Author Archives: Elise Thompson

Elise Thompson

About Elise Thompson

Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.

Where to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Parades, Art, Music and Good Food

In Los Angeles, MLK Day is all about the parades. The 33rd Annual Kingdom Day Parade in South LA features floats, celebrities, beauty queens, bands, and our favorite – drill teams. The parade annually draws over 250,000 spectators each year. The parade starts … Continue reading

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Women Will Rock at Women of Rock Tonight

Ever since rock began, it has been kind of like a little boy’s fort with a big NO WOMEN ALLOWED sign (Written in adorable crooked letters, which is probably the only time misogyny has ever been considered the least bit … Continue reading

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Help No Kid Hungry End Childhood Hunger with Cheffed-up Specials at Dog Haus

No Kid Hungry, which is working to end childhood hunger in America, is one of the restaurant community’s favorite charities. This year Dog Haus, a local gourmet casual hot dog and craft beer chain, is partnering with eight top chefs … Continue reading

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Enter the Interactive Psychedelic Textile Cave Created by Laurie Shapiro

Radiant Space in Hollywood will be home to a floor-to-ceiling “interactive psychedelic textile cave” starting tomorrow, January 6th. The piece, entitled “Before You Were Born” uses mixed media, including paint, hand-sewn textiles, wire, paper-mache, rubber tubing, and emergency heat blankets to … Continue reading

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Photo Essay: A Very Weirdos Christmas by Cat Rose

By Andy Nystrom. First posted in There’s Something Hard in There. A blast from the past — and a proper kick into Christmas and the New Year. That’s what we grasped onto with The Weirdos, Saccharine Trust, The Great Sadness … Continue reading

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A New Year’s Resolution from the Descendents

Descendents – "No Fat Burger" New Year's resolution….NO MORE FAT! 🚫🍔🍟🎤 Descendents🎼 "No Fat Burger" Posted by Epitaph Records on Monday, January 1, 2018 The Descendents have come a long way since 1985’s Bonus Fat. 30 years can take its … Continue reading

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Where the Cool Kids Will be Celebrating New Year’s Eve 2017

Did you wait until the last minute, torn between expensive New Year’s Eve events and the new Dave Chapelle special on Netflix? Don’t worry, we have selected some of the best celebrations for you. Most of them are free or … Continue reading

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Chill at The Queen Mary: A First-Timer’s Visit and Photo Essay

Queen Mary’s annual Chill winter event takes guests on an international expedition, with the 38,000-square foot ice park being divided up into six different “lands.” Explore the cultural experiences, menus, crafts and activities of Germany, Switzerland, China, Russia, Holland, and … Continue reading

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Tonight! Los Angeles Krampus Run/Krampuslauf 2017

Tonight, from 8pm until 9pm, dozens of European-inspired Krampuses will run through the streets of downtown LA for the 5th year in a row, dispatching spankings to the deserving. “While naughty hipsters can expect playful yet much-deserved swattings, children and … Continue reading

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It’s Tamale Time at Casa Vega!

Casa Vega on Ventura Boulevard is as old-school as it gets, serving Southern California-style Mexican Food in LA for 61 years. The Vega family opened their first restaurant on Olvera Street in the 1930s. The next generation opened Casa Vega in … Continue reading

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