Learn About the Glory Days of Hanna-Barbera Cartoon Studio

hannaAnimators Tony Benedict, Willie Ito and Jerry Eisenberg, animators, producers, storyboard artists and character developers for Hanna-Barbera, will be appearing at “The Barn,” which is the performance space of The Hollywood Heritage Museum across from the Hollywood Bowl. On Wednesday, June 8th at 7:30PM, the three artists will be telling stories of the early heyday of Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera, which lasted from 1960 – 1967.

Over the years, Hanna-Barbera won seven Academy Awards, eight Emmy Awards, and a Golden Globe Award. One of the first animators to create cartoons especially for television instead of film, they popularized the use of “limited animation.” Unlike Disney, where every cel was a work of art, Hanna-Barbera cut down on the time and energy needed by reusing common parts between frames. In fact, the background artist for a well-known 90s cartoon once told me he just copied some of the backgrounds from The Yogi Bear Show.

Learn the stories behind such cartoon classics as The Jetsons, The Huckleberry Hound Show, Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, Wacky Races, and Jonny Quest. Artwork and memorabilia from Hanna-Barbera will also be on display in the main gallery. There will be refreshments served on the front deck, plus some exciting prizes in the $1 raffle.

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Dirty Ed Friday at Cafe NELA


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Attila Keeps Punk Rock’s Eternal Flame Glowing

All photos by Kristen Addix for The LA Beat

All photos by Kristen Addix for The LA Beat

Attila still has a hairdressing salon on the corner of Fairfax and Melrose. He has been cutting the hair of the underground rock stars of Los Angeles for the last thirty years. He even cut Dee Dee Ramone’s hair. Attila was the star of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics with his Mohawk flags portrait that was featured in the LA Weekly that year. A regular on Night Flight’s New Wave Theater, he seems to always have been a part of the Hollywood art and music scene. Born in Czechoslovakia, he has been living here in America for 36 years and is a welcome delight for the senses. He is the Master of the Mohawk and colorful hair. Attila is also a cartoonist and an all around nice guy.

His opening at MODA was a mix of old and new work. A medley of cartoons and film footage were awash over Attila as he danced and sang songs like “Car Chase.” Poetic prose was flying as if it was being thought up on the fly, yet they were well thought-out verses and choruses.

He presented a slideshow of his creative hairstyles for the past few decades; he is always  on the cutting edge of style. He also invited a friend up to the stage modeling his hand-inked art on a fabric t-shirt.

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Movies Have a Little Extra Magic at El Capitan

Photos by Todd Maugh for The LA Beat

Photos by Todd Maugh for The LA Beat

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” recently opened to all the hubbub and excitement one has come to expect from the cash cow that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This weekend, as expected, the movie grossed over 1 billion dollars internationally. With another feather in their Cap(tain America series), saying it’s a hit would be an understatement. Their success is especially sweet after the lackluster performance of rival studio Warner Brother’s “Batman vs. Superman”. Wait, lackluster? It made 847 million! Isn’t that considered a hit? No, it’s not. Not when you needed a billion. Not when Marvel does it over and over without batting an eye. But that’s a story for another day and not really the focus of this article. We’re here to talk about where to see this movie (or any movie for that matter) that you know you’re going to love.

I told the wife that I had a babysitter and free tickets to the El Capitan theater to see, yet another superhero movie. She was less than thrilled, but the tickets are free and this appeals to her frugal nature. We jump in the car, head to the redline, and five minutes later we’re on the subway out of North Hollywood. In two stops, we exit a stone’s throw from the theater located across the street on Hollywood Blvd. Among the bustle of Hollywood nightlife I’m thinking to myself,  “Man, this was really convenient.  No traffic, no parking hassles, and no bickering with my significant other about parking fees.”  Thank you, Metro. We saved so much time using public transit that we stopped to watch the tourists taking pictures with Superman and Spongebob.

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The Marvelous Dead and Darkness Tour of the Mummies of the World at the Bowers Museum June 4th

The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana is currently exhibiting The Mummies of the World. If preserved dead people are not spooky enough for you, on Saturday June 4th and Sunday the 5th, there will be a nighttime tour through the dark gallery lit only by lantern. The tour will be led by Dr. Paul Koudounaris, author of “The Empire of Death.” He will be lecturing on “the history of mummification…the theology and cultural significance of preserving and displaying the dead,” as well as focusing on specific mummies in the show.

Prior to the tour, there will be a Prix Fixe Dinner at Tangata Restaurant with themed selections like Farmer’s Market Bloodred Beet Soup, Monkfish Massacre, Beast Tongue dredged with infernal dram, nested in ravioli and Chocolate Sinful Soufflé. Vegan options will also be available. The bar will be open and DJ Decadanse will be spinning from 7pm on. Tickets are a reasonable $65 per person. Buy your tickets now!

Dinner 5:30

Lantern Tours  7:00pm & 9:00pm

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watt’s picture of the week – sunday, may 22, 2016


drummerman bob lee and organman pete mazich (left to right) at the “wax: the los angeles record fair” event at capitol records just before starting a mike watt + the secondmen set yesterday in hollywood. bob lee’s filling in for original secondman drummerman jerry trebotic who broke his hand in a fall and crimony, did he kick up much dust! respect.

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Taste of the Nation Returns to Culver City

Slapfish's Clobster Rolls (Photo by Elise Thompson)

Slapfish’s Clobster Rolls (Photo by Elise Thompson)

This year’s Taste of the Nation will be taking place Sunday, June 05, 2016 from 1pm to 4pm in Media Park, which features grassy picnic areas, mature shade trees and indoor bathrooms (a feature not to be underestimated at outdoor events). Los Angeles’ Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry will bring together LA’s best chefs in their continuing effort to end childhood hunger in America. The chefs will be providing delicious bites to enjoy while you stroll through the park sipping craft cocktails.

The Chef Chair of the event this time around is LA Beat favorite, Bruce Kalman (Union, Knead & Co.). Additional celebrated chefs participating at this year’s festival include Chef Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish), Michael Hung (Viviane) Susan Feniger and Kajsa Alger (Bluewindow), Alvin Cailin (Egg Slut/Ramen Champ), Chris Oh (Hanjip), Steve Samson (Sotto), Kris Morningstar (Terrine) and Josiah Citrin (Charcoal Venice). Prepare yourself for some delicious creations from Cake Monkey, La Brea Bakery, Salt and Straw, and more.

Media Park in Culver City 9070 Venice Blvd Culver City, CA 90232 General admission is $110. VIP admission gets you a half hour early entry, access to the exclusive VIP area, VIP Valet Parking and exclusive VIP gift bag for $160. Buy your tickets during the Memorial Day promotion from May 27-30th and get 20% off using Promo Code LAMEMDAY20

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Offbeat L.A. ROAD TRIP: The Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada


Send in the Clowns… Tonopah, Nevada (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Not your average circus tent... (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

Not your average circus tent… (photo by Nikki Kreuzer)

The desert winds, warm and caressing, whisper secrets as they blow across the sun-bleached Western Nevada landscape. This terrain is a place for loners and outcasts, a final resting place for slowly rusting abandoned vehicles, a location where cold-blooded serial killers might hide their murdered bodies, where meth labs stealthily cook their poisonous product in derelict cabins and where thin beams of sunlight squeeze through cracks in crumbling walls… It is also home to The Clown Motel, a motor inn completely themed around the red-nosed circus character that is at once beloved and shunned. Continue reading

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Live Review: Joe Walsh & Bad Company

Joe WalshLast night brought together native son Joe Walsh and 70s supergroup Bad Company for what was supposed to be a two-for-one show, but really was Bad Company opening for Walsh, or if you aren’t a fan of Joe Walsh, then nobody opened.  After seeing this show live, I’d have to say they both sounded like opening acts in a way.

I always say, “I love opening bands, they open your ears”.  I also say, “If I can’t say something positive, I won’t write, there’s too much of that on the net,” but I’m breaking my own rules.  I’m doing so because I paid for the gig, I went as a civilian (he said tongue-in-cheek).  I paid a fair chunk for 10th row, dead center, so I’m gonna call it how anyone who paid that much for a pair of seats would.

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Memorial Day Weekend’s Best Festivals 2016

TOPANGA DAYS MAY 28, 29 & 30

Photo by Rich Saputo

Photo by Rich Saputo

Topanga Days is an annual 3-day music festival. It was founded in 1973 by the artsy residents of Topanga Canyon to raise a few dollars for their Topanga Community House, which offers low-cost programs for children and seniors. The festival is still influenced by Topanga’s famous hippie vibes. More than 25 musical acts are scheduled for the weekend, with headliners Los Lobos performing on the main stage on Sunday, May 29, at 5:30 p.m.

The festival also features craft booths, belly dancing, creative face painting and a parade. Inspired by county fairs, there will be a number of contests, including the Baby Derby, Egg Russian Roulette, and Cherry Seed Spitting. Also in the tradition of county fairs you can stuff yourself with BBQ and funnel cakes. And yes, there will be beer. I would also expect flower crowns and fairy wings galore.

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