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Memories of Cafe NELA from Hope Urban and The LA Beat Photographers

For six long years, my Saturdays followed a quixotic routine: a 2-3 – ‘disco’ nap, only to awake from my peaceful cocoon to fancy up for a night bartending as some of the most relevant underground musical performers in Los … Continue reading

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Don’t Miss Cafe NELA’s Last Shows!

Come rock out at Café NELA’s last shows before it’s too late. Thursday, September 9/19/19 Dave Travis will celebrate his 52nd birthday with The Mormons, Turds of Misery, and Sinful Nature. On September 21, 2019, Cafe NELA will be celebrating … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Under the Radar 3 (Even More Rarely Seen, Forgotten or Hard to Find)

“High Life” (2018, Lionsgate Home Entertainment) A spaceship heads for a black hole, while on board, its crew of convicted criminals – including Robert Pattinson – are subjected to reproduction experiments by glam mad scientist Juliette Binoche. That’s a linear … Continue reading

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Tiki Oasis 19 “Catch the New Wave” was the Crown of Creation: Saturday Chicks and Cars

I arrived at the Crowne Plaza Hotel with Tiki Oasis already in full swing on a Saturday afternoon in San Diego. Since Wednesday the party had been in full tilt, and wouldn’t be letting up until Sunday evening. I was … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Under the Radar 2 (More Rarely Seen, Forgotten or Hard to Find)

“Putney Swope” (1969, Vinegar Syndrome) A black advertising executive (Arnold Johnson) remakes his company into a counterculture engine (“Truth and Soul, Inc.”) that skewers social and political hypocrisy with its no-holds-barred commercials. Satire from Robert Downey, Jr’s father, Robert Sr., … Continue reading

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‘Nothing Cheezy’ is a Maximalist Art-Inspired Pop-Up Popping Up in DTLA

On Tuesday I joined Lowbrow artist Anthony Ausgang, his wife, Dr. Liz Koskenmaki, Liz Trillo and a number of the featured artists at the “Nothing Cheezy” media night preview. The exhibit is an interactive, light-hearted mockery of pop-ups that is … Continue reading

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Celebrate the Unveiling of Dolores Huerta Square

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Taco Bell is Opening a Hotel in Palm Springs This Summer Because Why Not

Following on the heels of Taco Bell’s Las Vegas wedding chapel and a fashion collaboration with Forever 21 that featured such sartorial innovations as a bodysuit mimicking a Taco Bell hot sauce packet, the faux Mexican food purveyors have announced … Continue reading

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Remembering Roky Erickson July 15, 1947 – May 31, 2019

Hearing about Roky’s passing today brought to mind his 1981 single from “The Evil One.” Much of Roky’s catalog was divided between the melancholy and the macabre, but “Ghosts” touches on both in that fragile and otherworldly tone that Roky … Continue reading

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LA Through a Cracked Lens: Mourners Gather at John Singleton’s Star on the Walk of Fame Today

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