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 Lunar New Year 2020 in LA

The Chinese Lunar New Year in LA has always been a no-brainer. Just head over to Chinatown for their annual Golden Dragon Parade and festival. But Chinatown is not the only game in town. We have found several places for … Continue reading

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Where to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020 in L.A.

This year Martin Luther King Jr, Day will be celebrating King’s 91st birthday. You can choose to observe the holiday as solemnly or as joyfully as you choose. There are a variety of events happening all across Los Angeles this … Continue reading

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Würm Reunites for Save Music in Chinatown 20

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Dimebash at the OC Observatory this Thursday During NAMM

NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) holds an annual convention in Anaheim that is the biggest happening for musicians and industry people in Southern California. Thousands of people flock to the huge, industry-only event that boasts over 1500 exhibitors, who … Continue reading

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Holy Hollywood! ‘Burt Ward’ Gets a Star on the Walk of Fame!

Last Thursday, January 9, 2020, Burt Ward, who played Robin on the television series, Batman, joined his co-star Adam West on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In fact, their two stars are paired up in front of The Guinness World of … Continue reading

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Live Music Review: Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker at Teragram Ballroom 12/30/19

As soon as Camper Van Beethoven played its first note at the Teragram Ballroom on Saturday, an entire roomful of people from three different generations started nodding their heads and grooving as one, and it was a beautiful sight. The … Continue reading

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Where the Cool Kids will be Ringing in 2020

It’s not too late to make plans for New Year’s Eve. We have selected some fun events, sifting through the douche-y bottle service parties and inflated dinner prices to bring you only the coolest events. (Written with Monique LeBleu) EXTRAVAGANZAS … Continue reading

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Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker to Share the Stage at Teragram Ballroom Monday 12/30/2019

For those of you who didn’t make it to Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker’s 15th and final annual Pioneertown Campout last summer, I have good news! Both bands will be sharing the bill tomorrow, December 30, 2019 at the Teragram … Continue reading

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Where to Get Your Latke Fix: Hanukkah Happenings in LA

This year’s Hanukkah starts on the 22nd of December and lasts through December 29, 2019. It starts in three days! If you have not planned ahead, you can still get some latkes in your belly. For the uninitiated, latkes are … Continue reading

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Music Editor Bob Lee’s Holiday Playlist for People Who Hate Christmas Music

From the years 2000 – 2013, L.A. Beat Music editor Bob Lee created annual compilations of all of his favorite and hard-to-find Holiday music called “Thanks for Christmas.” He has created a Spotify list this year with 100 of the … Continue reading

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