This past weekend, LA Weekly produced a stellar event! Patrons had the opportunity to taste all types of burgers and beers. My favorite vendor was Hawkins Burgers-as their burger was “top notch”. I admit I have had these juicy burgers in my high school days and occasionally sneak back to South Los Angeles to eat them. The bacon burger was delicious; it had bacon, cheese, ground beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onions, mustard and mayonnaise on a bun. The burger they provided was bigger than a slider and was really good. Another favorite was Pink’s. Now, I’ll admit I only go to Pinks’ for the hot dogs. Never again-it’s all about the burger. Pinks provided a chili cheese burger with onions and sausage on a slider. Yummy! Pinks is famous for their hot dogs-but from now on, I may just be ordering the burgers!
Other vendors that provided yummy burgers were Slaters 50/50, Vaka Burgers, Barrel and Ashes just to name a few. I had so many burgers; I need to go on a diet. The restaurant: Animal line was too long, so I didn’t get to taste their burger, but it must have been amazing because there were so many people waiting for that slider.
Although I didn’t drink the beer, there were several companies that offered tasting such as Budweiser, El Segundo Brewing Company and Ladyface Ale Companie just to name a few. Barefoot Wines was also present and I had the opportunity to taste their Rose which was sweet and tasty.
Although Burgers and Beers was a success, there was one con- no chairs or bar tables to enjoy the burger. It’s hard to walk and eat-but as in Rome- do what you have to do! Let’s get moving and support these small businesses as their food is delicious. Until next time loves… Live, Love and Enjoy!
Lyssen (pronounced listen) is a Chicago
rapper, but a poet at heart, who uses her music to influence change through self-awareness. On Friday, August 7, she will be performing her music at Las Palmas in Hollywood as a part of the Joell Ortiz tour. Ortiz is known for his role in the hip-hop group Slaughterhouse, organized by Eminem. The doors open at 7:00pm PT with performances beginning at 9:00pm PT. To buy tickets, visit her website or you can click the below flyer to order.
Inspired by the violent decay of her hometown Chicago, Lyssen breaks the common artist mold with various combinations of poetry and rap while motivating the lost souls to notice the world around them and consciously depict how they fit into it. “My goal is to allow people to not only enjoy my art, but also find the art within themselves and display it,” explains Lyssen. The delivery and wordplay of her lyrics keeps listeners engaged and stimulated, while the music entertains as a theatrical rendition of soul.
(New York, NY) Boston-based rock quartet, The Shills, announce the release of the video for their new single, “Oh, This Devilish Place,” which comes from their brand new LP, Keep Your Hands Busy: Volume 2, that dropped in May 2015. The four-piece band fuses modern rock and pop to create a sound that The Deli NYC describes as “simultaneously catchy, challenging and experimental in sound and concept.” The video highlights the second release from their album, which Baeble Music says melds psychedelic, swirling melodies with propulsive riffs and deeply layered guitar work. It’s rare for guitars on a record to sound simultaneously this spacey while also carrying so much forward rock momentum. The vocals snake through your mind — Bryan Murphy switching up between a Travis Morrison yelp and Thom Yorke falsetto.”
The Shills originated in Boston in 2004, and consist of Bryan Murphy (guitar/vocals), Ryan Jackson (guitar), Dave Sicilian (bass) and James Zaner (drums). After releasing an EP (Push), an LP (The Shills) and a concept record (Ganymede), the band began creating a two-part record, Keep Your Hands Busy: Volume 1 and 2. The first part was released in 2012 and was produced by Scott Riebling (Fall Out Boy, Cobra Starship, We The Kings). In early 2015, they released a cover of Ginuwine’s “Pony,” which caught the attention of Huffington Post, who raved, “The Shills have given the R&B singer’s hit a new spin, keeping plenty of the sexy that made the song so great.” With a tone that ranges from mellow to heavy and soft to aggressive, the band is currently preparing for the release of Keep Your Hands Busy: Volume 2.
Boston Globe praises the band’s 2012 single, “Move A Mountain,” saying, “[it] chugs like the riff from Heart’s ‘Barracuda’ under another soaring vocal that cements Murphy’s chillingly spot-on voice as one of the most dependable rock weapons in Boston right now.” Keep an eye out for upcoming releases from Keep Your Hands Busy: Volume 2, as well as the band’s Boston album release show on May 21st at Brighton Music Hall.
I recently had the opportunity to visit Europe for two weeks this summer. I had a blast! My vacation started in Dublin, Ireland. The flight from Los Angeles to Charlotte, North Carolina was four and a half (4 ½) hours, then off to Dublin which was eight and a half (8 ½) hours.
Albany House, it wasn’t a pleasant experience. As an American, when the hotel list double beds, you automatically think twin beds right? Well this is not the case in all the countries in Europe I visited (Ireland, France, Italy and Spain). Well at the Albany House, there was mold, which I am highly allergic and the paint was peeling off the walls. The shower was not built for a tall person, so my friends and I moved to O’Callaghan’s Hotel.
This hotel was nice and had “twin beds”. The receptionist felt so bad for us (my friends and I) she threw in free breakfast. The breakfast was delightful, we could order anything off the menu and as much as we wanted.Note to everyone-the croissants, bacon and waffles are the best! During my trip, I had the opportunity to take a tour of Jameson Distillery and taste different types of Irish whiskey. I’m not a whiskey drinker, but wow, it was potent. The other tour that I would recommend is the Country side (Glenlock tour). The tour of the country side was so green, it was beautiful, plus the sky was gray, therefore, my pictures were magnificent. Before we left Ireland, we did some Pub hops, which was fun, but watch out-the drivers in Ireland, will run you over with their car (and despite with the Irish say-we Americans do not drive on the wrong side of the road). Overall, the Irish are very friendly and I recommend everyone to visit Dublin, Ireland you will not be disappointed!
After Ireland, my friends and I went to Paris, France. In my opinion, Paris wasn’t as fun as Ireland. Yes, I saw the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Arc, but it seems like Americans are not on the French favorite list. However the hotel, Oceania Paris de Versailles and the staff were awesome (after a bump in the road). There were no twin rooms, so the hotel manager offered my friends and I an upgrade (we all had our own rooms). Well, I winked at the manager and received a robe and slippers, so I was happy. Although the hotel is far from the tourist sites, I recommend this hotel, as it is modern and chic. The breakfast however was continental and a big difference from Ireland’s. I didn’t care for French food, as there food is more rich (creamy in texture), but the desert was delish! Would I recommend Paris? Well if you want to see the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre (Mona Lisa) yes, other than that, skip it and spend more time in Italy.
Next, I was on my way to Florence, Italy, which has very old vintage hotels. We stayed at the Atlantic Palace Hotel. The staff was nice, rooms were decent, but the shower was not built for a tall person. The bellman Ramon was overly nice, eager to assist you at any time. The continental breakfast was okay, but having been spoiled from Ireland’s breakfast, it wasn’t anything special. Florence did have a city market place which had everything, wine, souvenirs, food, fresh meat, sauces, olive oil and even a cooking class. In Italy, we took a two (2) hour train ride to Rome and toured the Vatican, the Colosseum and the Spanish steps (no I did not climb the Spanish steps-this girl was tired). The Pope wasn’t home, but the Vatican has some awesome artwork and is a must see in Rome. The food was awesome. We went to this tavern named Open Baladin Roma, although the kitchen was closed, my friend had a beer and we both shared homemade chips. The chips
were made from real potatoes and were awesome. While sitting and waiting for our friend, the kitchen opened…and OMG, they made the best burger EVER! I can’t explain it, just know if you are ever in Rome, go and eat at this place, you will not be disappointed. The next day, my friends and I took another two and a half (2 ½) train ride to Venice, Italy. I’m in love! Everyone, I mean everyone should go to Venice, San Marco’s Square! It is beautiful. Take a boat tour of the city and go to the Glass Blowing Tour. It is magnificent. All of the restaurants that I attended were good, but then again I love Italian food.
Lastly, I was on to Madrid, Spain. Shockingly, I enjoyed Madrid almost as much as Italy. The hotel Inside Madrid Genova- is modern, chic and just plain awesome. The staff was great, even those who didn’t speak fluent English (it is a Latin country-so we need to learn their language). The tapas bar, El Tigre was delicious. This bar was family owned and the food was GREAT! I had steak, very well- seasoned. Don’t forget to take a tour of the Palace, and while you are there-go to the Flamenco show and a ballet. You won’t be disappointed.
I hope you enjoyed my short version of my European trip…until next time loves…
Step It Up is hosting its 3rd annual Red Carpet Event to wrap up their Summer Dance Intensive on July 29th, 2015 at the Six, an ultra hip Studio City Restaurant.
The Step It Up Dance Workshop mentors and helps young dancers take their career to the NEXT LEVEL! Step It Up is welcoming special guest speakers who can give the girls some insight and advice on their experience in the industry.
Step It Up is a boutique workshop that takes place in the entertainment capital of the world: Los Angeles, CA. This unique two-week intensive was created to help dancers take control of their career. The workshop focuses on MARKETING, DANCE and CHOREOGRAPHY classes, ON-CAMERA CLASSES, ACTING and MOCK AUDITIONS, and FILMING A LOT!! They have filmed commercials, music videos and even a PSA for an Anti-Bullying organization in the past, putting these dancers in real life work situations and preparing them for a career in the industry! The directors felt it was important to help other young dancers focus on their goals and expand their opportunities in the Entertainment Industry. “We really want to see these dancers succeed”, explains, Kelly V. Dolan, one of the co-founders of Step It Up.
One thing that sets Step It Up a part from other workshops is the filming, mentoring and business aspect of dance. This hands-on workshop will only take a selected group based on submissions. Those who are chosen will not only be exposed to the entertainment industry, by current industry professionals, but they will also take home a customized “SIU” marketing package! Included in this package are, Professional Pictures, Customized Reel, and an Exhibit Video, which will be showcased in front of Industry Leaders.
“One of the most important things to do as a industry professional is to guide the next generation, and we are so happy that we could create a program that does that” says Hannah Steadman, one of the co-founders of Step It Up.
L.A. Weekly is excited to confirm the final restaurant line up for our new signature event, Burgers & Beer, taking place on Saturday August 8th, from 3 to 7 p.m. at The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in DTLA. Curated by LA Weekly’s own award- winning restaurant critic Besha Rodell and food editor Sarah Bennett, this event will feature Los Angeles’ best burger restaurants serving their signature sliders and the state’s best craft breweries sampling the brews that have made them famous!
As of press time, the following restaurants have confirmed attendance at this year’s event: animal, Abigaile, Bacaro LA, Badmaash, Barrel & Ashes, Belcampo Meat Co., Bouchon Bistro, Cassell’s Burgers, Escala, Grill ‘Em All, Haché LA, Hamburguesas Punta Cabras, Hawkins House of Burgers, Little Dom’s, Local Table, Mariscos El Cristalazo, Meat District Co., Messhall, Myke’s Café, Mrs. Fish, Perch LA, Pie n’ Burger, Pink’s Hot Dogs, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, Pono Burger, Rush Street Culver City, salt’s cure, Seoul Sausage Company, Simmzy’s, Slater’s 50/50, The Churchill, The Counter, The Hudson, The Independence, the hungry cat, The Pikey, The Rockefeller, The Tripel, Vaka Burger, Venice Whaler and WOODSPOON.
As of press time, the following breweries have confirmed attendance at this year’s event: Ace Cider, Alosta Brewing Co., Anchor Brewing Co., Angel City Brewery, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Belching Beaver Brewery, Boomtown Brewery, Bottle Logic Brewing, Bravery Brewing, Brewery Ommegang, Cabotella Mexican Ale, Drake’s Brewing, The Dudes’ Brewing, Eagle Rock Brewery, El Segundo Brewing, Fireman’s Brew, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Golden Road Brewing, Humboldt Brewing Company, I&I Brewing, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, King Harbor Brewing Company, Kinetic Brewing Company, Kona Brewing Co., Ladyface Ale Companie, The Lagunitas Brewing Company, MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., Mumford Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing Company, Phantom Carriage Brewery, St. Killian Importing, Strand Brewing Co., Sudwerk Brewering Co., Telegraph Brewing, and Wolf Creek Brewery.
For a limited time, LA Weekly is offering a Burgers & Beer Buddy Pack where guests can purchase 4 General Admission tickets for only $199. General Admission tickets are available starting at $75 for a single ticket and include entry into the event, unlimited food samples from 35+ restaurants, craft beer samples from 30+ breweries, access to entertainment and a vendor village. A limited number of Burger Only tickets will be available starting at $45 and include entry into the event, unlimited food samples from 35+ restaurants and access to entertainment and a vendor village.
Tickets can be purchased at: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/852407. A portion of this year’s event proceeds will be benefitting Homeboy Industries who provides hope, training, and support to formerly incarcerated men and women allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community.
Sponsors of this year’s event include: Baja California Tourism Board, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Beautiful Things LA, Budweiser, Califia Farms, Caviar, Constellation Brands , CrafBeerKings.com, CVT Soft Serve, Del Real, Diabolo, Dry Sparkling, Elysian, First Aid Shot Therapy, Follow Your Heart, Goose Island, Gustus Vitae, Hustler, Icelandic Glacial, Jarritos Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Joshua Cohen Bike Attorney, LA Car Guy, London Manori Jewelry, Ludlows, O.pen Vape, PoachedJobs.com, Pop Candy, RESERVE, Socal Etsy Guild, and Spearmint Rhino.
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LOS ANGELES (July 23, 2015) – Carol Burnett – comedic trailblazer, actor, singer, dancer, producer and author – has been named the 52nd recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Burnett will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®,which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT). Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Burnett’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes multiple Emmys®, a special Tony®, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and both a Kennedy Center Honor and its Mark Twain Prize for Humor.
In making the announcement, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard said, “Carol Burnett is a creative dynamo and a comedic genius. She embodies the generosity and courage that the greatest actors use in creating enduring and memorable characters. From her heartbreakingly hilarious Starlet O’Hara to the adorably inept Eunice and alarmingly funny Miss Hannigan, Carol has delighted and inspired millions of viewers and thousands of comedic actors. She took risks as a performer and through her courage, encouraged fellow actors to try new things and always, always reach for the sky. Her innate love of actors led to the creation of an ensemble cast that made The Carol Burnett Show a masterpiece of variety programming.”
The Hollywood Press Corps recently got a chance to interview Brooklyn-based Future Wave band, The Fantastic Plastics. They just dropped a new single and they’re calling it , “We are Obsolete.” The track is just one cut from their forthcoming full-length album, Devolver.
1. What is the concept of The Fantastic Plastics?
We are from the present time that the people of the 1950s / 1960s envisioned when they dreamed of the 21st century. People 50 years ago had such optimism for the future. They thought the future would be a panacea as opposed to the dystopia it has become. We are from that optimistic future, that alternate dimension, transported here and now that we are here we will make it all better.
2. What are your influences?
We are equally influenced by music, books and movies. Most of our influences do not exist in this dimension. However, since arriving, we have found inspiration in Gary Numan, DEVO, Kraftwerk, B-52s, and The Ventures to name a few bands. From the literary world, we are mostly inspired by William Gibson’s Nuromancer trilogy and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four. When it comes to film we take fashion inspiration from Barbarella, 2001 A Space Odyssey, THX-1138 and many more from the genre.
3. Have you ever been to Japan/do you know any words in Japanese?
We have not been to Japan, but it is our goal to get there soon. They seem to be the closest society to that optimistic future we spoke of; especially in fashion and design. Of course we know the phrase: domo arigato Mr Roboto.
4. If you could be any instrument what would it be?
The “Holophoner” from Futurama.
5. What is something that would surprise people to know about you?
Trans-dimensional travel has caused us to constantly crave something you people call a “Cheez-It.”
6. What are your thoughts on New York City fashion?
We love that NYC fashion is such a mix and that you can express your creativity and personality through fashion without judgment. However, on the other hand, this is also a very corporate city, with a larger number of people who feel the need to conform in that world. This is why people from other cities equate New Yorkers with always wearing black. We are just hoping to influence more people to wear silver futuristic space suits on a daily basis.
7. What does “gentrification” mean to you?
Supposedly it means progress but we find that hard to believe. They destroy and tear down old buildings that have stood in some cases over 100 years and replace them with cheaply made glass boxes. We’d like to see self-sustaining architecture. Buildings covered in solar panels with garden rooftops meant to last hundreds of years and off the grid completely. That would be progress.
8. Can you tell us about an interesting experience on the New York City subway?
We could tell you many, but most are x rated and or involve things that would turn your stomach. We once did a photo shoot on the subway for our “Outsiders” EP that involved us wearing some huge furry neon insect masks and silver space outfits. We were amazed that nearly no one batted an eye or gave us a second glance. That right there says a lot about New Yorkers and NYC Fashion.
9. What was the last book that you read?
UBIK by Philip K. Dick. It is a trip to read. We read somewhere that Michel Gondry was trying to adapt it into a movie. Fingers crossed.
10. Do you have any words of wisdom for your fans?
Keep Moving Forward
This was such a fortunate experience to interview the Fantastic Plastics! Stayed tuned to the Hollwood Press Corps for future announcements regarding the upcoming album, Devolver.
(Miami)—Bi-Coastal fashion platform and press darling Art Hearts Fashion celebrated its Miami debut yesterday at the Funkshion tent for Miami Swim Week. Over 400 guests flooded into the posh tent for the highly anticipated inaugural runway show featuring the collections of both nationally and internationally acclaimed designers.
Celebrity favorite Mister Triple X opened the showcase with streetwear inspired swimwear for men and women. Next to the runway was the crowd pleaser Just Bones Boardwear. An array of models sporting washboard abs and patterned trunks got the energy and excitement in the room going full force. Next, Koco Blaq debuted a collection of inspired swimwear full of bright colors and never before seen designs.
LA designer CA-RIO-CA SUNGA CO. brought true Brazilian flavor to the runway with their powerful collection, opening and closing their segment with special performances of traditional Brazilian dance and martial arts movement.
Closing the show was internationally renowned couture designer Amato Haute Couture. A collection of intricate bodices each more stunning than the last brought the night to an immaculate close.
Official Makeup Sponsor, The Organic Face worked behind the scenes creating the artistic runway looks.
Special thanks to Monster Energy Drink, Soy Joy, Sol Janeiro Brazilian Cream, Hades Shoes, JellyBoxx, Alejandra G shoes and Aqui designs.
Art Hearts Fashion is proud to partner with the Aids Healthcare Foundation. Art Hearts Fashion was once again thrilled to be able to work with the Make-a Wish Foundation and grant the wish of a young 13 year old girl who got to see all the backstage action shadowing the face passed action of the hair and makeup teams.
Art Hearts Fashion is produced by Founder Erik Rosete and ParkerWhitaker Productions
Actress Leni Rico has many talents. She’s not only a talented actress, but also was a professional athlete at one time. She was a professional basketball player for 11 years in her native country of Spain, yet she first started performing as a child in small neighborhood plays. Her true passion was always acting, though she loved playing basketball professionally and excelled at it.
Once she made the choice to go into acting full-time, she enrolled in the best acting, modeling and dancing schools in southern Spain. She soon started rapidly booking roles in film and pilots. On a trip to Miami, she booked a role in a soap opera and she seriously thought about pursuing her acting career in the states. Soon she moved to LA. “I chose LA because it´s the best place for actors,” said Leni.
Since she moved to LA, she has hit the ground running with many bookings and shoots. She also just signed with Avant Artists for representation. Recently Leni was one of the principals in the award-winning short film, For the Birds. “It was a great experience. What a professional cast and crew with such accomplished Iranian actors and behind the scenes professionals. And it was based on a very sad, real life story. I also got to learn a bit of Farsi from the cast and crew on set,” said Leni.
This busy actress has a number of upcoming projects in the near future including the feature film City Limits, where she will play Myra opposite Bai Ling and Eric Etebari. She will play the role of Gloria in Who killed Jimmy Gumdrops, a feature film by Johnny Williams. She is also playing the lead role of Sarah in the touching romantic film Sarah and Eddie. Leni is also starring in Way of the Urban Soul as the lead opposite Lydia Cornell as well as Psychic Vision with David Fernandez. If that wasn’t enough, she’s acting in Revelations starring Eric Roberts and Emilio Roso as well as Love is All You Need with Ana Ortiz, Briana Evigan and Elisabeth Röhm. The sky is the limit for this talented actress.