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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.

Things we Loved this Week 5/24/19

The trailer for The Dead Don’t Die, the new Jim Jarmisch film that just premiered at Cannes. The zombie comedy features an ensemble cast including Bill Murray, Selena Gomez, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, Danny Glover, Rosie … Continue reading

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Estate planning for Pets: Don’t Let Your Pets Become Widowed!

What happens to your pet if something happens to you? It’s not something anyone wants to think about, but if you love your animals, maybe you should. In case of your unexpected death or incapacitation, your animal companions don’t need … Continue reading

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LA’s Punk Rock Museum Celebrates Seven Years of Punk with Three-Day Bash over Memorial Day Weekend

Just days before his untimely death, Punk Museum founder Tequila Mockingbird promised the Germs’ legendary front man, Darby Crash, that she would keep punk alive. And the Punk Museum has been doing just that for the last seven years. Since … Continue reading

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Things we Loved this Week 5/17

Dead to Me on Netflix Solid television with quality performances by Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini. The strongest laughs come from the darkest comedy. Every episode ends with a shocking plot twist. (Bob Lee) @myhotelcarpet A pilot named Bill Young stays … Continue reading

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Smoke ’em if You’ve Got ’em: LA Times Food Bowl All-Star BBQ at Night Market

Enjoying a rib bone from APL at LA Times Food Bowl All Star BBQ. All photos by Elise Thompson for The LA Beat. Here in L.A., when we invite someone over for a barbecue, what we are really doing is … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Curse of La Llorona

Most Angelenos know the Mexican legend of La Llorona, “The Weeping Woman,” that has been resurrected for this movie. If you are not familiar with it, La Llorona drowned her two children to punish her cheating husband. Instantly remorseful, she … Continue reading

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Things we Loved this Week 5/9/18

Theatrical Trailer for “Simon, King of the Witches” Sensory-overload promo for the Fanfare Corporation’s 1971 hippie witchcraft thriller, starring the astonishingly prolific Andrew Prine in the Manson-esque title role. Chock full of outrageous ballyhoo (“A man who curses the whole … Continue reading

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Taste of the Eastside was Once Again Neighborly and Cool

The gorgeous LA River Gardens is the perfect place for a food event, providing several courtyards, a big grassy area for blankets and plenty of shade. The food at Taste of the Eastside varied from very light dishes like refreshing … Continue reading

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Spooky Cool at The Grier-Musser Museum

The Grier Musser-Museum is an 1898 Queen Anne Victorian house located in the Bonnie Brae neighborhood of LA. The historical monument features holiday exhibits throughout the year. The museum recently exhibited a collection of Alice in Wonderland  memorabilia, including dolls, … Continue reading

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Don’t Miss the L.A. Times’ Night Market this Week!

As part of the LA Times’ Food Bowl May takeover, they will be bringing together dozens of food vendors, pop-ups, chef collaborations, art installations and live music at a free Night Market in Grand Park downtown. Starting tonight and culminating on … Continue reading

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