Photo by Judy Ornelas Sisneros. All rights reserved.
If you’re a cat maniac like myself, you would’ve been delighted to be at Heaven on Earth‘s open house last Sunday evening in North Hollywood, an unexpected location to feel like you are in kitten paradise!
Heaven on Earth is a kitten and cat rescue organization which shelters its rescued felines at Perry‘s Place, a large facility in industrial NoHo. At the open house, visitors had the opportunity to meet many felines who are available for adoption.
Perry’s Place is extremely well organized, with rooms where you can view many adorable cats looking for their forever homes, and also rooms dedicated to mother cats and their newborn kittens (so cute!), Shadow’s room dedicated to senior cats (my favorite) and visiting rooms where a potential adopter or foster parent can hang out with available cats or kittens to play with and check out their personality. Also there a room for felines with FIV and they are adoptable, can live a normal life span and are ok to live with non-FIV cats as long as there’s no sinking of claws into each other.
The staff and volunteers of Heaven on Earth efficiently run their busy organization and facility with lots of love and passion for all of the felines who temporarily, until adoption or fostered, call Perry’s Place home. Anyone interested in adopting or fostering a cat or kitten can get in touch with Heaven on Earth to find their dream kitty!
Heaven on Earth, 7342 Fulton Avenue, North Hollywood, California.
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 establishment!” – we could use more of that right now), delivered by Marvin Miller in appropriately Old Testament tones. Years ago, I interviewed Mr. Prine, who, when asked to confirm an item in this film’s pressbook about a $6,000 illuminated waterbed – decorated with “rather candid drawings” – that he was reported to own, paused briefly before saying, “Well, it wasn’t $6,000.” Andrew Prine.(Paul Gaita)
Condor. I just discovered this French band – a one-man project created by Maxime Smadje of the French bands Rixe and Boss, blending hardcore, oi punk and melodic punk in a really satisfying way. Listen to them here. (Simone Snaith)
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 spring peas from Cafe Birdie, containing snap and English peas, pea hummus, pea broth, mint, and hazelnut granola for a little crunch. Hakka-style Mochi rolled in black sesame or in peanuts was also light and not too sweet. One of our first bites was a ponzu salmon poke with edamame from Sweetfin, which we had recently enjoyed and were pleased to see again.
We’re just not happy anymore unless we get a regular ramen fix. I’m not going to say something blasphemous like ramen is replacing tacos as LA’s late night food of choice, but it is in the neighborhood. Thank goodness Ramen Tatsunoya was there with their Koko Tonkotsu, with a broth made from pork back, fat, umami paste, onion and garlic-infused oil with noodles and char siu pork.
Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Matt Sorum of Hollywood Vampires. Photo by Brian Michaels for the LA Beat.
The emphemeral supergroup known as Hollywood Vampires – made up of Alice Cooper, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and P’s Johnny Depp on guitars, Guns N Roses drummer Matt Sorum and bassist Duff McKagan – will be making a rare appearance outside of their preferred environs, the packed, sweaty small club where it’s impossible for most of the people who want to get in, to actually do so. So if you have ever found yourself cursing fate for denying you one of the coveted tickets to their 2015 Roxy debut – which, as we reported, turned out to be one hell of a shindig – then get yourself to the Greek this weekend. There are likely to be some cover songs you know from people who also partied a lot back in the 70s – that really narrows the list, I know. There will also be some Alice Cooper songs, and we sure can’t complain about having that guy around in 2019, master of ceremonies for a set that will celebrate not just his own work but his pals’ for one night.
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, toys, books and paper ephemera alongside their Easter exhibit.
The museum is family owned-and operated, and has also served as a home to the current generation since the early 2000s. Besides the seasonal decorations, the house is stuffed from floor to ceiling with amazing figurines, toys, collectibles and oddities. What is amazing is that everything is cleaned and dusted. The dolls, the depression glass, the antique clothing and costumes–well, you just have to see it for yourself. The next exhibit theme will be Mother’s Day, but the permanent collections are worth the visit regardless of the theme (Although Halloween is a really good time to visit).
Pizza Margherita from L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, Hollywood. Photo credit: Karin E. Baker
Opened in Naples back in 1870, L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele has long been a destination for pizza lovers. Now’s your chance to try it for yourself when L’Antica opens its first U.S. location in Hollywood on May 8.
One of the oldest pizzerias in the city that literally invented the beloved dish, L’Antica hosted Italy’s Queen Margherita of Savoy over a century ago, which led to the inspiration for a classic style of pizza. L’Antica became even more famous after appearing in both the book and film “Eat Pray Love,” where it served as a gastronomic mood elevator to Julia Roberts’ character-in-crisis.
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele is tucked away on McFadden Place in the former home of Cafe des Artistes. Over half of the spacious restaurant is located outside in a beautiful courtyard offering lush trees, a fireplace and prime spots for watching pizzaiolo remove artfully crafted pizzas from the wood-fired clay oven.
LA Times Food Bowl Night Market. Photo courtesy of LA Times Food Bowl.
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 Sunday. There is also a special offer you can take advantage of if you are a serious foodie. These themed, ticketed areas will bring together the best chefs in their fields creating taco, fried chicken, dumpling and BBQ specialties to amaze and delight. You can also expect DJs from KCRW and specialty lounges from event sponsors.
May 8, 2019
The first night’s theme is collaboration. Two chefs will be partnered up to create gastronomic delights for you. Chefs from LA Beat faves like Taco Maria, Shibumi Scratch Bar, Chengdu Taste, and The Bazaar will be participating, as well as popular chefs Timothy Hollingsworth and Esdras Ochoa, who will be working to create something that is sure to be spectacular. Yes, that’s tonight!
Willie Nelson at Beach Life Festival, Redono Beach, May 5, 2019 (photo by Ted Kane)
The first BeachLife festival was held over the weekend of May 3rd-5th at Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach, featuring dozens of bands spread across three stages in front of thousands of fans. The artists varied quite a bit in musical style. In addition to many flavors of rock, fans were also treated to country from Willie Nelson, reggae from Ziggy Marley and Steel Pulse and, on Cinco de Mayo, Latin jazz from Poncho Sanchez. Attendees with VIP passes got to start the party a day earlier with a set from X on the unusually small stage of the Crowne Plaza across the street.
The first full night of the festival, discussed at length here, was headlined by Bob Weir & Wolf Bros. Saturday saw Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins performing a fun set of Van Halen covers with his side project Chevy Metal, with sets from ’80’s veterans Berlin and Violent Femmes and the ’90’s alt-rock of Everclear all setting up the evening closing performance from Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. The multi-generational crowd reveled in the Beach Boys classics performed by the large, very tight group of musicians behind them. Jardine, in particular, was in great form, sounding ageless delivering the lead vocal on “Help Me Rhonda.” His son, Matt, took lead on songs like “In My Room” that only a younger voice can do justice to, and it was good to see that another generation involved in a musical legacy that has always been about family. Continue reading →