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A Rock Legend (who still rocks) Delivers Country in the City

KCRW, Country in the City, Zach Urbina

The uber-cool shadows of the Century Plaza Towers once again transformed thanks to the unflinchingly brilliant efforts of unparalleled Los Angeles music steward KCRW, and along for the ride was rock legend Gregg Allman.

This year’s theme Country in The City welcomed two acts in a picnic style open-air concert and an accompanying photo retrospective at the Annenberg Space for Photography. While modern country is not this writer’s primary musical inclination, Sturgill Simpson, the opener, offered up an energetic, diverse range of songs from blue grass to slow jams to modern rock infused country.

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Black Yaya Strums Through LA

Black Yaya

French folk legend David-Ivar Herman Dune is making his way across Los Angeles for three shows, and you *almost* missed all of them.

Since his well-known French ensemble Herman Dune stopped touring together (their song I Wish That I Could See You Soon, experienced particular popularity in 2007), Dune now performs under the name Black Yaya, and like the name portends, offers a soul-searching, introspective turn.

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Weekend Polo: A Westside Classic

will rogers polo, Zach Urbina, Zachary Urbina

Tucked neatly away in Pacific Palisades on a spread of land surrounded by towers of Eucalyptus sits a staple of Westside weekend recreation. On Saturdays and Sundays, from May until the end of September, the Will Rogers Polo Club gathers for competitive exhibition at Will Rogers State Historic Park.

The small, leisurely crowd could best be described as a glorified picnic.

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For the Record: Tarantino will smash your face, leave you begging for more

For the Record, Tarantino

Knife fights, gunfire, and samurai swordplay cleverly collide in this immersive, live performance, which includes some of the best cinema soundtracks ever.  For the Record: Tarantino, “songs and scenes inspired by the films of Mr. Tarantino” are staged, stitched, and brought wildly alive together in an exceptionally intimate arena.

Tarantino won me over from minute one. After a short intro, which included a blazing rendition of Dick Dale’s Misirlou, a lovely brunette playing Honey Bunny from Pulp Fiction, put a fake gun to my chest and threatened my life.

In a word, charmed.

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An Interview with David Blattel: Commercial Photographer and Local Inventor

David Blattel, interview, TetherBLOCK

Spend enough time moving between the various social enclaves of Los Angeles and you’ll discover this 500 square mile sprawl of 4+ million is actually quite a bit smaller than anyone would imagine.

As a commercial photographer, David Blattel shoots among many other clients, the Harley-Davidson calendar each year. He was also my landlord for all of 2013, along with his wife, Vidiots owner Cathy Tauber, while this writer lived in a Topanga guest house (I have since moved to Venice).

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Butterfly Release Party Pavillion Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

August 3 is the last day that the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Butterfly Pavilion will be open. To celebrate and to have a befitting end, they are releasing the butterflies to the wild. Would be family fun!

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Yowsah Ace Hotel Ambrosia Salad Kim Ahn

The Ace Hotel’s Yowsah is coming back this Saturday, August 2, and will feature Kim Ahn (who always hosts and is the resident DJ) along with Ambrosia Salad. Check it!

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Steve Van Doren and Fara Howard Think Tank Gallery CreativeMorningsLA

This Thursday, July 31, CreativeMornings will be hosting a little talk with some folks from Vans. Join them at Think Tank Gallery!

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Queen Mary Art Deco Festival Labor Day

What are you doing Labor Day weekend? You should consider going down to the Queen Mary because they are having The Art Deco Festival.

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Carsick 13 Spazzkid Lovers

Local musician Spazzkid loves listening to music while in cars. He actually loves it so much that he actually did a “live performance” in a car. It’s called “Carsick #13″ and its rad. Catch the video below!

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