“JANE” at the Hollywood Bowl and Coming to Theaters Friday

Last week, the Hollywood Bowl held a special screening of “JANE,” the new documentary on Jane Goodall by Brett Morgen. The evening was truly special, featuring a short introduction from the charming Dr. Goodall and Morgen, and live accompaniment of Philip Glass’s gorgeous score. It was a lovely, immersive experience with three screens and stage lights that swelled in different colors during dramatic moments in the score.

In her introduction, Dr. Goodall explained that when she was first approached about a new film on her work, her initial reaction was to say, “Another one?” She was sure that everything about her story had been told, but when she considered that it would help publicize her ongoing environmental work with the Goodall Foundation, she consented. Then later, she was impressed by Brett Morgen’s interview questions for her. Onstage, she and Morgen shared some funny banter and the mutual respect between them was apparent. To me, it seems like excellent timing for the tale to be retold, not only because of the increasing dangers to our natural environment, but also because many young people today have no idea that most of what we know about chimpanzees – our close relatives – is due to this brave, young woman who went out into the jungle alone to study them.

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Feed Your Head: Advice On Smart Edible Dosing From Tomer Grassiany

When retail recreational weed for adults in California arrives in January, a lot of people who have never before eaten marijuana, other than maybe their college roommate’s gritty, awful-tasting pot brownies, are going to have their minds blown. The quality and variety of intoxicating food products on the market today is already dizzying, and seems likely to expand, as long as regulations allow it. Some high end chefs are already embracing the concept and offering private dinners themed around their cannabinoid creations. Weed’s  bad-taste reputation is sure to be challenged more than ever in the coming year.

But on that sweet day when you find yourself like a literal kid in a candy shop, be careful not to overindulge.  You need to stay informed about how much you’re taking, and know how much is likely to be right for you.

You can’t use the food itself as a gauge for what constitutes indulgence: one chocolate bar could turn out to be about the right amount, or it could be enough to send eight people to Mars. And because it takes some time for the full effects to be felt, you might not know whether you’ve gone one chomp over the line, Sweet Jesus, for some time.

We talked to Tomer Grassiany of To Whom It May chocolates and The Art Of Edibles about how novices can find the right dose, get the most out of their product, and pick one that will simultaneously please their taste buds and mess with their mind mud, in just the right amounts.

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GRAMMY Museum Opens Expanded Exhibit Celebrating 40 Years of “X”

X at the GRAMMY Museum All photos by Tequila Mockingbird

Yesterday The GRAMMY Museum unveiled a new, expanded exhibit called “X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles.” The exhibit is being displayed on the second floor in the Museum’s Special Exhibits Gallery.

Items on display include original instruments and played by the band, handwritten lyrics and notebooks by Exene Cervenka and John Doe original concert flyers for L.A. shows, film, photographs and artifacts.

“When we were in the early stages of developing the exhibit, we knew what an important story we’d be telling, but we had no idea just how many photographs, artifacts, and other items we would have access to,” explains GRAMMY Museum Curator Nwaka Onwusa. “Thanks to X, we outgrew our previously planned space before the exhibit even opened! We can’t wait to share this exhibit with our visitors, and we are so honored to be giving X the spotlight they deserve.”

The LA Beat is pleased to give you this preview of “X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles.” The exhibit will be on display through spring 2018.

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “Evil Ed” (1995)

Swedish-made horror-thriller about a mild-mannered film editor (Johan Rudebeck) whose work on the “Loose Limbs” horror franchise – a seemingly ceaseless stream of slaughter footage – leaves his own mind loosened and primed to repeat the atrocities he’s witnessed on anyone unlucky to encounter him. Made over a series of years for less than peanuts by hardy genre fans inspired by DIY horror icons like Sam Raimi (as the title indicates, the “Evil Dead” films are quoted visually and stylistically throughout), “Evil Ed” lacks much of a plot or focus – a deliberate experiment by the filmmakers – but brims with broad, morbid humor, a modest amount of production value for its price tag, and buckets of unfettered gore, which was its chief selling point during the VHS days. Time and technology have resulted in independent feature films with equally impoverished budgets but greater polish and narrative drive, so “Evil Ed” works best as either a sloppy chunk of splatter nostalgia or a testimony to the determination of director Anders Jacobsson and his creative partners, who are showcased in a dizzying array of supplemental features on Arrow’s Blu-ray/DVD “Special Ed-ition” set. Their efforts before and after production are detailed exhaustively across the three discs, including a staggering, three-hour making-of documentary that includes their drive to rework the film (with the addition of deleted scenes, new credit sequences and edits) over a five-year period between 2011 and 2016 into a slightly longer and more cohesive “Ed.” A sizable gallery of deleted scenes – including whole storylines trimmed from the final release – and promotional material round out the set.

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Keeping up with the Foodie Events this Weekend

Even though the food fest season is winding down, there are a lot of events this month to take advantage of the end of summer and celebrate Autumn’s bounty before it starts to get chilly. Here is a roundup.

Off the Hook Seafood Festival – Saturday, October 14th

The 3rd annual Off the Hook Seafood Festival will be happening on the Santa Monica from 4pm until 7pm. The festival is held in honor of National Seafood Month to promote sustainability. Proceeds will benefit the Surfrider Foundation of West LA-Malibu. Some of the best chefs in the city will create plates using their favorite seafood. You will also enjoy live music, interactive displays, games, wine tastings and the annual Oyster Shucking Competition. Some of our favorite participating restaurants include BOA, Herringbone, Enterprise Fish Co. and The Butcher’s Daughter.

There are two parking lots below the Santa Monica Pier accessible via Appian Way from the Pacific Coast Highway. Parking in the 1551 Lot under the Pier is $12 for the day.
The new EXPO Metro Line get drops you off two blocks from the Pier. Guests must be 21 and over. Admission prices: “Little Fish (GA): $65 . “Big Fish” (VIP): $90 includes a VIP Lounge presented by Santa Monica Seafood with special tastings from FIG, Tar & Roses and Red O, curated cocktails, and preferred seating, Plus one-hour early check-in at 3pm. Buy tickets here.

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Anthony Bourdain’s Doc Wasted! The Story of Food Waste — In Theaters Today!

In the United States, 40% of our food is wasted. 90% of food waste goes to landfills where it produces methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. The process of making food has the most harmful impact on ecology than any other process. Clearing land for farming is destroying the rainforests. Oceans are overfished and the methods kill a lot of other fish that are unwanted. This film takes a look at the problems and solutions we need to start working on, from the farm to the table to the landfill.

One of the problems is that we eat a lot of foods that are only one part of the plant, wasting the leaves and stems. Also, when there is not enough demand, farmers have entire fields that go unharvested. Chefs also need to cook creatively, like the women in fishing villages in France did, taking the “trash fish” and making bouillabaisse. Sometimes the food just needs a more appealing name. Toothfish was renamed Chilean Sea Bass and it became a very popular menu item.

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Opera Is Scary, Kids: Pacific Opera Project’s Latest Production is a Horror Double Feature

Pacific Opera Project (POP) returns in time for Halloween with a pairing of supernatural themed short operas. Opening October 27th at the Highland Park Ebell Club for three performances before moving to Santa Monica’s Miles Memorial Playhouse for three more, POP’s latest production includes Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium along with the company’s first world premiere, The Monkey’s Paw by Los Angeles composer Brooke deRosa. The operas will both be sung in English, so there’s at least one less thing to worry about.

The Medium tells the story of a con artist attempting to run a sham seance, only to be contacted roughly by an actual phantom. Its composer and librettist, Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007), was one of the 20th century’s most prolific, successful and accessible operatic composers, his work appearing on Broadway and television as well as more rarefied concert stages. Brooke deRosa has also scored music for television and film in addition to the stage as well. The Monkey’s Paw‘s libretto is based on the infamous short story by W. W. Jacobs. Performances are on October 27, 28, and 31 at 8:00 p.m. at The Highland Park Ebell Club and on November 3 and 4 at 8:00 p.m. and November 5 at 3:00 p.m. at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica. For more information, please visit pacificoperaproject.com or call 323-739-6122.

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Ozomatli to Play Benefit Concert for Friends of the LA River Saturday Night!

Friends of the LA River!! Come help support FoLAR work to continue to restore the LA River Oct 14th 7pm. Noche del Rio tickets and info available here now:http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3079297Location is at the Frogspot2825 Benedict StLA CA 90039

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On Saturday, October 14, Ozomatli will play a benefit concert for Friends of the Los Angeles River. The event is a part of the Friends of the LA River’s annual fundraiser, Noches del Rio. The concert will be held at the non-profit organization’s riverfront venue, The Frog Spot, in Elysian Valley, from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Also on bill is “Sticks & Sacks Bagpipe & Drum Corps” who will open up the festivities and “Get Lit-Words Ignite,” who were hand-picked by Ozomatli, will be opening for the concert.

Tickets for Noches del Rio are priced at $45.00 for Donor Level and $75.00 for VIP, which includes “early entry, soundcheck meet ’n’ greet with the band and a signed commemorative poster, plus additional perks. Neighbors in zip codes 90031, 90039, and 90065 enjoy a discounted ticket for only $25.00!” The Frog Spot is located at 2825 Benedict Street Los Angeles CA 90039.


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Los Angeles Declares “X Day” at City Hall

X Day in LA. Photo by Tequila Mockingbird

Yesterday, the city of Los Angeles proclaimed October 11th as “X Day” in honor of the band’s 40th anniversary.

I first met Exene and John at a store called Raconteur on Santa Monica Blvd. It was next door to the porno theatre that still stands on the very same spot. Darby Crash introduced us. They lived down the street from the store, and they would go shopping each day with friends and fans. They liked Cowboy Shirts and Russian house dresses. I was fascinated to find people with style. The disco era was hanging around like a bad hang over…Darby and them kids had style. I would hit all the Goodwills and visit John and Exene at home in their tiny apartment. Billy Zoom would be asleep on the couch. He would smile in his sleep. I thought he was handsome and wondered what he was dreaming about. Was it today; was it the future?

We booked them on New Wave Theater, and we spent time together at the Masque, Cathay de Grande, Rajis, The Zero Gallery, and Cash Lingerie all the way to the present. Here we are, weeks after Dodger night with John Doe singing the national anthem and Exene throwing out the first ball, and they are sliding into home base with a day of their own, as proclaimed by our city.

Now, here it is, 40 years later. I know our political views are not always the same — but we will always have punk rock and I will always love X.

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See/Saw: An Immersion into a Magician’s Mind extended through Oct 29

Magician Siegfried Tieber has been getting quite a bit of press lately for his current project, a magic ‘pop-up’ of sorts called See/Saw: An Immersion Into a Magician’s Mind, produced by Atlas Obscura.

During the roughly two-hour event, a personable and friendly Tieber draws the crowd (limited to 20 per show) around his table and regales them with history (of magic, and of his career trajectory) and stories, all the  while performing sleight of hand card tricks that continually make the crowd gasp, as it did when I attended See/Saw at the end of September. Tieber wants to dazzle and amaze certainly, but he also wants to open a dialogue with audiences about magic and our evergreen attraction to it, from Houdini to David Blaine.

Watching a magic show in such an intimate setting is very special and I highly recommend it, even for the casual fan.  Held twice nightly in a small room at Civic Center Studios in DTLA, even finding the place adds to the mystery – through a parking lot, down a short alley and up a flight of dim stairs lit with candles, you can grab a drink and choose a view you hope will reveal his secrets. Add a pair of identical twins (ala The Shining) making announcements simultaneously, and you are in full AHS mode.

Tieber is engaging, earnest and dazzlingly talented – it’s no wonder he beat Penn and Teller at their own game on the show Fool Us. See/Saw is currently extended through October 29th.

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