Top Tastes at LAFW: Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse

Chef Barb of B Sweet's chicken adobo and pork sisig (All photos by Elise Thompson for The LA Beat)

Chef Barb of B Sweet’s chicken adobo and pork sisig (All photos by Elise Thompson for The LA Beat)

Thursday’s opening event at LA Food & Wine was inspired by the upcoming Amazon original series, “Eat The World with Emeril Lagasse.” The beautiful red carpet running the length of Grand, laid out before the gorgeous backdrop of downtown LA, held a tempting assortment of global cuisines.

Filipino food is having its moment, and Chef Barb of B Sweet’s plate of chicken adobo and pork sisig was a concentrated jolt of all of the Filipino flavors I love. Just across the carpet, Egg Slut’s Chef Alvin Cailan’s pancit with egg noodles highlighted an entirely different range of Filipino flavors. Butter flavored with calamansi, a tangy Filipino citrus fruit, cured egg yolk and scallions completed the dish.

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Keith Morris at the Release Party for “My Damage” at Skylight Books

Keith Morris speaks and reads from “My Damage” for his book launch at Skylight Books in Los Felix. Keith shares his first concert experience. Then Keith explains how him and Brendon Mullen of The Masque became friends at a gig in San Francisco. Keith talks about the early LA Punk scene and the early bands at The Masque. My favorite phrase by Keith was “Zero for conduct.”

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Movies Till Dawn: TV Party Summer Reruns Edition (Part 1)

12 a.m. – “Ash vs. Evil Dead: El Jefe” – Horror/Comedy

91dXaazWEJL._SL1500_(2016, Lionsgate) Once again, it’s that rare combination of stupidity and inflated ego that lands Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) in trouble with the supernatural. After accidentally unleashing monstrous demons that slaughtered his friends not once, but twice, Ash – now middle-aged and stranded in a Michigan trailer part – reads passages in a book of spells known as the Necronomicon (this time, to impress a French dame) and summons another horde of nightmare creatures intent on settling the score, once and for all, with this pompadoured, lantern-jawed knucklehead. Fortunately for the human race – and devotees of Sam Raimi’s gore-soaked, slapstick “Evil Dead” franchise – Ash may be a feckless dope, but he knows how to fight evil: with plenty of wiseguy quips and an array of power tools.

Sam Raimi, who created the “Evil Dead” series, directed this debut episode of the Starz/Anchor Bay series, which picks up three decades after “Evil Dead 2” (the third film in the series, “Army of Darkness,” and the Fede Alvarez reboot from 2013 are left out of the equation) and largely retains the calling cards that made the films enduring cult favorites: torrents of gore, acrobatic camerawork, a smart-alecky sense of humor and a penchant for putting Campbell through rigorous slapstick abuse. Raimi’s direction – which also manages to find room for some genuinely scary moments, most notably a shivery visit to a remote house that introduces a new character, Jill Marie Jones’ intrepid police detective – is nimble and energetic and sets the tone for the episodes that follow, and it’s to the credit of his co-producers (“Dead” vets Campbell, Ivan Raimi and Robert Tapert and showrunner Craig DiGeorgio) that they maintain this gonzo balance of blood and buffoonery for nearly the entire season. Having Campbell aboard to lend his goofball heroics as Ash is a huge bonus, but he’s well supported by Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo as co-workers pulled into his orbit; Lucy Lawless also shows up as a mystery woman with a connection to Ash that calls back to the original films. “Ash vs. Evil Dead” is groovy gross-out fun – and boasts one of the best TV soundtracks in recent memory, filled with tracks by Detroit rock icons like the Stooges, Amboy Dukes and Funkadelic – and a worth-your-time bingewatch for horror devotees and non-genre fans (albeit ones with strong constitutions) alike. Lionsgate’s Blu-ray includes all ten episodes of the first season, each with amusing commentary by Campbell, Raimi, his castmates and members of the production team; three making-of featurettes round out the set.

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Keith Morris Launches My Damage Friday at Skylight Books

517DZmYSYULIt’s getting hard to keep up with all of these punker memoirs. It only makes sense though; it’s a short hop from songwriting to writing-writing. Tomorrow Keith Morris releases his contribution – My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor, The book was written with ‘zine contributor and novelist Jim Ruhland, and released on Da Capo Press. The launch party will be held Friday at 7:30pm at Skylight Books

Morris’ memoirs probably have more meat than most, from his insider’s view into the nascent hardcore scene, drug and alcohol addiction, and his ongoing battle with diabetes. Starting nearly 40 years ago with Black Flag, Morris is still at the front of the stage and the top of the bill with his current bands, OFF! and FLAG.

The reading is free, but Skylight books expects the event to attract a crowd, they will be giving out numbered tickets to the book-signing line. Tickets will be available starting July 14, 2016 with a preordered copy of the book. My Damage retails for $24.99. Although we are all for supporting your local indie bookstore, of you can’t make it out of the house, it is an Amazon bestseller, It is offered there for $16.79. If you are all modern and shit, there is a Kindle version, but it is not any cheaper than the current hardcover price.

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Lee Rocker Dishes About the Stray Cats, Rockabilly and the Upcoming New Blues Festival in Long Beach

Lee Rocker. Photo courtesy of Doug Deutsch PR.

Lee Rocker has had great success in music. Starting young, from his career with his breakthrough band the Stray Cats, who sold 10 million albums and earned 23 gold and platinum records, Lee has gone on to make great music with Phantom Rocker and Slick and on to an excellent solo career. Besides being one of the acknowledged masters of the stand-up acoustic bass, Lee also plays some great rock on the electric bass. In 2014, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award and featured on the cover of Bass Player Magazine, who said “Lee Rocker is one of the most influential bass players in the history of Rock and Roll”.

On Sunday, September 4, Lee Rocker headlines the New Blues Festival in Long Beach. He’ll be bringing some great blues, rockabilly, rock and personal stories to Eldorado Park in Long Beach for the New Blues Festival. The Los Angeles Beat recently sat down with Lee to find out what he has been doing, share some musical history and talk about what’s coming up at the New Blues Festival.

Q: Lee, who are your inspirations for your music?

A: I’ve got a couple. Certainly Carl Perkins is a huge inspiration in every way. He was a dear friend and just a big influence on me musically. Willie Dixon, as a bass player, was a huge influence. Bill Black, who was Elvis Presley’s bass player in the early days, the first few records, was also a big influence, so I would say theose are probably the primaries.

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Burgers, Bourbon and Beer this Wednesday!

BBB_Instagram16 (1)Wednesday, August 24, Los Angeles Magazine will be holding their competition for the Best Burger of 2016 with an evening of burgers, bourbon and beer at The Victorian in Santa Monica. Gourmet bites will be offered by local favorites including FIG, Malibu Kitchen, Everson Royce Bar, Cannibal and Jitlada. I’m not sure if Jitlada has created a burger, but if they have, it is certain to burn the lips right off your face. Never fear, Salt & Straw will be there to cool your palate with luscious milkshakes. If they go with the theme, my guess would be bourbon ice cream.

You will also enjoy hand-crafted bourbon cocktails from Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, Whistle Pig, and Michters. Beer will be provided by LA’s own Golden Road Brewery, including their flavorful Hefeweizen and the popular chocolatey dark ale, Get up Offa That Brown. So come eat, drink, dance to live music and applaud the People’s Choice Best Burger 2016.

General admission  is $65 and VIP tickets, which include early entrance. The event starts at 7pm, VIP entry is at 6pm. Get your tickets here. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Valid photo ID required.

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Bands You Must See at Echo Park Rising Saturday Night

Echo Park Rising (Photo by Carl Pocket)

Echo Park Rising (Photo by Carl Pocket)

Echo Park Rising is in full swing, and there are still plenty of great bands to check out. This is the 6th year for Echo Park Rising, a community event with over a dozen venues participating, plus specials from local businesses and restaurants. The event is free, but you can buy a VIP ticket to make everything easier. Check out their website for more info on VIP, parking, the schedule, and events.

We recommend:

11:30am BOB BAKER MARIONETTES at El Centro del Pueblo

12:00pm – 6:00pm Art: BANNED IN BABYLON: THE ART AND CULTURE OF BAD BRAINS at Subliminal Projects

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Bands You Must See at Echo Park Rising Tonight

Echo Park Rising Photo by Carl Pocket

Echo Park Rising Photo by Carl Pocket

Echo Park Rising is in full swing. The bad news is that last night you missed Egrets on Ergot, but the good news is that there are still plenty of great bands to check out. This is the 6th year for Echo Park Rising, a community event with over a dozen venues participating, plus specials from local businesses and restaurants. The event is free, but you can buy a VIP ticket to make everything easier. Check out their website for more info on VIP, parking, the schedule, and events.


Doors at 2pm. The Main Stage off of Liberty Street (behind Taix), music starts at 3pm and has a 10pm curfew; additional events throughout the neighborhood will go later.

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Movies Till Dawn: Stop-Motion Moon Man Super Ape Triple Treat

12 a.m. “Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan” – Documentary

814YWED8NPL._SL1500_(2011, Arrow Video) Reverential look at the pioneering stop-motion effects of Ray Harryhausen, whose creations in films like “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms” and “Clash of the Titans” thrilled horror and science fiction fans for decades, and inspired more than a few to take up filmmaking. The latter includes Peter Jackson, James Cameron, Tim Burton, Steven Spielberg, Simon Pegg and Nick Park, each of whom unleash their inner little boys in interview segments detailing the primal thrill they experienced in witnessing some of Harryhausen’s most iconic creations, like the brawling Cyclops and dragon in “The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad,” the kamikaze UFOs in “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers” or the skeleton army in “Jason and the Argonauts,” which required untold hours of minute movements to make their way through even a few seconds of screen time. Harryhausen himself, who died in 2013, is his usual humble self in interviews, where he details his introduction to special effects via “King Kong,” his early efforts with short fairy tales and his subsequent big screen work on the aforementioned and much-loved features. For fans of Harryhausen, Arrow Video’s documentary may present few new facts but loads of exciting interviews and images, including footage of Harryhausen at work on his projects, as well as tributes from admirers like Ray Bradbury and one terrific extra in which director Gilles Penso examines the original models for many of Harryhausen’s creatures with palpable glee. Those less familiar with Harryhausen’s menagerie will come away with an appreciation for a lifetime spent in pursuit of bringing one’s childhood dreams to life; playing with toys never seemed so inspiring or remarkable.

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Naked Statue of Donald Trump Erected in Five US Cities

The Donald (Photo by Tequila Mockingbird)

The Donald (Photo by Tequila Mockingbird)

Thursday morning, naked statues of Donald Trump appeared in LA, San Francisco, Cleveland, New York and Seattle. The statue, titled “The Emperor Has No Balls” was created by acclaimed haunted house sculptor, Ginger, and commissioned by an artistic collective known as INDECLINE. The statues weigh only 80 pounds and were made with the expectation that they would be destroyed, which has been the fate of several of the statues already.

Luckily, the cohabiting Wacko store and La Luz de Jesus art gallery moved the Donald to the safety of their entryway, saving it from any city workers or angry Trump fans. Billy Shire of La Luz de Jesus told us about the sculpture, “You know, it was out there in the morning. They dropped them off in five cities. For some reason they were dropped in front of Wacko. You know. Where is the center of Los Angeles? We’re going to put it in the gallery. It’ll be in the gallery for a week or two, then we’ll auction it off and give the money to an immigrant…charity.”

A video showing the creation of the statues was posted to YouTube by INDECLINE:

Elise Thompson contributed to this post

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