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.

Highlights of LA Times’ ‘The Taste’: Saturday Night

Saturday night is always a big bash at the LA Times’ Taste. Although it is no longer themed “Cocktail Confidential,” the event is still as much about drinking as eating. It attracted the biggest crowd of the three events—it felt like … Continue reading

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Gitane Demone’s Version of Eno Song, ‘Here Come the Warm Jets’ with a Choir of 30 People Fills Cafe NELA

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Come Celebrate and Help to Cure Children’s Cancer at LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade this Saturday!

LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade, taking place on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Royce Quad at UCLA, has a special place in our hearts. This annual event, now in its 10th year, carries on the spirit of Alexandria “Alex” Scott, a … Continue reading

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Abernethy’s Mixes Things up at the Music Center

Abernethy’s, a beautiful new restaurant at the Music Center Plaza is now open for lunch and dinner. With a massive renovation, the plaza added a couple of new buildings–Abernethy’s Restaurant and the Mullin Wine Bar. Every three months (quarterly, for … Continue reading

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Highlights of LA Times’ The Taste: Friday Night

The opening event of the LA Times’ “The Taste,” was a wonderful night, with the weather cooling down just in time for the evening, short lines, lots of liquor and happy chefs. It’s always exciting to be on the Paramount … Continue reading

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‘Desolation Center’ Opens September 13, 2019 in Los Angeles

It was the ’80s. While New Wave and yuppies and Reaganomics ruled the country, there was a thriving underground scene where art and music intersected. Starting first in Hollywood and the desolate ghost town of Downtown LA before spreading into … Continue reading

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LA Food & Wine 2019 The Great Steakout and BBQ

Saturday night is always the biggest and fanciest bash of LA Food & Wine. They weren’t kidding when they said, “Meat me at LAFW’s Great Steakout and BBQ.” Hosted by Curtis Stone of Gwen, it was a festival for carnivores. … Continue reading

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LA Food & Wine 2019 ‘LA’s Faves & Craves’

Saturday afternoon, LA Food and Wine presented “LA Faves & Craves,” hosted by Chef Jet Tila at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. The fantastic food represented the diversity of the city, with Korean, Indian, French, Italian, and especially Mexican food … Continue reading

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welp: Music from the Mailbag

Ali Barter – “Backseat”     This is an early cut off of the Australian singer’s new album, I’m Trying my Best. Nice fast rhythm, and a catchy melody, but she sings in a self-consciously coy baby brat voice. If … Continue reading

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Sean DeLear Superstar: A Conversation with Seandy

Today is the birthday of the late great Sean D. Lear, beloved to the music communities of Los Angeles, Vienna, and points beyond. This interview was originally recorded by Stuart Sweezy for his documentary, “Desolation Center.” But the interview was … Continue reading

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