Monthly Archives: February 2013

Movie Review: “Phantom”

Phantom, directed by Todd Robinson, is a tightly wound film about an aging Russian submarine that is hijacked during the Cold War by extremists, intent of starting a real war. Apparently based on actual events but not a full true story, … Continue reading

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Morrison

I am so excited to see Morrison open up. What with the Tam down the road all we need is a few wool shops to turn this stretch of Atwater into our own Little Glasgow. The bar has a great selection … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Old Trappers Lodge- A Bizarre Sculpture Park

Hidden away in a remote corner of Pierce College in Woodland Hills is a trippy little secluded park filled with odd life size sculptures depicting scenes from the Old West. These sculptures are simultaneously delightful and slightly creepy – the … Continue reading

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2013 Academy Awards – Our Predictions

It wouldn’t be the L.A Beat without an acknowledgment of our town’s biggest party, the Academy Awards.  Honoring the best films of 2012, it will be held tomorrow night at the Dolby Theatre.   Los Angeles is Mecca for a film … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: The Nethercutt Museum- A Wonderland of Vintage Cars and Music Machines

One of the nice things about living in a sprawling metropolis like Los Angeles is that there is always something to do and surprisingly much of it is FREE. Living here as long as I have I am constantly surprised … Continue reading

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Beat Recommends: Beach Party at The Echoplex 02/21/2013

This Thursday night at the Echoplex as part of the Red Bull Sound Select showcase featuring Zola Jesus, you can have your chance of voting in a local LA band to be part of Red Bull’s SXSW showcase taking place … Continue reading

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Allen Toussaint & Dirty Dozen Brass Band At UCLA Royce Hall: Live Review & Photo Gallery

Over a thousand miles from the nearest bayou, the sights, sounds and tastes of Mardi Gras landed at UCLA Live’s performance series at Royce Hall on Fat Tuesday. A pre-show crawfish boil on the patio courtesy of Uncle Darrow’s, a … Continue reading

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Offbeat L.A.: Grandma Prisbrey’s Bottle Village

About 30 miles outside of Los Angeles, and yet almost another world away, is a magical place where one woman’s dreams and obsessions created a small village of surreal beauty and splendor made from other people’s discarded garbage. You might … Continue reading

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Big Black Delta single “Side of the Road”

Jonathan Bates’s Big Black Delta has released a great new single called “Side of the Road” on Soundcloud.  A full length album is scheduled for April 9th on his label, Masters of Bates. The group is fronted by the energetic vocalist/musician, … Continue reading

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Los Angeles’s Cold War past finds sanctuary atop the Santa Monica Mountains

Hidden in the brush and chaparral of the Santa Monica Mountains, at the end of what we used to call “dirt Mulholland” was a gem of a party spot for kids, like me, who grew up in the San Fernando … Continue reading

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