-7275

This week our HiddenLA soiree will be held at the ever-so-nautically-themed HMS Bounty on Wilshire! Ramon has been at the Bounty for over 40 years and especially in this crazy economy he’s looking very forward to our visit… so let’s be on our best behavior and PACK the joint! Where else in town can you sip cheap cocktails and munch on fried food while lounging in red leather booths bearing the names of impressive regulars from a long ago era… customers like Winston Churchill, William Randolph Hearst and Jack Webb? Nowhere else, that’s where!

Parking and historical information about the HMS Bounty after the jump.
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Be Mine, LA – A Valentine’s Cupcake From Us!

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cupcakeWith this site going from 3,000 Facebook fans to now over 100,000 in a matter of days… I can honestly say I’ve never felt so much Valentine’s Day love flowing through this city my life. It suddenly hit me this morning… OUR HIDDEN LOS ANGELES FRIENDS COULDN’T FIT IN THE ROSE BOWL. Yeah, that was about when I had a nervous breakdown, and wished I would get off my butt to get all of you to give me a dollar. :)

Anyhoo, in honor of Valentine’s Day and as a very sincere thank you to our local fans in particular for their support, the very fabulous Vincent at the (very hidden!) Bluebird Cafe in Culver City has kindly offered to help us spread a little love your way. During the rest of February, if you walk into the Bluebird Cafe and tell Vincent that HiddenLA sent you, he’ll give you a free cupcake. Naturally I hope you’ll stay and have other food and maybe a glass of wine or something, but either way. Free cupcake. From us. Try the red velvet.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Los Angeles!!! WE LOVE YOU! :D

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UPDATE – See y’all at 8pm at Musso & Frank!

Musso-Frank-MartinisTwo weeks ago we scheduled our first meetup at the Tonga Hut and 20 people showed up. It went so smoothly and was so fun that it was decided to hold a similar event every two weeks at a classic Los Angeles locale and another was scheduled for tonight at Musso & Frank. Originally figuring it would be another 20 people, last weekend I spoke to Musso’s about reserving a booth or two. Ha ha… that was so last week! On our Facebook invite alone we now have 54 people reserved to come and 54 maybes so those two booths would be a little crowded.

I don’t know how many people to truly expect, especially since a lot of people don’t have Facebook, but Jordan (the owner of Musso’s, who has been awesome!) and I have decided that we’re up for the challenge. Please bear with us if you show up and it gets crowded, we’re going to do everything we can to be ready for you. It’s just a strange situation, having our readership go up about 2,000% in one week. Not something that happens very often or that we were expecting.

Moral of the story, I hope to see you tonight. And if when you see me I look a little tired… well, just bear with me. It’s been a crazy week.

**OFFICIAL FACEBOOK EVENT LISTING**
WHEN: Thursday, February 11, 2010, 8pm – 10pm
WHERE: Musso & Frank, 6667 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA  (more…)


UPDATE – HLA Martini Night at Musso & Frank

Since this is only our second little meet-up and our site has suddenly blown up on Facebook (almost 10,000 fans and growing!!!) it’s tricky to plan. The last meetup was around 20-25 people… and I’m not sure if this is going to be similar. In the future I will have to work out a reservation system, but we’re not there yet. My main concern at a place like Musso’s is if we reserve tables that stay empty and food-less, they’ll lose out on the income they would make from other diners and we definitely don’t want that! So here’s the plan… I’m reserving the very back three booths on the bar side of Musso’s. We will have nametags there for you so that we can all identify each other as friendly HLA people. As more people show up, we’ll just be playing it by ear if we need to expand to more tables. It may become a floating party… worse things could happen. Also be aware, if enough nice eating and drinking people show up, Musso’s may very well offer us discounts as a sign of their appreciation. Either way, let’s be on our best behavior to be great customers and show our support to this great Los Angeles institution!!!!

Cheers! See ya Thursday!

**OFFICIAL FACEBOOK EVENT LISTING**
WHEN: Thursday, February 11, 2010, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
WHERE: Musso & Frank, 6667 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA
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COMEDY – The LOST Talent Show

WHAT: The LOST Survival Talent Show
WHERE:
Upright Citizen’s Brigade, 5919 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood (323) 908-8702
WHEN: Thursday, February 4, 2010, 8pm
PRICE: $5
Lost_KubricksDETAILS: Here’s one for you LOST addicts out there… “The island from LOST is holding a competition to determine who is the most talented! The winner get to return home. Everyone else? They’ll be lucky to make it through the show alive! Join all your favorite castaways — Jack and Locke, Sawyer and Kate, Ben and a Polar Bear, and MORE — as they compete to show off their talents in a desperate bid for survival! We are CONFIDENT that this show is basically what’s going to happen on the last episode of LOST, pretty much word-for-word.”


GET ACTIVE – Your Fruit Trees Are Gold!

groveOne of my biggest eventual goals for this site is to inspire people to become more actively involved with their environment and community on a variety of levels. The fact is, each and every one of us is capable of actively making Los Angeles a better place. It’s so easy to get worn down by our own problems, though… we ALL need a little reality check sometimes. It’s easy to forget how lucky we are and that, as Ghandi said, we ALL have the power to be the change we want to see in the world.

With that in mind, HLA will occasionally be introducing various charitable organizations and simple ways that readers can get involved to help their fellow Angelenos who are less fortunate. Down the road, we’ll probably be organizing group volunteer days as well. Nothing complex, we’ll just focus on simple actions that change lives.

Case in point, let’s talk about today’s charity! How many of you have fruit trees in your yard? Maybe you can’t eat all of the fruit (you can only do so much with figs after a while!). Or maybe you don’t think those oranges are sweet enough. For someone else though, sour oranges are better than starving. So instead of bagging up the fruit for your coworkers or leaving the rotting fruit to the squirrels and gardener, try something different this year and contact FOOD FORWARD. Not only will they come to your home and pick all of your fruit trees clean at no charge, they will deliver the donated fruit to the LA Food Bank on your behalf and you’ll get a tax deduction in return. Win/win!


CHARITY NAME: FOOD FORWARD
DETAILS:
“FOOD FORWARD is an all volunteer grassroots group of Angelenos who care about reconnecting to our food system and making change around urban hunger… We convene at properties we have been invited to and glean the excess fruit on their trees, donating 100% to local food pantries… Our current receiving partners are SOVA Community Food and Resource Program, a program of Jewish Family Services, and MEND POVERTY. Combined, they distribute the food we glean to over 30,000 clients a month across Southern California.”


EVENT – HiddenLA Martini Night at Musso & Frank

Musso & Frank**OFFICIAL FACEBOOK EVENT LISTING**
WHEN: Thursday, February 11, 2010, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
WHERE: Musso & Frank, 6667 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA

Our first meetup at the Tonga Hut was so successful, why not hit the ground running and plan another one? In *my* book, the historic Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood offers the best prohibition-era cocktails in town… so let’s get together and embrace “the depth beneath the shallow” of an old-school martini glass! Their gin martinis and sidecars are awesome!

Parking in the back is pretty cheap with validation. Their food is good… it can get pricey if you order carelessly, but there are very reasonable options. How much you spend is entirely up to you. The bar can get busy and is not always the easiest place to strike up conversations with people, so we will probably look into getting a table for the group. Word on that later.

Photo above: Luis has been working at Musso & Frank since 1956! He’s smiling on the inside about this.old-mussos


HELPING – Eatin’ Cookies For A Good Cause

WHAT: Cookies Without Borders: A Bake Sale for Haiti
WHEN: Sunday, January 31, 2010, 2–6pm
WHERE: Scoops Gelato, 712 N Heliotrope Drive, Wilshire Center

cookie1DETAILS: “We know about earthquakes here. Very few of us have ever experienced one as strong as 7.0, but we can only imagine the lasting devastation affecting every aspect of life in Haiti after such a huge tremor. Please join us in doing what we can (baking cookies, eating cupcakes, hanging out at Scoops, raising money) to help out the people of Haiti.

We will be featuring a dizzying array of sweets from both professional kitchens (Spork Foods, Whisk LA whoopie pies, and Bitter Sweet Treats, Valerie Confections, Large Marge Sustainables) and local homes, as well as a few jars of choice homemade jams, and all proceeds from the bake sale will go to Doctors Without Borders‘ (Médecins Sans Frontières) Emergency Relief Fund. Doctors Without Borders a Nobel Prize-winning international humanitarian organization working to meet the overwhelming medical needs of post-earthquake Haiti and throughout countries where survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.”

If you’d like to be more involved, love to bake and want to donate a few of your favorites, just let them know and they’ll e-mail you more information. If you can’t make it to the bake sale but still want to help out, they’re requesting that people take a moment to mail a check directly to Doctors Without Borders with “Cookies Without Borders Bake Sale” on the check. (more…)


HLA COCKTAIL MEET – Tonga Hut, Thurs, 1/28, 7:15-9:15

tongahut©LAeaterUPDATE: We now have an official Facebook Event listing!

Okay, a bunch of you on Facebook expressed interest in getting together for a HiddenLA happy hour of sorts (YAY!) and the 52 year-old local tiki dive known as Tonga Hut came out far ahead of most other favorite local valley bars in our poll… so that’s where we’re going! The next happy hour will be on the other side of the hill… we’ll rotate, just for you. :)

The Tonga Hut is located at12808 Victory Boulevard in North Hollywood (818-769-0708). You can park on the street in front, but it’s probably better to just swing around to the parking lot behind the bar.

I’m excited, and I hope you can make it! Either way it’ll be great… if you all do show up we’ll have a blast – it’ll be great to finally be able to start to put 3D faces to the many names I see on here. I’d especially love to talk to those of you who are interested in helping with the charity aspect of this site that I’m working on starting. And hey… if you *don’t* show up, s’okay. I’ll just have a prime opportunity to drown myself in Mai Tais and slur to the bored bartender my pathetic tale of how Los Angeles rejected my party invite and totally stood me up. WAH. A few years of therapy I should be totally okay! No worries!

Seriously, it’d be nice to see ya there though… :)

Sincerely,  Lynn

lynn


EVENT – Comedy is Dead

Dying is easy. Comedy is difficult. ~ Edmund Gwenn

WHAT: The 9th installment of Comedy is Dead in the historic Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, presented by Duncan Trussell and Hollywood Forever.
WHY:
Because hysterically laughing our way to the cemetery is what life’s all about, people! DUH!!!
WHEN:
Thursday, January 28th, 2010, Doors open at 8pm – Comedians go on at 9pm sharp
WHERE:
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood  (323) 469-1181
PRICE:
Admission is $15 and drinks (beer and wine) are $5. PARKING IS FREE. For more information visit www.comedyisdead.info or send an email to comedyisdead@gmail.com or call (310) 909-7965. Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets.
DETAILS: Comedy line-up includes:
Doug Benson (Super High Me, Best Week Ever), Dana Gould (The Simpsons, HBO), Chris Hardwick (Attack Of The Show, Halloween 2), Guy Branum (Chelsea Lately), Nick Kroll (The League, Worst Week), Natasha Leggero (Chelsea Lately, Reno 911), Duncan Trussell (Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO’s Funny Or Die)
Masonic Lodge


VIDEO – Hidden Layers of the Million $ Theatre

post card of the Million Dollar TheatreScroll down to view the video.
Parts 2-3 after the jump.

The Chinese and Egyptian Theaters in Hollywood brought the showman more lasting fame, but The Million Dollar Theatre on South Broadway was failed prospector Sid Grauman‘s first movie house. Located next to the historic Grand Central Market (built in 1917 and still thriving) and across from the iconic Bradbury Building (built in 1893 and now housing internal LAPD offices), this incredible structure was first opened to the public in February 1918.

The wonderful video below goes behind the scenes to share some of the hidden beauty that still exists and few get to see. If you’d like to learn more about the downtown theatre district firsthand, the LA Conservancy offers a walking tour every Saturday at 10am. Tickets are $10. [youtube width=”590″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoI1Px6ysIY[/youtube] (more…)


SCREENING – Santa With Muscles

I know, I know. Posts have been sparse this month, mainly due to lingering illness and preparations for an overseas holiday (more on that in a few days). I feel like I’ve dropped the ball on passing along so much of the holiday goodness that this town has to offer… gee, I hope this makes up for it! :)

WHAT: Horrible Movie Night screening of the 1996 Hulk Hogan holiday less-than-classic, Santa With Muscles! Whachya gonna do, when Santamania runs wild on YOU?
WHEN: This Thursday, December 17, 8pm (Doors open at 7:15)
WHERE: The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood
PRICE: $8. Includes screening, extra live entertainment, beer, wine, and snacks. RSVP to: horriblemovie@pacbell.net

“…a film so bad, the original screenwriter sued to have his name removed from the credits. This cheesy Christmas disaster features the Hulkster as a millionaire of questionable morals (a stretch –?) who, during a run from the law, is knocked out cold and wakes up thinking he is Santa Claus. He somehow hooks up with an orphanage bedeviled by evil scientists (the head baddie is played by Ed Begley Jr.), and proceeds to do good. You will notice Mila Kunis in one of her first film roles as an orphan. But no rotten movie is complete without the inimitable Clint Howard! This one has got it all.”

[youtube width=”590″ height=”470″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmPgWz85Us0[/youtube]


TODAY – Echo Park Holiday Shop Hop

n188570749463_1746WHEN: Today, December 12, from noon to 2am (!)
WHERE: Echo Park. Duh! (More specifically, along Sunset Boulevard between Logan Street and Alvarado)

DETAILS: A day of holiday cheer with shopping specials, performances, and workshops throughout the neighborhood. A fun-filled day of events – you can do your holiday shopping, enjoy great food, drink and entertainment, and support local businesses!

The Echo Park Holiday Parade begins at noon, but other festivities start as early as 10 a.m., with happenings all day and night until 2am! In addition to the festivities, businesses participating in the Echo Park Holiday Shop Hop will be collecting donations for local charities.

Participating vendors include: 826LA, Allston Yacht Club, City Sip LA, Future, K9 Loft, Masa of Echo Park, MediaNoche, Origami Vinyl, Out of the Closet, Rec Center Studio, Stories, The Clinic of Echo Park, The Echo & Echoplex and more!


SHOPPING – UniqueLA (TODAY!)

I meant to go to this on Saturday but I was so focused on decorating the tree that I totally forgot! Fortunately, it’s today too! YAY!

UNIQUE LOS ANGELES

uniquelaWHAT: “The largest independent design show on the West Coast! Shop directly from over 300 designers and artists, support local design and our economy, and have a blast!”
WHERE: California Market Center, 110 East 9th Street, Downtown
WHEN: Last day is today, December 6, 11am – 6pm
PRICE: $10 – with partial proceeds going to one of my very favorite local non-profits: 826LA! Entry gets you an exclusive-to-the-show limited edition tote bag, a free drink ticket, unlimited re-entry for both days, and access to our great lineup of free workshops. (Children 12 and under are free)

“UNIQUE LOS ANGELES is an exciting two-day shopping event that showcases independent design talent at great prices – with an emphasis on “made in America” goods, 99% of products at the show are proudly made right here in the USA! On top of shopping the wide variety of offerings, the event boasts many exciting Extras & Amenities, including free workshops, a lounge area, and two cafes. Plan to spend the day with us! (more…)


YUMMY – Cemitas Poblanas Don Adrian

©LA TimesI spent my formative years within an hour’s drive of the Mexican border, eating Roberto‘s carne asada burritos and Rubio’s Pesky Combos. Any time I see a sign with a name ending in “berto’s”… Alberto’s, Jilberto’s, Guadalberto’s… I begin to drool. While other people might turn to macaroni and cheese for comfort food, a perfect machaca burrito brings me tears of joy. Anyone from San Diego can relate: yes it’s true, we are Baja-style Mexican food snobs.

It’s for this reason that I generally don’t eat much Mexican food in L.A. When I do, I keep my expectations purposefully low to avoid heartbreak. I’ve had some great Oaxacan mole, but if I order a burrito or enchilada I’m aware that there may be far too much sauce drowning my food. I’ve learned to expect rice in my burritos even though I was raised to see that as culinary sacrilege. (Rice is just cheap filler! So wrong!)

Today I found a new Mexican comfort food, though… the “Mexican Hamburgers” at Cemitas Poblanas Don Adrian in Van Nuys. There are no burritos at Don Adrian (rice-filled or otherwise), no rolled tacos, just delicious cemitas (Mexican sandwiches from Puebla, Mexico)… and that’s more than enough. Each bite I took from the Cechina Adobada beef sandwich I ordered held an entire world of happiness. Seriously… YUM. (more…)


*Almost* FREEEEE! – Ride the L.A. Red Car!

[youtube width=”590″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMwYftnUk14[/youtube] redcarWe’ve already flashed back to the daily operations of the old P&E streetcars a few times. The Red Cars famously transported Angelenos through their lives for sixty years (the story behind why they disappeared is kinda similar to what they told you in Roger Rabbit)… but little did I know one could still be ridden! A big thanks to reader Pedrogirl for bringing it to my attention that every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am until 6pm, a replica streetcar runs a 1.5 mile route from the Port of Los Angeles’ cruise ship terminal to other attractions along the San Pedro waterfront. Since it seems I’m not the only local who doesn’t know about this, it’s mostly ridden by visitors. But if you’re looking for something fun and cheap to do some weekend, the fare is only one dollar (children 6 and under free). The fare is collected on board the cars and not only is your ticket good all day for unlimited rides, it’s also valid for the bus shuttle connecting to Cabrillo Beach. (more…)